MY STYLE: SUMMER ESSENTIALS

Ice cream trucks, drinks on the patio, and concerts with the gals; we’re only a week into summer and it’s already shaping up to be a good one! With all this fun going on, the last thing I want to do is spend too much time in my closet wondering what I should wear. So I’ve put together some of my summer essentials to make dressing up in style a breeze!

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1. Maxi Dresses: If I could live in a maxi dress all year round, I probably would. I love that you can stay totally casual in a maxi dress, or jazz it up for any occasion with the simple addition of some beautiful accessories. This lovely paisley patterned dress from Old Navy can easily go from beach to dinner in a flash.

2. Sunglasses: You can always find a pair of sunglasses in my purse and in my car – I don’t go anywhere without them. These pink, cat eye shades from Torrid are super cute and make me feel like a movie star – even on the days where I’m simply running around doing errands.

3. Sandals: Goodbye boots and wool socks. Hello, stylish sandals! During the colder months, my socks are the first things to come off when I get home from work. So, when I can finally walk out the door in sandals, it’s a joyous occasion! These beauties from Stuart Weitzman have everything I love about sandals: they’re slingback, wedges, with an open-toe.

4. Nail Polish: Don’t forget to make sure your toes are ready for their summer debut! Pink is one of my go-to shades because it looks great on virtually all skin tones, and OPI always has a great selection of my favourite hue. I’m currently crushing on “What’s The Double Scoop?” from their Retro Summer collection.

5. Sun Hats: Protecting your skin during the sunny, summer months doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. This sun hat by Vera Bradley will keep you shaded and cool while its striped wide brim adds a fun touch to your look.

What is on your summer essentials list? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

MY STYLE: DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Last month was a very exciting one for me. Along with taking part in the first ever Curvy Expo, I started an amazing new job!  Finding a new job meant heading out for interviews and, naturally, meant finding a new outfit; one that made me feel fierce, confident, and beautiful. So off to Addition Elle I went!

The first look I chose was a teal and black paneled dress. Although the print caught my eye, I avoided trying it on until the lovely sales associates convinced me otherwise. I’m so glad they did because it fit perfectly and was beyond flattering! The dark panels give you the illusion of an hourglass figure, and the fabric is lush with a bit of weight to it, causing it to drape all the right places. I can’t believe I almost passed this beauty by because I thought the fabric wouldn’t flatter my shape, but let this be a lesson to me and all you fabulous ladies out there – you never know how something will look on you until you try it on.

For my second look, I went with a fun, little black dress. Not only was the cut of this dress super flattering just like my first choice, but the entire thing is covered in eyelet-esque cut outs that add the perfect touch of playfulness. I paired it with a coral blazer for a bright and bold summer look, but you can add whatever you want over this dress for endless style possibilities. With both of these looks leaving me feeling confident and beautiful, I knew I could walk into any interview looking as good on the outside as I felt on the inside. Which look is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Black & Teal Dress – Addition Elle | Long Sleeve Top – Addition Elle | Sunglasses – Torrid | Nude Pumps – Madden Girl |Earrings and Necklace – Ardene | Purse – Coach

Shop Look 2: Blazer in Lollipop – Addition Elle | Little Black Dress – Addition Elle | Necklace – Ardene | White Pumps – Payless Shoes

MY STYLE: VALENTINE’S KISSES

Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovely Peaches! Today’s post comes to you from my very warm and cozy living room. As much as I wanted to frolic in the snow and snap some shots in a wintery wonderland, it is bitter cold this weekend and my couch, a blanket, and a hot cup of tea have been calling my name. So I’ve changed things up from my usual outdoor shoots and have put together a comfy, around-the-apartment, weekend look that’s sure to please on this day of love.

I wanted to have some fun with this look, and the red lip motif on this shirt was the perfect place to start! From there, I added a bold, red beaded necklace and a flirty rose ring, and finished off the look with some playful pink and red lip socks. Even my manicure got some love with a simple red crystal heart accent on my ring finger (if there’s an excuse to add something red and glittery to my look, I’m all over it!).

Whatever your plans may be this Valentine’s Day, have fun with your look…and enjoy a chocolate or two for me!

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Shop This Look: Red Lip Shirt – Reitmans | Red Beaded Neckalce – Ardene | Rose Ring – Torrid | Nails – OPI | Socks – Betsey Johnson

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