Party season is upon us and if your schedule is as hectic as mine has become never fear, this guide will help you put the right outfit together for the occasion you are about to attend!

This holiday season things are ramping up with shine, lace and velvet to be the most glamourous ever.  Let’s look at different occasions and put some outfits together that you can wear to them.

The Office Party

Decorum should never be thrown out the window at your office’s holiday party or at your spouse’s.  This is not the time to bear all the skin you can, keep yourself fairly classic. Scalloped Lace Yoke Shift DressA beautiful understated Scalloped Lace Yoke Shift Dress from Ann Taylor can take you to any office holiday party.  Black is always the right color to wear, it is instantly more elegant and put it with a black heel and sparkly accessories and you are ready to go.

If your office party isn’t that dressy but you still need to look fairly chic try something like high-rise pull-on peyton wide-leg pant in lace :, right side, view zoomedthese fabulous High-rise Pull-on Peyton Wide-Leg Lace pants from J. Crew, they also come in Red and Jade lace if you want something different.  But Black lace pants are something you can pull out almost all year long.  I have a pair from a few years ago and I still wear them all the time, lace is timeless like that.  Pair a black top with it to be tone on tone which is totally chic right now or try this adorable ruffle-neck top in 365 crepe :, right side, view zoomedRuffle neck top in 365 Crepe also from J. Crew.  Fabulous with the lace pants or with any black pants you already own.

And if your office is a really creative one, then go all out. Try a look like this one. collection bow-back top in metallic leaf jacquard :, right side, view zoomedAll from J. Crew, it’s the Collection Bow back top in metallic leaf jacquard with the matching Collection high-rise cigarette pant in metallic leaf jacquard. Shine is where it’s at this holiday season and in an outfit like this you will be poistively glowing!


The Holiday Ball

In Vancouver we have a Christmas time tradition called the Family Ball and it is a very formal occasion, there are other formal parties this time of year as well.  And sometimes even New Year’s eve is a formal occasion.

Traditionally this meant long dresses for women, but 2019 is a lot different and there are things you can wear formally now that you may not have been able to wear before.

How about trying a great Halter Wide-Leg Jumpsuit from Banana Republic?Halter Wide-Leg JumpsuitIt comes in Ultra Red (shown) or Black and both would be as formal as a long dress.  Or check out Anthropologie for Jumpsuits, they have lots. Try a jumpsuit like Slide View: 2: Viva Pleated Jumpsuitthis Viva Pleated one, it will sway just like a long dress would. Or pull out all the stops in a Sequined Jumpsuit Slide View: 1: Winnipeg Sequined Jumpsuitthat will turn every head.

There are lots of dresses that can also be formal without being maxi.  Try one of the great midi length dresses instead. Presley DressThis is the Presely Dress from BHLDN which is another store Anthro owns.  BHLDN has great formal dresses for a reasonable price, Slide View: 1: Alexia Dressthis Alexa Dress and Slide View: 1: BHLDN Emile DressEmile dress would look fabulous on a woman for a formal occasion and not cost over $300 each. So you don’t have to spend a million to look like it!

The House Party

Whether it’s a New Year’s eve, a tree trimming or a Chanukkah party there are always a lot of house parties going on. And for a house party there are no rules, you can dress up your denim or dress down you formal wear.  Most people wear something festive but still comfortable.  So how do you look your chic while still staying festive and comfortable?

Try a pair of velvet pants. J. Crew has the same Peyton pull-on pants in Velvet that they have above in Lace. womens Pull-on Peyton pant in velvetThey come in 4 colors including black and you could wear these pants everywhere.  To a party and even to work! Keep the top casual, like the denim shirt above.  Or reverse it, wear a dressier blouse and more casual pants Slide View: 4: Sydney Lace Blouse. Here Anthro is showing the Sydney Lace Blouse with AGOLDE Parker high-rise Straight cropped jeans.  Both looks are dramatic and comfortable. Ann Taylor has Sequin Sweater Pencil Skirta sequin sweater skirt that would also work instead of pants and then wear it with a white blouse as shown or do the tone on tone trend Soft Satin Puff-Sleeve Topwith a Soft Satin Puff Sleeve top from Banana Republic that ties at the waist.

Other fun pieces that I love that you can pair with denim on the bottom are mockneck top in floral lace :, right side, view zoomeda beautiful mock neck floral lace top from J. Crew, which comes in 5 lace colors. Metallic Smocked-Sleeve BlouseThis Metallic Smocked Sleeve Blouse from BR that would work with any color denim on the bottom or do a Velvet Mock neck top Velvet Mock-Neck Topin 3 colors including black that you could wear everywhere also from BR.  Or go all out with shine Slide View: 4: Marie Sequined Blousethis Marie Sequin Blouse from Anthro comes in 4 colors and will work to elevate any bottom you put with it.

On the bottom try, womens Drapey tie-waist cargo pantDrapey waist cargo pants from J. Crew in 3 colors or Tartan pants womens High-rise Cameron pant in red Stewart tartan stretch woolthat are super cute also from J. Crew.  You could also do a different velvet bottom from BR, try the Sloan skinny fit Velvet pants in 3 colors including black and dark teal (shown).Modern Sloan Skinny-Fit Velvet PantYou could also have some fun with BR’s Sloan skinny fit pant in metallic leopard Modern Sloan Skinny-Fit Metallic Leopard Pantthat would certainly put you as the life of the party. And if you love skirts try a skirt like Slide View: 3: Riley Leopard Midi Skirtthis Riley Leopard midi skirt from Anthro which will be a bit of both the leopard world and has soft chiffon layers at the sides.

Holiday parties require a lot of standing, so always remember to wear heels you can stand in. Guilhermina Embellished SlidesDecorated slides like Embellished slides from Anthro are perfect with cropped pants and longer skirts. Farylrobin Olivia Bow HeelsOr if you need to wear a heel, try something with a block heel that isn’t too high but still looks fancy like these Olivia Bow Heels from Anthro.  And a great pair of Emma Go Ruffle Kitten-Heeled Ankle BootsBooties like these Ruffled Kitten heel ankle booties look good with dresses, pants and skirts.

Check out the different stores we talked about online, everyone of them has a party shop that can give you great outfit ideas for all your occasions.

I want to let you all know about something happening in Vancouver this week.  Our Jewelry expert Shoshana Lewis and some of her collegues are having a fabulous pop up shop that is not to be missed! It’s November 27 10 am to 9pm and Nov 28 10 am to 6pm at 4386 Main St. in Vancouver.   Check this pop up shop for great jewelry, clothing and even art.  It is not to be missed! 

There is only 2 more weeks of blogs left until we break for the holidays.  Next week our Jewelry expert Shoshana Lewis will give us tips and trends on glittery holiday gems and then the last blog will be a holiday gift guide of my favorite things.

I have no more styling appointments left until the new year.  I will start working again on January 15 so book early if you want a January or February appointment.  Email me at to book an appointment.


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The Beauty of The New Neutrals

I could make an entire wardrobe out of neutrals. When you are planning a travel wardrobe what do you stick to: neutrals.  What is a typical French woman’s wardrobe based on: neutrals. And the best thing about neutrals is that absolutely every woman, no matter what age or what size, looks fabulous in neutrals.

What are the New Neutrals of spring 2019? Well they are more than Khaki, Beige and Black, although they do contain that.  This season add Red, Navy, Pink and even Yellow.  Neutrals is every color for Spring 2019 that can be worn head to toe or mixed with the classic neutrals of Black, Khaki, Beige and Denim.  This really opens up a lot of possibilities if you like to stick to a fairly conservative wardrobe.  And if you are like me and prefer solid color clothing to prints, then this trend is one you can wear for the entire season.  And if you get brave you can take a print from one of the other trends and add it back in too.  That is the beauty of the New Neutrals!

One of the key features of the New Neutrals is how you put your outfit together. One of the best places to buy a neutral wardrobe is Banana Republic or Aritzia, both have so many solids in so many color options.

The key to a great neutral wardrobe is what your final top piece is, both BR and Aritzia have great options.  One of the key pieces for spring is a classic trench coat. Water-Resistant Classic Trench CoatMaxi Trench CoatWhy not try one is a little bit of an unexpected color? These two coats are from BR. If we follow our New Neutral guide both of these colors look great head to toe, and work perfectly with Black, Khaki, Beige and Denim.  As the weather gets warmer they both look great with White too. Wilfred PELAT TRENCH COAT | AritziaAritzia has softer trenches that can be worn inside as well as outside like Wilfred Pelat Trench that comes in Moroccan Spice and Soft Birch. Babaton LAWSON TRENCH COAT | AritziaOr go for an even softer trench look in Vancouver’s Spring Uniform coat, Babaton’s Lawson Trench coat, it’s available in 6 colors and you can wear it everywhere.

The last outerwear/indoor wear piece I want to talk about in a Neutral wardrobe is the denim jacket.  A great classic denim jacket can take you everywhere. Slide View: 3: Levi's Ex-Boyfriend Denim Trucker JacketAnthropolgie has Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Denim Trucker Jacket, which is about as classic as you can get and I wear my denim jacket (mine is from BR) all the time.  If you already have a classic denim jacket perhaps this is the year you buy a white denim jacket, they are everywhere and will work with a neutral wardrobe as well.

Another great piece in a good neutral wardrobe is a great neutral jumpsuit you can wear anywhere.  Stick to jumpsuits that are a solid color and fit you like they were made just for you. BR has some great jumpsuits, this season wide legs are making a strong statement, especially cropped wide legs (in the right proportion everyone can wear them), so why not try Sandwash Modal Cropped Wide-Leg JumpsuitBR’s Sandwash Modal Cropped Wide-Leg Jumpsuit.  It comes in 3 neutral colors and is easy care and easy wear. Or try an Anthro jumpsuit in a new neutral color of Red. Slide View: 1: Cathy Structured JumpsuitRed, in the Cathy Structured Jumpsuit,  is one of my favorite new colors for spring and the key to jumpsuits for women over 40 is to make sure you can wear a bra with it. So both of these work perfectly.  One other Anthro jumpsuit I want to show is Slide View: 1: Colleen Stiched Jumpsuitthe Colleen Stitched Jumpsuit.  It’s classic enough to wear everywhere and it has a great ponte fabric that keeps its shape!

Pants and skirts in this trend are color based and trend based, so in other words it is the styles that are in fashion this Spring but done in New Neutral coloring.

One of the key pieces for new spring pants is the wide leg pant, cropped or long. Aritzia has you covered with Wilfred’s Faun PantWilfred FAUN PANT | Aritziait comes in 7 great Neutral colors including Tuscan Sun. Or try a full length pant from Aritzia Wilfred CÉZANNE PANT | Aritziathis is the Wilfred Cezanne Pant and it comes in 3 soft neutral colors.  For spring pants keep your waist a little higher, that goes for your denim too.  And if you are short-waisted like me, you can wear a high waist pant just with no belt detail, keep the waist elastic or simple.

The other new style is the tapered leg (hello 1990’s), this is the great new classic pant style and it looks great with a long jacket to the office.  Aritzia has the perfect one, Babaton COHEN PANT TERADO | AritziaBabaton’s Conen Pant Terado is a style we all know and love, and for Spring it comes in 12 mix and match neutral shades.

Dresses in this trend follow the same rules as jumpsuits, KISS, keep it simple sweetie.  Shift or Column dresses work great and so do belted shirt style dresses.  Think of your classic dress styles and use details like self belts and horned buttons. womens Tie-waist shirtdress in cotton poplinJ. Crew has the perfect  Tie-Waist Shirtdress in Cotton poplin.  This dress is fab for work or play and will go with anything. If you want a casual dress think Utility, Slide View: 1: Oona Utility Dressthe Oona Utility dress at Anthro is perfect for warm days and vacations too. It also comes in a heathered black if you prefer that.

BR is the king of the Column dress Sandwash Modal Knit Tank Dressin lots of different fabrics and colors, if you want column this is where you find it.  Or stick to a Sheath dress but one that fits this trend perfectly. double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen : women wear to work, right side, view zoomedThis Double-breasted sleeveless Sheath dress from J. Crew comes in 4 great neutral colors and has both the horned button detail and a tie waist.

So we have talked a lot about the pieces that make up the New Neutral trend but how are we going to put it all together? Try a maxi skirt with a tank and tie waist jacket with a block heel for work and for casual switch out the tie waist jacket for denim and add flats. One of my favorite ways to wear the New Neutrals is head to toe, the new red is perfect for every business meeting you have.  Keep the accessories simple and then you can pull the suit apart and mix with other neutrals for a change. The above combination outfits are from

Babaton CONAN PANT TERADO | AritziaHere is the way the Conan Pant Terado from Aritzia can be work to work. This look follows the keep it simple rule and you will look fabulous.  Wear it with pumps for a more serious look.  As I said above a classic trench style coat can work a lot of ways, how about dressy?Babaton LAWSON TRENCH COAT | AritziaHere is the Babaton Lawson trench doing double duty and being an evening coat over a dress. Street-Chic UtilitarianismOr try some of the ways Instyle Magazine is showing Runway Cargo Chic, just tone it down a bit.  So easy to wear beige of khaki head to toe, try your wrap jacket or trench with a softer print pant and wear your high-waisted neutral pant with a crisp white shirt.

I could go on and on about Neutrals, they really are the base of my personal wardrobe and work so well for everyone.  Check out all the neutrals in new styles online and then hit the stores and add a couple of pieces.

Need help decoding the new spring fashions? Keep reading my blogs for more info or email me at with your questions. I don’t have anymore spring appointment openings until maybe June and then again not until fall, so if you need an appointment please use the above email and get a hold of me right away.

Next week we will look at the Sweet and Girlie trend for Spring, I absolutely adore the accessories in that trend so stay tuned!

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How to wear black at any age to get you through the rest of winter.

Let’s face it, no matter what any groundhog or rodent says we are likely to have winter weather until at least the end of February.  And even thought the stores are being flooded with Spring attire, it’s really not an option to wear it unless you live in the South. So for the rest of us, we have to figure out how we are going to muddle through the next month or so in our winter clothes without feeling like they are stale.

My motto is when in doubt wear black.  Black is a color that pairs with everything, denim on the weekends to neutrals for the work week and even out for the evening.  But as you get older you need to either change how you wear black or change how you wear your make up with black, especially if you want to wear black head to toe.

Black combinations in your 40’s:

In your 40’s it’s time to add a bit of sophistication to your wardrobe.  My best advice is to keep your black Casual and Refined.  Maybe now is the time to get out of your puffy coat and into a more refined style.Babaton STEDMAN WOOL COAT | AritziaAritzia’s Babaton Steadman Coat is less than $300 and you will look elegant whenever you put it on.  You can wear this coat to the office with a suit, out for dinner with a dress and even on the weekend with your favorite jeans.jen Aniston black coatThis picture is from an email I got from, one of the best sites for inspiration on putting outfits together.  Jen is really looking so refined and classy the way she has put her black coat, scarf and boots together with denim.  Take a hint from her and maybe try to add a heel to your everyday boot. You don’t have to do as high a heel as Jen, but you do want some heel.  productBanana Republic’s Cowboy Ankle Boot has a 2 inch heel and is only $110 on-line right now!  Want a knee-high boot to wear with denim Rowena Knee High Boot, Main, color, BLACK SUEDENordstrom has tons of their boots on sale right now, online is better than in store, less picked over.  This boot is from Sam Edelman and would look fantastic with skinny jeans tucked in. And the heel is a block 2 inch heel so you can walk all day!

Right now you will find lots of black layering pieces everywhere.  Wear black sweaters and vests to add a bit more warmth to your coat.  Banana Republic is one of my go to’s for sweaters.  I live in my washable merino wool Br SweatersWashable Merino Crew-Neck Sweaterand remember BR always has a sale on.


Wearing Black in your 50’s:

I am in my 50’s and I wear a lot of black.  I particularly love days when I get to wear black head to toe.  A great streamlined jacket, black knit pants and a black soft blouse, paired with boots or loafers is a great look! A my favorite possession of mine is my Hugo Boss Stretch Wool Suit Jacket.  Yes it was pricey, but I bought it 3 years ago and it still looks brand new!Jeriba Minidessin Stretch Wool Suit Jacket, Main, color, DARK NAVY FANTASYIt’s ok to invest in a piece like this because by the time you are in your 50’s you are likely not to jump on every trend, every season, and a great tailored jacket looks great with everything.

For pants I usually go back to Banana Republic, you can’t beat the price for the quality. productThese Logan Trouser-Fit Lightweight Wool pant is perfect to wear with your head to toe black look, or wear it more casually like shown in the above picture.

For your black blouse, choose a blouse from a company that fits you well.  I have been wearing Ann Taylor blouses for the last year.  Not super expensive and I find the fit is great. The Ann Taylor Essential shirt comes in lots of colors and it’s polyester so no wrinkling.

You can pair your low heeled boot with this look or try a lighter shoe going forward ( yes, in Canada we carry our shoes and wear our boots everywhere).  Why not try a pair of block heel slingbacks with a closed toe 'Aliz' Slingback Pump, Main, color, BLACK LEATHERThese are from Vanelli and at  Slingback will take you right into spring and beyond, it’s a nice change from pumps.

When you put it all together you can rock the look our friend Julia Roberts is wearing. Julia Roberts black suitIt’s a great refined and elegant look while still having a bit of edge to your outfit!


Wearing Black in your 60’s:

In your 60’s chances are your skin is a bit lighter, as you should be shunning the sun and maybe you are even transitioning to a bit of grey in your hair.  Wearing black can be for you too, just punctuate it with Gold, Metallics or even pearls. You can still rock your black coat just maybe wear a metallic scarf with it. Try one of Nordstrom’s shimmer wraps worn as a scarfShimmer Wrap, Main, color, PINK CHINTZthis is the dusty pink color and it also comes in a gold tone Shimmer Wrap, Main, color, TAN DESERT SHIMMER. Both of these shimmery colors will give your face the glow it needs while wearing an all black outfit.

You can also add a great necklace to break up your head to toe black.  Over a black dress try adding a necklace in a gold or metallic that will help you shine. 2 in 1 Disc Cluster Necklace, Alternate, color, GOLDThis Something Navy 2 in 1 disc necklace works over crew neck dresses and high collars like turtlenecks too.  Do you love pearls?? Make your pearls the star of the show!Mixed Stone Dagger Pendant Necklace, Alternate, color, WHITE PEARL MIXThis Chan Luu mixed Stone Dagger Pendant necklace will garner everyone’s attention with your head to toe black outfit.

Stick to refined styling, and simples lines like clean black pants Avery Straight-Fit Washable Bi-Stretch Ankle Pantand it doesn’t get any cleaner lines than BR’s Avery Washable wool pants.  Stick to a beautiful blouse like Ann Taylor’s Flare Sleeve top and top it all with a coat that makes you smile every time you put it on. Wilfred COCOON COAT | AritziaI love Artizia’s Wilfred Cocoon coat, on sale right now and will look great for years.  Pair you metallic scarf with it and off you go!

Meryl chic blackMeryl Streep’s amazing head to toe black with a metallic scarf can be everyone’s inspiration!


Wearing Black in your 70’s, 80’s and Beyond:


If 50 is the new 30 then 70 must be the new 50.  Women are aging better than in any other time in history and that means that they look great at any age and can keep being fashionable throughout their lives.  My grandmother reverted to pull on pants and loose blouses and flat shoes by the time she was 60, no way that happens today.  So many of my friends mothers look better and better the older they get.  Of course it has a lot to do with body maintenance.  They go to the gym, get their hair colored and in general have a great time.  You can’t tell if they are 55 or 75.  So for these women they deserve to have the best.

To wear black over 70 you can luxuriate in ladylike details or up the contrast by adding stand out colors and graphic prints. Spend your money and your time in luxurious dresses like this one from Lafayette 148 New YorkEmory Finesse Crepe Dress, Main, color, BLACKthis is their Emory Finesse Crepe dress and you can wear this everywhere! Invest in a stunning pair of Theory Straight leg stretch trousers.Straight Leg Stretch Wool Trousers, Main, color, BLACKThey will look as good as they feel.

Save the detail for your tops and accessories then pair it with an elegant back coat. Mena Floral Stretch Silk Top, Main, color, BLACK MULTIThis Veronica Beard stretch Silk Top will give you just the pop of color you need while having the high neck so you don’t need a scarf.Ruffle Neck Blouse, Main, color, STRIKING PURPLEAnd if you prefer solids, this See By Chloe Ruffled neck blouse would be perfect with black. And you are never too old for sophisticated animal print!  Leopard Print Top, Main, color, LEOThis great Dolce and Gabbana Leopard print top will look great with black and you can even wear it back to your denim! And why not invest in a coat with some detail on the black? Horberie Quilted Trench Coat, Main, color, BLACKThis fabulous Burbury Horberie Quilted Trench will love you right back, day or evening.

Helen MirrenI am in love with this beautiful coat, bag and boots on Helen Mirren.  Don’t be afraid to treat yourselves!

Diane KeatonAnd absolutely no one rocks 80 better than Jane Fonda.

Like I said at the beginning my inspiration for this blog comes from a Website called Shoptiques.  They feature one of a kind boutiques all over the world online. Check it out a find your inspiration to rock whatever age you are at!


There will be a Valentine’s blog next week and then no blog on Feb 20.  The last week of Feb we will talk about what to keep and what to sell or toss for spring and in March we will go right into spring.  I am travelling a bit more than I used to so I will try to get everything in before I leave again in May.

Oh and by the way, my blogs haven’t been sharing on Facebook and Twitter, I am trying to correct that but Facebook is a bit of a pain.  If anyone asks why they can’t find it please direct them to my website


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How to Shop the Sales like a Pro

I posted this blog last year around this time.  I think the points are still very important when everything is on sale.  January is the time to replenish while prices are low and in a way get your winter wardrobe ready for the rest of this winter and next year.  Read below before you run out and buy that coat or pair of boots you have had your eye on and are now on sale.  Follow the guidelines and you will not be disappointed with your purchases! Enjoy!



Right now everything is on Sale!!  Every email I get and every store I walk into has a promotion and a sale.  And I don’t care who you are I know everybody loves a good bargain, especially on things they will wear over and over.   So how to you even start to manage all these websites and stores?  Here is some sale shopping advice that you can take as a guide with you to find exactly what is right for you.

1) Go with a goal in mind or surf the web with a goal.  Your goal could be anything from a new denim jacket to a party dress.  If you keep your focus, and I know sometimes it’s not easy, especially when that bow back orange sweater is only $9.99 plus shipping.  But there are 3 things you need to think about when ordering online or shopping in a store:

Can I return it easily.  So for example, unless you are ordering from the clearance section of the website or shopping at a store (like Aritzia) where their sale items are final sale, you should be fine.  Stores like J. Crew, Talbots, Anthropologie and Nordstrom all have amazing deals right now.  I like ordering from these stores because I can return it if I don’t like it right here in Vancouver.  So blazer like this one women's parke blazer - women's blazersfrom J. Crew, it’s the Parker blazer, you can buy it online and return it to your local J. Crew.  I actually picked this up in the store on Thursday for $94 including tax, it’s even a better deal than the online price of $185 less 40%.  Who doesn’t need a great fitting black blazer they can wear all year round!

The next important thing you have to keep in mind is do I need it? Never mind that you want it.  When you ask yourself do I need it you should immediately be thinking of how it will work in your own wardrobe. Petite day-to-night dress in exeter flannel   saleI just ordered this petite Day to Night dress in flannel from J. Crew. It is regularly $246 and in my shopping cart before taxes and shipping it was only $34.  I happen to get really lucky, it is a petite size 12, which should fit like a regular size 10 which I am.  It will be long enough to cover my knees because I am only 5’4″ so the petite works.  And since I have lost so much weight I will be likely getting rid of most of my winter dresses I can’t take in, so for me it’s a win all around.  Now if it doesn’t fit just right when it arrives I have two choices: either take it to a tailor to alter to fit just right, or return it to my local J. Crew store – how easy is that.

If you need something, whatever it is. You may have to look deep into the sale pages but you can find it.

2) Pay attention to the mark down prices. Sometimes it’s not as good a deal as you think.  For example, Anthropologie has all their sale items in clothing an extra 25% off. But if the dress Slide View: 1: Deszra Silk Dresslike this Desra Silk Dress, regularly $338 (US) for $199.95 less 25% which is $149.96.  So for $150 you think this is a great deal!  But once you put it in your cart and they add shipping and taxes you are back up to $200.  So it is really not a good deal.  You need to keep an eye out for that.  Also when shopping on the Anthro site keep in mind all the prices are US dollars and if you are shopping from Canada add 30% off right away.  Sometimes it might be better to go to your local Anthro store and buy it.

3) Try and only buy things that will last you for a few years and are truly a good price. Why do I say this?  Well when you are shopping with a goal in mind, a new white shirt, a new pair of black pants, a new pair of shoes.  You know exactly what you are looking for and chances are right now on sale you can invest in things like last year’s cashmere sweater or last year’s boots that were too expensive, but you can buy them now. Who doesn’t need a sequin skirt in their wardrobe? It is one of those things that you can pull out all year round and dress up any top with or be ready for a fancy night out. Right now on WhitehouseBlackmarket in their final clearance page they have Sequin Pencil Skirtthis beautiful sequin pencil skirt reduced from $140 to $14.99.  Wow! That is an amazing deal if you will actually wear a sequin skirt.  If you are like me and love to get dressed up then go for it, but if you consider dressy black pants and a fancy skirt don’t buy it.  Final clearances are not returnable. Something that is an amazing deal and I would grab it in an instant on WHBM’s final clearance page is Flare Pantsthis pair of wide leg black pants for $29.99 but don’t get too excited they only have size 0 or size 16 left.  I happen to be neither of those!

3) Try and buy pieces that will build your wardrobe.  This rule should really apply for all shopping.  I buy the most basic clothing on sale usually.  I have one weakness, and that is leopard print.  As I said in my blog about wearing leopard print last fall you don’t need a lot of it to make a statement.  But I do love a great leopard print sweater. So when I find a good one on sale I usually pounce.  I try and only order wool or light weight wool so I can wear it under jackets and all year. Here is one that J. Crew has on their site right now and I have seen it in store women's tippi sweater to leopard - women's sweatersthis is their leopard print Tippi sweater. It cost $118 and I bought almost the same one 2 years ago but it was an XL, so it doesn’t fit anymore.  And instead of paying $118, I found one on clearance at WHBM the beginning of July, it is now sold out but it is very similar and I only paid $9.99 for it!  Even when it arrives with duties and takes it won’t be more than about $25 so it is still a great deal and I will wear it over and over. That is a piece that will build my wardrobe.  Another thing that can really work to build your wardrobe is a great sweaters.  I happen to really like Banana Republic Sweaters.  They have a final sale part of their website too and right now it’s 50% off of Sale merchandise. No returns or exchanges but if you could getproduct photoa great black merino wool short sleeve sweater that you can wear all year round and you get to the check out and it’s only $26.99, that is truly a steal! The regular price is $95. Pieces like this you can wear over and over.


Now that we have gone through the basic rules of sale shopping let’s talk about stores that have in season sales.  Right now Nordstrom has their Anniversary Sale on.  It’s a great time to pick up something you may need for this fall for about 25%-30% off. Do you need a new coat? That’s the kind of thing you can find. Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat,                         Main,                         color, Winter PineThis is the Olga Boiled Wool Top Coat by J. Crew exclusively for Nordstrom.  It’s normally $385 but during their Anniversary Sale it’s $256.65.  That’s a pretty good savings for something new for fall. Leather Moto Jacket,                         Main,                         color, BlackHow about a Moto leather jacket? If you didn’t pick one up last year they are going to be super strong for fall again.  This is the Halogen Moto jacket regular $415 on sale now for $277, not a bad deal at all. Or how about a pair of boyfriend jeans, those you will really wear all year round. Catherine Boyfriend Jeans,                         Main,                         color, CosyThese KUT from the KLOTH Catherine Boyfriend jeans are regularly over $125 on sale right now for $83, if they fit you it’s a great deal for something you will wear all the time.  At Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I tend to look for things that I need but also wouldn’t pay for if they were regular price.  For me Boots are one of the key things I look for.  For example Varta Waterproof Bootie,                         Main,                         color, Black Nubuck LeatherThis pair of Grey Varta Waterproof booties from Blondo are right up my alley.  They follow all my rules for boots, I need to be able to wear them if it’s raining, they go with almost all my pants and jeans and I really like grey.  But I doubt I would pay over $200 for them, I don’t need them that badly ( I actually have grey booties already) and I would prefer something with a bit higher heel, but they are on sale for only $138 and that is a pretty great deal for leather waterproof booties.  So it is something I think about.

The other store that always has a sale on is Banana Republic.  As matter of fact if you go on their website or store today you will see 40% off of some of their newest things. So your basic pair of Avery Fit black lightweight wool pants product photothat you can for sure wear right into fall and winter is regularly $125 now on for $75.  But I have to be honest, it is always 40% off. I bought a pair last spring for 40% off and then just went back and bought a smaller pair for the same discount.  So pay attention because why would you ever pay full price when you know they go on sale all the time.  So why would you ever pay full price for something at BR.  Not only that if you order online you can return in store.  So needless to say I shop there a lot.

If you follow your own goals while sale shopping and buy only things you actually need you can build quite a good wardrobe for a good price.  I have to admit I rarely pay full price for anything.  It has to be incredible for me to pay full price, even on sites like WHBM and Ann Taylor you can usually wait until there is a mark down.  I have rarely found otherwise.

Good luck with your sale shopping.  Next week we will talk about cleaning out your closets for fall.  All the re sale shops want things by early August so next week is a great time to go through all your clothes.

If you feel you need help navigating sales or cleaning our your closet I am available for booking right now.  I am only working until August 10th and then not again until the end of September.  So grab me while I have time if you need help. For appointments you can email me at I tend to book up really fast in the fall so catch me now if you want.


Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt




My Favorite Things!

Once again we have reached the end of another year.  Fashion in 2019 has given us lots to think about and lots of different colors and styles to wear.  My final blog for the end of this year is going to be a look at my favorite things from throughout this year.  Some things will be perfect for gift giving and some will be great for outfit inspiration.  As always I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blogs and supporting my fashion passion.

My list:

1) I absolutely love those travel jewellery boxes from last week that are from Shok Designs.  My friend Shoshana Lewis constantly out does herself with everything new she brings in every season. travel jewelery box 1I think these would be great to own or to gift to any woman like me whose necklaces are always tangled when she arrives at her destination.


2) I have gifted this men’s sweater before and will again. Silk Cotton Cashmere V-Neck SweaterThis cotton, silk and cashmere sweater looks good on everyone and is light enough for most men to wear under a blazer.  And for a dressed down look a white t-shirt would look great underneath it.  Find this sweater for all the men in your life at Banana Republic, it comes in lots of colors.


3) I live in my ponchos.  My husband prefers our home a few degrees cooler than I do so I always have a poncho or wrap handy to throw on, especially when watching tv or sitting at my desk working.  I also travel with mine, I use them as blankets on flights when whoever I sit beside has the air blasting, I use them on top of my jackets at night when it’s cooler than I excpect and I also use them as the top layer of some of my outfits. Houndstooth Plaid PonchoI bought a grey and black one at Banana Republic this fall and have worn it to death already, it also comes in this fabulous houndstooth, a wonderful animal print and solid colors that are reversible. This would be a great gift for sister or special girl friend or even for yourself if you run cold like me.

4) I bought one new pair of booties this year.  I don’t tend to buy boots or booties very often.  I buy expensive boots and shoes and they last much longer, I stick to fairly classic styles that can be worn with everything and I have a really good shoe renew near where I live that make them all look brand new every fall.  But the pair I bought this year are from my favorite brand Aquatalia, they are the Bree Weatherproof Booties. I bought mine in black leather but I also love them in black suedeImage of Aquatalia Bree Weatherproof Suede Bootie.  I think I have worn them almost everyday since I got them. I am actually wearing them as I write this blog! If you live in a climate with snow and rain like I do, a weather proof boot that has style will be your best friend all winter.


5) I don’t know what it is about this fall but I am absolutely mad for plaid! I can’t seem to get enough of it.  I was recently in Toronto with my son and went into a Loft store, they had 2 fabulous plaid tops that I bought. Petite Plaid Button Back Balloon Sleeve BlouseThe first is this black and red/green plaid top with a button back and balloon sleeves, I love it and will wear it throughout the year. 20191208_142217The second top I couldn’t find online anymore but I have a thing for red this year and grabbed this top up as soon as I saw it, I love the fit and it has a cute ruffle at the cuff.  Both tops I bought on Black Friday so of course I got a great deal, but neither are over $100 full price in the store or online.


6) Since we are are eco aware now and soon single use plastic bottles will become a thing of the past, instead of fighting this new wave of enironmental awareness I have decided to embrace it.  A great gift for everyone on your list would be an environmentally safe water bottle. No one drinks nearly the water they are supposed to. 8 glasses per day is an old guideline, in today’s world we are all so much more active. 2 litres or 8 glasses is for someone who weighs 100 lbs.  Add a litre for every 30 lbs you weigh more than that!  Like I said no one drinks enough water every day.  So try to encourage those you love to drink more by buying them a great new water bottle. CORKCICLE Insulated Stainless Steel Canteen, Main, color, UNICORNNORDSTROM Reusable Water Bottle, Main, color, WHITE PLACED SMILEVITAJUWEL<SUP>®</SUP> Love ViA Water Bottle, Main, color, NO COLORNordstrom has lots of cute and trendy fun bottles to choose from.  You can do metal, glass or a hard plastic that is recyclable.  These make great stocking stuffers and secret Santa gifts for work. So say goodbye to single use plastic water bottles!


7) If you have men in your life that need to keep warm like mine do, a great jacket makes a wonderful holiday gift.  I recently bought my son a new jacket from Mark’s Work Wearhouse, it’s only in Canada, and they always have amazing prices. WindRiver Men's T-Max Water Repellent HD1 Puffer JacketThis jacket is packable and good to -20 celcius so he will stay warm.  Best of all right now it’s only $49 online.  Or you can do almost the same thing from Eddie Bauer This is their Men’s Downlight hooded jacket but it cost a lot more than $49. It’s also good to -20.  Every man in your life would love a new light weight down jacket.

8) My friend and jewellery expert Shoshana Lewis has some fabulous bracelets.  My friends and I wear them constantly.  I gift them all the time as well. image6 shok braceletsShe always has lots to choose from and everything comes in gold and silver and now she has lots in Rose Gold too.  You can find her on Instagram under Shok Designs, send her a message and buy some of these great bracelets for yourself or someone else.  Every woman I know would love to see one of these come her way this time of year.  And they are ageless, I wear them, my nieces wear them and every age in between.


9) I think I have said before but I am always cold.  There are things that I buy that a lot of people wear as outerwear that I wear as just another layer of clothing.  One thing I own and love to death is my Tna Newport Fuzzy Zip up.NEWPORT FUZZY ZIP-UP - Fleece zip-upI wear mine all the time, to the gym, at home or over a casual pair of jeans.  Tna is one of the Aritzia brand of stores and you can find Tna products either in an Aritzia store or online. I think this would be a great jacket to gift or to own!


10) I love my IZIPIZI reading glasses.  I have multiple pairs, they are not expensive, and get compliments on them all the time. Izipizi C Tortoise reading glassesIzipizi B Light Tortoise reading glassesIzipizi D Red reading glassesThey come in tons of colors, styles and diopters (the magnifying strength you need).  You can get them in Vancouver or Toronto at the Latest Scoop or you can order them online at  And best of all they are unisex, so they work for both men and women.  And let’s face it, if we are at the age where we need reading glasses don’t you want to look good in them?  They should fit your style, so ditch the drugstore ones and try a pair of these, they are less than $50 US and only about $60 Canadian.  I would say it is worth it to look good!


So there you have it!  My final blog of 2019 and hopefully some great gift ideas even if you are just planning on gifting yourself.  Blogging will begin again on January 22, 2020.

And if you want a February styling or Spring wardobe appointment please book soon as I am booking appointments all the way into April now.  By the way anyone who books their 2020 styling or wardrobe appointment before the end of 2019 will get 1 free hour when you book 2 hours.  So book me for 3 hours and the 3rd hour will be free!  But hurry and book before the end of the year, I tend to fill up really quickly. Email me at to book.

Enjoy your holiday season!  I wish you and your family all the best for the coming year!

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Holiday Jewels!!

We are so very lucky to have our own Jewelry expert Shoshana Lewis to guide us through what to wear and buy for gifts.  She has the jewelry line Shok Designs and she is always on top of what is the latest and greatest.  So here are her suggestions to make you glitter for the holidays!

One of the first things you need to be aware of for holiday jewelry is that the Fall trend of more is more is definitely applicable here, the more is more trend is very prevalent in all holiday dressing.

links necklaceLinks are the newest trend in necklaces, especially link necklaces with charms on them.  You can wear these beautiful necklaces everywhere, work, evening out and even for casual.  Alter the mood of each necklace by changing the type of charm you are attaching! heavy locks and chainsOr go for the other huge link necklace trend and that is the lock and key trend.  Tiffany made wearing jewelry with locks on it chic a few years ago and now everyone is wanting to do this.  By wearing one of the new links necklace with the lock you are bringing the trend into 2019 and making it wearable again.

Another huge trend in necklaces is by Irene Neuwirth in her jewelry line Melrose Place. Holiday is sparkly and she is showing floral necklacesthese stunning gem stone floral necklaces.  These are perfect with your holiday attire! You can either match what tones you are wearing or do a necklace in a complimentary tone that adds a new dimension to your outfit.  Size matters as well, wear the smaller size flowers with your more delicate feminine outfits and wear the larger floral gems when you really want to make a statement.

Stackable jewelry is another trend that is carrying on from Fall into Holiday.  Above we can see how great the link and charm necklaces are stacked one upon another, this is great for a really dramatic look, but more often than not you are going to wear one at a time. But how about stacking other items like bracelets and rings.  Stacking bracelets and rings has become very chic and will continue to be chic going all the way into spring.  No one has better stackable bracelets than Shok Designs! stackable braceletsShok Designs newest stackable bracelets have intials or jewelled items, those are great added to any stackable bands you have already, or do a big ball stack or link and wear it on it’s own. shok braceletsOr you can mix and match with all the stackable bracelets you bought before.  The very newest trend is mixing metals like mixing your silver and gold stackable bracelets together. mixed color stackThis is a great trend for bracelets, necklaces, rings and even earrings. Mixing different colors of metals create a modern and texturized look for your entire outfit! You can do the same thing with rings. stackable ringsStacking your rings creates fun and chic looks, mix metal colors and jewel tones to create your own fun and festive look.  The stacks can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. If you have small hands keep them smaller or wear more rings on more fingers.  If you long, lovely fingers then stack away! womens Demi-fine 14k gold-plated three-ring setAnother very simple way to stack is by adding 3 different metal colors.  Rose gold is very important to add to your stacks whether they be on your neck, wrist or finger.

Pearls have been very strong for Fall, think Grandma Grunge of layering pearl necklaces and it is still a strong jewelry trend moving into Holiday and Spring.  Wear your pearls big and small, and not always round. pearl earringsFresh water pearls continue to be chic whether they are worn as a necklace charm or in your earrings.  Long and strong earrings continue to be very important as well and your pearls can work here too. pearl earrings 2A few seasons ago we talked about chandelier earrings and earrings that graze your collar, both of these trends are peaking again for this year’s holiday season.  Think how great a long and strong pair of earrings would look with a strapless or off shoulder gown and nothing on your neck.  You would be the epitome of chic at your holiday gala!

Another huge trend for Fall that is continuing into holiday are Barrettes!  The more bling on them the better. barettesShok Designs has lots of wonderful Barettes to make your hair sparkle.  If you look at a lot of actresses you will see more and more of them wearing barrettes and hair accessories on the red carpet.  Create your own red carpet look for the holidays by adding bling, jewels or pearls to your hair.  They also make great gifts for your girlfriends and great stocking stuffers for your daughter.  Anyone of any age can wear them.

Speaking of gifts, Shok designs has some great gift ideas for your loved ones.  When you travel what do you do with all your jewelry? I don’t know about you but I usually spend 15 minutes untangling necklaces when I get to my destination.  How about treating yourself or someone else to a wonderful travel jewellery case.

I told Shoshana to sign me up for one.  They are the perfect travel companion for you or for any of your friends who are always on the go. And by zipping closed you will never wonder where that earring, chain or bracelet went.

Another great gift item at Shok Designs is bracelet mix and match giftsstackable bracelet packs.  Shoshana has created little packs with themes but she can customize whatever you need.  I love these packs!!

Pieces that are great for holiday and trends that will continue into spring are maybe the way you want to wear your jewellery.

A great way to honor your own children or loved ones is by wearing abc braceletstackable letter bracelets. Mothers can wear all their children’s names stacked together or perhaps you want to wear an inspirational saying letter braceletThese ones are by Roxane Assoulin who is a jewellery designer Shoshana follows.  They are fun and playful.  They are also affordable so you can feel free to stack away!

Chain necklaces are getting bolder and thicker going from Holiday into Spring. large chains 2large chains 1Bigger, bolder and oversize is how you want to buy them and wear them going forward. This is not a time to sit back and be shy, so when you spring forward you are going to want a strong chain necklace.

And one of the last jewelry trends we are going to talk about that goes from Holiday into Spring is the trend of only wearing 1 earring. 1 earring trendOscar de la Renta was showing this on Spring runways.  Personally I agree with Shoshana and everyone is going to ask you if you lost the other earring but if you love this trend, holiday season is definitely the time to test drive it.  Just make sure that if you are only wearing 1 earring to a party to make a statement with that 1 earring! 1 earring trend 2It should be as bold as you are!!

Shok Designs is a great place to get holiday gifts and little pick me ups for yourself.  You can find them on Instagram shokdesigns.  Direct message Shoshana Lewis there to buy any of her wonderful items and if you don’t live in Vancouver she can always ship them to you, but don’t hesitate if you want them by Xmas!

I want to thank my friend Shoshana Lewis for all the pictures and ideas for this blog, I couldn’t have written it without her and I always appreciate her taking time out of her busy schedule to keep us up to date in the world of jewelry trends.  I hope all of you who live in Vancouver got to visit her at her pop up shop on Main Street last week!

There is only one more blog before I take my winter break.  Next week will be my annual holiday gift guide.

There are no more styling appointments available for 2019, I am sorry if you wanted one and missed out.  The best is to book early if you want one just because I tend to fill up quickly.  If you want to book early for Spring I strongly encourage you to do so and you can email me at to book for February or March 2020 now.

Until next time…Suethefashionista card frnt

The Winter Get away!

Right about now everyone starts thinking about travelling and getting away. Whether it be for US Thanksgiving long weekend or a Christmas/ New Years holiday or looking ahead and planning a January or February get away.  If you live in a place where there is winter, a get away is somewhere on your mind.

Now that we are empty nesters, my husband and I are getting away more and more often.  Sometimes for longer trips but mostly for short trips of 10 days or less. And a lot of my friends and customers always ask me what they should pack for their trips.  So I decided to do a blog about what to wear and pack for holiday trips!

So what kind of trips are we taking about? let’s go through different kinds of trips to see what your packing options are.  But first let’s talk about getting there in style.  It’s a proven fact that as a customer you get treated better by flight staff when you are well put together.  It’s not always fair but it’s true.  So even if you are not in first class you still want first class service, so try and look the part. On the Banana Repulic. com site they have their own stylists put together suggested outfits that are comfortable and look great for travelling.  They also have suggested work and weekend outfits if you are interested too.

One of my favorite BR travel outfits start around these great jeansHigh-Rise Wide-Leg JeanThese are BR’s High-Rise Wide-Leg jean.  The dark denim makes them wearable for a lot of occasions too! The are pairing it with this adorable chunky Pointelle Cropped Sweater Chunky Pointelle Cropped Sweater and Sherpa Cocoon CoatSherpa Cocoon Coat.  It’s accessorized with Essential Leather SneakerEssential leather Sneakers in Leopard Calf hair, Leather Convertible Belt Bagtheir Leather convertible belt bag, which can be also worn as a shoulder bag and Fringe Rectangular Scarfa classic fringe scarf.  This is a great look if you are travelling to a colder destination.  The Sherpa Cocoon coat will keep you super warm, the jeans you can wear over and over again, and same with the accessories.  This way when you are going somewhere a bit cooler you have a few staples with you to make you more comfortable.

Here is another look also from BR that would be great if you are travelling somewhere warmer but leaving your home which is cooler. High-Rise Wide-Leg JeanStart with a high-rise wide leg jean.  You can also use the dark one above, but chances are we also have one in a lighter wash in our closets. Then add a colorful ribbed scoop-neck top, Ribbed Scoop-Neck T-ShirtI like the idea of this one in Sour Cherry, giving a nod to the strong purple trend. Everyday BootieAdd a basic bootie, BR has this Everyday bootie in Pewter Suded, but any black bootie would work. Nylon Travel ToteAnd finish off with a Nylon Travel tote that can double as a beach bag and Penny Sunglassesa great pair of shades.  Then add the one piece that will tie this all together, Reversible Wool-Blend PonchoBR’s Reviserible Wool-Blend Poncho, I love it because you get two in one, a black side and a grey side.   Then you have a jacket and topper that can also be a blanket or something to throw on anytime.  I use my poncho for travelling all the time, it works over coats to keep you warm and I have even used it as a blanket on airplanes.

If you don’t want to wear Wide leg jeans just substitue Skinny jeans High-Rise Legging Luxe Sculpt Ankle Jean,Italian Merino-Blend Graphic Sweater a Graphic Sweater and Essential Leather Sneakera pair of leather sneakers.  These all look great with the poncho on top too!

So now that we have figured out our travel look, we can move on.  Just remember don’t be the person who gets off the plane in a snowstorm with a pair of flip flops or shorts on.  I can’t tell you how many times I have come home from a warm destination and seen people in the cab line at the airport with flip flops and shorts on in a snow or rain storm. Runners are a great travel option if you don’t want to take booties with you.

If you are going to a warmer destination, you want to take enough clothes so you have a few options but not so many that you have to pay more for your luggage.  A good packing list for a warm destination is:

A good bathing suit. womens Ruffle deep-V one-piece swimsuitYou can decide to purchase something new like J. Crew’s Ruffled one piece suit or just wear what you have already.  But taking 2 suits should give you enough to cover a 10 day trip, even if you are in a bathing suit everyday, you can alternate between the 2 and wash one and hang it to dry while you are wearing the other.

One pair of flat sandals that you can wear with anything womens Knotted soft leather sandalslike these cute soft leather knotted pair also from J. Crew.  And one block heel or wedge pair of sandals  L'AMOUR DES PIEDS Cheyne Slide Sandal, Main, color, BLACK LEATHERlike these Cheyne Slides from L’Amour des Pieds at Nordstrom.  You could wear both of these styles daytime or evening.

One casual dress, like a midi or maxi EILEEN FISHER Midi Tank Dress, Main, color, BLACK. This is Eileen Fisher’s Midi Tank dress from Nordstrom.  You can wear it daytime with the flats or your runners and it can also be worn over your swim suit, and it can double as an evening look just by changing the shoes and accessories.  Sugarlips Ivory Button-Down Maxi-Dress - Alternate List Placeholder ImageOr you can choose a button down dress in an ivory or white like this dress from Sugar Lips.  Again something that can be worn for anything by just changing shoes and accessories.

One pair of pants that isn’t jeans. Slim Wide-Leg Cropped PantI love these slim wide leg cropped pants from BR but you could do joggers or skinny pants, whatever works for you.

3 great tops. Slide View: 1: Louisa Tiered TeeMaybe one cute tiered Tee like this Louisa Tiered Tee from Anthropologie. Slide View: 4: Goldie Taylor Puff-Sleeved TopMaybe a cute Puff-Sleeved Tee, also from Anthro. TREASURE & BOND Gauzy Tunic Shirt, Alternate, color, WHITEAnd a long sleeve white light weight shirt like Treasure & Bond’s Gauzy Tunic at Nordstrom, that can double as a swim wear cover up or you can tie it at the waist over your midi dress.

Maybe add one more bottom, either a skirt, pant or long short depending on how you feel about your legs. Slide View: 4: Cloth & Stone Chambray JoggersMaybe a cute pair of Chambray Joggers from Anthro,MADEWELL Midi Slip Skirt in Daisy Dots, Main, color, DOT DAISY DARK NIGHTFALLor maybe a cute midi slip skirt in a daisy print from Madewell or even10" bermuda stretch chino short :, right side, view zoomed  a classic pair of bermuda shorts from J. Crew.  You may want a pair of bermuda shorts if you are going somewhere hot and humid.

Your poncho above can be your outerlayer if you need one and your nylon tote can double as your everyday bag too.

If you are going to a big city or visiting relatives you may want a different look.  If you are staying in a winter climate and are travelling in the first travelling outfit, sub the runners for booties on the travel day but pack a pair of runners in your bag.

Add at least one more pair of pants. Classic Sloan Skinny-Fit PantThe Sloan skinny fit washable pant from BR is a good compliment to a Wide leg pair of jeans. Black is a great color because you can dress it up or down.

Add a dress. Soft Ponte Ruffle Mini DressBR has a soft ponte Ruffle dress that would travel wonderfully.  It’s dressy enough for Xmas and NYE or dress it down with tights and booties too. Or if you prefer a longer dress try Print Midi Shirt DressBR’s print shirt dress, it will look fabulous with the Sherpa cocoon coat and you can where it everywhere.

Take 2 sweaters, one casual and one a little more dressy. Slide View: 1: Ivanna Mock Neck SweaterThis Ivanna Mock neck sweater from Anthro comes in many color combinations but I love the black and white dot with the dark wide denim and skinny black pants. Then take it up a notch by bringing a Slide View: 4: Abril Shimmer Pulloversparkly sweater that can immediately dress everything up. This one is from Velvet by Graham & Spenser at Anthro.  BR has them too.

I would probably add a slip skirt in either black or a print. HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Bias Cut A-Line Midi Skirt, Main, color, BLACKThis one is the one from Halogen at Nordstrom we have been talking about all Fall, you can also find them at Aritzia and other stores.

And one blouse and one fun or edgy top. BR has some great blouses, you can take a casual plaid blouse Dillon Classic-Fit Flannel Shirtor take it up a notch with a great print Dillon Classic-Fit Shirtor great fabric Dillon Classic-Fit Washable Silk Shirt.  Or you can go away from the shirt style and Slide View: 1: Angela Velvet Blousebring something like this Angela Velvet Blouse, it can be a dressy evening look with black pants or a fun daytime look with denim.  And I always travel with a black cardigan Cashmere Long Cardigan Sweater. Something in wool or cashmere that will keep me warm and I can belt and layer.  This is the Cashmere long sweater from BR.

Again booties and runners work great with everything here.  You could take a higher heel bootie or pump if you need to.  And I travel with usually one purse or bag that is not my carry on bag that works with everything. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Small Manhattan Leather Crossbody Bag, Alternate, color, BLACKSomething like this Michael Kors small leather cross body that can be worn for dress or casual is a great option.  Match all your jewellery to either silver or gold and you are all set.

Of course there are lots of other things you can pack when travelling but I use the rule less is more.  I personally stick to a black and either ivory or white palette because it always looks good. Denim is a neutral that goes with everything when travelling,  so I always travel with at least one pair of jeans.  Boots and winter accessories are a must if you are travelling to a cold climate.  And if you are travelling to a warm one you may want to add a light pashmina that you could wear in the evenings or wrap around your waist in your swim suit and a hat to keep the sun off is a must! But I usually buy one at my destination that I toss when I leave so I don’t have to pack it. Target or any drug store ususally has great straw looking hats made out of paper so you can recycle them when you are done.

One last note, one-use plastic water bottles are getting banned at airports all over the world, so take a metal or hard plastic empty water bottle with you.  Once you are through security there are filling stations where you can fill it up.

I know this was a bit longer of a blog, but I hope I gave you lots of ideas for your travel outfits.  Keep in mind if you are travelling some cultures insist on modest clothing, knees and arms covered, that light weight pashmina can come in very handy.

I want to let you all know about something happening in Vancouver next week.  Our Jewelry expert Shoshana Lewis and some of her collegues are having a fabulous pop up shop that is not to be missed! It’s November 27 10 am to 9pm and Nov 28 10 am to 6pm at 4386 Main St. in Vancouver.   Check this pop up shop for great jewelry, clothing and even art.  It is not to be missed! 


Happy and Safe travels if that is your holiday plans!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt



Holiday Dressing: How to Survive the Holidays with a few key pieces

By the middle of November the pre holiday season is in full swing.  We are already starting to see Xmas decor and holiday departments open up in most stores.  While most of us are thinking about how to stay warm and dry, the invitations to all those parties and events are getting emailed out.

Holiday dressing encompasses more than just a few key pieces.  But for the sake of this blog, we are going to talk about a few pieces to add to your current wardrobe to take some of your favorite fall clothing up a notch for the holidays.

A dressy blouse can work wonders in anyone’s wardrobe. A great blouse can be worn with denim for a casual weekend get together or paired with a suit for a holiday lunch with the office brass, or even worn with a skirt or pants for a holiday party.  Let’s look at some options.

It could be as simple as Washable Silk Split-Neck Blouseadding a satin blouse like Banana Republic’s Washable Silk Split neck blouse.  You could reinvent a blouse like this over and over, with dark denim, a suit or even with a dressy pant, womens Frankie pant in Black Watch tartan stretch woollike J. Crew’s Frankie Pant in Black Watch Tartan Stretch Wool.  Wearing navy and black watch to a holiday party would set you apart from everyone else wearing black.

Or you could get a blouse that Slide View: 1: Luna Sequined Blouseis a little more celebratory.  You may not be able to wear this blouse to work, unless you worked in a creative office and can wear it with a more casual pant.  But a blouse like this would work so well with dark or black denim for a night out and would be fabulous with High-Rise Flare Tuxedo PantFlare Tuxedo pants from BR for any holiday party.  Sparkle is a great way draw attention and look fabulous at any holiday event.

Or you could meet in the middle of the above tops with 2 great tops from J. Crew.womens Tie-waist V-neck top in metallic dot jacquardThis Tie-Waist V-neck top in Metallic Dot Shimmer can do almost anything.  It would be fabulous in the office with a pencil skirt, great with wide leg dark denim and even better over velvet pants or a velvet skirt Velvet pull-on skirtfor a holdiay dinner or party.   Or you can play with one of fall’s big trends womens Ruffle-sleeve top in red Stewart tartanand use tartan or plaid as your holiday piece.  This blouse is Ruffle Sleeve Top in Red Stewart Tartan.  Sleeve detail is so key and this great plaid top has both balloon sleeves and a ruffle.  Wear this casually or you can dress it up by changing to a dressy solid color bottom. Red tartan is a super festive pattern you can wear all holiday season.

A holiday sweater may not have the same versatility as a great holiday blouse but there are definitely some sweaters that work to take your everyday wardrobe into holiday mode.

Again you can go big or small, maybe you want to try something a little more subtle that you can wear all year round. You can do something as subtle as a lace trimmed sweater, REBECCA TAYLOR Lace Detail V-Neck Merino Wool Sweater, Main, color, BLACK/ BLACKfrom Rebecca Taylor at Nordstrom. As you can see it looks great with denim, but it would also look equally great with black pants or a skirt to the office and with a VERONICA BEARD Gemini Lace Pants, Main, color, BLACKlace pant or lace skirt for an evening out.  These are the Gemini Lace Pant from Veronica Beard and you can find them at Nordstrom.  I have a pair of lace pants I bought a few years ago at Ann Taylor and I pull them out every once in a while to elevate blouses and sweaters for a great look that isn’t super dressy.

Or you could take a sweater look and make it the focal piece of your holiday outfit. Metallic Cardigan SweaterLast week we talked about the Metallic cardigan sweater from BR, it also comes in Emerald green.  I have the same sweater from BR from last year.  This year I added Metallic Sweater Shellthe Metallic shell to wear as a twin set.  I will wear this with my wide leg dark denim, black pants and skirts and even with my black lace pants.  Either piece can be work seperately and you can dress the look down by wearing a t-shirt under the cardi or a white long sleeve cotton blouse under the shell, wearing the shell as a vest. Both pieces also come in Emerald green.

Or once again you can meet in the middle. everyday cashmere crewneck sweater in sequin polka dots :, right side, view zoomedThis everyday crew sweater with sequins would be just the perfect piece to let you inject just a little festivness into your wardrobe, it also comes in black with off-white sequins. Slide View: 1: Vanessa Sequined SweaterAnd I love this Vanessa Sequined sweater from Anthropologie.  It comes in Oatmeal and Grey and I love the way the sequins are splattered across the top.  Wear them with plaid bottoms or denim.


We have refered to bottoms a lot when talking about all the above tops, but what kind of bottoms could you add to your wardrobe to take an average top or sweater to the next level for holiday?  I am going to leave denim out, if you are a follower of my blog you already have a great pair of dark denim that will work with everyhing!

How about a velvet pair of pants or a great velvet skirt? pull-on peyton pant in velvet :, right side, view zoomedThese Peyton Pull-on Velvet pants from J. Crew come in 5 colors.  I have a pair in leopard print from last year and they are super comfortable and look great. BR has 2 different velvet pants Modern Sloan Skinny-Fit Velvet PantModern Sloan Skinny Fit Velvet pants or Hayden Tapered-Fit Velvet Ankle Pantthe Hayden tapered Fit velvet pant.  Try the tapered fit for a change, it’s a little fresher than a skinny pant.

BR also has a slip on Midi flared velvet skirt Velvet Midi Slip Skirtthat echos that bias cut midi skirt that is so popular right how.  This is a very modern way to wear a velvet skirt.  Velvet pull-on skirtJ. Crew has a velvet skirt that is a little more straight cut.

Or you can choose a novelty bottom in a skirt or pant. Nobody is better at novelty pieces than Anthropologie. You could wow your friends and collegues by wearing Slide View: 1: Chantal Feathered Maxi Skirtthis Chantal feathered Maxi skirt for work or out in the evening. Or you could shine the day or night away in Orleans Sequined Midi Skirtthe Orleans Sequined midi skirt, wear this with a simple turtleck to dress it down.

Or have fun with a pair of Vivian Flared TrousersSlide View: 1: Viviana Jacquard Flared Trousers, these would be fabulous dressed up with a velvet blazer!

You can even use any plaid pants you happen to have womens High-rise Cameron pant in red Stewart tartan stretch woolplaid is great to dress up for a festive look.  Wear these pants with a velvet top to dress them up enough for a holiday party!


There are lots of great pieces out there.  I only highlighted a few looks.  A great way to get outfit ideas is to look at styled outfits on different websites, Nordstrom and Banana Republic actually have styled outfits for different occasions.  I love to copy the BR ones especially for ideas for travel outfits.  But Ann Taylor and J. Crew have different shops and Anthropologie has different collections featured.  Check out each website, you can learn lots.

Do you look into your closet and wonder what you are going to wear to that holiday party? Or do you need something special but don’t know where or how to shop for it? Right now I am booking styling appointments until Dec 1, there are only a few spots left so email me soon if you want them, so book soon if you need a holiday appointment! Email me at if you want a styling appointment. 

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt









Shine On! How a Fall trend takes us into Holiday!

Every year after October blows by, we are suddenly thrust into the beginning of the holiday season.  Well this year, the final fall trend we are going to look at can be either a fall or holiday trend. So we will use it as our bridge to take us from fall into holiday.

Because Fall 2019 is a season of more is more, this new Shiny fabric trend makes sense.  It used to be that we only wore shiny fabrics from Chirstmas to New Years or maybe for a formal wedding.  But Shine has become mainstream, now we can wear whenever for whatever.  So where do we start?

You can do things over the top with shine, yes even a woman in her 40’s and 50’s can do an over the top shine look.  But it has to be done in certain ways.  The first way is to pick one piece of shine for your outfit and make it stand out.

If you did one piece, like your puffer jacket THE SUPER PUFF™ - Goose-down puffer jacketand no puffer is better than the tna Super Puff by Aritzia, it could make a statement for you all season long.  You wouldn’t need another piece.  Or you could do the same with one piece of clothing. Modern Sloan Skinny-Fit Metallic Plaid PantYou could do the Modern Sloan fit Metallic plaid pants from Banana Republic and marry shine with plaid.  You wouldn’t need to wear any other shiny piece. The same could work with a dress, TED BAKER LONDON Zadi Long Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, Main, color, DARK GREENthis is the Zadi long sleeve dress by Ted Baker London.

Or you can take your Shine and make it an everyday thing. Soft Satin Puff-Sleeve TopTry a subtle shine in a top that you can wear for work, out in the evening or with your jeans.  This is the Soft Satin Puff Sleeve top from Banana Republic and it comes in 5 colors that are all great to wear into the festive season. Or try a top like this Bristol Blouse from Anthropologie Slide View: 7: Bristol Blouseit comes in Regular, Petite and Plus so it will work for everyone and even though they call this color black, it’s more like a gun metal color that you could elevate for a holiday party or wear with denim and boots on the weekends. And you can do Shine on the bottom too, elevate your work look with a pair of pantsSlide View: 4: Dolan Left Coast Steffie Colorblocked Pantswith cute flats and tuck in a long sleeve t-shirt.  These pants would be fantastic if your office has a creative vibe.  Or something that would be great for a weekend elevated look is  Slide View: 4: Cobie Shimmer Turtleneck Anthro’s Cobie shimmer turtleneck, this you could wear everywhere and would look fantastic with dark denim and brown boots.

It is an easy season to find lots of Shine where ever you look.  Banana Republic has tons of pieces.Metallic Boat-Neck Shift DressTry and Boatneck shift dress that can take you from office to evening. Metallic High-Neck BlousePick a shimmery top to wear with everything. Or go back to one of my staples in my closet Metallic Cardigan Sweatera great shimmery cardigan. Or try the cardigan in an unexpected shimmer colorMetallic Cardigan Sweater  . And add underneath pieces to these to make a chic sweater set  Metallic Sweater Shell  Metallic Sweater Shell.                                             You could even do a cotton turtleneck with a shimmer stripe, Metallic Threadsoft Turtleneck T-Shirtwhich would nod to the trend without actually having to wear it. Metallic Sweater TopAnd you can do a basic sweater in a metallic that comes in this warm shade or Metallic Sweater Topa gun metal color too!

You can visit Anthro and find lots of shine too!  Alot of their shine comes from sequins which we will talk about in another holiday blog, but they have some great items that you could keep in your closets like Slide View: 4: Eryna Lace-Sleeved Topthis Lace Sleeved sweatshirt.  Think how many times your are going out for a casual dinner but just want to elevate your jeans a bit, this top will do exactly that!Slide View: 3: Jen7 by 7 For All Mankind Metallic Dot High-Rise Skinny Ankle JeansIf you are a jeans person and have been looking for a pair of jeans you can wear out, try these by 7 For All Mankind at Anthro, they have a shimmer dot and are perfectly high rised.

You can even wear certain fabrics that have Shine.  Look at the lace on the sweatshirt above, that has shine.  Or try a velvet top with Shine.Slide View: 1: Karina Velvet ButtondownAnthro has the Katerina Button down top that comes in 4 colors and all have a great shine to them.  This way if you don’t want a lot of shine but love velvet (who doesn’t?) you can get the look without actually wearing it.

One last way you can wear Shine without actually wearing Shine is to use leather or faux leather.  Ann Taylor has some great faux leather, Faux Leather Wide Leg Crop Pantsthese faux leather wide leg pants can go to work, out for dinner of even wear them casually with a flat bootie.  A great leather or faux leather jacket or coat can do the same thing. Faux Leather Trench CoatTry adding a look like a faux leather trench, it’s something you could wear all the time and it adds a bit of Shine to the everyday.

And finally my favorite way to add shine to your look is to buy one of the new midi slip skirts in a fabric with a Shine to it. SLIP SKIRT - Satin midi skirtThis is the Babaton Slip Skirt from Aritzia but you can find them everywhere.  They come in all colors and fabrics and this would be a very easy way to add shine to your wardrobe.

But Shine isn’t exclusive to clothing.  You can add shine in your accessories and shoes instead. Mini Metallic Leather Saddle BagThis mini saddlebag from BR in gold or blue would be wearable all year.  It would add shine very subtly.  It’s super easy to add shine in your shoes,  just pick a pair of patent Farylrobin Amour Flatsmary janes from Anthro with a jewelled strap. Or how about a pair of gold tone loafers from Franco Sarto Sarto by Franco Sarto Irena Loafersyou can find those at Anthro too!  And for those of you who love booties how about Penelope Chilvers Jump Ankle Bootsthese silver Chelsea boots for a casual look or take it up a notch with Kitten-Heeled Ankle Bootsthese golden kitten heel ankle boots.  All of the shoes above can be found at Anthro online.

And of course you can always let your jewellery make your shiny statement. womens Petal drop necklaceJ. Crew has tons of shiny earrings, necklaces and bracelets.  I am not going to go into detail about jewellery and especially not into the hair jewellery detail (very big especially for holiday) because we are going to have a guest blog later this month from Jewellery expert Shoshana Lewis and she will tell you everything you need to know!

I purposely stayed away talking about velvet and sequins and party clothes because we will be talking about them in upcoming blogs.

Do you need help navigating what your holiday wardrobe should look like or do you have a big holiday party or event you just don’t know what to wear.  Well, I can help with that! I am booking appointments up until the 2nd week of December so just email me at to book a styling appointment! If you book before November 11 I can give you a special holiday discount on your styling, 2 hours for the price of 1!! So book soon if you want this deal!

Also if you haven’t been to the Queen and Grace Trunk show, you will want to get there! It’s only on until Thursday Nov 7 at 4305 Dunbar St. in Vancouver, that’s 27th Ave and Dunbar street.  Check it out, they have great cashmere, gifts and jewellery!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt