My Favourite New Trends

I think it is safe to say this is my favourite fashion post to date!!!!!

As I continue to grow out my hair I have been looking for other alternatives to styling my pixie as showering and styling every single morning is no good! (super jealous of those of you who can rock a ponytail or messy bun!!) so I decided to try my luck at hats and the verdict is… I lovvve them!! This brown one I picked up in Calgary at Chapel’s Hats and the brand is Christy’s. I have linked some similar hats below including one for $12!!! I was really hesitant at first because of the length of my hair. Most women I see wearing this style have beautiful long hair braided to one side or done in curls and now we know a little pixie can be just as cute!

Another trend I am loving right now is Faux Fur Accessories. I picked up this scarf on recommendation from another Edmonton based blogger on instagram and I am in love with it! It is so soft and the multi colours allow so many different outfit pairings and it is currently 60% off!!! Under $20!! (link here). Faux fur is a great way to spice up any outfit especially in the fall and winter. Other faux fur accessories that could be incorporated into any outfit include a faux fur vest, mittens or toque and these require minimal investment and look so fab! I have added some additional faux fur accessories and their links below! I have also linked the remainder of my outfit details below!

I hope you guys enjoy!

Sarah xo

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Similar Hats: Gams Wide Brim Floppy Hat, Forever 21 Faux Leather Floppy Hat, $12 Aldo Floppy Hat. Long Cardigan: Winners (similar here & here). Jeans: American Eagle (here), Booties: Stuart Weitzman (similar here) Handbag: One Fated Knight King, Necklace: Eliasz & Ella Tassel Necklace, Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella (here & here)

Faux Fur Accessories: Faux Fur Pom Pom Toque, Faux Fur Mittens

One Fated Knight – King Carry All / Briefcase Bag

This is a brand I have been eyeing for months and was very spoiled by my amazing husband when I opened it Christmas morning!!!

First lets talk about the many reasons I love this brand!

To start, One Fated Knight was founded in Vancouver by Jennifer Yau, the owner and creative director of the brand! Canadian… yessss!!! Jennifer’s inspiration comes from the medieval era of quality, durable leather pieces “fit for the urban battlefield!” Functional, durable, gorgeous… yessssss!! Lastly, Jennifer uses recycled leather to construct these beautiful bags! Earth lover and responsible, creative artist…… yesssssssss!!!!

Now lets move on to my new handbag love, my king , and why I choose this style! After looking at all the beautiful bags One Fated Knight has to offer, I decided to go with the King because of the functionality and space it offered. I was looking for a handbag that I could transition effortlessly from day to night, that would hold my laptop as well as all my lipsticks and be fashionable but not too bulky. This bag fits the description to perfection. I also adore the fact that it has the cross body option as well as the tote straps, I don’t know if I will ever buy another bag that doesn’t have these two strap options! The amount of space in this bag is insane, there are a total of three different zipper pockets, one on the front, one on the back and one in the very middle as well as two separate compartments for your phone/lipsticks/business cards etc. I tried to show them below in the photos to give more of a visual, this bag can literally fit your whole life plus some;)!

Lastly lets discuss what to look for when investing in a classic, timeless handbag! Lets face it, quality handbags are not cheap so you want to make sure you check off all of your requirements and necessities before deciding! First for me is functionality, what do you intend to use the bag for? Work? Play? Everyday? This also plays directly into size. If you are going to use it as an evening bag the likelihood is you will be putting your phone, wallet and maybe a lipstick in it, so you really dont need or want a lot of space. If you are going to use it as an everyday bag, think about what you bring with you on a daily basis. For me I always have either my laptop or iPad, phone, wallet, a couple lipsticks, files etc so I need the compartments to fit these accordingly. If you are a mom and need to pack diapers/bottles/changes of clothes you are going to need some serious space as well! Next up, colour, this can be a tough one! This bag also comes in a gorgeous Washed Java colour (here) and initially I was sold on this colour however I have a Matt & Nat Raylan in a neutral beige colour and don’t have a black work bag (yes I know, its shocking;)!!) so I opted for the black and am so thrilled I did! If your bag is going to be used for an everyday bag and something you will want to use for years to come, I would recommend sticking to neutrals (Black/Grey/Camel/Brown). That way, no matter the season/jacket/outfit/accessories your bag will always work and look fab!

I highly recommend always doing your research before you buy an investment handbag, be a responsible shopper and know about the brand, durability, functionality. The older I get the less I am interested in the popular brand names like Michael Kors & Coach. I am more interested in unique, quality pieces that separate me from the crowd! It can be a very overwhelming process as there are so many brands out there however I take my money very seriously and work very hard so I don’t want to spend money on a bag thats going to fall apart in a year. Also know what is in your closet before you shop and shop for the pieces you are missing, not similar replicas of items you already have! Also use the internet to search out different bags/styles/companies. This is a pain free way to research in your pjs;)!

I hope you guys enjoyed this feature and have a fabulous weekend!

Sarah xo

Canadian Gift Guide

For my last gift guide of the season I wanted to make sure all the wonderful Canadian companies out there were not forgotten. With the economy the way it is, it is even more important that we support local business and Canadian companies. That is why I partnered with Miss Boss to bring you some fabulous Canadian brands you can shop for right here in Edmonton!

Hope you enjoy! xo

 

One Fated Knight

Found in Vancouver, this beautiful leather line receives inspiration from the medieval era. With beautiful patterns and unique designs Jennifer Yau binds functionality with style for classic pieces that are made from recycled leather. I personally am in love with this line and both the King & Bishop handbags are on my Christmas list!

Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat is one of my favourite lines, not only because it is Canadian but because it is a vegan line made from recycled material. Montreal based, Matt & Nat create on the premise of functionality and style, both of which they exceed all expectation in! I love the variety of their line and the stunning colours, you are sure to find a bag that fits your personality and your wardrobe with this fab collection!

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L to R: Matt & Nat Riley in Midnight, Robby Clutch in Clay, DL Wallet in Dusk & Olivia in Midnight

 

 

Love Fresh

This luxurious line up of all natural products was originally founded in Toronto. Out of the need to provide women with the ability to have glowing skin without having to compromise the health of their body, Stacey developed a beautiful line up of body products that smell unbelievable!! My favourite scents include Pear & DSC01672L to R: Love Fresh Deodorant, Body ScrubBody Wash & Body LotionDSC01674

BB Dakota

I love this line, one of my favourite jackets of all time was designed by BB Dakota and it has become a staple in my life! They mend functionality and quality with style for beautifully designed pieces at a great price!

Rebecca King

A Saskatchewan Native blends unique structure and texture to create beautiful pieces to compliment any wardrobe!

Jackson Rowe

I am obsessed with their scarf line and have continued to fall in love with their collection! Julia creates pieces inspired by her grandparents love story and she seems to hit a home run on every piece!

Gentle Fawn

Originally started 10 years ago, Gentle Fawn has continued to grow and lead the Canadian fashion industry! Their variety of patterns and styles allows for a fun blend of contemporary  pieces that compliment any shape of women. Ive become a huge fan of this company since first being introduced at Miss Boss and will continue to support such a well designed, quality line!

Top Left: Rebecca King Pullover & Jackson Rowe Sedona Scarf

Bottom Left: BB Dakota Waverly Vest

Top Right: BB Dakota Dust Coat

Bottom Right: Jackson Rowe Scarfs

Eliasz & Ella

As most of you probably know by now this is by far my favourite jewelry line! Made here right in Edmonton, this family owned business designs absolutely stunning, quality pieces that compliment any wardrobe. My favourite pieces include the City Stud Earrings, any and all of the Bangin Bracelets and the Black Onyx Ring!

 

Top Left: Necklace Collection

Bottom Left: City Stud Earrings in Opal, Violet and Gold

Right: Bangin Bracelets CollectionDSC01690Black Onyx RingDSC01678Top to Bottom: City Stud Earrings in Opal, Troy Ounce Bangin Bracelet in Gold, Cat Eye Bangin Bracelet & Tibetan Stone Bracelet

 

Coal & Canary

I recently purchased my first Coal & Canary candle and I seriously cannot get enough! This company was created by two best friends who saw a gap in the market for quality, hand made candles. Each batch is hand poured and made only from the highest quality vegetable and soy blends. I purchased the All I Want Fir Xmas and it is by far the best scent in my house! Oh and another reason I love this candle, if you listen quietly you can hear a crackle from the wooden wick!

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Saraswati Designs

Born in Canada, Sabrina, head designer of Sawaswati Designs binds her African and Indian ancestry to create stunning, everlasting and meaningful pieces.

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Tech Lover Under $250

Happy Black Friday! Below I am sharing my favourite gifts for those tech lovers out there! I also wanted to share my favourite Black Friday Sales happening right now!

Miss Boss 30% off clothing and handbags and 50% off footwear (brands include Jackson Rowe, Eliasz & Ella, Gentle Fawn, Matt & Nat and One Fated Knight!

Tory Burch 30% off after spending over $250

Saje 20% off everything

Aritzia up to 50% off everything

Anthropologie 25% off everything

Morphe Brushes 20% off everything

Zara 30% off everything

 

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Top Row (L to R) Fuji Instax Mini 90  $200, 3Doodler 2.0 3D Printer Starter Kit $129, Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Wireless Speaker $219

Middle Row (L to R): Bose SoundTrue Headphones $162, Samsung Galaxy Tablet $247

Bottom Row (L to R): LG G W100 Smart Watch $215, Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer $160, Fuji Insta Mini 8 $100 – It comes in seven different colours