• Winter Fashion Trends 2018

    Jan 08, 2018

    With everything from colour to fur, boots to plastic, it’s an eclectic season with all kinds of surprises and throwbacks. To help sift through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of the hottest trends to keep your style on point in 2018.

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    Red

    Stand out this winter with the it-color of the season: fire engine red. This warm, exciting hue will be a cheery pick-me-up on snowy days. Wear it as a pop of color, or go full-on head-to-toe. Check out more.

    The Beret

    Who doesn’t like a good beret? With Christian Dior models burning down the catwalk as a beret-wearing army, the masses are following suit. Lean into this headgear for winter. It’s a great alternative to your worn-out toque.

    Slouchy Boots

    For a perfect shoe for both day and night, try slouchy boots. Part '70s hippie, part Kate Moss-era '00s, and 100% what’s in this season. Check out more.

    Vintage-Inspired (Faux) Fur

    This trend is already on high display from catwalks to sidewalks. Dig through your local thrift store for this throwback-inspired trend or buy some new (fake) pelts. Get more.

    Office wear

    Not the first place you’d think of for high fashion, but the new trend for gray business suits is on the rise. Styled-up tailoring for business girls straight from the office, or on their way out. See more.

    Volume on the Sleeves

    An ‘80s throwback, voluminous sleeves are a standalone fall/winter 2017 fashion trend. They’re incredibly popular, growing more so by the season, and seen in everything from blouses to hoodies. Find out more.

    Cozy knits

    This isn’t your Grandmother’s knitting. A modern twist on the cozy classic, this trend sees wool broken down and reinterpreted: look for fringing and stretched knits. Learn more.

    Plastic chic

    Plastic is fantastic this season. Re-worked rain coats, clear plastic boots, hats, and gloves are on the rise this year. Learn more.

    Sterling silver

    From pants to prints, silver is big for 2018. Seen at so many shows this season, the shiny classic is showing up in shoes, belts, glasses and hats. Find out more.

    Folk


    Mixing and matching what may first seem at odds, designers this season are satisfying their thirst for folk, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, materials and tones.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you look amazing this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Where to Buy a Winter Coat Suited for Canadian Winters

    Nov 13, 2017

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    Canada may be best known internationally for brutal winter weather, and it’s not a misconception. It gets super cold here! Even though temperatures across the country often dip below zero in winter months, many Canadians choose fashion over function and find themselves freezing on blustery days. Timbercreek wants you to stay warm and stylish this winter so here are a few places to score a great winter coat suited for Canadian winters this year.

    MEC

    A Canadian retail icon for outdoor wear (and much more), Mountain Equipment Co-op is unsurpassed in the country for quality and selection when it comes to winter coats and apparel. If you visit their website you will find a ton of winter coat styles, weights, colours, sizes, materials, and functions.  Their coats are made beautifully to endure all that winter throws at us. With customer-owned structure, eco-friendly buildings, and ethical practices, it also feels good shopping there.

    SportChek

    A bit of a sporting goods underdog, SportChek offers more than just running shoes and salespeople with ear pieces. Depending on the location, SportChek offers everything from boxing and MMA gear to snowboards -- not to mention a quality selection of winter coats. With all major brands represented, SportChek also does a decent job with prices, especially in pre and off-season times. It is definitely worth a look.

    The Bay

    In the spirit of Canada’s 150th, the Hudson’s Bay Company deserves a spot on our list. Almost all major brands are available at The Bay, with regular and significant sale prices and specials offered every season. Coats are no exception. Check out great coat options for men and women here.

    Roots

    Another tried and true icon of Canadian retail is Roots. They do more than just sweatshirts. From packable down jackets to cotton zip ups, leather coats, composite shells, and more, Roots is a great retailer to consider when shopping for winter wear. While their prices can be in the higher range, their products don’t skimp on quality. Learn more here.

    Winter is coming and Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you find your perfect winter coat this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fall Boot Trends We Love

    Oct 23, 2017

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    There are a ton of fall boot trends for 2017 and we love them all. From a resurgence in 90s styles, to bold colours, and new takes on timeless classics, fall’s here and boots are hot. If you’re ready to find your perfect pair, Timbercreek has put together this list of what’s trending in boots this fall.

    Combat

    Badass 80s and 90s boots styles are back. Combat boots or army boots, in particular Doc Martens, are lining shelves this fall for women and men alike. Marc Jacobs, Frye Veronica, Alexander Wang, Dr. Martens, Timberlands, and good old legit army surplus boots are all the rage. Best part is: they’re comfortable and they kickass. Learn more about the trend here.

    Sparkle

    Sparkly, glittering boot styles appeared six separate times on Fall 2017 runways throughout New York, Milan and Paris. They came in all manner of colors, heel heights, lengths and silhouettes. Some were '80s-infused, while others came with patent leather toe-caps or dainty bows and detailing. Sparkle is definitely in this fall. Learn more about the trend here.

    Heel Art

    Big heels are hot this fall and they’re available in a range of styles. You can find something unique you love -- like wood or block heels, colored, and even snakeskin-covered (faux, of course) heels. Everything from glitter to velour and custom artwork is making its way onto boot heels in 2017.  Learn more about this trend here.

    Red

    Red is one of the biggest color trends for the year. It has dominated fashion shows this fall, especially when it comes to boots. From high to low, leather to velvet, boots are blazing red this season. Learn more.

    Urban Cowboy

    This iconic fashion (and lifestyle) theme never seems to get old. And for 2017, cowboy boots take on a fresh look with a combination of different variations. From ankle boots to mid-thigh high strutters, vivid colors, and exotic needlework -- urban cowboy is where it’s at this fall. Explore the trend here.

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    Great boots can make a statement. Stay on trend with these fall boot trends Timbercreek loves. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Canadian Brands We Love

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadian style is not just flannels and parkas (not that there’s anything wrong with those). We’re pretty chic, despite the stereotypes. Timbercreek wants to help you show your national pride, and look good doing it, with some Canadian brands we love.

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    Peace Collective

    Peace Collective has a flagship store for their clothing brand on Ossington Avenue in Toronto. Known mostly for their minimalist black and white graphic tees, they are an offshoot of the Peace Foundation.

    East Coast Lifestyle

    East Coast Lifestyle is about being proud of where you’re from. They give people the opportunity to wear their East Coast heart on their sleeve.  Created in 2013 as an undergrad venture-creation class at Acadia University, the brand has moved into the real world in a real way.

    Lululemon

    Since its inception in 1998 (by the now infamous Chip Wilson) Lululemon has seen exponential growth. The athletic apparel company best known for their amazing leggings (and perhaps second best known for its strange and sordid history) has legions of loyal customers. Their flagship store is located on Robson Street in Vancouver.

    Hudson’s Bay Company

    The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company dates back to 1670! It is the oldest incorporated merchandising company in the English-speaking world. Today, HBC is a premium brand and retailer with a flagship store at 160 Yonge Street in Toronto and retail locations across the country.

    Herschel Supply Co.

    Named after the founder’s grandparents hometown of Herschel, Saskatchewan, The Herschel Supply Co. was established in 2009 and is based in Vancouver B.C. Today they are one of the most popular accessory brands in the country.

    Livestock

    Livestock first opened its doors in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood in 2004. It began as a popular footwear store. With four brick and mortar locations from Toronto to Vancouver, it has become one of Canada’s top apparel and footwear destinations.

    Roots

    The Roots beaver logo is as Canadian as it gets. The company has designed and produced high quality clothing and accessories in Toronto since first opening their doors in 1973. Their stores can now be found in most major cities across the country, including Roots Central in The Eaton Centre.

    Sorel

    Now headquartered in London, Ontario, Sorel was originally headquartered in Quebec and made in Canada. Founded by the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1962 they have become a staple brand of quality footwear for Canadians.

    MEC

    Canada’s largest supplier of outdoor equipment, MEC, has 16 stores across the country. They originally catered only to mountaineers but have since broadened their appeal to include outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Their original store is on Broadway Street in Vancouver, B.C.

    Timbercreek hopes that these brands help you show off your Canadian style. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • How To Pick The Right Hat For Your Face

    Jul 11, 2017

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    Hats are great. They're fashionable, they block the sun, they hide bad hair, and they're cool. From baseball caps to golf visors, hats are a fun way to spice up an outfit or clean up not so polished look. The trick is finding a hat and hat style that suits your face shape (and head size). While obvious on paper, we've all had that mirror moment where that sweet looking hat you saw on someone else looks ridiculous on you. Why? It's not just the style; it's your face! Knowing your face shape (oval, round, wide, narrow) makes all the difference in choosing the right hat.  Timbercreek is here to help you pick the right hat for your face.

    Kangol

    Made famous by Samuel L Jackson and golfers the world over, the British driving cap, more commonly known as a 'Kangol' (for the brand's defining style and colors), is one of the most common and versatile hats to wear. Worn forward or back, and with an abyss of colors, patterns and trim accents, the kangol can go well with a huge array of outfits. Before you buy, the kangol is a tough sell for the wide faced and big headed -- both in terms of fit and look. Kangols are also often tough to find in bigger sizes, so keep that in mind as you consider the style. 

    Fedora

    With a range of styles to choose from, Fedoras have been iconic for years. They’ve appeared on characters as diverse as Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), and Johnny Depp. Even though they’re not magical they can immediately transform an outfit. While the thin “stingy” brimmed variety have enjoyed a comeback due to their cheap mass production, they often only fit smaller heads and suit round to oval faces. If it’s width and size you need, go for the larger, classic-brim model, or even a pork-pie hat. Learn more here.

    Baseball

    Good for nearly every face shape and head size, baseball caps are a great investment. While simple in design there’s a wealth of options: floppy, snapback, flat-brim, and stretchy, and equally as many size variations.  A word to the big and wide faced however: fitted wool MLB hat types tend to be slim pickings in bigger sizes. The 7 ¼  to 8-inch range can be hard to find. The floppy, curved peak styles also tend to not be very deep or wide, in other words: good for smaller head sizes and thinner, oval or round face types.

    Floppy

    The floppy brim hat style so hot right now. They tend to come in soft textured felt, wool, or straw varieties with big, wide brims that are fashionable and dramatic. These hats will add a little flair to any outfit. While they tend to most commonly be seen in muted earth tones, they can be found in more playful colors as well.  For fit, while coming in a range of sizes, the floppy is forgiving and moderately stretchable with wear.  As for face shape, this hat is very versatile and can accommodate almost every shape.  

    Cloche

    French for bell, the cloche takes after its namesake with a bell-like shape and harkens back to 1920s and 30s era Paris where it was invented. Typically made of felt, wool, or straw, the style is dramatic but also fun and playful.  For fit, the felt and wool options mold to the wearer, and the shape tends to go well on round and oval faces. It doesn’t hide much, putting more focus on the face than the floppy hat variety does. Most makers offer a full range of sizes, so lots of flexibility there.

    Tilley/Army

    While It's hard to pull off a tilley or army hat (wide brimmed, thick canvas gems) unless you're an Australian crocodile wrangler, or a Navy Seal, it can be done. While generally placed solidly in the "birder" category, a tilley in dark navy, camo, or a bright alternative primary color can transform the hat's doddy heritage into a funky fashionable accent. This style is made for wearing; they’re built like tanks and come in a wide range of sizes. For face suitability, it’s quite versatile - though whether it works on you is really more of a personality thing. You gotta own it when you rock a Tilley outside a of 5-day camping trip.

     

    Timbercreek hopes this article helps you find the right hat for your face! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • The Style Guide for Men

    Jun 20, 2017

    iStock-543360184Some people say that clothes make the man. We wouldn't go that far, but taking a little interest in your personal style can certainly have an impact on how others see you and boost your self confidence. It can be difficult to know where to start, so Timbercreek Communities has put together a style guide for men. Try it on for size!

    Streamline

    Most people have a tendency to hang on to old clothing items “just in case” they'll need them later. You won’t. If you haven’t worn it during the past year, chances are you won’t wear it this year either. Do some late season spring closet cleaning and throw out or give away anything you haven’t worn in over a year. It will de-clutter your closet and free up space for the new or old items that you actually wear.

    Step Into Some Colour

    Fact: there are more shoe colours than brown and black. So go ahead guys, have a little fun with colour! If you are uncertain about what colour shoes to wear with what colour pants, this handy reference chart takes the guess work and memorization out of the equation.

    Gym Shoes Are For The Gym

    Speaking of shoes, remember this: gym shoes are for the gym. Sure they’re more comfortable but nothing dresses you down more quickly than trudging around town in gym shoes. Invest in a comfortable walking shoe. Your feet and your fashion sense will thank you.

    Scope Out A Fashion Show

    If you’re looking for some guidance to step up your style, you don’t need to fly to New York, Paris or Milan to attend a fashion show. Flip through a slideshow of images from a men’s fashion show online, or browse some street style photos. You might just be inspired by the latest trends.

    Clean Your Wallet Out Regularly

    A big, bulky wallet is bad for your back, uncomfortable to sit on, and cumbersome to carry around. It can can also throw off the lines of your clothing. Just as you do with your closet, make sure you clean out your wallet regularly and lose anything you don’t use. You’ll feel a little a lighter and more streamlined.

    Timbercreek hopes this style guide for men helps you look and feel your best. To help find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Business Casual Men's Attire & Dress Code Explained

    Jun 05, 2017

    The term business casual is hard to define. From dress shirts and chinos to t-shirts and jeans, there are many interpretations of the term. For employees of companies that still require that men wear weekday suits to the office, business casual may mean no-jacket Fridays. Many businesses today have flexible dress codes, while some have no dress codes at all. If you’re unsure of what your version of casual men’s attire looks like, Timbercreek has some questions and considerations that will help you out.

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    Many feel it's a faux pas to assume any outfit with a blazer qualifies as business casual.  As Restart Your Style points out, business casual is still a dress code for business.  As such, dressing up a casual outfit isn't the goal: making semi-formal business attire more casual and comfortable is. Check out more here.

    Jeans Don't Count

    John Mayer popularized the blazer-over-hoodie-with-jeans look in the mid-2000s. While the ‘put a blazer on it’ mentality certainly upsells some looks, for many, it just doesn’t cut it as business casual. While jeans are great, and many office environments today promote them, if you're going to wear them to work it’s best to stick to a high quality pair. Opt for new, dark, unripped jeans, and leave the hoodie at home -- unless you skateboard for a living.

    Programmer Chic

    In the tech industry, home and "remote" work are on the rise. If you work remotely, and rarely meet with clients and colleagues, there’s no need for a closet full of office attire. For the rare times you do have to venture out, it’s good to have some clothing to wear that matches the style of your colleagues or clients,whether that be dress pants or jeans depends on them.

    Google Grade

    While Google isn't the only company doing it (Twitter, Facebook, and Apple for example), they set the bar for the ping-pong office. With foosball, video games, yoga, DJing, and scheduled play among many strategies to improve performance and promote employee culture, dress codes have followed suit. In fact, one of Google’s philosophies is that 'you can be serious without a suit.' Learn more here.

    No Single Answer

    One traditional definition suggests "business casual for men means wearing a pair of smart pants [i.e. slacks, chinos, or dress pants], a collared shirt, a sweater or blazer, and relaxed but elegant shoes." “Another author wrote in the Financial Times that ‘ordinarily business casual for guys seems fairly clear. It is a pair of chinos, a blazer and a good shirt, no tie.’" But the reality is, every industry is different. The traditional approach may apply to careers in finance and government, but in software development, advertising, design, and any kind of freelance work, the rules have changed. One key point to remember however: when interviewing, meeting a client, attending a performance review, or otherwise making an impression, it never hurts to dress up. Read more here and here.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you understand casual men’s attire. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 8 Style Essentials for Busy Women

    May 09, 2017

    iStock-516651078Keeping up with the latest trends in fashion can be draining, especially when you have a crazy work life and an even crazier home life. Luckily most workplaces are beginning to embrace business casual and are becoming more open to diversity and personal style. This means you can pull together an impressive wardrobe with flexible outfits that you can wear at work and out to dinner. Check out Timbercreek Communities’ 8 style essentials for busy women that will help keep your closet chic and functional.

    Accessorize

    Why invest time and money in a closet full of new outfits when you can add one item that makes it look like yesterday's skirt and sweater is an entirely new ensemble? Don't underestimate the power of accessories! A new purse, flats instead of boots, a scarf over a well-loved sweater: all are easy ways to reinvent a go-to outfit. Check out more here.

    The Capsule Wardrobe

    Sometimes less is so much more. Embrace timeless fashion and minimalism with a capsule wardrobe comprised of a small number of staple pieces and the flexibility to throw in a few seasonal new purchases from time to time. It will leave you looking sharp, effortlessly. Learn how to create a capsule wardrobe here.

    Loose or fitted? Why not both?

    Instead of reaching for complete outfits or showcasing individual garments, dress yourself with shape in mind. Try loose bottoms with fitted tops, and vice versa, for a balanced look. A bit of form with a lot of function is always a good thing when you’re on the go. Learn how here.

    Monochrome

    When in doubt, go monochrome. To achieve the monochrome aesthetic, dress yourself in black and white or varying tones of a single color. This approach will help you look put together with ease. Combinations of black and white are not only bold and modern, they’re trending in 2017. Check out some amazing monochrome looks here.

    Be aware of the season

    A few simple additions that reflect current seasonal trends can go a long way to upgrade an otherwise everyday outfit. Read more here.

    Jewellery

    Another easy addition during the morning dash is a bit of jewellery.  2017's bling trend is going "big", which can help offset and upsell an otherwise recycled ensemble. Learn how to make a statement with jewellery here.

    Hats, hats, hats

    For 2017, wide brimmed styles, floppies, fedoras, beanies, pom poms, fur hats, and baseball caps are getting attention.  Adding a new hat to a routine ensemble is all you need for a fresh look. Read more here.

    There's an app for that!

    From Stylebook to Polyvore, The Hunt, and more, there are many amazing fashion apps available to help you with nearly every aspect of your style. Discover amazing fashion apps here.

    Fashion doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. We hope these 8 style essentials for busy women will help you feel chic and simplify your life.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

    May 08, 2017

    iStock-577952592Mothers are amazing. We wouldn’t exist without them! Mother’s Day gives us pause to be thankful for our parent and to reflect on our childhood. While we may occasionally argue, nitpick, obsess, or regress, it’s our mothers who understand us, know us, and love us the best. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday May 14, 2017. To celebrate, Timbercreek Communities has created this Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you celebrate your mom.

    Flowers

    Simple, classic, fragrant and loveable -- flowers really do say it all. From roses to a simple grocery store bouquet, flowers show your love and give your Mom a splash of color and fragrance that will brighten her whole week.

    A Bottle of Wine or a gift card

    Wine is almost always a great gift. Best of all it can be cheap yet thoughtful. If you don’t trust your own taste in wine, ask for help at your local wine store or the LCBO or skip the guesswork with a gift card like this.

    Massage or Reflexology

    While upping the price point to between $50 and $120, a massage or reflexology session is a solid Mother’s Day gift option. If full body massage is too intense, the more minimal but no less effective foot reflexology can be a great alternative. Look for businesses like Massage Addict which only employ well trained Registered Massage Therapists.

    A book or gift card

    If your mom is a reader, she will love a new book or an Indigo or Amazon gift card. You might need to drop some subtle hints to tease out a title that she wants without spoiling the surprise, but whether hard copy or gift card, it’s an inexpensive gift that goes a long way. 

    Fitbit

    The Fitbit is a solid gift idea for fit moms. Though it’s a slightly pricier option, the Fitbit is a thoughtful gift that simply and effectively encourages fitness by measuring steps per day. Get more info here.

    Chocolate

    One word for this one: Toblerone. Or maybe two words: Ferrero Rocher.

    Scandinave Spa Day

    An offshoot of our massage and reflexology idea, Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain, Ontario is a full body, full day, pampering experience. From hot pools to saunas, steam bath and massage, Scandinave is a spa day Mom will love. Check the Scandinave website here.

    Beauty Products

    From bubble bath to soaps and moisturizers, it’s pretty easy to hit a Mother’s Day home run with a few bath and/or beauty products. The Body Shop is a great place to grab pre-made gift packs. Learn more here.

    A Card

    Last but not least is a simple card. From handmade to Hallmark, a card can accompany every gift, or be a gift in itself for Mother’s Day.

    Happy Mother’s Day from Timbercreek Communities!

    To learn more about Timbercreek Rental Communities in Canada, please visit our website.

  • Dressing For Your Holiday Parties!

    Dec 13, 2016

    Make a fashion statement at your next holiday party! Discover the hottest trends of the season in today’s post from the fashion and lifestyle experts at Timbercreek Communities.

    Add a little sparkle

    Sparkles just scream holiday. Make any outfit pop with a sequin piece (a top, or skirt, or jacket). Not comfortable wearing a sparkly piece of clothing? Accessories, such as a purse or headband, will do wonders for your look without being overwhelming.

    shutterstock_524513218Embrace the LBD

    The Little Black Dress, affectionately known as the LBD, is truly timeless and the perfect go-to for your next holiday party. Add that sequined headband you found on Etsy and your outfit is complete.

    Day-to-night leather

    You’ll thank yourself for choosing leather as you rush from the office to your holiday party. Leather leggings are especially easy to dress down or dress up, depending on where you’re headed. Now all you need is a pair of high heeled shoes that you can comfortably run from one event to the next in.

    Pretty in tweed

    Tweed is never out of style, especially during the winter. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate it into this season’s wardrobe lineup, check out this adorable sparkled tweed coat, perfect for the holidays—and looking pretty.

    Blazers and jeans

    A business casual dress code can be the worst. What does it mean?! Before you demolish your closet looking for the perfect (not too formal, not too corporate) look, consider blazers and jeans. This pairing is always in style and an excellent option for men and women alike. Ladies, check out this warm and classy look complete with a camel blazer and seasonally-appropriate plaid scarf.

    Killer suits with lace-up shoes

    Men, this one’s for you: The ultimate way to look your best this holiday season is to find that killer suit that compliments your body. It might be easier than you think. GQ has created a breakdown of what you should wear depending on your height, weight and body structure. 

    We hope these style tips help you look amazing at your holiday parties this season! If you’re on the hunt for an amazing apartment to match, start with Timbercreek Communities. Our rental communities are located in five provinces and over two dozen cities. For more information, visit our website today. 

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