Mint Obsessed Spring 2017

Is anyone else ready for spring?! This year more than ever, I am so excited for the coming spring and summer season because I am on maternity leave and will get to enjoy the entire summer off with my little love, something I have not done since I was a teenager!! I am so looking forward to spending our time 0utside, enjoying the sun, being active and sharing in new places and adventures with my little man!

I am also a huge fan of spring fashion, the pastel colours, bright patterns and I am currently so drawn to that light blue/mint colour in literally every piece of clothing and accessory so I have put together my favs below for you to enjoy!!

Hope you have a great rest of your week & weekend!

Sarah xo

Collage_Fotormint2.jpgEliasz & Ella Meteoric Aqua Studs

Old Navy Mint Peplum Blouse

Old Navy Mint Skinny Jeans

Eliasz & Ella Green Agate Double Horn Necklace

Eliasz and Ella Bracelet Set

Jackson Rowe Chilko Scarf in Mint

Matt & Nat Sari Wallet

Forever 21 Off The Shoulder Top

Converse Mint Shoes

Camo Love

The second I saw this t shirt I knew I had to have it! Oh the possibilities! Dressing it up or down I would have countless ways to wear this top. Not to mention it is probably the softest material of t shirt I own and available right here in Edmonton! This Z Supply Camo Tee also comes one Blue and White as well as a sleeveless camo version, all available at Miss Boss!!

Hope you guys enjoy!! xo

 

The first look I wanted to do with this tee was a bit dresser. I paired it with this black midi skirt from Forever 21 (keep in mind you could also throw this tee over a dress as well to add some pattern as well) and added some gold details which I am currently obsessed with! (Outfit Details Below!)

 

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Outfit #1 Details

Camo Tee: Z Supply, Midi Skirt: Forever 21, Bag: One Fated Knight King, Shoes: Coach Saratoga Heel (On Sale for $62), Necklace: Stella & Dot (old), Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella

 

For look #2 I wanted a super casual, could wear everyday this summer kinda look and I can guarantee you I will be living in this outfit for most of the summer, maybe subbing the jeans for shorts;)

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Outfit #2 Details

Camo Tee: Z Supply, Jeans: Forever 21, Bag: One Fated Knight King, Shoes: Michael Kors, Necklace: Eliasz & Ella Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella

1 Year Anniversary & Some Exciting News!!!

I literally cannot believe it has been one year since I posted my very first post, where in the heck has the time gone?!!!

When I started this blog I really had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting myself into!!  I just knew that I wanted to do it and I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything to stop me (Im stubborn and strong headed like that!)  Initially it was really tough, almost like riding a roller coaster trying to anticipate the curves and drops, manage the blog on top of family and work but I slowly found my groove! I have gained so much respect for other bloggers especially those that balance jobs, life and family. Most people do not realize the time, commitment and dedication it takes to maintain a blog and I quickly learned I was going to have to be much more organized in order to make B&B a success!

Throughout this last year I have learned so much and have really grown as an individual. This blog has truly made me a better person and has been nothing short of a blessing in my life. I have met so many amazing and beautiful people and that has inspired me to expand B&B into offering Personal Style Consulting!!! I am elated to finally offer this service to help women achieve confidence as well as look and feel great in their wardrobe.

For more information on B&B Style Consulting click here!!

Thank you so much for following me on this amazing journey and heres to hoping it never ends!

Sarah xo

 

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Outfit Details:

Top: Banana Republic Old (similar here)

Skirt: ShopBellac Old (similar here)

Shoes: Badgley Mischka 

Purse: Kate Spade Park Avenue Beau

Necklace: Old (similar here)

Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella

Sunglasses: Aldo Scarcella

 

Makeup Details:

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Eye Liner:  Amaterasu Liquid Liner

Lashes: Sephora Collection

Bronzer: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milkshake

Blush: Tarte 12Hr Blush in Dazzled

Highlighter: NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

Lips: Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Jelly Donut

Finishing Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

My Shopping Secret

Today I am sharing my biggest shopping secret including how I got this skirt for $8!

One of the best things you can do for your wallet is shop out of season. What does this mean?! Buy winter clothes in the spring and summer clothes in the fall/winter. This may seem like a downer as you have to wait until the following season to wear your pieces, however you will get the greatest discounts and your wallet will thank you! This time of year is when all of the winter accessories/coats/boots will start to go on sale and the closer to spring the greater the discount as stores want to get rid of their inventory for their new lines that are coming in!

I have tried to find this exact skirt online and it is sold out so I have linked several similar options all for under $10!

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Jewelry Lover

As you can tell I am loving mixed metals! Jewelry is such a great gift and these pieces are all reasonably priced and would look great on any gal! I have attached all of the links below, you can even share the link with your man for some great gift ideas!!

Hope you enjoy! xo

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Earrings

Eliasz & Ella Silver City Studs in Rose Gold & Silver $32

Olive & Piper Silver Wrap Me Up Bow Studs $24US

Olive & Piper Present Bow Double Studs in Gold $24US

Necklaces

Olive & Piper Sienna Bib Necklace $68US

Bauble Bar Courtney Bib Necklace $68US

Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace $140CA

Rings

Eliasz & Ella Big Ring $50

Stella & Dot Rose Gold Pave Ring $39

Saraswati Jaya Wrap Ring $78US

Bracelets

Eliasz & Ella Black Ballroom Bangin Bracelet $27

Olive & Piper Brooklyn Howlite Cuff $45US

Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Rose Gold Bracelet $64CA

Stella & Dot Luna Wrap Bracelet $94CA

Party Time!

I am so excited to ring in the Christmas season at Eliasz & Ella & Miss Boss’ Holiday Fete! For this very reason I wanted to dress up and celebrate! I am such a huge fan of Christmas so any excuse to get dressed up I’ll take!

Dressing for a holiday party should be all about fun! For this reason I love a great pair of sparkly shoes! I nabbed these beautiful glitter Badgley Mischka shoes online last fall after seeing them at the Bay! They will be a holiday staple for years to come and they can easily dress up any outfit! I linked some similar shoes for a quarter of the price (here)!

I love different takes on little black dresses so I fell in love with this H&M Lace dress with 3/4 sleeves, its sexy without showing all the goodies lol! You really don’t have to spend a ton of money on a dress to look and feel amazing, I have probably had this dress for 3 years now and its such a great go to! There are so many ways to spice up an older dresses without spending little to no money, new shoes, new jewelry, new lipstick! Some of my favourite places to shop for dresses is Asos, H&M & Forever 21, I have linked some favourites below!

Have a great weekend gals and I hope to see you at the party tomorrow! xo

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Outfit Details

Lace Dress: Old H&M (similars hereH&M Party Dresses, Asos Party Dresses, Forever 21 Party Dresses Clutch: Old Nine West (similar here) Necklace: Old Lia Sophia (similar here) Pumps: Badgley Mischka Dixi Pump (here) Forever 21 Glitter Pumps Feature Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella Bangin Bracelet, Coach Glitter Bracelet (similar hereEarrings: Eliasz & Ella Gold City Studs RingsEliasz & Ella Big RingEliasz & Ella Bow Midi Ring 

Makeup Details

Foundation: Tarte 12hr Full Coverage Amazonian Foundation in Light-Medium Beige Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Ebony Contouring: Kat Von D Shade & Light Kit Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12Hr Blush in Dazzled Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting PowdeEyes: Morphe 350 Palette Eyeliner: Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner in Black (formely Geisha Ink) Mascara: DiorShow Blackout Mascara & DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum Lips: Smashbox Lipstick in Legendary

Winter Work Wear Essentials

Im not sure whether this should be titled winter or fall work wear considering the snow on the ground and the fact that it is November (Im still trying to wrap my head around this one!), regardless I’ll just go with it! One of the best things about the fall/winter season is the ability to layer! Different patterns and textures allows for a variety of fashionable combinations that are suitable in a work environment. I am loving this pairing of a skirt and printed collared shirt underneath a sweater with leggings and boots. It is very office appropriate while still being comfortable and chic! Below I have shared my fall/winter work wear essentials:

Wool Trench Coat – With winter arriving sooner than expected a great wool trench coat is a must for our Alberta climate! I bought this Michael Kors Wool Trench at Nordstroms on clearance last fall and I have worn it consistently throught the fall and winter seasons. The neutral colouring allows me to pair it with any combination of outfit and the gold details add a beautiful touch for a classy jacket! I have linked its details as well as similar coats below!

Functional Jewelry: I nabbed this necklace for $25 a couple weeks ago and cannot take it off, the quality is pretty good considering the price however I am glad I did not pay the retail price of $68. If you are going to buy the necklace wait for a sale!

Its no secret that I am obsessed with Eliasz & Ella and I wear their amazing bracelets daily, however most don’t know that they also have a gorgeous line of rings and midi rings that I cannot take off! With Christmas coming up their whole jewelry line is perfect for any fashionista! PS They are having a huge Holiday Party this coming Saturday November 14th at Miss Boss here in Edmonton where they will have limited edition pieces as well as some great sales!! I have linked the event page here, see you there!!!

A Wool Skirt – As you may recognize, I am loving wool for this season! Its warm, functional and stylish with unlimited outfit options! This skirt was purchased at Jcrew also on clearance in the states. Details linked below, and remember most of my fall items I purchase in the spring when everything goes on sale!

Sweaters – This basic black sweater is from Joe Fresh, $20 and super cute. You do not need to fork out a lot of money for great sweaters, Joe Fresh and Old Navy have great options in tons of colour choices for a third of what you would pay at Jcrew or similar!

Work Bag: This Matt & Nat Raylan has been my go to bag from the second I got it. With the neutral colouring I have been able to transition from spring/summer graciously into winter without skipping a beat! This bag has everything, a laptop sleeve, 4 exterior pockets and a second pocket on the interior! Whether you need it for work or a diaper bag I highly recommend this bag. It comes in some beautiful colours, is made in Canada and doesn’t hurt any animals in the process!!

Fleece Leggings: I live in these puppies most of the fall and winter! Costco has an amazing deal on fleece leggings, 2 for $12.99!!! Ive bought my fair share as they are great quality and you cannot beat the price!

Collared Shirts – Plaid is a staple of mine and this little plaid number I got at Old Navy as well! They have so many plaid colour variations to choose from it allows you to have some fun with your outfits! JCrew is also an awesome place to get collared shirts, my instagram photo awhile back with the lined collared shirt was from Jcrew on clearance!

Self Tanner: Can you believe how white I look;)

Boots – Last but definitely not least and probably one of the most important for a great fall work outfit is the boots! I love the cognac colour, it gives your outfit a pop of colour without being over baring or lost as many black boots can be if you are wearing a black outfit and black leggings! These Tory Burch boots my hubby picked up at the Toronto outlet (doesn’t he have amazing taste;)!) and I am so in love with them! Key things to look for when purchasing boots, comfort and quality. Boots are something I don’t hesitate to invest more money on because if you take care of them and bring them to your local Shoe Repair store for new soles and a good polishing they can last you several seasons! That being said I have never paid full price for a pair of Tory Burch boots, the outlet malls in the states are the best place to find great styles at a huge discount, all of my boots have been bought in Vegas at the North Outlet Mall!

Hope you enjoy! xo

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Wool Trench Coat: Michael Kors (here), similar here & here  Buffalo Plaid Collared Shirt: Old Navy (here), similar here & here Black V Neck Sweater: Joe Fresh (here), similar here & here Wool Skirt: Jcrew (here), similar here & here Work Bag: Matt & Nat Raylan (here), similar here & here Fleece Leggings: Costco (in store), similar here & here Boots: Tory Burch (here), similar here & here Rings: Eliasz & Ella Big Ring (here), Eliasz & Ella Bow Midi Ring (here), Eliasz & Ella Bar Midi Ring (here)   Necklace: BaubleBar Courtney Bib (here) Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella Bangin Bracelets (here & here)