Thursday, July 31, 2014

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese - New Maternity Collection

When breastfeeding our babies, especially in the first stages, moms often if not always feel, tired and anything but glamorous. Well not anymore! While you will most definitely still be exhausted, you can look super sexy with no extra effort thanks to bombshell Ms. Dita Von Teese. The sexy fashion icon just launched a limited edition collection, Von Follies by Dita Von Tesse, in collaboration with Destination Maternity with an aim to help new mom's retain their sexy side. 
“The collection I created with Destination Maternity is designed to capture the spirit of retro glamour, while inspiring confidence and meeting the practical requirements and everyday needs of a new mother.”


The collection features stunning nursing bras (I'm not nursing anymore and I want one!) that are available with and without wire (hallelujah!) and matching panties that even feature a control panel for support. Functional and fabulous! The line ranges from $39 to $55 (US), which is pretty affordable if you ask me. 
“Elegant underpinnings are a simple way to create everyday moments of luxury and beauty, and why wouldn't a new mother enjoy beautiful lingerie, too?” 

Breastfeeding mamas would you wear any of the pieces in this collection? Let us know your comments below :)
And be sure to check out the full collection here.




Monday, June 16, 2014

Keurig Rivo – Review & Giveaway

The friendly folks at National PR recently offered the opportunity to review Keurig’s newest coffee maker – the Keurig Rivo Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte system. We know all too well how a good cup of coffee can be a key element in starting the day off right for any sleep-deprived mom, so we were really excited to give it a try!
  


Named, after the word ‘Revolutionary’ in Italian, the Keurig Rivo system is just that. It’s a first time innovation for Keurig for espresso-based beverages in Canada and it will truly change the way you drink coffee. We all wish we could have the delicious cappuccinos, mochas and lattes we treat ourselves to when we head out to a local coffee shop, but why not have the same ‘fancy’ beverages at home? We’ve seen so many espresso machines that are big and bulky with tons of complicated settings that are either too intimidating to try, or get used a handful of times and then left taking up space on the counter to gather dust. Well that’s not the case with the Rivo! The size is not much larger than a regular coffee machine so it fits nicely on your countertop, and it has the legendary simplicity Keurig is known for. With just 5 easy buttons it’s so simple to make your favourite drink at home time and time again. And as busy moms, simplicity is always key!  

 

The Rivo is a two-part system - one half looks like conventional Keurigs with a water reservoir and the other half, has a frothing pitcher that allows you to froth for your cappuccino or latte. That’s right, no milk pod, just fresh frothy milk that makes you feel like a real a barista and gives you that real authentic taste. It also allows you to choose the kind of milk you want to use whether its skim, whole or non-dairy if you prefer.

 

Keurig even teamed up with Italy's favourite coffee roaster, Lavazza to offer delicious, authentic Italian espresso in special Rivo cups, designed specifically for this system. Whether you enjoy something sweet and citrusy or bold and full-bodied, there is something for everyone.



The only downfall is that the Rivo only takes the R-Cups and does not use Keurig’s traditional K-Cups, which also offer tea and hot chocolate, but if you’re a true coffee lover that won’t even matter because you still have over 30 options of delicious hot or cold drinks to make!

The Rivo is definitely a must have, and we want you to have the opportunity to try it too! So we’re giving one away!!


As simple as making an espresso, all you have to do to enter for your chance to win a brand Keurig Rivo Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte system along with a variety of delicious Rivo packs is to leave a comment below!


Good Luck! 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Egypt x Ralph Lauren

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's 3-year-old son Egypt made his runway debut on Monday at the Ralph Lauren Fall '14 Children's Fashion Show at the New York Public Library in Support of Literacy. The impossibly cute tot stole the show and even strutted his stuff down the catwalk with Ralph Lauren himself! Egypt's fashion debut was clearly nothing less than a success and of course his parents could not have been more proud!

Fashion, kids & a good cause? Sounds like the perfect event to us!




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Met Gala Fashion Roundup

Last night was the annual Met Gala aka the fashion holy grail, was held in New York city to celebrate their latest exhibit on Charles James - a midcentury artist who favoured elaborate architecture in his dresses. If there is one event of the year that you need to be paying close attention to in terms of fashion, this is the one! Every year, stars bring their fashion A game to this event, and this year did not disappoint!

Here are our faves and faux pas of the night!

Best Dresses:


1. Always the queen of the red carpet, we could not keep our eyes off Rihanna in this white hot Stella McCartney gown.
2. Reese Witherspoon certainly caught our attention in a form-fitting fuschia gown, also by Stella McCartney, that brought us back to her Legally Blonde days.
3. Karolina Korakova was theme-appropriate and recalled Charles James’ work with this absolutely show stopping Marchesa gown.

Honorable Mention:


We would expect nothing less than a grand entrance from fashion icon, and co-chair of the event, Mrs. SJP, and of course, she delivered! Every year, the Met Gala has a theme and Parker always follows-suit. Charles James was known to design dramatically large ball gowns, so of course Parker went BIG and who better to do that with than Oscar De La Renta. She brought the glam factor in a black and ivory ball gown fit for a real-life Carrie Bradshaw with over the top accessories including diamond embellished gloves and an updo adorned with white flowers.

One major part of the ensemble that surprised us was the branding splashed across the back of her dress. But there is an explanation for that!

“Did you see his name on the back?” SJP asked Vanity Fair, “I said to Mr. De la Renta, please let me use scarlet embroidery thread, and splash your name across the back. It was my idea. He would never in a million years have done it, he’s far too modest.”

Best Pant Suits:


In a sea full of glamorous gowns, these ladies really stood out in their fashion-forward pant suits!

1. Another amazing look by Stella McCartney last night - Cara Delevigne rocked this super sexy, yet masculine look on the red carpet.

2. Janelle Monae added a serious pop of color to her signature monochromatic suit style with this ah-mazing Tadashi Shoji cape and those super strappy sandals complemented it perfectly!

3. Kristen Wiig sparkled in her all black errything Balenciaga pant look.

Hot Couples:


Three of our favourite hot young couples hit the red carpet looking nothing less than amazing!

1. Emma Stone was pink perfection in this amazing  Thakoon  ensemble! We cannot get over how gorgeous she looks in that color, and her hair and makeup game were equally on point! She walked alongside her Spiderman 2 real life boyfriend Andrew Garfield looking sharp in a complimentary silver Band of Outsiders Blazer.

2. Blake Lively was a golden Gucci goddess in a long sequined gown alongside her super sexy hubby Ryan Reynolds, also in Gucci.  The pair who are rarely seen on the red carpet together were very affectionate at the event and we could not get enough of them! Love!

3. Also in the running for cutest couple were A$AP Rocky & Chanel Iman, who held hands down the red carpet. Chanel wore a slinky silver Topshop dress with her rumored fiancé in a Topman suit.

Posh Parents:


1. Not much to say here! As usual, our favourite power couple, Jay & Bey shut it down! Beyonce stunned in an amazing crystal-studded custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown with mesh veil and Jay Z looked styled and sophisticated in his Givenchy suit - the white jacket is on point.

2. Coming in at close second to King and Queen Carter, Kim and Kanye, both dressed in Lanvin, look great as a newly married couple. While we might have gone with a different shoe choice and a little less leg (she’s rivaling Angelina in this one!) her blue satin dress is gorgeous and Kanye looks impeccable! That white vest is timeless and fashion forward, he's just missing that rare smile.


3. Finally these two have taken the plunge and stepped out together as a couple! Charlize Theron looks flawless in her black and white Dior Gown and Sean Penn is the perfect accessory in a coordinating classic black tux and white shirt.

Worst Dressed:


1. The usually fashion forward Solange totally missed the mark this time around. That hair, those shoes and that Phillip dress are all shades of wrong!

2. Wonder what was going on in Kate Upton’s head when she decided on this Dolce & Gabanna dress. The lace, the ruffles, the stripes, the corest... Less is more honey!

3. Katie Holmes also seemed to be taking Cinco de Mayo a little too literal with this unfortunate Marchesa gown. We expect a lot more from a Marchesa! The entire execution of this look fell flat. Her hair, makeup and even her posture!

WTF Were They Thinking:


Worst dressed was bad, but these are just on another level!

1. Of all the dresses! There are just no words to describe the atrocity that Maggie Gyllenhal’s Valentino dress brings to such a fabulous night of fashion. 

2. Prada not only failed to keep our girl Lupita in the best dressed category, but they completey failed Gabrielle Union with this feather getup. Just no.

3. We usually adore Neil Patrick Harris all dressed up! Why he decided to keep his broadway makeup on, and do his hubby David Burtka up the same way in cropped tuxes, is beyond our comprehension. 


Were you impressed by Fashion's biggest event? Which were your favourites?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tom's of Maine Children's Toothpaste

In honor of April being Oral Health month, Brill Communications introduced us to Tom’s of Maine children’s toothpaste to try with our kids and get the conversation going about the importance of Oral Health.

As moms, we are always on the lookout for the latest, greatest products for our kids especially those that are healthy, organic, sustainable, etc. When it comes to our children, we always want what’s best for them, so naturally (pun intended J) we were really excited to try out the Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, because they are a leading natural products company that provide high quality oral and personal care products.


Have you ever wondered what’s inside your child’s toothpaste? The types of chemicals that enter their mouth and are possibly swallowed? The people at Tom’s of Maine pride themselves on offering products that are free of artificial colors or flavors, Artificial preservatives like EDTA, formaldehyde, parabens, etc. and animal products. So now you might be wondering..without all the flash and color, how will this product appeal to my child that already needs convincing to brush his or her teeth? Well, for 1, the packaging is beautiful, and though the paste itself lacks a little color, the natural taste of fresh herbs and fruits will surely convince them!


My 3 and a half year old son, Jagger, tried out the New Wicked Cool fluoride-free toothpaste. It’s marketed for kids 8 years and older as it features a mild mint flavor for kids who have outgrown fruit or bubblegum flavors but aren’t quite ready for the strong mint flavors found in adult toothpastes, but my son had already been using strong mint flavored toothpaste, so this was right up his alley! The only difference is that being fluoride free and natural, I became more at ease with him using it. He was so excited to have a new toothpaste all his own that looked just as Wicked Cool as it said. He was also pretty proud to spot his new toothpaste featured in a magazine as he flipped through my latest issue of Today’s Parent.

New favourite toothpaste!






















Yussie’s son Kion, also three years old, still prefers the fresh taste of fruits, so the Silly Strawberry toothpaste was perfect for him! No need for sparkles or artificial flavour when he can start the day with a taste of his favourite fruit! Also being fluoride-free, no need to worry about any accidental swallows!


Flashing those pearly whites!

Brushing our teeth is such a natural part of our everyday routine, but sometimes we forget to take a little time, outside of our early morning rush, and bedtime routine to teach our kids why taking care of our teeth is so important. If you haven’t done it already, now is the perfect time to visit the dentist, schedule your next appointment, or try a new toothpaste!

Check out the Tom’s of Maine website for more information on their products! 



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Simply Gorgeous - Ciara for W Magazine

As we've mentioned before, Ciara has no issues showing off her gorgeous baby bump all over her social media accounts and now you can see her in all her preggo glory in the latest issue of W Magazine. The photos are timeless, chic and she looks beyond beautiful. 

Flawless in a white Donna Karan New York gown
“Pregnancy has been a great fashion challenge because you can’t wear things that you used to wear but you still want to feel like who you are,” Ciara told W. “I have to pay some credit to my fiancé’s closet, because I have worn probably all of his clothes.” Ha! We all relate to that in some ways. I remember dabbling into my man's closet for some comfy sweats when my belly was too big to fit into anything I owned. 

Stunning, even in the mud! Ha! 

Regardless of what she is wearing, this mama to be is simply radiant and we can't wait for her to show of her little baby boy when he decides to make his worldly debut. 

Loving this Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons jacket

Check out the full spread, titled Simply Ciara, here. Enjoy!






Friday, April 4, 2014

Baby #2 for Snooki!

Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki just announced, via Us Weekly that she is pregnant with her second child! Snooki and fiance Jionni are already parents to super cute, 19 month old, son Lorenzo. Her announcement comes not to long after bestie J Woow announced she was pregnant this past January. How fun to be preggo with your bestie! I know all too well - Joanna and I both had over lapping pregnancies (and mat leaves) with each of our children and it was the best! It's so great to have someone going through the same thing as you, especially something as amazing as a pregnancy. 



I couldn't be happier for Nicole, she has really turned her life around since having Lorenzo. She is killing her fitness game (and looks amazing by the way), her clothing business is growing, she has best-selling books and she seems like a very involved, and an amazing mother to her son. Adding a second child to your life is a huge decision, and from personal experience one of the best gifts you can give your family! She has lots to look forward to this year; a wedding, a new baby, watching little Enzo reach new milestones and moving into her first house. It's going to be a wild ride these next few months and I'm rooting for her! 



Congrats to Nicole and her cute little family!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ciara Bumpin It Up!

Ever since announcing her pregnancy back in January on The View, Ciara has not been shy about giving her fans a glimpse into her pregnancy lifestyle. Her Instagram is chalk full of photos of her ever growing baby bump and I have to say, she is seriously the cutest person alive. Not only is she fresh faced the majority of the time (and dayum is she gorgeous!) but she is rocking her belly like no other! 

Looking cute rockin her baby bump!
She even gave us a look into her babyshower which had other fabulous mommy guests like Lala Vazquez and Kim Kardashian.

Baby Shower Fabulousness!

But for the real fun, check out this beyond adorable video of Ciara and her dad getting their groove on! I mean, seriously, this has to be the cutest daughter dad duo, ever. LOL.


I'm really loving how well she is embracing her pregnancy and just how fabulous and positive she has been looking lately. Be sure to check out her Instagram for even more videos and photos.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Wow Mom

A few weeks ago I had the honour of being featured on The Wow Mom. The blog features an array of amazing moms who share their insights into motherhood, their everyday must haves and how they juggle it all. It includes interviews with inspirational women like ET Canada's Natasha Gargiulo, Yummy Mummy Club's Erica Ehm and Editor-in-Chief and Founder of COCOLILY Magazine, Renee Dimitrovski (just to name a few), along with fabulous must haves and wow tips for moms.


It is an amazing site run by the original Wow Mom herself - Tuti Do. She's a colleague, a friend and someone I personally look up to, so you could imagine how flattered I was when she asked me to be a Wow Mom. Tuti is a PR maven and owner of her own public relations and marketing agency - Rev Communications, a mom of 2 beautiful kids and somehow on top of it all, she still finds time in her days to showcase all these fabulous women on The WowMom!

So if you want to get to know me a little better, and see my Wow Mom secrets, tips and must-haves check out my interview here and visit The Wow Mom to be inspired by all the other amazing, strong and hard working women that are featured on the site. I almost feel unworthy to be among them! It is a really empowering site, and a wonderful celebration of women. So go ahead and take a look, because it will definitely make you say Wow!




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oh Joy! A Fabulous New Party Collection for Target

We were recently invited to attend a Spring celebration event for a special viewing of the new Oh Joy! Party Collection for Target - 1 of 3 exclusive party collections Target collaborated on with top Pinterest pinners including Jan Halvarson, co-founder of the design blog Poppytalk, and Kate Arends, the creative mind behind lifestyle blog Wit & Delight.


We appropriately dressed for the occasion in the latest duds from Target’s most recent designer collaborations. Joanna, rocked the head to toe spring floral trend in Sarah Stevenson for Target, and Yussie donned a figure flattering, perfect for spring dress from the Peter Pilotto collection.  


But enough about us! The oh-so-cute party collection was amazing! It’s the perfect outdoor dining set that will make future get-togethers easy to plan, but will also make your set up look effortlessly fabulous!

The founder and creative director of Oh Joy! is a blogger, designer and Pinterest aficionado, Joy Cho, and her passion for pattern and color really come through in her designs for this particular collection.


“I drew inspiration for my collection from the summery colours that surround me in Los Angeles, and from the kinds of patterns I love to mix and match on a daily basis.”



 


The event was completely set up using all her collection pieces and we died for all of them. We could not get enough of the amazing color palette of coral and teal with a touch of gold that added an extra element of chic to every item! Take a look below for some of our favourite pieces (warning; we loved everything so get ready for picture overload lol).

Loved these unique rectangular shaped paper dinner plates with fun patterns and the colorful napkins with scalloped edges. (it's all in the details!)
Serve in style with this matching melamine serving tray and fun paper cups and straws.
These pitchers are super chic with their stand out golden handles.
Keep your drinks cold with this nice ice bucket,  and super cool, layered juice cube tray that the kids would definitely enjoy!

Use this European water bottle to put your water on ice, and don't get your drinks mixed up with this cute multi-colored set of gold rimmed goblets.

It's not a party unless there is cake! Keep it fresh in this Cake Stand with fun cake topper/stir sticks.

Light up the night with super cute strands of color-dipped mini lanterns. The best part? They are battery packed so you can put them anywhere from your gazebo to the fence.

Add that extra splash of gold glam to every table with this jumbo gold confetti!

At the end of the night, you can pack it all up in this fabulous reusable tote bag, until your next party or shopping spree!

Even the trash bags have style! 
To see the full collection with prices and details, click here.

Don’t you just love everything about this collection? We cannot wait for some nicer weather (it is coming soon, we hope!), so we can plan a backyard party and have the opportunity to blow our guests away with some of these super cute pieces. They are perfect for spring and summer parties, get togethers, or just every day outdoor dining if you’re the type of person who spends every evening out on the back patio enjoying every last minute of the warmer weather.


The collection is available in store now for a limited time only, so ladies, make sure you head over to Target and grab some of your favourite pieces now!

Also be sure to keep an eye out for the following Summer collection - Poppytalkcoming out at the end of June.