Hate shopping for clothes? Then you need to go here!

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If you hate shopping for clothes, then I have a great option for you that may just change that.

Especially if you get easily overwhelmed with shopping, or just don’t have the time or patience to wander from store to store in the mall looking for what you need.

The answer?

Shopping at Discount Department Stores.

I can see you rolling your eyes already because that’s the same response I get from my clients when I suggest it to them as well. But stay with me here…

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In North America we have places like Winners, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls (but I am sure these types of stores exist worldwide), which carry great brand names at lower prices. That’s one reason I love them so much but the main reason is they are an “easy” place to shop. Seriously.

Now, if you have no idea what you are looking for they may not be the best best. BUT if you have an idea of what you want to buy, they are amazing!

For example, let’s say you want some new sleeveless tops for Summer.

Option #1 is to go to the mall, wander from store to store looking for sleeveless tops and having to search throughout each store (because the sleeveless tops will be scattered throughout the store), until you find some you like.

OR

Option #2 is to go to the discount department store, head to the section labelled “Sleeveless Tops”, go to the area within the Sleeveless Top section that carries your size, and visually scan that section for colours or prints/patterns you like. Done.

Which shopping option sounds easier to you?

I know I don’t always have time for Option #1 and that’s why I LOVE shopping discount department stores. Sure, there may be fewer options, but if you are someone who easily gets overwhelmed with the choices when shopping (and I know there are a lot of you out there), less can be more!

So, the next time you have a specific item(s) to shop for, try out your local discount department store – I am willing to bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!

And if you have no idea what you need when it comes to clothing and are looking for some guidance, you should totally check out my new “Effortless Style Kit“!

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The Effortless Style Kit is a digital download that includes the McLatchie Must Have’s (the 15 items every woman should have in their wardrobe…by the way, there are no LBD’s or trench coats mentioned), and complete head to toe outfit ideas for each Must Have as well as shopping links for each piece shown (in case you happen to see something you really love).

You can find out all about it (and get it) HERE.

In the meantime,

Happy Shopping!

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My 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers

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Summer is officially here!

Sunny days, vacation time, extra time with the family.

On the flip side, it can also mean stupid sticky weather (which means less clothing than usual) and jam packed social schedules – both of which can be a little tricky to deal with when it comes to getting dressed.

So, how do you look (and stay) cool when it’s super hot and don’t have time to think about what to wear?

My Top 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers (try saying that 3 times fast!) might help you…

1) Get a Strapless Bra. They make them in every size, so there is really no excuse for not getting one.

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Yes, you will have to try on quite a few to find the perfect and most comfortable fit, and you will also have to pay a bit more for a really good one, but it is seriously money well spent. When you have a strapless bra (or bandeau), you are no longer limited to only wearing tops that cover your bra straps or worse, having to wear layering cami’s underneath your thin strapped Summer tops and dresses. Ahhhh…less layers in the heat!

2) Try a romper or a jumpsuit. Again, it’s a matter of trying some on to see which styles suit you best (and there are styles to suit every size and shape), but these have been a lifesaver for me lately.

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When I am in a rush and want to look pulled together in a flash (in other words, I don’t have time or can’t be bothered to think about what to wear with what, these are my newest “go to” pieces. Add an accessory and some cool shoes, and watch the compliments start flying your way!

3) Buy a pair of Metallic Shoes. Whether they are flats, sandals, wedges, or heels…it doesn’t matter.

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A metallic shoe is must have in every woman’s closet not only because they help dress up the most basic look, but also because they go with everything. yes, metallic is a neutral.

So there you have it – my Top 3 Summer Style Sanity Savers!

What do you do to stay looking cool in the heat? I’d love to hear about your Style Sanity Savers in the comment section below.

By the way…if you’re interested in finding out the 15 Must Haves I think EVERY woman should have in her wardrobe, you should check out my new “Effortless Style Kit“.

In the meantime…

Happy Styling!

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Colour Inspiration

colourIf you’ve been reading my Blog for a while now, you may already know, I don’t own one piece of black clothing. It’s not that I dislike black, I just don’t like it for myself.

I know I am in the minority with that one though because it’s the most common colour I see in my clients wardrobes. And when I ask them why they have so much black, I get the same answer over and over again…”It’s easy.” As in, you can put any colour with it and don’t have to worry about if it will “go” together.

So, it’s not that they love black either – they are just nervous about trying to pair other colours together  so they play it safe. Which often breeds boredom.

Can you relate?

If you’re wanting to experiment with more colour in your wardrobe but not sure where to start or how to know what can go with what, I have a super cool (and easy) way for you to figure it out.

Look to things outside of clothing for colour inspiration!

For example, that beautiful flower arrangement you just bought to brighten up your home? Use the colour within it to inspire you to create a colourful new outfit.

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Or that funky knit blanket you have? You LOVE those colours, and can see they work together well, so you know they will work in an outfit too.

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Or scour the internet or home decor magazines for pics of interior designs and find one you’re drawn to, and use the colours from that as your inspiration for your next outfit.

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Now it’s your turn!

It’s the perfect time of year to start experimenting with some new colour combinations.

Go out and have some fun with it!

I’d love for you to leave a comment below letting me know what you used as your inspiration.

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Your Happy Style

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The other day I posted this pic on my Facebook page, showing one of my fave pairs of Spring shoes saying how happy they made me feel.

Heart embellished, pink suede, open toed, with an “easy to manage” respectable heel height. Seriously, these are HAPPY shoes!

Everyone should have pieces of clothing (and by “clothing”, I mean clothes, accessories, shoes, etc.) that make them just a little bit giddy – items that make you smile, put a little spring in your step, and you’re excited to wear.

If you don’t have any, you need some…STAT!

So, I started thinking about “happiness inducing” pieces and the one item that came to mind that could work for everyone??? Polka Dots!

A classic print (that is in all the stores right now by the way), you can’t be angry when looking at a polka dot. They just have this playful vibe about them.

So, I thought I’d put together a few outfit combinations using polka dots to get your creative juices flowing and give you some inspiration to try this fun print.

 

polkaoneStyle Tip: Pair colourful polka dots with other Springtime neutrals like denim, white, or a soft grey. Then add in a contrasting colour shoe and accessories to up the fun factor!

 

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Style Tip: Go for a neutral coloured polka dot piece and pair it with another print or pattern in a similar colour palette (with one added “pop” of colour of course!) to get creative with your polka dots. Super stylish but super easy!

 

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Style Tip: When in doubt, do your dots in your footwear and build the rest of your look around your shoes. Keep it all within the same colour palette like the look above, or take it up a notch (but be prepared to get noticed!) with a contrasting colour like a pink, orange, or purple. Seriously smile inducing style!

So, are you ready to get your smile on with some “happy style”? If polka dots aren’t for you, what would make you giddy with excitement to wear? Share your tips and ideas in the comment section below.

Until next time…

Happy Styling!

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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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