VID-HEAD / out for a rip


We are proud Canadians, and more proud we could not be of this amazing new video by Shark Tank that is starting to go viral.  How did they so perfectly nail the whole Canadiana thing and make it look cool.  Plus the back beat is so gooood.  It just makes us feel happy deep inside, like there is hope knowing there is something this pure and good out there.  Well done.

Here are our favorite lyrics:

"The big land mass that the rest of the world hates"

"We're just chillin' up here, surpin' syrup, playing hockey"

"Just rockin' plaid jackets"

"We count our weight in firewood"

"Before we learn to walk, we can cross-check properly"

FRIDAY pin up

It's Friday!  Time to round up this week's favorite Pins.

WINTER ESSENTIAL / the big fur coat

I can't tell you how many times I get complimented when I wear this coat. Made of recycled fox and mink fur, this coat is so warm I could practically walk outside naked underneath it.  The two-tone texture also makes it easy to wear with many shades of grey, brown or black.

LUCy mink & fox fur big coat by BROSE $1,995



For as long as I can remember, I have always been on the hunt for that sexy 'going out' top!  You can never have too many of them.  Right now I am feeling an all black look with a super statement top with lots of volume, or some kind of stand-out silhouette like a peplum or ruffles.  But my favorite thing to do now is throw on a stark white jacket, it just feels so fresh.  Then sparkle on top a little fur collar and you are done. 

Here are some of our favorite pieces:  

1- BROSE open wool blend blazer $625
2- ALEXANDER MCQUEEN peplum bustier $1,695
3- BROSE stretch PU godet tank top $425
4- VALENTINO one shoulder ruffle top $560
5- ZARA glitter pumps $90
6- YVES SALOMON raccoon fur collar $280
7- COS high waisted skinny pant £59


This holiday season COS has really hit it off with some amazing gift ideas.  And at those prices, our stockings will be stuffed to the brims.

Here are some of our favorite items:

1- Cashmere Gloves £29
2- Mokulock Wooden Blocks (set of 50) £39
3- Cashmere Hat £29
4- Pleated Collar £25
5- Cashmere Wool Socks £17
6- Lace Knickers £17
7- Brushed Metal Cuff £25
8- Woven Leather Wallet £35
9- Steel Hair Slides £4

OBSESSED / Annett Turki


Annet Turki's body of work entitled 'Rock The Pixel' is as mesmerizing as it is elusive.  It's like you want to keep squinting your eyes until you see it more clearly.  Or you don't, because it's the mystery of what is going on that is interesting.  When I first saw the image of a woman running panti-less with rolled up fish-net socks, I was hooked.  Still trying to find out where you can buy her work.   Any suggestions are welcome!

See more photography by Annett Turki here.

the PERFECT gift: KOLS touque

They're here!  They're here!  Finally the new collection of hats for KOLS are now available for sale online.  I am so excited about this collection - not only do we have styles available for adults & kids, but it is also 100% made in Canada.  I especially love the ANTH ribbed hat with pom.  Perfect timing too.... it's getting cold out there!

Give the give that keeps on giving.  With every KOLS hat purchased, a child in India receives four story books.

View the full collection here.

Happy shopping!

the PERFECT office party dress


This is the perfect office party dress.  The MICHAEL reversible nylon & velvet shift dress fully unzips in the back, making it really easy to change from day to night when you have to rush off to your event.

BROSE reversible nylon & velvet shift dress $685

X STRADA / Caroline de Maigret

Look at Caroline de Maigret in the perfect oversized coat of this season gracing the streets of Paris.  Caroline's coat is by Jil Sander - we found it for you here, plus some other good options that don't necessarily break the bank.

Here is how to get her look:

1- TOP SHOP oversized textured throw coat £120

2- RIVER ISLAND boucle oversized coat £90

3- STELLA MCCARTNEY double-breasted wool blend coat $1,875

4- WAREHOUSE boyfriend coat £120

5- BROSE oversized double-breasted wool cashmere coat $725

NOSE / worthy


She launched the careers of models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, put designers Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen on the fashion map and helped make London the epicenter of joyously edgy design that it is today.  Six years after her untimely death, London's Somerset House celebrates super stylist Isabella Blow, with a tribute exhibition that is not to be missed. 

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! |  November 20, 2013 - March 2, 2014 | The Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA | +44 (0)20 7845 4600 |

Other Nosy News:

Rihanna sports a new 'do-obie' at the American Music Awards.

Ann Demeulemeester to exit namesake label.

Coach is looking different with their new flagship store.

Mulberry to not show during London Fashion Week next season.

Lady Gaga is the new face of Versace.

UNICEF taps into forty-two fashion houses — including Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, and Anne Valérie Hash — to craft high fashion dolls.

DREAMING OF: this stairway to heaven

A staircase made of crystals?  Oui, s'il vous plait!

And in the words of one of our favorite bands....:

"And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to stone.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When we all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven."

OBSESSED / Emerson Fry midi boot

The perfect heel and the perfect toe collide in this boot by Emerson Fry.  And the wide shaft is so flattering on the leg.  Yes.

Leather & Snake Midi Boot by EMERSON FRY
black leather | metallic snakeskin | 4.25" heels | $425

FRIDAY round up


It's Friday!  Time to round up our favorite pins on Pinterest.

DREAMING OF: manhattan 'sky' loft

Designed by award-winning Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, this 2,000+ apartment located in Manhattan's financial district is like a white wonderland on acid.  Surrealism mixes with clean modern design culminating in a fantastical space perched high up in the New York skyline.  Yeah, the pictures pretty much speak for themselves.  

Visit Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design for more photos.


AMALFI COAST / Il Parco Dei Principi



Virtually afloat atop lofty cliffs, the Parco dei Principi is a serene reincarnation of the majestic villa and botanical gardens of the Borbonese family.  Designed by Gio Ponti in 1962, the hotel still retains the ceramic pebbles, intricate mosaic tiling, Melotti majolica plates, and the remains of the 18th century Sorrento estate.  Despite the modern amenities in its 96 guest rooms, one can still hear the echoes of the hotel's aristocratic past, when the likes of Czart Nicholas II once enjoyed a performance by Julie Sedowa, then prima ballerina of the St Petersburg court.  Sedowa died in 1978 however her tiny footprints are immortalized in the marble terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Il Parco Dei Principi | Via Rota 44, 80067 Sorrento (NA) ITALY
+ (39) 081 8784644 

OBSESSED / loopy knit sweater

Brrr.  It's getting cold outside.  This loopy knit sweater is the perfect layering piece and just makes you feel like you are wrapped up in a cozy blanket.

BROSE loop knit viscose & wool blend sweater $525

Every Day CHIC


We love white anytime of the year, and because we are obsessed with sweaters & skirts this look is just utter perfection!  We also love the messy pony tail, it really shows off the gold rop earrings.  And mid heels are so practical.  Yes.

Here is how to get the look:

1- SAINT LAURENT oversized mohair pullover $890

2- DEAN DAVIDSON layered arrow gold drop earrings $140

3- CHLOÉ leather mid heel pumps £ 458

4- VALENTINO pleated wool and silk blend skirt $1,590


DREAMING OF / this closet

HIT LIST: long-distance watch

For anyone who has ever had a long-distance relationship in different time zones, keeping track of what time it is where your loved one lives can become really annoying.  Hong Kong based Kitmen & Keung have created the perfect solution: a watch with two dials that can be set to two different time zones.  Designed to act as a reminder between the wearer and a loved one, the Long Distance Watch features matte-finish aluminum hands and a soft calf leather strap.

Long Distance Watch by KITMEN & KEUNG | £250
39mm Stainless Steel | 3-Hand Movement

GET THE LOOK: patent croc

It's all just a bunch of croc.  In everything from leather to faux, from color to black, and from large scale to small.  Our favorite trend is black croco in a patent finish. 

Here are some of our favorite croco items in stores now: 

1- TOP SHOP knitted croco front sweater £48

2- ALEXANDER WANG croco leather cross body $1,125

3- MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA croco stamped leather platform loafers $645

4- BROSE croco stamped moto pants $475

THE PRINTED WORD / weekend recos


Ahhh it's the weekend!  Time to catch up on emails, web surfing, and my favorite: reading a book.  

Here are some good reads that we can recommend:

1- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter -- this cleverly written novel takes place both in Le Cinque Terre, Italy in the 1960's as well in modern day Los Angeles and weaves a story that intertwines the lives of several individuals each searching for themselves until finally finding one another in the same ending.  It is as riveting as it is heart-felt and once you fall in love with its characters, you won't be able to put it down.

2- Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan -- did you know that Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel had ties to the Nazi party?  That her born name was Gabrielle Chasnel?  That she grew up as an orphanThat she was a personal friend of Sir Winston ChurchillNeither did we!  This well researched and documented account of a fashion icon's drama-filled life is absolutely fascinating, and unnerving.

3- Tom Ford by Tom Ford, Bridget Foley, Graydon Carter, Anna Wintour -- what can we say?  We love Tom Ford.  And who wouldn't want to read about one man's come back and all around kicking ass.  Inspiring.

4- Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan -- funny man Jim Gaffigan renders a self-depricating and humorous cry for help as a father of five children.  His observations are witty and on point and yet somehow do not scare away those who are not yet parents.


GET THE LOOK: new Vogue Australia EIC

Congrats to the new Editor In Chief of Vogue Australia, Christine Centenera!  Previously their Senior Editor, Christine made a name for herself following the successful launch of Miss Vogue under her stewardship.

"I'm excited and honored to take on this new role at Vogue Australia," says Centenera. "I'm proud to work for the Vogue brand and I look forward to new challenges and responsibilities and leading the very talented fashion team."

We love her look.  Here is how to get it:

1- UMASAN Pleated Harem Pants $506.50
2- THE ROW Sabine Jersey Tee $260
3- ALEXANDER WANG Edie Pump $760
4- KATE SPADE Skinny Mini Bow Bangle $78
5- BURBERRY PRORSUM Heart Pony Hair Tote £1,080

MOMENT OF: ironic tees


Why is she frowning when it says 'SMILE'?  Ah, yes: it's called irony.  

Here are some of our favorite slogan tees with a little bit of tongue & cheek:

1- DIESEL Reboot Tee by Nicola Formichetti $48
2- EACH OTHER L'art De Rien Tee €120
3- ZOE KARSSEN This Is Not A Love Song Tee £59 
4- A|WEAR IRELAND Bowler Moustache Glasees Tee £12
5- ELEVEN PARIS Kate Moustache Tee €40

I ❤ my TOPSHOP studded platforms

I am so excited about my TOPSHOP croco studded platform sneakers!  I found them at the Hudson's Bay today on sale at 50% off at the flagship store on Queen Street.  I really needed to find a replacement for my studded oxfords which have now sadly seen better days.  Upwards and onwards!

TOPSHOP croco studded platforms | Reg. $100 | the Hudson's Bay

MOMENT OF / quilting


The classic Chanel 2.55 bag has sure come a long way.   Named '2.55' for the date of its creation (February 1955), the bag originated in the 20's when Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel got tired of carrying her handbag with her hands and added a strap inspired by those found on soldiers' bags.  Who would have thought that its signature quilting would now be seen on everything from skirts to sweatshirts and to shoes.  This season it is certainly enjoying a huge revival.

LOVE / tulle overload