Spring 2016 Forecast

“Oh… the weather outside is frightful… but the fire is so delightful….” Oh sorry, was I singing Christmas carols? It’s been freaking cold and snowy here lately and even tho the groundhog predicted an early spring, the snowbank outside my house says it’ll be awhile before we can put away our winter stuff.

Oh well, ever the optimist that spring will arrive, I have put together a list of items that I’m sure will be on your “to-buy” list:

I am totally loving this romantic top mixed with a distressed denim skirt. Both pieces would be a great investment for a spring wardrobe.

Polka-dot top and boyfriend jeans: perfect combo!

Floral + kimono = yes please!

More florals, pastels and white. Perfect for work, brunch and all occasions in between!

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Images: mattandnat.com

And what goes better with florals and denim than a new vegan purse from Matt and Nat in a punchy-pastel colour? I seriously want them all!

So, to recap: still boyfriend jeans, more lace, pastels and florals… this looks like a season where I will want to buy EVERYTHING! lol

What pieces are you looking forward to for spring? Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – February 5th

Hey folks! I am back with Fashion Fridays today! Hopefully this will be a more regular feature on the blog but since I can’t always count on the weather to cooperate, it will still be hit and miss.

Anyways, while today’s look is very simple, I wanted to show a very wearable outfit for any office-type environment. Happy Shopping!

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Sweater: RW & Co

Blouse: Topshop @ Hudson’s Bay

Pants: Banana Republic Sloan pant

Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman

Necklace: Melanie Lyne

Purse: Miss Sixty purchased at Boes Ltd

Fashion Friday – Oct 16th

Hey folks, can you believe the weather? What a gorgeous week in October! At this rate, we will definitely still be snow free by Halloween, which is always my cut-off for calling it a beautiful fall.

I definitely took advantage of this fair weather with my Fashion Friday post although the wind blew my hair and blazer all over the place, as you can see! I’m also very pleased that this week’s post includes three items bought at locally-owned stores. As I get older, supporting entrepreneurs and shopping local has become more and more important to me. I also love showcasing the amazing shopping we have right here in Winnipeg.

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Blazer: Louise Bourgeois Black Label from The Style Bar

Blouse: Saie from The Style Bar

Jeans: Henry and Belle from October Boutique

Boots: Clarks

Necklace: Chapters (no longer available)

As you can see from the last few Fashion Friday posts, I mix and match items in my closet to come up with new combinations. I feel one great new piece can change up your wardrobe so you don’t need to buy a whole new closet each season. That’s how I feel about the blouse from The Style Bar. I love the muted floral pattern in neutral colours and the back is so fun with it’s peek-a-boo opening and large bow. It’s my favourite shirt for this season!

As my public service announcement, I urge you to get out and vote on Monday. So many people (especially young people) don’t vote and it is so important for everyone to exercise their democratic right to pick the government that leads our great nation. If you feel you don’t know who to vote for, educate yourself. Head over to Elections Canada and input your postal code. The website will tell you which candidates are running in your area. Google them and the leaders of the parties and see which platform aligns with your views on how you would like to see Canada progress as a country. Then, on Oct 19th, mark an ‘X’ next to your choice on the ballot. I promise, it feels pretty great!

Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – Oct 2

While it was still above-average temps for fall, it still felt time to pull out my tights and heavier jacket for Fashion Friday.

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Dress – Ricki’s

Jacket – Danier Leather

Shoes – Sam and Libby [brand no longer available in Canada]

Tights – American Apparel

Necklace – Melanie Lyne

As you can see, I am still wearing florals and intend to wear some floral even through winter. How do you feel about florals year-round? Happy Shopping

Fashion Friday – Sept 25

My third Fashion Friday in a row! I feel like I’m getting the hang of this blogging regularly thing. lol

Today’s outfit is another fall transition outfit. Since it wasn’t that cold yet, I felt confident going in bare legs. Once it gets cold, I’ll pair tights with this outfit.

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Sweater Dress: Banana Republic (this wine colour isn’t available anymore)

Blazer: Ricki’s (this exact style is no longer available)

Scarf: Vinyasa Scarf from Lululemon

Boots: Clarks

What’s your go-to transitional fall outfit? Happy Shopping!

My fall 2015 wishlist

Texture continues to be in style this fall but instead of the brocade and silky fabrics that we were seeing last fall, this fall is more about tweeds and wools coordinated with leather and metallics.

Here is my wish list for fashion items this fall:

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  1. Joe Fresh Twist Front Dress, $39
  2. Matt and Natt Tia purse in Grape, $168
  3. Banana Republic Asymmetrical-Zip Gray Pencil Skirt, $124
  4. Joe Fresh Printed Sleeveless Sheath Dress, $29
  5. Circus by Sam Edelman Bond boot, $166

What are you looking forward to buying and wearing for fall? Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – Sept 18

Another week has flown by and while I’ve been busy planning my daughter’s third birthday party, I did manage to coerce my lovely friend, Sarah, into taking more photos for another edition of Fashion Friday. So with no further ado….

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Blazer: Hush/Shout (in 2011)

Jeans: Henry and Belle from October Boutique

T-shirt: Joe Fresh

Tank: Ricki’s

Scarf: Plato’s Closet

Shoes: Nine West

Brooch: Had it for so long I can’t remember 🙂

Apparently I’m in a scarf phase, I’ve been wearing one almost every day and I find it an easy way to add some colour to an otherwise neutral outfit. What have you make your staple for this fall? Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – Sept 11

Thanks to my lovely friend Sarah, I have today’s fall outfit to show you. IMG_7068 IMG_7069IMG_7060IMG_7051 IMG_7035 IMG_7037 IMG_7042 IMG_7026

Blazer: Pink Stitch from October Boutique

Jeans: Henry and Belle from October Boutique

T-shirt: Joe Fresh

Scarf: Vinyasa Scarf from Lululemon

Shoes: Nine West

Earrings: Boes Ltd

What’s your favourite fall trend? Happy Shopping!

Elle by RW&Co Limited Edition Collection

I’m not a huge RW & Co fan but I can not get enough of this collection. Pastels, bold black and white graphic prints in breezy dresses for all your summer activities. Wow, I definitely need one or two of these:

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Shop the entire collection here. Also, enter their Facebook contest to win $200 giftcard (contest closes May 4th).

Which one(s) do you love? Or would you pass on the whole collection? Happy Shopping.

All photos are courtesy of RW&Co.com

Getting Your Wardrobe Ready for Spring

Well, after a beautiful weekend like that, it definitely looks like spring is here to stay. Now it’s time to get your wardrobe ready.

First of all, go through your spring clothes. I pack away my overtly spring/summer stuff in another drawer in fall so I don’t keep pulling out tank tops and shorts thinking they are t-shirts and pants, which makes this step easier (it’s also easier to pack for winter vacation). Check to see if the item still fits (and I mean, fits now, not fits when you lose your winter weight) and if it needs any fixing or washing. Separate the items into wash at home and stuff to go to the drycleaners. Most drycleaners will fix minor rips or add buttons back on, just be sure to mention it when you  take the item in. Check your blazers and spring jackets for repairs and stains as well. If you’re like me and never remember to go to the drycleaners, you might as well just have to go once. Place all items to go to the drycleaners in one pile and put it by the door or in your car.

If an item doesn’t fit, or is out of style, place it in another pile to be donated. Salvation Army has boxes for clothing and shoes now conveniently placed in neighbourhoods around the city. Or you can call Canadian Diabetes and they will do a pick up if you have lots of items. If your stuff is still modern and in good shape, consider dropping it off at Plato’s Closet to make some money [St. James location and Nairn location] (and perhaps pick up some new items).

Next, check your shoes and sandals. Any needing repairs? I recommend The Leather Patch on Academy. Over the years, I have gotten them to: repair soles, fix tips on heels, glue new insoles, and punch more holes into some straps on some gladiator sandals so they looked custom-made. They are always very helpful, quoting me a price before the work was done. Lots of women don’t think about taking their well-loved shoes to be repaired but I have found it to be an inexpensive way to extend the life of your shoes.

Don’t forget to pick up your stuff from the dry cleaners or the shoe repair store. And voila, you’re ready for spring. Happy Shopping!