TRAVEL: A MONTREAL SHOPPING GUIDE

Jared and I recently took a little venture up to Canada. We visited Nova Scotia, Quebec City (the dreamiest of cities), and Montreal. We fell in love with Quebec City's 400 year old history and its sheer beauty. Every time I looked up, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't actually in France. Montreal, as well, had the authentic French culture with an added spice of fashion, art, and quirkiness. 

I had no idea where to even start in Montreal.

First, I knew I had to ressurect the French I learned 20 years prior. 

Second, we had to choose where to stay: Old Montreal, Downtown, or Le Plateau/Mile End. We chose Le Plateau because its known for its shopping, coffee, diverse culture, restaurants and bagels. Yes, famous 24 hour bagel shops. We stayed one block from the popular Schwartz's Deli on Saint Laurent Boulevard. 

Third, we had such little time, I needed a plan for shops to visit. I decided to reach out to someone that would know best, Montreal blogger, Marie-Eve Vallieres. We hit up a few of her suggestions in the limited time that we had. What I loved about Montreal's shopping was finding local brands in all the stores. Here are a few stores that we visited:

 (I found a lot more stores that we liked and I'll note them at the bottom of this post.)

 

LA PETITE GARÇONNE

I loved this store. It felt like Old Paris with a modern, sophisticated edge. And talk about shoe envy. There were quite a few brands that I recognized and also local designers such as Matt & Nat, an ethical vegan Montreal based handbag and accessory line.

La Petite Garconne Wall
La Petite Garconne
La Petite Garconne
La Petite Garconne
Matt & Nat
La Petite Garconne Suitcase

 

GENERAL 54

The whole feel of General 54 was lovely. They had everything from candles, accessories, clothing and some of the best simplistic jewelry by Vancouver based, Kara Yoo. Click here to see the labels sold at General 54.

General 54
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General 54
General 54 Rings
General 54 Rings
General 54 art
General 54 floor

 

UNICORN

This was another store that showcased local designers. I was drawn more to the jewelry than anything else. They carried super creative pieces.

UNICORN FRONT
Unicorn
Unicorn bag
Unicorn Necklaces
Unicorn Montreal
Unicorn Hats
Unicorn Moc
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Unicorn Earrings

 

IBIKI

Ibiki brought modern street fashion to life. Its clean, white interior was filled with modern sporty styles in conjunction with oversize shirts, sweaters, jackets and bags. Black and white everywhere. I loved their limited addition Nike Sportswear shoes. Shoe lust, once again.

Ibiki
Ibiki
Ibiki Montreal
Ibiki
Ibiki

OTHER NOTEABLE MENTIONS TO VISIT:

  • Mylène B
  • Citizen Vintage
  • Editorial
  • Vestibule
  • Annex Vintage
  • Simons (their department store but we found some cute things there)
  • Aritizia
  • Boutique Mousseline
  • Frank & Oak (men's)

Well that's it for now. I could do another post just on the places we ate. Montreal has AMAZING restaurants. If you end up visiting Montreal, message me and I can give a few suggestions. Til next time...

 
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the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 (with a Twist)

It's that time of year when Pantone comes out with its color of the year! I'm giddy every year to hear what they have chosen. This color is seen in the world of fashion and interior design the entire next year. It's like getting an early Christmas present! 

Some of you out there may think I'm a little cray for getting so excited...but I'm sure there's a few of you out there that get it.

Pantone has really thrown us for a loop this year. In recent years, they have chosen a bold beautiful color. Not this year. There were a few hints that it would be a lighter hue because of the top ten 2016 colors chosen in September. Now this is the kicker - they didn't pick just one color...but two! It's the first time ever. Maybe it's the artist and stylist in me that is always looking at color combinations and dreaming of new ones.  I love what the marriage of two colors can do.

DRUMROLL....

So what is the 2016 color? Rose Quartz & Serenity!!!! You're asking...yeah, but what does that mean in every day language? Basically, it's a rosy pink and a cooler, light blue. 

See what Pantone says about the combination below:

Rose Quartz and Serenity Quote
BCBG

BCBG

Pantone recommends mixing this combination with other mid tones such as green, purples and rich browns and all shades of yellow and pink. Silver will also look great paired with it.

BCBG Pre Spring 2016

BCBG Pre Spring 2016

Topshop

Topshop

STYLIST DISCLAIMER: As usual...I need to say something. These colors won't be loved by everyone, nor should they be worn by everyone. I'd love to help you out if you're not sure of your color palette. But, the good news is that you can tie these colors into an outfit or your home. 

Also, click this link to see other colors that were announced in September, in addition to Rose Quartz & Serenity, for 2016's top colors. You may find other colors and combinations you like better!

 
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SEVEN (WEARABLE) 2015 FALL TRENDS

Here they are. Seven wearable trends for this fall and winter.

Now, a lot of the runway looks aren't practical for certain body types and a trend is one thing that is always changing. I would much rather have someone feel confident and look good (no matter how trendy they are) than to constantly search for the next best thing. But, I have found a few trends that are going to stick around and are lovely for the everyday person that wants a closet update.

Be sure to check out the very bottom of this post for more trends that I mention. Here we go...

1. METALLIC BOOTS

Space cadet anyone? I absolutely love this trend because it can add a bit of flair to any outfit. Metallic boots really started to reappear this time last year so get going if you want to catch it this fall. They can be paired with just about anything...your summer trend culottes, skinnies, skirts, etc. Just have fun with them.

2. OFF THE SHOULDER

Attention all collarbones! This is an incredible way to show off your feminine figure. I love the thought of showing a bit of skin in the winter because it's so easy to wear bulky tops with max coverage. 

3. 70's AND FLARE JEANS

I'm not sure when this trend has ever gone out (I've kept my wide leg/flairs for years), but now stores are saying "You must have 70's for this season". So set aside your skinnies a few days a week and try on some flairs with a boho top.

**Stylist disclaimer: Unless you're already tall, flare pants look best if worn with a heel. While this isn't always practical, it will elongate (and beautify) your figure.

4. TURTLENECKS AND LAYERING

I've told clients for a few years now...hang onto your classic turtlenecks. They definitely went through an "out phase" and other versions replaced it.. But now, they are back and the great thing is - you can get them anywhere. Update the old duds by putting a turtleneck under a cute wintery sleeveless dress like the pictures below.

**Stylist disclaimer: A turtleneck is not flattering for every body type. In particular, if you are heavy chested, have a good bra and go for a thinner version rather than a chunky version. 

1. Zara 2. Glamradar 3. Silence + Noise 4. Fashionista

1. Zara 2. Glamradar 3. Silence + Noise 4. Fashionista

5. CHUNKY SWEATERS

This is a perfect grab for the "I'm feeling bloated" day.

*Stylist disclaimer: While it's comfy, it has to be done right. A chunky sweater should be paired with something a little less full on the bottom to guarantee that you don't look bigger. So match it up with a pair of skinnies, a pencil or mini skirt and show off those legs.

1. One Teaspoon 2. Free People 3. Zara 4. H&M 5. The Style Spy

1. One Teaspoon 2. Free People 3. Zara 4. H&M 5. The Style Spy

6. CAPES

Such a classic. This is one of the trends I would spend a bit more on because most likely it's not going to fly out the window tomorrow. There are quite a few different capes now...there's a blanket cape, which is a bit more full and wintery, and then there is a fashion statement piece like the cape blazer as pictured below. 

7. FURS

I don't know if you can call fur/faux fur a trend. It's always beautiful and it's always impactful. This time around, the fur stole has won the show. 

1. Topshop 2. Numph Gitte 3. Zara 4. Urban Code  5. Free People 

MORE TRENDS

Of course there are more trends - some that include grey being the "it" color, fringe (in a major way), oversize waist synching belts, patchwork clothes, and more. Let's be real...this post could get out of control. Regardless, whether it's a trend or not, wear what you love and what helps you be the best you.

 
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