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It's hard to resist the siren song of spring fashion. Suddenly clothes are bright and light again after a long, drab winter. But with all the new styles to choose from, how do you know which trend is best, and how can you afford what you want?
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I have been travelling more and more, and want to keep my style fresh when I am running through airports or travelling to new exciting destinations. I recently picked up some amazing spring style tips from Bradley O'Brien -- executive vice president of design and product development for Tommy Bahama.
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I love style that I can feel my very best in. That means clothes that suit my lifestyle and I can also continue to expand my boundaries and try new things (this is how we grow, isn't it?). Recently, I...
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I have no idea what I will be doing on New Year's Eve, but I am excited for the new style trends for 2017. There is going to be a lot of new looks for both men and women. My goal for 2017, is to try a few new looks and get out of my comfort zone.
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Canada is synonymous with red. This colour evokes a warm nostalgic feeling and works for everyone! Add to this some golden oak, winter white, woodrose, cabernet, snowy ice, grizzly brown and celestial blue and you have the perfect mix of colours that you can dress in and it also paints the perfect Canadian landscape!
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There are going to be a lot of new, exciting, innovative style trends for both guys and women in 2017! Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with two leading designers from Vancouver - Reuben and Lévi Uwi of U.T.F.L. (Uwi Twins Fashion Label). Their style and clothes are as unique as their story.
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The leaves have been the most brilliant shades of scarlet and gold, but now many of them are lifeless and limp, lying in puddles on the street. There are dazzling moments filled with colour and sunshine and in the next instant, everything is grey. Who can keep up? Maybe it's time that we create our own sunshine.
I love fall fashion and shopping online. The time I save shopping can be spent outdoors or doing fun things, like spending good times with friends and loved ones. Shopping online means you have endless options at your fingertips, so you can really find some fashion gems if you think beyond what you're currently seeing in store windows.
I love learning about the latest new hair trends. Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Ashley Hood, Colour Designer, Salon Manager and Colour Instructor at Suki's Salon. Ashley shared the hottest new hair trends for fall.
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Although you may spend your day in an executive or business casual environment, there are simple ways to dress up or dress down your uniform to creatively showcase your style.
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Give your wardrobe that one-of-a-kind upgrade.
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It's time to finally stand out.
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A classic button down shirt is my number one wardrobe essential. It is one of the few wear anywhere and anytime staple pieces, thanks to its versatility. With a few styling changes, a white button down can be worn from day to night and from work to play.
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TFW has indisputably been the leading platform in Canada for showcasing domestic talent, so it's definitely a setback for the Canadian fashion industry as a whole. Personally, TFW has been heavily influential in my brand development and I have so many fond memories of attending and exhibiting.
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I love the summer time. Pretty, light, fresh makeup. It feels so much easier to wake up and just put on a touch of tinted moisturizer, some gloss and a bit of mascara and go! The ease of it is fantastic. To find out all the latest makeup trends for summer and how to keep your skin looking fresh, I spoke with Lori Taylor Davis, Global Pro Lead Artist, Smashbox Cosmetics.
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This summer, you can expect to see a lot of lush botanical and aviary prints. These tropical inspired prints will add a playful vibe to your summer look. Safari-inspired pieces, stripes, and texture follow suit. Look for a variety of wearable stripes and textures, including softened linens, wide pinstripes, and see-through details.
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For most people, fashion is a way of expression; for me it was a support system. When I found myself lost or in transition I simply picked a new character to play and let that character loose in a mall. I would pick bits and pieces of the people around me and tried to imitate their appearance. In true alien mode, I formed myself to look like the inhabitants of whatever place I happened to be occupying at the time.
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If your love for style is only matched by your love of making ethical and conscious purchasing decisions, we have some advice for you!
I love the idea of having a wardrobe I can wear when I am enjoying the outdoors and also in the city. Living in Vancouver there are so many opportunities to enjoy nature. But after a hike, I may need to go to the store or the bank. How can you dress for a hike and for shopping in town afterwards?
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Menswear is all about building a closet with investment pieces and less about trendy items. Look for top styles that are bold in colour and cuts, and don't be shy to wear pieces with prints, as this will show your innate fashion sense.
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Know your body type. I know this should seem obvious, but I still find myself staring wistfully at store windows, wondering if I can squeeze myself into a dress or top that clearly wasn't designed with me in mind. I hear women complain about their bodies all the time, but there's no such thing as a bad body type. There are, however, poor fashion choices that don't highlight your best assets.
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I love spring fashion and find shopping online so convenient. The time I save can be spent outdoors, or enjoying time with my friends or dining out. To find out the latest tips and tricks about how you can get the most out of your online shopping experience I spoke with Camille Kowalewski from eBay Canada.
Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Linda Ly owner and founder of Onyx Aesthetics Studio. Linda shared with me the hottest trends for nails this spring and also the top tips for shellac manicures and pedicures. I love shellac polish. I find it lasts much longer than regular nail polish and I don't get as many chips.
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Colour is big this spring -- sunny yellow, mint, candy pink complemented by richer jewel tones such as real turquoise and fuchsia are on trend. They're fun, bright and perfect for spring.
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A new season means a fresh start, and what better way to make things fresh and organized in your home than cleaning out your closet. I bet you'll be surprised by how much you can accumulate in a year. The rule is, if you haven't worn something in a year, you probably won't wear it again anytime soon - get rid of it and make room for a few new items. Donate it to your favourite local clothing drive or sell online if it's worth a pretty penny!
I love spring! The colours are brighter and the layers are lighter. There are so many new styles and trends out this season. Pastels are big, men's watches are on-point and you can never go wrong with a nude shoe.
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For the first time, Pantone's colour of the year includes two hues that reflect a desire to de-stress and bring balance. With a renewed concentration on mindfulness and unplugging, Pantone has predicted that Rose Quartz and Serenity will encompass a sense of calm in 2016.
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I love watches. They look elegant on both men and women. Having a watch on your wrist, says that you could use your phone to tell the time, but you are more interested in the details and creativity with how you express your style.
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Fur is luxurious. It's style-wise, culturally enduring and socially debated. Old money, new money and bourgeoisie in between, we love fur, if not just the look of fur.Fur also happens to be the most debated fashion topic. To Fur or Not To Fur? That is the question. How do you decide?
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You can't go wrong with a new dress. Dresses are easier than they get credit for -- wear them solo, with a sweater, tights, booties, sandals -- you really can't go wrong. Bonus, it's easy to transition from day to night; just lose the jacket and add a heel.
Finding the right fit when you have a bigger chest is not fun. So many women have commented to me, "You are so lucky to have a chest." Not when it comes to finding clothes that fit. But as the fashion industry continues to expand its vision on body shapes, now too, there are styles to accommodate bigger chested women.