Haute Spots – Bailey Nelson

It’s time for another edition of Haute Spots, where each week, I share one of my favourite Toronto shops, along with a curated selection of their fashion, beauty, accessory, home and lifestyle offerings.

Today, it’s all about eyewear and my new favourite spot for locally designed, hand made glasses…Bailey Nelson


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PS on this one…I’ve already made an appointment to get my prescription re-done so I can take home the ‘Wallace’ eyeglasses in the title shot…and the Audrey Lunettes…I mean those just sort of have to happen.


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 – Fashion and Function

Just a quick scheduling note…Haute House will now be featured every Tuesday, with design work updates moving to Thursday.
Fashion & Function
T’is the season for cleaning out your old things, organizing and starting new to prepare for the (hopefully) lovely summer that ensues after a very  long and cold winter. With the unpredictable weather, and the looming Spring fever I’m sure many of us are experiencing at work, these items will breathe new life into your everyday ensuring that you are looking and feeling fresh.
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1. One minute it’s windy and brisk, the next it’s scorching hot or pouring rain, in any case, this JCREW Fishtail Anorak jacket for $198 has got you covered (literally).
2. With bikini season looming around the corner, this Sophia Tote gym bag is the epitome of fashion and function, with a separate compartment for your shoes, you could hit the gym and then head straight to a night on the town-assuming of course, that you have showered!
3. Think the only shoes appropriate for the rainy weather are a pair of knee-length Wellies? Think again. These Hunter Original High Heel boots for $210 will keep you dry and fashionable. http://ca.hunterboots.com/product/original-high-heel-boots
4. Wearing sunblock does not mean you have to live your life a pasty ghost, not with this anyways! Skip the damage and reap all the benefits with this Rayito De Sol 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5080075
5. Any excuse to buy a new pair of shades and I am all over it! These and are super on trend this season and absolutely essential for protecting those pretty eyes of yours! A) For $25.39 http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-round-cat-eye-sunglasses-in-mixed-frame/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4822349&clr=Black&SearchQuery=sunglasses&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=1273&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2
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6. Now stapling can be fun! Wait, What? Yeah, I said it! This Kate Spade Strike Gold  stapler for $28 is a nice way to bring a little glamour to your desk without adding clutter. http://www.katespade.com/strike-gold-stapler/145030,en_US,pd.html?navid=xsellPDP
7. Further to #6, these gold and black folders and folder carrier from Indigo are additional ways to get organized and update your office. http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/expander-file-folder-black/811770023508-item.html?ikwid=file+folder&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=4
8. I’ve never met a lunch bag I liked, until I saw these DIY Foil lunch bags at http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.ca/2012/08/diy-foil-lunch-bags.html that are good enough to pass as couture!
9. Now that you have a lunch bag, why not bring your coffee or tea to work with you? This David’s Tea Lilac Lock Top Travel Mug will keep anything hot, my favourite being their Cream of Earl Grey tea also at https://www.davidstea.com/lilac-lock-top-travel-mug?&TF=ADA13E5CAE3F&DEID=
10. With the heat, you have to stay hydrated and this Define Bottle Twist Top is especially good for those (me) who don’t like the taste of water. Add your favourite fruit infusers and sip away! http://www.definebottle.com/products/define-bottle-twist-top
If things can look good and be functional/practical too, you’re totally winning;)

Haute House – Black and White

“You say I’m Wearing too much Black, but All I Hear is You Look Great”
What is white, black and chic all over? This week’s trend of black and white graphic prints! This trend is virtually a no-brainer as it is likely the most famous pairing next to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This time however, it is resurfacing in bold, modern, graphic prints of all shapes and sizes. Polka dots, stripes, outer space, animal skins, you name it and it is probably in the next store window, or even better, around your house or existing wardrobe. Since this is not this trend’s first walk around the block, it is easy to incorporate or invest in some new items…like the ones below!
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1) These paper straws are probably the least practical item, but completely necessary in making your table top decor pop with pattern for $9.95 at CB2
Who really uses a straw anyways?
2) These Louis Vuitton Black and White Kusama Rond Dots Limited Edition sunglasses are a bit of a splurge at $838.95, but remember that part I said about investing? Guaranteed these bad boys will never go out of style!
3) Retro, Pop art inspired Aldo Choewia Leather Black & White Spot Heeled Court shoes have all the graphic elements that will have you putting your best foot forward all the time.
4) Is it a landscape? Is it a constellation? The only thing I know for sure, is that if I had this Miss Misty Jacket II from Lululemon Athletica, I might seriously consider taking up running.
5) When it comes to black and white, Chanel wrote the book on it-literally, and if you need even more inspiration check out this three piece set by Francois Baudot for $47 at http://www.amazon.ca/Chanel-Set-3-Francois-Baudot/dp/2843235189/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1430767789&sr=8-4&keywords=chanel
6) Good things come in small packages, or are small packages just good things? In the case of Kelly Wearstler’s Origami Mini Box, they definitely are! For $495 at http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-decor-view-all/origami-mini-box/HDS0076.html?cgid=home-decor-view-all&dwvar_HDS0076_color=BKWHT#start=1
7) TBT to a few weeks back when we were talking graphic flowers with this Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Splashed Flowers Flippy Dress!
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8) For a little revamp inspiration, take note how perfectly Madeline Weinrib mixes vintage and modern with this Zig Zag Amagansett vintage American chair for $2,500 http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/article/2013/12/03/black-white-red-furniture-accessories/
9) Enjoy the heat while still looking cool, in this Zara Two-Tone Wide Brim Hat for just $29.90!
10) Add some graphic detail to your outfit with this Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Clutch Bag w/Cutout Overlay.
11) Last but not least, lest we forget the original graphic tee. This Truly Madly Deeply Mod Fitted Cropped Top from Urban Outfitters is $34.
Black and white is my favourite…black and white is my favourite.

Haute House – Graphic Florals

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”
Though it might not be the first time we’ve seen florals trending, this latest version of bold and graphic floral prints freshen up this season and put a bold twist, on a classic we have all come to appreciate. Though often considered ‘pretty’, ‘girlie’, and ‘whimsical’, the florals we are talking about are luxe, modern, and larger than life! These prints are able to stand alone, or can be paired beautifully juxtaposed next to a graphic stripe or bright colour.
Regardless of how much or little you add, these printed products pack a big punch of design inspiration, and can easily breathe some fresh air into your existing look.


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1. Slip your feet into these versatile New Look Two Part Multi Print Flats for only $25.39 at http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Two-Part-Multi-Print-Flat-Shoes/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3874722&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed
2. Pair these graphic Designer’s Guild Watelet Dinner Plates from Putti Fine Furnishings with bright colours, or vary different sized prints for an eclectic meal to remember! http://putti.ca/collections/designers-guild-tableware
3. I will never tire of DVF’s famous wrap dresses, and this Jadrian Wrap Dress in hot pink is no exception for $468 at http://world.dvf.com/dvf-jadrian-wrap-dress/D917801A15W.html#cgid=hp_carousel
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4. This Kate Spade Stelli Dress will have you coming up with different occasions to wear this day and night! For $448 at http://www.katespade.com/stelli-dress/NJMU4683,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_NJMU4683_color=313&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts#start=26&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts
5. This gorgeous Bean of India Pendant from Black Rooster Decor comes in small and large, making it both a versatile and unique focal point! For $360(small) and $605 (large) at http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/bean-of-india-pendant-small
6. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want, and it is this Victoria Beckham Simple floral-print leather tote for $1,195 in all its hot pink, floral glory!
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7. Now you can actually see through rose coloured glasses with these Floral Designer Styled Glasses at http://www.polyvore.com/floral_designer_styled_sunglasses/thing?id=100712775
8. This neon floral piece entitled New Year’s Poem created by Canadian artist Thrush Holmes, can be found at http://www.mikeweissgallery.com/artist/Thrush_Holmes/works/2424/#!2424 along with his other imaginative works.
9. These 7 For All Mankind Ankle Skinny in white & Navy Floral are not your Grandma’s print, but still sweet enough for her to appreciate for just $139 at http://www.7forallmankind.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=9728&colorid=20743&sli=1
Graphic florals…they’re just so pretty and edgy all at once.
Oh and one day I’ll own a Thrush Holmes piece…for realz.