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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?⁣




I just received a shipment of paperback copies of my latest book, Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle . To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway! It finally feels like some of the heaviness is lifting around the world, so what better time to inspire yourself to embrace your health goals? ⁣

I will be giving away π˜π˜„π—Ό signed copies of “𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘒𝘡𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘢𝘳 𝘏𝘦𝘒𝘭𝘡𝘩” πŸ’•⁣

To enter please:⁣
1 – follow me over on Instagram  @the.elevated.everyday
2 – in the Instagram comments, tag a friend and let me know what healthy habit has had the most elevating effect on your life!⁣

The winners will be drawn at random on Friday, March 18th, 9:00AM AST. (Open to all countries. One entry per person.)⁣

Good luck!πŸ€πŸ’–⁣

Monday, June 14, 2021


Here is a little excerpt cut straight from chapter 1… “If your life were a movie, you would be the leading lady! In fact, you are the leading lady of your life, the heroine, the star of the show. Adopting this point of view can have a huge impact on elevating your mindset and the approach you take to daily life. If you could write the script, how would the main character act, behave, think, dress and carry herself? I’ll let you in on a secret. You are writing the script! In fact, that’s your job in life.” In this photo, my movie star self is basking in the French Provencal sunshine while sipping tea and people watching. Later on that day she meandered the cobblestone streets of a medieval village, tucking into shops and boutiques at her leisure. She was mostly just browsing, but she did pick up a particularly beautiful silk scarf to take home and remind her of this dreamy vacation. What is the movie star version of yourself doing in this very moment? TODAY my movie star self is spending the day at home. Her lineup includes grocery shopping, helping her son prep for his final Math exam and tackling some household cleaning. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but it doesn’t mean I can’t tap into the movie-start mindset. I can still take the time to add a few special touches to my appearance. Today I’ve pulled out that silk scarf I bought in France several years ago. I may be heading to the giant Superstore, but I can pretend I’m off to the patisserie instead (and dress for the occasion!) What is your movie-star-self up to today and how is she dressing for the part?

(My book Elevate Your Personal Style: Inspiration for the Everyday Woman is available on Amazon 😘)

Sunday, June 13, 2021


Last summer I wrote my book Elevate Your Personal Style: Inspiration for the Everyday Woman As the weather finally warms up here in Nova Scotia, I’ve got summer style on the brain. I thought it would be fun to do a little series on elevating your personal style, with a hint of a summer slant to it. For the next while I’m going to walk through each of the chapters in my book, and share a few thoughts and images on how I personally approach things as an “everyday woman”. Do you want to join along with me? If so, please use the hashtag #elevateyourpersonal on Instagram so I can check in on what you are up to! If you live in the Southern hemisphere, I’d love to see your cooler weather inspo! I’ll be needing it sooner than I’d like to admit!⁣

 



Now that I have all the loose ends tied up on my new book, “Elevate Your Health”, I feel like it’s time for me to slip back into the role of reader for a bit. I just received my copy of “Joy in the Little Things” by @kerriehessillustration . This book is yummy! I think it’s best enjoyed in little delicious bites. I have it on the coffee table and I pick it up each time I have a cup of tea. The illustrations are dreamy, as is the message. ⁣

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021


 I get a lot of compliments on my book covers. I love my covers! Seeing each one come together has been one of my favorite aspects of the whole book writing process.

Of course, what makes them magical is the beautiful illustrations. I was so lucky to discover Elka Silenkova ( @flourishellis ). I originally found her on Shutterstock and then contacted her directly. She custom painted the illustrations for both Elevate Your Health and my previous book, Elevate Your Personal Style.

Isn’t her work beautiful?! I love the whimsical vibe of the sneakers in particular. I’m dreaming up ideas for my next book and I know I’ll be looking to Elka to bring things to life for me.

If you have a project that needs a special touch, please be sure to check her out. I’ve had fun creating my own personal journals and stationery with these images. So fun! πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸŽ¨

Sunday, June 6, 2021

 


Every now and then we are lucky enough to encounter people who really take the time to add a special touch to their work. These tiny and thoughtful touches always “Elevate my Everyday” when I come across them. This is certainly the case each time I take my pups to the groomer. Their groomer exudes so much love and enthusiasm for what she does. She snapped this adorable photo of Junior’s first haircut. What a treat to have a portrait included in the groom! She even made special bowties and flowers for all her clients. I swear, she is “The Cute Fairy” in disguise and sprinkles them with magic dust each time they visit! 🧚‍♀️πŸͺ„πŸ’•

When was the last time someone “Elevated Your Everyday” with a special touch? It makes me want to put in a little more effort on my end!
Photo credit @darlingdogsgrooming

Saturday, June 5, 2021

I’m really excited to announce the release of my new book, “Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle”.  It’s currently available on Amazon in Kindle version, and the paperback edition is coming out shortly.

 

This past year has been a tough one for many of us, and it finally feels like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. What better time to hit the reset button on your health and wellbeing?  It feels like the perfect opportunity to seek out inspiration to get fired up with enthusiasm. That’s really what “Elevate Your Health” is all about!  It’s not about what healthy habits and behaviours to adopt, but rather how to inspire and motivate yourself to act in your own best interest. Here is a list of the chapters to give you a taste of its flavour!

 

  1. Visualize Your Version of Elevated Health
  2. Drop the Monday Mindset
  3. Get Educated
  4. Pencil Yourself In
  5. Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude
  6. Inspire Yourself in the Kitchen
  7. Tread Lightly With Treats
  8. Think Active, Not Athletic
  9. Discover What Makes You Tick
  10. Capitalize on the Season and Circumstances
  11. Dress for Success
  12. Listen to Your Body
  13. Be a Boss of Bedtime
  14. Navigate Holidays with Confidence
  15. Get in Touch With the Intangible

Friday, June 4, 2021


 I have a new book coming out soon! It’s called “Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. I’m in the final editing stage and am I’m hoping to have it available next week. πŸ₯³

This book focuses on the concept of setting yourself up for success. It’s about inspiring yourself to adopt strategies, activities and behaviours that will keep you on track with your health goals.

I thought I’d give a little preview of a paragraph that describes my mindset around physical activity, and how I view my running as a faithful friend, instead of just another chore on my to do list!

“Make New Friends:

I actually view my running as a friend. It’s been a constant and faithful companion of mine for over twenty years. It’s always there when I need it; reliable and quietly non-judgemental. It has seen me through some of the darkest periods of my life. It dragged me out of bed and got me moving on days when I didn’t see the point. It never leaves my side. It has accompanied me through the familiar streets of my own neighbourhood, as well as on meandering jaunts through picturesque foreign villages. It has lifted my spirits, and given me confidence and strength (from the inside out). It has listened to my anger and allowed me to vent unapologetically. It is patient with me when I’m feeling a little tired and sore, always willing to slow the pace if necessary. It knows when I need a push, and challenges me to reach new heights. Running (and exercise in general) is a true friend, that elevates my life on so many levels.” ❤️πŸƒ‍♀️

Wishing you a happy, healthy weekend! πŸ’•