FASHION | Five best luxury purchases

I’ve been seeing these videos floating around Youtube and I absolutely love watching them. Since I don’t have a Youtube channel, I figured I can share some of my thoughts here with you on my five best luxury purchases so far!

I hope to be back with regular beauty content once I have my life sorted out. Hopefully that should be very soon because I have so many products I want to share with you. I’ve also been trying out new home products so I hope to also write about those. In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram for some mini-reviews and also just general life updates.

5. Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap in Black Caviar

My absolute favourite handbag ever, my Chanel Classic Jumbo is included on this list not because of how much I use it (I don’t actually use it THAT much), but because of how it makes me feel every time I do use it. My heart sings, butterflies dance in my stomach, and I just feel pure euphoria when I touch the leather on this bag, and sling it over my shoulder. It is an expensive bag for sure, but the fact that I feel so happy whenever I use this, I think it’s a worthy investment.

4. Burberry Kensington Trench Coat

My first designer clothing item, I’ve had my classic Burberry trench since 2012. I absolutely LOVE this style – it’s a gorgeous, timeless style, with fantastic tailoring and quality. Mine is Made in England, which is what you want when it comes to a Burberry trench. Mine came with a removable quilted vest lining which I can put in when it gets too cold, making this piece even more versatile than a regular trench. I love my Burberry outerwear and have so far accumulated 3 coats.

In the first photo above, I’m wearing my beloved Burberry Kensington Trench Coat and my Chanel 2.55 Mini Reissue.

3. Chanel 2.55 Mini Reissue (single flap)

My newest bag acquisition which I’ve been wearing a ton. For Chanel, it’s quite a “cheap” bag at just US$3500 / C$4025. It comes in the ultra classic reissue design with the bijoux chain and mademoiselle turnlock. I love that it’s very low-key for a Chanel bag, you can’t really tell that it’s Chanel unless you know Chanel. The distressed calfskin is wonderful – super durable, and any scratches are buffed out easily. It’s a fantastic bag for cross-border, or worn on the shoulder.

2. Gucci Soho Disco

Before I got my Chanel 2.55 Reissue Mini, my Gucci Soho Disco was my go-to every day bag. I have it in the red colour which is a beautiful muted red. The leather is extremely durable – I throw this bag around and there aren’t many scrapes or scratches, just some minor rubbing along the corners. I’ve been caught in the rain with this, and even though the water gets absorbed into the leather, it dries completely fine without a single mark. It fits a ton, and is super lightweight, so it’s great for travelling.

1. Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps

I have four pairs of these shoes, and with the exception of the one that I purchased most recently, every single one of them have been worn to death. They are the perfect heel height, with a simple 1 inch block heel, almond toe, and come in so many different colours and leather options. I love the beautiful bow detail at the front, it makes it look elegant and luxurious but not flashy. They are extremely comfortable, and I can wear them for the entire day without too much pain. If you’re looking for a high end shoe, I highly recommend these. The best thing is that they also go on sale pretty often so you don’t have to spend a pretty penny on a luxury shoe.

Which are some of your favourite luxury purchases?

FASHION | Derby style ideas for the Deighton Cup

I’m so excited to be attending the Deighton Cup in Vancouver this Saturday, July 20, 2019. The Deighton Cup is an annual Vancouver tradition, now in it’s 11th year. Not only is this a derby, it’s also one of Vancouver’s favourite style events. The event usually happens around my birthday, and despite being invited each year, this year will be the first that I’ll be around to attend. I’m looking forward to take in the atmosphere, and also dress up in my derby best.

I wanted to share some of my style inspirations with you so that if you are attending a similar type of event, hopefully this can give you some ideas for what to wear. Many of these outfits are wedding appropriate as well!

Dresses

1. I love Self-Portrait dresses, and every season I find a few that really inspire me. I love the idea of a sexy but still demure lace dress for formal daytime events such as the Deighton Cup, or a wedding. This one you can find at Moda Operandi.

2. I’ve been obsessed with jumpsuits lately. With the Royal Ascot now allowing jumpsuits in its extremely strict dress code, why not try a modern jumpsuit outfit at the Deighton Cup this summer. A good flattering jumpsuit is also extremely comfortable, so you can look put together while still feeling like yourself. This one you can find at Le Chateau.

3. Floral dresses are always in, especially in the spring summer season. I love ones that don’t have a small print, which makes the dress look busy. This high-low pleated dress has a classic floral pattern, with a fun pleated bottom which makes it flow beautifully as you walk. You can find this at Ted Baker.

4. Last but not least, if you’re short on budget and always want to look classy, a little black dress is your best bet. These dresses are great for all occasions, and you can rewear them to any event, which makes them the best bang for your buck. You can spice up the classic black dress by adding a ruffle or off-the-shoulder detail, or both! This one you can find at Aritzia.

Hat

No derby event is complete without a fancy hat. I ordered mine off of Amazon – it was affordable and arrived on time. I don’t think you really need to splurge on a hat since we rarely find the right occasion to wear them, however once-in-a-while they are extremely fun to dress up with.

I’ll be sharing my final Deighton Cup outfit with you on Instagram, so make sure to follow along on my posts and Instagram Stories. Tickets for the Deighton Cup are still available for purchase, and this year lunch isn’t included which means you have more flexibility if you don’t want to eat on-site… and ticket prices are cheaper because of it too. If you are wanting to eat on-site, lunch is catered by Earl’s and there are plenty of different options to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

If you’re also attending this event, I look forward to seeing you there!

I was invited as media to the Deighton Cup and my ticket was complimentary. I do not use affiliate links.

Celebrate winter memories with Soufeel

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For the holiday season, Soufeel has released several winter-themed charms that make incredible gifts. I previously wrote about Soufeel here, so I won’t go into too much detail about the quality of the products – my thoughts on the superior quality remain the same.

For my second Soufeel order, I chose the 17cm snake chain bracelet instead of the leather chain. The snake chain looks and feels more luxurious than the leather chain, and the quality is basically identical to my Pandora bracelet. Soufeel offers bracelet lengths from 16cm to 23cm, which should fit most people. The only downside of this snake chain bracelet that makes it less preferably to my Pandora bracelet is that it doesn’t have stoppers every 1/3 of the way into the bracelet to prevent the charms from falling out. It’s happened to me a few times where I’m putting on a new charm and all of the charms fall off the chain. It’s not a quality issue, just a bit inconvenient.

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Christmas charms are typically priced at $15-60, but there are often sales that bring the prices of the sterling silver charms down. I picked out a bell with green lacquer accents (which contains a real clapper!), a snowflake, red dangly bell (yes I like bells), a gift box with a lid that opens up, and a penguin (no longer available online). In addition to the charms I chose, I also really like this wreath, the hot cocoa mug, and the pumpkin carriage, which is great for any Cinderella lovers in your life too. Soufeel is constantly releasing new charms with different themes, so keep an eye out for charms that might suit your needs.

SOUFEEL offers free shipping for orders over C$59, in addition to a 365-day return policy and guarantee to ensure that you’re 100% satisfied with your purchase. They ship via DHL, so you can get your Christmas orders shipped to your loved ones ASAP.

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Memory keepsakes with SOUFEEL bracelet and charms

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Since last year, I’ve been collecting charms from my various travels on a Pandora charm bracelet. As most Pandora-wearers know, their charms are extremely expensive, starting upwards of $50 each, and you can easily fill up each bracelet with 15 or more charms. I was recently introduced to SOUFEEL, a company that also does charm bracelets at more affordable prices. The silver charms at SOUFEEL are all made of 925 sterling silver (the same with the Pandora charms).

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I selected three charms to go with my bracelet: the Red Travel Suitcase, the Vintage Camera, and the Panda Love Bamboo, all made of sterling silver with some coloured lacquer accents. All of these charms represent something about myself that represents me as a person. The suitcase is to represent my love for travelling, the camera for photography, and the panda because I’m obsessed with pandas (who isn’t?!). The quality of these charms are excellent and are similar to, or even superior to the Pandora charms that I own. They feel weighty and substantial when held in my hands.

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SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review
SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

Instead of the usual silver snake chain bracelet, I decided to go for something more unconventional – the leather braided bracelet made of real leather with the sterling silver clasp. The leather bracelet is more lightweight and also pairs well with outfits all year round.

SOUFEEL charms are designed to fit with Pandora and Chamilia bracelets as well, so you can get a wide variety of charms to select from to create your perfect memory keepsake. I actually love the look of the SOUFEEL charms more compared to the Pandora equivalents, for example the Pandora panda charm is really… fugly, whereas the SOUFEEL one is just super adorable.

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

SOUFEEL is offering 5% off to Maddy Loves readers with the code 5Sheila, in addition to free gifts with purchase – you can get a free pair of earrings with a $49 purchase, a free charm with $79 purchase, and a free sterling silver bracelet with $99 purchase. SOUFEEL also offers free shipping for orders over $50, in addition to a 365-day return policy and guarantee to ensure that you’re 100% satisfied with your purchase.

I also love that SOUFEEL bracelets come packaged in a beautiful, gift-ready box and gift bag. It makes gift giving super easy and worry-free, great for those who often get headaches about what to buy for gifts.

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

Outfit: classy, preppy, colour blocking with LACOSTE

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A few weeks ago, I announced that I was hosting a style challenge with a few of my fellow Vancouver bloggers in collaboration with LACOSTE. If you haven’t done so yet, you can vote for your favourite look here by liking or commenting on your favourite blogger’s photo.

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Skirt from LACOSTE | Sweatshirt from LACOSTE (also available in grey/pink/red combination)

Today I’m sharing my own interpretation of the LACOSTE style. My personal style is full of pencil skirts, sheath dresses, lace, and other girly yet work appropriate things. Drawing from my personal style, I fell in love with this stretch pencil skirt with contrast zip pockets. I paired the skirt with a bright pink, yellow, and blue sweatshirt to bring the outfit back to LACOSTE’s sporty roots (and because the bright pink is so me). The result? A colour blocked look that would be perfect for sunday brunch, or a weekend outing with the significant other. Since the pencil skirt is such a classic, you can also switch up the top to something else more formal and wear this to work!

Another thing I’m really happy about is the skirt hitting just below my knee, but not long enough to make my calves look fat/short. I’ve been searching for a skirt in this length for months and I’m happy to have found the perfect fit, length and style in this LACOSTE skirt.

lacoste spring summer collection
lacoste spring summer collection

In terms of the fit, I wear a size 6 in both items and I’m generally a 6-8 in US sizing, or size 29 in jeans. I would say LACOSTE clothes fit mostly true to your US sizing.

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I also wanted to share with you my new found love for the LACOSTE L.12.12 tote bag (not available on the Canadian site but available at LACOSTE boutiques across Canada). I’ve been using the Longchamp Le Pliage totes for many years now, while I’ve loved that it’s so versatile and light, they aren’t super durable either. The LACOSTE L.12.12 tote bag is a similar shape and design as the Longchamp, but I find it a lot more durable and better made than the Longchamp. The material for the body of the bag is PVC and the handles are leather, which is the same as the Longchamp. However the material is thicker and the seams a lot more reinforced; because the material is thicker, I also found that it doesn’t sag or dip as much as the Longchamp. The colour that I have is the “Bird’s Egg Green” (aka MINT!), and I absolutely love using it in the beautiful Vancouver spring/summer season. Price-wise, it costs $110 in Canada for the medium, which is comparable to Longchamp. It is slightly heavier than the Longchamp, but it’s such a marginal difference that I would still take this over the Longchamp any day. Definitely recommend!

I hope you like my look, and please remember to vote for your favourite styled outfit!

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lacoste spring summer collection

Vancouver Bloggers x LACOSTE styling challenge

I’m super excited to announce to you an exciting project that I’ve been working on for the last few months. As the founder of the Vancouver Beauty & Lifestyle Bloggers network, I’ve been working with LACOSTE and several Vancouver fashion bloggers in a styling challenge! Three ultra-stylish and influential bloggers were selected by LACOSTE to create three different looks based on LACOSTE‘s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Starting tomorrow, you can VOTE for your favourte look on the Maddy Loves Facebook page by either liking or commenting on the photo. You can help your favourite blogger win prizes, and as the reader you will also be eligible to win prizes courtesy of LACOSTE.

Our three amazing bloggers (these are not their official styled looks, the looks will be published tomorrow morning):

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Cee from Coco and Vera

Jordana from Just J

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Justin from Walking, Talking Style

Check out LACOSTE’s Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show:

 

New Burberry trench coat

The Burberry boutique in Vancouver was doing end-of-season sales last month and I got my hands on this super versatile Burberry trench coat. The style is called the Kensington and the colour is trench. (Sorry I didn’t realize that the buckle was off centre when I got these photos taken)

What I love most about it is how it has a removable quilt lining on the inside, so it can be worn in colder weather.

It is not 100%% cotton ganbardine, which is too bad because Burberry makes great waterproof cottons, but rather a blend of cotton and polyester. This came at a perfect timing because I’ve been looking to get another trench coat since my other one from Banana Republic is not stain proof at all; it gets dirty very quickly and I end up spending more money on dry cleaning than anything else. The buckles on the waist and wrists are made of leather.

This trench coat was made in England, which is great because I’ve heard that they’ve started to move their factories to China, so if you want Made in England, please make sure to check the label.

If you are looking to buy Burberry, I highly recommend asking for Carla or Lisa at the Burberry Vancouver boutique inside the Shangri-La. You can contact them by phone at 604-974-1110.

Thanks to MizzJ for taking my photos =]

Outfit: Studs & Leather

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Leather jacket: ASOS (similar) | Max Dress: EDC by Esprit (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Belt: Taobao

Photo by MizzJ

Studs are one of my favourite things on any piece of clothing or accessory. These studded belt are actually a replica of Carrie’s famous leather belt from the original SATC movie which I bought it off Taobao for about $2 CAD. The quality is kind of terrible, but you can’t go wrong for just $2. I’ve also gotten a little more creative with my poses, but of course there is still room for improvement. I look to Rosie for some posing inspiration.

Contrary to this blogging pattern from the past couple of weeks, no, I will not be turning into a fashion blogger. BUT, the weather is so beautiful now that I must take advantage of it and get some outfit photos taken. Thank you to MizzJ for taking all of my photos for me!

Outfit: Random Bohemian Gypsy-ness

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Photos by MizzJ

Spring is here in the beautiful city of Vancouver. I always feel the urge to dress all bohemian and “flowy” come spring because of all the pretty flora blooming in the city. I love this top, and I think it’s the perfect spring blouse. Expect to see it in more outfit posts in the future. Can you also tell I love those Nine West flats? I wear them almost every day now that the colour is finally appropriate to wear. Bright colours? YES PLEASE!

In other news… I booked a trip to Vegas for the end of the month! I am super excited because I haven’t had a real vacation in a while (unless you count the Reading Week trip I took to Montreal last year). I need some warmth on my skin!

Outfit: Trousers that make middle-aged women go “summer must be coming”

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Top: BCBG (similar) | Trousers: Forever 21 | Shoes: Nine West

Photos taken by MizzJ

I wore this outfit out a couple of weeks ago to Vancouver Fashion Week. As MizzJ, Rosie and I were on the way out for a drink, we passed a group of middle-aged women. We overheard one of them say to their friends “summer must be coming” after she saw the bottoms I was wearing.

Sorry for being MIA. I’ve been really busy with work and family this month and I’m also trying to “improve” myself by trying to get a certification or two. I will be posting content once in a while but not as regularly as before. Thank you for your continued support!

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