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With your wardrobe, small details can make the difference between feeling somewhat polished (even if you're not totally feeling like your pre-baby self) and showing up to a meeting covered in breast milk. It helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
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Here's the thing: style is completely subjective. It's also ever changing. Yes there are (so-called) rules and guidelines, do's and don'ts, ins and outs, but style itself is, or should be, a personal, individual thing -- an expression of and extension of the self.
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When I downsized into my condo and found myself with one garment rack and one dresser to store my clothing, I realized that some things would have to go. I also realized that I really didn't wear most of my clothes. I just kept cycling through my favorites. I've heard it said that we typically wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. So why bother hanging on to one-off's, unworn, or unloved pieces that take up valuable storage space?
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For those days when you feel like you have "nothing to wear."
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Layering can be as simple as throwing on a cardigan or a long sleeve shirt over your outfit when it's cool and then taking it off or tying it around your waist or hips when it warms up. Or it can be adding another topper like a vest and then throwing a blazer or jacket (bomber and varsity are big for Fall) on top of that. All depends on the thermometer and what look you're going for.
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When it comes to creating outfits, the key words here are layering and accessorizing. Many women feel that their outfits are incomplete because they don't take this final step. Think of it this way -- putting clothes on and being dressed is like a simple, plain cake. Layering and accessorizing are the icing and decorations. Sure the plain cake will do, but how much better will the fully iced and decorated one look?
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When you know how to dress for your shape, you know how to play up your assets and downplay the areas of your body that you don't necessarily want to draw attention to. You know how to highlight certain parts, de-emphasize others and fool the eye into believing that you are the epitome of proportion and balance.
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very 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. Now I'm no therapist, but I do know that when you look good, you feel good -- and feeling good, in my books, is exactly what you need when life deals its blows.
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Because the last thing you need to stress about is your outfit.
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We all know that when you take care of yourself first, you're better able to take care of those around you. Besides, who doesn't like a little spoiling every now and then. Whether soaking in a bath, hitting the spa or indulging in your favourite meal is your idea of a little self love, as a personal stylist, mine always involve clothing.
Foolproof tips on what to wear to a job interview, no matter what position you're interviewing for.
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The great debate continues -- to hose or not to hose. In the winter, that really is the question. It's interesting that when it comes to pantyhose (or nylons), stockings (thigh high) and tights, both men and women seem to have an opinion. They're either for or against.
Feel like you have nothing to wear? This is probably why.
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There may be snow on the ground, but spring is coming. We can feel it. Once the weather warms up, we, along with our wardrobes, undergo a massive transition. And while the season's short hemlines and...
Spring is here! ... Kind of. Although Mother Nature has put a damper on our spring fashion plans, there's no reason why shouldn't fight back. As the weather slowly starts to get warmer, planning ahead...
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 to achieve it.
Much like many of my clients, I am a woman of many moods. Instead of letting it confuse or overwhelm, why not embrace it and go with it. Below are my picks for how to style just some of the many moods you might be feeling. For each look, I've chosen to go with a simple white T-shirt and jeans to show how easy it is to switch up some basics.
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Knowing what to wear as Fall approaches can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you transition your wardrobe from the end of Summer, through Fall and into the early days of Winter (and keep you looking great doing it).
I've been styling a lot of clients online lately and the more women I work with globally, the more I realize the majority of them struggle with the same issues. Here are the top 5 style challenges I see, and how to overcome them...
Readers, there's no easy way to put this, so we're just going to come out and say it: The holidays can be a pain. Yes, Christmas parties are tons of fun, and yes, getting really thoughtful presents m...
Halloween is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than making up a goofy couples costume with your significant other. There are endless possibilities for costumes for two, here are a few ideas to get you started.
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The biggest question on everyone's mind is "what to wear to that dreaded job interview?" I'm here to tell you that by showing you made an effort for your interview you are demonstrating that you will make an effort on the job. all you need to do is remember the three Cs.
It's time to top off your wardrobe with new statement shirts, blouses and blazers. While we're all about coloured and printed pants for autumn, we're decidedly demure in our blouse and blazer selecti...
Brights. Palazzo. Cosmos. Dalmatian. The sky is literally the limit for fall's take on trousers or jeans. Whether you're ready to keep wearing your bold coloured pants or will dare to wear animals al...
It's that time of year: summer. The time when we get to prance around in flirty frocks and ripped jean shorts like it's nobody's business. In the heat of summer, anything goes and we savour the season...
CALGARY - The impact of royalty continues to resonate a year after Prince William and his wife Kate donned cowboy hats during their visit to the Stampede.The Smithbilt white hats that the royal couple...
CALGARY - Thinking about donning head-to-toe blue denim or Daisy Duke shorts during Stampede this year? Calgary style mavens say no siree.Alexandra Gabris, a stylist at the boutique Espy, says the "Ca...
Situations where you find yourself able to wear denim-on-denim are rare. This void can be filled for 10 days of every July in Calgary, Alberta. The Calgary Stampede, also known as the greatest outdoor...
We love our country, that's undeniable. But our nation's birthday is often served with a side of over-the-top outfits (cue photo of Canada flag umbrella hat). We're not saying we won't be sporting so...
There is a certain art to dressing for a long weekend. The optimal wardrobe is one part loungewear and two parts preparation for the weather. Because doing the cabin/cottage thing is one of our favou...
Wedding season is upon us. When thinking about wedding season -- most guests start thinking about their bank accounts, and how weddings can quickly drain any extra money that they do have. Depending on how well you know the bride or groom -- there is more than just the wedding to attend.