SHOP SMART: Your Need-to-Know November Fashion News

 

We love to shop no matter what, but this month's crop of cool collabs, irresistible deals and just released collections has us especially stoked. Read on for what's new and hot at White Oaks Mall right now, just in time for the start of holiday shopping season...

1. HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN FOR RW & CO.

 

A campaign shot from the Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. collection.  

THE NEWS: Canadian actor, Hayden Christensen, and RW & CO. have collaborated on a menswear capsule collection, perfect for gifting our husbands/dads/bf's for the holidays.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED:  Aside from the fact that Hayden Christensen makes everything look good, we love his laid-back Canadian attitude toward fashion. Christensen and RW&CO. have created a 20-piece collection of shirts, blazers, pants and outerwear for men in rich autumnal shades of mustard, teal and plum.  The collection ranges in price from $59-$249 and will be in store starting Nov 7th.

P.S - Yet another reason to visit the store right now: receive a $40 RW Card with the purchase of any regular priced His or Her Winter Coat or Jacket. Sweet!

 

2. HUDSON'S BAY OLYMPIC TEAM COLLECTION

Freestyle skier Kelsey Serwa in the new Hudson's Bay Olympic Team Collection.

THE NEWS:  With only 3 months to go until the Sochi 2014 Games, Hudson's Bay has finally released Team Canada's new Olympic and Paralympic Team Collection. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED:  From colour-blocked tees, classic sweaters and hoodies, to down-filled jackets, and brand new accessories (including those now-famous Red Mittens - um, stocking stuffers, anyone?) the entire collection is now available at Hudson's Bay, ranging from $5 - $275. The collection will help us properly cheer on our favourites at Sochi and will be available all the way until 2015. 

 

3. ROOTS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STYLE

The cover of the just-released Roots: 40 Years of Style. Photo via Roots.

THE NEWS: Roots celebrates 40 years (!) with its new book, 'Roots: 40 Years of Style'

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: Roots: 40 Years of Style brings together a curated collection of the best-ever photos from the Roots archives - many of which have never been seen before. This stunning coffee table book takes us through Roots' history and gives us a glimpse into how this iconic Canadian brand has stood the test of time. At $39.95, we can't wait to give this book as a luxe gift to all of our holiday hosts.

 

4. alice + olivia TEAMS UP WITH STARBUCKS

 

The new ceramic tumbler from alice + olivia at Starbucks. 

THE NEWS: Fashion brand alice + olivia has teamed up with Starbucks for the cutest ever holiday capsule collection. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: Designed exclusively for Starbucks by alice + olivia designer, Stacey Bendet, the collection includes a Designer Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler with a fun tutu and bow tie detail, and an adorable Bearista Bear - both featuring alice + olivia’s signature black-and-white stripe. The collection is available at Starbucks now (each piece retails for around $20 each) and will make every daily latte and Secret Santa exchange SO much more chic.

 

5. THE BODY SHOP'S BIG (HUGE) HOLIDAY SALE

The delicious Ginger Sparkle collection from The Body Shop. Yum...

THE NEWS: From Nov 8 - 10, save 40% off the entire store when you buy a $5 tote bag. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED:  With the holidays right around the corner, we can't think of a better time to stock up on stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and basically any other random present you'll need to pick up over the holidays. PLUS, you'll score 4 weeks of FREE products with any $25 spend.

 

6. OUTPOST2 IS NOW OPEN

A pic of the brand new Outpost2 at White Oaks Mall.

THE NEWS: London South finally has an Apple specialist with the opening of Outpost2 at White Oaks Mall. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: No more long drives to North London - the new Outpost 2 is recognized as an Apple Authorized Service Provider, ready to help us with all of our iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook needs, no appointments required! Plus, we're loving the free 30 min training courses: Intro to iPhone/iPad, Intro to Mac, Safeguarding your Data, Intro to iCloud, Intro to Social Media and One-on-One Training. Genius!

 

7. PREEN X ALDO RISE ARRIVES AT ALDO 

A fiery-red bootie from the ALDO RISE x Preen Collection for F/W 2013.

THE NEWS: The highly-coveted ALDO RISE x Preen collection finally hits stores.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: This new ALDO RISE x Preen collection is fierce, sexy and totally worth the splurge. The capsule collection includes an ankle-strap pump in powder blue, fiery red and black; a triple-buckle, front-zip shootie in red and black; and an ankle boot in powder blue and black. If you've got the disposable income (or you just want to drool a little), check out the full collection here.

 

8. SEPHORA'S FREE EXPRESS SERVICES

A list of the free express services available at Sephora. Walk-ins welcome.

THE NEWS: While we obviously love Sephora's gorgeous beauty finds (see last week's post for proof), did you know that Sephora also offers complimentary walk-in express services in store?

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: Need a little pick-me-up after a long day of shopping? Sephora offers complimentary express services including: smoky eye, perfect lips, treat & conceal, blush & bronze, everyday eye, essential eyeliner, flawless foundation or false lashes. If you plan on shopping, be sure to take advantage of their premium services:

  • CUSTOM MAKEOVER: Receive a complete, full-face makeover during this dedicated 45-minute session with an expert artist, complimentary with a minimum $50 purchase.
  • PERSONAL BEAUTY CONSULTATION: Revamp your entire routine or focus on specific topics in this 90-minute private session. Complimentary with a $125 minimum purchase. Includes a custom makeover.

 

9. WEST 49 COATS FOR KIDS PROGRAM

Love this idea! The West 49 Coats for Kids Program is on now. 

THE NEWS: West 49 Continues Coats for Kids Program

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: Kids grow so fast, so every year or two, a new winter coat gets added to our shopping lists. With the West 49 Coats for Kids Program, simply drop off a gently used, insulated, clean winter jacket (jackets at White Oaks Mall will be donated to Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre in London) and you'll instantly receive $25 off any winter jacket. 

 

10. PANDORA LAUNCHES ESSENCE COLLECTION

The brand new Essence Collection at Pandora just arrived at White Oaks Mall.

THE NEWS: The brand new Essence Collection just arrived at Pandora, right in time for the holidays.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: So many men have no idea what to get their wives or girlfriends but luckily, Pandora makes gift-giving super easy. We're loving the new Essence Collection that just arrived at Pandora - a collection of symbolic charms crafted from precious metals and sparkling stones, meant to capture the very essence of the woman who wears it. It just doesn't get much more personal than this.  

11. GAP BRINGS OUT GAPCASH FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A gorgeous shot from the Gap Holiday 2013 Campaign. Confession: I bought this scarf.

THE NEWS: From now until Nov 22nd, receive GapCash when you shop in-store at Gap.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED: The more you spend, the more you save at Gap when you buy before Nov 22nd. Spend $40 - $79.99, receive $15 in GapCash, spend $80-$119.99, receive $30 in GapCash, and spend $120 or more and receive $45 in GapCash, redeemable in-store between Dec 3 - 8th, 2013. Don't you just love having a reason to justify yet another pair of jeans?