My Favourite Statement Coat

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“Dressing well is a form of good manners”, Tom Ford once stated. I believe this statement means, if you’ve gone to the effort of dressing your best (or well), it shows a sign of respect to whoever crosses your path or whoever you have planned to meet. This doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re meeting the Queen everyday. It means dress respectively for the occasion.

I recommend buying statement pieces that can easily been paired with basics, for quick and easy stylish looks. For instance, the grey Soia & Kyo coat I’m wearing is a go-to statement piece for me (ps. it’s on sale right now!). Everything else in this look is very plain and simple. I love it because this outfit literally takes no effort at all, yet looks super trendy. It’s also very versatile. I wear this to the office yet I’ve worn this to host a fashion show recently, as well.

Now don’t get me wrong, this coat is once again an investment piece. However, it’s not an item that I’m only going to wear for one season. It’s incredibly good quality, therefore it’s not easily replaceable. Yes, I could potentially go to a store such as Forever 21 and find something somewhat similar, but I will most likely only get two or three washes out of it, and have to throw it away. I have no problem spending a little extra money on a piece that’s worth it.

I also want to point out my love for the jeans I’m wearing. They’re by Yoga Jeans. Yoga Jeans have a five-way stretch, therefore they’re extremely comfortable! I have yet to see someone try these on and NOT fall in love with them. I also love the zipper detail on the bottom.

Last but not least, I can’t go without talking about the Michael Kors shoes that I’m wearing. I’ve worn these shoes more then any other pair of shoes that I own this spring. Once again, they add a statement to the most basic looks. They’re so easy to slide on and they go with almost everything. They’re 100% my favourite pair of shoes right now.

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SHOP: Soi & Kyo coat, Yoga jeans, Michael Kors shoes, DEX t-shirt

The Perfect Little Blue & White Dress

IMG_0667As you all know I get 90% of my wardrobe from Bigley Shoes & Clothing. Part of me actually feels a little guilty when I shop else wear, considering Bigleys is our family biz. But in all reality, I have absolutely no problem with this considering Bigleys pretty much has everything I could ever want. Especially at the beginning of a new season. I actually have to control myself because I literally want everything in the store right now!

I’ve been eyeing this adorable Parker dress for quite some time, so today I decided to do a little photoshoot in it to see if I REALLY loved it. And of course, I DID! I love how the ruffles make it so unique and stylish. The ruffle trend is also super ‘in’ right now. On top of that, you can never go wrong with a blue and white colour combo. It’s classic.

When I buy something I always think about how much use I’m going to get out of it, and where I can wear it to. I can think of a million places to wear this dress. It’s so easy to dress up or down. From brunching with the girls to going to a summer wedding, it’s completely versatile.

Although the price point is a little on the higher side, it’s an investment piece that I can wear for years to come. Not only during the spring and summer seasons here in Canada, it’s a perfect go-to dress for winter vacays down south!

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SHOP: Parker dress , Michael Kors shoes

 

 

Favourite Spring Shoes

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Every girl has their “thing” when it comes to fashion and beauty. Whether it’s make-up, purses, active wear, shoes, sunglasses, clothes or even bathing suits. In my case, I love it all. I’m basically the biggest “girly girl” (if you will) that you can possibly be. However, purses, make-up and SHOES are my top obsessions. Especially shoes. If you know me personally, you probably know that my love for shoes was developed at a very young age. My mom has owned a shoe store since the day I was born. When she had to work late nights when I was youngster, I would be in there with her roaming around the store, trying on shoes. Over the years I learned what time of the year new shoes would be arriving and I would look forward to getting in there to scope out my favourites. I’m now 25 and I still look forward to every seasons new shoe arrivals. So I decided to show you guys my top picks for this spring.

You’ll notice I’m all about the sneakers this spring. Sneakers used to be considered very casual, something you would throw on when you were going out for a walk. But they’ve now turned into a fashion statement. You can wear them with spring dresses, light trench coats, or use them to spice up some ripped denim jeans. Almost every major designer has incorporated sneakers into their line this season. From runway to casual wear, sneakers are where it’s at.

Here are a few of my favourite spring shoes:

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ADIDAS- ORIGINAL STAN SMITH SHOES

I absolutely LOVE these sneakers. I’m all about the Adidas this year. I love how they make an outfit look so crisp and fresh. Especially this pair, considering they’re all white with a splash of gold on the back. I will definitely be rocking these this spring/summer!

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MICHAEL KORS- GERI LEATHER SLIDE 

These MK slip-ons have become my new “go-to” shoe. They’re so easy to throw on, and they go with almost every outfit. I love how they instantly make your outfit look more fashionable.

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MICHAEL KORS- KEATON FLORAL PERFORATED SLIP-ON SNEAKERS

If you haven’t already noticed, blush is a HUGE trend this season. I posted this picture up on Bigley’s social media and we instantly had to order another case of these sneakers because they were such a hit. They’re so chic!

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KENNETH COLE- JULIAN TASSEL LOAFER

I love these Kenneth Cole loafers. The quality feels amazing, and I love the tassel detail. They also come in a bright orange. They’re nice and light for summer. They’re a nautical dream!

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TOSCA BLU- S/C GINTONIC

Ummm HELLO! I almost died when I saw these sneakers. They’re literally one-of-a-kind. They make such a statement. You can dress totally casually, or really glam, and rock these with either look.

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STEVE MADDEN- MAPLE

I love the heel on this shoe. They’re so easy to walk in. The stretchy back also makes them very easy to put on. Although they take some working in, they’re a great affordable sandal for spring.

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ADIDAS- SUPERSTAR SHOES

You can’t get wrong with the original Adidas sneakers. I wear mine constantly. I love pairing them with ripped jeans/shorts, long trench coats, or jeans and an over sized sweater. They’re super easy to throw on, and they’ve definitely become a fashion statement in this past year.

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MICHAEL KORS- SKYLAR LEATHER AND KNIT SNEAKER

These blush sneakers are everything! They’re extremely comfortable and stretchy. And once again, blush is definitely a trending colour for spring.

My Everyday Make-up Favs!

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If you know me personally, you would likely be aware that I’m a total make-up guru! I love trying out new products, and finding the best of the best. Although I’m no professional, watching make-up tutorials on YouTube is basically part of my daily routine. I love seeing what other beauty bloggers are currently into. I keep an eye out for the items that people constantly rave about, and purchase the ones that I feel have a common high rating.

I often switch things up in order to try new products, but as of lately these products have been part of my everyday routine, and are definitely some of the best on the market.

I buy 99% of my make-up from Sephora. The reason being that they obviously have a massive selection, but also because their rewards program is the bomb.com!

Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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If you’re on the market for a new eyeshadow palette I HIGHLY recommend this one. It has the perfect combination of mattes and shimmers, and you can create so many different looks with this palette alone. I bounce between the neutral matte shades for my everyday shadow, and usually add colour and shimmer to my look when I’m going somewhere more formal. If your a newbie to make-up, or simply just don’t have the time to do much, this is a great palette for you.

NARS Blush (shade Deep Throat) & Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I purchased the NARS Deep Throat Blush a few months ago, after hearing numerous beauty bloggers talk about it. It lasts for a very long time, as it’s very pigmented so you only need to apply a couple strokes. I love how it has a slight peachy tone to it.

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer was literally made for EVERYONE! I don’t know one person who has tried this Bronzer and not liked it. I heard about it years ago, and it’s still one of Benefits top selling products.

Estée Lauder Double-wear Foundation & Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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I’ve tried numerous foundations in my life-time and I ALWAYS come back to the Estée Lauder Double-wear. I truly have not found any other foundation that can top it. This foundation stays looking flawless all day and all night, without making your skin look oily like a lot of other foundations do. I have friends that have oily skin that love it, and I personally have dry skin and it works great for me too. Definitely a must-have!!

The Urban Decay Naked Concealer is a very full coverage concealer. I love it because it doesn’t cause cakey fine lines under my eyes, but it still has that heavier creamy texture to it. I switch up concealers quite frequently, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

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If you wear make-up, I’m sure you’ve heard of this product before. It’s rated the best translucent setting powder in multiple beauty magazines, and it’s in almost every single beauty bloggers daily make-up routine. And there’s a reason for it- IT’S LIFE CHANGING! I don’t even know what else to say, it’s just something that’s so amazing, you have to see for yourself!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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Hands down the best mascara I’ve tried so far. It can literally make it look like your wearing false lashes. Benefit also makes a They’re Real mascara primer that is amazing as well. However, if you don’t feel like spending the extra mula for the primer, the mascara alone works wonders.

KYLIE Matte Single & NYX Butter Gloss

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I’m a huge fan of the KYLIE lip kits. I currently have four different shades and I love them all. They create that perfect matte lip, and it stays on all day and night with only one application. Like I’ve literally wore it all day, gone to bed without taking it off (not a good idea, but hey, it happens!) and when I wake up, it still looks like I just put it on! They’re definitely worth the investment.

The NYX butter glosses are super affordable. You can purchase them at almost any pharmacy, Target, even some Super Stores. They glide on so smoothly (just like butter!), and they give you that perfect glossy lip. Although you may have to reapply throughout the day, for the price it’s totally worth it!

 

 

 

 

Chambray the right way!

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I recently did this photoshoot with one of our models from Bigley’s, to depict one of this seasons most prominent trends- chambray!

The early days of spring are some of the most unpredictable when it comes to the weather forecast- and thus your outfits can be equally unpredictable. It’s all too common for the temps to rise to 20s one day and plummet to 5 the next. For this reason, having an arsenal of items in your closet that will layer easily, keep you warm or cool you off when needed, and can be dressed up or down is of utmost sartorial importance.If you’re stumped over what to wear this transitional time, we suggest starting with chambray.

The reason being that chambray usually has some weight to it, making it a better transitional option then a lightweight oxford. Roll up the sleeves on warmer days, and layer under a sweater when it’s cooler.

All items are linked below, and all item qualify for free shipping this weekend only! : )

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Melissa Nepton dress

Fossil handbag

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Fossil handbag

Cupcakes and Cashmere top

Dex crop pants

Dolce Vita heels

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Cupcakes and Cashmere jumper

Steve Madden shoes

 

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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