DIY Sunday: The Jewelled Oxford Shirt

DIYshirtAn Oxford shirt is a classic, whether layered under cardigans or peeking out from cable-knit sweaters. But whichever way you wear it, the collar is often the one that stands out. So why not make it dazzle? Sow on some jewels and skip the need for a necklace  –this DIY will show you how!

Tools:

Thin clear fishing wire

Needle

Assorted flat jewels

Glue stick

Plain Oxford/collared shirt

Steps:

1. Pick out your jewels, and spend some time deciding the pattern in which you will arrange them.

2. Once that’s settled, apply glue to the back of each and stick them in the position that they will be sown. This will prevent them from moving around until they’re secured with the fishing wire.

3. Sow each one on, tying a knot at the end. Cut the thread and voila!

Layer with your favourite frock or tuck it into a skirt for instant glam.

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High-end, low prices: Marshalls Red Carpet event

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If you love high-end brands but hate to pay the price,  Marshalls Canada has a solution! Toronto’s Yonge and Gerrard St.  location is the latest to open its doors and boasts a chic collection of designer purses, shoes, clothes, and accessories at a discount. Lusting for a Balenciaga bag? They have it. Trying to find those Ferragamo flats? Check there. Keeping an eye out for Kate Spade accessories? Look no further.

Their September 3rd Red Carpet Event hosted by Hello Canada Magazine allowed me and other  guests a sneak peek at its freshest fashions, just in time for fall! Trends to try include Oxford shoes in metallic shades, cozy knits in decadent colours, and  small leather backpacks.

So stop by and check out the deals that are in store because in the end, the only things that should be sky-high are the heels you buy –not their price tags.

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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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Photo source: Warby Parker

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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