9 Necklaces, 9 Necklines – How to Choose the Best Necklace

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I was recently asked by a friend what type of necklace to choose for a specific style of dress she was wearing to an upcoming event.

Of course, everyone’s personal styles/tastes will vary, but the overall style/shape of the necklace should mimic the neckline of the garment you are wearing. In other words, when it comes to choosing a necklace, it all comes down to the neckline.

Check out my cheat sheet below and bookmark it to use as a handy “what type of necklace should I wear?” reference.

You’re welcome!

 

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How to Look Cute when it’s So Cold

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I don’t know about you, but where I am…this cold snap feels like it is NEVER. GOING. TO. END.

Really, I’m not sure how much more I can take of it! It’s starting to cramp my style. Do you know what I mean? There is only so much you can do to look cute and stylish when it’s so freakin’ cold out. Am I right?!

The good news is, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Check them out below so you can keep looking cute in the cold too…

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 How do you stay looking stylish when it’s so cold out? Come on over to my Facebook page and share!

 

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Unique Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

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Red and pink decor everywhere, the stores fully stocked with heart shaped chocolates, the endless jewellery commercials – it’s that time of year again!

Yep, Valentines Day is right around the corner.

But rather than wishing for the ultimate romantic gesture from your partner, why not spoil yourself instead?

And I’m not talking about the predictable take a bath with candles, have a nap, or buy yourself some flowers. I mean REALLY spoil yourself.

Seriously, when was the last time you showed yourself some serious love?

Here are some of my fave ideas to give you some inspiration (some more extravagant than others…but something for every budget). ENJOY!

  1. Go get a proper bra fitting at a boutique and purchase a good quality bra.
  2. Sign up for an organic food delivery service.
  3. Subscribe to something you LOVE that will show up at your doorstep every month – a magazine, beauty products, shoes.
  4. Treat yourself to some luxe mascara. I am loving this lengthening and thickening one I bought from my friend Jennifer at Younique.
  5. Buy yourself that piece of clothing, handbag, or accessory you always thought was a little too much.
  6. Get a gel manicure.
  7. Book a day at the spa.
  8. Buy some new bedding.
  9. Invest in some high quality skin care products.
  10. Sign up for a Personal Development course…maybe one to help you with your style and wardrobe needs? Wink. Wink.
  11. Buy yourself that kitchen appliance you have always wanted – a Keurig, a bread maker, a Vitamix.
  12. Book a lesson in something that has always interested you – horseback riding, cooking, woodworking.
  13. Get a Reiki treatment.
  14. Splurge on a piece of jewellery (real or faux).
  15. Purchase a beautiful piece of art.
  16. Hire a Feng Shui consultant to come to your home to infuse it with positive energy.
  17. Book someone to clean your home.
  18. Go antiquing and buy yourself a new piece of furniture.
  19. Hire a Personal Stylist.
  20. Go on a road trip to explore someplace new and stay overnight in a B&B.
  21. Treat yourself to some fancy sweet treats – high quality chocolates, French Macarons, or decadent cupcakes.

Now I want to hear your ideas for spoiling yourself. Come on over to my Facebook page and share!

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The REAL reason you “have nothing to wear”.

 

“ACK! I have nothing to wear!!!”

Let’s get real here. How many times have you been guilty of uttering this phrase while standing in front of your closet?

I know I have been guilty of it! And I hear it from my clients all of the time.

Most of the time when I hear someone say they have nothing to wear, and then I show up to their home to have a peek at their wardrobe, it’s not because they LITERALLY have a lack of items in their closet (it’s usually the opposite actually – they have LOTS of stuff in there!).

Maybe you can relate?

If so, I hope the following can give you some insight and help you solve your “nothing to wear” dilemma.

So, here it is! The 3 main reasons why you really have nothing to wear and what to do about it…

1) Lack of understanding. This can sometimes boil down to not understanding who you are and what your Personal Style is, not knowing the best colours for you, or being confused about what works right for your shape. Or it could be all three! When you’re unclear on these things, you end up buying pieces that you never end up wearing because they’re not really “you”, or the colour doesn’t work for you (or go with anything else in your wardrobe), or you feel like it doesn’t fit you just right. The first key to having a wardrobe you love (and that loves you back!) is to get clear on all three of these things.

2) Lack of organization. Organization is a subjective thing. For example, for my Husband, it means randomly tossing his cell phone, keys, loose change, mail and shopping receipts in the pretty fabric wrapped (and compartmentalized) box I put on the sofa table. And that’s on a good day (sorry baby). xo To me, it means putting the cans away in the cupboard with the English side out. For my non-Canadian friends, everything here is printed in both English & French. :-)

Seriously though, for some people, organizing their wardrobe may mean sorting it by colour/shade. For others it may mean organizing everything by piece (shirts all together, pants all together, skirts all together, etc.). And for others, it may mean organizing by season and lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how you choose to organize your wardrobe. The key is finding a way that works FOR YOU so you can see exactly what you have (and what you need), and have an easier time putting your looks together.

3) Lack of planning. This is a BIGGIE, and probably the most underestimated. When it comes to your wardrobe, planning is key. And no, I am not taking about putting your clothes out the night before…who knows what kind of mood you will be in the next day?!

I’m talking about style on purpose and shopping with a plan! I’m talking Wardrobe Capsules.

The idea behind a Wardrobe Capsule is that you have a set number of pieces grouped together that can all be mixed and matched with one another to create a variety of outfits for a particular season and/or lifestyle (work, weekend, going out, etc.)

                      

Like I said, this takes some effort at first because you first have to decide what you want to use from your current wardrobe, figure out what you need to “fill in the blanks” to create more outfits and variety, and then create a shopping plan to make it happen. There is no such thing as “Effortless Style”, but this is the closest thing because when you put in the work to do this at the beginning of each season, it makes getting dressed everyday so much easier and stress free. About as “Effortless” as you’re gonna get!

So, there you have it – the 3 keys to ensure you always have something to wear.

If this sounds awesome-sauce to you but you have no idea how to get started, I have some good news for you! You didn’t think I would leave you hangin’ like that, did you?

I will be teaching how to do all of the above (and then some) in my new online e-course called ‘Wardrobe Mixology for Busy Mama’s’. Of course, you don’t have to be a “Busy Mama” to take part, but it is going to be heavily focused on casual chic wear (as opposed to “work wear”).

The course starts in March, but registration is open now and it’s only $147US to join! A small price to pay to get your wardrobe in order and feel your most stylish (and stress free) self yet, wouldn’t you agree?!

If you want to find out more about the program, head over here. And if you’re not interested in taking part but would like a good chuckle – go to the page anyway to check out my welcome video and watch my 16 month old steal the show as he mimics me talking to the camera. HA HA

 

 

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Be a Strong Woman

newsletter This blog post is a bit different from what I usually chat about but I think it’s SOOOO important to share.

I really love this quote and it reminded me of a recent post I saw on Facebook from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert and wanted to share it with you in this week.

It’s all about how women publicly criticize other women about each other’s private beauty decisions and I think it is super important to look at.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

clockIt’s that time of year when all of my colleagues are posting holiday shopping guides. And of course, I am no different.

Or am I?

Well, kind of.

Since Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, I have put together two gift guides with suggested items for those “hard to shop for” people in your life. You know, the ones you haven’t gotten anything for yet because you have NO IDEA what to get them?!

People like the Babysitter/Nanny, your Boss, your Assistant, your best client, or that super stylish friend who has it all.

Well, no worries. I’ve got you covered. I’ve even made it SUPER easy by creating two cheat sheets (one for my fellow Canadians and one for my friends in the U.S).

And if that wasn’t enough, everything is under $100 (some items are less than $50!). I also made sure that all of the items on each cheat sheet are from the same store, just in case you have more than one hard to shop for person – you can get it all done in one stop (or one online order if you’re like me).

You’re welcome!

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For the Canadian Shoppers, all items above available at The Bay

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For the U.S. Shoppers, all items above available at Nordstrom

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Stand Out at Your Next Holiday Event

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It’s that time of year again!

What in the world are you going to wear to that Holiday party?

Well lucky you!

Because whether it’s a work party, family function, or girls night out – I have the perfect solution! And the best part? It will work for ALL of the previously mentioned events.

So, what is it?

Skinny pants! Yep, skinny pants.

Not just any type of skinny pants though – I’m talking sparkly, shiny, textured.

Like, stand out from the crowd, super comfy, “holy moly, you look awesome” skinny pants!

Now, I know this look isn’t for everyone (quick side note though…skinny pants aren’t just for skinny people).

But if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd and don’t want to blend in to the sea of holiday party dresses– this is something you should try!

Maybe a faux (or real) leather detailed pair or even some sequined ones…both of which are VERY popular this season.

Here are some ideas for you…

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The items that have GOT TO GO!

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Holy Monkey! Can you believe it is the end of the year?

AKA…my fave time of year for de-cluttering!

There’s just something about getting everything “sorted out” for the New Year that I just can’t resist. Kind of like “The Real Housewives of (anywhere)”…I just can’t seem to turn away when those shows are on!

Seriously though, whether it’s that junk drawer, your make up bag, or the kitchen cupboards – clearing and cleaning out spaces that have been neglected for far too long just FEELS. SO. GOOD.

So, of course, because I am who I am, I want to talk about cleaning out your wardrobe. Not in the usual, step by step, “how to” way. This is the busiest time of the year, like you really have time to clean out your entire closet right now.

But I know you DO have time to get rid of at least a handful of things. And to make things simple, I have made a little list of the things that NO ONE should keep. EVER. And I’m sure you’ve got at least one or two of them in your wardrobe…

1) Those really cute shoes that you always end up taking off before you even leave the house because they are killing your feet within 2 minutes.

2) Anything with a stain that hasn’t come out.

3) Anything that you can see through that you aren’t supposed to be able to see through.

4) That bridesmaid dress you know you will never wear again.

5) Bra’s that no longer support you.

I want you to take 5 minutes this weekend to do this. Just you, your closet, and a garbage bag – and of course, maybe a little “Blank Space” playing in the background (really , just when I think that Taylor Swift can’t make a catchier song, she goes ahead and gets me again, dammit!).

Really though – 5 minutes is all it should take to get rid a few SUPER obvious things that can go.

I’m sure there’s more you can purge, but we can save that for the New Year – and the next annoyingly catchy Taylor Swift song.

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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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