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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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!

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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BOYISH CHARM

One thing I love to embody is the borrowed-from-the-boys look. I am super into the cigarette pant + oxfords look, especially when I throw a trench coat over top which really plays with aspects of masculine and feminine style. Nowadays that men and women shop in each others sections anyhow makes me even more excited to play in the mens section and work it into stuff I already have.

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ME IN D&G

Hi guys! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a look (I suck), but now that fall is arriving, I will definitely be sure to post a lot more. Fall is my favourite season to dress for, so stay tuned for how I style it.

I really wanted to share with you guys these killer Dolce & Gabbana boots for fall. We just got them in at Saks and I could not wait to put them on. Make sure to pop in to Saks at Sherway Gardens for all your fall desires. We have received a lot of amazing styles to help you transition into the new season and keep you looking fresh for fall!

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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

400 Years of Shakespeare

Today marks the 400th year of William Shakespeare’s death. It is astounding how the words of one man can live on for all of time, and have the same affect on us now that it did him so many years ago. I love to think that the way Shakespeare once felt I can feel too, it makes me believe that a part of his soul fully understands a piece of mine. I have always loved Shakespeare’s work from his plays to his sonnets, but my absolute favourite of all time is Sonnet 116. Everything that I believe about love is eloquently written with this sonnet and it makes me feel something each and every time that I read it. Below is Shakespeare’s sonnet on the left, and the paraphrased version on the right for better understanding. This is written and timed proof that there is nothing else greater or more fulfilling than a life that has love in it.

 

SONNET 116                                                                              PARAPHRASED

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Let me not declare any reasons why two
Admit impediments. Love is not love True-minded people should not be married. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, Which changes when it finds a change in circumstances,
Or bends with the remover to remove: Or bends from its firm stand even when a lover is unfaithful:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark Oh no! it is a lighthouse
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; That sees storms but it never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark, Love is the guiding north star to every lost ship,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Whose value cannot be calculated, although its altitude can be measured.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Love is not at the mercy of Time, though physical beauty
Within his bending sickle’s compass come: Comes within the compass of his sickle.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, Love does not alter with hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. But, rather, it endures until the last day of life.
If this be error and upon me proved, If I am proved wrong about these thoughts on love
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. Then I recant all that I have written, and no man has ever [truly] loved.

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!

LOVE is LAURENT

 If you read my previous post, you would know that I treated myself to a little sumtin sumtin on my recent vacation. I am truly powerless before an amazing pair of shoes, hence, I could not resist when I found these olive suede Saint Laurent peep toes. What I love most about these shoes are all the little details they posses. I love the way the suede is contrasted with the heel, as well as the laces, the zippers, and best of all, the belted detail across the top of the shoe. These accents are the makings of one incredible pair of shoes that I could not say no to. These are definitely a favourite among my collection.
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 Pictured I am wearing a loose fitting trouser with a cream tank top, and I decided to belt my trench coat to add volume & shape to my look.

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