In 2018

I became an influencer for good!

I raised awareness and badly needed research funds ($1900) for women’s gynecological cancers.

I laughed until I cried.

I joined a Road Hockey Team called the Ovarian Blitzers and helped raise money for Princess Margaret Cancer Center.

I rode a cable car.

I learned that being a cancer survivor is a journey.

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Shoe Artist

I recently visited the Bata Shoe Museum to see the Manalo Blahnik Exhibit and I was not disappointed. I saw the work of a true artist and I understand why these shoes are sought after with such fervor. The craftsmanship that goes into every design is why the price tag is so high.

Fun Fact – Manolo Blahnik designed the footwear for the movie Marie Antionette by Sofia Coppola.

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He was influenced by his Spanish and Czech roots. Check out the Pom Poms on these shoes which are a reminder of National Czech folk costumes.

 

My favourite piece was this boot. Totally my style!

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Definitely worth checking out! The show is on until early January 2019.

Layering Knitwear

I wear my chunky knitwear on the outside. I like my outerwear fitted as opposed to puffy and so my chunky knitwear really bulks up underneath – solution wear it on top.

I still get all the warmth but without being constrained and stuffed into a coat. It provides unique style to a mass market coat like my Costco Andrew Marc silver puffer or my Uniqlo light down.

I started this style for health reasons. Before I was diagnosed with Endo-ovarian cancer I was living with large cysts which caused bloating. All my coats got super tight and some I couldn’t zip up but I really wanted to wear my chunky vests so I wore them on top of my coats and still do!

I’ve heard that necessity is the mother of all invention or in this case unique style!

 

Transitional Jacket

The perfect transitional jacket is the bomber jacket. It has an edgy style and keeps you warm on chilly days. This jacket is a classic that originated from jackets bomber pilots wore. It is meant to have an oversized fit with a tight waist and cuffs.

Several designers showed this style for SS2016. My fav is the green and print camo style from Versace. There is also a corseted version from Balmain and an oversized long jacket from Rag & Bone. Because this jacket is a simple style the possibilities for designers to reinterpret it is endless.

 

There are several reasonable priced options available at H&M, Forever 21 and American Apparel. My fav is this printed jacket from American Apparel.

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I had some fun (and challenges) creating this style out of paper. I chose this whimsical cat face patterned paper which I received for Christmas.

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