My Bliss Style (Who knew I had any?) and My Favourite Store (Ricki’s)

Hi, my name is Erica. I’m a 41-year-old mom of four and I love comfy clothes.

I also enjoy dressing up. And wearing make-up. And also not wearing make-up.

And hats. I really, really love hats. Oh, and scarves. And boots. And sweaters.

I wear what I like, what fits, what is comfortable and what makes me feel good when I look in the mirror. Which is why I do most of my shopping at Ricki’s.

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

To think I almost got rid of this sleeveless blouse last year! At least I had the good sense to tuck it in. Thank you to Anna Epp for the beautiful headshot. Some might even say the hair and make-up were ‘on fleek’. (Also, I may have touched up my under-eye circles.)

Overheard at Blissdom Canada: “You have great style!”

I usually take pride in my appearance (I say usually because, let’s face it, we all have those days) but I never considered myself to be stylish per se.

Imagine my surprise, then, when more than once, while at Blissdom, I was complimented on my “style”, was compared to a “chameleon” in the sense that I could “get away with so many different looks”. My gut reaction was to turn around and see who they were really talking to. Who? Me? I fought the urge and said thank you instead. (This whole learning-how-to-take-a-compliment thing is not easy.)

Anyway, you must be wondering what on earth I was wearing, so I decided to compile a few of my conference looks and share them with you. I do apologize, however, for the quality of some of the photos that were taken in low-light conditions with my iPhone 6. Had I known I was such a fashionista — I’ll wait till you stop laughing — I’d have hired a photographer to follow me around snapping pics of my #OOTD. Thank goodness for my mad #selfie skillz, right?

Daytime Looks Range from Casual to Business-Dress

Conference attendees always stress about what to pack, especially first-timers. I was once a newbie and remember well the feeling of packing (or not packing) just the right outfits. Guess what? To each his/her own.

You will see every style and every look. Why? Because that’s what makes us unique. And a conference like Blissdom is not only about bringing people together on common ground but also about celebrating each person’s individuality. And style, my friends, is as individual as it gets.

Here were some of my daytime outfits:

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Thursday look: I went for comfort for the day-long Pro Blogger Mastermind with Rachel Martin (pictured here) and Dan Morris. Though you can’t see it, I love my oversized Banana Republic neutral-tone cardigan-type sweater. This look transitioned from day to night effortlessly (see below).

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Friday’s look: I bought this black, stretchy skirt from Ricki’s for last year’s conference–one of the few pieces that still sort of fits. The turquoise shift top (Target) pops under the black, fitted blazer (Banana Republic).

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Friday’s excursion look: A trip through the Apple Pie Trail on a wet, chilly afternoon demands warmth and comfort — and grey-on-grey? Why not? Black pants (Calvin Klein) tucked into my new Hunter boots and Under Armor pullover. The Vuarnet jacket was a wicked Winners find, years ago. I snagged my daughter’s scarf (a Target purchase) and my husband’s toque. The purse is Ralph Lauren.

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Saturday’s look: Old Navy black pants were topped with this recent purchase, a lovely yellow sleeveless shift top from Ricki’s.

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Sunday afternoon walk-about look: This was pretty much my apple orchard look and it worked for the unexpected snowfall. Geez. I could have used mittens, though. Thankfully the snow cleared before we hit the road.

Conference Night Life: From Converse to Vintage to Plaid

The social aspect of the Blissdom Canada conference is something we all look forward to. And the Blissdom team sets the bar pretty high when it comes to parties and entertainment. This year was no exception. That being said, there was plenty of socializing out and about, as well.

Here’s how I dressed up — and down — for the nights in and out on the town:

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Does cold-weather sweater, toque and boots count as 'style'? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Wednesday night arrival: It was cold! Pretty glad I wore my turtleneck sweater (Calvin Klein), scarf and toque (which would become a recurring theme).

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Thursday night stage-performer look: Ridiculously comfy, deep-pocket pants from Under Armor (is that a phone in your pocket…?), grey tank from Ricki’s and scarf from Target. (You can’t see them, but Converse for the win.)

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Friday drinks and appetizers look: Late-day outfit change for socializing begs for the stretchy, black Calvin Klein pants tucked into my White Mountain boots (Winners purchase) and topped by a simple purple tank (Ricki’s) and, of course, the toque.

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Friday night and it’s Mardi Gras, kids! If I told you this dress was vintage, would you believe me? It was my grandmother’s and I actually wore it to my boyfriend’s high school prom when I was 17. Score! And say ‘hi’ to Joan — meow!

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

See my tattoo peeking through, all hard-core-like?

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Saturday night send-off: Gotta love pub night in jeans (Silver from Ricki’s), white tank (Old Navy), plaid (Adidas) and Converse shoes! And the toque. And a hug from Jennifer Powell who by this point was delirious with exhaustion.

The Upside of Fashion

I had an incredible time at Blissdom this year. The experience far-surpassed anything I could have imagined and I feel as though I’m still recovering. Beyond that, I had such a different approach to my style — yes, I called it ‘style’ — this year. I attribute this to my weight-loss and fitness journey and dammit if it doesn’t feel good to slip on clothes that fit — and fit well.

My Bliss Style -- who knew I had it? Check out the Blissdom Canada looks that had people calling me a chameleon! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Why, yes, I did work out every morning. Love my Sweaty Bands head band, and workout gear from Under Armour, Nike, Running Room and Lululemon.

The Downside of Fashion after Weight-Loss

Some of the items I sported to Blissdom this year had been collecting dust in my closet from my leaner days. Others were new or newish or simply fit better (like the turquoise shift top that I almost gave away because it had been bunching at the hips for so long). My wardrobe has undergone a significant overhaul, and truth be told, it needs to be weeded out some more. While this seems like a good problem to have, it’s kind of a bummer because I had so many great pieces! 

You may have noticed several items I wore were from Ricki’s which is one of my favourite stores. Sadly, most of the clothes I bought from there last year don’t fit and replenishing an entire wardrobe is not an easy feat. Fortunately I found some great items a few weeks ago when I dropped in during a sale so I was able to pull together some basic looks.

The key to any style or fashion choice — aside from comfort (in my opinion) — is to buy clothes that complement your body type and fit well. I’m all for fashion trends, but if an article of clothing is not flattering on me, what’s the point? My body shape just does not lend itself naturally to certain cuts and styles. And while I have stumbled across some great finds — Banana Republic, Costco (Calvin Klein) and Winners — the thing I like most about shopping at Ricki’s is that I consistently walk out with the best stuff — clothes that fit well and look and feel great.

Seriously. You should go.

About Erica

Erica writes with humour and heart about family, #fit40s and living life in the carpool lane. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica’s in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin her kids’ lives. Obviously.

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9 Comments

  1. You look so lovely! The blue top, cardigan, and toque are my favourites!

  2. My favorite thing about Rickis is that they put little hidden snap buttons between the regular buttons in the bust area in some of their blouses! Makes a “busty” girl like me very happy!

  3. Hi Erica! We loved this post – and I’d love to send you a little thank you for your kind words about our clothing! Could you please send me an email at social rickis com? Thanks! – Lindsay

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  5. Hi Erica, I love your posts! I am also a 41 year hat/scarf and Ricki’s lover! My friend introduced me to the store about 3 years ago and I think it is literally the ONLY place I shop (I have 6 boyfriend blazers) lol. Anyhoo, you have great style!
    -Claire

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