Simons

I’m a self-proclaimed online shopping expert. It’s a survival skill that I developed during my years and years living in the frozen Yukon, where shopping opportunities are nil unless you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg.

One of my all time faves is Simons. I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for about 7 years now and they’ve never once let me down. Simons is only available in Quebec but they started up an online shop about 5 years ago and am I ever glad!

I’m loyal to Simons for a number of reasons.  The quality of the clothing is always excellent; they carry a range of brands/designers priced from outright steals to much spendier options; the sizes are bang on; the shipping is exceptionally prompt; and they’re Canadian! What’s not to love?

I’ve waxed lyrical about Simons’ virtues in the past, read that post here.

Do you have a favourite online shopping destination?

 

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101

For weeks I’d been planning on doing something special for my 100th post. I had all kinds of ideas ranging from a give away (unfortunately for you my pets, I’m always low on pennies…. can’t imagine why), to a tutorial (who am I to give advice though??), to a monthly favourites post. Well, yesterday’s was my 100th post and I celebrated by completely forgetting about it. Typical Poutine behaviour.

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Without further ado, I give you Poutine and Prada’s 101st post: the bloggers who inspire me! These blogs are where I spend my days (you know, when I’m not working and such), and I’ve been inspired by them all in different ways! If it weren’t for these lovely bloggers there would be no Poutine and Prada (can you imagine?)!

In no particular order:

The Anthology
It must be the voyeur in me but I love The Anthology’s Workspace posts.

Alicia Fashionista
This gal is fabulous, fashionable, and also very close to my size! I find a lot of outfit inspirations here, as well as some great make-up looks, and general fun!

The Skinny Blonde Girl
When I first stumbled across Katelyn’s blog, I didn’t think she could teach me much because she’s only 21. I was mistaken! This is a blogger with a great sense of style and self! Check her out for outfit ideas, and honest reviews.

Prairie Girl in the City
I love this blog because Jennifer is in her 30s, celebrates style at all sizes, and she just seems like a super classy dame!

A Fashion Love Affair
Cara’s style is simple, classic, and exactly what I aspire to!

Tinfoil Tiaras
This is another blog that I felt wouldn’t really speak to me at first, but I quicked realized that Emily is a lovely person with a big heart, and an even bigger closet! If you’re looking for fashion on a dime, this blog is a must see.

The Dauphine
This blog is mostly about make-up and is filled with some absolutely gorgeous photography.

So there you have it! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I encourage you to visit my daily reads list for more fantastic blogs! There’s something in the blogosphere for everyone so get out there and start reading!

Do you have any favourite blogs you’d like to share?

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Yesterday I went shopping with a few school chums. It was a typical girls’ day: lunch followed by hours of pounding the pavement on Robson.We stopped at Zara and all three of us tried on a few things. I found a really cute, orange summer dress and liked it but needed one size bigger — a large. When I asked the somewhat snooty sales girl to grab me a large I was informed that the dress only comes in small or medium, like many other items in the store.

I was flabbergasted! I’m not plus sized by any stretch of the imagination and large is a completely average size! I had a brief glimpse into the world of plus sized women, and I did not enjoy it. I have to wonder who these designers are designing for because it’s certainly not the average North American woman!

Has this ever happened to you?

 

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Shoppers gone wild

I am now happily ensconced in my new city (hello Vancouver), and have been exploring non stop.

Yesterday I attended my first warehouse sale. What an experience! Great clothes at 70% off retail. What’s a shopaholic to do? I waited in line for about half an hour before getting in. I checked my purse, and PURE MADNESS. Girls running from rack to rack grabbing whatever they could carry in their size. I attempted to be practical, and go from rack to rack looking at everything. I quickly got caught up in the frenzy though, and abandoned my sensible plan.
I emerged after about an hour, sweaty, dishevelled, and the owner of a few new great pieces.
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Having to wear tights in August is annoying. It just seems so wrong. That said, it’s a great excuse to bust out some fall looks. Fall is my favourite season for clothes. Sweaters, layers, scarves, and cute jackets. It’s such an easy time of year to look completely put together.What’s your favourite fashion season?

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