Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

the it lists – fashion & lifestyle blog | September 4, 2015

Scroll to top


About shelley



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!

Posts By shelley

Banky’s Post-Apocalytic Fairy Tale Kingdom

August 20, 2015 |

Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out?

The graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest exhibit: a post-apocalyptic anti-theme park called “Dismaland,” featuring his anti-consumerism and anti-corporate messages art and similar works by about 60 other artists.

Dismaland sits on the 2.5 acre site of the Tropicana lido, is the witty artist’s first “bemusement” park packed full of subversive artworks. In the statement on the council’s website Banksy said, “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.38.39 PM

Read More

Wide Leg Up at OAK+FORT

August 18, 2015 |

I first tripped upon OAK+FORT in Vancouver‘s Gastown in 2010. On my last YVR trip I was sad because I thought they’d closed. But I was wrong! Not only did they move to a bigger location they’ve spread across the country to include two in Toronto and even a store in New York.

Had to check out OAK+FORT’s pants because I’m ready to have more than skinnies in my closet and they’ve always been reliable for carrying basics at reasonable prices (aka provide attainable luxury to like-minded individuals).

tr-5081-blk-front-detail tr-5081-brown-side

My first find was these trousers. Constructed out of a heavy crepe, these dressy joggers feature a comfortable, relaxed fit you’ll be reaching for on the daily. These trousers also feature two front pockets, a mid-rise waist and tapered leg for a flattering silhouette. Tip: my pick is the brown!

d17Not sure about the wide leg culottes that are storming this way for fall? Here’s a budget way to try the style. Read More

Champagne Pops! Grown-up Frozen Treats

August 13, 2015 |

Grown-up frozen treats – boozy ice-creams and sorbets modeled on your favourite cocktails. Here’s the inside scoop on the trend.

Until now it’s been notoriously difficult to make these concoctions, thanks to alcohol’s reluctance to freeze. New recipes and techniques have hacked cool treats with spiky ingredients.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.08.33 PMAs if you couldn’t get enough champers into your celebrations: frozen Champagne popsicle (Blanc de Blanc) from the quintessentially British store Fortnum and Mason’s.

Or why pour yourself a G&T on a hot afternoon when instead you can have it iced on a stick or scooped? Add a dash of lime with Drunken Dairy’s GLT (lime, gin & tonic) sorbet.

Under $30 Best Beach Jewels

August 12, 2015 |

I’m sharing my latest finds in Hudson Bay‘s accessory line, EXPRESSION. Otherwise known as the Canadian version of Top Shop, Forever 21, or H&M jewellery.

I love costume jewellery, and I have a knack for finding incredible deals. These jewels only range from $7 – $26. Score! I’ve been the recipient of some gushing on my recent purchases:

In this main image EXPRESSION Marbled Stone Tassel Drop Earrings, the ring, drop earrings (in store only).


I decided to pair these two up!

EXPRESSION Mixed Bead Necklace

EXPRESSION Bead and Tassel Strand

And lastly toss this EXPRESSION faced beaded bracelet Read More

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 |

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?!

Animated Social Media Icons Powered by Acurax Wordpress Development Company
SEO Powered by Platinum SEO from TechblissonlineYour server is running PHP version 4.4.9 but WordPress 4.0 requires at least 5.2.4.
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On PinterestCheck Our Feed