Giveaway: LGFW Line Knitwear Encore Show – 10 Tickets

I know, I know…the Dr. Martens giveaway isn’t even over yet, and here I am posting yet another one. Hope you aren’t too mad at me.

If you follow Canadian fashion, you already know that Line Knitwear, was created in 2000 and designed by Toronto-based designers  Jennifer Wells and John Muscat, is in its 3rd season at LG Fashion Week and is loved by celebs and media alike. My favorite Line pieces are usually their intricate knits (duh!), but don’t be fulled by the presence of “knitwear” in the label’s name, Muscat and Wells design a range of tres feminine non-knitwear too.

So, on to the giveaway…thanks to the lovelies over at rock-it promotions,  I’ll be giving away 10 tickets…yes TEN tickets in total, to their Fall 2011 runway show tomorrow in Toronto! Exciting, right?

There are 2 ways to enter, read carefully:

1. Leave a comment, telling me why you’d like to attend the show – 1 entry

2. RT the following “@styleblogca I’d love to win @LINEKnitwear #LGFW tickets! http://styleblog.ca/?p=9402 #giveaway” – 1 entry

3. You don’t have to be a follower, but it’s always appreciated

4. This giveaway is open to Canadians only. The show is in Toronto, tomorrow at 10:30PM. Transportation to/from the venue is not included.

5. C’est tout

This giveaway is open until 11pm tonight. Good luck! All winners have been contacted. Thanks for entering!

Giveaway: Dr Martens 1461 Shoes

Actresses love them, supermodels rock them, hipsters can’t get enough of them…Lots of people I know have Doc stories of their own, and some have even kept their very first pair for years and years – after all, they are guaranteed for life!

My Dr. Martens shoe of choice has always been the classic 1460  in black. Wearing them, instantly gives me a spring in my step – mostly because of the cushy rubber soles, but also because of the air of badassery that they exude. Though, looking at the Spring 2011 lookbook, I’m seriously reconsidering my commitment to black. There’s floral Docs, and animal print Docs, and pastel-colored Docs, and armor Docs…oh my!

If you’re intrigued, now is your chance to get your hands on your very own pair of Doc Martens 1461 shoes – your choice of color and size! Excited?

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment (1 per person, please)

2. Tell me which pair of 1461s is your fave

3. For extra entries, please RT the following: “@styleblogca I’d love to win @DrMartens 1461 shoes! http://styleblog.ca/?p=9378 #giveaway #freedocs”

4. For another extra entry, go to Dr. Martens Facebook Page and “Like” them (please mention it in your comment) 

5. Again, you don’t have to be a follower, but it’s always appreciated

6. This giveaway is open to residents of Toronto only

7. C’est tout

I will pick a winner on Friday, April 8th. Good luck! And the winner is…Irina, who, like me, also prefers the classic black Docs! Congrats, lady! Email me your mailing addy, and I’ll make sure that you get your new shoes! And for all those that entered but didn’t win this time, there’s lots more contests coming very soon! Stay tuned.

Photo Credits: Doc Martens

What I Wore: I’m Like a Bird

When I saw Flare Magazine’s “Prom Part Deux” contest entry requirements, I knew I had to try my luck. All I needed to do was write about my own Prom, and describe why I might deserve to have another go at it. After finding out that I won 2 tickest to the Prom at the ROM event, as well as $1000 gift certificate from BCBG, I was seriously jumping for joy. But upon further reflection, me #WINNING meant that I truly did have the best worst Prom story ever. And that, my friends, is hella sad.

Not to rehash my way too long Prom fail story, here’s just a quick summary of things that happened on Prom night (and before):

- Lost luggage on my way to Prom (dress, shoes, accessories…everything!)
- Couldn’t find a last-minute dress replacement, so I went with a very simple aka blah choice
- My mom’s hairstylist gave my shoulder-length hair some major whippage, making me look very Marge Simpson (sans le bleu)
- At Prom, my first attempt at dancing resulted in a broken heel
- Best friend loaned me some shoes from her mom’s car – black rubber cloggy type monstrosities
- Oh, and since I’ve spent my senior year studying abroad, I went without a date

So you might see now that I needed another chance at Prom. After much consideration, I went with this BCBG Max Azria Runway number. It was just too perfect for twirling, and I fell in love with the pleated side-skirt-thingamajig. 

So, thank you Flare, for giving me a chance to experience Prom again…this time with a great date, a lovely dress, and a pair of heels that didn’t buckle on me. One could even say that I…had…the time of my life! And I owe it all to you.

I Wore: Dress – BCBG Max Azria Runway; Shoes – D&G; Earrings, Necklace – Aldo; Bracelet – H&M; Ring – Forever21

Gap Fall 2011 Lookbook

There’s brand new snow on the ground here in Toronto, and I’m already swooning over Fall 2011 collections. Crazy world we live in, no? And since the weather is more than appropriate, I wish these Gap Fall 2011 pieces were in stores right now, rather than next fall. That jacket (above)…I needto have that jacket. It’s everything I’ve been searching for and so much more - lovely shade of camel, perfect soft/worn-in looking leather, moto cut and detailing – it’s perfection in one simple garment…and so timeless at that. Two words: Must. Have.

Looks like Fall 2011 will be all about leather, baby…at least at Gap, that is. Do you like what you see? Do you only care about spring garments now? Let me know in the comments.

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ck one Reinvented

You might already know that ck one has been around for YEARS now, but…this year, the company’s best-seller is evolving. ck one is now ONE brand for a few different products – fragrance, underwear, and clothing. Talk about multitasking! And to drive the point home, they’ve launched a brand new ad campaign, featuring many of the world’s top models, and shot by Steven Meisel (the original ck one photographer). In addition, the ck one website features interactive model confessions (answering questions like “What’s the best way to get over a broken heart?), and if you’re brave enough you can even upload your own!

If you haven’t tried ck one for yourself, there’s a great promo at The Bay right now – if you sign up for their Beauty Newsletter, you get a sample of ck one free! Easy as that. I, myself, haven’t really tried ck one in the past, mainly because I’ve always thought of it as a men’s fragrance…and boy, was I surprised when I actually got a chance to try it! I’m so obsessed with it, that parting with my bag of samples proved to be an exercise in self-control.

ck one is a perfect unisex daytime fragrance – it’s fresh, not at all overpowering, with subtle citrusy notes. Go ahead and give it a try, it might just be THE ONE fragrance for you.

Photo Credits: Calvin Klein

Giveaway: One of a Kind Spring 2011 Show and Sale

I’m so excited to attend this spring’s One of a Kind Show! This past Christmas was my first time attending, and I really had a great time. For anyone looking for unique and truly great gifts (for others or for yourself…I don’t judge), One of a Kind Show is a must-visit! And to make things a tad easier for you, I’ll be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the Toronto Spring 2011 Show to two lucky readers.

Here’s what you have to do to win:

1. Leave a comment (1 per person, please)

2. Tell me which artisan(s) have you intrigued

3. For extra entries, please RT the following: “@styleblogca I’d love to win @OOAK_Toronto tickets! http://styleblog.ca/?p=9321 #OOAKS11”

4. Again, you don’t have to be a follower, but it’s always appreciated

5. This giveaway is open to Canadians only. Transportation to and from Toronto not included.

6. C’est tout

I will pick 2 winners on Monday March 28th. Good luck!

Jennie and Eliana, you guys both won 2 tickets each! Congrats! Please email me your snail mail addys, and full contact info, and I’ll make sure that you get your tickets!

For everyone else that entered, please stay tuned for another amazing giveaway! This one has me super excited!

Philip Sparks Fall 2011

When it comes to fashion, usually, I’m the one taking le boyfriend to parties and events. Not this time. This time, he entered the Philips Sparks Fashion Show Experience Contest…and won! Which meant that he could bring me backstage with him, so see the magic as it was happening! Such a lovely surprise…and WINNING!

Anyway…silliness aside, I arrived at the Burroughes building full of high hopes – it is Philip Sparks we’re talking about afterall. His first womenswear collection was a huge hit, and seeing his kick-ass cherry blossom printed jumpsuit on Anita of I Want –  I Got, I wondered whether he could give us something to covet once again…And after seeing his Fall 2011 collection, I’m delighted that his foray into womenswear was no one-hit wonder. 

From head to toe, both male and female models looked rosy-cheeked, fresh and ready for a Canadian winter. Philips Sparks’ signature plaid was present, as was his newest obsession  - original prints. While Spring 2011 was full of cherry blossoms, Fall 2011 was all about the rust-colored maple leafs (not the hockey team, thank goodness!). Another highlight of the collection was the abundance of shearling on muffs, collars, and hats – perfect for our winters - so old school, and yet somehow it felt brand new.

But the definite showstopper, for me at least, was the Janelle Monae-esque lady tux. If anyone is looking for a Best (Wo)man outfit, this is it! Pair it with some sparkly Brian Atwood pumps a la Anne Hathaway at the Oscars, and you’ve got yourself a WINNING combo!

Overall, I really enjoyed the presentation, and had a blast backstage, watching all of the fashion pros doing their thing – making the magic happen right before my eyes – from shoe selections, to makeup touch-ups, to Elmer Olsen stopping by to say hello to seemingly calm Philip Sparks and his models - it was almost intoxicating. The buzz from the showroom full of journos, complaining about too many bloggers, bloggers re-connecting with their friends, Toronto fashion celebs showing off their outlandish outfits, and photographers snapping photos feverishly, was all part of the scene from the first show of this season’s Rogue Fashion Week – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Photo Credits: All photos property of Style Blog

What I Wore: Prada…Not

While I cannot afford a real Spring 2011 Prada dress (yet), this Zara substitute works just fine, don’t you think? I am loving the color combo and the cut of this easy shift. And coupled with the latest fave piece in my closet – the Alex Moto jacket from Club Monaco, this might just be my favorite outfit in a while. I still have to wear a coat over the jacket though…it’s just not warm enough. And apparently it won’t be getting better any time soon, we’ll get as much as 10cm of snow this week! If I ever find those lying groundhogs…

I Wore: Dress – Zara; Jacket – Club Monaco; Leggings – Aritzia; Sunglasses – H&M; Necklace – Forever21; Bag – Prada; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room)

Don’t Miss – This Month in Toronto!

LG Fashion Week – Fall 2011
Heritage Court, Exhibition Place
March 28th – April 2nd

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is the premiere fashion event in Canada which brings together media, industry, buyers and consumers to view the season’s collections in the Fashion Capital of Canada, Toronto. Now in its 12th year, the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) has successfully created a Fashion Week known as LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris that commands international respect, drives the Canadian fashion economy and profile within the industry.

One of a Kind Spring Show
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
March 30th – April 3rd

The 33rd annual One of a Kind Spring Show returns to Toronto! Showcasing the vibrant talents of 450 artisans, the Spring Show is the place to uncover the coolest gift ideas in art, furniture, fashion, home decor, toys, food & more! Check out my post from the Christmas show…there’s just so much to see and buy!

Prom at the ROM – Into The Wild
Royal Ontario Museum
Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Get ready to experience the wild side of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) at the most thrilling fundraising event of the season – PROM: Into the Wild, presented by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Join hundreds of Young Patrons’ Circle (YPC) members and guests to celebrate the beauty of Earth’s biodiversity and the wonder of the ROM’s natural history collections. Enjoy a spirited evening complete with live entertainment and dancing, lush lounges and a gourmet feeding frenzy.

After Hours Men’s Event at The Bay
Men’s West End Shop
The Bay, Queen St. location – 2nd floor from 5 – 9pm
Thursday, March 24

See the new Spring 2011 men’s fashions from Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman, Strellson and more. Find out about The Bay’s made-to-measure offer and the new John Allen’s Men’s club. Light food & drink will be served, while quantities last. You could also get the chance to win a fabulous Strellson coat. Call to find out more information & RSVP to 416-861-6876.

Style Fille: Viviana Volpicella

Speaking of all things Prada, here’s a pic of Vogue Nippon’s Viviana Volpicella rocking stripes like it ain’t no thang. She’s been one of my fave Style Filles for a while now, mainly because of her contagious smile and her love for bright and colorful fashions. In that regard, Spring 2011 Prada collection is seriously up her alley. How I wish my budget allowed me to add a few Prada dresses to my closet. One day…one sweet day.

Do you like Viviana’s look? Or are you over stripes? Let me know in the comments.

Photo Credits: Tommy Ton for Style.com