June 08, 2017

4 Steps To Choosing The Perfect Outfit Everytime

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Do you ever step into your closet in the morning before work or before a night out and cringe because you realize you "have nothing to wear"? Yep, that's a feeling we all have once and awhile but it doesn't have to be all "doom and gloom" because with a bit of forethought, you will always leave your house looking like a top fashion blogger in your #OOTD. The key to success is "outfit planning".

Personal style is something that is unique to every person; some of us adopt the status quo, to blend in with the crowd like a style-chameleon. While others learn early on to listen to their own inner fashion voice; choosing to push outside their own comfort zone in the name of looking different. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on doesn't really matter, as long as you are prepared to use your intuition and your imagination to plan your wardrobe to perfection.

It can be difficult to plan your outfits when your closet is overflowing. Downsizing, minimizing, curating; whatever you want to call it,  this needs to be done. I would recommend doing a "wardrobe scan" (checking that you still like, wear and fit each item) at least annually if not seasonally. By streamlining your clothing collection; you will have more "favourite pieces", you will have less choice, which to me equals less stress and you will "know what you have" which is like having a "mental inventory" of all the items in your closet; this is extremely helpful when you are visualizing potential outfits.

1. Visualize it: It's the first step and I think the most important step in planning your looks ahead of time. Try to choose one item that you really like and want to feature as the "focal point" of the look. This can be anything; a dress, a hat, a pair of shoes, whatever you like. Once you have the "main item" chosen, try to visualize yourself wearing it. Next you will think of items that will compliment this item and visualize how they will look. For example: if you chose a dress, then you need to choose shoes, a handbag, possibly a sweater, jacket or scarf as well as accessories. If imagination isn't your strong point you can definitely pull items out and do a "physical outfit planning session" (the only downside is that it can be messy and a bit more time-consuming, you also have to be with your closet whereas visualizing can be done anywhere).

2. Write it: This is always my go-to when I need to get my creative juices flowing. This step can go hand-in hand with Step #1 because as I visualize what each piece would look like together, I am writing it down on paper. By writing or typing your outfit ideas out, it helps to organize your thoughts (which let's face-it, if you're crazy busy like most people, your mind can be a jumble) into a more visual format, this can be extremely helpful if visualizing the outfit in your mind is difficult. Another perk to recording your outfit ideas? It will serve to jog your memory when you inevitably forget all those wonderful outfits you planned.

3. Try it: There's only one sure-fire way to know if the looks you planned are good; try them on. By trying your outfit ideas in advance, you will know how it will look, you can make sure that you feel comfortable, that everything is clean and fits properly and also if anything will need to be ironed or steamed before wearing. If you try a look on and your "fashion senses" are tingling, telling you that something is just not right, you can definitely take that as an opportunity to tweak your look until it's perfect.

4. Photograph it: Last step, I promise. This is not a crucial step but it doesn't hurt to take a picture of your outfits, it can help you to keep a bit of a "lookbook" which can help you reflect on which looks were hits and which were misses. It can also help you to remember which looks you were going to wear if you planned and took the pictures in advance. Another reason to snap a quick pic gives you the opportunity to look back on your style over the years, and THAT is always good times.

Planning outfits can be daunting at first but it is really fun once you start. Try getting inspiration from Pinterest and making your own boards to give you a jumping off point. You don't need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe to achieve "outfit planning success", all you need is imagination, creativity and to trust your own style instincts.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below if you tried this method and how it worked for you or if you found your own method that worked better!


June 02, 2017

Wedding Season Is Here: Gift Giving 101

Well folks it's official, wedding season is upon us and I am definitely excited to help some very good friends celebrate their upcoming nuptials. Over the month of June, I will have a mini series of posts dedicated to ideas for how to be the best-dressed guest at the wedding and one of the best accessories you can have is a kick-ass gift so here is a little guide to gift-giving for weddings.

Now that we’re in the midst of wedding season and everyone’s scrambling to get in their RSVPs, finding the best outfit for the occasion, and of course, trying to figure out what to buy the newlyweds is top priority!
If you’re like me, and don’t exactly excel in the gift giving department, here are some helpful, fool-proof tips.

1. First things first, check the couple’s wedding registry! This will have everything the couple wants and needs. If you buy something off the registry, then you never have to ask yourself “is this something they would really want?” Also, the sooner you buy off the registry, the better. You don’t want all the good gifts to be taken!

2. Spend what you can! Weddings are expensive enough, and the couple isn’t expecting you to break the bank on their special day. Most registries will have gifts from every price point, but if you want to get them a bigger item, get some friends together and contribute towards a group gift.

3. Lastly, if tangible gift giving isn’t necessarily your thing, don’t worry about it! You can never go wrong with sending the couple a cheque, or contributing to the couple’s cash or honeymoon fund. While there’s still some debate out there on whether this is “tacky,” trust me, the couple will be grateful.

What are your gift giving tips? Let me know in the comments!


May 28, 2017

How to Style: A White Dress

It seems like the warm weather is playing a game of hide and seek here in Ottawa. One day it's sunny and 30 degrees, (Celsius) the next it's 15 degrees and raining. It makes getting dressed everyday kind of challenging but on Mother's Day I was determined to look summer-y for brunch at my sister's place. I purchased this Vero Moda dress last summer whilst on vacation in Montreal. It is light and airy with a bit of texture to the fabric and has a beautiful open-back with triangular cutout details.

The jacket is a textured zip-up, collarless blazer from Mango; I really love the fit and pleated shoulders on this lined, super comfortable jacket. My shoes are from Asos and are just a simple, medium-height black pump with a slightly rounded toe. The handbag I chose is my tri-colored Marc Jacobs bag, which can also be worn cross-body. This bag ties the look together nicely as it incorporates two of the colors already shown in my look. All of the jewellery I am wearing is from Stella & Dot.

White can be a challenging color to keep clean (I'm definitely on my guard when I wear it!)  but it gives you almost limitless outfit pairing possibilities. You can wear an all white look, a look with white and beige, white and black or white with one or two colors mixed in; it is incredibly versatile and it looks great on every skintone.  If the dress you choose is fitted, I recommend pairing it with a loose or flowy jacket, whereas if you decide to wear a more loose-fitting dress, you might want to go for a fitted blazer; proportions matter. 

**Please note that this is not a sponsored post and all the items shown in this look were purchase with my own funds. I have included similar items below should you wish to "shop the look". Please note that I do receive a small commission on any items purchase through this link and I appreciate your support as I continue to pursue my dream job!

I hope you enjoyed this look and this "How To Style Series", I would love to add more looks to my blog so please let me know your thoughts and any ideas on a new item to style. Also, why not follow me on Instagram where I post frequent OOTD and other interesting life.style photos :) Thanks so much for your continued love and support!


May 23, 2017

Your Style: Are You a Single-Statement or a Head to Toe Kind of Fashionista?

Hello Friends! Please allow me to introduce this amazing guest post by fellow fashion blogger Sophia Smith. Enjoy!

If fashion is your passion, and you absolutely adore dressing up and showing your fabulous combos to the world – welcome to the club! Today we’re going to talk about two style authorities, two different ways of showing that you really mean business when it comes to fashion. Stay with us and find out if you’re a single statement or head-to-toe kind of fashionista, and learn how to come up with the ultimate fashionable combo this season. Enjoy!

One fabulous piece to rule them all vs. Go big or go home

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No matter which kind of a girl you are when it comes to fashion, one thing is certain – accessories matter more than you can possibly think! If, on the one hand, you don’t like owning too much clothes, the best way to come up with different yet really unique outfits is to introduce interesting jewellery and other accessories, like shoes and bags. This is one of the best methods if you love simplicity spiced up with some fabulous pieces.

On the other hand, if your motto is ‘go big or go home’, we’re sure that modesty definitely isn’t your thing. Statement, eccentric dressing is probably what you absolutely adore, and we can’t blame you for that – head-to-toe statement style is beyond gorgeous! Of course, we don’t say that you should go grocery shopping in such an outfit – there’s a time and a place for this kind of style.

Accessorizing as the key step towards the ultimate trendy outfit

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As already stated, accessories really have the power to transform literally any outfit – even the dullest one. Many fashionistas out there are all about matching everything in order to achieve the ultimate stylish look. That’s exactly why we can see so many girls who love picking one print and applying it to everything – from a wrist watch and a belt, to a bag and a pair of shoes. Floral and animal prints are always a good option, as well as stripes.

Of course, there are so many possible choices brought to us by the most prominent fashion houses, such as Moschino. This brand never fails to surprise us with their outstanding pieces. On the other hand, if you’re more of a single statement kind of gal, you probably always opt for one eye-catching detail that rules the whole combo. Many fashion-forward girls choose their shoes as a central part of their outfit for a good reason – a nice pair can be a real game changer. You can always get fabulous shoes online if you’re interested in good deals and some authentic models not many other girls will have.

Don’t be a slave to fashion – make it a cool game to play

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A true fashionista will never surf street style blogs in order to copy exactly the same outfit someone has already worn – no matter how cool that combo is. Of course, these can serve as a great source of inspiration, particularly when you’re in a rush, but there’s no need for you to be a slave of fashion and rock the same outfit just because it’s so popular. Instead, upgrade your own outfits with some statement jewelry, a stylish pair of shoes, or a beautiful bag, and you’re going to see that fashion is all about playing and matching the unmatchable. 

Trust us – no one needs to be a copycat when there are so many fabulous pieces available – both high-end and street style. Once you realize that, you’ll be able to come up with a fabulous combo everyone else will want to copy! As you can see, it really doesn’t matter if you’re a single statement or head-to –toe kind of fashionista, as long as you’re doing it right. Of course, you should always give your best to be unique and authentic, because that what counts when it comes to fashion. Just be yourself and you’re going to make it!

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly in fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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