3 Simple Tips for Mixing Prints & Patterns

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Once upon a time, there was a story about the dangers of mixing prints and patterns (side note – in case you’re wondering what the difference is, a print is something that is “printed” on the material whereas a pattern is woven into it).

So, some would say, “You can’t mix flowers with stripes” or “Argyle doesn’t go with polka dots.” Well, like all of the other fashion fables, the idea that you can’t mix prints/patterns is a tale of the past. In fact, doing so is very current and looks super chic, as long as it’s done the right way.

If you’re ready to try it for yourself, here are my top 3 tips to keep in mind when mixing prints and patterns…

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1) More classic examples would be a polka dot, stripe, check, or gingham with only two colours in them.

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2) Make sure your top and bottom has a unifying colour within each of the prints/patterns.

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3) So, if you are mixing a floral pant with a striped sweater, if the pants are a large print, the stripes in the top should be smaller.

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What your favourite Friend can teach you about your wardrobe

If you follow me on Facebook (and if you don’t, get on it already would ya! HA HA), you may have seen my post the other day about the story that Jennifer Aniston is having a $60,000 drive in closet built in her new home.

jennAfter getting over the initial shock of hearing about her new 24×36 foot closet space, it got me thinking a little bit deeper. No need to worry, I promise not to get too deep on you here…

But it got me thinking about why ANYONE even has that much stuff in the first place that they would need that kind of space to store it. Seriously. Unless she is a hoarder, I can not see why she needs that much space! Surely someone of her means could afford to buy whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, that she doesn’t need to hold on to EVERY. PIECE. OF. CLOTHING. she has ever acquired. Or does she?

Maybe it’s like those tabloid magazine stories: Stars, They’re Just Like Us!

You know the ones that show them “Using a Crosswalk!”, or “Grabbing their own coffee from Starbucks!”. One of my all time faves? “They reach for the top shelf!”

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Hilarious – those always make me laugh!

But getting back to the point…maybe they are just like us! It’s all relative, right?

Am I really in any position to judge Aniston for having that much stuff? How many pieces of clothing do I have that I don’t really need or even wear anymore? What about you? Do you have a closet full of pieces that you’re holding on to?

Maybe you are scared to get rid of it because you may gain or lose the weight.

Maybe you paid alot of money for it, so it feels wasteful to get rid of it.

Or maybe you just like the feeling of having “more”…it makes you feel like you have lots of options.

Whatever it is, the truth is that having a smaller, more manageable wardrobe is the true key to style success.

A modest sized wardrobe of items you LOVE is worth waaay more than a closet full of stuff that is just “okay”.

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This is something I am currently working on actually (both personally and professionally) and will be telling you about in the weeks to come. In the meantime though, think about your own wardrobe. Are there pieces you are holding onto for all the wrong reasons? Could they be taking up the space for more valuable pieces that will make you excited to get dressed?

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Not to get all WOO WOO on you here, but everything has an energy and if you are holding onto things that don’t make you feel good great, you’re not going to, well…feel that great! So, take some time this week and think about that. Bonus points if you actually are able to get rid of a few things!

And if you have any questions while trying to decide on whether or not to get rid of something or get stuck and want a second opinion, feel free to message me – I’ll be there for you (get it? Friends?!).

Yeah, I know…it’s only funny when you don’t have to explain it. :-)

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A love letter to you…yes, you!

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As a Personal Stylist, you can imagine how often I hear about how much women dislike certain parts of their bodies.

To give you an idea, it’s about as often as you hear rumours that Jennifer Aniston is (for realz this time) pregnant. AGAIN.

No matter their size (and I have worked with women sized 00-18), I have heard it all from my clients…

Chunky thighs, chicken legs, bubble butt, pancake butt, fat knees, wide hips, no shape, muffin top, flabby arms, big bust.

It. never. ends.

I wish it would though.

I wish you could see how awesome you look in those cropped printed pants, sassy ankle booties, pretty fitted sweater in that “oh so perfect for you” colour, and those ah-mazing accessories!

Because when I look at you in that outfit we put together, all I see is a super cool looking, well put together woman wearing colours that make her sparkle, in a head to toe look that reflects her sassy personality, and styles that show off her great shape and assets.

Instead, all you can focus on is your less than toned upper arms, or your wider than you’d like hips.

Don’t worry, I am not about to go on preaching about how we should all love ourselves just the way we are and get all kumbaya on you – I know you have heard that a GAZILLION times before and it drives me crazy too.

What I am going to say though may be something no one has ever said to you, and could be somewhat shocking to hear, and I am fully prepared that I may get some flack for it. You ready? Here goes…

Get over it.

When did getting dressed become all about how to hide and not get noticed or “fix” your shape instead of being about having fun and expressing yourself?

I get it – we all have things we would like to change about our physical appearance.

1) Sure, I would like to have thinner thighs but I am not prepared to alter my diet and work out like a mad woman to make it happen. On the flip side though, my hubby thinks they are shapely and sexy and thinks it’s weird looking when women’s thighs don’t touch. And I must say, they do fill out a pair of skinny jeans quite nicely!

2) I wish my tummy were a little bit flatter, but it’s that way thanks to my little 13 month old baby boy who loves to snuggle into it when he’s not feeling well. And again, I’m am not willing to do the work it would take to get it flatter.

3) And yes, I wish I had long luxurious thick hair, but I don’t. So, I have found an amazing hairstylist that cuts it in such a way it looks thicker and now that it is shorter, I have never loved my hair so much in my life!

When I work with clients, the first thing I have them do is a fill out a Style  Assessment form, and one of the questions I ask them is to name 3 physical features they love about themselves, and 3 they don’t. Can you guess which one gets filled out more often than the other? Sad, but true.

The purpose of this post is to ask beg you to try and do the opposite.

When it comes to our physical appearance, instead of focusing on our “flaws”, let’s celebrate our assets. Tweet that yo’!

If you can do this one thing, shopping and getting dressed will soon become fun again. Or maybe for the first time!

I promise, no one is focusing on those “flaws” of yours except you. So, instead of dressing to disguise, let’s dress to celebrate who we are and have fun expressing our personalities.

I dare you.

I double dog, printed cropped pants dare you.

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My “Rules” for Style (and life)

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You can imagine that as a Personal Stylist, I am often asked about fashion & style. Like, as often as you see a Kardashian on the cover of a Gossip magazine often.

The top questions are the stuff you would imagine. You know…

What’s the “rule” for (fill in the blank)?

How do I dress thinner?

Where should I shop?

That sort of thing.

But recently, someone asked me something different – I was asked about my Manifesto. EEK!

At first it felt like a really heavy/deep question. A manifesto sounds SO serious – something I am not. Well, maybe when it comes to sleep, organizing things, and eating chocolate every day – those are things I am hands down SERIOUS about. But when it comes to fashion and style… not so much. Surprising, right? Considering what I do for a living.

But even though I may not be serious about it, I do have some seriously passionate opinions about it. And to be honest, once I started thinking about them all, I couldn’t stop. They started whirling around in my head as much as ‘Shake it Off‘ has been for the past month.

Anyway, without further ado, here it is – my Manifesto. Of course it is mostly about fashion and style, but I threw in a couple about life as well.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

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P.S. I’ve been getting lots of feedback about it already and being asked by others if they can share it. My answer? YES PLEASE!

So, feel free to use those handy little Share buttons below to share the style love on social media with your friends.

P.P.S. As well, hit me up on Facebook and let me know what you seriously believe in when it comes to fashion and style…I’d love to hear from you!

Until then – get out there and have some fun playing “dress up”!

P.P.P.S. I never knew what P.P.S. meant – just looked it up. It means ‘Post Post Script”. Huh!? You learn something new everyday, right? Or maybe you knew it already – show off!

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Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Look

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We are well into the Fall season now, and I don’t know about you, but for me Fall has always been a time of year that has felt like “a fresh start”.

For me this year, that meant a new look for my site and a new hair cut and colour (more professional pics to come soon!).

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Sure, it was scary (change always is, right?) – but more often than not after you take the plunge, you wonder why it took you so long to do it in the first place!

So, whether you are ready for something BIG or prefer baby steps, I have offered some suggestions below if you are ready to “shake it up” (she says singing to the tune of Taylor Swifts ‘Shake it Off’…seriously, it’s burned in my brain) and make a change.

Ready? Let’s do this!

1) It’s one of the quickest and least expensive ways to switch things up, but the power of a new lipstick or gloss is undeniable. Berry is a super popular colour right now, and there is one for every skintone.

 

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2) Sticking to the beauty theme, what about trying a new nail polish? Something that you’ve always been interested in but maybe too nervous to try? Maybe it’s a darker or brighter shade than your usual colour, or maybe even a printed nail wrap!

I am currently crushing on Jamberry Nails. And no, I am not saying that because I sell them – because I don’t.

They are just so much fun and come in TONS of designs. But the best part is, they stay on my “always chipping” nails for @ least 10 days at a time. A miracle for this busy working Momma!

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3) Try a new trend. Whether its the colour or pattern of the moment, you can start small and incorporate it into your wardrobe via accessories. For example, Merlot is popular this year, how about a statement necklace?

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Everyone is mad for plaid right now too. Maybe you’re not ready to go full out and invest in a plaid coat, but you could always grab a soft plaid scarf to add to your neutral fall coat.

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4) To some they may be considered accessories but depending on where you live – a hat, gloves, and scarf are more like necessities. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them!

Try a new hat style this year, or instead of trying to be all “matchy matchy” or neutral with them, why not do something different and go for contrasting colours and/or mixing some playful prints and patterns? Like a neutral navy coat with coral/yellow/tan accessories. Yes, really.

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5) The last fresh start suggestions takes a bit more courage, but will give you the biggest bang.

What about a new cut or colour? Is there something you have always wanted to try but been too afraid to do? Make an appointment with your hairstylist for a free consultation to ask their opinion.

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Or what about a Wardrobe Makeover? Do it yourself, with a friend, or hire a pro. You can go all out or just go for a seasonal update.

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to Freshen Up for Fall?

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a huge change to have a significant impact. If you’re nervous, start small and work your way up.

But if you’re ready to just give er’, good for you – go for it! I’ll be sending virtual fist pumps your way.

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How to do ‘Denim on Denim’

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Call it the ‘Canadian Tuxedo’ or the ‘Texas Tuxedo’ – but whatever you want to call the denim on denim look, it’s once again a H-O-T trend right now.

It’s one of those looks that when done right, can look super cool. When it’s wrong though, it’s REALLY wrong.

So, how do you make sure you’re doing this popular Fall 2014 trend correctly?

There are really just 3 things to keep in mind…

1) Make sure that your two denims are different shades. They don’t have to be drastically different, but one should be obviously darker than the other so it doesn’t look like you were trying to match the two.

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2) To up the cool factor, go for a juxtaposition. So, make sure your denims have opposing styles. If you are wearing a dressier pair of jeans, wear a more distressed looking denim shirt…and vice versa.

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3) Lastly, don’t forget to break it up. Add in some other colours, textures, and prints with your footwear, belts, scarves, vests, jewellery, etc.

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Keep those 3 things in mind when you go to put together your denim on denim look, and you can’t go wrong. Yee haw!

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New Denim Trends for Fall 2014

 

patchworkeditHere we go again…JEANS!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s one of my favourite things to talk about (and wear).

So much so that I created a FREE 25 page guide to help you figure out how to find the best style(s) for you.

So you can imagine how excited I was when Canadian Press Reporter Lauren LaRose asked for my input on some of the hottest new Fall 2014 denim trends.

From black jeans to boyfriend, patchwork to plaid – yep, I had alot to say.

Get the scoop right here.

 

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Work it, girl!

When I work with my clients, the one thing I hear over and over again is about how much they struggle to mix and match pieces.

So many women say they have a problem with this and it usually comes down to one thing – they have a wardrobe full of “one off’s”. You know those pieces that really only go with one other thing, instead of many other things. Can you relate?

So, how does this happen? Very easily actually, and it all begins with shopping without a plan.

Instead of shopping with intent and putting outfits together as you go (and figuring out what else to get to add to those pieces to make even more outfits), most women just buy what they like with the hope that they will later figure out what to wear with it. And if they are lucky enough to figure that out, it usually only ends up being one or two other pieces.

Well, what if you could get a set number of pieces and create TONS of outfits from them? You totally can – that’s what creating a Wardrobe Capsule and shopping with intent is all about!

Check out my examples below of a Fall Work Wardrobe Capsule (featuring the seasons hottest colours by the way), using a set number of pieces to create 10 different looks. I could have gone on, but this is just to give you a taste of what you can do when you take your time to plan your wardrobe and create a shopping strategy.

I hope it gives you some inspiration to do the same for yourself!

If you don’t want to go it alone though and would like some expert help and you live in my service area, you may want to check out my In Person Wardrobe Review & Refresh service – I’d love to help!

Don’t live in my service area?  No problem! I can help you out no matter where you live in the world with my Online Personal Shopping & Styling package.

 

 

Lace Top + Wine Skirt + Tights + Suede Booties + Embellished Belt + Stud Earrings + Coordinating Bracelet

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Jersey Top – Wine Skirt – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Blazer – Necklace – Bracelet

 

 

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Silk Blouse – Wine Skirt – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Necklace – Bracelet

 

 

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Wine Dress – Tights – Suede Booties – Statement Blazer – Metallic Belt – Simple Studs – Chunky Ring

 

 

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Wine Dress – Tights – Suede Booties – Plaid Blazer – Embellished Belt – Simple Studs

 

 

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Jersey Top – Narrow Cut Navy Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Blazer – Simple Studs – Chunky Ring

 

 

 

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Wine Lace Tank with Embellished Neckline – Narrow Cut Navy Pants – Wine Shoes – Plaid Blazer – Metallic Belt – Sparkle Studs

 

 

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Navy Silk Blouse – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Necklace – Sparkle Studs

 

 

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Jersey Top – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Statement Blazer – Statement Necklace – Chunky Ring

 

 

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Wine Lace Tank with Embellished Neckline – Narrow Cut Wine Pants – Wine Shoes – Plaid Jacket – Sparkle Studs – Statement Ring

 

 

 

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McLatchie Must Have – The Mule

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Yes, they have been popular for a little while now, but the Mule is still BIG for Fall 2014, and I couldn’t be happier!

Part sandal and part bootie, with a sturdy chunky heel – unless you have some serious foot issues, this is a shoe most women can wear with ease.

And as a busy working Mom, I love it for slipping on in a hurry because not only is it super comfy, it’s a really versatile shoe – from skinny to boyfriend jeans, dresses to leggings – the Mule works with everything.

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So what are you waiting for? Go out and get a pair to work with what you’ve got!

 

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How to Wear Your Summer Clothing into the Fall

Fall is fast approaching, and that of course means cooler weather. But just because the temperature is dropping, doesn’t mean you have to drop a ton of cash on a new wardrobe!

There are so many season-neutral pieces, it’s really just a matter of how you wear them and getting a little creative.

So today I am sharing some of my fave ways to make your fave Summer pieces work for Fall using some specific examples from a recent presentation where I had to style the mannequin for Fall using Summer pieces.

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White Jeans

Yes, white jeans are a Summer staple, but they can be worn into the Fall (even the Winter)…it’s all in how you style them.

So, those skinny white jeans you wore with sandals and a tank top in the Summer, now make the transition into Fall by adding other soft neutrals like grey, camel, caramel, and denim.

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For example, pairing your skinny white jeans with ankle boots, a denim shirt, faux fur vest, and co-ordinating scarf.

 

The Sundress

The key here is layering.

Sundresses are made of lightweight fabrics, so to make them look appropriate for Fall you need to add more depth and weight with layers.

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So, a cute cardigan with a belt or a jacket over top does the trick. A leather jacket is best if the dress is in a darker colour. If it’s lighter, go for a jean jacket. Then of course, some tights. I like the look of textured or coloured tights because it adds some personality to the outfit, and then some cute heels or boots finish off the look.

 

Shorts

Yes, there are ways to do this no matter what your age (of course, keep your body shape and personal style in mind as well).

For example, someone in their 20’s may do it with a printed or coloured pair of tights, graphic t-shirt, a cardigan, and open toed booties. Whereas a woman in her forties may wear them with a pair of opaque tights, printed blouse, blazer, and more conservative footwear.

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The key with this of course is to make sure the shorts are a dressier cut and style (like these silk embellished ones) or in a Fall appropriate fabric – think pleather, suede, or tweed.

Hopefully this has you looking at your Summer clothes in a whole new light now and thinking about what you have at home that you could transition into the Fall!

 

 

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