Style Foundations: It’s about to drop!

We’ve been talking about it for a little while now, but it’s happening! The wait is almost over, folks. Style Foundations is launching on Tuesday January 12. There are three days left to sign up. Through L Squared I have helped many of you achieve confidence in yourself and your wardrobe and I have loved getting to know all of you. This time we are giving YOU the tools to become your own personal stylist and giving you the opportunity to go on a self paced journey to discover your personal style. There are 10 lessons, each one delving more deeply into the details of style and fashion. The course is quite reflective. We ask you a lot of questions that may make you sit and think harder about your style than you ever have before- starting with some personal awareness, we ask you to look at yourself and your environment. By the tenth lesson you have a solid foundation on the basics of fashion, like what toe shape would look best and what colours compliment you most. That’s wonderful knowledge that any woman needs to know! You’ve heard the old saying – each person is unique. Fluffy, we know, but true. Each person has a different body shape, a different skin tone, a different colour palette, a different sense of style, a different level of comfort and the list goes on. Find out how to use these unique features to your advantage. Walk out of your front door feeling more confident!   Wanna know more about it? Read this GREAT article from Mommy Connections. Style Ivy is great for anyone on the path to discovery, especially moms.   “As I get ready to return to the workforce after 4 years and 2 babies, I realized that my body has changed. My lifestyle has changed. What I like has changed. Insert STYLE IVY, a dream come true for many women in my shoes.”   Check out the website or check out @yourstyleivy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  

Be bold. Stand out.

In everything you do, professionally and personally, your aim is always to stand out in some way. To progress in the business world, you need to get yourself noticed in some way, naturally. One small but helpful way to stand out in life, is to wear rich colours. A striking colourful ensemble that works for you will instantly be noticed in plenty of situations. Once you find a bold, rich colour that works for you, it can work for you in the boardroom at work, or in your personal life to help you get noticed by a potential partner. Before you go and find the right colours to that work for you, there are some important tips to keep in mind: First of all, make sure that YOU stand out most of all instead of your clothes. People should be looking at you, not what you’re wearing, which is an important distinction to remember. Now, when finding the best colour for you, choose a colour that complements your skin, hair and eyes. If you’re unsure what the answer to this dilemma is, hold the garment up near your face. See if this enhances you or brings out dark circles around your eyes or near your lips. The right colour will look like a perfect complement. For the office, choose one bold colour in the workplace, not ten. Don’t go overboard. But for play, go ahead and add pattern with colour, and experiment. Don’t be heavy-handed with your fashion choices though, or you could end up looking like a fashion trainwreck. If you need some inspo of rich colours to add to your wardrobe, these options are perfect as we transition away from summer and into fall. For work For play   These are just a handful of examples, find the right colour that works for you and use it to your advantage as much as you can!

Pattern on pattern for ho hum winter days

It’s the middle of winter. Ho hum. Black and grey is everywhere. What’s even more boring is the head-to-toe dark uniform people trudge to the office with during this time of year. Yawn. Don’t get me wrong, black is very sleek and sophisticated but it can get a bit monotonous during these chilly, dark winter days. For a more upbeat look, opt for colour and pattern. Here’s a surefire way to pick up the pace during these long, cold January workdays. This will certainly turn heads and brighten soem faces as you enter the office. Both my outerwear and tights have colour and pattern. Yes ladies, instead of reaching for your boring, piled (I know they are) opaque black tights, deck your stems out with these plaid ones.  They’ll certainly add a skip to your step.  Maybe that’s just me though…           Here are some picks for tights and nylons that are office appropriate (including the ones I’m wearing): I’ve had this jacket for quite a few years now so you won’t be able to find it but here are a few of my favourite patterns coats for chilly winter days: