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Friday
Jul252014

OVER/UNDER: The Football Dress

rlr mini in her Madewell version (which, sadly, appears to have sold out, but....)

Short-Sleeved Dress, $69.95, H&M

We're willing to wager a bet that this football dress from H&M will be your new fav piece. Whether playing a game of pick-up (from daycamp) or making an epic touchdown (in L.A, Miami or Capri), you'll be the best dressed playa on any field. And thanks to this frock's flowy silhouette, nobody will see your tight end (or not-so-tight-end) coming or going. My husband played tight end on his highschool football team. I still think that's funny.

After scouring 3 separate locations in Toronto yesterday, the intelligentsia at H&M Headquarters tells me that this dress has not even arrived in Canada yet. Luckily the frock is en route and is expected to touch down at Yorkdale, Bloor St. and Eaton Centre stores the first week of August. Get ready for full-body tackles with other like-minded ladies for this one. Just remember as you head into the battle: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose...

Happy Friday!

 

Wednesday
Jul232014

SUMMER STYLE: 3 Street Style Tricks to Try

Do the unexpected and pair your skirt with cute kicks. Photo via Clochet Blog.

Originally posted in The CLOSET

It's hard to put your finger on it. But there are some girls who know how to pick just the right pieces, how to mix them up to perfection, and stroll out of their houses every day as street style superstars. Or, at the very least, Instagram superstars. 

Luckily, it doesn't take a lot to achieve sartorial nirvana, especially in the summer months. All you need is the right canvas (read: good basics), the perfect mix of colours, and one stellar accent to surprise the whole look. Read on for my top street style tricks, then get inspired by some of my fav summer looks below...

SUMMER STREET STYLE TRICKS TO TRY NOW:

  • PICK PIECES YOU LOVE: See a plain white tee? Um, pass. Go for a solid white but look for interesting details like laser-cuts, an interesting hemline or a tone-on-tone print to take your look from basic to bananas.
  • KNOW YOUR BODY: Choose pieces that fit you well and if they don't, enlist the help of a Stitch It tailor. The right fit will instantly help you look more polished and pulled-together.
  • BE BRAVE: Opt for a bold bag, a bright skirt or a pair of printed pants. Compliments come to those who dare to think outside the black box.
  • BE A CHEAPSKATE: A very basic outfit will benefit tremendously from the right cheap and cheerful accessories. Find a pair of crazy sunglasses, a playful clutch or a handful of rings to instantly reinvent your little white dress.
  • SHOP THE WRONG DEPARTMENT: I'll often check out the mens and kids departments for accessories. You just never know what you might find.
  • DO THE UNEXPECTED: Street stylers know that beauty lies in dissonance. A skirt with a pair of sneakers is a current go-to trick. Mixing prints (even if they clash a little bit) can be spectacular. The key is to think of what you would normally wear, then do the exact opposite.
  • GET INSPIRED: Street style blogs, Pinterest and Instagram will inspire you to dress a little more creatively and will help you hone your stellar street style over time.
  • NOT SURE WHERE TO START? See 3 of my favourite street style tricks below, then  enter to win a $75 White Oaks Mall Gift Card to do some summer shopping!

READ MORE...

 

Monday
Jul212014

Canadian Designers We Love: The Ageless Edit

An all-age-appropriate look from LINE Knitwear.

Age isn’t an issue when it comes to some of my favourite Canadian labels. With cool cuts, flattering fits and beautifully-designed details, I've rounded up my top homegrown picks for ageless dressing success, from ela Handbags to Pink Tartan. Read on for the pieces that are currently making us swoon over at iVillage.ca...

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Friday
Jul182014

WIN IT! A Sneak Peek at RW&CO's Stunning Fall Campaign + Giveaway

All pics courtesy RW&CO.

Originally posted in The LOOK

I don't want to rush your summer - I mean, I know that it just arrived a few weeks ago. But I just have to share the stunning RW&CO. fall campaign and lookbook with you. I haven't been this excited about a Canadian brand makeover in a looong time. RW&CO. is moving towards a sophisticated yet decidedly edgier look for fall with a very Montréalaise vibe. The campaign pics capture real-life pair, Francisco Lachowski and Jessiann Gravel Beland (how cute are they?!) wearing a collection that will make any street-style lover swoon. It's all totally wearable for our Canadian weather but I'm super impressed by the thoughtful little details, too; fur-trimmed coats with faux-leather trim, wool wide-brimmed and baseball hats that I can't wait to put on, and the prettiest cable-knit sweaters, perfect for cozying up on a cold day. Sorry...won't go there again...

See all of the stunning pics from the RW&CO. fall campaign and lookbook, then be sure to enter our exclusive contest below.

GOOD LUCK and happy Friday! #yay

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE AND ENTER CONTEST HERE...

 

Thursday
Jul172014

SHORT STORY: 3 Ways to Wear Shorts Now

The pretty summer campaign from Stockholm brand Hunkydory

Originally posted in The Fashion Scoop

School's out for summer but that doesn't mean we can't all use a quick little fashion class. Today's lesson plan? How to Rock the Humble Short. You've worn them for years, or, maybe you haven't? Maybe you've avoided them because they always ride up, or give you a bubble butt, or, because summer hasn't really been much of a summer yet, accentuate the still-lingering paleness of your thighs. 

Shorts have come a long way and right now the stores are stocked with all kinds of cuteness - from printed cut-offs to on-trend bermudas to sporty faux-leather shorts. While you can always throw on shorts and a t-shirt on weekends, there are so many other ways to wear them. Accessories play a key role in taking your shorts from average to extraordinary; from bright or printed sneakers for your off-duty days to sexy sandals for date night. And while you might think of shorts as a tomboy go-to, they can be surprisingly chic when dressed up with feminine jewelry, a printed belt and a blazer layered over top.

The key to short success? Think outside the box. Your legs (and your packs of dropped-jaw admirers) will thank you as the summer heats up. Scroll down for 3 sweet summer short looks inspired by some of my favourite street style blogettes...

SEE ALL 3 SHORT LOOKS HERE...