Fashion-able: Rent Frock Repeat

Every fall and spring we are inspired by the fashion and trends at LG Fashion Week. They encourage us to put together our best outfits and dress the part. At times though, this is easier said than done, when night after night we have to come up with something new and stylish. Lucky for us, (and now you) we found a solution that will keep our spending to a minimum, and keep us looking fabulous.
Rent Frock Repeat is a Toronto-based online store that rents designer dresses for a fraction of the retail price. It all started in August of 2010, when co-founders Lisa Delorme and Kristy Wieber created the company after both being invited to a wedding, and agreeing that they didn’t want to spend the time or money trying to find a dress they would only wear once. Determined to help women all over Canada with the same problem, they created Rent Frock Repeat, where renting a dress could not be an easier or a more affordable process.

Rent Frock Repeat owners, Lisa Delorme and Kristy Weiber.
By registering online and becoming a member, you’re able to save your measurements and create a wish list of your favourite dresses. As well, you receive emails that keep you up to date with the latest styles and designers offered on the website. After browsing and choosing your perfect dress, you decide when you want it to arrive and pay online. And, because they really have thought of everything, for every dress you order, they will send an extra back up size at no extra charge. Finally, after the wedding or party is over, all you have to do is put the dress back in a prepaid envelope and send it back.

How cute is this dress
With designers like Badgley Mischka, Christian Siriano, Nicole Miller and Shoshanna, you are definitely going to find the perfect dress. We also love all the Canadian designers that are offered, like David Dixon, Jay Godfrey and Pink Tartan.
As of this summer, Rent Frock Repeat has started holding trunk shows every few months, where members can come try on dresses, and add the ones they love to their wish list in person.  

Our intern Kylie got the opportunity to go to a trunk show at Rent Frock Repeat . Here is her account of the appointment. 

“I was lucky enough to be invited to the most recent RFR event and had a great time getting my make-up done, drinking wine, and most importantly, finding great clothes. I was thrilled to spot a gorgeous Shoshanna dress (pictured below) that I had been admiring online all summer. It’s a tad on the summery side, so I’ve added it to my wish list, and will hopefully be rocking it at the first party I get invited to next spring (I was told that depending on their condition, dresses tend to be available to rent for about a year).

This adorable Shoshanna dress has been added to Kylie’s wishlist.

How’s that for convenient? So next time you’re wanting a special piece, but don’t feel like making the commitment, check out their site and have a one night fling. Sometimes they are just what a girl needs.
Send us your pics of your fave Rent Frock Repeat dresses. Tweet us @rockitpromo

City Living: New Bridal Boutique

A wedding dress is quite possibly the most important garment a woman will slip over her shoulders, or so we’re told. Whether or not you agree, your gown needs to encapsulate your distinctive style, fit your body type and make you look radiant on your big day. Plus, you want to look timeless and classic, yet fashionable. 
A tall order for a single dress, which has caused many a girl to run around town, measurements and printed out photos in hand, stressed about all the choices. Luckily, we turn to the experts when shopping for “the one” and are excited about the newest bridal shop in town: MRS Bridal Boutique.
This chic-yet-friendly little spot opens in Yorkville today (164 Davenport Rd) and has everything that a Toronto bride needs to make her dress shopping experience fantastic.
Owners, best friends and newlyweds Michelle Gunn and Kelly Power also offer a wide range of price points and provide a one-stop-shop where brides can purchase unique accessories including jewellery, veils and underpinnings. We love this kind of efficiency.

Michelle and Kelly, the brains & the beauty behind MRS.
The first floor is open to the public, letting you wander in whenever you feel like ogling the beautiful accessories, veils and lacy things. The second floor is by appointment only and features a carefully curated selection of gowns from the likes of Delphine Manivet, Caroline Devillo, Elizabeth Fillmore and Junko Yoshioka. There are two dressing rooms including one that takes up the entire third floor, so you can try on wedding dresses with your mom and besties with room to spare.

 Lovely, unique Delphine Manivet gown.
For more info about store hours, special trunk shows and lots of other goodies, check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. They’re also booking appointments as we speak!
Pssst: we hear that the grand opening party in the third week of September will also feature a fab trunk show with three NYC based designers. See you there!