Spring 2010 Shopping Essentials
March 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm 0
Spring is a time of change, renewed energy, and best of all wonderful fashion after months of drab and dark winter clothes! To help you out we’ve made a list of what you need for the new season and how much you should spend to get it. But be warned, this is not your typical list - this doesn't show a list of over priced and super trendy one season only fashions. These shopping essentials are meant to last for seasons and be reasonably priced - helping you look great, and invest in items that you can get maximum wear out of!

neutral heels with fun details
Neutral Coloured Heels With Fun Details – approx $150 These are a good staple because they can go with pretty much anything, can last several seasons and are super versatile for work and for fun. These also go really well with the military inspired clothes that are popular now, in case you want to mix some trendy items in your wardrobe. Shoes pictured are Micheal Kors Spring 2009 collection – that are still very wearable this season!

Open Toe Black Heels – approx $150 Every girl needs a pair of black heels! These are also super versatile but can also easily show fading and general wear and tear. So make sure you take good care of them, or replace them regularly. BCBG always has an excellent collection of basics and super fun black heels.

sandals for spring 2010
Fun Summer Sandals – approx $100 Since the other pair of shoes are basics, splash out and have some fun with your summer sandals. Buy ones that can work at the office or at the park and don’t be afraid to choose ones that are slightly trendy and will be worn out after one season. Summer shoes normally cannot endure longer than one year - so be prepared to replace these next year. Shoes pictured above are from NineWest.

White pants – approx $100 Nothing says spring like white pants. Yes, they may be hard to keep clean, but they look great coupled with bright shirts and the neutral coloured heels. Throw on some fun accessories and you have an outfit that looks amazing and can repeated almost once a week! Jacob is a great source for basics like white pants. You an usually score pants on sale from $50 up to $100.

Femme de Carriere Spring 2010

3 Colourful Shirts With Fun Details – approx $100 each Lighten up! Enjoy all spring has to offer with brightly coloured shirts, fun patterns and cool cuts. Not only will these fun shirts make you feel springy these three shirts can be mixed with pants, cute skirts, or shorts and are a great addition to your regular rotation of spring clothes. Femme de Carriere is always a great source for fabulous shirts with fun colours and very flattering cuts. Sometimes they can be really pricey, so watch out for when they have sales (very regularly) and you can score the same great shirt for $$$’s off.


An Everyday Dress – approx $125 Now that you don’t need to cover up as much enjoy the ease that a spring dresses offers. You don’t have to worry about what tights to wear or if it’s warm enough outside to wear it. Just put it on! Add either of the three shoes above, pile on the accessories and enjoy! Easy peasy! Club Monaco is a good source for dresses, and Jacob also has some great and inexpensive basics.
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Fancy Spa vs. Cheap Nail Bar: Who Gives A Better Manicure
March 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm 6
One of the luxuries of being a girl is all the pamering - hair appointments, shopping trips, manicures, pedicures and all sorts of other lovely things that make us feel super special. But does it have to cost a fortune? Can you go for the cheaper option but still get great value? This week we're testing out nail bars. Is there a difference between the fancy spa and cheap nail bar? At the average fancy spa a manicure will cost $40, but at the inexpensive nail bar it's about $15. Once you add a tip you are looking at $45 vs. $18. Is it worth it?
for manicures expensive does not mean better

for manicures expensive does not mean better

Recently we tested out Elmwood Spa to see if it was worth the price difference. The facilities at the spa are lovely - there is a wonderful change room, water treatments that make you feel so relaxed, and flavoured water and apples everywhere. But, when it came time to get the manicure we were ushered down into the basement - and seated in a room with 20 other women cramped in little chairs getting manicures and pedicures. It was anything but glamourous! Trying to keep an open mind we chatted with the manicure ladies and people watched the other patrons. The manicurist trimmed our cuticles, shaped our nails and painted away using the Elmline products - a brand specific to this spa. The trimming and shaping were ok, although not as thorough as expected, but the nail varnish was awful! It was streaky, clumpy and just would not even out. And we were paying $45 for this! We asked the manicurist to remove the polish and start again with a recognized brand - OPI. This polish went on much better, smoother and didn't look like dollar store varnish. When we were done with the treatment and it was time to pay the friendly receptionist asked how we liked the manicure. It was time to be honest - "It was the worst manicure we've ever had". We were told the manager would call to see how they could make it better, but they never did. Over at the inexpensive nail bar we had a manicures and pedicures. As expected the place was busy, loud and crowded and the manicurist didn't have the same gentle approach as at Elmwood spa, but the results were fantastic! Our nails were trimmed well, our cuticles never looked better and the polish was applied perfectly. Some naysayers avoid cheaper nail bars saying they are unhygienic - but all you have to do is use some common sense (i.e. if there are used needles on the floor it's probably not a clean place) and if it makes you more comfortable just ask for any tools used on you to be sanitized with alcohol. So if you are looking for a great manicure the cheap nail bar is a better bet. It may not be as relaxing as the spa, but you will have great looking nails, and you'll have saved yourself a few bucks!