From the monthly archives: November 2011

{Don’t be fooled – the blouse is just doing what its cut and pleats mean for it to do: give me the “I’m carrying” look. (It’s misleading shirts like this that keep US Weekly in business.) Wearing: Zara bomber jacket w/ DIY fur trim, Bedo blouse, JNBY pants (c/o), Michael Kors shoes & small purse, Marc by Mac Jacobs bag (similar here). H&M aviators, Holt Renfrew necklace. Dior Serum de Rouge 640.}

My version of athletic wear: chic sweatpants (no longer the oxymoron it used to be), a bomber jacket and a gym-esque bag.

The above mentioned fur trim DIY circa 2009.

Blair Eadie, of Atlantic Pacific has a thing for customized stationery.

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(Click above image) Not your usual assortment of Christmas goodies, but oh my. Those golden glasses and that bedside clock. Aren’t they just beyond fabulous. This is Christmas, the VOGUE way.

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{Wearing: Express jacket (old – but here and here are some amazing NEW versions), Brooks brothers shirt (little boys dept – size L), Zara sweater & pants, toque c/o Joe Fresh, Prada shoes, Gianni Chiarini bag, bracelets from NYC}

GIVEAWAY: Chicago’s Bows and Sequins is giving away a set of LOVE + MARK’D stationery! And, this Saturday is the Yellow Honey House Craft Fair where I will be, armed with loads of fancy wrapped cards for all of your card-giving needs! I’m coming out with a bevy of new card designs soon, here’s one!:

{This particular card was customized, it can say whatever you like it to say!}

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{Joe’s holiday make-up collection. As a big fan of the make up, I must note that every product is of excellent quality – matching and sometimes beating out that of the designer beauty items}

{Joe Fresh make up artist Shelley Hilliard gives me a bold eye look – evidently we both have a penchant for cats}

{Oooh I want those candles! Hellloo SuperStore!}

{Home collection above and dinnerware (including the nutcrackers), by Joe at SuperStore. Rather chic, non?}

{One thing (among many) that makes Joe Fresh a favourite is their range of textures and statement pieces. They provide such a fantastic collection of pieces that can make any typical outfit rather interesting, like the tangerine sweater above, or the gold sequin skirt. By the way, I want that.)

Thank you to Joe Fresh for a wonderful rainy afternoon! #BigFan.

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Last night was date night – kebabs and skating at the local rec centre, exactly what I wanted for a more low-key evening (particularly after having spent a very fun-filled and lively evening at Yaletown’s new Chinois restaurant last Friday night).

Having worn a fun skirt for the occasion, it seemed necessary to practice my twirls! As seen below…

{I wore: Tommy Hilfiger sweater and Zara skirt, and skates! And mittens.}

Ohh the festive season is heating up! First skating, next tubing on Cypress Mountain and then skating on the outdoor rink/seeing Santa and his reindeer/going on a sleigh ride all at Grouse Mountain! And so the Christmas activity list begins!

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{Vintage wool cape, French Connection sweater, Old Navy blouse, Joe Fresh shorts, H&M tights, Browns ID shoes, H&M aviators}

I’ve had a busy card-making week! I’m preparing for a fabulous Craft Fair Fair of Pretty Handmade Things:

A big gorgeous house, beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, how perfect for a festive day! Get yourself a delicious peppermint/mocha/pumpkin spice coffee and come visit me at the Yellow Honey House on December 3rd! I’ll have an enormous collection of LOVE + MARK’D cards on hand and of course, always love to chat!


{Picking up pretty new things for the biz in Blaine. Wearing: Zara cape, H&M sweater-cape & aviators, New Look (London) shirt, Fidelity denim, Aldo shoes, Gianni Chiarini bag, Neff toque (c/o)}

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{Barefoot Contessa soy candle (c/o)}

{I’ve been searching for some sort of pen and pencil holder lately, and this packaging for the Barefoot Contessa candle works perfectly! (And by works, I mean matches, aesthetics tend to trump functionality at this haus)}

{New make up brushes c/o Joe Fresh – I’m particularly delighted with the lipstick brush, as I accidently smushed a good portion of my Chantecaille lipstick into the cap. Don’t you just hate that?? Especially when it’s about $15 worth of lipstick smushed into the cap…}

{My fascination with nutcrackers grows. My Christmas decorating is done in two ways: 1) with nutcrackers and 2) with all things winter wonderland ie: white, crystal or frosted}

{A miniature moose head for the wall, currently sitting on a side table, from Front & Co, home of some of the best window displays in town!}

{Dior heart-shaped bowl (a crystal version here) with mini candy canes and my new favorite accessory: Social Experiment ring (c/o)}

{Pink fur earmuffs from Holt Renfrew – another fabulous pair here - lucite hook rack from Urban Barn}

{A delicious vaseline based lip balm by Perfumeria Gal, c/o Barefoot Contessa, hand towel from HomeSense}

{Making plans – a moment before heading out to last night’s London Drugs Revlon & Almay event at Sugar Studios – picture tweeted here! They sent a white stretch limo to pick us up… I could get used to that! Wearing: JNBY sweater dress (c/o), La Senza stockings, Zara boots}

Oh, and have a look at this: APT with LSD featuring Aerin Lauder – hello glamorous.

And one more thing that makes me happeee happy: a card, that along with five others, is on its way to San Francisco to the home of a favourite fashion blogger… (Get yours here)

I like love to shop. I know you love to do it too. I’ve even gotten on board with this whole new shopping online phenomenon! (New to me!) For the longest time I insisted I would only shop at actual shops, I really enjoy the experience of being in a store, seeing the fabrics and trying pieces on. But when a website comes along that offers us pretty-things-aholics a chance at designer merchandise at a fraction of the retail cost, we must get our shop on! (And also when an online shop offers you delightful stationery. Just sayin. ;))

Perhaps you’re already familiar with PRIVÉ (you’re fabulously savvy), if not, it is a member’s only website that offers exclusive access to limited-time shopping events featuring leading designer brands at up to 70% off retail prices! Click here or on the PRIVÉ icon to the left (in the sidebar) to start your PRIVÉ experience!

Happy shopping! 

P.S. Recently my second article for the Huffington Post Canada was published! Click HERE to see what it is that gets my pen moving.

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{Wearing: Vintage wool cape, H&M faux leather pants, Rockport boots, Frances Cobiasia bag, H&M aviators, mittens from Aritzia – Kate Spade bag hanging on the door}

Perusing Sunday evening I came across Samsung’s make-your-own-GIF tool! They’re also featuring daily GIFs! Try it here!


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{Wednesday night The Cross Decor & Design held their 8th anniversary party; here are my snaps! The store looked just uh-mazing. I picked up a few delicious Voluspa candles. Mmmm..}

*Sigh* So pretty.

I’ve recently been adding festive touches to my home as well (and posting them to instagram!), as seen above and here with my silver santa, Noel, glittering pine cone, silver bow and nutcracker decorations!

Have you started decorating your home? 


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This Wednesday Mavi hosts an exclusive invite-only party – and I’ve got 20 invites to give out! Mix and mingle amongst the festive decor, Vancouver’s media crowd, bloggers and fashionable people! (I’ve heard some fabulously interesting details about this event, don’t miss out!) Each invite comes with a +1 so you’ll be able to get your Christmas kindness on early this year and bring a friend with you.
To score one of these tickets: 
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* 5 tickets will be given out each day, starting tomorrow. I will tweet you if your name is picked! *
And guess what else? MAVI has a treat for StyleStruck readers! 20% off of all Facebook purchases! 
SHOP MAVI FACEBOOK HERE!Enter code: FACEBOOK11 for your discount!
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night you fabulous people! Good luck! 
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I knew Olivia Palermo was planning a website, but I didn’t know it was already launched!

Have a look for yourself, Olivia Palermo’s Style Blog & Website.

I’ve only read a few articles thus far, but so far I am enjoying it! (Above: She’s carrying the “it” Jonathon Saunders for Smythson iPad case. Gahh I want.)

Note to Palermo: Just please Olivia, give us your daily outfits. (Right now they’re about weekly as I can tell.) That’s what we all want. (As well as what really happened on that catwalk and with that letter to all the socialites… Real or fake?!)


There’s been an online surge of quotes for the home lately, and having had an empty frame hang on my wall for some time now, I thought I’d create my own set of thoughts for the wall. But rather than be the usual life loving girly quotes, I decided to write a mix of positive thoughts about myself and a few big goals. While it may seem a dash narcissistic, having positive reinforcements in our spaces can really do wonders for the daily outlook, not to mention that having your goals in front of you helps bring them to fruition! Here’s my DIY:

My supplies:

{Ikea frame and mat, permanent gold marker & brown packaging paper from the local dollar store, Martha Stewart glitter glue pen & gun metal colored glitter}

The result: glittering reminders

Very pleased. What do you do to remind yourself of your goals and special attributes? Lots I hope! Bisous!

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{Wearing: Zara coat & shoes, BCBG Max Azria vest (c/o), H&M shirt, Forever 21 pants & belt, Fossil watch, Armani sunnies, Joe Fresh earrings, Francesco Biasia bag}

Shot just outside of Benny’s on Broadway. We headed there for breakfast this morning, having been there before a couple times with friends. I brought my computer to get a little work done and was sorely disappointed to find out there are no outlets at Benny’s. I also learned that around 11 it is a hub for the younger, more rambunctious set. Not ideal for working. Craving Giovane Cafe right now… perhaps I’ll stop by there later today.

After watching two complete seasons of Mad Men, I’ve decided to make like Betty Draper and don red lipstick. I’m going to wear it everyday for a week and see if anything changes, after all, it’s a real departure from the usual gloss or nude lipstick I wear. Perhaps it’ll give me a new found confidence to do wild things. I shall report. One thing I know so far is, with red lipstick on your make up time is cut way down in the morning, red lips = minimal eye make up. My lipstick of choice (Clinique All Heart) is more of a cherry red, and seems to coming off as a pinkish colour in these photos, but I promise you, it is R-E-D and my boyfriend is terrified of it.

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{Tevrow & Chase jacket, Attitude by Jay Manuel sweater (c/o Sears), Zara skirt & bag, Express skirt, Steve Madden boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace, H&M sunnies, rings by Stella & Dot}

I wore this little outfit out and about yesterday, to me there was something a little Padding Bear about it, that or Canadian Mountie. We’ll stick with Paddington. And sequins for day! Yes please! But I’m writing this post today, so I figured I ought to include what I’m wearing right now, so I snapped a quick pic outside on the VERY blustery balcony, which is why there is a bottoms-up pot. The trees were thrashing around and I almost lost my cap, but it was worth it for you dear readers. ; )  Click, click, click! 

{Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket, Wilfred sweater, skirt from Bang-On, Express socks, Tretorn sneakers (c/o), Yankees hat from Lids}

Ta ta! Bisous! Au revoir! Hasta Manana! 


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I know you love to dress up and get your holiday mingle on, so here are TWO FABULOUS, and I mean fabulous, events for you this Christmas season!


PERKS: 25% off GAP‘s new holiday collection (PERFECT for your Christmas shopping!) get braided at Blo’s Braid Bar, treats from Frankie’s Candy Bar and Jones Soda as well as beats from DJ Ana. A SWAG BAG with $50 purchase and 10 of those bags will contain a FREE pair of premium denim! (Valued up to $79.95!) You could win a GAP outfit at the party, valued up to $500 (swoon) and the team will be revealing their holiday looks and insider styling tips! The PERFECT girls night. So in!

Hashtag for the party: #GapxStyleSpy
Want to share the event with your followers? Tweet the love!
“RSVP Now! @GapCanadaPR & @TheStyleSpy Shopping Party, Tues, Nov 22, 5-8pm, Robson St #GapxStyleSpy #Vancouver”

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Le Chateau isn’t the same store you knew a few (or more) years ago. Get the inside scoop on this major Canadian brand’s new look at the Holiday Style event on November 19th! From 1-4pm you’ll be treated to delicious nibbles, free manicures and hair touch-ups from Suki’s (my favourite salon!) AND the first 100 guests to meet Luisa will enjoy an exclusive $25 gift towards any purchase of clothing or footwear made during the event!

More info on this one coming! 

I know, it’s a lot of stupendous all at once, isn’t it?? Now go get your outfits ready!

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Kisses and bows and diamonds and unicorns go out to the Taylor Sterling, creator of The Glitter Guide (and lady behind Sterling Style), for including LOVE + MARK’D stationery in a feature!

Snail mail is fabulous! When was the last time you received a special card in the mail that was made just for you? It sure doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. I can’t tell you how much I hate those pesky white envelopes with your name showing through the window, printed by some computer is some office. Charming. Make your best friend’s, your Mum’s, your Dad’s, or your boyfriend’s day and put a little love in the mail! It’s such a sweet surprise!

{Wearing: mystery turtleneck sweater dress (folded up to shorten – there is no tag in it and I don’t know where I got it), Basix II dress (London – last seen here), BCBG Max Azria heels and Zara bag – sooo excited to mean the man of the hour! So excited.}

{A guest’s Chanel bag and watch – the bag was begging to be photographed}

{Meeting Wu}

- All clothes and accessories above displayed: Jason Wu -

What a fabulous event. Thank you very much to the ladies at The Bay for including me in such a gorgeous evening. His clothes are just a dream – and to think he’s from Vancouver! What a treat. Ooh, and look out for more event photos on B Insider!

{An invitation as fabulous as the clothes themselves}

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{Wearing: H&M mens sweater (current), Merona shirt from Target (circa… 2006… here’s a newer, better one), Zara pleated leather skirt (similar here), Browns ID boots, scarf from a rack in Sears (again, circa the old-er days, 2007. Similar here – I want this one too!), vintage Raybans, Fossil watch}

I spent the day reliving Constance Prep from the early days of Gossip Girl. Anyone else miss Blair’s shiny red gloss, endless supply of headbands and her daily take on the Constance neck tie? I do. Besides the fashion, you know what else makes me miss the first seasons of GG? How bad the new ones are. It’s become a real soap. But I still watch, for Blair.

T-minus 1 hour and 57 minutes until Jason Wu makes his appearance at The Room at The Bay and I haven’t a clue what should be worn for such fashion royalty. There isn’t a designer I love more (even King Karl sits behind Wu in my line up). Remember the lace head pieces from his Fall 2011 presentation? Too good. Now I’m getting myself worked up. I am literally sitting at my desk half dressed (put those thoughts away!) because I can’t make a decision. Part of me wants to wear purple cords. Shut up, Olivia, bad idea, bad idea… but maybe if I paired them with sequins… and silver heels, Chanel heels! But is that weird if I wear Chanel to see Wu? If only I owned some Wu then all my problems would be solved! Perhaps I should nip out to Holts and get some Wu… and then not eat for a week month. No. Nuts. I’m nuts. … But if I didn’t eat for a month then I could actually fit into the Wu… How’d you like that? A few seconds inside my head, imagine what it’s like to live in here all the time.

I shall take a million and one photos tonight. Off to battle the closet. Au revoir!

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