Spring Fashion Must-Haves

The Best Picks For When The Weather Turns Warm

Spring Fashion Must-Haves

Judging by the weather out there, it seems like spring is a long way off but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump start on the season’s fashions! All my favourite stores are swapping out the deep, rich shades of fall and winter with the brights and pastels that scream SPRINGTIME. It might not be in the air just yet, but spring is definitely in stores and on my mind.

The looks on the spring fashion runways featured some super-trendy pieces (like crop tops and wide-leg trousers), but there were loads of pieces we’ve seen before and — most importantly — pieces that never go out of style.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your spring wardrobe, I’ve got six picks I know you’ll love!

  • The uber-flattering, super-chic trench coat is an absolute spring-style staple. Opt for neutral colours for the ultimate in versatility or go for fun patterns and bright colours if you want a conversation-starter. A belted trench will cinch your waist, and waterproof styles will keep you cute and dry in the spring air. Grab a great pair of wellies and a cute umbrella too, because April showers are a thing you guys.
  • A boxy blouse is going to be the most-worn item in your wardrobe this spring, and fall, and winter and ALWAYS. Dressier than a tee but less stuffy than a button-down blouse, a boxy-blouse or “shift blouse” is figure flattering and easy to wear. Throw it on over your favourite cropped skinnies or tuck it into a pencil skirt, you can cover it with a blazer and dress it up or down as needed. A cream blouse will go with anything, but prepare to see lots in pastels and grab one in every colour because that is how awesome they are.
  • Treat your toes to a cute pair of pointy-toed flats in a neutral shade like bone or sand to elongate your legs without heels. Pair them with cuffed skinnies and that trench coat and you’ll be channeling Audrey Hepburn while you’re running (or Zombie-walking) to Starbucks on Saturday morning.
  • Floral ANYTHING because spring and flowers are synonymous. If you’re not a huge print-wearer, consider picking up a floral bib-necklace or a scarf with a subtle print. If you’re ready to go big or go home, why not grab a floral pencil skirt or maxi dress? Swoon!
  • A bit less expensive than all new clothes, why not grab some bright nail polishes and wear the colours of spring on your fingers and toes? Radiant Orchid might be the colour of 2014, but spring fashion trends showed a lot of pastels, and grassy greens are a fun alternative to blues for your pedicure this spring.
  • Need to edge-up that floral piece? Grab a cropped moto jacket and rejoice knowing they’re here to stay! Black will always, always be chic but I’m in luuuurve with my pleather moto jacket in a creamy, butterscotch-y beige.

Wanna snag these pieces?

  1.  Gap Classic Trench Coat, $128 (Protip: check a Factory Store for better prices!!)
  2.  Forever 21 Pleated woven top, $21.80 (look for blouses with a boxy shape)
  3.  Aldo Martinik Flats, $40.00
  4.  Floral Pencil Skirt. This one is Vivienne Westwood, but check and for similar pieces at reasonable prices… unless the $664 price tag doesn’t scare you. (It’s so pretty!)
  5.  Deborah Lippman Polishes, $21.00 each at Sephora
  6.  Mossimo Women's Ponte Zippered Front Moto JacketON SALE $16, Target Stores and online

I know you're still cold (it's snowing right now), so don't forget check out how to look cute while you're dressing warmly and maybe even take advantage of the cold by using this trick to clean your jeans


Trendy Tresses: Rock a Close-Cropped Cut

Because Pixie—BY DEFINITION—Means Flirty and Feminine!

Trendy Tresses: Rock a Close-Cropped Cut

It annoys me to no end that people still think short hair on women is masculine. I mean, seriously. Have they been under rocks forever? There is something incredibly chic and oh-so-sexy about pixie-length cuts—not to mention the proverbial balls it takes to go from long to short. So, kudos to gals like Julianne Hough and Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Ginnifer Goodwin, who’ve made pixies among the most popular hair trends of late.

Much like mid-length cuts, there really is a cut for every face.

 The Cut That's Flattering For Every Face Shape

It’s all about working with your stylist to determine what works with your particular face shape, what features you really want to play up (or minimize), and, of course, what works with the texture of your hair and the lifestyle you lead. The downside to short hair is that it needs to be styled every day, but the positive aspect is that it usually doesn’t take much time.

The pixies of today seem to be close cropped on the sides (sometimes even with undercuts), with longer layers on top, and framing the face. If you’re not *quite* ready to plunge into pixie-territory, a short, asymmetrical bob might be just the ticket! Every time I see the femininity and sex-appeal in a great cropped style, I seriously consider rushing to my stylist.


If you’re thinking of a pixie-length style, ask your stylist for face framing layers, and length in the layers on top. Don’t simply ask for a pixie either—pixies are often considered the shortest, closest-cut styles. Bring some photos and talk to your stylist about what you’re envisioning, what you want, and how much time you have to style it.

Now, be inspired:

Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Hough's are my favourites in this roundup, but Frankie Sandford's asymmetrical cut is fantastic!

So tell me—would you chop it all off?

Want more stylish trends? Check out the 2014 Colour of the Year and my fashion picks for when you want to feel like an Olympic Medalist


GGoodwin Photo: JKING/Mawson/FAMEFLYNET




FSandford Photo: Gangster#1/


Fashion Favourites From the 2014 Oscars Red Carpet

All The Pretty Dresses

Fashion Favourites From the 2014 Oscars Red Carpet


SO MANY PRETTY DRESSES. That’s pretty much how I felt all night last night, and also like I should have knocked my child out somehow, because he was still bouncing around like nobody’s business come 10 pm. I’ll be regretting that all day, I can tell. The red carpet is my favourite part of the Oscars for two reasons: one, pretty, and two, I can’t stay awake much later than that. I managed to keep my eyes open long enough to see Jared Leto’s speech (Jared, call me!), Pharrell’s performance (which triggered and impromptu living room jammies dance party), and Frozen take home Best Animated Feature, and then I decided it was time for F to go to bed and I fell asleep lying with him. So. Oops.

For a stretch of time, I felt like all the dresses we were seeing were kind of snore-worthy and in spite of having a really hard time narrowing down my favourites, I have to say, I felt overall like the dresses weren’t as exciting as in year’s past. Maybe I’m just grumpy from lack of sleep.

Hands down, Lupita Nyong’o’s dress was my favourite last night. She looked absolutely stunning, and you just can’t not love her when you hear her explain how the colour “brings her home” to Nairobi. Love. A lot of people didn’t love the headband, but I thought she looked sensational from head to toe. Also, LOOK AT HER ARMS! Amazing.

Cate Blanchett was a vision (no surprise there) in her sequined gown, and I loved vintage-y waves. I’m fairly confident this woman just never goes wrong.

Sandra Bullock’s dress could arguably fall into the “too safe” category, but I thought she knocked it out of the park in that silhouette, and the deep navy is stunning against her skin. Plus, it’s Sandra Bullock and she’ll always have a place in my heart post-Miss Congeniality.

Hate is a strong word, but that’s kind of how I felt about Emma Watson’s hair, for some reason. Her dress, on the other hand, was amazing.

Viola Davis looked incredible in that teal-y green number, although I do have to admit that I’m not totally head-over-heels for the satin-y finish. She was gorgeous either way though. AND THAT HAIR. Swoon.

Kelly Ripa’s dress was so cute! The colour is absolutely stunning on her and I like the neckline and sleevesthe red carpet is always inundated with sleevelessness. The white train is a fun extra, too.


Jennifer Garner is one of my favourite actresses, so I was sad that I didn’t love her dress. I’ll just wait here while you send a firing squad. Maybe it was the neckline? I’m not sure. She looks beautiful (it’s actually impossible for her not to), but the dress just isn’t doing it.

Since I spent the evening in snow-leopard pajamas and a watermelon-printed towel on my head, I really don’t think I should pass judgment on these dresses, but here you have it . . . 

Julia Roberts’ dress made me think of a witch costume with the lace coming up the bust and the weird peplum. As another one of my favourite actresses, it makes me sad to even be saying this.

It could be that I don’t love Anne Hathaway, but I really don’t love this dress. I don’t love the whole look, actually. She’s so . . . stiff. And that shape is tired on hershe wore it last year, too.  

My least-favourite look of the night was Anna Kendrick’s. The back of her dress was cute, but as a whole it was really confusing. The one short side, the ruffles, the cutouts? I dunno. Maybe I *am* grumpy? 


See what our own editor Ali's red carpet favourites were.

So, what was your favourite (or least favourite) look from the Oscars? 


Want more fashion? Check out my picks for keeping warm and looking cute during this never-ending winter, or see what people were wearing 50, 60, 100 years ago