Dopamine Styling – Because Dressing Should Feel Good! (Part 2)

Do you wear what trends dictate? Do you wear only what you think is appropriate for your age- occupation- status (fill in the blanks)?

Sometimes all that is actually necessary…but it doesn’t mean that even so, you can’t enjoy it! When you love how you look (no matter the circumstance), you naturally start to feel and behave in a more positive way. And, if that brings you joy, then it becomes an all-around feel good thing.

So this being the ‘Love and Feel-Good Month’, lemme ask you: Does what you wear make you feel good? It should. And I’ll go as far as saying, if it doesn’t, then make it happen! This is essential for both, how you feel and emanate, as well as, how others perceive your energy. (Read Part 1 HERE)

Loving all that sparkles! (Read Part 1 HERE)

If you’re not a paid model, who’s just showcasing whatever is pinned on you, then there’s no reason for you to not make the right ‘fun and happy’ choices when it comes to your styling. Keep this in mind when shopping!

Too often we dress for the part, regardless of how it makes us feel, without questioning if any of it brings us any joy. That will show in our appearance. Wearing something ‘just because…wtv reason’ doesn’t work in the long run. It’s not conducive to achieving and growing into your own style- something that really feels like you wanna feel is you.

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I’ve been working for awhile now on incorporating looks, colors, fabrics, cuts and styles- into my wardrobe; making ‘happy- feel good’, my primary objective. It might sound very basic and logical, but it’s not always as clear cut as that! You have to give it a try and see what I mean.

Pick out one item from your wardrobe that you absolutely love, and ask yourself what it is that makes you smile and wanna wear it? Then, hang onto that feeling and see if you get that with another of your pieces. Keep going with that exercise, and you’ll soon find out there’s a pattern. It could be the color, the style, or maybe the compliments you got…

Because I’m fascinated with this topic – which I will be exploring in more depth- I’ve come up with a fitting Hashtag: #dopaminestyling. I will be adding it to all my blog posts. This also means that I will be making a conscious effort to ONLY style up that which brings me joy!

Let’s START THIS CHALLENGE!!!

To start off what will be an on-going-challenge- I would like it if this week you would pull out pieces of your wardrobe that bring out that dopamine feeling! Then, Please join me in including #dopaminestyling within your Instagram post and Tag Me @lucybertoldi. I will then add you to my INsta stories. As well, I’ll showcase you all in a follow up blog post! I can then turn this into a series!

This is a vintage Muff-handbag from the 40’s! it’s truly divine

Here’s a clip about me talking about Dopamine Styling and why I wanna do this!

So here’s to #Dopaminestyling my Lovies! Flaunting red and wild print, mixed with some vintage fur and some cool shades…just because ‘Dressing should feel Good’!

I made those fur cuffs!!

#Confessionoftheday: My easiest go-to-dopamine booster is red- and if you just can’t get away from black or white; mix in some red for some instantaneous bold, beautiful and powerful energy. But more important, it’s especially magnetically cheerful!!

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I love this blogging community so much! And I know how much goes into writing every single post, every single week. It’s a dedication thing. And- we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. So we put our everything in it! Please take the time to check out these wonderful bloggers and what they have to say. It’s good for everyone:)

(Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

The Ageless Style Link Up-  The first Monday of every month

Glass of Glam

My Glittery Heart

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

Beauty By Miss L

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

My Purple World – Oh My Heartsie Girl

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online 1-Creative Compulsions AND 2-Traffic Jam

North West Mountain Living

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Traffic Jam Weekend

Saturday

Fine Whatever Blog

About Colour: Fashion Quotes to Live By: Dior…

“Black and white might be sufficient. But why deprive yourself of colour?” Christian Dior.

I couldn’t agree more! Both can be elegant, bold, chic, sleek and gorgeous. And, as for black…it can be: Super Addictive. That’s right- when you start wearing black, you also start believing it fixes every single little defect by camouflaging it all; as well as giving all sorts of other magical benefits. I get that. And it’s absolutely correct. However, black also has the power to control you. It can lead you to believing that no other colour, print or pattern can fulfill the black-look of perfection.

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So, if you’re ok with living your life in a completely black wardrobe, it’s my opinion that you are seriously missing out. Let’s start with the little ‘black lie’ of always looking your best in black (even if you live in Dior). Firstly, I hope you really love makeup, because black against the face gives absolutely no reflection of healthy glow. You’re gonna need makeup to brighten and liven you up. Hair? Your mane should also be impeccable at all times. As for clothes, those too should be impeccable: no wrinkling, no fading allowed. Sharp and crisp- that’s the deal with black…lest you want to dull the magical black look into a boring dark charcoal.

Almost the exact and total opposite is true of white. That might be a good thing when it comes to giving you a glow…but white without a speck of makeup can be sooo boring and just as draining. You must liven it up!!

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But let me be completely honest here: I LOVE Black and White. I really do. However…I’m nuts for colour too!

That being said, if black- and /or white- is a total must, but you can see how draining it’s beginning to look on you; cross on over and give colour a try. Start slowly. Maybe choose a black base (or white) garment with a light print of colour. Or add a bright accessory that breaks the monochrome. If you dare to, why not start with a wild- print scarf, vest, or even shoes?! Simple right? Adding a little colour in your life can also boost your mood (it’s actually a proven thing: Dopamine dressing!!)

And then there’s that thing I keep recommending you to do: Get a little inspiration through Instagram, Pinterest, and join some styling challenges (Instagram is full of them!). Let me show you what I’m wearing for this #wearitwednesday…

The challenge called for mixing pink and red…Can you believe it…I hardly have any pink!! And then of course I pulled out my Eva Varro pink skirt which does have both red and pink on its reversible side! And there just as I thought nothing might work, it all came together.

Ladies, wear your colours! You’re gonna feel sooo good- I promise! I’m sticking to Dior’s quote- in my life, it makes perfect sense. What about in yours?

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I love this blogging community so much! And I know how much goes into writing every single post, every single week. It’s a dedication thing. And- we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. So we put our everything in it! Please take the time to check out these wonderful bloggers and what they have to say. It’s good for everyone:)

(Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

The Ageless Style Link Up-  The first Monday of every month

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

Beauty By Miss L

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World – Oh My Heartsie Girl

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online 1-Creative Compulsions AND 2-Traffic Jam

North West Mountain Living

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Traffic Jam Weekend

Fabulous Friday’s Linkup Party- More Challenges and Features!

Is it Friday already! First time in awhile during Covid that I see a week fly by this quickly- must be a good thing! Lots of creativity and so many things happening for the fall- sadly around here we’re already sporting our cardi’s…oh well! I feel like life is on a roll despite the pandemic- Yay!!

This week I wrote a post about styling challenges, which so many of you emailed me about- Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I encourage you to challenge your styling creativity always- it’s totally a wardrobe refresher! If you haven’t read my article, just click on the link: Why Styling Challenges Are Good For You

Here’s a Clip of me explaining how to capture the modern Victorian style…

Besides that, lots of time spent with my grandson and catching up on all my mending and upcycling and reading…More on that next week!

And- this gal’s been back on track with walk and talk! FINALLY getting my exercise and groove back!


Be Sure to join Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine, and I as we take our daily walk (I skip some though!) and we chat along!! Use hashtag: #walkandtalk and post on your stories and tag us both! @lucybertoldi @livingoncloudnine9

Spotlight!!!

I’ve also been featured and I’m so happy and proud to stand beside such fabulous Styling Divas!!!

First by the beautiful: Fashion Canvas and Walking in Memphis in High Heels These two blogs are at the healm of trendiness every week- love reading them! Plus look who they paired me with- I adore Iris of La Moumous!

And also featured by the lovely Michelle of My Bijou Life Online (I just adore her so much!) Have you seen all the creativity on her blog- blows me away!! Here I was featured with my blogger friends which I adore!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

And now it’s time for my FAVOURITE LINKUP FASHION DIVA of the Week!!

Jill from Doused in Pink!!!

And My FAVOURITE LINKUP READ of the Week: by Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

PLEASE LINKUP for a chance to be featured (Makes me so happy!!)

AND NOW…Are you ready for the Link Up Party?!!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter

AND, IF YOU CAN, i’D LOVE IT IF YOU COULD SPREAD THE WORD! THE MORE THE MERRIER!! THANKS XX

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!!!

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I love this blogging community so much! (Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

The Ageless Style Link Up-  The first Monday of every month

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online 1-Creative Compulsions AND 2-Traffic Jam

North West Mountain Living

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Fabulous Friday’s Link up Party- and I’m Back Home….

I truly never thought that a grandmother’s love could be this immense.  It feels like my grandchildren (I have two now! 10 months and the other 6 weeks)- are twice my children.  Is that weird to say? Because that’s how I feel…My babies had babies, so doesn’t that make me double the mom?  Wtv the case- I never knew I could love this deeply!

After a month and a bit, of helping out with the newborn over at my daughter’s, I’m now back home.  Have to get back into my styling, because honestly I lived in comfy-sloppies and flip flops for that whole month!  But it was so worth it spending time with them- I feel privileged and this will be precious moments I’ll cherish forever.

Before leaving I did cook up a storm so they’d have plenty of meals ready (we all know how there’s no time for anything when you’re a new parent!) Check out what I prepared:

Now time to get into this Fabulous Friday and the Fashion Diva of the Week:

Cheryl from North West Mountain Living 

How darling is she in this white romper?!

Favourite Blog Post Link up Read of the week:

By Grace of Colour and Grace for her post on: Turning Grief into Growth: Celebrating my Wedding Anniversary

Such a touching and inspiring post- when all hope seems gone for good.  Loved it so much.

AND NOW…Are you ready for the Link Up Party?!!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz Link Party! CLICK HERE TO ENTER

MY LATEST POSTS…

MY LATEST BLOG POSTS…

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I love this blogging community so much! (Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

The Ageless Style Link Up-  The first Monday of every month

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

North West Mountain Living

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

Styling your LSD is the Easiest OOTS! Slip on- Slip off!

The Little Summer Dress is for real the easiest Outfit Of The Summer!  It also gets A+ for its 3 ‘F’s :  Fresh, Free, Fun!   

So- start wearing your cute dresses!  There’s nothing easier than a simple LSD.  When you get your hands on one- don’t let go! You’ll be wearing it summer after summer trust me!  If you’re more of a pants girl and think dresses don’t suit you…think again! 

Summer heat cries out for flair and a non-conforming fit when it comes to dresses- so how can it not suit you?  LSD’s were born to camouflage and set you free! And the plus side?  You have to do nothing else than wear it- no layering- no matching, no coordinating, no additions necessary. 

This little green striped number needs absolutely no help!  I mean, you can obviously change it up with accessories and different sandals and there you go- different looks! That’s why you just can never get rid such gems- ever!

The only thing you need to think of in terms of styling is whether you want to dress it up for day or evening.  You do know that you can dress these little darlings up for both, right? Coz you can!  Go from laundry room, out to lunch with the girls, to the grocery store and back for supper preps and a nightcap on the porch or off for a nightly walk- without ever having to change!

Slip on and slip out!

Let’s look at a few others that don’t disappoint.  I’ve worn these for a few summers already and will keep on doing so😊

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Twinning with my daughter here:)
Also…the LSD seems to always be part of the most fun and memorable times- this was taken in Greece last year!

#Confessionoftheday: Come to think of it…Yes- I am completely addicted to the LSD! Super freeing, fresh and fun!

And now drum roll…This Week’s Favourite Fashion Styling Diva on Instagram is:

Raquel of Beauty For The Queens!

Her feed and posts will blow you away- such great style always to inspire!

If you would like a chance to be featured, make sure to follow me on Instagram – if I fall in love with your style, I’ll feature you for sure!

And now time to spread some blog love! I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

FABULOUS FRIDAYS- Outfit Challenges and beauty hacks…

Weekend is here! Does that even make any difference these days? We can’t lose track- so we gotta make it fabulous!

This series is all about those things I’ve loved this week (and the one prior since this is my first Fabulous Fridays segment!)- and some maybe a bit less.

 I’m missing my hairdresser terribly!  But I’ve been lucky to have her ship me my root color.  It turned out pretty good (thanks to my daughter who lives with me and is also a hairdresser), and my blow drying wasn’t bad either!

Still on the beauty topic, I learned a nifty hack for applying mascara!  Just bend the tip! You can watch here:

First things, I had a blast during my #chic robes challenge- loved how so many participated! Have also been joining a few other challenges on Instagram.  The Hodge- Podge Challenge-by Audrey of Affectionately Audrey– was such a hoot! 

She’s actually mixing 8 prints here!!

You had to keep adding prints every day to your look.  Not easy- but super challenging and fun!

My #Walkandtalk with Andrea of Living on Cloud Nine, have been few! 

Blame it on the weather!  But I did so enjoy watching those who tagged us.  If you do walk and talk and want to join our movement just tag me @lucybertoldi and @livingoncloudnine  and we’ll put you in our stories.

What else?  Correcting last minute and putting together new lesson plans for summer courses beginning net week.

Oh, here’s a quick and hearty recipe of what I made:

In the crockpot:  onions, chick peas, boneless chicken thighs, potatoes, tomato coulis.  Add olive oil and your favourite spices.  Turn on high for 4 hours.  Voila!

I have to say that the highlight of this week in fashion for me has been learning about this amazing 91 year-old Georgian Fashionista- MUST WATCH!!

See you next week- Have a Fabulous Weekend my Beautiful Divas ,  Lucy xx

Linking time!

I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

Sharing a Journey

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

FRIDAY Links:

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Covid19 – Busy, Busy, Busy: 10 Tip Challenge to Stop being a Trophy Woman

Seriously, how are we all doing with this new way of living so far?  It was all quite chaotic at the beginning, adapting, re-focusing, shifting it around, re-inventing, and now hopefully…settling in? I really hope we are all slowing down and taking a breather.

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Are we, though,  really taking the time to breathe, to refocus, to take time for ourselves, to soak up our faith, to talk and rekindle with our loved ones, or, are we just trying to keep busy, busy, busy?  Haven’t we been there done that- and complained about that?  So why are we trying to re-create that?

Seems to me that although many of us have begun to take a liking to this new pace and newfound ‘getting back to basics’, most of us have not allowed ourselves to do so. 

We have been packing in our schedules as though we have to justify something.  I’m guilty of this too.  Fault of a societal mentality that we must always be busy, busy, busy always somewhere to go and something to do.  Well now we can’t go anywhere.

So, what have many of us started doing?  We are getting busy, busy, busy around the house: exercising more, cleaning more, cooking more, planning more, working more (yes- some of us are actually putting more hours into our work from home than we did at the workplace!).

What’s wrong with this picture- especially for us women? NO need to justify ourselves through what we do.  How about we plan some true introspective work in all of this?  But- by all means if this stay at home is giving you more freedom and time to do what you actually love doing (and that could be: exercising, cooking, planning- and job-related as well)- then by all means, knock yourself out! Do it! For yourself.

But if you’re just feeling like you ‘must or else’ do something, well maybe now is the time for letting go and just ‘being’.  Being with your family; being quiet with yourself; reflecting; meditating; being in nature, praying more…Something to just slow you down.  We women are guilty of always wanting to do more.  How stressful is that? And- do we really need to create more stress for ourselves in these times?  Doing does not define us.  We are enough.

Ladies, except for the necessary work-related deadlines, there really are no other deadlines except for online grocery pick-up times- or the ones we create on our own!

Covid19 Stop Being a Trophy Woman Challenge:

  1. Get up and actually sip and smell the coffee; slowly.
  2. Take off the timer when you exercise- just do it for your body- not the schedule or number of minutes or steps.
  3. Pamper yourself the way you want- when you want- you’re the boss of that (not that beauty guru on youtube).
  4. Laugh with your kids- homeschooling is just that – your family relationship means more than turning into the teacher (reality check: you’re not the teacher…Unless you really are the teacher).
  5. Stop stressing about keeping up with posts on Instagram, Youtube, Facebook…no one is going anywhere special or doing anything sensational…no trips allowed.  You’re not missing anything.
  6. On that same note, keep posting if you love it! But if it starts feeling like a job- quit now; the pay is too low (or non-existent)- Plus- no one is that obsessed with what you’re up to.  Do it for the fun!
  7. For work:  Put in your 9- 5 and then shut the computer.
  8. A word on chores: Stop with the deadlines or to do-lists.  You’ve always hated cleaning the chandeliers (that’s why you only do it twice a year) …why does it absolutely have to be done this Tuesday?
  9. Take time to give Thanks. On very few selected times in history have people been given the opportunity to be on ‘hold’- in my parts of the world this type of taking a break only happens on snow days (which usually only lasts one day).
  10. The only mandatory rules that mean anything are:  Wash your hands, disinfect all that comes in from the outside, keep social distance, stay home.

We can do this.  We are enough.  No more unnecessary stress.  No one is handing out trophies. Have Faith.  Stay Safe!

#Confessionoftheday: For me blogging and taking the time to write to my heart’s content is actually a way of relaxing! Finally getting to write whenever I want.

I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

A Pocket Full of Polka Dots

TUESDAY LINKS:

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink

FRIDAY Links:

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

JEANS: A Love-Hate Relationship

Jeans and I have a love-hate relationship.  Here’s my theory (and many of you are not going to like it):

Not everyone looks good in jeans; but everyone can look good in jeans.  This is especially true when it comes to trends.  As well, I don’t believe that all jeans are comfortable.  Denim, in general is not a draping dream… It’s stiff, and if it weren’t for spandex that has now helped reinvent it- it’s just a rigid, resistant fabric.    

So, how do you make jeans work?  How can you look good and comfortable at the same time? 

You have to find the right fit for you.  And that too is not as simple as it sounds.  Jeans have to work for you- not the other way around.  Here are some of the tricks I’ve given clients throughout the years (and that this Montreal Diva uses for herself as well!).

Loose, or baggy jeans are not just for gardening. These can be so comfy without ditching style. Belt them up and wear some heels- it will change the look completely.

As well, I get that some slouchy jeans can make your back side look less than appealing…so why not top them with a cardi, loose kimono, or long- oversized blouse? This is also great for camouflaging, ladies;)

Another way is to steal the attention away from the jeans, so that you still feel stylish and comfy. Let your top be the star and focus point! Try this for yourself- you’ll thank me later. Notice how my top (and booties) in this next pic, stand out. Another trick is hem design (draws the eye from the boots right to the hem)!

A good sleeve is another big actor in this scene. Sleeves can be theatrical (stealing the show gain!)…starting to see the pattern here? Accentuating with a tight tank or vest also draws the eye to your seemingly smaller waist- and keeps the eyes on the top altogether.

Along those same lines a long top over a pair of skinny or straight jeans can give the appearance of you being a lot slimmer than you actually are (even – even if they’re low waisted). Pair that with some cute booties and let’s just say that those jeans .you only partially see them) look so dang cute!

Speaking of skinny jeans…Pair them with a jacket and immediately you’ve gotten yourself a more complete look! Now the eye goes from top to bottom- it’s cohesive- looks stylish and is super comfy. If you can find a long jean jacket like this one below even better! This length does not cut you off at the waist. Reaching your hips, it takes away any emphasis away from the tummy or behind (or hips- read below).

I can’t rave enough about bell bottoms… and- high waist. Yeah, you read that right. Bell bottoms look great for both curvy and slim shapes. If you’re heavier at the hips, I recommend that you wear (as shown above) a longer jacket if you want to sport your skinnies. But let me just say that if you want a balanced look: a tighter fit from hip to knee and then a flair, balances you out and is way more flattering in every way. Plus, they look absolutely fabulous with platforms (the higher the better!). In this style, you can easily cinch your waist (thick or thin) with a cute belt- and the look will be irresistible; something that can’t be pulled off too well with a low waist pair of jeans. (Key word: muffin).

While I’m on the subject of bell bottoms- or any jean for that matter- a white blouse should be a staple in your wardrobe. It freshens up the look and always seems to make the blue in your jeans pop. I love this contrast so much. As well, white is also the eye-catcher in a jean situation- and as we’ve seen, if you want to wear what you want when it comes to jeans…well then, you always need a show stopper match to help you achieve that!

And then there’s the mono-chromatic look! This is a natural body slimmer. As much as I love me a good print, nothing beats mono-chromatic for making me look put together when I’m in jeans. This look automatically elongates and camouflages all those areas we want kept to ourselves;) Can you imagine an all black jean look? Right?

But if you insist on having your jeans steal the show- then make sure you mean it! You can certainly have fabulous jeans that are the center of your look’s attention- but make sure they are so fabulous that every other part of you that’s not playing, is just an after thought. These jeans are what I’m talking about!

So there you have it. If you don’t want to have a love-hate relationship with your jeans, follow my tips and own your style! Remember: You wear the jeans, don’t let the jeans wear you!

#Confessionoftheday: This love relationship is cyclical; it comes and goes. Like a roller-coaster ride. I guess I’m in it for the excitement. Way to go Levis!

I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

A Pocket Full of Polka Dots

TUESDAY LINKS:

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink

FRIDAY Links

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Is Confinement Wear the New Lounge Wear?

We are all at home now (or at least we should be!).  And as petty of a question as this may be, this stylist wants to know…What are we all wearing?

The first few days at home, I get it- we wanted to be comfortable and so, for many of us it was an-all day pajama day…but now that more than a week’s gone by- enough!

I wrote an article not too long ago about the benefits of dressing for our mood: Dopamine dressing (you can read it here).  There is so much truth about how clothing can change your whole mood, demeanor and attitude.

Can we all agree that we need to pep ourselves up a bit and try to stay positive during these difficult times?  So, let’s start by, at the very least, getting dressed when at home!

And, if you insist on comfort, this may be the time to take out those gorgeous kimonos you’ve been wanting to wear (and what exactly were you saving them for anyway??).

Besides kimonos though, ladies, please wear your clothes!  Just because we are staying home does not mean we have to let go of it all- you don’t want to drag yourself into a depression (and yes- therapists will tell patients exactly that:  get up, shower and get dressed- every day!).  It’s important!  It makes you feel like you are ready for your day.

You are not getting dressed to impress- you’re doing it for yourself!  Go ahead and dress up; whether it’s in casual wear, evening wear- or whatever wear- just do it:  Get up and get dressed!  

There is absolutely no specific reason for this type of dressing- cause we’re not going anywhere! This, my friends can make it all the more fun!  Wear what you want- now is the time to enjoy even the craziest of outfits.  After all, nobody’s visiting!  Get up, get dressed and put on your Confinement wear!

Here are some ideas for what some Montreal divas are wearing to dress up while in confinement (and even when not!). One thing that all these looks have in common (besides being so darn cute!), is: Comfort.

Jumpsuits are so versatile- they’re always a good idea! (And always easier to wiggle out of when you’re home rather than out!).
I love me a good loose turtleneck- perfect if dressed up with flocked-motif leggings in the same tones.
If you’re now working from home-but still need to make a presence online , this casual work look is perfect. (I wore this to teach my online class).
Pleather at home? Why not! Also- add a loose chain belt for a little pizzazz. (Hey, it’s your house- wear what you like!)
Have fun in your closet – try a look- take a selfie! Crew necks are my faves; like these worn with leggings or jeans.
Can you tell I have this thing for motif leggings? And for a match made in heaven- I love to add me a sparkly top.
Flair baggy pants with another loose knit look. Comfy but so pretty! (BTW, the cream collar was crocheted by yours truly- just to add that extra touch).

Let’s stay safe for the health of all during this difficult time, while we connect with all things that are truly meaningful to us. And, as we try to distract ourselves from the worry and anxiety- why not indulge in a little dress-up time? There’s no harm in bringing some dopamine back into our lives…Let’s keep this quarantine fashionable shall we?

Don’t lose hope! Dress up and get yourself some good pet therapy- works all the time!

#Confessionoftheday: secretly dreaming of a virtual runway where we all dress for our own runway…Hey- confinement will do that to you!

The Upside to Confinement

Who would have thought it would come to this?  And now we are all in it together- even though we must keep apart.  Can it be that this confinement due to Covid-19 can actually bring us back to a newfound quality-time? We shall not be defeated!

Here are some ideas for how this Montreal girl spends her time:

  • Exercise. It doesn’t have to be something too strenuous (unless you want it to be).   I started taking long walks on a more regular basis.  This helps with the cabin fever and to refresh my mind.  Try taking a different route than usual and start observing the nature around you with more intent- it’s beautiful. Or- my favourite…dance to some 80’s fab music!
  • Cooking! Oh how cooking releases my stress, I can’t say enough about this!  Comfort food and the whole process- I’m loving it.  Why not cook up a recipe that you’ve been dying to make?
Check out the Highlights over at my Instgram feed @lucybertoldi under Yummy and Yummy 2 for tasty recipes
  • Start journaling.  This can be in written form, art, or other.  I make art.  Can anything be more cathartic?  The whole creative process keeps you in the moment (which weirdly enough makes time fly!).  I do mixed media art on canvas but also a lot of journaling.  If you’re interested on seeing more just head on over to my Instagram: @mtl.diva.art

Art heals

  • Meditate- keep your faith.  In the same lines with journaling or making art- try some meditating.  For some this could be in form of prayer, yoga, or whatever other form you get into.  This helps us refocus, regenerate and ultimately brings us inner strength- leading to hope and positivity!
  • DIY’s and projects!  Why not work on some of the things that always get set aside because of no time- can’t use that excuse right now!  Revamp your stuff and feel a self of renewal and accomplishment.  This is probably my favourite thing to do lol!  But projects can also be cleaning out something (like your closet!) …which btw, can also be cathartic!!
  • Sit down with a good book you’ve been longing to read! A bit of quiet time to indulge in the topics you want to learn more about.  Researching new things can be so much fun to help open your horizon for your present job, career, sport or hobby.
Adorned in Dreams, by Elizabeth Wilson is a fashion historian’s dream for real.

Click on link below to watch a clip of my review of Illustration Now! Fashion by, Julius Wiedermann Taschen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2dP8zuPSHI&feature=youtu.be
  • On these same lines, on your own (or with those you’re cooped up with!)- maybe watch a movie (or finish a Netflix series- or start one!) And why not play a game of sorts: cards, monopoly, backgammon…
  • Pamper yourself.  Take the time to finally indulge (without a darn schedule to follow!).  I think I will finally start trying those 12 different masks I have piling up in my try and review bin!
  • Heart-to-heart time with those you love (at home with you- or through Skype, messenger…). What better time to tell those you love how much you care for them?  This could be a good time for those talks you’ve been setting aside for ‘the right time’.
  • Lastly, try to remain positive, thankful and appreciative.  So difficult to do- but certainly doable!  Look at all the positive things you can actually do within this confinement period.  We’ve been geared up to always be on the go-go-go that we’ve forgotten how to stop, be still and appreciate.  Maybe a forced situation such as this one, just maybe, can bring light upon the things that are good around us.  For once we don’t have to say: I don’t have time.

#Confessionoftheday: Reminding myself that the sun always rises. Working hard on not letting anyone or anything take away my joy. A constant battle well worth the fight.

Stay Safe

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