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 […]
A Tribute to Prince and his style
04/29/16 Last Thursday on April 21, we lost one of the world’s most brilliant musical artists – Prince. His famous songs like Purple Rain, Kiss, When Doves Cry and Rasberry Beret were often played even before his death at clubs. His music will forever live on because he was real. Pure, raw talent – a true musician to the core. For those who were hardcore Prince fans, they knew that this man was bigger than life. He transcended the genre, style and most importantly, a humanitarian at heart. I wish I saw him live. A big regret. I always thought I would, eventually. What I always admired about Prince, is that despite his 5’2 frame, doe – ish eyes, there was a sexiness to him. He could wear eyeliner and a ruffly shirt and still oozed sexiness. The man wore heels and yet, men love and respect him! He definitely owned his style. Not only that, he had swagger. I remember seeing him on “The View” and surprising the ladies with such swagger and confidence in his walk, the audience when nuts! He was a walking sexual contradiction, with his big, brown eyelined eyes and then he starts talking and […]
Spring Bomber
04/15/16 Spring has got to be my favorite season of the year. Not only because my birthday falls in April but because of what it signifies – a rebirth from the cold Winter season. Flowers start to bloom as the snow melts, the sun shines brighter as the days get longer, and of course, fresh fashion trends start to emerge. It’s a time of renewal – out with the cold and in with the new. People start to do some Spring cleaning in their homes, including cleaning out the closets full of drab, dull colored Winter clothing. In Vancouver, I definitely feel that Spring is in the air. On the streets, the cherry blossoms are a gorgeous pale pink and are almost fully blossomed, while people are already wearing their flip flops. It’s quite a difference from my hometown in Winnipeg where they just had a snowfall…again. In the Fashion world, there’s no limit as to what colours are worn. For 2016, Pantone released it’s color of the year as Rose quartz and Serenity. You will soon see this on the streets if you haven’t already. As Spring trends and colors start to emerge, you can’t help but feel alive! […]
The next chapter…I mean next scene in my life.
04/06/16 Good morning!! I feel like it’s been eons since I’ve written anything down and I apologize. Ever since I moved to Vancouver, I’ve made some career changes in my life, resulting in my moods going wonky and feeling unmotivated to write. But, I’m back. I’ve had to stray away (temporarily) from fashion styling and wardrobe makeovers for awhile until I can get my feet on the ground in a new city, so I turned to my next passion – working in film. Thankfully, this time around, there is plenty of work in the city, which is pretty much why it’s deemed “the Hollywood of the North”. So, I found myself diving in the “not so glamorous” film industry in B.C, as a costumer. And I stress”not so glamorous” because everyone, including me always thought it was. If you think 16 hr days in upredictable weather and lugging racks upon racks of clothing is glamorous, then kudos to you. It may actually sound dreadful but I actually love it. The upside to this is the great pay, meeting all sorts of interesting characters from cast and crew; and I get fed well – all day long. With the unpredictable weather, […]
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 […]
A perfect gift for your Mama…
05/07/15 Don’t know what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? Running out of time until Mother’s Day? Wanna get her something original? Or help her out around the house? Then get her the perfect gift of a Closet Maximizer and/or Power Shopper service, provided by yours truly. She’ll appreciate the thought of hiring someone to clean out her closet, maximizing her wardrobe AND going on a shopping spree with style advice! She will thank you for days to come! Believe me! 🙂 For more info, call me at 204.951.6432 and I’ll be happy to help you out!
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 […]
Out with the old, in with the new…
02/03/15 A couple of weeks ago, I had a client who was a carpenter by trade. Good with his hands, but could care less about fashion. He came to me in a wooley sweater that was practically falling apart at the seams. So, his lovely wife contacted me for help. Ellen first contacted me about her husband who was often out of town on a work contract. They both enjoy going out to dinner and wanted to do more of that, now that she’s semi retired. But, she wanted him to be a little more polished when going out. Ellen described her hubby as 58 yo, 6’2, with a medium build. One of his issues was that it was a challenge looking for tops that were long enough for his torso. I met the couple for our appointment at George Richard’s Big and Tall because I figured that would be the safest place to find tops that had length. I was right. We found buttoned up dress shirts that were long enough and perfect for going out for a nice dinner. We found that he was a size L at George Richards, which can translate to XL at other retail […]
Why Body Image and Physical Appearance is Important…
Anyone go through the check out line and get distracted by the tabloids? Do you look at what Kim Kardashian is wearing or what the new diet fad is to get a 6 pack abs? Well, me too. There’s always something that would catch my eye. I’m guilty of it. I, too wanna see what designer shoes Beyonce is wearing to the Grammy’s. Sadly, we live in a society where media has the power to dictate what looks good and what doesn’t in order to be socially accepted. Another thing that these magazines do is to force us to idolize celebrities, especially those who are a little more impressionable, like young women. Just because harem pants looks good on JLo, it doesn’t mean that it will look the same on you. This is why, I think people must know their limits when it comes to their own body image. Body image is how you think about your body and your physical appearance is simply outside appearance. Being aware of your own physical appearance is important because you learn to know what looks good and what doesn’t for your body type. When you do wear the right clothing, you begin to […]
My Top 5 Summer Trends for 2014
You don’t have to be a part of New York Fashion Week to experience this season’s hottest styles. Check out what my hottest Summer must haves are, besides sunscreen and water, ladies: 1) Maxi Dresses – they’re come in different shapes, with the same length but all together cute. Throw on a denim jacket on any of these gorgeous dresses and you’re good to go, whether it’s a stroll down the beach or outdoor shopping at a night market in Italy.       2) Dramatic Prints – This season, it seems like there’s an overload of prints in every form. There’s not the usual floral prints, but there’s geometric patterns, color blocking and sometimes all of these all on one garment. It’s pretty wild! But hey, I say the more the merrier…if done right. The best thing to do with these prints is not to over do it, unless you can pull it off.       3) Tea length/ High waisted long skirts – These skirts are a must because you can dress them up or down and I’m all about versatility. Both these styles can also add a touch of style to your summer wardrobe.   4) […]
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 […]
Winter Highs…
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone in Winnipeg is enjoying the mild weather we’re having lately. It’s not -50! I’m not sure if we’re getting -50 back any time soon but I am definitely taking advantage right now. Yes, I’m talking about wearing lighter, less bulker Winter gear. For Christmas, I got a new coat by Minimum(shown here) which is more suitable for Fall/Spring,  but I had to rock it. I think it’s pretty wonderful and perfect for me. In the Winter, I usually choose comfort and practicality over being fashionable. Gone are the days of wearing hot leather booties in the snow with a cute peacoat. Not only is it not practical, it’s also uncomfortable. In -50 cold, I’ll be give me my parka and Sorels any day. What can I say, I’m older and kind of wiser now. Thankfully, these days, it’s only in the late teens and not a ridiculous high windchill. So, out comes the lighter, less bulkier, more fashionable gear. I’m wearing my Minimum coat, which has a fabulous cowl neck, biker zipper and length up to my knees. Again, not too tight, loose enough but stylish. I got this stylish mom thing down. I […]
2012 Fall Must Haves and How to Wear Them
As Summer comes to an end, some of us are either dreading the end of everyday sunshine filled with hot days , lazing around with the kids or embracing the Fall and  looking forward to routine once again. I, for one have come to terms with the leaves turning color, the sun setting earlier and the cooler days. More importantly, I look forward to the newest Fall fashion! The basic Fall staple colors are back, like jewel tones, animal print and khaki colors, as well as heavy/thin knit sweaters, boyfriend jeans, booties and wedges for footwear. But this season offers more texture and edge to basic Fall looks! Here’s a glimpse of the hottest items this Fall has to offer and some tips on how to wear them: 1) The sweater – In addition to the heavier, chunkier sweater, there’s a new sweater in town. Although, the thicker sweaters are still popular this season, I’m seeing alot of thinner, even see through styles that can be layered over a dress or a skirt. Here’s one in a grass green color: Wear with skinny jeans or over a dress, long or short. If wearing a short dress, or even a skirt, […]
11 Sep 2012 in Fall, moms, Shoes!, Style, Tops
Scarf, Shmarf!
In Winnipeg, it can be a daunting task to keep warm during the Winter season. We are all too familiar with getting up earlier than usual in the morning so that we can layer on our winter gear. And with school kids, add another 15 mins per child. Fortunately, we’ve been lucky that the weather is has been milder than what we anticipate. These days, it’s almost pointless to wear the Canada Goose or even the Sorel’s on some days. Gone are the days where we have to wrap our scarf 4 times around ourselves and the kids. At the mall, the winter accessories are on sale by the bins. Lots and lots of “infinity scarfs” that were hot last winter and now, just sitting in a store collecting dust, priced at $5. It’s because they are too much fabric for our neck and our current climate. Definitely, there’s no need for ear muffs either.But as your trusty stylist, I have found the perfect “neck warmer”. Introducing…the Muffler! It’s handmade by a girlfriend of mine and comes in many colours. She charges $10 and there is no need for all the fabric that a regular scarf gives. With the Muffler, […]