Oh, Canada? Are You There?

Ummmm? Hello?  Canada?  It’s me, Hannah.  I know I’ve been away for a while, but, you do know it’s January, right?

Dear people, am I crazy, or is this global warming at its finest? 

It’s the beginning of January, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s an awfully chilly October we’re having.  Wherever winter is, it’s sure not in Southern Ontario… yet.  Although I do miss the beauty of snow-covered lawns, I do not miss driving down snow-covered streets.  So let’s celebrate with some Spring fashion, and pretend like we are going to skip right over winter, as if snow squalls aren’t lurking, waiting to un-spring us anytime now.

I think the New Year is a time for lots of new beginnings, so let’s source out some fresh fashion.

Here’s a great option from ASOS for anyone seeking a new job or has applied to college/university and requires an interview, this is a bang-on outfit for youse peoples:

I love the way they have the “Scenic Print” suit styled here (pastel being a key element moving into this Spring).  It’s so much more fun than the average black suit, but to keep it more traditional, you can always pair the blazer with a great black or grey (or black and grey) trouser or skirt, and same goes for the skirt with the blouse of your choice.  I think this delicate print will make you a memorable candidate in any interview.

The blazer is $120 and the puff-ball mini skirt is $65.  You have to spend money to make money, folks, and for a suit, this is quite affordable since it can be used for work and play.

Next up is for those of you who have decided 2012 is the year you are going to get back into shape.  At least for the first two weeks of January, right?  Right…

Well if you stick with it or not, why not hit the gym (or your Wii fit… which, quite sadly, kicked my ass the other day) with some kick-ass workout wear:

This is the “No Limit Tank” from Lululemon for $65.  I love how it has a built in sports bra, lets air flow in and out through the back, and also, leaves a mystery about what’s behind the ruching.  Because, let’s be honest, who wants to show off their entire belly at the gym… unless you are a total pro with rock solid abs like me like whoever’s body that is down there…

I chose these Lulu’s mostly because of the name, the “Back On Track Tight” (how fitting!).  They come in 4 different colours…  I chose “deep coal and heathered pig pink” for an added feminine touch.  They cost $98, but are truly an investment piece if you are serious about working out.  But hey, maybe spending more on your gear will give you the added guilt trip to push you into actually keeping your resolution this year.

And now that you rocked your interview to make the big bucks, and have a rockin’ body from all your hard work at the gym, treat yourself to a relaxing all-inclusive vaycay on some tropical island, and continue to rock with designer resort wear – you deserve it!

You can buy this online for $248 at Wasteland, it’s by Naven, and really, who doesn’t need a Neon Cut Out Dress?

Okay, let’s get real.  It takes time to get a job, and it takes time to get rock solid abs, so until then, let’s enjoy what Canada is offering weather-wise, embrace our feeble budgets, and go to the ultimate go-to:

First, state the obvious for $14.95…

Next, class it up for $24.95…

Then, splash some pastel for $7.95…

Complete with your fav-o skinny’s and tall boots to boot, and VIOLA!

H&M has done it again.

Get a fresh start with some fresh fashion and enjoy the sunshine and mild weather while you can Canada.

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Hey, Big Spender

BA – BAP – BA – BA!

Spend, a little time with me.

Well my friends, December is upon us and I can finally talk about the holiday season without feeling completely nauseous. I have been in the shopping malls and online, and retailers everywhere are boasting about all the great deals to be had out there so you can “save” your money; but ultimately, the message remains SPEND SPEND SPEND!

So, I have decided to indulge in the commercialized holiday spirit by creating my “Christmas list” for old Mr. Clause, who I can only assume is now a milli a milli a milli, a milli milli milli multi-kalgilionaire.

Dear Santa, I want a new outfit to wear to a semi-casual holiday party.

And please, don’t skimp on the sparkle.

Alice & Olivia - Juanita Sequin Sweater - $335.44

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Betsey Johnson - Smooch Crystal Flats - $109.95

Dear Santa, I want a new computer too.

MacBook Pro, 15 inch - $1799

…Don’t forget a bag to carry it in.

Kate Spade New York - Janin Notebook Carrying Case - $499.95

Oh, and thow in some furry earmuff headphones… just because.

Juicy Couture - Faux Fur Earmuff Headphones with Embellished Headband - $99.61

Dear Santa, I better add a new jacket… it’s getting cold out there!

ASOS - One Teaspoon Gypsy Queen Studded Leather Jacket - $685

 Bedazzled, please!

ASOS Gypsy (back view)

Speaking of razzle-bedazzle-dazzel

Dear Santa, I want a party dress!

TFNC - Sequin Dress with Long Sleeves - $103.13 (ASOS)

Or two…

ASOS - Party Dress in Mesh - $103.13

Let’s just make it an even three…

Warehouse - Feather & Leather Dress - $281.25 (ASOS)

…Evening bag included.

Betsey Johnson - Betsey's Night Out Frame - $98

Santa Baby, I almost forgot…

Sephora - Prestige Brush Set - $325

A girl should have the right tools.

Sephora - Makeup Studio Blockbuster - $440

And the right shoes.

Nine West - Frederika - $160

Dear Santa, feel free to bring me anything from Tiffany & Co.  I won’t mind.  It’ll be our little secret.

…But really, Santa, and all of you readers out there, as nice as it is to give gifts and maybe spoil some of the special people in your life this time of year…

Dear Santa, what I really want is to celebrate with family and friends (perhaps over a few home-cooked meals and cocktails to boot) and for everyone to cherish what’s really important.

…JUST KIDDING!

I WANT THESE BAD BOYS:

Alexander McQueen - Punk Skull Pumps - $1375

 
The minute you walked in the joint,
I could see you were a man of distinction,
A real big spender.
Good looking, so refined.
Say wouldn’t you like to know
What’s going on in my mind?

…Happy (beginning) of the holiday season 😉

Winter Warriors, Unite!

I hate to admit it, but it’s time to get prepared for battle.

I was inspired to write this post as a spin-off from Refinery29’s, “Warm Winter Accessories for Chicago.”

All I could think was, pfffft, Chicago.  (Not that I’ve ever been there…yet).  But I can only imagine that in some way our annual battle against the great Canadian winter is worse than Chicago’s.

Even if that’s not entirely true, I think we still need to prep…

How, you ask?

Well, let me show you a few ways.

Those beauts are right off Refinery29 and the reason I actually want to think about winter accessories!  Fabulous!

Knitted Cuff Leather Gloves - $57 - Warehouse

Until the snow actually begins to fly, why not update your old go-to black flats with a shoe that makes a statement.

Bow Flats - $39 - Joe Fresh

It’s far too easy to end up in a black on black on grey outfit in the cold weather.

Why is that?

An easy solution is to pop your favourite black/grey sweater dress and black boots with a touch of the blues.

An added bonus: polka-dots are so in right now!

Polka-Dot Blue Stockings - $19.90 - Zara

Speaking of ditching black…

A colourful coat like this one will make you stand out from the crowd.

Coat with Faux Fur Collar & Faux Leather Trim – $182.70 – ASOS.com

Keep your fingers warm on the drive to work.

Meanwhile, you can wake yourself up with some stud-action!

Studded Leather Gloves - $59.90 - Zara

It just wouldn’t be a Canadian winter without a classic toque.

Personally I must have a brim or it just doesn’t cut it.

Excellent for weekend wear and a practicle, stylish choice for out on the slopes.

Irish Cable Peaked Toque - $26 - Roots

I really like the colour blocking in this jacket.

It’s a nice change from the typical red and black plaid…

Usually plaid is a little too “farmer Joe” for my taste.

This way, the jacket remains relaxed & casual, but in a more sophisticated way.

I also try to buy pieces that have a black-on-brown combo – Makes it much easier to coordinate footwear.

Plaid Coat - $89 - Joe Fresh

Adorable, no?

A chunky heal makes me feel safer walking down icy sidewalks.

An excellent choice for a night out – stylish, yet keeps your toes cosey!

Shoes - $59 - H&M

This ear warmer fills me with vintage-inspired joy.

A nice change that also reduces hat-head.

Elegant, cheap and cheerful.

Braided Cable Knit Ear Warmer - $24 - Urban Outfitters

I hope you have enjoyed some of my winter warrior choices.

Now it’s time to hit the shops and prepare yourselves for the cold.

Aren’t you glad?  Now you have an excuse to shop!

See you out there 🙂