Monday, December 22, 2014

Aldo Holiday A-List Event: Holiday Fashion & Accessories

Guest post by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty's Closet:

Worldwide Aldo is the go-to shop for women, from budget conscious to uber-trendy, to find up-to-date styles at great prices.  Aldo on Robson Street may have a prestigious postal code but it has the same great style and prices as the others around the city.  

On November 21, Aldo partnered with newcomer Verlico and Elizabeth Manuntag aka ‘The Style Saver’ fashion blogger, to host an invite only shopping event that showcased the latest Aldo holiday collection. On hand were an especially helpful and happy staff to cater to invitee's every whim including shooting 'casual' candid's with various handheld devices.

A festive table complete with sugary snacks, chocolate and macaroons, non-alcoholic beverages (as a majority of Aldo staff are under 21 years old), a prop accessorized photo wall and a three look mini-fashion show sponsored by Turnabout Consignment which included a 'Girls Night Out', a 'Casual Date Night' and a 'Office Holiday Party' themes. 

Nothing gets a group of fashion bloggers and keen shoppers moving and grooving than dance music and an additional 15% off all currently offered sale items. At the register the most popular items were blinged out knit toques in grey, large statement necklaces with rhinestones and chains, and knit turbans in jewel tones which will photograph fantastically in cold weather selfies.

In attendance were a handful of Vancouver’s top style/fashion bloggers such as Joshua Langston of The Social Life, Jessica Luxe of JessicaLuxe, Samantha Sito of Obsessive Trend Invitation,  lifestyle journalist and television host Natalie Langston, and local personality Skye Lintott of Real Housewives of Vancouver and entrepreneur who will be launching online healthy lifestyle magazine February 14, 2015.

Jacket-Talbots Petites (thrifted), Shirt- (thrifted), Pants-Zara W&B Collection (thrifted), Boots-Tommy Hilfiger (thrifted), Earrings-H&M, Purse-Steve Madden (via Winners), Umbrella-Little White House

With Britta, myself Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty's Closet (centre) & Skye Lintott of My Skye Berry Pie (right)

Fashion bloggers Samantha Sito of Otis Samantha (left) & Rosalia of Style Love & Britta

Britta couldn't leave without bringing this beauty home with her!

One of Elizabeth of The Style Savers' styled holiday looks on Kate Mazurok: this also makes a cute date night outfit!

Another one of Elizabeth of The Style Savers' style looks on Ariel Marie, perfect for a workplace holiday party!

Finding the #perfectpair with (left to right) Samantha Sito of Otis Samantha, Bree Aylwin of The Urban Umbrella, Leanne Footman of LegalLee Blonde, and Britta

Stephanie Trembath (left) of Verlico (you can find Vancouver Vogue on Verlico here!)

The gorgeous Gatsby-inspired headband and embellished beanie were must-haves!

Thanks to Kuna Photography for many of the amazing photos! 


Helen Siwak is all about food, fashion and furry friends. She is the president and co-founder of eco-friendly local luxury fashion re-seller (offering shoppers classic designers like Armani, Versace, Dior to modern trendsetters such as Jeremy Scott, Kate Spade and Stella McCartney) and a plant-based healthy food advocate with food service. She and her partner Vlassis have three rescue pets, interns, a fridge full of veggies and a shiny motorcycle. Life is good. Twitter: @kitsilanokittys / Instagram: @kitsilanokittyscloset / FB: KitsilanoKittysCloset

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