Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Aritzia Obsession

The last thing I need in my wardrobe is another coat. Peer inside my crammed closets and you’ll find dozens of candy-colored leather moto jackets like this cropped Ruby metallic masterpiece (Veda is killing it!), sleek Mackage puffers and nubby Iro knits. Sadly, many of these have never been worn and still have tags attached. You can read more about my struggles with shopping addiction here, but I digress…

After stumbling upon this Joan Shearling jacket from Aritzia, I just might need to rethink my fall ’18 shopping strategy. Can you blame me?

Wilfred Free Joan Shearling Jacket  

Part of Aritzia’s private label, Wilfred Free, this stunning black shearling topper is everything I want and more – sleek, cozy, slightly oversized (perfect for layering my favorite fall sweaters) and extremely lightweight. But with a hefty price of $998, I might have to hold off ’til Aritzia’s highly-anticipated seasonal clientelling event (a.k.a. Friends & Family) starts. Who knows… maybe someone from Aritzia’s Vancouver-based HQ somehow gets this message? ‘Til then, guess it’s back to selling all my unworn stuff on TheRealReal.



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Fall Fashion Round-Up: What’s Trending

Valentino Rockstud Snake Ballerina Flat

Valentino Rockstud Snake Ballerina Flat

With a plethora of pre-fall items trickling into stores, now’s the time to nail down those investment pieces. Wait ‘til after Labor Day and the wardrobe staples you really want (Valentino Rockstud stilettos, anyone?) will be long gone. Without further adieu, my must-have list of early autumn statement pieces worth $plurging for.

Navy is The New Black

While burgundy, teal and dove grey are must-have hues for fall, the biggest shade du jour is without a doubt, midnight blue. So kick last year’s cobalt aside and make way for the new… navy. (more…)

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Mackage Arm Candy

Mackage Arm CandyI’ve been counting down the days ‘til Mackage’s highly anticipated handbag line hit the market. Alas, my friends – the moment has finally arrived! (more…)

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FashionJunkie’s Re-Haul Video Series: Part One

On a shoestring shopping budget? Refresh your fall wardrobe with standout designer clothing cast-offs from FashionJunkie’s very own closets.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, Bordeau - $499

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, Bordeaux – $499

While I can certainly appreciate a good bargain, my shopping strategy has always been, “Want it, Buy It… Now!” Not exactly the best thing for my dwindling savings account (or my marriage), but I’ve always been fearful of missing out on the season’s best designer pieces, including this standout Valentino Rockstud stiletto and 3.1 Phillip Lim mixed-media colorblock Pashli. (more…)

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Get Punk’d!

Moda Operandi's Exclusive Punk Shop

Moda Operandi’s Exclusive Punk Shop

Inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ exhibit, which recently debuted in New York, I’ve been obsessively canvassing the web in search of some St. Mark’s-worthy fashions.

Out of all the offerings I came across – from ripped Ramone’s T’s fastened with safety pins, stud-embellished combat boots to razor blade cuffs, Moda Operandi’s exclusive punk shop contains the most original and outlandish selection. One particular piece worth collecting – provided you can cough up the cash; this avant-garde Thom Browne wool zipped kilt, currently available for only $3,820.

Thom Brown Zippered Kilt, $3,820

Thom Browne Zippered Kilt, $3,820


Andy Thê-Anh, zipper panel skirt, $300

Andy Thê-Anh, zipper panel skirt, $300


Good thing I’ve always been a hoarder when it comes to clothes. With fashion trends being so cyclical, I’m fearful of hastily giving a once-coveted designer item away knowing it could eventually be back in style. Case in point: this edgy Andy Thê-Anh multi-directional zipper panel skirt (a.k.a. the car wash) – a punk-inspired masterpiece I purchased nearly a decade ago at a Montreal boutique for $300. Note how striking similar it looks to the Thom Browne couture piece mentioned above… but at a fraction of the cost.

The moral of the story: anyone who takes trends too seriously will clearly get punk’d.

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