Personal Shopper – Inspiration With Colour Blocking

 

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

Inspiration for Mabelle’s ‘personal’ style never comes from one place, and for clients my inspiration comes from many sources! Reading, travelling, instagramming, books and magazines… there are numerous outlets to find fashion ideas, trends and new creations. Once the creative juices click in, go for it full speed.

For this overall trend, Mabelle Style gravitated to Spring/Summer 2017 fashion shows watching Victoria Beckham stroll around New York in Fall sporting her Spring 2017 line. I loved the colour blocking used with her very bold colours (bright oranges and purple hues.) Colour blocking is a difficult task but by using your own personal stylist you to can get it right ;)  If this is a look you want to achieve, one easy way to get it right is to go for bold contrasting colours. This concept can be weird because if you think it doesn’t work, it probably does work! Just be sure to avoid pastel shades, think strong colours from your childhood!

Get my look – I pieced together a $29 skirt found during Aritzia’s past sale with a current $200 knotted Alexander Wang t-shirt. One of my fave spring trends #colourblocking.


Personal Shopping – Casual Everyday Style

 

Aritzia

Another shop with another request for a popular casual-look for everyday wear. Mabelle’s recent client had the luxury of being able to wear comfortable clothes for both work and play! This presents a unique challenge when these kind of fashion environments arise.  Often clients wish to maintain an effortless comfortable-look but at the same time, appear a bit trendy and not frumpy. A fashion conscious client is searching for the current trends with a more relaxed take on everyday wear.
To solve this dilemma, we sourced out and pre-pulled racks of creative options and pieced together a group of fun and interesting items incorporating new trends such as embroidery, girlfriend style denim, bell sleeve shirts and a great bomber jacket. Check out some of the outfit combo’s below!

Jacket: Opening Ceramony
Denim: Frame
Shoes: Phillip Lim

Shirt: Rails

Shirt: See By Chloe
Denim: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Prada

Shirt: DVF
Shoes: JImmy Choo

Shirt: Theory

Aritzia

Aritiza


Personal Shopper – 90’s fishnets become today’s trend

Shoes: Aquazzura
Stockings: Wolford
Denim: Mother

Street style has become the way of fashion trends! What’s more inspiring for fashion lovers, watching the runway shows? Or watching the street style fashion heading to the runways before the show?

The 90’s trend has become a new look stemming from the street styles captured on the way into the top fashion shows of the season.  Fishnets can give a little edge to  bohemian dresses, denim shorts, boyfriend jeans etc. Simple and low price accessory that really amps up your personal style.

This was a style I was unsure how to pull off with my personal style, but after a little (or a lot!) of inspiration from the fashion shows and Instagram I realized I can take this look as an add on accessory and incorporate it into my wardrobe. I prefer the fishnet socks vs the full tights and I love them with with a great pair of heals!

 


Personal Shopper – Do You Prefer Shopping For The Latest Trends Online?

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

We have launched a new personal shopping service!

You can now work with a professional Fashion Consultant in the comfort of your own home.
There comes a time, for whatever reason, that shopping in a mall is the furthest thought from your mind. Shopping sometimes can make more sense to do it from home, but without the hours of endless searching. To avoid this time-consuming task looking for that perfect item, wasting hours on the computer (or phone!) you can invest in our updated service, online personal shopping.
What does this entail?
Mabelle Style professionally assists each client by putting together a personal shopping list via email that incorporates all the items requested. We source out multiple options based on the needs provided by the client and then prepare and forward an email with photos of each item with their corresponding websites. You are then able to begin your online shopping and make your own purchases without spending hours searching.
*Check out the services page to read about all Mabelle Style shopping services.

Personal Shopper – Sneakers On Trend

Adidas Gazelle

So many sneakers to pick from this Spring/Summer!! I’ve added a few snaps of my personal favorite sneakers from my wardrobe to give you a little sneak peek! To narrow your search down, if you happen to be looking for one pair of cool kicks this Spring, go for the classic black suede pair of http://www.vans.ca style “old skool”. Reason why? It’s a great style to dress up or down! You can throw on a blazer, t-shirt & denim, knit dress & denim or leather jacket, faux leather leggings & a tunic, or even just a cool pair of shorts and tank. Lots of options for a simple sneaker that’s priced right at $60.

Adidas Stan Smith’s

Vans Old Skool High top

Adidas Stan’s In Croc

Nike Airmax90

Adidas Original EQT

 


Personal Shopper – Showing My Personal Style

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

Mabelle Style blog is a collection of candid shots styling my clients on location and describing behind-the-scene stories regarding each ‘shop day’ or ‘wardrobe consult’. I also include a selection of my own personal style photos. The idea behind this began when I had received numerous emails from potential clients asking me, ‘What is your style? Clients come to me because of my personal style, which is sometimes transferred over to my female clients. My goal is to keep each client’s style their own, an individual look so they maintain a sense being unique and having their own personal flare!  A couple of key take-aways is noted in this outfit post that I love to include in my style –

  1. I love camouflage! A print that I sometimes have to stop myself from buying – as I think to myself, how much camo does one need, I  can’t wear it all together!
  2. I’m obsessed with http://railsclothing.com shirts – and a great buy when one is on sale! I have 4-5 different prints, I can’t get enough of the LA brand’s soft cotton and loose fit.
  3. I love to mix high and low cost items – this black satin dress was $7 from http://www.hm.com. A fashion lover must remember that it’s not always about the ‘brand’, but more about creating the look that is on point style wise and comfortable.
  4. Shoes are an area I always spend my most $$ – I look at a great pair of shoes as an investment piece. These Valentino booties were purchased over 5 years ago and still look remarkably in fashion.


Stylist – Bell Sleeves On Trend

We have been seeing this trend everywhere for Spring – the bell sleeve is back! It reminds me of back in 1993 when I had purchased this red and white striped le chateau shirt with massive bell sleeves to match my red patent Doc Martins. I thought it was the coolest look to rock at the young age of 12… lol. Fashion is full circle, styles seem to always come back around. 24 years later, I have taken on a more subtle look to the bell sleeve. It’s on trend and yes some of the bells seem pretty big, but for me a slimmer, streamlined bell is more aligned with my current personal style.

Get my look,  the shirt in this outfit post was $24 from http://www.hm.com combined with my fave Frame denim (lots of stretch!).

 


Personal Shopper – Need A Dress?

Do you have any events coming up? Wondering what to wear? Or what I hear most commonly is “I don’t have anything to wear!”  When events come rolling around on the calendar from weddings to tv appearances, whatever it may be you usually think, ugh, I have nothing to wear or I have to head out into the mall and find something new.

Recently we did a personal shop for just that, dresses! This particular client has more than one occasion during the year she needs dresses,  we pull numerous options to fulfill a handful of upcoming events. This type of shop saves hours of her time in the mall trying to find looks – she spent a maximum 2 hours with Mabelle Style and left the mall with 5 new styles for upcoming appearances.  Check out a few pictures of some of our fave choices below!

Kate Spade

Milly

Isabel Marant

Ted Baker

Derek Lam 10 Corsby

 


Personal Shopper – Ready For Spring

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

It hasn’t seemed appropriate to blog about Spring trends quite yet, with the continued snow falls that occur every couple of weeks in Vancouver! Unusual weather for us this winter but I’m going to ignore the most recent snowfall (today!) and start talking about Spring Fashion :)

Trench coats have been a staple for women’s fashion every year but this year it’s not just a staple its a big trend from the runway! Lots of oversized, loose fitting non traditional style trench’s have been seen everywhere. I paired my loose light weight http://www.aritzia.com trench with a basic cotton T and some shredded baggy boyfriend style denim. I love the loose fitting light weight fashion trends like this look,  but to avoid keeping it from becoming frumpy I always add a heal.

Trench: Aritzia
T-shirt: Club Monaco
Denim: AG
Shoes: Burberry


Mabelle Style Is Celebrating 10 Years In Business!

 

Photography: Christine Pienaar
Cake: Nomsbymon

The love of Fashion has been in my blood since birth, inheriting this passion from my grandmother, Mabelle who had been a fashion designer in her youth; a person I may have never met but have carried her legacy on.

About 10 years ago, in February, 2006, I took the leap from retail work into the entrepreneurship of small business ownership. Taking into consideration my business and fashion education studies, my true passion, I put it altogether into a business plan. This was before popular blogging and social media became mainstream, but what I did create for ‘online’ was a silhouette and a service breakdown on a webpage for the new business. This basic site partnered my experience in styling with my work in the service industry being the perfect combination that created an amazing clientele list. I am so thankful for the longevity of these relationships and experiences, which have been remarkable and very special for Mabelle Style. It has always been my pleasure to assist people, and teach them how to look and feel their best, which has been the finest reward of this business.

In celebration of my 10 years organizing wardrobes and styling Vancouverites, Mabelle Style is offering a special promotion!! This offer is for my recurring client base as well as new clients!!

Book a wardrobe consultation and/or shopping day in the month of February and receive 15% off the service package.. your booking must take place anytime between February 1 to April 1. 

Also, Mabelle Style offers an extra bonus of an additional 10% off when you refer a client during our anniversary discount month too!!  Wow… 25% off!

So… celebrate with us at Mabelle Style, look and feel your best and save $$ money on costly mistakes!