Jan 202017
 

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I have been wearing a lot of winter white. I LOVE winter white. What I am coming up against is what to wear it with. I’ve been playing with my wardrobe (because I really have nothing else to do) and came up with this outfit. Winter white and pink!! I have to say I’m loving it. Pat on my back, thank you.

Yeah, the hair is sort of crazy. Just like I’ve been feeling in this month of January.

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Pink Pants

Usually I dislike light pink and black together but with the winter white the combination is not too harsh.

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Outfit Details – Turtleneck, Picadilly (old, similar here); Pants, Banana Republic (old but similar here & here); Vest, WHBM (old, options here, here & here); Shoes, Manolo Blank (old, similar here & here)

 January 20, 2017  Posted by on January 20, 2017 Tagged with: , , , ,  2 Responses »
Jan 172017
 

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I am a lover of culottes. Not everyone else is but I say we should all give them a try.

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Ann Taylor

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Outfit Details: Blouse, Ann Taylor (old but like this); Culottes, Ann Taylor (old but like these spring ones here & here); Shoes Manolo Blahnik (old, similar here & here)

 January 17, 2017  Posted by on January 17, 2017 Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jan 112017
 

Noize Original

Now that my kids are older I can wear a white coat and feel confident that I will be the one getting it dirty. This Noize coat keeps me warm and stylish, the best part for me is they are a Canadian company. Noize has 4 core tenants – Warmth, Faux Fur, Fashion & Value. We Canadians know how to do winter coats.

“NOIZE offers accessible and stylish outerwear for women and men. NOIZE develops unique collections season after season with a focus on high-quality faux fur and faux leather accents. Each piece makes a statement embracing an unrivalled selection of warm and fashionable outerwear.”

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Wearing – Coat, Noize (here, on sale here, love this one, and this, lastly this dressed up style here); Jeans, JCrew (here); Turtleneck, JCrew (old, similar here); Boots, Cougar  (here, more Cougar boots here).

 January 11, 2017  Posted by on January 11, 2017 Tagged with:  No Responses »
Jan 032017
 

Black & Camel

I love black and camel together, especially during the fall and winter months. It’s not as stark as black and white but just as chic. This outfit is really basic (in a good way) and easy to recreate but very chic at the same time.

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Grey is another great neutral and plays well agains the black and camel of this outfit. You don’t have to match your handbag to your outfit but when pairing two neutrals a third neutral is a great option.

Black & Camel

Outfit Details – Coat, Club Monaco (old, similar here, here, here & here); Jeans, JCrew (old, similar here, here & here); Picadilly (here, similar here & here); Scarf, Banana Republic (here); Shoes, Manolo Blank (similar lux here & everyday here); Handbag, Mulberry (old, like this & this); Fur Bag Charm, Barcelona Shoe Company (other options here & here)

 

Photographer Miriam Massei

 January 3, 2017  Posted by on January 3, 2017 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Dec 222016
 

pink, wine and cream

I love colour and trying new colour combinations. Pink, Wine and Cream are a new favourite. Wine was the colour this fall and winter and I liked experimenting with new ways to wear this (for me) classic colour.

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pink pants

Pants Banana Republic (old, similar & here); Blouse Ann Taylor (old, similar here) ; Blazer Nine West (here); Shoes J Crew (here, similar here)

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leopard heels

 December 22, 2016  Posted by on December 22, 2016 Tagged with: , , ,  3 Responses »
Dec 142016
 

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Winter white is a favourite of mine during these cold months. The first thing about wearing winter white is getting over the fact that you can and most likely will get dirty. So what? Wear the fabulous outfit and enjoy. I am wearing a truly chic Picadilly set – coat and dress. You can find it on sale here.

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One issue I have with winter white is that it can show everything. This set is thick and textured so no worries about underthings being exposed. Just remember wearing nude or pink under pinnings.

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I love wearing black and/or gold with winter white. Winter white has a creaminess to it that warms up against those colours.

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Photos by Miriam Massei

 December 14, 2016  Posted by on December 14, 2016 Tagged with:  2 Responses »
Dec 112016
 

I recently made a YouTube video with Vlogger Rotem Stark on her channel Fun At Home. We really did fun at her home and offered some more holiday gift ideas from recent media previews. I hope you take a few minutes to watch and have a few laughs with us.

 December 11, 2016  Posted by on December 11, 2016 Comments Off on Fun with Fun at Home
Dec 092016
 

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Ah the look of bliss on my face! Saturday Shopping without the Saturday Shoppers, First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower deliver on their promise of a very calm and fun way of gift buying for the Holidays. I am so happy I took them up on their offer to shop their centre for the season. Check out the photos below to see some of the goodies my family can expect to see under our tree.

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My favourite colour is red so I sort of just went for it this year.

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A little bit for him a little bit for me! My husband wears a suit four days a week and recently bought two new ones. I wanted to up his accessory game as well and selected a few ties and pocket squares in red, thank goodness he likes to wear red too. If you stay in the same colour family you can mix and match patterns to build an interesting formal suit look. You don’t have to wear a red tie and red pocket square. If that scares the man in your life stick to a solid coloured pocket square preferably in white. Cufflinks are often over looked by many men. French cuffs exude confidence and the right cufflinks add that finished touch.

Rego is a men’s store in First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower. When shopping there don’t forget to stock up on collar inserts. Nobody likes a ragged collar on their crips white shirt.

I selected beautiful red shoes and a matching handbag from Peter Kaiser (my new favourite shoe store). Adding these pieces to a classic black dress in my wardrobe breathes new life into my favourite outfits.

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When it came to the kids I played it safe and purchased electronics (or accessories for their electronics) across the board. Video games for the boys (and one for the biggest kid in the family) from The Source as well as a few fun things like a mini drone from Batteries+ and an alarm clock which they can turn off using an electronic target. My daughter just got her own phone so a case from Batteries+ is a must as well as speakers from The Source. My children love to take photos and a instamix mini seemed like the perfect gift for all of them.

The one gift the entire family could enjoy was this Griffin charging station from Batteries+ that can charge 4 phones or tablets at once. This keeps everything in one spot and you won’t be tripping over chords as everyone tries to charge their electronics around the house.

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First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower will be open Saturdays until December 17th from 11 am to 5 pm. You can shop and enjoy all the free perks exclusively for Saturday shopping without the shoppers! The perks are:

– Free Parking
– Free Gift Wrapping for items purchased at First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower (with proof of purchase). All other items purchased elsewhere can also be wrapped with a minimum donation of $5 per gift, any size. 100% of your donations go to SickKids Foundation.
– Free Coat & Parcel Check
– Free Holiday Photo Booth

 December 9, 2016  Posted by on December 9, 2016 Comments Off on My Holiday Gift Picks with First Canadian Place & Exchange Tower
Dec 082016
 

Marks

I’m originally from Windsor, Ontario (across the river from Detroit) and we have mild winters. When I moved to Waterloo for university I finally experienced a real Canadian winter which meant I had to buy a really warm winter coat. As a university student I headed to Mark’s Work Warehouse and purchased a yellow two in one Windriver coat. That coat kept me very warm during my university years and I LOVED it. You could spot me on campus in a second and I liked it.

Now a lot has changed in the last twenty years for me and Mark’s Work Wearhouse. First we both went through name changes Iva Galic became Iva Grbesic and Mark’s Work Wearhouse became Mark’s. Second our styles have evolved – sorry no more bright yellow winter coat for either of us. Going into Mark’s now means lots of on trend choices that still deliver quality pieces made for however you work or play. It was very appropriate that Mark’s invited me to shop for a winter coat. All the great memories came flooding back.

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Mark’s has a great selection of coats in styles for all – parkas, soft-shell or quilted coats.

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The coat I selected is the HD1 Water-Repellant T-MAX Winter Parka by Windriver. Yup, 20 years later and I still pick the Windriver brand. I already have a few black coats so I selected this olive one (yes it comes in black for those of you wondering). Olive is still a neutral colour and goes with everything in my closet. I can tell you this coat is very warm and fashion forward. I LOVE all the pockets. I keep my phone and keys safe and buttoned in and my gloves easily accessible. Check out the sleeves!! Long enough for this tall girl.

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The back snaps make it very easy to move around in. The stitching detail keeps me from looking puffy. The detachable hood is lined with faux fur and gives it that luxe touch. This coat has gotten me ready for the coming winter.

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Mark’s and I have found our fashion stride and we’ll be warm and stylish this winter.

 

I’d like to introduce you to my new photographer Miriam Massei! For those in the GTA check out Miriam’s amazing work.

 December 8, 2016  Posted by on December 8, 2016 Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Mark’s – Ready for the Winter