Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Style Highlight: Bodysuit Worship

Love them or hate them, bodysuits have become one of THE biggest trends this season, and it doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Available in a wide assortment of styles from tanks to off the shoulder to high neck and low backs, these second skin "onesies" have become a wardrobe staple and, in many cases, a fashion ESSENTIAL!!! I mean, how many times have you gotten dressed in the mornings and wished your tucked in shirt actually stayed tucked in?!! While not always the easiest things to get into, once on, not only do they look great, but they serve as a second-skin of sorts, molding and shaping the lines and curves of the body to hopefully, its most flattering angle. Gone are the days when they were solely the "supporting" article worn under classic cut blazers, nowadays, and in many cases, bodysuits have become THE focal point of the entire outfit, that from which everything else revolves.

As the "star" of the ensemble, Tularosa's "Nile Bodysuit" in Black (above) serves as an unconventional layering tool. By putting a silk button down shirt under rather than over it, full attention is given to the bodysuit's ribbed texture and lace-up detailing, a detail that may have gone unnoticed had it been covered up. DOMA's "Washed Leather Darken Jacket" in Bratto Grey and assorted chokers by Cuchara add edge and sparkle to this multi-layered look.

Similarly, Tularosa's "Millie Bodysuit" in Black has been given a multi-layered, modern update by layering Free People's boudoir inspired "Lace Lacey Cami" in Ivory over top (above). Typically thought of as lingerie, camis and lacey underpinnings are more often than not, alluded to in dressing, not actually used in such a direct way. Having the contrast of the darker bodysuit underneath serves to play up its own texture while at the same time allowing that of the lace to shine through. IRO's "Twiggy Jacket" in Ecru, in all its knobby glory, fits in beautifully with the entire look...each piece working together to bring out the very best in each other. At the end of the day, isn't that the best we can hope for for our closet FAVES?!!


What's Mabel Wearing???

In LOVE with the festive season, Mabel's incredibly excited for all the upcoming holiday parties she'll be attending but, before her beautiful dresses make their debut, she's got a few girls' night options to show off. This week, she's decided to mix dark and moody vibes with a touch of glam by layering Tularosa's "Winnie Blouse" in Black over top Free People's "Lace Lacey Cami" also in Black. Bling options consist of dainty jewels by Tai, Shakti, and Jocelyn Kennedy. We're OBSESSED with the hints of holiday in her outfit, and can't wait to see more of Mabel's fab December styling!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Yu Event

A reminder to all our fabulous fashionistas...Join us Thursday, November 24, 2016 for a day full of shopping, visiting, and AMAZING deals!!!

With a few minor exceptions, we'll be offering 20% off all regular priced items in-store and online (No price adjustments). Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Aviator Nation: Moto Sweats

"Moto Sweatpants" received in Charcoal and Heather Grey

We're beyond OBSESSED with Aviator Nation's "Moto Sweatpants" received in Charcoal and Heather Grey. Updated with a slim fitting silhouette, moto-inspired knee pads, slanted side pockets, banded ankles, and a drawstring waistband, these cozy sweatpants are both stylish and comfortable. An easy favourite for sure, they look AMAZING paired with a leather jacket, linen tee, and slip-on sneakers!!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Aviator Nation: Workhorse Hoodies

Arguably one of the coziest things you'll ever own, hoodies by Aviator Nation feature a cotton blend construction and are pre-broken down to ensure the feel of a well-loved favourite.

"5 Stripe Hoodie" in Heather Grey

 Received in Heather Grey, the "5 Stripe Hoodie" is most definitely a staff favourite!!! Featuring a relaxed slouchy fit, this retro-inspired zip-up highlights a colourful stripe applique emblazoned across the chest. Whether worn in conjunction with coordinating bottoms or on its own with a classic tank and jeans, this jacket is GUARANTEED to be a weekend essential.

"Bolt Hoodie" in Charcoal

Available in Charcoal, Aviator Nation's "Bolt Hoodie" features a lightning bolt graphic at the back and is built for speed. Complete with a drawstring hood, front pockets, and zip closure, we're LOVING this gem paired with a linen tee, broken-in boyfriend jeans, and slip-on sneakers. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Brand Alert: Aviator Nation

Born in founder Paige Mycoskie's Venice Beach garage in 2006, Aviator Nation has since become a global lifestyle brand. Inspired by the Californian lifestyle of the '70s, Mycoskie incorporates musical influences in to her designs, and often has them available at local music festivals and fairs. Her pieces often include, but, are not limited to, comfortable sweats and hoodies with bright colours and graphics. Ridiculously comfortable and unquestionably cool, Aviator Nation will soon become a wardrobe FAVE...guaranteed.

South Parade: Champagne Dreams

"Champagne Dreams Lola Tee" in Heather Grey

South Parade's "Champagne Dreams Lola Tee" in Heather Grey is an ultra soft, lightweight tee with an easy fit and fun graphic. Boasting a slightly curved neckline and short sleeves, its the perfect tee for layering and everyday wear; pair under a textured fur jacket with second-skin skinnies and a statement making necklace for a no-brainer of a look.

For Love & Lemons: Wrapped Wonder

"Simone Laced Bodysuit" in Black

For Love & Lemons' "Simone Laced Bodysuit" in Black is a standout wonder PERFECT for pairing with anything from skirts to jeans. Extremely body conscious, it features a ribbed knit construction with laced shoulders and front panel detailing. A snap gusset closure makes for effortless wear. Pair with a flouncy mini and OTK boots for a flirty ensemble, or, with high-waisted denim and platform shoes for a vintage inspired look.

For Love & Lemons: "Boudoir" Beauty

"Bordeaux Applique Bra" in Black

For Love & Lemons' "Bordeaux Applique Bra" in Black is a sultry little number full of feminine details. Featuring appliqué detailing strategically placed over soft nude tulle cups, this beauty also boasts flirty organza ruffles and a satin waistband for comfort. Incredibly feminine and beautiful, it'll be perfect for semi sheer blouses and off the shoulder tops!

What's Mabel Wearing???

Today, Mabel's decided to layer a few stand-out pieces to make a truly unique ensemble! Her Rails' "Knox Distressed Jacket" in Medium Vintage Wash toughens up Free People's sweet "Tell Tale Lace Tunic" in Black which features airy lace insets throughout. Sparkly beaded necklaces by Jocelyn Kennedy add the perfect finishing touces to Mabel's outstanding outfit!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Style Hightlight: Bomber Style

 Simultaneously sporty and edgy, 2016 has seen the bomber jacket reemerge as a style staple among fashionistas and gradually increasing in popularity as the year progresses. Heavily influenced by the military, this fighter pilot "topper" has now taken over the fashion world coming in a wide variety of colours, textures, and silhouettes whether it be cropped and fitted or slouchy and oversized. Undoubtedly versatile, the bomber has become a "throw and go" grab seen on celebs such as Kanye West and Rihanna.

Because of its seemingly laissez faire vibe, the bomber looks AMAZING however you choose to style it. For day to day wear, a style no-brainer would be to play up its inherent sportiness by pairing it with everyone's wardrobe staple, a basic tee and jeans. Up the ante by swapping out a solid tee for a graphic one, perhaps even layer it over a fitted turtleneck for added interest. Pictured above, we've topped Junk Food's "The Who" tee in Ivory and Free People's "Modern Cuff Cami Turtleneck" in Black with the latter's "Midnight Bomber" in one of this season's hottest colours, Wine. The cropped length of the jacket works perfectly with MOTHER Denim's "Rascal Slit Step Fray" in Shake Well whose rise is slightly higher.

While we LOVE this trend done casually, we're quite easily OBSESSED with it "dressed up." Using the same bomber as base, this time in Moss, we've taken it up a notch and paired it with Mackage's "Kera Shorts" and Kendall + Kylie's "Ayla 2 Boots", both in Black. Switching out the day to day basics of a classic tee and jeans for leather shorts and OTK boots quickly take this trend from sporty to even. Cuchara's "Bella Choker Necklace" and B-Low the Belt's "Bri Bri", both in Gold, provide the perfect finishing touches to an already elevated ensemble.

As evidenced by the usage of the bomber jacket, gone are the days where women dress solely for men, nowadays, women are dressing more and more like men, only we do it BETTER with more options and more opportunities.


MOTHER Denim: O.M.G.

"Swooner Roller Crop" in Backatcha

OMG!!! MOTHER Denim's "Swooner Roller Crop" in Backatcha has us doing just that, SWOONING!!! With a throwback '70s silhouette, these jeans feature a subtle flared shape with soft whiskering throughout; the cropped length coupled with a wider hem keeps them feeling fresh and modern. Pair with a simple tee and platform booties for true vintage vibe.


Vince: Tapered Staple

"Pull On Tapered Trousers" in Black

Incredibly versatile, Vince's "Pull On Tapered Trousers" in Black will be on repeat ALL season long! Slightly slouchy in cut, these pants straddle the line between casual and dressy, easily conforming to either spectrum depending on what they are paired with. With a smocked elastic waistband with interior drawstring, cuffed hem, slant front pockets and rear welt ones, they have an overall clean line which makes them perfect for a cropped leather jacket, lightweight turtleneck,pointed-toe flats, and oversized hoop earrings.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

7FAM: Ankle GREYzers

"High Waist Ankle Skinny" in Cobblestone Grey

We're loving the polish and simplicity of 7FAM's "High Waist Ankle Skinny" in Cobblestone Grey. A rich charcoal in colour, these second-skin ankle grazers feature subtle whiskering at the thigh, matte chrome hardware throughout, and fraying at the hem. With an air of edginess about them, we're particularly fond of them paired with a leather jacket, fitted bodysuit, statement belt, and pointed-toe booties.


MOTHER Denim: SOOO Happy!!!

"High Waisted Ankle Fray" in Furiously Happy

With a comfortably high waistband and incredible stretch, MOTHER Denim's "High Waisted Ankle Fray" in Furiously Happy is yet another to add to your denim repertoire. Hitting just above the ankle bone, these cult fave skinnies feature rips along the knees and unfinished hems...pair with a leather jacket, cashmere turtleneck, and platform booties for a look both timeless and fresh.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Yu News: Remembrance Day

Just a reminder to all our Yu Fashionistas that we will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016 for Remembrance Day.

Lest We Forget


Soft Joie: Perfect Match

"Tendra Pants" in Heather Grey

Much like its sister, the "Tammy Sweatshirt", Soft Joie's "Tendra Pants" too, are crafted of the softest brushed jersey in a heathered finish. Received in Heather Grey, they boast an overall slim leg with ribbed cuffs, slant pockets, and a drawstring waistband. Pair with the coordinating top for a chic, monochromatic look, or, with a leather jacket, graphic tee, platform sneakers, and oversized cashmere scarf for something with a bit more attitude.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Soft Joie: Asymmetrical Cozy

"Tammy Sweatshirt" in Heather Grey

Who LOVES a cozy topper?!! We definitely do!!! Made from the softest brushed jersey, Soft Joie's "Tammy Sweatshirt" in Heather Grey features an asymmetrical hem, wide crew neckline, and bracelet length sleeves. With a semi-relaxed, slightly longer silhouette, it pairs seamlessly with second-skin skinnies and ankle boots, sneakers too, for an even more casual option.


Kendall + Kylie: "Ginny" Lace-Ups

"Ginny Heel" in Black

Kendall + Kylie's "Ginny Heel" in Black features an exposed, rounded toe, stiletto heel, and sexy, lace-up front. Crafted of supple suede, they also boast a cushioned insole for comfort and exposed back zipper for interest. Both trendy and wearable, they look AMAZING paired with just about anything!!! We're especially loving them in combination with an oversized turtleneck and leather leggings...SO simple, yet incredibly CHIC!!!

Kendall + Kylie: Easy Slip-Ons

"Tenley" in Black

Kendall + Kylie's "Tenley" in Black, a simple slip-on sneaker, receives a style upgrade in the form of geometric detailing throughout and a contrasting, raised platform. With a leather exterior and elastic panel for ease, this shoe looks great paired with an oversized knit and slim, distressed denim.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

For Love & Lemons: Keyhole Swing

"Josephina Swing Dress" in Black

For Love & Lemons' "Josephina Swing Dress" in Black is a DEFINITE purchase no-brainer, the perfect transitional piece that works season after season, year after year. Designed with a simple and flowy silhouette, this pull-on beauty is an ease to wear and features feminine touches such as dot trim detailing, exaggerated bell-sleeves, and a flattering keyhole neckline...a match made in style heaven for a cozy fur vest and OTK boots!!!

For Love & Lemons: Not Just Any LBD

"Laney Lou Dress" in Black

We're completely smitten with For Love & Lemons' "Laney Lou Dress" in Black!!! Boasting mesh, lace, ruffles, and pom poms, this beauty has everything you could possibly want in a LBD. With flounce galore and a winning fit and flare silhouette, this romantic stunner would be flattering on every possible body type. Featuring a V-neckline, empire waistline, and ruffled short sleeves, this dress will make THE ultimate statement at your next Holiday party.

For Love & Lemons: "Daisy" Fresh

"Daisy Bodysuit" in Black

Received in Black, For Love & Lemons' "Daisy Bodysuit" is a sultry meets sweet ribbed onesie with floral lace detailing throughout. Bodycon in fit and featuring a deep back cut-out, long sleeves, and a snap gusset for easy accessibility, it is extremely versatile. Pair with high-waisted denim and a heavily textured vest for a look that is as stylish as it is comfortable.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Style Highlight: Trend SPOT-ting

Once upon a time, leopard print anything was thought of as a "trendy" piece, so much so that some even shied away from it thinking that the look couldn't possibly last, therefore would not be a wise or worthwhile purchase. My, how things have changed!!! While some may think the spotted trend is still just that, a trend...something fleeting that will run its course in due time, we prefer to look at this feline print as a CLASSIC. To us, it WAS, IS, and forever WILL BE chic, sophisticated, and fashionably relevant. Accepting this, the question is now how do we use it in real time, on real people to get the most impact and mileage?!!

Velvet's "Celine Coat" in Saharan has been an instant HIT for us this season. Lightweight with a clean, simple cut, this feline topper looks AMAZING thrown over anything and everything. While the obvious choice would be to pair it with a monochromatic palette of some kind seeing as the coat itself is the "star", we prefer instead to pair it with something a little less conventional, something with a LOT more interest as evidenced by Joie's "Dulce Dress" in Deep Marine. Lightweight and airy, the autumnal colours do not match the coat per se, but rather offsets it creating a nice balance of sorts...your eye then is not focused solely on any one particular item, but rather takes in the entire ensemble as a whole. In days past, having so much stimulus in any one look would've been "too much", but nowadays, it's precisely this pushing of the envelope that makes it new and fresh. Of course, one could NEVER go wrong by pairing this spotted print with wardrobe staples such as a basic tee and skinny jeans, but how much more exciting would the combo be when paired with a graphic tee and statement necklace or textured, lacy dress?!! It's difficult at times for sure to get out of the matching, formulaic mindset of dressing, especially if it's been a long programmed one; however, if possible, breaking out of this style "rule", will open one up to endless fashion possibilities.

Wildfox: Lace-Up Cozy

"Hutton Sweatshirt" received in Alabaster and Heather Grey

UNBELIEVABLY cozy, Wildfox's "Hutton Sweatshirt", available in Alabaster and Heather Grey, belongs on every fashionista's weekend shopping list. Baggy in fit, this cotton blend raglan beauty boasts an oversized hood, on trend lace-up front, ribbed trimming, and raw hemline. Pair with well-worn, lived-in denim and sneakers for the perfect casual ensemble!!!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Wildfox: Pretty Pointelle

"Addie Sweater" in Alabaster

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Wildfox's "Addie Sweater" in Alabaster!!! With an easy, relaxed silhouette, this textural cotton pullover features a flattering scoop neckline, knitted pointelle detailing, a drawstring hem, and well-worn accents throughout. Incredibly comfortable, we love it best paired with vintage-washed denim and combat boots.


Wildfox: "Seeing Stars"

"Seeing Stars Sweater" in Black

Received in Black, Wildfox's "Seeing Stars Sweater" is a perennial FAVOURITE!!! Swingy in silhouette, this open knit topper features an allover star pattern on a colourful speckled background. The ribbed neckline, slightly flared sleeves, and distress detailing at the cuffs and hem, all come together in perfect harmony...pair with a leather jacket, dark skinnies, and combat boots for an edgy, everyday ensemble.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Rails: "Logan" Love

"Logan Distressed Shorts" in Medium Vintage Wash

For those lucky enough to be jetting off to sun, sand, and sea, Rails' "Logan Distressed Shorts" in Medium Vintage Wash are an absolute MUST. For those of us stuck behind, no need to fret as they  transition easily between seasons with the addition of a few carefully curated items. Pairing them with a cashmere turtleneck, textured tights, and OTK boots now make them "weather appropriate". Another favourite look of ours at the moment? Pairing these slouchy shorts with a boyfriend blazer, lacy camisole, opaque tights, and platform booties.

Rails: Classic With A Twist

"Knox Distressed Denim Jacket" in Medium Vintage Wash

Received in Medium Vintage Wash, Rails' "Knox Distressed Denim Jacket" is a classic staple given a modern twist. With an oversized fit and elongated length, this beauty features weathered detailing throughout for an authentic lived-in feel. Pair with your favourite day to day essentials for an easy, no-fuss look, or, for a touch of the unexpected, try layering a shaggy vest on over top with a glittering statement necklace for something a touch more glamorous.

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