Style Me Monday: Neutral Fall

Neutral Fall

 

My daughter is dreaming of what she'll be wearing for Halloween, and so am I. She's going as an adorable kitty cat! I'm going as a stylish, comfortable mom. I love this outfit - and depending on the weather I can add extra layers on top as needed! Great everyday style that my daughter won't be ashamed to be seen with me in. That's a win-win!
What are you going as for Halloween?

Style Me Monday: Fall Fashion Inspiration

Fall is here, it's in the air, on the trees and falling to the ground with every leaf. With fall comes some exciting things...halloween, pumpkins, cozy sweaters, amazing jackets, adorable booties, sumptuous scarves....
This first outfit is definitely a fall favorite for me. We all have that favorite pair of jeans that fits just perfect. They looked great all summer long with tiny tanks and now they transition into fall with a few tweaks. Here I've pair a pair of mid wash skinnies with classic nude pumps, and oversized bag, and a great jacket.
I love this jacket for it's great fall colour, button details, and great A-line shape and wrap styling to accent the best of you body giving a great hourglass shape. I love the way they have popped the back of the collar for some attitude, and tie the waist into an adorable bow for a feminine touch.
The second outfit capitalizes on a popular colour this season in green. I love a great kelly or emerald green in any outfit ranging from green jeans, to a pop of colour in the accessories. Almost everyone can pull this colour off so for your next fall date, try a great dress like this one in the solid hue.
I love the shape of this dress for its fitted bodice, defined waist, and softly flared skirt. Top it with a great A-line wool topper, a neutral pump with adorable details, and a clutch with a complimentary pop of colour and you're ready for dinner, movies, the art gallery, or anywhere the night might take you!
This last look might just be my favorite look for everyday. It's a totally cute, comfy, toasty warm, and great for that transitional time when you don't always need an extra layer but the short sleeves are a little too cool. This thin sweater gives the outfit both physical warmth and a pop of warm colour on the cool days with a great pair of jeans, ankle booties, a comfy scarf looped around your neck, and an optional perfect pea coat in grey to top off the look!
What's your favorite fall fashion staple and your favorite way to wear it? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Style Me Monday: How to figure out your body shape ? (and other things I learned from Jeannie Mai)

This summer I had the great pleasure of attending BlogHer12 in NYC and met Celebrity Stylist Jeannie Mai at the Windows Style Luncheon at the Microsoft New York Offices. During the Spreecast there was a pause during which we had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Jeannie! She was super sweet, friendly, and fabulous through the whole thing so I bucked up my courage and asked a question. My question was simple..."I can identify other peoples body shape, and how to dress them but I can never figure out my shape and the best way to dress it. Also, when determining a body shape, do you include your shoulders or just bust, waist, and hips?"I was thrilled to hear the echo of others agreeing about how hard that can be to figure out but Jeannie had an idea all ready for me. There are two different ways to do this - one on the computer and one by hand. Have someone take a photo of you straight on (make sure you're not wearing anything too loose or too tight like shapewear that would change your body shape). Then using a marker on the printed photo or a paint brush on the computer and outline your shape. If you're like me and are too critical to look at the image when you can still see it's you, colour in the shape on the computer or cut out the shape and flip it over to the white back if using a physical photo so that you can clearly see the shape of your body. (And yes, do include your shoulders as they balance our hips.)

Now that you can see your shape you can put it into the usual categories - hourglass, inverted triangle, triangle (pear), and column - but we're not done yet. It's not just shape that matters, you also have to know, what is your favorite feature of yourself? Mine is that I always have a noticeable waist no matter what size I'm wearing. Your might be your long legs, ample bosom, shapely arms, beautiful smile, defined collar bones, or something else completely unique to you. Whatever it is, name it, embrace it, and love it!

You now have all the tools you need to start dressing your best for your shape. the key thing to remember is balance. At the end of the day we are all finding the best way to balance our shoulders and chest with our hips while creating a great defined waist in between.In my case, I'm somewhere between a triangle and an hourglass. My shoulders and hips more or less balance out (though my hips are still a touch bigger visually) but I do have a noticable waist line (though it's a bit mor padded than I'd like to see it). Knowing that I love to show off my waist (and make it look as tiny as possible) I look for a few things in an ideal outfit

1. Something fitted through the hips and rear but flows down straight from the widest part of my hips 2. Something with a clearly defined  higher waist by way of an empire waist, mid to high rise bottom, or a tie, bow, rouching, wrap or belt detail hitting the smallest part of my midsection 3. A top that either shows off some bare shoulder or adds some volume with pintucks at the shoulders, capsleeves or flutter sleeves.

Hear are a few of my favourite outfits for my body type:

Has this helped you? Share it with anyone who might enjoy it... Still a little lost? Let me know where you're stuck or your body shape & favourite features and I'll do my best to help you!

 

Style Me Monday: Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans have taken over the world! From the fashionistas in hollywood, to the moms and kids on the school playground - we are surrounded daily by every variation of the Skinny Jean you can think of. From dark to light, classic blue to bright bold colours, from skinny straights to skin tight jeggings, there is a style for everyone. Yes, that's right everyone! Even me (as much as I've pushed against it).
My current faves are the coloured jeans and classic dark skinnies. To demonstrate their versatility I've put together a few great outfits to share!

Outfit 1: I love this look for these last days of warmth in the early fall. I've paired the classic dark skinny jeans with a simple white top that cinchs in at the waist (smallest part) and has a bit more volume all over to balance out the figure. I love these grey suede boots! They're a great fall staple that can be dressed up or down a pull on right over the skinny jeans while keeping you comfy with a minimal wedge heel. For accessories, add the straw fedora you picked up for the beach, a big bright bag (I love the punch of the red on the softer palette), and a great soft scarf in a neutral or pastel colour. This would be the kind of outfit I'd throw on for grocery shopping, running errands, a casual coffee date, or a play date at the park with my daughter.

Outfit 2: I love this as a great option for dressing up at night. You could hit the town with the girls for some dancing, or settle down to a date night in your favourite restaurant looking fabulous. I've paired these great skinnies with a jewel toned silk top (satin or a fabric with a great sheen would also work here). I love the rich colour and the luxurious feel of the silk! To keep the outfit simple and streamlined stick to nutral tones in the accessories but don't be afraid to add a little sparkle for pizzaz.
Outfit 3: In the top two outfits we looked at a casual outfit with a boho feel and a more glamorous outfit for night but now I want to offer an option with a little more edge. For you ladies who like the idea of a rocker chic style, I designed this outfit for you and me. To me a great pair of black leather heeled boots is the first step to giving these dark skinny jeans a bit more edge. The top allows for something comfortable while showing a little skin through the mesh panels at the shoulder. I love a great blazer, or a great leather motorcycle jacket, so why not take the best of both worlds? The richness of leather, the motorcycle style collar, the fitted style, and button closure all work together on this great white number, while the white pops in contrast to the dark jeans and boots. Again, I've added that large red structured bag. The shape and colour work with the outfit for the added wow factor!
Which of these outfits would you be most likely to wear? Why? Tell me all about your Skinny Jean Style in the comments below!

Style Me Monday: Must Have Item - Nude Pumps

Okay I admit - I'm obsessed! From Red Carpet to Royalty nude pumps (think of Catharine, Duchess of Cambridge and her now signature LK Bennett Nude Pumps) are the go to footwear this year. For me this is a no-brainer. Season after season, 2012 has brought us fabulous bold and rich colours in every item of clothing and accessories possible. With all of this colour, it's great to have a classic nude pump to anchor any outfit for any occasion. To demonstrate this I've put together 6 different outfits for different occasions.
Coloured Jeans - I love this look. I'm loving this trend of colour slim jeans and jeggings that gives the colour in a comfortable outfit that is just as at home at coffee with the girls, or a night at the movies.
Teal Day Dress - A great way to include colour for the office. A great fitted dress in a rich hue like this peacock tone is right at home in the office with a taupe and coral clutch, and classic nude pumps and minimal accessories.
Oxblood Fitted Blazer - Going into fall this outfit is fabulous! Whether running errands around town, headed back to class, catching up with friends, or a casual day at the office, this outfit capitalizes on the Oxblood trend surfacing for fall in the jacket with classic everyday items - dark denim, cream tank, dainty (but sparkly) studs, and nude pumps.
Black, Nude, and Lace - For a classy night out on the town you can pull together the classic little black dress with nude pumps and a touch of lace. Add a little sparkle with chandelier earrings and you're ready for a night of dinner, dancing, an art gallery opening, and whatever else may come your way.
Summer in the City - With the heat still upon us in many cities in North America, a shorts option is always important. I love this option with another set of great basics with a punch of colour in the structured jacket and clutch.
Royal Purple - This is one of my favourite outfits by far! I love the rich, royal feel of the purple dress with faux wrap details. By keeping the accessories elegant but neutral you keep the focus on your outfit while still showing off a polished, pulled together look.
Top Five things I love about Nude Pumps:
1. They can go from day to night with classic neutrals & pastels or today's bold colours
2. There is a style for everyone from peeptoes to pumps to ballet flats
3. With wide offerings you can find the right shade (with the right undertone) to flatter your skin tone
4. They lengthen the leg line (and who doesn't love looking like they have legs up to there!)
5. They're available in every price range
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