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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Fabulous Friday’s Linkup- Dreaming of a Sunshiny Getaway…

We’re in mid July, for us Montrealers that means half the summer is already gone.  For me, summer also means getting away.  I love going to Greece, and I’ve shared my thoughts about that on Instagram, and I know I’ve mentioned before how much I also love Florida- even in the summertime!  And I especially miss it this year!! That intense Florida heat feels like gold to my bones- and the ocean sound, it’s truly music to my ears.  I love that the water is warm and gentle in the summer- and that every place indoors is a cool haven after a beachy day.  This year it’s different because of this Pandemic- and for Floridians as well…

All this to say that although I love Greece so much, a fashionista like myself thrives, and prefers, perusing the great stores of the US.  I love to see what’s in and not- and how different it might be to the styles and trends back home.  I think it’s safe to say that Florida is a shopper’s paradise. But this year…I’m staying in Montreal. Keeping safe and masked up.

Here’s reminiscing to warm nights by the pool and perfect lobby selfies…in a beautiful flowy yellow top I got back in …Greece lol!!

What are you replacing vacays with?

This week’s Favourite Fashion Diva is: Gail from Is This Mutton Isn’t she just fabulous in this print mix??  Classy and edgy all in one! Love me a great black & white print mix with fuschia!

Favourite Blog Post Read of the Week:  Grace from Graceful Rags for her post entitled: The Best and Worst Parts of Fashion Blogging. She speaks the truth- and it so resonated with me. Go read this Fashionista’s great post!

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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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Fabulous Friday’s Linkup Party and Runway Talk…

(An unusual summer taking place elsewhere this year; definitely different than last year- Even for the Fashion Runway…)

Paris Digital Couture Week was on…not your usual Runway – this season everything took place online. Paris cancelled live shows due to the Pandemic- at least for one season.

So the shows were almost like music videos. For the most part designers kept the clips quite simple; running one minute for most (except for Dior; 10 minutes). Let’s just say…way less exciting (for me at least!)

Women’s fashion ran from Monday to Wednesday and Men’s from Thursday on. Did you get to watch?

Here are some great photos of three of my favourite designer collections.

Dior and dolls this time! Almost reminded me of the Pandora times- when these kind of dolls were the fashion plates of back then…

So Monday’s show began with Dior:

Just unbelievably precious AND…just wondering who gets these afterwards? Ideas???

Next up on Tuesday: CHANEL. More of a Rococo meets punk… I found the line more upbeat and much younger focused. Refreshing and edgy!

Wednesday was for my other favourite: Maison Margiela- by the genius Galliano. So much sheer goodness! I’m crazy for sheer and there was some everywhere in this show!

And how are we on making steps towards Sustainability in the Fashion world? Well, I was especially delighted to learn that both St-Laurent and Gucci (my favourite!!) will opt out of doing 4 shows a year. And, it appears that Mugler has agreed upon this as well. This will reduce so much waste in many ways- so that is definitely a step in the right direction!

Photos Source: https://wwd.com/fashion-news/

Who are your favourite designers?

Onto my Favourite Fashion Diva of the Week! Drum Roll for Ada and her adorable daughter! Of Elegance and Mommyhood

Favourite Blog Post Read of the Week: Suzanne from Crazy Blonde Life Blog’s : The Life of a Small Town Blogger

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DIY: How to add Crochet to a Bustier!

Starting off the week with a different type of styling tip!  Why not re-cycle or re-fashion something you love by somehow ‘crafting’ it?  That’s exactly what I did with this little bustier!

First of all, it became too tight!  But- I didn’t want to get rid of it- I find it was such a good layering piece.  This is what it looked like before:

First I created a border for the length (needed more coverage and it was no longer good where it ended in my middle section).  Then, I decided to open up one side (the other has a zipper so that’s too complicated).  And I crocheted an extension!  Then, in order to balance out the two sides, I crocheted two separate pieces and sewed them along the zipper sides.  This created a more balanced illusion.  By also stitching on a crochet border to the shoulder straps- my look became complete!

Et Voila!

Soaking up all them 70’s vibes…

My daughter says she’ll borrow it too (that’s always a good sign…or is it?).  She, though, will wear it like a tank- nothing under- bless her cute little bod😊

If I have to be quite honest here- the crochet part was the easiest.  I did have to use quite a bit of imagination to recreate and ‘make fit’ the idea I had in mind.  But in the end, it all worked out!

You can watch my clip here:

If you’d like to see someone who is a real pro at this?  Check out my goddaughter on Instagram:  @CROCHETKAT27   She inspires me so much- hope I’m making her proud😊

As for my Styling Students; I’m challenging you this week with this!  Remember our motto to Refashion and Rewear!

#Confessionoftheweek:  Haven’t been confessing a great deal have I?  Well, I’m back to say that as good as this may look…it wasn’t easy or quick at all.  But I WILL attempt another such DIY for sure.  I’m such a self-torturer!

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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.

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How does a Montreal Girl Adapt Her Styling to the Summer Season?

There’s a saying here in Montreal; We have two seasons: July and Winter.  Not quite true- but close enough! It can take forever to get us into warm weather- but when it hits, it’s scorching.  It doesn’t last though as our fall arrives quite fast.  And our summers can be so temperamental!  So how does a Montreal girl shop or plan her wardrobe to meet the fussy weather?

DON’TS

  1. Avoid shopping too early for summer wear.  We are so eager to see sunshine that some of us begin shopping for summer as soon as the very tricky warm rays appear in early spring. But our weather is tricky! Hold back.
  2. Over shopping (because of over-positivity) is another downfall.  Again, hold back.
  3. Avoid too trendy.  We can get carried away when we find the perfect summer dress- and overspend.  Consider how many wears you will get out of it?
  4. Instagram and advertising is not always geared to your country’s weather.  Some little summer dresses can be divine in Florida…but don’t quite work for long in Montreal.  Same can be said for the colours and patterns in vogue from a tropical place to a northern climate.
  5. Shopping while away on vacation (where it’s usually way hotter than back home), can be very tempting- but I don’t recommend it.  Unless you are shopping for vacation only!

It’s best to give all these some serious consideration, if you don’t want to overfill your closets with things that will just hang there…for you to maybe wear next summer (if you even get a chance).  And remember that trends change!

DO’S

  1. Transitional is wise.  Invest in pieces that will carry you from fall to spring – and the occasional cool days of summer.  One good trick is to opt for florals or patterns that go for all seasons. 
  2. The advantages of color.  Keeping several light colored pieces, even if the fabric is a little heavier, will work for summer; as will lighter fabric clothing in darker colors work year round as well. 
  3. Layering is key! Invest in pieces that can be layered, or, that are the layering pieces.
  4. Scarves!  I can’t say enough about this incredible accessory!  Easily turns into a mini top for summer, or a cover up for cooler temps.
  5. Blazers: An absolute must for all seasons- yes, summer too! You can wear your halters no problem and be all set when the chilly wind pops in (coz it will!).
  6. If you need change, and shop you must, then why not give thrifting or vintage shopping a try?  This will be an all-around win-win situation for your pocket, your taste, and the environment.

This is not everything- but it’s a good start.  We adore summer, but for us Northern girls, let’s be honest with ourselves…it really is our shortest season (so sad!!).

Here are a few looks that can work for more than just one season, while still being perfect for northern weather (like in Montreal or New York). We all know there are days like this- where the sun has turned its back to warm some other place!:

Wore this mid June. This mixed print outfit is in a very light cotton blend- but because the colours are darker, it also would work for fall (with booties!)
Here’s the same outfit worn with a jean jacket and a scarf. This pic was taken same day as above (mid June!! ) It was still cold! The straw bag brings in the element of summer- it helps make the outfit work. As you can see, this outfit can easily be transitional for fall. And what about the scarf? Like I mentioned, you can wear them on chillier days like I did with this look.
Light breezy fabric once again- in this case no matter that the skirt is sheer, it’s animal print and it works all year round (again picture this look with booties!) The little black vest also works all year-round. For this particular day I wore the bright yellow top with the vest to give it an accent. On very warm days I can wear this same look: Vest, no blouse. Perfect!
Now how can this look be transitional you ask? First of all the plaid shorts are of heavier material (wool blend – good for both summer and winter), and I’m wearing a leatherette jacket. The color white gives it its summer look. Yet if I were to recopy this look with thick tights and boots, it would be perfect for fall!

Like I said, blazers are always a good idea. See how this works for both summer and even all year round. Because they’re shorts, it still works that this is a thicker kind of material.
Again, using all-year-round material like leather, and long sleeves in a warm tone -even if in a light fabric, can be worn all year-round (think tights for fall and winter).

And so here you have it. Note: these outfits you probably saw me style before. And for good reason, they are timeless- fashionable always. My way of shopping my closet and re-inventing as I go along!

Don’t think of this as limiting! In fact think of this as creative, and money well-spent! Your wardrobe will get you through for longer periods of time while being good for your pocket as well as the environment. Stretching clothing use, wear and re-wear is where fashion is at right now. Do your part and look the part, smart and gorgeous.

Take care my lovely Fashion Divas xx

#Confessionoftheday: These tips are tried and tested- not only in my professional styling opinion…but I have been known to shop for the cutest summer dresses (and in different colours!) to never wear them more than once…sad, I know. But true.

If you enjoyed this topic and would like to learn more, please email me at: lucy_bertoldi.com or shoot me a DM on Insta!

And- for all you wonderful bloggers out there- please come link up your posts with me every Friday for my Fabulous Friday’s Link up Party (there’s still time this week too!

Have a great week!

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My Purple World

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Fabulous Friday’s Link Up: Reflections, More Styling…and a Lip Plumping Trick!

Reflection is an ongoing process…but of not much use unless you push it forward with some action.  I’m pushing myself to learn more and make a difference.  It’s a work in progress.  But I am hopeful.  The key reminder is that we are ALL God’s children.

I’m so happy that this message gets passed along throughout our blogging community – it’s so important!! So I want to thank Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge for featuring it as well!!

As for styling- well it’s been such a fun week of print mixing and color smashing (been keeping my Styling Students on their toes!!).  You can read my post here.

Last Week’s LINK UP FAVOURITES:

I picked 4!! INSPIRATION, HISTORY, FASHION, and Most Clicked!

1- For an amazing heart-felt, inspirational and urgently needed read– head on over to Ashley’s Blog: Le Style Rouge

2- Do you know the history of Kimonos??  If you don’t you should head over to High Latitude Style and read  Nicole’s post.  It is so interesting!!

3- And for my favourite fashion look:  Check out Shelbee on the Edge’s post here.  Should she really say good-bye to this look…OMG- please keep this and REWEAR, darling, it’s just too good!!

4- Most Clicked site on the Link Party last Friday was: Nicole’s post, from High Latitude Style: 9 Bloggers Reveal Their Secrets How to Get Bikini Ready Such great tips you’re gonna wanna read!!

I can’t tell you how happy I was to be featured on My Bijou Life Online this week…and the reason being that once again the fabulous WOC I wrote about got another shout out!! If you haven’t read my article- check it out here:

And then… I also remembered that I never shared my Lip Plumping Trick with you my fabulous Divas!! How can I forget this.  Honestly, it works like a charm (without injections…well at least so far!).  Here’s the clip for this. 

Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

And now…its time for My FRIDAY LINK UP PARTY!!!

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

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

Tips: Mixing Colors, Patterns and Prints – Forget Taboos- Have Fun With It!

For anyone who loves fashion, nothing can be more delicious to the eye than viewing a runway filled with an array of colors, patterns and styles.  We just love it!  But when it comes to wearing anything that’s a bit out of our comfort zone- particularly mixed prints…well that’s another story!

I’m here to help out if I may- with a few tips on how to get started and how to make you more comfortable in this area if you want to dabble in this exciting form of expression.

You probably do love prints, patterns and colors- but you’re not sure if you could pull off the look.  Sometimes it feels too daring and there’s also risk associated wit feeling “too out there”.  Too often the risks- especially for us past the middle point (age-wise) are all of the ‘social’ kind. 

Here’s the list of risks that too often stop us from expressing ourselves:

I’m too old to wear something that outrageous.

Prints make me look older than my age…frumpish (age- related)

The colors are too loud for me (age related again)

I don’t suit patterns or too much color (they make me look fat; I’m too short; too tall; they make me look bulky; make my bones stand out…oh dear, just fill in your own blanks.)

I only suit black.

The list goes on.

News Flash:  Yes, You’re here. Yes, You’re aging.  Yes, You’re still alive.  Your life is not over!!  How old are you really in your heart and head?  Life’s too short, start having fun (it’s only clothes…fashion comes and goes- style it up hun!)

Now- let’s get onto Print and pattern mixing!

READY?? I’ll give you the easiest and quickest way to SAFELY dabble into print mixing… Here it comes: Stay within the same Color Family. How easy is that??

3 Different patterns- SAME color family.

Beginner EXERCISE for you:

  1. Go to your closet and pick the one print you absolutely love (top, pants, dress, scarf…)
  2. With the garment in hand move along your racks to see if at least ONE of the colors in the garment can be found in another piece
  3. Once you’ve found that piece, start matching it up!
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I started by picking this amazing slip on skirt…which according to the norm could technically only be worn with black…Note how I picked another animal print to pair it with! The trick was to keep the base color (dusty rose) to tie up the look.

Intermediate Exercise for you:

  1. Repeat the above exercise using different garments, OR, from those two pieces you previously put together, find one more item that has, either the dominant color -OR- a complimentary color (of the dominant one) and style it up!  See color charts for examples- you can easily find this on the Internet😊
I started by picking a Bright red jacket that I love. Then I paired it with my tie-dye dress. Third, I added the dominant color Red within a different print and pattern scarf. Lastly, the polka dot and red, sandals were just the right notch for me to love this outfit!

Advanced Exercise for you:

  1. Try it with 3 different garments or just add a third piece to the original mix you created previously- this one MUST be another print!  This could mean that your accessory should also be a print!  Then add an extra layer (jacket for example).  Let this one also should have the dominant color or a bold complimentary! 
This one actually has two different prints- however, because the top is sheer, it adds a third dimension. The belt is a too bright orange, so I fastened a scarf around it. I initially wanted to wear the scarf in a more traditional way around my neck…but I thought this was way better! What do you think?

Expert Exercise for you: 

  1. Try styling up more than 2 patterns and prints.  Color does not matter at this point.  In fact, you can have the same color but different patterns.  A good example of this would be two different garments with two different patterns but both are black and white.  From this add a third pattern that is of a completely different color for a splash of contrast.
Working with black an white (thought I’d keep it safe for you in terms of color!! BUT- I decided to style totally different patterns. To the mix I added the splash of color with the scarf worn as a top- and then another scarf as a belt. In total: 4 different patterns!

FINAL TIP:  Who made up these rules anyway?  Honestly- this is just a guideline. Sometimes items that are not even color, print or pattern related just go together so well! 

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL IS GREAT FIT!!

And there you have it!  You’re on your way to print-mixing!  Now, all you have to do is style it up!

Watch this clip for a detailed look on how I styled up my prints and patterns.

An now Here’s to my Favourite Fashion Diva of the Week:

The Beautiful and oh-so- chic Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

How gorgeous is this Diva? Loving this slip dress so much- and the animal print is soooo good!

I love this blogging community and the interesting weekly blog posts. (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

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

Fabulous Fridays: Fabulous WOC, (plus a Link UP)

It may be Fabulous Friday today- but it certainly was the most unfabulously worst week ever for 2020; proving that we still haven’t learned. This week I did not write my beginning of the week usual styling post.

As you know, my blog is about fashion and lifestyle and a way to uplift and inspire- yet I couldn’t get myself to post this week. I’ve been in reflection mode and bear lots of shame as well. This week, I chose to listen.

Silence and complacency are igniters to oppression- and I want no part of that. I’m against Oppression and Racism. So on this Friday, I’m here-hoping to contribute in some way…

So how can I possibly make a difference on my site? Gave this a lot of thought…and even if my little voice could probably go unheard, that’s still no reason for me to keep silent. I will start one step at a time to do my part- conscientiously.

I Have Faith in God

So here I am ready for my Fabulous Fridays post. Today my post will still be about fashion. Except it won’t be about my life or how I try to inspire through my creativity.

Today I’m featuring WOC that inspire me. These are women creators, whose content I love. Their creativity ignites me! And I want to give them a voice as they grace my platform. Here are women of substance that I follow- I previously posted these ladies on my Insta stories so that’s why the caption on the pics!! Note how fabulous they are- follow them too and enjoy their content.

This girl is a life guru that elevates women on a daily basis – Helping with content, inspiration, meditation, live honest talks…you name it: Sensational. Please check her out : @shika_chica
You want to check out this amazing fashionista! She will give you the best styling tips while brightening up your day! She is the pure definition of swag. She’s from Montreal and we’ve promised to finally meet after Covid to share our love for fashion! Am I lucky or what?! Check her out @ladysoswag
Ruth is the sweetest and oh so stylish in every way! She gives fabulous styling tips and is so encouraging always. Her whole attitude is pure love and kindness- and ultra chic! Check her out @styleaffair_ruth
Oh Miranda darling-my coolest fashionista who wears it like she means it. Bold and gorgeous fashion- Her clips always make my day as does her originality! You’re gonna love her! @bohemianrockstar15
Styling PERFECTION. This beauty is a fashion stylist and her blog posts are amazing always. Her live segments are fantastic as well. check out @lamoumous
So proud of this one’s superb artistic talents! She’s right here in Montreal and I can’t rave enough about her. Check out her site to see her creations! She made one for me which I adore!! @shinyart.ca
Gorgeous girl here is a social media marketing guru with a sunshine heart- also from Montreal! Always ready with tips and inspiration to motivate. After Covid I’m getting together with her!! @agencelifemedia
This 90’s soul MUA puts up these incredible make-up posts (which you all know that as a MUA myself- I can’t get enough of this stuff!) Her reviews are so interesting- love it! @style_by_jade
This beauty’s content is about style, travel and delicious food! She goes to marvelous fashion exhibitions and shows that just make my jaw drop. Love following her @maimiraj
Ok…can we just pause here for a moment to breathe…because she is absolutely breathtaking!! Her sense of fashion just blows me away- fashion creativity and beauty to the max! @fashion_ova_everything
Still very new on the scene, this gorgeousness is an up and coming young Youtuber – model, who posts about skin care and products – you know I love that! @skyekiharaofficial
This loveliness is all about lifestyle, family and inspiration- get your daily dose that will make you smile @forever_char and- her fashion inspiration page which is sooo good! @takeachicpeek
For health, fitness and lifestyle check out Bernice! I love her fashion sense (especially her Ghanaian outfits!!) And I love it when she posts alongside her daugher- please go watch this IGTV!! Love it! @the50something
Are you crazy about colorful fashion like I am? Then Karen Denise’s account you must follow! Rainbow of delicious fashion and style is what you will find @mittenstyled
Empowering women is what this gorgeous woman of substance is all about. Inspiring us is what it’s all about. Plus, I adore her effortless oh so chic ‘s style! @simpleeebeau.t
Boss Lady with flair! Beauty, lifestyle, fashion…her site is all about that journey. Just looking at her page will get you hyped for success @zie.j_
Another Beauty guru after my heart! Her feed shows you extensive arrays of gorgeous makeup collections- drooling time. Love the way she puts it altogether- so creative and incites me all the time. @lamide_johnson
Who is this glamour beauty? Just look at her! You gotta find out for yourself. Fashion inspiration and lifestyle at its best- go check her out: @aboutchristellestyle

And there you have it! These ladies complete my Favourites of the week all in one!

Time for my LINK UP PARTY!!!

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

PLEASE COME JOIN THE FUN!!

(Click on the Links below to see where I go 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

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

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