Style Guide

Seeing Clearly with Burberry

DSC_0186DSC_0180As a kid i longed to be able to wear glasses. Some friends had some cool ones, my sister got to wear glasses, and I thought it would be something kinda cool to set me apart. I longed for my optometrist to sigh and say “yes Coleen, you’re in need of glasses”. But alas, they did not. Looking back now I realize I certainly didn’t need something else to set me apart. From my less than coordinated styles, to my tomboyish and bookish ways I certainly wasn’t in need of any more ammo for those classmates of mine – boy were they mean sometimes.

It wasn’t until my third year of university that I realized I just couldn’t see the board as well as I used to. I’d leave lecture squinty-eyed with my head pounding; I’d have a headache more often than not. So my glasses journey began. I set myself on track (with the help of a professional of course) with a pretty small prescription in a cute pair of tortoise-shell brown square frames. The prescription was soon increased and I unfortunately bent the frames (probably sat my fat arse on them). So that’s when I got my new Grand Occhiali frames. I loved  the boldness and the pop of colour I got with both frames, especially when I was wearing such a dull uniform at work every day.

Yet, again, last Fall I had such intense headaches; they’d actually make me sick. At this point I’d moved and it was time to find a new optometrist. Low and behold he told me that my glasses were three times to strong and that I basically didn’t need them! What? Yet I kinda gave into it, I was bored with my glasses. So I went 4 months without, but I struggled with driving. So finally we figured it all out and into my life popped these amazing Burberry glasses. I only where them for driving, the cinema, etc. but I finally feel like I have a pair that actually suit me and represent me in frame form. Aren’t they the sweetest?

And I can finally see headache free! What do you think of these Burberry frames?

My glasses were purchased at A.B.See Optical in Collingwood Ontario! Take a look!!


The Best Dressed At This Year’s MetGala

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As I missed basically all of awards season this year, I’ve been severely lacking in some amazing gowns and shocking new looks to talk about from all the red carpets. But, alas, I still had MetGala to look forward to! What better event to dress up for than the annual charity event to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute?! Now, that’s my kind of event. Although I tend to prefer many styles on the safer side, each and every year some amazingly outstanding styles and pieces are seen – take a look at this year’s brave styles from Solange Knowles, Zoe Kravitz, Nicki Minaj and Madonna. But apart from the shocking, there was also the shockingly beautiful, stunning dresses of:

  1. Kate Hudson – Atelier Versace
  2. Lily Collins – Valentino
  3. Emma Watson – Calvin Klein and PHYNE
  4. Adriana Lima – Giambattista Valli
  5. Hailee Steinfeld – H&M
  6. Rachel McAdams – Valentino Haute Couture
  7. Naomi Watts – Burberry

But the winner of the whole night was Claire Danes wearing Zac Posen. What looked like a absolutely stunning light blue cinderella-esque gown that was absolutely perfect on her was ramped up a million steps once you realized it was actually made of fibre optic woven organza, completely lighting up the red carpet! If this is the direction high fashion is headed, I’m all for it!

What were your favourite styles of this entire awards/charity ball season?


Dress with Attitude: Making Meaningful Wardrobe Choices

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We all have days where we simply throw something on and head out the door. For some of us, those days are more often than not. We should all feel like our clothing is comfortable, convenient, and suitable for our daily lives. But what about when we want to make those decisions meaningful? Clothes are a daily part of our routine and no matter how we feel about that, they will always remain so. Doesn’t it make sense to make it mean something? They can reflect our personality, for example, and help us to truly express ourselves. We all know that clothing can be important for the impression we create to others. But it can have an impact on the way we feel in ourselves too. Clothing choices can also reflect our values too depending on whether we choose fairtrade or recycled materials from time to time. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make your clothing choices more personal and meaningful, try the tips below.


The jewelry we wear can be far more than just pretty twinkly things. It can be a subtle expression of our history and qualities. We might choose our birthstone as a gem, for example. Or we might want to wear a kind of crystal that is reputed to bring a certain energy into our lives. It might not be your personal view. But there are many cultures that emphasize the significance of stones and crystals for creating positivity. Colored stones can also bring out the beauty of our own coloring and skin tone. For something truly meaningful, we might even wish to wear something that was a family heirloom or belonged to a loved one. Specialized jewelers are now making diamonds from ashes, so wearers can feel that their loved one is always with them. Jewelry may be a fun and attractive accessory. But we can also use it as an extension of our own history and personality.


The colors we wear can affect whether we’re making the most of our hair color and skin tone. Liking a color is definitely reason enough to wear it. But if we want to enhance our natural features with color, we should pay attention to undertones and the color wheel. If we have a warm or golden undertone to our skin, we might suit shades with a similarly warm tone too. Deep reds, burnt orange, gold, khaki and other hues. If we have a cooler pink or bluish undertone to the skin, our skin could be flattered by icy blues, greys, and pale pinks. There is always room for maneuver, of course. But finding the shades that suit us can be meaningful for the way that it will save time. Whatever item we wear, if it’s in a flattering shade, we will always look fresh and put together.

Many of us don’t think twice about where our clothing has come from. But more people than ever before are choosing clothes with an origin they respect. It can range from supporting fairtrade producers or local suppliers. It might simply be that you want to invest in quality over quantity and so carefully check the label. Knowing the origin of our clothes and being comfortable with them can make our choices truly meaningful.