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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 1d ago


Dress, Blazer, Clutch, Neckerchief, Earrings: c/o Banana Republic l Necklace: Mejuri l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes (similar)

Every summer wardrobe needs the perfect LWD, and I found the ONLY one you will need this summer from Banana Republic! I am so excited to partner with them to share my ideal summer look (so many good pieces in store right now) and can’t wait to hear what you think of this outfit. Please let me know in the comments below!

The linen-blend fabric of the dress is as light as air, and the ruffle flounce hem makes it super feminine and elegant! To add a pop of colour to the look, I paired it with the PERFECT pink blazer that also looks just as amazing with jeans and a simple tee. I’m also loving these Red and Gingham blazers from BR too!

PETITE FIT NOTES:
The best part about this entire look is that everything is available in Petite sizing! I’m wearing both the dress and blazer in 00Petite. While I tend to find Banana Republic Petite pants on the larger size, this dress fits right in all the important places (under arms and chest), and the shoulders on the blazer are perfectly proportioned. I rolled up the cuffs on the blazer when styling it for a more casual feel, but they could definitely be worn straight down and not fall below my knuckles.

*Thank you Banana Republic for partnering on this post. All opinions are always my own.
*Photos by Darby Mitchell Photography

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 1w ago


Dress: c/o Chi Chi London l Necklace: Soufeel l Bag: Sun Jellies l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes (similar)
Gemma’s Dress: c/o Chi Chi London l Sweater: Similar l Shoes: Zara (old)

We recently had the opportunity to try out some beautiful pieces from Chi Chi London and I’m head over heels in love! Not only is the pink polka dot dress perfect for a summer wedding or soireé, the toddler circle dress is a little princesses dream come true. And if the pink is a little too bright for you, it also comes in Navy.

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– Chi Chi London has a great selection of petite size dresses, and I’m wearing Petite UK 4 which fits like a US Petite 0. Although the bodice did fit snug, I had to put on a strapless bra underneath to make it just feel a little more secure. For reference, I am 4′ 11″ and 90lbs.

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 2w ago


Dress: ASOS (sold out, similar) l Hat: San Diego Hat Company l Bag: Kayu l Shoes: Nordstrom

Sooo this look was suppose to be all about the cheap and chic dress, but somehow the pink hat stole the spotlight! And contrary to what you may think, this hat is actually super easy to pack because the brim folds down nicely without leaving any dents or marks.

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– Unfortunately this dress sold out super fast, but I’ve linked similar yellow ASOS Petite styles below. I’m wearing Petite US 00 and it’s super tiny. Definitely one of my favourite petite brands!

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 2w ago

Dress: Shopbop (old, similar) l Bag: Kayu l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes (similar) l Sunglasses: Zara (similar)

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Blouse: c/o Shein l Jeans: GAP l Bag: Furla l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes l Boys Shoes: Joe Fresh

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Sunglasses: Karen Walker l Turban Headband: Zara (similar) l Dress: ASOS (old, similar)

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Dress: c/o Shein l Rain Boots: c/o Kamik l Bag: Longchamp l Jacket: similar l Girls Sweater: Old Navy l Kids Boots: c/o Kamik

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Dress: H&M l Bag: Sun Jellies

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Dress: c/o Shein (sold out, similar) l Shoes: Nordstrom l Girls sandals: MICHAEL Michael Kors 

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 2w ago


Dress: c/o Eliza J l Hat: San Diego Hat Company l Bag: Kayu l Necklace: Julie Vos l Bracelet: Bimba y Lola l Shoes: Nordstrom

I am LOVING this maxi dress by Eliza J that I wore in Jamaica last week! It’s as light as air, has a high/low hem, and is the prettiest shade of blue. It would be so beautiful worn to a summer garden wedding or a bridal shower – definitely a show stopper. And the best part is that it comes in Petite! WOOHOO!

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– I’m wearing a Size 0Petite and this dress fits perfectly! I love how they added little pieces of fabric under the arm openings to keep it looking polished.
– I’m 4’11” and the high/low hem does drag a bit on the ground, but I won’t be hemming it so that I can wear higher heels with it when I want to.

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 3w ago


Mom’s Outfit: Lilly Pulitzer Dress: c/o Island View l Shoes: Sam Edelman l Bag: Sun Jellies
Girl’s Outfit: Lilly Pulitzer Dress: c/o Island View l Shoes: Zara Kids l Bag: Sun Jellies

Nothing says vaca style quite like a look from Lilly Pulitzer – and when you’re traveling with your little one, matching Lilly looks are a definite must! So before heading on our family trip to Jamaica last week, I stopped into Island View – our local Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in downtown Oakville to pick out the perfect mommy-and-me looks for twinning with my girlie!

They had just received a shipment of stunning new pieces, and I couldn’t have been more excited to find our matching outfits. To be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of twinning with my mini-me, but after styling these dresses (and receiving a ton of sweet compliments) this definitely needs to be our new thing! We even matched our bags, which are just the cutest beach to dinner bags and a must-have for vacation!

After trying on so many beautiful dresses (seriously I had the hardest time deciding which one to go with), I finally chose the gorgeous Rosalia Silk Dress and the matching Sophie Ruffle Dress for Gemma. Her dress is UPF 50+ which means in addition to being as cute as humanly possible, it offers sun protection and shields her skin from its damaging rays – perfect for all the vacation fun in the sun we had. And can we talk about the sleeves on the Rosalia dress – I mean, could they be any more stunning?

If you’re looking for the perfect mommy-and-me looks for your next vacation, be sure to check out Island View (181 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville) for all your Lilly Pulitzer needs – and YES every mama needs some Lilly in her life!

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– Lilly Pulitzer clothes start at Size 00 and fit like a Petite 0. The only difference is that the length of the dresses are suppose to be a lot shorter, but become knee-length on us shorter gals – but no problem for me!

*Thank you ‘Island View A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store’ for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 1M ago


Jacket: Shein l Blouse: H&M l Jeans: GAP l Bag: c/o Kayu l Sunglasses: ban.do (similar) l Earrings: c/o Cynthia Miglio

If you haven’t heard about my obsession with high-rise jeans before, let me fill you in. They are pretty much the be-all end-all when it comes to flattering silhouettes – and that applies to nearly every body type. I’ve got the GAP 360 denim super-high rise jean (in petite of course) in 4 different styles and they are my absolute favourite for style and price. How do you feel about high-rise jeans?

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– This coat is techically too long for me, but draped over the shoulders or when styled as a cape it works.
– The blouse is from H&M, and while their Size 2 usually fits like a 00, the sleeves on this one are way too long for me. But since I found it on the clearance rack for $10 – I couldn’t resist.
GAP 360 denim is available online in Petite sizes and is my go-to for affordable jeans. Seriously, if you haven’t tried the super high-rise fit, you’re missing out!

*Photos by Darby Mitchell Photography

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 1M ago


Tee: Frank & Oak (similiar petite-friendly option) l Beret: TopShop l Bag: c/o Kayu l Trench: Banana Republic Petite (similar) l Culottes: Nordstrom (similar) l Jewelry: Julie Vos l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes

Classic French-girl vibes are pretty much the epitome of style and sophistication, and although I’ve strived to perfect the look in the past – I’m the first to admit that I’ve missed the mark on more than one occasion.

Today’s outfit though is an exception! A classic pairing of trench, stripes, and beret are the perfect equation for success when it comes to putting together this effortlessly chic look. I’ve also added my own twist by pairing unexpected textures such as these wool culottes and straw clutch, that seamlessly complete the look.

PETITE FIT NOTES:
– The tee I’m wearing by Frank & Oak is XS but fits quite large, including the sleeves which are exceptionally long. If I was going to keep wearing this top I would definitely have the sleeves shortened. But to just make things easier, I found a nearly identical version in Petite here.
– The trench coat from Banana Republic is XXS Petite and fits TTS. I’m 4’11” for reference and BR XXS Petite blazers and coats fit me quite well.
– These Leith culottes from Nordstrom are XS and the waist originally fit very large, although the length was fine. I had the elastic waist taken in by a seamstress to give it that fitted, high-waist look.
– The grey pointy-toe oxfords are from Pretty Small Shoes which is my #1 destination for all petite shoes Size 5 and under. I wear a Size 4US shoe and am constantly impressed with the vast selection of on-trend styles they offer.

*Photos by Darby Mitchell Photography

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 1M ago


Jacket: Zara Girls (similar) l Sweater: Aritzia (similar) l Pants: J.Crew (similar) l Clutch: c/o Kayu l Boots: Nine West l Sunglasses: Kate Spade l Watch: c/o Olivia Burton

Hi there – I’m baaaack :) It’s been two months since my last post and am I ever ready to start creating exciting new content for you again! In case you missed it, I took a much needed break from everything blog-related and boy did it feel good. But now I’m back (with a few changes heading your way in the coming months), and before I could talk myself out of delaying any further, we were able to get out and shoot some pretty new looks this past long weekend.

Today’s look is the start of one new change to the blog that I will talk about in more detail very soon. To give you a hint though, moving forward my fashion posts will focus as much as possible on sharing looks that cater to petites, as well as becoming your ultimate petite source guide. I will strive to share all of my favourite petite-friendly retailers and current petite obsessions. Stay tuned!

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The Minted Mama by Candacealongi@themintedmama.com - 4M ago


Dress: c/o Eliza J l Jacket: Zara (similar) l Bag: c/o Kayu Designs l Shoes: Pretty Small Shoes

It is with a heavy heart that I sit down to write today’s blog post. I have my coffee in hand, the sun is shining – and yet I can’t help but hold back a tear or two as I am about to share some important news.

For the almost three years that I have been writing The Minted Mama I have had the privilege of sharing my sense of style, love for travel, and small snippets of family life with all of you wonderful people. And as those of you who have been following me for quite some time will know, this blog was never a very personal, candid, or open conversation about my life. But today I feel that I need to get a little more personal and share why this will be my last post on The Minted Mama (for a while at least).

It has been a culmination of various factors that ultimately led to this decision, and while I am sad to be closing this chapter of my life – I am very happy to finally carve out some time to recalibrate, refocus, and recharge.

I know most people start making plans and goals in advance of the new year, but the end of 2017 crept up way too quickly and I just did not have time to sit down and figure out what direction I wanted to take my brand in 2018. In fact (and to be truly honest), I was beginning to feel a bit uninspired about my blog and Instagram (the new algorithm certainly played a factor here), so even though 2017 was my best year yet (thanks to all of you), I knew that certain things needed to change.

Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying here. My lack of inspiration and the Instagram algorithm are not the primary reasons why I’m putting The Minted Mama on hold. While I wasn’t sure how to evolve my brand and which direction to grow, I was absolutely certain that beginning in 2018 I wanted to make sure that some personal aspects of my life were getting my full attention.

Some of my goals are to be more present, be a better mother, a better friend, eat better, exercise more often, and use my energy to help others. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think I was failing entirely on all of these points, but I do want to improve at them. And after much back and forth, I have finally decided that what I truly need is the time to be able to focus on them exclusively. 

So instead of just taking a few weeks to refocus and reorganize, I have decided that stepping away from the blog entirely will allow me to get clarity on how and if I will move forward with it in the future. I’m not shutting down any of my social accounts or taking down my website, but they will remain as is with no further updates or posts for the time being.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the past few years – for your ‘likes’, comments, and enthusiasm for the content I created, and to the many brands who took a chance working with me and allowing me to experience so many exciting opportunities – I will always be truly grateful! Until next time…

xoxo
Candace

*Photos by Danielle Pollacco

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