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'TIS THE SEASON: Your Best-Ever Holiday Wardrobe

Photo via H&M

The holiday season is already upon us, as we start to compile our wishlists and our seemingly endless to-do's. And while it's easy to let our wardrobes take a backseat since we have so many other things to check off our lists, here's some holiday food-for-thought for you. How can you take care of others when you haven't taken care of yourself? How can you shop when you're not properly outfitted? How, pray tell, can you host a holiday party when you're not the best-dressed babe in the room?

And so, I've put together the ultimate holiday wardrobe for you, from the coziest jammies (consider them your down-time partners in crime), to the best boots (some snow-friendly, some sparkly), to the most stunning party pieces to get you through the holidays in enviable style. 

It's all about holiday survival, ladies. And if survival requires shopping, you know I'm all for it.


WHY WE LOVE IT: The classic way to wear this festive piece is over a sweater, of course. But why stop there? We'll be rocking this vest layered over our less-bulky coats and under our jackets so just a hint of that stunning red peeks out. Um, best Christmas photoshoot ever?!

OUR PICK: Fur-Trim Down Puffer Vest, $108, GAP


WHY WE LOVE IT: Whether you ski or not, a fair-isle sweater is the perfect festive piece for the holiday season. We love how the graphic pattern makes a big impact when our coats are undone and while we love brights, this subtly modern navy & white version is extra versatile and would look gorgeous paired up with the season's reds, golds and greens.

OUR PICK: Fair-Isle Crew Sweater, $54.95, GAP



WHY WE LOVE THEM: Let's face it: winter sucks when your feet are cold. If you don't already own a pair of ready-for-anything winter boots (or if your old one's have seen better days), time to invest in a pair of Sorels. The Conquest Carly will keep your feet toasty, of course, but since they're so beautifully designed, you can wear them anywhere and not feel clunky. 

OUR PICK: Sorel Conquest Carly Boot, $280, Soft Moc


WHY WE LOVE THEM: Fine, flannel jammies might not be the sexiest thing on this list but we don't care. The holidays are all about cozying up by the fire with your favourites, a marathon movie sesh playing in the background (Elf, Christmas Vacation and Love, Actually for me, please), and a hot drink or two. Thanks to its perfect plaid, roll-up arm tabs and regular and long leg lengths, these jammies will keep you comfy and stylish while you lounge.

OUR PICK: Flannel Sleep Shirt and Pajama Pant, $40 each, Aerie


WHY WE LOVE THEM: Nothing ruins a perfect holiday look like a pair of massive oven-mitt ski gloves. Buzz kill, right? Unless you're a toddler, a pair of luxe-looking gloves are essential for those many times over the holidays that you'll need to dress up, from work dinners to holiday cocktail parties and everything in between. 

OUR PICK: Beckley Knit Foldover Glove, $49, Danier



WHY WE LOVE IT: When Kate Bosworth stepped out the other week in her teddy bear coat, everyone wanted to snuggle. While puffers and parkas are always practical, the holiday season calls for something a little more fun. This teddy bear coat would look gorgeous with a black turtleneck, black leggings and black gloves (see above), but would also look cute with everything from jeans to your party dresses.

OUR PICK: TOPSHOP Faux Fur Teddy Coat, $150, Hudson's Bay


WHY WE LOVE IT: Every woman needs one stellar party dress to bust out should a last-minute party invite land in her inbox. Since you probably already own an LBD, might we suggest navy? This playful paint splatter frock is made for party season and its flattering cut will ensure that you can properly indulge in those cocktails and canapés.

OUR PICK: Splatter Fit & Flare Dress, $98, GAP


WHY WE LOVE THEM: We've featured this perfect pair of earrings before and for good reason: they're luxuriously oversized, decadently sparkly and since they're made of Swarovski crystals rather than diamonds, relatively affordable. If you're the type to keep your jewels understated, the holidays are the perfect chance for you to amp things up. As they say, 'tis the season...

OUR PICK: Swarovski Bella Earrings, $85, Swarovski by Elegant Goldsmiths



WHY WE LOVE IT: Nude gloss, muted pinks and Chapstick are fine for every day but if there's one time of year where you can justify a bright pout, it's now. From mistletoe meet-ups to champagne pops at midnight, this celeb-preferred red from NARS will help you leave your mark this season. Mwah!

OUR PICK: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, $32, Sephora



WHY WE LOVE IT: Searching for a versatile piece to update your holiday wardrobe? Whether you feel like wearing jeans and a white button-down, a sparkly party dress or a pair of tailored black trousers, a festive tuxedo jacket will put the finishing touch on any outfit. 

OUR PICK: Dinner Jacket, $59.95, H&M


WHY WE LOVE THEM: There are days in December where wearing a skirt or dress just sounds, well, kinda painful. I mean, -21 with a windchill of -90? Pants, please! One way of dressing up any pair of pants is to simply add a pair of statement booties. Since we can't get enough glitter over the holidays, these sparkly beauties instantly caught our eye. PS - For those less chilly days, these boots would look amazing with a little black dress, too, BTW.

OUR PICK: Glitter Lace-Up Booties, $120, ALDO


WHY WE LOVE IT: If you've always loved the idea of a jumpsuit but just haven't had the guts to wear one, the holidays are the perfect time to finally jump in. A sleek black jumpsuit is a super fun alternative to a dress for any festive fête and can be worn solo, under a sparkly long cardi, or with a tuxedo jacket. You can do this!

OUR PICK: Knit V-Neck Jumpsuit, $139.95, Le Château



WHY WE LOVE IT: Your black bag just isn't going to cut it when party season rolls around. If you like to stay practical (ie. you like your bags with a strap), but are searching for something a little more celebratory, you can never go wrong with a chic metallic mini bag. We love this muted gold crossbody from Coach - not too loud and not too little. In a word: MUST.

OUR PICK: Kylie Crossbody in Metallic Leather, $155, Coach


Friday Find: Wrap Stars

Photo courtesy GAP

Next to Starbucks red cups, there's nothing that screams 'holiday' quite like a great plaid scarf. I love this perfect piece for so many reasons: it instantly reinvents any coat, can be tied in so many ways, and is an inexpensive pick-me-up, whether for yourself or as a beyond-the-wine-bottle idea for a hostess gift. GAP always does plaid scarves the best, IMO, whether in trad plaid or in less overt interpretations like the beautiful colourblocked and striped versions in the store right now. 

Just remember to opt for an oversized scarf this season so you can wear it open over your shoulders like a blanket, or wrap it up with abandon. Cozy, cute and comfy? Whether you already own a few plaid scarves already or not a single one, you really must. Oh, and don't forget to shop outside of your regular department, too. I've found some of my best-ever scarves in the mens' section.

Happy Friday! Just me or is it beginning to look a lot like panic already? I know, I know...too early...


Check out some of my favs at GAP right now. I personally prefer the traditional square or rectangle over infinity scarves because I love being able to get creative with how I wear them but, of course, for infinity lovers, there are loads of options for you, too...




GET SPORTY: 3 Winning Looks

A pic from the Alexander Wang x H&M Campaign. Photo via H&M.

Seems like everyone's super-fanning sports these days. And let's face it, while we all know the die-hards - the remote-control clenchers, the 5 am hockey practice parents, the protein shake shakers - some of us just aren't so hardcore. I studied Kinesiology at Western. Seriously. But do I remember the difference between a fibia and tibia? NO. And why, of all the names they could possibly have chosen did someone choose to purposely screw up first year anatomy students? I watch the Olympics. I catch the playoffs sometimes. I definitely watch the Superbowl, but mostly for the ads, the nachos and the halftime show. And thanks to YouTube, I don't even have to do that anymore. I'd rather be doing than watching. And by doing I mean shopping.

But as for sporty fashion? Okay, that I get. That I like. If there's a superfan for sporty clothes, it's me. I wear the uniform proudly, flying my 'Team Fashion' banner high. And since 'sporty' is such a huge trend right now, as evidenced by the reams of designers who showed models-turned-athletes on the runways and Alexander Wang's H&M collab, I'm not the only one who's a big fan. 

This season, sporty influences work no matter what the occasion. For work, keep it subtle with a streamlined baseball jacket or an elastic belt. For the weekend, rock sneakers, faux-leather trackpants and cozy bright puffers. And for a fun night out, whether you're hitting the sports bar or (hopefully) not, it's all about flirty borrowed-from-the-boys pieces like a football jersey and cute baseball cap. 

Check out these 3 winning looks. So sporty. So cool. Go Team!

1. Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt, $54.95, GAP | 2. Slim Cropped Pants, $64.95, GAP | 3. Patent Oxfords, $60, ALDO | 4. Jacquard Soft Bomber, $20, Dynamite | 5. Elastic Clasp Belt, $24.95, GAP | 6. Statement Necklace, $20, ALDO | 7. Black Frame Sunglasses, $12, ALDO.

1. Get Down Hooded Puffer, $104, American Eagle | 2. YDE Studio Coated Leather Pants, $49.99, Jean Machine | 3. Shimmery Marled Sweater, $57, American Eagle | 4. Nike Women's Free Run 5.0, $99.99, Soft Moc | 5. Amanda Square Scarf, $40, Roots | 6. GapFit Pom Pom Hat, $34.95, GAP.

1. Cedar 7 Panel Baseball Cap, $46, Roots | 2. Printed Sweatshirt, $29.95, H&M | 3. Carol Pencil Skirt, $79.50, Guess | 4. Nixon The Rubber Player Watch, $200, West 49 | 5. Made in Italy Leather Pointy-Toe Ankle Boot, $189.95, Le Château | 6. Driving Gloves, $13, ALDO | 7. Topshop Faux Fur Animal Print Coat, $160, Hudson's Bay.