The Christmas holidays are my absolute favourite time of year. I love everything about Xmas; the food, the carols, the lights, the family, the love and the wonderful celebration of gift giving. I hosted my 2nd Annual Fashionably Yours Xmas Potluck dinner with my FY staff. Not only am I blessed with a hard working staff, they are each individually unique, stylish, smart, kind and so much fun. I’d like to think it’s partially to do with the fact that they have a super cool boss (lol). At the end of the day, we’re like a little family and I’m the mama. lol.
We exchanged Secret Santa gifts and everyone left with major designer scores. Jaystrut was my Secret Santa (again!), but I gifted each of them with special designer items to suit each their individual styles. Only at a Fashionably Yours X-mas party, does everyone leave with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Hermes & Gucci. They work hard all year round, so X-mas is my time to spoil them. And then they spoiled me right back. There were tears of joy (Michelle), non-stop laughter (Jaystrut) and a shit load of Gucci (Hoda). We didn’t get any group shots this time, but shout out to Richard, Alison, Kathryn, Hailey & Paula who are a little camera shy. I love my team. xo
OUTFIT: (Yes, I wore red & green). Red sheer blouse (from Mendocino), Topshop green jeans, Hermes Black/Gold H belt & Clic Clak, Chanel necklace & earrings, Matiko leopard wedge boots
Presents from my staff…Christian Louboutin x Chanel books & a Links of London horseshoe charm (because I’m good luck). The books are amazing and will go nicely with the rest of my growing collection of designer coffee table books.
X-mas tree done the Fashionably Yours way…
I was recently asked to give my expertise on “How to Buy the IT Bag” featured in The Toronto Star’s “The Kit Magazine”. The photos of me and my little puppy Chloe were shot on location at Fashionably Yours, my Toronto Designer Consignment Boutique. They asked me to show them some of my favourite iconic ‘It’ bags in my bag collection, including the Celine Mini Luggage Tote, Hermes Orange Birkin 35, Hermes Red Kelly Bag, and a few of my rare Chanel Flap bags. Shout out to Glynnis Map from The Kit for the interview. Check out the feature below…xo
OUTFIT: Armani leather pants, Talula silk blouse, Red Vintage Blazer, Christian Louboutin Leopard Daf Booty, Chanel Necklace, Chanel Mini Phone Case, Hermes Constance Belt, Collier de Chein & Clic Clak
The Kardashians, the Olsens: overflowing from the arms of celebrities, socialites and the rich and famous are gorgeous—and painfully pricey—designer handbags. “The handbag is, without doubt, riding in the front seat with the statement shoe,” says pursehound and owner of online and in-store Toronto consignment shop Fashionably Yours, Janet Han. “Every designer is trying to get a piece of the multi-billion dollar designer bag pie.” The former celebrity stylist (she’s worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna and Fefe Dobson) owns more than 100 handbags (!!!) and carries luxe labels in her store at a fraction of the cost.
Han suggests you consider these four points carefully to find your perfect purse purchase—or sell the ones you have the strength to part with, smartly:
1. HARDWARE. “Consider what kind of jewellery you will wear with the bag. Tone-on-tone buckles and zippers are subtle and versatile.”
2. BRAND NAME. “Most handbags go on sale once the season ends and lose value—Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès never (almost never) go on sale. Even decades from now, these brands will hold their value.”
3. SHAPE. “Choose a classic shape that suits your body and fulfills your needs, both for function and fashion.”
4. LEATHER. “The softer the leather, the more expensive—and delicate—they are. Lambskin leather bags retail for slightly more than caviar leather, but caviar leather tends to have a
higher resale value.”
Read more about handbags on TheKit.ca
Global TV News visited Fashionably Yours to chat with me about all the wonderful authentic luxury designer bags available for sale in my store and some of my favorite FY finds. The segment was inspired by the launch of Tiffany & Co‘s newest handbag collection and the popularity and obsession with the ‘It’ handbag. Lifestyle reporter Minna Rhee interviewed Flare Magazine‘s Fashion Director Liz Cabral at Holt Renfrew, discussed $4000 Celine bags, then wanted to show viewers that they can get luxury for less at Fashionably Yours, where we offer hundreds of authentic designer bags, discounted from 30% – 80% off retail prices. Check out some behind-the-scenes clips from the shoot. A big huge shout out to Minna Rhee, Sandy (the camera man) and Global TV News for taking the time to feature my store. xoxo
To welcome all of the new Global TV viewers, Fashionably Yours is offering 15% OFF ALL ONLINE PURCHASES at FashionablyYours.com. Use discount code: GLOBAL15 upon checkout. Expires Nov 1/11. Now that’s 15% off already drastically reduced prices and includes Chanel & Louis Vuitton!!
GetJanet x Minna Rhee (Global TV Lifestyle Reporter)
Getting miked up. Rocking my new favorite Alexander McQueen leopard skull scarf.
OUTFIT: Bleulab reversible jeans, Topshop asymmetrical blazer, Alexander McQueen scarf, Hermes Constance Belt, Collier de Chien & Clic Clak, Chanel watch, Gucci purse, Camilla Skovgaard saw wedge boots
My dog Chloe, the Fashionably Yours luxury security dog as they call her at Complex Magazine. wearing Gucci collar & camo hoodie.
I brought my little puppy CC (aka Chloe Chanel) along with us on a road trip to NYC. I wasn’t sure how she was going to handle traveling but she was so well behaved, happy and cute as ever.
CC & CDC
CC personal shopping at Topshop.
CC waiting for the bill.
CC taking a nap
CC loves Gucci
Where to next? Paris? Perhaps.