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With so much on the go, all of us end up feeling a little unbalanced from time to time. If you’re looking for some tips to help achieve balance in your life, I encourage you to check out Basically Balanced. It’s a blog dedicated to providing tips and tricks to help you achieve a more balance life – and who doesn’t want that? 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

“The goal of this blog is to show you the steps you can take to establish the balanced life you have wanted! This includes your environment, which is why I will talk a lot about home décor and design as well as the types of people and relationships you surround yourself with. This includes health and fitness, which is why you will see a lot of easy to understand information about developing healthy relationships with food and exercise on my blog. This includes fashion and beauty, because when done in a balanced way these can enhance the way we feel about ourselves and allow us to be creative and express our unique taste. And of course this includes mental health which is why there is an entire section of my blog dedicate to this topic which is where I hope to share information, resources on how to get the help you need, and tools for practicing the strategies that we know work to help us establish balance and overall happiness!  We have to strip away all of the demands, stress, and expectations in our life and really get down to the basics to establish thriving balance. And remember… i’m in it with ya! I am not there yet,  but for now I am ok with being Basically Balanced.”

I feel more balanced already! 🙂

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I finally headed over to Michael’s to buy some yarn for this project. I followed a great tutorial on YouTube and had my scarf done in about an hour and a half after a couple of false starts. Easy peasy, and super cozy – I’m ready for fall! I used 3 skeins of Lion’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in Sequoia. It loops around my neck twice to make a cowl and I used the three strands at once vs the two they show in the tutorial.



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So – what do you think of the 2014 Pantone color of the year?


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Very interesting blog post about jeans!

Gap and Old Navy Make Mom Jeans.

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My friend Nicki came down to visit from Montreal; she arrived Friday afternoon and we met up at the Eaton Centre downtown to kick-start the weekend with some much-needed shopping. I ended up buying a couple of tops at RW & Co, a scarf at H&M and then splurged and spent $580 at Victoria’s Secret. What can I say…a girl needs underthings. 🙂

I really enjoyed the Eaton Centre – it’s a great mall with awesome stores. I held back from buying a purse at Michael Kors. Since I typically buy a new purse twice  a year (spring/summer and fall/winter), I know forking out $400 for a bag I’ll only use for 6 months isn’t a very good idea…

I was also in the market for a new perfume and we sniffed a ton at Sephora’s but with all the other fumes in the air, it was hard to focus. LOL I didn’t know Jennifer Aniston had a perfume out – smelled very beachy. I’ll have to revisit the perfume-shopping on a less busy shopping time to avoid another fume-fest.

Saturday was wine country day – we did the Wine & Chocolate festival, visited 6 wineries and stopped at Ravine’s for lunch. Yum. 🙂 Our evening was quiet, spent at home gabbing, watching some TV, sipping sparkling wine and then ice wine…

It seemed like the weekend flew by and then it was already time to say goodbye.

Awesome weekend!!

I’m already making my list for the next shopping excursion. 🙂

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OOuuuuuu What do we have here…?

This could be the one.

New Guess bag/collection released on their web site.


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So I went on an online shopping spree yesterday. I had some work to do and in between gaps (times where I was waiting for processes to run while sitting in front of my computer), I shopped. Put me in front of a computer with time to spare and it’s a dangerous, dangerous thing. But – I hadn’t gone fall shopping yet (I know – so late!!) so figured now was a good a time as any.

The loot below is en route as we speak! This time I shopped at stores I don’t normally shop at so it’ll be interesting to see the fabric/fit/quality once they arrive. ‘Cause I’m adventurous like that. 🙂

Once you find your right size at a new store, it’s super-easy to shop online going forward. I have yet to return anything I’ve bought online. Tip – use their measurement charts – they’re there for a reason. 🙂

From Banana Republic:

Cute top - under a black cardigan in fall/winter and sleeveless in the warmer months. I love ruffles.

Fall trends: Tie-neck blouse and animal print (2 for 1!!)

From the Gap:

The only thing I’ve ever bought from the Gap previously were jeans… But they have some very cute stuff these days.

I got both the blouse and the sweater. Cozy.

From Old Navy (I love this store for basics/layering but found a couple of cuties this time):

Chiffon blouse will go perfect underneath my raspberry-coloured wrap cardigan from VS..

Who doesn't love a winter sweater? Picture it paired with jeans, a cami and a mug of hot chocolate. Need I say more?

From Talbots:

I needed a pair of good, simple black pants. I got these (but in black). I like that Julianne Moore is the new face for Talbots and I saw her in a magazine ad so I checked out the site.

I also spent my egift card at VS (received for my bday – thanks Christina!!) but I won’t be posting my purchase details on the internet. 🙂

There are some other stores I’m curious about and will eventually buy from. Like White House Black Market – they have some great clothes for work. The reviews from other shoppers are on the site and are positive – that’s always a good sign. Club Monaco is another. I used to be a Reitmans fan back in the day (and they have a new online store now) but I lean more towards their sister stores Cassis and RW-Co lately – but those don’t have online shopping (yet!). And H&M is always good for trends (no online option). So, when I hit the mall I make sure to visit the stores with no online shopping option first. 🙂

You may have noticed that I have yet to buy a fall/winter 2011 bag. I’m still on the hunt…nothing has called out to me yet. what can you do?!

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