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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

Friday
Jun092017

DAD FOR THE WIN | 40 Genius Father's Day Gifts

via Le Château

My dad was the best. He lived his life with heart and joy and boundless energy. He would strike up a conversation with anyone he met and they would inevitably leave feeling happier because my dad just had this way of making people feel special. And it was genuine. He loved people and he just loved life, embracing every invitation and adventure that came his way - and there were many. He told the funniest jokes, the most outlandish stories, made a mean drink, and cared so, so much about his 'girls'.

My dad is gone now and I miss him constantly. I was one of the lucky ones to have a truly great dad and his impact on my life was tremendous. Now that I have kids of my own, I get to see my husband be a great dad like my own dad was. He's funny and caring and patient and thoughtful. He goes away for work but you know that when he's away, all he wants to do is get back to his littles. My son looks like him and acts just like him too, which explains sooo much. Yup, turns out cuteness is a curse (You see, cute + charming means you can pretty much get away with everything because you have your mom wrapped around your adorable little finger. At least I'm aware of it, right? Hmm...better work on that...)

With Father's Day only a week away, I thought I'd do a little pre-shopping. After all, dads deserve a big hand for doing those extra little things that end up meaning the most. Scroll down for 40 fun father's day gifts to help you think outside the box of golf balls this time around. We love you dads!

 

 

 

 

 
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