Styling Jillian Harris – Part.1

BTS Jillian Harris shoot

It’s a holiday today and we are on the cusp of Summer in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. I’m feeling pretty lucky today.

My work situation ain’t too shabby either; my colleagues make me laugh all day long in a great work environment and I have personal projects that keep me challenged and inspired when I’m not crunching numbers at my desk.

Case in point: the photo shoot I am sharing today, which I alluded to in an earlier post.  Some background: I was approached by Jillian Harris, host of Love It or List It Vancouver, to style a Spring photo shoot with her and all-star photographer, Janis Nicolay.  Saying no to this would be like saying no to rum slushies at Third beach on a sunny day.

To stay true to Jillian’s style, we opted for preppier looks, complemented by an abundance of colour and prints. Every outfit was very distinct yet still very her.  Working with Jillian and Janis could not have been easier.  Nor sweeter!  They are lovely.  And so are the photos.

To read Jillian’s take on the two looks, read here and here.

Ps. Check back soon for part 2.  Woo!

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(All photos by the very talented Janis Nicolay)

Zebra clutch by local designer Sherry Chen.  Follow this talented little import on Instagram: @littlesherrybigchen

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Kickin’ It for Spring

Fun florals

I’m grateful and excited to be styling an amazing Spring photo shoot in a couple of weeks (juicy details to come!).  So it’s fitting that I post a few Spring outfits to get me in the mood.

I guess not a lot has changed since February 2011 when I blogged about Wearing More Patterns. Layering patterns is now more widely embraced than even a couple of years ago; they evoke nods of approval instead of stares of confusion.  I love this fashion shift; beige on beige was killing my soul.

The key to mixing patterns is to ensure each print contains a common colour; this is what adds cohesiveness to the outfit.  Below are three Spring outfits that demonstrate how to pull multiple patterns off.  I’m a big proponent of elastic waistbands so these outfits aren’t only head turners, they’re comfortable too.

Mix and match metallics.  A hot gold blazer, silver joggers and metallic green heels are definitely a winning combo.  Add a clean black purse to complete the outfit and you’re good to go.

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(Blazer from Ark and Co via Citizen Grace, joggers from TOPSHOP, purse from Erin Templeton and shoes from Sergio Rossi at The Room).

Multiple floral patterns keep it fresh.  The cherry blossoms have painted Vancouver pink, the tulips are blooming and you’re layering floral prints in support of it all.  Here, fuchsia ties the blouse and skirt together quite nicely.  Tuck in the blouse to emphasize your waist and anchor the ensemble with solid-coloured pumps.

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(Blouse by Mary Katrantzou for TOPSHOP, skirt from ZARA, clutch from NastyGal, pumps from TOPSHOP, flowers by the wonderful Eve).

The multi-patterned shift dress.  Don’t feel confident mixing and matching quite yet?  Let the dress do it for you.  This shift combines multiple colours and varying pattern sizes.  The riskiness of the multiple prints is offset by the dress’ simple shape.  A blouse collar in a similar leaf pattern adds depth to the ensemble.  Solid black heels and a painterly envelop clutch take the outfit from sweet daytime picnic to sultry night-time stumble home.

Shift dress

AccessoriesShift dress from ZARA, blouse from TOPSHOP, purse from & Other Stories, shoes by Diane von Furstenberg.

Now, if you don’t know where to start in terms of pattern mixing, do what I do: throw on a few pieces at random and see how they make you feel.  Your clothes, and not playing it safe with them, just may surprise you!

(All photos by Superfora)