THE ‘AMY’ EXPERIENCE

A CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

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I am not one to ‘toot my own horn’ (blush), so I will let one of my favourite clients do it for me. This is an incredible letter she sent me out of the blue after our last shopping excursion, it brought tears to my eyes!

Just when I didn’t think a styling shopping trip with Amy could get any better… 

And then it did!

I contacted Amy about booking my recent spring styling shopping appointment and she mentioned that I could take advantage of her acceptance into the Nordstrom’s Independent Stylist Program that offered some great perks to her clients with NO obligation or expectation to make a purchase. So of course I said sure! After all when Amy was working there in the summer I scored some amazing items that I wore to death and were also really good prices (not at all what I originally perceived Nordstrom’s to be). Nice quality clothing with a wide range of labels to suit any budget.

It started with our reserved and luxuriously changing SUITE, a huge change room with tons of mirrors (and door for those who like their privacy) AND secondary area where Amy lined up my next outfits and waited for me to come out and present each. This ‘behind the velvet curtain area’ also doubled as our own exclusive café where we sat and enjoyed complimentary virgin mimosas and free nibbles from the Nordstrom’s menu. This is the way I’ve always dreamt of being treated when shopping and now want it every time, but sadly the change room experience later at The Loft rocketed me back to my ‘normal change room’ shopping reality.

Back to pampering… we locked our personal effects in the room that Amy held the key for, walked around Nordstrom’s free of sales associates chiming in, all the while picking out potential treasures to try on. It occurred to me at that time that there were a few things Amy’s clients needed to know if they already didn’t and I decided to write this.

5 Tips To Benefiting From ‘The Amy Experience’

  1. Be upfront right away – what do you already have at home, what do you need/looking for and what size are you (honestly). All these things really help Amy do her best to help you.

  2. Go with an open mind —you’ve hired Amy for a reason – after all you don’t hire an accountant and then do your own taxes, so use her expertise.

  3. Try on ANYTHING Amy suggests, no matter what — she has a gift, take it! I’ve learned that if you give yourself to Amy’s process you’ll never go wrong (see my camo pants I just love)

  4. Let go of your usual ‘go-to’ picks — when you shop by yourself you pick what you THINK would be good, but you’re with Amy so let her do the picking

  5. If you have to choose, take quality over volume – I’ve learned that 1 AMAZING pair of jeans (blazer/dress/pants/etc.), that makes you feel like a million bucks when wearing is a better investment than 4 meh pairs of jeans that make you feel just ok

On this last trip I was able to round out my existing spring casual wardrobe by adding an amazing green blazer and striped top to my white jeans and sandals. Went WAY out of my comfort zone with camo pants and cute stripped t with knot detail and a few more items such as a pair of jeans, fun colourful blouse, necklace that went with at least two of the outfits we bought and a few other goodies. (here are a few quick photos from home to show you some of my loot). Although we could find a pair of shoes I wanted in my size, Amy was able to make suggestions on what shoes I should be on the look out for to buy on my own and also how to pull these pieces together with what she knows I already have in my closet. 

Thanks Amy, you’ve spoiled me. The bar is really high now for the fall!

Long time client,
Annette

Here are some pics and links from our trip, how gorgeous is she?

LOOK #1:

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Double Breasted Green Blazer

Halogen Boxy Blouse Ivory-Green Striped

Necklace: Ann Taylor

Pants: Clients own

LOOK #2:

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Halogen Burgundy Multi Stripe side tie wrap top

Wit And Wisdom Fray Hem Seamless Skinny Ankle Jeans

Necklace: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Clients own

LOOK #3:

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Wit and Wisdom Ab-Solutions Camo High Waist Ankle

Top Ann Taylor (similar to this one)

Shoes: Clients own, Kate Spade

LOOK #4:

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Banana Cropped Denim Jacket

Dress & Shoes: Clients own

Openings are still available to book a Spring Shop…just send me a message!

Your friend in fashion…amy.

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Runway to Realway

Spring Trends 2019

Maybe if I write this post Spring temps will actually frickin’ arrive! I need the sun and warmth, the older I get (and that just happened this weekend), I realize I am not cut out for this never-ending winter.

BEIGE, BEIGE & MORE BEIGE: This classic was all over the Spring runways, for the fashion forward wear from head to toe in various shades. If you typically look good in blues/greens opt for a cooler beige (gray undertones) and if reds/oranges are your colours a warmer beige (gold undertones) will make all the difference.

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Check out these links for affordable options;
Halogen Trench |   BR Cropped Wide Leg Jumpsuit | J Crew Sheath Dress

FEATHERS & FRINGE: There is not much more to say than more is more is more.

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Take a peek at these ‘Real Life’ options;
Reformation Fiesta Skirt | Something Bleu Sandal | J Crew Fan Earrings

HAT ATTACK: Save your precious skin from the sun while being totally on trend this summer, win, win, win!

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Some amazing new hats to add to your collection;
BR Floppy Straw Hat | Eugenia Kim Packable Hat | Gucci Head Scarf

PRINTS ON PRINTS: Clashing prints were all over the runways, just close your eyes and grab an outfit.

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I don’t expect you to go walking around town in one of these ensembles, check out the links below for chic wearable options;
J Crew Silk Tie Waist Dress | DVF Mix Print Dress | Mango Animal Print Blazer

BRIGHT MONOCHROMATIC SUITING: Bold saturated colour worn from head to toe, pair with white shoes to nail this trend.

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This look will lengthen you, if you aren’t bold enough try a softer hue.
BR Hot Pink Suit| J Crew Jumpsuit | Casper Suit

Speaking of Spring, if any of you lovely ladies want to book a Spring Shop please let me know and we can buy you any or all of these trends.

Your friend in fashion…amy.

 

MY SPRING GO TO OUTFIT

THE PERFECT CROPPED MOTO

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Hi everyone, I’m baaack! My apologies to my fashion lovers, I have been MIA for almost a year now…so many things have changed and yet remained the same. I took on a new part-time job last year at Nordstrom, the gig came with a big commute and even bigger dreams. I met many incredible people and learned so much about the industry and myself, I unfortunately ended up leaving after six months. My dreams and commute over.

I have been lost and in a funk ever since, trying to find my way back to a career path where I am both fulfilled and appreciated. I am finally feeling more like myself and am hopeful that new and exciting possibilities are on my horizon.

Enough about me, let’s talk Spring Fashion!

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In this post I want to focus on the leather moto jacket and it is an essential part of our wardrobe. I actually have a few in my collection, but I have always been lusting over the holy grail of the moto jacket…an (similar here) IRO.

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Granted, this jacket is a huge investment piece…but it will only get better with age (like all of us)! This piece will be your lifelong ‘go-to’ when you want to feel edgy, cool and badass. This cropped IRO jacket is an early birthday gift from my fabulous mom, I have been scouring eBay for months and found this NEW jacket for a mere fraction of the price. Worth every single penny and I already wear it constantly (weather permitting).

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I went with a cropped length to match my petite stature and nothing is more versatile than the short length.

Style Tip: Throw a cropped moto on over a dress and instantly have the perfect proportions…always highlighting your waist.

Here are some links to more leather motos.

Suede version (great Canadian brand) | Faux leather (extended sizes) | Light colour options (watch for sales) | Amazing price point (real leather)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Your friend in fashion…amy.

SPRING 2018 TRENDS

I AM BACK…FINALLY!

I have been MIA for a while and I apologize, lots going on and my beloved blog got a little lost in the shuffle. I have committed to writing weekly again and here is a little teaser.

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I don’t think it is ever going to feel like Spring in my neck of the woods…if it has arrived where you are, rejoice! I am actually sick of wearing cashmere sweaters, but yep it has happened…I am so over my turtlenecks!

Let’s talk trends and in a future post I will be sure to put up some wearable links of these trends.

Sparkly Shoes

Checks & Gingham

Ruffles

Fanny Packs & Belt Bags

Bold Colour

Small Cat Eye Sunglasses

Denim on Denim on Denim

Logos on Everything

If you are out and about shopping keep an eye out for these exciting new trends.
Your friend in fashion…amy.

MY BEAUTY AND MAKE UP MUST HAVES

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THESE…REALLY!

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Below are a few of my must have beauty and make up products…when I sat down I realized that I use a lot, I mean a lot of beauty products. We are all guilty of that, right?

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Clarisonic
Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System

Your skin feels so fresh and clean after two minutes, no sign of oil or makeup…nothing but clean pores are left behind.

 

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Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

My sister-in-law gifted me this magic in a jar. As many of you know I am a terrible sleeper and frequently have dark circles and puffy under eyes, these gel patches are so soothing and they really work…pinky promise.

 

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Arbonne
RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask

This product is really worth every penny, and the best part is you don’t need much product for maximum results. If I use this mask when I have a breakout, they clear up almost over night. I also apply it as a spot treatment if I see a pimple brewing, and your skin will be softer than ever.

 

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Rosebud Salve

I have these tins everywhere! This salve is magic and it has such a heavenly scent, it’s always on my lips…with or without lipstick. I also use it on my cuticles and it never feels thick or sticky.

 

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Stila
Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

This has a cult following, and I understand why…it really is smudge proof and stay all day. The opacity and precision are better than any other brand I have tried and that is why I can’t live without it. Plus my eyes are kinda small and I really, really need that liner!

 

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Rimmel London
Provocalips Kiss Proof 16 Hour Liquid Lip Colour

I saved the best for last, the secret to my trademark red lip (check out my full routine). I have tried them ALL and this $8.00 lipstick is the ONE…my love, my soulmate. Dramatic? Maybe, but if you have witnessed me without it on you will understand.

I am always looking the latest in beauty and make up…comment below with your must haves.

Your friend in fashion…amy.

 

FUNKY FAUX

FOR THE FAUX OF IT

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This is the perfect time of year, crisp mornings and warmer afternoons let you wear a perfect faux fur bomber from BR in the am and then reveal an even more beautiful printed blouse also from BR  in the pm.

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This jacket is fun and funky and surprisingly warm…the perfect fall addition to your wardrobe.

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The cropped length keeps it modern and doesn’t overwhelm your frame, especially if you are a petite gal.

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This is me freezing my ass off,  jumping up and down…not warm enough to take that cozy jacket off. I have no idea how I am going to survive the winter, I wanna be a snowbird!

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I am obsessed with this blouse, it looks and feels so luxe and rich…I have worn it twice this week and I love it with my leather moto vest over it. This print is to die for, I loved it so much I ordered the maxi dress in the same print. I seldom find a piece that I love so much at such a great price…who hoo!

Wishing you all a wonderful day.
Your friend in fashion…amy.

versatile vests

HOW TO STYLE VESTS

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Vests are one of my favourite layering pieces (see below);

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I promised a post on vests and here it is…a little late but better than never! I would recommend every woman have multiple vests in their wardrobe.

They add a modern twist to any outfit, something a blazer or jacket just can’t do. Since your arms are not covered with extra bulk, you appear much slimmer and you can see your great blouse or sweater underneath.

Style Tip: A structured vest adds instant shape when worn over a looser dress or sweater, think a leather moto vest over a chiffon dress or a belted puffer vest over a sweater and leggings.

Check out these links for more versatile vests;

BR faux fur vest

S&K reversible wool vest

CG puffer vest

HB leather moto vest

LL hooded down vest

Danier leather moto vest

Muah!
Your friend in fashion…amy.