Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals 2015 Collection

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If you’re a fan of Mary Katrantzou’s masterfully printed frocks, but can’t justify the hefty price tag, then Mary Katrantzou x adidas Originals collection is going to be right up your alley! This is the second ‘fashion meets athleisure’ collaboration between the two brands, and it’s amazing!

The first collection, while pretty cute, was too heavy-handed for my taste – giant shoe lace prints all over the place are not my idea of casual chic. But this collection is different – the athletic theme is still clearly present (tennis racquets, badminton shuttlecocks, baseballs, darts) but this time, executed in a more subtle way. There are dresses that look like they could easily belong in Katrantzou’s regular line-up, as well as more casual pieces perfect for those sporty fashion-lovers.

In Canada, select pieces from the collection can be found exclusively at Hudson’s Bay online or at The Room in Toronto and Vancouver. If you’re in another part of the world, Shopbop carries some styles, while most of the collection can be found on MaryKatrantzou.com.

I already ordered my fave pieces, and if you’re into any of the styles, I recommend snagging them ASAP…lots of sizes are already gone online. Good luck and happy shopping!

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Styled By Nelia: Summer Trends from Forever 21 +

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Ever since Forever 21 opened their new store at Yorkdale, I’ve been obsessed! Huge selection spread out across the 27,000 square foot boutique – what’s not to love?! Well, last month, I got to check out the brand’s plus size collection, aimed at the curvy girl who loves trendy clothes. While most fashion-forward brands don’t carry plus sizes, Forever 21 + collection goes up to size 3X, and carries a wide selection of cool girl essentials season after season. On the latest episode of Styled By Nelia, I helped Andria to incorporate a few key trends for the upcoming summer season.

Joggers
While skinny jeans are a staple for many curvy girls, wearing tight jeans in the summer may not be the best idea, which is why I am such a huge fan of tailored joggers. These versatile pants come in a variety of prints and fabrics, can be dressed up or down, oh, and the super comfy stretchy waistband doesn’t hurt either! If you’re looking for a cool alternative to your trusty jeans, give these pants a try.

All White Everything
White on white is a huge trend this year, and is a fashionable way to keep summer heat at bay. Curvy girls can get in on the trend by choosing figure-flattering silhouettes, loose layers, and a mix of shades of white for a fresh and fashionable look.

Boho
This trend is a summer staple, and is the easiest to incorporate into your wardrobe. Pick up a brightly-printed maxi dress, a fringed caftan thrown over a pair of flared jeans, or a flower-child crochet lace top…your options are limitless!

So tell me, do you love Forever 21 + selection at Yorkdale? What’s your fave trend for the summer? Share in the comments!

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CHANEL Couture Spring 2015 Collection

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Karl has done it yet again! Another stunning couture collection for CHANEL, complete with a magical garden set, full of mechanical flowers that bloomed as the show began. Flowers – a huge theme for CHANEL Couture Spring 2015, were not only blooming on the runway, but on gowns, luxe beanies, and bags. Speaking of those couture toques…how cool were those?! They probably cost more than my entire wardrobe, but imagine wearing one of those during our harsh Canadian winters? Instant mood lift!

Surprisingly, there wasn’t much to see in terms of the shoes…flat black boots were worn by all models, which paired with those wide-brim, chiffon covered hats and veils had me reminiscing about Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, 90’s silhouettes in full force.

And of course, those gowns. Thousands of sequins, plastic flowers, and beads – all attached by hand – hours upon hours of work all culminating in these couture gowns. Exquisite, artful, and fun. I felt like a few of those were specifically made to accommodate Keira Knightley’s pregnancy, so don’t be surprised if you see the actress wearing one of these stunners on the Oscars red carpet.

What did you think of CHANEL Couture Spring 2015 collection? Are you into Karl’s floral fantasy? Share in the comments!

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My CHANEL Haute Couture Fall 2014 Appointment

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Last month, while attending NYFW, I was invited to stop by the CHANEL showroom (!!!) to check out the CHANEL Haute Couture Fall 2014 collection in person. I don’t need to tell you that right after I was done pinching myself, I replied with an emphatic YASSS. I had a chance to visit the haute couture salons in Paris, and already knew that the level of craftsmanship of CHANEL couture garments is next level, so to be able to see yet another collection up-close-and-personal, sounded like a dream.

Just like in July, I was in awe of the collection. But this time around, I actually got to touch the pieces, see them in front of my eyes, and imagine that they were hanging in my wardrobe (as if!). I got to see how cool the silicone-coated lace looks, how glam concrete beads are in Karl’s imaginative hands, and just how exquisite the endless intricate embroidery on gowns, coats, and accessories is. But let’s get back to concrete. Those grey bead-like detailing is actually concrete! And surprisingly, it wasn’t as heavy as one would imagine. Sure, the shrug covered in hundreds of those beads wasn’t exactly light, but pieces that had concrete sprinkled on were perfectly manageable, and of course, stunning. Who would’ve thought?

The use of molded scuba fabric also made for some dramatic silhouettes, flattering, but never boring. I was a little sad that I didn’t get to see the puffy blue confection of a gown in person, so in its absence, the red dress blooming with small plastic flowers became the showstopper of the collection – both classic and modern at the same time, and so-very-beautiful. It’s at times like those, I find myself wishing I could live a jetsetting and glamorous life of scandal and intrigue, where CHANEL haute couture is par for the course, and parties where one gets to wear creations like the ones I saw are commonplace. I may be referring to a movie-level type of life, but one can always dream, no?

Anyway…enough of my obsessive ramblings. Check out some close-up photos I took at the showroom, and let me know if you find these as impressive as I do.

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It’s Here! Complete Altuzarra for Target Lookbook!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Altuzarra for Target collection will be hitting the stores on September 14th, and we FINALLY have the entire lookbook to gawk at. Consisting of 50 pieces, and ranging in price from $18-$90, the collection seems to be a lot more wearable than most collabs we’ve seen as of late. For one, there are a lot of work-appropriate separates, dresses that can be worn to a 9-5 job, and to a date after, a lot of timeless silhouettes, sexy cuts, snakeskin, lace, oh my! Speaking of lace…that lace mask may be very Fifty Shades, but I truly find myself needing it a lot more than I probably should.

Apart from the lace mask, my list will include the Swiss dot maxi (oh-so-70s!), the faux fur jacket, that terrific velvet suit, and of course, the black tuxedo-style dress with a sexy slit – all pieces that I can see having longevity inside my overstuffed closet.

But what about you? What do you think about this highly-anticipated collection? Will you be among the early birds on September 14th at your local Target store? Share your faves in the comments!

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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: 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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Wishlist: Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection

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While I am usually a huge fan of Chanel and nearly everything the brand puts out there, the Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection actually took me by surprise. I knew I’d have a few favourites from the collection as I usually do, but this time around, my favourites included pretty much every single thing that I saw (save for the thong-sock-sandal-boot hybrid).

Set in the exotic and cosmopolitan emirate of Dubai, the collection was heavily inspired by the East-meets-West locale, while styling made sure to take into account the Sharia law, by covering up the models from neck to ankles. The collection included artfully printed gowns and harem pants – flowy and dream-like, classic-looking tweed pieces that I hope to one day add to my wardrobe, stunning covet-worthy coats, and of course – bags and accessories galore.

As usual, everything that Karl Lagerfeld sent down that Dubai runway looked immaculate, but only by seeing the close-up shots could you really appreciate just how intricate each and every one of those pieces is. This totally  justifies those Chanel prices, especially when you consider how many of the items are done by hand.

And while I absolutely adored Chanel Cruise Dubai 2015 Collection, I want to hear your thoughts on it. Did you love the prints? What about the bags? Please share in the comments!

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Banana Republic Marimekko Collection Lookbook is Here!

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I’m not sure about you, but I’ve always been very fond of  the Finnish design house Marimekko. Their vibrant colours and iconic patterns are the definition of fun, and when I heard that Banana Republic was teaming up with Marimekko to create a collection, I was stoked! A few months ago I actually got a glimpse at the collection in person, but was not allowed to share what I saw…until now. Now that the lookbook is officially out, I can finally share my excitement about this collab…because I honestly want so many pieces! For budgetary reasons I won’t be buying everything my heart desires, but that full skirt, black and white pants, floral matchy-matchy top and shorts, blue maxi, and a floral blue and green dress must be mine!

The collection is priced moderately, with apparel ranging from $50-$175, and accessories from $69.50-$98. And since I’m currently packing for a much-needed vacation, I am super excited that the 25-piece collection will be hitting the stores on May 22nd, just in time for me to snag a piece of five.

What do you think about the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection? Share your favourite pieces in the comments!

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What I Wore: Exclusive

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Even I can’t believe that I finally wore a dress without tights! It’s a Christmas miracle, people!!! Just like that, we went from wet snow to 20+ degree weather…from winter to summer in a matter of days. Not one to waste a good opportunity, I decided to take my new H&M Conscious Exclusive dress out for a spin. With its breezy lightweight fabric, and dreamy blue print, this is the most perfect dress for lazy spring days – dressy enough for a romantic dinner with le bf, but casual enough for a neighbourhood gelato run. It’s definitely a current favourite!

The rest of H&M Conscious Exclusive collection is just as good! With stunning boho dresses, elegant jumpsuits, exquisite matador-inspired embroidered pieces, coolest shoes and jewellery, and so much more…this collection is now in stores and should not be missed. But beware, you may not be able to walk away without getting one of everything. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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