Fall in love with Minling Pan Studio (+ win a houndstooth bag for spring!)

You know that feeling you have when you walk into a store and think, “yeah, I pretty much want to buy everything here”. That. I had it twice last week – first at the Kate Spade launch at Yorkdale and then again when I walked through the doors at Minling Pan Studio. Every single item in the store spoke to me – especially the gorgeous handbags from Minling Pan’s new MIN line and the accessories scattered throughout the boutique.

Clutches and bags from Minling Pan’s new handbag line, MIN

Faced with so many glittery, gorgeous items, it’s a miracle I only walked out with three pieces. I’m going to let the items speak for themselves here with a slew of photos. Minling must have been secretly using me as a muse when she designed the pieces in her store, since they pretty much all include aspects of my favourite things.

Take, for instance, the multitude of shiny things happening in this photo:

Yes, that’s a ring-clutch. Talk about pulling double duty! I had my eye on the deliriously shiny box clutch on the right – I’ll be back for it when the MIN handbag line launches in Spring 2013!

Minling also boasts plenty of Hermes-esque scarves (check out those classy patterns!) in the softest silk.

Her basics-with-a-twist are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Check out this adorably Chanel-inspired tweed jacket:

Or this gorgeous red blazer with pink turn-up cuffs paired with a classic white button-down shirt and a punchy, trendy collar in my favourite “neutral” – leopard!

I won’t blame you if you want to head over to Minling’s Yonge/Eglinton boutique right this second. One of the things that sets Minling Pan Studio apart from other boutiques in the area (aside from her beautiful pieces) is that Minling has quite the knack for colour consultations. If you’ve ever considered “getting your colours done” – do it. Make sure you go to Minling for it, though. She confirmed what I already knew – cool colours (hot pink, purple, bright blue) and wine shades for this gal! – and told me to stay away from neutrals, yellows and greens where possible. If you’re not sure what looks good on you, this is a great way to build a flattering wardrobe. I was shocked by the difference in how my face looked when she held up “my” colours compared to those I should avoid. Too cool! (See what I did there?)

Along with perusing the ridiculously gorgeous pieces, I got to hang out with some lovely Toronto bloggers. The rockstar attendee list included Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews), Jamie-Leigh (Jamie-Leigh TO), Tiffany (She’s So Savvy), Anum (Summer x Skin), Nicole (Dainty Girl) and Carly-Anne (Carly-Anne dotcom).

The event was hosted by Valerie Stachurski of Charming Media and she had her intern, up-and-coming PR pro Chelsea Cardoso. Chelsea and I were instant besties – that’s what happens when you have #HumberPR in common!

An event after my own heart – check out Elaine & me in this pink photobooth!

Thanks to our lovely host, Val of Charming Media!

Like what you’ve seen? I was lucky enough to win a houndstooth bag from Minling Pan Studio‘s new Spring 2013 collection of handbags during the event…and I’m passing it on to you! Sometimes a girl just wants to share. This bag is worth $99 and comes with a crossbody strap so you can wear it with just about anything.


To enter, use the Rafflecopter below to LIKE StephanieFusco.com on Facebook and LIKE Minling Pan Studio on Facebook. Comment below telling me what you’d pair this gorgeous new handbag with and follow Minling Pan Studio on Twitter for extra entries. For another bonus entry, you can tweet about this contest using the widget.
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Good luck!

  • JillChristine14

    I would pair this cute purse with a black mini dress and red stilettos!

  • emilymelissabee

    I would wear this with one of my all-black business outfits for work – it just has the perfect hit of black and white to make the all-black look even classier.

  • SummerPlewes

    I would pair this with Jeans and my ultra ruffled sleevless white top

  • donnavitan

    Cute bejewelled clutches! Thank you and cheers!

    • @donnavitan I’m a little obsessed with that one clutch. Can’t wait to pick it up this spring!

  • anomon_a

    you could pair that purse with any color, because it’s black and white it’ll go with anything.

  • urbanebloc

    Sweeeeet giveaway my dear! xo
    I’d pair it with my Naked and Famous raw denim, some colour blocked platform pumps, a comfy wool grey vest, a fur (FAUX of course) collar, and a simple black long sleeved tee under. 😉

    • @urbanebloc That sounds so stunning! We need to talk outfit inspiration sometime – you’ve obviously got an amazing handle on it! Style my closet!! 😉

  • sarah_devries13

    those bejewelled bags are screaming my names. So beautiful. Did she design those nautical scarves? woud look great with a white tee

    • @sarah_devries13 She designed everything! The store is chock full of so many gorgeous things. And yes..those bags. I die.

  • laurapatania

    Very classic bag that can be paired with just about anything. I would LOVE to add this to my outfits!

    • @laurapatania It’s SO classic. Such a great pattern.

  • This bag is faboosh..Classic for sure..

    • @CocktailDeeva Such a stunner! Perfect addition to any closet.

  • Rayanne Langdon

    I love houndstooth so much it makes me sad. This bag is the prettiest and I want it! I think it would look especially nice with this outfit: http://instagram.com/p/UplkYPxNxl! : )

    • Rayanne Langdon

      Boo, stupid exclamation mark ruined my link. This is what I get for being excited?! Haha.

      • @Rayanne Langdon You’re too much. I over-exclamate also. I’m obsessed with that outfit and yes, this bag would look AMAZING with it. Well-played.

  • neecye

    I’ve never heard of Minling before, but already,  I love everything in this store! So many cute clutches and classic pieces with a twist!

    • @neecye You need to go visit! It’s right at Yonge/Eg. I wanted to bring everything home with me!

  • cassandrajowett

    Very cute!

    • @cassandrajowett I love it! The sparkly clutches are still speaking to me…in my dreams.

  • ejbrooks

    Gorgeous bag! Would love to win this 🙂

  • kateplummer

    This is beautiful! I need to find time to visit this store. …. hopefully wearing this purse… hint hint 😉

  • MariaAguilar

    Ahh, this even sounds like it was so much fun! And that bag is too cute!

    • @MariaAguilar It was! Got to see some pretty blogger ladies twice in one week, which was fab.

  • sassygirlcanada

    Gorgeous bag…and great contest! Looks like it was a fab event!! 🙂

    • @sassygirlcanada Thanks! SO nice to see all these ladies and browse fab pieces from Minling.

  • erikakomori

    Nothing better than a fab bag to complete an outfit!

  • choonkitng

    Thanks for the contest!  My girlfriend will love this!

  • loucheryl

    This is a FAB bag!  Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • BelindaMcNabb

    What a cute bag. Thanks for the giveaway

  • KellyChow

    Amazing giveaway Steph – as always! Fingers crossed for this one.

  • apvmacgregor

    I don’t have FB but I like this bag, this post and you, Stephanie! I have an adorable Guess skirt that would look great with this bag + a bright red or teal top.

  • BeccaDaechsel

    I love houndstooth! So pretty, chic, and a classic print that has lasted through decades of fashion trasitions.
    If I won this bag I would pair it with valentino red lips, red nails, cat eye sunglasses, a slim black blazer with a simple white t, dark skinny jeans, and
    black ankle boots. And if I was feeling
    cheecky I’d wear my 60’s black Bridget Bardot hat for fun!
    And a winner or not I want this bag 🙂 so cute!

  • pinecone

    I’d pair this bag with a black leather coat!

  • SDGreenall

    How have I not been in there! I work/live in the area! Looks like I will have to go shopping!

  • Louiza

    If I won this bag I would pair it with my inner diva! Lol and a chanel jacket that I am coveting. (Sigh)