Sunday, December 22, 2013

Starts with Inspiration: Winter Gear from Raindrops Toronto

Happy Sunday! Hope you're all keeping safe and warm with the icy weather outside!

I was kindly invited to visit the Raindrops Toronto last week to check out some of their new winter coats. 

Don't let the name fool you, Raindrops is just as stylishly stocked with diverse winter gear ready to prepare you for the colder winter months ahead as they are with stand-out rain gear to withstand a torrential rainfall. 

With winter coats ranging from $196 to $700, there is literally something for everyone including ladies, men, and children.

The leather details and cinched belt on this Aigle Cuckmere Down Parka ($575) drew me immediately. A perfect city coat for those seeking a warmth while looking chic. The added bonus? It's machine washable.


The practical pocket details and luxurious fur hood on this Quartz Nature (Canadian-made!) parka stood out as a great choice for weekend errand-running. Trust me, after trying this on for only a few minutes, I can attest it delivers serious warmth.

Finally, the duffel-style coat also from Quartz stood out as a more elevated piece that one could wear during the week for colder trips to the office.

And last but not least (I couldn't resist!), check out these fiercely bling-bling umbrellas by Pasotti Ombrelli. Perfect for any stylish rain-hating man in your life :)

Have a lovely week and happy (and warm!) holiday season!

Images: Starts with Style

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fashion News: Manitobah Mukluks partners with Holt Renfrew

The sudden cold spell and snow storms this week have brought along longings for warm feet and toasty toes. As if on cue, Manitobah Mukluks, a Canadian company that produces internationally-recognized authentic Aboriginal mukluks, moccasins and accessories, has announced a unique partnership with Holt Renfrew.

The Storyboot Project, featured as as part of Holt Renfrew's H Project, Holt's in-store shop featuring unique products, will showcase a collection of artist-made mukluks. 

Featuring hand-crafted mukluks by Aboriginal artist Annie McKay (Cree Nation, Grand Rapids), this special project offers a 50/50 profit sharing agreement with the artisans, truly exemplifying the company's commitment to ensuring a positive community impact. 

Holt Renfrew is the first national retail partner for Manitobah Mukluks, and will carry the core collection (ranging from $60-$1,500 CAD) nationally. The Annie McKay Storyboot mukluks are $800 and are available in all H Project in-store shops.

Warm feet and a good cause? This is surely another item to add to the holiday wish list. 

For more information visit the company's website

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wish List: Coach Borough in Retro Glove Tan Leather

Back in October, I was waxing poetic about Coach's new Borough bag. This week they launched new colours to this already to-die-for collection. This warm grey version in retro glove tan leather is absolutely scrumptious and a perfect seasonless alternative to classic black. Other colours include camel and vermillion, making it that much harder to pick just one colour.

Free shipping on orders $150+ on now for those looking to add one of these beauties to their collection.

Image source: Coach

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Starts with knee high boots...

The search for the perfect knee-high boot can often be difficult for girls on the petite side. Usually the difficulty is finding the ideal fit in the shaft - either it's too wide or too tall. I've also purchased boots before and brought them to a cobbler to narrow the shaft, but this can be a pricey and time-consuming endeavour. 

For those on the hunt for their go-to boot this winter, here are some things I keep in mind when shopping:

Is the shaft too wide? Consider how these boots will be worn. Will these be worn mostly with jeans tucked in or with tights under a dress? Either way, a form-fitting shaft ensures a streamlined look (i.e. not like a pirate) and that the boots won't be shifting around while you walk (very uncomfortable, trust me)

Is the boot too tall? Unless the boot is an over-the-knee boot, the top should end just a few inches below the knee. Too low on the calf and it'll actually appear to widen and shorten the leg, too high on the calf will make it look like you're being swallowed by the boot.

Is there enough grip on the bottom? One of the downsides of most high-end boots is that the soles tend to be leather. While this is a luxurious touch in the summer months, leather soles will hardly withstand the salt, wet sidewalks and cold streets. This can easily be remedied by bringing the boot to a cobbler to have them resoled with weatherproof rubber. This will also protect you against potentially dangerous (and embarrassing) spills on the ice.  

In terms of design, I personally prefer relatively unadorned boots with as little embellishment as possible. This helps ensure longevity in terms of style, and the most versatility with my wardrobe.

Happy hunting!

Boots: Loeffler Randall