4 TED Talks on Style, Style File Friday

I think that most of us know about TED talks, and have seen at least a handful of them shared on in Facebook and Pinterest newsfeeds. However, I don’t normally go out of my way to look for TED talks on a particular topic- they are quite interesting but are shorter than I usually prefer (5-15 minutes), and tend to only be tangentially related to the topic I am actually interested in. In spite of this, I have found myself falling down TED talk holes lately, largely in the area of style. These are my favourite style related TED talks, perfect to inform you on the logic behind fashion and style, the logistics of style, and the reaches and implications of the style industry. Because they are quite short, they are the perfect way to stay informed about your wardrobe and grab a lesson from a master!

4 Ted Talks on Style and Fashion

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Tips for Buying a Blazer, Style File Friday

For those of you who read the blog, you will be familiar with my theory that if you aren’t willing to pay full price for something, you probably don’t want it that much. (Unless you are constantly striving for luxury items, that’s a different question…) Well, I had been thinking on and considering a new black blazer from Vero Moda for three months now as I love my navy blazer but end up staring at it thinking “a black one would work better right now”. My green 3/4 blazer from Vero Moda is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe, so there is a trust with the brand, and at only $60 CAD, the Jana Blazer from Vero Moda is my new favourite piece!

Vero Moda Jana Blazer (1)

 

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How to Find Your Investment Buys, Style File Friday

No matter what field you work in or are interested in, there are investment myths- “if you buy a Honda, it won’t lose value”, “if I buy this cappuccino machine, I can make one a day for 10 years,” and  “a Birkin is an investment bag- you can resell it for a higher value if you need to”. However, are these things actually true? You can get a lemon Honda Civic the same you can any other car, that coffee maker probably isn’t going to last any longer than a plain old coffee pot, and should the world’s economy go into the tank, people may no longer be interested in a $15,000 purse. This guide will help you determine what your investment buys for your wardrobe should be, and how to get the most out of them.

How to Find Your Style Investment Buys

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The 3 Most Interesting Style Podcasts, Style File Friday

Although podcasts have really hit their second stride in the last 2-3 years, there are a few subject areas that are really lacking in podcasts, style being one of them. I have spent hours searching for style podcasts, and there are surprisingly few of them available. However, these three are my absolute favourites right now, as they are fun, fascinating, and best of all, fashionable. All three feature two or more hosts, lending a conversational and friendly tone to the episodes, every host is well-informed but also ready to learn, and between the three of them, pretty much every fashion and style related topic imaginable is covered! So grab your phone and earbuds, and get ready to listen…

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6 Smart Ways to Shop Sale Emails, Style File Friday

I think that in 2018, all of us receive more retail related emails than we could ever hope to read in the rest of our life, and they still keep coming. While I think that all of us need to work on becoming conscious purchasers- me, included!- and need to reframe our ways of thinking- cheap shouldn’t be the only factor -, these promotional emails can help you save some money on what could otherwise be quite an expensive item. However, these emails can quickly become overwhelming and enticing, and can really cloud your shopping judgement if you let them. These are 6 easy ways to shop sale emails the smart way!

6 Smart Ways to Shop Sale Emails

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Setting Style Goals- Style File Friday

I have to say, my blog has really been growing and stretching itself in different directions lately. None of the steps I’m taking would feel particularly large to anyone else, but putting myself out there in different ways is forcing me to take tiny chances that seem to be working out well. I hope to do a blog update post in the next few weeks with more blog specific news. But onto the style goals!

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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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Will the Trend of Cheap Ever End?

Have you ever told someone that you liked their top, and you heard “Thanks, it was only $8/£4/€1/whatever cheap cost”? That always takes me aback, as I didn’t comment on the price of it whatsoever, but revealing how cheaply it was purchased seems to be a knee jerk reaction now for most people. I am in no way arguing for spending money for no apparent reason, but why have we, as society, become crippled by a need to be cheap? Why is buying things cheaply considered an accomplishment? (Note, I did not say frugally.)

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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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