Yeh, it’s Friday!  We West Coast peeps are in for a weekend of beautiful summer weather and lots of fun things to do around Vancouver. I have my parents coming for a visit this weekend, so I anticipate a lot of laughs, cooking, and time on the patio.  I hope you all have an amazing weekend.  Happy Friday! xoxo

Dress: Marshalls, Jacket: Maison Scotch,  Necklace: Forever 21, Sandals: Sam Edelman, Bag: Coach

May 262013

 

Sweater: c/o Zara, Skirt: Metalicus, Shoes: Zara, Bag: Coach,  Bracelet: LowLuv,  Sunnies: Aldo

 

To keep a more casual outfit looking polished, pay attention to all the details.  Little touches can amp up your jersey’s and knits.  For this look I kept my colour palette quite neutral and then added a few richer looking accessories.  I went with a studded bag and sandals, long silver necklace, layered bracelet, and sparkly stud earrings.  Other details like a fresh hair cut ( and color) and polished toes and nails allow me to feel great in whatever I put on…even casual looks.

Sweater: Inwear,  Skirt: Horny Toad,  Bag: Coach,  Bracelet: SIMS (see below for discount details), Shoes: gift,  Necklace: Karen Telio

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April showers bring May flowers.  I keep reminding myself of this when I wake up to an overcast sky and puddles on the ground.  I’ve packed all my boots away for the year but one pair I can’t give up would be my wellies.  An absolute West Coast must.  To make sure I don’t look like I’m going out to do some gardening or digging for clams, I try to keep my rainboots looking just a bit more refined.

My maxi skirts have been perfect to keep me warm but they often get soaked on the bottom.  To avoid looking soggy, I tie a knot at the bottom of the skirt to shorten the hemline just a bit.  This fabulously cozy sweater by Left of Houston is the perfect layering piece.  It doesn’t look heavy and bulky but it adds just enough warmth to keep the chill off.    How do you stay chic in the rain?

Sweater: c/o Left on Houston, Skirt: Splendid (here), Tank: Zara, Scarf: Marciano, Clutch: Coach, Bracelets: c/o Mala Imports, Pandora, and CPak,  Wellies: Spank , Necklaces: Karen Telio

 

While I like to be a stylish chic and keep some on trend items/looks in my closet, I never allow myself to be a slave to trends.  Trends are tricky.  They are fleeting and often only suit a small percentage of women.  However, when something as simple (and classic) as black and white comes along, I jump on board.

Top: Bardot, Skirt: Joe Fresh, Rings: c/o Pandora Alberni St. , Shoes: DKNY (old),  Bag: Coach, Watch: Michael Kors (here)

A few things to keep in mind when trying to incorporate trendy items into your wardrobe:

1) Don’t invest too much money into a trendy piece.  If you’re wanting to try out a look that you feel will probably only be here for the season, then do some bargain shopping.  Stores like H&M or Forever 21 are perfect for a quick trend fix.  Thrift shops can be another great way to save money.  Remember, most things in fashion aren’t new, so you just might come across the perfect vintage find.

2) Do you have other pieces in your closet already that you can mix and match with?  Don’t make the mistake of buying an item that can only be worn one way.  This skirt is a new piece for me.  I wore it on cooler days with opaque tights and a knit top.  Now that the days are warmer, I’m opting for bare legs and a flowy blouse.

3)  Do you like it?  Don’t feel you need to jump on the band wagon and buy into a trend just because the magazines are telling you it’s hot.  If you don’t feel amazing in an item, don’t buy it.  It will inevitably end up collecting dust in your closet for a couple years before you donate it with the tags still on it.

 

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