Laurie-Anne Thuot x Fabulous Habits: My Fashion Photo Journey

Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot

My first fashion photo session since giving birth – captured by the one and only Laurie-Anne Thuot.

For the last 3 years, blogging has been a huge part of my day-to-day. One of the reasons I started Fabulous Habits was so that I could share stories about the things that interested me most. While my friends seemed to always have open ears for my animated and passionate stories, I felt like I could broaden my audience; and so I decided to step into the blogosphere.

Over time, through this website, I’ve built relationships with incredible artists, (fellow) bloggers, and various companies. Every single one of them has always left me in awe with their product, talent, and/or skill.

Laurie-Anne Thuot Photographe x Fabulous Habits: My Fashion Photo Journey

More recently, I came across Laurie-Anne Thuot‘s work (as seen here on our family portraits). Since our first photo session with Laurie-Anne, I’ve been blown away with what she does. Artistic, outside-the-box, and incredibly patient and humble, Laurie-Anne has captured so many of our precious moments (including Leo’s baptism!).

I am happy to present the first set of photos in my collaboration with Laurie-Anne Thuot. In fact, this is my first fashion photoshoot since giving birth to little Leo. I’ve been through a great deal of changes over the last few months, and I am psyched to have Miss Thuot capture all of the emotion, styling, and settings for this photo journey.

Here we go!

Fabulous Habits x Laurie-Anne Thuot

Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot

These pieces from Aritizia are everything I look for in creating an outfit. It’s clear that I gravitate towards neutrals. I’m just in love with how the materials flow, keeping comfort and style a possibility.

Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot

Aritizia blouse / Aritizia shorts (similar here)

Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot Fashion photo session with the oh-so talented Laurie-Anne Thuot

Solid-Foods Galore! 5 Must-Have Baby-Feeding Items

The best baby-feeding items for your little muncher.

The sweetest baby-feeding items for your little muncher.

Who’s ready to eat?! If your little one is just about ready for solid food, there are a few baby-feeding items that you’ll want to pick up.

The best baby-feeding items for your little muncher.

At 6 months old, Leo definitely showed his readiness for pureed foods. We were lucky enough to be gifted with the best feeding accessories, so we were ready to go as soon as he was. With the “okay” from our doctor, Leo started snacking on bananas, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

During mealtime, here are the 5 items we couldn’t do without:

Long Baby Spoon
Look for feeding spoons that are made of BPA-free plastic. After feeding Leo for a few weeks, I found the longer ones easiest to use.

Blender
There are some fruits and veggies that just can’t be “mushed-up” with a spoon or fork. Our Baby Bullet has come in handy in getting Leo’s foods at the perfect consistency.

It’s All in the Bib
Look for bibs that can be washed and dried immediately (because who likes extra items in the laundry basket?). I like going for silicone/rubber bibs that have spill-pockets to catch all of our (mighty) messes.

Baby Containers
For days out, I fill up lightweight containers with Leo’s favorite snacks. I prepare them the night before and pop them in our diaper bag when we’re ready to go.

Sitting High and Proud
One item I was incredibly excited for was our Peg Perego Siesta High Chair. High chairs allow your baby to be included in family meals. Leo has a new-found independence with his Siesta high-chair: he watches me in excitement (and sometimes, with little patience) as I prep his food and formula.

Once you see the name ‘Peg Perego‘, you just know  that you’re looking at a product of high quality and design. The Siesta is one of their top-sellers and for good reason: it’s easy-to-use, has padded upholstery for extra comfort, and adjusts in ways you wouldn’t even think a high-chair could. It’s great for any of baby’s stages. The chair inclines in 5 different positions making it a great choice for newborns.

I love the back with its netted compartment: it makes it easy to store baby-feeding items. The 5-point safety harness is incredibly secure and a no-brainer to adjust and use.

The best baby-feeding items for your little muncher. The best baby-feeding items for your little muncher.

Is your baby starting on solids? What are his/her favorite foods?

Sit Back and Relax with Wazo Furniture

Sprucing up a slightly smaller office space with quality design through Wazo FurnitureAfter a few months of bad posture and uncomfortable seating, Wazo Furniture came to the rescue.

Recently, I talked about my tips on keeping an organized office. Little habits can keep your working space looking clean, presentable, and polished. Are you welcoming clients every week? Does your job entail of sitting in front of your computer for hours at a time? Regardless of what you do, an organized office can make the world of a difference. It’s time to meet those deadlines and reach those goals.

This summer, I downsized a little. We’re currently changing things around in the Fabulous Habits household, and one of them was rearranging my office. Regardless of size, there are ways to keep your working space organized so as to not hinder productivity.

As we rearranged, one thing was pretty clear: I was without a good chair (and for quite some time, at that). Unfortunately, I thought that my little bench was cute and worth the sacrifice of neck-and-back-strain.

Little did I know that elegant could also be comfortable. This is where Wazo Furniture comes in.

I had known about Wazo for quite some time. I would often stumble on their website and social media, “ooh-ing and ahh-ing” as I scrolled through images of their sleek chairs, sofas, and tables. Just by the looks of it, I knew that their designs would go perfectly with aesthetics of my home.

Sprucing up a slightly smaller office space with quality design through Wazo Furniture Sprucing up a slightly smaller office space with quality design through Wazo Furniture

Getting my hands on an Eames chair was my lucky day. Sturdy, refined, and modern, the Eames is just what I needed to tie up the looks of my new “mini office”. As I approach my workspace with a minimalist perspective, I know that I have to get key pieces in keeping it sleek, comfy, and coordinated.

The Eames chair is one of Wazo’s bestsellers. Solid without looking too clunky, they’ve designed it with style and convenience in mind. I love that it doesn’t take up too much space in my (much) smaller setup, but still makes a statement when you first enter the room.

You can only imagine how ecstatic I was to pickup my new chairs (I got a second one for convenience and extra seating). Their showroom was clean, properly staged, and had me excited for our next move. Hopefully, Joe remembered all the pieces I showed him. In all my excitement, I may have overwhelmed my husband with all my ‘furniture-wants’ the moment we walked in.

Sprucing up a slightly smaller office space with quality design through Wazo Furniture

Looking for more pieces to get inspired by? This is only the beginning! You can follow Wazo Furniture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube. I for one am definitely looking forward to visiting Wazo Furniture again.

And also, for all you fabulous readers, with our special code FABULOUS5, you’ll get 5% off on your next purchase online or in-store! (Minimum $100 order – up until August 31st!)

Clean & Refreshed: How to Properly Remove Makeup

Learn how to properly remove makeup for the ultimate win in skincare

Because taking it off is just as important as putting it on.

I have been spending a good bit of my maternity leave watching makeup tutorials. When Leo was first born, Joe would often walk in on us binge watching NikkieTutorials while browsing Sephora‘s website for the latest in palettes and brushes.

I’ve dipped my toes in a lot of new makeup techniques this year. (I like to think that) my contour game is quite strong. I’ve put together some cosmetic wish lists and even reviewed new trends.

Of course, makeup removal is something we should pay very close attention to. Layers of products like primer, foundation, and concealer need to be thoroughly washed at the end of the day. A huge part of skincare is knowing how to properly remove makeup.

How to Properly Remove Makeup

Gels, Wipes, and Micellar Water
I was always one for using micellar water to start off my nighttime regime. Whether you opt for a gel, oil, or wipe – be sure you’re using some sort of makeup remover before anything else. Cleansing oils like Elle R Cosmetique’s Makeup Removing Oil will effectively remove all the difficult, gunky stuff: waterproof mascara, primer, etc. A lot of makeup removers can be harsh and irritating. Elle R Cosmetique’s formula is gentle, doesn’t make my eyes burn (hallelujah!), and smells incredible.

Wash Away!
After removing my makeup, I go in with a facial cleanser like Elle R Cosmetique‘s Soft Cleansing Gel to further cleanse my skin of any dirt and accumulated ickiness from the day.

Scrub, scrub, scrub
I was never one for exfoliators. I always found them too abrasive and damaging to my skin. After giving Elle R’s Soft Exfoliating Scrub a-go, it totally changed my cleansing game. Exfoliating is not necessary every night. However, when you find the right one for your skin, it’s good to keep it in your routine at least once a week or every month (depending on how your skin reacts to it – you know your face best).

Elle R Cosmetique‘s scrub is 92% natural and vegan. Besides it’s super-delicious smell, it’s moisturizing and has some anti-aging properties to it.

Learn how to properly remove makeup for the ultimate win in skincare

What products do you use to wash your face? What’s your nightly regime? Let me know in the comments below!

Learn how to properly remove makeup for the ultimate win in skincare

National Pina Colada Day: 8 Treats Inspired by Our Favorite Cocktail

Celebrating National Pina Colada Day with these 8 delicious treats!

It’s National Pina Colada Day! Aside from sipping on our favorite cocktail, we gathered up 8 pina-inspired recipes to liven up your day.

Pina colada was probably my initiation cocktail as I entered the world of adult drinks. Being a huge fan of (anything) coconut, it quickly became my go-to beverage for parties and vacations.

You could only imagine how excited I was to know that today was National Pina Colada Day. I had high hopes to make an inspired dessert. However, with party planning and upcoming weddings, I fell short on time. Instead, I gathered up some pretty great links for you to enjoy.

Cheers! Take a sip (or two) for me!

Pina Colada Cheesecake Cupcakes | wholesomeyum.com
Pina Colada Overnight Oats | thebewitchinkitchen.com
Pina Colada Smoothie | amindfullmom.com
Pina Colada Dessert Cups | cookingonthefrontburners.com
Pina Colada Poke Cake | lovebakesgoodcakes.com
Pina Colada Bars | cutefetti.com
Pina Colada Cake | cosmopolitancornbread.com
Pina Colada Popsicles | livingsweetmoments.com

4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Correspondence

Doing things the traditional way with correspondence through snail mail!

Basking in the beauty of snail mail.

Ever since we announced our engagement, Joe and I have since been sending snail mail more than usual. First there were the wedding invitations, then the thank you notes, then the baby announcement… It seems that starting a family means neverending correspondence – and I absolutely adore it.

I’m in a business that communicates primarily through email, chats, and video conferences. It’s nice to be able to put together beautiful correspondence every once in a while.

And so to answer your question, no folks, snail mail is not dead. I don’t know about you, but there’s just that special feeling when you receive an actual, physical letter in your mailbox.

Doing things the traditional way with correspondence through snail mail!

Here are 4 ways to spruce up your correspondence:

Handwritten Element
Sending something handwritten  gives your correspondence that special touch. Pen to paper holds such meaningful value: I love looking back on old greeting cards and seeing the penmanship of those I love.

Family Address Labels
Yes, handwriting is beautiful for your “snail mail,” but I love the idea of pre-made mailing labels. They make your life that much easier, especially when you’re sending in bulk (invitations, thank you notes, etc.).

Personalized Stationary
I once received a letter that was written on personalized stationary and thought, “Yes. This is something I’ll get done once I have a family of my own.” It gives you a chance to come up with your own family emblem or coat of arms.

Your Personal Touch
What’s your signature touch? And no, I don’t mean when you sign off with your name in bold, cursive letters. Add something to your mail that’ll have others say, “Ah yes, they do this all the time.” Joe and I always use wax seals as a finishing touch to our correspondence.

Doing things the traditional way with correspondence through snail mail!

Doing things the traditional way with correspondence through snail mail!

Comment below and let us know how you communicate with your loved ones!

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Friday Favorites: Your Lovely Face

All-star treatments for that lovely face of yours.

Masks, cleaning regimens, and DIY solutions for your lovely face.

This week, I had enough. I was tired, I felt icky, and I just wanted a little break.

I managed to slip away and visited my local Dr. Hauschka Spa for a full body treatment (an hour and a half’s worth!). It was definitely worth while. I decided to continue the self-pampering with some at-home mask treatments. Most importantly, I gave my face a mini treatment with one of Lush’s most popular products.

Yes, I realize that we all deserve a break. I know that I can get carried away with the hustle and bustle of every day life, but I can’t work until I burst (much like I did this past week). No, I probably won’t be making weekly spa bookings, but I have to remember that my overall well-being is important to both myself and my family.

Here are some tips for that lovely face of yours. Go on. Give yourself some time off. Even if it’s for a few minutes:

  1. Love avocados? Then you’ll definitely love this homemade mask. (karissavegankitchen.com)
  2. Make your own firming clay mask with this lovely recipe (beautycrafter.com)
  3. Can’t wait to try this beauty out (drhauschka.com)
  4. How to properly wash your face – according to the one and only Michelle Phan (michellephan.com)

Lush Face Mask Review: BB Seaweed

Reviewing Lush's BB Seaweed face mask - because every mama deserves a treat!

Mama needed a break. So naturally, mama turned to a Lush face mask for a little treat.

With the season in its transitional state, my skin has finally started to react. Hay fever hits me hard at the same time every year, leaving me itchy, red, and sensitive.

Reviewing Lush's BB Seaweed face mask - because every mama deserves a treat!

I’m a sucker for any at-home spa treatment. Being a creature of habit, I tend to turn to the same beauty products. As you may already know, I’m a sucker for any Lush face mask. Lucky for me, I had 5 pots to trade in, so I opted for Lush’s BB Seaweed as my reward.

My thoughts:

Love, love, love the smell of this face mask. I’m pretty sensitive to scents, but BB Seaweed offers a light aroma that will make you feel like you’re getting a professional face treatment.

The large chunks of seaweed are fantastic: they offer a light exfoliation to my face.

My skin did not react nor get red, which is all I really look for in beauty products (especially since I’m prone to eczema).

The pot comes with so much product. According to directions, you have to put on a generous amount on your face, which I did. When I look back into my pot, I probably have enough for another 2 to 3 uses.

Have you ever checked out Lush’s face masks? Which ones are your favorites? Are there any others you’d like me to review?

Reviewing Lush's BB Seaweed face mask - because every mama deserves a treat!

Did you check out my other Lush reviews? Read about ’em here:

Cup O’ Coffee Review

My skin is always craving a good face mask - Lush's Cup O' Coffee is my type of java!

 

Pink Bath Bomb

Pink Bath Bomb

 

Friday Favorites: Family Traditions

Celebrating the best in family traditions to wrap up a week full of love.Wrapping up a loving week with the best in family traditions.

Celebrating the best in family traditions to wrap up a week full of love.

Family traditions are something that Joe and I constantly talk about. Perhaps it’s the idea of consistency, but we find ourselves constantly throwing ideas around: “How about we do this every year?” “How do you think the kids will like it?” Hopefully one day, our children will continue our family customs and pass them down to their very own.

What are some of your traditions? Do they take place during the holidays? On birthdays? We’d love to hear your ideas! Comment below and tell us about them – we’d love the inspiration!

Happy Friday! Enjoy some fun-filled, family-oriented links:

  1. The sweetest sibling portrait ideas (canadianfamily.ca)
  2. DIY Tooth Fairy Box – irresistibly cute and makes for a great keepsake! (littleredwindow.com)
  3. Nesting with Grace does healthy meal prep like a pro! (nestingwithgrace.com)
  4. This adorable onesie just reminds me of family game nights (nordstrom.com_

Our First Set of Family Photos with Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography

Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos

Making memories is what raising a family is all about. Capturing family photos by brilliant photographers is an absolute plus.

Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos

When I found out I was pregnant, a whole slew of emotions came over me. In fact, Joe and I have quite the story to tell about our discovery, but I’ll save that for another time.

My mother was always one for taking pictures. She made sure to capture every possible moment and to this day, she shows off her collection of (hundreds) of photographs to family and friends. I actually talk about it here on my food blog, Marble Crumbs. (I must tell you: The article involves cake – and lots of it.)

You can only imagine what I was had in mind for my son’s photo sessions. Being raised to appreciate a good picture (or two, or three, or a hundred), I knew that just like my mom, I wanted to capture every waking (and napping) moment.

I came across Laurie-Anne‘s photography through her Facebook page and I was completely wow’ed. I browsed through wedding albums, maternity shoots, and most importantly: family sessions. Immediately I knew that her style and aesthetic was what I wanted for our family’s memories.

Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos

I couldn’t be more ecstatic to share with you our first set of family photos. Laurie-Anne’s raw talent shines bright through every one of her portraits: fantastic lighting with crisp, opaque images. They make me want to create a wall-sized bookshelf and fill them with family albums. Her work is completely irresistible and heart-warming. We couldn’t be more grateful to have Laurie-Anne as our official family photographer.

Check out her work (and get ready to be swooned) on Facebook: Laurie-Anne Thuot Photographe

Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos Laurie-Anne Thuot Photography brilliantly captured our first set of family photos

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