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How to Always Be in Love With Your Closet

Monday, December 5th, 2016

I don’t mean literally in love with your closet, like having romantic candlelit dinners with it and stuff, I mean truly loving everything that’s in your closet, so much so that you want to wear it each time you pick it up off the hangar. Loving it so that you don’t have a closet full of items that you don’t wear, or with tags still on, or pieces that are just slightly too ...


How to Get the Most Out of Your Maxi Dress

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Part of a streamlined closet means buying seasonless pieces, or using what you have in different ways to get the most wear, and ultimately the most love – for what you already have. Living where I do, four very drastic seasons make seasonless dressing a little more difficult, but there’s nothing wrong with harnessing a little creativity to get the most out of those summer pieces. The time leading up to December is seemingly warmer; so I wanted to wear this maxi dress from Tobi in an...





LBD Update with Tobi

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Every now and then a new LBD crops up in my closet – I know they’re getting old, and we’ve seen many a case made for the LWD (little white dress) and the LRD (little red dress), but nothing beats a little black number in my opinion. Something that you can just throw on and feel great in. I found my LBD update with this Tobi number and paired it with a blazer to make it a bit more fall-weather appropriate. It’s simple, has a great neckline with some satin detail and the le...


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What Sustainable Style Means To Me

Monday, November 28th, 2016

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You may have noticed that the blog has taken a different direction lately. Without the fanfare of a complete rebranding (which is coming, I swear, but there won’t be much hoopla because – I don’t know, who needs more hoopla in their life!?), I am happy to announce that going forward, blog.msbeltempo.com will be a site focused on sustainable style – with content that is geared towards making more thoughtful and deliberate decisions about how we consume fashion; from our s...





How To Wear a Thrifted Look To Work

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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It’s totally possible. You see, sometimes “eco-fashion” or sustainable shopping sends our thoughts immediately to items that are made of hemp or some seemingly unattainable fabric and that seem high in price (more on that later, as I do believe that our price sensitivity has drastically changed since the inception of fast fashion, and also that the eco-friendly options out there are multiplying and quite stunning) – but if your budget doesn’t allow, or your persona...





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As far as I know, most ladies love a fancy night out on their calendar. It’s a special night, maybe you’re bringing a date who is not your mother, and maybe you want to take the time to feel more glam than normal. It’s a fun, and fabulous occasion to channel whatever Sex and the City character you identify with for 24 hours. For all of those reasons, I totally get why you would want to shell out some of your well-earned money to feel amazing for a social soiree. But I’ve...





One Dress Two Ways: Tobi

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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If there’s one thing a small closet needs to achieve; its duplicity. Not the backstabbing, alternate personality gossipy kind we craved on Gossip Girl, but the multi-tasking sensibility of a simple garment. Take for example, this off-the-shoulder dress I found on Tobi.com. I’m not one for trends, but this is a dress I could see myself wearing for a while, and it satisfied my need to be able to wear it multiple ways. In fact, I was more excited about how I would style it for cooler t...





Down the Rabbit Hole with Vava Vintage

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I discovered what Alice must have felt like after she fell down the rabbit hole. If you’ve ever entered Vava Vintage, the brainchild and fashion masterpiece of Karen Oprea, you’ll know the feeling too. It started on a bright sunny Saturday when I was invited to check out this new vintage spot. Not realizing it was in someone’s home, I wandered up the leafy street in old Ottawa South for a few minutes before confirming with my contact if I was indeed at the rig...





Why the 80/20 Rule for Shopping is the BOMB

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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Last week I talked about shopping with a list, and if you’re still with me and not hating me for taking all the fun out of shopping (thank you!), here’s the next little trick that I said would keep that fun, spontaneous, indulgent part of shopping alive. It starts with this Whowhatwear.com  article about the 80/20 rule. I love this rule as it is the PERFECT complement to shopping with a list. If you didn’t feel like clicking on the hyperlink to the WWW article, the 80/20 rule ...





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There is a lot going on in fashion right now – it’s as though minimalism and maximalism are hanging out at a party together and really getting along. Sleek 90’s turtlenecks and denim collide with whimsical fall 2016 trends; metallics, ruffles, victoriana, and of course – velvet. But if you’re looking to build a smaller closet filled with classic pieces – what should you invest in? Every season, we are tempted by the urge to freshen up our closet with something...





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It’s hard to keep track of all the beautiful fashion offerings out there these days. With sites like The Outnet, Netaporter and Reformation offering us new goodies on the daily, plus whatever enticing storefronts we pass on the way to work, we can’t help but take a peek and maybe make an unplanned purchase (or two). I mean, it’s hard to turn down a cute metallic bomber that only costs $49.99. Sometimes those unplanned purchases turn out to be gems that we love forever. (YES! I...