ICE CREAM SERIES- PART 1

Photo series- the idea of collecting a series of photographs surrounding a specific theme or emotion. Now I know the “Ice Cream Series” may seem juvenile but the idea of a refreshing and delectable cone in the summer is for the most part, a universal emotion. Therefore, myself and my creative friend Stephen Molella (view his work here) have decided to document every time we, (or I), have an ice cream this summer and put a creative-twist into each part of the series.

ICE CREAM SERIES- PART 1

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SCARF + STRIPES

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I have always been keen on scarves, but since my recent visit to Paris I have been frequenting the scarf look more than usual. I bought a bunch before my trip and love the way they add character and that extra something to my look. I would also like to point out these amazing high waisted wide leg pants. They have both the makings of my little fashion heart; stripes & a high waist. I tucked a black cami to match my shoes, and paired a blue and white scarf to match the pants. One of my favourite looks of the summer so far!

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Little Black Dress

There is so much to be said about a great little black dress. It’s versatile, can be on heavy rotation, you can work layers into it, and it can be the mediator of a statement shoe or bag.  Or simply, the little black dress can be the focal point of interest. It is a dependable wardrobe staple that everyone should have. Pictured I am wearing my LBD as the simple focus, and I paired it with a suede bootie. It is an overall-put-together-look, and with a slicked ponytail, you can’t go wrong in showcasing a simple yet sophisticated look.

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A Writers Craft IIII

I am here with some more of my favourite excerpts in literature. I am going to post a few tonight; I am feeling exceptionally deep..

“Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand, and the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep..& there are no words for that.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic then to love people.” – Van Gogh

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty. The courage to take risks. The discipline to tell the truth. The capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded. Sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“A great man is always wiling to be little.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Until next time,

V.

ME IN NYC

It has always been a dream of mine to go to New York City in the fall for my birthday, and for me this year that came true! I am so blessed to have such an amazing best friend who surprised me with the trip which couldn’t have come at a better time, considering I really needed a reason to get away for a little bit. I am excited to share with you guys some pictures from the trip, including what I wore while roaming around my favourite city.

It felt really good to leave everything behind, even just for a few days. It is important to clear your head, take time for yourself and kind of discover who you are, what you want and where you are headed. Life can get pretty crazy and rough, so if it is going to take a quick weekend away to help sort yourself out, do it. Everyone needs a break sometimes.

TONE+TONE

One of my favourite things to do with a look is to play with tones. Mixing neutrals with a touch of colour tends to intimidate people but realistically, playing with tones is an infallible way of creating a really unique or cool look. For me, navy is my black, and I never go wrong with a navy+neutral or navy+color combo.

Top: Calvin Klein, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Lord&Taylor

NECK + TUCK

I have really been into the tight-turtleneck-tucked into-anything look right now and I am seriously feelin myself everytime I rock this look. I have always been a sucker for anything with a high neck, turtlenecks especially. They are a seriously versatile piece and should definitely be a staple in your wardrobe. You can get them in almost every color, have them on heavy rotation, and frankly, it pulls together any look you are trying to achieve.

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You can find some great & affordable ones at Zara, Topshop and H&M!

 

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE CANADA + VALENTINA MONTEMARANO

Hi guys! As I am sure you already know, Saks Fifth Avenue has officially opened its doors in Canada! Every time I vacation in the states, Saks has always been my one-stop-shop destination. I find Saks always has the best selection of shoes and I never leave without picking up a pair or two.

 I am extremely excited to announce that I am officially a part of the Saks family as they open their first ever stores in Canada.

You can find me at Saks in Sherway Gardens Mall on the main level in the ultimately elegant and ginormous shoe department. With over 600+ styles, I am certain you and I can find your perfect pair, every time! You can contact me anytime via e-mail at valentina_montemarano@s5a.com for any inquiries.

In addition, not only can I assist you in finding the perfect shoe, I can be there every step of the way whether you need a matching handbag, scarf, sunglasses, or little black dress (aka, whatever your heart desires, let me help you fulfill it!)

After you & I finish shopping, be sure to check out Pusateri’s on the lower level, or grab a drink at Beaumont Kitchen by Oliver & Bonacini right by the shoe department.

Saks Sherway opens Thursday, February 25th & I can’t wait to service you all!

You can also follow me @shoeshoppersherway on instagram and be the first to see all new product posts.

Be sure to save my e-mail for any & all product inquiries: valentina_montemarano@s5a.com

See you all at Saks!

A Writers Craft III

Happy Valentine’s Day guys! This day is very special to me because A) It is my name day, and B) I loooooove chocolates, flowers & all that good stuff. I’m an old sappy romantic which is why this next excerpt, which is one of my favorites, is appropriate to post today.

This is from a Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare:

They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but love.”

Until next time,

V.