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

CREATIVE STYLING: Once Upon a Time…3 Dresses, 1 Skirt

Remember on my last post how I changed the above dress into a top?

How creative are you with your style? If you’re finding that your wardrobe is lacking a bit of spunk or that it’s always same old, same old- then now’s the time to do something different!

Diy’s are always fun to do, especially when we really can’t wear the piece anymore (example: it doesn’t fit).  But there are some diy’s that require No Change at all!  It’s called: Creative Styling.

Creative styling just requires you to use your imagination to start wearing an item in a completely different way than it was originally intended- WITHOUT altering the piece.

Here are some examples of creative styling: 

  1. using a scarf as a belt
  2. Wearing tops front to back
  3. Wearing a jacket as a top
  4. Wearing a cardigan as a wrap-around top
  5. Wearing a dress as a top
  6. Wearing a house duster as an evening top or dress (You’ve seen lots of this happening on this post)
  7. Turning a short dress into a long dress…

The possibilities are endless.  Today, I’m gonna do Number 7!  See how I turned 3 short dresses into midi looks- just with one skirt!

Here are two of the dresses I creatively styled-up.
This is the way the dress is originally intended to be worn
All you need is one long SHEER skirt….
Wear the dress over the long sheer skirt, plus a belt: Here is Look No. 1
Same Skirt- different Dress: Look NO. 2
Same Skirt , third dress: Look NO. 3

And there you have it! Seriously…How easy was that?

Wanna see the process? Please watch here:

I strongly encourage you to play in your closet and do some Creative Styling of your own! If and when you do- please share and link back to me! I’d love to see what you come up with and will share in my insta stories as well. Enjoy!

In other news…This week my article was featured in Links a la Mode!

Wanna Kick-up Your Style a Notch? Start Wearing your Wanna- be- Kimonos.

This post was featured on Links à la Mode fashion roundup by Independent Fashion Bloggers.

More fashion articles:

And now…ANOUNCING: Favourite Fashion Styling Diva of the Week!

Once a week I will be featuring and linking a super stylish lady whose outfit  made me swoon- and will surely inspire you as well.  If you get featured, please spread the love by mentioning it on your own site with a link back to mine.

Today’s Favourite Fashion Styling Diva of the Week is:  Norbyah of imanorbyah and Matterprints.com

Go check out her Instagram- I am obsessed with her style!

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

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

10 Reasons Why Montreal Women Look So Stylish

Don’t want to brag here…but there is some truth to what you’ve probably already heard…Montreal ladies have great style.  I honestly don’t think it’s an overworked or overdone thing on our part.  What is certain though is that we want to look fabulous…all the time.

People always comment on how they Love Montreal fashion. I hear it all the time; whether it’s while at work (tourists from the rest of Canada or the US- and Europe…).  And, when I’m the one traveling in the rest of Canada- I feel the stares!  Is it that we are over-dressed?  Or do we really look that different (style-wise)?  Even on a regular dressed-down day, people visiting me have commented and asked:  How is it that women here always look so put together? Uhmm…what?!  Well, ok, we’ll take it…but hey, we know when we’re not looking our best (who knew that wasn’t so bad at all to some on the outside loll!).

When I used to work as Fashion Stylist for the largest department store here in Montreal, it was mandatory that I assist all the Product Knowledge sessions with reps from the different clothing lines.  It struck me that they would ALL say that the orders shipped out to Montreal were different form the rest of Canada!  How so?

Montreal orders were made up of more outlandish colours, patterns and styles.  Nothing was standard.  We were not so big on neutrals- unless they were staple high quality items (or black!); otherwise for the trendier, evening, cocktail and even work attire:  unique colours, patterns and styles came here first and always did better in sales.  Montreal women wanted originality in their wardrobes.  They wanted to stand out fashionably.  And- this was also true for cosmetics, skincare, nails, hair and accessories.

One day I just might do an in-depth study on this.  But right now, purely for your interest, I’ll just go with my personal and professional Styling experience to give you an ‘in’ on what, I guess you could say, sets us apart.  Here goes!

  • Fashion Does Not equal Style- We have a very discerning eye for detail. Two women can buy the exact same top or dress and wear it in completely different ways (just because we’re thinking that the last thing we want is to bump into someone who’s wearing the same clothes), so we need to change it up (think accessories, make-up or hairdo).  The way we style it will make all the difference.  So we don’t care as much for the fashion as we do for the style and in the details.
  • We don’t buy something just because it’s designer or prestigious. We buy because it looks amazing on us (whether it’s an evening gown or basic underwear!).  We are not defined by labels.  In fact, we avoid them as much as possible unless it’s  a plus factor (ethical, local…) to something that already looks terrific.
  • We Don’t shop for our age. We shop for the look that best represents how we feel and that we want to portray.  We emphasize our assets without hiding what we like least.  So, what ends up happening is that, that which we like least, becomes completely unnoticeable.
  • The outlet we shop from is of no importance to us. The piece of clothing that we fall in love with (coz that’s what usually happens with us- more on that in the next point) So-It can be found in designer boutique, retail chain, second-hand shops, vintage, thrift, passed-me down, while traveling, or sometimes, online.  Brand loyalty is not necessarily a thing with us- unless you nail it for us every time.  We are a challenge for designers and businesses alike.  Heads up:  Give us a reason to stay.
  • When we purchase- it’s because we are completely in love with it- Price is the least of the determining factors. Meaning:  if we leave the place without it, we know we will regret it.  We will obsess about it.  We will go back and get it. (And when price really is the road block, we will hunt for something similar to pull off the look in mind!).
  • Montreal women actually wear what they shop. Whether this is an outrageous colour or out of the ordinary pattern- if we bought it, means we loved it- so we’re wearing it.  We keep our stuff – think quality- think sustainable here.
  • There’s no such thing as spending too much on hair, skincare, cosmetics, NAILS. Montreal women know that if those aren’t put together, you can wear Chanel and look like hell.  Hair is our Number One accessory.
  • Montreal women don’t wait on each other to start a trend. First one to wear it gets the applause.  You wanna be that girl.  And from there, we edge our sisters on to go ahead and take the look a step further in their own way! It’s all about originality and that Ahh! effect.
  • You can never be too overdressed or be wearing too much makeup- or your hair overdone. Why?  Well because even if it takes you tons of products to achieve one look, it’s got to turn out looking effortless and on-point.  So that could never look overdone (even if your daily look is a dramatic smokey eye with statement black eyeliner).  Enjoy!
  • We mean what we wear. Purpose is key.  Styling is intentional.  The intention for how we’ll wear the item was set the day we got it, even if things might change along the way.  We wear the clothes- they don’t wear us.  We own our style and feel comfortable in whatever setting we choose to wear it.  I think this last point is key: We just do our own thing!  I think you’ll recognize that in our stride😉

So that was the scoop, ladies!  So what do you think?  Is this stylish Montreal women really a thing? Do you recognize these traits in Montreal Women?  How do you approach style?  And- if you are a Montreal Woman, how accurate is this for you?

You just know- I gotta know loll!

Here’s a short clip of my look the other evening for a friendly going-away party at a restaurant. If you like the look- you can also follow me on the liketoknow.it app. http://www.liketoknow.it/lucybertoldi

#Confessionoftheday: Montreal women love fashion- in fact we Adore following the trends via runways, magazines- you name it.  We’re just Big on adapting and somewhat reinventing it!

Quebec Designers- Montreal Fashion You Just Can’t Resist

La Braderie de la mode Québécoise is a yearly showcase and sale of Quebec’s designers. It takes place at Marche Bonsecours in Old Montreal. Here you can find the finest of our home designer’s specialties. The fashion is incredible and the talent, exceptional.

I absolutely LOVE going to this event which takes place every year, right here, in Montreal’s most historic site, by the Old Port. Every year I try so hard to contain myself from buying just about everything and anything. Too hard on myself! Not only is the merchandise fantastic- I’m just so incredibly proud of our home talent.

This year, I was sad that my beloved Ophelia (hats!) was not there (or did I just miss it in all the hustle and bustle- sigh!). But! I fell upon a fabulous handbag discovery! Do you know Mathilde CRIQUI (www.mathildec.com)? Love at first sight!

Mathilde designs all her handbags-the leather is Italian- but they are designed and manufactured here in Montreal. My heart cried out for this mustard/beige backpack/ handbag. To keep it practical and hands-free, use it as a backpack. But then, the belts just slide up and poof! It turns into a shoulder handbag. So practical! With a front pocket that can carry my tablet, and a larger pocket perfect for my Chrome notebook (or Mac notebook), there’s still extra space for all the rest us Divas like to stash in there.

Honestly, I wasn’t shopping for a handbag, but when I saw this gem- I could not resist. It took all of 10 minutes and-sold! It was mine:) It was also a great pleasure for me to meet the designer herself- she’s a sweetheart. You can find Mathilde’s beautiful handbags at most luxury boutiques on Laurier street- or of course, through her website.

I do hope you get a chance to get to the Braderie (you must because it ends this Sunday!)…oh- and I forgot to mention; prices are at least 50% off regular retail price!

If you do go to the Braderie- let me know!

I should also mention that after all that shopping you may want to step out – right next door for some refreshments at Pub Brewskey.

Cheers!

#confessionoftheday: I promised myself I would be good. Would not buy a thing other than a pair of gloves. Could not keep my promise.

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