Hi, name is Brandy Mercredi I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada with my lucky husband (zing) and our two awesome little kids. I grew up in the Northern (also see: brrrrrr) most populated city in the world, Edmonton Alberta – but left the beautiful city to pursue my big dreams of fashion. My then boyfriend (now husband) and I moved to Toronto, I studied (and graduated from) Fashion Design in college. After which I worked in product development and apparel design for some large Canadian brands, until Chris and I decided to make two miniature versions of our selves King and Harlow.
These days I spend my time practicing yoga, spending as much time as humanly possible with my family, managing our household, blogging (here and at Hello Bee), designing my capsule collections for mini mioche and working as an apparel consultant.
ABOUT THE BLOG
Heart and Habit is a Toronto based, lifestyle blog devoted to cultivating a simple, stylish and content every (single) day.
it’s is about making life better and enjoying it even when it’s not really that great. So if we are talking about yoga and how freaking fabulous it is, or more superficial things like style and how to simply make getting dressed easier and way less of a headache, or just making sure the mornings run smoothly with kids in tow — it’s always going to be about how to make your (and my) life better and easier.
I started Heart and Habit back in 2010, as an outlet for creativity and to share the things I love (basically the exact same reason the rest of the internet started blogging). Often this blog is about family, sometimes it’s about yoga or style, and often it’s about life in general and how you (and me) can make every single area in it, better. It’s simple, it’s real (sometimes a little raw and almost always full of grammatical errors), it’s honest and hopefully no matter what it’s a little sweet. Somewhere along the way (kidding, I know the specific date and time I just wanted to keep it cool) dreams started to come true and I began utilizing my skills and years of experience as an apparel designer/product developer to collaborate and create capsule collections for some really amazing dream brands. You can see our current and past collaborations here.
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Heart and Habit has been featured in The National Post, Babble Best Bloggers, NSMBL Magazine, Luna Magazine, WGSN, and more. Our latest (and 4th) mini mioche x heart and habit (now named: Not So Basics) capsule collection will launch in Fall 2015.
What type of designer are you? What type of consulting do you do?
Apparel Design (or fashion design, same thing different name), you can read more about how I work with brands (maybe your brand?) or read this post where answer “what do you do again?” in detail.
How do you stay motivated and on track with yoga and being healthy?
Funny you should ask, I just wrote a post on how which goes well with the why. And healthy? I try my best always, but whole heartily believe in moderation.
How it life raising a family in the city?
It’s awesome. Oh, more detail? Well in all honesty we built our lives around city life, and for us using the city transit or walking everywhere, is our normal. It definitely has it’s down points, like sometimes a little bit of quiet would be nice, but there are so many benefits that we are able to soak up that it works for us. For now.
How do you live without a car? How much walking do you do in a day?
Sorta like I said above, we built out lives around not having one. And so haven’t needed one, sure sometimes it would be nice — but there are awesome, rent a car for an hour services that keep us car happy. And as far as walking, during a regular working or school day maybe 1km, on a weekend or in the summer anywhere from4km-8km — in the warm months we prefer to choose walking over transit. Since it’s Canada and warm never lasts too long, we are on team “soak it up, while we can”.
What type of yoga do you practice and how can you afford to go everyday?
Moksha! Well Moksha and Vinyasa and mostly of the hot and sweaty variety. I have a membership at my local studio, which allows me to go as often as I want — like a gym membership. So since I pay for it, I take FULL advantage and go ALL THE TIME (plus, I just LOVE it).
What type of work do you do from home?
I do a handful of different things, I’m diversified. This post here talks about what I do a bit better, and also another good one where I explain how I transitioned from blogging and stay at home mom-ing to working from home.
Do your kids really get along as well as your pictures show?
Yes and also NO. They are best friends, who fight and love like best friends. They are closer than most siblings, but they fight like most too.
What type of camera do you use?
A Canon Rebel T3, with a 50mm lens mostly.
Do you rent your place in the city?
We rent! Our current state of mind is we enjoying the little to no up keep, and we view the city as our backyard — more experiences over things. Though we do often wish we had a backyard, so it’s a moving state of mind
How did you and Chris meet?
Hey fancy that, I wrote a post about that one — but on my good pal, Drea’s blog.
Still didn’t answer your question? That’s okay, just message me I can help or direct you — I’m helpful and nice/I’m Canadian!