how to mix patterns and prints in your outfits

You might remember this little number. Here's how that day went: I wore two patterns, didn't think anything of it, walked all around the city, and everyone had something to say.
“I thought you couldn't wear two patterns?!”
“I love your outfit—the way you mixed the two. Where's your shirt from?”
“How did you think of wearing those two together?”
“I could never wear two patterns?”

Quite frankly, I was shocked by the responses I got from friends and strangers. I mean, I thought everyoneknew they could wear two patterns if they wanted.

So I crafted this post for you, who didn't know you could mix prints and patterns or you who just doesn't know where to start.

Because you deserve to to dress from a place of joy, to have some fun, and create something new in your wardrobe without spending a penny.
 

7 WAYS TO MIX PRINTS AND PATTERNS IN YOUR OUTFITS

10 Ways to break out of a jeans and shirt rut {without buying anything new}

I’m a big believer in formulas and recipes when it comes to your wardrobe. But sometimes, after we’ve done such a good job with the effortless part, the creative part of us is itching to get back in the game.

We often confuse this “style rut” feeling with needing to buy something new. But the real source of the rut comes from neglecting our creativity. And so, the real cure is injecting a bit of our creativity back into our outfits.

So before you pull out the wallet, tap into your creative brain with these 10 ideas.

These ideas are for you whether your go-to pairs your skinny jeans with a button-up or with a t-shirt. It's for you if you've gotten to the place where you feel like you’ve worn the same thing for so long you don’t remember what it felt like to change it up.

So when we feel sick of our favourite 3 part cocktail: top + skinny jeans + ballet flats, or whatever your cocktail might be—let’s mix it up by throwing in a shot of tequila (the metaphorical kind of course.)

Is it time to wrangle in your wardrobe or grow it back out?

A year ago, I was stripping my wardrobe back down to its roots. I was getting to know myself and what my authentic personal style looked and felt like.

A year ago, I had no patterns and no colour (outside of some pastel hues.)

I was in a season of cutting the excess + gaining clarity.

Today, well, I’m wearing not just one, but TWO patterns. My wardrobe has flourished back out into a spectrum of colour and pattern.

I’m in a season of turning my clarity into confidence.

How to wear blush and other nude neutrals

I’ve been on a mission to add colour and pattern back into was was my mostly-neutral wardrobe.

But there’s just something about blush.

These soft pink-undertone shades are soft, delicate, romantic, and feminine. But they are not the pastel and baby pinks that mean “this baby is a girl”. They are sophisticated. They are adaptable and versatile—so versatile.  {Think of blush like a neutral.}

With this very blush look I have for you today, it seemed only fitting to share a few tips on how to start wearing this favourite colour of mine.

And yes, you can rock it—no matter what your skin tone is.

4 TIPS FOR WEARING BLUSH, & OTHER NUDE NEUTRALS

5 Pieces to transition your wardrobe from recent grad to professional

The month after I handed in my final university project, I walked through the doors of my first job at a downtown Toronto design agency. I can’t remember what exactly I was wearing, but I vividly rememberfeeling like I ran out of outfits to wear to work that first week fast.

I knew I wasn’t going to wear a power suit and pumps, but I also knew my collection of oversized, skin-tight, or semi-sheer tops didn’t feel right.

At first black leggings felt like my secret professional weapon, but soon they made me feel like a total professional-fraud.

That wardrobe I had—the carefree whimsical eccentric unique wardrobe—stopped feeling like me. And instead started to feel like a weight holding me back from where I was going.

And when I changed my wardrobe, something more changed.

I started having creative ideas at meetings.
I started speaking up when my opinion differed.
I started owning my skills and expertise.

And I didn’t have to wear pumps and blazer to do it.

Today, I’m sharing with you, my dear friend, 5 little pieces that can make a big impact in looking (and feeling) like the professional and expert you now are, from stepping out your front door to leaving a post-work happy hour.

...Or as I like to say:
Feeling like your best self from coffee to cocktails.

Let's go!

5 PIECES TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FROM RECENT GRAD TO PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERT

 

A spring recipe: 2 parts classic + 1 part saucy

Did you crack one of my go-to spring recipes yet?

It’s not a Margarita—it’s an outfit recipe and in the last few posts it’s been spring coat + dress {ahem, see look #1 here, and look #2 here.}

Same pieces, yet they all look and feel different, but still like me.

That's because there’s always a little more going on than the type of garment. There’s the style—the feeling, the tone, what it seems to say about me and my style.

Let’s look at this classic-with-a-kick outfit…