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Swanky 60s Dress for $29 June 5, 2009

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WU09DR3222I have a confession to make. When I first saw this dress, I couldn’t help but think of my Baba’s curtains and an age-old fabric called Crimpoline. Still, I was intrigued by the cut of it and went to the store to try it on, just for kicks.

Well, call me busted. I bought the dress. The fit was fantastic. I love the seam above the bustline that hides everything that should be hidden (a little roll at the waist, a little flare in the saddlebags).

The dress has enough structure to maintain its shape, which is a good thing. There’s a side zipper under the armhole that makes it easy to get in to. We’ve all had that moment of panic is the dressing room when you get the dress over your shoulders then get stuck.

And best of it, it has pockets! Yes, two discreet side seam pockets that can hold your cellphone and a $20 bill.

I figure I can grab a pair of extra large white sunglasses and a floppy day-at-the-races hat and look a little bit like Jackie O. Or I can wear it over some navy blue tights and look a little bit like, well, me.

My point here, of course, is try things on. You might be surprised at how fabulous you look.

$29 at Superstore and Loblaws


Your New Spring Coat March 21, 2009

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jfs-classic-trench-59One morning it’s winter and by afternoon, spring has arrived. That’s the way it is in Canada. And there’s me, without a new spring coat. Once again, I have to turn to Joe. This classic trench from Joe Fresh Style also comes in a perky coral colour. There’s also a shorter version, which I recently purchased, and stepping out of my safe black/navy zone, bought it in the raspberry shade. The styling does wonders for any figure and the sizing is bang on, maybe tipping slightly to the generous. Wear it with some funky rubber boots, tights and a jaunty short scarf. $59 for the trench, $39 for the shorter version at Superstore and Loblaws.


A Riot of Colour for Spring March 12, 2009

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I received a package from Winners the other day featuring all the new looks for spring. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. When will this winter end? How much are we expected to endure? The good news is that spring merchandise is flowing freely into our favourite shopping spots. If we can’t wear it right now, at least we can buy it and be ready for when spring breaks (it will, honestly). Winners says the hot looks are safari, fringes, bold prints and flashy accessories. Traffic-stopping designer maxi dress, $399.99, caged leather wedge sandal, $169.99, Italian leather messenger bag, $129.99. As you know, selections vary greatly among Winners stores.wi-32wi-2cwi-5b1