From the monthly archives: February 2012

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{ Sitting with Breakfast Television host Jody Vance Tuesday morning with models Lisa Kwong, Erin Treloar & Brianna Saimoto }

Many thanks again to BT for having me! All of the clothes featured on yesterday’s segment are from Twist Fashions on West 4th, and the shoes are from Lord’s Shoes on South Granville. Hair by Joy Mitchell, and makeup by BT’s Mei Chiu. Below find what we were wearing:

Lisa: Esprit jean jacket, John and Jen, Sanctuary denim, Pour la Victoire shoes, Michael Kors bag.

Erin: Iris tank, David Kahn jeans (similar here), bag by Due Fratelli, Peter Kaiser shoes, Shereen Derousseau bracelets.

Brianna: InWear leather jacket, Michael Kors dress, Ramontenza shoes, Michael Kors bag.

Me: Mexx jacket, Michael Kors tank, J Brand jeans, Nina shoes.

You know what’s great about bright colours? They sure give you a boost. Black can be sexy and all that (I know from experience that men understand the darker colours better), but sometimes a gal just needs a boost from a vibrant yellow or a punchy pink. I would say that colours are definitely my happy place. Colours and a whole heck of a lot of prints. (Thank goodness they’re so in this season – I’m no longer the crazy mixing all my prints. Now we’re all a bunch of fashionable crazies!) Even when I’m running out for a litre of milk or cozied up on the couch blogging, or playing solitaire or getting my bingo on over at “FoxyBingo.com,” a bright colour really floats my boat. You likely know what I’m talkin about, and have seen my love of colours here, here and here. While I tend to go for a kaleidoscope trouser or a bright sweater, bright denim is an easy way to give flare to your look, as seen above in the segment. I look forward to the rainbow of macron/sorbet/Crayola colours to be seen this spring/summer on our city streets!

Thank you to all who watched!!  

March 17th the gals and I are getting together all of our retired pretty things at the biggest blogger sale this city has ever seen. I can’t even imagine the kind of clothes these stylish ladies have collected! (I know I have A LOT to bring to the party!) Join us at The Waldorf for the big sale! I plan to have items available for $2, $5 and $10 – shoes, bags and lots of clothes!

And speaking of fabulous lady-days, the day prior I am co-hosting an afternoon of DIY jewelry making! Details here.

Bisous!

{ Wearing: Tevrow + Chase jacket, H&M scarf & aviators, Fidelity denim, Vince Camuto shoes, Zara bag, Social Experiment cocktail ring & Stella & Dot ring }

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of chatting with (more like taking at, at some points – thank you to all the students for listening to me!) Lyndi Barrett’s Fashion PR class at Blance Macdonald about the business of blogging. And my, was there a lot to share. I had wondered if I might run out of things to say, but I certainly did not! I had a fabulous time talking blog-shop and hope that some of what I shared was helpful to future bloggers! (Two great articles referenced yesterday are these: here and here.)

Above: Looking through my notes – I included a list of to-dos for killing it at fashion week from Anna Dello Russo, you can see it here! It’s quite funny, you ought to give it a read!

The DIY Bijoux Bar, complete with fashion punch!

Come enjoy an afternoon of jewelry making with us, Lucy Wilson-Storey of Storey by Storey and me, on Saturday, March 10 from 1 – 4pm in downtown Vancouver. We love us some sparkly baubles and we want to share our know-how with you!

We’ll provide all the necessary bits and tools for bringing your gems together with old chains, ribbons and clasps, you bring your old jewelry! Bring the jewelry that you would like to work with. We will have a small bin of extra jewels for you to look through on hand, but your gems will be most important to your new piece!

Joining the DIY Bijoux Bar means an afternoon of fabulousness from creating gorgeous new bijoux to chatting all things jewelry, fashion and fashion blogging and eating sweet treats and beverages provided by your hostesses! Really, we’re creating a lovely afternoon for the gals to get together and just be girls.

*** Only 16 spaces available ***

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 10th!

 Get more info & register for the event here

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Bonjour! Mon copain et moi vivons ensemble, and it is taking some time for us to settle in. We’ve merged our things, rather successfully, and now we’re discovering what “our” taste is. So far our taste is a fine balance between not too many mirrored surfaces (thanks to all the pieces I brought!) and natural textures like his oversized shades-of-brown tweed sofa (the best place to curl up after a long day), a large decorative wooden bowl and a few key woven baskets for accessorizing and hiding trinkets. Below I have captured a few of my favourite spots in our new home.

The office came with built in shelving and I’ve just finally organized it to satisfaction (the office is also the handbag-closet)

Hiding beneath our round glass table (also seen here in my previous home) is a basket purchased from HomeSense, holding our giant cozy throw for watching movies

The marble counter in our bathroom where an apothecary jar holds our daily needs: Q-tips & cotton squares for removing make-up and nail polish

Also on the counter, living next to the apothecary jar, is a savon plate from The Cross Decor & Design; perfect for holding jewelry taken off at the end of the day. Featured are my beloved rosegold Fossil watch and Stella & Dot eternity ring

The part of the bathroom counter I have taken over: This simple 3-shelf organizer from London Drugs marks the first time my make-up has ever been properly organized, and it makes mornings so much easier!

My go-to products (and favourite L’Occitane candle!), from top left: a large, extra-soft powder brush, Joe Fresh foundation brush, angled brow brush, Physicians Formula Mineral Wear, Chanel blush in 10 Tweed Pink, BonneBell eyeDefiner in 002 Aubergine, Lancome Pure Colour Eyeshadow in Amethyst, Bombay Brow Bar Hi-brow shadow in Ash Brown and Clinique Glow Crazy Powder Highlighter in 03 Gold Dust

Getting our home to our liking is proving to be more of a task than we had thought, but so worth it. Every new little addition and change makes it feel more like home and more like us.

02/27: I am so excited to be visiting a Fashion PR class at Blance Macdonald tomorrow afternoon to chat all things fashion blogging! My favourite part is always the question period, I hope they have lots! I’m also so pleased to say that tomorrow is George and my one year anniversary and after Blanche, we’ll be getting ourself some decadent treats, just you know, to congratulate ourselves on a wonderful year.

02/28: Oh! Last thing – along with Twist Fashions and Lord’s Shoes, I am sharing spring fashions on Breakfast Television on Tuesday morning! I hope you’ll tune in! Now what to wear!

{ Wearing: Zara jacket, Joe Fresh blouse, J Brand denim, leather cap purchased at House of Leather (I have searching high and low for a leather cap! Didn’t expect to find it next to stud-encrusted leather chaps… But I finally got it!), Clutches of Karma snakeskin clutch (c/o), Ballin snakeskin shoes, H&M aviators, Chanel lipgloss }

If you had the chance to visit my blog last evening, I hope you enjoyed the new section. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, scroll down just a little to “Thursday PM” and have a read. Let me know what you think!

I hope your work day is short and your weekend fabulous! Bisous! 

 

Dear darling readers,

I would like to introduce you to a new part of my blog, tentatively titled “Thursday PM.” This new addition will be a Thursday evening feature sharing more personal thoughts, memories and general ideas about life. After the birth of Pinterest and therefore the up-spring of oh-so-many blogs focused on pretty pictures, an overdose on quotes and the pushing of online purchasing through “want” posts, I find there is room for some deeper conversation in our online-fashion world. Just because we love pretty things doesn’t mean we don’t also have pretty meaningful thoughts, right? It seems recently that many blogs are evolving around the business model of online shopping, and while this may be financially fruitful for some, I still prefer those with sentiment. Garance Dore does this well. Her posts tell a story. I think this is why Vogue is so appreciated. While Vogue is arguably our temple for the freshest and most innovative of fashions, Anna’s writers lace trend-based articles with dreamy nostalgia and a sense of reverence for what fashion means to the creative mind. Vogue offers a balance between clothes and a conversation discussing the challenges of life. I know there is a balance to be had on this fashion blog, and I strive to share that with you. And so with that, here is the first installment: a trip down memory lane from my time in France this summer and a short bit about what it meant to me. I hope you enjoy it. Xo, Olivia

{ From above: 1-Tara Jarmon dress, Old Navy cardigan, Armani sunnies, Gianni Chiarini bag, 2-Paris’ love lock bridge, 3-view from the farris wheel in the Jardin des Tuileries, 4-Au Nom de la Rose in Montmartre, 5-Posing for photos in our Paris hotel room at the request of Vancouver View }

{ From above: 1-decadent pastries in a cafe, 2-fresh hydrangeas, 3-the Eiffel Tower glittering at 10pm on a Saturday night, 4-Marie Antoinette’s bedroom, 5-about to lift off in a hot air balloon above Paris: H&M t-shirt & aviators, Zara belt & skirt, sandals from a Parisian shop }

{ From above: 1-gelato in Provence, 2-seaside in Cassis, 3-Zara sandals & H&M aviators, 4-strolling in Monaco, 5-Nice, 6-macarons glaces at Ladurée }

Visiting France as an adult was a long time in the making. I had been dreaming of the sidewalks lined with shops selling fresh flowers and cafes that spilled patrons and their drinks out onto the walkway, inadvertently making you peer into their shops as you make your way around the tables and chairs. Visions of glass cases filled with sweet, colourful pastries, delicate freshly baked croissants and chic flats on the Parisian girls, well dressed men perched lightly on slim bikes, blazers with elbow patches and haphazard book stalls edging the River Seine all filled my mind. I was not disappointed. Paris was a dream that I revisit often. There is a nonchalance in the air there, a very casual chic sense of being that seems to be ingrained into society. Life is appreciated in France; lunch breaks are not timed but stretched out into the afternoon as people luxuriate in their espressos and the romance of the sidewalk cafe. The city was inspiring. So inspiring in fact, that I promptly left my office job when I returned. After having experienced such wanderlust and fervor for the world’s offerings how was I ever to be content with staring out the sad window at the barren construction site below, knees jamming into my too-low desk, carrying out orders from a superior? Obviously I couldn’t. Thanks to my eye-opening travels I find myself on an entrepreneurial journey where new ideas fill the days with excitement, as do dreams of returning to France again as soon as possible.

What have your travels meant to you? I would love to know. Bonne nuit!

P.S. My past articles for The Huffington Post would fall under the Thursday PM category, and so if you are looking for more reading, you may find them herehere and here

{ Choker & floral blouse on OracleFox.blogspot.com }

{ My new necklace joining my other baubles bedside. Gold hand figure from Front & Co., leather bow bracelet by Storey Design. Lamp purchased at HomeSense, Dior Maison tray (a splurge from my time in Paris! First seen here), Clutches of Karma clutch (a new favourite line) }

Flipping through the latest issue of Harpers Bazaar recently I came across a page dedicate to chokers! I’m rather delighted that they’re back, I quite enjoy them – and they’re so easy to create for yourself! Here’s how I made my own using an old earring and a piece of scrap ribbon:

I chose a floral piece from my bag of broken baubles and attached it to a piece of grosgrain ribbon using a a needle and thread, making sure to really secure the flower by double-threading the needle. (I did this while watching Mona Lisa Smile, ohh what a great movie that is.)

It was one of the easiest DIYs I’ve done, just four materials! (Needle, thread, jewelry piece and ribbon.)

Happy DIY-ing!

{ Wearing: Old Navy blouse, H&M shorts, Lily Pulitzer sweater, Tretorn Nylite sneakers (c/o), Gianni Chiarini bag, New Era hat, Holt Renfrew earrings, bfrend braclet (c/o), Fossil watch, chain bangles purchased from a street vendor in NYC’s SoHo }

Nautical, oh how we love our nautical! Those Breton stripes we could recognize in our sleep, crisp white trousers, gold-buttons adorning our sweaters for when the wind chill gets nippy, and of course the color palette: red, white and blue. Can’t you just picture yourself seaside in Cape Breton, or Coal Harbour, about to board a magnificent yacht with straw picnic basket in hand (champagne already chilling on board), and a pair of fabulously over-sized aviators adding even more glamour to your look? Rather easy isn’t it?

We’re pretty darn lucky, us West (and East) Coasters, for we live close enough to the sea to warrant a day trip out on the waves. One of my major to-do’s on my Spring list is a day of boating, starting in the Burrard Inlet and then exploring around Bowen Island, perhaps even further, with a packed lunch and a big blogger-sized camera. It’s quite magical that we can be whisked away and be back in time for dinner with friends downtown. Lucky, indeed. But first I have to complete my BC boating license online, which I have always wanted to get!

Naturally you’ll need a few things for your boating excursion, like this striped sweater dress, (or this cute Madewell striped tunic!), white denim cut offs, a simple sneaker for on deck and of course the perfect carryall.

* Note: I mentioned above I want to get my boating license, upon looking into it I  discovered they refer to the whole maneuvering the boat thing as “operating a pleasure craft.” Ha. If you didn’t giggle too, then you’re holding it in.

Happy fabulous spring-time boating!

I want to send FIVE of you to a Hollywood flick! You and your lucky date!

ONE FOR THE MONEY features Katherine Heigl playing Stephanie Plum, who, “unemployed and newly-divorced, lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.” – IMDb

THE OFFICIAL PRIZE PACK: Five of you fabulous readers will get a double-admission run-of-engagement pass from Cineplex (good for two people, valued at $25) and a cute coiled notebook!

To enter do these two little things:

  • Comment on this blog post telling me… what your favourite snack at the movie is. (I’m a curious kinda gal.)
  • Follow me on Twitter and Tweet “Hey @StyleStruck! #TakeMeToTheMovies! I’m entering to go see #OnefortheMoney! http://bit.ly/zpN5vA”

And then when you win you should instagram me a pic of your movie look, or your movie treats, because sharing is fun and movie outfits and dates are cute. I like to make a bit of an event out of going to the movies, always heels, gummies snuck in in my bag, and sometimes I even share (ha - that’s a questionable word choice) a too-big-for-even-two-hands bag of popcorn.

**Contest closes Thursday, February 23 at 12 pm. The winners will be chosen and notified that afternoon! The winners will receive their tickets via courier.**

Giveaway now closed. 

Good luck!

This morning I dressed for a segment on Breakfast Television! You know I adore prints, so I chose these H&M trousers and paired them with snakeskin heels by Ballin (purchased in Monte Carlo). It’s a fun experience being at the studio; you arrive before what normal people consider “early,” have your hair touched up by a fantastic hair stylist (I was sooo thrilled with my blow out by Lance from Barrette salon!) and then have your face painted on. The lights are so bright for the camera that you quite literally need your features painted on. It’s quite fun, like playing a character for the day. Click here for today’s “day-to-night” segment!

{ At CityTV studios, Wearing: Joe Fresh silk blouse, H&M pants, Ballin shoes, Fossil watch, gifted name plate necklace }

The segment was all about quickly changing your look from office to cocktails without having to go home and change. Below is Lucy’s cocktail-ready look.

Model Lucy (and bag designer) wore: BCBGMAXAZRIA blazer and trousers, H&M blouse and bracelets, Storey Design bag and my DIY necklace! (When you can’t find what you want, you make it.) **All clothes currently available in stores.**

Nothin like a little dose of fashion to get the week started off right! Bisous!

As mentioned yesterday, this is a DIY necklace! With help from my jewelry gal Lucy (Storey Design), we brought together an old, broken necklace (missing parts), and the innards of a vintage pocket watch for this statement piece! I think altogether this necklace probably cost us under $5.00, but considering that we already had all the pieces I would call this a pretty sweet and free addition to my jewelry box. Oh the beauty of DIY!

Here’s how we did it:

{ The materials: necklace, ribbon, needle and thread, various vintage adornments & an array of small baubles I’ve been collecting, stored in an earring box }

{ Faux tortoiseshell necklace – brand unknown, black grosgrain ribbon }

I’ve had this necklace lying around for ages, but it always felt like it was missing something, likely the focal point of a pendant. To start, we laced a thin grosgrain ribbon through the holes of the links to add more texture and weight (figuratively), to the necklace.

We decided on the larger time piece/medallion for a pendant because of the size (looks proportionate to the size of the links in the necklace), and the pretty gold color. We attached the medallion by sewing it onto a piece of folded ribbon we attached to a link of chain in the necklace. Luckily there was already a small hole just big enough for a needle (double threaded), to fit through so fixing the medallion to the ribbon was fairly effortless.

Ta-da! All done, and very pleased with the result! #iloveDIY #letsdomoreDIY! More to come!!

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TGIF ladies and gentlemen!

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{ Wearing: H&M sweater (in-store!) & aviators, Zara pants & flats, DIY necklace (post on that coming tomorrow!) }

Have a wonderful last day of the week and a great weekend! Once the weekend is over (say it ain’t so!), I’ll be with you Monday morning on Breakfast Television at 8:40 am live! We can start the week together! xo

In the news today:

  • NYFW is coming to a close. Some shows were a disaster, while others were fan-tab-ulous. Like J. Mendel. And Michael Kors. The trendy-ness of shooting street style has gone a bit overboard. Now the attendees are purely dressing to be caught on camera. (Duh.) It was all fun and fab at first, and now it’s a bit tired, with all the trying, don’t you think? In terms of photographers, Style.com’s Tommy Ton still does it best I think. Even Vogue’s Phil Oh isn’t as good (in my sort-of-humble opinion). Sorry Phil, and Anna.

{ Shot by Tommy Ton at NYFW, February 2012: Harper’s Bazaar Senior Fashion Market Editor, Joanna Hillman – see 30 days of her style here }

“Spring Shoe Pick: ‘My Chanel sandals (circa 2009), are a perennial favourite with the added height they give, their logo-adorned t-strap and wooden heel and sole. These platforms have taken me from birthday parties to casual dining in Manhattan; they are my go-to shoe for when I need a serious dash of cool!’

Style Tip: ‘My advice for wearing such a brazenly logo-ed shoe? Mix with pieces that have personality and can hold their own next to the big brand name, and always make sure you’re wearing the shoe, it’s not wearing you.’

  • As previously, and briefly, mentioned, LOVE + MARK’D cards are now available in Dubai! So if you are off traveling and find yourself short a Birthday card, hop on over to Sauce in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and pick one up!
  • J. Crew will soon be giving our fair city a bigger fashion plate and I have my eye on these darlings. (And these, and this.) Get in line! J. Crew opens on Robson St. in April.
  • Emily Schuman, 28, of Cupcakes and Cashmere gives an interview with The Wall Street Journal on the perfect recipe for blogging.
  • Olivia Palermo’s blog, aptly titled: OliviaPalermo.com, has scored Bloglovin‘s Newcomer of the Year award, as tweeted. Olivia’s got a good round up of gals writing for her, I particularly like this article on wearing printed pants. (Follow StyleStruck on Bloglovin’ here!)
  • Catch me on Breakfast Television again this Monday featuring the “day-to-night” technique! How to dress up your office look in a flash with a few key pieces. Watch for my model Lucy, the woman behind the gorgeous accessory line, Storey Design.
  • Oh, and I really want this for my now naked iPad. And also these other goodies I have listed on CurrentlyObsessed.me! (A.k.a. the only place where stalking is perfectly okay, and encouraged!)

{ Wearing: H&M coat, scarf – brand unknown, Attitude by Jay Manuel sweater (c/o Sears), Zara pants & bag, Michael Kors flats, Armani sunnies }

Valentines was definitely not the day to be on the computer, so says my new roommate (and me)! Hence no posting. Speaking of which, yesterday began to the sound of banging jack hammers outside our 20-something floor apartment. Brutal. Not being able to sleep, I got up early to finish a little work, but was soon distracted by the “coffeee!!” noises coming from the bedroom. Turns out the man had a bouquet of roses waiting for me in the kitchen and couldn’t wait any longer for me to find them. Now that’s cute.

We both took the day off and had a late start cooking raspberry pancakes together, me trying my hand at the heart-shaped variety. Before our day out could begin, I had a special delivery to make in Yaletown to the winner of Sophie Collins and my Brownie & Stationery Basket giveaway! (Congrats Wen-chee Liu!) Then we were off to West Vancouver for a relaxing afternoon. We popped into Chapters to peruse the latest book selection without any notion of time. Just wandering and reading. This is something I have wanted to do for ages. How often have you thought “wouldn’t it be great just to saunter around the shop reading book jackets and flipping through fashion books and magazines”?? I have often, every time I passed a book store. I ended up with two keepers that I hope I get to before the dust does. (I have a habit of purchasing books with big ambition of reading them straight away, but often let reading fall to the bottom of the list of priorities, which it shouldn’t.) We moved onto a lazy lunch at Savary Island Pie Company (I highly recommend the chicken celery sandwich on cranberry italian bread!) where, thanks to this bizarre Canadian winter, we are able to sit outside in the warm sun. We finished our afternoon with a long, casual stroll down the scenic sea wall between Dundarave and Ambleside. A truly calming and delightful day!

How did you celebrate Valentine’s day? Whether with someone, or just treating yourself to a little something, I hope you had a lovely day. xo

When my boyfriend and I first viewed what is now our new apartment, we knew we had to make changes. The paint, as I have mentioned, was a disaster. So as expected, we painted our home an off-white. But then we thought, this place needs some personality. I volunteered the idea of wide horizontal stripes in the bedroom, perhaps in a soft grey? George was on board with it, and soon we were picking out a blue to stripe the bathroom with as well! The bathroom was completed late last week, and half of the bedroom was finished yesterday! I couldn’t be happier with the results – particularly with the grey. The stripes look chic and completely modern and really give the rooms that much needed dose of personality. Here’s how I did it:

First I gathered my materials: FrogTape painter’s tape (extra-good for those clean lines and no paint bleeding), a pencil, a Mr. Clean magic eraser for those mistakes I was bound to make with the pencil (the pencil eraser never works as well on walls) and a metric measuring tape.

The math: Our bathroom wall is 209.44 cm in height. I wanted to do eight stripes, so I divided eight into 209.44 = 26.18 cm per stripe. It is important here not to round your number, otherwise you will end up with a stripe that is bigger, or smaller, than all of the rest at the end.

Pencil-marking the walls: Decide how many plot points you are going to need across the wall to ensure that your tape is straight (if you aren’t using a laser or a chalk string – which I wasn’t.) Our wall is quite small so I decided on three – if you want to be on the safe side, do more, I would recommend at least four points on a small size wall – the tape somehow curves no matter how straight you think it is!

Tip: After repeated attempts at making my marks on the wall; 26.18 cm down, 26.18 cm down, 26.18 cm down, and having the stripes be inconsistent in evenness each time, I realized that by moving the measuring tape down for each stripe I was leaving room for discrepancies. I re-strategized: I calculated at what point on the measuring tape I would have to make a pencil mark for each stripe, as shown in the picture above. To make the math easy for yourself, just add your stripe width (ex. 26.18) until you reach the total height of your wall (ex. 209.44). I made sure to keep the measuring tape perfectly still as I made my way down the wall, then moved across to the middle of the wall to plot my second group of markings and again at the far edge of the wall for my third group.

Note: Our paint is an off-white, not cream, as the lighting here suggests. 

Taping: After plotting all of my pencil marks, I began taping. I held the tape down at one end, carefully pulling it straight across to meet the middle corresponding point on the wall, and then to the end point. After each stripe was completed, I measured the width of the stripe all the way along to be sure that it was even.

Tip: Make sure you are taping on the correct side of your pencil marks; for your stripes lay the tape on the outside of the marks you’ve made. Just so you don’t get confused as to where you are taping, put a piece of tape on the wall where you won’t be painting.

Tip: The worst fear of a painter applying stripes to the wall is that of bleeding. Stripes can be sloppy if paint leaks under the tape and the look of an amateur job will ruin the whole effect, not to mention all the work you’ve put into your project. This is why I used, and recommend FrogTape. It is designed to stop paint from bleeding. The correct way to apply the tape, after you have applied it to the wall, is to drag the corner of your nail across it all the way along as seen above. This makes for a very crisp line.

We chose Sherwin Williams’ Bluebell for the bathroom.

Painting: For painting you will need a small roller and a medium sized foam brush. Use the roller for filling in the stripe, leaving a few centimeters unpainted at the edges. Rollers have a bad habit of somehow smushing paint under tape, thereby creating little messes of paint under your tape, a.k.a. bleeding.

Tip: Use a foam brush, always pulling the paint away from the tape, to finish the edges of your stripes. Because you are being so careful about the edges, no need to get your foam brush loaded with paint. I like to hold the paint can lid with me as a sort of paint-palette and continually add little amounts of paint to my foam brush. This technique also helps to keep your lines clean.

{ Painting-wear. Sweat pants & an old tank }

Removing the tape: Contrary to what seems like the smart move, it is best to pull the tape off while the paint is still wet. If you wait until the paint is dry, you risk cracking off bits of paint with the tape and ruining your work. Pull the tape off slowly and evenly. I love not having to wait for that feeling of satisfaction!

Presto! Fabulous walls. I can’t wait to show you the bedroom as soon as the other wall is completed!

Happy Monday! 

{ Wearing: Joe Fresh angora sweater, Momentous Moments t-shirt (c/o), BCBG Max Azria pants, ShoeMint shoe boots (c/o), Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Pierre Cardin snakeskin bag }

It wasn’t a real road trip, just a quickie down to Point Roberts to pick up a delivery, but certainly enough time in the car to warrant comfortable clothing. When we got to the boarder line up I realized I had brought my old expired passport instead of my current one. I was promptly dropped off at the nearest Cold Stone Creamery while George finished the trip. I scooted over to Shoppers first, picked up the latest American Elle, ordered myself a “Love It” size of hazelnut chocolate with Kit Kat chopped in at Cold Stone, and sat down for a relaxing read. (Did I subconsciously on purpose pick up the incorrect passport?? When was the last time I sat down with a magazine guilt free??) The whole passport incident involving needing a magazine was practically serendipitous. You see, I’m been very much disliking my longer hair for some time now. I find it a nuisance, boring and frustrating to maintain. When I first started this blog, in 2009, I had very short, blonde, sassy hair and I loved it. After awhile I longed for a ponytail and eventually grew it out. (It took two very long years.) And now just as it is grown out, I’m thinking seriously about chopping it again. As I flipped through the pages of Elle I repeatedly saw images of gorgeous girls with short, short hair! Arizona Muse, some model in a Kate Spade ad, etc. They all looked so chic and it made me miss the fun of short hair. See below for a photo of me, circa 2009.

This is indeed the best picture I could find on short notice. I love cheeseburgers, so what, I bet you do too.

Now to find the perfect hair stylist… It’s always frightening.

Was a goodie. Most of it was spent inside my little sweet office filling card orders, spending QT with my laptop and doing home fixer-upper jobs. Like getting rid of boxes, decorating and painting striping the bathroom! Below, the week’s events with The StyleStruck Times: (a.k.a. The Life & Times of StyleStruck, or The Young & Ambitious, or All my Purses, or The Bold & The Fabulous or… any other play on a Soap Opera title.)

SUNDAY

{ Wearing: Attitude by Jay Manuel sweater (c/o Sears), Zara jacket, BCBG Max Azria pants, Zara flats, Or Yany bag (similar on SALE here) }

Sunday morning I met the lovely Erin Gee at Bel Cafe (at Hawksworth’s – so chic) for a london fog to discuss her needing Thank You cards for her upcoming trip to NYC. (She is now there, and my envy runneth over.) You know what I love about Erin Gee? The girl knows how to laugh. This works for me because I love to make jokes. Some are humdingers, and some deserve an awkward pause, but Erin laughs every time, thus making me feel like I am rather funny. This makes me feel good. (Thank you Erin.)

The LOVE + MARK’D cards that I designed for Erin to pass out to PR people in NYC. Cute, non?

MONDAY

Early in the week I posted these shots George and I took. It was cooollld that day. These H&M pants stand to be my very favorites this Spring season.

TUESDAY

I spent a little time on Tuesday prepping tags for packaging brownies. Along with Sophie Collins (cook & baker extraordinaire!), I launched a Valentines giveaway for a basket of ten of her heart-shaped chocolate brownies and ten LOVE + MARK’D valentines to accompany them! (In addition to the tags shown above.) The giveaway ends February 13th, when the basket will be hand delivered to the winner!

Speaking of Valentines cards, you should get some! Just because we’re not in third grade anymore handing out construction-paper Valentines to every kid in the class does not mean your friends and fam don’t deserve a bit of glittery love themselves. To make this easier for you, I have designed a few cuties that are currently selling over at Barefoot Contessa! (As pictured below.)

WEDNESDAY

I met two blogger gals: Alicia & Jen for some blog shooting, as posted. I wore one of my most loved pair of sunnies, these vintage Ray Ban Wayfarers.

I also posted that day about a 50% off JewelMint code I’m offering to you lovely readers. Considering that all JewelMint pieces sell for $29.99, I’d say that that makes for some pretty good shopping! Use code: winter1007 at checkout! (More details here.)

THURSDAY

After dropping off Erin’s cards, I happened to pass by Zara. The thing about Zara, as I’m sure you understand, is that its pull is stronger than that of gravity. It’s a fashion force. All those glittering spring time frocks and silk blouses were calling out to me. I had to go in. Luckily for me, and my wallet, Zara is still holding a rather large sale. I picked up these raspberry snakeskin-esque flats for a very affordable $19.99! Score. 

Coming off my new-shoe-high when I got home, I ambitiously decided to tackle our bathroom DIY project: painting stripes on the wall. A stripe tutorial of sorts (with video!) is to come on Monday. We chose Sherwin Williams Bluebell. I tweeted through the stages of the stripping striping: stage 1, 2 and 3.

And then I prepped for a certain couple of TV segments coming up…

FRIDAY

And that brings us to today! I cracked my “Very Classy” book this morning and I’m in love. Derek is so perfectly witty and astute in his fashion-world observations. I particularly love his rule of being an entertaining guest at a soiree.

Have a fabulous weekend! And don’t forget to use that JewelMint discount code and enter for the Valentines Basket giveaways while you can! Bisous! 

{ Wearing: TNA jacket, Ralph Lauren sweater, Joe Fresh shorts, H&M tights (that evidently had a small snag and called for a 911 repair en route to a photo session with Alicia Quan and Jen Tam… luckily I had a little nail polish with me. I tried, but I couldn’t save them – they’re in the bin now.) ShoeMint shoe boots (c/o), Kate Spade bag, vintage scarf, vintage Ray Bans Wayfarers, Fossil watch, bracelets both picked up in NYC – brands unknown, Social Experiment cocktail ring (c/o) }

These shots were snapped yesterday by the multi-talented Jen Tam of Her Waise Choice. (Jen, Alicia and I met up to capture shots at “magic hour,” that time just before the sun meets the horizon and the light just seems to sparkle, most commonly found in California and deeply envied in Vancouver.) It looks like there will be nothing de-light-ful about this soggy Wednesday as rain is called for…

*** But maybe something from this blogger could add a little cheer to this dreary mid-week day?? I am very pleased to offer my readers a 50% off discount code for JewelMint!! As I’m sure you already know, JewelMint is a fantastic jewelry site with all pieces designed by fashion gal Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter.

With this special code you will receive half off your first month’s orders, and get free shipping! Enter code: winter1007 at checkout for 50% off your first month of JewelMint, courtesy of the Vancouver MBA Team!

Happy shopping!