Canada Style

5 Ways to Style a Plain White T-Shirt to Match Your Mood

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Much like many of my clients, I am a woman of many moods. Instead of letting it confuse or overwhelm, why not embrace it and go with it. Below are my picks for how to style just some of the many moods you might be feeling. For each look, I've chosen to go with a simple white T-shirt and jeans to show how easy it is to switch up some basics.

How to Ditch the Gloom and Look Glam on Rainy Days

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I am always looking for easy, comfortable ways to look fashionable and keep dry on the dreariest of days. Recently, I spoke with Todd Listwin of Mia Melon about the latest fall trends for rain jackets and what to look for in a jacket to keep you warm and dry.

How to Have Fabulous Eyelashes for an Evening Out

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Keep them intact by removing the glue (washing with lukewarm water) from the band after each use and keep their shape by storing them safely. It is recommended to use a ribbon case which will protect the lashes from being crushed. The case has a hard top and will allow the lashes to keep their shape.

Hottest Fall Trends For Socks

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I spoke with Cate Rodrigue, Canadian Brand Manager for Darn Tough Socks about how to protect your tootsies and keep them comfy and colourful for fall. Cate shared with me her top tips for choosing the right socks this season.

Transition Your Wardrobe for Fall and Look Great Doing It

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Knowing what to wear as Fall approaches can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you transition your wardrobe from the end of Summer, through Fall and into the early days of Winter (and keep you looking great doing it).

How to Have the Best Experience at a Hair Salon

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently I spoke with Amber George, Creative Director/Owner at Verve Hair Lounge to get her top tips on how to find the best stylist for your hair and lifestyle. Amber is an award winning stylist and knows what she speaks of.

7 Celebrity Sunglass Styles to Steal Now

Daniela Andrews | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Style
Daniela Andrews

Celebrities may see the world through red-carpet-worthy rose-coloured glasses, but come summer time, they protect those gorgeous peepers with some killer sunglass styles. Here's a look at seven of our favorite stars, showing off their summer sunglass style.

The Top 5 Style Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

I've been styling a lot of clients online lately and the more women I work with globally, the more I realize the majority of them struggle with the same issues. Here are the top 5 style challenges I see, and how to overcome them...

Tips on Buying Art as a Gift

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

It's quite a compliment that you thought enough of that person that you ventured into that art buying territory, no? Again, can be scary, but personal and worth the effort. So whether you wish to add to a loved one's art collection, or maybe start one for your friend, keep in mind a few helpful tips to keep you in line:

Hot Summer Fashion Trends Ready For Your Closet

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

As my fashion sense continues to evolve, summer should be included as part of my journey to becoming a fashionista. Well, OK, not quite a fashionista. I would be happy to be dressing a little on trend and feeling comfortable.

The Three Key Elements of Looking Great

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Today I'm covering the three key elements of looking great -- colour, proportion and fit. Know and understand these elements, combine them with the first two steps, and there's no way you'll look anything less than fabulous. Guaranteed.

10 Hot Shoe Trends For Summer

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I was so happy to hear that one of the major trends for summer footwear is comfort! The major trends revolve around comfort-chunky heels, wide straps and thick soles. This goes hand-in-hand with the '90s revival that is currently happening.

Knowing Your Body Shape is the Key to Looking Great

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Knowing how to dress for your particular body shape is key to looking great. Without this knowledge, you might not know which clothing cuts, styles and lengths look best on you, how to wear certain items to suit your body best or how to choose and place accessories to monopolize on the body you've got.

How To Look Hot In Jeans After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Trying on jeans can be a really positive experience or a not so great experience. With those bright fluorescent lights in the change room and the sales person asking from the other side of the door, "how are they fitting?" Purchasing jeans can be a roller coaster of emotions.

How to Look Like a Celebrity in Sweats

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The celebrities seen in magazines give me more focus on how to take my lunch time sweat style up a notch. You never know who you will meet in the grocery aisle.

Why My Dress Went Viral

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Gloria Roheim McRae

I was still having a hard time deciding between which dress to wear, and I thought it was an easy thing to ask my social media tribe about, on Instagram and Facebook. After all, I am a social media strategist, and I'm always experimenting with online engagement. That's when the fun began.

How to Get the Cottage Summer Ready

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Ahead of summer at the lake, we asked Penny to compose a "must-do" hit list to help us -- and you -- prepare for the coming months. Her no nonsense approach is compelling and her advice informative. Here's how to open your cottage for spring and summer.

How to Figure Out Your Personal Style

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

When it comes to looking great and having killer style, most women don't know where to begin. If you struggle with knowing what to wear, what to buy and how to pull it all together, the very first thing you need to do, before you do anything else, is figure out what you like. What's your style?

How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Forget expensive silk and satin and search instead for polyester mix weaves with the look and feel of their posher cousins. We lined basic man-made pale gold fabric with bargain basement heavy gauge cotton to give a bulky interlined effect. Made up by our seamstress, with pinch pleating and black bobble edging to add punch, they belie their inexpensive roots.

The Ongoing Saga of the Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Colin and Justin reveal the ongoing saga of life at the lake, this week choosing to showcase the transformation of their log home's main bathroom...

How to Restyle Your Cabin Bedroom On a Budget

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

If you've been watching Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure you'll be familiar with our plan -- that being, to transform the worst cottage on a tiny lake into holiday home perfection. Here's how we achieved our decorative miracle...

Painting Wood Is Not a Sin -- Here's How

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Top quality genus like oak or mahogany often speak for themselves, providing textural and visual return wherever placed. But we aren't slaves to wood. Particularly not pine. We never have been. In actual fact we love painted furniture and see no valid reason why a nice bit of lumber can't be further embellished with solid colour.

Making an Investment in Yourself

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Some people have no problem investing in themselves -- taking much needed time to recharge, spending a little extra on the things they love. Others find it extremely difficult, making everything else a priority and finding out that at the end, there's nothing left. Take it from someone who, for years, didn't even make it onto her own priority list -- it ain't easy.

Canadian Style Icons: Umbra's Paul Rowan

Daniel Eckler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the expression goes, and Paul Rowan's story attests to that. Born and raised in Toronto, Rowan graduated from George Brown in 1974 with a degree in graphic design. As a young man, trying to decorate a new apartment, he couldn't find any blinds that he liked. So he made is own. Rowan teamed up with a friend, Les Mandelbaum, and together they founded Umbra.

Does Anyone Look Stylish in Extreme Temperatures?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Sun, wind, heat, cold -- they can ruin the best look. Clothes and outfit aside, the easiest way to look good while enjoying the great outdoors is to not actually partake in the outdoor activity for which you are outfitted. Staying indoors would be even better.