Must-See Spring/Summer 2013 Collections: Part 1

On September 4, style bloggers took to the streets, models were fitted, designers tweeked, buyers examined, socialites posed, and all turned to fashion in New York City. It was day 1 of fashion month, kicking off ten days in New York, five in London, six in Milan and, the grand finale, six in Paris. It can be exceedingly overwhelming to browse lengthy collections as they are published (seemingly live) on the web. Some are for the Daphne Guinness’ of this world, unwearable and fantastical all the same, others are just plain ridiculous, and most are eye opening and beautiful. Part 1 of my Must-See Spring/Summer 2013 collections gives you everything from a Sicilian getaway to a classic trench with a twist, and thank goodness, a whole lot of inspiration for the every day.

DVF:  Diane von Furstenberg is known for her bold prints and wrap dresses, but each year she never ceases to amaze by continuously reinventing the wheel while staying true to her brand image. Diane is all about empowering women, and this is evident in these confident, bold looks that are incredibly current. Nothing says “I’m fearless” like giant hoop earrings or turquoise paired with soft pink and a plunging neckline. Diane not only gives us a lesson in colour blocking, but equips us with styling tips for our next wardrobe blunder.
See the full collection here.

DKNY: A great pencil skirt, perfectly tailored pants, and killer colour combos. DKNY, in a nutshell. No matter how many wild collections I peruse, I always find myself enthralled by those minimalistic shows that introduce high fashion to the street. You know those women that pass you by, impeccably styled? Imagine a whole collection of them, without all the guilt of staring. Tuck a denim button up into a fitted skirt and pair your favourite khakis with a punch of yellow and some black detailing.
See the full collection here.

Dolce & Gabbana: A collection that transports you to a far away land in a heartbeat, is a special thing. Chandelier earrings inspired by street puppets, souvenir scarves worn as hair accessories, colourful patterns, bold stripes, embroidered detailing and all things traditionally Sicilian, embodied the Dolce & Gabbana Spring show. It was hardly a departure for the brand, but you can’t help but love it. Draw inspiration from the designers’ daring use of colour and accessories, and look to your inner Italiano for that signature confidence.
See the full collection here.

Burberry Prorsum: The days of traditional beige and classic trench are long gone for Burberry, and what results is utter reinvention. Designer Christopher Bailey was inspired by the 1940s this season, materializing in a collection stacked with capes, corsets, peplums and pencil skirts in the deepest of colours. A dark berry lip unified each look, and colour pairings were major eye candy with the likes of royal blue and emerald green followed by classic scarlet and deep purple. A lesson in colour blocking is dominant here, but there’s also a dramatic transformation of classicism that we can all begin to master in the every day.
See the full collection here.

Badgley MischkaFeminine, romantic, pale; Badgley Mischka brought this and so much more to the runway this season, showcasing just how interesting these three qualities can be. A rosette adorned peplum top, scalloped skirts, embroidered detailing, a tuxedo jacket tucked into a draping skirt, and a colour palette different from any other bright-eyed collection out there. Infuse a little soft romance into your wardrobe, with unusual and obscure floral touches mixed with modern cuts and small details that catch the eye.
See the full collection here.

 

Which Spring/Summer 2013 collection most inspires you?

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Barbour, baby.

As some of our readers may know, my mother and her mother and her mother before her have all been descendants of the British Empire. In other words, I’m from England. Not just from England  but from South Shields: a tiny town of seaside fare, simple pleasures and small town nature. But South Shields has made a name for itself in a brand that has yet to entirely penetrate North America. This brand is known as Barbour.

Born in 1894 in South Sheilds by John Barbour, its classic wax jackets are still manufactured in the flagship shop located in Simonside. Described as bringing “wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing”, it is surprising that Barbour hasn’t been the next big thing in Canada. Designed to reflect the countryside, the huntsman and the outdoorsy type, this clothing (and particularly their jackets) are a potential staple of the Canadian wardrobe, for both men and women.

Despite it’s meager beginnings, Barbour has really found its niche in hipster Britain, with many indie folk donning the garments, sporting national pride and shunning Burberry’s elitism. One U.K. journalist put the Barbour trend simply,

“Barbour is succeeding where Burberry went wrong by inviting everyone to wear one of its jackets rather than vainly trying to limit them to just an elite few.” – Lanre Bakare

And that’s exactly what Barbour offers: accessible, high fashion. And what’s more is that, I think, Barbour is a perfect match to Canadiana. Our lifestyles encourage this type of style and it surprises me that more Canadians haven’t adopted the trend. Although, Canada has been known for being slightly behind the times once or twice…

When first spotted as a fashion statement almost 20 years ago, Barbour went from the farmside to the high streets when Princess Diana sported a rainproof Barbour in the 80’s. Since then, Barbour took the back burner until more recently when celebrities (and monumental fashion movers) such as Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo and Kate Middleton were spotted wearing the rain proof fashion statements….

In a nutshell, here’s hoping Canada can catch on to a practical and fashionable brand, fit for fall, spring and Canadian style.

Fall Fashion: Making an Easy Transition

As far as seasons go, summer is certainly a fan favourite. People seem to be at their happiest, basking in the sunlight, enjoying the outdoors, traveling, drinking and loving life. But as August creeps on, there are a select few of us who anticipate the beauty that is Fall fashion. No other season gifts us with as much variety, as much texture and as much rule-breaking. Those few months are the only ones where Summer shorts, Spring shoes and Winter wools can all be worn at once, and when so many trends come and go, that it’s all up to you to find that signature look.

Although it surely is exciting, it can also be a bit daunting. Your overly summery pieces need to find their place in storage, and many of your Winter favourites creep back  into your mind space. How does it all come together? Here are a few things you’ll need to stock up on to ensure Winter hibernation is without interruption.

More is More
Rather than setting out to purchase dozens of large wool sweaters, look to your summer knits, and pair them with a denim jacket or a buttoned up blouse.  Truth is, no matter how many people try to force minimalism on the fashion world, the layered look will never go out of style.

Top it Off
A great jacket is key in every season – there’s the Summer trench, the Winter down, the Summer linen and the Fall leather/military jacket. If you’ve got a versatile piece to throw on over just about anything, you’ll be cozy all of autumn. Venture outside your comfort zone and look to all those Fall textures that make it the most exciting season for fashion.

Quick Fix
If you think about it, it’s slightly humorous that we consider this barely-there material to be a key transition piece. But truly, nylons and tights can make most summer dresses and skirts cool-weather appropriate, keeping your mind and budget at ease. Choosing between sheer and opaque can depend on the occasion, the outfit and the weather, but I’d say that a fancier occasion calls for sheer, while opaque can take on more of a daytime role – and thrives in our Canadian winters.

Key Investment: Great pants
I hate buying pants. Always have, always will. That’s why I’ve accumulated so many tops throughout the years, because they’re simply more fun to peruse the racks for. But let me tell you from experience, a person in serious need of new pants will not survive the Winter. Invest in pants you’ll be proud to show off, because once the snow gets here, they’re really all you’ve got. Try new colours, patterns, cuts and brands…Your Fall/Winter wardrobe will improve tenfold as a result.

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The September Issue

916 PAGES.

September is fashion’s January. New Years Resolutions for the world’s most fashionable do not find inspiration in those cold weather months, but rather, in the September issuesEditors at every magazine look to this pivotal issue to raise the bar and set the tone for the year ahead, featuring world famous celebrities, models or public figures on their covers, followed by hundreds of pages of editorials, features, interviews and a whole lot of advertising. Every year, fashion and feature editors, creative directors, sales teams and others are tasked to produce the highest grossing magazine of the year, and to make it as heavy as possible. This year, American Vogue released its largest issue of all time. At a startling 916 pages, it resembles a University textbook (if you were enrolled in a very open-minded, fashion-oriented, Gaga-worshipping seminar – if this exists, sign me up).

While American Vogue continually strives for a brick-like September reveal, other magazines look to reinvention, giving New Years Resolutions a new home in the wake of Labour Day.

Emmanuelle Alt of Paris Vogue told WWD, “All the other Vogues carry a country name. Vogue Paris is the only one to carry the name of a city. Everyone fantasizes about Paris. It’s the concept of the ‘Parisienne.’ The ‘Parisienne’ is a girl who makes people dream worldwide, rightly or wrongly, a girl who represents a particular style, a taste, an allure.” Said to evoke this chic and timeless allure, Paris Vogue is being released with new typography, new monthly features (including a column by Garance Doré), new colouring and more of a unified Parisian vision.  Hitting newsstands August 23, the theme of the issue is black, featuring Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone on three identical covers, bearing a Dolce & Gabbana black dress.

 

While Glamour magazine certainly doesn’t scream high fashion, they looked to one of the industry’s most notorious glam girls, Victoria Beckham, to become guest editor for the important September issue. While Victoria is normally styled head to toe in luxury, posing in hotel suites, fancy cars or next to extravagant pools…it’s refreshing to see her in the role she most adores, motherhood. Posing in the kitchen, washing floors and gardening, readers get to see Posh Spice tap her maternal instincts. Better yet? Victoria had her hands on the other beauty and fashion features in the magazine, giving us even more of her signature vision.

Watch Victoria in action at the Glamour offices:

What first ignited my passion for this time of the year was the 2009 documentary The September Issue, which followed Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley and other American Vogue staples, as they produced the 2009 September issue. If you’re a magazine or fashion lover, and you’ve yet to watch this, I urge you to do so. Seeing the inner workings of Vogue, as Anna effortlessly says no to her team on countless occasions, orders the world’s best designers to rethink certain trends, and speaks of her past and fashion’s present…it’s all undeniably fascinating. Watch the trailer:

 

If you’re not the type to spring on a $12 magazine, you should think about investing in a few of this year’s September issues, because they are certainly those that the editors invest the most time and energy in. Every September issue is a collector’s item, and who’s to say that this year’s insights won’t hold true in 2022? While fashion evolves, it also always returns to its roots somehow.

What’s your favourite September 2012 Cover?

 

Summer Loving These

Happy Hump Day! In order to get us over the mound and into weekend bliss – two days that may or may not be filled with shopping, reading, listening and more – I thought I would highlight a few of the items I’ve been loving lately. Similar to Kaylee’s midday musings or Meghan’s must-have cosmetics, here is a glimpse into six things that I’ve pondered greatly, and happily indulged in, throughout the blazing heat wave:

JOE FRESH’s NEW LINE: Shockingly, most of the line isn’t for sale online yet – but if you head to the freshest Joe Fresh near you, you’re bound to get a glimpse of the delicious work/play clothing combinations stacked on the affordable yet trendy racks. Unfortunately (but not really), good ol’ Mr. Fresh is my corner store (sigh) along with an LCBO parked next to it (sigh) and one of the city’s largest Loblaws below – making it incredibly difficult to pick up a bag of grapefruits…without grabbing a bottle of Cab-Sauvignon…without pitching for a flirty new work skirt. It’s a problem, but I’ve come to terms with it. Right now at Joe Fresh, this August’s silky blouses, skinny and vibrant Audrey Hepburn slacks and imitation leather bits spattered throughout the collection have made it increasingly impossible to walk out empty-handed.

Joe Fresh Fall 2012 runway show

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN ALMOND THUMBPRINT COOKIES: I’ve been a gluten-free and soy-free (as well as many other uncategorized “frees”) vegan for the past three months in light of some testing, and although I likely won’t be that combination for much longer, I’ve learned to love cooking more than I already did. The common (and exhausting) question is, of course, what can I eat? My answer – just about anything I want. For instance, this past week I had “mac” (brown rice pasta) and “cheese” (cashew cream sauce), lasagna (using zucchini, squash, homemade marinara sauce and almond milk/nutritional yeast “cheese”), countless savoury stir fries and tasty desserts – all mimicking the real deal and leaving me oh-so-satisfied. As for these comfort cookies, Kaylee can attest to the very best part of the recipe being the finger-licking homemade jam. You can find the jist of the recipe here (I played around a bit with my own ingredients).

THE LUMINEERS: If you’ve yet to hop on this friendly folk-rock collective‘s ramblin’ train, do so immediately. This summer has been an eclectic one, since both the indie, hip-hop and electro genres have been heating up with tastes of new releases – however, their romantic front-porch Americana takes the (gluten-free) cake as one of the most played albums of the month. Nights parked on breezy balconies with these stomping folk stories are just about as lovely as it gets. Two other fun facts: the threesome is currently touring with another favourite band of mine, The Civil Wars, overseas – and someone I know will be playing the below (favourite) tune of mine during their wedding first dance with her new husband. Precious.

The Lumineers get a lot of play out here.

2012 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST:  I’m pretty pleased with the ten artists who made the coveted Polaris Prize short list this year, and like every other year, even more excited to hear which act takes the cake for best full-length Canadian album of the year. Featuring Canuck music veterans like Drake, Feist and Kathleen Edwards, the list also includes a few stand-up rookies, including Cold Specks, Grimes and Japanroids. I can’t wait to be there on September 24th when the notable jurors decide this year’s lucky winner. Who do you want to see take it?

Arcade Fire accepting last year’s 2011 Polaris Prize

NIKE SPORTBAND When I purchased the new Nike Sportband, the salesperson fulfilled his duty in thoroughly explaining the limitless funky features of the running gadget. But what I remember most in the blur of information overload was what he called out to me as I exited the store. “You’re going to have so much fun,” he exclaimed. I figured I might, of course, or else I wouldn’t have bought it. But, wow – I had no idea what I was in for. This multifaceted little bracelet connects to a chip I slide into my Nike shoe, tracking my distance, pace, calories, time and more throughout the jog. When I come home, I unhinge the face of the watch, plug it in the USB port in my computer and read all about my mileage, splits, and progress from other dashes – before gathering suggestions for routes in my area, competitions with other runners and goals I might want to set. I’m addicted to both the online and offline experience already, and highly recommend it for anyone looking to measure themselves accurately or have a more social running experience. It knows me better than I know myself at this point.

My favourite toys.

THIS NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE (Elissa Gootman’s “Maternity Leave? It’s more like a pause“): I thought this was an incredibly interesting piece inspired by Marissa Mayer, a lady who’s the talk of the town these days for a number of reasons. Firstly, the blonde 37 year-old powerhouse was named CEO of Yahoo last week, which came before her promptly announcing she would be giving birth in October and only taking a few weeks of “working” maternity leave. “I like to stay in the rhythm of things,” she told Fortune. This NYT article is in response to dueling internet reactions of scorn and praise for the young executive – referencing the recently written Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” and arguing whether short or “working” maternity leaves are empowering or frowned-upon in our hyper-connected, overworked society. Although this is no reflection of what my own approach would be, I, personally, think Mayer is fabulous – and who are we to judge how good of a Mother she’ll be? Strong women are worked to the bone everyday to juggle overwhelming commitments – whether you’re a single mother working in retail with no option of maternity “leave” or the CEO of a multinational internet company who is prepared to stick her nose to the grind. What do you think?

Yahoo’s Newest Queen of the Crop

What would be on your summer favourites list? Leave us a comment below or tweet it at @inanutshellca!

Beauty on a Budget

Alright readers, I’m just going to throw this out there – being on a budget is NOT fun. Whether you’re paying back student loans, starting out at a new job with a tiny salary or trying to save for your first home (or all of the above!), being in your twenties is a time where money matters. For women, cosmetics and beauty products can be so frustrating; not only are they huge money-suckers, but half the time you feel like they don’t give you the results that you anticipated. I’ve put together a list of some great products that are inexpensive and will cover most elements of your beauty regime – in fact, you can purchase everything on this list for under $100!

1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation ($14.99)
Used by multiple nuts, Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is creamy and leaves a nice matte finish on your skin.

2. Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips ($19.99)
These shimmer strips are great because they are multi-purpose. Use each shade individually as eye-shadows and then use them together for a great, shimmery bronzer or blush

3. MAC Fluid Line ($18)
This gel is by far the best and longest lasting eye-liner I’ve ever used. Once you get used to applying it with a thin-angled brush, it will change your life. Perfect for creating a dramatic cat eye or a simple every-day look, this eye-liner is great on both upper and lower lids and is definitely a staple of mine. (Plus, it doesn’t smudge constantly like some pencils do!)

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($10.49)
This mascara is a fan-favourite. Kate mentioned it in the past and I have since converted to it after trying it once. Use one sweep for a simple look or load it on for dramatic lashes.

5. Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss ($6.49)
One of inanutshell’s #1 supporters, Kelly, went on a quest for lip gloss and after trying multiple expensive brands, decided to give this a shot. After trying it over the weekend, we’re glad she did – it’s awesome and a great value!

6. Treseme Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($5.49)
I’ve blogged about dry shampoos in the past and at the time I wasn’t impressed. But, after trying Tresseme’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo, I can say that it’s now a staple in my beauty regime. Not only useful if you sleep in and have to skip a full wash, but also a great tool for creating a bit more volume if your hair falls flat.

7. Mini Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream ($10)
This hand cream has been a staple in my purse/home/office for as long as I can remember. A light moisturizer with a sweet fragrance, this product not only targets dry hands, but moisturizes your nails as well! The mini size is perfect for taking on the go.

8. Essie ‘Fiji’ Nail Polish ($10.99)
It’s no secret that we nuts LOVE Essie nail polish. And now, you can get the look that Emily Maynard rocked all season as The Bachelorette by sporting the shade ‘Fiji’. It’s a light pink that’s great for everyday because it goes well with just about anything!

And there you have it nuts, some great bargains that will keep you looking great on a budget. Happy shopping & happy saving!

Don’t Fall for it

That moment when the first sets of trees turn from vibrant green to brilliant orange, and warm breezes are scarce in the face of brisk gusts – and you are left to contemplate a wardrobe filled with Summer’s cheerful hues and lightweight materials, each as unsuitable as the next. Every year, the transition to Fall is a shock to the system, and we are left puzzled with the thought of dusting off Winter’s wools. Throughout these sun-drenched months, we are all inclined to get our hands on the tiniest of skirts, the sheerest of tops, and the brightest summer dresses, leaving us with a wardrobe stocked full of clothing appropriate for just a little less than a quarter of the year. The solution to our transitional woes is to avoid this behavior altogether – stick to materials, shades and cuts that allow for some cool-weather tweaking, facilitating a smooth transition with a pinch of wool, a few scarves, some leather boots, knee-highs and a beanie or two (not all in one sitting, of course).

Sure, every patio-hopper and park-dweller requires a collection of summer’s best, but quality over quantity reigns if you expect to greet Fall with open arms.

Next time you’re perusing the racks, put down the garden party dress, and look to longer hemlines and more subdued patterns. When Labor Day rolls around, you’ll gladly adorn that summer purchase with the help of your favourite leather jacket and cozy scarf. Versatility at its best. In a nutshell, don’t fall for the oversized florals, the bright color blocks or the peek-a-boo fabrics, editing your shopping habits is easier than you’d think!

The Fall 2012 runways did not fall short on street style inspiration; the typical eccentric footwear, futuristic makeup and extravagant ball gowns were met with simple silhouettes, versatile separates and muses aplenty. There’s nothing better than having that guiding light for the season ahead, in the form of luxury clothing and impeccable styling. Scroll through for some inspiring looks from the Fall runways, followed by 6 street stylers who pull off the Fall transition sublimely, with a little help from the colour wheel.

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Balcony Buzz

As mentioned in Kate and Kaylee’s posts, it’s undeniable that a weekend escape into the wilderness is one of the most beautiful (and necessary) parts of summer. If we’re lucky to steal away, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll see any of us piled into a car, blaring those classic open air tunes with our arms whipping in the wind outside of the rolled down windows.

Then again, during those (many) in between weekends – the one’s where you’ve just finished a draining week, finally retreat back to your little haven for a long overdue sitdown meal and glass of red wine – my idea of one of the best ways to escape the city summer heat is any chance to perch on a balcony while the newly warm evening breeze rolls in.

My balcony is a little…empty so far. Kaylee and I have plans to get our patio goods in the coming weeks, so hopefully it won’t look as drab as it does now – but regardless of its bareness, it is absolutely the reason I settled on my current apartment. Nestled high (very high) up in the skyline, I almost forget I live at an incredibly noisy intersection that’s always filled with commotion, horns and a constant sea of people packed onto each corner. Up there in the sky, it’s almost only silence and lights. Two things that go very well with that glass of red wine and toasty summer nights overlooking the bustle.

In light of the impending patio season and the fact that not many of us are homeowners with extravagant backyards to decorate, let’s take a look at some of this summer’s tiny outdoor accessories – perfect for all kinds of high-in-the-sky nooks.

For the hip young thing looking to make a colourful blend of sangria while the upbeat electro-rock pours out onto your fire escape nook, these are the pieces for you. Punches of colour, goofy accessories and a whole lot of character are the perfect hosts to your laid-back guests.

Urban Outfitters Cafe Chairs
Urban  Outfitters Amigo Table
Anthropologie Beneath The Stars Lanterns
CB2 Tic Tac Toe Set
Crate and Barrel Recycled Glass Bottle Pitcher
IKEA Balcony Planter
Pier 1 Celeste Dinnerware

For the young professional looking to doll up their industrial outdoor space, these bits of edgy urban decor are practical and sleek. They’ll successfully add a little glamour to the concrete and stainless steel downtown surroundings, while still letting the colour of the city steal the show.

Pier 1 Cocktail Accessories
CB2 Eddy Outdoor Round Table
IKEA Vino Chair with armrests
West Elm Trellis Planters
A+R Hurricane Lamp

For the daydreaming, cottage-loving, new-to-the-city free spirit, these stylish bits of the country will bring your memories of packed porches and waterside revelry back to life. Any of these nautical and rustic staples paired with a tray of cool pints and finger foods will set the scene for the perfect summery gathering with loved ones.

CB2 Glass Beverage Dispenser
Ikea Applaro Chairs
CB2 Serving Tray
Bouclair Viva Lantern
Anthropologie Vernazza Canapé Plates
Ikea Diod Glasses
West Elm Yarn Dyed Napkin Set

 

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ever find yourself one week before a holiday, special event, birthday, without a gift in sight or in mind? Haven’t we all? Consider this your reminder that Father’s Day is four Sundays away, and now’s the time to start hanging onto his every word (for clues) and keeping an eye out for the perfect pressie. Sometimes the best way to surprise your old man is by thinking far enough in advance to order something special online. This way, rather than buying from the mall nearest to you, you’ve browsed countless retailers from the comfort of your home, likely finding something he’s never seen before.

The Foodie: He’s the master of the grill, knows exactly how you like your steak, and he’s the king of cocktails. Sometimes a kitchen gadget can seem more like you’re gifting him with a chore than a treat, so be sure to choose carefully! As a recent Nespresso convert, I’d say this is a perfect gift for you and your siblings to go in on. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…each morning when he sips that delicious espresso (cappuccino, latte…) he’ll be reminded of his thoughtful children. If you’ve got a beer lover on your hands, why not gift him with a memorable experience? Like brewing his own beer perhaps? Finally, for all that summer entertaining, a salad bowl and servers with a twist (add a cookbook for the perfect set!)

1. Joseph Joseph’s Salad Bowl + Servers, $42
2. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit, $40
3. Nespresso Citiz & Milk Server, $299*

*If you live in Montreal, visit 1101 Laurier for endless Foodie ideas for dad! You won’t leave empty handed.

The Intellect: He’s taught you every historical fact you know, he’s an avid traveler, and his book shelf resembles your neighborhood Chapters. Even if he loves to collect novels, a Kobo reader will become his saving grace when it comes to traveling. Thin, light and easy to read…all you have to do is show him how to download the latest bestseller. If you happen to know where his next trip will be, Palomar’s maps are the perfect gift. Rip-proof, waterproof, fade-proof..they are made to be stuffed into that last crevice of a suitcase, making them the ideal road maps for his next tourist moment. Lastly, the more golf tidbits he can share on the course, the better…so why not gift him with the latest read?

1. American Triumvirate: The Modern Age of Golf, $18
2. Palomar Crumpled City Maps, $19.95
3. Kobo eReader Touch, $99.99

The Groupie: My dad is the ultimate groupie – he’ll spend hours editing playlists, seeking out new music, and searching iTunes for that jam he listened to at summer camp in the 70s. I’ve already given him two things on this list, and both were very well received. A Pink Floyd t-shirt is the ultimate groupie gift, he’ll wear it proudly and look hip and young doing so. I’d be surprised if your groupie dad didn’t already own an iPod, so Apple TV is the next best thing. Ever since I gave my dad this Apple gizmo, the TV situation at my home has changed drastically. Access to Netflix, your iTunes library and most importantly…the iStore, he can watch and/or listen to just about anything he desires. Finally, “1001 Albums you Must Hear Before You Die” is the perfect coffee table piece, and will likely remind him of a few (hundred) bands he had long forgotten.

1. Pink Floyd T-Shirt – Wish You Were Here, $20
2. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, $22
3. Apple TV, $109

The Fashionisto: While yes, my dad definitely fits in the Groupie category, he also fits in here. For the pop that likes looking dapper, a new watch for his collection is always fun to mix things up, and he may just like it more than his current one! (Here I’m assuming that every dad owns a watch…it feels like a staple). Next up, a crisp button down for everyday wear or a special soiree. Just like women and their shoes, he can never have enough shirts. Finally, show him that you really care by proving exactly what he’s been telling you all along; “Dads are the original hipsters” – seriously, this is a hilarious read!

1. Fossil Men’s Machine Taupe IP, $135
2. Polo Ralph Lauren Check Cotton Shirt, $90
3. “Dads Are the Original Hipsters” by Brad Getty, $12.95

Father’s Day is June 17th! Happy Shopping.

Peachy Pairings

The summer heat brings with it such room for improvement, so many new possibilities, not to mention, countless new elements to our wardrobes. In a season that’s synonymous with all activities in the great outdoors, there’s no better time to perfect the outfits we’ll be wearing on patios, in parks, and on bikes. Seasonal staples like the linen pant and the strappy wedge have never been more ready for your impeccable styling. Get a leg up on summer’s peachy pairings…you never know where the next sunny stroll will take you!

Who doesn’t adore a classic polka dot? Especially when paired with unique items, spotted touches add feminine flair to any summer outfit. Poppy Delevigne pairs her patterned trousers with a white button down and a cropped jacket with scallop detailing. T-strap wedges are the perfect finishing touch …next to that red lip and those dark shades. An ideal summer look, easily attainable with the help of just a few seasonal staples.

Funktional Carrera Crop Jacket / Melissa Peace WedgeAnthropologie Polka Dot Ankle

On those balmy find-me-the-nearest-pool days, linen pants are the go-to for women who prefer not to bare it all but rather, look for light and airy ways to cover up. Miroslava Duma wears a high waisted, bell bottom pair with a cropped tank and a statement necklace…what better way to interpret the ever popular casual friday? Is linen the new denim? I like to think so.

ALDO baver necklace / Topshop crochet vest / Marc by Marc Jacobs wide leg pant

Although controversial, the white jean can (and must!) be worn with some semblance of class. VPL (visible panty line) is a common symptom of impulse buys. White jeans are not to be taken lightly, seeking out the perfect pair is key to achieving this look. Add some nautical touches and warm leathers for a style that will take you through each of Saturday’s activities.

Nili Lotan long sleeve T / Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bag / Levi’s ankle skinny white jeans

Several summers ago, the maxi dress began appearing on the bodies of our favourite celebs as they paraded through the streets of LA with starbucks in one hand and a Birkin in the other. Slowly but surely, we all fell for the trend, and today, the maxi has become a true staple of the season. Surprisingly enough, we’ve allowed this piece to become incredibly versatile, throwing cropped sweaters, leather jackets and t-shirts on top to create unique looks all our own. For your typical Sunday, a flowy maxi paired with soft, flat sandals and a floppy hat are picture perfect.

J Crew two-tone straw hat / Zara thin strap sandals / French Connection silk maxi dress