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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,

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

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. SHOP THE LOOK Click on item descriptions to purchase any of these pieces online. All prices are …

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 …

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. Photos: Jill Stuart / Style.com, Karen Walker / Style.com, image found …

How to style the LWD Boho Chic

How to style the LWD Boho Chic by crepedechine featuring OPI Banana Republic fit flare dress 87 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com Carvela black sandals 285 CAD – johnlewis.com Tribal handbag 47 CAD – francescas.com Topshop lips makeup 7.47 CAD – topshop.com OPI nail polish 24 CAD – harveynichols.com

How to style the Sporty LWD

How to style the Sporty LWD by crepedechine featuring a yves saint laurent lipstick Banana Republic white high neck dress 160 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com Yves Saint Laurent zip jacket 3,970 CAD – ysl.com NIKE white sneaker 135 CAD – selfridges.com Superdry zippered tote bag 63 CAD – superdry.com 1 Face stainless steel watch 50 CAD – nordstrom.com Yves saint laurent lipstick 44 CAD – net-a-porter.com Jin Soon silver glitter nail polish 22 CAD – net-a-porter.com

How to Style the LWD for a Casual Boho Look

How to style the LWD by crepedechine featuring bobbi brown cosmetics Burberry outerwear 1,240 CAD – stylebop.com Banana Republic white caftan 110 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com Aquazzura wedge sandals 840 CAD – forwardforward.com ALDO crossbody handbag 50 CAD – aldoshoes.com Long necklace etsy.com Bobbi brown cosmetic 57 CAD – barneys.com

How to style the LWD for a Casual Weekend Look

How to style the LWD by crepedechine featuring a long sleeve coat Banana Republic boat neck dress 81 CAD – bananarepublic.gap.com Long sleeve coat 30 CAD – rosewe.com Converse canvas lace up sneaker 86 CAD – harveynichols.com DKNY gray canvas tote 120 CAD – dkny.com Michael Kors watch 410 CAD – matchesfashion.com ALDO metal sunglasses 15 CAD – aldoshoes.com

White-hot

Image: Getty    Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Jamie Chung, Oliva Munn The ubiquitous little white dress, aka LWD, is a fashionable summer staple. Fresh, versatile, available in multiple fabrics, lengths and styles, there’s a LWD out there to suit every women. Depending on the style of dress and how you choose to wear it, the LWD can work for casual daytime or dressier evening occasions. Although the perfect choice for summer parties and events, be sure to leave the wearing of white to the bride at weddings! Most designers and retailers have come out with versions of the little white dress, but I was amazed at the wide variety of flattering styles currently being offered by Banana Republic. So I’ve decided to pick my favourite styles to share with you. I also appreciate that BR offers quality goods at reasonable prices that are readily available online. Here are seven of my favourite Banana Republic white dresses, but if none of these are for you, they have even more styles available in store and online. All photos below: Banana Republic This caftan-inspired linen dress will …

A Saint of a Sale

Photo: AllSaints When AllSaints made their Canadian debut in Yorkdale Mall a couple of years ago, it was a dream come true for me. The British retailer’s wares are completely up my alley; a little bit edgy, directional designs, quality fabrics and construction at a mid-range price point (somewhere between fast fashion & designer). The line is so me, it’s a bit frightening, and I always see some men’s pieces that I want to get my stylish husband. Although the target demographic for AllSaints is the 18-35 year old set, it appeals to women of all ages, and looks great on them too! The AllSaints Mid Season Sale is on, in store and online (free standard shipping in Canada and the US), so I’ve rounded up my favourite sale pieces along with some of their regular priced items, and a few items from other stores, to show you what I would coordinate them with. All prices shown are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise specified. Click on photos to link to the corresponding websites. THE ROCKER LOOK   THE DRESSY LOOK   THE …

Spring into Colour!

All mood boards by trendcouncil.com With April here, the shops are finally stocked with an abundant of colourful wares, for spring in a profusion of soothing pastels and happy brights. Now is the perfect time to shop for a few fresh items but with so many beautiful colours to choose from, how do you make sure to pick the ones that best complement your skin tone? First you need to determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone. Do your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm. Consult the warm/cool colour palettes below for which colours will look best on you. If you don’t have time to shop in the stores, I’ve included 12 effortless spring dresses in a range of styles, colours and prices points available online. Just click on the photos to be linked to the websites.        

Psst! Wanna know about some great deals?

Photo: pixshark.com As you probably already know, I shop the brick and mortar stores regularly (it’s my job), but what you might not know is that I’m also a very active shopper on the internet, even if it’s mainly window shopping (it’s my job, really!). I subscribe to emails from retailers who’s prices are usually beyond my reach like Net-a-Porter and the retailers I regularly shop, to be kept in the loop for sales, because who doesn’t want a good deal? Somewhere between the start of the new year and when the spring weather kicks in (when, oh when?) is when the biggest savings are to be had on the retail front. If you want to benefit from these big savings you better get your shopping shoes on or get yourself online and pullout your credit card fast, because the biggest saving are on now! Here are a few you may be interested in. For you gentlemen, the Bay is having a menswear “Buy More, Save More” sale on regular priced shirts and ties. Buy …

Happy Chinese New Year!

Designer: Vivian Tam     Photo: Vouge China by Max Vadukul 2015 is whizzing by and I can’t believe how quickly the Chinese New Year arrived! This is the year of the sheep (goat) and according to Chinese astrology it will be rich in positive emotions, amorous affairs, peace, harmonious co-existence and tranquility. For those who trust in goodness, happiness and success will follow. I’m a sheep and so far so good! I’ve been having an amazing and busy year already but with little time to blog. I’ve had incredible experiences and have so much to share with you since my last post. In the following days I hope to have some quality time on the computer so I can tell you all about it. Kung Hei Fat Choy! In honour of Chinese New Year, here is a look at some of Vivian Tam’s lovely Chinese inspired east-meets-west ready-to-wear runway collection for spring 2015. All runway photos: Style.com

How To Choose Necklaces for Necklines

I stumbled upon this great chart the other day on Tumbler that does a pretty good job of illustrating which necklaces work with what necklines. It’s no wonder then, one of the most often asked questions from my clients is, which necklace should I wear with what neckline? Mismatched necklaces to necklines is one of the most practiced fashion faux pas I see daily. In reality it’s quite simple to master, it’s all about visual proportion and spacing. This chart is an excellent start to understanding what works well, and I’ve added some more examples here below. Collar necklaces like the one below should be worn with crew necklines and should sit right on top the neckline opening. Pendant necklaces look best worn equal distance between the neckline and the waistline. How to wear multiple chain necklaces may seem tricky to master but it’s simply about creating visual balance between neckline and waistline of the dress. A larger and longer necklace is best suited to a very plain garment as it fills empty space and adds visual interest …

The Perfect Pencil Skirt

Banana Republic black ponte pencil skirt, $110 CAD. Click on link to buy this skirt. Photos: Banana Republic. I came across this fantastic skirt while shopping with a client a few weeks ago. It was so fabulous in fact, I went back to buy it for myself the very next day! A well fitting black pencil skirt is a basic every women should have as a staple in her wardrobe. It’s always in style, a good separate for coordinating with just about anything and adds a polished look to any outfit. As you can imagine, I am often on the lookout for a good pencil skirt for my clients. This skirt from Banana Republic is high waisted and tapers narrower at the hem, which gives the illusion of a longer leaner silhouette. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s also cut and constructed well with a vented back hem, allowing for unrestricted walking so you get the narrow look without having to hobble.  One of the best features about this pencil skirt besides the great fit is that it’s constructed in a flattering Ponte knit. …

Downtown casual

This is how I would style and wear this Rick Owens twist top from my Drape it on Me entry. Casual and cool. Rick Owens twist top $370 – net-a-porter.com Balmain real leather jacket stylebop.com Alexander Wang cut-out boots lagarconne.com CÉLINE colorful handbag portero.com Sterling silver cz necklace berricle.com NARS Cosmetics lips makeup narscosmetics.com Opi nail lacquer $19 – liberty.co.uk