A Walk on the Wild Side: Leopard Print Coats

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Photography: Andrew Sousa

When shopping for a coat, we tend to stick to the basics. Play it safe. Opt for shades of grey, somber black, or bright winter whites. But why not be daring? In a season when the weather is gloomy, have some fun with your outerwear.

The easiest way to do that? Just walk on the wild side, with a leopard print coat. It’s luxurious, bold, and great for bundling up in style. Not to mention, the New York Times Style Magazine stated in their August issue that “leopard, the naughtiest of prints, is back in fashion. But the look is tailored and covered up”. So with a green light from the fashion Gods, it’s time to try this new trend. Here are three things to keep in mind when picking up the right piece:

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Photography: Andrew Sousa

Keep it Cool with the Colour: You may never see a real leopard sporting blue spots, but your coat should be! Try to stay away from the classic brown/camel combination that animal-printed fabrics tend to have. Going for something that’s of a different (yet subtle) shade will add sartorial flair, rather than have you looking like you’re wearing your prey. The perfect example? The Ann Taylor LOFT coat that I’m also wearing in this post.

Be Picky with Pattern: Play around with size and scale. While a smaller print can be elegant and delicate, a larger one can be more modern and edgy. This Michel Kors coat is ideal, abstracting a classic and adapting it for everyday life. Throw on some jeans and black leather boots and you’ll look like you just walked off the pages of a magazine.

Envision the Ensemble: When putting it all together, be mindful of the details. The coat should be the star of the show just like a leopard in the wild, so don’t steal its spotlight. Pair it with denim, dress pants, and solid coloured tops. When it comes to pattern,  stripes or houndstooth (like the skirt pictured above) are your best bet –nothing too busy.

Now that you’re armed with advice, get out there and hunt down your coat!

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A special thank you to Andrew Sousa for taking the photographs for this post. To see more of his great work, visit: http://www.sousaphotography.webs.com

Dressing for the Races!

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Horse races: they’re fast, fun, and a chance for you to put your best fashion forward.  So while the stallions are galloping around the track, you can strut around in the finest of frocks. I say this because attending the Queen’s Plate is a yearly tradition for my friends and I, and always a chance to come up with something new to wear. Here are some tips that can help you turn into a track-side sweetheart who not only wins her bets, but also the admiration of equally stylish guests.

The Best Dress: We all love a flattering, form-fitting dress but this is not the place to sport it because horse races are prestigious events, not a downtown dance floor. So instead, opt for ones that taper at the waist and flare out at the hemline –a perfect 1950’s silhouette.

Choose the Shoes Wisely: As tempting as stilettos may be, stay away and slip on wedges, platforms, or flats! There’s a whole lot of walking to do –from that far-away parking lot to the red carpet, the pre-race festivities to the stands, and everything in between. Clearly, comfort has to come first.

Head-Turning Hats: Wearing a hat is a staple for the races –and the bigger, the better! Choose fun shapes and interesting colours. Better yet, opt for a fascinator that is worthy of royal envy.

For Your Eyes Only: While it may be easy to assume that a wide-brimmed hat can keep the sun out of your eyes, think again! Leave sunglasses behind and you’ll also squint your way through photos and say goodbye to seeing that winning horse race across the finish line –especially if you’re wearing a fascinator that offers no shade. To avoid this, wear sunnies that complement your dress and are simple enough blend in with an already eclectic ensemble.

 

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Dare to Wear: Denim Overalls

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While frilly sundresses and skirts are always fun to wear when the temperatures rise, there’s something even better about sporting an unexpected piece. This season, overalls are making a comeback. So buckle up a pair and strut over to all your summer activities decked out in denim. Here’s how to style them for whatever your social agenda has in store:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game:  Hit a fashion home run the next time you’re in the stands by wearing overalls. Sure, it’s not your typical shorts-and-a-tee combo but this style curve-ball will turn heads. To make your mark, pair them with a cap,  jeweled baseball shirt a la J Crew, and your favourite Converse sneakers. It’s a combination that keeps things casual for the game, yet cool enough for celebratory drinks if your team wins!

The Backyard BBQ: Between the burgers and beverages, your outfit also needs to be on point! So whether you’re hosting or attending a summer BBQ, dress to impress. Wear the overalls with a patterned top, statement necklace, and a great pair of sandals — no heels or wedges here. Sinking in to the grass is not a good look!

Downtown Patio Dining: This is where you can take things to the next level. To fit in with the chic city-center crowd, throw on a silk collared blouse underneath, and chunky-heeled shoes on your feet. This pair from Zara is perfect — they’ll elevate the casual denim for a fancy night out!

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Welcome Summer with Sunny Frames from Warby Parker

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When we think of summer, we often associate the warmer weather it brings with shorter hemlines, long weekends, and parties by the pool. But the fun doesn’t have to end there! You can jazz up your eye-wear. That’s right, make a spectacle of yourself and sport frames in daring colors, and cool shapes to match your sunny disposition. With endless prescription frames and sunnies to choose from, Warby Parker has you (and your eyes) covered!

Known for their affordable men and women’s glasses that don’t sacrifice style for price, the American company is based online, but opened a number of showrooms,  and recently expanded to the Canadian market. How great is that, eh? And because with every pair purchased one is also donated to someone in need, why not stock up on a few –a splurge you can finally feel good about! Here are four styles from their newly launched Summer Collection 2014 that are sure to suit your taste:

For the Guys:

Green With Envy: Tinted in a green shade that promises to make others jealous, the Ormsby Whiskey Tortoise frames will look great paired with a denim shirt, khaki chinos, and slim loafers.

Timless with a Twist: The rectangular shape of the Mitchell Olivewood frames is a classic! Sure, we’ve seen this style worn by scholars, celebrities, and the cool downtown crowd, but you’ll fall for these glasses’ amber shade, reminiscent of tropical sunsets. Throw on colored shorts, and a laid-back white tee for an effortless look.

And the Gals:

Spot On!: With a rounded shape and brightly speckled texture, these playful Lyle Hanalei Tortoise frames are a statement piece on their own! So when planning your outfit, stick with neutral and patternless frocks from head to toe. But if you dare walk on the wild side (as these glasses should inspire you to), wear them with a fun denim romper!

Show Your Stripes: The Banks Striped Sassfras are sunglasses fit for a diva! To play up the glamor that they evoke, opt for a white button-up blouse tucked into a midi pleated skirt for an outfit that is oh-so-Audrey Hepburn.

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Let There Be Light: Wearing Winter Whites

WinterwhiteBecause there’s still snow on the ground and temperatures are refusing to climb, I’m going to assume that it’s perfectly acceptable to publish a winter post. And what better way to beat the cold weather blues than by talking about fashion! Sure, we’re all stuck wearing our puffy parkas and cankle-inducing  snow boots, but there are ways to snap out of this wardrobe slump.

How? By sporting the classic winter-white outfit. This can be tricky, so follow these simple rules and you’ll be showing winter who’s boss.

Texture and Layer: We’ve already established that mother nature unleashes her wrath in winter with teeth-chattering cold, so the key to making this look work is layers. You can’t just throw on a top and coat and be on your way. Instead, try a crisp white-collared shirt, cable knit sweater, and cashmere or wool coat. Layering will not only keep you from turning into a (stylish) icicle, but the different textures and materials will make you the master of sartorial flair.

Be Shady: Alright, the look you’re going for needs to be worthy of an editorial spread. So you’ll want to stay away from an ensemble that is so bright and white that it makes people wonder if you swap style tips with Mr. Clean. To achieve the right balance, opt for a combination of off white-hues, beige, and cream.

Accessories:  Though mixing and matching has earned its top spot on the trend list, this is where you’ll want to stick to all things simple. Because you’ll likely be sporting shades of white, choose bags and shoes in a light brown or plain black to avoid looking like a kaleidoscope of colour.

With these tips in tow, you’re ready to rock the snow covered sidewalks!

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Perfect Your Pout with NVME Cosmetics

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There’s a new make-up line in town, and it’s oh so trendy! Toronto gals got their first look at NVME Cosmetics’ full line of lipsticks and lip glosses on Monday night at Jolie Beauty Bar, and then gathered up to make their purchase. Some even left with one in every shade! And how could they not?

This line is different than most others –sisters Melanie Fialho and Viviana Lucas are a hands-on duo who worked on this project from start to finish.They picked the chic hounds-tooth packaging,  sassy scent, and colours to covet! The result? Smooth lipsticks and glosses that nourish your pout, and won’t leave you looking chapped. Oh, and have I mentioned how stylish the tube is? Prepare to be approached by curious fashionistas when you touch-up, ’cause pattern is the new black!

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So pick up a few this holiday season for stocking stuffers that will wow, or as a treat for yourself! To order, email nvmecosmetics@hotmail.com (choose from shades like V.I.P, Wise Girl Kisses, I’m Selfish, and more!) and follow them on Instagram: nvmedolls.

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