Birthday Gemstone #11

It was my birthday this weekend and I am reflecting on my birthstone, the Topaz. Some topaz fun facts:shapeimage_1

  • it’s available in almost every colour although the warm tones (yellow-red) are most common
  • the purest form is clear
  • scores .8 on the Moh’s scale of hardness (that means it’s quite hard)
  • may have been first discovered on St. John’s island in the Red Sea
  • can be found as large as boulders
  • commonly found near granite
  • facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed

The other gemstone for November is the Citrine and offers the following healing powers:

  • supports vitality and health
  • encourages guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer

Thank you American Gem Society! And happy birthday to all the November babies out there!

Is it Time to Update your Style?

BQxxI0PCIAEbxHZ (1)If you haven’t updated your wardrobe in a few years, it may be time to look critically at your wardrobe and see if it needs an update. (I’ll give you one hint, if you are still wearing boot cuts … ). I recommend you start with one entire outfit. One new outfit will do a lot to make the most of what you currently have more trendy.

  1. Buy a new pair of every day shoes. Something that you can wear with a skirt, jeans and dress pants. My favourite is the Miista ankle booty that should arrive this week. A pull-on with a nice modest almond toe, good quality leather and flat (no heel) should work with most of the bottoms you throw at it.
  2. Move on up to the bottoms. Right now we’re on pencil midi skirts, below the knee and high-waisted. Or skinny jeans with a little ankle roll (optional on the roll). If you don’t want to spend money on new jeans, have your bootcuts tailored. Office-bound? Think tapered dress pant, not straight leg, again, back away from the boot cuts.
  3. Get a blouse. Not a tee-shirt. A nice georgette crepe would be great. I prefer a boxy button up with a stand up collar that I can layer with sweaters but a simple crew neck that supports a necklace is equally good. Your new blouse will work the same way, bringing some of your other bottoms into the trend zone.
  4. Hair: short-mid length hair for fall 2014 is all about the bob. And it looks consistently like a reverse cut (shorter in the back). Long still seems like a flowy easy curl or a loose bun on top. Sheryll at Opus in Yaletown is amazing for new styles and really reasonable. Tell her Kathryn sent you, to get $20 off your first cut.

As budget allows, you can layer in accessories and more options in each category. Let me know how that extra bounce in your step works out for you!

Let us Style You

P1140451We’ve all been there. That sinking feeling. That moment when you look in your closet, see it packed from one end to the other but you can’t find anything to wear? Let’s add on the dynamic of having to leave the house in 5 minutes!

let. us. help. you.

What we love, love, love to do is help your girls find something to get out of bed for. The feeling you get when you put on a trendy outfit head to toe and you feel like a rock star…. that’s what we like to create for you. Our favourite experiences are when you come in and let us dress you a new style – something you haven’t tried before.

Right now we’re outfitting clients in skinny bottoms (Lysse luxury leggings or JUST USA skinny high rise jeans), a modern flat (Chinese Laundry’s Easy Does It is perfect) and large unstructured blouses. We top it off with a statement necklace. It replaces the low rise denim and long fitted tees topped off with hoodies.

So the next time you have that sinking feeling, come and see us, we will be so happy to help you find something that puts a little extra swagger in your step.

Happy Spring!