Lord, help meaaah! I’m not good with heat but I will take a scorcher to a blizzard any day. Keeping one’s cool is definitely the goal during these warm summer nights. I take Summer very seriously – like make the most of it, be prepared for any social situation and take advantage of the warm weather to change multiple times in a day.
Remember, I’m the girl whose Resort attire disproportionately rivals her work/casual. Haha. Laughing at my own joke. I do that.
- Never Leave Home Without Your Bikini – As in my mother once said… Actually, she never said that but I always bring a bikini in my purse or wear one under my maxidress on a hot day. You never know if someone is going to invite you to an impromptu pool party, ask to meet you by the beach or you accidentally stumble upon a hottt tub. Think like a Girl Guide.
- Return of the bustier – In an effort to maintain my youthful karma reverting to dressing like a 20 yr old, I am bringing back the bustier, and her cousin the bandeau. My favourite are sweetheart necklines which accentuate your form. These are great for less curvy girls as they add some extra shape. The bandeau is lovely paired with a flowy chiffon maxi skirt — I support this look for ladies with great abs (do it for the rest of us).
- 3pm is Smoothie time – Now that it’s Summer and we’re wearing less clothes, let’s detox and shape up. A seasonal change is the best time to get your cute @ss back to the gym and start eating healthy. They say that it is essential to eat at 3pm to stave off hunger and reduce that dreaded sugar high-low. A refreshing treat is a seasonal fruit smoothie which is filling, nutricious and delicious! Note: I did not say Frappucino with extra whip and caramel.
June 21, 2012 No Comments
The newly planted herbs in the windowsill are dying a slow, tragic death. My always perfectly jeujed bangs are plastered to my forehead and for someone who doesn’t really sweat, I am sweating in places that I never knew existed. Guess what? Only dancers in music videos and Cindy Crawford in a Pepsi commercial circa 1990 look damn sexy in the blistering heat (though I can’t comment on the smell). For us regular folk, we just have to work it a little harder.
With no air conditionning, there seems to be little relief with the windows open, curtains drawn. With record-breaking soaring temperatures, modesty is at best, an afterthought. Perhaps this is high season for voyeurs since cooking in your underwear is de rigeur. And if we’re going to be prancing about in our skivvies, let’s channel Risky Business (without the long-sleeve since it’s much too HOTTT for that!)…
July 25, 2011 No Comments
As a child, I often spent entire summers with my aunts in suburban Chicago. For weekend getaways, we travelled to their trailer tucked in secluded farm country. While I am very much a city girl at heart, I have accumulated many fond memories of picking up fresh corn from farmers on the side of the road, roasting marshmallows over the bonfire and waking up to the smell of burning logs. And when in the country… it is always best to unwind and ‘be like the country.’ (Think when in Rome…)
July 13, 2011 No Comments
The summer with its warm beams of sunshine is often rammed with social engagements – from weddings and bridal showers to birthdays celebrated on outdoor terraces. For occasions such as these, forego your usual skinny jeans and forget the flimsy t-shirt. Dressing up is an integral part of the celebration! You can still be stylish and keep your cool. Every day, I graciously accept compliments to the point that perhaps I take them for granted. In a gesture of good will, here are my secrets to lady-like dressing.
Fresh as a Mint Julep – The easiest way to make an impression is to wear a day dress in a jewel tone lightweight cotton or linen. Both have a tendency to crinkle so make sure your event is of the standing, sipping spritzer and mingling variety. Vibrant colours often accentuate the glow of sun-kissed skin and make you stand out from the crowd. I love the combination of bright red lips matched with a sunflower hued dress. The best are A-line styles that flare at the waist into a full skirt – this is best for lithe girls who want more volume or for those who want to accentuate a tiny waist. Add a skinny belt in a contrasting colour, presto 25% cuter! Channelling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Yes please!
Blinded by the Lights - When wearing a solid coloured dress, make sure to pop with a bold statement necklace. Use the natural rays of the sun to make your jewellery sparkle. Clear facetted or bezelled gems often radiate more than naturally smooth stones - it’s the cut that makes them more reflective and glittery. If you are going to an outdoor party, why not beat the mosquitoes by pinning yourself with a faux insect such as a rhinestone encrusted bumble bee. It’s a great ‘wink-wink’ conversation piece. Hi-larious.
July 11, 2011 No Comments
I like to temper my summer fluffy chic-lit with the heavy drama, the kind that has your heart strings pulled taught, weeping secretly into your beach blanket. Aren’t we all just gluttons for punishment? As a voracious reader, I have on loan from J’s basement bookshelf, the best-selling My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Even from the well designed book cover, you know this one is going to be a major tearjerker. MAJOR. TEARJERKER. Spoiler Alert…
The story unfolds as Anna Fitzgerald, 13 year tween, is asked to become an organ donor to her ailing older sister Kate who suffers from leukemia. Having been conceived by her parents, Brian and Sara, in order to become a biological match for her sister, Anna eventually undergoes a number of medical procedures to prolong her sibling’s survival. After a lifetime of being a default donor, Anna reaches out to a local attorney, Campbell Alexander, for medical emancipation in order to assert her right to make her own decisions.
The narrative switches from the point of view of Anna, to Kate, to her parents, her troubled brother Jesse, her attorney Campbell and guardian Julia; the various characters pose the ethical and moral dilemmas that ensue when parents’ obligation to children is superseded by their love and desire to keep their family unit together. A moving tale about adolesence, family bonds, love and the heartache of loss, it is an emotional read which will likely make you ponder your ideals and how they might bend in times when your closest are in duress.
Sidenote: I am glad I read this before watching the 2009 film adaptation of the book. Cameron Diaz is not the Sara Fitzgerald I pictured in my mind.
July 7, 2011 No Comments
While it’s no surprise that Floral has made a return this Summer as a print that adorns many a top, bottom or dress, it’s the way in which you interpret your flowers that makes the bold difference. Through my travels, there appeared to be a “go big or go home” trend on the streets and in the magazines, with PYT’s (pretty young things) pairing various garden motifs in one ensemble. Daring, yes. Impossible, no!
Let me impart some loving words of wisdom on the matter:
- Clash of the Rhododendrons – In nature, it is common to see lillies growing alongside roses and daisies. Actually, it is quite lovely when you observe the wildness of these disparate florals come together. Very English garden. Alas, I digress. Why not try a chiffon top in miniscule pattern with a maxi skirt in an abstract? To subtley reduce the visual tension of these prints, keep the fabrics in the same family (ie. silky or chiffon) or try colours that sit adjacent to each other on the colour wheel (ie. red-purple-blue). Another trick to soften the look is to wear a few solid colours in between – a simple ribbed tank top, a camel coloured belt, a neutral wedge, etc.
- This Old Thing – Florals have a vintage-y sentiment attached to them. If you feel ill prepared to have blossoms running wild all over your outfit, try accessorizing with a gauzy scarf, a dainty cocktail ring or a cabbage rose sitting atop your very chic chignon. Oh yes, I am campaigning very adamantly for a giant floral headdress revival. Wait for it!
June 15, 2011 No Comments