I had the pleasure of attending the fourth annual Revive Your Style fashion show yesterday, in support of Bust a Move Ottawa and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation for Breast Health. The event was put together by renowned (and uber charming) Canadian stylist, Erica Wark.
The effervescent Erica Wark / Photo courtesy of Katrina Turnbull
Putting together a suitably chic and affordable outfit for an afternoon fashion show in the middle of a frigid Canadian winter can be challenging. But having watched Erica’s segment on how to wear winter whites on Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live early that week, I had a clear vision for my outfit style: snow princess chic.
Front Row Fashion Show Selfie / Photo courtesy of Katrina Turnbull
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After watching the red carpet at last night’s 72nd Golden Globe Awards, it is clear that the crop top trend is sticking around for 2015.
Most moms might balk at the idea of baring their midriffs in public, especially after having kids. But crop tops aren’t the same ’90’s belly button-popping creations they once were. They can be a chic and unexpected addition to even the most sophisticated wardrobe.
You don’t have to have 6-pack abs or be a size 2 to take on this trend. Here’s how to rock a crop top after having a baby.
Less is more
The trick to wearing a crop top these days is to show only a slim band of skin. Current crop tops hit at the highest part of your waist (just below the ribs), typically the narrowest and most flattering section of your stomach. Pair your top with a high-waisted skirt to cover your belly button (and any problem areas).
Skip the fizz
Whether it’s cola or sparkling water, carbonated beverages can cause excess bloating. So say no to fizzy drinks for at least 24 hours prior to busting out your crop top to keep your tummy toned.
Planks for days
Planks are the absolute BEST exercise you can do to strengthen your core and suck in that stomach. Do these quick plank exercises right before getting dressed to tighten up those tummy muscles and shrink your stomach.
Blaze it up
Still feeling a little self-conscious? Pair your crop top with a blazer for extra coverage (à la Lorde at last night’s Golden Globes). This chic look is perfect for evening attire.
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Lancôme 24H À Paris Day-to-Night Make-up Palette – Photo courtesy of Katrina Turnbull
What would you do if you had only 24 hours in Paris?
Would you spend a leisurely afternoon sipping lattes at your favourite Parisian café?
Kiss your lover for good luck on the magical Pont de l’Archevêché bridge?
How about taking a midnight stroll along the Seine?
Well you can scratch shopping for make-up off your list because Lancôme’s got you covered with its compact 24H À Paris Day-to-Night Make-up Palette. Continue reading
For a great prenatal yoga class in Paris, check out Yoga Bija Paris taught by Sharon Bales. Sharon teaches several weekly pre- and postnatal classes at various studios across Paris. Continue reading
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Now although this post is intended to inform pregnant women of the best pastries in Paris, let me be clear that you don’t technically have to be pregnant to try these French pastries. In fact, I would suggest that you sample a few of these desserts so you can sympathize with what pregnant women have to go through.
Aside from the Eiffel Tower and croissants, nothing is more Parisian than a beautifully draped scarf. It is a staple in the attire of Parisian women young and old. But where do French woman buy their scarves? In this post, I’ll share my secrets on the best places to shop for scarves in Paris.
As mentioned in 5 Tips to Help You Pack for Paris When You’re Pregnant, when I started to show toward the end of my trip to Paris, all I wanted to wear was a maternity t-shirt and black leggings. I literally wore this outfit for days on end. I was in a rut, but I didn’t want to give up this easy and comfortable outfit. So I decided to add a scarf and wear it a different way each day.
I drew inspiration from the glamorous Parisian women sitting next to me at cafés or sashaying down the avenues. After much practise, I finally mastered three stylish ways to wear my scarf like a French woman.
Check out my video on How to Tie a Scarf the French Way.
During my pregnancy, I got a lot of compliments on my skin. “You’re positively glowing!” People would exclaim. Little did they know that my secret was my easy, five-minute makeup routine.
I created this quick and easy look when I was pregnant in Paris. And it is still my go-to look now that I’m a busy mom.
So whether you’re a pregnant mama who’d rather sleep in than get up and do your makeup, or a busy mom trying to get your kids ready in the morning, this is the perfect makeup routine for you!
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Let me start from the beginning. I was four weeks pregnant, and my mom was in town visiting. A sweet little baby shop at the end of my street was going out of business, and for months I had been admiring these darling, pastel-coloured tutus artfully displayed in the store window. I finally had an excuse to buy a tutu. There was only one problem: I didn’t know whether I was having a girl or a boy.
The French have a slightly different opinion when it comes to how they view pregnant women. Generally speaking, the pregnant form is alluring, sexy, and celebrated. No wonder maternity clothing in Paris is far more chic and stylish than it is in North America.
If you’re looking for places to shop for maternity wear while you’re pregnant in Paris, check out these three fabulous maternity clothing companies: