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In Rumi Neely’s world a picture is worth a thousand words. Rumi Neely is the always stylish L.A blogger of Fashion Toast. Her eye-catching fashions and beautiful clothes are the founding theme of her blog, and while photos often capture her outfits they also catch her surrounding environment which share an intriguing aura. Her love for chunky heels and sleek pieces make her a perfect subject for every photo. The latest post on her blog shares Rumi’s photo diary of the 2013 Paris Fashion Week. We take inspiration this Monday from Fashion Toast’s leading lady and while you might not have a photographer snapping your every move you can look just as stunning with a few essential items.

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The Little Black Dress // Now everyone should have one of these go to items in their wardrobe at all times. If you do not immediately leave your home and buy one as soon as possible. You will find that this garment is perfect for any emergency clothing situation. Black is a classic colour and a great slimming tool. Whether your LBD is a little more dressy or more on the casual side, it doesn’t matter, the great thing is you can modify its wearability through the accessories you add to it. To dress it up, add metallic accessories, letting these glitzy items glam your dress up as needed. To dress it down, add matte accessories and even throw in some pop colours to create a bright lighter day look. Find your favourite LBD at Bicyclette, we suggest the FINDERS KEEPERS End Of The Line Dress.

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Dazzling Skirts // If you don’t want to pile on the jewels but still want to stun everyone with your glitz, try switching out your shiny accessories for a brilliant skirt. Just like accessories, you can pair your skirt with soft, comfy fabrics to dress up any basic. This style is perfect for a dressy and still cozy outfit or for any chilly night out. Also keep in mind that skirts with a triangle shaped hemline are extremely flattering and give the appearance of slimmer legs. We suggest if you want all of these ideal designs in one, to try the CAMEO Lucky Me Skirt.

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The Soft Knit Sweater // As the temperature drops, you are going to have to start digging in your closets for comfy chic apparel. The best go-to items to stock your wardrobe with are soft knit sweaters. These pieces are perfect to pair with structured bottoms and keep you feeling cozy all day long. Rumi keeps her outfit looking light by wearing a light coloured knit. This helps to create a balanced look when paired with heavier dark colours and structures. To get this look try Bicyclette’s WILDFOX Dreaming Of Cake Baggy Beach Jumper.

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We had another floral arranging workshop with Blush & Bloom this week and
had one of our favourite photo booths with Beaus&Belles with this amazingly
colourful backdrop.

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We hung up some chalkboard boards in the shop and are having fun making
new displays! This Parker ‘Hayden‘ dress is a stunner and we couldn’t resist
hanging it first!

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We shot our “Sparkle Season” holiday lookbook this week and cannot wait to
share the photos with you. We had a great day eating pizza, sipping champagne and
jumping on the bed!

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We had a holiday merchandising party this week at the shop and crafted while
listening to Christmas music! It was fun and got us all in the holiday mindset.

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We hit up Target this week for some holiday essentials including this adorable wrapping
paper we will be using for our gift wrapping this year!

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We’re always on the hunt for new blogs and upon coming across Jacey Duprie’s style blog Damsel in Diorwe were thrilled to have another one to add to our list. Reading a new blog for the first time is always such a treat, as it gives us the opportunity to dive into the archives and really get to know the blogger and their personal style. That’s exactly what we did with Damsel in Dior, with our attention initially attracted by her ‘Dancing Secrets’ post. A sparkly dress, pink wall and secret for finding the perfect party dress? Sold. Her posts are also fun to read – quick and to-the-point, but often with a little story or a bit of witty banter that makes it seem like you’re hanging out with one of your best girl friends.

Jacey’s style is more on the simplistic side, but there’s always an element to her outfits that adds a bit of an edge to an otherwise classic ensemble. You’ll often find her rocking bold sunnies (a styling tip that we’re also a fan of, if you haven’t noticed), and some of our favourite outfits of hers involve a leather jacket and statement necklace. A girl after our own sartorial heart. 

We’ve selected some of our favourite looks from Damsel in Dior and put together some styling tips.

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Keep It Classic // If you work in a more corporate environment and have to adhere to a dress code, stick with classic pieces that you can mix and match and use your accessories to add a little personality into the outfits. A great blazer is a wardrobe staple (try the GESTUZ Baroque Blazer or KEEPSAKE Rebel Heart Jacket), and a sticking with black and white is the perfect way to pull off a chic look.

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Just Add Leather // Whether it’s a leather jacket, vest, pants or skirt, we’re big fans of mixing leather with more feminine pieces to add a rock n’ roll element. Our favourite combination involves floral print or softer textures, which really allow you to play with the juxtaposition in an outfit. Try the MAISON SCOTCH Quilted Biker Skirt for just a hint of leather, or the BARDOT Military Jacket for an outerwear piece.

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Black Lace for a Feminine Touch // We all know that black is a staple in any wardrobe, but if you’re wanting to keep it more on the feminine side and stay away from heavier pieces, lace is the perfect addition. It adds a beautiful delicate texture to all-black ensembles and the layering potential is endless. The FREE PEOPLE Pretty Pleats Skirt is such a beautiful piece that can be styled numerous ways, or try the JOVONNISTA Dark Hour Dress, which lends a ladylike element.

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Outerwear for Texture and Colour // When the cold weather hits it can be easy to fall into the pattern of dark outerwear pieces that lack personality, but because they’re essential in our wardrobes, it can also be the perfect opportunity to add some colour and texture into your outfit. We love the woven floral pattern of the LADAKH Tapestry Jacket, or play up the nordic trend with the GANNI Union Jack Knit.

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We’ve been geeking out with graphics this week while we gear up to launch our new
website that we have been working on for the last few months! We took our favourite
Dusty Rose blouse from Jovonnista and added a little punchy graphic for fun!

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We received new chunky tube scarves from Dr. Denim this week and it got us even more
excited for the romance of the upcoming holiday season. It’s going to get cold but with
some pretty outdoor accessories you can look just as cute!

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The Friday Five itself got a little facelist this week for the new blog that will be live
next week! Can’t wait to share all the work we’ve been doing with you.

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It’s officially the holiday season over here. We are burning red spruce candles, gearing up
for a holiday craft night next Tuesday and prepping for our holiday lookbook that we
shoot Thursday!

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There’s something special about this time of year. We took an evening stroll to clear the
head and enjoy a bit of the deep fall.

So I think it’s safe to say that our DIY Floral Workshops with Blush & Bloom have become a favourite way to spend our evenings. They’re quickly becoming a regular fixture on our schedules with two fall workshops down, one more to go, and the details for our holiday sessions in the works (word on the street is that we’re going to be constructing our own wreaths… excited yet?!)

We shared the Beaus & Belles photobooth pics from last week’s workshop already, but today we wanted to offer you a peek behind the scenes.

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We are seriously gearing up for #sparkleseason around here and are looking forward to shooting our Holiday Lookbook next week with a talented team! We want to capture the cozy feeling you get when it’s just you and your best friend for the night; lounging around, having personal dance parties, popping champagne for no reason, playing dress up, bundling up under the stars, dreaming up new years resolutions, eating chocolate, being glamourous, being silly and having fun! We’ve been gathering inspiration for styling, hair, makeup, set, mood, lighting and vibe and want to share some of it with you so you know what to expect! We always have fun set dressing a familiar space and transforming it into a new magical place for shoots and we will be definitely be doing that next week with a sequins backdrop and lots of fun props. Shoots can be stressful so we’ve found that by surrounding ourselves with a creative, inspiring and fun team these shoots just fall into place so it’s no surprise we are working with Scarlet O’Neill and Ashley Readings again to make some magic happen. Follow along on Instagram to see behind the scenes!

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Last week Ban.do posted their inspiration for their most recent photo shoot, which we’re beyond excited to get a look at. We couldn’t agree with them more on the topic of inspiration boards – though we have a serious love affair (ok, maybe a slight addiction…) with Pinterest, there’s something about compiling tear sheets and other found items to create an old-school board. We have a small wall in the studio dedicated to this, and it never fails to bring a smile to our workday.

 

Winter is coming and along with all the holiday cheer comes a bittersweet cold breeze. This season, keep yourself all bundled up, get cozy and stay chic. Do this by donning a cozy knit sweater and layering it over a thin tee or tank for comfort and warmth.

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How do you keep a simple winter garment trendy and always looking great? Here are five tips to reinvent your sweater in the cold weather to come. Try using a couple tips at a time or one tip one day and another tip the next with the same sweater. Keep your outfits looking cool and you feeling warm.

  Oversize It // Get a sweater a size too big or buy a sweater designed to fit on the slouchier side. Oversized sweaters are trendy and drape very well over any kind of slimming bottom; including leggings, pencil skirts, maxi skirts, and jeans.

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 Crop It // If you don’t enjoy having too much excess fabric then get it cropped. Buy an already cropped sweater or have a fun DIY day and chop it up a little shorter yourself. The frayed edges and unraveling threads will give it an appealing, unique texture.

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 Roll It // Do you find your sleeves too long, bulky or just getting in the way? Try rolling them up a few times so that they land just below the elbow or above your wrist. You won’t have the sleeves getting in the way of what you’re doing, and you can show off lots of chunky rings and bracelets to make a statement with your accessories.

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Accessorize It // Finding your sweater a little blasé? Just add jewelry! It takes no time at all and is the perfect contrast to soft wool. If your sweater is neutral play around with colourful costume jewelry. If your sweater is colourful lean more towards monochromatic metals.

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Dress It // Not interested in pants today? Where your oversized sweater as a dress. If its too cold for bare legs add some opaque tights underneath for warmth and comfort. Then accessorize with an oversized purse.

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However you want to style your cozy knits, make sure this winter that your first priority is to be warm, comfortable and confident and the rest will be easier to style. Our favourite Bicyclette cozy knits include the WILDFOX All Over Love Lennon Sweater, the FREE PEOPLE Winters Sparkle Pullover and the GANNI Grey Melange Pullover.

 Once you get them on you’ll never want to take them off.

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Nothing beats a delivery with a new “perfect knit” in it and that is exactly what happened
with our newest Free People delivery this week. This soft and feminine cable knit
arrived with crochet details and a hint of sparkle, swoon.

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Our favourite local designer, Jordan De Ruiter has done it again with this ‘Izabella’
leopard maxi. We are already getting sick of winter blacks and this bold print was
the perfect mid week pick me up! 
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We always love a piece with a vintage flare and this little number from Ladakh
has it in spades! It’s mod 60′s feel and feminine metallic floral pattern have this at
the top of our holiday dress list! 
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Some inspiring words are just what we needed this week. We’ve got a lot on the go
with upcoming holiday project so it’s important to always take a breather and
remember all the good little things in life.

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Five. 
We had another very successful DIY Flower Arranging Workshop with Blush & Bloom
this week complete with a beautiful custom photo booth from Beaus & Belles.