CPTS Part Two - Pattern

ICYMI, we've been dissecting Stacy and Clinton's infamous Colour-Pattern-Texture-Shine mantra from What Not To Wear, to help you get over your biggest clothing phobias. Check out part one of our series here, which tackles colour.

Today, we're touching on pattern, an equally scary prospect next to colour for some, but one that we totally love. First, let's cover why we adore prints and patterns so much - and how to overcome your biggest phobias of them!

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Ever Rose Brand Spotlight: Retrolicious

We're excited to introduce you to another brand in the Ever Rose family. As one of the few online retailers of Retrolicious in Canada, we wanted to take a few moments to introduce you to this fabulous brand and express why we love it so much!

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Ever Rose Canadian Style Icon: Laura Mitbrodt

We are so excited to introduce you to another Canadian Style Icon. This time we're checking in with Laura Mitbrodt, the stylish lady behind Laura Jane Atelier, a Victoria, B.C.-based blog. Columnist, actress, and blogger, we adore Laura for her approachable style. Like Ever Rose, Laura favours totally wearable pieces that are also memorable, feminine, and simply fun.

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Motivation Monday: Reach Out Challenge

Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!

Times change, people change. Chances are, whether you've stayed in the same city your whole life or are constantly hopping between provinces or countries, your nearest and dearest aren't all in the same place anymore. While it can be difficult to keep up with friends and family, there are some relationships worth fighting for.

Reach Out Challenge, Ever Rose Online Dress Shop

 This week, take the time to reach out to one person each day you care about that you maybe haven't touched base with lately. It can be as simple as sending them a text or an email, or something more involved - set up a video chat date, make plans to meet up, or even draft them a handwritten letter.

They'll definitely appreciate hearing from you, and it'll keep your friendship from flickering out. However you choose to contact someone, try to make the interaction personal. Don't just ask 'how are you?' Instead, ask about how their new job is going, or mention something you saw them post on social media.

This is one Motivation Monday challenge that's worth making a regular thing. If you conversation fizzles out after a bit, put a note in your calendar to touch base with that same friend a few weeks later.

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Ever Rose Canadian Style Icon: Amy Nelson

Our inaugural Canadian style icon is Amy Nelson, the Calgary-based blogger behind Amy Flying a Kite. We zeroed in on Amy's blog primarily because of her dreamy, bohemian style, coupled with her artsy approach to blogging. Favouring floaty, diaphanous dresses, feminine floral prints, and an impressive collection of hats, we love Amy's ability to pair things in a way that feels fresh, unexpected, and totally eye-catching.

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Motivation Monday: You Look Fabulous Compliments Challenge

Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going! 

Karma is a pretty powerful force. Even if you don't believe in what goes around comes around, there's definitely a level of instant gratification when you feel all warm and fuzzy after doing something good. 

This week's challenge is all about spreading the love. Each day, dole out (at least) one compliment to a friend, family member or coworker. You can even give a shout out to a stranger, if you so please.

Your kind words can be shared online, via text, or in person. And the subject of your compliment can be anything under the sun. Love a friend's post on social media? Don't just like it - take the time to leave a comment and tell them why it rocked. Think your cousin's new cropped haircut is super cute? Make a point of mentioning it to them. Did your coworker kill it in a meeting? Give them props after and tell them what you agreed with. 

All too often we think about what we think of someone else, but it's pretty rare for us to consistently share it. But compliments are a fabulous way to boost your loved ones' morale, and it feels pretty darn great to make someone smile when you give one. 

As a follow-up, take note of what compliments you receive this week. Jot them down in your phone or on a piece of a paper and read them each morning while you're getting ready. It's just the spirit lifter to make even the most blah, drizzly morning feel okay. 


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What to Wear for Wedding Season Part 1: The Shower

With summer in full swing, chances are there's a wedding or two (or more) on your calendar in the next few months. If you're like most gals, you're probably scouring the racks (real or virtual) to find a new standout dress to don for this most special of occasion. But of course, wedding season isn't just about being a wedding guest. We're highlighting some awesome ideas for what to wear to your next wedding or associated event - starting with the wedding shower!

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