Holiday Sparkle

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It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner, which also means we are in the final countdown for Baby Negin. Being in the third trimester, with this giant bump, I’m limiting how many holiday events I actually plan to attend. But it will be nice to celebrate and go out, a few more times before #theNegins go from two to three and I spend my days and nights breastfeeding and changing dirty diapers. 
 
While picking my holiday style this year I focused on dressing up while showing off these growing curves but also ensuring that I can remain comfortable at all times. When I found this bright and bold blue dress by Ripe Maternity, I knew it would be the perfect dress for the season and take me from an office holiday party to an evening gathering filled with friends, while being one of the most comfortable items I could possible wear thanks to the knit’s stretch.
 

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Strong and bold accessories will help glam up this look and add seasonally appropriate sparkle. These pink cat-eye Friday frames from the new Main + Central Tortoiseshell collection paired with beautiful earrings compliment the outfit perfectly. When choosing frames from my collection to wear, I always look for a shape and colour that add interest to an outfit.

Shopping for glasses online, you may find it hard to choose which shape works best for your face, but Clearly has an amazing part of their site which helps you pick the best frame for your shape. I’ve always been drawn to the cat-eye shape and haven’t taken this pair off since I got them, as I love feminine shape and perfect colour.

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Don’t forget to shop at Clearly using the promo code BARBARAANN20 for 20% off frames and lenses (some exclusions apply).

Dress: C/O Ripe Maternity from Carry Maternity, Frames: C/O Friday Frames by Main & Central from Clearly, Earrings: Michelle Ross,  Watch: C/O Daniel Wellington, Shoes: Zara (old)

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As #babyNegin continues to grow (I was 31 weeks when these photos were taken), I’m finding myself gravitating back to dresses, for ease and comfort. Pre-pregnancy, I’ve always been more drawn to wearing dresses and lately it’s been the same decision.

Dresses paired with tights, when needed, allow me to stay comfortable without feeling like I’m stuffed into a pair of pants, and at times during this pregnancy it seems like the most logical thing for me. When I found this mock neck swing dress (now on sale!) from Pink Blush and I fell in love with how soft and effortless it was to wear. The cut makes it easy to dress up or down with a simple switch of the shoes and accessories.

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Dress: C/O Pink Blush, Moto jacket: Danier, Frames: C/O Clearly.ca, Heels: Opening Ceremony

Living the dream

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As the second part of my home reveal (part one: the kitchen), I thought I’d share the room that I’ve been living in since I discovered I was pregnant. From the early stages of the first trimester, I felt quite sick, so I basically spent most of my time sleeping on the couch, and now as we are in the final countdown (two more months) I get so tired after any simple task that I’m back to napping on the couch.

With all this napping, it makes me happy that I invested in such a comfortable couch. We scored an amazing deal from on the Maxwell leather sectional from Restoration Hardware’s Outlet located in Toronto Premium Outlet. By signing up for their emails, I found out that their outlet had an additional 50% off on their already reduced prices during last year’s holiday sales (I think I got it on New Year’s Day – so stay tuned for their upcoming sales!).

We also did our research and chose to invest in quality window coverings that would allow lots of light in (I wanted to ensure our corner unit remained bright), while shading the mid-day sun we get. We picked Vision Shades from Mera Window Fashions, which would help keep our home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, while keeping UV rays out of our home.

Trevor and I were fortunate enough to have inherited a vintage swing chair that was my grandparents. I fell in love with an ink spotted fabric from Ikea (they have amazing fabrics for great prices) and hired the talented Charlene Gilmour from The Big Stuff, who reupholstered our chair. She also created matching throw pillows which ties the room together perfectly.

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The rest of our accessories and furniture we collected over time or have taken from our parents, who are always downsizing. We wanted our home to feel comfortable (lots of textiles and blankets) and have an eclectic vibe showcasing beautiful and whimsical decor.

Oh and Taco had just gotten neutered when we decided to shoot this room. His cone is basically an inflated pillow and we highly recommend it to any pet owner.

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Couch: Restoration Hardware, Rug: Ikea,  Coffee table: CDI from Hudson’s Bay, Media unit: Restoration Hardware, Taco’s (dog) bed: Ikea, Blanket ladder: Ikea (old), Picture frames: Ikea, Gold shelves: Vintage, Lighting: Target, Window coverings: Mera Window Fashions, Decor & accessories: Georg Jenson, Nambe, vintage, Saje and Kosta Boda 

Barbara is wearing: Top: Ripe Maternity from Carry Maternity, Bottoms: Zara