Black Friday Wrap-up

Another Black Friday passes but the deals live on as fabulous additions to my wardrobe. The CF Eaton Centre provided some good deals but the deep discounts were on previously reduced apparel.

Best Score

These Blondi boots I got at Nordstrom and they were an additional 25% off the Fall Sale price. They are leather, water proof and felt lined. They will be my go-to boot before the snow flies. I love this cognac colour because I can wear it with black skinny trousers or tights. A darker brown would have limited my looks.

Sweater Season

A picked up a great sweater from Zara. It has built in accessories with the pearl embellished neckline. It has short sleeves which helps keep me cool when the office is warm and dry. I love this classic look when combined with a camel cardigan.


Uniqlo’s recent contribution to Art meets Fashion is a collab with contemporary artist KAWS. KAWS is well known for his work using iconic figures like Snoopy and Pinocchio. It was mayhem at the Uniqlo store for this collection. I am not a huge Snoopy fan but I do like the idea of wearable art and have a few pieces from previous Uniqlo collections so I tried on this hoodie and liked the fit.


Day 15 – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Yes I got stuff!

I enjoyed a lovely morning shopping from a personally curated rack at Nordstrom Toronto. If you have never tried a personal shopping experience I highly recommend it. I met Alisa in May at Nordstrom Eaton Centre and she was such a fantastic associate I had to write a letter to the store manager. She encouraged me to sign up for exclusive offers, previews (it’s free) and when the anniversary sale was coming up I was invited to shop with Alisa.


I had a large dressing room and a rack full of clothes. I spend about an hour trying stuff on and narrowed my choices down to 4 fabulous pieces and shoes. Alisa was excellent at picking out pieces that I would like but also getting me to try different styles. I think she got to know my style really well and I look forward to our next fashionable meeting.

I thought the concept of this sale is very clever. Nordstrom brings in new pieces -some brands only for the sale like Belstaff and discounts them for a week. Then they go back up to full price. Well played marketing move for sure! Worked on me and I work in advertising 🙂

Pieces from the sale will be featured in upcoming blog posts so stay tuned!

Diary of a Bag-aholic

I love handbags! I am constantly changing them to match outfits, occasions or tasks. My problem is I do not have unlimited disposable income to spend on bags. What I do have is inventory!

For the last 2 years I have held a pre-loved bag sale at my office. I’ve gotten a great response and have repeat customers. I even get inquiries about the next sale.

I start by taking inventory and classifying the bags into categories. Then I take flat lay photos of them. From there it is into Powerpoint to create the catalogue.

I really enjoy the process and am so glad when my pre-loved bags find new, fashionable homes!


Family Jewels

Vintage jewellery is always appealing and it doesn’t have to be a family heirloom to be cherished. There are many great markets and vintage clothing & jewellery shows to hunt for special pieces no matter where you live.

The necklace in the lead photo I purchased at a Toronto show previously the Old Clothing Sale, now called the Toronto Vintage Clothing Sale. The show will be held October 3 and 4, 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place. I’ll definitely be posting my treasure from the sale.

prda_broochbroochBrooches are a huge trend for FW 2015/16. I especially like the plexiglass and crystal ones from Prada. The brooch to the right was my grandmother’s. She purchased it in Toronto sometime in the 1950s. It’s very fine and elegant with pearl accents. I like to pair it with the more edgy looking double chain link necklace.

Another interesting piece from my collection is this mosaic cross IMG_1122pendant. I love the colours and the detailed lettering of the word ROMA. It was possibly someone’s souvenir purchase on a visit to that city. I attached it to a string of coloured and jet black beads I had from other necklaces. It reminds me of the Dolce and Gabanna esthetic with their use of black lace and iconography.


The Prada brooches provided the inspo to try a paper idea. I took a couple of brooches with unique but recognizable shapes and created a paper background for them. Don’t know how they’ll hold up on a lapel all day but it’s worth a try.

paper1Here’s another cool paper option. I pick these pins up at The Paper Place whenever I’m stocking up on japanese paper. paper2They look really cool on jean jackets and add a pop of colour to suit jackets. They’re a very unexpected accessory.


Lead photo and brooch photo – Lori Tonizzo

Prada image – Prada website

Cross pendant, Paper Art photos – Lori Tonizzo