• Spring 2018 Runway Trends We Love

    Apr 09, 2018

    Spring (and summer) 2018 fashion trends are bright, bold and beautiful. While Pantone’s ultraviolet is already a force in fashion, this season is all about rubber, ruching, lavender, rainbows, asymmetrical necklines, and shockingly the return of the fanny pack. To guide you through the hot new trends of the season, Timbercreek brings you a list of top fashion trends to check out for Spring 2018.

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    1. Bold floral prints

    Spring/Summer 2018 fashion is flush with bold prints that are both cool and inspiring. Florals are all the rage in oversized designs. Get the jump on Spring and pick up some standout prints. Read more here.

    2. Dark denim

    Denim is always present and always in style. And if the runways of Versace, Max Mara, Tibi, Tom Ford, Fendi, Adam Selman, Chloé, and Derek Lam are an indication, it's going to be everywhere this spring. Look for inky indigo washes and raw denim, in everything from skirts to jackets, even boots. Read more here.

    3. Lavender

    “Millennial pink” had its moment. The runways of Spring 2018 are pointing to the next big color thing: fifty shades of soft lavender. You'll see it on everything from sequined dresses to oversized knits and sharp suit sets. It looks great on everything.  Find out more.

    4. Plaid

    Plaid never goes out of style -- it just gets appropriated by one social group after another: hippies, punks, lumbersexuals, Dads, hipsters, and on and on. This season, to keep the look fresh, mix and match plaid with purple (pantone color of the year is ultraviolet), oversized earrings, and white boots. You can always contrast plaid with a bold bag as well. Learn more.

    5. Workout wear

    This season, performance athletic gear is colliding with fierce fashion on Paris runways. In a mix of style-meets-function, we’re seeing all manner of haute-inspired crop-top cut-offs, soccer jerseys, nylon zip-ups, old school sweatshirts, and flip-flops. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you stay on trend this spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

    Mar 12, 2018

    The blanket scarf isn’t just a scarf. It’s a blanket and a scarf. A fashionable and surprisingly versatile item, the blanket scarf opens up a world of outfit possibilities. From draping to caping, there’s a ton of potential options. If you're clueless about how to style one, Timbercreek has broken down the best ways to rock the coolest and coziest accessory of the season.

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    #1: Cape It and Drape It

    Spread out your blanket scarf full width like a cape, then drape it over one shoulder for a look that's functional and chic. Read more.

    #2: Westernize It

    For a bit of warmth and a country-chic look, go for the “bandana”: fold the scarf into a triangle and tie the ends behind your neck. Read more here.

    #3: Belt It

    The belted or “poncho” style starts with caping the scarf around your neck and shoulders, then tying it together with the addition of a standard belt. It transforms the blanket scarf into a cozy-chic poncho, perfect for chilly nights.

    #4: Loop It

    It's easy to create the look of an infinity scarf with a blanket scarf. Put the scarf around your neck and throw the ends over your opposite shoulders. Read more here.

    #5: Knot It

    Knotting is probably the easiest and most creative of blanket scarf styling options. You can braid it, roll it, double loop it, do a pull through, or go for the bandito. Fast and easy, knotting your scarf is where it’s at. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes this list gives you some creative ideas for styling your blanket scarf this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Winterlicious

    Jan 29, 2018

    From January 26th to February 8th, 2018 more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants will offer incredible three-course prix fixe menus in one of three affordable price categories. It’s a time when the city comes alive to light up the dark winter nights and celebrate the winter season. Partake in an array of innovative cuisine from all around the world for low prices only available at this time of year. To help sort through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of top spots to hit this year for Winterlicious.

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    7 Numbers

    Just east of Broadview on Danforth, 7 Numbers is a “fun and lively neighbourhood restaurant” specializing in Southern Italian food. With fresh ingredients and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, you’ll get a family-feel in this east end go-to. Enjoy their $33 Prix Fixe menu and try the Truffle oil and Mushroom Risotto or homemade Lasagne. See more.

    Cluny

    There’s lots going on at the Distillery this season. While the famed Christmas Market dominates the holiday event list, French Bistro “Cluny” is an elegant Distillery mainstay regardless of season. With a neo-Parisian, marble-infused interior, and French inspired cuisine, it’s Winterlicious menu is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Try the Gruyere French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, or Bourguignon Braised Beef Short Rib. $23 Lunch, $43 Dinner. Find out more here.

    Auberge de Pommier

    With renewed notoriety after being featured on Master Chef Canada, Michael Bonacini’s Auberge de Pomier was the original jewel in the Oliver & Bonacini crown. Serving Toronto diners since 1987, this exquisite French restaurant offers modern French cuisine, a wood burning fireplace, professional and personal service, and a 500 label wine selection. They will offer a $33 lunch, and a $53 dinner during Winterlicious. See more.

    Valens

    Located in the heart of downtown in beautiful Baldwin Village, Valens serves a wide variety of fusion foods including salads, seafood, aged steaks, grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts. With excellent service, a deep wine selection, and a warm atmosphere, it’s a great choice. $23 Lunch, $33 Dinner.

    Fonda Lola

    Located in the heart of Queen West, Fonda Lola focuses on fresh local ingredients and inventive tequila based cocktails. The menu features elevated Mexican food with an authentic, rustic atmosphere, offering a casual dining experience with friendly and professional staff. Try the Pico de Gallo, Chicken Mole Tacos, and don’t miss the Churros. They will offer a $23 lunch, and a $33 dinner.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of amazing restaurants to visit during Winterlicious gets you out and leaves you satisfied. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 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.

  • Decorating your Home for the Holidays

    Nov 21, 2017

    The holidays are fast approaching! Deck the halls, the walls and the table with festive holiday decor that is easy and cheap to create yourself. Timbercreek Communities wants to help put you in the Holiday spirit with some ideas for decorating your home for the Holidays.

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    Peppermint Twist

    Adorn your door or any wall in your apartment with this festive and easy-to-make Peppermint Wreath! All you’ll need is some red or white duct tape, a Styrofoam wreath form, floral wire, a few bags of peppermint candies, ribbon, tape and glue.

    Non-Electric Light Garland

    Capture the festive glow of holiday lights without electricity with this Vintage-Look Holiday Light Garland. It’s made by dipping inexpensive bulbs in craft paint to create the illusion of illumination! Wait until the paint dries, glue the bulbs to tinsel, and string it up wherever you like!

    Snow Terrarium

    In just a few minutes you can create your own Holiday Snow Terrarium! This lovely display is made by filling old Apothecary Jars with faux snow, mini-lights and decorative pieces of your choice! You’ll love the warm and festival glow they create in any room, and the glow they give to others when you give them as gifts!

    Put On a Pot of Potpourri

    This recipe for potpourri isn’t a decoration, exactly - although it’s beautiful and full of colour! Decorating your home for the holidays is all about creating a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere. A big part of creating that atmosphere is the aroma. The smell of cinnamon and spices, vanilla, cranberry, tangerine, and pine gently warming on the stove will tie together the overall feeling you’ve created with the decor!

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! To find your home on one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Petiquette 101: Game of Thrones & Huskies

    Nov 07, 2017

    If you haven’t come across them, Huskies are that stunningly beautiful dog breed associated with Northern Canada, the Iditarod, and most recently “Game of Thrones”. They are medium sized, lithe, strong, and cute. The Husky breed has received a lot of attention recently due to their role in the hit HBO drama. The show features “Direwolves” -- mythical and massive wolf-like creatures. Huskies are the real-life breed that bear a striking resemblance to Direwolves. Eager fans of the series are buying huskies without thinking through the responsibilities and requirements that come with owning them. Before you buy a Husky, Timbercreek has some valuable information about the breed and the current issues facing it and potential owners.

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    Misplaced Fan Adoration

    The Direwolves featured in Game of Thrones have inspired many fans to buy Huskies. Unfortunately, they’re quickly realizing something any dog-owner comes to realize: dogs are a lot of work. They need several walks a day, food, shelter and love. Before you buy, ask yourself honestly, are you ready to be a dog owner?

    Husky Pros

    Huskies are amazing. While not the largest breed, huskies are still medium-large sized, and are athletic. They love to run and jump, and they’re agile and energetic. As their legend goes, they also love the cold weather. Romping in snow in sub zero temps is fun for a husky. They’re known to be loving, not aggressive, and are usually good natured with humans and some other dogs. See more here.

    Husky Cons

    If under-exercised or bored, Huskies are known to howl, chew things, run away, or otherwise cause damage. They also have strong chase and grab instincts, so cats, birds, rabbits beware. They shed and require constant coat maintenance, are rowdy and strong willed, and have been known to not get along with smaller dogs - so owners need to exert discipline. Find out more here.

    Bills

    Pet owners are never shy talking about food costs and vet bills. From heartworm to teeth cleaning, kibble to car cleaning, pets are a money pit. And don’t even start on middle of the night animal hospital costs. Without insurance, owning a pet can be a nightmare. 

    Adding up to reality

    Huskies are increasingly being purchased, and then abandoned, by owners who are attracted to the breed because of Game of Thrones. From England to the U.S., reports of Husky abandonment are on the rise. The work required to own any dog sometimes comes as a shock to new owners. Interestingly, the success of the "Harry Potter" franchise led to a wave of abandoned pet owls, while "101 Dalmatians" had the same effect on that breed. Would-be owners need to think first before buying any pet of any kind. Even a goldfish needs feeding. Read up, ask questions, and see if the breed might be a fit for you before getting one because you love Direwolves. You and the dog will be happier for it.

    Timbercreek hopes this article sheds some light on the beauty of Huskies, and on the real-life responsibilities of owning one. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Best Fall Activities for the Kids

    Oct 16, 2017

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    Fall has finally arrived. It’s a special time of year, full of beautiful colours and crisp, cool air. Don’t let this short season pass you by -- Timbercreek has a list of some of the best fall activities for kids.

    Make Handprint Fall Trees

    Your kids will love making these Autumn Handprint Trees. They’re easy for kids of almost any age to make and require very little preparation. All you need is a sheet of white cardstock paper, a pencil, paint (primary colours), paper plate paint palettes, and some Q-tips. Start by tracing a faint line around your child’s hand and arm - this will form the trunk and branches of the tree. Mixing the paint is a great way to teach your kids about colours. Any kid can make brown, just mix them all together! For the leaves, experiment with mixing primary colours to get the fall shades you want. Use Q-tips, the pencil tip or even fingertips to add dots around the tree and watch it transform into something special.

    Go On A Fall Scavenger Hunt

    Getting outside and enjoying the brilliant colours and the cool air is a great way to make the most of fall. Rather than taking the kids out for a regular walk in the park, why not plan a fun Fall Scavenger Hunt! You can turn it into a chance for them to learn, too! This free printable animal camouflage scavenger hunt features frog cutouts. Your kids can colour them in fall shades and you can hide them in the fallen leaves. Set a timer and see how fast your kids can find them, while they learn about how animals avoid predators.

    Paint Some Pumpkins

    Pumpkins are a big and bright symbol of fall. Carving them into Jack O’Lanterns is fun, but not a great activity for younger kids. Put the knives away and break out the paint! The options of what to paint and how to paint your pumpkins are endless! Add some white to the top, some yellow to the bottom, and leave the middle orange for a candy corn inspired look that kids of all ages can create.

    Make Leaf Crowns

    You and your children will have a royally good time creating these Fall Leaf Crowns! All you need are some fallen leaves, a thin strip of cardboard (a cereal box will do nicely), and glue. All you have to do is glue the leaves to the cardboard and glue the cardboard into a circle! It’s fun and easy and it makes your kids feel like kings and queens!

    Timbercreek hopes that that these fall activities for kids help make your family’s fall even brighter! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, 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.

  • Petiquette 101: How To Keep Your Pet Cool In Summer

    Jul 17, 2017

    Summer in Canada can be sweltering. Because of their fur, high summer temperatures can leave your pet in distress and unable to cool down. Learn how to keep your pet cool and safe this summer with these tips from Timbercreek.

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    Grooming

    Keeping your pet's coat trimmed can make a big difference to their internal temperature in the heat of summer. However there is a double edged sword here. Dog breeds that have an undercoat (that layer of hair that keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer) can be harmed by cutting. With these breeds it’s better to give a good regular brushing to thin out the animal’s coat. The start of summer is the ideal time to groom your pet for ease of maintenance, and maximum cool. Be aware that too short of a cut can open the animal up to sunburn depending on their exposure to the outdoors and direct sun.

    Water/Hydration

    We've all been guilty of forgetting to fill the water dish for our pets. Pets need constant hydration in the heat of summer in order to stay cool, especially if they’re active. Add a second dish to give you a visual reminder to add more water. Be sure to check your pet’s main water dish daily, and consider putting an extra bowl out in another location of the house for easy access.

    Baths

    While time consuming for owners, and typically not enjoyed by most animals, baths are a sure fire and immediate way to cool down. While dogs tend to rebel, and cats scream bloody murder, in the end they feel better for it on a hot day. Of course some dog breeds are swimmers and love a good dousing (like the Golden Lab). For water hating pets even a little shower with the garden hose can cool them off on a hot day.

    Walk Them At Low Temperature Times Of Day

    While cats and birds and other smaller species will naturally 'hibernate' at high heat times of day, owners can choose when to walk their dogs. In summer it's wise to walk your dog during cooler times of day. Mornings and evenings are ideal for most dogs.  Restricting walks to early morning and late evening will help your pets to stay cool (or at least not overheat) while still getting the exercise they need.

    AC/Fans

    What's good for humans can be good for animals. Air conditioning in the hottest months of summer keeps us and our pets cool and comfortable. Imagine wearing a thick fur coat on even a mildly hot day and you’ll get a glimpse into your pet’s typical summer day. Using your AC or turning on a fan can help your pet stay cool on those super hot, dog days of summer.

    Don't Leave Pets In The Car (With Windows Up)

    Never leave your pet in the car with the windows rolled up. On a hot day this amounts to torture. There's more than one folk tale of a pet suffocating in a parking lot. If you have to go out on a hot, sunny summer day, leave your pet at home. If you must take them, be sure to leave the windows down, and try to bring them a dish of water.

     

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you keep your pet cool this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, 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.

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