Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Starts with Inspiration: Banana Republic's Anna Karenina Capsule Collection


On November 1st, Banana Republic is holding an After 5 event to celebrate the Anna Karenina Capsule Collection. 

Starting at 5 o'clock, all pieces from this collection will be 25% off (or 35% off for BananaCard, GapCard, or Old Navy Card holders). As I like to be ever-prepared for any kind of sale, I've scoped out the collection and picked out my top 3 pieces:

-1-
The lace front cardigan. The black on white contrast perfectly showcases the detail of the lace and offers an unexpected, feminine way to wear Fall's black/white combo trend. 

Banana Republic Anna Karenina, Fall fashion, lace cardigan

-2-
The Sonia faux-fur stole. An affordable and animal friendly version of my favourite Fall/Winter accessory to date. Perfectly cosy, supremely chic and surprisingly versatile, I envision wearing this for weekends layered with a leather jacket, or for work with a chic wool trench.


Banana Republic Anna Karenina, Fall fashion, fur scarf, fur stole, faux fur

-3-
The black faux-fur vest. I've found it hard to find an affordable but high-quality fur vest this season. This version looks to be well-made and is different from others I've seen with its adjustable waist (a definite plus to avoid looking too boxy) and pockets! This could be worn alone, or for colder days, layered underneath a contrasting trench or leather jacket for an unexpected way to fight the cold. 

Banana Republic Anna Karenina, Fall fashion, fur vest, faux fur

Find your closest Banana Republic to shop Thursday's sale here
See the rest of Banana Republic Anna Karenina Capsule Collection here

All images from Banana Republic

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wishlist: J.Crew Crystal-encrusted collar necklace

J.Crew crystal encrusted necklace, statement necklace, Fall accessories
I've never been shy about my love of statement necklaces, and now is not the time for whispered adoration. This crystal and jewelled beauty is the perfect accent piece for Fall burgundies and navies and the perfect amount of glam juxtaposed with edgy leather. As my mother always told me, "If you can't wear a nice statement necklace, don't wear anything at all". (Or something like that, right?)


Necklace available here
Image source: J.Crew

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Starts with a wool cape...

Halloween is around the corner but there's nothing wizardly or witch-like about the wool cape. It's the perfect transitional piece before the big coats come out, and the cinched waist on this version helps keep the wearer from looking too overwhelmed by the layers.

Fall Fashion, cape, Barney's Co-Op, Smoking slippers

Fall Fashion, cape, Barney's Co-Op, Smoking slippers

Leather trimming, satin lining,  and an exaggerated collar also add dimension.

Fall Fashion, cape, Barney's Co-Op, Smoking slippers

Fall Fashion, cape, Barney's Co-Op, Smoking slippers

In the season of pumpkin-spiced lattes and colourful leaves, there's nothing like a cozy coat to help make chilly walks that much better.

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Cape: Barney's Co-op (old, similar here and here)
Bottom: Paige
Shoes: Banana Republic
Jewellery: Michael Kors
Wallet: Marc Jacobs

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Starts with leather and stripes...

Year after year, nothing seems more right for brisk Fall day than a great leather jacket. Paired with eye-catching stripes in a cozy knit and leopard smoking slippers (another attempt at mixing patterns!), this classic from last season has been reinvented.

Fall Fashion, The Bay, Mackage, leather jacket, smoking slippers

Fall Fashion, The Bay, Mackage, leather jacket, smoking slippers

Fall Fashion, The Bay, Mackage, leather jacket, smoking slippers

Jacket: Mackage (similar here)
Sweater: HBC collection from The Bay
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Banana Republic

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Starts with ruffles and lace...

My hubby and I recently went to our last wedding of the year. Rather than splurge on a new dress, I decided to do a bit of reinventing with  my existing wardrobe. 

peplum top, lace skirt, H&M, Joe Fresh, ruffles, lace, Fall fashion

I opted to top my lace skirt with a peplum top (purchased during FNO in Vegas a few weeks ago) and added a skinny silver belt to create the look of the on-trend peplum dress while also mixing textures to keep the ensemble from looking too one-dimensional.

peplum top, lace skirt, H&M, Joe Fresh, ruffles, lace, Fall fashion

Adding a few silver accessories for additional pop, I was pleasantly delighted with the end result. Even better was the chance to wear pieces, that, if separate, probably would not have seen as much wear. 

peplum top, lace skirt, H&M, Joe Fresh, ruffles, lace, Fall fashion

Top: H&M
Bottom: Joe Fresh (old)
Shoes: Elie Tahari
Clutch: Salvatore Ferragamo
Belt: Femme de Carriere (old, great version here)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Starts with leopard print smoking slippers...

A few posts ago, I was trying to decide which pair to choose, looks like the perfect pair spotted me...

leopard print, smoking slippers, leopard print smoking slippers, banana republic
Shoes: Banana Republic

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Starts with burgundy trousers...

What is Fall's answer to summer's red pant? Rich burgundy (also known as oxblood) trousers...

Burgundy pants, Oxblood pants, Fall fashion

Burgundy pants, Oxblood pants, Fall fashion

Burgundy pants, Oxblood pants, Fall fashion

Happy almost-end-of-the-week!

Burgundy pants, Oxblood pants, Fall fashion

Top: Zara (both)
Bottom: Aritzia
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Wallet: Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: D&G