Country Showers Bring Sweet … Horses!

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Ever since I was little girl, I’ve had an obsession with horses and ponies. When a friend of mine, who just happens to live on an equestrian farm, offered to host a baby shower for us it didn’t actually occurred to me what that meant: horses would be part of our fall shower!

Thank you, Shan, for the most warm and loving day of celebration. I’m grateful – always.

Turns out that my shower dress matches our nursery! It was a short drive out to the country – for cake, food, great friends and an autumn walk around the farm.

Baby Shower in Town

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Maternity leave has started, leaving time for a bit more writing and… waiting. So here come the throw-backs.  Allia and I were so blessed to have two gorgeous baby showers thrown in honour of our pending arrival. The first was summertime barbecue, with beautiful weather, beautiful friends and family. The second was at a friend’s stunning farmhouse Country Showers Bring Sweet … Horses!

We are so lucky to have a warm, wild and fiercely loving group of family and friends-who-are-like-family to help celebrate and guide us as we get ready to be mamas. This was shower number one of two and we already feel so spoiled… all smiles, all day. #thankyou!!! #lesbianmoms #babyshower #rainbowfamily

A backyard bbq, swimming pool and games for the kiddos was a hoot. The weather was cooperative and the decor was handmade by yours truly and my friend Lindsay.

My friends and family are a colourful bunch. My mom, in yellow, is over the moon about the upcoming arrival.

Whether poolside, or the country equivalent, being surrounded by loved ones helps the anticipation build and shows you what an incredible community is waiting to love your little one and support you on that journey.

Cheers! We are officially past-due.

DIY baby shower decor

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I’m all about reusing things. And they say, fortune favours the bold. But I’d like to add crafty to that. In preparation for one of our baby showers this summer, my friend and I got down with the glue guns and twine.

How do you create a festive look while saving your cash and diverting items from the trash? Reuse and repurpose, craftily.

Our gender neutral shower is going to feature a flora and fauna theme, with lots of personal touches, like the gold and silver animals from our wedding centrepieces – which will find new life as jar toppers for candy, tea and body scrub favours. Or the hundreds of paper flowers made by students for our school’s Arts Banquet, saved from the recycle bin, which we’ve turned into a photo backdrop and some Pom Pom garlands, using a hammock chair bar and some fabric leftover from our wedding.

Other sweet details that aren’t overly fussy, are some more sentimental touches like advice to the ‘mommies to be’ – which we’ll surely need, and a guessing game of bizarre baby items and trivia.

For a backyard, poolside barbecue, the breezy boho decor will be as sweet looking as it was fun to make and the whole thing was eco friendly with all the reusing. I can’t wait to celebrate (and to meet this little guy once he decides to pop!)

For now, we are ready for our closeups.

What 2 Wear: Sunshine and Candy Floss Looks for those Spring/Summer events!

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Wedding or Shower: this pastel two-piece is sweet and pretty, with just a touch of modern edge.

Wedding or Shower: this pastel two-piece is sweet and pretty, with just a touch of modern edge.

Great for a daytime shower. Comfortable and ample coverage for sipping tea, or afternoon sangria. Chicfeed.com

Great for a daytime shower. Comfortable and ample coverage for sipping tea, or afternoon sangria. Chicfeed.com

Anthropologie dress brings brings the requisite blooms to the party.

Anthropologie dress brings brings the requisite blooms to the party.

Punchy brights add some oomph to this two part ensemble. The off the shoulder detailing is pretty and a little sexy, without upstaging any bride or mom-to-be. Plus, the hem length is perfect for sitting at a reception or shower. Top Shop.

Punchy brights add some oomph to this two part ensemble. The off the shoulder detailing is pretty and a little sexy, without upstaging any bride or mom-to-be. Plus, the hem length is perfect for sitting at a reception or shower. Top Shop.

One of my absolute faves; a bright pop of pink in the form of a maxi skirt is complemented by a graphic black and white print top. This one is a sure pick for a baby shower.

One of my absolute faves; a bright pop of pink in the form of a maxi skirt is complemented by a graphic black and white print top. This one is a sure pick for a baby shower.

Easy as 1 (top), 2 (skirt), 3  (clutch). Found on dustjacketattic.tumblr.com

Easy as 1 (top), 2 (skirt), 3 (clutch). Found on dustjacketattic.tumblr.com

Dressy Pants and a sexy top. Pair these basics for a polished, comfortable look with hair undone and some great jewelery. Thanks to Flare.com for these looks from Forever 21.

Dressy Pants and a sexy top. Pair these basics for a polished, comfortable look with hair undone and some great jewelery. Thanks to Flare.com for these looks from Forever 21.

If it's a baby being showered, you can get away with this adorable bright white look. Braids and a bold lip complete the look.

If it’s a baby being showered, you can get away with this adorable bright white look. Braids and a bold lip complete the look.

Keeping with the sunny palette, this dress is high drama, low fuss. You are covered, with just a touch of skin showing for a look that can be amped-up for evening with a change of shoe and makeup.

Keeping with the sunny palette, this dress is high drama, low fuss. You are covered, with just a touch of skin showing for a look that can be amped-up for evening with a change of shoe and makeup.

Adorable. Careful you don't upstage the bump!

Adorable. Careful you don’t upstage the bump!

After the sun and showers, comes the rainbow. Found on shop.nordstrom.com

After the sun and showers, comes the rainbow. Found on shop.nordstrom.com