Monday, 21 December 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

Style Tip: Wear a crop top with a cardi for the winter!

I truly believe it is!  There's a general feeling of goodwill towards each other, and those less fortunate.  There's time with your loved ones, and fun activities to do and events to attend.  It just makes my heart swell with love and happiness!
I can not believe that we're only 4 sleeps away from the big day.  How did it creep up on us so fast?  I find that I enjoy the weeks leading up to Christmas just as much as Christmas Day itself.  Keeping busy with the shopping and wrapping and decorating and baking... hahaha kidding, I don't bake!  But I do enjoy eating the baked goods ;-)
Now that the kids are out for Winter break, and the holiday season is in full swing, I plan on taking a little break from the blog and IG world.  My gift to myself and my family is my undivided time and attention.  I know at times I'm just gonna want to "quickly check IG and Twitter and Snapchat" (and I will at times), but my goal is to make a real effort to disconnect.  In a world where time goes by so super fast, I want to slow things down, and enjoy this time with my family.
And I encourage you to do the same.  Enjoy this season fully, and take the time to spread some joy and happiness, to have some cuddles while watching Christmas movies, to laugh, to eat, and to feel the love!
I sincerely thank all of you who visit the site, and I look forward to coming back to Styleiish in the new year with some new goals and ideas!! Until then, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best through this holiday season.

Friday, 18 December 2015

One week left!!

Love this wrapping paper from Chapters Indigo!
I just can't believe there's only one week left until Christmas!!  Where oh where did the time go?!  All the weeks of shopping and fun activities have flown by, and here we are with the just a week to go.  I have to say, I love this time of year so much, I wish I could somehow slow everything down.
Even the shopping doesn't get me down!  I love shopping for presents for friends and family.  I feel like its an extension of the love that this season's all about.  My gifts have a lot of love and thought behind them, and it's so fun to see if what you picked will be a hit.
Technically I'm all done shopping, but my desire to pick the perfect present is my downfall.  Even after I'm done, I still keep finding things I want to give, and then I end up changing what I originally bought cuz I like the new thing better... it seriously never ends!!  Does anyone else do this?!
Even when a gift is all wrapped, it's still not "safe", I'll still unwrap it and replace it!  I keep finding things I want to add, or change or something that person will like more... it really doesn't end until Christmas Eve, when I just can't shop any more!
Try not to let the craziness of the season get to you.  Remember why you're buying the presents in the first place, and focus on that person, that relationship.  And when you're totally ready to lose it, get a gift card and go home!!
Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Printed Pants!



I'm usually not one for printed pants.  I do like them on other people, especially the plaid ones that I've been seeing lately, but I actually don't own a pair of printed pants (time to go shopping!).
But these leggings from Old Navy really spoke to me, because a) the print is somewhat muted, and that's a good way to try something new; and b) because being leggings, I could dress them up or down.  Add to this the fact that they were super inexpensive, and it became a no-brainer to give them a try.
And I'm finding that I'm totally into them.  I paired them here with an oversized turtleneck sweater from H&M, and ankle boots, and its such a fun look!  You could switch the look up and wear a black T or tank, and/or add a long cardi.


The options for printed pants or leggings are endless.  There's a lot of floral and aztez prints for leggings, and plaid or houndstooth pants are everywhere as well.  My choice is to pair them with a solid colour top, but hey, if you're feeling brave, you could even try mixing prints!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Brightening Up!!



Top was only $6 from Old Navy; Scarf from Dynamite (under $15)

I'm not sure if it's due to the weather or the shorter, darker days, but I've been wearing so much black and grey lately.  I wore a lot of black in my younger days, and then discovered colour, and now I felt like I was gravitating towards black again!
Then this fun little top stopped me.  Mustard, Saffron, Yellow... whatever you call it, I LOVE it!  And I love how the top brings out the colour in the scarf as well.  I've said it before, don't be afraid of incorporating colour into your looks.  It's a super easy way to elevate any outfit.  I wore jeans and boots with this combo, and it's definitely one of my favorite looks!







Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Cool-ly Casual!

Jeans from Old Navy; Jacket from Joe Fresh; Scarf from Aritzia

When I'm headed to work, I generally go for a feminine, pretty look, but for my casual days, I sometimes like going with an "edgier" look.
These skinnies fit perfectly, and the grey colour and ripped knees are just right to complete the look.  Add in my "leather" jacket, ankle boots, and scarf, and I have this cool, casual yet effortless look.
It's casual enough to wear shopping or to run errands (like I did), but cool enough to wear out to dinner or drinks.  
If you're trying out an edgy look for the first time, it may be intimidating.  Try it out with little details that speak to you.  A studded purse or a spiky bracelet?  A muscle T with some ripped jeans?  Or when in doubt, a leather jacket and anything black will get you there!


Monday, 7 December 2015

Trends-- Love em or Leave em?


These"girlfriend" jeans from The Gap have the perfect amount of rips for me!

Trends are always changing, some are super short lived, while others stick around in some way or another for many seasons, and then they reincarnate themselves and come back after some years have passed.  They can define a season, or a particular time in your life, and they can also encourage you to try things you normally wouldn't.  I've definitely done that this fall, taken chances and tried new things.  Like pairing stripes with plaid!  I would've never thought to do this, but now I love the look!
And distressed/ripped jeans are another trend I'm liking.  Now ripped jeans are nothing new; they've obviously been around forever.  But every so often they make a "comeback" and are everywhere.  And I kinda like them; there's something about the subtle rips that add a little "bad-ass" quality to the jeans which is right up my alley!
Having said that, I am not into the overly ripped jeans that have been popular this season.  I mean these new styles are not even "ripped" or "distressed"... they are full on "torn"!  And I am so not digging them. 
Another trend this season that totally has me on the fence is OTK (over the knee) boots!  When I see pictures of girls wearing them, I love the way they look, but in real life, I just can't see them working for me.  I think I'm just gonna have to admire this one from afar!
What trends are you digging this season?  And which ones are you so over?  I'd love to hear!




Friday, 4 December 2015

No More Faux Pas Fridays!


Although it's been fun talking about my fashion pet peeves (and I'm really hoping someone, somewhere has found it helpful!), it's time to move on.  I'll be starting a new weekly series in the new year, but I haven't narrowed it down yet.  If there's anything you all want me to blog about, please leave me a comment or send me an email, I'd love to hear from you!
It's been such a learning experience over the past months that I've been blogging on Styleiish, and it continues to be.  I'm learning how to balance it all, and also thinking of where I want to go with Styleiish in 2016.  I appreciate all of you who visit the site, and I'd love to hear what you like, and what I could change, or what you'd like to see more of.
Have a fabulous Friday!!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Holiday Shopping Madness!!


These Nike Studio Trainer Print shoes are so light and comfy!!

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, I actually feel... relieved??  It's a strange feeling, and I'm not even sure why I feel that way.  I mean you know me, I love to shop, but there's something about the frenzy and madness that goes with shopping at this time of year that can be addicting!
I did partake in Black Friday, but in a very organized,  almost un-selfish way!  These shoes and leggings were the only things I bought for myself!  {I would've never thought that my only Black Friday purchases would have been from Nike of all places!!  (Side note:  how cute are these shoes?!)}
But I was able to avoid the madness and stick to the things I needed to buy as Christmas presents (Another side note:  I scored some major deals on toys at Walmart!).
At this time of year, the temptation can be so strong to buy, buy, buy, but being prepared really helps.  I try to be really savvy about it and make lists for what I really need.  And if I end up buying something for myself, I think about what it is, how much it is, and how much wear or use I'll really get out of it, before I go for it.  That way you can avoid that "OMG what did I do" feeling that happens when you go shopping crazy!
At the end of the day, this season is all about giving, and I truly love to give!  It is so nice to give to those less fortunate, and be able to make someone's holiday season a little brighter.  And I love buying gifts, the process of picking out presents for my loved ones, trying to decide what they'll like, and then wrapping them all up nicely... it's such a fun part of the holiday season, that I (almost) don't miss shopping for myself!!
Besides I've got the rest of the year to shop for myself!! ;)

Monday, 30 November 2015

Joe Fresh Love!!


If you follow me on Instagram, or are a regular reader of Styleiish, then you know how much I love Joe Fresh.  There's something about their clean lines, and simple yet-on-trend clothing that really appeals to me.  And of course their prices are very affordable, so it's a total win-win.
This sweater is just one of the many Joe Fresh pieces in my closet, and I love it.  Its comfy and warm, but it's length and the cropped and ever-so-slightly flared sleeves give it a current look. 
And that's what I love about the Joe Fresh line... it's the little details they put into their clothes, and they price them right!
Oh, and they're having an extra 30% off online plus free shipping today, so go check it out!!



Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Quality vs Cost

Love this dress from Old Navy!  It cost me under $20, but looks and feels great!  It proves my point that affordable CAN be high quality!


Keeping the cost down when I'm shopping is super important to me.  I actually kinda pride myself on being able to find great deals (see previous posts for my secrets!).  There are some people who will say that when you're buying cheaper garments, you're sacrificing quality, but I disagree.
I have made purchases from pricier retailers (who shall remain nameless), and if what these people say is true and higher price points equal higher quality, then these garments I purchased should be of better quality than the ones I've purchased at less pricey places, right? Wrong.
The leggings I've bought got holes in them (whereas my Forever 21 leggings are still going strong).
And sweaters I've bought either got holes in them or got super linty (is that a word?).
If you're spending big bucks on clothing, you want them to last wear after wear, not fall apart after one wash!
Now that's not to say that clothes from more affordable stores don't have their downsides too, because of course they do.  (Like the black, fitted, midi dress I bought for $12 and ended up leaving a blackish purple ink ALL OVER MY BODY!!) 
The bottom line is that clothes from both higher and lower end retailers can fall apart/get holes/shed ink, so don't make the assumption that paying more will get you better quality-- it's just not true.  Affordable fashion can be high quality and last for years... and because it's cheaper, you can buy more!!!




Monday, 23 November 2015

Look Good For Less!!

Swing dress under $20 from H&M!

It's hard sometimes to know what you want to wear, what looks good on you, and how to find it without spending a fortune.
I love to shop, so it's super important to me that I'm not spending big bucks when I don't have to.  So I stick to shopping at the retailers where I know I can get great clothes for a great price.
Like this amazing dress that I wish I could wear everyday!  It's a basic dress from H&M, under $20, and so so so easy to wear.  When a dress like this exists, there are no excuses ladies!  Dress it up like I did, with tights and heels (I should have added a necklace, totally forgot!).  Or keep it casual, with leggings.  Or add a skinny belt and wear over skinny jeans!  Or, if you're brave, wear it alone with OTK boots!  (I'm so obsessed with the way OTK boots look but I'm not brave enough to try them!)
Anyways, getting back on track... it really is easy to look good great for less.  When you're shopping, look for basic items that have versatility, and then have fun with how you style it (shoes, jewelry, scarves, jackets).


































Friday, 20 November 2015

"Finally Found It" Friday!!

Only $19.99 from Target!!

I'm skipping today's "Faux-Pas Friday" post with a "Finally Found It Friday" post instead.  I've been wanting this long sweater vest from the Adam Lippes for Target collab ever since it came out in September.
By the time I got online or into a Target store (sadly Canada doesn't have Target anymore-- don't even get me started on how sad I am about that!), it was sold out in my size.
I continued to check periodically online (no luck), buuuuut when I was in Target last week, I FINALLY FOUND IT!  In the clearance section!  For only 19.99!!
And isn't it sooooo beautiful?!  I love everything about it, the length, the colours, it's warm, and it has pockets!!  Hahaha, can you tell I'm excited :)
And it's so versatile, dressed up or down, with jeans or leggings, it's a great piece to have in the closet!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

How to Get the Best Deals! (part 2)

This was only $12 from Walmart!!

Who doesn't love getting a good deal, right?  I'm hoping some of the tips I'm sharing with you all will help you find some great ones!
In my previous post, I talked about email lists and social media, both really important for staying in-the-know about sales and promos.  So if you haven't already, get on it!
Today's post focuses on another way I find some amazing bargains.  It's a really simple concept: don't discriminate when it comes to where you shop (or in general, it's just not cool!).  We've all done it, walked past a store, and thought, "oh they won't have anything"... but when you do that, you're limiting your options, and possibly missing out on some great deals!
This blue dress, for instance, was from Walmart!!  I know, hard to believe, but it's true.  I totally get that Walmart has a certain reputation, and it's not for everyone, but hey a deal is a deal!

Again, only $25 from Walmart!!

I'll shop almost anywhere (almost anywhere, even I draw the line at certain places).  You just really don't know what you'll find in the most unexpected of places.  So go ahead, choose your few "absolutely no way I'm going there" stores, and give the rest a try!  Try department stores if you usually don't (hit them at the right times, and you can get crazy prices!); or try the stores that you think are only for teenagers or older people, you may just find something fabulous!

And check back next week, when I talk about quality vs good prices :)

Monday, 16 November 2015

How to Get the Best Deals!! (Part 1)

Yup, I have so much to say, it needs two parts!  I'd say I'm a pretty darn good shopper and I can score some pretty major deals.  So I figured I'd make this blog post all about what I do to get the best deals!
The first (and easiest) thing to do is to get on the email lists of the stores you shop at.  You know when the cashier asks you for your email?  It's not because she wants to be friends with you (LOL!), it's because she wants to put it into the system.  The same thing happens when you go to a store's website, usually a little box pops up asking for your email.  Once they have your email, retailers will email you when there's a sale or special promotion going on, and this can be so helpful.  I get that you may not want to clutter your inbox with emails, but I personally think that it's worth it in this case.    Having the email notifications are a great way to ensure that you're not missing any big sales. 
For instance, I'm on the email list for Gap Factory (among many others, lol), and a couple weeks ago, I received an email saying they were going to have their Friends & Family discount.  And the Gap Factory discounts are great because the merchandise is usually already somewhat discounted (20-60%) and then you get an extra 40% off of that!!  And that includes clearance items! You can score yourself some really good deals, and I definitely have!
Another great way to stay up to date on sales and promos is through social media.  Many retail stores will post through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook when they're having a sale, and it can be so worth it.  I saw on Twitter that Forever 21 was having a F&F event this past weekend (maybe only in Canada?), and they were offering an extra 20% off!!  So be sure to follow your fave stores to ensure you're staying in the loop!!
Ok that's it for today's post, be sure to check back on Wednesday to see what else I do to get the best deals!!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Faux Pas Friday!!

Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)

Today's FF post is about... white socks.  I have a thing about white socks.  Why do they even make them?  I mean, I guess they're ok with workout gear, but that is really the ONLY time that they're ever ok.  They just don't look good, and they never wash properly and actually stay "white"... they're just so unnecessary!
As much as I dislike white socks in general, I despise them with dressy clothes.  Please do NOT wear white socks with anything you consider even remotely dressy... even jeans!! Believe me, it just really takes away from any outfit, the glaring white peaking out.  Try black socks, they don't take away from the outfit, and they just "blend in".  Your outfit should stand out and not be eclipsed by the shiny white things on your feet!!!
Who's with me on this one?

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Uniform Dressing!

And by this, I don't mean wearing a uniform to work or school.  Although I do sometimes think it would be easier to wear a uniform and not have to worry about "what to wear", but then I think, who am I kidding, I would totally miss putting outfits together!!
Anyways getting back on track here, what I mean by uniform dressing is creating your own personal style uniform.  Still confused?  Its a concept that's been around for ages - always wearing a variation of the same outfit.  Some of you may do it without even realizing it!
The reasons for uniform dressing can be many.  Some prefer the simplicity of it.  Knowing you're gonna wear jeans and a white shirt every day would certainly eliminate the stress of choosing an outfit every day.
Others prefer to dress this way for the impression it gives.  Think of it as personal branding.  What you choose to wear, day in, day out, definitely says something about you.  It could be that you're just too lazy to choose outfits (HA!); Or too busy; Or you could be saying that you're loyal, committed, or consistent.
Whatever the reasons, there's something to be said about it.  I mean Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck and jeans every day, and he was a genius!
Taking a look at myself, I don't consciously choose to dress uniformly, however I do see a pattern in my choices.  I like to experiment and try different things, but I do stick to what I like, and what looks good on me, so I guess that's my uniform!
Do you find yourself dressing in a "uniform"?  Leave a comment and let me know :)

Monday, 9 November 2015

Casual Done Right!

This sweater is from H&M last year, but they have very similar ones this year!

I've had some requests for more posts on casual dressing, and I'm more than happy to oblige.  Although I "dress up" for work, I'm a much more casual dresser on my off days, so let's talk about how to do it right!
By definition, casual means "clothes or shoes suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions."  It's important to remember that casual does not mean sloppy.  I think people get this confused all too often.  Casual means comfortable and functional, not messy, ill-fitting or dirty!  My outfit above is a classic example; its super comfy, easy to move in, and yet it looks good enough to be seen in public!
Layering leggings with longer flowy tops, is a great casual look.  Another option for effortless casual dressing is jeans!  Pair just about anything with jeans, and you're good.  And by "anything" I mean, anything that's clean, not wrinkled, fits well, and doesn't have rips or stains (not too much to ask for!).  Button-down tops with sleeves rolled up; sweaters; long cardigans layered over t-shirts... all great options with jeans.

Another thing to remember with casual dressing is that little details will go a long way.  For instance, my necklace and the faux-leather sleeves on my sweater add the right amount of edge to an otherwise basic look.  Make your casual outfits stand out by adding fun accessories (scarves, jewelry, hats, shoes) or choosing items with unexpected details (added fringe, faux leather accents, unusual prints or materials).
And of course, a casual dressing post would not be complete without talking about the much loved yoga pant!  There's no doubt, we all love our yoga pants, and of course there are times when you're gonna wear them out... just be pair them with a cute top and shoes, and even yoga pants can be a good choice!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Faux Pas Friday!!


Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)


Today's FF post is about when clothes don't fit.  Either too tight or too loose, it's just never a good look on anyone.  And this has nothing to do with body size or shape... its actually about knowing your body/size, owning it, and dressing in a way that flatters your shape, and makes you feel good.
If you're super thin or petite, dress for it!  Lots of retailers make clothes in petite sizes; and if not, stick to things that don't overwhelm your frame.
If you're on the opposite end, again be true to your size.  There's nothing worse than someone squeezing themselves into clothes that are 2 sizes too small! 
If you wear the right size, I guarantee you will look and feel a million times better!  So stick to clothes that actually fit, and let's say goodbye to ill-fitting clothes!!

PS:  Keep checking back for an upcoming post on dressing for you size!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tunics = Effortless!!



Tunics are a great item to have in your closet.  Just like dresses, they're almost a complete outfit in one shot (just gotta add bottoms!).  Tunics are super versatile: you can dress them up or down, pair them with leggings or skinnies, or wear them flowy or fitted.
Although tunics have been around forever, the latest trend seems to be towards longer hemlines.  Just like this wine-coloured plaid one I'm wearing;  Its from Joe Fresh ($34), and I'm loving the longer look.  I added the belt to create some shape, but even without it, it looks super cute.  You could do it with black skinny jeans and boots for a casual look, or dress it up with leather (or pleather) leggings and heels. 
Dynamite Clothing (a Canadian company) has a super cute long, sheer maxi tunic with slits, that could also be worn dressed up or down.  Find it at www.dynamiteclothing.com.  Forever 21 also has some great tunics under $30, check them out at www.Forever21.com.
(I would've added pics, but I'm having technical difficulties, sorry!)
If you're hesitant to try tunics, I hear ya, I was too.  But give them a try, they're so easy and flattering, you can't go wrong!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Mad About Plaid!!

Among the many trends this fall, plaid is BIG BIG BIG!!  And its super easy to jump on the plaid bandwagon, no matter what your style.  One of the easiest ways is how I've done it here:

This classic red plaid shirt is from Joe Fresh (last year, $29)

A plaid button up with skinnies and ankle boots is a basic, easy outfit for anyone who may be apprehensive about trying it out.  And you don't have to do a red plaid; There are so many colour options, just choose one in a colour that you feel comfortable in and get it on the trend. 



You could even alter this look a little by tying the shirt at your waist


Another option to get in on the plaid trend is with accessories.  Shoes, scarves, purses, coats... you name it, I bet you can find it!  I love the idea of a solid colour dress paired with plaid shoes.  Or for those into mixing up prints, combining plaid and stripes is SO on trend;  Try a black & white striped top over leggings, and top it off with a plaid scarf for a very current look.
For the fashionably brave, there are plaid dresses, skirts and pants to choose from.  You can find what you're looking for in almost any store, and at almost any price point.  H&M, Target (I love everything in the Adam Lippes collab!), and Old Navy are just a few, who currently have great plaid options. 
Obsessed with this poncho from Old Navy
Whatever your style or comfort level, plaid is totally do-able.  Hope you give it a try!!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Faux Pas Friday!

Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)


Today's FF post is about wearing pajamas in public.  And I'm not talking about the designer pajama-type ensembles that celebs have been seen wearing lately.  Nor am I talking about "lounge wear".
No... I'm talking full-fledged, cartoon printed, pajama bottoms.  What is wrong with the world when people can't even change into a pair of yoga pants to go to the grocery store or to the bank?!  Is that too much to ask for?
Look, I get it, I love my pjs too... but that doesn't mean I wear them out!  It takes a minute to change into a different pair of pants and believe me, it's well worth the time investment!  PJs in public needs to stop!!
What are your fashion pet peeves?  I'd love to hear!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Dressing up your Denim!!

Who doesn't love their jeans?  Jeans are such a closet staple, and can be worn in endless ways.  While jeans are generally considered a casual garment, they can easily be dressed up. 
There are however, a few things to pay attention to:
  • The Colour- To take your denim to the next level, ensure that you've chosen a dark wash as opposed to a light or faded wash.  And definitely no rips!
  • The Fit- You want to make sure they fit well, anything too baggy won't work.  Skinny or subtly flared jeans will look the best when you're aiming for a dressier look.  Boyfriend fit or extreme flares/bell bottoms definitely say CASUAL!
  • The Shoes- The shoe you choose is important.  Save the sneakers or flip-flops for your casual days.  For a dressed up look, you can't go wrong with a pump or a ballet flat.  As long as they're not ratty or beat-up looking!  Sandals would work too, but they should be a dressy sandal, not something summery.
  • The Top- What you wear with your jeans takes the outfit to whatever level you want to go.  Jeans day at work?  A blazer and pumps with some simple accessories (like I've done here) are the way to go.  If you're headed out for the night, lose the blazer and swap the shoes for a sexier strappy sandal!


Blazer is from Dynamite; Jeans are Rag & Bone

I hope this helps, and you have fun dressing up your denim!!


Shoes are Rock & Republic from Kohl's



Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Planning Outfits... Not a Bad Idea!

I really don't know how it happens.  I wake up super early and have hours to get ready, but somewhere between working out, getting the kids ready and getting myself ready, the time just disappears!  And, as you can imagine, this of course can lead to some hectic mornings! 
But I'm changing my ways!  I've discovered how helpful a little planning can be.  I've always kinda semi-planned my outfits, just mentally thinking of what to wear the next day.  But then the next morning, inevitably, either the weather would mess with what I had chosen, or, more often, the imagined outfit just didn't work in real life, cuz it was either wrinkled (who has time for ironing in the morning?!)  or didn't work on my body the way my brain thought it would!
So now I fully plan my outfits the night before, down to the accessories, and have it all laid out and ready to go for the morning.  And I do the same for my boys (you'd be surprised how picky little boys can be about their outfits!).  This way there are no surprises, and no time wasted choosing something new to wear.
If you struggle with hectic mornings too, try pre-planning your outfits; its amazing how much smoother your mornings can be.  Another bonus: you'll look perfectly put-together :)
Are you a pre-planner?  I'd love to hear :)

Monday, 26 October 2015

Blanket Scarf Obsession!

It seems that blanket scarves are taking the street style world by storm.  They are everywhere this season, and I'm loving it!  I was gifted this beauty from Aritzia last year, and I was immediately obsessed.  Only problem was that blanket scarves weren't so widespread last year, and I felt a little odd wearing mine.  I loved the fluffy coziness of it, but I feared that people would think I was actually wearing a blanket around my neck! (Actually my husband still thinks that, but that's ok, haha!)
Fast forward to this year, and blanket scarves are all the rage.  My Instagram feed is filled with stylish women wearing them in all sorts of colours and patterns, and even all around me, I'm seeing them being worn many different ways.


There are endless tutorials online to show you how to wear a blanket scarf (just google it), so I won't get into that here.  This is my favorite way, all bundled up around the neck.  A close favorite is just messily thrown over my neck/shoulders which gives a more undone, layered look.




When you're picking out your scarf, one thing to be aware of is the material.  It has to be thick enough to be fluffy (just like a blanket!), but if you get one that's too thick or structured, it won't sit right.  I made that mistake last year, and bought a beautiful printed one from H&M, but it was far too thick and stiff to wear as a scarf, so now I use it as an actual blanket!




Are you joining the blanket scarf obsession?  What are your favorite ways to wear it?  I'd love to hear!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Faux Pas Friday!!

Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)


Today's FF post is about leggings worn as pants!  What is up with that?  Leggings were never meant to be pants, yet WAY too many girls and women are treating them as such.   They are meant to be a layering piece, to be worn with longer tops that "C-T-C", not short tops that leave nothing to the imagination!
Maybe they're getting things confused with yoga pants??  Now those are made with thicker material and are totally ok to wear with shorter tops.  Leggings are generally made with a much thinner material, and do NOT provide the same coverage, hence the reason to keep your goods covered ladies!
There are endless layering possibilities these days, with long cardis or long vests... no excuses not to C-T-C!!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

What a Great Idea!!

How clever is this scarf I picked up from Joe Fresh the other day?!  I've been on the hunt for a nice plaid scarf, and with this one, I get 2 for the price of 1!
Only $29 from Joe Fresh!
When you're in the mood for some colour, wear it red side out.  So perfect for the fall!  Not in the mood for the bright colours?  Stick to the black and white side for a classic, understated look.



Major props to Joe Fresh for this great idea!



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Dressing "Up" For the Office!!

Oh the joys of choosing an outfit for work!!  Many workplaces (mine included) have a "business casual" dress code which offers just enough leeway to create some fabulous, fun looks.  My goal when choosing my outfits for work is to look professional, but not boring.
I tend to stray from the traditional route of pantsuits or skirt suits.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with them, and when they're done right, they can look great.  For me personally, I find them a little dull, and prefer sticking to separates or dresses.  With separates (pants, skirts, blazers, shirts, sweaters), you have the option of mixing up fabrics and prints and colours to create a unique look.  For example, you could pair grey pants with a pale pink sweater, add a long necklace and some pumps; or a mix a black pencil skirt with a printed top like I did here. 

And dresses make life so easy;  Just add a few extras like I did today with my bright pink blazer and peep-toe booties, and you've got yourself an easy, professional and pretty outfit!
This blazer is from Dynamite and the dress is from TJ Maxx!

Its easy to incorporate some fun into your work wardrobe.  And its important to remember that it should be professional with a touch of fun, not the other way around!  I'm not looking to get anyone fired here!!  LOL!
What're your favorite outfits for work?  I'd love to hear :)

Monday, 19 October 2015

The New Wave of Combinations!

I've been noticing some pretty awesome colour and pattern combinations lately and I had to share!  As I've said before, style rules are becoming non-existent these days, so where you may not have worn navy blue with black or different types of stripes together in the past, nowadays its considered fashion forward to do so.
I'm trying out blush and wine together today.  Not a traditional pairing, but so obviously perfect when you see it together.  And I added the snake print top to add some fun!  I haven't always been a fan of the burgundy shades, so these shoes from Forever 21 are a fun way to start incorporating it.  And this blush blazer from Dynamite is a perfect topper to any outfit, and I really like how the colour plays off the shoes.

This top from H&M was under $10!!

I also tried out olive and bright pink together over the weekend, which I personally loved, but it was met with mixed reviews LOL.  I think olive goes with anything really.  I've seen it done with blush lately, which also looks fresh and new.
Some other unexpected pairings: navy blue and mustard (as accents to an outfit or in a print?) ; grey and leopard (grey sweater with leopard scarf?  I'll def be trying that!); or stripes and plaid (plaid scarf over a striped top or dress?).
Any other pairings you love?  Are you gonna try any of these combos?  Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Faux-Pas Fridays!

Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)


Today's FF post is about butt cheeks :|.  You know where I'm going with this right?  We've all seen it, all summer long I saw it, girls and women wearing shorts or skirts so short that a portion of their backside was on public display.
I'm positive I'm not the only one who inwardly cringes when they see this.  I mean, when did butt cheeks become an acceptable body part to put on display?!  Because I for one DO NOT want to see anyone's butt hanging out of their shorts.
Am I missing something?  Cuz I always thought the only public place I should really see girls' butts was the pool or beach... and I'm ok with it there; there I can appreciate a nice rear end.  But not at the mall, not at restaurants, not at the bank!!
Is it too much to ask for a little modesty?  There's a ton of options out there, lets choose to add an inch or two to our hemlines, shall we girls?  Here's hoping this "trend" (I use that term very loosely!) is a dying one!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Keeping it Professional!

There is nothing quite like a pencil skirt to make you feel like a BOSS!  (I've always wanted to say that! HA!)
But honestly, when in doubt, you can NOT go wrong with a pencil skirt.  They are endlessly versatile and it gives you a polished, professional look without even trying. 
If you're looking to dress it up, be sure to choose a skirt that has some structure.  You can find some pencil skirts made of a very clingy, very thin material, and those are more informal.  Add a silk blouse or a statement necklace or a killer pair of shoes and you're set! 
Dressing down?  You can go ahead with a less structured skirt, pair it with a crop top or t-shirt (tuck it in) and ballet flats and you're effortlessly ready. 
I'm going right down the middle today with my button down top, and peep-toe pumps, not casual, not too dressy, perfect for the workplace.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're celebrating Thanksgiving here in Canada this long weekend, and although its been a rainy mess for the most part, it doesn't hamper the feeling of gratitude I'm feeling today, and every day.
It's so easy for us all to get caught up in the day to day problems we may be facing or get focused on all the things we don't have... but somehow you have to find a way to remember all that we do have.
Blessings come in many ways, and everyone is blessed in their own way.
I'm so grateful for this life I get to live, healthy and strong, alongside my amazing family and friends, whose love and support means so much.  I'm grateful to watch my boys grow and learn and thrive.  I'm grateful for a husband who is my perfect match and my best friend.  I'm grateful for my family who provides balance, love, laughs and support.   And I'm grateful for my friends, who's company I so enjoy, and I cherish them.
Thanksgiving is a time for us all to find our blessings, and be thankful for all that we have.  Its not all about nice clothes (although I'm really thankful for them!), its about being aware of just how blessed we are, and giving thanks for it all.
Wishing my fellow Canadians a very Happy Thanksgiving :)

Friday, 9 October 2015

Faux-pas Fridays

Faux-pas Fridays is a new weekly post I'm starting in which every week I'll talk about a different fashion "faux pas" or "pet peeve" that just kinda bugs me. 
Now I'm the first to admit to making many fashion mistakes myself, so just keep in mind, this is all in good fun and is meant to be humorous :)


Todays post is about women who wear their pants too short for their shoes!   Have you seen these culprits?!  You see it often, a woman with a great pair of pants or jeans on, but they're 3 inches shorter than they should be!  Whenever I see it, it makes me cringe want to politely advise the lovely lady of her hemline issue, but I manage to stop myself !! LOL


Listen up girls, if you buy a pair of boot-cut or flared jeans, and they're the perfect length with your ballet flats, they are NOT going to be long enough to wear with your heeled boots!  They will look too short, and that is not flattering!
And the same applies for dressier pants.  If you're going to wear them at work with pumps, please please please buy them (or get them hemmed) to the correct length. 
Just to clarify, the perfect length is when your pants almost skim the ground, essentially covering your shoes (And for us shorter girls, this is a great way to add the illusion of height!).  Or stick to skinny jeans/pants, and you don't have to worry about the length issue at all!
Leave me a comment and let me know what your fashion pet peeves are!!


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Don't be Afraid of Suede!


Suede hasn't ever really gone anywhere; it's always been around in small doses.  In the past years, you could find it when shopping for shoes or purses.  But now its here in a BIG way.
Not just relegated to shoes and bags anymore, suede is a must-have for your fall wardrobe.  You can choose any which way you want to wear it, there's no shortage of options.  There's flare pants or button down tops, various types of skirts or, my personal fave, the sheath dress.... pretty much everything comes in suede (or imitation suede) these days.  Like this skirt from H&M
Only $34.99!!  I'm picturing it with a black turtleneck and black boots, so 70s!!
Or if you just want a little touch of it, try this shirtdress with a suede belt, also from H&M
Only $19.99!!  Wear it as a dress or over leggings, and finish off with ankle boots!


Go ahead and have fun with it, don't be afraid of suede! 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Midi Monday!!

I love me a midi skirt, that is no secret!  What was once considered a "granny" length is now seen on women of all ages and shapes!  You can find midi-length skirts and dresses, in A-line shapes (for a pretty or girly look) or a pencil fits (a little sexier ;)), just about everywhere.  Midi dresses are effortless, throw them on, and you're good to go. 
But midi skirts can be an awkward length to style.  You don't want to top them off with anything too bulky or long, or you run the risk of looking messy.
Top & Skirt from Forever 21


With this A-line skirt, because it sits ay my natural waist, I tucked in my cute little flowy top (how awesome is the collar?!) to create a clean polished look, professional enough for the workplace. 
Here's hoping that the midi length trend is here to stay!

Friday, 2 October 2015

The versatility of crops!

Yesterday's work look brought to you by H&M and Nordstrom Rack :).  Having basics like these in your closet allow you to put together some great outfits!
Top from H&M $14.99
Skirt from Nordstrom Rack $19.99

With this much volume on the bottom, a fitted, shorter option works best.  Anything longer or looser, and this look goes from sleek to sloppy.  That's why this crop top works awesomely (is that a word?!). The emerald green colour and the mock neck add some unique details to an otherwise basic top.  
Crop tops are EVERYWHERE nowadays, but not all of us want to be showing skin, so these longer versions, that sit just at the waist, are perfect.  They provide the perfect balance to this pleated skirt.  You could also pair this crop with a high-waisted pencil skirt for a sleeker, sexier look.  Or throw it on with higher waisted jeans, ankle boots and a long cardi or blazer for an effortless look.
I went with my fave nude pumps for an elongating look (I can use all the help I can get!), and topped it all off with a few accessories to get this fun look, that could take you from work to a night out.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Obsessed with this dress!!

I first saw this gorgeous dress in a magazine, an H&M advertisement, and it was love at first sight!  There's something about the high collar, and long sleeves... it just looks unique, and PERFECT for fall, so of course I had to have it.  I finally ended up getting my hands on it thanks to my lovely sister-in-law, who knew the obsession was real, and found it for me!
Only $19.99 at H&M!!

We're getting amazing weather here this week, so I'm going with bare legs today, but I can't wait to pair this with black tights and boots for a very fall, dark look.
A dress like this is a must in your closet, the long sleeves, high neck, and print, make accessories unnecessary and its as easy as put-it-on-and-go!  Black or nude shoes are a safe bet with this dress, or you could be daring and pair it with OTK boots (that's how it was shown in the advertisement).  Whatever way you choose to style it, its a winner!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Exciting Collaborations!

One of the most exciting things that has happened in the fashion/retail world over the past years is collaborations between high-end designers and mainstream stores.  These collabs allow those of us who wouldn't normally own pieces by these designers a chance to do so. 
And so many retailers are getting in on the action these days.  Starbucks has collaborated with Rodarte and Alice and Olivia over the past years, and I own some very cool travel cups thanks to them!
Kohl's is another store that has really embraced designer collaborations.  They started DesigNation, which was launched a few years ago to bring designer items to the masses. (http://www.kohls.com/promos/designation.shtml)
H&M and Target have also done a number of amazing collaborations (Jason Wu, Missoni, Versace, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler just to name a few) over the years, and they are both soon coming out with new collabs that I'm super excited about!
On Sept 27th, Target is launching the Adam Lippes for Target collaboration (https://corporate.target.com/article/2015/08/plaid-fall-look-book), and the stuff looks SO SO SO cool!  I've checked out the preview, and I'm LOVING the coat, the vest, the shoes... pretty much everything!  It's reasonably priced and so fun, you must check it out!
In November, H&M is launching a much anticipated collaboration with Balmain!!  I've only seen a couple pieces that will be a part of the collection, but I'm looking forward to checking it out, and hopefully getting my hands on a little piece of gorgeousness!
For me and most people, these designers are names you read about and their collections are generally out of reach.  By participating in these collaborations, it makes them accessible to us, and makes for a fun shopping experience!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Black and Olive...

sounds kinda like a cool restaurant name doesn't it?  To anyone out there opening a new eatery, you're welcome :)
Now on to what the title really means... I'm just loving this colour combo.  Its so perfectly "Fall" and it just gives the classic pencil skirt and blouse look a little something extra, doesn't it?
Blouse from Reitmans; Skirt from Costco (yes, really!)

Olive itself is having a major moment in the spotlight, and has been for awhile now.  In the past its been so under-rated, and I've always thought it deserved to be a neutral, like a basic in your wardrobe.  And it looks like its here to stay!
Pair it with black (of course!) or white, or you could use it as a neutral, and even pair it with a brighter colour say a raspberry pink?  And you can pop olive into your outfit in so many different way.  Tops (like my blouse or a casual T with jeans!) or bottoms (olive cargo skinnies with a white T!) or dresses (like this gorgeous shirt dress from Forever 21 for $29.90!)





Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong with this super-colour!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Back to the Basics

Now that the temperature has officially fallen into the teens, my flip flops no longer have a reserved spot on the shoe rack.  The boots have taken over!!
My OOTD today was all about layering, which is so perfect for Fall dressing.  Having key basic pieces in your closet is so important.  Start with a great-fitting pair of skinnies, add a longer, flowy top, and finish off with boots.  I went with these new ankle boots I just got from Walmart.  They are so comfy, look great, and were only $24.97!!
Rag & Bone jeans from Nordstrom Rack

If you're going with ankle boots over knee-high boots, make sure your jeans are nicely fitted through the calf area.  Nothing looks sloppier than boot-cut jeans being forced into boots.  I finished off my look with this new olive-coloured jacket from Dynamite (I'm so loving it!), and my polka dot scarf from Jacob.

Any variation of this outfit works great; mix up the colours, add some bright colours or prints, or go with higher boots.  Whatever you choose, you'll look perfectly put-together :)


Friday, 18 September 2015

Style Rules, part 2

Earlier this week I did a post on the so-called "style rules" that we've all heard, and can now officially ignore!  Today I wanted to stay on the topic, and talk specifically about the rules surrounding age and size.  There are so many out there:
  • short girls shouldn't wear anything cropped or midi-length
  • women over 40 shouldn't wear bikinis
  • bigger girls shouldn't wear large prints,
to name a few.  But whether its your size or age, I don't think anyone should be exempt from wearing what they want to wear; However, what's important to remember is the message you're trying to send.  If you don't give F*%# what anyone thinks, then you're good to go, wear whatever you want! 
For those to whom it does matter what vibe you're giving off, you just have to make the right choices, so it doesn't look like you're trying too hard. 
As far as size/body shape goes, it's all so subjective.  I mean you can have one girl who thinks her hips look too wide (that's me!), whereas the next girl is wanting ideas on how to create an hourglass shape.  Whatever your thing is, the most important thing is to feel confident.  Wear a big bold print if you want, top it off with a solid colour blazer if it makes you more comfortable.  Or go ahead and wear a midi-length skirt if you're on the shorter side; I do it all the time!  Just add some heels (nude ones work best!) if you're wanting to add the illusion of height.
The "rules" surrounding age hit a little closer to home.  I'm in my 30s (closer to the end than the beginning!), and its obvious to me that there are certain trends that only a certain age group (of which I'm no longer a part of) should be trying (unless of course, you're one of the ones who don't give a F*%#!).  I'm married and a mom of 2 school age boys... Being where I am in my life, and for what I want to accomplish, and for the message I want to portray, I choose to dress a certain way.  For instance, you won't (EVER) find me wearing a t-shirt with Sponge Bob on it!!  And I prefer knee or midi length skirts over mini skirts, but it's not because the "rules" say I shouldn't wear them after 35.  It's because I don't feel the need to wear them;  They don't represent me, so I choose not to wear them.  Same goes for leggings-as-pants;  I get that there's a whole generation out there who sees nothing wrong with this at all, but for me, leggings are like a "base", to be worn as a compliment to a long top/tunic/sweater.  And the whole "no bikini after 40" thing?? Now that's still a few years off for me, but hey if I still want to wear one then, you better believe I still will, buuuttt I think I'd save it for vacations and not the community pool! 
Maybe its a certain level of modesty that creeps in as you age, but I find my style constantly evolving.  Basically what I'm saying is that you shouldn't dress according to some rules that someone made up a hundred years ago, you should dress according to your own rules.





Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Pops of Colour in an ocean of Black

With the influx of clothing options and trend choices out there, its easy to get overwhelmed.  Choosing to go with all black can be an easier choice sometimes; plus, wearing black often gives a cooler/edgier/professional vibe.  Add to this, the whole "black is slimming" thing, and it becomes obvious why so many people (me included) have so much black in their closets!

And while black is a great go-to, I've started incorporating pops of colour into my outfits, and I love it.  I'm not one to go too crazy with colour, but I do have some fun pieces in my closet.  And what I tend to do, is pair the item with something black, and that just balances it enough to take the "fear" out of wearing it!

For instance this pink skirt is super bright, and maybe outside of some peoples comfort zones, but worn with a black top and black shoes, it doesn't look over the top.
Dress and Shoes from Target


And this dress is great (love the faux leather accent by the neckline), but with plain black pumps, it could look a little boring.  Instead with my blue pumps, the look is a little more eye-catching.

If you find yourself wanting to incorporate some colour into your wardrobe, its easy enough to start small. Shoes, accessories, purses, you can find it all in some fun colours and prints.
If you're headed out for the night. try adding a clutch in a bright color or pattern to your black skinnies.  For day, how about adding a brightly coloured scarf to your all-black ensemble? 

Have fun with colour!


Monday, 14 September 2015

Style rules- meant to be broken??

We've all heard the rules :




  • No white after Labour Day
  • Don't mix navy and black
  • Horizontal stripes make you look wider
  • Can't wear denim tops with denim bottoms




What I love about fashion these days, is that these rules (and countless others pertaining to size/height/accessories/shoes) just don't apply anymore.   Feeling confident in what you're wearing is the only rule worth following. 
Wearing white in the winter looks so fresh and fitting.  Ok so maybe not the wide leg linen pants you lived in during the summer; but white jeans layered under a oversized sweater and scarf?  Perfect!
And just because you're not a size 2, you can't wear horizontal stripes?  Not true!  As long as the garment fits you well, it won't "make you look larger".  And if you're still concerned about it, you could always throw on a blazer or longer cardigan, to streamline the look.
Now I have yet to try mixing navy and black, and wearing denim on denim... I've seen it done, and it looks great, but I haven't gone as far as trying it out myself yet.  A navy dress worn with black tights or a navy sweater over black leggings... definitely worth trying!
Everyone has there own personal rules surrounding their style (one of mine is don't wear leggings as pants), and that's totally ok.  As long as you're following your own rules, and not someone else's, you're already winning!!
Check back later this week, when I'll be talking about style rules regarding age and size, and whether they should be broken too!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Who/What/Where/When/Why

Here I am, a little over a month into this new venture of mine, and I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how far I've come, and where I want to go with Styleiish.
Ok, so Who am I?  My name is Sonia, I'm a thirty-something wife and mother, and I really really really like everything to do with fashion, shopping, and styling. 
Until recently, I had never given too much thought about joining the "style blog" universe.  There are so many fabulous blogs out there, and I enjoyed reading them, but never thought to do one myself.  The idea started to brew when some friends said, "you should just blog about how you put it all together, it'll make it easier for those of us who don't know".... and I thought, maybe that's something I can do.
On to the "what"... I wanted to create something a little different from the blogs I'd been reading.  Like I said, there's some really fabulous blogs out there, and they provide great inspiration.  However my MO is a little different.  First of all, I love a good deal; I don't want to show a beautiful top that costs $50- to me, that's too much.  Second, I wanted it to be about HOW to wear the clothes and shoes and accessories, not just where to find them.  The more I thought about, the more I liked the idea of creating an amateur stylist site, hence Styleiish was born.
Where... well of course, with blogging and Instagram, it's worldwide.  I'm so pleased to see interest for Styleiish from all over the world.  Personally though, I'm based out of the Vancouver area in Beautiful British Columbia.
When... Styleiish has been on Instagram for about a month and a half now, and live on the blog for just over a month.  Its been a lot of fun and I've learned an incredible amount, and I continue to do so every day.  The style blogging community consists of so many positive, helpful and stylish women.

And lastly, Why... why did I start Styleiish?  Simply because I felt there was a need out there for simple, basic styling advice.  I'm no expert by any means, but I'm all about sharing what I know how to do, and learning from others about the things I don't know.
My hope is that I can entertain, inspire and help women through Styliish :)

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Keeping it casual


I have to admit, there are times when my casual look consists of old sweats and t-shirts.  But casual doesn't have to be sloppy; there are far too many cute options out there. 
Joggers for instance; they are insanely comfortable, but stylish at the same time.  There are so many options out there these days, Joe Fresh and Old Navy both have nice ones currently. 
If you go with a skinny fit, you can wear a looser Boyfriend style t-shirt.  If your joggers are a looser fit (like mine), pair them with a fitted top (I chose a striped crop, long enough to almost cover me up).
Now that the weather is getting cooler, joggers are a nice alternative to jeans, when you're looking for a casual yet chic outfit.  Add some sneakers or slip-ons (like my faux leather ones) or even a pair of heels if you really want to elevate your casual look!




Joggers from Gap
Top from Sears
Shoes from Kohls

Saturday, 5 September 2015

I LOVE this skirt !!

It's no secret that I love myself some floral, and this skirt from Forever 21 is perfection.  I just picked it up recently, and I'm obsessed with the material and fit. 
It's super light and flowy, but not poofy at all (which is a plus when you've got them hips).  The pattern and colours are great for summer, but also work for fall and winter because of the black base.
As for the fit, it sits at my natural waist, so a fitted top or a crop top works best.  Because of the midi length, and the flowy nature of the skirt, you don't want to pair it with anything long or bulky as it'll create a messy look.


This was only $19 at Forever 21!!!!

I'll be wearing it with a fitted sweater and boots when the weather gets cooler, but we're having a beautiful Labour Day weekend here in Vancity, so I'm going with the bare legs and pumps look today for work.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Fashion New Year!

Welcome September!  The other day I read an article that referred to this time of year as the Fashion New Year, and I sort of have to agree.  There's something about September, maybe its the whole back-to-school shopping thing we all grew up with; whatever it is, there's an excitement about fashion and trends and all of it compels me to shop.
I just can't seem to help it, there's just so much out in the stores these days, and when I shop, the little voice in my head is telling me that I NEED to have it all! HAHA!
For instance, these beauties I picked up at Forever 21, for only $26!!  They came in a number of different colours but unfortunately for me (fortunately for my bank account), these were the only ones left in my size :(


I've also got my eye on some more great fall items, like floral printed pieces, the perfect coat, a long vest... the list really is endless!  
Is anyone else feeling the urge to shop these days?  I can't be the only one who thinks September is synonymous with shopping!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Florals for Fall? Yes please!!

It's a common assumption that floral prints are for spring and summer seasons only, but that's definitely not the case.  Florals are a good idea anytime of the year! To do florals right for the fall, what you want to look for, are floral prints with some darker hues.  Either a bright floral print on a black background (like my dress below, from Forever 21), or a print that uses richer colours, like burgundies and deep greens, mixed with cream.







When you incorporate the richer, darker colours into the floral pattern, it's completely season appropriate and right on trend!