Oscars 2014: The Best, The Worst, and The Meh

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The Best

So it’s only 7pm on Oscars night, and it might be a bit presumptuous of me, but I am declaring the radiant Lupita Nyong’o my best-dressed of the evening in her stunning custom-made blue Prada gown and Fred Leighton jewels. Watching her on the red carpet made me fall in love with her all over again. It was so refreshing to see someone so well-adjusted, eloquent, humble, funny, and gorgeous on the red carpet. I could watch her for HOURS.

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Cate Blanchett in a stunning beaded Armani Prive gown looked ethereal and every bit like the winner that she is. She always carries herself with so much confidence and class. And of course, she truly is one of the most stylish women out there, so even though I was a bit sad not to see her in something more adventurous, I think this gown was still a perfect choice for a Best Actress nominee (and winner?).

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As much as I usually hate the safe black or white gowns on the red carpet, the stunning Bulgari necklace over this beaded Calvin Klein gown on Naomi Watts really elevated this look, and made me take notice. This is obviously nowhere near the amazingness that is Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada gown, but it definitely is one of my fave looks of the night.

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Same goes for Charlize Theron in a stunning black gown. Only Charlize can make a black exciting and interesting on the red carpet. That deep plunge, perfect necklace to accentuate it, and of course that exquisite face – just perfect. I still can’t believe that THIS woman is dating Sean Penn. WHY?!

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I was on the fence whether to add Kate Hudson in this Versace gown to my Best Dressed list, because there may be something off about that shiny fabric, but at the end of the day, that center knot, that cape, and that plunging neckline all sell it for me. She looks stunning and I love it.

The Worst and The Meh after the jump!

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Paris Fashion Week: H&M Studio Fall 2014 Runway Collection

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Isn’t it funny that H&M Studio collection has become one of my most highly-anticipated shows of Paris Fashion Week?! Mostly, it’s because I know that whatever the design geniuses from H&M will show on that runway, I’ll be able to afford and thus add to my wardrobe. But also, because the last collection BLEW.MY.EFFING.MIND! So with those high expectations in mind, I livestreamed yesterday’s H&M Studio Fall 2014 runway show, watching the H&M-clad glamazons strutting their stuff at the famed Grand Palais in front of 600 attendees, as the up-and-coming French star HollySiz performed live throughout the show. There was also a quick peek at the star-studded front row, which included one of my favest Style Filles Solange Knowles, mocktress Jessica Alba, models Miranda Kerr and Jourdan Dunn, and a gorgeous DJ Leigh Lezark, most of them wearing the latest pieces from H&M.

The collection itself was a glamorama mix of faux fur, modern suiting, and earth tones, with a sprinkle of sequins and stone embroidery. Mini dresses worn with knee-high boots, faux fur coats over slinky dresses, draped blouses under masculine blazers – it was all very wearable, covetable, and hopefully mostly affordable. This season, my wishlist includes a couple of coats, a few dresses, and possibly a pair of boots…I already have way too many, but if they are as comfy as they are cute, I just know I won’t be able to resist.

So, what do you think about H&M Studio Fall 2014 collection? Are you excited that you’ll be able to afford something from the Paris Fashion Week runway? Share in the comments!

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See the entire collection after the jump!

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CAFA 2014: The Inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

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Earlier this month, Canada’s brightest fashion industry talents gathered at Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s ballroom for one big reason – CAFA, otherwise known as the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards – the inaugural edition. Held for the very first time, CAFA Gala was a huge deal, and though I usually tend to avoid big fancy bashes, with a star-studded guest list that included DSQUARED‘s Dean and Dan Caten, Coco Rocha, and Mads Mikkelsen, attending this one was a no-brainer, especially when the lovely folks from Swarovski offered to “frost” me with their sparkliest baubles! Thanks to my blogger bestie Sharon, we got to join Team Swarovski at their table, joined by the beauties from Power of Privé, adorable actress Elisha Cuthbert, Emerging Talent Award winner Sarah Stevenson, and other amazing people. For the occasion, I wore my new Erdem dress from The Room, which was fitting since Erdem Moralioglu was one of the nominees. I also got to wear a beautiful vintage Mary Katrantzou for Swarovski cuff that was simply stunning.

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The award show was very well-produced, and at times actually made me tear up, like when Jeanne Beker’s Vanguard Award was presented, followed by the loveliest of video montages, showing the most memorable moments from the Canadian Icon’s lengthy career, from her earliest days at MuchMusic, to her most jaw-dropping FashionTelevision reels. As I watched Canadian designers, stylists, photographers, models and other industry professionals on that CAFA stage, I could feel their happiness and excitement fill the room. With so many talented Canadians in this industry, spending the evening honouring some of them for their achievements felt great.

After the awards, the winners and the rest of us moved on to the after-party, where we danced to “What Does The Fox Say”, watched Bite lipsticks being made, hijacked a photobooth, and actually got to check out the CAFA trophies – shoe-shaped and very heavy. As someone who doesn’t stay out late very often, I was shocked to realize that it was past 1am when I finally decided to call it a night and head home. Yup, I’m a grandma and not even embarrassed to admit it; but some things are really worth sticking around for. I truly had the best time at this year’s CAFA Gala, here’s hoping that next year it’s going to be even more spectacular (perhaps with more monetary prizes for the winners?). I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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The full list of winners and nominees is after the jump!

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You Are Invited: Amex UNSTAGED DVF Fall 2014 Fashion Show x St. Vincent at NYFW!

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WHAT: LIVE DVF Fall 2014 Fashion Show and Special Performance by St. Vincent
WHEN: February 9th, 2014 (live stream starts at 4:45PM EST)
WHERE: AmexUnstaged.com and DVF.com

This time last year, I was bundled up in my most stylish winter clothes shooting street style outside New York’s Lincoln Center between fashion shows. Despite snowstorms and freezing temperatures, I was super excited to attend my very first MBFW in New York and to experience the craziness of a major fashion week in person. This season, as I planned my trip to New York, unexpected things came up, making it impossible for me to attend. But you know what? I’m ok with that, thanks to Amex UNSTAGED!

This year, American Express partnered up with fab designer Diane von Furstenberg for a very special UNSTAGED fashion show experience for those of us that can’t attend in person. This Sunday, February 9th (at 4:45PM EST), we all get a front row seat at the DVF fashion show at MBFW in New York by simply tuning into Amex UNSTAGED live stream of the show! How cool is that?!

As part of UNSTAGED, fans will get to access to several pre-show, in-show, and post-show digital features that will transport them to New York, without having to shell out for a plane ticket. The future is now, guys! But that’s not all. While watching, make sure to tweet with hashtag #AmexUNSTAGED to unlock an exclusive digital experience – a special performance by St. Vincent that will take place after the DVF Fall 2014 show in the Cardmember Space at the American Express UNSTAGED Fashion with DVF event. The singer will debut songs from her highly-anticipated new self-titled album, due out on February 25th.

Excited yet? I know I am! Thanks to American Express Canada and their creative entertainment perks for their Cardmembers, even if I can’t be in New York this February, at least I can enjoy this rare glimpse into the crazy/exciting world of New York Fashion Week from the comfort of my couch! Here’s hoping for some backstage drama! I will be live-tweeting (@styleblogca) throughout the show with my blogger bestie @backseatstylers and @AmexCanada, so make sure to follow the hashtag #AmexUNSTAGED this Sunday! See you at the show?

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

Style Fille: Diane Kruger, Alexa Chung, Dree Hemingway and Taylor Schilling in Peter Pilotto

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Are you ready for the PETER PILOTTO for Target amazingness?!?! The highly-anticipated collection launches this Sunday, February 9th at Target stores and online on NET-A-PORTER, and last night in New York, celebrities showed their support by rocking the boldest prints from the collection. My celeb BFF Diane Kruger along with Alexa Chung, Dree Hemingway, and Taylor Schilling all showed up to the fashion show decked out in the printastic PETER PILOTTO for Target pieces that we will all be fighting over come this Sunday. Elbows up, ladies.

If you still haven’t made your shopping list, you can view the ENTIRE LOOKBOOK HERE. Make your list, check it twice, and make sure to wear comfortable clothing. See you at Target?

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More photos after the jump!

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WedLuxe Wedding Show 2014

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The WedLuxe Wedding Show is where “True Love meets True Luxury” and if you are a bride-to-be in the GTA, this is the show you need to go to. As a member of two bridal parties in upcoming weddings, I am becoming quite educated in what is involved in planning a wedding. So when my cousin recently got engaged I suggested we visit the WedLuxe Show. What better place to start your planning?!

So there we were, early Sunday morning walking onto the second floor of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and being greeted by a ceiling covered in rose vines, bountiful collections of lovely floral arrangements and just ultimate decadence at every corner. The theme of this year’s show was “Springtime in Paris” and literally felt transported to The City of Light.

Our first stop after registering was at the Le Rêve Boutique Gift Bar. This is where your complimentary tote bag came into good use! We were showered with a variety of gifts and samples from the many sponsors of the show. Moroccanoil samples (one of my favorite product lines!), William Ashley tea cups, Jergens body products and the list goes on. It was truly a fantastic way to start the show. From here we were guided over to the Ooh La La Nail Salon where manicurists would freshen up your nails with a wide selection of O.P.I colors! Definitely felt very spoiled at this point.

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What I Wore: #ALDOALIST

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Last Sunday, I woke up bright and early and headed to Yorkdale to host a party at ALDO’s Toronto flagship. The store opened earlier than usual, welcoming A-list guests with refreshing orange juice and breakfast brownies (my favourite!), as well as 20% off the entire store! The party was thrown in honour of Noelle, who won a special #ALDOALIST contest from Virgin Radio, and as such, she was ALDO’s celeb for the day – hanging out in her very own VIP booth at the store, and shopping with her besties before the store’s official opening hours. Lucky girl!

But Noelle wasn’t the only lucky winner that day. I was also super pumped to meet Ariel, who won an ALDO shopping spree from this season’s Style Days of Christmas Giveaways. It was so wonderful to do a little shopping with Ariel and see her favourite pieces. With her $200 ALDO gift card, Ariel picked up an elegant bag, a pair of boots, a hat, and some jewelry. Not a bad haul! Not bad at all. And you know what? Seeing Ariel’s and Noelle’s faces light up with excitement made waking up early on a freezing Sunday morning totally worth it.

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You Are Invited: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale!

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Breakfast at ALDO, anyone? This Sunday, stop by the ALDO store at Yorkdale before the rest of the retailers open their doors, to get in some holiday shopping without the crowds! From 9am to 11am on Sunday, December 15th, I will be hosting an ALDO A-List soiree, and you are invited! As always, yummy bites and drinks will be provided, DJ will be spinning, and of course, since it’s an A-List event – you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase just for attending. And that’s not all! Once again, I’ll be giving away ALDO gift cards to the most stylish attendees, so make sure to bring your A-game. Interested? Grab your besties and make sure to RSVP, so that we can add your names to the A-List! See you there!

WHAT: ALDO A-List Party (DJ, 20% off merchandise, drinks and treats provided, gift card giveaways)
WHERE: ALDO Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: December 15th, 2013 9am-11am
RSVP: http://aldoalist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca

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Photo Credits: ALDO

CHANEL Boutique Opens at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto!

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I may or may not have let out a loud squeal when a certain CHANEL invitation appeared on my doorstep – my name boldly calligraphed on the envelope. There was no mistaking it – I was being summoned to the opening of the new CHANEL boutique at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. After doing the happy dance, then panicking about not knowing what to wear, then pulling out my favourite pair of CHANEL glass slippers heels, this Cinderella was ready to party at the poshest boutique in town.

Of course, when it comes to parties, CHANEL knows how to throw a damn good one. Packed to the brim with uber-stylish attendees, the new 3000-square foot boutique was overflowing with energetic vibes…or was it the kinetic energy of too many credit cards being swiped along with the most incredible bags and accessories flying off the shelves? No matter, along with my blogging buds Anita, Gracie, and Jay, I perused the boutique’s extensive selection of brooches (super versatile!), drooled over stunning footwear, and played with CHANEL coin purses, in hopes of snagging one for Christmas. We sat on purple tweed couches, piled into the gigantic CHANEL fitting room for a photo session with the Beckerman girls, and drooled some more. It was a blast.

Designed by Peter Marino, the boutique space itself was, as expected, stunning. Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s legendary Paris apartment on rue Cambon, with artful window displays, and oodles of merchandise lining the glossy shelves, I never wanted to leave. Speaking of merchandise…on opening night, the CHANEL boutique at Yorkdale had a huge selection of (almost) everything available. Now that it’s been a few days since opening, I am not sure if it’s still the case, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you are looking for variety…and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re simply a fan of the brand. You won’t be disappointed – that is a promise!

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You Are Invited: Ann Taylor Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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This Thursday, November 14th, you are invited to attend a fun pop-up party at the Ann Taylor store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Grab your best friends, and stock up on all of your cold weather and holiday party essentials from Ann Taylor – cashmere sweaters, sparkly jewelry, perfect boots, stylish coats – they have it all!

My fellow Ann Taylor ambassador Sasha Exeter will be there, and together we’ll be doling out shopping advice, and probably dancing up a storm. But that’s not all, refreshments and snacks will be offered, and a DJ will be spinning all evening! Come by and pick up gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list, or simply treat yourself – we won’t judge.

See you there?

WHEN: Thursday, November 14th, 5-8pm
WHERE: Ann Taylor Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHAT: Star-Style Makeovers, Refreshments, and More!