Early Spring Fashion Tips

Early Spring Fashion Tips

“Yippee – it’s officially warmer (not quite “warm” yet, but warmer) weather here!

Which means it’s time for some early Spring fashion.

You know what I mean, right?

It’s not quite warm enough yet to break out all the Spring styles, but it’s too warm to keep wearing heavier pieces.

We all know this transition period between seasons can be tricky.

So, to help you put your most stylish self forward and transition your wardrobe between seasons, I’ve put together some early Spring fashion tips for you.


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Early Spring Footwear

During early Spring weather it’s too warm to wear your ankle booties and wool socks, but it’s not quite open toe weather either.

And let’s be honest…you haven’t started up your pedicure schedule yet, so the toes need to stay covered for now.

So, what do you do?

Don’t worry – you don’t have to ditch the cool look of ankle booties altogether.

You just may want to do a different style like a perforated ankle bootie or cut out style. Your feet will still be covered up, but you’ll look and feel cooler.


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And if you spent most of your Winter wearing more casual boots like Muk Luks or Sorels with your skinny jeans, nows the time to trade them in for equally cool styles like a pair of oxfords or slip on sneakers.


Early Spring Layering

You know I love my layering!

Not only as a fashion technique (it really adds such cool visual interest to an outfit), but also for practical reasons…I am always cold in the Winter!

But if you’ve been layering shirts, sweaters, cardigans, jackets, and thick scarves in your outfits  – how do you transition the cool look of layering into the warmer months?

The first step is to start looking for lightweight pieces to do it with.

If shirts are your first layer, look for some in lighter weight fabrics.

Instead of thicker knit sweaters or cardigans, look for lightweight silk or cotton versions.

If vests are your thing, skip the heavy faux fur styles and go for a menswear inspired style.


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And when it comes to scarves, ditch the heavy ones for lightweight cotton or silk ones.

The idea is simply to keep on applying your same layering techniques, but with warmer weather materials.


Early Spring Outerwear

While it’s nice to say goodbye to that heavy coat you’ve been wearing for months now, early Spring temperatures often still require some sort of coverup to stay warm.

The good news is that there are TONS of options in this department!

You can swap out your long wool coat for a lightweight cotton trench coat.

Or if you’re used to wearing more casual puffer jackets, swap it for a cool cargo jacket, silk baseball jacket, or jean jacket.

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Don’t forget, even leather comes in different weights – a Spring weight leather jacket could replace your heavy duty Fall/Winter one.

Kimonos offer great third piece options as well.



So, are you feeling more ready for this in between season of fashion known as “early Spring”?

If you need more help, feel free to get in touch to find out how we can work together on getting your wardrobe ready for a new season.

And make sure to grab a FREE copy of my “How To Build an Outfit from Scratch” e-book to help you start building your complete outfits this season.

In the meantime,

Happy Styling!

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Style Self Care: Small Steps That Lead To Big Wardrobe Wins

Style Self Care: Small Steps That Lead To Big Wardrobe Wins

I bet like many of us, you have a running list of “shoulds” in your head.

And when it comes to your wardrobe and clothing, maybe some of these ones sound familiar…

  • I should tackle my closet once and for all.
  • I should get dressed for the day even though I feel like staying in my yoga clothes.
  • I should figure out why I can’t seem to get out the door without leaving the bed piled high with rejects.
  • I should figure out what I’m doing with those suits I used to wear to work.
  • I should be able to put a decent outfit together by now.
  • I should get those shoe repairs done so I can wear them again.

(Feel free to substitute the word should with have to, need to, or ought to.)

Any way you say it though, it sounds like a stressor that’s ready to ruin your mood.

Don’t worry, I get it.

Things may not be the way you’d like them to be, but talking to yourself like you’re “less than” for not having it all together or comparing yourself to seemingly perfect images on Pinterest or Instagram is not going to help anything.

So, how do we get past it?

Well, the first step involves a little bit of reflection…


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When you look underneath the should statement, do you see what the actual desire is?

Maybe it’s to have more ease, time for yourself, or pleasure?

Remove the should and focus on the desire.

For example…

  • I’d like more order in my closet.
  • I’d like a few well-put-together outfits.
  • I’d like to wear these shoes again.
  • I’d like to find someone who’d appreciate those suits I don’t use anymore.
  • I’d like to feel great about how I look outside of yoga class.


Doesn’t that feel so much better?

With the “shoulds” in your rear-view mirror, you can now move in the direction of satisfying your desires.

It’s all about Style Self Care.

Here are some tips to get going…


1. Keep your expectations low so your successes have a chance of showing up.


2. Before you have a closet of put-together-outfits, you need to start with just 1 outfit.

Give yourself the gift of time and create one outfit using an item you love wearing.

One outfit equals success!

If this is the biggest issue you have with your wardrobe, keep your focus on this desire to have ready-to-go outfits and next week, create two outfits!

Do you see how this is going to add up?


3. If you have shoes or handbags that need repair, your first tiny step (shoe pun intended!) would be to put them in a bag or box and take them to your car. Easy peasy!

Now you’re already one step closer to being able to wear them again!

On another day, drop them off at your local shoe repair shop. In a week or so you’ll pick them up.

Before you know it, you’ll have them back in your closet and ready to wear. How amazing would that be?!


4. If much of your closet is devoted to clothes that don’t suit your lifestyle anymore, you need to remove them so you can focus on what you CAN be wearing RIGHT NOW.

But that can feel overwhelming right? And wasteful too.

Again, let’s reframe all of that and first decide where you’ll take clothes you don’t use.

How about a church, women’s shelter, or an organization that helps others get back into the workforce? That first decision is SO powerful and will create the momentum to bundle items up and take them to your car.

And thinking about the win-win this will mean (to you + the charity you’re helping out) will give you the energy to follow through.


Okay, so do you see how starting small can lead to big changes over time and how it also takes so much pressure off of you to “do it all, right now”?

Are there other desires on your list?

Maybe there are things that I can help you with. 🙂

Having an experienced professional at your side who is compassionate and understanding is one of the best ways to practice self-care.

So if you don’t want to do this alone, I’d love to be that someone for you!

I can help you realize your dreams of ease, time for yourself, and pleasure in getting dressed.

Message me and we can chat more about taking that first step together.

In the meantime, be gentle with yourself.



How To Dress Up Your Jeans

How To Dress Up Your Jeans

You’ve been invited to a party and the invitation calls for dressy casual.

Sure, you have both dressy outfits and casual outfits in your closet. Great.

But how do you mix the two?

Would you be surprised if I suggested you start with jeans?

Jeans aren’t right for every occasion, but with some style savvy you can make them party ready.

Pinky Swear.


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Pretend I’m in your closet right now.

Using your jeans as a base, I’m going to help you look through your tops, jackets, jewellery, shoes, and handbags for ingredients that will make you party-ready.

When you see your wardrobe through my eyes, you’ll be surprised at how ready you can be when that friend of yours calls and says, “I’m going to a dressy casual event tonight. Want to come with me?”


1. It all starts with the RIGHT jeans.

Here are some general rules for the best jeans to use for your casual chic or elegant casual outfit.

– The darker the denim, the more dressy and formal it is (which works well with the fancier items you’ll be wearing on top).

– If your party leans more to casual than elegant and you love jeans that are distressed in some way (holes or fading), plan to wear a dressy shoe.

– You could start with a denim jean that is coated, so it takes on a different hue.

– Or consider a jean with some elegant embroidery or other embellishments – a great option is the grey velvet stripe jeans in my new online boutique which have an amazing mid rise fit and are super comfy with just the right amount of stretch!!! Just sayin’. 🙂


2. Find unique jackets in your closet.

Now let’s get to what you’re wearing on top because jackets can play a crucial role in dressing up jeans.

Here are some of my personal fave jacket styles to dress up your denim…

– Statement pieces like kimonos, dusters, Asian-inspired jackets, or vintage beaded jackets.

– Blazers in velvet, leather, lace or jacquard prints.

– A tuxedo jacket.

– Knit or woven jackets with fur trim.

– A heavily embroidered or quilted jacket.


3. Tops that are just right for going out.

Look at your tops through a ‘dressed up casual’ lens.

Do you spot tops that you may have worn in other parts of your life, but that would look well accessorized for denim outfits?

Here are some looks to consider…

– Blouses with statement sleeves like ruffles, ties, pleats, or ribbons.

– Romantic blouses with lace or leather trim.

– A knit or woven or top in a bold, bright print.

– A sheer print top with a camisole or bustier underneath.

– A sweater with pearl or sequined details, or a cashmere sweater that is delicate or feminine.


4. Jewellery selection is a must.

If you’re wearing simple clothing pieces, then your jewellery choices will lift your outfit into a dressy casual party scene.

Go beyond your tried-and-true everyday pieces and consider vintage or crystal jewellery, or any of your fine jewellery like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.

If you’re wearing tops that are already sequined or jewelled, then your jewellery may need to be more simple.

Here are some ideas for using accessories to make your outfit sparkle and shine:

– Chandelier earrings or dangly earrings.

– Statement necklaces or double or triple layered chokers.

– A sparkly brooch or a collection of pins worn together.

– Bold cocktail rings, rings on many fingers, or stacks of rings on a finger or two.

– Cuffs or layered bangles that have lots of shimmer and shine.

– Mixing in fine jewelry with costume jewelry.


5. Shoes matter, both functionally and fashionably.

You may have shoes in your closet that will only work if you’re sitting at a table (rather than standing all night), so be careful when picking which shoe to wear.

Know whether a two-hour shoe will work or whether you need a shoe that you can dance in all night long.

Here are some shoe choices for dressing up your nighttime denim look…

– High heels or kitten-heeled pumps in patent leather, fun colours, or fabrics.

– Comfortable flats that have playful details like bows, sequins, ribbons, or appliques.

– Metallic flats or booties.

– Velvet slippers, flats or booties.

– Heeled sandals.


6. Handbags need to be a lot more special than your everyday purse.

For many gatherings, the purse you choose only needs to hold your lipstick, a credit card, some cash, and your smartphone.

You may have cocktail handbags that you’ve used for years, but I encourage you to take a closer look at them this year. Do they still look viable or does yours need an update?

Here are some handbag selections for your jean party outfit…

– A smaller cross body bag with chain straps.

– Fabric bags made with beautiful tapestry or damask fabrics.

– Small framed bags including vintage bags.

– A small handbag in an intense colour or a metallic.

– A small clutch in faux reptile or animal print.



So, there you go – there are tons of ways to wear denim and still look dressy!

Could you use a few fancy casual denim outfits in your wardrobe? I’d love to help you assemble them, so you are party ready at any moment.

Or maybe you’ve realized some gaps in the “party department” of your wardrobe.

Let me help you discover them – we can set up an appointment and get this party started!



The Top 5 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Fall Wardrobe

The Top 5 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Fall Wardrobe

As you may already (or not) know, Fall is my absolutely favourite fashion season.

I love Fall fashion – the colours, the textures, the layers!

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been busy shopping with clients to help them build their new seasonal wardrobes, and let me tell you, there is no shortage of options out there right now.

But with so many options and trends, I understand it can become a bit overwhelming knowing which Fall fashions should make the cut and get the honour of being added to your wardrobe.

So today, I am sharing what I think are the top 5 things every woman needs in her Fall wardrobe.


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The good news is that some of my top 5 may also happen to be very “on trend” at the moment, but they are also classic items that will stand the test of time and never go out of style either…so it’s the best of both worlds!


Plaid: Casual, classic, or sexy…plaid has the power to create all three vibes depending on how you wear it.

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Some of my favourite options are a cozy plaid shirt worn with skinny jeans and a vest, a classic plaid scarf with your favourite Fall sweater, or a fun plaid skirt for the office.


Burgundy: A very “Fall” colour, Burgundy is also one of those colours that looks great on so many skin tones.

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If that’s you, wear it near your face with a pretty sweater, blouse, or jacket.

If you’re not sure if it’s one of your best colours, wear it on the bottom with some burgundy skinny pants or a pair of shoes.



Dark Wash Jeans: Not only are dark wash jeans very figure flattering, but they also help add a dressed up look to your denim, which I love!

Whether you go for a skinny style, bootcut, or flared (or one of each!) this is a must have jean in every woman’s closet.



Ankle Booties: These short boots became a “trendy” item quite a while ago, but they’ve now become a classic piece of footwear that isn’t going anywhere.

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Flat or heeled, simple or embellished, leather or suede, the choice is yours.

P.S. If you’re looking for some tips on how to wear ankle booties, check out this post here.



Layering Pieces: I LOVE layering pieces for their fun and functionality.

Not only are they functional in that they help add an extra layer of warmth on those chilly Fall days when it’s still not cool enough to wear a coat, but layers also add that extra style factor to your outfit making it that much more visually interesting and fun.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Some of my favourites include vests, jean jackets, and fun textured scarves.

Now, if you’re looking to add some of these Fall pieces (and more!) to your wardrobe this season and want some help doing it, you may want to check out my signature online program, Wardrobe Mixology.

In this online program, you will get video and PDF lessons from me where I will show you how to become your own Personal Stylist by helping your determine your unique personal style, best colours to wear, and best clothes for your body shape. And I’ll even show you how to detox your closet, shop like a stylist, and create your own Capsule Wardrobe (and then some!).

You’ll also get my LIVE support throughout the program via our private members only group so you can ask questions and get feedback as you go through the program, make over your style, and even while you shop for new pieces!

Women from all over the world have taken part and it has changed their style and wardrobe forever!

You can read all about it here and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to message me.

In the meantime,

Happy Styling!



The Best Fabrics to Wear When it’s Hot Out

The Best Fabrics to Wear When it’s Hot Out

I’m not sure about you, but here in my neck of the woods, it is H.O.T.

And this is just the beginning of Summer, so there are no doubt more (and possibly hotter) days like this ahead.

Now, I would never want to see the weather cramp your style, so I’m sharing my fave 6 fabrics to help you keep cool (but still stylin’) in the heat – along with some ideas on how to wear them.


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Eyelet is an obvious choice for Summer because of all the holes and lightweight material.

Bonus! This fun, flirty fabric has a feminine flair to it that looks great worn casually or dressed up.

A white eyelet dress is a classic Summer piece, and a simple eyelet top with brightly coloured or printed shorts makes a great cute and casual look!

Because of how lightweight the material is though, it’s important to make sure there is some good lining underneath to avoid showing too much! 🙂

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Chambray is a type of cotton that feels very similar to thin denim.

A pair of chambray shorts and pretty tank top makes for an easy breezy Summer look.

And for something a little more “done up” – a dressier style chambray shirt with some skinny white jeans and cool shoes is a great look.


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Seersucker is extremely breathable and because of that, makes a great alternative to heavy suit fabrics in the Summer months.

Seersucker is very ‘country club’ and adds a classy air to any Summer outfit and looks great in dresses, shirts, blazers, skirts, and pretty much anything you can think of. 


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Linen is a popular choice during the Summer because of it’s porous weave that allows heat to escape away from your body and back out into the humid air.

It’s also highly absorbent so it helps keep ugly sweat stains at bay. 

The only downside is its tendency to wrinkle easily, but by making sure to always hang your linen clothing, you can easily minimize this problem. People expect to see linen a little wrinkly anyway; it just adds to its charm.

Always choose loose fitting styles with linen though (because it’s a thin material and thin + tight don’t make for a great combination).

And when it comes to caring for your linen pieces, wash by hand or on the cold cycle.


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Silk is lightweight, breathable and can add a dressier look to any outfit.

A summery silk top can easily be paired with any type of bottom and silk dresses can be dressed up or dressed down for a warm weather occasion.

The only downside to silk is the extra care necessary for washing.

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Because cotton is lightweight, comfortable, and soft – it’s a fave in the Summer.

However, cotton isn’t always the best at hiding sweat, so just make sure to avoid tight cotton shirts or dresses on a particularly hot day.

It’s also important to be careful when washing and drying cotton because of its tendency to go from a large to a small.

Skrinkage can be avoided though by making sure the cotton clothing you buy is pre-washed.

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So, there you have it!

Six different fabrics you should be wearing this Summer if you want to keep cool in the heat.

Plus some ideas on how to style them too!

If you’re looking for some more style inspiration, come on over to my fun and FREE Facebook Group, The Style Society where women from all over the world are sharing the best fashion tips & tricks, outfit ideas, and getting style advice from yours truly.

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In the meantime…

Happy Styling!