A few weeks ago, searching for inspiration on the net, I came across a blog called Queen Shmink. As I navigated the site, I realized that I recognized Courtne- the fashionista behind the Queen Shmink brand- as we both used to frequent the same hair salon.
Ever since that day, I’ve been checking her daily style entries; my inner hippie has fallen in lust with her 70’s boho haute hippie style and her love of bright, beautiful colours.
Meet Courtne Smith, our latest woman of style. Bisous, Winy
1) Where did you grow up?
Toronto! I’ve lived in a few different areas of the city growing up. As much as I want to pack up and leave sometimes it’s so hard!
2) How would you describe your style?
I love any fashion from the 70’s. I’m all about turbans, jumpsuits, wide-legs and gold! I also find I dress a bit mature for my age sometimes…anything glamorous is definitely my style.
3) Your go-to brands and why?
Missoni – I love the textures, colors and designs. I try to incorporate one Missoni item in every outfit! I will be buried in Missoni.
Zara – Fashion-forward pieces at affordable prices.
Bar III – One of Macy’s fabulous lines. I can always find a few pieces that are on trend at great prices!
H&M – I’m sure we can all agree on this one for the same reasons…
Alexis – Great wide-leg silk pants in awesome prints.
4) Your favourite wardrobe piece and why?
Vintage Fur Collar – Throwing one of these on just makes me feel super glamorous.
Missoni Headbands – Perfect accessory for bad hair days!
YSL Ring – A gold ring with a large purple Swarovski crystal. It makes me happy.
Miu Miu Pouch – My pink croc printed pouch is a lifesaver! It acts as a wallet, a pouch and clutch!
5) The beauty product you can’t live without?
Nail Polish! I love looking down at my hands and seeing a fun pop of color!
6) A beauty secret your mom or grandmother told you that you use?
More a fashion secret, but ever since I can remember my mom has always been telling me (or yelling) “COURTNE! SHOULDERS BACK!”
As I get older, the more I realize how important this is (especially if you want to look your best in fancy clothes). I still do the lazy slouch, but now I’ll notice and bring my shoulders back.
7) Your spring / Summer 2012 must haves: