What’s In Store? End Of Season Transitional Sale Items

The excitement of end-of-season sales, especially for a shopaholic like me, may lead to unnecessary purchases. However, the temptation to buy dozens of trendy pieces, just because it’s related to two magic words, final markdowns or clearance sale, will ultimately make me end up with a closet full of unworn clothing, hanging there with the price tag still attached and a real guilty feeling.

Before going on a shopping spree, there are a few things you should be aware of. The most important thing is trying to focus on the items worth buying, like fashion pieces that you can still wear next season or basic garments that will never go out of style. One way to control an impulse buy is to ask yourself whether you would wear this piece more than once and if would you consider owning this item if it wasn’t on sale.

To help you approach sales in a smart way, here are five outfits I have tried, from the summer collection, that are worth the investment and will make the transition from summer to fall more smoothly:

Rock ‘n’ roll vibe: Zara

If there was ever a garment that can be worn all season long, while maintaining a cool vibe, I would definitely say it belongs to the rock ‘n’ roll tee and the leather jacket. They are both versatile pieces that look great with classy high waisted trousers, as well with a denim mini or skinny jeans. A leather jacket is a timeless piece for any wardrobe and it’s also an integral part of our fall wardrobe. To make a statement, you can wear it with red jeans, that infuse colour into your everyday wardrobe and can works for multiple occasions.

High quality pieces: Club Monaco

The best time to buy quality and value piece is during end-of-season sales, when the prices are affordable. It’s better to look for trans-seasonal pieces which you can wear now by itself or layer later, when fall arrives. Here is my pick from Club Monaco, a lightweight, 100% silk dress with a unique paisley pattern and a versatile day to night silhouette. You can pair it with flat sandals or sneakers for an effortlessly casual look, or wear it with high heels and a fancy clutch for an after hours look.

Back to basic: COS Store

Buying trendy pieces for half price at the end of a season is tempting, however investing on timeless minimalist pieces will be the smarter option. Try to focus on clothing that will last for a longer period of time and can take into the early days of fall. COS is the perfect place to find clean-lined classic pieces, that will always keep you looking sophisticated. I opted for relaxed fit trousers with pleated hems in green and paired it with a basic top.

Black and white with a little twist: Topshop

You can never go wrong with clean and modern black-and-white look, especially when it’s organized into patterns like checkered or stripes. Since black and white goes with everything, I paired the striped crop top and lace skirt with a furry pink sandals, which injected some fun vibes to the polished outfit. The fluffy material continues to be a big hit for fall 2017 and it also allows you to get in the mood for coziness, that resembles the fall days ahead.

Florals Forever: French Connection 

Floral print, especially tropical ones seem to always be attached to spring/summer collections. By adding cool neutrals, the print can be transferred easily from summer to fall. Additionally, floral print is no longer exclusive to the blooming season, so you can carry your favourite prints into the cooler weather. These statement skinny jeans are definitely suitable for a chilly climate. Simply wear it with a cozy sweater or with a cropped puffer jacket and finish the look with an ankle boots.

 

What’s In Store? 5 Must-Have Items On Sale Now And Perfect For Spring

With the colder temps, spring seems so far away. However, there is no better time than now to freshen up your wardrobe by taking advantage of the end of the season sales. By splurging a little now, you will save later and put that money toward something else.

I decided to make things a little easy for you and went to several brands to select the top fashion pieces that will continue to shine in the next season. I collected five trends that promise to make the transition from winter to spring smooth and stylish .

Racing stripes – Zara

The athleisure trend for Spring 2017 is all about stripes in any size and colour, with a strong primary-hued stripes and racing flag details. Be sure to make a statement with standout colourful stripes and don’t hesitate to mix and match different stripes together. The look above features a sweater and pants from Zara and is the perfect example of how to combine different size of stripes in a classy way while maintaining a sporty vibe.

Ruffles on ruffles, Cos Stores

I hope you aren’t fed up with ruffles because this trend isn’t leaving anytime soon. Frills and ruffles were all over the runways. And this spring, it will be more about layers that create a more voluminous statement.

Of course it doesn’t mean that you need to go crazy with ruffles, but I do believe that a little extra fabric here and there never hurt anybody. With this thought I went straight to COS and chose some items from the sales department. These shoulders gave me an edgy look, while the mini skirt with the cute frills on the side brought out my feminine side.

Back to the 80’s, Aritzia

These Aritzia asymmetrical pants in khaki beige are a modern version of the 80s high waisted trousers with a roomy fit on top, tapered at the ankle. The pants made my smile even wider when I found out that they are on sale. It’s the perfect mix of easy to wear item and chic. I paired it with vintage inspired blouse to add a luxurious touch.

Fifty shades of pink, Topshop

Get ready to reveal your girly side, because this sweet colour is going to be everywhere this upcoming spring. The good news is that any shade of pink will work. From baby pink to bubblegum hue or even fuchsia, simply pick the shade that works best for you.

I decided to take the trend one step further by creating an outfit in head to toe pink. I picked up a sweater, coat and skirt from Topshop‘s sale section. There is something about this rosy hue that presents strong sense of femininity and boldness.

Flower Power, Club Monaco

This trend has caught my eyes because it’s like a little note from spring saying “don’t lose hope, the blooming season is on the way”. Florals are often a staple print during spring and summer, and this upcoming season will be no different. Don’t be afraid to cover yourself with everything from traditional to abstract floral prints — the louder the better.

My artistic essence came to life in a form of pants and dress I found in Club Monaco at an amazing sale price. This allover floral print dress will no doubt take you from winter to spring with minimum effort while giving you maximum style!

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Here Comes The Holidays: Marina’s Wishlist

As Black Friday creeps closer and closer, it reminds us that the holidays are upon us. I’m a simple woman, really; I like being comfortable, happy, and relaxed. That is why my wishlist includes some key pieces that I need in my life that will optimize my relaxation during this busy season.

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1) I have loved Club Monaco before I understood what it was. My mum used to dress me in the classic Club Monaco sweaters when I was little and it was the first brand I remembered longing for. That hasn’t changed, and this season, they have produced a collection of classics that you can effortlessly layer that I can’t wait to get my hands on, including the Amoray Nep Cashmere Sweater.

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2) Whether it is incense, candles, or smudging sage in my apartment, my housemates can attest that I am obsessed with making my home smell earthy and clean. That is why I have had my eyes on the DayNa Decker Atelier Candle Set from ANI+WREN. Each soy wax candle has a distinct soothing scent, so you can change the feeling of your home dependent on your mood.

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3) What is more important than sleep? The answer is nothing. You spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping, so you better make sure that you are having the best time possible. My holiday has come a little early, as I have already got a couple of the new Dormeo Evolution Dream Memory Foam Pillow for myself. You’re thinking “pillows”, but yes, pillows are so important. Between all the running around I do in a day, when I hit my bed, I want to have ultimate comfort and support, and that is what the Octaspring technology does. It has a combination of plush, memory foam to support your head, and ecosprings to give added support to your neck and shoulders. If you’re going to get anything off this list for certain, start with these.

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4) I have really started to pay attention to my well-being, and that includes taking the time to power down and be still.  My secret getaway in the city is at the Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La, indulging in their Hammam and Gommage treatment. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the lovely staff, who encourages you to spend the day enjoying the facilities, including my personal favourite, the relaxation room, where one is transported to a temple of calm. The treatment begins in the high intensity steam chamber, which rids your body of all unwanted toxins while purifying yourself, before enjoying a full body Gommage, with eucalyptus infused black Moroccan soaps and warm oils. It’s an experience like none other, which leaves you glowing from head to toe.

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5) I live in a beautiful heritage building with ancient hardwood floors, and when our Toronto winter hits, those floors become the bane of my existence. Lucky for me, I’ve found Sanuk, a brand of footwear with a similar mantra as Novella: made for the community, by the community. Created by yogis, surfers and dreamers, the Siena collection has a tribal outer shell, with a soft fuzzy interior, that Sanuk says is like walking on clouds. Yes please.

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6) Finally, as a freelance writer, I am always on the go, whether it is across Toronto, or across the continent, so I need a reliable bag to carry my laptop and essentially my life. The Harmonist Shopperbackpack by Bench is the epitome of what I need in a bag. It’s beautifully designed, from the sleek black frame, to the functional backpack to crossbody to shoulder bag straps, to the spacious interior with secret compartments. Whether I’m running to catch a plane or the streetcar, this bag will always be with me and that makes everything ok.

Happy Holidays – MK

Shop All Weekend: Motorcycle Jackets

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There is no other piece of outerwear that is more synonymous with Fall than the Motorcycle Leather jacket. Yes, we all wish summer esque weather was still around, but for the next few weeks when the weather reaches the perfect medium of just the right amount of cool, there is nothing better than getting your leather jacket on. For some reason, people in the city often confuse fall and winter as the same season. Admit it, we’ve all seen our fair share of Canada Goose parkas come out of hibernation, when we’re only in the middle of October. Fall is it’s own season, and if you want to own some fall style, having a Moto jacket in your arsenal is a good way to start. A well made, classic motorcycle jacket can last you multiple fall seasons, and can pretty much be worn and paired with everything in your fall wardrobe, whether it’s button ups, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, jeans, chinos, or joggers. It’s the perfect piece of outerwear to own, if you feel you need a bit more of a presence, without having to resort to peacocking with bright colours, or avant garde silhouettes that you might not feel comfortable with. Here are some of our favourite leather jackets that are available to be purchased in the city this season.

Golden Bear Moto Jacket

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What used to be a jacket that was worn for functional purposes for motorcycle riders has now become ageless menswear staple. If you feel your wardrobe is looking a little too bland, the Golden Bear Moto Jacket is the right jacket that can add a bit of attitude to your look. The jacket has all the trimmings of a classic Moto featuring snap down Moto collars and lapels, Asymmetrical zip front, angled zip welt pockets, snap down flap pockets, and adjustable fit belts at back waists.

Where to Buy: Club Monaco

Nonnative Rider Blouson

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There is no work around, leather jackets are expensive. Not all leather jackets are created equally, and when it comes to these jackets, you normally pay for what you get when it comes to quality and style of leather. Nonnative, the Japanese menswear brand  has always been a brand that has never skimped out on details and quality. While their Rider motorcycle jacket is on the expensive side it, it’s a worthy investment if you’re looking for a Moto jacket for the long haul. The jacket is crafted from 100% thick cowhide, and includes a mix of classic and modern details such as zip pockets, snap flap waist pockets, panelled rear hem, cotton body lining, and polyester lined sleeves.

Where To Buy: Haven

CMMN SWDN Kane Cropped Biker Jacket

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Most leather jackets come in a standard black, but if you’re looking for a leather jacket that will let you stand out from the masses, the CMMN SWDN cropped biker is a no brainer. The cropped biker jacket comes in a cool midnight blue that features a snap collar, fully lined interior, side zip pockets, and adjustable zip sleeves with interior pockets.

Where To Buy: Nomad

Schott 50s Perfecto Motorcycle Jacket

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Sometimes you just have to go for the classics, and if you want a motorcycle jacket that started it all, then you have to go for a Schott. The Scott 50s Perfecto was made popular from celebrities such as Marlon Brando and the Ramones. One of the reasons why Schott has become so iconic for leather outerwear is due to their quality. The jackets are made in the USA using high quality leather, and still run by the same original family who started the business. The 50s perfecto features snap fastening epaulettes and lapels, zipped cuffs, three pockets, snap-fastening flap pockets, and a buckle fastening belt.

Where To Buy: Mr Porter

One Month – One Colour: Purple For The Month Of August

By Matthew Wong & Celia Fernandez:

For the month of August, the colour we chose to feature is purple. Why? It’s a subtle colour that we feel that often gets overlooked by both men and women, even though the colour can easily be integrated into our wardrobes. To help everyone inject a little purple in their lives, here are six distinct pieces of purple in a wide variety of shades that can easily be worn for the month of August.

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1. Nike Free Flyknit Purple Polarized Blue

If you’re looking to add a jolt of color through your sneakers, it’s hard to say no to the Nike Free Flyknit. The Nike Flyknit series is universally praised by runners, as well as fans of fashion. The Nike Free sole is one of the most comfortable soles on the market, while the lightweight Flyknit upper makes the sneaker pop with its unique texture. Wearing the polarized purple and blue colourway is sure to be noticed, whether you plan to actually run and exercise in them, or plan to wear them casually.

Where To Buy: Nomad

2. Newman Kaddish Sunglasses

Even with summer winding down, it’s important to have a proper pair of sunglasses to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. If you’re in the market for a pair of sunglasses, but want something different from the masses of ray bans,  you can’t go wrong with Newman. The Newman Kaddish is crafted with Japanese design and pays homage to classic eyewear, so you can be rest assured that you’ll be able to wear these shades for more than one or two seasons. The Kaddish features acetate construction frames, UV protection lenses, two dot rivets on the front and sides, and integrated nosepads.

Where To Buy: Uncle Otis

3. Club Monaco Slim Fit Italian Dress Shirt

Sometimes it’s best to stick to the classics for work, and this purple gingham Club Monaco slim fit Italian dress shirt is a versatile option that can be worn under a multitude of suits. The subtle mini purple gingham makes it easy to pair with almost any tie and suit combination in your wardrobe. Crafted by a fifth generation family owned Italian mill, this shirt is one that focuses on quality. It is made with top notch cotton, and real shell buttons.

Where To Buy: Club Monaco

4. Fine Art Print & Throw Pillow

Every place needs to be updated once in a while and summer feels just like the perfect time to try different and fun looks. The Phantom Streak Nebula fine art print by Mila Tovar and Triangles throw pillow by Katarina Roccella will turn your home into an art gallery. Either for your living room or bedroom, these two pieces seem to be made for those who don’t get along with the common and repetitive decorations that big furniture and interior design stores offers.

Where To Buy: Nuvango

5. Necklace With Purple Crystal

Add a small yet statement touch to your summer looks by adding this baroque-inspiration necklace. Throw on a basic plain t-shirt, and the purple crystals over the golden wide chain on this piece will do the rest to make you look stunning!

Where To Buy: Tristan

6. ‘Salsa Air’ Multiwheel Ultraviolet Suitcase

August is all about traveling. Some people go on vacation and the ones who are living abroad take some time to go back to their countries to visit friends and family. No matter what is the reason of taking some days off, we all need a suitcase to fit all our stuff that we need to enjoy – and survive – our holidays. ‘Salsa Air’ is a multi-wheel suitcase that is, probably, the lightest luggage you’ll ever have. Made out of polycarbonate, ‘Salsa Air’ suitcase by RIMOWA isn’t only extremely lightweight but also offers maximum durability and high-quality features.

Where To Buy: RIMOWA