Ava Grace's Closet

Friday, August 26, 2016

Family Flex Time Adventure with Ford

If you follow along on instagram, you would have seen the fantabulous adventure we had a few weekends ago while taking the new Ford Flex for a spin.
We were amazed at the multi-panel sunroof and how roomy the vehicle was - I drive an SUV personally so both the kids and I are used to having lots of space. I often reach back to hold Ava's hand or give her a high five and honestly, I could barely reach her. 
Tons of leg room and an extra row of seats that we're already accustomed to.
That said, using my own additional seats when necessary is nowhere near as comfortable or easy to set up. 
A set of buttons in the back trunk allowed us to quickly lift the seats for sitting or tuck them away COMPLETELY for storage.
We may or may not have done this numerous times while watching in amazement.

I quickly set up my phone with the SYNC technology for safe driving and we hit the road and headed into the city for brunch at The Starving Artist.
The girls played board games while I sipped on iced coffee. And ate waffle everything.
Afterwards, we hit Sugar Beach to see if we might get a spot under a pretty pink umbrella - it started to rain just as we arrived.
Nothing was going to put a damper on our adventure so we quickly snapped a few photos and Ava played in the warm rain.
We headed to a children's fashion event in the city put on by two of our favourite instagram friends - Mini Model Gallery and Bonjour Baby Baskets.
Parking on the busy Danforth?
Not so fun.
Parallel parking? Even worse.
I used the Active Park Assist feature that I had heard about on the vehicle - a push of the "auto P" button allowed the vehicle to easily tuck into the spot with little to no effort from me.
We stopped for an impromptu photo shoot, because graffiti. 
And, in an effort to ensure we ended our day on a sweet note, made our way over to Sweet Jesus on Queen Street for one of their jazzed up cones.
Thanks to the rain, the line was super short - a first! 
The sun quickly came back out in full force and I have to tell you, I have never been so happy to read the words, "cooled front seats".
Now that I have tried them, not sure how I will go back to black leather seats in 100+ degree weather.
Definitely one of my favourite features on the vehicle.

Looking for a roomy vehicle that easily holds kids, cargo and whatever else you need to move?
Ava and I highly recommend checking out the Ford Flex.
She is still wondering why we had to give it back...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Establishing Good Routines with Philips Sonicare

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with getting Julian to brush his teeth.
There are still days {and he is 14} where I will glance at his teeth across the table at say, lunchtime, and notice, quite clearly, that he has not done so.
The conversation usually goes something like this:
Julian! Did you brush your teeth? 
Yeah, of course I did. 
Julian. I can literally SEE the plaque on your teeth from here. It's disgusting!
A loud laugh.
Followed by a mad dash up the stairs to well, BRUSH HIS TEETH.

Isabella, on the other hand, well, she is pretty much obsessed with brushing her teeth.
She wore braces as a child and as such, is pretty proud of her pearly whites.
She brushes without asking - reminds me when they're almost out of toothpaste.
And on rare days, reminds her brother that high school and girls are just around the corner = 

So, now that each of them is about to embark on a new adventure in their respective academic careers – one starting high school and the other starting first year university – how to establish solid morning routines that don’t have me chasing them?
Well, to start with, we’ve equipped both of them with alarm-friendly iphones – no need for mama to be around to wake them up. They are in control of their schedule – and that includes ensuring they know how early they need to wake the next morning. And to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Secondly, we’ve established routines that have them showering the night before vs in the morning AND {especially in Isabella’s case} choosing and laying out their school clothes.
I cannot tell you how much smoother the mornings go.
So, how do you step things up in the oral hygiene department with one girl and  one tooth brushing adverse boy?
Begin with changing up the tools they're currently using making it more fun to brush.

The Philips Sonicare 2 Plaque Control toothbrush is sleek and compact, and makes it easy to reach those back teeth and other hard to reach spots.
From the website:
The new Philips Sonicare Series 2 Plaque Control toothbrushes use patented sonic technology to drive fluid deep between teeth and along the gumline for a thorough, yet gentle clean.
Julian just finds using a power toothbrush SO much easier. And secretly, I think he kind of likes the idea of  a toothbrush that does the work for him. 
In record time.
I have all but stopped reminding him to brush.
Isabella, whose routine will change nightly based on her aggressive timetable, loves the fact that the Philips Sonicare is so easy to transport. Recharges quickly. And not only makes her teeth look cleaner but she swears she can feel the clean. 
Her morning and evening routine leave her teeth super smooth and plaque-free.
She's happy. I'm happy.

My husband's dentist recommended he switch from a manual toothbrush to a power toothbrush years ago, and he has never looked back.
Now that the kids have made the leap, I'm definitely next.
The Philips Sonicare is available in 5 colours - one for each family member. including Calvin.
Suggested retail price is $79.99 - a small investment for this mom's piece of mind.

Philips Sonicare uses dynamic cleaning action and patented sonic technology to gently and effectively reach deep between teeth for a superior clean you can see and feel. Switch to Sonicare 2 Series and remove 6X more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

 Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Philips via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Get Your End of Summer Glow On with L'Eclisse

The older I get, the more sunscreen I apply - and at that, the stronger, the better.
I'm especially paranoid with my face which not only gets dry with overexposure but quickly darkens in areas. 
If I could change just one thing from the past, my constant sunning might just be it.

Nowadays, I get my glow from faux tanners, bronzers and the like.
It's easy to look sun kissed without every actually spending any time in the sun.
As evidenced by the photos below - a summer glow achieved with just 3 naturally organic L'Eclisse products.
The entire look takes under 8 minutes to create and leaves your skin feeling sun kissed and airy - not covered up or heavy.
Also, this lip gloss may just be the best-smelling gloss I've ever tried.


product list:
on face: Pressed Mineral Foundation in "Deep Bronze"
on cheeks: Pressed Mineral Blush in "Pink Coral"
on lips: Natural Lip Gloss in "Coral Glow"

How do you keep your summer glow going?
Lord knows, the summer seems to be slipping away as quickly as it came in.

Happy Weekend.

Monday, August 15, 2016

What Ava Wore : Back to School with Limeapple

It's hard to believe the countdown to back to school is on.
But, like it or not, come mid-August, it's time to start thinking about getting the kiddos ready to head back in style.
Limeapple Packs allow you to choose one of 3 available already styled clothing packages including an Active Pack, a Gym Pack or a Boutique Pack - all at an incredibly reasonable price.
All pieces included can be easily mixed and matched and will have your little girl ready to go back to school in style without a huge investment.
Your back to school shopping done faster than you can click "add to basket".

Ms. Ava wears each piece from the Boutique Pack including 1 pair of basic leggings, 1 colourful polar fleece, 1 circle skirt, 2 long sleeve tops (one fancy/one active) and 2 headbands. Whew.
We're loving how well all of the items coordinated both together and with a few pieces that we already owned from the brand {orchid bubble shorts | white tank} to make countless outfits for early Fall and beyond.
Ava clearly had a blast playing dress up.
Back to school never looked so good.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What Ava Wore : Summertime

Like everyone else in Toronto, we love the summertime.
As much for the fashion as the sunshine.
If it were up to me, Ava would just throw on a dress every day - so easy and fresh.
Here's a peek at what she's been wearing this summer. 
Also, here's wishing we were still on vacation.

Look 1 : dress - Gap Kids | sandals - Globo Shoes
Look 2: off the shoulder top - Zara Kids | shorts - Crewcuts \ sandals - Gap Kids
Look 3: t-shirt - Gymboree | shorts - Burberry

It's going to be another hot one in Toronto.
Stay cool.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What I Wore : Cold Shoulder

If I had to choose just one very favourite colour, this shade of baby blue would be it.
For as long as I can remember, I've always snapped up anything I find in this colour - from sweatshirts, to swimsuits.
And the flattering cold shoulder style makes it even better.

top - Zara {similiar here + here} | jeans- Forever XXI | shoes - Saks Off Fifth
 handbag - Louis Vuitton "Alma" | pom pom bag charm - Bloomingdales

Hope your Wednesday is happy.
Linking up here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Introducing Farbod Barsum

They had me at Rodeo Drive.
Farbod Barsum launched his line of exotic skin handbags and accessories that are nothing shy of luxurious in 2010.

From the website:
Drawing inspiration from his love of architecture and nature, Farbod threads his collection with a balance between structural and organic composition.
The wearable art concept of Barsum bags transforms exceptionally rare materials and adapts them for use in every day life.

Each Farbod Barsum piece is hand-crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
Including their materials which are sustainably harvested, dyed in chrome-free tanneries and meeting strict compliance guidelines with the U.S. fish and wildlife department.
All custom hardware is hand cast and polished piece by piece.
With all designs available in a multitude of colours, incredible material combinations and elements that include feathers and swarovski crystals, it was difficult to choose just one favourite piece from the collection.

As an avid collector of clutches, I would have to say the white sparkler below tops my list.
Paired with a simple white or grey gown - it's definitely a conversation piece.
Here are just a few of my other favourites:
Brigitte Clutch

Jackson Briefcase

Madison Duffle Bag & Toiletry Case

Nicole Handbag

Jason Messenger
The Farbod Barsum line is coveted by celebrities and ahem, royalty.
And now, by miss Ava Grace& I.
It would be the perfect addition to our growing handbag collection, n'est pas?

For more information, press and photographs - visit their social media sites here:

Happy Weekend indeed.

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