By way of our summer must-haves, we'd like to introduce kind of official-like a group of Canadian style-savvy site types we've called the StyleCollective.ca. Think of this as a tasting -- you're invited to click through the links to get to know our friends a little better.
Kim Vallee, At Home with Kim Vallee
Apple Pancakes apron, $44
"Like shoes, a girl should accessorize the apron she is wearing with her party decor or her menu. You cannot go wrong with a feminine, vintage style apron. This is why I put on my list the Apple Pancakes apron created by London designer Lisa Stickley for Anthropologie. If you are too shy for the cheerful lime, you might prefer the blue azure of her Spanish Omelet apron. Then, make sure the invitations for a brunch are in the mail." anthropologie.com
Michelle Villett, BeautyEditor.ca
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, $38
"As a beauty editor, I've been saying for years that lipstick is back -- and this time I actually mean it! For those of us who came of age in the gloss generation, Rouge Coco is the perfect segue: the texture is more like a balm and the colours are rich but very sheer. Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock and our very own Rachel McAdams all wore it at the Oscars, and they are very stylish indeed. Finally, let's be honest: it looks totally sick when you pull something Chanel out of your handbag, no?" Chanel counters
Ali de Bold, ChickAdvisor
French Connection S/S2010 Dresses
I was going to attempt to pick just one of these, but honestly I bought 5 this season and I haven't decided which I like the best. They're adorable, aren't they? I wear them to work, to events and even out on dates. I get a lot of compliments on them. They are snug in all the right places and the cinch at the waist gives a great hourglass shape. The rose dress ($138) recently appeared on Y+R's most stylish character. Not that I watch that showâ€¦. frenchconnection.com
Catriona Smart (aka Coco), Coco&Lowe
The Lightweight Utility Jacket
"Because the weather will not make up its mind, our must-have is the lightweight utility jacket. It's light enough to throw over anything and adds just enough protection from the wonky elements. Available at virtually any price-point, from H&M to Chloe, the lightweight utility jacket can move from day to night and give any outfit an edgy, cool vibe."
Alison Lawler-Dean, Gifted
Magnolia Tree Urn or Lilac Tree Bowl, $22.99
"As spring blissfully turns to summer, beautiful blooms are everywhere and truly make the best gifts. Whether you bring your mom a hand-tied bouquet, a party host a fragrant herb plant, or a budding gardener something striking for the lawn, you will be giving them a gift that will last. Indigo offers start-up magnolia and lilac plant kits that are potted and ready to give." chapters.indigo.ca
Afiya Francisco, The Style House
n.d.c. made-by-hand massika shoes, $325
These babies aren't cheap, but they just ooze sophisticated laid-back charm. Their versatility helps to ease the sticker shockâ€“ I'll sport them with rolled skinny jeans, shorts, and I think that they'd even be cute paired with summer dresses. I picked mine up at TNT in T.O. but they're also available at Lileo (Toronto), SSense (Montreal) and Gravity Pope (Calgary, Edmonton).
Then there's my can't-live-without choice, a classic. Sure, there's great new stuff out there, and you'll see some of it in upcoming posts, but for me nothing beats the must-haveness of MAC Blot Pressed Powder, $27. (You're already down with SPF as a daily necessity, summertime or not, right?) If you, too, feel as though your skin's been Saran-wrapped when you weren't looking, Blot Powder will make everything better. Finely milled and translucent, it adds no colour and never, ever builds up into a cakey mess. I even use it to take down the shine of mineral-powder foundation. Genius stuff is Blot Powder. maccosmetics.com