Robin Scherbatsky’s got style, eh! Part 2.

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Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smuldersfrom How I Met Your Mother is just a regular woman like the rest of us. Trying to make it in the business world, has her share of heartaches, and tries to show she is tough when all she does is care. Although a true Canadian through and through, living in NYC she has adapated a great sense of style and honestly, I wish I had her wardrobe. Time to continue at riffling through Robin’s fantastic closet.

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This green and black dress  and black high boots is the perfect look for Fall. It’s work appropriate but is still great for a night out for supper. You can even add thin black stockings to give it a more Fall/Winter look.

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Animal print can be seen everywhere lately and this is a great exmaple of an animal print dress that doesn’t look like something Snooki from the Jersey Shore would wear. It’s classy and elegant and the deep colors make the animal print stand out just enough. The strappy sandal goes along with the femininity of the dress.

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I absolutely love how this look turned out. The white shirt from under with the unique neck detailing, and the light grey blazer is soft yet so professional all at once.

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With Fall right around the corner I am already keeping my eyes peeled for a great jacket. This is something I would love to own. A leather jacket with sheep fur on the inside. It is warm and very stylish. Gives your outfits an edgier look without going the biker leather jacket route.

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The color of her boots is something we rarely see. Usually all you see is the typical black and brown, but these burgundy boots are making me rethink my Fall boot choices. The whole look is adorable and can be worn for many different occasions. These pattern blouses are always handy and will never go out of style!

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This is one of my favorite Robin looks. It is relatively simple, but I love the colorblocking done for this ensemble. The simple white and black combo is broken with these vibrant blue capris. And the pointy black stilettos make the entire look very modern.

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Leather, is there anything better? (I attempted to rhyme just now). A shirt that combines  leather and fabric is a great way to introduce leather into your outfit without the classic leather pants (which not everyone can pull off-very few in fact). Black on black is one of my favorite looks because it allows you to play up yout makeup and accessories.

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As I mentioned animal print is all the rage and Robin’s snakeskin blouse is really nice. Makes a typical work outfit not at all boring, and the matching color palette of the bag is a nice touch to tie in the whole look together.  

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What is so great about this dress is, well, everything. This drop dead gorgeous red gown with a plunging neckline is unforgettable and the black coat with fur colar is the perfect addition for a chilly New York evening.

How I Met Your Mother is a great show that is filled with laughter and love. Robin’s great sense of style is just a bonus to every episode. It is hard to choose which look of Robin’s is the best, but I think any fan would agree that Robin Sparkle’s outfits were the winners. Now that we’ve gone through Robin’s wardrobe, let’s go to the mall (as Miss.Sparkle would say)! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY_bhVSGKEg

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Robin Scherbatsky’s got style, eh!

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I am Canadian and I am damn proud of it! Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) from How I Met Your Mother is a Canadian as well and is very proud of her roots, although Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) gives her a hard time about it. Robin is a journalist trying to make it as a newsanchor over the seasons, and her strong, stubborn and tough exterior is adored by many because we all know deep down inside she’s just a sappy girl.

She’s a great role model to girls and along with all her positive characteristics, she’s also got great style! From business casual to fancy occasions, her look is geared towards the comfortable looking fitted clothing, that isn’t too provocative but always sophisticated. She avoids too much clutter like a lot of jewerly, and she makes sure to keep her colors and pattern combinations to a minimal. Over the last 9 seasons she’s kept true to herself and has always maintained a simple style.Time to take a view at Ms.Scherbatsky’s wardrobe and see what she can teach us!

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Robin being the working woman as she is, knows that blazers are the best way to balance out a nice modern outfit, with the professional wardrobe she needs to have. She is often spotted wearing a blazer and it always gives off a very put together look. Being a huge fan of blazers myself, it is one of the best investments you can make. And I’m not talking about your grandmother’s old church-going blazer. I am referring to a nice, well fitted, modern blazer. They can be worn for many different outfits and always spruce up your look (if you replace your cardigan by a blazer, your outfit immediately goes from cute to stylish). This soft look of Robin’s consists of a beige very angled blazer with a nice white shirt from under with a sweet necklaine detailing.

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This purple cap sleeve fitted dress is very flattering and the bold black zipper detailing on the back adds a funky spin to it. I love her thin gold chain necklace. Comes to show just because you have a wide open neckline doesn’t mean you need to add a big necklace. Sometimes keeping the chest bare is sexier and more feminine.

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For those who think blazers are only for work, here is proof that a blazer can and should be worn on a night out! This blazer look is evening appropriate with the sexy black lace shirt from under and the black blazer adds the dark mysteriousness to it all. 

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Patterns are all the craze as of late and in this scene Robin takes the nautical theme to work! Her navy anchor blouse paired with grey pants is a great work outfit, while keeping it fun.

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A little black dress doesn’t have to be boring! This sheer top and sweetheart cut dress is great for many different occasions. As Robin did, important to remember to not add a necklace to this type of neckline.   

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Another great example of how a blazer can be fun. I love the matching color of burgandy shirt to burgandy blazer. The pattern of the shirt breaks up the look without adding another color. 

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This is one of my all-time favorite Robin dresses. This stunning low-v olive dress with black belt is absolutely beautiful. The color alone I find to be one of the most universally flattering colors. Brunettes, blondes and redheads, as well as light and dark skinned can be seen wearing this color and it would look nothing but spectacular on them. I also love the draped detailing on the lower half of the dress.     robin-stripes

 

Lastly, if you are a fan of the show, you may notice a common theme in Robin’s wardrobe: she loves stripes (as do I)! This character is often seen in stripes when she is dressed more casually. From thicker to thinner stripes, she’s sported them all and shows how versatile this pattern can be. If you want to learn more about the endless options of this pattern take a look at my post “Color me Striped”.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post where we keep on rummaging through Robin’s wardrobe! We’ve already seen she has worn it all, even this bikini bod t-shirt. Ted couldn’t keep his eyes off of her!

How I Met Your Mother, Season Two

Marilyn Monroe is Hollywood Glam. Part 2.

 

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Marilyn Monroe was a beautiful, free-spirited woman who seemed sure of who she was and what she wanted. A style icon and role model to many, she made sure her legacy would live on and remained an influential fashion idol to many (including me). Old Hollywood glamour is one of my favorite looks, especially for special events, and Marilyn did it best.

The women of that era knew how to look like put-together ladies and looking sloppy was never an option. Whether you were primmed and proper for a ball, or you were simply going out for supper, choosing the right and most flattering outfit was always a must. And most important, feeling good in your skin is what brought your outfit from nice to remarkable. Let’s take a look at the continuation of how Marilyn made her looks as memorable as they were.

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For those who say you can’t do orange for a fancy event, they clearly have’t seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, where Marilyn is wearing this stunning vibrant orange gown with diamond detailing.

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One of my favorite Marilyn looks and a common outfit from that era is a matching shirt and pant combo with a belt sinched at the waist. It is professional, yet feminine all at once.

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This stunning burgundy gown can be easily seen on the red carpet today. It’s strap detailing is something we don’t see often enough and I love the matching belt. This color is extremely flattering on blondes as well as brunettes.  

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A couple of weeks ago I discussed my love for polka dots, so it is no surprise to me that a style icon of mine would be spotted wearing this pattern! This dresses oozes of classic Hollywood glam where it ends at the knees and was fitted all the way through.

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If someone doesn’t recognize this scene it is because they grew up in a cave. This is, hands down, the scene Marilyn Monroe is known best for. In The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn’s famous halter white dress blows up as she walks on top of an air vent. I don’t know how many times I’ve used the expression “I was walking down the street and almost pulled a Marilyn Monroe”, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This look has been mimicked for Halloween a thousand times over, but what stands out most is that Marilyn shows that a white dress and shoes is a look that stands out and is sophisticated in so many ways (minus the skirt blowing up in the air).

If old Hollywood glamour is a look you would like to mimic, I discovered a brand that oozes of this era. It is called: Stop Staring ttp://www.stopstaringclothing.com/sunshop/. The dresses are beautiful and affordable. I bought a Stop Staring dress from the boutique 1861 http://1861.ca/ (one of my favorite Montreal boutiques) that holds many different brand names. I found this blush dress which I immediately fell in love with. It had the option of a halter strap but I kept it as a strapless, and I added the belt to give a little bling to it. I channelled my inner Monroe that evening. Will you do the same at your next event?

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Marilyn Monroe is Hollywood Glam.

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One of the biggest and most memorable style icons of this lifetime is the one, the only, Marilyn Monroe. Although she left this world way before her time, she left a mark and will be forever remembered as a beautiful, strong and charming woman who had a fashion sense that still resonates with many today. I know in terms of fashion I am often inspired by the looks of her time and we see an increase of this era’s style being mimicked.

Not only is she probably one of the most quoted icons out there, but without her even knowing, she has become an idol to those who want to promote a healthy body image. Unlike most celebrities today, Marilyn had a healthy body weight and embraced her curves to the fullest. Young girls should remember how worshiped this woman was, despite the fact that she wasn’t a size 2.

From Some Like It Hot, to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and from How to Marry a Millionaire to The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe sported gorgeous gowns and looks that have caught my eye over the years. It fascinates me that even after 60 years, a movie’s fashion can still be so influential. Simply comes to show, make a timeless movie and timeless looks will follow. Time to go down memory lane and visit some of Marilyn Monroe’s most classic looks from the big screen.

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Whether Marilyn was dressed up or down, she knew it was important to always look put together. With her thin deep lilac turtleneck, she takes this look from simple to glamed up with the vibrant color and her gold earrings and matching solid gold bracelet.

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With summer coming to an end, I am sad to say I barely sported any baithing suits this season with this unpredictable weather. However, doesn’t mean I didn’t think about which type of baithing suits I wanted. In the last 5 years I have grown deeply in love with one piece baithing suits, and this deep orange strapless suit is no exception.

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Another look that can be easily worn 60 years later. This violet/navy dress with severe shoulders and straight neckline gives off an haute couture look, all the while looking like a lady. This dress doesn’t need much more detailing because the color alone lets it stand out enough.

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This fiery red dress puts JLO’S plunging dress to shame! Marilyn sported this gown with confidence, despite the fact that it had a plunging v neckline and a slit on the leg that leaves nothing much left for the imagination.

 

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Who said colorblocking was a recent trend? Miss.Monroe shows us that in 1953 she colorblocked and she did it oh-so-well. This green/lilac/navy combo is something you rarely see, but it works really well!

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This sweet white dress with unique criss-cross neckline is something I would love to wear today. It’s feminine and the fact that it sinches at the waist is a very flaterring look for girls with smaller waists and bigger hips, like Marilyn had. Also, her standard pop of red lips takes the possible daytime look to night.

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This fuscia pink halter, back bow-tie dress with matching pink satin gloves is probably one of her most memorable looks. Adding diamond bracelets on top of the gloves just accentuated how much glam she really loved. Madonna channelled Miss Monroe’s spirit for the Material Girl video while reenactiing this entire scene. Made this dress even more popular than it already was!

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on the continuation of Marilyn Monroe’s memorable looks from her movies. Also, I will clue you in on where you can find some very Marilyn-inspired dresses for your upcoming events!

Miss York. Part 2.

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If someone were to ask which TV character is known to be conservative, elegant, feminine and has a strict rulebook when it comes to dating, most people would immediately answer Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis) from Sex and the City.

She believed less is more and that you don’t need to wear revealing clothes to catch a man’s attention. Her sense of style was classic, always maintaining a twist of femininity and she stayed true to her romantic beliefs throughout the entire series. She was a strong, smart and confident woman who chose to portray her simplistic, down-to-earth personality through her attire. Always a fan of neutral palettes and pinks (she is seen wearing it so often I think it is safe to assume it is her favorite color), she is still a fashion icon influence to many women out there who wish to have a sophisticated and adorable wardrobe all at once. Let’s continue to take a look at what Charlotte had in her awesome closet!

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This great outfit is perfect as a daytime look as well as a summer evening outfit. The red belts adds a pop of color and it is balanced off with her nude shoes.

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This dress is vibrant and shows a lot more personality than most of her other oufit selections. This very unique, thick vertical stripped peplum dress is very flattering because vertical stripes lengthen the body, and the peplum/belt combo sinch the waist, creating the illusion of an hourglass figure.

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Now this is how pregnant is done. Adorable, feminine and appropriate for a woman who is far along in her pregnancy. Charlotte shows that just because you are a mommy-to-be doesn’t mean you cannot dress up every once in a while. The simple polka dot dress is perfectly combined with this pink jacket and blush pink shoes.

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Another amazing dress choice by Charlotte. This beige dress is simple yet it’s neckline is very original and the snakeskin belt adds a little edge to the look.

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No surprise that one of my favorite Charlotte outfits is yet again, pink. This beautiful fuscia pink skirt suit is perfect for so many occasions, as well as the office (if you are in a pretty cool office). The peplum adds that girl-ish feel that every one of Charlotte’s outfits has, and I love the matching pink purse. I tend to always think I need to have a different color purse (in a complimentary tone), however, this shows to me that having the exact same color purse looks great. Somestimes staying in the same color tone is the way to go!

Charlotte taught us many things: never give up on true love, never book two dates in one night, never judge a book by it’s cover and always be dressed the way you want to be perceived. Thank you Charlotte for being the refined lady you are!

Miss York.

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Sex and the City: four women, four very different styles. Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis), the prim and proper one of the group, lived by a high standard of sophistication and class. Having been raised with the utmost of manners, she believed one should act and dress like a lady.

She was a fantastic friend who was loyal (i.e. she would plot the demise of your ex-boyfriend if you needed her to) and she was most remembered for being a romantic. Hopelessly devoted to find love, Charlotte believed from the deepest of her core that true love would find its way to her. She wanted to meet the man of her dreams, and she wanted to meet him now. As she so gracefully (not) said:

“I’ve been dating since I was fifteen. I’m exhausted. Where is he?”.

Well it may have taken some time however, many bad dates, bad kissers (remember the man who gave her a chin-hickey) and one divorce later she found her way to true love with Harry Goldenblatt (played by Evan Handler). He is the man who stole her heart away in the most unpredictable way: by being himself. Every bit of her tried to fight her feelings but if Charlotte’s story taught us anything is that you can’t fight love.

Her style represented exactly everything she stood for: elegance and sophistication. She believed that you shouldn’t show all your “goodies” in order to get some attention. Unlike some of the other women in the group, Charlotte leaned towards the conservative look, and kept simple patterns and feminine colors. It is time to go down Charlotte’s fashion runway and look at how she made her personality come through her very lady-like clothing.         

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This look completely defines what Chalortte is: a beautiful and feminine Connecticut lady. She liked to keep things simple and this beautiful strapless fitted dress is adorable, especially with the pattern and bow detailing which screams out feminitity at its finest.

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Charlotte felt that if you wanted to be seen as a classy woman, you’d have to dress the part, and that she did. With this simple v-neck white dress, and big black sunglasses she would even make Jackie O proud.   

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Always being seen as the innocent one, Miss York wanted to make a statement when she was a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding. Instead of going plain-Jane on her dress selection she chose an elegant black gown and the best part: the plunging open back. She went sexy without giving away too much, a rule we should all follow.

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This character was the Queen of cute dresses. Never dissapointing, this dress is no exception. This southern-belle dress is covered with a soft pattern and the pink belt is the perfect accessory to take this dress from ordinary to memorable.

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We all go through difficult times and that was the best part of the show: the reality of it all. Most of these women went through ups and downs like the rest of us and Charlotte went through a devastating event during this period. After having hit rock bottom, she decided to pick herself up and get inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. She channeled Mrs.Taylor’s strength and elegance and wore what is my favorite Charlotte look from all the seasons. This stunning strapless fuscia pink dress with a black bow belt is unforgettable. The elegance of it all blew me away, and her updo and big black sunglasses just adds perfectly to the outfit.

Stay tuned on Wednesday for the continuation of Charlotte’s elegant and feminine looks. Did she continue on with her lady-like ways, or did she stray away from her own rules? We will soon find out!

Crazy, Stupid, Oh-so-hot, Love. Part 2.

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A man in a suit (or overall well-dressed) is something I appreciate very much, and I am almost certain I am not the only one. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is one of those movies that captures everything : love, laughter, sadness and surprise. On top of all this, the women and men had a great sense of style that just made the entire movie all the more pleasant for the eyes.

Jacob Palmer (played by Ryan Gosling) and Cal Weaver (played by Steve Carell) show us exactly why a man should hold in high regards the way he dresses himself.

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The same rules for suits apply also tothe casual look: simple is better. A simple grey shirt does the job on looking comfy and laid back.  

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This is probably my favorite Jacob look of the movie. I’m a huge fan of navy, and an even bigger fan when it is combined with brown or beige. This tan / navy color combination catches the eye and makes a statement. Have you ever seen anyone look as good eating a pizza than him?

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End of school year means one thing: summer is on it’s way. And Cal welcomes summer with open arms in this light grey suit with a white blouse. Clean, crisp, and ideal color combination for the warmer days.

 

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It was time for Jacob to go a tad out of the box and opted for a rich brown / burgundy suit. His shirt is simple which gives room for the suit to be the main component. Still remaining in the neutral tones, this is a suit color you rarely see, but definitely works!

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In this scene Cal followed in Jacob’s mighty fine foot steps and sported a navy suit. This type of navy is a bit brighter but balances out great with the black shirt. Such a great look especially for dark-haired men. Jacob goes for the more casual approach and opts for a simple black v-neck sweater which works just as well as one of his suits. These men are clearly ready for a night out!

So as the old saying goes, if you want to look the part, you’ve got to dress the part. A confident man wears his clothes with ease, but also feels confident on the inside. And I want to take a moment to personally thank Ryan Gosling for looking like this. He’s made me, and many others out there, a very happy person. 🙂

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