AFFORDABLE FINDS

JULY 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day! Summer is here so I want to share some affordable yet super chic footwear that you can pair with a beautiful dress, ripped jeans or a silk caftan while vacationing in St. Tropez!   

The Adeva Embroidered Sandal @ Club Monaco

This Zara version of the Chloe originals are perfect because the low wedge gives support so it's not hard on your back.  I personally purchased these and right now they're on sale!

How can you go wrong with these gladiator style espadrilles in an Aztec print.  Get them at Asos and pair with some denim shorts!

JUNE 29, 2016

I'm a huge fan of COS www.cosstores.com! The design is minimalist, with classic and clean lines.  Very Scandanavian in look.  It's also the sister store of H&M so it's London-based.  From a price point perspective, it's reasonable but not as affordable as H&M.  I personally love getting staple pieces here like a white blouse.  I usually pair it up with statement jewelry or one of their plain black dresses with a high-pair of bright coloured, sexy heels.  Check them out on Bloor Street!

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Last May, the news broke out of Altuzarra collaborating with Target!   He is one of many designers - Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen and Rodarte who collaborated with the large retailer to offer affordable fashion encompassing each designer's signature style!   I was lucky enough to get the below pieces from Net-a-Porter but it sold out in record time.  I'll be sure to take a photo of the long boho black chiffon dress with gold details at a black tie event I will be at next week.  

I love dressing in "HI-LOW"!  

I also picked up this cool python pencil skirt!

As well...this baby blue, pinstriped crepe de chine blouse...preppy chic!

Here are some other key pieces but unfortunately, my fingers to place the orders weren't fast enough!

Embellished georgette, fringe scarf

Red velvet tuxedo...very "Saint Laurent"

Hope some of you were lucky to pick up some pieces!

DECEMBER 8, 2013

Top 2013 Holiday Picks! Hi-Low....

I just purchased this cropped black sweater with wing sleeves from Zara recently ($69.90) and does it ever look chic with leather-like leggings or cropped pants.  You can't go wrong with this purchase!

Another Zara gem ($119.00) is this short, swing dress....perfect with black opaque tights and heels!

I am a big fan of statement jewelry so this J Crew necklace does it for me and for $126.00 - you can pair this beauty with a classic white blouse to dressing up a cool sweater or sweatshirt.

This Marc Jacobs jacket is a steal on SSense.com - on sale $705 from $2350!  Yes it's an investment but it's also a unique style that will enhance any outfit you wear it with!

FEBRUARY 24, 2013

Kirna Zabete & Nine West Collaboration!

Ladies, one of my favourite boutiques in NYC - Kirna Zabete is collaborating with Nine West to bring 3 styles of shoes per month starting February!  The boutique in Soho where I saw Kim and Kanye as their relationship started to blossom beyond friendship, carries the best of the best designers and has an extensive & impressive Celine bag collection!

Check out the collection!  Prices range from $59-$169 - very affordable!  I'm a big fan of big fashion designers collaborating with retailers.

The co-owners are featured in the ads!

NOVEMBER 3, 2012

My top H&M Dress picks for under $80!

How can you go wrong and I've been to the store and felt the material! Make sure you mix and match with a great pair of shoes or accessorize with a fabulous necklace and top it off with a statement blazer.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

I cannot wait till Target makes it way to Canada!  One of my favourite shops in NYC, Kirna Zabete collaborated with Target to create a joint line!  Why would they not?  In times of financial crisis, the smartest and best designers/boutiques are making their clothes available to the masses at affordable price points.

The collection launched online on September 9th and included nearly 100 pieces of women’s clothing and accessories such as hats, handbags, jewelry and scarves. Prices range from $9.99 to $199.99.

Ladies it cannot get any better than this!  So if you're headed S. of the border, definitely check it out...if there's anything left.  :-)

AUGUST 10, 2012

Zara is showing some stunning pieces this Fall!  Here are my favourite picks.

Pair this hot lace/leather combo peplum dress with statement stilletos and big chunky earrings.  You can't go wrong at $159.

Jewel print dress with tulip bottom - neon jewels and pumps to give it the extra punch - $119.

Navy military coat with gold buttons - skinny printed jeans and chelsea boots. $159

I can almost predict this slick black leather jacket with gold studs will sell out! $399 and very much is in the same theme as the Chloe gold studded ankle boots.  It's a statement jacket ladies so good investment.

Lace skirt with bright coloured sweater on top $59.90

I absolutely love this - black leather flirty skirt with gold studded detailing, a steal at $139!

Burgundy and purple hues are all the rage this coming Fall which is a perfect pick for these paisley pants at $79.90

Another great investment - stretch leather pants, if you can rock it - buy it! $399

Skinny 5 pocket, animal print jeans at $79.90 looks just as good the Current Elliott's without having to spend the $$

JULY 22, 2012

Bravo to Joe Fresh for some really hot pieces they're showcasing this Summer.  The prices are ridiculously cost-effective and you rarely won't find anything over $90.

Here are some great picks!

White eyelet dress (wear with bright wedges or flat ballet slippers) - $59

Colour block silk, sleeveless blouse (pair witih denim shorts or skinny jeans) - $39

Colourful striped A-line dress (love this but I can't seem to find it).  

I also really love this blouse!

I bought 2 pairs of their silk pajama pants with a chain-link pattern. I have black and green!  I nearly fell over when I saw they were only $49 because they look so much more than that.  I wore the black pair this weekend and have gotten tons of compliments.  Check them out in the store as I can't seem to find a photo.

JULY 3, 2012

Let's take advantage of the Euro currency being low and that includes the British Pound!  Here are my top Fall picks - each item sells for under $200 from TopShop!

The feather print woven joggers - wear with wedge sneakers or chelsea boots.  Top it off with a chambray shirt.  Looks extremely comfortable without having to sacrifice style.

i absolutely adore this floral border shirt!  Pair these babies with some dark denim and you are on your lovely way.  If you're so inclined - accessorize with a Dannijo necklace with fluorescent stones!

I will be buying these boots as I have a thing for leopard, army green and studs!  Can you imagine combining all three?!

This knitted, native mix black and white sweater would go perfect with some JBrand coated denim jeans in red, mustard or grey or super fitted khaki cargo pants!  I would wear with a pair of pointy pumps to soften the look.

Last but not least - these Libertine wedges are a combo of the YSL and Chloe sandals this season for a fraction of the price!  I absolutely love the heel.

 

JUNE 17, 2012

Stella McCartney's 2013 Resort collection should be out in stores as it was unveiled about a week ago.

The designer did an amazing job! According to her "This collection was about having standout pieces," and what could stand out more than a neon pink jacquard blazer paired with bright orange pants, or shoes and clutches covered in holographic material? Lace dresses underneath fringe, leopard-print coats, and head-to-toe floral print looks might be the answer.

I think this is exactly why I love it so much!  Do you?

MAY 9, 2012

Rag & Bone split seam skinny - in dark or light, get them while you can at Intermix!  They are HOT and the illusion of the colour split is flattering!

 

APRIL 9TH 2012

Get them now dresses available at TopShop

I just bought this one - it's a little bright but the great thing about stores like TopShop, you can buy trends without having to blow lots of cash.

The dip hem is all the rage so why not get it in bright pink?

Metallic animal print "Audrey" style dress

Floral origami dress - hot hot hot!

Peach pleated maxi-dress - very feminine, light and screams Summer!

 

MARCH 26, 2012

Derek Lam's more affordable line - 10 Crosby available at TNT & Artizia.  Check out the cool tribal print blazer and shift dress from his Spring 2012 collection.

 The line was named after his office address in New York.  As he told WWD - “One of the values I really want to express with the 10 Crosby collection is that while the collection has a more accessible approach, it is still about clothing of value and integrity of design.” Read: not cheap. Pieces will retail for $195 to $895. The line is expected to eventually outsell the main line.

Below are some of my favorite pieces from his SS2012 collection.

MARCH 9, 2012

H&M picks for under $50

MARCH 7, 2012

I absolutely LOVE animals on shirts - not animal prints (although I don't mind that) but actual animals as prints.  I bought a light peach cotton one in Buenos Aires with black zebras that I get tons of compliments on!

Below is one I am going to buy at Zara!  It's got leopards and the accents are subtle gold buttons on the tips of the collar

Here's another one with horses - LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Here's a bird blouse from H&M

MARCH 2, 2012

More brights from J Crew

My picks!

FEBRUARY 28, 2012

With so many great trends coming this Spring/Summer - it's important to work within a budget and try to maximize your shopping dollars.  

Here are "must haves" from H&M that are all under $40!

The "statement" clutch in bright colours and python.

Paired with a vibrant scarf!

Spring neutral colored coat and of course what we've been waiting for - the floral skinny pants!

The flat sandal in tan will compliment those bright coloured toes!

FEBRUARY 23, 2012

For you height lovers and afcionados of wild shoes...here are my SS 2012 picks from one of our favorite yet affordable shoe designers - Jeffrey Campbell.

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

Aritzia must have's for SS 2012 and they are showing all the hot trends!  

Love this orange silk drapey vest and the bubblegum pink shorts.  I'm also a big fan of the pastel pink blazer which you should pair up with a floral dress with bright green heels (provided the dress has the green in it).  As for the pink shorts, I'm already picturing them with patent brogues or slip-ons loafers.

If you're not a fan of the pastels - check out the dark taupe pants paired with the silk/chiffon vibrant blue top.  Shake it up by wearing bright orange shoes!

If you haven't taken advantage of their end of season sale - then get your butt over there! The Wilfred store @ The Eaton Centre has AMAZING deals right now.  I picked up a striped, cashmere poncho in beautiful fall colours pumpkin/grey/brown as well, a long, light pink/peach belted jacket.

FEBRUARY 16, 2012

With only 2 more weeks left in February and March looming around the corner, Holt's has unveiled their SS shoes!  I love the variety of colours and textures :-)

Love these turquoise platforms from Sam Edelman!

Or these gems from Miu Miu

FEBRUARY 10, 2012

All these pieces from H&M's 2012 collection look amazing. As we know, all the good pieces tend to go early (due to the sharp eyes of eager fashionistas...ahem!)  Ladies, don't forget to mix it up!

FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Tomorrow I am finally getting a pair of these Missoni-inspired leggings by Dutch Blonde.  My girlfriend Camille Prins is the designer and she's featuring her wares at KiWe on King/Portland from 12-4 (for you Toronto residents). 

I love leggings and I love these ones especially due to the colours and patterns.  I plan on wearing these with my Isabel Marant Dicker boots and most likely a solid colored top or sweater.  I'll take a photo when I wear them so check out Eye Candy periodically.

FEBRUARY 8, 2012

This very chic white, with navy borders dress at French Connection goes for $168 and you can't go wrong.  It also comes in the reverse colour (navy with white border detailing on the sleeves and hem area).  I love how it's shorter in the front and slightly longer in the bag.  Wear with bright platform sandals or dark brown/taupe pumps - as pictured below (shoes by Brian Atwood).  

FEBRUARY 6, 2012

My dress picks at Zara for under $100.  Perfect for a night out.  

I'd pair this $99 steal of a dress with bright colored pumps and big chunky jewelry or above the knee boots in black with a colored blazer.

I'm loving the blush pink and with this $79 ensemble I would accessorize with bold, gold pieces.

FEBRUARY 4, 2012

Be sure to check out TopShop's SS 2012 Collection - I absolutely love these two outfits.

My top 4 picks!

Coral suede wedge sandal, paired with the below printed shorts!

I'm also a big fan of "dressy" t-shirts. I would pair this with white cropped jeans, bright colored blazer in orange, blue or green and black platform sandals.

FEBRUARY 2, 2012

Love the belts and animal print scarf from Mango!  Belts priced between $49.99 - $54.99 and scarf at $34.99.  It's all about accessorizing and being able to mix it up.  I'd wear that scarf with a white crisp dress shirt and colored jeans, and quite possibly clash it with a pinstriped colored blazer.  The belts are a no-brainer with a tunic blouse and leggings.  How can you go wrong with those prices??

FEBRUARY 1, 2012

J Crew ships to Canada!  Love this paisley pant - picture with cute polo and driving loafers (preppy chic at it's finest).  Also digging the salmon pink jeans with the navy pin-striped shirt (which by the way never gets tired - so invest in one!).

JANUARY 31, 2012

Alice & Olivia pleated, multi-colour silk maxi skirt available at Scoop (various locations in the US)

JANUARY 30, 2012

The affordable line of Victoria Beckham Collection available in February at Holt's!

JANUARY 29, 2012

I just bought this for the Spring.  Fell in love immediately!  Another great Zara find - priced at $99

The snakeskin Zara trench - love it!  Priced at $179

 

 

JANUARY 24, 2012

The Club Monaco Trench - have 2 (different colours and different fabrics) but nonetheless, reasonably priced, classic look and got tons of ROI.  This is what they are carrying now.

JANUARY 23, 2012

Be sure to check out the Kelly Wearstler collection at Holt's and TNT.

Kelly Wearstler is an American interior and fashion designer.  Her unique taste incoporates the best of the art deco and art nouveau era with "hollywood regency" themed decor.

She was responsible for interior design of the Viceroy Hotels which included Santa Monica, Palm Springs and others.   

Kelly Wearstler line: