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Closet Cleaning 101

 It is time ladies - -time to clean out,  to throw out and to drag out those outdated, overworked and over stretched clothes and that means that worn-out bra that actually has only one side with a wire in it - -yes I do have one of those!    I am not talking about the recent winter purchases I am talking about those pieces older than your youngest child; winter clothes that have served you well in the past.  Check out my past blog on cleaning closets -- and be ready to jump in and have a great time letting go.   The absolutely best news is that cleaning out the closet doesn't cost you anything... but it sure leaves you feeling good.

 

Here are 3 sure fire ways to lighten the load in your closet:

1.  Check the expiry date of the clothing.  Yes I realize that the expiry date isn't stamped on the clothing but trust me - -there is an expiry date.  The expiry date shows up in the lack of shape, the lack of color and ultimately the lack of fit.  Let's face it - -only a man (or maybe just my husband) can wear something he bought 5 years ago and think it fits the same way today as it did 5 years ago.  Good news is our bodies are constantly changing.  Bad news - - the change doesn't mean we are getting thinner!  Enough said.

 

2.  Ask your daughter  or sister or a good friend.  Somehow when we get older we lose all sense of what looks good.  We stick to the traditional 'I have been wearing this style/color for years' mentality.  A good closet cleaning requires a strong willed woman asking us 'why would you want to keep that?' or in the case of my daughters "Are you really going to wear that?"  Throw it into the 'discard from the closet' black garbage bag. (PS. this is often easier done with a glass of wine... just don't re-open the bags after)

 

3.  Take a look at pinterest, instagram or at a current magazine (no - the magazine from 2010 sitting at your doctor's office doesn't count).  I am not talking about trying to dress like the models and wearing the latest thing off of the Milan runways.  I mean looking at what is happening today for styles.  If you think that your 1980's track suit with the Adidas stripe flowing down the leg is current check out the latest in runners' fashions.  If you are still donning the same pair of stirrup pants from the 70s you might want to consider an upgrade.  If you think the outfit you wore in the 90s makes you look young and hip - -well you might have to reconsider it.  Styles and trends eventually make their way back into style but unless it is a truly great vintage piece (some of the vintage pieces need to stay in the past and not resurface) it might be time to upgrade. Style is about how you make it yours.  The trends out for spring are just calling to be played up in fun ways.

 

And make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some outfit inspiration!  If you would rather have some face to face time with the clothes themselves find us at one of our many shows or book a private shopping experience at the Lemons and Steel headquarters for you and some friends. 

We Heart Valentine's Day.

Ah Valentine’s Day, the day so many love to hate, and so many love to love. The way we see it at Lemons and Steel, what’s not to love? Any holiday that features vibrant reds, rosy pinks, all things glitter, and is supplemented by lots and lots of yummy baked goods is top notch in our books.
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But unfortunately, not everyone feels this way. And hey, we get it, we’re all entitled to our own opinions. But just for fun, let’s see if maybe we can change a few minds here. (And maybe a few hearts…)
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How many times have you heard this argument, (or even said it yourself) “But we should be showing the people we love, that we love them everyday, not just one day a year.”
Or maybe, “It’s just a silly commercialized holiday invented by the greeting card companies to make money.”
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Hey, we're not arguing, of course we should be showing the important people in our lives that we love them everyday. But isn’t it nice to have one day completely and totally dedicated to it?
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 In the hectic, crazy, whirlwind adventures that are our daily lives, don’t we sometimes forget to appreciate those we love most? When we are busy at work, who is it that often suffers most? Our families. The friends we keep cancelling on. And yes even ourselves.
So this Valentine’s Day we are going to change all that. We are going to spend some time with the people we love. Whether that means our husband, our girlfriend, our mom, our brother, our coworkers, our best friend, or even just ourselves. This Valentine’s Day we are going to take care of these people instead of taking them for granted.
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Now, this doesn’t mean we need to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on expensive chocolates and gifts, it simply means that we need to set aside some time to let these people know how much we care, how much we appreciate everything they do for us, and how our lives would not be the same without them.
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Whether you’re planning an evening out on the town, going low-key and staying in, celebrating with family, celebrating with friends, or celebrating Han style - solo, we’ve come up with lots of fun ways to celebrate this holiday.
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If you’re planning a night in, what better way to get in the spirit of the holiday than building a giant blanket fort in your living room and watching a good ol’ fashioned Romantic Comedy? Check out our list, and see if any of these tickle your fancy:
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Valentine’s Day
The title says it all. This star-studded flick will leave you smiling long after the credits role.
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The Princess Bride
You want a classic tale of adventure and romance? As you wish. 
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Pretty in Pink
The music, the fashion, the 16-year-old feels. This coming-of-age classic will have you rooting for its loveable misfit characters.
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When Harry Met Sally
Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. Boy and girl become best friends. But can men and women ever really be just friends?
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s
If you’ve got a case of the “mean reds” then this classic is sure to turn your day around. Sophistication galore!
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Sleepless in Seattle
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are always a recipe for romance.
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Crazy Stupid Love
Hilarious, romantic, relatable. This movie explores just how crazy and stupid we can act when we’re hit with Cupid’s arrow.
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Casablanca
Romance, comedy, action, adventure, betrayal, mystery, intrigue, and more iconic lines than you can count. This one has a little something for everyone.
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The Notebook
Oh come on, you knew we were going to have to throw a little Nicholas Sparks in here. If you aren’t crying by the end of this one, we’ll eat our entire hat collection.
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Dirty Dancing
If you’re feeling nostalgic for warmer weather, Baby and Johnny are the epitome of summer love.
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Romancing the Stone
Maybe a bit more comedy and a little less romance in this one, but we can’t be the only ones who harbour a tiny crush for a young Michael Douglas…
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The Way We Were
“Your girl is lovely Hubbell” five words that have the power to break any woman’s heart.
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Funny Face
Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn dancing their way through Paris!? Say no more. We’re sold.
 
And if you aren’t in the mood for the traditional boy meets girl story, we’ve got a few choices for you as well:
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Thelma and Louise
Nothing says best friends like driving off a cliff together to escape the law. 
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500 Days of Summer
A film that reminds us that sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we thought it would, and that that’s okay. 
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He’s Just Not That Into You
While this one does have a bit of “boy meets girl” subplot, this movie is more about being true to yourself than it is about finding “the one.”
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My Best Friend’s Wedding
This movie reminds us that even if we don’t end up with the person of our dreams, we’ve always got our friends.
 
And if you’re staying in please promise us that you’ll try this sweet and savoury Valentine’s Day popcorn treat!
 
 
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If you’re heading out for a night on the town with your hunny, we’ve scouted out a few fun date night ideas so that you don't have to.
 
If you’re in the Edmonton area:
 
Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Muttart Conservatory. Dine in style, and wander through the exotic pyramids. (Reservations are required)
Also hosting an evening of live music, activities, and tours on February 13.
AND. Chocolate and wine tasting on February 22.
 
 
  
“The Office” Trivia Night – Get a team together and test your knowledge of this hilarious hit television show. With drink feature and prizes for best costume, this is sure to be an event rivaled only by The Dundies .
 
 
 
Feeling nostalgic? Why not hit up the Valentine’s Disco Skate at the City Hall rink downtown. Skate to the music of the 70’s and 80’s. With the beautiful weather we are supposed to be getting this week, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time outside. Free skate and helmet rentals available on a first-come first-serve basis.
 
 
 
Meet Me at Lovers' Lane, includes sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and romance, all offered at The Silver Skate Festival in Hawrelak Park. Maybe even take a stroll around the Ice Castle while you’re there!
 
 
 
If you’re in the Calgary area:
 
Feeling adventurous? Why not hit up a couple of participating restaurants for the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest? Raising money for a good cause, AND drinking delicious hot chocolate? Sounds like the recipe for a fun-filled Valentine’s Day.
 
 
Any beer lovers out there? Grab your hunny, or get a group of pals together and hit up a Calgary Brewery Tour! Nothing says love like a nice cold brew.
 
  
Single and ready to mingle? Why not give Valentine’s Day speed dating a try?! Get a few girlfriends together and hit it up. If anything else, it will give you some hilarious stories to laugh about after over cocktails 
 
 
Test your skills, and your compatibility as you try to escape a locked room with the one you love. Wondering how your significant other holds up under pressure? This is your chance to find out.
 
 
 
And if you’re in the Red Deer area:
 
Heritage Ranch offers Valentine’s Day romance packages, which feature a private sleigh ride with a five course meal to follow. Roses, chocolate, wine, and candlelight. Serious romantics only. 
 
 
Roosters Wood Fire & Smoke Restaurant offers a little less romance, but a lot more delicious food. If you’re headed out for a casual dinner, look no further, you've found your new favourite hot spot.
 
 
And the perfect prequel to any Valentine's Day dinner is enjoying a couple of handcrafted cocktails at To The Lost. Afterwards check out one of these locally-owned restaurants:
 
 
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            And for those of you who are wondering what on earth you are going to wear for the big day, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together two Valentine’s Day inspired outfits from our collection. 
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For this look, we’ve paired our Overlay V-Neck Tank with our Georgette Back Blazer and our favourite pair of skinny jeans for a look that is perfect for a night on the town. 
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Accessorize with ankle booties and sparkly jewelry, and you are sure to catch the eye of that special someone.
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For our second look we’ve paired our Cowl Neck Sweater Dress with dark Bamboo Leggings and boots for a look that is as versatile as you are.
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Take this look from office, to dinner, to movie night. Accessories dress this look up or down depending on your style.
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So? Have we changed your mind yet? The way we see it, even if you look at Valentine’s Day as just another day, isn’t it better to spend it happy, and celebrating with the people you love? So go ahead, make those reservations! Buy that expensive bottle of wine! Dust off the good china! And enjoy yourself for once. Even if all you do is take a little time for you - pamper yourself with some at-home spa treatments, take yourself out for a long lunch, or indulge in your favourite guilty-pleasure T.V. show - make the time to take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day. Trust us, you deserve it.
 
And if you still aren’t convinced, well there’s always Netflix and pizza. (=

Winter Florals

Ah... winter florals! What about flowy tunic tops, paired with sassy boots and some skinny jeans? Who would have thought that this “impractical” piece like would find its way into my fairly neutral closet. Yet, when we were at the Fall 2016 launch in Feb last year I kept being drawn to this particular piece from Papillion. I was in love.
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But it wasn’t practical and the best way to keep a versatile closet is to keep to easily mix and matched pieces right?
 
Wrong...I was already daydreaming about all the fabulous outfits I could create with it in my closet. I could pair it with my skinny jeans, oh or my leggings, oh even edgier my leather leggings… oh what about the boyfriend jeans with a sassy vest? OMG how cute would that be to meet up with some girlfriends for coffee.
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And I am happy to say while maybe a bit edgy and impractical this tunic has seriously changed up my style game.
 
The best part of statement, and bold items like this is that it makes the rest easier! Your hair, makeup, and accessories all seem to just come together with ease because you are already rocking such a fun top. More importantly I find when I wear this top it makes me super happy and confident. I find I walk taller, flirt more, smile bigger and just in general feel more approachable. After all isn’t it better to dress joyfully?