What I Wore: Back to Basics

This past weekend I had to go in to the office and work, which naturally translated into comfy outfits with little to no thought involved. Sorry if this is kinda boring, but to me, a striped tee paired with denim is always a “do”…and an easy one at that. Which is why all of my striped tees are now looking a little mangy and tired for my liking. Time for a new batch, I say.

Apart from my stripe-obsession, there are a few other pieces that I always seem to be wearing, which is also why I will be doing a new segment on Style Blog – called Stylish Staples, starting next week. This segment will showcase some of my most beloved wardrobe essentials, and how I (and my fave bloggers) wear those pieces. For now, I’d like to ask you, my lovelies, what are your fave Stylish Staples? Share in the comments.

I Wore: Peacoat – Zara; Top – H&M; Jeans – 7FAM c/o SeCe Apparel; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room); Bag – Prada 

Wishlist: Proenza Schouler’s Valentine’s Day Collection

Isn’t it just the best when two awesome things combine to create something even better? Like peanut butter and chocolate, or ice-cream and apple pie? Well, the boys men of Proenza Schouler have just released a Valentine’s Day-inspired capsule collection…and it’s glorious! Better than any Reese’s cup you’ve ever tasted. 

Gorgeous bags, clutches, and wallets in red leather and chain straps – make my heart explode with WANT. Prices range from $785 for a PS1 wallet on a chain, to a whopping $6,825 for a lizard leather PS11. Pretty pricey, that’s for sure, but still super beautiful.

What do you think of Proenza Schouler’s Valentine’s Day collection? Share in the comments. 

Photo Credits: Purse Blog

What I Wore: Tweed and Snakeskin

Finally got to take a photo of my new obsession – no, not the Joe Fresh snakeskin shirt (even though I do looove it). My new obsession is this simple, classic, and (me thinks) flattering tweed skirt from JACOB. It fits like a dream, looks great at the office, but doesn’t make me feel like I should be picking up my kids from soccer practice. You know what I mean? It’s still youthful, and work-appropriate…and I oh-so-love it!

Speaking of JACOB! In case you didn’t know, the store is having a Christmas Stocking Promotion! There are $290,000 in instant prizes (stuff like a wardrobe full of JACOB clothes, valued at $10,000!)  to be won at check-out at any store – all you have to do is print out a Christmas stocking from their site.

And if that wasn’t enough of an incentive, for each stocking brought in store, JACOB will donate $1 to Goodwill and Renaissance, non-profit organizations whose mission is to facilitate the social and occupational reintegration of women experiencing difficulties. For an additional chance to win a $10,000 wardrobe, all you have to do is share it with some friends. Sharing is caring, right? You can enter here: http://surprisesjacob.ca. And if you end up winning, don’t forget to share the love!

I Wore: Shirt – Joe Fresh; Skirt – Jacob; Necklace – Forever21; Leggings – Target; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room); Bag – Prada

What I Wore: Like a Lady

Wore this outfit to Media Profile’s Holiday Party (which was a blast!), and was really happy that I didn’t end up wearing a dress, like I planned. Because even in jeans and sweater – I was freezing! But all the goose bumps aside, I’m seriously loving my new Old Navy sweater – it’s so lady-like and proper, which isn’t exactly me, but as soon as I saw that it came in yellow stripes – I just couldn’t resist. Throw it together with some flared jeans, and the looks becomes less ladylike, and more…me. You like?

I Wore: Cardigan, Jeans – Old Navy; Boots – Proenza Schouler; Necklace – Forever21; Clutch – Prada; Ring – YSL; Bangle, Earrings – Kate Spade

What I Wore: Faking It

Last weekend was brutal for me. I won’t go into details, but I feel exhausted this week, and it’s only TUESDAY! Plus, the rainy/crappy weather certainly isn’t helping.

The only positive of this temperature shift, is that I finally get to wear my beloved faux fur vest! And that’s about it.

Hope your weekend was more fun than mine! What did you do?

I Wore: Shirt – Gap; Fur Vest – Winners; Pleather Pants, Necklace – Forever21; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room); Clutch – Prada (Holt Renfrew)

What I Wore: Grey, Red, and Sunny

How amazing was the weather this weekend? It’s middle of November, and I didn’t have to wear a coat! It just doesn’t get much better than this…in Toronto.

On top of enjoying the sunshine, I spent some time with my girlfriends bridesmaids, going over wedding details, watching Bridesmaids, and eating cheesecake. Best weekend ever? I think so!

How was yours?

I Wore: Sweater – Vero Moda (Winners); Red Jeans – Old Navy; Boots – Proenza Schouler; Scarf – H&M; Bag – Prada; Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Style Fille: Jamie Chung

How awesome does Jamie Chung look here?! The dress is simple, and not overtly sexy, but throw some red lipstick into the mix, and you get a red-carpet worthy appearance. Top to bottom, from her easy hair-do, to her covetable Proenza Schouler bag, to those rocking platforms – I’m loving it.

What do you think of Jamie Chung’s outfit? Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credits: Fab Sugar

What I Wore: She’s Got Flare!

Have you been to Old Navy lately? I am really loving their fall offerings! From breezy $18 tops, to flared jeans for all of $25, I think if it wasn’t for my Proenza booties, this outfit could actually be purchased for less than $50! Not bad, huh?

Right now, I am waiting for a leopard print Old Navy coat to go on sale (I have a wedding budget to adhere to!)…and then my leopard print-ness will literally drive le boyfriend crazy. As the saying goes: you can take a Russian girl out of Russia Kyrgyzstan, but you can’t take the leopard print away from her…or something like that.

I Wore: Shirt, Jeans – Old Navy; Bag – c/o Banana Republic; Belt – Zara; Boots – Proenza Schouler; Leather Bracelet – c/o Danier; Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 Trunk Show at The Room at The Bay

Continuing their “fab fashion guest” streak, The Bay  hosted Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler at The Room last month, to unveil and showcase their Fall 2011 collection. Buzzing with excitement, the event drew a slew of fashion notables, media, and bloggers, who ooh’d and aah’d over the gorgeous clothes, while trying to solve the dilemma of Team Jack or Team Lazaro (Team Lazaro over here).

The event itself went off without a hitch. Kimberly Lyn, Sharon Ng, and I were able to corner the handsome duo for a quick chat/photo session, with me gushing to the boys about the most comfortable (and  hot) boots in my closet (purchased on sale at The Room). Charming and down to earth, Jack and Lazaro were a pleasure to meet. And I couldn’t be happier for these talented New Yorkers, as just a week later, they picked up a CFDA womenswear designers of the year award.

It was incredible to see the Fall 2011 collection up close and personal. The intricately cut velvet dresses, gorgeous sequin tops, and light chiffon layers in moody greens and yellows, as well as in high impact neons, took my breath away, making me wish that I had indeed won a Lotto Max jackpot…if only to be able to afford one of their beautiful dresses. Alas, not this time. The collection will be available at The Room come fall, including some of the most coveted purses out there – PS1 bags in a variety of colors and fabrics. Shoes and clutches will also be available…so keep that in mind, and start saving up now. Because a Proenza Schouler addiction does not come cheap.

Did you end up visiting their trunk show the next day? What do you think about the Fall 2011 collection? Share in the comments.

Photo Credits: 2nd photo courtesy of Sharon Ng (Backseat Stylers); all other photos property of Style Blog

Don’t Miss – This Week in Toronto!

Proenza Schouler Trunk Show
The Room at The Bay Queen St.
12 pm – 2pm, June 1st, 2011

Designer invasion of Toronto continues, courtesy of The Bay! Visiting this time is the impossibly handsome duo behind the uber-cool label Proenza Schouler. New Yorkers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez will be mingling with fans, while showing off their goods…ahem…the trunk show that is. You’d be silly to miss out on this opportunity.

TNT 4-day Charity Sale
June 2nd – June 5th, 2011

It’s all very simple – donate $20 or more to the Fashion Incubator, and get 30% off your entire purchase at TNT. Sounds like a good deal to us!

Clinique Gift With Purchase
Holt Renfrew Stores
May 27th – June 5th, 2011

Receive a Clinique Bonus with any purchase of $35 or more. Time to stock up on my fave Clinique Lotion!

Photo Credits: 1 – TFS; 2 – TNT; 3 – Holt Renfrew