Lust List: 6 must-see leopard sandals at every price

leopard sandals
Seeing as today's my birthday, I figured it would be completely acceptable for me to single out one of my personal favourites for this week's Lust List. 
Leopard sandals (and shoes, for that matter) are a great way to bring a little added attitude to any outfit. They are neutral enough to go with most colours and are purr-fect (sorry!) for packing on trips or your daily commute.  
Take a look at a few styles that caught my wandering eye this week. 

Sam Edelman Sutton sandals
These sandals are super fun and functional. The leopard accent, nude leather and gold toe are stylish enough for day or night, and the low wedge makes them especially foot-friendly.

Forever 21 Leopard Print Thong Sandal
I detest the fact that certain sandals are referred to as 'thongs' but my aversion wasn't strong enough to keep me from mentioning these bold-yet basic gladiators. And the less than $20 price makes them twice as nice. 

J.Crew Collection Lillian Calf Hair Low Wedges
Similar to the Sutton above, these Italian-made sandals are as comfortable as they are cute - and are a definite must-have for me. (Big birthday gift hint :P)

Merona Erin Braided Upper Sandal
Just when you thought it couldn't get any cheaper than the Forever 21 pair above -- check out these little babes. A rock-solid style and a muted leopard print make these sandals a summer staple. Not sold on the look from this pic alone? Google them and you'll change your mind. 

Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap Sandal
Valentino shoes are everywhere. Kick the typical Rockstud trend by stepping out in these leopard beauties. Be warned: Prepare to get noticed because these aren't your average blogger shoe.

Zara leopard print ankle boot sandal
These sandals may be as close to perfection as you could possible get. The lattice-work lace-ups add interest, while the sky-high heel and bootie silhouette are sure to up your street style-star status. 

Orange and navy

Zara floral blazer, J.Crew city pants, Joe Fresh silk pajama tank, Tory Burch Reva flats and a gold Gap clutch


Zara floral blazer, J.Crew city pants, Joe Fresh silk pajama tank, Tory Burch Reva flats and a gold Gap clutch

Zara floral blazer, J.Crew city pants, Joe Fresh silk pajama tank, Tory Burch Reva flats and a gold Gap clutch

Zara floral blazer, J.Crew city pants, Joe Fresh silk pajama tank, Tory Burch Reva flats and a gold Gap clutch

Zara floral blazer, J.Crew city pants, Joe Fresh silk pajama tank, Tory Burch Reva flats and a gold Gap clutch
Blazer: Zara 
Pants: J.Crew 
Silk tank: Joe Fresh 
Clutch: Gap  

I'm tired of talking about the rain, thinking about the rain, walking in the rain, and most of all - dressing for the rain. 
My days of clunky boots and hooded jackets are over (for this year, at least). Do you hear me, Mother Nature? 
Thanks. 

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer and Chanel

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer, Zara linen shirt, Chanel GST, Rosegold booties, Tiffany & Co. necklaces

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer, Zara linen shirt, Chanel GST, Rosegold booties, Tiffany & Co. necklaces

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer, Zara linen shirt, Chanel GST, Rosegold booties, Tiffany & Co. necklaces

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer, Zara linen shirt, Chanel GST, Rosegold booties, Tiffany & Co. necklaces

Helmut Lang Gala Knit blazer, Zara linen shirt, Chanel GST, Rosegold booties, Tiffany & Co. necklaces
Shirt: Zara 
Bag: Chanel GST
Necklaces: Tiffany & Co.

If there is one item in my closet I would suggest everyone buy it would be this blazer.
Made of a stretchy knit, it wears like a favourite sweatshirt but boasts the classic crispness of a Helmut Lang cut.
At the risk of sounding like a salesperson, I'd say it's a definite must have.

John Frieda Root Awakening line: A quick review

John Frieda Root Awakening
What it is: A line of haircare products including shampoo, conditioner and leave-in spray that work to boost locks by revitalizing the scalp. 
Beauty bonus:  This line works like a salon brand without the salon price.
Beauty bummer:  I was lucky enough to have a professional blowout done at Blo Blow Dry Bar in Vancouver using the Root Awakening line, which yielded unbelievable results -- But at home, my somewhat uncoordinated blow-drying technique couldn't achieve the same results.


John Frieda Root Awakening
Who doesn't love a blowout? Getting the perfect 'do at Blo Blow Dry Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
Overall:  As someone with thick hair that often falls flat, I was overjoyed to try a line of products that work to enhance hair's health from the scalp, add unbelievable volume and are marketed to more than just those who have fine hair. 
The shampoo and conditioner are rich and creamy with a pleasant scent, while the leave-in spray's long nozzle make it easy to apply directly to your hair -- instead of all over your bathroom floor. 
Using a large round brush, I dried my hair in sections and sealed the style with a smoothing cream and a coat of hair spray. 
My style lasted for a day or two longer than usual, with a noticeable amount of volume.  
 
Would recommend? YES!
John Frieda Root Awakening line
Price: Approx. $6.50 CAD  
Available at: Beauty drugstores everywhere

White (skort) weekend

Zara wrap skort, Zara linen shirt, Topshop heels, J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace, Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara wrap skort, Zara linen shirt, Topshop heels, J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace, Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara wrap skort, Zara linen shirt, Topshop heels, J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace, Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara wrap skort, Zara linen shirt, Topshop heels, J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace, Loeffler Randall Rider bag
Skort: Zara 
Linen shirt: Zara
Heels: Topshop 
Necklace: J.Crew (c/o)
Some shoes, shirts or skirts -- or in this case skorts -- can make you feel like a different person. 
Weird as that may sound, when I put together this all-white outfit and rhinestone bib, I felt a little more like a fearless fashionista than usual. 

Holt Renfrew H Project lands in Vancouver

Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
The multimedia wall in the H Project store in Holt Renfrew Vancouver.
Holt Renfrew launched its new H Project in Vancouver last Thursday and I was eager to check it out. 
After speaking with the project's mastermind and Holt Renfrew director of brand strategy Alexandra Weston during opening day (read the interview here), I was quick to scope a few of the amazing finds available in the new in-store shop. 
Take a look. 

Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
Limited-edition clutches by Lizzie Fortunato
Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
An awesome embroidered pillowcase <3
Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
Decomposition Book by Michael Roger (only $8!)

Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
A lovely LemLem frock
Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
Talk about on-trend ... black and white stripes from Mercado Global
Holt Renfrew H Project in Vancouver
The perfect pet for apartment dwellers and commitment-phobes

Leopard and Icon leather

H&M New Icons leather jacket, leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Lush Voile top, flash frame aviators and a Celine Mini Luggage Tote

H&M New Icons leather jacket, leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Lush Voile top, flash frame aviators and a Celine Mini Luggage Tote

H&M New Icons leather jacket, leopard harem pants, Helmut Lang Lush Voile top, flash frame aviators and a Celine Mini Luggage Tote





Jacket: H&M New Icons
 Harem pants: Forever 21
Aviators: Material Girl (LOVE these)
Bag: Celine Mini Luggage Tote

I've become one of those people who drops everything and grabs grass as soon as the sun starts shining.
It's not my fault -- I feel it's perfectly acceptable for me to blame this new-found habit on the Vancouver weather.

Five fab finds of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale for women and kids, otherwise known as one of my favourite shopping events of the year, is on now.
In order to celebrate the momentous occasion, I've scoured the sale items (selflessly, of course) in order to find my five favourite pieces of the sale.
Take a look:
 Smythe Metallic Coated Linen Blazer
Smythe Metallic Coated Linen Blazer
Was $650 - Now $389.98
You literally can NOT go wrong when buying something Smythe. I've had my eye on this cool metallic number for a while as its perfect cut and eye-catching fabric make it on-trend, yet timeless.

Man Repeller X PJK 'Flynn' Silk Moto Vest  Was $298 - Now $178
Man Repeller X PJK 'Flynn' Silk Moto Vest
Was $289 - Now $178
This silk moto vest can do no wrong in my books. Not only is it designed by one of the blogging queen Bs, but its light weight makes it the perfect topper for spring and summer.
Sam Edelman 'Serena' Sandal
Was $139.95 - Now $93.76
As someone who already owns these sexy sandals in beige, I can vouch for their cute and comfort levels. 


Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle
Alexis Bittar Skinny Tapered Bangle
Was $65 - Now $38.98
These bangles are a no-brainer. They're sleek, stackable and always in style -- I can guarantee you won't regret buying an armful of these candy-coloured bangles.

Caslon Racerback Jersey Maxi Dress Was $68 - Now $40.80
Caslon Racerback Jersey Maxi Dress
Was $68 - Now $40.80
Whether you're going to wear this paired with a denim jacket, silk vest (ahem, see above) or alone, this versatile maxi will carry you through this summer ... and beyond. 

SMUT Soiree Vancouver giveaway


SMUT Soiree Vancouver 2013
Vancouver gossip queen Lainey Gossip is bringing her star-studded SMUT Soiree back to Vancouver for a second time on June 3.
After last year’s smashing success, the Hollywood-inspired event has moved to a new venue (the Villa Amato Ballroom at 88 1 Avenue) to accommodate the crowd of celebrity-loving smut hounds – and they want YOU there!
 Jacob’s Creek Moscato, the event's official wine sponsor, wants to send one lucky winner and a guest to attend the event, walk the red carpet and get all the juicy celebrity gossip Lainey (and her co-host Dan Levy) can dish out. 
 In addition to tickets to the event, the winner will receive an assortment of wine-y goodies including Pier 1 stemless chalk-note wine glasses; collapsible lanterns; a refreshing sangria recipe and a West Elm serving tray.
SMUT Soiree Vancouver 2013 giveaway
To enter, leave a comment below with your name and e-mail address or Twitter handle – It’s that easy!
Want to boost your chance of winning? Tweet the following message on Twitter for an extra entry:
“Send ME to this year’s #SMUTSoiree sponsored by @JacobsCreekCA!”
The winner will be contacted via e-mail or Twitter on June 1. Good luck!

J.Crew Pacific Centre sneak peek

American retailer J.Crew is set to open the doors of its second Vancouver store, located in Pacific Centre shopping mall , on Wednesday, May 22.
Can't wait to take a look inside the all-women's wear store? Here's a sneak peek.

J.Crew Pacific Centre Vancouver
Behold ...

Chambray + a statement necklace = A perfect combination
J.Crew Pacific Centre Vancouver
A look inside the shoe salon
J.Crew Pacific Centre Vancouver
A little spring bling
True glitterati 
J.Crew Pacific Centre Vancouver
Simple stacking: As easy as 1, 2, 3
J.Crew Pacific Centre Vancouver
Safe to say this could be this summer's 'It' sweater
J.Crew Vancouver
Summer staples
Now THAT'S a hot (pink) sandal
J.Crew Vancouver
Stop it, ladies! You're making me green with envy. :P 

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