Hi party peoples! Sorry for my complete and utter absence lately. I mean, no Instagram, no Twitter, no posts, nothing! It was only supposed to be for the August long weekend and then I got this terrible head cold, complete with fever, that I have been fighting since Sunday night. I mean, UGH!! I actually called my dear friend, Deanna to come and get my daughter on Tuesday because I couldn’t deal with anything, never mind a rambunctious toddler. Then on Wednesday I escaped to my mom’s for copious amounts of sympathy, help changing diapers and hanging out by the pool. It was lovely. Anyways, I’m home now and my cold has been down-graded to runny-nose/stuffiness and coughing fits punctuated by sneezing. It’s been so great (NOT!). I can’t decide whether it was good that I was on vacation anyways so I didn’t have to use sick time or stinky that I was on vacation anyways cuz then I’m sick on vacation! Oh well, on to the news of the week (as I see it anyways).
1. Banana Republic has unveiled their new fall looks. This season looks a little edgier in terms of more leather looks and less colour. Their new Creative Director, Marissa Webb, hints that this collection is a change in the direction of Banana Republic’s lines in her quote on their homepage:
It’s a new day at Banana Republic, with an all new style rich in contrasts – smooth with textured, modern with classic, short with long. This is our take one ‘hi-lo’ styling and it’s the shape of things to come.
Okay, so I’ve only been a BR customer for a year, since I went back to work after mat leave. And while this collection looks really great and there are some pieces I’m excited about, the mixing of textures has been around for quite a few seasons. Maybe she’s implying that BR is just reinventing this trend? (Or to be more harsh, maybe they’ve just figured it out??) What do you think? Anyways, here’s a couple of pieces that I love.
Can you say gorgeous? Especially those faux-leather Sloan skinny pants. I clearly need a pair of those in my closet!
Item number 2 is also Banana Republic related. They also release their collab with Roland Mouret this week. The collection looks great but the sneak-peek photos they’ve released over the past few days are on the creepy side….
Well, at least the collection looks amazing, right?
3. For those of you here in Winnipeg, the semi-annual St. Vital Centre Shoe Sale starts next Wednesday, August 13th. This year retailers participating include: Call it Spring, Hudson’s Bay, Le Chateau, Naturalizer, Quarks, Soft Moc, Spareparts, and Urban Trail. Head over to find great deals on shoes all over the mall.
4. Sample Killah by Kalyn Lord was a success this year. I got rid of 33 samples and won a prize! I’m super pumped about the perfume Kalyn is sending me. Read about the complete wrap-up including other prize winners here.
5. Charlie Brown is getting some love from OPI by releasing a collection of four polishes: two creams and two glitter-type toppers. Photos courtesy of Julie at SwatchandReview.com. Head here to read her complete review and see all her swatches.
Fall is coming my lovelies! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to put together some interesting pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Until then, Happy Shopping!