Swim Good!

Living in the Caribbean really does have its perks. I could to go beach any day at any time and have a beastly cold Stag (my beer of choice), and the weather (even if its pouring rain) is just right.¬†For most the mantra is ‘Sun’s out, buns out’ and I don’t¬†blame them one¬†bit! If you’re obsessed with the beach like me, swimwear and beach accessories always catch¬†your¬†eye, even when you have a drawer full of bathing suits that still have tags ( Please tell me I’m not the only one). But seriously, if you’re looking to get your Baywatch on, you’ve come to the right place.

 

  • Miakalani Swim (Jamaica)- Everyone has a swimsuit body and with just¬†a few¬†days¬†until the official website launch(www.miakalaniswim.com) Miakalani has the one for you! Daring or more conservative? Its okay Miakalani is mastering the balance of comfort and sexy whatever your style may be.

(Images from Instagram @miakalaniswim)

  • Jae Jolly (Jamaica)- If you get mistaken for a celebrity on vacation I could honestly see why. Jae-Jolly is serving up that one-of-a-kind, private island luxury kind of resort/ swimwear.¬†Each piece allows you a unique experience you¬†ABSOLUTELY¬†CANNOT¬†find with swimwear from anywhere else.¬†Does anyone else look at clothing and could¬†tell wearing it gonna end up a¬†WHOLE scene?

   

(Images from Instagram @jaejolly)

  • Dominic Hutch (Trinidad)- Guys, I’m so sorry I often leave you all out, but not this time ūüėĬ†This is your version of the itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikini. Que the slow mo beach run. There’s prints to match your personality to¬†a T from subtle to BOLD and anything that could quite possibly be in between.

(Images from Instagram @dominichutch)

  • Suga Apple Swim (Barbados)- Suga Suga how you get so fly? Nah, for real, I think that song was written with this brand in mind because MY GOODNESS! So many shapes for so many body types¬†Suga Apple¬†will have you lookin the flyest!

(Images from Instagram @sugaappleswim)

  • Vivre By Chelsea (Trinidad)- When Chelsea said ‘Only for the DOPE’ she wasn’t playin. Vivre is dripping in Caribbean sex appeal that really fascinates and excites and aren’t for the faint of heart. Want that head turning, jaw-dropping, have them drooling type swimwear? The you’ve come to the right place.

(Images from Instagram @vivrebychelsea)

  • Tobago Bag¬†(Trinidad & Tobago) – The quintessential beach/travel bag is made right here! Big enough for these beach towels but not too big that you get carried away (like I usually do). The simple elegance of these bags make them easy to carry in so many situations that can come up in your vacation travels. Honestly, it’s the ‘IT Travel Bag’.

 

(Images from Instagram @tobagobag)

  • Drevait (Trinidad)-¬†Drevait could proudly say that they’ve designed every Tropical Traveler’s dream tote. Put these bags to your ear and I’m sure you could hear the ocean.¬†The latest collection so rightfully called ‘Wanderer’¬†fits all your¬†vacay¬†must-haves¬†while you look like the chicest travel blogger around.

(Images from Instagram @drevaitofficial)

  • Timberwear Inc¬†(Jamaica)- (Guys you’re included in this one too) When last have you seen HANDMADE sunglasses right here in the Caribbean? And don’t lie…. Made with 1 part brilliance, 1 part fresh to deathness, 2 parts Caribbean Excellence and probably the most important thing… Teak! Timberwear is sure to make you the belle(or beau) of the beach!

(Images from Instagram @timberwearinc)

  • Kitanilly Basics (Trinidad) – Sometimes we like to keep em guessin, so we prefer coverups (this is me when I don’t shave¬†my legs). Kitanilly came through with the Kaftan, Kimono, Throwover- if you can cover up with it she’s made it. My fave thing is these transition to so many occasions. Its the all purpose vacation piece you need in that travel bag.

(Images from Instagram @kitanillybasics)

Vacation time is slowly creeping up and my wish for you is that your toughest decision will be bikini or monokini ūüĎô

Feeling Shady? Visit ‘The Shade Shop’!

For these past few weeks the sun is taking no prisoners with its scorching heat‚ėÄÔłŹūüĒ•. Luckily, The Shade Shop is serving us¬†with slaying sunnies for the blinding inferno that is the sun.

The Shade Shop is stylishly curated by a New-York based, Trinidadian CEO to bring you the latest trends and out-of-box shades to make it through these sun-shiny days! TSS began as a NY based venture that found its way back home (literally NY-> Trinidad)¬† because, well, who needs sunglasses more than people in the Caribbean?¬†A lot of us really have trouble finding the pair that looks great on us. That ‘someone might stop you in the street and ask you for your autograph’ kinda pair. The first step is really identifying the face shape you have to find what suits you!

There’s 4 basic shapes to know:

  • Square- you have that¬†strong¬† movie star jawline with a wide jaw and forehead. So¬†what’s for¬†you?¬†The key is finding balance in contrasting shapes, try curvier frames like round or those with rimless edges to create softer features and balance a striking jaw. Your head is already square, you don’t need square shaped sunglasses too. Round, oval, cateye and semi-rimless are great options!

  • Oval-¬†so your face is longer than it is wide. Not a problem, you can get away with¬†both¬†round AND square frames. Oversized frames are an absolute no as they blur out most of the face features. Proportion in this case is really what you have to keep in mind to find that perfect pair.

  • Round-¬† with lovely full cheeks and a narrower forehead/ jawline emphasized by soft features your best options are angular and geometric shapes, round shapes should be totally avoided. ¬†These angular shapes will give your face a longer, leaner look as the angles offset¬†the fullness/ roundness¬†. Wayfarers and those alike should be your buddies.

  • Heart – you’re wider in the forehead and narrower at the chin. So, with the right proportions you can even it all¬† out. What does that mean? Well shades with a wider top or that are upswept (like cateye sunglasses) help to elongate the face. Round shapes do the same so they should be your go to! Round, cateye aviator and rimless shapes are you friends!

By now you probably have an idea of what your shape might be and also want to¬†get a pair that you’ve seen on this post. No worries just keep on reading!

To purchase any of the sunglasses above: Visit the shade shop on IG @TheShadeShopNYC or email theshadeshop57@gmail.com

‚ú®Here are some amazing ( local) brands where you can also find those stylish sunglasses:

  • Sanianitos (Trinidad) – IG @sanianitos
  • Timber Wear Inc (Jamaica)- IG @timberwearinc/ timberwearinc.com

7 Trends I Love!

If you’ve seen my last post on the ‘7 Trends To Ditch’, you’re probably wondering what trends I’m actually cool with! So here goes:

  • Stripes-¬†No, they don’t make you look like a jailbird. They’re like the obeah of the fashion world, that and waist trainers (that’s a story for another time). But seriously, you ever wanted that long lean Wendy Fitzwilliams looking body? Then vertical stripes should be your friend. They add the illusion of a longer , leaner body as the eye scans up and down instead of¬† side to side. The ole folks say horizontal¬†make you look bigger (wider), I say disrupting those lines (typically at the waist or smallest point) can help you appear¬†slimmer. Don’t limit thin and pin stripes to your work suits, they too have a slimming effect on the body while larger stripes¬†are more prone¬†to highlighting¬†problem areas so be mindful of that. Ultimately stripes belong in your wardrobe so if you don’t have them, you know what to do¬†ūüėČ.

(Images- Fashionmagazine.com/ Glamradar.com)

  • Athleisure Wear-¬†Lemme tell you all one time, living in a tropical climate is sometimes a serious struggle between comfort and style because hobo chic could happen very easily. But Hallelujah for Athleisure! The ‘rules’ are simple,¬†please don’t wear your old beat up Chucks, instead you can try a nice crisp sneaker with colour detailing or even embellishments to add some fun. Sport jackets and jeans, dresses and sneakers, joggers and crop tops they can all work just not all the sport pieces at once or else you’re just looking like you’re going to work out. ¬†The trick is to ¬†find a balance between the sport and casual but try to avoid oversized pieces because you’ll just look messy (in my JoanneTheScammer voice). Stay casual- cool and comfy!

(Images- Getty Images/ Gurl.com/ WhoWhatWear )

  • Mixed Prints- The queen of mixed prints HANDS DOWN is Solange, and you could be the princess. For some its a bit difficult and yes its very easy to look like the highway on a morning (BUSY) but there’s a method (kinda) to this madness. One easy way to do this is by sticking with the same colour family like Solange in the second pic with shades of blue. Another easy way to mix prints is by pairing a large print with a small one so that the outfit doesn’t overwhelm you. If the idea of print mixing still scares you, you could start off by pairing a print you really love with a bold solid colour and then work your way up from there. My advice: just have fun with itūüéČ.

(Images- 360Nobs/ Zimbio/ DressMeOutlet/ Harper’s Bazzar )

  • Off-Shoulder- Flirtacious, fun and just the thing for this heat we’ve been having. Its a great balance to show some skin without reaching heaux status even though some of us could hear our grannies saying ‘Cover your back child, you will catch cold.’ Its okay granny we’re just casually slayin. Off shoulder is a dynamic style as it could be asymmetric, straight across, have puffed sleeves, come with a thin strap or just ¬†barely expose the shoulders for that peek-a-boo look. Off shoulder could be that Friday night drinks outfit, Saturday night club dress ¬†or Sunday brunch date jumper. Who wouldn’t love such a dynamic piece?

(Images- Concrete Runway/ Style Pantry/ WhoWhatWear/ Star Celebrity Dresses)

 

  • Flared Pants-¬† these aren’t your average pant, flares give you that¬†model-esque stature because it makes the legs appear longer especially in heels. The the trick is to have the hem them justttt enough to skim to the ground. The perfect fit gently hugs the knee and then flares to give just enough drama and those mile long legs. ¬†Another general idea is when you have one flowing piece so try to keep the other closely fitted. So with flares opt for some closer fitted blouses, anything loose fitting is chartering into Hippie/ Boho territory. What’s also great about these are that it works for all body types, for example, for bottom heavy pear-shapes it streamlines the leg by making the hips looks smaller. But really its for everyone, so lemme see those flares!

(Images- Latte Samuels/ Young At Style/ Pinterest/ Style Pantry) 

  • ‘Millenial Pink’- ¬†I could hear the collective ‘wah d a** is that?’ Its a¬†range of colours from pink-based beige to a peach/salmon/coral sorta pink but truly started out as a toned down version of Barbie pink. Once upon a time I was not a fan of pink but things have changed now. From rose gold phones to Rihanna’s Fenty line filled with MP it seems like Pantone’s colour of the year for 2016 might stick around well into 2017. Pink these days is a pretty gender-neutral colour so its popping up all over and I for one appreciate it!

(Images- Pinterest/ NYMag/ Puma)

  • Wrap Clothing- DVF changed the fashion game when she created the wrap dress. Now, wrap clothing has taken on a life of its own from skirts to shirts to shorts, they wrappin’ everything outchea. These pieces have a sophistication that you hardly see coming but its definitely there. They create curves and accentuate the body in the most magical of ways depending on how and where you tie them. A lot of times these pieces can be worn in so many ways you like you’re wearing a different piece each time, so you better get wrapping.

(Images- Officially Adrian Foster/ Style Pantry/ Getty Images/ Pinterest)

These are just a few of my faves at the moment( Its clear from this list I’m not an accessories person *hides face*) and its in no way exhaustive!

Do you have some fashion faves? Leave them in the commentsūüíē

The Best Trends (Ever)!

Once in a while a trend comes along that you NEVER EVER want to get rid of, there’s also those trends that make you want to light it on fire at first glance! Here’s some of the trends we (I) never want to go away! Lucky for me all are wearable in the Caribbean :

1.The Button Down

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As simple as it seems, the button down is a classic and a closet staple for both guys and girls. It can be long sleeved, short sleeved, buttoned at the front or back, solid or prints, casual, dressed up, peter pan collar, frilled collar . Whatever it is, the button down can do it, need I say more?A simple white button down is a MUST HAVE btw…

 

2. Jumpsuits

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I’ve never met a jumpsuit I didn’t like, its made its way to red carpets, weddings, the office,the club. You name it the jumpsuit’s been there and shows no sign of leaving us and I’m glad for that. ¬†Its truly the perfect go to outfit when you can’t figure out what to wear, the hardest part might be choosing your favourite one!

 

3. Ballet Flats

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Whatever your personal style is, there’s a pair of ballet flats out there made just for you. And you can’t deny how comfy they are because heels all the time can be a pain in the a**, its the best combo of comfy and chic so you never have to compromise either!

 

4. The Little Black Dress

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The LBD and timeless go hand in hand, and if you don’t own one, well, you know what to do. Seriously, it will never ever go out of style and appropriate for any and every occasion possible! From barely there like J.lo to a dress you can wear at the office, a LBD won’t disappoint.

 

5. Boyfriend Jeans

 

From its appearance circa 2005 (remember Rihanna’s “Pon D Replay”) there’s no sign of the trend ¬†going away and honestly why should it? It has a weird didn’t try all that hard to look this good appeal that I love and my favourite fashion bloggers (Micah and Julie) make me love it even more. And yes, bf jeans do come in unripped versions.

 

6. Statement Jewellery

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This dates back to ancient Egypt where they adorned themselves in cuff bracelets, statement necklaces and flashy dangling earrings. Fastforward to the 2016 and not much has changed, but now its used to liven up an otherwise not so lively outfit or to draw attention away from other parts! Either way, statement jewellery when done tastefully will always make a (stylish) statement.

 

7. Blazers/ Jackets

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The term Blazer made its debut in the 1800’s and since then its become in a staple in every closet around the world! It pulls any look together whether business or casual. In the earlies they were mainly navy or black but lucky for us we can get them in any colour or print your heart desires.

 

What are your favourite trends?

 

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For Love (Of the Outfit)…

Valentine’s Day is a few days and everyone is busy planning their date night or day. But when all the planning is said and done you’re left in sheer terror at the fact that you have no clue what to wear. Also date night (or day) doesn’t have to be with a significant other, it can be with your girls like Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day or it could be an ultimate Treat Yo’self Day (yes clearly I love Parks and Rec). But don’t worry though, it doesn’t matter the event, let this blog post be your guide!

Some of us aren’t into the overly feminine (girly-girl if we shall) look, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have options. Pairing leather with an A-line skirt gives that perfect balance of sexy and flirty where its perfect for date night AND you’re still comfortable in your style. This way EVERYONE WINS!

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On the other hand some of us love form-fitting silhouettes and that is also PERFECT for your dinner date with the SO or even the gfs! It allows us to show of only *some* of our best assets and honestly some of us just really love getting all dolled up for that someone and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that.

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For the more casual dates, good ole jeans are lovely and multipurpose in case you’re not exactly sure where you’re going but you know you don’t need to go full glam. Heels and accessories dress up any outfit once tastefully done, but if you’re a flats person of course, go with what you’re comfy with.

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And, if you’re going outdoors like a day at the zoo or a picnic then something more simple might be ideal since its much much easier to move around in and in case of any unexpected messes that accompany the outdoors!vday3

 

Ultimately, whatever you wear just make sure you feel ABSOLUTELY AMAZING because that’s how your clothes should always make you feel! And also have a Happy Valentine’s Day !

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Fashion Week Highlights!

Every fashion lover’s favourite time of year is in full swing(Spring/Summer 2016 collections) . And while I wasn’t too impressed this time around I did see some interesting pieces and some I’ve seen before just in a different colour palette (Yes Balmain, I’m talking about you).From backstage to runway to street style, there’s never a dull moment in the most important fashion cities around the world!

You know I’m here for my Caribbean designers, Haitian Designer Stella Jean was ever present at Milan Fashion Week bringing so much life with her prints, colours and the stories told in her pieces.

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Rahul Mishra had that modern with a hint of drama!

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While Elie Saab kept it feminine and flirty.

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Giorgio Armani for me had street style written alllllll over it!

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Hey Dolce & Gabbana, Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking! ( I still realllly liked some of the pieces though)

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Marc Jacobs brought the fun side of the design house that we love so much paired with some serious 40’s silhouettes!

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Obviously these are just a few but fashion week has 100’s of designers from all over the world and it still isn’t over yet! Who’s your favourite designer??

Be Practical!

Every woman dreams of having the perfect wardrobe. The ability to open that closet door and the perfect outfit would be right there, just waiting for you accessories and all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way and so we have the task of putting together complementary pieces day in, day out. BUT! it doesn’t have to be a task.

First things first, all wardrobes require practicality, if you’re living in Trinidad I’m pretty sure you don’t need a floor length fur coat.

But yes, on to practicality, if you spend more than 60% of your week in a formal work/office setting then your wardrobe may/ should reflect that. Therefore the other 40% should be a well put together weekend/ casual wardrobe that doesn’t make you feel like your’re still at the office. Of course the #1 must have here is a power suit! but before you go for black consider something in another neutral like navy blue or even white (like the set below). Outside of that be sure to have a great pair of jeans that fit you body type ( and yes you can also tailor jeans because the legs can be too long or the waist too big). When it comes to shoes if you’re stationary most of the time then heels are just fine, however if you move around quite a bit or there’s stairs that go on forever go for some ballet flats or kitten heels instead.

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If most of your days are spent in a more casual setting your wardrobe should be practical for this. Try to stay away from pieces that are too heavy if you move around a lot. It also helps to get pieces that can easily transition from day to night or from one event to the next effortlessly. The top in the sets below is a good example of a versatile piece. A button down and a well-fitting dark wash jeans are also versatile as is cardigans and ballet flats. Accessories also become your best friend as they either make an outfit more casual or more formal based on how you style it. Have a few statement pieces such as a necklace and bracelet for casual occasions and perhaps a small layered necklace or one with a small pendant and a watch or simple bracelet for more formal affairs.

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University students also know the fine line that sometimes exists between school clothes and clothing for other occasions. But know it is definitely important to make the distinction between the two being a university student myself. Cardigans are a great choice as a lot of us have cold classrooms to deal with. Avoid things that are too low cut or too fitted or even too short ( its school you’re going to not a club). V neck t-shirts are also a great investment as they can last through the school year and to avoid it looking too homely you can accessorize with a cute necklace, great jean, some strappy sandals and a cardigan. A blazer is also a great investment for when we have those in class presentations or even internship positions, there’s always use for a blazer. Sundresses are also a cool, easy wearable piece for those warmer days and can be paired with sandals, ballet flats or for the daring a very low wedge. Because college life usually involves a lot of walking, running or stairs a pair of sneakers that you’re comfortable in and are also quite stylish is a great buy! Most importantly though, be comfortable because its the worst thing to be sitting in a lecture for 3 hours and your clothing is uncomfortable!

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Fashion or Style?

It’s often been said that fashion and style are NOT the same thing, I myself strongly believe that they are not one in the same. Why? Well according to Cambridge Online Dictionary, Fashion is “a ‚Äčstyle¬†that is ‚Äčpopular¬†at a ‚Äčparticular time, ‚Äčespecially¬†in ‚Äčclothes, ‚Äčhair, ‚Äčmake-up, etc.” however, it defines ¬†Style as “a way of doing something, ‚Äčespecially¬†one that is ‚Äčtypical of a ‚Äčperson, ‚Äčgroup of ‚Äčpeople, ‚Äčplace, or ‚Äčperiod”

But, apart from textbook definition one can actually SEE the difference in the two. How? Welllllll some will claim to love fashion, and they will be the name chasers, brand peddlers, buying new clothes every season from designers kinda folk, but, you will not be impressed. You will not be impressed because the clothes wear them and they will NOT be wearing it. It will not speak to anyone in any form or fashion because it simply is not flattering doesn’t matter if it came straight off the runway from Givenchy or off the rack at Forever 21. This my friends is fashion, its simply what we wear, but has nothing to do with how it is worn. It carries nothing with it but the tag, the brand name or whatever else people think makes them look better in it. And let’s be honest we know a few of these or are realizing we are one. LOL.

Here’s an example:

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Now on the left is the model in Amato Haute Couture and on the right there’s Kat Graham in the same dress. While Kat doesn’t look terrible if you study the pic a bit more you can tell the skirt length is wrong,she’s a petite girl so why drown her in all that skirt???? The placement of the belt is also lower than the runway look making her lose her shape instead of creating any kind of waist ūüôĀ

 

Moving on to style which is my favouriteeeeeeeeeeee ( I am an aspiring stylist after all). I truly believe STYLE IS WHO YOU ARE,it is your own personal brand and its both how you present and represent yourself. I always say, “Style is a non-verbal form of communication. What are you saying about yourself?” So yes style is about how you wear what you wear in terms of both confidence and wearing clothes that flatter your body! Many still have not grasped the concept (which is what I’m trying to help with) of understanding what looks good on you and what doesn’t.

My style as I said in a previous post is pretty laid back and simple, I often stick to neutrals and any colour I must wear pretty much goes into nailpolish and lipstick. On the rare day I have no idea what neutral to put on my body you will see me in a loud ass colour because it reflects how lost I feel about my wardrobe that day. Chances are it still fits by body the way it should and I feel good in it,so no love lost.

So with that being said, what is your style? Have you found it? Still trying to figure it out? Know what you like but still haven’t found the confidence to wear it?

Some are the quintessential girly girl and will like an outfit like this:

 

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Some are more Boho Chic and prefer something like this:

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Others LOVE colour :

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While others are lovers of black and white:

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And it doesn’t end there:

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So really and truly don’t be afraid of your style, explore it, live it and love it, but please don’t do it for the sake of fashion! Wear what makes you look good and feel great! Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel empowered because an outfit carries with it power like no other, TRUST ME! The right outfit makes you feel like you can take over the world and you deserve to feel that way every single day! ¬†And if you need help figuring out what that outfit can be, you can always hit me up because you know I GOT YOU! Till then- Navigate your life in style!

 

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A Fashionista’s Summer:Fashionably Touring T & T!

Let’s Go Trinidad and Tobago hosted its very first Fashion Tour, which took us to Simply Runway, Blue Basin Stores, CLD- Charu Lochan Dass and Shaunelle. It was a fun and new experience for both attendees and designers and it brought us all together in somewhat of an intimate space to interact and get to know each other.Instead of a long boringggggg text post however we get Pictures! yup that’s right I’ll be highlighting the tour through pics!

First Stop- Simply Runway (Grand Bazzar)

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At Simply Runway we had the privilege of meeting with Candice ( the owner) and Stephanie (Personal Stylist). What I loved about Candice (pictured left) is she had a lot to say and not just babbling but in every word that came out you tell there’s a real passion for the business she’s in. She also talked about adapting to change (relocating the store after damage from the fire at Ruby Tuesday’s) and translating the brand to customers by making both brand and the experience offered at Simply Runway Synonymous!

Stephanie ( pictured below Candice) graced us with her stylish presence and expertise by allowing us to understand that your style is essentially your personal brand! And reiterated what I always say, ” The way you dress is a form of non-verbal communication, be sure it sends the right message!” And then it was on to the next stop.

 

Second Stop: Blue Basin Stores ( Dock Road)

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This stop was easily my favourite as I won a $100 gift card, but all goodies aside I have a true appreciation for a space that offers strictly local designer work because well we have the talent and ability to fill a store! Housing designers like Rachel Rochford, James Hackett ( The Lush Kingdom) and Turtle Warrior the small space seems like a world apart as there’s so much to see and so much to be entranced by.

 

Third Stop: CLD- Charu Lochan Dass

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Unfortunately Charu herself wasn’t there but the clothing was enough to keep everyone engaged, sale rack included! The prints and detail found in the pieces were enough to keep all the attendees (myself especially I tried on a few things well) oooo-ing and aaaaah-ing so much so that we had to basically be chased to the next stop.

Final Stop: Shaunelle-Handmade by Shaunelle Ramesar

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Her soft spokenness perfectly complements her all white aesthetic. Catering to brides helping them feel special on one of their most important days is her forte! Creating custom bouquets, jeweler y and other one of a kind pieces Shaunelle truly captures the essence of beauty and elegance in all her pieces. (Pictured above left, Designer -Shaunelle Ramesar)

 

At the end of the day the tour was a fun, new and exciting experience for all as we learnt a lot along the way and made new friends!Hopefully next time you all could join us !

 

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