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Entries in Best Shoes 2017 (2)

Friday
Aug112017

BUY NOW, WEAR LATER | These 15 Fall Finds Will Prime Your Closet for the Season Ahead

via Dynamite

Shopping is a year-round sport. First there's the training - reading blogs, scrolling through Pinterest, browsing Instagram all count towards being a pro shopper. Then, there's the practicing; this is where window shopping comes in. You might not be ready to put down your credit card quite yet but you're almost there. And then, there's the main event, which of course is the shopping itself. We do this winter, spring, summer & fall, and like all truly great athletes, we never stop. There's always more to learn, there's always room to grow, and there's that ever-present goal to try to beat our own personal bests. 

Part of being a hall-of-fame-level shopper involves trying to justify our purchases by getting as much wear out of our finds as possible. In the middle of summer, this is when we really put our skills to the test. It's a bit late to shop for summer things (unless they're on sale in which case, we put on our game faces and hit that sales rack hard), and it's still a bit too hot to wear full fall wardrobes without the risk of injury - or at the very least the need to rehydrate. It's a dangerous sport but with all great risks come great rewards. These 15 fall finds will prime your closet for the season ahead and help you slay the fashion game while you're at it. Don't you just love a winning streak? Happy August - hope you're soaking up every last minute of summer xx

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Cool nights out and cold days in air-conditioned offices make the long blazer an ideal layer for right now for pairing up with a tee and skirt. Once fall arrives, we'll be wearing it on repeat with our jeans and joggers.

WE LOVE | Knit Maxi Blazer, $69.95, Dynamite

 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | We've been living in our white kicks for the past few years but right now, we think it's time for an update. We're loving light (but not white) sneakers in pale shades of grey, pink and tan as a super subtle update to our ever-growing sneaker collection. We're loving the just-released Nike Air VaporMax Flyknits with their comfy knit uppers and super chunky soles. 

WE LOVE | Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Sneakers, $189.99, Champs Sports

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | August and leather leggings are never a good combo. I mean, if you've ever watched that episode of Friends wear Ross gets stuck in his pleather pants, you'll totally get me. For now, we're going to pick up some mesh-insert leggings to wear to yoga and keep our faux leather leggings to bust out for fall with our ankle boots and oversized knits. 

WE LOVE | Stripe Mesh Legging, $32.95, Garage; Faux Leather Legging w Zippers, $39.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Florals are a huge trend this fall which is great news for those of us who live in summer dresses. Pick up this black beauty now to wear on its own with cute sandals and slides, then rock it this fall with an oversized cardi and over-the-knee boots. 

WE LOVE | Printed Slip Dress, $49.90, Reitmans

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | From Drake to Meghan Markle, some of our fave peeps are proudly wearing Jays fan gear right now. We're loving the go-with-everything black version of the Jays cap to wear now and into fall anytime we don't feel like fussing with our hair.  Um, which is pretty much every day. Just us?

WE LOVE | Toronto Blue Jays MLB Black Baseball Cap, $27.99, LIDS

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Basic sweats look so well, basic, once you put them up against some of this season's sweet detailed sweats. From oversized balloon sleeves to lace-up sides, the new sweats let you stay comfy but still feel pretty. Wear it now with your jean shorts for cool summer evenings and into fall with jeans and leather leggings. 

WE LOVE | Side Lace Sweatshirt, $51, American Eagle

 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Whether you're heading back to school or not, August always feels like the perfect time to pick up a new pair of jeans. Stay away from old-school super skinny styles in favour of stovepipe crops or high-rise girlfriend jeans to look right on point. Wear them now with a simple tank and later with a classic button-down shirt or cold shoulder sweater. 

WE LOVE | Claudia High Rise Floral Jeans, $59.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Floral boots have made a comeback for fall but we can't wait to wear them so we just won't. Try them with a little white dress or denim skirt now, then wear them with everything from jeans to jumpsuits this fall. 

WE LOVE | Lace-Up Velvet Floral Boots, $89.99, Call It Spring; Floral Platform Boots, $79.99, Call It Spring

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | One of fall's biggest comeback prints is the polka-dot but we're not going to take the trend quite so literally. Whether you do the classic dot or try dalmatian-inspired spots, the key is to keep it black & white to bring new life to your solids. 

WE LOVE | Printed Ruffle Blouse, $44.90, Reitmans; Polka-Dot Piping Flip Skirt, $19.99, Ricki's 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | We love that pretty brooches and decorative pins are finally back for fall. Add a silver pin (silver's another big trend but we'll talk about that next time...) instead of a necklace to your tees and menswear shirts to look super on trend right now, then pin it to your sweaters and outerwear for fall. 

WE LOVE | Silver Chain Pins, $11.99, Call It Spring

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | While some lace can look sweet, black lace looks edgy in all the right ways. A black lace tee is perfect for wearing with white jeans and culottes in the summer months, then under your blazers and leather jackets in the fall. 

WE LOVE | Lace V-Neck Top with Buttons, $39.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | A good leather jacket can be a big investment but if you've ever owned a great one, you'll know it's worth the spend. We're obsessed with the leather jackets from Roots because they're classic enough to look cool for years plus the leather gets better the more you wear it. Like leather leggings, you really only want to wear this when it's cool (obviously) but just think how sweet it will look hanging in your closet in the meantime ;)

WE LOVE | Women's Soho Leather Lake Jacket, $588, Roots

Wednesday
May102017

SPRING FORWARD | 12 On-Point Pieces That Will Change Your Fashion Game

via the Reitmans Spring Campaign

Don't you just love spring? The flowers, the warmth, the SUN. Don't you just love the sun? Spring always feels like the perfect time for a fresh start and while that might apply to many areas of your life, perhaps the most fun thing to refresh is your wardrobe. A new season means clearing out your closet of the old and tired, and infusing it with some fun new pieces. Luckily, you don't have to spend a lot to make a big impact on your style. An eyelet top here and a fringed earring there and suddenly, you've given your closet staples new life. Read on for 12 on-point pieces that will totally change your fashion game this spring, including a few pairs of shoes I can't wait to get my newly pedicured toes into. Sigh...don't you just love shoes? ;)

STYLING TIPS |  No need to overthink it - a black maxi is all about being easy-breezy and since it covers your legs, it'll keep you covered while the weather makes up its mind. Simply add a pair of chic flats (see below), a pair of fringed statement earrings (below as well) and a little denim jacket (if the weather calls for one) and you're good to go. 

WE LOVE | Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $64.90, Reitmans

STYLING TIPS | Forget your old basic flops and boring Birks - this season's warm weather footwear is all about fun embellishments. We're especially smitten with pretty pom poms this spring since they add instant fun to any outfit. Ooh, better book that pedi, stat. 

WE LOVE | Pompom Sandals, $49.99, Call It Spring

STYLING TIPS | Tortoiseshell is classic and shiny black is timeless, too. But if you really want to kick your wardrobe up a notch this spring, never let your sunglasses be an afterthought. We've waited so many months for the sun to come - now it's time to celebrate with colourful lenses (how fun are these purple Ray-Bans?) and shimmery gold frames. 

WE LOVE | Ray-Ban Mirror Collection, $235, Sunglass Hut; Quay Harper Sunglasses, $74.99, Jean Machine

STYLING TIPS | Most of us have our basic layers covered. Solid black tee? Check. Plain white tank? Check. Been there, done those. This spring, try upgrading your layers with a detailed sleeveless blouse. Look for textured white (think florals, eyelet and lace) or interesting twists on old classic (like the knot detail on this striped tank). Whether worn solo or under your spring coat, you'll look like you've put in loads of effort without lifting a finger. 

WE LOVE | Sleeveless Embroidered Blouse, $44.90, ReitmansSleeveless Striped Blouse, $42.90, Reitmans

 

STYLING TIPS | We all have our go-to black bag because let's face it - black really does go with everything. As a professional stylist, I have a small collection of bright bags on hand, too because let's face it - sometimes it's fun to buy things we don't really need. This spring, I've been hunting for a non-black bag that I can wear with everything and I've officially ended my search with this woven beauty from Roots. Chic, hands-free, and designed to get better with wear and handcrafted in Canada (insert applause here), this bag will take you from grocery runs with your littles to weekend brunch with your besties without missing a beat. Just so you're aware, this weave is available in loads of other shapes from a bucket to a tote, depending on your budget and your needs. LOOOVE. 

WE LOVE | Small Zoe Bag Woven, $228, Roots

STYLING TIPS | If you've somehow avoided the culotte trend for the past few seasons, you're not too late to get in on the action. Culottes just make you look cooler right now. It's a fact. Wear them to work with block heels and on weekends with runners. The takeaway? Ditch your skinnies and go wide. It's time. 

WE LOVE | Wide Leg Cropped Pants, $44.90, Reitmans

STYLING TIPS | With wedding and shower season upon us, many of us are currently on the hunt for something formal. Instead of dedicating your hunt to dresses, why not give jumpsuits a try? Spring's new dressy jumpsuits are all grown-up, with sexy slits and figure-flattering details to make you the best-dressed guest at any party. Simply add sleek metallic heels and a pair of statement earrings to finish off your look. 

WE LOVE | Floral Palazzo Jumpsuit, $59.95, Dynamite; Palazzo Leg Slit Jumpsuit, $59.95, Dynamite

 

STYLING TIPS | With all of the cute cold-shoulder tops and dresses out this season, it's no surprise that statement earrings are a big spring story. Swap our your simple studs for earrings that skim your shoulders, from playful gold stars to oversized tassels - then be ready to look extra amazeballs all day long. 

WE LOVE | Gold Star Earrings, $7.99, Call It Spring; Tassel Earrings, $12.95, Le Château

STYLING TIPS | 

WE LOVE | Crêpe Open-Front Ruched Vest, $129.95, Le Château

STYLING TIPS | As Canadians, we only have a few good months where we can expose ourselves. I mean, expose ourselves in a totally legal, appropriate way. What I'm saying is that my legs haven't seen the sun in forever. My arms haven't felt the warm air in months. Celebrate our precious few months of sun by storing your jeans and busting out a pretty denim dress. Wear this on its own or layer it over a white tee with white kicks for ultimate cool girl steeze. 

WE LOVE | Sleeveless Midi Dress, $49.90, Reitmans

STYLING TIPS | Put florals on a black background and suddenly, you've gone from girly to grown-up. We love this modern shirt dress for its wardrobe versatility. Tired of wearing the same old same old to work everyday? This dress with black glasses (fake or real), a black blazer and pointy black flats looks totally office appropriate. Try it as a tunic over white jeans or leather leggings and black ankle boots for lunch with friends. And of course, wear it with bare legs, pink suede block heel sandals (below) and a smile when the weather finally cooperates. Nobody will believe you got this at Reitmans. 

WE LOVE | Floral Print Dress, $64.90, Reitmans

STYLING TIPS | These sandals look super expensive thanks to their pretty pink hue, soft faux-suede finish and delicate floral details. While you might be tempted to pick a more typically neutral colour (ie. black or tan), remember that amazing shoes are always worth the risk and that pink really is a new neutral. 

WE LOVE | Floral Faux-Suede Sandal, $69.95, Le Château