Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Crazy fashion

Hello everyone!

It has been a (long) while since my last musings on the craziness of fashion (full set here). Here is a really good one though.

If you are still missing a present for someone on your Christmas list, and have a spare 40K in your bank account, fear no more! Neiman Marcus is hosting an exclusive 72-hours sale of Hermes bags, starting at about 38,000 US$.

I mean, can you even spend that much money online? My credit card company calls me when I make a purchase over 1000 CAD...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Happy Cyber Week!

Hello everyone! Did you shop on Cyber Monday?

If you did not, fear not. A few retailers have just endorsed Cyber Week. It is now clear that online shopping has kept 6 million less shoppers than anticipated to show up in American stores last Friday. This is perhaps why Cyber Monday deals have been extended. If they have not, the available discounts at several online stores are still almost as good as those on Black Friday. To keep up with this constant turnaround, follow us on Twitter! I will keep selecting the best deals for Montreal and Canadian shoppers.

Most important, remember that today is actually Giving Tuesday. It may be the best time before the real holiday craze hits to think about how to give back this year.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

All out

Hello everyone! Did you notice how fast and furious the Thanksgiving sales have come this year?

As I had just finished posting about the best pre-Thanksgiving deals, I started getting emails about Black Friday specials last week, and yesterday morning every commercial I heard on the radio began with "Don't miss our Black Friday sale!" 

Except for Target and the GAP group, do not expect great deals in brick-and-mortar stores (this is Montreal, after all). So skip Holt Renfrew: sit back, relax, and hit the Internet instead. If there is one thing the Great Recession has brought Canadians are more and better online deals from US retailers that now ship across the border.

Today only, you can buy a Nespresso U with milk frother for 149.99$ (that's 100$ off!) at The Bay. (Nespresso machines never go on sale, so hurry!)

J Brand's distressed 811 jeans are on sale for 124.99$ (from 285$) at Aritzia. (Other basic styles are priced around 100$.) It is perhaps your best chance to catch on the distressed denim trend.

Mango offers 30% off everything until Sunday (code: 5BLACK3 and BLACKFRIDAY14, respectively). This down-filled parka would be perfect for winter.

Joe Fresh offers 30% regular-priced merchandise until Sunday (code: BLACKFRIDAY14). A great opportunity to grab a new pair of jeans!

The Outnet offers free shipping (code: HAPPYHOLS), which is an almost 30$ savings on Canadian orders. I just ordered this sweatshirt. (To make fun of my French obsession).

Minted offers between 15 and 20% off holiday cards -- you can even buy them now and personalize them later.

Happy shopping!

P.S. Zara has announced a sale starting tomorrow. Follow us on Twitter to know more!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving, dear American readers!

It is an ordinary day here in Canada, and pumpkins and fall foliage have disappeared a few weeks ago. I have been spotting Christmas decorations almost since the beginning of November! Yesterday I was incredibly happy to have spotted this decorating gig in action: I finally confirmed my suspicion that it takes a crane to put lights on this huge pine (we pass it every day on our way home from school/office). Ah!

We actually do celebrate American Thanksgiving. We have lived long enough in the US to love this tradition, and we have a small crowd of American friends in Montreal with whom we like to share it with. It feels like our own Christmas, and gives us the chance to exchange wishes and good laughs with most people we care about, and that we seldom get to see during the holiday break. Because it is such a friendly, low-key event, it is difficult to stress out about it, and today I am enjoying a quiet day after the departure of my parents (whom have visited us for about a month).

Wait then for my next post, filled with Black Friday shopping tips!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Jumpstarting that list

Hello everyone! Are you ready to jumpstart that gift list?

The best deals will not happen until after Black Friday, but there are a few good ones right now as well.

Neiman Marcus offers duty-free shopping on online orders over 100 USD until November 16 (code: FREEDUTY)

Yoox offers up to 25% off items in your Dreambox (code: ENJOYCOLORS). Contrary to previous sales, you did not need to have added these items before hand. Just make sure you add them first to your Dreambox and then to your cart.

Joe Fresh offers 25% extra final sale items until November 16. (Don't get too excited the selection and, especially, the sizes are limited).

Starting Monday, November 17, Minted (my favorite destination for paper goods and custom art) offers 25% off a single curated art pick every weekdays for 25 days.

Image: J Crew.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Notes to self

Hello everyone! Do you use Bloglovin for iPhone?

I am beyond thrilled that it is now possible to pin images directly from Bloglovin iPhone app. This is why in the past few months my Inbox has been overflowing with emails I sent to myself from Bloglovin, to remember to save posts and, especially, images.

To start fresh now that this feature is available, I went through the above-mentioned emails and sorted them out. You would not believe how many interesting things I found.

A great quote, from a beautiful (or should I say glamorous?) Tumblr feed.

A lot of workspace inspiration (now on my Pinterest board), including the lamp of my dreams.

This photo will be my Christmas inspiration.

A reminder of what my kids want from me. (I needed it).

The Legographer.

One of my favorite parenting posts.

Finalists and runner ups at CFDA Instagram awards 2014. (I am now following @amy_stone)

My new favorite photographer and his shots of Cinque Terre (I am following him on Instagram too)

Books I's like to read (like this one).

While I was looking for this bucket bag, which is obviously not on sale anymore, I stumbled upon the best imitation of Phillip Lim's mini Pashli for less than 50$. Go, get one now. (The black version is already sold out). If you are rather a fan of Coach's Borough bag, you can get that one too.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Around my closet with Flair

Hello everyone and happy November!

I have been a bit off because my parents came to visit us two weeks ago, in occasion of my older son's birthday, bringing a lot of presents including one of my favorite Italian magazines. I love to see what's trending in my home country, especially since my aesthetic has been getting less and less experimental and closer to my roots.

It is amazing how far away October (and the last post I wrote in this series) feels! Last time I checked, it was all about Fall's best coats and mocassins, and now it is puffer and boots season. My closet has not yet made the transition. I am just distracted because, you know, the Christmas Book arrived and gifting season is officially open.

As for me, I finally found what I am asking Santa this year.

This book is on my list for Santa, too. (GOOP's edited bookshelves are the best.)

I wish I was still nursing to ask also for the most fashionable teething jewerly around. (I would totally get the goldie.)

Fortunately, it will be at least easy to stuff those stockings with this notebook (discovered via Ez a while ago).

P.S. After the holidays, I am embracing the Japanese art of decluttering. Period.

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