March 25, 2015

Does your hair really define you.......?

Well, it shouldn't but most of us feel that it does. You hair is your best fashion accessory.  Isn't that what all hair stylists say? I believe that your hair and make-up are your best fashion accessories. But as far as our hair defining who we actually are? No. That's simply not true. We are way deeper than that. No one can see who we actually are because our soul is invisible. I think we tend to use fashion, hairstyles and make-up to portray the person we want to be. Well, let me rephrase that. We actually we tend to use fashion, hair and make-up to define a combination of who we want to be and who we actually are? Yes, I think I just hit the nail on the head.

{Taking one last look at my longish hair as I walk out the door to chop it all off. }

I was growing my hair out. But I hated most things about long hair. So why the hell was I growing it out? I am going to be truthful here. I was growing it out because most people have the image in their mind of long hair when they think of fashion & fashion stylists and most people feel that you only cut your hair when you are "old" or only when you have to because of medical reasons. Or at least that's what I feel that people think. I know not everyone thinks the same, but it seems that is the majority. Long hair is sexy. Short hair is one of two things: Cute, or for old people. Why is sexy better than cute people or old people? Think about that for a minute. When I gave it a thought, I said to myself, it isn't. So, I cut my hair.

{Me, before the cut}

{Me, during the cut and my sweet hair stylist Charlene who I actually LOVE spending the day with btw;)}

{My hair might not have been all that long, but I had a lot of it!}

{This is what took the longest. The foils.}
The foils took the longest because my hair was so dark. Charlene then had to tone my hair to soften the foils so they didn't look yellow. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the foils. I really didn't want to be striped or too blonde. That's why it's important to have a hairstylist you love, trust and can talk to openly. Charlene at Nourish is awesome. 

{Meet J.J. He kept me company for the afternoon. He is such a sweet and spry little guy!}

{The finale}
I was really happy with how my new short and chic hair style turned out. I don't miss any part of my longish hair at all. I don't miss the hair falling out in the shower, the mess on the bathroom floor, the dreadfully long drying time. None of it.


March 18, 2015

The Search for Higher Ground...........


Before you begin reading this, you should know that I almost didn't post it. I hesitate to tell you about my dreams for the future, because I am afraid of failure. What if I don't accomplish anything I say I want to accomplish? But then, I thought about it a little more. Why not just put it out there? Let people know what my goals and dreams are and maybe they will encourage me which in turn will set me up for success! And if you are indeed reading this, then you should know that I am so grateful for your support. And if I do not accomplish everything I say here exactly the way I explain it, then so what? I know that everything I do will eventually lead me to my dream. There is just something inside of me that won't let me stop trying. Do you have that something inside you too? I bet you do....

In case you haven't noticed, I have taken a little over a week off from blogging to regroup, rethink and figure out what it is that I really want to do in life. I am forty years old now and my true purpose is just beginning to dawn on me. So kids, if you have no idea what it is that you want to do or what your passion is, it's okay. Just as long as you know what you don't like, you will eventually be lead to your purpose. 

You may think it sounds corny, but I believe that we all are here for a reason and a purpose and you will not die until your purpose is fulfilled. Sorry to be sounding so deep. This is a fashion blog which is meant to be fun, but it is also meant to be inspiring and we all know that inspiration can take many forms. Today I wish to inspire you to think a little deeper and put all of your faith in something bigger than yourself. Something you can't necessarily touch or feel. Some people may call it God, but I don't want to sound all religious so I'd rather you call it what you want. I don't really call it anything. For me it's just a feeling that I can't describe, but I talk to it and it listens and it guides me.

So here on this very blog, I am going to tell you my dream. I have tried several things, but this is the one that I come back to every time.

I want to bring you a magical place where you can experience a little of the past, present and future. Right now it is small and it is only online. But someday you will be able to walk into it.
It's called The Canny Canary and it is a fashion haven for women who think a little more outside of the box.

Right now, The Canny Canary is carrying some beautiful unique vintage jewelry on it's website. You can visit it by clicking right HERE.

Why vintage jewelry? Because I believe that when you wear something old you are not only wearing something pretty, you are wearing a piece of history. You are actually wearing something that someone else wore when they were living their amazing life and going through their journey. We don't know anything about their journey, but you know that it was unique to them, just as every vintage piece is and will be unique to you.

Welcome to The Magical world of The Canny Canary.

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You can always count on The Canny Canary for a few unique clothing pieces too. Some of these pieces will be new and some may be used and stated as such, but no matter what they are, they will be clean and pristine and ready-to-wear just for you. Some people may think that having new & used will cause confusion. I say it will draw in that unique customer that I am catering to. The lady who likes to experiment, try new (and old) things, mix and match her wardrobe, cultivate a wardrobe filled with art instead of just clothes.
The Canny Canary is not for everybody. But it is everything for some.

So, that is what I have been up to these days.
Just dreaming and brainstorming about The Canny Canary. Your unique go to boutique of the future that celebrates the past and the present. I truly don't mean for this post to be an advertisement. I am being totally sincere and I just wanted to fill you in with what is filling my head at the moment. I promise I will be back with more of my fashion tips and lovely looks next week! Look for my posts on this blog on Wednesdays. I will guide you over your hump every single week!












March 9, 2015

My favorite statements are not made with words......


One of the reasons why I love fashion so much is that, believe it or not, I am not a talker. I'm more of a listener. I feel like learn more that way. I make most of my statements through my choice of clothing,
 and today with a pretty necklace from Kate Spade.

Shop more of my favorite statement necklaces right here!








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March 6, 2015

"What will you buy?" FRIDAY

Spice the cat would like to introduce to you the boyfriend jeans in breakwater wash from


Boyfriend jeans may seem like they are very casual, so they are best worn using my "opposites attract" technique. That means that they look fantastic worn dressed up with a jacket and believe it or not, they look even more amazing worn with heels. You could also wear them with ballet flats or slip on sneakers this spring and look sensational as well. They are a bit baggy and meant to be rolled up at the ankle, creating the illusion of, "I just threw these on and I have no idea that I look fabulous!" Well we know thats never true for any fashionista. Our looks are usually well thought out. But let's keep that between us.....

Here's how I wore my boyfriend jeans from TALBOTS today:







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And here are even more of my favorite striped sweaters for spring!

March 5, 2015

A full skirt may be more flattering than you think......




Some ladies may think that a pleated skirt like this one in a beautiful floral design from TALBOTS will make them appear larger, so therefore they don't even give it a try. They key is to make sure that the pleats are sewn down at the top of the skirt and begin flaring out at the low hip. Straight skirts or even those with a slight a line can make a fuller figure look even fuller because they can tend to cling and accentuate the not so positive showing off any lump or bump in the midsection. A full skirt can also help balance out a body type with fuller breasts too.
What are your thoughts on the full skirt controversy?

Feel free to shop a couple of my favorite properly pleated skirts from TALBOTS.


March 4, 2015

It's never too early (or too late) for papaya lace........


You might think that it's too early to wear something like this pretty lace top from Talbots in a color they are calling papaya fruit, but I say go ahead! I am totally dead serious when I tell you that if you do, your mood will lift times ten! You might also cheer someone else up too, which is what we all aim to do everyday, right? The color of this top is not only fabulous, but so isn't the feel. It is lined with the softest jersey fabric and feels like a dream. Just wash in cold and hang to dry. No ironing involved. I love that! 

Get yours just like this one by clicking HERE!



If you fear that you might be too cold, just through on a neutral jacket. Remember that Ralph Lauren 2015 Spring/Summer Fashion Show I inspired you to watch last weekend? He was showing brights worn with neutrals all over the place and it looked amazing! If you missed it, click HERE to review.


Here are even more lace tops that you will LOVE!







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