Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is Wearing White AFTER Labour Day a TRUE faux pas?? Ways to skirt the rules!

That old rule suggesting you should not wear white (unless you are a bride) before Victoria Day (Memorial Day in the U.S) or after Labour Day, has been around for a long time. And while people don't really pay it much heed these days, the rule keeps hanging around. 

So where did it come from, and does it matter any more?  

A few ideas...

"In the early 1900's, the summer season was a 'Memorial Day to Labour Day' thing. Society flocked en masse, from town-house to seaside "cottage" or mountain "cabin", to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more." - Emily Post

"I was taught, that the reason for no white after Labour Day was a bit more pragmatic. In the days of coal heat in the winter, wearing white meant that it would get dirty and dingy almost immediately due to the coal dust in the air." - Apartment Therapy

Nowadays, there really are no rules when it comes to fashion, but there may be some concern as to how best keep our whites white. From food to deodorant stains, wearing white can be asking for trouble!

Thankfully OxiClean™ White Revive™ Powder—fabric care winner of the 2015 Best New Product Awards—is specially formulated to maintain and revive your whites.

Here are a few tips on ways you can say goodbye to “no white after Labour Day”, and incorporate white into your wardrobe this fall and winter!

4 Ways to Wear White After Labour Day! 

1.      Mix and match – pair white statement pieces with neutral colours like grey or tan to tone down the summer vibe for a sophisticated fall look. 
2.      Cool winter chic – stick to all white accessories like white cashmere gloves or a cable knit scarf to elevate your look as the months get colder. 
3.      The not-so-blue jean – to balance out the summery feel of a pair of white denim jeans, pair with a distressed leather jacket in dark brown or a tan trenchcoat for a more polished look. 
4.      Not over overalls – this 90s staple is back with a vengeance! A perfect transitional piece as the days get cooler, mix a pair of white overalls with runners and your favourite dark cropped jacket for a cool urban fall look.

So who says you can't wear white after Labour Day??

This MommyO says DO IT!

Clean, crisp whites FTW!

*I am a brand ambassador for the 2015 year with Church & Dwight. As part of this program I receive monetary compensation, as well as products to review and giveaway. The opinions expressed belong to*

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Design Ideas Come Together at the Calgary Home & Design Show - #Giveaway

The Calgary Home + Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors every fall, September 17th to 20th, 2015 will find the BMO Centre chock full of insightful and informative presentations, plus more than 350 exhibitors and features!  There will be expert inspiration for stylish living everywhere! 

Satisfaction guaranteed – or get your admission price back!

How will be participating in all the designing fun?

With 100% of proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, we'll be working our upcycling skills in the "Take A Seat" challenge. We hope to show you that old things can become new things, with a little work and some paint (from Rust Oleum)! Our goal will be to source and upcycle furniture items to create a seat to sit on.

Here is a sneak peek...

All entries will be on display and available for auction to the highest bidder at the upcoming Calgary Home & Design Show.


We're excited to offer you a "Fall-Ready" Prize Pack valued at over $100!

Prize Pack Includes:

1 x $25 Amborella Floral Studio Gift Card
1 x Real Deals Candle
1 x Thank You Card from Curate by Alykhan Velji
4 x Tickets to the Calgary Home + Design Show

Follow the rules of the tool below! Giveaway is open to all residents of Calgary and area, over the age of 18. The winner has 48 hours to respond by email, or another winner will be chosen. Ends soon... SEPTEMBER 14th, 2015!!! 

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Will Kinder Treats Win You the #MomoftheYear Award?

The other day... Monday actually, I decided to peruse the school website. I needed some up-to-date bus information, as the first day of school loomed a week away. As the page loaded, the following words were revealed:

"What's new? School, September 2!"

Say what??

SINCE WHEN does school start before Labour Day?? We've been doing this school thing for a few years now, and school in this county ALWAYS heads back the Tuesday following Labour Day. I know that Labour Day is a little bit late this year, but really, why break what isn't broke?

This really sucked.

Because I had not looked at the website sooner, I was now going to have to forfeit my MommyO-of-the-Year Award for lying to my children! I hadn't intended to lead them astray, believing that this would be one heck of a last week of summer. In any case, I had to fess up right away, as the clock quickly ticked down the minutes.

"Sorry to tell you this kids... who I love dearly and would never intentionally lie to (shh! Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny do NOT count!), but school actually starts on Wednesday."

I prepared for the worst, but they actually took it pretty easy on me. We crammed in as much fun as we could in those last hours (including a trip to the grocery store because that's my favourite thing to do- NOT!), and mentally prepared for the routine switch.

Since I had totally robbed my kids of their last week of summer, I thought I might try to win that MommyO-of-the-Year Award back with a first day, back-to-school SURPRISE!

Now in all fairness to their Teachers, I won't be making this a daily habit; however, a #KinderMom has to pull out these kinds of tricks once in awhile. Oh, and Kinder® products are also made in a nut-free facility, so they are entirely safe for school-zones.

As always, Kinder Canada wants to hear about your Kinder adventures!

Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @KinderCanada - they love to regram!