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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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!

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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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3 Books on the Background of Style

As part of my 2018 Style Resolutions, I am trying to give myself as complete a style education as possible- I firmly believe that if you are passionate about something, you should educate yourself and learn as much as you possibly can. I have started with style and the industry itself; whether we like it or not, the fashion industry plays a role in all of our lives and our identities, and it is near impossible to escape it. And although we all take part, most of us live in ignorance of the bigger picture! Yes, we all know and acknowledge that sweatshops and barely-paid labour are a part of fashion, but most just push it to the side and leave it there. It is time for us to inform ourselves and play an active role in our choices, and information is the first step to style!

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How to Find and Utlise Your Style Icon, Style File Friday

Last week, we started out my new series by looking at how to identify your style basics in your wardrobe- they will be the building blocks of your style. While you are gathering info, today we are looking forward! We all have those style icons that we admire and daydream about when we are shopping, styling, and Pinteresting. It’s easy to get lost in the wonder of someone else’s wardrobe when you don’t have to worry about cost or care, and quite frankly, it’s really not a bad way to spend a few hours. Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe were inspired by one of my style icons. This guide will help you recognise who your style icons are and how you can pull elements from their wardrobe to fit yours!

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How to Identify Your Style Basics, Style File Friday

In the next few months, I’m going to be analysing my wardrobe in order to pare it down and streamline it to pieces that I wear and love, and to make a cohesive, long-term shopping strategy. I will be sharing my tips on looking at what you are wearing, how you are shopping, and how you can care for the pieces that you own in order to make them last. It can sometimes feel overwhelming when you are looking at racks and drawers of clothing, but taking it one step at a time makes it manageable. Today, we are looking at how to identify your style basics- your basics aren’t necessarily mine, or what magazines and stores want to be your basics. It’s time to look at your wardrobe and assess!

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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.

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An Evening at the Ballet, Style Saturday

Style Saturday is back for one week! I wanted to share another style approach to an evening at the ballet or the theatre and show that there are quite a few ways to dress to the occasion without being over-the-top, black tie formal. Whenever I speak to people about attending the ballet (which is quite a lot…), I consistently hear that being inappropriately dressed, either too casually or too formally, is a concern. Typically a company won’t turn you away because of an outfit choice, but it’s always nice to feel comfortable amongst everyone else in your choices! This is another way to tackle business casual without feeling out of your element…

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The Subtle Art of Layering, Style File Friday

Layering- the often bandied around style that isn’t as easily done as it’s popularity might imply. When incorrectly done, you will often find yourself red faced and sweaty, wondering why on earth you thought you would be cold when you will never feel the wonder of a cool breeze on your skin again. There are a few ways to ensure that you are warm but not overheated, and still have a put together and cohesive outfit.

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Sticking to a Colour Palette, Style File Friday

Choosing a colour palette for your wardrobe is beneficial for several reasons; largely because it gives your wardrobe an element of cohesion and allows for easy mixing and matching, and because it helps make decisions on what to buy and what not to buy. It may seem overwhelming to chose a palette but most of us already have a few colours common across the pieces in our wardrobe- you can usually spot your palette after spending a little bit of time actually looking at your wardrobe! Today’s post is all about how to actually stick to your palette!

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