April 29, 2014

Style Icon Spotlight: Emily Haines

We all have our mentors in life, some are people we know and interact with face-to-face, and others are people that we admire and emulate from a distance, like a celebrity, whom we will not likely ever meet.

For me one of those style mentors is Emily Haines from the indie band Metric. If you've never heard of this band then I suggest you get on You Tube and look them up stat because they are amazing (IMO). They are an indie-rock band that formed in 1998 in Toronto, Ontario and they have so far released five studio albums as well as many side projects under different names. 

Emily Haines was born in New Delhi, India and later moved to Canada with her family where she was raised in a very artistic and musically creative household.

For me Emily is the ultimate style icon, the moment that I came to this realization  was during one of their shows in July 2008 at the annual outdoor music festival Bluesfest (Ottawa). As she took the stage with her band mates that night, my friend and I kept jumping up (we were so far back) to try to catch a glimpse of what she was wearing. It was a simple outfit of a shiny blouse, short shorts, a zip-up hoodie and boots but I was in awe. She may have a stylist to help her choose her outfits or she may make her own choices but either way everything she wears is pure perfection.

What I love about her style is that it is glamorous, rocker-chic and laissez fair all at once. The way she looks always seems to be an after-thought, as if she got dressed without even looking and it just so happened to look good, a fact to which she was also oblivious to. Her hair is usually a blond shoulder length bob and it is almost always a bit messy, but I think that also suits her and I love the fact that she doesn't seem to bothered by it. She is a great example of age-less style, although she is 40 this year, she could easily be mistaken for someone in their early thirties and she can wear anything a younger person could wear with her slim and tall physique.

This summer I plan to try to channel a bit of Emily Haines in the ways I dress. Not necessarily a literal stalk her life and wear everything she wears but to take inspiration from her and try to care a bit less about how my outfits will be perceive by others.


Who's your style icon? Who will you be channeling this summer?


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April 28, 2014

Online Shopping Guide: Hudson's Bay


Recently (over Easter weekend) as I was checking through the many retail emails that I receive daily, I came across one from Hudon's Bay, they were announcing the beginning of Bay Days (a mega sale that lasts until April 24th, see here for included deals).

For those of you who may not be familiar with Hudson's Bay (or the Bay as it was once referred to) it is a company with Canadian roots dating back to 1670 (for more info see here). Some of the brands that they carry both in their stores and on their website include: Alberta Ferreti, Alfred Sung, B Brian Atwood, Balenciaga, Badgley Mischka, BCBGMaxAzria, Birkenstock, Calvin Kleine, Coach, Cole Haan, Diane von Furstenberg, Diesel, DKNY, Guess, Hunter, Ivanka Trump, Jones New York, Tommy Hilfiger, TopShop, Ralph Lauren and many more.

As I was browsing through the shoe section, I found several pairs of sandals that I liked and therefore felt I must buy (serious shop-a-holics will understand me here) and although I had never ordered from their site before I decided to give it a go.

The website is easy to use and is tablet-friendly, they offer many clear, high-quality photos of each item as well as a zoom tool, there is a size guide included so you can check the dimensions in case you are concerned about fit. I did not experience any issue with sizes being unavailable and most shoes were offered in a variety of colours. Some items were already marked down and these items would still qualify for the Bay Days discount (for shoes it was - get 30% off when you buy 3 pairs or more).

Once I had added all the items to my virtual shopping cart, I was then prompted to create an online profile (if you have an HBC rewards card you can connect it so you can receive points for your purchase). One downside was that I did have some issues adding my credit card and after determining that it was not an issue with my card, I opted to complete my order over the phone. The service rep that I spoke with was extremely nice and she helped me to complete my order quickly and efficiently. The best part of this experience was that with the shipping option I chose (standard shipping 6-7 days with Canada Post is free if you order over $99) my package arrived in 2 days, after a holiday no less! So if you are interested in ordering high-quality clothing, footwear, accessories and more, you want free shipping and an easy checkout process, and want more for your money, then I highly recommend checking out Hudson's Bay.

Any questions or comments are welcome!


April 25, 2014

Weekend Eye-Candy

Weekend Eye-Candy

Floral print maxi skirt
$440 - smets.lu

Vans canvas sneaker

Susan foster jewelry

Heart jewelry

French Connection leather watch
$125 - frenchconnection.com

Maison Michel colorful hat
$790 - monnierfreres.co.uk

Illesteva glasses
$335 - avenue32.com

CK One mascara
$29 - debenhams.com

Kenzo perfume
$70 - theiconic.com.au

Essie nail polish

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