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Shelley Mantei founded, an trend and lifestyle blogs to save time, money and energy for women wanting help to define their personal beauty, life and fashion style.My eclectic group of fashionista gal pals are constantly dolling out their favorite tips and trends. I wanted a forum where these gems could be shared and new ones could be gained.While being the main contributor to The It Lists, I also enjoys a career in public relations. I call home: Vancouver, BC Canada (and have a huge travel bug). And last, but not least I'm a shoe junkie!

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Far from a Knot “it” Sandal – Everlane Must Have

July 29, 2015 |

We love, love the ethics of Everlane so it makes a shoe-addict happy to see them adding more to their shoe section. This Knot Sandal is a mix of funky and quality when Italian leather and craftsmanship all knotted together in a pretty flat sandal.


Don’t know about Everlane yet? Read More

Photo Edit Secrets! Become An Instagram Ninja

July 28, 2015 |

A behind-the-scenes look at the magic photo editing process behind blogger, Marianna Hewitt’s ( Instagram photos and her tips are SO good!

It’s not that celebs and fashion bloggers have mad ‘phone camera’ skills that you don’t possess, it’s that you don’t have the right photo editing apps. Many of them at a very reasonable cost or free.

Watch this video to up your Insta-game! Read More

July “it” Girl – Irene Kim

July 22, 2015 | 1

tumblr_nhgx96USAs1rcoad1o1_1280Irene Kim, social media star and Korean-TV personality, can now add to her accolades: global beauty contributor for Estee Lauder.

She joins Kendall Jenner on the Estee Lauder team of “instagirls” who have become beauty giants from their Instagram antics. Which isn’t surprising given her instantly-recognizable (and ever-changing) neon-tresses, porcelain skin, and head-turning outfits.

Irene carries the knickname of “hurricane Irene” that she’s been given in South Korea because of the frenzy she creates with her colourful personality and style. It doesn’t hurt she has a troupe of K-pop friends involved in her adventures.

Raised in Seattle and South Korea, the former Fashion Institute of Technology student turned It girl now stars in not one but two fashion and beauty television shows (in English and Korean): Mnet America’s K-style and South Korea’s Style Live.

She’s easily become one of the most sought-out girls to photograph for street style photographers. However, her street style star cred will have to compete with her appearances on the runway at Soul Fashion week and front row at NY Fashion Week.

This It Girl has a huge heart, a cramped closet, and unicorn hair. We respect all of those!irene-kim-getty

Instagram: @ireneisgood





Me-Ow! Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses

July 14, 2015 |

ME-OW! Miu Miu‘s collection of statement eye wear is fantastic. Inspired by 1940’s film noir, the glasses have gorgeous glitter acetate frames in a distinctive cat eyes. And I love the pairing with the understated brown lenses so they’re not too flashy.

Warning. Don’t fall too deep in love because these purr-fect shades are hard to find. Found a few here!

Beach Bling – Metallic Temporary Tattoos

July 9, 2015 |

Ready for a summer fling with a gold or silver tattoo?

Beach bling for sun worshippers is exactly what Flash Tattoos delivers. Jewelery inspired temporary tattoos in metallics compliment the rich glow of a tan.Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 3.08.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 3.10.46 PM

Each package contains a collection of tattoos ranging from rings, knuckle tattoos, arm bands, chokers, long chains, and more. Rihanna collaborated with designer, Jacquie Aiche, to create her own line of Flash Tattoos.

Even with exposure to sun and water Flash Tattoos will remain for 4 to 6 days as long as you go easy on the soaps, lotions or sunscreens.

If they haven’t already started flooding your Instagram, just wait, they will!

P.S. In Toronto you can score some at Over the Rainbow.

Rethink at the Races x Woodbine

July 6, 2015 |

IMG_7357The perfect way to wrap Canada Day (Week) was spending Sunday with the ponies and pretty people at Woodbine Racetrack’s 156th Queen’s Plate. My partners in glam were Casie Stewart, Marcella Baric, and (far right) Carla Catherwood.

IMG_7343Rethink Breast Cancer hosted us at their #RethinkattheRaces tent, where their “Black Beauty & White Rose” garden party was the hot spot for the hippest of Toronto’s horsy set.

We walked the pink carpet with ladies in fascinators and dapper dudes in bow ties to an oasis of – betting, bubbles, the Ten Spot Beauty Bar, Flare Magazine, and Yellow Tail’s sangria (which required much watching out for the white); and I got the silent auction going (sorry, J-bird, I didn’t manage to score the One Direction tix). Read More

Spring Clean 2015 – New Tunes

June 30, 2015 |

spring clean 2015 picMy #SPRINGCLEAN 2015 #playlist “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life!”

First Toronto said this is the worst winter in years, now I keep hearing that about this summer. So I thought I’d share the playlist I made this past spring to do a reboot and wish for some hot weather.

This annual playlist is a collection of fave new tunes making me shake & wiggle around the house, do a little ‘spring’ cleaning, BBQ or roadtrip.

She Is Back! The It Lists Returns

June 23, 2015 |

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 4.11.22 PMDid you miss me? I missed you.

This last year has been a hard journey – I closed my company, switched careers, left most of my friends, and moved across the country to change up life to work in the world of comic con (pop culture conventions – you know like what Entourage’s Drama does with his Viking Quest character).

As much as it’s my passion blogging about fashion, trends and all things “it” – it’s not as easy as you think. For over eight years I shared with you weekly, but with the crazy, crazy demands of a crazy job it just became too much.

Fast forward through the fun, wacky and bizarre (I’ve got some great tales from the Green Room), and sadly those became over shadowed by some crappy bosses & work I wouldn’t wish on anyone. And I realized I was missing out on a lot of life and why I made Toronto my new home.

So today all the paperwork is done #WINNING and it’s time to start enjoying Toronto. Ready to follow my next adventures?!

Fix “it” Roots Concealer – Rita Hazan

December 11, 2013 |

Roots Fix! A revolutionary new aerosol spray for temporarily covering roots (even gray roots) quickly and easily – that’s what I scored with Rita Hazan Root Concealer.

I’ve been away from my stylist in Vancouver for 2.5 months and while I might not be homesick my roots are. And a few little gray spurts just kill a look. So happy on a Bloor Street visit to Sephora I found this instore.

Master colorist, Rita Hazan, spent over three years in her 5th Avenue NY salon solving the biggest problem for every woman who colors her hair—how to cover up roots, especially those roots that start to come in just a few weeks after permanent color is applied. The paraben-free formula dries in seconds and is h2o-resistant, but effortlessly washes out with shampoo. Read More

Taste “it” Parlour Adds New Menu

December 2, 2013 |

On a shorter visit to Toronto this summer Parlour quickly became my favourite lounge. A great crowd, eclectic room that reminds me of Hotel Costes, always a fun DJ to stir up the room and the little dance floor, and an outdoor courtyard – and when Toronto can be a bit of a concrete jungle it’s an oasis in the heart of the city.

Parlour has been an evening go to spot for ‘those in the know’ for two years and its next evolution is to become a cozy dinner get away. I was joined by UK partner-in-socializing, Jeff Stuit (Waverton), to do a Tasting Teaser of the New Menu.

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Quinoa Canoes – Belgian endive, marinated vegetables, honey Dijon vinaigrette.

  • She: They’re just plain fun. And if you were on a date they’re easy sharing. No mess.
  • He: It was even better without the honey Dijon vinaigrette. Cleaner individual flavours that weren’t as overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Beef Tartare – Dijon mustard, truffle aioli, cornichon

  • She: The best part is that there is actual truffle in it, not just oil.
  • He: It got the thumbs up, but he was occupied by the meat balls.

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Get Your Veil Beanie On

November 27, 2013 |

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 9.10.57 PMStarting to get chilly! Fall’s go-to chapeau: the Veil Beanie! It’s got ease, overall style, and glamour quotient.

Knitted, ribbed, printed, and more…get your veil beanie on. Veils started popping up in plain day courtesy of Jil Sander‘s 2012 collection at Fashion Week. Today – in 2013 -2014 Fall/Winter – the veiled beanies are a top trend because the sporty/comfy style of a beanie is a perfect marriage with the posh, mysterious elegant way of a sheer veil.

One of my faves right now is this BCBGeneration Winter Veil Beanie.

P.S. There are a ton of DIY ideas out there (like this one).


Crystal Strap “it” Kaiio

November 26, 2013 |

This is for all my girls who really hate those tops and dresses that make it almost impossible to hide our bra straps. Well designer Christine Ko brilliantly devised a Kaiio a sparkly solution–gorgeous crystal bra straps you won’t want to hide!

Kaiio offers gorgeous one-of-a-kind crystal straps that replace traditional bra straps and become the perfect accessory to add a little sparkle to your Holiday Season.

Three years ago, Christine Ko, founder of Kaiio, made her first crystal jeweled strap solely to give her work uniform a little something extra. After numerous compliments and customers asking to buy her pieces she became determined to launch her own company to share her sparkle with the rest of the world. In August 2013, Christine Ko and Quinton Van Der Burgh partnered to create a dazzling line of crystal jeweled straps known as Kaiio.  From humble beginnings, Kaiio was destined to be the finishing touch to the little black dress.

“There’s no such thing as too much sparkle…it gives women the option to add a wow factor to a little black dress or a hint of glam to a blouse and jeans.” Designer, Christine Ko says.

With the straps retailing between $300-$700 and rings for $85, Kaiio looks and feels as luxurious as a diamond piece that doesn’t cost the high precious stone price.
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