Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life, Lately

A lot of FUN has been had by me in the past couple of months so I thought it was time for a 'Life, Lately' update ; ) Clockwise starting from top left:
1. I attended PARKSHOW in Edmonton which I really enjoyed, I can't wait for the next one!
2. It was my one year anniversary of teaching at Barre Body Studio! I can't believe it's been a year already. I really love teaching there.
3. The most beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby of the Hotel MacDonald that I was smitten with ; ).
4. Pulling clothes for a styling session with a client of mine at Simons. I've been really busy with personal styling the past few months, it's been amazing! And my website is back up and running! Yay!

What I've been wearing lately: Outfit #1, #2, #3 and #4. There's a theme here: I love the color red. And scarves.

I was invited to a media "Dinner at Tiffany's" event at the fancy Fairmont Hotel MacDonald and felt like a Princess the whole night! All the guests were able to view beautiful jewelry and were treated to a delicious four-course meal.

A few lovelies at the Tiffany's event (I didn't get the chance to snap everyone in attendance unfortunately!)
-  Fashion bloggers Kira and Sandy Jo 
-  WHERE Edmonton Editor Lindsey Shapka, Janis Galloway of Dress Me Dearly, Fashion Magazine Writer Caroline Gault and Sarah Geddes from Sass Communications
- Me and the gorgeous Lindsey from Over My Styled Body
- New mama Sarah Giuffre from 204 Park and our gracious host Laura Smythe, Director of Tiffany's Edmonton.
This is an event I will never forget!

- I had 5" of my hair chopped off and then highlighted at Ponytails + Horseshoes. (I just wanted a change.) Shanda and Angela always do an amazing job there. My hair feels so much healthier with all that extra weight gone.
- A Christmas party brunch with friends I've known since I was 9 years old last weekend at my friend's beautiful new home.
-Elizabeth from Blushed Beaute did my makeup at our Barre Body Studio Christmas get-together, and Elissa, one of my fellow instructors got a pedicure from Feel Fabulous Mobile Spa. It was an awesome party with students and teachers in attendance; everyone got beautified while eating snacks and sipping on mimosa's ; )

And that's what I've been up to! I'm not sure how much I'll be blogging in the next couple of weeks over the holidays, but I'll definitely be Tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming (@mariealamode) if you want to follow along!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Blanket Scarf

I had been searching for the perfect blanket scarf when I came across this plaid one from Simons (now on sale!) a couple of weeks ago. I paired it with a cream colored ballet boatneck sweater from LOFT, a store I have come to love.  They have an amazing selection of knits by the way, if you're looking for some, and they have sales going on all the time so it's no wonder I stop there whenever I visit West Edmonton Mall. Because WHO CAN RESIST A SALE?! Not this gal.

Happy Almost-Weekend!

scarf - Simons, sweater - LOFT, jeans - Joe Fresh, boots - Franco Sarto, 
bag- Christopher Kon, watch - Michael Kors via Shopbop

Stylist's Tip: Blanket scarves can be worn many different ways. I like to wear mine as a shawl or tied up into a scarf but the possibilities are endless ; ).

Monday, December 8, 2014


I wore this outfit to go shopping with one of my personal styling clients yesterday. We had a lot of fun and added a bunch of beautiful blouses, sweaters, cardigans and blazers to her closet. I absolutely love being a personal shopper : ) My business has really picked up in the last few months and I'm so, so grateful because I truly enjoy helping people build their wardrobe and find a unique style that suits them! It's seriously the best job ever ; )

coat - Maison Scotch via Shopbop, sweater - LOFT, jeans - Hudson, boots - Madden Girl,  
purse - Rebecca Minkoff via Shopbop, scarf - Chandi via Bamboo Ballroom, belt - Express

Stylist's Tip: Pair a boxy jacket with a fitted bottom (in this case I wore skinny jeans) since the box shape adds a bit of bulk to your upper half. You want to balance out your body and your look.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Woman Crush Wednesday: Joyce Carpati

So I finally got to watch the Advanced Style documentary on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and it was so good! If you don't know about street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen's blog, which the film is based upon, you need to check it out! One of the stylish subjects featured in the film, Joyce Carpati, is 82 and probably the most elegant woman in the world. I mean, just look at her! Not only is she gorgeous and glamorous with a highly coveted wardrobe, she has a wonderful attitude about aging, which she says is "a privilege." Joyce, a former marketing director for Cosmopolitan magazine who splits her time between New York and Paris is also a very sweet, gentle, lovely woman, which you can see when you watch the movie. Beautiful inside and out, Joyce makes aging gracefully look like a piece of cake ; )

Monday, December 1, 2014

Save Your Skin This Winter!

I'm not sure where you live but where I'm from: Winter = dry, flaky skin. (I blame it on the harsh -35 degree weather I frequently experience throughout the season!) To help win the battle for healthy skin, above are the products I've tried and tested and will not and cannot go without this winter and below are the reasons why ; )

1. For the lips - LUSH'S Bubblegum Lip Scrub. The ultimate lip exfoliator! Click here to read my review and see a before and after photo.

2. Also for the lips - good old, plain Vaseline. The best lip balm there is. And highly moisturizing.

3. For the face, body and hair - Coconut oil. I've talked about it on my blog numerous times, coconut oil is just that good! It's greasy and oily (obviously) but it's a wonderful, natural moisturizer. Slather it on your body, your face, or use it as a hair mask once a week for deep hydration. You can purchase it at any grocery store.

4. For the hands - DECIEM's Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex . What I love about this product is that it targets 8 signs of hand aging and improves firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration while moisturizing at the same time. Extremely light-weight with a pleasant smell, you can buy this cream at Shoppers Drug Mart. (Your dehydrated hands will thank you!)

5. For the body -  Kiehl's Creme de Corps. It's an all-over moisturizer, smooth like butter, it's easy to apply and absorbs quickly. It comes in different sizes, I usually get the big pump bottle. For a cheaper, drug store body lotion, I like Jergens Original Beauty Lotion in the cherry almond scent. It smells so good and costs around $11.00. It's one of my all-time favorite lotions!

Take that, winter!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Because I live in the Polar Vortex, my scarf and coat collection is growing. A girl's gotta keep warm! Right?! I mean, if I lived near the ocean I'm sure I'd have a bunch of bikinis on rotation in my closet but since I live where it's cold for more than six months of the year I think it's perfectly okay to have more than 10 coats. #Justified.

jeans - Joe's via Bamboo Ballroom, scarf - Simons, boots - Spring (old), purse - Top Shop

Stylist's Tip: Think of bold lipstick as an accessory, it can instantly amp up any outfit!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Edmontonians, don't forget to get your tickets to PARK SHOW which is happening this Saturday! Presented by Simons, the biggest fashion event of the year will feature two fashion shows highlighting eight local designers, pop-up shops throughout the evening, art exhibitions, food and drinks and gift bags for VIP ticket holders. Get your tickets here!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Love Winter

It happened. We got our first dump of snow over the weekend and there was no easing into the cold weather, it was nice one day and then - BAM! - it was -15 degrees and I had to get out the winter wear while bawling uncontrollably, picturing how unbearably cold the next six months were going to be. Just kidding, I wasn't bawling I was only crying softly to myself ; ). I kid, I kid! Actually I have to say it was a little easier to accept fall was over once I put on my Love Winter Valenki boots which are so warm and cozy, not to mention stylish! Valenki boots are a new Canadian twist on a traditional 300-year-old Russian footwear design. And get this - they convert into comfortable wool felt boots just by slipping off the rubber galoshes so you can wear them outdoors AND indoors! How cool is that?! They actually make me excited for the cold weather. For real.

Wearing: jacket - Zara (last season), sweater - c/o LOFT,  jeans - JOE's, 
boots - c/o Love Winter, hat - LOST, scarf - Simons, socks - American Apparel

Stylist's Tip: Wear knee-high socks over your pants and under your boots for a stylish twist on a winter outfit!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Celebrity Fall Fashion 2014

Kate Bosworth

SJP and Mena Suvari

 Olivia Palermo

 Poppy Delevingne

Kendall Jenner

Thought I'd put together a little post with a few celeb outfits I've been crushing on this fall. As much as I loathe the Kardashians I had to add Kendall Jenner to the mix (and I guess technically she's not a Kardashian) because I adore her model-off-duty style. And I love that she doesn't show off her bits and bobs like her sisters all the time who leave nothing to the imagination (ahem, KIM!)

I hope you're all having a great week!