H&M Garden Collection Available NOW!

To all those that have been emailing me – H&M’s GARDEN COLLECTION IS NOW AVAILABLE in Toronto stores!!! Woohoo!!! I am so psyched and still on a bit of a high from my lunch-hour shopping trip! I got 2 dresses so far. Everyone in the store was going a bit nuts, clearing the racks! Most pieces from the collection are already out, a few more are going to be available tomorrow. The piece that I’ve been coveting the most is still not available, but I will be hunting it down until I get my hands on it. Mark my words, little red dress…mark my words!

In the meantime, however, if you liked what you saw here. Make sure to stop by Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Eaton Centre, or Bloor Street location for your fix of H&M’s flowery goodness!

Update: So just as I promised, the red dress is in the proverbial bag! Woohoo! Got to the mall exactly at the opening time, and realized that most red dresses were already gone! How the…? But after some persistent stalking, I have managed to snag my size! And a few other items. The collection is truly one of my favorites from H&M! And it’s not even a designer collaboration, which keeps the price levels low. Love it! Please do more of these, H&M people!

Photo Credits: H&M

Danier Spring 2010

Have you been to Danier lately? When their Spring Summer 2010 lookbook landed in my inbox, I was ready to dismiss it…who needs another boring leather jacket? Well, boring it isn’t! The season’s theme, according to the press release is Urban Parisian chic. From the perforated blazers, to purple colors, this collection is eclectic, and different from what you’re used to seeing at your local Danier store! Love so many of the pieces! The denim jacket with leather sleeves and the brown one below are my faves so far! What about you? Sound off in the comments!

Photo Credits: Danier

Shopping: Joe Fresh Trench Coat

Lately, I’ve decided to spend more money on quality pieces, and to build up the classics in my wardrobe. As I already have a classic beige trench (alas a bit raggedy by now, but I am not throwing it out), I’ve been on the lookout for a black one for a little while now. And after scouring the likes of Club Monaco (lovely, but not the fit I want) and Burberry (lovely, but not affordable at the moment), I was about to give up and head on over to my local Zara or H&M, when I accidentally stumbled upon this photo of a Joe Fresh trench. Granted, Joe Fresh is not a brand known for its quality or workmanship of their pieces, but at $49 I had to give it a try.

After driving to the St. Clair West location, worrying that there wouldn’t be any black trenches left, I was greeted with a full rack of trench coats waiting to be tried on! When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I grabbed the trench, and immediately loved the texture of the fabric, and the quality of the lining. The fit was also, surprisingly great, which, in my opinion, makes this coat look way more expensive than its $49 price tag! I loved the length of the coat, as well as the detailing. Because of all this, I waived my “no more cheap crap” rule and bought my first Joe Fresh piece.

Wore it today, and already got 2 compliments on the subway, coming to work. I think I am a Joe Fresh convert. At least for basics that is. While in store, I also saw a bunch of cute pjs, tees, and skirts. But since I was on a trench mission, I didn’t “waste” my time oggling other pieces. But I will surely be back soon!

Photo Credits: Joe Fresh

Zara Lookbook February 2010

Have been meaning to post this Zara lookbook since, well, February. But due to unforeseen circumstances (laziness), posting photos now.

There are a few pieces that I love (the above trench, the Givenchy-esque blazer, the striped shirts), but in general, this lookbook left me slightly underwhelmed. Here’s hoping that March 2010 photos will have more bang.

 

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What I Wore: First Day of Spring!

Last weekend, it felt like Spring finally showed its sunny face, and it made me (and thousands of others) so very happy! After spending half a day at home doing meaningless boring stuff (laundry, cleaning, etc.), my cousin and I went for a walk in a park – High Park. The weather was chilly, the pond still frozen, but people still came out in droves to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. If there’s one thing I love about Toronto, is that people here really do appreciate good weather. Not one sunny day goes wasted. When I lived in Houston, where sunny days are dime a dozen, I’ve spent more days than I care to admit, at the mall or somewhere else indoors, not knowing that one day, when I move to Canada, those days will be missed dearly. Will never make that mistake again. 

I Wore: Blazer, Purse – Zara; Boots – Guess; Shorts – H&M; Top – Forever21; Leggings – Aritzia; Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Style Fille: Kristen Stewart

This past year, I’ve grown to like Kristen Stewart’s simple yet edgy style, despite my severe allergies to the movie that made her a household name. Yeah, that movie. For a while there, I kept ignoring any posts about her or Pattinson, but  this outfit at the NYC premiere of Remember Me, that stars her “maybe” boyfriend, I just couldn’t ignore. I don’t care about any of the drama, I just really love her style.

There aren’t too many people out there that can show up to an event, wearing military green lace pants (which really do sound horrible) with unkempt and what appears to be greasy hair, and a leather jacket, and still ooze style. Military is a huge trend for both Spring and Fall 2010, and so far, these pants are my favorite piece to covet. Love the way they fit her just so, and love her styling choices. It’s always so much better to under-dress than over-dress, no?

Photo Credits: TFS

Wishlist: Aldo Welden

Spring has been on my mind since…December. And now, most stores actually reflect my wishful thinking! Hooray! The latest on my list of “wants” is the Welden lace-up shoe from Aldo. Great detailing, perfect heel (not too high, not too low), and a pretty good price point – $90. I think I am sold. Now can we just make all this snow disappear?

Update: Got these! Now if only the weather would cooperate, so that I could take these for a spin!

Photo Credits: Aldo Shoes

J.Crew Spring 2010 Lookbook

Just looking at this J.Crew lookbook makes me really antsy for Spring! I am not a fan of pastels, but the styling of this photoshoot really works for me. Especially love the above photo with the fedora (so jealous, because they never look good on me), and the one below with nude socks…who knew that grandpa-chic could be both cute and sexy? Is it Spring yet???

Photo Credits: www.refinery29.com