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Leather Sample Sale!

 

Calling all Cool Kids! If you love urban leather fashion, be sure to head down to the RUDSAK Sample Sale starting today, April 7 until Sunday April 12, at 99 Sudbury St. in Toronto. Sample Sales are an exclusive goldmine for hot fashion deals and some never seen before styles.

Founded by Evik Asatoorian in 1994 in his hometown of Montreal, Rudsak embodies the spirit of cool rebel. They design leather products for men and women including outerwear, ready-to-wear, bags, footwear and accessories. Here’s the deets,

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Green Dream

I just posted on Instagram a Pantone mood board for the colour Green Flash! One of Pantone’s 10 top colours for 2016. Not usually a green fan, I wore a green plaid uniform in high school, need I say more, but at the moment I’m having a mini love affair with the shamrock shade. What’s inspiring me right now.

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Matching green eyeliner and nails. New York Fashion Week spring 2016 beauty look from Monique Lhuillier.

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Gucci leather studded sandal $1500 US

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As seen on http://www.thecoveteur.com, Instagram star Margaret Zhang in collaboration with Gucci. Gucci leather studded sandal $1500 US, Dionysus GG Supreme canvas shoulder bag $3800 US

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Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2016

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Pantone’s Fashion Colour Report top ten colours for Spring 2016.

 

 

Fall is flying by!

I’ve been MIA from CdC this past month as business has been insanely busy. Being self-employed, there are ups and downs; sometimes business is too slow and other times I’m running a marathon. It’s definitely been the latter lately.

I’ve had a multitude of diverse and overlapping projects since my last entry; producing and styling a shoot for Fashion Magazine on fall makeup trends, outfitting new hosts for a television show and their promo shoot, consulting, shopping and putting together looks for the special election night coverage on CBC, wardrobe styling a commercial, styling a photo shoot for a custom holiday magazine and overseeing the creation of a glamorous one-of-a kind gown for one of my clients! Whew, all the while binge watching 5 seasons of Game of Thrones with my husband, I’m addicted I tell ya, addicted. I almost forgot to mention, I also escaped for one weekend with my hubby and hid out in Old Montreal too.

What a gorgeous autumn we’re having, the leaves are falling and Christmas is in the air…. Say what? At least according to the retailers anyway. Everywhere you look are Christmas decorations, promotions and gift giving ideas. I try to shop early for x-mas gifts, as November/December are historically busy months for business, leaving little time to do my personal shopping. Online shopping has been a lifesaver for me the past few years. I can work all day, and shop online at night.

I was excited to be able to attend a holiday gift-giving preview last week, hosted by Shop.ca. I was on the prowl for gift ideas for my loved ones, as well as yours. Anyone unfamiliar with the site, it’s a Canadian online shopping destination where you can find hundreds of brands and products. They have everything from fashion, to home wear and electronics. The site is well designed, easy to navigate and always has an interesting selection of products. With the strong US dollar cramping my online shopping, I love the fact that I can buy here in Canada at Shop.ca without incurring extra costs for the exchange rate, duties, customs and international shipping.

The preview was set up in a beautifully decorated condo, belonging to a fictitious, very stylish woman named Sloan. Upon arrival I was encouraged to snoop around her apartment to look at everything there. Peeking in her cupboards and drawers were not only encouraged, I even had permission to try on her clothes! It was fun, and I saw a number of new great gift ideas I’m excited to share with you over the coming weeks.

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinaldi demonstrates how to get the fresh faced look for Fashion Magazine @ http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Mauricio Calero. Fall street trend, the bold brow, on Fashion Magazine http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Tools of the trade. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinadli doing a step by step makeup tutorial for Fashion Magazine  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Mauricio Calero. One of the lovely ladies we saw and shot on the street who was wearing the statement lip, one of this fall’s beauty trends  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Charming Old Montreal.

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    Black sequin dress in Montreal designer Denis Gagnon’s store on rue Saint-Paul $295. Available here http://boutique.denisgagnon.ca/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=138

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    Gorgeous old architecture in Montreal.

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    Me playing tourist, ha!

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    Minimal designs at COS, the high-end division of Swedish giant H&M, housed in an 1860’s building on Ste-Catherine St., Montreal http://www.cosstores.com/gb/

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    Remnants from the past, Old Montreal.

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    Shopping with a client, I fell in love with this Bobby C Coat at Judith & Charles, another great Canadian line based out of Montreal, $650, shearling scarf sold separately.  Coat available here, http://www.judithandcharles.com/en/shop/outerwear/bobby-c-coat1/beige-off-white

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    Trying different accessories to complete the look.

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    The chosen jewellery worn for the CBC special election broadcast.

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    It’s fitting time! This is one of the outfits that was chosen for the commercial worn by the lovely Catherine Burton.

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    Looking for glove options to pair with the camel peacoat.

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    The stunning view on location overlooking the lake where we shot the commercial. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rochester NY.

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The awesome set at CBC for election night, and everyone was looking so smart.

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Trudeau, our new Prime Minister! Trudeau and his wife also happen to be a very stylish couple.

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The scene is set. Christmas decorations for the holiday entertaining magazine shoot.

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A pretty wintery arrangement.

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Susan Dicks working her magic on this gorgeous retro inspired gown for my client.

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A peek inside It girl, Sloan’s closet at the Shop.ca preview. Everything you see can be found @ http://www.shop.ca

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Products galore in Sloan’s bathroom from Shop.ca @ http://www.shop.ca

 

 

How To Transition Your Wardrobe Into Fall

Is it ok to wear white jeans after Labour Day? Hell ya! Even though the weather will be getting cooler soon, you can continue to wear some of your favourite summer items. I’ve put together photos for a little inspiration, for how you can style your summer favourites with items you most likely already own in your wardrobe.

The last couple of years, fashionistas have been wearing white jeans year round. How to do that without looking inappropriate or out of season? Let the outfits below inspire you.

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Photos: Sunrainey.com, Pinterest, tumblr.com

As a general style rule, light colours look best worn on top with darker colours worn on the bottom. That theory is clearly shot here, as each of these outfits manage to break that rule and look amazing. The key is keeping the outfits neutral. Try wearing your white jeans with a loose blazer and oversized sweater with heels for a polished look, a long sweater and over-the-knee boots on the weekend, or style your white jeans with an oversized sweater, wide brim hat and ankle boot.

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Photos: all found on Pinterest

Wearing a sheer maxi skirt in autumn with cosy separates and fall accessories? You bet! These three chic outfits above have inspired me to try wearing my sheer maxi skirt this autumn. Follow the lead to transition your sheer skirt into colder temperatures. The outfit on the left, so simple, so stylish, black & white is a classic combo and always looks right. The the sheer skirt is balanced with the sweater, by wearing suede ankle boots in the same colour as the skirt. Bonus, keeping a long uninterrupted column of black is slimming and helps you appear taller. I love the unexpected combination of the second image, with navy and pink, dark on top, light on the bottom. The basic navy pullover, looks hip worn with the wide-brimmed felt hat in the same colour. Finally, breakout your boyfriend blazer from the back of your wardrobe to achieve the look on the right.

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Photos: Pinterest, Pinterest, california-diamond.tumblr.com

Long live the Canadian tuxedo! Double-denim still reins strong this fall as seen in the examples above. Take your’s to the next level, with one of fall’s new trend pieces. Accessorize your double-denim with a camel coat, belt, heels, and a structured bag for a pulled together yet casual ensemble. The middle outfit ups the ante on monochromatic dressing in super blue. The basic denim uniform is transformed into a stylish fashion forward look with a gorgeous blue blanket cape, belted and worn with blue boots. The cropped plaid blazer and chain-strap bag adds sophistication to the double-denim look far right.

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Photos: Pinterest, style.com, blogspot.com

Although I’ve never considered wearing a white dress into fall, seeing these outfits above have changed my mind. Turns out the LWD is going to get more mileage this year worn with an “of the moment” jacket. Always fashionable, the trench coat looks perfect worn with the white dress shown left. If you don’t already own one, purchasing a good quality trench is a sound investment. As the centre look reveals, the biker jacket is here to stay. Wearing black opaque hose and black ankle boots, visually balances the weight of the heavy biker jacket. I’ll be wearing my LWD this fall like the look on the right. I’ve had the same H&M army jacket for 10 years and counting, talk about a good investment!

Missing items in your wardrobe to create one of these fantastic outfits? Click on the photos below to shop these items online. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless listed otherwise.

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Smyth Long Notched Blazer in grey tweed – Neiman Marcus $831.05

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Grey oversized sweater – Zara sweater with turtleneck $45.90

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Collection relaxed cashmere pullover sweater – J Crew $289.00

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Navy Wide-Brim Wool Fedora – Forever 21 $17.90

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Camel Pocket Shift Coat – Mango $269.95

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Smythe Les Vestes Plaid Duchess Blazer – TNT – contact for pricing and availability (416) 975-1810

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Classic Trench – Ann Taylor $318.45

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Leah black light washed leather coat – MACKAGE $890

 

Bohemian Glamour

Barneys editorial photos by Jai Odell

The Boho spirit that enamoured the fashion world this summer continues to inspire and strongly influence coming fall fashions. Envision romantic floral chiffon and feminine lace, paired with tweed, shearling and suede for rich textural juxtaposition. You can continue to get lots of millage out of your summer pieces with some accessorizing. Wear your little white dress as we transition to cooler temperatures by throwing on a leather jacket and adding over-the-knee boots. Don a pair of wide-legged trousers with your peasant blouse and add a cape or sleeveless vest, you get the idea.

Although my personal style is more edgy New York than hippy L.A., I do have a soft spot for Boho Chic after living in Los Angeles for a few years (visit my Pinterest page ). Inspired by the Chloé pre-fall lookbook on the Barneys New York website, I have culled pieces at various price points so anyone on any budget can easily put together these free spirit looks.

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Click on item descriptions to purchase any of these pieces online. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless listed otherwise.

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5 Fab Wear-to-Work Outfits

These next-level wear-to-work outfits won’t just score you high points with the boss, they’re affordable and fashionable. Every item in this post is under $100.00, available at Zara. The Spanish retailer has added a new category to their collection, Wear to Work. F.Y.I. not all of the looks I’ve put together here are from their new category. I’ve created five fabulous office appropriate looks for fall; borrowed from the boys, the minimalist, loose fit dressing, creatively cool and classically chic. Below each look are the items I suggest you wear with it. All descriptions have click-throughs to Zara’s website. A piece of advice, if you’re able, always try Zara items on in store, as their sizes can be tricky. If you fall in love with an item and don’t see it on the floor, ask a sales associate if they have one in stock. If they don’t have your size in store, order it online. Zara ships super fast (I received my last order in under 24 hours!), and if your order is $50.00 or over, shipping is free, and all returns are free. Shopping for fall and impressing the boss doesn’t get easier than this!

Borrowed from the Boys

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CHECK JACKET $89.90, CHECK PANT $49.90 

Stylist tip – Wear a feminine blouse to balance the masculine pantsuit look.

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WHITE TOP WITH FRILL $49.90, OFFICE CITY BAG $69.90FLAT LACE-UP SHOES $69.90

The Minimalist

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FLOWING WAISTCOAT WITH DRAWSTRING $69.90

Stylist tip – Balance the long vest with a straight pant for a slim silhouette.

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 ASYMMETRIC TOP $49.90DOUBLE CLOTH TROUSERS $45.90CONTRASTING TOTE BAG $45.90SHINY LOAFERS $49.90

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LOOSE FIT BLAZER $69.90

Stylist tip – Try the tunic sweater smoothly tucked in the pants for another look.

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TABBACO SWEATER $69.90LOOSE-FIT TROUSERS $49.90LEATHER WESTERN BOOTS $89.90CITY BAG WITH FLAP $69.90

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TWO-TONE DRESS $69.90

Stylist tip – Make the classic shift dress look current with a funky ankle boot.

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PEPLUM LEATHER-EFFECT JACKET $69.90COMBINED CITY BAG $59.90MID-HEEL ANKLE BOOTS $49.90

Classically Chic

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Stylist tip – Wearing a higher heel with wide cropped pants elongate the legs.

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OFF WHITE TIE BLOUSE $49.90, NAVY DOUBLE FABRIC BLAZER $69.90NAVY WIDE TURN-UP HEM TROUSERS $49.90CITY BAG WITH HANDLE $49.90MID HEEL COURT SHOE $69.90

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Your Fall Fashion Guide

I know, I don’t want to admit it either, but fall is fast approaching. The only consolation for me is that fall is my favourite fashion season. I love the rich colours, textures and layers. But with the multitude of trends on offer this coming season, its a bit difficult to navigate fashion right now. Truth be told, it’s as if everything and anything is trending now; Goth, Victorian, Mod, 70’s, 80’s, bohemian, minimalism, lace, fur, suede, capes, military and more! Runway collections are styled over-the-top, conveying a strong statement to catch the attention of photographers and fashion editors. These theatrical looks don’t always translate well for the real world. I’ve combed through the designer collections, breaking them down to the most wearable styles, to compile a comprehensive guide for you. For each trend, I’ve included two runway, and one real-way examples of how to wear it. I have also put together how to get the look, with shoppable click-throughs. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise listed.

70’s – Suede, leather/pleather, capes, wide legged pants, denim, patchwork.

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Stylist tip – So not to look costumey, try a simple suede coat or a button front skirt.

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Lace – Victorian high collars, goth, sheer, lingerie styling, underwear as outerwear.

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Stylist Tip – Pair sweet feminine lace with edgy leather for a modern look.

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Capes – Bohemian wrap blankets, ponchos, fringe, capes, military styling.

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Stylist tip – Try a blanket style cape, denim and ankle boots for laid-back style.

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Boho – Prints, flowy blouses, maxi skirts and dresses, fringe, suede & shaggy fur.

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Stylist Tip  – Keep the look current with a structured bag and sexy ankle boots.

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Minimalism – Monochromatic, long clean lines, boxy oversized silhouettes.

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Stylist tip – Keeping colours neutral and monochromatic helps you look taller.

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Mod – Over-the-knee boots, turtlenecks, minis, leather/pleather, A-line silhouettes.

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Stylist tip – A double-breasted peacoat with over-the-knee boots nails it.

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H&M double-breasted coat $99

Fur – Shaggy fur, chubby coats, shearling, vests, fur trim collars and cuffs.

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Stylist tip – A shaggy or shearling vest with double denim = instant casual cool.

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Over-the-knee boots – Suede, leather, patent, flat, block, stacked or stiletto heels.

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Stylist tip – Pair over-the-knee boots with a thigh-high knit in the same colour.

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Military – double breasted jackets and coats, cargo pants, army jackets, epaulettes.

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Stylist tip – Tone down the masculine with a feminine dress or sexy high heels.

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Biker jacket – Black leather is classic, other styles include suede, shearling and colour.

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Stylist tip – Get downtown style with a biker jacket, body conscious dress & trainers.

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Plaid – A perennial fall fabric, preppy or edgy, all colours combos and sized checks.

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Stylist tip – Wear an item of clothing or accessory in a colour found in the plaid for a pulled together look.

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High-waisted Pants – Gives you the illusion of longer legs and a smaller waist, yes please!

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Stylist tip – Tuck your top into high-waisted pants to show off the waistline.

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How to Protect Yourself

Are you protecting the delicate skin on your face by wearing enough sunscreen? Chances are the answer is no. My morning routine of the last several years incorporated a daily facial moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or over, worn under a foundation with built-in SPF as well. Should be enough on any given day right? Wrong! According to dermatologists we should be applying sun protection at least every two hours. How do you do that without feeling sticky, greasy or ruining your makeup? Read on.

A few years ago while pregnant, my forehead went a darker pigment than the rest of my face. This condition commonly called pregnancy mask, is melasma gravidarum in medical terms. Post birth, I started noticing dark patches showing up on my cheeks too! Melasma is caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure worsens it. I tried in vain to cover the dark patches with lighter foundation, but it made my complexion chalky, and I didn’t like the feel of wearing so much makeup. I cut bangs to cover my forehead which hid part of my problem and continued trying to conceal brown spots on my face strategically with foundation. It worked, sort of.

Fast forward a few years, and I still have melasma marring my face, it really bothers me. At the beginning of the summer, I asked my girlfriend Sara who worked for a cosmetic physician about laser treatment to remove the melasma. She said the treatment would work, however, any exposure to sun and new pigmentation could appear. She explained I would need to apply sunscreen every couple of hours. The thought of applying greasy lotion to my face all day especially over my makeup disturbed me. Thank you Sara for clueing me in to powder sunblock! I usually carry, in my purse, a mineral powder to cut shine, so just swapping it to one with SPF couldn’t be easier.

Soon after my chat with Sara, I found Brush On Block at Anthropologie for $34.00 and didn’t hesitate to buy it immediately. Brush On Block was developed by Susan Posnick, a celebrity makeup artist and skin cancer survivor, to make it easy for every man, woman and child to protect their skin from the sun. It’s a mineral sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 30 for UVA/UVB protection and is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes. It comes in a self dispensing applicator with a soft brush and a bottom barrel that you can twist open and closed so there is chance of spillage.  I love that Brush on Block is portable, easy-to-apply, translucent, hypoallergenic and refillable. The refill for the applicator is economical, selling for about half the price. I’ve been carrying my Brush On Block in my purse, using it all summer and absolutely LOVE it! I haven’t committed to laser treatment for the melasma yet, but I’m now committed to better protecting my skin.

Here’s a link to the Brush On Block website where you can read more about the product and order it direct – http://brushonblock.com/collections/all

You can also find Brush On Block in Anthropologie stores, or order it from them online with this link – http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/35810886.jsp?cm_mmc=Tumblr-_-2015_Anthropologie-_-Beauty_Botanical_Chart-_-Brush_on_Block_Mineral_Sunscreen&utm_medium=Tumblr&utm_source=Social&utm_content=Brush_on_Block_Mineral_Sunscreen#/

Amazon sells Brush On Block and the refills at this link – http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_dp_s_web_3760911?ie=UTF8&node=3760911&field-brandtextbin=Brush+On+Block

Sleek, Stylish & Sculptural

When I’m not looking at Fashion, chances are I’m glancing at interiors or furniture. I love all design! I ogled a stool months ago on a design blog and have been obsessing over it, ever since. A lover of 20th Century Modern Design, I was immediately struck by the simplicity and beautiful lines of the Jo stool. Like many iconic chairs of the 20th Century, the Jo stool was designed not only for its good looks, but to be easy to manufacture. Designed by E & J Design studio in Berlin for Punt, furniture makers in Valencia, the stool has three j-shaped moulded plywood legs, creating a sculptural base, and the seat top completes the minimal stool.

The Jo stool, available in 17 amazing lacquered colours, is available from Nest.co.uk for $391.14 USD. One of these beauties in bright yellow, orange or red, would look amazing anywhere in my house or office. The Jo stool offers a sculptural punch of colour, and an extra seat when needed.

Click on this link to purchase – http://www.nest.co.uk/product/punt-jo-stool?currency=USD

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The Jo stool is available in 17 colours.

The Jo stool is available in these 17 colours.

Tom Ford’s 10 Commandments

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Photo: Art Partner – Net-a-Porter Magazine

Not many online headlines grab me hook, line and sinker. But reading “Mr. Tom Ford shares his style rules” on Net-a-Porter Magazine, had my heart racing and finger clicking, lickety-split. Mr. Tom Ford, mega fashion royalty, is one of my fashion heroes. I know not all of you read the magazine, so I just had to share them with you! There isn’t a share link on the site, so here’s his tips in an abbreviated form, from the article by Kay Baron in Net-a-Porter Magazine, and my comments for fun.

1. Don’t let fashion dictate to you. – I couldn’t agree more. I don’t love or suit everything that’s in fashion at any given time.

2. Never try to be overtly sexy. – My sentiment exactly, that and the word “classy”, nothing tackier!

3. Find your uniform. – I give my clients the same advice.

4. Remember sexiness is about confidence. – So true no matter your size or shape.

5. Reassess your style every five years. – I agree, and hire an image consultant or stylist, namely me, ha!

6. Make an effort. – Of course.

7. Don’t believe you need wardrobe essentials….. – I don’t completely agree with that one.

8. ..But everyone needs at least one LBD. – Yes!

9. Don’t underestimate the power of makeup. – Another yup!

10. Focus on one feature. – He means with makeup, a strong lip or eye, I also subscribe to that one.

Click on this link to read the full article on Net-a-Porter Magazine – http://www.net-a-porter.com/magazine/308/16

Five Steps to Perfect Brows

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Making the smallest change to your eyebrows can have a major impact on your appearance.  When Image Consulting, I’ve shaped some clients’ eyebrows before I’ve even peeked inside their closet! Eyebrow shapes come in and out of fashion, from pencil thin to the full brow that’s in right now. More important than what’s fashionable, is to figure out what eyebrow shape suits your face and balances your features. The colour of your brows is just as important. What if your eyebrows are too sparse? Read on to find out.

This photo shows different eyebrow shapes on the same face, notice the effect different shapes have on the eyes and face.

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A major defining feature of our face, eyebrows help us to express our emotions. Depending on the shape of one’s eyebrows, they can falsely make a person look angry or surprised all the time, so let’s make sure we get this right, yikes! Studies also show that eyebrows provide important clues to one’s identity.

“Eyebrows are very intriguing to me because they are so different; nobody has exactly the same eyebrow. You could use the same shape but it’s always going to look different on every single person because of the bone structure.” – Anastasia Soare, known as Baroness of brows to super models, the rich and famous, CEO and founder of Ananstsia Beverly Hills – thecoveteur.com

Five easy steps to perfect brows

1. Start with the golden ratio. This chart, developed by Soare based on Ancient Greek mathematics, shows where your brows should begin, arch and end, based on your facial features for the most pleasing proportions. Ultimately, your brows should be between a quarter inch and a half inch at their thickest.

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2. Try a stencil to get the perfect shape. Place the stencil in the desired position and fill in with brow powder or eyeshadow with a colour darker than your actual brows. Remove the stencil and if you like the shape, tweeze any errant hairs that are beyond the stencilled area.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Classic Stencils – Sephora $26 CAD

3. Experiment with colour. If you have dark hair, choose a colour one shade lighter for your brows, if blonde one shade darker than your hair. Brow powders, pencils and gels all work with differing results depending on the look you prefer. Pencils offer the most dramatic effect, powers the most natural and gels are the sheerest. Alternatively, visit a salon you trust to tint or lighten your brows for you. If you are a DIYer you can lighten your brows at home with Jolen Cream Bleach, found in drug stores. Carefully apply bleach cream to eyebrows for of a couple of minutes (do not allow it to get into your eyes), and then thoroughly rinse with eyes tightly closed. If you want to go lighter still, repeat until desired shade is reached.

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The MYNC Brow Boudoir palette is available in four shades – MYNC $34 CAD

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Sephora Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil, available in 7 shades – Sephora $16 CAD

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With a few quick strokes, tame, set & tint with Diorshow Brow Styling Gel, available in three shades – Sephora $30 CAD

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Jolen bleach cream – Walmart $6.49 CAD

4. Grow in your brows. If you’ve been an overzealous plucker, put down those tweezers! Over plucked brows look dated and the result will date you. If you are follicly challenged in the brow department, Latisse, a prescription-strength lash grower or an over-the-counter eyebrow enhancer serum like Ms. Soare’s Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced, $38 US, may help your brows grow in faster and thicker. If you don’t see results after 4 months, the hair probably won’t grow back because the follicles have been permanently damaged and die from habitual plucking. If your brows are just a bit sparse, you can try a brush-on fiber gel which adheres to skin and hair creating a thicker natural-looking eyebrow.

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RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum – Well.ca $59.99

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MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum – Well.ca $65.49 CAD

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Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – Murale / Shoppers Drug Mart, available in two shades $30 CAD

5. Visit an expert. With so much emphasis currently on eyebrows in the world of beauty, specialists and salons dedicated to eyebrows have emerged. Get shaped properly once, and then simply maintain what they did. In Toronto Eye Love Brow & Beauty Bar offers eyebrow shaping for $35 and tinting for $25. MYNC has three locations in Toronto and offers shaping for $23, tinting for $20 and brow lightening for $36. Blink Brow Bar in Vancouver provides eyebrow threading for $22 and tinting for $19, and in Alberta The Brow Studio has two locations with brow design services costing $40 and tinting for $20.

For those who need permanent enhancement to their brows, either from chronic over plucking or those who’ve suffered a medical condition resulting in lost eyebrow hairs, can opt for tattooing or an eyebrow transplant. Personally I don’t like the artificial look of tattooed eyebrows. I would suggest to a client in need of a brow enhancement to investigate facial hair restoration from an experienced cosmetic surgeon or hair transplant specialist. The procedure harvests live follicles, usually from the back of the head, and implanting them one hair at a time, positioned and angled to resemble natural eyebrow hairs. Beware, this route is not maintenance free as the implanted hairs will continue to grow and will need trimming.

Check Out this Powerful Video #YouLookDisgusting

I read a couple of  articles this morning regarding the perception of beauty and the psychology of wearing makeup. What I found particularly poignant was an article about beauty vlogger (video blogger) Em Ford, aka My Pale Skin. Although she blogs about make-up and beauty, the fact that our culture and the media perpetuate an impossible ideal of beauty, has not been lost on Ford. She recently began posting photos of her makeup-free face on social media, hoping that exposing her acne would be a confidence-booster to her fans. Sadly, deplorable internet commenters responded with criticism including, “Seriously… has she ever washed her face?” and “Ugly as f*ck.” Ford decided to fight back the haters by making a powerful video #YouLookDisgusting, which has been seen by 7,241,757 YouTube visitors at the time of me writing this entry.  Hopefully Ford’s video will prompt discussion and ultimately perceptions about what it means to be beautiful.

My idea of beauty? As quoted by Diane von Furstenburg “Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty”. The most gratifying moments in my career are when a client I’m working with realizes the full potential of their self-image, which ultimately boosts their confidence. Breaking down negative and erroneous self perceptions and body dysmorphia are usually the biggest challenge I have with both male and female clients. The more people embrace and subscribe to Ford’s ultimate message, you are beautiful, the more confident, happier and in turn more beautiful our society can become. Watch the video,

How to style the Sporty LWD

How to style the Sporty LWD

Banana Republic white high neck dress
160 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com

Yves Saint Laurent zip jacket
3,970 CAD – ysl.com

NIKE white sneaker
135 CAD – selfridges.com

Superdry zippered tote bag
63 CAD – superdry.com

1 Face stainless steel watch
50 CAD – nordstrom.com

Yves saint laurent lipstick
44 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Jin Soon silver glitter nail polish
22 CAD – net-a-porter.com

How to Style the LWD for a Dressy Cocktail Party

How to style the LWD

Banana Republic white keyhole dress
68 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com

ALDO open toe heel sandals
50 CAD – aldoshoes.com

Aldo clutch
50 CAD – aldoshoes.com

Maria Stern white jewelry
865 CAD – avenue32.com

Essie metallic silver nail polish
11 CAD – macys.com

How to Style the LWD for a Casual Boho Look

How to style the LWD

Burberry outerwear
1,240 CAD – stylebop.com

Banana Republic white caftan
110 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com

Aquazzura wedge sandals
840 CAD – forwardforward.com

ALDO crossbody handbag
50 CAD – aldoshoes.com

Long necklace
etsy.com

Bobbi brown cosmetic
57 CAD – barneys.com

How to style the LWD for a Casual Weekend Look

How to style the LWD

Banana Republic boat neck dress
81 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com

Long sleeve coat
30 CAD – rosewe.com

Converse canvas lace up sneaker
86 CAD – harveynichols.com

DKNY gray canvas tote
120 CAD – dkny.com

Michael Kors watch
410 CAD – matchesfashion.com

ALDO metal sunglasses
15 CAD – aldoshoes.com

White-hot

Image: Getty    Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Jamie Chung, Oliva Munn

The ubiquitous little white dress, aka LWD, is a fashionable summer staple. Fresh, versatile, available in multiple fabrics, lengths and styles, there’s a LWD out there to suit every women. Depending on the style of dress and how you choose to wear it, the LWD can work for casual daytime or dressier evening occasions. Although the perfect choice for summer parties and events, be sure to leave the wearing of white to the bride at weddings!

Most designers and retailers have come out with versions of the little white dress, but I was amazed at the wide variety of flattering styles currently being offered by Banana Republic. So I’ve decided to pick my favourite styles to share with you. I also appreciate that BR offers quality goods at reasonable prices that are readily available online. Here are seven of my favourite Banana Republic white dresses, but if none of these are for you, they have even more styles available in store and online.

All photos below: Banana Republic

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100% linen caftan-inspired dress with eyelet trim $110

This caftan-inspired linen dress will keep you cool and cool looking all summer. The draped elbow-length sleeves are perfect for the women who doesn’t like to show her arms but loves to show off her great gams. It can also be worn as a tunic over a pair of loose trousers or jeans.

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Soft draw-string dress made from a model and viscose blend, available in regular and petite sizes $160

With front pockets, a drawstring waist and side slits, this dress has a sporty casual vibe. Dress it up with a white or black blazer and pumps to wear to the office. A perfect style for the curvier women as it’s a bit roomier in the bust and hip area, while accentuating and flattering the waistline.

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Mesh Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, on sale for $63.99

Fashion forward and versatile, this fit-and-flare dress suits a women with a smaller bustline and wider hips. Funk this dress up with some cool heels and a great clutch for a night out on the town.

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100% cotton Eyelet Sheath dress in regular or petite sizes, on sale for $132.99

Classic styling in a classic fabric, this summer staple is the perfect dress for the gal with a petite frame. An exposed back zipper adds some edge and the banded waist is future flattering. This sweet eyelet sheath is ideal for a garden party, shower or brunch.

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Pleated Tie-Front Dress, available in regular and petite sizes, on sale for $87.50

While the softly pleated skirt floats over curves, the tie-front belt adds shape to this dressier LWD. Although flattering on most body types, pleats are usually best avoided by those with an ample bust. Wear this grecian inspired dress to a summer cocktail party or special occasion.

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Seamed Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, available in regular, petite and tall sizes, on sale for $62.99

Universally flattering, this modern, minimal, princess seamed, dress is perfect for the women with more generous curves. Wear it to the market with white sneakers and a jean jacket, or dress it up with statement jewellery and sexy heels.

Scalloped White Lace Cropped Tank and pencil skirt combo $235.99

Ok, I’m cheating here as this isn’t a solo dress but a matching two piece top and skirt. I couldn’t resist adding this duo to the mix though as it is so gorgeous. Perfect for a special occasion or a modern bride! I love how the team at Banana Republic styled this outfit here with a pair of fucsia pumps for an offbeat look and a pop of colour.

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Lace crop top, available online in petite only, on sale $85.99

 

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Lace skirt $150

If you have any questions on how to style your LWD, be sure to drop me a line.

 

 

A Saint of a Sale

Photo: AllSaints

When AllSaints made their Canadian debut in Yorkdale Mall a couple of years ago, it was a dream come true for me. The British retailer’s wares are completely up my alley; a little bit edgy, directional designs, quality fabrics and construction at a mid-range price point (somewhere between fast fashion & designer). The line is so me, it’s a bit frightening, and I always see some men’s pieces that I want to get my stylish husband. Although the target demographic for AllSaints is the 18-35 year old set, it appeals to women of all ages, and looks great on them too!

The AllSaints Mid Season Sale is on, in store and online (free standard shipping in Canada and the US), so I’ve rounded up my favourite sale pieces along with some of their regular priced items, and a few items from other stores, to show you what I would coordinate them with.

All prices shown are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise specified. Click on photos to link to the corresponding websites.

THE ROCKER LOOK

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ALLSAINTS Petrol Hawk Leather Biker Jacket was $630, NOW $441

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ALLSAINTS Awry Sweater in Charcoal Marl was $195, NOW $136

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ALLSAINTS Faded black Bonnie West Boot was $325, NOW $227

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The Castings High Rise Skinny jeans @ Aritzia $175. Gotta love the high-rise to keep muffin top contained!

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B-Low The Belt Fringe Bucket Bag @ shopbop.com $480 USD

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Rebecca Minkoff Front Back Hoop Earrings @ shopbop.com $58 USD

 

THE DRESSY LOOK

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ALLSAINTS Black Dala Blazer was $415, NOW $290

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ALLSAINTS Peacock Amelia Dress was $160, NOW $112

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ALLSAINTS Slingback Sarris $415

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Serefina Tassel Layer Necklace @ shopbop.com $130 USD

 

THE SEMI-CASUAL LOOK

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ALLSAINTS Khaki Mitel T-shirt was $70, NOW $49

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ALLSAINTS Black jersey Sibyl Skirt was $140, NOW $98

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ALLSAINTS Black Rotchko Wedge $360

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Wireframe Toggle Bracelet @ shopbop.com $78 USD

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Rebecca Minkoff Waverly Cross Body Bag @ shopbop.com was $345, NOW $276 USD

 

THE WEEKEND LOOK

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ALLSAINTS Lightweight Dahlia Leather Sweat was $268, NOW $187. A good looking sweatshirt with leather detail? Now that’s what I’m talking about.

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ALLSAINTS Black crepe de chine silk Reed Pants $230

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ALLSAINTS Bonny Valley Boot was $325, NOW $227

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Wilfred white Tandis T-shirt @ Artizia $30. This is my favourite tee and I have it in 6 colours, it’s available in 11 colours right now.

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Vita Fede Titan Plain Crystal Band Ring @ shopbop.com $275 USD

Spring into Colour!

All mood boards by trendcouncil.com

With April here, the shops are finally stocked with an abundant of colourful wares, for spring in a profusion of soothing pastels and happy brights. Now is the perfect time to shop for a few fresh items but with so many beautiful colours to choose from, how do you make sure to pick the ones that best complement your skin tone? First you need to determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone. Do your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm. Consult the warm/cool colour palettes below for which colours will look best on you.

If you don’t have time to shop in the stores, I’ve included 12 effortless spring dresses in a range of styles, colours and prices points available online. Just click on the photos to be linked to the websites.

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Warm tone Carnation ASOS Metallic Belt Bonded Scuba Cut Out Pencil Dress $115.58

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Cool tone Wisteria Asos Love Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress $66.55

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Cool tone Light Blue Zara Long dress with appliqué neckline $79.90

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Cool tone Sea Spray J. Crew Marlie Dress $230 USD

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Warm tone Pink Dust Ann Taylor Belted Ponte Shift Dress $157.62

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Cool tone Emerald Anthropologie Parted Dress by Tracy Reece $448

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Cool tone Marina Blue Banana Republic Silk Cross-Front Dress $215

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Cool tone Fuchsia Old Navy Ponte-Knit Cami Dress $19.50

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Warm tone Coral Banana Republic Trapeze Dress $175

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Warm tone Sunset Coral Ann Taylor Flounce Hem Dress $157.62