Tips and Tricks from a True Fashionista – There Was Something for Everyone at The Total Woman Show

While this weekend was certainly dreary,  there was plenty of eye candy indoors at The Total Woman Show. The event, which ran at Bingemans Conference Centre, showcased the latest in fashion, jewellry, skin care, and health and wellness. With over 150 exhibitors, and leading experts onsite, visitors had the opportunity to learn about topics that truly interested them.

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What were my favourite booths? I loved Social Art’s display. Rachel makes even the least experienced artist feel confident in their abilities.  For the natural beauty lover, Pure and Simple‘s booth offered mini facials, as well as a selection of their divine products. Score! The Cake Box was there serving up delicious goodies. Did you know about their cake decorating classes? I was even excited to see there are places locally to get High Tea. I will definitely be taking a trip to The New Dundee Emporium for a classy afternoon. Those are just a few of my top picks, for the full listing of vendors click here.

DSC_0018Fairview Park Mall, a staple in our community, was there in full swing, with a closet full of gorgeous clothes. Event-goers even had the opportunity to snap a photo of their favourites from the closet and enter to win them free of charge! Check out some of our local lovelies top picks on Twitter.

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Attendees learned all about the latest trends through the fabulous fashion show’s put on by premiere agency, Gemini Models. But for me, the highlight of the day, was seeing Lynn Spence’s fashion feature. As a regular style expert on Citytv’s Cityline, “Around the House” and “Fashion Friday,” she knows a thing or two about style and design. What blew me away was her charm and humour on stage as she showcased swoon worthy looks.With an interest in styling myself, I certainly learned a thing or two from this fashionista.

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Her feature stressed the importance of pulling items from numerous stores, to create outfits that can easily be mixed and matched. According to Lynn, you must find your point person when shopping. Someone who knows you, and knows the merchandise in the store. Lynn also suggested taking note of your current wardrobe. Determine what pieces you lack, and what areas need to be diversified. For example, if you own 8 pairs of black pants…it may be time to add pattern or colour in that item. Create a list and carry it around with you. While it may take time to find the perfect pieces, with a list, you are shopping with purpose.

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Lynn also showed attendees how to create a look that can transform from day/work to evening by switching up the accessories and shoes. As a budget babe, these tips will definitely help stretch the clothing budget farther. All the items in the Lynn’s feature were from Fairview Park Mall, and may I just say, I will definitely be checking out some new stores next time I visit.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the event. While I found many of the vendors targeted a slightly more sophisticated Waterloo Region woman than myself, the opportunity to meet Lynn Spence made my day. I had no idea she lived in Cambridge, what a wonderful surprise.

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Readers, did you attend the Total Woman Show this past weekend? What we’re your favourite #WRAweome vendors? Would love to hear from you!

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