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Vaughan Mills Has All Your Winter Wardrobe Needs Covered

We’ve been talking a lot of Vaughan Mills lately, but who can blame us really? The indoor outlet centre had a very chic growth spurt, unveiling a swanky new expansion just a few weeks ago. Digital Lounge with WiFi and charging outlets? Check. Sports Court with 12 TV screens? Check. An awesome new line-up of stores? Check to that one too.

As self-proclaimed shopaholics with pro bargain-hunter status, it was imperative, obviously, that we head over to Vaughan Mills to get a closer look, stat. With winter looming so dangerously close, we paid the new expansion a visit, armed with a shopping list of all the goodies that’ll keep us – and you! – feeling warm and looking fresh over the next few frigid months.

What did we find? All of it, actually – and we’ve conveniently made a short list of the stores you should make a bee line to when you stop by Vaughan Mills yourself to prep for the impending cold. You’re welcome.

1. STAY CHIC WITH JOE FRESH

Filled with cashmere sweaters, faux fur vests and silk staples, this very well-stocked Joe Fresh location isn’t part of the new expansion, but it’s a definite must-visit.

2. BUNDLE UP AT RUDSAK

The new Rudsak boutique carries a very impressive assortment of winter coats and accessories, designed by Montrealer Evik Asatoorian.

3. GET SOME BOOT ACTION AT DR. MARTENS

The very first Dr. Martens outlet in North America is a dream come true for fans of the footwear brand. Wall to wall Docs at discounted prices? Yes please!

4. DO COZY CHIC WITH ROOTS

Get the whole family bundled up in cozy sweats at the new Roots outlet. Winter seems a tad less intimidating when you look this cute (and co-ordinated!).

5. GET YOUR GLITTER ON AT CHARMING CHARLIE

The first charming charlie location in Canada has officially arrived and is chock full of cheap and cheerful bling perfect for the holiday season.

Sponsored by Vaughan Mills

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Alexander Wang x H&M – The Complete Lookbook Is Here!

The wait is over: the Alexander Wang x H&M lookbook is finally out in all its sporty glory! The collaboration features both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, and we’ve got the complete women’s lookbook below for your viewing pleasure.

“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations”, said Wang. “The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

The capsule collection will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 6. So what’s the verdict on the collection – will you be in that inevitable lineup outside the store to snag some Wang x H&M goodies?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Capes to Get Cozy In

The season’s first cape sighting on the Canadian style blogs happened last week when we spotted Alexandra of I’m A Little looking fall-ready in a colourblocked design. With temperatures dropping and our wardrobes having almost fully transitioned, we’re thinking it’s about time we reembraced the cape too.

From Topshop‘s cozy geo print version at a cheap and cheerful £32 to Band of Outsiders‘ ultra-chic tuxedo-inspired design at USD$1,195, we’ve got 20 must-have capes on our wish list. Are they on yours too?

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The Alexander Wang x H&M Campaign Unveiled

Alexander Wang x H&M launches in exactly 42 days (damn right we’re counting) on November 6, and while that may seem really, really far away still, we’ve got something to keep you going while you wait: the official ad campaign.

Except that the images beg more questions rather than answer the ones we already had about the collaboration. We went from wondering if there’ll be handbags and shoes (because that’s obviously what Wang does best) to asking ourselves whether one must play an actual sport to wear Wang x H&M. Because the football, hockey stick and boxing gloves are intimidating us, just a little.

Nevertheless, our interest is piqued. We patiently await the complete lookbook, H&M.

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Coveting from the Backseat: Olivia Palermo for Aquazzura Crystal & Chain Sandals

There was a time when Olivia Palermo could do no wrong in our eyes, sartorially speaking, and though our adoration of her style ended shortly after her turn on The City came to a close, she’s definitely got our attention once again. The red carpet regular has teamed up with Italian footwear brand Aquazzura on a capsule collection of fall shoes, and they’re simply to die for.

The line-up of 9 styles dropped over at Net-a-porter a few days ago, causing a sudden and unexpected obsession with one pair in particular: a sandal with a $1,625 price tag. Ouch. To be fair, said sandals are dripping, literally, in crystals and chains, and crafted from the softest leathers in Florence, Italy…by shoe elves, probably.

Dying over them too? They’re available in two colourways, black and beige suede, at Net-a-porter.

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424 Fifth’s Latest Collection Has Everything You Need For Fall

424 Fifth‘s Fall 2014 lookbook landed in our inbox back in June, right when summer was finally hitting and we were in no mood to think about sweater weather. But now that summer’s end is drawing near and we’re reminded of just how much we love autumn dressing, our eyes are on the prize: pretty much every piece in 424 Fifth’s latest collection.

There’s the plaid felt sweater at the very top of our wish list, the burned-out-rose midi skirt right below it, the leather bodice jumpsuit, the rose-embellished sweater dress…the list goes on. And did we mention the shoes, the Lord & Taylor private brand’s newest venture? The footwear styles are as to-die-for as their apparel counterparts.

We can’t wait to get our shop on. Check out the gallery below for the complete 424 Fifth Fall 2014 lookbook – are you loving the collection as much as we are?

Images courtesy of 424 Fifth

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Coveting from the Backseat: Roots ‘Moto 2.0′ Deerskin Vest

We’ve had the perfect leather vest on our ongoing shopping list for some time now, and we’re just about ready to cross it off, thanks to Roots.

The brand is currently celebrating its 41st anniversary (happy birthday!) with a #sweatstyle campaign featuring Canadian tastemakers in classically Roots styles. Our favourite? The Moto 2.0 Vest in deerskin, aka the leather vest of our dreams.

We’re in love with the clean, minimalist styling and supple leather. It’s the perfect layering piece as we – say it ain’t so! – transition into fall. The vest retails for $598 over at Roots.com.

Images courtesy of Roots

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Joseph Altuzarra for Target – The Complete Lookbook

With the much-anticipated high-low collaboration between Joseph Altuzarra and Target set to drop one month from now, the cheap and cheerful retailer has released the complete lookbook for our viewing pleasure.

The capsule collection features nearly 50 pieces of apparel, shoes and accessories that stay true to the New York-based designer’s signature sexy aesthetic. ”We are really focused on a very adult and seductive way of dressing,” says Altuzarra. High on our wish list? The luxe red velvet tuxedo jacket, incredibly hot over-the-knee boots, and ultra-chic wrap dress.

Retailing from $17.99 to $89.99, Altuzarra x Target will launch on September 14 at most Target stores across Canada, as well as Target.com (which sadly doesn’t ship north of the border) and Net-a-porter (select assortment). Take a gander at the complete collection in the gallery below and check out a sneak peek video of the ad campaign starring Eva Herzigova. Which pieces do you have your eye on?

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Converse x Missoni Fall 2014 Capsule Collection

Converse has teamed up with Missoni on a capsule collection launching this fall. The two brands have partnered for a whopping 8th time on a line-up of Chuck Taylor All Stars featuring the Italian design house’s signature zig zag prints.

The collection includes 5 equally covetable colourways in the unisex All Star Missoni and the ladies-only All Star Fancy silhouettes, each pair retailing for $110. If, like us, a pair of Converse x Missoni sneakers has been on your wish list for many seasons now, now’s the time to take the leap. The latest collaboration arrives in Canada this upcoming September at  Town Shoes, Little Burgundy, Gravity Pope and Livestock.

Will you be buying?

Image courtesy of Converse

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Smythe Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Must-Have ’10×10′ Collection

Fellow Smythe addicts rejoice: the Toronto-based purveyor of must-have blazers is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a reissue of 10 of its bestselling styles. We’ve been fangirls ever since S’s first purchase back in 2009 so, naturally, we’re downright delighted.

Aptly dubbed ’10×10′, the capsule collection features fresh versions of Smythe’s popular duchess blazer (named after Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, of course), schoolboy blazer, and double-breasted reefer coat. At the top of our wish list? The Dickens blazer in bronze jacquard, hands down.

Retailing from $595 to $895, 10×10 hits Holt Renfrew, TNT Woman and other select retailers in mid-September to early October. Check out the gallery below for the complete collection. Which styles are you excited to have a second chance at snagging?

Images courtesy of Smythe

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