Since rock-it promotions is mainly an office of women, it goes without saying that we love shopping. Our rad office on Queen West only fuels that addiction. When our long-time friend Michelle Bilodeau popped by the fourth floor the other day, we knew it meant we’d get some dish about hot spots for buying the latest and greatest. Our chat turned to buying online (especially with recent group-buying chatter!) and she shared her top spots to click and purchase.
As a fashion and entertainment editor for almost 10 years, Bilodeau began her career at FLARE magazine. She left her position as the associate copy editor in 2005 to become assistant features editor at Weekly Scoop, a much-hyped but short-lived celebrity and entertainment weekly. After a year of freelance writing and public relations work, Bilodeau landed at FASHION magazine as the associate managing editor before becoming senior editor at Gardening Life. After only four months, Bilodeau was back on staff at FASHION as the acting managing editor for a one year contract, which ended in the summer of 2009. Bilodeau, a Toronto-native, is continuing her freelance writing and editing career and she lives downtown with her five-
year-old min pin, Carter.
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My five favourite online shopping sources:
With creative collaborations with designers such as Gareth Pugh, Viktor & Rolf and Jean Pierre Braganza, LuisaViaRoma.com is a haven for online shoppers. Not to mention their killer accessories sales, and free shipping to Canada.
Jonathan + Olivia
I fell in love with Jonathan + Olivia when they first invaded Ossington Avenue. Even more so now with the addition of TopShop (though it’s not available online). Jackie O’Brien has a very keen eye when it comes to style.
The only major online retailer dealing designer duds in Canada, SSense.com has an extensive list of designers I love, including Alexander Wang (and his T line, from which I’ve purchased a few tanks and dresses), Elizabeth and James, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen’s McQ.
The American site for Topshop now delivers to Canada, and if an item is not at J+O, this is the easiest way for me to get it. I can literally get lost for an hour skimming through this site.
Net-a-porter.com and Theoutnet.com
The site that started it all, Net-A-Porter.com, cannot be left off this list. While I’ve never had the luxury of buying directly from this site, I visit Net and younger sister TheOutnet.com at least a few times a week to peruse what’s going on online. And I love that this is a female-run business that’s made millions!