What I Wore: Exclusive

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Even I can’t believe that I finally wore a dress without tights! It’s a Christmas miracle, people!!! Just like that, we went from wet snow to 20+ degree weather…from winter to summer in a matter of days. Not one to waste a good opportunity, I decided to take my new H&M Conscious Exclusive dress out for a spin. With its breezy lightweight fabric, and dreamy blue print, this is the most perfect dress for lazy spring days – dressy enough for a romantic dinner with le bf, but casual enough for a neighbourhood gelato run. It’s definitely a current favourite!

The rest of H&M Conscious Exclusive collection is just as good! With stunning boho dresses, elegant jumpsuits, exquisite matador-inspired embroidered pieces, coolest shoes and jewellery, and so much more…this collection is now in stores and should not be missed. But beware, you may not be able to walk away without getting one of everything. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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What I Wore: Sloan

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The weather is finally warming up a bit, which means…I refuse to wear socks! I’ve been saving these amazing Banana Republic Sloan pants for a while, hoping to finally pull them out of my closet and wear them with some pretty shoes, and I finally FINALLY can! Sloan pants are simply perfect for post-winter body blahs, with just enough stretch and give to keep you feeling comfortable, while looking cute. I also adore the variety of prints and colours that these are available in – from leopard print, to windowpane, to stripes. Perfect pants for work and play, polished and flattering!

If you haven’t tried these on yet, make sure to stop by Banana Republic and give them a whirl! Oh, and if you’re not a pants-person, Sloan collection also has dresses and skirts in the same comfy fabric. You’re welcome!

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What I Wore: WMCFW

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Toronto Fashion Week has come and gone, and while I am incredibly thankful to have been able to attend some amazing shows, witness backstage magic first-hand, and meet so many interesting (and oftentimes talented) people…I have to say that by Day 5, I was wiped out. Even three days of fashion shows combined with my 9-5 was enough to require a weekend of R&R, which is exactly what the doctor prescribed. I’m the doctor, in case you are wondering.

And while I’m still working on my #WMCFW coverage, I thought I’d share my fashion week outfits. From my red ALDO shoes, to my Joe Fresh coordinates, to my fave falconwright clutch, I tried to infuse Canadian and Canadian-made pieces into my outfits for each day of fashion week, as captured by the amazing street style photographers Mauricio Calero and Max Kopanygin. Thanks, boys!

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What I Wore: All Grown Up

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Whenever someone asks me to describe my style, the word tomboy always comes to mind. I’ve never been a girlie girl, and even though I do love to wear dresses, the way I wear them is never polished and refined, but a little messy and imperfect…and that’s what makes those looks “me”. This time around, however, I found it really hard to look messy in this perfectly ladylike Pink Tartan python print full skirt. The fun colour, paired with the flattering shape is an easy-to-follow recipe for refinement, just like most of Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s pieces. But something about this one in particular called my name. Maybe it’s the age thing…growing up and being drawn to more grown-up pieces, or maybe I just really loved this skirt. Either way, I’ll be wearing this one a lot this spring…topped with my trusty moto jacket. I have to toughen it up somehow!

I Wore: Top – H&M; Skirt – Pink Tartan; Shoes – c/o ALDO; Earrings – J.Crew

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

Valentine’s Day: Gift Guide 2014

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Be still my hopeless-romantic heart, Valentine’s Day is mere days away! And in case your significant other is stumped and doesn’t know what to get you, how about these lovely items? Chocolate and flowers are so banal, why not get her a fragrant diptyque candle, or a heart-shaped Le Creuset casserole?! I repeat…HEART-SHAPED Le Creuset! I mean if that doesn’t say true love, then I really don’t know what love is. Also, in case you didn’t know, Holt Renfrew now stocks Agent Provocateur lingerie! You’re welcome, and happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

1. Heart-Shaped Casserole - Le Creuset
2. Be Mine Heart Bag – ALDO
3. Lips Perspex Clutch – Lulu Guinness
4. Bonjour Bag – Zara
5. For Keeps Perspex Clutch – Charlotte Olympia (The Room)
6. Rosamundi Candle – diptyque
7. Fancy Lingerie – Agent Provocateur (Holt Renfrew)

What I Wore: Colour Me Happy

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Today I’m going to share my winning winter-dressing formula. It goes something like this: colourful coat + cozy sweater + hot boots = instant cure for SAD. It’s nearly impossible to feel grumpy while wearing a cheerful yellow coat and a comfy sweater underneath. It’s like the Prozac of outfits. I was also happy to rediscover a pair of my fave old earrings to add a pop of colour to my look while indoors and coat-less. I’ve had a bit of a statement necklace fatigue lately, so naturally, I am now all about statement earrings. I think they look pretty cute with a turtleneck, non?

So tell me, do you have your own formula for those gloomy winter days when all you want to do is wear PJs on your couch while nursing a cup of hot chocolate? Share your tips in the comments!

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What I Wore: #ALDOALIST

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Last Sunday, I woke up bright and early and headed to Yorkdale to host a party at ALDO’s Toronto flagship. The store opened earlier than usual, welcoming A-list guests with refreshing orange juice and breakfast brownies (my favourite!), as well as 20% off the entire store! The party was thrown in honour of Noelle, who won a special #ALDOALIST contest from Virgin Radio, and as such, she was ALDO’s celeb for the day – hanging out in her very own VIP booth at the store, and shopping with her besties before the store’s official opening hours. Lucky girl!

But Noelle wasn’t the only lucky winner that day. I was also super pumped to meet Ariel, who won an ALDO shopping spree from this season’s Style Days of Christmas Giveaways. It was so wonderful to do a little shopping with Ariel and see her favourite pieces. With her $200 ALDO gift card, Ariel picked up an elegant bag, a pair of boots, a hat, and some jewelry. Not a bad haul! Not bad at all. And you know what? Seeing Ariel’s and Noelle’s faces light up with excitement made waking up early on a freezing Sunday morning totally worth it.

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You Are Invited: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale!

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Breakfast at ALDO, anyone? This Sunday, stop by the ALDO store at Yorkdale before the rest of the retailers open their doors, to get in some holiday shopping without the crowds! From 9am to 11am on Sunday, December 15th, I will be hosting an ALDO A-List soiree, and you are invited! As always, yummy bites and drinks will be provided, DJ will be spinning, and of course, since it’s an A-List event – you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase just for attending. And that’s not all! Once again, I’ll be giving away ALDO gift cards to the most stylish attendees, so make sure to bring your A-game. Interested? Grab your besties and make sure to RSVP, so that we can add your names to the A-List! See you there!

WHAT: ALDO A-List Party (DJ, 20% off merchandise, drinks and treats provided, gift card giveaways)
WHERE: ALDO Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: December 15th, 2013 9am-11am
RSVP: http://aldoalist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca

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Style Days of Christmas: ALDO Shopping Spree!

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ALDO has been killing it lately, what with the super sexy ALDO Rise collaborations with Preen, the highly-anticipated Ostwald Helgason collection, and the brand’s recent 40th (!) anniversary – it’s been a busy couple of years for ALDO, and I’m so happy to have been able to partner up with this beloved Canadian brand. To share my love of all things ALDO, I want you (yes, YOU!) to be able to shop the latest arrivals and get yourself a brand spanking new pair of heels (or flats) for the holidays!

Up for grabs on our Day 4 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways is a $200 ALDO Shopping Spree at the upcoming A-List event at Yorkdale Shopping Centre* on December 15th! Whether you need a pair of sparkly shoes for a holiday soiree, or a pair of kick-ass booties to get you through this winter in style, I’ll be there to help you spend that gift card. Though I’m pretty sure it will be a piece of cake, what with ALDO’s stunning Holiday Collection in stores. Sparkles, anyone?

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Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale

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Last week, amidst WMCFW craziness, ALDO Yorkdale held a fun party for its A-List customers, complete with DJ Dirty Dale on turntables, yummy refreshments from Purdy’s, gift card giveaways, and discounts galore! I was invited to co-host the party with the lovely duo from Styld By Two – Manuela and Cindy, and wore my (new) favourite (and this season’s must-have) over-the-knee boots from the fall collection. Designer Diego Fuchs of BLAK.I stopped by with his wife and checked out ALDO’s coolest styles for him and for her. My fave photographer Max Kopanygin was also there, taking photos of the stylish attendees, and indulging me in my silly photo ops. Did you know that ALDO carries wigs for Halloween?! Well, they do…and clip-on bangs too, in case you wanted to change up your look like I did (see below).

The event was held at ALDO’s beautiful Toronto flagship store at Yorkdale, that has re-opened this summer after massive renovations. Remember that party? Well, not much has changed since June – this store still carries the most extensive selection of ALDO shoes and accessories, and the shop’s sales associates are just as stylish and are as helpful as ever.

Shopping for shoes at this location is truly a fun experience, but especially so when a dance party is involved! The store remained open for its A-List guests even after the shopping centre closed down for the night (who hasn’t dreamt of staying at the mall after hours?!), so we kept our dancing shoes boots on until 10pm.

Did you attend the ALDO A-List party at Yorkdale? Share your thoughts on the event in the comments!

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