Thursday, July 25, 2013

Little Blue Box

When I saw this amazing collection from Tiffany I just loved everything. I've been day dreaming...

Paloma Olive Leaf bangle in 18K yellow gold, $12,700 CDN
Paloma Olive Leaf pendant in sterling silver, large, $495 CDN
Tiffany Devon Frame bag in Tiffany Blue and silver leather, $1,300 CDN
Paloma Olive Leaf ring in 18K yellow gold with amethyst, $2,000 CDN
Tiffany Enchant flower earrings in platinum with round brilliant diamonds, $5,050 CDN
Tiffany Sabrina clutches in textured leather, $1,300 CDN each

What's your favourite item?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Stripes

Navy & White is my summer go to colour combination. It's easy and we all know I love easy.

It's a quick post today. I've been out swimming with the kids and I am tired. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation. It's cooling down in Toronto and I HATE it! I like the heat. I am ducking from all the dirty looks some of you are throwing at me.

I bought this skirt for two reasons, the length and the ruching. I cannot resist perfectly placed ruching.

Skirt, Yoana Baraschi (old). Tee, The Gap (tall). Flip Flops, Tory Burch (old). Necklace, Stella and Dot (old). Bag, c/o Ecco. Sunglasses, Burberry (old). Watch, Michael Kors (old).

I have a favour to ask all my mom's out there - or anyone really. What are your "Back to School" must have's. It can really be anything from kids lunch box kits, to your must have jeans. Anything! All you ideas are appreciated.

Linking up with:
Transatlantic Blonde
Style Elixir
My Thrifty Chic
Real Girl Glam
The Pleated Poppy

Monday, July 22, 2013

What's in a Name..."Falling in Style"

I have been blogging here for about a year and a half and this started as a fun little distraction from the everyday. "One Chic Mom" was just my attempt to help friends get out of yoga pants and sweat shirts and embrace their bodies and style. It was selfish and vain and fun and MINE. I didn't know that blogging could be so much more, that I could make it so much more. So it is with mixed emotion that I let all of my great readers know that I am moving my blog to a new domain and it will be called "Falling in Style". I've already changed my name on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Some of you have noticed and now you will find out why.

Most of you are thinking "Why the name change?". The honest truth is that I was getting pigeon holed into something that I'm not and was being passed up for opportunities that I wanted and would have been a good fit for. I'm hoping this will open doors for me and let marketers/PR companies/organizations know that I'm a good fit for their next project. I've done my research and everyone who've I've talked to told me to make the change so here I am sort of starting over again.

The aesthetic of my new blog will mirror my own and be everything I need/want. It will be home. I'm working with ohksocialmedia.

Why "Falling in Style"? Well it was hard to find a blog name that I loved, that was me and wasn't taken. This new name resonated with me specifically because the two times I've appeared on TV as a spokesperson I've been "falling with style" and managed to pick myself up and persevere. You'll have to wait for the full stories when the new blog launches. I also have visions a la Mad Men of me falling off a skyscraper in a beautiful dress falling gracefully and surviving. Someone else compared it to the phrase "falling in love" and I like that as well.

Now to what I'm wearing...

Shorts & Shoes, Joe Fresh. Blouse, LOFT. Handbag, Coach (old). Necklace, c/o Cocoa's Jewelry (sold out, similar idea here). Bracelet, Ann Taylor. Watch, Michael Kors (old).

I'm becoming obsessed with twitter again and looking for new followers and for new people to follow. Let me know @IvaGrbesic

I'm Co-Hosting the "Way We Wear Shorts". Some really great idea.

I'm also linking up with:
Funday Monday Link
Creative Monday's
The Way We Wear

Friday, July 19, 2013

Words of Wisdom

My youngest sister and my sister-in-law are both pregnant and due within a month (and a bit) of each other. I'm overjoyed for them and I also know that it might be difficult. I've had five pregnancies and four children and each pregnancy was a wondrous and scary time. I spent the first half of my thirties pregnant/breastfeeding/sober. As my children grow and become independent I wouldn't change how quickly and how many I've had for anything, plus I don't know any better. It was hard with four little ones but now we have a routine that works for me. At this point in my life I need it to work for me. I'm the one who is there for every scrape, stitch, tear, laugh, smile, success and failure (failure is important, kids need to fall so they learn how to get up). If I'm off the entire family suffers.

So what words of wisdom do I have for my beautiful Rosie and Helena? Love every little moment that comes, hug and kiss them as much as you want. Cry if you have to and ask for help when you need it - I'm only a phone call away. If you are tired sleep when the baby naps even if it is in the middle of the day. Clean the house only if you feel like it when having me over, I could care less if everything is out of place. When the baby cries and makes a fuss and bothers "people", ignore them and remember those "people" probably bugged the sh*t out of someone else earlier and karma is a b*tch. Lastly, shower, put some make up on, wear your good jeans and go anywhere, just go.


I didn't mean to get this "deep" when writing the post. The post was only supposed to be about me raving about this Canadian eco friendly, cruelty free, vegan, paraban free, dye free and chemical free baby product line "live clean (baby)" and an outfit for a baby shower. I've never wanted to review baby products (I want to leave babies in my past) but having two wonderful women who are so dear to me pregnant makes me want to learn about all these new products that are available out there. Plus, I like to be a know it all and this seemed like a good place to start.

Outfit part first...

Blazer, Zara. Blouse, Loft. Shorts, Ann Taylor (old). Shoes, Joe Fresh. Bracelets, J Crew, Ann Taylor. Watch, Michael Kors (old). Sunglasses, Burberry (old).

When I started researching message boards and product reviews live clean (baby) delivers great baby products that are also gentle on baby's skin and mothers are happy (check out why here). I knew that these products where something I could support and review. My sister Rosie told me that her friends use the products and love them as well. Plus they are found at Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart. This makes them easily accessible to many Canadians. I love the skincare essentials gift set, a great addition to any baby shower gift. The packaging is pretty cute too.

"Live Clean Baby is a unique collection of eco-friendly baby care products designed with your baby and the environment in mind. Live Clean Baby promises performance with natural, gentle ingredients - caring for baby's delicate skin using plant based formulations enriched with certified organic botanicals that are safe for baby and safe for the earth."

I am linking up with:

Aloha Friday Blog Hop
Best of Friday Style Link Up
Favourite Friday Fashion
Style Elixer

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Simply Styled

In Toronto the heat is blistering, with humidity it's around 39 C (or 100 F). I don't need the chambray shirt outside. The issue is the air conditioning in most buildings, it is so cold I need to keep it in my shopping bag so I don't freeze to death. Plus it all looks very cute together and I wanted to show you how simple it was to style this look. I wore it out to dinner with a friend last night (sans the chambray and with a few more pieces of jewelry). We had a nice casual dinner on a patio and enjoyed the heat. That's what many people don't realize about Canadian summers - they are HOT...just like the people ;)

Chambray Shirt, The Gap (tall). Tee, Banana Republic (old). Skirt, Old Navy. Bag, c/o Ecco Canada. Flip Flops, Tory Burch (old). Watch, Michael Kors (old). Sunglasses, Burberry (old).

Linking up with
WIWW Transatlantic Blonde
Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heat Wave

I love summer and I love the heat. Humidity does not phase hair is a different story. I have been enjoying some me time (my children were whisked away to a cottage with their grandparents) and it's easy to get ready and have an enjoying day running errands without the kids. Can you see the serene look on my face?

It's been a week without the kids and I have to say I miss them terribly.

Blouse, Madewell (old). Skirt, c/o Tristan. Flip Flops, Tkees (old). Bracelet, Ann Taylor. Watch, Michael Kors (old). Bag, c/o Ecco.

This is the last photo where my phone was working. It just stopped. I can't wait to be told there is nothing they can do and I have to buy a new phone. I think I may go either Blackberry or Samsung. Any suggestions?

I'm linking up with:
Style Elixer
My Thrifty Chic
The DIY Dreamer
Real Girl Glam

Thursday, July 11, 2013

We Have Power!!

On early Monday evening Toronto was hit with heavy rain fall and sections of the city were flooded. My family and I were fortunate enough to be spared any flooding in our home but had no electricity from Monday evening till late Wednesday afternoon. My saving grace was that my children are with my in-laws and we were all spared from their discomfort. Having no electricity gave me a new appreciation of what those in Calgary had gone through (their situation was much worse) and how fortunate I am to even have electricity and all the comforts it brings.

Before the kids left I took several pictures of outfit posts and today's features shorts and a sleeveless blouse. I wore this shopping and running around doing errands. I just felt like getting dressed up a bit. It's been happening more often then not.

Lots of help from the kids!

Blouse, Shorts & Gold bracelet Ann Taylor. Sunglasses, c/o EDIT by Jeanne Beker. Watch, Michael Kors (old). Shoes, Cole Haan (old). Stone Bracelets, J Crew.

I'm linking up with lots of great blog hops because I have power now:
My Thrifty Chic
Style Sessions
WIWW with Transatlantic Blonde
The Pleated Poppy
Friday Five
The Penniless Socialite

Monday, July 8, 2013

Polka Dots & Floral

I've stated on several occasions I'm learning how to wear patterns and mix them. An easy way is with this polka dot blazer and floral print shoe. Small subtle patterns, one being a neutral (navy polka dots on white) and the floral is more eye catching. Baby steps.

Plus with all the sales going on now it's a great time to invest in some great pieces like fun or basic blazers, shoes, jewelry, handbags....whatever you need or want.

I was heading out with the whole family and wanted to get a few pictures. I forgot to roll up one sleeve.  It is driving me crazy.

Because the blazer is very neutral I wanted to wear that ever popular "statement" necklace and opted for some colour. This "Tiffany Blue" necklace from Cocoa Jewelry was a perfect choice. Nancy (owner and designer of Cocoa Jewelry) has let me know that she is having an on-line sale, 40% off everything. The coupon code is 40%off.  Happy shopping!! Just an FYI this necklace is a Target exclusive and you won't find it on-line...but I'm sure you can find something else. The latest collection is available at Shopper's Drug Mart stores and I posted some pictures on my Instagram account. You can find me @ivagrbesic.

Blazer, J Crew. Skirt, c/o Tristan. Tank, LOFT. Necklace, c/o Cocoa Jewelry. Bracelet, Ann Taylor. Watch, Michael Kors (old). Sunglasses, c/o Jeanne Beker EDIT. Shoes, J Crew.

I was nominated as one of Toronto's Top 30 Mom Bloggers. Hoping you can vote for me here.

I am linking up with:
Plane Pretty
Still Being Molly
The Jenny Evolution
Friday's Five Link-Up
Best of Friday

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pretty in Pink

I have been waiting to use that title.

When I pick out a dress I look for a very simple and sleek silhouette. It always works on me and it's no fuss. It's not that I don't try different silhouettes, it's just that they usually don't look good on me. When I did the Pomp & Pageantry photo shoot and Shellie suggested a Myne pink silk dress with a fuller tulip shaped bottom I wasn't convinced it would look good on me. Then she told me Kim Kardashian owned this dress in multiple colours I knew I would HATE it...well I was wrong. The dress is beautiful and works because of my curves, not in spite of them. The colour is perfect for summer weddings and it was recently featured on Toronto Beauty Reviews blog.

Dress, Myne. Necklace, Pomp & Pageantry. Belt, Joe Fresh (old). Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old). Clutch, DKNY (old). Cuff, Joe Fresh (old).

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I know mine has been nice. Lots of little helpers while I am taking my photos and rain for the last few days. Memories I will treasure in the future...trying to appreciate them now ;).

My newest obsession is Instagram. You can find me @ivagrbesic. Come and say hello.

One more thing. I have been nominated as one of Toronto's Top 30 Mom Bloggers, if you have a second please vote here. No personal information, one vote per person type voting. Thanks and have a great weekend.

Linking up with
Aloha Friday Blog Hop
Friday's Five Link Up
The Best of Friday
The Penniless Socialite

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

LBD because of Vichy

When I am invited to PR events I get excited - it's time to play dress up! No kids tugging or pulling on me, I'm not wiping up spilled milk (or anything really) or getting grease on my clothes because someone didn't wash their hands or any. During Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity I was able to attend Vichy's Skin Health Centre where I was given a complete skin work up and learned that my skin is extremely dehydrated. To be quite honest, I figure as much. I am still having a difficult time juggling kids, family, home responsibility and all the amazing opportunities blogging is bring me. I'm not taking care of myself or my skin as I should.

Vichy Canada sent me everything I needed (and them some) to help with my skin concerns and I'll be doing a full review of their products. My Vichy Products were mostly from the LIFTACTIV line, helps with aging and wrinkles, something I'm trying to slow down. I really enjoyed hearing about Vichy's commitment to helping those with sensitive skin and how much research goes into their products. I even met their head scientist, Sarah Gora, she has the most amazing Parisian accent that I could listen to all day.  I'm already obsessed with their Bare Skin Feel Lotion SPF 60 (feels like it moisturizes and is light) as well as their Lip Protection Stick SPF 30 (lipstick glides over it and application is smoother, that's why I keep it in my make up bag). Their Centre was located right next to the main stage so I figured I would dress up and wear my favourite summer LBD.

I have gotten my money's worth with this denim jacket. It just seems to go with everything.

These nude heels are my new summer go to's.

Me posing with my favourite products - LIFTACTIV Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes and Nutriextra Dry Oil.

Denim Jacket, The Gap. Dress, Bailey 44 (old). Shoes, Nine West. Clutch, Danier. Necklace, c/o Vivienne Kelly (sold out but similar here). Bracelet, c/o Cocoa Jewelry for Target.

I'm linking up with Transatlantic Blonde for WIWW, Because Shanna Said So, My Girlish Whims, The Pleated Poppy Blog & Whatever Goes Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer is Officially Underway

School is out, Canada has been celebrated and now the real work starts...entertaining the kids before they go back to school. Well, not really entertain them (they need to figure that on their own), but have some stuff planned. To be honest, I don't have much planned for the kids. We were supposed to be enjoying all that Croatia has to offer and instead we'll be enjoying all that Windsor-Toronto-Sudbury-Manitoulin is offering during the summer. Thank God for their Croatian grandparents.

Sweater, blouse (old), Banana Republic. Shorts, Gap. Shoes, Cole Haan (old). Necklace, Ann Taylor (old). Bracelets, c/o Cocoa Jewelry for Target. Watch, Michael Kors (old).

I'm linking up with Plane Pretty, Style Elixer , Real Girl GlamMy Thrifty Chic, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy BlogMy Girlish Whims  and WIWW with Transatlantic Blonde today.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Can't Resist a Maxi Dress

There are a few articles of clothing I "collect" and it's all because of my height. One of them is pants, if a pair of pants is long enough I swear there is an insane woman screaming in my head "YOU HAVE TO BUY THOSE PANTS, WHO CARES IF YOU HAVE 100 PAIRS IN YOUR CLOSET. THEY ARE LONG ENOUGH. YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER PAIR LONG ENOUGH. RUN, DON'T WALK AND BUY THOSE PANTS". The other article is a maxi dress. Again if it is long enough, I will buy it nine times out of ten.

They are just great and versatile. Wear them to the park, zoo, cottage,  PR event, beach, sailing, riding a horse (okay I threw that one in to see who was paying attention), out for dinner, shopping, Costco or Centre Island. I mean you get the picture.

Dress, Joie. Shoes, Jimmy Choo. Necklace, Avon. Bracelet, c/o Cocoa Jewelry. Sunglasses, Burberry.

While I love this dress it is sheer, I had to purchase a slip. When I wear it to the pool I won't be wearing the slip. Over the Victoria Day long weekend (here in Canada) I was getting ready to wear it out with the family when my husband told me he could see my underpants. I was in a hotel room in Ottawa, my children proceeded to all try and see if they could see my underpants. They could. Oh the squeals of delight and child commentary that followed.

Lots of you are telling me you can't wear a maxi because of this, that or the other. I say there is a maxi out for you. Read this post I did for Yorkdale Shopping Centre to help find the maxi for you.

I'm linking up with Style ElixirTransatlantic Blonde (WIWW), My Thrifty Chic, Suburbs Mama and The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

Monday, June 24, 2013

White Heat

Wearing all white is the epitome of summer for me. The best part of white is you can add a bit of colour and it just all works. Easy, no guess work and effortless. That's how I wish dressing was like all the time.

 Jeans, Hudson's (old). Blazer, H&M. T-Shirt, The Gap. Belt, Cassis (old). Cuff, c/o Cocoa Jewelry for Target. Clutch, Danier. Sunglasses, Burberry (old).

I'm joining a few Link Parties. For white jean inspirations Jane, from Toronto Shopaholic Blog, asked us to style our white jeans for summer. I'm also joining MomTrendsStyle ElixirTransatlantic Blonde, Suburbs Mama and The Pleated Poppy for some summer fashion fun.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jumpsuits & Baby Showers

My little sister is HAVING A BABY!! I am very excited (I know the all caps gave it away). A few weekends ago she had her baby shower and it was during a period where we didn't know if it would rain, snow, hail or if by some chance the weather would be seasonal and the sun would poke out. Anyway I opted for something safe (I should have went full blown spring colour) - a black jump suit.

Jumpsuit, Targe. Shoes, Talbot's (old). Belt, Dynamite (not a typo Cailin). Cuff, Joe Fresh (old).

I had to post a picture with my hands in my pockets just to show you how much I love pockets. Totally makes sense now that I've written it down.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I've Seen this Outfit Before...

Well except I swapped out the J Crew anchor blouse for this J Crew anchor sequins top because when you're busy why re-invent the wheel? The first time I saw this sequin top in the US I didn't buy it because I must have been crazy. Then my favourite blogger Blair Eddie wore it and I knew I was. Found it recently at J Crew outlet so am happy.

I still cannot get enough of this clutch. Danier Leather has really picked up its accessories offerings and I am thoroughly impressed. Wait till you see what they have to offer in Fall '13. I was blown away.

Blazer & Jeans, The Gap. Sequins Tank, J Crew Factory. Clutch, Danier. Sunglasses, c/o Edit by Jeanne Beker. Bracelts, c/o Cocoa Jewelry.

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of being on CTV Canada AM discussing pregnancy fashion for Yorkdale Style Council. I'm very fortunate to work for such an amazing organization like Yorkdale. I have to admit I loved every second of my TV experience and hope I can do it again. I will be writing about my experience in a future post. Right now I'm just trying to catch up on laundry. Laundry does me in every time!

I'm linking up with two great blog hops Transatlantic Blond WIWWThe Pleated Poppy Blog & Style Elixer.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Google Nexus 7 32GB - Tablet Review. Great Gift for Dad

I want to start this post by stating that I have never owned my own computer. I can't believe in this day and age that I can write this about myself, especially given the line of work I do. There is obviously a family computer in my house (that is really my husband's work computer) that I use for my blog. My husband also has an iPad that he uses for work instead of a laptop. He loves his iPad and is rarely without it close by, he has learned to master all it has to offer. I've used it a few times but since he casually snatches it from me whenever he "needs" it I have not become attached to his piece of technology. I see tablets everywhere and see how valuable they are, so when asked me to review the Nexus 7 tablet I was ecstatic - my very own tablet/computer. I wouldn't have to share with anyone because it would be MINE.

I've been using it for a month and a half so I can say with certainty that I know my tablet and I really do love it. Here, let me count the ways:

1. Easy set up - I opened the manual, followed the prompts and was off. No confusing tech talk, straight forward layman terms manual.

2. Uses a USB Charging Unit - no expensive accessories.

3. Great Customer Service - I had an issue trying to set up a credit card to purchase apps. Within a half an hour a live service rep called me and tried to fix my problem (it was early evening and I really didn't think anyone would get back to me that night). She couldn't fix my problem, through no fault of her own and she couldn't explain why. I honestly didn't mind because she tried and tried and so I just used another card. The lovely girl on the other end told me she would investigate the issue and get back to me. I totally forgot about it, she did not, I received an email a few weeks later with an answer.

4. Notification Tray - its also referred to as the hub and it is the BEST feature on the tablet. It alerts me to all notifications for e-mail and any of the social media features I use. Someone liked my Instagram photo? I am notified. One of my tweets was retweeted by Rainbow Sun Francks or favourited by Ennis Esmer or Craig Olejnik (all are actors from "The Listener", one of my favourite shows and it's Canadian) it lets me know. I have a new like on Facebook? Yes, it shows up in my notification tray. This is the main reason I put my phone away and use my tablet. I don't need to check all the apps to see if anything is going on related to my social media apps.

5. Great App choices - I am not a big app person. Everything I needed was available so I'm not complaining.

6. Easily fits into my hand - I thought I would find it too small. A month and a half in and I think it is the perfect fit and don't feel the need to purchase a bigger one.

7. Library Feature - all my books and magazines are located in one easy screen and I can bring everything up. Love the fact I had e-magazines from Canadian Living, Chatelaine and Fashion Magazine. I also downloaded some great classic books.

8. Quick Settings - Everything that I need to operate my tablet is available in top right corner of the tablet. Settings, brightness, airplane mode. Easy to find.

As with everything there are a few things that should be improved and for me it was only the camera feature. It doesn't flip like an iPad and the picture quality is poor. To be fair I haven't seen any tablet with good picture quality.

For me this tablet is a BUY. On the tablet retails for $199.99 and I think would make a great Father's Day gift. If you do buy this for dad buy him a screen protector. It shows finger prints and drove me crazy. I bought one right away.

Now I am trying to find a real pretty case, because honestly did you not expect that from me? Choices are non-existent. I purchased a basic black case from Staples store but it's blah. Please amp up the accessories choices, if not for me, for all the other women out there who want something pretty and not black tech boring. I did spy a purple leather case Danier is offering in the fall but I don't want to wait that long.

I hope everyone has a great Father's Day weekend.