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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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 FashionMagazine.com

 

 

Weekends just seem to fly by, don’t they?  I had a full weekend with a photo-shoot on Saturday that I styled followed by clothing returns.  I took a little break afterward with my husband for some very yummy eats at Bel Cafe (including some macrons to go).   My Saturday night consisted of a night in on my couch doing some writing and re-watching most of the episodes from the current season of Girls.  My Sunday was pretty relaxed.  I got to sleep in and then made a big brunch to fuel my brain for more writing and photo editing. Of course my Sunday night involved watching the Oscars.  Watching the red carpet coverage always makes me with I had the type of lifestyle where gowns were needed in my wardrobe.  Maybe one day.  Have any red carpet favorites?  I really thought Jessica Chastain looked amazing.  She had that whole old school Hollywood glamour thing going.  Beautiful!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Monday!

Jacket: Inwear,  Sweater: J Crew mens,  Jeans: Fidelity,  Blouse: Courtney Boutique,  Necklace: H&M,  Clutch: c/o Nella Bella

 

This is my final look from my FM Photographics photo-shoot.  It’s definitely my most simplistic look of three.  I really wanted the print contrast to stand out but not clash so I figured simpler was better.

This photo-shoot was exactly what I needed to kick off 2013.   When the winter blahs are kicking in and we all feel fat after gorging ourselves over the holidays, a day of dressing up, makeup, and pretty pics is just what the doctor ordered.   It ‘s the small things this time of year that keep our spirits up.

Five sure ways to brighten your day…
1) Go for a walk when the sun is shining. If you live somewhere like Vancouver, sunshine is a rarity this time of year. Get out there and enjoy it when you can.
2) Make plans with friends for dinner.
3) Buy fresh flowers for your home.
4) Put on some upbeat music. This always works for me:)
5) Plan your own photo session. Hire a professional or enlist a friend. It’s just fun to try something new!

Plaid Top: Inwear,  Skirt; Forever 21,  Bag: Rudsak,  Shoes: consignment shop find,  Belt: Brave Leather,  Snake Necklace: Vancouver designer Karen Telio

Thank you so much to Jeff at FM Photographics for taking such great pics!

 

Now that the holiday parties and sparkly soirees have come to an end, I’ve been reworking some of my dressier pieces in more casual ways.  I wore this little black lace with gold shimmer skirt a few times over the holidays.  (Including here)  Now I’m pairing it with loads of  cozy layers and a comfortable ankle wedge boot for an easy day look.  So ladies, don’t pack up those holiday pieces just yet.  Challenge yourself to see how you can tone down the glitz for everyday wear while keeping the chic.

Skirt: Kenneth Cole, Jacket: Inwear (old), Top: San Francisco purchase,  Scarf: handmade by my Mother-In-Law,  Bag: Co-Lab (old), Bracelets: San Francisco purchase, Necklace: Karen Telio,  Shoes: Nine West

Find me on Marionberry Style for her stripes feature.  If you haven’t checked out her blog be sure to.  She has a fabulous baby bump and styles herself perfectly.  Her site can be a fun source of outfit ideas for me.  Like this one:)  Thanks for the challenge Marion!

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