Our Son Sterling

It’s been just over 2 months since our son blessed our family and filled our home with an indescribable love. When I got pregnant I got excited to prepare for a family shoot and knew there would be only one photographer I wanted to capture the love and craziness of our family.

Scarlet O’Neill is a Toronto-based wedding photographer, whose work has been featured basically everywhere. I found her while working with Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and fell in love with the way she documented love stories. I knew that she would be the perfect person to share this special time with.

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Our day together was filled with laughter and sharing stories. Here are some of my favourite photos we shot with her. And don’t forget to follow Scarlet on Instagram for a beautiful feed filled with wedding and lifestyle inspiration.

A quick update about Sterling at 2 months old: he’s beginning to smile, he loves to splash in the bath, cuddle during story time. He’s travelled (like a pro) to Florida and enjoyed 10 days in the sun exploring Miami.

  

Thank you Scarlet for capturing our family perfectly. We absolutely love these photos.

Year in Review: 2017

2017 was a year that had its ups and downs, but overall I’m happy with the outcome. They say that everything happens for a reason and over the year I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, my family, health and wellness and am excited for the adventures that 2018 will bring with #babyNegin joining us.

Some of my favourite fashion moments and memories from 2017:

My Focus on Mental Health
2016 was a difficult year for me personally, so when this past year rolled around, I made it a goal to focus on mental health and wellness, ensuring I spent time outside, reflecting and finding mindfulness while living in the moment.

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T-Rex Love

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Winter Walks

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New Year, New Glasses

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Time For Change

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Life Happens

Our New Home
After a long delay, we finally moved into our first home back in late February and were able to share our first two room reveals. Up next, once it’s finished, will be the nursery which we have been putting together for a few weeks now.

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Our Kitchen Reveal

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Living The Dream

Styling The Bump
Trevor and I planned to start a family in early 2018 and were fortunate to get pregnant right away. Since then, my pregnancy has not been so easy as I’ve struggled with morning sickness, carpal tunnel and lots of hip and joint pain. We are now reaching the end (37 weeks currently) and could not be more excited to welcome our baby into our family.

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Summer Vibes, At Last

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Holding On

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Baby Blue

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Little Black Maternity Dress

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Floral Wrap

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Overall Obsession

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Holiday Sparkle

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Leopard and Layers

2018 will be an exciting year filled with more changes than ever before, and cannot wait to share all of details with you. I also wanted to shout out to some of the amazing brands I partnered with this year; Delta Faucet Canada, Clearly, Tobi, Carry Maternity, Pink Blush, Daniel Wellington, Coach, One of a Kind Show, and Westowne Mazda. If you are interested in working together in 2018 please contact me (barbara.ann.solomon@gmail.com) or Lindsay @ Shine Influencers (lindsay@shineinfluencers.com).

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Can’t wait to meet you in 2018.

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