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Tuesday

4

September 2012

Inspired By: Katharine Hepburn

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Get inspired by Katharine Hepburn

With another Autumn on the horizon, it’s time to get inspired and soak up all this life has to offer. Take a cue from Katharine Hepburn, who taught us several principles of consequence:

  • Love has nothing to do with what you expect to get, only with what you expect to give — which is everything.
  • Life is meant to be lived.
  • Wide-leg pants should be worn habitually.
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Wednesday

11

July 2012

Inspired By: Grace Kelly

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Inspired by: Grace Kelly

We can learn many lessons from Grace Kelly. Here are three for today:

  1. Don’t over-accessorize.
  2. True beauty is timeless.
  3. Proper posture is everything.
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Wednesday

28

March 2012

Hope Hearts: Wearable Prints for Spring

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Maybe it’s my old soul or my affinity for all things 1970s, but I’m absolutely loving so much of the digital print clothing and accessories that are wardrobe ready for Spring and Summer 2012. I’m constantly clothing myself in blacks and neutrals, so an injection of colour — in the form of a few wearable prints — is precisely what my closet needs.

My favourite picks for pattern? Here are just a few of the gems I’ve found so far:

 

  • Matthew Williamson Tokyo Faze printed washed silk gown: Like Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson is a British designer who’s successfully styling digital print into some of the most beautiful clothing. I’m loving this washed-silk maxi dress decorated with Tokyo’s skyline. It’s almost ombré effect maximizes the length of this column gown and the colour combined with the dress’s shape is spot-on for this Spring and Summer. ($1450, Net-A-Porter)
  • Burberry Raffia printed wedge shoes: Also on my love list this year? What Burberry is doing with raffia. Seriously. Check out these preppy, pretty loafers set atop a super stylish printed wedge. Raffia and leather upper, a darling peep toe, with a 5 and a half inch tall printed wedge heel, these statement shoes can be paired with everything from boyfriend jeans to summer dresses. ($1195, Neiman Marcus)
  • Proenza Schouler PS1 printed canvas and leather clutch: Every girl wants a PS1, and this new Spring/Summer 2012 variation on the must-have PS1 clutch is no exception. The tropical-print canvas is bright, and looks retro against camel-coloured leather. While the bag certainly has contemporary lines, this Proenza Schouler clutch is a classic. Make it the focal point of your look by pairing it with all black, or keep things on-trend by mixing patterns and clashing your look. ($925, Net-A-Porter)

 

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Friday

17

February 2012

Hope Hearts: The Best Blue Clothing

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Ah, blue. If you’re a woman who can really wear this colour, then more power to you. Cobalt blue and midnight blue are two variations of the hue that convey strength, confidence, and creativity. And this time of year, when the weather is dreary and the sun doesn’t appear as often as we’d all like, a bright blue is one colour that you can effectively incorporate into your wardrobe that will really liven things up. Some of the best blue clothing out there, in my opinion?

I love these high-waisted, drop crotch, silk crepe pants from Australian designer Kit Willow’s namesake line. These pants are borderline trendy, but the high waist and crepe fabric give them staying power. Paired with anything from a simple tee to your favourite black blazer, these pants by Willow are winners in my book. (Willow high-waisted pants, $495, Net-A-Porter)

Also on my radar is this Lela Rose fringed organza dress. I’m a HUGE fan of party dresses that aren’t strapless, and this Lela Rose dress fits the bill. Effortlessly elegant, this is one of those dresses you can just slip on and go. Minimal accessorizing required, as the tiered fringing and patterned organza really speak for themselves. (Lela Rose fringed organza dress, $1695, Net-A-Porter)

This colour-block dress by A.L.C. is an edgy alternative for work, and makes colour-blocking easy. My favourite part is the viscose/silk fabric composition. Talk about comfort. (A.L.C. Betsee dress, $645, Net-A-Porter)

If you’re like me and you wear a lot of black, it’s always nice to have some separates in bold colours to spice up your look. This draped silk-crepe top by Willow (see above) is done in such an interesting cut and would wear well with anything from a maxi skirt to black skinnies and a blazer. (Willow draped top, $425, Net-A-Porter)

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Tuesday

24

January 2012

Get Inspired: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Jackie O taught us several things that are important to remember:

 

  1. Always be a lady.
  2. A strand of pearls and the right neckline make your look.
  3. Remember to look up.

 

 

 

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Thursday

5

January 2012

Kate Middleton Announces Charities of Choice

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Announced just days before her 30th birthday, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, has revealed the British charities that she will support in the coming year. It comes really as no surprise that Kate is putting her support behind charities that focus on the arts (she has a degree in Art History, hello) and children.

Kate will act as patron for the following British charities in 2012:

 

  • The Art Room: A charity based in Oxford, The Art Room uses art as therapy to increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence in children.
  • The National Portrait Gallery: Founded in 1856, The National Portrait Gallery features more than 160,00 portraits of famed Britons from the 16th Century to today.
  • Action on Addiction: Action on Addiction is a charity that helps combat addiction through research, treatment, professional education, and support for those affected.
  • East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices: EACH cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions, and provides support for their families.
  • Scouts Association: A former Brownie herself, The Duchess will be helping with local cub packs and beaver colonies.
Completely admirable. Look forward to seeing her work throughout the coming year!
Photo credit: Hello! Magazine

 

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Friday

22

July 2011

The Hudson Room Classic White Shirt

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I’ve preached endlessly on the importance of a classic white shirt; no closet is complete without at least one — or two, or three — in attendance. The white blouse was number two on my Every Woman Top 10 Essentials list last year, and it’s timelessness is something that won’t ever change. From Audrey Hepburn to the late Princess Di, the classic white shirt is one for the ages.

You can imagine how thrilled I was to come across the perfect white shirt during a recent visit to The Bay. While in the past I’ve recommended J.Crew’s version of the white shirt, methinks I’ve got a new favourite. Part of The Bay’s Hudson Room® collection, this classic white shirt is composed of crisp 100 percent cotton. It’s developed with non-iron technology (more on that momentarily), for a consistently crisp appearance and feel. There is seam tape on all the stress points which helps to eliminate puckering in the fabric, and this shirt has high-quality “unbreakable” buttons. Basically, this is one high-quality shirt.

[For those of you wondering about non-iron technology: Garments can be chemically treated in a finish that sticks to the fibres. Most often, it’s baked on, and with washing and normal wear over time, this treatment wears off. It’s almost like the finish on a teflon pan, which lasts a while but eventually wears away.]

The fit of a Hudson Room® classic shirt is just that: Classic. Hudson Room® shirts are available in both fitted and relaxed (my preference is relaxed), and they come with regular buttons cuffs or french cuffs. The relaxed fit shirt has a back box pleat which gives it that extra “borrowed from the boys” appeal. Overall, a fantastic find. And for less than 50 dollars, you can’t beat it, really. Some styles are even on sale right now for less than 20 dollars!

Not Canadian? Not a problem. You can shop online at thebay.com.

 

Hudson Room® Classic Fit White Shirt, regular $44.99, The Bay

 

 

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Thursday

24

March 2011

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

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A woman just as famous for her tumultuous relationships as she was for her seductive style, Elizabeth Taylor was undeniably one of the most influential artists of her time.

Someone who was dedicated to many worthwhile causes, Elizabeth Taylor was one of those rare women who was not only beautiful externally, but on the inside as well.

She will be missed.

 

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Tuesday

15

March 2011

Get Inspired: Etro Spring 2011 Ready To Wear Collection

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As long as my memory can recall, I’ve always had a love for Etro. The Italian fashion house has always been the epitome of classic 1970s style. (Think Victoria Principal as Pam on Dallas.) But don’t for a second let that make you think the label’s designs are outdated. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Kean Etro, who heads Etro’s menswear collections, and Veronica Etro, who directs the Italian brand’s womenswear, have always stayed true to their roots. Founded in 1968, Etro has been a long-standing example of 70s style. And the ironic thing is, even though each collection is charged with a serious vintage vibe, Etro designs are timeless. And the Spring/Summer 2011 collection is no exception.

Overflowing with centre parts, heavily lined eyes, vibrant colours, platform wedge sandals, and lots of heavy accessories, the Spring 2011 Etro collection is a dream for any woman wanting to get her glam on. While there were no sequins or flashes of gold, Etro’s ready to wear offerings merged the label’s famous prints with a tribal twist and some serious geometrics for a collection that is both bold and beautiful.

Check out the full collection on Style.com.

 

Images courtesy Style.com

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Monday

14

March 2011

Hot Hues for Spring ’11

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I’m constantly preaching the power of an anything-but-basic little black dress. And while that’s good and fine the entire year through, let’s face it: Sometimes a girl just needs to infuse a little colour into her life.

One thing I never cease to get excited about each Spring is colour. It’s almost as though new green leaves, fresh flower blooms, and blue skies permeate their way into our wardrobes, giving way to some seriously stylish opportunities. Now, to be real, there are certain colours that certain women should not wear, and I trust by this point that you understand what colours flatter your complexion, hair colour, and eye colour. A quick re-cap:

 

  • Fair complexion, blond hair, blue eyes – You look divine in the brightest ocean blues and turquoise, and orange.
  • Fair complexion, blond hair, green or brown eyes – You look lovely in citrus-y yellows and bubble gum pinks.
  • Fair complexion, brown or black hair, brown eyes – You look fantastic in vibrant hues of blue, turquoise, and green, as well as orange.
  • Tanned complexion, brown (or bottle blonde) hair, brown eyes – You can pretty much wear whatever you want.
Shop the Look:
Jonathan Saunders Sherrand printed cotton-twill dress, $1325, Net-A-Porter
Herve Leger contrast-neck dress, $1450, Neiman Marcus
Gucci Tasseled crepe dress, $1520, Net-A-Porter
Tory Burch Abagail Silk Habutai dress, about $362, Nordstrom

 

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