Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Yesterday I was on my way to a professional meeting wearing dress pants and a blouse...I know this sounds very typical and boring, but when it comes to fashion I do not usually do typical or boring. In addition to the blahhh-ness of this outfit it was 32 degrees in Toronto and I was swealtering. My mom asked why I didn't wear something a little bit more summer-y and I replied: "I don't know how to look professional and dress for summer weather at the same time".... She suggested that I try a full coverage dress (one that is not too short nor too tight) with some shoes that provide height and elegance. She then offered me a very stylish, cute and trendy hat that would set me apart from the rest. This outfit solved my problems: I was comfortable, a lot cooler in temperature and looking the way I like to present myself. The outfit was also well taken at my meeting... the head honcho said "I like your hat" and "boy, you look adorable". Looking professional doesn't always have to be boring...just be sure you know the audience that you are dressing for! Happy wardrobing.
This sunglass trend has been noted by other fashionistas and bloggers a little bit earlier in the season, however, I came across a fabulous pair for super cheap. These John Lennon inspired and later MK Olsen adapted, round lens spectacles are chic, retro and add a little bit of attitude to any summer get-up. For all you Torontonian's I strong suggest taking a tour of downtown's Kensington Market because I found these incredible glasses at the army surplus store. As if I need another pair of sunnies... but at $5.00 WHY NOT!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I am a freelance wardrobe stylist so I make frequent visits to wardrobe houses, vintage stores, and second hand boutiques in an effort to accumulate merchandise to build my inventory. I thought it would be a great styling project for me and an easy way for you, my readers, to save a few bucks if sporadically do a post called Frugal Fashions
I will show you how to put together a complete outfit that is trendy, in style and fresh all for UNDER $30.00. In these economic times, who can argue with saving a few pennies. In addition, this vintage shopping trend is also in line with the 'eco-green' initiative that has recently infiltrated every aspect of social life - so for all of you eco-friendly individuals stay tuned for my style ideas that focus on Recycling and Re-using. Look forward to FRUGAL FASHIONS!Frugality is the practice of
1) acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and
2) resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to
3) achieve a longer term goal.
I ran into a woman this weekend who was completely clueless about the piece of toilet paper she was trailing around with her... She claims that this happens to her ALL THE TIME. Ladies (and gentleman) this is your friendly reminder to do a 'once over' before exiting the restroom. Consider yourself warned. xo
Friday, June 12, 2009
While I am not known as a fashion designer, some may reconsider after this post... One rainy day earlier this week, my girlfriend Amanda and I took some scissors to an old ankle length leather skirt. Once the fit of the skirt was perfect, my creative and imaginative friend suggested that we make a quick stop into Fabricland (what a fabulous place filled with wonderful stuff!!) We purchased some texturized, gold, studded buttons that we used as detailing across the waistline of the skirt. Later we added two strand of chains for an added punkish, hipster look. Who says you need Parsons or some other elite fashion school to have fun with your clothes. This skirt costed a total of $7.50 to make and I got to spend quality time with my friend, what's better than that.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I just thought I would share this pic with all of you. I found this retro disco dude busting a few moves on the dance floor the other night. I thought his look was original and displayed his willingness to take fashion risks. His pieces look on par with current trends - destroyed denim, purple bomber jacket and a sweater with bursts of vibrant summer hues.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I am reading Jeanne Unbottled - Adventures in High Style, a story that takes the reader through the journeys of Jeanne Beker's life which landed her in the center of the fashion world, as the host and face of Fashion Television. So far it's a great read with many shocks and surprises. Jeanne shares some excellent words about what fashion IS or at least does a great job of explaining what I personally think fashion should be about.
"its the attitude, not attire, that inspires me and that drives every creative aspect of the fashion scene today..... The ones who stand out are those who dress with attitude, with a sense of who they are and what they're trying to tell the world....Effortless grace"