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#SESTYLE: Obsessed with Bomber Jackets

23rd March 2017

What was once only worn by military pilots is now going mainstream. We aren’t talking about the shapeless, oversized bomber, this season’s bomber jacket is updated with a slimmer fit and often in a variety of fabrics and lengths. The bomber has replaced the autumn blazer and can be worn over almost anything. Keep it clean in all-weather leather, or hit refresh with bold prints and mixed materials.

autumn-bomber-jacket-stylesfall-bomber-jacket-stylefall-bomber-jacketsautumn-bomber-jacket-styleBomber Jacket, TNA. Ribbed Dress, Vero Moda. Sunglasses, Balmain. Choker, Aldo. Crossbody Bag, Topshop. Sneakers, Converse.

My daily uniform consists of mostly black. Black sweaters, black jeans, black shoes, and now, a black bomber. My go-to bomber jacket is similar to a sporty varsity with a felted wool body and leather sleeves. The body is a slimmer fit that stops around the hips. It’s a perfect way to add some edge to a dress or it can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and easy tee.

The bomber jacket’s ease-to-wear and simple shape have secured its position as a cool classic. We’re taking a note from pilots past and taking streetwear up a notch this season.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: The Perfect Autumn Accessory

28th October 2016

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Since the weather has cooled off, I have been obsessed with hats. For me, they’re the ultimate accessory – they can easily punctuate a look and they can instantly fix a bad hair day (hello, magic!). I’m all about my toques, caps and fedoras and I manage to work them into my outfits, no matter the look or occasion.

I have recently fallen in love with this floppy fedora. This one is Canadian made (yay, Canada!) and is felted wool, which is great for the cooler season and it even has hidden ear warmers, ideal for Canadian winters! It can be worn casually with jeans or styled with a dress and knee-high boots to make more of a statement.

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Long-Sleeved Split Sweatshirt, Primark. Pencil Skirt, Wilfred. Felted Wool Fedora, Tilley. Oversized Sunglasses, Betsey Johnson. Choker, Aldo. Patent Vegan Leather Purse, Nella Bella. Knee High Leather Boots, Aldo.

As the weather starts to cool off, I know what I’ll be reaching for. This season, get ready to tackle breezy autumn days while serving up some serious style.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: Hi-Shine, High Style

18th October 2016

For a serious style upgrade this season, reach for something that’s hi-shine! We’re seeing patent in everything from skirts to jackets but right now, I am all about these accessories.

Patent has come a long way and the texture is a great way to add dimension to any outfit. I am in love with this patent mini-purse, which is big enough to hold the essentials yet small enough to be absolutely adorable. And can we talk about these black and white ankle boots? Ankle boots are everywhere this season, so why not reach for a pair that’s polished and patent?

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Button-Up Shirt, Pink Tartan. Sweater, Urban Outfitters. Ripped Jeans, Rag & Bone. Sunglasses, Roxy. Choker Necklace, Topshop. Patent Mini-Purse, Nella Bella. Patent Ankle Booties, Jeffrey Campbell.

Fall is officially here (although with this weather, it may seem debatable), and many of us start reaching for the blacks, greys and muted colour tones. Why not add some texture to your outfit with a few patent touches? If you want to take your accessory game to the next level, swap your leather or canvas for something that’s hi-shine.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: Uniqlo Comes To Canada

17th October 2016

When it was first announced, the news was too good to be true. People were practically lining up, waiting for their chance live through the experience. This wasn’t about tickets to a Beyoncé concert or getting a reservation to the new Momofuku restaurant. No, no. The anticipation was for the opening of a Uniqlo store.

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Founded in 1974, Uniqlo is a brand of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., one of the largest apparel clothing companies in the world, with Uniqlo being Japan’s largest specialty retailer. With over 1,700 stores in 17 markets worldwide (locations across Asia, Europe and the US), this is the first one in Canada. Big news? Massive is more like it.

Located between Nordstrom and H&M at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, spanning two stories and covering 27,400 square feet of space, the store features men’s and women’s clothing on the first and second floors, with a children’s section on the upper level.

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With an ethos of creating clothing for everyone, there are your basics (t-shirts, chinos, socks and underwear), endless stacks of denim (in multiple cuts and washes), knits (merino wool and cashmere), with plenty of flannel and fleece options – the company’s research has shown that Canadians love these textures.

For the colder months, there are separates with Heattech technology (a special weave that traps heat, despite its fine gage) as well as Uniqlo’s incredibly popular down–filled outerwear. Thin and light, they claim to keep its wearer warm no matter how chilly it is. Let’s see if their reputation can keep locals toasty in Toronto’s brutal winters.

And while most items are designed to be wardrobe essentials, collaborations with stylish French tastemakers Ines de la Fressange (iconic Chanel model) and Carine Roitfeld (style star and former French Vogue editor) add a bit of savoir faire to one’s closet. A classic trench coat, perhaps? A beret – and baguette – is not required to feel like a Parisian.

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The Eaton Centre store also featured the North American premiere of the Uniqlo U line (the 12 Us are to symbolize “U” can wear them 12 months a year). Under the helm of artistic director Christophe Lemaire, the line has an elevated design aesthetic. To quote them: “Every form made for function. Every element endlessly considered. Every design thoughtfully deconstructed, tested and distilled to its most essential and sophisticated.”

But, it’s not all about global reach. For the first time in Uniqlo’s history, they’re featuring local companies in a store (in this case, the Eaton Centre location), changing brands every two to three months based on a seasonal theme. With only a few Canadian locations currently planned to open, this is a way to bring a little bit of nationalism to an international retailer.

And with the current exchange rate, the Canadian merchandise is actually less expensive than the clothing in available in the US. Better get in line, because there are already people waiting to get in.

– Steven Carver

(All photos courtesy of Uniqlo/Ryan Emberley)

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#SESTYLE: Autumn Vibes

24th September 2016

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Fall weather is (finally) upon us and I could not be more thrilled! I love summer but I’ve had enough with the city smog combined with the scorching heatwaves. Aside from the changing colours of leaves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I’m ready for some fall fashion!

welcome-fall-fashionsfall-fashionfall-fashionautumn-vibesLightweight Duster, Simons. Short Sleeved Tee, Joe Fresh. Ripped Denim Jeans, Rag & Bone. Loose Fit Toque, H&M. Crossbody Purse, Coach. Pointy Toe Sneakers, Dolce Vita.

I’ve officially transitioned my wardrobe and one of my favourite pieces for this season is the lightweight duster. I still love my leather jacket and classic trench, but the duster fills that void between the two. Whether you’re running around the city or going out for dinner, the duster can be worn easily from day to night. Its longer length combined with a slouchy fit makes it the perfect piece to pair with any outfit. A lightweight duster is sleek, comfortable and ideal for layering, which is essential during this transitional season – especially when we know how temperamental Canadian weather can be.

– Chenessa Lam

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