Style Days of Christmas: Artemano Gift Card

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It’s officially December, and our annual Style Days of Christmas are back for the fourth year with some amazing giveaways courtesy of our favourite brands! Make sure to bookmark this page and come back daily for a chance to win a new prize each day. Who’s excited?!

To kick things off, we are giving away a $500 gift card from the amazing Canadian furniture shop Artemano just in time for your next holiday party. Pick up some glamorous lamps, colourful cotton poufs for extra seating, or put it towards a stunning rosewood bed. Truth is, everything at Artemano is beautiful, so spending that gift card won’t be a problem at all! Sounds like something you’d like to win? Enter below!

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Holidays 2014: Gift Guide

For some reason, this year, I am woefully unprepared for winter’s arrival, but since it’s practically end of November and there’s snow on the ground, I guess it’s time to snap out of my denial and start shopping. Full disclosure: I have yet to buy any presents, but I do have some ideas as to what I’ll be picking up for my loved ones this holiday season. And just in case you’re in the same boat, I thought I’d share some of my fave holiday gift ideas with you.

I glimpsed most of these back in July, during the annual holiday previews, and I have to say that this year in particular, those previews came in super handy. I got to learn about the existence of cool adult onesies, played with the Big Love Ball, and tried on the gorgeous Thomas Sabo infinity ring; I self-medicated with the all-natural Saje Pocket Pharmacy, and sipped on Inniskillin sparkling icewine. In short, I got to preview and test out a lot of the picks below, and I hope that this gift guide gives you some ideas for your holiday shopping this season. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and presents for him, her, and the kids, then this is a great place to start! Happy Shopping!

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1. Bombki Russian Christmas Ornaments (Net-A-Porter)
2. FLOWER Beauty Powder Brush (Wal-Mart)
3. TOMS for Target Candle (Target)
4. Falconwright Coin Purse (Falconwright)
5. Drake General Store Mountie Thermos (The Bay)
6. kate spade new york iPhone 5 Lucky Cat Case (Holt Renfrew)
7. Saje Pocket Pharmacy (Saje)
8. Big Love Ball 
9. Gap Calf Hair Tech Gloves (Gap)

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1. The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Doll (The Body Shop)
2. Shupette My Precious Glitter Set (Holt Renfrew)
3. Tiffany T Square Bracelet (Tiffany and Co)
4. Jenny Bird RiRi Collar Tri-tone (Jenny Bird)
5. Balenciaga Florabotanica Rollerball (Sephora)
6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Indigo)
7. CHANEL Patchwork Shearling Bag (CHANEL)
8. ALDO FAHLSTROM Boots (ALDO)
9. Moschino iPhone 5 Case (Net-A-Porter)
10. Thomas Sabo Glam & Soul Ring (Thomas Sabo)
11. NARS Modern Future Roman Holiday Gift Set (Holt Renfrew)

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1. H&M Oh Deer! Sweater (H&M)
2. ALDO Wallie Shoes (ALDO)
3. 
Yo Sox Burger King Socks (The Bay)
4. KRUPS Barista Espresso/Coffee Machine (The Bay)
5. Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch (Best Buy)
6. Grey Goose VX (LCBO)
7. Jack Black Cobalt Brush (Holt Renfrew)
8. Drake General Store Arborist Mountie Adult Onesie (The Bay)

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1. Indigo Expressions Pillow (Indigo)
2. Oster French Bull Toaster (Target)
3. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography (Indigo)
4. Holiday Ribbon Dessert Plates (Indigo)
5. Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine (LCBO)
6. Byredo Parfums Loose Lips Candle (Holt Renfrew)
7. Nadege Pastries (Nadege)
8. David’s Tea for the Tree (David’s Tea)
9. HBC Collection Cuppa Teapot (The Bay)

 

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1. HBC’s Priscilla the Fox (The Bay)
2. Melissa and Doug Felt Food Taco and Burrito Set (SHOP.CA)
3. Tuck Shop Neighbourhood Toques (Mini Mioche)
4. Sugarbooger Doll Teether Set (Mini Mioche)
5. H&M Sweatshirt with Print (H&M)
6. GummyGoods Nightlight (Mini Mioche)
7. Ele and Ela Bib (Etsy)
8. Seedling DIY Snow Globe Kit (Indigo)
9. Uncle Goose Russian ABC Blocks (Uncle Goose)

Shopping: SHOP.CA

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, I have begun to make my holiday shopping list. A list that includes gifts for my friends and family, house accessories for that Christmas party I plan on throwing, necessities for the family Christmas dinner, and an outfit for me to wear for NYE. That’s a LOT of shopping to do in less than 2 months’ time.

So, what’s a busy girl to do? Shop online, of course! Apart from my addiction to Homesense, where I’ll be picking up some of those knick-knacks for the house, I’ll be ordering most of the gifts and necessities from my couch, with a festive drink in hand from SHOP.CA!

Here are some reasons why I’ll be doing most of my shopping on this Canadian one-stop-online-shop:

1. Aeroplan Miles

I don’t know about you, but I’m a serious Aeroplan Miles collector. Any time I can get some extra miles for just shopping, I will jump at the chance. SHOP.CA Members who have added their Aeroplan account will receive 1 Aeroplan Mile for every 1 dollar spent. Aeroplan Members with Distinction status, including dSilver, dBlack and dDiamond, will receive 2 Miles for every 1 dollar spent. So if I use my Aeroplan credit card to order something, I’ll basically get triple the points for every purchase. Hawaii, here I come!

2. Time-Limited Events

SHOP.CA features exclusive time-limited sales on its site, so if there’s something that you’ve been waiting to buy, it’s worth it to check out one of the dozens sales going on. Deals include anywhere from 15% to 75% off, and include brands like Hunter and Fujifilm.

3. Free Shipping and No Duties

Since SHOP.CA is a Canadian site, ordering is painless. No need to worry about import duties or shipping. The price you see is the price you pay. It’s as simple as that.

4. Selection

If you are shopping for several people at once and hate the crowds, SHOP.CA is an alternative to endless lineups and screaming children. No need to run from store to store in order to get things for everyone on your list – it can all be delivered right to your door from one place! You can get anything from Pink Tartan party dresses, Cartier watches, and Sorel boots, to computers, home décor, and appliances. You can even buy shampoo!

So far, I’ve only ordered things for myself, like the KQC flat iron and Tressa shampoo (I wasn’t kidding), and I have a couple of dresses kicking around in my shopping cart, while I try to decide between the dresses and those cool Tom Ford sunnies. But soon, I’ll be filling that cart with gifts for my friends and family, and clicking the “checkout” button. Who needs Santa?

So tell me, do you plan on doing your holiday shopping online? Share your tips in the comments.

eLUXE x Samsung Canada Lookbook!

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So excited to finally be able to share the results of the photoshoot I did back in June with eLUXE and Samsung Canada! A few Toronto bloggers and I got to style a look that would complement the new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, and I chose this amazing striped Smythe blazer, thrown over a breezy strappy dress from Finders Keepers. Accessorized with the adorable blue phone, this was a total “me” look – perfect for work and play! My blogger buddy Kimberly Lyn also got to play dress up at eLUXE’s downtown offices, and she looked like a total knock-out in her Clover Canyon set. Fashion blogger Deanne Castro, also went for blue hues, rocking a statement necklace over a cobalt frock. The theme of the shoot was blue and gold, and while most of the bloggers wore blue, the outfits were all golden if you ask me.

To see the rest of the eLUXE x Samsung Canada blogger looks, check out the full lookbook here, and share your thoughts in the comments!

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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: Bonjour, Mon Amour

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It’s FRIDAY!!! And I am super excited to get my weekend started. This is what I wore last weekend to grab some gelato with le bf, and hang out with my friend (and beauty contributor) Aleyda. The weather was lovely, the sun was shining, and I was feeling elated. Also, something to be happy about are these amazingly comfy boyfriend jeans from Zara that hang just right (though le bf disagrees), and can be dressed up or down. I think I’m going to live in them!

I also got to wear my treasured HBC Converse. They are an instant mood enhancer + conversation starter. People just feel so drawn to them. And no wonder – they are pretty perfect, non?

Anyway…hope y’all have an amazing Friday! Let’s get this weekend started!

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Toronto Fashion Week: Fall 2014 Roundup

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I suppose it’s not a bad thing that spring is taking its sweet time getting here, because last month’s Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2014 shows feel as relevant as ever. Even if I am getting quite fed up with my winter clothes, I wouldn’t mind wrapping myself in some covet-worthy leather jackets, beautiful printed dresses, and fuzzy mohair sweaters that I saw on the runways in March. This season, thanks to Best Buy Canada and VIVA Beauty from Best BuyI was fully prepared for the craziness of fashion week – my survival kit included a fancy Canon DSLR camera, complete with a brand new SD card, and some beauty goodies to get me through the week looking fresh – it was a lifesaver! This season, I also didn’t attempt being in several places at the same time, but selected a few days and a few designers to support, and I have to say that it really worked out well for me. I didn’t feel as burnt out as usual, and I still got to see and shoot some amazing Canadian designers at work.

One of the highlights of my week was Beaufille. The latest collection from Chloe and Parris Gordon was full of standout pieces worthy of a good catfight. Loose silhouettes, paired with cleverly placed slits and hook-and-eye embellishments, embossed leather and of course the piece that stole my heart – the red moto jacket of my dreams – it was all very wearable, modern, and oozed the cool factor. Definitely my favourite collection from the Canadian sisters. The only thing I hate about this is the fact that I’ll have to wait forever (6-8 months) to get my hands on my fave pieces.

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As usual, the Joe Fresh show was complete and utter mayhem. Even without a top model headliner, the show was packed, with people spilling out of their seats, and for good reason too. Once again, Joe Mimran showed a collection of affordable pieces that still managed to get hearts racing, and that will pretty soon be available not only in Canada and the US, but in 23 other countries worldwide! Not too shabby for a brand that began at a grocery store, non?

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But despite the big expansion news, Joe Fresh Fall 2014 collection was as Canadian as they come, what with a ton of cute jackets (wool, moto, puffers, you name it!), intarsia sweaters, and faux fur dominating most of the looks. But perhaps because winter and I, we are done professionally, my personal faves were the lovely dresses printed with ethereal images of landscapes and nature. Once these hit the stores, be prepared to fight me for them. Elbows up, ladies!

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Pink Tartan Fall 2014 was another collection quite heavily influenced by Canadian winters. While Kim Newport-Mimran stuck to her signature ladylike aesthetic, she mixed in a few unexpected patterns and fabrics, making this one of my favourite Pink Tartan collections ever (with the exception of this one).

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The collection was very “glam cocktail hour at the chalet”, what with cozy intarsia sweaters, black and red buffalo check, fur stoles, and ginormous fur mittens, mixed with full skirts, metallic dresses, and leather pants. Practical and chic? I would like one of each, please and thank you.

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Always a personal favourite, Mackage Fall 2014 show definitely did not disappoint. With scattered faux maple leafs lining the runway, the models rocked some of the best outerwear pieces I’ve seen all week. Clearly, co-creative directors of the brand Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy know what Canadians both want and need from their winter wares – style and function, and boy did they deliver!

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Fur trims, quilted leather everything, pops of fuchsia, Black Watch tartan pieces, oh my! It was unfair how good everything looked…and also quite dangerous for my wallet. And don’t even get me started on their bags! Simply put…this collection was the bomb-dot-com.

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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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You Are Invited: Blogger Beauty Brunch at Do My Hair!

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Exciting news, lovelies! Right in time for Toronto Fashion Week, my blogger friends and I will be throwing a fun Blogger Beauty Brunch at Do My Hair salon on Mt. Pleasant! Join us for an afternoon of pampering, light refreshments, and fun. The salon will be offering complimentary haircuts, blowouts, and make-up applications, to get you ready for fashion week, or to just treat yourself, because spring is coming, and we all could use a little TLC!

But that’s not all! If you attend our event, make sure to post some photos, using hashtag #beautybrunchTO for a chance to win a makeover valued at up to $500! Pretty awesome, right?! Oh, and did I mention gift bags? We’ll have those too! So if you are interested in getting pampered and joining us at the Blogger Beauty Brunch this Sunday, check out the details below and don’t forget to reserve your spot! See you there!

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30am-2:30am
WHERE: Do My Hair, 583 Mount Pleasant Rd
WHAT: Choice of a complimentary haircut, blowout, or make-up application (spots are limited!)
WHO: Style Blog, The Backseat Stylers, The Souls of My Shoes
Call 416-544-0505 to book your appointment!

Sarah Stevenson for Target Lookbook!

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Canadian designer Sarah Stevenson is having a pretty damn good year so far! Not only did this Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels Competition winner scored the Emerging Talent Award at the inaugural CAFA Awards, but her highly-anticipated Sarah Stevenson for Target collection will be hitting the stores in just a few weeks on March 23rd…and it’s GORGEOUS!

After seeing so many well-known designers do fast-fashion collabs (some more successful than others), it makes me really happy to finally see a Canadian designer collab that’s not only really well-executed, but  also true to the designer’s aesthetic. “As a textile and fashion designer, her collection features richly hued florals and feminine, sophisticated styles. Inspired by nature, her collection is timeless, elegant and romantic.”

Pieces from the collection will range from $24.99 to $59.99, making this one of the most affordable designer collabs ever. And at those prices, I just know that I’ll be picking up at least a few of Sarah’s beautiful pieces (floral blazer, laser-cut blouse, peplum dress, and blue laser-cut dress are my must-haves from this collection).

So what do you think of Sarah Stevenson for Target? Share in the comments! And I’ll see you at Target on March 23rd!

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