You Are Invited: Queen’s Plate 2015


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As someone who loves a good reason to dress up, I can’t wait to attend this year’s Queen’s Plate in Toronto. The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race as well as the oldest continuously run race in North America. This year’s race is the 156th in Queen’s Plate history, and it promises to be an uber-glam day full of fancy fascinators, high-fashion, and beautiful horses. I’ve never attended one, but I’m super excited to take part in this elegant and time-honoured tradition, one that actual Kings and Queens have enjoyed over the years.

If you ask me, there aren’t enough occasions that call for a fancy hat (or fascinator), and it’s a shame! I still don’t have the perfect headpiece to wear to the July 5th event, but with David Dunkley as the official Queen’s Plate milliner, I am sure there are going to be some really cool options to choose from. I plan on channeling my inner ADR and rocking something grand on my head – the rest of the outfit will fall into place, I’m sure.

With grandstand tickets over 50% sold out, I highly recommend picking up yours ASAP. It’s going to be the party of the summer and Style Blog will be there to snap photos of the most stylish Queen’s Plate looks to be featured right here. And that’s not all!

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Giveaway: Visa Checkout x Indigo Great Canadian Summer Collection

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I shop online a lot – for heavy things like books, for items not available in stores, and on sites that offer free shipping and free returns. Everyday I visit my fave online stores and peruse the new arrivals. It’s easy, convenient, and pretty addictive. Yet when it comes time to paying for the items in my virtual shopping cart, I tend to get frustrated. If I’m shopping on my phone, typing in my credit card details becomes an ordeal, and when I am comfortably curled up with my laptop, somehow my credit card is always in another room of the house, forcing me to go on a mini treasure hunt, when all I want to do is remain on my couch. The struggle is real, y’all.

I’ve considered saving my credit card details on my most-visited shopping sites, but have never felt like it was safe enough to do so. And so, I carried on fumbling with my card each time, cursing under my breath, wishing for an easier solution. Well, my prayers have been answered! Introducing Visa Checkout!

Visa Checkout provides a single account sign-in that can be used on all devices, making online shopping even more convenient and enjoyable. All you have to do to take advantage of Visa Checkout is:

Create a username and password
– Enter your payment and shipping info (one time only!)
– Look for the Visa Checkout button when shopping online, enter your username and password, and you won’t have to worry about inputting your payment/shipping info!

Visa Checkout is available at many Canadian online retailers, with lots more joining each month. You can see the full list here: http://checkout.visa.com/shopping

And in case you’re paranoid about credit card fraud like me, Visa Checkout gives shoppers a secure way to pay online with Visa’s advanced security tools and Zero Liability for consumers in case of fraud!

But that’s not all! Until May 31, Canadians who use Visa Checkout on Chapters.Indigo.ca will receive 20% off their purchase! Currently, I’m obsessed with everything on Indigo’s site – from the colourful and inspirational “Be Amazing” Pillow, to the Great Canadian Summer collection that includes this Stacking Drink Dispenser and party-ready Mason Jars, to this beautiful Annie Seaton art print. There are also great cookbooks that will help me be the coolest hostess this summer. And I can stock up on these summer must-haves at 20% off by simply using Visa Checkout.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I truly think that this is a quick, safe, and convenient way to shop online, and I’m giving away $100 Visa gift card to help one of you get ready for summer with Visa Checkout and Indigo! Sounds good? See the details of the giveaway below!

– Tweet at us sharing why you are excited to use Visa Checkout (eg: “Hey @styleblogca, I am excited to use @VisaCA #VisaCheckout @chaptersindigo because _____”)
– The giveaway will close on May 22nd at 11:59 EST
– Giveaway Open to Canadian Readers, 18 and older
– Winner will be selected at random

Good luck and happy shopping!
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YOU ARE INVITED: Live-Tweet The Oscars 2015 with Yorkdale Style Council!

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I had so much fun live-tweeting The Golden Globes with you that I’m doing it again! This time, I’ll be taking over Yorkdale’s Twitter account to live-tweet The Oscars 2015! If you plan on tuning in for red carpet arrivals and the show, make sure to tweet with me (@YorkdaleStyle) using hashtag #YorkdaleOscars, and you’ll be entered to win one of three Yorkdale gift cards! Winners will be selected at 11:00pm EST, and I will announce their names at the end of the show at 11:30pm EST.

Have lots of opinions on celeb style? Love Neil Patrick Harris? Want to know where you can find a red carpet dress lookalike? Tune in this Sunday, and let’s watch The Oscars together!

Twitter Account to Follow: @YorkdaleStyle
Hashtag to Use to Qualify: #YorkdaleOscars
Live-Tweeting from 6pm-11:30pm EST
Prize: Win one of three $50 Gift Cards
Winners will be drawn at 11:00pm EST

Valentine’s Day: Yorkdale Love Stories Giveaway

It may be frigid and snowy outside, but love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, my fellow Yorkdale Style Council member Julio and I are sharing our personal love stories with you. And we want you to do the same!

Because here at Yorkdale we are so in love with love, we are excited to announce an amazing giveaway for all the lovebirds out there! Share your love story on Yorkdale.com (comment section of THIS post), and you’ll be entered to win TWO $250 Yorkdale gift cards – one for you and one for your love! Sounds good? Don’t forget to enter before February 13th!

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Nelia and Rob

How we met
Nelia: The way Rob and I met is a little crazy, and really made me believe in destiny (STOP ROLLING YOUR EYES!). Fresh out of university, I turned down an interview with one financial institution as I had already accepted an offer elsewhere. But after a couple of weeks of training, I realized that the type of work they had to offer just wasn’t for me, so I called the HR person at the company I turned down, who was very understanding and booked me in for an interview. Rob was the person who interviewed me. It’s going to sound crazy, but for me, it was love at first sight…or maybe attraction at first sight, but I just felt that spark. After the interview, I considered asking Rob out and declining the job offer, but at the end of the day, I ended up accepting it and chickening out on the whole “ask him out” thing. Within the first week at my new job, I got transferred out of Rob’s team and he was no longer my boss…phew! We became friends and nearly a year after that interview he asked me out, and we’ve been together ever since. If I hadn’t changed my mind about that job, and stayed at the first company, we may have never even met. Feels like it was meant to be.

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Nelia: While on vacation in San Francisco, we spent a beautiful day exploring the city. Spring flowers were blooming, the sun was shining and I still remember that feeling of pure joy all day long. We’ve been together for nearly a year at that point, and during dinner, Rob looked at me and said “I love you”…I was so nervous, I mumbled “ditto” in return, but could obviously tell that it wasn’t the answer he was hoping for. Truth is, I’ve never actually said “I love you” to a boyfriend before Rob, so it felt like a huge deal to me at the time. The next day, as we were getting ready for another day of fun, I finally got up the courage to say “I love you” properly. To this day, “ditto” is the way I tell Rob that I love him too.

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Julio and Daniel

How we met
Daniel: Julio and I are a testament to romance in the age of social media. We actually met on Instagram via a mutual friend. I asked him out via Twitter DM. We always laugh when we tell people our story because no one believes us at first!
Julio: We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary on February 1st. Daniel likes to argue that our anniversary is earlier, but February 1st stuck with some encouragement aka my decision.

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Daniel: Well, being that I am the biggest hopeless romantic it had to be epic. I planned out the perfect day for Julio to make sure he got the engagement he deserved. I bought his favourite Tiffany’s Ring that he had always wanted, brought our photographer down to Toronto. Since we met on Instagram, I decided that I would propose via the platform as well at the first place we ever met in person. So at 11:27am (1 year to the minute from when I first asked him out) via Instagram (how we met), at Dupont Subway Station (the first place we saw each other face to face) I asked him to marry me. And lucky for me, he said yes!

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YOU ARE INVITED: Live-Tweet Golden Globes 2015 With Yorkdale and Win!

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Last year, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey KILLED IT at the Golden Globes. They came, they hosted, they made fun of Leonardo Di Caprio and George Clooney, they were laugh-out-loud funny and adorable, and I couldn’t get enough. This year, the dynamic duo is back to host the 71st Golden Globe Awards, and just like last year, I’ll be live-tweeting it all – the fashion, the winners and the losers, and my fave Amy and Tina moments.

This year, however, as a member of Yorkdale’s Style Council, I’ll be taking over Yorkdale’s Twitter account, and that’s not all! If you plan on watching the Globes, make sure to tweet with me (@YorkdaleStyle) using hashtag #YorkdaleGG, and you’ll be entered to win one of three Yorkdale gift cards! Winners will be selected at 10:30pm EST, and I will announce their names at the end of the show at 11pm EST.

I’ll be live-tweeting from the comfort of my couch, but I still plan on wearing something glamorous so that I can pretend that I’m actually there…I may even bust out a bottle of bubbly for the occasion. Sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday evening. If you like the idea, join me, Amy, and Tina this Sunday, January 11th, and let’s tweet those Globes!

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Style Days of Christmas: Samsung GALAXY Alpha Giveaway

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I can’t believe it’s the last day of Style Days of Christmas giveaways, you guys. Hope you all had fun entering, and perusing some really cool prizes from Style Blog’s most favourite brands. Pretty soon, I’m going to start selecting the winners and emailing them just in time for the holidays. Can’t wait to share the love. But, it’s not over just yet! We still have one more prize to give away, and it’s a good one. A really good one!

As you may have gleaned from the title of this post, today, we are giving away a Samsung GALAXY Alpha phone (valued at $699.95) from our friends over at Samsung Canada. What makes the GALAXY Alpha such a coveted phone? Well, check out some of its fab features below and be amazed:

– Enjoy a premium visual experience: With a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, the Alpha offers richer colours and a vivid experience that will make your festive photos look like professional prints.
– Run your holiday errands in style: Brushed with an aluminum frame and at less than 7 mm thick, the GALAXY Alpha is one of Samsung’s slimmest devices ever.
– Keep all of your holiday surprises secret: The GALAXY Alpha comes with upgraded and personalized security technology. An intuitive finger scanner unlocks the device, ensuring it only works when it’s in the owner’s hands, and can be used to log into your favourite sites and authenticate online purchases.
– Capture kisses under the mistletoe: The 12MP rear camera gives you the power to capture your favourite holiday moments and offers Phase Detection for faster auto focus and Selective Focus for more artistic shots.
– Don’t miss any holiday moment: Ultra Power Saving Mode conserves battery life, helping you stay connected for longer.
-Match any winter wardrobe: The stunning GALAXY Alpha comes in Dazzling White, Charcoal Black and Frosted Gold.

Sounds like a phone you’d like to win for the holidays? Enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: $200 Forever 21 Gift Card

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Here’s the thing, I’m not 21, nor have I been 21 in quite a while now, but the truth is…I shop at Forever 21all the time. The site is bookmarked on my laptop, and once a week or so, I click through and browse their selection of trendy, affordable wares. I’ve been a fan of the brand for many years now – ever since I was first introduced to it in Texas (which come to think of it, was over 10 years ago!) – and still have pieces I bought a while back. Not everything from Forever 21 lasts forever, but a lot of pieces do. I love their stores for printed tees, cheap and cheerful jewelry, and their fun summer dresses. And I couldn’t be more excited about Forever 21 opening at Yorkdale on December 20th at 9am! First customers in line on grand opening day will receive $21 gift cards. And because we’re cool like that, we are also giving away a $200 Forever 21 gift card right here, so you can buy whatever your heart desires at their brand new store. Don’t miss out, and enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: Starbucks Giveaway

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As you probably know already, I am not a fan of winters, but seeing those red Starbucks cups for the first time each season, makes me super giddy. It may sound funny, but for me, the arrival of the red cups signals the arrival of the holiday season. And since those Starbucks line-ups are always long, I know I’m not the only one. Which is why I’m super excited to be giving away a whopping $200 Starbucks gift card to my amazing readers. This should provide you with at least a few months’ supply of energizing and yummy drinks, or if you’re still on the hunt for holiday gifts, you can purchase some of those fun mugs from the Dot Collection! Either way, I know you won’t have any problems figuring out how to use that gift card this winter. Sounds good? Enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: $250 H&M Gift Card Giveaway

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I have a confession to make…I may or may not have an H&M addiction. Since Canada still doesn’t have the online shopping option, I find myself going to H&M more often than to any other store, waiting for certain pieces to arrive, always finding gems that later on people will ask me incessantly about. I love H&M! And if you’ve been reading long enough, this is not news to you. So of course, thanks to their amazing Canadian team, we are once again partnering up for a holiday giveaway.

Right now, they have some truly beautiful dresses that are perfect for the holiday parties, ugly sweaters for him, her, and the kids, pizza-printed onesies, sparkly jewelry, and so much more. So to help you with your holiday outfit, or your Christmas shopping, or both, we are giving away one $250 H&M gift card, as well as The First Ten Years, an exclusive book about H&M’s design collaborations, from Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 to Alexander Wang in 2014. You definitely don’t want to miss this one, so enter below!

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Style Days of Christmas: $300 Bench Gift Card Giveaway

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One of my favouritest things to do in the winter is snowboarding. I’m not very good at it, but I do enjoy it a lot! Even if I fall down all the time, I still dust myself off and try again. Participating in outdoor activities, and making the best of Canadian winters is probably the best way to take advantage of those copious snow days, instead of hiding indoors and wishing the winter away. Which is why I’m so excited that Bench.  Canada partnered up with Style Blog to give away a $300 gift card, so that you can be ready for your next winter adventure too! Even if that adventure is simply going for a stroll around your neighbourhood, or a walk to the coffee shop.

Sounds like something you’d like to win? Enter below!

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