The Perfect Purse

Some people love brands. Some “swim” in bold colour. Some want nothing to do with them.

What makes a great purse? Let’s explore some options and see where you may be able to discover hidden clues to a good looking purse with purpose.

It’s all in the details.



Statement pieces (bold coloured shoes or handbags) are able to take a simple quick day to day look and create some influential pow with serious colour. Brights for summer, reds and darks for winter.

Two handles or not two handles? That is the question. Straps and handles can get very tricky. Two on our shoulders are often easy to hold and open however, there is always one that never stays on the shoulder and constantly falls off. Our vote is find a purse with a strong one shoulder handle.



Weaves are great for summer and dress down more formal business looks. Just remember to keep them clean and look for solid tight weave for longer lasting purses.



This is the secret. The higher the quality look and feel of the hardware on the purse the more tasteful and expensive it looks. Even if the bag is not a designer brand. The one giveaway that it’s not, is the hardware.




More animal friendly quality bags are being produced everyday. Ensure that the bags you look for are within the standards of production that suite your personal ethics. Buy vintage to endorse the “reuse” concepts on leather items.




Statements are made by top designers with their logos and initials woven into the fibres of their handbags and accessories. We vote for tasteful and elegant however there other shoppers and purse owners who love splash and bling. There are plenty of options out there. Some less appropriate for work, yet wearing weekend or evening bags occasionally can spice up your look.




Shopping and Pinning on Pinterest are great ways to get inspiration! Use these tips to narrow down handbags you think you would need to replace worn bags or to take your look to the next level.

Next time we will look at function and compartments. One good time is to find a small cosmetic size or designer wallet that transfers with your favourite lip colour, mobile devise and cash / cards into any bag at any time….


Motivated to Celebrate People

Want to be inspired? What are some life lessons you have experienced?

Threaditorial Founder Teresa Lindsay shares the purpose for her work celebrating the people she photographs in #streetstyle images and how celebration has shaped the world around her.

Watch this fantastic short video shot by Cassie O’Neil Cinematography, taken during the Illumination Event with other great motivating speakers earlier this year, (2015).
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Fashion Styling on Set

Two weeks behind the scenes with Epicure on location!
With my regular full schedule I had the additional opportunity this past few days to coordinate fashion on this brilliant production by OneNet Marketing. It was truly rewarding. It’s one of those experiences where the people and professionals involved really make the whole thing twice as rich. There was an incredible team behind this project and vision from Epicure (the client) that was truly inspiring! Beautiful farm shots, golden hour at the beach, and two days at two stunning homes with white rooms and pristine views. Magic!

At the start of summer the wardrobe options on location were blissfully staged for indoor dinner cooking, bbq outdoors, business meetings and strolls on the beach. With incredible weather it made everything easier for getting to and from with full racks of clothing!

Working from mood boards and scene sketches helps us decide on the looks and then allocate the models, roles, sizes and scenes all together on a styling board.


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Once we have a theme and the models in mind for each scene (and know who is with who as to not clash with colours and style the wardrobe to work together), we can then go sourcing!

To through in some helpful advise on fashion, I want to share that if people become familiar with cut and with fabrics it gets easier to determine how something will look – rather than just “off the rack.” Here are a few examples of what items looked like before someone tried them on. Then you can see for yourself just how amazing the difference is when there is a body in the clothing.

Cadie wearing Armani.
(FASHION FIND: Consignment ST.)
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Cadie wearing a two piece day times suit… check out how the angles and drape are so unique.
(FASHION FIND: Consignment S T.)

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Teresa wearing a shawl – two types one that is a solid piece and one that wraps with tassels worn with a blouse.
(FASHION FIND: Shawl available at SPANK on Government, but they sell out fast.)

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We dressed our main actress Paulina and even helped her with her own wardrobe.
(FASHION FIND: Consignment ST – moss green velvet jacket. The rest are Paulina’s.)

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Selecting casual and formal versions for various scenes.
(FASHION FIND: Model with loaned clothing.)

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Hair styling guru Eriko with Teresa in the foreground of the set in the vineyard. With the One Net “A” Team. Did we mention we had a drone for arial shot?



On set, location Epicure farms – interviewing CEO Amelia Warren.
(FASHION FIND: Bernstein and Gold on Yates.)

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In the fields shooting with model… Mary Rubin (photography Kelsey).


On set in Central Saanich…







Radika and Dylan waiting on set for their moment in the background of all the kitchen action.
(FASHION FIND: Consignment ST.)


We finish off the day on location at the beach during the golden hours… spectacular day!


Ocean front suite on Dallas Road is our hold up for the whole day, day 3.


Then at 5pm we break out to shoot a few more coffee shop meeting shots in the Atrium.


That wraps up 2 weeks of shopping, sourcing, and 8hrs or more on set!
Wardrobe styling that mattered for a professional video short… love it!

Everyone looked amazing and the team was incredible to work with – Nicole, Michael, David, Erin, Eriko, Rhonda (and team), Kelsey (photos), the actors, and models – thank you for a great time and a memorable experience. Can’t wait to include a link to the final product.

Thank you also goes out to all the fashion retail stores who were willing to contribute clothing!