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The Closet Diva’s Fall Fashion Forecast 2018

Animal Prints

To me, animal prints are a classic print … one that is never really in style and never goes out of style. However, this Fall, animal print is trendy again and so you will have lots to choose from, from classic leopard to giraffe, zebra and snakeskin.

Glossy & Shiny

You will see patent leather, shiny “plastic” coats and metallics in shoes, coats, bags, and even outfit pieces.

Menswear Inspiration & Tweed

Pieces of suiting, especially in tweeds, will be available to add interest and texture to your cold weather wear.

Plaid, Tartan & Checks

Think heritage plaids from Scotland, lumberjack checks and cowboy plaids.

The 80’s

Yes, they are back! Teenagers are embracing the clothes worn on early episodes of “Friends” including big pullover sweaters, baseball caps worn backwards, flannel shirts tucked into mom jeans, teased bangs, and electric-hued animal prints.

Luxury Sneakers

It seems the bigger the sole, the better. Puma, Fila … check them out if you don’t get sticker shock from the price tags.

 

If you need help with your closet, or with shopping for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, please contact me at janise@theclosetdiva.ca or 587-432-3482.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise
The Closet Diva

Since 2006, Janise Somer, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise is also a professional speaker and author of the book, CLOSET RESCUE, available on Amazon. Janise has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and featured in the Calgary Herald. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. You can learn more about Janise and her image consulting services at theclosetdiva.ca or contact her via email.

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My Bucket List from The Closet Diva

How many of you have a bucket list? I remember asking my former husband if he had a bucket list and was shocked to discover he didn’t have one, and didn’t care to have one. I’ve always had some kind of goal list as I need and want to grow, learn and do new things. He was content at home with his remote control and a safe, predictable life. Honestly, this was probably one of the reasons our relationship didn’t survive.

One of my friends posted something on Facebook today that reminded me that it was time to look at my bucket list and see what I have done and if I need to revise mine and add to mine.

JANISE’S BUCKET LIST

  1. Have children — Two daughters, born 1998 and 2002
  2. Live on an acreage & have horses — near Acme (2000 – 2004); 1 horse, 1 pony
  3. Own a VW Beetle – 2007 Atomic Green Bug 2016 – 208
  4. Take my kids to Disneyland — April 2008
  5. Visit Hawaii — Honolulu 2017 with my girls
  6. Visit New York in December – December 2006
  7. See Wynonna Judd in concert — Wetaskiwin, June 2013
  8. See Celine Dion in concert — Vegas, 2005
  9. Start my own successful business — Started my “The Closet Diva” image consulting business in 2006; still going strong after 20+ years including newspaper, radio and TV appearances!
  10. Write a book – Published Closet Rescue in 2011; revised in 2014. Still want to write another book on surviving divorce.
  11. Get a Yorkie – Got Sophie in June 2017.
  12. Mediterranean Cruise.
  13. Rent an apartment in Paris and stay for a month.
  14. Visit the Maritimes.
  15. Get a degree.
  16. Live in a cottage at a lake, or own one.
  17. Learn how to play my Celtic harp.
  18. Learn how to paint.
  19. Buy a kayak and learn how to kayak (on a lake … nothing crazy!).
  20. Design a line of clothing or have a retail store or website for women 40+.
  21. Have a convertible “summer” car.
  22. Help both of my daughters “Say Yes to the Dress” for their own weddings.

Everyone’s bucket list will look different and some of your dreams you might want to stay private, but I encourage you to create your list. It’s fun and awesome to realize how blessed we are to have accomplished quite a few things in life!

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. John Barrymore

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Spring/Summer Fashion Forecast 2018

February 2018

Hi Closet Diva peeps! As I look out my window at the fresh snow that has fallen over the past two days, it is hard to imagine that Spring is just 40 days away. But the stores are certainly full of Spring colours and it is time for my annual Spring & Summer Fashion Forecast.

On a personal note, lots has been going on in my life and yours too, I am sure. Firstly, I met my Prince Charming and in August 2017, I married him. Then I moved from Calgary to Red Deer to join him. So, I have planned a wedding, gotten married, moved to a new city, and changed jobs … all within the last 10 months. Wow, right?

Regarding my image consulting/styling business, now I am serving BOTH Calgary and Red Deer! My Calgary consults will be limited to Thursday afternoon/evenings and weekends. In Red Deer, I am available evenings and weekends. You can reach me at 587-432-3482 or janise@theclosetdiva.ca to book an appointment.

SPRING/SUMMER FASHION FORECAST 2018

  • Colours – Pastels, especially Lavendar! Clashing brights and bold hues.
  • Trends – Florals, florals and more florals. Ruffles and frills! Asymmetrical dresses, one-shoulder tops and voluminous skirts. Western-inspired clothing, from fridge jackets to rodeo belts. Fringe.
  • Must Have Items – A floral blouse. A sweater with bell sleeves. A jumpsuit. Flared crop pants.
  • Bags – Satchels, backpacks, bucket bags.
  • Jewelry – Big is better as far as accessories go for 2018. Dainty jewelry is taking a back seat to layers of talisman and Victorian-inspired necklaces.
  • Footwear – Sneakers, loafer pumps, wedges

If you need help with your closet, or with shopping for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, please contact me at janise@theclosetdiva.ca or 587-432-3482.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise
The Closet Diva

Since 2006, Janise Somer, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to Closet_Rescue_Cover_#3067A2-1dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise is also a professional speaker and author of the book, CLOSET RESCUE, available on Amazon. Janise has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and featured in the Calgary Herald. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. You can learn more about Janise and her image consulting services at theclosetdiva.ca or contact her via email.

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The Closet Diva Spring 2017 Fashion Forecast

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  • Colours – Pink reigns supreme! Blush pink, fuscia pink, fluorescent pink.
  • Trends – Athleisure, Iridescence, florals, light wash distressed denim, stirrup leggings, ties at the sleeves or waist, sweatsuits (yes, matching top & bottoms).
  • Must Have Items – Graphic T’s, bomber jackets, watches with bright coloured bands, sweatshirts, “cold shoulder” tops, dressy jogger pants with elastic at the ankles.
  • Bags – Cinch bags, mini structured bags, graphic print bags
  • Jewelry – Chokers, long statement necklaces, be-jeweled statement pendants and long lanyards loaded with charms, ear cuffs, single statement earring
  • Footwear – Platforms, kitten heels, slingbacks, black Nike runners, colourful Converse runners.

If you need help with your closet, or with shopping for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, please contact me at janise@theclosetdiva.ca.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise Bachler,
The Closet Diva

 

Since 2006, Janise Bachler, The Closet Diva, has been helping men & women learn how to Closet_Rescue_Cover_#3067A2-1dress and to refine their personal image in a way that brings them personal and professional success. Janise is also a professional speaker and author of the book, CLOSET RESCUE, available on Amazon. Janise has appeared on Global TV, CityTV, and featured in the Calgary Herald. Janise works with clients on closet editing, personal shopping and styling services. You can learn more about Janise and her image consulting services at theclosetdiva.ca or contact her via email.

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Clusters by the Closet Diva

MINI CLUSTER BY THE CLOSET DIVA (5 pieces)

– Bottom: 1 pair dark skinny jeans
– Bottom: 1 pair skinny burgundy jeggings
– Top: 2 long-sleeve, long length T-shirts (grey, burgundy)
– Layering: 1 grey wool sleeveless vest
Total: $192.00*
*Purchased at Ricki’s by me for me.

EXPANDED CLUSTER BY THE CLOSET DIVA (10 pieces)

– Bottom: 1 pair dark skinny jeans
– Bottom: 1 pair skinny burgundy jeggings
– Bottom:  1 pair black skinny pant
– Bottom: 1 black faux leather skirt
– Top: 2 long-sleeve, long length T-shirts (grey, burgundy)
– Top: 2 short sleeve, long length T-shirt (white, b/w stripe)
– Layering Piece – 1 grey wool sleeveless vest
– Layering Piece – 1 black faux leather/cloth vest

Total: $395.00*
* Purchased at Ricki’s, Dynamite, RW & Co. by me for

As with any cluster, I can expand it with pieces I already own such as a black blazer, a denim jacket, etc. This 10-piece cluster will provide me tons of outfits for my life right now.

P.S. If you need help putting your closet into clusters for easier dressing, or to purchase a new cluster as I did for the Fall, I am offering SPECIAL PRICES for a limited time! Email me for more info.

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Fall Fashion Forecast 2016

  • Colours – Burgundy, grey & beige combo’s, dark blue, rosy beige, mustard, olive.
  • Skinny or Wide-Legged? Despite the predictions, I am seeing tons of skinny pants out there, with some straight leg options, but not too many wide-legs. I think we are all still in love with skinny pants with a knee-high or bootie boot for them to disappear yet.
  • Must Have Items – Long sweaters or long sleeveless sweater vests, graphic sweaters, animal print anything.
  • Bags – Structured, boxy purses with short handles, small backpacks, graphically printed or decorated bags, purse charms (especially bunny tails).
  • Jewelry – Chokers, long, delicate chains.
  • Footwear – Chelsea boots, loafers, block heels.

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For more examples of these trend items, check out my Pinterest page called Closet Diva – Fall 2016.

 

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Spring Fashion Forecast 2016

Spring is nearly here and the new fashions are starting to hit the stores! So I thought it was time for my “What’s In For Spring” post to help you with your shopping.70891524-6cef-4416-a59f-8cc364971001

Colours – Orange, Yellow, Pink, Denim Blue.

Romance – Think feminine staples like lace and ruffles.

California Dreaming – Tie die, beachy styles.

Sporty Influence – Bomber jackets, athletic wear, striped platform flip flops.

Global Traveller – Vibrant prints, on-trend embroidery, tribal patterns.

Stripes – Stripes are everywhere … shoes, bags, dresses. Just remember, the wider the strip, the wider it makes you look. Narrow stripes work for most everyone.

Boudoir – Basically silk slip dresses and camisoles. Never my favourite look. I think this should be reserved for the bedroom.

Off the shoulder – Tops & dresses showing your beautiful shoulders.

Flower Power – Florals & petals everywhere, even on shoes & handbags.

Handbags – Strong graphic designs & small backpacks are on-trend.

Wild, Wild West – Fringes & suede still showing up on the fashion horizon.

If you need any help with your Spring shopping, you know where to find me.

Fashionably Yours,
Janise
XO

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Fall Fashion Forecast 2015

This Fall offers something for everyone. There is the menswear influence, lace and artsy bold print. Jeans will be available in straight and flaress. Boots and booties are huge, especially in rich greys and burgundy.

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  • Marsala (Pantone Colour of the year
    an earthy wine red)
  • Navy blue
  • Camel
  • Pastels such as begonia (light pink)
  • Python prints
  • Plaid

Trend Items

  • Fur vests and fur accents on sweaters & coats
  • Maxi sweaters, vests & blazers (duster length; mid-calf length)
  • Wide leg pants & culottes
  • Trench coatsBrooches
  • Capes
  • Structured handbags
  • Tailored trousers
  • Long-length blazers
  • Shoes – Mary Jane’s, loafers
  • Brooches

 

 

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