Thursday, June 6, 2019

Versace Sample Sale Comes to Vancouver

The Sample Sale Guys have come to Vancouver with a new sample sale! June 5th-9th, they're hosting a giant Versace sample sale at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. The sale promises up to 80% off clothing, hand bags, luggage, backpacks, bedding, scarves, belts, boots, jackets, watches and more. I'm not necessarily a label-obsessed, but I do enjoy a great deal, and in case you do too...I wanted to give you a quick peek inside the sale! I attended the sale the night before it opened to the public and snapped lots of photos (and snagged a list of prices!) so you'll know exactly what to expect if you're thinking of checking it out.

When: June 5th-9th, 2019
  • Wednesday June 5th: 11am - 11pm
  • Thursday June 6th: 11am - 11pm
  • Friday June 7th: 11am - 10pm
  • Saturday June 8th: 11am - 9pm
  • Sunday June 9th: 11am to 6pm

Where: Sheraton Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Of course, I'm sure the thing you're most keen to know is what the prices are like. You can check out the pricing chart below for a sneak peek. I wish that there was a bit more of a breakdown in the pricing, to be honest. For instance, mini purses and big purses were all the same price - it would have been nice to see a slightly cheaper price on the mini purses. That being said, $300 for the VERSUS Versace purses were still a pretty good deal. 

The shoe selection wasn't massive (I do believe there was better selection in the men's shoes), but they did appear to have a wide selection of styles, and they were all really neatly organized on tables by shoe size. I did fall in love with a certain pair of cobalt blue platform heels...they were truly stunning, but a bit outside my budget. If you've got the cash though, there were some sweet pairs of kicks worth picking up.

There was also a good selection of belts, scarves and even bathing suits and sportswear. The one other thing I was drawn to was the leather gloves. For $99, they were a beautiful buttery leather and had small gold Versace symbol at the wrist (sorry I didn't get a photo!). I didn't see any size small though, so, unfortunately, I had to pass on those. But definitely grab a pair if you're a medium, large or x-large glove size!

Purses are usually my go-to at sample sales like this. My favourite was the little white VERSUS Versace purse on the left. It was $299, so not bad. As I mentioned above though, I do wish that the smaller bags were priced accordingly, compared to the larger bags you'll see below. I'd say the bag selection was quite good - there was a giant long table stacked with all kinds of sizes and designs that ran a good part of the length of the ballroom where the sale was held.

The backpack in the middle below was also one of my favourite finds - the leather was so buttery soft!

If you're looking to pick up just a little designer accessory, the sale did also have a small table dedicated to everything from wallets and keychains to rings and other jewellery. 

Most of the space was dedicated to clothing of course, and the racks were jam-packed! Sizing was clearly indicated on signs above the racks, and there seemed to be a good selection of all sizes. With the amount of people shopping, I wouldn't assume you'll be able to try everything on (I think I saw one corner with some makeshift changerooms?). So just keep that in mind. There were also other clothing items like bath robes, 

A couple other things to keep in mind:
  • You can only pay with credit card or debit at the sale
  • There's no strollers, jackets, or hoodies allowed inside
  • Bags will be checked by security on your way out

While it's always best to hit these kinds of sales in the first couple of days to get the best selection, if you wait it out 'til the end of the sale, you may find yourself able to snag some items that have been further reduced in price!

Happy shopping! xo

~ Britta

Monday, June 3, 2019

Snakeskin Trend 4 Ways

If you pop your head in any store lately, or take a peruse online, you're sure to see a ton of snakeskin print right now. It's ramping up to be one of the hottest trends of the year, and while your first thought might be 'ew, that's such a cheesy print', don't write it off just yet. There are lots of ways to wear this rather bold print, and they're not all necessarily that bold. But they're all stylish, that's for sure! Keep reading below to see 4 different ways to wear the snakeskin print trend.

Snakeskin the 1st way: small accessories

White Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit Evelyn White Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit Evelyn White Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit Evelyn 

One of the easiest and least scary ways to wear snakeskin is in a small accessory like a belt! This belt used to be my mom's and unfortunately is starting to see some wear, but there are tons of snakeskin belts out there so I'll be looking for a replacement now. I've linked up some affordable ones at the bottom of the outfit photos here too! Other snakeskin accessories might include purses, choker necklaces, scarves, and sunglasses - I've liked up some affordable ones below. But the key here is to only style one small accessory in the trendy print. It's a relatively busy pattern, too, so I like to pair it with solids (like this awesome and affordable white one-shoulder jumpsuit from Femme Luxe!)

White Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit
White Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit

Snakeskin the 2nd way: shoe details

Black Belted Bodycon Midi Dress Angelica Black Belted Bodycon Midi Dress Angelica Black Belted Bodycon Midi Dress Angelica

Now, I've still been on the hunt for a super bold pair of snakeskin boots or heels, but I realized I already had this pair of heels in my closet that have just a small piece of snakeskin pattern on the back! I actually thrifted these years ago (they're originally from Zara), and they're still one of my favourite black pumps. I've linked up some shoes here with just a hint of well as some that are full on bold snakeskin shoes! Either way, pairing them with something like this classy black bodycon midi dress from Femme Luxe - it's just $69.66 and it looks like a million bucks - is a perfect combo.

Black Belted Bodycon Midi Dress Angelica
Black Belted Bodycon Midi Dress Angelica

Snakeskin the 3rd way: full-on bodycon

Animal Snake Print Square Neck Strappy Midi Dress Carly

Now if you're ready to go bold, bold,'ve got to get yourself a snakeskin bodycon, like this Femme Luxe snake print strappy midi dress! It's it fabulous?? And it's just $31.26! Again, like with the other outfits you've seen above, I've styled it with solids only - no other busy patterns. Black and white are definitely the easiest 'colours' to style with snakeskin, so you can definitely start there. A pop of classic red works too!

Animal Snake Print Square Neck Strappy Midi Dress Carly
Animal Snake Print Square Neck Strappy Midi Dress Carly

Snakeskin the 4th way: the statement jacket

Animal Snake Print Biker Jacket Pearl

So needless to say, I found a whole bunch of awesome snakeskin items from Femme Luxe (so many good affordable finds!!)...including this snake print biker jacket! If most of your outerwear is feeling kind of blah, a fun statement jacket like this is the perfect way to spice things up. I paired it here with a simple strappy tank top and jeans. For a casual outfit, you could swap out the heels for a pair of bright white sneakers!

Animal Snake Print Biker Jacket Pearl
Animal Snake Print Biker Jacket Pearl

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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