Afiya Francisco and Lazina talk about the top 4 tips to getting style confidence.
Another one for the press! Lazina was featured on CTV Edmonton where she showcases what Style Ivy can do for you through Style Foundations. You can become your own personal stylist! Lazina shows us how to use these principles on four lovely women.
Check out how their style transformed them – Watch the video here.
Remember Gail Vaz-Oxlade from Til Debt Do Us Part? Well she has a late night radio show and on December 14 she caught up with our very own Lazina McKenzie. They talked about ‘presence’- is it something you have? We know you do, you just have to find it!
Lazina and Gail start chatting at 1:01:56.
We were pretty excited when we met Joel.
He had very interesting thoughts on style and confidence. Here’s what he shared with us.
Joel: Style is largely personal. It’s what it means to you. It’s what you’re comfortable in and what resonates with you most. Fashions and trends are dictated to us but style is your interpretation of it.
Joel: Unisex items. I don’t really believe in gendered clothing.
Joel: I just started wearing glasses a few months ago. I thought that if I have to wear them, I might as well go big! They just bring everything else together for me. It brings my style identity together.
Joel: I don’t care what other people think really. I find that dressing for me makes me happy. Poeple resonate with those who embrace how they look vs. those who are uncomfortable in their clothing.
It’s strange actually if you don’t believe in yourself. Others might not agree with you, but how to dress or present yourself is up to you. It’s really your own opinion.
Joel: I like to make kimono inspired jackets a lot of the time and wear them over layers. Similar to what I’m wearing but with big sleeves.
I like to see how garments naturally distress and wear over the course of their life. How seaming frays is interesting. Garments then develop character.
Joel: People who don’t care what others think. My favourite blog is Advanced Style– the one with older women. Any older women that come into the store [Mayfair Shoes] and wants to try on the craziest pair of shoes, makes me happy. When an 80 year old woman tries on these shoes [the ones in his hand], well, that’s awesome.
Joel: Independent, creative, abstract.
Wow, right? Joel is part of the @MayfairShoes team. Go find him and let him sell you fabulous shoes!
We got the chance to catch up with Van and hear some of her thoughts on style and confidence.
Van: To me, it’s all about functionality. It’s never about one item or one event. For me, I have to be able to use a particular piece for other parts of my life.
This sweater I have on is for the temperature right now. But, I also wear it on vacation over a maxi dress. I always try and use items in more than one way. It saves money.
Van: Well, I don’t really limit myself. I like men’s clothes too, so basic tees or hoodies- I see if there’s anything I like there.
It could be a hat or scarf. Some lines work better for me, especially if it’s a slim cut.
Van: Stretchy jeans! I’m all about comfort. After kids, it’s good to have some stretch. Your body changes so much after kids.
Van: I try and keep active. I have to do something each day that makes me sweat. Running does that for me. Just to keep my endorphins moving! I try and do that. Confidence is about movement to me. It’s not about standing still.
If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing when you move, you’re confidence won’t be as high. People will see it. They also feel this from you too.
People sense when you’re comfortable and confident in your own skin.
Van: Kids. My kids but all kids in general.
Also, the best part of being an entrepreneur is that you get to meet new people and hear their story. That’s important to me.
Van: The very core of me is kindness. Being kind to people is so important. It’s important to use your skills and your knowledge to do good and make a difference.
I try to be fun!
I think people struggle with work-life balance and for me, it’s so important to stay in the present. That’s my mindset; just to stay right here, right now. We’re all just doing as best as we can. Stay in the present.
Isn’t she wonderful! Check out her Twitter and Facebook @thenailkeeper.