Posts in Personal Style
how to choose glasses in 10 steps

There is a staggering selection of glasses available. How to choose a pair that best reflect your personal brand & style? Because that is what you want…to be sure the glasses you choose reflect your personality and highlight your personal stye and beauty. Although this post was originally published some years ago, knowing how to choose glasses that suit your personal style……

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style inspiration & challenges

Defining your personal brand is about creating parameters to help you gain clarity. This is best explained by the architect Frank Gehry, talksing about the his horror job. He was asked to build a home for a client and asked what the client what she wanted.  The answer....do whatever you want. Mr Gehry explains that with no restraints it was his most difficult ever job.

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accessorize for visibility

I first posted this in 2013...and believe that five years on the photos are as timeless and creative as ever. The first photo is from Scott Schulman of The Satorialist. It remains one of my all time favorite style photos. I think she looks smart, wise, full of joy...and like she loves taking time to get dressed up.  When you accessorize boldly as she does, you cannot hide from the world …

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creating modern elegance

It was a blessing in disguise that Milan was booked out for the furniture fair, Salone Mobile, two weeks ago. It meant I stayed an hour outside Milan in Bergamo. I love observing the way Italian women in smaller towns translate fashion items into their own style language. After a delightful first coffee with a view of Citta Alta, the old city on the hill, I strolled down via Borgo Palazzo….

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goddess in fluid fabric

Fashion history tells us that horse riding began about 3,400 years ago and trouser-making came shortly thereafter as riding in a robe was awkward. The first known trousers were shaped on a loom and needed no cutting:  three pieces of brown-colored wool cloth, one piece for each leg and an insert for the crotch.  At that time robes were worn by men and women and were the easiest to drape.

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creative style expression

The day he died, Monet was in bed and called out to his son for his paints and brushes. "I think I almost have it!" he exclaimed...and painted his last work of art. He was full of unpainted paintings...right up to the last moment of his life. This is a burning desire to unleash our innate creativity. It maybe with a brush and paint or it may be with style and colour. It is about allowing yourself to grow….

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why the st laurent museum matters

On this nippy November morning the city was aglow in Parisian neutrals: grey, cream and gold. I was expectant as I turned the corner into Avenue Marceau. Growing up in Vancouver in the early 70's the word Paris transported me to this enchanting world with Saint Laurent at the center of all this elegance. And on this late Friday afternoon I joined a mostly female crowd (aged 25-75), all waiting to be transported and uplifted into a beautiful mythical world.

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effortless elegant curves

Effortless elegance has a lot to do with clothes that hang from the shoulder and have a breezy, easy feel. and enchantingly reckless feeling that the alarm went off late, you jumped up, ran to your wardrobe and pulled on the first thing there. And since you have only fab things in your closet...you look divine. This style is associated with Emmanuele Alt, Carine Roitfeld, Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola: women with H figures. Meaning from the high hip down straight....no curvy thighs and no large busts which has been the standard fashion body for a long time. Fortunately, the world of fashion is slowing catching on that there are other body types out there, and music inspiration gives us Jennifer Lopez, Shakira or or Beyonce with their curves.

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