A Secret to Buying Less Clothes

style tip May 05, 2020
 
This week I challenged my Style Insider Academy girls to wear something that we haven’t worn in awhile. It’s going to get us out of going for our “usuals” and help to breathe new life into a piece that otherwise might not have been getting some love.
 
So today I picked the vest I stole from my hubby and had altered to fit me.
 
 
Speaking of alterations...it is one of my secrets to BUYING LESS CLOTHES.
 
So many don’t look to alterations to salvage pieces that aren’t quite fitting right. I think we don’t consider alterations for many reasons.
 
1. We as women have the impression that our bodies are the problem when clothes don’t fit off the hanger...instead the problem is the clothes, not our bodies. A lot of men go with the expectation that most of their clothes will be altered. Women don’t and I think this needs to shift. Most of my clients always now consider alterations being a part of...
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5 Reasons Why What You Wear Impacts Your Mood

self-care Apr 29, 2020

I am never going to tell you that you “should” get dressed. Seriously, who wants someone to “should all over them? Not me! I promise to never ever “should” all over you.

However, there may be those who are seeking ways to feel more “good” vibes during their days of self-isolation. If you are one of those good vibe seeking people,  then I have one simple thing you can do in your day to UP your mood. You may have guessed it based on the title of this post. Yes, it is getting dressed. What we wear can absolutely have an impact on our mood and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Your outfit can make you feel more powerful. Studies have proven that what we wear can have a correlation to how we perform in a task. Now we don't HAVE to wear a power tie or heels to feel powerful, but we can have pieces and outfits that make us feel like we are going to kick our days ass. Do you think you will feel more ready to tackle your fighting children in your...

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6 Ways to Cope During an Epidemic

self-care Mar 30, 2020
Nothing like living through a time that is going to forever change our world and lives, eh?
 
Like myself, you are all probably trying to do your best to cope with this new norm. Whether is it working from home, being around your partner 24/7, having your children at home, or being retired and trying to fill your time. NO ONE PREPARED us for this.
 
Even though I allow myself to feel the fear and overwhelm, I still always look for the positive, as it is just how my brain works. I don't have all the answers in how to support you during this time, as we all have different needs and different ways of coping. But I live to serve and help in any way that I can, so I wanted to share some simple practices that are helping me during this time. 
 
Here are my top 6 ways I am coping when my world changed:
 
 
1. I am tapping into my POWER words. Words like, trust, grit & resiliency. Using these words to remind myself that...
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Life after a 10x10 challenge

outfit creation Dec 20, 2019

What is a 10x10 challenge and why do I need to evaluate life after it?

A 10x10 challenge is choosing 10 pieces of clothing to create 10 different outfits over 10 days.

It is not to test to see if I can only live with 10 items of clothing, though this challenge has taught me that I can come close if I really wanted to.

No, I do this challenge every year because it kick starts my creativity, more specifically creativity in my wardrobe. We don't play enough in our wardrobes. Maybe we don't because most of our clothes don't fit because you think the body you have now doesn't deserve clothes that fit. Maybe it's because your life has been in transition and it no longer represents the person you are today. Maybe because you think it is just too hard, so you don't bother.

One of the biggest reasons is because we have TOO MUCH stuff and we get overwhelmed and therefore it stumps our creativity because of too much stimulation and choices. So we fall back onto wearing the same pieces over and...

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Pack less and create more for a trip!

travel Nov 23, 2019
 

I know when I go on vacation, packing can be a trigger for stress and anxiety. What if I don’t have enough? What if things don’t match? What if something comes up and I have nothing that makes me feel good? I don’t want to overpack!!  So, I am sharing my tips that helped me pack for my 2 week trip to California.

This is a basic overview, as all vacations are unique. You may be doing a destination vacation, a family vacation, couples vacation, long term vacation, camping vacation...so I am hoping that these tips will help you apply it to any type of vacation that you are going on. As a bonus, I have created planning cheat sheet to help you plan and pack for your next trip! 

My super duper awesome packing tips to not over pack:

  1. Research, Organize & Plan: Research the weather for the days at the location you are going to.  down all the days you will be away on a list and any events or activities planned on that day. 
  2. Outfit...
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What Women Want the Beauty and "Health" Industry to Know

body image Mar 30, 2019

Dear Beauty & "Health" Industry,

I would like to share 10 things that I would greatly benefit your business. I believe that it can teach you how to better interact, sell and market to women who no longer want to be or feel ashamed of the way they look.

1. We already have bikini-ready bodies. You don't need to tell us how great we will look in it if we diet and exercise.

2. We are going to look beautiful in our wedding dress no matter our size. Thanks anyway.

3. Tracking and measuring our food makes us obsessed with a stupid number and fosters fear of food, not being healthy.

4. Scales are stupid.

5. There is no such thing as a goal weight - our size does not determine if we are a good or bad person. You're not going to lose 50 lbs and automatically love yourself more. You have to change your mindset and motivation FIRST. If you can't love yourself at 200 lbs, you won't magically love yourself at 150 lbs.

6. Shaming us for what we eat and restricting what we eat creates...

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Turtlenecks are BACK!

outfit creation Mar 16, 2019

I remember I went years avoiding turtlenecks.

One of the main reasons was because I couldn't stand having something around my neck that I can FEEL. It makes me feel like I am always close to chocking...NOT how I want to feel in my clothes. However, I found a thin lightweight turtleneck that does NOT sit against my neck last year. I have to say, other then my denim, it is my MOST worn piece this Winter.

Why?

Because it is great for layering! I can wear tees, dresses, cardigans and blazers over it. I chose black as it was going to give me the most wear in my wardrobe and I love the classic look paired with a fun pant. See, I have boobs (not big, but perfectly curvy) and I also have small hips, so I like to stay more neutral up top and let my legs be the focus with fun pants. My turtleneck was also a great way to stay WARM in our many cold months in Eastern Canada, as I could still wear it with my tees and not freeze when I put on a blazer.

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Body Positive Tips When You Gain Weight

body image Jan 11, 2019

We can all agree that losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution and can we also all agree that we are SICK of hearing about it everywhere??

Why has our world become so obsessed with losing weight?

My first guess is because the diet culture has been SO successful at feeding into our insecurities. The insecurities that they have fostered and benefited from. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying losing weight is bad. The obsession with it is. The obsession doesn’t teach you how to be happy, how to be a good person, how to be beautiful, how to be healthy and how to have a healthy relationship with food, body and your mental health.

 

SO...before you make your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, read this first.

 

For a lot of us, when we gain weight over a period of time or even suddenly, crazy things can happen to our thoughts and self-talk. Our inner voice can get nasty, mean, obsessive and sad. This can be due to how you were raised,...

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Winter Boots for Every Occasion

style tip Dec 17, 2018

If you live in a place where the air hurts your face, then you will also need something to warm your feet for all the occasions in your life. Maybe you only have one pair that isn't cutting it for work AND the hockey rink or maybe the ones you have a falling a part and you are not sure what to invest in.

So today, I am sharing my favourite winter boots that have kept my feet warm these past few years. I will also be sharing links to the ones I have or ones similar. You are going to be seeing winter boots that are great for every day wear, for work, special occasion and for outdoor play!

Everyday Wear:

On days where the snow doesn't go past my knees, I love wearing my favourite Bos & Co. Belfield boots in Prune. My feet are cold from October to May, so I break out these babies in the Fall because they are a great ankle boot to wear with my cropped pants. I still wear them all Winter long with my all of my jeans and even with some dresses. I fell in love with this colour...

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10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

Uncategorized Oct 31, 2018

This Fall I decided to live with less and decided to hold off buying any new clothes for the month of October. So, to kick this off, I did 10x10 Challenge and invited others to join me. That means I chose 10 items in my wardrobe and I wore them 10 different ways over 10 days.

WHY? (to find out what I learned, keep reading!)

  • I want to challenge myself to live with less and maximize what I already own.
  • I want to spend less. I am not going to buy anything new for one month.
  • I will be more intentional and creative with my clothes.

THE BASIC GUIDELINES

  1. Pick 10 ITEMS from your closet (I am not buying anything new for this challenge)
  2. Style those items into 10 DIFFERENT OUTFITS
  3. Use 10 DAYS to do it
  4. HAVE FUN, don’t stress!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Any core closet item you choose counts as a part of your 10 items. For example:

  • Tops
  • Sweaters
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Shoes
  • Layering Pieces (blazers, cardigans, vest…)

Keep in mind these are guidelines! If you don’t wear dresses, then...

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