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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What to Keep and What to Store Going into Spring 2020

This is always the hardest blog for me to write.  I don’t want to give away everything for Spring 2020 yet, especially when almost all of North America is still dealing with winter. But February is time to dig into our closets and decide what to keep and what to either sell, toss or store for another season.

Here are some of the things that you can either toss, sell or store.  They are not going to be chic for Spring 2020:

  •    Any type of chunky or “dad” sneaker with any clothing!  Wear your gym shoes to the gym and that’s it.  If you are a sneaker gal then pick something sleeker instead. Say goodbye to Slide View: 1: Karhu Fusion 2.0 Sneakers and opt for Slide View: 1: Gola Leaf Sneakerssomething sleeker and perhaps a little more retro and here is a hint, jungle and leaf prints will be huge for Spring so a sneaker like Gola Leaf Sneakers from Anthropologie is what you wear instead.


  •  Get rid of you PVC bags.  All those see-through bags and furturistic looking ones are toast for 2020.  Large totes and quilted leather bags are what you keep instead.  So put away VALENTINO GARAVANI Small Grande Plage VLTN Logo Clear Tote, Main, color, TRASPARENTE/ NERO/ NEROanything that resembles this see-though Valentino bag and opt for something like CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Cabata Calfskin Leather Tote, Main, color, NUDE/NUDEChristian Louboutin’s Cabata Calfskin Tote, lines are streamlined and clean and neutral colors, especially in leather are going to be very strong for Spring 2020.


  •  Gone are all our bold logo attire, bags, shoes and accessories.  No more designers names written all over you clothes and accessories.  Choose things that are practical, neutral and classic instead.  So sell or put away COACH Hayden Signature Canvas & Leather Foldover Convertible Crossbody Bag, Main, color, B4/ TAN RUST and GUCCI Interlocking-G Metallic Jacquard Wool Sweater Minidress, Main, color, CREAM/ GOLDyou will not want anyone else’s name all over your body.  And opt for The Hutton Blazer in Ottoman Knitsoft styling and clean lines, with neutral colors like this outfit from Ann Taylor and pair it with a neutral leather bag NORDSTROM Bella Leather Crossbody Bag, Main, color, GREY TAUPE. This applies to your sunglasses as well, no more bold designer names on your glasses, pick a sleeker pair this spring.


  • I know we are talking a lot and showing a lot of examples using handbags but I have one more to talk about.  No more mini bags!  Small bags are not going to be chic so put them away or sell them. I will be storing mine because if you spend a lot on a bag you know eventually it will be back in style.  Large and oversize are the way bags are going, which makes it easier to store everything and look chic at the same time. So store CHLOÉ 'Mini Marcie' Leather Crossbody Bag, Main, color, LIGHT CLOUDall your mini cross-body bags and clutches and opt for ACNE STUDIOS Musubi Leather Maxi Bag, Main, color, ALMOND BROWNa Maxi bag like this one from Acme Studios.  Stay with neutral colors or black or white.  Those will work with everything for Spring.


  • Now we’ve been talking a lot about what to absolutely get rid of, but here is something that in all my research I have found different opinions on.  And that is denim head to toe.  So some designers are still showing it for spring.  They are showing tailored and paired down. But other sources say you should move to a jumpsuit instead of head to toe denim seperates.  Either way, do what you feel is comfortable.  Look for Slide View: 1: Flynn Utility Denim Jumpsuita classically styled denim jumpsuit like this one from Flynn Utility at Anthropologie.  If you are thinking you still want to do denim head toe in seperates try Slide View: 1: Peggy Denim Duster Jacketa steamlined look like this from Anthro that has soft denim colors and layers, nothing oversize and nothing too baggy. Designers are referring to this as the Canadian tuxedo, so let’s make it look good if we are going to wear it.


  • Here is a big one: Purple is out!!! So all that lavendar and purple from last season perhaps should be stored until we can pull it out again. Army Green or Olive is the new big trend color. So keep all your olive green and wear it all spring long.  Get rid of Petite Boxy Cardigan Sweatersoft purple pieces from last spring and opt for JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Poplin Shirt Dressa dress with a little volume like this Japan exclusive Poplin dress from Banana Republic.  Olive and Army Green can be a beautiful neutral to wear with all pastels and especially looks fantastic with white.


  • Get rid of, don’t even store, all your high heeled thong sandals. Those are done and unless you have a broken toe you won’t be wearing them for a while.  Opt for Slide View: 1: Lola Cruz Gem Strappy Sandalssomething strappy and pretty that will go with everything like these Lola Cruz Gem Sandals from Anthro.


  • Store all your letter necklaces, they were everywhere for the last year but not any more, as a matter of fact store all your dainty chain necklaces.  Chunky collar necklaces are going to be what we are wearing.  So say good bye to Slide View: 2: Block Letter Monogram Necklaceand pick up something like Slide View: 3: Abalone Pendant Necklacethis Abalone Pendant necklace with it’s very chunky chain from Anthro.  This is the kind of necklace we will all be wearing with all our fabulous neutrals and olives for Spring.  Oh and one other jewellery piece to say good bye to is anything made from Sea shells, put those away or sell them.


  • You can put away your leopard print slip skirt for spring, but you can keep wearing them for now until you really change over to your spring wardrobe like in April or May.  I really like mine so I am just going to store it, leopard will be in again soon.  Opt for a midi or maxi skirt in a solid neutral or jungle print instead. Any mini skirt, which is coming back should be out for any woman over 50.  A mid thigh is really not appropriate no matter how great your legs are. Try something like this bold jungle floral from Ann Taylor instead to wake up all your neutrals for spring.


  • Let’s talk about shorts. Hot pants are coming back into style for all your daughters but not for you. What we will be wearing instead is the bermuda short.  And the bermuda short is back in a huge way.  Gone are bicycle shorts unless you are wearing them to spin class.  Opt for the more classic bermuda, especially when worn as a short suit with a blazer. Image result for bermuda shorts and blazers for womenI grabbed this image off of Pinterest.  I love the mono chromatic look of a bermuda short and matching blazer.  But the shorts can and should be a little longer. Image result for bermuda shorts and blazers for womenA look like this one from Brunello Cucinelli is more where we are at.  These shorts are leather and that is going to be strong for spring too.  Dark worn with neutrals or neutrals worn monochromatically.  The jackets are being fitted in the waist and the shorts are longer, preferabbly to your knee or just below.  And wear the look with a heel.  We will talk a lot more about this look because it is a great way for women over 50 to wear shorts.


  • Our favorite Jewellery expert Shoshana Lewis will be back this spring but just a little hint of what not to wear for spring: put away all your jewelled hair pins and opt for a head band instead.  Pearlized HeadbandAnn Taylor has this fab pearlized hair band to wear with all your neutrals and by the way Pearls are huge for spring as well.  Hand onto your resin barretts and detailed pony tail holders for now.  As we get further into spring you will see new colors and styles and can try those too.


  • Denim for spring is going to be centered around longer lengths, whether they be straight, wide or flare.  Skinny jeans are never out, but the softer silhouette of trousers and wide legs are stronger for spring, so perhaps just put those skinnys at the back of your closet.  Crop denim too can have a bit of a rest, go shorter into a bermuda style or longer into a full length pant instead.  Perhaps try something like this fabulous CRISS CROSS JEAN - Slouchy jeansCriss Cross jean from Agolde at Aritzia.  Keep the sihouette with the style of your body, for example a longer wide leg jean would look better on me than a flare jean, so I would opt for wide legs. Nothing should be skin tight in denim for spring.
  • Keep all your polka dot pieces.  Dots are super strong for spring. I have a pair of J. Crew chinos in olive with Polka dots I will pull out again this spring or try something like BR’s Supersoft Cotton embroidered sweater.  It will look great with neutrals and denim!


  • One other thing that you need to hang on to is tank tops.  They are going to be huge as a layering piece under blazers or worn with wider legs and higher waists.  They look great with longer wider skirts and shorts too.  So stock up!


This blog has taken a couple of weeks of research, so now you have some ammunition to go and clean out your closet,  get it ready for Spring.  You can sell or store anything you aren’t going to wear.  Just remember the one cardinal rule when cleaning out your closet: If you didn’t wear it last spring it has to go, you won’t want to wear something that is 2 years old unless it is very classic. 

Good luck, I know that is my next step, cleaning out my closet.  And I am going to give you guys 2 weeks to do it.  So there will be no blog next week Feb 26 but I will be back on March 4 and we will start talking about spring in ernest.

My March is pretty much booked up if you are looking for styling appointments, but I still have openings in April.  I won’t be working, but I will be blogging, May to August, so if you want an appointment before fall April is the time to book.  You can reach me at to book an appointment or ask me any fashion question.

Good luck with your closets, until next time…Suethefashionista card frnt







A Winter Date Night Look

Winter date nights whether they are with your husband, girlfriends or even just by yourself should be something to look forward to.  When it’s constantly raining or snowing we tend to get into the same types of wardrobes everyday.  Myself included, I wear the same black cashmere cardigan all the time.  So how about a little switch up to make you excited about your clothes again.

You can take even a casual event and just elevate it.  No need to wear that same cashmere sweater again.  I tend to be a cold person, so every time I look at an outfit this time of year it needs to keep me warm. Or at least have the ability for me to layer under.

How about taking your favorite skinny jeans, like MADEWELL Maternity Side-Panel Skinny Jeans Adjustable Tencel<sup>®</sup> Lyocell Edition, Alternate, color, LARKSPURlike these great dark skinny jeans from Madewell. Dark denim is great in the winter and you can use it like a neutral so it goes with everything!

On a date night with your husband or friends, and if you want to dress them up try something with a strong pattern like Mock-Neck Balloon-Sleeve Topthis Mock Neck Balloon Sleeve blouse in a black and white floral from Banana Republic.  This print top with a shorter body would work well with higher rise with skinny jeans and black booties, especially with a great black jacket! This great top also comes in a soft purpleMock-Neck Balloon-Sleeve Topso if you buy it now you can still wear it later in early spring too.  You can also pair a bright color with dark denim Puff-Sleeve Wrap Toplike this Puff Sleeve wrap top also from BR. And it comes in tons of colors.  I bought a red blouse with flutter sleeves from BR last year around this time and I use it all the time for date nights and any time I want to inject color into my wardrobe.

A casual date night doesn’t just have to be with jeans.  There are so many other great pairs of casual pants, that most of us own, you can wear and treat them as a neutral just like jeans. WIT & WISDOM Ab-Solution Skinny Ponte Pants, Main, color, BLACKAny pair of skinny pants or leggings can work great.  I have a pair from a few years ago from NYDJ and I still wear them all the time.  Use your skinny ponte pants like these ones from Wit and Wisdom at Nordstrom with longer tops and sweaters. Zebra Print Open CardiganMaybe choose something like this Zebra print open cardigan from Loft.  Animal prints are super chic right now and this would be great with either a cotton t-shirt or turtleneck (if it’s really cold) underneath.  Something I love about shopping at Loft is that you can find unexpected really cute tops that work with everything for not a lot of money. Mosaic Boucle Mixed Media SweatshirtMosaic Boucle Mixed Media SweatshirtThey have a lot of things like this Mixed Media Boucle Sweatshirt with neck and hem detailing that you will wear over and over.  Tops like these are great because you can wear them casually or dressy.  And tops like these can take you right into Spring. And it never hurts to check on what’s on sale at Loft, Plaid Button Back Balloon Sleeve BlouseI have this Button Back Balloon sleeve blouse from the Fall and I wear it all the time and it’s on sale for 50% off right now at Loft.

Or how about a pair of Ponte Wide Leg pants Wide Leg Pull On Pants in PonteThese are also from the sale dept at Loft and you just have to make sure your top is either fitted or a little shorter with wide legs and you are good.

I have a bad habit of wearing jeans all the time these days, don’t fall into that trap.  Wide leg or skinny or even flare or bootleg ponte pants are great, they never wrinkle and look good with everything.  And mix up colors, try dark purple or burgundy or khaki for a change.  They still all work back to black boots.  I should try and remember that myself.

Now what about if your winter date night is a little more dressy and jeans are not what you want to wear.

I am in love with midi skirts this season.  I can’t even bring myself to wear a knee length skirt any more. This Fall we talked about Halogen from Nordstrom’s Bias cut A-line Midi skirtHALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Bias Cut A-Line Midi Skirt, Main, color, TAN ABSTRACT ANIMAL PRT. I bought it in the other color of animal print this fall and have warn it so much I wished I had the same skirt in other colors. I also love a solid color for this same silhouette LEITH Satin Midi Skirt, Main, color, MAGENTA PURPLE.  If you do this skirt in a strong color like this Leith Satin Midi also from Nordstrom in a stronger color like this purple, you can wear it like a neutral.  What I particulary love about the midi skirts is that they look great with boxy sweater and boots if you want to dress them down, or wear them with a nice top and heels to dress them up.

And there are also dresses that can work for a winter date night.  Of course if it is a special night out than you will want to wear something special. Maxi Wrap DressBanana Republic has a special maxi wrap dress that can work for a special occasion.  Or why not shop in your own closet and pull out Tuxedo Jumpsuita black jumpsuit.  We all have them, dress it up with A turheels and jewellry.

But if your night out isn’t as dressy as a maxi dress or black jumpsuit try Turtleneck Sweater Dressa Turtleneck sweater dress or  a Ribbed Square neck dress Ribbed Square-Neck Sweater Dresswith a fit and flare silhouette. Wear them with dark hose or black tights and either low block heel booties or knee high boots and you are all set.  Warm and pretty! Both these knit dress are from BR.

There are also little touches you can use to dress up or dress down any outfit.  One of my faves is wearing a velvet blazer and jeans. Velvet Soft BlazerYour black velvet blazer (this one is from BR) can dress up almost anything.

KATE SPADE NEW YORK pavé small square stud earrings, Main, color, CLEARSometimes all you need is a special pair of earrings( Kate Spade) to dress up your date night look. TASHA 2-Pack Small Crystal Barrettes, Main, color, GOLDBAUBLEBAR Scarlett Set of 2 Hair Clips, Main, color, PINKOr how about a pair of elegant barettes?  They are super chic and can make every hair style look special. Shok designs have great barretts, check them out!

Taking your night out to the next level shouldn’t be hard.  For me it would be getting out of the denim zone and trying something different.  For you it might be wearing more jewellry or trying a new hair style with a barrette or two.  But whatever you need to do it is always worth it to look your best when heading out.

There will be no blog on February 12 and then on February 19th we will start to go through what to keep and what to toss from your wardrobe to get it ready for Spring.  We will start our spring blogs in March so stay tuned.  Any questions or if you want a styling appointment, Feb is booked but I still have openings in March so book soon and you won’t be disappointed.  Email me at for appointments or any styling questions.

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Your Winter Ready Face!

Every winter I seem to notice a different part of my skin suffers from the cold and wet.  And as you age your skin requires more care to prevent dryness, redness and other things like wrinkles, rosacea and et al.  Using good quality skin care is a must once you are over 40 and every little bit you do helps you look better and age gracefully.  If you don’t have an esthetician that you see now is the time to start thinking about finding someone who can assess and address your skin needs as you age.  I am not a skin expert so I will not go further with this here but if you live in Vancouver and need a recommendation for a good esthetician I am happy to provide one.

The things I want to talk about today are the kind of make up and steps you take to protect your skin from the winter elements.  That’s not saying you have to wear full foundation every day, but you do need to take good steps to keep your skin looking good.

What are those steps? Well first off you likely need a heavier moisturizer, I will leave that to a certified esthetician to recommend for you.  But what else will help your skin. Well, I wear sunscreen every day, winter and summer. I use 2 different ones both SPF 50. One without a tint for going to the gym or shoveling snow or any activity where I might break a sweat.  I use the one with a tint on the days where I don’t have to wear a full face of makeup.  No one wants to wear foundation every day and wearing a sunscreen with a tint can really brighten up and protect your skin.

philosophy - Renewed Hope in A Jar SPF 30 MoisturizerYou could use something like Hope in Jar’s moisturizer with an SPF 30 built into it.  It’s a great way to multitask having a moisturizer that has a sunscreen built in! Consonant - The Perfect Sunscreen Clean at SephoraOr you can use something like this. The Perfect Sunscreen from Consonant is 100% natural, you use 2 pumps over top of your moisturizer and you are set.  It is also SPF 30.

If you want a tinted sunscreen that you can wear on the days you don’t wear make up than look for things likeCLINIQUE - Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30Clinique’s CC cream, it’s a hydrating color corrector with a broad spectrum 30 SPF.  Or Lancombe’s Bienfait Lancôme - Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte SPF 30 SunscreenSPF 30 sunscreen that comes in 2 different tints so you can match the tone of your skin.


All the above can be found at Sephora.  Two other brands I really like are Anna Lotan from Israel, and believe me women in Israel know how to take care of their skin. And Skinceuticals.  Skinceuticals costs a little more but in my experience you totally get what you pay for with skin care and Skinceuticals is the absolute best brand of moisturizers and sunscreens I have even used. Tinted Day Cream Anna Lotan does a tinted Day Cream with a SPF of 34, Creme Extreme a moisturizer without a tint with the same SPF and a Sun Select daily sheild if you want to put another layer overtop of the moisturizer Sun Select SPF50with an SPF of 50.  Skinceuticals has 2 that I love both at 50 SPF  Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50one with a tint and one Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50without a tint.  And I am not kidding when I say I wear one of these every day, 365 days per year.

A good sunscreen with protect your skin from the winter elements the same way it does the summer elements. You sunscreen can also double as a Primer to get your face ready for the application of the rest of your make up.  Some Primer’s have SPF and some don’t.  If you’d rather use a Primer in the winter just make sure it has SPF.

So now that we have covered your base layer, what else can you do to help you skin in the cold winter months?

Well starting with your lips, you need to keep them protected.  Burgundy and Maroon lipsticks are very chic for winter, so you could go with a strong color lipstick. Bobbi Brown - Lipstick Blackberry 0.12 oz/ 3.5 gOne of my favorite lipstick brands is Bobbi Brown and they have this fantastic Chocolate Blackberry.  Most women look good with a strong burgundy lipstick, not purple, but a more wine color. And I find that a dark lipstick with a good lip liner can stay on all day. The other brand of lipstick I am loving right now is Dior, Dior - Rouge Dior Lipstick 964 Ambitious Matte 0.12 oz/ 3.4 g Allure Best of Beauty Sealand it comes in many shades of plum and burgundy and even a fantastic chocolate brown.  A good lipstick can protect your lips from the winter elements while brightening your face at the same time.  If you don’t want to wear lipstick all the time and want something lighter try the Sugar lip balms and treatments.  Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment Spice 0.15 oz/ 4.3 g Allure Best of Beauty SealThey come in 15 colors, have an SPF of 15 and go on very sheer with just a hint of color.  I love them and have about 8 of the 15 colors, when I don’t wear lipstick, I wear these.  I never go out of my house, especially in the winter with a bare lip, that’s just asking for chapped lips.

Stay away from all the bright corals and pinks for winter and stay with darker nudes or colors. As you get older bright corals especially will make you look older than you are.  Also don’t let your lipstick migrate beyond your lip line, that is a for sure give away that you are getting older.  Try a lip liner that either matches the color you are wearing or is one shade lighter to keep lipstick on the lips where it belongs!

Nails also are important in making us feel good about how we look.  More and more women I know are wearing gel polish, which really has revolutionized nails.  Gel polish lasts for around 2-3 weeks and really doesn’t chip.  I am a french manicure girl myself and I can wear a french gel manicure for just over 3 weeks if I am travelling and can’t get to the nail salon.  But if you are picking color, and they will bring you a large pallet to choose from, stay away from neon colors, leaves those for the teenagers.  Sophisticated nails are nude, red, merlot and even dark or light grey.  Treat your nails as an accessory and pick a shade that will compliment the clothing and jewellery you wear.

As far as blush is concerned pick something that helps your skin tone, like a rosy pink blush.  Or if you already have too much rose in your complexion go with a more neutral tone one to calm down the rosiness. KEVYN AUCOIN - The Neo-Blush Rose Cliff 0.2 oz/ 6.8 gI love these 2 tone blushes from Kevin Aucoin, they have 2 colors that blend together to create your perfect look, or you can use them seperately.  And they last on your face.  They come in 3 different color patterns.  You can pick the shade that compliments your own skin. Remember to apply blush in the places where you naturally blush only! Forget contouring it will look like you are trying to hard. You want to put on your blush where your face naturally blushes not just on the apples of your cheeks, do this and you will look fresh and happy.

Stay away from dark bronzers in the winter.  It will look fake,  think about creating a softer face for winter not a harsh one with streaks of bronzer on your cheeks.

For eyes, keep you eyeliner fairly neutral, no blues, bright greens or purples.  Stilla has 2 new colors of all day waterproof liquid eyeliner that I am in love with. stila - Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Intense Smoky Quartz 0.016 oz/ 0.5 mLIntense smoky quartz which is like a combination of light black and dark brown and stila - Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Intense Labradorite 0.016 oz/ 0.5 mLIntense Laborite – Charcoal which is the absolute best color of dark grey I have even seen.  Keep your eyeliner dark but not jet black. If using a pencil use a soft kohl black eyeliner like Stilla’s smudgeproof Stick waterproof eye liner pencil stila - Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Damsel 0.01 oz/ 0.28 gin the color Damsel, which is a blackish brown.  A darker eyeliner will give your eyes great definition, keep them looking open and looks great on pale skin and works with a dark winter wardrobe. One really important detail when applying eye liner is to keep the line right on the edge of your lash line.  It just makes you look older if there is any skin showing between your lashes and eyeliner.  One more tip, don’t apply liner under your eyes and certainly not all around it.  Eyes can droop as you age and unerneath eye liner or all around eye liner will only make this more pronounced. Tip the very edge of your liner up to combat this.

Eyeshadow really has it’s limitations as we age.  The older we get the better we look with just a light brush of pale eyeshadow.  Stay completely away from bright and dark colors. A natural look will always look better.  If you want to try something different for an evening out try something like a pale metallic. Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Naked 0.05 oz/ 1.5 gStick with matte shadows and lean towards the nude ones, like this one from Urban Decay. Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Half Baked 0.05 oz/ 1.5 gIf you want to do a shimmer stay with a soft oyster shimmer or a golden bronze (shown).

For your foundation you probably need to go with a shade lighter than you do in the spring and summer.  This could just be a little powder that you sweep across your face instead of foundation.  On the days when I don’t wear liquid foundation I wear a powder foundation.  So for example in the winter I would go down a shade to an ivoryLancôme - DUAL FINISH – Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation 120 Ivoire (N) 0.67 ozfrom  Lancôme - DUAL FINISH – Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation Matte Amande III (W)a darker color like an almond matte.  These are Lancombe’s dual finish powder long lasting foundations.  I wear a powder foundation I buy from my make up artist, Luc Lacroix at Pure Studio in Vancouver.  One thing about women over 40 and foundation, be careful with powder settling into the creases in your face, liquid foundation is much more forgiving and you can look for a light covering one it doesn’t have to be like putting spackle on your face.

Eyebrows get thicker and thinner and definitely get sparser as you age.  You need to fill in the gaps in your brows with an eyebrow pencil or gel.  Unless you are going to get them microbladed and just beware thick eyebrows won’t be in forever and microblading can last up to 3 years.  I like to use a pencil that is as close to my natural shade as possible.  Try Kevin Aucoin KEVYN AUCOIN - The Precision Brow PencilPrecision Brow Pencil, which comes in 3 colors or if you want gel try Kevin Aucoin’s Brow Gel Pencil KEVYN AUCOIN - The Brow Gel Pencilwhich comes in 5 gel shades including clear.  Personally I find a pencil easier to use but it’s up to you.

As a matter of fact if you are just starting to figure out how to wear your make up, and now that you are a little older don’t wonder if you need to wear make up because the answer is yes, you definitely need to wear make up!  Try going to a professional like Luc to help you pick the shades that are right for you.  Most of the make up I posted pictures of is all from Sephora.  The Anna Lotan and Skinceuticals you can find on their websites or Pure Studio carries Anna Lotan in Vancouver and Project Skin carries Skinceuticals. The make up I wear is mostly bought from either Luc at Pure Studio or at Project skin. The only thing I really buy over the counter is the Stilla liquid eyeliner and some of my lipsticks.  One of the best treats you can give yourself is having a professional show you how to wear the make up and help you choose what looks best on your skin.  And remember with make up sometimes less is more, you never want to look over made up so heavy things like blushes and lipsticks it’s always easier to start out a little lighter.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading this blog, I know it is a bit longer than usual but once I started writing there was just a lot of info to talk about.

Remember to book early if you want a spring styling or wardrobing appointment and if you want a recommedation for skin care in Vancouver just email me and ask.  Email me at for appointments and any questions you have.


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Surviving the Dog Days of Winter

Unless you have the luxury of spending the winter months somewhere warm, and most of us don’t,  you need to find a way to last through January and February.  Most of the clothes coming into the stores won’t help you, everyone starts selling spring merchandise in Feb when it’s still freezing out.  So aside from grabbing what you can from the bottom of the sale barrel (see last week’s blog about how to do this intelligently) you are going to have to rely on your own wardrobe for the most part.

One of the things that get me through the snow and fierce rain is having great pairs of boots that are stylish and they are waterproof.  I may not always invest in my clothing, sometimes I go for the cheap and cheerful tops and dresses, but I always invest in my winter footwear.  My favorite brand is Aquaitalia, waterproof, weatherproof and gorgeous. I buy them when I see them on sale and I keep them for years with the help of my cobbler. AQUATALIA Flore Tall Weatherproof Boot, Alternate, color, BLACKThis is the Flore tall weatherproof boot.  I have a boot similar to this that I bought 2 years ago.  Mine are a little bit flatter and I wear them all winter with skirts and with my skinny jeans tucked in.  AQUATALIA Marilisa Weatherproof Bootie, Main, color, BLACKI also have a few pairs of their weatherproof booties, these are the Marilisa weatherproof booties, I don’t have this pair.  But they are adorable and would so work with all your flare bottoms from this fall.  My booties are more of the classic style FUOCOlike these Fucco booties but mine are in black suede.  They are a godsend when the weather is bad, they always look great even walking through a slushy snowbank.  One other pair I have invested in also Aquaitalia is a true pair of snowboots.  AQUATALIA Cheyenne Weatherproof Boot, Main, color, 001I have a pair similar to these Cheyenne boots and honestly they save me when there is a snow storm.

The other brand of boots I love for the winter is Blondo, they aren’t as stylish as Aquaitalia but they are as weatherproof and if you look hard and plan when you are going to buy them you can get a great pair for a decent price.BLONDO Vica Waterproof Boot, Main, color, BLACK LEATHERYou could do a great classic, completely weatherproof, leather boot for under $300.  I have one pair that I wear traveling and all over the place.  One of the great things about Blondo is most of their tall boots are wider shaft so you don’t have to pay more for a wide shaft boot.

So now that we have covered water and weatherproof footwear, we need to look at other elements that keep us warm.  One of the other clothing items I can’t resist is a good cashmere sweater.  I maybe be one every other year and I take good care of them and pull them out when I need them. Image of M Magaschoni 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Asymmetrical Hem PulloverI buy cashmere when I see it onsale on  They carry a lot of it in the fall, one of my favorite sweaters is this one by M Magaschoni, I have it in black and wear it with my skinny jeans and booties all the time.  It’s a bit lighter than some of my other sweaters so I just layer a tank underneath it. But there are 2 things that would be essential to keeping you warm. One is a great cashmere turtleneck HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, Main, color, BLACK. And you don’t have to spend a fortune, this one is from Halogen at Nordstrom and it’s only $98. The other thing that I live in is a cashmere cardigan, you can wear them with everything.NORDSTROM SIGNATURE Open Cashmere Cardigan, Main, color, BLACKPick one that’s a little longer like this Nordstrom signature cardi.  I am a huge layerer and my black cashmere cardigan gets worn all winter long.  The key to staying warm is being able to layer or unlayer during your day.

One other piece that I find essential to dealing with winter and colder weather is a cami.  I wear a cami almost every day under whatever I am wearing.  I love a soft layer right next to my skin under a sweater or shirt.  I repurpose my summer tank tops into winter camis.  Usually around March or April places like Joe Fresh, Old Navy etc have all their tank tops out in tons of colors. I buy new ones every spring, especially the black and white ones and whatever colors I can pick up that go under things, like grey, olive, burgundy and cream.  I wear them in the summer as tanks and then in the winter when they are a bit dingier from so much wear they become my undershirt basically.  Essential TankJoe Fresh’s essential tank is available year round on line and can work under everything. And usually online at some place like Old Navy you can find product photocolored fitted tanks for under $12. YUMMIE 6-in-1 Shaping Tank, Main, color, FRAPPEIf you want a tank that will keep you warm and shape you at the same time you need to go to a place like Nordstrom or the Bay where they have a dedicated lingerie dept and carry brands like Spanx or Yummie Mummy.


And finally what would a cold weather blog be without talking about the final layer, a great coat that will keep you warm and dry! Right now is a great time to buy a puffer if you don’t already have a good one, they are on sale everywhere! Image of Soia & Kyo Hooded Down CoatNordstrom Rack is a great place to order a down coat for a good price.  The thing I always keep in mind is that I basically want to order a size bigger than I wear, this way there will always be room to layer underneath. Right now a coat like this one from Sonia & Kyo is 54% off and you can grab it for under $300.  But you don’t even have to spend that much if you need a new warm coat. Brands like Michael Kors and Cole Haan have puffy coats on sale right now for around $100, you could buy 2 for the price of the one from Sonia & Kyo. Image of MICHAEL Michael Kors Missy Long Down Padded Faux Fur Trim JacketIt’s always great to have a longer puffer like this one from Michael by Michael Kors for snowy days so you are completely covered and it works great over midi skirts and dresses too! By the way remember one of our strong fall trends was to wear puffer coats like this one with your dresses and skirts. Image of Cole Haan Zip Front Down JacketOr pick a 3/4 length puffer like this one from Cole Haan with a little more style, notice the hood detail, it almost capes around the coat.

In the winter I pretty much have a uniform of skinny jeans tucked into boots, warm tops, with a cami underneath and my puffy coat.  I stay warm and dry and it always works for me.  This year mix it up with your wide leg cropped pant, just make sure you boot or bootie has a little bit of a heel with wider leg pants.


So there you have it, a quick guide how to stay warm, dry and stylish in our miserable winter weather.  Right now I am booking styling appointments for February and March. February is a great time to clean out your closet and get it ready for your new spring clothing in March, so book me soon if you want an appointment in Feb!

For all appointments I can be reached at  I am not going to be working as many days during the week this spring so book early if you want an appointment!

Until next time…Suethefashionista card frnt










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