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Travel Style: 5 Easy Day-To-Night Vacation Looks

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Megan already shared how she packs for a beach vacation. This year her trip to Ibiza requires a little more planning. See below for her five go-to outfits that can make a day look last well into the evening.

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When I was preparing for my trip to London, I knew that I needed 5 distinct looks: a night out in London, daytime beach club, dinner show and dancing, a day on a boat, casual afternoon exploring the town. While I did decide to create specific outfits for my events, I also felt a sense of ease knowing that if plans change on the fly any of the straightforward styles can easily be a day-to-night outfit.

Five Vacation Outfits to Have Your Ready for Anything

1. Night Out In London

I am spending my first night with my best friend and her husband in London. While our plans are just for dinner and drinks, I still wanted something that felt chic for the notoriously stylish city. Let's keep in mind that I will be coming off a 10 hour flight, so it needed to be effortless too. Jeans are always my go-to and can be easily glammed up with great heels and a colorful top. I decided to add in a studded crossbody for texture and edge.

 Outfit details:  Alice + Olivia satin cami , Rag n Bone jeans ( similar ), Calvin Klein heels (old),  Valentino studded cross body.

Outfit details: Alice + Olivia satin cami, Rag n Bone jeans (similar), Calvin Klein heels (old), Valentino studded cross body.


2. Daytime Beach Club

One day on Ibiza we made reservations for lunch at a daytime beach club. Since it will be hot and sandy, I wanted comfort without sacrificing island style. Throwing a basic cover-up over your bikini is the most obvious solution, but by adding just a little extra detail the outfit has potential to go so much further. 

Pro Tip: A sunhat can be bulky to pack, unless it is collapsible. To save space, pack items inside of your hat. That way it won't get crushed and you are utilizing the space it takes up. 
 Outfit details:  Shein bikini,   crochet beach coverup , straw hat from Jamaica,  Old Navy flip flops .

Outfit details: Shein bikini, crochet beach coverup, straw hat from Jamaica, Old Navy flip flops.

3. Dinner and Dancing

Dinner and dancing at Lio is our dressiest night out. I wanted to play a little and not just do a straightforward dress and heels. I started with a sequin skirt and kept it as the focus piece. From there I layered on basic items that and finished with a beaded clutch and metallic heels .

 Outfit details:  H&M sequin mini , Kooples tank top ( similar ), Stella McCartney bralette ( similar ), Anthropoligie beaded clutch ( similar ), Aldo metallic heels ( similar ).

Outfit details: H&M sequin mini, Kooples tank top (similar), Stella McCartney bralette (similar), Anthropoligie beaded clutch (similar), Aldo metallic heels (similar).

4.  A Day On A Boat

Anyone that knows me knows that I love boats! That's why I am most looking forward to the day that we chartered a private boat to take us around Formentera. The long sleeve white button down will offer perfect coverage from the later afternoon sun and since I am a fanatic about sun protection, I always need my SPF 45 face powder.

5. Afternoon Wandering Around Town

Come on I am a stylist, did you really think I wouldn't set aside time to do some local shopping? Not knowing when we would be able to fit this in, I needed an outfit that could easily take me from the beach to boutiques, or vice versa. The Chanel scarf makes the perfect belt to match my cut-off jeans, but can also be worn tied around my waist as a beach cover-up too. 

Posted on July 5, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Capsule Dressing.

Kimberly's Mod Work Dress


Sometimes there is nothing better than having a quick and easy dress in your wardrobe to pop on for those days you just need to get up and go.

Last year I purchased this dress from Ann Taylor Loft--I loved the Mod Design, heavy fabric, and geometric print. I knew I would get more use out of this dress during Fall/Winter, but it has remained untouched in my tiny closet. To brighten up the look for this season I paired it with a jacket I scored from our last clothing swap (thanks, Megan). It was just enough structure and color to compete with the printed dress and something I will be repeating.

Are you missing that go to dress in your wardrobe? The mod shift dress can be a great starter dress because of its forgiving and comfortable silhouette that works across different body types. 

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What To Look For In A Great Work Dress

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Choose A Fabric That Is Forgiving

The key to a great mod dress is structure. Thicker fabric will achieve this while helping to smooth out curves, resist wrinkles, and add warmth to a Winter/Spring work dress. Weight, retention (think bounce back), and fiber content all contribute to fabric quality. Look for a great Ponte (double knit), boiled wool, or thick cotton blend. 

A Versatile Print Or Color

If adding a print to your wardrobe is terrifying, start small. From an investment perspective, a geometric based design is one of the most trend-resistant patterns.

The more basic the print, the longer the life (i.e. stripes and polka dots). The navy, orange, and red shades in the print of my dress give flexibility to seasonality. Depending on the season you can pull out a different shade.

When you are considering a print or shade, stop and ask yourself "Can I make at least three different outfits with this piece?" For example, this dress can layer well with a white oxford, paired with a denim jacket or polished up with a black jacket like I did last Valentines Day.

A Simple Silhouette That Is Easy To Move In


Whether you are sitting in front of a panel of executives or three-year-olds, having a dress that is stylish and modest is golden. You never know what a day could throw at you and you don't want your ensemble to hold you back.

A shift dress, which is the style of my Mod dress, can luckily hold up to most of life's adventures. For taller gals, the length may be an issue since these dresses are designed to hit above the knee. If you are feeling self-conscious, try pairing a shift with tights and tall boots for a true mod expression á la Mary Quant.

If you are interested in learning more about Mod style and what made it so popular in the 1960's, see this blog from ModCloth for more information.

Our Favorite Mod Pieces

 Outfit Details: Tulle Gold Jacket, Ann Taylor Loft Dress, French Sole Black Flats, J.Crew Gold Tassel Earrings

Outfit Details: Tulle Gold Jacket, Ann Taylor Loft Dress, French Sole Black Flats, J.Crew Gold Tassel Earrings

Posted on February 16, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Women, Capsule Dressing.

Re-thinking Your Buying Behavior: The Canvas Approach


Over the years we have worked with hundred of clients, helping them simplify their closets and find meaning in their expression of style. One of the stand-out biggest takeaways clients have after an outfitting session is how much they can do with what they already own. Sometimes it just takes cleaning out the clutter and focusing on what works and why.

This NY Times article about buying less has been buzzing the last few weeks online and supports  what we believe in at Canvas--Invest in the best quality you can afford and only buy what you really need and love. The result? You'll spend less time on shopping and returns and have more time to devote to living life!

Honest Talk: How Do You Buy?

Clothing regardless of whether you are a gal or guy carries with it a mix of emotions and triggers. Sometimes it can feel like a treat at the end of a long day to indulge in new shoes or a chore to find a new bathing suit for vacation. Being mindful of your purchase style will help keep you accountable so you can enjoy a shopping trip. 

Stylist Confessions

As a stylist I know this, but as a consumer it's something I can still struggle with. I am an extremely frugal shopper to the point of self denial. When I invest in a big ticket item, I can take a long time (years) to research the perfect mix of quality, price, and fit. I have a few accountability partners (including Megan) to keep me honest, not overthink, and actual enjoy a hard earned handbag or jacket.   - Kimberly

Over the years, I've found that I don't get the same spark of joy buying something for myself that I do when I am working with a client. As a result, I am always looking for those special pieces that I can't live without. When I can't find anything, I end up buying lots of basics like black shirts or denim to hold me over. If I need a quick fix after a stressful day, you can always find me in Sephora.   - Megan


Starving the "More is More" Mentality

Fashion is a landscape of abundance with new collections dropping four (or up to 12) times a year. Yet, many of us suffer from a scarcity perspective when shopping. We buy in bulk to save, live in fear that our favorite cut of denim will be discontinued, and stock up on basics "just in case."

At Canvas, we understand that it's easy to get seduced by stores and caught up in shopping. We believe that it is ok to treat yourself every now and then. However, our vision for clients is to have a curated wardrobe of items that are not only loved, but worn till they are threadbare. To help, we both have little check-ins that we like to ask clients in the dressing room: 

1. Do you want to wear this as soon as you get home? If not, you probably don't need it.

2. Is this better than anything similar that you already own? If not, let's wait for better.

3. Does this feel like an A+? If not, then let's find one that is.

ProTip: If you wouldn't buy it at regular price, don't buy it on sale. Everyone has their breaking point on value, but if you don't love something enough to justify its cost you MAY not value it enough

Be Realistic in Your Goal Setting


What works for one, does not work for all. While we love being streamlined and minimal, there are seasons in life. Not celebrating that or allowing yourself to make fashion mistakes (learnings) can create its own host of problems.

We recommend budgeting and setting healthy realistic goals. We encourage our clients to be proactive consumers which is why we take inventory, schedule seasonal shopping trips, and are intentional in our selections. By planning your purchases, you are set up for success and not as vulnerable to shiny marketing tactics.

By having less in your closet, you naturally are forced to be more resourceful with what you have. This is one lesson Megan and I learned while doing our July Capsule Challenge. We actually found it was more fun getting dressed when we had fewer options because it caused us to be more creative.

Do What's Right For You And Enjoy It!

At the end of the day, we want clothing and getting dressed to be something that is fun and inspiring for all of our clients, not stressful or frustrating. While you may not be ready to take the plunge and quit shopping for a year (neither are we), it is important to step back and look at what and how you are buying. Find small ways to make those purchases more meaningful and then watch how that starts to filter through to the rest of your life.

Stay Stylish,

Posted on January 23, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Capsule Dressing.