Netflix, the on demand tv subscription, provides suggestions based on what you watch. I think Netflix must be seriously concerned about my mental health. Either that or it thinks I'm a morbid, serial killing, pedophile, with a post-apocalyptic obsession. Oh and Buffy - 'cause my Mom watched that while she was here.
"Because you watched The Following" - it recommends documentaries, reality tv shows, and movies all about serial killing.
"Because you watched Cabin In The Woods" - it recommends every horror show and movie ever.
"Because you watched Dual Survivor" - it's recommended tons of reality and fiction apocalyptic and 'prep for the apocalypse' shows.
"Because you watched Daniel Tigers Neighborhood, Super Why, and Dora"- it recommends all the children's shows.
Yeah. I'm pretty sure that Netflix not only thinks of me as a disturbed individual with violent, apocalyptic, and children's obsessions, but it actively promotes those obsessions.
I'm kind of embarrassed to show anyone my Netflix account. More than my underwear drawer. At least that's all clean. My Netlfix recommendations on the other hand....
When your kid's throwing a huge tantrum, or just plain being demanding, when you haven't slept, or eaten because you've been running ragged, and when they've fallen *or whatever* despite being told four dozen times not to do it or "You'll hurt yourself," that's when you pick them up and hope that it makes them quiet for a moment.
And that's when they dose you. Don't be fooled. It's not an accident, and it's not coincidental. I'm firmly convinced that my kid knows exactly when to release that smell. The one on the top of their heads. You know the one I'm talking about. The one that sends you into perfect relaxation and bliss. The one that makes you love them and feel like being with them is Nirvana. I don't know what the technical term for it is, but I like to think of it as "Mommy crack."
She's got it down to a fine art. She's got it timed. She knows exactly when her Mama needs her next fix so as to not go completely off the rails. She's my drug dealer, and she's also the supply. So I can't cut out the middleman in this.
There's a Holiday Train from the Canadian Railway that pulls up with all these lights. One of the cars is open and set up like a stage for a Christmas concert. There's hot chocolate. There's a firetruck and an ambulance for the kids to run and sit inside.
Lots of families. Lots of smiles. My Baby Girl loved it. Sometimes Toronto feels like a small town.
Meanwhile, Drake the Dog's idea of fun is passing out on a pile of little pieces of paper. To each his own I guess.
Introduction: "Catching Cody K , was cruising through blogs and saw a lot of bloggers posting about autumn/fall. She wishing that there was a blog post that had all these wonderful tips, ideas and tricks in one place. That is when she thought of the amazing Seasonal Series Link Up, a link up for the beginning of every season to gather all those amazing posts through-out that season. She then sent an email to Modamama to join in again for this season."
Get ready ladies (and gents), the time to link up will be December 18, 2013 so save your new holiday/winter posts for then. And don't forget the Seasonal Series Autumn will still be open so you can add your Halloween Tricks, Thanksgiving celebrations, and all those wonder autumn/fall posts you worked so hard on.
I'm teaming up with Cody K to help make Christmas better for at least one child. It's all about small steps. Read her words below:
"Many people are having a hard time this Christmas and a relying on programs to help parents give their children gifts. Many programs like the Angel Tree. Angel Trees are usually found in major chain grocery stores and hold slips of paper with names of children who range from all ages. I adopted one several years ago and I was really happy to give back. This year James and I have decided to give back by adopting an angel tree. While although we have enough to sponsor a child, usually the child has a wish for a bigger ticket item like a gameboy or ipod. Unfortunately, James and I can't afford those items but would love to be able to give it. This is where I ask for your help. Below is a giveaway filled with goodies for ONE winner. Inside the giveaway is an option to donate. No matter the amount you are automatically entered for more entries. The money from the donate will go 100% to help get the big ticket item for the child. I hope to not only raise enough for this child's big ticket item but also for another child too! Help me get there."
Every year around this time, while everyone is gearing up for Christmas, I'm just trying to make it past December 21st. That's the longest night and shortest day of the year. I need my daylight. I love the daylight. I need it to get through Winter. Cold and darkness are just too much.
I go a little crazy. Queen's I'm Going Slightly Mad starts running through my head on repeat. I become a bit of a homebody *mostly 'cause I'm such a cold wimp* and I start getting cabin fever. It's a paradox I know.
So while you're gearing up for Christmas. I'm gearing up for December 21st. Me and my vino are impatiently awaiting the light.
Water Color Kimono Top - Unknown // Top - Smart Set // Jeans - Gap // Belt - AE // Scarf - Unknown // Necklace - F21 // Boots - Feet First
These pictures were taken a few days ago - obviously the snow is not on the ground - but I needed to post them and here's why. I organize my photos in such a way that the ones I haven't posted are always in the folder I'm working on and once I post them I put them in their separate file.
So as long as I don't post them they're always staring me in the face. And I gotta say I have had quite enough of staring at the sunshine and no snow in these photos. It's just a huge darn tease! So there. They're posted and now they're filed away and I don't have to look at them.
My best friend, Emily, had her "29th" Birthday party and she had a great idea for a two parter day. The first part was a fun family visit where partners and children were welcome.
Of course my Baby Girl decided to tell everyone what to do. She had the adults dressed up and reading stories to her.
For the second part the families got kicked out and it was just us ladies for some wine and an all natural girl's spa.
I loved getting together with some of these ladies that I hadn't seen for a while, and meeting some wonderful new women. They're all such generous and open hearted women. Feels like I've known them all for years.
Slouchy Sweater - Jana // Sequin Top & Earrings - F21 // Top & Jeans - Gap // Boots - Feet First // Scarf - Street Stand
Sequins are only meant for the night, that rule is so antiquated I think. It's a perfect rule to break today.
I think the key to wearing sequins during the day is to keep everything around it laid back and casual - that means thicker textures and unstructured fits, like this chunky knit cardigan, and distressed jeans. The worn in jeans, the loose fit and the thick scarf all add an air of casualness to this, which works against the dressed up feeling of the top.
And who doesn't love a little sparkle in their day, am I right?
Next week - I'm mixing more prints. Come back then.
Today I am the greatest mother in the world. There is a profound joy on my daughter's face. She giggles in glee and hangs on to me for dear life. She yells, "Mama, bump, bump, bump!" and I obediently jostle her up and down. She delights when I crouch down in front of her, and her hands grab my shoulders greedily.
Yes, today she has discovered the full joy of the Piggy Back.
The skies have parted for her. And I am the greatest mother in the world.
Tribal Cardigan - Fate via Shopsosie // Velvet pants & White Shirt - Gap // Button Up - Jacob // Boots - Call It Spring // Necklace - I forget // Headscarf - from my Babcia
. Never mind that I step on them several times a day and either hurt my foot, or trip and hit some other part of my body. Never mind that they get everywhere and are impossible to all corral into the same box. No, that's not why I hate them.
I hate them because Baby Girl loves them. She loves them so much that she wants, "Mommy, you come build with me?" all day and every day. I have built something at least twenty times a day for the last two weeks. And that's about the limit of my sanity.
At work. The nice thing about being a photographer and actor is that you can go to work dressed like this. On a day where I had two shoots, I wanted to be warm and comfy. This outfit took care of both those requirements. Yup, definitely a much appreciated perk.
True Story: We're firmly in the "Why?" toddler stage. I'm not quite sure if she's actually curious, or if she's just trying to see how many 'Why's we can stand before sighing and saying, "Because."
I highly suspect it's an evil toddler prank that they discuss on internet forums when parents are sleeping. Maybe we're guinea pigs in some psychological experiment.
Okay folks, I love this Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF 30 for the day. I've tried a few other day creams with SPF from Eminence, but for my drier and sensitive skin this was the one. I wanted a moisturizer that was hydrating and also had sun screen, but that was natural.
I've found some natural sun screens to leave a horrible white film, and I don't really want to use the synthetic ones because of the damaging health effects. So this was perfect: natural and no film. The natural skin brightening agent helps to target any acne darkening that might be left over. It's not in the product description per se, but it feel like this has helped to restore a more even skin tone and to reduce discoloration caused by past and current acne.
Plus, like I mentioned above, it's wonderfully hydrating for my skin during the day. And I love how easily make up slides over it. For audition days, or days when I'm on set and have a face full of make- up this is what I arrive wearing and so far, no make up artist has complained *and trust me, if they don't like what's on your face, they complain*
*Disclosure: I am working with Eminence on a campaign to highlight my favorite products in return for a select number of samples. But I reached out to them after trying their products. Please read my original Eminence Organic introduction post for more details*
Mixing leopard print and plaid is a rule that should be broken, but wisely. I think the key is to keep everything else rather neutral and to stay in similar tones. I mixed this shirt because both the shirt and the scarf share a deep, rich warmth.
True, I didn't stick to all neutrals in the palette, adding tapestry shoes, and sparkles; so maybe I broke several other rules too? I still think it works as everything tends to stay in that 'deep warm' category.
And if not, then the only people who saw this were the construction workers who have become my regular outfit taking audience.
p.s. Yes, that is my girl in the background wearing a jacket over her pajamas. Hey, it was that kind of day. Next week, since it's the holiday season, we're breaking out the sequins for day by breaking the "Sequins are only for the evening" rule.
Brocade faux leather dress - Under Skies via Shopruche // Shoes - Clarks // Tights - unknown // Bracelets - F21 and one was a gift from my Babcia
Last night, I got to dress up a little and head out to the Tristan fragrance launch. I thought this cute brocade dress with leather trim on the shoulders was the perfect number to throw on. Vintage-esque with a hint of edge, and the cut out detail is just perfect.
My hot 'date' for the night was a good friend of mine, Monica, and we shopped, browsed and basically just had a blast thanks to our lovely hosts and their delicious cupcakes. Personally, having been home most of the day struggling between finding time to edit photos on my computer and wrangling a toddler in the midst of a temper tantrum, I more than relished the chance to get out and not have to put a human being into a corner for time out....again.
Needless to say it was a welcome diversion, and the scent is lovely; light, crisp, and fresh. It's a scent that makes me think of Spring. Which is rather bittersweet considering how far, far, away we are from Spring. Ugh, such a freakin' tease.
Tribal Cardigan - Fate via Shopsosie // Star Wars tank, Earrings, & Necklace - F21 // Pleather leggings - Lush via Threadsence // Boots - Call It Spring
Even a cozy tribal, aztec cardigan *which my daughter likes to cuddle in* wasn't enough when I came home. She had been having fun all day, and when mommy came home she was having none of it. She came up, and instead of the usual hug, I got a firm shove out the front door.
That did not feel good.
And then the following day she did not want me to leave. Ugh, kid, can you make up your mind? It's really tough when you play roly poly with my emotions like this.
She's lucky she's cute.
And that I have a steady supply of wine and chocolate.
Cute clothes for women, that's what we think about when you think fashion blog. But then I share that I'm a mom, and people say they never would've guessed, and look at my outfit. Who says that the second we become Moms, or Dads, that we're relegated to mommy jeans and cardigans? Though it would be hilarious to see a Dad in mommy jeans. But I digress.
I firmly believe that style is not relegated to one stage of life, or to one age of life. Style, in my mind, is a reflection of where you are in life, and what you're feeling and thinking in that moment of time. It's ever in flux.
Perhaps, that's why I don't believe in a uniform. A uniform implies no ebb and flow. It implies a certain stagnation to me, a lack of experimentation and growth. But maybe that's me. Maybe they've got it all figured out and have arrived at their true and complete selves - their personal nirvana and have no where else to go.
Me? I am ever curious about what's around the corner.
The Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream from Eminence Organics is pure delight in a jar. When you first open it, it smells so delectable that you might be tempted to eat it. But trust me, don't. Save it for your skin.
It's deeply hydrating, soothing, and rejuvenating. It's like staying in PJs in a soft blanket with a cup of tea....but for your skin.
I use this every night after applying an oil serum to my skin. It's a wonderful night cream that is so gentle it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, or clog any pores. But it does leave me with soft skin in the morning. That's awesome in my books.
I decided to showcase these products together since they go so well with each other. The Blueberry Soy Repair Masque is just the perfect deep hydration. After a long day on set and wearing tons of make-up, I cleanse and use a deep cleaning masque. But right after I apply this one. To restore hydration to skin that's been dried out all day from make up and powder and lights.
It's also what I put on after a day out in the cold wind, or when exposed to the elements. The soothing and moisturizing ingredients are perfect to help the skin repair and heal.
I styled this dress for day, but it really is an evening out kind of dress and that's where it showcases best. The sequined band hist you on, and just above, your natural waist which is the most flattering silhouette. That's where our shapes are most accentuated. And I love the slightly grungy abstract print. It helps to make an otherwise sweet dress a little more, dare I say, grown up?
Perhaps my favorite part of these photos is that the tree branch makes it look like my hair is flying wildly around my head. It adds a wonderful frenzy to an otherwise serene picture. I kind of love that contrast.
Pants - Skies Are Blue // Shirt - Gap // Sweater - Jana // Shoes - H&M // Necklace and earrings - old and I forget
There was this old belief in the 50s that you if you wore high heels with cropped pants you had loose morals. So, one rule for ladies was that you never did so. Today, this clearly loose woman *what with the Husband and child* is breaking the rule of wearing cropped pants with high heels.
Except that for some reason my cropped pants look like full length pants in these shots. Perhaps it was the fact that I was hunching and withdrawn as the icy wind blew in my face? Made me about 4 inches shorter.
And I'd like to mentioned that I had an audience of six while taking these shots - construction workers that are tearing up our street gave me more than a few eyebrows, from under their hats and big parkas, as they watched the crazy lady with her tripod.
So maybe I'm not loose, just weird?
I'm okay with that.
Next week, I'll be mixing leopard with plaid. So if you want to do that, feel free and leave your link in the comments of next weeks post.
Our city is going crazy. Our current mayor *Rob Ford - google him...no seriously, do it. You'll see what I mean* is making Toronto a laughing stock. Seriously, I don't know how he's still in office.
On these jaded and cynical days, I end up reaching for soft, loose, and chunky things. Perhaps I'm unconsciously trying to create a protective barrier between myself and those things that have me feeling like our world is going down the crapper. Perhaps, it's not so unconscious.
This tank from Love Nail Tree also fits. The design is a commentary on the American dream - the perversion and decay of it more accurately. So perhaps, while I reach for a protective barrier, I also can not quiet the instinct in me to not go quietly into that gentle night, if only through the use of a wise graphic tee.
Top - Camilla Tree via Ruche // Cords - Le Chateau // Kimono - made by me! // Shoes - Threadsence // Turquoise necklace - I forget // Waterfall Necklace - c/o Atterley Road // Ring - Body Blue // Sunnies - c/o Woodzee *enter to win a pair*
You know that old saying, right? Well, I've been coveting a few awesome fringe kimonos, but with price tags upwards of one hundred dollars on the ones that I want it was never gonna happen. I budget and live within my means, and those means do not include hundred dollar kimonos. So, I thought, "You want one? Make it happen."
Browsing through this huge fabric warehouse not too far from home, I stumbled across this gorgeous gray chiffon fabric and had one of those butterfly in the stomach moments. It was the perfect material with it's soft gray and white leaf print with specks of blue, and subtle silver sparkle. Done.
The roll firmly tucked under my arm, I promptly waded through the fringe bin and found this long, soft, ivory fringe to match. Copying another kimono that had been a gift from my mom, I then starting cutting and sewing.
The weight of the fringe as it swings back and forth while walking. There's something very satisfying about that.
Choosing this gorgeous dress from eShakti was easy. It was the one that gripped me in its beauty and didn't let go. What's lovely is that eShakti allows you to completely customize the sizing on your order, so my frame which has a hard time fitting into women's clothing was completely happy in the perfectly fitting dress that arrived on my doorstep.
But finding places to wear a fancy dress isn't always the easiest task, so I decided not to let this beauty stay hidden in my closet. By adding a denim shirt and combat boots the whole outfit was instantly drawn down from fancy night to casual day.
The only thing I regret is not doing something a bit more elaborate with my hair, but alas I am a mama short on time, and the odds were not in my favor this day. In retrospect I think I would've done a faux hawk like before.
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For my acne prone skin, one of the very best products has been the Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. This gentle masque is non-drying, which is great because too much drying can actually cause breakouts, but is super powerful. I put on this masque after a good exfoliation and leave it on for a good 20 minutes.
I've been known to answer the door for the Postman several times while wearing the masque. He's gotten over seeing this face at the door. I will say that this masque has not only calmed my breakouts, but has stopped pimples dead in their tracks. I'll even put it on as a spot treatment overnight on a particularly challenging spot.
The tingling feeling of the tea tree oil gives you that satisfying feeling that you're really zapping things. It does this all while nourishing and not drying out my skin. This is my not-so-secret weapon.
Sunnies - c/o Woodzee // Cardi - C'est Moi // Tank - Smart Set // Jeans - Gap // Boots - Call It Spring
My love for companies that have fun products and a very ethical mission statement continues with Woodzee today. They're a company that makes sunglasses out of natural materials in really funky styles. They're also involved in a program where they plant a tree for every pair sold, and offer a recycling program where they offer you 40% off for trading in your old or broken sunnies. Cool huh?
They have a great fit. They're lightweight. And they have a really cool retro look to them that's, well, pretty trendy right now. Oh and I also like that, unlike my aviators, they don't rip out my hair when I tuck them up onto top of my head. Keeping hair, definitely a bonus.
The darkness of the glass is perfect. My sensitive eyes love that extra bit of tint, and I think that they'll be my winter pair, as peeking out of my parka and furry hood they'll totally make a statement. I can't believe I'm saying this, but they kind of make me excited for the snow to come. Crazy I know!
Oh and guess what? You can totally win a pair of your own right now. Woodzee is generously giving away a $90 shop credit so you can pick up your own pair. I wish I could enter. There's a few other pairs I have my eye on.