Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

I found some very fun & flirty outfits at the thrift store this time, aren't they cute??

I'm quite proud of this find: not only does it fit like a glove, but with an original price tag of $345, it's quite a steal! I've been pining after Black Halo's Jackie O Dress for years now, but couldn't quite afford to invest that much in a dress...sometimes patience really does pay off!

Store: Value Village
Brand: Black Halo
Store Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $12.99
What it Costs New: $345 (find it new here and a slightly longer version here)

It's a tad too large...but how could I refuse this adorable dress?? I was buying another dress, when the saleswoman informed me dresses were Buy One Get One Free, so I snagged this one too; I figure I can always tie a belt around it if need be!

Store: Salvation Army
Brand: XXI formal (Forever 21)
Store Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $0! (It was Buy One Get One Free on dresses, otherwise would have been $9.99 reg)
What it Costs New: ~ $40

Ohh I have plans for this skirt! It's going to look great with a red plaid button up shirt, or an-all black top with black flats. Perfectly feminine.

Store: Salvation Army
Brand: T. Babaton (Aritzia)
Store Section: Skirts 
(I found this in the size 2 section, but it fits! I'll probably have to loosen up the lining because it's a little too snug on the hips. but otherwise fits great- this is why you always try things on, even if you're not sure it will fit!)
What I Paid: $7.99
What it Costs New: ~ $100

Happy Styling! xo


Monday, December 15, 2014

Look of the Week: Fun & Fashionable Holiday Attire

If you're ready to go bold for your holiday party this season, a jumpsuit like this is worth trying! This is why I love thrifting: you really never know what you're going to find, and sometimes it makes you try things you normally never would....and more often than not, you're pleasantly surprised!

This Moda International jumpsuit in wine is the perfect way to stay comfy - without wearing sweatpants - at your holiday parties. Match it with a winter lipstick hue like this berry colour (which is actually 2 Covergirl Lip Perfection colours combined), and you'll be glam and good to go.

If you find an awesome outfit in the thrift store to wear to your holiday parties, Tweet me or Instagram me your photos!

Outfit: Jumpsuit- Moda International (thrifted), Blazer-BCBG Max Azria (thrifted), Necklace-Olive+Piper, Shoes-Guess (thrifted)
Makeup: Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick (in Divine and Euphoria), Revlon Skinny Liquid Liner, Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara , Revlon Gel Envy Nail Polish (in High Roller)

Happy Styling! xo


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Meet Helen Siwak, Vancouver Vogue's New Contributing Writer!

I am very excited to introduce to all of you Vancouver Vogue's newest contributing writer, Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty's Closet!

Helen is a life-long thrifting maven with an unbelievable knack for finding luxury and vintage designer clothing, a skill she has used to build her eco-friendly fashion shop, Kitsilano Kitty's Closet. She's also a talented writer, covering local fashion events including two seasons of Vancouver Fashion Week and VALT. She'll be bringing all kinds of great event coverage, interviews and other captivating fashion content and personalities your way here on Vancouver Vogue!

After decades of thrifting for fun and friends, Helen (and her Greek partner in life, Vlassis) decided to start a new business re-selling online. They began thrifting for treasures, attending estate sales, auctions and even yard sales looking for top notch and unique product. Three years later, fashion has taken over their lives and they are now on the hunt for a retail space with great character to house their collection of unique, eclectic and sometimes eccentric pieces!

Helen and Vlassis are lovers of cool fashion which blends new with old, great deals, quick and easy vegan cooking, animal rescue and raising eco-consciousness through their efforts.

So say hello to Helen, and check back for new posts by her on Vancouver Vogue!

Happy Styling! xo

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday is Back!

I know it's been a long time since I've done a Thrifty Thursday post, but don't worry, I haven't stopped thrifting! I'm going to be bringing this back as a weekly post again, catching you up on what I've found recently, and showing you what I find in the coming months. Since I have recently moved, I'm looking forward to checking out some new thrift shops and finding some amazing new treasures!

How could I pass up on this cozy little jacket? Oddly enough, it's cut like a moto jacket, but has the warmth & thickness of a winter coat, although the suede and fur are both faux. 

Store: Salvation Army
Brand: United Colors of Benetton
Store Section: Front of the store (special item)
What I Paid: $29.99
What it Costs New: ?

In winter, it's all about the layers, and right now, oversized sweaters and coats are the the biggest trend for staying warm. I love that this one is in a classic camel colour, and has a waterfall hemline to it. Pretty and cozy!

Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Peter Nygard
Store Section: Sweaters (found it in the Medium section, but actually a Small)
What I Paid: $7.99
What it Costs New: ~ $90

I've never heard of this brand before, and I can't find it anywhere online, but this shirt is comfy as hell!! Not only that, but it fits perfectly. I really love the deep V neckline and the slightly ruched shoulders; for once, I don't hate a button-down type shirt!

Store: Salvation Army
Brand: FOA
Store Section: Activewear Tops
What I Paid: $3.99
What it Costs New: ?

Happy Styling! xo

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Look of the Week: Fall & winter fashion staple, the faux fur vest

This is from a little while back now, when I checked out the annual Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley. This is always my favourite event to kick off the fall/winter season; the streets are full of tasty homemade treats, handmade gifts & trinkets, and of course there are cranberries in bulk packs being sold in front of city hall. You can't help but get excited for the season of family turkey dinners, chilly walks, and cozy sweaters!

I'm a big fan of faux fur; it has this luxuriously cozy look and feel to it that make it such an iconic part of fall/winter fashion. It made for the perfect statement piece over my thrifted cashmere sweater and vintage-looking Olive + Piper knot necklace. My favourite oufit colour palette at the moment is a mix of cream, wine, cognac and olive, all of which I incorporated here. Ankle boots are the perfect way to amp up the style without sacrificing comfort; I can walk in these ones all day! If you haven't been before, mark down October 10th 2015 in your calendar! You don't want to miss it next year.

Clothing: Vest-Seduction(via Sirens), Sweater-Neiman Marcus(thrifted), Necklace-Olive+Piper, Pants-Urban Planet(similar here), Boots-Guess, Purse-Steve Madden(via Winners)

I look forward to this all year: tire!! French Canadian treat of pure maple syrup on snow, from Maples Sugar Shack

The sweet tooth runs in the and the not-so-little bro

Of course, I had to snag some macarons from my favourite Little White House

 Happy Styling! xo


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nina Tan Design at Vancouver Fashion Week

Sometimes, you need to step outside your fashion comfort zone to really have some fun with your style! Stephanie Hung of Nina Tan gave me the opportunity to wear some of her newest pieces to Vancouver Fashion Week this past season, and it really got my imagination running wild!

This Nina Tan collection offers an assortment of pieces in this unique blue print: jacket, skirt, pants, and dress. Rather than picking just one piece to wear, I thought I go print-overload and style 2 items! The key is to balance all that print out with solid colours, in this case, a very vibrant highlighter yellow top. And the result? A head-turning statement ensemble. The best part of all, is those pants are insanely comfortable, so I can go from wearing them to Vancouver Fashion Week to rocking them on the couch at home!

You can check out my interviews from Day 3 at Vancouver Fashion Week below, where I chat with designers Taranjit K Cheema, Melissa Bolduc, and Shravan Kumar on Wow TV's Vancouver Weekly.

Jacket & pants- Nina Tan Design, Tops-Winners, Shoes-Army&Navy

Interviewing Taranjit K. Cheema at Vancouver Fashion Week (see interview on Wow TV below)

Interviewing Shravan Kumar at Vancouver Fashion Week (see interview on Wow TV below)

Joined by the talented ladies Samantha Sito of Obsessive Trend Invitation (left) and Aurora Chan of Style by Fire (right)

Front row catching the shows with Miranda Sam and Aurora Chan of Style by Fire (both wearing Alex S. Yu designs)

You can watch my coverage of Vanouver Fashion Week, including my interview with Taranjit K Cheema, Melissa Bolduc, and Sharvan Kumar on Wow TV's Vancouver Weekly!

Happy Styling! xo


Monday, October 27, 2014

A Chic Halloween Tutorial & London Drugs Cosmetics Contest

Check it out! If you're looking for a fashionable Halloween look, I've got a tutorial video for you! I teamed up with London Drugs Cosmetics to put together a gorgeous Vampire Chic how-to video to get you inspired for the #LDglamoween contest they're running right now! Check out the video and then share your #LDglamoween beauty look for a chance to win a $100 London Drugs gift card...I'll be choosing the winner November 6th, so get your entries in by November 5th! (See HERE for contest details)

See HERE for contest details!

Happy Styling! xo