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Equipment long sleeve shirt
370 CAD – intermixonline.com

Miss Selfridge bomber jacket
87 CAD – missselfridge.com

RE/DONE cuffed jeans
230 CAD – stylebop.com

H London heeled ankle boots
225 CAD – the-dressingroom.com

Stella Dot leather wrap bracelet
25 CAD – stelladot.com

Prada tortoiseshell sunglasses
195 CAD – stylebop.com

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March Vibe – Blush tones and hits of florals

March Vibe - Blush tones and hits of florals

The Elder Statesman pink sweater
905 CAD – net-a-porter.com

IRO moto jacket
1,605 CAD – ifchic.com

Denim jeans
54 CAD – hm.com

Alexander Wang high heel boots
915 CAD – coggles.com

Stella Dot crossbody handbag
130 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot bangle bracelet
79 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella & Dot chandelier earrings
66 CAD – stelladot.com

Dolce Gabbana floral scarve
795 CAD – harrods.com

Stella & Dot cateye sunglasses
175 CAD – stelladot.com

Snow Squalls

Snow Squalls

Carven white turtleneck sweater
640 CAD – ifchic.com

Mr Mrs Italy bomber style jacket
1,295 CAD – matchesfashion.com

Ports 1961 boot-cut jeans
410 CAD – farfetch.com

Maison Margiela zip ankle boots
530 CAD – stylebop.com

Stella Dot sequin necklace
105 CAD – stelladot.com

Barneys New York brown glove
425 CAD – barneys.com

Bogner fur earmuff
420 CAD – harrods.com

Karen Walker dark tinted sunglasses
120 CAD – brandoutlet.borderfree.com

Travel with Ease! Perfect away outfit

Travel with Ease! Perfect away outfit

Fendi off shoulder dress
3,035 CAD – mytheresa.com

Alexander McQueen jean jacket
2,120 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Elina Linardaki leather shoes
385 CAD – forwardbyelysewalker.com

Stella Dot tote handbag
130 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot layered necklace
130 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot cuff jewelry
58 CAD – stelladot.com

Victoria Beckham round sunglasses
650 CAD – mytheresa.com

Ordinary Day

Ordinary Day

Thierry Mugler turtleneck top
615 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Steve Madden coat
53 CAD – zulily.com

Balmain skinny jeans
975 CAD – stylebop.com

Adidas originals shoes
140 CAD – jades24.com

Stella Dot handbag
195 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot tassel necklace
105 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot leather wrap bracelet
77 CAD – stelladot.com

Yves Saint Laurent aviator glasses
455 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Black fur hat
245 CAD – black.co.uk

Snowday Inspiration, warm and cozy! Bring on that freezing rain!

Snowday Inspiration, warm and cozy! Bring on that freezing rain!

Whistles camel top
190 CAD – johnlewis.com

Protagonist brown coat
1,345 CAD – farfetch.com

Skinny jeans
33 CAD – anladia.com

Gianvito Rossi high heel boots
485 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Stella Dot necklace
150 CAD – stelladot.com

Urban Decay eyeshadow
61 CAD – debenhams.com

MAC Cosmetics lipstick
22 CAD – maccosmetics.com

Haven Ear Climber | Stella & Dot
45 CAD – lounge.stelladot.com

Stylist Lounge : Stella & Dot
39 CAD – stelladot.com

What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

Cut out shoulder top
12 CAD – gamiss.com

Tara Jarmon brown skirt
590 CAD – stylebop.com

Jimmy Choo leopard pumps
585 CAD – farfetch.com

Dolce Gabbana structured purse
3,990 CAD – harrods.com

Stella Dot stella dot jewelry
79 CAD – stelladot.com

Stella Dot stella dot jewelry
52 CAD – stelladot.com

Holland Cooper fur shawl
430 CAD – harrods.com

Stylist Lounge : Stella & Dot
52 CAD – stelladot.com

Saturday morning inspiration

Saturday morning inspiration

Jack Wills blue top
100 CAD – jackwills.com

Carven pattern coat
705 CAD – theoutnet.com

Philipp Plein destroyed jeans
880 CAD – farfetch.com

Proenza Schouler leather ankle boots
880 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Fendi tortoise shell glasses
320 CAD – flannels.com

Stylist Lounge : Stella & Dot
100 CAD – lounge.stelladot.com

Stylist Lounge : Stella & Dot
87 CAD – lounge.stelladot.com

Stylist Lounge : Stella & Dot
52 CAD – lounge.stelladot.com

Be a Little Wicked Today! Simple Glamour for Real Women

Be a Little Wicked Today! Simple Glamour for Real Women

IRO ivory blouse
530 CAD – intermixonline.com

Salvatore Santoro leather waistcoat
1,345 CAD – farfetch.com

Topshop floral printed skirt
155 CAD – topshop.com

Max Studio peep-toe ankle booties
240 CAD – maxstudio.com

Stella Dot gold clutch
66 CAD – stelladot.com

Cast iron planter
1,605 CAD – etsy.com

Witch Broom
6.90 CAD – amazon.com

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Status

Just recently my bestie and I were discussing Madonna. Both of us are over forty and what prompted this chat was a feeling that as we were both out shopping for an upcoming conference, we had both experienced ageism in particular stores. For me, it was one of the stores that I shop at quite frequently and I am often upset when I leave. So this started off our discussion about reinventing ourselves (the Madonna effect), keeping up with the times, how exhausting it all is, where is the comfort level and where is the breaking point. This all got me to thinking about what I am doing lately to try and up my game. Here is one major change I have made and here is the story of another friend of mine, Michelle who took 8 months to decide what she would like to do with her look for completely different reasons.

So my biggest struggle is with grey roots. As many of my friends know I am constantly trying new products and bouncing back and forth between salon and home treatments for my root coverage. I have had grey hair since I was 21 so now I am 90% on the top of my head like a skunk stripe and the percentage goes down to about 2% just above my ears. So full grow out is not an option right now. My roots have to be done every 3 weeks. Gross!!

Roots are hidden in this pic but believe me they are covered in temporary brown spray!!

Roots are hidden in this pic but believe me they are covered in temporary brown spray!!

Here is the solution I am now going for this summer and we’ll see what the fall brings. I have decided to let my “blond” out to play. My hairdresser has done full highlights in a variety of tones and rather than putting the lighter near the bottom, she has done it at the top. Over the next few visits I will have her continue to add blond highlights and leave the grey and see what comes in. I made the decision over the course of a weekend and am determined to play it out through the summer.

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Freaking out, big time!!

Freaking out, big time!!

You're pretty….

You’re pretty….

On the way home

On the way home

Let's see if these follicles are more "fun"!

Let’s see if these follicles are more “fun”!

My friend Michelle on the other hand has been chatting with me on and off over the last 8 months about needing a major refresher. Michelle Major is the Owner of Foxglove Design in Aurora, Ontario. As an Interior Designer she, by nature, looks for creative ways to revitalize and refresh so, it only stands to reason that when someone like this feels that it is time for a new look it isn’t a fleeting thought for them. It is in fact, an idea that grabs hold until she is ready to take that leap. Just recently she told me that the moment was right, things had been falling into place and when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a bridal party trip to the hair salon to test hairstyles for friend’s big day, she had already done all the metal prep she needed to just go for it!

Michelle: Before

Michelle: Before

“People take 30 seconds to make an assessment about you, your work and even if they want to work with you. Looking put together is really important to me. Far more important than looking younger. I just found lately that I was looking too severe and needed to soften my face. This is only the beginning. I will continue to lighten the colour little by little.”

A very happy Michelle: After

A very happy Michelle: After

So I guess both Michelle and I “pulled a Madonna” even though we came about it by two different roads and at two different speeds. Overall the lesson is about an honest assessment of the authentic self we present publically and how that influences how we feel about ourselves and how others feel about us on first meeting.

 

xoxo,

Carrie

Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes

Special thanks to Michelle Major at Foxglove in Aurora for being such a good sport and my hairdresser, Jessica Amaro from Curio Hair and Body in Newmarket for taking chances with me and being a great friend through this journey.