What I Wore: Orange You Glad It’s Spring?

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This Roksanda Ilincic skirt has been languishing at the back of my closet for months now. I bought it a while ago on sale at The Room, and have only worn it twice since. Mostly, because in my mind, this skirt length requires a pair of sky-high heels, or a pair of super long gams to pull it off. But last weekend, I just said FAHGEDABOUDID, and wore it with my new ALDO kitten heel shoes (UMANIEL if you’re curious), and I couldn’t be happier. The skirt’s material is thick (and warm) enough for our “spring” weather, and the waist is nice and high to give an appearance of legs-for-days. I love the print and colour of this skirt, and will have to make sure to pull it out of my closet more often.

So tell me, do you own those items – ones that you loved once, but couldn’t figure out how to wear, or ones that you’ve forgotten that you even own? Today, in the spirit of spring cleaning and all that, take a peek at the back of your closet and see what you can find. You may surprise yourself and find a new favourite! Happy closet shopping!

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Valentine’s Day: Gift Guide 2014

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Be still my hopeless-romantic heart, Valentine’s Day is mere days away! And in case your significant other is stumped and doesn’t know what to get you, how about these lovely items? Chocolate and flowers are so banal, why not get her a fragrant diptyque candle, or a heart-shaped Le Creuset casserole?! I repeat…HEART-SHAPED Le Creuset! I mean if that doesn’t say true love, then I really don’t know what love is. Also, in case you didn’t know, Holt Renfrew now stocks Agent Provocateur lingerie! You’re welcome, and happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

1. Heart-Shaped Casserole - Le Creuset
2. Be Mine Heart Bag – ALDO
3. Lips Perspex Clutch – Lulu Guinness
4. Bonjour Bag – Zara
5. For Keeps Perspex Clutch – Charlotte Olympia (The Room)
6. Rosamundi Candle – diptyque
7. Fancy Lingerie – Agent Provocateur (Holt Renfrew)

Shopping: The Room at The Bay Fall 2013 Sale!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! The Room sale is almost here, and my heart is going crazy from the excitement. This time, the first markdown of the season is not 40%…it’s 50% off select Fall/Winter clothes, shoes, and accessories, and if you’ve been eyeing something special at The Room, now is the time to scoop it up! The sale starts on November 30th – this Saturday, but it doesn’t hurt to stop by beforehand and make your shopping list…early bird and all that. You know where I’ll be on my lunch break today.

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What I Wore: #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime

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Not to sound like @NotCoatFactory Twitter account, but #COATS, you guys! Yesterday I wrote about the RUDSAK Sample Sale that’s happening this weekend in Toronto, and today I wanted to share a sneak peek of what this sale has to offer. This awesome RUDSAK parka was my fave item from the sale – it’s Canadian, warm, stylish, doesn’t make me feel like the Michelin Man…and best of all – you can buy it for a fraction of its original price! Score! There were so many coats to choose from, I had a really tough time picking just one. And as I mentioned before – there are bags, shoes, and accessories galore too! If you have time,  you should definitely stop by and check it out – it’s one of the best sample sales I’ve been to in a while.

To wrap this post up, I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom from my favourite Twitter account ever – @NotCoatFactory: “Who does like coats? Let us know with #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime and tell others about this.” You know what to do!

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Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster Party at The Bay in Toronto!

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The Bay is clearly ON FIRE this month! After hosting the lovely designer Sam Edelman two weeks ago, the magnificent department store welcomed not one, but two uber-talented British shoe designers at Toronto’s newly renovated “largest in Canada” shoe floor – Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster.

Having met Kirkwood a couple of years ago at the same location, I felt pretty lucky to get another chance to chat with this young and inspiring designer. He was just as approachable and easy to talk to as he was back in 2010, and as you can tell from that pic above, we are now BFFs for life! True story*. I also got to meet Sophia Webster, who used to be Kirkwood’s design assistant, and who has obviously learned a lot from her mentor – her shoes, just like his, are truly drool-worthy and must find their way to my wardrobe one of these days…soon.

Like most parties at The Room, this one was THE place to be if you’re into people-watching, what with stunning clothes, beautiful shoes, and notable attendees like Bonnie Brooks (in a pair of Kirkwood zig-zag shoes), Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, Suzanne Rogers, Stacey Kimel, and Kim Tanenbaum, mingling with the guests of honor, who were both swarmed by an army of adoring fans for the majority of the night.

I know I’ve said this before, but if you still haven’t been to the gleaming new shoe floor at The Bay (Queen St and Yorkdale), then you are truly missing out. Even without designers in attendance, the shoe department is a sight to behold…and a place to find the most amazing shoes. My BFF Nicholas Kirkwood totally loved it and so will you.

*Not a true story

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What I Wore: Cruel Summer

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This summer’s been so crappy, you guys! I don’t mean to sound like a complainer, but I don’t think I should have to wear a leather jacket in August and STILL FEEL COLD!!! Thankfully, this weekend, summer has decided to throw us a bone and let us enjoy some sunshine and warm temps after all. Naturally, I pulled out the summeriest dress out of my closet, put on some happy flats, bright orange lipstick, and dragged le bf for some gelato…and it was glorious!

How was your weekend? Hope you enjoyed the sunshine too!

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What I Wore: Baby (Not) On Board

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Funny thing happened on the subway the other day. As le bf and I were rocking and swaying, trying to keep our balance, an older woman looked up from her seat and asked me if I would like to sit down. Not understanding what her offer suggested, I looked at my husband, as he looked back at me in dismay…and then we both looked down at my belly. The dress…this dress…was billowy, sure, but did I actually looked pregnant enough to warrant a seat on a crowded subway car? Really?!?!? After the initial shock, I said “no, thank you” as graciously as possible, and proceeded to suck in my stomach for the rest of the ride.

So now the question is…do I stop wearing this dress? One friend suggested I burn it, but the truth is…I actually love it. Of course, I could belt it and solve my dilemma, but I actually prefer it loose and comfy. So I guess my options are now: a) wear it and suck in my stomach as much as I possibly can, or b) wear it and stick my stomach out to get a seat on the subway during rush hour. I haven’t decided which option I’m going to go with, but either way, this dress is just too perfect for hot sticky summer days for me to give it up. What do you think?

Have you ever been confused for someone who’s expecting? Share your stories in the comments!

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What I Wore: Leather Weather

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If you didn’t know already, The Room at The Bay is on major sale right now! Shoes, clothes, you name it – all 60-70% off! It’s during this semi-annual event I snagged this beautiful jacket from Mikhael Kale, and my new fave pair of shoes from 3.1 Phillip Lim. These shoes look like a mix of medieval knight’s shoes and gladiator sandals, and for some reason I just can’t get enough. And while this summer has been a crappy one so far, the silver lining is me wearing my beloved leather jackets in July. Blue leather and knight shoes is what my summer’s going to look like. Hope you’re ready for it.

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What I Wore: Boyfriend Jeans Forever

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I’ve had these boyfriend jeans for what seems like forever, and you know what? They are still in style! Le bf hates them with a passion…probably because they are so beaten up, and aren’t the most flattering jeans out there (in his opinion), but to me – they are perfect. I mean, what’s not to love? They are comfy, and go with pretty much anything and everything. This, my friends, is what I call a keeper.

What about you? Do you like boyfriend jeans? Would you ever wear them? Let me know in the comments.

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What I Wore: Souped Up

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Last week something awesome happened – Viktor & Rolf’s Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren stopped by The Room at The Bay while on a press visit to Toronto…and I got to meet them! Dreams do come true…for real!

The party was incredible! A string quartet played some modern tunes, there was plenty of yummy Perrier-Jouët bubbly to go around, and the crowds were dressed to the nines (The Room parties are always great for people-watching!). Bonnie Brooks was there, as were Stacey Kimmel, Rufus Wainwright, and Jeremy Laing…oh my!

As for my outfit…I decided to go less formal in my fave Club Monaco faux leather skirt, a soup tee under my trusty moto jacket, a pair of my new fave shoes from Aldo x Preen capsule collection, and a sparkly necklace to dress it up. Funny enough, I ran into Anita Clarke at the party, and we were both wearing the same shoes AND the same clutch from ela handbags! Twinsies! Well…except Anita was wearing a gorgeous Roland Mouret, while I was wearing Forever 21. But still…great minds think alike…and also, this totally shows off the versatility of fun accessories, non?

After having a quick moment alone with the belles of the ball (they were super-duper nice, by the way), my friends and I continued to mingle, checking out the new Viktor & Rolf spring collection, and making our dream wishlists, which included the clothes off designers’ backs, because those adorable embroidered jeans they both wore (one with mustaches, and the other with sunglasses) were just too awesome for words. Alas…I never got the courage to ask them about their jeans, so they stayed firmly in my dreams. But hey, Viktor and Rolf…if you see this…I’d love to do a Sisterhood of Travelling Pants thing with you. And though I’m not exactly sure how it works, I think we could start by you sending me your adorable jeans, and me wearing them…Ok? Sounds good to me.

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