Brass – Giveaway!

March 2, 2015

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BRASS GIVEAWAY

Today might just be my favourite Monday ever because I’ve teamed up with an awesome brand to share a fabulous giveaway with you! I’m very please to introduce Brass, a refreshing new clothing line with a mission to dress the modern woman simply and affordably so she can take on the world. Brass founders, Katie and Jay are a best friend duo and the design masterminds behind the brand. They pour a ton of research, professional experience and genuine values into their work and it really shows.

Aside from loving their collection I was thrilled to see how forthcoming Brass is about their production and who they work with to manufacture their clothing (see their factory section here). Fashion is becoming ever increasingly scrutinized for it’s practices and markup so whenever I discover an honest brand I get excited.

So let’s talk about the dress I chose, why it’s awesome and how you can win your very own, shall we?

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FIT + FLARE

As soon as I tried on the Fit + Flare I knew I’d made a great choice. It was a perfect answer to my current need for a little black dress and boasts a slew of other commendable qualities, which include:

COMFORTABLE - Comfort-chic is my main mission whenever I get ready and this dress makes it easier than ever to accomplish. The quality of a polyester knit can be tough to predict but this one has a beautiful weight and feels much more luxe than photos can convey.

FLATTERING - Strategically placed seams, a darted neckline and a just enough a-line action make for a super slimming silhouette. Not to mention the low profile but functional pockets that make it damn near impossible not to feel at ease in this little number.

CHIC - Sophisticated details like an exposed back zipper and subtle texture add a touch of elegance that makes this dress so easy to style up for a night out.

VERSATILE - I tend to go for separates more than dresses for the sake of versatility but this one is way more adaptable than your average dress. Scroll down for a couple ways I’m styling it. Brass - Style Bee - GiveawayBrass - Style Bee - GiveawayBrass - Style Bee - Giveaway

NOW

A little black dress transcends all seasons so I thought I’d share a quick snap of how I’m wearing it now (during the permafrost that is Ontario in March) and how I’ll wear it come spring and summer. Right now tights, boots, big scarves and my favourite coat and winter bag are coming into play. It’s prefect for any range of events, from dinner dates to work meetings. I dress it up with heels, red lips and some gold accents or dress it down with flats, a blazer and a tote for work.

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LATER

I can’t wait to dust off my panama hat, denim jacket and springy sandals for a warm weather look that’s classic and unfussy. It’s impossible not to imagine wearing this dress for 1000 different occasions in the next few months.

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TO WIN

To win your own Fit + Flare OR your choice of ANY of the Brass collection of chic and amazingly comfortable dresses here’s what to do:

  1. Visit the Brass website to peruse the collection.
  2. Comment below with your email and let me know which Brass dress you’d love to wear this spring.
  3. For an extra entry visit my Instagram (@leevosburgh) and follow the instructions on the most recent post.
  4. Cross your fingers and toes that your name is picked on Friday (March 6) when I announce the winner!
  5. Open to residents of the following countries: US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Please note this post was sponsored by Brass but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Size reference: I am 5”7′, 120 lbs and wearing an XS. 

2.3 – PATTERN

February 26, 2015

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PRINT + PATTERN

Hello fellow closet missionaries! It was great hear about some of your colour palettes after the last post, they all sound gorgeous! Now it’s time to talk prints and patterns. If you’re like me you may not even realize just how many different prints and patterns are currently living in your closet. There’s also a good chance that some of them have been hiding in there for a pretty loooong time. For me, pattern is just as subjective and personal as colour. We’re drawn to shapes, images and prints just as we are to colour and they can often convey a much more complex message than colour alone.

Some people wear pattern with reckless abandon, mixing polka dots with bold stripes or florals with plaid and that’s amazing. But whenever I’ve attempted such sartorial stunts I end up feeling like a character out of Alice in Wonderland and not at all like going to a tea party. At the same time I do love wearing prints, I just like to make sure they’re not wearing me.

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PICKING PRINTS

Stripes, checkers, plaid, gingham, geometric, tribal, florals, dots, animal and novelty prints are just a few of the endless number of patterns to choose from. Each category has many variations within it too. Maybe pinstripes aren’t your thing but breton or rugby stripes are or maybe checks are too farmy but a subtle plaid is ok. It’s all very subjective but it’s good to know what we like and use that knowledge to our personal style advantage. Here’s a few ways to go about it:

1. Start by taking a look at your current closet options. What percentage overall is comprised of prints? (Don’t forget shoe cupboards or scarf drawers.)

Mine is about 15% print and pattern. 

2. Of the prints you have (if any) which do you wear most?

I tend to go for plaid and stripes most but leopard, paisley and tribal are in pretty frequent rotation too.

3. Did you have many prints in your mood board from the Defining Personal Style exercise?

I had bold stripes and plaid, both in black and white. 

4. Do you feel like any prints are missing from your wardrobe?

I’ve been trying to hunt down a great black and white stripe t-shirt and dress for ages! 

5. If so, add a photo of the type(s) of pattern you’d like to incorporate into your wardrobe or make a note in your colour workbook of any prints to keep in mind when planning outfits. 

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A LEAN CLOSET SECRET WEAPON

Having spent a few months entrenched in this closet mission I’ve started to realize that prints and pattern are essential when it comes to finding satisfaction from a lean closet, especially if your colour palette is reduced. They can be used strategically to add interest and energy to a look and in the right format can add a lot of versatility to your options. Here are a few ways to make print and pattern work for your lean closet:

1. Scarves – When I started looking for pieces to shoot for this post I realized a huge percentage of the pattern in my wardrobe was within my scarf collection.  Scarves are a great way to add a bit of pattern and interest to a look without feeling as if you’re a walking swatch book. Plus scarves are seasonally transferable and can be switched up in all kind of ways. Here are three examples of how I used scarves to polish off a look: Outfit 1, Outfit 2, Outfit 3.

2. Shoes – Not always an obvious choice for wearing print but a great way to do it subtly. I personally love a little leopard print flat but a subtle black and white dot like this pair are on my wishlist for spring. Shoes with nautical stripes or a tribal print like this one or these can make an otherwise basic outfit look updated and interesting.

3. A Statement Piece - Sometimes you just need a good dose of print to tide you over and a great dress or coat can do the trick. I adore this dress and even though I only wear it once or twice a season it gives me a much needed pattern fix. I’ve got my eye on this cute frock, this amazing two piece set (top + bottom) and this fabulous take on a traditional navy stripe is a show stopper. I wore my old tribal print jacket into the ground and this is looking like a great replacement.

4. The Classics – A classic plaid or stripe will never disappoint and they’re a great year-round go to. This classic stripe tee from J.Crew is in my cart right now and I’ll never tire of basic black and white plaid either. I’m also loving these relaxed neutral striped pants for spring.

5. The Printed Bag - I almost forgot to add this tactic to the list but it’s one of my main moves! Adding print to your look via bag or clutch is great option. Start by going for a neutral print that will work with lots of looks, my salt and pepper clutch goes with everything! I also love the look of simple jeans and a tee paired with a great tote like this woven one and vintage store often have great options too.

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So those are my musings on print and pattern for you. No workbook this week. We’ll spare the trees and ink or just ourselves the effort of hitting ‘save’. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on print and pattern! What ones do you wear most, if any? Planning on trying out a new one this spring? Do tell!

Next up in the mission we’re talking all about texture! 

Look 08 – Cozy Western

February 23, 2015

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Word on the street is that this is the coldest February we’ve had since…ever. The temperature has not cleared the zero degree mark once all month! So you certainly can’t blame me for wanting to be wrapped up in a blanket all day, can you? My obsession with what I’m calling my winter uniform is very real. Skinnies, a tee, boots and a big cardigan has been my m.o. since the first cold front hit in November. It’s just oh so cozy and comfortable but with the right touches can still be presentable for the day to day. I pulled my black fedora out of hibernation and with a few accessories, a sleek ‘do and grey nails I’m ready for action. Would I rather slink back into my warm bed with a book and a hot cup of tea? Always! But this is pretty much as close as it gets.

Hope your week is off to a good start. I’ve got so many exciting things coming down the pipeline for the blog and I can’t wait to share them. Stay tuned and more importantly, stay warm!

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Zara Cardigan (O/S)// Elizabeth Suzann Tee (O/S) // Asos Denim (Size 27) // Sam Edelman Boots (Size 6.5 they run slightly large) // Biko Necklace (similar) // Blush Hat (similar) // Laite Bangles and vintage chain

For reference: I am 5’7”, 120 lbs

2.2 – COLOUR

February 21, 2015

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COLOUR

Welcome to the next topic in the closet mission series, colour! Colour has such a visceral affect on us all. It can evoke an emotion, change a mood, give us energy or even calm us down, all just from looking at it. Pretty powerful stuff!

During my first year of art school colour theory was one of my favourite courses. Exploring colour scales, wheels, hues, tones and gradients was fascinating. I loved projects where we’d be given three paint colours and have to create as many possible variations of colour as we could without it turning into mud. Basically it was just a slightly more in depth version of kindergarten and I loved it! One of the most memorable takeaways was during a class critique when we went around evaluating each other’s projects. Everyone in the class was talented but one project stood out in particular and it happened to be by a student who was colour blind. She had combined colours in the most unexpected ways and paired tones that wouldn’t normally appeal to most but somehow it all worked beautifully. It was a turning point for me as I realized just how differently the world of colour can appear to different people.

Colour tells a unique story and how we each interpret it is very subjective. It’s not always easy to pinpoint why we’re drawn to certain ones over others but colour plays an integral role in both our day to day life and personal style story.

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“The best colour in the whole world is one that looks best on you.”
Coco Chanel

There are all kinds of colour theories out there suggesting what works for someone based on hair colour, complexion, eye colour etc. No doubt you’ve heard that red heads look great in green, blue eyes light up when you wear blue or bright colours are best on medium and darker skin tones. Even though I’m sure there’s a lot of validity in such theories I don’t give them much weight when it comes to what I choose. How you feel about a colour and better yet, how it makes you feel when you wear it are far more important than whether or not it’s right by some standard.

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Curating A Palette

Before I started blogging I never gave much thought to colour. I’d just go for colours that I liked at the time or that stood out to me. Then, soon enough I’d suddenly find myself in a style rut feeling like I had nothing to wear and that nothing in my closet matched. I had bright dresses, vivid t-shirts and patterned pants that were fun and maybe even cute on their own but not in the context of my wardrobe. So during my 2014 mission, albeit a vague and hasty one, I started focusing more on truly timeless pieces in neutral colours and before long I felt like I had a lot more options and I could put together simple chic looks instead of wearing loud patterns and bold colours that had never felt quite right on me.

Today, I’m a firm believer in a lean, neutral palette. Don’t get me wrong, I like colour and I really admire people who can wear bold hues every day and make it look easy and fabulous but that’s just not me. The point of this mission is to find closet contentment. This means figuring out what I feel great wearing and what I’ll want to keep coming back to. This next step is all about identifying a core colour palette to maintain in our wardrobes. Understanding this will help give our closets a lot of versatility and the ability to create more great outfits with fewer pieces.

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So let’s put together a colour palette shall we?

5 simples steps to create one are as follows:

1. Start by thinking about the last three outfits you wore and loved. List all the colours in them. 

Mine were: Black, White, Cream, Denim, Grey, Camel, Merlot and Pecan.

2. List all the colours you feel great in.

I listed: Black, white, denim, grey, cream, neutrals (but not so much nude), emerald, merlot, rich earthy tones and occasionally pale pastels.

3. What colour(s) do you love but rarely wear?

I listed: Dark Green

4. Look at your images from last week’s exercise. List the 8 most reoccurring colours throughout.

Mine were: White, Black, Grey, Pecan, Camel, Denim, Sage and Merlot (starting to see a trend here?)

5. Fill in the boxes below to create your palette of 8 key colours. Seem limiting? There are actually 40,320 different combinations possible with just those 8 colours! But feel free to create one for Fall/Winter and one for Spring/Summer if you prefer.

  • Fundamental Colours – These are the two colours you can’t live without.
  • Core Colours – These are three colours you love to wear and don’t get sick of often.
  • Accent Colours – These are a great way to add interest and switch things up. You might pull these into a look via scarves, accessories or shoes.

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My palette looks like:

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WORKBOOK

COLOUR Workbook - PRINTABLE PDF

COLOUR Workbook - EDITABLE PDF


 

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Here are a few other resources to get your colour senses tingling:

1 - Colour Lovers – A bizarre yet amazing social forum for the love of colour. Explore some gorgeous palettes here or build your own here. You can even choose a photo from last week’s exercise and pull colours from it.

2 – Into Mind – How To Choose A Colour Palette is an awesome blog post with tons of tips and colour palette inspiration.

3 – Instagram Feeds - Five of my favourite accounts for colour inspiration are:


So what do you think? Ready to commit to a lean colour palette? What are your fundamental and core colours? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Next up we’re talking prints and pattern!  

Look 07 – Hype

February 18, 2015

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By now I’ve become fairly impervious to the lure of trends but once in a while I’ll get hooked by the hype of a new product and give in. At which point one of two things usually happens, either I can’t wait to return it or I can’t stop wearing it for five days straight. So when I caved and decided to try out the new Resolution Denim from Gap I’m happy to say it was the latter outcome. I’ve tested my fair share of high rise skinny jeans and these are some of the best value I’ve encountered to date. See my full review below.

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I haven’t done any formal product reviews on Style Bee before but I thought this would be a great time to start. I have a 4 step system for determining if a pair of jeans gets to stay or if they get shipped immediately back from whence they came. So here’s my rating on the 1969 resolution true skinny high-rise jeans in vintage blueFor reference: I am 5’7”, 120 lbs and ordered a size 2 (26) Regular.

1. FIT

  • Excellent overall (no tailoring needed)
  • True 10″ high rise waist (hits at/just below belly button)
  • Regular inseam length is perfect
  • Properly ‘skinny’ all the way to the ankle with just enough relax at lower calf
  • Both slimming and flattering

2. DENIM

  • Great value
  • Lightweight, smooth with plenty of give but not overly stretchy (or too much like a jegging)
  • Maintains shape well with wear but will stretch out about 15%
  • Holds up well in comparison to designer jeans in fit but the fabric is not as high quality (higher polyester %)

3. WASH

  • Beautiful mid-light wash for spring
  • Worn/vintage look but whiskering and fade is not overdone
  • Could have gone without any distressing on back pockets

4. DETAILS

  • Tonal stitching and pewter hardware are subtle and low profile
  • Only complaint is the super scratchy size tag on the inner waistband (removable)

Overall Rating: 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

So that’s my two cents on the newest denim offering from Gap*. If you’re in the market for a new pair of skinnies I would definitely consider trying these. With free shipping and pre-paid returns it’s pretty much a no lose situation anyway. Many of the reviews online said they run small but I’d stick to your usual size.

Please let me know if you find reviews like this helpful and I might just make it a more regular feature! 


GAP Resolution Denim (size 2 Reg.) // Everlane U-Neck Tee (size S) //  Madewell Blazer (similar) (size 2) // Cuyana Tote // J.Crew Pumps (similar) // Another Feather Necklace // Daniel Wellington Watch

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

2.1 – DEFINE – My Style

February 16, 2015

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As promised I’m sharing my words and visuals from the latest workbook that helped me define my personal style and whittle it down to just 5 words! Judging briefly by the comments and messages I’ve received this is a tough step for a lot of us. It definitely was for me! But what has helped me is to remember that basic boundaries can be awesome and nothing is set in stone! So here goes:

1. Who are your style icons?

  • Audrey Hepburn for her classic elegance and ladylike vibe.
  • Jenna Lyons for her modern take on menswear inspired style and her always amazing glasses.
  • Caroline de Maigret for making comfort look so damn chic.
  • Alexa Chung for her quirky details, great hair and collars (I love a good collar!).
  • French women have generally awesome and effortless style.

I also love the way these bloggers put looks together; Mija of Creators of Desire // Sara of Harper and Harley // Kaitlyn of Modern Legacy // Courtney of Always Judging // Madelynn of Wide Eyed Legless and the ever amazing Julie of Sincerely Jules.

A theme throughout all these ‘icons’ is simplicity, playing with proportion and genius details.

2. How do you feel when you’re wearing your favourite outfit?

  • Elegant
  • Chic
  • Attractive
  • Slim
  • Comfortable
  • Sophisticated
  • Confident
  • Sultry

3. How do you feel when you’re wearing something that’s not right?

  • Self-conscious
  • Frumpy
  • Uneasy
  • Fussy
  • Distracted
  • Awkward

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4. What are some styles you like but aren’t necessarily you?

  • Bohemian
  • Colourful
  • Feminine
  • Bold
  • Sexy
  • Glamorous

5. List the top five lifestyle activities you dress for.

  1. Studio Work
  2. Meetings
  3. Weekend Trips
  4. Dinner Dates
  5. Early morning dog walks

6. Write down 15+ words that you associate with your style story.

  • Simple
  • Quality
  • Unique
  • Details
  • Fit
  • Texture
  • Purpose
  • Classic
  • Put-together
  • Chic
  • Casual
  • Warm
  • Comfort
  • Natural
  • Denim
  • Sleek
  • Versatile
  • Silhouette
  • Minimal
  • Light
  • Effortless
  • Timeless
  • Practical

7. Collect 20+ images that represent the words, feelings and elements you’ve listed so far.

I started by going to my Pinterest boards and pulled all my favourite images to find I had well over 60 photos scattered on my desktop. From there I eliminated any that were too similar and those that didn’t feel 100% like me. Then I tried to get a good mix of spring, summer, fall, winter, footwear and interior style. These photos are of the 20 images I was finally left with.

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8. Distill all the descriptions, feelings and visuals into 5 words or less.

I thought this would be the hardest part but the words just sort of fell into place.

  1. Simple
  2. Chic 
  3. Timeless
  4. Quality 
  5. Comfort 

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So there you have it. My personal style defined! This exercise was a huge help and a step that seems to be under valued in many of the closet missions out there. I feel a lot more confident moving forward now that I have a better sense of what my style really, truly is and not just what I think it might be or wish it was.

So tell me, how did your style defining go? What did you discover and what are your words? I’d love to know! 

Next up we’re talking shape, fit and feel. Then it’s onto colour palettes and adding pattern. If you’re even 1/2 as excited as I am then you’re pretty damn pumped!

*All images via Pinterest.

Look 06 – Black + White

February 11, 2015

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You guys, I just need to put this out there. I’M SO FREAKING OVER WINTER! I tried to keep my composure for as long as possible but I’m past the point of no return. I. NEED. SPRING! Anyway, I just had to get that out of my system. Now onto the post!

After wearing skinny jeans pretty much all year so far I thought I’d better switch it up and throw a skirt in the mix. I let go of a lot of skirts in a closet purge last fall but this one hung on. It was a keeper for a few reasons, most of all it’s versatility and fit. It goes with everything, has a high waist and hits just above the knee for a chic pencil shape without being constricting. It’s also made of this amazing fabric that’s super stretchy but holds it’s shape. I decided to pair it with a favourite shirt/sweater combo for a look that’s great for work or a low-key dinner and just about anything in between.

I once read a quote by Angeline Jolie that went something like, ‘I only wear black and white. That way I know everything in my closet will match.’ At the time I thought that was boring, especially for someone with untold wardrobe possibilities. But the further I embark on this closet mission the more I see the practicality of a lean colour palette. It’s ridiculously convenient to grab any top and any bottoms knowing they’ll make a decent outfit. Angie, you genius!

Well friends, that disjointed nonsense is about the best I could come up with at the moment so I’ll wish you a happy humpday! Even if winter won’t end we know the week will!

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Sweater Zara (similarsimilar, similar) || Button Down Madewell (Size XS) || Pencil Skirt Revolve on sale (size S) || Tights Uniqlo || Boots Rag & Bone (Size 7 TTS) || Bag Millay Vintage || Glasses Warby Parker || Nails Essie Merino Cool

For size reference I’m 5’7” and 120 lbs

2.1 – DEFINE

February 9, 2015

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Ready to start defining our personal style?

I took my time developing this post and this step of the closet mission in an effort not to rush through what might be the most important phase of this whole process. To be totally honest, I’ve avoided defining my style out of fear of pigeonholing myself or typecasting my look but I now see that it doesn’t have to be like that. Just because we define our style one way today, doesn’t mean it can’t change or evolve as we do. In fact, it should!

This ‘Defining’ exercise is really just about amalgamating everything we’ve discovered to date through the shopping fast and our style story. It’s about using some key words and visuals to bring our personal taste to life and give our closet concept a bit of structure. Otherwise our ‘style’ could easily just float about in our heads, perpetuating the cycle of adding pieces that don’t quite fit.

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TO THINE OWN STYLE BE TRUE

To successfully define our personal style we need to know ourselves, understand what makes us feel good and be honest about our day to day lives. The Style Story Workbook helped me identify a few key influencers that should be top of mind while I’m defining my style. These are core aspects of my life that have evolved over time and aren’t likely to change anytime soon.

#1 – LIFESTYLE - I need to keep in mind that my day to day is pretty casual, with an average of 1 night out a week and a couple business meetings. This explains why all my fancy shoes last so long, I hardly wear them!  I’ve got to remember that I wear looks for these occasions and overall my dress code is “casual chic”.

#2 – LOCATION - I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Winters are long and cold, spring is usually rainy, summers are short and falls are brisk. Being able to dress well for the weather is a big factor in my closet contentment. Choosing pieces I love that are also practical is important.

#3 – FINANCES - This year, more than ever, I’m trying to save money and with a house reno, business plans and general adulthood dictating my spending I need to be stealthy about how I shop for clothes. That being said, I have expensive taste and until recently I’ve let myself feel guilty about it. I have friends with great style that don’t spend anywhere near what I do on fashion and wonder why I can’t be more like them. Yet every time I convince myself to settle for something that’s not quite what I’m after I end up regretting it. So I’m accepting my taste, expensive as it might be, and acknowledging that it’s going to come down to buying much less and choosing REALLY well.

#4 – VALUES – Growing up in a creative environment instilled a few values I try to live by. Listen to your gut, and trust it implicitly. Embrace your uniqueness and individuality in everything you do. Quality and craftsmanship should never be compromised. Patience, always have patience (this one I struggle with).

Understanding these things about myself will help a lot going forward and I’ll be sure to consider these factors before adding anything to my closet.

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READY, SET, DEFINE

But enough about me, it’s time to get defining here! So just how does one go about that? Well, we’ll begin with 8 steps that should help us assign key words to our style concept and then we’ll start adding visuals. Defining your style isn’t easy. Take your time but try not to overthink your answers. Remember, nothing is set in stone! If it helps, try to think about your core style as the backbone of your taste and preferences rather than an all encompassing set of boundaries. It’s meant to be a base you can add to depending on the occasion or mood you’re in. I’ve also put together a workbook you can use (download links below).

1. Who are your style icons? Start with the more obvious, famous icons (mine are Audrey, Alexa, Caroline and Jenna) but consider designers, shops, characters, even an era in fashion.

2. How do you feel when you’re wearing your favourite outfit? Use descriptive words like: confident, organized, fearless, polished etc.

3. How do you feel when you’re wearing something that’s not right? Think about the feelings you want to avoid when you leave the house like self-conscious, frumpy, uncomfortable, fussy etc.

4. What are some styles you like but aren’t necessarily you? I listed feminine, bohemian, colourful and bold for example.

5. List the top five lifestyle activities you dress for. Things such as work, weekends, meetings, parties, workouts, dinners, events, travel etc.

6. Write down 15+ words that you associate with your style story. Use your workbook answers to help you and think about how you want to feel when you’re doing your daily activities. For me it’s put-together, comfortable and chic. Think about your moods and colours that come to mind. Take a look back at your Shopping Fast workbook for some key words too. What are your go to outfits? Describe them.

7. Let’s get visual! Collect 20 or so images that represent the words, feelings and elements you’ve listed so far. The photos don’t have to be outfits, they can be interiors, colour palettes, flowers or scenery. Feel free to include your own photos too. But before a shot makes the cut ask yourself if it’s true to your style story. Would you describe it using words from the list above?

8. Take all those descriptions, feelings and visuals and distill them down to 5 words or less. This might be hard, so start with 10 and narrow it down from there. Your final words should really resonate and genuinely feel like you.

Et voila! You’ve just defined your personal style. THIS. IS. HUGE! 

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WORKBOOK

Defining Style Workbook - PRINTABLE PDF

Defining Style Workbook - EDITABLE PDF


So that’s the process I’m using to define my core style, which is a culmination of different closet workshops I’ve investigated, in particular this one from the Wardrobe Architect series. What do you think? I’d love to hear any other suggestions for questions or methods.

Did you manage to whittle your style concept down to 5 words or less? Feel free to share in the comment section.

Next Up: I’ll reveal my answers and the visual board that helped define my core style.

January Vibes

February 4, 2015

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WHOOSSSHHH

That was the sound of January whizzing by, just in case you were wondering. Before February gets away from me I wanted to quickly stop and reflect on 2015 so far.

Highlights - The month began with a 5 year anniversary for Dave and me. I think I might have given the impression that we’re married, but we’ve haven’t gone through with that just yet. We figured if we can get through a house renovation and still want to spend our lives together that’s a good sign! The month ended with a celebration for my Mum’s birthday and my best friend Allie moving across the country to Vancouver. I am still adjusting to the reality of it, and not having her nearby, but I am so proud of her and can’t wait to visit in the spring!

The Blog - Towards the end of last year I set myself a goal to make Style Bee more purposeful and reflective of my values. Once the closet mission started coming to life I knew I was on my way to achieving that goal. It’s been so rewarding to get to know some of you better and to read about your thoughts on style and consumerism. I’ve learned so much about my own tendencies too and can’t wait to see where this little closet journey will lead. February is going to be a big month with more giveaways, a guest blogger and tons of inspiration!

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Coffee - Maybe it’s because I was sick most of December and chain guzzling green tea but I’ve been on a crazed coffee binge since the year began. Much to our elation we received a Chemex as a gift for Christmas so that’s definitely been fuelling the fire, so to speak. If you haven’t had Chemex coffee before, you need to remedy that. If only I could switch caffeine out for a green juice or a yoga addiction that would be great.

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House & Home - We’re on phase 2 of our renos, which means the main floor bathroom, kitchen and dining room are under attack! There’s a really long road ahead on these projects but I’ve been tying up some loose ends in the rooms we finished in Phase 1, the bedroom, office and upstairs bathroom. Soon they’ll be ready to reveal and I’m SO excited!

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In My Bag – This month I’ve been running a pretty lean ship when it comes to what’s in my bag. I’ve always got at least two notebooks (one for work and one for blog) along with my gold Cross pen, NARS lip pencil, and if they’re not on my wrist my favourite bangles and watch are tucked in a pocket. Of course my phone is in there too and this month I had the opportunity to try out a custom phone case from Casetify. I love it! The creation/order process was a breeze and the case itself is low profile but protective. I chose to use one of my shots from last spring to help get me through the final few months of winter. If you’re in the market for a new phone case definitely take a gander through the hundreds of awesome designs available on Casetify or choose you own image to use. You can use this link for $10.00 off your order. I also put together a little collection of all my favourite floral and spring-time photos that make pretty cases, see them here.

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Daily Style - Naturally sweaters have been in heavy rotation lately. Even with all the glorious spring look books out in full force, the freezing temperatures have me seeking covers and cozy knits. We just got dumped with a couple feet of snow too so layers, socks, gloves and parkas aren’t going into storage anytime soon. (*sniff *sniff *whimper)

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Fur Butt - My little bear Dobby was ultra cuddly during January and I didn’t mind one bit. He’s got a little bed in my office and keeps me company when I work at home and on weekends. Our total obsession with this little furry creature is astonishing. We just adore him and his hilarious quirks.

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Monthly Vibes - This may just be my final Monthly Vibes post. So many ideas with so little time means I’ve got to prioritize. But if you’re interested you can keep up with my daily ongoings and style musings on Instagram @leevosburgh, Dobby makes the occasional guest appearance too.

Any big plans for February? Do tell!

Look 05 – Simple Valentine

February 2, 2015

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To be honest, Valentine’s Day rates pretty low on my list of important holidays but it’s fun to indulge in it every few years. If I had to describe my dream date night it would start with a hefty glass of red wine, followed by a trip around the corner to our favourite bistro where I’ll debate but inevitably order the deluxe mac & cheese. Dave will say something hilarious making me laugh so hard wine almost comes out my nose and we’ll ‘split’ a crème brûlée to finish. We’ll skip on home, walk Dobby around the block and through the park, then head to our bed of fresh sheets and not have to set an alarm. There may even be a scented candle and a fresh flower in there somewhere. Ahhhh yes, that’s my bliss. Not terribly original or fancy but just right.

I asked myself how I might dress for that perfect date night and this was what I decided. Simple, elegant and comfortable. I took a cue from this book, my favourite source of Parisienne inspiration, and went for a black bra under a perfect white shirt. It’s subtly sexy, unfussy and so very chic. Add jeans, a black coat and a hint of leopard and I’m all set!

So tell me, do you have any plans for the day of love?

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Elizabeth Suzann Coat (regular)|| Cuyana Scarf || Everlane Button Down (size S) || Rag & Bone Skinnies (size 26) || Madewell X Sezanne Boots || Cosabella Black Bralette (also love this one) || Clare Vivier Clutch || Another Feather Necklace || Bracelets Laite Atelier + Vintage || Smashbox Be Legendary in Firecracker 

For size reference I’m 5’7” and 120 lbs (not after that deluxe mac & cheese!).

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