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the it lists – fashion & lifestyle blog | October 5, 2015

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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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Rain “it” On – Biker Rubber Boots

September 29, 2015 |

Stormy weather is no match for Colors of California’s wellies. Inspired by classic biker boots, Colors of California ‘Biker Zip’ rubber booties are here in all-weather moto style.

The buckle details and pop of color from the rear zipper are the perfect accents to our new fave rain gear! Best of all the faux fur lining makes them perfect for chilly days.IMG_7840

Don’t be fooled by the brand name these are not from California, rather Italian designs. In the sweltering heat in Porto Montenegro (trip review coming) one of the best things to do in the late afternoon was to escape into the cute ‘air conditioned’ shops – and while my travel mate was scoring deals on cute little sandals on sale my eyes landed on rubber boots. Ok, but really, really awesome ones. Read More

French Facelift for Café Boulud

September 23, 2015 |

Café Boulud Toronto‘s new décor immediately makes a statement that things are new and improved at the Four Seasons Yorkville. The tired 90’s boardroom feeling is now replaced by transporting you into a modern French brasserie.

FullSizeRender[2]That is if you like the hip designs that Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is renown for. Think The Ivy in London and Le Caprice in NYC.

During our lunch Serena Williams was also giving the new Café Boulud at test drive. Must have been the perfect morning palette boost after the late night, grand opening of Drake’s new restaurant, Fring’s. And apparently Christopher Walken and I share the same taste in Cavatelli Ricotta (a fave of his during TIFF). Read More

More Filling than TIFF! Toronto Food & Wine Festival

September 16, 2015 |

Tired of noshing on TIFF canapés and champers (and popcorn)?

The Toronto Food & Wine Festival is the perfect fix for that from Sept 18 – 20, 2015. The yummy (in more ways than one) Curtis Stone, Adrian Forte, Daniel Boulud, Vittorio Colaciti, and other celebrity chefs will be joined by the Wine Guy, Anthony Giglio.

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To cover all three days at the Grand Tasting Pavilion will require pants to a notch looser. That’s ok you’ll burn them off during your foodie adventure wandering the aisles of Evergreen Brickworks.

And if your food thing is Tequila & Tacos – don’t miss the electric closing festival party at El Catrin.

Grab your tickets, see you there. I’ll be the one with wine in one had, bellini gelato in the other.

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On Vacation!

August 25, 2015 |

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The It Lists is on vacay! I know, I know you just got us back but trust me it’ll be worth it when we share our finds in Montenegro (can you say land of superyachts) & Tuscany!

Xx chills until TIFF time!

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.”

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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).

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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!

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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!

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