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Add a little fun to summer

Trending this summer are very cute styles and accessories to add a little fun to summer. Wicker and straw handbags exude whimsy and fun. Similarly, shoes are featured in an ice-cream-parlour colours, fabulous floral prints and styles. Check them out – and while you’re at it, check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

I’m regularly asked which of the season’s trends can be worn by mature women. Lots of rules have gone by the wayside, however, dressing for your age is always in style.

Let’s play, can you wear this? Ready?

blue and white off shoulder

Can you wear this? This is a boho style off-the-shoulder, one of hundreds of similar styles available this summer. Some women may be comfortable with the off-the-shoulder look. A couple of things to look for. Women who are less busty can wear these tops, but do wear a strapless bra underneath. Make sure the top is long enough. Not all of us are prepared to show a little tummy, especially if you’re over 40.

 

 

 

 

melissa mccarthy embroid skinny jeans

 

 

Can you wear this? Skinny jeans with embroidery is really great on women under 35, but can look really aging on mature women. Stick to plain skinny jeans without rips or embroidery. Skinny jeans are contemporary, but any embellishments belong to younger women.

sunglasses espadrille sm

Can you wear this? Absolutely! Fun, whimsical shoes make a great accessory and conversation point. They’re comfortable and better for your feet than flip flops, plus you can wear them to a range of events. Go for it!

 

 

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Introducing Duval artisan handbags

Duval handbags

Duval handbags may be relatively new on the scene, but it’s a dream come true for designer Esther Hempel.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Esther and hear how she designs and manufactures her collection of handbags by hand.Duval tools of the trade

Yes, that’s right – everything is hand-crafted by Esther: hand-punched and hand-sewn.

These are gorgeous bags, made of the finest Canadian-sourced suedes and leathers. Esther’s care and attention to detail means that each bag takes about 14 hours for her to make. How did she begin her business?

 

“I learned to never settle,” says Esther. “Always go for your dreams.”

Duval handbags was launched in June 2016 and now includes a collection of eight handbags in styles including tote, cross-body, shoulder bag, wristlet and clutch.

“My collection is inspired with timeless styles, but with an edge,” said Esther. “They are versatile and go anywhere, from day to night.”

Esther also believes in giving back. “If we all do a little bit, we can make the world a better place,” she says. Esther donates 10% of her profits to the charity, A Better World Canada, which is currently supplying textbooks to Kenya.

Please visit her website, www.duvalcanada.com for more information and to purchase her well-crafted bags.

Another Edmonton fashion success story!