Retail Therapy

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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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Oscars 2013 Edition


Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

After an epic 3.5 hour Academy Awards ceremony tonight and red carpet coverage that was almost as long, the 2013 awards season has sadly come to an end. With stunning silver screen stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain stepping out in incredible gowns by the likes of Armani Privé, Dior Haute Couture  and Oscar de la Renta, however, this year’s awards season definitely went out with a sartorial bang.

Our favourite leading ladies certainly saved their best frocks for last, with most topping their looks at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. From Kerry Washington in pink Miu Miu to Stacy Keibler in metallic Naeem Khan, these are our top 10 best dressed from the 2013 Oscars. Who made your list?


Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture


Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan


Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille

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Red Carpet

Admiring from the Backseat: Golden Globe Awards 2013 Edition


Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Golden Globes 2013 turned out to be quite the night! Honourary Backseat Styler D joined us for this year’s festivities and we spent the evening critiquing the red carpet fashions, accusing each other of cheating in the GG pool, and playing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Golden Globes drinking game. Lots of controversy, to say the least. So much so, in fact, that we couldn’t even narrow the best dressed field down to 10.

While the red carpet as a whole left much to be desired, favourites like Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen, Anne Hathaway in Chanel and Julianne Moore in Tom Ford were shoo-ins. Ladies in red Jennifer Lawrence (in Christian Dior) and Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen) also made the cut, as did Kerry Washington in an embellished Miu Miu frock. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked drop-dead gorgeous in a bow-adorned Saint Laurent gown, while Julianna Margulies and Michelle Dockery both took risks with their Pucci and Alexandre Vauthier gowns that paid off.

The final spot in our top ten best dressed of the night was a toss-up between Rachel Weisz in a sheer, polka-dotted number by Louis Vuitton (S’s pick) and Katharine McPhee‘s revealing Theyskens’ Theory dress (T’s pick). Rather than settle the issue via a breakdance fight, we decided to expand our list to 11 and call it a night.

Who were your best dressed of the 2013 Golden Globes?


Anne Hathaway in Chanel


Naomi Watts in Zac Posen


Julianne Moore in Tom Ford


Kerry Washington in Miu Miu


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Saint Laurent

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Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Miu Miu Gingham Taffeta Bow Pumps

I’ve been coveting these Miu Miu gingham taffeta pumps and their cute bows ever since I saw Clémence Poésy wear them in her Glamour UK editorial back in January. Yes, they evoke thoughts of tablecloths and picnics. Yes, they’re slingbacks, which I loathe. But they’re also a lovely combination of ladylike and whimsical, and very versatile too, I suspect. My Spring wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a pair.

They’re available at Net-a-porter, Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus in blue, fuchsia and green, and retail for $595. Now which colour shall I choose?

xx, S

Image Credits: Net-a-porterNeiman Marcus

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: National Sweater Day 2012 Edition

It’s National Sweater Day! Today is the day we remind ourselves to throw on our sweaters, turn down our thermostats by a few degrees and join the fight against climate change.

We at The Backseat Stylers are doing our part by layering, keeping our room at much lower than balmy temperatures, and, of course, putting together this post of six of our favourite sweaters this season. What better way to support such a worthy cause than to go out and buy yourself some lovely new knitwear? Happy National Sweater Day!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Topshop knitted textured stitch cardi, $76 (available in Canada and worldwide)

2. J.Crew linen v-neck cable-knit sweater, $79.50

3. Moschino Cheap & Chic pearl-embellished striped cardigan, $495

4. T by Alexander Wang neon yellow sweater, $266

5. Rag & Bone ‘Danby’ cable-knit wool sweater, $325

6. Miu Miu knitted cotton and lace sweater, $485

xx, T & S

Image Credits: As linked

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Miu Miu Leather-Trimmed Velvet Blazer

I’m obsessed with velvet  and leather this season. I just bought these Loeffler Randall velvet stilettos, and I’ve been wearing my OBJECT for Danier leather pieces non-stop ever since the temperatures dropped. But one piece that incorporates both fabrics? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d find such a thing, and yet here’s this navy blue velvet blazer with leather piping staring me in the face, combining the two together perfectly. To die for!

Oh, but it’s by Miu Miu, of course, and it retails for $1,195. Ouch. Aaand it’s already sold out on Net-a-porter. Phew! Saves me from having to sell my left something for it. The story ends well for my pocketbook today, but I’ll still be daydreaming about this little jacket all winter…

xx, S

Image Credit: Net-a-porter

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Miu Miu Exclusive Fashion’s Night Out Mini Clutch

The promise of karaoke night at Barneys with Karlie Kloss, Tavi Gevinston and the Olsen twins hasn’t made Fashion’s Night Out all that intriguing to me in the past, but this FNO-exclusive minibag makes me want to book a flight to New York for the annual after-hours shopping extravaganza, stat. It’s a miniature version of the oversized suede clutch from the Miu Miu Fall 2011 runway, and it’s utterly perfect.

If you find yourself at the Miu Miu boutique on the evening of September 8th, staring one of these gorgeous clutches in the face, pick one up for me, will you?

xx, S

Image via Fashion’s Night Out

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Bridal Shoes – Spring 2011 Edition

With wedding season in full swing and this year’s brides-to-be in the final stages of planning, they just might find that one of the details they’ve left to the end is the shoes that will be adorning their feet. The dress has been ordered and the make-up artist and hair stylist booked, but which fabulous shoes will she don for her walk down the aisle?

I already danced my first dance almost four years ago in blinged-out Stuart Weitzmans, but if I were getting married this summer I’d do it in these Valentino leather and tulle-embellished mesh sandals (pictured above) in a heartbeat. They’re a reissue of a Spring 2010 style in white, and are available only at Net-a-porter.

In fact, from ornate Alexander McQueens to trendy Charlotte Olympias, the online retailer has stocked exclusive styles by the world’s top shoemakers for the bride with some room in the wedding budget…and likely an existing shoe problem.


Miu Miu crystal heel silk-satin sandals ($895)


Valentino bow-embellished satin sandals ($1,195)


Charlotte Olympia Paloma satin pumps ($840)


Alexander McQueen sculpted resin and leather leaf sandals ($3,495)


Alexander McQueen resin leaf silk-satin peep-toe pumps ($1,675)

xx, S

Image Credits: Net-a-porter

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High and Low


Photo Credits: Nordstrom, Saks

Just a few years ago, I could be heard scoffing at ballet flats, lamenting that they were unattractive and a trend that was going to fade. Shoes were at least 4 inches high or they weren’t on my feet. Fast forward to me becoming pregnant and all of a sudden I’m living in flats and singing their praises like we’d been best friends since forever.
As a new mom trying to get my style groove back, I’m still loving my flats, but am also working the heels back into the shoe rotation. My recent sale purchases are evidence that I’m becoming (or rather, continue to be) a bit of a shoe whore. Second markdowns started this week and I picked up the Burberry platform sandals I’ve been coveting from afar for those occasions when sexy trumps comfy, as well as a pair of Miu Miu bow flats I didn’t know I needed until I saw them selling at 60% off (funny how the relationship between need and cost works in my mind).
From now on it seems it’s going to be 4″ heels or no heel at all…anything in between has no place in my closet.
xx, S
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