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Styled By Nelia: Timeless Outerwear Trends

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With fall on our heels, it’s time to start updating our wardrobes. Sandals and shorts may not have as much wearability once rainy weather sets in, so off they go to the back of the closet, and out come the sweaters, the boots and the leather pants. As with every new season, there’s excitement in the air, and temptation to buy lots of new trendy clothes. And while I don’t discourage you from jumping on the trend bandwagon, sometimes a girl can’t handle any more one-season-wonders in her closet. Last month, I stopped by Mendocino – one of the trendiest stores at Yorkdale – to find 3 items that are in this season, but won’t go out of style for at least a few years, and maybe ever! I focused on outerwear, because living in Toronto, you really can’t have too many coats and jackets, and here’s what happened:

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What They Wore: Toronto Life’s Most Stylish Party

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The last week and a half has been a whirlwind of parties, celeb sightings, TIFF lounges, and more parties. It all got kicked off with a bang and an oyster bar at the Toronto Life’s Most Stylish soiree at the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, celebrating this city’s most stylish denizens, featured in the latest issue of the Toronto Life Stylebook. Star-studded guest list included my fave gossip maven Lainey Lui (one of the 25 most stylish), brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, Elisha Cuthbert with hockey hubby Dion Phaneuf, one half of the Property Brothers, model Stacey McKenzie, Suzanne and Chloe Rogers, Kimberly Newport Mimran, Joe Mimran, among many others.

After a bit of exploring, my buddies Sharon and Tara Ng and I parked ourselves next to the seafood bar, loading up on crab, shrimp, and oysters, before walking over to explore the charcuterie station. Needless to say, the food was terrific. The beautifully-decorated ballroom was buzzing with excitement and Toronto’s most stylish partying under one roof made for some great people-watching.

This city is such a vibrant place to live, and every time I go away for a bit, I return a little more grateful for all it has to offer, so it is truly amazing to see a publication celebrating its own stylish peeps, instead of focusing on the usual suspects from other countries and cities. I already can’t wait to see who’ll be featured next year! Who would you nominate? Share in the comments.

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What I Wore: Nice Would Be Nice

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This summer has been a bit of a letdown…at least weather-wise. Augtober is nearly over, and we maybe had 10 hot sunny days this month. All of this Canadian weather yo-yoing is making me wish I was still in Nice, soaking up the sun, lounging around on the pebbled beach, and eating way too much delicious food. I didn’t expect to like Nice as much as I did…but truth is – it was lovely – a perfectly relaxing getaway after the craziness that was Paris. And now, I am itching to get back to the South of France. Does anyone want to buy a little villa near Nice with me? Anyone?

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Giveaway: 25 Years of Front Of The Line With Amex Canada

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Amex Canada’s Front Of The Line program, the lovely Canadian team hosted a little soiree under the sunny Toronto sky, with a little Barque brisket, and a lot of John Legend swooning. Molson Amphitheatre served as the perfect backdrop for a warm summer evening of great music and mingling with some of my fave Toronto people. This was my first time seeing John Legend perform live – and it was eye-opening. I knew that the man could sing…but…the man can really sing! Between sharing the cute tidbits from his life (did you know that he used to work as a management consultant?!), Legend played the piano, while singing some of the most romantic ballads ever. No wonder why Molson Amphitheatre was packed with couples, enjoying a perfect date night under the stars.

Our little soiree was, of course, to toast to 25 years of Front Of The Line program making Amex Canada’s Cardmembers’ dreams come true. If you love to be entertained…and I don’t mean just concerts – musicals, theatre productions, dining experiences, movie premieres are all part of the program too – then you should absolutely be taking advantage of everything Front Of The Line has to offer.

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Started in Toronto in 1989 with a pre-sale for Phantom of the Opera, Front Of The Line is now recognized worldwide for its strong partnerships with organizations like LiveNation, Mirvish, and Massey Hall, and for providing unparalleled access to unique events and experiences. Some of the cool benefits of Front Of The Line include:

-  pre-sales and advanced ticket access before they go on sale to the general public
-  reserved allotment to some of the hottest sold out shows
-  special experiences at great Toronto venues (Cardmember Lounges at Molson Amphitheatre, Roy Thompson Hall, and Princess of Wales; Cardmember Express Bar at Massey Hall; exclusive line for Cardmembers at Molson Amphitheatre)

Amex has recently launched a global program called Invites, an evolution of the successful Front Of The Line program, which offers Cardmembers even more access and incentives, available worldwide. Le bf and I have experienced some Front Of The Line perks in the past, but even we didn’t know how many other cool things we could’ve taken advantage of just by being Cardmembers. Now we know!

But that’s not all! To celebrate this milestone, Amex Canada wants to share the love via daily Twitter giveaways that will run until September 1st. Up for grabs are hottest tickets to concerts, theatre, and dining experiences happening across Canada. 25 pairs of tickets will be given away daily. That’s a lot of free tickets! And all you need to do to enter is to follow @AmexCanada on Twitter and reply to their daily contest question using the hashtag #FOTL25 and the @AmexCanada Twitter handle. So, come and celebrate a quarter of a century of Front Of The Line experiences by scoring some free tickets, and sharing your fave Front Of The Line perks that you or your friends enjoyed in the past. With millions of tickets sold through the program over the years, it may just be Canada’s best worst kept secret.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

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H&M Studio Collection Fall 2014 Lookbook

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We are almost in September, which means a couple of things – fall and fall fashions. And while I’m certainly not a fan of cold weather, I am usually all about fall collections. Last February, I posted photos from H&M Studio’s Paris Fashion Week show, and now, we finally have official lookbook images, and photos of most pieces that will be hitting the stores on September 4th.

I have my eye on a few things from this collection, including the faux fur jackets, and that gorgeous striped dress. And while I do hope that warm weather will stick around just a bit longer, living in Canada comes with a few certainties, and one of them is – winter is coming…eventually, so it’s never too early to buy a plush faux fur coat.

Will you be checking out the collection next week? Which pieces are you coveting? Share in the comments!

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