MY STYLE: SPRING DRESS LOVE

Happy Friday, my lovely Peaches! Not only is Easter weekend finally upon us, but it’s the first weekend that feels like Spring is here to stay. And that means more fashion posts coming your way (because let’s face it – cold, winter weather does not inspire me).

Today I am featuring one of my all-time favourite dresses I’ve ever found at Your Big Sister’s Closet. I’m generally drawn to skater style dresses, as they fit my body type perfectly, and when I saw this cheerful piece hanging in the store I went straight for it. Ever since its purchase, I’ve worn this dress for all occasions; parties, brunch, shopping, day trips, even while writing this blog post…it’s super versatile. I often pair it with tights and a bolero, but as the weather warms up, I lose the bolero and add a colourful necklace for an extra punch of whimsy. If I’m daring I will wear coloured hosiery instead of tights, but only if I plan on doing a lot of sitting (#tallgirlproblems).  I’ll be a sad gal the day this dress starts to fade and has to be retired.

What’s your favourite Spring piece? Let me know in the comments below!

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ROCKFORD READS: ESTHER THE WONDER PIG

Happy New Year, my lovely Peaches! This year, I am all about resolutions that bring me joy, happiness, peace, and make me feel great. No more resolutions that are a setup for failure – it’s time to focus on me! So I’ve decided that I would like to start reading more books. There are few things I find more relaxing than curling up with a good book, a warm cup of tea, and transporting into another world for a few hours.

On the first of every month, I will share a new book title with you and why I am excited to read it. If it strikes you as interesting, grab a copy for yourself, get comfy, and read along with me! At the end of the month, I will share my review (in the comments below) and give you my thoughts about the read – what I loved, what the book taught me, and anything else I want to mention. From there, I encourage you to leave your comments and thoughts about the book, your reading experience, or anything you feel like sharing, and we can have a fun conversation together. Think of it as a modern day book club where we all meet on this blog, and by the end of the year we will all have read 12 new books. Now…on to the choice for January!

Many people don’t know that a few years ago I cut meat out of my diet, starting with pigs and cows. It was something that I had always had a desire to do, and one day decided to make the change, cold turkey (no pun intended). My love for animals has grown exponentially since then, extending to my everyday life with the addition of Killer (aka Mr. Fishy, aka Fishy, aka David S Pumpkins) to my pet family. As I was sharing some pics of Killer with my coworkers, we naturally began talking about our favourite pets and animals and that’s when I learned about about a local pig “celebrity” named Esther. She was a rescue pig who now lived at a sanctuary about 30 minutes from where I live. I checked out her Instagram account (yes, she has an Instagram account) and was immediately smitten with her, so imagine my delight when I discovered there was a book written about her life. Better yet, the book I came across was signed by the authors AND Esther herself.

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Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time

“In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner, Derek, wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek’s life forever.
It turned out there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: They bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, here they could care for Esther and other animals in need. 
Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther The Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek’s adventure – from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.”

I can’t wait dive into the life of this adorable pig, so if you don’t mind, I’m off to find a comfy chair and get started on this book. I look forward to chatting about it with you all at the end of the month!

Find the book here: Website | Amazon | Indigo & Chapters

MY STYLE: BATTER UP!

In my last post I talked about the importance of taking care of yourself and not losing sight of things that bring you joy. And that’s exactly what my shoot with Lady Luck Pinups was all about: a moment to focus on myself, feel beautiful, sassy, and have an absolutely amazing afternoon with an equally amazing person.

I first stumbled upon Lady Luck Pinups via a mutual friend on Instagram, and after months of liking one another’s pictures, we finally got the chance to meet at the Curvy Expo earlier this year. Meeting Jennifer was like running into a long lost friend – there were hugs and smiles and I felt instantly comfortable around her. And the photo shoot was no different! As soon as I walked through the studio door, Deanna, the makeup and hair stylist, made me feel like the babeliest babe around. And that feeling continued as I got behind the lens and Jennifer gave me a crash course on how to pose like a pinup. I knew, without a doubt, that this team had my back and was there to make my experience the best it could be, and they did just that…and more!

And can we talk about this adorable Rockford Peaches dress I found online? I have wanted one of these dresses for ages, but never took the plunge (my obsession with this movie runs deep, if you couldn’t tell by my blog handle). In keeping with the theme of doing what brings me joy, I bought this baby as soon as I booked my photo shoot and excitedly messaged Jennifer to let her know I wanted to do an A League Of Their Own inspired shoot. She was totally on board and made my idea come to life! She even drove to multiple grocery stores to find the perfectly round peaches, just for me. How could you not love this woman?! I can’t wait to get back behind her lens again soon!

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