Winter is coming

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it is time for me to bust out my glittery oxfords to strut around with at parties. But what about for the inevitable gloomy period that sticks around after the holidays? Here are my styling tips that will carry you to Christmas, New Years, and well beyond.

DO:
Ankle boots – a nice pair of ankle boots look good with anything, from jeans to dresses, and even culottes (though make sure they have a heel if you go this route.) I’m currently killing it in a pair of Grenson lace-up boots in patent leather (aka the only leather to really survive several winters in rainy BC.) (Image: Grenson Emma Boots at Urban Excess)

 
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Un-fussy coat – everyone will see you in this first, and a good jacket can up the cred of all the other clothes you are wearing. Make sure you go for a good wool or other non-pilling fabric. Avoid any textured polyesters as they will look like garbage in a very short period of time and will not last. (Image: Banana Republic)

 
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Fake or ethical fur accessories – everyone has been swooning over two fake fur stoles I bought from H&M back in 2010. I also have a super-ratty black furry scarf I bought from Aldo last season that I wear daily because it keeps me warm. My picks for the season are red or teal fur scarves from the Hudson’s Bay fur shop (both look amazing with black or grey coats), or some of the huge fake fur stoles from Le Chateau or Aldo. I also managed to snag a recycled black fur muff from Turnabout that is seasons-old Topshop. Win! (Image: Le Chateau)

 
 


DON’T:
Knee-high boots or above – they will be dated by next season and really over-power most everyday outfits. If you insist on this style, never pair it with bare legs underneath in winter – it comes across a little hooker-y.

Coats from Zara or Aritzia – the styles will be totally on point, but do you really want to look like every other female in this city? If you do, go with Aritzia as the quality will be superior (as well as the price tag!)

Splurge on rubber boots – there is no need for this. Stop the madness! Unless you are wading through a ditch or culvert, anything above a short boot is unnecessary. Plus your legs and feet will get hot and sweaty.

Final thoughts – one thing I always tell people is that there are three items everyone should invest in that are non-negotiable: shoes, jackets, and bags. Everything else is up for grabs. If you can’t do all three, at least invest in one to elevate your look.

Happy Holidays!

Shoot Tales: Kris Por x Pink Dragon

The "Shoot Tales" blogging series is my way of presenting a photo set with a behind-the-scenes take on the action. Get in the head of this fashion stylist.

This shoot marked the beginning of my styling adventure. I've always loved fashion and wanted to become what I thought was a stylist, but it was only after some encouragement from a person whom I greatly respect, did I decide to take it seriously. I wasn't really sure where to begin. I reached out to an old coworker whose boyfriend had begun to make a name for himself in Vancouver, and coincidentally, they needed a stylist for a shoot they were working on and invited me on board. This is still one of my favourite shoots to date, and I owe a lot to Ashley Nickel and Kris Por.

The shoot's model was Katie Anne Johnson (previously known as 'Pink Dragon'), and we shot at Pink Elephant Thai on Alberni Street in Vancouver. I met with Kris and Ashley at Jennyfleur Loves... a few days before the shoot to prep outfits and picked them up on the morning of the shoot. I remember the first time I read an email about "pulling" wardrobe and I was so confused. I had this mental image that we would physically pull on clothes.

I carted all the wardrobe around in a big rolling suitcase and my stylist kit consisted of a few safety pins and three binder clips. I was so pleased with myself because I thought that I was so prepared. It didn't even occur to me to tape the shoe soles until Jennifer (store owner) mentioned it in passing the shoes over to me. I learned a lot from that shoot and felt completely jacked up once the day was over and everything had been brought back to the store. The day flew by and I started to feel like maybe this was a good choice for me. And then I had the absolutely quaint notion that I should expect money for this work, reasonably shortly. Commence the LOLz.

All images by Kris Por, styled by me. MUAH by Jessica Noujeim of MUAH Artistry.