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 83 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 »
Oct 292014
 

I am still feeding my cape obsession and it’s because I love the drama. I don’t like personal drama but I can get behind wardrobe drama – especially when everyone has access to this type of drama.  I wanted to pair this cape with an outfit that would showcase how great this cape was and I couldn’t narrow down one outfit so I am featuring two outfits – this classic LBD (seen here) and my culottes (seen here and here).

Cape & Dress

Culottes & Cape

I love saying “the cheap is expensive”. This white button down from Pink Tartan was a splurge but after purchasing several less expensive shirts I could have bought two of this one. The other’s didn’t wash well, sit well or look great a year later. This one button down is all I need for a while. Lesson learned.

Cape & Dress

Culottes & Cape

Outfit Details – Cape, Ann Taylor (US here, CAN here) || Dress, Pink Tartan (CAN & US) || Cuff, Ann Taylor (here) || Handbag, Furla (old) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old, similar here) || Culottes, Pink Tartan (here, love these & these) || Blouse, Pink Tartan (here, similar here) || Booties, Guilhermina (c/o)

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 October 29, 2014  Posted by on October 29, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Oct 272014
 

Still borrowing from LOFT and featuring this beautiful leopard coat. My favourite part has to be that the sleeves are a decent length on me. I also think that pattern is perfect. Canadian women own lots of black wool winter coats. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe try this “neutral” pattern. Paired with these wool joggers it’s great for work or even running around doing drop offs and pick ups with the kids.

Leopard Coat 1

Leopard Coat 2

 Outfit Details – Coat, borrowed from LOFT (find here) || Blouse, JCrew (similar here) || Pants, JCrew (similar here CAN, US) || Shoes, Ann Taylor (here, similar here & here) || Handbag, Furla (old)

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 October 27, 2014  Posted by on October 27, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Oct 252014
 

This shouldn’t have been a difficult post to write – getting an amazing vehicle like the Honda Odyssey for a Family Day weekend trip to New Jersey should write itself. However, for this Windsor girl that grew up surrounded by the Big Three it wasn’t that easy. I felt like a traitor and that’s what kept me from reviewing this vehicle. I’m over it.

I have four children and I drive a minivan and I am NOT embarrassed by it, I OWN it. SUVs look chic but are not practical for my growing family. They are difficult to get in and out of and NONE of them have lots of room in the back seat or enough trunk space. I should know because my husband is looking at getting a new car and we have test driven so many of them. I had 3 children under 3 so all of them were in car seats and cars were not an option, we bought a minivan right away. Once the fourth child came I knew that I would be driving a minivan for quite a long time…my husband took a lot of coaxing but even he is a convert.

The first few things I noticed about the Honda Odyssey Touring

  • -phone pairing is easy, much easier then with my current vehicle.
  • -it drives like a car. That is what won my husband over immediately.
  • -button located in the tailgate. Easier to close and brilliantly placed.
  • - cool box! It keeps your drinks cool, brilliant.
  • -built in vacuum – cleaning is a breeze. Little kids make a mess, so do adults after a road trip and I was able to vacuum the vehicle and return it just like I got it.
  • -8 inch control panel screen. There were SO many options that I just couldn’t learn everything in one weekend, like the SMS text function.

We drove this vehicle in February during one of the worst February’s I can remember. This car drove like a tank with it’s winter tires. While other vehicles were literally sliding across the New Jersey streets (some people had Florida licence plates and others were locals) we were secure in our vehicle. This vehicle is loaded with safety features and you can tell when you drive it. I am not an engineer or a mechanic but everyone who drives knows when they are driving a well built vehicle and that is how this car feels.

Safety Features in the vehicle I had included:

  • - Forward Collision Warning (FCW) [33]
    – Lane Departure Warning (LDW) [34]
    – Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control [35]
    – Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    – Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
    – Brake Assist
    – Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines [36]
    – Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) [37]
    – Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    – Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
    – Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
    – SmartVent® Front Side Airbags
    – Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
    – Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Active Head Restraints
    – 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
    – Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
    – Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row Outboard), Tether -Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row All)

My children loved the DVD entertainment centre that was also wireless so we didn’t have to listen to their movies as we drove. It was pure luxury. I loved the lane watch and cameras that made parking a breeze. My husband actually enjoyed driving the Odyssey and we all noticed how quiet it was. That might have been the biggest surprise for me, conversations where clear while we drove.

The one issue was with the GPS, it was disappointing. I would map out your road trip before you leave just to save time. My husband and I even tested it when we were close to home and it selected a route that over shot and then brought us back to our house. I am pretty sure that Honda will rectify that situation.

The Honda Odyssey has a high price tag but I like to say that the cheap is expensive. If you are looking for a quality vehicle for your family with all the bells and whistles that kids will want to drive in and adults will want to drive this is the perfect vehicle. We do lots of road trips to Sudbury and Windsor so we’re pros at this whole thing and the Honda made our trip to New Jersey enjoyable and safe. My husband has told me that the next minivan he wants to buy is a Honda Odyssey and I’m good with that.

 

 

 October 25, 2014  Posted by on October 25, 2014 Tagged with:  1 Response »
Oct 242014
 

My four weeks are complete and here is my final verdict on the Conair True Glow Skincare Brush and Facial Sauna.

Skincare Brush – with a $99.99 price tag and two brushes this product is perfectly priced and does exactly what it claims – clean skin, smaller pours and an easy to use product. With the weather getting drier here in Toronto I’ve been using the body brush to scrub off the dry skin on my legs this was a big bonus and sealed the love for the Skincare Brush. I love this brush and would recommend it to all my readers.

Facial Sauna – Again Conair delivers on a product that does exactly it states. I enjoyed using the Facial Sauna and my skin felt great. My favourite part was having the lingering scent of my favourite moisturizer. I don’t think this is a product for everyone. This product is for those dedicated to a skincare routine – those who love going to the spa but don’t have the time and/or resources. If you are dedicated to your skincare regime you will find a spot for this product and will find time every week, for those I say buy, for others you will curse looking for a storage spot and this product is not for you.

Next week I’m dedicating to toppers – coats and blazers. Have a wonderful weekend.

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 October 24, 2014  Posted by on October 24, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »