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In preparation for the impending Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I’ve come up with three wishlists/looks for this Christmas. Since some sales have already started, in the left sidebar, I’ve started a list of sales going on, and I’ll be announcing more sales as I get knowledge of them.

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WANT // CAT EYE SUNNIES

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I really do not have glasses-face. People never believe me, but then they try and go glasses or sunglass shopping with me and realize that it is an endless and excruciating process that is never fruitful.

However, this Spring I am absolutely determined to get myself a pair of new sunglasses. My poor old Michael Kors sunglasses are barely holding it together and will probably just make it through the Winter. After all, isn’t that what Spring is all about? Out with the old, in with the new! Or whatever makes me feel best about dropping cash.

Up until a few months ago, I never thought my face shape was able to pull of cat-eye sunnies. I always assumed my round shape need square or rectangular frames. Plus, somehow I was always a bit intimidated by the sweeping shape. It always seemed a bit more, I don’t know, daring? I have made it my mission to find myself a pair of chic and maybe a bit fashion forward pair (even though I’ll probably revert to my classic and minimal preferences).

 

WANT // PINK COAT

As you know, it’s all about pink for this spring. And the perfect transitional item from the gray, dreary days of winter to the cooler first days of Spring? A pink coat! First I saw Alexandra Golovanoff wearing one both in a video and in a streetstyle photo wearing one, and they’ve been cropping up all over fashion week, and finally, on the runway at Gucci. I want a pink coat! In the palest of pink blushes. Like, now.

Please.

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WANT // BIRKIN BANGS

My hair has changed a few times in my life now (I’m 25). When I was really small, my hair was very curly. Then, as a teenager, my hair became coarser (still curly, mind you). Since finishing university, my hair has become finer, thinner, smoother and silkier–which can be nice, but makes it difficult to add volume. Plus, oddly, my hair can be curly just as it’s finished drying, but after a few hours, it loses the curl and becomes straight with wavy parts–except around my face. Those baby curly hairs are my nemesis. I am forever straightening them, hoping to avoid a lion’s mane. In the summer, they become even more stubborn.

Basically, these baby hairs are the reason that I have not gotten bangs yet. I feel that it would be silly for me to be constantly fixing and straightening my bangs, not to mention damaging. But I can’t help but love how a little hair on the forehead looks so feminine, especially when it is wispy and a little messy. It adds more interest to a bun or a ponytail and some hair in the eyes adds instant mystery. For older women, getting some bangs cut can be quite anti-aging as it covers up any wrinkles on the forehead.

Plus, I’ve never really had bangs (well, that’s not completely true–my mother thought it would be a good idea to give me bangs in Grade 5, it didn’t look great, but I was a child), so I don’t know what it’s like to have them. Do they get greasy faster than the rest of your hair? Are they impossible on the second day? How annoying are they?

Existential questions, I tell you. If only the rest of my hair and my baby hairs could coordinate. Sigh.

Cool girls: Jane Birkin, Freja Beha Erichsen, Jeanne Damas, Caroline de Maigret, Alexandra Golovanoff, Brigite Bardot and Léa Seydoux

WANT // J.CREW

J.Crew‘s November Style Guide arrived in our mailbox last Friday. After flicking through it, Jordan and I decided we wanted everything in it. The photos were shot at Amanda Brooks‘ farm in the Cotswolds (I want to steal her life, not to mention she is also very chic).So this is what will happen: I will start to wear all things knit, become extremely stylish and move to the English Countryside 

And then Jordan will start dressing like an old Englishman (it’s what he secretly wants, anyways)…

And then one day we will have super stylish children.

And someone willbuy me the Comme des Garçons Converse sneakers (in the canvas colour, please).

The end.

WANT // WINTER ESSENTIALS

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Unfortunately, Winter is here. Whether we like it or not. I got the basket of mittens, gloves, scarves and hands brought down from the top shelf of the front closet last week to find something to keep me warm on my walk to work. The blustery, cold winds had finally gotten to me and I realized that I could no longer let my fingers freeze every morning.

 
So I guess it’s time to accept it. Halloween is almost here, which means it is that close to November. Time to beef up our supplies with cozy knits and richer products. Here’s my winter essentials list:
 
1. Miu Miu Leather Gloves: I believe these were on my wishlist last year. I am just dying for a pair of pink leather gloves like these for fancy occasions. Sometimes looking chic takes precedence over keeping warm.
 
2. Talula Fulton Mittens: These are my staple mitten. I have picked them up for the last 3 or 4 years now without fail as they perfectly fit my small hands (nothing worse than huge, droopy mittens). Knit exterior and fleece-lined interior to keep your mitts (pun intended) warm.
 
3. Diptyque Pomander Candle: On my last trip to Soap and Water for my Fall candle (Feu de Bois), I smelled this candle while perusing. It has the perfect mix of everything Christmas–orange, cloves and cinammon, I would have picked it up then, but I am waiting until mid-November so I don’t use it up before December even arrives.
 
4. Aveda Hand Relief: My favourite hand cream. Non-greasy but rich enough to keep hands from cracking or getting chapped. Plus, the refreshing rosemary-mint scent is always a winner.
 
5. Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream: As you know, I get Peri-Orbital eczema in the Winter (aka dry, itchy, red eyelids). I put this cream on my eyelids to protect them from wind burn on my walks to work. Also great for anything chapped (hands, lips, cheeks, etc.)
 
6. Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm: Thick and luxurious. Won’t wear off for hours and provides a nice barrier for lip protection.
 
7. Hunter Boots: I don’t feel super chic in these, I kind of feel like I belong on the farm, but Winter just got to me last year, and my feet couldn’t take any more leather-soaked boots any longer. These babies should keep any kind of snow, slush or moisture out. I’ll pair them with thick socks for warmth.
 
8. Zara Two-Sided Soft Scarf: I’m not sure if it’s the grunge trend that’s happening right now, or if my lumberjack-esque husband’s style is influencing mine, but I saw this scarf online and decided I had to have it. One side for play, one for business. Or, one for grunge, one for prep. Perfectly versatile and large enough to double as a blanket.
 
9. Roots Cabin Socks: As I mentioned in 7, these are great paired with boots, or just for keeping warm inside. Cozy, thick and they look cute peeking out of boots.
 
10. Fleece-lined tights: My friend Joanna texted me insisting that if I was making a Winter essentials post, these better be included. And she’s right. Ever since discovering these at Primark, we buy these every year. Straight up tights won’t do when it’s -10, or -20 outside. These allow you to keep wearing your dresses and not totally freeze your butt off. 
 
11. Oliver Peoples XXV-S Sunglasses: I tried these on last summer at Holt Renfrew and I still want them. Plus, everyone needs a pair of sunnies to protect their eyes from snow glare in the winter (and for me, it’s extra eyelid protection against the wind).


12. Green Juice: I am a new convert to this. Every single time I have felt sick, I run to my nearest Fresh Restaurant and pick up their Super Cleanse juice. Filled with vitamins, it has fought off every cold before it has even begun. Plus, it’s always good for your skin too.

13. Aritzia Mirte Turtleneck: I have been dreaming of this sweater since it came out this Fall. I am now waiting patiently for it to go on sale. Who doesn’t love a chunky knit sweater in the winter, plus the 90’s are back now, so turtlenecks are acceptable again. 

WANT // FALL & WINTER WISHLIST

For some reason, this Fall, I suddenly feel quite minimalistic, and want to dress in just a few colours–white, black, blue, grey, beige. I’m not so huge on prints right now, but I guess when I think about my closet, I guess I never really that crazy about them. Some may think paring my wardrobe down to a few colours might be boring, but I don’t think so.

Within this colour range, you can play so much with texture, and you will always look put together and classic. Ignoring the “fashion rule” of only wearing white until labour day, I’ve worn head to toe white this week. Regardless of the season, I think white jeans and outfits bring such a freshness to what can be considered the more drab seasons of Fall and Winter.

Fashion blogger, Elin Kling, has this look down pat, and seriously has me wanting everything in her closet right now. Minimal, well-chosen accessories and jewelry, and a simple colour palette with a lean towards menswear. Guess I should pick up some more pants.

Coat, Aritzia; Boots, Aquatalia; Black Skinny Jeans, Gap; Nail Polish, Chanel; Scarf, Gant; Ballet Flats, Chloé; White Turtleneck Sweater, Aritzia; Grey Turtleneck Sweater, Vanessa Bruno; Clutch, Givenchy.