Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stella & Dot

Today I`m excited to feature my new Pave Spear Pendant Rose Gold Chain Necklace from Stella & Dot. I absolutely love it! It`s a versatile piece you can dress up or down. I chose to wear it with a crocheted top and these cargo pants I`ve had for at least 4 years ; ). And I`m proud to say I've had these Birkenstocks in my closet since 2004! I'm so glad they're back in style this summer and that I didn't give them away. Fashion is like Karma, what goes around always comes back around ; ).

tank top - c/o West 49 (last season), cargo pants - Vigoss, 
sandals - Birkenstock, necklace - c/o Stella & Dot, cuff - Banana Republic, 
purse - Rebecca Minkoff, sunglasses - Jessica Simpson

P.S. RIP Robin Williams. Such a sad, sad loss to the world. My heart is heavy. I pray that one day the stigma of mental illness will disappear so people will not feel ashamed or weak to get the help they need. There's no such stigma attached to illnesses like cancer or diabetes, this should be the same for any type of mental illness or disorder. Suffering is suffering, whether it's mentally or physically, both are painful, although in different ways. The world needs to have more compassion for the mentally ill. I am sending love and light to Robin Williams' family and friends and love and light to anyone who is suffering right now. There is always help out there. Always. And you are not alone.


Friday, August 8, 2014

LOFT Giveaway Winner Announced!

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who entered my $100 LOFT Gift Card giveaway this week! The lucky winner is...

Erika Persson! Congrats Erika! I will be contacting you to get your address.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday Throwback: Keira Knightley

Talk about recycling! Keira Knightley got plenty of use out of her wedding dress, a Chanel Haute Couture little number Karl himself made especially for her. She first wore it in 2008 at the BAFTA awards, then for her nuptials to James Righton in May 2013 and again in December 2013 at a gala in London. I have to say I loved that Keira rocked the same frock three times, styling it differently each time because celebrities just don't do that. (Can you imagine the stir it would cause if someone like Gwyneth Paltrow was caught wearing the same thing more than once to different events?? The HORROR!) Keira just didn't give a sh*t what people thought and for that I admire her. For us regular folk, wedding dresses can be are really expensive (I'm talking thousands of dollars) so if you can wear it more than once, I say go for it! Of course, it depends on what type/style the dress is... I feel lucky that I'll get to wear my wedding gown twice - first in California at our very small ceremony and reception (which takes place exactly a month from today, eeeee!) and then again at the end of September when we host a big party to celebrate with all of our close friends and family in my hometown.

What do you think of re-wearing a wedding dress? Yay or nay? Sound off in the comments below!

Monday, August 4, 2014

$100 LOFT Gift Card Giveaway!

Floral Softened Blouse - LOFT (it's seriously so soft!)

To celebrate the recent opening of LOFT by Ann Taylor in West Edmonton Mall (which I am SO stoked about!) I've teamed up with the popular, affordable and chic women's retailer to offer one lucky Canadian reader a $100 gift card! It's super-easy to enter, just follow the instructions below. I will randomly choose a winner this Friday. Good luck!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Sorry for my lack of blogging. It's been a crazy couple of weeks! Crazy as in I don't think I've ever been this busy in my life! With a wedding coming up right around the corner, a new system being implemented at work, new styling clients and teaching barre classes, I definitely have my plate full but I'm not complaining, I'm grateful. It's better to be busy than bored right?? I can sleep when I'm dead! Last weekend I finally had some time to get some outfit photos taken wearing my new Anne B. heels from Le Chateau. I thought they went great with my printed fancy pants and white blazer. I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of them this summer ; ).

I hope you're all having a great week!

pants - Rachel Rachel Roy from The Bay, blazer - Zara, tank - c/o French Connection, 
heels - c/o Anne B. for Le Chateau, purse - Rebecca Minkoff

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life, Lately & A Giveaway Winner

I haven't done a "Life, Lately" post in a long time so I thought I'd let you guys know what I've been up to this summer which will explain the lack of blog posts lately ; ).
Left to right, clockwise, starting from the top left: D. and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary back in June and after we went to dinner to celebrate we went on a hike. It was during the summer solstice and it was still extremely light out at around 10 p.m. which is when D. took this photo of me.
- I went horseback riding with my friend Alanna (in the photo) at my brother and sister-in-law's place. It was so nice out that day! Gotta love those big, blue, Alberta summer skies!
- I have been eating this Mexican quinoa salad every single week lately! Recipe here.
- It was great catching up with my friends Janis and Caroline : ) How cute is Janis's bike?

- Received a fun package in the mail from Swimco!
- Bridal hair trial. My sister-in-law is very talented ; )
- Yummy eats at Noorish - that's a raw pizza and delicious quinoa salad.
- This is my BFF's little girl Violet who just turned one! Isn't she adorable?? Look at those cheeks!

- For my stagette my bridesmaids arranged a pole dancing lesson at Pole Junkies during the day, it was so much fun but really hard! You need a lot of upper-body strength. I was so sore the next day but it was worth it ; )
- Me with my beautiful bridesmaids Kristin and Jenessa that evening. "Burlesque" was the theme ; ). They threw a really fun stagette for me.
- For my bridal shower my Mom made these cute gluten-free cupcakes and arranged them so they looked like a wedding dress!
- And Kristin's mom made me a gluten-free and dairy-free cake which was delicious. I was eating desserts all night.

- This past weekend I hosted a "Meet the Blogger"/styling event at Le Chateau in West Edmonton Mall which was a lot of fun. Thank you to those of you who came out!
- Okay, I NEED those beige heels from Le Chateau!
- Lunch with my Mama at The Next Act. (I had the veggie burger, gluten-free bun.)
- The staff at Le Chateau who were wonderful to work with last weekend.

Speaking of Le Chateau, the winner of the $200.00 gift card is Eva Mitton-Urban. I will be contacting you shortly. Congratulations! And thank you to all of you who entered! 

*all photos via instagram. Follow me at @mariealamode if you feel so inclined ; )


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Enter to Win a $200 Gift Card to Le Chateau

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Le Chateau's newest collections this Saturday July 19th across Canada at participating stores, I am giving away a $200 gift card to one lucky reader! You can enter below. The winner will be announced at the beginning of next week! GOOD LUCK! Also, I will be at the West Edmonton Mall location from 1 to 4 p.m. that day so come say hi and get personally styled by moi! ; )

*Contest is open to Canadian residents only. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Wedding Guest Attire - My Picks

It's officially wedding season and I'm featured in The Edmonton Journal today along with some other lovely bloggers talking about wedding guest attire do's and don't's! You can check out the article by Sandy Joe Karpetz and see a photo of a dress I wore to my soon-to-be sister-in-law's wedding here. Above are some of my top dress picks, all from Shopbop. Which one is your favorite? Have a great weekend everyone! Tomorrow is my stagette/bachelorette party and I am so excited!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Swimco, one of Canada's premiere swimwear retailers, recently launched its nation-wide online store at Swimco.com just in time for summer! When asked if I would like to review my online experience I said OF COURSE and immediately browsed through their site and came across this cute, tribal-inspired bustier bikini top from MAAJI Swimwear. I had never ordered swimwear online before because I worried about correct sizing and fit, but Swimco's sizing chart guided me in the right direction. It was extremely easy to place my order and the package was at my doorstep in less than 3 days. And the top fit perfectly! I can't wait to wear it during my upcoming trip to California : ) I was very happy with Swimco's service and would definitely order from them again.

bikini top - MAAJI Swimwear c/o Swimco (sold out but similar styles here) necklace - Zara, sunglasses - H & M