SPRING TRENDS 2017//EMBELLISHMENTS

POM POMS, FRINGE & EMBROIDERY

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The calendar says Spring and it certainly was showering all of April, so let’s bring on the May Spring flowers.

Today I am going to talk one Spring trend, purchase now and wear while travelling or strategically incorporate them into your transitional wardrobe.

EMBELLISHMENTS
Embellishments are everywhere this season! These clothes have a globe trotting, hand crafted bohemian appeal that is bold and refreshing for the warmer months.

Below are a few of my fav embellished affordable pieces, they look so chic and modern. Love, love, love.

Style Tip: To keep your look balanced and on trend pair your embellished piece with narrow streamlined basics, like white skinny jeans.

1.  Ann Taylor raffia earrings

2. GAP chambray embroidered top

3. Kate Spade camel slides

4. Kate Spade peacock dress

5. Aldo pom pom purse

6. LOFT lace sunflower dress

7. Aldo embroidered mules

Wishing you a wonderful Monday.
Your friend in fashion…amy.

MONOCHROMATIC DRESSING

THE CANADIAN TUXEDO…EH?

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Well I am an 100% ‘Canadian Built’ girl, and I am very proud to live in this vast beautiful country. I am not sure how the whole ‘Canadian Tuxedo’ came to be, and why denim on denim has such a negative connotation is beyond me. It is monochromatic dressing at its simplest and most casual.

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Tim and I were having this exact debate over the weekend. He recently purchased a cool light wash Levi’s denim jacket and didn’t want to wear it with dark wash jeans…his wife is a stylist and he had the nerve to question my professional opinion!!! Well he finally listened and received a compliment on his outfit, and that’s all I have to say about that!

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This is my take on the Canadian tuxedo, gaucho’s from Gap, a denim jacket from J Crew and a graphic bodysuit from Pink. To add some interest and more hues of blue I added this scarf from Banana Republic and my cute Coach purse.

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Style Tip: Monochromatic dressing is modern, slimming and elongating, what girl doesn’t want that? Give it a try with varying shades and textures of the same colour, ease into it with a neutral like gray or white.

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I hope I have inspired you to give this look a try and send me a pic of your outfits.
Your friend in fashion…amy.

LACE FLOWER POWER

SPRING FLING // CASUAL OUTFIT

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It is finally feeling like spring, polished toes are peeping out and jackets are only required for fashion and not function!

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This blouse from French Connection is a piece of art, the details are stunning and some of the flowers are three dimensional. It has a loose casual silhouette, so I paired it with my favourite Citizens of Humanity Rocket crops…they have been a transitional staple for years.

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Style Tip: When wearing a loose top, to help balance your look pair it with a streamlined bottom suck as a skinny pant or fitted pencil skirt.

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Statement blouses and sleeves especially are on trend this spring. This is a simple way to elevate any outfit and make it current.

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These snake peep toe booties are from Banana Republic and are also a transitional staple, the print is subtle enough that they go with everything.

Wishing all you lovelies a beautiful evening.
Your friend in fashion..amy.

OTTAWA // JUNO AWARDS

GIRLS WEEKEND TO THE JUNO AWARDS

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I have the absolute coolest big brother. He has a very glamorous  job as a freelance event planner and has some amazing contracts…one of them is working with the Juno Awards (The Canadian Music Awards).

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I have gone to the awards in the past and Ava has always begged to go…and as a HUGE surprise for her 13th Birthday Jeff got her and I tickets for the big show in Ottawa. Like that wasn’t huge enough, he got us wristbands for an autograph session called FanFare on Saturday at Rideau Centre. We got to walk the red carpet  and hang out in the Red Carpet Lounge with all of the nominees before the show, a once in a lifetime experience!!! And the added bonus, we each brought along a very lucky friend for a complete girls weekend.

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Here we are at FanFare waiting to get autographs with Tyler Shaw, Ruth B, Coleman Hell and Marianas Trench. We thought it would be fun to get Ava a brand new pair of white chucks, have them autographed and then wear them to the awards the next night. She was a little unsure at first, but once she saw how interested the singers were and Tyler Shaw told her they were ‘sick’ she was just beyond!

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They were really the hit of the night and both Ruth B and Tyler Shaw noticed she was wearing them the next night!

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My beauty in her autographed shows and of course…duck face!

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Here I am ready to go to the big show in my new dress and old school boom box purse!

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The four girls on the red carpet…now that was a crazy experience! At some points people asked if we were ‘talent’, look at us just totally blending in…NOT!

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These two girls looked amazing and it was ‘the coolest thing they have ever done’, and that goes for me too!

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Here is Ava with her crush Tyler Shaw…and OMG he liked her photo on Instagram.

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And me with my crush Jim Cuddy, sadly he did not like my Instagram photo…sniff, sniff.

Then we were off to watch the incredible show! It was truly a magical unforgettable night and I am so grateful to Jeff for going to all of the extra work to make us feel so special!

And on another exciting note, my Granny turned 100 yesterday…how truly incredible! That woman is still sharp as a tack and we are having a family celebration on Saturday, complete with a few surprises!

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

JUNO BOUND/CANADIAN BUILT

EXCITED TO BE HEADED OUT TO THE CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

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My big brother is awesome for many reasons…one of which is having a cool gig working with the Juno Awards. He surprised my daughter Ava with tickets for her 13th birthday, which in turn means I also get to attend, who hoo! We are both bringing a friend to make it a girls weekend, we are so, so, so excited!

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Along with the tickets to the show we are heading to Juno FanFare which is a nominee autograph session on Saturday and also this cool official tee shirt from Peace Collective.

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Style Tip: If you aren’t loving the typical crewneck concert type tee, get out your scissors and make it your own…like I did with this one.

This is my favourite kind of outfit, distressed jeans (last worn here), a cool tee shirt, blazer and booties. Throwing a blazer over anything adds instant polish and sophistication.

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I stole my husbands Valentino belt…and I just might keep it! I will be rocking this shirt at the Juno FanFare, and this girl is 100% Canadian built.

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Next week I will share pics of all of my juno weekend looks ( I am so excited about my dress, it is exactly what I wanted and perfect for the occasion).

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I still love these faux snake skin booties from Banana Republic, so happy it’s warm enough to peep out my newly painted toes.

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

SPRING TRENDS 2017: RUFFLES

RUFFLE ALL ABOUT IT

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Spring has officially sprung, you can feel the warmth of the sun (when it is out) and the temps are slowly on the incline.

Today I am going to talk one Spring trend, purchase now and wear while travelling or strategically incorporate them into your transitional wardrobe.

RUFFLES
Ruffles are everywhere this season, I am typically not a ruffle kinda girl…but count me in on these modern takes on the trend. It is the asymmetrical ruffles that are luring me in.

Below are some of my fav ruffle pieces, they look so chic and modern. Love, love, love.

Style Tip: To keep your look balanced and on trend pair your statement ruffled piece with narrow streamlined basics.

1.Banana Republic Ruffle Tank

2. Zara Ruffle Asymmetrical Top

3. Self Portrait Lace Ruffle Top

4. Top Shop Ruffle Pencil Skirt

5. BCBBG MaxAzria Ruffled Shirt

6. Aldo Ruffle Satchel

7. Oscar Tiye Ruffle Pump

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