Ava Grace's Closet

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What I Wore : Wine

If I had to choose one colour that defined the current season, this would definitely be it.
After all, wine goes with everything - n'est pas?
With pleats AND bell sleeves, this dress hides a multitude of sins. Ahem. 
And keeps you feeling fabulous.

Check out all of Magnolia Boutique's dresses - I can't choose a favourite and at these prices, you really don't have to.
Love, love.

pleated dress - c/o Magnolia Boutique | earrings - local boutique {option} | otk boots - Michael Kors {old} love these 
Pssst, we have a fun instagram giveaway live now for a chance at 2 pieces from the store!
Be sure to stop by and check it out.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide '16 : For Her

Isabella and I had a conversation last weekend about how much easier it is to buy for a woman vs a man.
I think it's obviously because we would likely buy what we might enjoy ourselves.
It might also explain why I end up with more things to keep than to give. Anyone else?
My favourite gifts to give are things that you really want but would never buy for yourself.
Therein lies the real treat.

plum pretty kimono | happy plug-in earphones | la mer starter kit | olivia burton watch | ugg throw | jo malone candles
Be sure to visit our instagram page today - we may or may not be giving away 2 of our favourite gifts for her to one lucky reader.
Just call me Clause. 
Mrs. Clause.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

What Ava Wore : Getting Holiday Ready with limeapple III

When you think of holiday dressing for children - what comes to mind?
I'm going with velvet and lace.
Ava Grace was so excited to discover that the last piece in her Limeapple Holiday Gift Pack was this dress, made of velvet and lace, and refused to take it off when we were done photographing her.
I'm guessing it made her feel like it was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

I'm thinking she may be right.

Visit limeapple beginning Black Friday to pick up your choice of one of three gift packs - loaded with pretty pieces at an equally pretty price.
Sale merchandise will also be an ADDITIONAL 50% off.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide '16 : For Him

I'm happy to say I still have a few men on my list this year - one of my favourites to buy for.
Probably because they're often things I wouldn't {or couldn't} buy for myself.
Just makes the hunt for the perfect je ne sais quois more interesting.
Daniel Wellington watch (use code avagrace to save 15%!) | Go Go Speaker | Shulz + Malley grooming kit |
Swell water bottle J. Lindberg belt | Michael Kors card case | 1901 Chelsea Boot

Sidenote: my very favourite gift to buy for the man in my life is shoes. 
Odd I know. 


Friday, November 18, 2016

What Ava Wore : Getting Holiday Ready with Limeapple II

When you put on a fringe miniskirt, you can't help but shake it. 
It brought out the sass in our Ava Grace, as you can see by the gradually more exaggerated photos below.
The skirt is yet another piece that was included in our limeapple Holiday Boutique Pack - stay tuned next week when she shares the last few pieces.
Hint: it's also when the gift packs will be available. 

Oslo Top c/o limeapple | fringe skirt c/o limeapple | shoes - Vans
Every girl's gotta let out her inner supermodel once in a while, am I right?
Happy Thursday indeed.
Winner of our Hold Me Company giveaway was Stacey Roberson. Congrats - I will email you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Christmas Wish List

They say, in order to love others, you must first learn how to love yourself.
So, what better way to start doing that than to share my own Christmas Wish List to kick off the holiday season?
Oh yes, it's coming.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick | MantraBand Bangle | Kate Spade Sleepshirt | Stuart Weitzman Thighlands
Flowerbomb PerfumeSoia + Kyo CoatCristabelle Choker |
Stay tuned each Tuesday through Christmas as I share my picks for the season.
What's on your list this year?


Monday, November 14, 2016

This is my Truth

It has taken me a while to share this post.
I've thought about whether or not I actually wanted to share this story.
Thought about whether or not anyone would care to know. Whether they had already figured it out.
I knew eventually that it was in me - and that it needed to come out.
My story.
My truth.
My new reality.

I have left my marriage.
After 18 years, and a lot of soul searching, I knew I had to do what was right.
The truth of the matter is, I overstayed my welcome.
I way overstayed my welcome.
For 3 reasons.
Isabella, Julian and little Ava Grace.

I believe in sacrifice. I really do.
But when you give up yourself, your own needs and happiness - your children will feel it.
And they will not be better for your settling.
In the end, really, that is what I was doing.
What I had done for many years.
Sure, the picture of our life looked like a good one.
A beautiful home, a handsome couple, 3 beautiful children.
But inside of me, inside of my husband - the type of love that should have been there was gone.
I have since questioned if it was really there at all.
And so, for the same 3 reasons why I stayed so long, I made the decision to leave.
I didn't want Julian to learn that this was how a wife should be treated.
I didn't want the girls to think settling was o.k. Ever.

The last few months have been among the most difficult of my life.
I moved almost 20 years of living for 4 people out of my beloved home. Pretty much solo.
I learned who my true friends were. And are.
I learned that your own family is the only family you have.
That no matter what you have done for people in the past, some will forget.
I have learned that people choose sides - even when they don't know the whole story.
Or even part of the story.
I purchased a beautiful new home.
I set it all up.
I worked full time through it all while simultaneously juggling 3 kids.
And emotionally, I somehow managed to keep it together.

I read a quote somewhere recently that read,
"if he doesn't chase you after you walk away, keep walking".
And that's exactly what I did.
I am not sad. Not for me at least - not for what was, because there was nothing.
I have felt unloved for years.
 Tremendously unappreciated.
Lucky for me, the rest of my life was and is very full -
With the laughter of my children.
With dear friends and family.
With a rewarding job.
And with this little blog and all of you.
Those who faithfully visit day in and day out to share our lives.
For all of you, I could no longer pretend.

This is my truth.

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