Totally Random Friday – Jan 9th

Hi! Did you miss me? I missed you. Had a great Christmas but now on the other side, it really hits me how truly crazy the season is. Shopping, wrapping, preparing food, remembering other people you should have added to your list, shopping again, wrapping more, eating food, shopping again, even more wrapping and attending parties. So much fun but I’m glad it’s only once per year!

January is one of my favourite months since it’s my birthday month! I am definitely one of those people who celebrate their birthdays for about a week or so. This year, I am super excited because my husband and I are headed (with my SIL and her husband) to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!! I am so pumped! It’s supposedly to celebrate my husband’s birthday (he’s turning 35 and never been on a hot vacation) but we leave the day after my birthday so…. it’s really my our birthday present. Well, on to the randomness!

1. David’s Tea has launched a new line for the new year and I’m really excited to try a bunch of the flavours.

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I’m all about black teas (except Earl Grey – bleh!) and fruity teas so this collection definitely speaks to me.

2. Courtney from La Belle Sirene shared on her Instagram that Target is having a spring collab with Lilly Pulitzer.

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Lilly Pulitzer founded her namesake line in sunny Palm Beach, Fla., in 1959, introducing a new genre of fashion – American resort wear – that to this day celebrates bold individuality and encourages women everywhere to embrace colour and fearlessness in every area of their lives.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target features 15 lively and modern prints inspired by archival artwork across 250 items, including apparel, shoes and accessories for women and girls, home goods and cosmetics. The collection ranges in price from $2-$150, and will be available exclusively at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada beginning April 19.

Looking forward to the sneak peeks of what I’m sure will be a very interesting collection!

3. Banana Republic has come out with a new line of denim for 2015:

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The four different fits come in a variety of washes and colours with the Skinny Ankle, Skinny and Legging styles in mid-rise and the Boyfriend style in low-rise. They range in price from $110 – 124. I’ll probably try these on next time I’m in BR but they don’t seem earth shattering enough for me to run-down-there-this-instance. I’ll let you know what I think.

4. And finally, I want to leave you with some pics from my Instagram (in case you don’t follow me) 

 

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How was your Christmas? Happy Shopping!

Early Spring Fashion Forecast

Here in Winnipeg, we are sitting under at least three feet of snow, battling windchill warnings and dreaming of warmer weather. As an optimist, I’m always hoping for only 6 more weeks of winter after Groundhog Day but even that is another couple of weeks away.

More optimistic than me are fashion magazines because they start parading out spring fashion now, most of which we won’t be able to wear until May (if we are lucky, last year it was more like mid- to late-June). Just for fun, I thought I would take a stab at an early spring fashion forecast. When the warmer temps actually hit, we can come back to this post and make fun of the fashion I thought was coming and compare it to what we are actually seeing on the streets of Winnipeg.

We saw lots of texture last season in black, white and dark jewel tones for the Christmas season. There was also lots of bling on clothes from sequins to sparkles and pearls. So much fun. So far this season is looking a bit… drab. I guess that’s to be expected through January and February. Many stores are continuing to show case black, white and gray pieces.

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Gap is doing this whole denim shirt thing in various shades.

BRtrenchgreenThis trench from Banana Republic restored my hope that colour may again return to clothing and accessories for Spring/Summer ’14.

 

 

 

 

 

FluevogpouchI’ve never noticed these little pouch purses before but since reading an article on them being the “new, hot thing” I’ve been seeing them everywhere. This gorgeous pastel sunshine one comes from Fluevog.

 

 

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Flatforms are supposed to be the hot shoe for spring. We’ll see how that flies here. Winnipeggers are strangely defiant when it comes to fashion and you never know what’s going to take here compared to the rest of the world (or at least Canada and the US).

 

 

 

I’ve also been seeing quite a bit of pastels but it’s hard to say if that’s just spring or an actual trend for the season.

Things to continue to wear until it warms up (or to buy now to keep yourself company while we wait for the warmer weather):

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What are you looking forward to purchasing for spring? Any trends you are hoping to see? Or hoping that some die? lol. Happy Shopping!