Spring Coats on Sale at Laura

It’s not quite flip-flop weather just yet and the nights are still cool. What’s a fashionista to do when it’s definitely a new season, and yet the dreamy climes haven’t quite surfaced? Don’t revisit your winter coat — keep it in storage until next November. Instead, treat yourself to a trench or a lighter jacket in a more inspired hue for the transition into spring. Coral, spring green, white or even mocha shades are preferable to wooly black.

And, since spring is the shortest season in the Canadian calendar, the timing is right to snag the deepest deals on lighter coats and jackets now on sale at Laura. Savvy shoppers will find a good selection of chic and stylish cuts as seen in the fashion magazines, alongside more classic silhouettes. Bonus: several of the cutest styles come in petite, regular as well as plus sizes (with most now priced below $100).

Barbie’s Basement Online

Barbie’s basement Jewellery, popular amongst fans of pop culture, rock and roll and glitter, recently launched its online boutique. Now you don’t have to wait for annual gift shows and special events to snag their sparkly goodies. It’s even possible to order custom work (such as a kooky ID tag for your pooch or custom cufflinks for your sweetie) online, so check out the latest quirky-cool pendants, belt buckles, rings, magnets and oodles more at: www.bbj.ca. Bonus: until the end of May, shipping is free to anywhere in Canada (lots priced under $20).

Shop ‘Til It Stops

In its continued efforts to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation Shelter from the Storm campaign, Winners/ HomeSense Canada has committed to donating a percentage of today’s retail sales to the CWF. So, if you’re planning to get your Mother’s Day gift or something fab for yourself at Winners this week, go TODAY, and know that you’re shopping for a good cause (to prevent and end the cycle of violence against women). And, if you use your BMO Mosaik Mastercard to pay for your purchase, BMO will donate an additional amount to raise more funds for Shelter from the Storm.

Nathalie-Roze Fischer is an eco-accessories designer, hardcore bargain-hunter, style writer and DIY enthusiast. Visit her online at www.nathalie-roze.com.

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