A Lovely Dress For Cinderelly!

by Nadine on May 29, 2016

Remember this Zac Posen dress?

I found its prequel:

Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2016 RTW

Eight-year-old me is very pleased with the direction high fashion is currently taking.


Mommy Brain: Condiments Vs. Child Care

by Nadine on May 29, 2016

Onesie by TheOystersPearl

After spending most of yesterday in the sun, I woke up this morning with a throbbing headache and no desire to do anything.

I was lounging on the couch in my pjs, drinking reheated day-old coffee, when I asked my husband a very important question:

ME: How do the Kardashians have the time and energy to spend, like, 5 hours a day on their hair and makeup?

MATTHEW (according to me): Mayonnaise.


MATTHEW (for real): Nannies.

ME: I thought you said mayonnaise.


ME: I wish their secret was mayonnaise. I could do mayonnaise.

I eventually managed to shower and put on mascara. Tylenol fixed the headache. And I survived the day without a nanny OR mayonnaise.* Take that, Kardashians.**

*I ate mayo yesterday. And I’ll eat mayo tomorrow. It’s my favourite food group.

**I didn’t, however, contour my face — although apparently nontouring is the new thing? I’m so behind — or blow-dry my hair. So maybe the Kardashians and their nannies still win.


Dolls Don’t Feel Pain

by Nadine on May 25, 2016

Ever trip over your kid’s doll and panic that you just tripped over the cat and then remember that you’ve never owned a cat?

Um, me neither.

In related news, Ursula stayed up until 11:30 last night. And cried for an hour at bedtime tonight. ‘Cause sleep is for babies.


[Eerily accurate illustration by Gemma Correll]


Video Did Not Kill the Radio Star

by Nadine on May 25, 2016

Have you seen this video yet?

So. Much. Love.

I would wean for that dress. (Breastfeeding mamas, you know what I’m talking about.)

Bonus: It comes with a detachable bow!

I have a dream. That dream is to be invited to a formal affair where I can don a floor-length floral dress. Fancy friends, you have the power to make that dream come true. Anyone wanna host a ball? And lend me some Dolce & Gabbana money?

Also, Adele’s album cover = eyeliner goals.

Fancy-friends-who-are-planning-a-ball, if you have eyeliner tips, please share.

Coldplay’s new video is also awesome. Even though it fails to excite, fashion-wise.


Picture Book Fashion: Madeline

by Nadine on May 16, 2016

Because Vogue is for people with too much time on their hands.

Feeling inspired by Madeline? Get the look at Madewell, Modcloth and J.Crew.

Although I’d like to think she’s wearing Valentino. (Can a French girl rock an Italian designer? Je pense que oui!)

P.S. Here’s how to dress like the mom in Love You Forever. #NightgownGoals


The BSC Forever

by Nadine on May 11, 2016

I might need this tee.*

P.S. I used to hide candy behind books on my bookshelf. Because of Claudia.

*Made in Toronto!

UPDATE: shirt acquired.


Highs and Lows

by Nadine on May 7, 2016

This week’s low: Being locked out of the house — without a phone or a computer. 

I was almost home from the dentist on Wednesday — looking forward to an empty house, since Matthew and Ursula were downtown running some errands — when I realized that I didn’t have a house key. And my phone had 2% battery life.

I didn’t know when my family would be home. I couldn’t work on the articles due that afternoon.


This week’s high: Being locked out of the house — without a phone or a computer. 

I bought a cheap notebook at a nearby convenience store, bought a coffee — eventually: two — and a cookie at my favourite haunt, quickly texted Matthew to swing by the coffee shop on his way home since my phone was thisclose to dying, and brainstormed on paper until he and Sully came to my rescue.

Unplugging for two hours was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes your low can turn into your high.


[Photo: hand-painted travel journal by SecretSicily]


A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

by Nadine on May 5, 2016

On the morning of the MET Gala, I told Matthew that I hoped someone would interpret the night’s theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology — to mean Lily’s epic flower girl dress.

(Remember when Modern Family was the funniest show ever? I miss 2009.)

My wish came true.

Shoutout to the original glow gal: Cinderella.


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Picture Book Fashion: Love You Forever

by Nadine on April 2, 2016

When you’re a new mom, you don’t have much time for blogs or fashion magazines. You do, however, have plenty of time for Robert Munsch and Dr. Seuss.

So, what happens when a well-chewed board book becomes your Vogue? You start to wonder where this mom got her nightgown:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The answer: Probably here.

Arcadian Dream Ballet Robe by Eileen West

You’re welcome.


Three Great Grape Things

by Nadine on April 2, 2016

Photograph: Raceytay’s etsy shop

For me, the perfect day must include three things: grapes, raisins and wine.

I’m easy to please.

On these perfect days, I physically consume almost every possibility, every potential life trajectory of the grape. It’s like…eating an entire Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Should’ve named my daughter Merlot or Syrah, that’s how much I love the grape.

My best friend Audrey understands.

She even has her own vineyard! An automatic friendship-qualifier.

Turtlenecks are in again. I predicted this two years ago. I also predicted the overalls resurgence. I’m sartorially clairvoyant.

She bakes raisin bran muffins! (Proof: her recipe.) I had Raisin Bran this morning! See?! BFFs.

How to end a day well: a glass of wine and a flawless updo. #hairgoals

We really should get together soon to gossip about Gregory Peck and striped shirts over a drink or two. It’s been too long.

(And, yes, you can gossip about shirts: “I saw a shirt today with a solid back, can you imagine? What’s the point of a stripe if it doesn’t go all the way around? Embarrassing. And don’t get me started on the white-stripe count. Pour me another glass, Audrey. I’m getting worked up over faux-bretons again.”)

P.S. My other fake best friend, Amy Grant, wrote a song about grapes….