Christmas is so close we can taste the turkey, but if you’re anything like us, you’ve barely made a dent in your holiday shopping. Three days is plenty of time, right? No need to panic (yet), because we’ve gone ahead and done you a solid: we’ve rounded up 35 of the very best made-in-Canada gift ideas for the fashion addicts in your life. Your mom/sister/friend/boss is guaranteed to love what you got them, and you’ll also have supported a local or national brand. It’s a win-win, really.
Take a gander at the gallery below for jewelry from the likes of Jenny Bird, Biko and Niki & Lola, handbags from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, ela and Mackage, accessories from Quill & Tine, Danier and ALDO, and much, much more. Good luck and happy shopping, fellow procrastinators! See you on the other side.
Several years ago, S went through a ruffle phase in which she amassed an impressive collection of ruffled blouses, dresses, skirts, sweaters, coats – there wasn’t a ruffled item she met that she didn’t like…and buy. She’s since moved on (it was for the better), but when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas in a gorgeous, pale pink ruffled frock in last week’s Canadian Street Style Lookbook, a bit of that obsession with all things frilly came rushing back.
Time to get our ruffle on again? We think so, but this time with a tad more…restraint. From Joe Fresh blouses to Nicholas Kirkwood pumps to Givenchy jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the loveliest ruffled pieces to shop right now. Check out the gallery below for all our picks. Will you be rocking the ruffle this season?
If you thought week 1 of THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY was epic with the $2,000+ in prizes up for grabs just for being a lovely reader of The Backseat Stylers, then week 2 is going to knock your stylish socks off, because we’ve got another $2,000+ in contests to reveal each day this week. That’s just how much we love you. And if you doubt that even just for one second, well, chew on this one: today’s giveaway is a $500 shopping spree at Joe Fresh. BOOM!
If you’re as obsessed with the brand’s cheap and cheerful wares as we are and can’t get enough of those chic silk blouses and perfect-fitting skinny jeans in every colour of the rainbow, then you’re head’s probably already spinning with ways you could spend that shopping spree. We know ours is, and we’re not even eligible to enter. But that doesn’t stop us from daydreaming right alongside you, so we’ve rounded up our current, ever-growing wish list just to throw you into even more of a Joe Fresh-induced tizzy (clockwise from top left):
1. Print party dress ($39) – This colourful, printed party frock is the perfect addition to your cocktail dress rotation. Joe’s got more where that came from, too.
2. Cable knit sweater ($29) – An ivory cable knit sweater is already a winter wardrobe classic, but add some cute elbow patches and it’s a definite must-have.
3. Sequin tuxedo jacket ($79) – It doesn’t get much more glam than this high-voltage sequin tuxedo jacket, which comes in two colours, black and silver. It’s destined to be a holiday season favourite for years to come.
4. Print shift dress ($39) – A chic, easy-to-wear printed shift dress that practically styles itself? Yes please!
5. Sequin cardigan ($49) – We adore this silver sequin cardigan: it’s cute and cozy with just the right amount of flash. We’d sport this over an ugly Christmas sweater any day.
6. Velvet pant ($29) – Because what could be more festive than red velvet skinnies?
7. Cheetah print silk shirt ($49) – We have a weakness for all of Joe Fresh’s novelty silk blouses, and this cheetah-print style with a ladylike ruffled placket is no exception.
8. Chain ankle boot ($129) – These boots are fierce with a capital F. They’re bound to up the cool factor on any outfit you pull together this winter. Need we say more?
All of that adds up to exactly $499.46, 13% taxes included; we didn’t even plan that – how’s that for ninja shopping skills. Now show us yours: how would you spend the $500 shopping spree? Tell us for a chance to get your hands on the big prize! Contest rules are below. Good luck!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other contests in THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY and check back for more daily reveals this entire week!
1. To enter, leave us a comment telling us how you would spend the $500 shopping spree, including links to the specific items on . Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Joe Fresh’s Facebook pages here and here.
2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @JoeFresh on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a @JoeFresh $500 shopping spree and I want it! http://bit.ly/18UFyX8 #BSSholiday #FreshStyle”
3. The contest closes at 11:59pm PST on December 8, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.
4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.
5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.
‘Tis the season for metallics, and Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples showed us how it’s done with a jaw-dropping gold coat featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Tacky? Far from it. Ostentatious? Maybe just a little bit. Ultra-chic? Undeniably so. In fact, it highlighted a glaring hole in our party wardrobe rotation that we obviously needed to address, stat.
From blazers to black-tie gowns and cheap and cheerful Joe Fresh to straight-off-the-runway Dolce & Gabbana, we’ve got all your golden needs covered. Check out the gallery below for our top 20 picks right now, and get your shop (and shine!) on.
Ever since we laid eyes on Nelia of Style Blog‘s croc-embossed leather skirt, we’ve been fighting the urge to steal it from her. What’s a leather skirt or two between friends? But rather than burglarize her closet, we instead decided to focus our energies on finding a stunning leather skirt all our own…legally.
What we found was 33 gorgeous reasons not to have to deprive Nelia of hers, and we’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. Between Givenchy‘s curved hem leather pencil skirt, Cedric Charlier‘s asymmetrical sheepskin skirt, and Lover‘s lace trim leather skirt, we’re sufficiently distracted enough to leave Nelia and her skirt alone. For now.
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Armed with an ongoing addiction to Joe Fresh‘s cheap and cheerful wares and a closet already full of the brand’s $49 silk blouses (in every colour/print combination imaginable) and perfectly-fitted skinny jeans, we attended the presentation for the Spring 2014 collection at World Mastercard Fashion Week knowing full well that it would spell danger for our pocketbooks (yes, even at those price points!). And we were right.
Inspired by the artist N. Dash’s wall pieces, Joe Mimran, Creative Director of Joe Fresh, sent an Asian-inspired and very covetable line-up down the runway. “This season, we refined the essence of the brand. Functionality as the new chic has become the Joe Fresh guideline. The collection is sexy and cool while maintaining a classic refined look.”
Sexy? Cool? Most definitely, and particularly in the standout pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on: a jaw-dropping pagoda print dress, an on-trend baseball jacket with an oversized tassel detail, a fierce patent leather ruffle-hem skirt, a simple tiger-print tee…the list goes on. As does our Joe Fresh obsession.
The Spring 2014 “Fresh off the Runway” collection will be sold exclusively at select Joe Fresh store locations next spring. Keep an eye out, because these to-die-for, east-meets-west looks are sure to sell out in a flash.
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As far as garments go, cardigans aren’t usually the type anyone gets overly excited about, but one in particular definitely had us seeing green. Last week, we featured Alyssa of The Ordinary Peoples sporting a fierce sweater coat (never did we think we would ever describe a sweater coat as ‘fierce’) in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and now we totally want one too: the kind of cardigan grandmas would scoff at but cool girls everywhere would wear in a heart beat.
Fashion and function in one cozy yet chic garment? We were all over that search, and found 20 that fit the bill, including designs from Canadian brands like Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan, LINE Knitwear, and John & Jen. Check out the gallery below for all of our favourites.
When I heard that shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster were coming to town, I knew exactly which pair of shoes I’d be sporting to the shindig in their honour at Hudson’s Bay: neon yellow graphic-print platform pumps from Kirkwood’s Spring 2013 collection. Their fellow compatriot Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia has often confessed to dressing from the feet up, and I certainly did too on this occasion.
I’d say the shoes were the hero of the ensemble, but I’m currently obsessed with velvet blazers. This one from L’Agence was super soft and fit like a dream. I’d live in it this fall if I could get away with donning a velvet tuxedo jacket all day, every day. But then again, why can’t I? I’ll happily be that lady in the checkout line at a Walmart in suburbia wearing a velvet tuxedo jacket for no good reason, thank you very much.
L’Agence velvet blazer / Joe Fresh blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / Chanel brooch / Saint Laurent clutch / LeiVanKash ring
It’s the moment that Joe Fresh addicts across the country have been waiting for: the homegrown purveyor of cheap and cheerful fashions has announced that it will be launching e-commerce in Canada – finally!
According to the tweet heard from Vancouver to Halifax, the new online store will go live soon and will ship everywhere in Canada. Our only question is: how soon? Because there’s a lot of Joe on our fall wish lists and we’d like to get the shopping started from the comfort of our couch, stat.
Backstage before the Joe Fresh Fall 2013 presentation at Toronto Fashion Week last week, designer Joe Mimran complimented me on my shirt. It was no surprise that he liked it – it was his after all, a black and white graphic print silk blouse I recently acquired from my local Joe Fresh store. In fact, my sartorial choice for that evening turned out to be a sign of what was to come on the runway: black, white and oh so fresh.
With Heather Marks and Amanda Laine leading the pack, Joe’s line-up of models emerged in fall pieces perfect for those of us who are ready to retire the colour-blocking and bright prints and bring back the black and white with a vengeance. From a simple striped turtleneck to a heavily studded leather jacket to a jumper aptly embroidered with “The End” to close the show, Joe Fresh’s runway collection for fall was everything we’ve come to expect from the brand: trendy but not painfully so, pocketbook-friendly without looking it, and entirely covetable.
With too many pieces on my fall wish list to count, it seems my Joe Fresh addiction continues…
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