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.
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Nelia, September 11th 2013 |
After the first two fun-filled days of hanging out in Disneyland, we boarded a bus to LA to do some shopping at The Grove, The Original Farmer’s Market, and participate in a Starline tour of Hollywood. Our day began with a quick fashion presentation at The Grove’s Stylehaus, where the boutique’s stylists/personal shoppers showed us their favourite fall trends. After the presentation, we did some shopping, exploring the awesome stores at The Grove, while indulging in Sprinkles cupcakes. I got to hang out with my old friend Aida from Skinny Bikini at The Original Farmer’s Market, and after some delicious fish tacos, we were ready to see some celeb homes!
After lunch, we piled into two open-top Starline busses and set out to explore Beverly Hills and Hollywood, stopping to take in the magnificent views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign, the hotel where Pretty Woman was filmed, and driving by celeb homes – from Halle Berry’s to Ellen Degeneres’ to Ringo Starr’s. We didn’t see any celebs in their natural habitat, but the fun stories told by our tour guide more than made up for it.
This was the second time le bf and I made it out to LA, and just like the first time around, we loved this sunny city. The only complaint…I wish we could’ve stayed longer. Next time, Santa Monica and Venice Beach will definitely be on our itinerary…and maybe an Hermès sale in Beverly Hills? Fingers crossed!
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Nelia, September 9th 2013 |
I don’t consider myself a girlie girl, but my closet is full of dresses. Not only are they easy to throw on, but sometimes wearing one can really brighten up my day – both literally and figuratively. This one from M for Mendocino definitely does the job. It’s bright, comfy, and makes me feel great. I’ve worn it to both special occasions and for every day things like brunch and shopping. And the best thing is going from casual to dressy in this one is as simple as changing from flats to heels. Easy peasy!
What’s your summer go-to outfit? Share in the comments!
I Wore: Dress – Mendocino; Shoes – Zara; Bag – ela handbags; Bracelet – Forever 21; Sunglasses – ALDO
Nelia, July 31st 2013 |
When I saw this dress on Zara’s website, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. The adorable bird print, the flattering breezy cut, and the comfort factor are what sold me on this frock and I am so happy that I found it. It’s one of those dresses that you can actually eat in, wear comfortably on a steamy day, and wear it to the office too! Needless to say, if you know me in real life, you will see me in this one A LOT this summer.
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Nelia, July 25th 2013 |
It seems that summer has just arrived, but I already find myself tempted by the multitude of gorgeous fall offerings like this fab PREEN x ALDO Rise Fall 2013 collection. As a big fan of both brands, I am so excited for this (fourth!) collaboration, and will definitely be picking up a pair or two for myself.
“The PREEN x ALDO RISE collection reflects the design-duo’s signature blend of progressive modernity and quiet luxury. Comprised of three key styles, the collection includes an ankle-strap pump in powder blue, fiery red and black; a triple-buckle, front-zip shootie in fiery red and black; and an ankle boot in powder blue and black. With a chic 5mm island platform and a collage of textures in pony hair, leather, and suede, the feminine silhouettes are given a tough and sexy update.”
PREEN x ALDO RISE will be available in October at select ALDO stores worldwide and online at aldoshoes.com/rise, and will range from $160 to $230 CAD. Can’t wait!!!
Photo Credits: ALDO
Nelia, July 23rd 2013 |
Steven and Stefon are my pink flamingos. The moment we bought our house, I knew I had to find a pair of flamingos to live in our backyard. Luckily, Dollarama came to the rescue, and Steven and Stefon came home with me. Seeing le bf move them around week after week (after mowing the lawn) makes me smile every time. Sometimes, small things are all it takes.
Hope you had a great weekend, and happy Monday!
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Nelia, July 22nd 2013 |
If you didn’t know already, The Room at The Bay is on major sale right now! Shoes, clothes, you name it – all 60-70% off! It’s during this semi-annual event I snagged this beautiful jacket from Mikhael Kale, and my new fave pair of shoes from 3.1 Phillip Lim. These shoes look like a mix of medieval knight’s shoes and gladiator sandals, and for some reason I just can’t get enough. And while this summer has been a crappy one so far, the silver lining is me wearing my beloved leather jackets in July. Blue leather and knight shoes is what my summer’s going to look like. Hope you’re ready for it.
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Nelia, July 8th 2013 |