Nordstrom Rack Haul

Nordstrom Rack recently joined Toronto’s retail landscape and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I am huge fan of both Nordstrom and Rack stores. I like the original brands and variety. I’ve been to the Bloor & Yonge St location a couple of times and scored large.

I was looking for a pair of mirrored sunglasses this season and found these Miu Miu in the designer sunglass section. $99 regular $450 for a similar pair on their site. Love how they look.

These grey nubuck sandals are Eileen Fischer. Yes they pinch my toes a little but I’m breaking them in. They have a mid-height heel and they literally go with everything. Especially the Rebecca Minkoff canteen bag I got.

Silver metallic is so great for summer. Fresh and shimmery and goes with everything.

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The final piece in this haul outfit is the grey and black striped cold shoulder top. The brand is Philosophy and Rack had a lot of great pieces from them. The white jeans are not from this shopping trip. I got them last year at the Nordstrom 40% off sale. It’s on right now and it’s always a great time to pick stuff up.

 

Italian Haul

I’ve been back for a couple of weeks from my trip to Italy and as always I was depressed to leave la dolce vita and return to my everyday vita. That being said, my everyday vita allows me to live la dolce vita for short periods of time. On to the fashion and the shopping…

ITALIAN STYLE

Having visited both the North and South on this trip I can say the style language is very different. The North boasts Milan – fashion capitol of the world and mecca for modern art and design. Northern Italian woman love their jeans and even if they are ripped to shreads, they are styled with lovely ballet flats or neat, clean sneakers + a blouse or crisp white shirt. You won’t see a pair of dirty, grungy Converse anywhere. You see neat, tidy Converse or Stan Smiths.

The South is totally different. It was still full summer in Sicily. Women were more bohemian in dresses and frilly tops paired with flat sandals and high heels.

THE HAUL

Shopping was not the number 1 priority but I did take advantage of every opportunity made available. My primary shopping was done at Foxtown in Mendrisio, Switzerland. It is about a 40 minute drive from Milan and on every Asian Tour of Italy package. It is no Great Lakes or Sawgrass or any other big outlet Mall you can think of, but the quality of high end designer stores is what makes it famous.

I focused my attention on handbags and footwear. Specifically Gucci. img_2935I wanted to celebrate the completion of my certificate in Digital Strategy from U of T with a Gucci Bag. I did my research so I knew what styles I liked and I definitely wanted the double GG canvas. I love the rose gold trim and fold over closure on this bag. It holds a ton and also has a cross-body strap. It’s the perfect Forever Gucci bag at less than 1/2 price. This style has been updated for 2016 but the fine straps and hint of pink add a touch of elegance and femininity to this bag.

 

I scored on img_3199ballet flats at Tods. I love Tods shoes. Their driving loafers are famous for comfort and pedal to the metal grip but I’m not a loafer girl – I’m a ballet flat girl. I chose a tri-colour suede and leather combo in royal blue, charcoal and black as well as a deep rose patent leather. These were marked down twice so I basically payed for a regular pair of no-name leather flats but got Tods quality instead.

If you’ve been reading my blog you know I have been searching for a dark green blazer. My favourite Italian brand Benetton came through. This blazer is soft and drapes well. I know it will look great this fall. Especially when I pair it with the chunky stone necklace I bought in a local market.

FASHION DOLL

I couldn’t leave her at home. I had fun shooting the doll in Italy. Thanks to Elena for your patience and help setting up the shots.

 

 

The Fall Haul

IMG_1307Although the Canadian dollar is not strong there are still deals to be had south of the border. Troy, Michigan is favourite road trip because of the abundance of retail. Great Lakes Crossing is a great outlet mall. The layout is very similar to Vaughn Mills but the stores are better. Saks 5th Avenue OFF 5TH outlet is a great place for shoes. Wide selection of high end brands like Kate Spade, Coach, and Saks own line of shoes are high quality. Handbags and accessories are also great deals. Clothes are hit and miss because a lot of searching through racks is required. Another great outlet mall is Birch Run. Another great outlet store is Nordstrom Rack. As you can see a trip to Troy is a full-on shopping experience.

The full price mall I like to visit is Somerset Collection. It has 2 sections separated by a bridge. Section one has Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sephora and many other mid-priced retailers. Across the bridge you will find luxury brands and department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Gucci, and Louis Vuiton. A great tip is to browse at Somerset Collection; note the styles you like and then find them at the outlet mall. It takes some work but it can be done.

Example:

One of the trends I saw was legging trousers or super skinny trousers. I spotted them at Ann Taylor for $89.99 (40% off) and then at Khol’s I found a similar pant from the Simply Vera Wang line for $26.00. This was my favourite score of the haul.

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Accessories Haul

IMG_1316One of my favourite brands is Kate Spade. I love the designs, use of colour and whimsical touches that are the DNA of this brand. I never miss an opportunity to visit the outlet store. This time I was looking for an evening clutch as I have some events and parties coming up. I love the clasp on this bag. It’s very geometric and it actually holds quite a bit of stuff so I won’t feel restricted. I also picked up a “geek-chic” pair of reading glasses. Since I have started to need them, I always look for unique colours, shapes or patterns so i can change them up often. Finally I picked up a cute phone case with bird cages and birds. So whimsical!

This is a display from the Kate Spade store at Somerset Collection. I love the use of the madeline cookie tray to show the keychains. Sweet!

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