Your Buy Guide

April 8th, 2016

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We know that our shoppers are very style savvy, but sometimes anyone can get frustrated and caught up with not knowing how to dress for your body type or what looks best.

Below are some style “rules” that we’ve put together as well as how to dress for your body type, to help make your shopping experience a much easier one!

 

1. LOCK AND LOAD


Getting a proper bra fitting can make the world of difference. Having the girls sitting where they need to be can take away pounds and create a whole new shape.  We suggest getting fitted every 6 months.

 

2. DON’T WEAR WHAT DOESN’T FIT


That one should be a no- brainer, but you’d be surprised at what people wear in order to try and hide things. Don’t wear things that are over-sized or baggy to try and hide parts of your body and don’t wear things that are too tight. Both will only emphasize what it is you’re trying to hide. Regardless of body shape you can always create a silhouette that will be most flattering for you.

 

3. DON’T WASTE A WAIST


Every body type should be making use of their waist.  Even if you carry your weight in your tummy you can still create a waist with proper seaming, or by adding a belt to the smallest part of your waist.

 

4. DON’T BE GUILTY OF THE “BUY WITHOUT TRY”


Okay, we are all guilty of this one.  You’re on your lunch or in a hurry and just feel like you don’t have the time.  Usually when we do that we try the item on at home, don’t like it, forget we even have it and forget to return or exchange it and then we are stuck with an item we will never wear. Take the extra 10 minutes and try on the item.

 

5. SHOES ARE A GAME CHANGER


If you’re going to really invest in one item of clothing, do it with shoes. Shoes can be the perfect fix for a boring or bland outfit.

 

6. DON’T BUY THINGS JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE ON SALE


It’s amazing when you can find something absolutely perfect for you that you need in your closet and it’s half off.. who doesn’t? But buying something just because it’s on sale will more often than not just sit in your closet. If you find something that will last the season that you just can’t part with, you’ve struck gold.  If you’re just wanting it cause the price tag looks good and your money is burning a hole.. walk away.

 

7.  VARIETY IS GREAT, BUT SHOP FOR WHAT YOU KNOW


It’s so important to try new things, and not just with fashion.  Trying new things helps us to figure out who we are and what we like. When we say “stick with what you know” we mean that if you find a shirt that just fits like a glove and you have a larger chest that’s difficult to shop for then buy it in a couple of different colors and prints. Sticking to what you know means sticking to sizes and shapes that work for you and your body type.

 

Dressing for your body type can be a difficult task especially since only 8% of women are symmetrical on their top and bottom.  The goal when dressing  is to create the appearance of having a proportioned, well balanced shape; the hourglass.

IF YOU’RE LARGE ON TOP:

Your issue here is either you have larger shoulders or are bigger in the chest. De-emphasizing your up-top  volume by wearing a proper bra, adding darker colours to your top half and adding lighter colours or patterns to your bottom half will help to do this. When you add volume to the bottom and stay close to the fit on top you’ll create a more balanced looking frame.

*extra tip! Soften your shoulders by wearing:

  • Soft, drapey and weighty fabrics
  • Knitwear with a fine gauge. Thick knit sweater add bulk to your shoulders
  • Tops with soft sleeves.
  • Wide straps
  • Collar-less shirts

 

IF YOU’RE CURVY ON THE BOTTOM:

If you’ve got a booty you’ll want to enhance or add volume to your top half while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower half.  A jacket can be your best fashion friend.  Don’t use a jacket to completely cover up, instead you want something that cuts across at the hip.  Try  items with vertical lines  as they will force your eye up and create a taller, longer and leaner look.

*extra tip! Choose materials that hold their form like  denim. They flatter and streamline your shape. Avoid any tight knits on the bottom because they cling and accentuate your width.

 

IF YOU’RE BIGGER IN THE MIDDLE

Your abdominal and torso generally your biggest body issues, so you’ll need to focus on de-emphasizing this area as well as accentuate your best bits. Try wearing clothes that will make your mid-section appear narrower.  A fit and flare dress gives you fit on the top, smaller in the waist and flares out at the bottom creating the perfect hourglass.

*extra tip! Dresses that are great for your body type are:

  • Empire waist
  • Bias cut hem
  • Wrap styles tailor your midriff by visually lifting up your bust
  • Lower necklines that slim your upper body and draw the eye up and down

 

IF YOU’RE PETITE

With petite I am referring to women that are shorter than 5’4″. Many shorter women feel like their height is an issue because they don’t feel good in their clothes. The sleeves and legs are too long and can make your limbs look shorter. Finding the right clothes isn’t just about finding the right size, but also making sure everything is well proportioned. First, find out what body shape you fall into then go from there.  Be sure to find things that are in your size, and if they aren’t a good tailor can go a long way!

*extra tip! Elongate by wearing;

  • Vertical prints
  • V-necks
  • Above the knee hemline

 

 

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:


 

We are looking to create shapes and symmetry.  Don’t focus on the size on the tag, instead focus on how it makes you look and feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion and Drinks?

April 8th, 2016

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Spring is Coming!

February 27th, 2016

 

 

 

Spring 2016 is just around the corner and we want to make sure you’ve got a head start on what’s hot for this coming season!

Last years runway had us having flashbacks to the 70’s with textured prints and flowy fabrics.  This year still has that Woodstock love, but with a 90’s twist.  It’s all about the Band Babe! Think in your face lace, slip dresses, clean and casual separates in neutrals mixed with pieces of great texture. Off the shoulder shirts and low rise flared pants will have you grabbing your nearest Hendrix vinyl and rocking out.

Here are some fun outfits to help you make the transition into the new season.

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Cute jean cut offs paired with an over sized grey sweater with a large brim hate complete with turquoise details.

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Amazingly detailed wide flared pants paired with a fitted grey tank gives the perfect balance.

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Acid washed denim cut offs look great paired alongside an off the should bell sleeve top.

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A long sleeve button up romper with a fun print looks chic paired with a sunburnt orange large brimmed hat.

Spotted

January 9th, 2016

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Glitter <3

November 24th, 2015

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So we all know about the man bun trend and how that took off like a rocket but crashed just as hard due to the mini bun that wished it was a man bun.  We also know that that sparked more creativity in man grooming and along came the beard. With that more fun trends appeared like fashion colours, like sea foam and chartreuse, to flower beards.. BUT have you seen the new trend being marked as the “Men’s Holiday Beard”? This new phenomenon that incorporates wonderful things like beards and glitter (ooh shiny things!) is gaining  speed as the holiday approaches.  Personally, we love it!  If girls can glitter their roots and have all kinds of crazy hair, why can’t a guy dip his entire face bush into a bowl of glitter?  Think of those kisses.. actually sparks will fly!

 

What do you guys think?

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How to wrap a scarf

October 26th, 2015

Fall is in full force and we are lovin it!

Here is a quick video tutorial, done with our amazing quality cellphone, to show you a few fun ways to wrap your scarves.

 

DIY the Starbucks way!

September 14th, 2015

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That’s right!!  Here is our tried and true recipe for the perfect at home Pumpkin Spice Latte <3

 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee

Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

 

In a medium sized bowl combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a medium size hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, about 1 to 2 minutes. If you prefer not to microwave you can bring everything up to temperature in a saucepan over the stove. Whisk mixture until milk is foamy, about 30 seconds.

Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk mixture. Top off with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

And there you have it!!  Your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home!  This recipe makes one drink so double up for you and a friend.

Enjoy!

 

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Fashion Hacks EVERY Girl Needs to Know!

August 24th, 2015

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10 Summer Hacks You Need to Know

July 29th, 2015

6gyep59fumb340ima588_400x400Heading to the beach but not sure where to stash your cash?  Grab an empty Chapstick tube and roll your money up and pop it inside.  Who wants to steal Chapstick?

 

2In the pool but your cellphone addiction won’t leave you alone?  Pop your cellphone into a Ziploc bag.  That way, you don’t have to worry about water damage when you reach for your phone with wet hands.

 

20060803095059!Number_3Heading out for a day of summer activities and need to pack some hydration with you?  Take a water bottle, fill it half full with water and stick it sideways in the freezer overnight.  The next day, pop any liquid you’d like in there to keep it cool all day long.

 

4 Nothing is worse then when you’re out and about and you break a flip flop!  Keep a bread bag tag in your purse for a quick fix!  Simply put the sandal tong back through the hole in the sandal and secure underneath with the bread tag.  Easy peasy!

 

5So you’re out at the beach all day, enjoying the sunshine and relaxing in the water.  When you get up to put your shoes back on… they’re covered in sand.  And let’s be real, that stuff follows you around forever.  Get rid of that pesky sand by putting baby powder on your feet.  It sticks to the sand and makes it ALL brush right off.

 

6As amazing as laying in the sun all day is, we need to be careful.  Sometimes though, we do forget to add on some protection and come home looking.. a little lobstery.  Help soothe that burn by putting some Aloe Vera Gel into ice cube trays and freezing them.  The aloe will help the burn heal and that ice cold touch will help soothe.

 

7 The season shoe switch is a real thing.  We do more walking and therefore tend to opt more for flats. If you’re like me, you prefer your flats without the added bulk of socks.  The sockless life tends to be a rather, unpleasant smelling one.  Fix this by putting a tea bag in your shoes overnight.  The teabag will absorb any odours leaving you feet smelling fresh all day!

 

8As stated in number 7, the great season shoe switch happens this time of year.  Sandals, as cute as they are, can cause some serious toe rubbing and with that can cause blisters.  Fix this by rubbing some antiperspirant on your tootsies!  The added lubrication will cause less friction.  Less friction= less blisters!

 

9This added heat can make any makeup masterpiece turn into an oily disaster.  Fix this by grabbing some coffee filters, cutting them into smaller squares and patting them on your face.  They will soak up all the extra oil and leave your makeup looking flawless! (added hack: grab a bag of 100 filters from the dollar store for under $2!! cutting them into smaller squares can make hundreds!)

 

10Not feeling heavy makeup in the heat, but still like the coverage?  Then girl.. I have got the perfect hack for you!  Let’s just say: best for last!  Grab any concealer (I love Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer for this) and mix a small amount with your daily moisturizer and VOILA!  Tinted Moisturizer!  Not only is it tinted.. but you have that full, flawless coverage that you love without any heavy feeling!  You’re welcome <3

 

 

 

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Yummy DIY Popsicle’s

July 22nd, 2015

It’s hot out there!! Cool off with these delicious frozen treats <3

 

 

CUCUMBER HONEYDEW MARGARITA POPSICLES

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Makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles

1 cup honeydew juice (approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb)
1/3 cup cucumber juice (approximately half a cucumber weighing 5oz.)
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 large mint sprigs

Mint Syrup
(You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses.
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cups sugar
· 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

Instructions:

1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Depending on the fineness of the sieve tiny pieces may remain).

Instructions:

1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.

2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

 

 

BERRY-LIME-COCONUT YOGURT ICE POPS

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makes about 8 medium-sized ice pops

8 oz mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries  etc.)
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
3½ Tbsp sugar
16 oz Greek yogurt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut milk (with cream)
big pinch of salt

1. Mix together the berries, lime juice, and 1 Tbsp of sugar. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then mash roughly with a fork. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, coconut milk (with cream), 2 1/2 Tbsp of sugar, and salt. Fold in the berries — juice and all — but make sure to leave streaks.
3. Fill ice pop molds and freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour, then insert ice pop sticks halfway. Freeze until solid — about 4 hours or overnight.
4. To unmold, dip the popsicle molds in running water or leave out for a few minutes.

Note on coconut milk: make sure to stir together the cream and milk in the coconut milk before using.

 

 

AVOCADO POPSICLES

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1 cup water

½ cup sugar

2 small ripe avocados

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a bowl, along with the cooled syrup and salt. Mash and stir until smooth. (You can also do this in a blender, but we just stirred by hand.) Add the lime juice and stir just until combined.

Divide the mixture among your popsicle molds, snap on the lid and freeze until solid, about 5 hours.

 

NUTELLA FUDGE POPS

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  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2c choc-hazelnut butter or Nutella
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch salt

 

Blend all ingredients until super-smooth. (We used a food processor, and we thawed the bananas a tiny bit so they’d blend.) Eat as ice cream, or scoop into popsicle molds (or paper cups) and freeze for fudgsicles.

 

STRAWBERRY COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER POPSICLES

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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, split
  • juice of 1 lime; split
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole fat coconut milk, well shaken
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup  creamy peanut butter, slightly melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle the shredded coconut onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Place the strawberries into the bowl of a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and juice of half a lime. Blend until smooth.
  3. Using a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, remaining lime juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and vanilla extract and stir in the toasted coconut.
  4. Pour in some of the strawberry mixture into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Next, drizzle the slightly melted peanut butter over the top, and then pour in the coconut milk mixture to fill the each popsicle mold about ⅔rd full.
  5. Cover with the popsicle mold lid and place sticks inside. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight, before serving. When ready to serve, run the popsicle mold under warm water to help release the pops from the mold. Alternatively, you can place the popsicle mold in a large container filled with very warm water to loosen the pops. Enjoy!
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