Nov 272014
 

The weather is erratic in Toronto…snow, unseasonably mild temperatures, wind storms and of course unseasonably cold temperatures. I don’t even know what I’m going to wear from day to day. But I do know that this cape (last seen here) can be “winterfied” with a nice cashmere sweater and long gloves. Lunch with a very stylish girlfriend always makes you step up your game.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are here, I’m sure that everything I’m wearing is available at some great discount. If you’re in Toronto the best place to be for Black Friday is Yorkdale, I may be biased but you all know I am right.

Happy Hunting!

Cape & Gloves 1

Cape & Gloves 2

Outfit Details – Cape, Ann Taylor (here) || Sweater, JCrew old (similar here & here) || Jeans, AG (love these & these) || Shoes, Guilhermina (c/o) || Belt, Chico’s (c/o, old) || Hat, Joe Fresh

My Yorkdale giveaway is still on, good luck to everyone who enters.

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 November 27, 2014  Posted by on November 27, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Nov 262014
 

I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce while I MC’d a Fashion Show/Political Fundraiser in Mississauga. Joyce is the creative force behind Langsura – a carefully curated clothing store (pop up, on-line and appointment based) that is fun and fashion forward. You can find the latest finds on the Langsura Facebook Page. Joyce has a great eye and is so kind, if the clothing doesn’t win you over then Joyce is sure to.

Plaid Coat 1

Plaid Coat 2

Plaid Coat 3

 

Coat, Langsuar || Sweater, Langsura || Jeans, AG || Booties, GAP

If you love the leopard print Nine West shoes they are on sale in Canada here!

The Yorkdale Giveaway is on a short timetable but you still have two days and enter here:

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 November 26, 2014  Posted by on November 26, 2014 Tagged with:  7 Responses »
Nov 252014
 

I have a few things to cover in today’s post.

Two Friday’s ago I was invited to shop Jean Machine at their Yorkdale location and #FallBackInLove. The store manager took me through the store and I let him style me (along with the rest of the staff, everyone had their opinion). The outfit I selected was the last one I tried on and it was perfect! Jean Machine has always had lots of selection and because of that they offer something for every body. Curvy, petite, tall, thin whatever your shape they are committed to find your denim totem. I think they did great, plus staffer Ivana was doing everything she could in helping me out so I knew I was in good hands.

I thought I was going to stay in my comfort zone and select a pair of hunter green Yoga Jeans but once I put these Mavi distressed black boyfriend jeans I was hooked.
Jean Machine 2

Jean Machine

Wearing : Jeans, Mavi (c/o Jean Macine, similar here, here & here) || Sweater, Jean Machine (c/o, similar here) || Jacket, Danier Leather (old) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old, similar here)

 

This Friday is Black Friday – an American tradition that has made it’s way north and Yorkdale is the top Black Friday destination in the GTA.

“Black Friday has quickly become one of the most popular shopping dates of the year,” said Claire Santamaria, Yorkdale Shopping Centre General Manager. “Our retailers make Black Friday a priority and there’s been incredible growth in the number of people taking advantage of Black Friday sales over the last two years. Shoppers will find special services and promotions that will elevate their shopping experience at Yorkdale this year.”

Yorkdale e-blast subscribers will be the first to receive details on this year’s Black Friday promotions. Sign up at www.yorkdale.com.

Special shopping hours on Black Friday
Yorkdale will be open starting at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday and will remain open until 9:30 p.m. The first 100 guests at Yorkdale will receive a $50 gift card. Yorkdale’s holiday shopping extended hours will begin on Monday, November 17.

To help with you holiday shopping Yorkdale also has a few wonderful services:

Dine on 3 Reservations
When shoppers are ready to take a break, recharge and have a bite, the Yorkdale App reserves tables in Dine on 3. Free fruit-infused water and magazines also occupy the third-level food collection, which features 19 restaurants, including four of which are fully-licensed with table service.

Gift wrap, coat and parcel check at RBC Avion Lounge
Back by popular demand, the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique will be a shoppers’ oasis offering coat and parcel check, a concierge service and a VIP Lounge and Café. On Black Friday, Yorkdale shoppers will receive free gift wrapping for up to three packages. Throughout the holidays, the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique services are complimentary for all RBC Avion cardholders and are available to the public for a donation to charity.

To get us in the Black Friday mood Yorkdale is giving one of my readers a $50 giftcard!! The giftcard will be waiting for you at the Customer Service Desk outside of Zara. Good Luck!

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 November 25, 2014  Posted by on November 25, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  18 Responses »
Nov 242014
 

Avion Lounge Yorkdale

Avion Lounge

On Thursday November 20th Julio Reyes (Fashion Nights) and I had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive preview event for the 2014 Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for some of Ontario’s top bloggers/influencers. There are three boutiques in total at Yorkdale, Square One and Coquitlam Centre in BC. The Boutique is located across from Pottery Barn & Coach, in the same hallway as JCrew & Tory Burch. We enjoyed all the privileges the Avion Card offers plus we were treated to some wonderful hors d’oeuvres, a candy bar (my favourite part) and beverages for that evening. The Avion Holiday Boutique is a unique and exclusive program designed to enhance the holiday shopping experience for RBC Avion cardholders (known as Avioners). Being an Avioner has many perks and privileges and with the Holiday season now upon us RBC wanted to give Avioners a break from the hustle and bustle of the season by providing them with exclusive and complimentary services:

  • Valet Parking
  • Professional Gift Wrapping
  • Coat and Parcel Check
  • Access to the VIP Lounge and Cafe

Gift Wrapping Options

The gift wrapping options are plentiful and all Holiday theme colours are covered. Plus there is a piano player playing all your favourites holiday songs.

Valet Service at Yorkdale is a wonderful way to experience the centre plus you always know where your car is…well almost. I forgot that I had valeted my car and for a split second thought I lost my keys. Won’t happen next time. I spend a lot of time at Yorkdale and being able to take advantage of coat check and leisurely walk around the centre without the extra weight of winter coats just puts me in a great mood. Then when I’m done pulling for TV and buying half the things I pull I can go back to the Boutique, put my feet up and sit in one of the comfortable club chairs listen to the piano player and sip my coffee or hot chocolate. The other bonus? You can have your holiday gifts wrapped in co-ordinating papers! How pretty will they look under the tree?

This is RBCs way of thanking Avioners for their loyalty. The Avion Holiday Boutique is open during centre hours from November 22 – December 31, 2014. What if you don’t have an Avion Card? The public can enjoy the valet parking, coat & parcel check and gift wrapping services for a small pre-set fee (all coat & parcel check and gift wrapping fees are donated to Sick Kids Froundation). After seeing the lounge and learning about all the extras Avioners enjoy I’m sure I’ll see you enjoying all the Boutique has to offer Avioners in 2015.

Julio & Iva

For the preview Julio and I had carefully curated Holiday outfits and some fun gift ideas for the season to give our guests a jump on Holiday gift giving and help them get styled for all the inevitable parties. Julio and I were wearing pieces that can be found at Yorkdale – my necklace is Cocoa Jewelry found at Shoppers Drug Mart, dress is Pink Tartan (found at Hudson’s Bay & Holt Renfrew || can’t get to Yorkdale find it CANhere), and shoes are Jimmy Choo. We were both taken by the cute packaging of these Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.

A few gift ideas

Holiday Suggestions

New to the Avion Holiday Boutique this year is the RBC Rewards display. The display features some of the most popular items from the RBC Rewards catalogue. Visitors to the Boutique can make someone’s holiday extra special by nominating them to win one of the items from the display in the “Not‐so‐secret Santa” Twitter contest. To do this they take a photo (of a product featured in the display, themselves in front of the display or of the Boutique) and use the #AvionVIP hash tag in combination with one of the product hash tags to post to Twitter and nominate a recipient to receive that item. After December 31, those who qualify will be entered into a random draw to win the product for their recipients. Each winner will also receive a $100 RBC Visa Gift Card for themselves and is open to all.

Don’t forget to follow @RBC _Canada on Twitter for the #AvionVIP contests and chances to win some fabulous prizes.

 November 24, 2014  Posted by on November 24, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Nov 202014
 

Why has fall forsaken us? It’s already sweater weather, no warning just snow and cold winds. I’m prepared but begrudgingly so.

Over Sized Sweater

Boyfriend Jeans & Sweaters

 

Outfit Details – Jeans, Gap (old, love these) || Turtleneck, Old Navy (here) ||Sweater, Banana Republic (here, other colour options here| International here, other colour options here) || Boots, Gap

My Pursebox giveaway is still on. Please note that Pursebox is collecting email addresses for their mailing list and this contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).

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 November 20, 2014  Posted by on November 20, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  7 Responses »
Nov 192014
 

Two weeks ago I was invited to view the Spring 2015 collection for WHBM (White House Black Market) in New York City. The trip would be exactly 36 hours of style fun. Packing was going to be easy, I was sticking to white and black and I was determined to bring only a carry on and use my new Annabel Ingall Jojo Crossbody. The Iconic Shirt Collection from WHBM was the staple item that I built my Day One day and night outfits around. I travelled in the white tunic and paired it with these perfect leggings and long vest from Chico’s. For the evening preview I added my Pink Tartan culottes (I tucked the tunic into the pants) and WHBM high boots from last season. This year’s version had a nice gold detail on the heel and you can find it here.

This knit long vest from Chico’s is a perfect travel piece, adds some layering and allows you to be prepared for cooler weather especially when you’re in meeting rooms.

The big question for me during this trip was “Could I survive 36 hours of fashion and shopping with a small crossbody?” Surprisingly yes! I learned that I didn’t need to break my back with a large bag, everything I needed (phone, wallet, passport, tissues and lipstick) could fit neatly in my little handbag. I’ll be doing a stand alone post on the WHBM preview but wanted to share my travel outfit.

The weather is no longer a nice tame fall, now it’s a roaring and angry winter. Keep warm everyone. For the winter weather one could easily add boots and you could brave the cold.

Iconic Shirt WHBM

Black Long Vest Chico's

Pursebox

 

Outfit Details – Iconic Shirt, WHBM (on sale here, black option on sale here) || Vest, Chico’s || Leggings, Aritzia (similar here and here) ||Handbag, Annabel Ingall  (c/o Pursebox eggplant colour sold out, black option here, and variety of colours here) || Earrings, c/o Cocoa Jewelry here || Shoes, Nine West (CAN here, US sale here)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

My Pursebox giveaway is still open. Please note that email address are being collected for the Pursebox mailing list and this contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) only.

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 November 19, 2014  Posted by on November 19, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  7 Responses »
Nov 182014
 

This past weekend I attended Spark Sessions, the only Canadian Beauty and Fashion Blogger Conference in Canada. I met some great new bloggers and learned quite a bit (G+ here I come and I am finally creating a media kit). I always learn something new at conferences and that’s one of the most exciting parts of attending any conference. The second day of the conference I was a scheduled speaker, my topic “Step it Up: You’re a Blogger, What’s Next?” Rema Gouyez (The Burgundy Book) and I shared our stories with a room full of bloggers (most of them fairly new to the industry). We were candid and she was funny. I shared my Canada AM story, for those new to my blog the first time I did a TV segment I slept in and almost didn’t make it. I told this group of new bloggers that their journey will not be a straight line, that they will get a 1000 no’s, that they will mess up and their goals will change. I also explained that they need to surround themselves with a great network of other bloggers, that a smile is their secret weapon when meeting PR contacts and when they are messing up take a deep breathe, own that moment and decide you are going to be excellent because being excellent is your only choice.

What do you wear when you are attending a conference with your peers (new and seasoned)? All black everything – I went back to the basics. I had every intention of wearing the exact outfit below, because of the snow – yes snow – I changed out my shoes and wore my leopard print heels. These pictures were taken before the colour change, I like to wear this outfit for a very casual dressy look. Totally makes sense once you see it.

all black everything - black culottes

all black everything 2

all black everything 3

 

Sweater, Banana Republic (old) || Culottes, Pink Tartan (sold out, love these but these lace ones are amazing) || Cuff, Cocoa Jewelry || Earrings, Ann Taylor || Shoes, Paul Andrews

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If you haven’t had a chance to enter my Pursebox giveaway there is still lots of time. Please note that it’s only open to Canadian residents excluding Quebec.

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 November 18, 2014  Posted by on November 18, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  11 Responses »
Nov 142014
 

I took an unexpected break from blogging. But I am back!

When Ania from Pursebox approached me to collaborate on a giveaway I first checked out her website www.pursebox.ca and then said yes. A site that caters to the Canadian consumer and offers great handbags that are all easily found in our neighbour to the south, I was in. Here’s why Pursebox was started:

Pursebox was created to fill a big gap in the Canadian accessories market. Our mission? To bring in exciting new handbag styles and brands that give Canadians the awesome options they’ve been missing. Pursebox focuses on contemporary brands, bringing you fashion-forward yet practical and functional handbags and fun accessories at a great price points.

Why is that a big deal?

Canadian retailers all seem to stock the same brands, and let’s be honest, there isn’t much middle ground between the low end and the extreme high end when it comes to purse shopping… Especially if you’re looking for something fashion-forward. What have Canadians been doing? Buying purses that leave either style or quality to be desired… Or ordering from US online retailers and paying high fees when it comes to shipping and duties. Ever opened your front door, exited to get your hands on your shiny new purse, just to be asked to pay an additional exorbitant fee? So have we. And that’s why we’re here.

Welcome to Pursebox. On your way in, wave a sly goodbye to high shipping fees, additional duties at delivery and complicated cross-border returns. We side with the consumers, and well, we aim to make you happy.

For today’s post I’m featuring the Status Anxiety – Law of the Wild – Cheetah Crossbody. My mother has been telling me for a while that I need to downsize my bag because it’s going to hurt my back. Right now it’s my shoulder. This crossbody is the perfect size – it holds everything I need and at $179 an affordable option made with Italian Leather and Pony hair. Some of you are thinking “Again with the jogger pants.” I know, I know.

Joggers & Black Sweater 1

Joggers & Black Sweater 2

Joggers & Black Sweater 3

Casual Joggers 1

Casual Joggers 2

Casual Joggers 3

Like what you see? Enter to WIN a $100 gift card towards your own PurseBox bag. At a minimum, you must leave a blog post comment telling me how you’d style the bag and leave your email address for the Pursebox mailing list (and only for the Pursebox mailing list). You can earn additional entries through social media too. Contest closes November 24th (Please note contest is open to Canadian Residents, excluding Quebec, only). Good Luck!
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 November 14, 2014  Posted by on November 14, 2014 86 Responses »
Oct 312014
 

Happy Halloween! Today I’m adding blazers to my favourite fall pants.

Joggers & Tartan Blazer 2

Joggers & Tartan Blazer 1

Navy Blazer & Burgundy Pants

 

Outfit Details -1st Outfit:  Wool Joggers, JCrew (not available online, similar here) || Blouse, JCrew (similar here) || Blazer, Banana Republic (old, similar here & option here) || Necklace, Ann Taylor (old) || Bag, Furla (old)

2nd Outfit : Blazer, JCrew (old, love this one on from Nordstrom) || Button Dow, Pink Tartan (sold out similar US, CAN) || Pants, JCrew (similar and lots of colour options here) || Shoes, Louboutin || Belt, Banana Republic (old, similar here)

 October 31, 2014  Posted by on October 31, 2014 3 Responses »
Oct 302014
 

This blouse and these faux leather leggings are in heavy wardrobe rotation (last seen here & here). I’ve just been changing the toppers to switch up the looks. To be honest, I have been wearing the three pairs of pants over and over again – these faux leather leggings, the wine coloured cropped trousers (here) and the wool joggers (here).

Faux leather leggings

faux leather leggings

day in 1

day in 2

day in 3

 

Outfit Details – Faux Leather Leggins, Ann Taylor (here, similar ponte version here) || Blouse, JCrew (sold out, similar here, here and here) || Blazer, Smythe (old, similar here, herehere & here) || Vest, Ann Taylor (old, similar herehere) || Hat, Joe Fresh || Necklace, Foxy Originals (old) || Handbag, Danier (old) || High Heeled Shoes, c/o Guilhermina || Pearls, c/o Lia Sophia || Leopard Print Shoes, Nine West (CAN, US)

 October 30, 2014  Posted by on October 30, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  2 Responses »