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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I’m a complete fashion junkie. Always have been, always will be. When I walk into a mall I get a rush from all of the stores I’ve yet to visit. It’s like taking that first sip of coffee in the morning or that first bite of a delicious, oozy danish. In short, it’s divine.

The problem? I live in the Yukon, that’s in the far north in Canada for those of you not familiar. Whitehorse, the town I live in, is a two hour flight from Vancouver, a seven hour flight to Ottawa, and, well you get the idea. We’re isolated. The shopping choices here are abysmal. We have a Reitmans and a few locally owned and outrageously expensive shops. What’s a fashionista to do?

I made my first online purchase about six years ago, a tee shirt that I won in an eBay auction. I’ve never looked back. I took my measurements and was off to the races. There is an absolute mecca of online options for the savvy shopper and I’ve discovered some true gems. The truly beautiful thing about online shopping is that you get that great “just bought something new and fabulous” feeling twice! Once when you place the order and then again when you open your package. There’s also the excitement of getting a parcel in the mail. Call me old fashioned, but that’s a thrill I’ll never tire of!

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One of my favourite Canadian online stores is┬áLa Maison Simons. Even the name is fantastic! I first discovered Simons during a visit to Quebec City in 2007. I was staying with a couple of girlfriends. They took me to see the sights (Quebec City is the only walled city in North America), to some fantastic restaurants (including one that served bottomless mussels), and finally, because they love me so much they took me shopping. My friends aren’t interested in shopping (gasp), and so they patiently waited outside while I shopped to my little heart’s content.

Now, I can say “hello” and “good bye” and “please” and “thank you” in French, but that’s about it. My friends were amazed to discover that within moments of arriving at Simons, I had checked my coat, secured a fitting room, and enlisted the help of a sales girl in finding a couple of things in my size. Needless to say, it’s a great store and I was motivated! It’s amazing what you can communicate when you want something badly enough!

A little over a year ago I was thrilled to discover that Simon’s was opening an online shop. For months I waited patiently for it to open and as soon as it did I put my order in.

One of the great things about Simons is that they sell fun decor items as well as men’s and women’s casual, elegant, and trendy clothing. There’s something for everyone. One of my all time favourite purchases is a faux zebra skin rug from Simon’s, which is machine washable.

I also just happen to be wearing a sailor dress today that I scored at Simon’s.
The shipping is prompt and resonably priced and you will always be thanked for your business. The site is easy to naviagte, and attractive. The prices are reasonable and the quality is great. The prcies are all in Canadian dollars.

If you pop in make sure to let them know I sent you and enjoy!

Check it out: http://www.simons.ca/store.cfm?lang=eng

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