Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Collection Available at The Bay Yorkdale on March 6th!

Get your wallets at the ready, ladies (and gentlemen)! It’s official – the highly-anticipated Mary Katrantzou for Topshop collection WILL be available at The Bay Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto on March 6th! With this week’s Jason Wu for Target pop-up shop, and Marni at H launching on March 8th…I think I’m not the only one who will be eating ramen noodles for the rest of March…or am I?

Will you be lining up? Are you taking a week off as part of your shopping strategy? Let me know in the comments!

Rita Liefhebber SS 2011 Trunk Show at Rac Boutique

When Rita Liefhebber styled our Yorkdale is Me  photoshoot back in 2010, I found out that this model-turned-stylist was also an amazing designer as well. Talk about multitasking! Well, this week, I attended her S/S 2011 trunk show at Yorkville’s Rac Boutique, and I just could not walk away empty handed. A small, but versatile collection of hand-dyed, hand-knit, hand-stitched tanks, silk tops, maxi dresses, gorgeous scarves, and sexy basics was simply perfect for any contemporary fashion loving city girl. I love that Rita’s designs don’t scream sexy, they whisper it. Rac owners Glenna and Faith, obviously just as excited about Liefhebber’s designs, will also carry her Fall 2011 collection come September.

After much speculating, I picked up a grey and black hand-dyed silk tank top, that I decided was perfect for my top-lacking wardrobe. My very first Rita Liefhebber piece…but definitely not last! Next time you find yourself in Yorkville, make sure to stop by Rac Boutique and peruse Rita’s lovely collection. You won’t regret it!

The Bay Spring 2011 Trend Report with Suzanne Timmins

I loved (Erdem-clad head-to-toe) Suzanne Timmins’ Spring 2011 Trend Report presentation at The Bay earlier this month! Absolutely loved it! It’s not that I necessarily learned anything new, seeing how Spring 2011 shows are now ancient history (in fashion time, that is), but it was definitely a nice (and well-styled) refresher, as well as a shopping motivation (which I suppose is the point) for the sun-deprived to get their butts into the Spring/Summer mood.

The main trends presented were: Hyper Color (my fave), Riviera Redux (second fave), Modernist, and Pretty Hip, with models showcasing the goods from the various Bay departments and brands that were both on trend, and oftentimes very affordable.

As mentioned, Hyper Color was my favorite trend presented, because bright clothes and makeup make me a happier person, no matter the weather. I am definitely planning to rock some color-blocking and a Barbie-pink lip this summer. You watch. And seeing how wild the crowd went for the below hot-pink DKNY dress (under $100!), I am thinking I won’t be the only one.

And I know I’ve been saying this for a while now, but once again, we were shown that the new Bay is no longer a boring old-school department store. With contemporary brands inside their White Space (Rachel Roy, Love Moschino, BCBG, Theory, etc.), high-end ones at The Room (Proenza Schouler, Brian Atwood, VAWK, etc.), and shoes galore both on the 2nd and 3rd floors – there’s definitely something for everyone – with discounts and helpful staff to boot. If you’re still in doubt…go ahead and check out their Spring 2011 selection – I know you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and dibs on that cream lace dress!

Wishilist: Banana-nails

My morning today was the opposite of good. Had to drag my butt out of bed extra early, so that I could stand in line for over an hour at some Civic Court, in order to set a trial date for my traffic infraction. Buckets of fun, right? Not!

Well, at least something made me smile this morning – these Prada Spring 2011-inspired nail designs by WAH Nails. What at first seemed like a pretty complex thing to do, turns out is super easy to recreate! All you need is: yellow nail polish, nail art pens in black and white, and a shiny top coat – c’est tout. If only getting Gwen Stefani’s “B-A-N-A-N-A-S” song out of my head was this easy.

Photo Credits: Prada, WAH Nails

Banana Republic Spring 2011 Signature Dress Collection

Can you believe the weather these last few days??? Rain, flurries, wet snow, and some more rain and snow on top of that…Can hardly tell whether it’s April or December! Thank goodness, the Banana Republic lovelies invited us to take a look at their Spring 2011 Signature Dress collection – inducing dreams of warm summer days, outdoor weddings, and garden parties.

This season’s dress collection offers more than 70 dress styles priced from $85 to $370, “ranging from black-tie to evening wear to stylish knit maxi dresses that take you from beach to chic”. Among my favorite styles, were the lovely floral dresses (both maxi and midi), and one super chic white lace shift – perfect for the office, yet dressy enough for a night out on the town. According to Simon Kneen, Creative Director of Banana Republic: “The collection was designed with the greatest intentions: to fulfill every woman’s fantasy of opening a closet and discovering one dreamy dress after another – each a vision destined to dress life’s every occasion”. And as a self-proclaimed dress girl, I must admit, I am very tempted to add more than a few of these dresses to my own closet.

Many pieces are in stores already, with new styles arriving each week. Check them out online or at the store near you…and happy shopping!