Sweet Summer Style

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This season we’ve added a few new brands to Bigley’s Beach House, one of them being Eberjey. Eberjey was started in 1996 from the belief that the layer worn next to the heart should express happiness, love, and confidence, all the things that make a woman truly beautiful. Eberjey started out as a lingerie brand and has expanded into a lifestyle brand, including swimwear. Throughout time the Eberjey goal has remained the same: to create must-have pieces that express life, love, and above all joy!

Recently, we decided to do a photo shoot in South Florida (my old stomping grounds), so we could get photos of all of the amazing new swimwear arriving. Bobcaygeon is still covered in snow, therefore locations for swimwear photo shoots were slim to none. The pieces from Eberjey are so gorgeous, that of course they had to tag along with us.

The models wearing these items raved about how incredibly soft and comfortable they felt. Not to mention, they looked cute as a button! Considering the pants make such a statement, you really don’t need to add much else. We accessorized with a simple bracelet and sunglasses. Throw on a cute hat if you’re headed over to the pool bar for a bite to eat.

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Top: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/…/p…/eberj-lbath-misc-w1670mg-top

Bikini bottom: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/collections/eberjey/products/eberj-lbath-mis-w1285ai-bottom

Pants: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/…/prod…/eberj-lpant-misc-wc1673hd

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Top: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/eberj-lbath-misc-1285on-top

Pants: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/eberj-lpant-misc-wc1672hd

Orange you loving this MK coat?

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I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough of this stunning Michael Kors jacket. It’s bright, it’s cheery, and man does it make a statement. I recently did this quick little photoshoot of Heather, because when this coat arrived, I couldn’t help but immediately style it and show it off. In fact, this entire outfit is all new Michael Kors arrivals (minus the hat and scarf).

I love this look because it’s so transitional. By adding something as simple as a scarf, you can totally pull it off as a chic, winter look. However, it’s so colourful and fun that you can wear it right into the spring season. It’s stylish enough to wear to important events, but can also be worn on a day-to-day basis. It’s an outfit that you literally can’t go wrong with.

In conclusion- I’m obsessed!

Michael Kors coat: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/mkors-lcoat-misc-mh62hm039s

Michael Kors booties: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/mkors-lcabt-khaki-riley-bootie

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50% OFF all winter handbags, at Bigley’s!

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Make room in your closet, because this is a deal that you definitely don’t want to pass up! Bigley’s is offering 50% OFF all handbags from their winter stock, this weekend only! This includes major designers such as Fossil, Mackage, and Vince Camuto. Don’t get me wrong, Bigley’s provides some pretty unreal sales, but this one doesn’t happen very often. In fact, I don’t think this has ever happened!

I’ve put together a round-up of a few bags that I personally would love to have. Most of them are available on bigleyshoes.com (I’ve inserted links). However, if their not online their available in store, which is open from 9am-6pm.

Trust me when I say this NEVER happens! Therefore, if you’re in search of a new handbag I definitely recommend taking advantage of this insane deal!

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Fossil Satchel: Available in store or by phone order and they will ship it to you (705) 738-2522

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Fossil Peyton Large Double Flap Crossbody

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Mackage Rubie Leather with Studs

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Available in store or by phone order (705) 738-2522

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Mackage Rubie Structured Leather Shoulder Bag in Blush

Mackage Atlas Pebble Leather Envelope Wallet

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Available in store or by phone order (705)738-2522

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Available in store or by phone order (705)738-2522

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Mackage Nynna-C Black Mini Envelope Crossbody 

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MY FAVOURITE- I have this one and use it constantly. It’s also available in black.

Vince Camuto Izzi- Hanging Tassel Flap Bag

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Available in store or by phone order (705) 738-2522 or similar one here

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Available in store or by phone order (705) 738-2522

Happy New Year!

 

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

These past few months I’ve been working at Bigley Shoes and Clothing (our family business), as the Assistant Marketing Director. My job has primarily involved working on our online store, running our social media accounts, hiring models and styling photoshoots, and developing marketing concepts. I have really been enjoying it, and I look forward to continue growing the online store.

One of my new years resolutions is to become more active on Dolly’s Dressing Room. However, I’ve decided to slightly change the content. Considering that I’m now taking the photos as oppose to modelling for the photos, I’m going to be posting and writing about the photoshoots that I do for Bigley’s. I’m very excited to show you guys my work, and I think that you will really enjoy it!

However, I will still throw in some posts about my personal life as well. That being said, I’ve added some pictures from my recent vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My parents have a boat down there, so my entire family went down for New Years, and we all stayed on the boat. I went for Christmas as well and spent a few days at The Westin Beach Resort with my boyfriend. He’s in the US Army, and currently still in AIT training, so we don’t get to see each other a whole lot. That being said, it was AMAZING to spend a full 10 days together! We spent the majority of our time relaxing, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with family.

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Outfit Post: Michael Kors Vest & Booties

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, but now that fall fashion is in full effect I figured I better get cracking! If you haven’t checked out Bigley Shoes and Clothing new fall arrivals, I HIGHLY suggest that you do! Even if you don’t live in the Kawartha Lakes area, check out their online store. Their new arrivals are seriously drop dead gorgeous, I literally can’t get enough.

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This vest is by Michael Kors and has literally been flying out the door. In fact, there is only one left in stock and it’s a size Large. However, if you’re interested in purchasing this vest, please shoot me an e-mail, and if we get enough requests we may restock. It costs $195.00, and is honestly worth every penny. It’s the perfect statement piece for fall and winter and is nice and cozy. When it comes to washing, you have the option of hand washing it and laying flat to dry or dry cleaning.

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These leather booties have become my absolute favourite booties for fall. They are also by Michael Kors, and are so extremely comfortable! I love the charcoal colour because I feel like it’s not a colour that you see on a regular basis. And I love how the lighter hue really adds an extra pop to the bottom half of an outfit. These are available online and in store and will definitely be a bootie that you will have for the long haul.

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This hat is by Delux and has always been a “go-to” for me. It can add class and sass to a variety of different outfit styles. And it can also make those bad hair days go un-noticed (Shhh!). This one accessory can truly “make” an outfit, even if its simply a sweater and jeans. Again, definitely worth the purchase.

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Harvest for Hope

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If you’re a consistent DDR reader, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I often mention Bigley Shoes and Clothing. Bigley’s is our family business, that has been around since 1911! It has been a major part of my life since the day I was born. I’ve watched it grow from two stores into nine, and become more reputable then we ever imagined. My mom and her team (which I’ve just recently joined full-time again), have done an incredible job at bringing high-end fashion to a small town. They provide amazing customer service and have truly put their heart and soul into this business. However, beyond fitting, buying, selling, merchandising, etc., we believe contributing everything we can to support our community is just as important.

For a number of years Bigley Shoes and Clothing has produced an annual event in support of the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation. Not only does this event raise thousands of dollars for this amazing charity, it also provides a fun night of fashion, cocktails, and socializing, for women and men in and around the community.

The time has come once again for this event to take place. On Thursday, October 6th, 2016, Bigley Shoes and Clothing invites you to attend Harvest for Hope. The night consists of a delicious “Pink Carpet Dinner” and Runway Show, as well as a silent auction with numerous prizes to be won. Including a raffle prize of one pair of shoes (up to $200) every month for a year! And ALL proceeds will be going towards the Ross Memorial Hospital Breast Imaging Services. This year it is taking place at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay, Ontario. Tickets are $60 per ticket, and can be purchased at bigleyshoes.com. It will most definitely be an event to remember!

Hope to see you there!

 

8 Habits of Successful Women

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I know, I know- another lifestyle post. Don’t worry fashionistas, there are still lots of fashion and beauty tips to come. I’m personally just going through a lot of lifestyle changes at this point in time, and I love sharing them with you!

My boyfriend is leaving for the army in two days, and although I’m so excited for him and what’s to come, I can’t help but be slightly nervous. He starts with basic training, and during basic training we’re only allowed to write letters for two months- no talking! So, we’ve made a pact that we’re both going to really hone in and focus on self-improvement during this time. So, I figured what better time to write a post on habits of successful women!

Creating success takes time. I’m sure many of you have heard that creating a habit takes twenty-one days, and turning that habit into a lifestyle takes ninety days. Therefore, success starts with implementing good habits on a daily basis. I’m constantly reading about successful lifestyles, good habits, and self-improvement. I’ve compiled a round-up of eight habits that will truly map the way to becoming a successful women.

Get up early. This is a hard one for me, and I’m sure there’s a few others that aren’t a fan of this idea either. However, I’ve read over and over that this is a major key to success. It’s important to take some time in the morning to get yourself set up for the day. You know the saying “woke up on the wrong side of the bed”, well this is exactly what we want to make sure doesn’t happen. Go for a walk, do yoga, meditate, listen to music, write down a few things that you’re grateful for in your journal. Use your morning for YOU time. It will make your day much more enjoyable and productive.

Write things down. By trying to remember everything you’re only making things more difficult for yourself. This is something I realized back when I was in college. I have a planner that I write everything in, from appointments to ideas to grocery lists. There’s also some great apps that you can use such as Evernote, and Google Calendar to set reminders and keep track of events and appointments.

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Focus on one thing at a time. We can’t do it all and we certainly can’t do it all at once. As women we tend to believe we’re masters at multi-tasking and we can get all this stuff done without getting drained. But, when you try to do things for your business, family, work, the house, the kids— this list goes on, you will get burnt out very quickly. Try doing your tasks in batches like this:

  1. Write all your blog posts for the week over the weekend.
  2. Make all calls after lunch.
  3. Set a time to go through and answer emails.
  4. Set a day to do laundry.

Completing tasks like this will help you from jumping from one thing to another, and ultimately be much more productive.

 Be a boss, NOT bossy. To get respect, you have to give it. Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO. Be assertive, not aggressive. Focus on being a leader more than anything and being someone that your team can look up to and ask for help.

  • Don’t be a know-it-all.
  • Be open to suggestions and ideas from others.
  • Show others what to do instead of telling them.
  • Give direction instead of barking orders.
  • Don’t demand respect, you’ve got to earn it.
  • Never make it your mission to use people solely for who they are or who they know.
  • Develop and inspire others.

Accept criticism gracefully. Everyone isn’t going to have the best opinion about you, your business, or your work ethic. That’s life. Instead of pondering over every little negative thing people say to you, decide if it’s something you can learn from or improve upon. If not, take the critic with a smile, say thank-you, move on. The end.

Recharge. Don’t believe in the “grind now, I can sleep when I die” BULL. How can you do your best when you’re tired and drained? You simply can’t. I’ve learned this the hard way. Sleep is so important, and it tends to be the first thing we skip out on. Make sure you give yourself at least eight hours of sleep a night so you can take on the next day fully loaded.

Plan your week. Plan. Plan. Plan. Planning will create order for your life, and therefore give you sanity. Writing things down is one thing, but you have to create a plan of attack in order to get it done. Every night I take some time to review my planner, and plan for my next day. I plan what I’m going to wear, what I’m going to eat, and I create a general schedule of how my day is going to go. If you starting doing this, I promise you not only will your life feel immensely more organized, your stress levels will go way down.

Read and never stop learning. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. You can never have enough knowledge. Successful women are always looking to grow, and they never stop. Do this by reading self-improvement books, blogs, articles, attending workshops, taking an e-course etc. The more you learn, the more successful you will be.

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Remember to take baby steps. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t find yourself doing all of these things by tomorrow. Take it slow and try one new habit a day and add as you go. You’ll be an expert at productivity and creating habits to produce a successful lifestyle in no time!