Happy Monday, ladies. I hope you enjoyed a nice Veteran’s Day weekend. As I mentioned yesterday, my beautiful new grandson was born this weekend, a whole ten years after my first grandson. Babies are such a blessing, and we are so excited to welcome him into the family. I was so happy to be here to meet him in the hospital and rub his tiny little face. What a treasure.
As a result, we hunkered down at home this weekend to spend time with the family. My daughter Vanessa flew into town, and we enjoyed some quality time with the rest of the family.
Updating your wardrobe
Vanessa was on the hunt for some new clothes this weekend, so we spent some time unpacking what she was looking for and how to add to her wardrobe in a cost-effective and meaningful way. First, I asked her to describe her style. What three words would she use to describe how she wanted to dress? Second, could she pull some photos either from Instagram, blogs, or Pinterest that she likes? Once she had done that, we could spend some time deconstructing what it was that she liked about them and what she might like to add to her wardrobe.
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It turns out she was in need of some new pieces to complement a good set of basics. Some new accessories and a few unique pieces that could elevate her wardrobe. She actually bought a few pieces that I picked up a couple of weeks ago and will be featuring on the blog later this week.
Updating your wardrobe can be fun, frustrating, expensive, exciting, all of the above. Here are a few things to think about when you are updating your wardrobe. Does it fit? Does it really fit in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident? Has it held up through the test of time, and do you still feel your best wearing it, or is it time to retire the piece? And, can you update it with an accessory or an affordable on-trend accent piece?
This year, we put our Christmas tree up earlier than normal, which I am quite happy about. We have a trip to Canada on the books later this month, and it feels wonderful to have the tree up and ready to welcome the festive season. This has me thinking more about holiday traditions and how we will be embracing them this year.
This weekend, we put one of my favorite Christmas albums on, the music from the Nutcracker Ballet. Oh, how I love this music. When I was growing up in Toronto, my mom brought me to the Nutcracker ballet each holiday season. And as my kids were growing up, I did the same with them. This year, we are planning to take my older grandson and my daughter again. It’s such a warm and happy memory, dressing up, heading into the City for the evening, and enjoying the beautiful dancing and music.
Over the years, our holiday traditions have evolved as our kids grew up, as we moved, and of course, with the addition of our grandkids. Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit (even early!) quite like the music of the Nutcracker.
My daughter brought me to the gym this weekend to try out some strength training, a departure from my typical walking and light weights routine. She has spent the last several months working out with a personal trainer and learning how properly lift heavier weights.
I’ve read a few books that pointed to the fact that strength training becomes increasingly important as we age. Weight-bearing activities on a regular basis support our bone density and keep us strong and balanced. I’ve been taking it easy for the last couple of months with my hip bugging me, but I was able to try a few new moves out this weekend. I appreciated that it only took about twenty minutes for a full routine of strength training and to be on my way for the day.
Soup for dinner
Please settle a debate in our family this weekend – is a bowl of soup a suitable dinner? When the weather cools, my husband and I love to enjoy a bowl of soup in the winter months. And in the last few years, as he has learned to cook more and more, he has perfected a few favorites! Chicken noodle soup, a vegetable stew, and prawn-dumping curry soup.
My daughter was laughing at us this weekend for eating soup a few nights in a row, but I find it nice to eat a lighter meal and something warm at the end of a chiller day.
As we shopped this weekend for a few pieces to add to Vanessa’s wardrobe, I was reminded again how little color I have in my closet! I really value the beauty of a nice neutral, monochromatic ivory, taupe, black. Perhaps my favorite color of all time is taupe. And while I like seeing color on other people, the reality is I rarely reach for it when I’m getting dressed in the morning. Also, in the hectic pace of daily life, I like the calmness and gentleness of a soft, neutral palette.
We have a few more days with the family before a trip up to Canada.
What are you looking forward to this week?