What to Wear Wednesday – I’m only happy when it rains

What to Wear Wednesday - Singing in the Rain

 

Well it’s rainy and dreary out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little rainy day fun with your wardrobe! It’s the perfect day for comfy layers and great boots – embrace it!

Jacket: Soïa & Kyo (Spring/Summer 2012)
Top: Mandala (Charlotte Bubbles Top – available in store and online)
Jeans: Yoga Jeans in mocha
Boots: Miz Mooz Charley
Earrings: Curious Oddities

Still not convinced that it’s not so bad? Just listen to this song… I always find myself humming it when it’s raining and somehow it makes it more enjoyable! 

What to Wear Wednesday: Thanksgiving Dinner

What to Wear Wednesday - Thanksgiving Dinner

What to Wear Wednesday – Thanksgiving Dinner by freshcollective 

This weekend is Thanksgiving – a time to spend with the family, drink a little wine, eat a LOT of food and give thanks for all the good things in life (like fashion?).

Patterned Dress: This dress from Mandala is the perfect colour and print for an autumn get-together. (available online now)
Knee-high Boots: Great boots for fall that you can easily dress up or down. The button detailing adds a feminine touch to these black Miz Mooz
Statement Earrings:
 Add some sparkle with a bold piece of statement jewellery like this pair of stunning earrings by Sugar Rush!

I’m really looking forward to heading home and spending some time with my family this weekend, and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for right now! I’m thankful for my family and friends, my amazing job and the wonderful supportive people I get to work with, and for the fabulous opportunities I’ve had lately with my singing. Life is good!

What are you thankful for this year?

 

What to Wear Wednesday – Study Break

Todays WTWW is inspired by my best friend Jessica, who has just gone back to school. Sadly for me, it means her social calendar is far less open for girl talk, wine dates and gossip, but I’m proud of her – she’s worked like a maniac to get where she is!

Jess and I are the total stereotype when it comes to friends. If life were a romantic comedy – she would play the classy leading lady and I would be the kooky but charming best friend. While my wardrobe is filled with loud, patterned, often vintage statement pieces, hers is filled with neutral tones, streamlined designs, classic pieces. If we go out for ladies night, she’ll wear a little black dress, simple necklace and a red clutch, and I’ll be wearing a white top, black skirt, sequin suspenders and about 8 pieces of jewellery, including at least one ring the size of my fist (true story). She’s Calvin Klein, I’m Emilio Pucci…

I have always envied her effortless style so today I thought I’d put together a little FC outfit just for her!

What to Wear Wednesday - Study Break

A simple long-sleeved jersey top – perfect for fall with a flattering cowl neckline in navy (one of Jess’s staple wardrobe colours). Mandala Designs (available in our online store!)
Neutral skinny jeans – our beloved Yoga Jeans in this fantastic sand colour, are a versatile option that’s a nice change from basic blue.
ONE long and simple necklace – this message-in-a-bottle long necklace by Curious Oddities is the perfect piece to dress up a simple outfit without going over the top.
A carry-all tote – I love this Alice in Wonderland tote by Aether Gallery – great for carrying school books!
Statement shoes – Jess has a bit of a shoe addiction (what girl doesn’t?) so I made sure to add a super fun pair of Miz Mooz ankle boots for a pop of colour!

There you have it – classic, simple, comfortable – a great outfit for a day of studying at the library or your favourite coffee shop!

She’s Got Style: Fall TV : Parenthood’s Lauren Graham

She's Got Style: Lauren Graham

If I wasn’t already excited enough about fall fashion, here comes fall television season! Old favourites returning, new shows and characters to fall in love with… oh the excitement!

Everyone takes a fashion cue or two from celebrities, so I thought why not tie in fall television to fall fashion and do a bit of a fashion profile on some of the starlets of the season!

In my opinion, one of the BEST shows on television, NBC’s Parenthood (on Global in Canada) finally returned from hiatus last week. I got a chance to watch the premiere episode last night and as always, it left me in tears (I’m a big sap, what can I say?). Now the cast is full of incredible stars, but I have a huge soft spot for TV’s coolest mom, Lauren Graham who plays the quirky Sarah Braverman. Not far off from her beloved role of Loralei Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, Graham plays a single mother with an irresponsible past, trying to get her life together with the help of her huge family of loveable kooks.

I’ve always admired Grahams style. She tends to wear comfortable, basic pieces with a bit of a bohemian flair, while adding just the right amount of rock and roll edge. She’ll pair a pretty, feminine dress with some knee-high leather boots, or add a biker jacket over basic jeans and a jersey top. A touch of sparkle with some statement jewellery, a nude lip and a simple eye are the finishing touches to this easy-to-master look!

She's Got Style: Lauren Graham Fashion

Leather Jacket Mango
Slouch Boots Miz Mooz
Blue Tie Top Mandala (buy now!)
Black Skinnies Yoga Jeans
Necklace Sugar Rush
Earrings Odd Bird
Button Boots Miz Mooz
Dress Mandala (buy now!)

Which fall premieres are you most excited about? Who would you like to see profiled next? Sound off in the comments below or Tweet at us!

FC AMBASSADOR GUEST BLOG : LIZ PARKER


Every year, I practise an annual tradition that I hold dear to my heart. Around the end of August or the start of September – a month I call “Fashion New Year” – I take an afternoon off, go buy the huge, bulky, September issue of Vogue. I while away the fading summer sun, reading it from cover to cover, sipping on a fancy coffee, noting the trends, past, current, and future. This year, I decided to do something different, and invite a friend to join me. She understood the sanctity of this annual ritual and was honoured.

We were to meet up the day after the Fresh Collective Ambassador meet and greet on August 29/12, where I had fun posing for this shot, wearing a Nude Clothes dress and Susana Erazo belt:

On August 30, the plan was I get my roots done, we buy our Vogue magazines, and park ourselves on a patio for the afternoon. That was not to be. On Thursday, August 30, I was struck by a car that ran a red light as I crossed the street. It’s funny how the mind works when you go into shock. Part of me was all there: instructing the driver to pull over; securing a witness to email me what he saw; taking a photo of my injury; being glad I shaved my legs since the paramedics were examing them. The other part of me was explaining to the paramedics how I couldn’t POSSIBLY go to emergency – I was on my way to get my roots done! (I cancelled my hair appointment and went to emergency.)

So I was going to write about how exciting it was to anticipate fall fashion, but now I’m thinking about its therapeutic nature instead. As my friend sat with me at emergency, I kept telling her, “we are still buying our Vogues, you know,” and she said “of course!” Believe it or not, after being released from hospital (nothing broken – but today as I write this, I still feel the affects of being hit), and despite gentle protests from my loyal friend, I marched her (she marched; I limped) to a magazine stand and we got our Vogues, and sat in a Queen West bar looking at them over cocktails as the light faded.

It was days before I bothered with lipstick and accessorizing (when I ignore both you KNOW I ain’t well) but I thought how about how much fun I had at the Ambassador meet and greet, and ho much I love my acquisitions. Below is the same dress and belt as above, but this time with a Fresh Baked Goods jacket with gold clasp, from Fresh Collective. The shoes are Bobbi Blu:

I thought about how much I can’t wait to wear this sharp ensemble to Toronto’s Fashion Night Out, which is happening in a few hours as I write this. Below is a Mandala Design tie-top and Brenda Beddome stretch jeans, from Fresh Collective. The other items include a hat by The Hatter; JJ Winters bag, and shoes by Aldo:

To be excited about clothes again is a good sign of my recovery. My life did not flash before my eyes and I didn’t gain any significant insight re: the universe. The gift I received from this is I check the streets obsessively before I cross.

I am happy to say that Fresh Collective has been a part of my healing process, and the staff has been wonderful asking how I’m doing.

Have a Happy Fashion New Year. Celebrate life!

Liz Parker, LIZPR
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