New York, New York

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Woman in NYC

There’s something to be said about a getaway to New York City: the lights, hustle and bustle, culinary finds, entertainment, subway, and general vibe. In many ways, it’s not a “retreat” destination for a calm getaway, but it’s certainly one of non-stop excitement, history, and romance of its own kind. As you walk through Manhattan, you catch yourself thinking of … Read More

Taking it to the next level: the shop for modern middle-aged women

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Around this time a year ago and not long after my 50th birthday, my young, energized and talented friend Lindy encouraged me to bring my dream to life of lending a proud voice to the life stage I now occupy: that of a modern, middle-aged woman. After a series of conversations around my vision with Lindy, family, and close friends, D by denise launched last … Read More

Sweaters: The True North Staple

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Sweater Weather - Rebecca King

When the temperature drops there is nothing I love more than wrapping myself in cozy, big, and blanket-like sweaters that lend both warmth and style to my outfits. Sweaters and wraps become staples in my day whether in the office, presenting in the boardroom, weekends at the lake, running errands, or a night out. Recently, I was introduced to Rebecca King … Read More

Walk a Mile in These Shoes

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It’s true that in life, to understand one another we must “walk a mile in their shoes”. It’s a lesson I’ve learned, continue to re-learn, and one I am constantly humbled by. As hard as it may often be, each time I seek to understand by putting myself in another’s shoes, I find myself in a more patient and empathetic … Read More

It’s Always Sunny in West Broadway – Inspiration for Fall Style

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Professional woman - coffee shop

When the opportunity presents itself to spend the day getting caught up on office projects and client deliverables (without running from meeting to meeting), I embrace the privilege to be a bit more casual in comfortable clothing, albeit still put together. Clothing that not only provides the convenience of layering, but feels great and looks good whether I’m at my computer all … Read More


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Fashion - fall layers

I love to indulge in fashion magazines every September. They seem to be the best issues of the year. A couple weeks ago, I blocked time early afternoon in between lunch and a mid-afternoon meeting, grabbed a cup of Turmeric Soother Herbal Tea (a new favourite) from Cornelia Bean, and made my way to Chapters Indigo. It didn’t take me … Read More

Pumped Up Colour….Local Inspiration

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Makeup Application - Modern Woman

Remember sneaking into your Mother’s or Grandmother’s makeup bag when you were little? Plastering on the lipstick and the blush – so fun! Or the thrill of receiving permission that you were “old enough” to wear makeup (beyond the glossy Root Beer or Black Cherry Lipsmackers). Today, as a woman, one of the most fun and indulgent things we can … Read More

Summer White – Day to Night!

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White Jeans - Summer Couture

Jeans are a staple in my closet all year long. When I’m not in business clothes or workout gear, you will find me in jeans. In the summer, faded blue or crisp white are my favourite. I also love wearing comfy summer dresses all day long! White jeans can be casual or dressy, and easily go from day to night. … Read More

Getting Dirty in Your Back Yard

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Back yard gardening

Like hearing an old song, the scent of certain flowers can take us back in time. When I smell fresh lilac trees in the spring, I am quickly reminded of my Baba. Same with my Grandma of rose bushes, and marigolds of my first flower garden patch (when I was seven). Planting allows us to be children again: enjoying moments … Read More

Spring – Saturday Night – Patio Time!

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Saturday night date - fashion - cartier

One of my and Michael’s favourite ways to spend a spring Saturday evening is dinner out with friends. Last weekend, we were able to do just that with a special couple we had not seen in a while. Even with warm days and sunshine, spring can still present cool evenings. This can be tricky when choosing what to wear (especially if you’re planning a … Read More