Fall Shopping Haul: NY State

I took a mini break from the blog last week and went on a road trip to Rochester, NY for a fun Lindyhop dance weekend called Slow Dance Soiree

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Even with the CAD$ still being in the toilet … THIS was the look of my apartment AFTER the trip!!! 😮

YEP!!!  Mama did some serious shopping this trip!  So welcome to my Fall Shopping Haul Post – let me tell you what I found in my travels to NY State!

VILLAGE GATE MALL, ROCHESTER, NY

We took our own sweet time driving up to Rochester, NY … taking all the side roads to really see the city Friday afternoon on our drive up.  My travel mate was on the hunt for a specific high-end liquor which lead us to a restaurant in the Village Gate Mall.

Naturally, if we’re in a mall… I’m gonna need to poke around to see if anything needed to be mine 🙂

Here’s what followed me home:

There was a little wee shop in a deep, far corner of this mall that had the cutest little things!!!

I’m so sad that I didn’t pickup a biz card to give them a shout out in this post.  Sigh…

UPDATE:  Shop name is Sweet Poison Cupcake

Unicorn Earrings!!! (There was some discussion around these being Pegasus … but they’ve clearly got a horn + wings … so that makes them 100% Unicorn) 😉
Giraffes and Penguins with balloons!! The cutest socks ever … $3 each!

Across from this shop was a hair salon that was having a WIG SALE!!!  Naturally, I had to try on every single one! 😀

I think I provided a source of entertainment to all the shopgirls and patrons as I pranced back and forth to get a glimpse of me in their mirrors.

Here’s the one I settled on…

My $10 wig from the Vivica A. Fox line… to give me an entirely different look!

I’m wayyyyy too chicken to actually cut my hair this short.  But now I get the best of both worlds with this $10 wig – harnessing my inner Viola Davis and giving me that powerful  How To Get Away With Murder look. 😉

FASHION OUTLETS OF NIAGARA FALLS, USA

I’ve been to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, NY many times.  And its sorta a hit-or-miss place for deals and fab finds.  But since we’re driving by it anyways we HAD to stop in and see what was up. 😀

And here’s the results of that:

NINE WEST

EVERYTHING at Nine West was 50% off!

These rang in at $45 … totally worth it even with the USD$/CAD$ exchange.  Super comfortable.  Super fashionable.  Super practical being flats with rubber soles.

I see myself living in these shoes for all of Fall – bring on the rain and sleet! ❤

Glossy Merlot Wine shoes with adorable ribbon laces … YES please! ❤

PAYLESS SHOES

I dunno what it is, but the Payless stores in the States just seem to offer better selection and sizing.

So when I found it was BOGO days – Buy One, Get One – it made the purchasing decision easy!

Aren’t these the perfect booties?! I didn’t wanna go with black or brown…like everyone else.

So when I found these hunter green ones – it was love at first sight! $39!

I’m all about finding adorable flats these days – sadly pumps are no longer something I can comfortably wear all day – plus, flats allow you to be dance-ready always 😉

These black tassel flats were marked down to $15 …. but with BOGO, ended up being $7!!!

FOREVER 21+

Ya’ll know I love me some Forever21+, but shop there as sparingly as possible to avoid looking like every other plus size girl getting her street-style on.

But these thin hi-low tank tunics in the perfect Fall colours of army green and wine red were only $14, how could I leave them on the rack?

And then I found this!!!!

Do I even wear sweatshirts?  No!  But that’s beside the point!  Just look at the adorable puppies of all kinds on it!!!!

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Puppy sweatshirt $20… Unnecessary spending at it’s finest – 😛

Michael Kors

One of the main reasons for me stopping in on this outlet mall on the way home was to buy a new FALL purse.

I’ve been using the same cross-body MK purse since 2012 – It has only now started to look worn… which means replacement is necessary 🙂

Found this bad boy in the clearance section … which meant an additional 25% off – woot! woot!

This dessert suede and leather messenger bag with optional cross-body strap stole my heart!

I didn’t intending on buying TWO MK purses – but just look at this one!!!

Perfect size!  Lots of visual interest + tassel!  Bonus!

Netural enough to go with nearly everything, without being black. AND optional cross-body strap.

Both of these pursues rang in just a bit over $100 each.  #winning

Target

No cross-border shopping trip is complete without a stop into Target!

I didn’t find much that caught my eye in terms of clothes/accessories/shoes — but their home section was on fire!

ALL Lighting is on sale at Target until Halloween (or at least that’s what the sign said when I scored these) Making each of these sets $11!!!!

Found some electric blankets (unphotographed) which helped kick-start my xmas shopping. And found these adorable mini globe string lights.

I’ve used one set to make my bedroom more romantic and will be saving the other to amp up my balcony next summer!

There you have it friends!!  My Shopping Haul!!!  All prices I’ve listed were in USD$ …. Soooo when you do the conversion to CAD$ they might not have been such “deals” anymore.  But it doesn’t matter!!!  I loved all my finds and they needed to be mine.

The End 🙂

Until next time..xo

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Summer Shopping Haul

Oooooooo Summer Sales are everywhere friends!!!

Since shopping in Boston was a total bust (click here Boston trip summary) … I was dying for some much-needed retail therapy!

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Lucky for me that I happened to stumble upon some crazy sales over the last few weeks here in The6ix.

Here’s my recap from those Shopping Hauls:

TATYANA BOUTIQUE

Just look at my receipt below from an unexpected shopping trip I made last week – when I got an email from Tatyana Boutique saying that it was THE LAST day to get 50% off everything in store INCLUDING already reduced items!!


What did I buy you’re wondering…?

Here’s a quick snapshot of the frocks that followed me home ….

A total of 3 Tatyana Dresses came home with me:  Floral & Lace (left) $60 and the Golden Tassel (right) $17!!!!!

That gold dress doesn’t look like much on the hanger.  But it’s vintage reproduction at its very best – hugging curves just right and landing at the perfect height without any alterations.

I’ve already worn it to work!

It’s not every day you find a dress with office-appropriate tassels 😉ipadIreneGomes1

And the 3rd dress I got was THIS one!!!!   I have no idea when or where I’m gonna wear this …. but it was just magical…followed by ooo’s & ahh’s upon stepping out of the change room.

Perhaps its time I started my jazz singing career just to wear this dress nightly!!! 😉

This gown was over $200.  But with this amazing sale, it came home with me for $60!!!!!

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This dress has an intricate spider webbed, sexy sweetheart neckline and with a cascading waist with a bow detail in this form fitted silhouette.

A sexy v-shaped back leads to a  zip closuer and ends with a striking slit up the back.  And even at my petite height (when worn with heels) it’ll be floor-length fantastic!!! ❤

FOREVER21+

I try to avoid doing too much shopping at Forever21+ … for fear of looking like every other plus sized babe in the city.

But just look at these sweet colours and patterns!!!  YUP!  They needed to be mine!

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Foxes on a simple sleeved, belted swing dress!  $33

Summer Orange Maxi with ruffles! $22

A semi-sheer maxi dress featuring an all over floral print, a buttoned front, a V-neckline, an elasticized waist, and 3/4 sleeves with buttoned cuffs. $33

Stay tuned to the blog for specific outfit posts styling each of these ones soon! 😉

PENNINGTON’S

OH MAN!!!  I’ve been ranting about bra’s and bra-blems for a few posts on the blog.  With the CAD$ being in the can…it has been preventing me from cross-boarder shopping for over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders.

Being a busty gal…finding my cup size here in Toronto just isn’t affordable. :/

But then … Penningtons had a crazy, stupid sale…making ALL THAT YOU SEE HERE $22 each!!!  Unheard of price for ladies of the big titty committee..right?

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Now, although this retail claims to have G & H cup sizes, they rarely seem to have them when I’m shopping.  Seems they are super popular and sell out immediately.  Sigh..

I managed to find sister sizes (i.e. 44DDDDDD … LOL! you get what I mean) to help compensate for band:cup difference.  At this price point…I was determine to make them work!!! 🙂

Oh, I picked up 2 sweet nightys too…for $15 each!

STREET VENDORS & OUTDOOR MARKETS

Summer brings with it the many outdoor festivals, markets and other fun where vendors are selling their wears street-side.  And fantastic deals and finds can be found!!!

I’m all about the hats in the summer… sun protection is very important … especially for keeping the once face sun-spot free 😉

Hats! Hats! Hats! Sold at Kensington Market.

Of all the many hats I own, I didn’t have a simple black and white one. So when I found this adorable side-bow-button detail on this one….it had to be mine.

$10 – and basically goes with everything!  Whoop! Whoop!

There you have it friends!  You’ve gotten the inside scoop on all the newest pieces in my closet.

Were you able to take advantage of any of these deals yourselves?

Got any favourites from what I’ve showcased in this haul?  Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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Shopping Haul: Toronto Premium Outlets

Last week after an innocent brunch with a new friend, we decided to hit the Danier Leather Friends & Family one-day sale.  In an effort to avoid downtown locations, we thought we’d take a drive out to Halton Hills for Toronto Premium Outlets instead.

And this was the result…

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I know! I know!  I’ve got a problem!  Buuuuuut when I explain how each purchase came about, I’m sure you’ll agree that they HAD to be made. 🙂

Here we go…

Remember when my heart was torn between which furry purse to buy …

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Well, I found it on sale …the very last one (which scored me an extra 10% off at Aldo).   Clearly, it had been waiting for me!!!

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ADIDAS

I haven’t bought myself a new pair of sneakers in maybe 5-years.  These hot pink laces totally caught my eye.  Tagged at $110, marked down to $60 PLUS, for today only they were $40% off!!!  That’s basically free… 🙂

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Oh man…those hot pink laces are gonna make me move super fast! I’m sure of it! 🙂

As we continued looking for the Danier.…we came across these babies in the window of NINE WEST:

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These lovelies are uber comfy and made of suede …on sale for $99 + 20% off at the cash!

And then there was a giant sale sign that forced us into ROCKPORT …where I found these basic black lace ups for $29!!!!!!! I’d be losing money if I just left them behind, right?  RIGHT!

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And then finally we made it to our original destination: DANIER LEATHER!

I have to say that for an “outlet” this Danier location didn’t really have ‘outlet pricing’.  Buuuuuut with the 30% off the lowest ticketed price with the Friends & Family day sale, the sting at the counter wasn’t too bad.

IMG_5546Picked up two beautiful pairs of leather gloves: brown with rabbit fur cuffs and black weaved leather … both of which feel like butta! And this lovely black with gold hardware purse marked down to $50!

I was too busy shopping to take Outfit of the Day pictures.  But did manage to get this one shot:

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What I Wore: Danier moto jacket; Black n’ white plaid poncho, Reitmans; Leather cuff leggings, Forever21+; Wine coloured sweater dress, Reitmans; Studded flats, Payless and my MK cross body purse.

Can’t wait to incorporate these new pieces into looks – stay tuned to the blog for those outfit posts!

If you haven’t made a visit to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills yet…I highly suggest you do!  PS:  They have a Hudson Bay Company Outlet!! My hands (and credit card) were too full for me to explore this time around.  Guess that means I’ll have to stop by again and soon! 😉

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