Power Pastels by Jessica McLeod

by Tara Osipoff on June 17, 2013


Well summer is here and I am happy to be enjoying it on Vancouver Island, close to the ocean and the mountains.  You can’t help but be inspired by the beauty that surrounds you! I just returned home from a two month stint in The Queen City. It was full of hard work and great hang outs with new friends. I also attended Saskatchewan Fashion Week (my first), which has ultimately led me here, to this post, on this blog. I’m excited I’ll be writing here, contributing my bit every couple weeks to what I think is a great message: Life is beautiful, and you should dress accordingly. Fashion is a fantastic way to express yourself and your creativity, and to feel your best. Which brings me to power pastels…

I love blazers and a good pair of trousers, but I’d never found the suit that fit both me and my budget. That is until I stumbled across these separate pieces that make up my perfect power suit. This mint suit has been a mainstay of my spring and summer wardrobe, surprisingly versatile.  Mint is one of my favourite colours – I’ve got nail polish and high heels, and I’ve coveted leather jackets, and even one time a Volkswagon Beetle. The mint is picked right out of the blue greens of the beach, and I am happy to see it popping up in many new forms this season. To me, the structure of a suit makes pastels very easy to wear. It’s a great juxtaposition between the soft femininity of the colour and the more masculine sharp lines of a suit. Pairing the mint with nude keeps it soft and still makes a statement, working with the monochrome theme. It’s also easy to dress up with heels and jewellery, or down – as in Gatsby by the sea in a pink suit “dressed down”. Here I’ve taken the latter route with a silk blouse and tan leather sneakers that are just as good for scurrying over ocean boulders as they are for navigating the concrete jungle. The overall look feels both nostalgic and modern, which hearkens back to a time when a suit was casual wear. I have finally found my perfect power suit and it is pastel. What’s yours?

These Chic’s Are Stacked.

by Tara Osipoff on June 13, 2013

Taking stacked necks to a whole new level. Drew and Lex are two sisters that are creating a name for themselves in the fashion industry with their DIY heavy neck parties. They are authors of Me and Lex, a blog showcasing their latest accessory creations and their general style. The neck pieces are an assortment of new, used, vintage, and flea market jewelry. They take 5 or so necklaces apart and attach them together to create one chunky neck piece.

This may seem like a difficult task, and without proper instruction you may just end up with some broken necklaces and a horror show around your neck. Luckily, the girls teamed up with A Pair and A Spare blog and dished their secrets.


As of now, the girls have not yet come out with their own purchasable line of accessories. I personally hope that changes soon, as making my own has been time consuming, but most definitely worth it.

Follow the girls on Instagram at @dylanlex or on their blog, www.meandlex.blogspot.com

The Clothes Behind the Mic

by Tara Osipoff on June 11, 2013

Folk Fashion

So you wanna be a rock superstar,
and live large?
A big house,
Five cars?

OR you wanna ride the bus, play acoustic guitar?
Play for five people, in a dingy bar?

The Woman and the Microphone

I pulled some clothes from my wardrobe for this shoot after recently seeing a powerful young folk artist perform. She embodied so much femininity and sexuality with her soulful style. Her powerful demeanour screamed confidence and pride. I’ve always been drawn to the fashion of female folk indie artists. The style is breezy with a strong rock vibe. There is something sultry about a woman behind a microphone. Even more so, a woman who doesn’t have to wear a red leather Britney Spears style onesie to get your attention. I see so much soul in the attire of folk artists today. The style is generally creative and alluring.

For this post I decided to show a few pairings I am currently interested in and that I have drawn from some of my favourite folk artists. I rather enjoy the pairing of a fitted crop top and harem pants. I also currently find myself drawn to playful skirts and oversized t-shirts and tank tops. I’ve always been a fan of any sort of hat, from a turban beanie to a snap back baseball cap. I’m not picky, as long as the hat flows with the outfit. I find a lot of artists are heavy on accessories, which is more than fine with me; I too am a big fan of the arm and neck party. Most of all, I try to pair styles that make me feel confident and unique. In the end, I think that is what any artist is trying to project, the self that resides within them, perfectly unique and full of confidence.

Well my dear fashion lovers, I hope you are able to draw some inspiration from today’s post. Folk fashion may not come with LamborghiniS and yachts, but it’s simple and stunning without any flashy gimmicks.

Have a fabulous day peeps!

Tara Marie Rose

This shoot was shot by the fabulous Will Whitten. He is an amazing photographer from Regina, Saskatchewan and a main contributor to my blog. A big thank you to him for always doing a fabulous job.
Find more from Will on his website: http://willwhittenphoto.com/

Make up for this shoot was done by Blush Beauty Bar: http://www.blushbeautybar.ca/
Blush is located in Regina and has to be one of my favourite places to shop for all of my make up needs… and wants. Check out their website and also follow them on Instagram @blushbeautybar_

Hair was done by Lucinda from Wired Hair Design. Lucinda has to be one of my favourite new finds; the girl’s got style and is an awesome hair stylist. Wired is a trendy, on-point salon that I am happy to work with. http://www.wiredhairdesign.com/drupal/ Check them out and book online!

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