Posts Tagged With: fall fashion

Wear Your Heart on Your Nails

Concert last night!

My necklace, a scoop from the “Sister’s Closet”, which has recently returned for my “shopping” enjoyment.

Any hardcore Marina and the Diamonds fans will recognize the reference to Electra Heart on my fingernails.

What I wore to see John Mayer:

Necklace: The Bay

Shirt: Forever XXI

Leggings: My Tribe

Shoes: Calvin Klein

Capture

My sister and I yesterday

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Vintage, Classic and Christmas Shopping

I went to the mall (again, sorry) last night to start working on my Christmas List!  Yes, to get ideas for others and tell Santa all about what I see.  Santa, are you reading this?

For my most recent malling, this is what I wore:

Vintage suede pigskin jacket from my mom’s closet

Leopard print top from Dynamite layered over my red tank top

Black jeans are from a store near where I live called Flipside

Combat boots are Bear Traps

Looking through the mall and trying things on for hours, I fell in love with this Classic British-style houndstooth jacket with elbow patches at Zara.

I really could use a blazer, and this one is just casual enough for my lifestyle, but I could also use a warm, casual coat for winter because mine isn’t so . . . “fashionista” anymore and I just have my dressier one.  I am looking at this gorgeous one from Zara, but I can’t find it in my local Zara store.  So help me:  which one?!!  What’s your advice–tell me below in the comments.

This is the only winter coat I currently have.

Which do I need more: a casual winter jacket or the houndstooth jacket above?

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44 days until Christmas!!

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Walking a Runway Show for Canadian Designers

I love this dress! Wantwantwant.

The  Rachel Sin and Sentaler fashion shows at the Toronto International Women’s show proved to be a fantastic experience for all involved, and full of great surprises.  The venue was packed and the clothes were high quality, unique designs.  Good luck to these two designers in showing their spring 2013 collections at Toronto Fashion Week this week.

I met all these other wonderful local models, each of whom was professional, supportive and a joy to work with.

Thanks to all of you, and to Rachel Sin for making this such a great time.

I also met Wendy of  Inspire Cosmetics who provided the makeup for this event.

At the end of the last show on Sunday, as all the models were leaving, we had the lucky surprise of running straight into the guys from the Oshawa Firefighters‘ Calendar, who obliged us with some poses and photos!

The alpaca coats are SO nice! Check out the website!

Having my makeup done at Inspire Cosmetics.

Canadian designer Rachel Sin – look at her beautiful dress!

Tallest again 🙂

This is a short summary of a terrific event.  Good luck to my fellow models.  If you are looking for a truly flattering, quality fall or winter coat in Toronto, check out Sentaler and if you are looking for a special dress that is just a cut above in design, do not miss Rachel Sin’s beautiful things.  Places to buy can be found in her website, via the link above.

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Out with the Uniform, in with Dress-Down Day!

At my school we have uniform but once a month there’s a “grub day” which is a day for us to wear whatever we want.  So, while every other day requires no thought at all, grub days are the cause of much deep thinking.  Therefore, whenever I have a grub day, it is a mini-“EVENT”, and I will probably post what I wore.  For my school’s grub day last Thursday, this is what I decided to wear:

I just got the knapsack from Aldo at the mall, and its pattern contains turquoise and shades of purple and violet, so I chose my Joe Fresh bright jeans and my batwing shirt to pick up those colours.  The scarf picks up the violet again.  Also, the faux leather straps and details on the knapsack are a lighter shade of brown like my braided brown belt, so I put on the belt . . . .

I have my Bare Traps combat boots on with them (never get tired of them!).  And, for your viewing pleasure, I located some flowers the same colour as my shirt to take my outfit photos 🙂

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

 

Do you wear uniform?  Do you have special days to dress differently, or casual, at your school?

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RETAIL ALERT!!!  If you live in, or visit, the Toronto area, take note that J. CREW‘s factory store opened two days ago in the Vaughan Mills Mall!  You will find it filled with bright saturated colours at a price point slightly above the neighbouring Banana Republic factory store.  It’s perfect for future dress-down days or casual Fridays at the office.

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‘Till next post . . . follow your instincts!

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Trend Update: Bejewelled Cross

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not come out of Forever XXI empty-handed.  Well, who does?

Inspiration. There’s always an inspiration.

The find!

Actually, in pursuit of my Top Ten Fall Fashion Trends for 2012, I snagged the jewels to make Trend No. 9 a reality.  Again, my inspiration, left.  My find, right!

This piece can be worn with any dress or top in any of the colours in the cross, but most stunningly over black.

My version of the look

Tree hugger…?

And look what else I found!

A small kiosk on the lower floor at Upper Canada Mall was selling these cute iPhone cases. Giftable?

Have you bought into the trend of overscale crosses this year?  What do you think about this look?  Comment below and if you like this post, please follow me by clicking the “follow” button in the right-hand margin.

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Where to Buy: Foxy Red Jeans

My mission: to find the best pair of jeans in one evening, in one mall. In my post, Top Ten Fall Fashion Trends, I mentioned red. Also, Terry Fox Day is this Friday at my school. My house color happens to be… red. So, in furtherance of both top fashion trends and cancer prevention, I set about to get myself the perfect pants for this event. And so, I have done the legwork for you. If anyone is looking for red jeans, read up.

My inspiration

My Inspiration

Since I had to be fast, I went to the Upper Canada Mall, in the heart of scenic Newmarket, Ontario. (Chuckle) Actually, it’s a pretty good mall because it serves a large surrounding area and has a good selection of popular retail chains. Store names in boldface type below are the ones that have red jeans.

Dynamite: Usually I find all sorts of great stuff that’s really on trend at this favorite Canadian chain, but no red jeans for me today. Loads of other stuff for me to come back for, though, when I have more time/money.

H&M: Nice fit, well-priced

H&M. I tried these pinkish-red jeans on there and they were my top choice for a long time. They had lots of stretch for a snug fit. They weren’t the dark red I was looking for but I will say that H&M has a decent selection of different types of red jeans, and all priced right of course. Slight gaping at the top of the zipper bothered me a little, but they were still nice pants.

American Eagle, Banana Republic, Guess and Costa Blanca: I tried these stores and they seem to have ignored the red trend – at least, at this mall they did.

Down we went to the lower floor to the little sister of Dynamite, Garage. Garage had a nice pair of red jeans for under $40. The red was not as orangey as some, but still not quite the color I was looking for. I tried on this one:

Garage–red jeans, good value. (Yes, okay, I did try this sweater on too.)

I put it on hold because it was a fairly nice pant and I knew that I would have been happy with it.

Next stop, GAP. At GAP we are up into the $70-$80 price range. I tried on three styles, one of which was a dark red fine-wale corduroy. It was so soft! Another interesting red pant at GAP featured a 6-inch zipper up the inside of the ankle. I put pants on hold at GAP as well. Their pants were very nice and fit well. If you’re looking for red pants, check them out.

Gap Zippered Jean. Very nice.

Forever XXI: Normally, I love Forever 21. And believe me, I didn’t leave empty-handed, but the cut of their red jeans was awkward in that they were very narrow from the knee down, yet loose in the hips. My knees and calves aren’t exactly chunky in comparison with my hips, so I don’t know who these pants would fit. Unfortunately, this was a recurring problem with pants at many stores.

Forever XXI. Red Jeans only for those with unnaturally tiny calves!

Old Navy wins the prize for best selection of colours of jeans in any store. The skinny leg “Sweetheart” jean was a great dark red and had serious potential but would this chain please get it together on sizing? You can be one

Old Navy Rockstar Jean, under $20 in any colour!

size of jean in one pair and then be three entire sizes different in another so that you can’t even buy a pant in their store. Too bad. Anyway, I did put a really nice quality fine-wale cord on hold in this store as well.

Old Navy dark red corduroys fit well

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After I stopped staring at the poster on the way into Hollister (girls – don’t deny it–you know what I mean.) and passed the (tall dark and handsome) greeter, my eyes were finally able to focus on red jeans. Wait, first I have to mention, that store smells so good! Hollister had two pairs that looked promising:
1. A nice dark, rich red skinny jean
2. A similar jean with a small navy blue polka-dots
The second wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but they were so sweet I had to try them.

These jeans are so flattering!

The instant I put them on, I knew. As if it were instinct! Hollister’s dark red skinny jeans were a cut above all of the other jeans I tried on. The fit was perfect and flattering with a narrow rolled-up ankle that can be rolled down for a longer jean later in the season. It was one of those “omg this is actually perfect how did I miss this before?!” moments. It wasn’t just my body shape fitting these jeans, they were actually better designed than any of the other jeans I tried on. A pleasant surprise awaited me at the cash register (no, not another of their choice male cashiers): although marked at $70, they were actually on sale so I snagged them for $50, which I consider decent given how nice these were.

Red Hollister Jeans from back

So, I did not have to stop at Canuck favorite Joe Fresh, where I might have found them for a very good price. If anybody has seen red jeans at Joe Fresh this fall, let me know in the comments below.

I love these jeans!

Terry Fox, no one does this much research before running your marathon. I call it dedication.

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