A little bit in love with Hudson’s Bay

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Once upon a time, I wouldn’t step foot into the Bay. (Unless my mother dragged me, of course.) But Jordan and I went for a stroll through the iconic Canadian department store recently and were in love with… well, pretty much everything. The whole store is filled with fantastic brands, beautiful displays, and some fun pop-up shops. Basically it’s a goldmine for potential Christmas presents – I definitely know where I’ll be doing a chunk of my shopping this year!

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How fun are these shoes? Chuck Taylors adorned with the instantly recognizable Hudson’s Bay stripes.

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There was a full Kate Spade display at the Eaton Centre location. Pure gold for a KS lover like me.

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Ridiculously adorable phones? Check.

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Here’s the fun part – pop-up shops! Now, instead of trudging outside to a Drake General Store, you can just head to the Hudson’s Bay basement. You’re welcome.

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Also awesome: The Brika pop-up shop. Handmade goods, all beautifully designed (above).

Bottom line? The Bay is fantastic nowadays… and definitely worth a visit.

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Classy Camo

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Coat: Zara (Old) | Shirt: Gap | Necklace: Aldo (Similar)
Skirt: H&M | Purse: Club Monaco | Shoes: Nine West (Old)

I’ve never been a huge fan of camo for clothes – especially the big, chunky variety that looks way too much like actual military gear. But when I spotted this skirt on sale at H&M, I decided to give it a shot. I love how it gives a bit of an edge to an outfit!

Brown & black

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1. Calvin Klein | 2. Mango | 3. Tory Burch | 4. Kate Spade | 5. Tory Burch | 6. Zara | 7. J.Crew

I used to be so, so against brown & black together. “They clash, they’re too similar, it just doesn’t work,” I used to say. Then I was inspired by a Calvin Klein bag I spotted in Hudson’s Bay recently – I liked it so much that I immediately Instagrammed it – so I decided to explore brown & black a bit more. Safe to say, I’m a fan now… it’s a pairing that definitely works.

High vs. low: Striped tees with sparkle

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High: J. Crew | Low: Old Navy

I’m a big fan of striped shirts – and I love that some of the ones in stores lately have a little something extra. However, you don’t have to pay a fortune for some sparkle and bling to upgrade a basic t-shirt. The J. Crew option will set you back almost $80, but you can have the same look by layering a necklace over a regular t-shirt (and then you’re able to wear the necklace with other outfits too – more bang for your buck, in my opinion.) Alternatively, you can grab a cheap Old Navy tee with some sparkle… or even go the DIY route if you’re feeling crafty!

Black & blush

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1. Tory Burch | 2. PARTYSKIRT | 3. Zara | 4. J.Crew | 5. Aldo | 6. Tory Burch | 7. French Connection | 8. Loren Hope | 9. French Connection | 10.  Mango | 11. Joe Fresh

I absolutely love this colour combo for fall & winter party attire. The pairing of black and blush is classic looking, especially with a pair of timeless pumps and statement jewelry. I want every single one of those items above… and goodness knows, there would certainly be lots of places to wear them all with the holidays coming up! (There are already Christmas ads on TV – no joke.)

C’est la vie

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Sweater: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shorts: Old Navy | Boots: Old Navy | Purse: Kate Spade

When I saw this sweater, I instantly fell in love. It’s hard to go wrong with a charming French phrase scrawled onto a cozy knit. Picked up the necklace at the same time and barely noticed a dent on my credit card… you’ve gotta love Forever 21 for that! Paired with some shorts, tights, and boots, it’s a comfortable fall outfit that’s totally on trend.