Personal Shopping – Gift Giving Idea!

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Mabelle Style now offers gift certificates for the holiday season!

Have you ever wondered if Personal Shopping or Wardrobe Consulting would be the perfect gift idea? Then, check out the points below that are the most common statements, questions and reasons Mabelle Style clients have brought up, which brought them to our service.

  • I have nothing to wear in my wardrobe!
  • How can I create outfits with what I have?
  • I hate shopping!
  • I don’t have the time to look and shop!
  • Nothing fits properly!
  • I can’t find anything in my closet!
  • I want to look sharp… without trying to.
  • How can I add new trends to my existing wardrobe?

Contact mabellestyleconsultant@gmail.com for more information on services for Christmas gifts.


Personal Shopping – Talking Whistler Wardrobe

 

Jacket: Aritzia Denim: AG Boots: Aquaitalia

Jacket: Aritzia
Denim: AG
Boots: Aquaitalia

Recently, I worked with a recurring client who had previously shopped with Mabelle for her everyday wardrobe. There was a gap in her wardrobe regarding her weekend trips to Whistler. My goal was to create a few multifunctional casual comfy looks. My favorite purchase from this particular shop was a black & red check coat that we selected at Aritzia. It had a Canadian vibe and a trendy cocoon cut for room to layer.  The client also requested a look for evenings for an event or fancy dinner she would attend. I pulled a bordeaux sweater-dress from Kate Spade that was very flattering and had the perfect weight for cold winter nights. Check out the pictures we captured on her shopping day to get a glimpse into some of her looks!

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Coat: MaxMara Weekend Shirt: Equipmant

Coat: MaxMara Weekend
Shirt: Equipment

Dress: Kate Spade

Dress: Kate Spade

Coat: Hugo Boss

Coat: Hugo Boss

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Personal Shopper – Elevated Style On Trend

Coat: Sentaler

Coat: Sentaler

On a recent shop our client was looking for a selection of outfits that felt effortless but also gave an elevated look for upcoming meetings or evenings out. We took a couple of pictures during the shopping day to give you an idea of the outfits being created. It can range from an amazing overcoat that can take a t-shirt and jeans to another level or a classic cream silk blouse tucked into a slim trouser for evening style  As a personal shopper it is a priority to create outfits vs pieces with some of our favorite brands http://www.sentaler.com  http://www.smythejackets.com and http://www.aritzia.com

Blazer: Smythe Blouse: Theory Pants: Aritzia Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Blazer: Smythe
Blouse: Theory
Pants: Aritzia
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Top & Pants: Aritzia

Top & Pants: Aritzia

Bodysuit: Aritzia Skirt: Missguided Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bodysuit: Aritzia
Skirt: Missguided
Shoes: Jimmy Choo


Personal Shopper – Crushing On Velvet

Dress: ASOS Choker: Blue Ruby

Dress: ASOS
Choker: Blue Ruby

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

Photographer: Christine Pienaar

It’s been awhile since velvet has come around on the trend forecast but this fall/winter season it’s the fabric in about every style. Dresses, pants, kimono’s, booties you name it! I recall in circa 1998 having a velvet bell bottom pant (cringe) and circa 2005 I had a black velvet blazer which is a least a classic. I could have kept that one if  I wasn’t obsessed with cleaning out my closet regularly.  I personally don’t like to spend a huge amount on really specific trend that stands out, like velvet. I would have loved a pair of velvet booties but for ‘price per wear’ it just didn’t make sense. I did find for $30 this cute shirt dress from ASOS that I felt fit the bill, great colour, perfect length for casual or dressy. Not something I’ll wear more then 5 times as it’s pretty bold,  thank god it was only $30 :)

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Personal Shopper – A few fashion pieces is sometimes all you need

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Finding key pieces to add to an already well rounded wardrobe is always fun, I get to focus on trendy items vs basics. This shop was based entirely off that – fun, elevated and trendy! I added some great jackets to her wardrobe, camouflage cotton for casual, a burgundy suede bomber and a beautifully tailored Smythe blazer. (Smythe is the probably one of if not the best brand for the perfect cut blazer!) I also couldn’t resist an elevated boot, not just your basic suede bootie we got the Alexander Wang ‘Alex’ boot.  Sometimes shops don’t need to be big and large volume, it just about finding key pieces to elevate an already great wardrobe:)

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Personal Shopper – Don’t get lost in the oversize trend

Sweater: Zara Pants: Armani Bag: Coach

Sweater: Zara
Pants: Armani
Bag: Coach

One of the biggest trends this season is the oversize look – from sweatshirt dresses & giant sweaters to jackets so big they fall off your shoulders. Remember not all trends are for everybody but if you’re wanting to take the plunge into the oversize you want to be mindful that your body isn’t lost in this baggy shapeless style. How does that happen? Make sure  your don’t hide every feature. For example, in this outfit post I have a large sweater and a wide flowy pant, I made sure the sweater was  half tucked in the pant so my waist and hips do not get lost in the outfit. Another great option if you have a longer oversized sweater is to lose the pants! Wear the style as a dress with a healed shoe to give length to the legs and a slimming effect to the overall look.

Photography: Christine Pienaar

Photography: Christine Pienaar

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Personal Shopper – Sometimes all you need is a little

We started off a recent shop for a regular base client reviewing his closet. He has shopped for 2.5 years with Mabelle and we have created a very well rounded wardrobe so this shop didn’t need a lot of pieces.  Seasonally you don’t always have to fill up on new items, the more in the closet the harder is to figure out outfit combo’s etc. We decided to pull some layering pieces to add to the elevation of style he already has :) What did we end up with? An amazing Hugo Boss knit blazer in charcoal, a knit hoodie for under the blazer, some check pants. The amount of outfit combinations we could create with his current wardrobe and these couple of new pieces was amazing. We had 8 looks in total just with the blazer!! Check out some outfit grids below to get a glimpse into this guys stylish wardrobe.

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Personal Shopper – A Blazer Can Bring New Life To Your Wardrobe

Blazer: Zara Dress: DVF Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Blazer: Zara
Dress: DVF
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I have owned this navy classic DVF dress for 5 years. It’s a go-to when I need a dress for any occasion. The colour navy will never be outdated and the silhouette is simple but elegant. The best part about this dress ( still being sold in DVF store’s)  is the stretch – yup this dress has give! I wanted to give it a little update this season, I usually wear it on it’s own but I found the perfect blazer with navy details at http://www.zara.com/ –  $89!! The blazer creates a business look which makes the dress go from evening to day! Multi-functional is key.

Christine Pienaar Photography

Christine Pienaar Photography

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Top 5 Reasons You Need A Personal Stylist

 The best part about being a personal stylist is the feedback received from clients who explain how great they feel following a consultation by hiring a professional to understand their personal needs. Here is a list of the top five reasons why my clients regard Mabelle Style as a ‘good investment’.

 

Closet Cleanout

An unorganized, overstuffed closet can cause anxiety, confusion when you can’t clearly see your clothing. You should be able to spot a possible outfit combination with a quick glance. By having your own stylist professionally clean out & organize your wardrobe, you will visibility be able to interpret new ensembles at a moments notice. The Personal Stylist will automatically piece together new looks and options, and then observe any particular weak areas required to create a well rounded wardrobe.

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Looking Good without the stress
A skilled Stylist produces an effortless approach for the client, who doesn’t want to think about how to do it, by generating multiple outfit combination’s, and then documents them all with photographs. An easy way to view and select an outfit from the closet that matches the picture… voila! A Simple way to look your best.

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Time Saver
Numerous clients dislike spending time shopping in malls because they can’t find what they want, feel pressured by sales people or leave with pieces instead of outfits. The stylist does the legwork and finds all the items for you, saving hours of time that you could put to better use!

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Money Saver
How many times do you leave the mall spending large amounts of money and don’t even know what you bought or purchase clothes that don’t get worn. With a stylist you save money with new items pulled specifically for you that are multi-functional. Numerous outfits are created by adding new pieces to the current wardrobe. Also, you save money by doing a couple of shops a year instead of hitting the mall multiple times (all that wasted $ adds up). By setting a budget with your stylist, you save time and costly mistakes.

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Feeling Confident 
The number one reason I style for my clients is to make them feel better about themselves. Wearing well fit clothes make you feel comfortable, look fashionable and most importantly you feel confident… a real boost once the compliments start rolling in.

Blazer: Banana Republic Hoodie: American Apparel Denim: Armani Exchange Boots: Zara

Blazer: Banana Republic
Hoodie: American Apparel
Denim: Armani Exchange
Boots: Zara

 

 


Personal Shopper – Fall Trends Start With A Print

Coat: Aritzia Shirt: Equipment Pants: Armani Shoes: Fendi

Coat: Aritzia
Shirt: Equipment
Pants: Armani
Shoes: Fendi

The number one priority when creating a well rounded wardrobe is to ensure you have all the staple items first. Staple items would be considered the basics. Once you have found the perfect fits and styles for the basics you can then interject the trendy pieces. Those pieces can elevate the basics and give a little pop of colour, print or even some edge. One of my favorite trends that works wonderfully with basics is cheetah print! My outfit post below shows a silk cheetah blouse with a basic black pant & coat – an easy piece that really gives my outfit a jump start into fall.

Photography:  Christine Pienaar

Photography: Christine Pienaar

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