Holiday Gift Guide – Canadian Made for Her

I had asked on my instagram stories if there would be any interest in some holiday guides and it was a resounding yes, so as promised I’ve shared my Canadian Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and now I wanted to share a guide for that special lady in your life, all Canadian made!!

I wanted to give props to all my favourite Canadian companies geared towards women, its so important to shop local and support small business this time of year because you know you are supporting families and their dreams in doing so!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Sarah xo

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Top: House of Koopslie Headband – I lovve these headbands, perfect for any length of hair and any and all activity! They also create beautiful pieces of clothes, leggings and beanies!

Eliasz & Ella Earrings – These are my absolute favourite earrings right now! E & E is local to Edmonton and they have a beautiful line of earrings, necklaces and bracelets!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater – I own two of these RK sweaters and they are my absolute go to when the weather get cooler! They are made in Saskatchewan and the material and styles are stunning, perfect for dressing up or down!

Middle:

Coal & Canary Candles – These Canadian made wood wick candles are an asbolute favourite of mine and the scents are to die for! They perfect stocking stuffer or gift this holiday season!

Chelsea King Scrunchies – I recently came across this company and fell in love! Chelsea is making the scrunchies so stylish and i love all of the patterns, especially her new Velvet collection!!

Piperwest Watches – These watches are so stunning and such a classic piece of jewelry! They have a range of colours and bezels to please that special lady in your life!

Bottom:

Jackson Rowe Scarf – This brand has been a long time favourite of mine, they make beautiful sweaters, scarves and capes all classic pieces that will take you from year to year!

Love Fresh Body Products – You gotta love a Canadian made beauty brand and Love Fresh has you covered with the most amazing body butters, deodorants, lotions and scrubs! Their scents are to die for!!

Justine Ma Tags – Justine is a local Calligrapher and I absolutely love her work! She has a beautiful shop and offers so many cute pieces for home and decor!

 

I wasn’t able to fit all of my favourite Canadian brands in this collage so here are some more!

 

Bodhi Soul Bead Mala Necklace – Rebecca creates beautiful Mala jewelry, beautiful for the body and soul! You can choose a piece from her online shop or contact her to make a custom piece for your special lady!

 

Rocky Mountain Flannel Company– Both Clayton and I own PJS from RMFC and we lovvve their flannel pieces, a robe is next on my wish list!! Everytime we go to Canmore its a must stop!

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A couple of my favourite Canadian Makeup Brands Include:

Bite Beauty & NudeStix

1970’s Inspired Fall Look

I could easily say fall fashion is my absolute favourite, not only for the comfort, textures and rich colours but for the layering! When I was putting this look together I was inspired by the era of hippies and flare jeans, with an modernized, edgy & boho vibe! I am such a huge fan of ponchos (especially ones that can double as scarves) and styling this one in particular with an edgier criss cross t shirt from Tobi and flare jeans worked flawlessly! Each piece really complimented each other and it is an outfit that would look good and compliment any body type!

I have linked all of my outfit details below and hope this look inspires any of you to have fun with your fashion<3

Sarah xo

Outfit Details:

Tobi Criss Cross T Shirt

Jackson Rowe Poncho (Last Season) Similar here, here & here

Citizens of Humanity Jeans (Old) Similar here, here & here

Johnston & Murphy Ankle Booties (Old) Similar here & here

Eliasz & Ella Ear Crawlers

Lipstick: Lipsense Berry by Kissable Lips by Sarah Pankiw

Athleisure

Athleisure, i.e. my #momuniform haha! Lets face it, whether you are a mom, a working women or both, everyone needs comfy, fashionable alternatives! Below I have shared my favourite pieces and how to style them for an

Jackets

Im a huge fan of bomber jackets recently, not only can they be worn with workout leggings but they can also be dressed up with jeans and a cute lace top! I tend to lean towards neutral shades when it comes to jackets as it will give you a broader ranger of uses and more ways to pair with different outfits! Ive also added my favourite floral bomber below to show another way to style these different bombers!

 

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L to R: Stronger Bomber, Pack Light Bomber (On Sale $89), Side Zip Bomber

 

 

L to R: DTS Jacket (No Longer Available), Floral Bomber,

 

 

Pants

I love me a great patterned pant! That being said you want to make sure that if you are going to style a patterned or printed pant you want to stay neutral on the rest of your wardrobe so it is not too overwhelming! On the reverse if you are wearing a solid colour pant, a floral or patterned bomber would be the way to go!

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TL: Floral Tight     BL: High Rise Stripe Tight    R:Train Times 7/8 Pant

 

Shoes

When it comes to shoes you can really do no wrong! Go for comfort but have fun with the pattern and print whether its rose gold, tropical print or metallic it will make your outfit pop!

T: Converse Chuck Taylor Pink Blush

M:Converse Burgundy High Tops, Converse Tropical

B: Nike Free CommuterNike CortezNike Air Max Thea

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed their Athleisure post, Im sure there will be more in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

Easter Stripes with a Pop Of Colour

With Good Friday tomorrow it is time to celebrate Easter with good food and family! With Easter usually comes dinners, brunches and an excuse to get a little dressed up! I have teamed up with Miss Boss to bring you a beautiful option for an Easter outfit this weekend!

Monochromic stripes are such a great option, in my opinion, for any outing casual or dressy and this BB Dakota Jaxson Striped Dress is utter perfection. A thick and stretchy material, it is perfect for a comfy laid back option with sneakers or a dressier look like this one that we have put together! (I also love that its not tight especially if you are conscious of your mid section like this mama!!) It allows you an easy to pair base with any other piece in your wardrobe, patterned (floral would be adorable too) or colour! (It snowed the day we took these photos so I added some leggings and boots however a cute pair of ankle booties without the leggings would be a great option too if the weather is warmer where you are!). Also keep in mind I am 5’10 so the dress came a bit high on me but for anyone smaller it would be a great fit without the need to wear anything underneath!

Now lets talk accessories! This coral Matt and Nat Abiko clutch is the perfect pop of pink for this Easter weekend! I love the clutch handle and the three pockets that allow you to fit everything you need! I paired this outfit with knee high boots and a sparkly necklace and earrings to dress it up a bit (all accessories are linked below), you could also get away with a pop of colour with your accessories too. See what I mean, the options are endless!

Lastly lets talk about this bomber. I mean what can you say, this BB Dakota Troy Jacket is perfection! I loved the cropped length, perfect to be paired with a dress like this one or a t-shirt and jeans! I also love the beautiful silver detailed zipper and drawstring bottom. This is a jacket that will transition flawlessly from spring to summer to fall and the neutral black colouring will compliment any outfit! Definitely a wardrobe staple for sure!

Ive posted the remaining details of my outfit below, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter filled weekend with yummy food and much love!

Sarah xo

 

Note: Dress, Jacket and Clutch were provided to me by Miss Boss.

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Outfit Details:

Jacket: BB Dakota Troy Jacket

Dress: BB Dakota Jaxson Striped Dress

Clutch: Matt and Nat Abiko clutch

Leggings: C’est Moi Bamboo Leggings

Boots: Vince Camuto Over The Knee (old)

Necklace: Stella & Dot, similar here

Bracelets: Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets

 

 

Off The Shoulder Trend Spring 2017

Happy Saturday Loves!!

It is April 1st today which means it is officially spring!! I love what spring brings, pastel colours, fresh tulips, no snow lol and ofcourse spring fashion!! Another spring 2017 trend I am absolutely obsessing over, off the shoulder anything! Shoulders are so beautiful, classy and yet fun without being too revealing! I also love that this trend can be worn dressy, casual, to a weddings or an afternoon patio date!

There are so many retailers coming out with dresses and tops in this style but with so much variations, embroidered, eyelet, tassels and every colour imaginable including one of my favs, chambray!!

Ive rounded up my favourite tops and dresses

Hope you enjoy!!

Sarah xo

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Left: Off The Shoulder Poplin Top $25!!!!!

Off The Shoulder Eyelet Top

Printed Off The Shoulder Top

Middle Row:  Embroidered Off The Shoulder Midi Dress On Sale $34!

Off The Shoulder Shift Dress 

Right: Off The Shoulder Tassel Dress

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Top: Off The Shoulder Poplin Top $25!!!

Middle: Off The Shoulder Embroidered Top (40%off)

Bottom: Off The Shoulder Poplin Top $25!!!

February Favourites

The fact that February is over is a testament to how fast my life has been flying by recently! Becoming a mom has been the most amazing thing I have ever experienced however it is not without its challenges. Also having a husband start shift work up north has tested my resilience, patience and the ability to function on minimal sleep haha! That being said  we are all doing so great, enjoying every day even if most days we don’t get out of our pjs, that is why this month it is all about the basics. These are all items i have used religiously this past month!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo

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Z Supply Camo Tee /Z Supply Courier Pant

This is one of my favourite brands not only because they are reasonable priced but because they create comfortable, function pieces that are awesome for a new mom needing comfort and durability!

Lululemon Align Pant

I bought these pants almost a year ago before my trip to Hawaii and I am still so in love with them. They are so soft and the perfect pant for a mom avoiding those pre pregnancy jeans!!

Sugi Tree Bath Potions

I took my first bath as a mom before Clayton left to go out of town and I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed it, not only because it was 30minutes to myself but because this bath potion made it even more relaxing and enjoyable. I am so in love with this company, all of their products are hand crafted in Toronto and available now at Miss Boss here in Edmonton. Lastly and my most favourite part of supporting this company is that they donate 10% of each purchase to the Toronto Humane Society, Ontario SPCA, Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and World Wildlife Fund. How amazing is that!!! Go buy a batch or two, they also make great gifts!!

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

If I am putting on any makeup, mascara is one of those things I always reach for for even a minimal slap on of makeup! I became a fan of mascara primer when I first tried the Dior primer however the pricetag was less than ideal so I then graduated to the Tarte primer and now this drugstore primer, and it is one word, amazing! Keep an eye out for a mascara primer comparison coming to the blog soon!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

This is a product I keep on me at all times. My lips have been so dry lately and I use it in conjunction with the lip scrub for flawless, hydrated lips!

Kate Spade Planner

I feel like I am already behind this year, so many things I want to do and ideas I have but lately with an 8 week old tied to me, its been harder than I thought to have that me time to do anything but nurse, change diapers and have the occasional shower! Enter the planner. I love being able to plan ahead, write down ideas for posts and have a schedule ahead of time. I have to capitalize on the time i do have and this helps me organize and delegate my time accordingly!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater

This sweater is life. I am a huge fan of the Saskatchewan designer and this sweater I have lived in since giving birth. The material is beautiful and flattering, something I can throw on with jeans or leggings and feel put together which is really nice these days!!

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo

Lastly, this is a product I could not have lived without these last two months. With Clayton being away I don’t get any me time including showering without company so the 2, 3, 4 day old hair has had to do and this product makes it doable!

Cash’s Birth Story

I have been a  little MIA lately, we welcomed our son, Cash David John Pankiw on January 4th weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces!! We have been relishing in everything newborn baby and loving every second of it! Ive had so many inquiries about Cash’s  arrival that I wanted to share the best day of our lives with you all!

Cash’s original due date was Dec 25th, so after deciding he was not going to come on his own I was scheduled for an induction on January 3rd. I was induced using cervadil at 830am and started to experience very light cramping around 4pm. By 730pm the contractions were so intense, it was time to head to the hospital! I can’t even tell you what was going through my mind on that 10minute car ride! First off, it felt like a 45minute drive and I was so nervous, excited and scared I could barely think straight!! By the time we got back to the induction and assessment department I was begging for the epidural, I have never felt that kind of pain before (all the power to the mamas who go through labour medication free!!) Thankfully within a half hour of arriving, I was wheeled into the delivery room and my god sent (anesthesiologist) had started the epidural. I originally had hoped for an unmedicated birth but those wishes went straight out the window when the sensation of a knife being driven into my ovaries started!!

Once the epidural kicked in, i was in heaven. I stayed comfortable until about 245am when the epidural started to wear off. Our nurse checked and Cash’s head was down and it was time to push! That moment was so surreal, the time had finally come for him to join the world!! Pushing was by far my favourite part of the entire labour, it gave me a purpose and something to focus on. I pushed for about 40minutes and at 330am our little Cash entered the world. It was the most amazing and surreal experience of my life, he was here and I was a mom. I don’t think I have ever cried as hard as I did when they laid him on my chest. In that moment our lives changed forever. I watched my husband become a dad, my parents become grandparents and our siblings and friends become aunts and uncles. I also have to commend  my hubby for being so amazing, he was such a rock through the delivery and has been beyond amazing supporting and caring for us both<3

Post delivery, two things I was adamant on (as long as we were both healthy) was immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. I got an amazing 10-15 minutes with him skin to skin before Clayton cut the cord! I also requested the placenta be packed up as I knew I wanted to have it encapsulated (I will update you on this as I continue to take them!)

Overall, our whole experience at the Royal Alex was amazing. All of the staff, nurses and doctors were fantastic and I can’t thank them enough for bringing our son into the world and keeping us both safe and healthy!

Since his birth, he did have a small stint of jaundice which was so scary for us newbie parents but he was such a champ and only had to spend 24hrs under the photo therapy lamps. He is also such a great baby, he only cries when he’s hungry or needs a change! We are breastfeeding (i will talk more about this in another post as i have faced some difficulty because of my breast reduction surgery) and topping up with formula however I am still hoping with the help of supplements I will be able to exclusively breastfeed. As much as I miss sleep, I am cherishing every single moment with him as I know in too soon of time he will grow up.

I also want to thank our friends and family who have been so supportive in helping make this transition period so smooth! I am hoping within the week to get back to blogging and sharing all of our experiences with you guys!

Sarah xo

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