Party season has finally come to an end. Each year our holiday celebrations continue through to mid January until our Annual Lebanese New Year. It’s a highly anticipated event that is considered the night of all nights for the year. An evening of fabulous entertainment, food and dance. I’m simply excited for any opportunity to dress to the hilt!
I’m generally considering my look months prior to the actual event. I’ve never been able to pull a dress off the rack and have it fit quite right, so I’m generally sewing well into the week of the event. This dress caught my eye for it’s rich velvet and delicate lace but it needed some major work to get it to a more modest form.
This was how the dress came to me. The concept was everything I wanted in my dress but aside from the poor fit, it needed some work on it’s proportions. It took some time to wrap my head around a concept that would allow me to dismantle and re-fabricate seamlessly.
I chose to cut away the bottom lace portion from the netting and re-applique by hand. A few mishaps along the way and I was finally breathing easy by about 3:00 event day… :s
Because the dress is….ALOT, I chose not to overdo it in the accessory and hair department. This sleek cuffed shoe was a perfect match for the velvet, and intricate detailed earring was a match for the lace. Adding a little bit of roar with an animal print clutch for a fun contrast.
Always leaving room for that perfect accessory…. a hot hubby! Our biggest date night of the year was a fantastic evening away that was well needed.
Here’s to an amazing New Year and all great things to come in 2014!!!!
Well it’s just shy of a month at my new job with Matheson Eyewear and I’m loving it! An industry I never considered, it seems is right up my alley. Though eyeglasses are a necessity so are shoes. You consider a lot when you’re choosing your footwear such as comfort, style and versatility but at the end of the day it’s what completes the look. Eyewear is the same. I’ve often started my look with my favorite pair of shoes, now I start my look with some fab eyewear.
This Jimmy Choo frame was chosen for me by the uber-talented Laura Lee, whom I’m privileged to learn so much from. I walked in with my own ideas of what I wanted but she quickly chose this piece without hesitation and it was the perfect fit! A larger frame than I’m used to but this is certainly on-trend with just the right amount of bling. The dark tortoise color makes it easy to pair with anything and everything. You know you’ve got a keeper when you can’t attend a party without someone asking if they might try it on. “But of course!”
And like anything else, once you’ve got the basics you can throw in a little fun! This red Vanni frame with a colorful pixel inset caught my eye right away. Vanni is an Italian-made brand exclusive to us at Matheson Eyewear. The workmanship is impeccable and fashion-forward styling undeniable. Clients who have had a pair of Vanni’s will time and time again choose this very brand. Even the most timid of clients can’t resist breaking out of the box and adding some flare to their look with these amazing frames.
And well on week 3….this just had to happen! Anyone who knows me, knows about my love affair with a man named Michael….KORS to be exact! This frame is way out of the box in size for me, but it’s so fun and of course feeds my obsession for the time being. I tried my best to resist but trying it on clients day after day does not help?
Thankfully the sulking is over and now I can start thinking about what’s next on the list….yeah it’s a problem! But hey, they take up much less space than shoes…..
With fashion at heart, I’ve been seeking a full-time career that would fulfill my passions along with allowing for that balance of family and friends. For a while I had felt I was sacrificing one for the other and I knew I was in need of an urgent change.
Matheson Eyewear was atop my list. From first meeting the Matheson husband and wife team I instantly knew they were family-first, local merchants with their finger on the future of fashionable eyewear. This was definitely something I could get behind and genuinely feel excited about it. Working with local merchants is really where my heart it. The fantastic experiences and great relationships I’ve built along the way show how our grass roots community really makes business work.
Oddly enough, I recently learned I would require glasses on a full time basis. Hmmph! That was going to be an adjustment. They would go from that foreign object I would throw on to scan the grocery bill, or long stints on the computer….but not as a permanent fixture in my daily wardrobe?!?!?!? As a stylist I would need to look at it as one of my accessories just like I would when choosing a piece of jewelry to finish off my look. And of course……a girl’s gotta have options. ;)
Jimmy Choo Eyewear
I’m in the perfect place for the best in exclusive designer selection. Some of my faves such as Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs….As well as some amazing exclusive lines such as the Italian-made Vanni Collection as seen above. Narrowing it down has been the hardest of tasks. With so many fabulous choices you can’t just choose one.
I’m so excited to bring my love for local business and experiences in fashion and extend them into to the fashion eyewear world. Working alongside a fantastic team and sharing some downtime with family this season is the best holiday gift a girl could receive!
I think we’re all pretty much ready for spring to happen…am I right?!?!?!? With spring comes the new spring clean. We get that first gleam of sunshine and all of sudden the ambition to start fresh takes over.
But it’s also time to refresh your wardrobe. Is your closet jam-packed but you’re still uttering “I have nothing to wear!”? You’re may be a closet fashionista but you keep reverting to the same ‘ole thing. We are creatures of habit. Sometimes all that “stuff” can get in the way of some really fabulous looks.
I’m here to break you out of that viscous cycle! What’s working…what’s not! Are there simple little basic elements that could be your “aha” piece to make it all work seamlessly. How awesome would that be?
It’s not about how much you have, it’s how it all works together. I will create your individualized must-have list to have at your side. On a budget? I will keep your eye on the prize!
Starting a new job? Let’s create a wardrobe that “works” for you!
Are you a boot-camper with a new bod? Let’s show the world what you’ve worked so hard for!
What about that stay-at-home mom hibernating in her yoga sweats? You don’t have to compromise comfort for fashion. Let me show you how!
Who’s ready for Spring ladies !?!?! Let’s make the most of all those fabulous spring fashions out there!
Gift Certificates make a great Mother’s Day gift! ;)
We recently held a fabulous weekend workshop for girls featuring a number of confidence building topics. It was a 2 day workshop full of photo prep, posing, some mock ad campaigns and much more.
As a stylist I never miss an opportunity to bring on the bling! Featuring pieces from my Stella & Dot Collection we worked on soft and pretty looks for spring.
Savannah’s fresh faced make-up looks were so beautiful. Coordinating pretty pinks and corals here.
We practiced movement during each session. Encouraging the girls to play with expression as well. Glowing smiles makes for great range versus a very pensive shot.
These girls came so far in the matter of a day. Highly engaged with the lens in a mature, seasoned stare.
We were so proud of each and every one of these girls. Overcoming their nerves and making the most of this fantastic opportunity. Looking forward to working with these ladies and many more in the future.
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It’s a fabulous concept and easily attainable. Perhaps this particular line is not readily at your disposal but you can certainly take the concept and apply it to your own wardrobe building.
Start by checking out the Workkit Lookbook here:
If you’ve got some starter pieces in your closet then you’re well on your way. Here’s a fabulous list I’ve compiled using their modular workwear as a tool.
Everyone should have a well made perfectly fit black dress pant to begin. Then consider adding some color. This blue cropped pant will be a fun versatile color you will be seeing a lot of for this spring. Another version of a black pant for some variety. If you dare, this black and white printed pant is on trend but still very easy to pair with a solid of any shade.
I always think the best tops are those that work on their own as well as can be paired under a jacket or cardi. A basic white crisp button-up blouse will go a long way. Add a print and some interest with this black and white blouse easy to accessorize or pair with a pop of color. The peplum top in a basic black is on trend but not taking you out of your comfort zone to find matching elements. Throw in some color and some allure with tops in solids featuring pretty ruffles and sexy lace.
A blazer takes the most basic of looks to that next level. A couple of options are nice, but I’ve featured 3 here and explain why. A basic black is a no brainer of course. You do however want to consider your body type when choosing. There are a number of silhouettes of different lengths. Once you find the perfect one for you, search a similar one out in your best color. The third look I’ve added in here because of the draped lapel. It’s a look that works from day to day but has a more formal appeal as well.
Skirts are another great foundation piece in your workwear wardrobe. Starting always with the basic black pencil skirt then throwing in some pattern. If you get the option to match up a colored blazer with the perfect pant or skirt take it. Add some flare or interest in a nice neutral for that little extra that’s easy to play with.
Cardis are another option that work well on their own but also go far to extend looks when pairing with shell tops, blouses or that perfect little dress. Start with the basics and then have fun with print, keeping in mind what you’ve already got in your wardrobe, and then a solid color pop.
You’ve likely already got that perfect LBD but I chose this style for it’s silhouette. On it’s own glammed to the hilt for evening, or belted with or without a cardi or a blazer by day. The options are endless if it really is perfect. The tan sheath dress is a nice neutral and a relaxed look that works for a lot of body types. As well the wrap dress is most every woman’s best friend. Another sheath with print in our go-to black and white would go fabulously with a solid colored cardi or blazer. If you like a little color keep it solid. This style seen here is still wide open with accessorizing options because it’s kept in a solid.
This entire wardrobe consists of 25 elements all thought out with the modular concept in mind. You may have a plethora of dresses, or skirts, or cardis in your closet but if you’re not thinking in these terms when you buy you will find it difficult to make the best of your look options and thus your budget. This particular collection I’ve chosen offers 127 plus different looks….and that’s even before I’ve gotten into shoes and accessories….don’t get me started…he-he.
I’ve had this little black dress for a number of months now and as much as I adore it, had to have it, waited forever for it….it has yet to make it into rotation? It’s a little black dress, you can pretty much wear that everywhere right? Not entirely true.
This dress as you can see is a very sleek silhouette with quite a low….and I mean, low neckline. This is not appropriate for the everyday and must be approached delicately even in the evening, I might add.
Never to be defeated, I chose to add my go-to Michael Kors crisp dress shirt. The perfect work wear look while still holding that sultry shape.
To avoid looking like a stewardess, of course I added statement accessories by Stella & Dot. The vintage inspired Jolie necklace is one of my favorite pieces from the spring collection. The voluptuous beads remind me of something I might have tried on playing dress up in my grandmothers best jewels. Paired with gold bracelets seen here are (left) the Bardot Spiral bangle, (lower right) the Gilded Arrow bangle and (upper right) the Christina bracelet.
This look needed a little call of the wild, so I chose my Jessica Simpson animal print bag. Love this print added to an otherwise monochromatic look.
Now trending in shoes is the single soled pump. What do you think ladies? Are we ready to let go of the platform pump we’ve all become so comfortable with. I do love the sleekness of this Kelsi Dagger stiletto Very sexy and in keeping with a vintage feel. Coming from a girl that has more black pumps than I care to count, I think they all have their place. Don’t go tossing anything in haste ladies…..
Kimberly Rashed is a Fashion Stylist & Wardrobe Consultant, based out of Charlottetown, PE. Her enthusiasm for fashion led her to pursue modelling and later go on to become a Fashion Arts student in college. With years of design background it has given her the necessary experience to understanding a properly fit garment.
Working currently as a regular photographer and style contributor to G! Maga...zine writing articles on shopping, fashion and just about anything style. Kimberly also works as director of Panache PEI Models, a booming local modelling agency servicing the Maritimes and beyond. She has styled for runway, fashion photo shoots, promotional videos and corporate business shoots. Among her many commercial projects Kimberly enjoys styling her private clients. As style blogger for The Confederation Court Mall it gives her instant access to the latest in fashion to meet the many demands of her clients.
Above all else she loves to see the transformation in a client’s confidence. The cinching of a blouse, an added layer or accessory can change a person from wallflower to style maven in minutes! Kimberly improves a person’s confidence through the enhancement of their own personal style. Giving clients the understanding and tools to dress fashionably in clothes that suit their shape, size and above all function. Rather than an image consultant, she creates a strong personal style for clients. Classic, unique, or cutting edge - whatever the style she can create it! Staying on top of the forecasts in current trends, Kimberly works with today’s fashions, styles and colours, to create seasonal wardrobes for clients that enable them to wear up to date pieces in ways that suit their body shape while accentuating all their best features.
Kimberly strives to challenge perceptions of style putting her love and knowledge of fashion to use helping others harness their own personal style. “I’m not about changing who you are…but I may help you find that someone that got a little lost along the way”.