Who better to make outerwear for Canada’s four distinct seasons than Canadians? I am partnering up Canada Goose to showcase my fave pieces excellent for each season. After surviving more winters than I would like to admit here in Toronto, I’ve learned that the only way to make it through four months of sub arctic temperatures is to own a jacket from this company, who has been proudly manufacturing outerwear here in Canada since 1957.
Today is the first official day of spring, so that means I can confidently putt away my Trillium Parka and start wearing a jacket more appropriate for the change of weather. Although milder, it’s still not warm enough for a light shell so this army green bomber from the brand’s luxury Branta Collection, will be on repeat for a while. With quilted detailing and 675 fill power, the streamlined silhouette still yields a stylish look while still keeping me warm.
If you’ve ever owned a product from Canada Goose you are aware that the brand does not overlook any functional details. The pockets of this Aberdeen Bomber are lined with sueded tricot for extra warmth, the hood is equipped with a hidden drawcord making it adjustable (and can also be removed) and there is an extended sleeve with thumb holes to keep your hands warm on those colder days. My fave feature is the interior removable straps that allow the wearer to carry the jacket over their shoulder, similar to carrying a backpack, when they are not wearing the jacket.
Photography by Alexander Liang of Kenton Magazine
What I’m Wearing: Aberdeen Bomber c/0 Canada Goose // White T-Shirt by Alexander Wang // Denim c/o Rag & Bone // Boots by Zara
For more details on the Aberdeen Bomber, where to buy information or to view the entire collection, head to Canada-Goose.com. For style tips and latest news, make sure to follow Canada Goose on Twitter and Instagram. Get involved on social and share your Canada Goose style by using the hashtag #AskAnyoneWhoKnows when posting on your social channels.
I have developed a bit of a substance abuse problem and it’s called Lyst. Every morning between 6:30 and 7:30am for the past week I have been on my computer in bed – not working, but rather “Lysting”. I will admit, although I spend tons of time on my laptop, I haven’t really been an avid online shopper but that looks like it’s about to change. Looking to quickly learn the ins and outs of the site, I spent a few hours last week dissecting it and quickly discovered I was in a dangerous place where this could potentially trump my Netflix obsession.
What is Lyst exactly? It’s basically a virtual pin board you can actually shop from (think of it as a mashup between Pinterest and Shop Style in the format of Twitter). You can follow the designers and brands you like, the bloggers you love (ahem…hopefully me!) and if you stumble on items you like on their lists, you can 1) add those picks to your own personal lists and 2) purchase them by clicking “Buy on Store”, which leads you to the brand’s site to buy. Not looking for anything in particular and just need some inspiration? Lyst has you covered there too. The homepage has an inspiring selection of lists curated by the site’s editors, their fave brands and fashion influencers where you can discover new trends. Case in point, the Left Bank scarf trend made popular by everyone’s fave gal Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller).
For those of you that are a bit impatient like I am, rather than aimlessly cruising the site, you can browse for a specific type of item querying by designer, colour, price or even “Holiday Offers”. If you stumble on something that’s a bit too pricey (#StoryOfMyLife), simply flag it and Lyst will notify you if the same item is going on sale or even better available cheaper at another store. With all the buzz about the 2015 Pantone colour of the year, Marsala, I’ve created a list featuring some extremely lust-worthy pieces. You can preview my entire list here.
Have I convinced you to try it out? It’s totally free and addicting may I add, but it definitely makes online shopping more fun. I will be using the site as another source of inspiration and a way to share my fashion and fitness must-haves with my Lyst and social media followers. Head to Lyst.com to get started and check them out on Instagram and Twitter. Once you’re up and running and, be sure to follow my lists here.
The fashion industry is notoriously known for being cyclical and revisiting the past for inspiration. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to fashion history so when an oldie but goodie resurrects itself as a current “Must-Have”, I tend to get a bit excited. This fall one of my go-to American brands for affordable luxury, 424 Fifth, has brought back the classic Breton stripped shirt, which just so happens to match new newly dip dyed blue locks.
Horizontal stripes are feared by many, but I actually think this piece looks great on anybody and 424 Fifth gives several reasons as to why you should own one this season; it’s easy to wear, well priced, casual and versatile.
A little history on the Breton stripe…most make the assumption it derives from the U.S. and associate it with the “American Chic” aesthetic, however it actually originated in a French province that occupies the peninsula between the English Channel and Bay of Bicay, which explains it’s nautical affiliation. This long sleeved shirt traditionally has stripes that begins around the breast bone and has a boat neck.
Although this trend has appeared in runway collections by Jean Paul Gaultier and Balmain in previous years, I have more of an affinity to the pared-down take on this classic. For a casual yet chic afternoon look last weekend, I pushed up my sleeves on this slightly oversized Breton shirt with the French word for “love” in sequins across the front, paired it with the brand’s wool knitted flare skirt and seasonally appropriate heels. I was in a flirtatious mood on Sunday and decided to roll the top of the skirt to reveal more leg but when worn the way it’s intended, it’s actually several inches longer making it perfect for the office. My watch has a very special story and not only does it look good but it does good as well. This particular 1 Face Watch style raises money to help alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty around the world and one watch equals food for 16 people.
Photography by Nathalia Allen AMillionMinds.ca (@AMillionMinds)
What I’m Wearing: “Amour” Pleated Back Top (also comes in red & white here) c/o 424 Fifth // Knitted Wool Flare Skirt c/o 424 Fifth // Heels c/o Vince Camuto // Sunglasses by RayBan // Watch c/o 1 Face Watch // Clutch c/o Nella Bella Brand
424 Fifth can be found exclusively in stores at Hudson’s Bay in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the US and can be purchased online on both retailer’s websites. For my inspiration and style tips, make sure to follow the brand on Instagram.
Google+ hangouts are becoming really popular these days, especially in the fashion and beauty industry. It’s an amazing way for brands to connect, engage and interact with the consumer. Today I am happy to announce that Tiffany & Co will be holding a very special “digital hangout” hosted by their Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof, model Coco Rocha, Aimee Song of “Song of Style” and Anne Slowey, Elle magazine’s Fashion News Director. These four ladies will be chatting all things fashion and design in addition to sharing their respective experiences in media at noon. Grab some take-out, a fresh pressed juice and hang with these inspiring ladies today as you nosh on your lunch!
When: Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 12pm EST (9am PST)
I recently spoke to Roslyn Soloman, a Fashion & Lifestyle Editor at Sun Media about the growing athletic trend in fashion and gave my style advice on how women can effectively incorporate sportswear into their wardrobe (article can be found here). In said article, I noted that neoprene was a fantastic option for those who have a bit of trepidation introducing athletic inspired pieces into their look. Like neoprene or not, this rubbery, synthetic fabric has resurfaced in a major way this year in the industry and has come a long way since “Body Glove” in the 90s – remember them?!?! From Alexander Wang, who has paired it with luxe fabrics like chiffon, the boys at Proenza Schouler who has created sculpturally futuristic jackets with the fabric and Christian Louboutin’s neon-hued “Scuba” booties that sold out almost immediately, it is clear that the fan base for neoprene is wide spread.
So why is it making such a huge comeback? The industry may attribute it to a 90s fashion revival while others claim a fascination with the experimental possibilities of high tech fabrications, which probably prompted the fad for neoprene the first time around, or that it’s reflective of the sport silhouette that has emerged as a significant trend this year.
Photography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) www.amillionminds.ca
Whatever the reason is for it’s current relevancy, I’m 100% on board. I used to think it was not a good thing to revisit a fashion trend that’s your own vintage but this fashion forward moto jacket by my new fave Aussie label, Minty Meets Munt, made it impossible to not break my rule. This moto is the brand’s iconic jacket for this season and if you happen to be one of those people who don’t believe in white after Labour Day, then you’re in luck because it also comes in classic black and a leopard print/black combo. Sticking to the athletic inspired theme, I’ve paired the jacket with a Nike training tank, high waisted skirt and was shot in this beautifully lit tunnel by an emerging photography talent Nathalia Allen (Styling Tip: I’ve folded the tank underneath to create the illusion of a crop top!)
What I’m Wearing: White Neoprene Biker Jacket c/o Minty Meets Munt // Tank/Crop Top (old) c/o Nike // Skirt c/o Wildred Free by Aritzia // Shoes (old) c/o Call It Spring
Giving 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:
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.
Dressing for the transition between seasons can be fun sometimes but seldom easy. Having to make decisions between skirts or pants, light or dark colours, fabric choices and of course footwear. Choosing a pair of shoes can pose as a difficult task because you don’t want to look like that crazed lunatic wearing sandals when it’s cool outside but you also don’t want your feet sweating and swelling in boots if the day turns out to be 27 degrees celsius. My two transitional fashion rules have always been; 1) Leave the house with layers. If you get hot you can alway remove something and on those cool fall evenings you have something to throw on or put over your shoulders to keep you warm and 2) Invest in a pair of stylish shoes that can take you from summer to fall in serious style.
This season I will be swapping my sandals for open toe booties. They’re summery enough to allow me to show off my pedicure, yet still keep me warm on cooler nights. The versatility of these chic booties from the newly opened Vince Camuto flagship store in Toronto, will definitely mean they will be in high rotation over the next few months.
Vince Camuto is just one of the many international brands that have been gracing Toronto with their presence and to celebrate the brand’s arrival and opening of it’s flagship store in the city, I would like to invite you all to join us for refreshments, music, to view the collection and meet the footwear visionary himself this Friday September 5th… I look forward to seeing you there!
What I’m Wearing: Klayton Booties c/o Vince Camuto // Pleated Midi Skirt by Zara // Denim Shirt (old) by Madewell // Tank c/o Artizia // Bag c/o Nella Bella // Necklace (old) c/o Ann Taylor // Sunnies by Ray Ban
I’m afraid to admit it, but another Summer is almost over and with that in mind, I will be wearing as many warm weather inspired pieces as possible until Labour Day weekend. Last week I made a special announcement about DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) coming north of the border and opening stores in Canada, which probably excited you hardcore shoe lovers. Last Tuesday, I got the opportunity to check out the gigantic flagship location which houses 20,000 pairs of men and women’s shoes at the brand’s media preview and to say it was shoe heaven is a major understatement!
I managed to peel myself out of the event without going too crazy (and by crazy I mean departing with 4 pairs of shoes) and these Ivanka Trump floral print pumps had no choice but to come home with me that night. Both the Canadian locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) are open for business now and trust me, you won’t find a footwear selection and savings like DSW’s anywhere else. Plus, so many brands to choose from, there is literally a shoe to satisfy everyone. What can you expect to find inside the footwear mecca? Shoes from Alice + Olivia , Badgley Mischka, Birkenstock, Converse, Diane Von Furstenberg, Timberland, Dr. Martens, Nine West, Lacoste, Nike and much more.
What I’m Wearing: Heels c/o DSW Canada // White Denim c/o 7 for all Mankind // Sweater (old) c/o Gap // Sunnies by RayBan // Clutch (old) c/o Forever 21
For more information on DSW, store locations and more head to DSWCanada.ca and stay up-to-date on discounts and featured items by following them on Instagram and Facebook.
I am no different than any other red blooded woman out there…I LOVE SHOES! Each time I make a new shoe purchase I convince myself, it will be the last one for a while and just the like addict I am, I am unconsciously back at it one week later. During my 7 years living in the United States, my love of shoes frequently took me to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse, where I was able to purchase shoes from my favourite brands guilt-free because their amazing prices. I am thrilled to announce that the DSW team is coming north of the border this month and will open two DSW Canada locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) on Thursday August, 7th at 8am. For all you shoe crazed ladies, the first 200 of you to arrive at either location that day will receive a $25 gift card to be used towards your purchase.
To celebrate the arrival of DSW Canada I am giving away a $100 gift card for you to spend on any pair of shoes and pssssst…they will be carrying some great brands like; Nike, Nine West, Sam Edelman, Lacoste and some fabulous “surprise brands” that I am sure you’ll love!
You can enter by posting your fave shoes on Instagram and tagging both @sashaexeter and @DSWCanada or head to my Facebook page and comment on the DSW Canada giveaway post telling me why you want to win the gift card. Contest ends Sunday August 10th, 2014 at 6pm and the winner will be announced via social media and updated in this post on August 11th at 9am. *Please note, the gift card is only valid on purchases in Canada. Good luck!
AND THE LUCKY WINNER OF THE $100 GIFT CARD IS NATALIE PREDDIE! Please email me your mailing address to email@example.com Thank you to everyone who entered! xx
Graphic tees are nothing new to the fashion world and since it’s arrival on the scene they have only continued to gain in popularity. With most logo tees these days using a play-off of a logo or fashion brand name, Toronto based company Bad Etiquette caught my eye several weeks back and I have been dialed into the brand ever since. With a simple black and white palette, clean aesthetic, and dope logos found on their tees, hoodies, and snapbacks – inspired by the Designer Lionel Wong’s ethos, I think the Bad Etiquette team is definitely onto something here.
Within seconds of checking out the brand’s website, you will immediately understand Bad Etiquette’s vision and hopefully like me, fall in love with their dedication to “always keep shit f*ckin’ real!”. With clever street influenced product descriptions and a hip hop themed sizing chart – (“Biggie Smalls”, “Middle Man”, “Livin Large”, and “XL Baby” are the sizes available to chose from) confirmed that Bad Etiquette was not just your run of the mill street label. I had an amazing chat with Wong a week ago, who also happens to be the Associate Creative Director at one of the city’s leading ad and creative digital agency’s, One Method. During our talk he explained a bit about his obsession with creating and love of community, which was the catalyst for the line. Although Bad Etiquette’s first capsule collection is men’s…it’s slim fit and super luxe cotton makes it easy for us ladies to rock them as a tee or a dress.
Photography by Tiffany Sin – TiffanySPhoto.ca
What I’m Wearing: White “Dope & Diamonds” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Black “Hoodlm” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Sunglasses by Rayban // Shoes (old) by Aldo *Both tees shown here are size medium aka “Middle Man”
To view the full collection, which also includes hoodies, and to order online head to their website here and please remember to exercise good social etiquette and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!