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Friday
Jul282017

WEEKEND WARRIORS | These 30 Finds Will Take Your Off-Duty Wardrobe From Meh to Amazing

via Roots

I love my job. I really do. But if I'm honest...I mean, if I had to choose between the work week and the weekend, the weekend always wins. I'm not talking Selena Gomez's The Weekend. I'm talking those blissful few days at the tail end of a long week that involve chilling. 

I like to keep my weekends chilled in every respect: chilled out vibes that include as few plans as possible, chilled wine or beer (rosé all day, Corona por favor), and a maximally chill wardrobe. I cannot possibly do the weekend to my fullest potential if any of those 3 boxes are left unchecked. And so, I make it my mission every Friday to Sunday to cross off each of those to-do's to chill as productively as possible. 

When it comes to your weekend wardrobe, these late July days might have you feeling some wardrobe fatigue. Perhaps your shorts are too short. Perhaps your tees feel just a little too loved. Or maybe, just maybe, you just feel like shopping because in my mind, getting new clothes release dopamine, which results in an overall feeling of yup, you guessed it: chill. Goals = met. 

Scroll through the thumbnails below to check out 30 finds that will take your off-duty wardrobe from meh to amazeballs. Oh, and speaking of the weekend...yay! Happy Friday!

 
Tuesday
Jun272017

CANADA D'EH | Wear Your Maple Leaf on Your Sleeve This Canada Day Weekend

via Roots

It's almost Canada Day, eh? While it might not feel like summer quite yet, we're ready to turn up the heat this weekend. From our epic backyard barbecues with our besties to singing around the campfire, Canada Day is all about spending time with our favourites and celebrating our brief but oh-so-beautiful summer season. This weekend, perhaps more than most, it's time to wear your maple leaf on your sleeve. Read on for 15 ways to shop Canada from some of our fave Canadian retailers, whose history just might surprise you. Happy Canada Day lovelies! xx

 

WEAR CANADA | RED FROM REITMANS

DID YOU KNOW | Reitmans was founded in 1926 by Herman and Sarah Reitman. Since its modest beginnings, this publicly owned, family-controlled business has evolved from one women’s clothing store on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montreal to Canada’s largest women’s specialty retailer. 

WE LOVE | Halter Ruffle Dress, $64.90, Reitmans

 

WEAR CANADA | A BEACH BLANKET FROM BOOTLEGGER

DID YOU KNOW | Bootlegger was founded in Vancouver in the late 60s when jeans were taking over the fashion world. It began as the General Pant Company, offering the best assortment of jeans in town - but was often confused with General Paint Company. So, its founders met at a pub (how Canadian, right?), changed the name, and over 40 years later, it continues to be one of our country's fave places to shop for clothes. 

WE LOVE | Canada Day Beach Blanket, $40, Bootlegger

 

WEAR CANADA | A PRETTY LITTLE LAYER FROM DYNAMITE

DID YOU KNOW | Groupe Dynamite, with its two brands, Garage and Dynamite, operates over 400 stores in 10 differents countries and now employs over 6000 people. The Dynamite team creates, designs, and markets in Canada, then distributes the collection to its large network of Dynamite and Garage retail stores worldwide. 

WE LOVE | Long Overpiece Blazer, $44.90, Dynamite

 

WEAR CANADA | FLORALS FROM SUZY SHIER

DID YOU KNOW | The first Suzy Shier opened its doors in 1966, making it one of Canada's longest-operating women's retailers. Since 2010, Suzy Shier has donated over $100,000 to the Weekend to End Women's Cancers and is proud to donate women's clothing in support of women's shelters and causes throughout Canada every year. 

WE LOVE | Curve Appeal Floral Ruffle Peasant Top. $32, Suzy Shier

 

WEAR CANADA | TENTREE APPAREL AT BOATHOUSE

DID YOU KNOW | Boathouse began in 1973 as a small clothing store in St. Catharines, Ontario. Known locally as Arlies, the shop specialized in active lifestyle apparel and equipment, catering to outdoor thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts. The stores eventually expanded across Canada to more than 80 stores nationwide, and is now known to most as Boathouse. 

WE LOVE | Tentree Apparel Hooded Sweatshirt, $76, Boathouse

 

WEAR CANADA | YOGA JEANS FROM JEAN MACHINE

DID YOU KNOW | Established in 1976, Jean Machine was born out of a passion for denim. Jean Machine employees aren't just salespeople, they're 'Masters of Denim', educated and trained on every brand and style to help its customers find that perfect pair every time. 

WE LOVE | Yoga Jeans Highrise Bootcut Jeans, $119.99, Jean Machine

 

WEAR CANADA | TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FROM MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE

DID YOU KNOW | Mountain Warehouse has been an outdoor gear go-to for the family since 1997. If you've shopped there, you may have noticed that the store doesn't carry lots of different brands - almost all the products sold through its stores are exclusive to Mountain Warehouse. By designing its own products, Mountain Warehouse cuts out the middleman so its customers score the same quality, but at significantly lower prices than you’ll typically find at other shops.

WE LOVE | Canada Luggage Strap, $6.99, Mountain Warehouse

 

DRINK CANADA | CANADIAN TEA FROM DAVIDsTEA

DID YOU KNOW | DAVIDsTEA opened its first tea shop on Queen St. in Toronto in 2008. In only 9 years, the company has grown to over 200 stores in Canada and the United States, with over 150 types of tea. If that wasn't impressive enough, DAVIDsTEA offers the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America. 

WE LOVE | Oh Canada Tea, $7.98 for 50g, DAVIDsTEA

 

WEAR CANADA | A RED DRESS FROM LE CHATEAU

DID YOU KNOW | Le Château was started in 1959 as a family-run clothing store in downtown Montreal. Today, it employs over 2500 employees and produces 30% of its garments annually in its very own production facilities here in Canada. 

WE LOVE | Lace Illustion Cocktail Dress, $139.95, Le Château

 

WEAR CANADA | MADE IN CANADA MOCS FROM SOFT MOC

DID YOU KNOW | Soft Moc began as a single 300 sq. ft. store called 'The Canadian Moccasin Company.' Today the store operates 112 stores in every province nationwide, and remains one of the only Canadian owned and operated national footwear retailers. Its Made in Canada moccasin line is still available at each of its Soft Moc stores. 

WE LOVE | Women's Made in Canada Mocs, $109.99, Soft Moc

WEAR CANADA | A SUN HAT FROM RICKI'S

DID YOU KNOW | With more than 130 locations across Canada, Ricki's has become known for its fashionable and versatile workwear. Ricki's offers its clothing in sizes 0-18 and pants in multiple lengths to fit a wide range of women's bodies. Aside from its commitment to fashion, Ricki's has raised over $1,000,000 to help the Canadian Women's Foundation's End Poverty for Women campaign, which helps prevent violence against women, helps build the self-esteem of girls and helps low income women get out of poverty. 

WE LOVE | Here Comes the Sun Floppy Hat, $24.90, Ricki's

WEAR CANADA | SHOES FROM SPRING

DID YOU KNOW | 45 years ago, Aldo Bensadoun - son of a shoe merchant and grandson of a cobbler - pledged to build a company with compassion. Today, ALDO Group has over 20,000 associates worldwide with over 200 million customers visiting its 3 retail banners every year.

WE LOVE | Clear Sunglasses, $11.99, Call It Spring

 

WEAR CANADA | A 'NICE' TEE FROM ROOTS

DID YOU KNOW | Co-Founders Don Green & Michael Budman might have been born in the US, but they each developed a lifelong love for Canada during their summers spent at Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Park. They moved to Toronto and founded Roots as a natural footwear company in 1973. As for the name? Don happened to be flipping through a friend's biology textbook when the word 'roots' caught his eye and he loved the idea of how a person's feet are connected to the ground like the roots of a tree. Roots remains a leader in the retail industry with its continued support of environmental initiatives.

WE LOVE | Women's Nice Short Sleeve Tee, $34, Roots

Thursday
Oct202016

PRETTY LITTLE LAYERS | Our Top Picks for a Perfectly Cozy Fall

via Watchabuy

Think the colder weather means the end of looking cute until next spring? Hold up. With the right layering pieces, you can greet the next several months in style without sacrificing a single second of warmth.  

Read on for the cozy picks you'll love to live in this season. As for that cold weather? Brrring it on. 


WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Never underestimate the power of a perfect crewneck sweatshirt - it's classic, it's cozy, and it lends instant chill to any outfit. Want to wear your sequined skirt all day? Go for it. Just add a grey sweatshirt and cute white kicks. Sexy black waxed skinnies and pumps need some taming? Add a grey sweatshirt. Go a size up from what you normally buy to look stylish, not stuffed. 

OUR PICK | Raglan Crew Sweatshirt, $46, American Eagle

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | There are so many ways to justify living in your black leggings on the daily, from the obvious comfort factor to the ease with which they work into your wardrobe. Still. I mean, do leggings really have to be so basic? If you haven't already, look for leather (faux or real) details to add some interest to your leggings this season. Simply add a chambray shirt, a cozy knit, some black ankle boots and a fun scarf (see below) for any cool fall day or family photoshoot that comes your way. 

OUR PICK | Black Pleather Insert Leggings, $59.90, Cleo

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Since every woman owns that same plaid scarf by now (you know the one), this fall feels like the perfect time for a switch-up. Whether you choose a fun star motif, an animal print, or a graphic that helps you express your M.O., pick a playful scarf to throw on when it gets freezing or to toss oh-so-awesomely over your couch like a Pinterest pro. Good vibes all around.  

OUR PICK | Good Vibes Scarf, $29.95, Garage

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | A turtleneck is a super sleek and easy way to update your wardrobe staples for the colder weather ahead. Wear it with a pleated skirt and over-the-knee boots, layered under a shift dress, instead of a scarf (on those days you don't feel like wearing a scarf) or with those overalls you rocked all summer. Keep it fitted, keep it simple, and be sure to pick one up in grey, black and white - you're going to need them all. 

OUR PICK | Kismet Clare Turtleneck, $39.90, Bootlegger

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | This fall, don't let your extras be an afterthought; they might be little but gloves and scarves can totally make or break your outerwear game. You can never go wrong with black or grey but next time you shop, pick up a colour-blocked hat and a pair of mixed media gloves - practical enough to go with any of your coats but with just the right amount of detail to keep things interesting. 

OUR PICKS | Knit and Faux Leather Gloves, $40, ALDO; Roxana Pom Pom Toque, $30, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Don't suffer through another Saturday morning hockey practice alone. A S'well bottle will keep you company on the bench and keep your hot drinks (tea, coffee, Baileys - we won't judge) piping hot for up to 12 hours. Here's hoping hockey practice won't last quite that long...

OUR PICK | S'well Bikini Pink Water Bottle, $46.99, Jean Machine

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Think cozy has to mean shapeless? Meet the sweater dress - one of the sexiest ways to warm up this winter. The knit will hug your curves and show off your shape, whether you're heading to work (um, maybe add some black tights in that case) or going out for a cozy dinner date. 

WE LOVE | Midi Sweater Dress, $64.90, Dynamite

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Hit the snooze button one too many times? Here's a fast wardrobe fix, guaranteed to make your mornings a breeze: choose a monochromatic base (black, grey or off-white), then simply add a long vest and black ankle boots. Faux fur is always a cute option or go with one of fall's hottest outerwear trends: the sherpa vest. Kind of makes you want to climb to the top of a very large hill. Or hunker down for an epic Netflix sesh by the fire. Totally up to you. ;)

OUR PICK | Textured Faux Sherpa Vest, $79.95, Le Château

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Hoodies made fashion headlines this season as the stylish sweat of choice. Whether you wear it with a skirt (seriously) or your workout gear, opt for a zip hoody with thoughtful details; we love this one for its colour-blocking, its figure-flattering seaming and of course, those super cool thumbholes. 

OUR PICK | Hyba Hooded Quilted Jacket, $69.90, Reitmans

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | When it comes to the weather, fall is a funny time - from pouring rain to freezing mornings to those unexpected f-words (I'll just say it: flurries) - which makes footwear decisions tougher than usual. Since tall winter boots often feel way too clunky between seasons, you'll need a pair of transitional boots in your life to get you from A to B and back again. BTW, Timberlands = instant street cred. 

OUR PICKS | Timberland Flannery Sneaker Boot, $119.99, Journeys; Birdy Lace-Up Boots, $110, ALDO

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | If you want to look chic from your toque to your toes, sport socks just aren't gonna cut it. We love cabin socks for all the practical and the pretty they provide to our rainboots and snow boots and every other boot we'll live in this season. 

OUR PICK | Ashli Cabin Sock 2-Pack, $18.50, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | With the athleisure trend going nowhere, it's perfectly acceptable to wear your joggers in public right now. The key to keeping it stylish? Make sure your joggers are a not-too-tight slim fit, with figure flattering seams and knees that won't stretch out. If you like the baggier look, look for joggers with volume through the thigh and tapered cuffs at the ankles. Go for a grey or black pair and you can take them from your house to the grocery store without missing a beat.  

OUR PICK | Training Pant, $74, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | A pretty colour block poncho is the perfect way to add a subtle pop of print to your solid turtlenecks, classic white button-downs or denim shirts this fall. Once the real cold arrives, don't be afraid to layer it over your black coat to make winter way more stylish. Aaand, that's a wrap. ;)

OUR PICK | Grey Colour Block Poncho Wrap, $49.90, Cleo