Fashion

Top Trends For Work Attire For 2018 – Part 1

I have done my research for you all and pulled together the top trends for work wear in 2018! These trends are completely wearable and are at the forefront of what you should be wearing this year. This is only Part 1 as it has taken me quite a bit of work to pull this post together, so without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff!

PlaidTop Trends For Work 2018 - Plaid

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Sooooo I think that Plaid might be my favourite of all the trends, but I also think it is the easiest one to wear for work attire! Another great thing about it, is that I bet you have some sort of plaid piece sitting it your closet just waiting for you to pull it out and wear it again. Don’t forget to carry this trend on into spring or summer by wearing your favourite gingham piece!

Bold Jewel Tones

Top Trends For Work Attire 2018 - Bold Jewel Tones

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2018 has us moving away from the “Millennial Pink” and embracing Pantone’s colour of the year “Ultra Violet”. It is all about those vibrant, saturated jewel tones. As we move towards spring, start embracing those beautiful ruby reds, fuchsia pink and even a beautiful bright yellow or orange. Everyone out there can find a bright colour that will work for their skin tone. To mix trends, I would wear the red jumpsuit with a great plaid blazer over top for the perfect work look.

 

 Trench Coats

Top Trends for Work Attire 2018 - Trench Coats

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Another item that is making a come back this year is the trench coat. A classic wardrobe staple for any working woman. You can stick the the traditional camel trench or branch out into a bolder colour! Try a red trench, to mix in with the jewel tone trend. Consider this a timeless piece that you can wear over and over again. I would highly recommend picking up your favourite!

Part 2 will be coming at you next Monday! Thanks for stopping by. Let me know in the comments which trend you will be rocking the most in 2018!

Technology Favourites | Top Tips for a Clean Desk | Perfect Casual Friday Outfit

 

Fashion

The Perfect Casual Friday Look

Sweater (sold out) – similar here (on sale!)| Top (sold out) – similar here (less than $12!)| Jeans here | Bag here
| Booties (old) – similar here (suede) or here (leather) – both from the same brand as mine |

Casual Friday is my favourite day of the week. You’ve heard it before from me. I LOVE jeans soooo much. This is an outfit you can wear on a casual Friday to work or even for running errands on the weekend.

These pictures are actually a little bit old but I figured I still really like the outfit and want to share it. A couple of things are now sold out or a little bit older. I have linked almost identical items for you to try out instead.

I feel like this week was the first actual week back at work. I didn’t take anytime off during Christmas, so it kind of felt like limbo. Most people were out of the office until Monday so I am just back into the full swing of things. Does anyone else find it so hard to get back into your regular work routine after the holidays?

Technology Favourites | My Career Conversation with Rachelle | Top Tips for a Clean Desk
Advice, Home, Life, Personal

Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk

Clean Off Your Desk Day

Top Here (on sale!!) | Jeans Here

Today is Clean Off Your Desk Day! It is time to clean off your desk and get productive for 2018! This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace, and maybe buy some cute desk accessories that are great to look at and will help your space stay clean. Check out my top items below!

Clean Off Your Desk Day

Why does a clean desk even matter?

First you may be wondering why even spend the time and bother cleaning up this space? Whether your desk is in a private, a cubicle, or in your home, an uncluttered, organized, and clean will help you work more efficiently and give you a sense of peace when you sit down to work. Also, consider these reasons:

  • Distraction –  A cluttered desk is filled with potential distractions. From file folders, random papers, and sticky notes, there one million distractions available to take your mind off what you want to focus on.
  • Reputation – Having a clean desk is a reflection of your habits. It will show you as efficient, organized, and prepared to take on newer or bigger projects.
  • Space – A clean space allows you to have the room to work! Even with all the technology we use everyday, there are still physical items you will need to use. The ability to spread them out and reference them easily is so useful.

Clean Off Your Desk Day

Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Off Your Desk

1. Clean off your desk top space. Whatever sits on top of your desk needs to be there for a reason. Think about only keeping items you use on a daily basis here.

2. Keep things in reach. This means in drawers or on your desk in specific containers. There is nothing worse than not being able to find a pen or pencil when you are on the phone with someone trying to take down information.

Clean Off Your Desk Day

3. Use your drawers and cupboards. Store all of your non-daily supplies and current projects in drawers or cupboards. This allows easy access but keeps your desktop clutter free.

4. Create your system. Take this time to organize but also to develop a system that works for you. Label all your files and store them upright for easy access and better use of space. I also recommend always having blank folders on hand so you can keep your system going.

Clean Off Your Desk Day

5. Schedule a regular clean out. Clean out your drawers and cupboards at least once a year. Get rid of those old files you don’t need, but make sure you shred anything that contains information you wouldn’t want getting into the wrong hands. Through out other things you have been accumulating and never use (like those pens from hotels and your dentist).

Clean Off Your Desk Day

Those are my top 5 tips to cleaning up and organizing your desk space. I hope you all get a inspired by #cleanyourdeskday and do a little organizing this week. It will make you feel even better to start the year fresh and get productive!

Technology Favourites | My Career Conversation with Rachelle
Advice, Life, Personal

Technology Day 2018

Happy Technology Day!

National Technology Day!

Technology has changed the world. January 6 is the day to recognize those achievements and to look to the future of technology. The world I have lived in for the past 28 years has changed exponentially. We now carry around small computers in our hands every day. We can connect with the world every second of every day.

I wanted to acknowledge this day because without technology, I wouldn’t be able to connect with all of you around the world. As you can see by this photo, my phone is a part of my every day life, it even gets checked during photo shoots! With that thought in mind I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces of technology and their accessories that allow me to connect with you all!

1. Samsung Galaxy S8

What can I say – I am an Android girl through and through. I has a big screen, great camera, and it is sooooo easy to use.

2. Phone Case

This is my favourite phone case. It has marble, black and pink – so basically an Instagram dream. Plus it is super affordable and provides pretty good protection for my phone.

3. PopSocket

If you haven’t heard of a PopSocket you are missing out. All phone seem to be so big these days and my fingers tend to start aching if I use my phone for a long time, like you know, scrolling through Instagram for 4 hours… This allows your hand to relax while still holding your phone securely. It also acts as a stand when you want to watch videos!

4. Bluetooth Remote

Well, as shown by my Instagram I take a lot of my photos by myself. So the discovery of this remote has helped me so much! You just connect the remote to your phone, open your camera app and bam! You can take photos without having to hold your phone. Btw – works on both Apple and Androids 🙂

5. Flexible Tripod

Like the remote above, this Tripod makes my life so much easier. I can easily slip my phone into the holder, stand up the tripod or wrap it around a railing, and snap my pictures! The set I have link includes the same bluetooth remote I have above if you would prefer to buy everything together.

6. Tablet Stand

This is the stand I use to hold my tablet on my desk while I charge it and when I want to watch videos on it while working (hello YouTube makeup tutorials I am obsessed). It keeps it out of the way while still being easily accessible. Personally, I have not stuck mine to my furniture, and that has not caused a stability problem at all!

7. Multiple USB Ports Data Hub

Well, I don’t know if anyone is like me but I have run out of USB ports on my laptop. One for my printer, mouse and keyboard means I have one left for everything else. So I use this to allow me 4 extra USB ports to work with, and it is a literally life saver for me.

8. Power Bank

I don’t think I need to tell anyone out there how annoying it is when your phone dies in the middle of the day. I am a heavy cell phone user (obviously) and once charged, this power bank charges my phone fully 3 whole times. It comes on every trip with me for the plane ride and I even use to charge my tablet when necessary.

9. External Hard Drive

I have two of these babies. In addition to Dropbox, I keep all my blog photos on one of these, and my second one is used for personal files. It is so important to backup your files to multiple places. You never know what you will need and what happens if your laptop dies?!

10. Tablet Case with Keyboard

Protect your tablet while basically turning it into a mini computer! Heck yes! I use this versus carrying my laptop on most trips as it allows me to easily type and work while being much lighter than carrying my computer around. Easily connects to your tablet through bluetooth and away you go.

11. Samsung Tablet E 9.6

I love my Samsung Tablet. I use it at least 3 times a day. I watch YouTube or Netflix while I get ready in the morning, I watch it while I take a bath, and every time I can’t find my phone! My tablet also sync’s perfectly with my phone so it makes my life super easy.

Alright! I hope you enjoyed my little round up of my favourite pieces of technology and the accessories I use along with them. What are your favourite pieces of technology?

Check out my 2018 goals| My Career Conversation with Rachelle
Advice, Career Conversations

Courtney’s Career Conversations – Meet Rachelle

Introducing Rachelle!

Well everyone, this is an extreme honour for me today to introduce you to Rachelle! For those of you who don’t know… this is my big sister, my best friend, and my hairstylist! Having been around her my whole life I know how hard she has worked to excel at her career. The going has not always been easy, but it has been extremely fulfilling for her. I was so happy when she agreed to write this post, as I think this isn’t a career path that many people think about pursuing, but it is also one that many people have misconceptions about. So without further ado, here is Rachelle’s career story, in her own words.

The Passion Begins

When I get asked what I do for a living I tell people I’m a hairstylist.  Usually that results in a hundred questions about their hair, or any good/bad experiences they have had with their hair and hairstylists.  It’s funny to me that people think hairstylist just cut hair all day for a living.  Yes that’s part of what we do and what the public sees. But let me tell you what we really do!

First, let me tell you a bit of my story and how I became the hairstylist I am today.  I got my first taste of the whole makeup, facials, crazy fun hair-do’s as a young girl.  No, I was not cutting my Barbie’s hair, I wouldn’t dare cut Barbie’s beautiful long hair!  My Aunt and Uncle came for a visit from Vancouver when I was in grade 6 or 7 and my aunt had brought all this fun facial and makeup stuff to use on my mom, sister and I for a fun girls night.  I was a bit reluctant at first, I don’t like doing things to make myself stand out but my mom told me I had to.  She did my sister and my makeup and hair. Then she took some pictures and I thought… OK this is actually kind of fun!

Soon after that my parents bought me the movie The Beautician and The Beast with Fran Drescher.  I fell in love.  Not with the movie it’s a bit cheesy but that’s when I knew, I want to be a beautician when I grow up.  I was pretty set and determined that was what I was going to be.  In Grade 8 we had Take Your Kid to Work Day.  It’s to help children start to think about what they may want to do when they grow up.

My parents both work office jobs and that did not interest me at all.  I’d rather go to school for the day than sit in an office learning about a job I had zero interest in.  I told this to my mom and asked her if I could go to my hair salon instead and shadow my hairstylist for a day.  We called them up and they graciously allowed me to spend the day there.  I had so much fun watching her interact with her clients, and seeing what she got to do every day.  After that day I was not going to do any other job.  That was it.  My parents were a bit skeptical but only because they cared.

Learning The Way

First, I’m the shyest person around. How am I going to talk to clients if I can’t even ask someone at a changing room in a store if I could try a shirt on?  Second, it can be extremely low paying.  Yes, you may think you pay so much for your hair, but we don’t take all that home on our paycheck.  Sometimes it’s just half, 50% commission.  Then deduct all the taxes for the government. Sometimes we get deducted product costs like the shampoo we use to wash out your hair colour or the gel, or hairspray we are using on your hair (yup all that can come off our half!). Sometimes you split your tips.  There’s no such thing as paid time away from work, if you want or need a day off its without pay.  Some of these are dependent on where you work and who owns the salon as well.

My mom and dad knew this by talking to my hairstylist, so they always wanted me to look at other options just in case.  I took Cosmetology in high school as my parents wanted to make sure that this was what I wanted to do as a career before they forked out all the money for school.  It’s not cheap, and I always appreciated that my parents would pay for any education I wanted to take.  My parents as skeptical as they were, were still my biggest supporters, and still are.  My dad was my very first haircut not on a mannequin. If that’s not love for your kid I don’t know what else is!

New and Different Experiences

There’s a few different ways you can become a hairstylist and achieve your license. I decided on 1400 hours of schooling then 1400 hours of apprenticing at a hair salon.  We are a trade so it’s much like becoming a welder, electrician, etc.  After I finished my schooling I was out to find a job and was so excited.  My first job was at a salon close to home that will remain nameless.  I only worked there for 2 and a half months and it was horrible.

It was a bigger salon with receptionists, and techs (people that help clean, sweep, fold towels, etc.) and about 10-15 stylists.  None of which were nice to me.  I stuck to myself trying to help the techs make rip foils for colours, fold towels but I was told that wasn’t my job.  I barely got booked clients because they went to the top hairstylists first, so I’d be booked last.  They would pile colour bowls on my station to clean for them and never helped me if I had a question.  I stood all day working on a mannequin practicing perming or roller sets or round brushing.

After being there 2 and a half months the owner called me and fired me.  I was devastated.  She told me I was a horrible stylist and needed to go back to school.  This was all I ever wanted to be how could I be so crappy at it?  I had worked so hard in school?  A week later my mom made me go hand out resumes.  I didn’t want to I was embarrassed at what happened, talk about a crushed dream!  Well what do you know, the same day I dropped off a resume I got a call from a salon also close to home and went in a few hours later for an interview.

Two very nice, friendly ladies interviewed me and I was relieved that at the time only 7 hairstylists worked there, 1 massage therapist and 2 estheticians that worked opposite of each other so it was nice and small.  They hired me that same day and I started the following week.  That was 13 years ago.  Every woman there helped me excel as an apprentice.  Told me I didn’t suck, that I was great for someone just fresh out of school.  They built up my confidence, helped shape the hairstylist I am today and for that I am truly grateful for the woman, past and present that I’ve worked with.

The Truth About What Hairstylist Do

Being a hairstylist is so much more than just cutting hair all day.  Like I said I’ve been at the same place for 13 years.  Some of my clients I see more than I see my own family.  I know about their lives, their children, what they do for work, and I have a lot of families as my clients so then you really get to know everyone.  Yes, we talk about their hair, what new cut they want to try, what colour they think they should do but some of the appointment is chit chat about life.  I’ve given a lot of girl advice to my male teenage boy clients who don’t understand teenage girls. I’ve been there to listen to them vent about their husbands or wives. A shoulder to cry on through a breakup, divorce, a death of a pet or family member. Sadly, I’ve have also had to shave a few heads for my female clients going through cancer which is hard on both of us.

Not all appointments are sad though most are happy talking about their travel plans, crazy animals or kids, and exciting things they may be doing in the future.  Just like any job, I have shitty days where maybe you had a crazy client or someone that was rude to you, but that doesn’t happen often.  I don’t get paid a lot, my hairstylist growing up was right in warning my parents, but I go to work every day and love what I do.  I never wake up in the morning saying, damn I don’t want to go to work today.  Not many people can say that.

My job is forever changing and that’s also exciting for me.  There’s always new trends to learn about, which if you have a good stylist they should always be up on their education.  At the salon I’m at we really push education, and it shines through all our talented stylists.  We will travel all over Canada to attend them, on our days off, out of our own pockets.  It’s 100% worth it and I personally always come back fired up and excited to tell and show my clients who are interested what I’ve learned to keep them trendy and looking awesome.  I mean they are my walking billboards and there’s nothing better than seeing one of your clients in public and thinking, wow their hair is on point!

Building and Growing

Now you can make money as a hairstylist for anyone that is curious.  Since we are a trade there’s many roads you can take.  You can teach at a school. Such as, high school teaching cosmetology or at any of the hair trade schools.  You can work for a company such as Redken, Bed Head, Sexy Hair, etc. being an educator.  Some people like being on stage as a platform artist teaching big classes all the new up and coming trends.

For me, I love being behind my chair.  It’s my happy place where I get to talk to people all day, make them look fabulous and have them leave feeling amazing.  Do I want to have my own salon?  I get asked that a lot.  Most definitely I do!  I’m only 32 I have a lot more to excel at in my career but I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come so far.

Rachelle: Vest (old) – Similar Here and Here | T-Shirt Here
Courtney: Sweatshirt (not online) – Similar Here, Here and Here | Jeans Here

Special thank you to the Cutting Edge Hair Company for allowing us to use the salon. Please check them out if you are local to the Edmonton area.
Website: www.cuttingedgehair.ca | Instagram: @cehaircompany | Facebook: The Cutting Edge Hair Company
Check out my last Career Conversations post here. | Check out my New Year’s Goals here.
Advice, Life, Personal

Reflecting and Moving Forward

Welcome to the New Year everyone!

Wedding Photos

Reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For the past couple of days, as I see 2018 coming up fast, I thought it was time for reflecting. Well, what can I say. 2017 for the most part was just plain old not a great year for me. It had it’s moments don’t get me wrong. Some very high highs, but it also had some pretty low lows for me.

Of course, the best moment happened on April 22nd. I married the person who will forever try to make things better through any means necessary. Let’s just put it this way… I am not an easy person to live with and somehow he puts up with it. I can’t thank him enough for all of the effort he puts in to keeping me happy and our marriage. So that is why, this post is all wedding photos I haven’t shared before.

To be honest, most of 2017 I don’t even wish to write about. I really do wish to just simply let go, and leave it behind now. However, there are so many moments, reactions, and thoughts I plan to leave in 2017. So for some lovely encouragement and accountability for myself, here are my simple goals (not resolutions) for 2018.

1. Be a better partner.

Like I said, my husband is one pretty awesome person. He stuck with me through some pretty trying times. So this year, my first goal is to be a better partner for him. For me this truly means putting in the effort to spend more time together, stop reacting abruptly to situations, and in general practice being more considerate and appreciative of him.

2. Be better to myself.

This is probably the most typical goal anyone has for a new year. In 2018, I want to just simple be a healthier version of myself. I want to cook more, eat out less, work out more (this will be the hardest one for me I think), and make sure to take the time for myself I need to recoup my energy.

3. Be financially better.

Honestly, I don’t make many bad financial decisions in my opinion. However, I do love to buy new things. I mean, just check out this blog lol! For 2018, I am planning for every second month, starting in January, to be no spend months (aka no new clothes, beauty products, books, etc.) because truly I have most things I could ever need… in bulk!

4. Be a better blogger.

I love this little space I have made for myself on the internet. This website and my social media accounts truly bring me joy. I love planning content, responding to comments, and maybe just helping someone out there a little with my content. In 2018, I want to be more consistent in posting, providing content I love, and hopefully you will too.

5. Be better at accepting where I am.

I questioned myself a lot in 2017. Everything from my job, to my overall career, my relationships and even the person I want to be. While the above goals answer a lot of these questions, I plan to work at being better accepting where I am. This really focuses on being more grateful for what I have. Because let’s be honest, I have it pretty good.

What are you planning for goals or resolutions in 2018?

All photos are by Michael from Photoflow Photography.
Beauty, Fashion

Simple Gift Guide: What to Get For The Ladies In Your Life

 

Gift Guide for the Ladies in Your Life - Less than $150!

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Wondering what to get for the ladies in your life?

Sharing what I would love to find in my stocking or under the tree! Inspired by my mom, sister and all the ladies in my life. There are several of these items sitting waiting for me to wrap right now!

Fashion

Layering for Fall/Winter

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Faux Fur Gilet (old) – similar here | Top (no longer in Pink) – Black here | Jeans here |  Bag –  here | Boots here

My Favourite Piece to Layer With

I am keeping it short and sweet today everyone. I have had such a busy time at work lately that sometimes you just have to prioritize! However, I still wanted to share these photos filled with this awesome black faux fur gilet. It is my favourite layering piece for fall and winter. Wearing it over any long sleeved top in the fall and even turtlenecks all winter long. It can be dressed up with faux leather leggings or a skirt. There are just sooooo many different options on how to wear one. Also, I am seriously considering this one with the hood as it looks super cozy.

Here are all the amazing different gilet options I was able to find for you!

Life

Come With Me To My First Blogger Event

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Bloggers&Cocktails

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My First Blogger Event!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to attend my first blogger event. It was a night of networking, professional development and getting to know some amazing brands in Edmonton.

In the corporate world it is so important to network and get to know people in your field. Honestly, that is how I have gotten to know about so many amazing opportunities to help advance my career. To me it just made sense to pursue those same kind of opportunities for this adventure I am on as well. With that I thought I would share just a little bit more about the event.

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Bloggers&Cocktails

Bloggers&Cocktails

About the Event

Bloggers & Cocktails Presented was sponsored by Lexus Edmonton West. Which meant that I was fortunate enough to get to take some pictures with this amazing SUV. Can’t help but dream about getting my own one day!

Bloggers&Cocktails

Velvet Blazer here | T-shirt here | Jeans here |  Bag (old) – similar here | OTK Boots here | Lipstick here

I was so impressed with the location of the event. The Collective (@collective.sta) is a shared space involving and supporting young people through service, business and collaboration. The facility combines support services, space for community groups to gather, and opportunities for young people to develop a retail business. I was lucky enough to meet and talk about the space and the support the City of St. Albert is providing to up and coming artists and entrepreneurs, with both the artist J.B. Morse and Andrew from Tinker Trading Co. I highly recommend checking them out, I was blown away by the talent.

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The Collective is also currently housing a Pop Up Shop for Prairie Couture. It was amazing to get to meet Marina and here how she started her business out of a renovated Streamline Trailer (lovingly named Liv Tyler). Bonus that all of their stuff is soooo cute!

Bloggers&Cocktails(Like check out that velvet floral right there in front, calling my name!!)

Erin Cassidy of The Media Shop

Over the last 15 years, Erin has worked with 100’s of small businesses, helping entrepreneurs define their brands and create innovative ways to market and build revenue streams. I learned about finding my brand’s voice, building my tribe with strategic story telling, and building my audience. I can’t wait to put into play all the advice I received from Erin!

Bloggers&Cocktails

Bloggers&Cocktails

Overall, the event was a great was a chance to get together with other local bloggers for a fun night and to be educated and to discuss topics ranging from fashion, to marketing, to social media, new products and even getting to know some other fabulous ladies on a personal level.

 Bloggers&Cocktails

Check out the fabulous ladies I was able to meet!

@tallwhitelatte@FASHIONABLERESTSTOP@autodidactgirl & @autodidactgirltravels@chantal.nguyen@fromnehascloset@Staymagnifique | @Bunny_and_moon@Stylegarnish_@Yeg.re | @prairiecouturemobile@perfect_pouts_ | @lifedotstyle | @the_media_shop_live@jenkinal

 Thank you to the following sponsors:

Lexus Edmonton WestLifeDotStyle PhotographyLia Reese CanadaIndigo South CommonPrairie CoutureSheree’s Glass ArtworkThe Hatch WinesFresh Look Event ManagementA Beautiful InspirationThe Media Shop

Check out Courtney’s Career Conversations here.
Fashion

Christmas Party Dresses Under $200

https://www.thecourtneycollection.ca/christmas-party-dresses-200/

Red Velvet | Silver Sequin (also in Gold) | Velvet Sheath | Black Maxi | Gold | Black Cold-Shoulder (in Plus here) | Green Velvet (3 Colours)

Anyone else leave shopping for their Christmas Party Dress to the last minute?!

A little extra post this week because this year I am trying to be better and get this chosen way before I need to! I hate running around at the at the last minute searching for the perfect dress to wear to the office Christmas party. This is also a great opportunity to make sure all of you ladies out there are prepared too! I am planning to wear that fabulous maxi dress and guess what?! It is already in my closet waiting to get styled. Honestly, if I didn’t have a dress already my next choice would be the silver sequin dress! But I may or may not be ordering the gorgeous red velvet number in case I have another party come up last minute 😉