Surprise!

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This post is going to be a bit different from the norm – and I am going to be super honest with you. So I hope you stick around to the end because I have a special surprise in store for you.

When I first created Wardrobe Mixology earlier this year, I thought I would run it on a monthly basis, but I soon realized, I just can’t do that.

Unlike other online self study programs that you just download and go at it on your own (kind of like a really intense e-book), Wardrobe Mixology is different.

Yes, you get the content and lessons delivered to your inbox. Yes, you can go at your own pace and not have to worry about falling behind. And yes, you will have the materials forever so if you do fall behind, you can just pick it up again when you’re ready.

But how is it different?

Well, even though I share with you the same style guidelines and tools I share with my one-on-one clients, and you’re learning it all via my video and written lessons, you’ll never be alone.

With our private WM Facebook Group, you’ll have a place to go to ask any questions, get feedback, and even toot your own style horn as you make progress. It truly is my fave feature of the program! I am in there EVERY DAY answering one-on-one questions and if there is something you are too embarrassed to ask in the group, I am always just a private message away!

So, why am I sharing all of this? Well, for two reasons actually.

The first is to explain why WM will not be run on a monthly basis.

In order for me to make sure I am able to give you my undivided one-on-one attention, I can only commit to running the program twice a year (oh, and in case you haven’t heard, it won’t be offered again until September).

The second reason I am sharing all of this is because as an Entrepreneur, I have taken my fair share of online courses and programs and understand the pro’s and con’s. And it got me to thinking about the reasons why you may not be sure if Wardrobe Mixology is right for you.

So, I wanted to address what I think may be the top 3 things preventing you from signing up.

1) The time commitment.

I get it.

We start June 1st and maybe you’re worried with the Summer coming and all that that entails (kids out of school, vacations, etc.), will you have the time to complete the program?

Well, first things first.

I have made the program with the busy woman in mind, so that means straight and to the point lessons and action steps. But if you find yourself falling behind, no worries. You have the material forever and access to our Facebook group forever, so if you ever fall behind, just jump back into it when you’re ready.

Plus, the material is evergreen. So, what I teach you about making over your wardrobe is a repeatable process you can use again and again as you plan to update your wardrobe season to season. Pretty cool, right?

2) Can an online program REALLY help?

Like I said, as an Entrepreneur, I have taken a number of online programs and of course, some were more helpful than others. But because I have taken so many, you can be sure I made this one top notch by giving you EVERY THING you need to know to make over your style and your wardrobe.

Check out Jenn’s transformation! Amazing, eh?

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Jennifer was able to do this all on her own thanks to Wardrobe Mixology, but she also made sure to utilize my one-on-one help when she got stuck.

Remember, I make myself available via our Facebook Group and private messaging because I want to make sure you succeed and give you that extra one-on-one support.

Seriously, my one-on-one packages begin at $997US so Wardrobe Mixology really is a steal at only $197US.

3) Which brings me to what may be your next possible objection to signing up. Cost.

Though the program is a total steal at only $197US (and the price will be going up when I run it again in September), I am offering a special FLASH SALE!

I really want to help as many women as possible with this program and I don’t want money to be a factor, so I am bringing back the early bird pricing for 48 hours only! Yep, you can get in for only $147US until this Friday @ midnight.

This is truly an amazing program – if I do say so myself! Not only will it change your style and wardrobe, but your life as well. I know, that’s a pretty bold statement to make, but I have seen some amazing transformations happen (both inside and out) for the women who have taken part already.

Actually, maybe I should just let them tell you in their own words.

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Remember, the FLASH SALE ends Friday at midnight and Wardrobe Mixology begins this coming Monday, June 1st.

Hope to see you there!

 

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How to Dress Like a 4 Year Old

 

How To Dress Like a 4 Year Old (2)Remember when you were a little girl and you had so much fun playing dress up? And you loved parading around and showing off your “new look”? You were just so proud of what you had put together!

When was the last you felt that way about an outfit?

In today’s post, I am going to give you 3 ways to have more fun with your style and take your everyday outfits up a notch.

Watch the video below to find out more…

Oh, and if you’re looking for some 1-on-1 help with your wardrobe and taking your style notch, the registration is now open for the next session of my online program Wardrobe Mixology which begins June 1st.

 

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What to Pack for a Weekend Away

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This coming weekend is a long weekend here in Canada thanks to the holiday Monday on the 18th and even though I am staying home, it got me thinking about all the people heading out of town for the weekend.

Specifically, what are they going to wear?!

Just joking.

Well, kind of.

Seriously though, chances are if you’re heading out of town for the weekend, you are probably getting there by car. With other people. Which means smaller bags to pack your clothes in.

In other words, you need to pack smart!

But how do you make sure you have “enough” without over doing it?

Wardrobe Capsules!

In case you haven’t heard of them before, a Wardrobe Capsule is a small collection of pieces that can be mixed and matched with one another to create a variety of looks. I love Wardrobe Capsules for traveling, but I also use them in my everyday life. They have made my busy Mama & biz owner life so much easier!

Okay, back to your travel capsule.

So, what exactly should you pack?

Well, it really does depend on your weekend plans, but I usually suggest a mix of..

3 seasonal specific bottoms, 4 tops, 1 jacket/layering piece, 2 pairs of shoes, and accessories like earrings, necklaces, belts, and a scarf.

Kinda like this…

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This Wardrobe Capsule would give you TONS of different looks!

A tip though…I always suggest going with all solids on the bottom because it makes it easier to mix and match solids and prints on top.

Check out the various looks I created using the above 8 pieces (plus accessories and footwear).

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That’s 12 looks – way more outfits than anyone would EVER need for a 3 day weekend!

What I like about Wardrobe Capsules for traveling is because so many of the pieces can be mixed and matched with one another, they give you so many outfit options – so you’re not tied to just wearing “that one top with that one bottom”. I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to mix it up and create different looks depending on the mood I’m in.

So there you go!

I hope this mini travel capsule gives you some inspiration when  it comes time to pack for your next weekend trip.

Happy Travels!

P.S. If you want to learn how to create your own Seasonal Wardrobe Capsule based on your specific style, shape, and colouring, I can teach you how to do it step by step in my online program Wardrobe Mixology which begins again June 1st.

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The Advanced Version of Mixing Prints & Patterns

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So, a couple of weeks ago I shared with you some of my beginner tips for mixing prints and patterns which showed you different ways of mixing 2 different prints and/or patterns.

By the way, a little trivia for you here:

A Pattern is a design that is woven into the fabric, whereas a Print is a design that is printed on the fabric.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way…

This week, for  those of you who are feeling a little more adventurous, we’re taking it a step further.

We’re going to be mixing 3 different prints and patterns!

So, if you’re up for the challenge – here’s how to do it without looking like a crazy person.

Do it with your footwear

After mixing two different prints and patterns (the patterned skirt with the printed shirt), grab a pair of shoes in a complementary print to make up your 3rd element.

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Use a layer

Layers are great for two reasons…they can really pull the two original prints/patterns together (the geometric pants with the polka dot top) and if you end up feeling like it is too much, you can always take it off.

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Add in a neutral like gingham, stripes, polka dots, or animal print (yes, animal print is a “neutral”)

I personally LOVE this look because it’s super creative looking without looking like you’re trying too hard.

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I know these are some more advanced ways of mixing up your prints and patterns, but they are totally do-able.

Try it out and have fun some fun with it!

And if you’re looking for some SUPER easy ways to take your style up a notch, make sure to sign up for my Truth & Dare Style Challenge. It’s completely FREE, will be totally fun, and starts next Monday, May 11th.

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Truth AND Dare Style Challenge

 

So, I know I promised you some more advanced Mixing Prints & Patterns Tips for this week – but I have put that on hold because I have been busy working on something VERY EXCITING and I can’t keep it a secret any longer!

Okay, we all know there is no such thing as “Effortless Style”.

But there is such a thing as Style with Minimal Effort.

And to show you how easy this whole “style thing” can be, I have created something called the Truth & Dare Style Challenge!

Listen, I get that you’re busy and have more important things to worry about than what you’re wearing.

But the truth is, you ARE stressing about it.

Maybe not all of the time, but enough that you want to put an end to it.

  • I’m bored with my current style/wardrobe but have no idea how to change it.
  • I’m tired of “hating on my body” and want to start to make the most of what I’ve got.
  • I wish there was a way to look cool & stylish with as little effort as possible.

So if you want to take your style up a notch but have no idea where to start, you need to join the Truth & Dare Style Challenge.

All online, completely FREE, and totally fun – you won’t want to miss it.

We start May 11th, so before you forget, sign up here to join the challenge.

I promise you, your Style will never be the same again!

 

 

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Beginner Tips for Mixing Prints & Patterns

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Last week on the blog, I talked about some simple ways to take your style up a notch – one of which was mixing prints and patterns.

I have to admit, this is one of my FAVE styling tricks because it is SO MUCH FUN + it makes you look super stylish and cool (when done right).

I know it is a bit of a scary style trick to try for the first time. But I also know it is one that once I show my clients how to do it, they LOVE it!

So, instead of just giving you a bunch of tips and tricks, I decided to scour the interwebs to find you some great examples of it being done right.

Take your cues (or just copy them outright!) from these stylish ladies who know how to mix it up like a boss and try these Beginner Tips.

 

1) Pick one dominant print, and accent with a smaller one.

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2) Break up the prints with a solid neutral.

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3) When it doubt – stripe it out!

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I hope these pics gave you some inspiration to try this fun style trick.

Next week we will take it a step further with some Advanced Tips – in the meantime, enjoy mixing it up!

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3 Simple Ways to Take Your Style Up a Notch…Today

Simple Ways to Take your Style up a (2)It’s one of the top complaints I hear from both my one on one clients and my workshop participants when it comes to their wardrobe…

“I’m bored.”

And it’s perfectly understandable.

Most of us only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. On top of that, the pieces we do wear – we tend to wear them in the same combinations all the time.

No wonder we feel stuck in a style rut!

Well, no more.

Try out 1 (or all 3!) of these super simple ways to take your style up a notch.

Try a New Colour Combination

I’m not even talking about going all out and super bold. Trying a new and unexpected colour with your neutrals can be all you need to give yourself that style pick me up and a fresh new look. Like Magenta with Navy, Peach with Grey, or Yellow with Army Green.

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Wear a Bold Accessory

Whether it’s a chunky and colourful necklace, some statement earrings, a standout belt, or a cool hat – make one accessory the focal point of your outfit by keeping everything else minimal. That can mean wearing simple basics like a solid coloured top and pair of jeans or dressing head to toe in neutrals (or different tones of one colour) and simply adding in your standout accessory.

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Mix Prints & Patterns

This is really one of the easiest ways to take your style up a notch in an instant, but one that everyone seems to be the most afraid of. An easy way to do it to start with two simple prints – like a plaid and a polka dot or a stripe and a floral. Then just make sure they share at least one similar colour.

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to taker your style up a notch?

I’d love to hear how it goes or if you have other ideas as well you can share.

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“Sneaker Chic” – How to Look Stylish While Wearing Sneakers

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“I just want to be comfortable.”

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times over the years I have heard those words from the women I work with.

I get it.

And now that I am a Mom of a very active and curious 18 month old, I REALLY get it.

But you don’t have to sacrifice style to be comfortable. And no, I am not talking about throwing on a pair of yoga pants with a certain logo and calling it a day. Logo’s do not equal style. ICK.

I’m talking about being creative and cool with your comfort wear. Like adding in interesting elements to juxtapose the comfort piece you are wearing.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, the Sneaker is making a serious comeback and it’s more stylish than ever – whether they are slip ons, running shoes, or classic Converse, women are wearing them everywhere and pairing their sneakers in the coolest combinations!

So this week, I want to show you 3 of my fave ways to style your sneakers – what I call, “Sneaker Chic.”

I love the idea of a printed slip on, and coordinating it with a pretty sweater and skinny jeans. Get funky and add in another print(s), a simple accessory, and you've got a comfy cool look.

I love the idea of a printed slip on, and coordinating it with a pretty sweater and skinny jeans. Get funky and add in another print(s), a simple accessory, and you’ve got a comfy cool look.

 

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The running shoe is the star of the comfy shoe world and I love the different colour combos that are out right now! Grab a pair of colourful kicks and pair it with a solid coloured sweater dress, a fun statement necklace, a classic jean jacket and cross body bag, and you will be running out the door looking as stylish as ever.

 

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For the more daring, a classic pair of converse paired with some sexy pleather leggings, a simple long sleeve top and a faux fur vest is a super chic comfy look. Add on a pendant necklace and classic leather bag, and you are good to go!

 

So, what do you think?

Are you going to run to grab a new pair of kicks for Spring 2015? How do you plan on  wearing them?

I’d love to hear YOUR ideas in the comments section below!

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How to be “Effortlessly” Stylish

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have heard me say before that there is no such thing as “Effortless Style.”

You probably know someone though who seems to make it look so easy – but the truth is that there is ALWAYS some effort involved.

Unfortunately for some, that “effort” might be put into going into debt to keep up with the trends and only buying “the best of the best”, or maybe planning outfits the night before, or even buying complete head to toe looks straight off of the store mannequin.

None of which I would recommend.

The first one for obvious reasons.

The second because I can be in a very different mood come the morning.

And the third, it just feels “blah”. It lacks creativity, and even worse – imagine if you encountered someone else who had done the same thing. Awkward! Talk about a real life version of “Who Wore it Best”. Hilarious!

Seriously though, what I dislike most about all of the above methods is that they require ongoing effort. As in, IT. NEVER. ENDS.

I don’t know about you , but I don’t have time for “ongoing effort”. Especially when it comes to figuring out to wear. I am all about ease when it comes to style and I would rather put in more hard work and effort at the beginning, to make life easier for myself on the daily.

Kind of like cooking all your meals for the week on a Saturday afternoon.

And for me, 2015 is all about living more simply and stressing less. Which if you know me at all, I can stress out about anything – so this is a big one!

So, if you find you’re stressing about what to wear, it’s probably due to one (or all) of the following…

                          

1) You have no idea what your “Personal Style” is. Until you have this down, putting outfits together, shopping, and feeling awesome & confident about what you are wearing is going to be an uphill battle.

Solution: Troll around on Pinterest and pin outfits you like to a Secret Pinterest Board. Check out my boards and “follow me” to get ongoing inspiration.

Start off with a dozen or so pics, and then have a look at what you’ve pinned.

You’ll probably notice a recurring theme – that’s a clue as to your ideal personal style. Take your style cues from those pics (instead of mannequins) to create your unique personal style.

                     

2) You have too much stuff, your wardrobe is overflowing, but you still feel like you have nothing to wear. When you clean out your wardrobe and get rid of the items that are “cramping your style”, getting dressed will become so much easier. This is truly a case of “less is more”.

Solution: Cleaning out your wardrobe doesn’t have to be this huge production. Forget those “how to” articles on creating a “keep”, “donate”, “alter”, “toss”, “maybe” pile and trying every piece in your wardrobe on. ICK! That is hugely time consuming and I can think of much more enjoyable ways to spend my weekend.

Instead, use my “Unlucky 7” system to clean out your closet and you’ll be way ahead of the game. And even though it’s 7 steps, it really should only take about 30 minutes – MAX.

So, standing in front of your clothing, I want you to give it a quick once over and get rid of anything that falls into the following categories…

  • You don’t have to try it on to know it doesn’t fit (and never will).

  • It is past it’s “best before” date (the colour has faded, or it has holes/stains that can’t be repaired/removed).

  • It is dated and screams a particular fashion era or expired trend.

  • It is a colour that you hate and/or doesn’t flatter your complexion.

  • It makes you look bigger than you really are.

  • You just don’t like it anymore.

  • It doesn’t fit in with the Personal Style you aspire to.

3) You struggle with putting outfits together. This is usually the result of a combination of the above two issues – having too much stuff and being unclear about the image you want to project.

Solution: Wardrobe Capsules. In case you haven’t heard the term floating around the interwebs, a Wardrobe Capsule is a collection of a set number of pieces that can be mixed and matched with one another to create a variety of looks for a particular season and/or lifestyle – a mix of tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, shoes, accessories, etc.

Building a Wardrobe Capsule takes some work, but once you do it the first time, it gets easier. Plus, you only have to do it 4 times a year (once for each season), and you’ll have a complete wardrobe that you can mix and match each piece with one another to create a variety of looks.

Actually, with my Wardrobe Mixology program, I teach you how to build a 13 piece capsule to create more than 60 different looks. Yeah, you could wear a different outfit EVERY DAY just with 13 pieces!

Psst…the next session of WM begins this coming Monday and the price goes up after that. Sign up here to get the never again to be offered $147 price.

So there you have it!

A handful of “some effort required” solutions to make you “Effortlessly Stylish”. :-)

I know this was a long post, but I really want to make sure you “get” this style thing and I want to show you the easiest route to get there. Like I said, it will take some effort at first (discovering your Personal Style, editing your wardrobe, and building Wardrobe Capsules), but it makes getting dressed, and life in general, so much easier!

By the way, Wardrobe Mixology also includes a private Facebook group where you can ask me anything you want and get one-on-one feedback along the way, but if you want even more hand holding and expert help with your style and wardrobe, I have a NEW Online Style Coaching package available. There are only 3 spots left for April (5 left for May, 6 left for June), so if you want to get next seasons wardrobe in order, now is the time to get on it.

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Denim on Denim – How to Wear the Canadian Tuxedo

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It’s a trend that comes and goes quite often and one I am often asked about – how to wear denim on denim.

AKA the “Canadian Tuxedo” or the “Texas Tuxedo”.

If this is a look you think you may like to try – here are some of my fave (and safest) ways to do it.

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Now I want to know – do you mix denim with denim already? What is your fave way to do it?

Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

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