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November 24, 2011

The StylnMommy Holiday Dress Guide

If there’s ever a time to break out the heels and glitz its the holidays.  Its great to pair a fab top with some amazing jeans but there really is nothing like a dress when you want to spiff yourself up.  Here are some of my faves from this season:

via alicebytemperley.com $595 CDN

This Alice by Temperley dress has enough sparkle without making you look like you should be hanging off an xmas tree.  I love a rich navy dress too – its subtle, classy and can be worn year after year.

via wilfred.com $115

Silky, hot pink and simple.  Can be worn either as a tunic over leather leggings for a festive night of drinks on the town or with bare legs and heels, piling on the accessories.  Can be found at aritzia or the wilfred boutique.

via hm.com $388

If you were lucky enough to snag some of the Versace for H&M collection then maybe you already have this LBD in your dress arsenal.  I like anything black, leather and studded so this is basically the perfect little dress for moi. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to fight the crowds to get anything from this collection.  The conservative tailoring balances out the fact that its (pl)leather.

via tibi.com $462

Tibi is a great brand for dresses for any occasion.  In fact, I’m wearing one this weekend courtesy of Rent Frock Repeat  to a wedding that M and I are going to.  This black and white Roccoco print says holiday without smashing it over your head.  The back is low cut and sexy and the slightly unusual silhouette gives this dress some edge.

via bcbg.com $278

Speaking of being smashed over the head – if you’re looking to make an impact in a big way then you may as well go green, sparkly and short.  You won’t have any trouble finding a partner under the mistletoe since this dress will be luring em in as you walk/shimmer by.

via guess.com $78

I’m still into lace in a major way.  The little sleeves take this Guess dress from skank to swank.  Keep it chic with monochromatic accessories, an oversized clutch and some killer heels.

via bananarepublic.ca $89

It really isn’t a Holiday dress guide without some gold.  If you want to go for the gold but don’t want to stick out like a string of tinsel – maybe choose something like this from Banana Republic.   You can belt it but i’d leave it as is and go for a bit of a flapper vibe complete with bare face and red lips.

via shopbop.com $866

Here is the amped up version of the BR dress.  You’ve still got a subtle gold shimmery effect but its been done in true black swan style with a bustier and a full skirt.  Available at shopbop.com (which btw can ship to Canada in 3 days).  Its pricey but unforgettable.

via anthropologie.ca $388

For all the Audrey Hepburn types out there, head on over to Anthropologie where you can find this dress and many more like it.  The boatneck just screams for a huge statement necklace and if your feet are tired from all the heels-only events you’ve been racking up, this dress looks super cute with a pair of ballet flats.

via jacob.ca $79

Most of the time I look at Jacob as being somewhere you can reliably pick up some slacks for work. (though who really calls them slacks anymore?! I mean pants.)  However if you have a holiday party at work and changing into a sequin-encrusted gown seems like it just won’t fly, then maybe you could pick up a classic sweater dress.  Worn with opaque black tights and a blazer you can get away with wearing this during the day at work.  When its time to clock out you can breezily take off the blazer, slip on some heels, do a makeup refresher and you’re good to go.  They have this dress in red too but it felt a bit too elfy.

via freepeople.com $717

I’ve been on the search for a gorgeous long gown that isn’t a maxi and still gives the body some shape.  This Free People gown is super sexy while still being long.  It’s got the perfect combination of hard and soft with the metallic bustier top and the gauzy and light skirt.  You could rock these with some converse and you’d still be the belle of the ball.

Hopefully this gave some inspiration towards finding that perfect dress for the myriad of holiday events you’re sure to be attending this season.  Whether its a family brunch, New Years Eve party, holiday dinner with friends or a night out for drinks – this time of year is a major one for getting together and rehashing the year so why not do so while looking frocking great.

 

November 18, 2011

The StylnMommy Holiday Gift Guide

I’m a huge fan of the holidays.  I know some folks start bah-humbugging when the red and green decor goes up on November 1st (as orange and black is cast aside for yet another year) but not this mama.  The festive season really gets the planner in me excited – lists, organizing get togethers, planning parties, figuring out menus…love it.

I had a really tough time figuring out a format this Gift Guide – would I do Top 10 items for Women, Men, Kids?  What about Best Fashion, Home Decor, Pet, Lifestyle gifts? Best & Worst?  Under $50? Over $500?

When it comes down to it, the options for Gift Guides are endless – so I figured, why not just find some lovely things that I would want to receive in my stocking and leave it at that!  So if you need help figuring out what to get for a female in your life…hopefully this will help.  Or if worse comes to worse you know what to send over to StylnMommy 😉

via teatroverde.com

Some Christian LaCroix notecards.  As much as I embrace technology (let’s face it, I’m lost without my Blackberry) I’m a strong believer in the authenticity of a handwritten card or note.  These ones will make any fashion-lover smile and are $15.95 at Teatro Verde.

via stltowine.com

The holidays are about cozying up with fam and friends and a great evening is always had with some STLTO wine.  I held off for a long time on trying this brand since I felt it was super gimmicky but once I did I became a diehard fan of the red.  This gift set is a great hostess gift – for just under $20 you’re getting a bottle of quality vino with a scarf! Can’t go wrong.

via sephora.com

Its always fun to dabble with some arts & crafts and one way to let loose your creative juices is on the canvas God (or whoever you believe in) gave ya.  A gorgeous looking eye-shadow set from Stila is worth $366 and is selling at Sephora for the ridonk price of $39.

via gap.com

Before you pooh-pooh my choice of including Uggs in my guide, take a closer look.  These beauts are actually super comfy and cute slippers from the Gap.  What I especially love about these is that you can’t accidentally trip on the stairs while carrying a squirming toddler around since they slip fully on like boots.  $34.95. Just add a fireplace and let the yuletide snuggles begin.

via anthropologie.ca

Since we are in maximum snuggle-mode here is the ultimate robe.  I don’t go for gauzy, silky and light robes.  When I want to lounge out we’re talking sherpa, fleece and warmth, baby!  Slippers, robe and hot mug of something. Ahhhh. Oh right, this is $98 at anthropologie. Almost fell asleep there just thinking about the coziness.

via purdys.com

Sweet treats are the way to many people’s hearts.  You just can’t go wrong with this Peppermint Bark from Purdy’s.  I did a review on Purdy’s earlier this year and let me tell you – ever since I just can’t go to any other chocolatier.  These are $8.95 and wrapped in a pretty red bow.  Great little stocking stuffer. For stuffing your face.

via luved.ca

I love clothing that’s named after people. This is the Owen by Canadian company, Luved Clothing.  I’ve always been a huge fan of stuff you can wear pre-baby, while prego, and post-baby and Luved pieces all fit this criteria.  The new collection is simply divine and each wrap/cardi can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes hence being the perfect item of clothing to purchase for someone else since size really doesn’t matter.  $99 and available online or at the upcoming One of a Kind Show in Toronto.

via bobetteandbelle.com

I actually wasn’t done with my sweet treats suggestions just yet 😉  Here are just a few of the absolutely stunning cupcakes you can get from Bobbette and Belle.  Almost too good looking to eat. Almost.

via revolveclothing.com

For the modern girl about town a boring ole nylon bag just won’t cut it.  Check out this leopard version of a laptop bag. $89 will have you carting your techie goods around like a seasoned NYFW-er.  Available at revolveclothing.com

via joefresh.com

Sometimes all you are looking for is just that extra little something to add some sparkle (but not too much) to your holiday outfit. Voila – a subtle yet stylish cuff from none other than your fave homegrown Joe Fresh.  Where else but Canada can you pick up some produce and a great outfit at the same time? (Okay, ya got me… NYC…but you get the point) $14.  I also loved many of the necklaces too.

via hm.ca

Not sure what to get that finicky teen in your life?  Being irresponsible and fashion-savvy are pretty common traits for many a teen girl.  So replacing her nth pair of lost gloves with these should have you up for Best Mom/Auntie/Cuz.  Available at H&M for$14.95.

via sephora.com

This time of year hands (and any other body part covered in skin) get extremely chappy and dry.  And nobody likes to shake hands with a turtle so any lady in your life would appreciate this gift.  It has the lovely smell of something fresh without the offense of, say, a Body Shop gift set. Sorry. Had to do it.  Anyhoo – this brand of hand cream is actually one of the better ones I’ve tried and leaves skin soft and moisturized without greasiness or goop. $40 for this set which is worth $50.

via cook-book.com

I’ve had the pleasure of taking a cooking class at Dish with Trish Magwood and I thoroughly enjoyed her simplicity and sense of humour.  And her cooking’s not bad either.  Here’s a refreshing take on entertaining at home, something many of us will be undertaking this holiday season.  And she’s Canadian to boot! Available at the Cookbook Store (my absolute fave place to get lost and browse in on a Sunday afternoon) $44.95

So there you have it folks!  Hope this Guide sparked some holiday spirit and gave you some ideas to make that next shopping trip a teensy bit less stressful 🙂  Because after all – tis the season of giving! And all that jazz.

July 19, 2011

Summer Dress Guide

some of the dresses in rotation

Black boyshort-cut panties rejoice!  The thongs and crotchless panties *i kid!* of yesteryear have been relegated to the back of my undies drawer. Now its not because they are any less cute than before, its just that with the insane summer heat we have been having lately in Toronto, all I want to do is wear dresses.  I have always been a strong follower of the fashion meets function mentality and this has only increased since Baby H came along.  For ease, maximum style and minimal effort, you can’t beat a dress.

A few recent requests for advice on where to go for dresses got me thinking about what I look for in my dress wardrobe.

With all the dress shopping I’ve done in the past I’ve come to the conclusion that every girl needs a few to hold her over through the warmer months.

That being said, here is my guide to Summer Dress-ing:

The Everyday Dress Grocery shopping?  Running to the mall and want to look like you’ve had more than a few hours of measly sleep?  Grab this Go-To garment.  Cotton, light, long enough to cover your ass-ets when you bend over to load your shopping into the trunk or pick up baby’s paci.

Reco:

joefresh.ca

gapcanada.com

Patios Watch Out For when you’re lunching with the girls or brunching with the in-laws…You want a cute and pretty something that’s light and easy on the eyes. Have a little fun and grab something flirty.

Reco:

anthropologie.com

kensie.com

Weddings, Showers, Engagements, Oh My! You know you love your friends/fam, but with 10 weddings in a row this summer you want to scream…just a little. However, buck up, because with the lighter wallet comes the fun dresses!  Choose something fun in a bright colour that will stay classic for awhile…and mix and match simple dresses and fun accessories. Oh yeah..and no matter how tempting it is…stay away from white! A little respect for the bride never hurt anybody 😉

Reco:

revolveclothing.com, dress by Tracy Reese

bcbg.com

Pour Me A Stiff One!  For the lazy hazy nights out, get comfy but no need to lower the style factor.  Don a short and hot little number and show off the fact that (if you’re anything like moi) you’ve gotten a babysitter and shaved your legs 😉

Reco:

shopbop.com, dress by Torn

revolveclothing.com, dress by Backstage

Maxin’ and Relaxin’  Maxi dresses are always such a great idea.  I have a bunch but with an active kidlet, I find bending over and scooping him up not as easy wearing one of these – however, for those who are kid-free and/or more skilled than I, these are a great way to ‘maximize’ *har har* style as well as hide your gams if you haven’t had time to apply that self-tanning lotion.

Reco:

hm.com

freepeople.com

Basically you could throw a stick and hit a cute dress – there are just so many options out there and at all different price points.

Choose your dresses wisely and you can rework many of them so that they are interchangeable for different occasions.

Enjoy the fantastic heat wave!

May 27, 2011

For Any Doubters of the All-Mighty Power of Social Media…UO PR Disaster

image courtesy of stevie koerner

courtesy of urban outfitters

Notice anything about the two items above? Despite the fact that they look eerily similar…ok, fine, EXACTLY the same – the first image was the original item made by Etsy designer Stevie Koerner aka @imakeshinylove  and the second was a complete and utter ripoff by Urban Outfitters.

Now I have to say one thing about this – obviously we all know that large corporations constantly ripoff independents for their creativity and unique ideas.  Its part of what makes the big bucks go round.  But to be so blatant about it is simply stupid.  Maybe they could have gotten away with a stunt like this 5 years ago.  But in today’s social media-enfused world?  Check out the results of what a tweet started here.

I’ve personally experienced the power of social media a few times.  Having had a bad experience here or there with certain brands, a simple tweet or FB message was about 10 000 times more effective and garnered an almost immediate response from the companies resulting in a satisfied customer.

Whether you are a large company or a small independent, its a fact that social media can’t be ignored.  Urban Outfitters at this point in time has not even so much as tweeted a response.  The problem definitely won’t go away if you brush it under the rug, in fact, this type of PR nightmare deserves an immediate response.  What could be the holdup?!

The other disturbing part of this story is the copycatting.  Its rare to find a truly original idea whether its in fashion, home decor, literature, cooking…etc.  But copycatting has always driven me a bit batty because at the root of it lies complicity, insecurity or just plain laziness.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but rarely does the imitatee ever feel this way.

So – will you be boycotting Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie/Free People to support independent artists?

May 1, 2011

Original Momma’s Day Gift Ideas

As much as we aspire to be organized, orderly and on time – many of us lead such chaotic lives that we end up leaving things til the last minute. Such as gift-getting for that special lady in your life – Mama, Grandma, Aunty or any other woman who has played the all-important role of ‘mother’ to you.

Hopefully these suggestions can help you on your quest for a way to show your appreciation to mama.

image courtesy lemontreepat.com

Yummy sweets for the sweet 😉 Macarons to die for – personally taste tested by moi! The talented Kelly Lee of Lemontree Patisserie makes these scrumptious goodies in Toronto and you can find her at St. Lawrence Market on market days.

image courtesy of ago.net

If you have a mama who collects things (*ahem*and thats collects not hoards) then you can find a unique way of adding to her collection.  My dear mum loves anything to do with pigs – so this gold  piggybank designed by Harry Allen from the AGO gift shop would sit proudly on her pig-shelf. Apparently it holds $10,000 in dollar bills!

image courtesy of anthropologie.com

Whether your momdukes loves real bling or is a fan of fashion jewelery, give her a pretty box to store her goodies in and she will be charmed. This impressionist-inspired one from Anthropologie is a nice pick for artsy ladies.

image courtesy thisisj.com

Practical doesn’t have to mean boring and this beaut of a brolly is a prime example.  Show mom you want to ‘shower’ her with love (cheese-factor!) and shield her from the elements with the far from plain rain protector shown here by Toronto’s own ThisIsJ.

image courtesy luved.ca

Moms come in all shapes and sizes and Luved is a clothing line that totally embraces that.  Find gorgeous easy-to-wear pieces that will last forever (I should know, Luved is a definite staple in my closet!). While you’re there pick out something for yourself – after all, you deserve a treat too!

image courtesy melissabeth.com

Keep her organized and lookin good with this gorgeous makeup case set.  If she’s a jet setter she’ll love being able to use this on the go and with wipeable insides, the MelissaBeth makeup case set is fashionable and functional!

image courtesy domistylegifts.com

For all those lovely meals she’s slaved over for you (or for all those time she’s cramped up her finger ordering takeout) how about treating Mom to a gorgeous new apron?  Domistylegifts.com  creates modern and unique silk screened and embroidered aprons for the stylish and sassy chef of the home.  They have cute messages such as ‘Will cook for shoes’ and ‘Microwave Maven’.

So there you have it folks – hope this has gotten your creative juices flowing and some ideas pumping to treat Mom to something special for her day.  As for me, I’ll be taking mama to high tea – a tradition we started a few years ago and such a great opportunity to get dressed up, nosh on some yummy treats and most importantly – spend quality time together.

Have a great week!

April 14, 2011

Trailer Park Livin’

image courtesy of refinery29.com, alexander wang 2008 spring lookbook

image courtesy of shopbop.com

image courtesy anthropologie.com

Totally having one of my trailer-park moments.  I go through these periodically and the fantasy always involves a cute dress/cut off shorts, boots (Frye, natch, since I already have 3 pairs) long dishevelled hair and sunset.

Was loving the idea so much that a few years back looked into renting an airstream trailer for Hubby’s then late-twenties bday.  The idea fell through but we did end up taking a road trip to the Catskills and stayed at this 50’s themed hotel run by former B52 singer, Kate. See http://www.lazymeadow.com – it was honestly a great experience. We ate a ton, drank about as much, and crunched leaves along long winding mountain roads. For those who want to explore somewhere with delicious gourmet food side by side with burger joints and who don’t mind the 9 hour drive – head to the Catskills!

image courtesy lazymeadow.com where we stayed

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