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I feel it has been so long – too long – since I sat down in my peacefully quiet apartment with the windows open and the sunshine coming in, and wrote down everything that has been going through my mind recently. A few days ago, I was at an event and someone came to me and told me (hi, Marilou!) that she loved my Coffee Date posts, and it made me realize I haven’t done one in months. Sometimes it can be hard to regroup your thoughts, open up and be more vulnerable, especially on the internet when anything can be reconstructed and understood in every way possible. But I am at a place right now where not only do I feel like I should write, I actually want to write.

I constantly get messages from women and girls who ask for advice or just want to know how do bloggers make it seem like they have it all together. While I can’t speak for everyone, in my case trust me I don’t. Especially recently, when I have been so busy with life and I would just sit back and think “is this all worth it?”. It is way easier to make it seem like everything is rose and peachy, than actually having to deal with it. Before you get any ideas, this is not me complaining – far from that. I love my life, and I have come to a point where I accept and welcome every season of it. I’ve always been someone who expected things to go the way I wanted them to go – and I have always put the work in to try my best to succeed. But sometimes, life takes you in directions you aren’t sure how to handle, and it gets blurry and you don’t know what to expect next – but it is ok. I’m at a place in my life where I never thought I would be, both personally and professionally and it isn’t always easy to accept it, but I am learning not to expect anything and to just go with the flow – however hard it can get.

THIS season of my life, right here right now, is all about me. It might sound selfish (and it can be), but I am at a point where to be better to others, I have to first be better to myself.

If you’ve read some of my Coffee Date posts before, you know I am in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend of 9 years. And while I try to always think positive and chase those negative thoughts away, it gets hard. I never imagined this situation would last this long, or be this intense on both our hearts. Love is a beautiful thing, and when you find someone who makes you whole it is something to fight for, but being apart is hard. There is no other way to put it. I know some of you reading this are also in the same situation, and I always love and appreciate when you reach out to me and talk about it because it does make me feel less alone. I personally know my relationship, and know it is worth the struggle, but if you had asked me years ago where I would see myself right now I would have never said “having a relationship with my phone”! But you know what? It is in situations like this that you have to put yourself first and see the positive things that are happening (sometimes without you noticing them!). I made friends and created bonds with people that I don’t think I would have been able to, should my boyfriend be here right now – simply because I wouldn’t have had the time! I get to spend so much time discovering who I am when I don’t have the influence of anyone in my life (something I have never been able to do in the past, going from the family home to meeting my boyfriend at 18). I get to spend this period of my life focused on learning how to love myself, only to be better at loving others and giving them my best self. 

I also absolutely love what I am doing in life, my blog is everything I could have imagined – but I have these moments where I wish it could just be so much more. It is easy to compare yourself to others, think some people have figured it out way better than you – especially in this digital life I am leading. I constantly see other influencers and bloggers who are just growing at alarming rates, and I see my numbers stay steady. But you know what? It is fine! While others get to travel the world, I get to make memories and experiences right here and live in this place that I love! My time to travel the world will come at some point, be it through my blog or because of my personal life – I am not worried about it. Everything changes eventually, and there is no point in bringing yourself down with the ideas of “if only I was there” or “if only I looked like that” or “if only I could do that”,… I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and that there is good in everything, even if it might not seem like it.

This season of my life is all about me. I get to be selfish, I get to do the things I want, and I get to better myself so that when the seasons change, I am ready. We need to enjoy every part of our lives, because it makes us who we are, and who we will become!

So this is me, not pretending I got it all figured out or have some kind of miracle thoughts that will make everything better, not trying to teach you a lesson or show you how to get things done. This is me, going through my life, keeping my head out of the water as much as I can, and sharing it with you. This is me, showing you that I am vulnerable too, and that sometimes I think it is ok to let it show. To some, this post might sound pointless and a waste of time, but I hope that to others this might make you feel less alone, be a reminder that nothing is permanent in life – not even the bad moments, and maybe might make you learn something about me that you can relate to.

PS: I just thought these photos were too beautiful. Life is beautiful!
PPS: my dress is sold out but my necklaces are available here

Photo credits: Natalia Vasylkiv

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Pink, pink, more pink, give me all the shades of pink. I seriously wonder if I’ll ever get enough? Probably not.
This blush pink light jacket gave me all the heart eyes the moment I saw it in store, I knew it had to come home with me. Since then I’ve already worn it in Montreal (see here) and got so many compliments on it! It is perfect for the days we are having when it is a little cooler in the morning, but you don’t want to carry an actual jacket with you.

I’m in a phase now where all I want to wear is neutral tones like blush, whites, and beige. I blame British blogger Lydia E. Millen, I’ve been watching her videos for months and am obsessed with everything she wears!

PS: my pants (you’ve seen them a ton before in this color and in army green) are on sale for $40 right now! If you’ve been hesitating, now is the time to pull the trigger – they are 100% worth it.

PPS: Are you into the coin necklace trend? Because I’m definitely in and want to prepare you to see them a lot this summer!

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Little tip: I know for some of us ladies the thought of wearing light colored pants is terrifying – but fear no more: I have just recently learned about Knixwear, and they show you how leakproof underwear can be handy! No more excuses to wear your white and beige pants now!

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Jacket: Le Chateau (wearing size XS)

Pants: Dynamite (wearing size 25)  // Top : Dynamite (wearing size XS)

Shoes: Marc Fisher (wearing size 7.5 – sold out) // Bag: Nuciano // Necklaces: Le Chateau

My sizing info for reference when purchasing an item:
Height: 5’6″ (or 167cm)
Regular pants size: 25
Regular top size: XS
Regular shoe size: 7.5 or 37

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“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it is sure to come true.”
– Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney.

Not going to lie, dreaming in this bed is pretty much my favorite thing to do. If you know me, you know I love to sleep, and who doesn’t?! So clearly a good mattress is a must; and this one will get you to sleep 1000 years (or as long as it takes for your Prince Charming to come wake you up… or his majestic beast, aka Tink the Dragon, aka the cat). The kind of bed that makes you want to put on your sparkly crown and be a princess the moment you wake up. And if you don’t own a sparkly crown, don’t worry, your invisible crown works too!

I’ve slept on the same thin cheap mattress for 7 years, and while I never complained (I think), I cannot even begin to express how much better I sleep now that this Sapira mattress by Leesa has entered my life/bedroom! If I were to compare it to a hotel bed, it wouldn’t do it justice enough. The foam layers control cooling temperature, pressure relief, body contouring, and are perfect for sleeper of all sizes, and the cover is SO soft! 

Funny story: the mattress actually arrived while my mom was in town. We were out for the day, and the sweet delivery man brought it all the way to my front door (bless him). Keep in mind the box it comes in weight a total of almost 100 lbs! So we brought the mattress in the office where I was sleeping – my mom was sleeping in the bedroom – and I slept on it the rest of her stay, right there on the floor! I had been sleeping on a tiny foam mattress (you know, the spongy cheap ones that disintegrate when you pull at them), so the timing could NOT have been better.

About the brand:

** Leesa donates one mattress to a shelter in need every 10 mattresses they sell through their One-Ten program **

** Leesa plants a tree for every mattress they sell **

** You can try your new mattress for 100 nights risk-free **

** They offer free shipping **

** You can use the code “MARIESBAZAAR” for $100 OFF YOUR LEESA MATTRESS!! Click here to use it.**

PS: I totally bribed her with treats to get her to come on the mattress. She LOVES to sleep on it and I usually have to wrestle with her to do the bed in the morning, but is super camera shy so the moment she sees me try to take a photo of her she goes away running (and spies on me from afar)! Her little tongue, tho… heart eye emoji.

Thank you Leesa for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Love, love, LOVE these pants!
Not only are they super high-waisted – over my belly button – , but they are so light AND: they don’t get damaged by walking! That was my fear when buying them, because obviously they are long enough to touch the floor, and damaged trousers like these aren’t a good look. Let me assure you, after spending an entire day walking around Montreal in those, they are still like new (well, a bit dirty but that is normal when wearing floor length clothes).

I’ve been a fan of wide leg trousers for years now (see my previous posts here, here, and here), but these have to be my favorite ones. Paired with light shades like this baby pink, I felt all the Olivia Pope vibes aka the ultimate boss lady. And let me tell you a funny story (as if I needed another reason to love them): I got a massive sunburn a few days ago, and these pants were GOD SENT! They don’t rub or stick to your skin like skinny legs do.

Linking several options throughout the post – my exact ones are sold out, but I found some nearly identical ones at all price points, and my favorite would have to be these ones (they are the same ones I have with the floral pattern). I am also linking a ton of other layering necklaces too – in case coin necklaces aren’t your thing.

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Pants: Zara (wearing size 0 – sold out)  // Blouse : Reitmans (wearing size XS – sold out)

Shoes: Marc Fisher (wearing size 7.5 – sold out) // Bag: Goodnight Macaroon

My sizing info for reference when purchasing an item:
Height: 5’6″ (or 167cm)
Regular pants size: 25
Regular top size: XS
Regular shoe size: 7.5 or 37

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“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it is sure to come true.”
– Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney.

Not going to lie, dreaming in this bed is pretty much my favorite thing to do. If you know me, you know I love to sleep, and who doesn’t?! So clearly a good mattress is a must; and this one will get you to sleep 1000 years (or as long as it takes for your Prince Charming to come wake you up… or his majestic beast, aka Tink the Dragon, aka the cat). The kind of bed that makes you want to put on your sparkly crown and be a princess the moment you wake up. And if you don’t own a sparkly crown, don’t worry, your invisible crown works too!

I’ve slept on the same thin cheap mattress for 7 years, and while I never complained (I think), I cannot even begin to express how much better I sleep now that this Sapira mattress by Leesa has entered my life/bedroom! If I were to compare it to a hotel bed, it wouldn’t do it justice enough. The foam layers control cooling temperature, pressure relief, body contouring, and are perfect for sleeper of all sizes, and the cover is SO soft! 

Funny story: the mattress actually arrived while my mom was in town. We were out for the day, and the sweet delivery man brought it all the way to my front door (bless him). Keep in mind the box it comes in weight a total of almost 100 lbs! So we brought the mattress in the office where I was sleeping – my mom was sleeping in the bedroom – and I slept on it the rest of her stay, right there on the floor! I had been sleeping on a tiny foam mattress (you know, the spongy cheap ones that disintegrate when you pull at them), so the timing could NOT have been better.

About the brand:

** Leesa donates one mattress to a shelter in need every 10 mattresses they sell through their One-Ten program **

** Leesa plants a tree for every mattress they sell **

** You can try your new mattress for 100 nights risk-free **

** They offer free shipping **

** You can use the code “MARIESBAZAAR” for $100 OFF YOUR LEESA MATTRESS!! Click here to use it.**

PS: I totally bribed her with treats to get her to come on the mattress. She LOVES to sleep on it and I usually have to wrestle with her to do the bed in the morning, but is super camera shy so the moment she sees me try to take a photo of her she goes away running (and spies on me from afar)! Her little tongue, tho… heart eye emoji.

Thank you Leesa for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Hi lovelies! It’s so good to be back here, writing a new post – one I have been “working on” for the past couple of weeks! And by “working on”, I mean my mom came to visit me and we got to do all these Mother’s Day things together to compile here on the blog for all of you. Rough work, right?

Let’s go back to the beginning quickly. If you don’t know or are new around here: I am originally from Belgium and live far from my family, so every year my mom makes time to come and see me and we get to spend some one-on-one time together right here in Canada. This year, she came right before Mother’s Day, and I thought it would be such a fun idea to spoil her (and me) and put together a bunch of things for us to do – and then write about them here for all of you in case you still need some inspiration on what to do to celebrate the moms in your life!

If you are curious about my story, I have a blog post where I talk about my past, my family, and why I chose to live the life I live today. Click here to read it

1. Take her to the spa.

It’s no secret I am obsessed with the Nordik Spa here in Gatineau, Quebec. I’m probably not able to count the number of times I’ve been on my two hands, and it was definitely number one on my list this year to take Mom to. She’s been before, but they have renovated the entire space and it is much (much much) bigger and nicer now! They treated us to the brand new Banya treatment, which was quite an experience… hum. Lemme tell you about it. You basically spend almost an entire hour in a sauna, and receive 4 treatments, one of which is called the “beating”. That’s right, they beat you (and not lightly) with tree branches, all over your body! It is supposed to help with blood circulations and other things that must have slipped my mind because I am still wide-eyed with the feeling of being hit with branches! Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt (that much), and it such an incredible thing to do with your mom! Safe to say neither one of us is going to forget about this anytime soon.

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2. Treat her to an afternoon high-tea experience.

Quite possibly the sweetest way to show your mom you love her (pun intended). I personally have a huge sweet tooth – wondering who I got that from – and thought my mom would enjoy a quiet afternoon high-tea experience at Ottawa’s best macaron shop Quelque Chose! Between the cotton candy and lavender sweets, the homemade scones, and the treats that still make my mouth water just thinking about it, it gave us the opportunity to make new memories and enjoy some much needed hours in a place with pink walls and French music. Not too shabby, and highly delicious.

3. Take her on a mother-daughter trip.

There’s nothing like a getaway to strengthen a mother-daughter relationship, and we got to spend a couple of days in beautiful Montreal! It was her first real time in the city (we drove through it several times without really stopping in the past), and stayed at the equally beautiful Auberge du Vieux Port, right in Old Port. To say the location was perfect is an understatement, we woke up every day to a view of the St Lawrence River (and the ferris wheel!), and got to walk to the restaurants and boutique within minutes of the hotel lobby. I cannot recommend the hotel enough, I believe it might be my new favorite in the city and was seriously bummed when we had to leave. Plus, the brick wall in the room made us feel we were home, and is now something I want in my future house!

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A few things to do while in Montreal: 

Grab a salad at Mandy’s in the Vieux Port (they are quite massive so prepare to be full).
Visit the Gay Village (so colorful and happy).
Take a nap in the sun at the bottom of the ferris wheel (they also serve churros right beside it).
Shop til you drop on Ste Catherine street.
Visit the Biodome (impressive even from the outside).
Spend the day at Bota Bota (a spa on a boat).
Head over to Mont Royal for beautiful city views.

To all the moms out there, and mine in particular, happy Mother’s Day! I love you.

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Pretty sure I’ve never worn so many stripes at once before. I just couldn’t resist, I loved the dress, loved the shoes, and loved them together! 

It is finally possible to go out in exposed skin and not get a frost bite, so you can bet I was out and about in this darling stripy dress all day yesterday. My favorite part? It has pockets!! Plus, it is kind of giving me all the nautical vibes, and now I feel I need to go on a cruise (or at least a paddleboat somewhere). Le Chateau is seriously nailing their spring collection – another favorite of mine is this dress! I mean, how cute!! Same fit and fabric as mine, but pink!

PS: my heels are just the most fun I’ve had in a loooong time and they are under $80! They feel much more expensive, and the height is really comfortable to wear. Although I would recommend sizing down half a size because they do size big.

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Thank you Le Chateau for kindly sponsoring this post.

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Dress: Le Chateau (wearing size s)  //

Shoes: Le Chateau (wearing size 37) // Bag: Zara (sold out)

My sizing info for reference when purchasing an item:
Height: 5’6″ (or 167cm)
Regular pants size: 25
Regular top size: XS
Regular shoe size: 7.5 or 38

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Not going to lie: this has never been the kind of shoes I saw myself wear, considering I am much more of a flats kinda girl. BUT you would never believe how comfortable these platforms are even tho they are basically the highest heeled shoes I have ever owned! Seriously, don’t knock them down until you’ve tried them, because trust me they will convert you into a wedge lover.

Marc Fisher has always been high high high on my list of favorite shoe designer, and these are just proving my point. Not only are they extremely comfy (all the braided jute is seriously like walking on a pillow), but they come in 6 colors, and make your legs look like they are a mile long and you basically belong on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. 
Tip: when wearing these sandals, roll up your pants to show your ankles. That will give you even longer legs!

PS: you might recognize these trousers from last summer, because yeah I am recycling them and couldn’t be happier about it. This exact pair is sold out (fingers crossed they bring them back), but I found a bunch of similar ones all listed below!
PPS: I am seriously feeling those Charlie Sheen vibes in this top… anyone else? #winning

OTHER COLORS:

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Pants: Express (sold out)  // Top: Topshop (wearing size XS)

Espadrilles: Marc Fisher (wearing size 7.5 ) // Bag: Shein (sold out)

My sizing info for reference when purchasing an item:
Height: 5’6″ (or 167cm)
Regular pants size: 25
Regular top size: XS
Regular shoe size: 7.5 or 37

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