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Wednesday
May062015

MOTHER'S DAY | Our Wear White Guide

White always looks so right. via PopSugar

I've been getting random texts from random dads all week. This happens every year. What do I get my wife? Would she like this? Should I get her the black or the blue? 'Does she like blue?' I ask. 'Hmmm. I think?' is the usual reply. It's tough being a dude when women are so notoriously choosy. 

Since colours can feel pretty risky when it comes to gifts, most men usually opt for black because it's safe. But whether you're looking for a stylish last-minute gift or are trying to figure out what to wear to Mother's Day brunch this weekend, might I suggest white? White is as safe a bet as black and ideal for wearing through the hot season ahead.

If you're searching for the perfect gift, you can't go wrong with a white handbag or beachy tunic. Moms have a tendency to avoid white (for obvious reasons) but we also love getting gifts we wouldn't normally buy for ourselves. I'm especially a fan of perforated white leather bags because they're easy to keep clean yet feel so luxurious. Meanwhile, a white embroidered tunic or playsuit is perfect for bathing suit season - after all, every mom needs a chic cover-up, whether at Great Wolf Lodge, the pool or the beach. 

When it comes to Mother's Day brunch, it doesn't get more breezy or beautiful than head-to-toe white. A pretty little white dress and white tennis sneakers make an adorable combo and will let you run after your little ones in style. Or, opt for a great white maxi dress (check out the beauty from H&M in the gallery below) worn with chic white sandals that will win you best-dressed Mom of the Year. 

Happy Mother's Day, lovelies! Hope your weekend is filled with loads of love and laughter.

  

 
Wednesday
Apr222015

SPRING STYLE | 17 Fashion Finds Bloggers Can't Live Without

via Krystin_Lee on Instagram

It takes one to know one. As a Fashion Blogger (the capitals make me feel legit) I can spot another member of my 'crew' at the drop of a fedora. It has nothing to do with her # of Instagram followers because, let's face it, some bloggers buy those. And she might not even have a proper blog yet. But all stylish fashion bloggers, wannabe or full-time profesh, have certain key pieces they rely on to look stylish on the daily. They're not always super expensive, and some pieces change from season to season, but there's a certain savoir-faire when it comes to shopping for that perfect blogger wardrobe.

For spring, it's all about the mix - that perfect combo of street meets chic. Bold standout pieces reside next to classic keepers, sporty finds balance out super girly scores, and ideally, there's always that amazing conversation piece to keep your 'followers' interested.

I've rounded up 17 blogger-approved finds you can add to your spring wardrobe now with the insider secret ways to wear them. Enjoy!

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #1 | SIMPLE STATEMENT DENIM

INSIDER SECRET | Since this season is all about the '70s, bloggers are opting for simple pale and dark denim pieces in clean washes right now. While you can never go wrong with a cute denim dress, the romper is inherently a little more risky, sure to gain you that street cred you desire. Keep the rest of your look easy this season with minimal jewelry and wooden platforms or woven espadrilles to show that you aren't trying too hard. After all, a blogger never wants to show the struggle.

OUR PICKS | 1969 Denim Linen Romper, $84.95, GAP

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #2 | WHITE TENNIS KICKS

INSIDER SECRET | While last season might have been all about New Balance sneakers, the blogosphere has collectively moved on to the tennis courts, thanks to the surge of sporty white tennis kicks hitting the streets. The world's top fashion girls are wearing these right now with everything from jeans to mini skirts to pretty dresses, proving that literally every rule (including never wearing white running shoes outside of the gym) is made to be broken. 

OUR PICKS | Adidas Stan Smith Skate Shoes, $109.98, Sportchek;  Adidas Superstars, $99.95, Town Shoes

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #3 | WHIMSICAL PRINTS

INSIDER SECRET | Whether 22 or 42, every fashion blogger understands the power of a great print. The goal? Find a repeat pattern that's either whimsical (see the pineapple toss dress above), or bright and bold (like the tropical palm leaves) and wear it with confidence. You can find matching-print tops & bottoms to make a statement but I prefer to pick up one amazing printed dress and be done with it. 

OUR PICKs | 424 Fifth Pineapple Toss French Terry Dress, $69.30, Hudson's Bay; Bell-Shaped Dress, $39.95, H&M

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #4 | TEXTURED WHITE TOPS

INSIDER SECRET | Since everyone sees our outfits all over the blogosphere, fashion bloggers love to find that perfect piece that you can wear with anything. Rock this embroidered tulle top instead of your basic white tank and you'll get compliments everywhere you go. Wear it solo with black pants or under a blazer to work, with a long cardi and shorts on the weekend, or dressed up with a flared midi skirt and heels for a cocktail party. The bonus? This piece looks way more expensive than it actually is. 

OUR PICK | Embroidered Tulle Top, $29.95, H&M

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #5 | FRINGED HANDBAGS

INSIDER SECRET | Why wear a boring bag when you can have fun with one instead? This season, the fringier, the better, which is why we are lo-o-oving this oversized fringe hobo from Danier. 

OUR PICK | Quinn Suede Fringe Hobo, $179, Danier

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #6 | RIPPED WHITE SKINNIES

INSIDER SECRET | White skinny jeans can be super tricky to pull off but we've discovered a trick that makes them way more flattering. The secret? Strategically-placed rips, baby. You might not think it but there's something about breaking up all that white with just a little skin that makes white jeans way more wearable. Plus, they make you look a tiny bit bad-ass, which is always fun. 

OUR PICK | Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans, $29.95, H&M

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #7 | RAY-BAN AVIATORS

INSIDER SECRET | You can go and get all of the cheap and cheery sunglasses you want, and fashion bloggers often do the same to keep things interesting. But when it comes to classic cool, you simply cannot go wrong with the gold standard: Ray-Ban aviators. If you're going to invest, go all the way and get proper polarized peepers but if you want to keep it under $200, the non-polarized versions will do the trick nicely. 

OUR PICK | Ray-Ban Polarized Original Aviator, $249.95, Sunglass Hut

 

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #8 | CUTE ESPADRILLES

INSIDER SECRET | Flip-flops can look sloppy, ballet flats dated, so what's a blogger to do to give her well-heeled feet a break? Aside from sneakers, we are all over printed espadrilles for summer, made especially cool when done up in a black snake print. Your #fromwhereistand selfies will never be the same.

OUR PICK | Lace-Up Espadrilles, $32, GAP

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #9 | DRAPEY SPRING OUTERWEAR

INSIDER SECRET | The runways were loaded with drapey trench coats for spring, a nice change-up from the classic structured trench of so many seasons past. Pair this coat with everything from your dresses to your boyfriend jeans, but remember one thing: be sure to keep your coat ironed/steamed so you'll look stylish, not sloppy. 

OUR PICK | Vero Moda Fame Trench Coat, $85, Hudson's Bay

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #10 | EMBELLISHED CLUTCHES

INSIDER SECRET | Clutches are such an impractical silhouette that you might as well get a highly impractical style, too. Don't be shy - opt for pop-bright colours, super fun embellishments and playful prints to keep the summer fun rolling. 

OUR PICK | 424 Fifth Embellished Clutch, $91, Hudson's Bay

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #11 | EAST-COAST/WEST COAST LOVE

INSIDER SECRET | Let me start by saying goooo London Knights (or Raptors, or whichever Canadian team's your fave). But when it comes to street style cool, there are two choices: New York or LA. Show your East Coast/West Coast love with a sleek navy ballcap. 

OUR PICKS | LA Dodgers 47 Brand MLB Cap, $27.99, LIDS; NY Yankees 47 Brand MLB Cap, $27.99, LIDS

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #12 | THE PERFECT RED LIPSTICK

INSIDER SECRET | With babies, blogs and super busy schedules, fashion bloggers rely on a super effective beauty technique to instantly go from ho-hum to ha-mazing. The secret? NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave - a semi-matte orangey red that will instantly take you from day to night. Invest in a lip primer, check your teeth, then flash that smile. 

WE LOVE | NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, $32, Sephora

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #13 | AN INSTAGRAM WINNER

INSIDER SECRET | Bikinis are cute but when it comes to poolside style, there's nothing more photogenic than a great one-piece. This beach scene stunner brings to mind famous beach life photogs like Gray Malin and Praia Piquinia. When swimwear shopping, remember this golden rule of blogging: if it's not worth sharing on Snapchat, it's not worth buying at all.

OUR PICK| Photo Real One-Piece, $45, Aerie

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #14 | SLEEK GOLD JEWELRY

INSIDER SECRET | Big statement necklaces have taken a backseat to sleek long pendants and simple metallic chokers for spring. Consider them the great equalizer - since they all look so similar, only you will know whether you splurged or saved for the piece. Not a fan of gold? No worries. Silver is considered equally chic this spring. 

OUR PICK | Gold Choker, $12, ALDO

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #15 | CUTE SMARTPHONE ACCESSORIES

INSIDER SECRET | As we come to rely more and more on our smartphones, our phone cases and chargers have become an integral part of our outfits-of-the-day. Luckily, with so many cute cases on offer, you never have to let a boring phone case ruin your changeroom selfies again. Phew.

OUR PICKS | BANDO iPhone 6 Party Dots Case, $19, Hudson's BayBANDO Back Me Up Mobile Charger, $23, Hudson's Bay

 

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #16 | CULOTTES

INSIDER SECRET | Culottes are one of the trickiest trends to wear this season - which is exactly why the fashion pack are flocking to them. You think we can't make them look sexy? Try us. And while they almost certainly fall into the 'man repeller' category, the silhouette looks new enough to be appealing. Keep it simple when it comes to styling - think a simple white long-sleeved tee or button-down, and sleek pointy-toe mules (like these or these).

OUR PICK | Silk Culottes, $129, H&M

FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #17 | POLKA-DOTS

INSIDER SECRET | The top two prints of Spring '15 are gingham and polka dots. While we love both classic prints, we're particularly obsessed with polka-dot accessories, a super easy way to add interest if you love your black-and-white.

OUR PICK | Polka-Dot Pump, $80, ALDO

 

 

Wednesday
Apr082015

SPRING STYLE CLASS | 3 Cute Ways to Wear Wide Pants

via H&M

There's no denying the staying power of the skinny. Some of you might not remember when skinny jeans blew up but I remember it very well. I was living in Toronto in 2005 when I started to notice women give up their bootcuts in favour of calf-clenching skin-tight jeans. I remember waiting for the subway, watching girls of all shapes and sizes get strangled by their new skinnies, thinking how super awkward they looked, and how I would never, ever intentionally choose pants that made my bum look big.

Of course, I gave in. We collectively figured out how to wear them right. We learned to balance out our super fitted bottoms with loose sweaters, long tunics and oversized cardis. We discovered in pictures how cruel white skinnies could be and how tan skinnies made it look like we weren't wearing pants at all. Stores finally started offering us varying styles of skinnies to suit our bods, from jeggings to skinny boots, with loads of stretch thrown in for good measure.  And while I swore I'd never go there, turns out skinny jeans are pretty much all I've worn for the past 10 years.

I'm not going to claim that this is the end of the skinny but there's clearly a style shake-up happening with the fashion pack right now. Cool girls everywhere, from Jennifer Lawrence to Kendall Jenner are currently opting for wider leg pants - think super flared '70s jeans, wide cropped culottes and flowy palazzos that make skinnies look SO last season. I don't know about you but I'm ready for some breathing room. They might look a little funny now but remember - we said that about the skinny, too. 

Read on for 3 cute ways to wear wide pants this spring. And breathe...

source PEOPLE, WhoWhatWear, Gleam It Up

1. Tinted Aviators, $12, ALDO | 2. Conscious Lyocell Blouse, $39.95, H&M | 3. Mini Duffle Shoulder Bag in Pebble Leather, $250, Coach | 4. Printed Platform Sandals, $39.95, H&M | 5. Wide Jeans, $29.95, H&M | 6. Crackled Stone Pendant, $12.95, Garage.

source Tibi, J.Crew, StyleSaVie

1. Ear Cuff, $12, ALDO | 2. Leather Satchel, $135, GAP | 3. Wide Cropped Trousers, $34.95, H&M | 4. Lace-Up Printed Espadrilles, $39.95, GAP | 5. Checkered Mesh Sleeveless Top, $65.90, RW&CO.

source The Fashion Spot, H&M, WhoWhatWear

1. Animal Print Sunglasses, $12, ALDO | 2. Prince Street Satchel, $298, Coach | 3. Open Shoulder Top, $55.90, RW&CO. | 4. Sam Edelman Closed-Toe Mules, $195, Town Shoes | 5. Wide Trousers, $29.95, H&M.