Erica Wark- Shopping Spree Contest Entry

Erica Wark- Shopping Spree Contest Entry

What better way to step into spring than by winning a contest? Well, I am hoping to do just that. When I first saw the announcement from Bramalea City Centre of a contest for a chance to win a $500.00, two-hour shopping trip with fashion expert and stylist, Erica Wark I jumped at the opportunity. Winning this contest would be so special to me. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in the season as the transition to spring styles has official begun. I have such a passion for fashion and shopping and would love to be able to meet a true and local expert in the industry! I just know that I would have such an amazing time and would look forward to how much more I can learn about styling as well as blogging through Erica.

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I follow both Bramalea City Centre (bccstyle) and Erica Wark (ericaonfashion) on Instagram and Twitter (bccstyle) & (ericaonfashion) and love to keep up to date with their feeds! I also keep up-to-date with Canadian fashion and think it’s important to support or local fashion industry and surrounding community. I have been a huge fan of Erica’s for a long time now, and watch her segments on local broadcast stations such as CTV’s The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show and ET Canada. It’s so nice to see talented Canadians own what they love and share that love with others along the way! I started a fashion blog just like Erica did as a way of writing about what I love. Erica brings more than just stylish outfits to the table, she exudes confidence in everything that she does and you can really see her excitement shine through.

I have always been big into fashion myself, and more recently into photography, so I figured what better way to express my true self than by starting a fashion/lifestyle blog. My blog (Staffordable Blog) is actually a play on my last name (Stafford) mixed with affordable (I am a self-proclaimed affordable fashion finder.) Just ask anyone I know, they will tell you I’m all about finding great pieces and even better prices! It took me a while to come up with this name as I wanted it to be something that was really catchy and creative…this one definitely stuck. What really speaks to me is the way that Erica inspires us to branch out and look at and try fashion in unique ways. Erica is all about pushing the boundaries and having fun with fashion all the while helping us find our true-style.

Erica is a nationally renowned stylist and expert and TV personality. She is the creative and fashionable mind behind “Erica on Fashion” and coined the term “Wark-It”—which couldn’t be any more perfect!

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I instantly started thinking of what sort of outfits I could put together that were “Wark-It”- worthy! After doing a little bit of browsing I was pleasantly surprised to see how similar Erica and my styles are! In fact, not only are there items that I have that I could recreate some of Erica’s looks, but I also came across a few exact outfits that we share! While some of my outfits are very similar (if not the same) as Erica’s you will also see some of my entries showcase some of my personal flair such as pops of colour or fun patterns!

Here’s my take on Erica inspired styling for the contest:

  1. Erica is all about shades of black and leather. So here’s my take for look number 1!

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Outfit Details: Faux-leather and suede dress (Reitmans), OTK Boots (CallitSpring) Geometric Statement Necklace (H&M)

2.  I went for an entirely different look for this entry! I opted for a blue and red checked wool coat and a pop of red with a thin scarf. I finished off the look with a cool pair of shades! IMG_8067IMG_8130IMG_8072IMG_8133

Outfit Details: Sweater (JoeFresh), Jacket and Scarf (Old Navy), Rayban Sunglasses (Winners), Jeans (Gap)

3. In true Erica fashion I went for a button-down suede mini-skirt and mock-neck cutout blouse! IMG_9025IMG_9026

Outfit Details: Button-down suede miniskirt (Express), Mock-neck Cutout Blouse (Forever 21).

4. This outfit was 100% inspired by Erica. I saw her post a picture in this awesome vest on Instagram so I just had to go online and order myself one! I paired it with faux-leather tights, strappy heels and funky shades to match her look! This may just be my new favourite work outfit this Spring!

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Outfit Details: Cream coloured button vest (Reitmans), Faux-leather tights (Forever 21), Strappy Heels (Forever 21), Sunglasses (Ebay).

5.  Yet another outfit I found while browsing Erica’s Instagram. I’m currently obsessing over this Willow and Thread tailored black vest (worn as a dress). You can take it from the office to a night out! IMG_9409IMG_9380

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Outfit Details: Willow and Thread Button-up vest (worn as a dress- inspired by Erica), Cargo jacket with faux-leather sleeves (Urban Planet), OTK Boots (CallItSpring).

6. Last Erica-inspired outfit- I PROMISE! I actually bought this a while back and then noticed that Erica had the same one! I love how she paired it with her favourite OTK’s. This look is going to be perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Outfit Details: Green shift-dress (H&M), OTK Boots (CallItSpring)

Please visit my Instagram (Staffordable_Blog) and Twitter (staff_sara) and share your thoughts/love of my best Erica Work style inspiration! It would mean the world to me to win this contest! I would love to know what you think. Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping in!

xoxo Staffordable

CHLOÉ LOVE STORY EDT- VIP BREAKFAST

CHLOÉ LOVE STORY EDT- VIP BREAKFAST

Now this post may be a little late, but I wanted to find the time to really sit down and focus on writing a great piece. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks at work! 

Friday morning of the Valentine’s Day weekend I was invited by Dave Lackie to attend Wish Restaurant for the launch of Chloé’s Love Story Eau De Toilette perfume!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the Clarins Beauty VIP dinner a few months back and had such a blast! So you can imagine my excitement when I saw a message in my inbox from Dave inviting me to this event! My first time at one of the events I was understandably a little nervous attending a dinner with complete strangers! Little did I know that once I got there I would feel extremely welcomed by individuals who love beauty and blogging just like me! I instantly connected with so many great individuals and continue to keep in contact with them over social media. It was really nice to be able to see friendly, familiar faces again at the VIP breakfast and catch up with everyone from the last event! When Dave plans an event you know it’s going to be nothing but spectacular!

Meeting Dave was the cherry on top of it all! I’ve been following Dave for years and always love his beauty segments on CityLine where he chats about the latest and greatest trends and innovations in beauty as well as beauty launches. The energy that Dave brings to everything that he does is extremely admirable and meeting him in person twice has been the greatest pleasure.  His smile and enthusiasm lights up the room! 

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I’m so happy I decided to venture out and attend the event on my own, it’s been a truly amazing experience, thanks Dave! 

Here’s my experience at the Chloé  Love Story EDT breakfast…

The second I walked up to the restaurant I instantly fell in love, and I hadn’t even stepped inside yet! My Friday morning was already off to a fantastic start, and it was only going to get better! I captured this picture quickly before going in and thought how fitting it was, seeing as it was Valentine’s Day weekend! 

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I had never been to Wish Restaurant before and upon walking in the front entrance I knew it was going to be somewhere I’d have to come back to visit again. It had a very home-ie feel with white couches and beautiful wood grain floors (I could go on and on about the floors and decor!) Let’s just say that a few of us spent most of our time enjoying the decor and exceptional natural light shining in and used it as a photo shoot opportunity. 

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When this is what you are first greeted with walking into the restaurant…you know it’s going to be a great morning! 

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Stopping to smell the roses (literally!)

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When I walked into the seating area I was again instantly drawn to the delicate white decor, dim lighting and ghost chairs (I seriously need these in my life!) The seating was very intimate and just perfect for this event! There were red roses and lots of light pink decor spread throughout the restaurant which really set the tone for the Love Story breakfast in Paris theme. 

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I just couldn’t resist taking this picture with Vanessa (Cook & Contour), the lighting and the table was perfect!

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Love Story Eau De Toilette

The star of the breakfast! This bottle is the newest member to join the Chloé fragrance collection. The beautiful undertones of “green floral” and “hints of orange blossom” is what makes it so great to wear every day. It’s a very romantic scent and isn’t overpowering.

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I was so excited to find out that we were being gifted with a 50ML bottle (available @ Hudson’s Bay) of the new Love Story EDT perfume as well as a white leather pouch—I was even obsessed with the packaging, and I hadn’t even gotten inside yet!

 

I’ve never had Chloé perfume before, but I do know that the design of their bottles are typically very chic! This one hit chic right out of the park! The small gold handle folds down so you can remove the lid and enjoy! It is finished off with a small pale pink ribbon (how very Parisian!)

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Among the beauty lovers and bloggers alike, I also had the chance to speak with Heather Josey—she also complimented me on outfit (major win!!!) Heather is the fragrance buyer for Hudson’s Bay here in Canada. She’s got such a nose for scents that she knew instantly that Love Story was going to be a hit! Talk about scent-sational!

The food, oh the food…

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I went with the goat cheese arugula salad to start which was to die for! For my main dish I decided on the poached eggs with smashed avocados and goat cheese on gluten free rye bread! It was a three course breakfast (yes you read that correctly, three-course!) but I had to tap out after the second and not get dessert. Don’t worry; I certainly got my sugar fix from the fill your own candy bags before leaving the event!

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Outfit Details:

I couldn’t attend a fabulous event without having an equally as fabulous outfit! I drew my inspiration from this outfit from a picture that I actually stumbled across from a Cosmo magazine with Lilly Collins. Lilly is wearing a similar coloured yellow sweater, large statement necklace, and of course the covetable Kate Spade skirt!  

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From Head to Toe:

  • Yellow knit sweater: Zara
  • Cluster necklace- Macy’s
  • Pink leopard skirt- Kate Spade (Winners)—I  just love the playful style of this skirt!
  • Fuchsia heels- Winners
  • Clock cross-body- Kate Spade (Winners) – I was so excited when I picked this up on sale for $60 it recalls for $300.00 (what a steal!). I wasn’t sure at first about pairing this purse with my outfit, but once I was dressed it was just what my playful look needed!
  • Michael Kors pink-faced watch- Winners
  • Gold bow bracelet- Kate Spade Outlet
  • Gold rings- Joe Fresh

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I can’t thank Dave enough for inviting me to this event and for everyone there who made it such a fun morning. What a great way to start off the Friday of a long weekend!

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I seriously could have taken pictures in this room, and with these floors ALL DAY!

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Thanks for the great shots Cat (mylipaddiction.com) you have a great eye! 

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A little behind the scenes pic with Hailey from Hailey’s Workshop taken by Vanessa of Cook & ContourThanks girls for helping with all the pictures, I just love how they turned out! 

Beautiful atmosphere, great food, and even better company!

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Thanks for stopping in!

Talk soon 🙂

xoxo Staffordable

Trip to the art gallery & OOTD!

Trip to the art gallery & OOTD!

The FULL SPECTRUM exhibit is currently on display at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga  until February 28th. It’s a great activity to add a little local culture to your life! The best part is…it’s FREE!

I first came across this exhibit while reading the local newspaper and the beautiful bright and abstract paintings instantly captured my attention. I thought of how great of an afternoon trip it would be to check it out!

I was pleasantly surprised with the array artwork and definitely recommend going!

A few pictures from my visit

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^ This was my absolute favourite painting, this is the one that caught my attention right away!

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^ Now this… the picture does not even do this work of art justice! It was so magnificent in person and I just loved the painting on the back wall to tie it all together!  Truly stunning!

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^ Such a beautiful wall, I couldn’t resist taking a picture by it!

Details of the Exhibit: 

“Full Spectrum highlights a collection of bold and energetic new works in contemporary painting. Through a kaleidoscope of colour and visceral techniques this eclectic group of emerging artists transform the exhibition space into a visual wonderland inundated with exquisite vibrancy. Identifiable as risk takers, artists featured break rules, and in doing so break new ground in painting through a range of subject matter from portraiture to landscape, geometric to the abstract, revealing leading trends in practice.

Artists include: Tyler Armstrong, Julie Gladstone, Erin Loree, Christina Mazzulla, Kyle Tonkens “

– See more at: http://www.livingartscentre.ca/gallery/full-spectrum#sthash.WcsQaLZq.dpuf

Outfit Details:

Because I checked out a totally cool exhibit, my outfit had to be equally as interesting (of course!)

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I had WAY to much fun posing for pictures in this outfit! When I first saw this fringe sweater on Forever 21.com I wasn’t sure I could pull it off but once I opened it my mind quickly changed. It was final sale so I went out on a limb and bought it and I can say I’m glad I did!  It also vest style as well a grey colour in the sweater and still available online (I’m so tempted to now pick up this one too!) << I’ve provided a direct link above to this sweater on the Canadian website for ease of searching! 🙂

I paired it with a plain white v-neck tee (Urban Planet), ripped black jeans (Blue Notes), layered choker necklace (Spring Shoes), and studded leather ankle booties (Aldo.)

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Staffordable 

Shades of grey OOTD!

Shades of grey OOTD!

I first saw this outfit combination on the Old Navy website and was able to find all of the same items to recreate the look myself!

Everything but the grey jeans are from Old Navy, the jeans are Silver that I picked up on sale from Winners. The model in the picture was wearing grey jeans with this outfit and I absolutely loved the whole look!

I think my favourite part of this whole outfit has to be the cream coloured faux-fur vest. It is extremely soft and goes with just about anything! I got all of these items for up to 50% off around Black Friday (amazing deals!!!)

See below! 🙂 — my hair was also 9 inches longer here than it is now, I almost forgot how long it was!

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Clarins Beauty VIP Dinner

Clarins Beauty VIP Dinner

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A few months back I was fortunate enough to have a seat at Clarins Beauty VIP dinner hosted by Dave Lackie at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. I entered a contest that Dave Lackie posted on his Twitter, and I would have never thought I’d be lucky enough to win!

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I was especially excited about the special guest (Eric Antoniotti- Beauty Editor & Expert for Clarins!) I was even lucky enough to sit right across from him at our beautiful dinner from Oliver & Bonacini (pictured below.)

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Not only was the dinner delicious it was also presented beautifully, just like everything else set up around the room!

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Of course the first thing that came to mind after I found out I was a lucky winner to attend as a guest was what on earth am I going to wear?!

With Clarins Beauty being internationally acclaimed  as a French luxury cosmetics company I knew I had to step it up a notch! I opted for a full skirt with mesh details, ankle-strap stilettos, a striped (Parisian-feel) shirt and of course, my favourite (accessories!), and not just any accessories, one with LOADS of bling!

See below for some of the pictures of the event along with my outfit details!

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I couldn’t not use my Revlon lipstick print nail-stickers for the event, they couldn’t be more perfect!

I had SO much fun and I cannot thank Dave Lackie enough for choosing me to attend this absolutely beautiful event! I learned so much and met some other bloggers and beauty-lovers alike! I hope to be able to attend another one of his events sometime again soon! 🙂

xoxo Staffordable-Blog

FALLing in love- OOTD

FALLing in love- OOTD

The leaves were a perfect golden colour, which coincidentally happened to match my sweater perfectly, so naturally I had to get some pics.

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Outfit details from top to bottom:

Leopard and Skull print scarf: Winners

Chambray Quilted Vest: Old Navy

Golden Yellow sweater: Old Navy

Skinny jeans- Michael Kors from Winners

Hunter Rainboots- Browns Shoes

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Bye for now, stop by again soon!

xoxo Sara

OOTD: Wedding Guest Edition

OOTD: Wedding Guest Edition

Two weekends ago I attended a wedding and was so torn on what to wear! I went back and forth between two dresses that I narrowed it down to. One was a simple black long sleeve dress and the other was my final pick! It was on a golf course but the ceremony and reception with both indoors. I went for this long-sleeve lace dress and wss happy I did so as it was freezing that day (I even saw some flurries!!)

Scroll down to the bottom for outfit details!

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Fuscia Pink Lace Dress-Ninewest from Winners

Double-Sided Rhinestone Earrings- Forever 21

Rhinestone/Gold Bow Bracelet- Kate Spade

Patent Nude Clutch- Coach

Patent Nude Pumps- Payless

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Staffordable

San Francisco trip (Outfit Edition)

San Francisco trip (Outfit Edition)

I will post details about the itinerary for the week, but for now I’ll just talk about my outfits (the most important part right??)

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Of course I had to start the trip off with a San Fran shirt. I steered away from the classic touristy shirt and managed to snag this awesome Golden-Gate Bridge T-shirt on sale from Old Navy. It was super comfy for the flight!

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I did a quick change after doing some shopping when we first arrived. Since I knew San Fran can get sort of chilly at night I opted for printed silky pants and a white jean jacket. The pants and jacket are both from Forever 21. That night we visited the Top of The Mark Hotel and caught an AMAZING 360 view of the city with an unforgettable sunset. After a few drinks we headed over to dinner along the Embacadero and took in the breathtaking views of the water overlooking the Oakland Bay Bridge.

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Day 2 brought with it a lot of hiking and walking around and wayyyy too much fun!

This was one of my favourite outfits. The Forever 21 jumpsuit was comfortable all day long especially paired with a classic white converse runner.  Since we visited Alcatraz that night this was my version of a prison jumpsuit. Something tells me I wouldn’t do well with prison attire…

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Day 3- WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS….

Day 3 brought more jumps and a lot more hiking!

I stuck with my white converse pairing them with a plain black t-shirt with a cross-cross back from Stiches and lemon print shorts from none other than, you guessed it…Forever 21!

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Day 4 we traded the hiking trails for bike trails! We rented bikes and biked through Baker Beach all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge and back again. The shorts are from Old Navy (featured on Lauren Conrad’s Instagram), the shirt is from Winners and the bobble necklace I picked up on sale at H&M while out shopping in Union Square in San Fran.

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Day 5 was another trade. Traded in our runners and bikes for a convertible to drive down the coast! Both the skirt and lace cardigan are from Forever 21 and the mesh top is actually a workout top from Winners–perfect on this very hot day! My floppy hat with small gold feather-detail is from H&M and my rings (snake- Suzy Shier, middle rings are three different Pandora rings stacked together)