Sunday, April 23, 2006

Grecian Princess

A history class can be inspiring sometimes. Fashion wise; Take this example; a flowy thin fabric that feels like heaven tied around the waist with a braided silk cord. Nothing says Grecian like flowing fabrics and cords. Paired with a tired peasant skirt, it looks fabulous. It also looks great with:

-gladiator sandals (its grecian)

It is also a very figure flattering trend. Let out your inner godess, and youll blow everyone away!

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Catherine Couture?

Inspired by the latest nike line, full of movement, color, and insane cuts and styles, Ive decided to make myself a line of sports clothing, but with colors that suit ME.

The new nike line has colors such as ;white, black, hot pink. They are beautiful on darker skin tones, but seing as im really pale (white is a dark color for me to wear... just kidding!), its not so flattering for moi. So ive taken it upon myself to create my own line, my own little collection of pieces that go together to create movement, style, and comfort. One more problem I found with the new nike line; Their clothing didnt fit me well. The small hot pink cropped top was too loose, and would not hold things in place. And the medium (only size available) black and white tank ruined the visual effect the shirt was meant to create because there was too much fabric. Great line nike; but next time you should focus on the fitting too! After all, sports wear should be fitted! Though I must admit; Im deeply in love with it. But I also wish the colors were more universally flattering.

Here is how I did it, and how you can make your own.

First off, Ill admit to owning way too many clothes. My room is always a mess. But hey, Ill sacrifice space for extra clothes anytime! Like in the movie Head Over Heels, the model says it well; * How much space do you need to sleep? But you need a LOT of space for clothes!* So I started finding fabrics that ressemble sports wear fabric. Heck, I even used some shirt I used to wear as *fancy* shirts. They were the cheap kind that are 20$ but the fabric keeps you cool.

The cuts and colors also vary. One shirt is of a plum kind of pink. The other is black, white and red, with bold characters on it. The pictures shown above are my latest idea. Seing as Im shy to wear only a sports bra (like many people do at the gym and such) I found a way to make it more conservative. So i tied this sheer scarf over it (the colors are actually neon green and neon aqua) over my black sports bra. Theres another thing to keep in mind; black goes with anything bright or neon; think hot pink, yellow, neon green, orange...

Another fun thing to add to my compilation is gaucho pants. To tell you the truth, they scared the life out of me, because from my point of view, they made the wearer look short, with the added bonus of accentuating hips size. But the inner fashionista in me swipped the credit card, and now I have these gaucho pants. So here I was, dancing to *She wants to move* when I put the pants on with one of those tops I mentioned. They actually worked. For dancing they are great. They allow the biggest range of movement, and are also the most comfortable kind of bottom ive ever worn. Ide seriously recomment to any dancer, or person, to go buy some. They add style to the whole look too. That is another element that will make the new nike line successfull; new and never before seen cuts. So forget your geometry class and twist, tie, and pin things how you want them too be.

Another thing you should think of when putting clothing together is the colors. They should flatter you; but they should not be earth tones or everyday wear colors such as brown. Stick to bold colors, like hot pink, white, aqua, turquoise * (universally flattering, works for all skin tones*) And if you have darker skin, almost anything will work exept for black and earthy tones. And dont shy away from the yellow and the orange! Hot pink and orange were the colors nike used in their 2003 line, so why not make your own signature look by mixing two colors?!

*You also want to make sure everything *stays put* when you are dancing/running/working out.

So when you put together your own line of sports wear, remember these rules;
1. The color should suit YOUR skin tone.
2. Things should be kept in place *watch out with the low cut shirts!*
3. try something different, and eye catching.
4. Comfort is key. If you dont feel comfortable, you wont look it either.

So let out the inner picasso, and lets see what you can do! Email me pictures of your favorite sports wear (put together by you or bought at a sports store) and I will be posting them. Keep on checking back for an update on my sports wear; those photos will be posted too.

You know where im at, as always,

Cate <3>

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Play Your Position!

This week while I was shopping, it hit me; a chevy, going at 500 km/h. I was rushed to the hospital when... Okay, no. Actually, what hit me was the realisation of something I love; something deeper than fashion; sports fashion. You see, sports takes up a lot of my time, but I wont complain; I love it. The clicher *Argh I hate going to the gym!* doesnt apply to me. Its more like *Yay! Im going to the gym!*. Im also a competitive track athlete, who trains anywhere from 8-12 hours a week. So if you do sports, and spend plenty of time in sports wear, why not spend a substantial amount of money to have quality, and good looking clothes? After all, for even going to the gym, you DESERVE nice clothes!

People often laugh at me when I train; I do my hair, makeup, and I get dressed up. But is the fact that youre going to the gym a reason NOT to look half decent? No. Remember the commercial for Columbia Sports wear that said *When you look like a pro, you feel like a pro!*
Well its true. So if you want to be in the know about whats hot and whats now in sports fashion, read on!

Lets start from the top (pun intended!) If you want to wear a hat, it deffinatly adds style to your sports attire. It can be as funky or laid back as you want. You can buy hats with plaid, corduroy, or velvet on them, and the prices range anywhere from 10$-80$ ( visit to splurge on one of these caps of couture!). Next comes the shades. You can buy some at the dollar store, or you can go into the hundreds with Oakleys. Its up to you on what you splurge on; but make sure they are UVA protectice.

Cuffs are fun. I must admit. You can go to your nearest footlocker, sports mart, or sportcheck to find cuffs. They sell some as headbands, and wristbands too. They are around 5-20$ depending on the brand.

Then comes the shirt. If you want good support, look for a built-in-bra. If the top you buy doesnt have one, wear a sports bra. NOT an underwire one. There is good reason to this; There is a such thing as a Coopers ligament that stretches, per se, when there is impact placed on the breasts. Once this stretches, there is no way of getting is back, exept surgery (money, anyone?!) and this means things will sag, at early ages. So get youreself a good sports bra. They come from light to extreme support, depending on the activity you are doing. For example, if you are doing yoga, consider light support. However, if you are running, or doing gymnastics, take extreme. The more they stay in place, the less damage is done.

Tops come in an array of styles, colors, and fabrics. Lets start with the most important; fabric. You want a breathable fabric, that absorbs sweat; and by this we dont mean cotton, but more spandex, and things like it. Sports tops are also available in many colors; find one that compliments your skin tone, or go with some of the more out there colors, like fushia, or orange. As for styles, there are some more conservative styles, for ex, long sleeved shirts, and t-shirts. There are also tank tops, single strapped shirts, and even tube tops (though I wouldnt recommend the last option). Regardless what brand you chose, there is bound to be a shirt for you.

Speaking of brand, a few good reliable brands to look into are : Adidas, Nike, Puma, Lululemon. Keep on checking the site for store profiles that will be comming soon!

And finally, we have the bottom. Shorts can be as short or as long as you like. Personally I like them short, because they dont get into the way. But remember; comfort is what matters. Not only the appearance. I will now let you in on my secret; tights. Yes, but running tights. Long ago, I swore off tights and anything spandex, because, lets face it, its just not always flattering. But once you find a nice pair that fits well, youll be glad you did. If you really dont like the look of full legged tights, you can always try capris, witch are more flattering still.

Oops! I forgot! Where are you going to put your things? Keys, Water bottle, towel, gym pass, shoes? Youll need a good bag. Puma and Lululemon make very cute, spacy yet small, fashionable bags that are designed for the sporty fashionista in mind.

As for footwear, funky colors are always fun, like these neon green monster shocks. Try looking into Saucony, and Asics for good quality, and Nike for some bright colors!

And there we go ladies, another reason to do exercise! ;)
You know where I am as always! Keep visiting!
Cate <3 @

Monday, March 06, 2006

Friday Night Fever

Inspired by my outing last friday night, I decided to write about what to wear on a night out. I was totally confused, and baffled. I didnt know what to wear, the whole *closet full of clothes but nothing to wear* scenario was in play... Okay. I lied. I totally knew what to wear. But a lot of people didnt (The even was a highschool dance). So just so youre in tune when your school throws the next beat, heres the 411 on party preparation.

Ill start off by what you do not want to wear to a school dance. And the first is your everyday attire. For one, its a dance, so they will put aside dress code (usually), so by all means, take advantage of it!

Secondly, you do not want to wear a skirt. Peoples hands wander, and skirts that arent tailored (witch you wouldnt wear at a dance, anyways) are like freelance journalists; they fly everywhere.

You might not want to wear something that you would wear on a sunday either. Its okay to dress conservative, but keep the floral knee length skirt and grey cardigan for church.

Now that weve covered what NOT to wear, I will give you ideas on what to wear. Every fashionista knows the basic ensemble for a friday night; dark jeans, cute top, and heels. Since the dark jeans are pretty simple, we will go on to the tops.

You want to wear something that is colorful, and fun. Be it with sequins, rhinestones, lace, try something fun. Usually something you wouldnt wear during the day. You can get a fancy top at places like Guess, Le chateau, and Dynamite. (In order of expensiveness).

The top should be the main focus of the outfit, and the jeans are there as a neutral that neutralise the wildness of the top. A rule of thumb to remember here is that you dont want to wear a fancy top with a fancy skirt. Its sort of like the makeup rule where you play up one feature; eyes, or lips, but NEVER both. If you must, try a neutral tone on the skirt, like black, or beige, your best bet being the black.

Dresses are not recommended for dances, unless its a semi formal. Remember, you want to be comfortable. Dont wear anything too hot (not by the look, but by the temperature...) and dont wear anything that will leave you cold. Come to think about it, bring a bolero, or a chale to wear over. Once you get to the dance, you can always take it off and party away.

Try on the outfit, and play a few tunes that will likely be played at the dance. Dance around (okay, i know it feels dumb, but theres a point!) and see how it feels. Are you comfortable? Is there too much skin showing? and most of all, Do YOU feel hot? You can also ask your friends for their opinions, or email me, at . Im always glad to help!

<3 Cate

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

About the Author...

Today I was asked weather or not I write these articles. Yes, I write absolutly all of them. If I use anybody elses work, I will let you know by indicating the source of the work. However, when I post surveys, the questions will most likely not be written by me.

Just had to clarify!
Keep looking for updates : )
You know where im at!
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Its Contest Time!

Its survey time!

Question 1-If you could only shop at one store, what would it be?
Probably Le Chateau. I love their styles, and how its close to haute

Question 2-You wouldn't be caught dead wearing something from which store?
I dont boycott stores. If you do, you are limitting youreself. You never know who will start the next trend, so keep your mind open.

Question3-You're given a thousand dollars and can only spend it on ONE thing. What would it be?
Perhaps it would be a Classic Louis Vuitton purse... In brown and tan, or white with color. Then again, I would also like a Balenciaga bag, (the kind that you will find on Nicole Richies arm at any given moment). The Balenciaga would deffinatly be more practical though, considering the amount of things I put in my purse!

Question 4-You're given the opportunity to have a famous designer revamp your entire wardrobe. Who would you choose?
Definatly Roberto Cavalli. Im a little obsessed, but with reason. His work uses paisley alot, an exotic print I absolutly love. And the structure of his dresses are pure art. I also love the way he harmonizes color and floral paterns.

Question 5-Do you have a friend you'd gladly switch wardrobes with? Who is it? Why? Why not?
There is only one girl that I would switch wardrobes with, and that would be a close friend of mine, Stephanie Plouffe. We have a lot in common; i.e.,we both love fashion, and we both stay up to date. She also dresses very classy.

Question 6-Name one store you want to win a $5000 shopping spree at.
Tough one! Okay, on the first shot, I would say Holt Renfrew. For all the designer duds. But I most deffinatly wouldnt mind American Eagle, or Le Chateau.

Question 7-Is there an actress/singer/famous person whose wardrobe you admire immensely?
Not really. I deffinatly owe celebs credit, because trends usually start with them (for ex. Jackie Onassis and the Oversized sunnies), however, I do like to follow celebrity trends. Just not all of them. If I were to give an honerable mention, it would be to Hilary Duff. Her style is feminine and classy.

Question 8- Name one article of clothing you'd do anything (or nearly anything) to own?
There was this one dress by Roberto Cavalli that Victoria Beckham (former Posh Spice, Mrs. Beckham) wore. It is white with a sky blue paisley print on it. It has a very distinct and feminine cut; tight from the torso throughout the hips, and then with a pronounced flare at the bottom. It was exquisite!

Question 9-Ever saved up several months' worth of allowance (or paychecks) for one thing?
Yes. I saved up to buy some expensive Lululemon pants, witch might have been worth it, im not sure yet. You see, the problem with buying expensive things is that you dont want to get them dirty or ruin the fabric. Lululemon is sportswear, go figure.

Question 10-Ever had a friend comment on a fashion faux-pas of yours? What was it?
Not at the moment.

Now that ive answered the questions, its your turn! Send me your survey answers at One lucky winner will have their results posted on the site for the fashionista community to see!

You know where Im at!
<3 Cate

Friday, February 17, 2006

London Fashion Week

With London Fashion Week in full swing, its Trend time! Heres what we could deduct from the catwalks of the capital:

Back In.... But when was it ever out...?
The jacket has made a comeback! But doesnt it make you wonder, if a comeback is really a come- back when its always been a classic? In my opinion its just... Ok lets drop it right here. Jackets are back in style ladies and gents, now lets celebrate! Heck...this is like saying the little black dress is in again...when was it ever out ?

Tight...uuuh...skinny jeans
The skinny jean has become popular again...Though it isnt a trend that suits everybody, and isnt the most flattering in my opinion. For pants that ballance out proportions, try pants with a flair instead.

Man Bags. Yes, You read correctly, now read on:
In my opinion this is a disturbing trend. Okay, I know ive written an article about open mindedness, but this just pushes the envellope, and rips it to pieces. Purses are a beautiful thing; by all means, dont give them to men.

The Pencil [skirt]
Another classic back for another round of fashion roulette! The pencil skirt can be a flattering trend. For summer 06: the eraser skirt, and the stapple sweater... get it...stapple...haha...ok no.

Enough boring jokes! Come back soon for more updates from youre one and only, missteenfashionista!

Cate @

Pink Polos and Cookie Cutter Clones

Very short story; Making my transition from a tomboy to a fashionista was painful. I dont know how it happened, but heres where it started:

I was in grade eight, and I had just bought a pink polo shirt. I was so proud, I owned a brand name shirt! (It was Jacob). As I walked into school, I felt my heart sink deeper and deeper. The moment I walked in I spoted two girls wearing the same shirt. How did they have MY shirt? I felt so cookie cutter; like a clone. I was identical to everyone else. I then made a concious decision to stand out (fashion wise) and take a step into the unknown. I started reading fashion magazines. And I learned alot. I then devellopped it from there.

A lesson to be learned is to always have an open mind. Look at your entourage at school. Some kids wear the most seemingly rediculous things, but still make them work, and still manage to be the most popular. Why is that? Because they have an accessory others dont; Confidence.

If you hold your head high, and never question your style, your peers wont either. Same applies for making important decisions. Dont look back on decisions you make, they all have reasons. Dont question youreself and others wont either.

You can wear couture from head to toe and it will be noticed, but if you wear it with confidence you will be instantly glamourous.

Follow your heart and youll never commit a fashion faux-pas.
Raise your glass to the new IT accessory for spring 06; Confidence!

You know where you can find me as always,

Newsletter News!

Hey everyone! Ive decided that I will be writting a monthly (perhaps bi-monthly seeing as fashion changes so fast) newsletter. There will be tips, trends, and also where you can find them. There will be many other things, but they will remain surprises for now. Only one person in the whole wide world knows, and I take immence pride in knowing thats *blushes* me! But if you want to know too, leave a comment with your email adress and a request, or email me at

you know where to find me, as always,
<3 Cate @

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Words of Wisdom

Here are some quotes (about fashion). Some were written by renowned designers, others by youre average everyday person. Either way they are inspiring and profound. Enjoy.

Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.
-Golda Meir, jewish leader, 1898-1978

-Frank Capra
-Amelia A. Barr
You know where to find me always,

The 6 essential footwear

I didnt think it was possible either. And truth be told, im a hypocrite. I own over 20 pairs of shoes. But the point of this article is to let you know witch ones you absolutly need...and why. (because everything has a reason...or maybe not...)

1) The running shoe: Plainly put, everyone should own a pair, because everybody should exercise. Even skinny people. If a skinny person takes a cardiac infarctus (cardiac arrest) Its worst for them than for heavyer-set people. So get off your bony but and exercise! NOW!
*Get a shoe that has good stability and support. A great place to buy running shoes is running room, They have qualified staff that can analyse your pronation (the way your foot strikes). And yes, this is very important, it prevents injuries.

2) The casual flat: Its good for multiple reasons. One being its casual, 2 being its flat. You can wear this to the beach, the market, the mall, school, and if theyre embellished, even a semi formal dance.

3) The black stilletto: Every woman should own a pair. No justification needed. Just like one plus one equals two, not three.

4) The sexy wedge : You know there are things you wear and they just feel down right sexy? Well theres something about [Mary? ] wedges that just has that apeal.

5) The flip flop: Because theyre cheap, colorfull, but also come in an indefinate variety of styles and colors; asian, bold colors, with a heel...

6) The boot: Because if youre a canadian chick like me, youll want to keep your toes nice and toasty, now wont you ?

And on a quick note; it has been quoted that *uggs are soooo last year!*
rebelling against this will make a fashion statement... think about it.

You know where you can find me,
<3 Cate @

Case Study: The Prep

Okay so youre a member of the country club, you alternate between golf, tennis and horseback ridding, and you own a pricey car. But can you dress like a classic prep?

Okay so were not all in that context. Small secret...: Neither am I. But dressing preppy is fun. So heres what youll need to know to knock the socks off of that cute tennis player... [Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas, anyone?]

The rules of the prep:
Stay clean. That means stick to pattern-less clothing. Unless its a) argyle, b) vertical stripes or c) plaid.
Skirts should not be over 2 inches above the knee. We want preppy, not preppy gone trashy
Dont know what to buy? Think argyle sweater, white burmuda shorts, Burberry things (Its all preppy...), pearls, and lots of them.
Jewelry is simple. Diamonds, pearls. enough said.
blouses are also a must have
Stick to pastels: white, yellow, pink, lime... avoid black, red...
Look into designers such as: Raulph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle
*American Eagle is more of a Casual Prep style

Later preppies!
You know where to find me,
<3 Cate @

White is the new Black

Thats right. The classic black is now...White? Black has always been a garderobe must-have, a staple in every womans wardrobe (little black dress anyone?). White is going to be the biggest trend of spring 06, and were talking big. People will watch news reports that feature Canada and think that there is still snow in the summer because there will be so much white. Okay maybe not.

First we must get down to the instincts ; why do we love black so much ? We love black because its safe, slimming, and it rejects judgement (Ever notice how Angelina Jolie often wears head to toe black? You cant go wrong, and its her way of protecting herself from fashion critics). But with the mod style comming back, black is paired with white, and someone somewhere was inspired and thus decided to explore the alternate extreme. White.

After the fall 2005 trend inspired by the Edwardian era, (Short story: When King Edward died, his wife, the Queen, went into mourning. She wore black. Turquoise black, purple black, heck, she probably wore white-black. But the point is, everything was dark. And as the public usually follows their fashion and political icons, all of England went into morning along with the Queen. So what do you think would have been on a runway back then? Something tells me it would be black.

Nevertheless, it is time to rebel against the staple color and go towards a brighter extreme; white.

So you say that white is the opposite of black, therefore it will create the opposite effect, making you look fat? WRONG. When worn monochromatically, (head to toe), white can be slimming. And remember, fashion is archetechture; it is a matter of proportions.

However dont despair if you like black and other dark colors; the runways this spring might be dominated by white, but they will be accessorized with black, navy , silver and gold. And you will be comforted to know that the mod trend is comming back, which means one thing; alot of black AND white.

Still not convinced? If white isnt your thing, rejoice in the fact that the white derivatives along the natural spectrum like ivory, oatmeal, nudes and khaki are also major colors this season- And yes, black is still there too.

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We the french say, Bonjour!

Et Bienvenue! Ok enough with the frenchness! My name is Cate and this is my blog (which by now is sort of a sous-entendre right?) But nevertheless, I am here to give fashion advice, and practice my writting, for I aspire to become a fashion writter. So to kick off the grand openning of my blog, i will start with ... *dandandan* An editors note!

As a young girl, Or should I say, child, because I was anything BUT girly. Fashion wasnt part of my everyday life. As a matter of fact, it wasnt part of my life at all. Sports were the main focus of my childhood, and thats where my passion was. I, the fashionista, was once a ... ish i dont know if i should say it...okay here we go...Tomboy.

My hair was about two inches long, my nails dirty from digging through dirt in the relentless search for worms, and my running shoes dirty from my grand adventures. I did not read fashion magazines back then, and I certainly didnt pay attention to who was wearing what or how to look attractive. After all, why would an 11 year old need to look sexy ? (Okay so the designers of LaSenza Girl might argue but theres another issue the fashion industry must adress...) My point is that I looked like a little boy. From behind you would never have guessed I were a girl. The typical ready to wear outfit for me was pants, a soccer T-shirt, or a plain white sports shirt. The kind you buy at a sports competition for 20$ and reads: -World Championships 1998-.

Although I didnt pay much attention to fashion then, I sure realise the fashion crimes ive commited in the past. As a sporty girl i decided to cut my hair short(what was I thinking?!) Heres a rule of thumb; Tomboy+ Short hair+ pre-pubescent body = not much short of looking like a boy. I promiced myself I would buy my (someday) daughter dresses and alot of pink.

Sometimes I look at little girls today and wish I could have been like THAT. Like THAT? , you may ask, yes, like THAT. Like that pink skirt with the white camisole adorned by a beautiful little bow. Like the skirts, the pink, and all things said to be girly. Like the beautiful long virgin locks (I mean virgin as in, *has never been died before*. Now lets keep this blog G rated!)

But today I look back and i wouldnt have had it any other way. I would never trade the national and world ranked medals Ive won in karate for anything pink.And as for the short hair goes, sometimes I see shows on TV that feature beautiful young african girls who have barely any hair, but theyre smiles make even the top couture models look dull.

I also look to people in my life who have suffered from cancer, and who have lost their hair. The fact that they did not have hair didnt change the amount of love I had for them. That is where you realise that true beauty is not in the Chanel lipstick you are wearing, or perfect skin, or long hair, but rather in the persona you are dealing with. Beauty doesnt lie in how long your hair is, or how trendy you are, but it is in your smile, and in your soul. If ever you were stripped of everything you had (yes, clothes too) the beautiful things you would have left would be your smile, soul, and story.

And thus I conclude that who I was then is a different person than who I am now. Nothing ever stays the same, and thats the beauty of life. I have evolved from a child to a young woman. I now have different preoccupations than I did when I was twelve. Life changes, and you adjust. Fashion evolves just like we do. That is the wonder of life, that is what makes it so beautiful, so captivinting, so unique.

You know how to reach me,

<3 Cate
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