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FRIDAY FIND | Fringe Benefits + #WIN a $50 GC to ALDO

photos via ALDO

I don't normally run into famous people. But last time I went to NYC for work, I managed to hit the celebrity goldmine - from Robert Pattinson on our plane to Derek Jeter sitting beside us at lunch. But when I saw the tell-tale swish of a stunning fringed handbag on 5th Ave., I just could't believe my luck. Could it really be her? Could I really be that lucky? And it was - Olivia Freaking Palermo, my fashion icon, gliding down the street with her navy winter coat, standout purple scarf and a most perfect fringed bag that took her look next level.

With the triumphant return of the '70s for both Spring and Fall '15, street style stars everywhere are loving fringe right now. Fringe is an instant outfit-maker thanks to the carefree movement it gives to any look. While you might not quite be ready for a fringey vest or skirt, a fringed handbag will still give you big style impact for a small cost.  I've found a great assortment of fun fringed bags at ALDO right now, from small and subtle to gloriously oversized. Take your pick and get ready to swing and shimmy your way into spring (um, like, ANY day now, please).

Happy Fri!


We're giving away a $50 Gift Card to ALDO to help with your spring handbag shopping! Here's how you can win it:

1) Leave a comment below telling us the Spring '15 trend you're most excited about.

2) For a bonus entry, follow @WhiteOaksMall on Twitter and tweet the following '@WhiteOaksMall is giving away a $50 GC to @ALDO_Shoes. Follow & RT to #win!'

3) Contest ends Tues, March 2nd at 5 pm.

4) Contest open to residents of Canada only.  



JUMP AROUND | 3 New Ways to Pull Off a One-Piece

via H&M

There's dressing for men and then there's dressing for ourselves. My husband's list of fashion 'likes' reads like a Victoria's Secret catalogue, and it goes a little something like this: 

  • Things that lace up = good
  • Things that tie up = good
  • Tight workout pants = good
  • Tops that "accidentally" fall off shoulders = good
  • Cleavage = good 

Predictable, right? But he's not alone. I've met few straight men who would pick SJP over Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth over Gisele, Maggie Gyllenhaal over Megan Fox. Meanwhile, fashion girls collectively lose their minds when Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett hit the red carpet because they dress for the love of clothes, not for the cleavage they can bust out. 

I'm perpetually torn between the two camps. I hold this sexpot superhero power over my bae when I throw on strappy heels, a little black dress and bombshell waves. Kachow! He has no idea why but suddenly he goes all zombie-like, holding doors open for me and offering to make me caipirinhas. Still, I love dressing up like Jenna Lyons with my buttoned-up men's shirt, culottes & New Balance kicks. Girls love it. Guys literally walk right past me. Except when I put on a pair of big geek glasses. Then it turns into a hot teacher/librarian thing. Guys like that. 

The one-piece jumpsuit is inherently divisive. While most women would love to try out overalls or a denim jumpsuit, they avoid them because they know how much men hate them. So, I've put together 3 one-piece looks for you to try out this spring anyway. Fitted black overalls worn with a tee or white blouse and heels is undeniably cute. An Emma Stone-like evening jumpsuit is unpredictably sexy. And as for the denim jumpsuit? Not sure about men (okay fine, pretty sure they'll hate it) but I can guarantee that fellow fashion girls will swoon. And here's the thing: sometimes a girl's just gotta look after #1. 

P.S. Woot woots to SHERRI SIMMS for winning our GAP contest last week! Happy jean shopping, girl! We'll be posting another contest this Fri so check back on this blog to enter. xx

1. Black Dungarees, $39.95, H&M | 2. Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $12, ALDO | 3. Cotton Shirt, $29.95, H&M | 4. Rivets Dakotah Crossbody, $350, Coach | 5. Snake Print Pumps, $75, ALDO | 6. Solid Rubber Watch, $12.25, Aeropostale.

1. Pave Multi-Feather Necklace, $115, Coach | 2. Ombre Tinted Aviators, $20, American Eagle | 3. 1969 Linen Denim Jumpsuit, $99.95, GAP | 4. Liv Crossbody Bag in Python Embossed Leather, $375, Coach | 5. Converse Chuck Taylors, $59.99, Soft Moc | 6. Quilted Wool Biker Jacket, $60.99, GAP

1. Tonya Made in Canada Leather Bomber, $399, Danier | 2. Ring Set, $10, ALDO | 3. Strapless Color-Blocked Jumpsuit, $96, Guess | 4. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick $23, Sephora | 5. Sam Edelman Closed-Toe Mule, $195, Town Shoes | 6. Fringed Clutch, $50, ALDO.


FRIDAY FIND | Girlfriend Jeans + #WIN a $50 GC to GAP

images via GAP

You'd think they'd be easy to find. You'd think with all of the jeans out there, that they'd have perfectly slouchy, distressed jeans down to a science. And yet somehow, they keep making jeans that have obviously machine-made rips, tacky bleach patterns (which I liken to bad highlights) and saggy bums. Yuck. And the companies who have the distressing figured out charge $300, a price my designer-shoe-strapped budget won't easily allow. 

GAP just released its 1969 Destructed Girlfriend Jeans and they are heeeaaavvveeen. Like, perfectly distressed (and guaranteed to get better with time and wear), fitted where it counts and only $79.95. I'm buying in Brooklyn Beach and White. I don't care if Spring '15 is all about clean, dark denim - every woman needs a pair of these. Oh, and remember to go down a size - they'll stretch. 


We're giving away a $50 Gift Card to GAP to help with your jean shopping. Here's how you can win it:

1) Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win.

2) For a bonus entry, follow @WhiteOaksMall on Twitter and tweet the following '@WhiteOaksMall is giving away a $50 GC to @GapCA. Follow & RT to #win! #denimlove'

3) Contest ends Tues, Feb 24th at 5 pm.

4) Contest open to residents of Canada only.