Hi, my name is Erica. I’m a 41-year-old mom of four and I love comfy clothes.
I also enjoy dressing up. And wearing make-up. And also not wearing make-up.
And hats. I really, really love hats. Oh, and scarves. And boots. And sweaters.
I wear what I like, what fits, what is comfortable and what makes me feel good when I look in the mirror. Which is why I do most of my shopping at Ricki’s.
Overheard at Blissdom Canada: “You have great style!”
I usually take pride in my appearance (I say usually because, let’s face it, we all have those days) but I never considered myself to be stylish per se.
Imagine my surprise, then, when more than once, while at Blissdom, I was complimented on my “style”, was compared to a “chameleon” in the sense that I could “get away with so many different looks”. My gut reaction was to turn around and see who they were really talking to. Who? Me? I fought the urge and said thank you instead. (This whole learning-how-to-take-a-compliment thing is not easy.)
Anyway, you must be wondering what on earth I was wearing, so I decided to compile a few of my conference looks and share them with you. I do apologize, however, for the quality of some of the photos that were taken in low-light conditions with my iPhone 6. Had I known I was such a fashionista — I’ll wait till you stop laughing — I’d have hired a photographer to follow me around snapping pics of my #OOTD. Thank goodness for my mad #selfie skillz, right?
Daytime Looks Range from Casual to Business-Dress
Conference attendees always stress about what to pack, especially first-timers. I was once a newbie and remember well the feeling of packing (or not packing) just the right outfits. Guess what? To each his/her own.
You will see every style and every look. Why? Because that’s what makes us unique. And a conference like Blissdom is not only about bringing people together on common ground but also about celebrating each person’s individuality. And style, my friends, is as individual as it gets.
Here were some of my daytime outfits:
Conference Night Life: From Converse to Vintage to Plaid
The social aspect of the Blissdom Canada conference is something we all look forward to. And the Blissdom team sets the bar pretty high when it comes to parties and entertainment. This year was no exception. That being said, there was plenty of socializing out and about, as well.
Here’s how I dressed up — and down — for the nights in and out on the town:
The Upside of Fashion
I had an incredible time at Blissdom this year. The experience far-surpassed anything I could have imagined and I feel as though I’m still recovering. Beyond that, I had such a different approach to my style — yes, I called it ‘style’ — this year. I attribute this to my weight-loss and fitness journey and dammit if it doesn’t feel good to slip on clothes that fit — and fit well.
The Downside of Fashion after Weight-Loss
Some of the items I sported to Blissdom this year had been collecting dust in my closet from my leaner days. Others were new or newish or simply fit better (like the turquoise shift top that I almost gave away because it had been bunching at the hips for so long). My wardrobe has undergone a significant overhaul, and truth be told, it needs to be weeded out some more. While this seems like a good problem to have, it’s kind of a bummer because I had so many great pieces!
You may have noticed several items I wore were from Ricki’s which is one of my favourite stores. Sadly, most of the clothes I bought from there last year don’t fit and replenishing an entire wardrobe is not an easy feat. Fortunately I found some great items a few weeks ago when I dropped in during a sale so I was able to pull together some basic looks.
The key to any style or fashion choice — aside from comfort (in my opinion) — is to buy clothes that complement your body type and fit well. I’m all for fashion trends, but if an article of clothing is not flattering on me, what’s the point? My body shape just does not lend itself naturally to certain cuts and styles. And while I have stumbled across some great finds — Banana Republic, Costco (Calvin Klein) and Winners — the thing I like most about shopping at Ricki’s is that I consistently walk out with the best stuff — clothes that fit well and look and feel great.
Seriously. You should go.