• Spring And Summer Outfits Perfect For the Office

    May 23, 2019

    Working in an office means that you need to dress appropriately, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be stylish. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for spring and summer outfits that are perfect for the office. Try them for yourself to cultivate a look that's both professional and chic.

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    Shirt Dresses

    A shirt dress is one of the most comfortable and stylish things you can wear to the office or out on the town. This no-hassle outfit idea is easy to dress up or dress down, so you can make it work for your office according to the dress code. Check out Zara or Gap for spring and summer tunics and shirt dresses.

    Loose Fabrics

    Dressing for the office can be a hassle -- especially when summer temperatures soar. Choosing loose fabrics can be the perfect solution for keeping cool, while also looking professional. Linen is a great choice for summer. It's low maintenance and is probably the only acceptable fabric to wear when wrinkled. Pair a loose linen shirt with capri dress pants and dress your outfit up or down with a pair or heels or ballet flats. You can also choose natural and breathable fabrics, like cotton and rayon, to keep you cool. Pair a cotton blouse with a wide leg dress pant for a super comfortable, yet professional, look.

    Pencil Skirts

    Pencil skirts are a wardrobe must-have. Not only are they versatile, but they always make an outfit look more polished. The best part is that they come in all colours, fabrics and styles – from form-fitting with slits to more forgiving fabrics with ruffles and prints. You can pair them with anything including a turtleneck, blouse or a simple t-shirt. Be sure to check out Le Chateau and H&M for some of the latest and greatest affordable styles.

    High Waisted Pants

    High waisted pants can be flattering and professional looking, and they will never go out of style! If you haven’t added a pair or two to your office wardrobe selection, it’s time to do so. If you like the fitted high-waisted look, pick a loose or fitted shirt and top it off with a nice blazer or a long jacket. Another option is to choose a loose fitting pant, which works with any top and with every body shape.

    Layers

    By layering your outfits, you can add a lot of variety to your style. The key is to pick lightweight fabrics that don’t end up looking bulky when you add a few layers. Another tip is to incorporate shades of the same colour -- which works really well for this particular style. Some looks to try might include a camisole with a blazer and high-waisted pants, a summer dress with a blazer, or a tunic with leggings.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes these fashion ideas help you find the perfect outfit for the office. These are just a few tips on how you can show off your personal style while still looking professional.

  • The best things to buy antique or vintage

    Jan 24, 2019

    Shopping for antiques is a bit of an art. It should never be confused with overloading your home with things that are antiquated. The lure of the luxuries from yesteryear can be strong, but just because something is old, doesn’t mean it’s good. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you find the best things to buy antique or vintage.

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    Wooden Furniture

    Back in the day, furniture was made from wood. Real wood. Solid wood. As long as you don’t have your heart set on a Louis XIV armoire, you can find some great solid wood antique furniture that will last another lifetime -- at prices that can rival the cost of buying particle board and lacquer today. You won’t be passing on that IKEA wardrobe to your grandchildren. The furniture you find doesn’t have to be perfect. You can replace knobs and hardware, refinish it, or even repaint it to give it a modern-retro look.

    Art

    Art is subjective. You like what you like and hate what you hate. When you shop for antique art, don’t expect to pick up any paintings from famous artists at rock bottom prices. If you look carefully, you can expect to find real, hand painted works from talented nobodies, where you can see and feel the brush strokes, for about the same price as a poster or print of a famous work.

    Silverware

    You may not be able to find a complete set in one spot, but with a bit of digging you can pull together a charming assortment of real silverware pieces. Think of them less like a matching set, and more like individual pieces of art. You may have to spend some time removing the tarnish, so be sure to use a non-toxic polish.

    Glass

    It’s easy to find cheap glass, today. But it can be a bit bland. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, it’s time to go antique! You may even discover a new hobby, as the antique glass rabbit hole goes pretty deep.

    China

    Whether you’re looking for beautiful pieces to display in your china cabinet, or you just want to be prepared in case the Queen drops by for tea, antique china never goes out of fashion and its value only tends to increase.

    If antiques are what you’re after, Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you hunt down some fabulous finds for your home.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to shop for your shape

    Jan 21, 2019

    Ah, the frustration of the fitting room. If you’re like most women, you’ve probably experienced the confusion of finally finding something in your size, only to find that it doesn’t fit very well. Is the size wrong? Not exactly. It’s more like size doesn’t matter. Shopping for your shape is the key to finding clothes that fit your body well, and not just the store mannequin. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you look and feel your best this year. Here’s how to shop for your shape.

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    Accentuate the Positive

    Every body has its positive assets. Shopping for your shape is all about learning what those are and making the most of them. No matter what your shape, there are clothes to flatter it. So, we suggest starting by finding out what shape you are:

    Pear

    If you are a pear shape, it’s most likely that when you gain weight, it shows mostly on your bottom and legs. Your waist is defined, and your shoulders and bust line are narrower than your hips. Look for A-line shapes to accentuate your waist and flow with your natural shape.

    Inverted Pear

    An inverted pear is defined by wider, athletic shoulders, a fuller bust line, straight waist and smaller hips. To find a balanced look you’ll want to keep it more simple up top. V-necklines will look great on you! Look for skirts, as well as dresses and pleated pants with belts that give the illusion of a waist.

    Apple

    You have long legs, a round bottom, little waist definition and a full bust line. Look for drapey shapes that lengthen your torso and gloss over the midsection. Showcase your legs with shorter skirts, dresses and leggings.

    Hourglass

    Your hips and shoulders are of equal width,and your waist is defined. You gain weight in your bottom and bust line. Skip the flowing fabrics and look for clothes that follow your natural curves, accentuating the waist.

    Rectangle

    You’ve got long legs and a shapely bottom. Your hips, waist and shoulders are approximately the same width. You’re going to look great in clothes that show off your bottom half and help define your waistline. Dresses and blouses are a good bet and the right belt can bring it all together.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you look and feel your best, whatever shape you are. If you struggle to find clothes you love, just remember that your body is perfect just the way it is, you just need to get to know it a little better.

     

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Must have winter coats that combine fashion and function

    Dec 11, 2018

    It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be harsh. Staying warm shouldn’t mean sacrificing your sense of style. Timbercreek Communities has some must-have winter coats to share with you that combine fashion and function.

    Winter Coat Styles

    Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat

    This Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat from Calvin Klein will keep you warm and looking exceptionally chic this season. The wool blend will block out the wind, the standing collar eliminates the need for a scarf, while the attached drawstring faux fur trimmed hood is handy when the wind starts to howl or snow starts to fly.

    Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar

    This Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar is stylish and functional. The skirted bottom is great for keeping the Canadian winter chill at bay and looks great with tights, leggings, pants, skirts and high boots.This lightweight but sturdy coat is perfect when paired with the right cozy scarf. The boiled wool, shawl collar and side entry pockets will ensure you stay toasty and look great this winter.

    Peacoat

    The classic look of a Peacoat is perfect for both men and women. The sturdy style and classic cut, paired with a warm scarf, will make you feel like winter can’t push you around. You can also opt for an updated look with this women’s Double Breasted Wool Pea Coat with Notched Lapel. It looks elegant in dark colours, but brilliantly bold in red.

    Duffle Coats

    Full length Duffle Coats are hot this season. They are a timeless trend for men or women so don’t worry about splurging. Look for coats with large loop robe closures with wooden toggles -- it’s a classic and functional look that’s easy to open and close, even with mittens on. This men’s Duffle in camel is sure to turn heads while keeping your head warm, thanks to the attached pancake hood.

    Puffer Parka

    This elegant women’s full length High Belted Puffer Parka is proof that puffy and warm can still be stylish. It features a detachable faux fur collar and ribbed windproof cuffs to keep the cold out. For men, a waist length puffer coat is the perfect grab-and-go winter coat. It’s perfectly suited to any outdoor activity (like skiing, hiking, and skating etc.).

    Timberceek hopes these must-have winter coats keep you warm and stylish all winter long.

  • 5 Budget Weekender Bags

    Oct 09, 2018

    If you're looking forward to a weekend getaway, but not looking forward to dragging a large suitcase around, you need a weekender bag. You don't need to break the bank to get one. Timbercreek Communities wants you to check out these 5 budget weekender bags before you check in.

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    Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffle Bag

    Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffle Bag is a stylish and functional bag made with durable, high density cotton canvas and classic brass hardware. There are 2 side zipper pockets, a front magnetic snap pocket, a back wall zipper compartment, and a main compartment. It will carry everything you need for a weekend of fun and adventure, and look great on you.

    S-ZONE Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Duffle

    The S-ZONE Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Duffle is a classic weekend duffle bag for men or women. It’s made of durable and lightweight soft canvas, with genuine leather trim. It's available in blue, gray, dark gray, Army green, khaki and coffee.

    Gusti Leder Nature

    The Gusti Leder Nature, from Gusti Leather, is simply a beautiful bag. It has a simple and classic design with one main internal compartment and one external pocket. It’s made of Fair Trade goatskin that's naturally tanned with vegetable oil. You’ll want to use this elegant yet practical bag every day. It’s too beautiful to save for weekends.

    Kenox Oversized Canvas Travel Duffle

    The Kenox Oversized Canvas Travel Duffle is perfect for when you want to get away for the weekend, but have trouble travelling lightly. This lightweight and durable duffle features expandable side pockets and plenty of smaller pockets tucked away inside. There’s room for your iPad, clothes, travel documents and whatever you want to bring back home from your weekend adventure. It’s available in a variety of beautiful colours to suit any weekend adventurer.

    The Twill Weekender

    The Twill Weekender, from Everlane, oozes understated elegance. It’s made of water-resistant cotton twill with leather trim. There’s one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket. It’s available in several understated colour combinations including black, gray and golden brown. It fits into any overhead compartment, perfect for weekend travels.

    With these hot weekender bags in tow, it’s going to be a beautiful and stylish trip!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Best Snow Boots for Canadian Winters

    Dec 13, 2017

    It’s no secret that Canada gets cold in the winter. But Canadians are resilient, and some even like the frosty season! Winter can be great if you're ready for it. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you prepare with the best snow boots for Canadian winters.

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    Sorel

    Sorel is one of the most trusted and recognizable boot brands in Canada. When the cold weather hits, you’ll see many-a-pair of their classic Caribou ($200) boots out on the streets. The brand goes well beyond the Caribou, with both heavy-duty and low-profile styles for the whole family starting at around $100. Their boots are designed to keep your toes toasty in temperatures as low as -32 Celsius.

    Kamik

    When you want stylish boots designed for life in Canada, you can’t go wrong with Kamik. The Cook family has owned and operated the company since its founding in 1898! The Montreal-based (and proudly Canadian-made) brand offers many styles and options, all perfect for Canadian winters. They also boast a sustainable manufacturing process and recycling program that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. They are also very affordable. Their long-lasting, adult winter boots range from $90 to $190 and are suitable for temperatures as low as -32 degrees Celsius.

    Pajar

    Another proud Montreal-based and family-owned company is Pajar. They are well known for their warm winter boots that never compromise on style. Choose from their

    Canada Heritage Premium Collection -- 100% waterproof boots that are leather-lined with rich genuine sheepskin. These boots are guaranteed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as -40 Celsius. The Pajar Sport collection features waterproof membranes and ice gripping soles with click out spikes to keep you stable. They can withstand temperatures as low as -30 Celsius. Their luxurious Oslo Apres Ski Collection are warm, funky and fashionable. Their most popular boots are in the $200 range.

    La Canadienne

    Montreal is the centre for style in Canada. La Canadienne offers stylish and streamlined women’s fashion winter boots. Available primarily in black and lined with shearling, these boots are designed to keep you warm while fitting in flawlessly with your business casual wardrobe.

    Cougar

    Cougar makes waterproof boots designed in Canada for Canadian winters. There are many styles to choose from. You can't go wrong with the classic Original Pillow Boots ($230) -- if you grew up in Canada you've definitely seen them before. Cougar offers styles that range from rugged to refined, all featuring the warm insulation and weather resistance you need to protect you in plummeting temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius.

    Timbercreek hopes you keep yourself comfy and warm in these great snow boots for Canadian winters. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, 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.

  • 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.

  • Black Friday: How to Navigate the Crowds

    Nov 06, 2017

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    Black Friday is considered the beginning of Christmas shopping season, with major retail stores offering huge promotional sales. Since 2005 it’s been the busiest shopping day of the year! The name originally referred to the blackout of car and pedestrian traffic in city centers caused by post-Thanksgiving shopping. If you’re ready to brave the shopping storm, Timbercreek has a list of ways to navigate the Black Friday crowds like a pro this year.

    Make a List Prior to Going Shopping

    Narrowing down a set list of what you want or need can cut your shopping time in half, and reduce the amount of time you wait in lines and dodging wide-eyed shoppers. This is tough to do; one of the things with flash sales like Black Friday is not knowing exactly what will be on sale. While almost every retailer advertises incessantly before Black Friday, they still like to draw shoppers into their brick and mortar locations by offering surprise sales on items only available in-store. Stay strong, stick to your list and save yourself a headache this year.

    Don’t Take the Kids

    Let’s face it; your kids slow you down. In retail stores where space is tight and hordes of people race through the aisles and checkout lines, keeping track of your kids can be a nightmare. It might be best to shop solo on Black Friday. Even if you’re picking up items specifically for your kids, it’s easier to do it with them safely and happily at home.

    Arrive Early

    Showing up in the mid-afternoon or early evening on Black Friday is near-insanity. At the very least, you’ll be looking at empty shelves, and crowded aisles. Show up early and beat the rush. Stores tend to open even earlier on Black Friday. You might have to wait in entrance lines, but you’ll generally run into fewer people and have a better chance at snagging the items you want.

    Shop Online

    Avoid the Black Friday crowds by skipping the madness! While Cyber Monday seems like it has the online side of retail sales more or less wrapped up, Black Friday is pretty much the same. Most of the promotions and products you’ll find in the store will also be available online, and as always with e-commerce, there’s no need to negotiate crowds, deal with cash, or worry about getting your purchase home.

    Want to avoid the masses on Black Friday? We hope these tips from Timbercreek help you make the most of your shopping experience. 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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