Sunday, May 31, 2009

UGGS - Get'em While You Can

BeyondTheRack is having another great sale. This time it's on Uggs.

You can get great deals including short Uggs boots for under $70 CAD or or ultra comfortable slippers for as low as $39 CAD.

Uggs are one of those brands that people either love or hate, so if they're your cup of tea, this is a good chance to get a pair at a great price!

Happy shopping!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Beyond The Rack: Armani Sunglasses Sale

If you haven't picked up your summer shades yet, head over to BeyondTheRack. There's a sale on Armani sunglasses and prices are up to 60% off.

The site is by invitation only enter the code: NAC470DABE3 for access.

Happy shopping!

Browns Shoe Sale: Up to 50% off

Is it me, or have there been a lot of shoe sales lately?

Well, I've been patiently waiting for this one. Browns is holding a designer sale on a large selection of shoes and handbags.
If you order online, you can also get free shipping on orders of $198 or more. (Smaller orders are only subject to a $5 shipping fee)

I've been coveting (yes, it's a sin) a sweet pair of Manolo sandals that I saw in a Flare Magazine shoot months ago and they're down to $598.98 from $1098.00.

Oh the temptation!

Happy shopping

Mercy Sample Sale: Toronto

If you've got some time this weekend, check out the Mercy Sample Sale in downtown Toronto.

There will be designer samples in size 2-8.

Here's the info:

Friday May 29: 12-6 pm
Saturday May 30: 12-6 pm
Sunday May 31: 12-5 pm

176 John St. Suite 501

See you there!

Happy shopping

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hermes sale update

So I spent two hours in line at the Hermes sale in Toronto this morning.

Prices for scarves are $175 for the small scarves or handkerchiefs and the 10x10 scarves are $200 each.
There's plenty of them so if you're headed there this afternoon, you should still be able to find something.

I bought a beautiful checkerboard scarf and some bathroom towels. Now I have to find orange accessories for my bathroom. I hope my boyfriend likes orange!

Here's the info:

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Suite 203
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Christian Louboutin at up to 70% off

Just went online to TheOutnet/com and they're having a crazy Christian Louboutin sale.
Some shoes are up to 70% off.

Get there quickly because at these prices, it's no wonder they're selling out fast!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hold on to your Scarves: Hermes is Having a Sale

No, I'm not kidding! This Thursday, May 28, Hermes is having a sale at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

As if an "Hermes sale" isn't enough reason for you to set your alarm clocks, the proceeds are going to charity so now you can actually feel good about spending!

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Suite 203
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

I'll see you there, right?

Happy shopping!

Monday, May 25, 2009 - Upto 80% off!

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Memorial Day sale. The site is offering an extra 25% discount on already reduced items. Some items are 80% off.

There are way too many items discounted to mention so you might want to set aside your lunch-time to browse the site thoroughly.

Happy shopping!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bluefly: Shoe & Bag Sale is holding a shoe and bag sale with prices up to 60% off.

And today only, they're adding an additional 10% off so now your favourite bags and shoes are up to 70% off.

There's too many deals to mention so head over to is holding a shoe and bag sale with prices up to 60% off. (Make sure you set aside enough time to browse all to browse all the sale items ... there's a lot of them!)

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not Couture but Who Cares?

I know this blog focuses on designer and luxe brands but here's a deal I had to pass on to you!

Old Navy is holding a flip-flop sale this Saturday (May 23). Flip flops are $1 a pair. No, that is not a typo. ONE dollar for a pair of flip flops. Limit is 5 pairs per person but I would get there fairly early. I have a feeling these are going to sell out pretty fast.

And who can't use a pair of flip flops to run out to the corner store (especially the morning after wearing stilettos all night) ... am I right?

Happy shopping

Peep It: Great Art by Faboulous Artist

One of our favourite artists (and fellow recessionista) Natalie Lambert is holding an art exhibit at Friday, May 22nd 7-10pm, Barrio Lounge, 896 Queen East in Toronto!
There's an opening night reception on Friday May 22 but the art will be on display for a few weeks after that.
Our favourite piece is the "first word" painting, which Natalie custom made using the first words spoken by her gorgeous son Everett. Natalie custom makes the paintings for other moms too. Why didn't anyone else think of this? Brilliant!

Email us at if you want more info on Natalie's art.

See ya at the party!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Banana Republic - 25% off

You can always rely on Banana Republic for basic, good quality clothes.
If you've checked out the website lately, you'll know that they actually have some great statement pieces too.

I have my eye on a couple of dresses so I'll be stopping by the store over the next couple of days to take advantage of their 25% off sale.

The sale is on for 3 days only: May 22- 24 and is valid online and at Banana Republic stores in Canada (not Banana Republic factory stores).

Check here to find the store nearest you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

La Vie En Rose Bra Sale

La Vie en Rose is holding an in-store bra sale.

Now until May 25, buy one bra and get the second for only $1.

The deal is only for in-store, regular-priced bras only.

Check out the website for the location nearest you!

Happy shopping!

Designer Shoes at - No, I'm Not Kidding

I recently discovered that has a designer shoe section. I know, I couldn't believe it either.

And what's better. They're having a major sale with prices of up to 80% off.

I checked out the site earlier and found some great deals including:
- Giuseppe Zanotti pumps reduced from $549.95 to $109.99
- Missoni pumps reduced from $894.95 to $178.99
- Calvin Klein Collection peep toe heels reduced from $424.95 to $84.99

There is a large selection of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes so if you're in the market for a new pair of heels, make sure you check out!

Happy shopping!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

EQ3 Outlet: Great Furniture / Better Prices

I love my EQ3 couch but I probably would have loved it more if I had gotten it on sale.

I was so excited when I heard about this outlet store in Toronto. I have been meaning to check it out for a while and now that the weather's better, I may have to take a stroll down to King Street for lunch one day.

EQ3 stocks modern furniture and pretty reasonable prices so sales of up to 70% off mean you're bound to score a great deal.

The store is located at 522 King St. W. (just west of Spadina)

Wednesday - Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Happy shopping!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shop It To Me - NEW Refferal Code

My apologies to everyone who tried to use the invite code listed previously on my blog for ShopItToMe.

Here's the new code so now you can take advantage of all their salemails! (updates when your favourite items / brands go on sale)

(check out my previous post for more details!)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Marc Jacobs sunglasses on Sale at

May 15 is the day Marc Jacobs sunglasses are on sale at

Get to the site early! Quantities are limited!

Happy shopping!

Shop It To Me! And to You

In a previous post, I blogged about the InStyle shopping alerts.

Now, there's a new site very similar to the InStyle alerts, but quite possibly even better.

Shop It To Me is geared towards Canadian customers. So you sign up for their service, check off the brands, items and sizes you want and you get a daily or weekly email summary of which new items are on sale. Best of all, the site filters all the sales so that you only get alerts from stores that ship to Canada.

Shop It To Me is by invite only but Canadian Recessionista has scored an invitation code for its readers.

Happy shopping!

Victoria's Secret: Online Semi-Annual Sale begins tomorrow

This is an exclusive for you lingerie lovers!

Victoria's Secret is holding it's semi-annual sale beginning tomorrow.

And where else would you hear about it than at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Miss Sixty Lovers: Go to BeyondTheRack now!

If you love Miss Sixty, and many of you do, then you're going to appreciate the online sale taking place at

Don't forget to use the invite code: NAC470DABE3 to get in.

Items include clothing and purses at prices of at least 50% off.

And bookmark the site because Marc Jacobs eye wear will be going on sale on the site on Friday, May 15 at 11 a.m.

Happy shopping!

Robert Rodriguez on Sale at


One of my favourite designers: Robert Rodriguez, is going on sale tomorrow morning at!

I can't tell you how excited I am. I LOVE his stuff.

Discounts at are always great so get there early if you want to score a deal.

I'm actually going to get up early, shop this sale online and then head to H&M to catch the Matthew Williamson sale.

What a day, what a day!

I'll update you tomorrow on any good scores!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fave Canadian Website:

I support a lot of Canadian websites but one of my favourites, if not my favourite, is

Montrealers will already know about the shop. The new location is at 90 St. Paul West, Old Montreal, but rest of Canada can also reap the benefits of this hot store through their website.

The store stocks the hottest designers, including Galliano, Mackage, Marc by Marc Jacobs, K Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and more at amazing prices.

Some of the deals I saw on the site today include:
a Galliano dress reduced from $625 to $125,
a Vivienne Westwood tunic reduced from $595 to $179
a Designers Remix coat reduced from $550 to $110
a Paul & Joe dress reduced from $549 to $110

And believe me, that's just a small sampling.

Even better, if you find an item elsewhere for a lower price, they will match the price and if an item goes on sale withing 21 days of your purchase, they'll adjust the price of your item to the lower price.

Orders in Canada are subject to taxes (Quebec: 5% GST and 7.5% PST and other provinces 5% GST) BUT there are no customs fees!

What more could you want. Really!!!!

Oh yeah, FREE shipping!

You're welcome!

Happy shopping!

Monday, May 11, 2009

BeyondTheRack - Chloe sales and so much more!

I came across a new site today, much like Hautelook and other private online-sale sites.

BeyondTheRack is a private shopping club for men and women who want designer brands at prices up to 70% off retail.

They work with major brands to hold limited-time sales that are open exclusively to their members. Each sale starts at a specific time (usually noon) and typically lasts only 48 hours. After the sale ends the merchandise is no longer available.

Members are notified by email in advance of each upcoming sale according to their preferences.

Right now the site is offering a sale on Chloe sunglasses for as low as $109 (and that's in Canadian dollars.) I'm not kidding.

Upcoming sales include Mont Blanc watches, Miss Sixty fashions and Marc Jacobs sunglasses.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, this site is by invite only, BUT I've secured an invite code for CanadianRecessionista subscribers so head to BeyondTheRack and type in NAC470DABE3 as your invitation code to get instant access.

Happy shopping!

Joeffer Caoc Sample Sale

Thanks to Jacqueline for this one!

Joeffer Caoc is holding a sample sale again and if it's anything like the last one, make sure you make your way there. (I picked up a beautiful silk dress for only $20)

Tuesday May 12: 12-7
Wednesday May 13: 2-6
Thursday May 14: 12-7

Location: 110 Spadina Ave., suite 828
(corner of Spadina / Adelaide)

Oscar de la Renta shoes at is currently holding a sale on shoes by Oscar de la Renta.
Prices start at $248 which is pretty reasonable for Oscar!

Happy shopping!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MAC Cosmetics giveaway

This is the last week to subscribe to CanadianRecessionista for your chance to win $70 worth of MAC cosmetics.
And this is only the beginning.
Look for more giveaways in upcoming weeks.
But you can't win if you don't subscribe, so what are you waiting for?

Good luck!

BCBG online sale

Matthew Williamson's summer collection is arriving at H&M this Thursday: May 14.

This time, expect tunics, bathing suits and bright fabrics. The pink studded belt from his spring collection is also available again.

The price point is also lower this time around so there are some great finds.

There's also a men's collection for summer so you definitely have to pick up something for your significant other.

Best thing about this sale is that it's in most stores (mens lines are still more limited) so there should be less lines and more stock. 

Check the H&M website for prices and exact locations.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Toronto Sample Sales

I've already blogged about the Reia Stdio Sample Sale and the Miss Rowe Sample Sale which continue this weekend, but in addition to those, you might want to check out the Fashion Group International Designer Sample Sale

It features works by great Canadian designers including David Dixon, Wayne Clark, Izzy Camillery, Farley Chatto, Joeffer Caoc, Patt McDonagh and so many, many more.

May 8: 10am - 8pm
May 9: 11am - 6pm

Studio NAFA - 171 E. Liberty St., Suite 315, Toronto.
Cash only

Vancouver Sample Sales

Vancouver is the place to be this weekend if you're a recessionista. has released its list of this weekend's sample sales and here are some of my favourites: (I only wish I was there!)

Kris + Cris is having a sale at 2 of their locations. Brands include Camper, Fly London, JB Martin Paris, Juicy Couture, Sam Edelman, Ugg Australia and more. The sale also includes a selction of shoe samples in size 6 and 7 at wholesale prices.

Oakridge Centre Location: #435-650 West 41st Ave, Vancouver

May 8: 9:30am- 9pm

May 9: 9:30am - 6pm

May 10: 11am - 6pm

Main Street Location: 4216 Main St (at 26th), Vancouver

Fidelity Denim is my FAVE denim line and their having a sale on shorts, crops, capris, skirts and linens - all for $59.00. Crystal jeans are only $79.00 and luxury denim rangers from $19.00 - $79.00. (I'm so jealous)

121 - 5589 Byrne Rd, Burnaby

Cash, Visa, M/C, debit

Montreal Sample Sales has released its list of Montreal sample sales.

Some of my favourites:

JBrand jeans are favourites among celebrities - guys and gals. This weekend you can pick up a pair for over 50% off.
May 7 & May 8: 5 pm - 9 pm
May 9 & May 10: 12 pm - 5 pm
9600 Meilliur, Suite 935, Montreal
Cash only!

Diesel is having a sale on their Spring/Summer
 2009 collection of Men's, Ladies' and Children's clothing.
May 7 & May 8: 10 am - 9 pm
May 8 & May 10: 12 pm - 5 pm
5249 De La Savane, (corner of Decarie), Montreal
Major cards, debit and cash

Ponyride is a store that I have just discovered but I'm sure it's nothing new to Montreal fashionistas. The story's sample sales are legendary and include clothing and shoes from Designers Remix Collection, Colcci, Muchacha, Sweetees, Zoe tees, Zoom and more.
May 7 & 8: 9 am: 9 am - 8 pm
225 Chabanel, suite 405, Montreal
Cash only

Holt Renfrew Friends and Family Sale

Holt Renfrew is having a friends and family sale of 25% off almost everything in the store.
The sale is on now until May 9 on all Women’s and Men’s regular priced spring fashions and accessories. To receive your discount in store you must print and present the Holt Renfrew invitation coupon to your Sales Associate in-store.

This sale excludes Holt Renfrew Gift Cards, cosmetics, fragrances, services, home fashion, gournet, Carole Tenenbaum, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Tom Ford menswear and footwear, Links of London Sweetie watches and Diesel denim.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Banana Republic: Spend $125 and get a $30 gift card

Spend $125 at Banana Republic and get a $30 gift card.
The offer is valid until May 10 at all Banana Republic Canada stores (excludes factory stores and online shopping)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Recessionista's Best Friend: Lipstick --- and if you're a Canadian Recessionista, it could be yours FREE!

Studies show that lipstick sales go up during recessions. It makes sense if you think about it. What do you do when you’re craving that shopping experience but have limited funds to spend? Update your beauty products! You can feel the rush and good, all for a fraction of the cost of new dress or pair of shoes.

M•A•C Sr. Artist Melissa Gibson says that spring time is time for colour. “Grab a shocking gold eye shadow like Bright Future or stunning purple like Vibrant Grape from M•A•C’s Style Warrior Collection,” she says.

Melissa warns that you shouldn’t be afraid to mix vibrant tones with classic colours. Her favourites include M•A•C’s Espresso or Carbon Eye Shadow and Smolder Eye Kohl. “Try brushing Solar Riche Bronzing Powder all over your face with the # 188 Brush for a perfect sun kissed look and finish it off with the perfect lips. Brave New Bronze Lipstick finishes does just that by giving that perfectly nude lip,” she adds.

Have fun building your beauty "wardrobe". You can still look expensive without having to break your bank!

CanadianRecessionista and M•A•C are even lending a hand so that you can get your new beauty wardrobe for free. Subscribe to our email and you’ll be automatically entered in a draw to win $70 worth of M•A•C cosmetics. The giveaway is open to all CanadianRecessionista subscribers and will take place on Monday May 18.

The winner’s name will be posted on this blog and they will also be notified by email.

Special thanks to M•A•C
Good luck!

Kiehls: On Sale at

Who's not a fan of Kiehls but let's face it, their luxury products can often be pricey, even though they're worth every penny.
Having said that, if you can get these products for an affordable price, it's worth stocking up.
That's why I had to send this update about the Kiehls sale at HautLook.
The sale runs until tomorrow so don't delay!

Happy shopping!

Monday, May 4, 2009

REIA Studio Sample Sale: Top Designer Brands

REIA Studio is having their sample sale May 6-8

Check out some of the brands on sale:
Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Alexaner McQueen, Miu Miu, YSL, Chloe, Lanvin, Donald J. Pliner, and on and on.

New inventory is added daily with further mark downs on remaining stock.
Cash, Visa, M/C and debit

555 Richmond St. West, Suite 706, Toronto

May 6: 8am-8pm
May 7: 9am-8pm
May 8: 9am-6pm

Happy Shopping!

LushPad: Modern Design Collectors Rejoice!

Are you looking to buy that special decor piece but can't afford the showroom prices? Are you having a hard time finding what you're looking for at local auctions, vintage stores or galleries? Or maybe you have an interest in Modern design that you would like to develop. If so, then Lushpad is for you.

Lushpad is a unique online marketplace and resource that is intended to provide a service that has been missing from the collecting community since Modern design crossed the threshold from everyday to vintage a few years ago. Authentic originals, licensed originals and unlicensed lookalikes all vie for our attention. Lushpad hopes to clear through the clutter and help people make beautiful homes and impressive collections.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Lushpad currently serves design fans throughout North America. You can also customize your search for items in your local area or in Canada if you don't want to deal with high customs fees.

I love this site and once you click on the link, you will too!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Who loves Chloe? I Love Chloe!

Want a Chloe Bag?
Then head over to The Outnet for the Chloe "Flash sale" and you can snap up a Chloe Saskia tote at a knockout prices.
The stock is limited so bid wisely.

Here's how it works!
1. Create an account and wait for the sale to start
2. When the sale starts, the timer will tick away and the price of the bag will begin to drop. Expect strong competition because this bag is hot.
3. You can only buy one item for this sale. Test your nerves and see how long you can wait before you decide to buy it.
4. Click on "add to bag now" to seal in the price you want to pay.
5. Go straight to checkout, as the bag could still be snapped up by another shopper.

Happy shopping