Runway to Realway Coquitlam Centre's Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:12:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5: Sunglasses Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:13:20 +0000 The sun is out people – and that means sunglasses are a necessity (although if you’re like me – you’ve been sporting your sunnies since the spring). With so many different styles out there, what’s a girl to do?

Here are our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu’s Top 5 sunglasses, all available at Coquitlam Centre.

Top 5: Little White Dresses Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:51:31 +0000 Now that summer is officially in full swing, it’s time to trade in your LBD for it’s cool, chic counterpart – the LWD! Wear it anywhere you would wear your LBD because honestly, you can where a white dress pretty much anywhere/anytime (verdict is still out on wearing white to someone else’s wedding).

Keep in mind that a LWD draws attention to sun-kissed skin so it might not be the best choice if you’re a little ‘rouge’. Also, much like a LBD, a LWD is your chance to play around with accessories and show off your favourite shoes or bag. Pair with metallics for a modern spin, tans for a boho-vibe, or bold colours for a sophisticated-yet-fun feel.

Choose a cut that makes you feel beautiful and a style that lends itself to both day and night looks. Not a fan of this season’s slip dress? Opt for a classic shirt dress and pair with on trend accessories to make timeless pieces feel new. Also, look for one that’s lined or made from a heavier material so you don’t have to worry about showing off more than you’d planned on.

With it’s limitless styling potential, your LWD is sure to be your summer MVP. Not sure how to style your LWD? Watch our “How To” Video featuring Cindy Yu of The Vancouverite Blog and see how she creates six completely different looks with one simple shift dress.

Ready to start styling your very own LWD? Here are our ‘Top 5’ little white dresses, all available at Coquitlam Centre.

How To: Style An LWD Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:50:28 +0000 A little white dress (LWD) truly is a summer staple. From date nights, to brunch with the girls, to road trips to the Okanagan, a little white dress is always a winner. Pair it with everything from a blazer and pumps to a denim jacket and sneakers for a multitude of looks perfect for any occasion.

When selecting your LWD, look for a silhouette that lends itself to both casual and dressy looks. Think a simple slip or shift dress as opposed to something too structured or embellished. While a bodycon dress will kill it on the dance floor, you might not feel totally comfortable strolling around a farmer’s market.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu styles a simple white shift dress from Plenty to create stunning, on point summer looks.

On Trend: Gorgeous Gingham Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:32:42 +0000 In case you haven’t heard – summer 2017 is all about gingham! This classic summer print is popping up on dresses, blouses, skirts, shorts, pants, swimwear…for a feminine yet laid-back, carefree vibe that’s anything but fussy.

According to Wikipedia, the origins of gingham are a little checkered (see what I did there). Many different countries from India to Malaysia to Africa have used gingham for centuries and there doesn’t seem to be any real consensus as to where it was first developed. It is generally accepted though, that gingham was brought to Europe and the Americas in the 17th century and since then, it has quickly become a perennial fabric. While there’s nothing wrong with going a little retro – it is possible to make gingham look modern and chic with just a few simple tips.

Here are my top tips on how to wear gingham without looking like a 50s housewife (not that there’s anything wrong with that):

  • 1. Pair with bright colours/accessories. A bright clutch, bright belt, bright blazer…
  • 2. Pick a piece with some attitude (ruffles, ruching, bows, off-the-shoulder)
  • 3. Pair with block heel sandals, slides, mules or runners. Stay away from pumps.
  • 4. Look for coloured gingham – pink, light blue, yellow…
  • 5. Pair with uber on point pieces like cropped tops, high-waisted denim shorts, girlfriend jeans, blouses with statement sleeves, graphic t-shirts…
Style Spotlight: Coastal Chic Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:54:42 +0000 This July it’s all about showing off healthy glowing skin in light, flowy, all-white outfits inspired by beach days in the Hamptons. Think all-American east coast preppy-inspired vibes with Little White Dresses (LWDs), easy-to-wear jumpsuits, gingham and off-the-shoulder tops in coastal/nature-inspired colours. That’s right, we’re going #CoastalChic and showcasing how to bring laid-back yet sophisticated beach vibes to your summer wardrobe. If you follow our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu on instagram – you’ll know that she just got back from the beach, watch how she brings those beachy-vibes to her summer looks.

WIN a Gift Set from Escents Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:40:39 +0000 This July it’s all about showing off healthy glowing skin in light, flowy, all-white outfits inspired by beach days in the Hamptons. Think all-American vibes with Little White Dresses (LWDs), easy-to-wear jumpsuits, gingham and off-the-shoulder tops in coastal/nature-inspired colours. What better way to celebrate laid back, clean and classic summer style than with a Gift Set from Escents, one of Canada’s top natural living and wellness brands (it also happens to be their 25th Birthday this year!)?

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On Trend: Statement Sleeves Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:00:47 +0000 This summer, it’s all about those sleeves. Ruffle, bell, wide, emobroidered, trimmed with lace…big sleeves are in in a big way. I prefer to wear my statement sleeves with slightly slimmer bottoms but I’ve seen ladies pairing theirs with flowy skirts or wide-legged trousers and absolutely rocking it. Statement sleeves are perfect for summer when you’re not weighed down by pesky things like coats and are a perfect summer office look – they’re cool (temperature wise thanks to increased air-flow), on trend and will adhere to pretty much every office dresscode. So go on, go big!

How To: Colour Block Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:00:34 +0000 Summer is a perfect time to experiment with colour (yes, even I take a break from my uniform of black on black in the summer)! Now I know that adding colour to your wardrobe can be a bit of a daunting task. I think most of us worry about looking too “loud”, too juvenile or clashing our pieces. Enter colour blocking – when done right, colour blocking can look uber chic, is more festive than all black and is easy to wear no matter your age or life.

Here are a few tips for colour blocking success (keep in mind that you don’t have to do these all at once):

  1. 1. Choose your colours wisely. Complimentary colours generally work the best but that doesn’t mean you can’t try other combinations out – you might be surprised what looks good.
  2. 2. Go bright or go home. This trend is all about standing out from the crowd so go for vibrant, fully saturated tones (especially when it comes to pinks, blues and yellows).
  3. 3. Look for a piece that’s already been colour blocked for you (either big block of colour or something striped). There are some great colour blocked dresses out there that take all the guesswork out.
  4. 4. Choose colours/pieces that make you feel good. If you love what you’re wearing, it’ll show.

Not 100% sold on head-to-toe colour blocking:

  1. 1. Try using your accessories to colour block (i.e. pair a bright pink dress with a large purple necklace).
  2. 2. Offset your colour blocked outfit with neutral accessories.
  3. 3. Mix in a white shirt. Pair a bright yellow skirt with a white shirt and blue sandals for an understated approach to colour blocking.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu colour blocks her way to colour blocking perfection!

Top 5: Flat Sandals Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:49 +0000 Don’t get me wrong – I love my flip flops just as much as the next gal but there is a time and a place for them. Rubber flip flops give off a very casual, off-to-the-beach or in-between-workout vibes so if that’s not what you’re going for, it may be time for an upgrade. For example, while they’re cute with a tshirt dress or denim skirt – they do not work as well with a form-fitting dress or with cigarette pants and a blouse. Luckily for all of us, there are a ton of stylish flat sandals out there that, in addition to being comfortable and stylish, might just be workplace appropriate (depending on your workplace dresscode).

With all the great flat sandals out there, I promise you – you won’t miss your flip flops one bit.

The Look: Bridal Shower Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:14:34 +0000 Summer is here which means an abundance of weddings, bridal showers and engagement parties to attend. Now I know that showers are all about the bride but that doesn’t mean you have to blend into the background. This summer, step away from pastels and go bold in bright colour. Showers are supposed to be fun and celebratory so it’s time to dress the part!