Affordable Chic? Think Chic Marie

December 13, 2016

Note: The following giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Toronto Area only. 

It’s the middle of the December, which means you’re probably entering the panic zone for that hard-to-shop-for friend, sister or daughter-in-law.

She’s stylish and savvy, always chic and at the forefront of fashion trends. She loves clothes and is a shopaholic, but often has buyer’s remorse when the credit card statement arrives. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and that sleeve is the latest season’s fashion, accessorized perfectly with statement jewelry, a stunning handbag and perfectly pointy peep-toes.

(Maybe that hard-to-shop-for woman is…. you?)

Introducing Chic Marie. Fresh off its success in Quebec, Chic Marie, a booming clothing rental business with a service based on an affordable monthly subscription, is now available in Toronto!
chic_marie-_bannerweb_2500x930Chic Marie’s mission is to offer women a range of quality clothing at a wallet-friendly price. This holiday season, if you’re shopping for a professional woman – someone who normally dedicates a healthy portion of her budget to wardrobe spending – here’s why Chic Marie may just be the perfect present for her – or YOU! (Start dropping those hints, girl!)  (more…)

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The Pièce de Résistance? The Ugly Christmas Sweater, Of Course!

November 18, 2016

“But WHY is it called an ugly sweater?” my mom asked.

“Well,” I explained, “it’s like this. For years we’ve received these hideous – but well intentioned – holiday sweaters from parents and grandparents. And now it’s time to turn the tables and own it! So before you run out and buy me a Christmas-y sweater, I’m beating you to it. It’s ugly and I’m proud to wear it!”

“I still don’t really understand why it has to be ugly,” she replied. “Why can’t it be a nice sweater with a jolly Christmas motif? Like reindeer or elves or a picturesque snowy Christmas town?”

POINT. MADE.
_dsc0686abIt’s colourful. It’s ironic. It’s like Christmas exploded and you swept up all the pieces and turned it into jaunty pullover. Whatever it is, the ugly Christmas sweater has marked a special place in our hearts during the holiday season. (more…)

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Dress it Up… and Fall into Style.

October 2, 2016

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Hello, sweater weather. It’s been much too long! And I’ve been awaiting your return – especially since I’ve updated my fall wardrobe to include a few key, timeless pieces.
_dsc0160aThis season, my go-to look is an oversized, chunky sweater with slim jeggings and slouchy boots. It’s the perfect combination of chic comfort and casual elegance, and I was able to find everything (including the boots – hello!) for just $75.91 pre-tax at Walmart.

YES, Walmart.

Ladies, when was the last time you visited the women’s section at Walmart? It’s teeming with the latest fall essentials from George at affordable prices. This year’s collection features everything from quality knits to stylish sweaters, and if the selection doesn’t blow you away, the prices surely will. I fell in love with this George Women’s Mock Neck Boxy Poncho with Sleeves for just $29.97.  (more…)

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Fall in Autumn Style with Ease: Three Ways to Sneak in Comfort!

August 29, 2016

Some will suggest that the very best part of fall is the beauty of the season; colourful leaves, stellar sunsets and a layer of shiny dew on green grasses.

Others will point to the bountiful harvest; sweet apples, crunchy pears and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. (Oops, do those count as harvest?)

Me? I’m all about fall fashion. For weeks I have been admiring chunky, cable knit sweaters; soft, oh-so-stretchy pants and structured, fashion-forward footwear.
fallNotice a theme with the items I’m coveting? They’re all a nod to chic comfort – the best way to take on fall style. Because, if you’re like me, the most important thing about a fashion trend is that it’s actually wearable! And there is nothing chic about hobbling around in too-high heels or too-tight jeans. (Trust me. Been there. Done that.) So today, I’m sharing three ways to sneak comfort into a chic wardrobe.  (more…)

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Designer Deals. Back to School Delights. This is Dixie Outlet Mall.

August 26, 2016

If you’ve yet to read my previous post, “Back to School: Deals and Delights at Dixie Outlet Mall,” go ahead. Take a peek. Because you’ll want to know how I came about the following fabulous fashion finds at Winners, and how my shopping experience was actually entertaining, thanks to the VR Adventure Lounge (limited time only – ends September 4th).

All done? Great. Now for the big reveal.

Winners has always been one of my go-to places for exceptional deals on kids’ clothing. The store at Dixie Outlet Mall is large, well-stocked and jam-packed with back to school items – everything from popular themed backpacks to the trendiest denim styles. And for just $100 before taxes, I was able to grab three outfits for the boys – two for Reid and one for Ryder!

(Why did Reid get two outfits? It’s repayment on my part for years of making him wear Ryder’s hand-me-downs. Plus, out of the two, he’s the fashion lover!)
DSC_1371I purchased this adorable – er, masculine and sporty – Adidas track suit for just $29.99. It’s lightweight and perfect for fall school days. Reid is big on layering as he tends to go from hot to cold and hot again very quickly, and I can’t deny the quality and styling that make Adidas track suits high on the list of “must-haves” for little boys.  (more…)

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Back to School: Deals and Delights at Dixie Outlet Mall

August 26, 2016

When it comes to back to school shopping, I want to know all the things.

Tell me where the deals are. Tell me about the hottest fashions. Tell me how I can outfit my boys in clothes they love, at prices I can afford. Tell me how I can make back to school shopping fun for them and (relatively) painless for me.

Oh, you want to know too? You’re in luck – today, I’ll tell YOU how to make it happen.
20160824_185513For my readers in the Greater Toronto Area, when was the last time you checked out Dixie Outlet Mall? As one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, it’s a virtual mecca of your favourite stores at heavily discounted prices. And, especially when it comes to back to school, who can resist a deal?  (more…)

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School Looks for Less? Yes!

August 12, 2016

My boys are at an age where they’re starting to develop self-awareness. This means that their hair must be styled a certain way (“More pomade, Mom!”), there are taboo clothing choices (cords?) and of course, they have their preferences when it comes to back to school style.
bysThank goodness for Walmart. They have everything I need for back to school, including a wide selection of quality fashion for boys at affordable prices. From preppy shirts to hoodies for layering; popular graphic tees to on-trend stylish denim, back to school shopping for outfits is such a breeze.  (more…)

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Back to School: Your Surprise is Waiting.

August 9, 2016

One more month. One more month to spend time with my little guys this summer; to watch them smile, hear them laugh and run around footloose and fancy free. One more month to listen to their sweet voices…. arguing and yelling. One month of watching them push, punch and fight…

Okay, so perhaps this month can’t go by fast enough.

Et voila! Back to school time is upon us. The happiest time of the year just got happier for me, because I’ve had a chance to indulge in some back to school shopping, scoring fabulous name brands at out of this world prices. In fact, here’s how I grabbed “First Day of School” outfits for BOTH my boys – for under $100!

Surprise! I found everything at Marshalls. They even have a back to school checklist published online that you could quickly glance through prior to your shopping.
DSC_1134Marshalls is always top of mind for me for back to school, because they have everything I need to make sure my boys start the year in style. Plus, where else can I deck them out in brand names such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Levis 501 and more – for less?  (more…)

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Welcome to the New Laura!

June 7, 2016

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of checking out the brand new Laura concept store at Sherway Gardens. This completely redesigned, completely gorgeous retail space features Laura, Laura Petites, Laura Plus and Laura Plus Petites – all under one banner, in one store!
IMG_2431The store itself is beautiful. Thoughtfully categorized, well-lit and with dedicated spaces to lounge while waiting for your shopping party, it’s a must-stop when looking for a perfect piece to update your wardrobe. In store, you can expect to find stylish workwear, casual separates and elegant eveningwear, plus an extensive selection of outerwear and accessories.  (more…)

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You’re Invited: Laura Concept Store Grand Opening!

May 24, 2016

Calling all fashion lovers in the GTA – have I got an invitation for YOU!

The latest fashions, impeccable service and practical style advice. That’s the Laura philosophy.
13103543_1262976010396366_3552315898681950462_nLaura has come a long way since 1930, when company founder Laura Wolstein opened her first boutique in downtown Montreal. Today, Laura has over 170 stores (and still growing). However, perhaps most exciting is that you can now shop from home; Laura has launched an eCommerce website, where you can browse the entire Laura collection and have it delivered right to your door. (Tees and capris are currently buy one, get one 50% off.) Love it!  (more…)

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Slim, Sexy White Jeans. For Moms. Wait, What?

May 16, 2016

Slim, sexy white jeans. And school-aged children. Think the two are mutually exclusive? Think again.

Introducing NYDJ Spotless Reputation denim. I’m wearing Ami Super Skinny jeans in – gasp – WHITE! And I can wear them confidently for a plethora of reasons I can’t wait to gush about – so moms, sit back and get ready to have your minds blown.
DSC_0345aFirst, and most importantly, NYDJ’s Spotless Reputation. The jeans repel certain liquids, like coffee and cola, for up to 15 washes. That means I can get right into the action without fearing errant spills or sticky fingers (both happen with alarming frequency when you have two young boys), and of course, be on trend for spring (white is everywhere!). I paired my jeans with my favourite comfy chambray shirt and floral rain boots – my go-to look this season.  (more…)

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Travel in Style! RALPH LAUREN Parker Leather Tote

March 11, 2016

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

The sun is shining… the birds are singing… it’s the perfect time to get away! Now you *may* have noticed that I’ve had travel on my brain lately – between vacation reviews, our Sunwing Twitter Parties and my radio segments on What She Said – I’m itching to get away! The good news? There’s less than two months to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, which I’ll be once again attending with my family. Orlando, here we come!

Until then, I’m pleased to offer my readers a chance to travel in style with your own RALPH LAUREN Parker Leather Tote! Available at Hudson’s Bay, this classic leather tote is wonderfully lightweight and offers adjustable straps at each side to make it even more spacious. Stash your passport, sunglasses and a few magazines, and you’re ready for your next adventure!

tote– Double top handles, 9″ drop
– Top zip closure
– Removable leather luggage tag
– Signature “LRL” monogram at the front
– Adjustable straps at each side
– Inside slip pocket
– 13″ W x 11″ H x 6.5″ D
– Leather, Imported
– Available in three colours

The tote retails for $248.00 but you can now grab it for $20 off with code SPRING at Hudson’s Bay. And, if black isn’t your jam, you can also purchase it in beige or white.

(Though I love the timelessness of a good black tote, wouldn’t you agree?)

To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck everyone, and happy travels this spring! Click here to purchase the RALPH LAUREN Parker Leather Tote.  (more…)

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It’s a Shopping Spree, on a Budget. It’s a Match Made in Heaven.

February 19, 2016

I get it, I really do. It’s an oxymoron, I know. *How* could I treat myself to a shopping spree if I was on a budget? Aren’t the two mutually exclusive?

Folks, it CAN be done. With prepaid cards, it’s easy to splurge while sticking to a set spending limit! Think about it: open loop prepaid cards look and function like traditional credit and debit cards with a significant difference – they access funds that have been pre-loaded by a consumer or business. Therefore, they’re the perfect budgeting tool! They allow me to exert control over my spending and at the same time, avoid interest charges and overdraft fees (win-win-win!).

This past week, my good friend Zeba from Ella Pretty Blog and I went on a prepaid shopping spree. Armed with my American Express prepaid cards, we had a girls’ day at the mall with one mission in mind: spend the entire balance available to me (a whopping $500).

Which brings me to my second point: sure, you *could* spend a prepaid card on groceries (remember my previous post?), but I really want you to do something amazing, just for you. A prepaid card is often a gift – treat it like one! You only live once, and splurging on yourself is twice as nice.

Now, since Zeba is my official style advisor and the only person I trust to advise me on fashion and trends, you could say that we had way too much fun. But that’s the beauty of prepaid cards: you get to spend, spend, spend until the card runs out, and then, you walk away with amazing new things – not credit card debt!

Are you ready for the big reveal? Here’s what we bought!
AMEX IG Giveaway BNow I may be biased, but I think everyone needs a little Chanel, Minkoff, Spade and Kors in their life! Collectively, these are all items I would have coveted excessively but never had the gumption to actually purchase. Thanks to my American Express prepaid cards (which feel prestigious, almost luxurious, not gonna lie!) and a sweet shopping companion, I feel good about my purchases and know that I splurged the smart way.  (more…)

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Save Time, Money and Sanity with UGO Wallet!

December 13, 2015

It’s bound to happen to you at some point. Heck, it happens to me all the time.

I’m out and about shopping at my favourite stores. I’ve loaded merchandise into my cart; I’m congratulating myself on finding the *perfect* sweater and trendiest heels. I’m even feeling a little smug, knowing that I have a gift card to offset some of the costs. And just as I reach the checkout, in full I am so awesome mode, I remember… what I’ve forgotten.

I forgot to bring the gift card!

Has this ever happened to you? Sure it has. Because despite our best intentions, life is busy, and we don’t always want to lug around a heavy wallet filled with stuff. I mean, what if your wallet was nicked? You’d be giving away not only your identity… but your gift cards! To Sephora! To Winners! To Milestones! Those belong to YOU, dammit!

Enter UGO Wallet. The app now allows you to quickly add your loyalty and gift cards to your smartphone, and if you have a compatible phone, you can add participating credit cards to make small payments easily at many retailers with just a tap of your phone. Then, organize them any way you want so you can easily pull ‘em up right when you need them. By storing the cards on UGO Wallet, they are always easily accessible and you never have to worry about missing an opportunity to use them. Bonus: You can use every bit of your balance – and who doesn’t want to maximize all their spending potential?
DSC_1938Uploading your gift card to UGO is as easy as 1-2-3. First, make sure you have the UGO Wallet app! It’s completely free and takes seconds to download. Next, select your vendor and follow the prompts to either scan or manually input your gift card number. The app will return an error message if you try to upload the wrong bar code or serial number, so it’s pretty foolproof. (more…)

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Gift Giving Guidance That Won’t Turn You Into A Grinch

November 23, 2015

I can’t believe I’m admitting this… but I’ve already succumbed to Black Friday sales.

Now, before you “tsk tsk” or otherwise tell me I’m a weak individual, you should know that I thought long and hard before I made the purchase. (Just kidding. I literally jumped online, bought the boots and then sent out a link to my friends so they too could score a great deal.)
shoesAnd while it was completely convenient for me to shop online on a Saturday morning in my pajamas, therein lies the dangers of online shopping: it’s simply too easy to spend money. If, for example, my girlfriend had told me about this sale in-store, I would have had to (1) decide if it was worth the trip, (2) get ready to face the cold, (3) find parking at the mall… okay, you get my drift.  (more…)

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Festive Fashion with Style & Co!

November 9, 2015

The days are getting shorter… the nights are getting colder… and that can only mean one thing: the holidays are around the corner! This year, I’m once again pleased to team up with Style & Co to help get your festive looks in order – everything from cozy and comfortable to holiday glitz. And before I go any further, here’s a sweet little deal just for you:

Spend $100, save $25 until November 19th with promo code STYLE! Shop Online Now.
DSC_1670aSo, what’s keeping you busy this season? How about work, school, parties, shopping, visits to Santa… oh my! Chances are, you’ll need a wardrobe that can play double-duty and still be fashion-forward (and affordable!). Enter Style & Co. Available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay, they offer on-trend pieces that are comfortable, wear well and can be dressed up or down for any occasion!

This year, I’m all about sweaters and tunics. They’re perfect layered over leggings and are equally appropriate for both the workplace and after-work drinks. I love the Mixed Pattern Sharkbite Tunic pictured above. Leopard and chevron collide! It has a pretty scoop neck and is just long enough to feel comfortable and carefree. I paired the tunic with Basic Leggings in a soft stretch cotton (a staple for any wardrobe). I love this look for every day office, holiday get togethers with the girls and even Christmas dinner!

(Don’t forget your accessories! Here, I added my favourite Double Heart Charm Necklace. It’s so versatile, I own it in gold, silver and rose gold. It also makes the perfect accompaniment if you’re gifting a special gal Style & Co clothing this season.)  (more…)

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It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland!

September 27, 2015

Can you guess the single most important event in my children’s lives right now? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not the birth of Jesus. Or the first day of school. It isn’t even their birthday.

It’s Halloween, of course.

Think about it. The chance to dress up as their favourite superheroes or idols. Free candy. Tons of spooky and ghoulish decor. Free candy. Songs and stories dedicated to witches, goblins and ghosts.

And, FREE CANDY.

Keeping their obsession in mind, when planning my family vacation to California (psst – hello! I’m currently blogging from the beach!), I was thrilled to see that our dates coincided with Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort. I’ll be back to tell you all about it after we join the party tomorrow night!

In the meantime…. drum roll please… may I present to you, my costume!
r2d2aOkay, so the dress – which I picked up from Hot Topic – definitely isn’t as short or low cut as pictured. Or maybe I just don’t have the same height and boobage as the model. What I’m trying to say is, it’s very PG! And, I posted both the blue and red lipsticks as it will be a last-minute decision – not sure I can rock blue lipstick, know what I mean? Finally, thank goodness Reid offered to lend me his R2D2 Mickey Ears… it really completes the costume! Though he *did* wear it better, I’m sure.

I’ll be sure to post photos during and after the event – follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the fun! And, if you’re wondering what my two little Halloween lovers are going as… we’ll have a little Captain America and Spider-Man trick-or-treating tomorrow night!

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What’s Better Than Vacation? A SKECHERS Shoecation, Of Course!

July 22, 2015

Now, y’all do know that I wear SKECHERS absolutely everywhere, right?

Of course I do! For cruisin’ around the neighbourhood and doing errands, you’ll find me in my Glider shoes. When I’m pounding the pavement at Walt Disney World, you know I’ll be sporting the GOwalk 3 – they’re lightweight, breathable and keep my feet comfy all day. On a beach vacay? Can’t hit the sand without my GOwalk Move sandals – perfectly stylish and supportive! And as I travel from destination to destination, I always wear my (very aptly named) Travelers. The soft, durable nylon sandals are easy to get on/off in security lines, and transition seamlessly from airplane to boardwalk. So, where in the world are your SKECHERS shoes? We want to see where you travel with SKECHERS! Simply post photos to Instagram of your SKECHERS on vacation, using the hashtag #ShoecationSweepsCanada. Just for sharing your photo, you could win a travel prize pack that includes:

One (1) pair of Skechers shoes of winner’s choice (sizes and styles based on availability)
One (1) Peter Thomas Roth Shampoo
One (1) Peter Thomas Roth conditioner
One (1) DK Eyewitness Travelers Guide Travelers Book

The total value of this gift pack is approximately $150, and they’ve got EIGHT to give away! A new winner is announced every Monday starting on July 13th, 2015. So, you can enter now through August 28th, and if you share your pictures all summer long, you’ll have more chances to WIN!  (more…)

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From Boardroom to Bar to… Boardwalk? YES!

June 10, 2015

*BUMPING* because 99% of Style&co merchandise is now on sale! You can grab the looks below for 30-60% off the regular price – and summer hasn’t even begun! Start shopping.

I know you’ve heard the term “double-duty” fashion, or “it takes you from boardroom to bar” (translation: day to night). But what if you require outfits for:

a) a professional conference
b) a cocktail party
c) a special occasion brunch
d) a day in a theme park

Where should you shop? For me, I love Style&co. Available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay, they offer stylish, on trend, and most importantly, affordable pieces that will allow you to effortlessly create a summer makeover!

And today, I’m so pleased to show you a variety of easy, casual chic, and office-appropriate summer looks that are at the top of my rotation, especially while I was in Orlando for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! Yep… these outfits were modeled on location from my hotel room, at the resort, and of course, in the parks!
DSC_0892First, every mom needs a pair of Tummy Control Capri Pants. They have a control panel that helps smooth the silhouette; however, they’re not overly constrictive and are actually quite comfy to wear. Dress them up with a blouse for the office, or pair them with a tee for a weekend of shopping or lunch with the family. The capris feature a 5-pocket style and are available in 3 colours!
DSC_0895I chose to go casual-chic with a simple white Style&co tee with a scoop neck and woven cap sleeves. And to drop the “office” feel, I can simply switch out for these Drawstring Cargo Roll Up Capris in “Titanium”. I wore this exact outfit at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and felt both stylish and comfortable! (The pendant necklace above is the GUESS Double Heart And Crystal Fireball Pendant Necklace.)  (more…)

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SKECHERS: The Official Shoes of Summer 2015

May 3, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Okay, okay – I’m not sure if I can declare SKECHERS as the “official” shoes of summer (are there legalities around that??) – but I am absolutely certain that ’round here, SKECHERS are the top choice.

So, maybe we’ll call them the Official Shoes of Lena’s Family. (Not the same ring to it, I know.)

Here’s the thing. Y’all are always asking me what I’m wearing, what I’m buying, what I love, and what I lust after. And I’m always eager to share! So of course I want to tell you about my family’s favourite kicks this year.

(For those who aren’t hip to street lingo like I obviously am, “kicks” mean sneakers. I know this because I Googled it. Three minutes ago.)

It’s rather simple; we’ve all found an amazingly comfortable, totally stylish and incredibly affordable pair of shoes, and they all happen to be SKECHERS. From Memory Foam to Power Switch to Game Kicks, they’ve got us covered.
DSC_0797First things first – yes, our shoes are dusty, scuffed and less-than-perfect. And that’s because when I say they’re our favourite shoes, and we wear them every day…. they actually are! This is NOT a vanity review; we’re not putting the shoes on just to show them off, and then throwing them to the back of the closet. Nope! They’re actually always on our feet!  (more…)

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