model citizens

{wearing: top-winners, skirt-model citizen, wedges-suzy shier, earrings-F21}


Today was a wonderful day :)
The sun was out, the snow is melting, and it flew by.

Had a great lunch with my co-worker & friend, Jenn, then we went to Model Citizens for a quick look around. This skirt is from there, I don't wear it enough.
I met the owner, Chelsea, who is the sweetest lady :)
She also owns 'Our Humble Abode' where we went as well..(an adorable home items shop)
They have the best individual & vintage items!

After work I went to go get Liz and Levi. We had pizza until my Mary Kay consultant came over and pampered us a little.. minus Levi!

Gonna go watch a movie with them now, it's nice to have such good friends.

Tomorrow I have an 'on my heart' post ready to go, so please feel free to come back and continue to know me a bit better.

Much love, xo.

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fair isle

Currently crushing on . . .
Fair Isle Print!

fair isle
{Buy: Sweater, Leggings, Cardi-Coat, Scarf, Hat, Tote, Bag, Boots}

[ I know, I know, this week has been bad for blogging.
The semester is almost over along with the million papers and tests.]


Gosh, that cardigan and those boots are to die for!
Something about fair isle print screams 'comfort' and 'warmth' to me; exactly what I need nowadays. It's a bold print, but once you take the plunge it's hard to get out! Even a subtle hint like on the boot above adds that touch of boho/hippy chic that takes any outfit up a knotch.
These prints together however...well, I'll leave that to Man Repeller.



awkward & awesome thursday


Awkward

- The hub took off with the Mac last night to a friends, so yet again this is actually a&a Friday...
- How nervous I was during the meeting with the Dean at the Pharmacy School.
- Still have a lingering flu...going on 4 weeks now.
- Deadlines are creeping up crazy fast.
- I have yet to make lootbags, choose outfits, buy plates & the whole shebang as well as food & drinks for my kiddies party tomorrow. Basically the whole party left to do
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I need to get my wedding invitations out ASAP but have very little drive to finish them lately with so much schoolwork and work..?
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the more I stare at a word the worse the spelling of it looks, even when it's right.
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I haven't posted since Monday and no outfits since Sunday!? PROMISE to change that this week :)

Awesome

- The 4 pictures above:
1) Grande mocha while browsing my favorite site and working on papers for my favorite class- Film
2) Late night view from many good chats on Signal Hill with my best friend, Levi
3) A pair of sweet, comfy new kicks
4) Abigail's drawing of the family. I think she got me spot on as the first one there ;)
- Having a girl's day with my another amazing friend, Liz. Bagel Cafe lunch, shopping, wedding dress fitting and then more shopping!
- Having my dress in and waiting for me to pay and get it altered. So crazy!
- Choosing my wedding bands, finally!
- Being on midterm break this week and having one class today, and it's already the weekend. Not that I relaxed per say, but I got to catch up with friends, and with my school work. Housework? Not so much...
- Having 2 birthday parties this weekend! My two tomorrow, then their best friends on Sunday.

Most awesome of all...

The AMAZING new readers I have! 44?! That's insane! I'm beyond blessed and grateful to you guys. I'm honored that you like what I write enough to follow. I LOVE reading all your blogs as well, and I know I totally space when it comes to commenting back, but I'll do my best to keep on top of it all.



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colored leather

Currently crushing on ...

Colored Leather
{Buy: Black Jacket, Red pants, Taupe Jacket, Wrap Bracelets, Clutch, Bag, Brown Boots, Black Boots}


Okay, so I love black leather too. ..but colored leather gives a more fun edge to an otherwise pure tough outfit. I do love, however, to toughen up feminine outfits with a killer leather jacket, or some riding boots. I don't know how I don't have anything leather besides shoes and one skirt!
If you're going for a classic, chic look- black is the way to go. Otherwise, branch out and try some color! I can't believe I'm dying for some more :)


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be still


Exodus 14:14.
My favorite verse in one of my favorite stories.

The context behind this is Moses parting the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape from Pharaoh and his Egyptian army.

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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground...

This week I've been dealing with so much extra on top of life's normal things.
I feel like I've reached the water's edge with no where else to go. Even when parted, the high walls of water surrounding makes me terrified that they will fall down at any moment.

I have to start asking for help as I am 'moving on'.
Being stagnant and crying out will get me no further.
I tend to focus on how much is going on rather than looking at how I am getting through it.
His hands are guiding me.
God is on my side.

I have to take the time to be still in His presence and acknowledge everyday how, no matter what I am doing or what I may be going through, He is there.
He will show me the way even when it looks hopeless.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29:11

Take an extra minute everyday this week to thank Him for helping you through. Take a look at the bigger picture opposed to nit-picking all the small items. You may see a strategy easier this way.
If you're reading this and aren't religious I still hope you take a second to look at every obstacle as a life lesson, not as a challenge that deems you a 'winner' or 'loser'.
When times are rough, don't lose hope.
When it's all over you'll be that much prouder of yourself for having overcome.

Never forget that He will fight for you, and with you.


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cobalt




{wear: top- old navy, pants- bluenotes, boots- aldo, belt-levis, scarf- gift}


The weekend before mom left we went shopping. While there I picked up a nice sheer shirt and told her how I desperately wanted a pair of cobalt pants.
On way out ..there they were. Like fate. A pair of bright cobalt pants.
Naturally, I turned right around and my lovely mama bought them for me.

It's crazy how I look at the outfit now as one of my favorites ever, but would have never dared to wear it 6 months ago!
This is why I love blogging- the continuous growth of myself and style.

But for now I'm off to have a few laughs with my wonderful best friend, Levi .. until I have to finish my film class paper. oi!

Much, much love &


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v-day love



{wearing:
tee & booties-forever21,
cardigan-suzy shier,
pants-ASOS,
belt-gift, earrings-ardene}



Hey lovelies!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day! This is what I wore to work for v-day.
I wanted to wear red, I only had one red shirt that didn't go at all.
To make the black a little less drab for such a lovely day I paired it with a feminine lace cardi and my favorite dressy pants from ASOS.

My co-workers and I went to Bamboo Garden downtown for lunch. Thanks SO much Jenn for treating me! I'm hooked! It's amazing Chinese food! Y'all should get down there asap :)

John and I stayed in for the evening and watched 'In Time' and had some snacks.
He gave me a funny card and we had some BK for supper..it's not chocolate but just as good!

Much love you all of you, and see you tomorrow!


Tell me, how did you share the love on v-day?



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dear john,



This has, and always will be one of my favorite quotes.
I can't tell enough just how true it is.
You are perfect for me.

This year marked our 4 year anniversary together, our daughters 3rd year in our lives, our sons 2nd, and less than 1 year until our wedding day.
Coincidence? or God?
Sure, we may have done things completely different and backwards than most people, but its' just another thing that makes our story special.

The years I've spent with you have been crazy.
Times have been in the clouds, and they have been down in the dumps.
We've faught, and cried.
Laughed, and loved.

They have been the most wonderful years of my life.

You are the best man in my life, and always will be.
You are an amazing father and an even better (to-be) husband.
But most of all, you've been my best friend.

You've been there when I was at my worst.
The insecurities, the self-doubt, and lack of self-love.
The heartaches and headaches.
You've been there when I was at my best.
The most memorable moments; our children's birth, our engagement, the trips, family times and just being together.
I could go on forever telling our life story, but I'm not quite ready to put that online just today.

I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together and see what God has planned for us.
You're my rock, my soul, my life.
I love you more than you know.


I'm sorry I don't tell you as often as I should, or get the chance to spend as much time with you as I'd like.
But know that when I take a second each day to think of us as one, it's more emotion than I can handle.

I love you beyond words.
We're together for a reason, and I thank God for you, everyday.



Our 2nd picture together, the first was no good haha :)


pinterest interest

Lovely pinterest inspiration for myself and you!








I am in another fashion rut recently. I've been kinda of 'afraid' to wear 'different' stuff. Possibly being at MUN and having a flu. Not like I need the extra attention when I'm 'that one girl' who is sneezing and sniffling so much her professor has to practically yell over you during lectures.
Oops.
I am having a love affair with so many things I never thought I would wear, so I need to get out of this rut!

Hopefully with the baptism I'm attending tomorrow I'll get my groove back on and dress nice.
Here's hopin'

I'm dropping from writing a folklore paper and then doing this, so I'll be back tomorrow with more to write on.


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Ps. If anyone has any problems with alignment or font viewing on here, please let me know!
Pss. I have NO idea what happened to my new blogger interface?! I have the old picture uploader now which sucks :( anyone know how to change it back?

Thanks lovelies!

awkward & awesome thursday



Awkward

- how I wrote most of this post on wednesday, forgot to upload thursday, and now it's friday. Awkward & Awesome ..err, Friday?
- having so many papers due this week, plus midterms and work.
- forgetting something every single time I set foot out the front door
- every outfit I seem to be wearing this week
- when you forget to wash the conditioner out of your hair, then you dry it and it looks twice as dirty. Grumble grumble..
- having clean laundry in baskets in the basement for a week while dirty laundry piles up on the bathroom floor
- this flu that seems to be lingering going on 2 weeks now
- my favorite prof using big words to sound eloquent and I have no clue what he's saying.

Awesome

- having pancakes with my kiddies for supper
- getting bridesmaid dresses finalized and ordered with my girls
- buying a new awesome pastel sheer blouse
- God totally being on my side with all the little things this week. You don't know how much easier the day goes if all the little things seem to work out right :)
- a situation not turning out as bad as I thought it would
- the amazing support I've received since moving the blog
- having my best friends around me all week <3
- the bib necklace I forgot I had
- 'Why is the world so smelly' written on the blackboard by an anon. classmate


Phew!
And that was only the last few days, and the main points. Oi!
Be back tomorrow with Pinterest Inspiration again to get my awkward outfits out the door and back in gear to awesome :)


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lets get reacquainted :)

When I started blogging I tried to stay true to myself while keeping others happy.
I tried to pick a name that was me - which worked until people had trouble pronouncing and spelling it. I didn't want the meaning to be lost because of technicalities.

And I don't really know why I started a 'style blog' specifically.
Maybe to try and find my niche, maybe because I wanted sponsors and blog fame?
I always knew I wanted to expand my blog and talk about other stuff so why didn't I from the beginning?

My best guess is the insecurities or lack of identity.
I've grown up so fast I feel like I haven't had the time to figure out who I want to be yet, and I'm already a million things.
There is so much going on in my life at all times and I said before that I was tired of talking about my 'problems' to 'professionals'.
Maybe if I was just another face behind nice outfits keeping my life private, then people would only see the clothes and leave the rest alone.

This I can tell you is NOT me.
I'm not a private person.
Never was, never will be.
I gab and chat and talk peoples faces off.

I got lost somewhere in the mix of blogging and it became a chore rather than a thing that I love that reflected 'me'.
I had read things online warning first time bloggers about that.
I didn't want to be one of those who was swallowed up and quit in the first 3 months.

I will apologize for this once then let it go.
I adore all of my readers but I feel I owe it to all of you to finally introduce myself as who I am personally.

So hi there, I'm Kelly and 'La Belle Coeur' is my blog.
'A beautiful heart' translated.

This blog is me.

The good, the bad, the ugly.
The fashionista, the writer.
The happy, the sad, the angry,
the frustrated, the scared, the worried.
The girl who's trying to get back on her path of personal faith after being astray far too long.
The me dealing with 'faults' that are really just self-lessons in life.
The student, wife, and mother -- these bring out most of the above.
.. and yes, even the insecurities.

We all have them.

I'm learning to try and accept mine.
I will not let them bring me down.
I will not let them control me.
I will not let them define me.


There will always be things I wish I could change, but I'm learning day by day to accept.

Not too long ago, my world changed.
I met a man and we had one baby, then had another. (Their stories all to come.)
They made me look at the world differently, my body differently and focus my life in ways I imagined were eons away for me.

But I wasn't a new me. I was the old me with in different life.
Learning to adapt and take my life as it was now.

Slowly but surely over the course of the last year or so I've made decisions and choices to change that.
It's a work in progress.
I'm a work in progress.

But this is me learning to embrace everything.
Good and bad.

Knowing that I can keep my love of fashion & style while being proud of this body that has carried two beautiful children, stretch marks and all.
Writing my heart out for the love of writing.
And knowing people can always relate in their own ways and make you feel like you're not alone in daily struggles.

So there
That's a little about me.
Here's to a better blog and a better me... for reals this time.

It's nice to meet you.
I hope you stay awhile and I can bet we'll be the best of friends.



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à demain


{Outfit Details}
Cardi  - Smart Set
Ruffle Shirt - (Gift)
Pants - (Gift)
Shoes - Go Jane
Necklace - Forever 21
Earrings - Suzy Shier
Watch & Bracelets - (Gifts)




Today was my first day working a Thursday at pharm. and I love it.  At first I thought two days was going to be crazy, but I was wrong.
I feel important in my job for the first time. I actually have deadlines, and things to do and type up.
Not simply serving coffee and mopping the floors at Tim Hortons.. don't get me wrong, if you work at Tim Hortons and love it then more power to ya--- and I'm sure you make a big difference, but I personally didn't feel like that.

It's nice to wear dress pants sometimes.. if they fit you. Y'all know I have bad luck getting the crotch area to work out. They are a bit bell-bottomish but I like them.
Anything that stretches with me during the day is a total plus (elastic waist ;)

Finally, this is going to be the last post with this blog name.
I'm so excited to start under my new name and share a lot more of myself and my life with all of you.

I'll be keeping this blog live until Saturday night so whoever reads can catch up or see that I'm moving. I'm going to start making the changes to the layout and whatnot over that night and Sunday.

I figured that with all the snow storms (even more this weekend coming) and my mama in town, I'll take advantage of the weekend break and start a new Monday.
I'm hoping Monday's post shows you a side of me and my writing that you've never seen before.

I know I have so much more to offer. Enough of hiding or being afraid of my potential.
I love you all, thanks so much for the constant love and support and I'll see you on the flip side.