Last weekend, I went on a photo walk into the experimental gardens and the arboretum. Here are some of the pictures.
Amazing homemade chicken salad for dinner! Romaine, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, cilantro, red onion and blue menu chicken strips. Yum!!
Just bought this @carolinapad from @target_ca and I’m obsessed with it. So summery and there are polka dot on the inside!
Change the way you shop forever! How to buy less, Wear More, & Shop smarter for Spring! Masterclass with Wardrobe Expert, Tamika Auwai
These are my notes from Tamika’s Masterclass. I have been following Tamika for a while now, and I participated in her 30/30 wardrobe challenge. She also helped me organize my closet, and I found out that she really knows what she is talking about.
Reasons why we have a hard time shopping:
- easy to buy
- so much selection
- as women we can justify anything
Step 1: Know Yourself
You need to figure out who you are, what colours you like, and your body type. You can do this by googling and completing a “style quiz” or read “I Love your style” or “Style Statement.” Another way to know what you like it to make a Pinterest board with outfits or clothes that you like. I found the Pinterest board really helped me.
Step 2: Know your Closet
Go through all your closet and pull out the 10 best pieces that you LOVE.
Step 3: Identify the holes
By picking out what you love, you can try to make outfits from those pieces, and you can figure out what you need to complete the outfits.
You can see what you have that fall into the above categories. What are you missing? A great book to help you in this section is “The One Hundred” by Nina Garcia.
Step 4: Purge the Dead Weight
Get rid of items that don’t fit, items that you don’t love, or items that you never wear. You can donate these items, throw out pieces, or given them to a friend.
Step 5: Find Inspiration
Look for that season inspiration from magazines and on online. I use Pinterest and Go Chic or Go Home has a great feature where you can see what others are wearing. I also follow Putting Me Together and Kendi for style inspiration.
Step 6: Create a Shopping List (YAY!)
Make a list of items you need to complete outfits or items that you are missing. Make sure you go out and take your time finding the right piece for you, don’t just buy the first item that meets your criteria.
Step 7: Plan your Shopping
Plan out how much you can spend and whether you can splurge or save. Spend more money on basics that you can wear for years to come and save on trendy pieces that will only be ok for a season or two.
Step 8: Outfit Planning
I plan all my outfits using Go Chic or Go Home. First, I take pictures of all of my clothing and then you upload them to GCOGH. You need to categorize all your clothes. Yes, this takes a long time, but it is soooo worth it. For more information about GCOGH or Stylebook, you can check out my post about it here.
Tamika has used Lemon Crate with clients, it has an app so it might be a good option.
I followed this process with assistance from Tamika through her 30/30 wardrobe challenge and really now have a sense about how to make better matching outfits.
I really hope this helps you!
I went on my first ever camera walk where I was the one taking photos. We went down Bank street and into Downtown Ottawa.
Here are some of my favourite photos that I took.
We got as a wedding gift an SLR camera. I have semi played with it, but tonight was the official lesson.
There was a lot of talk about ISO’s, aperture and shutter speed. I think I sorta get it. I think for the meantime I’ll just enjoy playing around taking pictures.
Here are some pictures I took tonight that I liked!
Part 3 of Putting me Together’s series on making a Wardrobe from Scratch is about proper fit.
Proper fit is essential to looking and feeling good in your clothes. If your shirt is too big, or your pants are too long, you will be constantly tugging at them and feel uncomfortable.
Aubrey gives some great photo reminders about how clothes should be actually fitting on you. I really like looking at the pictures showing an item was too long and then how much better it looked when it was fixed.
This is a great reminder to me. If the clothes don’t fit properly, you won’t wear them. Get rid of the item or fix it.
Part 2 is focusing on colour.
The basis of starting a wardrobe is defined by determining your neutral colour, the clothes what will go with everything, and then deciding on choose 2-3 accent colours to give your outfit some zest.
She sees the neutral colour from beige to black. See below.
Personally, My neutral colours are white, black, grey and I’m starting to work with brown. (I know, I can’t pick 2)
Choosing the accent colours you want to work with can be tricky. You need to be comfortable with this colour. For example, I don’t like orange. It is too bright and it reminds me of a pumpkin, but I do like burnt orange.
Most of my closet is focusing on blue, purple, red, yellow and greens. I really like the idea of combining different colours together to get a different look. Such as violet and yellow and light yellow with different tones of blue.
I was watching City Line and they mentioned Trend Trunk. It’s a website that lets you sell and buy used clothes online. It is the exactly the same idea as Poshmark but only for Canada!! Trend Trunk is such a wonderfully well thought out site. You take pictures of your clothing and upload them to the site.
You list the details of the piece of clothing and the price you want to sell it for. Then Trend Trunk takes your price and adds shipping. When your item is purchased, the website sends you an email with a link to a prepaid shipping label. All you have to do it print it out, package up your item and stick it in the mail.
Doesn’t that sound easy peasy.
Join Trend Trunk here —> https://www.trendtrunk.com/index.php?rid=APGKSA
Here is my morning recipe I make. I love it and it keeps me full until lunch time. Check out my video I made on Vine —> http://vine.co/v/bJ0zO7ti2lb and you can follow me on there too!