• Opinion

    Annual Reflection

    Happy New Year 2022! As I have been doing for a few years in a row, I take time at the start of every year to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the coming year.   2021 Let’s not mince words – 2021 was difficult (read: brutal). We fumbled our way through the longest lockdown of the past two years – over 6 months in Toronto. Sheesh! We spent holidays in our “bubbles” and celebrated birthdays freezing our buns in the cold 🥶 We defined new terms like Zoom fatigue. And let’s not forget, omicron just in time for Christmas 🎄    Now, I don’t want…

  • Advice

    A Cabi Christmas!

    Need a few gift ideas?! Cabi has got you covered. Check out this six limited-edition, one-size-fits-all-perfect-for-gift-giving pieces.    Shop these items and the whole Fall/Winter 21 collection here!   Not sure what to give? Gift cards are always a fave. And cabi’s do not expire. Drama Scarf The name says it all! In luxurious black faux fur – and it has pockets! Stage Necklace Make a statement with this over-the-top piece. Silver & stones mixed with a hint of leather 📿 Serpent Mini Bag Trend alert: small bags have been all the rage. This neutral snake🐍 print keeps it classic Shimmer Poncho A little retro. A neutral shade. Bit make it holiday with…

  • Advice

    Holiday Gift Guide with Lemonberry

    Hello Fashion Friends! It’s that wonderful time of year once again – gift-giving time! I am thrilled to be collaborating with Lisa at Lemonberry for this post. You can read a little more about me here and about Lisa and her shop, Lemonberry, here. Follow us on Instagram @thedishonstyle and @lemonberry_ca. Visit Lemonberry at lemonberry.ca Today’s topic: holiday shopping! Are you thinking “it’s too soon yet”? Believe me when I say, start early – global supply chain issues will continue to have an impact on all shipping, be it online or in-store. But have no ear, we’re here to help! I truly believe it’s the thought that counts. You don’t have to break the…

  • Opinion,  Travel

    Travel Nostalgia

    I am at the tail end of my summer vacation. My partner and I stayed “local”, spending 2 nights in Montreal and 1 night in Ottawa, and the rest of the week in and around southern Ontario. We drove – my first long road trip. It was a great trip!   One of my favourite activities is traveling to new places and gaining new life experiences. Immersing myself in the local culture, food and, of course, shops. As we are all painfully aware, that hasn’t been an option since the pandemic started – at least not with extreme inconvenience and precaution. Our vacation was wonderful, but I am missing international…

  • Opinion,  Style

    Fave Fashion TV Shows

    Let’s be honest… with this pandemic and these ongoing lockdowns, we’ve probably all been consuming way too much tv. (Now that the weather is warmer, less so). Sometimes I find I’m not even paying attention to the plot because I’m totally mesmerized by the outfits LOL Here I’m rounding up some of my favourite series with amazing fashion. Gossip Girl Ok I’m not going to lie – I watched this series way beyond an appropriate age. Like should a 30 something be watching a series about [ultra rich] high school teenagers?? Probably not But the fashion is stellar in this series! Let’s start with besties, Blair Waldorf & Serena Van…

  • 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…