Saturday, May 28, 2011

STYLE SUNDAY: FASHION INSPIRED BY FRIENDS

Happy Style Sunday,

This is the first official beautiful day in Toronto (at over 28 degree weather with humidity) I feel my bright summer wardrobe itching to come out!

As I was thinking about why fashion/style is so important in many individuals lives (including myself) I wondered who do we dress for? is it ourselves? or our significant others? our family/friends?

If you ask me I think most people dress up for themselves as it can really make you feel confident. I know when I wear my 4 inch heels I feel very powerful. I mean let's be serious I stopped dressing up for my husband a long time ago, not in the sense that I no longer dress up with him ('cos come on guys when do I not make the most of any occassion?). But in the fact that as much as I would like to think my husband can differ a skirt from a dress from a jump suit, he really can't. Lucky for me he always thinks I look great ( which I guess works out because I can guarantee I don't always lol).

So really who do we all dress for? I think most of us dress up for ourselves to feel great and express our unique personality through our fashion choices. But I have heard many times over from so-called Psychologists that women dress-up for other women, which I think is so true in so many ways. I love dressing up with my girls, not only are you inspired by their style and fashion sense, but you get to inspire them with your own.

On Friday night I went to dinner at Scarpetta which resides in the Thompson Hotel on Wellington in Toronto. As I was having dinner with 8 ladies it hit me what my Style Sunday post would be about. Instead of searching online for trends and outfits to inspire my readers, I would post about what each of the ladies wore. I know I get inspired by individuals at work, on the street, at the mall, at dinner, everyday, and today's post I'll inspire you with the Friday Night look of 9 women (including myself).

Outfit 1: Seventy's Senorita - ME!
One of my absolute favourite stores this spring is Zara right now. When it comes to late 60s/70s inspired looks this store is full of it. If you liked what Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Jason Wu had on the runways for Spring 2011 you'll appreciate what Zara has to offer. Hence where my outfit is inspired. The bright blue/cream cotton silk top I am wearing is Spring 2011 Zara, and the red skirt is Spring 2010 Jacob. The red skirt I was super excited to bring back this season, it adds a punch to the outfit. The cream snakeskin shoes are from a random boutique in New Orlean's, I think this look could have been pulled off with cute purple or gold pumps as well.






































Outfit 2: Sheer Sweetheart - I love the creativity gone into this outfit. Sheer sweetheart below is wearing a black sheer dress from Mendochino (that she felt was too tight to be worn as is), instead she topped it with a red skirt from Jacob Spring 2010, giving the illusion she was wearing a top. This is a fabulous idea, I mean how many of us have dresses that are only meant for clubbing. Now take that tight club dress and pair a cute A line skirt and you can go from too sexy to sophisticated in one go!




Outfit 3: Power Princess - I truly appreciate the blazer and what it has done for woman's fashion the last 3 years. It has become a must have accessory, its replaced the spring/fall jacket in some forms, and it has allowed woman to rock a signature male staple in a sexy and fun way. Below is Power Princess she is wearing a grey blazer from Winners, white sequin tank top from Urban Outfitters, pants from H&M, and coral sandals from Aldo (she took my last post seriously). I mean can a guy rock a blazer with sequins and bright coral shoes? No way! I love this look as it adds a girlie touch (with the sequin neutral and coral pumps) yet still demands authority and power.



Outfit 4: Golden Girl - What I like about this look is it feels effortless, looks like you just threw something together and it turned out super cute. Golden girl is wearing a gold and black off the shoulder top from Urban Planet, skinny black denim jeans from Century 21 NYC, and shoes from Payless Shoe Source. Wouldn't you feel golden if you were able to pull off a great look like this from discounted fashion retailers. I love a good deal, and Golden Girl is the real deal.




Outfit 5: Ruffle Raven- Another effortlessly chic outfit, that looks great but feels like she just wakes up looking this great. Ruffles are all the rave, if you don't believe me check out Christian Dior Spring 2011 runway collection. Ruffle Raven below is wearing a great pair of pants from Jacob, with a beautiful vibrant ruffle turquoise top from Forever 21, and white sandals from Aldo. It really feels like summer when you see people in anything white, a great pair of white sandals can end up a staple in your wardrobe for years to come!




Outfit 6: Convertible Charlotte- Anytime a look feels sophisticated/pretty I think of Charlotte from Sex and the city. The greyish belted dress is from H&M and the chic cream/yellow sandals are from Aldo.  This dress is super versatile and can convert into many looks from day to night - just add extra accessories and it can be worn to a spring wedding, add a blazer or knit sweater on top and its a cute office look, or add a more casual belt and flats and its a great day look for shopping or site seeing while traveling.



Outfit 7: Happy Housewife - This cute A-line polka dot dress feels very Bree Vandercamp. It is fun and flowy with its beautiful ruffle detail. This dress would look great on any figure, as it tightens at the waist and spreads at the hips. So if you have too much hip it doesn't accentuate it, and if you don't have any hip it gives the illusion of you do. Great for many occassions - be it a dinner night out, or hostess to your own house dinner party. What I love the most about this look it is truly a diva on a dime - the dress is from Alfred Sung available at Zellers and the cute camel shoes are from Aldo!



Outfit 8: Blushing Barbie - My two favourite essentials for the summer, a blush pink top and a neutral skirt and shoes. The skirt is from Bedo, I love the stitching at the waist, it takes a sleek skirt and adds some funk to it. A high waisted mini like this one accentuates the chest and lengthens the legs like any barbie, and for this petite blushing barbie this is the perfect look. With both her bottom and her shoes neutrals it really draws attention to the blush pink top, which is simplistic but stands out against the rest.



Outfit 9: Comfortably Chic - I really really like this look and its not because it is mainly from Zara's Spring 2011 collection, but it just feels uber chic yet super comfortable. The pants are downplayed harem style in navy, and the top is a bright orange red with interesting cut-outs around the neckline. The shoes are Aldo, and the purse that adds the perfect evening touch is from a boutique in New Orleans. Also another great versatile look to switch to a more casual look - try a more casual belt, add flip flops or flatforms, and lose the clutch.


I think I will have more of these FASHION INSPIRED BY FRIENDS posts.

Toodles,
9to5travel girl




Sunday, May 22, 2011

STYLE SUNDAY: COO COO FOR CORAL

Happy Sunday! This weeks Style Sunday is devoted to my my must-have colour for the summer season.

I have officially picked my favourite colour for summer and I am completely COO COO for CORAL (not cocoa puffs lol). Let's ignore the fact that summer hasn't really begun in Toronto (bloody rain!!) for now. Everywhere I look theres a hint of coral in this summer's bright colour palette. I mean there's hot pinks, bright purples, blues, reds, and more, with so many colours I still was easily able to pick coral. Reason being it looks great on everyone from light to dark complexion's and there's so many ways to add this colour to your wardrobe without overdoing it. A simple coral lipstick, or a coral dress with neutral accessories, or cute platform coral sandals with blush/neutral outfit. I mean how can you go wrong. Below are my coral picks when it comes to accessories, outfits, shoes, and make up. I even show a few celebrity picks of how they rocked this colour.

Coral Lipstick - This is likely the easiest way to incorporate this colour into your look. Check out the following mac cosmetics coral shade lipsticks to find the right one for you:
Vegas Volt - full power coral (creme)
Ravishing - clean light peachy coral (cremesheen)
Lady Danger - Bright coral-red (matte)
So Chaud - intense reddish-orange (matte)
Costa Chic - frosty light coral (frost)

 Lipstick

Coral dress - Add some excitement to your wardrobe with a bright coral dress.

1)ASOS - Lace bodycon dress £45.00
Image 1 of ASOS Lace Bodycon Dress

2) Coral ruffled strap dress by Ella Moss. $190.

3) Eliza J Bow Detail Coton Jacquard Sheeth Dress. $120.15 available at Nordstrom.



4) Collection XIIX Tiger strip Floral Tunic in white coral. $38.69 available at nordstrom. If you don't want to wear solid coral try this tunic over a swimsuit, or white linen pants for a great summer look.

Collection XIIX 'Tiger Stripe Floral' Tunic

Coral Jewelry: Take any neutral outfit and add coral bangles or a necklace for a summer feel. All jewelry below can be found on nordstrom.com
Cara Accessories Colored Stone Bangle

Carole Beaded Necklace
Cara Accessories Bead & Metal Bangles
Coral Shoes: Again take a simplistic outfit in biege, blush, neutral, tan, and add a punch of coral. Check out these cute heels.
1) Enzo Angiolini 'Sully' Platform Pump in Coral Suede - $90 exclusively at Nordstorm.
Enzo Angiolini 'Sully' Platform Pump (Nordstrom Exclusive)
2) Charles by Charles David Fuss Coral Leather - Zappos.com for $92.00


3) DV Footwear Dewy Sandal - Nordstrom - $40.63. These flats are perfect for a long white/creme maxi dress.
DV Footwear 'Dewey' Sandal


CORAL CELEBRITIES: Check out these Coral looks our fave celebs recently rocked.

1) Rachel Bilson in a coral Vanessa Bruno crepe jacket. Rachel Bilson is wearing a nude dress and shoes with rustic gold accessories and a coral crop jacket.



2) Kim Kardashian is in a beautiful coral one strap on the red carpet, and she's wearing light nude shoes and minimal accessories.



3) Megan Fox rocked seductive dark coral lips. Yes I know it's Megan Fox, but trust me there is a right shade of coral for us all.






















Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fashion advice on the go? Go try it on NOW

Have you ever wanted advice on an outfit your planning for a first date, corporate work event, wedding, or dinner party with friends - but can't get a hold of your friends or want multiple opinions to be able to determine what you should wear? Well for you indecisive divas there now is an answer (besides stalking your contact lists).


Look no further then the 'GO TRY IT ON' new Iphone APP and website (www.gotryiton.com). This app/site allows you to post pictures of multiple outfits and get real time advice from random fashion obsessed strangers (which makes it quite unbiased). Picture it now your at Zara and fell in love with a bright pink blazer and can't get a hold of your bestie to justify the discretionary purchase (and the over the top colour)? 


With this site/app, you just take a picture post it and minutes later your likely to get feedback from others. Bored on a train ride home or on a road trip with the familia, take your fashion expertise and help many in need by looking at outfits posted and provide your opinion. I mean either way this is fashion genius!


Now go get an opinion or give one - for the love of fashion.


trying it on,
9to5girl 



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Style Sundays: Betty Draper Style Icon


 Hello lovely readers,


I know it has been quite some time since I have engaged with you all. This weeks Style Sunday will be devoted to another celebrity fashion icon, Betty Draper a 1960s housewife on Mad Men. It may seem unusual that I consider a character on an AMC series a style icon, but that is exactly what Betty Drapper is. Although she may be considered an ordinary woman on the show, she is quite on trend for 2011. From her cropped tops, a line skirts, and floral patterns she would fit right in today.

Below are a few images taken from the series, and I have also included images of outfits that you can purchase today that mimic this 1960s style.















Check out Modcloth for Betty Drappers 1960s style. Below are a few styles I have selected, but the site is full of this decades key fashion trends.
1) Dot couture Dress in noir- Black sleeveless dress, with A line skirt. $57.99







2) Honolulu Holiday Dress - Floral Pattern with belted waist, you would definitely see Betty wearing this to run her errands. $157.99


3) Leaps and Bounds Dress - sleeveless collar shirt dress a staple in Betty's closet. $99.99



4) A top of the staircase dress - $117.99





















Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Are you planning to travel? - Luggage Sale at the BAY!

Hello readers,



Quick heads up. The Bay is having a huge luggage sale with up to 75% off (includes Swiss Army). I have heard it is chaos in the stores, so go quickly if you need luggage for your next adventure. I believe the majority of the luggage has a 10 year warranty as well.

Signing off,
9to5travel girl