Monday, May 23, 2011

Canadian, online and fashionable? Yes please!

Shopping online has become almost as common as shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store. With detailed sizing charts, free shipping and handling on a handful of online stores and exclusive sales, online shopping has got it going on! With so many great sites out there it's easy to given into the temptation of clicking and buying but before you give into to your shopping desires, do you know if the website ships to Canada? Are there extra fees that incur if you buy a product from an online boutique that is not Canadian? Well fear not my Canadian fashionistas and welcome!

Offering a carefully edited collection of contemporary fashion including companies such as Foley & Corinna, House of Harlow and Rebecca Minkoff, this members-only shopping boutique offers a lovely collection of pieces perfect for the modern and stylish consumer. Mondays no longer have to be the dreaded day of the week because will be offering new products and every Thursday there will be a weekly luxe deal! As a member you also get exclusive access to trend reports and the ability to read their magazine!

What are you waiting for? Click here and start shopping!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo of the day: I AM A STYLEITE!

As I mentioned awhile back, the Toronto-based fashion blog has a feature called Styleite that highlights the latest and greatest stylistas in not only the fashion industry but everyday people too. The latest Styleite to grace the web space of is none other than the creative force behind Amanda's Fashion Spot , moi! Look above to read about all of my fashion favourites including cameo rings and Chanel bags as well as my style philosophy. Here is what I had to say about my style favourites:

When we were a university student, our main concerns were getting good grades and finding a part-time job that could provide us with enough beer money for our Thursday night pub crawls.  Nowadays, in between attending classes and hitting the books, fashion students are watching the runways, reading,  and even finding the time to write about their sartorial wonderings on their very own blogs (a much better habit than nursing a post-Thursday night hangover we might add).  Enter Amanda Stines.  This student-by-day fashion blogger-by night uses her site, Amandas Fashion Spot, as a platform to discuss all things “chic and feminine”, from coverage at fashion events like LG Fashion Week to her fashionable travels to NYC and beyond.  We particularly enjoyed her coverage of the Royal Wedding (it was Amanda who taught us about the Carrickmacross lace used in Kate’s dress).   
All About Amanda
Style Icons: “Gwenyth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo, my aunt, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Rivers”
Favorite Shops: “Bloomingdales, The Bay, Club Monaco, Joe Freh and Zara”
Shopping Philosophy:“Everyday is dress up day! Colour is your best friend! Don’t be afraid to take risks because it is better to be the most dressed up person at an event than the underdressed.”
Amanda’s Picks:
House of Harlow ‘Violet’ wedge sandals – $250 at
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – price upon request at Chanel
Alex Woo Little Signs Bull Taurus necklace – $158 at Alex Woo“Every once in a while I like to add a little bit of kitsch to my look and this necklace adds to that while still being tasteful.”
Zara pink blazer- $79.90 at Zara“I have really dark hair so I love to wear bright colors that constrast with my hair. I like this look because it shows that combining contrasting colours in one outfit can work so long as the cut of the clothes are simple.  Otherwise it looks tacky.  I also love this outfit because each piece can be worn on its own and still make an impact.”
‘Liz’ Romper – $196 at Yumi Kim“Rompers are one of my favourite pieces because they are really comfortable and have the look of a modern, fashionable city girl.  I love this romper because of the loose fitting v-neck cut of the top juxtaposing with the geometric print of the bottom half.  The loose belt adds a nice casual and romantic touch.  This is something I would wear with tall wedges and an elaborate necklace.”
Vintage cameo ring – $968 at Anthropologie“I have a soft spot for vintage jewellery, especially from the Victorian era. This ring perfectly represents that because it combines a traditional, romantic and feminine esthetic that I like to incorporate in my look.  Cameo rings go great with any look that has light colours and a touch of lace.”

You can also check out my official Styleite page here.

What are your fashion favourites? What's your style philosophy? Let me know in the comments, Facebook or Twitter!



Monday, May 2, 2011

Photo(s) of the Day!: Spring Inspirations

Every once in awhile I love to look at some of the things that inspire me in fashion. From glamorous, decadent bedrooms to tigers in the wild to lavish gowns, these are things that make me smile and inspire me to take risks in the fashion department. 

What are some of the things that inspire you? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Sunday, May 1, 2011

Royal Wedding: Let's See The Dress!

We all know that one of the most anticipated parts of a wedding is the dress! Lovers of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress everywhere were giddy as ever in anticipation of what designer the Duchess of Cambridge would choose to create her Royal Wedding dress. 

Now we all know that the Princess Bride had chosen to wear a traditional and feminine gown by Alexander McQueen's, Sarah Burton. Reminiscent of Grace Kelly's wedding dress, the beautiful gown utilized a lace bodice that was created with an Irish lace technique called Carickmacross that added a very classic touch to the pleated skirt which had a bustle-like detail at the back of the gown. 

The overall silhouette of the timeless wedding gown was simple and chic being put together by hand by Sarah Burton, with the slim A-line skirt having built-in padded hips that emphasized her slim waist. The delicate veil was made of silk tulle and was trimmed with hand embroidered flowers that created a picturesque look that complemented the gown beautifully.  

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton had her sister and senior lady-in-waiting, Pippa Middleton carry her train into the church which was over six feet long! As you can see the length of the train beautifully complements the pleating at back of the gown and has a structured yet diaphanous quality. Lovely!

What do you think of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton's wedding gown? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!