A Chic Winter Solstice

Tomorrow is Winter Solstice, and as we all tackle our last minute holiday shopping this week, while getting ready to hunker down for the official start of the winter season, we tend to gravitate towards cozy and warm pieces. As someone who always strives to combine fashion with function, even when running around taking care of errands in this brisk weather, I am always on the lookout for outerwear and winter pieces that are chic yet still keep me warm. I found the perfect outfit that achieves all the above at the new Simons Park Royal.

A Chic Winter Solstice Simons

This coat, from their in-house label Twik, pays homage to the military silhouettes that were huge on this year’s Fall/Winter runways, while being still quite feminine and tailored. I loved creating a full menswear/military inspired ensemble entirely from Simons, with this cozy beige wool sweater and tweed trousers (both from in-house label Icone) that I can wear with multiple other outfits. And when it gets super chilly, what’s a perfect winter look without a fun fur and wool toque!

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Simons just celebrated two months since opening their doors in Park Royal, the first store in Vancouver for the 175-year-old family owned fashion retailer from Quebec. I covered the opening back in October for CTV Morning Live (click here to see the segment) and now the store has become a regular stop on my local shopping excursions. The 100,000 sq. foot store has a large women’s, men’s and even home department, and before you say department store shopping isn’t your thing, then perhaps their 3 permanent art installations from the likes of Douglas Coupland will peak your interest. They’re amazing!

A Chic Winter Solstice Simons

 

A Chic Winter Solstice Simons

A Chic Winter Solstice SimonsAs a thank you to all my #stylebymana readers and followers, I want to give you some Christmas cheer with a treat from Simons, a $100 giftcard contest! To find out how to enter, just follow me on Instagram and follow the instructions below the photo for this post.

A Chic Winter Solstice Simons

Happy Holidays!

Outfit Details: Twik wool coat, Icone wool sweater, Icone tweed trousers: all c/o Simons. Faux python purse: vintage from Front & Co., brooches: all vintage, black booties: Altuzarra for Target.

*All photography by Evaan Kheraj.

Preloved Perfection | Value Village Holiday Contest

Preloved Perfection Nothing beats the thrill of a good fashion find…especially at a thrift or consignment store. Better yet when it’s in mint condition and at a wallet-friendly price. By now it’s no surprise to you all how much I love incorporating stylish preloved garments and accessories into my wardrobe, but I still get many of my readers and viewers asking, “how on earth do you find those gems Mana??!!”. Thrifting takes patience, practice, and an open mind. Also multiple visits, as stock is replenished frequently (daily for most thrift stores like Value Village, and weekly for more boutique consignment stores). Not all treasure hunts will amount in bounty, but if my last few visits to Value Village are any indication, there are hidden gems everywhere!

Preloved PerfectionPreloved PerfectionPreloved Perfection Case in point, this 70’s inspired outfit that was almost completely sourced from Value Village. The only exception? The blouse, taken from my mom’s closet (purchased in the actual 1970’s though!). But everything else, and I mean everything, was found on a thrifting adventure at Value Village. The standout piece is of course the fur and suede jacket, which was only $36. You should have seen the sheer excitement in my eyes when I spotted this gem, but funnily enough it was not in the coat section, but just hanging randomly within sweaters (a little side tip, keep your eye out throughout the store, and don’t overlook areas around mirrors where people have tried stuff on and left them). The jeans are mint condition J Brand bell bottoms, which were priced at $12, and with some minor alterations to the length costing $18, the total price came out to a bargain $30 (a huge win considering these babies retail for $250 brand new). The purse and brooch were both under $10 each, but their unique details give the entire look a very designer-esque feel. Total cost of the outfit: under $75!

Preloved Perfection

 

Preloved Perfection Preloved Perfection So preloved fashion equals stylish and affordable, but the cherry on top? The benefits it has on our planet. Saving perfectly new clothes from being dumped in a landfill is an important choice that I encourage everyone to practice regularly. It will make you feel good on multiple levels, I promise!

Preloved Perfection

 

Preloved PerfectionNow that you have some inspiration, I want you to share your fabulous finds for the holiday season with me! I have teamed up with Value Village for an Instagram holiday contest, with the winner taking home a $100 Value Village gift certificate, good for use at any location! Use it for yourself or to help you pick out some unique gifts for the under the tree.

Entry details:

  1. Follow @ManaMansour on Instagram
  2. Share your favourite thrift/preloved find (can be a cute outfit or even holiday decor) with the hashtags #thriftmas AND #stylebymana

* All steps must be followed to guarantee entry

Contest closes December 16 at 12 pm. The winner will be announced on my Instagram!

 Good Luck and Happy Holiday thrifting!

~ All photography by the very talented Isaac Wray. ~