Best Dressed

With the Oscars hubbub behind us, I thought it time to put the spotlight on another Canadian retailer that can help you become best dressed – at home, work, school, heck the world in general. La Quaintrelle is nestled in the Cape Breton region of the Maritimes, but don’t be fooled just because this sweet boutique isn’t in one of Canada’s biggest cities. They pack plenty of style savvy with their collection of casual, event, and plus-size dresses and all the fixins’ to go with.

And hey, to be honest? I think we all have a reason to be excited here. If you’re familiar with the American juggernaut of cute & flirty dresses known as ModCloth, you’ll know how covetable their pretty, vintage-inspired items are. You’ll also know how much it hurts to tack on a sizable shipping fee + limit your odds of returning an item (although of course, some items are too good to pass up the risk). Which is why I got so excited when I learned about La Quaintrelle – the merchandise evokes a similar pretty, girly aesthetic, without the hefty shipping costs. In fact, shipping is just $7 to anywhere in Canada, no matter how many diaphanous dresses you stock up on. And if one doesn’t work out? They cover your return shipping. Genius.

A Quaintrelle, for the record, is defined as ‘a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and a cultivation of life’s pleasures.’ If you love indulging in my gift-guide blog, chances are that describes you, and you’ll easily fall in love with at least a few of the pieces on the La Quaintrelle website. My only warning? Quantities are super limited (meaning you’re that much more likely to feel extra special in your favourite new dress or shoes), so snap up your favourites the instant you lay eyes on them. The price points are completely affordable for gifting your sister, or that friend you love like a sister – basically whoever your weekend shopping trips are most frequently in tandem with.

Now I had two purposes in writing this post. The first, was to introduce you to La Quaintrelle and encourage you to shop, shop, shop. The second was to clue you in that they’ve also just brought in some cute new jewellery, including the brass pieces pictured above. AND to give you a taste of the Quaintrelle’s life, I’m actually giving away the pretty ‘Caged With Elegance‘ birdy necklace pictured in the centre. To Enter:

1) Visit La Quaintrelle and leave a comment below with a link back to which item you’d most like to gift (or get), until midnight on March 26th, 2012.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 27th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Like La Quaintrelle on Facebook or follow the shop on Twitter, and drop your username / handle in the comments so I know you’ve done your duty. And bonus? You’ll be the first to know when the store is stocking new items so you can be first in line to look amazing.

Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.

100 Responses to “Best Dressed”
  1. Loved this dress. so elegant, my favourite!
    Followed on Facebook Janice E Cournoyer

  2. Tammy says:

    I love the The Farmington Boot!!

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  3. Tammy says:

    I Like La Quaintrelle on Facebook

    Tammy D

  4. Tegan says:

    Brit you are a constant danger to my credit card…

    Love this dress:

    & I liked them on FB!

  5. Dreena says:

    ***I like this dress: Carnival Cadence Dress. It’s cute and colourful. Thanks.***

    By the way, when one clicks on the above link of La Quaintrelle (how to enter) took me to Alex Story Jewellery.

  6. mcmc says:

    love the birdcage necklace

  7. Linda Fast says:

    I liked the Hanging Around Necklace, it is so sweet.

  8. Louise says:

    I really like the ladder braclet

  9. Louise says:

    I Like La Quaintrelle on Facebook and also follow the shop on Twitter,
    Fb name Louise gilbert, twitter name wildcardacehigh

  10. Linda Fast says:

    sorry, forgot to add my link-

  11. Linda Fast says:

    Liked La Quaintrelle on facebook
    Linda Fast

  12. Linda Fast says:

    following La Quaintrelle @La_Quaintrelle

  13. Holly says:

    All of the dresses are beautiful but i love the Build Me Up, Buttercup one best! I also liked them on facebook.

  14. Debbie F says:

    I like the Caged With Elegance Necklace

  15. Jennifer R says:

    I really like the Confetti Dress!

  16. Jennifer C. says:

    I would really love to get the “Peep Me In Mind Necklace:”

  17. Leah says:

    The Jackie O dress is so very classic! I love it!

  18. Natalie Fraser says:

    I would like the build me up buttercup dress! Love it.

  19. Natalie Fraser says:

    I like la quaintrelle on facebook and follow them on twitter!

  20. ronniebow says:

    I love this dress, for some reason it calls to me. If I won this I would wear it with pride and also surprise my husband on date night!!!

    Thanks for the contest and also for designing great things for us women folk!!!!

  21. Nicole S says:

    I adore the Dolce Dress. It would make a great gift for any girl!

  22. E3 says:

    Can’t go wrong with this gorgeous number…

    I followed on Twitter as well (e3writing).

  23. Jessica Denney says:

    I would love to get this dress as a gift – looks like it would be awesome for summer!

  24. Katherine says:

    Loving the Rita Mae dress:

    I like La Quaintrelle on FB (Katherine Campbell)!

  25. Tanya says:

    I’ve had my eye on this dress for a while now –

  26. Sheila says:

    The Connect The Dots dress is STUNNING!

    I also am a Facebook Fan!

    • Sheila says:

      My Facebook name is Sheila N Daniel McCarthy!

      P.S. Thanks for opening a store like this in Cape Breton!

  27. Susan says:

    I like the “I Shall Be Late” necklace. #CGG

  28. I love the “Peep Me In Mind” Necklace.

  29. Renee Lacasse says:

    I like the owl

  30. Ashley S says:

    I follow the shop on twitter (@ashincambridge)

  31. Vesper says:

    i like the Peep Me In Mind Necklace

  32. myra says:

    I would like to get/gift as well that green cute, flirty dress shown on this site

  33. Margaret Imecs says:

    I would love to get the Hoo Belly Earrings
    Liked on Facebook – Margaret Imecs
    Following on Twitter – @margaretimecs

  34. Melissa W says:

    I follow them on facebook (Melissa Sue Wright) and on twitter (@sighgushgasp)

  35. CAROL ODDY says:

    Would love to win the owl necklace!

  36. Janet says:

    Love the necklace!

  37. Stephanie Pettigrew says:

    I love this shop!! I can’t tell you how excited I was when they opened up so close to my home! I even follow their Facebook page religiously, and the last time I saw a new dress posted that had just come in, I absolutely fell in love with it. End result: it’s now in my closet, and is one of my favourite outfits! This link is for shoes that would go great with my dress:

  38. Angela M says:

    Love all the dresses but I chose this one the Little Lady on the Prairie Dress:

  39. Angela M says:

    Liked on Facebook as Angela Mitchell
    Followed on Twitter as @skyalive1976

  40. holly says:

    The birdcage necklace is amazing, they are all really nice.
    Thanks for the chance.

  41. holly says:

    I should have left this link

  42. maria says:

    I would love the Carnival Cadence Dress.

  43. Melissa Avey says:

    I LOVE this store. I have been looking for something like it for awhile..WOW..anyways I want this!! lol

  44. Melissa Avey says:

    aveymelissa following on TWITTER:D

  45. Laura says:

    This dress caught my eye immediately. I looked at everything else, but still came back to it as my favourite!

  46. Laura says:

    I like them on Facebook (Lo K.)

  47. nikki robak says:

    I liked La Quaintrelle on fb

  48. Pat B says:

    I liked La Quaintrelle on fb Pat B

  49. Love this dress for summer and love the colour combo!! Walking around in this dress in the summer would just make me happy!

  50. Cathy says:

    Oh WOW! I love the In With The Blue Dress, beautiful!

  51. Cathy says:

    I like La Quaintrelle on facebook (Cathy V)
    and on twitter ( @dbl_latte)

  52. brooky says:

    My fave is this dress below..Belle of the Ball…and I would want it for myself…maybe a little longer so that I can wear it to more formal events. They have really pretty items!

  53. Samantha says:

    love this dress, would look fabulous with that necklace 😉

    thanks for the giveaway

  54. Samantha says:

    I Liked La Quaintrelle on Facebook

  55. stacey h says:

    i follow the shop on twitter

  56. tennille says:

    lovin the 50’s dress—

  57. pjchan says:

    Oooh! I love the Audrey dress:

    & I liked them on FB!

  58. gibbsgirl says:

    Love this dress and I already follow on facebook under the name Tracy Summerfield Gibbons

  59. Laura Dwyer says:
    I can totally see myself sipping a sangria on a patio in this beauty!

  60. Angela says:

    So hard to choose just one favorite, but if I had to choose, I love the Dolce dress:

  61. Lydia says:

    I love this dress…
    And, I already liked the shop on facebook 🙂

  62. Jess says:

    Love this dress!!

    followed on FB and twitter! jessmacneil18


    These shoes are perfect!

    I also liked on facebook (Char Darko) and follw on twitter (@shmaine)

  64. Maggie L says:

    LOVE the pistachio dress

    Am also following on FB (Maggie L*****r) and Twitter (MaggieL02)

    Thanks! ^_^

  65. Tammy says:

    well, I already bought one dress from her this week ! but this one would be nice too:

  66. Marielle Johnston says:

    This dress is part of the new stock (I don’t even think it’s in the store yet!) but as soon as I seen the photo on facebook I fell in love instantly :))

    However, if that dress isn’t applicable, here’s my second choice… … also stunning!

    * I’ve liked La Quaintrelle on facebook (Marielle Johnston) and have followed on Twitter (@marielle_j)

  67. julia g says:

    I love this shoe:

    i also liked La Quaintrelle on facebook (Julia Grant)

  68. Maegan Morin says:

    I really love this dress in grey:

  69. Wanda Jean P says:

    I would love this..or I would gift it..maybe 😉

  70. Wanda Jean P says:

    I like La Quantrelle on Facebook as Wanda Jean

  71. Wanda Jean P says:

    I follow @La_Quaintrelle on twitter as @WJP1564

  72. Emilia Turner says:

    I would the complete outfit and accessories, it is very pretty and it would make me feel beautiful #cgg

  73. booksnwine says:

    The Azalea Dress!!!! How could you not love “poppy red dress has a delicate lamb pattern”?

  74. angela says:
    I love the fact that they have plus sizes!!!

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