Must-Have Winter Footwear

New season, new trends. Don’t get overwhelmed, just follow the tips in this article to find out what essential footwear you need for your winter collection.

1) Laced Combat Boots


Whether you picked up a fabulous pair last season or you want to treat yourself to newer pair, combat boots are a must for the winter season. They make the perfect shoe for a casual look and can easily be dressed up. While you can purchase brown or beige combat boots, I’d stick to the basic black, since you’ll get the most of them for the whole season. As for length, the under-the-knee combat boots went out of style last season, so stick to the ankle length we’re all used to.

2) Heeled Booties


This is an obvious one. The style is totally up to you; you can choose to wear a nubuck style or a classic round toe suede buckle up – but booties are a must for the season because they can be used to easily dress a look up without needed to throw on bulky jewellery. It’s an easy fix that will make a lasting impression.

There’s one more style, find out what it is by heading to TOOVIA now!


How to Wear Fall’s Hottest Trend, Houndstooth!

Don’t you just love when trends stick around from previous seasons? One pattern I’m extremely happy to see taking over store displays everywhere is houndstooth. Find out how to wear it this season below.

In early reference, Houndstooth, which may also be referred to as dogstooth, is a duotone textile pattern that consists of broken check marks and abstract shapes. The overall look, which is often in black and white. The pattern was introduced by a fashion clothier from New York in 1885.


This pattern is one that has been wore and recognized in the fashion industry for years and often linked to the classy designs of Chanel and the designer’s houndstooth printed dresses and suits. Not only does this print offer you a secure feeling of elegance but it also looks great on just about everyone! Unlike stripes, this pattern accents a women’s figure.



While some shoppers are resistant to trying on a new pattern, houndstooth should not be added to that list. The pattern almost looks like an optical illusion, which helps to make it look amazing on every body type.

Head over to TOOVIA now to read more from this article and learn how to wear houndstooth based on your body type.


“The Warrior Princess” Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Tanushree Pande, a local fashion designer who is building her brand from scratch. She is the designer and creature of her own shop called The Poplyn Boutique. She has led an interesting life and travelled long distances to get to where she is now. Her multi-cultural background inspires her creations each season and it is evident to see with her use of fabrics, colour and patterns.

Take a look at her latest collection,

From Tanushree herself, “The Fall/Winter 2013 collection is inspired by Folklore with influences from mythological war stories. Some of the characteristics of this collection would be the juxtaposition of different fabrics and silhouettes to create looks that stand out and a play with metallics, studs and texture creating more depth in the garments. A lot of pieces can be mixed and matched together to create different looks.”

Fun Fact: ‘Poplyn’ derived from the cotton fabric ‘Poplin’ represents her love for the pure, simple ways fashion gets affected by the vast cultural presence.

Like what you see? Check out Tanushree’s website, The Poplyn Boutique and follow her updates on Twitter @_POPLYN

I can’t wait to see this young and unique designer take over the Toronto Fashion Week runway very soon!

Top 5 Must-Have Winter Accessories

With the weather changing and the snow starting to fall, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top 5 must-have winter accessories, to help you prepare for this dreadful cold season.

1) Beanie 


The first winter accessory is the beanie hat. Although they won’t keep you warm like a tuke will, they will look fab with any outfit and give you a cozy, warm look overall.

2) Chunky Scarf 


Every girl will def need a chunky knitted scarf to keep her warm! The nice thing is you have a lot of options with colour and style in this category. I personally prefer the classic style versus the one-piece wrap scarf, but it really depends on your style and outfit.

3) Combat Boots or Chic Rain boots 


Boots are a must, no questions asked. But a trend that carried on from last year is the combat boot. Finding a nice pair of lace-up and buckle accented boot is key for this season. We’ve also seen to rise of a “chic” rain boot (if that’s even possible…), which is great if you’re looking for comfort and style.

4) Tech-Savy Gloves 


We’re seeing them everywhere; these simple gloves with tip sensitive fingers. These gloves allow you to text all your bffs while waiting at the bus stop, which makes them a must-have winter accessory.

5) Faux Fur Collar 


Finally, the last piece to the puzzle is a faux fur collar. Adding a piece like this to your closet for the winter season is key because they can turn the simplest outfit into something fashionable, cute and super cozy!


Beanie: Forever 21 $8.80, Scarf: Zara $35.90, Combat Boots: Steve Madden $99.95, Gloves: American Eagle $15.83, Fur Collar: H&M $16.99.