Evening Light

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Lace and dark skinnies have been a fav combo of mine lately! I think because it’s still too cold to whip out the shorts, this is a fun way to wear boho tops as we are transitioning into warmer weather. This top was a score from Zara and I can say the details and design are so gorgeous – even more so in real life! I love anything lace, and this top just speaks to me!! I recently was told that I dress like how I decorate my home – which is just too funny! It made me realize that when a person has a certain style, it trickles out and shows through in all parts of your life – whether it’s your clothing, home decor, or your nail polish preference, style is unique and something that should always reflect you and who you are! So if you’re like me and dress like you’re wearing your lace curtains, don’t be ashamed!!

On another note, these espadrilles are a MUST. I scored them at Forever21 for $24 – and they are surprisingly enough good quality! Sometimes it’s a nice option to save vs. splurge on items in your closet – and these espadrilles are a prime example of that! I hope you all are having a beautiful week – I am enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps with some walks and park dates with my little babe. Stay tuned this week for Addi’s one year photoshoot I did, as well as her first birthday party! I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

xo, Amaris

Striped

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 Happy Monday! I am excited to start a fresh week – I swear the last seven days have been a blur.. Between a quick 4 day birthday trip to San Fran (thank you all for the birthday wishes btw) with my hubby, a sick baby, and birthday party prepping – it has felt so busy! Of course on our first trip leaving Addi behind, she catches a flu bug and is sick almost the entire time at my parent’s house. My mom waited a bit to tell me because she knew I would book the next flight home to be with Addilyn, so I had no clue! I am just glad she has the best nana who tended and took such good care of her. I have to say though, I felt the more guilty than I ever have in my life being away from Addi during such a hard time – she has never vomited (aside from spit up as a baby), and I felt terrible not being there for her while she was experiencing that.

Throughout the week when we got back, she still wasn’t herself – barely drinking or eating, and was sleeping constantly. Even on her actually birthday, she was just drowsy and so attached to me all day – nothing was making her happy! Friday night we ended up taking her into emerg to make sure she wasn’t dehydrated after she had thrown up and had diarrhea again. We ended up waiting for so long only to find out they said we are doing everything right and she just needs time to recover! After resting and sleeping through the night and most of the next day, we kept the plans for her party and even though she wasn’t fully herself, we still enjoyed the time with our family and friends! Both yesterday and today, she has been much more happy and feeling better – I am so relieved!

Anyways, this look is one that I can’t get enough of. A simple button down, skinnies and my new fav espadrilles (which I scored at the Shopbop friends & family sale)! I think these espadrilles will be on major repeat for spring and summer –  I couldn’t wait to pull them out!! Anyways this was a long post, but I wanted to fill you all in on Addi and thank always for the sweet get well wishes and support! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and are enjoying a fresh start to your week!

xo, Amaris

Morning Sunshine

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Pajama sets: c/o Sant and Abel (my top & bottom + Addi’s set)

Mornings are my favourite with Addilyn. She wakes up and is so happy and in the cutest mood. I seriously wake up before her each morning and watch her on the monitor, waiting for her to get up! I love that she is always so fun and playful first thing.

These matching pyjama sets from Sant and Abel are the cutest ever! I don’t always get to match Addi, so I was very excited when these came in the mail and I saw how cute we could be in our matching jammers. I think when she is older, this won’t even be an option, so I better get it out of my system now before she has the choice to tell me “no mom!”. Ha!

If you know me, or have followed me on Instagram for a while, I am jammie obsessed!! I swear I can’t go to bed with mismatched pajamas or cute ones at least – it’s a problem! Am I just weird or does anyone else have the same bizarre tendencies when it comes to sleepwear?

xo, Amaris

Crisp

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Blouse: c/o Liberty Lee | Jeans: Forever21 | Booties: Noul (old, love these) | Hat: Urban Outfitters | Sunnies: Urban Outfitters | Lipstick: Maybelline “Electric Orange

Addi’s Outfit – Top: Carter’s | Bottoms: c/o Rufus and Murdog | Shoes: Old Navy | Headband: c/o Andy Sachs

Happy Monday loves!! One thing for sure, is that I love simple, crisp pieces in my wardrobe because they are so easy to wear. This blouse from Liberty Lee, is one of those classic and timeless pieces that can be worn so many ways! I added a bright bold lip and a fun clutch to amp up this look – and make something that could be typically boring, become more fun! I plan on wearing this blouse over maxi’s this summer tied in the front, and even layering under some of my bold print cardigans! Creating new looks using the same pieces of clothing in your wardrobe allow for you to get more usage out of them. I think that is why adding timeless, and more basic pieces is key when wanting to get more use out of the clothes in your closet!

I know a lot of mamas would question me wearing a stark white shirt around my almost one year old, but I have yet to have an incident with messy hands on my white clothes – I also carry tide to-go in my purse (it’s been a lifesaver at times). I had to laugh at Addi in these photos with her two little bottom teeth! They are the only ones she has and she got them both a few months ago! We are patiently waiting the arrival of more, and she is definitely teething lately. I get asked a lot about where her headbands are from, and this one is by one of my favourite gals Andy Sachs – she has such cute ones and they are SO soft.
Anyways! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and have a great start to your week!

ps. Liberty Lee also has some darling swimsuits – Addi and I actually have a matching pair (here and here) and I can’t wait for us to sport them this summer!! Use the code: LBCLUVSLL to receive free shipping on your order!

xo, Amaris

Lace Details

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Cardi: c/o Sugar Love Boutique | Tee: Aritzia (similar here) | Distressed skinnies: Forever21 | Flats: Zara (old, similar here and here) | Sunnies: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: Forever21 (old, love this one and this one ) | Lipgloss: Buxom “White Russian

I am crazy about lace details for spring! This lace cardi has such a soft, romantic feel to it, I can’t get enough of it! I wore this look to a short day date my hubby and I had – with Addi alongside us of course ;). When spring comes along, I am typically more drawn to more feminine pieces, so this cardi was the perfect addition to my closet. Be sure to check out Sugar Love Boutique for more gorgeous and feminine pieces.

We are leaving Addi for this first time this weekend. For my birthday Joel surprised me with a trip to San Francisco! I have to say I am nervous beyond belief. I have never been gone from her for more than a period of 6 hours.. Of course each night she sleeps for 12-13 hours, but I can creepily sneak in her room and watch her sleep whenever I miss her. This is going to be super hard, but I know my hubby and I need this time together, and Addi spending the weekend with her Nana and Papa will be amazing for her too. It is so weird how attached I feel to her – I sometimes think I need her just as much as she needs me. This weekend will be a test, I hope I am able to enjoy my time away and relax! Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

xo, Amaris

Flowy Floral

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Dress: c/o Morning Lavender | Jean Jacket: Noul (similar here) | Booties: c/o Anthropologie | Hat: Forever21 (similar here) | Sunnies: Urban Outfitters | Lipgloss: Buxom “Lavender Cosmo

Spring is in the air! Well almost – we had another snowfall this week but it’s finally melted.. I have been so looking forward to shedding the winter layers and sporting simple, and easy looks like this one. This flowy floral number from Morning Lavender had me at hello! You all know me, I adore a floral print like no other. It was a no brainer to pair this with the perfect denim jacket – which I think each and every one of you need for both spring and summer. I purchased this baby last year when my old one had holes from me wearing it so often. It is my go to for adding that extra layer on cooler days and a major staple in my closet!

I wanted to quickly talk about my post I wrote last week on some things I have been going through lately! I want to thank you all for the support and feedback I received. It is so incredibly nice knowing am not alone in some of the things I have been experiencing, and I really needed that more than any of you know! I wrote that post, and felt such a weight lifted from me. I think it also changed my mindset a bit, and got me out of that funk I was in! This last weekend was a refresher, and I felt more like myself again, so thank you all for your kind words.

Anyways, for more inspiring spring looks, check out Morning Lavender on Instagram, or for more gorgeous and girly finds, head to Morning Lavender, I promise you won’t regret it! Be warned: you will want everything!!

xo, Amaris

Family

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Addi’s Outfit: Top: Gap (old) | Pants: Gap (old) | Boots: c/o Gracious May | Headband: c/o Snugars

This is a rare Saturday post – but I figured today is the perfect day to relive these sunny spring weather photos we took a few weeks ago – as I look out my window right now, it is cold, windy, and snowing! The worst right? Oh well, I hope it doesn’t last! Anyways, this was a beautiful spring day we had, and we took Addi to the park and enjoyed outside for a bit as a little family. I think this outfit is something I can be found wearing on a typical day with Addi, when we are out and about playing at the park or going for a walk.

This sweatshirt is from the cutest shop called Emoi Emoi – if you’re pregnant or a mama, you should definitely check them out – they have so many cute things! When translated, this means “Life is beautiful when you are with your family” – this sentiment couldn’t be more true. I feel most myself and happiest, when I am with my family. I think in a world where there is so much focus on being busy and keeping up with the Joneses, at the end of the family is most important.

I hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekend and sneaking in lots and lots of family time! Thanks for stopping by, xo.

 

Fitness Advice with Daily Routine Fitness

Today there’s a little something different on my blog. I have recently been realizing how tired I have been lately, and it’s not because my baby isn’t an amazing sleeper – I think it comes down to my lack of exercise. I want to be a fit mama. And I am ready to take on that journey! Rachel from Daily Routine Fitness, is giving her best advice and answering some of those hard questions we all have when trying to get back on the saddle and hitting some of our fitness goals! I hope you all appreciate and take in all of her words of wisdom!

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Whether you have just had a baby or getting back to your fitness routine, starting can be an overwhelming thought or task.

Where do you start? How hard do you push it? How often should you go? What do you wear? Is it going to work?

Having these questions answered can bring peace and comfort to women at any fitness level, so let’s nail down some ground rules for your new fitness routine.

Where do I start?

Before you head to the most insane bootcamp to try to drop those last 10 pounds in record speed, check out some of the studios in your area and ask for advice about which instructor would be the perfect match for your fitness goals. If the answer is “anyone,” simply explain to the instructor that you’re just getting back into this fitness thing and that although you want to be pushed, you also want him or her to give you some air if you need a break.

How hard should I push?

The number one thing I tell beginners in my class is to stop when you need to, set your own pace, and don’t worry about what the other crazy bootcampers are doing. Some of the people in your fitness class have been going to that class for years and are ready to throw it down the moment they walk in the door. Remember, their journey is not YOUR journey!

Rules of thumb:

Push yourself to a level that feels uncomfortable but at which you can still breathe.

Don’t be nervous about taking a water break and getting back into the workout when you’re ready.

Eat 90 minutes before class. Something as simple as an apple and some peanut butter could be just what your body needs to feel strong and ready to take on that workout.

How often should I work out?

If you’re just getting started with your workout routine, start off slow and with a balanced program. I start most of my clients off with 2-3 bootcamp/circuit-style workouts a week combined with 2 days of 20 minutes of HIIT cardio, yoga class, or some outdoor activity. The key is to not overdo it those first couple weeks, which would leave your body so sore that you would dread going back for another session. Sore is good, but if you can’t walk correctly for more than 4 days, you may need to pull it back a bit!

What should I wear?

This may seem like a funny question. We shouldn’t care what we look like. right? We are here to sweat! Well, studies show that woman who wear workout clothing that is comfortable, allows their bodies to breathe, and makes them feel positive actually have a more effective workout! Why more effective workouts? When we are comfortable in our clothing, we take fewer breaks to readjust our outfits and spend more time getting our sweat on. We also stand taller and carry a more positive body position when we feel confident in our clothing. Whether you’re a Lululemon girl or still enjoy throwing your high school gym shorts on, wear what you enjoy and rock it!

Is it going to work?

I get this question a lot! How long will it take me to lose the weight, and will the program work? That decision is totally up to you! If we fuel our bodies with healthy, nutrient-filled food and allow a good sweat to happen sometime in our day, our bodies cannot hold on to excess fat. We naturally start to slim down and increase our lean muscle mass. The same goes for the girl who is looking to add some curves! Add healthy foods to your diet, get your workouts in, and allow rest and recovery. You will see the positive results you are looking for.

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For more information, head to Dailyroutinefitness.com!

Thanks for reading! xo

Light

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Coat: Forever21 | Button Down: Forever21 | Distressed Denim: Forever21 (similar here) | Flats: Forever21 (similar here and here) | Watch: Michael Kors (similar here) | Bag: Chloe | Lipstick: Maybelline “Petal Pink

 I have been so drawn to light and airy pieces lately! This look is something you can so easily recreate with a few wardrobe basics – and on budget! I scored most of this look for under $100. Minus the bag of course, this is something I always invest in. This Chloe bag was a sweet Valentine’s day surprise from my hubby – who did an outstanding job picking it out. It is the perfect bag – I swear it goes with absolutely everything!

I just finally sat down to write this blog post and answer some emails (which I seriously have been neglecting lately – yikes!). Lately I have felt a little not like myself. Tired, stressed, and always a few steps behind. I think it could be because I have a little babe who’s always on the go and needing my attention for what feels like 24/7. I think it’s easy to have my life come across like being a mama is the most perfect and wonderful job in the entire world – but it isn’t always sunshine and daisies. I am learning to adjust, and learning to be okay with not always being on top of EVERYTHING. The to-do list I write myself each day doesn’t always get done, and Addi’s naps now are being used to “catch up” on life, instead of catching up on shows and drinking a coffee in bed. But that’s okay. I will look back and one day miss playing with her for hours, just to keep her entertained, or having her hanging off my leg while I make us something to eat. As her first birthday approaches, and my baby is turning into more of a toddler, I am cherishing these moments and embracing this crazy time of being a mama to a little busy body. I think these longer days, and moments where I feel a little less like me, are all a part of motherhood, I just have to be less hard on myself sometimes and hope those people waiting for my email response can be easy on me too!

xo, Amaris

Dots

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Today I am going to try to keep this short and sweet – I have some massive laundry piles and a full suitcase to unpack, along with the largest to-do list to tackle… I definitely must have been away for the weekend because there’s a lot of catching up to do!! If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen Addi and I were in Vancouver this last weekend visiting my brother for his 30th birthday. It was such a fun time and I loved watching Addi bond with her auntie and uncle who she doesn’t get to see very often. The foliage and flowers had me swooning everywhere I went – I seriously need to move there!!

Today’s look is one of my favs. I love this flowy blouse/dress (it’s listed as a dress, but lets be for real – you’d have to be pretty short – and risqué to wear it like that) anyways I paired it with this cute denim vest I bought a couple of years ago from the Gap. It is a great piece for layering in the summer – I wear it over maxis too! Anyways, this top is another steal of a deal and you all need one – I actually think I need to order one in another color because this will also be a perfect maternity top when the time comes! Also, just be sure to also read the sizing and take measurements when ordering from She Inside – I have been doing that and have been happy with each piece I have received, but it’s definitely something I recommend doing! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the week!

xo, Amaris

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