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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 15 Ankle Strap Sandals We’re Obsessing Over

Vancouver’s Jen of Her Waise Choice rocked a high-slit skirt in The Canadian Street Style Lookbook recently, and our eyes immediately went to her ankle strap sandals. We’ve been loving the look for a while now, and it may just have turned into another shoe obsession for us.

From Alexander Wang‘s ubiquitous ‘Lovisa’ pump to ALDO‘s double-strap ‘Earlene’, we now have a whopping 15 pairs of ankle strap sandals on our wish list – all thanks to Jen. Check out the gallery below for all our picks. Are you coveting them too?

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Admiring from the Backseat: BAFTA Film Awards 2014 Edition

Lupita Nyong’o in Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture

The BAFTA Film Awards were held at The Royal Opera House in London, England yesterday, and the Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett style watch continued. Neither disappointed; Lupita donned a gorgeous green couture number by Dior, while Cate chose a floral print column gown by Alexander McQueen.

This awards season’s sartorial frontrunners weren’t the only ones to impress. Naomi Harris brought a chic pop of pink Gucci to the red carpet, Angelina Jolie looked cool as a cucumber in a Saint Laurent tuxedo, and Olga Kurylenko stunned in a mermaid-inspired gown by Burberry.

The Academy Awards are just around the corner on March 2 (with Ellen DeGeneres as host!), and we can’t wait to see what these and our other favourite leading ladies have planned for the red carpet of all red carpets.

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2014

Naomi Harris in Gucci 

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent 

Olga Kurylenko in Burberry 

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Denim Pieces Fit For a Canadian Tuxedo

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about redefining the Canadian tuxedo, and we here have something to say about it. The traditional Canadian tux is a glorious denim-on-denim ensemble, and we see no reason to veer away from that. In fact, Alexandra of I’m A Little gave us every reason to pull out all of our favourite denim pieces with the double denim special she served up in the Canadian Street Style Lookbook last week.

Unfortunately, our joint closet was lacking in Canadian tuxedo potential, so we embarked on a hunt to find the coolest denim pieces available this fall. Our wish list got very long, very quickly: Étoile Isabel Marant‘s dogtooth-print skinny jeans (USD$385), Diesel‘s ombre denim high-tops ($135), Karl Lagerfeld‘s neon yellow biker jacket (USD$335), and J.Crew‘s chambray tie (USD$68.50) definitely made the cut. Check out the rest of our denim picks in the gallery below.

Will you be working some denim-on-denim action this fall?

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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 20 Pairs of Must-Have High-Heeled Ankle Booties

We here at The Backseat Stylers live for fall fashion. One of the biggest reasons? The ankle bootie. It’s by far our favourite shoe silhouette, and we were reminded of our love for them when we spied Krystin of Suburban Faux Pas (featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook) sporting a pair of high-heeled, leopard print beauties. Now we’re digging all of ours out of the closet, but – like any good shoeaholic – are longing for a new pair to add to the fall rotation.

We searched high and low for a pair worthy of splurging on, and found ourselves head over heels in love with a whopping 20 gorgeous styles. Between the adorable, bow-adorned Christian Louboutin ‘Autonodo’, the ladylike ‘Pamla’ booties by Enzo Angiolini, and the incredibly fierce ‘Kim’ metallic lace-ups by Gucci, we’re having a rather tough time settling on just one pair…or even two. We dare you to try.

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Admiring from the Backseat: Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl 2013

We’ve been counting down the minutes until Beyonce’s half-time show performance ever since it was announced, but Jennifer Hudson‘s appearance minutes before the Super Bowl was definitely noteworthy. Her rendition of “America the Beautiful” with the Sandy Hook Elementary chorus was a touching and emotional moment. We also couldn’t help but notice how chic she looked.

The Grammy Award winner chose a Monika Chiang high neck leather top, L’Wren Scott pencil skirt and Saint Laurent ankle cuff pumps for her Super Bowl gig. It was sophisticated with an edge, and perfect for the occasion.

xx, T & S

Images via People, Us Weekly

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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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