Saturday, 16 September 2017

Behind The Scenes Sarnia Fashion Photo Shoot | Lace and Charm


Last week I chased the evening light in downtown Sarnia with an awesome crew. I had the pleasure of being the makeup artist for the fall Lace and Charm photo shoots with Proper Photography. The LC Dolls were beautiful and daring, climbing and posing to get the perfect shot. L&C co founder Christina is always a pleasure to work with, she is kind, encouraging and fun to be around. I loved watching Ryan from Proper Photography in action as he manoeuvred himself and lighting to capture the clothing and the models, in the perfect scene and light. I love to create and feel so blessed when I get to work with others who enjoy the process as well. I hope you enjoy the little video I put together of some behind the scenes action from our first shoot night as well as my photos below.

Thanks for hanging with me!
xoxo
Audrey

P.S. Learn more about working with me on my website. 

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Lake Life

Thank you mom and dad for giving our family a lake life. I appreciate our cozy cottage home on a street that leads to the beach. My childhood summers were sand and sunsets, a warm place to sit and dream and a place that calms my soul. Every time I dive into the water I feel refreshed! You didn't just give us the lake life, you have blessed us for generations to come. We have lake water in our veins, it's who we are, the lake is our life.
























Saturday, 9 September 2017

OOTD Sept 9, 2017 | Weekend Style




I am going to start a new series on my blog of outfit posts. I have done this twice while pregnant because I put so much more thought into dressing my changing body. I have been refreshing and organizing my wardrobe lately and really having fun with my outfits so I will be sharing them from time to time.

Today I dressed for errands, work and an afternoon date with Tyler, of more errands! My goal was comfort and chic and nothing that would show makeup if I got a little dirty during work.



Jacket - Levi
A piece you will see me where over and over and over again. I bought this jacket at a vintage store in Toronto while shopping with my mom and it totally holds sentimental value to me.

Top - Lace & Charm
A t-shirt with a cute neckline detail, need I say more.

Motto Jeggings - Lace & Charm
Ty and Luke were both digging the motto style on these, can you say "motto momma"!

Shoes - Shoes @ 144 Front
I love these shoe booties, I consider this a three season shoe. I love the lift in the tiny heal but it's thick so it's comfortable too!

Bag & Shades - H&M
Big glasses to hide the bags after all nighters on mom duty and a big bag to hold everything from lipstick to diapers.



I first fell in love with reading fashion blogs. Below are two of the first blogs I followed regularly when I fell in love with the blog world 8 years ago, and I still love them today. Some people may advise you to focus your blog to a specific topic but I love that this is my space where I can creatively share what interests me. That changes from time to time and is influenced by my different phases of life. Thanks for reading and hanging out with me hear, I really love creating and am so grateful to have you be a part of this story. 



xoxo
Audrey 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Currently Singing | Joshua Micah - Who Says?

Do you ever wake up singing a song and it sticks in your head for a few days. Maybe it's just a catchy tune but I always think it's a message from God. A little note He tucked inside your mind, kinda like that little note your mom may have tucked inside your lunch box as a kid.

The last few days I have been singing the song linked below, the line that's been running through my mind is "who says you have to have it all figured out". Oh my goodness, I am always trying to figure things out and make plans so far in advance. Gods in control, His plan is the best and often it's different than what I had planned.

I'm currently rocking out to this song (dance party) throwing my hands up to God and enjoying all the gifts He has in store for me today.

Joshua Micah - Who Says?


xoxo
Audrey

Monday, 4 September 2017

Luke Is Three



Luke,

You are a game changer.

A happiness bringer.

An intelligent mind.

A silly guy.

Your name means "light giving" and that is exactly what you do to our world. In three short years you have already spread so much light. Life with you is an exciting adventure.

Looking back at Lukey Luke!

Luke's Second Year


Luke's First Year (this one makes me cry)



Luke's Third Year video is currently in progress, watch for it soon. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Shop With Me At Lace & Charm | New Basics Collection | Autumn Events

I don't know about you guys but when I love a clothing item, I can see myself wearing it in different scenarios. As I try on piece after piece from Lace & Charm's collection, my mind runs wild as to the different adventures I could go on and the things I will accomplish wearing their beautiful clothes. Isn't fun how fashion and beauty allows us to transform ourselves each day! I just love being a woman.

I had the pleasure of shopping Lace & Charm's new basic collection as well as their summer sale items this past weekend. I am excited to bring you guys along for a behind the scenes look at how L&C puts their collections together. Check out the video below, pictures and tips on how to take your summer fashions into fall.




Shop Lace & Charm

Tips For Transitioning Summer Pieces Into Fall

1. Layer your off the shoulder tops with a pretty shall.

2. Consider pairing your summer dresses with ankle or cowboy boots.

3. Layer summer dresses with leggings and cardigans.

4. Top any flirty summer tanks with a jean jacket for a timeless fashion statement.

5. Wear long sleeves under your favourite dusters and kimonos.

I would love to know how you get longer wear out of your favourite summer pieces.












Friday September 1, 2017 5pm - 9pm, Christina and I will be hanging out with the ladies of  Two Zero One Salon for a night of beauty and fashion during Sarnia's September First Friday. Two Zero One Salon will be doing summer braids and waves by appointment, you can shop the sale and new Lace & Charm collections and I will be doing complimentary makeup demos. September First Friday at Two Zero One is going to be the most fun, we hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Current Everyday Makeup | HAL



I am getting ready for the day and sharing the look I have been creating lately. In this video I show you a few different ways to use the makeup you have in your everyday collection. I hope you will check it out and share some techniques you have been using, in the comment section below.







Friday, 18 August 2017

National Breastfeeding Week 2017

As I scrolled through the awesome and beautiful pictures of #nationalbreastfeedingweek I felt proud that I too am enjoying my breastfeeding experience and at the same time remembered how defeated I felt looking at those same pictures, after deciding to feed Luke full time on the bottle with formula at 6 weeks.

Fed is best!

I feel extremely blessed that I have had two extreme opposite feeding experiences. My troubles with Luke allowed me to relax more going into breastfeeding Elizabeth which I think was a huge factor in her feeding experience and I also think my first feeding experience has made me cherish the second more.

Luke is so bright and intelligent and so Elizabeth and they were fed differently. They both are growing and healthy!

I connected with both of my newborns while feeding them and their father has been able to be included in feeding them too, which is so cool.

Breastfeeding awareness is so important, we need to talk about all the aspects of it, be comfortable with boobs in public as children nurse and support each other as mothers however we decide to feed our children. Awareness campaigns like this are awesome if we keep it real and share honestly.

Feeding our babies is not always glamorous but it is always awesome.

If you want to know more about my feeding experiences check out the videos below and please feel free to share your thoughts as well. As always, lets keep it real mommas!








Monday, 14 August 2017

Family Vacation | Muskoka | Life Episode | Canadian YouTube Family

Our Muskoka family vacation was one for the books. It was our first vacation as a family of four and I am so glad I was able to capture lots of little moments throughout the trip on video. Our surroundings on Lake Joseph in Muskoka were beautiful. Check out some highlights from our family vacation in the video below. If you liked this video please give it a thumbs up, comment and share it with your friends. We love sharing our lives and getting to know you better too.


xoxo
Audrey 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sheet Masks | For Beloved Girl



If we are friends on Instagram and you like to hang out in Insta Stories like I do, then you have probably seen me looking crazy wearing a sheet mask.

I had the opportunity to try out a variety of sheet masks from the company For Beloved One and I am excited to now share my thoughts with you on the brand and sheet masks in general.

Once you get past the fact that you look crazy while wearing a sheet mask, I promise you are going to fall in love with this raging beauty trend. I have learned through some beauty research why sheet masks are so awesome. A sheet mask is loaded with lots of vitamins and hydrating serums and when we place that on our face, sealed with the mask fabric, it gives our skin a better opportunity to absorb all those rejuvenating ingredients. When we apply serums and moisturizers conventionally on a daily basis, our skin absorbs a portion of the product but a portion also absorbs into the atmosphere. A sheet mask allows our skin to get a super boost of nutrients in a short period of time.

After using a sheet mask my skin always feels instantly more plump, it goes from raisin to grape, you know what I mean. You get instant results with these beauty tools which is why I recommend this product for anyone prepping for a special event makeup application.

The packaging says to leave them on your skin for 15 minutes but I normally wear mine for at least 30 minutes or longer.

The very cool and unique characteristic of the For Beloved One sheet masks, is that they are created from a bio-cellulose bio medical material which was created to aid in medical artificial skin and cardiovascular repair. There are many sheet masks on the market but the For Beloved One formulation is the first sheet mask of its kind. The creator worked in the beauty industry for years and when Margaret Wu started For Beloved One she set the bar high for the quality of ingredients she would use in her products, with the goal of caring for female skin.

You can learn more about For Beloved One on their website and where you can shop these amazing products near you.

As I said, I think sheet masks are a wonderful treatment to use the night before or morning of a big event, to give you an extra special glow. My skins moisture levels have also improved after using these masks regularly on a weekly basis, so I would also recommend them as a product you could add to your weekly at home facial regime.

I would love to know if you have tried sheets masks, what brands you love and what your experience has been with this beauty trend, please comment below.

look good, feel good
Audrey




Friday, 4 August 2017

Muskoka Boat Ride

Thanks to our friends Karli and Adam for the awesome boat ride around some Muskoka Lakes. The beauty of Muskoka never gets old.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Keep Your Eyes Up




I went for a big paddle board alone while we were on vacation in Muskoka (thanks Coco aka my mother in law). If you read my post from a few weeks ago about my fear of the water  then you know this was a pretty big feat for myself.

As I paddled further away from our cabin's boathouse, I started to have small moments of panic when I looked down into the dark water. Lake Jospeh is actually pretty dark water, much darker than Lake Huron. I battled this by simply not looking down and letting my mind wander into silly thoughts. I kept my focus up on the beauty that surrounded me.

This made me think of a Bible verse I had heard before, I couldn't quite remember it but I knew I had heard some lessons about keeping my focus on God even in moments of fear and doubt.

Psalm 16:8 (NIV)
I keep my eye always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

So I kept my eyes up and focused on the trees, the rocks, the sailors on the lake and talked to God. I was working pretty hard as I started my paddle into the wind and loved how refreshing the water felt when my feet and legs got splashed as I moved along. I learned a few lessons while I was on the water and loved just being in nature alone. I was grateful for the paddle.

When I am scared or worried its easy to get sucked into a spiral of negative thinking but that only leaves me exhausted and even more distraught. And, I have missed everything that moment in life had to offer.

If I had allowed myself to look down and be afraid, I would have turned around and went back to shore. I would have missed the moment, the beauty and the lessons I learned while chatting with my Heavenly Father on the water. I will not be defined by my fear, I will keep going because I know if I keep my focus on God, he will take care of me.

xoxo
Audrey