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


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!