What I Wore: Let Them Eat Cake

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The Palace of Versailles has always been a place I wanted to visit eventually…what with all the drama, intrigue, excess, and history surrounding this royal château, I knew it would be worth the trek. The only reason that I have avoided visiting Versailles for so long is the fear of endless line-ups and tourists. Usually, with the exception of the Eiffel Tower, we try to stay away from crowded and touristy places, but this time around, we decided to just go for it.

As expected, the place was teeming with people…SO.MANY.PEOPLE! But not to worry, after about 30 minutes of waiting for our tickets, and then lining up to get in, we were finally inside Marie Antoinette’s stomping grounds! The palace was definitely very impressive, with rooms full of beautiful art, ornate doors (and ceilings, and floors), and of course, plenty of historic tidbits to glimpse and learn – totally worth it the wait.

But as cool as it was to see the Hall of Mirrors and the grand apartment de la reine in person, the gardens were a highlight for me. After hours of frolicking around, lying in the grass, sipping iced chocolate on Angelina’s terrace, and taking way too many photographs, I don’t think we covered even half of the massive grounds. I guess another trip to Versailles is in order…maybe next year!

Have you ever visited Versailles? What was your favourite spot? Share in the comments.

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What I Wore: Eye See Paris, Eye See France

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As you can see I am stretching my vacay posts out…mostly because I want to relive those fun moments over and over again, and that’s what these blog posts help me do. So, I hope you don’t mind too terribly.

This dress is one of my absolute faves. It was love at first sight, and after a quick alteration (it used to have a mock turtleneck), it was perfect - eye-catching and fun. I wore it in Paris to celebrate my friend Al’s birthday (Gemini sistahs), and after yet another visit to the Eye-ffel Tower, we spent the rest of the day in a leisurely state of bliss – enjoying a delicious lunch with a perfect view at Frame, grabbing a dessert at Laduree, hiding from the rain at CHANEL on Rue Montaigne, enjoying the scenery at Les Invalides, after hours of wandering around the city. It’s so easy to just do nothing in Paris. Every street oozes with charm, and every streetside cafe beckons you to seat down and take in everything and everyone around you. The city makes you both speed up and slow down, and I couldn’t love it more.

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Events: Blogger Bazaar Summer 2014

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Last month, I joined some of Toronto’s best fashion bloggers (Sharon and Tara backseatstylers.com, Kimberly thesoulsofmyshoes.com, Anita iwantigot.geekigirl.com, Hawley sidewalkhustle.com, Anya imtheitgirl.com, Liane etsy.com/ca/shop/thelostsea, Jessica everafterlacquer.com, and Monica aimeluxury.com) in the SALE OF THE CENTURY! Ok, maybe not. But it still felt pretty epic. Our second Blogger Bazaar, held at Toronto’s Soho House, was a huge hit. Lots and lots of readers, friends, and curious passerby showed up, shopped, sipped complimentary vitaminwater, met other like-minded aka fashion-obsessed peeps, and helped us find good homes for our new and gently used treasures. It was a fashion madhouse, and I loved every second of it.

As promised, we had amazing swag bags to give away, filled to the brim with goodies kindly provided by ALDOArtemano DecorCall It SpringDoveeLUXEessenceFLAREForever 21Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie ParisRootsTRESemme, and vitaminwater. But even better than free swag, some of the deals were just too incredible to pass up. One lucky girl scored a gently-used Burberry trench for less than $200. Another picked up a pair of Wayfarers for $50. And of course there were even more deals on pieces from Hermes, YSL, Isabel Marant, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Prada…you name it – all priced to sell. Impulse buys, well-loved staples that sadly no longer fit, vintage goodies, there were all kinds of treasures to be found, and a lot of you made them your own. At the end of the day, 10% of all sales were donated to the Corsage Project charity. Just a little something to give back to our community.

The best and most memorable part of this summer’s Blogger Bazaar was once again meeting and interacting with our readers. So many of you showed up and spent the time to support our little event, and for that I am incredibly thankful. Without you, the readers, our blogs would just be empty shells, but you make it so much more than that. Thank you! Hope to see you again at the next Blogger Bazaar this September!

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What I Wore: This is 30

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First of all, I apologize for the million photos in this post. Most of them feature my love affair with the Eiffel Tower from various angles and I just couldn’t narrow them down. Sorry (not sorry). With that said, this is what I wore on my first day of being thirty.

While in my early twenties, thirty-somethings seemed practically ancient to my silly young self, but I am happy to report that I don’t feel different, even though I am no longer the youngest person in the room. I also didn’t suffer too much anxiety over the big 3-0…after all, I consider myself extremely lucky to have a wonderful husband, supportive family, great friends, and of course, this little blog. Growing up, I used to make those “before 30″ lists, which included “swim with the dolphins” (done!), “skydive” (nope), “graduate” (yup), “get MBA” (not yet), “open an RRSP account” (check!), “visit the Amalfi Coast” (3 times), among many other cool/cliche/silly/important/unimportant tasks. And while I definitely haven’t checked off every item off those lists, I don’t feel like I let myself down because I didn’t complete them by the time I left my twenties. That just means I’ll have fun accomplishing them in my thirties.

Having said all that, entering a new decade wasn’t a daunting prospect for me. Back home, each new decade is welcomed with lots of fanfare and celebration, and so in that tradition, I also made quite a big deal about my birthday this year (according to le bf) and decided to jet off to Paris and the South of France to celebrate. And while I’ll have more travel posts coming, this is what I wore on my actual birthday.

That day, le bf and I wandered aimlessly around Paris (mostly around the Eiffel Tower, as you can see), enjoying the views, stopping in at random cafes for a drink, savouring a delightful lunch at Laduree, and a delicious dinner at Shangri-La Paris, wrapping up our night with an impressive Disney Dreams! show at Disneyland Paris. It was a sticky hot day, we walked so much, our feet were buzzing, my hair and makeup were a huge mess by the time dinner time rolled around, but we didn’t care – nothing could spoil this imperfectly perfect day. That night, I went to bed with a huge grin on my face…yes, I may be getting older, but the adventures along the way make it totally worth a wrinkle or ten. Bring it on, thirties!

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What I Wore: Easy Does It

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One of my favourite things about summer (other than endless sunshine, BBQs, beach days, and ice-cream) is dresses. I wouldn’t call myself a girlie-girl, but once summer rolls around, dresses is all I want to wear. I’m sure I’ve blogged about that before, but here I go again. This one in particular is from Zara, and it was love at first sight. I bought it when it was still wintery and snowy outside, daydreaming of those warm afternoons when I would be able to throw it on, tie those faux sleeves around my waist and go – so easy and comfy.

I wore this on a neighbourhood discovery walk I took with le bf recently. Since we bought our house a year ago, we haven’t really had the chance to explore our new hood, and now that it’s summer again, we are making an effort to discover the cool things about the place we call home…like this amazing park we stumbled upon – with a stunning ravine, fun splash pad, and this beautifully-painted wall. Definitely a gem that we’ll keep in our regular rotation.

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You Are Invited: Blogger Bazaar Toronto 2014 Sneak Peek

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BLOGGER BAZAAR is almost here…we only have a couple of days to go until the BIG SALE, and just like last time, I wanted to give you a glimpse at the goodies that I’ll be parting with this Sunday at Toronto’s Soho House! It’s a mix of high and low, designer and fast-fashion, brand new and gently used, and I hope that a lot of these items find new homes.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Corsage Project – Toronto charity that provides formal gowns and accessories, free of charge, to Toronto area girls that need them. And we will once again have amazing swag bags that will be given out with a purchase of $30 or more (while supplies last). Stuffed to the brim, these gift bags will be full of cool items from ALDO, Artemano DecorCall It Spring, Dove, eLUXE, essence, FLARE, Forever 21, Le Chateau, Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie ParisRoots, TRESemme, and vitaminwater! How epic is that?!

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So if an afternoon of shopping while hanging out with your fave fashion bloggers sounds like your idea of a fun Sunday, then make sure to pop by the BLOGGER BAZAAR this Sunday, June 1st at the Soho House! It’s steps away from St Andrew subway station, and right around the corner from the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, where you can grab a table and settle in for some post-sale afternoon high-tea.

Hope to see you all there!

WHERE: Soho House, 192 Adelaide St W, Toronto
WHEN: June 1st, 2014 12-4pm
GIFT BAGS WITH PURCHASE (minimum purchase of $30, while supplies last)
CASH ONLY
10% of all proceeds will be donated to The Corsage Project

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Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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When ALDO asked me to host yet another A-List party at their stunning Yorkdale store, I didn’t have to give it much thought. These parties are always such a blast. I mean, who would ever say no to a shopping soiree full of drool-worthy shoes and accessories, yummy sweet bites, and hanging out with the coolest people ever?!

This time, I gave out 5 gift cards to Toronto’s most stylish shoppers, helping them pick up summer shoes of their dreams. And let me tell you, ALDO’s SS14 collection is what dreams are made of – from seriously sexy sky-high heels to ugly-cute slip-ons, and anything else in between, there’s a pair out there for any taste! And don’t even get me started on the latest ALDO Rise Ostwald Helgason collection – it’s beyond amazing and is full of must-haves.

I wore my fave (and super comfy) orange Umaniel kitten heel slingbacks and was able to dance around the store for hours, while mingling with shoppers, being silly with Max Kopanygin, and of course trying on more shoes. It was a blast!

Thanks to all those that stopped by our event bright early on a Sunday morning, and for those that weren’t able to attend this time, you can still check out the new arrivals at the Yorkdale store – staff members at that location are not only super helpful, but they are also the most stylish group of co-workers I’ve ever seen. Happy Shopping!

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What I Wore: Perfect Street

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Though I would never wish for longer/colder winters, there’s something to be said about the return of warmer weather after an especially brutal cold spell, don’t you think? The moment the temperatures begin to rise, people spill out onto the streets of Toronto like the sun-starved survivors of a zombie apocalypse, baring their pale limbs and battling over patio tables whenever they see one. Truth is – Canadian winters make us truly appreciate spring and summer seasons. With those endless snowy days still fresh in my mind, I make sure to get outside as often as I possibly can, and that, my friends, is a good thing.

Two weeks ago (yes, I’m a little behind), le bf and I took a long stroll from Eglinton St to King St down Yonge St, stopping at little cafes and bakeries along the way, pretending that we’re vacationing in another city, seeing Toronto with fresh eyes, and it was wonderful. The street where these photos were taken is probably one of my faves in the city, with charming white row houses lining the street, perfect location, and of course, the pièce de résistance – the loveliest Magnolia tree I’ve ever seen. Wouldn’t you just love to live on a picturesque street like this? I can only dream!

Happy Tuesday, y’all. It’s a short week, so let’s make it count!

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What I Wore: Orange You Glad It’s Spring?

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This Roksanda Ilincic skirt has been languishing at the back of my closet for months now. I bought it a while ago on sale at The Room, and have only worn it twice since. Mostly, because in my mind, this skirt length requires a pair of sky-high heels, or a pair of super long gams to pull it off. But last weekend, I just said FAHGEDABOUDID, and wore it with my new ALDO kitten heel shoes (UMANIEL if you’re curious), and I couldn’t be happier. The skirt’s material is thick (and warm) enough for our “spring” weather, and the waist is nice and high to give an appearance of legs-for-days. I love the print and colour of this skirt, and will have to make sure to pull it out of my closet more often.

So tell me, do you own those items – ones that you loved once, but couldn’t figure out how to wear, or ones that you’ve forgotten that you even own? Today, in the spirit of spring cleaning and all that, take a peek at the back of your closet and see what you can find. You may surprise yourself and find a new favourite! Happy closet shopping!

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Mother’s Day: Gift Guide 2014

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Though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, May is here, and with it – Mother’s Day! If you still haven’t figured out what to buy for your mom, as usual, we have some ideas to help you in your search. From a personalized leather tote, to a fancy perfume, to a bottle of delicious bubbly, to a pair of comfy pajamas, there’s something for every mom (and every budget) on our list.

What will you be picking up for your mom this year? Share in the comments!

1. Monogram Travel Mug – Indigo
2. Atlas Bangle – Tiffany and Co
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear – Best Buy
4. DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce Eau de Parfum – The Bay
5. Nespresso VertuoLine – The Bay
6. Personalized Leather Tote – Cuyana
7. Les 4 Ombres – CHANEL
8. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui – Indigo
9. Pajamas – Joe Fresh
10. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne – LCBO
11. D/N Bag – ela handbags
12. Orchid Statement Necklace – Banana Republic
13. Embroidered Floral Topper – Ann Taylor
14. Canapile Heels – ALDO
15. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lip Balm – Sephora

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