Style Me Pretty

A new series I thought we’d have a little fun with is Style Me Pretty. Outfits, fashion, jewelry. Everything pretty, fabulous and fun.

This week I had a beautiful day planned at Banana Republic, photo’s of classic navy overcoats, beautiful dresses. Buuut…. unfortunately sweet Benjamin was under the weather and I pulled husband out of work last week so I could meet Prince Harry. Sooo I kind of played that card already, lol. In lieu of me in store, I bring you ‘Style Me Pretty.‘  (Jazz hands here please!)

Today’s outfit is brought to you with style advice from Banana Republic store manager, Katie. I know right?! We love her already. The Katie’s are taking over!! Missed the big news? Check HERE!

Design board showing Banana Republic grey tulle skirt and black crew neck long sleeve sweater with ruffle cuff. Also shown Banana Republic statement necklace,  black and gold and sparkly jewels, 3 small ruffle flowers on one side. Two Kate spade gold bangles, one plain, one with bow, Kate spade black with gold accent fitness tracker with simple gold face rim and kitty  ears. Miz Mooz black Mary Jane  shoes

Versatile and put together, this outfit is soft, classic and flattering on just about everyone.

This Style Me Pretty is focused on a pulled together outfit and size appropriate clothing.

Katie’s style advice of the week: Don’t be afraid to size up!!!

Wish to know a little secret? I buy clothes in all different sizes!!! I’ve shopped in the plus section of stores. I think that’s okay. I also buy shoes in the kids section. I bought these BOOTS last week from the kids section.  Dress what you’ve got, right?! P.S. they’re fab and I’m going to wear them with this skirt too.

A good general rule when shopping a store is to try on different items and get a baseline for your size. I know I’m somewhere in the 10-12 zone lately. This is a hard number for me, I was half those numbers less than 2 years ago. Life happens. Should I keep wearing the clothes of the old me? Or should I just admit that this is where I’m at right now and dress my body so I feel good?  There’s another option of eating my feelings in the closet whilst I cry softly into a baguette. I choose happy today!! This doesn’t mean that I’m trapped in this number forever. Tailoring is an easy solution for when I work my tush off and shrink back down. Other things I consider when looking at sizes is how I want to wear the item, the fabric stretch and what look I’m going for. An XL sweater off the shoulder, cute jeans, a little gold necklace, and shades. An amazing look. EXTRA LARGE! Doesn’t matter, still adorable. With this tulle skirt, we (the Katie’s) chose a soft black sweater with a simple ruffle cuff. This meets two of MY main fashion goals. A timeless multi-purpose piece, with a touch of detail. As a bonus, this sweater is super soft and appeals to my super sensitive skin.

So there you go! Style me Pretty post number one! Tips, comments, or advice? Let me know and send your questions. We’ve got this!

With love Kate


Fall Favs

This year I am absolutely in love with the fashion. Living midtown I’m certain has something to do with it. Every morning walking the smalls to school I check out the latest fall fashions. Dresses, so many dresses!!! Today’s favorite is bright red dresses, paired with any shoe/boot/runner. It’s perfection.

If bright red isn’t at the top of your list there is also this sweet Pintuck gem from The Gap. Little boots, cozy sweater, ahhh I love you.

I saw a woman try on this Olivia Palermo dress and oh my heavens!!! She was looking for a dress to wear to a wedding and I couldn’t help myself but tell her, ‘The bride is going to hate you, you are so beautiful.’ She absolutely glowed in it.

Stripe Ruffle-Sleeve Shift Dress |Banana Republic

Looking for something versatile?

I can see this dress being incredibly flattering on so many body types, and so easy to change up. Cute runners; to the market.  Add a blazer and a watch and you are work perfect. Or how about a gold bracelet layered on the watch, a sparkly ring or two, a mid-rise heel, strappy shoe and you’re perfect for afternoon cocktails. Glam that necklace, bring out the heels, and you are ready for a night on the city.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I need a little reassurance. Am I rocking this or am I going to hate this three steps out the door? Fashion is so personal and for some of us, it doesn’t come as naturally. This year I have been working diligently to ‘Dress the body I have, not the body I want.’ ~Thank you Stacey and Clinton. This is me. Sooooo! How do I dress this body fabulously??!! How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?

Let me help.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have someone to dress you? ‘Hello love! Wear this, not that!’ More here, less there! Jewelry, shoes, kiss on the cheek off you go! Well…. COMING THIS FALL if you live in the Toronto area, you can have that!!

I am so excited to tell you that this fall I am teaming up with BANANA REPUBLIC Square One Toronto. Join me Sundays mornings in the fitting room and let me help you create your vision. Bring in your pants, and shoes. Let’s dress YOU! Let us help you find your style, judgment-free. We’ve got this!

Okay sweet gents you are not to be left out. A little revamp, a first date, a tenth anniversary, or you’re prepping for the Holiday party season. Come in Sunday Mornings, meet us in the square and let us make you the best you!

Because I do love you all so much, if a quiet, one-on-one is more your style, let’s get in touch and we can set you up, one-on-one.

Now… does this all mean I will be put together all the time? Not a chance. I will continue to look a hot mess much of the time. Hopefully, over time, the hot mess will begin to look a bit more put together, lol.


Meet me Sunday mornings in the Square.

With love Kate