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Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals 2015 Collection

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If you’re a fan of Mary Katrantzou’s masterfully printed frocks, but can’t justify the hefty price tag, then Mary Katrantzou x adidas Originals collection is going to be right up your alley! This is the second ‘fashion meets athleisure’ collaboration between the two brands, and it’s amazing!

The first collection, while pretty cute, was too heavy-handed for my taste – giant shoe lace prints all over the place are not my idea of casual chic. But this collection is different – the athletic theme is still clearly present (tennis racquets, badminton shuttlecocks, baseballs, darts) but this time, executed in a more subtle way. There are dresses that look like they could easily belong in Katrantzou’s regular line-up, as well as more casual pieces perfect for those sporty fashion-lovers.

In Canada, select pieces from the collection can be found exclusively at Hudson’s Bay online or at The Room in Toronto and Vancouver. If you’re in another part of the world, Shopbop carries some styles, while most of the collection can be found on MaryKatrantzou.com.

I already ordered my fave pieces, and if you’re into any of the styles, I recommend snagging them ASAP…lots of sizes are already gone online. Good luck and happy shopping!

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What I Wore: Express Yourself

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Toronto summers are so fleeting. All of June, I’ve been waiting for proper summer weather, and now that it’s getting “hot in here” and we are already halfway through July, I am scrambling to take advantage of every single sunny day. Weekends pass by in a blink of an eye, and by the time Mondays roll around, I can’t even remember what I did on my days off, like I suffer from some kind of weekend amnesia. Thank goodness for outfit photos, or I would never remember anything.

Speaking of…le bf and I have a few trusty backdrops for my photos, but it was a nice surprise to discover this wall of flowers on one of our walks. Of course, a wall of flowers calls for a photo op…and here we are. I’ve been wearing this EXPRESS dress a lot this summer…it’s so breezy, colourful, and simply perfect for those sticky hot days. The hat is another staple – straw boaters are having their fashion moment right now, and I really don’t mind, since this one helps shield my face and hair from the sun.

So tell me, what do you reach for in the summer? Do you have a few trusty summer staples that you can’t live without? Share in the comments!

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Lily-Rose Depp in CHANEL Pearl Eyewear Collection Campaign

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Lily-Rose Depp has just landed her first CHANEL Campaign, so it’s safe to say that if you didn’t know who she was before, you will now. With parents like the forever-chic Vanessa Paradis and once-upon-a-time heartthrob Johnny Depp, this is certainly not the last we’ll see of the beautiful young actress, but what a campaign to debut with!

Karl Lagerfeld had this to say about choosing the newest CHANEL ambassador for the Pearl eyewear collection campaign: “Lily-Rose is stunning, she’s a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star”. She certainly is. Some actors just have that je ne sais quoi, and Lily-Rose has it in spades – the looks, the charisma, and now, that coveted CHANEL campaign!

Speaking of CHANEL…the Pearl eyewear pieces are just stunning! Round frames embellished with pearls and finished with rose-coloured tint – I’m already obsessed!

So what do you think of Lily-Rose as the face of CHANEL Pearl eyewear collection? Are you loving the sunnies? Share in the comments.

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What I Wore: Belong Anywhere

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending one of the funnest events in a long while! Airbnb hosted a little lawn bowling tournament and we had a blast learning all about this fun sport, while hanging out with blogger friends and Airbnb Canada team.

Dress code for the event was all-white-errythang, so I wore one of my fave LWDs, and my new “catlady essential” Charlotte Olympia kitty purse. It was an easy-breezy outfit for a fun day outside. Our team ended up winning at lawn bowling, and we all slowly but surely improved our game, in between taking silly photos with the Airbnb bus, of course.

If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it’s truly groundbreaking! I’ve used their services several times in different cities – each a huge success. This past March, le bf and I stayed in a stunning Parisian flat owned by a bridal designer. We were located steps away from the Eiffel Tower and had the entire 2 bedroom apartment to ourselves for around CAD $300 for 3 nights…total! In Paris! If you were to book a similarly situated hotel room, it would be a lot smaller and A LOT more expensive. Thanks to Airbnb, it’s never been easier and more affordable to travel the world, and feel like a local at the same time!

If you’ve never travelled with Airbnb before, you can sign up using this link and get $32 off your first booking. And trust me, once you try Airbnb, you won’t look at travel the same way again.

So tell me, have you ever used Airbnb? Share you experiences in the comments.

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Beauty: Summer Essentials

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Summertime is upon us and with it come the sunny days, beach getaways, melting makeup, and frizzy hair. To help you avoid these beauty fails this summer, I wanted to share with you my tried and true summer beauty essentials – from the perfect CC cream, to lip-gloss that won’t stick.

1. CHANEL CC Cream with SPF
Once summer rolls around, I try not to wear foundation too often. Mostly, because I don’t want to look like a cakey mess by the time that patio brunch is over, but also, because I may or may not be too lazy to do it every day. CHANEL to the rescue! The brand’s CC Cream is everything your skin needs and more – it has perfectly lightweight, but buildable coverage, SPF 30 & 50, moisturizing and correcting benefits, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties…and it works!

2. Schwarzkopf BLONDME Colour Correction Spray Conditioner
If you’re a platinum blonde, grey haired maven, or just a cool blonde who hates the yellow tones, sunshine is likely your worst enemy. Blonde hair tends to take on more warm hues in the summer simply due to sun exposure, but this little miracle spray by Schawrzkopf helps keep those yellow tones away. It doesn’t work as well as toning at a salon, but it does help extend my colour and protect my tresses from the sun. It is also very lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down. If you need even more toning, the rest of the BLONDME line is also very good. I particularly loved their highly-pigmented purple shampoo and Keratin Restore mask.

3. Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix
Speaking of summer hair…I know I’m not the only one whose hair turns into a frizzball on those balmy days. Well, Redken’s new Frizz Dismiss line offers the first-ever Frizz Protection Factor (FPF) with 4 levels of smoothing and humidity protection for all hair types—from fine to coarse. “Frizz Dismiss offers heat and humidity protection with a sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free cleansing system. It is safe for chemically straightened hair. Frizz Protection Factor (FPF), the first-ever professional scale, allows you to choose the protection you need based on hair type and humidity level.” And while the lavender oil-infused fly-away fix sheets offer the lowest FPF, they are very handy for travel and on-the-go. Just grab a sheet, run it through frizzy hair and voila – static and fly-aways eliminated. If you live in a particularly humid area, or have coarse hair, go for a higher FPF product like Frizz Dismiss FPF 40 Rebel Tame leave-in smoothing control cream or Frizz Dismiss FPF 30 Instant Deflate leave-in smoothing serum.

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What I Wore: Off To The Races

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Last Sunday was my first time at the Queen’s Plate, but it certainly won’t be my last. I loved everything about my experience at the racetrack – from dressing up, to bidding on horses, to people-watching, to enjoying everything the Hats and Horseshoes party had to offer – it was truly a blast!

I did have a moment of panic about 30 minutes before leaving the house…and ended up completely changing my outfit, and also MacGyvering a fascinator from a large flower purchased at Homesense, old headband, discarded ribbon, and 2 hair elastics. Though le bf looked at me as if I was insane, I did end up getting a ton of compliments on my DIY headpiece, and it was even featured in Toronto Star’s Queen’s Plate hat line-up. Take that, le bf!

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Once we got to Woodbine Racetrack, we were a bit overwhelmed by all the action happening all around us – food trucks selling yummy bites, various party tents with things to do and people to see, wine and beer tastings, fancy hats for sale, and that’s before we even stepped foot inside the main building! We found our way to the Rethink Breast Cancer tent, where we spent most of our day. It had everything – DIY fascinator station, manis courtesy of The Ten Spot, fashion illustrators drawing partygoers’ outfits (mine was done by the talented Danielle Meder!), sweet and savoury treats, silent auctions, Be Good gelato cart…it was THE PLACE TO BE!

But of course, the track provided even more entertainment! Knowing close to nothing about horse races, I decided that my strategy would be to bid on contenders with fun names and/or my lucky number 8, which is how I ended up picking Aldous Snow and Conquest Boogaloo, and actually winning!

Overall, we had a wonderful time at the races. Queen’s Plate is quickly becoming one of the top summer events, and now I know why. I was told that each year it gets bigger and better, and I can’t wait to see what next year’s Queen’s Plate will have in store.

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Le Cercle Privé – Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2015 Collection

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I’m not a gambler, but if there’s anything out there that would make me one – it’s CHANEL. For Fall 2015 haute couture show, Karl Lagerfeld dreamed up a James Bond-worthy Le Cercle Privé casino, complete with Silver Camelias slot machines, and blackjack/roulette tables where the high rolling celebs (Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Julianne Moore, Rita Ora, Lily Collins, and more!) got to play smack dab in the middle of the runway. Quel spectacle!

The collection itself was themed 3D, with embellishments and futuristic techniques aplenty, yet still maintaining that distinct CHANEL look and feel. Classic jackets were reinterpreted with wider shoulders and masculine details, stunning gowns featured assymetric hems, feathers, pleats, beading, and ruffles, while the iconic tweed dresses and suits were trimmed with the “new CHANEL braid”, sewn into the fabric. Even the traditional bridal look was reinvented, with Kendall Jenner closing the show in a veil-caped white pantsuit.

Angled bob wigs worn over models’ hair, overdrawn red lips, and origami-like shoes helped emphasize the futuristic feel of the collection, but once again I found myself wishing for more shoe variety. The last few collections have had a strong emphasis on the clothes, with models wearing a variation of the same style of shoe, but this shoeaholic wants more options, s’il vous plaît. A small complaint in view of yet another powerful collection. I can only imagine the level of crafstmanship behind those 3D pieces!

So what do you think of CHANEL Haute Couture Fall 2015 Collection? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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What They Wore: Queen’s Plate 2015

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If you follow me on social media, you already know that I spent my Sunday afternoon at the Woodbine Racetrack, attending the 156th Queen’s Plate with le bf. And while a post about my personal experience at the horse races is coming soon, I wanted to share all of the fab looks we spotted at the Hats and Horseshoes party and at the Rethink Breast Cancer tent.

If there ever was an excuse to go all out, Queen’s Plate is it. Throughout the day we saw some truly outrageous hats, beautiful frocks, and so much more. It was quite an experience, and totally made me want to step up my hat game for the next year’s event. Go big or go home is going to be my mantra.

And don’t forget, as I mentioned in my original Queen’s Plate post, if you find yourself at the Woodbine Racetrack this summer, make sure to Tweet your trackside selfie using hashtag #OffToTheRaces to be entered to win a $1000 gift card!

So if you need some inspiration for your own visit to the races, check out the looks below and let me know which one is your fave in the comments!

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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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