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SHOPBOP SCORES | 5 Pieces You Need Now

I want more of this Más Tee by Sincerely Jules

Since rlr mini feels that it's her sisterly duty to make me spend my money, I wasn't surprised when she texted me yet another stupid cool Instagrammer I should follow. Do you follow Sincerely Jules? Don't. You will want her entire wardrobe. Her pared-down aesthetic inspired me to hunt for chill black & white finds fit for any cool girl, wannabe or born-this-way. Check out these Jules-worthy under-$100 b&w finds avail. at Shopbop right now. So simple yet so good, right? 

Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers, $65, Shopbop

Splendid 1x1 Turtleneck, $54, Shopbop

Más Tee by Sincerely Jules, $49, Shopbop

Cambridge Satchel Tiny Satchel, $85, Shopbop

Converse All-Star '70s Zebra Sneakers, $68, Shopbop



GOOD JEANS | Get to Know Spring's New Cleaned-Up Denim

A relaxed but refined denim look from Chloé Spring '15

Originally posted in The LOOK

When it comes to fabrics, nobody has it as tough as denim. Seemingly gentle women have been known to go to violent extremes to get what they want out of their fav pair of jeans. In fact, I've committed a few heinous denim crimes myself - I'm ashamed to admit that I've thrown acid on, rubbed sandpaper across, even ripped apart the knees of a perfectly innocent pair of skinnies, just because they didn't look cool enough. Well, enough. The guilt is too much. 

For Spring '15, designers must have been feeling a little remorseful, too (or, um, maybe they just missed the seventies). From Chloé to Michael Kors to Stella McCartney, taste-makers opted to return to pure, clean denim in everything from wide-legged jeans to denim shirts to refined little dresses and long skirts. While dark indigo is back in a big way, powder blue denim is right on trend, too. The key? Keep it simple, sweeties. Step away from the sandpaper and give your jeans a break.  I've handpicked 30 pieces from Intercity Shopping Centre to help you as you shop, plus a few slightly distressed picks for those of you who need a little time to transition...




Uniqlo is Finally Coming to Canada

No trip to NY is complete without a stop at the massive 89,000 sq. ft. Uniqlo on 5th Ave.

While some of us continue to mourn the loss of Target, today's news (kind of, sort of) makes up for it. After years of speculation, Uniqlo is finally coming to Canada! The Japanese fashion-fashion giant announced this am that it will open its first two Canadian stores in Toronto in 2016 - the first at Yorkdale Mall and the second at Toronto Eaton Centre. “We embrace this milestone as an important step in the growth of our brand,” said Larry Meyer, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA and Canada.

Uniqlo is a powerhouse in the cheap-chic world of fashion, with over 1,500 stores now operating worldwide. The store carries well-designed basics in every colour, making it a go-to for stylish minimalistas everywhere, including celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow. So what makes it different than a Joe Fresh or GAP? While Uniqlo has the power of scale to keep its prices low, its focus remains on fabric over fashion. According to this article in NY Mag, Uniqlo keeps a team takumi, or textile “masters,” on staff who specialize in areas like dyeing or sewing. A typical order will be around a million units of denim, fleece, or cashmere—often all the material the supplier makes. The company further increases its buying power by offering a smaller selection of fabrics, across a more limited selection of styles, than most other retailers.

We can't wait to finally be able to shop Uniqlo at home but as always when a retailer enters the Canadian market, we approach this new relationship with a healthy amount of cautious optimism. Will the prices be as awesome as they are in NY? Will we get the selection we expect from a giant like Uniqlo? And most importantly, how will this takeover affect our beloved Joe Fresh?



#WIN IT | The Girl on the Train Giveaway

I've resolved to get back to reading for pleasure this year and so far, I've stuck with my commitment. Not only have I joined a book club with friends who prefer pinot over pressure, but I've taken the pressure off myself, too. I used to feel like I had to read the 'right' books - the heavy ones, the classics, the award-winners. But when life gets hectic and a vacay feels like ages away, a page-turning beach read always makes for a great escape.

Indigo sent me a copy of the most talked-about book of the year The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and I just finished reading it. Have you had the chance to pick it up yet? Everyone (like everyone) is buzzing about this book right now and it's already being touted as the Gone Girl of 2015. It's a thriller full of messed up, complicated characters, neighbours whose lives you think you know but really don't, and a page-turning plot that keeps you guessing right until the end. I won't review the book because I don't want to give anything away (and because it's Friday so I don't feel like writing a book review) but I can tell you this book is totally worth picking up, book club or not.  

Now here's the best part -  my friends at Indigo are giving away 3 COPIES of The Girl on the Train to 3 lucky RLR readers! Here's how you can win your own copy:

1) Leave a comment below telling me your top book recommendation right now (your fav book, book you just read and loved etc. )


2) Follow @chaptersindigo and @realliferunway and tweet the following '@chaptersindigo & @realliferunway are giving away 3 copies of The Girl on the Train. Follow & RT to #win!'

3)  Contest ends next Mon, Jan 26th at 5 pm.

4) Open to residents of Canada only.




Happily Ever Après

via Vogue Australia

Originally posted in The CLOSET

I started skiing at Chicopee Ski Club as a tween, and it was all downhill from there; I experimented with powder, drank too much, and I'll admit that at one point, I even turned a few tricks.  Looking back, I blame it on the fact that there just wasn't much else to do in Kitchener back then, especially in the long cold months of winter.   As soon as school was over and pretty much every weekend, my friends and I would get dropped off at Mount St. Chicopee where we'd hit the slopes (okay, fine, it wasn't exactly powder) until our cute, snowpant-clad selves couldn't handle the cold anymore, at which point we'd hit the chalet for some hardcore hot chocolate and serious boy-watching. 

I still ski today but I'll admit that one of my favourite parts of the experience remains the 'après' - the part where poutine is not only available but encouraged, where I get to catch up with my favourites by the fire, and where ski bunny style is embraced in all its cozy glory.

Luckily, you don't  have to know how to step into a pair of bindings to score that coveted après-ski style this winter. From chunky knit sweaters and headbands to the best wind-burn simulating bronzer, every self-respecting ski bunny knows that when faced with a big hill on a cold day (or not), looking good really is half the battle...