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!

Roots Spring 2011 Collection

Is there a brand more Canadian than Roots? With the exception of the signature HBC stripes, Roots is a company I think of, when I think of Canadiana. But looking at their Spring 2011 collection – no maple leafs in sight, all I could think of was…STYLISH!

Roots shoes and bags have become increasingly popular in the last few years – mainly because of the quality (which is superb), and the variety of styles available. Admittedly, though I don’t own any Roots leather pieces of my own, I was really impressed with the company’s Spring 2011 collection – supple leathers in colors ranging from sandy brown to hot pink, comfy-looking (and yet still stylin’) boots, leather vests, sophisticated shapes, and clothes that are perfect for layering. Impressive, indeed. 

My favorite pieces were definitely the ones made with colorful leathers…yellow, orange, pink, and camel – amazing for those sunny days ahead! The below two-tone messenger bag was one of my faves – a perfect blast of color for practically any outfit, no?

So if you haven’t checked out Roots Spring 2011offerings yet, make sure to stop by a store near you, because beyond the usual medley of hoodies and athletic pants, their leather goods might just make you rethink your next designer bag purchase – the quality of leather is that good.

More photos after the jump!

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One of a Kind Spring 2011 Show

As you might remember, last Christmas was my very first time visiting the One of a Kind Show! And boy, did I have fun! This time, le boyfriend and I headed out full of high expectations, eager to discover some new artisans and do some shopping. Once again, we were not disappointed.

The Spring 2011 show featured hundreds of talented artisans and I had to exercise a lot of restraint not to end up going way over my budget, especially when it came to gorgeous jewelry! There were just so many amazing pieces to covet – too bad I couldn’t buy them all. Here’s the rundown of some booths that caught my attention.

Aromachology

Custom-made fragrances are as fancy as it gets, and Aromachology offers just that – mix and match your fave scents to make something truly unique for yourself, or for someone special.

atelier l.a.f.

Oh, this booth…I oohed and aahhhed for close to 15 minutes, while the patient (and lovely) brother/sister duo Laura and Andrew Floyd of atelier l.a.f. helped me pick out a piece for myself. I settled on a pair of La Cuerna earrings, though if I could, I would probably buy the entire collection.

Sweet Definition

The food aisle was unanimously voted our favorite of the day – food samples, anyone? And though my macaron from Sweet Definition was stale, the flavours were just right. I am hoping that this was due to the fact that we got there pretty late in the day, and got one of the last few macarons. I am definitely going to give Sweet Definition another chance to prove that their macarons are crave-worthy. But next time, I am showing up early.

Hoi Bo

Hoi Bo was one of the booths I actually searched for. And while last time, I fell in love with their beautiful leather jackets, this season, I left wanting one of their gorgeous silk dresses – so simple, and yet so powerful. If you missed them at the show, you can still pay them a visit at their Distillery District studio

More after the jump!

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Giveaway: One of a Kind Spring 2011 Show and Sale

I’m so excited to attend this spring’s One of a Kind Show! This past Christmas was my first time attending, and I really had a great time. For anyone looking for unique and truly great gifts (for others or for yourself…I don’t judge), One of a Kind Show is a must-visit! And to make things a tad easier for you, I’ll be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the Toronto Spring 2011 Show to two lucky readers.

Here’s what you have to do to win:

1. Leave a comment (1 per person, please)

2. Tell me which artisan(s) have you intrigued

3. For extra entries, please RT the following: “@styleblogca I’d love to win @OOAK_Toronto tickets! http://styleblog.ca/?p=9321 #OOAKS11”

4. Again, you don’t have to be a follower, but it’s always appreciated

5. This giveaway is open to Canadians only. Transportation to and from Toronto not included.

6. C’est tout

I will pick 2 winners on Monday March 28th. Good luck!

Jennie and Eliana, you guys both won 2 tickets each! Congrats! Please email me your snail mail addys, and full contact info, and I’ll make sure that you get your tickets!

For everyone else that entered, please stay tuned for another amazing giveaway! This one has me super excited!

What I Wore: Prada…Not

While I cannot afford a real Spring 2011 Prada dress (yet), this Zara substitute works just fine, don’t you think? I am loving the color combo and the cut of this easy shift. And coupled with the latest fave piece in my closet – the Alex Moto jacket from Club Monaco, this might just be my favorite outfit in a while. I still have to wear a coat over the jacket though…it’s just not warm enough. And apparently it won’t be getting better any time soon, we’ll get as much as 10cm of snow this week! If I ever find those lying groundhogs…

I Wore: Dress – Zara; Jacket – Club Monaco; Leggings – Aritzia; Sunglasses – H&M; Necklace – Forever21; Bag – Prada; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room)

Style Fille: Viviana Volpicella

Speaking of all things Prada, here’s a pic of Vogue Nippon’s Viviana Volpicella rocking stripes like it ain’t no thang. She’s been one of my fave Style Filles for a while now, mainly because of her contagious smile and her love for bright and colorful fashions. In that regard, Spring 2011 Prada collection is seriously up her alley. How I wish my budget allowed me to add a few Prada dresses to my closet. One day…one sweet day.

Do you like Viviana’s look? Or are you over stripes? Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credits: Tommy Ton for Style.com