December 4th, 2013
You knew the inevitable was coming: an invite to an ugly sweater party.
But with the plethora of options, it seems that finding something that is tacky enough to stand out has become increasingly difficult. This year, you can DIY the fug with with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit ($20), which provides a red sweater, felt accessories (think snowflakes and reindeer), glitter glue, jingle bells, pom poms and a sewing kit. Remember, when going for ugly, more is more.
Because if Bridget Jones taught us anything, it's that true love can be found wearing a reindeer jumper.
$20 online at www.spencersonline.com
December 3rd, 2013
Small details make big impacts.
Take party collars, for instance. A hint of embellishment around the neck takes a simple white tee from ubiquitous to unique.
Faux, fox or fire engine red, a detachable fur collar might just be your best friend this holiday season. These ones ($125) from Pink Tartan, made from the softest rabbit fur and available in ebony and snow white, are all luxe.
Wear yours over a cashmere sweater or silk blouse for a decadent detail that no one will miss.
Pink Tartan, 77 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, 416-967-7700, http://pinktartan.com/ca/
November 26th, 2013
All the pretty girls and boys are donning beenies this fall. It's true, the humble noggin warmer is back.
Just what you need to get ahead this winter. —Athena Tsavliris
At Robber, 863 Queen St W., Toronto, 647-351-0724, http://robberstore.wordpress.com
November 23rd, 2013
Mini Mioche's made-in-Canada and largely unisex line has long been our cure for cartoon clothing phobia.
And its collaboration with The Drake General Store and Shared History is an extra shot of cool (without trying to hard). We love the Eye Heart You eye print (how Kenzo!) and Good Luck horseshoe print (sure to inspire tantrum-free behaviour, right?).
Long sleeve dresses ($45), onsies ($34), Tees ($30) and snug pants ($29, pictured) in sizes 0-6 years will keep 'em covered head-to-toe in organic cotton pieces that stand up to wear and tear remarkably well.
Sorry Dora, this closet is full. —Maria Tallarico
November 20th, 2013
The sort of people who decide these things have decided that red is the colour of the season. Who am I to complain, I positively adore red.
Make Vreeland proud and cover your talons in Chanel Rouge Rubis ($27). Available at Holt Renfrew.
Hello fall flats, ($218) don't mind if I do. At J. Crew.
Fill a Parkhaus felt basket with the season's fashion tomes. Available at Pimlico.
Oh, if you twist my arm, okay then - Ela Handbags ($298).
November 19th, 2013
We're warming up for the big winter freeze with faux furs, chunky knits and cashmere galore.
This charming line of scarves, hats and mitts from Brussels-based Les Inséparables is sure to make it into our stash of woolies. Each delightful piece is made by hand from a blend merino wool, cashmere, and alpaca and exudes a preppy, yet quirky style.
If we're forced to dress for winter, we may as well do it with whimsy. —Athena Tsavliris
Available at Gaspard, 913 Queen W., Toronto, 416-546-7480, http://gaspardshop.com
November 6th, 2013
Winter can't come fast enough now that we have a cashmere bodysuit to slip into every time the temperatures plummet.
From Sartoria, one of Toronto's favourite upcyclers, this luxurious undergarment is inspired by the bathing suit styles of the '20s and slips comfortably underneath whatever you want to wear.
Or, you know, you may just wear a bodysuit, and crank up the heat. —Athena Tsavliris
October 29th, 2013
Matiasma, malocchio, mal de ojo – all over the world, people believe in the power of the evil eye.
The centuries-old motif got a modern makeover when Kenzo covered sweatshirts, shoes and skirts in a monochromatic eye ball print.
Here, in Toronto, we love the way Falconwright is rocking the orb. Imagine, a clutch that looks this good, and wards of meanies, too.
That's worth a wink, at least. —Athena Tsavliris
October 15th, 2013
Punchy accessories can take a girl from plain-Jane to would-ya-look-at-Lucy in an instant.
With zingy colours and tonnes of texture, these necklaces from Parkdale's Cuchara are sure to turn heads.
A little bit of beach and a little bit of city, and a lot of '90s punk, grunge and hip hop is what inspires designer, Edilou Canedo. "Edgy and playful with a dash of elegance," is how she describes her pieces.
See website for stockists, http://cuchara.ca/
October 9th, 2013
As a little girl you dreamed of getting married in something frothy, frilly and white, and now you think Cinderella frocks look more like toilet paper cozies than dream dresses. It's true, your tastes have changed.
For the hip bride seeking a chic, alternative, low-key look for her wedding, search no further than &FORLOVE. Dresses (from $1,200) are designed and made right here in Toronto by creative duo, Angel Spendlove and Julie Forand. The Amy is elegant and the Jessa is bohemian, while the Veronique (pictured) is a modern, clean take on the princess gown you once dreamed of.
Because now we write our own fairytales. —Athena Tsavliris