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Canadian designers rock!

c-SENTALER-Luxury-Outerwear_-Wrap-Coat-with-Ribbed-Sleeves---Rose-Dust2-2017_largeAs we sit in a heat wave it’s hard to think about fall/winter. But it’s a great time to check out new brands and lines. After all, F/W is the biggest season.

Canadian designers rock when it comes to outerwear. One of my new faves is Sentaler – you may not have heard of them but their designs and workmanship are exquisite.

When Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visited Canada a couple of years ago, she wore this jacket and sent Sentaler into the stratosphere.

Today this beautiful line offers several styles to suit a range of body types and sizes.

Coats are made from super fine alpaca and wool, making them both luxurious and warm.

There are some beautiful styles for fall, my favourite is this hooded version in blush. So feminine and yet so practical.  Sentaler blush

I’m going to save up to purchase this gorgeous coat, perfect for fall/winter. Many of Sentaler’s designs are on pre-order for delivery in September.

Beautiful. Made in Canada.

 

 

 

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Spring-fresh fashion

What’s hot this spring?

blue and white off shoulder

 

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Peasant tops and cold-shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of boho-chic, peasant, cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops this spring. Don’t be afraid to try these styles, but ensure your ‘girls’ are supported with a strapless bra. This is especially important for women over 30, or large-busted women. Also, do a mirror check to ensure your top is not see-through.

 

 

Coloured and patterned shoes

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If you love shoes – and really, who doesn’t, check out bold, bright shoes in a range of colours and patterns. Floral, graphic, interesting details – there are some wonderful choices to add a little pop to your look!

 

Straw bags

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Nothing says summer like straw! Really cool for spring/summer, check out the fun, fresh straw handbags. Some can be quite inexpensive and are available as clutches, handbags and totes.

 

A word about shorts

plus sheath dressanimal print skirt  denim dress

I personally don’t find shorts suitable for women over 40, no matter how nice your legs are. In France, for example, they don’t consider shorts appropriate for anyone over the age of 12. (That’s where the notion of “putting on your big girl/boy pants” comes from). So, how does the sophisticated women stay cool and chic?

I love a great summer dress, or skirt and top for warm days. The best part is that a breezy summer dress can really go anywhere – work, dinner, drinks, shopping, backyard barbecue, library… you name it. Consider it when you’re getting ready to go out.