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      Style: What To Wear On Your Virtual Tours

      Style: What To Wear On Your Virtual Tours

      Vizcaya Gardens, Miami FL

      Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens. You can explore the museum and gardens from home here

      The perfect day to night pieces for perusing gardens and exploring the museums: 
      Salima Convertible Wrap 
      Billy 4-Way Reversible Top 
      Farah Reversible Dress 
      Materia Sphere Necklace

      For sunny days and warm evenings these mix and match pieces are sure to make a statement:

      Salima Convertible Wrap 
      Juniper Wide Leg Pant 
      Jinnah Short Sleeve Blouse 
      Anaa Reversible White T-shirt
      Materia Sphere Necklace


      A Note From Helene

      To you, our amazing customers and community of incredible women,

      These are difficult times, much more so for some than others. But we are all being asked to dig down deep and do what's best for our most vulnerable and so we shall. As of today, we will be closing both of our retail locations for as long as is deemed necessary. 
      We will continue to post our regular content and our online shop will be open and shipping daily. As a small business, shopping online will help us ride this wave out and we truly appreciate your support.

      There is a quote by Shannon L. Alder which I believe speaks to all of us at this time:
       “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”  

      Although we are being asked to socially distance ourselves or self-isolate or even quarantine. It is so important to let people know we care and that we are here for them. Please pick up the phone, write an email, send a letter, heaven knows, we have the time. 
      As a community of incredible women whose lives, families, businesses and travels have been affected, if you ever feel like sharing resources, or inspiration, or you just need to know that you are not alone, give us a call, email us or send us a message, we’d love to hear from you.
      Please stay healthy and be safe.

      Four midtown entrepreneurs share the secrets of their success

      Four midtown entrepreneurs share the secrets of their success

      Four midtown entrepreneurs share the secrets of their success

      Local business owners share what works for them

      Do you know the people and places that make up the fabric of your community? A great part of living in Toronto is discovering the faces and places that make up your local ‘hood. We popped in for a chat with a few successful business owners in Bayview, Mt. Pleasant, and Leaside. Here’s what they had to say:

      Helene Clarkson

      Why did you start a travel clothing line for women?
      Frustrated by the lack of multi-purpose, wrinkle-resistant clothing suitable for both business meetings and elegant evenings out, I created my clothing line, Helene Clarkson, for the sophisticated traveler. Our fashion-packed collection of dresses, skirts, tops, and pants aims to maximize versatility while remaining comfortable and stylish while traveling for business or pleasure.

      Why are female travellers loving your designs?
      Whether traveling across town or across the ocean, our pieces have multi-wear possibilities for any occasion. Customers keep coming back for three main reasons:

      1. Reversible: Many of our styles are made to be reversible, inside out or front to back, allowing for multiple looks with just one item
      2. Day To Night: Our pieces can be dressed up or down for women who are looking to seamlessly transition from a long day of work to an evening out.
      3. Easy Wear, Easy Care: Our clothing is not only practical and flattering, but also wrinkle-resistant, breathable, quick-drying, machine washable, and non-fading.

      Are Helene Clarkson pieces made in Toronto?
      Yes, Canada is known for its excellent craftsmanship and we are proud to support the jobs of talented local workers by choosing fabrics from Canadian suppliers and manufacturing our clothes right here in Toronto.

      What is the most fulfilling part of your career?
      I love hearing that my clothes make a difference to busy women around the globe.

      565 Mount Pleasant Ave., + 100 Front St. + 2901 Bayview Ave. | 416.519.2223

      5 Tips For Traveling Lightweight by La Maison Victor

      5 Tips For Traveling Lightweight by La Maison Victor

      The holiday season has officially started! If you plan to take a few days off, follow these 5 tips to make sure you only take the most important ones with you!
       1. Choose a compact size

      That is the basis: if you take a large suitcase with you, you tend to stuff it full. If you go for a smaller bag, you limit the amount that you can take with you, and you will be forced to choose. And yes, choosing is canceling!

      2. Think of clothing combinations in advance

      Do you suffer from the syndrome of the far too full suitcase? Then forget all those "just in case" and concentrate on the indispensable. Put together a reasonable number of combinations before you start filling the suitcase and ask yourself if you will actually carry it. You save space in your luggage and time at the destination when you get dressed.

      3. Go for reversible clothing

      If you are the type that regularly changes style and clothing, the suitcase phase is probably a true test for you. Good news: traveling light for a 'fashion addict' is now possible with reversible clothing! One item of clothing, two ensembles: ideal to wear the same item of clothing several times and yet alternate in style. Want to give it a try? The Helene Clarkson brand specializes in multifunctional clothing and has a whole collection of reversible outerwear, pants and skirts. Other option: make yourself! In the latest issue of La Maison Victor (edition 4, p. 78) you will find the pattern for the Capri Top and the work description to make it yourself. The perfect tip for sunny days.

      4. Put on heavy or bulky items of clothing

      A warm sweater for cool evenings, that should of course not be missing. But if it takes up too much space in your luggage, put it on when you leave. Do the same with heavy sneakers or thick cardigans. This way you not only save space, but also money (no surcharge for excessively heavy luggage!)

      5. Wash clothes on site

      Liquids may be carried in hand luggage as long as it is possible in 100 ml bottles. Fill a small bottle or container with liquid detergent, then you can wash your clothing yourself and wear it on vacation again. Simple and effective!

      And, ready for departure? Take a break now with edition 4 of La Maison Victor, on our site, at your bookstore, through our affiliated stores, and discover all our new patterns. Do you miss any previous editions? You can order it here . Have a nice holiday!

      This article is from La Maison Victor, published on 7/11/19

      Special Event This Saturday!

      Special Event This Saturday!

      You're Invited To Meet Wengage

      Don't miss this opportunity to be a trailblazer in a new, innovative community that’s empowering women and get a chance to win a $20,000 Dream Vacation!


      What is Wengage?

      Wengage is a free social connection app, exclusively for women, to find company in the very moment they want to go out. This may be when travelling for business or pleasure, or in their own city.


      With the Wengage app, you can immediately see if another woman in your area wants to meet for coffee in 30 minutes, check out a gallery opening tonight or go for a run along the waterfront.


      Wengage is authentic and informative. Get real reviews of venues and attractions from a woman's point of view - from Wengage users like you, plus a team of trusted influencers. 


      Wengage users will have access to exclusive offers and special events that can be used in any city in the world, anytime. 


      Join Wengage and be a part of this exciting launch! The app, launching in Summer 2019, is being developed by Canadian tech company, Myconxn Limited. A company that’s also woman-founded.


      With Wengage, you've got company to go out.

      Date: June 15, 2019
      Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      Location: 565 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, ON M4S 2M5
      Parking: Ample street parking available on the west side of Mount Pleasant and along side streets.

      We Are Looking Forward To Seeing You!
      Anyone who signs up for the free Wengage app in store will receive a 15% discount on all regularly priced Helene Clarkson clothing.

      Dressed To Travel: Helene Clarkson Design

      Dressed To Travel: Helene Clarkson Design


      True confession time: Pants are not my friend.

      It’s not that I don’t love them, it’s that often – be it the cut, the shape or the styling – they don’t love me.

      Over the years, I’ve risked frostbitten legs over ill-fitting slacks for exactly that reason. Who wants to be on TV and uncomfortable?

      So, to say I was unconvinced when I tried on these Helene Clarkson Design Andorra pants in her Royal York location the other day, is a massive understatement. But guess what? They were amazing!

      Helene Clarkson Design

      They feel like a jogging pant but look stylish enough for me to already imagine a million places I could wear them.

      And the pants are only the beginning of what is an incredibly versatile collection. We paired the pants with the Andorra top (REVERSIBLE!!!) for my latest CHCH Morning Live segment.

      Spoiler alert: No regrets.

      Dressed to Travel |The Outfit:

      For this appearance I chose the Andorra Pant (Long) – ($189) there is also a cropped version ($149) and the Sabi Reversible Halter ($104) (I wore the “oasis” print but it comes in a variety of colours).


      Dressed to Travel | The Designer:

      Helene Clarkson Design

      Designer Helene Clarkson may look familiar. The Genie-nominated actress appeared in the movie “Blood & Donuts” and on shows like The X-Files. And despite having no professional fashion experience, she has designed a collection of clothing that hits all the points women on the go crave: “Versatile clothing that is reversible, wrinkle resistant and machine washable.” Plus, it’s all made in Canada!

      Her Spring collection launches soon so keep an eye out.

      Dressed to Travel | The Story:

      Here’s why these worked for me. Helene’s designs all do really well with the shape and cut. For us ladies with ample hips, the flares happen at exactly the right places. Plus, the versatility that comes with having pieces that can be worn in a few different ways means not only cost savings but extra space in my luggage. When you’re a carry-on only fanatic, that matters too.

      Dressed to Travel | Travel Rating:

      You could roll up this entire outfit, chuck it in a carry-on and still look like a million bucks at your destination. 5/5

      Helene Clarkson Design

      Dressed to Travel | The Accessories:

      The high collar on the top meant there was no need for a necklace. Had I worn it the other way, I’d have skipped it too as the tie sits in the perfect spot. Plus, the print was a statement all its own. Simple silver drop earrings and black heels completed the look.

      Dressed to Travel | Get It

      The outfit is available for purchase at Helene Clarkson Design. The main shop is on the lower level promenade of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Come prepared to try things on. Rather order online? There’s free shipping to Canada and the USA on items over $100. To learn more about the Dressed to Travel series visit here.

      Originally Posted March 3, 2019 via Globetrotting Mama