I recently had 3 family events to attend and of course I started thinking about what Julian was going to wear. Do I buy him 3 different outfits just to make sure that people don’t see him wearing the same thing? Obviously, cost-wise it isn’t the best option. I wasn’t going to spend money on 3 different suits that he would probably use just once or twice. So I started thinking, do men buy different suits for each event? I mean if they were Brad Pitt and money wasn’t an issue, then yes for sure they would. However, our family works on a budget. So I realized then that all I had to do was change the accessories, shirt and shoes to an existing suit and that would make a whole new outfit.
So, todays blog post is about how I dressed my son for 3 events using the same suit. I changed the shirt, bow tie and suspenders for all 3 events and the shoes only once. The suit I purchased from Zara (which now comes in 2 colours, navy and grey), 2 shirts are from Jacadi (blue and white) and the other dress shirt was a gift, so I am not sure where it is from (sorry). The shoes are from United Colors of Benetton and Jacadi. The accessories, “oh I love accessories”, are from my favourite company Liv and Lily. It’s the only place I go to for Julian’s bow ties, suspenders (and hair bands for my lovely niece).
Take a look at the photos and let me know what you think?
Suit – Zara, Dress Shirt and socks – Jacadi, Bow Tie and Suspenders – Liv and Lily, Shoes – United Colors of Benetton
Suit – Zara, Dress Shirt – Gift, Bow Tie and Suspenders – Liv and Lily, Shoes – United Colors of Benetton (not on picture)
Suit – Zara, Dress Shirt, socks, and shoes – Jacadi, Bow Tie and Suspenders – Liv and Lily
I wanted to share with you some photos from our Christmas Photo shoot.
Joseph Muscat Photography and Oh So Chic Celebrations did an amazing job with the photos, design and style. We had a great time and really felt like a winter wonderland.
Please note that there is a watermark on these photos due to copyright.
Julian opening a present
Julian pushing the sleigh
Julian picking up his christmas tree
When planning my little guys 1st birthday, I wanted it be have great colours, simple design but with a modern flare. So, I called up my good friend Magda Czerny. Her company’s name is Oh So Chic Celebrations and her work is exquisite. I chose the colours blue, red and white with an elephant and a red ballon because I thought they complemented each other really well. Magda then showed me a piece of fabric she purchased, chevron pattern, and the theme was set.
The party was outdoor in June. I had a tent for people sit in while they ate their food. We had a play yard next to the tent with swings and a slide for the kids to play while their parents socialized. We also had a lounge outside the tent with sofas and a coffee table as another place for people to sit and relax. The adults received an elephant cookie, while the kids received loot bags. There were 12 photos of Julian, 1 for each month, hanging on top of the gift table. The seating cards hung outside the tent for the guests and the tables were named after Julian’s favourite cartoons at the time. All the kids from ages 3-9 sat together at their own table with place mats and crayons. The placemats where designed with animals, games and the layout of the plate and utensils. I wanted them to have an activity while they waited for their parents to prepare their food. We also had a bar with signature drinks and music.
Here are some photos from that magical day!
Elephant Ballon First Birthday
Elephant Topped Cake
Dessert Table with Chevron back drop
Cookies for the adults
Little Kid Favors
Big Kid Favor boxes
Inside the Kid Favor Boxes
Julian watching while we were setting up the big event.
Julian guiding us on where everything was to be setup.
Julian sleeping after having so much fun playing.
I would love to buy an abundance of stylish clothing for Julian, but I have a budget :-(. So today, I wanted to share with you how I dressed my little guy in the same blazer but 2 different ways.
Zara Blazer, Zara Scarf (similar here), H&M Shirt (white) (similar here), H&M sweater (similar here), H&M Jeans (similar here) and Jacadi high top sneakers (blue).
Zara Blazer, Zara shirt (similar here – Blue/Grey), Zara trousers (similar here), H&M Shirt (white) (similar here) and Jacadi high top sneakers (blue).
This is Julian when he was around 1 year and 5 months. When we decided to have our first family photo shoot, we hired Joseph K Muscat Photography. Joe did a fantastic job and we had an amazing time. He is definitely someone we will always go to when we need a professional photographer.
My son is wearing Zara jacket (similar here), shoes (similar here) and scarf (similar here), Liv & Lily hat and H&M sweater (similar here) and pants (similar here).
Photographer: Joseph K Muscat Photography
Painting: “Snakes and Ladders”, 2012 oil, spray paint, enamel and latex on panel by Julie Gladstone
Photo Shoot Locations: Walnut Contemporary and Liberty Village (Toronto)
I have learned that it’s really important for me to get to know my son. Two-way communication is so important for me to instil in my everyday life in order to achieve this. I want to make sure that I learn his likes and dislikes and not change any of them. I have realized that by not fully listening to my son when he is communicating with me, I am not allowing him to fully express himself. For example, Julian had an accident and I take him to the hospital. Julian’s only form of communicating when he is hurt is by crying (obviously). After arriving at the hospital, I was speaking to a nurse explaining why we were there. While I was speaking to the nurse, an older gentleman came up to us and started telling Julian to shush, not cry and that everything would be fine. By telling Julian to “shush” while he was crying, the gentleman was teaching Julian to not fully express himself without realizing it. The whole time I was speaking to the nurse, I was also comforting my son. I was telling him, “I know it hurts but I am here with you and everything is going to by alright”. I never told him not to cry. From my experience, I feel that kids are too often told to stop when they are crying. I don’t want my son to think he can’t express himself by crying because it’s often viewed as a form of weakness. Crying is form of expression, like laughter, so when my son feels the need to express himself by crying, I will be supportive and let him stop when he is ready. Being able to cry and let out our emotions is a natural healing process. So, by allowing my son to cry without telling him to stop, he has healed the emotions that have made him cry. I was raised to not express my emotions and I don’t my son to be raised the same way.
(photo by: Joseph Muscat Photography, Location: Walnut Contemporary)
I have a beautiful baby boy who’s name is Julian and he is 2 years old. He is my pride and joy and its because of him that I started looking at life in a different way. Before Julian, I never paid attention to what we eat, what chemicals we have in our home, what medication we take. Having Julian made me more aware of how important life is because its not about me anymore its about him, its about all three of us as a family. It’s making sure we are healthy and stay that way for a long time. I started becoming the parent I never thought I would become. The parent that worries about what my son eats, what medication my son takes, down to what diapers I should use. Life changed for me, for the better of course, and this blog is my journey of how much better life has become and will continue to be.