You’ve Chosen Your Dress, Now It’s Time To Choose Theirs!

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You’ve spent hours choosing your dress, you’ve probably tried on many different gowns, but you’ve finally found it! The one, the dress for your dream wedding day. Now that you have your dress, it is time to pick out dresses for your bridesmaids. These days, many brides are opting to allow their bridesmaids to choose their own dresses – which can be great, as each bridesmaid can get a different dress that they feel comfortable in. However, this may not always be the way to go, especially if you have a very specific colour scheme or style in mind. I have some helpful hints on how to choose the right dress for your bridesmaids to make your job a little bit easier.

 

Listen, Listen, Listen

Yes, we know it’s your day. And it really should revolve around you, but when it comes to your bridesmaids wearing a dress in front of potentially hundreds of people, I am sure you want them to look and feel good! We all have different insecurities about our bodies, and it’s very important to listen to what your bridesmaids say about what they feel comfortable wearing. Not to mention, an ill-fitting gown can become quite apparent in the photos.

 

Choosing the Right Dress For Your Ladies

When I was planning my wedding, I had a pretty strong idea of what I wanted my ladies to wear. I know they had some thoughts as well, and with a combined effort, I was able to pick out dresses that suited them, but also suited my wedding and vision. What it really came down to was seeing what looked good on different shapes, which features to accentuate, and learning what each of the girls felt comfortable wearing. Here’s a quick little guide to reference when you’re picking out dresses.

If you take your bridesmaids measurements, you can begin to determine what will look best. Start by measuring around each person’s hips, waist, and shoulders, and you’ll quickly see what will work best.

If your bridesmaid has:

    • Hips that are several inches larger (or more) than her shoulders and waist: look for a dress that flares out from the waist. This shape is often called a fit and flare, or an A-Line dress, and is a universally flattering shape. If you choose a boat or a sweetheart neckline, a strapless dress, or one with small cap or puff sleeves, this will even out her shape and create a more proportional form .Something like this lovely lace dress would work well! 
    • Shoulders that are several inches larger than her hips and waist: keep your eye out for dresses that are A-line shaped, or something with body on the bottom half of the dress – ruffles, flare, or fullness of any kind. Boat necklines and wide shoulder straps will make her shoulders look smaller, and add a belt if you can for waist definition. This printed wrap dress, or this A-Line dress would be great for a lady with larger shoulders. 
    • Shoulders, waist and hip measurements that are all within a few inches of each other: look for a dress that has a clearly defined waistline, like… you guessed it – an A-Line dress! Or, add a belt to a fitted dress to draw in the waist. Almost any neckline will do for this lady – sweetheart, boat, v-neck or scoop will do well. Another great idea for this lady would be a dress with a wrap top to create curves. This stunning column dress would be amazing with a black ribbon around the waist! 
    • A waistline that measures larger than her hips and shoulders: look for dresses that create curves, with volume at the shoulder or on the bottom. A wrap dress with a flared skirt would be great, and anything a-line would be great. Again, adding waist definition with a belt or a clear waistline would be great, and an empire waistline would work well for this body shape as well. Necklines that work would be square, sweetheart, or v-neck. This gorgeous printed wrap dress would be fabulous on a lady with this shape. 
    • Shoulders and hip that are similar measurements, but a small waist: she won’t really need a ton of waist defining elements, but it never hurts! A sheath dress, empire waist, a-line, or wrap dress would be great for her shape. Look for something that is similar proportions throughout the dress, such as wider necklines with a flare or ruffled  skirt. This jade dress would be stunning on a woman with this figure! 

 

Look Around

Lastly, I must say it is important to look around for your bridesmaid dresses. Bridal shops can only offer so much, and don’t be afraid to get dresses from a website online, or even your favourite local boutique. Be bold and think outside of the box and allow your ladies to wear different prints, colours and shapes to create more colour and variety in your wedding party. Get the guys pocket squares to match the bridesmaid’s dresses, or even let your ladies wear a classy top and skirt. The potential to create an even more unique wedding doesn’t end at the décor – let it flow into your wedding party as well!
It’s also important to keep in mind how these dresses will all look together in your wedding photos. Often different prints, tones, or colours will liven up your photos, and create more unique portraits. Feel free to consult with your wedding photographer on what they think might look great in your photos – and happy hunting for their dresses!

A Quick Peek Into Spring Trends

Each new season of the year brings excitement as we get to see trends for the coming season. Runway shows always reveal trends for the next season, and often are shown several months in advance of the season. So for Spring 2016, we actually need to look back at the runway photos from September 2015. I loved what I saw from different designers, and I am sure we will see many of these trends trickle down into our most beloved ready to wear stores.

1. Lingerie As Every Day Wear

One of the things I love most is learning how to incorporate lingerie into every day outfits, and for this season many designers were designing pieces reminiscent of some of my favourite undergarments. With soft, long slip dresses made from supple satin, elegant lace pieces made perfect for layering, and even a comeback for items made entirely of fishnet, influence of lingerie is going to be a big hit this season. I love that any style, from preppy pretty to edgy gothic can incorporate this idea into their style. Pair with a fluffy fur coat and clunky boots to bring this ’90’s trend into 2016.

2. Spanish Influence

Another big trend is Spanish influence. This trend throws our recent minimalism phase out the door and brings in bright, beautiful colours, ruffles, embellishment and embroidery. This trend is all about maintaining a feminine silhouette while adding flowing, voluminous ruffles. Pair your favourite minimalistic pointy-toed ankle boots with a flamenco-inspired outfit to keep this trend wearable for every day. And don’t forget to put on a bright lipstick with a matching flower in your hair!

3. Fringe

No, I am not talking about the creepy sci-fi series here, so rejoice, fringe is back again! I know you have your boho fringe pieces from last summer, so don’t get rid of those yet. Keep your fringe fresh by creating a monochromatic outfit of pieces all in hues of pink, blue, or orange (all in colours this season!). Keep a look out for fringe on hemlines – especially trouser hemlines – and this season brings super long fringe in beautiful bright colours!

4. Shiny Sequins

This is where your inner seagull rejoices, as we are seeing sequins and shiny fabrics all over the runway! Sequin pieces aren’t just for holiday parties – wear a shiny skirt paired with a marled knit to keep it low key and cool for early spring. The best thing about wearing sequins this season is that you can pair it with unconventional pieces to create a new look for your shiny items you keep reserved for a night out.

 

Those are a few of my favourite trends for Spring 2016, and what I love about the coming season is the entry of bright colours, beautiful prints, and mixing different trends into one outfit (I must say, I’m just a little excited about being rid of minimalism)! I love mixing and pairing unconventional pieces to create a fresh look – just what we need in the middle of these long Canadian winters!

Fashion Friday Spotlight: Midnight Magic and Lingerie Trends

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This week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Molyneaux, the owner of a local lingerie business, Midnight Magic. Midnight Magic is a great little store in St. Albert, Alberta, which carries everything a specialty lingerie shop should: bras ranging from sizes A – N, a variety of cup-sized swimwear, nursing bras, mastectomy bras, shape wear, and men’s underwear. With a focus on excellent customer service, great quality product, and a wide selection, Midnight Magic is a great place to shop for all of your lingerie needs. I also snapped some photos of a bit of product they have in store, so check out the interview and take a peek in store or on their website to see some amazing items for every size.

 

I would love it if you could give me a brief history and introduction to Midnight Magic

January of this year we are 20 years in business now. We started off just selling lingerie from regular to plus sizes. We sold our first bra and thought, “well I guess we should sell bras”. We have now become one of the top sellers for mastectomy bras, as well as selling bras up to an N cup. We do both small and large cups, but have a wider range of larger cup sizes, as well as cup-size swimwear in larger cups. We’ve really branched into mastectomy, and we are AADL approved, we have been involved in various charity work, fundraising, as well as a big supporter of breast cancer research. It’s been really fun to see the development and change of a small business.

 

You carry a huge range of product! Could you highlight some lingerie trends you have available in your store for the coming season?

We are back to pink hues, lots of lacy pieces, as well as bamboo fabric, which is soft and sensual feeling. It also makes a big difference who is doing the shopping, whether it’s the man or the woman doing the shopping. As well, many women are looking for boudoir pieces so they are going for more corsets to get that edgy look. I find there are also a lot of grey pieces coming in. There are also a lot of blue pieces arriving, and in the fall we will see the deeper, vibrant tones of navy and deeper blues. Red is becoming more of a basic in fashion versus a fashion colour, and for many people red bras are the new neutral. Back-seam stockings are also very popular, as well as garter belts with hold-up stockings, which is very vintage inspired. A social trend would be that more men are coming into the stores, not only shopping for women, but also purchasing the product we carry for men in the store.  When they come in though, they say “give me a dozen!” and then they’re out of here, no lingering or shopping around in here.

 

What are your recommended products for Valentine’s Day?

We often suggest pieces that are easy to fit, like a chemise. If a man comes in to shop for lingerie, a chemise is an easy piece to purchase. We also have cup-sized lingerie which is great for a larger bust, like an H or an I cup. We also suggest the variety of massage oils we carry, that is a huge hit for Valentine’s Day. Another popular piece would be our stockings and garter belts, many men come in to purchase those as gifts. If someone is having trouble picking something out, or isn’t sure of sizes, a great idea is a gift card. Of course, it’s a good idea to give one of our gift cards with something else to wrap it in, like a massage oil or a pair of Hanky Panky underwear. And then go pick up that bottle of wine – an absolute necessity.

 

What are your most popular items in your store?

Definitely the Hanky Panky underwear, as well as the Saxx and MyPakage underwear for men. They are our most popular for sure. Of course, our bras are extremely popular, especially since we carry a wide range. For lingerie, I have to say chemises are very popular, especially in chiffons or fabrics that aren’t very clingy. Chemises that come in a stretch lace are also very popular.

 

I hope this post has inspired you for your Valentine’s Day shopping, or to get that specialty lingerie for your next boudoir shoot!

 

 

 

What To Wear This Winter

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Winter is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you hate winter for all the cold and snow it brings. I will say there are some fun things about winter, like sipping hot apple cider, outdoor ice skating with friends, and of course, celebrating Christmas! However, I could still live without the snow, and the impact the bitter cold has on my wardrobe choices. Choosing an outfit can be very uninspiring when it’s -30 degrees Celsius outside, but I am here to give you some ideas on what to wear for every occasion this winter.

 

Netflix Night With Friends

One thing I do love to do in the winter is huddle up with my friends and binge watch our favourite series. I love to get all warm and cozy, which is why a casual, comfy sweater is the way to go here. Big, bold graphics and text are very trendy on sweaters right now, and there are so many options out there. Personally, I find this Christmas sweater impossibly adorable, but this Kale sweater is perfectly on trend for a comfy-casual night. Pair with boyfriend jeans, a cozy scarf, and fuzzy slippers and this is your go-to outfit for a night full of sitting by the fireplace sipping spiked hot chocolate with your friends.

 

Strolling In The Snow

A walk in glistening snow sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte is a great way to spend a winter afternoon. Spending any time outside in the winter requires amazing footwear. It can be hard to find something warm, yet fashionable, to wear in the winter as an everyday boot, but these buckled boots are a great start. You might think you have to don a down parka to stay warm on your walk, but if you’re not into the Canada Goose trend, I recommend layering a cute winter jacket with a packable down underneath. It’s an amazing way to stay warm and still wear your favourite fashions. Top it off with a hat and scarf and you’re ready for a walk in winter wonderland.

 

An Evening Out

Over-the-knee boots are so on trend right now, and a perfect way to stay fashionable without sacrificing warmth for a night out with friends. These burgundy beauties are a great choice, but this style of boot can easily go “pretty woman”, so pair with a dress that’s not overly sexy, but still really fun. Keep it chic in a black boho dress, or jazz it up in a mod shift dress. Since it’s coming on the holiday season, it is perfectly acceptable to get all sparkly for a night out, so finish up your outfit with glitter eyeshadow and nail polish.

 

Although it hasn’t snowed in my hometown yet, I am starting to get prepared for winter by getting my wardrobe ready for the cold! No matter how much I dislike snow and cold, I do love the cheer and happiness this season brings. It’s a great time to spend with friends and family, and don’t forget to book a winter wonderland photoshoot with your loved ones and your favourite photographer!

 

 

Colour Of The Year – And What To Wear It With – Fall/Winter 2015

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You’ve probably heard about the colour of the year for 2015 – the amazing, deep shade combination of brown/red/brick – marsala. I have to say, this is my favourite colour of the year for the last few years, and I love the combination of the colours this year. If you haven’t seen the colours yet, check them out here and then get going on all your fall and winter shopping inspired by this gorgeous colour of the year!

 

Hot Looks This Season 

Of course the dawn of fall is all about boots, jackets, scarves, and hats, but there are a few other hot items to focus on this season. With the items you invest in, look for texture to refresh your outfits. There is also a lot of geometric influence this season, so with your shoes look for stacked and block heels, square purses, and chunky accessories. Fall is also a time of layering, so keep an eye out for scarves and wool felted hats to complete your outfit.

 

What Pieces To Invest In

One of the best ways to incorporate a new colour into your wardrobe is with hints of it in accessories like scarves, hats, gloves, and jewelry. However, marsala is such a fantastic neutral that I think you can go all out with this colour – even head to toe in some cases! So for fall, my first suggestion is the perfect coat. I’ve found this textured beauty for an amazing price. Another way to wear this colour is with new boots. I’m always on the hunt for new leather boots, and here is a great pair of booties to put into your wardrobe. It’s definitely okay to wear as much marsala as you want this season, since it’s such a flattering colour and easy to wear with different colours. I also love this printed top, even paired with this skirt, and of course, this amazing lingerie set from Claudette. And while you’re at it, go all out and pick yourself up this nail colour and this eyeshadow palette.

 

What To Wear With Marsala

One of the many things that I love about the Pantone colour of the year reveal is that they also supply you with an array of other colours that are popular this season. Many of these colours can be worn with Marsala, but I will also share a few of my own ideas. As I said earlier, I think Marsala is an amazing neutral. So much so, that I think it would be great to pair it with something cheery, say this super soft pink sweater, or keep it classic fall tones with items in burnt orange, eggplant, and these ochre wide-leg trousers. For my own style, I might keep it a little dark and pair a marsala sweater with a black vegan leather skirt, or mix up my neutral palette with a pair of grey culottes. Pretty much anything goes with marsala, and I am very excited to incorporate this colour into my fall and winter wardrobe!

 

 

Fall/15 Trend: Bedford Avenue Granny

I’ve always grown up with the notion that patterns and textures were distinctly not to be mixed. A pattern is paired with a solid, am I right? Well, this season, that’s definitely the wrong approach. The Bedford Avenue Granny trend is all about mixing patterns, colours, and textures to create a completely unique and interesting look. Yes, you can go raid your stylish grandma’s closet, but please take out any unnecessary shoulder pads first. It’s a little Iris Apfel (toned down, of course), a lot of grandma’s vintage clothes, but with a high fashion, chic and intentional look.

Key Pieces In Which To Invest

If you want to take on this eclectic look, these are the pieces you will want to have in your closet this fall:

The Perfect Jacket – And by perfect, I mean long, printed, and/or textured. Keep in mind, your nana would have worn something structured, so stay away from ponchos if you want to perfect this trend. Capes, however, are most definitely allowed.

Skirts Galore – Your grandma probably had an array of perfect skirts, and so should you! A real sub-theme in this trend is 1960’s influence, so feel free to embrace the many styles of the era. Think simple a-line, pleated, and floral. And of course, tartan!

The Blouse(s) – Yes, you will want many blouses tucked into that adorable skirt you plan to wear. Again, a floral print, a paisley print, and a bow blouse are necessities. However, you could go with any variety of cute prints. And of course, tartan!

Jewels upon jewels – Necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets are your best friends. Layer them on, and make sure they all make a statement!

 

How To Style

The key to styling this trend will be to make sure your prints and patterns are different scales, and that they are in scale with your body. Try not to pair too many large prints together, especially if you’re quite petite. Here are some ideas to help you style yourself this fall.

Casual – As this trend doesn’t “scream” casual, you will want to pair a cute, casual sweater with printed pants. Add on your variety of accessories and you’re ready to go!

Office – You might want to tone down the craziness for the office, but pairing two chic prints together will still make a statement. Pair a floral blouse with a slight tartan print skirt or pant, and you’re office ready. Top it off with earrings and and skip the rest of the accessories.

Cold Weather – This is where your new amazing coat comes in. Your coat will cover up the majority of your outfit, so this might be a good time to show off your eclectic style with printed tights, textured gloves, scarves, and a fun bag.

Going Out – This is an excellent opportunity to pull out that little a-line skirt and pair with a cute printed top and, yet again, layer up the accessories. In cold weather, again add tights, and even some printed socks. Put on some fun coloured lipstick in purple, pink, or coral shades, and be sure to have your nails done as well! Grab a snakeskin, fur, or printed clutch and head out on the town.

 

This trend is so easily uniquely styled, and can be so fun to create different eclectic outfits. Keep in mind if you book portrait photography, don’t wear too many prints or the photo will lose focus of your beautiful self. However, with street style you can use this trend to express your different, eclectic, and unique style in so many ways. I hope you have a ton of fun with this exciting fall trend!

 

How To: Ethereal Themed Photoshoot

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I am a big fan of themed photoshoots. It’s a great way to have very unique photos, capture a mood or emotion, or convey a specific message. Suggesting a theme or idea is also a great way to get your photographer’s imagination buzzing.  An ethereal style photoshoot will capture your softness and femininity, conveying dreaminess and whimsy. However, it is not just up to your photographer to make the theme happen. Here are some things you can do to make your ethereal photoshoot it’s best.

1. Gather Inspiration

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, go out and get one. Pinterest will be your go-to when gathering inspiration for your photoshoot. Don’t focus on outfits or makeup in this stage, look for art, movements, fabrics, and colours that get you in that fantastical, dreamy, ethereal mood. I suggest Pinterest because it’s a great way to keep all your pictures in one place, but it is also good to go out and gather a few pieces that you can physically carry with you, such as fabric or a piece of jewelry.

 

2. Choose an Outfit

Choosing a themed-appropriate outfit is absolutely essential if you want to create a cohesive look. I suggest sticking with soft colours and fabrics with a flow-y drape. Stay away from bold patterns and bright colours. For a portrait outfit, a chiffon dress is a great piece to start with. Add in pretty hair accessories, a shawl or kimono and you’re all set! For boudoir, it’s pretty much the same. Start with a soft, flow-y robe and pair with a soft bra and panty, and similar accessories.

 

3. Pick A Place

This is the perfect theme for a natural space, such as a forest or field. Take a drive and look around your local area for secluded spaces that you can use, such as a wooded area, a green secluded meadow, or a wide-open rolling field. Let your imagination go wild, and try to keep a “photographer’s eye” and think about how the spaces would look in a photograph while you’re out searching. If you want to stick with the studio, bring in props that suit your theme. Go to the craft store and buy moss, toss some flower petals on the set, or make your own DIY flower wall. A bouquet of flowers can never go wrong in a photoshoot!

 

4. Makeup Ideas

After you have your outfit and accessories, it’s time to think about makeup. The general idea is to keep it soft, dreamy, and natural. This is another great way to use Pinterest to find makeup looks you can show your makeup artist on the shoot day. Remember to stick with neutrals and stay away from a super smokey eye or harsh lines. Keep a rosy cheek and lip, and this is the perfect time to use any of that gold glittery eyeshadow.

 

5. Set The Mood

It is important to keep your theme while you are on set, and a great way to to that is to pick music to keep you in the dreamy, ethereal mood. Playlists are great for this, and websites like Songza are great for finding music that suits your mood. If you’re going a bit more folksy, check out this playlist, however I have to recommend Oh Land, a favorite artist of mine, who captures dreamy, synth-y, soft and upbeat pop in her first album here.

 

There is definitely a lot to think about when creating an ethereal themed photoshoot, but gathering all your ideas and inspirations to create unique photos with your photographer can also be incredibly fun. The end product will be a stunning set of photos, capturing your soft, dreamy, femininity that you can treasure for years to come.

How To Shop For Your Boudoir Shoot

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A boudoir photo-shoot is an exciting way to showcase an intimate side to your personality, and a great way to show off your incredible assets in photos you will have for a lifetime. Although a boudoir shoot is an exhilarating endeavour, sometimes picking the right outfits can be a bit daunting – especially if you’re new to the wonderful world of lingerie. Luckily I have a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for outfits for your photo-shoot!

 

1. Emphasize Your Assets  

Start your shopping trip by considering what your favourite features are about yourself, and think about how you want to emphasize those features. If you want to show off your legs, consider ditching the boy-short panty and opting for something that sits a little higher on the leg, such as a bikini style bottom. If you love your shoulders or back, go for a slinky piece with thin straps, halter straps, or no straps (corsets, corsets, and more corsets!)

 

2. Minimize Your Discomforts

While we like to showcase your fabulous features in our photos, it’s also important to dress for your comfort level. If you feel self conscious about your tummy, look for babydolls, flowy chemises, or teddies. If you are looking to hide shoulders, arms, or create length, consider wearing a lace or sheer robe and leaving it open to create long vertical lines.

 

3. Remember, This Is About You!

As I stated above, it is so important that you keep within your comfort zone and to stay true to yourself. If you love colour and texture, bling and sparkles, or vintage glamour, we want to create photos that represent your unique style and personality. Don’t be afraid to wear that strategically torn Metallica t-shirt or your full length vintage style chemise – whatever makes you feel great!

 

4. Ask For Help!

Don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate for help. They will very likely have great product knowledge and will be able to help you pick something that looks great, makes you feel comfortable, and flatters your figure. Additionally your photographer should be knowledgeable about what garments will be flattering for your body shape and style of photo-shoot, so ask for pointers during your consultation.

 

Good luck on your shopping trip, and I hope these tips help you on your way to finding the perfect outfits!