Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sarah Stevenson for Target

Sarah Stevenson for Target pieces 

The Sarah Stevenson for Target collection launched on March 23 and I finally checked it out today (I'd been looking forward to this since Target's last collab with Peter Pilotto, so waiting a week to see it was what I consider a "long time"...). I had a blast trying on the pieces and even did a mini photo shoot. I definitely found some favourites and loved the feminine cuts and detailing and the bold, vibrant colours and patterns (which is no surprise because Stevenson also designs textiles). In three words, the collection is feminine, classic and sophisticated. Prices range from $24.99 to $59.99.

The Looks 

Chiffon Floral Blouse

White Iris Bouquet Side Tunic

Watercolour Red Hot Tee

What Worked For Me

Peplum Dress

Laser Cut Satin Dress

Horizontal Stripped Dress

Floral Dress

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Shopping My Mom's Closet

I've heard a great way to save money, before heading to the mall, is to shop your own closet. While this is true, I believe it's always more fun discovering something new - so I took to my Mom's closet. And guess what - I found the most amazing pieces! My Mom has a great eye for fashion (and always has) and has a dream closet to match. In my experience, most mothers and daughters dress alike - to a certain degree - and that's definitely the case with me and my Mom. She asked me to help her put some outfits together and here is what I came up with that both of us would wear.

The Looks

Coat - Banana Republic
Shirt - Costa Blanca
Pants - H&M
Shoes - Enzo Angiolini
Watch - Reitmans
Earrings - Anthropologie

Top - Tahari
Skirt - Robin Kay
Sandals - Prada
Watch - Reitmans
Earrings - Anthropologie

Jacket - Anne Klein
Shirt - Holt Renfrew
Pants - Gap
Shoes - Prada
Necklace - My Baba's
Earrings - Anthropologie

Jacket - Hilary Radley
Dress - Rick Owens
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik
Earrings - Anthropologie

The Closet

Where the *magic* happens!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Drake launches OVO fashion line

The Toronto rapper, who needs no introduction, launched his October's Very Own exclusive streetwear collection on Saturday. When I heard the news, I asked myself one question: "What's there not to like?!" Drake's music is rich and catchy, he killed it on SNL and he's a proud Torontonian. Now he's a fashion designer!? The guy is King. And the clothes are everything I expected them to be. We're talking big over-sized t-shirts and hoodies and OVO branded varsity jackets. All dark and all bold with graphic prints and logos - identical to what Drake wears in his music videos. Everything is unisex, which is perfect, because the way to wear these styles is over-sized with some serious street swagger. The October's Very Own collection is on sale exclusively from March 22-27 at Browns Fashion in London, UK and sold at Nordstrom in the USA. I hope these looks make it to Canada! 

The Look

The Music


The Man 

So bad, but oh so good...

Monday, 24 March 2014

L'Oreal Spring 2014 Warehouse Sale

Yesterday was my first time warehouse shopping. I went to the L'Oreal Spring 2014 Sale with my friend Anita, who scored a ticket from work and brought me along as her lucky guest. We trekked from downtown Toronto to York University territory, but it was well worth the trip. I'm so pleased with my new finds!

Us in line in the FREEZING
cold. Luckily the line moved quickly.
We were ready to shop!

Inside, with my basket of finds.

I had a Chanel moment.

Chanel F/W 2014

Checking expiry dates!

Anita with her basket of goodies.
She was rockin' a gorgeous ox blood coat.
This girl has fantastic style! It's trendy,
feminine, girly, fun and sexy.

Matching ox blood polish (Also, isn't her
manicure, AWESOME!?).

What I Picked Up

Lancome's La vie est belle perfume.
It's limited edition and absolutely beautiful.
 Rarely do I smell a fragrance and say "That's me."
 I did with this one. 

This lip primer, L'Absolu Rouge,  is super
soft and leaves a subtle satiny finish
on my lips. Yummy.

L to R: Rouge Nu and Beige Feutre.
Deliciously soft and luxurious lipsticks.
My lips love these!

Best brow shaper I've used to date.
My only wish - that the gel
was brown instead of clear. Otherwise A+
for a perfectly shaped brush and gel that doesn't
just groom my brows but volumizes them. Meow!

This mascara bottle is so retro (which is the
reason I bought it!). My only wish is that the wand was a
bit longer so I could cover more lashes in one go.

Did I save a lot on my purchases? Not really - but I also liked the most expensive products there, as usual, and they don't tend to discount those ones...I'm really happy with everything I picked up - if it wasn't for the sale, I probably wouldn't have tried the luxurious Lancome lipsticks and brow shaper (and I wouldn't smell so darn good!).

The sale runs until March 30, 2014 and is by invitation only. I have no idea how to score a ticket and was lucky enough to go. Certain items have quantity restrictions, but the ticket allows you to shop the sale twice.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Clueless? As If!

Cher Horowitz may have been clueless about many things, but fashion wasn't one of them. Clueless was my first fashion movie and it blew my 11-year old mind. I wanted to wear everything Cher wore. I wanted her hair, her jeep, and after school shopping trips to Melrose. I did my best to imitate her style with the Clueless-inspired looks my Mom and I found at Le Chateau - a baby doll dress with white knee highs and black patent Mary Janes; a plaid mini kilt with a t-shirt and matching jacket (and of course, those same knee highs and Mary Janes). Twenty years later, I still love this look - it's preppy, flirty, feminine, and classic.

I thought Cher's closet and computer stylist were amazing! I loved this scene because there was a great shot of her revolving closet...oh the clothes, clothes, clothes! It was also the first time I heard David Bowie's Fashion. It's kinda, like, the Clueless anthem.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Paris Street Style

I've been dreaming of Paris ever since I watched Les Miserables (which is odd because it's not a film that particularly sells Paris!). None-the-less, there is something about Paris fashion, especially Paris Street Style that I absolutely adore. It's similar to the American Classic look because of its ease of wear and simplicity, but there's a certain "Je ne sais quoi" to it. From what I can see, Paris Street Style builds on the timeless and classic elements of fashion created by the iconic Coco Chanel; classic prints like stripes and plaids; functional materials like denim and cotton. But paired together in a way that's somewhat masculine in spirit if not a little disheveled. The look is classic and simple, yet it has a bit of a dark edge to it - and that dark edge is what makes it hot.

Key Pieces

1) Black and White Striped Shirt
2) Ballet Flats
3) Classic Beige Trench Coat
4) Jeans - Dark Straight Leg, Flares or Ripped Boyfriend style
5) Navy V-Neck pullover
6) Cross-body purse
7) Big, Dark Glamorous Sunglasses
8) Short Candy Apple Red Nails
9) Menswear Inspired Watch in Dark or Neutral
10) Attitude

The Looks

The Books

Next on my reading list are Parisian Chic, A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange and Paris Street Style, A Guide to Effortless Chic by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset. I can't wait to add them to my collection!