Transitioning From Snow to… Spring?, Style File Friday

So, while a lot of the world is sharing Instagram images of cherry blossoms and flowers blooming and coats that aren’t parkas, there are a whole lot of us who look at the window and still see snow. I mean, I think for most of us that snow is slowly melting, but we aren’t going to truly have spring until sometime in the middle of May. I try to slowly move out of my darker and heavier winter wardrobe when we come to April, but it takes some creative planning and styling for the first month or so!

Transitioning fromSnow to Spring

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A Guide to Smart Casual for the Office, Style File Friday

I recently changed jobs at the company that I work for, and my new department is quite different from my last! Everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I am really happy to have wonderful co-workers who make the day brighter. This office is more casual than most though, and I’m definitely working on adapting my style so that I fit more. (I’m not against being on the dressier side, but it does feel odd to be in suit when everyone else is in jeans no matter where you are in life.) This is a guide on how to tackle dressing for a casual office when you come from a formal background!


 

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How to Choose the Right Handbag for You (with Bagwhispers), Style File Friday

As some of you will know, I have decided that 2018 is going to be the year that I educate myself on all things style. It’s easy to get caught up in pretty pictures on Pinterest, but I want to understand everything that is going into my closet and the principles guiding what we wear. In my research so far, I’ve come to understand that there is as much history, knowledge, and skill into handbags and accessories as the clothing itself. For Style File Friday, we are joined this week by Siobhan of Bagwhispers who when asked about bag shapes and styles explained how to select a handbag that suits your lifestyle!

Bagwhispers was born out of a frustration of shopping for a bag.  It’s a destination for those who want to take the hassle out of high street pounding and online trawling for the bag that’s going to make an outfit. Bagwhispers does the trawling for you and gives you the low down on quality bags regardless of budget.  In Siobhan’s own words, you want to avoid the skin grazing zips, the stitching that won’t last more than a month and the faux leather that is closer to plastic. Here is her advice on choosing the bag best for you!

How to Choose the Right Handbag for You

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Clinique Pretty Treats Set Review, Style File Friday 

Clinique is my go-to skincare and make up company- I have sensitive skin that will break out on the spot if it doesn’t like what I put on it. I was first introduced by a friend who let me try her Moisture Surge, and I was hooked! I also love their make up, as it is fairly understated and suits my natural make up well. The universe knows timing- right before my Moisture Surge ran out, the Bay called my mom to let her know that there would be a gift with purchase. I love their small sets, because it is a great way to find new products/colours, and to get travel and purse sized products. This Pretty Treats set is no exception, and it is one of their better collections!

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5 Tips to Repair and Refresh Your Clothing, Style File Friday

Taking proper care of your clothing and accessories can go a long way to ensuring that you get the most out of it! So much of clothing is thrown out without a second thought because people might not immediately know how to fix it/repair it- I promise it’s not as difficult as it looks! These are my go-to tips to repair and refresh your wardrobe with things that are easily accessible and don’t require you to watch 5 YouTube videos to be able to do. This is a skill that’s been lost for a few generations now, but it’s useful for every single one of us!

5 Ways to Repair & Refresh Your Clothing

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How to Use Style Trends in Your Wardrobe, Style File Friday

Every season, every style magazine, fashion ‘grammer and blogger will tell you that THESE are the trends in the upcoming season that you absolutely need in your wardrobe, lest you be an unfashionable mess. Well, unless you have an unlimited budget and an incredibly expansive wardrobe, you will in fact need to limit what trends you incorporate into your closet. It can be overwhelming to figure it out and wade through the trends, especially when it’s based on runway pictures that don’t exactly seem to fit into an average person’s wardrobe. This post is a quick guide on how to evaluate trends and work them into your wardrobe in a usable and adaptable way!

How to Use Style Trends in Your Wardrobe

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4 Clothing Care Tips, Style File Friday

I think that everyone can agree that the quality of clothing has declined steadily over the years, and that although that $5 t-shirt seems like a good deal at the time, when it is unravelling and/or shrinking within a month, it’s actually not (for you or the planet). I understand that most of us (me included) cannot afford to purchase only luxury cashmere and linen clothing, but taking the time to properly care for clothing can extend its lifespan and allows you the full value of the clothing. Yes, you may have to put a little bit more time into caring for your clothing, but I can promise it will pay off in the long run. These 5 clothing care tips will help you maximise your wardrobe!

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A Winter Wardrobe: Stylish AND Warm?, Style File Friday

Although I actually do love winter, it’s incredibly frustrating right now for me to follow most style bloggers- it is not almost spring here, and to go outside without a parka, winter boots, and scarf/ mitts/ hat is literally asking for frostbite (and maybe something worse). It is difficult to be inspired and excited about your wardrobe when it is literally -35°C outside with the windchill, and everyone else is frolicking in the sun! (But please keep sharing, because it gives us hope…) Today’s post is for those of us living in the frozen tundra who attempt to be stylish but realistically have to keep all of our limbs warm- how to stay stylish in the winter! (Also, hopefully it is a look into what us snow-folks experience…)

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What is Your Shopping Strategy? Style File Friday

Shopping- quite literally a mixed bag for most of us. Some of us love shopping, some of us loathe shopping, some of us avoid it like the plague, and some of us embrace it like breathing. Emotions, finances, stress, time, and countless other factors can affect our shopping experience, but taking a methodical and organised approach to shopping can help improve the experience, lead to a more cohesive wardrobe, and possibly even save you money (and time)!

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2018 Style Resolutions

One of the few benefits of only sleeping 3-4 hours a night is that you have a good amount of time to think and plan. A lot of what I’ve been focusing on lately has been my wardrobe, for a few reasons: 1) it keeps me occupied, 2) I have to figure out if I like the pieces I like because I truly enjoy them for myself, and 3) there is an entire world of style and fashion information out there to keep even the most distracted insomniac focused. Making overall resolutions and plans is too overwhelming at the moment, but deciding on style resolutions is manageable (and useful); these are my 2018 style resolutions.

2018 Style Resolutions

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