As you might already know, we grew up on a farm. You’re thinking: “yeah, yeah; we get it, two girls from the sticks in lipstick. Whoppie.” First of all – no need to be such a bag; second of all - it’s more than that. Along with crediting our farmgirl past with things like our rad work ethic and our inability to give up, we also developed a penchant for learning how to create our own fun (which was more often than not, at Lecina’s expense) and making the best with what we had.
We grew up amidst a small, tight-knit community that made up in spirit and collective awesomeness for what it lacked in movie theatres and arcades. Poker Derbys, dances, winter carnivals and 4-H (ask Libertee about the plot of wheat she was responsible for. . .) we benefited from everyone’s interest in making something from what most people would see as nothing.
Last weekend, we took a stroll through our home town and admittedly got a little teary-eyed. Goodeve no longer bustles with the energy that it once did. No more Last Chance Grocery where our mother committed to shopping ALWAYS in her effort to support local; , no more Levona’s Café where we could get notes to venture out for lunch on Fridays; no more Goodeve Elementary school where we spent 9 years with the same 6 kids in our grade. It’s strange to see something that was such a part of you relatively disappear.
After a bit of reflection and more than one Kleenex, we realized that Goodeve might not physically exist, but it still took up a very special part of our hearts; after all, we found ourselves back in our home town because we all came home from hundreds of miles away to help our parents with a project. Yet again, we found ourselves working together for the greater good. . . and having fun at Lecina’s expense.
This is everyone’s friend Lecina.
She made fun of her mother her whole life for crying at commercials and now cries because the bank in Goodeve is closed forever. (ACTUALLY!) Lecina is a professional fundraiser, and one of the few in her Province to have a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation behind her name (look it up, it’s a thing, we swear!) When asked to describe her job, she generally states that: she “makes friends and then asks them for money.”
At the end of the day, Lecina is a professional, but at the same time, is only 31 years old and likes to keep a young take on her wardrobe. Over the years, Lecina has learned to select articles of clothing that she could see herself wearing both in and out of the office – essentially making the most with what she has. Bless that inner farm girl.
Each of the looks featured on Lecina illustrate the same basic articles of clothing paired in a variety of permutations. Watch closely!
Make like Mario -
Remember that level on the Super Mario Brothers, where you had to match up three levels of images? An array of mushrooms, princesses, stars and turtles would slide across the screen and you’d have to strategically line them up? This is basically what we encourage you to do when you’re shopping. Just before you go to purchase something – ask yourself: “What else can I wear this with?” Don’t be afraid to dress down dressy, and dress up casual! The best outfits are the unexpected ones. Dolce and Gabana actually base their design on creating something and then adding it’s opposite. Lecina does much of the same. Her favorite outfit is admittedly a collared white shirt tucked into a boyfriend jean
Try something nude. . .
First of all: Nude Shoes. We’re not kidding – they actually go with everything and have a way of making your leg look longer. If you don’t already own a pair – we strongly suggest starting the hunt. Lecina is wearing Steve Madden’s from this season.
Second: a nude belt. Lecina has had this belt for over 6 years and admitted to wearing it every day last week. She loves it for a million reasons: one, it’s nude so it also goes with everything; two it’s wide enough to mask the bunching effect that can happen when you start tucking shirts into pencil skirts; three: it cinches you in at the waist, bringing attention to the smallest part of your body, essentially flattering the heck out of that hour glass figure we women enjoy / create with things like big belts.
It’s as simple as black and white.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a punch of color but the power of black and white, when it comes to multiplying you wardrobe is actually quite impressive. Investing in black and white pieces creates infinite possibilities and a strong foundation for any wardrobe. We admit, this can get a bit drab, but this is where accessories and lipstick come in. Spice up any outfit with a splash of colour on your lip, and a sprinkling of jewellery; in the colder months, add a color block sweater! As a standard rule, we recommend keeping the tops white and the bottoms black. White pants. . . not so much.