What I Wore: All Grown Up

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Whenever someone asks me to describe my style, the word tomboy always comes to mind. I’ve never been a girlie girl, and even though I do love to wear dresses, the way I wear them is never polished and refined, but a little messy and imperfect…and that’s what makes those looks “me”. This time around, however, I found it really hard to look messy in this perfectly ladylike Pink Tartan python print full skirt. The fun colour, paired with the flattering shape is an easy-to-follow recipe for refinement, just like most of Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s pieces. But something about this one in particular called my name. Maybe it’s the age thing…growing up and being drawn to more grown-up pieces, or maybe I just really loved this skirt. Either way, I’ll be wearing this one a lot this spring…topped with my trusty moto jacket. I have to toughen it up somehow!

I Wore: Top – H&M; Skirt – Pink Tartan; Shoes – c/o ALDO; Earrings – J.Crew

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

What I Wore: Is It Spring Yet?

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I wore this peppy combo last week while filming Styled By Nelia at Yorkdale. After being incredibly bored with the contents of my closet, I reached for an oldie/goodie pair of yellow floral pants and my new “goes with everything” striped tee from Ann Taylor. If there’s such a thing as a perfect spring outfit…this one’s mine. My secret hope is that if I dress like it’s spring, spring will be here sooner. Makes perfect sense to me, so just go with it. Also, you’ll owe me one when it will hit +20 degrees next week thanks to my floral pants. You’re welcome.

I Wore: Top, Shoes – c/o Ann Taylor; Pants – Zara; Bracelet – c/o Banana Republic; Ring – YSL; Earrings – H&M

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

What I Wore: Snow Queen

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Sorry for being MIA last week…thanks to the snow/ice storm, my house had no electricity, cable, or internet, giving me a much-needed break from all types of social media and blogging. Instead, I ate pies (Flaky Tart is the bomb!), hung out with family, and slept A LOT. It was awesome, but also challenging. I learned to put on make up under candlelight, and wore a lot of comfy and warm clothes, because getting dressed in the dark isn’t as easy as it sounds and having no heat is no picnic either. Thankfully, I had this cozy Ann Taylor sweater dress to save the day. All I had to do is throw it on over some tights to avoid looking like a shlub with no electricity. Mission accomplished.

Hope you and your loved ones have a warm and safe holiday season! Should be back to regular programming in 2014!

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Styled By Nelia: Dressing for the Holidays

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Hi guys! Just wanted to share a fun little project I’ve been working on with Yorkdale Shopping Centre this year! Last month, I filmed the very first web episode of Styled By Nelia – a web series showcasing some of Yorkdale’s finest retailers, and helping solve Yorkdale shoppers’ dilemmas. In the first episode, the lovely Kirsten needed help finding a holiday outfit, and so I offered her my advice. To see Kirsten’s shopping experience, please check out the video below, and if you shop at Yorkdale, be on the lookout for Max Kopanygin and I, we will be filming more of these in the next year! And remember, no matter the shopping dilemma, Yorkdale is (almost always) the answer! Thanks for watching!

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What I Wore: #ALDOALIST

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Last Sunday, I woke up bright and early and headed to Yorkdale to host a party at ALDO’s Toronto flagship. The store opened earlier than usual, welcoming A-list guests with refreshing orange juice and breakfast brownies (my favourite!), as well as 20% off the entire store! The party was thrown in honour of Noelle, who won a special #ALDOALIST contest from Virgin Radio, and as such, she was ALDO’s celeb for the day – hanging out in her very own VIP booth at the store, and shopping with her besties before the store’s official opening hours. Lucky girl!

But Noelle wasn’t the only lucky winner that day. I was also super pumped to meet Ariel, who won an ALDO shopping spree from this season’s Style Days of Christmas Giveaways. It was so wonderful to do a little shopping with Ariel and see her favourite pieces. With her $200 ALDO gift card, Ariel picked up an elegant bag, a pair of boots, a hat, and some jewelry. Not a bad haul! Not bad at all. And you know what? Seeing Ariel’s and Noelle’s faces light up with excitement made waking up early on a freezing Sunday morning totally worth it.

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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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