Lupita Nyong’o Covers American VOGUE

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Finally an American VOGUE cover I can get excited about! After the disaster that was Kimye cover, I was so pleased to see the gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of the July 2014 issue. And while the styling of the cover itself is pretty blah, her beauty radiates and improves it tenfold. Luckily, the rest of the photos are much better. Set in Marrakech, this shoot really inspired me to look into packing my bags and jetting off to Morocco for a week – to explore the bazaars, chill at the hammam, and just lounge around looking drop-dead-gorgeous and Lupita-like. I mean…that photo of her on the couch…she looks incredible!

So there you have it…first VOGUE puts a reality TV famewhore on the cover, and then follows up with an uber-talented loveliest and smartest actress around…Colour me confused. But since an American VOGUE cover is till a huge deal (sorry, Victoria Beckham), this is yet another win for Lupita, who’s already had a pretty kick-ass year so far. You go, girl!

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What I Wore: Easy Does It

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One of my favourite things about summer (other than endless sunshine, BBQs, beach days, and ice-cream) is dresses. I wouldn’t call myself a girlie-girl, but once summer rolls around, dresses is all I want to wear. I’m sure I’ve blogged about that before, but here I go again. This one in particular is from Zara, and it was love at first sight. I bought it when it was still wintery and snowy outside, daydreaming of those warm afternoons when I would be able to throw it on, tie those faux sleeves around my waist and go – so easy and comfy.

I wore this on a neighbourhood discovery walk I took with le bf recently. Since we bought our house a year ago, we haven’t really had the chance to explore our new hood, and now that it’s summer again, we are making an effort to discover the cool things about the place we call home…like this amazing park we stumbled upon – with a stunning ravine, fun splash pad, and this beautifully-painted wall. Definitely a gem that we’ll keep in our regular rotation.

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Style Fille: Emily Blunt

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Last week, I was invited to attend the Toronto premiere of Edge of Tomorrow – the latest Tom Cruise action flick set in the dystopian future. I went to the screening, not expecting anything extraordinary, and was actually wowed by two things…

1. Tom Cruise…actual Tom Cruise showed up at the theater, gave a little speech, and took a “selfie” with the audience (yours truly included). So random, but also pretty cool.

2. How much I actually loved the movie. While I won’t spoil it for you, I have to say that the premise – Groundhog Day meets the Matrix – was mind-blowingly good, and Emily Blunt was even better. I simply can’t get enough of strong female protagonists and Blunt as “Full Metal Bitch” was perfection. Strong, smart, beautiful, and not at all Cruise’s “spear-carrier”. If you’re looking for a thrilling summer blockbuster, this is it. I actually want to see it again, that’s how fun it was.

But let’s look at Emily Blunt’s just as thrilling wardrobe choices that she selected for her 24-hour London/Paris/New York whirlwind premiere circuit. First up, she wore a sweet, printed Osman dress to the London premiere, leaving her hair and makeup soft, and looking like the antithesis of “Full Metal Bitch”. Next up, she leathered-up in a David Koma skirt and top combo at the Paris screening. And while I actually loved this edgy combo (though maybe not those shoes), my favourite of the three was the glam Prada gown that she wore in New York. It was classic, and sexy, and just perfect for her. I also loved the fuchsia lip colour, and the pink pair of shoes that she chose to wear with her scarlet frock. Red and pink look so fresh together, and much better than the boring/expected red and black.

So what about you? Did you like Emily’s three red carpet looks? Which of the three is your fave? Share in the comments.

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You Are Invited: Blogger Bazaar Toronto 2014 Sneak Peek

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BLOGGER BAZAAR is almost here…we only have a couple of days to go until the BIG SALE, and just like last time, I wanted to give you a glimpse at the goodies that I’ll be parting with this Sunday at Toronto’s Soho House! It’s a mix of high and low, designer and fast-fashion, brand new and gently used, and I hope that a lot of these items find new homes.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Corsage Project – Toronto charity that provides formal gowns and accessories, free of charge, to Toronto area girls that need them. And we will once again have amazing swag bags that will be given out with a purchase of $30 or more (while supplies last). Stuffed to the brim, these gift bags will be full of cool items from ALDO, Artemano DecorCall It Spring, Dove, eLUXE, essence, FLARE, Forever 21, Le Chateau, Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie ParisRoots, TRESemme, and vitaminwater! How epic is that?!

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So if an afternoon of shopping while hanging out with your fave fashion bloggers sounds like your idea of a fun Sunday, then make sure to pop by the BLOGGER BAZAAR this Sunday, June 1st at the Soho House! It’s steps away from St Andrew subway station, and right around the corner from the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, where you can grab a table and settle in for some post-sale afternoon high-tea.

Hope to see you all there!

WHERE: Soho House, 192 Adelaide St W, Toronto
WHEN: June 1st, 2014 12-4pm
GIFT BAGS WITH PURCHASE (minimum purchase of $30, while supplies last)
CASH ONLY
10% of all proceeds will be donated to The Corsage Project

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What I Wore: Jumpsuit Up

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After searching for a pair of perfect denim overalls, I stumbled upon this Zara jumpsuit, and immediately fell in love. Instead of channeling J.Lo circa 2001, I decided to jumpsuit up in this simple, super comfy, and versatile one-piece instead. So far, I am seriously obsessed with it, and want to wear it all the time. And the best part is…I can! During the summer, I can pair it with short-sleeved tops. To dress it up, I’ll wear it with a tuxedo jacket and sky-high heels. And when it gets colder again – this leather jacket will save the day. So simple. It may just be the most versatile piece in my wardrobe.

So what about you? Would you wear a jumpsuit in your daily life? Or do you still prefer J.Lo’s denim one-piece? Share in the comments!

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Styled By Nelia: White Denim for Summer

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It finally feels like summer. So to prep you for more sunny days ahead, I thought I’d share one of my favourite summer must-haves! Year after year, white jeans remain a staple in my warm weather wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly versatile, but they are super flattering to boot! I know that white denim has gotten a bad rep over the last few years. I blame it on the “ultra-low hiphugger” phase, followed by the “trashy denim” phase. But no word of a lie – white jeans are flattering…you just have to find the right pair for your bod!

Last month, I stopped by Smart Set at Yorkdale to show Ash how she could add a pair of white skinny jeans to her wardrobe, and to prove to her (and you) just how versatile those pants can be. Dare I say, even more versatile than your blue jeans?! Don’t believe me? Here are three super easy ways you can integrate a pair into your everyday life.

Nautical

Is there anything cuter than a nautical look? Well, it’s also incredibly simple to pull together – all you need is a pair of white jeans, a striped tee (or a striped blazer), and you’re done! Stick to the “nautical” colour palette, which should include pops of red, blue, and white, and you really can’t go wrong. Wearing white jeans in this case, provides a clean background for all the other colours, keeping this look from becoming too costumey.

Black and White

The monochromatic trend has been around for seasons now, and it’s not going away any time soon. For this look, I styled a fab striped blouse with an edgy faux leather vest to create an outfit that works at the office, as well as happy hour! And don’t those white jeans look a lot cooler than a pair of boring black slacks would?

White on White

There’s absolutely nothing chicer than an all-white outfit. Caution must be used when putting together various shades of white and cream – keep it all the same colour…or if the shades are starkly different, make sure that textures are too, which will make the mismatch look deliberate instead of looking like a washing machine accident. You can never go wrong with a smart, well-tailored blazer or vest, thrown over a white tee or blouse, and a pair of white pointy-toe pumps. The great thing about white-on-white, is that you can really make it your own – minimalists can forego the accessories altogether, while the peacocks could pile on bracelets and rings, throw on a chic gold chain necklace, and finish it all off with a pair of Hollywood starlet sunnies. Whatever rocks your boat.

I hope these 3 easy ways of wearing white jeans inspire you to try this timeless trend this summer, and check out some of our previous Styled By Nelia videos for even more styling tips!

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Coming Soon: Altuzarra for Target Fall 2014!

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Huge news! Target has just announced their latest designer collaboration, and this time it’s with Joseph Altuzarra! Altuzarra for Target collection will be launching on September 14, 2014, and will include more than 30 items, ranging in price from $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel, and $29.99 to $79.99 for shoes and accessories. The collection will be sold at most Target stores in the United States and Canada, with an edited assortment available globally at NET-A-PORTER.COM.

“As a designer, I believe firmly in the transformative power of fashion. It has the ability to not only change how you look, but also how you feel,” said Joseph Altuzarra, the brand’s designer and creative director. “I’ve admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion. By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.”

Fans of the brand include celebs like Lady Mary (aka Michelle Dockery), Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Cameron Diaz, among many others, and I am really looking forward to seeing what the collab will actually look like. I’ve wanted to buy a pair of Altuzarra heels for a while now, and perhaps now, I can get a pair on the cheap! Are you excited about this collab? Share in the comments!

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Wishlist: Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection

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While I am usually a huge fan of Chanel and nearly everything the brand puts out there, the Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection actually took me by surprise. I knew I’d have a few favourites from the collection as I usually do, but this time around, my favourites included pretty much every single thing that I saw (save for the thong-sock-sandal-boot hybrid).

Set in the exotic and cosmopolitan emirate of Dubai, the collection was heavily inspired by the East-meets-West locale, while styling made sure to take into account the Sharia law, by covering up the models from neck to ankles. The collection included artfully printed gowns and harem pants – flowy and dream-like, classic-looking tweed pieces that I hope to one day add to my wardrobe, stunning covet-worthy coats, and of course – bags and accessories galore.

As usual, everything that Karl Lagerfeld sent down that Dubai runway looked immaculate, but only by seeing the close-up shots could you really appreciate just how intricate each and every one of those pieces is. This totally  justifies those Chanel prices, especially when you consider how many of the items are done by hand.

And while I absolutely adored Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection, I want to hear your thoughts on it. Did you love the prints? What about the bags? Please share in the comments!

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Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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When ALDO asked me to host yet another A-List party at their stunning Yorkdale store, I didn’t have to give it much thought. These parties are always such a blast. I mean, who would ever say no to a shopping soiree full of drool-worthy shoes and accessories, yummy sweet bites, and hanging out with the coolest people ever?!

This time, I gave out 5 gift cards to Toronto’s most stylish shoppers, helping them pick up summer shoes of their dreams. And let me tell you, ALDO’s SS14 collection is what dreams are made of – from seriously sexy sky-high heels to ugly-cute slip-ons, and anything else in between, there’s a pair out there for any taste! And don’t even get me started on the latest ALDO Rise Ostwald Helgason collection – it’s beyond amazing and is full of must-haves.

I wore my fave (and super comfy) orange Umaniel kitten heel slingbacks and was able to dance around the store for hours, while mingling with shoppers, being silly with Max Kopanygin, and of course trying on more shoes. It was a blast!

Thanks to all those that stopped by our event bright early on a Sunday morning, and for those that weren’t able to attend this time, you can still check out the new arrivals at the Yorkdale store – staff members at that location are not only super helpful, but they are also the most stylish group of co-workers I’ve ever seen. Happy Shopping!

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What I Wore: Perfect Street

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Though I would never wish for longer/colder winters, there’s something to be said about the return of warmer weather after an especially brutal cold spell, don’t you think? The moment the temperatures begin to rise, people spill out onto the streets of Toronto like the sun-starved survivors of a zombie apocalypse, baring their pale limbs and battling over patio tables whenever they see one. Truth is – Canadian winters make us truly appreciate spring and summer seasons. With those endless snowy days still fresh in my mind, I make sure to get outside as often as I possibly can, and that, my friends, is a good thing.

Two weeks ago (yes, I’m a little behind), le bf and I took a long stroll from Eglinton St to King St down Yonge St, stopping at little cafes and bakeries along the way, pretending that we’re vacationing in another city, seeing Toronto with fresh eyes, and it was wonderful. The street where these photos were taken is probably one of my faves in the city, with charming white row houses lining the street, perfect location, and of course, the pièce de résistance – the loveliest Magnolia tree I’ve ever seen. Wouldn’t you just love to live on a picturesque street like this? I can only dream!

Happy Tuesday, y’all. It’s a short week, so let’s make it count!

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