Oct 022014
 

This outfit, specifically the tunic and jeans, has become my go to for running around doing errands and meeting friends for lunch. It’s easy and adding this long cardigan, scarf and navy suede shoes transforms this outfit (which I featured here for Chico’s last time) and make it ready for fall. The scarf is from Chico’s. The scarf was part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer initiative where $10 from each purchase of this scarf (up to $300,000) was donated to eradicate this disease and I featured it on Cityline yesterday. You may still be able to get your hands on this scarf. The weather in Toronto has become tricky, the mornings are cool and the afternoons are hot. This cardigan has been a perfect solution. It’s a nice weight and keeps me warm. I have lots of thin cardigans but this one is more of a light jacket. I got it in Europe last year and you can find almost the exact same one at Chico’s. The only visible difference is that the arms are longer on the Chico’s version.

Chico's Cardigans

Chico's Scarf

Casual Fall Layers

Outfit Details – Cardigan, Massimo Dutti || Shirt, c/o Chico’s (it’s on sale!!) || Jeggings, c/o Chico’s (here, here & here) || Scarf, Chico’s || Shoes, Ann Taylor || Handbag, LV || Watch, Michael Kors (old)

As promised my latest Cityline segments here (5 things that make me feel beautiful) & makeover here.

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Oct 012014
 

Long vests are a great transitional piece. In this post I’ve paired it with my favourite faux leather leggings. I’ve switched out the shoes and top for two different looks.

Ann Taylor Long Black Vest

Ann Taylor Long Vest

Long Vest Ann Taylor

Hats off 1

Hats off 3

Outfit Details – Vest, Ann Taylor || Leggings, Ann Taylor (similar here & here)|| Shirt, Chico’s || Shoes, Brogues Sam Edelman (Nordstrom, UK, Global), Heels, Ann Taylor || Sweater, Banana Republic || Watch, Michael Kors || Bracelets, Links of London, JCrew & Chico’s || Hat, Joe Fresh (similar here, here and obsessed with this one) .

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 October 1, 2014  Posted by on October 1, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  8 Responses »
Sep 292014
 

I had every intention of posting more last week, but it was just one of those weeks – bee sting, goose egg, asthma like symptoms and a personal loss. That was all by Tuesday. On Wednesday I’ll be on Cityline and I wanted to give you a sneak peak into one of my outfits – culottes! I wanted to style them for the office and I think I have achieved that. I have also worn this outfit to TIFF and to church.

One of my readers, Anna, asked me to style these culottes with booties and the last picture shows that. If you have a request or a question please comment, tweet or leave me a message on Instagram.

I hope you can tune in to my Cityline segment and if not I’ll post the clip.

Pink Tartan Culottes

Stella & Dot Necklace

Pink Tartan button down

Pink Tartan button down and culottes

Culottes & Booties

 Outfit Details – Button Down, Pink Tartan (here, here) || Culottes, Pink Tartan (here) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (here, similar here) || Booties, Ann Taylor (old, similar here, here) || Necklace, Stella & Dot (similar brights version here) || Bracelet, Citrus Silver || Belt, Banana Republic (old, similar here love this one)

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 September 29, 2014  Posted by on September 29, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  11 Responses »
Sep 222014
 

The weather in Toronto has been temperamental to say the least – you never know what you’re going to get. Then there are my obsessions with this popcorn sweater from Banana Republic and this pink skirt from Pink Tartan. Pairing it together is very 80s/90s and you’ll see this silhouette everywhere. This is allowing for a more relaxed type of dressing. It’s not sloppy or casual, clothing is just not close to the body or overly fitted.

I am trying to make more of an effort to show how to wear the same pieces of clothing in different ways for a variety of reasons. I have already paired this sweater with a black midi skirt here and I featured the pink skirt here. What I’m afraid of is that you will get bored with me. Sound off below if this is something you are interested in seeing.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and happy Monday.

Pink Tartan Transitions

Pink Tartan Transition

Pink Tartan Transition

 Outfit Details – Sweater, Banana Republic (EU, CA, US) || Skirt, Pink Tartan (old, similar sale here, bright pink sale here, full box pleated pink skirt here,  love this Tibi box pleated one, other pleated colour options here) || Shoes, Stuart Weitzman (old, similar Jimmy Choo sale ones here) || Bracelet, Ann Taylor || Rings, Cocoa Jewelry, Gift.

 September 22, 2014  Posted by on September 22, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  8 Responses »
Sep 192014
 

Today’s post is not the usual outfit ideas one, today I’m going to be discussing The Ontario College of Teachers (The College for the rest of this post) and why certification is important for teachers. As a parent with children attending a publicly funded school this is a very important subject to me. Teachers who work in publicly funded schools in Ontario must be certified to teach in the province and be members of The College. The College sets ethical standards of practice, issues teaching certificates, accredits teacher education programs and courses, and investigates and hears complaints about their members.

Teacher certification ensures the technical competence of teachers through a tangible measurement of skills and knowledge. The purpose of any professional certification is to provide official and public recognition of an individual’s competencies and capabilities in a professional subject area. The College is the only self-regulatory body for teachers in Canada with 239,000 members.

What are the objectives of certification?

  1. To raise professional standards by giving special recognition by their peers to those who, fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct, have demonstrated and maintained a high level of competence and ethical practices.
  2. To acknowledge teachers’ qualifications and credentials to employers and the public
  3. To establish a program with the goal of continuous improvement for individuals and professional development.
  4. To clarify the skills, knowledge and standards of conduct.

Certification goes beyond training by providing an objective measurement of a teacher’s knowledge and skills. Certification programs establish standards for teacher education and play an important role in developing a qualified workforce. Children, parents, teachers and the province all benefit from certification. The College is accountable to the public for how it carries out its responsibilities.

The College has created a public register, – “Find A Teacher” – where you may search for anyone who has been certified to teach in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Type in the name of your child’s teacher and you are automatically given the following information:

  • - A teacher’s qualifications
  • - The date of initial certification
  • - Status with the College
  • - Disciplinary history, if applicable

Please note that you won’t be given a teacher’s home address of other contact information or their employment history, furthermore, deceased teachers are not searchable. The College made this information available to the public, as defined by Section 23 or the Ontario College of Teachers Act and College bylaws. This is just another reason why certification makes sense – transparency and accountability of all parties.

The College supports teaching excellence by awarding scholarships to individuals in their final year of a teaching education program. The program identifies exemplary role models and pays direct financial assistance to those with passion for and dedication to the highest ideals of teaching.

Members of the College are as committed to learning as they are to teaching. Ongoing professional learning is an integral part of teaching. The profession’s standards reflect the expectation that all members will participate in ongoing learning. Adding to professional knowledge enhances teaching practice, which improves student learning.

The regulated system of Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQs) and Additional Qualifications (AQs) is one form of professional learning. ABQs/AQs are set out in legislation, accredited by the College, offered by providers approved by the College and, when successfully completed, recorded on the member’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration. The College is committed to encouraging accessibility to these courses because of the unique educational value they offer to College members. The additional qualifications listed on a teacher’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration are one way of demonstrating their dedication to teaching and to providing their students with the best education possible.

The College reviews and approves hundreds of Additional Qualification courses. These courses keep teachers current and prepare them to teach in diverse communities including those from English, French, First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritages. Accreditation helps to ensure the programs and courses that prepare teachers are based on the profession’s ethical and practice standards. The College also produces publications (“Professionally Speaking” is the College’s quarterly magazine and The Standard, an e-newsletter) and videos on many topics like social media, the state of employment in teaching and professional development in the 21st century.

The College’s professional advisories provide valuable direction and advice about issues that matter to teaching professionals. Advisories apply to all college members, including teachers, consultants, vice-principals, principals, supervisory officers and directors of education.

I am a firm believer in certification, it is a cornerstone to the College’s ability to keep its members current and thriving in the everchanging field of Education. In my opinion it offers the opportunity to increase one’s skill set, learn from peers and become a stakeholder in one’s own success and the success of one’s students. A strong education system is the cornerstone for any thriving community and partnership between students, teachers and parents is the key to success.

To read my previous post about The Ontario College of teachers please click here. This is a sponsored post, all opinions in this post are my own and I am an advocate for a strong public school system with all stakeholders having a seat at the table.

 

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Sep 172014
 

I’ve been very fancy lately – that’s how my kids describe it. Today it’s simple and not fancy, except for the heels. It’s hard to take the fancy out of me.

Joe Fresh Casual Friday

Joe Fresh Casual Fridays

 Outfit Details – Sweater, Joe Fresh || Jeans, Gap (old, similar herehere & here) || Shoes, Ann Taylor (similar here, UK Manolo sale here)

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 September 17, 2014  Posted by on September 17, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Sep 162014
 

On Saturday I attended my first blogger conference, #BlogPodim, where I learned more about Google Analytics (THE gold standard and a must have), a quick and dirty on staging pictures and my absolute favourite session was learning how to pitch to magazines. I was able to see some old blogging friends, Jenny from Crazy Style Love and Kristin from Suburban Faux Pas,  and meet in person some “virtual” friends Dajana from All Kinds of Lovely. I had originally planned to wear my midi skirt & sweater last seen here, but it was raining and cold so I changed my outfit and decided to switch it up and paired this Chico’s Long white button down with the best faux leather leggings from Ann Taylor. Instead of adding heels or sleek booties I updated this look by pairing it with the flat of the season – a pair of brogues! The best part is they have a monk buckle!! They remind me of the shoes I wore in grade 9, wow I feel old right now…and now I’m over it.

Chico's Tunic

 

It has been quite chilly so I knew I had to add a topper and decided on this over sized knit cardigan that is a cocoon silhouette. I am not the best photographer so these pictures don’t do the cardigan justice or me. I could have clipped the back of it to make me look better, hahaha. When I was trying this outfit on another woman saw me in the change room and proceeded to purchase both of these items at Ann Taylor.

Chico's Tunic 1

Knit Jacket & Embellished Collar

Black faux leather leggings

 

Outfit Details – Shirt, Chico’s || Leggings, Ann Taylor || Knit Coat, Ann Taylor || Shoes, Sam Edelman (Global, UK, Nordstrom) || Handbag, Furla (old) || Bracelets, Links of London, JCrew, Chico’s

Linking up with the Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy Blog

 September 16, 2014  Posted by on September 16, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Sep 122014
 

I have been wearing this outfit on repeat but with slight variations – yesterday I had to add a jean jacket and I switched out the shoes for a pair of gold studded nude flats. Neutral dressing is easy and a great way to transition into cooler temperatures. Fall is here in Toronto and I am enjoying the cooler weather but I could do without the wind. I’ve had lots of comments from readers on the white jeans – many of you are also wearing white well after labour day and enjoying breaking the rules with me.

It’s Friday and I am attending Blogpodium, my first blogging conference. Pretty excited and wondering what am I going to wear? Blogger problems. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

How to wear neutrals

Neutrals

Fall Transition

 

Outfit details: White Jeans, Hudson (old, similar here, here & here) || Sweater, Banana Republic (I can’t help myself, US, CA) || Heels, Stuart Weitzman (old, Jimmy Choo sale here, DVF, ASOS) || Watch, Michael Kors (CA, US)

I am still running my Instagram contest #NateBerkusHilroy. I have been asked how do I regram. It is really easy just use your phone to take a screen shot/picture of my #NateBerkusHilroy prize package and then put that on to your account. Good Luck and you can enter here.

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 September 12, 2014  Posted by on September 12, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  13 Responses »
Sep 102014
 

I have been featuring lots of midi skirts, today I’m going back to my roots. A simple and chic outfit featuring a textured pencil skirt and a great v-neck sweater. When selecting pieces for your wardrobe you’re not always going to be wearing the latest trends – basics are your foundation.

#TheNewBR, faux leather skirt & sweater

 

Some women may have issue with this skirt because it does scrunch up in the middle when wearing. It is a bit longer then the picture shows.

texture times two 2

Outfit Details – Skirt, Banana Republic (pencil version US, mini US, CA) || Sweater, Banana Republic (CA, US) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old) || Watch, Michael Kors (CA, US) || Necklace, Express

Looking to organize your home office and add some style? Check out my Nate Berkus giveaway on Instagram here.

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 September 10, 2014  Posted by on September 10, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  11 Responses »
Sep 092014
 

This summer I went to the Hilroy Back To School preview. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was so inspired by the Nake Berkus products I cleaned out my laundry/craft/home office space and am in the process of adding shelving and art to make the space my own. I realize that sitting in front of the TV does not get me desired results, I need quiet and I need everything at my finger tips. A place for everything and everything in its place.

The great people at Hilroy are hoping to help one of my readers get more organized with their very own Nate Berkus package. All you need to do is go over to my Instagram account and follow the very simple instructions there. Link here or on the side of my blog. Just note that this contest is for Canadian residents only (sorry!)

Good Luck!

 

Nate Berkus Prize Pack

 September 9, 2014  Posted by on September 9, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »