Toronto Life’s Most Stylish Reader!

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An awesome thing happened today! I was selected as one of 10 Toronto Life’s Most Stylish Readers! And though I am on cloud 9 right now, there can only be ONE winner, and I am really hoping it will be me.

So if you love this blog, and like my style, won’t you please click below to vote for me? You don’t even have to register, or input your email addy…all you have to do is click on Learn More & Vote for Nelia (I am the one in a cute red dress from JACOB), input some captcha characters, and click VOTE! Easy, peasy, right?

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/torontos-most-stylish-reader/

Fingers and toes crossed, y’all! And thanks for your support!

xx

Nelia

Pineapple Bags, etc.

Bought this H&M Pineapple Bag the other day, and while carrying it home (sans shopping bag), I caught many a-puzzled looks directed at me, or my bag, or the fact that I was also wearing kitty flats, or all of the above. Moral of the story: buying a pineapple bag is the first step to becoming world-famous. So get to it!

What do you think? Would you ever wear one?

Happy Holidays from Michael Fassbender and I!

Seems like Elf Yourself has become a holiday tradition here at Style Blog…and this year, I’ve decided to wish you the merriest and the happiest of holidays with a little help from my latest crush – Michael Fassbender. This holiday season, I’ll be catching up on all things Fassy, starting with Jane Eyre…and since making this Elf video was so much fun, I might just make a few more.

Make sure to watch Michael Fassbender in a role of a lifetime below! And hope your holidays are full of silliness and fun!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is my favoritest holiday ever (no matter single or coupled up). And this year is no exception. I’m hoping that y’all are having a wonderful day too, full of love, laughter, and the best part of all – chocolates! Anyone have special plans for tonight? Romantic dinners, proposals, dancing till the break of dawn? Whatever you do, do it with lurve and style!

xoxos,

Nelia

Rewind

January 2010: My friend Jen marries Joe in Houston, TX. Le boyfriend and I attend. Delta loses our luggage, and are extremely unhelpful. All-new outfits are bought at the last minute.

February 2010: Photoshoot with renowned fashion photographer Chris Nicholls! Feeling unbelievably lucky.

Also, a Valentine’s Day trip to Cuba with le boyfriend. Great times in Varadero and Havana.

March 2010: H&M Garden Collection launches. The red rosette dress is finally mine!

April 2010: Surprise birthday trip to Las Vegas for le boyfriend. A first for both of us. Chanel on every corner, like Starbucks. Never want to leave.

Also, my first-ever nephew is born! Not allowed to share his photo until he is 1. But trust me when I say that he’s the best-looking baby in the world!

May 2010: My Yorkdale billboard is up at Yonge and Sheppard. Cannot believe my luck.

June 2010: Another first – birthday trip to Quebec City. Good food, great company, Blanche de Chambly.

July and August 2010: Summer, Taste of the Danforth, Shoes, Love, Beach, Patios, Brunch, The Ex…

September 2010: Florence with le boyfriend for the very first time. Love at first sight.

Also, my first visit to Space in Montevarchi…which is an experience I’ll never forget. Fantastic selection of Prada and Miu Miu at outlet prices.

A lovely trip to Venice. Sweet and short…and amazing. Also, Rome, Milan, and Lugano.

October 2010: God Save The Queen Gala at The Bay. Met Erdem Moralioglu, Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, Tommy Ton…unbe-freaking-lievable!

November 2010: Lanvin for H&M launches. Got the dresses I wanted. Hooray!

December 2010: My beloved grandfather is gone. Life will never be the same again.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, lovelies! May your holidays season be full of love and laughter. May all of your wildest hopes and dreams come true. And may you be surrounded by the closest friends and family this Christmas!

xoxo,

Nelia

Interrupted Programming Note

I just wanted to take a minute to apologize for the lack of posts recently. This past weekend, my beloved grandfather had passed away and left a gaping hole in my heart. I hope you understand if posting will be sparse in the meantime.

Thank you all again for reading. This blog wouldn’t be the same without you.

Travel: Bisha Hotel & Residences

I vividly recall the shutting down of Diesel Playhouse a couple of years back. Le boyfriend and I were really looking forward to seeing Cannibal! The Musical, but when he went to the theatre to buy tickets, leboyfriend was greeted by boarded up doors. Needless to say, I was super bummed for a while after that.

Well, for the first time in a while, something worthy is coming to replace the much-missed venue - Bisha Hotels & Residences - new swanky hotel brought to life by Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment, along with Lifetime Developments’ Mel Pearl and Sam Herzog. What Bisha is supposed to represent, according to Khabouth is “the marriage of cool and luxury”. With its modern design, and an abundance of luxurious touches, Bisha will definitely bring a touch of much-needed class to the neighborhood.

Bisha is slated to open in 2015, with around half of the units already sold! If you want to get a piece of Bisha opulence for yourself, go ahead and check out the available model suites at 56 Blue Jays Way. I’m pretty sure you’ll be impressed.

Photo Credits: Matchstick

Halloween 2010: Last-Minute Costumes

Every year, I plan on dressing up for Halloween, and every year I inevitably wait until the week before the party to start putting my costume together. Most times, everything I need…well, almost everything I need, is right inside my closet. This year, I came up with these 5 easy costumes that do not involve much polyester, sluttiness, or money-spending. Shop your own closet for supplies this year, and I bet you, you’ll be surprised at how many costume ideas you’ll be able to come up with!

1. Lady Gaga in Telephone

People have been going gaga for Gaga’s eclectic and sometimes outright batshit crazy stage outfits, which makes them perfect for recreating come Halloween. One of the easiest and cheapest options I could come up with (short of taping a bunch of bottles to a nude dress to make a “bubble bottle dress”) was the “Caution Tape Outfit” from her video Telephone. All you need is some caution tape, safety pins or needles/thread, or possibly scotch tape, and the craziest shoes you can find in your closet.

All I did was wrap the caution tape all over my top/liquid leggings combo, safety pinned it in place (didn’t even have to cut anything), and I was done. If you’re actually serious about recreating the look, you could wrap the tape around your naked/near-naked body, or actually tape that crap to your clothes. Since, I’m neither dedicated nor patient, I wrapped it haphazardly, but perhaps if I actually end up choosing this look, I’ll also attach some tape to the 3D glasses I’m wearing. Cost me all of $2.50 for the tape…everything else was right inside my closet. Done. This look would also work with meat…but it might get smelly by the end of the night.

If you wrap yourself with toilet paper instead, you could look like a pretty hot mummy. Just sayin’.

2. Cousin Itt – The Addams Family

Ever since my mom made fun of my hat/hair/scarf/glasses combo, I’ve been thinking about incorporating said items into a costume, and here’s the final result. To pull off this look you will either need a wig, or if you have long hair, you’ll simply need to flip it in front of your face, put some glasses over it, put on a hat, wear a long-ass dress and something furry/hairy on top. Done. Cost? ZERO dollars…and possibly some bruises and broken bones due to poor visibility. Small price to pay for such an awesome costume! No one will ever accuse you of trying to look slutty this Hallows’ Eve!

3. Wenda - Where’s Waldo?

I am a huge stripes fiend, so this costume is actually came quite naturally. All you need is a red/white striped shirt, a red or white hat with a pom-pom, a blue or denim skirt, some rad (or red) frames, and some red/white striped tights. It also helps to carry a camera, and keep asking people “Where’s Waldo???”. Done! And it cost…all of NOTHING.

I do think that Odlaw’s costume is much more fun that Wenda’s…but finding a yellow/black striped shirt proved a difficult task. If you’re serious about your commitment to portray this baddie, get some yellow duct tape, stick stripes all over a black sweater, put on some black pants and a yellow/black striped hat, round-rim glasses, grow/buy a mustache and you’re done!

4. Dorothy - The Wizard of Oz

This one was a result of my affinity to my Rodarte for Target baby-blue dress. It’s been hanging lifelessly in my closet for over a year now, and I have finally found some use for it! This dress could also be worn as part of Alice in Wonderland costume, but it would probably work best on a blonde.

Back to Dorothy: all you need are some ruby slippers (red heels in this case), a blue dress, pigtails, basket, and someone to play the role of Toto. If I go with this costume, Pepper is getting a dog makeover…or not. Once again, it cost me nothing…

5. Terry Richardson

If you truly want a TERRYfying costume…then look no further than photographer/alleged model abuser Terry Richardson. All you need is a standard hipster uniform of plaid shirt, skinny jeans, Converse sneaks, some Terry-esque shades and a handlebar moustache. Obviously, I wasn’t particularly committed to this look…the glasses are all wrong, and the moustache is nowhere to be seen…but if I actually decided to go as him, all I would need are those two props to complete the look. Extra points for carrying a banana, a camera, and making strangers pose provocatively for ya.

What are you wearing for Halloween this year? I’d love to know!

My Moo

So when Style Blog was just a baby (blog), le boyfriend surprised me with my very own Moo minicards. Back then, I didn’t really know anything about Moo, and the surprise was truly awesome – tiny adorable cards with different images printed on each one. A much better alternative for someone who finds business cards too stuffy.

This time, having run out of my first batch, I ordered Moo myself for the first time…and surprisingly, they have arrived earlier than projected on their site and looking oh-so-lovely! I am super happy that I have my Moo minis before our European getaway, because who knows…I might be invited to a super fun party in Florence or Milan, and meet some very stylish Italians to give my cards to.

So here are my new Moo cards…hope you like ‘em! And if you want your very own batch, make sure to check out Moo’s website – super affordable, super cute, and super customizable! What’s not to love?