This past weekend we had the pleasure of taking an all-new 2018 BMW X1 on a road trip to Kimberley BC, courtesy of Dilawri's BMW Gallery + Calgary BMW

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It was a pleasure to drive! It is a smaller SUV or SAV ("Sport Activity Vehicle") as it's called, but it is super roomy inside. In fact the roomiest vehicle in it's class! The ride was so comfortable and spacious. Also it had the speed you expect from BMW with a 228 HP TwinPower Turbo engine and was very fun to drive!

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The interior was just a gorgeous as the exterior. We loved the Head's Up display which projected the speed and other driving info on the window, directly in the field of view, to ensure your eyes are always on the road. Safety first! We also enjoyed that the back 3 seats could each be folded down, either separately or together. Very versitile!

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Once in Kimberley, we stayed at Northstar Mountain Village Resort, which was perched at the top of the hill with stunning views!

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One of which was a Momma brown bear and her cub, right out our back door! Was an amazing experience to watch them! Go to our Instagram stories to see full video. (under "cars") Don't worry we watched safely. 

Kimberley BC food drink restaurants the Nest

We had some awesome meals at some really great spots! Highlights were The Nest (in Marysville) - new restaurant with amazing food + service and a cute patio, Pedal And Tap - great spot for healthy and delsicus lunch/dinner + drinks, The Shed - for drinks and snacks, The Old Bauernhaus' Restaurant - authentic German fare in an authentic German setting, and the newly named pub, Canoes and Brews (formerly BJ's)

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When we weren't driving the beemer or filling our tummies, we were out enjoying nature. We took in the sights, sounds and smells exploring the Lois Creek Trails and even did our own outdoor mini boot camp. It was a perfect relaxing get away. 

The BMW X1 was the one for all of our adventures!


We have partnered with Dilawri's BMW CALGARY + BMW GALLERY and SAKS FIFTH AVENUE to bring you

the MOTHER of all giveaways!

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Contest Details:

  1. Make sure you like/follow: Calgary BMW (FB/Insta), BMW Gallery (FB/Insta), Styleista (FB/Insta), and Saks Fifth Avenue Calgary (FB only).
  2. Like our post relating to this contest.
  3. Tag 2 friends.

5 Bonus Entries: Test drive a BMW of choice at your nearest BMW retailer. Subject to but not limited to current/expecting mothers. Celebrate all mothers by entering! Winner to be revealed May 13th, 2018 during the Styleista Road Trip to Kimberley, BC - follow along on our Instastories.


WINNER: @manditory

It's contest time friends!

I am totally obsessed with this online boutique, Era Style Loft! They have a brick and mortar store in Saskatoon but they offer e-commerce and free shipping and returns! So with that fact I think us Calgarians can have some fun on this site. See below for details, contest runs from Tuesday, April 3 and ends Friday, April 6 @5pm - Winner announced on Monday, April 9 on our IG: @styleista_ca

They have all the best contemporary brands:

  • Parker NY
  • Mother Denim
  • Alice + Olivia 
  • Equipment
  • Maison Irem
  • Current/Elliott
  • Joie
  • and so much more!

See image below for details! 



XO, Phaedra


When Uptown opened I was like ohhhhh yes! Calgary needed an elevated experience for the nail lover. Now after 2 years they are going strong and it is because of the experience the owners and technicians provide. From knowing Tony and Vanessa remembering your name when you arrive to what you like to drink, for me it's a bottle of water and an espresso shot every time. 


They have all the top polishes including Chanel to Opi and can do any type of style or art. My favourite service is the 'powder dip' which involves less soaking, buffing and UV light. The real reason why is because of how long my nails have grown naturally! No tips or gel just strong nails with a few coats of the powder dip. They also have services for men and kids!


If you haven't tried Uptown yet we highly recommend that you do! Give them a call today and tell them Styleista sent you and give them the code: STYLEISTA10 to get 10% off of your services in the month of March *must be a first time customer*.


XO ~ Phae



We do have a passion for the finer things in life, with escalating expectations from sophisticated brands. If we chose to, the dollars we spend can be a vote for conscious, sustainable and responsible brands. Fashion has immense power. That is why researchers at the International University of Monaco are studying sustainability in the fashion and luxury sector. They are asking for consumers' viewpoints about sustainability in a survey. Please consider taking the survey, and sharing with colleagues, contacts and friends.

Here is a link to the research survey. Let's see what consumers feel about sustainability. Please let your friends know that the survey will help sustainability researchers, it takes about 10 minutes, and is formatted for computer, and not cell phone or tablet use. There is an incentive to complete the survey by February 27 as the researchers are giving away one new Hermes silk scarf to one lucky respondent at the end of February! 

Clink this LINK to complete the survey and enter to win!

Many thanks!

Judi Hepner and the Styleista Team


As residents of the Great White North we need to treat our skin differently than our friends on the coast and in the south. We have a dryer harsher climate and our skin needs to be treated with care that is catered to our environment. In Calgary we experience long periods of dry harsh cold. This can create dryness, redness and breakouts. 

Up until 4 years ago I was not really that interested in spending time and energy testing skincare products, I would just use what my friends said they used or whatever brand I was drawn to based on their marketing. What I have learned is that almost all mainstream or specialized brands we are exposed to in magazines and advertisements are designed for climates that are more temperate than ours. Designed to cater to the greater population. Many have wonderful qualities and can make your skin feel fantastic. I am sure each of you reading this has a brand or product they love and that is fantastic, please share!

I am writing this blog because I have finally started paying attention to my skin because I now have a skin guru that has designed a specific regime just for this climate. And thank goodness cause I probably would still be lazy around this subject. I am much more obsessed with shoes!

Below I am sharing my favourite products that help me (and my skin) through this YYC winter.

Step 1: Cleanse

This Cyberderm jojoba cleanser starts thick but adding a few drops of water brings forth a milky texture that is lightweight and gentle. $32

Step 2: Tone

I love this Thayers toner because it smells delicious, is not harsh and is very affordable at $20.


Step 3: Mist

XO Treatment Room has expanded their product line to include this Rocket Mist that pulls product deep into the hydrolipic skin layer. Basically it upgrades your skincare regime, giving you more bang for your buck. $62

Step 4: Hydrate

Moisture Mass is another fabulous new face care treatment that XO has launched. XO Moisture Mass is hydration tailor made for dry skin and dry environments. With a three dimensional glycol-matrix delivery system that releases moisturizing molecules sequentially into the stratum corneum, resulting in a highly significant improvement of both immediate and long term skin hydration. $115

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Step 5: Day

Obviously the next step for daytime is sunscreen. I used to layer my sunscreen under my moisturizer because I felt I needed both for protection and moisture. Now I just use the Rocket Mist and layer on this Cyberderm Sunscreen because the sunscreen doubles as a moisturizer. Less steps means quicker mornings. $32

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Step 6: Night

In my opinion what you do with your skin at night is the most important. Especially how you should never sleep in your makeup! I don't think I need to go into why right? I am sideying some of my friends right now.

Repeat steps 1-3 and proceed to 6. If you follow us on social media you will probably have noticed how obsessed I am with XO Treatment Room's XO PM. It's like a mini trip to the spa when you pat it into your face. The aromatherapy is so soothing and the lightweight texture is just heaven. Designed with a precious blend of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamins and lipids from the highest quality sources this will bring you sweet dreams and fresh, hydrated skin when you wake. $190


If you you're as in need of guidance about your skin as I was than if I tell you one thing this year that you take away please let it be this...go see Annie at XO Treatment Room to get her to put together a specialized skin care regime just for you. Trust me you will love it and her!


Stay warm,

XO ~ Phae


As we come to the end of 2017 I am reflecting on the fashion gifts of the past year. We were given lots of memorable looks + many that left a bad taste. So let's celebrate the TOP 5 'best' moments for what they gave us, whether it be a hells yes moment or an omg whyyyyyy? moment.


Celine was not often referred to as a fashion icon, her voice has always been iconic but her fashion choices in the past have fallen flat. In 2017 she has been feeling herself and she delivered us so many fashion gifts! Celine gave us a consistent runway of looks that nailed it while she was on her European tour. We must also give major props to her stylist, Law Roach, who orchestrated this amazingness.


At 21 years of age Zendaya has made her mark on the fashion world. She shows her personality through her clothing and style choices and takes risks but remains relatable to all ages. She is gorgeous and talented and most recently co-starred in The Great Showman. Keep your eyes on this one, she is tracking towards style greatness. Ps. Law Roach is behind this perfection too!


If you haven't watched Stranger Things then what is wrong with you? Lol, kidding but not's a full on 80's throwback and spooky but not too much to give you a permanent creep out. Anyway, back to fashion...Millie Bobby Brown has been making some headlines with her style in 2017. Some argue she is too young to be inundated with the pressure of always dressing on point for every event, that it is too much for a young girl. I say, let her play dress up! Let her have her fun. When I was a kid/teenager I lived to wear beautiful clothing. Millie Bobby is also setting  great example for kids her age. 


I've never really been a fan of Katy Perry, I tried to like her after watching her documentary but it never really stuck. No offence Katy! I also keep hoping she will get her style sorted please leave her California Dreams candy coated wardrobe behind and show her quirkiness through some savvy style choices. I'll add that to one of my wishes for 2018. Cause in 2017, I Ken-Not with Katy.


I think my problem with Jared Leto's 'style' in 2017 is that he could be so HOT! Why don't you just let yourself be hot Jared?

Feel free to comment or debate if you agree or strongly disagree, makes it all more fun!

Have a happy and stylish New Year friends!

XO, Phae


As fashion stylists we spend a lot of time on the road. Driving from client to client, store to store and loading and unloading our vehicles. So when we had the opportunity to partner with BMW and spend the day with their highly anticipated X3 we immediately said yes! 

To really put this ride to the test we brought it along for a day in the life of Styleista. We spent a typical day from start to finish and found that the X3 made our day easy and efficient. 

AM - I picked up the X3 at Calgary BMW and was given the full rundown (aka. BMW Delivery) of the features and attributes of the 2018 model including some of our favourites: Gesture Control, Parking Assistant Plus w/ Surround View and Ambient Lighting. 


Next I went to pick up B for a workout. We like to start our days with fitness any chance we get and if we can we go together. We headed to 9 Round in Marda Loop, with our tunes cranked on the Harman/Kardon Sound System for a  30 min kickboxing sweat fest!


MIDDAY - From there we used the On-board Navigation to plug in Our Daily Brett so we could have a quick power lunch with our stylist Sam and plan the rest of the day. Our favourite part of the navi system was the 'Speak Address' feature. Saves so much time instead of typing it in! 


Of course we had to do a little shopping at ODB because they have the best curated inventory of home and kitchen wares there. The automatic rear hatch made it easy to be hands free while loading up our goodies.


AFTERNOON - Last stop of the day was a pull for a photo shoot that we had in our schedule. We now had a third person in tow and she loved the Adjustable Rear Seats in the back which also folded down easily to allow us to store a rolling rack. Another note on the seats, as the driver I really liked the Lumbar Support feature. It was much more supportive than most I have experienced. Some other notable features that I loved as the driver were; the Lane Keep Assist, Active Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go and the Blind Spot Alert. Oh! And the coolest feature was the Parking Assistant; it senses parking spots in lots or parallel and when you activate feature by holding down the command, the car parks itself for you! 

Overall, for what we do as stylists the X3 fit our needs perfectly! It would also be wonderful for anyone with a small family or who spends a lot of time on the road. The X3 gives the driver and passengers an effortless driving sensation, has powerful agility and optimum traction in every corner. We give it an A+!

For more info click here, if you want to take a test drive ask for Jason at Calgary BMW in the SW or visit BMW Gallery in the NW and tell them Styleista sent you!

X0 ~ Phaedra 


Tis the season to give! From big ticket items to small stocking stuffers. We have broken down some of our top spots to shop for those on your Christmas List located in 3 of our fav neighbourhoods.


*Note: Unwind over handcrafted cocktails at the Deane House 

The Livery Shop: They have the best stocking stuffers! Everything from Lavami charcoal soap to Treeline camp socks to Coutu Kitsch accessories.

 Lavami Charcoal Facial Soap

Lavami Charcoal Facial Soap

plant: Pretty obsessed with this little greenhouse nestled in Inglewood. With the winters we get here in YYC it is a treat to walk into this green space full of succulents, botanicals and artisanal goods. There are so many great gift giving ideas for the botanist in your life.

 Air Plants - Similar available at plant in Inglewood

Air Plants - Similar available at plant in Inglewood


Maison Birks: A great gift for him under $1000 could be a luxury watch from Birks in the CORE Shopping Centre. We are finding these days that less women are tending to wear watches but the guys are still very much in the watch game. They are a timeless gift - all puns intended - and will always make them think of you.

 Gifts for him >$1000

Gifts for him >$1000

Saje: Saje supports wellness. Located in Mount Royal Village, Saje is not just about pretty smelling essential oils, they focus on promoting wellness for all areas of your life. From digestion to pain to sleep, there is something for all of your needs. One of my favourite items is the Halo roller ball which helps me with headaches. Great stocking stuffers!

 Oils from Saje

Oils from Saje


Peasant Cheese Shop: They have it all, from meat & cheese to maple syrup. We all have a foodie in our lives and they make it easy to curate custom baskets and giftable items. My favourite concept is the Monthly Cheese Club. Ummmm, yes please!

 Similar items available at Peasant

Similar items available at Peasant

Kensington Wine Market: Clearly the next suggestion is going to be for the wine lover. These guys know wine and can help you pick out any grape (or spirit) that will check off the most discerning connoisseur. Cheers! 

 Similar items available at KWM

Similar items available at KWM

GIFT CERTIFICATES: We offer personalized gift certificates to those in your life you want to give the gift of style. Inquire to

Happy Shopping!

XO ~ Phaedra


Hey friends, quick little recap here on some of some of our favourite trends of the current season. Keep in mind that runway often doesn't equal 'real-way' these trends are meant to be used as a guideline, to inspire and to incorporate into your lifestyle. 

VINTAGE FUR: Whether it be faux or real, do what feels right to you. Inspiration comes from the glam silhouettes and details of 40s and 50s including large collars, pearl/beads, and belted waists. Styling Tip: Don't think to much about what to wear it with, think like the street style bloggers and pair it with leather leggings and white sneakers or wear it styled for evening with OTK boots*

 Image:   Designer: AQUAZZURA



PLASTICS: This trend has been slowly coming in for the last couple of years with the intro of lucite heels, bags and accessories. Now it's coming in full force with clear coats, boots and dresses. Styling Tip: Start slow and try with athletic pieces like a zip up bomber or a clear pump (see here) 

 Image:   Designer: CALVIN KLEIN



FALL FLORALS: Florals are not new, we know that, but Gucci is bringing then in hot and heavy! Metallic, bright, all over, and in your face! Just jump on the bandwagon and have some fun with this trend. Styling Tip: Mix and match your florals, this season makes it easy to not make mistakes because it all goes.

 Image:   Designer: GUCCI


Designer: GUCCI

OVERSIZED BOMBERS: Bombers have been around for a while now but this season they are back in a big way. Oversized and tricked out. Styling Tip: Wear over dresses.

 Image:   Designer: SACAI


Designer: SACAI

VICTORIAN OPULANCE: Romantic yet powerful. This trend brings together the feminine and the masculine, the pretty and punk, the bespoke and the couture. It's the perfect marriage of classics and fantasy. Styling Tip: Look for the embellishments; fur, appilque, beading, lace, tweed.

 Image:   Designer: SIMONE ROCHA



BELTED COATS: Last year it was all about the oversized silhouette in coats, this year it is more so about showing waist definition. You can go with the classic trench style or be creative and add a wide belt (also a trend this season). Styling Tip: If you already have a classic coat in black, camel or grey then have some fun with this trend and look for pink, green or burgandy.

 Image:   Designer: THE ROW


Designer: THE ROW

We hope your fall/winter season is off to a great start! We also can offer help if you or someone you know needs to get their wardrobes in line for the upcoming season. Visit our services page!

XO, Phaedra

EVENTS: Wine Women & Shoes YYC

Sip, sip, hooray! Wine Women & Shoes is on the way!

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Wood's Homes is excited to be premiering Wine Women & Shoes in support of children's mental health on Friday, April 7. This is a new signature event for Wood’s Homes and we want to make sure you know all about it before tickets sell out!

Wine Women & Shoes will welcome hundreds of women to celebrate a ladies’ night out in the elegant Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby at Arts Commons, featuring wine and culinary tasting stations, enticing auction items, a boutique marketplace, a fabulous fashion show, best dressed competitions, a luxurious “Keys to the Closet” raffle, and a crowd of charming Shoe Guys to indulge, inspire and pamper our guests throughout the evening.

There will be a boutique marketplace which will include: Blu's (shoes and handbags), Cody & Sioux (western boots and accessories), Dome by Maria Ortman (leather accessories), Kate Hewko (jewelry + accessories) and Silas & Ivy (jewelry).

The fashion show will feature local designers Paul HardyLauren Bagliore and Maria Ortman, swimwear from Celladora Swim, sleepwear from Shades of Sleep, shoes by Stuart Weitzman + Gravity Pope, and a whole lot more...!

Tickets are going fast, so get your girlfriends together and we’ll see you there!

We have 2 tickets to give away! Please follow us on Instagram and twitter and leave a comment with the hashtag #womenwineshoesyyc and mentioning @styleista_ca

See you there!

TRENDS: Spring 2017

It's still so cold out but we are all craving spring style! We breakdown a few of our favourite trends as seen on the runway for the upcoming season. 




- Fuchsia, hot pink, petal pink, nudes, and magenta

- Exaggerated silhouettes

- 80s vibe




- Think grandmas drapes and table cloths, 60s / 70s prints

- Pattern mixing

- High-wasited




- Bold slogans about fashion, politics, life

- Stark contrasting of white/black fonts on plain background

- Try pairing with something metallic or sequinned




- Be confident and fearless and show some skin

- Sheer cutouts and layers

- Pair with leather or lace




- Bright & bold fabrics

- Geometric patterns

- 80s inspired

We hope this gives some guidance on what to look for when incorporating current trends into your wardrobe. As always we are here to help! Happy shopping!

XO, Phaedra


B and I have been going to see Annie and the girls at XO Treatment Room for 2 years now. I remember the first time I went in, I admitted that for most of my life my skin was an afterthought. First came shoes. 

I learned that all I had to to was put my face in the loving and knowledgable hands of Annie and her squad. I highly recommend seeing Annie, the owner and guru on all things skin, first. She will tell you what you need and my advice is to just say yes to her all the time cause she knows what she is doing. My next favourite thing is any and every facial by Kayla. This girl has magical hands and I pretty much fall asleep every time because I am so friggin' relaxed. Finally, get laser. If you are like me and not ready to jump onto the injectables bandwagon, laser is the way to go. Laser Glow is quick and painless. Titan is what is sounds like, tightening. And IPL makes my face look like a connect the dots game for a few days but will remove sun spots for an all over flawless complexion in the long run.

So this all brings me to my next point...what to do once you leave XO and have to fend for yourself? Annie tells me what to wash my face with, when to use certain serums and creams but mostly she tells me to keep it simple and consistent. That is the key to great skin. She has now designed and brought to market her own serum, PM, and it's the bomb! It's a calming rescue remedy for girls like me and B, we are always on the go. With a mix of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, lipids and vitamins to calm and heal your completion it feels like a mini zen moment when you put it on. To be honest, I just really love the smell so that makes me use it all the time!

If you haven't checked out XO before it's time to go, do yourself a me you will love it there!

XO, Phaedra

INTERVIEW: Phaedra Talks to Lainey Lui

The witty author behind the Lainey Gossip blog, Etalk host, and resident co-host on the Social takes some time to chat about LOOK2016, fashion, gossip and 2017 predictions.

 Lainey Lui

Lainey Lui

Let me preface here by saying I really had to refrain from fangirl-ing all over Lainey on our call because it is a fact that I religiously read her blog, like everyday. And when it's a long weekend it's torture because it's one less day of posts anyway, I digress. If you haven't read it yet then you need to jump on it, stat! You're welcome:

I had the chance to talk to Lainey because she will be the host of Contemporary Calgary's LOOK2016 Gala and Styleista is also involved because we love this initiative and think it is incredibly important to support initiatives like this in our city.

I called Lainey from my BC vacation and with her having lived in Vancouver, it was a great place to kick off the conversation. After some sharing of our love for the weather, ocean and vibe of the west coast we jumped into a few questions...

P - If you could live in any celeb's closet who would it be and why?  

L - Rhianna's because she dictates style. Rhianna is her own trend and nobody can wear Rhianna but Rhianna. She can wear a ball gown (or go street) she is never boring, never predictable. The best dressed lists are so generic, choosing people like Blake Lively all the time. I prefer her (Rhianna's) edge.

P - You have mentioned before that you think there should be a accredited course on gossip in University, do you think that there's a place for fashion's role in gossip and what would the course content consist of?

L - This is a bigger discussion but fashion definitely has a role. Hollywood Reporter is curating a list of hollywoods most powerful stylists and Petra, Zoe Saldana stylist, made sure that her premier outfits and press tour looks were geared towards the audiences of her projects/movies because it is very important in marketing the movies as well. So fashion is very much a part of celebs jobs, it is 100% a part of an actors resume. They are actors and clothes hangers as well. Gossip is not just conversation about who's fucking who and who's an asshole, its about human behaviour and expression, how the actors/celebs choose to express themselves. Fashion is expression. 

P - What would your 'Gossip Christmas' prediction of 2017 be?

L - Taylor Swift already gave us a lot in 2016 with a relationship change and Kanye/Katy beefs. She is due to release an album in 2017 so there may be great gossip on romance and mean girl/bad blood. Katy Perry is also due for an album so a head to head with those two given their current relationship 'narrative' would be great. Also would love to see Rhianna and Drake be open about a relationship together - attending events, holding hands, pictures kissing on social media, That would be a big ass deal!

P - What do you think Steve Martin's personal taste on art is (in his home)? Provocative, edgy, contemporary?

L - If I was to predict what was his personal taste at home I would think edgy and provocative, he has a great eye.

P - What does Steve Martin bring to an event like LOOK2106?

L - He will bring versatility to this event, from SNL to The Three Amigos - he's so successful and he appeals to all. He can move around in every room. I love him in Father of the Bride, it's my favourite movie of his!

LOOK2016 is on October 22 at the soon to be transformed Planetarium with special guests, contemporary art, auctions and an after party. Tickets range in types and prices for all preferences and ages. This is a MUST be at event this year!

For all the details and to buy tickets visit: LOOK2016

XO, Phaedra