Sunday, May 31, 2015

Amanda's Fashion Spot Launches Her Birthday Girl T-Shirt with TeeSpring!

As I recently shared on Amanda's Fashion Spot, I celebrated my birthday and what a wonderful birthday it was! As I sat down and reflected on my past year in life, in love and in style, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to wear something that really showed how happy I am that it is my birthday?" and BAM the idea popped into my head, "Why don't I create a T-Shirt that tells the world that it is my birthday?" and so I did.

Below you will see my very first T-Shirt design entitled, Birthday Girl. This T-Shirt is the right mix of fun and chic because on your birthday, why would you want to look any different?  The simple crewneck and white colour makes the T-Shirt versatile enough to wear with a pencil skirt, moto leggings or cropped jeans. Whatever your birthday style may be, my Birthday Girl T-Shirt will fit right in with your #OOTD when you celebrate on your big day!

To purchase this one of a kind Birthday Girl T-Shirt that will be available for a short period of time, click here and share the link with all of your friends and family! This T-Shirt is perfect for you or anyone in your life because if there is one thing that we all have it is a birthday! NOW is the time to purchase a Birthday Girl T-Shirt designed by yours truly!


Purchase your very own Birthday Girl T-Shirt here and share this fun and chic T-Shirt with that special birthday girl in your life whether that girl is yourself or someone else!

Do you or one of your besties have a birthday coming up? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Amanda's Fashion Spot Summer Trends: Atheleisure

Leisurely dressing has seriously evolved over the last few years. Once upon a time dressing casually meant wearing a head to toe brightly coloured velour tracksuit (I am guilty of owning five back in my high school days!) or yoga pants with an old oversized sweater. Now, there is nothing wrong with dressing for comfort especially when you have to run a few errands after that enlightening hot yoga class or if you are meeting your friends for lunch on a lazy Sunday but even during our most relaxed times it's nice to dress up a little.

Enter Atheleisure! Atheleisure occurs when athletic wear meets the luxurious touch of soft, silky fabrics coupled with an everyday wearability. Atheleisure clothing is slightly more dressed up than your typical gym clothes and can be worn while shopping with friends, running errands, to a concert or even work! As long as you pair atheleisure clothing with clean, sophisticated accessories such as a chic pair of sunglasses, a blazer or a handbag with simple lines it can be worn for just about any occasion.

I decided to give the atheleisure trend a try with my white and navy silk striped tank blouse and hot pink silky pants. Each piece hangs off of my body which I love because it makes this outfit so comfortable. To give the outfit a chic twist, I wore my Michael Kors Hamilton Saffiano Satchel, my Michael Kors Wedges and my mirrored sunglasses. For my jewelry, I wore this beaded knot necklace, tiger ring and pyramid colour-blocked bracelet.

Scroll down below to see my atheleisure outfit!









Before I forget, let me take a selfie.


Outfit details: Tank (similar) and Pants (similar) are from Joe Fresh, Shoes (similar) and Handbag are from Micheal Kors, Sunglasses are from the Camden market from my trip to London (similar), the ring (similar) is from Aldo Accessories and the bracelet (similar) is from H&M.



What do you think of the athleisure trend? Will you be giving it a try? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebrate Your Birthday with a Charm Bracelet: Pursuit of Persephone by Alex and Ani

We have all heard of the phrase wearing your heart on your sleeve, but have you ever heard of wearing a flower on your wrist? If not, then you are in serious luck because the one of the latest from Alex and Ani offers just that with their beautiful and meaningful Pursuit of Persephone collection. Each bracelet has a charm attached to it that has the image of flower that represents the energy of each month of the year. You may enjoy wearing jewelry with your birthstone to add a personalized touch to your look and with these bracelets you get the same impact. Like the birthstone, birth flowers each have a special meaning for example, the birth flower for May is the Lily of the Valley which is the flower of the pure heart whose petals are said to have originated from the tears of the Virgin Mary. For the upcoming month of June the birth flower is the Rose, whose petal oils can heal any heart and for July, we have the Larkspur which is the flower of the playful heart. These charms make such a great gift for a friend's birthday or even a gift to symbolize a special month in the recipient's life such as a wedding, graduation or any other major accomplishment.

Scroll down below to take a peak at the collection!

Pursuit of Persephone: An Ode to the Harvest Goddess


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What do you think of the Pursuit of Persephone collection by Alex and Ani? What is your birth month? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Like White on Rice: Leap into Spring Fashion with Joe Fresh

As a former employee, present wearer and constant shopper of Joe Fresh, I have grown to love and appreciate their on point, on trend and always modern offering of affordable clothing. Having been familiar with the Canadian born and bred brand since its inception, I have learned that if there is one thing that Joe Fresh is good at, it is producing stylish clothing that looks like it is worth about ten times its price.

The Spring/Summer 2015 offering from Joe Fresh is every bit what this longtime fan of Joe Fresh would expect and it is filled with a heavy dose of summery white pieces - because you simply cannot have a complete summer wardrobe without something white. For the warmer months this year, Joe Fresh has a lot of textured white pieces with mesh, applique, eyelets, embroidery and, crochet. These added details help give the looks personality and dimension while still maintaining a relaxed and effortless summertime feel.

Scroll down below to see my favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 Joe Fresh lookbook!

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What do you think of the Spring/Summer 2015 Joe Fresh Lookbook? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Style Crush, Style Staples 'IT' Models Edition: Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner is more than a reality star, she is a supermodel or an 'IT' model, if you will. With Kendall's immense popularity on social media (hello 26 plus million Instagram followers!), an extremely popular reality show called, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and, Olympic genes she has catapulted herself to the top of the modelling world. Miss Jenner has posed for the pages of GQ, Interview, Allure and, Teen Vogue to name a few and has strutted down the runways of Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Chanel and Givenchy among many others.

Despite her famous family, Kendall is a star all on her own. If it weren't for her strong work ethic, good attitude and knack for posing then she would not have the staying power that she has. At this rate, there is no doubt that Miss Jenner will around for a very long time.

When it comes to her style, Kendall likes to borrow from the boys whether it be a blazer like the one that she wore to the Billboard Music Awards or her love of oxfords. Her style staples are basic with a little bit of an edge for example, instead of wearing simple jean shorts she will wear jean shorts with rips and tears. To see more of Kendall's enviable style staples - jean shorts,  jumpsuits, halter tops, hats and crop tops - scroll down below!

1) Jean Shorts
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The casual summer style staple is a go-to for Kendall and with her long legs she knows how to wear them, whether it be with a laid-back white T-shirt or a black coat, furry bag or strappy heels. Kendall's fondness for jeans shorts exemplify her love for simple fashion pieces especially ones that have a bit of a tomboy flare.

2) Jumpsuits
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Jumpsuits are back with a vengeance so naturally Kendall would wear one too. A jumpsuit is one of Kendall's go-to pieces when she hits the red carpet and has been spotted in black, white, blue and orange coloured styles.

3) Halter Tops
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A favourite style of the 2000's Kendall knows how to wear a halter top and with shoulders like hers they are a natural fit. Halter tops are an unique alternative to spaghetti straps, strapless and one-shoulder styles and have an innate summer feeling to them. As Kendall shows, halter tops can be worn with anything from a pencil skirt to cropped pants. I recommend wearing them with a maxi skirt for an earth mama vibe.

4) Hats
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Aside from aviator sunglasses, Kendall's signature accessory is a good ole' hat. As a native of sunny California, there is no surprise there. Her favourite hat is a classic wide-brimmed grey fedora which she has been spotted wearing all over place. Fedoras are great pieces to have in your wardrobe because they take a simple outfit and make it look cool. Baseball hats are another favourite of Kendall's and add to her tomboy style.

5) Crop Tops
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The 5ft. 10" model has an affinity for crop tops and who could blame her? With her athletic genes and slender frame, the girl has got abs and you know what they say, "if you've got it, flaunt it"! Crop tops were a huge trend last summer and if Miss Jenner has her way they are not going anywhere. In the first look, Kendall shows how to wear crop tops in a sophisticated way with her nude coat and powder blue pants. The hint of belly keeps her outfit young and fresh. In the second look, the 'it' model wears her black crop top in a more athletic way with her top knot and aviator sunglasses.



What do you think of Kendall Jenner's style? Who is your style crush? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Five Ways to Wear a Denim Dress for Spring!

Spring is here to stay for the next few months and with a new season comes new trends. This season one of the hottest fashion trends is the denim dress. Denim does not have to stay on those stems or those shoulders, denim can be reinvented into a comfortable, carefree and at times sexy dress. Much like their two-legged counterparts, the denim dresses this season come in more than fifty shades of indigo and have the same level of versatility. A denim dress can have a neck collar, be strapless, long-sleeved or collarless and look best with a hemline no longer than knee-length. 

Scroll down below to see five different ways to wear a denim dress!

The Preppy Way
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According to the updated version of The Official Preppy Handbook, True Prep the new way to look like a prepster is to underdress, which makes this denim dress look perfect for the preppy woman in you. The cream coloured sweater complements this lightweight relaxed denim dress and the pearl knotted necklace has preppy written all over it.

The Relaxed Way
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Despite denim being inherently a worker's pant as time has gone by denim has become synonymous with being casual and laid-back as you can see in the outfit above. Nothing says laid-back summer cool style like a straw fedora and when worn with this printed scarf, buckled booties and an animal print clutch, this relaxed denim dress look is complete.

The Girls Night Out Way


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Next time you have girl's night out instead of wearing a LBD maybe try wearing a LDD a.k.a Little Denim Dress! The dress in the look above has all of the makings of a going out dress: cinched waist, point of interest with the studded shoulders and an above the knee hemline. The pink animal print clutch is the perfect accessory for the LDD because it carries all that you need for a night out with the girls and the colour contrasts nicely with the indigo shade of the dress.

The Sophisticated Way
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Who knew a shade of denim other than dark indigo could look sophisticated? When a denim dress is tailored to your figure and worn with chic sunglasses, a classic handbag with gold hardware and a sleek silver watch, your denim dress has reached sophisticated status - in an approachable street style kind of way.

The Date Night Way
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Warmer weather, blossoming flowers and a brighter sun mean more opportunities for date nights! Whether you are going to a concert, playing mini golf or eating ice cream with your sweetie, a polka dot denim dress like the one above is the way to go. Printed denim is not limited to your jeans and with the thick shoulder straps and above-the-knee hem, this is your new go-to date night dress!
Will you wear a denim dress this spring? Share your answers with me in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amanda's Fashion Spot Gets Interviewed by George Brown College Student! #HUMBLED

As a fashion blogger, fashion school graduate with honours and seasoned fashion intern, I know a thing or two about hard work and paying your dues. After many years of working hard to make a name for myself in the fashion industry, I have had my fair share of ups and downs and after going through each of these experiences, I have learned how important it is to never give up and stay true yourself. What I have loved most about writing Amanda's Fashion Spot is the opportunity to share my experiences and opinions with all of you! Like that time when I chronicled my journey to obtain a summer internship with Seventeen Magazine in New York City or when I won the GUESS Watches One to Watch worldwide contest and blogged for GUESS Access. I feel so grateful to have had these experiences and what is most rewarding about these accomplishments is the chance to pay it forward.

A few months ago I was contacted by George Brown College fashion student, Shanelle Stewart who asked if she could interview me for an assignment that she had for her Fashion Journalism course (the same Fashion Journalism course that inspired me to start my blog!) and I was so flattered. I was happy to oblige her request as once upon a time I too had to reach out to a fashion insider to interview and I remember how appreciative I was of the person that allowed me to interview them. Just in case you were wondering, it was fashion designer Zoran Dobric and you can read the interview here!

Being interviewed by Shanelle made me feel like I had come full circle. Scroll down below to read my interview with Shanelle!
Photo by Kam Selladurai Jacket: Zara Jeans: Express Watch: GUESS Purse: Marc Jacobs Special Items
Ring: Banana Republic Bracelet: Joe Fresh Shoes: TJ Maxx 
"When Fashion Hits the Spot

       Being a fashion student you always want to consider all your options within the fashion industry.

       With being a fashion blogger you obviously have to know about fashion. The in's & out's. What's trending at the moment, what's coming back into style...etc. “Fashion is the something that I have always loved. When I was younger, I always expressing myself and fashion a way for me to do that”, says Stines. “ I used to enjoy spending time with my mother and aunts who loved fashion, shopping and reading magazines so their interests rubbed off on me, “ she adds.  As a blogger there is more to it than what meets the eye. A fashion blog can be about many different things such as different types of clothing and accessory pieces, celebrity fashion statements and urban fashion trends. Most fashion blogs cover fashion from the biggest designer brands to an average bloke walking down the street.  
       Amanda started her blog almost six years ago. She is still shocked to this day about how much time has passed.  “I started Amanda's Fashion Spot because I really wanted to obtain an internship and I struggled to find one so I decided to start my blog.” “ I felt empowered when I started my blog because I felt as if I had my own special place in fashion,” she states proudly.  Starting something that you feel strongly about can give you a sense of entitlement. When putting your all into everything there is an element of risk-taking. With Amanda's blog she's simply sharing her interests with other individuals. While having true personality.  
       Everyone that knows the fashion industry well enough knows that there are perks when it comes to being a fashion blogger. “The perks of being a fashion blogger include having your own voice and creative freedom to write about and feature whatever you choose,” she says humbly. Thoroughout the duration of Amanda being a fashion blogger she has been able to preview select fashion collections before anyone else. “ I have received free products and it is always flattering when companies reach out to me and ask me to blog about them,“ she says. With Amanda being a fashion blogger it also helped her get chosen as one of the Canadian finalists for GUESS Watches One To Watch worldwide contest. 
        Stines, gives credit to George Brown College and acknowledges that particular courses that were mandatory to the program helped her for the long run in the career and more importantly helped her with her career as a blogger. In fact, it was the Fashion Journalism course with Sarah Hood that awakened her passion for fashion journalism and inspired her to write about fashion. “I actually started my blog while I was taking the Fashion Journalism course! Being at George Brown College, I was able to learn to so much about the fashion industry and that made me want to have my own voice in the fashion industry which my blog allowed.” Her advice for someone who wants to be a succesful fashion blogger is firstly to determine what your intentions are. What do you want to do? Do you want to share your favourite outfits? Discuss fashion news? Write about the latest trends? Of course do what you want to do but be sure to have a main idea. Have a clear focus for your blog and stay consistent with your blog is the best way to have success as a blogger. “If a young fashion student would like to start a blog, I think that they should go ahead and do it! Right now, is a great and easy time to start a blog with the popularity of social media there are so many ways that someone can start a blog and express their fashion point of view.” she says. “Instagram is a great way to show your daily outfits or daily outfit inspirations and Twitter can also be used to write about your fashion points of view,” she adds. “Most importantly, no matter what profession you're in make sure that your always having fun and staying true to yourself.”  “Be who you are! Accept yourself as you really are, not as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance."
Photo by Kam Selladurai Jacket: Primark Shirt and Shorts: Club Monaco Shoes: Joe Fresh
Watch: GUESS Necklace: Anthropologie Ring: Banana Republic Bag: Winners


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