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Friday, 27 January 2017

Mini & Me Style

Mama and Me Photos

As you might be able to tell, dressing up Emery is one of my favourite things to do. Currently she still lets me pick out her outfits, haha! I know that will change soon enough. One of my favourite places to get her clothes is from the Gap and Old Navy. They have the most adorable clothes around, and they always have great sales. I would definitely recommend signing up for their emails because they always send special promos & codes to their email subscribers. 

Mama and Me Photos

Toddler style

I also love picking out clothes for myself from the Gap and Old Navy as well. Buying denim from the Gap is my favourite place to buy jeans for our family. They have a huge selection of sizes, styles, and colors. I love how it's a one stop shop for the whole family.

Mama and Me Photos

This first set of pictures was from the fall when I was still hiding my baby belly. I could still button up these jeans, and I was into flowy tops like this blouse from Old Navy. Cozy sweaters are always a win in my books, especially when they have pockets. Seriously why does anything with pockets make it a million times better? Haha!

Mama and Me Photos

Toddler style

Let's just stop for a minute and talk about how adorable Emery is. I might be a little bias, haha! This hat and that sweater, and her little ripped jeans are just too much! 

On Emery: Old Navy Sweater and Hat, Gap Jeans and Runners
On Me: Old Navy sweater and blouse, Gap Jeans, Converse Runners and J.Crew Necklace

Mama and Me Photos

Maternity photos with a toddler

Mama and Me Photos

Mama and Me Photos

Maternity Photos

Flash forward a few months later, and we are both still rocking these jeans. I just undo the button & loop an elastic band through it. Thankfully the Gap has an awesome selection of maternity jeans when even the elastic band trick won't work, haha!

I usually buy Emery's clothes a size or two larger so they last awhile. You can always roll up the sleeves or cuff the pants up. These matching sweaters are actually from Old Navy from last year, and it still fits Emery. I just layered a tank top underneath for a little bit of extra length. Old Navy usually has matching things for Mama and daughter, which of course is so fun and hard to resist! I have my eye on these cute swing dresses for Mama and mini

Where do you find jeans for your family?

<3 Kastles

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Aveda's Rosemary Mint

Aveda Products

I have such fond memories of sleeping over at my Nana and Baba's house. It would usually involve playing with my Mom's old Barbies, watching movies with Root Beer floats, reading old Archie comics and getting my hair washed in the sink.

I loved laying down on the counter and having Nana wash my hair. She would always use Aveda's Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. I remember that refreshing smell and how good my hair would feel afterwards.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo

Naturally I was so excited to try out this wonderful line again. The shampoo and conditioner are just as I remember, so lovely. The smell is so invigorating and refreshing, it's definitely great for waking you up. As a Mama, anything that helps wake me up is an added bonus. 

Both products are light, and don't leave my hair feeling weighed down or heavy. I've been finding my hair on the greasier side this pregnancy so this duo is great for feeling lighter and clean.

Aveda Rosemary Mint

I was super excited to see they had some skin care products to their Rosemary Mint line. The body polish is great at exfoliating without being too rough. It leaves your skin tingly and refreshed from the mint. 

The hand relief moisturizing creme is great for throwing in your purse, and adds a little moisture and pep when your out on the go.

Have you ever tried the Aveda Rosemary Mint line before? Let me know!

<3 Kastles

Monday, 16 January 2017

Making It Work

How to dress a baby bump in the winter

During my last pregnancy, most of it was spent in the spring and summer. Which means my maternity style was a lot different and a little bit easier. I mostly just wore dresses. So this time I have had to be a little more creative and just make it work. 

Winter layers

Fur pom pom beanie

For items like tights I have just been buying a couple sizes of larger then normal. For items like sweaters, I have been gravitating to more stretchy knits and longer styles. This way they can grow with the bump and be worn with leggings.

Leather choker

Winter maternity style

Also accessories are a pregnant girls best friend, they always fit! Haha!

Fellow baby Mamas, how did you dress your bump? Share any tips you might have please!

<3 Kastles

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Knit Skirt: c/o Joe Fresh
Plaid Scarf: c/o Joe Fresh
Booties: Joe Fresh
Faux Fur Beanie: Joe Fresh
Leather Choker: c/o Duval


Friday, 13 January 2017

Keep Glowing

New Years Resolutions

As much as I love Christmas and all the fun that comes with it, I am happy for a fresh start with a New Year. The last couple of months have been nuts and I am ready to slow down and focus on the things that matter most.

With the New Year, Almay challenged me to start it off right with a list of resolutions to ensure I #KeepGlowing from the inside out! My ultimate goal for 2017 is to take better care of myself, and spend more quality time with my family.

In order to #KeepGlowing through the New Year, I plan on:

1. Eating a healthier breakfast. Plain toast and black tea are not a substantial breakfast to give me enough energy to chase after my toddler throughout the day. I'm hoping to make more smoothies filled with fruits and veggies, as well as some pre-made breakfasts like overnight oats. Or actually adding more nutritional value to my toast by incorporating things like avocado, tomatoes, eggs, etc. If you have any awesome breakfast recipes that are easy and healthy, please share!

Breakfast in Bed

2. Taking time to put myself together each day. This includes getting dressed in something that makes me feel beautiful and taking time to shower and do my make-up. Using Almay's New Healthy Glow Makeup + Self Tan is such an easy way to look radiant with minimal effort. It gives you medium coverage that perfects the look of your skin while you wear it, and gives you a streak-free, natural glow after your remove it. I love how this product helps to simplify my everyday beauty routine and keeps me looking radiant around the clock!

3. Remove my make-up before bed each night. Since I plan on taking care of myself from the inside out , I need to make sure I actually take off my make-up and wash my face each night. Removing my make-up is so much better for my skin and is so easy to do, especially with the help of Almay’s Eye Make-Up Remover Pads & Oil Free Gentle Makeup Remover Towelettes. It will really keep my skin feeling hydrated, soothed, and ready for the next day!

The best makeup remover

4. Slowing down and spending more intentional time with my little family. I feel like there are always things to do on my never ending list, and you know what things will always be on that list. My little girl won't be little forever – she grows more and more each day and spending intentional time with her should be a priority. This also includes spending time with all three of us together, without checking or phones or being distracted. This could be as easy as sitting down and reading stories together, doing a craft, going for a walk or something extra fun like going tobogganing.

Mother Daughter Photos

What are your New Year’s resolutions? How do you plan to #KeepGlowing throughout 2017? Please let me know! I would love to hear your goals!

Happy New Year to you all!

<3 Kastles
Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Vintage Doll Bed DIY with Thread Count Fabrics

DIY Doll Bed

I am so excited to finally share this blog post with you. This post is long over due, and I have had lots of questions in regards to our Pregnancy announcement post about the doll bed & dresses. Without further adieu, here are all the details.

Vintage Doll Bed Makeover

I was on the search all summer for a vintage doll bed for Emery's baby doll. I was so excited when we found this vintage doll bed on our Montana trip. It was only $10! I had great visions for giving it a makeover, especially since the paint was chipping (probably lead paint), the mattress was lumpy and the board underneath was stained. 

Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Fabric

Obviously, I had to find the perfect fabric to make a new mattress with. Enter Thread Count Fabrics. If you live in Edmonton you know our fabric store selection is pitiful, or really most places in Canada. I was so excited to find Thread Count Fabrics. They have an amazing selection of modern fabrics, including fabrics by my favourite illustrator Anna Rifle. The Rifle Paper Co. Fabrics are so beautiful and the creations you can make with them are endless!

Another thing I really love about Thread Count Fabrics is that it's run by a Mama who has two little girls. She started sewing Halloween costumes for them, and saw the void there was online for Modern Fabrics in Canada. There Thread Count Fabrics was born. I love following her on Instagram to see the latest fabrics and inspiration. I can't recommend her site and fabrics enough! 

Matching little girl and doll dress

Matching dresses

I was drawn to the Les Fleurs Collection in particular. Besides creating a new little mattress for her doll bed, I thought it would be fun to make matching dresses for Emery and her doll. The clothes those dolls come with are not cute, haha!

A little background on me for a second, I actually went to school for Fashion Design & Apparel. So I have a pretty good background in sewing but it had been many, many years since I had worked on any serious projects. 

Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Fabric

Knowing it had been awhile since my last sewing project, I wanted to keep things simple. My friend from Kneesocksandgoldilocks is always raving about Heidi & Finn patterns, so I took her advice and tried out one of them. I picked out the Pumpkin Spice dress & tunic pattern, and it was very straightforward and easy. Also very cute!

DIY doll and toddler dresses

To create the doll dress, I just shrunk the pattern pieces using my photocopier to the appropriate size. It took me a couple of tries to get it right. Let me tell you, I have mad respect for all those Etsy shop owners who make dolls and doll clothes. It is hard sewing that small! I did most of it on the machine and it took a lot of trial and error. I used a velcro closure on the back so it would be easier for Emery to take the dress off if she wanted. 

DIY Doll Bed

For the mattress, I just used a very simple and easy tutorial I found on Pinterest. You basically cut out a few rectangle pieces of fabric. I just traced my board (which my husband just cut me out a new piece of plywood to replace that gross board as shown above) to determine the size, plus added extra for some seam allowance. It's really just some basic stitching with some trimming. It does show options for adding buttons if you wanted. I started to add them but didn't like the look since I made my mattress quite thick. Depending on how thick you want your mattress to be, will determine if the buttons will work or not. 

Little Girls and their dolls

Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Dress

For the rest of the bed, we just sanded it down and repainted it using a basic white paint from Home Depot. It just turned out so darn cute, and I love that it will be a Heirloom piece that my daughter can hopefully pass down to her kids. 

This project definitely got my creative juices flowing again. I'm already dreaming of new projects with all the new pretty fabrics Thread Count has been getting in. I mean look at this Alice in Wonderland collection from Rilfe Paper Co.?!

Are you a sewer, or DIYer? What fun projects are you working on these days?

<3 Kastles

Monday, 2 January 2017

Maternity Style- Bell Sleeves

Oh Maternity style, we are here once again. Flowy tops are definitely a girls best friend during the first trimester. Your starting to show a little bit but are still keeping it a secret. I especially love the details on this Rayne Swing Top from Anthropologie. I find the lace details help draw your eyes upwards and distract you from the growing belly.

Bell Sleeve Blouse

Also can we talk about these beautiful sleeves? Not to mention how fun bell sleeves are to wear! Haha!

Bell sleeve blouse

Rose Gold Watch

How to style a bell sleeve top

Fall Trends: Bell Sleeve Tops

Have you tried out anything with bell sleeves yet? Also fellow preggos, what are your tips for dressing in the first trimester?

<3 Kastles

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Anthropologie Rayne Swing Top
Zara Distressed Jeans
Dolce Vita for Target Booties
Berg + Betts Rosegold Watch
Grey Crossbody Bag


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