Styled by Nelia: Wear Canada for Canada Day


Canada Day is around the corner and this year we wanted to showcase some of the wonderful Canadian brands available at Yorkdale. Some, like HBC Collection are iconic and can be found in many Canadian homes, while others like Erin Kleinberg and ela handbags are less mainstream, but nevertheless deserve your attention.

If you did a quick glance inside your wardrobe, how many Canadian brands would you find there? Adding just a few more Canadian pieces to your wardrobe every now and then would help support local brands and designers, while promoting Canadian fashion industry in general. So many designers have to leave the country in order to find popularity, and it’s really sad, because the talent is all here, we just need to help nourish it.

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So next time you’re looking for a work outfit, skip your fave fast-fashion retailer and consider picking up a few well-made items from Judith & Charles or Pink Tartan (avail at Holt Renfrew). Instead of buying a “designer” purse, invest in a timeless bag by ela or Mackage (avail at Holt Renfrew and Mendocino). Buy a stunning Dean Davidson (avail at Holt Renfrew) or Jackson Rowe (avail at Mendocino) jewelry piece that you’ll keep forever, or a trendy Brave leather belt (available at Mendocino) that will go with all of your outfits.

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Once you take a look around, it’s really easy to find cool Canadian brands, and Yorkdale carries so many – ALDO, Aritzia, Brave, Cougar, Danier, Dean Davidson, Dsquared2, Dynamite, ela handbags, Erin Kleinberg, HBC Collection, Honey, Jackson Rowe, Judith & Charles, Mackage, Pink Tartan, RW&Co, RUDSAK, Tristan, Wilfred, and so many more!

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I’m not saying that you should avoid all non-Canadian brands, but with so many amazing local designers, adding a few more Canadian pieces to your wardrobe should be a breeze. And what better time to start than Canada Day?

Share your fave Canadian designers in the comments, and HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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Photos and Video by Max Kopanygin

Shopping: Extra 25% Off Shopbop Sale!

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It’s that time of year again, people! Extra 25% off sale items on Shopbop.com! So if you’ve been eyeing those Alexander Wang Lovisa pumps, or always wanted to pick up a kitschy Moschino piece, airy LWD, or simply looking for a perfect dress to wear to that summer wedding – now’s the time to pull the trigger! The sale will last 3 days, and will end on June 25th, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. The most covetable pieces tend to sell out quickly, and I’ve already ordered some things I’ve been patiently watching all season at DEEP discounts.

Below, I’ve curated my fave sale items from Shopbop, in case you get easily overwhelmed by the huge selection. I’m sorry and you’re welcome.

Let me know what you end up grabbing, and HAPPY SHOPBOPING!

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Beauty: CHANEL CHANCE Eau Vive


Today’s the day! The latest in the line of CHANEL CHANCE fragrances, CHANCE Eau Vive is hitting the stores today and you should definitely stop by your nearest boutique to give it a try! I had the chance to check out this delightful perfume created by perfumer Olivier Polge a couple of months ago, and have to say that it’s the perfect scent for the summer! This fragrance is energetic and fresh, with notes of grapefruit and blood orange, as well as jasmine, white musk, and fresh vetiver. Its floral scent lingers lightly and doesn’t overpower my senses when I wear it.

Fragrance is a very personal thing, but I do think that CHANCE Eau Vive is going to be a popular crowd-pleaser – a refreshing burst of energy that adds a bit of pep to the day, and literally makes me smile when I smell it.

The new Jean-Paul Goude campaign for the fragrance is equally energetic and fun – cute models bowling with giant perfume bottles, welcoming the new girl to the CHANCE team. After watching the cute 30-second film, make sure to check out the behind-the-scenes “making of” video below, to see how this film was created from concept to final product.

So tell me, are you a fan of CHANEL CHANCE fragrance line? Will you give CHANCE Eau Vive a try? Share in the comments!


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What I Wore: In Living Colour

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Springtime is the best time to bust our your most colourful, most eclectic, most funtabulous pieces, and I think this lovely CHANEL Multicolor Jersey Flap bag totally qualifies. It elevates the most basic of outfits, adding a touch of whimsy and excitement.

I wore this outfit to work the other day and someone literally exclaimed “YOUR EARRINGS ARE GREEN!” with her eyes wide as saucers…I mean, yes, they are green…and yes, I work in an industry where green earrings raise eyebrows. Le sigh.

In case you didn’t know, CHANEL is currently having a summer sale, so for those of you who’d like to snag a little of that CC goodness, make your way to your nearest store and enjoy the deals. There are some really cool shoes available up to 50% off…jewelry and clothes too! It’s a dangerous place to be right now, but oh-so-good too! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Happy Friday, lovelies!

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Wishlist: Chanel Paris Seoul Cruise 2016 Collection Bags and Accessories

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So I already posted my recap of the fab CHANEL Paris Seoul Cruise 2016 collection, but there’s more! Now that the detailed images are available, I wanted to share the beautiful accessories from this collection. As a lover of all things colourful and bright, the bags are totally up my alley. I am obsessed with the sequinned striped bag, the cheerful tweed flaps, and that iridescent Boy Bag – not sure how I feel about the turtle minaudière, but it wouldn’t be a CHANEL collection without a fun nod to the show’s theme.

Jewelry was pretty stunning as well, but as I mentioned before, the shoes aren’t my cup of tea this time around, which is actually a good thing – less temptation! Having said that…OMG…I need those tweed bags, you guys! This CHANEL addiction is spinning out of control, and I kinda don’t mind. Coming soon to Style Blog: surviving on Cup Noodles to fund your CHANEL obsession. Stay tuned.

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Balmain X H&M Collaboration Confirmed!

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If like me you’ve been impatiently waiting to find out about the next big H&M designer collaboration, today’s the day! While walking the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has announced the big news – #HMBALMAINATION is coming to a store near you this fall! And to give you a taste of the things to come, models Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn accompanied the designer on the red carpet in looks from the upcoming collection. At first, I couldn’t believe that the signature velvet embellished blazer was going to be a part of the H&M collab, but it sounds like it is! I foresee things getting crazy come fall.

Right now, there’s not much else to share about the collab except for the date – November 5th, 2015 is the date the collection will hit the stores. More to come!

Who’s excited about Balmain x H&M collab? Share in the comments!

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Styled By Nelia: Summer Trends from Forever 21 +

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Ever since Forever 21 opened their new store at Yorkdale, I’ve been obsessed! Huge selection spread out across the 27,000 square foot boutique – what’s not to love?! Well, last month, I got to check out the brand’s plus size collection, aimed at the curvy girl who loves trendy clothes. While most fashion-forward brands don’t carry plus sizes, Forever 21 + collection goes up to size 3X, and carries a wide selection of cool girl essentials season after season. On the latest episode of Styled By Nelia, I helped Andria to incorporate a few key trends for the upcoming summer season.

Joggers
While skinny jeans are a staple for many curvy girls, wearing tight jeans in the summer may not be the best idea, which is why I am such a huge fan of tailored joggers. These versatile pants come in a variety of prints and fabrics, can be dressed up or down, oh, and the super comfy stretchy waistband doesn’t hurt either! If you’re looking for a cool alternative to your trusty jeans, give these pants a try.

All White Everything
White on white is a huge trend this year, and is a fashionable way to keep summer heat at bay. Curvy girls can get in on the trend by choosing figure-flattering silhouettes, loose layers, and a mix of shades of white for a fresh and fashionable look.

Boho
This trend is a summer staple, and is the easiest to incorporate into your wardrobe. Pick up a brightly-printed maxi dress, a fringed caftan thrown over a pair of flared jeans, or a flower-child crochet lace top…your options are limitless!

So tell me, do you love Forever 21 + selection at Yorkdale? What’s your fave trend for the summer? Share in the comments!

Photo and Video by Max Kopanygin

Giveaway: Visa Checkout x Indigo Great Canadian Summer Collection

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I shop online a lot – for heavy things like books, for items not available in stores, and on sites that offer free shipping and free returns. Everyday I visit my fave online stores and peruse the new arrivals. It’s easy, convenient, and pretty addictive. Yet when it comes time to paying for the items in my virtual shopping cart, I tend to get frustrated. If I’m shopping on my phone, typing in my credit card details becomes an ordeal, and when I am comfortably curled up with my laptop, somehow my credit card is always in another room of the house, forcing me to go on a mini treasure hunt, when all I want to do is remain on my couch. The struggle is real, y’all.

I’ve considered saving my credit card details on my most-visited shopping sites, but have never felt like it was safe enough to do so. And so, I carried on fumbling with my card each time, cursing under my breath, wishing for an easier solution. Well, my prayers have been answered! Introducing Visa Checkout!

Visa Checkout provides a single account sign-in that can be used on all devices, making online shopping even more convenient and enjoyable. All you have to do to take advantage of Visa Checkout is:

Create a username and password
– Enter your payment and shipping info (one time only!)
– Look for the Visa Checkout button when shopping online, enter your username and password, and you won’t have to worry about inputting your payment/shipping info!

Visa Checkout is available at many Canadian online retailers, with lots more joining each month. You can see the full list here: http://checkout.visa.com/shopping

And in case you’re paranoid about credit card fraud like me, Visa Checkout gives shoppers a secure way to pay online with Visa’s advanced security tools and Zero Liability for consumers in case of fraud!

But that’s not all! Until May 31, Canadians who use Visa Checkout on Chapters.Indigo.ca will receive 20% off their purchase! Currently, I’m obsessed with everything on Indigo’s site – from the colourful and inspirational “Be Amazing” Pillow, to the Great Canadian Summer collection that includes this Stacking Drink Dispenser and party-ready Mason Jars, to this beautiful Annie Seaton art print. There are also great cookbooks that will help me be the coolest hostess this summer. And I can stock up on these summer must-haves at 20% off by simply using Visa Checkout.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I truly think that this is a quick, safe, and convenient way to shop online, and I’m giving away $100 Visa gift card to help one of you get ready for summer with Visa Checkout and Indigo! Sounds good? See the details of the giveaway below!

– Tweet at us sharing why you are excited to use Visa Checkout (eg: “Hey @styleblogca, I am excited to use @VisaCA #VisaCheckout @chaptersindigo because _____”)
– The giveaway will close on May 22nd at 11:59 EST
– Giveaway Open to Canadian Readers, 18 and older
– Winner will be selected at random

Good luck and happy shopping!
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Beauty: Garnier Color Styler Review

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Ever since I had my hair bleached, I’ve been dying to try some fun colours on my light tresses. As a brunette, I haven’t been able to experiment much without damaging my hair, so let’s just say I was itching to try something new. Sadly, since my workplace is quite conservative, I couldn’t do anything permanently drastic – no matter what, my hair had to go back to normal by Monday morning. So when I saw Garnier Color Styler on sale at Shoppers, I was very excited to pick up all three colours on the shelf – pink pop, purple mania, and blue burst.

The box promised “intense wash-out color” that would last for 2-3 shampoos. After reading up on the product online, I discovered a lot of negative reviews – mainly complaints of dry, unbrushable hair, and a few mentions of colour that didn’t look like the one on the box. That certainly gave me pause…which is why I left the boxes under my sink for a few weeks, until last Friday when I was intensely bored…and you know what they say about idle hands.

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Shopping: Converse x Missoni Spring 2015 Collection

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Converse x Missoni collabs hold a very special place in my heart, combining fashion and function in some of the best-looking kicks I’ve ever seen, these are my casual-wear go-tos. Which is why I’m so excited about the latest collaboration between the two brands for Spring 2015! Featuring the iconic zigzag pattern in All-Star and All-Star Lux wedge silhouettes, and fun colourways like Egret, Periwinkle/Citrus/Berry, Carnival/Peppermint, and more, these are true must-haves for all fashion lovers out there.

In Canada, Converse x Missoni collection is available at Hudson’s Bay, Brown’s Shoes, Little Burgundy, Town Shoes, Gravity Pope, Groovy and Boutique X2O. From personal experience, I know that they sell quickly, so call ahead and put your pair on hold.

Happy Shopping!