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Leather Sample Sale!

 

Calling all Cool Kids! If you love urban leather fashion, be sure to head down to the RUDSAK Sample Sale starting today, April 7 until Sunday April 12, at 99 Sudbury St. in Toronto. Sample Sales are an exclusive goldmine for hot fashion deals and some never seen before styles.

Founded by Evik Asatoorian in 1994 in his hometown of Montreal, Rudsak embodies the spirit of cool rebel. They design leather products for men and women including outerwear, ready-to-wear, bags, footwear and accessories. Here’s the deets,

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Green Dream

I just posted on Instagram a Pantone mood board for the colour Green Flash! One of Pantone’s 10 top colours for 2016. Not usually a green fan, I wore a green plaid uniform in high school, need I say more, but at the moment I’m having a mini love affair with the shamrock shade. What’s inspiring me right now.

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Matching green eyeliner and nails. New York Fashion Week spring 2016 beauty look from Monique Lhuillier.

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Gucci leather studded sandal $1500 US

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As seen on http://www.thecoveteur.com, Instagram star Margaret Zhang in collaboration with Gucci. Gucci leather studded sandal $1500 US, Dionysus GG Supreme canvas shoulder bag $3800 US

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Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2016

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Pantone’s Fashion Colour Report top ten colours for Spring 2016.

 

 

Fall is flying by!

I’ve been MIA from CdC this past month as business has been insanely busy. Being self-employed, there are ups and downs; sometimes business is too slow and other times I’m running a marathon. It’s definitely been the latter lately.

I’ve had a multitude of diverse and overlapping projects since my last entry; producing and styling a shoot for Fashion Magazine on fall makeup trends, outfitting new hosts for a television show and their promo shoot, consulting, shopping and putting together looks for the special election night coverage on CBC, wardrobe styling a commercial, styling a photo shoot for a custom holiday magazine and overseeing the creation of a glamorous one-of-a kind gown for one of my clients! Whew, all the while binge watching 5 seasons of Game of Thrones with my husband, I’m addicted I tell ya, addicted. I almost forgot to mention, I also escaped for one weekend with my hubby and hid out in Old Montreal too.

What a gorgeous autumn we’re having, the leaves are falling and Christmas is in the air…. Say what? At least according to the retailers anyway. Everywhere you look are Christmas decorations, promotions and gift giving ideas. I try to shop early for x-mas gifts, as November/December are historically busy months for business, leaving little time to do my personal shopping. Online shopping has been a lifesaver for me the past few years. I can work all day, and shop online at night.

I was excited to be able to attend a holiday gift-giving preview last week, hosted by Shop.ca. I was on the prowl for gift ideas for my loved ones, as well as yours. Anyone unfamiliar with the site, it’s a Canadian online shopping destination where you can find hundreds of brands and products. They have everything from fashion, to home wear and electronics. The site is well designed, easy to navigate and always has an interesting selection of products. With the strong US dollar cramping my online shopping, I love the fact that I can buy here in Canada at Shop.ca without incurring extra costs for the exchange rate, duties, customs and international shipping.

The preview was set up in a beautifully decorated condo, belonging to a fictitious, very stylish woman named Sloan. Upon arrival I was encouraged to snoop around her apartment to look at everything there. Peeking in her cupboards and drawers were not only encouraged, I even had permission to try on her clothes! It was fun, and I saw a number of new great gift ideas I’m excited to share with you over the coming weeks.

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinaldi demonstrates how to get the fresh faced look for Fashion Magazine @ http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Mauricio Calero. Fall street trend, the bold brow, on Fashion Magazine http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Tools of the trade. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinadli doing a step by step makeup tutorial for Fashion Magazine  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Mauricio Calero. One of the lovely ladies we saw and shot on the street who was wearing the statement lip, one of this fall’s beauty trends  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Charming Old Montreal.

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    Black sequin dress in Montreal designer Denis Gagnon’s store on rue Saint-Paul $295. Available here http://boutique.denisgagnon.ca/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=138

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    Gorgeous old architecture in Montreal.

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    Me playing tourist, ha!

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    Minimal designs at COS, the high-end division of Swedish giant H&M, housed in an 1860’s building on Ste-Catherine St., Montreal http://www.cosstores.com/gb/

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    Remnants from the past, Old Montreal.

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    Shopping with a client, I fell in love with this Bobby C Coat at Judith & Charles, another great Canadian line based out of Montreal, $650, shearling scarf sold separately.  Coat available here, http://www.judithandcharles.com/en/shop/outerwear/bobby-c-coat1/beige-off-white

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    Trying different accessories to complete the look.

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    The chosen jewellery worn for the CBC special election broadcast.

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    It’s fitting time! This is one of the outfits that was chosen for the commercial worn by the lovely Catherine Burton.

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    Looking for glove options to pair with the camel peacoat.

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    The stunning view on location overlooking the lake where we shot the commercial. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rochester NY.

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The awesome set at CBC for election night, and everyone was looking so smart.

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Trudeau, our new Prime Minister! Trudeau and his wife also happen to be a very stylish couple.

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The scene is set. Christmas decorations for the holiday entertaining magazine shoot.

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A pretty wintery arrangement.

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Susan Dicks working her magic on this gorgeous retro inspired gown for my client.

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A peek inside It girl, Sloan’s closet at the Shop.ca preview. Everything you see can be found @ http://www.shop.ca

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Products galore in Sloan’s bathroom from Shop.ca @ http://www.shop.ca

 

 

How To Transition Your Wardrobe Into Fall

Is it ok to wear white jeans after Labour Day? Hell ya! Even though the weather will be getting cooler soon, you can continue to wear some of your favourite summer items. I’ve put together photos for a little inspiration, for how you can style your summer favourites with items you most likely already own in your wardrobe.

The last couple of years, fashionistas have been wearing white jeans year round. How to do that without looking inappropriate or out of season? Let the outfits below inspire you.

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Photos: Sunrainey.com, Pinterest, tumblr.com

As a general style rule, light colours look best worn on top with darker colours worn on the bottom. That theory is clearly shot here, as each of these outfits manage to break that rule and look amazing. The key is keeping the outfits neutral. Try wearing your white jeans with a loose blazer and oversized sweater with heels for a polished look, a long sweater and over-the-knee boots on the weekend, or style your white jeans with an oversized sweater, wide brim hat and ankle boot.

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Photos: all found on Pinterest

Wearing a sheer maxi skirt in autumn with cosy separates and fall accessories? You bet! These three chic outfits above have inspired me to try wearing my sheer maxi skirt this autumn. Follow the lead to transition your sheer skirt into colder temperatures. The outfit on the left, so simple, so stylish, black & white is a classic combo and always looks right. The the sheer skirt is balanced with the sweater, by wearing suede ankle boots in the same colour as the skirt. Bonus, keeping a long uninterrupted column of black is slimming and helps you appear taller. I love the unexpected combination of the second image, with navy and pink, dark on top, light on the bottom. The basic navy pullover, looks hip worn with the wide-brimmed felt hat in the same colour. Finally, breakout your boyfriend blazer from the back of your wardrobe to achieve the look on the right.

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Photos: Pinterest, Pinterest, california-diamond.tumblr.com

Long live the Canadian tuxedo! Double-denim still reins strong this fall as seen in the examples above. Take your’s to the next level, with one of fall’s new trend pieces. Accessorize your double-denim with a camel coat, belt, heels, and a structured bag for a pulled together yet casual ensemble. The middle outfit ups the ante on monochromatic dressing in super blue. The basic denim uniform is transformed into a stylish fashion forward look with a gorgeous blue blanket cape, belted and worn with blue boots. The cropped plaid blazer and chain-strap bag adds sophistication to the double-denim look far right.

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Photos: Pinterest, style.com, blogspot.com

Although I’ve never considered wearing a white dress into fall, seeing these outfits above have changed my mind. Turns out the LWD is going to get more mileage this year worn with an “of the moment” jacket. Always fashionable, the trench coat looks perfect worn with the white dress shown left. If you don’t already own one, purchasing a good quality trench is a sound investment. As the centre look reveals, the biker jacket is here to stay. Wearing black opaque hose and black ankle boots, visually balances the weight of the heavy biker jacket. I’ll be wearing my LWD this fall like the look on the right. I’ve had the same H&M army jacket for 10 years and counting, talk about a good investment!

Missing items in your wardrobe to create one of these fantastic outfits? Click on the photos below to shop these items online. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless listed otherwise.

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Smyth Long Notched Blazer in grey tweed – Neiman Marcus $831.05

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Grey oversized sweater – Zara sweater with turtleneck $45.90

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Collection relaxed cashmere pullover sweater – J Crew $289.00

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Navy Wide-Brim Wool Fedora – Forever 21 $17.90

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Camel Pocket Shift Coat – Mango $269.95

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Smythe Les Vestes Plaid Duchess Blazer – TNT – contact for pricing and availability (416) 975-1810

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Classic Trench – Ann Taylor $318.45

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Leah black light washed leather coat – MACKAGE $890

 

Bohemian Glamour

Barneys editorial photos by Jai Odell

The Boho spirit that enamoured the fashion world this summer continues to inspire and strongly influence coming fall fashions. Envision romantic floral chiffon and feminine lace, paired with tweed, shearling and suede for rich textural juxtaposition. You can continue to get lots of millage out of your summer pieces with some accessorizing. Wear your little white dress as we transition to cooler temperatures by throwing on a leather jacket and adding over-the-knee boots. Don a pair of wide-legged trousers with your peasant blouse and add a cape or sleeveless vest, you get the idea.

Although my personal style is more edgy New York than hippy L.A., I do have a soft spot for Boho Chic after living in Los Angeles for a few years (visit my Pinterest page ). Inspired by the Chloé pre-fall lookbook on the Barneys New York website, I have culled pieces at various price points so anyone on any budget can easily put together these free spirit looks.

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Click on item descriptions to purchase any of these pieces online. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless listed otherwise.

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5 Fab Wear-to-Work Outfits

These next-level wear-to-work outfits won’t just score you high points with the boss, they’re affordable and fashionable. Every item in this post is under $100.00, available at Zara. The Spanish retailer has added a new category to their collection, Wear to Work. F.Y.I. not all of the looks I’ve put together here are from their new category. I’ve created five fabulous office appropriate looks for fall; borrowed from the boys, the minimalist, loose fit dressing, creatively cool and classically chic. Below each look are the items I suggest you wear with it. All descriptions have click-throughs to Zara’s website. A piece of advice, if you’re able, always try Zara items on in store, as their sizes can be tricky. If you fall in love with an item and don’t see it on the floor, ask a sales associate if they have one in stock. If they don’t have your size in store, order it online. Zara ships super fast (I received my last order in under 24 hours!), and if your order is $50.00 or over, shipping is free, and all returns are free. Shopping for fall and impressing the boss doesn’t get easier than this!

Borrowed from the Boys

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CHECK JACKET $89.90, CHECK PANT $49.90 

Stylist tip – Wear a feminine blouse to balance the masculine pantsuit look.

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WHITE TOP WITH FRILL $49.90, OFFICE CITY BAG $69.90FLAT LACE-UP SHOES $69.90

The Minimalist

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FLOWING WAISTCOAT WITH DRAWSTRING $69.90

Stylist tip – Balance the long vest with a straight pant for a slim silhouette.

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 ASYMMETRIC TOP $49.90DOUBLE CLOTH TROUSERS $45.90CONTRASTING TOTE BAG $45.90SHINY LOAFERS $49.90

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LOOSE FIT BLAZER $69.90

Stylist tip – Try the tunic sweater smoothly tucked in the pants for another look.

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TABBACO SWEATER $69.90LOOSE-FIT TROUSERS $49.90LEATHER WESTERN BOOTS $89.90CITY BAG WITH FLAP $69.90

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TWO-TONE DRESS $69.90

Stylist tip – Make the classic shift dress look current with a funky ankle boot.

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PEPLUM LEATHER-EFFECT JACKET $69.90COMBINED CITY BAG $59.90MID-HEEL ANKLE BOOTS $49.90

Classically Chic

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Stylist tip – Wearing a higher heel with wide cropped pants elongate the legs.

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OFF WHITE TIE BLOUSE $49.90, NAVY DOUBLE FABRIC BLAZER $69.90NAVY WIDE TURN-UP HEM TROUSERS $49.90CITY BAG WITH HANDLE $49.90MID HEEL COURT SHOE $69.90

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Your Fall Fashion Guide

I know, I don’t want to admit it either, but fall is fast approaching. The only consolation for me is that fall is my favourite fashion season. I love the rich colours, textures and layers. But with the multitude of trends on offer this coming season, its a bit difficult to navigate fashion right now. Truth be told, it’s as if everything and anything is trending now; Goth, Victorian, Mod, 70’s, 80’s, bohemian, minimalism, lace, fur, suede, capes, military and more! Runway collections are styled over-the-top, conveying a strong statement to catch the attention of photographers and fashion editors. These theatrical looks don’t always translate well for the real world. I’ve combed through the designer collections, breaking them down to the most wearable styles, to compile a comprehensive guide for you. For each trend, I’ve included two runway, and one real-way examples of how to wear it. I have also put together how to get the look, with shoppable click-throughs. All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise listed.

70’s – Suede, leather/pleather, capes, wide legged pants, denim, patchwork.

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Stylist tip – So not to look costumey, try a simple suede coat or a button front skirt.

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Lace – Victorian high collars, goth, sheer, lingerie styling, underwear as outerwear.

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Stylist Tip – Pair sweet feminine lace with edgy leather for a modern look.

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Capes – Bohemian wrap blankets, ponchos, fringe, capes, military styling.

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Stylist tip – Try a blanket style cape, denim and ankle boots for laid-back style.

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Boho – Prints, flowy blouses, maxi skirts and dresses, fringe, suede & shaggy fur.

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Stylist Tip  – Keep the look current with a structured bag and sexy ankle boots.

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Minimalism – Monochromatic, long clean lines, boxy oversized silhouettes.

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Stylist tip – Keeping colours neutral and monochromatic helps you look taller.

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Mod – Over-the-knee boots, turtlenecks, minis, leather/pleather, A-line silhouettes.

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Stylist tip – A double-breasted peacoat with over-the-knee boots nails it.

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H&M double-breasted coat $99

Fur – Shaggy fur, chubby coats, shearling, vests, fur trim collars and cuffs.

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Stylist tip – A shaggy or shearling vest with double denim = instant casual cool.

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Over-the-knee boots – Suede, leather, patent, flat, block, stacked or stiletto heels.

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Stylist tip – Pair over-the-knee boots with a thigh-high knit in the same colour.

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Military – double breasted jackets and coats, cargo pants, army jackets, epaulettes.

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Stylist tip – Tone down the masculine with a feminine dress or sexy high heels.

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Biker jacket – Black leather is classic, other styles include suede, shearling and colour.

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Stylist tip – Get downtown style with a biker jacket, body conscious dress & trainers.

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Plaid – A perennial fall fabric, preppy or edgy, all colours combos and sized checks.

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Stylist tip – Wear an item of clothing or accessory in a colour found in the plaid for a pulled together look.

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High-waisted Pants – Gives you the illusion of longer legs and a smaller waist, yes please!

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Stylist tip – Tuck your top into high-waisted pants to show off the waistline.

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