• fashion,  personal

    I’m For Love with Michael Hill – A Love Journey

    This post is sponsored by Michael Hill Jewelers. All opinions are mine alone.

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    Bye, beige. Moody mauves, matte blacks and white gold are the new neutrals. In fact, I have a little extra sparkle in my step today as I’m writing this post. That’s because last week Michael Hill Jewelers invited me to visit and shop its store at Oakbrook Center and today I’m gratefully wearing my very first pair of diamond studs. When Michael Hill Jewelers first extended the invitation to me, I was excited, though I couldn’t help but think, ‘really, me?’

    We’re For Love

    I’ve seen Michael Hill Jewelers’ ethereal and magical brand campaigns all about love before (you might recall this “We’re For Love” commercial – I  tear up every time I see it!). As you walk past the store’s dazzling displays it’s hard not to get the overwhelming feeling of everlasting commitment. Michael Hill Jewelers creates timeless, handcrafted jewelry that is accessible to all and serves as an expression of love for any of life’s moments, both big and small! A single piece of jewelry not only transforms your look, but also helps frame your mindset about love every time you wear it or look at it. With jewelry and love on the brain, it got me thinking, what does love mean to me? Through my own experiences I truly believe that there are three buckets where love serves as the biggest impact in my life: motherhood, partnership and marriage, and self-love.

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    Motherly Love

    There’s motherly love. I became a mom six years ago and not a day goes by that isn’t filled with laughter, screaming, or tears. Not necessarily in that order, and not necessarily coming from the kids. But above all, love trumps – it’s what makes motherhood so rewarding.

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    Partnership

    There’s the love I have for The Giant, love of my life for over 10 years and father of my three boys. Every time I look at one of my boys, I see him. I love how he’s an equal partner in raising our children, without me having to tell him what to do. I thank him for putting up with me and my crazy ways, his belly aching laughs, how he falls asleep on the couch while waiting up for me every single night just so we can go to bed together. I’ve fallen in love with him so many times.

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    Self-Love

    And then there’s self-love. For the woman I was before kids, the woman I am now after kids. And how none of who I was before changed simply because I am a mother. I’d say self-love is the most important of all these to me because you cannot pour from an empty cup.

    Don’t be Afraid to Express Yourself

    Did you know my left ear is deformed? I was born this way. I was told when I was newborn, my dad used to tape my ear down. (Kidding, obviously.) My dwarf ear doesn’t bother me. I’m not shy about it and I don’t mind calling attention to it with these beautiful halo stud earrings from Michael Hill Jewelers with ½ carat total weight of diamonds in 10kt white gold.

    When I got married, my mom wanted to gift me diamond studs. At the time, I refused to accept this as a gift because she really couldn’t afford it, and because I just wasn’t into studs. Over the years, my taste has evolved, and two years ago, I started wishing that I would’ve said yes to my mom’s offer. Lucky for me, today I have the perfect pair from Michael Hill Jewelers and I’m ever so grateful to have had the opportunity to pick them out and to spoil myself. I loved the personalized shopping experience I received at Michael Hill Jewelers – which extended beyond the open concept, modern store layout to the knowledgeable store associates. I learned that Michael Hill Jewelers is one of the few jewelry retailers to have an in-house team of master craftsmen, which makes the piece I selected even more special to me knowing it was handcrafted by passionate pros. Diamonds really are forever and these round diamond studs are a classic piece I can wear every day!

    Whether in love or life’s passions, don’t settle. This morning of reflection was a simple way to remind myself of this and of gratitude, and to feel like the best version of myself. What does love mean to you?

    (p.s. I also got to meet Brett Halliday, President North America of Michael Hill. Any reality show junkies like myself out there? Guys, he’s the esteemed jeweler on The Bachelor Canada where the guy does the ring selection at the end – so cool!)

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  • fashion

    Mom Fashion Blogger

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    Hey everyone. Going to make this quick. Crabby screaming baby in the background and I won’t be home this evening to post this. Off the shoulder or any drop shoulder top or dresses are so in this season. I’ve included a bunch of my favs below! Hope you’re all having a super awesome Tuesday!

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  • beauty,  fashion

    All About The Hair

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    A few months ago I asked you all what is it you’d like to see me blog about. Hair tutorial? Night and morning facial routines? I want to blog about things that would interest you all rather than me talking about my boring life. I often find myself running out of things to write about. It’s bad enough I’m a terrible writer and when this fashionista has writers block (like always), it’s THE worst. Lol. I do get asks A LOT what I use to style my hair. First, it’s all mine and they’re real! I get asked daily if I wear extensions. I use steam rollers to achieve my curls. The Caruso steamer is linked below. I’ve been using it for a few years already and it’s seriously the best.thing.ever!! I have super thick hair and lots of it too. So curls don’t usually stay curly for long because of the thickness and the weight. This is the only product that keeps my curls curled the longest and it’s steam! Less damaging on your hair than using heat. The product takes about 5 seconds for the steam to come up and you’re good to go. I roll them up and keep them on for about five minutes max. It’s sooooo much easier and faster than using a curling iron. These curlers will give your hair VOLUME. Lots! Because I have so much hair, curling iron/wand would take me 45 minutes just to curl! And my arm would hurt for holding them up for that long. That’s not even including the time it takes to blow dry my hair. I highly recommend this product. It’ll change the way you fix your hair! Trust me! Should I post a video tutorial??

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  • fashion

    The Hardest Birthday Week, Ever

    floral full skirt and white topLast week was my birthday week. It was also the week Cole, my third, was teething. His gums were red and swollen as FOUR molars were poking through all at once. I tried everything to help ease his pain. Including alternating Tylenol and Ibuprofen. It was just awful hearing him scream all day, attached to my hip, for six days straight. This past Saturday, when I have all day backup from the Giant, was when his pain went away. It was like a light switch and he was a different baby. He’s back to his super happy playful self. Even today, he was playing this game where he wants to be chased. He runs away from me, laughing and thumping his chest with his hands, and once I caught him, he runs away and starts the game all over again. I texted the Giant and told him its such a relief to see him happy and laughing again. Last week was the LONGEST WEEK, EVER. 

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