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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Giveaway: Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

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As someone with naturally wavy/frizzy hair, I am always on the hunt for hair products that will make my unruly hair look and feel more manageable. So when I was offered the opportunity to try the new Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight styling creme, I didn’t have to think twice. I was in!

After my first time using the Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo, conditioner, and styling creme, I was hooked! Even after one application, the three easy-to-use products left my hair feeling softer, shinier, and yes, smoother. And two weeks later, my natural wave was practically gone. Don’t get me wrong, I still had to use a hair straightener to achieve the truly straight and smooth look, but most of my work was already done for me by the hair products I was using. And the best part was that even on hot, humid days, my hair stayed straight and frizz-free!

Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight styling creme promises to progressively straighten curls with every use, and it definitely delivers. Organic cassava root helps form a barrier against intense humidity to help you battle frizz, while the  plant-derived fibers help create a locking layer to help you keep your hair straight longer.

After about 2 months of using Aveda Smooth Infusion line on my hair, I took part in a little photoshoot, showcasing my smooth, straight locks, among other curly-haired Torontonians. You can check out everyone’s incredible results below.

But that’s not all! If like me, you need a little help with your frizzy locks, make sure to enter our Aveda Smooth Infusion giveaway below. You could win a three-month supply of Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight styling creme – that’s enough to get you through the hottest and the most humid of summer days. Sounds good? Enter after the jump!

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Enter to Win a Le Château x Yorkdale Prom Makeover!

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Know an awesome girl that’s attending prom this year, but still doesn’t have THE DRESS?! Well, she may just be in luck! Style Blog partnered up with Le Château and Yorkdale Shopping Centre, to make one lucky girl’s prom dreams come true! As part of our ongoing Styled By Nelia video series, I am looking for a participant, who plans on attending prom this year, and who needs a little style inspiration. What’s in it for her? A styling session with yours truly, and a head-to-toe prom look of her choice…on the house!

If you know someone who fits the bill, please email styleblog.ca@gmail.com with a subject line LE CHATEAU x YORKDALE PROM, and tell me why this girl deserves to be dressed to the nines by Le Château and Yorkdale! Details and the nitty-gritty after the jump!

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Giveaways: Olay Regenerist Luminous

After 8 weeks of sticking to the Olay Regenerist Luminous routine, I was pretty impressed with the line and what it did for my skin. Over the course of my trial, I met other bloggers who were using the same products, and learned that while we all loved the results, we also had different opinions on our faves from the line, and what did and didn’t work.

And though I’d already shared my personal experience with Olay Regenerist Luminous, I wanted to give you a chance to try it the line for yourselves and (hopefully) love it as much as I do. Sounds good? Here’s how you can win one of five Olay Regenerist Luminous line sets (Brightening Cream Cleanser, Tone Perfecting Cream, and Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl).

I want to make it as easy as possible, so for this giveaway you can do all four, or just one of the below – it’s up to you.

1. Comment below, and let me know which Olay Regenerist Luminous product you are most excited to try.

2. Tweet the following: “Hey @styleblogca, I want to win 1 of 5 @OlayUS #bestbeautiful prizes! http://wp.me/p1WxbY-6eY”

3. Comment on our Facebook page sharing why you would like to win an Olay Regenerist Luminous prize pack.

4. Comment on my Olay  Instagram photo sharing why you would like to win an Olay Regenerist Luminous prize pack.

Remember, you can do all four, or just one of the above and you will still be entered to win a prize pack! You don’t even have to follow me on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram…but of course, I appreciate it if you do.

This giveaway is open to Canadian readers only and will close on Sunday at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

The winners have now been chosen and contacted. Thank you for entering!

Style Days of Christmas: Nokia Lumia 1020 Giveaway

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I can’t believe that it’s the final day of our Style Days of Christmas Giveaways already! While I am sad to stop pretending to be Santa (or Oprah!), I do hope that you enjoyed the giveaways, and I wish you all the best of luck in snagging some of the sweet prizes we had lined up. But of course, not before you enter our final giveaway of the season – and as you can probably already tell, it’s a good one!

Up for grabs on Day 12 of #SDOC13 is an amazing Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone* (valued at 700). If you still haven’t checked one out, it’s a must! At the launch party a few months ago, I learned that no other smartphone can really compare when it comes to the camera specs of Nokia Lumia 1020. While I am definitely a DSLR girl, as a blogger, taking photos on the go is often my reality, so having a good phone camera is crucial, and with a 41 megapixel camera sensor, optical image stabilization, Full HD video and Nokia Rich Recording, it’s pretty safe to say that Nokia Lumia 1020 is as good as it gets when it comes to smartphone photography (and videography too!). But that’s not all! Powered by Windows Phone 8, Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with MS Office and all the unique Lumia features like Nokia Music and free voice-guided navigation.

Sounds like a superphone you’d like to own? Enter below to win one this holiday season!

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Giveaway Details After the Jump!

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Style Days of Christmas: Canon Selphy CP900 Giveaway

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We are almost at the end of our Style Days of Christmas Giveaways run, and while I don’t play favourites with my giveaways, today’s prize is going to be simply amazing for the holidays! As a Canon Canada Blogtography ambassador I take A LOT of photos daily, but the sad thing is, most of those images stay on their SD cards – never printed out, never framed. Well, no more! Thanks to Canon Canada, I am now a proud owner of the amazingly compact wireless Canon SELPHY CP900 printer! Instead of letting the memorable moments languish on a slew of memory sticks, I am now a printing ninja – printing everything in sight! Warning: owning a wireless printer may or may not be incredibly addictive!

So, what’s in it for you? Today, I’d like one of my amazing readers to win a SELPHY of their own! You can use it as a photobooth printer at your holiday parties (set up is a breeze!), to print photos of those family get-togethers, or simply to make sure that all of your fond memories can be proudly displayed in your home instead of your computer. The prize pack (valued at $244) will also include some extra paper and ink to get you started! Sounds good? Enter the giveaway after the jump!

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About Canon SELPHY CP900:

High-quality Prints: Dye-sublimation technology uses heat to transfer ink to the paper, reproducing approximately 16.8 million colours for amazing pictures in both colour and black and white. Then, a clear protective coating is added which helps prevent against damage from light, water and gases so your precious photos can last for generations.
High-quality Prints: Print a photo in just 47 seconds and share for generations! Photos printed from your SELPHY will be water-resistant and last up to 100 years.
2.7″ Tilt-up LCD: Easily view, select and edit your images for simple, computer-free printing with this adjustable full-colour display. No downloading needed, just pick your picture and print!
My Colours: Have fun with your prints as 5 colours effects are offered for added versatility: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral, and Positive Film.
Portrait Image Optimize: For automatic facial detection and correction, Portrait Image Optimize optimally corrects images where subjects or faces appear dark due to strong backlighting.
Built-In Wireless: New wireless capabilities lets you print right from your computer, iOS, and Android devices.
Memory Cards / USB Flash Drive & PictBridge: Don’t feel like using a computer? No problem. Just insert a compatible memory card into the built-in card slot, or a USB Flash Drive into the USB port, select images on the LCD display, and print! Thanks to a PictBridge connection you can also print photos directly from your compatible digital camera, DV camcorder or camera phone.

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Style Days of Christmas: Mulberry Giveaway

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Earlier this year, English brand Mulberry opened its doors at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, giving the Toronto shopaholics yet another excuse to go shopping. After checking out the stunning new store, I walked away coveting a very long list of gorgeous handbags – Lily, Alexa, Del Rey, and of course…Willow – the most perfect one of them all! And today, on Day 10 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways, I’d like one of my amazing readers to win an adorable Mulberry Bow Leather Wristlet Clutch (valued at $470). It’s the perfect accessory for your holiday outfits, and an even better gift to stash under the tree for someone special. Want it? Enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: Gap Canada Giveaway

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I have a very soft spot for Gap and their jeans. Every year I pick up a new pair (or a couple) and end up wearing them obsessively. This season, I had a particularly tough time choosing…there are velvet skinnies that look luxurious and sleek, there’s a cool-looking camo pair, fun snakeskin print pair, one with patches…and that’s on top of all the “regular” pairs that are available.  And the best thing is – Gap jeans are super flattering, but comfy too. A perfect combination of function and style!

So because I love Gap and I love my readers, today we’ll be giving away not one, but TWO pairs of Gap jeans of your choice! Perhaps a pair for yourself, and a pair for the BFF? Or a pair for yourself and a pair for your mom? Or perhaps…both pairs for yourself? Either way, we won’t judge!

But that’s not all! Because you’ve been so awesome to us this year, today’s gift pack will also include two adorable leather mini clutches, making today’s giveaway worth $230!

Interested? Enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: Dolce & Gabbana The One Gift Set

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I can’t believe we are already on Day 8 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways! Time really does fly. Today’s amazing prize is a very special limited edition Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume and cologne gift set* (valued at $224) – a perfect luxurious prezzie for a sophisticated lady (and gent) on your shopping list.

With top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lychee, and peach, The One perfume is rich without feeling overbearing, feminine, sensuous, and irresistible. All you need is a little dab, and you won’t be able to stop smelling yourself all day. Recently, I’ve started to move away from the girly fragrances I used to be drawn to in my early twenties, and Dolce & Gabbana The One is now my go-to scent for the fall and winter months.

The One for Men cologne is also very alluring. The scent is powerful and spicy, with hints of cedar and tobacco. It aims to be “not a banal classic, but a classic men’s fragrance that would last for years and be the type of scent that women adore”. From this woman’s POV, this is indeed The One. I love the smell of this cologne, and I am sure the special guy in your life will love it too.

Sounds like something you’d like to see under your Christmas tree? Enter the giveaway below!

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Style Days of Christmas: H&M $200 Gift Card Giveaway

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My H&M love affair is very well documented on this blog, so I’m not going to write three lengthy paragraphs about a pretty neoprene skirt I bought for a steal, and which made people breathlessly inquire about the designer of said skirt. Things like that happen all the time…which is one of the many reasons I adore H&M…and today, on Day 7 of our annual holiday giveaways, I would like to share the love! Perhaps you want to grab the remaining few Isabel Marant for H&M pieces, pick up a cozy sweater or two, or maybe you would like to surprise your man with a cool new coat…tell me what’s on your H&M holiday shopping list, and you will be entered to win a $200 gift card from one of my favourite stores ever (H&M, of course) to make your holiday gift shopping a breeze! It’s that easy. Sounds good? Enter below!

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