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Fashion resolutions: Part 1

Jan 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
This New Year, make a a resolution to focus on your style. No matter if you're a full-on fashionista, or stuck in a major fashion rut, resolve to stick to a few of these suggestions and we'll make 2013 the year we take our personal style to the next level. 1) Start adding more...

Holiday hair tutorial

Dec 28, 2012 / 5:00 am
Tasha showed me how to make an easy, glamorous hair-do for any type of holiday party. It can be worn with any length of hair and easy enough for anyone to do. Hair by Tasha Arnall from Bloom Hair

Christmas essentials

Dec 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
It's no secret that I love the Christmas season and everything that goes with it. And for me, this season is a great excuse to bring out some extra glitter and bling and get festive. Even though I love these pieces all year 'round, I get extra excited to wear them for the holidays. ...

Holiday sweaters

Dec 14, 2012 / 5:00 am
One of my favorite winter staples is the big cozy knit sweater, and this is the perfect time of year to put them all into outfit rotation! Sweaters like a classic fisherman pullover, the time-honored cable knit, the soft textured angora sweater, and the sweatshirt are all cozy basics that are a...

Festive footwear

Dec 7, 2012 / 6:00 am
Tis’ the season for warm parkas, pom-pom toques and fuzzy gloves! These will keep your body warm in the cold, but there’s one thing around this holiday season that warms my heart: the festive shoe. Footwear is a terrific way to turn a basic outfit into something interesting, or to add...

Metallics

Nov 30, 2012 / 5:00 am
This is my favourite time of year, both festive-wise and fashion-wise. The holiday season can make fashion so fun: the glamour of holiday parties, the little bits of festive for the day to day, and coziness of nights curling up over a glass of egg nog and a Christmas movie. Over...

Stand out with camouflage

Nov 23, 2012 / 5:00 am
Fashion always manages to surprise me - that is one of the reasons I love it so much. I constantly catch myself saying "Ugh, I'd never wear something like that!" until, fast forward a few years, designers have based their collection around that something and I fall head over heels....


Layering for winter

Nov 16, 2012 / 5:00 am
Although it's still somewhat early, after the gorgeous snowfall last week, I think it's safe to say winter has arrived. And with the snow has come all manner of complaints over our sudden turn of season, which leaves me both amused and incredulous! I mean really, we have it pretty easy...

The unexpected sweatshirt

Nov 9, 2012 / 5:00 am
The unexpected sweatshirt is having a major moment in fashion this fall. Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim and Balmain were just a few who showcased the sweatshirt as the unforeseen essential of the season. We saw a re-imagining of this sporty staple on the runways: Balenciaga...

Orange and black

Oct 26, 2012 / 5:00 am
Happy Halloween everyone!! Since, the spooky season is upon us, and you all know how I love to get festive, I couldn't resist doing another Halloween inspired post. Last week we talked about skulls, and this week I'm talking about the classic Halloween colors, orange and black! I...

Season of skulls

Oct 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
Patterns and prints have been popular trends for quite some time now with polka dots, florals and stripes all making their way into the classic category. Last fall we saw the resurgence of animal print, along with leopard and snakeskin, birds and horse print reigning supreme. This fall, a whole...

Tips for layering

Oct 12, 2012 / 5:00 am
Fall in the Okanagan tends to be cold in the early morning, warm to almost hot in the afternoon, and cold again in the evening. This can be quite a challenge when getting dressed in the morning, since no one wants to change their clothes three times a day. Creating an outfit of layers is a great...

Fall fashion essentials

Oct 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
The chilly mornings have officially signaled the start of Fall, and even though the weather is cooler and beach days are over, I spend all year looking forward to fall fashion! Cozy sweaters, layers and boots can now be worn while strolling through Gyro Park admiring the changing leaves with a...

How to wear the trend

Sep 29, 2012 / 5:00 am
The leading fashion designers are always thinking months ahead of the current season and forecasting trends a year in advance (at least). As I attended different shows at New York Fashion Week, it was obvious that each designer has their own unique point of view and aesthetic for their collection,...

New York Fashion Week!

Sep 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
I'm back from New York Fashion Week, and I'm so excited to share all that I saw! I attended fashion presentations, collections, and runway shows this year, and the fashion I saw was absolutely stunning. Viewing so many different shows allowed me to see the patterns and trends...

New York here I come!

Sep 7, 2012 / 5:00 am
Besides the fact that I get to write this column each week, I am so excited to represent the Okanagan at New York Fashion Week as the Okanaganista! Once again I will be attending shows and events, and this year is going to be better than ever. Designers will be presenting their Spring/Summer 2013...

If you were my boyfriend

Aug 31, 2012 / 5:00 am
Menswear-inspired tailoring on women has been a remerging trend in fashion for a few years now. Brogues, loafers, tweed, and pant suits are vastly becoming apart of women's wardrobes. Another men's inspired trend that has been sticking around is the boyfriend fit. Originally adapted by...

Maxi skirts from summer to fall

Aug 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
One of my absolute favourite pieces right now is the maxi skirt! I'm loving this trend right now, not only for its versatility but also for its multi-seasonal appeal. You will find ankle-length skirts and dresses in all kinds of colors and patterns right now! A maxi skirt in a light breathable...

Fall-ing into summer

Aug 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
It's official, Kelowna is now in the midst of a full-on heatwave, with temperatures reaching the upper 30's this weekend. I, for one, love the heat and take it as an opportunity to dive into the rest of my summer bucket list, as well as wearing my shorts and sandals and teeny...

Wear Now and Later

Aug 10, 2012 / 5:00 am
I'm a huge fan of fashion magazines and I'm sure that comes at no surprise. Each month I pick up my copy of Instyle, People Style, Loulou, Glamour, and Lucky as soon as it hits the news stands at Mosaic books. I love to gather inspiration from the pages as well as educating myself on the...

Turn on the summer glow

Jul 27, 2012 / 5:00 am
Summer is a time to turn on the glow, brighten up your makeup, and take extra care of your skin and hair. Here are my top beauty essentials to get you through the heat, sweat, and chlorine this summer so you can look fresh, fun and put-together in everything from a white tank and denim cutoffs to...

Summer essentials

Jul 20, 2012 / 7:00 am
1. Summer Hat - Whether it's a floppy or a fedora, the straw hat can do double duty with your summer wardrobe by simultaneously protecting your face from the sun and making you look ultra chic and fashionable. 2. Sunglasses - Finding a great pair of sunglasses in the latest shapes like...

Summer shorts

Jul 13, 2012 / 5:00 am
Summer is definitely one of my favorite seasons for fashion. It's easy to find clothing at super affordable prices, you can wear separates multiple ways, and the clothing comes in light weight fabrics, so you can pack a lot of different pieces into a small bag for your summer vacation! The one...

Tangerine, the colour of summer

Jul 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
Orange has never been a go-to colour of mine. It always seemed too autumn or too neon, reminding me of either Halloween or prison-themed outfits. This summer my tune is changing when it comes to this primary colour, with tangerine stealing my heart. Its sweet, cool, crisp and distinctively summer...

Floral print

Jun 29, 2012 / 5:00 am
Unlike some patterns that come into fashion for a brief period then disappear for a long time (yes, I'm looking at you Aztec print), a classic floral print will always be in style. I like to think that floral print just like stripes or solids; no matter where fashion is headed, it remains a...

Neon is back

Jun 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
You know what I really love about summer? No more boring, dull and dour colour palettes: bright, eye-catching, jaw dropping, double-take colour is IN this summer (and, let's hope, sticking around this fall since I've just stocked my closet with every colour in the rainbow). It's no...

Behind trench coat fashion

Jun 15, 2012 / 5:00 am
My plan this week was to write all about hot summer clothes like neon colours and cut-offs and how it can be a challenge to dress fashionably in the heat. But since the rain and clouds have been hanging around for weeks, let's shelve that topic for now and instead talk about something that is a...

Mint green

Jun 8, 2012 / 5:00 am
My long-time readers will know that I love a whole variety of colours in my wardrobe; if that's you, then you will know that I was absolutely thrilled to see how much colour is on trend for the current fashion season. To me, summer signifies bright and rich shades of every colour, whether on...

All about Tie Dye!

Jun 1, 2012 / 5:00 am
The first do-it-yourself project (or DIY, if you will) I remember doing was making tie dyed shirts at my 5th birthday party. The results were quit satisfying; a plain white t-shirt had been transformed into a multicoloured creation, finished off with "Alana's 5th Birthday"...

Handbags

May 25, 2012 / 6:00 am
Every girl loves a good handbag to add to her collection. Here are my picks for this season's hottest handbags to add to your collection this summer! The bright coloured handbag: The bold colour trend, is huge this season and what better way to add a pop of colour to your outfit than with...

Boat shoes

May 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
Summer is a great time of year for clothing; the colors are bright and the fabric is light and, though summer can be a time for fashion, the footwear can be neglected. When the summer hits, us Okanaganites start trading in our winter footwear for flip flops - boots, pumps, and flats all take a back...

Sunnies

May 11, 2012 / 5:00 am
Spring and summer accessories are hitting the stores with floppy hats, beach bags, and colourful jewellery as popular add-ons, but my favourite summer accessory is that old classic: sunglasses. Throwing on a pair of oversized sunnies can add fashion or glamour, transforming a basic outfit. And...

Insta-outfits

May 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Choosing your morning outfit can be difficult task on a good day, let alone a morning when you have little time and zero creativity. For these time-sensitive and sleep deprived days, I like to have a set of outfits that are my go-to's. When feeling the time crunch, my favourite outfit is...

Show a little sheer

Apr 27, 2012 / 5:00 am
For many seasons the classic silk, flow-y blouse has been a found in many women's closets. It's a favourite of mine for its easy wearability, flow-y fabric, and its ability to make any outfit seem put-together. These blouses are taking a new turn with thinner, more sheer...

Pastels

Apr 20, 2012 / 5:00 am
The hottest colours this spring are also the most classic colours of spring. Pastels, from mint green and faded pinks to lavender and baby blues are everywhere and anywhere right now, as pastel has become the must-have palette to break out of your winter wardrobe. These...

The bright blazer

Apr 13, 2012 / 5:00 am
The emergence of bright colours after a long dull winter is a sure sign that Spring has arrived! For this Spring, look for bold neons and pastel shades in stores, with many ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe: handbags, belts, jewellery, and shoes can all be worn to add that perfect amount...

The new animal print

Apr 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
Prints are showing up this spring in a big way, virtually every print is on trend right now. Polka dot, Aztec, tie-dye, and florals are all prints that can be found everywhere. But for a more unexpected print I recommend the animal print! I'm not talking about leopard or snakeskin...

The statement necklace

Mar 30, 2012 / 5:00 am
With each change of season comes new trends, and with new trends comes more clothing to add to our wardrobes. If you're like me, with each new season the fashion wish list becomes bigger than the wallet can support. Fortunately, there are a few ways we can change up our wardrobe without having...

Colour me Spring!

Mar 23, 2012 / 5:00 am
Spring is my favourite season, fashion-wise. All the neutrals, greys, and blacks get pushed into the back of our closets and the bright, bold, fun colours come out with a vengeance. This spring we see a return of some favourite colours, as well as an introduction to newer hues. We're...

Love those loafers!

Mar 16, 2012 / 5:00 am
Loafers are quickly becoming the most popular flat on the market. While the ballet flat was once the go-to casual and easy shoe, and last year the oxford was the found all over, this season the cool and easy slipper loafer is the shoe to have. Loafers are a great investment because they can...