Ava Grace's Closet

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

This might be the first year, in as long as I can remember, that we're not in the states for Nordstrom's annual anniversary sale.
I've been longingly admiring everything on the site and really think this year's inclusions are stellar.
Here is my TOP 10:
Nordstrom Sale Picks

I'm a sucker for accessories as most of you know. A pretty piece like this Chanel-esque camelia pin would add so much drama to a little black turtleneck or simple black blazer.
I need to have it.
I've been starting a collection of Alex + Ani bracelets and love this new coil style.
Lastly, I love a good watch. I already own a silver Michele watch {which I just so happened to purchase at last year's event!} and would love to add this one to my collection. Comes in a multitude of colours.

I am in the process of replacing my denim starting with the basics. I love a good high waisted pair {and hate low-waisted jeans period.end of story} and so couldn't resist this dark indigo version and this black pair. The prices are definitely right.
If you're like me, you keep your jeans for years so really, even a small investment ends up being worth it in the long run.
I'm also on the hunt for the perfect denim skirt. This one might just be it - all about the slightly longer length and vintage feel. I envision it with a high, chunky heeled boot and cozy turtleneck sweater.

a little lace
This is on my list only because I think it's the cutest little shell I've ever seen.
And it's lace. And it has a ribbon. And a scalloped edged bottom.

fall jackets 
On top of hoping to replace my black trench coat, I would love to add a lightweight simple grey one, like this, to my collection. It looks almost like it's a slightly heavier than sweater weight - perfect for fall days in Toronto.
This Michael Kors jacket may just be my favourite piece of all of the items included in this year's sale. The style, the colour AND THE PRICE! It is perfect. Non?

And last, but certainly not least, my favourite thing to shop for besides handbags.
I love a patent finish for the fall and although I am not a huge fan of the wedge, I am in LOVE with this Tory Burch version. The navy is so rich as are the other available shades.
And a block heel? Definitely my new go-to for the office. This pair by Franco Sarto are a classic shape at a fabulous price.
I love this brand's shoes for every day wear - super comfortable.

So, tell me, have you shopped this year's sale?
Whadya get?


Monday, July 25, 2016

What I Wore : LNBF & A $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Today we're sharing our third and final look featuring Leave Nothing But Footprints
Sadly, the hooded cardy featured is sold out but keep checking back on the site for more. It is seriously, the perfect layering piece.
Super soft, light and just right for cool summer evenings. 

hooded cardigan - c/o LNBF | striped t-shirt - Vero Moda {option}
jeans - Forever XXI | handbag - c/o Soprano Handbags | shoes - J. Crew 
And now, for the fun part! 
Enter to win $100 gift card to the LNBF site below.

Mandatory Entry
Visit LNBF and leave me a comment letting me know what you would choose if you win!

Good Luck! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Beauty Essentials

Come summertime, I always feel the need to lighten up my beauty routine including everything from my skincare to my makeup and everything in between.
With skin that's slightly sun kissed, gone is the need for anything heavy and ease is the name of the game. 
Here are my can't live without products - on rotation, all summer long.
Summer Beauty Essentials

1. Avène Eau Thermal {$14}
This feels like a fresh spritz of coolness for your skin whenever you need it. I carry one with me pretty much all the time and have one in the office. 
Warning: this product may become addictive.

2. Sugar Lip Polish {$31} 
I have had a container of this little piece of heaven for years. I am sure it is likely expired by now but if it ain't broke, why fix it? Or in this case, buy a new one. 
Sun and pool wreak havoc on my lips and this keeps them smooth and soft.
It also smells and tastes amazing.

My old stand-by. Sure, I have tried other less expensive copycats. They just don't measure up. 
This leaves my dry hair looking like I just spent a day at the beach. 
If you're afraid to commit, try the small bottle here for under $20. 
I may or may not have my daughter equally addicted.

Truth be told, I love all of the Nudestix products - yes, because they're a Canadian brand but also because they are SO easy to use AND transport.
The new gel colour formulation goes on super smooth and shiny - I am kinda partial to rebel right now. The perfect salmon pink.
A definite must-try.

I have literally stopped using every other bronzer I own in favour of this one.
One swirl on each cheek gives me a sparkling glow that's slightly sun-kissed without being overdone. I swipe a small bit across my forehead and clavicle as well. 
A little goes a long way. Love. 

I have been using this product for daytime since early June and find my makeup goes on smoother and my skin looks soft and radiant.
I know it must be good as it has been sold out in stores since launching.
If you're looking for a nice, fragrance-free, lightweight moisturizer, this might just be it.

This product has become my go-to before bedtime. A little goes a long way and never feels like a mask or too heavy in any way. 
I struggle with products that I use in the evening sometimes as I find they get into my sensitive eyes overnight - has never happened with this product.
A definite win.

If I could only choose one favourite drugstore product this summer, this would hands-down be it. 
We used it on our trip to Punta Cana and not only is it easy {and fun!} to apply but it works. Never leaves your skin feeling greasy - in fact, it dries almost instantly.
Highly recommend this product.

9. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer {$55}
I have switched over to this product come the warmer months for as long as I can remember. 
It's not cheap but it works. I find I can use one tube the entire summer and always have enough for winter vacation and then some. 
Perfect sheer coverage in a shade that seems to work for everyone.
I don't actually know anyone who doesn't love this product. 

And there you have it.
Bring on the sunshine!

Do you change up your beauty routine during the summer months?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What I Wore : LNBF

Excited to share this organic, Toronto-based line with you today.
LNBF, Leave Nothing But Footprints, was launched in 2007 by a team passionate about creating fashionable clothes that not only looked fabulous but were also environmentally-friendly.
With fabrics that are oh so soft and made with organic cotton, bamboo and tencel - they're super comfy too.
Meant to be lived in daily.

Look 1
sunglasses - Prada | hat - Joe Fresh {see below!} | striped 3/4 sleeve top - c/o LNBF
skirt - Forever XXI | sneakers - Selected

Look 2
sunglasses - Prada | hat - Joe Fresh {sold out / fun on sale option here} |
"Veronica" Dress - c/o LNBF | scarf - Aritzia | sneakers - Selected

Stay tuned for our last look on Friday - it may or may not include a fun giveaway with LNBF
See you then.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Graduate + A Giveaway

My baby boy graduated 8th grade last week.
We can hardly believe he'll start high school in the fall - not sure he's ready, not sure I'm ready.
It is so true what they say, the days are long, but the years are short.
And in the end, memories are truly all we have.

Now, if you have followed the blog for any length of time, you will know that I love photographs.
I am that mother, the one who always has a camera in tow.
I have endless pictures of my children and while Ava Grace is always willing to strike a pose; Julian, not so much.
But on this day, he had no choice.

The very top photograph is my favourite from the day.
It's shows him pensive and elegant all at the same time.
He cleans up nice n'est pas?
And honestly, I just want to bring the bow tie back forever + ever.

I ordered a beautiful canvas via Canvas Factory of the image.
It couldn't have been easier to simply upload the correct size to the site, crop it as I wanted to see it {in my case, wrapping around the outer edges} and then choose my finish.
I decided to go with a crisp black and white - it looks clean and modern.
Lastly, I chose my desired size -- so many options including cropped or collaged images, vertical or horizontal layouts and more.
The whole process took about 15 minutes and that's only because I was having so much fun playing with their editing tools.
When it arrives, it will be wrapped as part of his graduation gift and will always be a reminder of the day he let me take his picture.

The team at Canvas Factory has graciously offered up a chance for you, my fabulous readers, to win a 16 x 20 canvas print of YOUR choice!
Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
Visit their site here + leave us a comment letting us know one thing you learned.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mommy + Me + A Giveaway

Each June, as the school year slowly comes to an end, I'm faced with the daunting task of deciding what to get the kid's teachers.
Another mug? A gift card? Yet another candle?
None of them seemed thoughtful enough.
And then, we saw these by Foxy Originals {proudly Canadian!} - and we looked no further.

On Ava:
t-shirt - Abercrombie | skirt - Abercrombie
holding - Live, Love, Teach Necklace
On mama:
top - Winners {similiar} |"Austin" necklace - c/o Foxy Originals | "Star" necklace - c/o Foxy Originals 
jeans - Forever 21
Open to Canadian Residents only.

Contest closes Sunday at midnight.
Winner will be announced on Monday so that we can get prizing out to you in time to treat the special teacher in your/your little one's life.

Good Luck! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What I Wore : Pink Lace

We celebrated Julian's 8th grade graduation last night and although the days are warm, the evenings are still quite chilly here in Toronto.
I reached for this pretty pink lace peplum dress and it was perfect for the festivities which included a formal dinner.
Love the fact that it's summery but still has sleeves.

dress - Chicwish | necklace - J. Crew | 
handbag - Rebecca Minkoff {a few seasons ago - love this (on sale!) option} | shoes - Kate Spade {not current - option}
Wishing you all a Happy {and colourful!} Wednesday.
Linking up here.
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