Haute House – Femme Fatale

If anyone has seen Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, this week’s post will come as no surprise. Though I believe that being a femme fatale is more about your attitude than the things you wear, these pieces will help expose your inner vixen and make you feel like the fox you are!
So turn up Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, put on some red lipstick and take a look at this week’s Haute House: Femme Fatale edition…
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1) To show a hint of your bad girl side, try this Alexander McQueen Gold Twin Skull Bracelet for $320 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/alexander-mcqueen/gold-twin-skull-bracelet/1226753
2) Take your femme fatale self to new heights in these Jimmy Choo Black Scale Mendez Ankle Boots for $630 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/jimmy-choo/black-scale-mendez-ankle-boots/312403
3) Like I said, being a femme fatale is all about the attitude! To cultivate yours, spray on a little I Dare You Liaison de Parfum by Nana de Bary http://www.liaisondeparfum.com/fragrance
4) A little black dress with lace overlay adds a little sugar and a lot of spice! For $97.53 try this True Decadence one here http://www.asos.com/True-Decadence-Tall/True-Decadence-Tall-Eyelash-Lace-Bodycon-Cami-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5174687&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed
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5) Arguably the most iconic (and my personal favourite) femme fatale is Cat Woman. Here is the original, Julie Newmar, getting into character-Meow!
6) The secret to harnessing this bad girl air of confidence is fine lingerie that makes you feel sexy and feminine. Mix and match with this bra http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/538499 and lace briefs http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/513606
7) Being a femme fatale can be tiring! Take a rest on this Mod Leather Daybed at Black Rooster Decor for $2,334 http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/seating/products/mod-leather-daybed-black
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8) For seductive lighting that is pretty with an edge, go to Shop 219 for this Ananas Table Lamp for $698 http://shop219.com/collections/table/products/ananas-table-lamp-free-shipping
9) Potentially the most powerful and easy way to indulge your femme fatale attitude is to slip into a leather jacket, up the ante with one that is custom made for you at CBLstone Leather, like this Classic Fringe (647W) for $888 http://www.cblstoneleather.com/collections/frontpage/products/w647
10) Part of what it means to be a femme fatale is to strike a careful balance of feminine charm with a side of kick ass confidence, this Kelly Wearstler Amorata Stool does just that for $3,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/amorata-stool/FST15002.html?dwvar_FST15002_color=NEG&cgid=seating#start=1
Girl boss all the way this week and I love it.

Haute House – A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party

A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party
Last week I spoke about Not-So-Basic Basics, and this week I will be talking about the complete opposite! With all the rich colours of the flowers blooming and the lush green foliage, there is no better setting in which to throw a luxe cocktail party in your very own backyard. If you feel you truly need an excuse  to celebrate, pick any of the following items and make any occasion a special one!
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1) Pretty enough to eat off of, these Black Rooster Decor Square Gold Mixed Plates set of 4 for $91 are versatile enough to mix and match, or memorable enough to work as a stand alone piece to make your tabletop pop! http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/accessories/products/square-gold-mixed-plates-set-of-4
2) This Club Monaco Melynda Dress for $229 is dying to be layered in luxe cocktail necklaces and bold red lips or for a more natural look, dewy cheeks and bare feet! http://www.clubmonaco.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=58398366&prodFindSrc=search
3) Speaking of cocktail jewelry, these Chloe Darcey Round Brass & Natural Stone Rings strike the perfect balance between elegant and edgy and can be worn with any outfit. http://www.chloe.com/en/content/jewellery-0
4) To add even more metallic glow, this Daphne Gold Decanter from One Kings Lane is just the thing, on sale for $39! https://www.onekingslane.com/product/53662/3105203

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5) Need to keep cool and look haute at your cocktail soiree? Try this Alice and Olivia Fan Pouch for $198 http://www.aliceandolivia.com/fan-pouch.html
7) Ultra luxurious, and somewhat surreal, this Kelly Wearstler Salone Tray in Natural Bronze is the ultimate eye candy for any of your summer shindigs! For $2, 895 http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-tray/salone-tray/HDS0015.html?cgid=home-tray&dwvar_HDS0015_color=BRON#start=1

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8) In case the temperatures dip a little lower as the evening grows late, wrap yourself in this Free People Chunky Oversized Pullover for $131.85 in any of their selection of colours, my favourite being this one in misty pink. http://www.freepeople.com/chunky-oversized-pullover/_/CMCATEGORYID/683d4023-53f5-4900-b5ce-ecf465df31a9/?searchString=28521417
9) What is a party without incredible looking flowers? For a summer look try something that’s a little wild, to learn how to make this one go to http://camillestyles.com/living/field-trip/field-trip-floral-class-with-the-nouveau-romantics/
10) The mark of a good cocktail party (besides how strong the drinks are), is the way in which the cocktail is presented and what better way than in these vintage Italian solid brassToasting Glasses (set of 4) by Antique Lifestyles for $129 at https://www.onekingslane.com/product/55104/3721519
11) Last but certainly not least, these Kate Spade Color Pop Statements Studs are perfect…in general. For $68 http://www.katespade.com/color-pop-statement-studs/WBRUA227,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_WBRUA227_color=411&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings#start=5&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings
I’m so into the romance of these tones lately…pink, burgundy and icy blue are just so pretty together…perfect for a summer’s eve soiree.

Haute House – Not so Basic Basics

With the 5 piece French wardrobe being so popular and when working on a budget, it’s always good to know the pieces to invest in order to get the biggest bang for your buck. Once you have these essentials, you can swap in less pricey, trendy pieces to keep yourself up to speed without having to break the bank!
If you want good quality (and who doesn’t), or you happen to favour a more minimalist look, these items are sure to do the trick time and time again!

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1. What would us gals do without what I call, “the everything bag” because it fits everything in it! Extra pair of shoes? Lipstick? Bottle of wine? No problem! This Brave LeatherOrini in black pearl tote for $275 is your new best friend. http://www.braveleather.com/orini-in-black-pearl/?page_context=category&faceted_search=0
2. Ah the little black dress. Perfect for any and everything! For a versatile pick that is still memorable, check out this Zara dress with back detail for $49.50 http://www.zara.com/ca/en/woman/dresses/view-all/dress-with-back-detail-c719020p2685532.html
3. For seating with a guarantee that it will never go out of style, go for this Kelly Wearstler Belmont Chair in gunmetal for $2,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/belmont-chair/FCD14007.html?dwvar_FCD14007_color=BLAST&cgid=seating#start=1
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4. Dress them up or dress them down. These Anine Bing Cropped jeans with slit for $199 are perfect for almost any occasion! http://www.aninebing.com/collections/jeans/products/cropped-jeans-with-slit-charcoal
5. According to their website, this is the softest tee you’ll ever touch! Born and bred in Canada and available in black or white, you can buy this KOTN shirt here http://kotn.co/collections/all/products/scoop-white
6. This Ferdinand Kramer lounger was first designed in 1952 and has yet to go out of style! Find it at http://www.klausn.com/lounging
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7. And how would we be able to appreciate any of these things if we couldn’t see properly? This Sovereign Table Lamp at Black Rooster Decor for $455 is functional and fashionable! http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/sovereign-table-lamp
8. While we are on the subject of things worth investing in, original art is an absolute must, like this Cat Woman by Mark McHaley. http://markmchaley.storenvy.com/
9. A good pair of sunglasses will last you forever…as long as you are careful not to drop them. My pick are these Kate Spade Raelyn Sunglasses for $170 http://www.katespade.com/raelyn-sunglasses/RAELYNS,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_RAELYNS_color=001&dwvar_RAELYNS_size=UNS&cgid=ks-accessories-eyewear#start=5&cgid=ks-accessories-eyewear
All things Anine Bing, Kelly Wearstler are my not so basic basics faves..and I don’t think I need to explain about the black leather and cat woman situations…on repeat over and over.

Haute House – Summer Romance

Summer Romance 
Despite Valentine’s Day and the first snow, I am of the belief that Summer is the most romantic season of all. With the hum of the cicadas, the hot breeze, and the thunderstorms what’s not to love? In order to soak up every last inch of that Summer loving, here are a few items that will having you feeling the heat long past July.
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1. This Twiggy Chandelier from Black Rooster Decor brings the summer light inside so you can enjoy day or night! For $ 1,983 here http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/twiggy-chandelier
2. A little Great Gatsby inspiration with this Free People Sequin Tunic for $497.29. Pair it with some short shorts or poolside for an ultra glamorous look! http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/sequin-tunic/
3. These seductive pumps are gorgeous for a night out. Try the Round Toe Court Shoe (left) to dress up a pair of linen pants or the Suede High-Heel Ankle Boot (right) for a chilly August night.  at http://www.zara.com/ca/en/shoes—bags/woman/shoes/suede-high-heel-ankle-boot-c598019p2367653.html
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4. For super comfortable loungewear that you won’t want to get out of, try these pretty Lace Trim Shorts for $35.90 http://www.zarahome.com/ca/en-us/loungewear-%26-shoes/woman-c1009238p5257515.html
5. Or if you’re more of a dress girl like me, try this super romantic Suala Carrousel Gown for $79 here http://www.journelle.com/loungewear/chemises/salua-carrousel-gown/SAL-155C-32.html
6. Need another reason to love this season? Peonies! They don’t last long, so enjoy them while you can. This beautiful image can be found http://areasonablydressedwoman.tumblr.com/post/105998093143
7. A messy braid is a practical and chic way to beat the heat. Try this hair tutorial here http://www.oncewed.com/diy/romantic-side-braid-hair-tutorial/
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8. When looking for a romantic summer read, you can’t go wrong with Pride and Prejudice. Swoon Mr. Darcy. For a copy that is beautiful on the inside and out, look for thisPenguin Classics Delux Edition at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/pride-and-prejudice-penguin-classics/9780143105428-item.html?ikwid=pride+and+prejudice&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=2
9. I can’t get enough of this incredible photographer Katerina Sokova who beautifully captures the magic of our world. For this piece and more of her work, check out her website here http://www.sokova.com
10. And when the fall inevitably makes its way back around, you can light these lovely candles from Petite Beaded Glass Voluspa and Diptyque and remember when…
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Blush, oxblood, soft white and black…it doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Haute House – Keeping Cool this Summer

The Anti-floral Guide to Keeping Cool this Summer
I should preface this by first talking about how much I love flowers and the fact that I look forward to spending days roaming around a beach in my bright floral print summer dress, sleeping on a hot pink beach towel and drinking out of a coconut, but like candy, too much and I start to get a little sick and need to scale back to my edgy, more subdued, modern looks to mix up my summer wardrobe. So if you’re anything like me, these items will help you stay cool while looking hot no matter where or what you’re doing this summer!
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1) Roller blading? No, roller skating! To indulge in a little good, clean, fun this summer, try these super retro, hella chic Moxi Jungle Roller Skates for $179 at http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=31232648&category=A-ENT-OUTDOOR
2) Easy to wear as a dress or bathing suit cover up, this Reclaimed Vintage Shift Dress with Long Sleeves in Breton Stripe for $55 can be paired with black pumps for a night look, or colourful flip flops for the day. http://www.asos.com/Reclaimed-Vintage/ASOS-Reclaimed-Vintage-Shift-Dress-with-Long-Sleeve-in-Breton-Stripe/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4852499&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed
3) Although I’d hardly call Kate Spade edgy, this fun Splash Out Beware of Sharks Francis bag makes for a perfect beach accessory, for $198 http://www.katespade.com/splash-out-beware-of-sharks-francis/PXRU5658,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU5658_color=491&cgid=ks-handbags-totes#start=2&cgid=ks-handbags-totes
4) This super hot Short Jumpsuit with Bow at Waist for $45.90 is both comfortable and versatile for a day of shopping, or a night out. http://www.zara.com/ca/en/woman/jumpsuits/short-jumpsuit-with-bow-at-waist-c399001p2671514.html
5) This Reserved printed beach towel serves two functions, 1) Saving your spot and 2) Keeping you dry. All for less than $25 #worthit http://www.potterybarn.com/products/reserved-printed-beach-towel/?pkey=cpool-beach%7Cpool-beach-towels%7C&
6) These ultra modern Sling Chairs in black and white, or white and yellow are a fun way to add a bold print to your existing outdoor furniture without overpowering it. For $80 each http://www.westelm.com/products/sling-chair-black-white-h1325/?pkey=coutdoor-furniture%7Coutdoor-loungers-chairs%7C&cm_src=outdoor-furniture||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-
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7) Totally healthy, totally delicious, and totally refreshing, this Watermelon Green Tea is the perfect guilt-free summer treat! The recipe can be found here http://www.energymuse.com/blog/favorite-summer-drink-watermelon-green-tea/
8) If you’d like an alternative to the bikini, or just want to feel like Grace Kelly, try this Seafolly Boyleg Maillot suit for $148 http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-swimwear/23716723.jsp#/
9) Want a stylish version of the flip-flop? Might I suggest these Tory Burch Miller Patent Sandal for $195 in electric blue or nude. http://www.toryburch.com/miller-patent-sandal/22158564.html?start=5&cgid=shoes-sandals&dwvar_22158564_color=996
Bathing suit and striped dress on summer repeat please.


Haute House – Playful Pieces

With the everyday hustle and bustle it can be hard not to get wrapped up in the seriousness of our everyday lives, which is why this week’s trend is pulling playful pieces that will add quirk and charm to your daily lives. Whether it be a novelty item, a nod to our furry friends, or simply something placed out of context, these items can bring warmth to a clean room, or reveal more of your personal style.
Whether you consider yourself a minimalist, or prefer a more eclectic vibe, these items are sure to add flavour and make your ordinary look an extraordinary one!
1. These Jonathan Adler Utopia Cat (and Dog) stoneware for $40.17 are reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s dollar store masks in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the perfect addition to ensure your breakfast is sunny-side up! http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jonathan-adler-utopia-cat-stoneware-mug/3767715?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=1459
2. To add charm and personality in an ultra sophisticated way, try framing your favourite old movie poster like this Funny Girlone that can be ordered online for just $20 http://www.amazon.ca/Funny-Girl-Movie-Poster-11/dp/B004BFSB9C/ref=pd_rhf_sc_p_img_3
3. This funny Fish Flask from BYOB Cocktail Emporium for $29 makes for a fun host/hostess gift, or a cute counter-top accessory!
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4. Ah Kate Spade. Every. Time. I can’t help but love every new thing that comes from this brand and this Cedar Street Flamingo Maise for $278 is no exception! http://www.katespade.com/cedar-street-flamingos-maise/PXRU5918,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU5918_color=191&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all#start=12&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all
5. I must admit I have a soft spot for cat everything, but even if you consider yourself more of a dog person, you can still appreciate these Kitty Velvet  Cat Embroidered flat by Charlotte Olimpia. For $495 at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Charlotte-Olympia-Kitty-Velvet-Cat-Embroidered-Flat-Black-Gold/prod97050039/p.prod?eVar4=You%20May%20Also%20Like
6. In case you were wondering (or hoping), Wine O’clock is a real thing. Pick this up for a girl’s night in, or just a cute little pick me up at the end of the day. If anyone tries to interrupt you, just point to the label #enoughsaid. http://www.wineoclockwine.com
7. Hello gorgeous! Even though this parrot won’t repeat you, it is still a beautiful and fun way to add some personality to your home. This Gold Dipped Parrot From Black Rooster Decor is $91 at http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/accessories/products/gold-dipped-parrot
8. One of the originals in combining art and fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli never ceases to disappoint us. This Trompe l’oeil dresswith its embellished back is part of her Spring/Summer 2015 found http://www.schiaparelli.com/en/collections/haute-couture-printemps-ete-2015-les-looks/
9. These S/4 Gold-rimmed Agate Coasters, provide an additional layer of luxe to your living and dining room for $75 at https://www.onekingslane.com/product/53801/2400187
Playful whimsy is my favourite because let’s face it, a little irreverence is always a good thing when it comes to design/life/fashion etc.