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
Nelia, February 25th 2014 |
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)
Nelia, January 29th 2014 |
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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Nelia, January 16th 2014 |
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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Nelia, December 19th 2013 |
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
Photo Credits: ALDO
Nelia, December 10th 2013 |
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?
Enter the giveaway after the jump!
Nelia, December 5th 2013 |
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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Nelia, November 7th 2013 |
Toronto Fashion Week came and went, and as it happens every October, I caught a cold. I am not sure if it’s the skimpy-ish outfits that one ends up wearing all week, or all of the hugs and kisses from the people I haven’t seen in a while (a week or longer is an eternity!), but…oops, it happened again.
This season, I did my darnedest to stay warm at the tents – I wore sensible outerwear, I kept my toes hidden, but none of it helped. Next October I will wrap myself up like a mummy in a mish-mash of blankets, hats, and mittens, and will only give hand-waves and peace signs, instead of hugs, handshakes, and kisses. This blogger is sick and tired of being sick and tired.
BUT…despite being a cold weather lightweight, I still got some pretty great fashion week mementos, thanks to Max Kopanygin, and Stefania Yarhi – talented Canadian street style photogs, who were outside all week long, shooting tirelessly rain or shine (and I didn’t even see them sniffling). I may be a weakling…but at least my new What I Wore photos look great. Silver linings, anyone?
Look 1: Cardigan, Blouse – c/o Ann Taylor; Leather Leggings – Zara; Shoes – Valentino; Bag, Brooch – Chanel
Look 2: Dress, Necklace – Zara; Coat – Topshop; Faux Fur Clutch – Prada; Boots – c/o ALDO; Ring – Jenny Bird
Photo Credits: 1, 3 – Max Kopanygin, 2 – Stefania Yarhi
Nelia, October 30th 2013 |
I am jumping for joy, because I get to invite my readers to the super-fun A-List party at ALDO’s beautiful Yorkdale store this coming Thursday, October 24th! There will be nibbles, yummy drinks, DJ beats, shoe discounts, and of course lots and lots of amazing shoes! I will be hosting the party and dancing the night away in my new Herveline over-the-knee boots, and will be giving away ALDO Gift Cards to the most stylish attendees (so make sure to bring you A-game).
But that’s not all…you will also be able to enter a crazy cool contest to host YOUR OWN A-List event! Help ALDO in their search to find the perfect A-List host, and you may just win an EXCLUSIVE shopping party just for you and your friends. All you have to do is tell us why you would make the best party host ever, and you will be entered into a chance to win your very own event. The host will receive an ALDO Gift Card, and everyone in attendance will get 20% off their purchase. Sweet, right? You’ll have the chance to make your shopping wishlist and ALDO will have the product ready for you and your friends to try on when you arrive (and so much more!).
Sounds amazing, non? Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! Don’t forget to RSVP HERE: http://alist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca, and I will see you all on Thursday!
WHAT: ALDO A-List Event
WHERE: Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: October 24th, 8-10pm
Nelia, October 22nd 2013 |
The photo above pretty much sums up my feelings about The O.C. – the place, not the TV show. On our 4th day in California, we once again packed into a bus – this time a Lux one (with hardwood floors and electrical outlets!), and headed out to experience Orange County!
Our first stop - Fashion Island. If I ever had to be stuck at an island, I would want it to be Fashion Island. With stores like Jonathan Adler, Kitson, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and so many more, we really had to hustle in order to shop our favourites in one hour, but we managed. I helped le bf pick up a couple of new pairs of jeans, while I got some cute knick-knacks from Kitson. And we still snuck in some time to take a million photos by the tiny Eiffel Tower replica – how’s that for efficient shopping?
After our whirlwind shopping expedition, we headed to Dana Wharf for some R&R on a luxury catamaran, where we sampled delicious wines from The Organic Cellar. It was a perfect, (slightly) boozy afternoon in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, complete with sea lion sightings and wind-blown hair. I felt like Beyonce.
After the wine cruise, we headed to Doheny Beach to end our night with a bonfire cookout, but not before stopping by to admire the Elephant Parade at Dana Point. Dozens of painted baby-sized elephant statues were on display to create public awareness and support for the cause of elephant conservation.
More after the jump!
Nelia, September 11th 2013 |