It’s the holiday season and with it brings a whirlwind of things to do, like shopping for the perfect presents, entertaining family and friends, office arties, baking and general running around getting last minute errands done.
To help make your life a little less stressful, I have put together Our Favourite Things Holiday List from the Holiday Gift Guide so you can find the perfect presents for everyone on your list…and maybe even treat yourself too.
Check out our Holiday Gift GuideHere and find all of our favourite things below:
As an Indigenous woman entrepreneur, Angie Zachary has taken her passions and transformed them into a thriving full-service beauty bar and professional makeup artistry school. She tells us her Top 3 Makeup Tips, what drives her and how her passions have made The Be.You.Tee.Bar one of the best local beauty destinations and The Be.You.Tee Factory, the first professional makeup school in Winnipeg.
Angie Zachary has a quiet confidence that, as soon as you talk with her, starts to ignite your own confidence, without even realizing what is happening. It’s hard to put your finger on it exactly, but it’s her energy, sage advice and heck, even the sound of her voice that draws out this nuanced sense of positivity and self-confidence. Now, that is truly inspirational!
We meet on a Thursday afternoon at NYGÅRD HQ in Winnipeg, a place where she has been many times before, as a freelance makeup artist. This time, however, she has come full circle and is back in the place where it all began and where she learned the foundation of running a business—because as a freelance makeup artist you are a business of one. Angie started freelancing at NYGÅRD after working in the beauty and fashion industry for several years, and she credits NYGÅRD for giving her credibility as a makeup artist. “I always talk about NYGÅRD first because it is an internationally recognized brand,” she says. “When I was in New York, I saw my work on a billboard in Times Square.” It was here in Winnipeg that she honed her craft and learned the ropes of how to work on set, how to work for certain people and how to do high fashion “editorial” makeup.
Angie started her business, The Be.You.Tee Factory, in 2014 because she saw a gap in the market—if you wanted to be a professional makeup artist, you had to leave Winnipeg to go to school. She also has a passion for health and self-improvement, so she wanted to incorporate that aspect into the business, as well. So, since the school’s inception, she has helped over 200 women get their qualifications and open up their own freelance businesses. As a natural succession, Angie has expanded her brand to include The Be.You.Tee Bar, a full-service, state-of-the-art beauty bar on trendy Corydon Ave. Here, her team of 17 hairstylists, makeup artists and aestheticians offer luxury services for all guests. She decided to open the beauty bar because Winnipeg did not have a dedicated place for women to go for a blow-out or just get their makeup done. This is something that Angie loves to do whenever she travels, so she wanted women to be able to have the experience of making an ordinary day into a special occasion, right here in Winnipeg.
It is inspiring to see that Angie’s no-fail attitude comes from within and unsurprisingly, the main thing that drives her is freedom for women. Freedom from feeling insecure or frazzled before a special event—”That is the one thing I hold on to in life, it is my mission.” She is energized by people, as they inspire her to bring her A-game to the table every day—by learning new things, she can teach and inspire others. Celebs like the Kardashians and Jennifer Lopez also inspire her because they have taught people how to accept different body shapes and sizes and that everything they do is to an exceptional standard. It seems that some of Angie’s self-confidence comes from her icon, Linda Nelson. Linda, who also freelanced at NYGÅRD as a fashion stylist, has been a guiding force in Angie’s life since she was 12-years old. “I call Linda my work mom because she always kept me professional and instilled the value of working to excellence,” recalls Angie. “She is someone who has been a mentor to me and someone that I have always looked up to—she is my ICON.”
As far as personal style is concerned, Angie does not skip a beat when she lists off the four Must-Haves that her clothes need to possess: classic, glamour, rock ‘n’ roll and vintage, and this is why she LOVES the 50th Anniversary Iconic Collection. She is obsessed with the Iconic Embroidered Beaded Velvet Jacket because it embodies all of these things, “I think it is an awesome jacket and I absolutely love it,” she explains. ‘I love that everything in the Iconic collection is full of the details that I want and expect out of my clothing —I love Peter Nygård clothes.”
“I call Linda my work mom because she always kept me professional and instilled the value of working to excellence,” recalls Angie. “She is someone who has been a mentor to me and someone that I have always looked up to—she is my ICON.”
The value that Angie places on what she has learned from others, her strong inner-compass and her approach to life, makes her advice to young, aspiring women all the more impactful. ” I honestly think that the thing that holds most young women back is the way that they speak to themselves. They should always talk to themselves as if they were speaking to a young girl that they care about. For example, you would never tell a young girl that she looks fat today or that you don’t believe in her idea, so you should never say that to yourself. I believe that self-talk is such a huge part of success and how a person projects themselves to the world.”
Angie’s Top 3 Makeup Tips:
Avoid powder – it makes your skin look dryer which makes you look older
Always wear bronzer – it gives you that healthy glow, makes your teeth look whiter and your eyes brighter
Always wear lipstick – it instantly makes you look polished and ready to go
What’s on Angie’s Bucket List?
I want to go to Italy, as I have never been out of North America
I am writing a book that about sexual polarity (why people are attracted to the people they are and what keeps people attracted to those people) and hope to finish it by the end of 2019
I am expanding my mobile division, called Your Be.You.Tee Call, where the team of hairstylists, makeup artists and aestheticians go out to weddings or special events
I am in the process of creating an online makeup school, so despite time and geographical limitations, everyone can become a certified makeup artist
Finding clothes that fit properly when you are 5’4″ and under can be a challenge, at the best of times. But, what if you are over 5’4″ or have long legs but short arms or maybe even a short torso or just don’t think that you match the traditional petite category parameters? If you fit any of these combinations and shopping for clothes is a ‘Bush-Tucker Trial”, then make the NYGÅRD Petite Collections from TanJay, Alia and Slims your new best friend. Knowing what styles and trends to wear that suit your height, shape and weight is the key to looking your sartorial best.
Top Styling Tips For Petite Women
Cinch in that waist
Tuck in shirts and tops to show off your waist
Wear short skirts (Stay clear of midi skirts) with pointed toe boots or shoes
Fitted, cropped jeans are your friend
If you are busty, try an empire waist, fitted top and a Hi-Lo hemline
Wear high-waisted pants
Put a tailor on speed-dial
Don’t layer – go for one statement over-sized piece
Low heels are just as good as high heels
Streamline your silhouette
Match your tights to your shoes to lengthen your legs
Avoid over-sized bags, try a mini shoulder bag or backpack instead
So, how do you know if you need a petite size?
Here at NYGÅRD, the petite customer is 5’4″ and under. If this is you, then you can safely assume that you will take a petite fit. However, if you have long legs but a short torso, then buy a petite size on top and a regular size on the bottom (and vice versa.) It’s really all about mixing and matching pieces to work with your measurements and proportions! This even works if you are tall but want a shorter length pant, then you may want to try a petite size so that it falls at the right part of your ankle or if you want a cropped blazer effect, then maybe the petite size will give you that look.
The best-kept secret to determine if you need a petite or regular size (as boring as it sounds) is to check the size chart for each item. The link for the size chart is found on the right-hand side of the product page, just under & to the right of the available sizes. I have included it below for handy reference.
NYGÅRD is obsessed with fit, so petite measurements are kept as consistent as possible across all styles and brands. Typically, tops are 1 inch shorter in length than a regular fit, in the torso, waist and sleeves but sometimes the difference in torso length depends on the fabric and print. For example, if a specific print needs to fall at bust level, then the length of the body may need to be shortened or lengthened slightly to accommodate this factor.
For petite bottoms, the inseam (leg length) is 1-2 inches shorter than a regular fit, depending on the fabric and style. The crotch length will also be shorter to accommodate a shorter body. There is also more forgiveness in leg lengths with looser styles and less forgiveness in more structured styles such as an ankle pant which is generally 1.5 inches shorter than a regular fit.
“Top Tips to follow when buying a garment is to refer to the size chart.
Bring out your tape measure and follow the recommended measurements as closely as possible, then compare them to your own body measurements. Do NOT rely on your size from another brand as every brand uses different sizing. If you fall between sizes, then take the larger size and have it tailored to fit you exactly. Remember, you can always take something in if there is extra fabric.”
Anna Owczarek, merchandise marketing coordinator, NYGÅRD International
To help you create amazing outfits that fit your shape and style, I have put together the Ultimate Guide of the Best Petite Pieces you need in your wardrobe:
Imagine Wearing Pastels This Weekend. You Might Think That Pastels Are Only For The Summer Months, But By Injecting These Chalky Hues Into Your Winter Wardrobe, You Can Say, “Goodbye Winter Blues” and ‘Hello Sunshine.”
Winter Pastels have been trending on the runways of fashion month for the last few seasons, and this winter is no exception. So, why not incorporate them into your own personal runway? Instead of instinctively going for black, burgundy or grey as standard go-to pieces for styling your outfit every morning, jump outside the box with a pallet of sorbet pinks, baby blues, buttery yellows, wintery whites, moody mauves and sherbet mints. These shades not only flatter every skin tone, but they also brighten your mood and lift your spirits. And really, who doesn’t need a little boost to help get through the cold temps, dark mornings and even darker nights of a Northern Hemisphere country?
If the idea of where to start fills you with fear, look no further than the Alia and TanJay collections for inspiration. Right now, they are brimming with sweaters, tops and trousers in shades of sweets and macarons.
You can approach winter pastels in two ways:
Layer up in head-to-toe pastels
Tread softly with ONE statement pastel piece
The easiest way to start injecting pastels into your wardrobe is to pair a statement piece, such as a sweater, with a staple black or grey pant to ground your outfit. Then, add in another colour (either another pastel or black) in the form of a coat, boots, handbag or woolly toque & mitts. Finally, add some texture like leather, faux fur or sequins. Keep your outfit to 3 colours and you can’t go wrong!
I have chalked up all the BEST winter pastels on the website, so you don’t have to search for them. Check out my edit and get some inspiration on how to mix and match your NYGÅRD winter pastels. Plus, watch our Winter Pastels video HERE.
Make checks, plaids and houndstooth your wardrobe BFF to get you through the transition from fall to winter. Mix these updated classics with either go-to staples or one-off trendy pieces to shake up your weekday and even your weekend wardrobe with fresh looks that will take you from the boardroom to brunch.
It’s the beginning of the week and the beginning of winter and, if you are already experiencing outfit-fatigue, then make Plaid your new BFF. This fabric is classic for a reason and like a BFF, it’s there for you in good times and in bad. So, send out your NYGÅRD plaid friend request and get ready to expand your wardrobe possibilities.
Plaid has been around for centuries, dating back to the Scots who used plaids or “tartans” to identify the various Scottish family clans. Each tartan had specific colours and patterns and the fabric was traditionally used as heavy travelling cloaks to keep out the damp and bitter cold of the Scottish Highlands, but as trade routes opened up and the industrial revolution expanded fabric production, plaid made its way to Britain and America.
This expansion led to the democratization of plaid, where colours and patterns are open to everyone. And while plaids and checks have had peaks and valleys in the fashion world, a classic never goes out of style.
Plaids, checks and even houndstooth have gone from being associated with traditional, stuffy styles that your gran would wear to being the hipster global dress code.
Luckily for us, office dress codes have eased up in recent years, so it’s much easier to blend corporate with casual and inject both colours and patterns in unexpected combinations. So go for head-to-toe checks but mix it with the latest chunky sneakers, irreverent faux fur loafers or even that brightly hued sweater. And, for more relaxed street-styling on the weekend, layer up with a plaid trench coat, heels and maybe that embellished Hobo bag.
And, to make it super easy and time efficient for you, I have rounded up the best checks to get you straight from Monday to Sunday. It’s a small nod to the past with 7 Days of Checksand one giant leap for plaid-kind.