Retail Therapy

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.


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.


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


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!


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!).


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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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 10 Fierce New Ways to Rock Animal Print

We featured Edmontonian Alyssa of Ordinary People in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook sporting a cow print jumpsuit that immediately made us wonder why we don’t own such a fun garment. After all, with animal print now officially a neutral in our books, it’s time we infused more of it into our wardrobe rotation.

A search for fierce new ways to rock animal print ensued, resulting in the discovery of 10 must-haves. Click through the gallery below for Zara‘s zebra print bucket bag ($89.90), McQ Alexander McQueen‘s neon animal print scarf ($330), Sophia Webster‘s leopard print d’orsay pumps ($675) and more. Will you be spotted in animal print this spring?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Matchy-Matchy Sets to Rock This Spring

If three’s a trend, we’re almost there with the matching separates. First, we spotted Alanna of Xander Vintage in a daisy print ensemble in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, then it was Nelia of Style Blog in a cute striped duo at World Mastercard Fashion Week. Even sans a third, we’re calling it now: this is officially a trend and we’re totally on board.

Getting dressed in the morning just got that much quicker. From fast fashion to runway, we’ve found you 20 of the chicest matching sets you’ll want to rock this spring. Check out the gallery below – which just made your shopping list?

Image credit: Max Kopanygin

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 30 Fresh New Ways to Wear Floral

Sonya of Class Is Internal sported the most amazing floral bomber jacket in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, and it got us thinking. There are so many fun ways to wear floral that we’ve yet to explore – unchartered sartorial territory! And so off we went to find fresh new ways to wear our favourite type of print, including tracking down the aforementioned bomber by ASOS ($158).

From Joe Fresh‘s cheerful tulip print shorts ($39) to Anna-Karin Karlsson‘s to-die-for cat eye sunglasses with carved roses (USD$840) to Mary Katrantzou‘s too-cool-for-school printed stretch denim jacket ($1,265), check out the gallery below for 30 of the freshest floral pieces calling our name (and yours!) this spring.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 35 All-Canadian Items For The Fashion Lover In Your Life

Christmas is so close we can taste the turkey, but if you’re anything like us, you’ve barely made a dent in your holiday shopping. Three days is plenty of time, right? No need to panic (yet), because we’ve gone ahead and done you a solid: we’ve rounded up 35 of the very best made-in-Canada gift ideas for the fashion addicts in your life. Your mom/sister/friend/boss is guaranteed to love what you got them, and you’ll also have supported a local or national brand. It’s a win-win, really.

Take a gander at the gallery below for jewelry from the likes of Jenny Bird, Biko and Niki & Lola, handbags from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, ela and Mackage, accessories from Quill & Tine, Danier and ALDO, and much, much more. Good luck and happy shopping, fellow procrastinators! See you on the other side.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: Rock The Ruffle With These 15 Ladylike Pieces

Several years ago, S went through a ruffle phase in which she amassed an impressive collection of ruffled blouses, dresses, skirts, sweaters, coats – there wasn’t a ruffled item she met that she didn’t like…and buy. She’s since moved on (it was for the better), but when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas in a gorgeous, pale pink ruffled frock in last week’s Canadian Street Style Lookbook, a bit of that obsession with all things frilly came rushing back.

Time to get our ruffle on again? We think so, but this time with a tad more…restraint. From Joe Fresh blouses to Nicholas Kirkwood pumps to Givenchy jackets, we’ve rounded up 15 of the loveliest ruffled pieces to shop right now. Check out the gallery below for all our picks. Will you be rocking the ruffle this season?


THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: Joe Fresh $500 Shopping Spree!

If you thought week 1 of THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY was epic with the $2,000+ in prizes up for grabs just for being a lovely reader of The Backseat Stylers, then week 2 is going to knock your stylish socks off, because we’ve got another $2,000+ in contests to reveal each day this week. That’s just how much we love you. And if you doubt that even just for one second, well, chew on this one: today’s giveaway is a $500 shopping spree at Joe Fresh. BOOM!

If you’re as obsessed with the brand’s cheap and cheerful wares as we are and can’t get enough of those chic silk blouses and perfect-fitting skinny jeans in every colour of the rainbow, then you’re head’s probably already spinning with ways you could spend that shopping spree. We know ours is, and we’re not even eligible to enter. But that doesn’t stop us from daydreaming right alongside you, so we’ve rounded up our current, ever-growing wish list just to throw you into even more of a Joe Fresh-induced tizzy (clockwise from top left):

1. Print party dress ($39) – This colourful, printed party frock is the perfect addition to your cocktail dress rotation. Joe’s got more where that came from, too.

2. Cable knit sweater ($29) – An ivory cable knit sweater is already a winter wardrobe classic, but add some cute elbow patches and it’s a definite must-have.

3. Sequin tuxedo jacket ($79) – It doesn’t get much more glam than this high-voltage sequin tuxedo jacket, which comes in two colours, black and silver. It’s destined to be a holiday season favourite for years to come.

4. Print shift dress ($39) – A chic, easy-to-wear printed shift dress that practically styles itself? Yes please!

5. Sequin cardigan ($49) – We adore this silver sequin cardigan: it’s cute and cozy with just the right amount of flash. We’d sport this over an ugly Christmas sweater any day.

6. Velvet pant ($29) – Because what could be more festive than red velvet skinnies?

7. Cheetah print silk shirt ($49) – We have a weakness for all of Joe Fresh’s novelty silk blouses, and this cheetah-print style with a ladylike ruffled placket is no exception.

8. Chain ankle boot ($129) – These boots are fierce with a capital F. They’re bound to up the cool factor on any outfit you pull together this winter. Need we say more?

All of that adds up to exactly $499.46, 13% taxes included; we didn’t even plan that – how’s that for ninja shopping skills. Now show us yours: how would you spend the $500 shopping spree? Tell us for a chance to get your hands on the big prize! Contest rules are below. Good luck!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter all the other contests in THE BIG HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY and check back for more daily reveals this entire week!

Contest Rules:

1. To enter, leave us a comment telling us how you would spend the $500 shopping spree, including links to the specific items on . Also, ‘like’ The Backseat Stylers and Joe Fresh’s Facebook pages here and here.

2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step #1 first), follow @backseatstylers and @JoeFresh on Twitter and tweet the following: “HO HO HO! The @backseatstylers are giving away a @JoeFresh $500 shopping spree and I want it! #BSSholiday #FreshStyle”

3. The contest closes at 11:59pm PST on December 8, 2013. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.

4. Contest open to readers in Canada only.

5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Gold Garments To Party In This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for metallics, and Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples showed us how it’s done with a jaw-dropping gold coat featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Tacky? Far from it. Ostentatious? Maybe just a little bit. Ultra-chic? Undeniably so. In fact, it highlighted a glaring hole in our party wardrobe rotation that we obviously needed to address, stat.

From blazers to black-tie gowns and cheap and cheerful Joe Fresh to straight-off-the-runway Dolce & Gabbana, we’ve got all your golden needs covered. Check out the gallery below for our top 20 picks right now, and get your shop (and shine!) on.

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 33 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Leather Skirts

Ever since we laid eyes on Nelia of Style Blog‘s croc-embossed leather skirt, we’ve been fighting the urge to steal it from her. What’s a leather skirt or two between friends? But rather than burglarize her closet, we instead decided to focus our energies on finding a stunning leather skirt all our own…legally.

What we found was 33 gorgeous reasons not to have to deprive Nelia of hers, and we’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. Between Givenchy‘s curved hem leather pencil skirt, Cedric Charlier‘s asymmetrical sheepskin skirt, and Lover‘s lace trim leather skirt, we’re sufficiently distracted enough to leave Nelia and her skirt alone. For now.

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Runways and Showrooms

Toronto Fashion Week: Joe Fresh Spring 2014

Armed with an ongoing addiction to Joe Fresh‘s cheap and cheerful wares and a closet already full of the brand’s $49 silk blouses (in every colour/print combination imaginable) and perfectly-fitted skinny jeans, we attended the presentation for the Spring 2014 collection at World Mastercard Fashion Week knowing full well that it would spell danger for our pocketbooks (yes, even at those price points!). And we were right.

Inspired by the artist N. Dash’s wall pieces, Joe Mimran, Creative Director of Joe Fresh, sent an Asian-inspired and very covetable line-up down the runway. “This season, we refined the essence of the brand. Functionality as the new chic has become the Joe Fresh guideline.  The collection is sexy and cool while maintaining a classic refined look.”

Sexy? Cool? Most definitely, and particularly in the standout pieces we can’t wait to get our hands on: a jaw-dropping pagoda print dress, an on-trend baseball jacket with an oversized tassel detail, a fierce patent leather ruffle-hem skirt, a simple tiger-print tee…the list goes on. As does our Joe Fresh obsession.

The Spring 2014 “Fresh off the Runway” collection will be sold exclusively at select Joe Fresh store locations next spring. Keep an eye out, because these to-die-for, east-meets-west looks are sure to sell out in a flash.

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