Monday, June 21, 2021

Adopting a window-shopping mindset allows us to admire something beautiful...without physically needing to bring it into our lives! This, of course, helps keep us on track with our financial goals, but it also helps keep our wardrobes streamlined and consistent with our personal style. ⁣

This is a photo of me on vacation in Aix-en-Provence a couple of years ago. @despetitshauts is my favourite brand and visiting one of their boutiques was a dream come true. (They don’t have stores in Canada). I sent my family off for gelato so I could enjoy leisurely time to myself in this special little shop. Honestly, it was such a whimsical and magical place, I could have spent the entire day in there. I could have also purchased three suitcase loads of clothing! I did pick up a couple of special items to take home, but I also just enjoyed the experience of admiring pretty things. The items I purchased (shoes, a t-shirt and a sweater) all matched my color palette and fit into my wardrobe nicely. I left a lot of π˜ƒπ—²π—Ώπ˜† π—½π—Ώπ—²π˜π˜π˜† π˜π—΅π—Άπ—»π—΄π˜€ on the rack that day, and left feeling happy and satisfied with my intentional purchases. ⁣

It’s easy to get carried away when surrounded by beauty! Have you had success with the window-shopping mindset? What’s your trick for resisting temptation? ⁣

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chapter 7 discusses several savvy shopping strategies, including one of my favourite techniques for elevating my personal style. I’m a huge second-hand shopper!⁣

I think it is human nature to be drawn to “pretty things”, and I am no exception. Unfortunately, hefty price tags often accompany these pretty things. Finding them on the second-hand market (most often in brand new condition) allows me to elevate my personal style with unique and special items well below the retail price.⁣

Every item in this photo was purchased second-hand (or rather purchased brand new on the second-hand market). These gold shoes are probably my favourite pair of summer footwear and they are not something I would be able to buy in Canada. They are from the French brand @despetitshauts, and I found them on @videdressing in mint condition. They are special and unique and definitely elevate my outfits! The handbag is also by Des Petits Hauts, and the dress is by SΓ©zane. I got my Ray-Ban sunglasses on eBay. It might take a big longer to find the specific items you want second hand, but I like to view it as treasure hunting. It’s worth the reward!⁣

Do you shop second hand? What’s the best treasure you ever found?⁣

I mentioned yesterday that I am an accountant, so a chapter on budgeting was pretty much a given in my book! There is nothing “elevating” about overspending! No matter how well-dressed you are, financial woes are going to stress you out and drag you down.⁣

We are all in different seasons of life and all have different financial situations. No matter how big or small your budget is, I think the key is to have one and stick to it as best you can. My husband and I both have a clothing budget for the year that we set and agree on when we devise the family budget each January. (We are BOTH accountants!) From there, I’m sure to track my expenses as the year rolls along, so I know exactly where I stand and what I have to work with. (This means that often the wish list items don’t get fulfilled.)⁣

Budgeting sounds boring, but I actually think that a budget is a key tool in elevating your wardrobe. Having discipline and restraint helps you think your purchases through carefully, therefore only adding items that you truly love and fit your personal style (and budget of course!) ⁣

Have you tapped into your inner accountant this season?⁣

Do you shop with a plan, or do you buy things on a whim? I have found that the more time I take to plan ahead, the less buyer’s remorse I experience! I also feel like creating a “master plan” has allowed me to curate a wardrobe that feels cohesive and consistent with my personal style.⁣

I try to plan most purchases these days (although that’s not to say I’m 100% on track with this all the time). I usually have a little wish list that I record in a style journal, as well as an app called WishList on my phone (which also serves as a budgeting tool). My wish list is certainly not set in stone, but it gives me a solid guide. Sometimes I tick things off the list, other times I end up realizing I no longer want them!⁣

This summer I decided to experiment with the wide leg pant trend. I’m pretty short at 5’3”, so this can be a tricky look to pull off. Navy and/or black pants were included on my wish list. I also decided to add a polished, beachy vibe to my wardrobe with casual pearls.⁣

Are you a planner like me? What’s on your wish list?⁣

Friday, June 18, 2021

Some of you may not know this, but I’m actually an accountant by trade. I’m certainly not a style expert or fashionista! That’s one of the reasons I decided to share my story and ideas. Hopefully, as an “everyday woman”, I offer a viewpoint that feels realistic and relatable.⁣

Being an accountant, I LOVE the idea of taking inventory. It’s such an important step! You need to go through what you own with an honest eye before you consider adding new pieces. I did the “big purge” years ago, but I still go through my items each season. I store my off-season clothes in a storage bin in our hall closet. The first step each season is to haul out that bin and assess my inventory. I actually did this “inventory count” in the early spring so I had lots of time to plan ahead for the summer. I ended up identifying a few things that just didn’t work for me, so I sent them off to the consignment shop. ⁣

Laying everything out and taking stock of what I had made me realize that I clearly didn’t NEED anything. That being said, I did want to add a few pieces to have a bit of fun and try a few new silhouettes. Taking inventory early on definitely keeps me on track.⁣

Did you do an inventory count this season? Was it helpful? What did you learn? ⁣

(My book Elevate Your Personal Style is available on Amazon – link in bio) 😘

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Elevating your personal style is not just about discovering what you like, but also figuring out what looks good on you. Everyone is unique, and it’s worth exploring what cuts, colors and styles best suit your body and coloring. ⁣

Last fall I did something super fun that has definitely helped me shop with a more discerning eye. I had my colors done (virtually) by @uniquetoyoucolour . I wasn’t surprised to find out I am a true winter, as these are the colors I’m naturally drawn to anyway. My color swatches were helpful in planning this summer’s wardrobe. “True white” is the shade of white that best suits my complexion, so I’m trying to stay away from the creamier shades. I think it’s working for me! I’m using my swatches to stay on track with my blue/white/pop of red theme and also choose colors that complement my skin. I didn’t pull the black swatch – that’s just a given, and even in the summer, black still makes up a large portion of my wardrobe. ⁣

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Chapter 2 of my book discusses a few ideas on how to explore and truly define your personal style. This was something I really struggled with on my own personal style journey. Copycat mode doesn’t cut it if you want to really connect with your true self. ⁣

This summer my surroundings are inspiring my wardrobe. I live by the ocean, so I think I am naturally drawn to the color blue. Just glancing around my house, it was pretty easy to spot evidence of my personal style in my dΓ©cor – from my coffee table book, to my shell collection on display. So, this summer I’m going for an easy, breezy coastal feel with lots of white and blue (and a splash of red for fun). I’m looking to carry a vacation vibe with me, no matter what my day entails. ⁣

What vibe do you have going on this summer?⁣