Fashionista Friday: Kristine Cook Designs, custom dress

I have been sitting and waiting to reveal my dress from my brother-in-laws wedding that Kristine Cook Designs specifically designed for me.

Oh. My. God!


 First and foremost, the dress fit me like a glove. This is the most wonderful thing about working with a fashion designer; the take your measurements, have multiple fittings with you and ensure that the garment fits your body perfectly before you take it home.


When I asked Kristine about how to style the look, she said to go dark and smokey with the eye and big and bold with the accessories. I found the perfect chunky black bib necklace at Joe Fresh (for a whopping $7!) and had the makeup artist up the drama on my eyes, while keeping my lip neutral.


And my date? He was pretty impressed! I felt so beautiful and confident in my custom dress by Kristine Cook Designs and would absolutely recommend her in a heartbeat.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Kristine Cook Designs for this post. I just absolutely love working with her and wanted to share her beautiful designs!

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Fashionista Friday with Kristine Cook Designs


I am so excited to reveal the fabric that Kristine and I have have chosen for my custom dress design.

We first started talking about something black, likely a brocade with loads of texture, and a vibrant purple lining to compliment my amazing shoes.

Then Kristine found this, showed me and I fell in love!


The depth and dimension in this fabric is amazing. I love the way it looks like it was painted, but is still so vibrant!

In just a couple of weeks, I will be able to slip this creation on and I know that it will make me feel amazing. I have worked so hard at finding my style, embracing color, and being confident in who I am. I am so excited to finally have clothes that reflect those changes!

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Fashionista Friday: Kristine Cook Designs


We are well on our way to designing a custom dress for me to wear to a wedding this spring, and I am absolutely thrilled by the process of working with a designer. Kristine has taken a simple sketch and using my inspiration to make this piece absolutely stunning.


The amazing design that will fit my body and only my body

And our inspiration? Check out the shoes...


I know that they're hard to see, but they are a beautiful shade of purple that Kristine is working into the fabric that will be on the dress. We've changed courses slightly and are going for something a little bolder, more on trend and a little less safe.

Yes, less safe. How amazing is that?! For the first time in my life, I feel so incredible taking risks, and it's largely in part due to working with a designer who makes me feel beautiful and confident!

I can't wait to reveal some photos of THE dress next month!

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Fashionista Friday: Kristine Cook Designs

Have you ever had a dress, designed and made just for you? Right now, I am in the process of working on a beautiful design with London, Ontario fashion designer, Kristine Cook Designs. You may recall my rocking her peplum dress, and amazing jacket at BlogHer'12...well now we are working on a beautiful design for my brother-in-laws wedding!


I told Kristine that I wanted something to flatter the figure that I am working so hard on, but still be sophistocated, classy and age appropriate.

She sent me about 6 different designs, fabric samples, and written explanations of brocade, teacup, cap sleeve, split and a chiffon dress. Her attention to detail was amazing, and I could feel her passion in her designs, and immediately was excited!

We picked the split brocade, and will be adding some unexpected details to bring an artsy flair into the design.

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I absolutely love it, and cannot wait to see the fabrics that Kristine has expertly selected. And just wait until you see the shoes I'm pairing with it!!

If you've never had a dress designed and made just for you, I highly recommend it. Not only will it be the perfect fit, no one else under the sun will have the same design. Working with a fashion designer, particularly Kristine Cook Designs, is a fantastic experience that will change your whole view on your body, the clothes you wear and how you wear them.

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Kristine Cook Designs...button back shirt


I am so excited to feature a piece from Kristine's Spring 2013 line today on the blog! It's just such a beautiful piece, and one that will keep them talking as to walk away





The beautiful button back shirt, available in Coral, Black, Chambray and Bark, features a round neck, delicately gathered sleeves and buttons down the back. A gorgeous statement piece and perfect for holiday parties!

Tie your hair up in a lose bun to show off the buttons, pair it with a pencil skirt or skinny trousers, a pair of sparkly heels and voila! The perfect holiday look to get you through many office events, house parties and dinners out!




And since the detail is all in the back, don't forget a showstopping statement necklace to complete the look! Get sassy with it, and pair it with a set of shorts and some peep toes!

Look good and feel good in this flattering new design from Kristine Cook Designs Spring 2013 collection!


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Fall Fashion Forward...in booties

One trend that I am really hoping doesn't go out of style anytime soon is the bootie...and more specifically the peep toe bootie.

I have a pair of brushed suede Sam&Libby booties that are simply the most comfortable heels that I own. I wear them alot, and they were definitely worth the splurge.

Now...these are a pair that I think are perfect for fall






The colour is perfect for fall - graphite grey. And the lacing detail!! The bow is super feminine and lovely, and the fabric that Lauren Conrad chose for these beauties is perfect.

Paired with a pair of skinny jeans and a comfy sweater, with layered necklaces...date night!

What are your go-to boots for fall?

Fall Fashion Forward

Gone are the days of shorts and tees...here are the days that I covet the most!!

Fall is a time for cozy fashion, and I absolutely adore being able to dress up an outfit with a funky structured scarf, pair of amazing boots, or a snuggly sweater.

One of my favourite items of this season is the wool houndstooth convertible scarf from BailyBelle.






My absolute favourite element of this scarf is the button detail. It just finishes off the piece so beautifully!

Can't you just picture it with a white longsleeved tee, dark skinny jeans, and riding boots??

BlogHer12 Recap: Fashion

You all know about my amazing fashion sponsor by now, Kristine Cook Designs, but you've yet to see me in the actual clothes.

Bottom (l-r) grey&coral asymmetrical dress {Expo Hall}, coral jacket {Hasbro party}, peplum dress {6pm fashion show, Bar Americain dinner, CheeseburgHer}

I honestly felt so incredibly stylish the entire time, and felt like I was a true reflection of myself...not the denim bermuda shorts and tanks that I sport back home when I'm too busy {or tired} to really put much effort into myself.

What did I learn? Well...that I have a body. After losing over 50lbs from when I was pregnant with my son in 2009/2010, I have...a body. I have curves, and tiny little legs! I have a tiny waist...and darn it, I can rock it! I felt confident 100% of the time, day and night and I have Kristine to thank for that.

See what's happening in each one of the looks above? I'm smiling. Truly incredibly happy...and comfortable in my own skin!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Kristine Cook Designs



Details,details...it's all in the details!

Kristine Cook has done it again in her design for my brunch dress for BlogHer'12!

When we first met, we talked about my love of neutrals, stripes and a pop of colour. She captured my style so absolutely perfectly in this dress.


Slate grey, paired with a white and grey stripe that is so delicately draped from one shoulder down to the opposite hip and falling ever so femininely down the skirt. The detailing on this dress is simply divine!

For the pop of color, Kristine chose to bring in the same coral of my tailored jacket by putting a sash at my {rather high} natural waist and up on the shoulder in an abstract draped manner. It reflects who I am as an artist, all in one beautiful dress!


Now I need to find the perfect shoes!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Kristine Cook Designs

One of the biggest trends this spring and summer is peplum, and Kristine Cook Designs is taking it up a notch with jackets and cocktail jackets!

I am absolutely overjoyed to unveil the design for my BlogHer cocktail dress....

original design by Kristine Cook Designs
It's a fabulous geometric pattern of taupe and black, with solid black illusion panels on the sides and the peplum detailing.

Peplum.

I was unfamiliar with the trend and term until I met Kristine, and I have to say that she has completely changed my outlook on it. I thought that it would be a trend that would make a curvy girl more curvy...but au contraire! It emphasizes a tiny waist {especially with the black out panels on the sides} and gives a funky edge to the design. I have the hourglass, so why not flaunt it?

Peplum zipper front jacket by Kristine Cook Designs

The peplum doesn't stop at dresses, oh no...Kristine has taken the trend into her amazing structured jackets like the one seen above. How amazing is that!? Dress it down with a pair of jeans for the daytime, or with a fantastic pencil skirt for an evening out...all the while flaunting the shape that you were blessed with!

Thankfully, Kristine knows just how to implement these design techniques and flatter my body...a body that has changed a whole lot since having a baby and finding curves I never knew I had. She is one incredible designer who knows how to make you feel not just good in your own skin, but absolutely ravishing!




Celeb{rate} Tuesday: THE Stylist

When I heard about the chance to get a statement ring to this incredible woman, I literally sculpted over twenty designs.

Twenty

Why?

Because she's not only a fashion icon herself, but she's a stylist. THE Stylist....



Rachel Zoe...stylist to the stars and an absolute style icon. Oversized bangles and cuffs? Check! Statement rings? Check! Oversized sunglasses? Check!

I just knew that I needed to design something incredible for her, I just didn't know what (hence the twenty different designs).

Then, when I was out for a girlfriends birthday it hit me: a Dahlia. Layers and layers of beautiful sculpted petals on an antique brass ring. Simple and stunning, white and perfect.

I see Rachel wearing it with a white t-shirt, long fringe-y scarf and a pair of skinny jeans, with really amazing boots. I picture her loving it, and so incredibly hope that she does.

What do you think of it??

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Kristine Cook Designs...Structured Jacket


I've been trying to write this post for about a week...and I'm not quite sure than any words that I can spill out into a blogpost will accurately describe just how in love I am with this beautiful coral jacket that Kristine has designed for me.

From the pleated pockets to the beautiful button closure....the polka dotted lining to the abstract ruffles down the side
Stunning colour!

She just got me when she was designing this jacket. It's so incredibly detailed, and on trend, and artistic.

Not to mention well made. The entire jacket is lined with the beautiful polka dots {love!}, with the pleat and structured sides. I have never owned a jacket so beautiful, and likely never will again. It's quickly become a favourite in my wardrobe.


How perfect is that!!


I love that I can take it from day to night, and I fully plan on it at BlogHer. During the day, paired with dark skinny jeans, a white tank that hits just below the jacket, and gold gladiator sandals (or black peep toe ballet flats with a ruffle on the top) and some awesome designs from Amber Bryce. During the evening, paired with a pencil skirt and pulling my hair up. Easy peasy, but oh so awesome!

Sneak peek at my new hair!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Kristine Cook Designs

One of the first things that popped into my head when I was planning this big adventure to BlogHer was

How do I want to present myself?

I started looking at my wardrobe, which has a lot of black, white, grey and navy…lots of stripes…scarves…dark skinny jeans but really no amazing statement pieces that set me apart and reflect who I am as an artist.

Off to Etsy I went, and I stumbled across Kristine Cook Designs.

I have now had the pleasure of meeting with Kristine, collaborating with her and having her design some really amazing pieces that I will be able to feature at BlogHer.

I knew that I wanted a jacket that I could wear, in a great colour for summer, with a white tee and dark jeans. I told Kristine that I love ruffles, rosettes and girly details…but that I love a masculine edge with things being fitted and tailored.

Isn’t this concept amazing??

I am thrilled!! It’s an amazing coral colour, which suits this brunette just fine, and has the most intricate almost origami detailing around the collar.

And ¾ sleeves? Perfect for spring and summer, and for layering! A white tee to keep it simple…or a bold graphic print in navy and white…or even a pastel tank and pencil skirt…with fabulous heels of course!

The lining is going to be a really awesome pinstripe fabric, and I am just...squeeing inside about it! Kristine took my Pinterest boards, what little she new about me from my photos on Facebook and my Etsy shop and ran with it. She totally got me, and designed for me. How special is that!?

It’s the most beautiful jacket I’ve laid eyes on, and definitely will set me apart, reflect myself as an artist, and is a piece that I can wear over and over again, yet make look so different depending on the other pieces that I pair it with!

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WAHM Wednesday: Two New Fabulous BlogHer Sponsors

Happy WAHM Wednesday!! I am very excited to announce two new sponsors that I have for BlogHer’12!

Kristine Cook is a local fashion designer from London, Ontario who specializes in cocktail dresses and structured jackets. Her pieces feature classic lines, bold fabrics and patterns. Kristine pays close attention to the fine details of her pieces, from the intricate stitching to the unique folds of her one of a kind jackets. Kristine Cook Designs is truly a rare and inspired find!


Proudly Canadian, The Printing House Ltd™ (TPH®) is a printing company with heart; they genuinely care about their customers, partners and the environment. Specializing in short to medium run printing, TPH® has unmatched quality and a quick turnaround like no other printing house. From large format and offset printing to personalized marketing and custom cutting, their team of Managers across Canada help their customers stand out from the crowd and win, every day.

Sponsored Post: Matthew Williamson and Style Passport

As I prepare for BlogHer’12, I’m having a great time looking around at different fashion designers and seeing what the current trends are. One designer that I’ve been gravitating toward for some funky summer fashion is Matthew Williamson at Style Passport.

Beachy and summery is the focus of the Spring 2011 line, and the trend carries straight through to this summer. Peacock prints, underwater scenes and flamingos dominate the prints on amazing swimwear and coverups.

The Peacock Print Bandeau Bikini is simply stunning. Teal and raspberry tones, with a fantastic peacock feather pattern…yes please! The ruching in the centre is super flattering, and it even has a detachable halter strap, so you can change up your look. Cross over the straps, take them right off, or leave them as a traditional halter. Stylish and versatility in a suit that you will wear over and over. I may need to find a rooftop pool in NYC during BlogHer to catch some rays this August!
























I really love that the Matthew Williamson collection is form fitting, and flattering. Perfect for my curvy shape, and stylish to make sure that I’m keeping up with the trends.

One piece that I am absolutely dying for is the Peacock Print smock shirt. It is so perfect for a warm summer day, and I could definitely see myself wearing it with a pair of skinny jeans and ballet flats during the day then switching it up with a pair of black cropped skinny pants and black peep toe booties for a night out with the girls!


Summer fun at its best, Matthew Williamson sure does not disappoint! The underwater and peacock prints have me so inspired to incorporate some key pieces into my summer wardrobe, along with some oversized sunglasses

*this post was brought to you by Style Passport

Special Post: Stella McCartney and Matches Fashion

As spring starts to poke its lovely face through the barely snow covered grounds, I find myself in need of a wardrobe change. Each season, I try to get a few key pieces that I know I can wear with jeans as well as dress pants, pencil skirts and things of the sort of get the most out of some really inspired, quality designs.

Today, I am finding that in the Stella McCartney collection at Matches Fashion. The bold pops of yellow and blue are paired perfectly with white, grey and black – just absolutely stunning and perfect for spring!

A few favourites that I would like to point your ever keen eye to…

I was immediately drawn to the Michelle jacket. The amazing pop of yellow was just stunning to see, and I could definitely see it paired with a simple white tee, grey skinny jeans and a pair of grey or nude pumps. Perfect for a luncheon out with the girls, or for an after business event. So unexpected, and yet so perfect!

The Stella McCartney collection at Matches Fashion isn’t all about punches of colour on clothing. Don’t underestimate the impact that an accessory can have in your wardrobe! Sometimes, all you need is the perfect handbag or pair of shoes to update for the season ahead!

I personally am in love with the Falabella bucket bag. First and foremost, it is orange and considering that I already have a lot of dark denim and cream tops, it would go perfectly with a lot of what I already have. I look at it as a wise investment for a piece that I will love for many years to come. It’s simply stunning, and roomy too! It would be perfect for a day shopping, as a travel carryon...really, it is perfect for everyday!

Within the Stella McCartney collection, you’ll find whimsical pieces that catch your eye more than once. I’ve looked at the same pieces (for example, the Gwen dress) over and over, and see a captivating new beauty every time I look at it.

The collection is simply breathtaking!

*this post was brought to you by Matches Fashion

Sponsored Post: ASOS - discover fashion online

Looking for a party dress? Have a special occasion or event to attend? Look no further than the fantastic selection of dresses at ASOS!

I recently had the pleasure of looking through their selections online, and was so incredibly pleased with what I found. Since I’m off to BlogHer’12 in August (New York City…here I come!), I know that there are going to be cocktail events, parties, and even just dinners out with my favourite bloggers…and I will need a few smashing outfits!

The Tulip Dress with TieBack is absolutely adorable, and it would look amazing with a killer pair of heels…maybe even ones covered in glitter? So girly and fresh…perfect for the end of summer, and for a night out with the girls!

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ASOS has everything from bubble hems to maxi dresses, one shoulders to bias cuts and the selection of fabrics, colours and patterns is to die for. They seem to have a wide selection of Linkstyles, so no matter what inspires you, you will certainly find the perfect dress here.

For some vintage inspiration, the Love Jersey Floral Print Belted Skater Dress is so delightfully feminine and delicate. Pair it with a long antique brass chain, and soft flowy curls in your hair and you have a perfect outfit for strolling in Central Park!


And for us curvy girls, look no further than the Textured Midi Body-Conscious Dress with Scoop Back. It is chic and sexy, without giving away too much, and hugs your body in all the right places. Perfect for a date night with your special someone, a night out with the girls, and even dancing the night away!

Whatever the event, ASOS has you covered. Their selection of party dresses is like no other that I have seen. Great quality, impeccable style and super affordable! I definitely will be putting a few into my collection for BlogHer’12!

*this post was sponsored by Susanna Cha, on behalf of ASOS – discover fashion onlineLink

Sponsor Love: Wedding Accessories by Jacques Vert

Which wedding accessories do you choose for your wedding?

If you are planning to attend a wedding or perhaps you are getting married yourself, it isn’t always easy to find perfect wedding outfits because of the wide range of choice. On top of that are the accessories that are of importance as well. If you are unsure of which accessories to wear with your wedding outfit or when going to a formal lunch event, then it might be worthwhile for you to read this post. I have lined up some accessories that I believe would make a great addition to any occasion wear outfit.

Jewellery

When deciding upon what type of jewellery to choose, I’d recommend opting for less chunky jewellery such as this elegant fine black enamel and marcasite effect pendant necklace. The necklace is set on a silver colour chai with little ball beads and would look great with any wedding outfit.















Fascinators

For those who have never heard of this term, a fascinator is a fashionable headpiece that is often worn on special occasions. Fascinators come in various styles and are created by colourful feathers, flowers and other sorts of fabrics.











Often, these fascinators can be worn in two different ways. There are fascinators with combs attached to them which you have to stick in your hair in the opposite direction, ensuring the hairs are woven between the teeth of the comb. The other, more common, form is the headband fascinator which can simply be placed on top of the hair.

Purses

Finding the right purse to go with your outfit can often be a tricky task because you have to ensure that all your belongings fit in the bag (and we’ve got many things we put in our purses) whilst at the same time making sure that the colour is right.








This purse is an elegant fondant pink fabric clutch styled bag, with a curving flat to the front and satin draped twist detail to finish. You can combine this purse with a crème or black dress, or a similar colours dress.


This post was sponsored by Susanna Cha, on behalf of Jacques Vert