5 items for the ultimate spring outfit

Spring has arrived! And while putting away bulky sweaters and winter attire can be stressful for the average Canadian so accustomed to being hit with an unexpected (but very expected) snow storm, it’s safe to say that it’s time to bring some colour out. As we prepare for summer to arrive, it’s important to know how to transition yourself from -10 to +10. Don’t worry, Women’s Post is here to help you out. Here are the only five things you’ll need for the ultimate spring outfit.

1.Drench in a trench

When it’s too warm for parkas and too cold for shorts, the best way to stay comfy and neutral is with a cute trench coat. We love this one from Zara! Not only does a trench coat allow you to add some oumph to your outfit, its super versatile! Throw on a printed scarf or rock some cute booties to dress it up, or even pair with your weekend jeans for a fun day outdoors. We hear camel is in this season, along with nudes, but as Neelam Gill shows us, you can never go wrong with 50 shades of grey.

2. Cutie in booties

Peep toe booties are in, ladies. So get your pedicures on as you prep your feet for daily exposure after those long winter months hidden inside your socks. Nothing is cuter than these pairs from Steve Madden! Peep toe booties are perfect for spring —thermal boots are no longer required. (Halleluiah!) Pair your booties with something just as daring such as a printed coat, as worn by Naomi Harris above. Although you’ll want to wear these all season long, we do recommend rain boots for those wet days.

3. Corals and florals


“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” The devil couldn’t have said it better herself. Year after year, florals keep coming back as the must have piece for any spring outfit. This year, we’re seeing a lot of floral pants. Whether its going boho-chic with pallazzos or keeping it sophisticated and work-friendly with a straight look, a floral pant screams fun and flirty. Feeling bold? A floral top is the way to go for the ultimate fashion forward look. Beware, this look is not for the timid fashionista!

4. Bold yet simple

You just need one piece of accessory this season. And it needs to be big. Whether you opt for dangling earrings, or your new, favourite statement necklace, your choice of accessory is what pulls your whole look together. Rose golds were a fashion favourite for the past couple of years, but we’re loving our silvers this season! Skip the jewellery and opt for a bright and beautiful bag, in additional to some minimalistic pieces such as midi rings and bracelets. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to be unforgettable.

5. Stella under your ‘brella

DIY, Do It Yourself, DIY Umbrella, What I Wore, WhatIWore, Black and White Umbrella, Jessica Quirk, Striped Umbrella

Because it’s going to rain. And after working so hard to put together your outfit, the last thing you want is to walk outside with a boring, black umbrella. Turn heads with a bold print or choose an umbrella bright as the sun. A true fashionista doesn’t let the weather get in the way of her style. She embraces it and makes it a part of her look. Just don’t blame us if you’re asked to share. 😉

Good luck and happy spring!


Have any more tips on the ultimate spring outfit. Let us know in the comments below!

5 Easter crafts made of recycled materials

Easter is a great time to make crafts and enjoy spring festivities. Many Easter crafts can be quite wasteful so why not enjoy the festivities by recycling products and having fun at the same time?

Here are great recycled Easter crafts for ages young and old.

Image credit: petiteplanet.blogspot.ca
Image credit: petiteplanet.blogspot.ca

Recycled Juice Carton Easter Basket

Have you polished off that OJ and are now left with an empty juice carton? Why not turn it into an Easter basket? Make sure the carton has been rinsed out and dried. Remove the spout from the carton and wrap it in colourful paper that is either glued or taped. Use another piece of paper and cut it into a strip and then attach it to the box. If desired, use extra decorations such as flowers or sparkles to make characterize the basket. This is a great option for children and is an opportunity to teach them about re-using items for craft projects.

Taken from http://planetforward.ca/blog/recycled-juice-carton-easter-basket-eco-friendly-craft-for-kids/


A Watering Can Centerpiece

Instead of buying fresh decorations for a weekend celebration, why not use items you already have to make your house more festive? Find an old watering can, preferably tin, and put in a variety of flowers and branches to celebrate the spring season. If you use sage and rosemary, it also adds a festive spring scent to the dinner table.

Inspired by http://www.commonground-do.com/2011/04/vintage-inspiration-friday-32-magazine.html

By Jodimichelle
By Jodimichelle

Egg carton flowers

Egg carton flowers are a great craft for kids and are a lot of fun to make. Cut up an egg carton into individual containers and paint each one any colour you prefer. Glue a pompom into the center to give it some texture. Next, poke a hole in the bottom of the carton piece and feed a green pipe cleaner through the hole. To add an additional flare, fan out the green pipe cleaners to make it look more like leaves.

Taken from http://www.skiptomylou.org/welcoming-spring-with-egg-carton-flowers/

chicksCardboard Tube Chicks

What to do with the dozens of toilet paper rolls you’re left with at the end of the week? Make little chicks of course! Take a toilet paper roll and cut it in half, then paint it yellow on the outside and inside. Take three yellow pipe cleaners and trim it to just over the size of the roll, and glue it in so it goes over the top edge of the roll to make three fuzzy hairs. Attach two orange pipe cleaners on the bottom for feet and two more orange cleaners in the sides for arms. Paint a face and a beak and enjoy your new recycled chick.

Taken from http://craftsbyamanda.com/cardboard-tube-chicks/


Easter Garland

A colourful and easy Easter garland can be created by cutting out paint swatches into egg shapes and attaching them in a chain using string or ribbon. They can then be hung to create a festive and fun Easter decoration that has no cost and re-uses the paint chips.

Taken from http://ittybittygreenie.com.au/blog/820/5-easy-eco-friendly-easter-crafts/

Do you have any favourite Easter crafts? Let us know in the comments below!


Put a spring in your step

It seems spring has finally sprung. People are on the move, and more than eager to get back on track with outdoor activities and workout programs.

Still, many are still experiencing a touch of the winter blues. No matter how anxious, it’s not easy to switch gears from often lazy winter indoor activities and exercise routines.

No matter what your outdoor sport may be, starting slowly, rebuilding strength and endurance can save you from (or prevent) an early seasonal injury that can ruin a summer of fun and physical activity. For runners, who may have not kept up steady workouts over the winter as avidly as hoped, the progression of walking to jogging to running might be a route to consider. Remember, pre-run warm-up and post cool-down stretches to prevent injury, and to ensure a safe reentry into steady outdoor workout routines. Getting into a regular schedule, without pushing it, keeps you consistent and on track, without pushing your body too much, and can leave you wanting more…and that’s a sure sign you’re ‘back in the saddle.’

No matter how far you go, remember to take and drink water. You might feel the outing is not long enough to need it, but who knows: on a nice day, you may walk a little longer, or stop in a park. Water is always needed for strength, endurance and focus. If you love to cycle but hate the stationary bike, you may not have kept your legs as strong as they could be for riding outside. Getting back to the streets can test balance going over uneven pavement, stones and twigs. Early spring can bring a lot of rain. Wet streets are harder to stop on and can be a challenge for the best of riders at any time.

As important as anything, drivers aren’t as used to seeing as many bikers on the road and need to readjust their eyes and attitudes to the outdoor athletes of summer. Rain and wet roads are harder to navigate for them too. Some drivers don’t feel comfortable around bikers. Proper protection and rider safety is a priority.

Getting back in tune with your body is important too. Massage and reflexology are just two healthy, preparation and injury preventing approaches en route to getting back in touch with the body/mind connection.

And besides, they feel great.

LISTEN: We love the new Carly Rae Jepsen — and so do you!

In case we haven’t made it clear with some of our previous stories, we adore Carly Rae Jepsen. Canada’s girl next door has managed to captivate us once again with her amazing new tune “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” that is meant for blasting at top volume on a beautiful spring day like this.

Give it a try and try and say that you aren’t downloading it to play on repeat right away.

Oh, and there’s a remix featuring Nicki Minaj on the way. Summer anthem? Here’s hoping.