the new classic.

as i get older, i find i need to ditch the trendy stuff (i.e. fringe, sequins, body con) and acquire the structured, neutral pieces that are easily paired with hundreds of other items. my motto? maximize the wardrobe, minimize the clutter.

new year new you

i love the PARTYSKIRT. a simple silhouette, maybe, but this skirt makes a big statement. the importance of versatility is huge for me. as an image consultant, i strive to find pieces for my clients that will be easy to style, and gorgeous on any occasion. another bonus? the creators of the PARTYSKIRT, mariel & lauren armstrong, are based right here in vancouver. who doesn’t love supporting local businesses?

here, i’ve paired this classic black partyskirt with a gorgeous blouse by elle sasson. the delicate leaf print has me thinking spring. i love it. now – here’s where things get interesting. depending on the occasion, you could either dress this duo up or down.

for brunch with the girls or a shopping date with mom, these simple pieces are perfectly paired with a denim jacket and some satin sneakers. throw on these oversize cat eye sunnies for instant sophistication. i adore this anya hindmarch bag to finish the look; it’s a conversation starter & a chic accessory.

to dress UP this look, start with a fabulous pair of heels. i saw these babies while scrolling through my instagram feed, and it was love at first sight. a black kitten heel with a grosgrain bow; you can’t get more classic than that. next, pearl earrings. i’m so glad pearls are back in style. i’ve been wearing mine non-stop. to finish off the look, you can either throw on a blazer or pull out your leather jacket for an edgier look. finally, swap your structured bag for a clutch. isn’t this one adorable? i’m a big fan of adding a pop of colour. swipe on some lipstick (this ilia lipstick is pigmented, creamy AND 85% organic!) and you’re ready to go, girl.

happy new year to my readers. may your 2015 be filled with laughter and joy.