Fashionable People: Beth-Anne & Arron's Real Life Style

Fashionable People: Beth-Anne & Arron's Real Life Style

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Janel Laban
Oct 3, 2014
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Remember these two? Their house tour was one of the highlights of the summer, so for our first "couples" Style Profile, I just had to ask Beth-Anne and Arron to share their style secrets. From pencil skirts and Bettie Page to James Bond (the Daniel Craig version) and clean socks, they give us the low down. Read on for more insight into this super sweet and stylish duo...

First up, Beth-Anne:

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Your very favorite outfit

THAT is probably the hardest “style” question for anyone to answer. I would honestly have to say it depends on the season, the occasion, my mood, my size at the time- haha (no really)…but IF I HAD to choose, my all-time favourite dress would have to be my bridesmaid dresses (and yes…I bought two for myself - one in navy and one in red). It’s a Hellbunny Sailor Halter Pin-up swing dress with white detailing-and it has pockets. (The Dress) It’s fun, it brings back good memories, and all 9 of my bridesmaids still wear theirs a lot! Sometimes we wear them together for a laugh. It’s more than a dress, it’s a great memory of one of my best times in my life; my marriage to my one and only soul mate, Arron Thomas.

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The #1 item from your fashion wish list

Ooooooh, tricky tricky question! #1 item would be to find a perfect (below the knee, well above the waist), pencil skirt that fits and curves at all the right places. Classic, and VERY hard to find! If anyone out there has a source, send it my way!

The tv or movie characters wardrobe(s) you'd steal in a minute

I have a love and respect for a lot of silver screen sirens! I absolutely love the style and wardrobes of Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Betty Grable, and modern day pin-ups like Sabina Kelley, Bernie Dexter, Dita Von Teese and Christina Hendricks.

Your best bargain find ever

My best bargain find would probably be a beautiful vintage coat that I found at a shop at the end of my street, called “Frou Frou” Boutique. It is a light grey, just above the floor, cashmere winter coat, with a stunning and perfect Silver Fox collar, and one silver statement button. It makes me feel like a movie star, it’s from the ‘60’s, and in perfect condition. For $100 bucks, the owner, Matthew, made it mine. Love, love, love it!

The Marilyn Dress
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3 things from your closet you couldn't live without

1. ANY Damzels “Pin-up Peplum” Dress (I believe I own one of every color! The amazing dress designers-and my dear friends- Kelly Freeman and Rory Lindo, created this dress and it’s my all-time FAV. They even joke about renaming the dress, “The Beth-Anne”!) Kelly and Rory make dresses for real women-dresses that make you feel spectacular! I think “Damzels in this Dress” would have to be my favorite designers of ALL TIME; they are local, right here in Toronto, and always surprise and delight me and my friends every single season. In fact, these babes are celebrating 20 years of Damzels fashion design this October!. Thanks girls, for making dresses for babes! MWAH!

2. Any Stop Staring Dress- Love them all

3. My Fashion Crimes Leopard “Marilyn” Dress

The item you no longer have but wish you did

I really miss my Demonia black wedges. They saw me through many a photoshoot, nights of dancing, dates with Arron and fun parties. Not once did my feet hurt, they were sky high and indented in the back. Sadly, they no longer make them and mine kicked the bucket a couple years ago. Thanks for the fun, Demonia wedges!

Most fashionable friend and why

Damn these tricky questions! I think I have to bow out here, and say I have too many wonderful, fabulous and fashionable friends to choose just ONE. I know this sounds like a cop out, but I honestly, in good faith, cannot choose JUST ONE. So let’s just say, the ladies in my life are amazing, brilliant, confident, beautiful and stylish in so many different and unique ways! Ladies, you know who you are….heck, I know you’re reading this right now! ☺ Keep rocking.

Your typical work "uniform"

My work uniform is not exactly a uniform. I’m in Marketing, as Country Brand Manager for William Grant & Sons, managing their whisky business in Canada. I look after their most renowned Scottish single malts, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, and cool brands like Hudson whiskey out of New York and Monkey Shoulder Scotch. It’s cool that I work for a 5th generation family-run company, and have the freedom to do a lot of amazing things. Work days at the office consist of business wear (with my own flare)- A-line skirts & tops, or a more business-appropriate dress, choice of statement jewelry and some nice heels. For big media events, I tend to defer to a choice of a Damzel’s Pin-up Peplum Dress with our Glenfiddich Grants Family tartan scarf and Family-crest pin. You can’t go wrong with tartan!

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Best fashion advice

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told the most beautiful thing you can wear is a smile. I think there’s truth in that. You could be wearing a burlap sack, but if you have a big beautiful smile, who cares? Right? (I hope? lol)

So, my best advice is to be confident and smile BIG. Those are the two best things you can wear that money CAN’T buy!

Favorites:

irl shop: Dollfactory by Damzels - two fabulous locations: 394 Roncesvalles Ave and 1122 Queen St East. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Ask for Rory or Kelly. They rock my world.

online shop: Pinup Girl Clothing

makeup brand: MAC- all the way! (But, for mascara it has to be Dior Blackout!)

haircare brand: Best product of all time for me is Meknes Argan Oil- I can’t live without it.

best jeans: I love Canadian made, “Second” Brand Yoga jeans, they are jeans for gals who normally hate jeans - like me! IF you CAN get me out of a dress, I’ll be in these jeans. More comfortable than any jean I have tried and they fit like a dream!

coolest sneakers: My black DC’s skate shoes, I used to skate in them, they are still kicking and I love them. And perhaps my new Black Vans High top wedges that Arron bought for me this week. I think it’s a hint it’s time to throw out my DC’s (but I never will!).

signature scent: Eternity for Women- it smells like candies. I like candy. It works. ☺

go to source for style inspiration: My Facebook feed…honestly! All my friends are so stylish! It’s easy that way! Second to that, styles of Sabina Kelly, the cheeky styles created by Alberto Vargas or Gil Elvgren, or styles represented by modern day pin-up photographer, Dana Brushette.

Beth-Anne is the National Brand Manager-William Grant & Sons: Glenfiddich, The Balvenie & Innovation Whiskies at PMA Canada. Get in touch here.

She writes: BE CONFIDENT, SMILE BIG AND LOVE LIFE, I think best describes my personal “style”. Being a born and raised Newfoundlander,I grew up with a lot of love, family, friendship and with “the more the merrier” mantra. My parents let me express myself and my style with no judgement and with the ability to 100% be my own person, with my own look and style (no matter how goodor terribly bad that was through the years- lol). I spent a big part of my teenage years as a tom boy- I was a skateboarder for 10 years and competing in my spare time, snowboarded quite a bit, drove trikes, four-wheelers, argos, boats, even planes (co-piloting Cessna’s with my dad) and even helped my dad tar our barn roof (true story)–all in jeans, a hoodie and skate shoes. My first drivers licence was a 750 CC Honda Motorcycle at age 16...tom boy...yes, I think so! And I LOVED IT!

Then...I moved to Toronto at the age of 23, and it all changed, for the DRESSIER! Moving to Toronto opened my eyes from my small town beginnings, growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I was wowed by the people, the fashion, the culture, the diversity and the DRESSES! Up until that point (age 23), I didn’t even own a dress or skirt! Now, I have a collection of just over 80 dresses- some vintage, some vintage inspired, some rockabilly, some formal, some I don’t even know how to classify, but ALL dresses! And I love them. I think if my friends or family were to describe my style, it would be independently rock n’ pin-up. I love pin-up style, with a side of rock n’ roll.

Going out for a big night I love to wear victory rolls in my hair, a big hair flower and a kickin’ pair of heels. Dresses that look like they are from the 50’s and 60’s (and even more the ones you can find-that also fit- that are actually from the 50’s and 60’s) are my absolute favourite.

Interestingly enough, I find dresses liberating, feminine, free, and confident. I don’t see them as anything but an expression of my style, mood and the occasion. I think fashion should be fun...not stifling...I believe people shouldn’t have to adhere to strict “scene or genre guidelines” and whatever you put on that makes you feel beautiful- wear it! I don’t feel the pressure in this city or among my friends of family to look a certain way, but my “go-to” 50’s style makes me feel a way that makes me happy, and it’s super fun to wear! The great thing about Toronto is I feel very accepted, loved and respected among my peers (much as I did, growing up in Newfoundland), and I always try to reciprocate the love and respect back to others- always. There is such a beautiful and diverse culture of rockers, punks, rockabilly’s, pin-ups, vintage gals, metal heads, biker enthusiasts, skaters and I love it all and am intrigued by, and dabble in, lots of different styles.

To be honest, I love living in Canada. I love the people here. I love the acceptance. And I love the freedom and confidence of everyone around me. I see people rocking whatever makes them feel wonderful, and that’s awesome. It’s a beautiful thing and I hope that never goes away.

And, then, Arron:

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Your very favorite outfit


That would have to be what I wore for my last long haul motorcycle ride across Canada (and half way back again, which was about 11,000kms on the open road). It was my trusty pair of “Naked and Famous" 24oz Salvage Denim jeans. In the last two years, I think the closest thing to a wash they got was when I got caught in the rain on the road for an entire day. By the end of my last ride; the “Sailor Jerry Long Haul” -a 15 day ride across Canada raising money for the charity Bikers for Autism, these jeans saw me to the bitter end. I also love my tee from Doublenaut and any of my Sailor Jerry plaids. My most favorite part of outfit would be my wedding ring. It’s a hand-made, custom one-of-a-kind a piece from Fine Light Trading. Instead of my wife wanting me to wear a boring wedding band, she knew I would want something heavy and different. This ring looks like a Mexican Biker ring, but means so much more to me. The base of the ring is silver and the top of the ring and the 2 custom side-badges (one with each of our first initials), is topped with a silver Guadalupe. It don’t matter what I am wearing, as long as I have that! ;)

(Image credit: Submitted by Beth-Anne)


The #1 item from your fashion wish list

I would really like an Oilskin jacket. I need something that’s 100% waterproof! I have been soaked to the bone, more times than I can count, getting stuck in the rain, and those tech rain jackets are not durable enough for my lifestyle.

The tv or movie characters wardrobe(s) you'd steal in a minute

The only time I wish I could steal a character’s wardrobe, is when I need a really good suit. I’m not a guy that owns a lot of suits (I own just one). When I have the rare chance for a classic, strong, well-tailored suit, I would look to steal the wardrobe of James Bond (but only Daniel Craig- James Bond). That dude just wears a suit right; shows up in a ballroom, grabs a babe and then starts kicking criminal-ass while looking like a million bucks-HA! Other then that, I am pretty happy with what I have, and don’t really need much more.

Your best bargain find ever

My best find would actually be something I bought for my wife. It was this killer old Harley Tee from the 70s, the shop wanted something NUTS for it-like over 2 bills…after some negotiation, I walked away with it for much less. (I’m not saying how much I really paid for it, because I am still sure I still paid too much, but she loves it and it looks f@#king great on her. So I’m happy!)

I also would also have to say, my best bargains come from the things I have made myself. My father taught me how to tool and do leather work when I was younger. I am quite thankful for it, because I have made everything from my own wallets and belts to repairing our upholstery and clothing. The wallet I made for myself, about 3 years ago, cost me less than twenty bucks in materials to make (and a whole lot of time to make) and it is still holding together perfectly and looks even better the longer it ages and gets worn.

(Image credit: Submitted by Arron Thomas)


3 things from your closet you couldn't live without

1. Red Sailor Jerry Plaid shirt

2. My leather vest

3. Fresh socks. (Never underestimate the power of fresh socks!)

The item you no longer have but wish you did

That would be my favorite pair of Spy Helm sunglasses. I lost them to a killer, sneak-attack wave hat caught me in the ocean in Kaui, Hawaii. I was lucky enough to vacation there this year for a few weeks, and we were all messing about in the water when I got pounded by a crashing wave and off they went!!! I grabbed around in the surf, and thought I had them, but when I hit the surface it was only my free hat I got from Bass Pro Shop, after spending 100 bucks. HAHA. I was in such shock from losing my fav sunglass, I was calling out for them like Tom Hanks in the Cast Away, “Sunglasses”, “I am sorry sunglasses”, “Where are youuuuu?”

Most fashionable friend and why


Oh shit! There are too many to name…I learn a lot of different things from so many of my amazing friends. If I had to pick just one, it would be my buddy Claude Nickie. That dude has helped me buy a suit, got me into raw denim and knows what true quality really is. Claude’s worked in the garment industry most of his life and really knows his shit, and that dude is always dressed well. He is the only reason I have a nice suit- he taught me how to buy one good suit, and that’s the only one I own.

Your typical work "uniform"

Being the Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador, allows me to dress the way I would outside of the “typical work attire”. My work and real life clothes are one and the same. HA! Best kind!

Best fashion advice

I know boots and I would tell anyone to get yourself a pair of Frye boots-they are worth their weight in gold.

(Image credit: Submitted by Arron Thomas)


Favorites:

irl shop: Town Moto on Ossington in Toronto- hands down.

online shop: Kijiji or Sailor Jerry

haircare brand: The Organic Coconut Oil from Costco.

best jeans: Naked and Famous Jeans

coolest sneakers: Vans Classic

signature scent: Coconut Oil (unless my wife asks me to step it up-then I go with Christian Dior Fahrenheit ;)

go to source for style inspiration: Claude Nickie

Arron Thomas is the Canadian brand ambassador for Sailor Jerry.

He writes: Style for me, is an interesting concept…to be honest, I’m not entirely sure how I would describe my personal style. If my wife Beth-Anne, were to describe my style, I could hear her saying “Southern California rider skate style”. For me, I try to wear whatever is going to keep me warm and protected on my Harley, while I’m booting around town. I’m also very fortunate to have a job that allows me to be myself- I can wear old, worn out jeans, Frye boots, a plaid button-up shirt with a vest, and it’s ok. Between my life, work, office and SJ events, there is not a lot of change in how I dress- I can be myself, and that’s a pretty awesome.

As the Canadian Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador, I have been fortunate enough to benefit from the perks of our Sailor Jerry clothing line. Its clothing I would wear whether I had the Ambassador job or not, but now I get to wear it all the time. In thinking about my style, it’s really 50% function and 50% durability. My biggest inspiration was my father’s father, he was a working man, a farmer and a father of 8. Most of his shirts were made by my grandmother and his jeans were tough and durable Wranglers. That old man hand-tooled leather belts and wallets (which I do now in my spare time), and he was a guy’s guy…he worked hard and rolled his own cigarettes. For whatever reason, I felt a real honest connection to him and all I ever wanted was to grow up and be just like him.

Fast forward to the present and his philosophies have stayed with me. I have taken his viewpoint, that “work wear” is also for everyday wear, because its durable and it lasts. I try to buy few things, but that are of really high quality and durability. Buying quality may go outside my budget upfront, but it sure lasts longer and doesn’t let me down. One of the best parts about my job with Sailor Jerry is sharing the philosophy of the importance of quality, being your own person and going your own way-despite the latest fad or trend.

(Image credit: Submitted by Beth-Anne)
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