Jan 192016
 

I have been unmotivated to blog lately…as you can tell. I am easing back into it with this post. I am on Cityline tomorrow morning. The segment is about children’s fashion from Children’s Place. My four children and my daughter’s two friends modelled. The kids had a great day and made many wonderful memories.

I wore the PERFECT denim dress from Anne Taylor. This picture does not do it justice. There is a band around the waist and I love the length for me. It may be too long for most people but it has great stretch, perfect blue indigo and has pockets. You’ll have to go down a size, I found it ran large. Find it here.

Ann Taylor Denim Dress

Shoes are Guilhermina

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All children’s clothing and accessories from Children’s Place.

 January 19, 2016  Posted by on January 19, 2016 Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
Dec 182015
 

Recently Jean Machine invited me to shop their Sherway Gardens store to find #PerfectPairPromise. Armed with a gift card I was set to find mine. Jean Machine is one of a select Canadian retail chain stores that carries one of my favourite brands – Yoga Jeans. I knew that I wanted a new pair and was hoping to pick up a basic dark blue skinny leg. I purchased a boot cut pair last year and my skinnies are wearing out in the knees.

I put myself in the hands of Jean Machine staff and let them style me. My height always limits my options and I was happy that the staff recommended the Yoga Jeans right away without me prompting them. They asked what type of rise I liked, I prefer high but would also try medium and style of leg – skinny please!  They selected 3 different pairs, various tops, toppers and accessories. I even found a dress I wanted to try – I was looking for jeans and didn’t even think about dresses in Jean Machine. Sometimes we limit our experience in stores and this time my eyes were wide open. I looked around the store and was really happy with what they selected. I wouldn’t have chosen all the items but that’s the best part. We have an idea of what we like and can be limited by that. This time I wasn’t limited by my own bias.

For those not familiar with Yoga Jeans you will need to go down at least one size, maybe even two. These jeans have lots of stretch – I wear a 28 in most and even have a 27 in one style. I also love that Yoga Jeans plays to my vanity.

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The rouching on this dress is placed perfectly and the asymmetrical hem shows the right amount of leg. I LOVED this vest. I selected this outfit and it came home with me. Not part of the exercise for jeans but I couldn’t leave this behind.

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The first pair I tried on were these grey ones (here). I loved them going in and was meh when I came out. Maybe if they were darker.

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The dark grey ripped jeans wowed me as did the knit cat and basic black top (here). I really liked this look.

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These are an indigo wash and I loved them as well. The blue is almost a navy colour (here). The only miss of the entire experience was the top underneath (which you can’t see), it was just too tight for me.  After trying everything on the ripped jeans were just calling my name. The entire staff agreed that they liked the ripped jeans best on me and I went home with them along with the faux fur vest and dress. I am holiday and winter ready with Jean Machine.

I also joined (for free) the Jean Machine Preferred customer club. I received a discount on my purchase (spent over the gift card and didn’t mind since the store was full of great stuff) and can’t wait to find out more about their upcoming sales and promos. I have a little  promo for you as well!! Jean Machine has created a 20% promo code for my readers, which is “perfectpair”, so they too can find their perfect pair! A little gift in time for Christmas and the New Year. Enjoy! I may be using it as well for that last pair I tried on…

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 December 18, 2015  Posted by on December 18, 2015 4 Responses »
Nov 262015
 

We’ve all heard the American Express Commercials “Membership has its privileges”. That was true until now, Amex Canada recently opened its doors to all Canadians, allowing them to experience the benefits that American Express Invites has to offer. When you visit Amex Invites, American Express gives you access to the hottest tickets to the coolest events in music, dining and film. Amex unlocks memorable moments for half a million Canadians every year. In 2015, Amex will help over 400k music fans create memories with their favourite band. Our best moments come through experiences that are designed for us. No matter what your taste or style, Amex has an experience for you – it’s time to pick your moments, and create memories – #ThisMoment.

So what does that mean? American Express Invites opens the door to memorable experiences. It’s your table at the restaurant everyone is talking about. Your chance to get tickets to some of the hottest concerts through Front Of The Line. Or to reserve your seat at a big blockbuster. It’s your invitation to the latest must-see productions. Your chance to say “I was there”, no FOMO here. Features include Front of the Line Advance Access, Front of the Line Reserved Tickets, Front of the Line eUpdates, Delights Special Offers and Experiences, and Special Access.

I was lucky enough to be a part of one of these exclusive experiences – the advance screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on Nov. 18 (the film was released to the public on Nov. 20). I read the Hunger Games trilogy before there was even a whiff of the movies being made. I fell for Katniss, cried as she made the ultimate sacrifice to become tribute and cheered her on during the games and after during the rebellion.  So when the first three movies brought all these beloved characters to life I thought I would be the first in line at the theatre – instead I watched them in the comfort of my home with my family.

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They really saved the best for last and I finally got to watch the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, in a proper theatre at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The hardest decision to make was who to take I decided to bring my husband, we needed a date night. With Amex Invites there were no long lines to wait in, popcorn dressed in black, and a theatre that wasn’t packed to the brim. A great experience and a perfect date night. I’m not going to drop any spoilers for those who didn’t read the books. It was a great ending and for fans of the series it will let you close the final chapter in this movie franchise.

Looking for your chance to experience Amex Cardmember perks? The next opportunity will be a dining experience. All Canadians have the opportunity to attend an exclusive premium dining event at one of Canada’s top 10 Best New Restaurants list as determined by Air Canada enRoute Magazine, featuring a prix fixe menu created by an award-winning chef. If you are in the GTA (like me) you have the chance to attend a dining experience at Bar Raval. The giveaway starts on November 26, 2015 and closes on December 6, 2015. The event will take place at Bar Raval on December 14, 2015. I’m sure your taste buds will thank you if you are one of the lucky winners. For your chance to enter, head to Amex Invites from November 26, 2015 to December 6, 2015.

Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favour.

 November 26, 2015  Posted by on November 26, 2015 Tagged with:  1 Response »
Nov 222015
 

The Christmas season is upon us and that means spending time with family and friends, parties and gift giving. Today’s post I’m partnering with Lampe Berger and reviewing their newest line Parfum Berger – a lovely glass cube filled with fragrance, topped with a bouquet of black sticks. This product makes a great hostess, teacher, stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift and retails for $25. It looks like a pretty perfume bottle, similar to a few I already own, which I love. The elegant shape of the bottle will easily go with any decor or room in your home.

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I bought a new side table (and added a mirror on top because I didn’t like the top of the table) and hadn’t been inspired on how to stage it. Parfum Berger inspired me to create a cozy corner in my living room. It’s inviting and smells so pretty.

Once you unscrew the cap* you can add or decrease the fragrance according to the amount of sticks you use. Each box contains the cube filled with 125ml of fragrance and 8 black sticks for scent diffusion. I placed my cube in my living/dining area so I used all 8 sticks. The scent is very intense for the first few days but I needed to fill the room with the lovely aroma and after three days it was just perfect. If you are using it for a smaller room I would use five sticks or less.

The sticks are made with an engineered polymer so they won’t discolour the fragrance. My pictures were taken after 9 days of using the cube and the fragrance is as clear as the first day I opened it.

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You can refill the cube by purchasing one of the scented bouquet refills which are 200ml as well. Easily reactivate the sticks by turning them over. The fragrance will last continuously over several weeks diffusing through capillary action. As Canadians, we spend close to 90% of our time inside; at home, at work and in recreational environments. It’s nice to walk into a room and have it smell pretty.

Choose from a collection of 10 fragrances. There really is something for everyone:

Ocean Breeze
Zest of Verbena
Vanilla Gourmet
Orange Cinnamon
Soap Memories
Amber Powder
Virginia Cedarwood
Provence Treats
Paris Chic
Precious Jasmine

For more information on the new Parfum Berger line by Lampe Berger , visit their website here. While I was enjoying the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District I saw Lampe Berger products in Bergo Designs boutique, including the Parfum Berger line. I love to see great pairings.

*My boys used the silver cap as a mini hockey puck and it was lost during their game. I don’t even know who won.

 November 22, 2015  Posted by on November 22, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Nov 172015
 

Bentley

A few weeks ago I partnered with Bentley to introduce their newest and most fashion forward line of handbags: Animal Instinct, Serpentime and Glamour Invasion. Handbags are a staple item in every woman’s wardrobe but it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest trends ­ especially when these trends are ever­ changing. Bentley has married functionality and trends to bring handbags for every woman regardless of age.

My favourite collection is Fiorelli’s Glamour Invasion which features new fashion business totes, with quilting, chain and rhinestone embellishments for a festive look in bright reds, traditional taupes and classic blacks. It also happens to be on sale now! All handbags in the Bentley collection are under $60.

To see my CHCH Morning live clip, click here.

ABOUT BENTLEY

Bentley Leathers started in 1987 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Being a pioneer in the luggage, handbag, small leather goods and related accessories space, they’ve established themselves as the largest retailer of luggage and travel accessories in Canada.

Bentley started with a single store and then expanded rapidly, through the combination of opening new stores, and the acquisition of some great banners, making Bentley available in over 300 stores throughout Canada.

Bentley Leathers has grown rapidly in the last 20 years and have become a household name for retail luggage, handbags, business bags, and travel accessories, all synonymous with value, selection and excellent customer service.

Website: www.shopbentley.com

 November 17, 2015  Posted by on November 17, 2015 1 Response »
Nov 122015
 

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Tall Blazer Banana Republic

Flared Jeans & Blazer

Outfit Details: Blazer, Banana Republic (on sale here); Blouse, Joe Fresh (old); Flares, LOFT (here); Booties, Guilhermina

These photos were taken earlier this week and I wanted to include the poppy even though Remembrance Day was yesterday here in Canada.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I have changed my #StyleCoHoliday giveaway because of some confusion. I am going to include EVERYONE who pinned on Pinterest and expanding to include Instagram as well. Click here for all the details.

I’m also hosting a #StyleCoHoliday meet and greet for Hudson’s Bay at their Square One location this Saturday November 14th from 12-2pm. The event is on till 4 pm where customers will enjoy refreshments and tunes, get exclusive offers, and check out the Holiday ’15 Style&Co Trend Presentation. I’ll be taking all your style questions and helping you pick out your perfect holiday looks. Hope to see you there!

 November 12, 2015  Posted by on November 12, 2015 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 072015
 

It’s November already! You know what that means? Cold weather is upon us (but it’s playing hide and go seek right now) and the holiday season is soon approaching. I’ve partnered with Style&Co. again and this time the partnership has changed and I’m excited about this change, but first let’s look at the clothing because it’s always about the clothing.

I’ve styled four looks – from party ready to casual weekends. I think there is something for everyone so let’s start!

Party Ready

For the holidays I love metallics. This gold foiled sweater is light and has the right amount of festive cheer. You don’t need to worry about adding a white shirt, that part is already done for you!

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Details – Sweater (Style&Co. c/0); Corduroy (old, similar here & here)

Sweater Weather

Two colours that people forget to pair are camel and grey. These two neutrals compliment each other perfectly and balance each other out. (Just remember that I am six feet tall and this cowl neck sweater would be a very long tunic on most anyone else.) Also the thickness of these tights is perfect!   Poor quality thin tights are a personal pet peeve and this pair is a wonderful weight and hugs.

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Details – Sweater (Style&Co. c/0) ; Leggings (Style&Co. c/0)

Weekend Uniform

My husband and I spend Saturday’s driving all four of our children to their various basketball games. This is a perfect outfit for the weekend, interesting (this faux fur shirt is so soft my youngest doesn’t want to get out of my lap) and easily wearable.

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Details : Cardigan (Style&Co. c/0); Top (Style&Co. c/0); Leggings (Style&Co. c/0)

Casual Friday

Texture and a casual sophistication is perfect for those casual Friday’s at the office.

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Details : Cardigan (Style&Co. c/0); T-Shirt (Style&Co. c/0, sold out on-line white version here); Corduroy (old, similar here)

Whenever I partner with Style&Co. they always make sure that you enjoy your online shopping experience with a promotion (the Holiday season is upon us and Style&Co. believes we deserve a style treat). When you spend $100 on Style&Co. clothing you save $25. The promo code is STYLE. You can start shopping here!

Now for some more exciting news, on Saturday November 14th from 12pm-2pm (the event is on till 4pm) Lena Almeida (Listen to Lena) and I are hosting a Holiday Styling Event for Style&Co at Hudson’s Bay Square One store! Customers will enjoy refreshments and tunes, get exclusive offers, and check out the Holiday ’15 Style&Co Trend Presentation with Lena and myself. I’ll be your personal stylist and Lena & I will be taking selfies with customers and helping one lucky shopper win a $250 Style&Co. wardrobe giveaway during the event. All you’ll have to do is use the hashtag #StyleCoHoliday, and tag @hudsonsbay @IvaGrbesic and @Listen2Lena to be eligible. You can follow me on Twitter here and Instagram here (we’ll have fun on social media together, trust me) and I’ll help you navigate the contest and share the latest for this fun event.

I’m not finished yet, there is even more! I am hosting a Style&Co. wardrobe giveaway as well! You can enter by posting your favourite holiday looks to #StyeCoHoliday @hudsonbay on Pinterest or enter on Instagram. Contest closes November 19th (open to Canadian residents excluding Quebec).

 November 7, 2015  Posted by on November 7, 2015 Tagged with: , , ,  5 Responses »
Oct 222015
 

It’s getting cooler and so that means its sweater weather. I pulled out my faux leather leggings and paired it with this long sweater. I found the perfect over the knee boots at LE CHÂTEAU and as you can tell from my feed I’m a bit obsessed with them (and army green). I love how they add an extra layer of texture.
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Leggings, Sweater, Boots (LE CHÂTEAU, sold out online)

I bought the boots before LE CHÂTEAU approached me to co-host the BLOGGER STYLE EVENT this Saturday, October 24th 12-2 pm at Scarborough Town Centre. I like how sometimes things just happen. Please stop by and say hi, you could even win a $250 gift card from LE CHÂTEAU. I’ll be taking selfies with customers, giving styling tips and enjoying a fun Saturday focusing on fashion.

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 October 22, 2015  Posted by on October 22, 2015 1 Response »
Oct 212015
 

If you “Like” my Facebook page then you already know that I helped create a dress named the “Iva”. For this post I’m sharing all the details from the original Dress Mavens post. I hope you enjoy!

Dress Mavens is proud to introduce its first Brand Ambassador dress, the Iva, and it’s our feature for the month of October. This versatile dress was inspired by celebrity stylist and fashion blogger Iva Grbesic. Designed collaboratively with the fashion expert, the Iva is a perfect representation of its namesake: classic, functional, and full of spirit.

“Dress Mavens offers a dress for every body and for me as a stylist that is important, women are not defined by a generic size. I wanted to help design a dress that was feminine and timeless.” Says Iva. “A piece you could wear, place in your wardrobe and still be able to wear in 10 years time.”

Before we got to work designing the dress, we spoke with Iva and asked her what she would love to see in a dress bearing her name. She told us that especially as a mom of 4, above all else it needed to be comfortable and stylish. We started the process at Spark Sessions, a Fashion Blogger Conference last November, and Iva was inspired by a gorgeous brocade, full pleated skirt on a fellow blogger. We decided to work with a few pleats and a fuller skirt bottom, while accentuating the waistline with a band. Learning that we share a mutual love of pockets, that detail was added to the must-have column, as was a classic higher scoop neck (of course how low the neckline goes is always customize-able). We also added princess seams to shape and hug curves in the bodice. While Iva favors a 3/4 sleeve, we wanted to offer options so we included an inset cap sleeve design as well.

We finished the design process by finalizing the color choices. We were left with a decision to make. What could we do to really set this style apart. This brainstorm resulted in an exciting deviation from our simple formula: meet our only dress that is available in both solid AND two-tone design. To create the illusion of a skirt and top, we paired classic colors as well as seasonal trends for a delightful and completely customized look.

We can tell you this dress is versatile and suits a variety of figures, but we’d rather show you.

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Can you imagine yourself in an Iva?

About the Ambassador Dress: Chosen annually, the Ambassador dress will not only support our on-going initiative with the Hoi An Orphanage in Vietnam (an organization which is very dear to our heart), but an additional portion of the proceeds of this dress will go directly to Girls Inc, an important organization right here at home.

About Girls Inc: Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

 

 October 21, 2015  Posted by on October 21, 2015 1 Response »
Oct 202015
 

I’m on Cityline tomorrow (9 am and 4 pm Eastern time) talking about Fall & Winter accessories for kids. I’m wearing my favourite accessories in today’s post – knit sweater jacket from Sentaler & high boots from LE CHATEAU (sold out online). Both are Canadian brands! I love knits and over the knee boots for Fall/Winter.

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Outfit Details : Skirt, Turtleneck Express || Sweater, Sentaler || Boots, LE CHATEAU (sold out but great options here and here) || Handbag, Mulberry (similar here)

Now for some exciting news. I am going to be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration for LE CHATEAU at Scarborough Town Centre this Saturday, October 24th! I will be there from 12-2 pm. Come down and say hi or let me be your stylist.

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 October 20, 2015  Posted by on October 20, 2015 Tagged with: , , , ,  3 Responses »