#StyleByManaREWIND presents…

Outlet Shopping Tips

Shopping the latest and greatest cutting-edge fashion definitely gives my heart a flutter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a great deal as much as the next person, especially on discounted merchandise. Perhaps that’s why I love shopping at outlets as much as I do! Up until recently, outlet shopping meant a trek down to the Seattle Premium outlets, but thanks to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlets opening this past summer in Richmond, now getting those lust-worthy deals is at my fingertips.

outlet shopping tips

Since opening in July, McArthurGlen Vancouver has steadily added more and more retailers to their original 80 store offering, with a total of 60 additional stores added by the time second phase construction completes in about 2 years time. Right now shoppers can enjoy such goodies as the J.Crew Factory Store, Boss by Hugo Boss, Armani, Ports 1961, Desigual, Secret Location, and, the very soon to be open Brooks Brothers (just to name a few). With all these options (and the crowds to go along with them), it can be a bit overwhelming however to navigate the outlets so that your time AND money will be well spent. So to ensure this, I wanted to share with you all my tried and true tips on outlet shopping as part of this installment of #StyleByManaREWIND, compiled over years of visiting outlet centers in Seattle and elsewhere. These tips were originally broadcast on CTV Morning Live when I covered the McArthurGlen Opening and you can now watch them in the video below…

Now that you have the arsenal to tackle the outlets like a pro, you’re ready to do some Fall shopping, and I want to help you even more! I’ve partnered with McArthurGlen Vancouver to offer an exciting giveaway, where you can win a $100 giftcard to be used at ANY of the stores at McArthurGlen Vancouver. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

1) Follow me (@ManaMansour) on Instagram.

2) Like the following picture on my Instagram:

outlet shopping tips

3) In the comments below the picture, share with me which outlet shopping tip you’ll find the most useful when you’re on your fall shopping trip at McArthurGlen Vancouver.

CONTEST CLOSES: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 at 5 pm! Good luck!

*All steps must be completed to ensure entry. Gift card to be picked up at the McArthurGlen Vancouver Designer Outlets.

#OOTD: Print Perfect

Style By Mana Print Perfect

As summer winds down, I am trying to get the most wear out of my dresses and strappy heels before the weather is too crisp to even think about putting them on. It’s also around this time that wearing transitional garments is key, in other words, items in your closet that work well for both seasons. A great choice is a dark print, like this French Connection dress. Dark prints have a dark background (either black or jewel tones) unlike their summer counterpart that is usually against white and have neon or pastel florals. This dress fits that bill but the cut is great for the last weeks of warm weather. Later on, it can be easily paired with black tights, a leather moto jacket and booties.

Style By Mana Print Perfect

Style By Mana Print Perfect

This also brings me to the topic of prints. Anyone who knows my style knows well enough how much I love bold, bright prints. If you think that wearing bold prints will make you look larger or that they are too loud, think again! Prints can actually be utilized to take attention away from certain parts of your body that you want to mask, while injecting a refreshing and colourful spin on any outfit. And especially considering the huge influence the 1960’s and 1970’s are having in fashion right now, injecting prints into your wardrobe couldn’t be more current and fashion-forward!

There are a few tricks on wearing bold prints that I want to share. Firstly, keep in mind that large prints give the impression of a greater surface area, so if you are a bit more curvy, best to stick to smaller patterns that are tightly grouped together. The smaller the print, the smaller the frame appears to the eye. A great way to choose a print, say like a floral, is to make sure the flowers are no larger than your hand span.

Style By Mana Print Perfect

Style By Mana Print Perfect

And finally, it’s important to anchor vibrant patterns with a strong block colour. A great way to choose which colour is to pick out a colour from the print, like I have done with my accessories here. The black belt and black purse (taken from the black background of the print) anchors the look, while the blue shoes, taken from the same blue colour of the print, creates a cohesive look without adding any extra busyness.

Style By Mana Print Perfect

This #OOTD photo series is the first part in my collaboration with the immensely talented Ellen Ho of Hong Photography. Ellen has captured me for different editorials throughout the years and her spirit, talent and vision never ceases to amaze me. Also, a huge thank you to the beautiful Gurveen of Pink Orchid Studio for working her magic on my hair and makeup. Gurveen so effortlessly brought my vision to life and I felt so beautiful. Excited to share more photos coming soon!

Style By Mana Print Perfect

 Outfit Details: printed dress- French Connection, BCBgeneration blue suede heels- Winners, vintage black snake-skin cross-body clutch- Front & Co, thrift black leather and gold belt- Value Village, gold cuff- Kate Spade.