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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GOT IT FROM MY MAMA

Growing up in the 90s-2000s, I can definitely attest to the fact that my mother indeed, wore mom jeans like these. I love that these jeans are back on trend, with their relaxed nature and the fact that they are high-waisted which is my favourite feature in a jean. What’s even better about the mom-jean-trend, is that it is incredibly easy to style. You can tuck anything into them like a sleek cami, white-tee, or body-suit. You can even pair them with a crop, throw on a pair of sneakers and you have a very sleek, relaxed and on trend look!

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BROOCH-ED

Hi guys! I am super excited to show you what I treated myself to recently. It is one of my favourite pieces currently and is definitely a piece I will have with me forever. I have always loved a simple outfit with a classic touch, whether it be a shoe or a bag, this time I have opted for a brooch; a classic, timeless Chanel brooch. Growing up I always used to wear pins and brooches on my jackets (thanks to my mama), and that inspiration came back to me recently. I thought of how cool it would be to dress up a tailored jacket or blazer again with a elegant brooch, either alone or alongside another pin. I think one brooch suffices when you’re putting it on a crisp jacket, but why not add two or three pins to a denim jacket or even a casual tee. I think that really elevates a look and definitely isn’t something you see people do often. I even have a “V” brooch that I’ve had since I was a kid, and I am really excited to pair that with the Chanel C’s!

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.

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!