Rewind 2012: A Year in Photos

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I have to admit, so far 2013 is kicking my butt. I caught a cold on January 1st, found fraudulent activity on my debit card, and have had pretty bad migraines all week. Hopefully, from here, the only way is up.

But don’t you worry about me! 2012 was pretty sweet, so instead of focusing on the negative, I’ll just look back on some awesome moments from last year, and hope that things turn around soon.

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1. The best thing that ever happened to me in 2012. Sorry if it sounds cheesy, but spending time with our friends and family in Italy, and then marrying the love of my life was a dream come true. Truly. Seeing our wedding featured in the pages of Wedding Bells was a cherry on top.

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2. In February, I participated in a fun photoshoot with fellow bloggers Gracie and Elizabeth for Holt Renfrew’s blog Holts Muse. Shot by the talented photographer Adam Moco, this was a fun project to be a part of, and definitely started my year off right.

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3. Had I ever dreamt that one day I’d have a byline in FLARE MAGAZINE?! Nope. But that’s exactly what happened in 2012. Granted, it was for Flare’s website, but I was simply thrilled to write my 9 Unique Ideas for Wedding Day Style story in April. Flare also showed Style Blog some love in their Flare Magazine’s Wear CanadaBlogger Style: Spring ShoesBack to Work, and Street Style round-ups! What a year!

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4. Canadian retailer JACOB asked a few Toronto bloggers to help them create a Live Chic City Guide to Toronto, and I was super excited to be a part of it! Featuring bloggers’ favourite Toronto hot spots, this guide is an awesome way to explore the city and visit some of its lesser known attractions.

Check out more highlights after the jump!

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What I Wore: Holts Muse

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When I got an email from Holt Renfrew, asking me to participate in a Blogger Style Challenge for Holts Muse, I was ecstatic! Getting to roam the store, pick out anything and everything I liked, to put together 3 outfits – sounds like a dream, right? Well, it certainly was a lot of fun. Gracie, Elizabeth, and yours truly were each given a fun spring piece to style three different ways, and were then photographed by the amazing Adam Moco. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

My spring item was a sporty yellow mini from DVF. For my first outfit, I paired it with a kick-ass Balenciaga leather vest, a lovely Joie striped tee, and a red Balenciaga bag to complete the look. I also wore my own H&M tights, and Stuart Weitzman booties.

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For my second outfit, I mixed prints by wearing a lovely DVF cardi over the versatile Equipment blouse, and finished off the look with an adorable neon pink DVF clutch. A little color to brighten up the day. I also wore the Loeffler Randall Natane lace-up stilettos…aka my wedding shoes. You like?

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One more outfit after the jump!

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Man Repeller Propels Holts Muse in Toronto

If you spotted an unusual number of harem-pants-wearing, oversized-clutch-carrying, arm-party-rocking, neon-loving females on Bloor St. on Tuesday, blame (read: thank) the Man Repeller! The lovely (and hillarious) New Yorker Leandra Medine spent the entire day at Holt Renfrew on Bloor (lucky gal!) to help the Canadian retailer launch their brand new blog – Holts Muse. During the day, Medine mingled with her rabid fans, took photobooth pics with pretty much everyone, and was, as expected super fun(ny).

At the cocktail party, a few of my blogger buds and I managed to corner the Man Repeller Queen Bee, to ask her a couple of questions, and of course to take a repelling photo together. I think the result above speaks for itself, no? What man in their right mind would EVER find that appealing? Any takers? Ok…maybe le bf kinda does (because he loves me and he’s strange)…and Medine’s “man friend” might too. But it doesn’t matter – because according to the official Man Repeller Dress Code (which might or might not exist) “if it feels wrong, it looks right”.

And boy, did we see a lot of awesome looks that night! From printed pants, to DIY neon earrings, to bunny ears, to studs, and booties, and so much more – everyone brought their inner repeller to play. Making it for a fun night of people watching, outfit snapping, and…you guessed it…photoboothing. Which by the way, isn’t as easy as it seems. Because no matter how hard (and how many times) we tried – our photos came out looking ridiculous. But I guess that’s the fun part.

If you still haven’t checked out Holt Renfrew’s new blog – make sure to do so ASAP. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the hillarious video of Leandra Medine the Man Repeller talking about “drop crotch Kool-Aid”. It’s ah-mazing!

So tell me, what’s your fave repelling (or propelling) outfit of the night? Share in the comments!

More photos after the jump!

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Don’t Miss This Week: The Man Repeller at Holts

In this week’s awesome news: Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller is coming to Holt Renfrew Bloor Street this Tuesday, November 8th (1pm-2:30pm) to celebrate the launch of Holts’ new blog – HOLTS MUSE! Let your inner repeller shine, and wear something truly awesome to meet the queen of layering, arm parties, and harem pants.

See you there?

More details after the jump!

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