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Big, Bright, Bold – Styles of Spring 2018 Part 1

Welcome Spring 2018!

Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, here in Canada we are ready at the drop of a hat (so to speak) to lose our parkas, and sport cargo shorts with black socks and sandals the moment we hear the birds come back and see the slightest glimpse of Mr. Sun. In fact, the moment the temp is above 5 degrees we find the nearest patio that’s has shelter from the wind!

So seeing that we are just on the tip of spring, here is the first part of Big, Bold, Bright, the best words to describe the colours and exciting details we are seeing this season!

Pantone Play


The introduction of the Spring/Summer Pantone Colours always causes a stir! There is a vibrancy we are seeing with some bold, deep-toned surprises thrown in for good measure!

We have the lighter group of tones like Blooming Dahlia, Pink Lavender and Harbour Mist which satisfy our want for pale pastels.

Bold new, soon to be favorites, like Cherry Tomato, Lime Punch and Pink Crocus which are unapologetically bright.

Lastly, deep, rich surprising tones Like Chili Oil, Emperador and Ultra Violet which make amazing transition colours from the chill of now into the full bloom of spring in late April or May.



I want to chat about two major treads in this edition; Blooming Flowers and the Chanel Look.

Blooming Flowers

“Honey, everything coming up roses for me and for youuuu” from Gyspy, Musical, Broadway 1959.

As the snow blows lightly this evening I’m reminded that in March no matter how warm one week is there is always one that follows that plunges us right back down into the minuses. So it is frankly a relief when we can live vicariously though our clothes. Flowers are back, baby! We are seeing them in prints, embroidery and appliqués! Everything will be adorned like purses and shoes. We’ll see it in accessories, lining of bags and on clothing of course!


Chanel Inspiration

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel, French Fashion Designer

Founder and namesake of the Chanel Brand, Coco Chanel’s amazing inspiration has stood the test of time and is again reemerging for this season. So throw on some pearls and don’t get too caught up on it looking perfect. Pair a Chanel Inspired jacket with jeans and go for gobs of chains with a little flower in your hair.


In the next edition we’ll talk crazy legs, high contrast, sleeves and shoulders and so much more!!


Carrie xoxo



Hot Mess

“I bet you don’t know whether to be embarrassed or grateful right now”, laughs my husband, Brad as he’s fanning me with a game box top. I laugh, because it’s in the marriage contract, but all I’m thinking is that I hate everyone in this room right now and through gritted teeth I manage, “You’re right”.

This, my friends, is what I like to call a premenopausal incident. I’m up to about six big ones a day and the “hot mess” referred to in the title of this blog, is me. It ain’t pretty!

Fashion wise I’m not even going to go into what’s happening at night because anything I wear must come off quickly and be able to be put back in the same manner as directly after nakedness comes immediate chills and the need for blankets in abundance.

Back to the game box top fanning. Last Sunday we headed to an amazing, pre-music fest at a brewery. Super chill atmosphere, picnic tables, old school board games and craft beer. The place is packed! I’m dressed super cool in shorts and this blousy white boho top. Side note: I had changed several times that morning and my entire closet floor was piled with “non-temperature appropriate” (it’s a thing now) rejects. This seems to be my process every morning now. Find the shirt in my closet that breathes nicely, glides away from my back fat and lands at least an inch and a half below my pits so that there is no staining or unsightly evidence of wetness! That’s a hell off a fashion regiment and philosophy. So with my outfit straightened away I stride into the venue with absolute confidence that the outfit can’t possibly fail me.


Ohhhh soooo wrong!

Within 20 minutes of arrival I experience the first of at least 6 nasty hot flashes over the next 2-3 hours! My husband, who always seems to be in tune with me during any outing, witnesses my struggle and as a final last ditch effort to help his poor wife out he finally picks up the cover of the game that my friend, Rose and I are playing and begins to fan me in front of a good 60 people in the joint. At this point I am beyond pride or show. I am beyond coolness or confidence. I am desperate for relief! This coming from the girl whose feet were always cold, the girl who was always in search of a sweater, the girl who could pride herself in rocking an 80s turtleneck. That girl is gone and in her place is a sweaty, bitchy and sleep deprived zombie who is always in search of a good FAN!

Love to you always,



Here’s Rose and I. Most of my make up is gone. I have sweated it all off!!


I’m trying to smile even though sweat is dripping down my back!! This is before the fanning incident!

Business Women’s Brunch at Pheasant Run Golf Course


A little frizzy due to the beautiful weather but ready to talk style!


Kristen Lacey Events and Machete Marketing Inc. teamed up this past July for a ‘Women In Business Bruncheon’! Networking, mimosas, fashion, summer business tips and prizes!! Who could ask for more! Fashion donations were accepted at registration for the Dress for Success Barrie/Orillia Chapter.

Here’s an overview of my Fashion Segment!

I want ladies to be inspired and excited to add items to their wardrobe that are not only a true reflection of who they are but also speaks volumes about their professionalism and spirit.

There is value in elevating your image and that, reflects directly on your personal branding.

Here are some of the beautiful pieces shown that day from Banana Republic, H&M and Torrid in the Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket!

Dresses are a great way to get you through the summer. These pieces are basics that will bring you straight into fall with a jacket or a sweater.


Nothing like a silky safari! Digging the higher waistline, forgiving pleats and pockets that are small and sit higher on the chest. TREND: rounded side slits. Dress from Banana Republic, seen here with the Jacqueline Tassel from Stella & Dot


Tennis inspired maxi in sorbet tones balanced with navy. Fabulous for a wedding or evening wear. Pleats allow for movement. TREND: Faux ties at shoulder, pleated skirt, sporty prep in alternative colour scheme. Dress from Banana Republic paired with Astor Sparkle Strand from Stella & Dot



Fun nautical shorts with cream base paired with silky cream top and citron cardi! Perfect for going out with a kitten heel. The sweater and the scarf help when in air conditioned spaces. All from Banana Republic seen here with Trove Tassel Pendant from Stella & Dot.


Business Casual Fav! Striped layered swing top in khaki and navy paired with white jeans both from Banana Republic and seen here with half of the Genevieve Tassel necklace from Stella & Dot.


Cream (almost blush) floral embroidered peplum top paired with these fabulous wide leg cropped pant in a liquid charcoal shark skin finish! I love these moody tones together! Clothes: Banana Republic, Jolie Sparkle Necklace: Stella & Dot



Sticking with moody tones, here is a classic blouse in mushroom with a tapered cigarette, tux style pant in black. Both from H&M. This is where you can really layer on the bling! Setta Necklace doubled and the Victoria Pendant (S&D)


Let’s get ultra sexy in this pairing from Torrid!! Start with this long sleeve floral top, perfect with blousy styling thanks to elastic synching at the waist! You can wear this with a simple black pant or fun jeans but I’ve shown it here with a super, form fitting, jersey pencil skirt with faux lacing. TREND: Criss-cross lacing up the back of the blouse and down the slit of the skirt. Seen here with the York Necklace (S&D).

Dresses with details!

First, let’s look at this summery take on the LBD. I fell in love with the flower appliqués! It’s a simple, classically styled dress.

Second is a white, fully lined trapeze dress. It’s all about the legs in this one!

Both are from H&M. Stay away from necklaces with these. Pair with a chandelier earring and an amazing statement clutch for the biggest bang!!




50 Ladies joined us for this event. Shame I only got this one pic.


Fashion is fun Carrie!! I’m way too serious!!


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Thanks to Kristen Lacey Event, Machete Marketing Inc., the staff at Banana Republic, H&M and Torrid and all the ladies who came out and made this a lovely event!


Carrie-Ann Nihmey-Smye

Slow Start to Spring

Last weekend I could be found at the Georgina Home & Lifestyle Show introducing women to Spring and Summer Fashions (insert chuckle here). I have to laugh because here in Ontario when spring finally arrives it will be more than welcome! Over the last few days I have witnessed neighbours back in their winter jackets and booties. So to show spring and summer styling seems like I may be jumping the gun and as a result layering became a huge focus of the talk. So out of the 28 combinations shown for this talk here are some of my favourites!

First up, this fabulous tailored button up shirt with chevron vest, low sheen blazer and tasseled 1920’s inspired skirt. All of the pieces are from Banana Republic and paired with  The York Statement Necklace and Gold Slim City clutch from Stella & Dot.

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I’m also loving the flexibility of this pairing! You can play it cool with this micro-striped, lined dress shorts and then for warmth, top it with this ruffled khaki jacket! The brilliant blouse is an off-the-shoulder style and gives you the trend in spades (and here’s the best part… the ruffled section is fabulous for covering the upper arm). All three pieces are from Banana Republic and paired with the Garland Fringe Necklace from Stella & Dot.

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There is a certain amount of ease that the spring and summer affords us. The joy is that we can bring in a great linen pant! So here we have a generous legged linen in sand colour, a chambray off-the shoulder blouse, straw hat with striped navy and white hat band and chunky jean heel all from Joe Fresh paired with a mushroom leather and suede saddle bag and neck scarf from Stella & Dot. Notice the pattern play with the bold stripe on the hat and the playful pattern on the neck scarf.

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This is a great combo for both day and evening. A saturated palm tunic paired with slim fitting rockstar jeans, both from Old Navy. Add some bling with gold shiny slides from H&M and the Amala Pendant from Stella & Dot.


So let’s stick with long sleeve tunics and play with this dark navy striped tunic from Old Navy paired first with the linen pants from Joe Fresh and then the playful pineapple shorts from Old Navy. The white and saddle coloured slides are from Joe Fresh and the Setta Layering Necklace is from Stella & Dot.

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So you love the romper look but are having a hard time finding one that fits you in the rise. Check out this pairing from Banana Republic! Formal and lined, textured shorts and matching vest top in cream with a grey-blue sparkle running throughout. Switch it up with a grey Logan dress pant and knit cardigan all from Banana Republic. Both combos are seen here with the Antonia Tassel Necklace from Stella & Dot.

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Let’s go on safari with these combos! Comfy pants, cami top, loose knit cardigan and light beige braided, faux suede sandals from Old Navy. The Fringe necklace in mushroom is from Stella & Dot. The brilliant tile print one piece bathing suit and animal print sandals are from Joe Fresh.

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Let’s play with stripes and florals with some beauties from Banana Republic! Get brave ladies!!

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Thank you to all the ladies who joined me at the Georgina Home & Lifestyle Show and special thanks goes out to the ladies at Banana Republic in the Upper Canada Mall.

If you want your own styling session for a women’s group or corporate function please send me a message.



Carrie xoxo


Networking with a Net!

Let’s talk about fashion for women in business during this coming spring and summer networking season!

First of all, I want to thank FemCity Toronto for having me as their guest speaker for their April 2017 Meeting. They are a group of interconnected business women who continually support and lift one another up in both business and friendship.



Photo: Photography by Anna Lena (January Meeting)

The main focus of the evening was how to dress to network in the casual style of networking opportunities you find yourself in during the spring and summer months. Restaurant/Patio Gatherings and BBQ Style Get Togethers with co-workers, neighbours, family and friends can be difficult to navigate. It’s important to represent your authentic self but to always look like someone everyone would like to do business with or recommend to a friend.

So we covered everything from a chilly air-conditioned office setting to sitting in the sun on a patio. Casual meet ups while on the go and BBQ afternoons where a bathing suit may be required. We discovered 25 different combinations (only some are pictured below).

Special thanks to Joyce Harris and the helpful ladies at Banana Republic in the Upper Canada Mall.


Ready to Begin


Please support the girls and keep this one for another time!!


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Lovely Shirt Dress wild floral from Banana Republic with long jean vest from Gap


Here are some of the pieces highlighted.

Stunning off-the-shoulder dress from Banana Republic. Paired with a striped clutch and pendant necklace from Stella & Dot.

*Trend Colours – Flame, Lapis Blue, Kale and Greenery!

* Trend Alert – Off the Shoulder Style


Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, Throwback Jacket and Sculpt Skinny Jeans from Banana Republic. Love the texture mixing!!

*Trend Alert – Bold coloured nautical stripes going in different directions.



This was the casual take for this blouse. Beautiful cotton sleeveless striped blouse from Banana Republic, Silk Neck Scarf from Stella & Dot and micro striped pumps from Old Navy!

*Trend Alert – Brave pattern mixing.

*Trend Alert- Nautical Stripes going in different directions.


Fabulous Scalloped Blouse from Banana Republic first paired with a variety of blush and nude tones then paired with a print pant and striped clutch.

Mushroom saddle bag, striped clutch, neutral fringe necklace and layered silver necklace from Stella & Dot. Pale Pink Avery Pant and Patterned Black and White Pant from Banana Republic.


White jeans are a great addition to your wardrobe! I showed three different pairs. Sculpt Skinny and Curvy Mid-Rise from Old Navy and Girlfriend Embroidered from Gap. Paired here with a sexy, bra strap hiding, side tie blouse from Banana Republic and a animal print basic cami that will take you straight into the fall also from Banana Republic. Gold slides are from H&M and the gold thongs are from Old Navy.  Both pendant style, beaded, tassel necklaces are from Stella & Dot.


In the cool and casual category we have these pairings from Gap and Old Navy. Looks finished with Stella & Dot jewellery and sunnies.

*Trend Alert – dresses worn as tunics and pairing stripes with florals!!


Beautiful floral dress and tan jacket from Banana Republic. Notice the flattering v-neckline and the tummy friendly pleat front.


Shorts and bathing suits! Loved playing with these nautical style shorts! Stripes and arrows all the way!! For bathing suits wear a supportive piece with a matching cover up, bag and towel. Play with patterns in black and white!! Shorts and striped sweater from Banana Republic, both bathing suits are from Old Navy, both bags and all necklaces are from Stella & Dot.

*Trend Alert – Bold nautical stripes in Pale Dogwood and Flame

*Trend Alert – Big 80’s inspired prep necklaces


When you choose to add to your wardrobe this season look for items that are sexy but appropriate. Think in layers and groupings to make the most of your purchases. Have fun and always, always, always finish the look!


Carrie xoxo


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