Wishlist: Sophia Webster for J.Crew Collection

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Last October, I got to meet the loveliest  young shoe designer – Sophia Webster. Her chic and whimsical footwear took the fashion world by a storm and I was in awe of her talent. So it came as no surprise that J.Crew decided to scoop her up for a fun collab, which was showcased during the brand’s Spring 2014 fashion presentation at NYFW.

Well, starting today, the 13-piece Sophia Webster for J.Crew collection is available online in all its graphic and colourful glory. With prices ranging from $320 to $695, these shoes may not be the cheapest around, but they are certainly worth the splurge. Any pair from this collab would spice up even the boringest of outfits, adding spring to your step.

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What I Wore: Exclusive

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Even I can’t believe that I finally wore a dress without tights! It’s a Christmas miracle, people!!! Just like that, we went from wet snow to 20+ degree weather…from winter to summer in a matter of days. Not one to waste a good opportunity, I decided to take my new H&M Conscious Exclusive dress out for a spin. With its breezy lightweight fabric, and dreamy blue print, this is the most perfect dress for lazy spring days – dressy enough for a romantic dinner with le bf, but casual enough for a neighbourhood gelato run. It’s definitely a current favourite!

The rest of H&M Conscious Exclusive collection is just as good! With stunning boho dresses, elegant jumpsuits, exquisite matador-inspired embroidered pieces, coolest shoes and jewellery, and so much more…this collection is now in stores and should not be missed. But beware, you may not be able to walk away without getting one of everything. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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Alexander Wang x H&M Collection To Launch in November 2014!

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Happy Monday, lovelies! And it’s a happy one indeed, because this weekend it was announced that the next H&M designer collaboration will be with none other than Alexander Wang! Launching on November 6, 2014, the Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for men and women and will be available at 250 stores worldwide! The announcement party at Coachella looked like a blast, with celebs like Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth, Iggy Azalea, Fergie and Katy Perry in attendance.

As the first American designer to ever team up with H&M for a designer collaboration, Alexander Wang says, “I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to setting a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

To me, this collab makes a lot of sense, because of Wang’s cool, youthful aesthetic, which will certainly appeal to the majority of H&M’s clientelle, and I can’t wait to see which direction this collection will take. Here’s hoping for some cool leather bags, fun sunglasses, body-con dresses with strategically-placed cut-outs and draping, and of course some hot heels too!

Are you excited about this collab? Share in the comments!

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Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 Ad Campaign

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As you may or may not know, I was OBSESSED with Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 ads featuring Michelle Williams. She looked so beautiful, that I was a bit worried that she might steal all of the attention away from the bags with those perfect brows, chic hair, and red lips. But I was wrong! Apparently sales were so good that Louis Vuitton asked Michelle to appear in their spring campaign as well. And boy is it a great follow-up! Styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Peter Lindbergh, Michelle looks like spring personified with bold lips in various shades of pink, her hair lightly tousled, and those gorge Louis Vuitton bags (Lockit, Capucines, and Alma) on prominent display.

And while I am still as obsessed with Michelle’s beauty as I was back in July, this time around, she did manage to inspire me to put a pair of colourful LV luggage cases on my dream wishlist. If only to arrange them as the chicest seat in my house.

What do you think of Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 ads? Share in the comments!

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Uniqlo to Open First Toronto Store at Yorkdale in 2016?

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If you are a fan of the Japanese Gap, otherwise known as Uniqlo, then you’re in luck! Well, kind of. It’s been reported that the Japanese fashion retailer is currently in talks to open their first Canadian store in 2016.

“Uniqlo is negotiating a deal to lease a 35,000 square foot space in north Toronto’s high-traffic Yorkdale mall, industry sources said. “The negotiations are pretty advanced,” said one source familiar with the talks, who added Uniqlo aims to open both mall-based and street-front stores in this market.”

As Yorkdale’s Style Council member, I am both delighted and not very surprised that Uniqlo would choose Yorkdale as their springboard into the Canadian market, as many other retailers have done recently. The shopping centre is undeniably the best in Toronto, with an amazing mix of high-end and affordable retailers, and yet another expansion in the works. And while nothing has been solidly confirmed just yet, I am feeling quite optimistic about this one.

Are you excited about Uniqlo in Toronto and in Canada? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Photo Credits: Straight.com

H&M Conscious Collection Spring 2014 Collection Lookbook!

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Guys, it’s finally spring! And even though the weather isn’t cooperating yet, we can all get excited for warmer temperatures thanks to the latest H&M Conscious Exclusive collection! Created in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think-tank Ever Manifesto, the new collection is a gorgeous mix of boho dresses, chic separates, and embellished pieces. As someone who loves to get her lace on in the summer, I can’t wait to get my paws on a few white lacy frocks, the printed top with matching shorts, and that amazing necklace! Can I even call that a necklace? Whatever it is…it’s crazy-good!

The H&M Conscious Exclusive collection ranges from $34.95 for organic cotton voile blouses, to $299 for organza jacquard dresses, and will be hitting select stores on April 10th. Select pieces will also be sold on yoox.com in an area dedicated to Master & Muse, Amber Valletta’s initiative to promote environmental responsibility.

So tell me, what do you think about the latest Conscious collection? Will you be shopping this one? Share in the comments!

PS. Make sure to check out Kate Mara, Sophia Bush, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle and Amber Valletta wearing pieces from H&M Conscious Exclusive collection at last night’s launch!

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Beauty: CHANEL Les 4 Ombres 2014 Collection

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Since 1982, CHANEL’s Les 4 Ombres have been on every beauty junky’s must-have list…what with their stunning colours, smooth texture, saturated pigments, and of course the iconic packaging. Well, this year, CHANEL released 8 new Les 4 Ombres quads, and they are amazing! Inspired by the iconic tweed fabric, the shades range from intense to natural, and finishes from silky to metallic.

Earlier this month, I got to meet CHANEL’s uber-talented make-up artist Kris Wares, who introduced me to the new Les 4 Ombres collection, and showed me a few cool eyeshadow application tips. There are so many different ways that you can wear Les 4 Ombres – from using the darkest shade as eyeliner, to smoky eye, to going for a natural look – these eyeshadows are really versatile. Kris used #232 Tissé Vénitien on my eyes, using the darker shades on my eyelid, and the lightest to line my lash line, making my eyes pop, and I’ve been recreating this look ever since!

If you are interested in checking out the new CHANEL Les 4 Ombres collection, all of the new shades are currently available at Holt Renfrew, so make sure to stop by and discover your favourite!

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Styled By Nelia: Dressing for Spring

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It may be March, but it looks like Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo just yet. If you live in Toronto, tights and coats are still a sad necessity, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t start adding some fun spring pieces to our wardrobes! And that’s exactly what I did on the latest episode of Styled By Nelia.

Thanks to the beautiful new arrivals from Ted Baker, I was able to show Loretta how she could infuse a few cheerful spring pieces into her wardrobe to wear now, and when the weather finally warms up.

From the classic and oh-so-chic floral full skirts, to colourful ladylike dresses, Ted Baker’s spring collection is full of timeless elegant pieces that can be styled in a multitude of ways. If you’re eager to pack away your winter clothes, and start wearing your new spring pieces instead, all you need to do is throw on some tights (fleece-lined ones are my fave), put on a pair of ankle booties, layer your outfit with a cute cardigan and an even cuter coat, and you’re good to go! And once the temperatures warm up, ditch those cold weather essentials for a pair of pretty pumps, and enjoy the sunshine! It really is that easy.

So tell me, how do you deal with this year’s neverending winter? Do you live in your parka, or are you starting to embrace spring collections? Share in the comments!

Check out the full post on Yorkdale.com!

Photos and Video by Max Kopanygin

Gadgets: Nespresso VertuoLine

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Thanks to this neverending winter and the polar vortex, I’ve become a weekend hermit. Instead of going out for brunch with le bf, my friends, and family, I’ve been making crepes, picking up pastries from the nearby Jules Patisserie, and scarfing it all down at home in the comfort of my kitchen with a cup of instant coffee. Having just moved into a pretty tiny house, our kitchen counter space is a precious commodity, and until now, le bf and I could not agree on a coffee machine to invest in. It all changed when I received a brand spanking new Nespresso VertuoLine machine.

Not only does Nespresso make stylish machines that would look amazing on anyone’s kitchen counter, but their coffees are also known to be very tasty and flavourful. Not a big fan of strong espressos, I was overjoyed to find out that Nespresso finally launched a machine that can make long coffees as well as espressos to satisfy all types of coffee lovers. With larger capsules that look like little planets instead of thimbles, the new Nespresso VertuoLine machines can “whip up” a large cup of coffee with thick foamy crema in 15 seconds, making the at-home coffee brewing experience feel extra decadent, and turning anyone into an amateur barista.

Last weekend, during the Slavic festival of Maslenitsa, I decided to finally give our Nespresso VertuoLine a try. Armed with a sample pack of capsules of various flavours and intensities, and with a few friends around the breakfast table, we welcomed spring with an abundance of crepes, and delicious coffee. So fun and easy!

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Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Grocery Store Chic Fall 2014

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Leave it to Karl to transform the magnificent Grand Palais into something so seemingly ordinary as a grocery store for a fashion show. But when all of the groceries, shopping carts and baskets bear the iconic CHANEL logo, the “store” and the fashion show become anything but ordinary. As someone who’s fairly obsessed with all things whimsical and kitsch, I would’ve been all over those CHANEL-branded goodies. After the show, the lucky attendees were allowed to loot peruse the quirky “store” offerings, and the luckiest ones walked away with CHANEL Spaghetti, door mats, rubber gloves, Tweed Cola, and lots more. Best grocery store ever?!

The Fall 2014 collection itself was appropriately fun, what with “Lait de Coco” bags, colourful outerwear, tweed sunglasses, and pop-art faux (?) fur bags – all of it covetable, but definitely not for those that prefer their fashion nice and serious. The people that would be most into this collection are the ones that can appreciate a bit of humour in their daily dressing…so needless to say, I was really INTO.IT!

So what do you think about Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collection? Would you like a tall glass of “Lait de Coco” in your life? Share in the comments!

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