Dec 042017
 

Every season many of us blogger/stylists/editors get some great perks and are gifted the latest winter coats. I’m going to review my two favourite.

Woods Moraine Down Bomber

The Moraine Bomber was built to keep you warm and dry even in the harshest winter conditions and apparently this winter is going to be a Canadian classic. The impenetrable waterproof and windproof Sympatex® membrane keeps the cold, wet weather out, while the all-natural water-repellent DownTek™ goose down means that warmth and comfort is never scarified.

Two oversized fleece-lined pockets will keep your hands warm when on the go.

Essentials will stay safe and secure inside the jacket’s three weather-resistant zipped pockets.

The removable fur hood trim allows for a customizable look, with both style and function in mind. Elastic pull tabs allow you to adjust the tightness of the hood.

Available here.

 

The North Face Cyros GTX Triclimate

Ready to mix and match according to the weather conditions, this 3-in-1 jacket pairs a weatherproof Gore-Tex® outer shell with an zip-in liner jacket that’s insulated with 800-fill goose down. The Cryos Collection delivers maximum warmth and protection. This coat is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) by Control Union. The North Face is committed to creating cruelty free products.

Winter coats can be bulky this one has elasticated baffles for shaping and mobility and special armhole construction to maximize mobility and minimize bulk.

 The stormflap covers the two-way, AquaGuard® center front zip. This two way-way zipper makes it easier when you sit down to drive.

 Really great winter coats have added features that us mere mortals wouldn’t think about like snap side vents for mobility and access to pant pockets and drop tail hems for added (bum) coverage.

The fully adjustable hood with removable, faux-fur ruff attaches to outer shell. Find out more about this coat here.

 December 4, 2017  Posted by on December 4, 2017 Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Winter Coats to Get You Through the Cold
Nov 302017
 

I’m hosting a contest with Mark’s! To enter, leave a comment on my Facebook post regarding what’s your favourite item that I featured in the video.

Click here to enter.

Contest Details:

The contest opens today, December 7, 2017 and closes on December 13, 2017 at 6PM EST.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The contest is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). Prize is awarded randomly. No purchase necessary. Winner will be contacted via email or social media.

 November 30, 2017  Posted by on November 30, 2017 8 Responses »
Nov 282017
 

Outfit Details – Dress Marks and Spencer (here, US here, UK here)|| Coat, Reiss (old, similar here) || Shoes, Banana Republic (old)

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 November 28, 2017  Posted by on November 28, 2017 Comments Off on Marks and Spencer – A Dress for Work & Play
Nov 232017
 

 

I have too many shoes said No. Woman. Ever. See some of my favourite pics from Mark’s. Just remember comfort and style are possible. I’ve selected shoes that you can wear from 9 to 5 and others from 5 to 9.

What I’m wearing:
Long Sleeve PU Trim Cardigan – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-long-sleeve-pu-tri…
Studded T-Shirt – https://www.marks.com/en/dh3-studded-t-shirt-91400.html…
Women’s Larissa Lace Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-larissa-lace-boots-91647.…
Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans – https://www.marks.com/…/levis-slimming-skinny-jeans-90506.h…
Ruffle Sleeve Bow Blouse – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-ruffle-sleeve-bow-…

Shown in the video:
Women’s Megan Heel Booties – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-womens-megan-heel-…
Women’s Quad Comfort Sofia Leather Ankle Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/denver-hayes-womens-quad-comfort-so…
Women’s Larissa Lace Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-larissa-lace-boots-91647.…
Women’s Sara Criss Cross Gusset Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-sara-criss-cross-gusset-b…
Women’s Tamara Buckle Strap Ankle Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-tamara-buckle-strap-ankle…
Women’s Atlantic Heights Chelsea Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/timberland-womens-atlantic-heights-…
Women’s Magby Low Chelsea Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/timberland-womens-magby-low-chelsea…

 

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 November 23, 2017  Posted by on November 23, 2017 1 Response »
Nov 222017
 

I love the holiday season – parties, shopping for gifts, all the baking (I buy it) and the music. What I don’t like is how busy the malls get, how all the parking spots I find are kilometres away, how I have to wrap all my presents, fight all the crowds while carrying all my packages and how exhausting it all can be.

Enter the Avion Holiday boutique in Yorkdale.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale. Over the past 5 years, the boutique has hosted more than 190,000 guests, wrapped more than 44,000 gifts, checked 40,000 coats and parked more than 36,000 cars. Honestly, for me this is one of the bright spots in all of the holiday mayhem. It is tranquility in this busy season.

I was invited to an exclusive media preview of the Avion Holiday Boutique on November 15th. Now I have been several times before (I even hosted one media event) and it is a favourite of mine, this kicks off the holiday season for me. All invited guests had access to all the complimentary perks that Avoiners have:

  • – Valet parking
  • – Gift wrapping
  • – Coat and parcel check
  • – VIP lounge and cafe
  • – Porter service
  • – Virtual reality experience
  • – Avion Passport App, which maximizes your boutique experience and provides access to RBC Rewards and partner offers

With all the perks offered I am most excited for:

  • 1. Valet parking – no more treks through the parking wilderness.
  • 2. Coat and parcel check – I have holiday shopping and Cityline makeovers to do which means lots of package to lug around.
  • 3. Gift Wrapping – 4 kids, 8 nieces and nephews, 2 Godchildren and lots more people to shop for.
  • 4. VIP Lounge and cafe – enjoying a coffee while I sit in comfort in the Boutique.

The above perks make shopping (and work) during the holidays enjoyable. A great space for Avoiners to enjoy a coffee or tea, get their gifts wrapped and check their bulky coats. Visiting the busiest mall in Canada isn’t a humbug when you have an Avion card in your wallet.

This post was sponsored by RBC. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

 

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 November 22, 2017  Posted by on November 22, 2017 2 Responses »
Nov 212017
 

We all celebrate the big things, whether they be holidays, birthdays or anniversaries. These celebrations are attached to certain dates and there is a good amount of planning that goes into these celebrations. Today I’m celebrating the little things with Tostitos, the little wins for moms and dads – my two youngest boys emptied the dishwasher and filled it without being told, my oldest son wakes up every morning on his own and my daughter got the highest mark in her grade for a University of Waterloo Math competition.

These achievements don’t happen on a specific date but when they happen we all see reason to cheer. I didn’t take time planning something extravagant, I gathered my children, added in several of their friends, looked into my pantry and had help from Tostitos to make a regular PA day into a little nacho party. I din’t want to spend the entire time in the kitchen making everything. I wanted to get in on the fun and be silly with the kids. They are getting older and times like these will be fewer and fewer.

Tostitos provided the nachos, salsa, some decorations (that fell into some salsa when the kids were decorating) and a few easy recipes. I decided to make Cheesy Sriracha and Cauliflower Nachos Recipe (online here) because I had cauliflower, Sriracha and shredded cheese in my fridge. It was easy to make and I would have never thought about added cauliflower to any nacho recipe.

The kids loved the nachos especially my picky daughter. One more recipe to add to the arsenal.

We also discovered new favourite nacho chips and the consensus was we loved Tostitos Hint of Jalapeño Tortilla Chips and Tostitos Rolls Tortilla Chips.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to celebrate the little things, those small wins, head to Tostitos.ca (here). Tostitos has a whole section on its website dedicated to recipes (here) and offer you options – sweet to savoury, apps and desserts, they have something for whatever mood you’re in. I’ve already found several ones I plan on trying.

This post is sponsored by Tostitos. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

 

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 November 21, 2017  Posted by on November 21, 2017 Comments Off on Tostitos – Celebrating the Small Things in the Best Way. How do you celebrate the small things?
Nov 152017
 

This is another leopard print dress from Joe Fresh. This one is on sale and under $20. You’re welcome.

Leopard print dress

I styled it two ways just by changing out the footwear. The first was with over the knee boots.

leopard print dress

The second was with a classic pair of black heels. Simple and easy.


Outfit Details : Dress, Joe Fresh (here) || Boots, Stuart Weitzman (here, similar here & here) || Heels, Manolo Blahnik (old) || Handbag, D&G

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 November 15, 2017  Posted by on November 15, 2017 Comments Off on Another Leopard Print Dress – This one is under $20!!
Nov 132017
 

I rarely wear an asymmetric dress – let alone an asymmetric midi dress. I have an hourglass shape and asymmetric dresses make me look like a lumpy potato or at least that’s how I feel. This asymmetric midi dress from Marks and Spencer isn’t like any asymmetric dress I’ve tried.


Marks and Spencer Asymmetric Midi Dress

Marks and Spencer Midi Dress

Outfit Details – Dress, Marks and Spencer (here)  || Shoes, Manolo Blahnik (old) || Handbag, D&G

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 November 13, 2017  Posted by on November 13, 2017 Comments Off on Marks and Spencer Asymmetric Midi Dress
Nov 102017
 

Signature by Reitmans blazer and top

Let me introduce you to Signature by Reitmans (found here). Why am I being so formal? Well this collection needs to be enjoyed and a little formality helps with the excitement I have for it!! I have partnered with Reitmans for this post to style my own Signature pieces for the upcoming holiday season.

Signature by Reitmans is a specially curated collection of elevated party wear, designed for all of the celebrations the holiday season brings. It’s a mix of dresses, ornate party tops, accessories plus the BEST velvet blazer I have found (and trust me I have been looking).

Signature by Reitmans top and blazer

The colour options in this collection of party tops is wonderful – from bold pinks and reds to subtle blacks and silver there is a colour for everyone. I chose this gold top with subtle hints of silver and gold because of how versatile it is. I can pair it with black pants, jeans or a beautiful pencil skirt. It can also be worn from desk to dinner – holiday ready for any office party.

Reitmans Pants

I kept accessories and shoes in classic black. This black sparkly cuff is also from the Signature collection. These black pants are the perfect cigarette pant. I have already paired them with many things in my closet and get ready for them to be on repeat in my life and on this blog. They are TALL but I know they come in regular and petite.

Reitmans Signature Party Top

Reitmans Sparkly Cuff

This velvet blazer is perfect for so many reasons. Let me list a few for you:

  • – The velvet is super soft
  • – There is no pesky button, how many times do we really button our blazers?
  • – Great length for tall girls like me or any other girl for that matter
  • – The cut of the blazer is wonderful, enough structure to keep it classic. This is hard to achieve with velvet

 

Reitmans Velvet Blazer

The holiday season can be stressful and expensive. Signature by Reitmans offers beautiful clothing at prices that will have you celebrating all season long.

Outfit Details : Top, Signature by Reitmans (here) || Velvet Blazer, Signature by Reitmans (here) || Pants, Reitmans (here) || Cuff, Signature by Reitmans

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 November 10, 2017  Posted by on November 10, 2017 Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Signature By Reitmans – Let’s Get Ready to Party This Holiday Season