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2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2014

Another holiday season is upon us and during this time it’s easy to get sidetracked by year end work deadlines and an obscene amount of  seasonal parties. So where does this leave the task of purchasing gifts for your loved ones? I think it’s safe to say that it falls pretty low on the list of things “to-do” and when left for last minute, it can lead to a lot of anxiety. Although I can’t physically go out and buy the gifts for your loved ones, I can certainly help out with some gift ideas that may be helpful when you begin your shopping. I’ve rounded up a lust list of items that would make perfect gifts for the gals in your life and perhaps you will even find something you want to add to your own wish list!

1. LITTLE BLACK DRESS  A crucial part of getting through the holidays is having the right pieces in your wardrobe and the perfect “LBD” can be a lifesaver. Although you may be a busy bee in the coming weeks shopping for family and friends, I am a big advocate of buying a little something for yourself  along the way…it’s harmless.  Whether it’s a work holiday party, cocktails with girlfriends, a chic Christmas Day dinner or a New Year’s Eve fete, the  textured dress with plunging neckline I’m wearing above from the Elle by RW&Co Limited Edition ($169.99) collection is perfect for any festivity and can be worn for seasons to come. View the entire fashion forward capsule dress collection here.

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

2 & 3. FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED Every beauty obsessed babe has a fave scent and “go-to” beauty makeup products that can make them smell and look fabulous in a pinch. My adoration for Diptyque candles has now turned into love for the brand’s perfume. Eau Duelle Parfum by Diptyqye ($165) is currently my favourite and has rich and deep notes featuring a sensuous bourbon vanilla scent. Makeup is a great as a stocking stuffer and Make Up For Ever’s “Beauty Kit” ($45) offers 6 of the brand’s iconic products that can create the perfect holiday look. Enclosed is the Mini HD Microperfecting Primer, Mini HD Microfinish Powder, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Mini Aqua Eye and Lip Pencils and the perfect red lippy.

4. CAN’T GO WRONG I don’t think it matters whether a woman lives in a city with four seasons or it’s hot all year round, if she’s seriously into fashion then she will need a statement leather jacket. And seriously who does moto’s better than Scandinavian brand Acne? Their Shearling Trimmed Leather Biker Jacket   ($1,950) is a modern classic. It comes with a detachable shearling collar, luxe oversized hardware and premium lambskin leather. It will no doubt bring a smile to whomever receives it and they will be set to start the new year in style.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her Luxe City Guides

5. FOR THE HOSTESS OR SAVVY TRAVELER The ideal gift for a hostess, co-worker or a fashionista who is a well heeled traveler. This LUXE City Guides gift set ($60) will assist in navigating the fashion capital cities of the world; London, Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney. These pocket (or clutch) sized guide books advise on the best shopping, eats and drinks each city has to offer.

6. FOR THE COOL DOWNTOWN GIRL The right pair of sunnies sometimes is just the thing you need to transform an outfit and it’s better than any beauty secret when you want to cover bags under your eyes or go makeup free.  Sure, traditional black sunglasses are cool, but nothing is cooler than The Row’s Tortoiseshell Round Framed Acetate Sunglasses ($400).

Bathnogg Holiday Bath Bomb Gift Set

7. BATHROOM BLISS There is undoubtedly items that we don’t necessarily buy for ourselves but would LOVE to receive them or would definitely purchase for someone else. Bath Bomb’s products are my latest obsession and I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift for someone you know is in desperate need of R&R during the holiday season.  Dense in essential oils, butters and other rejuvenating components, adding one of their bombs will transport you to a beautifully smelling parallel universe. BathNogg Holiday Gift Set ($25.95).

8. SPORTY SPICE There is not much of a separation between fitness apparel and street fashion these days. For the “Sporty Spice” in your life, Nike’s Tech Pack Butterfly Hoodie ($160) is the perfect gift. It can be worn to exercise in or can be a transitional piece to take you throughout the day paired with her regular street wear. *Can be found in Nike Retail Stores, Sport Chek, and Sporting Life locations in Canada.

9.  SECRET SANTA Always get stuck with when it comes to Secret Santa gifts? I will be honest, it can be tricky to find something chic to give to someone for under $20. RW&Co has come to my rescue this season with their extensive accessories collection with luxe looking jewelry. These Vintage Inspired Button Earrings ($16) has a stunning faceted center stone flanked by a micro pave rhinestone hailo border.

Make sure to stay tuned as I will be launching a contest to give away one of these amazing gifts to a lucky follower. The giveaway will be announced on Monday December 1st at noon.

So Sasha Spotlight | George Sully of Sully Wong

George Sully - Sully Wong

I am always drawn to people who do not necessarily have a direct road to success, most likely because my own life and destiny has had several twists and turns. A few years ago I was introduced to George Sully, one half of the Sully Wong brand, a name that seemed to be on the lips of everyone in Toronto this past summer. After being connected by a mutual friend in fashion, our love for apparel and brand marketing brought us closer together and a special bond was developed. During our initial encounter I was immediately captivated by Sully’s passion, drive, magnetic energy, and not to mention hustler’s mentality. Through his words alone, he can lure people into the “Sully Wong Parallel Universe” and have you talking fashion and marketing for hours on end. I often go to his showroom and promise myself that I am only staying for 10 minutes and end up being there for 3 hours.

George Sully - Sully WongOn Sasha: SWJ NYLO Hi III Girl  // On George: SWJ NYLO III in Vader Black

On a recent visit to Sully Wong HQ, I fell in love with a pair of their high top sneaks, the SJW NLYO III’s. I have been incorporating more fitness apparel and running shoes into my everyday street style so high tops like these just seemed like a natural progression for me.  By no means would I consider myself a female sneakerhead, but the aesthetic, craftsmanship, design and quality materials used in the shoe made me realize that the sneaker game is no different than any other covetable luxury accessory. Right then and there I had a new found appreciation for the world of sneakers. Then to find out this shoe had a story made them even better. Now in it’s third instalment, the original design was actually inspired by Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World and the most prolific boxer of his generation.

George Sully - Sully Wong

If you’re familiar with George Sully’s name, then you probably already know about his involvement with the quarterly published lifestyle mag TCHAD (pronounced Chad), his successful launch with the OnexOne foundation on the Hope Sneaker Limited Edition Collaboration and his various philanthropic endeavours via The George Sully Project. The latter he describes not as a foundation but rather a hub for himself and like minded friends to embark on different initiatives to help communities both locally and abroad. But only very few know that this visionary was not always in fashion, but really got his start honing his creative skills in the music industry; producing and doing his own branding. Turns out music wasn’t going to be Sully’s final destination and he took his newly developed skill set and found a way to fuse fashion and music in the nineties. George used  Sean P.Diddy Combs as a template and created his first clothing line called LIMB. The line had some wins, it was distributed in Athlete’s World locations, but there was still a piece missing to Sully’s business model. After a fateful meeting a decade ago at a trade show, he met Henry Wong. A successful business partnership in my opinion works like a successful marriage. Each person must bring something different to the table, which is exactly what these gents did. With George bringing the creative elements and Henry’s expertise in business development, production and order fulfillment, a solid foundation was created for the brand to flourish.

George Sully - Sully  Wong

George Sully - Sully Wong

A couple of weeks ago I hooked up with George in the showroom for a long overdue catch up. I live for these brief hangouts as I usually learn a bit more about my dear friend and almost always walk away with something that motivates me and pushes me to keep going.

SE: You have been collaborating with your partner Henry for about 10 years now so you guys are definitely not new to the game, however it seems as though the brand’s awareness and sales have spiked dramatically over the last year. What do you think is the catalyst behind all this change?

GS: It’s simple…we were finally in a position to take large size orders. Product was never a problem, we just couldn’t deliver enough product to supply the demand. Having the proper financing in place gave us the opportunity to take in large size orders and process them as efficiently as any other major brand in our business. A sure way for a brand to kill itself is to invest in the marketing cycle, receive an order of a lifetime and come to the realize you don’t have the offshore size production capacity or the funds necessary to meet the demand. For example, we filled a large size order for Little Burgundy, we delivered 1000+ units, all the while fulfilling hundreds of units across a multitude of stores simultaneously. Just this alone creates perfect conditions for ample brand recognition and to welcomes sales quickly.

SE: Ok…let’s be for real; shoes and sneakers are your life. You live, eat, breathe and sleep footwear design which makes you the ultimate “sneakerhead”…I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on female sneakerheads and have you found that a lot of women have gravitated towards your shoes, although they are particularly designed for men?

GS: Well, women have been on the high top kick for a minute, it’s not even new, though it comes and goes in mainstream waves. Traditionally high tops have always more or less been a male SKU, but there is always something to be said about a girl rocking dope high tops.

SW x ALK SWALK1

SE: Agreed. To be honest, in the last two months I can’t even tell you how many men stop me when I’m wearing the Sully Wong SWJ NYLO III’s. I guess guys really do love the Tomboy-Chic vibe. I am going to assume the “Chicks in Kicks” look may have lead to the idea to create a shoe with Amanda Lew Kee. It was the first time for both parties to create a female shoe. What was it like collaborating with a designer who has never designed footwear before on the SW x ALK (SWALK 1)?

GS: It was a pretty simple process. Henry and I  had the bones of an original design that we though would translate really well with Amanda’s trademark accents and the rest is what you would call history.

SE: Do you plan on doing anymore collaborations in the near future? If so, who would be the top 3 individuals or brands that you would like to create with?

GS: We have six major collaborations to which I can’t divulge at the moment that will be spread out into 2016. This doesn’t include our own house collection, and this past season has undoubtedly been my favourite so far. 

SE: What is the best advice you have ever been given?

GS: Stay humble

SE: What’s next for the Sully Wong brand?

GS: Strengthening market share throughout Europe.

George Sully - Sully WongPhotography by Robert Okine RobertOkine.com (@RobertOkine)

With the success within footwear, Sully Wong has expanded into designing and creating super dope accessories; bags (which are seriously giving the shoes a run for their money) and headwear that’s geared towards men but still chic enough for us women to rock. To find out what stores near you carry Sully Wong click here. For more information on the brand or to purchase online head to SullyWong.com

Give Back To Your Favourite Cause In Style With 1:Face Watch

1:Face WatchGiving back to those less fortunate has always been part of my life; whether I’m donating my time to children’s toy drives, dishing out food at the Salvation Army, helping build homes with Habitat of Humanity or running to help find a cure for breast cancer. I am always looking for new ways to bring awareness to charities and hopefully one step closer to banishing some of the hardships people are currently facing in third world countries, so when I heard I could do so by simply wearing a dope watch, I was totally on board.

Created two years ago in Chicago by Fam Mirza (Creative Director of Mirza Minds), 1:Face Watch was born and quickly became a global movement that offers 8 watches – with each attached to a different charity partner or cause. Every watch in the stylish collection is associated with a metric so you can better understand how your purchase is making a difference in the world:

1:Face Watch Colours

For only $50, you can purchase a watch to support a cause near and dear to your heart. My first watch is in support of Hunger, in which my wrist wear will provide 16 meals to those in need and I plan to add more to my collection. Chances are, you will be asked about your watch each time you wear it, giving you a chance to enhance awareness for both 1:Face and the cause you chose to support. In turn, increasing the probabilities of others making a purchase to support that cause or their cause of choice. Essentially…it is a gift that keeps on giving. Stay tuned for an upcoming street style post featuring my “Hunger” watch. For more information on the 1:Face global movement or to order a watch, head to 1FaceWatch.ca. Don’t forget to get social and follow 1:Face Watch on Twitter and Instagram.

Vince Camuto Flagship Grand Opening | Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Vince Camuto Toronto

I’ve been a fan of the Vince Camuto brand for quite a while and last fall I had my first experience working with their New York team when I did a style contribution on their digital publication The Crest  (which can be viewed here). Oddly enough, I just noticed that it was published on the one year anniversary of SoSasha.com and fast forward one year later, I am excited to be named one of their Canadian Brand Ambassadors. In case you missed my first outfit post featuring the brand’s Klayton open-toe booties, you can find it here.

Vince Camuto Toronto

Last week I joined fellow Toronto media personalities to celebrate the grand opening of Vince Camuto’s flagship free standing store located inside of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Canada’s premiere shopping destination. The beautifully designed and merchandised store houses Vince Camuto’s latest footwear, accessories and key outerwear pieces from their collection, but unfortunately no ready-to-wear just yet, however rumour has it we may be expecting it in the Canadian market in the near future.

Vince Camuto Toronto

I got a chance to chat with the man behind the brand, who I am now fondly calling “Uncle Vince” to discuss his passion for creating luxurious looking footwear that won’t break women’s wallets or ankles and how the company has grown to include 30 different categories from; shoes, handbags, outerwear, clothing, watches, accessories, fragrance and even menswear.

Vince Camuto Toronto

Vince Camuto Toronto

Photos by George Pimentel Photography

If you’re looking for the perfect fall footwear, I promise you, there’s a shoe for everyone – and the accessories are pretty killer too! For more information on Vince Camuto or to shop their full collection on VinceCamuto.com. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates and style inspiration. *Please note, online shopping is available for U.S. residents only!

 

The Printed “Statement” Pant | What I’m Wearing

Statement Pants

Over the years my outfits have always consisted of one statement piece, which was usually in the form of a handbag, piece of jewellery or shoes but it was not until recently that I let these items take a back seat and allowed my pants to take all the shine and glory. Over the past few seasons, the “statement” pant has gained popularity. Whether they be wide leg, drop crotch or bold prints, these pants have quickly become a woman’s piece de resistance when dressing.

JCrew Brocade Floral Pants

JCrew Brocade Floral Pants

JCrew Brocade Floral Pants

A few months ago I joined the “Statement Pant Movement” with a pair of custom wide leg trousers from BAZZUL Studios and this Summer I have developed an affinity for printed bottoms. My Mecca for amazing pants that can make anyone stand out in a crowd – is J.Crew. With jacquard, jewelled, silk, crepe, sequin, and brocade (like the one’s I’m wearing here) they have a pant to please everyone. The key to successfully rocking printed pants is easy. Pair them with simple basics, similar to my white silk blouse, or choose colours within the print that allows the trousers to stand out, which I did with my blue hued pumps. The end result is always simple yet chic!

J.Crew Floral Pants

 Photos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: Collection Crop Trouser in Antique Floral by J.Crew // Silk Shirt c/o Ann Taylor // Shoes by Manolo Blahnik // Bag (old) c/o Rebecca Minkoff // Sunnies by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Watch c/o Caravelle New York

I Love Jewlr Like “XO”

Jewlr

The nameplate necklace is experiencing it’s third renaissance and this time around, I was determined to not miss out. Becoming widely popular in the 80’s and resurfacing again in the early 2000’s, thanks to Sex and the City and “Carrie” mania, the trend is back again this year in full force. What’s driving it’s recent popularity you may ask? Probably the legions of celeb Mommy’s that have given birth in the last 12 months that are wearing their child’s names around their necks. I recently snagged my sacred Sasha nameplate necklace in gold (which I’ve been religiously wearing every day) and my silver “XO” from Jewlr – a relatively new jewelry company that has ingeniously combined traditional handmade manufacturing with innovative custom design technology utilizing a 3D printer.

How it Works: The ordering process is super easy. After browsing and selecting an item from their vast selection of jewelry, you are then given the opportunity to fully customize your piece by choosing the high quality metal (silver, gold, or tungsten), stone and engraving options. All items are produced in-house therefore the turnaround time is quick and best of all…shipping is free. With endless possibilities – from rings, necklaces, charms, pendants and more, it’s a great gift option for any occasion for someone special. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, a  Jewlr Certificate or a Gift Card  would be the perfect gift idea!

For more info, check out Jewlr’s website and for additional accessory inspiration, follow them on Twitter and Instagram

Green With Envy | What I’m Wearing

424 Fifth Ponte Dress

If you are still suffering from seasonal blues from what we will forever remember as the longest winter EVER…there is only one thing I can suggest to help bring you out of that funk – wear bright colours! I find that when I do, I have no other choice but to be in a happy mood.  This lime green shift dress from 424 Fifth was a non-negotiable and needed to be added to my wardrobe effective immediately.

424 Fifth

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As we all know, accessories are supposed to enhance an outfit but I get stopped several times a day every time I leave the house with this bag. I think the beachscape  has women daydreaming of a wanderlust destination and because it’s oversized, you can fit literally every single essential you will need inside to take you from day to night. Loving the beachy vibes? Then you are in luck because 424 Fifth has made this a theme throughout their Spring collection and it can also be found in on a pencil skirt and 3/4 length sleeve topper.

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IMG_2983Photos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphotos.ca

What I’m Wearing: Ponte Dolphin Hem Dress courtesy of 424 Fifth // Shoes by Manolo Blahnik // Faux Fur Vest (vintage) // Sunnies courtesy of Forever 21 // Oversized Palm Clutch courtesy of 424 Fifth // Rose Gold Watch courtesy of Caravelle New York

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

So Sasha Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I may not truly buy into the whole idea of Valentine’s Day, but let me be clear, I have never been mad at the idea of receiving prezzies from someone I’ve fancied. Any man I’ve ever dated knows I am not a huge fan of the usual “Hallmark Holiday” gifts that us girls usually receive on February 14th, such as chocolate and lingerie that come after an overpriced prix fix dinner at some midtown restaurant. The way to this unconventional chick’s heart are items that don’t necessarily only need to be used in the bedroom and can be gifted on any day of the day of the year…and really, if you’re in love it should be Valentine’s Day everyday, no? I’ve rounded up some of my fave items (some I actually own) and others that are on my current “Lust List” in hopes to put some cool alternative gifts on your radar…

1. Diptyque Mini Candle Set – $84

There is nothing I love more than a beautifully scented candle. I have purchased all of the cult candle brands from Byredo, Jo Malone, Hotel Costes to Bond No. 9, but I always come back to the classic fragrances made by Parisian company Diptyque. The brand’s website allows you (or your beau) to create your own 3 mini candle set, which are the perfect size for the bedroom, bathroom or when traveling.

2. Charlotte Olympia “Monroe” Pumps $695

Every girl needs a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s in her closet and this classic “Monroe” pump in red suede is a fun and sexy alternative to a traditional black heel. The slight platform increases the comfort level and goes well with both denim or an LBD.

3. Jabra Solemate Mini $100

I have been ranting and raving about Jabra’s wireless options for playing music on the go both on the blog and social media. I use both the Revo Wireless headphones and the Solemate daily when I’m working out and at chilling at home. Just in time for the “Day of Love”, Jabra has introduced the new Solemate mini in red. So mini in fact, it’s practically the size of an iPhone 5 – which means you can literally carry it in your handbag! Small speakers…with a big sound!

4. Miu Miu Biker Quilted Leather Clutch $1,020

Miu Miu, quilted leather and moto inspiration…three of some of my favourite things all rolled into one handbag. The colourblocked red and white colour is super luxe and for a clutch it’s spacious enough to hold all your V-Day date essentials. A snap-fastening pocket on the back of the bag in black is perfect for conveniently storing your ID, credit cards and cash.

5. Birchbox 12 Month Membership $110

I’ve always loved the idea of beauty box memberships – they are the BEST for those of you who are commitment phobes when it comes to investing in an expensive beauty product. It is the perfect way to test out all the latest and greatest products on the market before committing and buying the full size (and often expensive full price) version of a product. Cannot think of a beauty gift for a beauty fanatic.

6. Nadege “Je T’aime” Box of 12 Macarons $26.50

Nadege Patisserie makes some of the tastiest macarons in Toronto. The boutique shop’s almond mini meringue wonders have a delicate crunch to the outer layer and filled with the most delish ganache, flavoured buttercream or jam. It’s a little piece of heaven and if I could eat them everyday without compromising my waistline, I totally would!

7. Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Mirrored Sunglasses $565

Aviators are a thing of the past. Get into 2014 with round framed sunnies from Cutler and Gross. Each of the brand’s sunnies are made by hand in Italy. The entire process to make these beauties takes approximately a month with over 30 steps. What better way to look at your lover than through these chic lenses. Taking it to another level, the arms are leather wrapped and the frame is adorned with pearlescent acetate.

8. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Fire Engine Red $319

Latte and coffee drinkers will LOVE waking up to a fresh cup made with this ultra chic machine. It allows you to make a wide variety of hot beverage options that require frothy milk such as latte macchiatos and cappuccino and the machine looks stunning displayed on your kitchen counter.

I am giving away the cute and powerful Jabra Solemate Mini wireless speakers as a Valentine’s Day gift to one lucky follower. Entering the contest is easy…you must follow both @sashaexeter and @Jabra_US on Twitter and tweet the following to me, “@SashaExeter I want to enjoy my music with @Jabra_US’s wireless Solemate mini #SoleMateMini“. Contest starts February 10th, 2014 and ends Thursday February 13th at 9 PM EST. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday February 14th at noon.

*Contest open to Canadian and US residents only*

Haute Handbags for 2014: The New “It” Crowd

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No matter how bad the economy is, there will always be an exclusive group of handbags, usually unaffordable to most, that will garner a lengthy wait list, celebrity fan base or a price tag equivalent to a high-school student’s first car. In 2003, we were inundated with Instagram photos and images of style stars toting Celine’s lust-list purses; the Box bag, Luggage Tote, Phantom and of course the Trapeze; Chanel’s now infamous Boy bag, Givenchy’s Lucrezia and the Rottweiler tote…just to name a few, but in my opinion, there are a number of desirable pieces of arm candy that deserve to shine in 2014…

1. Stella McCartney “Beckett” Bag

Stella McCartney Beckett bag

Whether you’re a 22 Day Vegan like JayZ and Bey or you are a devout vegan and PETA supporter, this bag is your holy grail. I’m always amazed at how McCartney is able to produce such phenomenal  accessories without using animal products. For the “Beckett” bag, the designer developed a new material, Eco Faux Leather that uses vegetable oil rather than petroleum.

Available in: Small and large sizes, an envelope clutch, shopper bag and shoulder bag; in various colour options – $770

2. Kenzo “Kalifornia” Bag

Kenzo Kalifornia BagThe French label finally released this drool worthy and uber quirky bag late into 2013 and is the perfect mix between Parisian chic and West Coast cool thanks to the brand’s designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s Los Angeles roots. Taking inspiration from the aesthetic of leather jackets, these bags with it’s zippers and funky shape take on a bit of a moto vibe. Seen on the shoulder of cool girls like Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones

Available in: Biker Black, Racer Red and Colour Block Blue – $1,190 for the black

3. Saint Laurent Sac du Jour

Saint Laurent Sac du JourI know…I know, you probably have the same initial thought that I did when I first saw this bag – it sure looks a lot like the iconic Birkin bag. But really who cares, I’m in love with it’s clean and classic aesthetic and it rings in at just a fraction of the cost of the Hermes cult fave (and without the ridiculous wait list). Created by Hedi Slimane late in the fall, the Sac du Jour (Bag of the Day for English speaking folks), will allegedly be a part of Saint Laurent’s permanent collection!

Available in: Small and large sizes; Red, Black, Royal Blue, Beige, Navy Blue and Powder – $2,550

4. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

Mansur Gavriel Bucket BagPersonally, I love a bag that can forgo flashy hardware and logos and depend on only its craftsmanship, quality materials and rich colours to get attention. There’s only one bag that comes to mind and it’s none other than the bucket bag by Mansur Gavriel. Seen slung on the shoulders Emma Watson, Kirsten Dunst, everyone’s favourite style blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific and pretty much every Accessories Editor out there, makes it a bit challenging to snag one of these beauts.

Available in: Camello (pictured above and available for pre-order only), Brandy and Black with various interior colours – $495

5. Coach Borough Bag

Coach Borough BagYou are probably just as shocked as me that a Coach bag made my list. I will admit, even in the height of Coach monogram bag hysteria in the early 2000’s, I still refused to play follow the leader. But this gorgeous design by the American heritage brand , which is inspired by New York’s five borough’s, definitely caught my eye with it’s sleek and classic design. And with it’s more than affordable price tag, this purse has been flying off the shelves.

Available in: Small, medium and large sizes; polished calfskin, retro and pebbled leather finishes  in Black, Alpine Moss and Oxblood – $548

7. Chloe Baylee Shoulder Bag

Chloe Baylee Bag

Two tone colour (the other side of the bag is black)…check; elegant gold hardware…check; versatile top hand and cross body strap…check; detachable chain you can also wear as a bracelet…check. And yes, you read that last part correctly. With a feature like that, I really don’t even need to say anything about the Baylee bag. Celeb fans of the “Baylee”; Rita Ora, Kate Bosworth and Rihanna.

Available in: Small and medium sizes, perforated leather, calfskin and ostrich and comes in various colour options – $2,250

Dressing for the Holidays With Pink Tartan Part Two

Anna Sui Green Burnout Velvet Dress

As part of my “Dressing for the Holidays” series with Pink Tartan, I headed to the brand’s Toronto flagship location to find festive looks with the help of my favourite employee/stylist Shane Coleman and immediately fell in love when I set my eyes on this dress. As anticlimactic as New Years Eve celebrations can be, it can be a magical evening if it’s spent with the right group of people and copious amounts of champers. The uniform for most women on this night is usually an LBD or something with sequins…although both are classic choices and usually fail proof, I find it to be a bit too predictable for my liking. Why blend in with the crowd when you can make all the female guests at the party green with envy (literally) with this stunning Anna Sui dress.

Anna Sui Green Burnout Velvet Dress

Anna Sui Green Burnout Velvet Dress

Definitely a showstopper, this A-line mini stays true to the designer’s retro-style, rocker chic aesthetic. Detailed with a burnout velvet pattern, this vivid green number is super sexy because it allows me to show off my stems but is still covered up enough on top to still look classy. The stand-up collar and long sleeves with buttoned cuffs is an added bonus during December’s minus degree temps. I’ve styled my look with open toe shoes and a timeless Brunswick & Co clutch made from heavy weight waxed leather (that is actually large enough to fit an iPad) but when folded over transforms into a chic evening piece. For a more edgy look, the dress can also be paired with opaque tights, ankle boots and a moto leather jacket.

Anna Sui Green Burnout Velvet Dress

Anna Sui Green Burnout Velvet Dress

Photography by Talya Macedo

What I’m Wearing: Anna Sui Burnout Velvet Dress c/o Pink Tartan // Heels (old) c/o Aldo Shoes // Clutch by Brunswick + Co

In case you missed it, check out most with Pink Tartan Founder Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s top picks for holiday dressing and part one of my Dressing for the Holidays With Pink Tartan series.

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