Monday, September 1, 2014

JAC store and studio at 164 W. 5th, in Vancouver, is big, bright and open - a perfect place to enjoy personal shopping and fashion events like the Spring Collection, organized and presented by Vancouver Fashion and Personal Stylist, Nicolette Lang-Anderson.

Thanks for wonderful wardrobe classics from local designer, Jacqueline Conoir!

Sophisticated, tailored and trendy" truly characterizes Conoir's styles.  
I loved the jackets, especially, for their fine tailoring, zippers and colors.  
They would look great, especially on a small frame, like mine. 

Very fond, too, of the visuals on the dresses. 

This is a great place to shop all of the collections in one locale, 
to look wonderful in the chic dressing rooms and to have access to 
personal styling and service at your finger tips.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

On Wednesday, August 27th Express hosted a Holiday Preview that included winter looks and Red Carpet inspired looks as they are an official sponsor of TIFF this year!

I've collected quite a few Express pieces since their arrival in Toronto. Some of my favorite pieces have been dresses, pants and jewelry. I still wear an amazing bright neon necklace that I purchased 2 years ago! 

For this preview, Erica Wark stylist extraordinaire, created red carpet looks and gave us the run down on the key trends. Wearing an adorable red Express midi skirt, white pumps and a white tee, Erica enthusiastically greeted visitors. Erica is a resident fashion expert on Steven and Chris, The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show and Entertainment Tonight. Read more about her on her website Erica on fashion.

I loved Erica's refreshing take on red carpet style. She chose modern separates for women, mixed gold and silver jewelry and strappy heels for women. For the men, she chose boots with trousers, sleek vests and mad men esque ties. On the men's front, she said vests are a great way to slim down a silhouette. That's the thing about fashion, there's always something new to learn! 

Thanks Erica and Express for a fantastic event! Check out the latest holiday and red carpet looks below! 

Red Carpet Ready!

Always love Express jewelry

Erica Wark wearing and holding the Express midi skirt
I have the same one in black!

Styling away!

Boots for men!

Mad Men esque

Vests are slimming for men!

Jewelry galore!

Everyone at the event eagerly checking out the latest looks!
Always a season or two ahead :)

Treasure Seeker Colleen loves this one!

Loved the accessories here!

Friday, August 29, 2014

No matter where we travel, we always seem to be able to find a thrift store! This time, we found a Salvation Army in Midland, Ontario! Alas, I didn't leave with anything; but lovely Colleen found a cute pair of tennis shoes, perfect for gardening and dock walking for just $4 and practically brand new. This little Midland thrift store had quite a few treasures and of course it's always great to support a good cause at the same time. I took a few photos of the treasures someone will find a home for eventually. Happy thrifting!

Lots of furniture, great for furnishing a cottage on a budget!

Treasure Seeker Colleen might have found something here!

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just got back from a refreshing weekend up on Thunder Beach on the Georgian Bay in Ontario. Usually we spend Friday night getting settled and enjoying the patio before heading into Midland for an afternoon of shopping and flat white coffees at the local coffee shop on Saturday, and this weekend was no different. Midland was particularly lively this weekend as it was the annual Art Walk festival. The main street was closed and local vendors had tables set up with their specialties. It was great to see the community in full swing! We walked around and shopped and I bought a fantastic pair of tights at one of our favorite little boutiques called Cashmere Blue. These tights are unlike any I have seen before because they are fleece lined! With the possibility that we are going to have another cold winter, I figured they were a great investment for only twenty dollars a pair. They are made by a local Toronto company called C'est Moi Clothing, if you are interested in finding a pair yourself and not going to be in Midland any time soon. I'm watching what I buy these days after, especially since our Second Hand Challenge wrapped. I'll be writing a post on how we are doing with our shopping in the coming weeks.

After our shopping, we stopped by the local coffee shop, "Grounded" for the best Flat Whites and enjoyed the live band. Next stop, Penetanguishene, to pick up a few more gifts for our evening party and some fish and chips at the dock side restaurant, and then back to Thunder beach! A very eventful Saturday and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a treat to be able to visit this amazing place every summer and spend time with great friends. Can't believe summer is coming to a fast end. Are you ready for Fall? Because I am NOT!

Have you purchased any items for Fall? If so, tell us about them in the comments!

The Georgian Bay - Our view in the mornings! 

Always something cute to find at Cashmere Blue Boutique

Tights from C'est Moi Clothing

The best Flat Whites in town!

 Now entering Penetanguishene

At the docks having fish and chips!

Dinner partying 

Sunset on the beach

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas (Treasure Seeker Colleen)

I wanted to see hats, (hair accessories) bags and jewels, up close, but really, it is all about the dress!  This year, especially, the statement seemed to be about color.  I liked the reds, the oranges and yes, the gold, for the golden statue.

Colleens's Top Emmy Picks!

Uzo Aduba's crimson, chic strapless dress is by Christian Siriano.

Julia Louis Dreyfus in a gorgeous red belted dress 
by Carolina Herrera. 

Sarah Paulson was a standout in a splashing 
black and red polka dot tulle by Armani.


And, there has to be gold!  Taryn Manning wore a 
stunning, intricately pleated gown by Jerome C. Rousseau.

Oh and loved the beautiful blue suit on Matthew M.  
Such color - such a tan!  Such talent, true detective!
Images via People, Harper's Bazaar and Pop Sugar

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