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!


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


Not By the Hair of My Chinny-Chin-Chin

So I guess I’m m-m-m-middle age. Boy, that was hard to choke out. Let me tell you how I know this to be true.

It’s all about hair right now! Underages and overages.

You’ve witnessed my change into grey/natural hair from bottle brown. My year-long struggle to try to match the grey I have coming in which is sporadic and spotty at best. God bless my hairdresser.

Oh but that’s not all. I have also won the female baldness gene as a prize for the final round. Thank you Monty Hall! And if you remember that name then you can feel my pain for sure!

But wait, there’s more! I lose hair on my head but gain nipple hair and about 5 of the most stubborn, fastest growing follicles on my chin, as plain as the nose on my face! Can we just stop here and talk about these little chin buggers, ladies? How in the world are these little monsters making an appearance so quickly? I mean, I meticulously hunt them down on a daily basis and heaven help me if I’m in a rush and don’t check in and confer with my pore-magnifying mirror one morning!! That’s the day that I’ll be out with my girlz and realize I have a giant black hair waving hello to everyone I talk to.

Give me strength.

How in the world do they sneak up on you? Why are they so much darker than my natural brown?

They have turned me into a paranoid chin-checking-tweezing freak! Throw in a hot flash now and then and you’ve witnessed my new found charming hairy chinned, sweaty self!

Love to you all,



Using a Little More “Grey Matter”

Whether it’s a smart thing to do or not (get it?) I have been completely obsessed this year with getting back to my roots.

I don’t mean discovering where I’m from. Oh no, I’m not that complicated. What I was searching for was much more on the surface! I was literally looking to bring my hair colour back to its present natural tones by any means necessary!!

Those of you who know me you can acknowledge that this transition has been slow and continues to plague me as I search for the perfect way to GROW IN THAT GREY!!

In an earlier blog post I talked about how we, as women, finally come around to those big style decisions to change our look whether for personal or professional reasons and for me this has been a biggie.

On consult with several hair stylists over the last 8 months I have been a variety of blond and wheat tones and today my highlights are finally grey thus allowing my 3 inch roots to continue to grow out.

I thought I should post these pictures to help any of you who might be looking to do the same.

Yours truly,

Carrie xoxo


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