Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Being Julia: Weekend Ready






I love our new Palais Dress.  It is the perfect weekend dress, just add a cardy and heals and you are weekend ready! Well I guess it depends on what you are doing . You may need to add Sorrels and a ski jacket this weekend, but hey once that snow melts, you are ready to go!  If you are in Toronto this weekend, stop by our  pop up and pick up your very own palais dress. Keep your eyes on getpreloved.com for a few pop up picks for our out of town fans!
Dress // Floral Palais by Preloved
Cardigan // Talitha Sweater by Preloved
Clutch // DIY Sailor Clutch by Intern Mandy
Necklace // Maggie Necklace by Preloved
Shoes // Heels by Zara (Similar)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How We Do It: Liza Skirt




Lexie and our intern Megan are hard at work cutting out the original waistband of vintage jeans to make part of our Liza skirts! These skirts are truly made in Canada with lots of love. (Next time we'll be sure to coordinate design and production better, so Lexie and Megan won't be stuck slicing and dicing denim for hours again!) No worries, the Liza skirt will be available on our site in April.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Being Julia: Mama Mia! Behind the Scenes!



Had so much fun shooting the Mama Mia instalment of Being Julia ! It was great to shoot with our photographer, Stefanie, and Mandy put together the video . If you havent see the look blogpost yet, go check it out! Definitely look out and subscribe to our Youtube channel for more behind the scenes and other cute videos coming very soon !

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Joke

  April fools day, seemed like the perfect day to launch our new site,  getpreloved.com Let me tell you , this project  has been no joke at all.  A ton of work, blood sweat and tears went in to building this new site, and I want to thank everyone who has helped out.  It is a project that will continue to evolve as we evolve in the ever changing cyber world. But I think we have a great start and we couldn't have done it with out, Chickle Designs,  Ian MartinsLise Varrette, Heidi Jirotka, Lisa Davidson, and the incredible team at preloved! and of course our fantastic customers!  Thanks so much for making opening day such a success!

love it, need it, get it....getpreloved.com!

Monday, March 31, 2014

BEING JULIA : MAMA MIA


Oh it will be spring soon, and before you know it, you are going to need something floral!  I always love Meryl Streep's line in The Devil Wears Prada, "Florals for spring, groundbreaking' It's so true, but I couldn't help myself, I am a sucker for a good floral print!

Top: Mia by Preloved.ca
Jeans: Boyfriend Distressed Denim by True Religion (Similar) 
Heels: Heels with Ankle Strap by Zara (Similar)
Tote Bag: Anchor Canvas Tote by Forever 21 (Similar)
Necklace: Sterling Silver Bead Necklace by Birks
Sunglasses: Tori by Michael Kors 
Bracelet: Ziggy Bracelet by Preloved.ca (coming soon)

Friday, March 28, 2014

JULES APPROVED : Sport Trend



1. BOMBER JACKET // TOPSHOP
Opt for a super casual bomber or varsity jacket on top of any basic or graphic tee of your choice. This to tone jacket works well with any colours you already have in your wardrobe.

2. SKORT // ALICE & OLIVIA 
A big part of the spring sport look has to do with tennis inspired silhouettes. This bright yellow skort will have you looking like you're ready for a game of tennis without the spandex.

3. BASEBALL CAP // J. CREW
The athleticism trend is a really good excuse to throw on a baseball cap to cover up your bad hair day or just simply because you want to even if there's no sun out.

4. MESH DETAILING // ELIZABETH & JAMES 
Shout outs to Mary Kate and Ashley for this mixed media crop top. The mesh detailing definitely emulates sportswear, and this particular top can be worn with anything; from high waisted skirts to overalls .

5. SCRUNCHIES // AMERICAN APPAREL 
Not sure about you, but when we think about fashionable sport attire, we think about Sporty Spice. Go for a high pony tail for a 90s Sporty Spice look.

6. BAGGY TEES // PRELOVED.CA
You can easily create a sports look with a few basic pieces. Look for a baggy tee you love, with details like two toned sleeves, and throw on some sneakers and you're good to go!

7. BACKPACK // LITTLE BURGUNDY 
A backpack is a great touch to add to a sport themed outfit, it's sporty but still very chic and feminine.

8. GRAPHIC CARDIGAN // PETER PILOTTO for TARGET
A graphic cardigan emulates again, the tennis player look straight from vintage tennis game. Plus, the yellow and white resembles the colours of the sport.

9. SOCKS // AMERICAN APPAREL
Play around with these knee high classic white striped socks, very 80s gym class, but definitely very athletic none the less.

10. DROP WAIST DRESS // JACQUEMUS
Prominent pleats and drop waist is also a vintage tennis silhouette, this grid dress is a piece you can dress up or dress down a sports look with.

11. SNEAKERS // NEW BALANCE  
We're seeing a lot of New Balance Classic sneakers in both menswear and womenswear, and its hard not to give into this trend because who doesnt want to wear en trend comfy shoes !?

12. SILK PANTS // JOE FRESH
These pair of silk pants are very flowy and soft, and also have the cut of some skinny joggers. The waistband and black trim adds to the athletic aesthetic.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Florida









I keep threatening I am going to write a book, titled, 'Surviving the I95 with three kids'. You know, with all the free time I have, I thought why not write a book. Well maybe not a book, lets just start with a blog post.  This last road trip to Florida is my third one, with this little family of mine.   Me, myself, I cannot count the times I have driven to Florida.  As the daughter of two educators, that is just what one does.  It took me till grade 8 to realize that planes go to Florida. So here are my tips on how to surrive a 26 hour car ride without killing a family memeber.....
# 1 organization! you can never  be to organized with activities and games.  I strongly suggest a schedule. Not kidding., break it up into 2 hour blocks...  movie watching, ipad playing,  recording the different states on licence plates...
#2 good food.  Don't waist your time stopping to eat crap food along the way, pack great stuff.  I always make fresh sandwiches on the road. "mom's kitchen doesn't open till we hit Pittsburgh"
#3 good music. that is important...and we have rotating DJ"S in my car...,everyone gets a turn to spin it up! I can savely tell you I NEVER need to hear 'what does the fox say ' again!
#4 seat changing.  whenever you stop for gas, no one is aloud to get back into the same seat.  variety is the key to not getting board
#5 synchronize every ones bladder and bowels...everyone goes at the same stop!!
#6 Gravol! nothing like a little quite time in the car.  My mom used to give it to me when I was a kid, gosh you get a bit sleepy, next thing you know you are in North Carolina!
#7 enjoy it!!  I tell ya, I love these road trips.  Oh don't worry, there were many times when Mommy needed a time out (or a glass of wine)  but being in one place, for 26 hours, with the 4 people I love most, I wouldn't change it for the world.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Philly for a day






I really should say "philly for a couple of hours'. I had a great meeting with the sweater team at Anthropologie last week.  It doesn't matter how much time I spend in those offices, I still find it one of the most inspiring places!  You can just feel the creativity flying around that place!  and the coffee cart on a bicycle  that comes to the different bulidings is just too much to bear. Well I wrapped up my meetings at Anthropoloie, and made it back to the airport in time for a pedicure ( had to do the toes before my trip to Florida)  There was NO way I was going to ruin those nails. ( no time to fix them), so I might have been the first person the custom agent has seen clear customs in paper flip fops! Oh the glamours life!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St.Patrick's Day Cake!


Hope everyone had a great start to their week, starting it off with some green beer. We had a festive St.Paddy's day even in the office thanks to our awesome intern Beth, who brought us a sweet surprise! (You go Beth, and for the record Beth was the only one that showed up wearing green.) She brought in a yummy (booze filled) cake, which we all loved. But Yuko loved it the most ... and almost took the wrong bus home.....just saying!

Here's the link to the recipe for those who don't have wonderful interns that bring you boozy baked goods. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Coming Soon !




New Preloved.ca website is coming very soon !

Thursday, March 13, 2014

JULES APPROVED: Colour-Blocking

1. HEELS // ZARA
"Don't wear black with navy" is somehow a fashion rule, but i'm sure we all know that colourblocking black and blue is totally okay! This heel is already colourblocked, but if you have a bold coloured heel, pair it with other brights or neutrals to do your own colourblocking .

2. PATTERNED SKIRT // BOOHOO
Patterns with solid colours are ways to colour block without clashing two bright or contrasting colours. Stay en-trend with monochrome and colour blocking with black and white patterns with solid colours.

3. BLOUSE // TED BAKER
Get ready for spring with some floral and baby pink! Slowly inch your way into full on floral during the winter to spring transition.

4. TIGHTS // FOREVER 21
Transform whatever you already have in your closet to a colourblocked outfit just by adding coloured tights. These come in any colour you can imagine, plus they're super inexpensive to experiment with.

5. SHADES // ASOS.com
Colourblocked sunnies are great for those that are stepping out of their comfort zone with bright colours. These sunglasses have colour on the inside, but still very chic and trendy.

6. NAIL VARNISH // ESSIE
Don't forget about the manicure! Not only can your clothes and accessories be colourblocked, your nails can follow the trend too. Plus, colourblocking is probably the easiest DIY manicure to do! (Tip: use tape.)

7. HAT // STAMPD
Having a bad hair day won't stop you from being fab! Have a go to beanie to conceal a bad hair day that can go with any outfit, or just to keep you warm and cozy.

8. BLUE MASCARA // DIOR 
Use some colourful mascara on your lashes over your eye make up for a easy colourblocking make up look. Just swipe on like any other mascara and go!

9. BRIGHT PURSE // 3.1 PHILIP LIM 
Contrast your outfit with a coloured purse. If your closet is already full of solid colours or bold patterns, and bag can help you colourblock for everyday outfits.

10. RAGLAN SLEEVE // PRELOVED
For more casual days, a raglan sleeve (AKA baseball sleeve) tee or dress is a great colourblocking option.

Friday, March 7, 2014

SNEAK PEEK me*me (ft. furry friends)



(Kitten not included in Preloved me*me orders)

Here's a little sneak peek of Preloved's me*me, the kids collection. Aren't the models (& furry friends) super cute!? Huge thank you to Heidi, all the way from Nova Scotia for these fun and colourful shots. The collection will be up on Preloved's new website very soon. Hope everyone is as excited as i am!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

February Instagram Recap !

February was a very eventful month, closing down our Queen Street location and moving into the new office, Valentine's Day, Valentine's day, my birthday, and Vegas ! Here is a few instagram highlights for the month.

Don't forget to follow me on my instagram, and Preloved's instagram .

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hairsparion!




I am three more sleeps away, from tossing three kids and a husband into a car, en route to Florida. Gotta tell ya I am pretty excited about our family vacation, especially with all of this incredibly cold weather we have been having here in Toronto.  A little sunshine is what this girl needs.  Here are 4 hair styles I plan on rocking this holiday.  Well not the first 26 hours of my trip!  I will be lucking to get this mop into a ponytail while on the road with three kids!  #realityjules

Friday, February 28, 2014

Jules Approved: Spring Must Haves


1. OMBRÉ TOP // GAP 
Dip-dye seems like an undying cult favourite. The trend continues through spring and blouses like this a perfect for spring layering.
2. TRENCH COAT // VERO MODA @the bay
The classic trench holds a huge british vibe to it, mainly because of its rain repellant qualities. And even though we won't be expecting as much rain as the brits, its still good to rock a chic trench.
3. BRIGHT BAG // BANANA REPUBLIC
If you're not quite sure how to transition from gloomy winter to spring, start with a bright bag. 
4. FUN PHONE CASE // H&M
Sometimes we forget the iPhone is a everyday accessory. Don't forget your iPhone needs to change her style between seasons too! 
5. NAUTICAL STRIPES // ZARA
We've been seeing a lot of resort and nautical themes on the runway for Spring 2014, so add a bit of nautical scarf as a go to. 
6. FLORAL EAU de TOILETTE // MARC JACOBS @sephora
Everyone has been raving about Marc Jacobs' Daisy perfume, and they just came out with the new Eau So Fresh. Switch it up this spring with a new perfume. 
7. LIGHT KHAKIS // GAP
Light yellow trousers will brighten up your outfit, venture out to more colourful khakis after the winter. 
8. PASTEL PINK // PRELOVED
Pastel colours are must haves for any spring, and will always be trendy. Pastel pink, blue, yellow or green are almost inevitable. 
9. TOTE BAG // KLAUS HAAPANIEN @magic pony
The rabbit is probably the mascot for the season. If you're not into animal print on clothing, try it on a canvas tote!
10. FLORAL DRESS // MODCLOTH
Floral and spring come hand in hand (it only makes sense!).  With a wide selection of floral dresses out there, stock up on dresses with the perfect shape and print you love! 

IT'S HERE ! The Marrakech Express Collection


Well we all know Rome was not built in a day, same for our new site...It will be here before you  know, but in the mean time, please check out our new Spring collection at preloved.ca  Good things come to those who wait!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ENK LAS VEGAS










Another successful trip to Vegas! I think this has to be at least my 20th trip to Las Vegas.  We have been going for at least 10 years now,  we go twice a year, and every time there are new memories made.  This time we will remember the incredibly long hallway of the MGM Grand, the killer sleep at the MGM Grand, Michael Jackson One, Lexie's handwriting (it's better than mine)  and of course our super successful Fall 2014 collection.  As much fun as it is, it is always funner getting home...maybe not on the red-eye!

p.s. all photo's taken on my iphone

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Being Julia: Home Sweet Home







Who's ready for Preloved's new home collection!? We will have the new home stuff ready to purchase on our new site, which is launching this Friday, (Oops, did i say that out loud!). In other exciting news, my home was  featured in this months issue of StyleAtHome Magazine! Yahoo! Glad to be able to share that with everyone, so be sure to check it out, and hope to see you shopping at the new preloved.ca very soon