Nothing gets me more excited than experimenting with different styles. I would like to think of myself as somewhat of a fashion chameleon and these days I seem to be letting my mood determine my style aesthetic. I’m having a major leather moment right now and have added a ton to my closet over the past few months – everything from expensive moto style pants, peplum tops, shorts, faux leather leggings and even vegan leather options. Combat boots are usually a staple for me on the days I don’t have to dress up and after searching for what felt like a lifetime, I looked outside the box and purchased a pair of Men’s boots. A few weeks back a dear friend (and photographer) shot me downtown Toronto in front of some graffiti, which could not have been more appropriate for my tomboy chic street look.
Photography by Ryan Hollinrake www.ryanhollinrake.com
What I Wore:Black Fitted Hat by Cosure Clothing Company (comingsoon), Drop Armhole Tank Top by Brandy Melville –similar here, Faux Leather Leggings by Zara (old)– similar here, Men’s Combat Boots by Zara(old) – similar here
Us women spend grueling hours in the gym all winter for one thing…to obtain a toned Summer body. My mother always tells me “flaunt your best assets”, and just like her, I choose to show off my stems 😉 Meaning, from now till early September, you will probably see me rocking an array of different shorts. I fell immediately in love with these orange and tan babies from Ann Taylor (which also comes in black and white btw) and rocked them with some dope platform sandals, a simple white tank and one of my fave Hermes leather belts.
I don’t think there is anything I love more than stripes and bright colours, so you can understand my excitment when I discovered this Ann Taylor Dobby Stripe Skirt last week. With a spectrum of sunny hues…obviously perfect for Spring, flattering fit, and versatility, this playful skirt definitely packs a punch! I love pairing items together that is a bit unexpected, so I chose to rock this girly skirt with one of my fave denim shirts.
Photography by Ryan Hollinrake www.ryanhollinrake.com
What I Wore:Dobby Stripe Skirt by Ann Taylor (New Arrival), Denim Shirt by Madewell, Oversized Gold Runway Watch by Michael Kors, Bracelets by MWLbyAna, Shoes by Via Spiga (circa 2008), Sunnies (similar here) Marc Jacobs.
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I don’t think anything screams chic more than a classic skirt suit and I’m praising GSUS (Jesus) Insdustries for this fab wool combo in gorge earth tones from the brand’s upcoming Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. I’m a tiny bit obsessed with the silhouette of a “skater skirt” which is a slight departure from the traditional skirt suit with a pencil skirt bottom. And I’m not at all mad at the deep front or leather pocket on the blazer. Probably should be worn with a shirt underneath it but I felt like Samantha Jones in this updated version of the “power suit”.
GSUS Dandy Blazer GSUS(Fall/Winter 2013 Coming Soon) // GSUS Dancing Dandy Skirt GSUS (Fall/Winter 2013 Coming Soon) // Tory Burch Snakeskin Pumps similar here // Louis Vuitton Trevi PM in Damier Canvas found here // Michael Kors Gold Runway Watch found here // Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviators found here // Margiela for H&M Limited Edition Fur (sold out)
Photography by Ryan Hollinrake – www.ryanhollinrake.com
By no means is So Sasha a style blog chronically my outfits…trust me, I don’t have THAT many clothes…on second thought, maybe I do. Anywhoosles, I have gotten a lot of texts, emails, FB and Instagram comments about the outfit I wore last Friday night to the Design Exchange Gala so here are the deets:
Herve Leger bandage dress – similar found Here // J.Crew Invitation clutch – similar found Here // Anna Dello Russo for H&M necklace (sold out) // Zara Studded Platform Sandal found Here // Michael Kors Oversized Runway watch found Here
In Toronto, the month of September signifies the end of summer, the return to school, for some, chilly weather and last but definitely not least, TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival – for those film buffs and celebrity crazed individuals such as myself). However, this September is different as it marks the 175th anniversary of Canada’s most upscale retailer, Holt Renfrew. And how does the Country’s go-to for designer threads celebrate, one might ask? By throwing the most fab, month-long birthday bash ever!
The celebrations commenced on the 6th of this month and the HOT@175 Mobile Tour began it’s cross country trek with travelling pop up shops with planned stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Throughout this mobile fashion fun-tour, if you will, the specialized truck was stocked full with limited edition sweatshirts ($75), by seven world renowned graphic design artists: Justin Broadbent, Joachim Baan, Jonathon Mak Long, Andrew and Matt McCracken, Alex Viau and Jamie Webster.
Now, Holt’s wouldn’t be Holt’s if they didn’t enlist some of their fashion-heavyweight friends to provide drool worthy, exclusive souvenirs – Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Michael Kors, Armani, Paul Smith and Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few. The HOT@175 magenta hued collection consists of a myriad of items for the well-heeled traveler, fierce fashionista or the daper dude. In the event you have been living under a rock for the entire month, here is a peek at a few epic pieces from the HOT@175 collection:
Think you know all there is to know about Holt’s? Here are some fun, historical facts to make you a well-educated fashionista…
Let’s take it back to the retailer’s humble beginnings in 1837 where William Sammuel Henderson opened a hat shop in Quebec City, originally named William Ashton & Co. About 20 years later, the owners moved on and the store’s name changed to Renfrew & Marcou. The Quebecois shop started to make a name for itself in fashion and was appointed to be the Queen’s royal furrier. If it’s good enough for the Queen, then it was apparently good enough for Sir John A. MacDonald, who was spotted purchasing a fitted overcoat – which he was wearing in his parliamentary portrait in Ottawa.
In the span of a century, fashion and accessory lovers were enamored with the timeless classic pieces the store carried, which can now be found in their antique catalogues – the first debuted in 1891. In order to commemorate the birthday of the century-old company, another location was opened in downtown Montreal. Fast forwarding to recent years, Holt’s has proven to be a force in the fashion world and is often compared to the likes of other well known luxury retailers such as Selfridges, Barney’s New York, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. After opening various locations across the country and the Weston family taking over ownership in 1986, Holt’s is Canada’s go-to place for couture designs.
Happy Birthday Holt Renfrew and we look forward to another 175 years!