Let StreetChic tell you about the romantic story of winter and colours

A new year has come, and Toronto’s winter has just kicked off to a cld start. Do you feel the pity of not having enough time to experience the gentleness and romance of early winter? Now that cold air has entered the city, bringing the boring Canada Goose as everyone’s winter wardrobe for the next 3 months. Don’t be. Fortunately, colours are still an option for weather like this. If you are a positive-minded fashion lover, and you want to fight a bit more against the all-black winter doom, read this article and see colours brighten up your winter styles. Let’s talk about the romance of winter and colours.

PANTONE announced that ultra violet being the ‘colour of the year’ of 2018. The fashion community has been crazy about this new colour trend, and couldn’t hold back to put on purple items which was considered to be sooo difficult to pair.

 

We understand that purple is a tricky colour to style with, but with the right technics, you can pull it off like a piece of cake.

 

 

The easiest way is to try a purple jacket. When everyone else is wearing black, white or grey down jackets, a purple is considered to be very bright, bold, and colourful. And it doesn’t matter what you wear beneath that. It’s the outside that counts. A purple jacket definitely makes you stand out from the winter crowd.

 

 

Not to mention how fashionable and in-trend Red  is, just the tone of the colour brings lots of warmth into this season. It is the best cure for SAD (seasonal affective depression) Usually, being winter elegant means a lot of typical black and white. However, it doesn’t rule out the expectance, which, in this case, red.

 

 

Of course red trench coats are the best way to go with. It’s stylish, yet classic, which means that a red coat will last in your  winter-first-choices for several years.

 

 

Also, you can also style a red coat with the most in-trend elements, like blazers and furs.

 

 

If we say that green is a beautiful colour, we are sure that nobody has doubts. However, it is not the easiest colour to style with. Like purple mentioned above, with the right method, you can achieve a very fresh look in winter with green pieces.

 

 

With yellow in the undertone, green is easily attached with a filthy feeling. But if you wear it with white or grey, the style gains much freshness in it.

 

 

If you are not afraid of taking some risks, wear your green coat with metal colours (not too much though). You will look extremely stylish with that.

 

 

Try these popular colours in your winter wardrobe and give yourself a chance to live a more colourful winter in 2018.

 

*Just a heads up, Street Chic is working on with our partners to create a platform to provide necessary sponsorship and mentorship for Toronto startup fashion designers, in order to help and develop fashion industry in Toronto even more. Stay tuned!*

 

Top 5 Unusual Holiday Gift Shopping Ideas For Torontonians

The 2017 holiday season has officially arrived with snow and dramatic temperature drop. It might be cold and freezing, however, winter never gives GTA’s fashion lifestyle less shine, since stores and malls are always open for you to choose the perfect gift your significant someone. Here, on Street Chic, let’s talk about the top 5 gift shopping ideas here in Toronto. No more nagging, let’s get into it!

01. Deep Sea Sand Art

You want to give something unusual, and every time when someone points at it and you can proudly say it’s given by you?? Try this gift! Bring a calming presence to your office with this desk sculpture that forms natural landscapes with sand. Place this magical beauty on a bookshelf, desk, mantel, or coffee table, rotate the glass ring, and watch as delicate drifts of light, dark, and glittery golden sand shift into deserts, mountains, clouds, rain, oceans and smoke, all ebbing and flowing into one another. Check it out here.

 

 

02. Candles

Holiday is the best time for anyone to get cozy and relaxed in the sofa, doing nothing for the whole day! You definitely want that someone to be able to relax in a soothing and refreshing aroma this holiday season. Candles are always a great idea when it comes to a chic lifestyle. It brings the special holiday vibe to home, and of course, a great aroma to the rooms. Check out Diptyque

Or, try something less common: These hand-poured soy wax candles offer a remedy for homesick senses — Homesick Candles.

 

03. Green Herbal Tea Kit

A cup of tea is more than just a handy hot beverage. The warmth soothes your body, waiting for the tea to steep gives your mind a moment to rest, and the different herbs used can calm, stimulate or relax. This holistic tea set by Julie Pedersen invites you to sip from an array of nine herbs and three varieties of green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka (there are two tins per type of tea).

 

Steep the loose leaf teas and herbs in the included, reusable tea bags made from biodegradable corn silk. Kit assembled in Canada.

 

04. Face Wash Device – Foreo Luna

 

If you are giving a gift to a beauty and makeup savvy, this is something that she/he will LOVE the most among all the gifts. Foreo Luna is a face washing device that rocked the the internet the whole year and has been dearly loved and adored by everyone based on the product reviews.

 

The unique combination of T-Sonic™ pulsations with silicone touch-points gently exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores of makeup residue as well as 99.5% of dirt and oil, enhancing the absorption of your other skincare products. Foreo Luna comes in 3 different models, with cleansing brushes tailored to specific skin types. So, definitely give this to your ‘skincare expert’ friend, she will LOVE it!

 

05. Google Home

Struggling to find a gift to HIM? It’s not that difficult! Try something technical. Google home is one of the most talked and celebrated technical home device in 2017. It talks with you, and assist you to control your other home devices once you connect them. Thanks to Google, this Google home device is definitely a great idea for guys this holiday season.

 

Winter Fashion: Fur, Tartan, Oversize And More Trends for Canadians

In a word, winter is bleak in Canada. Once it makes its arrival, there are only months (almost half a year, actually) of darkness and freezing ahead. The only thing you may want to do is stay cozy in bed the whole day with hair thrown to the back and pajamas from top to bottom. However, finding pieces that make you want to leave the house and be a social human are an important part of, well, survival.

 

Let me make this easier for you. Street Chic has rounded up the 4 winter styles that Canadians LOVE from deep in the hearts, and have been applying every single winter, just because they work the best with an extreme weather here in Canada. Let’s get into them, and honey remember this, celebrities are not the only ones who can look fab in cold.

 

Fur

Unless you are allergic too furry things, it’s always a classic style to put fur on the body during winters. They can easily become your statement pieces and light up the whole look. Surprisingly, fur can really finish an outfit off, especially paired with a heavy sweater and boots (for a more mix-and-match feel).


 

Tartan

Don’t we know all about tartans, as Canadians? The tartan trend has been coming back on fire in 2017. For reasons no one will ever understand, tartan tends to be pigeonholed as a “holiday” look. It shows off the chicness and sophistication of women and never falls out from the list of trends that are the easiest to style.

 

Over-sized

While traditional fitted styles have obviously earned a place among trends in the previous seasons, celebrities like Rihanna, and the Kardashians have definitely brought the oversize trend back in fashion. And they are ruling the fashion world with a special street style into them. Get a oversized piece (hoodies are the best) and chic your way up this winter!

The 7 most attractive restaurants in Toronto

Seven Most Attractive Restaurants in Toronto

It’s been gloomy the last few weeks in Toronto with the frequent rain.

Now that it’s the end of July, the completion of the beautiful summer in Toronto is nearing. You mustn’t waste any time to have some fun. Today, Street Chic will recommend some of Toronto’s popular restaurants, which are high-value and delicious!

Dazzling Cafe

Dazzling Cafe originates from Taiwan, and it was opened at a prime location in Toronto; at Yonge & Sheppard. People can’t resist the temptation to visit because of the sweet desserts and exquisite presentation.

The food in there can meet anyone’s taste. I love the ice cream toast best.

Address: 37 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON M2N 7K1

Smith

Smith is a three-story restaurant located at Church Street. Smith focuses on serving brunch. This is a gathering place for young people, so if you ever go over the weekend you’ll likely find yourself in a line-up. There is a pleasant new patio in the hidden backyard. You can see the brick walls, comfortable sofas and retro benches reminiscent of Smith’s aesthetic. Warm and welcoming lights can be seen at night.

Address: 553 Church St Toronto, ONM4Y 2E2

One Restaurant

If you go to Yorkville, then you must try One. With this restaurant covering brunch, lunch and dinner, you will never be disappointed. This is a favorite restaurant of many celebrities and bloggers. I really like the patio in there because of the lush plants. One’s breakfast menu is very satisfying. I especially recommend fruit rich pancake.

Address: 116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

La Societe

La Societe is a very old French restaurant in Toronto. It’s found at Bloor Street near the Cartier store. The first time I went there, the Irish coffee really surprised me(in a good way). They recently started offering brunch that is great in both taste and appearance. Remember to order their waffles; they use different ways to present it.

Address: 131 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1

Ufficio

Ufficio is a cozy and elegant restaurant at Dundas West. Their benny is something special with seafood in it. I recommend the Uova cotte, which is delicious. It’s also worth recommending is their salmon. Come to this place out for some high quality food!

Address: 1214 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X5

Cafe Neon

If you plan on checking out the Café Neon, I suggest you go to Wallace Ave one. They have a marble table that more suitable for taking pictures. If you don’t care about that, then the important thing to note is the delicious egg benny. It’s a very pleasant and relaxing restaurant no matter which location you go to.

Address: 241 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 1V5

LAVELLE

Lavelle is not a sight you see at the typical restaurant. It is full of great points, including the environment, price, geographical location and food. There is a Rooftop and Patio with a swimming pool. The food is tasty, looks great, and is affordable. If you sit by the window, you can get a magnificent view of the CN Tower.

Address: 627 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

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Spring Eating

Spring Eating

As the weather warms up, I find my appetite cooling down!!
How so, do you ask?
Well, I’m no longer yearning for warm, hearty, heavy meals that our bodies often desire in those cold wintery months when our innate animal instincts compel us into hibernation mode. As the temperature has shifted, so have my cravings. I am currently looking forward to the various types of salads that a wide array of restaurants offer, with cranberries, candied pecans, kale, mandarin segments, strawberries, or more traditional salads such as Caesar, with crisp iceberg lettuce and croutons. These can be topped with grilled salmon or chicken breast for our protein intake, and dressed with flavours ranging from raspberry balsamic, to sesame soy. Just the thought of the range of possibilities available makes my mouth water. Healthy “bowl” options are now also popping up, which can have favourites such as avocado, sour cream, and choice of protein added. 
And the list, as well as the spectrum of options goes on, and on, and on…….
Much to our taste buds’ sense of adventure’s delight!!

Restaurants are definitely upping their ante when it comes to healthy choices, but what if our preference is to eat at home? Grocery stores have started catering to a number of ethnicity when it comes to produce, spices, sauces, as well as choice of carbohydrates. “Smart” pasta, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, naan bread, roti wraps, not to mention an entire array of different types of breads, are often freshly baked on grocery store premises.
There are also many different kinds of specialty stores catering to diverse tastes, such as Whole Foods, TnT, Fortino’s, Grande Cheese, in addition to the diversity that Longo’s, Sobey’s, and even No Frills offer these days.

Whether eating in or out, I encourage you to widen your palate’s horizons, and experiment with the delicious diversification we are privileged to experiencing living in the GTA.

Most Fashionable Ways to Wake Up

Yes, I understand that waking up can be one of the hardest things to do in a day. You feel drowsy, sleepy and wanting to shoot the sun down, especially if you partied too late the night before. You are desperate for a cup of espresso coffee or a cold shower. But we all know some people waking up at 5 every morning, and feeling energetic the whole day. How did they do it? Is there a better way for them to wake up, giving them energy and health? Well, some morning exercises can help! Let’s see what they do.

Outdoor jogging

This can be a great opportunity to connect with the nature. And nature isn’t on Facebook, your connection won’t be built unless you go outdoors and embrace it. Surely warm sunshine, fresh air, and early birds singing will offer you some morning refreshments. Giving you a touch of nature treatment, jogging also helps you to build stronger bones and heart, which improves your health. And of course, you can time yourself and control the distance according to your fitness program.

Yoga

Stretching exercises are great for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. And yoga is one of the best workout to stretch your body part. Think about it, how many times in the morning does your brain feel awaken and your body doesn’t? A thirty minutes yoga workout helps you to stretch every part of your body and gently awake them. And it gives you enough time to think of a healthy breakfast recipe for yourself and your family. (Recommended morning yoga pose: Balancing Table Pose)

Squats & Pushups

If you are into some more intense morning exercises, you can try squats and pushups, which involve most of your body major muscles and don’t require any equipment. You can easily do them in your bedroom. Try 15*2 squats and 10*3 pushups, if you are a beginner, and gradually build it up.

Jumping Jacks

Stand with feet together, then jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to the first position and keep going— this is a very easy and useful exercise, which definitely wakes you up in a few minutes. And it’s a great workout for cardiovascular health, also your leg muscles. You can start doing these for 1 minute per set, and 3 sets every morning. I’m sure you will feel the difference!

Studies have shown that morning exercises are beneficial for reducing blood pressure, boosting brain power, and even bringing you a good mood for the whole day. So why not give it a try? And if you have your own best ways to wake up, please share your morning routine with us!

Stay with Street Chic for more fashion and style ideas!

Spring is in the Air Blog Series

ust as John Paul Young sings “Love is in the air’, the feeling that “Spring is in the air” has been festering within us as Winter in the GTA continues to tease us with its on-again/off-again emergence!

I do believe, however, that we are seeing the final remnants of the brisk, frigid weather as the sun has been shining and the days have been longer.

The longer days and more sunshine make us feel good on multiple levels: mentally, physically, and emotionally. It’s amazing to know that what we attribute as “winter blues” is an actual ‘thing’ called ‘seasonal affective disorder’, or appropriately so: SAD.
The Mayo Clinic (topped ranked hospital in the US) describes, fall and winter SAD symptoms as follows:

Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:

·Irritability

·Tiredness or low energy

·Problems getting along with other people

·Hypersensitivity to rejection

·Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs

·Oversleeping

·Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates

·Weight gain

How many of us have felt any or all of these?  Well good news is ahead for each of us!!!
Much to look forward to with Spring weather: elevated emotions; lighter clothing; spring salads; longer days, meaning more sunshine, and more time to spend with people we love, doing things we love!!
So go out and ENJOY!!

Tips on Spring Fitness

Okay…..be honest! Are you 100% satisfied with your health as it is RIGHT now?


This is the question I answered for myself a couple of weeks ago, and the harsh truth of the matter was that I am NOT 100% satisfied. Yes, of course I console myself through the self talk of: “I don’t look that bad”, “If I chose the ‘right’ clothing, my lumps and bumps will remain hidden”, “For goodness’ sake, you’ve had kids, give yourself a break!!” Yet in my heart of hearts I know what I truly want. It’s not even about size: it’s about me feeling good about myself; feeling strong; feeling toned; feeling energized; and not giving myself excuses and “outs”!


I used to attend yoga classes every week, what happened?  Oh yes- a conflicting job schedule. Well now I have decided that my commitment will be to me and my health.

Spring for me is a time of freshness, rebirth, revitalization, and rejuvenation of our minds, bodies, and spirits. With the longer days and extra sunshine, my mind and spirit have experienced elation. That left my body. As someone who believes in mind, body, spirit alignment, I felt and KNEW (as much as I wished to deny it!!), that I had to do something for my body. So I started the 30-day ABS Challenge (picture below).

In addition,  I re- started to do 2-10 complete sun salutation routines every day. Of course I wanted to see the results, not just feel the soreness, the next day, but like anything, a toned body takes time. I am now on day 7 and believe me; I have had a day or two already where I have wanted to stop!! But you’ll be happy to hear that I haven’t, I have persevered and gotten to the point where it feels good to be doing the stretches, crunches, and even the leg lifts!!

 
I invite you to start something your future self with thank you for.


Spring is in the air, and asking our minds, bodies, and spirits to come into alignment with each other.  What are YOU going to take on and commit to today?

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Enjoy the afternoon time in the sun

Looking for a comfortable corner, bathed in lazy sunshine, and one or two friends together to enjoy the perfect afternoon time.

I always have a lot of expectations for the afternoon time. Imagine after lunch, I came out of the restaurant and crossed a path, then saw the Piazza Navona was covered with slate. Three fountains decorated with marble sculptures bathed in the sun. People leisurely enjoy the afternoon time in the cafe on both sides of the square. Like a scene in a movie.

I sat down and ordered a glass of Champagne under the umbrella of the open-air bistro opposite the street. Looking at the pedestrians coming and going, as if the moment slow down, and then until the rest. Although the crowd is noisy, gave me a good feeling of time.

Toronto’s street style never fails to use its magical power to impress and inspire me. I guess that’s the reason we are doing this: style is where imaginations and items transform into unique styles and fashion. The deeper we hunt, the more interesting and impressive we find the street styles are, especially in a city where diversity is the combined in its blood and bones.

Street Chic will start from Toronto, explore deeper and wider to bring you the best and most unique street styles. So stay tuned and explore with Street Chic!

Spring Clothing? Here is all you need to know.

How do the longer days make you feel? How do they influence what you want to wear? What colours are you drawn to? What about the fabrics; textures; prints? Do we consciously even think about these “details” as we transition from one season to another, or do the boots and coats gradually get hidden from view and replaced with sandals, light jackets, and sweaters?

 

Let me share with you how the longer days make me feel!


I feel physically freer. I feel like I can do more things as the sun continues to shine until 8pm, and I can stay out later. In the mornings, when I’m selecting what to wear, my eyes naturally go towards the lighter, flowy, bright coloured items in my closet.

I blame the retail stores for getting us mentally prepared a couple of months prior to the appropriate weather actually getting here. After Christmas they are quick to showcase newly designed items in pretty shades of pastels, turquoises, and terracotta. And we can’t help but succumb as we shop our way to happiness in the anticipation of bright, sunny, warm days when we will be able to wear our purchases!!


Humans have a tendency to live the saying “it’s about the journey and not the destination”, so why not enjoy the scenery of new designs, colours, and styles as we journey into the spring season. And…. I would even suggest that you take the striking panoramic route which will provide exposure to different designers as we have access to what the entire planet has to offer through the World Wide Web, as well as the convenience of living in a diverse, multicultural city such as Toronto right at our door steps.