Monday, August 31, 2009

Street Stylin': Becca & Tali

A couple weeks ago, Nantali (aka IamBlackgirl of Nomadic Massive) stopped by for a jewellery cleaning and I just loved how her summer outfit matched my intern Rebecca's. I'm really enjoying the skirt worn high and belted with a slim fitting tank top.

I love Rebecca's Disney Snow White-esque layering of tank tops to look like a bodice. Nantali was blinged out in Brazen Design as usual, this time paired with this incredible ring from Dubai.

I know today feels far too cold for this outfit but I think this look will transition really well into fall with the simple addition of leggings, tall boots and long sleeved shirts.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

All Hail The Sale! Fig Clothing (made in MTL yoga gear!)

Fig Clothing, a made-in-montreal yoga and "travel wear" line is having a sale on their upcoming Fall collection.

28th to 30th of August

4416, St-Laurent, STUDIO 305
Montréal, QC, H2W 1Z5

Friday 28 August 10am - 9pm
Saturday 29 August 10am - 4pm
Sunday 30 August 10h - 4pm

Cash only/Final Sale

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Street Stylin': Gorgeous Jillian

I saw my gorgeous friend Jillian for coffee at Olympico on Sunday. As usual, Jill was decked out in head-to-toe made-in-montreal digs.

Her fantastic high-waisted pencil skirt is from HomeBaked, purchased from General 54.

Her adorable lace top with billowing cap sleeves is from none other than Lustre, purchased from Lustre Boutique.

Her earrings are none other than Brazen Design - the One Off collection. Purchased from Spring Puces Pop. The ring was picked up at the St Laurent Street Fair for 5$. The Oyster shell necklace is from Hilary Thomson.

Jillian's bright cuff is from Pupina, purchased at Katrin Leblond. The bra is Marlie Dekkers, purchased at the blow-out sale I blogged about in May.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Street Stylin' Style Tip: Accessorizing for weddings

Adrienne came by to borrow some accessories for a wedding. She had found a gorgeous vintage-styled dress (at Gap, believe it or not) with a beautiful tiger lily print in white on royal blue. I couldn't believe how perfectly the Brazen Design Tiger Lily Necklace went with the pattern. To suit the style of the dress, we strung it on a very long diamond-cut ball chain and then paired it with Adrienne's own pair of Brazen Design Small Leaf Vein Earrings.

The key with accessorizing for weddings it keep it simple: go with one or two larger items than you would normally wear, instead of lots of small. Unless, of course, the wedding is a very formal affair in which case you can wear a full earrings/necklace/bracelet/ring set.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Street Stylin' Style Tip: Belts! Perfect for weddings.

If, like me, you have multiple weddings to attend before the summer draws to a close, you may be feeling it in your wallet. Buying gifts, travelling and needing multiple outfits per wedding really add up. Borrowing is a great way of making a great-looking one-time outfit that doesn't break the bank.

Nancy was in the same situation and so we had an accessory date. Belts were the focus, as we were trying to give shape to a gorgeous but shapeless Banana Republic dress found on super sale. We finally located the perfect one: my wide black leather belt with snap and puckered front detail (handmade from second hand leather in Montreal by Deborah Adams, available at Lustre Boutique). It matched the other pleats in the dress and instantly gave Nancy a flattering hourglass silhouette.

We also had fun dressing Nancy up in a variety of other belts to match her fantastic black tube/black skirt outfit that day. She left wearing a faux leather green wraparound that I picked up in NYC as well as an extra-wide purple leather made-in-Canada corset belt from Bedo.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

All Hail The Sale! Jennifer Glasgow Spring/Summer '09

Alright. This is NOT TO BE MISSED. I'm serious.

Jennifer Glasgow's made-in-Montreal-with-love Spring/Summer collection is on CRAZY SALE online! Remember those gorgeous high waisted cottom denim trousers I raved about? 49$. Yes, that's right: 49$.

Just...just go.

Style Tip: It's gettin' hot in here! Stay cool.

Woowee! I just scanned the weather projections for the next week and it is gonna get H-O-T-T. I'm so glad I was gifted this Kimchi Blue (made in the USA!) lace-neckline tank yesterday by the always-stylish Reema Singh of Cocoa Locale - it'll be the perfect nearly-nude top to stay cool in this week.


Pair a light, long and billowy tank with short-shorts or a mini-skirt. If you're feeling a little more conservative, try a pair of lightweight (linen or cotton) capris. Accessorize with a skinny belt around your natural waist. Finish the look with strappy wedge sandals.


Lalouka's handmade-in-Montreal bloomers:

Second-hand Givenchy Sandals from Shoes and Your Mom

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Featured Purchase: Lalouka Nautical Pinstripe Skirt

I recently stumbled upon Lara's Etsy stores - Lalouka (handmade goodies) and The Crumpet Closet (vintage finds) and went nuts for her stuff.

Think retro casual cool meets smart garden tea parties (Lara's originally from England).

I promptly ordered the Nautical Pinstripe Skirt and I LOVE IT! Lara tailor-made it to my size and I've worn it twice since picking it up on Friday. The fabric is a nice mix of strong and stretch and I love the highwasit - it's very flattering. My favourite touch is the contrasting horizontal stripes in the pocket. And as Lara put it, it's "very nice in the bum".

She's gearing up for her fall line so I'll let y'all know when it's ready. In the meantime, head over to her shop and pick up this skirt or a pair of bloomers - it's gonna be a hot september!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Featured Product: Eco-conscious foot bling from Neuaura

I've recently started following's blog and I just had to re-blog Kate's post from this morning. These shoes are TO DIE FOR - except that nothing died for them - AND this vegan, conscious-production foot bling is ON SALE!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Montreal Shopping Guide for IdStyle

Check out my guestblog on Idiosyncratic Style - Kristen asked me to put together a Montreal Shopping Guide and I had so much to say! You can read the guide here, and Kristen's IdStyle Spotlight on Brazen Design here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I heart Black n' White nailpolish.

Thanks to the combination of a friend throwing a nailpolish party, another friend showing up with a bottle of black nailpolish and other friends encouraging a move away from the classic red I usually sport on my nails (toes only unless I'm on vacation - the woes of a rough-handed bling maker), I have become obsessed with black nailpolish. And nothing is classier than black and white so when I spotted a bottle of white nailpolish on a toilet paper-run, I couldn't help myself.

I'm a changed woman. Now if only I had the skill to paint houndstooth on my nails!

P.S. Sorry, no photos of my chubby and painted fingers or toes allowed. But you can submit yours to me and I'll publish them!

P.P.S. Again, not a fan of posting photos of myself but here's the promised photo of the Valerie Dumaine Cardigan - I've barely taken it off; it's the perfect summer rain and chilly evening wear to throw over my dresses n' sandals uniform. The propane tank makes for a strange background...