Hey folks, can you believe the weather? What a gorgeous week in October! At this rate, we will definitely still be snow free by Halloween, which is always my cut-off for calling it a beautiful fall.
I definitely took advantage of this fair weather with my Fashion Friday post although the wind blew my hair and blazer all over the place, as you can see! I’m also very pleased that this week’s post includes three items bought at locally-owned stores. As I get older, supporting entrepreneurs and shopping local has become more and more important to me. I also love showcasing the amazing shopping we have right here in Winnipeg.
As you can see from the last few Fashion Friday posts, I mix and match items in my closet to come up with new combinations. I feel one great new piece can change up your wardrobe so you don’t need to buy a whole new closet each season. That’s how I feel about the blouse from The Style Bar. I love the muted floral pattern in neutral colours and the back is so fun with it’s peek-a-boo opening and large bow. It’s my favourite shirt for this season!
As my public service announcement, I urge you to get out and vote on Monday. So many people (especially young people) don’t vote and it is so important for everyone to exercise their democratic right to pick the government that leads our great nation. If you feel you don’t know who to vote for, educate yourself. Head over to Elections Canada and input your postal code. The website will tell you which candidates are running in your area. Google them and the leaders of the parties and see which platform aligns with your views on how you would like to see Canada progress as a country. Then, on Oct 19th, mark an ‘X’ next to your choice on the ballot. I promise, it feels pretty great!
Another week has flown by and while I’ve been busy planning my daughter’s third birthday party, I did manage to coerce my lovely friend, Sarah, into taking more photos for another edition of Fashion Friday. So with no further ado….
Apparently I’m in a scarf phase, I’ve been wearing one almost every day and I find it an easy way to add some colour to an otherwise neutral outfit. What have you make your staple for this fall? Happy Shopping!
I start summer vacation tomorrow and it can not come fast enough. Looking forward to two weeks of visiting family, playing in the pool in the front yard, going to the beach and generally just not going to work.
Who doesn’t like to buy baby gifts? I mean, sleepers, blankets, booties… all in tiny sizes. So cute! And even better when you know your purchase has supported local business that both makes and sells the items you bought!
While my daughter was small (she was never tiny, she wore newborn size for 10 days and was in 6 – 9 mo clothing by the time she was 4 months old), I found Itty Bitty Baby. They are a Winnipeg-based company that specializes in clothing for preemies and NICU babies but makes sizes up to 24 mo.
What I loved about this brand was the fabric was pre-shrunk before the clothing was made so you knew the size you bought in the store was the size it was going to be for the life of the item. They also labeled the clothing items not just with the month sizing but with the poundage sizing, which tends to be a much more accurate way to buy clothing that will fit babies.
Like I said, Cally was a big baby from the time she was born but she wore their 24 month clothing until she was about 18 months, when in other brands she was wearing 2 or 3T. The sleepers aren’t cheap (as far as sleepers go), ranging in the $18 – 25 range each but worth every penny. They washed well and she wore them again and again. The products from Itty Bitty Baby are some of the few things I have kept, just in case we have another baby girl.
And clothing isn’t the only baby items they have. I love the double-layered cotton blanket (I bought in both pink and blue!), the baby toques, scratch mitts, and bibs. And they also have nursing pillows and car-seat covers, which I haven’t tried but look amazing.
While they don’t have many retailers here in Winnipeg, their factory is here and they have a factory outlet attached. According to their Facebook page, you must make an appointment to visit the factory outlet. If you would like to go and check it out but are too shy to make an appointment, let me know as I will be going sometime soon and we can coordinate.
Update: I just checked Amazon.com as the Facebook page suggests and they have tons of stuff for similar prices to the factory outlet. Feel free to browse the cuteness here.
Welcome to my new series, Shop Local Saturdays. From now until Christmas, I plan on doing a weekly feature on local businesses. My goal this Christmas is to shop local whenever I can. So far, it hasn’t been going so great but I’m only half done shopping so I got some time to work on it.
Today, I want to talk about one of my new favourite stores for clothing for myself and my husband: The Style Bar.
Regan (pronounced Ray-gan, like the president), who owns the store, is lovely. She always has a smile whenever I stop by and we talk about new trends in Winnipeg and she shows me what new items have come in.
She carries a lot of great clothing for men and women that are trendy and very transitionable: wear them to the office and then out for dinner or drinks. And all women’s items in store are under $100. Affordable, trendy and durable clothing – can you tell why I love this store so much?!
My new favourite item that I recently purchased from there is this sweater:
I’ve already worn it a few dozen times since I purchased it at the end of September. It is so versatile and soft, I just love it.
The Style Bar is located in Osborne Village on River Ave, in the old Kustom Kulture location. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. A big thanks to Regan for sending the photos of her shop so I could include them in this post. Happy Shopping!