Fashion

December 9, 2014- Plaid On Plaid, My Holiday Style

Definition
Plaid: any fabric woven of differently colored yarns in a crossbarred pattern.

What the definition should read: Carly’s favourite holiday pattern, can be seen wearing this pattern almost everyday, often to the point that others will comment on said pattern and the amount of times she has worn in it in one week…..

It’s no secret, I do love a good crossbarred pattern. With a simple plaid it really can upgrade your outfit instantly.  Adding a pop of colour to your tone on tone outfit, or bringing a fun twist to your holiday outfit, plaid really is a winter closet staple.

There are so many different types of plaids, patterns, and colours you really can’t go wrong with any of them. The key to mixing plaids and patterns is to have a central colour that is consistent between them all. This will give your eye a home base and really allow you to master the art of mixing and matching. Still need some inspiration? I’ve curated some of my favourite plaid looks from the internet (photos from WeHeartIt.com) Some with great layering ideas, and others to inspire plaid no matter what your signature style is.

**P.S as an added bonus for you local girls, I’ve done the work for you! Below each photo you can find where in our local mall, Orchard Park Shopping Centre, you can find these great pieces! You’re welcome, let the shopping begin!**

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Toque: Gap, Plaid and Jeans: Aeropostale, Booties: Old Navy

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Scarf: Garage

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Pants: Old Navy

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Plaid: American Eagle, Top and Jeans: The Bay, Boots: The Bay

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Dress: Old Navy, Denim Shirt: Garage and/or Urban Planet, Wool Hat: Influence, Flats: Urban Planet

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Sweater: Gap, Plaid: Garage, Brown Skinny Jeans: Garage, Booties: Spring and/or Aldo

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XOXO -Car

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August 9, 2013- How to Get the Summer Head Scarf Look

(RE-BLOGGED via the Free People Blog, BLDG 25)

I love this idea so so much I had to re-blog the post I found.  So easy and adds such character to your look! Have fun my lovelies!

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The head scarf has been a trend that has been emerging for quite some time, from the day when Grace Kelly glamorously got photographed in the 70′s in her pink turban on Palm Beach, to when Prada made a fashion statement with models sashaying down the runway with jewel-toned turban headbands in their 2007 Spring runway. The trend keeps coming back every year during the spring/summer months and we agree it’s a tricky one to try and pull off, but here we want to show you how to create the head scarf look in a wearable way. Below are the steps to create the rosette head scarf using Free People’s Asymmetrical Ikat Scarf (but really you could use any scarf). We used this scarf as it’s lightweight and the ends are slightly narrow, making it easier to work with.

Step one: Fold the scarf into a width that fits around your head nicely — it shouldn’t be too wide. Bring the scarf around the back of the head to the front, like so.

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Step two: Bring it back around to the back, making sure the crossover at the front looks nice and tidy at the forehead.

step2Step three: Cross it again and the back of the head.
step3Step four: Bring the two ends to the front. As you tie the scarf around the head, make sure you pull on it slightly so the scarf doesn’t fall or become loose.
step4Step five: Tie the two ends into a knot.
step6step7Step six: Add another knot, so the knot becomes a little bulky.

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Step seven: Start wrapping the two ends around the knot to create a rosette.

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Step eight: Make sure you leave enough of the scarf ends free to reach the back and tie another knot.
step12Step nine: Bring the ends to the back of the head.
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Step ten: Secure at the back of the head with a summer knot and tuck the reminder ends under the scarf.

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Step eleven: Fiddle with the rosette until you like how it looks, and then you’re done! A cute little summer head scarf for every day and the beach.

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March 18, 2013- Conscience Fashion

H&M has done it again.  Not only have they once again produced a fashion forward line for the season, this time is even sustainable! H&M describes their vision to be conscience as:

“ALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS SHALL BE RUN IN A WAY THAT IS ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE”

Not known to many, H&M is a CSR deep company with stats such as 300, 000, 000 litres of water saved in denim production, 2.3 million garments donated to charity, and management team made up of 72% women.  They are the number one user of organic cotton in the world, 500,000 quality tests a year, and over 440,000 workers educated in Bangladesh about their rights.  Easy to say H&M is a global citizen.

Their latest collection, the “Conscience Collection” features natural greens, flower prints and delicate materials, perfect for spring! Take a look!

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For availability and prices, please get in touch with your nearest store. Visit http://www.hm.com/store-locator for contact details.

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February 28, 2013: Accessory Love: Bangles and Turquoise

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I always LOVE accessories…every time I go on freepeople.com especially I find myself checking out the jewelry, wanting to trying on various rings, necklaces, and bracelets.  They have some amazing pieces right now that I wanted to highlight.

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In love with their collection of silver bangles right now – the Stack Etched Metal SetEtched Skinny BraceletFeather Etched Skinny Cuff and Chain Stack Bracelet Set. The best thing about these bracelets is that they go with everything. I also love that you can wear one on its own for a more delicate look or “pile them on for an eclectic look” (quote from the model in the picture herself!). When added, the Hard Bangle Set provides some pops of color and the gorgeous Filagree Cuff as well. On the models hands she’s wearing rings above and below the knuckle, a combination of turquoise, raw stone and silver that I love! Above from left to right: Seafoam Stone RingOnyx Interlock RingFilagree Stone RingKivi RingNovelty Midi RingsRainbow Moonstone RingMountain Ring.

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Shop all jewelry!

Source: Accessory Love: Bangles & Turquoise | Free People Blog http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/02/accessory-love-bangles-turquoise/#ixzz2MG2Jr01n

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February 20, 2013– Like A Rolling Stone: Behind the Scenes Look

Fashion has obviously always been a love of mine, and I especially love seeing what it takes, behind the scenes look at the industry.  BLDG 25 recently did a great story on a look behind the scenes of their newest look book ‘Like A Rolling Stone,’ take a look!

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Our latest lookbook, Like a Rolling Stone, is quite possibly my favorite we’ve done…ever. Sometimes everything just comes together flawlessly, – the model, the art direction, the styling, the hair & makeup, and the photography – and this is absolutely one of those times.  I hung around the studio last week on the day of shooting to watch the magic happen, and it was such a fun shoot to witness! It was also great to have model Elsa Hosk back at Free People – you probably recognize her from some of our favorite catalogs like Paris in January 2011 and the holiday decades book from November 2011. She is stunning and has such a great energy that radiates out of photos. Take a look behind the scenes and be sure to view the full lookbook online here

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Elsa arrives, looking flawless in skinny black jeansblack boots, an easy pullover and vintage jacket, with her purple bag adding a pop of color.

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6The first outfit of the day is the Washed Out Textured Maxi worn with an armful of layered bangles.
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8Last minute touching up, and it’s time to shoot!
910The second outfit was one of my favorites: the amazing Gypsy Vest worn over the Lace Up Crop Cami with the Flat Brim HatVintage Kuchi Coin NecklaceBlazer Wrap Ankle Boot, more layered bangles and amazing red trousers.
1112Our stylists brilliantly layered the Daisy Lace Dress over the FP New Romantics Flower Bomb Maxi, with the amazing FP Collection Heartland Boot.
1314An outtake featuring the Goodnight Moon SunglassesBondi FedoraRhiannon Embroidered TankZodiac NecklaceBird Pendant, and Leather Stone Pouch Pendant. Wanna learn how to do this hairstyle? Watch our tutorial!
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View the complete February lookbook!

Source: Like A Rolling Stone: Lookbook Behind The Scenes | Free People Blog http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/02/rolling-stone-lookbook-scenes/#ixzz2LUzXZiQX

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February 11, 2013– Spring Style: Flats

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Spring is almost upon us and that means its almost flats season! Being tall myself I can really appreciate a good trendy pair of flats.  This season we are seeing lots of embellished flats.  Bows, gems, glitter and studs (a huge trend this season, Aldo is currently carrying some amazing studded flats and loafers) can be seen adorning women’s feet this season.

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Nudes, mint greens, pale pinks, and whites are the hot colours for Spring 2013. Most of these colours are very versatile and can be paired with most other colours (alway a bonus!).  Flats are a great shoe to wear day to night.  Use them to add detail to your outfit (use pattered, glittered, or patented flats).  They always look great in a complimentary colour to your outfit, really adds a pop!

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TIP ALERT!!!!!!: Flats can either be the most comfortable shoe you own or the most uncomfortable.  To make sure you wont be bothered when wearing them, wear your shoes around the house before wearing them outside.  This may take a couple of days but believe me its worth it.  Still too uncomfortable to even wear around the house? Put on a pair of thick socks (thick gym socks are often best) and put the flats on around the house.  This will add more force when stretching and save your feet from those horrible blisters!

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February 5, 2013– Mini, Midi, Maxi Dresses: How We Wear Them

Love this post from BLDG 25 blog, had to share it with y’all! All pieces available online from Free People!

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We love a great dress but sometimes it’s often hard to decide which length to go with. Right now we have a huge selection of dresses online from mini, midi, and maxi, all with beautiful details.  Here we tested out our favorite lengths on Brigette to see if we could decide which style we will be wearing when spring comes.

I always find that because I’m short the mini length looks most flattering on me and most of the time wear tunics as dresses. However, I do love the elegance of a maxi dress and tend to in the spring/summer months go back and forth on both of them.

For our mini length we chose our Moonrise Dip Dye Tunic worn with Galveston BootKate Hat and then accessorized with our Filagree Cuff.

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For a  midi dress we loved our FP One Imperial Palm Tuck Dress it sits just above the knee and looks great with its print, we teamed it with two statement pendants our Zapoteca Pendant and our Leather Stone Pouch Pendant that has lavender inside to calm your mind.

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Shop all Free People dresses
Source: We Love Mini, Midi And Maxi Dresses | Free People Blog http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/02/love-mini-midi-maxi-dresses/#ixzz2K3mRJfGs

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January 17, 2013- In the Moment Trend: Mixing Stripes and Florals

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Video Source: BLDG 25 Blog

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January 14, 2013- Colours of the Moment: Green with Envy and Twisted in Turquoise

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Many retailers are already bringing in their Spring collections! YES! This season it’s hard to miss the shades of greens and turquoise which are popping up around the stores! My favourite go to accessory is the ring, and this season a beautiful marriage of these tones have created an everlasting earthy feel to Spring! Try antique or vintage looking pieces to add character and depth to your outfit.  Layering pieces featuring different shades (dark or light) of the same tone (colour) will also create a casual intention to your outfit.

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January 11, 2013– Down Under

was recently reading the current edition of Artizia’s Magazine and they did a really cool article called South Side which featured a group of girls from Sydney.  Each girl was profiled and their style showcased.  Even though it’s winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is a bumpin’ in the South! Bare legs, bustiers, and oversized sunglasses looks to be the overall trend.  Here are a few of my favourites!

HENRI NGYREN, 20
SYDNEY

STYLE ICON: Mary-Kate Olsen
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: I love Crown St. in Surry Hills with all the little vintage shops and cafes.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Chilled rock-skater look
DREAM VACATION SPOT: Fiji Islands
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Bring a jacket—it gets cold!

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PERRI ROACH, 15
COOGEE, SYDNEY

STYLE ICON: I’m a huge fan of teen blogger Tavi Gevinson.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Pretty much anywhere in Newtown. It’s so funky and I’ve yet to find a shop there I don’t like.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?: I wear a lot of vintage, mostly from the ’60s and ’70s. My wardrobe is really colourful; I hardly have any practical clothes.
FAVOURITE SONG: I’ve been loving “Bel Air” by Lana Del Rey lately.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Make sure to check out Sculptures By The Sea—it’s rad.

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ANAIS DELEBARRE, 24
SEAFORTH, SYDNEY

STYLE ICON: My grandma
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: The Botanical Gardens because it’s serene and pretty.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Take a ferry and go to Manly.

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JESSIE BUSH, 24
SURRY HILLS, SYDNEY

STYLE ICONS: Elin Kling and Emmanuel Alt
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Cricketers Arms Hotel—they have cheap beer and a casual courtyard.

Source: South Side By Elle Packham. Photographed by Zac Handley. Aritzia Magazine

 

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January 10, 2013– Gallantly Graphic

We are halfway through the winter season and I don’t know about you but I need some warm sunshine! I start to daydream about hot destinations and the swimsuits that go with it! What I’m loving this season, as a spill over trend from last season, is graphic swimwear! Everything from a one piece to a bikini can hold a graphic.  This season go more bold with a photograph style graphic or bold tribal designs!

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January 4, 2013– Fashion Friday Quotes-Coco Chanel

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December 26, 2012- Holiday Sequins

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Sequins are a great way to spice up your outfit, especially during the holidays.  Sequins are a great look not only for New Years, but can how be worn during the day! You’re probably wondering how?! Well here’s how!

  1. Mix your sequins with something more casual such as a pair of denim or cotton sweater
  2. Wearing neutral colours, such as nudes and earth tones will tone it down
  3. An oversized, classic striped tee mixed with a sequin skirt, pants, or shorts. The juxtaposition of the casual tee with the fancy sequins makes for a super appealing combination.
  4. Wear a sequin skirt with a chambray button-down, a cargo jacket, and a classic tan handbag. If you’re feeling a bit more bold, add a chunky necklace and a leopard cardigan.
  5. Wear a sequin tank layered with flannel button-down, black jeans, and a beanie, this will give you a super casual look
  6. Pair a shiny bag (or shoes) with your daily outfit. It’s a safe and easy way to give your outfit some serious sparkle!

What about if you want to dress up some sequins?!

  1. If you really want to make an impact, layer some jewellery, but try it with some bracelets, multiple necklaces on sequins may be over bearing, neutral tones are best!

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           2. Turn up the glam factor for the party season by adding a little glitter — or a lot! To ace a dramatic sequined outfit without looking over the top, opt for subtler dark-hued paillettes like midnight blue, black or gunmetal gray.

              3. Tone down the bam with a sensible jacket!

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December 23, 2012– How to Look Expensive on the Cheap

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Most of us are on a budget, especially this time of year, but it doesn’t mean your look has to suffer.  The runways are always filled with looks we want but only a small portion of us actually have the bankroll to support this habit.  Avoiding the obvious, I’ve come up with seven classic ways to look expensive without breaking the bank!

Navy

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Black has long since been a staple during the winter months, but navy has become a great alternative to take your outfit up to another level. Not only does the dark shade have great visual depth, but historically, it’s been associated with bourgeoisie activities such as yachting, horse-riding and formal dining. Details such as large lapels, and double breasting of buttons can make navy coats look expensive.

(Fake) Fur Details

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Nothing says old world luxury like fur.  Back in time fur was seen as a sign of wealth and prosperity.  Being on a budget, the real deal might be above your price range; but the addition of a faux or vintage fur piece elevates your look without breaking the bank.  This season fur seems to be popping up all over the place! Stay warm my sweets!

Velvet

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Now this is a tough one, even though it can be one of the easiest ways to enhance your look, if not done right velvet can actually ‘cheapen’ your look so listen carefully! While many affordable brands have made velvet look tacky by buying sub-quality material and sewing at mismatched edges, vintage is usually a safe bet. You can find great pieces at consignment, vintage, and used clothing stores, just need to look for it!  Look at the closeness of the weave on the back of the velvet the closer the weave the better!  If the velvet is “linen backed” this shows a high quality velvet.

Vintage

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Since many runway styles are re-inventions of the past and fashion works on a cycle, vintage is quite often the easiest way to nab a runway aesthetic at a fraction of the price. While amazing pieces can be found at thrift outlets for as low as a loonie a piece, vintage boutiques offer a smaller selection for mostly reasonable rates.

Collar Jewels

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While collar tips may have reached their climax earlier this year, collar jewels are making a comeback. They are beautiful, and quite an unexpected way to wear jewels. For an even easier way to try this trend, try pinning your favourite studs and vintage clip on earrings onto your collar. Instant statement, zero cost. You can also DIY Hair Accessories.

Impactful Knits

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Knits are one of the easiest ways to make an impact. Choose knits with colour and that play with size, i.e. big chunky knits! With knitwear already on discount, and a second round of sales coming up on Boxing Day, it will be even easier to capitalize on the knitwear trend this month.

Exposed Zippers

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Thick silver zippers stand out, and were huge in the ‘90s, but are rarely used by affordable brands today. Replacing regular or hidden zippers on pieces you already own is another fun way to try the trend at a relatively low cost.

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December 22, 2012– Behind the Scenes: January 2013 Vogue Cover Shoot

voguejanuary2012The January issue of Vogue (American) featured one of the hardest working women today.  With two kids, a band, and three labels, Gwen Stefani is a modern day superwoman.  Juggling time between her family and career makes for some crazy days, but she does it!

Whether at home with her boys or on the road with No Doubt, Gwen Stefani proves she’s still the first lady of rock.

 As the cover girl for Vogue’s January 2013 issue, Gwen opens up about her stuggle to balance both sleep, family, fashion, and music.

Watch the video for a behind the scenes look at the cover shoot! I think Gwen looks the best she’s looked in years!

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December 21, 2012– How to Wear Leather Leggings (Casual)

leatherleggingsLast night I got so so excited when I received my long awaited leather leggings in the mail, I had to immediately put them on with my studded pumps and photograph them so I could share them with y’all!  This may seem like a scary trend to some, especially those who don’t know what to wear with them, but lucky for you, you have me to help!

leatherleggingshirtThe look I put on to photograph the leggings was a more downtown look, I paired them with the shirt to the right (Vero Moda Grit Shirt) and my favourite pair of studded pumps (from Wal Mart!!! Killer deal!)  You are probably going to say, “But Car, I can’t rock this look during the day!” And I would agree! Here are three ways you can make leather legging work for wear during the day!

Making Leather Leggings Casual (3 ways)

  • Pair leggings with multiple layers, wear a long sleeve (preferably a button up) under a cardigan or sweater, top off with a cute pair of flats and a simple necklace
  • Pair leggings with a denim shirt, combat boots, and a patterned scarf (I love my leopard print one!)
  • Pair leggings with an oversized sweater/shirt, and wear some flat boots
  • Key is pairing simple textures (such as cotton) with the leather
  • Wear modest accessories and keep it minimal!

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December 19, 2012- Putting the Right Foot Forward

Recently, when doing some research and trying to get inspired for my next piece, I got my hands on the latest edition of H&M Magazine.  I saw an article called ‘Putting On the Glitz’ and loved the idea behind the article!

“Shoes, old or new, will go from daywear to night fare with some great add-ons, like these new dazzling clips.  It’s all about bringing pizzazz to your feet and, in the process, making your shoe collection seem two or three times bigger.  Win-win situation”

(H&M Magazine Winter 2012, p.g. 12)

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I just adore the idea of being able to change and revamp shoes you already have as part of your collection, so it got me thinking, how can I make this work on my strict budget.  After a few minutes of thinking hard about it this is what I came up with, and figured since I love you all so much I would share with you!

Flats

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Found these great pictures on the internet which illustrated my steps perfectly!

  1. You need a pair of flats, some thread, a needle, scissors, and a scarf.
  2. Cut up your scarf into four strips. Cut the strips wide enough so that you can fold them in half, stitch them up, and then flip them inside out. This will create a little tube of material.
  3. To make the tube you will stitch the scarf pieces on the two longer sides (to create long tubes of material as shown in picture above (top right corner) )
  4. After you’ve stitched the little scarf tubes, start stitching the fabric to your flats on the inner and outer sides of the top of the shoe (toe area).
  5. After you have both of the sides of your bow stitched to your shoe now tie the bow. If your scarf tube is too long, just cut it to size and stitch the edges under so they do not fray.

Pumps

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Thanks to bloomspot for guidance on how to make these shoes! Check them out for awesome DIY tips as well!

GLITTER HEART SHOE CLIPS

  1. Cut out two heart-shaped pieces of sheet foam.  Used a paper template to make sure they were symmetrical.
  2. Paint foam with color of choice and let dry.
  3. Paint on a layer of craft glue, sprinkle generously with glitter, and let dry.
  4. Attach flat-backed metal clips to the back sides with hot glue.

ANTHRO-INSPIRED SHOE CLIPS (THE RED SHOE WITH NAVY GEM IN PICTURE)

  1. Cut out two scalloped oval-shaped pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Place vintage clip-on earrings on foam and mark where you’d like the earring’s base to be on each piece.
  3. With an exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit on the marks you’ve made.
  4. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.
  5. Mark off the left and right ends with tape, paint with craft glue, and sprinkle generously with microbeads.
  6. Use craft glue to attach gems around the edges.

RETRO DIAMOND SHOE CLIPS (THE NAVY SHOE WITH RETRO TURQUOISE GEM)

  1. Cut out two square pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Paint color of choice and let dry.
  3. Paint on a layer of craft glue, sprinkle generously with glitter, and let dry.
  4. Turn the square 45 degrees, so it’s now a diamond. Place clip-on earrings on the foam squares, wherever you’d like them to be (I centered mine).
  5. Mark the base of the clip. With the exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit where each clip-on earring’s base will be.
  6. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.

HOLIDAY BOW SHOE CLIPS (PINK BOW AND PURPLE SHOE WITH GOLD HEART)

  1. Cut out two heart-shaped pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Cover foam with fabric and secure with hot glue.
  3. Paint vintage clip-on earrings with craft glue, dip in glitter, and let dry.
  4. With an exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit where you’d like each clip-on earring’s base to be.
  5. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.

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December 17, 2012– Road Less Travelled

No surprise that this season, one of my favourite brands, Free People, have done it again!  Fall/ Winter is all about layering and they have done it the best!  Mixing lengths, patterns, and colours is always a challenge to get it right.  The key is to use a theme, core piece, or colour as inspiration and work around that! Or you can use these images as inspiration this season when attempting to layer!

PS Love what you see? All these looks are shoppable! Buy the looks here!

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December 15, 2012– How to…Layer Jewelry

I’m a firm believer in the fact that accessories can make or break an outfit.  With the right amount of “frosting” any outfit can be changed from day to night, casual to classy.  Mixing and layering jewelry is hard to do if you don’t know the rules, so here’s your rule book!

Necklaces

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  • Mix metals and lengths
  • Start with a short piece and then add layers that are a bit longer
  • End with a really long piece, this layer looks best in colour!
  • The rule of ‘3’ applies to necklaces, anymore and it could work but you’re risking making the look too heavy
  • Layer your necklaces at night, during the day keep it simple

Bracelets

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  • Mix textures and styles (i.e. vintage and modern)
  • Wear the smallest piece closest to your wrist
  • Layer with larger pieces (i.e. a cuff or watch)

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  • “More is more” in this case so feel free to go as high up your arm (not passing the elbow) as your style allows, even try layering both wrists
  • Mix your metals
  • Add in beaded and/or braided bracelets, small bangles, friendship bracelets, pearls, etc

Rings

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  • Mix positioning and weights (i.e. delicate and heavy)
  • Wear your largest piece in the centre
  • Work outward from your middle finger with more delicate rings
  • Experiment with placement until you find the perfect look
  • Stack up your fingers
  • Use different metals, mix and match

Another option:

Watch this great “how to” video from Kin Style for another variation and more tips on how to layer jewelry!

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December 14, 2012– How to Wear… A Classic White Button Up Four Ways

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Recently I had a reader ask me to help her with a dilemma.  With the upcoming holiday season she had many different occasions to attend but didn’t have the budget to get a new outfit for every event.  She wanted to know the easiest way to change her outfit up, using a few of her favourite pieces as the core, without breaking the bank.  I thought this would be a great time for me to share my two cents with you all.  For the sake of this article I’ll use a white button up shirt as the core piece, its simple, easy, versatile, and not to mention in the video below (we’ll keep with it for consistency 😉 ).

Casual-Boyfriend

Starting with a casual everyday look, tuck in the shirt in some coloured denim and add a wicked belt! I love braided belts, they add a boho chic touch and detail to everyday coloured denim. If its chilly out, add a knit cardigan.  Some flats on your feet and you’re ready to go!  If you really want to go casual and comfy, switch out the tight denim for a boyfriend fit in a distressed wash and keep the shirt untucked, cute flats or sneakers are a go!

Trendy- Boho Chic

Wanna be a bit more trendy?! Tuck the white shirt in to a maxi skirt and add a denim jacket! Instantly you exude cool confidence!

Night Look- Going Out

For a night time look, pair the white shirt with a pair of skinny denim or leggings (I personally looooove the leather leggings they use for Look #1 in the video, mine are in the mail as we speak!)  Add a blazer or crop jacket (leather is bad ass) and some heels.  Throw on some statement accessories such as a necklace and/or ring and you’re set!

Business- Upper East Side

To dress it up, tuck in the white shirt in a skirt, either a pencil skirt or pleated (once again love love love the skirt in the video used in Look #2), add a belt or not depending upon how high the skirt sits (on your true waist, yes to the belt, on your hips, no to the belt thats too casual). Wear nylons and a cute pair of pumps or booties.  A boyfriend blazer or tweed coat will keep you warm!  Keep the accessories simple, such as a classic pair of diamond stud earrings or classic cut ring.

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December 11, 2012– Paid in Plaid

One thing I can’t get enough of come fall/ winter is plaid! Nothing better then a flannel plaid shirt to keep you warm and cozy.

  • This winter try larger plaids with more colours
  • When wearing denim try to stay away from wearing blues
  • When picking the fit of the shirt, if you keep to a fitted shape (if you like oversized like me make sure to not wear any other relaxed pieces, leggings and skinnies are best) to avoid the old “lumberjack” comment
  • Cozy is key!

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December 10, 2012– P.S. I Made This….Jewel Beanie!

Saw this…love this…so I had to post this! Such a great idea! Cheap and easy to make!

All you need is:
Your choice of toque/ beanie
Your choice of jewels (can be found at your local craft shop, I found some at Micheals)
Thread and needle

Pick the place on the beanie you want to jewel…and sew…sew…and sew some more!

Et Viola!

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December 9, 2012– Queen of Hearts

materialgirl2My new love….HEARTS! I can’t get enough of my new dress by Material Girl! With a backless heart cut out, my deep purple mini is my newest obsession.

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The Material Girl Collection is the hard work of the orginal Material Girl, Madonna and her daughter Lola.  The collection is super trendy and really affordable.  This bad boy I’m rockin was only $22.80 on sale at The Bay! You know I love a steal like this!!! (Click here to buy)

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PS HELP ME: I’m currently in the look out for a sweater with a big heart on the front…any suggestions where I can find one!?

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December 6, 2012– Keeping Warm This Winter

Fur trimmed hoods and head scarves are my picks to stay warm this winter! Love my Gentle Fawn Parka and Aldo Head Scarf!  Little details on pieces are what make them special! The high collar clasp and removable fur make this coat transform.  The print of the inner lining adds excitement to the inner coat!

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D.I.Y ALERT!! Want to make one of these awesome head scarves?! Lets start with the basics, and learn to knit!! Follow this easy guide by the Style Haul LEAF series on YouTube and you’ll be casting off and making these wicked head scarves in no time!

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December 5, 2012-The Sexiest Night On Television Is No Longer A Secret!

victoriasecretfashionshowfinaleThe one show on earth I would kill to go to, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired last night on CBS! The irony in it is that there are no secrets; none of the beautiful ladies seem to be hiding anything! Its all laid out on the runway for the world to see, even a bra worth 2.5 million dollars!

The show seems to get bigger and bigger each year. This year with added performances by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and the Biebs himself!

Opening the show, and first of the six acts, “Circus” was the theme. Adriana Lima opens, walking the runway only five weeks after having a baby! Supermodel and current “It Girl,” Candice follows in all diamonds. Another famous face, Miranda Kerr looks lovely in an emerald green outfit. Of course you cant have a circus without some clowns! The power of Victoria’s Secret even makes a clown sexy!

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Dangerous Liaisons is the next set, featuring a musical performance of Diamonds, by Rihanna! Rihanna looked great, donning pearl-framed circle glasses, all black outfit with lace arm sleeves and fishnet stockings. The models followed with Behati opening the scene. Ribbons, lace, feathers, and lace up corsets round out the French inspired set.

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Next up, Calendar Girls! Each model represented a month of the year as Bruno Mars belted out his new hit “Locked Out of Heaven.” Erin opens this scene as “New Years,” even after some dressing difficulties that didn’t allow her to wear her hat, proves the show must go on. Candice wore red heart wings for February. March was represented by shamrock wings, April showers brought yellow rain gear on the runway, and July fourth, worn by Lily, showcased American flag wings. A back to school pep rally cheerleader theme was created for September, an October Halloween witch, and of course a sexy Santa concluded the calendar.

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A break for the models came next while Justin Bieber performed an acoustic version of his hit “As Long As You Love Me.”

Now time for some fun! The PINK Ball went off without a hitch! On a “pin ball machine” themed runway, a more youthful roster of models strut down the runway in everything under the rainbow while Justin Bieber brought the beauties a beat! Pinwheel, and rodeo rope wings were my favourites. Fun outfits such as a leopard onesie, with ears, and a paper doll walked.

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Taking a step back to the roaring twenties, Silver Screen Angels featuring Bruno Mars singing Young Wild Girls sparkles. Erin opens with beautiful white wings and an art deco inspired glitter bodice.

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Finally ending the show, Angels in Bloom, rocked as Rihanna brought the beat singing lyrics “Fresh Off the Runway.” Candice opens with lavender wings! Everything was floral, including orchid wings on Alessandra lily pad umbrella and one model was a huge poppy! Such a great shade of red!

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If you missed all the action, watch this recap! You won’t be disappointed…will probably want to hit the gym though…for the next hundred years….oh help me!

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December 3, 2012

collanecklaceI’m in love with these detachable blouse toppers! A collar necklace will instantly add an element of style to any outfit without breaking the bank!! Lauren Frankfort for Teen Vogue explains 10 easy ways to wear these necklaces:

Toss It Over Dark Separates
Add an embellished collar necklace to your all-black ensemble to add sass to monochrome separates.

Layer Over Lace

Adorn a lace dress with a glittery topper to make your shift stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Keep It Red White and Blue

Top a summery blue frock with a pearl collar necklace and red blazer for a modern take on the classic red, white, and blue.

Cover Up A Deep V-Neck

For a sharp contrast to a bohemian silhouette, pop on a black oxford collar over a super-feminine wrap dress.

Mix Up Your Textures

Tack on an embellished necklace with a fuzzy sweater for a layered look.

Slide On Sequins

Sequins add some major sparkle to a bare neck—cover up a loose and low tank with a glittery collar.

Mix and Match Patterns

Pair a floral collar with stripes to turn a very simple outfit into an enviable one.

Top Neon With Metallic

For an electric ensemble, pair pops of neon and fur with a metallic collar.

Double Up

Make a simple white blouse a high-fashion statement with not one but two collars (including a sparkly one, of course).

Pair With A Printed Accessory

Balance out a bold-hued bottom and animal print purse with a white shirt and matching sequined collar; it’s simple, but still tops everything off with a special touch.
To read more from Lauren and see photo examples of each click here!

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December 2, 2012

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  • Leopard flats- Urban Planet
  • Jeggings- Garage Red Eternal Garnet Jegging
  • Bag- MICHAEL Michael Kors Monogram Mirror Metallic side bag

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November 30, 2012

No belt? No problem! Just stick a ribbon on it! Problem solved! xoxo

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Pants: Gap Modern Boot Dress Pant in Black $69.50
Shirt: Gap Perfect Oxford in Light Blue $54.95

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November 29, 2012

Shows like this make me so proud to be a Blanche Macdonald Alum!  This seasons graduating designers held the annual Blanche Macdonald Graduate Fashion Show and the reviews have been outstanding! Check out The Conveyor Belt blog for a fantastic review! So bummed I had to miss it! Here are a few of my favourite looks!

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Paul John Reyes

Mira Campbell

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November 29, 2012

H&M is always a favourite for the fashion lover on a budget. With looks straight off the runway at affordable prices, H&M brings the runway home with you. I love these photos from their Fall/Winter 2012 magazine! Watch the clip for behind the scenes footage!

All clothes by H&M

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November 25, 2012

No need to fear the winter (denim) blues anymore! This fall/winter season coloured denim are still rocking the streets.  Celeb style has once again brought this trend to the forefront of “whats hot!”  Rocking bolder colours then spring/summer, fall/winter coloured denim will kick start your out fit during the drab winter.

I’ve been having so much fun rocking my own coloured denim I’ve had to buy at least three pairs…oops?  Hues such as deep red, and forest green are my favourites.  I’ve found my favourite fitting pairs on a budget from Garage, retailing for only $39.90!  An unreal deal for how well they fit.  I have long legs and they still fit great!

FYI: To keep the colour of your denim looking bright be sure to first wash your pair, by themselves, with a half cup of vinegar in your first wash cycle (no detergent…obvs), this will set the colour and keep them from fading!

Watch the clip below from Roxy for styling tips and a rundown on fall/winter denim colours!

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November 24, 2012

This season BCBG has  some of my favourite holiday windows! Showcasing one of their mini collections “Glittering Lights” their windows emit light as the glitter and sequins of their pants, dresses, and skits shimmer.  Sequin and glitter have got to be one of this holiday season’s biggest trends.  I especially love their SHELBY SEQUINED LEGGING (featured in the window above and clip below!)…a girl can dream! Not sure how to wear this trend? Not to worry, this is why I’m here! Pair a sequin piece with a solid neutral tone for a more subtle approach, using the glitter as accent.  If you’re feeling adventurous try a full sequin dress to really sparkle this holiday! Still not sure if you can pull this off? Watch the clip below for some tips on how to make this trend your own!

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November 23, 2012

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Headbands are huge this winter season.  They are both cute, inexpensive and functional!  Pair them with your favourite Lululemon outfit for an active look, wear them with your winter parka on the hill, or with a pair of denim for a more boho look! This lovely knit band is a one of a kind by my sister!
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November 20, 2012

Another chilly day warrants a scarf! A great functional accessory! Gap Elephant Print Scarf, $29
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November 19, 2012

Alexander the great has rocked again! One of my must have accessories for this fall/winter season is the Alexander McQueen Skull scarf! With celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, and Lindsay Lohan sporting this new drape its been one of the most sought after pieces for awhile.  Let just say I’m IN LOVE with mine! Pair it with dress pants and a blazer, or some skinny denim, boots, and a leather jacket, this scarf will take you from day to night!

The real Alexander McQueen Silk Scarf runs at a high price tag of $295.00
(Alexander McQueen Scarf Boutique) OR you can find some hard to tell copy cats:

Funktional
447 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC
$22

Luna Blue
2611 14 Street Southwest  Calgary, AB

2 thoughts on “Fashion

  1. Dear Carly Paige..

    Help! I am in need of holiday fashion advice.
    How does one deal with a limited closet and so many family get togethers and work holiday partys? I have a couple of dress-up worthy pieces…but need to find a few different ways to wear them so that my Christmas holiday outfit doesn’t turn into my Boxing Day and New Years Eve outfit as well!!
    Please help me with my “one piece, three ways” dilemma..

    Sincerely,

    J. 🙂
    …a girl in need of a “Styled Living” intervention…

    • Dear J,
      Thank you so much for your question! This is why I’m here! I feel like there so many others with this same problem, no one can afford to go buy a new outfit for every occasion, as much as we all want to!!!

      I would start by picking one or two key pieces you want to incorporate in to your outfits. Lets just deal with one for the argument of this discussion 😉
      Say its a your favourite “dressy” shirt. This we’ll call the core piece. We can take this core piece from day to night, casual occasion to formal!

      For a casual holiday occasion pair this core piece with a more casual bottom, such as dark denim or cords. Add a simple cardigan in a “quiet colour” (i.e. black, white, grey, brown, etc). Put on a pair of cute boots and you’re set! Be very minimal with the accessories, maybe a casual scarf to stay warm!

      Taking that same sweater to a more “dressy” event, pair it with some black pants (either subtle black denim, black leggings if the shirt is long enough if it covers your bum you’re good haha, or black dress pants) Add a statement necklace in a colour to contrast the shirt, a blazer to cover if you want, and some cute shoes!

      Now for the ultimate “dressy,” take that shirt and tuck it in to a pencil skirt, add black opaque tights (not leggings, but the nylon kind 😉 ). Rock some wicked heels! Accessories are what makes this outfit fun! Feel free to bust out some awesome hair accessories, headbands, bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc. Let your personality shine through, but remember to stick to the rule of two/three. If you’re wearing subtle earrings, such as studs you can get away with a subtle ring and statement necklace, otherwise stick to two accessories (i.e. necklace and earrings, earrings and ring, necklace and ring.) Unless you’re rockin’ a ring thats classic such as an engagement ring then that baby should be worn allllll the time!

      You can do all this switching up with your holiday dress too! Instead of pants, use tights and leggings, appropriately casual or formal depending upon the occasion and rock your outfit! Its all about combinations and layers! Just by switching up one piece of your outfit you can switch it from day to night, casual to formal!

      Your core piece should be in a pattern or colour you love! The pieces you add to your outfit should compliment the core piece but not take away from it! If you’re a neutral colour kinda person, add texture or pattern to your outfit, in that colour, to add detail and excitement! This is a great way to stay within your comfort zone while still adding interest!

      Hope this helped you! You’ve given me an idea for a new story….stay tuned…

      -Car
      xoxoxo

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