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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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
New beginnings, a new you. Pt. 1
The first lesson here, is to start looking for and investing in a great pair of classic bottoms, or in this case jeans. This serves as the foundation of your look.
08 Nov 2011 in plus size, shopping, Timeless, Tops
Fashion Therapy in Van City!
Hello ladies and gents! Well, I've been in Van City for a month now
Fall Forward with Fall Fashion
Oh Fall, how I love thee! The brightly colored falling leaves, the brisk walks in the crisp air, the brisk walks and oh, the fashion!
Cha Cha Party
11/30/08 Last Thursday, I attended one of my favorite boutiques in the city’s customer appreciation party and even though I didn’t stay as long as I wanted, I still experienced the warm energy that I associate with Cha Cha palace. Every time I enter the 3 storey house, I can’t help but feel like I’m almost walking into my best friend’s house and then her, letting me raid her closet and Thursday was no exception. The staff, headed by the lovely Sandi Johnson were there to make us feel welcome and to show us the latest styles that they had to offer. The store was definitely buzzing that night as they even gave out surprise discounts. There was plenty of wine, champagne and SUSHI! But even on a regular day, the staff at Cha Cha are  quite warm and friendly. And this energy only adds and reflects the pieces that Cha Cha carries. On the first floor are the footwear, handbags, and jewellry, where you will see lines from Fly London, Lug and  Satya. The second floor is where I spent most of my time, and carries clothing lines such as OHM, Comfy, Metallicus, Free People, Beatrice Halloway just to […]
Give me Attitude!
Nov. 24/2008 This past weekend was pretty uneventful, except for the great store find. I was taking a stroll, more like a speed walk in Osborne village, when I happened to look up and beyond Kustom Kulture and Noir and found a modest little boutique called Attitude boutique. I climbed up the stairs, making sure I wouldn’t slip and saw a bright, clean store. Heather, the owner and I chatted for awhile and this is what I found out. The boutique catered to (among others) the Rockabilly chicks of the city. Rockabilly, I just learned is a style that is inspired by the 50’s pin up girl but with more edge, sexiness and of course, more chic. Think lots of color and retro print on tight fitted or A-lined skirts on the dresses. I’ve seen this style on ladies in other places such as Vancouver and evidently, it’s a huge look in the city. Then again, someone did tell me during the summer that the 50’s was back and I have been seeing alot of men with the “Grease” hairdo. It’s cool, although, I think I prefer the ladies’ styles better. On the other side of the style spectrum was […]
24 Nov 2008 in dress, Holiday, Tops, winter
Going out? Tops to wear on a summer evening.
These tops, you can pair with skinny jeans or the right skirt. I also call them first date tops because they leave alot to the imagination
03 Oct 2008 in Fashion, Tops