Retail Therapy

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

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – August 8, 2014 Edition


Anik Lacasse-Richard of Montreal In Style, Montreal

With everyone on the east coast in Montreal for Osheaga (or so it seemed, at least), this past week was all about festival fashion on the Canadian style blogs.

Anik, Gabrielle and Hawley showed us how it’s done: Anik toughened up a pretty floral maxi with ankle boots and heavy statement jewelry, Gabrielle rocked some summer leather in a fierce, perforated vest, and Hawley topped a summery printed frock off with an angelic crown braid.


Gabrielle Lacasse of Dentelle + Fleurs, Montreal


Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary


Ivy Xu of This Is What We Do, Vancouver

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – August 1, 2014 Edition


Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad, Toronto

Style blogging gals across the country turned up the heat this week in some very hot getups indeed.

Vanessa showed off the gams in a skirt with a well-placed front slit, Anik successfully combined a sexy LBD with sporty sneakers, and Nichole put on a lesson in sartorial hotness in head-to-toe black.

*Insert (polite and well-meaning) catcalls transmitting over the interwebs.*


Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto


Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto


Assa Cisse of My Curves & Curls, Toronto

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 25, 2014 Edition


Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Toronto (Image Credit: Amy Creyer for Teen Vogue)

Canadian style bloggers were out and about and looking fabulous this week.

Hawley and Sonya travelled south of the border, the former perfecting her festival look for Pitchfork in Chicago with a print-on-print ensemble that impressed the likes of Teen Vogue, and the latter taking to the streets of New York in a lovely tiered cami dress and TDF Chanel Boy bag.

Here at home, Alanna went for a stroll in the countryside in a minty fresh crochet lace matched set, and Jen prepped for a day at the races at the upcoming Deighton Cup with an ultra-chic jumpsuit and pearl-embellished fascinator.

Ain’t summer grand?


Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton


Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto


Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto

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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Charlotte Olympia ‘Shanghai Express’ Collection

Charlotte Dellal is taking us for a ride on the Shanghai Express this fall.

The London-based accessories designer’s latest collection for Charlotte Olympia is a line-up of shoes and handbags inspired by Chinese culture, and it’s full of jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces. Dubbed ‘Shanghai Express’, the 100+ item offering features everything from pandas and dragons to lanterns and, yes, the prototypical Chinese takeout boxes. Dellal has gone very literal, as usual, and we love her for it.

Admittedly, some pieces lean dangerously towards tacky, but we’re willing to overlook them in favour of the many beautiful designs in the collection. In fact, we’ve fallen head over heels in lust with the gold lattice Pandora clutch (it’s about time we nab one of those Perspex clutches!), the Fantastic Dolly pumps (a TDF new take on a CO classic), as well as every item inspired by blue and white porcelain.

Check out the gallery below for highlights from Charlotte Olympia’s Shanghai Express collection. What’s on your wish list?

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Retail Therapy

Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Capsule Collection Unveiled

Banana Republic‘s upcoming capsule by Roland Mouret has finally been revealed, and it’s every bit as covet-worthy as we thought it would be.

The French designer’s 25-piece effort for the specialty retail chain features gorgeous, figure-flattering dresses and separates made in the Banana Republic Sloan fabric, a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric that creates a “magic” fit. Shaping fabrics aside, there definitely is something very magical about Roland Mouret designs retailing from $165, a fraction of the price tags on his eponymous line.

“It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version],” says Mouret, “but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” Based on the lookbook, we’re ready for that experience, with wish lists and credit cards prepped. The collection will launch on August 7 at select stores across Canada and online at www.bananarepublic.ca.

Check out the gallery below for the complete lookbook and collection. Which pieces are you eyeing?

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Events

#BloggerBazaarTO Spring 2014: You Came, You Saw, You Shopped

Last month, yours truly and some of our favourite blogger friends teamed up on the Spring 2014 edition of #BloggerBazaarTO, opening up our closets to offer our lovely readers some fabulous finds at pocketbook-friendly prices. Many of you popped by Soho House Toronto to snag some unbelievable deals from Nelia Belkova of Style Blog, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes, Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Anita Clarke of I Want – I Got, Anya Georgijevic of I’m The It Girl, Liane Fong of The Lost Sea, Monica Mei of Wanderlusteurs, and Jessica Chiu of Ever After Lacquer, and we daresay you weren’t disappointed.

Attendees came with their game faces on, taking home enviable purchases that ranged from Hermès silks at half their retail price to vintage wares for a mere toonie. They were further rewarded for their shopping efforts with rather epic swag bags, featuring items from FLAREALDO ShoesDoveTRESemmeRoots CanadaeLUXEessence cosmeticsvitaminwaterForever 21Call It SpringArtemano Decor and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris. In fact, they were so good that we were a tad bit jealous we weren’t able to keep one for ourselves. A huge thank you to all of these amazing brands for their support!

At the end of the incredibly fun event, readers went home delighted with their purchases and swag, Corsage Project received a portion of our proceeds for their very worthy cause, and us bloggers had a blast playing shop for the day. A win-win-win situation, in our books! Check out the gallery below for a peek at highlights from the last #BloggerBazaarTO.

P.S. Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 edition The Blogger Bazaar, coming this September!




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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 18, 2014 Edition


Alanna Durkovich of Xander Vintage, Vancouver

It’s a print story this week on the Canadian style blogs, and we’re loving it.

From Alanna‘s gorgeous floral maxi dress in Vancouver to Krystin‘s pretty-in-pink look in Toronto to Katia‘s retro print-on-print action in Montreal, our nation’s most stylish put on a lesson in rocking bold, vibrant prints.

Will you be following their lead?


Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche of Kastor & Pollux, Toronto


Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto


Katia Nikolajew of Bewolf, Montreal

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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Ela Handbags Calf Hair M.I.L.C.K. Clutches

It’s official, we have a new obsession: her name is Ela and she’s got gorgeous (calf) hair.

Toronto-based Ela Handbags has fast become a bag rotation staple, and the latest incarnation of the brand’s ubiquitous M.I.L.C.K. Clutch is as covet-worthy as its predecessors. For Pre-Fall 2014, it’s adorned with calf hair in 3 luxe colourways: deep red, grey, and a spotted black and white print. Each is a must-have in its own right, and all 3 have shot to the top of our Fall wish list.

The clutches, retailing at $548, are available at Holt Renfrew here in Canada and at Saks Fifth Avenue south of the border. Our fingers are also crossed that they’ll be restocked over at elabyela.com, where they’re currently showing as sold out. Which, of course, just reinforces the fact that we need to get our hands on one (or two, or three…), stat.

Images courtesy of Ela Handbags

Retail Therapy

Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Crochet Pieces That Won’t Make You Look Like A Doily

Sonya of Class Is Internal sported a pretty crochet crop top to the beach last week, and it had us questioning our longstanding stance against all things crochet. She looked undeniably cute in it, especially paired with a polka dot pant, so we decided it was time that we gave crochet a fair chance.

We scoured the e-shops for crochet pieces that looked more stylish and less doily-like, and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. From maxi dresses to bikinis to baseball jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the chicest crochet pieces for you to rock this summer if you so please.

Check out the gallery below for all of our picks. Where do you stand on crochet?

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