Skirt, cardi, blouse, & boots: Plenty
Clutch: Loft
Bracelet: Alden Rae

Today I am sharing a closer look at one of my looks I styled for the Spring issue of Stimuli magazine.  I’m all about comfort in my style, but I also think that you can kick comfort up a notch.  If you’re go-to look is leggings and an oversized cardi, try swapping out the leggings for a comfortable printed skirt.  A soft blouse instead of a tee is another easy way to elevate your everyday style.  Be sure to check out the magazine here.


Dress: Barefoot Contessa Boutique
Denim Jacket: AG Jeans (The Urban Rack boutique)
Boots: Plenty Clothing
Bracelet: Alden Rae
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: Karen Telio

There is some huge #LocalLove happening here in this look.  Absolutely everything I am wearing is either from a local boutique or a local designer/brand.  It wasn’t intentional, but when I started listing my outfit details I was pleased to see all the items I found that have supported local business.  This fabulous white lace dress with a floral print is one of my newest additions to my wardrobe.  While it is still a bit chilly to go full on Spring just quite yet, I couldn’t help but snap and share of few pics because it’s just so pretty.

I am also channeling my inner Dakota Johnson this week with my Oscar inspired hair style…a ponytail.  I LOVE fashion, but sometimes the fashion “experts” are hilarious with the ridiculous obsessions they have.  Like many of you, I watched all the red carpet coverage from the Oscars.  I watched the before, the after, and everything in between.  One thing that was amazing was the ongoing commentary over Dakota Johnson’s ponytail.  Now granted, usually a more glam hair style is chosen for such a formal fete, however, you would think this girl invented the ponytail with they way these fashion critics went on about it.  To paraphrase a few of my favorite comments….

” Dakota Johnson’s ponytail is anything but basic.”  It was pretty basic to me.

” I love her daring choice to wear a ponytail.”  Daring is a low cut dress after 50, a ponytail on a 25 year old starlet is well a ponytail!

” It’s so unexpected and not at all boring.”  I guess it is unexpected, but can’t say I leapt out of my chair when I saw her hair.

” Dakota’s hair is just brilliant.”  Brilliant?  I guess I’m chic-er than I thought when I head to the grocery store.

” Ugh!  How much are we loving the ponytail on Dakota Johnson?”  Clearly you are all loving it ALOT!

Maybe it’s because my hair style is pretty much the exact same as hers or that I’ve just worn a lot of ponytails over the years, but hearing this uber simple hair style was the top pick seems ridiculous…but I still love it!


To keep a casual look with runners still looking polished, I like to play off the shoe colour. These pink and silver Puma’s are perfect paired with bright pink jeans and a grey top. The stripes keep the sporty feel, while adding a silver clutch gives an unexpected bit of glamour. I love denim jackets for spring. This one I have had for years. The unique detailing and cropped length make it a bit more playful.

Runners, Puma (love these too). Jeans, Fidelity (similar). Top, Nally & Millie. Jacket, Inwear. Clutch, H&M. Watch (here), Michael Kors. Bracelet, Alden Rae.

For more inspiration on how to style your kicks, check out this week’s Style Panel at



Scarf: Inwear (c/o The Urban Rack) , Jacket: H&M, Top: Mystree, Jeans: Fidelity, Boots: 9 West, Bracelet: Alden Rae

These are a few of my favorite things… movie nights at home with my husband, cozy wool scarves, dinner with my girlfriends,  just one more chocolate, a fresh bouquet of flowers,  eggnog lattes…I think this list could go on and on and on…

… I also love to give gifts.  This is a sneak peek of a fabulous holiday giveaway I’ll have coming soon!  Be sure to check back.

Tickets are still on sale for our upcoming Deck Your Closet event hosted by us ladies of The Style Common.  Find tickets here.  The event is this Sunday, December 9th at The Four Seasons Vancouver.  Tickets are $10.  We have tons of treats, fun interactive elements, and gift-with-purchase items.  Hope to see you there!

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