Dec 182014
 

I love the option to customize an article of clothing, it’s all to do with my height. This eShakti skirt is a pencil skirt that is below my knees, has pockets and has of jewels which means I am ready for Christmas. When I was customizing it I wanted it to be below my knees but you can make their skirts shorter. I LOVE pockets but you don’t need to add pockets to your order. I styled this skirt very simply, too busy with Christmas right now and this just made sense. Running around with the kids, bending over, playing on my knees, having my youngest use my legs as a tunnel etc won’t be uncomfortable in this skirt. These are all things I have to think about when dressing for more formal family occasions. This outfit is easy but I already have a few other options that I’m sure I’ll be posting very soon.

Well played eShakti, well played.

jewelled skirt 1

jewelled skirt 2

jewelled skirt 3

 Skirt, eShakti (c/o) || Sweater, Banana Republic (old) || Shoes, Paul Andrew (old) || Bracelet, Swarovski (c/o)

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 December 18, 2014  Posted by on December 18, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  6 Responses »
Dec 172014
 

I’m on Cityline today talking about skirts. It was a great episode and this is the outfit I was wearing (without the blazer). I am six feet tall and this long skirt was not modified in any way – no lengthening it just comes like this. This one is for all my tall girls who can never find a long skirt. This one is PERFECTION and can be worn all year long. It is perfect for Christmas, Hanukah or New Year’s Eve.  Well played Ann Taylor, well played.

Long Skirt 1

 

Bow blouse is White House Black Market and is so on trend that they will be sold out too soon, as part of their Iconic blouse collection it fits the category. The black tie is removable but if you untie it I swear you will be channeling Angelina Jolie. Loved how it gives a tuxedo feeling to the outfit.

Long Skirt 2

Long Skirt 3

Long Skirt 4

Long Skirt 5

Long Skirt 6

 

Black velvet shoes from Guilhermina that are perfect for the holidays. Had to add some texture.

Long Skirt 7

 

Outfit Details – Skirt, Ann Taylor (c/o, could not find this one online, similar version here & here) || Blouse, WHBM (here, similar here & here) || Shoes, Guilhermina (here) || Belt, Ann Taylor (c/o here) || Clutch, Angel Reinares (borrowed, here) || Earrings & Bracelet, Swarovski Miranda Kerr Collection (c/o)

My F21 giveaway is still going on. Please note that it is only open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Good luck!!

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 December 17, 2014  Posted by on December 17, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  17 Responses »
Dec 152014
 

This Saturday December 20th Forever 21 is opening it’s doors in Yorkdale! Yorkdale is the go to shopping centre in Canada and boasts some of the world’s best retailers and brands and now it can also add Forever 21 to its enviable list. I’ve included some images of Iggy Azalea styled in some amazing Forever 21 pieces.

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F21 1

 

Below are some details about the grand opening:

– Grand Opening Saturday, December 20th at 9:00am
– First customers in line at 9:00am receive a gift card valued at $21 CAD
– DJ Performance from 9:00am-2:00pm
– Complimentary Styling Sessions from Claude Laframboise Fashion Director of LOULOU Magazine available from 9:00am-12:00pm
– TV stars from Degrassi will be on hand to cut the official opening ribbon and will remain onsite to celebrate the opening and welcome guests into the store.
– While shopping the season’s hottest outfits, all guests will enjoy the live musical stylings of local Toronto ensemble, Sidewalk Crusaders.

I plan on attending the grand opening and hope to see you there as well. To make this an even more memorable event Forever 21 and I are hosting a giveaway! The winner is going to receive a $200 Gift Card to shop the latest collection just in time for the Holidays. Good Luck everyone!

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 December 15, 2014  Posted by on December 15, 2014 Tagged with:  106 Responses »
Dec 112014
 

I love a good giveaway and the one from The Pretty Dress Company is a big one. Win £500 to spend by playing #ThePrettyPuzzle! They have a variety of dresses to choose from and the styles range from classic silhouettes to ones that are on trend and full or texture and colour. Plus I found the perfect jumpsuit!

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I selected 5 of my favourite dresses and the red jumpsuit. What I love about this site is all the options they have. Now I tend to gravitate towards one silhouette (I bet you’re wondering which one) but there are many to choose from. Plus they offer a variety of colours in each dress. That’s one thing I hate when shopping at some of my favourite shops – one dress and one colour. Not here. I forgot to select a dress in a pattern, they have that too.

Variety is the biggest selling point.

Below is all about the competition:

We’ve decided to launch a fun competition in the run up to Christmas to give you all a chance to win £500 to spend on our site so you have plenty of beautiful dresses to choose from during the party season and New Year!

We’ve hidden pieces of a puzzle throughout the website for you to find.

Here’s how to play;

Using the clues below, find the 6 pieces of the puzzle and click on the links to reveal the image
Once you know what the image is, email the answer to competition@theprettydresscompany.com
CLUES:

You’ll find the pieces to the puzzle under ‘Collections’.

Click view all once you’ve found the section based on the clues below and click on the last dress to find the piece to the puzzle!

TIP: The pieces of the puzzle will be found on the last dress in each section.

1. The first piece is hidden in the section which rhymes with ‘Hearty’
2. Dita Bardot’s Style is usually described as …
3. Every year, people get dressed up to go to the Races
4. A woman’s wardrobe is never complete without one of these
5. Brigette Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are all described as…
6. What you wear throughout the week can make you feel very special if you wear one of The Pretty Dresses!

The competition ends December 20th so there is still time to enter and Good Luck!!

 December 11, 2014  Posted by on December 11, 2014 Tagged with:  1 Response »
Dec 112014
 

I know I’m a bit biased but no other shopping centre in Toronto celebrates the holidays like Yorkdale. The centre wants to help guests finish their holiday shopping but Yorkdale also wants to give back to the community. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw a few pictures of me and Fashion Santa (#FashionSanta). Yorkdale is proud to introduce the world to Fashion Santa. Modelled by Toronto’s Paul Mason, Fashion Santa is the face of Yorkdale’s holiday campaign. Fashion Santa made his debut on Black Friday and will be at Yorkdale taking #SelfiesForSickKids every Saturday in December from noon to 8 p.m. at Yorkdale. Shoppers can snap a selfie with Fashion Santa for $5, with proceeds going to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Take a silly, fun or creative picture with Fashion Santa or you could take the assignment seriously like me. When I met Fashion Santa I channelled my inner 90’s super model and was posing hard. I just couldn’t help it, Fashion Santa brought out my inner Naomi Campbell. I named myself Mrs. Fashion Claus. Just don’t tell my husband.

Fashion Santa 1

Fashion Santa 2

“The holidays really are a time for giving and there are more thoughtful, unique gift options available than ever,” said Lucia Connor, Marketing Director of Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “Deciding on the right gift for a loved one can be tough, especially because no one wants to be asked what they want by someone who knows them so well. A good starting point is to ask what their favourite stores or designers are and then narrow it down from there.” If anyone knows how to help you it’s Yorkdale.

In time for the holidays, Yorkdale is launching a full of suite of services designed to offer shoppers the most relaxing shopping experience possible, including a Gift Guide full of ideas for even the toughest person on your list.

Yorkdale App Live Chat puts top shopping advice at your fingertips
Yorkdale’s updated shopping app includes a new live chat feature allowing shoppers to reach a Guest Service rep directly through their smart phones. The app also provides parking updates every 15 minutes so passengers can update drivers on the best place to park, reservations to Dine on 3 so you can dine in style without scouting for a seat, in centre directions so you can map out your shopping trips and news updates from your favourite stores. I always visit the centre right when it opens during the weekdays. Never have to look for parking and my shopping has been stress free.

Swarovski Crystal Wonderland
Yorkdale’s Swarovski Crystal Wonderland will spread holiday magic throughout Yorkdale Shopping Centre with two spectacular scenes. An enchanted crystalized forest full of beautiful iconic Canadian wildlife will surround Santa’s magical sleigh in West Court and a breathtaking Swarovski tree adorned with 20,000 Swarovski crystals will glisten in Yorkdale’s Centre Court. The entire magical wonderland will sparkle with hundreds of Swarovski ornaments and will be on display beginning November 12 through the end of 2014. Follow the conversation: #Time2Sparkle. I never get tired of seeing the magic this brings to me and all other shoppers.

Customized ornaments to support the Hospital for Sick Children
This is the last Saturday from 10 am to noon, that guests can come to Yorkdale to decorate an ornament with Swarovski crystals for a $20 donation, with proceeds going to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Participants will receive their own decorating kit, complete with a frosted ornament and a collection of Swarovski crystal elements to customize their own sparkling holiday masterpiece. For advance sign-up, visit www.yorkdale.com.

Hope this helps with your holiday shopping in the GTA!

 December 11, 2014  Posted by on December 11, 2014 Tagged with:  No Responses »
Dec 102014
 

It’s these leggings, these black faux leather leggings that are comfortable and a staple. I have been switching up the accessories so people don’t think I have nothing else to wear in my everyday life. Anyone else?

Black on Black Style 1

Black & Fur Vest 1

Black & Fur Vest 2

Black on Black Style 2

Black & Fur Vest 3

  Leggings, Aritzia (similar here & here) || Sweater, Ann Taylor (here) || Shoes, Studded Nine West || Shoes, Two Tone, Paul Andrews (old, but love these, these on sale & these) || Hat, JCrew (old) || Vest, Danier (fun options here, here & here)

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 December 10, 2014  Posted by on December 10, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  1 Response »
Dec 082014
 

I LOVE winter white. It is soooo not something you should wear around little children and their very sticky fingers. The weather has been erratic in Toronto so when these pictures where taken it was mild and I didn’t need to wear nylons. Now it is freezing and I would wear nude nylons with this dress. I get too cold to go out with bare legs. Women of all ages are wearing nude nylons so don’t feel it will age you, and if it does who cares. I need to keep warm, I’m too old for that other nonsense.

Another thing I wanted to give you was an idea of footwear to pair with this dress. The sky really is the limit so enjoy!

Cream Club Monaco Dress 1

 

Love the hi/lo detail in this dress. What I love about this dress is that it is not fitted but doesn’t look like a potato sack on me.

Cream Club Monaco Dress 2

Cream Club Monaco Dress 3

Cream Club Monaco Dress 4

Cream Club Monaco Dress 5

 

Winter White Dress, Club Monaco (here) || Booties, Ivanka Trump via Winners (Black Version here, similar coloured booties here) || Python Clutch, Coach (old, great options here, here & here) || Leopard heels, JCrew (old, similar here, here and love these here) || Nude Clutch, Danier (old, Valentino here, great options herehere & here) || Gold Studs, Hillberg & Berk || Black Booties, Coach (old, similar here, here & here)

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 December 8, 2014  Posted by on December 8, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Dec 052014
 

TGIF especially during the Christmas season – parties, gifts, family and everything else. I’m ready for the weekend and this Chico’s vest has been styled the best way I know how, over my Maje leather jacket. Quilted leather and winter white, winning winter combination!

Layering Shearling Vest & Leather Jacket 1

My handbag is from Spanish company Angel Reinares, “ANGEL REINARES has been producing luxury leather goods and handbags since 1965. From the firm’s workshop in Northern Spain, small quantities of exquisitely crafted bags are produced by master craftsman from European leathers. As befits a company with a three-generation heritage of leather craftsmanship, Angel Reinares bags are made entirely by hand.”

I love the detail in this handbag, especially the navy stripe running along the front. A great tote that has lots of room for everything all while looking great. Angel Reinares is having a giveaway here and you can win your own handbag! They are also running a $150 Gift Promo code for Christmas until the end of Dec. The code is ANGELSANTA150. Makes giving a gift (to yourself) much easier!

Shearling Vest & Leather Jacket

Shearling Vest & Leather Jacket 2

 

Outfit details – Vest, Chico’s (here) || Button Down, WHBM (here) || Jacket, Maje (old, great options here, here & here) || Jeans, Gap (old, great option here) || Shoes, Ivanka Trump (Winner’s, black version here) || Gloves, Danier.

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 December 5, 2014  Posted by on December 5, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  7 Responses »
Dec 042014
 

Vests and oversized sweaters – they’re both winter wardrobe musts. It’s easy to style the oversized sweater but the vest may be a bit more difficult. So today’s post is easy and very Chalet Chic. Tomorrows post I will be showing you how to easily layer this warm and fun vest from Chico’s.

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Outfit Details : Vest, Chico’s (here) || Leggings, Chico’s (here) || Sweater, Banana Republic (on sale now here and other colour options here) || Booties, Gap

 December 4, 2014  Posted by on December 4, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Dec 032014
 

Knits are always on trend in the winter. When I selected this Two Piece Pullover Set from Style&co I also wanted to show the other options that were available to you when wearing the pieces separately.

Style & Co Holiday Knits 1

Style & Co Holiday Knits 2

Style & Co Holiday Knits 3

Style & Co Holiday Knits 4

 

Outfit Details – Two Piece Pull Over Set, Style&co. (c/o here) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo || Handbag, Danier || Skirt, Style&co (c/o here) || Clutch, Banana Republic (old) ||Sweater, Ann Taylor (here, similar herehere)

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Hudson’s Bay wants to make this season’s shopping easy with Style&co, from December 2 to the 11th use this exclusive promo code SnCoHoliday for $20 off a purchase of $75 or more off regular, sale or clearance-priced merchandise. You can pick up a piece you’ve seen here or go to the Style&co landing pages and pick up some other stylish and fun outfits. There’s one more surprise, on December 4th at 12pm EST I’m inviting you to join the Style&co holiday dressing #StylecoHoliday Twitter party with me and you can win one of five Style&co holiday outfits (of the winners’ choosing and up to a value of $200) up for grabs! RSVP to the party here.

 December 3, 2014  Posted by on December 3, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  3 Responses »