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.
We love new stuff, so why not refresh your wardrobe with new styles from Alia N TanJay, hot off the press?
We’ve picked the best of our latest new arrivals, so you can save time and look great.
Comfort and style are the Alia ethos and these sweaters, quilted vest and check shirt are classic pieces that work double-duty to keep you looking on trend and ready for any occasion. Wear them during the day with denim and ankle boots for a relaxed look or dress them up with tailored pants for a polished look. The sequin quilted vest comes in three soft winter pastel colours, so you will never run out of options. Simply layer it over your favourite sweater, Tee or shirt and you will sparkle with style. The plaid stretch shirt is an update of the classic check shirt and a must-have for any closet. Pair it with the Flower Embroidered Jean for added detail. And, last but not least, you can never go wrong with a sweater—both these styles offer a refined yet relaxed silhouette that will keep you looking warm and chic.
Think TanJay, think chic style for day or night, work or play. These new arrivals will amp up your style-cred and make you the envy of your friends and colleagues. Not only do these new styles mix with each other for a capsule wardrobe, but they are also easy to mix into your existing wardrobe NOW to give you great style mileage through the winter months. Cobalt florals are a wonderful fall/winter colour combination to match with black, navy and grey. You can’t go wrong with checks and this cardigan with faux leather trim is smart enough for the office and relaxed enough for Sunday afternoon book reading. And finally, take a classic black trouser and add leather trim to bring your look to the next level.
Co-founder and Design Diva, Amanda Buhse is lighting up the design and decor market with design conscious candles that are expertly crafted and cleverly named. With an emphasis on local, she and her business partner, Tom Jansen, have reached an international audience.
I meet Amanda on a cool and grey day in the lobby of NYGÅRD’s newly renovated head office in Winnipeg and her presence and smile instantly light up (pun intended!) the room. She is delighted to be back at the company where she used to work, and a bit overwhelmed with the brand new lobby and its interactive museum that highlights the brand’s accomplishments over the last five decades and houses the new 50th Anniversary ICONIC Collection.
Amanda Buhse is the co-founder of Coal and Canary, a vibrant local candle empire that she and her business partner, Tom Jansen, started just a mere four years ago, over a glass of wine. She has used her marketing and business acumen to help take it from a humble 150 sq ft office space to international acclaim by getting into the swag bags of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes, a new retail storefront and shelf presence in 250 shops across Canada and the US.
This trajectory is similar to that of Peter Nygård’s. In fact, Amanda credits part of Coal and Canary’s success to what she learned about business during her time in the marketing department at NYGÅRD. “What I learned has been pivotal to our success—knowledge from supervisors, how to lead a team and how to work with a team towards a common goal, are skills that I use in my day-to-day business at Coal and Canary,” states Buhse. “There is no difference between selling clothes and selling candles because at the root of it you are selling a product.” She credits the other part of her business success to having goals, being really ambitious and being fearless.
“I am lucky to have such strong and positive motherly figures in my life to lead the way for me.”
When I ask her who her ICONS are, her eyes spark and without hesitation, she tells me about her role models. “I am inspired by my mother who has been an incredible force in my life and an amazing role model and by my grandmother who worked tirelessly her whole life to achieve her goals and get to where she is today,’ she says. “I am lucky to have such strong and positive motherly figures in my life to lead the way for me.”
Buhse’s passion for the icons in her life comes full-circle with the ICONIC Collection. Their strong influence is exactly what is behind the collection – it shows how women and how women’s fashion have evolved and is a testament to the confidence, boldness and strength of the modern woman. “I love how the collection has taken great pieces and tweaked them to meet the demands of the modern-day woman who isn’t afraid to let her clothes speak for her,” muses Amanda. Buhse’s personal style is Rocker-Chic mixed with sassy and bold, so she loves the metallic Lamé Trench Coat because it’s fun, bold and would turn a lot of heads!
As an entrepreneur and as a woman with a strong voice, Amanda is a champion of the power of self-belief. Her own success is a product of it, and she truly believes that “You can’t be afraid of being your true self and letting that shine…everything that we do in our company is about being unique, being bold, being confident and showing it to the world. So, whether you are putting on a beautiful Peter Nygård trench coat or lighting a Coal and Canary candle, you feel confident in yourself,” this is the story that Buhse wants to tell.
In the light of the #MeToo movement and the current stream of rhetoric, Amanda’s advice for young women is to: “Know your value, know your worth and stand up for that—own your beliefs.” She admits to having “FOMO” syndrome (Fear of Missing Out) so that fuels her desires to get out there and do stuff. Right now, her bucket list consists of travelling the world and expanding her business. So, if you are wondering what’s coming next for Coal and Canary, it has everything to do with perfume—stay tuned.
Blogger, Mom and HR Queen, Natalie Bell lives her passion every day by writing about the people and things that inspire her and by drawing a spotlight on everything local in her hometown of Winnipeg.
Natalie Bell started her blog, PegCityLovely, in 2012 while on maternity leave with her third child. A self-confessed techie-nerd, she already had an active Twitter following with whom she was constantly connecting and having conversations with. But, it was during this time that she decided to take the leap and start a blog of her own. “I thought if there was any time in the world, what better time than on mat leave to go for it and join the ranks of other big bloggers,” she recalls.
PegCityLovely started off as a “traditional” Mommy blog on Twitter, but six years later it has grown into Bell’s personal brand with a dedicated blog and social media accounts across Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and of course, Twitter. Every day, followers can be a part of Natalie’s morning commute to work and experience her day-to-day living through her Instagram Stories and her daily posts on life, food, family and local Winnipeg. Natalie’s mission is to foster positive, authentic conversations through storytelling. “I think showing people what I do, living my life with its various challenges and sharing real yet positive conversations every day is what people gravitate towards and why they relate to my posts,” says Bell.
“My mom was the pillar of generosity, caring and strength, so she is my number one icon.”
So, who inspires Bell? Being a natural people person, it is ordinary people who inspire her—people living their daily life, who are digging in and simply living their passions. This is Bell’s foundation and what fuels her attitude and character. Having revealed her penchant for people, it is no surprise that Natalie’s ICON is her late mom, Maureen, who passed away five years ago from breast cancer, at the age of 57. “My mom was the pillar of generosity, caring and strength, so she is my number one icon,” says Bell. “Other icons include Oprah, Michelle Obama, and tons of Accomplished Canadian Black Women who I aspire to be.”
The Iconic Collection (#ICONIC50) represents the future of the NYGÅRD brand by celebrating women, so it’s no surprise that the collection resonates with Natalie. She loves that it has the ability to transcend generations. It reminds her of her mom and her grandma, who always had TanJay or Alia pieces in their wardrobes. Even her dad worked for NYGÅRD in the 70’s and met Peter, so NYGÅRD has always been a part of her life. If her mom was alive today, she would love the Viscose & Lace Top with the Midi Pleated Skirt, Natalie on the other hand, loves the Lurex Blend Sweaterand the Velvet Leggings.
It makes sense that Natalie’s breadth of inspiration expands to fill the stories that she tells. Her posts are uplifting, honest and motivating. Negativity is banished because she wants to dwell in positive energy and tell the stories that are real life, what’s happening today and what matters to real people because that is what people relate to. And, what advice does Natalie have for aspiring young women? “It’s so simple and can make an incredible difference in your life—Just Do You. We are surrounded by so many things and people that we think we need to be or do, but if you just do you and be who you are, you will find your own personal success.”