Barbara Aleks Hecht
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Barbara Aleks is a Personal Stylist, Image Consultant and Interior Designer at BarbaraAleks.com. She helps women discover and live their own unique style; empowering them to transform themselves from the inside out, to become the confident, sexy women they were born to be and to live the amazing lives they were meant to live.

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How To Downsize Your Wardrobe Without Downsizing Your Space

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 8:12 AM

My condo is tiny. As in itty-bitty. 636 square feet split between my two kids, my dog and myself. But as a single mom on a budget, with limited options in my kids' school district, I make it work. The result of living in such tight quarters is that I...

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How To Layer Your Wardrobe Into Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 8:53 AM

It's that time of year again. September rolls around, kids are back in school, and the weather starts to cool. Regardless of the fact that Toronto is currently experiencing gorgeous, warm sunny days, the mornings and evenings are getting a little nippy and it's time to start changing the way...

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What To Do When You Don't Know How To Dress Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 4:53 PM

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar...

"I've got a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear."

"I go shopping but come home empty handed or buy the same things."

"I get dressed but never feel put together."

"I don't feel comfortable in my own clothes."

"I'm confused, frustrated...

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Dressing For Your Body Shape Is The Key To Looking Great

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 6:56 PM

Out of the many reasons that my clients hire me, wanting to learn how to dress for their body shape is probably at the top of their list. They understand that knowing how to dress for their particular shape is key to looking great. Why? Because it helps create visual...

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A Closet Audit Can Pick You Up When Life Knocks You Down

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 1:52 PM

Every once in a while, life knocks us down. Like it's trying to show us who's boss. One of the biggest blows I've ever encountered was my divorce. Even though my ex and I sailed through ours somewhat seamlessly, I still had my on-my-knees moments. Regardless of what life throws...

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5 Stylish Ways To Love Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 3:42 PM

Ah February. The month of love. Red hearts, Valentine's and Cupid's little arrow. What better time to love yourself than this? Whether you have a significant other or a loved one to dote upon or not, a little self care and pampering should always be on the menu. We all...

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Dressing Your Way To Weight Loss Success

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:46 PM

It's that time of year again. Resolutions are made and goals are written down. Give it a few months, though, and most will go out the proverbial window. But what if I told you that there was one simple step you could take every single day that would tip the...

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Holiday Style: To Hose, Or Not To Hose

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 11:34 AM

It happens every year around the same time. Holiday party season arrives, and because I'm a stylist, the emails, texts and phone calls from family, friends and clients start pouring in. No matter how many times we discuss it, the great debate continues -- to hose or not to hose....

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Want The Perfect Look? Steal These Men's Style Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:48 PM

I love me a sharp-dressed man. All you have to do is look at a man in a custom-tailored suit to know that when it comes to dressing well, we women don't have a monopoly. In fact, we could even learn a thing or two from our male counterparts.

Recently,...

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How to Shop Like You Mean Business

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:10 PM

I'm extremely particular (some might say downright fanatical) about having a solid, functional, yet super fabulous wardrobe. Nothing bothers me more than an unorganized closet full of useless, unworn or unflattering pieces. Well, other things might bother me more, but you get the idea.

While shopping to create and...

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Wardrobe and Your Dollar

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 6:29 PM

You might think that because I'm a Personal Stylist, I have a ton of clothes. The truth is that I have one garment rack for hanging and one dresser. That's it.

Being clear on my style, knowing how to put things together and shopping smart keeps my wardrobe super...

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Work With a Designer to Make Your Outfit Dreams Come True

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 9:26 AM

Ever go shopping with an idea of what you're looking for but can't find it anywhere? Maybe you find the ideal top on one dress and bottom on another and wish you could magically fuse them together? Or perhaps you find the (nearly) perfect piece but wish it came in...

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Three Words That Will Change the Way You Shop

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Ever buy something that you never wear? Or maybe you wear it once only to hate it on? Perhaps you wear it every once in a while only because you feel sorry for it? Answer yes to any of these and you've got yourself a bad buy.

A bad buy...

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Discover Laser Hair Removal for Confidence and Convenience

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 6:32 PM

If it were up to me, the only place I'd have hair on my body is on my head and my eyebrows. The rest could just disappear forever, never to be seen again. Unfortunately that's not the case and I, like many women, spend countless hours shaving, waxing, plucking and...

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Getting Thick and Luscious Hair Extensions Is Easier Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 9:41 AM

I've always dreamed of having long, thick, luscious hair. The reality is that mine is, and has always been, very thin and fine -- and the aging process sure isn't helping. While I have no problem growing it, the longer it gets, the more my hair looks like a scraggly...

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Is a Custom Hat Worth the Investment?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:33 PM

I have a very small head (I assure you that my brain fills up every single inch), and as a result I have a very difficult time finding hats, other than toques, that fit. So when I found award-winning milliner, Amparo Findlay, of Hatitude, I knew that my...

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Why Buy a Dress When You Can Rent?

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 2:00 PM

I'm currently in the process of rebranding my business -- new focus, new look and most importantly, new website. The most exciting part of the new site, for me, are the new photos. Not for the photos' sake, but for the new outfits that go along with them.

But...

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10 Ways to Look Subtly Sexy This Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Looking overtly sexy is pretty easy. Throw on some tight, skimpy clothes, expose a ton of skin and you're good to go. Being subtly sexy however, can take a little more thought and effort.

This Valentine's Day, if subtle sexiness is the look you're going for, here are 10 ways...

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Transform Your Style, Transform Yourself in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:10 PM

2014 was a tough year for many of my clients, myself included. The last few months of the year brought the end of a 21 year relationship and 16 year marriage to the man I thought I'd be with for the rest of my life. Instead of letting it break...

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How to Throw Together a Last Minute Holiday Party Outfit

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:58 AM

I recently had a fun holiday themed photo shoot with Blair O'Halloran from Toronto Independent Fashion Scene (tifscene.com) and it forced me to think about what I'd be wearing this year. With holiday parties now in full swing, you may have already been to one, or two or...

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