5 telltale signs I was destined to be a fashion blogger

I never thought I would be a fashion blogger. Really. Even though all the signs were there, it’s something I thought I sort of fell into or grew to become.

But the truth is, everything we do has a purpose or a reason in life. And, all our experiences help us get to the next step, whether it be in our career or personal lives.

Looking back, there are 5 telltale signs that I was destined to be a fashion blogger.

  1. I binge-watched shows like America’s Next Top Model and What Not to Wear. That was my fashion school.
  2. I had a diary that I wrote in almost every day. Man, I loved that thing!
  3. I used to collect fashion magazines and create collages for all my school binders!
  4. I was a shopaholic since I had my first job at 14 years old! I have bought everything I own for myself ever since.
  5. I was an overachiever in high school: I aced my classes, played sports, had a job after school and on weekend, went to army cadets once a week, babysat on weekends and partied like a rock star!

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NYDJ: Styling Jeans on different body types

I had the opportunity to work with NYDJ and present their Fall line for a CTV segment this morning.
Whether you’re tall, plus, petite or average, NYDJ is revolutionizing the way women fit into their jeans. They are known for their “Lift Tuck” technology and elasticity in their premium denim. The jeans hold you in, and create a slender silhouette, which is why they are known for their sliming effect. The jeans are sold at NYDJ.com, Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom, and select specialty shops in the city. And if you’re going to buy a pair online, make sure you go ON SIZE DOWN! (I know, I know. Insert praise emoji here).
PRO TIP- I find these jeans fit even better on women with pear shape body types, and longer torso. The jeans come at the natural waistline and perfectly hug the body. If you are more of an apple shape, with thinner legs, you could consider dropping 2 sizes, although I would try them on first before purchasing.

5 looks for jeans on different body types

I was browsing their site, to pull clothes for the models and put looks together and was amazed by the different cuts and colour that the jeans came in. NYDJ has also expanded their apparel line, and makes beautiful, well-tailored tops, sweaters and blazers. All the clothes you see here are from NYDJ.

Look 1- Apple

The classic skinny pant with long flowy blouse is a nice way to conceal the tummy. The skinny jean showcases my “good legs” and the shine in the leather coated denim makes it look dressy.
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Black waxed faux leather jean with white blouse and heels. The shiny, faux leather feel makes it look dressy and edgy Work appropriate, but with style.

Look 2- Tall/Slender

The very long sweater looks its very best on a tall woman and a cropped boyfriend jean alway looks fresh.

ANABELLE SKINNY BOYFRIEND IN PREMIUM LIGHTWEIGHT DENIM
CARDIGAN WITH SCARF
SOLID SHELL TANK (Similar)

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Wearing a boyfriend jean, black tank and long white cardigan. Ecco patent leather sneakers. Height is great for the long sweater. Playing with levels: cropped jean and long sweater

Look 3- Petite

Petite women need clothes that are made for their body, and NYDJ does this very well. A boyfriend jean, or copped jean works very well with a heeled bootie and helps to elongate the legs. Having a longer top also helps to elongate the silhouette.

LORENA BOYFRIEND (Similar- petite version not on website)
VICTORIAN LACE BLOUSE (Similar)

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Wearing cropped jean with lace blouse and booties Petite jeans are made different and made to fit the petite frame Consider the length of tops too, as they fit different on petit women.

Look 4- Tall/curvy

Tall women with a curvy silhouette look great in a flare jean. The dark wash on the denim is extremely flattering and elegant for this look. Although theses items are standard length, NYDJ does carry a tall specific section on their site.

TERESA TROUSER IN FUTURE FIT
CAREER CASCADE JACKET
LONG SLEEVE TIE NECK BLOUSE

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Wearing wide leg (flare) jean, python print neck tie blouse and black blazer and black heels. Tall girls look great in a wide leg, especially the hour glass figure. It compliments the flow of the pant very well. The blazer adds a nice accent to the waist.
Look 5- Curvy

Black skinny jeans are flattering for any shape and should be a staple in everyone’s closet. They draw the focus away from the legs and help to elongate the body. Cuffing them over the boot is a playful way to show off the boots as well.

PONTE BIKER JACKET
SOLID SHELL TOP (Similar)
ALINA LEGGING IN SUPER SCULPTING DENIM (folded into cuff)

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Wearing a black skinny jean, white tank and black moto jacket. Very sliming and looks dressy. The moto jacket with leather details makes the look more edgy and youthful.

 

As you know, my specialty is styling larger, plus-size women. This was my first time styling for women with different body types, and I learned a lot! First, I never considered that petite women, need shorter and smaller clothes, not just smaller sizes. It sounds obvious, but I generally have an opposite problem, and would have never considered it, until I experienced it for myself. I now have a different appreciation for the petite selection. I also learned that many thin women, also have trouble finding clothes that suit their body types, and this just reassured me that we are all sort of struggling to work with what we have. I love learning from life experiences and this has brought me a fresh perspective on styling.

At the end of the day, I think it’s important to wear clothes that make us feel great. I typically don’t follow “rules” per se, but I realize that some women need the extra guidance, and that’s what my tips are for. The goal of my segment was to show the wide variety of looks you can create with women of all shapes and sizes.

In case you missed the segment, you can catch it here!

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Recap: The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show 2016

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Well friends, it has come and gone, another successful year of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. This year was bigger than ever; more vendors, more space, more stuff!! If this year had a theme, it would be COLOUR and I tried my best to photograph and capture the essence of it all.

Funny story- I walked by a booth that categorized their clothing by era. What made me feel old for the fist time in my life (because, honestly I still feel like I am 25), was the 80’s & 90’s section! I mean, I was born in the 80’s and grew up in the 90’s… was it really that long ago? Enough to call it VINTAGE?!! Hahaha it totally made me laugh.

Yesterday, I finally made it to A Vintage Collective a new mini vintage market downtown, they also had a booth at the show. It completely reminded me of Queen Street West circa 1999, you remember… that shop with the Gorilla at the front door! What really came to me as a surprise was the “Fresh Prince of Bel-air” vibes of clothes in the men’s department… and actually women’s too (aunt Viv rocked those shoulder pads like no other and so can you!).

Vintage clothes is hot, no matter when. What I find interesting is that even with vintage, there are trends. Last year, it was all about fur and vintage Chanel. This year the direction we are headed in, is full on colour with a dash of old school hip hop (#HammerTime).

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I totally had my eye on that Karl Lagerfeld scarf in the top right corner.

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