Jul 27, 2016

Buy Less Choose Well – Step One



This post took a lot longer to get to then I thought.

Better late than never.

I’m taking the first official step to rebuilding my wardrobe. Although, I must say I have gotten better at not buying on impulse. Shoes not included.

Baby steps.

I am following Wardrobe Consultant, Mary Ciancibello’s fashion resolutions as my guide.

Yes. I know. You’re supposed to start these in January but I had good intentions all year. Now I am putting them into practice.

Step One:  Get Organized

I hate clutter. So it made sense, when Mary said “No one wants to shop in a cluttered closet.” 

So, I went out and got all uniform hangers, in three different colors and it made such a difference.  It’s less distracting and easier to focus on what I have.

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Let the cleansing begin.

This is the hard part but I think it will be therapeutic.

I have a pile of stuff I need to get altered. But I still have to purge a few things. I am dreading it. Obviously. I have put it off since January.

I am going to keep reminding myself – I want to be able to shop in my closet.

When I go into a store – I like to see things sorted by color and style. So that is my goal

Sort first – cleanse second.

I think this article on Mary’s blog will help too: Your closet – it’s time to get real.

Wish me luck.

Jul 14, 2016

Behind the Brand: Rachel Sin

Behind the Brand Rachel Sin

Lauren Dress

This tweet of the Lauren Dress by Rachel Sin, inspired the first post for the Behind the Brand series on our blog.

Plus, it just seemed fitting.

I got to meet Rachel during Ottawa Fashion Week a few years ago – she dressed me the night we went to see her show.

She has a natural beauty and is so down to earth – aside from her obvious talent, you can tell that she loves what she does. Talent is one thing but passion is everything.

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The different faces of design.

Rachel Sin is a native of Toronto. After graduating from Carleton University with a Masters Degree in Architecture, she did a three-year internship with BBB Architects in Ottawa and worked on the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Art comes in all forms.

Architecture and fashion have so much in common – when you think about it: lines, shapes, angles.

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
Coco Chanel

Artist usually have more than one creative outlet. While attending Carleton, Rachel took sewing classes at night.

In 2009, she launched her fashion line Rachel Sin. Her collections include skirts, pants, tops, blazers, jumpsuits and dresses. All pieces are perfectly tailored and detailed. Most can go from the office to a night on the town.

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It is a natural tendency in architecture to make all things better with good design.

I can speak from experience on this one. Her dresses are sculpted to enhance the female body.




One quote comes to mind.

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
Sophia Loren

The Rachel Sin label is all about dressing with confidence.

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Today she works between Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

What is her dream?

To design a store with the clothes she designed.

That is what you call – full circle.

Jul 5, 2016

A Clean Slate

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Don’t you just hate when your shellac starts to chip?

Well if you don’t have time to go to the nail salon – here is how you take it off at home.

You’ll need:

  • 100% Acetone
  • Coarse Nail File (80-100 grit)
  • Cotton  Balls
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Nail Scissors/Clippers

1. Cut the aluminium foil in squares.
2. Gently score the surface of the nail with nail file. You want the acetone to be able to penetrate the shellac.
3. Soak cotton ball with acetone.
4. Place cotton ball on nail and secure with aluminium foil.
5. After a few minutes, gently scrape off shellac and file nail/clip as needed.

May 30, 2016

Trust: Make a statement

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JULIET by Trust

I have always been a fan of the boho chic style – vintage, ethnic inspired clothing and natural-looking hair and makeup.

One of the hair accessory trends for spring/summer 2016 is headbands and floral accents. They were all over the runway.

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SPENCER by Trust

So when I came across this shop on Esty, I had to share!

Trust has unique, handmade accessories that will absolutely transform your look – these are one of a kind statement pieces. The sashes and crowns are hand-stitched and hand-painted.

These are the perfect accent for a bohemian inspired wedding – for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl.

But it doesn’t stop there – floral crowns have crossed into mainstream fashion. This would make you stand out in the crowd at any music festival or summer party/gala.

It’s a simple way to transform an outfit.

Click here to visit the Trust shop on Esty.

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HAVEN by Trust

May 27, 2016

Pool Season

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I thought about calling this post beach season then I remembered we don’t actually have any beaches here – so I went with pool instead.

So two things come to mind when I think of bikinis.

One – men have no idea how easy they have it. They only have to shave their face. Some of them don’t even do that. Women – to wear a bikini – need to devote time, money and pain. We have to shave everywhere and on a regular basis. It never stops. Unless you are willing to spend a small fortune on permanent hair removal.

Seriously – if I ever hear a man complaining about having to shave – I might have to punch them.

Okay – enough on that.

Two – how can material that is less than a tea towel cost so much. It’s nuts right?! The prices for bikinis are crazy. I bought three for a trip I took to Miami – it cost me $300.00 and I ruined the bottom for one of them from sitting in the pools.

I love mix and match bikinis – the freedom to choose whatever top and bottom you want. So when I saw some in a Venus catalog I came across at work – I thought I’d try them out.

I’m not crazy about the clothing – but I love their mix and match bikinis. They have lots of different styles and colors to choose from.

I bought two bikini tops and one bottom.

I loved the tops.

I took a no-head bikini top selfie to show you how one of the tops fit.

They both were comfortable, I liked the fit and they are made well. It comes with extra padding but I didn’t use them – I found it a bit awkward.

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Right: Enhancer Push-up Top in Plum, Left: Enhancer Push Up Triangle Top in Cobalt Blue

Now as for the bottoms – that was a bit of a fail.

I got the swim short – or boy short – in the black. When I looked at the sizing chart – I must have misunderstood it – because I got a size 6. When I tried them on – I was swimming in them.  I should have gone with a size 4.

So my advice is be careful when choosing your size for the bottoms.

Size and fit are so important when buying swimwear. You want something that is going to flatter your body type and fit well. They are so many options available now – one piece, tankinis, bikinis – fabrics, colors the list goes on.

Whatever you get make sure it feels good – comfort is everything. Plus, you don’t want to be constantly worried that something is going to pop out.

Check out the Bikini Tops Glossary on the Venus website – click here. They also have a Fit Guide – which has a lot of useful info.

Good luck ladies!


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