“First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.” ― Maya Angelou


I haven't found the perfect man. I have found my soulmate, the one I can spend the rest of my life with. Currently on cloud 9 and basking in wedded bliss. Thanks to Invivo Wines for the lovely wedding gift.


xoxo

Hats, camera, action! The third annual Packwood Grand was held at Century Downs Casino on Friday and the most fashionable looks came out to play. 



With endless champagne by Veuve Clicquot and delicious food provided by Craft Beer Market, patrons in attendance were treated like equestrian royalty under VIP tents. 

Heads were turned towards every fashionista dressed to impress, and the Tall Freckled Fashionista team joined in style with florals, festive fascinators, and smiles.


Check out some of our favorite looks from the races: 


Who doesn't love a good print? We found this fashionista expressing her quirky and fabulous style in a coral pink lobster print dress paired with block heel flats and topped with an elaborate pink floral hat. 



This lovely trio of chic best friends completely embraced each of their own individual styles but looked even better together! With neutral hues, bold stripes, and embroidered florals, it wouldn't have been a surprise if a race horse got distracted with all the fabulousness. 



Never underestimate the power of a little black dress, or in this case, a little black crop top! These two vixens celebrated Canada Day at Packwood Grand dressed in black with classic hats to match.


Let's not forget about the well dressed men in attendance! This chic power couple came to Packwood appropriately dressed in navy, gingham plaid, and florals with a pretty birdcage veiled hat. 


Thank you Packwood Grand for having us! Cheers to your flavourful fashion, endless champagne, and perfect hat/dress combos. Hope everyone celebrated Canada Day in style! Which looks were your favourite? 

xoxo
Get your hats and horses ready, The Tall Freckled Fashionista Team is going to Packwood Grand! The sophisticated and high polished event will take place July 1 inside Century Downs Racetrack and Casino with a red carpet at noon. 

What is to be expected from such a lavish celebration, and more importantly, where can you find the perfect dress to wear in attendance? 

According to the race’s official website, Packwoodgrand.com, the cultured gathering is “set to be a true celebration of old world leisure and sophistication. As the must-attend social & lifestyle event of 2016, an expected 2000 of Calgary’s highly cultured, business-leading, and fashion forward will take in the affair.”

With an astounding amount of people planning to attend, Packwood Grand will be an opportune moment to get up, dress up, and show up looking your best adorned in a glamorous hat and dress combo. 

Just like the fashionable theme of the Kentucky Derby, Packwood Grand calls for looks from ornate hats, playful prints and feminine silhouettes. Check out some of our favorite looks from Chi Chi Clothing, Asos, and of course, Joyce’s Closet.



Looking for something feminine and floral?


 The Chi Chi Raquel Dress is a refined, yet modest approach to style at Packwood Grand. With a fitted bodice, digital floral print design, and below-the-knee hem, this dress is perfect and polished for Packwood. Pair with a pastel hat, strappy heels, and neutral toned clutch. Check out Chichi for more floral finds!



Another silhouette option is the streamlined pencil skirt silhouette, like the Oasis Floral Bardot Pencil Dress available online at Asos.com

With a flavourful floral pattern, detachable straps, and a Bardot neckline, this slim fit silhouette is both sexy and classy. Pair this look with some bold pointed pumps and a matching wide brim hat. 




If you’re a bigger fan of darker shades, this silhouette can also be rocked in darker hues. Check out the ASOS Dark Floral Off The Shoulder Bardot Hitchcock Midi Pencil Dress 

With a Bardot neckline and fitted waist seam, this dress will accentuate your curves while cheering for your favorite pony. Emphasize the dark, romantic tones with a burgundy lip, ankle strapped peep-toe heels (as pictured above), and a matching sultry black birdcage veiled headpiece. 

If you’re a fashionista on a budget, save your money on buying a dress by renting your look from dress rental services available at Joyce’s Closet! This is also an ideal option if you want to invest more value into a statement piece, like an extravagant hat or a higher placed bet on your favorite race horse! 

If floral patterns aren’t your favorite, try something different yet fashionably appropriate, like this Black and White Maxi Dress with high slit from Joyce’s Closet .The gradient line pattern and contrasting monochrome color scheme make this look incredibly elegant with a hint of edge at the same time. Match the maxi with a pair of bright colored pumps like pink or indigo, and top it off with a structured wide brim hat and large black sunglasses. 




Be the lovely lady in red wearing the Marciano V-neck red dressWith a full skirt to emphasize a fun and flirty appeal, this dress is an elegant way to serve as a fiery canvas for playful accessories. Since the red cocktail dress is one solid color, opt for an incredibly ornate and color contrasting hat, a pearl necklace, and a pair of t-strap high heels. Add a detailed touch with a pair of white lace gloves. 



With so many affordable looks to choose from, renting is always a viable option. You won’t break the bank and you’ll still look fabulous. Check out JoycesCloset.ca to shop the dress rental services!

Which look can you see yourself wearing at Packwood Grand? Whether you choose lace overlays, bold stripes, floral accents, or the largest and loudest feathered tea party hat, remember to embrace your personal style while rocking your dress at the biggest event of the summer! 

xoxo


Wedding season is upon us in all its fashionable glory and Joyce’s Closet is no stranger to attending such special occasions in style. As wedding trends influence brides, bridesmaids, grooms and groomsmen alike, finding a cohesive theme that reflects your personal style and vision is always important. But what about the rest of us stylish wedding guests who also want to make heads turn? 

Depending on the theme of wedding you’re attending, dressing accordingly can become a grand and glam experience to express personality through clothing. Cease this opportunity as a way to look and feel your best while celebrating the love between two newlyweds and love itself! 

Because spring and summer are popular seasons to shop for a wedding look, sticking to a budget is beneficial for fitting in all your favorite ensembles. With Joyce’s Closet dress rental services, there is plenty of room to play with your budget, and plenty of dresses and gowns to try on. 

Check out the chic fashions available at Joyce’s Closet, where finding the perfect dress for a nuptial occasion won’t break your bank. Attending a wedding with a dapper date? Heighten the look of your outfit by complementing your date!

TheBlackTux.com also offers a range of suit rentals that make the rental experience easy and secure for your budgets. With so much variety to choose from, we couldn’t help but match and style some of our favorite dresses with some of our favorite suits!

Spring Formal Wedding

by Virgos Lounge is unique, ornate, and incredibly ideal for a sophisticated guest to wear in attendance. It’s constructed of breathable woven fabric for warmer weather and has a thigh high split to accentuate your legs for days! Rock this look and match with your man in a midnight blue tuxedo (https://theblacktux.com/collection/tuxedos/midnight-blue-tuxedo) from TheBlackTux.com! The shade of midnight blue is perfect for emphasizing the jeweled tones on your cut-out gown rental. 

Destination Wedding

Joyce’s Closet’s Printed One StrapMaxi Dress  by BCBG Max Azria is a gorgeous floor length dress with colorful prints and ethereal layers of fabric that is perfect for a tropical vacation or beach wedding. If you’re wondering what to match your man in, look no further than the Tan Suit (https://theblacktux.com/collection/suits/tan-suit) from TheBlackTux.com. With an overall neutral aesthetic, it’s the perfect balance of staying cool while complementing the bright patterns on the maxi dress. 

Black Tie Wedding


The Deep V Black and Gold Gown  from Joyce’s Closet Dress Rentals is the right amount of class and sexiness for a black tie affair. The low back and long train call for a lavish event that will also match with The Beckett Outfit (https://theblacktux.com/collection/outfits/the-beckett-outfit
from TheBlackTux.com. With just the right amount of flair and personality through a plush velvet jacket, this pair of looks are a cause for cheers with champagne!

Vintage-themed Wedding 


Who doesn’t adore a themed wedding? With flavorful thematic schemes involving an elaborate era, the Green BeadedMaxi Green Dress  available at Joyce’s Closet is a timeless gown that transcends through any time period. With a bold green shade adorned in beautiful beading above a structured slit, this gown is meant to be on the stylish wedding guest who isn’t afraid to take fashion risks because you will stand out with sequins and sophistication. To match this look with a suit from TheBlackTux.com, dress your date in The Newman Outfit (https://theblacktux.com/collection/outfits/the-newman-outfit), a detailed high fashion suit combo that will have you feeling even fancier. 

Casual Wedding


“Casual” doesn’t necessarily mean to attend dressed in jeans and a white tee. Dressing your best should still be a priority, only it might not call for an ornate ballgown paired with a complete tuxedo. We love the flirty appeal of the Blue Lace Party Dress  from Joyce’s Closet. With this beautiful eyelet and lace full skirt dress, you are guaranteed to feel casually comfortable while still looking elegant and chic. The cutouts emphasize a playful overall aesthetic that will have you showing off on the dance floor. Match this girlie look with The Wrigley Outfit (https://theblacktux.com/collection/outfits/the-wrigley-outfit) from TheBlackTux.com on your handsome date! Grey is an essential color scheme for any man’s suit wardrobe and sporting this look will show class and effort on your date’s fashionable behalf. 

With endless, trend-setting looks to choose from for gowns, dresses, suits, and tuxedos, it’s almost a no-brainer to opt for the renting route this wedding season. Now what are you waiting for, fashionistas? Ready, set, rent! 





Beauty of Africa, an online magazine that emphasizes on sharing the beauty of African culture with the world, is hosting their first annual black tie gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 7-10 p.m. at Festival Hall in Inglewood. 

The extravagant event will showcase African culture authentically through Afrocentric art, music, food, and live performances. With comedian Adora Nwofor and radio host MC Bonde as the masters of ceremonies, the night is forecasted to be tasteful, educational, and especially fashionable. 

Joyce Jebose, the owner of Joyce's Closet will be judging the Miss Beauty of Africa Canada pageant while utilizing her eye for style. When it comes to determining the winner of the pageant, the luxury consignment and dress rental business owner also believes a genuine personality is important. “Miss Beauty of Africa Canada will be someone who is just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside,” said Jebose. 

With a sophisticated and flavorful combination of arts and entertainment, the Beauty of Africa Gala is an event not to be missed. 

To learn more about the gala, please visit www.BeautyofAfrica.ca
E-mail info@beautyofafrica.ca or 
call 403-815-0806 for tickets. 


xoxo
Jan


Global News was in style Saturday morning as Joyce’s Closet appeared on a fashion segment featuring the wardrobe essentials that every woman should have in her closet. What are your staple pieces that make every outfit customized to your personal liking? We curated a timeless selection of clothing that can shape the foundation of a fantastic wardrobe. 

Joyce’s Closet collaborated with Hudson Bay and Top Shop to find ideal ensembles for our models. From scouring endless racks of gorgeous clothes and shoes to finding authentic pieces in our studio that really emphasize the right look, preparing for this fashion segment was creatively challenging and, most of all, incredibly fun!

Take a look at our behind the scenes moments that worked their way in front of the camera on Global television! 


CURATING WARDROBE ESSENTIALS





So what are the wardrobe essentials that every woman must have? We formed a stylish list of on demand items:

  1. Plain white t-shirt: We found the perfect crew neck plain white tee at Top Shop. A plain white tee is something that can be dressed down or dressed up. It serves as a blank canvas that can be matched with flavorful accessories or as a casual look paired with an edgy jacket. 
  2. Leather motorcycle jacket: Alongside the perfect plain white tee at Top Shop, we discovered a beautiful leather motorcycle jacket with zippered embellishments and cross stitched decorative detail. Anyone can pull off a motorcycle jacket, especially with the right attitude! It shapes and heightens a confident, structural, and edgy appeal. 
  3. Pencil skirt: A pencil skirt really streamlines a more sophisticated and polished look. Whether you’re putting in hours at the office or attending a casual get together, a great pencil skirt emphasizes a more stylish physique. We found a great pencil skirt at Hudson Bay by Highlight with a gorgeous bold horizontal stripe pattern. 
  4. Little Black Dress (LBD): An LBD is something that transcends through time in fashion. The LBD we got our hands on was a beautiful Karl Lagerfeld dress with a white floral pattern and chain tassel belt. 
  5. Trench coat: A trench coat is undeniably chic. There is something about the structure and feeling of a good trench coat to complement any outfit. We found a stylish spin on the classic look with a more flowing structure by Halston. Lightweight, practical, and flattering to any look, a trench coat in your wardrobe is the perfect outerwear piece. 
  6. White tailored button-up: White button-ups are not just for school uniforms or monotonous office wear. A white tailored button-up, much like a plain white tee, sets the foundation of a fabulous outfit. You can pair it with patterns, accessories, denim, or any form of fashionable expression that allows you to still feel like you’re rocking a classic look. We found a wonderful crisp white button-up by Vera Moda inside Hudson Bay. 
  7. Trouser pants: From bold or neutral colors to quirky standout patterns, a pair of trouser pants add a sense of fashionable professionalism to any wardrobe. 
  8. Skinny dark denim jeans: Dark denim jeans hold high value when it comes to creating an essential wardrobe because they are versatile as well as trendy. Much like the fellow pieces on this list, dark skinnies are incredibly foundational if you’re starting an outfit with bottoms. They match with just about everything and range in how they can be worn, from cuffed with sneakers while running errands to paired with high heels while sipping cocktails at the lounge with your girlfriends.
  9. Patterned blouse: A patterned blouse shows off a whimsical twist to a basic outfit. For this piece we included an elephant patterned top by Joie that served as a statement element when it came to creating a look that was professional yet playful.  
  10. Casual flat shoes: Flats are versatile in that they can either add a feminine and more girlie twist to any look, or even a street chic appeal. Adidas makes a great pair of classic black slip-ons with white rubberized soles that we added to our curated looks.  
  11. Black pumps: Every wardrobe needs a pair of classic black pumps. Regardless of the occasion, black pumps consistently bring a sense of smart and sexy style to any outfit. We opted for a pair of pointed leather black pumps by Ivanka Trump that looked like they were ready for some camera time!
  12. Statement party heels: Nothing adds a pop of color or a glitz of glam quite like a statement heel. From intricate designs to a sprinkle of multicolored glitter, statement heels belong in every wardrobe to liven up a neutral outfit or to complement another statement piece like an ornate handbag or printed top. Our purple glittered peep-toe pumps by Nine West from Joyce’s Closet was the best pair to sparkle at the news studio. 

After gathering potential pieces to showcase during the fashion segment, the next step was to piece them together for each model. Thanks to our collaboration with Hudson Bay and Top Shop, the looks that came to fruition were practical, timeless, and beautiful. 

PUTTING LOOKS TOGETHER


We styled four separate looks, from casual to a little more formal. Our first look consisted of a plain white tee, leather motorcycle jacket, striped pencil skirt, black slip-ons, and a Rebecca Minkoff quilted leather orange handbag with gold chain strap from Joyce’s Closet. It’s a look that brings together edgy and casual with a hint of trendy sophistication




From casual to a tad more polished, we had our model rock a pair of cuffed dark skinny jeans, a slouchy trench coat, nude heels (also an essential!), a statement ornate silver necklace, and a classic white button-up. Top it off with a complementary clutch and you have yourself a fantastic set of items that create a look for a day or night. 





Our take on a classic little black dress was paired with classic black pumps and a pop of color in a bright pink YSL clutch. This look is fabulous for date night, a night a out with the girls, or a black-tie event. It is highly versatile in that it can be loud and muted at the same time, depending on what you accessorize it with. 


Office wear never has to be boring. This look can go from cubicle to club depending on how you wear it. We put together a patterned top tucked into a chic pair of high waisted white trousers, our stunning pair of glitter heels from Joyce’s Closet, and a gorgeous structured forest green handbag by Alexander McQueen. This look is polished, classy, and really showcases personality with prints and glitter. 




Which look is your favorite? While choosing the right pieces to add to your wardrobe essentials, it’s important to gather items that emphasize your personal style. Mix low-end with high-end, and discover the right balance of trend and style. Most of all, remember to embrace your essentials with confidence, which is surely to shine through your consciously curated wardrobe!

From curating the right wardrobe to getting glam with hair and make-up, the process of putting everything together truly had Joyce’s Closet fashionably represented on the morning news. 

xoxo





Weekend Two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival means more music, more art, and more fashion. The double weekend event in Indio, California is known for having the trendiest and most fashionable concert guests, from Vanessa Hudgens to Taylor Swift. But what makes Coachella so ethereal and iconic when it comes to fashion? Is it the lace maxi dresses? The gladiator sandals? The paisley kimonos? The flower crowns? And more importantly, where can I buy them? 
The answer for those queries remain within the shelves and racks of Joyce’s Closet! From floral cut-offs to fringe details, Joyce’s Closet is prepared for every music festival imaginable. Check out some looks curated for that ideal Music Festival #OOTD:
Denim on denim is never a fashion faux pas at Coachella. This girlie spin on a rugged look is ready to rock with floral patterned boyfriend denim cut-offs by Current Elliot ($45) and a lightweight denim button-up by Wilfred ($45). Switch it up when the weather heats up! Wear a sheer camisole underneath and tie the button-up around your waist. Keep it simple yet rustic chic with almond toed booties (perfect for walking and dancing!) and top it off with a fringe leather purse to keep all your concert essentials. 
It’s cut-off season! A pair of authentic, soft, and vintage denim cut-offs is essential to every girl’s closet this season. You can dress them up or down, and Joyce’s Closet has you covered whichever way you choose. For this festival layout we paired Levi’s denim cut-off shorts ($55) with Frye boots ($350), a suede fringe handbag, and a sheer blush Juicy Couture top with bronze sequin detail ($35). Equal parts feminine and feisty, a pair of frayed Levi’s and a sheer top can make it all the way to the front of Ellie Goulding’s Coachella stage. 
With such a diverse and eclectic audience, it is no wonder festivals like Coachella have a large spectrum of fashion choices. From Kylie Jenner’s knee-high gladiator sandals to Taylor Swift’s use of the choker with her squad, no trend was turned away. That’s why this look, featuring a more polished and mod spin, is just as applicable as a flower crown and crochet halter top combo. A cropped sleeveless peach top by MissGuided ($18),taupe oxfords by DV Dolce Vita ($38),  and a quilted orange Rebecca Minkoff bag ($125) is all set for DJ Mustard’s set.
 
If comfort is what you’re looking for, this look is easy to put together and looks effortlessly classy. Pair a lightweight tank dress, like our Wilfred Yasmin cut-out dress ($30), with a pair of Lacoste leather moccasin loafers ($48), Dooney & Burke forest green and tan cross body purse ($79) and a burgundy statement hat. This festival look makes chic look simple yet elegant. 
With so many inspiring artists encouraging individuality and artful expression to their audiences, Coachella has been a seamless thread of style for fashionistas worldwide. Which look would you rock for your upcoming outdoor music festival? Check out JoycesCloset.ca for more fashion inspiration and shop online!
xoxo
Jan Rachel Sicam
My favorite UK based brand, Virgos Lounge, owned by two beautiful Nigerian sisters just released its first ever bridal collection and I am so ecstatic. I've been following these girls for the last few years and I am beyond proud of what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time. The eight piece collections includes a jumpsuit and 7 beautifully crafted dresses. The design and aesthetics which is heavily embellished stays true to what Virgo's Lounge is know for. Honestly, If I didn't have my dress I would totally get one of these. Check out the full collection below.












The Motionball Gala, known as the BEST party of the year, is held across multiples cities in Canada every year. Motionball a non-profit organization founded in 2002. Its mission is to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Canada as well as to celebrate the achievements of our Canadian Special Olympic athletes.

This year's event will be held on Friday April 22nd at the Telus Spark Center and will feature a performance from Stratch Bastid, dance performances and music from local known and respected DJ, DJ Joe Swell. There will be a silent auction throughout the night and a raffle for a trip for two anywhere in the world compliments of Air Canada, as well as a complimentary bar.

Every year, The Motion Ball Gala comes up with a theme for the event and guest are encouraged to show support by dressing in the theme colors. The color this year is fiery red, burnt oranges, passionate fuchsias and other shades of fall. This event is very much about fashion as much as much as it is at the Special Olympics and I can't wait to see what everyone will be wearing this year.

Here are some red carpet style inspiration for the event



Tickets to the Gala are still available for purchase for $150 person. The lovely people at Motion Ball have been kind enough to offer all of my lovely readers $25 off the purchase of every gala ticket.

You can purchase the ticket here.

xoxo