Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alex and Ani: Wearing Positive Energy is Always in Style



The past year has really made me realize the importance of positive thoughts, which I have learned in turn breed positive energy. At times when it may feel like you can't catch a break and nothing seems to be working out, it is comforting to have something positive to look at to reassure you that, "this too shall pass". In some cases, it feels even better to wear something that reminds you of the positive energy that surrounds you and the good things that lie ahead. This is why I am happy to share with you my latest Alex and Ani bangle set. The Lotus Peace Petal charm represents illumination, beauty and resilience with the lotus signifying the progression of the soul. The Mother Mary charm epitomizes love and mercy while exemplifying grace, compassion and hope. If you don't know already, Alex and Ani is a positive energy lifestyle brand that creates distinct charms and bangles that can be layered or worn on their own.  Each bangle has its own special detail - a seahorse charm, beads or a positive saying - making the bangles a versatile accessory. If I am getting ready to curl up in bed or heading home from my day job, Alex and Ani fits in right with my look because wearing positive energy is always in style.










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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crop Tops and Pencil Skirts

Take a look at any celebrity, fashion blogger or street style star and it's not difficult to see that crop tops are cropping up here, there and everywhere! With the popularity of green juices, spin classes and an overall healthy lifestyle, it is no surprise that women are feeling more comfortable putting their midriff on display. However, the brilliance of the popular crop top is that you can wear one regardless of your size which further explains why the miniature shirt is such a summer fashion favourite. There are many things that one can wear with a crop top from distressed jeans to maxi skirts to shorts but my personal favourite fashion item to wear with tiny tops is the classic, slim cut pencil skirt. Let's be honest, a crop top can be quite revealing so a pencil skirt is the perfect antidote to looking too sexy when wearing a crop top. Scroll down for tips on how to wear crop tops and pencil skirts!

1. A T-Shirt Crop Top 
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Crop tops come in all fits, shapes and sizes but just like its regular-sized counterpart the T-Shirt, a T-Shirt style crop top is a classic style that will work with just about anything. In the outfit above, we see that a simple black crop top has been paired with an ombre circular printed pencil skirt and this is a great pairing because it creates balance. The high waist style of the skirt reveals just a sliver of skin keeping the outfit ladylike.

2. A Boxy T-Shirt Crop Top 
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If you would like to wear a more modern looking T-Shirt with your crop top, you may try a boxy T-Shirt crop top that has the same look of a T-Shirt but is less fitted. Wearing a neutral coloured crop top with a brightly coloured pencil skirt creates a balanced look with added interest that is still modern.

3. A Printed Crop Top 
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Prints are always fun and mixing prints in one outfit is even more fun. This polka dot print crop top compliments this pop art print pencil skirt wonderfully because it picks up the dots on the skirt. When wearing a printed crop top with a pencil skirt, printed or not, the same rules of matching with other fashion pieces apply: look for items with matching colours for a more complete look.

4. A Bustier Crop Top 
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There is nothing sexier than a crop top, well except a bustier crop top, which is why it works so well with a slim-fitting pencil skirt. This outfit worn by Selena Gomez exemplifies just how well a crop top and pencil skirt look together. The length of the skirt creates an equilibrium with the bustier crop top because it is knee length so it does not reveal too much skin.

5. A Long-Sleeved Crop Top
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I just love the look of a long-sleeved crop top as it is a mix of two extremes all-in-one and creates a flirty yet somewhat conservative top. When the long-sleeved crop top is worn with a pencil skirt, the combination enhances the dichotomous feel of the crop top.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

It's Back!: Five Ways To Wear Tie Dye Print

The tie dye trend is back and if you didn't already know, all you have to do is take a look at the resort 2015 designer collections where tie dye pieces were shown by Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Gucci. Various tie dye techniques, such as shibori and ikat were used by early civilizations and in the 1960's resist-dyeing gained popularity being characterized by bright, saturated colours and spiral patterns. The tie dye prints of the 1960's were typically found on giant, shapeless T-shirts and were worn by hippies and protesters alike but the tie dye prints of today are found on clothing items that are a little more fashion-forward, a moto-jacket or a pencil skirt for example. The great thing about tie dye prints is that they inject a splash of fun to otherwise simple, summer pieces. Have you ever wanted to give the tie dye print trend a try? Scroll down below for inspiration!

1. The Tie Dye Blouse
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Fashion blogger superstar, Aimee Song from Song of Style certainly knows style. The way she has styled this blue and white tie dye print blouse is how to the wear the print if you want to have fun with your look but still remain on the side of a fashionista. If you are hesitant about wearing tie dye, try the print in a fashion piece that can easily be worn with other pieces such as a blouse. When wearing tie dye prints, many of the same colour matching rules still apply. As you can see in Aimee's outfit, she paired the bright blue with a contrasting coral coloured jacket.

2. The Tie Dye Kimono
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Kimonos are a laid-back fashion item that look just right with a relaxed pair of shorts and simple tank top as is shown above. When you add tie dye print to a kimono, you have a laid-back fashion item that is playful. As this outfit shows, tie dye print works exceptionally well when worn with basic pieces as it adds a joyful touch to an otherwise uncomplicated look.

3. The Tie-Dye Romper
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Rompers are your summer wardrobe's answer to carefree dressing because you have the comfort of a dress without the worry of exposing too much when you uncross your legs. What makes the look of a carefree romper even more interesting is a tie dye print, whether the print is multi-tonal, multi-coloured or monochromatic the unique print gives the romper a sense of playfulness.

4. The Tie Dye Shorts
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Shorts are a summer style essential and when they are a multi-coloured tie dye print they go from a basic pair of shorts to bottoms with a blast. When wearing tie dye shorts pair them with a solid loose-fitting blouse because it keeps the look chic and sophisticated while still maintaing the fun factor.

5. The Tie Dye Dress
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There is nothing more glamorous than a full-length dress with a thigh-high slit. Ever since Angelina Jolie wowed the world with her right leg, dresses with thigh-high slits have been seen everywhere. Now if you wear a thigh-high slit you are sure to make dramatic statement and when you want to keep that statement cheerful, wear your dress in tie dye print! As you can see in the outfit above, a dress that would otherwise be appropriate to wear to a formal evening event is now something that you can wear to an occasion that is less formal.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mirrored Sunglasses: The Present Is So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades


As Frank Sinatra once said, "Put your sunglasses on, because you ain't going home till the morning comes." We all know that we don't need to wear sunglasses during the late hours of the night but there is something about a cool pair of shades that makes you not want to take them off. Case in point, the summer season's holographic, prismatic mirrored sunglasses trend that have been seen on just about everyone from Kendall Jenner, Olivia Palermo and Alessandra Ambrosio. The metallic-looking lenses come in various jewel tone shades from rose-gold to sky blue to emerald green. The interesting part about this eyewear trend is that they work well with just about any look. Throw on a pair of these bright, shiny sunnies and you will enhance your outfit's cool quota by 100%. Metallic sunglasses are the finishing touch of a hot summer outfit, just look down below to see for yourself.

1. The Fashion-Forward Ladylike Look
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The lightweight style of this crop top combined with the small handheld clutch make for a look that is feminine yet avant garde and with the addition of the mirrored sunnies, the overall look goes from an 8 to a solid 10.

2. The Chic Everyday Look
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While this outfit is stylish all on its own with its black blazer, animal print bag, purrrfect flats and distressed jeans, the mirrored shades bring the look to a whole new level of style by adding a pop of colour with its emerald lenses.

3. The Cool Casual Look
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Hilary Duff's loose-fitting tank top, jean shorts and fashionable hat make for an outfit that personifies laid-back summer cool - including the mirrored aviators to her outfit makes the outfit even cooler.

4. The Chic Business Look
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Who says an outfit that you would wear to a lunch meeting cannot have a trendy and fashionable touch? Metallic sunnies with an outfit like this will have you looking like a boss.

5. The Glamorous Business Look
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For those times when you need to look put together and fashionable at the same time, accessorizing your outfit with a jewelled statement necklace is a good way to do it and adding a pair of metallic, mirrored sunglasses is an even better way.



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