Why we should give our comfort zone the finger.

self-confidence Oct 15, 2018

Have you put limitations on yourself because of fear of judgement over who you are or any part of yourself that you deem “imperfect”?

We have developed a fear of being different from those we have compared ourselves to and have labeled as "perfect".  This fear forces us to stay in our comfort zone. Yes, our comfort zones are safe, warm and cozy. So, we put some barriers and limits in place to keep us there. It's our instinct to feel safe and we all have our own individual tolerance for being able to push past those safe guards. I believe in order to feel more confident with who we are and in our own skin, then you need to push past those limitations you have created for yourself. In essence, give your comfort zone the finger.

Why should be push past them? Because that is where growth and change can happen. It is also where you start to feel your confidence grow on the inside, which will start to show on the outside. If you want the next generation to stand up for...

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Outfit Tips for Headshots & Videos

style tip Aug 24, 2018

Tips on how to dress for Headshots/Videos:

  1. Be Comfortable. Wear what you are comfortable in and that represents your own style and profession. You don’t want to be wearing something you feel uncomfortable in or doesn’t represent who you are. Getting pictures or taking videos can be uncomfortable enough. Wear a favourite outfit that is more elevated then your everyday wear. This will help you feel more confident and it will show on camera! You want your outfit to represent YOU.

2. Fit is King: FIT is KING. Get hemlines or sleeves altered. If something is too small or too big, don’t wear it or get it altered. You will feel it and be uncomfortable, so chose something that shows off your beautiful shape.

3. Colours. Go for solid colours and stay away from geometric patterns as it can be distorted on video. I recommend avoiding red, orange, black or white, as they are not good colours on camera. Jewel tones are the cameras friend. Choose solid...

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7 Tips for Thrift Shopping

shopping Aug 15, 2018

Who loves thrift store shopping? I know I do!

Thrift shopping can be fun and successful or it could be time consuming and unfruitful. Depending on your local thrift store or boutique, some are more discerning when it comes to their stock and others not as much. Now that doesn't mean that you can't shop in the less discerning stores, as you still may find some hidden gems, but personally, I focus more on the shops that a little more particular in what they stock. A few of my favourite local thrift stores are Guy’s Frenchys, Value Village and Paula’s Picks. If I am looking for unique, high-quality pieces, then Paula’s Picks is always my first option. Paula, the owner and "Professional Shopper" is friendly, knowledgeable and she has excellent taste! She carries jewelry, shoes, bags, plus size clothing and everything else in between!  Check out the pictures of the amazing outfits I found in her shop in this post. Everything I am wearing from shoes to jewelry is...

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You Can Have Fun Shopping No Matter Your Size!

shopping Jul 16, 2018

Ladies, believe me when I say this. We are ALL shaped BEAUTIFULLY unique. Your shape or size does not define your self worth. Some of us are angular in shape, some of us are petite, tall, curvy and everything in between. We have different sized breasts, waists, hips, thighs...and even though we can LOVE our bodies, we can feel frustrated when we shop. The fault is not yours, it is because clothing pieces are not designed or made to fit EVERY body shape. I have so many clients sharing with me their stories of crying in dressing rooms because the clothes don't fit or look right on them. Instead of blaming the clothing, they internalize it and blame themselves. It can be hard to love ourselves when we feel that we need to hide our grey hair, our cellulite, vericose veins, the extra love around our tummies in order to meet an unreasonable expectation of "beauty or health". I don't know about you, but I am over that. I am not going to be ashamed about what someone else may think is a...

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YSJ Love, Styled 3 Ways

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2018

I live in a small, but mighty city in Atlantic Canada. Its residents sometimes refer to it as Saint Awesome or YSJ, but on a map, it is called Saint John. It is located in the picturesque Province of New Brunswick and you will find it nestled by the Atlantic Ocean. I love Saint John for numerous reasons. One of those reasons is our amazing entrepreneurs and small businesses. We have those who were born and raised in Saint John and those who are CHOOSING our city to set up shop and follow their passion. As a Personal Stylist, I love to support my local boutique shops when I take my clients shopping and especially when I shop for myself.       

Outfit #1: Tee:In Pursuit, Sneakers: Urban Shoe Myth, Pants: Paula's Pics

The In Pursuit Mobile Truck of my favourite local shops and it happens to be an industry disruptor. She can drive her shop ANYWHERE!! Dominique Leger started her mobile PINK truck 5 seasons ago and not only has she rocked her...

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How Shame Marketing is Influencing Your Body Image.

body image Mar 09, 2018

I was driving in my car to a friend’s last night and an advertisement for a local fitness business came on. Instead of motivating me to use their business, it did the opposite of what I think it was intending to do. It ENRAGED me. Yes, I know, enrage is a strong word. But man, I was fired UP! Especially after my fb live talk with Carolyn Campbell about shifting to be more “Body Positive”. If you haven’t seen it, then I highly recommend it. You can find it here "Your weight is the least interesting thing about you" .

The advert on the radio wasn’t anything different than what we have heard before, but now I hear it with a new understanding and perspective.

And you know what? it is no longer okay. Not that it was ever okay to begin with...but it is no longer okay to believe or accept the BS women are being fed about how we should look and feel about our bodies. Shame based marketing to motivate you is NOT OKAY. Once your eyes have been opened to make...

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6 Shopping Tips to get a Wardrobe You Love

shopping Jan 31, 2018

Have you opened up your closet full of clothes, but still feel like you have nothing to wear?

 

Maybe you pull out a shirt that you haven't worn, put it on and realize you have nothing to wear with it, so it continues to hang unused in your closet?

 

If you are tired of waisting time and money on items that are not being worn in your closet, then take a read through these 6 tips. They will help you form better habits when you shop, and therefore get closer to having a wardrobe you love.

 

1. Be wary of the SALE.

Avoid justifying a purchase because “well, it was only $10!”. Ask yourself, would you buy this piece at full price?

Now, I know that seems odd since a lot of us only buy something for ourselves when it is on sale, but ask yourself honestly, do you love this piece enough to purchase it at full price? If the answer is yes, then say “yes” to the sale! If the answer is no, then save your money for something you will truly love...

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