Fashion Friday – February 5th

Hey folks! I am back with Fashion Fridays today! Hopefully this will be a more regular feature on the blog but since I can’t always count on the weather to cooperate, it will still be hit and miss.

Anyways, while today’s look is very simple, I wanted to show a very wearable outfit for any office-type environment. Happy Shopping!

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Sweater: RW & Co

Blouse: Topshop @ Hudson’s Bay

Pants: Banana Republic Sloan pant

Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman

Necklace: Melanie Lyne

Purse: Miss Sixty purchased at Boes Ltd

Fashion Friday – Oct 2

While it was still above-average temps for fall, it still felt time to pull out my tights and heavier jacket for Fashion Friday.

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Dress – Ricki’s

Jacket – Danier Leather

Shoes – Sam and Libby [brand no longer available in Canada]

Tights – American Apparel

Necklace – Melanie Lyne

As you can see, I am still wearing florals and intend to wear some floral even through winter. How do you feel about florals year-round? Happy Shopping

Fashion Friday – Sept 25

My third Fashion Friday in a row! I feel like I’m getting the hang of this blogging regularly thing. lol

Today’s outfit is another fall transition outfit. Since it wasn’t that cold yet, I felt confident going in bare legs. Once it gets cold, I’ll pair tights with this outfit.

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Sweater Dress: Banana Republic (this wine colour isn’t available anymore)

Blazer: Ricki’s (this exact style is no longer available)

Scarf: Vinyasa Scarf from Lululemon

Boots: Clarks

What’s your go-to transitional fall outfit? Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – Sept 11

Thanks to my lovely friend Sarah, I have today’s fall outfit to show you. IMG_7068 IMG_7069IMG_7060IMG_7051 IMG_7035 IMG_7037 IMG_7042 IMG_7026

Blazer: Pink Stitch from October Boutique

Jeans: Henry and Belle from October Boutique

T-shirt: Joe Fresh

Scarf: Vinyasa Scarf from Lululemon

Shoes: Nine West

Earrings: Boes Ltd

What’s your favourite fall trend? Happy Shopping!

How to update your wardrobe for fall

So, winter is coming and… haha, I mean, fall is coming. Hopefully winter will be far behind it. Anyways, it’s that wonderful season to pull out your leather (or faux, whichever you prefer) boots and your sweaters or even better, head out and start shopping for new fall items.

I know that can be pretty overwhelming to head out to stores and figure out what to buy and what’s in style this season. Some salespeople are great help but I have several clients who are worried they are going to be talked into some ridiculous fad that the salesperson insists they must own.

So, how do you navigate the stores and buy some pieces that you truly need? Here’s my plan to stay on target (and budget) this fall season:

1. Since you are already reading my blog, I’m going to tell you to read more blogs for inspiration. Canadian Fashionista is one I just found and We Wore What has lots of mens-wear-inspired and designer pieces.

2. Rip pictures out of magazines and create a little pinterest board for yourself.

3. Write a list, which sounds totally boring but I am desperate for a black tube skirt exactly like the 424 Fifth one in orange that I bought at Hudson’s Bay this summer. And if I don’t write a list I’m going to get totally derailed by something else beautiful and will forget.

4. Pre-shop on e-railers. I have had excellent experiences with Hudson’s Bay, Gap, Banana Republic, Joe Fresh and American Apparel . And all have free returns in store if you don’t like what you bought.

5. Head out to see what your local retailers are carrying. You are more likely to have original pieces and supporting local business is always good. Style Bar, Out of the Blue, Para Mix and October always have unique pieces and have great atmosphere with an easy, no-pressure sales team.

Here’s my list of things I need for this fall:

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And here’s some things I would love to buy if I had a million dollars:

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You probably noticed there’s a lot of black. Well my friends, black is the new black. You know how much I love colour and I will be sure to let you know if any colour emerges this season. So far tho, black on black, with black.

Still having trouble with this “shopping thing?” Gimme a shout at tiffany@tlcshopping.ca – I would love to give you a hand to figure out your own style for Fall 2014.

What are some of your favourite fashion blogs? I would love to hear, especially Canadian ones. Happy Shopping!

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collab

Fall is around the corner (fashion, not weather, thank goodness!) and it looks like Banana Republic is going to kick it off with a gorgeous capsule collection from Roland Mouret. Did I say gorgeous? I meant GORGEOUS. The lines are clean and feminine, mixing in solids and colour-blocking. My only (small) critique is that it’s a little black heavy to be released in early August. The whole collection feels more appropriate for late fall/early winter.

Here are some pieces that I am particularly loving (courtesy of LouLouMagazine.com):

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The collection ranges in price from $62 – 205 and is available August 9th. See the rest of the collection and the article at LouLoumagazine.com.

Which pieces are your favourite? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – June 6th

This week went by really fast and was kinda boring. Not too much to talk about on the fashion/makeup front.

So here’s a round-up of my Instagram photos in case you missed them.

Apparently this week should’ve been called “42 Ways to Wear Your Denim Jacket”

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Denim Jacket (bought at a yard sale last summer, no specific brand), DKNY Jeans top and purple graffiti jeggings and Joe Fresh silver ballet flats. 

 

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Denim Jacket with Banana Republic Sloan Dress in black and Clarks sandals (from last year). Belt from Zellers and necklace from Aldo.

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Denim Jacket with Joe Fresh t-shirt with flower details, Gap Jeans in Peach and necklace from Lia Sophia. I am also wearing Birkenstocks but they got cut off in editing.

Okay, so maybe it’s not 42 ways but I sure wore it a lot this week. I think a nice denim jacket is a great neutral for spring and summer. If you don’t have one, I suggest you get one. And right now it’s easy as they are everywhere. If you aren’t a big fan of the cropped one (like I have above) grab one that hits you at the hip but definitely not any longer.

Some nail art:

 

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Two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda and then using the painted gradient technique (by the lovely Chalkboard Nails) gradually paint three coats of Serum No 5 Laven-Daringly Bright (which glows in the dark) and top with two coats of Quo by Orly Pink Matte (sorry, I couldn’t find any link for this). Loved this mani and it wore well for two days.

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Some very exciting news: Head over to Lipsticks and Lullabies right away because Rebekah is giving away the Urban Decay Electric Palette for reaching 300 Likes on Facebook. Following me on Instagram and Twitter are two of the ways to enter for the contest. Good luck!

Oh ya, and I signed up for Twitter. Follow me @tlcshoppingwpg.

Lastly, what do you think of the larger picture sizes? Too big? Great for seeing details? Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Shopping!

Splurges and Saves

After reading this piece by PureWow I knew I had to add my two cents. Head over to their article and read it. I totally agree with everything they said. But I think they missed a couple of things:

Splurge: Black pants for work

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If you work in an office or are a teacher or work in retail or pretty much anywhere you will need black pants, spend the money and find some nice one. When I worked retail (many moons ago), I always HATED buying and wearing black pants. At the time I bought most of my clothes at Suzy Shier or Le Chateau and their black pants were all made out of the same material and hung weird on my frame. I also usually couldn’t afford to hem them and they ended up fraying around the heels where I tended to walk on them. Luckily, I’ve grown up and it recently occured to me the reason I love jeans and hated black pants is because I spent $100+ on my jeans and under $50 on black pants. Obviously I was going to like the clothing that had better quality fabric and washed better, right? So this season, I invested in a pair of black pants from Banana Republic (the Sloan for those of you interested) and I am not disappointed. They are soft and comfortable. They fit correctly and I don’t feel the need to pull them off at the end of the day and throw them across the room.

Save: Jewellery

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I have a friend who wears these gorgeous diamond studs almost all the time. She has short hair and the studs perfectly frame her beautiful face. They are a little on the large side but I always guessed that they were a gift from her husband and she wanted to show her appreciation for the gift by wearing them as often as she could. I was dumbfounded when she (matter-of-factly) told me one day that they were cubic zirconias. I never would have guessed that she had spent less than $50 vs thousands.

Splurge: Sunglasses

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I’m probably going to get some emails about this one but there is no easier way to make your whole outfit look more expensive than to throw on some designer shades. A friend of mine wears these gorgeous Prada ones and they never fail to impress.

Save: Belts

Anyone ever spent tons of money on a belt and been like, “Wow, this belt is so amazing. I’m so glad I spent over $100 on it?” I didn’t think so.

Splurge: Bathing suit

This may be one where people disagree with me as well. A friend of mine can wear $15 bathing suits from Joe and Target and look like a million bucks. She also weighs less than 120 lbs and has never been pregnant. For anyone who needs support in swimwear, spending some money can make all the difference in the world. For women: get a swimsuit that actually supports your breasts and hides any headlights. Many suits also come with tummy support or slimming features to help tuck yourself in.

Save: anything super trendy

I would not recommend spending alot of money on super trendy items such as a crop top. You can’t wear it to work (at least, most people can’t wear it to work ;), you can’t wear it in the winter and it may not be around next season. It will not be a closet staple that you will wear over and over. Other items on this list would include harem pants (yes, those are in again), high-waisted jeans, flatform sandals and sneakers.

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What’s your splurge vs save item? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – March 14

This week I have written speeches, letters and emails. Writing a blog post is not exactly what I want to be doing right now. Apologies for the lack of written words. Hopefully I can make it up to you with pictures.

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1. Bout this Kate and Mel orange cut-out purse this week and got this Town Shoes reusable bag. Hard to say which is going to get more use. I totally love reusable bags.

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Weekly manicure: Quo by Orly in Star Formation layered over OPI Black Cherry Chutney. Top coat Seche Vite and base coat Nail Envy by OPI. I’m not thrilled with the Quo by Orly polish as it chips easily. Layering it over the OPI and under the Seche Vite makes it last a little longer.

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Got the April issue of Flare in the mail this week and looking forward to reading what’s new for Spring. I love the “Punchy Pastels” tagline that I’ve been reading everywhere. Also pretty pumped that Emilia Clarke is on the cover. Season 4 of Game of Thrones starts on April 6th. Are you as pumped as my husband and I are?

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Last week I was cleaning up my office and quickly snapped a pic of all the shoes (and one pair of boots) that I keep under my desk for all sorts of situations. From left to right, back to front: Clarks ankle boots, Franco Sarto round toe black patent heels, Sam & Libby black faux-patent Mary Janes, Clarks peep toe flats, black sparkly Toms and one of my favourite pairs, Nine West cheetah patterned pointy toed princess heels. How many pairs of black shoes is too many? How many pairs of shoes should you keep at work?

How was your week? Hopefully more interesting than mine. Love to hear about it, leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Trend: Pointed toe ballet flats

Sorry I haven’t posted for 12 days. I had this post all set up and ready to go before my trip to Toronto last week and between packing and the long weekend, I just forgot to press go. And then I had good intentions of posting while I was in Toronto but that didn’t happen either.

So, I am back and had a great time, especially checking out all the new trends coming down the pipe for spring. I’ll be sure to post what I bought soon.

Today I wanted to talk about a huge trend that is starting to pop up everywhere: the pointed toe ballet flat. It’s so cute, I think know I want several pairs.

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This happy yellow pair is from Toms.

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This faux croc Chinese Laundry pair is available at Rooster Shoes.

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I love the Material Girl line at Hudson’s Bay. Here she does a cute geometric tribal print.

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I am a total sucker for Sam and usually pick up a pair of his sandals every summer. Hopefully this gorgeous shoe will come in some colours.

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Club Monaco just started doing shoes in the past couple of years and while I haven’t been in love with any yet, these white ones are definitely in the right direction for me.

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I love this yellow pair from Vince Camuto, also available at Hudson’s Bay.

Which pair(s) do you like? Or is there a completely different pair that you have your eye on? Leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!