Small Town Girl, Big City Dreams – Designer’s Dream in Van City
05/06/16 What does a girl from Winnipeg do with her dreams of being a fashion designer? Well, move to Vancouver of course! I met Trish while I was working on a film gig here in Vancouver. And as soon as she started talking, there was something familiar about her laugh, her cussing and her sense of humour that reminded me of Amy Schumer. She was from Winnipeg – a homegirl. Right away, she divulged that she was a fashion designer – one who not only designs clothes but also prints. How cool is that?!! I’ve always said that prints are underrated because some consider prints to be “too loud”. It could be because Trish and I came from a city where colorful prints were simply not part of everyday fashion. Black was, for the most part the color of choice by everyone. You couldn’t be caught dead in a fabulous print, unless you were the crazy, loud uncle with the  70’s wardrobe. Thank god, Trish moved to the West coast where one has the freedom to become a designer and create prints that are marketable. Trish has been able to create prints on wearable, stylish pieces that are versatile on […]
Maximizing your Closet…In with the New
05/24/15 Now that you’ve thrown out unwanted or outdated pieces, it’s time to see how we can work with what you already have in your closet. It could be that perfect fitting blazer you have or that favorite cashhmere sweater that you just can’t let go of. We can work around these pieces and create multiple outfits based around these favorite items. I call them “versatile” pieces or “investment” pieces, depending on how much you’ve spent on the items, quality and timelessness. It’s all about maximizing these items, and making them go a long way. With my help, I can help you channel your inner stylist and figure out how to create your own sense of style with pieces that you already know flatter your figure and expanding on that. For example, remember that perfect fitting blazer you have? These days, you can dress blazers up or down or from day to night. A tailored blazer can be worn casually with a pair of skinny jeans during the day or over a some basic trousers for the office. The below illustration, is a perfect example of how to wear a blazer 3 ways:   There really are no rules, as […]
Let It Go…(Closet Purging)
04/25/15 It’s about that time for Spring cleaning. For alot of us, this includes the annual closet purge. And when you have a closet packed with clothes, cleaning out a closet can be a a daunting task. Most of us hold on to things that can be difficult to let go of, maybe because of its sentimental value or maybe it’s simply too comfortable. It could be that scarf that your aunt gave you and expects you to wear it whenever she visits or that t-shirt you wear for lounging hanging by its last threads.  Or maybe it’s that brand new skirt that you bought 2 years ago and were meaning to wear because you promised yourself you’d lose weight. No matter what it is, you’ve gotta figure out what to let go of and what to keep, if it serves you. When I work with clients, I like to give practical tips on what to keep, what to give away and how to wear and maximize already existing items. Here are a few of my do’s and don’ts of a closet purge: Do’s: Do keep items that are classic, timeless pieces that will last you for many seasons (ex. […]
Rockin’ Rockports!
4/3/15 As I approach my 40’s, (yes I said it), I find myself less concerned about my image and more on how I truly feel. All I want is to be comfortable in my own skin. After all, true beauty starts on the inside right? Of course, being involved in the fashion industry requires me to work on a person’s surface look, but these days, you no longer have to sacrifice comfort for style. Right now, I see fashion trends where wearing Adidas sweats are in, for example. Or leggings as pants, among the teens. Something that I don’t agree with, but that’s another story. But my point is, being comfortable is finally fashionable! Not that I’d wear Adidas pants in my 40’s, but I wouldn’t wear yoga pants in public either. I still have to maintain a level of style, as a wardrobe consultant. For someone who’s on their feet lots, comfort and style go hand in hand. If I can’t walk in the shoes for more than an hour AND look good, then forget about it. As I approach my 40’s, I can honestly say, I’ve become wiser…well, when it comes to developing my own style and owning […]
Someone to be jazzed about
Ever since I was a little girl, the jazz era of the 1920’s and 30’s has always intrigued me. For me, it was the fashion that enamoured me about the Jazz era. The luxuriousness and the glamour  that represented the period was also reflected in the styles as in the flapper dress or the cloche hats. But it wasn’t until recently, specifically in the last year that I’ve become more appreciative in a central character of the 20’s: the music. To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of jazz. I grew up listening to hip hop and R&B. So, when I was asked to interview and write an article about Juno award winner and jazz vocalist, Brandi Disterheft, I was a little hesitant because of my lack of knowledge for contemporary jazz music. But, I decided to take on the challenge and explore further. From what I knew of the Jazz age, it was a time of liberation of expression through fashion, art as well as music. The spirit and energy of jazz music itself, was a force embodying the era. It was a significant character that defined the 20’s. Like the fashion, jazz was elaborate. It was […]
Fashion Do’s and Don’ts 2014
Hello everybody and welcome to my current edition of Fashion Do’s and Don’ts. For the past 2 years, I’ve noticed alor of fashion faux pas observing Winnipeg society. Some get it right and some get it wrooong. The following is a list of my top do’s and don’ts, starting with the don’ts: DON’TS 1) Do not wear pajamas out in public. PLEASE! – Where do I start? The top reason why this would be one of my top don’ts is because pajamas are MEANT FOR INSIDE! For BEDTIME! I get that they’re super comfy but you can wear sweats outside or yoga wear if you reaally wanna go that comfort route. To some, fashion is not a priority, but it simply doesn’t make sense to wear bedtime gear out in the daylight. If you want the world to know that you’ve given up on how you look and don’t care, you’ve suceeded. You haven’t made the effort to look pretty. You’ve gotten too comfy and personally, I think it discourages conscious fashion thinking. Throwing on a pair of jammies? It’s just too easy! Sadly, I once saw a kiosk at Polo Park selling just pj pants, further encouraging the hideous […]