• Advice,  Outfits,  Style

    Capsule Wardrobe

    For the month of June, I’ve decided to challenge my creativity by doing what I’m calling The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge! You may have heard of the Project 333, where you select a 33-piece capsule wardrobe from your existing closet and create a multitude of outfits that you wear from 3 months. And if you haven’t, well now you have 😊 Three months seemed a bit excessive to me so I’m doing a bite-size version: 11 pieces for 1 month. From left to right: (1) deep coral tiered maxi dress (2) orange & beige striped midi skirt (3) black graphic tee (4) floral printed tee (5) white tee (6) white shirt…

  • Advice,  Opinion,  Style

    Summer Fashion Faux Pas

    If you’ve been around for a while or read any of my previous posts, you know I am particular about a few things – like bras and pantyhose. With the warm weather coming (and going and then coming again), I thought it would be helpful to talk about some of the challenges that summer style brings. Mind Your Fabrics Many fabrics are seasonless – meaning you can wear them year-round. Then there are fabrics that are either for cool seasons or warm seasons.  Cool seasons: wool/wool blends, cashmere, leather, suede, fleece. Warm seasons: linen, cotton, silk/satin. Living in a place where the weather is cool (cold) more than warm, I…

  • Advice,  Style,  Trends

    Handbag Trends: Spring 2021

    This topic really needs a post of its own – there is a lot to cover. Handbags really ran the gamut this season. From teeny tiny to oversize and everything in between. 1.   Tiny Bags I am sure we have all seen that photo of Lizzo carrying a teensy purse on the AMA red carpet. It looked like a piece of candy, no? They look cute but are they functional in any way?? Unless you have an assistant following you around carrying your stuff (as I am sure Lizzo does), these are just for show. But that has not stopped me from having 1 or 2, and legit I cannot…

  • Advice,  Style,  Trends

    Accessory Trends: Spring 2021

    Accessories are used to complete, elevate, and modernize a look. Even a “simple” tee and jeans, or a t-shirt dress can be turned into an outfit with the right accessories. Let us get started! Click to follow links.   1.  Chunky Jewelry A beautiful statement piece is an easy way to make an outfit more polished. Lately, the trend is toward simple large chains & necklaces, mostly in gold. Less is more – generally not a motto to which I subscribe but there are always exceptions, and this is one. Coin-style pendants are a more classic alternative if you are not a fan of such large pieces. Dish Tip: layer…

  • Style,  Trends

    Fashion Trends: Spring 2021

    Fashion Friends, hello! Spring is HERE  This is my round up of fashion trends for the season. Snap these up before it is too late (or call me if you need help). 1. Trench Coats… with a twist The trench coat is an eternal classic, becoming highly popular after (and arguably originating from military uniforms of) WWI. This season, this classic style has taken on fun and fashionable twists, from bold shoulders/sleeves to oversize lapels, cape styles and slits. But you can never go wrong with an original. On the Runway Where to Buy (click photo to follow link): Club Monaco Everlane 2. Oversized button-down shirts Who loves a crisp white…

  • Advice

    Celebrate Love!

    This is my very first Valentine’s Day post in my two+ years of blogging. And there is a reason for that: I do not particularly like Valentine’s Day. I am single (All the single ladies… All the single ladies… uh uh oh oh oh oh oh oh – Do you hear Beyonce too?) Unattached. A bachelorette. A spinster (one of my least favourite words in the English language – yuck). So I am reclaiming Valentine’s Day on behalf of all the singles – men and women, gay, straight or otherwise, young and less young! Instead of celebrating the love relationships we do not have, let us celebrate all the LOVE…

  • Opinion

    2020 Roundup

    What a year it was… one I will never forget. Phrases like unprecedented, social distancing, virtual event, lockdown, and “can everyone see my screen?” dominated our lives. Who knew that face masks and lanyards could become fashion pieces?? But in some ways, it feels like it was necessary. Lessons learned the hard way… Goals I started 2020 with a few personal goals. Traveling. Reading. Investing. Health & wellness. Rewarding myself with an LV bag. And then the pandemic hit. Traveling went out the window – although I did manage to squeeze in one vacation beforehand. As did the investment goal, with house prices skyrocketing in Toronto (city dwellers opted to…

  • Opinion

    Apparel Industry

    In addition to my passion for fashion, I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and I have full-time employment in Finance for a large commercial real estate company. So I thought I would combine the two for this post  The pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the apparel industry, which may never fully recovery. Let’s explore the reasons and what has led us here The Numbers In Canada, manufacturing employs ~1.6 million people[1]. A small fraction is employed in the production and administration of manufacturing fashion goods, which contributes ~$43.6B CAD (~4%) in total market value[2]. Manufacturing jobs, in general, have decreased in North America from the 1970s through…

  • Advice

    Gift Guide 2020

    The Thought That Counts The holiday season is upon us! Every year I feel like it comes earlier and earlier but that’s another topic… Yes, I truly believe it’s the thought that counts. It doesn’t have to be pricey or fancy, just thoughtful. Let’s your loved ones know that you are listening and thinking about them.  This year feels different… with everything that’s going on in #2020, that’s no surprise. We’re all feeling stretched this year – with our time, our patience and our pocket book. In light of this, I’ve kept my list brief, wallet friendly (each under $50) and reflective of the times.  Hope you find it helpful! Click…

  • Opinion

    Shows S/S 2021 RTW

    Christian Dior Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUbPO4tzPO0 The Looks …the most important piece! The show opens with easy casual designs in shades of yellow, cream, black, and orange in exquisite prints. Elevated lounge wear. Fitting for the times. Unconventional for Dior. These are my four favourite looks for this part of the show. Give me a maxi dress or a kimono, and I’m in love. The embellishment of these two dresses – MUAH! [Kisses fingertips] While they are see-through, which I often find raunchy, I find these to be elegant and sophisticated. Then the show moves into denim blue shades with off white. Keeping with the pandemic derived theme,…