A scarf, is a scarf, is a scarf… Nope! There are so many incarnations of this accessory that it's worth test-driving a few in-store to find your perfect one. Not only is it an added layer of warming protection, it can totally change the look of an outfit. I share three of my favourites in today's episode.Read More
It can be difficult to maintain a sane balance when you add holiday festivities to an already busy life; but figuring out what to wear shouldn't be another source of stress. Here are five easy accessory ideas to amp up your existing go-to evening outfits.Read More
Our most recent issue of The Style Guide focused on Intergalatic style – fashion that referenced outer space whether overtly (like Atelier Wonder's rocket & galaxy prints) or subtly (like Mikhael Kale's patent leather details).
As an extension of the issue, I was thrilled to sit as a judge for the Mercedes Benz Star Up competition for Disney where six designers created designs inspired by the iconic Star Wars. The following morning I brought a few of the entries, along with the winning design, to The Morning Show for an exclusive look. Here's a look at the segmentRead More
The deep freeze of winter is upon us, but no need to fret, cozy layers can make all the difference to stay stylish and warm. One of my favourite sweater styles this season (and always, really) is the turtleneck. There is so much variety in style that it serves many different looks: James Bond, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, the Olsen twins and Olivia Palermo, the style is an enduring classic. Here are 5 of my favourite turtlenecks.Read More
It can be so difficult to squeeze in minutes to ourselves; there is always another task to complete, another item to check off the list; but it's well worth to put yourself on that list, the benefits of downtime are well recorded: more restful sleep, improved mood, increased focus, the list goes on. We tend to be all or nothing – a weekend retreat is necessary to unwind, we'll wait until our next vacation to unplug, but consistent small breaks are more impactful, lasting and necessary than a major time out. Even five minutes to breathe consciously will make all the difference. Here are 5 of my favourite ways to unwind.Read More
It was such a pleasure to spend time with Lisa Mattam in a casual conversation over treats and tea at Marvel Coffee. Her dedication to her beauty line Sahajan, with its Ayurvedic foundation, is inspirational and in sync with The Style House and our attempt to live a life of beauty, simplicity and conscious moments of gratitude. We had to edit for time but she has many gems to share – like the time Tom Brady tried her hair oil in his beard and launching at TIFF. Check out today's episode in which Lisa talks beauty but also finding those moments of joy.Read More
I was thrilled to sit as a judge for this year's Mercedes-Benz Start-Up competition sponsored by Disney Star Wars ™. It was a total honour to sit alongside Roger Christian, Academy Award winning set decorator and the creator of the iconic lightsaber and R2D2, and Disney executives Peter Noonan and Fofi Samaras to select the winning designer entry. It seemed especially fitting as we had already begun to work on this "Intergalactic" themed issue – a look at space-influence style. Let us know what you think of issue 003. Visit the link below to view in issuu.
A long time fan of these two industry veterans, it was my great honour to be asked to be the official campaign model for this amazing collaboration of brands. To celebrate Over the Rainbow's 40th Anniversary Paige Denim designed an exclusive Verdugo skinny jean. I was so excited to be among such fashion heavy-hitters, the fact that the skinny jeans with plaid patchwork are right up my style alley is icing on the (birthday) cake.
Here's a look behind the scene of our shoot, along with some words from Paige Adams-Geller about her inspiration for the design.
So, like a good student, you’ve done it all. Closets and drawers are tidy & organized, get started on your joyful wardrobe revolution, you may still wake up and feel like “I have nothing to wear” which isn’t true of course, but when you’re just not feeling inspired it seems very real. We all have those days when nothing you put on seems to work. So in today’s video, I share three beyond easy ways to put together an outfit when it just feels like you have nothing to wear.Read More
I hope that I haven’t made it seem that I’m all that serious when it comes to clothes; I still love to get dressed and even indulge in shopping now & then. The difference now is that each purchase is a conscious decision. I decide at the store if it’s an item that I truly love, can see myself wearing and how – specifically, with which items that I already own will I wear it with? “D’uh of course” you may think, it sounds like a no-brainer but take a look (or think back to items) that hung in your closet with the tags still on or ever saw the light of day and that’s your personal badge of unconscious shopping.Read More
So here’s the thing, unless you plan to give it all up and take a pilgrimage to an isolated mountain somewhere, we need to get dressed everyday – even then you have to prepare for changing climates at the mountaintop and what to wear when foraging... Clothing is necessary. Smart shopping is a choice and a strong, stylish wardrobe starts with a solid rotation of basics is will maximize your outfit options and help you to make smarter choices when you do buy something new.Read More
As a stylist, style personality and editor I’ve spent many years chasing, writing and talking about fashion and trends. Even as a style professional (or maybe especially so), no matter how full my closet, I was always seeking the next perfect piece, the next purchase. The volume of clothes was overwhelming and no matter how frequently I purged and donated, it seemed like I was on a hamster wheel of rotating clutter.Read More
Last week the Australian-based Ever New Melbourne opened its Canadian flagship location at the Eaton Centre. To celebrate the occasion, Kate Quail Business Development Manager of Global Markets, along with several team members, made the trip from way, way across the pond and held a fab party hosted by yours truly. It was my great pleasure to welcome guests, select my top picks for 'Casual Chic' and 'Party Perfect' occasions and introduce Kate to the excited crowd.
Ever New has a great selection of work appropriate pieces and fun evening wear and the price is right. As I often say in my segments, versatility is key and so my picks for the Ever New party were pieces that I could image wearing in a variety of ways. The blush turtleneck sweater was one of my faves and came home with me – it's a great transitional piece. It's perfect for now to warm up summer staples like these high waist shorts but will be a cozy fall favourite layered over a thin knit or under a jacket.
According to Stats Canada, in 2013, 60% of 20-34 year olds were only moderately active during leisure time and 40% were considered completely inactive.
MEC Outdoor Nation. A grown up campout that invites young adults to socialize under the stars and present innovative solutions to spread the love to get up, get moving and get outside to their fellow youth. MEC will provide $10,000 in funding for the selected grassroots ideas that emerge from the weekend.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015. Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I was never much of a camper, though I did endure a week at an all-girls and even made the trek up to Algonquin (hardcore, I know). But, despite my inclination toward creature comforts, growing up, my summers were spent almost entirely outdoors – bike riding, baseball, swimming and exploring. I’ve always loved being outside but I get how unscheduled leisurely days eventually give way to deadlines and commitments. I’ve found that the right gear can really make all the difference, especially when you’re (re)introducing outdoor activity into your life.
A smartwatch like, the super sleek, Garmin Vivoactive Activity Tracker ($330) not only tracks your movement and allows you to create goals but it will even buzz to alert you when you’ve been inactive for an hour. A stylish motivator to get moving. Nike Zoom Wildhorse GTX Trail runners ($165) are ultralight and have tapered lugs that can handle trails and rainy-day running. Adidas Supernova tights ($62) look too cool yet ergonomic fit and wicking fabric offer practical comfort. Tough food-grade stainless steel makes this Klean Kanteen Wide Stainless Steel bottle ($29) perfect for rugged, outdoor adventures (photo above). All available at MEC.
The promise of live bands, catered cuisine and swag bag is enough to get even non-campers sourcing sleeping bags. Barebones Forest LED Rechargeable lantern ($85) has a USB output to charge your phone and burns clean electrons instead of kerosene. No need to sacrifice the comforts of civilization, enjoy a cup of tea in this double-walled, stainless steel Innate Camp cup ($17). Organize a game of cards and brush up your survival skills with these Mountaineers “The Don’t Get Lost Out There!” cards ($10). All available at MEC.
Get up. Get Moving. Get Outside. Repeat.
I recently chatted with Liza and Jeff about a trend that is emerging in fashion: upscale thrifting. Although, it isn't really new at all – consignment and vintage have always been viable shopping options – the landscape of the industry is changing. More and more boutiques are popping up under the category of upscale resale or luxury resale: meaning that the selection is well edited, the quality standard is very high and designer labels are found in abundance. It's gaining popularity as an environmentally and socially responsible way to shop without sacrificing labels or trends. Here's a look at the segment:
Two Steven & Chris viewers recently wrote the show to request a makeover and I was honoured to act as stylist alongside hair guru Kristjan Hayden. Romessa & Shannon were so lovely to work with: kind, funny and, best of all, willing to try something new!
For Romessa's look we were inspired by style queen Kerry Washington and for Shannon's boho babe Sienna Miller. Rather than try to create a carbon copy of the actresses, we were instead influenced by key elements – such as colour choices and pattern mixing, and re-interpreted them to suit the women. The best part was definitely the huge smile on Romessa's & Shannon's faces when they walked out to show off their new looks to the audience. You can watch the episode here.
Last week I challenged Rosey & Liza on The Morning Show to spot the item(s) that cost $25, or less, in a fun game show style segment; proving that great style doesn't have to cost a bundle. Play along and see if you can spot the finds! (And for extra points – I scored the maxi dress I'm wearing on sale at Anthropologie for $45!)
On a recent segment with The Morning Show Rosey fessed up to me that her purse is a mess – so was mine! It can be tough for busy gals to edit purse contents when we're always on the go: winter gear, makeup, receipts, on & on; most purses really do earn the term carryall; but it's a good idea lighten your load (experts suggest no more than ten pounds – max) to avoid shoulder, neck & back discomfort or injury. To prep for the show, I dove into my market research to find the best (and most stylish) organizational accessories to curb handbag clutter once and for all. As we ran a little short on time, I had a few of you ask me to recap what was shown in the segment– here are the key pieces to keep your purse in check:
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Moleskin Memo Pockets ($13).
Aldo "astrianni" bucket bag ($50).
Virginia Johnson "arina" pouch ($95).
Sakao eather cable bands ($10 for 2 at Etsy).
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Saje Natural Wellness pocket pharmacy ($50).
Delfonics zip case and cardholder ($35 and $20 each at Monocle).
Handcrafted Folk "Write What Should Not Be Forgotten" journal ($7 at Etsy).
Danier "Melanie" bucket bag ($149).
Bottom Row (left to right)
Go Travel mobile power bank and USB ($30 at Bentley).
Tweezerman mini brow rescue kit ($32).
Pai travel kit ($37).
Fancy it Pretty "Kiss & Makeup" cosmetic bag (sold out, Etsy).
Dr. Martens coin purse ($25).
It was the spa-like roster of naturopathy, acupuncture, massage, sound healing, yoga, meditation that lured me in. Though I had heard of the Spectrum Recovery Program at Helix Healthcare Group as a global leader in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse and addiction – I was more interested in the "lighter" fare offered through the Catalyst Wellness Program: a little pampering, maybe a whirl with a wellness treatment that I'd never heard of. What I didn't expect was that Catalyst Wellness can be much more than a decadent time-out. Yes you may book individual appointments for any treatment, but Catalyst Wellness is actually designed as a highly individualized program, based on neuroscience, made to enhance the day-to-day relationship with oneself and their environment.
What this looks like is a team of leaders from different disciplines who work together to design a program to help the client move beyond blockages. For example Person A suffering from anxiety may be referred to a certain psychologist, yoga class and sound therapy, whereas Person B suffering from the same dis-ease may respond better to a different psychologist, acupuncture and naturopathy.
Curious, I jumped at the opportunity to try Sound Therapy. As I lay comfortably propped on the floor with cushions & blanket – melodic pitches & vibrations emanated from large singing bowls which I could gently feel through my body. I left the session feeling as though something had... shifted. I couldn't place my finger on anything specific but I had a certain sense of resolution and lightness. After the treatment, in a meeting with some of Helix's team leaders, they suggested that within every one of us there are limitations that we take with us [from past experiences] and as a result we're not living to our full potential in some areas – the treatments offered are designed to lift these limitations or at least draw awareness to the fact that they exist. Like a spa for the mind, body & soul.
For mini respite, listen to the guided meditation below shared by Helix Healthcare Group.
Knowing my plan to kick off 2015 with a wellness cleanse, my good friend and founder of the luxury green beauty e-boutique Petal & Post, Jamie MacLean challenged me to take my intention to the next level: each month of the year, take the time to understand one of the "Dirty Dozen" cosmetic chemicals as named by David Suzuki.
Jamie explained to me that finding truly authentic green beauty products is becoming more and more difficult as savvy marketers get away with "green washing" and, as a result, far too many "natural" brands on the market are simply posers. And so, this challenge is a way to empower myself (and maybe you) to understand ingredient names so we can at least identify the dirty dozen as a starting point.
First up: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) – Closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservative.
- Start by auditing the bathroom. Have a look at your moisturizers.
- Commit to keeping a watch out for BHA & BHT the next time you are shopping.
Feeling pretty confident as a mostly "clean" shopper I was surprised to find BHT listed as an ingredient in one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE body moisturizers! Say it ain't so!
Recognizing my look of "I don't think I can (read: want) to do this", Jamie quickly introduced me to Neom 'Burst of Energy' an organic, ethically sourced, lotion softly scented with grapefruit, lemon & rosemary.
Okay I'm listening again.
Month by month, discover with me the ingredients to avoid and their natural alternatives. I make no promises to make the switch (I hear that my lipstick may be a real doozy, but as neither BHT or BHA are listed in the ingredients, I'm not ready to go there yet).
In the meantime, take a look at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the largest online database (and Skin Deep app) of more than 70,000 products, and see how your fave products fare.
I know it won't be easy but I'm interested. Challenge accepted.