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Black Friday Blogger Challenge at Metropolis at Metrotown

This year on Black Friday, there was one thing I was looking forward to even more than shopping for Black Friday deals, and that was shopping for Black Friday deals as a participant in the Black Friday Blogger Challenge at Metropolis at Metrotown!

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

Myself and three other fashion and lifestyle bloggers (Coco & Vera, Just J and Style Calling) were invited to take part in the shopping challenge, hosted at BC’s largest mall. The challenge consisted of purchasing and styling an entire outfit with a $100 Metropolis gift card, within a 90 minute time limit. Outfits were scored based on three criteria: style and completeness of outfit, ability to find great deals and number of retailers visited. Let the competition begin!

eudora outfit

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

A couple of things helped me complete the Black Friday challenge: my bargain hunting instincts, a bit of my competitive spirit, and a basic knack for leaving the house looking decently put together. My ability to weave in and out of the crowds while running didn’t hurt either.  For me, the biggest challenge was purchasing my first outfit item because there are so many styles of outfits to choose and it wasn’t until I purchased that sweater that I was able to decide what kind of look I wanted to go for.

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

My outfit represented the style I knew best, which is practical but still trendy with a hint of femininity. The first item I purchased and that got the ball rolling was a sweater with grey hues from H&M that was on sale at 50%-off for $15.  I paired it with olive green jeggings (on sale at 40%-off for $30) and black ballet flats (on sale at 40%-off for $18), both from American Eagle.  To top off my outfit with accessories, I found a gorgeous silver necklace at Costa Blanca at 50%-off for $7 and a bunch of bracelets from Stitches at 50%-off for $2.50.

photo credit: Ian Lloyd

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

The highlight of the challenge for me hands down was seeing the outfits that the other girls came up with. During the presentation of outfits, I appreciated everyone’s unique style and creativity and was interested in learning why the other three bloggers chose to style their outfits the way they did.

Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

Coco and Vera’s Winning Outfit / Photo Credit: Ian Lloyd

The challenge winner was Cee from Coca & Vera, who impressed everyone with her festive outfit, complete with accessories and shoes. I loved how her navy printed skirt added an element of playfulness to the casual grey crew neck sweater. Her choice in matching metallic shoes with a bag topped off the look, along with a necklace and earrings. Cee’s items were from The Gap, Forever 21, Aldo Accessories and Old Navy.

black friday metropolis blogger challenge

The Black Friday sales continues until Sunday evening so you still have time to drop by Metropolis at Metrotown! For a full list of Black Friday shopping deals at Metropolis at Metrotown as well as a list of participating retailers, click here.

MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving a $50 Gift Card to Metropolis at Metrotown.  To enter, please “LIKE” the Modern Mix Vancouver Facebook Page at and ALSO leave a comment below about your favourite shop at Metropolis at Metrotown.  A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Giveaway ends Sunday December 15 (10pm PST).

For an additional entry: Follow @ModernMixVan on Twitter and tweet “Win from @ModernMixVan a $50 @MetropolisAtMet gift card. Details: | RT to enter!”


  1. Joyce
    December 1, 2013 at 10:22 am — Reply

    My fav store is sephora. Who doesnt love a new lippy? It ads a pop of colour to any outfit!

  2. Julia Spinella
    December 1, 2013 at 10:30 am — Reply

    wow! I love metrotown and you all come up with such cute outfits in so little time 🙂 if I win id love to check out forever 21!

  3. Josephine
    December 1, 2013 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Hard to say which is my favourite store. I’ll go with Winners/Home Sense though. They have cool miscellaneous stuff for lots of different needs. Clothing, toys, housewares…etc.

  4. Kam
    December 1, 2013 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Fave store at Metrotown is Chapters Indigo!

  5. Eva Ang
    December 1, 2013 at 11:01 am — Reply

    I love Forever 21! Their clothing are amazing and pretty!

  6. Eagle Daniels
    December 1, 2013 at 11:15 am — Reply

    My fav store is Sport Check! 🙂

  7. Kimberly
    December 1, 2013 at 11:20 am — Reply

    My favourite store is dynamite. I always love to shop there for new clothes and accessories 🙂

  8. Amy
    December 1, 2013 at 11:22 am — Reply

    I love forever21 and Victoria’s Secret <3

  9. Serinda Kong
    December 1, 2013 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Favourite store is h&m! Amazing styles and affordable!

  10. Natalie
    December 1, 2013 at 11:35 am — Reply

    My favorite store has to be chapters! I could spend hours in there!

  11. Diane To
    December 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    My favourite store would be H&M!

  12. Dilara
    December 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    It’s really hard to choose just one favourite store, I shop there so often & love so many stores! If I had to pick one though I’d go with Homesense/Winners. They get new stock weekly & I’ve found many unique bargains there over the years.

  13. Kristine
    December 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Favorite store Victoria secret and pink and Forever 21. I can’t live without them

  14. boticib
    December 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    My favourite is the Samsung Store.

  15. angela
    December 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Ooh! A hard one… There are so many great stores. I do especially love Zara and Club Monaco! 🙂

  16. Chris C
    December 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    One of my favourite shops at Metropolis is Pinkberry for a nice healthy treat!

  17. Kate
    December 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    H&M and Sephora.

  18. Arjun Rudra
    December 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm — Reply


  19. Jason
    December 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    My fav store would have to be, Buffalo by David Bitton

  20. Angel
    December 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    I love Target because they have everything haha

  21. Jane Mehai
    December 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    My favorite shop is Old Navy!

  22. Nicola
    December 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    Pinkberry! 🙂 Yummy

  23. davidlee
    December 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm — Reply


  24. Jeannie
    December 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm — Reply

    My favourite store at Metro would probably be Sephora or H&M. Don’t make me pick just one!

  25. Jeannie
    December 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm — Reply
  26. Sindy Lin
    December 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    What is my favourite store at Metrotown? That is one tough question. Metrotown is stuffed with many wonderful stores! I love the clothing stores like Garage, H&M, and others. However,my favourite store is Superstore. Who wouldn’t love superstore? Superstore provides families with food, toiletries, home supplies, furnitures, and many more. Basically, Superstore has almost everything that a family needs. What is more important than your own family?

  27. Eileen
    December 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm — Reply


  28. Eileen
    December 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm — Reply
  29. Janet
    December 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    My favourite store is Jacob!

  30. Christopher Co
    December 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    EB Games!

  31. maria
    December 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    Forever 21

  32. […] here’s a quick run down of my experience on the day of. For a full event recap, check out my article on Modern Mix […]

  33. Jenifer
    December 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm — Reply

    I like RW&CO, it has the best work clothes and a lot of their clothes can be worn casually. The dresses there are beautiful too <3

  34. Clare Tea
    December 2, 2013 at 1:21 am — Reply

    My favorite store at Metrotown is Zara ! Always draws my eye whenever I go in.

  35. Jane
    December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    BCBG MaxAzria

  36. AJYL90
    December 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm — Reply

    Like the Apple Store and EB Games

  37. Michael
    December 3, 2013 at 11:57 am — Reply

    My favourite store is ALDO!!! Their shoes are made for walkin’

  38. Pearl
    December 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    I loved all of the outfits! Amazing what $100 can get when there’s good deals.. My favorite store is H&M. I love their basic and trendy outfits.

  39. Radhika Khan
    December 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm — Reply


  40. Rebecca
    December 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    My favourite store is H&M

  41. Lexia Nash
    December 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    Disney Store!!!

  42. Sharon
    December 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm — Reply

    Definitely, hands down, it would be H&M !
    Every girl needs her basics first!

  43. Leah B
    December 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    I *heart* Banana Republic!

  44. Teresa K
    December 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm — Reply


  45. Bons
    December 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    I like Plenty

  46. Desiree H
    December 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm — Reply

    My favorite would probably be Sirens, I really love the dresses they have.

  47. Kira Wright-Walger
    December 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    My favourite store would definitely be Forever 21! So many good pieces available for affordable prices daily!

  48. Barb W
    December 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm — Reply


  49. Tracy
    December 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    i love aritzia

  50. Donna L
    December 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    I love the Disney Store!

  51. Saarah
    December 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    My favorite store is H&M!

  52. SS
    December 5, 2013 at 2:24 am — Reply

    My favorite shop would have to be MICHAEL KORS. Their bags and watches are incredible. Their hard-shell blue and black bag is my favorite because not only is it functional with lots of room inside and several pockets but its also gorgeous and built to last. Their watches are very classy (and very expensive, hence the $50 gift card :P) and I love them!

  53. Jasmine
    December 5, 2013 at 4:54 am — Reply

    my fav store is P L E N + Y! Always such cute fashions with amazing brands -so many of them local and very vancouver- along with a rad black friday sale. Would definitely put the $50 towards one of their crepe shift dresses for the holiday parties!

  54. Lilly Truong
    December 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    My favourite store would have to be Sephora! I have a make up addiction~

  55. Mike Gismondi
    December 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    my favourite store is Target!

  56. Colleen
    December 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm — Reply

    My favorite Metropolis shop would have to be Fossil. I would buy two of everything in there if I could!

  57. Daniel
    December 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    Sport chek!

  58. Michelle He
    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    My favourite store at Metrotown is Zara! 🙂

  59. Orane Cheung
    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    My favourite store is Plenty and Zara!

  60. hermie salazar
    December 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    my favourite shop would have to be american apparell And aritzia but they are both very expensive! 🙁

  61. Tracey Flattes
    December 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    Disney Store – could spend hours in there!

  62. Anita Li
    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    My favourite store is forever 21, I absolutely love their style and I bought at least 30 pieces of clothing and accessories from forever 21.

  63. Harjit
    December 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    My favorite store is Forever XX1. I love the selection, quality and store lay-out. I always find what I am looking for and more. Thank you for the chance to win. Twitter fan@plumerea

  64. Mary Wy
    December 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    Probably urban planet or forever 21

  65. Kelly
    December 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm — Reply

    Wish I could have done this challenge ); fav store would most likely be forever 21 and aritzia where you can get cheap trendy pieces AND more expensive basics

  66. W Leung
    December 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm — Reply

    Its always fun to play and shop at the Apple store

  67. Greg
    December 6, 2013 at 12:29 am — Reply


  68. Melody
    December 6, 2013 at 2:02 am — Reply

    I love to shop at Michael Kors and Guess.
    However, the prices are often too high for ordinary students.

    I enjoy shopping more at Forever 21 and H&M because they have cheap and stylish clothing.

    I also love high heals from Aldo!

  69. Paige fanning
    December 6, 2013 at 10:04 am — Reply

    My favourite store is 100% forever 21 but it’s. To much money for me to go all the time

  70. Paige
    December 6, 2013 at 10:05 am — Reply

    Forever 21

  71. Josephine
    December 6, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    My favourite store is the Apple store.

  72. Jenna Montgomery
    December 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    First of all, I definitely need that store name you got that sweater from.. so incredibly cute. I usually always go to Forever 21, just because I find absolutely everything Im looking for there. And plus, its the only close one to me: I have H&Ms and Aldos all around me!

  73. December 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    My favorite store is Aritzia! Spent way too much money there.

    Twitter love:

  74. December 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Bath and Body Works!!

  75. Dilara Litonjua
    December 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    I love Winners/Homesense

  76. mike k
    December 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    my favorite store in metrotown is banana republic

  77. tintin
    December 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    My favorite store at Metrotown is Hudson’s Bay

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