Ambassador Spotlight | Alison Black

Alison Black is a family girl to the core, with 2 of the coolest kids and the most patient yellow lab. She is a total fashionista and very into fitness as well (she teaches SurfSet classes, how cool is that!?) When she isn’t busy with her blog or motherly duties, she works at a private school for students with autism spectrum disorder. Also, Taylor Swift blasting in the truck & sloths make her the happiest. Learn more about our Bearpaw ambassador with our 20 questions…..

  1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a 30-something gal who loves nothing more than my family. I am a Mom to 4-year-old Delainey, 2-year-old Ryder and 8-year-old Cruz {who is a yellow lab} plus wife to Justin. I work part time at a private school for students on the autism spectrum and teach SurfSet Fitness classes. I LOVE my jobs and that I also get to spend half my week at home with my people.

My feed is @ourlifeandtimes on Instagram and it’s exactly that – Our life in squares. Like most instagram feeds it’s our highlight reel, no one needs to see the toddler meltdowns, our laundry piles and my bedhead. I love sharing what we love, fashion, fitness, my kids and our adventures.

  1. What inspired you to join the Bearpaw ambassador program?

My outfits are always inspired by the shoes! I love that Bearpaw has such a wide range of footwear options that are comfy! I love me a hot pair of shoes but not if they are going to hurt my feet! I love that Bearpaw has footwear for casual weekends, mountain adventures, cozy mornings at home and date night.

  1. How would you describe your style?

Casual and ladylike. I love a good jeans and tee look with comfy sneaks but love me some pointy toed pumps paired with a twirly skirt and tank or a floral dress with wedges. It’s really all in shoes!

  1. Who has been the biggest influence on your style?

I can’t think of anyone person who influences my style. I think all my friends inspire me, random people on instagram or pinterest and certain celebs from time to time. I love discovering new people on Instagram and watching as they alter my style. This is why I’m in complete support of people getting instagram followers through companies like Upleap; if it means I’m more likely to find and discover new styles, I’m all for it! I love creating looks from pieces I pull from my closet.

  1. What do you do in your spare time?

If I have spare time without my kids I love to go on fun date nights with my husband on go to a new workout class or SurfSet class. I also like to use Short story ideas to practice my writing – I’ve always enjoyed creating my own worlds!

  1. What is your go-to fashion look?

I love workout pants, a tank top, and sneakers with a cozy sweater thrown on (because I am ALWAYS cold and love cozy}! BUT I LOVE getting dressed up the most! A fun dress and wedge shoes make me feel pretty and who doesn’t deserve to feel pretty!

  1. What are your top 5 pieces from Bearpaw?

I wear my Rosalina slippers every day! I LOVE them, so cozy.

My Hayden boots got me through {and are still getting me through} this never-ending winter we are having in Calgary!

I am SO excited about the Aracelli, they are so cute and are so my style! Which means I need to get my hands on the Rhonda in black!

I also love my Gracie but love the new Summer in the orchid color!

  1. How do you #livelifecomfortably?

I live comfortably by leading a simple happy life. Appreciating all the small moments and enjoying the beautiful country we live in with my little family. Getting outside, getting messy in nature and exploring is our favorite thing to do.

  1. What skill would you like to master?

Photography. Since having kids I love taking photos of them and our adventures together. My best friend is a phenomenal photographer and she inspires so daily to take better photos.

  1. What fictional place would you most like to go?

Willy Wonka’s Factory.

  1. What songs have you completely memorized?

There are a lot, mainly Country songs or 80/90’s hit! Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa is the first one that comes to mind though. I clearly remember laying on my floor in Grade 6 or 7 with a pad of paper and my boom box pressing play and pause to write out the words so I could learn it.

  1. Are you usually early or late?

Always early! Being late stresses me out so I always give myself way more than enough time to get anywhere. I even dislike being on time, I like a few minutes to spare!

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

My kids and hearing them laugh. They make every day better, as cheesy as that sounds {total Mom answer, I know!}

Hot coffee. sunny days, a clean house, ice cream dates, a glass of wine in bed, a great workout completed, finding just what you were looking for ON SALE!

  1. What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?

At the lake or in the mountains with my family – sun shining of course!

  1. What’s the best single day on the calendar?

That’s a hard one, I want to say Christmas day or Easter morning or the kids birthdays BUT I am going to go with a hot sunny day in the middle of July. I live for summer. Summer days are just full of happiness. Whilst I love summer days, I’m not too keen on those extremely hot days where you end up having to stay indoors with the air conditioning on. My air conditioning unit can sometimes blow out warm air, which is annoying. I had to ask my friend “is an AC refrigerant leak dangerous” the other day. She said that it can be, so she suggested that I get in contact with my HVAC company. I’ll have to do that before summer comes around again.

  1. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

England with my family growing up. Ecuador all by myself {and I quickly learned traveling solo is so not my thing}.

  1. What’s the best way to start the day?

Coffee on the couch watching cartoons with my 2 kids and my dog at my feet {hubby probably still in bed)!

  1. What movie title best describes your life?

Pursuit of Happiness

  1. What quirks do you have?

I LOVE sloths. Like really love them.

I wipe my counters down about 100 times a day.

I wear a sleep mask to sleep.

I also iron or steam every outfit I wear every morning.

For more from Alison:

Instagram: @ourlifeandtimes


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