October 30, 2008

I did say my posts would revolve around clothing, shoes and other accessories that are on sale, so what you’ve got here is a Hallowe’en owl mask. This is for those of you who may not want to get decked out on the 31st, but might want to freak out the kids à  la Ladyhawke style when they come to your door. All Hallowe’en accessories are 50% off at the moment at Pottery Barn. 

And as for its use beyond this Friday…you could always wear it at Dominion whilst doing your grocery shopping at 2am, I’m sure that would go down a treat with the chronically forlorn looking staff.

Owl mask, Pottery Barn, 14 smackers

Owl mask, Pottery Barn, 14 smackers


Do you like me?

October 26, 2008

Urban Outfitters T-Shirt, $9.99 on sale

Urban Outfitters T-Shirt, $9.99 on sale

I love this T-shirt! On sale at Urban Outfitters, one of my all-time favourite stores…in London. Here it’s so-so and I’m not sure why. They don’t have as big a range of clothes and, not to get all zen-weirdo on you, but it doesn’t have the same energy, and there’s no excuse for it really. Ok, Toronto doesn’t have a population of 10 million and maybe that’s why the UBs here don’t warrant as huge a selection…I don’t know. I know that I could go to Urban Outfitters in London and walk straight to their sale section and find a million things that I might shed a tear to leave the shop without (geez that sounds OTT).

Anyway, I did find this t-shirt  on sale for $9.99 and I found this Pocahontas-like dress on sale for $39.99, which is kinda fun. I like the print and the colours, but the downside is that tying it up at the back is a bit fiddly (I suffered a minor neck spasm trying to work it out) and it’s made of 100% poly-fester.
Urban Outfitters, $39.99 on sale

Urban Outfitters, $39.99 on sale

In other news, Preloved is having a sale – most of the stock is between 20 and 50% off. And while I was on Queen St. I strolled into Delphic, one of two shops that I’ve noticed so far that stocks By Malene Birger (I absolutely La-La-LOVE Malene Birger) and a few items from the spring/summer range is still available and on sale, like the Venka dress, which was $325 and is now $130.
See what it looks like here at this site (not Delphic’s site):

Viva la Lida

October 23, 2008

If you’re my age and ever pulled a sickie in elementary school, then you may remember curling up on the couch fascinated by the daytime television that was on offer for stay-at-home parents in the late 80s. In my day (as may still be the case, as I don’t know how anyone can abide Tyra) you needed to be watching City Line. You had to have strategically pulled a sickie on Fashion Friday, when you could watch Genya Hulak (why I remember that name I have no idea) show you how to apply make up and that other chick (unfortunately don’t remember her name) tell you what sort of shoes you should be wearing with a pencil skirt. Fashion Friday seemed to regularly feature the clothing of Canadian designer Lida Baday. Being a 12 year old I was probably more interested in saving my allowance for something from Benetton rather than being concerned about Lida what’s-her-name. But having grown up I can now appreciate the quality of her clothes. If you can too, then you might be interested in the Lida Baday sample sale that’s on tomorrow (24 October) 8.30 a.m. – 7.00pm at 70 Claremont Street (Queen St. W and Bathurst), 416-603-7661.


PS – London readers, I’m sure you already know this, but the Top Shop sale starts today!

I know, I need to get on top of things and not post about stuff from chain stores every day, but it just so happens that I was passing Club Monaco today and, again, there were a few decent things on sale. My favourite is a silver silk top with a black pony print. I know ponies are so Stella McCartney from about 200 seasons ago…but I thought it was cool. I won’t buy it at the current sale price of $59, but I may when it (inevitably) is reduced further. There was also an electric blue t-shirt on for $19 and a white cotton blazer, which was on sale last week for $89 and this week it’s on for $39 (good if you’re planning a holiday this winter and need something summery that’s kinda formal).

Club Monaco silk top $59 on sale

Club Monaco silk top $59 on sale

French Connection

October 22, 2008

Although this chain is definitely not on the top of my list, I do tend to browse the sale section once in a while. I would NEVER pay full price for FCUK just as I would never buy anything that actually says FCUK on it – apart from that one t-shirt in 2001 when it was actually ok to buy such things.  I think part of the reason why the chain seems always close to bankruptcy – it did in the UK anyway – is that the price-to-quality ratio (totally just made that term up, sounds economics-y) is crazy. Why pay full price for for a flimsy cotton/rayon/cloth-diaper t-shirt that will soon produce a harvest of those annoying little balls on it after one wash? That’s why you buy the t-shirt in the sale, wear it for a summer, then use it polish your car.

Anyway…if you’re interested in what seems to be a pretty big FCUKing sale (sorry, I know using the acronym as a swearword has become a cliche, just couldn’t help myself), there’s one on from the 23rd to the 26th.

Oh, to be in London

October 21, 2008

This one’s for my London readers (all two of you – bless your hearts)…there is a Paul Smith sample sale on at the Truman Brewery:,243,PNP.html

For those of you in T.O, the Banana is offering 30% off regular priced items if you bring in pre-loved coats and sweaters. The offer runs until 26 October.

Sale Away With Me…

October 19, 2008

I’ve been thinking about creating this blog for a long time now. Like a lot of girls, I do enjoy the odd bit of shopping here and there…and everywhere. Living in London and being faced with not only the extortionate cost of living, but the meager sum left over in my bank account once major living expenses were subtracted, I was never left with much room for le shopping. And what I’m referring to here, in case it’s not clear, is the purchase of clothes, shoes and accessories.  So along with teaching myself the basics in survival (beans on toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner), I learned to keep an eye out for the sales. I also learned to sharpen my sale shopping elbows, quickly grab at things in piles in a woodpecker-like way and how to dress oneself for shopping in derelict warehouses where there isn’t a fitting room in sight, let alone functioning sewage systems. That last bit refers to the ubiquitous London sample sale scene.

So here I am back in Toronto, my hometown (apart from having been raised in the burbs, but we won’t talk about that). I notice how much the city has changed for the better in the last six years and that it’s actually a pretty cool place to be.  I also notice as I stroll along the streets, relearning how to say ‘Tronno’ and not ‘TO-RON-TO’  (emphasis on the last ‘T’ – say Tronno in London and you will have the piss taken out of you and be accused of saying things like ‘aboot’), that I can’t help but notice the quality of the shops here and, you guessed it, the sales.  Therefore, not only as a sale-whore (pardon my French), but as a self-proclaimed purveyor of cool things (no self-deprecation there), I’ve decided to stalk the city for hip, discounted stuff.  That said, I will not list every single bargain basement sale going on in the GTA, but I will list the sales that I think are worthwhile – even if it’s just a single item in a shop that merits a mention. How appropriate then that the first sale item that I will share with you is a very cute – and I mean cute-hip not cute-pinky-yucky – sailor skirt on sale right now at Club Monaco for the princely sum of $19. Get it – sailor/sale-or…never mind.  I noticed that there were quite a few sizes left at the Yorkdale location. It is white, which means it goes very well with hot pink tights and glittery Repetto heels, also $19 at Holt Renfrew Last Call. And get over yourself, you CAN wear white after Labour day, in fact I think it’s great in the winter!

Club Monaco Sailor Skirt $19 on sale

Club Monaco Sailor Skirt $19 on sale