Now and Then

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Dev and I in 2013 at 33 and 26 weeks, Dev’s Mom and my Mom in 1980, at 38 and 33 weeks respectively.

My closest friend Devon is expecting her first baby in mid February, approximately seven weeks before I am due, at the beginning of April. Dev and I always talked about being pregnant at the same time but her announcement came as a surprise. An even greater surprise was when, the very next day, I found out I was expecting too! It was a bit uncanny, since our moms had also been pregnant at the same time. Devon and my older brother were born just over a month apart.

Dev and I are further apart geographically (Edmonton and NYC) than our moms were, but we communicate almost every day by text. Countless bump selfies, pants-don’t-fit meltdowns, “my boobs are huge!”, “the baby just kicked” texts, have been shared.

Jacques and I are the first of our close NYC group of friends to get pregnant and sometimes, being the only pregnant girl at the party can feel a bit isolating. It was so wonderful to be home with Dev at Christmas and bask in each other’s pregnant glow.

Devon’s dad Tom, had taken the above photo of our moms when they were pregnant together. Of course, he insisted on recreating the photos with Dev and I, when we were home.

Dressing the Bump: Week 17

17-Week-BumpI’m at that awkward point in my pregnancy were I am close but not quite fitting into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’m feeling excited but a little uncomfortable in my skin, as everything is changing and rearranging.

The other night, when I was having a tearful nothing-fits meltdown, Jacques came to my rescue. He brought me to the bedroom, sat me down, and went through my closet piece by piece presenting options with a witty commentary on each.

Eventually I calmed down as he dug up a few viable outfit possibilities. I was very relieved to have something to wear, but it was the extra love and care that I so needed. I went to bed happy, ready to take on the day and feeling oh so very loved. 

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I also wanted to mention my new Boots! I have been on the hunt for the perfect maternity-friendly short, not black (the majority of my shoes are black), comfortable, low heel boots. Something versatile enough to wear with jeans or skirts, and tough enough to make it through a New York winter.

After an extensive search I found these, they are part of The Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by one of my favorite New York designers, Samantha Pleet! I ordered them online, they were comfortable from the moment I put them on, and I have been wearing them non stop ever since. Perfect for getting around this not so easy on the feet lovely city. New-York-Fall-Sunset

Bump Announcement!

15 Week Bump

Baby Bump 15 Weeks, Wearing: non-maternity crop pants with Pregnancy Waist Extender | BellaBand | Juliette Jake Sweater | Louise et Cie Patent Oxfords

Jacques and I are so excited to announce that I’m 15 weeks pregnant! We are expecting the arrival of this little one sometime early April 2014!

Some of you may have noticed that my blog posts have been a bit sporadic over the past 3 months. First trimester exhaustion, sickness, doctor appointments and of course, my full time job, have taken all my energy and priority over blogging. Over the next 6 months I’ll do my best to keep posting. I know some of you will be eager to see my growth!

What’s Her Story? Cat Eyes Emiley

Emiley-Smith-2Emiley-Smith-3Emiley-Smith-4Emiley-Smith-5Name: Emiley Smith

Age: 23

Describe what you are wearing: I have on a Forever 21 dress, vintage shoes, a red ribbon that I tied in my hair and a vintage locket my boyfriend gave to me (complete with his picture inside).

How would you describe your personal style? My style is extremely feminine. I love classic and vintage inspired pieces. Anything that makes me feel girly and I throw in some dark elements as well. I almost always have some type of bow in my hair and am always wearing lipstick, heels, and a dress.

Who or what influences your style? Tim Burton, little girls, the jazz age, Disney and detective novels.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Arizona and have been living in Chicago for 4 years…who knows where I’ll go next.

What is your favorite beauty product/tool? I feel naked without lipstick. I love dark shades to contrast my fair skin. A lot of times I will pat black over my red to make it even darker!

What do you never leave home without? Heels! I love wearing them and people think I am crazy because my feet can last all day in them.

With fall fast approaching, what summer items are you not quite ready to leave behind? I don’t have one. I wear a dress everyday and hate layers…so fall and winter just means I throw on tights and a coat and freeze.

What do you do? I am a photographer, emileysmith.com. I love doing fashion editorials and always style my own shoots. To me, my camera is my blank canvas and I fill my images with light, color, mood and emotion. Photography is my way to create art and a story.

Describe your go to transitional outfit or footwear: I don’t have a transitional outfit. I always like to be dressed up and put together. I get ready in the morning and put on a dress, heels, cat eyes and lipstick and I stay that way until it’s bed time.

What makes you feel beautiful? I always feel beautiful in a…I feel beautiful most when I get to dress up for an event, a fancy dinner or date night.

What are you proud of? I am proud of where I am at today. I got to finish college a year early and now I am just trying to get my photography business going. I have met a lot of cool people in Chicago and have got to shoot some really awesome gigs. I just hope to keep growing, always stay motivated and be surrounded by people who inspire me.

What is the best advice you have ever received? I am changing this to my favorite quote “Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.” –Walt Disney obviously.

What is your fall recipe? Mmmm fall = baking every week! I love all the fall flavours. I like to bake pumpkin cheesecake and eat gobs of candy corn.

What’s Her Story? Natalie and Dylana, Beautifully Bohemian

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Name: Natalie Suarez

Age: 22

Describe what you are wearing: I’m wearing a crochet Eternal Sunshine Creations blouse, Paige Denim white pin-striped pants, and blue snake boots I designed with my boyfriend at Modern Vice. I love white on white with a touch of blue.

How would you describe your personal style? My style is definitely a bit rock n’ roll yet still has an earthy element. I’m still a bit bohemian.

Who or what influences your style? I’m super inspired by music. Some days I want to dress like Mick Jagger. Also, I love the classic from some of my style icons. I love Jane Birkin…girls who can pull off just about any style.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m from Los Angeles, born and raised. But I’ve now lived and worked in NYC for over 2 years. I feel like a New Yorker now.

What is your favorite beauty product/tool? I’m addicted to the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid and Cream. It’s extra hydrating and keeps my skin so clear and soft.

What do you never leave home without? My cellphone, a dark lipstick, keys, and of course my subway pass.

With fall fast approaching summer items are you not quite ready to leave behind? I am so so ready for fall, but I’m definitely going to miss just throwing on a tiny mini-dress and boots and leaving the house. It’s time to layer up, which is still so fun for me.

What do you do? I’m a NYC model, but I also have a blog called “Natalie Off Duty” (natalieoffduty.blogspot.com) I’ve been modeling since I was so young…at 15, and then I started my blog while I was working, and kept it up ever since. It’s my own fun place where I can share what I’m working on, and also what I’m wearing, where I’m going, what is inspiring me, my personal photography, my music, what brands I love. Now, I also work at my boyfriend’s shoe brand, Modern Vice, in design and coming up with inspiration and new styles each season. My sister, Dylana, and I have collaborated with the brand for now over a year, and our collection’s been growing ever since. I guess I do a bit of everything now!

Describe your go to transitional outfit or footwear: I love a great maxi-skirt, a rock-tee, and leather jacket with a beautiful black boot. It’s the best to go from day to night, and still feel relaxed.

What makes you feel beautiful? Wearing no makeup, and still feeling good and confident about myself.

What are you proud of? I’m so proud of all the cool and indescribable things I’ve been through in such a short time. All the amazing experiences through modeling, through “Natalie Off Duty”, designing, and music. Somehow everything flows together and has worked out in the long run. I’m just really happy I get to live my dream. I want to continue to inspire and be passionate about my work.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself”-FDR. What my Dad would always tell me, one of his favorite quotes. He always said to go for my dream, and let nothing get in my way, even if that meant having to be daring and independent, and not taking the traditional path in life.

What is the awesomest thing you have done recently? I’ve recently just shot for some incredible brands: UNIQLO in NY, Mango in Barcelona, Tory Burch in LA, Dr. Jart+ beauty, and so much more…It’s so exciting and it’s allowed me to travel the world. Our shoe line has been keeping me extra busy…as we’ve got numerous stores lined up for fall and spring! I’ve got a lot of exciting work to come this September.

What is your recipe? My favorite summer recipe is a great smoothie. Blueberries, bananas, raspberries to start my morning.

Stay tuned for updates with Dylana’s story…
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Samantha Pleet Scout Dress

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I featured this Samantha Pleet Scout Dress earlier this summer in my ethical fashion summer wish list, so when I spotted it a few weeks ago on sale at Kaight in Brooklyn, I knew I had to have it. With fall just around the corner, I am taking advantage of the remaining hot days by wearing my most loved pieces. Samantha Pleet is a Brooklyn based designer, her line is produced in New York City. Zoe's Fashion Feed, Smantha Pleet Scout DressZoe's Fashion Feed, Smantha Pleet Scout DressZoe's Fashion Feed, Smantha Pleet Scout Dress and Vintage Bag

Wearing: Samantha Pleet Scout Dress | Vintage Flower Brooch | Vintage Bag | Stuart Weitzman Sandals

Wearing: Samantha Pleet Scout Dress | Vintage Flower Brooch | Vintage Bag | Stuart Weitzman Sandals

Here are a few things on my wish list from the Samantha Pleet Autumn/Winter 2013 Lookbook.

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Delicious Rhubarb Plum Tart!

Plum-Tart-4Jacques spoiled us with many of these tarts while we were on holiday in the Okanogan. They were inspired by this recipe on this absolutely stunning blogPlum-Tart-3Here, Jacques combined rhubarb with fresh plums picked from the tree outside our cabin! Because he was on holiday, he also simplified the recipe by using a store bought Pillsbury pie crust. Here is a link to the translation of the recipePlum-Tart-2Plum-Tart-5

We savoured our rhubarb plum tart while watching a plum sunset over the lake. Plum-Sunset

VavaVida Giveaway!

Vava Vida Reborn Tote BagLast week, I featured this beautiful Reborn Tote bag from VavaVida, an online retailer specializing in responsible, socially conscious products.

Today, VavaVida is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers. For a chance to win, please visit VavaVida then leave a comment on my blog listing your favorite item from their site. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you. Here are a few of my favorite items. Good luck!

VavaVida is also offering 20% off to all Zoe’s Fashion Feed readers, with the coupon code “zoesfashionfeed”.

The simplest, most delicious no-bake-cake ever!

Granny's-91st-Birthday-no-bake-cake-2We celebrated my Granny’s 91st birthday last week in the Okanagan. I made three no-bake-cakes using thin cookies, whipped cream and fresh fruit. We had 40 family members and friends over for an afternoon birthday celebration, so a group baking effort was required. Us “kids” were in charge of the food. My cousin Irena made three delicious pies, Jacques made a stunning rhubarb tart and I made three no-bake-cakes.

You can make these cakes anywhere, I assembled all three outdoors while watching the sun set over the lake. When our ancient mixer broke down my uncle Martin rigged a large whisk up to an electric drill to finish whipping the cream!

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Ingredients: 

  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 2 boxes of Anna’s Thins (any flavour, they come in ginger, orange, mint chocolate or almond) or chocolate wafers.
  • your favorite fresh fruit.

I made 3 cakes: chocolate cherry, ginger peach and almond raspberry.

Instructions:

  • Whip the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks
  • Place 1 layer of cookies on a plate and top with a layer of whip creamGranny's-91st-Birthday-no-bake-cake-7
  • continue alternating layers of cookies and whipped creamGranny's-91st-Birthday-no-bake-cake-6
  • Stack 5 or 6 layers before adding a layer of fruit (optional) then continue to stack until you run out of cookies.Granny's-91st-Birthday-no-bake-cake-8
  • place in the fridge over night
  • before serving, decorate the top with some more fresh fruit.

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My Favorite Place on Earth

Zoe's Fashion Feed, Reborn Tote Bag from VavaVida, Sseko Sandals, Ethical FootwearLast week, Jacques and I took a vacation to my favorite place on earth! Every summer my immediate and extended family flock to my Grandmothers cabin on Lake Okanogan, where we spend our days visiting with family, swimming, cooking, going for long walks and exploring the local wineries. Granny’s little log cabin on the lake is a slice of heaven and I look forward to our trip all year. Zoe's Fashion Feed, Reborn Tote Bag from VavaVida, Sseko Sandals, Ethical Footwear

Zoe's Fashion Feed, Sseko Sandals, Ethical FootwearMy comfortable and endlessly versatile Sseko sandals were perfect for packing light. I brought running shoes and three strap options for my sandals and I was set for the week!

“Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand based in Uganda. In addition to handbags and accessories, we make beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways.

Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it is working! Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.”

Find out more about the inspiring Sseko story here.

Zoe's Fashion Feed, Reborn Tote Bag from VavaVida

I also brought my Reborn Tote Bag from Vava Vida. This Fair Trade bag is woven from recycled telephone cable casing. It is strong, durable and perfect for going to the beach or the market. Zoe's Fashion Feed, Reborn Tote Bag from VavaVida, Sseko Sandals, Ethical Footwear