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Wednesday
Sep102014

After the Ball by Le Château

Photos by Le Château

It's not often that one can shop a film wardrobe without serious consequences to one's budget. I've tried - would not recommend it. But there's something about the magic of a movie that makes us want to get right into character, particularly when princesses, party dresses and killer heels are involved. 

When I heard that Canada's own Le Château had created the exclusive wardrobe collection for After the Ball, the upcoming fashion fairytale flick starring Chris Noth, Lauren Holly and Portia Doubleday, I was stoked. And once the gorgeous lookbook pics were finally released, it was proof that when you give your designers some creative license, magic happens. 

From cool cobalt blue, reminiscent of evil stepmoms and scheming stepsisters, to soft berries, pretty pinks and boy-meets-girl pieces perfect for any modern Cinderella, the entire collection is full of refreshingly affordable lust-haves that will undoubtedly impress any Le Château skeptic. A pink coat with gold buttons, a work-perfect windowpane check dress and a houndstooth bow-tie blouse layered up with a plaid mini and edgy blue chain-strap booties are at the top of my list, while any future royal ball invites will beg for some of the dreamy dresses in this collection. 

Let's face it: After the Ball might totally suck (see the synopsis here), but if only for the flick's stellar wardrobe, I'm already head-over-glass-heels in love.

The After the Ball collection has already started to arrive in stores, with the bulk of the pieces hitting early October. I've been told that White Oaks Mall's Le Château will carry its own unique selection of the After The Ball collection, including many of the key pieces from the film. Sigh...our fashion dreams have finally come true...

 

 

Worth the watch - Check out the runway scene from After the Ball here:

Friday
Aug292014

FRIDAY FIND: School Stars

Photo courtesy H&M

I, of course, have all of my back-to-school shopping done. My, um, friend, though, well...she kind of let summer sneak up on her and now, she's in a bit of a panic because her kids have no backpacks, their rainboots from last year are way too tight, and she hasn't even begun to get emotionally prepared for her son's first day of JK. Sniff. I'll be okay. 

If you're like me, that ever-growing list of BTS needs can feel daunting. Luckily, the stores are loaded up with the cutest school essentials ever that will (almost) make you wish you were going back to school, too.

Here are some that I just love...

Classic Roller Backpack, $29, GapKids

Hunter Girls Lipstick Gloss Wellies, $90, Soft Moc

Cat Umbrella, $13, H&M

Kitty Backpack, $29, Gymboree

Alien Junior Backpack and Lunchbox, $27 and $17, Gymboree

Monster City Rainboots, $28, Gymboree

Unicorn Lunchbox, $17, Gymboree

Leopard Raincoat, $27, The Childrens Place

Patterned Rubber Boots, $30, H&M

Star Pencil Case, $3, The Childrens Place

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, $82, American Eagle

Junior Nylon Backpack, $37, GapKids

Monster City Umbrella, $14, Gymboree

Monster Backpack, $15, H&M

 

Junior Nylon Backpack, $23, GapKids 

Superman Backpack, $18, H&M

Tartan Plaid Lunchtote, $10, Justice

 

Wednesday
Aug272014

Let's Hear It for the Boy

A classic white shirt gets a vampy revamp. Photo via H&M.

He might not have the best style. He might not even have style. But you know you've raided his closet, anyway - his big comfy sweatshirt when it's freezing out or his button-down shirt when you have nothing else to wear to bed. There's something about a girl in guy's clothes that just feels so right and while it might not be overtly sexy, it's the oversized, rumpled, undoneness of menswear that women can't help but love.

From cute grandpa cardis to ultra-sexy boyfriend jeans, here's how to add some boyish charm to your fall wardrobe now...

 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #1: THE GRANDPA CARDIGAN

HOW TO WEAR IT: The fall chill has already started to creep in, so you'll need a cozy layer, stat. The grandpa cardi is the perfect stay-warm answer, but you don't want to look like gramps, obvs. A plain white tee, sleek black leather-panelled leggings and ultra-feminine accents will ensure you look totally genius, not totally geriatric.

OUR PICK: Grandpa Cardigan, $34.95, H&M 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #2: THE PLAID PANT

HOW TO WEAR IT: If you're looking to update your plain pant wardrobe, plaid is the perfect print to try. We adore a super dark plaid, like these black & blue menswear-inspired beauties, which will instantly shake up your look for fall. Try pairing them with your tees, blouses, crewneck sweaters and denim jackets, and everything from loafers to strappy pumps.

OUR PICK: Plaid Ankle Pant, $49.90, Smart Set

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #3: THE MEN'S WATCH

HOW TO WEAR IT: Since, let's face it (get it? face it?), watches are more about fashion than function, why wear something demure? Go for the bold in a big menswear watch to add some serious swagga to your arm party bracelets. Bonus points for the black/rose gold combo. Love!

OUR PICK: Vestal Yacht Rose Gold Watch, $300, Watch It!

 

 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #4: THE UPDATED LACE-UP BROGUE

HOW TO WEAR THEM: Lug soles, chic metallics and patent finishes have made lace-up brogues and oxfords the fall flat of choice for in-the-know stylistas. Whether worn with skirts or your skinnies, they'll give you that Brit-girl vibe that's so sought after.

OUR PICKS: Patent Lug Sole Oxford, $69.95, Le Château; Silver Loafers, $89.99, Town Shoes.

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #5: THE TWEED BLAZER

HOW TO WEAR IT: You might not be going back to school this fall but a tweed elbow-patch blazer will help you look just like a PhD. One thing's for sure - you'll school all of your friends in prepster style. Simply pair it up with your fav jeans, a fun graphic tee and slip-on sneakers for a modern take on a tried-and-true trend.

OUR PICK: Wool-Blend Elbow-Patch Jacket, $69.95, H&M

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #6: THE TUXEDO SHIRT

HOW TO WEAR IT: No black tie affairs in your calendar? You'll always be well-dressed, no matter the occasion, in a crisp white tuxedo shirt worn with leggings or an ultra-feminine black skirt and super chic pointy-toe heels.

OUR PICK: Tuxedo Shirt, $39.95, H&M

 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #7: THE BASEBALL CAP

HOW TO WEAR IT: The paparazzi are SO annoying, right? Stay undercover in a wool baseball cap that looks borrowed-from-the-boys but is done up in a rich, feminine burgundy. Wear this one anytime you're off-duty with your boyfriend jeans and tees or even with your fav fall dresses.

OUR PICK: Wool-Blend Baseball Cap, $46, Roots

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #8: THE BOYFRIEND JEAN

HOW TO WEAR THEM: When it comes to cool-girl denim, the more destroyed the better. Luckily, you no longer have to let out your anger on your ex-boyfriend's jeans with all of the perfectly pre-worn-in jeans in stores right now. We wear our bf's with everything: tees, plaid shirts and leopard-print sneakers when we want to go ultra-casual, or with blazers, crisp white shirts and sky-high pumps for a perfect hi-low look.

OUR PICK: 1969 Destroyed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $84.95, GAP

 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #9: THE WESTERN BELT

HOW TO WEAR IT: No belt-tightening DIYs required - menswear-inspired leather belts with a Western flair (think grommets and XL buckles) are now available for girls and make a great change-up from your pretty, polished skinny belt collection.

OUR PICK: Studded Leather Belt, $33, American Eagle

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #10: THE PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT

HOW TO WEAR IT: Fitted and flattering, but in that perfect cozy flannel, this plaid shirt will look super chic all fall and winter long. Wear it on a fall walk with jeans and flats, or try it done up to the top with a statement necklace, skinny black jeans and sexy heels for date night. Lumberjack style has never looked this appealing...

OUR PICK: Silver Jeans Co. Flannel Shirt, $75, Bootlegger

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #11: THE CLASSIC PANTSUIT

HOW TO WEAR IT: Bring some enviable babedom to the boardroom in one of this season's sleek new pantsuits. The updated styles look nothing like the slouchy old suits we used to wear - think cinched waists, cropped jackets and super tailored trousers. And don't underestimate your underpinnings - put aside your old wide collared shirts in favour of feminine embellishments like this lace-trimmed cardi, a bright silk tank or a fun, printed blouse.

OUR PICK: Figure Fit Jacket and Pants, $39.95 and $29.95, H&M

 

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #12: THE BASEBALL JACKET

HOW TO WEAR IT: The varsity jacket trend from spring is still going strong and makes the perfect light outerwear layer for fall. Whether you like to hit the field or prefer to keep it real on the sidelines, you can never go wrong with graphic black and white. 

OUR PICK: Lightweight Varsity Jacket, $77, American Eagle

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #13: THE LEATHER BACKPACK

HOW TO WEAR IT: We'll never give up our ultra-girly handbags but some days, we just have loads to tote around. This classic leather rucksack is one of the most on-trend bags for fall and we're loving the beautiful, sleek design to carry all of our essentials (and then some).

OUR PICK: Della Leather Backpack, $199, Danier

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #14: THE OVERSIZED COAT

HOW TO WEAR IT: From French women to Annie Hall, style icons have always understood the appeal of menswear. Mysterious, flirty and fun, an oversized double-breasted coat gives an air of laissez-faire that's surprisingly sexy. Well-groomed hair and polished eye makeup will ensure you look like you've put some care into your look.

OUR PICK: Wide Double-Breasted Coat, $79.95, H&M

MENSWEAR MUST-HAVE #15: THE LUXE-LOOKING LOAFER

HOW TO WEAR THEM: With extra early mornings and a return to jam-packed fall schedules, who has time for laces? These slip-on and go loafers have been given the luxe-look treatment with beautiful stitching, spectator details and foiled metallic finishes so your footwear will never look like an afterthought.

OUR PICK: Leather Loafers, $165, Town Shoes, Franco Sarto Tibby Loafers, $130, Hudson's Bay; Cap-Toe Flats, $45, ALDO