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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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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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CHANEL Paris Seoul Cruise 2016 Collection

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Cruise collections are my favourite! Most of the time they invoke thoughts of impossibly glamorous getaways, fancy yachts, gleaming sailboats – the whole nine yards. And CHANEL cruise collections (and shows) are always ones to watch. Not only because they actually take place in those impossibly glam locales, but also because it’s never just a fashion show – it’s a performance and a spectacle.

For CHANEL Cruise 2016 collection, Karl Lagerfeld set his sights on the South Korean metropolis Seoul. Paying homage both to the traditional Korean dress and colorful fashions of wildly popular K-Pop bands, the collection was a candy-crush-coloured dream. Among my favourites were the printed PJ-like set, colourful tweeds, pastel striped errythang, and the most beautiful (and intricate) choker necklaces. This colour-loving girl was thrilled with pretty much every piece from the collection…with the exception of shoes. I am really starting to miss Karl’s creativity when it comes to runway footwear. Here’s hoping Spring 2016 will give us some exciting shoes to look forward to.

What do you think of CHANEL Cruise 2016 Collection? Share in the comments!

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What They Wore: Met Gala 2015 Recap

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Ok, so first things first – to me, The Met Gala is all about taking risks, embracing the theme, and going all out. This event is not the time to pull out your LBD, your prom dress (I’m looking at you, Elizabeth Banks!), or your ice-skating get up (unless the theme is ice-skating, that is). With that said, I don’t think Beyonce, who so many consider the Best Dressed of the evening, brought her A-game. She wore a gown that revealed a lot of skin, not unlike JLo, and completely failed at embracing the night’s theme – “China: Through the Looking Glass”, and while my top picks are probably not going to be crowd-pleasers, I firmly stand by my choices.

My top looks of the night included FKA Twigs in a crazy-cool Christopher Kane dress (yes that’s a penis, and no, Robert Pattinson does not deserve her hotness), Georgia May Jagger in an Asian-inspired Gucci robe, Solange in a Giles Deacon flying saucer amazingness, which totally did not adhere to the dress code, but was so bonkers I loved it, Chloe Sevigny in a very theme-appropriate JW Anderson creation that is sure to land her on some Worst Dressed lists, but I thought she pulled off flawlessly…I also loved Grace Coddington in silk pajamas. I know, it’s pajamas…but it’s Grace effing Coddington, and she had a flight right after…and she looks awesome and comfy.

In other Met Gala news, SJP wore a dress designed by H&M (!!!), and Emily Ratajkowski wore a pretty Topshop frock…fast fashion on the Met Gala red carpet? I never thought I’d see the day. I loved Dakota Johnson’s CHANEL handbag, which was super cute…and while her disco-ball dress did look smashing on her, perhaps she should’ve opted for something a little more fancy. I have to say that I didn’t love Rihanna’s “omelet” gown, but I’ll take it over what Kanye West’s wife wore any day…Also, there’s a photo I can’t find right now, one where Rihanna’s going up the red stairs and it looks like an image from a fairy tale. Points to RiRi for taking a risk.

I also thought Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus, Carey Mulligan, Diane Kruger, and Keri Russell deserve shout-outs for their awesome outfits last night…they weren’t my faves for the occasion, but were notable nonetheless. Lastly, Emily Blunt looked lovely in a caped Prada…but there’s something about this look that’s just not doing it for me…perhaps if it was in a different colour?

So here you have it, my recap of the Met Gala 2015…Share your faves after the jump!

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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!

You Are Invited: Design Lab Launch Party at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale

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I’ve written about the fun new Design Lab collection back in March, and now that it’s finally warm enough to wear floral rompers, lace dresses, and fringed slips, Hudson’s Bay wants to invite you all to check out the collection in person! On May 9, join some of Canada’s top fashion bloggers (and little old me) at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale to celebrate warm weather, cute clothes, and Design Lab!

Come for a fun shopping afternoon with your girlfriends, and stay for the delicious candy bar, foil tattoos, YSL touch ups, and a braid hair bar! Who What Wear will be at the event, snapping pics of the most stylish attendees, and there will also be an amazing giveaway of a $1500 gift card to spend on your own Design Lab summer wardrobe. Sounds like fun? Come and hang out with us next Saturday!

DESIGN LAB LAUNCH EVENT
WHERE: Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale
WHEN: May 9, 2015 2-4pm
RSVP: HERE or HERE

Shopping: Holt Renfrew’s H Project x ela Handbags x Burt’s Bees Collaboration

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of ela Handbags. Each season I try to add at least 1 piece of ela’s special brand of “humble luxury” to my wardrobe, and I am always tempted to buy more, as cool new styles arrive. Well, now, thanks to the new collaboration between Holt Renfrew’s H Project, ela Handbags, and Burt’s Bees, there’s yet another ela bag that I have added to my bag rotation, and it’s a good one!

H Project has partnered with ela, Canadian accessories brand co-founded by Ela and Martin Aldorsson, and Burt’s Bees, to create an exclusive, limited-edition ‘editor’s pouch’ in support of Pollinator Partnership Canada– the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. The pouch was designed in Canada, featuring a stunning floral motif, and comes with three beautiful Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons – all that for only $50! 100% of proceeds will go to the Pollinator Partnership Canada, so you can feel even better about your purchase.

The clutch will be available at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada starting May 1st, just in time for Mother’s Day. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Photo Credits: Holt Renfrew