Musings

The Backseat Stylers Featured in CBC’s Story on the Rise of the Fashion Blogger

If you follow The Backseat Styles on Twitter or Facebook, or are an avid watcher of CBC’s various daily news offerings, then you may have caught yours truly on the boob tube yesterday. S was featured alongside fellow Toronto fashion blogger Jay Strut in reporter Deana Sumanac’s timely story on the rise of the fashion blogger, which was previewed on the morning news and aired on The National.

In case you missed it, check out the clips below for a peek at yours truly’s 15 minutes of fame.

On the morning news:

On CBC’s The National:

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Mellow Yellow

My closet has been undergoing a colour evolution over the past year, and this Viktor & Rolf sale find from The Room at The Bay was the most surprising addition to date. Me in mustard yellow? Never would I have imagined! It’s never had a place in my wardrobe until this very blazer, and now I’m wondering where it’s been all my life. In fact, I’m so enamoured by the jacket that I wore it for a recent shoot for eBay.

I’m currently featured in the eBay Style Stories series. In the interview, I’m asked to divulge my favourite eBay find ever (too many to name, really!), what’s next on my must-buy list (hint: a piece from a Toronto-based jewelry designer), and my eBay saved search terms (top secret info!). Find out all of that and more about yours truly in the story here.

xx, S

Viktor & Rolf blazer / Zara blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

Image courtesy of eBay

Beauty

The Backseat Stylers in ELLE Canada’s ’60 Seconds to…TIFF Red Carpet Ready’ Beauty Video

I may be all about the fashion, but when it comes to makeup I’m a complete neophyte.

I have my handful of trusty products I stick to and rarely try new ones, mostly on account of my lack of skill. I won’t attempt a smoky eye, for example, because I just know I’ll end up looking like a raccoon. I envy those of you who can pick up a new cosmetic product and know exactly what to do with it to give yourself a new, fabulous look every day.

I desperately need a makeup lesson or two, so when Jennifer Weatherhead of ELLE Canada reached out to me with the opportunity to play model for their video, ’60 Seconds to…TIFF Red Carpet Ready’, I was definitely in! Off I went to Gee Beauty in Toronto, fresh-faced and ready for my red carpet transformation.

There, the lovely Celene Gee worked her magic, giving me a perfect complexion, sharp cheekbones, smoldering eyes (hurray for false lashes!), and a bold red lip – in no time flat. I was so thrilled with the results that I (a) asked Celene to move in with me (she politely declined) and (b) called the Mister and demanded an impromptu, fancy date.

TIFF had yet to arrive, but the look the Gee Beauty ladies gave me was exactly what I’d want for a trip down a red carpet. This ol’ mug has never looked better. Thank you, ELLE Canada and Gee Beauty!

Check out the video over on ElleCanada.com for a 60-second tutorial on how to achieve a red carpet-ready makeup look in a rush, including application tips, recommended Gee Beauty products and…me!

xx, S

Street Style

The Backseat Stylers x FLARE.com: ‘Bloggers Style Challenge – Back to Work’ Feature

My Twitter profile reads, “Finance geek by day, fashion blogger by night.” Two very different worlds, and I generally prefer to keep them from colliding, sartorially speaking. I leave the leather, fur and sky-high platform stilettos at home when I’m headed to the office, but that’s not to say I don’t like to have a little fun with my work ensembles. When FLARE’s Ryan M. Cheung asked me, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog to document a week’s worth of office-ready outfits for FLARE.com, I was up for the challenge.

The feature, ‘Blogger Style Challenge: Back to Work’, went live this week and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Nelia, Kim and I each have very different personal styles, but I love how they shine through despite strict office dress codes. We may be sitting in cubicles all day drafting memos and pulling together Excel spreadsheets, but we’re going to look good doing it, damn it. Anya dubbed me “the most stylish accountant” she knows, and I’m going to go ahead and assume she knows plenty of finance folks and wear that title with pride.

Thanks Ryan and FLARE for giving us working girls some love! Outfit photos and details are below, including my office style tips and commentary on my favourite work-appropriate pieces. Check out the full feature over on FLARE.com.

MONDAY: BACK-TO-BACK MEETINGS


J.Crew blouse / J.Crew pencil skirt / Balenciaga bag / Chanel pearls / Bruno Frisoni shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

The Look: On busy, meeting-filled days, I reach for an outfit that looks polished and won’t distract from what I have to say. This green blouse and abstract print skirt pairing is a go-to ensemble for such days because it’s interesting without being too loud. My Balenciaga motorcycle bag used to be reserved for evenings and weekends, but I’ve recently started carrying it to the office as well. It adds just the right touch of edge to what are otherwise usually very classic work ensembles.

Style Tip: Nothing adds polish to a work outfit quite like a strand of pearls. My Chanel double-wrap pearl necklace is one of my most prized accessories and the easiest to wear.

TUESDAY: DAY AT THE DESK


J.Crew blouse / Giambattista Valli skirt / J.Crew necklace / Chanel bag / Christian Louboutin shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

The Look: When I know I’ll be spending most of the day at my desk rather than in meetings, I can have a little more fun with the sartorial choices I make that morning. Those are the days when I pick the brightest colours and boldest accessories, like I have with this J.Crew yellow blouse and Giambattista Valli purple skirt combination.

Style Tip: Don’t be afraid to wear colour to the office! Polished and professional work attire doesn’t have to be black, white and grey. If you’re feeling shy, start with one pop of colour.

WEDNESDAY: MAJOR PRESENTATION


Nanette Lepore tweed suit / Valentino Red shirt / Calvin Klein tights / Valentino shoes / Celine bag / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

The Look: When I have a major presentation on the day’s schedule, there’s no other option for me than a sharp suit and chic shoes. I feel my most confident when I’m sporting a well-fitting skirt suit and my beloved Valentino bow booties. My navy tweed suit by Nanette Lepore is my absolute favourite. It fits like a glove and has ladylike details like a pleated back on the skirt and rounded collar and pockets on the jacket.

Style Tip: A crisp white shirt is a must in any office-ready wardrobe, but plain isn’t in the requirements. My Valentino Red blouse has a ruffle-trim placket, but I’m also a big fan of epaulets, cute buttons and well-placed pockets.

THURSDAY: DESK TO DINNER


Erdem shirt / J.Crew skirt / Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem shoes / Chanel bag / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

The Look: An ensemble that I’ll pull together for both the workday and dinner plans will usually be on the more adventurous side. This bright green pencil skirt paired with my Erdem floral print blouse and matching shoes certainly fits the bill.

Style Tip: My work wardrobe is full of pencil skirt after pencil skirt, and lately I’ve been addicted to J.Crew’s no. 2 pencil skirt. They fit me well, and come in a range of to-die-for colours, prints and fabrics each season. When you find a particular style that you love and flatters your body type, go ahead and stock up! Because my collection of J.Crew pencil skirts includes navy cotton eyelet, pink tweed and green cotton abstract print, no one is the wiser.

FRIDAY: CASUAL COOL


Sandro blouse / Theory pants / Banana Republic necklace / OBJECT for Danier clutch / Charlotte Olympia shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup

The Look: Four workdays out of five you’ll find me in pencil skirts, but when Friday rolls around or I have a fashion industry event after work, I may just break out some pants. On those days I’ll pull some cheekier pieces out of my closet, as I have here with a peter pan collar blouse by Sandro, a croc-embossed leather banker’s envelope by Object for Danier and, of course, cat shoes. My Charlotte Olympia velvet cat pumps are the most whimsical shoes in my closet that can make the leap to the workplace without looking inappropriate. They put a smile on my face and a spring in my step even on the busiest and most frustrating of workdays.

Style Tip: Who says office footwear needs to be bland and sensible-looking? Pick a pair of not-so-basic pumps in a fun pop of colour, with an eye-catching embellishment, in an interesting material or silhouette…or, better yet, all of the above!

xx, S

Musings

The Backseat Stylers Featured on ASC Public Relations’ Blog

Toronto-based public relations firm ASC PR featured me on their blog, and I love how the post came out – thank you! I’ve become accustomed to playing the role of interviewer thanks to our Dropping By The Backseat series, so it was fun to be on the other side this once.

In the post, I reveal everything from where The Backseat Stylers name came from to the most memorable moments of my blogging career to date. Read the entire interview over at ASC PR’s blog.

xx, S

Musings

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers! In honour of our nation’s birthday, S shared some Canadian fashion love, as well as her favourite way to toast Canada’s big 144th (hint: it involves her other passion!), with Elle Canada. How will you be celebrating on this hot and sunny July 1st?

xx, T & S

Street Style

The Backseat Stylers in Flare.com’s Spring Shoe Guide

The last time Flare Magazine‘s Assistant Digital Editor Ryan M. Cheung sent me an assignment, it was to Wear Canada. A few weeks ago, mission #2 landed in my inbox: don my favourite Spring shoes for a “Bloggers Style” feature. Mission accepted with pleasure, Ryan.

One very quick shoot in high velocity winds and below freezing temperatures later, I find myself on Flare.com amongst 29 of the very best fashion and style bloggers from across the country. And wearing my beloved Charlotte Olympia ’Bananas Is My Business’ fruit-themed pumps, no less. There was never any question in mind as to which shoes I’d choose for the occasion, only what to pair them with. My very first Equipment blouse (start of a new addiction, I’m sure), favourite FALLON cuff of the moment (an ongoing obsession), and my classic Marc Jacobs Stam (an oldie but a goodie) did the trick.

I’m ready for Spring, and more importantly Spring shoes! I’ve got a few new pairs I’m dying to take out for a spin. What say you, Mother Nature? Check out Flare.com‘s Spring Shoe Guide and Bloggers Style story here.

Equipment blouse / Thakoon pants / Charlotte Olympia shoes (last seen here) / FALLON cuff / Banana Republic necklace / Marc Jacobs bag (last seen here) / Mango belt / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up

xx, S

Musings

BeTrendMe.com Breaks Down The Backseat Stylers’ Style!

Our friends over at BeTrendMe.com have us featured on their site this week, and we’re tickled pink! The site is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Dan Kanter (Musical Director and guitarist for Justin Bieber!) and Yael Kanter (Fashion Director of VintageCouture.com, who we posted about here), and focuses on fashion trends for the teen and young adult markets.

“BTM loves their style!” they say about us, and have selected 2 of S’s recent outfits to break down, piece by piece, and show their readers how to get the look. The first ensemble is the very one that was included in Flare.com’s ‘Wear Canada’ blogger feature, while the second is an all-black getup worn to Operanation last Fall. If you missed S’s red tartan equestrian jacket by Smythe or strapless bubble-skirt dress by David Dixon when they were in stores, don’t fret. BTM has found chic and affordable alternatives that are available right now.

Check out the full article here. Thanks for the love, BTM! We love you right back.

xx, T & S

Contests

The Backseat Stylers Guest Curate Boticca.com, plus a $250 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

If you follow The Backseat Stylers on Twitter, then you already know this week’s super exciting news: we’re guest curating over at Boticca.com, one of our favourite online destinations for jewelry and fashion accessories! Incredibly well-curated, Boticca features unique pieces by top emerging designers from all around the world.

From the Origami Jewellery triceratops necklace S is coveting to the LeiVanKash skull bangle T’s daydreaming about, we had a really tough time picking just 8 pieces to spotlight. In fact, our Boticca wish list is much longer than that, and we guarantee yours will be too, if you haven’t already discovered the site.

But don’t you fret – we can help with that dauntingly full shopping cart of yours. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Boticca.com to give away a $250 shopping spree to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers!

Contest Rules:

1. To enter, leave us a comment on this blog post with your full name and valid email address, plus a link to the item on Boticca.com you’ll choose if you win the contest.

2. For a bonus entry (you must complete step 1 above first), follow The Backseat Stylers and Boticca on Twitter, and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a $250 shopping spree at @Boticca, and I want it! http://bit.ly/scrEc9 #giveaway”

3. For another bonus entry (you must complete step 1 above first), set your Facebook status to “The Backseat Stylers are giving away a $250 shopping spree at Boticca, and I want it! http://bit.ly/scrEc9″ Be sure to tag both The Backseat Stylers and Boticca so we see it.

4. Maximum 3 entries per person.

5. By entering this contest, you are consenting to being signed up for the Boticca.com e-newsletter and agree to Boticca’s privacy policy.

6. Entries must be received by November 20, 2011 11:59pm. The winner will be selected randomly from the submissions using random.org and will be announced on November 21, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail.

7. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

8. There are no prize substitutions.

Good luck everyone!

xx, T & S

Musings

The Backseat Stylers Wear Canada on Flare.com!

When Ryan Michael Cheung of FLARE contacted me about participating in the magazine’s Wear Canada initiative, the only question in my mind was, “What to wear?!“. With a range of Canadian talent in my closet, it was a tough decision, but I landed on a rather predictable choice: Smythe. Anyone who’s followed this blog for even a minute knows I have a serious addiction to Smythe jackets:

“The first time I spotted this Smythe tartan equestrian jacket, back in the Fall of 2009, it was love at first sight. The red plaid, contrast leather elbow patches and flattering fit reeled me right in. Just when I think I can’t possibly justify buying another Smythe blazer, designers Christie Smythe and Andrea Lenczer surprise me again with yet another colour and fabric combination I just can’t live without. The fact that this talented duo is Canadian, and their designs made in Canada, is a bonus.”

But one plaid blazer, as fabulous as it is, does not an outfit make, so I paired it with my favourite Pink Tartan blouse for an extra dose of Canadian fashion power, and threw on some Thakoon pants and Brian Atwood boots (purchased at least from a Canadian retailer, The Room at the Bay) to round out the ensemble. Thanks Ryan and FLARE for including me and my sartorial ode to Canadian fashion in your feature!

Check out the complete gallery on FLARE.com here to see all 22 of the lovely bloggers from across the country. And be sure to join us in showing our national pride on October 19, and wear Canada!

xx, S

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