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Spring Shopping with Angie at You Look Fab; Top 10 picks

By 03/18/2011January 23rd, 201724 Comments
Photo by Maria Killam

Two weeks ago I was in Seattle to shop with Angie from You Look Fab for Spring. We had an awesome day together, Angie shops for clothes just like I shop for furniture and accessories with my clients.  First we make the rounds in all the stores, leave some stuff on hold and then come back once the day is done, try them on again and buy what works.

This is the fabulous outfit Angie wore on our shopping day!

The most economical way to decorate your home (with me), especially for accessories, is the same, we shop the city and then at the end of the day decide which pieces we’ll go back for and by then the car is full of accessories and lighting, and all approved by you I might add!

Anyway back to my day with Angie.  Here are a few things she picked out for me:

It’s funny, she talked about having a ‘white watch’ last year in the Spring (before I hired her in the Fall) and the ‘ceramic’ part of owning a white watch didn’t sink in and I bought a plain watch with a white leather band then.  Angie has a more expensive watch but she’s in the fashion business so she of course spends more money on quality items like watches where I’m happy with the price tag of this one because I spend more money on furniture being that design is my business.

First the basics, I needed to stock up on t-shirts for the season.  Before Angie, I had a real basic spring/summer uniform look. I bought 2 of these, 2 crew necks in white and 1 black one.

Remember when I went to LA a few weeks ago and I posted about the Brooks Brothers shirt Angie told me to buy (before our shopping trip).  Well she said ‘button down’ and I immediately assumed that meant a shirt with the collars buttoned.  Sigh.  That was NOT what she meant but how was she to know I’d take her so literally?
It reminds me of the time I told a client to buy ‘white textured towels’, I meant, towels with textures stripes, or squares or daisies. When I arrived at her home later she had just bought regular towels.  Texture is totally up for interpretation, of course!

Anyway, I own it now as I’ve worn it but I also bought this tunic shirt (above) with her to wear with the Audrey Hepburn black skinnies I bought from the Gap (above).  And I have a great yellow spring jacket that I wore a ton last Spring this outfit will look fabulous with.

I love these leopard print ballet flats from Nordstrom, so cute and comfortable! They also come in black.
Dolman Sleeve Top, Ann Taylor Loft 
Love this top, and I was even more tickled when I came home and realized I have a pair of Nine West pumps that match perfectly.  Now that I’m in the colour business if I see a pair of shoes in a colour I don’t already own, I usually buy them if they are not too expensive.
Necklace from Ann Taylor Loft 
I also got this necklace to go with it along with a denim pencil skirt.
I really loved this striped knit top from Talbots, it will be a great transition piece from Winter to Spring.
Angie is a big fan of white bottoms with coloured tops and this pair from the Gap were a really great basic to have and not expensive! 
Here is Angie’s post on our trip.
I only bought 2 pairs of shoes on this trip because I already own so many pairs of ballet flats and pumps in every conceivable colour!
Photo by Greg Cox
I already own a great denim jacket (above) but Angie would have picked one out for me as well if I didn’t. Here is one she recommends from her site. This photo was taken by her husband the first time we met here in Vancouver last year!
It’s still a bit chilly to wear most of the things I bought but I’m ready for Spring! 
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  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I love the Audrey Hepburn dance video. I have skinny black jeans from the GAP and I do feel I'm channeling Audrey when I wear them (not sure anyone else would think so, mind you). I also love the striped shirt you got from Talbots.

  • angie says:

    You rocked that black striped top so beautifully Maria that I had to get one too, and I don't wear t-shirts!

    We had the most wonderful day and you looked amazing in everything. I have such fun dressing gorgeous you! The watch had your name on it, as did the knitted purple sweater from the Loft. It's about a million times nicer on you than on the model.

    Thanks for being the very best of clients (and a super friend too). I miss you.


  • Karena says:

    Maria I love what you and Angie found together!! I adore the Nordstrom flats, they would go with lots of my wardrobe!

    Art by Karena

  • Hannah says:

    Horizontal stripes make me nervous. 🙂

  • pve design says:

    love that dolman sleeve top. I have a few dresses planned for spring and never can get enough white tees and tops.

  • FiliGrace says:

    Audrey is so inspiring, I agree. 🙂
    What's on my list? Not much, as I decided to save – we are doing a huge renovation of old house we bought last year. 😉 But – I think I would like a scarf, or a fabric brooch in emerald colour. Something small, but it will give a nice twist to my black spring coat, I think.

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I'm glad you mentioned the white tees, Maria. I think they must be considered a staple, like a black dress. I bought a couple of new tops that are really too sheer on their own and will need some white tees like what you've shown for layering.

  • Lauren says:

    I need an Angie!! Wow

    You will look gorgeous in all your new clothes!!!

  • Barbara says:

    Great wardrobe Maria. I have that MK watch and love it(some even think it is the Versace one, tee hee)
    I am all over the animal ballet flats, have 4 pairs …. bit obsessive!
    Have the skinny black pants too. I agree with Angie about the white bottoms. Now I need a colourful trench. Love the white BB shirt too.
    Good Basics and great accessories and we are all set –
    Bring on Spring

  • traci zeller designs says:

    Oooooh, loving your choices! I need to check out that Talbots striped top! I'm all about the stripes right now …

  • Nichole@40daysof says:

    I just bought a white ceramic watch last week!

    I'm not sure what else is on my list. I loved everything on yours, but I can't do horizontal stripes anymore. 🙂

  • angie says:

    Here's proof I got the same striped tee 🙂

    We need pictures of YOU, Maria. I'm so cheeky this morning.


  • Luciane at says:

    That sounds so fun! Having somebody to help you shop the best outfits for yourself? Ok… I want that too.

    I will contact her after I move back to Vancouver.

    Have a great weekend!


    Luciane at

    PS: Today is "Cool or Fool" on HB. Come take a look on the bathroom wall made of Ikea vases! 🙂

  • Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) says:

    Love those shoes! The bow is what makes them great!

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  • Mona Thompson says:

    All great finds. You're going to look so chic!

  • Cherie says:

    Love Angie's blog — she's so generous with how-to, feedback posts and knows her stuff. That striped t-shirt is calling me and the dolman-sleeve top . . . .

  • says:

    Too cute! I have a friend like that as well… She's my fashion consultant and I'm her interior consultant <~;

  • carol says:

    What isn't on my list? I am so wardrobe deprived right now it's incredible. What I wouldn't give for a trip with Angie! I've been dressing my house instead of me. 🙂

  • Ruthie's Renewed Treasures says:

    Maria: You are going to be the best dressed in Canada by the looks of things! How fun!


  • Anonymous says:

    even kitschy rags will look good on angie. i think the secret is Angie wears her clothes, the clothes do not wear her. when we define ourselves, we carry the clothes. the clothes do not carry us any more

  • Cams says:

    Like the white bottons so elegant and simple..totally fit for her.

  • Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP says:

    Sounds like you had heaps of fun! It's so great when a shopping trip works out so well.

    Take a photo or two of you in your new clothes.

  • Donna says:

    Wow Maria…This is such a great post! I love the clothes you picked out..and the reasons for each choice.

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