• Advice,  Outfits

    Seasonal Transition

    I’m born and raised in Toronto, Canada, but I don’t like the cold. Never have! No matter how much time passes, you never get used to it. So summer is my favourite season for weather. But autumn is my favourite season for fashion! Why? There is SO much you can do with fall fashion! It’s the season for boots and booties, suede and leather, scarves, layering, and rich colours… xxx Let’s start with my top 5 DISH Tips for transitioning summer to fall. 1. Layer, baby, layer! Don’t hibernate your short sleeves and skirts/dresses just yet. Keep the all-season fabrics around and layer. This! This is why fall is my…

  • Advice

    Fashion Myths

    There are a lot of “rules” around fashion. Some have existed since the dawn on time – or so it would seem and others seem to change all the time. Can I let you in on a little secret? These “rules” don’t really apply anymore. They’re more like guidelines now. Do certain pieces look better on certain body shapes than others? Yes sure – that will never change. Does that mean you can’t break the rules from time to time? Of course not! Let’s find the truth behind these myths, shall we? Myth: Horizontal stripes make you look wider or fatter. Not true… ok sometimes true. It’s the nature of…

  • Advice,  Style

    Personal Shopping

    One of my favourite “hobbies” besides blogging and writing about fashion is – obvi – shopping! I enjoy finding new and interesting items and working them into my wardrobe.  My long-time friend Claudia, a faithful and engaged follower of mine (thank you sweetie XO) was looking for a wardrobe refresh for the coming spring. She told me she tends to buy the same styles and colours over and over again, and wanted to break away from that. She said to me “How do you do it? Can you help me?” And I was more than happy to oblige.  A little bit about Claudia… she is a professional with a young…

  • Advice

    Accessorizing

    You asked so I’m answering! Accessorizing your look can really bring it to another level. You know when you see in magazine’s those “Who Wore It Best” comparisons…? Accessories – without over doing it – are usually the deciding factor. Previous Next Jewelry Adding interesting jewelry pieces to your outfit is a fun way to kick it up a notch! And it can be very affordable. Personally, I like costume jewelry, especially statement earrings, but I also have pretty, dainty pieces. Depends on the outfit – and my mood! Coco Chanel said that once you’re dressed, to look in the mirror and remove one piece of jewelry. While Madame Chanel…

  • Advice

    Underwear & Shapewear

    This is an area of wardrobe that is often neglected. I’m guilty of it too. So in 2018, I made the conscious decision to improve my under garment collection. Like outerwear, underwear needs to be functional as well as fashionable (even if only few people see it). Panties Thong: I would venture to say essential. There are few things I dislike more than panty lines especially with pants. I wear thongs with pretty much everything, except maybe flowy skirts & dresses in the summer (just in case there’s a gust of wind – you don’t want to have a Marilyn moment). Full back: For the ladies who don’t like thongs,…

  • Advice

    Skin Care

    In my mid-20s I decided that I needed to start a skin care routine in order to fend off crows’ feet and forehead lines. Because Botox is expensive – and yes, I’ve had a limited amount of Botox a few times in the past couple of years. I’m Italian so I’m expressive with my face (and my hands) More on this later. Before I get into it, I would like to point out that genetics also plays a key role here. I’m no expert in the matter but I’m observant. Cindy Crawford hasn’t aged in 30 years! Why? Certainly her skin care line has a lot to do with it,…

  • Advice

    Body Image

    Body Image Pretty much every woman – and even some men – I know struggles with their body image. By this I mean having a positive body image. Women (and men) of all shapes and sizes, even those who are fit or thin as defined by societal “norms”, deal with body positivity. And I am certainly no different. I have mostly positive days, but those rough days drop in from time to time. You know which ones I mean? Those “I feel fat and nothing in my closet looks good on me and I’m never going out again” days… This is especially difficult in the digital age where we are…

  • Advice

    Shoe Care

    Shoe Care Previous Next Shoes are a topic on which I am well versed. Afterall I have 100+ pairs, some of which I have had for many many years and are still in good shape. Why? Because I take care of my shoes – something I learned from my mother.   My shoes range in cost and brand from $40 to $300 (most of them ~$150 or so). Regardless, I maintain them all equally. I live in a climate that changes considerably with the seasons, which can wreak havoc on shoes – rain, snow, salt stains, etc. So here are a few tips in keeping your shoes looking like new.…

  • 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…