Fashion-able: fun spring fashion

In like a lion, out like a lamb. March in Toronto definitely
started with a roar, so we hope the saying holds true and we can start looking
forward to April’s mellower temperatures (so far, though, we’re not impressed). And since there’s only one way to see May flowers, we want to
start by taking a look at some spring fashion that’ll have you singing in the rain, instead of moaning about it.



Rain gear
With all of those dreadful rain/snow/slush messes out there,
it’s important to be prepared for anything. K-Way has recently popped up on our
radar as adorable, weather-appropriate rain gear. The lightweight,
completely waterproof jackets can be folded into a small bag for easy
transport. Find more here. The bright, punchy colours will definitely chase away any rainy-day blues. 



Next up, naturally, are rain boots. Since they’re essential but sporadically used, it’s easy to add some colour to your day
by sporting a bright red, plaid, patterned or otherwise noisy pair proudly through the puddles. Or stick with classic black and rest easy knowing that you can walk around with dry, warm feet.




We especially like this pair from French heritage brand Aigle. They’re new to Canada but have been loved all over the world for years now, so we’re especially excited to get our mitts on them. All of their styles come in a variety of colours – try the Miss Juliette ($165) in a chic, classic black.



This ankle-grazing version of the Miss Juliette boot ($155) in bright ruby red are also awesome – but careful on the puddle depth when wearing these. 


Florals

We’ve been fully on board with the re-appearance of florals for ages now (remember this post?) and we’ll keep wearing them, well… forever, frankly. Shameless in our love for pattern.


No longer this:



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But now this: 

The cheeriest spring colours and prints.

Florals have grown up, gotten a great bachelor pad in Parkdale and are out on the town every night, glass of bourbon in hand. We love mixing colours, patterns and sizes, wearing them on our feet and nails, etc.


Some of our favourite examples of floral pattern mixing from spring 2013 collections: 

Cavelli SS2013
Image by Alessandro Lucioni from ELLE.com.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Image by Alessandro Lucioni from ELLE.com.


Tanya Taylor
Image by Alessandro Lucioni from ELLE.com.
We were especially chuffed to spot one of our style icons, SJP, sporting her infamous flower lapel pins at a recent Toronto event. We’ll gladly dig ours out of the back of the closet and give it another spin. 

She’s just as excited as we are about florals.

Nails
Something cool for nails this spring (beyond bright new shades and oil slick manicures): A Polish cosmetics
executive has developed a new form of nail polish: the Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel lets air and water pass through it, allowing nails to “breathe” and help improve overall nail health. Currently
available in Quebec in 46 (!) colours, we’re hoping that we can buy some online
before they fly off the shelves. And fingers crossed that the line is on its way to Ontario soon… 

There you have it – now there’s no excuse to not embrace the date on the calendar and get rid of the black winter peacoat. It’s time.



Fashion-able: Totes, buckets, satchels & more

We On The Fourth Floor understand that not all bags can transition through the seasons. Our bulky black leather purse we’ve been toting around for eight months, while gorgeous, can be a bit heavy and dark when temperatures start to soar. 



We’ve compiled a few handbags we’re coveting, from all different price points, that we think would make a good addition to our summer ensembles. Not to mention also great if you need any Fourth Floor gift ideas. 😉

First up is the always-popular PS1 satchel by Proenza Schouler ($1488), but in a great tropical print. As we’re sure you’ve seen a certain ubiquitous neon satchel, nothing says summer like a fun, bright bag. It may be a bit pricey, but FASHION shows us how to rationalize this investment piece. (Both Natalie & Christina are big fans).




On the other hand Kylie would opt for a classic M.A.C. (Morning After Clutch) by Rebecca Minkoff bag in an army green colour. Always thinking ahead she comments that “their fall colours include maroon and green. They are all pretty beautiful and I’m a big fan of the gold hardware.”

 

This practical chic Filson ($300) satchel caught the eye of Abby who thinks It’s cute, will last forever and the long strap also means that I can wear it while riding my bike. Score.”

For a classic tote at a higher price point Andie opted for a Prada bag ($1730) she’s had her eye on for a while, “I could wear this bag in any season. Though I’m a little wary of a lighter colour getting dirty, I think its the perfect size for taking from day to night. Definitely a good investment.”



Erin is in the mindset for summer and says “all I need is my bright pink rattan beach bag for my towel, sunscreen and a good magazine,” which makes this Rebecca Minkoff tote ($206) perfect for a jaunt to the beach. 


The newest member to our Fourth Floor crew Christie, is a self-proclaimed loyal Coco-follower and heavy advocate of the double C’s. Often the 2.55 is A. overdone and B. not always summer friendly,” but would opt for this Chanel metallic python version if money was no object. Price point? Not in our budgets.  



If money was no object, which bag would have your eye on? 

Fashion-able: Structural bags

Here On The Fourth Floor, and like most women, we need bags that are great for work and play. Versatility meets style is the name of the game when you work 9 to 5 p.m. and then go straight to evening events. Fun and bright structural bags are perfect to go from a client meeting straight to a work event.

One of our absolute faves is made by the Cambridge Satchel Company. The bag comes in tons of bright colours and can be seen recently on some of our favourite fashion blogs (here and here). This piece is classic, fun and adds a splash of colour that will make any outfit snap, crackle and pop.

Best yet, the 15-inch satchel is less than $150. Awesome.

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If you have deeper pockets, Proenza Schouler’s PS1 is the structural bag for you. Available in a variety of bright colours and luxe materials like calf velvet, leather and crocodile you can’t get a more luxurious structural bag. Hollywood’s shiny stars live for this bag and it’s been seen on the arms of the Olsen twins, Jessica Alba and Nicky Hilton, if you care.   

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Bags start at $1,500 and go up (way up) from there.

The bag we’re also coveting is Rebecca Minkoff’s newest design, appropriately named Cupid.  We love the shape, the detailing and the gorgeous color options. How perfect is this teal?

The Cupid is available for $495.

Looking to take your boyfriend to post-work events without looking like a slouch? Filson makes the perfect structural satchel appropriate for any date night. The Leather Field Satchel is handmade in Seattle and will last your boy a lifetime. Hopefully your boy lasts that long, too.

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Available for $795 (find it at Garrison Bespoke in Toronto). 

What’s your summer 2011 must-have bag? Comment below or tweet us @rockitpromo.

Fashion-able: Friendship bracelets

Best friends are there for the break-ups, make-ups and to share clothes. Yes, even the Alexander Wang clothes you’d rather not share with anyone. So how do you celebrate years of such fun, loyalty and fights over cute boys?
A throwback to your grade four days, friendship bracelets are back in a big way. The latest in wrist wear is colourful, trendy and completely age appropriate, regardless of how old you are. If you are ready to tie up with your BFF, take a look at these fine string options.
Made by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, DANNIJO jewelry is hand-made in classic yet bohemian style with a rocker edge. Their bold and sparkly pieces are the current jewels of choice for fashion “it” girls everywhere. For the “it” girls in your life, DANNIJO has a four pack of friendship bracelets in this season’s brightest hues. 

String-chic and finished off with a signature DANNIJO logo, the bracelets are easily tied and adjustable. At $48 for all four, DANNIJO makes friendship fashionable. 

If string is not your thing, than Rebecca Minkoff might be more up your alley. Say “best friends” in python with the Cassidy bracelet ($75). This double wrap triangle studded bracelet is made with genuine leather and an adjustable buckle closure. Since animal print really is the new black, you’ll surely be the coolest best friends in town wearing these bracelets

Feeling crafty? Go for DIY friendship bracelets, because family members aren’t the only ones who appreciate those homemade gifts. Get stringing with 22 colours of floss, metallic beads, four colour-coded looms, a beading needle and easy to use instructions.  

Packaged in a little suitcase, the Friends Forever Friendship Bracelet Kit ($29) takes friendship on the road. Sold at Chapters, these are true friendship bracelets made with a whole lot of heart. Seriously, it’s time consuming. 

How do you show your friends you care? Would you give them a friendship bracelet? Tweet us @rockitpromo