Style: A Pop of Orange

I used to be a black / brown / navy bag kind of girl. And then I got a mustard yellow Pliage Longchamp bag and became obsessed with it. And then a forest green, for when my outfit had hints of green. Yet I still consider myself pretty classic when it comes to fashion and don't usually make big statements. I stick with what I'm comfortable with, so basically navy, white, black and stripes. Hey, I'm French, I can never have enough stripes. But then this Adolfo Dominguez bag happened and I was surprised at how easy it was to incorporate bright orange with my usual neutrals. 

Please ignore my awkward pose - I am not very comfortable in front of the camera. 

Will you wear bright orange this Fall?

Beauty: Multi-masking with Vichy

Like a good chunk of the population, I have combination skin. It is dry and dehydrated on my cheeks, oily on my t-zone and a little bit dull everywhere else. Add to that hormonal and seasonal changes and there you have it: ever-changing skin type. 

Up until now, I had be really careful with masks, usually giving up altogether because I couldn't find anything that worked for my entire face. 

Then I was introduced to multi-masking with Vichy's new line of face masks. 
And I thought: "Duh". 

Multi-masking basically means mixing and matching various masks on your face, applying different masks on different areas with different needs.
Why I have not thought of this before, I will never know. 

You can do this with any mask that works for your skin, but I just happened to fall in love with Vichy's 3 new formulas: 

✩ To rehydrate: the Quenching Mineral Mask
With a liquid gel texture packed with minerals, this literally feels like a tall glass of water for your skin. No greasiness, no heavy feeling, just pure hydration.

With Vitamin C and AHA, this gel formula will leave your face feeling completely refreshed and glowing. 

It's no secret, clay is good for oily skin. It purifies and leaves your skin feeling clean. However, this one is gentle enough that it will not dry your skin out to the point where it feels tight and rough.

I like to apply the purifying mask on my T-zone, the quenching mask on my cheeks and the double glow on my forehead, upper cheeks and jaws. The Vichy masks are all easy to work with and have very pleasant textures, so the whole operation does not get messy at all. 

One I have rinsed my face, I like to finish off with a spritz of Vichy Thermal water (I love Avene or Evian too if you can't get your hands on the Vichy one) and then apply the Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel, for which I have a newfound love. My husband actually begged me to share, because we both love the gel texture so much. It feels so fresh and moisturizing, yet not heavy or greasy at all. 

Meet The Girlbosses: Jessie of Berg + Betts

I am so, so excited and honored to feature Jessie! She is the gorgeous creator of BERG+BETTS  a sustainable timepiece company founded right here in Canada. BERG+BETTS  stunning watches are made from pieces of designer scrap leather. Not only are the watches eco-conscious, they are also absolutely beautiful and luxurious - there is no compromise here. I asked Jessie to share a bit about her experience as a mompreneur and girlboss and was truly inspired by what she had to say. 

Could you describe your business for the readers who don't know BERG+BETTS?

BERG+BETTS is a sustainable timepiece company that crafts watches out of surplus scrap leather that would otherwise go to waste.

How and when did you decide to start? Were you inspired by your product and the need for it or did you want to start a business first and thought of the product second?

I started BERG+BETTS about 3 years ago after hand making a watch for a friend. The watch got so much attention that I decided to open a small shop on etsy that I ran while working my full time corporate job. The business never really took off until after I had my first son and I decided to dedicate myself to BERG+BETTS full time – launching in March of 2015.

Was it hard to get things started? Could you describe the process?

Yes, it was very hard to get things started. I was starting a watch business without a large start-up budget so I had to become the jack of all trades and learn how to be a website designer, social media strategist, manufacturer and marketer just to name a few. When you are working for yourself the hours are long, and all the pressure is on you to make your business succeed, but you are more motivated to push forward because you are the direct beneficiary of all your hard work and input. Now that the business is no longer in its infancy, I am able to hire people to do the things I’m not good at – something that saves me a tremendous amount of time and frustration.

How did your family react? Your husband?

My husband, Greg, has been so supportive since day one. He has more confidence in me than I have in myself and that is something that still keeps me motivated. My entire extended family has also been an incredible support system for me. Although I’m sure most of them thought I was crazy when I quit my job to start a watch company, nobody said it to me out-loud:)

With social media, it is easy to fall in the comparison game. I believe women entrepreneurs should lift each other up - what has your experience with social media been like?

I couldn’t agree more. I love the saying “empowered women, empower women”. I try to surround myself with women who inspire me, and women who lift each other up in both my business and my personal life. Now that I’m in my thirties it seems to be easier to recognize and eliminate people who don’t have my best interest at heart.

It’s good to remember that in business, social media is all about creating a life style that sells yourself or your product. I try to remember that not everything is as it seems and that behind every beautiful picture is another hot mess mom just like me.

What are your hopes for the next few years?

I hope to make BERG+BETTS a nationally recognized brand and a leader in sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world and it’s time for us all to make small changes towards reducing its impact on the environment.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

I get asked this question a lot and my answer remains the same. When you run your own business there are overwhelming moments of self-doubt. Stay confident and view yourself as your companies biggest asset – nobody else is you!

Thank you so much Jessie! And because she rocks, Jessie has kindly decided to offer you $20 off on with the discount code ORANE.

Mamahood: Road Trip Essentials for Babies and Toddlers

This Summer has taken our little family on many road trips. Because we have a lot of visitors during this time of year, we try to show them our beautiful mountains and what our province has to offer. Between the Calgary Stampede, a vacation in Banff with my parents and another one in Jasper with my best friend, we had many occasions to see what works and what doesn't on the road with a toddler. 

My main rule is: forget your rules. My son isn't usually allowed to watch TV or snack between meals. However when it comes to long trips, whether in a car or a plane, (almost) anything goes. I put a few cartoons and a ton of baby apps on my iPad and let him use it as much as he wants. He usually gets bored with the cartoons but loves the apps. Our favorite apps are the Fisher Price and the Forest Flyer (my son is obsessed). 

When it comes to snacks, I try to make sure I pack a ton of different options. While I am okay with letting my son snack between meals for the occasion, it doesn't mean that he's allowed to eat junk food. 
I try to bring fruit in little containers, and usually make sure to bring food that he couldn't choke on. He loves blueberries and apricots and they are a great option if you make sure to remove the pit of course. I also make sure to have a few pureed fruit/veggies pouches for when a restaurant meal doesn't cut it, or if you are stuck in traffic during dinner time. Soft cereal bars are great for mid-morning or afternoon snack, especially if you eat later than usual. And finally, I try to have some sort of cracker that he can eat on his own for those times where nothing else will make him happy. Because I let him enjoy them somewhat freely, it is crucial that they be healthy and not high in sugar and fat. 

Variety is key, because you never know what they'll be in the mood for. What they liked during the car ride might not cut it while you're waiting for your meal to arrive at the restaurant, or when you are eating sandwiches outside on a picnic table. 

I've rounded up some of the items that were absolute musts for us while on the go this Summer:

+ wipes + musical car mirror + duck crackers + folding bib + cereal bars + snack cup + fruit and veggies pouches + sippy cup + hand sanitizer + hands and face wipes +

Desktop Dress-Up #24

This one was inspired by the new Snapchat, a.k.a Instagram Stories... because we're all guilty of a little filter abuse from time to time!

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