Fashion Spotlight: m0851

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Zip Around Wallet – WA 81

If you are looking for a brand that is stylish yet classic, unique yet practical, then look no further, because m0851 has got your back! m0851 is a fashion house that creates accessories and outerwear from various high quality raw materials like leather, cashmere, silk and wool. Since its conception in 1987 under the name Rugby North America in Montreal, m0851 has paired European style with local design concepts. Ninety percent of m0851’s collection is being made in their Montreal workshops, and they currently have 22 boutiques located around the world coupled with 35 international retailers selling their products.

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Bell Shaped Cosmetic Pouch – PO 52; Mini Cosmetic Pouch – PO 01 in Arctic Ocean

m0851 has a wide variety of leather goods including bags, cosmetic pouches, wallets, travel accessories, key chains, cardholders, and document organizers. Their product selection doesn’t stop there. They also manufacture jackets, coats, and seasonal accessories like hats, gloves, scarves and even umbrellas. When you purchase any of their items, you know that you are buying something that is of quality and something you know you won’t see just anywhere!

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Toiletry Bag – PO 10 in Black; Large Passport Holder with Pockets – CA 02 in Black

m0851 is a great brand not only because of its stylish and sleek designs that are easy to add to any wardrobe, but also because its customers are provided with well-crafted products that come from quality, ethically procured materials. I know first hand from the products that I myself own; the leather that makes up the purses and wallets wears beautifully overtime. Because their designs are not over the top or flashy, they are versatile but also very practical. Every piece is designed to be a functional part of a consumer’s life with the various sizes available for wallets and bags. Another reason that I love m0851 is the great selection of seasonal colours that range from bold to neutral.

To see for yourself, check out their website: https://www.m0851.com/store/m0_cad_en/

And don’t forget to visit their facebook and instagram pages!!

The Sweat Life: Fitness fashion that makes you look and feel good

It’s the end of February and you’re still going strong on that New Year’s Resolution, right? All jokes aside, whatever health commitment you made to yourself recently or long ago is amazing and you should be proud of yourself! I myself am not a fitness buff, but I have become quite the yogi over the past couple of months. Although I have not been in the fitness world for very long, I do know a thing or two about fashion and I’ve learned some key tips that will keep you chic and cool for both at home and gym workouts. No matter if you are running, working out at the gym or taking a yoga class, there are some staples that you need in your wardrobe for the perfect workout experience!

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Firstly, a comfortable and supportive sports bra is important, especially for high intensity workouts like running and kickboxing. There are so many different styles of sports bras out there made for different intensities. Just like a regular bra, it’s important to make sure that the fit is right so that you can avoid any discomfort or worse, embarrassing mishaps in public. Luckily, there are so many fashionable options there that will give you the right support and make you look and feel cute while you sweat!

When it comes to tops looser fits allow for more breathability and more fluid movements. However, for activities like yoga and pilates, it is important that your top is not too lose so that when you go into a downward dog or a forward fold, your face doesn’t get covered. Tops are also a great way to add visual interest to an outfit with bright colours or a cheeky saying!

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Another important workout fashion staple are leggings, whether that’s the full length, cropped or even shorts. When working out and especially when sweating, it’s important to feel comfortable and part of that comfort comes from wearing breathable material. Although leggings are body hugging,  they will not get in the way during a yoga pose or get caught in any of the gym machines! So many companies now make really great clothes out of microfibre materials that allow the body to breathe while preventing sweat from sticking to the body. Plus leggings are an easy way to again add visual interest to an outfit. They come in so many colours and graphics  that can easily be turned into a casual outfit after the gym.

But the most important thing when working out is that you feel good!

 

 

Buying Smart: Style Pieces Worth the Splurge

Realistically, most of us can’t buy designer everything, especially when there are essentials and bills to pay for. That being said, I still think there are some style pieces that are truly worth investing in. There are so many great budget friendly pieces out there and it’s super exciting when you find the perfect makeup dupe for less than half the cost. But from my experience some things are honestly worth the splurge when they will last for years to come.

So here are the five pieces I think are worth the investment:

A Watch

Sure there are some trendy or super cute watches you can buy for super cheap but will it last a year of your busy, hectic life? In the long run, it is more cost effective to buy a good quality watch with a timeless look and replacing the battery if need be than buying a new watch every couple of years.

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 Shoes

I’ve learned the hard way that cheaper shoes are fantastic for your wallet but horrible for the feet! No matter the price, breaking in shoes is a nightmare but once you’ve broken in your favourite new pair of shoes, better quality shoes will be more comfortable and will last more than a season when well taken care of!

 Sunglasses

Sunglasses are another item that it is worth spending money. Buying a really cheap pair every summer can be convenient but cheaper quality glasses are more susceptible to scratching and breakage.  Another plus side of buying quality sunglasses is that they do have better UV protection so your eyes will actually be protected from the sun’s strong rays.

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A Coat

When living in a city that experiences cold weather for half the year, a well made coat or jacket is a must for combatting cold winds and frostbite! While there is no need to spend close to 1000$ for a good jacket, it is worth spending some money on a coat that will make sure you don’t turn into a popsicle the minute you go outside.

A Handbag

When buying a classic shape or colour, investing in a good quality and well-crafted handbag is worth it because it will allow for versatility when accessorizing and will honestly never go out of style. Investing in a good quality handbag doesn’t mean spending more than you can afford but it does mean opting for quality.

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Investment doesn’t mean solely buying high-end designer wear or spending your whole paycheck on a pair of sunglasses! There are some great quality brands out there with prices that won’t hurt the bank. But if you are someone who can’t help but want the finer things in life, there is a way to buy designer for less –end of season sales and outlets shops are great places for designer steals. But whatever your budget, buy what makes you feel your best!

The Power of the Purse

No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory – a bag. Whether it be clutch, tote, cross body or shoulder, a bag is what completes the outfit. When the colours of an outfit are neutral or monochromatic, a bag, whether in a pattern or a bold hue, acts as a perfect statement piece, while a neutral bag can act as an anchor for a colourful or vivacious outfit.

Bright bold hues, especially pinks, coral and cobalt blue, make the perfect statement piece, day or night, into the spring, or throughout the summer. Clutches in bright blue are perfect for pairing with a white dress or a floral romper, whether you’re attending Sunday brunch or a girl’s night out. Although my favourite colours for spring and summer are evidently blues and pinks, any bold colour, like orange or yellow, is perfect for livening up a neutral outfit or making a fashion statement on a smaller scale.

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If you are someone who can appreciate bright colours but are not interested in making such a bold fashion statement, then neutral and more classic patterns are the perfect way to go! A neutral colour, like brown or tan, is the best way to finish a classy or chic outfit, especially when there is a cute detail, like a fringe tassel, a soft pattern, or a perforated design. Neutral or soft colour palettes, especially in brown or beige tones, are perfect for the autumn transition, when the leaves begin to change from bright green into ambers and reds.

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 Purses, aside from being the perfect thing to carry all that a girl on the go needs, are an easy and fun way to finish off any outfit. No matter the colour, pattern or price point, you can find cute or classic bags that are both functional and fashionable to serve you well year-round.

You never need to brag when you have a nice bag.

Happy lugging xoxo.

 

 

The Art of Fashion

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Although the fashion industry has gotten a bad rap (and rightfully so) for promoting distorted ideals of what a woman’s body should be by employing dangerously thin models, it also, in a more positive light, encourages both women and men to explore their creativity and personal style. Fashion is a legitimate art form, just like painting or sculpting, for both the ones who create the fabric masterpieces and for the ones who proudly wear them.

Fashion allows us to be fun, sexy, professional, unique, glamorous, and, most importantly, ourselves. Fashion is transformative in nature. Wearing colourful bracelets, a statement necklace or killer shoes turns a drab outfit into a fabulous one, while the perfect fitted leather jacket transforms jeans and a t-shirt into a sleek and edgy ensemble. Fashion allows us to be anyone we feel like when we wake up in the morning, whether that be a stylish yet strong career women, a quirky brunch goer, a sexy siren ready for a night on the town, or a chic yogi ready to tackle hot yoga class. No matter who we feel like that day, a perfect outfit makes us walk tall. The right fit can make even the body conscious feel a little bit better about themselves.

Fashion has been, and will always be, a medium for personal expression and creativity. What we wear makes a statement about not only who we are, but also who we want the world to think we are. Confidence comes from within – but an amazing outfit doesn’t hurt.