Once, Twice…


I know a dress is a good one when I want to wear it twice in three days. I picked up this blue and white, kaftan style midi dress with tie-front for $40, and turned the corner of the rack to find my friend holding the same one.

Super versatile and easy to wear, it was a perfect choice over jeans, for a very windy day, paired with a black leather jacket and ankle cowboy boots. On the patio and into the evening, it was comfortable and breezy.

Two days later I wore it for a day date with my nieces to the movies, ice cream and for a walk on the windy beach, paired with a long denim jacket, Topshop peep toe slides and whimsical earrings.

Aldo sunglasses, Zara moto jacket, Gap denim trench, Frye cowboy boots, Topshop leather peep toe boot and H&M dress.

I love the flora of this print, which reminds me of wallpaper or the plates we had in my house when I was growing up. And the tie front means that while it fits now, it will also be a cinch to cinch it when I have a waistline again!

Is there an outfit you are wearing on repeat this spring?

Hey, Fifty


Last night, we drove to North York to celebrate our cousin’s 50th birthday. She treated us all to a grand celebration with a live band, Diaspora, that played reggae and classic hits, a formal dinner, speeches and some indoor fireworks.

We waited until we pulled up to put on our final touches. Before and after adding our bling! I happened to have a cutout maxi that is super comfortable and will fit long into the second or third trimester – a perfect solution when you need to be relaxed but dressy. I like a good behind the scenes peek 😉

What a night. I feel so blessed to have family that is a blast to hang out with. Who, while the live band plays, can rock out and sing along, always ready to start the party on the dance floor. Mightiest of happy birthdays to Natasha. She looked like a goddess!

We were sent off with champagne – which Allia will enjoy, and even with a belly that is starting to pop, I lasted well into the night. Sweet dreams xo

Spring Fling


Bump Fashion is going strong. This melon hued, architectural sleeved dress from Zara is the work appropriate version of sweat pants. With rose gold makeup and some leather hand made flower earrings? Yes. Add some embroidered floral block heels for a surefire spring combo.

Photo credit: the gorgeous woman with legs for days wearing this Zara dress and the dress pics are from CurrentlyCoveting.net

Lula Lounge – Live Music and Festive Fringe

Indulge, style

I’m not the mini-dress, sexy heels type of going-out person. I like to be comfortable, above all else. But when you’re going out to see a live Salsa band at Lula Lounge, to be twirled around the floor by some polite, but persistent Latin man… you have to wear something special.

The music was perfect; the band was so slick and full of life.

Lula Lounge is a club that is friendly and welcoming to both the pros, who look straight out of a movie, and novice dancers. Early evening features a salsa lesson to get things rolling, then the band hits the stage.

It was the perfect night to bust out my new Zara midi dress with embroidery, a comfy t-shirt cut and 6 inch fringe on the hem and sleeves. Total coverage, comfort and swingy details. And yes, there was a Latin man, who delighted my friend and I by partnering us for an entire song, with impeccable leading skills and a gracious end to the song – disappearing into the crowd.

Get out in your city, experience live music, and don’t be shy about stepping out with style and a bit of coyness on the dance floor. 2712007800_6_1_1.jpg2712007800_1_1_1.jpg

Photo credit: Zara.com

What is your going out style?

5 Surefire Ways to Look Great on Camera


I’m heading into the city today, to the Huffington Post Canada offices, to do a shoot for one of their upcoming video series; it features people who come from wildly different backgrounds or lifestyles, having conversations with one another. I’ll be asking 5 questions to a Syrian refugee who now lives in Canada, and she will be asking me, someone born and raised in Canada, five questions of her own.  Stay tuned for that video when it’s ready to roll!

For now, the question is: what to wear for this video shoot?

First, some tips about what NOT to do! All images and photo credits can be found on my Pinterest page. 

No Logos: you don’t want to create extra work for the editors who will later have to blur out that branded item.


Sorry, Gucci, you’re a no go. 

Avoid busy patterns that can create an optical illusion. You do not want people to feel like they are watching the twilight zone.

Leave the trippy prints at home. Same goes for stripes (unless you pair them with other solids), and plaid (sorry gorgeous oversized blazer… not today)

Avoid shadow-casting pieces that will take the spotlight off of YOU.


I love a great hat, but it can be a real challenge to properly light someone in a brim. If your hat is a signature style piece, keep the brim minimal and tip it back so your face gets ample light.

Blush tones and pastels are great… in theory. However, in practice, without the right expertise, these can really wash you out. They don’t provide enough contrast and can make your skin look sallow. Yes, celebs will show up for interviews in a diverse palette, but after doing a shoot a few years ago in a pale rose blouse, I couldn’t help but wish I’d chosen something that would give my skin some colour and bounce a flattering hue up towards my face. Unless you can be sure to have a great stylist on set who will ensure you look well-lit and the clothing is flattering (or you have a professional makeup artist doing your colour) – try to avoid nudes, and pastels.


While stunners, like Ms. Fanning, can pull off a great nude look, you don’t want to look naked on camera (I assume). Also remember: she has a team of professional makeup artists, stylists and lighting experts to make sure she looks her best and that the colours are balanced. No one wants to be a washout. 

Same goes for Black and White – either can throw off the colour balance. White can look too hot and black (the flattering shade) can be harsh and make you look tired.


Now that we’ve covered the cautions, what should we be searching for as we assemble the final look?

When considering jewelry, keep in mind that what looks great in a still image can be distracting in a close-up video shot, overwhelming the image. I already have a very expressive face and will be choosing earrings that are anchored to my lobes (no swinging bling to create glare or bring to mind a fishing lure); similarly, my necklace will be some delicate, layered gold chains – nothing that moves too much or risks hitting the body mic.


Keep the bling minimal, and make what you have to say your ‘statement piece.’


Take some quick pics or a video to see if what you’re wearing translates on camera. Better to check it. The camera won’t lie and you want to know BEFORE you step on set that your highlighter is looking more 80s party-girl than ‘luminous’ and lit from within.

Be ready for your closeup by considering finishing touches, silhouette and your own comfort in the clothes and makeup you choose. Lucky you if you will have a team helping you out with this!


Your outfit needs to be comfortable, especially if you’re sitting. You don’t want a gap in the back of your pants, or a waist line that cuts into you as you sit. Consider that your hemline will also shorten dramatically if you are seated and you don’t want to feel uncomfortable or exposed. I’ll be choosing a thick heel, for comfort, high-waisted dark denim, and a top that stays put. You don’t want to be fidgeting or self-conscious. 


A great smile and posture certainly help. I will be thinking of ‘pulling up’ – bringing back all those years of ballet training. Long neck, relaxed shoulders and sitting slightly forward (I hear there will be a couch) should help me avoid looking like the guy in Beetlejuice who has been in that waiting room all day with a shrunken head and rumpled clothes. 

What will I actually put on today? Final answer: A deep ruby-hued top with bell sleeves, some minimalist gold jewelry, layered up, and slim black denim, with boots for an elongated look when I walk on set. I’ll be doing some gentle waves in my hair, for a not ‘too done up’ look and wearing a slightly-darker-than natural lip (no worries about lipstick teeth), HD face powder and lots of mascara. The photos below were my inspiration.



Wish me luck! What are your best ‘on camera’ tips? Whether for stills or moving images, I would love to hear your best tricks in the comments below.

Emoji Me

DIY, style

If summer inspires me to dress in … well, dresses and some bright lipstick choices,  winter brings forth a desire to bundle. Inevitably, I tend to wear fewer accessories (since gloves and scarves and layers tend to make rings, earrings and other things that get caught on woollen items pretty annoying), so there is always the question: how do I keep things original and fun, while planning pieces that are warm and layerable?

I like to make things personal. Recently, like the popular, now familiar denim jacket with patches, I've started to sew my brightly coloured patches to anything that has lost its charm.


I've loved my patch jacket, but now its sweaters' turn to shine. So, there are a few directions you could go:

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I voted a black sweater with drop shoulders and a loose fit out of my closet, plucked a handful of bright appliques (cacti, popsicle, banana, orange slice, ice cream cone, pizza, sunglasses, palm tree and pineapple) focusing the colourful adornments on the shoulders. Then I picked a matte lipstick in dayglo pink to match the cactus flowers, paired it with some grey slacks that fit like sweats with pleats, and some patent leather brogues… I am a happy, comfy camper.

Et voila:


For all photo credits, see links at: https://www.pinterest.ca/alisonjc/style-sa-vie/