MY YOGA ESSENTIALS Let’s just preface this, by saying there is probably no such thing as true yoga essentials. If you want to practice yoga, you could in all honesty practice naked on your hardwood floor, zero gear required – BUT the right clothes (that make you feel comfortable), props and gear can make your practice just that much better. I wanted to share some of my personal practice changing items, and a few that I am coveting after doing a ton of research and testing.

No 1. Hot Yoga Towel : I have one of these mat sized towels and it is amazing! If you practice hot yoga this is the towel – it’s grippy, absorbent but not smooth or fluffy and slippery. I save my yogitoes towel for days when I practice a more vigorous Hot Vinyasa (sometimes called Flow) class, the other days I switch off between regular bathroom towels – the difference is like night and a bright sun shiny day.

No 2. Leggings and Crops : My all time favorite yoga leggings and crop pants are Lululemon’s Wunderunders. They are absorbent enough that they hold out for the sweatiest of hot yoga classes. I personally love a full length or crop pant over any shorty shorts for a sweaty class – I find I have more grip and there is just way less slipping and sliding. Also I like owning gear that works for all types of workouts and classes, these babies are all around awesome. I have heard there are a few brands that are just as awesome, but I am always a bit nervous to test them out because I know how well Lulu stands up in a 90 degree room.

No 3. Headband : My best bud got me a few of these headbands (she actually gifted me almost all my best yoga gear, she’s a sweet brat that one). The Yogitoes headband, is heads and shoulders above the other ones I’ve tried – it’s thin but absorbent, comfortable with no having to readjust during your practice (or whatever workout you are doing). And it is wide enough to wear any way you like – fold it in half, twist it, wear it around your neck as a sweat absorbing scarf, whatever you please!

No 4. Water Bottle : I keep wanting to try another brand (just because some of them look so cool) but I have no reason to switch because this brand just never lets me down. This new style is my favorite: that metal handle makes it extra easy to open, when my hands are sweaty from class. And it’s just really pretty and shiny.

No 5. Tank Top : A simple racer back tank with built in support. No frills or too crazy straps. I like my yoga clothes to be pretty simple and functional, this is by far my favorite tank top. Also of course it is a star when it comes to wicking away the moisture in and out of a strenuous heated class.

No 6. Strap : I really love using a strap in my practice once in a while. My current favorite is using it when I’m in dancers pose, the loveliest of heart openers. I don’t currently have one for my home practice, but have my heart eyes set on this one. I like the cotton canvas material (some of the others are, more of a grosgrain and smooth and slippery) which to be honest is my only real requirement when I was searching.

No 7. Mat : I raved about this mat before, it’s just that good. My old mat, was an 8 year old Lululemon – not the same as the mat they have now, it was really great…8 years ago. When I upgraded to this Jade (another gift from my best friend) it was literally practice changing. The grip on this baby is like nothing else, my wrist pain was gone (no more fighting to keep myself from slipping).

No 8. Sports Bra : Sometimes, if I’m wearing a full length legging I like to wear a cropped top like this sports bra. It has the same simplistic look as the Power Y tank, but it’s just a tad shorter. Also it’s longer in length then most sports bras, I probably shouldn’t even call it that.

No 9. Block : Another item I have my eyes on, I love having a block beside me when I practice – it can add so much to a pose, and sometimes I just need it. I searched up and down and found that this is the one I want, because of the price and also because I really want a natural wood block not foam.

No 10. Mat Strap : Not in the image, but it should be. Some really like a mat bag but personally I love an open strap like this. I always remember that episode of 30 Rock when Liz Lemon is taking her sticky gym bag home, and just assume that if I had a mat bag both my mat and bag when stink juuust like that.

Do you have a favorite yoga or workout item? I’m always looking for new and amazing workout or yoga clothes so would love to hear your favorites! Also, for curiosity sake are you a fan of workout style yoga clothes, or do you prefer the more natural yogi/hippie style?

*Looking to fit yoga into your budget or just start practicing yoga or curious about going to your first hot yoga class?

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· April 17, 2014 · in Daily,Yoga



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Harlow has hair like mine, always tons of wispy new growth pieces that don’t fit into the pony tail. But on her, it’s so cute – so cute that it deserves a sweet name like “baby hair”. When you’re all grown up, it’s probably not as cute and I know for a fact it’s pretty darn annoying. When it comes to wee Harlow’s hair, we have developed a little trick for keeping most of those short wispy pieces up in a high pony with the rest of her hair.

keep that hair up | trick for holding up the back wisps KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid If you can french braid, the upside down french braid (seemed like a good name) is the bee’s knees for keeping all those little hairs up. Clips work, but the hair always seems to slip out by mid day. This braid will hold up much longer and is oh so adorable.

THE UPSIDE DOWN FRENCH BRAID:

1. She lays her head down on my lap (facing me) and gives my legs a quick cuddle. 2. While I braid as fast as I can. 3. I put a little teeny elastic at the end of the braid. 4. Then gather the rest of the hair into one big pony and secure it all with a larger elastic. Sorry no photo steps, this time I can work on those if anyone really needs.

This is also really great for adults, I’m just not yet very skilled at doing it on myself.

KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid It’s still so cute and full of a few wipsy baby hairs, but it holds most of the larger chunks up. Also good when your or your little ones hair is in a growing out (or just growing) stage, or on a lower down pony for shorter hair.

If French Braiding is still pretty new to you, here is a great how to french braid tutorial. Practice a classic style for a while first (better to be quick when doing this upside down one) and then move on to the fancy sounding “upside down french braid”.

* If her back hairs stay up fine, but the bangs are always getting in her eyes, try this little bang braid.

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· April 16, 2014 · in Daily,HAIR AND FACES



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heart and habit x toto knits lookbook peek The Heart + Habit for Toto Knits capsule collection is available for pre-order. Toto Knits also accepts wholesale orders and that includes our little capsule collection. I am working on a little lookbook (this is a wee little peek) to send off to those  interested shops who want to carry a season-less, Canada inspired sweater collection in their shops for Fall/Winter 2014. If that’s you, shoot me an email: brandy@heartandhabit.com

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· April 15, 2014 · in Collaborations,Daily



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big-rock1 big-rock2 big-rock3 When you ask for a smile, you sorta get a not so natural smile – still cute, of course. We are on week two of Dad working like literally all the time, we miss him and it’s pretty safe to say that he misses us. Our adventures have sorta been a bit slim, things are much more toned down on the awesome scale and probably a lot more tense when he isn’t around. He always brings the party and has this smooth calming way about him especially when it comes to the kids. Also, after so much time with mostly just me and the kids, we kinda-sorta-a little bit start to push each others buttons more then normal.
As I’m trying not to wish a full week away, since it is only Monday. I am super excited for this weekend, a little easter egg hunt, Lupper (lunch/supper, it’s a thing) with friends, cuddles, yoga, and Chris has the entire long weekend off. If all of that isn’t something to not so natrually (and natrually) smile about, then I just don’t know what is. Here’s too a great week, and me trying not to wish her away.

Harlow’s sunnies are c/o Stella Cove

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· April 14, 2014 · in Daily,Little Style,Real Life



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pale-pink-trend [images: leather jacket, sweater, skinnies, blazer]

As a self proclaimed disliker of pink, I’m pretty shocked at myself. I mean, I literally just said I wasn’t a fan of pink 2 days ago – but this is the week I eat my own words, might as well add a few more to the pile. For some reason or another, I am just totally digging pale pink right now. It’s not the best color for my extreme paleness but whatever I still want it in my closet.

A grey tee and pale pink skinnies, yes (I need to be careful it’s not the same pale pink, as my pale skin – not really digging the whole pantless look) . Pale pink leather jacket, white tee and ripped jeans, totally sold! It’s the perfect addition to a lover of basics and essentials, a tiny neutral hit of color.  Would you add a hit of pale pink to your life?

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· April 10, 2014 · in Daily,STYLE AND ATTIRE



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calm-your-anxiety Anxiety and panic attacks are like my silent lifelong nemesis (but also, hopefully not lifelong). I have cursed and struggled with them for the majority of my life. In fact, the majority of the population either suffers quietly from anxiety or has had a few brushes with it at some point in their lives. I have a good 20+ years of panic attacks under my belt (I should get a girl guide badge for that, no?) I have figured out a lot of ways to help when attacks or anxious feelings come my way. Nothing is fool proof, but there are a lot of things you can do to prevent, ease or use to teach your self to to think differently. This is a doozy of a post, tons of information that I have personally found that really helps me – if it’s not your cup of tea, no worries (no pun intended) otherwise read on. READ THE FULL POST

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· April 9, 2014 · in Daily,Dear Diary,The Sweet & Simple Life



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anything-is-possible5 I was always under the mind set that I would raise my little girl away from princesses, pink and probably even Barbie. I, for some reason assumed that I could a) keep all these things out of my house or that my daughter would just naturally not be interested in them. b) the classic more “girly” toys wouldn’t be a great toys for her to play with.

My Mom will probably laugh a little at this post, because I’m pretty sure she laughed at me when I told her my plans for keeping Barbie and all the girly toys, away until Harlow was old enough to decide if she wanted them herself. I honestly do not know the real reason why I was assumed Barbie wouldn’t be a toy I wanted her playing with, I mean I really dug her as a kid – my sister and I would play with our brother’s GI-Joes and Barbies as one big happy family (usually Barbie would boss GI-Joe around after he saved her from some really dangerous situation), it was great. Sure her measurements are a little cartoon-y, and she is never not wearing high heel shoes and make-up and always always with the pink – but she’s a doll! And I guess we can’t all be wearing jeans, grey tees and sneakers all the time. I wasn’t the most girly little girl and I sure didn’t grow up to be affected by a dolls physical appearance, so I’m sure Harlow won’t either. Really she’s a doll, and one that has had tons of careers and a whole isle of diverse friends – really not as bad as adult me had “assumed”.

When Barbie contacted me to partner with them, to be very honest (sorry Barbie) I almost said no. I literally lost sleep over the idea, mostly because it didn’t fall into my “plan” but also because it made me look at why I wasn’t letting Barbie into my house and then I sorta felt a silly.

I tried to stay away from the whole princess thing, but I couldn’t fight it. I tried to stay away from the whole pink thing, but I couldn’t fight it. And well Barbie, I tried to stay away from her too. I tried really hard, I’m embarrassed to say I would say no to book choices in the library, show requests on netflix and toy store requests – all because I thought “I can keep this doll out of her childhood”. But what I was really doing, is not letting her make her own choices. It’s silly, a simple email from a company caused so much turmoil for me because I realized I wasn’t being the parent I always thought I was. I had always said; “wait till she’s older and if she wants these toys, she can have them” but the thing is, she is a older and asking for these toys and I was still saying NO. Not the Mom I thought I was and not part of the parenting “plan” I had set out for myself, at all.

I was nervous signing on to this partnership (so nervous), but the morning after Harlow got her package in the mail. My first words to Chris over coffee were about about how happy I was that I did join. Because it’s not about me, it’s totally all about her. I didn’t say no because of my own plans and hangups, I said yes because I followed her choice. And look at what that got me… anything-is-possible1 anything-is-possible2 I mean the pure happiness, all from a box of toys. A box of toys I might not have gotten her on my own, excuse me while I devour a steaming hot bowl of word soup.

She is a tom boy, and a girly girl, a hilariously, talented, smart, tough little girl. She plays with her Barbies as if they are babies, she mothers them and then later has them kicking bad guys butts beside the super hero’s. She’s well rounded and it’s been pretty fun seeing all of those things come out in her playtime. So far Having Barbie in my home has only brightened Harlow’s days and made play time so much more comedic to listen to (seriously, listening to the kids play is just the best). anything-is-possible4 anything-is-possible7 anything-is-possible6 Also, I’m pretty happy she has someone to test her makeup skills out on, otherwise that could have been me there. How do you feel about Barbie? Does your daughter play with her?

Often the greatest moments of joy and self-discovery take place during everyday playtime. Barbie can be the star of your child’s imaginative stories, the embodiment of her biggest dreams, and the vehicle for conversations and memories. #BarbieProject

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· April 8, 2014 · in Daily,Real Life,sponsored



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uniform_weekend-warrior sequin jacketgood vibes tankflare jeansring setshoulder bagclog boots (warning: these boots are mucho $ = dream boots)

I put this outfit together after a weekend of Chris working and me warrior-ing through with two sick kids, more or less I felt like a warrior as my head hit the pillow on Sunday night. Then today at about lunch I realized I sent King to school with the wrong lunch and forgot to pack his swimming gear on swim day, ugh Monday! That whole “strong like ox” and “I can take on the world” feeling flew out the window. Now I look at this outfit with my head in my hands, and think I could really use some sparkle and good vibes to get me through the rest of this Monday – not the best way to start the week, but it can only be up from here! Off to get King a treat and spoil the poop outta him this evening to hopefully make up for my forgetfulness, oh boy.

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· April 7, 2014 · in Daily,Uniform



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