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Kate Middleton goes normcore and casually beats William in a yacht race

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Kate Middleton normcore New Zealand

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Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to this high seas, competing in a friendly competition with New Zealand’s national yacht racing team. They got to wear sleek life jackets and normcore-approved windbreakers and hats, overtop their usual “Royals, they’re just like us!” casualwear. For Kate Middleton, this means Zara skinny jeans and a Breton stripe scoop neck shirt from Me + Em, a London-based retailer. And, because she was indeed on a boat, Kate wore a pair of tan and white Sebago boat shoes. Our favourite part of the whole outing was when Kate won the yacht race and was all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ at Price William as she sailed past him. Go Kate! Read more »

Valentine’s Day, 3 ways: The perfect date ideas, the perfect outfits


Valentines Day Dates

Given that Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, the options for how you chose to celebrate are pretty plentiful. Requisite tearjerkers Endless Love and Winter’s Tale hit theatres that day and there’s bound to be your fair share of love-seekers swiping right on Tinder all night long. For those looking to go all out however, we’ve planned out 3 Valentine’s Day date ideas and 3 perfect outfits to go along with ‘em.

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Stylish winter coats: Prep for the polar vortex with 13 ultra-warm picks


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It’s official. 2014 can now lay claim to the coldest day of the century. And while the frigid temperatures caught everyone off guard, the polar vortex will come again, if you can believe it. Layers upon layers of sweaters and scarves all piled under a bulky overcoat simply ain’t going to cut it anymore. You owe it to your closet, and to yourself, to invest in a quality stylish winter jacket. Consider us your winter wardrobe therapists.

One of the greatest winter conundrums of maintaining steez in the snow is how to find a unique coat that highlights your style. Lo and behold: the yearly challenge of finding a “not-completely-heinous-and-isn’t-a-black-hooded-fur-trimmed-parka-but-will-still-keep-you-toasty-warm” coat. We say: bring it on.
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Perfect party dresses under $100: 50 budget-friendly getups to take you through holiday season

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Party Dresses Under 100

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Realizing there can be very little wiggle room in the budget around the holidays, it takes imagination to juggle the season’s demands. We jump through hoops in search of the most perfect gifts while dealing with conflicting party dates with finesse. All that’s left is what to wear to all the festive affairs while making every dollar stretch. That’s where we come in with our 50 handpicked party dresses under $100. We’ve searched our favourite online retailers for dresses to suit every party mood you may find yourself in. If the night calls for a few friends hanging out for eggnog, a boho chic piece from Nasty Gal makes for a cool laid back look. For those ultra luxe dos that demand a little sophistication, we found a River Island metallic maxi and two vintage sixties cocktail dresses. For the life-of-the-party kind of gal, we have sequins, polka dots and a shoulder to ankle lacy number to keep the spotlight on you. We’ve left no stone unturned by including an on-trend tartan midi, florals and animal prints and even quilted and velvet finishes. Since a closet lined with options is essential in avoiding outfit déjà vu, these party dresses under $100 will have you festivity ready with just a few clicks. Read more »

Forget family heirlooms! Kate Middleton pairs a $40 Zara necklace with a Roland Mouret gown


Kate Middleton Roland Mouret Zara

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Last night the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, as it was selected as this year’s Royal Film Performance. Will and Kate were joined by the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, as well as Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi Mandela, for the lavish opening. However, the event took a tragic turn when, during the screening, it was announced that Nelson Mandela had passed away. Will briefly shared his condolences with reporters after the film, saying: “We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It’s very sad.”

The Royal Film Performance started in 1946, and members of the royal family attend each year with proceeds going to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. Always one to look amazing on a red carpet, Kate wore a cream-coloured Roland Mouret gown, a piece that she first wore in May 2012 to a private dinner with The Thirty Club. Kate also wore black suede Prada heels and carried a matching clutch by Mulberry. She also debuted a new hairstyle, opting to wear her hair in a volume-filled ponytail, tied with a black ribbon. But the standout item is, without a doubt, the necklace. Read more »

Inside Zara: A rare look at the inner workings of fashion’s most mysterious megachain


Inside Zara

Ilustration by Kathryn McNaughton

If ever a retail wiz there was, the omnipotent Zara is one because, well, the list is a lengthy one. There’s the dominating presence of its 1,763 stores worldwide, and that’s not including its offspring, Zara Kids and Zara Home. There’s its notoriously media-shy founder, Amancio Ortega, who keeps a low profile despite being the world’s fourth-richest person. And there’s the miraculous way the brand has weathered the recession with record profits and continued expansion, not to mention its disparate cult of loyal followers that includes the Duchess of Cambridge, Garance Doré and the girl next door. And although the brand has made enemies of high-end designers who have accused it of lifting designs directly from runways, the company has yet to be successfully challenged. But none of these achievements can be credited to any advertising smoke and mirrors: Zara doesn’t do splashy billboards or TV spots.

So when I received a rare invitation to visit the retailer’s gated headquarters, I double clicked “yes.” As someone who lacks neither the courage to wear a Balenciaga bra top nor the heart to don Céline’s palazzo pants but perhaps the funds to do so, I was eager to meet my great and powerful fast fashion maker.
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Kate Middleton wears Ralph Lauren and Zara for her first official appearance since the birth of Prince George


Kate Middleton Anglesey marathon

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We may not get another glimpse of Prince George for quite some time, but Kate Middleton seems quite eager to be back in the public eye. This morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first official royal appearance together since the birth of Prince George—who stayed at home with Grandma Middleton. The couple appeared at the Ring O’ Fire Coastal Ultra Marathon, a weekend-long race that circles the entire Isle of Anglesey and looks both super beautiful and super terrifying. Of course, we’d like to imagine that all the runners got an extra boost of adrenaline and encouragement upon seeing that Kate had come out to wish them well at the start line. Read more »

Zara Home launches in Canada with stores in Toronto, Laval and online


Zara Home Canada

First e-commerce, now Zara Home. The ever-popular Spanish megabrand is certainly showing Canadians a lot of love as of late. Once the store we’d only ogle while on vacation in Europe, Zara’s home décor spinoff is now launching in North America with two Canadian locations. The first location, at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre will open on August 22 to coincide with an e-commerce launch on the same day at The second, in Quebec’s Carrefour Laval, will open a week later on August 29.

As for what to expect, think on-trend designs and contemporary prices in line with Zara’s clothing and accessories. After skimming the international websites for a peek, we found cool blown-glass vases for $30 and luxe looking comforter covers for upwards of $80. To say we’re eagerly awaiting Canada’s latest and greatest international retail debut would be an understatement.

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