|With Janelle, Elaine & Dee|
First up was World Mastercard Fashion Week - I spent a fun day attending 3 shows while also getting the chance to go backstage and check out the hair and makeup looks on the models. Read about my favourite pieces (MAJOR style inspiration) here - and also enter to win a model-worthy 5-piece set of Redken products!
I had a fashion emergency before the show and ended up trying on some FAKE nails (not my usual look!) and was surprised by how much I enjoyed wearing them - read my review here!
Aside from fashion week, I had the opportunity to get involved with the Dove Self-Esteem project - I moderated a one-hour workshop for mothers and daughters on how to encourage healthy self-esteem and body confidence. Can you spot me in my pink jacket at the front of the room?
It had been nearly a decade since I had to "present" in front of such a large group - I felt a bit nervous before the event...but as it turned out - it was a lovely and comfortable experience. I was in a room of mothers and daughters - and we all wanted the same thing - to learn how to help our daughters feel their best.
Here's a post I wrote about my own struggles with self-esteem (yes, those are photos from my childhood up there!). My post includes links to a self-esteem resource page which has been SO helpful. I've passed the resource page on to my kids' school - and they're planning on using some of the materials in the classroom!
|Jacket: WHBM (similar), Necklace: Pink Lovebird (10% off with code ELLA10), Bag: LV Neverfull (similar), Shoes: F21 (similar)|
Here's the outfit I wore for the workshop - pink is my happy color and makes me feel my best :-)
|Shirt: Old Navy, Scarf: H&M, Boots: Old Navy (this year's version), Bag: LV Neverfull (similar)|
I've also been incorporating some darker fall colours into my wardrobe.
|Sweater: Old Navy (similar), Vest: Express (similar), Jeans: GAP, Bag: LV Neverfull (similar), Shoes: Old Navy|
As well as my fur vest...
|Scarf: F21 (similar), Sweater: H&M, Boots: Old Navy (this year's version)|
And lots of scarves...
|Jacket: ZARA (similar), Scarf: F21 (identical), Boots: Old Navy (this year's version), Bag: LV Neverfull (similar)|
Including my plaid blanket scarf!
|Shirt: H&M (similar), Skirt: Smart Set (similar 1, 2, 3), Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar 1, 2), Booties: Old Navy (similar)|
For evening events, I've been pairing mini skirts with opaque tights and black booties.
|Shirt: LOFT, Skirt: J.Crew Factory (similar), Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar 1, 2), Booties: Old Navy (similar), Necklace: Pink Lovebird (10% off with code ELLA10)|
It's a fun (AND WARM!!!) combination!
|Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: Smart Set (similar 1, 2, 3), Bag: Balenciaga, Boots: Old Navy (this year's version)|
For my fashion week outfit - I stepped slightly out of my comfort zone and pattern-mixed with TWO plaid prints!
Ok...I think this post has gotten really long, so I'll stop here - I feel much more caught up now! I'll be updating soon with a shopping haul featuring some of my favourite recent purchases - including a pink fall coat.
Have you ever struggled with self-esteem?
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