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Shoes, shoes and sneakers?

I have a slight love affair with shoes, so I am always window shopping the new styles of the season.   I noticed on my recent shop that 70’s trends are back with a vengeance in shoes, particularly with sneakers.  Ladies if you want some height in your sneakers, do away with the wedge – the new look is a platform sneaker. Capezio at the Eaton’s Centre has a selection of sneakers in a satin like fabric in camel and navy. They are quite lovely with a good inch platform.  I like the platform sneaker look much better than the wedge.  I think it matches the shape and image of a sneaker much better. I found these cuties at Zara.  I think you can really achieve a diversity of looks with the silver theme.  Dark high waisted jeans with a v neck crop top! Where did you find your favourite sneakers for spring? Share your stories and photos below! Your Style Sensei Jeanette

Facial products I live by

At my age, I’ve started worrying about wrinkles, skin elasticity and the like.  Just over a year ago I found a product I’m in love with so I thought I’d share it with you. Vivierskin is a Canadian skin care line and I use two of their products.  The vitamin C scrub is amazing and cleans and scrubs my skin thoroughly but gently. I follow this scrub with a rosewater toner by Burt’s Bees and end with Viver’s C E Peptides which is a medical grade vitamin C and E serum that has completely transformed my skin.  My skin looks dewy and youthful and I don’t find the need to wear any foundation.  My skin is so happy!     What skin care regime do you use/recommend? Your Style Sensei Jeanette

Hey you! Yes YOU! Why haven’t you submitted your contest entry yet?

Originally posted on STYLESMARTSENSEI.COM:
??This contest is for men and women in the Toronto area to win a free StyleSmart experience. Either a Shop-a-Holic Smarts or Closet Smarts consultation with your Style Sensei, Jeanette. (Valued at $650) One runner up will receive a 40% discount off their choice of service. What do you have to do? ?Share your favorite outfit and tell me why you like it so much. It’s that easy! Here’s how: 1. ?Submit a short video or provide full length clear colour photos showing yourself in your outfit in full frame to your Style Sensei. Don’t forget to include your full name and the best way to reach you.? 2. ?Describe why you love the outfit so much. The colour? Fashion? Textures? Fit? What it hides? What it emphasizes? 3. ?Share a style problem you need the most help with.? 4. ?Submissions are due on December 31st. ?I will announce and feature the winner here on January 16th so don’t forget to follow my blog!? Good luck! Your Style Sensei, Jeanette…

This one’s for the men! Guide to men’s body shapes

A guide to men’s body shapes is a video blog post I made for men to explain the trapezoid, inverted triangle, triangle, rectangle and oval body shapes and provide style tips and tricks for each. Send me your questions and style woes. I’ll answer back, I promise. You can reach me at Don’t forget to like and share this post and follow! Your Style Sensei, Jeanette    

5 tips to 5 minute makeup

Do you skip the makeup routine altogether because it takes too much time?  Or does it take forever to do your makeup in the mornings and you want to cut down? As a makeup artist I love doing makeup, but sometimes I just don’t have the time.  Here are 5 tips to 5 minute makeup that will make sure your face looks as put together as your outfit! 1.  Use a tinted moisturizer or moisturizing foundation. This will provide coverage and moisture without having to go through the primer and concealer stages. (1 minute) 2.  Instead of an eye liner or pencil use a shadow  and an broad angled brush to swipe on colour along the lashes. It will go on like liner but in a dusty way so you don’t have to worry about a perfect line. (1 minute) 3.  You can use a clear or tinted mascara to shape your brows.  The applicator does all the work for you. (45 seconds) 4.  Apply mascara to the bottom lashes first so that you don’t …

How to wear designer dresses for a fraction of the retail price  

Last year I was invited to a fancy gala for the Toronto International Film Festival. I was thrilled to be going, but like most women I had plenty of cocktail dresses and nothing gala-worthy to consider. I wasn’t keen on spending several hundred dollars on a dress either.  I knew that you could rent designer handbags and dresses in New York and wondered if this could be the case in Toronto. I went on a google hunt and found Rent Frock Repeat a designer dress rental boutique in the west end. I signed up for an account and was able to enter my size, body shape and other preferences.  I was also able to shop online for dresses using a variety of intuitive search filters.  I found three dresses I was really interested in wearing, saved them in my profile with notes, then reserved a free stylist session to go and try the dresses on. When I arrived they had my dresses ready to try, including a couple they had selected for me.   As I …

50 Shades of Grey a.k.a. The Groutfit

I was watching “The Social” the other day and introduced the new fashion term, “groutfit” which actually means wearing two or more items that are grey in a monochromatic look. Stylist Erica Ward suggested that the best way to wear a groutfit is to layer different colours and textures of grey.  Some of the outfits on the show incorporated fur, patent leather, wool, cashmere and some brought in a print into the mix. I think all of this is fantastic however, some people just can’t or don’t know how to wear grey. Grey is a tricky color.  If you wear the wrong shade essentially it can wash your face out causing a sallow, sick looking face – quite literally a grey face!  What is the solution? Find the right tone of grey and make sure that you wear that tone around/near your face.  Remember the summer, winter, fall and spring colours? Warm vs. cold tones? This ensures that you avoid the dark circled, old and tired look. The monochromatic look is pretty cool and sleek …

First Impressions

First impressions are SO important and really dictate the outcome of a first meeting in any situation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a 2009 study on first impressions, found that first impressions could be made based on a myriad of factors such as clothing style and posture.  Even body language  can open or close a first meeting in just a few seconds. I remember once being told by someone that I looked completely unapproachable, stern, angry and snobby. A little floored, I had to take a step back and examine this. What on earth was I doing to create this impression?  I had to sit down and take a good look at what people were seeing.  At that time in my life I spent a lot of time in my head and was so self engrossed in insecurity about my body, my looks, my capabilities, the list is long. Combine that with my body’s response to those thoughts – I didn’t make eye contact with people and when I did I looked through them or away quickly – I …

Your Style Sensei, Jeanette Emery

Hello and welcome to the StyleSmart blog courtesy of me, your Style Sensei Jeanette Emery, nice to meet you!  I am very good at teaching people how to dress in clothes they love and look fabulous in.  Like the hosts of “What Not to Wear” and other such makeover shows, I work with normal everyday people who just want to look good, don’t know how to look good or have no sense of how they want to look.   My approach as a Style Sensei is typically very hands on, I like to be next to my subject, in front of a mirror with clothes, a keen eye, clothes clips and a smile.  But in this blog I will try to teach you all the tips and tricks I know about everything from body shape to cuts of clothing, to colour and camouflage.  My goal is to provide as much visual evidence as I can so that you can get a good grasp of my teachings and are easily able to apply them to you. As …