You Are Invited: Ann Taylor Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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This Thursday, November 14th, you are invited to attend a fun pop-up party at the Ann Taylor store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Grab your best friends, and stock up on all of your cold weather and holiday party essentials from Ann Taylor – cashmere sweaters, sparkly jewelry, perfect boots, stylish coats – they have it all!

My fellow Ann Taylor ambassador Sasha Exeter will be there, and together we’ll be doling out shopping advice, and probably dancing up a storm. But that’s not all, refreshments and snacks will be offered, and a DJ will be spinning all evening! Come by and pick up gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list, or simply treat yourself – we won’t judge.

See you there?

WHEN: Thursday, November 14th, 5-8pm
WHERE: Ann Taylor Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHAT: Star-Style Makeovers, Refreshments, and More!

Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale

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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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Toronto Fashion Week: the shOws Spring 2014 Photo Diary

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Earlier this month, I was invited to participate in a Toronto Fashion Week Photography Bootcamp with Steve Carty and Canon Canada. The 3-hour hands-on session was meant to give us some useful tips for shooting runway photos, prep us to deal with less than ideal lighting and less than ideal seating, and teach us a few more Canon Blogtography tricks on getting the best possible photos under (fashion week) pressure.

Well, last week all of those lessons came in handy when I attended the shOws Spring 2014! As usual, showcasing a handful of seriously talented Canadian designers (Bellavance NYC, Calla, Jeremy Laing, and Steven Tai), the shOws was every Canadian fashion junkie’s dream event of the season, and I came prepared with my Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in tow.

While I couldn’t take Steve Carty’s advice of sitting in the pit during the show (seriously, if you want the best pics without much effort – the photographers’ pit is where it’s at), I still managed to take some fun detail shots from my front row seat. If you are looking for tips on how to shoot fashion shows here are few I learned from the great Steve Carty!

My Favourite Runway Photography Tips after the jump!

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Toronto Fashion Week: Pink Tartan Spring 2014

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Be still my beating heart…Kim Newport-Mimran has done it again! After wrapping up my first day at the tents, I must admit that Pink Tartan Spring 2014 show was my personal highlight of day 1 of World MasterCard Fashion Week. I made sure to ditch my seat for the discomfort of the photographers’ pit to get some usable shots for my site, because I just knew it was going to be great…and it was! With all the monochromatic looks, stripes galore, splashes of neon, and that Warhol-esque flower print, there was a lot to love…and there was a lot to covet…

Though it has not veered too far off the tried and true Pink Tartan formula of classic separates, fancy gowns, and ladylike everything else, Spring 2014 collection felt stronger because of its pared down elegance, no frills attached. Every piece sent down the runway breathed chic simplicity; even in neon yellow, or full-on leather…it was still pure Pink Tartan. I loved the mod feel of this Edie Sedgwick-inspired collection, I’ve always been a hoarder of all things black and white and striped, so every print I saw was totally up my alley. Wearable definitely comes to mind when describing the collection, which is probably why I am truly obsessed with half of it…because I can already see these pieces working their way into my life…seamlessly.

What about you? Do you like Pink Tartan Spring 2014 collection? Share in the comments.

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You Are Invited: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale!

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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 HEREhttp://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
RSVP: http://alist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca

Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster Party at The Bay in Toronto!

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The Bay is clearly ON FIRE this month! After hosting the lovely designer Sam Edelman two weeks ago, the magnificent department store welcomed not one, but two uber-talented British shoe designers at Toronto’s newly renovated “largest in Canada” shoe floor – Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster.

Having met Kirkwood a couple of years ago at the same location, I felt pretty lucky to get another chance to chat with this young and inspiring designer. He was just as approachable and easy to talk to as he was back in 2010, and as you can tell from that pic above, we are now BFFs for life! True story*. I also got to meet Sophia Webster, who used to be Kirkwood’s design assistant, and who has obviously learned a lot from her mentor – her shoes, just like his, are truly drool-worthy and must find their way to my wardrobe one of these days…soon.

Like most parties at The Room, this one was THE place to be if you’re into people-watching, what with stunning clothes, beautiful shoes, and notable attendees like Bonnie Brooks (in a pair of Kirkwood zig-zag shoes), Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, Suzanne Rogers, Stacey Kimel, and Kim Tanenbaum, mingling with the guests of honor, who were both swarmed by an army of adoring fans for the majority of the night.

I know I’ve said this before, but if you still haven’t been to the gleaming new shoe floor at The Bay (Queen St and Yorkdale), then you are truly missing out. Even without designers in attendance, the shoe department is a sight to behold…and a place to find the most amazing shoes. My BFF Nicholas Kirkwood totally loved it and so will you.

*Not a true story

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Shopping: MasterCard Stylicity Deals in Bloor-Yorkville

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It’s that time of the year again – World MasterCard Fashion Week is ON in Toronto, and so is Stylicity! I am really happy to be back (for the third time!) as a Stylicity blogger for Yorkville, and would love to share with you the amazing deals that are on for the next two weeks in that fashionable and fun neighbourhood. From October 18th to November 3rd, you can get exclusive savings at over 125 of Toronto’s hottest retailers and restaurants when you shop with your MasterCard! 

Some of my favourite Yorkville boutiques and restaurants are participating in Stylicity this season, and that means that you have a chance to snag some great deals on food, fashion, and spa treatments too! Get 20% off your purchase at Aime LuxuryCole Haan, The Cashmere Shop, Rac Boutique, Raindrops, MoRoCo ChocolatM for Mendocino, and more! Receive a gift with purchase at Avec Plaisir, Capezio, Eres, and Sunglass Hut. Or enjoy a special prix fixe menu at Annona Restaurant, and The Living Room in the Windsor Arms Hotel.

I don’t know about you, but I already picked up some delicious cassis macarons from MoRoCo (20% off!), bought a few fun things at Banana Republic and M for Mendocino (stay tuned for an outfit post!), and I still have two more weeks left to enjoy the deals…and so do you! For the full list of participating retailers, please visit worldmastercardfashionweek.com/Stylicity/offers, and enjoy the perks of being a MasterCard cardholder!

My fave Stylicity finds after the jump!

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Sam Edelman Visits The Bay in Toronto!

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Last week, I put on my snazziest Sam Edelman boots and went to The Bay to meet the man of the hour himself. Dressed in a camo-print jacket and a friendly smile, Mr. Edelman addressed the quickly-gathering crowd of obsessed shoe fanatics, sharing his favourite trends for Fall 2013 and answering burning questions. After the Q&A, shoppers got a chance to meet the designer, snap some pics with him, and have their Sam Edelman purchases autographed on the spot. After letting his most ardent fans get their fill, my fellow co-host Sharon and I sidled up to Sam and got a chance to finally meet him! What impressed me most about the designer, is that he appeared totally engaged and uber-personable, taking his time talking to people, listening to them, and sharing personal advice too! I know that it sounds like common sense, but oftentimes, that is not the case. So, hat’s off to you, Sam!

Cocktails and yummy bites were passed around, music was blasting, and Sharon and I, managed to sneak in some shopping, between all the dancing and chatting – how’s that for multitasking? We also met a few of our readers, snapping pics for their own blogs and trying on shoes. It was a blast! Two hours later, the event was over, and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time has passed.

If you still haven’t stopped by The Bay’s magnificent new shoe department (the ones at Yorkdale and Queen St are my faves!), then you are seriously missing out. Stocked to the brim with every kind of shoe candy imaginable, The Bay’s shoe floor can rival any other shoe department/store in the world – even Sam Edelman said so! With more seating, more mirrors, and The Bay’s brand new shoe-logistics system (they can check if your size is available right away on a little machine before sending your size up via a special conveyor belt!), there really is no reason to make any other shoe-shopping stops…ever.

Did you stop by the Sam Edelman party at The Bay last week? Love The Bay’s new shoe department? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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You Are Invited: Hermès Festival des Métiers at The Design Exchange

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This weekend, if you don’t have any plans…and even if you do, you must make time to check out Hermès Festival des Métiers exhibit at The Design Exchange! Running from October 2nd to October 6th, this interactive exhibition celebrates the exquisite work of the many artisans that create the perfect made-by-hand pieces, using the techniques passed from generation to generation. You will be able to see how the famous Hermès bags get made, watch the artisans paint ceramics and create scarf patterns; you will get a real behind-the-schenes glimpse at the world of Hermès  - and the best part of all – it’s free! If you love fashion and appreciate fine craftsmanship, you must stop by to check out this fascinating exhibition.

WHEN: October 2 – 6, 2013, 11am – 7pm daily.

WHERE: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street, Toronto

Admission to Festival des Métiers is free.

More information: www.dx.org

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You Are Invited: Shop ‘Til You Drop with LOULOU Magazine and Yorkdale!

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So many exciting events this week! Not only am I hosting a shopping party with Sam Edelman at The Bay on Thursday, October 3rd, Yorkdale will be pumping that night with LOULOU’s Shop ‘Til You Drop event, featuring complimentary valet parking, shopping bag check, gift items, plus additional savings at many retailers. Attendees will be able to watch fall trend presentations, and enter a contest for a chance to win a $1,500 Thomas Sabo gift card, while the first 200 shoppers who spend $200 will receive a LOULOU gift bag valued at over $250! Sounds amazing, right? If you are interested in attending, make sure to RSVP HERE, and don’t forget to shop ’til you drop!

Who: LOULOU shopping editor Liv Judd and Cityline personality Tracy Moore

What: LOULOU’s  Shop ‘Till You Drop

Where: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto (Centre Court)

When: October 3rd, 2013 (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m)