YASSSSSSSSSSSSS: Tilda Swinton for NARS Spring 2015

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Forgive my immature post title, but I just couldn’t help it. NARS has just announced Tilda “Glorious” Swinton as the face of the brand’s Spring 2015 campaign, and I love this SO hard! Also, I can’t stop staring at this first of four portraits of Tilda, shot by NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars. Doesn’t she look FIERCE? I try not to use that word often, but she looks fierce and striking, and I’m all over this collab.

Here’s what Tilda had to say about this exciting news:  “I met François only recently when he asked to photograph me for his book, having long been an admirer of his from afar for many years. I liked him immensely and immediately and we were eager, from that first session, to do more things together. I could not be more proud to call him my colleague. Now I understand why his work is so fresh and original, because he is so bright and has such a sweet heart.”

More details will be released in the coming months, but I’m already on board. I don’t need to know what she’s selling, because I’m buying it…whatever IT is. What about you? Are you excited about Tilda x NARS? Share in the comments.

Shopping: Fave Pieces from Shopbop Friends and Family Sale!

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It’s that time of the year again – Shopbop’s Friends and Family Sale! Which means 25% off almost anything on the site (with promo code FAMILY25). And while normally, I don’t consider 25% off a major sale, if like me, you’ve been watching that must-have item for a couple of months, now is the time to add it to your cart and click PURCHASE!

Below, I put together a few of my fave items from the sale – perfect holiday frocks, warm winter jackets, cozy sweaters, hot boots, and more! While some brand exclusions apply, there’s still more than enough fall merch for you to peruse…and the best part is – 25% off discount applies to sale items as well! Sale ends on October 16th, so don’t miss out and shop early for best selection. Good luck!

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Events: Blogger Bazaar Fall 2014

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Last month, by popular request we held our third Blogger Bazaar, this time – fall edition. With help from our awesome sponsors (Aime by Monica Mei, ALDO, Cake Beauty, Call It Spring, Civello Salon, Dermalogica, Essence, Flare Magazine, H&M, Lovefresh, Roots, smartwater, Trend Trunk, vitaminwater, and Yorkdale), we once again had epic swag bags to gift to our attendees, who showed up at the Soho House ready to shop.

On offer, was a selection of winter coats, party dresses, designer bags and shoes, jewelry, and so much more! We mingled with our readers and our friends, sipped on vitaminwater, played with Cake Beauty dry shampoo, shopped each other’s tables, and said good-bye to our preloved clothing and accessories. It was a fun afternoon for us, and we hope that those that were able to attend enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed organizing it.

And to thank you all for supporting Blogger Bazaar, we would like to give something back! Until October 31, if you instagram or tweet a photo of your fave bazaar purchase, using a hashtag #BLOGGERBAZAARTO, you will be entered to win 1 of 2 Yorkdale prize packs ($100 gift card and a valet parking pass). You can share more than one photo for more chances to win. Sounds good? Can’t wait to see all of your photos!

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Wishlist: Eddy Anemian for H&M Collection

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While most people are on counting down the days until the upcoming and highly-anticipated Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration hits the stores, here I am drooling over a different and decidedly less high-profile H&M collab. Eddy Anemian x H&M capsule collection, which will be launching in select countries (sadly not in Canada) this October, is small but fierce – with beautiful prints, cool silhouettes, and a lot of wow factors built right in. Anemian, who’s only 24 (!!!), and is still in school (visual art school La Cambre in Brussels), won the prestigious H&M Design Award 2014, and now, his eye-catching collection is heading to select H&M stores. How cool is that?

And while Canada is not on the list of the lucky countries that will be receiving this capsule collection, our US neighbours will get to shop it both online and in stores. Eddy Anemian x H&M collection will be hitting select stores and online on October 23rd, with prices starting at $29.95. Will you buy? Share in the comments!

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Full collection after the jump!

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Styled By Nelia: Mad for Plaid

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Ever since 424 Fifth arrived at Hudson’s Bay, I’ve been obsessed. Ladylike silhouettes, high-quality finishes, and a touch of quirk – sign me up! Well, last month, I got to introduce Yorkdale’s latest lucky shopper Emily to the brand and show her three ways of wearing plaid this fall.

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Shopping: La Vallee Village Outlets Near Paris

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For a shopaholic like myself, a visit to Paris is never complete without a shopping spree or two. But you really don’t have to spend a fortune in order to get something memorable to commemorate your trip, there’s always La Vallee Village to help you get the most bang for your euros. What’s La Vallee Village, you ask? Well, it’s a designer outlet mall, located a quick jaunt away from Central Paris, and just a skip and a hop from Disneyland Paris, and last June, I had the pleasure of shopping there!

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GETTING THERE

From Disneyland

Since we were staying at Disneyland, getting to La Vallee Village was a breeze! Direct shuttles are available from each Disneyland hotel, you just need to request one at the concierge desk. However, on our trip, we opted to take the RER instead. We got off at Val d’Europe/Serris Montévrain station, before walking through Les Terrasses shopping mall that carries all the usual suspects from H&M to Zara, as well as a few European brands that have yet to make their way to North America. Entrance to La Vallee Village awaited just outside Les Terrasses - super quick and easy.

From Central Paris

RER is a great option if you want to visit from Central Paris (destination station Val d’Europe/Serris Montévrain). The trip will take around 40 minutes, depending on where you board. But if you want to ride in style and comfort, then La Vallee Village Shopping Express is your best bet! This daily bus departs from Central Paris (near Louvre) and takes around 30 minutes. If you plan on buying a lot of things, I would highly recommend this shuttle. We took it at the end of our shopping day and loved everything about it. And the best part is, it’ll only cost you EUR22 both ways. Can’t beat that!

And finally, if you prefer the luxury of riding solo, then Chauffeur Drive might be for you. I am not exactly sure how much that service costs, but you can definitely inquire here.

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DESIGNERS

For all the brand obsessives out there, La Vallee Village has a seriously great selection of designers on offer – from Armani, to Burberry, to Celine, to Valentino – if you’re looking for designer deals, this is your place. The day I was visiting, I saw great deals on Celine leather totes, Carven dresses, Kenzo leather jackets, and Marni necklaces. They even had Valentino rockstud flats in fun colours, but limited sizes. After spending what felt like an eternity deciding between a dozen cool Marni necklaces, I finally settled on just one (even though I wanted them all), while my friend picked up a travel bag from Longchamp for a steal! To refuel, we stopped by Natalie’s Cafe for some delicious lunch, before heading out again to do some more shopping.

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If you’re wondering whether the deals are worth the trek, in my experience they were, but it really depends. As with other outlet malls, selection can fluctuate, and depending on the month/week/day, you can either leave with bags of loot, or with only a couple of things. Prices of certain goods aren’t necessarily cheaper for North American shoppers (don’t go expecting to buy Ralph Lauren wares for less than in the US), but a lot of European brands are. Just like with my much-adored Florence outlets, La Vallee Village is now part of my must-visit spots in Europe…and I can’t wait to come back!

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Alexander Wang for H&M Campaign and Lookbook!

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So, we finally have more photos of the Alexander Wang for H&M collection, and…I am not sure. Some pieces have caught my eye, but right now I am not drooling at the sight of these campaign images. Maybe it’s because I am not a sporty girl, or maybe because of the hockey imagery? I am just not feeling this for some reason. You? Check out the rest of the photos below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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You Are Invited: Blogger Bazaar Fall 2014

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Due to the overwhelming response we received after the last two Blogger Bazaars, we’ve decided to get together for one more in 2014! Who’s excited?

This Saturday, September 27th, join us as we put some of our fave fall clothes and accessories up for sale at Toronto’s Soho House. This time around you can expect to see lots of coats, boots, and other fall essentials – all for a steal! If you are looking for a perfect coat, or a cool designer bag, this sale is not to be missed! Once again, there’ll be a mix of vintage, brand new, and gently used items available, and there’ll be gift bags with purchase too.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, our swag bags are pretty awesome if I say so myself, and will include items from ALDO, Cake Beauty,  Call It Springessence, H&M, RootsvitaminwaterYorkdale, along with other faves of ours. Additionally, just like last time, 10% of all sales will be donated to charity – this time – Dress for Success. So many reasons to come out and spend your Saturday afternoon in the company of fun Toronto bloggers! Hope to see you there!

WHERE: Soho House, 192 Adelaide St W, Toronto
WHEN: September 27, 2014 12-4pm
GIFT BAGS WITH PURCHASE (minimum purchase of $30, while supplies last)
CASH ONLY
10% of all proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success

Styled By Nelia: Timeless Outerwear Trends

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With fall on our heels, it’s time to start updating our wardrobes. Sandals and shorts may not have as much wearability once rainy weather sets in, so off they go to the back of the closet, and out come the sweaters, the boots and the leather pants. As with every new season, there’s excitement in the air, and temptation to buy lots of new trendy clothes. And while I don’t discourage you from jumping on the trend bandwagon, sometimes a girl can’t handle any more one-season-wonders in her closet. Last month, I stopped by Mendocino – one of the trendiest stores at Yorkdale – to find 3 items that are in this season, but won’t go out of style for at least a few years, and maybe ever! I focused on outerwear, because living in Toronto, you really can’t have too many coats and jackets, and here’s what happened:

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H&M Studio Collection Fall 2014 Lookbook

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We are almost in September, which means a couple of things – fall and fall fashions. And while I’m certainly not a fan of cold weather, I am usually all about fall collections. Last February, I posted photos from H&M Studio’s Paris Fashion Week show, and now, we finally have official lookbook images, and photos of most pieces that will be hitting the stores on September 4th.

I have my eye on a few things from this collection, including the faux fur jackets, and that gorgeous striped dress. And while I do hope that warm weather will stick around just a bit longer, living in Canada comes with a few certainties, and one of them is – winter is coming…eventually, so it’s never too early to buy a plush faux fur coat.

Will you be checking out the collection next week? Which pieces are you coveting? Share in the comments!

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