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Warm Weather Getaway Essentials

POSTED March 4th, 2015

If you’re lucky enough to have a tropical vacation planned for spring break, we’re sure that packing is on the mind. Since we’re all used to being bundled up from our toes up to our ears, get ready to shed some layers and embrace spring’s hot trends. These are our essentials for a beach vacation:

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St. Tropez Tanning Lotion, Sephora, $49 Stripe Lace Espadrilles, Forever 21,  $18 Batik Print Swim Cover Up, Forever 21, $10 Marc Jacobs Crush Lipstick, $35 Wildred Hymne Dress, Aritzia, $145 High Heel Sandals, Zara, $99 Leather Bucket Bag, Zara, $99 Aztec Beaded Skirt, Hudson’s Bay, $60 Topshop Double Scallop Suit, Hudson’s Bay, $68 Prada Sunglasses, Sunglass Hut, $410

Oscars 2015: Fashionable Frocks of the Evening

POSTED March 3rd, 2015

The predictions were made, the red carpet was rolled out and the Oscars were awarded last month. While we’re still playing catch up on seeing all of the nominated flicks, we certainly didn’t miss out on the best scene of all: the red carpet. While some of our favourite leading ladies knocked it out of the park (as per usual) there are breakout stars that made our list this year for our best-dressed list of 2015.

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Ravishing RedsNot normally our first choice for an awards event, Dakota Johnson, Giuliana Rancic and Rosamund Pike all stunned in red. Whether you opt for lace, sequins or an accompanying side slit, we’re sure you’ll make an entrance to your event in this bold hue. Get a similar look with this peplum style from BCBG, $498  Blushing BabesWith spring right around the corner, pastel hues are certainly on the mind for many. We loved these takes on various shades of blush from Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston and Kerry Washington. Recreate the trend with this number from BCBG, $248 Exaggerated Embellishment Quite possibly our favourite trend from the night, layers upon layers of embellishment stole the show and red carpet for many attendees. Anna Faris, Lupita Nyong’O and Jennifer Lopez were our personal picks that showed their personal take on this trend.  Rock a look all your own in this Halston Heritage dress, Hudson’s Bay, $545

How to Wear Winter Whites

POSTED February 27th, 2015

Sure, you’ve read about it, likely seen it and even thought about styling it yourself but when it comes time, you may find yourself hesitating to style an all-white ensemble in the dead of winter. Unfortunately, so many of us have been molded into the thought that you can’t wear white past Labor Day but that rule has long been banished and it’s time to get on board.

While white is certainly the dominant tone in the outfit, consider adding complimentary shades of greys or pastels like a baby pink. In this outfit, we added a fun hue with the addition of a crossbody bag that will break up the white.
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Floppy Wide Brim Hat, Forever 21, $21 Checked Wide Leg Trouser, Zara, $59 Perforated Mesh Wrap, Banana Republic, $50 Coach Crossbody Bag, $140 Tailored Shirt, Gap, $49 Meshed Cropped Pullover, Banana Republic, $95

New York Fashion Week Favs: Fall 2015 Recap

POSTED February 26th, 2015

It’s no surprise we like to stay ahead of the curve at Mapleview Centre so we spent the last two weeks combing over updates, Instagram snaps and more to get the dish on the trends you can expect to see for Fall 2015.

We’ve rounded up our personal favourites from the runway models to previews for some of the amazing brands you can find at Mapleview including BCBG, Michael Kors, Banana Republic and more.

Ask us to summarize how we see next year’s trends rolling out and we’re loving the nod to the 70s with layered tweeds, faux fur accents and colour palettes of avocado green with harvest gold. There’s also a strong continuation of the menswear trend for women so patent brogues, two piece suits and fedoras will continue to reign in collections for next year.

Here are some snaps of items we’ve got our eye on from the amazing retailers at Mapleview Centre.

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Winter Skincare Regime: Don’t Crack Under Pressure!

POSTED February 18th, 2015

For some women, trading the heat and sun for the cold and snow means trading a sun kissed tan for a rosy glow on the cheeks. For most women (including me), it means an uncomfortable dryness to the skin on our hands, face, feet and more. Your skin feels tight, dry and in some cases may even crack with extreme temperatures.

Thankfully, various products are now available to help combat these winter woes and assist in restoring that luscious winter glow we all strive for. Find some of my favourites below that was a must have during the cooler months.

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer - A bestseller for a reason, the effects of this product work beneath the surface layers throughout the day. Perfect for the woman on the go, this moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin leaving the surface area soft and nurtured.

2. Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 - Yes, we’ve heard this time and time before, but just because it’s -10 out, doesn’t mean our skin can’t burn from exposure to the sun. Consider a daily SPF such as this to provide lasting protecting against UVA and UVV rays. This product works great with any of the items listed above and can be applied following your moisturizer.

3. Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore Tightening Concentrate - This serum helps to restore elasticity to the skin leaving you with a more toned and uplifted look.

4. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate - I am obsessed with this product! Applied before your moisturizer, this serum helps give new life to dull skin and works to hydrate your face throughout the day.
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A bestseller for a reason, the effects of this product work beneath the surface layers throughout the day. Perfect for the woman on the go, this moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin leaving the surface area soft and nurtured. Yes, we’ve heard this time and time before, but just because it’s -10 out, doesn’t mean our skin can’t burn from exposure to the sun. Consider a daily SPF such as this to provide lasting protecting against UVA and UVV rays. This product works great with any of the items listed above and can be applied following your moisturizer. This serum helps to restore elasticity to the skin leaving you with a more toned and uplifted look. I am obsessed with this product! Applied before your moisturizer, this serum helps give new life to dull skin and works to hydrate your face throughout the day. Kiehls

What to Wear for Valentine’s Day

POSTED February 13th, 2015

With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, you’ve got some shopping to do. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to splurge on a cute skirt or sassy dress you’ve had your eye on. Whether you plan on playing your sweet side or letting out the va-va-voom, we’ve got two options to consider for your big night out.

Xo Mapleview
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Skirt: 424 Fifth, $129 Enroelid Clutch, $50 Aldo Elora Chunky Chain Necklace $68 Elory Blouse: Mix Media V Tank, Banana Republic, $55 Flora Pumps, Nine West, $150 Valerie Crystal Clutch, $148, Marciano Savanna Necklace, Marciano, $88 Kate Strapless Ruched Skirt Dress, BCBG, $310 Sophia Webster Rose Gold Pumps, $596, The Bay