New Monthly Collaboration: THE THRIFTY SIX!

Kicking Off The Thrifty Six in Pre-loved Shoes!

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to The Thrifty Six. We are a group of international fashion influencers who meet once a month in our little space on the internet to share our thrifty outfits. On the third Monday of every month, we will all share an outfit based on a theme that features preloved wardrobe pieces. Shopping and reselling preloved clothing is so much better for the environment and you can find some of the best fashions in thrift or charity shops. The Thrifty Six are here to inspire you to shop second hand! 

For this first installment, we’ve centered our theme on ‘Pre-loved Shoes’ (of course!). 

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By now you know my love for styling and fashion whether it be old or new- it’s all about creative styling for me:  It’s gotta look good!  And yet…this girl has got a little penchant for vintage and thrift. Nothing compares to beautiful, divine vintage pieces, and with that comes a good dose of searching and thrifting to find real gems.  That is for sure part of the thrill of the thrift that brings me sheer joy. 

And, of course, bling is my thing!  So when I saw these cute (brand new for $7!) Aldo mule-booties at my local charity store, Nova- I just had to get them! 

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Then I remembered having a little silver gem of a dress in almost the same shimmer!  The dress is vintage late 60’s and super cute.  This glitter girl is super thrilled with the combo.

And now onto sharing what my Thrifty-Six friends have found:

Here’s Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style:

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I actually bought these boots especially for the kick of of The Thrifty Six! Because I didn’t have any pre loved shoes. I was a bit afraid of wearing them, but these are never worn so that is a bit comforting idea. Haha, yes I am a daredevil!
I am actually wearing a pre loved wrap dress and blazer too! These are from Tamaris, my favorite shoe brand. And they are real sitting shoes! And having that said, the circle is round as these series are the third that Shelbee and I host together, and we started of with sitting shoes  three years ago!

Emma of Style Splash

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I bought these shoes in a charity shop for just £1! They’re really good quality and super comfortable. I’m guessing they were quite expensive new so I got a real bargain!

Grace of Graceful Rags

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While I’ve never purchased a pair of shoes at an actual thrift store, I do have quite the collection of hand-me-down pairs—which is just another form of thrifting! I was so excited when a good family friend decided to give me these brown peep-toe wedges on a whim. They are the perfect transitional shoe as we start to enter fall!

Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade

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Cinderella’s Diamond Slippers…
I found these beautiful gold and diamond party shoes on eBay and it was love at first sight!
A while back, I wore them for a really glitzy night out and I felt like a princess…
I stayed at my friend’s house but the next day I had to work and in my rush to get ready, I left one shoe behind.
I was devastated when I realized it was missing but all was not lost…
My friend’s brother (who I fancied like mad) drove all the way to my house to return the shoe.
And guess what – he asked me out on a date!
We had a few dates but sadly he wasn’t my prince charming – good Cinderella story though eh!
Everything I’m wearing is second hand from the following brands:
Hero Shoes – Next (Y2K Vintage)
Dress – Global Paris (True 60’s Vintage Piece)
Bag – UnbrandedEarrings – eBay (Vintage)
Glasses – Vivienne Westwood

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

The Thrifty Six
I recently found these adorable combat boots at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. They were $5.99. The brand is Vito Rossi which is an Italian men’s shoe line.
But they were my size, the price was right, and they are so darn cute, I couldn’t resist. Other thrifted items in this outfit are my white denim skirt and my snakeskin bag.

Please visit all my lovely friends to see more of their gorgeous outfits and to get to know them better! We will be back next month with another pre loved theme!

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What gems have you thrifted recently? This thrift-loving-vintage girl wants to know!

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Is Styling an Artform? Setting up your Lookbook…

Is fashion, Art? 

For one thing, just look at paintings throughout history- we can easily tell how people lived just by their clothing and surroundings.  Politics and world affairs also portrayed through people and what they wore. Everything was depicted through art, and that goes for fashion as well.    Fashion is innately creative and therefore artistic as well!

So I like to think as individual styling as an extension of how one makes use of fashion, creatively…like an art form.  And, just like artists we depict our styling depending on our mood, or situation. Interpreting and creating daily our own moods and historical moments, through our personal Lookbooks is also creating art; your personal form of expression. 

Check out my Pinterest Lookbook HERE.

You are not invisible to the world…You’re a walking masterpiece- or, one in process!   Everyday is a new day to create- start your art with styling! You are the master of your own creations.  So here’s to starting your own canvas collection- or- Lookbook; Look at the palette available right in your closet, and set the mood! 

Few tips for starting your Lookbook:

Choose the item that makes you most happy and that you love wearing- or something that inspires you (to get your creative juices going!).

Next, pair that up with a garment, or any accessory (one or many more), that you find complements it – or- find something that is completely on the opposite side of the color wheel!

Third, take a selfie of yourself doing a confident Vogue pose (yes- a Vogue pose.  You’re creating an art piece remember?)  Making it Vogue adds helps give the look character- and shows you can pull it off…or have a good laugh and stop taking yourself so seriously!

Fourth, start up a fashion folder, or pinterest board, or post on Instagram, or just keep it on your phone for reference- and there you have yourself a lookbook (or moodboard!!) You can do this exercise daily or once a week, or a month- you decide- you’re the creative genius.

Note:  Guaranteed you’re gonna get positive responses!  Once again:  You’re not invisible.

Watch my fast speed clip- it might give you a good chuckle:)

If you do this exercise, please let me know or tag me on your social media: @lucybertoldi so I can see!

#Confessionoftheday: Like all creations, some of them have to get scrapped and brought right back to the drawing board…I honestly think this is the part of the process I enjoy most. Weird, I know.

On another note, I’ve been featured on IFB!!! I love when this happens!! For my article: Why Styling Challenges are Good For You…

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Why Styling Challenges are Good For You…

Styling challenges generally happen on Instagram or Facebook, or other similar social platforms. They consist of a group, or individual, sending out a post which invites others to dress up for themes, trends, colors, patterns, or, to celebrate, or for a cause, or just for pure fun.  The themes and reasons why, are endless.  

Besides the fact that styling challenges are super fun- Today I’m here to give you my professional opinion as to why these challenges are good for you and why you should absolutely be joining some!

Here are some good enough reasons for you to jump in:

  1. Boosts Creativity:  Challenges force you to look for colors, patterns, etc. that are already in your closet.  Making you put them together in ways you never thought of before. Gets your creative juices flowing.
  2. Favors Style Evolution:  Challenges help push you out of your comfort zone:  This is essential if you want to evolve in your styling.  We sometimes get stuck in a rut simply because we settle into a particular style.
  3. Makes You More Daring:  Enough with the wall-flower attitude!  Challenges help break the ice! Pushes you out of the “I could never do or wear that” attitude.  This is hard to accomplish on your own…but with a good challenge it’s as good a reason as ever to start!
  4. Boosts Awareness:  Challenges can bring out new awareness of styles, trends and more.  It can be a learning experience that teaches you how to style up; what you really like; what you want to portray; what you need to add or take out of your closet…
  5. Perfect Opportunity to Play Dress-Up:  All it is, is an exercise for you to try on things and have fun and play with what you own.  There’s nothing serious about it- it’s just styling up clothes (you’re not applying for a modeling job for Vogue). 
  6. Mood Booster:  Remember how I’ve drilled you on the benefits of Dopamine dressing? How dressing up can improve your mood?  So, this is actually fun which helps boost happiness-and who can’t use a good, no cost picker-upper these days? So why not?
  7. Motivation: Let’s face it- these days we don’t always feel like getting dressed up. Challenges motivate you to get up and style- up!
  8. Inspiration of course! Seeing what others are posting can give you so many ideas that maybe you haven’t thought of before!

It’s all positive! Plus, if you’re still not convinced, just do these challenges without posting online.  Just get dressed on your own and see what you come up with- without posting.  You’ll still reap the benefits😊

However, I strongly suggest that once you start on your own, at some point do try to get online and post as well.  This will give you the affirmation that you did it by giving you that extra push (you got the courage to wear it out there!).  As well, if you’re looking for a fun community to be part of- well, challenges can bring you that as well.  Who knows how many new friends you’ll make (if you want to that is!).

Here are a few of the many of the challenges I’ve joined – and the benefits I’ve reaped from these:

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this one from @affectionatelyaudrey’s Hodgepodge Challenge. This Challenge pushed me to see how many prints I could mix while still keeping it stylish.
Here’s another- it was a 7 days of dresses challenge given by @clothesandpizza This challenge forced me to wear so many of my dresses! I had been on a jeans and pants rut- so this was so good!
And this! The Diane Keaton Challenge by @annazzon and @imanorbyah This was one of my favourite challenges as I definitely played dress- up here. It forced me to take out clothes I haven’t even looked at in decades. As well, I rediscovered the power of a good suit! Plus this was purely fun (which I needed as a mood changer that particular week). It helped not to take myself so seriously. And- I got so many DM’s of people telling me how they secretly wanted to dress like Keaton and now maybe give it a try. So all worth it!
Maybe you’ll remember this one from my own Wanna-be Kimono Challenge! Creating this challenge was a lot of fun to create. It also helped my styling students come up with so many ideas of their own.

So there you have it! This is my intake for joining styling challenges. Personally, I love them- especially for the inspiration they bring out in me for further looks I create…like this one!

Have you joined any styling challenges yet?  If so, which ones? And- if not…Why not? 

Note:  You can email me or DM me anytime if you need any ideas or where to go for fun challenges.

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Every Fashionista Should Take Part in Slow Fashion Season…

Have you heard of Slow Fashion Season (July, August, September)? 

Everyone can do their part without it being complicated or difficult.  Every little bit makes a difference.  Being in fashion, I’ll be the first to admit that temptation is always all around me.  It’s difficult to say no to fast fashion- I so get that!  I’m crazy about new styles, trends, beauty, fashion transformations…you name it.  But honestly- we can no longer turn a blind eye.  There’s actually so much we can do…even if it’s just one small thing at a time.

CONSIDER:

– Re-fashioning what you already own (if you can’t sew, mend or craft- rather than pay for new; pay for a seamstress).

– swap parties

– thrifting

– borrowing

– selling it 

– giving it away  

– buying local

buying quality that lasts! In other words; Consider giving it thoughtYes: Thought. Meaning, if you really must buy new- then go into it with logic.  Check for great quality and durability- things must last!  Ask yourself how many times you plan on wearing the item (if it’s just for one time…give it up).  Yes, that may mean spending a bit more (or even maybe a lot more)- but look at it as an investment. If you know this will be worn a lot- and that you don’t intend ever ridding yourself of it…then isn’t that worth the money?

All this is possible without saying good-bye to great styling and fashionable looks.  Trust me!  All you need is some creativity. And, today no one can get away with saying they have no ideas…who are we kidding?!  Social media is FILLED with ideas.  We can do this.  The time is now.

Will you join Slow Fashion Season?  There’s still time😊

Website:                      www.slowfashionseason.org 

Instagram:                    https://www.instagram.com/slowfashionseason/ 

Facebook:                    https://www.facebook.com/collactionsfs/

Facebook event:            https://www.facebook.com/events/3207779055910660/

#Confessionoftheday: When I buy new, I really do buy quality that lasts, and that is locally made (whatever the country I’m in)- and that can include high end designer. That does mean I end up paying a pretty penny for it- but I’ve never regretted any of those pieces. For me, that’s another side of sustainability.

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When Fashion is Your Muse – Part 3- (Fashionphile Focus)

If you love fashion, then I’m sure some part of you loves history- am I right?  Well, that’s certainly the case for me- period costumes will get me every time; whether it’s at the museum, online, or at the movies (hello Netflix).  Jaw-dropping gorgeousness that swifts you back in time…

I’ve grown attached (historically that is😉 to not only the fantastic outfits of the past, but also the ‘fashionistas’ of the time.  Creating a style that went hand in hand with their rank, but even moreso with their large personalities, these historical figures have also become my fashion Muses.

Setting the pace as human fashion plates, styling their looks according to their ‘personal stylists’ (more about these in another post!).  Ravishing, often decadent and certainly luxurious- the craftmanship of their garments has no such comparison.  Clothes definitely made to last!

So- without taking you into a History of Fashion course here (I could though- because that’s one of the courses I do teach!)- Here are some of my favourite historical figures and a bit about them- Check out their style!

Well, you just know I’m gonna start with Marie Antoinette, how could I not?!  Reigning queen of fashion, the beautiful and much- maligned queen of the French was hated from the beginning (primarily because she was Austrian) but also because she was thought of as an over-indulging and frivolous queen.  If you do drop Hollywood and read the real history- you’ll see that she was wrongly accused in so many ways- But, now onto fashion!  Yes- she was the ultimate fashionista with the most superb style (thanks to her stylist- for another post!)  Next…

Do you know Diane de Poitiers?  She was the gorgeous (and much older) mistress of the French King Henri II.  Known for her beauty, brain and style- this fashion icon led the scene even more so than the queen (Catherine de Medici) herself!  Her beauty potions to keep her young included washing her skin with pure gold ( and ingesting too…which leads to speculations about her death).  Next…

Madame de Pompadour (Louis XV’s mistress) was a breathtaking beauty.  Tending and doting on the King was a never ending, all-consuming task (due to his insatiable sexual appetite).  Not always upto it, especially since she was becoming ill and very frail- Madame de Pompadour still enjoyed the king’s company as he did hers.  But a king needs to be satisfied…What does she do?  She selects a group of young, very, very willing seductresses (that weren’t too bright at all).  Thus satisfying the king’s lusts without ever wanting to replace his mistress for he loved her mind so much.  (BTW, the king was not even aware of de Pompadour’s setting this all up!).  Oh did I mention (sorry for going astray there)- she was the best dressed lady in court.  Her fashion reputation still stands today. Next…

Veronica Franco the great Venetian courtesan of the 16th c was known (amongst other qualities) for her literary and artistic accomplishments.  But- we’re talking fashion- so!  Obviously wearing more audacious and seductive attire, courtesans of the day were ornately styled up!  Expensive and sought out materials adorned their bodies- and often set trends way before nobility and royalty…Not very difficult to believe if you think that their lovers were mostly men of the highest ranks who could muster up the most exquisite gifts at a whim in exchange for the courtesan’s art. Veronica Franco was also a mistress to King Henry III of France.  Let’s just say her wardrobe must have been over the top. Next…

Let’s get into history’s influencer muse…the Countess of Castiglione.  This beauty set up her own photo shoots- leaving a lasting  legacy that still follows her today.  The photo shoots were way ahead of her times, artistically speaking, and she made quite the reputation for herself.  She came from a highly aristocratic family.  Her beauty was immeasurable and so was her charm.  So much so that her uncle sent her to France to butter up Napoleon III to reunify Italy.  Suffice it to say that the liaison was short , but worked!  In the meantime, she made quite an impression as she became the icon to follow.  The French relished in her looks – she became known as the Queen of hearts- again, because of a famous photo-shoot (above left). Next…

Oh dear, have you heard of Marchesa Luisa Caschi? Eccentricity to the max! Muse to several artist of the early 19th c,  the Marchesa was an outrageous fashionista.  She collected a menagerie of exotic animals- and could be found walking them in the parks.  Anyway- her style was incomparable and trend setting as well! Next…

Looking for some good od Renaissance fashion.  Look no further than the utterly breathtaking Giulia Farnese (seductress to the Pope)- you may have seen her on the Borgia’s (but that’s Hollywood).  In reality, she was forced into that relationship.  And- being in a relationship with the most powerful man (probably on the planet back then – there was no higher rank)- Giulia got what Giulia wanted in exchange.  And what did Giulia love more than jewels and the latest fashion (not much more really).  Being the beauty she was- Giulia was the trend setting Madonna of the Roman hills; with a scandalous painting of her representing the Virgin… Next…

How can we look at historical fashionistas and not talk about Cleopatra!  Oh my goodness- this Greek sublimeness (yes she was Greek; from the line of Ptolemy- descendants of Alexander the Great)- No other woman on earth could have been more powerful.  She had first pick on everything and gold was her element of choice!  Ornate you say?  Who would I pick as her doppelganger…Cher of course!  What do you think? Next…

Leaving you with my two favourite historical women in fashion.  Starting with Alienore (Eleanor) of Aquitaine.  Power you ask?  Notorious Fashion Queen of the Mideival.  She was all about silk, fine wool and gems, gold…lots of gold.  Her beauty matched her unharnessed strength.  There’s a recounting of her while married to the French King Louis VII on their trip through Palestine during the Crusades, where Alienore rode with her ladies through battle, loose long hair looking like Amazons.  There’s so much to her power and strength, every girl and woman should read up on her. Next…

Lastly, Josephine Bonaparte- my all time favourite muse!  Impeccable style this Martinique beauty (the Rose of Martinique) was the Viktoria Beckham fashionista of the 18thc.  She caught Bonaparte’s fancy and that was it!  He made her Empress.  She is well-known for the ‘empire’ style dress (more on her stylist as well in a later post!) Empire because she was an empress.

There are more! But I didn’t want this post to be never-ending! If you want to see more, please visit my Historical Fashion Muses Board on Pinterest- can check it out HERE

Here’s just a glimpse:

#Confessionoftheday: There’s a bit of each of these muses in every woman I believe…but I’d rather just pick colorful elements from their fashion sense rather than their lifestyle- oof!

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Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

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Fashionphile Focus #7: When Fashion is Your Muse- Part 2

It would be impossible for me to speak about Fashion as my Muse without any reference to historical attire.  As we all know, everything in fashion repeats itself; or comes back in some form or another.

Designers are always referring to the past when they create- And what a rich source of inspiration that can be! Alexander McQueen was notorious for doing this!  He loved Victorian and Gothic fashion and it can be seen in his own designs. 

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How does this even relate to us?? These designs are at the very top of creativity. These are a springboard for all other creatives to base themselves on and to produce garments that have a nuance or taste of these beauties. Consequently, they create tones or patterns or cuts that we can actually wear and keep looking trendy.

Hard to imagine? Not really-You already own some of these ‘historical fashion’ items!  Let’s see; do you own…

Flair sleeve tops?

Bell sleeve tops?

Ruffled blouses?

Hoop skirts?

Long dresses or skirts?

Velvet pants or jacket?

Chunky gold accessories?

Platform shoes?

Ankle booties?

Ballerinas?

Button-down vests or jackets?

Turtlenecks?

High-collar shirts?

Gloves?

Lace (something or other)?

This list can go on and on!!

So it’s no wonder that designers need to rehash what has already been done and bring back with a twist of their own.  From there, the rest of us will end up buying (or thrifting!) diluted forms of these creations. So why not take some of those incredible elements and bring them into our own styling?

 Here are more designers getting inspired by history:

Dior’s Rococo

The genius, Galliano and his take:

Givenchy:

And- I could not write about this without making note of fashion’s all-time bad boy- who also plucked his creativity straight from the past…Here are some of Jean Paul Gauthier’s creations.

When his Exhibit came to Montreal, I just had to go!  Here’s a mini clip of one magnificent ‘caged’ creation taken right out of the ‘pallier’ times.

And as for myself, I can’t really pinpoint which part of the history inspired my own two dresses (for when my daughters got married both in the same year- 3 months apart). But I know that the inspiration and idea of these two designs (I helped co-create) were definitely a spin-off from the past. What do you think?

STAY TUNED for the last part of this Fashion is My Muse Edition, for next week when I highlight my Historical Muses…You’re gonna love them!

Here’s a glimpse:

#Confessionoftheday: My go-to inspiration will forever be a fantastically dramatic sleeve…and I wonder where I got that inspiration from…past life for sure lol!

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Oh and, So happy that my post: Fabulous Friday’s Linkup and Runway Talk was featured in IFB on Links a la Mode!!

Here are the featured bloggers chosen by IFB:





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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!)

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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

Fashionphile Focus: When Fashion is Your Muse – Part 1

What drives your styling inspiration? Where do you turn to quench that thirst for creativity?  What sparks your next look- or purchase?

Just like an artist’s muse is the inspiration for his canvas, my muse for styling is fashion.  Yes, Fashion is my Muse.  Of course, there are faces behind those looks that inspire me so.  I have scrapbooks and Mood boards filled from the years of collecting.  This exercise has helped me during my career, my teaching, my art, and personally as well. 

Not only are Mood boards great tools for collecting creative info, but they are especially useful as springboards for future projects.  You can add or transform as you go along or evolve.  And- this doesn’t always have to be with paper and glue (although that process can be incredibly satisfying!).  There are great online platforms to help you plan your boards.  You know what I’m gonna say:  Pinterest, of course!  

Today I’m sharing with you one of my Fashion Boards from Pinterest:  Fashion is My Muse  This board is filled with my very Favourite Fashion Icons.  For me, there’s nothing ‘ordinary’ about these Muses; they are all Extraordinary.

I’m inspired primarily by their look and style, the patterns and forms, colors and accessories- the stories their appearance unfolds.  Flamboyance and over-the-top creations help bring us out of our comfort zone. We may not go to these extremes…but certainly edge us on a bit. And that’s a good thing- moving forward and accepting change!

Here are my Muses, in no particular order:

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Definitely starts off : Carrie Bradshaw, Twiggy, and Brigitte Bardot.

Debbie Harris, Jacqui O., Diana Ross, Josephine Baker…
Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, Iris Apfel…
Audrey Hepburn, Prince, Rod Stewart, more Naomi…
Definitely my David Bowie, and there’s Harry Stiles (My daughter’s love of her life)…
More Twiggy, Harry and Bowie…
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Crazy about Vanessa Paradis, Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga, Cher and Rachel Zoe (who I happen to think is Bardot’s doppelganger- don’t you find?)
And, of course everything and everyone that has to do with Ru Paul!

There’s more… I keep on adding to this list. Stay tuned for Part 2; where I disclose my historical fashion muses!

Do you create Moodboards?  Who are your Fashion Muses?

#Confessionoftheday: I secretly dream of recreating each and every one of these looks! I’m thinking of maybe doing a challenge on this! Would you join me??

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Fashion Fairy Dust

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Style Splash

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Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

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A Labour of Life

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Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

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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- Canada Day and a Styling Challenge…

July is finally here- and along with that comes Canada Day!  Such a different one for me, (the cover photo was taken last year in Greece for Canada Day) as I’m living with my daughter to help her out- so no partying! But anyway, who can really party with Covid still lurking.  But! How fun that on my daughter’s quaint street they had mini parades and neighborly cook outs! See the video clip below…

First week of July also started with a Styling Tips post for Northern summers, by your very own Montreal Styling Diva here..You can go check that out here: How Does a Montreal Girl Adapt her Styling to the Summer Season

And, just because styling is my very favourite thing, a fun challenge! Norbyah and Anna started the Trends In Your Closet Challenge– which I’m crazy about! 

A mix of Style and Sustainability, go check out the looks and go ahead and join too! The challenge is on until July 5th.

Most Clicked Post of Last Week’s Link Up Party was by Nicole Molders of High Latitude Style’s: How To Look Stunning in Romantic Style

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Favourite Fashion Post of the Week’s Link UP was by Cate of Posh and Pure for: Stylish Swim Looks For The 50+ Year Old Woman

And- I’m so happy to have been featured on these amazing blogs!! Emma from Style Splash AND Michelle from My Bijou Life Online for my St-Jean post last Friday.

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

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

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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

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

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

A Fashionable Diva’s Styling Must- Haves

Spring Summer Series

Ok- this could mean tons of stuff.  But let’s narrow it down to the nitty gritty and see what it is you can re-style over and over:  Staples.

So, whether you’re the type of girl who needs tons of stuff, or you’re a minimalist, here’s my Stylist point of view on some must-haves:

At least one day bag and one evening bag.  Here everyone thinks black (so that it goes with everything)-  I’ll let you in on something; come closer: Black can age you and can actually ruin the whole look! Yeah you read that right.  A better choice would be something colorful enough to wear during the day (so it matches with pretty much everything!) Or even a paillettes- colourful gem. 

These go with absolutely everything…even if at first you wouldn’t think so!

And for the evening, why not a delicious metallic gold or silver?  Perfect!

For sure and evening dazzler…but why not for daytime as well?!

Get yourself a great jumpsuit.  This little gem can be dressed down with sneaker and a jean jacket , or dressed up with bling and sling back sandals.  You need this- and- somehow it’s always on trend.

Far left has bling on the shoulders; Middle can be dressed up or down; Far right is a palazzo darling!

A suit jacket /blazer (men’s even better!).  Wear it belted (with nothing under- like a shirt) ; open over jeans; dressed up with a gorgeous scarf and pants or skirt; over a dress.  Ok I’ll stop- too many possibilities!

How fun is this?!
And you remember these two…

Shoes?  This is where I go a bit overboard- but actually, it’s necessary!  You should own about 5 pairs per season.  Example Summer: 

Colorful flat sandals that go with bermudas or short dresses;

Make it fun- add some bling on daytime cuties too!

 High-heel sandals for dressier times.

 Great sneakers.

Add some pizzazz to your sneakers by getting platforms- and even better in metallic colors!

 Low or high-heeled mules for in-between go to’s (they look good with anything).

Mules…I could literally live in them all year round if I could!

And lastly, no need for pics here: flip-flops as dressy or casual as you need! Your choice!

  Dresses  

You need at least one long dress – sleeveless is preferable so you can wear it dressed up or down by layering it.

You can add one cocktail dress- but these days a great pair of pants with dressy top can also do the trick – so I leave this to your discretion.

Who says a great pants- outfit can’t outshine a cocktail dress?! Do you see a metallic pattern happening here? Yes…that’s key to everything , darlings!

You should also have at least one fun shorter day dress that you can take from day to evening.

Lace! Fresh in the day and exquisite for the evening. Accessorize and bring it to another level; like this Chanel collier I paired with it!

Lastly, a versatile kimono wanna-be for cooler evenings; as a cover up; worn as a blouse- it’s a passe-partout! (good for any occasion!) See my article on that here.

Cover-ups…but make it more!

Since we’re headed for summer:  Sunscreen, sunnies, and a pretty hat.

Lastly: The most important must have though…is Attitude. A feel-good in what I’m wearing attitude. Confidence is everything! If you feel good, you’ll look good. Flaunt your attitude. Stylist’s Orders.

You’re done…until next season!

#Confessionoftheday:  My number one go-to- and the one I most highly recommend my Lovelies really is ATTITUDE.

This Week’s Favourite Fashion Styling Diva is: Joy from Joyouscloset on Instagram

This girl rocks!! You should see her closet- AMAZING Collection!! Go check her out!

If you would like a chance to be featured, make sure to follow me on Instagram, or Follow this blog– 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:

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

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