Zara, oh how I missed you.

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Since my own wedding is finally over, the house renovations, and the master’s degree obtained, I can return to my old shopping habits.  Ah freedom.  Freedom to rest, freedom to shop and freedom (and time) to put outfits together.

I’m heading to a wedding next weekend and I saw this knot back dress by Zara and had to have it.  In Canada, it cost about $79.95 CAD and I wanted to accessorize this dress with something funky and lo and behold, within seconds, I found the Chain, Cord and Stone Necklace at Zara for $39.95 CAD.  Lucky me!

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I couldn’t help but visit the Zara site to see if any new items were coming out and as soon as I saw the Bird Print dress, I leaped out of my chair, lamenting that I had just spent money on a huge grocery run!  My husband is reeling in my spending habits so I have to be more selective.  Which one would you have chosen?  The back knot dress with the necklace or the bird print dress?

bird print dress-zara-79-90

Loft is coming to Toronto!!!

Finally!  After visiting Chicago and discovering the gems at Loft and Ann Taylor a few years ago, I’ve been itching to get back and raid the racks for goodies!  If you’re looking for office appropriate work wear, Loft and Ann Taylor are the places to start!  The Toronto Star revealed a location would be at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale.  The Yorkdale location will be opening in late 2012.

I may wait for the curious crowds to die down. I remember when Forever 21 first opened in Toronto and how much of a zoo the store locations were.  Over the years, it’s gotten a little better.  By the way, did I mention that they offer accessories, clothing and shoes?!

While we Torontonians won’t get to experience the summer 2012 collection, we’ll certainly get a taste of fall/winter!  I couldn’t help but peruse the site anyway, check out the clean, professional looks from Ann Taylor:

Ann Taylor Look

Ann Taylor Look 2

Loft ha a more casual feel and style, check out this Palm Leaf print tee:

Palm Leaf Print Tee from Loft

Suddenly in love…

It wasn’t love at first sight with this shoe, but I kept seeing it around and finally tried it on.  It was a sexy pair of shoes but I kept debating on whether or not I really needed another pair of heels.  The first time I tried it, I tried a 7.5 at one Nine West location in Scarborough.  It fit a bit loose (even with my thick tights) around the ankle and I had the buckle on at the tightest.  I decided to wait another few days before I considered buying the shoe to ensure it wasn’t my impulsive shopping kicking in.  Well, it was a Friday and I was relaxing after work by window shopping and I had to try it again (this time I was tights-free).  The friendly sales person couldn’t find a 7.5 (apparently this shoe is flying off their shelves) but suggested I try the size 7 because apparently Nine West tends to design the shoe 1/2 size larger than most.  I perused the web via my iPhone and saw many postings on Nine West shoes being a bit larger.  I gave it ago and I had to have it!  So now I’m drooling over my new pumps!

Maximal Shoe by Nine West (7.5)

Maximal Shoe by Nine West (7.5)

I absolutely adore these heels. However, warning to those with wider feet (me included).  The front of the shoe is very narrow, so you’ll see and feel a bit of spillover when you have the shoe on.  I mentioned this to the sales person and she noted that yes, the shoe’s front is designed a bit narrow and I will spill over a bit but that it was just the way shoe was designed.  Since I won’t be running any marathons with these shoes, I was happy just to have them for special occasions and work.  The damage? About CAN$147  (with taxes included).

Maximal Nine West (CAN $147)

Maximal Nine West (CAN $147)

Splurged on a pair of RACHEL Rachel Roy Wedge…

I was having a particularly bad day yesterday and my reaction to bad days is to shop! Fun fact: My reaction to a good day is to shop! Either way, I’m shopping. I was perusing The Bay (En franςais: La Baie), and found these interesting RACHEL Rachel Roy wedges.  After trying them on, I just had to have them!  The shoes cost CAN $190 (tax not included).

Lyani - Rachel Rachel Roy

Lyani - Rachel Rachel Roy

Lyani - Rachel Rachel Roy

Lyani - Rachel Rachel Roy

They came in a black but I have enough black pumps so to mix up my closet, I purchased the yellow ones.  You can view the collection here but there’s no guarantee every Bay will carry her full RRR collection.

I’m wearing the beautiful wedges today…

Lyani RACHEL Rachel Roy (view from top)

Lyani RACHEL Rachel Roy (view from top)

Lyani - RACHEL Rachel Roy (side view)

Lyani - RACHEL Rachel Roy (side view)

…and have paired it with black leggings and a striped green and navy shirt.  However, I’ve always wanted something cashmere and I found out that The Bay, now carries Lord & Taylor Cashmere sweaters.  I’ve got my sights set on a yellow cardigan for CAN$89.00 (tax not included).

Cashmere Cardigan in Yellow - Lord & Taylor

Cashmere Cardigan in Yellow - Lord & Taylor

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which cross body bag is the fairest of them all?

Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a new cross body bag for my essentials. Since I’ve been commuting to work (1-1/2 hours) and carrying massive bags, it’s time for me to ditch my baggage…literally. I’ve got a great Lacoste shopper (in black) for roughly CAN$198 (from what a remember – taxes not included) at Town Shoes.

Lacoste Shopper 2012

Lacoste Shopper 2012

Currently, I’m carrying two big bags (the Lacoste Shopper and a large cross body bag). I’m trying to ditch my clumsy cross body bag and limit my carry-on to my wallet, disinfectant, lip balm, moisturizer, keys and phone. I had my heart set on a Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy cross body bag:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Cross Body Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Cross Body Bag

However, when I went to Aritzia (they carry Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags/wallets now!), I saw that it was much smaller than I would hope. No secret zipper pockets on the inside.

I scoured various sites and went through Piperlime and Endless by Amazon and came across a few top choices:

Village Sheila Cross Body Bag by Cole Haan

Village Sheila Cross Body Bag by Cole Haan

Nylon Stripe Ellen by Kate Spade

Nylon Stripe Ellen by Kate Spade

Werdie Linen Camera by Marc by Marc Jacobs

Werdie Linen Camera by Marc by Marc Jacobs

5 Zip Rockette by Rebecca Minkoff

5 Zip Rockette by Rebecca Minkoff

I’m going to wait patiently for something that makes me want it. If I don’t feel a spark or obsess over a dress or bag, I know that it’s not meant to be…

Butterfinger Top via Durumi

One of my favourite places to go to first is Durumi & Chocolate Shoes on Queen Street West (near Spadina & Queen – located on the North Side of Queen Street).  It’s got some interesting selection in clothing, jewellery and shoes.  I have to say, it’s always a danger to let me loose in this store because I always end up leaving with something unique and never nothing.  If you’re looking for funky precious pieces, Durumi is the place to go!  I recently got this top from the store and I had to have it.  The picture below cuts it short but the top is in fact quite long.  I wore it with a cardigan but a blazer will do as well and wore some skinny pants, and ensured that I neatly tucked in my shirt.

Butterfinger Top from Durumi on Queen Street W

Butterfinger Top from Durumi on Queen Street W

I love the details and the fabric of the top. Although, I would have to say, wear a beige bra because it can appear see-through under certain light.