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First look at fall

I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of September… and this is my first outfit post for fall. Eep! SA truly appreciates your support and love and we promise to do a better job of keeping updated on a regular basis.

I actually wore this outfit to work today which is on the casual side, but with the little bug that I caught a couple days ago, I couldn’t be bothered with “work” clothes and was more lax in my choices. I’ve had a few questions about where I get my textured tights so I shall divulge. I don’t actually like to shell out the big bucks for tights because I’m not very good to them and they don’t usually last very long. When I have friends or family who make a trip to Korea, I’ll usually ask them to pick some up for me as they are cheap and good quality. When this is not an option, I check out Joe Fresh and Ardene. They usually have some great varieties and colours for about $5-$8 if not cheaper.

Jacket: Club Monaco; dress: from Purr Clothing; scarf: Banana Republic; tights: Ardene; boots: F21; bracelets, watch, and ring: David Yurman, Links of London, Philip Stein, Tiffany; sunnies: foldable Ray Ban Wayfarers

How are you wearing tights this fall? Send me an e-mail with your pictures: angela@styleatelier.ca.

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“Happy” Outfit and Rundle Ruins

I didn’t expect to find another historical gem in the city so soon after mentioning the first library in Calgary in the last post. Well as luck, fate, or just plain coincidence would have it, I stumbled across what is known as the Rundle Ruins along 12th Avenue SE at 6th Street SE. A quick Google search (what would we do without Google!) and a click onto the Beltline Heritage Group website and I know now that it is the site of Calgary’s first major hospital and the second General Hospital built in 1894 and demolished in 1973. Any Calgary history buffs out there? Although I find history pretty fascinating, I’m no expert and would love to find more historical sites like this in the city.

Image via Beltline Heritage Group.

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last couple of days so to cheer myself up I pulled together a look composed of items that normally make me happy: boots, vests, silk tops, and nauticality. A cool photo location and a “happy” outfit is not a bad antidote for a funky mood! We can often fall into the trap of pairing the same tops and bottoms, recycling the same outfits over and over again. Pulling out your favorite items to create an outfit is actually a simple exercise in putting together new combinations of tops and bottoms. I probably wouldn’t have thought to wear the Hervé Léger-style skirt so casually with an open vest and boots, but I think it works and am happy with the end result and new look.

Silk tank: Club Monaco; vest: Banana Republic; skirt: Tristan; boots: F21

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Secret Rooftop

I must divulge a secret. Ok, maybe it’s not top secret because I’ve already told many people and I’m not the only one in a city of roughly one million that knows about this place. It’s my own (or I like to think it’s my own) rooftop patio oasis at the Mission Starbucks in Calgary, complete with music and heat lanterns for chilly summer evenings. I love to go to this hideout to enjoy an Americano, study, hang out, and people watch (extreme people watching available with zero creep factor!).

Cardigan: Banana Republic; silk tank: Club Monaco; linen pants and belt: Zara; patent flats: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan; watch: Michael Kors; necklace: Heart Oiseau.

Since I’ve divulged my secret rooftop patio, won’t you tell me where your secret hideouts are?

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Accessorize the Accessory

After gawking at the one-too-many accessories that I have piled on for the day, many of my friends often comment that they prefer to stay away from jewelry as they “don’t know how to accessorize”. To this I guffaw and simply state that there’s no “know-how” when it comes to sporting jewelry, just simply pile it on! Although it’s safe to stick with one metal, even that “rule” is not steadfast… but for those who are still weary when it comes to “throwing it on”, here is a tip to help you wear that latest sparkly acquisition of yours…

Try choosing the jewelry first (especially statement pieces) THEN pick the background outfit. For instance, I really wanted to sport this hand-cut Labradorite stone pendant from Stella & Dot’s latest fall collection (get yours here) and so I used it as my starting point to build my look around the piece. I stayed neutral with the color palette to highlight the stone’s earth tones and made sure my top was a simple canvas that would not compete with the pendant. From here, I added a few more pieces (one will never do for me!) to compliment and complete the look. What do you think?! Next time if you are unsure how to accessorize your look, try choosing the jewelry first and treat it as you would with an accent/focus wall/art in your home where you build around that particular piece of inspiration. Jewelry should complete your look not compete with it. If your top or dress has a busy neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings or stick with a cocktail ring and give the necklace a rest. Or, enhance the tribal feel of that summer maxi dress with chunky bangles made of wood. Just remember, the power of jewelry goes a long way; you can instantly spice up a plain black ensemble with a long stranded necklace and avoid looking like a stagehand. There are so many selections of beautiful costume jewelry on the market today that for a nominal investment, you can really enhance your wardrobe without purchasing any new clothing items! Check out Forever 21 for cheap and funky designs (don’t expect it to last long but with the bargain prices you can experiment without fear!) or Banana Republic for a more serious but still very affordable investment. And of course, I highly recommend checking out Stella & Dot online OR contact me for information on where to attend a trunk show.

Fedora from Aritzia, sunglasses by Chanel, silk tank by DKNY, skirt from Zara, Blazer from Club Monaco, purse by Marc Jacobs, gold spiral bangle and pendant by Stella & Dot, oversized ribbon ring from Forever 21.

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Mellow Yellow

I find casual blazers and boyfriend blazers to be versatile and handy elements of my wardrobe. They work well in the office without being too stuffy and in the evenings and on weekends, well, the options are pretty much limitless. The blazer pairs well with virtually all styles of jeans (boyfriend, trouser, skinny, etc…) for a chic, pulled together look. When worn over a flirty and feminine dress (long or short), it brings a casual element that allows you to wear that fun dress on more occasions than a formal one. We’ve seen the black, grey, and white boyfriend blazers, but now I am in love with the great splashes of colour in green, red, yellow, and pink.

Colourful blazers

floral jacket, 437 Theory jacket, $215 Drape jacket, $360 Alice by Temperley cropped jacket, $340 TopShop floral jacket, $118 H M pocket jacket, 13

Blazer: Topshop; dress: Urban Outfitters; wedges: Banana Republic

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Stella & Dot

I am thrilled to share with you about my latest hobby/business venture! I am a stylist for an amazing jewelry collection called Stella & Dot. When I discovered this line, I immediately had to get involved purely because I fell in love with the fabulous designs, quality workmanship and affordable prices. I am a self-proclaimed jewelry addict (a.k.a. “magpie“) and I would not stand behind anything less than stellar! It is a San Francisco based company that is available exclusively through trunk shows and online. The collections are designed by celebrated New York designers who also consult for Cartier, De Beers, and Banana Republic to name a few. The pieces have been featured on celebrities, Gossip Girl, InStyle and Lucky Magazine. Check out the modern gems and shop online at stelladot.com/nahri

If you are interested in attending or hosting a trunk show (major jewelry incentives!) then simply email me for more details! If you are in the Calgary area, I would love to throw a party for you but if not, I’d be glad to hook you with a local stylist!

I love piling on the bangles and here is an example of how you can mix and match pieces to create a coherent look:

Bardot Spiral Bangle – Gold (also available in silver)

Layla Stretch Bracelet

Devi Bangles – Gold (also comes in silver)

Now here is a sneak peak from the new FALL collection!

My favourite line of Stella & Dot jewelry is the La Coco Collection due to the timeless and versatile qualities. Here is my pretty friend modeling the La Coco concept:

Check out La Coco 

Add a little sparkle to your life with S&D

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American Classics

Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than a classic outfit of khaki and jean. Although I am proudly Canadian, I played up the fourth-of-july-ish vibe with a star spangled scarf, pops of blue and red and accessorized with who other than American designer Marc Jacobs. 

Labels: jean jacket from Club Monaco; tank from Banana Republic, Khakis from Zara, Bag by Marc Jacobs, Toy watch, Tiffany bracelets and necklace; Toms shoes

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