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


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.


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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