Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bag Review: My Michael Kors Sutton Satchel in Black

The Michael Kors Sutton Satchel is the latest addition to my handbag collection. Unlike a lot of my bags, it wasn't a planned purchase. I was returning this bag, and had to pick out something in exchange. I knew I couldn't go wrong with a durable black bag in a classic design.

Bag Review Michael Kors Sutton Satchel in Black Small
Shirt: c/o ROMWE / Bag: Small Sutton / Sandals: F21 (similar) / Necklace: (similar)


The Small Sutton is a spacious bag (8" W x 6" H x 3-3/4" D) - I can fit in my large wallet and makeup bag with room to spare - it could even hold my iPad mini. Here's a pic of what's inside my bag: makeup bag, wallet, sunglasses, gift card pouch, car keys, coin purse and card holder. There are several pockets inside the lining, as well as a zipped compartment along each side. There is a magnetic clasp to secure the contents of the bag (I'm holding it back in the picture below), as well as external snap buttons which can be clicked shut or left unfastened for a more boxy look.

What fits inside a Michael Kors Sutton Satchel in Black Small


I mainly use my Sutton as a cross-body bag, although I'll often slip the strap off and carry it in my hand if it gets too heavy. The shoulder strap has an adjustable buckle so you can change the length according to your preference (for reference, I'm 5'4 and wearing it on the longest setting for cross-body, and adjusted to the middle setting when I use it as a shoulder bag). I prefer to keep the handles up, but they can also be folded completely down. As mentioned previously, the shape of the bag can be altered by clicking the side buttons shut - but they only stay shut if the bag is relatively empty - otherwise they snap open (as seen in the shoulder pic below).
How to wear a Michael Kors Sutton Satchel in Black Small



The Sutton Satchel comes in three sizes: Small (8" W x 6" H x 3-3/4" D), Medium (13" W x 9" H x 5" D) and Large (14" W x 10" H x 4" D). There's around a $40-$50 price difference between sizes. I opted for the smallest size because I have a weakness for teeny bags (they just look cuter!) but also because I don't like carrying heavy bags. In fact, I'm thinking of selling my Selma satchel because I don't use it as much as my smaller bags.
Bag Review Different Sizes of Michael Kors Sutton Satchel (Small, Medium, Large)


I love my Sutton Satchel - and I would definitely recommend this bag. I think it's priced very reasonably given the saffiano leather construction, timeless design, and quality workmanship. I've been using it non-stop since I bought it, and there's been no sign of wear or staining. It is quite similar in design to the Prada Saffiano Lux Small Tote but at a FRACTION of the price. P.S. I like dressing up my bag with a pom pom charm (similar here).
Bag Review Michael Kors Sutton Satchel in Black Small versus Prada Saffiano Lux Small Tote

Here are some other Michael Kors bags I'm loving - especially the Dillon tote - it's a great dupe for the YSL Sac de Jour!

Have you tried the MK Sutton bag? What is your favorite bag?


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P.S. Check out Extra Petite's Sutton Satchel review here - I always love reading her posts!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Staple: Styling a White Blazer

Although my white blazer is a recent (and much-loved) purchase, it has been on my wishlist for a LONG time.

White Blazer, Anchor tank, Gold sandals
Blazer / Sunglasses & Sandals: Marshalls / Anchor T (similar) / Bag / Photo Credit: Shizzy

In fact, the first time I realized that I NEEDED a white blazer, was back in May - when I attended a presentation hosted by Celebrity Stylist Cristina Ehrlich. Cristina, whose clients include Penelope Cruz and Emma Stone, excels at helping celebrities pick clothing pieces that work with their personal style. She has partnered with Marshalls to help shoppers identify their style profiles, so that they know which key pieces they should focus on to amp up their wardrobes.

From L to R: Dressed as Modern Femme, Power Dresser and Mix Master

In her presentation, Cristina showcased 3 celebrity-inspired style profiles: the Modern Femme (ladylike style with a contemporary twist), the Power Dresser (those who favor structured pieces and sophisticated staples), and the Mix Master (fearless dressers who aren't afraid to experiment with the latest trends). The three models pictured above were dressed according to each style. Which of these profiles do you identify with? I think I used to favor Modern Femme pieces in my 20s, but I'm definitely more of a Power Dresser now.

As Cristina talked us through each style profile - she discussed key pieces for summer - one of which was this white blazer. She demonstrated its versatility - from dressed down with jeans to worn over an evening dress (as pictured above). Of course, I was immediately convinced - and wondered how I'd managed so long WITHOUT such a key piece! As you can see, since acquiring my blazer - I've worn it with several different outfits.

If you're shopping for a white blazer - I'd recommend choosing a draped style rather than a button-down, as you don't want it to look ANYTHING like a lab coat! For the same reason, a cream-based shade is better than something stark white. My blazer has ruched sleeves, which is an added bonus, as I tend to push up my sleeves to 3/4 length anyways.

For further stylish shopping inspiration - check out Cristina's summer must-haves below! What is your Summer Staple?

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Tourists in Toronto

My husband and I have a tradition called 'day of fun' - it involves taking the day off (usually on one of our birthdays) and exploring the city we live in. When you live somewhere, you often take it for granted - and you may not pay attention to the amazing sites that other people are flying in to see. 

This past weekend, we decided to take our kids on a "day of fun" to Toronto - we're so lucky to live near such a beautiful and historical city. We started the day at our local GO Station in the suburbs and hopped on a train heading for Union.

While hubby and I frequently travel on the GO Train for work, it still feels like an adventure for my kids. They love sitting on the second floor and looking out the giant windows.

After arriving at Union, we stepped onto the subway. Several stops and a short walk later, we were at our destination - Spadina Museum - a stately home belonging to the Austins - one of Toronto's wealthiest families at the turn of the 20th century.

Nicknamed "Toronto's Downtown Abbey", the whole house has been restored to how it looked in the 1920s-1930s. The furnishings are so luxurious and ornate.

I love seeing how people used to live - to me, it feels like I've stepped inside a book. Here's a behind-the-scenes peek into their spacious kitchen - I think the cream and turquoise color scheme is so charming.

I must have modest tastes, because one of my favorite rooms is this bedroom belonging to the housekeeper! It's simply furnished and so light and airy with a beautiful window.

After our guided tour of the house, we headed out into the famous gardens - my daughter loved looking at all the beautiful flowers. Doesn't this look like the French countryside? Who could guess that this is located in the heart of Toronto.

Here's a pic of my son and husband as we walked back to the subway after our afternoon of exploring. We picked up some delicious chocolate croissants at Union Station and then took the GO Train back home.

I really enjoyed sharing my love of history with my kids and taking them to discover unexplored parts of the city. Traveling on the GO Train was a fun and easy option. We didn't have to worry about traffic or finding parking, and it made it feel more like we were on a mini-holiday together.

Have you pretended to be tourists in your own city? What is your favorite spot to visit?

We live for the weekends, especially during the summer. And planning them is just half the fun. Exploring the big city or biking through wine country – it’s good to have weekend options and we give them to you. Toronto to Niagara. Barrie to Toronto. Either way, we’ll take you there. Seasonal weekend train service runs until Sept 7. Discover a different side of GO this summer at

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by GO Transit  via Mode Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Metrolinx.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

A Day at the Races...

I received an exciting invitation this week - a VIP ticket to the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. And not only would I be attending the races, I would ALSO get to pick my race-day outfit from Vaughan Mills - the official Fashion Sponsor of Queen's Plate!

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit Vaughan Mills Vaughn Mills Fashion
Blazer: H&M, Tank: H&M, Skirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew Factory, Shoes: Old Navy (similar), Bag: Chanel WOC (similar)

The dress code was inspired by the Rethink garden party at Queen’s Plate: Black & White with a pop of pink. I headed over to Vaughan Mills to choose a suitable outfit. I had a lot of stores I wanted to check out - from outlets such as Banana Republic Factory, J.Crew Factory and HR2 Holt Renfrew - to my tried-and-true favorites - including Winners, H&M and Old Navy.

Here are three of my finds - a FCUK embroidered maxi dress from Winners, a RWxELLE dress from RW&CO and a lace-trimmed white dress from Carriere Studio.

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit

Despite these pretty choices, I ended up in head-to-toe H&M! I'd been eyeing their ruched white blazer for a while now, and when I spotted this fitted black midi skirt, I knew I had found the perfect comfortable yet elegant combination. In lieu of a fascinator, I picked up a headband and some floral clips from Claire's Accessories. My pop of pink came from my Old Navy Heels.

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day

I headed to the races with Jenelle - our first stop was the Vaughan Mills tent where we hung out with Sarah - Vaughan Mills' new Official Stylist. There was quite a line up of people waiting to take photos on this couch because Vaughan Mills was giving away $250 shopping sprees to 2 lucky winners!

We then went over to the Rethink "Black Beauty & White Rose" Party. They were serving delicious food (from a food truck!) and had a lot of fun stations set up. People were getting their nails done, their hair styled - and our favorite - there was a talented duo making custom fascinators! I asked for a pink and white headband, while Jenelle opted for a rosebud crown. I'm so in love with my headband - it's a work of art!

Queens Plate 2015 Race Day Outfit with Fascinators

I had SUCH a fun experience - definitely a glamorous change from my usual Sunday schedule of errands and grocery shopping. A huge thank you to Vaughan Mills for this lovely day!

Which of these 4 race outfits would you have chosen?

DISCLAIMER: Outfit and Queen's Plate invites were gifted by Vaughan Mills.

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