I’m a huge fan of buying less, only buying what you love and need – I even dumped my feelings all over this post about it. This basic snowy day “let’s go to get bagels” outfit, is filled with some of my most favorite items – items I wear alllll the time, items that are easily paired with pretty much everything else in my closet. This vest for instance, I have worn it every fall and spring season since I bought it all the way back in GRADE 10! I have professed my love for this simple puffy black vest many times throughout the 16-ish years I’ve owned it – I still remember wearing this vest in high school because it hid my pack of cigarettes well in the pocket (I know, ewwwww!), and my sister sneakily taking it from my closet only to pretend later that she never wore it. This vest is like a song, that brings back memories every time I wear it (super cheesey and nerdy I know), but I’m pretty sure I already gave that up in the photos.
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TO CREATE DINNER RECIPES: image via @mamawatters
As a full time middle school English teacher and mama of one energetic tot, I jump at the opportunity for some mom time out. Each and every night I find solace in our cozy little kitchen where my stress melts away with each turn of the wooden spoon. The likelihood of cooking with no one (cough* cough* Stella) running through my legs is rare, but that doesn’t mean I can’t put on my apron and compile an array of random ingredients while backing up Ella Fitzgerald on Pandora, right? For me, there has always been something so comforting about creating a meal for my family. The stirring, the smelling, the savoring as I go…all of this is very cathartic for me. It is a ritual that I look forward to before we sit down and share our days with one another. Not only is cooking a way to get some precious me time, but also serves as an expression of love for my family.
Make sure you check out Amanda’s adorable blog, she has a serious talent with words and a super talent of making adorable babies!
This former fashion lover with probably 1 too many shoes, 4 too many pairs of jeans and lusty eyes over so many pretty new things has pretty much totally reformed. In reality, I have always been sorta a minimalist (well maybe more comparatively speaking), if I had a pair of dark denim jeans: I’d buy a lighter pair, or one pair of black shoes per season was enough for me – never buying items that were too similar. And I never replaced something unless it was time for the predecessor to hit the graveyard, but lately (the past year +) my minimalist but fashion loving ways have become the gold standard of minimalism. My dreams of the perfect torn pair of JBrand jeans (I do still dream about you) have shifted for dreams of a Zero debt balance (a debt that was magically crafted from student loans and life ups and downs) – and man in my dream that number 0 will look so much better on me and my family then some item of clothing or thing to make my home pretty.
My strategy and shopping rules are pretty aggressive, I buy things for myself and husband on a NEED ONLY BASIS – this goes for clothing, household items and electronics. Actually this rule pretty much stands for the kids too – but they need things pretty much all the time, so they don’t really count in this strategy. My minimalist but full shoe closest is no more, it’s down to a few pairs (no longer a few of each style). I figure this is the best time for an aggressive, full on shopping freeze – I am not at work, so don’t have to keep up with the Beth’s and Mary’s (the fashion industry is the cherry on the staying on top of style cake) and I’m just in the right state to hold my breath and try to not care for as long as I need and put that money towards something more meaningful in the long run. I say try to not care because most of the time I don’t really care, but it is pretty crazy how simply LOVING what you are wearing can start your day out right (so I have my “ARRGH I hate everything” days) – but I will get back there and I will also love how that number zero looks on me. Even though I am only buying what I NEED, my old rule of ONLY BUY IF YOU LOVE stands – if I need something I wait till I have heart eyes before I purchase.
SO why am I telling you this? Well, my Mom Style outfit posts have pretty much halted and Family Style outfit posts have dwindled to a minimum and this is pretty much why – I may still pop in every now and then with a creatively crafted outfit that will be full of items you have seen me wear (basically my same real life style, just much less of it). The mom uniform posts and similar round ups will be around a lot, they are sorta like retail therapy for me right now. The kids will always have new clothes, since they are growing every other week and in need of snazzy new duds constantly – so Little Style posts will be as strong as always. So that’s it, me in my seasons past overalls, my shirt from high school, and boots from years ago – and a smile because for right now I am so okay with it.
Hi, my 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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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!