Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Two new favorites

Hello everyone!

If you feel like trying new things, check out my two latest discoveries: Mother magazine, and the blog Bluebird (by one of Mother magazine's two co-editors, James Kicinsky-McCoy). You will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween fashion

Hello everyone! Are you ready for Halloween?

Our house is decorated, kids' costumes have been purchased (although sizes are not quite right), and even I got a disguise (I am going for the look above. Yes, really.). I cannot wait! 

P.S. If you are staying at home to welcome trick or treaters, I think this dress and some makeup would make a perfectly fashionable gothic mom. (Yoox has pretty good selection, too.)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

In awe on a Tuesday night

Hello everyone! Have you heard of Pari Ehsan?

I have read about her over the summer, on my phone, in the dark, next to the sleeping baby. I had thus never had the chance to see properly her stunning images, which merge fashion and art and have (rightfully) warranted her CFDA's inaugural prize of "Fashion Instagrammer of the year". I rediscovered her today via the edit she curated for Holt Renfrew in occasion of the new exhibition on Michelangelo at at the Art Gallery of Ontario (see above photo).

Now I am a (Instagram) follower of @Paridust, and you should be too.

P.S. More art and photography that inspire me, and other blogs I love.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Feeling lucky on a Friday

Hello everyone!

Today it was Friday the 17th, which in Italian folklore is the unluckiest day of the month. This is why I drove extra-carefully to Beyond the Rack Warehouse Sale in Lachine, where I was expecting to find phenomenal designer deals.

The sale is well-organized and the staff is super-nice. Today there were no lines to get in, and inside it was crowded but not unbearably so. Unfortunately the corner with designer items is so small that reminded me more of a garage sale rather than a warehouse sale. (I am sure I have more designer items in my closet, which is no particularly well stocked). In addition, I found that the price of most items was high for a warehouse sale. (For exemple, the two Burberry coats available were 699.99$, the one cashmere Burberry sweater was 299.99$, and the two Proenza Schouler PS11 were 999.99$). That said, since I was lucky enough to get there half an hour after opening, I was able to come home with the bag of my dreams: the only Celine's shoulder bag available, which seldom goes on sale and whose price was about 70 percent off retail.

The sale continues through Sunday, October 19. A sales representative told me that there are no plans to restock. If you are looking for great deals on designer items, do not waste your time driving to Lachine unless you need foam-memory pillows (priced at 19.99$), a small selection of Ralph Lauren's summer kids clothing (which was already quite picked out at noon today), or a Steve Madden puffer (priced between 49.99 and 89.99$ depending on the style).

Pictured, from the top: my first Celine bag; the inside of the warehouse; no name shoes; Steve Madden's puffer jackets; the designer corner; look-expensive Sergio Roma suede booties (priced at 39.99$; totally worth it if you wear 3 inches heels).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Love the place you shop: Indigo Chapters

Hello everyone! Do you shop at Indigo Chapters?

I love fashion finds from unexpected places, and Indigo Chapters is one of them. Besides being my one-stop destination for books, stationery and paper goods (including those by Kate Spade and Garance Dorè), I am a big fan of their handbags and accessories.

This clutch is my latest find. It is as beautiful, but much cheaper, than a Clare V. foldover clutch, and it fits perfectly into this tote, which you'll forget it is made of faux leather because of its clean lines and Celine-sque appeal. (If I had not already have too many totes, I'd by it in this color as well). And now that temperatures have dropped, I am considering buying this scarf, which is immensely soft. 

One piece of advice: Indigo Chapters has always great online deals (and Matt & Nat, and Baggu bags...), so check there before you hit the store!

P.S. More great places to shop in the Montreal area here.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Good things come to those who wait

Hello everyone! Did you shop Canadian Thanksgiving's sales?

The final shopping destination is now Christmas. For all of us leaving in Canada, there will be few promotions awaiting, but across the border (where all the good sales are anyway) discount shopping is just picking up steam.

Discounts will continue to get better until after American Thanksgiving, so there is no rush if you are trying to snatch the best deal. However, if you need or want to shop right now, there are three places where you want to point your mouse to:

Yoox's Dreambox discount announced last week and unveiled today is 20% off (code: LOVEDREAMBOX). Time to get those wishes off your list, since Yoox sales are hard to come by.

Shopbop's Friends and Family is 25% off until October 16 (code: FAMILY25).

The Outnet
The Outnet has a very good handbag sale right now, which includes the almost-never discounted Clare V.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks' Friends and Family is 25% off until October 26 with code FRNFAM. Saks also has duty-free shopping and free express shipping without a code.

Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus has yet another duty-free promotion + free express shipping until October 26 (code: DUTYFREE). These come by often (there has been pretty much once per month since last January), so do not feel rushed.

Art: The Wait by Jean Béraud.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Clare V. has hit The Outnet

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

There are still a few hours left to shop those Thanksgiving deals but... Drumroll please: Clare Vivier (now rebranded Clare V.) has hit The Outnet. (I guess it was just a matter of time, since Net-a-Porter started carrying Claire V. last year).

I  love this pouch and this weekender, and I am drawing on an imaginary blackboard the following equation: handbag designer that never goes on sale + The Outnet = maybe I'll pass on the Thanksgiving deals. How about you?

Photo: A lovely being.

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