My Style Diary

Think the life of a jet-setting fashion plate is filled with Champagne and caviar? Of course it is. But keeping up with appearances requires the discipline to stick to a packed schedule and the spirit to embrace wherever the day takes you. Also, it helps to have a good set of luggage.

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6AM -7AM – Shine Bright

I start my morning with a session at Tracy Anderson Method. That’s one hour where I can clear my mind and just feel really good. I try to be as healthy as possible, so for breakfast I would have berries – antioxidants help the skin – with a juice and frozen yogurt in a smoothie. I also love avocado. The NutriBullet is great!

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8AM – Dress up

 I usually dress for whatever I’m going to be doing that day. There’s always a bit of an electric tone to what I wear, but I always incorporate a polished element, with accessories or colour, even if it’s in a subtle way. When I’m on the road, everything has a structure to it whether it’s a bag or a blazer.

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I Plan My Outfit the Night Before

It’s not magic — or rocket science. It all starts by pulling out the outfit the night before to save me from running around in a panic the next morning.

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I Give Myself Plenty of Time to Get Ready

Instead of waking up three snooze alarms later, take the morning to prep your outfit and fix your hair. Not only will it save you from running out of the house with a button unfastened or mismatched shoes, but it’ll also give you a few extra minutes to add a belt or a special piece of jewelry to polish off the look.

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Select the Right Undergarments

I know the foundation of a great look is good underwear. Plan for the fabric and silhouette of your look with the right bra, panties, and shapewear to provide the support you need, whether it’s to ensure you’re not inadvertently giving your office a peep show when you forget your slip or preventing a nip slip on date night.

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Dress For the Weather

It sounds simple enough, but dressing sensibly goes a long way in the style department. Check the weather before you leave the house to avoid being that girl trudging through the snow in her flats or dodging puddles in your wide-leg flares.

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Pick the Perfect Accessory

Like Coco Chanel famously dictated, “when accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” There is a point at which it becomes just too much, and the chicest women know exactly what that point is. Ask yourself if you really need the scarf and the statement necklace? Often, the cut of your clothes — an exposed neckline or bare arms — is a great help in determining just what jewelry or accoutrements to pair with it.

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Dress For the Occasion

The well-dressed women in the room are always the ones who got the dress code memo. They look polished and appropriate — never the ones tugging at their miniskirt in a room full of more conservative looks. If you’re ever on the fence about an out-there top or flashy skirt, remember to consider where you’re going and who you’ll see. There’s a time and a place for that plunging neckline — but it may not be at your boss’s dinner party.

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Only Wear Clothes that Fit and Flatter

Sure, even the most fashionable women among us probably have a pair of “skinny” jeans they’re waiting to fit back into or a top that got taken to the cleaners and was never the same, but they don’t wear them. Despite how much you love something in your wardrobe, if it doesn’t fit, it’s just time to let it go.

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9AM – 12PM – Log on

I juggle emails with current and potential clients; meet with my stuff to brainstorm what we’ll be highlighting that day. If we have a photoshoot, I’ll handle the editorial part in the afternoon. But basically it’s a non-stop thing until 7pm.

Boarding Pass 

 I’m viral. There’s no one specific place where I work because I travel so much. I spend a lot of time in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, which means I have to do a lot of organizing. I have such a good system now, and I never under or overpack anymore. I might just take a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt and a few sweaters so I can restyle them in different ways. It forces you to keep a fresh eye and not get stuck in a uniform. And you know what? I realized that wherever I go, I can stop in Zara. There’s always a backup. Sometimes it’s nice to travel light because you never know what you might find to bring home.

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Anchor Your Look With One Expensive-Looking Piece

Ever wonder how some women make even jeans and a t-shirt look impossibly chic? It has a lot to do with the fit, of course, but there’s another subtle way these ladies are elevating their outfit. It might be a great leather belt, a special pair of earrings, or a luxe bag, but in every case, one expensive-looking accessory adds infinitely more polish.

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8:00 P.M.

I like to go out for dinner when I can. My friends and my boyfriend love trying new places. I collect restaurant cards. For dinner, when I’m being good, I try to cook my own food. When I’m being really bad, it’s Boston Pizza. My favorite drink is vodka soda with loads of lime. Can’t beat that.

 

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Written by Aneliya Vasilieva

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Editor In-Chief of Fashion Style Magazine, Aneliya Vasilieva is an international fashion editor and stylist. She edits and styles looks that enhance brand positioning and messaging and owing to her fashion experience and remarkable taste level, she has become well known in the fashion world. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism are qualities she brings to corporate styling projects for many clients in the industry. She also consults for brands across the luxury and high street sectors, advising them on digital editorial strategy. Aneliya has a great perception of fashion and beauty, of what’s happening on the runways and the street, and a keen sense of how to create dynamic images for her readers. Aneliya’s life includes trips to Paris for fashion shows, meeting with stylists, photographers, and designers.