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What To Wear: Mom and a Toddler on a Rainy Day

mom toddler fashion on rainy days

mom toddler fashion on rainy days

Before motherhood, I only wear modern style trench coats. I am still a fan of the ones by m0851 but I can’t wear them when I go to the park with my toddler boy. I start looking for casual options that would still look great when I walk in the city streets. I find the perfect casual waterproof coat when I try the Avenue Jacket by Lolë. I bought mine at Simon’s, thanks to a $250 complimentary gift card that Simons sent me for the launch of their Facebook page. It has been a month since my purchase and it fits my urban mom lifestyle. I wear it often.

I selected the Avenue Jacket for its soft fabric, the coat length, the spacious zip hand pockets, its adjustable hood, and a cinching system at the back waist to tailor the style. I only wish that the interior passport pocket has a zip.

To protect with feet, the nice people at BOGS sent me for free two pairs of feminine rain shoes from their spring collection. Every mom needs at least a pair of casual rain boots that look great. I think that these fit the bill. The spring weather in  Montreal meant that I need to wear a few times the Charlot model to walk in the streets. I like them. I just wait for warmer temperature to wear Rose; I think that Rose will be very handy in the summer time. Both pairs look pretty. You should check them out.

Zack’s red rubberised parka is by Zara. He looks like a little boy in it. The coat fits him well.

+  Avenue Jacket at Lolë $220 CAD
+  Red rubberised parka for baby boy at Zara $29 CAD
+ Charlot Gum Rubber Boots in blue by Bogs $80 USD
+ Rose shoes in red by Bogs $70 USD


My Must-Haves at Fish Eddy for Spring and Summer Entertaining

sunday brunch

party glasses like1959

Shown here: Party Glass $5 USD

Fish Eddy introduced a new line of party glasses that are simply too adorable to ignore. I imagine myself drinking juice or iced tea in any one of the 4 cheerful mod tumblers this summer.

I compiled the things I like for a cozy brunch at home from a metropolitan look to the girl ion the garden. I love the golden yellow of the egg tray holder.

sunday brunch

Shown here: Take 5 Dishtowel Pair $14.95 USD | Golden Egg Holder Tray $9.95 USD |  Milk Bottle Robin Egg 8 oz $6.95 USD | From the Charley Harper Collection designed by Todd Oldham for Fish Eddy School of Fish Tray $32.95 USD, Sunset Glass $5 USD Charley Harper Orange Fish Coupe Plate $14.95 USD |  Take 5 Mug $10.95 USD and plate

Shopping at Fish Eddy is definitively on my to-do list for my next trip to New York City. They are located on Broadway at 19th Street. If you do not live in New York, you can always shop at their online store.


Spring Garden Sweet and Savory Table

Garden table flowers

Garden table flowers

This wonderful garden themed table was designed by Kreavie for a Sweet 16 birthday party. You could recycle the concept for a baby shower or a toddler birthday. The mix of sweet and savory food provides an occasion to be more creative with the food presentation.

spring garden buffet table food

Details that are worth stealing are the chocolate cupcake in a terra-cotta flower pot, the vegetable chips (turnips, carrots, green beans) and a roll of kraft paper became a tablecloth. O.xide Design used seasonal flowers in garden containers to set the mood. The cones are made of bamboo.

+ Sweet 16 Sweet and Savory Table from Kreavie
+ Floral Design: O.xide Design
+ Photos: Julia C.Vona


“Birds in a Nest” and Easter Bunny Tabletops

bird in a nest plate and tabletop

I got you last-minute tabletop inspirations for Easter. This design is based on bird and nest to pair with the housewarming food presentation ideas that I presented earlier this week.

easter bunny themed tabletop

All you need to create an impact is a few tableware items based on your theme. You could go with an Easter bunny or a “bird in a nest” salad plate next to a “birds on a tree” salt and pepper set. Continue Reading


Food Presentation Ideas for Easter

food presentation for an easter or a housewarming party

food presentation for an easter or a housewarming party

I came across the wonderful housewarming party planned by Jessica of Modern Moments in collaboration with photographer Courtney Jade. The style of the buffet table was developed around the nest, which is a theme all appropriate for Easter. Look at how a lemon gained interest when it rested on a nest.

food presentation of savory appetizers

They opted for a mix of sweet and savory food. See how original is the way they serve a Caesar salad. Paying attention to food presentation brings its rewards. If you use your imagination, you can keep the food simple and impress without passing too much time in the kitchen. And what I like about this concept is that you can do a lot in advance: shopping for your props and designing the table.

tulip centerpieces

Finally, look at how easy it is to create a wonderful centerpiece with seasonal flowers. Tall wine glasses are a good option if the flower stems are kept short.

I wish that looking at these pictures have inspired you to to adapt the theme to your style of entertaining.

+ Welcome to our little nest housewarming party from Modern Moments – photos by Courtney Jade Photography
+ Arbor Mist Brunch by Hostess with the Mostess – includes free printables


Owl Theme for a Bathroom

give a hoot shower curtain

give a hoot shower curtain

The owl theme is popular for a nursery and invites. Now, you can have it for your bathroom decor. Last Friday afternoon, I took a few hours off the baby world for a quick stop of one of my favorite stores in Montreal, Maison Simons. I often buy at Simons my everyday kitchen linens. I stopped by the bathroom department to check the bathroom accessories since I need a soap dispenser for my baby son’s bathroom.

orange chenille bath rug

I stopped by the shower curtain section. Changing the shower curtain is a quick and easy way to update a decor. The Give a Hoot shower curtain caught my eye. I would coordinate it with that orange chenille bath rug. I like it so much that I’m contemplating the idea of putting this playful theme in my baby son’s bathroom, even though I already bought a shower curtain.

orange and blue bathroom accessories

Consider these bright bathroom accessories to continue on the orange and blue theme. The colors are invigorating as the idea that Spring is here.

orange and blue bath towels

Note that Maison Simons now runs an online store. Unfortunately, only a subset of their merchandise is available online.

Orange chenille bath rug $30 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Zesty citrus bathroom accessories $5 – $20 CAD


How to Force Branches and Bulbs

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

It’s hard to resist the bunches of colourful spring blooms that show up at markets, florists and corner stores at the time of year. If you’re craving a hit of colour but prefer your floral arrangements a little on the wild side, forcing branches or bulbs is a perfect way to bring some outside, inside – and very inexpensively at that. Flowering branches would make a dramatic centrepiece at your Easter table or a pretty addition to an entryway.

forcing branches spring forsythia apartment therapy

Not a green thumb? It can be difficult to know just which shrubs will flower. Country Home magazine suggests looking for shrubs with long branches and several plump buds. For those of you in the southern states, your shrubs may have already started to bloom outdoors; the further north you live, the better your chances of finding branches with buds. Though it doesn’t take much to prepare branches to bloom – a fresh cut, a quick hit to the ends with a hammer and some room temperature water will do the trick – keep in mind that different varieties require longer time to bloom. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac for a reference guide.

If you don’t have access to branches in your backyard (or don’t want to get caught “borrowing” them from a public space), you can also force spring bulbs, which are readily available in garden centres or home improvement stores. I love the contrast of the banged up, painted tin cans with the neat appearance of daffodil sprouts, shown by Camilla Fabri of Family Chic. And don’t miss this hyacinth how-to over at The Art of Doing Stuff; Karen shows several ways to transform a plastic pot of flowers into super stylish groupings.

If you’re a first time flower forcer, check out the sourcing section below for more tips and how tos. How are you planning to you bring a little spring inside?

Forcing Branches into Blooms Indoors from The Farmer’s Almanac
+ Forcing Branches from Country Home Magazine
+ Forcing Branches on The Marion House Blog (wonderful examples of using branches in different spaces)
+ Forcing Spring in A Can from Family Chic
+ Ways to Display Hyacinth from The Art of Doing Stuff


Paper Source’s Note Cubes and Pads for Spring

note cubes with spring and summer patterns

note cubes with spring and summer patterns

I have a thing for note cubes and note pads with a magnet on the back. I used them all the time. I am always on the look up for great design. Although it snows all day, I began my search for Spring patterns.

magnets and notepad with spring patterns

I am in awe with the Bicycle  and the Daisy collection at Paper Source. I so wish that they operate a Canadian store at this moment. I am afraid of the delivery fees from US due to the weight of cubes.

+ Bicycle Note Cube $16.95 USD at Paper Source
+ Daisy Note Cube $16.95 USD at Paper Source
+ Daisy Recipe Box $13.50 USD
+ Daisy Collection Magnets $15.95 USD for a set of 10
+ Bicycle Magnet Notepad $6.95 USD