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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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: Meet Designer Sam Edelman at The Bay!

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Shoeaholics, rejoice! You are invited to meet designer Sam Edelman at the Hudson’s Bay store on Queen St this Thursday, October 3rd! The fab event will be held at Canada’s largest shoe department, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to stop by, this is a really good excuse to finally experience The Bay’s jaw-droppingly beautiful (and stocked to the brim) shoe floor.

But that’s not all! Attendees will also be entered to win a Sam Edelman shoe wardrobe valued at $750! Is there a better way to get your wardrobe ready for fall? I think not. Refreshments will be served, Mr. Edelman will be there to sign shoes, and my girl Sharon of the Backseat Stylers and I will be trying on shoes and probably dancing up a storm! It’s always a pleasure to meet Style Blog readers, so if you decide to stop by, please be sure to say hello. And if you need any help with your shoe choices…well, Sharon and I would be more than happy to oblige. Shopaholism enabling is what we do. Hope to see you there!

WHERE: Hudson’s Bay, Queen Street, Main Floor
WHEN: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 5-7pm

Wishlist: Converse x Hudson’s Bay Company Jack Purcell Fall 2013 Collection

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The cat is finally out of the bag! Hudson’s Bay Company joined forces with Converse to create one of the coolest pieces of Canadiana I’ve ever seen…actually, three of them! Ever since I laid my eyes on these beauties during The Bay’s Holiday 2013 preview, I have been dying to share the news with you, and now I finally can!

“Available in the Converse unisex Jack Purcell, Duck Boot and women’s Helen silhouettes, each style embodies the Hudson’s Bay Company wool point blanket stripes, features threaded stitching and antique brass eyelets, and includes the Jack Purcell and Hudson’s Bay logos on the foot bed. These silhouettes also carry an official “Seal of Quality” maintaining the authenticity of Hudson’s Bay Company. Additionally, the Jack Purcell Duck features a leather collar and heel stay, as well as embroidery on the tongue of the shoe, generating an elevated style that merges these two iconic worlds.”

The Converse Hudson’s Bay Company Jack Purcell collection will be available for purchase exclusively at Hudson’s Bay Stores, with prices ranging from $120 to $140 starting September 1, 2013. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be getting up extra early that day to snag a pair for myself and for le bf too!

What do you think of this collection? Share in the comments!

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Photo Credits: The Bay

What I Wore: Leather Weather

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If you didn’t know already, The Room at The Bay is on major sale right now! Shoes, clothes, you name it – all 60-70% off! It’s during this semi-annual event I snagged this beautiful jacket from Mikhael Kale, and my new fave pair of shoes from 3.1 Phillip Lim. These shoes look like a mix of medieval knight’s shoes and gladiator sandals, and for some reason I just can’t get enough. And while this summer has been a crappy one so far, the silver lining is me wearing my beloved leather jackets in July. Blue leather and knight shoes is what my summer’s going to look like. Hope you’re ready for it.

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Ask Nelia: Accessorizing a Floral Dress

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“Hi Nelia, I’ve recently discovered your blog and I LOVE your style. I’m having a style dilemma, maybe you can help.What type of accessories would you wear with this dress, and is it ok to wear flats? I’m a mother of 5 so I never wear heels.Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.” – S

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Aldo Shoes Spring 2013 Collection Lookbook

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ALDO’s ad campaigns never disappoint, and this one’s no exception. The fun and colourful images make me forget about  this rainy week, and transport me to balmy summer days, when we can fire up the BBQ, lounge by the pool, and wear shorts and sandals!

And speaking of sandals…I’m obsessed with more than one pair of ALDO shoes right now. From their gorgeous ALDO Rise x Preen collab, to the cut-out ankle booties, to some plexiglass heels, I want them all! Oh…and let’s not forget about accessories! How cute are those pixelated sunglasses? I want one of each, please!

What do you think about ALDO’s Spring 2013 ad campaign? Any shoes that caught your eye? Share in the comments.

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Wishlist: Balenciaga Fall 2013 Shoes by Alexander Wang

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We’ve all been waiting for it – Alexander Wang’s first-ever collection designed for Balenciaga! Presented during Paris Fashion Week last night, Balenciaga Fall 2013 was full of chic covet-worthy pieces. “I’m going back to the roots, identifying the codes of the house, and translating them into a functioning, full wardrobe,” said Wang, and while I truly loved the entire collection, I fell IN LOVE with the shoes.

I mean…just look at them! These shoes are classic, and yet they are not. Chic, but edgy. Comfortable? Probably not, but I want them all nonetheless. These shoes are what dreams are made of. And today, I am going to enjoy dreaming.

What did you think of Wang’s first effort designing for Balenciaga? You can see the entire collection HERE.

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Tommy Ton for Saks Fifth Avenue Spring 2013 Shoes!

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Speaking of gorgeous spring shoes…check out this amazing spread shot by the Canadian street style photog Tommy Ton for Saks Fifth Avenue! Featuring some drool-worthy styles by Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Valentino, Altuzarra, Jil Sander, Derek Lam, and more, these photos are making me drool all over my laptop!

Right now, I am straight up OBSESSED with these lace-up Ferragamos. They are insanely hot, and I need them in my life ASAP. The heel looks super high, but the design also looks sturdy and secure, so I probably wouldn’t break my ankle. Just in case, I’d like these flat snakeskin Valentinos as well…you know, to mix it up!

What do you think about this photo spread? Are you getting excited for spring? Do tell!

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