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Tuesday
Aug192014

LABEL WE LOVE: Blank Denim

A great look from Blank NYC's Fall '14 Lookbook.

Back-to-school season can wreak havoc on even the best-planned budgets, between her dance classes, his new skates and daycare needs thrown in for good measure. Great new jeans can easily set you back a $300 which, for most of us, means that beginner tap class might have to be held off until next year. Saving grace? Hmmm...maybe. 

And yet, I am loving the jean line-up from Blank Denim. Totally on-trend, amazing fits, and reasonably priced to boot(ie), which means you can stock up on a few great new pairs from this lesser-known label and not feel the BTS budget squeeze.

Here are a few pairs of jeans and super cute jackets I've got my eye on. Loads of styles available now at Shopbop with free shipping and free returns to Canada. Um, yes?!

Blank Denim Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $145, Shopbop

Blank Denim Mixed Vegan Moto Jacket, $110, Shopbop

Blank Denim Ripped Skinny Jeans, $100, Shopbop

Blank Denim Vegan Leather and Ponte Jacket, $112, Shopbop

 

 

Monday
Aug182014

SO JEANIOUS: Normcore Denim

Photo via American Eagle

Originally posted in The Fashion Scoop

In the not-so-distant past, there were obvious denim lines never to be crossed. I'm talking about those off-limits style offenders like mom jeans, acid wash and dated flares. Jeans with high heels were bad and jeans with Seinfeld-esque running shoes were even worse. Skinnies came in and simply never left, forcing us all into gut-sucking submission, whether they actually looked good on us or not.

2014 has changed everything. The rules that used to govern our denim buys have all been busted with designers sending out every kind of jean we've ever seen, or secretly hoped to never see again. Mom jeans? Cool. Acid wash and tie-dye? Très cool. Super high-waisted skinnies? Totally cool. Ripped boyfriends? Vintage flares? Patchwork? Cool. Cool. Cool. I am loving this anything-goes denim shift because now, you can focus on the jeans that work for your body type, and not have to spend a second worrying about whether they're trendy. Blame it on normcore(I blame everything on normcore), but everything (literally everything) is trendy again.

Read on to see to see my fav denim in stores for Fall '14 and happy jean shopping! It might never be this easy again...

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Thursday
Aug142014

CHEAP THRILLS: See the Sexy New Joseph Altuzarra for Target Collection

Photos courtesy Target.

Originally posted in The LOOK.

With the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey flick on the horizon (you've seen the steamy trailer, right?), I've noticed a return to unapologetically sexy dressing. With stretched schedules and everyday stresses putting constant pressure on us all,  a little bit of lace here and a sexy stiletto there can work miracles at making you feel like a natural woman (woma-a-an). 

Target's newest designer collab with Parisian label Altuzarra takes seductive dressing to the next level with a limited-edition collection of women’s apparel, accessories and shoes for fall. At only 31, Joseph Altuzarra has quickly become one of fashion's youngest, most respected designers, winning a slew of international prizes including the 2014 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

“One of the guiding principles of Altuzarra is that fashion can be transformative, changing not just the way you look, but also the way you feel," says Altuzarra.

So, apparently this collection is designed to transform you into a vixen with its tailored suits (your 9-to-5 will never be the same), flowy dresses and sexy heels for the modern, feminine, confident woman. As for this modern woman? I've got my bedroom eyes trained on the Romanian swiss-dot black maxi, the cropped faux fur jacket (insane!), the tailored blazers, and those crazy sexy over-the-knee boots. Va-va-voom, non? To add to the temptation, the collection ranges from only $18.99 to $89.99, making this one of the most affordable Target designer collabs to date. Yes, yes, yes!

Mark your calendars, ladies: Joseph Altuzarra for Target launches September 14th at mostTarget stores across Canada with a select assortment also available on NET-A-PORTER.com.  

Take a peek at the entire Joseph Altuzarra for Target collection below. I know, I'm such a tease...

 

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Thursday
Aug142014

CARRY ON: 40 Under-$400 Fall Handbags

The new Coach Fall 2014/2015 Campaign shot by the legendary Steven Meisel.

Originally posted in The CLOSET

When it comes to feeling good about ourselves, bags are the absolute best. We all have issues with our bodies, whether it's our hips, our thighs, or the length (or lack thereof) of our gams. Even shoes, which usually seem like a safe shopping bet, can sometimes be tough to find - especially for those of us with odd sizes or unmentionable foot issues. Eww.

But then, there are bags. Ahhh, gorgeous bags that not only protect all of our important stuff on the daily, but also finish off even our most basic outfits. And the best part? They fit every. single. time.

For Fall '14, designers sent a myriad of bag options down the runways. Structured totes and sleek backpacks kept things classic while other designers just went for the fun with colourful furs, '70s fringe, playful text messages and embellishments galore. 

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Wednesday
Aug132014

SHOE LOVE: InStyle x Nine West Fall Collection

Photo via Nine West

A storm hit our new house last night, both literally and figuratively, so I couldn't make it into Toronto for the InStyle for Nine West fall launch party. Won't bore you with the dets. But did a storm ever stop me from shoe shopping? Nein. Niet. I spent the evening perusing the brand new collection, its largest offering yet of editor-designed shoes, handbags and jewellery.

The fall collection comprises 6 brand new shoe styles in calf hair, suede and leather in a sophisticated palette of navy, cabernet, leopard and camo, ranging from $100 - $175. I'm currently torn between the leopard ankle-strap pointy-toe and the strappy black suede stiletto. Thinking stiletto...yes, stilettooohhhh.

The small but mighty jewellery and handbag collection includes a convertible clutch and satchel featuring leopard and gold accents and silver and gold knot bangles and collars ranging from $50 - $295. 

The InStyle for Nine West capsule collection just arrived in Nine West stores and online with free shipping at ninewest.ca. It's back to school season. Think you deserve a little something...