I’ve moved!

You may have noticed it earlier this week; I’ve made the move from my old domain to my new home on the internet at www.pinkchailiving.com. I wrote all about why I’m changing the name and format of the blog here, so definitely take a peek!

As with all internet changes there is a lot of messy behind the scenes things going on (especially because I’m learning as I go). This domain will be active for few more days while I work on redirecting links and updating images on the new site. However, you’ll want to bookmark your browsers with the new domain to catch the latest content.

Thank you for being with me on the first part of my journey where learned all about what to wear and how to organize our closets, now I welcome you into my home and life behind the scenes so we can learn together again. This time we’ll focus on fashion, food, DIY, home decor, and living a better life!

Making Changes

I was really hoping to be here this morning with a big reveal of my new site. In fact, I stayed up until 3am trying to make that happen, but sadly, things don’t always work out the way we want them to.

It turns out that due to some technical issues beyond my comprehension, I need restore part of the website’s database which involves saving and organizing nearly 1500 photos and then adding them back to each blog post individually – good times right. Looks like I’ll be locked up in my office this week getting that done so things will be a bit quite here in the meantime.

As frustrating as this whole process is, I’m going to look at it like a gift and use it as a reason to re-organize all my posts and set them up in a way that’s more user friendly and easier to search.

With that I’m off to save photos and cuddle with my boy who turned 10 this morning!

The End

I hate to quit. My nature is pretty competitive, so the idea of throwing in the towel never really sits right with me. However, over the years I’ve learned that forcing myself to complete things just for a check mark or gold star really isn’t worth the stress it causes me. For that reason I’m calling it quits on the 30 for 30 challenge.

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In the end, I only created 20 outfits, and I’m okay with that. I probably could have pushed through and posted 10 more outfits, but it’s making me pretty cranky. The pieces I haven’t used yet have pretty much all made it in to the donation pile. there were just a handful of things in my closet I don’t wear regularly or love so I added them to my 30 for 30 to force myself to use them. Turns out, I still don’t like them.

The other reason I’m bowing out of my last 10 outfits? Things are really busy for me on the work front right now and I have to make that my priority. As much as I love blogging, sometimes it has to take a back seat to the biz. I’ve mentioned before that I’m launching a new project called Daily Saheli on March 17th and that is taking up a lot of my time and energy right now. So long story short, I’m going to call it on the 30 for 30 and get back to the rest of the clothes in my closet!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, I’ll be back on Monday!

Throwback to Harrison

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{Clydesdale horses spotted at  Farmhouse Cheeses}

Remember how we went to Harrison Hot Springs for the weekend just a few weeks ago? Honestly, it feels like forever ago already. This month has been equally busy and exciting – I can’t really complain because things are really picking up for my business, but I’m feeling it in my bones. That’s where tired gets me, in my bones.

I probably won’t get to posting an outfit pic today, but I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments behind the lens from our excursions at Harrison. We visited Farmhouse Cheeses, and Canadian Hazelnut. Yes, I went to a farm with animals, and one with hazelnuts on the same day – it was different!

harrison 24Living in BC we sometimes overlook all the natural beauty here, but seriously, we are blessed to have views like this so close to our home. That is Mount Ranier peeking through the Hazelnut trees there.

harrison 22This is me doing my posing thing in the Hazelnut forest. Seriously they have thousands of trees! Also, kind of embarrassed to say; it might have been my first time actually seeing a fresh Hazelnut in person. While I’m sure I’ve seen them at the grocery store, I’ve never really paid attention to them. harrison 23harison 24There was a rather shocking amount of goat portraits on my SIM card, I was really excited to take pictures of them (and apparently I don’t get out much). This guy was my fave – we really connected.

After visiting with the goats, Clydesdales and  other animals we also ate cheese, lots of yummy cheese. I was so engrossed in the taste testing part, I forgot to take pics, sorry.

If you live in the Lower Mainland or will be visiting soon, definitely add Aggasiz/Harrison to your must visit list. If you have kids they will love checking out Farmhouse Cheeses and Canadian Hazelnut Farms, I know the kid in me did!

 

Pink Shirt Day

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{Jeans: Old Navy | Tee: Target | Nails: Ombre Kit from Orly via Shoppers Drug Mart}20 of 30 2

I cannot telling you how much I’m kicking myself for not adding another pair of jeans to my original 30 pieces. It feels like I wear these every day. It better warm up next week so I can wear my last few pieces which are all dresses and skirts. Also, I’m home alone today and used the tripod and self-timer for the first time ever, so just ignore this very strange, on my bed pic. I just can’t miss any more days in the challenge or I won’t be done till April at this rate.

I went with jeans and a this tee today because it’s Pink Shirt Day. A day to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and start conversations around it. Just wearing a pink shirt doesn’t solve the problem, but it starts a chain of awareness and gets people talking. I feel that bullying has become sort of ‘normalized’ in our culture – it happens everywhere so it isn’t really addressed.

As someone that was bullied (a lot) as kid I know the immense pain of being picked on. When I read reports about young, talented, exceptional children taking their lives because the pain was too much to handle it just reminds me that not much has changed in the years since I left school. What’s worse, even if you live through the torment of bullying, you have to carry the burden of those horrible words and actions for the rest of your life.

I still have days where I stand in front of the mirror and see that little girl that was picked on for the colour of her skin, her crooked teeth, very hairy arms, and sometimes her fashion sense (which ps was always awesome, not everyone could see it though). I try to teach my kids that bullying is wrong when it happens to them, but also encourage them to befriend those that are bullied, and to be kind to others. Kindness really counts.

Sometimes the problems in the world seem so big that we don’t even know where to begin to make a difference so we ignore them. There are three easy ways you can help stop bullying; talk to your kids about how they are treating other people and encourage them to be kind with their words, buy a pink shirt from London Drugs (100% of the proceeds go to local Boys & Girls Clubs with programs that foster self-confidence and social awareness), or get involved in the Walk So Kids Can Talk fundraiser by the Kids Help Phone society. Simple steps that keep the conversation going even when this Pink Shirt Day is over.

Cowgirl Moment

19 of 30
Worn: Office Day

Outfit Details:
Dress: Sirens
Shirt: Sears
Sweater: Walmart
Boots: Aldo

This may prove to be the shortest blog post I’ve ever written. The draft has been open in my browser all day, and I planned to write about being authentic online, but my brain is not co-operating. So instead, let me tell you this; one of my favourite clients Codie Prevost is releasing his new album ‘All Kinds of Crazy’ on March 1st, and his publicist (me) is doing the final push for press, reviews, etc, and there just isn’t time for deep blog posts right now.

As for my outfit, maybe I was subconsciously inspired by Codie’s music and my inner cowgirl came out? (Clearly my perception of cowgirls is that they wear chambray shirts and brown boots).

You can take a listen to Codie’s new single Someday here:
If you like it, send him a tweet @codieprevost and let him know what you think. He’s the hardest working guy I’ve ever met, is Canadian, and is a musician – perfect right?

Look at that, I thought I had nothing to say!

feb 25 remix

Here’s the remix! Same dress, different day. I’ve had this dress for about 8 years now and it never fails me when I have ‘nothing to wear’ kind of day!

PS: If you don’t know what all the numbers are about, I’m participating in a 30 for 30 challenge right now. 30 items of clothing, 30 outfits, over 30 days … you can read all about it here. 

It Snowed …

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Worn: Shopping for DIY supplies

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Target
Scarf: Ardene Accessories
Dress: Suzy Shier
Boots: Aldo
Tights: Target

So two things happened this weekend; it snowed, and I got the DIY bug big time. My house looks like  the ‘bizarro’ version of the Martha Stewart craft department. If you aren’t familiar with the Seinfeld reference; the bizarro version of anything is the total opposite. For example when Martha Stewart crafts, everything is white and pristine, and all craft items go back where they belong. When I craft, there’s a good chance people will step in hot glue, and there will be glittler in someone’s spaghetti . That’s just the way it is.

Also, I love this outfit. I know it makes no sense, has a lot of prints going on, and is not what most people would wear on a snow day, and that’s the point; I’m not most people. After my slightly depressing ramblings last week I’ve come to a simple conclusion; every time I try to fit myself into a box, or define success by society’s standards, I get depressed. However, when I embrace my quirks and celebrate my  personal successes, all is well in the world again. Just add that one to the ‘life lessons I wish I learned when I was in my 20′s’ list.

feb 24 remix

A super sweet reader emailed me to say that she missed the remix photos so I’m bringing them back. Here’s the same dress worn earlier in the remix challenge in a more springy look. I have to say, the one the right is one of my favourite outfits so far from the challenge.

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Oh and Z thought I should share the picture above as a public service announcement, in case you didn’t already know!

30 x 30 Challenge: Week 3

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Well it’s week 3 and it’s painfully obvious that I will need 5 weeks to finish this challenge! This I can promise – even on the days I don’t take pics, I’m only wearing pieces from my original 30. This week was a little rough on the health front, but I’m taking it easy today and continuing my Sunday date with Netflix so I can start the week off feeling refreshed and energized tomorrow.

I have learned/observed a few things during this week that I think are worth sharing…

♥ I definitely need more jeans. I have a tendency to think ‘I don’t wear jeans much’ and then never invest in them, but the reality is I love jeans. After reaching for the only pair in my 30 so many times I’m thinking it’s time to cut back on dresses and start building a  good stock of jeans.

♥ Ditto for scarves. This heart print one is getting more than it’s fair share of exposure, and I think quirky printed scarves really need to be on my spring shopping list.

♥ It’s time to come to terms with the fact that my current lifestyle calls for more flats and less heels. My poor leopard print flats are actually falling apart from all the wear and tear, and yet I have about 25 pairs of heels in perfect condition in my bathroom closet. I may have to sell some heels to find myself a budget for flats in the future.

Which was your favourite look from last week, leave a comment and let me know! Don’t forget to check out my fellow co-hosts and see what they’ve been wearing for the #moms30for30

moms 30 for 30 team        Shawna                           Salma                           Brooke                      Farzana                         Brianna 

Shop Till You Drop

17 of 30
Worn: Shopping and lunch with the family

Outfit Details:
Blazer: Target
Shirt: GAP Factory Store
Jeans: Old Navy (Sweetheart Skinnies in Short)
Shoes: Walmart

My post is super late today because I’ve been out eating & shopping with the family today. I ate way more than a person of my size should, but in my defence we also did a lot of window shopping and walking around. Am I the only person that overeats when I’m not home? Take me out of my kitchen and I have zero self control.

Thankfully, I have a lot of self-control when it comes to shopping. We took our time hunting and found some great deals on new spring jackets, and I even scored a pair of pink skinny jeans on sale at the Tommy Hillfiger store. Speaking of which, have you been to a Tommy store lately? I was really impressed with their new collection, and all the stripes were just calling my name. The first thing I did when I got home was sign-up for their email list, hopefully I can snag some of my favourites on sale!

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(Sorry about the strange shady pics, I had all of five minutes to get some pictures this morning and it just wasn’t good timing. )

 

Tried and True

16 of 30
Worn: Helping out at the kid’s school

Outfit Details:
Tee Shirt: GAP
Jacket: Target
Scarf: Bluenotes
Pants: Sirens
Boots: Aldo

Everyone needs a go-to outfit; something that works every time without fail. My go-to outfit always includes a comfy pair of pants, tee shirt, and scarf. Those three elements can always be pulled together in a way that feels comfortable, and looks decent, in my opinion. That’s why I’ve got a pretty robust collection of tee shirts and scarves.

I used to think it was boring to have a signature look like this, and constantly pushed myself to buy new silhouettes, random coloured items, and even some really loud prints. Ironically, when I went that route my closet was a nightmare, and I never had anything to wear. Now I know what works for me and have no problem owning multiples of the same type of items.

Here are a few other items that I keep in my closet as go-to’s, maybe it will inspire to you to build a ‘stock’ wardrobe to work with?

Tees & Scarves – I like to stock up on tees when they go on sale at GAP, and tend to go for those with a stripe, because they pair well with printed scarves. Almost my entire scarf collection is from Bluenotes & Ardene Accessories. If you wait for the sales you can buy three of them for $10.

Quirky Prints – If you are new to prints start with polka dots and stripes. A simple outfit like jeans and a tee looks polished if you wear a printed tee. I also like hearts, moustaches, and anchors, and paisley – they all seem to have an ‘evergreen’ quality.

Long Necklaces – I know the statement necklace is very popular, but long nekclaces with a pendant seem to work better in my everyday life which involves a lot of jeans and tee shirt kind of looks.

Fun Flats – As you’ve probably noticed from my pics, I consider leopard a neutral and think everyone needs a pair of leopard flats. I also like sparkles, and bold colours. A few inexpensive flats can really add some fun to your everyday outfits.

Also, if you are looking for outfit inspiration don’t forget to check out the #moms30for30 hashtag on Instagram, seriously so many great remixers!

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