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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3 Coat Styles to Cozy Up To

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Though it seems far too soon, winter weather is on its way! So when a cardigan or light leather jacket are no longer enough to keep us cozy, it’s time to bundle up in a coat. But often, we choose warmth over style and end up looking like we left the house with a down comforter on.

For all of us who are guilty of it, there are solutions! Yep, you can be warm and fashionable, toasty and trendy, and not one without the other. Here are three styles to keep you on the right track:

The Pretty Puffer: The puffer coat is one of the best options if you want to stay warm –it’s tough enough to make it through a blizzard. But it can also leave you looking like the Michelin Man. To avoid this, opt for a slimmer silhouette that is cut closer to the body and isn’t stuffed with so much down that the rolls threaten to burst. Michael Kors’ take on this classic should do the trick!

In the Trenches: Trench coats are always on trend, whether it’s during the sunnier days of spring or crisp autumn. So why not take it into the winter? Wearing it in a wool version will keep you warm, and the belted waist will add some much needed definition when sporting bulky sweaters. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than ASOS’s textured black coat.

On the Edge: Break all the rules with an edgy coat! Zippers, leather –the more the merrier, and each element adds dimension to to often plain outerwear. You’ll look cool, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be cold. Zara’s rendition is a must-have!

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Back to Basics: 3 Classic Colours for Your Nails

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When it comes to nail polish (and much like other aspects of the modern life) we are faced with endless options! Blues, greens, yellows and even browns are all acceptable shades. Oh and did I mention sparkles, matte top coats, nail decals?  But don’t be like a kid in a candy store and opt for the brightest combination there is. Yeah, it might be fun to sport it for a special event, other than that it’s best to stick to the classics. To help you avoid looking like a kaleidoscope, here are 3 of those colours:

Riveting Red: There’s nothing like red nails! With shades as light as Santa’s suit, even as dark as maroon, they can be seductive and fun, depending on your outfit and the occasion. Needless to say, this colour is versatile and can work well for the office professional to the girl next-door.

Basic Black: This polish shade is no longer punk-appropriate only. It’s dark, decadent, elegant. And speaking from the perspective of someone who likes everything to match, black goes with it all.

Petal Pink: What else is as fresh, simple, and clean as pale pink? Sometimes, barely there shades are best. This little tint can make a big difference, making you look put together.

So throw on a top coat to keep the chips away and you’ll be on your way.

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