Musings

New Year’s Resolution #1: Sartorial Infamy

Ever since Sarah Taylor enviably became the first Torontonian to be shot by the Sartorialist, I’ve been plotting how to become the second. I haven’t had much of a plan though…until now. Armed with Refinery29′s flowchart that succinctly illustrates how to get shot by The Sartorialist, I’m certain I’ll finally succeed in 2010. I may not be Kate Lanphear, Giovanna Battaglia or a model, but I can pile on accessories excessively and ride vintage bicycles with the best of ‘em.

And if – no, when – I eventually make it on The Sartorialist, I’ll be sure to announce it via a post titled “Whoomp, there it is!”

xx, S

Retail Therapy

Oh No I Didn’t

The younger Backseat Styler and I have noticed a peculiar trend. One apparently cannot wear the Fall 2009 Chloé Ashton lace-up wedge boots without pairing them with a fur-collared jacket of some sort. It’s true – the evidence is all here.


Having no fur-trimmed jacket of my own with which to wear my Chloés, it was only a matter of time before I nabbed one. I mean, who am I to question those Chloé Ashton wearers that have come before me? I initially thought I’d found The One with the Banana Republic leather bomber I bought a few weeks ago, but it’s now going back; I found it was missing a little bit of edge. Late last week when second markdowns hit at Barneys, I scored what I’d reeeally been coveting this Fall – the 3.1 Phillip Lim leather flying jacket. Wooohooooo! The fact that the jacket was still around at second markdowns in my size, just waiting for me to come along and take it home, is a freakin’ holiday miracle. Between this and my Manolo Blahnik oxford pump miracle, I think I’ve used all mine up for the year. Good thing there’s only a few days left till a new year!

So thanks to a certain very amazing and wonderful sales associate named Nick (Old Saint Nick, perhaps??) at Barneys who went above and beyond to secure me this jacket, I now have the aviator jacket I coveted all Fall, which will go perfectly with the Chloé wedge boots I also coveted all Fall. A storybook ending to my Fall 2009.

xx, S

Photo Credits: The Cherry Blossom Girl, Karla’s Closet, She Does The City, The Sartorialist, Net-a-Porter

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat – Chloé Lace-up Wedge Ankle Boots

I must admit that on occasion I lack a bit of style imagination, and I think that’s precisely what was going on when I first saw these Chloé wedge boots. They probably reminded me of bowling shoes, which would bring to mind less than fond memories given my complete lack of bowling skills. So I dismissed them, not realizing their potential for fabulousness.

I soon discovered how very wrong I was about these boots when in one week they played the starring role in two ingenius outfits. The first boot lover was this unidentified photo subject of The Sartorialist. How perfectly that Speedy matches with the shoes is unnerving…how dare she be so effortlessly cool?

The second outfit that blew me away was Amanda Blakley’s ensemble at the Holt Renfrew Media Cocktail during LG Fashion Week. The fur-collared flight jacket, the harem pants, the lace-up boots – pure style perfection.


She Does The City

And now, of course, that I’ve realized the error of my ways, the boots seem to be sold out everywhere in my size. No chance of catching these ones during the fall sales it seems. Serves me right really – maybe next time this Backseat Styler will break out of her style box before it’s too late.

If you still have $695 left over in your fall shoe budget, try your luck at Net-a-porter or Saks.

xx, S

Annex: What a depressing story, S. BUT if you followed Karla’s Closet as religiously as I do then perhaps your fate would have unfolded differently — Karla has been sporting these wedge boots in her last couple of posts. I like how they add a sporty toughness to every outfit. I must admit, though, that I’m surprised that you like them as they do deviate quite a bit from your usual predilection for slender, feminine shoes. Well, good for you, I say! And hopefully you’ll get lucky and find a pair!

xx, T


Karla’s Closet

Annex x 2: I have the memory of a log. I do follow Karla’s blog and actually commented on this photo a few days ago. But in all fairness, my comment was that I couldn’t decide which I loved more – the jacket or the shoes…so I was distracted. The other outfits are well-styled and more matchy-matchy; Karla’s pairing of her black and white vintage jacket with these shoe boots is unexpectedly chic.

xx, S

Street Style

Life would be perfect

…if I had this bicycle, complete with the baskets. And maybe the Dries Van Noten dress too.
xx, S
Street Style

So Fierce I’m Speechless

Ridiculously chic from head to toe.

xx, S
Fashion News

The Sartorialist in Toronto

Because my invite to the Holt Renfrew cocktail party in honour of Scott Schuman was clearly lost by Canada Post, I did not have the opportunity to partake in the celebrations yesterday. Nevertheless, I am anxious to see photos from The Sartorialist’s visit to Toronto posted on his blog…hopefully he won’t keep us waiting too long! In the meantime, tiding me over are photos he’s posted so far this month, my favourite of which was of Michelle Jank. I love her style and vibe in this photo and absolutely adore that neckpiece.

xx, S

P.S. I look forward to the day when The Backseat Stylers have their own blogger window at Holt Renfrew!

Retail Therapy

Coveting from the Backseat: Prada Crocodile Satchel

This is an old photo of Miroslava Duma from The Sartorialist, but I simply adore her crocodile satchel. It’s the only Prada that’s ever remotely interested me – in fact, I’m completely blown away by it. One day, this gorgeous bag will be on my arm…nevermind the fact that it retailed for $17,500 and is way beyond my bag budget!

xx, S
Retail Therapy

I Heart Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has never been a shopping destination for me unless dragged there by the younger Backseat Styler, but ever since I saw Olivia Palermo wearing this gorgeous Kimchi Blue ruffle peacoat with military details on The City and then in this photo by The Sartorialist, I’ve had a newfound respect for UO. A jacket at a UO price point that can be paired so seamlessly and chicly with a Birkin is certainly nothing to turn my nose up at (though I remain Birkin-less for the time being).

Ever since spying this jacket on Miss Palermo, I’ve been patiently stalking the UO website for months in the hopes that my size would pop up at some point and today – voila! – it finally did! Marked down to $39.99 from $138, plus a 10% off code (SUMMER10)…who could turn down such an offer?

Here’s hoping the jacket is every bit as divine in real life!

xx, S
Street Style

The Solution to Winter Blahs

I am sick yet again and have been cursing this winter weather the past few days. There is nothing, I have been thinking, about winter that I enjoy and I am ready to move on to warm and sunny days already! That is, until I came across these photos of Miroslava Duma in this exquisite Alaia coat (ID’d by the lovely and ever knowledgeable H_Addict on tPF):


Source: Garance Doré

If I had a coat like that in my closet, I would never want winter to end, ever. I imagine myself frolicking down the streets of Toronto as beautiful, tiny snowflakes gently fall around me. Because – as you all know – bad weather (snowstorms and the like) do not happen to people in coats such as these; I am sure of it.

As for me, while I do have more coats than one needs, I do not own that particular one, so bad weather does happen to me. Thank goodness for my CL Bottes, in which I have marched all over Toronto and Montreal in very harsh weather conditions indeed. This post, therefore, is a very roundabout tribute to my beloved boots and the wonderful eBay seller who so graciously sold them to me at a steep discount.

xx, S
Annex: When I saw Miroslava’s coat I was instantly enamored and naturally yearned to fervently yell approving adjectives such as “DIVINE!” and “WEARABLE!” but it was 2 or 3 AM (that is typically when my RSS feed informs me that Garance has posted) so I did it in a very restrained fashion so as not to wake anyone up. Although I think this coat is definitely worth being woken up for in the middle of the night. Also, her shoes are so celestial.
xx, T
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