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!

women wine and shoes yyc

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

SHOPPING: Back To School

I had a personal shopping session this week, one of my favourites actually! It was a back to school shop for a new high schooler and it was so much fun! We had two hours at the CORE Shopping Centre downtown Calgary and $450 budget. Here are some of the B2S must haves we picked up!

                                   White Sneaker

                                   White Sneaker

                                                             Distressed Skinny Jeans

                                                             Distressed Skinny Jeans

                                             Plaid/Flannel Shirt

                                             Plaid/Flannel Shirt

                                              Bomber Jacket

                                              Bomber Jacket



Happy Shopping! If you need any help, you know where to find us!



Let us school you on the latest fashion. We will help elevate your personal style with a consult + personal shopping session at The CORE for a discounted rate of $200/2 hours                       *valid for 18 and under until Sept 30, 2106



EVENTS: Dîner en Blanc YYC

The countdown is on to the pop up dinner party that is trending world wide. 8 days until Dîner en Blanc comes to Calgary and we are going to help you get your head to toe white style on lock. 

The dress code is strict and straightforward so there should be no confusion. Wear white. Head to toe. That's it! No cream, eggshell, beige, tan or other shades of white, just white.

Usually the secret location ends up being in a grassy area so ladies be prepared by wearing a stacked heel or wedge, you will have an easier time navigating the event. Note: there are specifications on dinner and setting details on the website, click here.

Here are some inspo pics to help you get excited and kickstart your shopping. 

The options above range from sporty - girlie - trendy - casual. Always choose something that makes you feel like you but we recommend having fun with it! 

Dîner en Blanc is on Aug 11 and full info is available in the links above. Hope to see you there!

Email us if you have any questions:

XO, Phae


In just 4 days Packwood Grand will take over the Century Downs Racetrack & Casino and the most stylish Calgarians will flock in droves to partake in an afternoon filled with races, fashion, mingling and a general livery!

The Social Button is hosting the afternoon which promises to mix the 'true sense of old world leisure and sophistication'. 

Styleista is on the Style Stakes panel alongside The Style Guys and pervious winner, Gwendolyn Richards to pick the best dressed male and female. Stay alert during the event on details of how to enter yourself or your stylish date/friend!

The main questions we get asked is what to what to wear and wear to shop! So we have given you all the necessary deets to get yourself geared up for the event. 

Last year we style a shoot for Avenue Magazine, read the full post here

Last year we style a shoot for Avenue Magazine, read the full post here

The main details for the ladies are big hats and fascinators. This year I am getting a custom made fascinator made by a local designer, Holly Allen, who creates out of the Smithbilt Hat Co in Inglewood.

Prototype of my custom fascinator

Prototype of my custom fascinator

When thinking of where to get inspo the first place to look is events such as the Kentucky Derby. Below are some celeb style shots which show the guys getting to be the peacocks and the ladies keeping it classy yet contemporary.

Places to shop: Menswear

#1 Brooks Borthers

- Harry Rosen

- Zara

- Club Monaco

- Gentleman Proper

- Browns Shoes

Places to shop: Womenswear


- Nordstrom

- Top Shop

- Holts

- Nine West (stacked heels or wedges for the grass)


Best Dressed 2015

Nathaniel and Ania B

Nathaniel and Ania B

Gallery from Packwood Grand 2015


See you all in the infield! 

XO, Phaedra

DIARY: COACHELLA 2016 - PT. 3 of 3

Final instalment of our Coachella diary concludes with some pics of our outfits for days 2 & 3, some best dressed festival goers and some snaps we took along the way.

On Phaedra: Love of Lemons bralet from APT22, silver necklace from Coutu Kitsch, horn necklace from WYSH Collective, boots from Ron White On Brenna: G&R men's t-shirt from The Bay, lace slip & sandals from Nordstrom

On Phaedra: Love of Lemons bralet from APT22, silver necklace from Coutu Kitsch, horn necklace from WYSH Collective, boots from Ron White

On Brenna: G&R men's t-shirt from The Bay, lace slip & sandals from Nordstrom

Ran into this beauty, Ania B

Ran into this beauty, Ania B

Some of our fav festival fashion!

Day 2 and 3 was filled with snapping beautiful people in their festival finery, snapping for Flare Magazine's Snapchat and chilling in the VIP Rose Garden.

Back chain from Coutu Kitsch

Back chain from Coutu Kitsch

Music side note: G&R was A-mazing! Axle looked a little worst for wear, let's just say he doesn't age like a fine wine (ahem, George Clooney) but his voice was on point and Slash killed it!

On Phaedra: Men's t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, Chanel hip pack, Rag & Bone booties On Brenna: Shorts from Nordstrom, top from APT22, necklace from Coutu Kitsch, booties from DSW

On Phaedra: Men's t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, Chanel hip pack, Rag & Bone booties

On Brenna: Shorts from Nordstrom, top from APT22, necklace from Coutu Kitsch, booties from DSW

Day 3 we kept it a bit more casual, me in a men's t-shirt (what else is new) B in her buns!

Just past magic hour and pre Clavin Harris - with surprise guest Rihanna!

Just past magic hour and pre Clavin Harris - with surprise guest Rihanna!

Some shots from along the way....

Necklace from Coutu Kitsch

Necklace from Coutu Kitsch

On Phaedra: Dress from UO On Brenna: Fringe vest from APT22

On Phaedra: Dress from UO

On Brenna: Fringe vest from APT22

We made it out alive, day 4 means morning mimosas, a big brunch and a direct flight home! 

We made it out alive, day 4 means morning mimosas, a big brunch and a direct flight home! 

Once again we had the best time, thank you Coachella for the weekend of wonderlust!

XO, Phae

EVENTS: #BITB - Pretty Up Your Summer Wardrobe

We are partnering with Adorn Boutique to bring the pretty to south Calgary! This will be our second event hosted at Starbelly Open Kitchen + Grill in the SE. We had overwhelming response from the first one that we decided to host it again for all you fabulous ladies who reside in the SE/SW!

On site styling expertise will be provided by Styleista's own, Kimberly French, paired with Adorn Boutique which is located in Inglewood, Calgary, you can rest assured to have feminine, flattering and fabulous clothing to give your summer wardrobe a boost!

Date: Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30pm

Tickets: $35.00 (includes wine + hors d' oeuvres)

We will be donating a portion of all tickets sales to the Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray Relief Fund.

To purchase tickets please visit our Events page. 


Once we arrived in Palm Springs we headed directly to one of our favourite starting spots, Tommy Bahama's on El Paseo. You may think it sounds like a hang out for silver hairs (no disrespect intended) but it has the best patio, salads and cocktails to get us into vacation mode.

(L-R) Carmen, Brad, Brenna, Phaedra, Marina & Michelle

(L-R) Carmen, Brad, Brenna, Phaedra, Marina & Michelle

This year we made it more of a group trip with 3 other gfs and once very patient husband who actually ended up being forced to be our part time photographer, thanks Brad! So we shook off the travel stiffness, sipped our various bevvies and relaxed into the desert heat. 

From there we headed to our friends gorgeous home, in La Quinta and got settled by the pool for the later part of the day. We then found out our fellow YYC friend Ania B and her hubby, Tyler were also in town so we made plans to meet up with them. After spending at least an hour trying to figure out what, if anything in the greater Coachella Valley was open, we found out pretty much only one place was, The Nest. Think Calgary's The Trop  but in the desert. Lol! It's a bit cheesy and super random but they were open so we went. Added bonus was that we ended up sitting right next to the Weeknd and Bella Hadid.

Day 1 - Festival #OOTD: APT 22, Wysh Collective, and some of our own.

Prior to heading to the festival we made Brad take pics of us haha!

#BTS - Brad looking all pro cameraman

#BTS - Brad looking all pro cameraman

Being responsible individuals we parked the SUV and took the shuttles which was the first time we had done this and surprisingly it was a very seamless process. Arriving at the festival and going through VIP was not however but we did get some good C list reality TV star-spotting in while waiting...we see you RKOBH cast!

We also had the pleasure of taking of Flare Magazine's Snapchat for the entire weekend! 

Once we finally were in we spent most of our time in the VIP area because you have the best view of the main stage. Plus there was just tons of celeb spotting that night, more then the other two for sure. Lenny Kravitz photobombed us, well maybe we made that happen ;)

Oh hey!

Oh hey!

Recreating our first Coachella pic (2015)

Recreating our first Coachella pic (2015)

Free People Dress (APT22), WYSH Collective Wrap Chain, Ray Ban Sunglasses

Free People Dress (APT22), WYSH Collective Wrap Chain, Ray Ban Sunglasses

APT22 Top, UO Bra, Aldo Sunglasses

APT22 Top, UO Bra, Aldo Sunglasses

To sum up day 1, we would say the music was epic; M83, Ellie Goulding, LCD and Purity Ring. The celeb spotting was on lock; Lenny, Jude Law, Chanel Iman, Scott Disick, Tyson Beckford. And our crew was the bomb! 

Day 2 + 3: To be continued...

XO, Phae

DIARY: Coachella 2016 - Part 1 of 3

For the second glorious year, Brenna and I set out to wanderlust in the California desert.

Prior to actually boarding our flights to Palm Springs we needed to visit some of our favourite spots in Calgary to get properly primed for our adventures.

One week prior to take off we visited XO Treatment Room where our skin guru and owner, Annie Graham gave us access to a brand new treatment called the Infusion Facial where she created micro channels to infuse a vitamin rich, sterile serum followed by a hyaloronic acid + collagen mask. There is no downtime and my skin felt fresh and looked oh so dewy! Post Coachella, I'll be back for an IPL to erase the UV pigmentation from being a sun goddess all weekend. Ps. If you book an appointment, mention 'Styleista' for a little deal ;)

After that we popped into the boho destination boutique, APT 22 in Aspen. We chose some super cute items to mix and match with our outfits. We love the attainable price points and versatility of the items Kim Stern picks out on her LA and Bali buying trips.

Next was the pre-party cleanse regime from CRU Juice. Ok, seriously this cleanse is so easy to do it barely feels like you are on one. We chose the 3-day Easy option ($190) which includes 6 juices/day ranging from green - root - citrus juices. It's delicious, not to mention slimming.

With a stop over at the Livery in Inglewood we did a major stock up of Coutu Kitsch which is a go-to for affordable, custom designed jewelry curated by Dorian Kitsch. We each own multiple rings, necklaces and earrings that we love to swap between us, layer and use as statement pieces. We both will basically never leave the house without a piece of Coutu Kitsch on!  

Intermixed into our schedules prior to leaving we hit up Union Athletica for a couple of their hybrid classes. One favourite being the F'AB Ride which is 30 min spin + 20 min abdominals. It's the best for people who love spin but not the full 50-60 min. 

We also stopped by our friend, Kristina Regehr's private studio where she makes WYSH Collective, to select a couple handmade vintage pieces to compliment our primary looks. Kristina signature aesthetic combines raw and natural stones with vintage chains to create unique one of a kind pieces. 

Finally, there is just no way that we could go to Coachella with our 'fair' skin, we must arrive looking like bronzed babes. So the only place we go to is Sundrops in Kensington. They are the best faux tanning salon in YYC. They provide a safe tan by using rich botanical foundations which keep you moisturized and glowing for any event or vacation you have in your calendar. The plus side is the tan is instant and you get a free touch up with select services!

We were set! Skin, clothing, accessories, and health were all on lock an off we went....

...story to be continued...

XO, Phae