My Mad Men Style

My Mad Men Style

One show, three looks. This is my modern day interpretation of how to dress like the ladies of Mad Men. It’s all about taking your favourite influences from the era, the characters and the show and adding modern touches to update your look.

I love Mad Men. I cannot wait for season five to start this Sunday! And a two hour premiere to boot, yay me! I actually re-watched the entire series not too long ago in preparation for season five and to get my Mad Men fix. It has been far, far too long since there was a new episode.

There are so many things I love about this show. One, I’m a sucker for period pieces, especially shows set in the 50’s and 60’s. While so many things were so backwards then (women’s rights, health etc.) those times seem so glamorous as well. What I wouldn’t give for a date night in the city to be a high-class, black tie affair, complete with jewels, designer dresses and furs. The service was impeccable, the drinks free flowing and the clothes. Oh man, those clothes. I also love the advertising part of the show. The ad’s from this era set the tone for what advertising would eventually become. I love the way Don starts talking about life and advertising, and random things when he gets on a roll. He just goes off into his own little world, where he makes the magic happen.

For those of you just as excited as I am for Mad Men this Sunday, here’s hoping it’s a great episode. If you’ve never watched Mad Men before, there’s still time! Have a marathon weekend, I promise you won’t regret it!

How to: Dress for St. Patty’s Day at the Club

How to: Dress for St. Patty's Day at the Club

This next look is what I would wear if I were going to the club on St. Patrick’s Day. There are a ton of parties to go to, especially with St. Patty’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, and I’m sure if you’re going out, you want to look like you’re full of Irish spirit.  It’s a bit hard to tell in this photo, but this skirt is actually a dark green. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I’m partial to glitter and sparkle. So I love this skirt. Again, a festive and toned down way to add some St. Patty’s Day cheer to your outfit is some layered charms and necklaces.  

Want to sound like the smartest person in the bar? Here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day facts I found while snooping on the web:

  • The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
  • In Chicago, on St. Patrick’s Day, the rivers are dyed green.
  • The phrase, “Drowning the Shamrock” is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.

Strolling through Banff

Strolling through Banff

I’m heading to Banff this weekend and I am getting pretty excited! It’s been quite a few years since I was there last, and apparently the weather is going to be fabulous and the snowfall is epic. While strolling around town, you can expect to see me wearing something like this. Cozy sweater, flat boots and skinny jeans will keep me warm, comfy and ready for whatever my day may bring! On a side note, does anyone have any restaurant/pub recommendations in Banff? Like I said, it’s been awhile since my last visit!

How to: Dress for work when you’re sick

How to: Dress for work when you're sick

So, today’s post is inspired by the way I’m feeling. I’ve got a horrible cold and feel like crap, but of course it’s a crazy busy week at work and short of being in the hospital dying, I just can’t take a sick day. So despite wanting to wear sweatpants and veg all day in bed I had to get up and attempt to look half-way presentable. Being sick gives you enough to contend with in the looks department, so there’s no point dressing like you’re sick to top it off. It is possible to look professional and presentable while being comfortable at the office. The first thing to go for me? Heels, there is no way your are going to get me in heels when I’m feeling sick, so invest in a cute pair of flats that look good and feel even better. The next thing is to pick a comfy sweater. When I’m sick I have a hard enough time breathing, so a light, warm, slightly loose-fitting one is my top choice. If you can afford it go for a fabric like cashmere, which is lightweight but oh so cozy and warm, just what the doctor ordered! To finish the outfit off, throw on one or two pieces of jewelry to look like you put some effort in and voila! You are comfy, cozy and work presentable…at least until 5:00 when you run back home to your comfy sweats and blankets!