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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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You Are Invited: Queen’s Plate 2015


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As someone who loves a good reason to dress up, I can’t wait to attend this year’s Queen’s Plate in Toronto. The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race as well as the oldest continuously run race in North America. This year’s race is the 156th in Queen’s Plate history, and it promises to be an uber-glam day full of fancy fascinators, high-fashion, and beautiful horses. I’ve never attended one, but I’m super excited to take part in this elegant and time-honoured tradition, one that actual Kings and Queens have enjoyed over the years.

If you ask me, there aren’t enough occasions that call for a fancy hat (or fascinator), and it’s a shame! I still don’t have the perfect headpiece to wear to the July 5th event, but with David Dunkley as the official Queen’s Plate milliner, I am sure there are going to be some really cool options to choose from. I plan on channeling my inner ADR and rocking something grand on my head – the rest of the outfit will fall into place, I’m sure.

With grandstand tickets over 50% sold out, I highly recommend picking up yours ASAP. It’s going to be the party of the summer and Style Blog will be there to snap photos of the most stylish Queen’s Plate looks to be featured right here. And that’s not all!

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What I Wore: Appetite for Excess

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I’ve been in love with Hayley Elsaesser’s designs ever since her first WMCFW fashion show. The “Heavenly Bodies” collection was my gateway into the crazy-fun world of Canadian/Aussie designer Hayley Elsaesser, and it’s still one of my fave Canadian collections ever. I really connect to the playfulness of her prints, her choice of modern cuts, and the overall over-the-top aesthetic of the brand.

So when I learned that the theme of this year’s Power Ball was Appetite for Excess, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear – the Mouthy maxi in neoprene. Luckily, I had an amazing CHANEL Dubai clutch to complete my look of excess, and with a touch of glitter in my hair by Kelly from Medulla and Co, I was ready for the art party of the year.

But what I realized that day as I was riding the streetcar on my way to the hair salon, is that not everyone is as comfortable as I am with crazy prints, because a lot of people stared at me in befuddlement. But to me, this look is as normal as anything else in my wardrobe, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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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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Travel: Hotel Sahrai in Fez, Morocco

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After experiencing a few nights at an authentic riad in Marrakech, le bf and I were eager to check out the promised luxury of Hotel Sahrai in Fez. While our riad in Marrakech was quite lovely, and we felt safe and welcome at all times, we were growing weary of the paper-thin walls and lack of hotel amenities – spoiled travelers that we are.

Once we got to Hotel Sahrai, we literally had nothing to complain about. From the minute we stepped through those glass doors, we were ushered into the luxurious oasis in the middle of the bustling city. From smooth and welcoming check-in, to our stunning suite, to the abundant daily breakfast buffet, we felt like royalty at all times.

Little extras went a long way – swanky Acqua di Parma toiletries perched on the side of our glass-enclosed black marble bathtub, complimentary bottled water delivered with turn-down service every night, delectable fruit and local desserts to welcome us on our first day – all of these things made our stay feel more special.

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And those amenities we were starting miss? Well, at Hotel Sahrai, we had access to a couple of breathtaking outdoor pools, state-of-the-art gym, 2 amazing restaurants and a roof-top bar, as well as an indoor pool at the Givenchy Spa. Speaking of Givenchy Spa…it was transformative…and surprisingly affordable. Even if you weren’t planning a stay at Hotel Sahrai (and why not?!), Givenchy Spa is a must-visit while in Fez.

The day we arrived, I booked an in-room blow-out which set me back all of $20, and lasted me our entire stay! Le bf and I also tried hammam treatments, which were ridiculously affordable (around $40!!!) – in Toronto, the same treatment would set you back at least $150. Also, the scrub-down that we received at Givenchy Spa was not only more vigorous, it felt a lot more like a massage than the similar treatments I’ve gotten in Canada. My only regret is that I didn’t visit the spa more often. The staff were lovely, helpful, and tried very hard to make sure that we received top-notch service.

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What They Wore: Cannes 2015 Best Dressed

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I love Cannes fashion. Most of the time celebs aren’t afraid to make style statements on the croisette, and we get to feast our eyes on over-the-top gowns, as well as the more subdued, real-life-appropriate day outfits. It’s a win-win!

This year, I found the fashions particularly inspiring, with some of the world’s most stylish leading ladies all over the red carpet, I had a tough time picking my faves. Diane Kruger, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sienna Miller, Lupita Nyong’o, and many others brought their A-game to Cannes, and it was glorious.

I know that the festival isn’t over just yet, and I’ll update this post as more photographs become available, but in the meantime, let’s enjoy Poppy Delevingne in her exquisite CHANEL gown, the always regal Cate Blanchett in an otherworldly Giles creation, Diane Kruger in the most adorable Dolce and Gabbana dress, and many more.

Share your faves in comments and stay tuned for more beautiful looks from Cannes 2015!

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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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