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 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 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 Sézane. 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
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 décor – 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 𝘁𝘄𝗼 signed copies of “𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩” 💕
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.)
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?
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
Sunday, June 6, 2021
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!
- Visualize Your Version of Elevated Health
- Drop the Monday Mindset
- Get Educated
- Pencil Yourself In
- Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude
- Inspire Yourself in the Kitchen
- Tread Lightly With Treats
- Think Active, Not Athletic
- Discover What Makes You Tick
- Capitalize on the Season and Circumstances
- Dress for Success
- Listen to Your Body
- Be a Boss of Bedtime
- Navigate Holidays with Confidence
- Get in Touch With the Intangible