Style Days of Christmas: H&M $200 Gift Card Giveaway

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My H&M love affair is very well documented on this blog, so I’m not going to write three lengthy paragraphs about a pretty neoprene skirt I bought for a steal, and which made people breathlessly inquire about the designer of said skirt. Things like that happen all the time…which is one of the many reasons I adore H&M…and today, on Day 7 of our annual holiday giveaways, I would like to share the love! Perhaps you want to grab the remaining few Isabel Marant for H&M pieces, pick up a cozy sweater or two, or maybe you would like to surprise your man with a cool new coat…tell me what’s on your H&M holiday shopping list, and you will be entered to win a $200 gift card from one of my favourite stores ever (H&M, of course) to make your holiday gift shopping a breeze! It’s that easy. Sounds good? Enter below!

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What I Wore: Toronto Christmas Market

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a brilliant idea – I dragged le bf to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District to do some Christmas shopping and shoot new outfit photos for the blog – work and play combined. The only problem was…as we left for the market, the skies opened up, and it started to rain miserably (and continued for the remainder of the day). But being the consummate pros that we are, not even freezing rain could stop us from doing what we set out to do – and so we took some photos anyway.

I may or may not have yelled at le bf to stop being a perfectionist and just hurry (the eff) up, because rain was dripping down my forehead, and I was fairly certain that I had mascara running down both my cheeks, while my teeth were chattering uncontrollably. Alas…after about 15 minutes of running around and trying to get some decent shots, I gave up, wrapped myself in a warm scarf that le bf was gallantly holding for me, and ran for cover. Just another day in a glam life of a fashion blogger.

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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

What I Wore: Perfect Leather Pants

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In case you didn’t know…the perfect leather pants do exist! And they are from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection. I am so glad that I braved the crowds in order to snag these, because now that I have them, I want to wear them all the time! Luckily, these don’t make me feel like I have to use a bottle of baby powder to put them on - these leather pants are as comfy as pajama bottoms. Well…nearly. How do you feel about leather pants? Share in the comments.

I Wore: Sweater – Gap; Leather Pants – Isabel Marant for H&M; Shoes – Valentino; Necklace – Zara

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

What I Wore: #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime

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Not to sound like @NotCoatFactory Twitter account, but #COATS, you guys! Yesterday I wrote about the RUDSAK Sample Sale that’s happening this weekend in Toronto, and today I wanted to share a sneak peek of what this sale has to offer. This awesome RUDSAK parka was my fave item from the sale – it’s Canadian, warm, stylish, doesn’t make me feel like the Michelin Man…and best of all – you can buy it for a fraction of its original price! Score! There were so many coats to choose from, I had a really tough time picking just one. And as I mentioned before – there are bags, shoes, and accessories galore too! If you have time,  you should definitely stop by and check it out – it’s one of the best sample sales I’ve been to in a while.

To wrap this post up, I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom from my favourite Twitter account ever – @NotCoatFactory: “Who does like coats? Let us know with #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime and tell others about this.” You know what to do!

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What I Wore: Cold Weather Essentials

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I finally got my Mackage jacket, you guys! It’s stylish and warm and I love it so much, I would probably sleep in it if I could. Same goes for my new Acne Pistol boots. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make the leap, but now that I own these bad boys, I hardly ever wear anything else (on my feet, that is). If you are looking for a pair of comfy, versatile ankle boots, I highly recommend these.

Isn’t it funny how some pieces get so much wear, while others hardly ever see the light of day? All of the pieces from this outfit are definitely hard-workers and will surely be worn all the time this winter – fleece-lined tights from H&M, cashmere sweater from Joe Fresh, Club Monaco leather skirt, kitty ears toque from Zara, my new fave bag from Proenza Schouler, and of course, the two pieces I mentioned above. Throw in my super-warm Canada Goose parka into the mix and you have my winter wardrobe in a nutshell.

What about you? What are your cold weather essentials? Share in the comments!

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Isabel Marant Pour H&M Collection Preview

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It’s so close, I can almost taste it! Isabel Marant Pour H&M collection will hit the stores worldwide on November 14th, and last night, I got the chance to preview the collection, touch the pieces I’ve been coveting, and make my personal shopping list. I have to say that I was sincerely hoping to walk away hating everything (for my wallet’s sake), but, alas…that did not happen. Instead, I left the preview wanting and aching to get my paws on at least a dozen of oh-so-Marant pieces. But since I am a responsible adult, my current must-have list includes a pair of black leather pants, black tuxedo jacket, and a cozy shaggy sweater – that’s it! Those are the only pieces that I will allow myself to buy…but ask me again on November 14th, and my answer may (or may not) change.

Are you getting excited yet? Share your must-have list in the comments!

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Celeb-studded Isabel Marant Pour H&M Collection Paris Party

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Last night, Paris was the place to be! Beautiful celebs like Audrey Tautou, January Jones, Freida Pinto, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Olga Kurylenko, Alice Dellal, Mélanie Doutey and Lou Lesage gathered in the city of lights to celebrate the launch of the Isabel Marant pour H&M collection. Guests at the celebration got a chance to shop the collection early and some came decked out in coveted pieces from the highly-anticipated collaboration that will be available for the mere mortals like us on November 14th!

“We wanted to present the collection in a way that felt real and casual, not a red-carpet extravaganza: this is how I see my work. I design for everybody and am constantly inspired by the world I see around me, so it felt natural to have an urban setting as the backdrop of the event. And it had to be Paris, because the city is part of my DNA,” shared Isabel Marant.

“This street celebration was the perfect way to launch a collection that oozes the energy of cool Parisian style. It felt optimistic and real: a reflection of Isabel Marant’s knack for urban sophistication and bohemia. I think the collection for women, men and teen captures her spirit and I hope our customers are as excited as we are for the launch,” said Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.

And while we weren’t in Paris to celebrate the launch of Isabel Marant pour H&M, these images of happy models, confetti falling from the sky, and celebs looking gorgeous in their Isabel Marant pour H&M gear definitely convey the feeling of fun and excitement that surely permeated the air that night. Now the countdown REALLY begins…Less than a month to go. What’s your shopping strategy for this one? Share in the comments…and don’t forget to scroll down for more photos from the party.

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Isabel Marant for H&M Ad Campaign Images and Video!

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November 14th is less than a month away and to celebrate the imminent arrival of the highly-anticipated Isabel Marant Pour H&M collection, we have a few leaked ad campaign images and a “behind-the-scenes” video to tide you over. Daria! Milla! Alek! Oh my! Love seeing their faces in this campaign, which is seriously giving me the collab jitters when I think about November 14th. GIMME EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW! Please?

Are you getting excited yet? What’s on your shopping list? Do tell!

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COS is Coming to the US! Is Canada Next?

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H&M’s pricier, higher-end sister brand COS (Collection of Style) is confirmed to be opening their first US store in Spring 2014 in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Let me repeat that…COS is coming to the US!!!!!!!!

When I first heard the news, I have to admit, I freaked out a little. It’s not like I need more places to spend my money – I do pretty well at the ones we already have, thankyouverymuch - BUT…it’s COS, you guys! Finally! If you aren’t familiar with COS, then please click here right now and come back after you’re done browsing. Lovely basics with a twist that make me want to pull out my credit card and hand it over forever. Amazing, right? And now (in 2014), we’ll have a store just a quick skip and a hop away from Toronto…and apparently e-commerce as well. Those lucky Americans, they get everything before we do. *insert bitchy resting face* Buuuut…the good thing is…COS is coming to the US, which must mean that a Canadian launch isn’t that far. Right? I mean, it only makes sense!

So now…we wait…and in the meantime…roadtrip to NYC, anyone?

Photo Credits: COS