Our friends at Giant Tiger have kicked off a new amazing contest where you can win big this summer! Starting today and going through to July 3rd, you can win amazing prizes from Giant Tiger online! I personally love shopping at Giant Tiger for affordable products, home décor and of course – clothing!
More about the ‘Big Summer Wins’ Contest!
The first part of the contest running from May 2-June 13, Giant Tiger will be doing a special draw for a backyard concert performed by CCMA nominees, River Town Saints.
The second part of the contest will run from June 14 – July 2, where grand prizewinners are drawn fro ¼ price packs! But there are over 600 prizes in total so be sure to join!
The preppy look is always a classic, but often times they can be perceived to be super expensive! For this post, I have partnered with Giant Tiger to debunk that myth and share a few of my favourite affordable preppy essentials from their menswear lines.
1. The polo
You don’t need a logo on your polo with a man on a horse for it to be considered preppy! Any polo in a colour of your liking is perfect for pulling off the preppy look! I found these polo’s by Giant Tiger exclusive brand, Mountain Ridge for only $14 each! They also have a variety of colours and a generous size range.
Who said sneakers can’t be preppy? You can easily pair your look with a simple canvas sneaker to pull off the look and feel comfortable while doing it! These sneakers are super affordable as well, and they retail for only $15
Watches are probably one of the most expensive wardrobe items a man can purchase. But because we are doing this post on a budget, I found these watches by Ecosse at Giant Tiger for only $18! This one with the tan bracelet is totally preppy and looks like it could cost a thousand bucks!
I am back with my DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse #StyleandDeliver pick of the month! This April, I selected a beautiful pair of loafers by DSW Exclusive brand, Roberto Vianni.
About the Shoes
The Roberto Vianni – Giotto slip-on loafer is a beautiful combination of dressy and casual, which makes it perfect for taking for a day-to-night look. The loafer is made in Italy with premium-textured leather. The tassel adds the perfect amount of flare without making the shoe impractical for everyday wear. I have a few $700-$1000 loafers in my wardrobe that don’t compare to the quality of this beautiful one!
About my look!
I styled the Roberto Vianni Giotto loafers with a look that can work for both the daytime and an evening out! For the suit, I selected one that is a little more textured, which is a little more casual, but still conservative enough for the office. I dressed down my suit by opting for a deep red coloured t-shirt, which pairs beautifully with a blue suit.
3 More Ways To Style the Loafer
If you’re in a more conservative office environment, you can easily switch out t-shirt for a dress shirt and still look sharp as ever.
For a business casual look, consider rocking the loafer with a dress shirt with slim fit navy jeans.
You can dress the loafer down for a more casual look! I would recommend pairing these with a pair of chinos or shorts, with a polo, for a beautiful spring/summer weekend look.
About a year ago, I shared a post on my eyewear collection and it became one of my most read posts of all time! So I thought it would only be appropriate to share my updated eyewear collection!If you have been reading my blog or following myself on social for sometime, than you probably are privy to the fact that I am eyewear fanatic! Over the past 4 years, I have probably racked up 100 eyewear pieces in total. But today we will be focusing on optical frames! I tried my best to link every pair of eyewear that I could still find available, and where I couldn’t, I linked to the retailer’s website, where I originally purchased it from!
1/9 Frames by GANT Rugger – As seen in the featured image.
It’s that time of the year again, the dreaded tax-filing season! But, I’ve partnered with H&R Block and am sharing my personal experience, as well as a few neat features & an amazing 20% off coupon code!
A few days ago, I stopped by my local H&R Block (Dundas Street in Oakville) to file my taxes. This is now my fourth year of filing with H&R Block and I absolutely love the experience, because it is quick and painless! I have always been the type of person who gets anxious about anything related to taxes, but I find it relieving when I get it done. If you remember my post during tax season from last year, you may remember that I had a little bit of a panic attack because I lost one of my T4’s. But luckily, H&R Block used the CRA system and found it -Phew! But this time I was well prepared and was more on top of it!
Some of you may know that I’m entering a new chapter in my life! I recently completed my studies and started working for a marketing firm, and I want to launch a business as well. So, I definitely had a ton of questions in regards to my filings for next year as well. What I loved was that the H&R Block associate didn’t mind taking some extra time to educate myself (and trust me I had a ton of questions) on what I will need to know for my next tax prep as well.
LAST-MINUTE FILING TIPS TWITTER CHAT + PRIZES!
Be sure to join H&R Block Canada and yours truly for our #GetWhatsYours twitter chat on Tuesday, April 17th from 8-9 PM EST, where we will discuss last minute filing tips + win one of five prizes featuring a $100 cash card, and the grand prize of a $250 cash card. (Rules and Regulations coming soon to the blog). In the meantime, be sure to follow myself @ThePrepGuy and @HRBlockCanada
This year, H&R Block is offering an exclusive coupon to my readers with this up-to 20% off coupon! CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE COUPON: https://www.hrblock.ca/es/the-prep-guy-discount/. Please note, this coupon expires on April 14th, so don’t delay – head to an office near you.
FILING AT HOME?
You can also file from the comfort of your own home with H&R Block Online Tax Software!
For more info on booking your tax-filing or to doing it yourself with H&R Block, visit www.HRBlock.ca
The tropical shirt look made its transition last summer from a vacation essential to a style staple. With the likes of Harry Styles and street-style stars embracing the trend, the style is back and better than ever.
I found this amazing tropical print shirt from Giant Tiger, by their exclusive brand, Mountain Ridge for only $15 CAD! To pair the look for a more style-based and less vacationesque look, I opted for black slim fit jeans.
These jeans, also by Mountain Ridge, are great because they almost have the appearance of chinos more so than denim, which makes them more versatile. You can easily pair these with a dress shirt for the office, or even for casual weekend looks with a basic tee.
Another spring/summer style staple is a slip-on canvas sneaker, which looks fantastic with a no sock look. Plus these sneakers are only $15 at Giant Tiger, with a large variety of colours and prints available too.
Sunnies are a big part of spring/summer style and I found these beautiful metallic frame sunnies at Giant Tiger for only $9. Finally, I completed the look with a watch by Ecosse, which retails for only $18 but looks like a high-end sports watch!
For more amazing Spring & Summer style essentials for the whole family, check out GiantTiger.comor stop by a location near you.
Spring is here and it’s time to switch out your boots for some sneakers! Nowadays, sneakers are coming in 1000’s of styles and at varying price points. But nothing beats a classic! This months, my DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse #StyleandDeliver pick is the Puma SMASH V2 sneaker!
The Puma SMASH V2 is one of the bestsellers from the brand and in my opinion, is the most versatile and stylish pairs! It’s just so easy to style and you have unlimited options due to its clean lines and subtle style. They also are extremely comfortable and lightweight!
I styled it for an easy daytime look, which is perfect for the weekends, outings with friends and casual work environments. Just a casual printed oxford button up shirt (will also look suave with a solid shirt), navy chinos, a fun pair of sunnies and there you have it!
The Puma SMASH V2 is available in 6 colours online and in-stores at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse Canada for $79.99 (compared at $90)!
A gentleman’s accessory speaks volume in expressing his personal style and taste. Here is a list of some of the sharpest accessories every man should own!
1. Matching Tie-Bars and Cufflinks
Although I love wearing statement cufflinks or tie-bars. There’s simply nothing as elegant and sharp as wearing a luxurious matching set. I recommend finding a neutral tone which can be work with a variety of different colours and looks like the set I own from PK Subban’s collection for RW&CO.
2. Statement Bracelets
Bracelets tend to take a backseat to watches for men, however, these items can pack a punch on their own too. I have been in love with my Louis Vuitton Hockenheim bracelet, which boasts the brand’s LV hardware and signature monogramming.
3. Canvas Bags
Spring and summer calls for us to wear lighter fabrics… so why not invest in a cotton canvas bag? The Filson Original leather trimmed briefcase is made in the USA of high-quality fabrics and hardware. The famed olive-green back has become a staple for trendsetters and commuters.
4. The Ray-Ban Aviator
There’s simply no sunglass style as universally flattering and iconic as the Ray-Ban Aviator. I find myself wearing this style more than any other style in my arsenal because it just looks so damn good with everything!
5. Printed Ties
This spring/summer, invest in some beautifully printed neckties. I found a huge selection of affordable silk neckties at Moore’s Clothing (Menswear House in the States) from classic brands such as Joseph Abboud and Calvin Klein.
6. Braided/Woven Belts
This spring/summer season, try out a braided or woven belt! These belts add a little bit of extra character and suave to every look. I would recommend checking out Anderson’s Belts, which is probably the best-known brand when it comes to this category of belts!
7. Fulton Umbrella’s
If it’s good enough for the Royal family, it’s definitely good enough for the rest of us! Fulton’s high-quality umbrellasare uncomplicated yet classic. I personally own two pairs with the wooden handlebars for a more traditional British look.
8. The Bulova CURV Chronograph Watch
In 2016, BULOVA released the world’s first curved chronograph watch, appropriately named CURV. This has quickly become one of my favourite timepieces as it looks stunning, is unique, and feels extremely comfortable on my wrist.
9. Bold Wallets
Classic wallet tones are great, but this year, invest in a high-quality leather style with either a bold print, colour, pattern or interesting fabric choice to really make an impact. I am currently lusting over this red Balenciaga style from Mr. Porter.
10. Bandana’s as Ascots
We can thank Zara for bringing ascot’s back! I am obsessed with the idea of using a bold bandana in place of a traditional silk ascot for some added flair and a more casual appeal! You can find these at Zaraat a price that won’t hurt to try.
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We are now only a few days away from Spring and I’ve teamed up with Giant Tiger to share some of my fave pieces from their newest collection!
One of the best things about Spring style is that you get to wear transitional pieces in a much easier fashion than any other season. It’s all about finding simple outerwear pieces that look great and pairing it down with casual staples, to ensure that you don’t feel too cool or too warm.
I found this military-inspired field jacket at Giant Tiger by Mountain Ridge, which is easy to pair with pretty much everything. I personally find field jackets to be the sexiest style of jacket any gent can own! It looks nice and rugged, works well with a variety of looks, and it’s universally flattering on all body types!
I paired the look with a comfortable t-shirt in a similar olive green tone, which makes the look very cohesive and contrasts well with the black/grey jeans. The t-shirt as I’ve featured in my must-have essentials article is absolutely amazing! Giant Tiger has a bunch of these high-quality cotton tees in a large variety of colours and sizes and they retail for only $6.00 CAD.
The black jeans by Mountain Ridge are another incredible find from Giant Tiger. They feature a super flattering straight fit for all guys and have just the right amount of stretch to ensure comfort all day.
Finally, these amazing black sneakers by Giant Tiger’s trendy menswear label, RIVET61 are a steal. I featured another pair that I had picked up in a tan suede-look style! Not only do the styles look great, but they’re extremely affordable and comfortable!
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of discovering the hottest new home tech from #BestBuySmartHome byBest Buy Canadaat the National Home Show. The booth featured the latest home devices that are available at everyone’s go-to tech retailer, Best Buy! PS: Don’t forget to read the bottom half of this post for ways you can enter my Best Buy Canada Contest for a chance to win 2 $100 Best Buy Gift Cards & National Home Show Ticket Prize Packs!
Some of my favourite discoveries included the Google Home technology! I absolutely was obsessed with the capabilities that it had, including being able to connect with another smart home tech. For example, I would say, “Hey Google, put the blinds up” and within the seconds, the blind would go up by itself! Or “Hey Google, turn on the Catcus lamp” it would turn on!
If you had the chance to tune into my Instagram stories, you may have gotten the chance to see myself play trivia with Google Home as well! I got 5/5 questions right btw… after 3 rounds lol!
But besides the amazing Google Home products, I also loved this incredible Smart fridge by LG. The fridge boasts a feature where if you knock on the front door 3 times, it would light up for you. Plus! You could then say, “Hey Google, add my favourite pop drink to my grocery list” and just like that, it will be ready for you! Pretty neat!
Another piece of tech that I was obsessed with was the Smart art gallery frame by Meural. Essentially, you can have up to thousands of pieces of artwork, and select the ones you are obsessed with to have on the frame. Then, through hand motion, you can swipe left and right to select which one you would like, or swipe up to get details on the masterpiece and its origins! #MindBlown
Last but certainly not least, my favourite Smart product at the #BestBuySmartHome was the ZEEQ Smart Pillow. I was literally shooketh when I found out this pillow could vibrate to wake you up, play your music (without disturbing your partner) and also vibrate to prevent snoring! Nonetheless, it was an AMAZING experience and I was honestly so impressed with every single thing! I told my mom to get me the pillow for Christmas too ;).
Now the part everyone’s been waiting for! Now we know Best Buy is Canada’s favourite place to find Smart tech whether it’s for your home, work, or whatever your heart desires! So I am excited to announce that I will be giving away 2 Prize Packs to one winner, which include a $100 Best Buy Canada gift card & a ticket to the National Home Show – so that you can take a friend/partner with you!
This contest is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). You must be 18 years of age and older to enter. Participation in this contest acknowledges that you have read and accepted the full contest rules and regulations! The winner of the contest will be announced by 2 PM EST on Thursday, March 16th. The winner will be directly messaged on Twitter and will have 6 hours to claim their prize.