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{ Wearing: Brooks Brothers chambray shirt, Icone gingham shirt c/o Simons.ca, BCBG military pants, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes (last seen here), Guess baguette (my first branded bag, purchased at 13), The Cross Decor & Design gifted tote, Poshlocket rose gold bangles c/o, Stella & Dot gold link & spiky bracelets, Stella & Dot snake ring c/o, H&M sunnies }

These photos were taken Friday morning just before I went to meet Rae for a LOVE + MARK’D meeting at Starbucks. Which by the way, I am largely over. Starbucks serves average coffee at outrageous prices in a could-be-described-as blah environment. There is nothing special about it at all, very much unlike my preferred spots Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Bel Cafe at the Hotel Georgia. We met purposely to discuss a marketing campaign for the card brand and were thinking of creating one with an anti-social media element to it, being that aside from a few well-intended instagram photos, our product is meant for the traditional mail system and has nothing to do with communication 2.0. I am very proud of what we came up with after spending two plus hours sitting in the Robson at Thurlow Starbucks. I must give props to Rae for being such a major part of the creative process, it’s amazing how much more innovative you can be when it is not just you circling ideas around in your own head. We are just in the beginning stages of creating the imagery to support the campaign and we hope to launch in early June. I hope you’ll support us!

Lately I’ve been playing around with my new-ish short hair, this weekend with a small-barrel curling iron. I helped a man at Starbucks who couldn’t find the right size of lid for his tall cup and afterwards he said, “thanks Marilyn.” It kinda made my day.

{ Wearing: Guess jacket, Diane Von Furstenburg dress, Zara shoes, Frances Cobiasia bag, Armani sunnies, rose gold bangle from Blue Ruby, the rest from a street vendor in NYC’s SoHo }

I picked this outfit for Friday’s errands: picking up denim for Tuesday’s BT segment and pulling clothes and accessories at The Bay. Rae and I left feeling great about our outfit options for Monday’s Hotel Georgia photo shoot, amongst them this and this combo!

I tend to love all of my clothes equally. Some may be designer, some high street, some on trend and some very old, but they’re all special pieces to me. I picked up this jacket in Whistler during a spring trip up the mountain when the Balmain embellish military jacket was all the rage. I still enjoy the military look and love how I can belt this right at my waist, particularly when this DVF dress billows out, as seen here in January 2011.

Now, to tend to my apartment. Which currently looks more like a closet. SO MANY CLOTHES. That are not for me. Styling is bitter sweet.

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{Cozy inside, with Vogue, while the rain blusters away outside. Wearing: Vintage angora sweater, Guess? dress, Fossil watch}

{Flowers arrived at my door this morning along with a beautiful new fragrance I will be reviewing soon}

If you’re going out tonight to a Halloween fête, I sincerely wish you a rain-proof evening –  I suggest trying one of those clear garbage bags over your costume. Hey, it worked when I was five. ; )

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Yesterday afternoon it was too glorious here in Vancouver not to get outside. On a bike, with a red rose. The man and I went on a fasntastic bike ride through Gastown, over the Burrard St bridge (gotta use those bike lanes!), and then to the False Creek and Yaletown seawalls where we eventually stopped for lunch (and there just so happened to be a man selling roses).

{ At lunch, wearing: silk top from the Patricia Field store on the Bowery in NYC, Zara pants, complete with bike grease, Zara flats and an a Guess backpack from oh, about 2005. Armani sunnies }

On our way through Gastown we stopped at Heth PR‘s office to pick up a little something with my name on it…

A key to the Global Party! I’ve always thought it would be so fabulous to need a key to get into somewhere, I remember reading about needing a key to get into Bungalow 8 back when it was in its heyday. The Global Party will be held in 80+ of the world’s finest locations at venues offering a night of ultimate luxury. Vancouver’s Global Party is to be held at Opus in mid-September. Can’t wait! Now, what to wear…

P.S. I’m holding a giveaway: a pair of GORG Stella & Dot earrings! Winner announced tomorrow! CLICK HERE for more & how to enter!

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Sunday morning I met my man, George, and my Mum for breakfast at Savary Island Pie Company across the Lions Gate Bridge in West Vancouver. It’s just a short couple of bus rides away from my home in the West End, and so worth the journey. The cafe (at 15th and Marine Drive), is packed with oddly matched tables and chairs, lamps and collected pictures and decorative bits. It is also home to the best muffins, pies and pastries in Vancouver (my opinion). And what a delight to park yourself in the sunny window and gaze out onto Marine Drive while sipping a vanilla latte – which is what I did while I waited for my company. Afterwards, we went for a stroll along the Ambleside Pier and George snapped a few blog-worthy pictures for me. I’ve been dying to blog about this new skirt that I recently picked up at Zara. It is, to me, my own little piece of Jil Sander, S/S 2011. However, my mother referred to me as “bohemian” (eeeeek! The antithesis of my style!) and my boyfriend referred to my skirt as “my gown.” But I love it, I think it is perfectly casual. I look forward to pairing this skirt with my Chanel platforms and a crisp white button-down shirt.

Wearing: Zara jacket, Guess cardigan, H&M tank, Zara skirt and sandals. Tiffany’s heart bracelet, and other bracelet by an unknown designer – I picked out the pieces at a shopping fair at Heritage Hall on Main St. years ago (previously seen here), Stella & Dot rose gold and silver stackable “Eternity” rings, vintage pearl ring and Fossil rose gold watch. Gianni Chiarini leather carry-all.

H&M sunnies and pearl earrings from who-knows-where. Spending time back in West Van was wonderful, it is so beautiful, particularly in the summer.

Xo StyleStruck

Like spend hours on end sitting in a salon chair, letting dye do it’s job, or enduring the windy blow dryer in pursuit of the perfect accidentally big and fabulous hair. (It’s certainly not in vogue at the moment to show effort towards your hair – just look at the all the New York scenesters, nothing more than a pulled back chignon, or a casual side part and naturally dried hair. But that look or attitude never was very me. Remember my NYE ‘do? Also courtesy of the fantastic Suki’s Salon!)

But this was my day (the day of the Guess event) and you know I went for? Texas style hair. I wanted big and bouncy, and Suki’s gave me just that! The day prior I also spent time at Suki’s having highlights done. Oh, the maintenance involved in being a woman. This post will document my wonderfully spa-like experience at our downtown Suki’s. (Pictures courtesy of my BlackBerry.)

Day 1 at Suki’s: The Highlights – please don’t judge me too harshly on the below photo… I myself find it a little alarming. It is me sans make up and shame. Let’s preface this though with the finished result:

I rather enjoy getting my hair done, with the right colorist and stylist it can be quite relaxing. My colorist, Felicia, does wonders on my hair, I always leave feeling fresh and perky – bright blonde will do that for you. (Above wearing: Silk blouse from (212) in Gastown and Zara skirt.)

New blonde = giddy.

Day 2 at Suki’s: The Blowout

Ooooh, gettin close to Texas style!

Achieved. And now, let’s bring it down a little to Vancouver style…

Guess party here I come! Wearing: Mossimo trench, Old Navy cardigan and Fidelity denim with my Kate Spade tote.

With the Guess ladies in from Toronto and my fellow hosts! Alicia Fashionista, A Haute Mess and The Anthology. All outfits by Guess!

With Vancouver tweeters and friends, Marisa, Christine and Liz.

A big giant thank you to Suki’s for giving me the ultimate hair experience! I shall be back soon!

Xo StyleStruck

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I love this JNBY (Just Naturally Be Yourself) shirt dress. It feels professional and preppy, but totally man-friendly at the same time (think: thrown-on boyfriend’s over-sized shirt). I recently wore this outfit (sans clutch, but with my pink Kate Spade bag), to meet and talk with my high school fashion teacher’s grade 11/12 sewing class. (Which was fantastic! And they have an upcoming fashion show that I’m excited to attend! Ohhh memories!).

I mentioned a little while back that I recently wore this dress out for dinner to my favorite Greek spot here in the West End. That time though I paired it with cobalt blue suede strappy heels, a darker blue version of this Marc by Marc Jacobs purse, no belt and messy hair (it was man-approved!). As with all JNBY pieces, this dress is incredibly versatile and can be worn in more than one way!

Wearing: Gifted JNBY shirt dress, vintage pony hair leopard printed belt (from Darling in NYC’s West Village), Marc by Marc Jacobs purse, Michael Kors watch, rose gold bangle from Blue Ruby, suede Rockport boots (I’m really having a moment with these boots right now), vintage Ray Bans, Cargo lipgloss (thanks to the fabulous people who put the Guess party swag bags together!).

A casual stroll in English Bay, hellloo spring time!!

This dress was a wonderful gift from JNBY, many thanks! Their wonderful head visual merchandiser Raffaele recently took me through a look of the Spring 2011 collection and it is fantastic. Lots of amazing casual shirts and jackets just waiting to be dressed up with a belt and a great little skirt or printed leggings. I think I’m going to have to go back for one of their very original origami-inspired skirts too!

Find JNBY on South Granville, West 4th, or in Metrotown!

Ta-ta,

Xo StyleStruck

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Your happy hosts: Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess, Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista, Me, and Kelsey Dundon of The Anthology. All dressed in GUESS!

The party was a giant success, a BIG thank you to everyone who came and had a fabulous time! Vancouver’s fashion glitterati really came out in full force – I love to see you all in your best threads! Perhaps you caught some of the night’s festivities via Twitter, where us blogger hosts and the attendees were tweeting up a storm! A snapshot of some of the Twitter love: (MAJOR thanks Twitter friends!)

On the upstairs level of the Robson St. Guess store we had our DJ set up, Mr. Dre Morel, and a live blogging station for tweeting and blogging with two new Apple iPad 2s! (Though we were so busy mingling with guests, we used the fancy new tablets for sending out Twitter love and saved our blogging for later, you know we’re all perfectionists. These posts take some time.)

I’m happy to learn that many of you lovely guests took home pretty new spring frocks and playthings, which means good things for our philanthropic efforts! A percentage of your shopping sales went towards our cause: FITE! Below, the contents of the swag bags you shoppers also took home: LOVE that Cargo lip gloss!

I hope you all had a fun night, I know I sure did! It was fantastic seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones!

Xo StyleStruck

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Man Love: A fashion event for the boys! As you’ve just read above, Holts is holding a trunk show for Mens’ denim expert Naked & Famous Denim and its creator, Brandon Svarc. Says Holts: “During the trunk show, Brandon Svarc will be present to help clients create their own unique pair of jeans.  Clients can choose from a selection of fabrics, threads, fits and leather detailing.” It’s like made-to-measure suiting! But for denim! So boss. (That’s what the man in my life says. I’ve stolen his line.) One of my favourite things about Naked & Famous is that it is based in Canada, and all merchandise is ethically made here in Canada as well. Yep, boss.

Be there and be fabulous, you’ll be your man’s best accessory. (Now that is a line I stole from Alexis on The Real Housewives of Orange County. I simply can’t take credit for such genius.)

- SS

P.S. SEE Y’ALL TONIGHT AT THE GUESS PARTY! Am I excited?? Just a bit. A LOT! See you there!

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Until the fabulous GUESS party! Just in case you haven’t heard…

I can’t wait to see everyone Wednesday evening! Haven’t RSVP’d yet? Well, send a quick email to GUESSrsvp@guess.com and you’ll be on the list!

Our event is featuring Vancouver fashion bloggers Niki Blasina, Alicia Quan and Kelsey Dundon, as well as myself, and DJ Dre Morel! Plus there will be shopping, treats and drinks! A recipe for fabulosity.

Below: From last year’s event at Guess by Marciano, hosted by Niki Blasina and me.

See you Wednesday night!

Xo SS

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Ooooh, it’s gonna be good! And we’ve upped the ante this year! 4 VANCOUVER FASHION BLOGGERS and DJ DRE MOREL giving you the best shopping beats.

Plus, we’re all about philanthropy, so the event will be benefitting Fite, an initiative by Dermalogica supporting financial independence through entrepreneurship.

If you want to attend, you just have to RSVP to guessrsvp@guess.com. I’ll see you there, looking fabulous!

Xo SS

As it says, the event will feature me, Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess, Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista and Kelsey Dundon of The Anthology.

OHHHH SNAP it’s gonna be HAWT.

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Last night I teetered (walking on Yaletown’s cobble stone lined side walks is not easy feat in 5″ heels) over to V Lounge at Earls for a Vancouver production of FNO put on by Social Chair, Define Magazine and @hummingbird604.

The event benefited Out in Schools – an organization on a mission to educate youth on the dangers of bullying, homophobia and stereotypes, and featured spring/summer fashions from The Bay’s White Space.

I’m not sure what got into me, but I was feeling satin leopard print – maybe I’ve been watching too much jersey Shore. But I figured if I balanced it with a jacket, tights and a ladylike bag I could pull off the look. Looking back, I may retire the dress to the back of my closet for awhile. I mean, you can only wear satin leopard print so often right? (Like once a season. Except that I wore silk leopard print for my birthday as well, which was on Saturday. Birthdays don’t count for fashion rules. That’s a new rule.)

With fabulous friend Eryne Ordel, who is holding a baby Balenciaga – a.k.a. a clutch. Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket, Guess leopard print dress, H&M tights, Browns ID patent leather heels, Kate Spade bag, gold studded belt from Bang-On. Vintage ring.

A big congrats to Social Chair – Vancouver’s new lifestyle PR firm featuring co-principals Niki Blasina and Ashley Mangat – on a fantastic evening. A few photos from the night:

Party guests!

And the front row… (well one side of it, I was on the other.)

Sitting pretty: Far left, Franceska Lavaggi, stylist for The Bay, and Lily Nguyen of Bleed for Fashion.

Xo StyleStruck

p.s. I tweet all the darn time.

This evening was spent biking along the beautiful sea wall around Stanley Park! Such a wonderful way to spend the evening!

Wearing: Silk Zara blouse, leather Zara belt, vintage cut offs, Zara flats, Guess back pack, H&M sunnies.

Tonight couldn’t have been more lovely, riding a cruiser with the wind in your hair, stopping for ice cream and photos, fun, fun, fun! 

Amazing!! In the distance, the North Shore, (West Vancouver).

Hope you had a lovely summery weekend!

Xo StyleStruck

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With Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess, and yours truly! Now this is one Olivia that WILL be wearing Guess to a Guess event… (unlike a certain Palermo who couldn’t get it together).

Very excited!! See you fabulous people tonight!

Xo StyleStruck

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Thursday, June 24, join Niki Blasina and I at the Marciano store on Robson St for a marvelous party!

An excerpt from the press release sent by Guess to the media list: “This exclusive event, hosted by fashion bloggers Olivia Lovenmark, the fashionista and social media/public relations obsessed blogger behind Vancouver style blog StyleStruck.ca and Niki Blasina the pop culture enthusiast, public relations professional and creator of AHauteMess.ca, is the perfect setting to unveil the summer collection. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Dress for Success Vancouver, a network of support for economically disadvantaged women that provides career development tools and professional attire to help women in work and in life.”

If you would like to attend this fabulous event, please RSVP right away to guessrsvp@guess.com by Monday, June 21 to secure a spot! The party will start at 6:30pm!

Xo StyleStruck

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Feels like I’ve been away for a week! Maybe because I missed blogging this past weekend, usually I’m writing or posting or planning a post each day, but 3 whole days without my computer! (Though, sometimes you need to do that!) Anyways, the majority of Saturday was spent on a bus waiting to get through US customs, (we left Vancouver at 8am but didn’t arrive in Seattle until 5pm… Brutal! Turns out all of Vancouver was headed to the States on Saturday morning), so there aren’t too many glam photos from Saturday. 

Pictured above at Pink Door. But there was a glam dinner on Saturday night! If you go to Seattle, you MUST go to Pink Door for dinner! It was a magical restaurant, better than I could have imagined and so perfect for a first night in the city. The door is hidden, unmarked in an alley near the Public Market, and when you descend the stairs down into the restaurant, you walk into a dimly lit room with light pinky peach walls that are adorned with dozens of scalloped-edged vintage mirrors and many vintage chandeliers of all sizes hanging from the ceiling. That dinner was definitely one of the best I have ever had out. Our server was wonderful, the music and ambience were just perfect and the food was amazing! Five stars. After dinner the boy and I got caught in a rain storm, which apparently appeared out of nowhere while we were enjoying our triple-layer mousse cake. So we ducked into a busy Irish bar across the alley for a drink while we waited it out. It ended up being one of the most fun nights, very impromptu and spontaneous and just right for a weekend away. 

From the top: Looking out over the harbour, (wearing a Zara jacket, Trina Turk shorts, Zara silk floral blouse, yellow pashmina, Zara leather flats, vintage Raybans and vintage Pierre Cardin snakeskin purse). Pike Place Public Market, Tommy outside the market with a carriage horse, fresh peonies inside the market.

Sunday morning was spent eating a decadent breakfast of eggs benedict with crab cakes at Boka, the restaurant adjacent to our hotel, Hotel 1000. Afterwards we wandered through some fine home stores nearby, (Tommy really is a girl’s dream when travelling, if we pass a shop he knows I might like to go into, he takes me in and then sits in the designated “boyfriend chair” while I try things on. I hope he knows how much I appreciate his patience, especially when my “ten minutes” usually turns into more like 30, or 40 minutes…), and then walked over to Nordstrom Rack, (where all of the discounted designer Nordstrom merchandise go). I’d been talking about wanting to go there for weeks, and after much searching through the racks, it did not disappoint! I left the store with a pair of dark Sevens with rhinestones on the pocket for a third of the retail price, a pair of white Trina Turk jean shorts and a Jason Wu pleated silk skirt which was marked down from $1650 to $100. That’s a savings of $1550. (WHO WOULD PAY $1650 FOR A SKIRT?!) For lunch we visited McCormick and Smicks, a popular seafood restaurant that has about 85 stores across the country. I tried an oyster, I don’t know why, but I was feeling optimistic and adventurous and so I slid a fresh, or raw, oyster into my mouth. Ewwww. Never again. But the salmon burger was delish! Afterwards we went to the market, a very popular Sunday destination. (Pictures above, and below). 

After the market we wandered over to the actual Nordstrom department store where I found a charming pink Tasha bib-style necklace made of pink ribbon, lace and beads. Very pretty, and conveniently it went perfectly with my outfit for dinner on Sunday night, or maybe I planned my outfit around the necklace.

Monday was our last day in Seattle so we really made it count. We did a big walk downtown, visiting a number of shops including Barneys, Victoria’s Secret and a FABULOUS designer consignment shop that Tommy spotted where I found a white eyelet Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress, that just like my other DVF wrap dress, I swear was made for me. It was like heaven in a dressing room, that moment when you really like an item and reeaally want it to fit and work for you, and then IT DOES! Oh happy day. We went back to the Public Market again for delicious freshly-baked Nutella-covered crumpets, looked through a vintage book store and finally drank a mango cosmo, (me) and a pale ale, (Tommy) at Boka before packing up our bags and getting into a taxi destined for the bus depot. It really was a wonderful weekend away of exploring and relaxing.

(Above, wearing: Zara jacket, Guess army jacket, black Target tank top, vintage necklace, white Sirens jeans, Coach wedges and a giant Cole Haan black leather bag).

Sad to say goodbye to Seattle! Now back to Vancouver life, I’m accompanying my friend Steph to a tattoo appointment this afternoon. Never mind that needles make me squirm. 

Xo StyleStruck

Saturday morning brings travel! Yayy! I LOVE to travel, whether it is to a far flung location or just a nearby city, hotels, transportation, cute totes to hold your camera, passport and many, many lip glosses make me so excited! ADVENTURE! Saturday morning we are leaving Vancouver for a couple nights away. Here are a few things I intend on bringing with me this weekend…

I always lay clothes out on my bed before I pack, helps me visualize outfits, I’m thinking the H&M denim vest would be really cute over the silk leopard Cynthia Rowley dress, perhaps with a belt to give me a waist, and my red buckle boots! Even packing gets me excited! (Clothes from left: H&M denim vest, Guess military jacket, Cynthia Rowley silk dress, H&M metallic dress).

My passport… This will be my second stamp this year, the poor thing really needs more attention. Specifically some Parisian stamp-love. (Leather passport cover from Danier).

Clothing-wise, I would describe this location as urban, cool, a great place to wear contemporary edgy clothes that are casual. Of course, this won’t stop me from having a “Ladies-who-lunch” moment in this pale pink Danier leather jacket and obnoxiously bling scarf. 1 part leather jacket, 1 part neck scarf and 1 part ballet flats = well coiffed 60-something classy woman in my mind, I get quite a kick out of creating different personas with outfits. To complete the look I really must have a giant Hermes tote! Who’s got an in at Hermes and $25 000 lying around?? ; )

It’s fairly close by… can you guess where I’m off to??

Xo StyleStruck

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If you’re in the Twitter loop of the Vancouver fashion-savvy, you know that Wednesday night’s event at Leone for the JK Models 1 Year Anniversary party was a fabulous bash! The guests were an eclectic mix of designers, bloggers, photographers, journalists and socialites who sipped on Grand Marnier cocktails and enjoyed the Pixstar photo booth and She to Shic Beauty Lounge full-service manicure station! The event, which was brought together by the most organized, thorough and fabulous fashion professional, The Urban Stylist, a.k.a. Katie Mogan, featured two fashion shows and ample time to socialize with old and new connections. The first show featured clothing from Leone’s edgy downstair’s boutique, L2 and the second featured clothes from the upstairs show rooms. Looking for a little designer in your life? Go to Leone. They have such a beautiful collection of designers. Don’t even get me started on the shoes… Let’s just say their shoe collection is a must-see for every shoe loving gal out there. (I know us ladies never need an excuse for a new pair of heels, but Sex and the City 2 will be here soon! What will your feet be wearing?? Something ravishing, I hope!) Others who must be mentioned are A Moveable Feast Catering company who provided the guests with the most delicious bites and of course the team from Avant Garde Hair Studio for providing full hair and make up. I quite liked how there was a dramatic change in hair and make up between the two fashion shows, the first being a little more casual and the second being sexy and dramatic! I’ve been lucky enough to be in the hands of Avant Garde‘s brilliant and always stylish Jon Paul, and the man knows how to work the hair!

Below are some of my quick-pics from the night, but I hope you’ll follow this link: JK Models Event @ LEONE pics to see all the beautiful photography from the evening by photographer Peter Jensen

JK Models do double duty, these two models also manned the door, and did a wonderful job.

With Vancouver fashion bloggers Erin Gee of Haus of Hybrid and Nicole Soon of Le Mode de Jour!

Just a small portion of the JK Models, Leone fashion show audience. 

JK Models model Sunny walking the pink runway in L2 clothing. 

Hosts of the night: Kirk Renard and Erin Ireland of FMA. These two were the best hosts you could ask for, funny, witty and charming, not to mention great to work with!

Model Sunny again looking gorgeous, check out those Prada mesh and lucite heels! (I’m the lucky girl who got to tape the bottoms of the shoes, meaning, I got to hold these beauties, try them on no, but just to have them in my hands was enough for me!)

With Katie Mogan, The Urban Stylist! Need an event put together, this is your woman. Seriously impressive! (I’m wearing a Guess dress, too bad I didn’t get a shot of the back, it was all cut outs and skin, one of my favourite quotes of the night, “Olivia, your dress is like the new mullet! Business in the front, party in the back!” Yep, I’ll take that! : ) and heels by Luichiny.)

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the pictures from Wednesday’s event at Leone! Click here!

Xo StyleStruck

What do you get when you mix two cute chicks with a mess of a closet? CLOSET DETOX. This is the latest and greatest way to renew and cleanse oneself without having to pass on that glass of bubbly, in fact, I say when partaking in a closet detox, having a bottle of champagne on hand is probably a very good idea!

So what is a closet detox you ask? It’s when two brilliant and stylish women take over your closet, leaving you helplessly clutching your champagne flute while they dissect each and every piece of clothing you own. This is an absolutely wonderful way to start off any season, especially the Spring season when you’re itching for a Spring cleaning, or a fabulous new wardrobe. 

I spent my Saturday afternoon with the ladies of Operation Style, Jillian Crago and Kristy Rogerson, who came over on a mission: to give my over-stuffed closet a much needed detox and me a much needed lesson in closet organization. They started by completely emptying out my closet and then sorting out all of its contents into neat categorized piles; long sleeve, collared, vests, skirts, etc. Once everything was organized Jillian and Kristy examined each piece of clothing for its shape, colour, fabric quality and relevance to today’s styles. Most pieces were lucky, others, like an old black stretchy and very short Wilfred dress, were not. “Faded goes,” Jillian told me. I don’t know why I was hanging onto that dress, the last time I wore it I was blending drinks behind the bar at Cactus Club. 

We all have items like this, say an old sweater that you haven’t worn in a year but that you haven’t gotten rid of because you “just might” wear it one day. Or maybe there is a pair of jeans hanging in your closet that haven’t fit properly in, oh about eight months, but you’re saving them because they’re your skinny jeans and you’re hoping that one day, mayybe one day they’ll fit again. (okay yes, I’m talking about my beloved Karl Lagerfeld skinnies). “Those pieces you never wear just stare at you when you’re trying to get dressed, which just makes it harder to find the right outfit!” Brilliant advice from Kristy. 

As Jillian and Kristy went through all of my clothing, they created outfits for me with pieces that I would never have thought to pair together! I kept thinking things like, “I’ve had those for years, how come I never thought of pairing them with the cream blazer??” to myself. I won’t lie, at the start of all this I was feeling very nervous, almost nauseous at the thought of other people seeing what my closet actually holds. Some of those things have been in there for years, and I’m not talkin one or two, I’m saying yeeaars, like since 9th grade years. How embarrassing. Although my pride in showing the girls my Chanel pumps did ease the pain a bit. So I pressed on. As each outfit was created, Kristy took a picture so that I could remember them. 

Wearing: Forever 21 Blazer, Wilfred stretchy tank, DIY trousers, Michael Kors flats. 

Wearing: Cynthia Rowley dress that’s been shortened by the girls of OS, vintage gold belt, Manolo Blahnik flats.

Wearing: Guess jacket, silk top from (212), white Sirens jeans, Stuart Weitzman heels.

Wearing: H&M shirt, H&M striped dress, Michael Kors flats. Kristy also laid some outfits out for me… This one (below) I am really looking forward to wearing come Spring!

Once it was all over, I felt like I had a whole new closet and more importantly, a whole new wardrobe! And thanks to these two lovely ladies, my closet is professionally organized, right down to the colour-coded arranging of the shoes.

A note to guys: A closet detox would make an awesome Valentines Day gift for the lady in your life! I don’t know one woman who wouldn’t love to have this experience. Information on women’s services click here!

And now for the before and afters, top picture shown is my closet before… Here is the after!

If you’d like to see what kind of magic Operation Style can work on your closet, send them en email! They’d love to hear from you! info@operationstyle.ca

XO StyleStruck

Here I am prancing around my apartment in the morning hours before work. I consider blogging my work actually, my other work is really just a way to support it. And speaking of all things fashion-work related, I was recently told about a new fashion site that allows you to network with everyone and anyone in the fashion industry. It’s called Afingo, pronounced Uh-fingo, meaning fashion, and is what the four co-founders consider the “first fashion-centric online platform that merges a marketplace and a social network; a virtual tradeshow, showroom and industry directory enclosed within an online community where members of the fashion community will connect and interact.” Well now that’s a mouth full! I’ve just been introduced to Afingo, but I’ve already signed up! Find me: http://www.afingo.com/users/stylestruck

Thus far it seems the site has done a great job at making sure all details are covered; when you sign up you fill it all out, from what you do and where you’ve been educated to where you shop. Because the site is so new, only time will tell if it will be the next social networking spot for fashionistas, but in the mean time I’m looking forward to connecting with all you  fashionistas and fashionistos there!

Note: When you sign up for a profile, you won’t be asked for a password. The site sends a link with an opportunity to create a password shortly after you sign up, so be patient and it shall come. 

And now back to the previous programming: StyleStruck Prances Around Her Teeny Apartment:

I’ve been dying to post about this new military style jacket I got while in Whistler. What my closet really needs is a good shot of Balmain, but for now a Guess look-a-like will do! And paired with my pink sequin skirt found at Patricia Field’s shop and Marc by Marc Jacobs cream patent leather mary-janes. Another Note: My hair is currently growing out, please bear with me as I endure the very awkward phases of growing ones hair out. I’d say I’m currently in phase one, ohh only about another 6 months of hair-hell to go through. 

XO StyleStruck

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