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Hot Summer Fashion Trends Ready For Your Closet

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 05.22.2014 | 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.

Who Better to Design a Man-Cave Than the Man Himself?

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Colin and Justin cast a queer eye for the straight guy by encouraging Canadian dudes to make design decisions and create the perfect man cave. Every dude, regardless of station, needs a special place unto which he -- YOU -- can retreat. Whether somewhere to disappear in solitude, or a sharing place to watch hockey, doesn't every super hero need a secret lair?

Canadian Style Icons: David Liss

Daniel Eckler | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Photo credit: Fayiaz Chunara Canadian Style Icons is a bi-weekly column authored by Daniel Eckler, serial entrepreneur and founder of MIJLO. Every...

Chat with Ford Motor Co.'s Senior Interior Designer, Anthony Prozzi

Ramp1885.com | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

A true example of when fashion meets function: Exploring the fashion automotive design space with Anthony Prozzi, Senior Interior Designer for FORD Motor Co. who chats with us about his transition from ready-to-wear to cars, the idea of meaningful design and being the Valentino of car couture.

Do You Dress to Impress Other Women, Men or Yourself?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Getting dressed and choosing my outfit has always been a combination of purpose, function, mood and self-expression. But somewhere in that decision-making process is there a subconscious need to dress for or impress someone other than myself?

Canadian Style Icons: Rachel Gotlieb

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

It takes a particular talent to curate a museum with as specific a mandate as the Gardiner Museum. That's why Rachel Gotlieb is so well suited to the position. A unique talent in the world of curation for a remarkable institution, Gotlieb and the Gardiner are a perfect fit.

When Redecorating, Work With What You've Got

Colin & Justin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Fancy a new mood chez vous, without breaking the bank? Reworking that which you already have, explain Colin and Justin, could be the perfect solution to seasonal adjustment...

Canadian Style Icons: Klaus Nienkamper

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

In 1960, a German immigrant named Klaus Nienkamper came to Canada with $36 in his pocket, limited English skills, and a desire for success. It's a common dream, but Nienkamper succeeded. And today his son, also Klaus Nienkamper, is the president of a thriving furniture retail company that bears his name.

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Kendra Coulter | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

There are many threads which interweave people working in stores and in factories, near and far. Yet too often we compartmentalize and divide issues, creating silos of concern. People interested in making more ethical consumption choices are forced to pit priorities against each other.

Canadian Style Icons: Jack Diamond

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Jack Diamond has come a long way from the town of Piet Retief, South Africa, where he was born. Like many other South African expatriates, he would eventually find his way to Canada. But unlike many of those other Canadian immigrants, Diamond's vision, drive, and creativity would help shape the skylines in many of the biggest cities in Canada, and around the world.