Yesterday I got to spend some time with one of my besties.  We had a date day where we got to catch up on each others lives.  We started out with lunch at a spot that was new to me.  Being that we were so full we opted to head down to the beach and take a little stroll by the water.  It was not quite what we expected.  As beautiful and sunny as it was, the wind was nuts (as evident by my crazy wind blown hair).  We watched a few sail boats going out, snapped some pics, and when we couldn’t stand the goose bumps anymore, we opted to warm up in the car and then go get some gelato.  A sensible choice.

Dress: c/o Plenty, Sweater: c/o Left On Houston, Bag: c/o Nella Bella, Belt: Brave Leather, Watch: Hong Kong market, Scarf: The Urban Rack

 

With so much menswear inspiration in women’s fashion right now, it’s hard not to take a style cue or two from the guys.  I recently had the opportunity to see exactly what is happening in menswear at Harry Rosen this upcoming Spring/Summer season. I was blown away with everything being offered up to the fellas this year like texture, print, and loads of colour.  Harry Rosen is one of my husbands favorite shops.  They boast top designer labels like Armani, Hugo Boss, Zegna, Prada, and so many more.

Menswear does seem to trickle into my closet from time to time.  This double print bow tie adds a touch of whimsy to my take on the “Canadian Tuxedo”.  Hats, sweaters, and shirts are other pieces I like to steal from the guys.  But don’t think masculine touches can’t be sexy.  The key is to pair them with feminine pieces like a flirty skirt or bold red lips.

Shirt: Mavi Gold,  Skirt: thrifted,  Bow Tie: c/o Harry Rosen,  Belt: Brave Leather,  Bag: Co-Lab,  Lip Colour: c/o Joe Fresh

To see pics from my trip to Harry Rosen, visit my Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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Me and my fellow Style Common chicks have put together a fun photo-shoot with date night inspiration in mind.

Whether it’s a date night with my husband or a night out with my girlfriends, I like to keep a feminine quality to my outfit without being too girly.  At least girly in a cutesy way.  I like to play up my curves and emphasize all my best bits.  For my date night look I chose this soft and flowy multi-coloured skirt and paired it with a tee instead of a blouse to keep my outfit more playful.  The black leather belt emphasizes my smaller waist and helps me show off an hourglass silhouette.  Since I already have a lot going on with pattern on pattern, I opted to keep my jewelry simple with a pair of sparkly studs and chunky chain necklace.  My bold sexy lip colour is a must for a perfect pout while my high heeled ankle boots give my gams some extra length.
My 5 Style Tips for Curvy Gals:
1) Don’t be afraid of colour. Curvy girls often retreat to slimming black. Colour can flatter your shape too, just make sure you have a good fit.
2) Emphasize your teeny bits. Whether it’s your waist, wrists, arms, or legs, show em off!
3) Add a belt to define your shape. Belts are amazing! I throw one on with most of my outfits. It not only defines my waist (one of my small bits), it also finishes my look.
4) Whether you’re wearing a pair of jeans or a cute dress, add some heels to your outfit. They will instantly make you feel sexy.
5) Be sure to wear a fuss free outfit. There is nothing worse than an outfit you’re constantly tugging and pulling at. Make sure it fits you well and you feel amazing in it. When you’re getting ready try walking around your house in the outfit as well as sit and bend in it. If you can’t move well in it, it’s not the outfit for you. Confidence is the best accessory you got, so work it!

Top: Maison Scotch
Skirt: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: Love Coco
Top, skirt, and belt are all from local Vancouver boutique The Urban Rack on West 4th Ave.

To get more date night style tips from the rest of The Style Common crew be sure to check out our facebook page and the other members blog posts.  More bright looks from Alicia of  Alicia Fashionista, Alex of To Vogue or Bust, and Jen of Her Waise Choice.

Happy Friday! xo

Photos by: FM Photographics 

 

Since I have some of my Hawaii tan still on my legs, I figured I’d brave the cold and go with bare legs for my breakfast meeting with my Style Common crew.  I just haven’t wanted to give in to winter attire again.  I had been avoiding boots, but finally broke down and wore a pair to the Canucks game on Friday night.  Until Spring comes I’m sticking with lots of layers and plan on wearing prints and bright hues to keep things a bit more fun.  A few new colourful purchases have been made including this green colour block skirt from Joe Fresh.  With warm weather still a bit far away, I figure some Spring shopping helps warm your soul.

Skirt: Joe Fresh,  Blouse: c/o Splendid,  Jacket & Shoes: Michael Kors,  Belt and Cuff: Brave Leather,  Scarf: Aldo Accessories,  Bag: Co-Lab,  Ring: LowLuv  

Made any Spring purchases yet?  What’s on your shopping list?

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