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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First Look at Kristen Stewart for CHANEL Ads

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Late last year, it was announced that Kristen Stewart was the next actress and beautiful face to work with the iconic house of CHANEL. And now we have the first sneak peek images of Stewart as the face of CHANEL’s Paris-Dallas collection. I have to admit to feeling a bit skeptical when the news was first announced, but now, after seeing these gorgeous (if kind of blurry) photos, I am drinking the Kool-Aid! From the kick-ass hair and makeup, to the awesome styling, to Stewart’s “don’t give a f***” face, I am all over this campaign, and am definitely looking forward to seeing higher res versions of these photos. Also…who do I sell my soul to in order to get my hands on that starry dress?! Le sigh.

But what about you? Are you down with Stewart working with CHANEL? Share in the comments.

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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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Beauty: CHANEL Les 4 Ombres 2014 Collection

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Since 1982, CHANEL’s Les 4 Ombres have been on every beauty junky’s must-have list…what with their stunning colours, smooth texture, saturated pigments, and of course the iconic packaging. Well, this year, CHANEL released 8 new Les 4 Ombres quads, and they are amazing! Inspired by the iconic tweed fabric, the shades range from intense to natural, and finishes from silky to metallic.

Earlier this month, I got to meet CHANEL’s uber-talented make-up artist Kris Wares, who introduced me to the new Les 4 Ombres collection, and showed me a few cool eyeshadow application tips. There are so many different ways that you can wear Les 4 Ombres – from using the darkest shade as eyeliner, to smoky eye, to going for a natural look – these eyeshadows are really versatile. Kris used #232 Tissé Vénitien on my eyes, using the darker shades on my eyelid, and the lightest to line my lash line, making my eyes pop, and I’ve been recreating this look ever since!

If you are interested in checking out the new CHANEL Les 4 Ombres collection, all of the new shades are currently available at Holt Renfrew, so make sure to stop by and discover your favourite!

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Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Grocery Store Chic Fall 2014

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Leave it to Karl to transform the magnificent Grand Palais into something so seemingly ordinary as a grocery store for a fashion show. But when all of the groceries, shopping carts and baskets bear the iconic CHANEL logo, the “store” and the fashion show become anything but ordinary. As someone who’s fairly obsessed with all things whimsical and kitsch, I would’ve been all over those CHANEL-branded goodies. After the show, the lucky attendees were allowed to loot peruse the quirky “store” offerings, and the luckiest ones walked away with CHANEL Spaghetti, door mats, rubber gloves, Tweed Cola, and lots more. Best grocery store ever?!

The Fall 2014 collection itself was appropriately fun, what with “Lait de Coco” bags, colourful outerwear, tweed sunglasses, and pop-art faux (?) fur bags – all of it covetable, but definitely not for those that prefer their fashion nice and serious. The people that would be most into this collection are the ones that can appreciate a bit of humour in their daily dressing…so needless to say, I was really INTO.IT!

So what do you think about Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection? Would you like a tall glass of “Lait de Coco” in your life? Share in the comments!

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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: The Perks of Wearing Wallpaper

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Yesterday, I wrote about the new CHANEL boutique that opened at Yorkdale Shopping Centre last week, and today I will show you what I ended up wearing to the event. When I first saw this Zara ensemble online, I’m pretty sure cartoon hearts started popping up above my head, so of course, order it I did. So when I was standing in front of my closet, fretting about having nothing to wear, this “suit” became my last-minute solution. And better yet, it went perfectly with my treasured CHANEL shoes. Mission accomplished!

After finally putting it all together, I waltzed into le bf’s office to ask for his opinion…only to see his jaw drop to the floor, and hear him beg me…literally beg me not to wear my Zara masterpiece to CHANEL. I believe it sounded something like this: “Oh, hun, no. No, no. Oh, no. Please, no. No.”, all the while covering his mouth with his hands. Undeterred by le bf’s pleas, as you can see, I still wore my wallpaper-like getup to the party…and I am happy to report that I have yet to regret it. It was a fun outfit to wear in a sea of black and white, so who cares if the pattern was a tad (a lot?) wallpaper-ish? I had fun with my blogger friends, made my Christmas (and lifetime) wishlists, and finally took my precious CHANEL shoes out for a spin! What’s not to love? Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to go against the grain.

So what do you think? Are you with le bf on this one, or do you think this is a fun look? Share your honest opinions in the comments.

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I Wore: Shirt, Pants, Necklace – Zara; Velvet Blazer – Denim and Supply (The Bay); Cuff – H&M; Shoes, Bag – CHANEL

Photo Credits: 1 & 3 – George Pimentel

CHANEL Boutique Opens at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto!

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I may or may not have let out a loud squeal when a certain CHANEL invitation appeared on my doorstep – my name boldly calligraphed on the envelope. There was no mistaking it – I was being summoned to the opening of the new CHANEL boutique at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. After doing the happy dance, then panicking about not knowing what to wear, then pulling out my favourite pair of CHANEL glass slippers heels, this Cinderella was ready to party at the poshest boutique in town.

Of course, when it comes to parties, CHANEL knows how to throw a damn good one. Packed to the brim with uber-stylish attendees, the new 3000-square foot boutique was overflowing with energetic vibes…or was it the kinetic energy of too many credit cards being swiped along with the most incredible bags and accessories flying off the shelves? No matter, along with my blogging buds Anita, Gracie, and Jay, I perused the boutique’s extensive selection of brooches (super versatile!), drooled over stunning footwear, and played with CHANEL coin purses, in hopes of snagging one for Christmas. We sat on purple tweed couches, piled into the gigantic CHANEL fitting room for a photo session with the Beckerman girls, and drooled some more. It was a blast.

Designed by Peter Marino, the boutique space itself was, as expected, stunning. Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s legendary Paris apartment on rue Cambon, with artful window displays, and oodles of merchandise lining the glossy shelves, I never wanted to leave. Speaking of merchandise…on opening night, the CHANEL boutique at Yorkdale had a huge selection of (almost) everything available. Now that it’s been a few days since opening, I am not sure if it’s still the case, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you are looking for variety…and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re simply a fan of the brand. You won’t be disappointed – that is a promise!

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Style Fille: Diane Kruger

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Happy Monday, lovelies! Hope you had a great weekend. After two days of lazying around, watching movies, eating Georgian food, and shopping at Yorkdale, I am bracing myself for a rough week at work, so I am getting my week started with my favourite – Diane Kruger in Chanel with Joshua Jackson by her side. Somehow those two always manage to put a smile on my face.

Diane’s dress is a gorgeous sequined Chanel cocktail frock that probably costs more than a mid-size sedan, and Pacey’s denim tuxedo jacket is a perfect alternative to the classic, but oh-so-tired black dinner blazer. Great looks for all of those upcoming holiday parties, non? Yup, I went there! It’s November 4th, which means that the holidays are just around the corner…but I’ll leave that for another post…or ten. For now, let’s just get through this Monday.

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What I Wore: Winning

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Last month I found myself going to WINNERS like it’s my job. You see, I found a beautiful croc-embossed circle leather skirt at the College St location, but sadly, it wasn’t in my size. In the past, I’ve had a lot of luck with designer pieces at WINNERS. My fave Runway finds so far include a beautiful Missoni maxi skirt in the brand’s signature zig-zag print, and a sexy draped LBD from Alexander Wang. Each item was purchased at a fraction of its original price, and both are still MVPs in my wardrobe. Knowing that other stores in the city carry pieces from the Runway collection, I knew better than to give up, and so I didn’t.

Over the next few days I visited Bloor St location, where I found an amazing Chloé shearling coat and Versace skort (for $99!!!), Queen St and Portland St location, where I was stunned to find a Chanel bag, and a gorgeous velvet Dolce and Gabbana blazer, Front St location, with a huge variety of designer shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Lanvin, you name it – but no sight of the coveted Sachin and Babi skirt. As I was about to accept defeat and buy the Chloé coat instead (as a sort of crazy amazing consolation prize), something told me to go back to College St, and so I did.

And what do you know?! The skirt was hanging on the rack, perfect and in my size, just waiting for me to scoop it up! After grabbing it as quickly as I my hands could reach, I simply could not resist checking out what else was new at the Runway department. That day I found the most incredible sparkly tweed Céline coat (which was sadly too small, otherwise this outfit post would have revolved around French outerwear), Fendi accessories, more Chanel pieces (jewellery and bags), and even more designer shoes. But back to the skirt, the one I was trying to hunt down for days, it was finally mine, and so I left other tempting pieces behind (for another time, perhaps), and happily skipped to the cash register. Mission accomplished!

So the moral of the story is: next time you see something you love at WINNERS, but don’t see it in your size, please don’t give up! There are so many locations out there, and with new merchandise arriving daily, you are bound to find your size sooner or later. And even if you don’t, you may just stumble upon other fantastic finds.

Happy Finding!

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