When was the last time you woke up and decided to take a step leap out of your beauty comfort zone? That’s what we thought. We get it: If you’re not used to taking your makeup into next-level territory, strolling into the office sporting a neon-green shadow or showing up for date night wearing a metallic lipstick can feel terrifying. However (and we’re just throwing this out there), you don’t have to go zero to 60 just to try out the most buzzed-about trends. There are ways to hone in on a lewk and tone it down or amp it up — depending on your beauty skillz.
With autumn right around the corner, it’s time to lock down your fall wardrobe and fill it with wardrobe essentials and a few key trend-driven pieces. A well-rounded fall wardrobe should include everything from sweaters and leggings to the perfect leather jacket, which might sound a little intimidating especially if you’re on a budget!
That’s why I rounded-up some affordable fall fashion items for you to shop and they’re all under $75! Add these items to your closet and you’ll be ready to navigate the new season in style, while not breaking the bank.
"If you’re looking for a statement necklace, look no further than UP AND ARMED. Located in downtown Toronto, you can shop their designs, which range from super delicate to dramatically ornate, either in-store or online. The store, which caters to both men and women, also offers other great accessories to choose from, including a killer sunglasses collection."
They say 2-years is the standard test of time for business owners who expect to last. Desiree Girlato lauched ARMED jewelry 5-years ago. CH8NEWS decided it was a good time to crash her anniversary celebration and meet some of her stylish friends.
"It’s always a good time to up your jewelry game, especially if the pieces are dreamed up right here in our homeland. From bad-ass, blinged-out baubles from Dundas West’s Armed to delicate chains at Biko, here is the best bling Canada has to offer."
"ARMED JEWELRY first started as an unapologetically bold and beautiful idea by designer DesireeGirlato. From humble beginnings, the brand has since bloomed into its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the Toronto flagship.
Girlato is a self-taught jewelry designer and conceptual artist with an eye for show-stopping trends, that she incorporates into her designs. ARMED pieces are rendered with raw material from around the globe. Unique stones sourced from Arizona arepaired with superior workmanship of Brass and Sterling Silver from New York."
"ARMED, the pocket-sized jewelry shop located at 1024 Dundas Street West (Dundas & Shaw St.), is celebrating its 4th anniversary Thursday September 24th with a bash at Cooper Cole Gallery. The evening promises an outrageous photo-booth, booze and pop-up shop, but we’re most excited for designer and founder Desiree Girlato to unveil 8 new collections. Yes, 8. (Woman be busy.)"
"At first, Armed Boutique on Dundas West could be mistaken for a vintage trinket shop, aka your grandmother’s closet. Grandma-style is essentially what drove owner and designer Desiree Girlato to open up shop in her family neighbourhood, so the influence holds true. Nestled in a bright yellow brick and mortar shop, directly across from Trinity Bellwoods, lies every girl’s dream walk-in; ring trays atop marble slabs and piled chokers amongst precious stones and crystals."
"ARMED VINTAGE & JEWELRY began in 2011 and has been unapologetically bold and beautiful ever since. Designer Desiree Girlato has watched her brand grow from her dining room table to its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the flagship store in Toronto."
"The best jewellery stores in Toronto celebrate the marriage of exquisite, precious materials with a craftsman's eye. "Precious," by the way, doesn't just mean "expensive". Though a large number of these shops do prize diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver, and cater especially to the Romeos and Juliets looking to present that special someone with some major hardware (custom or off-the-shelf), others transform more base materials into beautiful pieces that hold a different kind of value."
"This episode of Sensual Sessions I explore jewelry that frames a feminine figure. How do I bring attention to my curves? Decorate my strengths? Desire Girlato, owner of Armed Jewelry has a few suggestions and wisdom in store ***get it***."
"Ahhhh! been dying to share this set and finally, Ta-da!!!! :) hehe Thanks to amazing team of talents, we were able to get published on Dauphine Magazine online! cannot be more excited :) Thank you everyone especially Sarah for this !! hehe here are the images that has made onto Dauphine as well as some other un revealed cuts!"
"Think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne. ARMED jewelry is made for the kind of girl who knows how to add elements of style to her everyday wardrobe to elevate her look from the realm of fashionable into iconic territory. The brainchild of self-taught Toronto-based jewelry designer and conceptual artist Desiree Girlato, ARMED’s flagship store at 1024 Dundas Street West is yet another reason why just slightly north of Queen is the new center of hip for many a Toronto trendsetter. Girlatos’ handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces incorporate non-traditional materials like horse hair, boar tusk, and fossilized shark teeth. And if you’re looking for a headpiece to rock on the outdoor music festival scene, you’ve only got to make one stop at ARMED. We caught up with Girlato to find out more…"
"Canadian fashion is a beautiful, rich tapestry of thought-provoking style—and the designers behind it all are pretty great, too. We rounded up the top 10 Canadian fashion designers making noise both at home and around the globe that you need to know right now."
"A favourite of indie fashion magazines like WORN and Chloe, Armed's opulent neckpieces, featuring stones, spikes, tassels and horns, are anything but dainty and delicate. Designer Desiree Girlato sets her pieces apart from the local pack with standout materials, including chains and gems sourced from as far away as Arizona."
"Wearing a piece of statement jewellery is like walking into a room and saying, “Let’s talk!”: It will get you noticed in the best possible way. These designers are creating accessories that will start (or stop) a conversation in its tracks"
"Desiree Girlato is a jewellery designer. Her home studio is located above her retail space Armed, north of Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park. Armed jewellery has been featured in various magazines, blogs, television shows and on the Toronto International Film Festival’s red carpet.
"Along a residential row of houses across from Trinity Bellwoods Park on Dundas Street West, you’ll find a bright green storefront and within it, you’ll meet Desiree Girlato - the brain, brawn, heart and soul behind this unique little jewelry closet. Though the space is small, it’s absolutely perfect for what lays inside. From delicate gold chain to rare megalodon shark teeth and brass cuffs adorned with amethyst – Girlato’s collection has something for everyone and is gradually becoming a new classic."
Armed (1024 Dundas St. W.) is a tiny storefront right across from Trinity Bellwoods that’s filled with treasures. The jewelry, which has a vintage aesthetic, is hand-crafted by owner Desiree Girlato, a Humber Fashion Management student who took advantage of a serendipitous opportunity to open her doors in one of Toronto’s up and coming destination fashion neighbourhoods."