Tips for Refreshing Your Wardrobe

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Closet clean-out

  • As each season comes around I like to go through and clear out pieces I haven’t worn in the last year. This year I took it one step further and cleared out anything that I didn’t love or feel excited about keeping. Clearing out those pieces that just take up space is always so freeing and helps you take stock of what you have, and what you need.

Sell Your Unwanted Pieces

  • Stores like Platos Closet and Style Encore are great options for selling your unwanted pieces. You won’t get a ton of money for your used items, but they will give you cash on the spot and it’s an easy way to get rid of those pieces that were taking up unwanted space. If you have more work-wear pieces, Style Encore is your best bet. Platos Closet is best for pieces from Forever 21, Abercrombie, H&M etc.
  • If you have higher end pieces, consignment shops are likely your best bet. My favourite shop is The Way We Were in Georgetown.
  • If you’re not into selling in person, there are many great online options. DePop, Instagram pages, or Facebook Buy and Sell Groups are some great options, aside from the classics like Kijiji and Ebay.

Use what you already have

  • Once you have cleaned out your closet, go back through and pull out some of your staple pieces, as well as a few favourites from last year. Use those pieces as the base to build your wardrobe.

Stick with a colour palette

  • To get more wear out of your wardrobe, or be able to pack for a week or more in a carry on, stick with a colour palette. Keeping with a consistent colour scheme will allow you to easily mix and match pieces, make more outfits, and stretch your wardrobe further. Mixing and matching pieces will give you the option to take a dozen pieces into a few dozen outfits.

Accessorize

  • A few simple accessories will easily spice up a simple outfit and can take any look from day to night with a quick change.

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Florals & Frills

Dressery Boutique Floral Bell Sleeve Top | Levis 721 Skinny High Waist Denim | Vionic Wedge Espadrilles | Rebecca Minkoff L.O.V.E. Cross-body bag | Ray-ban Aviators

When picking pieces for my wardrobe there are a handful of styles I keep going back to – stripes, florals, polka dots, gingham, and a whole lot of pastels. One of the shops that I love going to for pieces like these is The Dressery Boutique. I keep finding more perfect pieces for spring – I can’t wait to wear more once the weather warms up! For 10% off your order at The Dressery Boutique, use code THEEMALEXANDER10.

April Showers

Pink Hunter Boots | White Skinny Jeans | Zara Quilted Navy Jacket (old, VERY similar option) | Chloe Beige Cross-body Bag  | MAC lipstick in Girl About Town | Bauble Bar White Tassel Earrings

Does anyone else feel like this past month has flown by!? I cannot believe that in less than a week April will be upon us.

With April comes more showers, and many hopes of May flowers! In preparation for the April showers, I pulled out my favourite pair of Hunter boots. These boots are perfect for taking me through this time of year, and make the dreary days a little brighter with a pop of pink.

My Favourite Floral

Floral Wrap Midi DressThe Dressery Boutique c/o| Steve Madden Strappy Sandals | Chloe Dupe Purse | Ray-ban Aviators

Have you ever slipped on a piece of clothing and just felt like everything about it is perfect? For me, this dress is that piece.

A little background on this dress. A few months back one of my best friends introduced me to The Dressery Boutique, which lead to many night of us swooning over pieces on their site, glass of wine in hand. This girlfriend of mine picked up some pieces from the shop and I was always so impressed by the quality of everything she picked up. I had been stalking the site for a while in hopes of snagging a perfect spring dress and was so happy I spotted this one as soon as it launched! This dress feels like butter. Seriously, it’s perfect! The first time I put it on I didn’t want to take it off, and can’t wait to take it on an upcoming trip – the material won’t wrinkle in your suitcase.

I’ve also got my eye on this skirt, this dress, and this top, for my upcoming travels. If you’ve got your eye on anything from The Dressery, you can get it 10% off with code THEEMALEXANDER10. Happy shopping 🙂

 

Spring Refresh

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Now that Spring has made it’s grand return, I am preparing for the warmer days ahead by refreshing my daily routine – mostly by starting each day with a fresh, healthy, meal. In the winter months I mostly eat avocado toast for breakfast. It’s an almost daily occurrence. Other days I might switch it up with some oatmeal, but truly I am very boring with my meals during the fall and winter months.

Once spring and summer roll around, I like to have something fresher and lighter to start my day – and I get a smidge more creative. Today I am sharing a few of my favourite quick and easy vegan** breakfasts that I love to keep in rotation.

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Old Navy Floral Blouse | Old Navy Overalls | Vionic Wedge Sandals c/o | Ray-Ban Aviators

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First up, smoothies.

One of my favourite quick and easy breakfasts on the go is a berry smoothie. The one I have in this post is from my favourite smoothie and juice shop, Fresh Addicts, though most days I make one for myself and bring it with me to work in a mason jar.

I make my morning smoothie with:

1 banana

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup soy or coconut milk

1 tbs hemp hearts

1 tsp coconut oil

I am by no means a nutritionist, though I have had some who have recommended a few things to me when it comes to having smoothies in the morning. Having blended fruit in the morning can spike your blood sugar, which is why I add the hemp hearts and coconut oil to my smoothie. Having these healthy fats slows down how quickly your body processes those sugars, meaning less of a chance of spiking your blood sugar then crashing shortly after.

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Acai bowls are another one of my morning favourites. I tend to have these on the weekends since I tend to spill on myself half the time I eat a smoothie bowl. When we get them from a restaurant I find they are much thicker so I don’t tend to make such a mess, though they are much more expensive.

When making them at home I use:

1 Acai packet from Sambazon

1 banana

1/4 cup coconut milk

I then top my Acai bowls with fresh berries, banana, granola, and coconut chips

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The breakfast I’ve eaten the past two mornings are this vegan yogurt parfait.

I use:

1/2 cup Silk vegan coconut yoghurt

1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries

1/4 cup granola

I also top this with a small handful of coconut chips

I love these light, refreshing, and easy to make vegan breakfast to renew my daily routine and get me into the swing of springtime. If you have any easy vegan (and nut free) breakfasts you enjoy, I would love to hear them!

** I’m not vegan, though I try to mostly eat plant based since I have a dairy allergy

This post is brought to you by Vionic, all opinions are my own.

Spring Air

Vero Moda Pleated Midi Skirt | SheIn Scalloped Top | Dune Jewelled Sandals | ASOS Glitter Bow Clutch | Scarf – my grandmothers | Daniel Wellington Watch

With spring in the air and new blooms bursting through the ground, I have been getting more and more excited to pull out some of my favourite pieces from last year, while adding a few new ones to my collection. One of the pieces I have started collecting, in various colours for various seasons, is this pleated midi skirt. From the fit, to how it flows, it’s the perfect piece to take me through this season and into the next.

 

The Perfect Pink Party Dress

H&M Pink Bell Sleeve Dress |BP. Leopard Print Clutch | Penny Loves Kenny Pom Pom Pump | Bauble Bar Bell Drop Earrings | Quay Australia Cat Eye Sunglasses

Got a party to go to? I’ve got the perfect little pink dress! This pink number is oh so darling and very affordable at only $35! The pop of pink and bell sleeve detail make it an easy standout.

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How Do I Wear That Wednesday: Barely There Makeup

With a nine to five job, running this blog, and running around with my puppies life is busy. I also really love sleep, and don’t love a full face look, so I prefer to keep my makeup routine pretty simple. I just follow a few simple steps to achieve a fresh faced look and I’m ready to head out the door in five short minutes.

Khiel’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to moisturize and refresh my skin in the morning

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream or Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer to even out my skin tone and smooth out any fine lines. I like sticking to a BB or CC Cream to keep my skin moisturized and feeling fresh

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define fills in and darkens my ultra-light and fine brows. Without this stuff I don’t even look like I have eyebrows 🙁

Benefit Cosmetics 24-hr Brow Setter setting gel sets my brow colour and shape in place for the day

Benefit Cosmetics roller lash super curling & lifting mascara on the days when I don’t have lash extensions on. If you live in the GTHA area go to my girl Danielle for lash extensions, she’s the best!

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Wear Waterproof Concealer corrects any dark circles or small imperfections

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Blush/Highlighter, Pink Shimmer dusted along my cheekbones, chin, and forehead for a warm healthy glow

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Budding Blossom if I want to add a little extra to the look or a darker shade to take it from day to night I’ll use Pudgy Peony or Chunky Cherry

Transitioning My Wardrobe

Gap Pink Trench Coat | Tommy Hilfiger Chambray Blouse | Madewell Skinny White Jeans | H&M Airy Scarf | Chloe Beige Cross-body Bag | Sam Edelman Nude Pumps

As spring approaches I have been anxiously awaiting the time I can put away my boots, scarves, hats, and heavy layers. In the meantime, I am transitioning my wardrobe slowly with pieces like this great pink trench and light floral scarf. I love finding pieces like these lighter layers to help take my wardrobe into the next season.