• Advice

    Garment Care

    Garment Care & Maintenance Washing, Drying & Ironing Like prescription drugs, always read and follow the label. More than once I have ruined a garment by not following the washing instructions correctly, and one time I ruined a white t-shirt by accidently washing it with colours that were not colour-fast (see Definitions). I had to replace the t-shirt – thank goodness it wasn’t pricey. Beware of reds! Not every garment of the same fabric has the same care instructions. Usually silk – a natural fibre – is dry clean only, but many brands now make washable silk. On the opposite side, polyester, which is a man-made material, is usually wash…

  • Advice

    Outer Wear

    Outer Wear Outerwear is not only intended to keep you warm. I mean, yes that’s the primary purpose but it can be fashionable as well as functional. Remember that sequence in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda tosses fabulous coat after fabulous coat on Andrea’s desk as she walks in every morning? I mean HELLO!  Outerwear is an important part of the wardrobe. At the start of 2018, I decided I needed to upgrade my outerwear wardrobe and so I did.  I have accumulated a few coats and jackets now, including items for transitioning between seasons. I have included some colour here too. Take note: they don’t all have to…

  • Advice

    Online Shopping

    Online Shopping So we have all become familiar with online shopping, right? Over the past number of years, this has become a very popular way to shop, especially with millennials and Gen Z. And the trend will only continue. Will shopping malls and outdoor shopping centres continue to exist? Yes of course, at least for the foreseeable future, but store sizes will certainly be reduced (something we’ve already started to see). I don’t shop online as often as I used to during my heavier days, mostly for lack of stylish options in stores for plus sizes that didn’t also break the bank. Now, however, I would say the majority of…

  • Advice

    Holiday Gift Guide

    Yep it’s that time of year again! Most wonderful? Depends who you ask. Personally, I think it all starts too soon. I mean, holiday cups at the coffee shops on November 1st – really?! What’s the rush…? Already the malls are getting crazy! Anyway, I’ve gone on a tangent. Back to the matter at hand.  How to get through the season without blowing up your credit card? Are there certain people you’re going to splurge on? Yes, sure. For me, it’s my niece and nephews. But otherwise I try to stick to a budget of $50-$100 per person. My friends and family agree on a limit in advance. Personally, I…

  • Advice

    Buying on a Budget

    Shopping on a Budget Confession time… I don’t really have a budget. Well I do but it’s pretty loose and very flexible because it’s difficult to maintain the same spending patterns every week or month. $hit comes up, right?  Earlier this year, I had to replace my all-season tires and buy a new washer & dryer in the same month! Plus I had booked a vacation in that month too. Talk about going over budget! I shop all over and buy from a varying array of brands, from low to high (ok, medium-high). I don’t worry about the label because no one sees it on the inside of my clothes.…

  • How To

    Closet Cleaning

    Closet Cleaning I set aside pretty much a whole morning or afternoon (3-4 hours) to do this. It seems like a long time but I try on almost everything, plus I use this time to put together new looks and consider new items that I may want to purchase to make or complete a look. And I have a lot of closets… It’s important to be organized. I have 3 piles on my bed to categorize my clothes: keep, toss, donate. But how do I decide what goes in each pile? Basic guidelines: If I haven’t worn it in a year or more, I consider getting rid of it. Alternatively,…

  • Travel

    Vacation Style

    Vacation Style Previous Next Day Time For day time sight-seeing, I tend to stick to jean shorts with a tee or tank, or a light sun dress, paired with comfortable walking shoes (I’m a walker when I’m not at home). I’m generally not a sneakers girl (unless it’s raining or there is uneven terrain involved) so my walking shoes are usually Birkenstocks. Jeans shorts are a staple in any wardrobe and they are great for vacations. They can be matched with almost anything in terms of colour or print so get a little crazy with tops here! Plus they are generally inexpensive. I recommend a few pairs in varying shades…

  • Advice

    Fit & Alterations

    Fit & Alterations For me personally, my size ranges from 12 to 16 (L to XL) depending on the garment, style and brand. But I don’t get too fussed about it. My goal is to find flattering classic styles. Fun fact: the difference in the measurement between waist size and hip size is approximately 12”. Meaning a 24” waist will have a 36” hip, give or take. I know this because I have a 14” difference from my waist to my hips so pretty much every pair of pants I own (jeans included), and even some skirts, needs to be cinched at the waist. My sister, instead, has the opposite…

  • Advice

    Dress with the Season

    Dress With The Season Dress with the season refers to many things. Seasonality of fabrics: linen is strictly reserved for summer, while leather is usually a winter fabric. Seasonality of style: no cutoff sleeves in January unless layered under/over another garment. And one of my most sacred rules: pantyhose must be worn in the winter (October through March)! Dry goosebump-y legs are just not a cute look when it’s -20 degrees. Seasonality also applies to footwear, meaning no sandals during winter and no boots during summer. Why would you want to trap your feet and legs in socks and boots at +30 degrees? Spring/Summer Everyone’s favourite season! Myself included. Of…

  • Advice

    Shoes

    Previous Next Shoes! Pumps. Key to a fashionista wardrobe. In as many colours as you can afford. I would suggest a minimum of a couple black and a couple nude for each season, so you can mix up the styles, as certain styles look better with pants (for example, pointed toe) and others with skirts or dresses (such as almond toe). Heel height is up to you – whatever is comfortable for you, or whatever level of discomfort you are willing to sustain. But please no kitten heels.  They are currently making a comeback but they are just not my cup of tea. Seasonality: none. Pumps really can be worn year…