Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals 2015 Collection

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If you’re a fan of Mary Katrantzou’s masterfully printed frocks, but can’t justify the hefty price tag, then Mary Katrantzou x adidas Originals collection is going to be right up your alley! This is the second ‘fashion meets athleisure’ collaboration between the two brands, and it’s amazing!

The first collection, while pretty cute, was too heavy-handed for my taste – giant shoe lace prints all over the place are not my idea of casual chic. But this collection is different – the athletic theme is still clearly present (tennis racquets, badminton shuttlecocks, baseballs, darts) but this time, executed in a more subtle way. There are dresses that look like they could easily belong in Katrantzou’s regular line-up, as well as more casual pieces perfect for those sporty fashion-lovers.

In Canada, select pieces from the collection can be found exclusively at Hudson’s Bay online or at The Room in Toronto and Vancouver. If you’re in another part of the world, Shopbop carries some styles, while most of the collection can be found on MaryKatrantzou.com.

I already ordered my fave pieces, and if you’re into any of the styles, I recommend snagging them ASAP…lots of sizes are already gone online. Good luck and happy shopping!

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Beauty: Summer Essentials

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Summertime is upon us and with it come the sunny days, beach getaways, melting makeup, and frizzy hair. To help you avoid these beauty fails this summer, I wanted to share with you my tried and true summer beauty essentials – from the perfect CC cream, to lip-gloss that won’t stick.

1. CHANEL CC Cream with SPF
Once summer rolls around, I try not to wear foundation too often. Mostly, because I don’t want to look like a cakey mess by the time that patio brunch is over, but also, because I may or may not be too lazy to do it every day. CHANEL to the rescue! The brand’s CC Cream is everything your skin needs and more – it has perfectly lightweight, but buildable coverage, SPF 30 & 50, moisturizing and correcting benefits, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties…and it works!

2. Schwarzkopf BLONDME Colour Correction Spray Conditioner
If you’re a platinum blonde, grey haired maven, or just a cool blonde who hates the yellow tones, sunshine is likely your worst enemy. Blonde hair tends to take on more warm hues in the summer simply due to sun exposure, but this little miracle spray by Schawrzkopf helps keep those yellow tones away. It doesn’t work as well as toning at a salon, but it does help extend my colour and protect my tresses from the sun. It is also very lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down. If you need even more toning, the rest of the BLONDME line is also very good. I particularly loved their highly-pigmented purple shampoo and Keratin Restore mask.

3. Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix
Speaking of summer hair…I know I’m not the only one whose hair turns into a frizzball on those balmy days. Well, Redken’s new Frizz Dismiss line offers the first-ever Frizz Protection Factor (FPF) with 4 levels of smoothing and humidity protection for all hair types—from fine to coarse. “Frizz Dismiss offers heat and humidity protection with a sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free cleansing system. It is safe for chemically straightened hair. Frizz Protection Factor (FPF), the first-ever professional scale, allows you to choose the protection you need based on hair type and humidity level.” And while the lavender oil-infused fly-away fix sheets offer the lowest FPF, they are very handy for travel and on-the-go. Just grab a sheet, run it through frizzy hair and voila – static and fly-aways eliminated. If you live in a particularly humid area, or have coarse hair, go for a higher FPF product like Frizz Dismiss FPF 40 Rebel Tame leave-in smoothing control cream or Frizz Dismiss FPF 30 Instant Deflate leave-in smoothing serum.

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Shopping: Extra 25% Off Shopbop Sale!

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It’s that time of year again, people! Extra 25% off sale items on Shopbop.com! So if you’ve been eyeing those Alexander Wang Lovisa pumps, or always wanted to pick up a kitschy Moschino piece, airy LWD, or simply looking for a perfect dress to wear to that summer wedding – now’s the time to pull the trigger! The sale will last 3 days, and will end on June 25th, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. The most covetable pieces tend to sell out quickly, and I’ve already ordered some things I’ve been patiently watching all season at DEEP discounts.

Below, I’ve curated my fave sale items from Shopbop, in case you get easily overwhelmed by the huge selection. I’m sorry and you’re welcome.

Let me know what you end up grabbing, and HAPPY SHOPBOPING!

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Beauty: CHANEL CHANCE Eau Vive


Today’s the day! The latest in the line of CHANEL CHANCE fragrances, CHANCE Eau Vive is hitting the stores today and you should definitely stop by your nearest boutique to give it a try! I had the chance to check out this delightful perfume created by perfumer Olivier Polge a couple of months ago, and have to say that it’s the perfect scent for the summer! This fragrance is energetic and fresh, with notes of grapefruit and blood orange, as well as jasmine, white musk, and fresh vetiver. Its floral scent lingers lightly and doesn’t overpower my senses when I wear it.

Fragrance is a very personal thing, but I do think that CHANCE Eau Vive is going to be a popular crowd-pleaser – a refreshing burst of energy that adds a bit of pep to the day, and literally makes me smile when I smell it.

The new Jean-Paul Goude campaign for the fragrance is equally energetic and fun – cute models bowling with giant perfume bottles, welcoming the new girl to the CHANCE team. After watching the cute 30-second film, make sure to check out the behind-the-scenes “making of” video below, to see how this film was created from concept to final product.

So tell me, are you a fan of CHANEL CHANCE fragrance line? Will you give CHANCE Eau Vive a try? Share in the comments!


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Balmain X H&M Collaboration Confirmed!

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If like me you’ve been impatiently waiting to find out about the next big H&M designer collaboration, today’s the day! While walking the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has announced the big news – #HMBALMAINATION is coming to a store near you this fall! And to give you a taste of the things to come, models Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn accompanied the designer on the red carpet in looks from the upcoming collection. At first, I couldn’t believe that the signature velvet embellished blazer was going to be a part of the H&M collab, but it sounds like it is! I foresee things getting crazy come fall.

Right now, there’s not much else to share about the collab except for the date – November 5th, 2015 is the date the collection will hit the stores. More to come!

Who’s excited about Balmain x H&M collab? Share in the comments!

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Styled By Nelia: Summer Trends from Forever 21 +

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Ever since Forever 21 opened their new store at Yorkdale, I’ve been obsessed! Huge selection spread out across the 27,000 square foot boutique – what’s not to love?! Well, last month, I got to check out the brand’s plus size collection, aimed at the curvy girl who loves trendy clothes. While most fashion-forward brands don’t carry plus sizes, Forever 21 + collection goes up to size 3X, and carries a wide selection of cool girl essentials season after season. On the latest episode of Styled By Nelia, I helped Andria to incorporate a few key trends for the upcoming summer season.

Joggers
While skinny jeans are a staple for many curvy girls, wearing tight jeans in the summer may not be the best idea, which is why I am such a huge fan of tailored joggers. These versatile pants come in a variety of prints and fabrics, can be dressed up or down, oh, and the super comfy stretchy waistband doesn’t hurt either! If you’re looking for a cool alternative to your trusty jeans, give these pants a try.

All White Everything
White on white is a huge trend this year, and is a fashionable way to keep summer heat at bay. Curvy girls can get in on the trend by choosing figure-flattering silhouettes, loose layers, and a mix of shades of white for a fresh and fashionable look.

Boho
This trend is a summer staple, and is the easiest to incorporate into your wardrobe. Pick up a brightly-printed maxi dress, a fringed caftan thrown over a pair of flared jeans, or a flower-child crochet lace top…your options are limitless!

So tell me, do you love Forever 21 + selection at Yorkdale? What’s your fave trend for the summer? Share in the comments!

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Giveaway: Visa Checkout x Indigo Great Canadian Summer Collection

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I shop online a lot – for heavy things like books, for items not available in stores, and on sites that offer free shipping and free returns. Everyday I visit my fave online stores and peruse the new arrivals. It’s easy, convenient, and pretty addictive. Yet when it comes time to paying for the items in my virtual shopping cart, I tend to get frustrated. If I’m shopping on my phone, typing in my credit card details becomes an ordeal, and when I am comfortably curled up with my laptop, somehow my credit card is always in another room of the house, forcing me to go on a mini treasure hunt, when all I want to do is remain on my couch. The struggle is real, y’all.

I’ve considered saving my credit card details on my most-visited shopping sites, but have never felt like it was safe enough to do so. And so, I carried on fumbling with my card each time, cursing under my breath, wishing for an easier solution. Well, my prayers have been answered! Introducing Visa Checkout!

Visa Checkout provides a single account sign-in that can be used on all devices, making online shopping even more convenient and enjoyable. All you have to do to take advantage of Visa Checkout is:

Create a username and password
– Enter your payment and shipping info (one time only!)
– Look for the Visa Checkout button when shopping online, enter your username and password, and you won’t have to worry about inputting your payment/shipping info!

Visa Checkout is available at many Canadian online retailers, with lots more joining each month. You can see the full list here: http://checkout.visa.com/shopping

And in case you’re paranoid about credit card fraud like me, Visa Checkout gives shoppers a secure way to pay online with Visa’s advanced security tools and Zero Liability for consumers in case of fraud!

But that’s not all! Until May 31, Canadians who use Visa Checkout on Chapters.Indigo.ca will receive 20% off their purchase! Currently, I’m obsessed with everything on Indigo’s site – from the colourful and inspirational “Be Amazing” Pillow, to the Great Canadian Summer collection that includes this Stacking Drink Dispenser and party-ready Mason Jars, to this beautiful Annie Seaton art print. There are also great cookbooks that will help me be the coolest hostess this summer. And I can stock up on these summer must-haves at 20% off by simply using Visa Checkout.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I truly think that this is a quick, safe, and convenient way to shop online, and I’m giving away $100 Visa gift card to help one of you get ready for summer with Visa Checkout and Indigo! Sounds good? See the details of the giveaway below!

– Tweet at us sharing why you are excited to use Visa Checkout (eg: “Hey @styleblogca, I am excited to use @VisaCA #VisaCheckout @chaptersindigo because _____”)
– The giveaway will close on May 22nd at 11:59 EST
– Giveaway Open to Canadian Readers, 18 and older
– Winner will be selected at random

Good luck and happy shopping!
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Shopping: Converse x Missoni Spring 2015 Collection

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Converse x Missoni collabs hold a very special place in my heart, combining fashion and function in some of the best-looking kicks I’ve ever seen, these are my casual-wear go-tos. Which is why I’m so excited about the latest collaboration between the two brands for Spring 2015! Featuring the iconic zigzag pattern in All-Star and All-Star Lux wedge silhouettes, and fun colourways like Egret, Periwinkle/Citrus/Berry, Carnival/Peppermint, and more, these are true must-haves for all fashion lovers out there.

In Canada, Converse x Missoni collection is available at Hudson’s Bay, Brown’s Shoes, Little Burgundy, Town Shoes, Gravity Pope, Groovy and Boutique X2O. From personal experience, I know that they sell quickly, so call ahead and put your pair on hold.

Happy Shopping!

Beauty: CHANEL Méditerranée Summer 2015 Collection

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Summer is the perfect time to have fun with your makeup. Colourful eyeshadow looks fresh, a little extra bronzer is pretty much expected, and fun nails are a must! For all those reasons (and more), I am obsessed with the new CHANEL Méditerranée Summer 2015 Collection. Inspired by the Mediterranean, products from this collection are perfect for creating a sun-kissed summer look that will make you look like you just stepped off a yacht in Cannes.

Here’s the rundown of my must-haves:

Chanel Lumière d’été Illuminating Powder ($76) is so beautiful that some of us may not want to disturb the perfect camellia surface, but if you do, you’ll find a shimmery golden-bronze powder suited for light/medium skin tones. This one adds that subtle glow to your complexion (eyes and décolleté too) and is a limited-edition shade.

The Méditerranée collection’s Le Vernis Nail Colour shades are particularly enticing – perhaps unsurprisingly, I am in love with 707 Méditerranée and 717 Coquilicot ($31), which bring back memories of my summer vacay in the Côte d’Azur – just imagine all the possibilities with these two colours!

The Méditerranée collection includes four Rouge Coco Shine shades: 477 Rêveuse, 487 Amorosa (limited-edition), 497 Intrépide, and 507 Insoumise ($42) – my fave! While all four are quite lovely, I think Insoumise will be the most versatile this season – a little shine with a great colour pay-off.

As for those cool Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effects Eyeshadow, I love all 5 colours, but my absolute faves are 127 Laurier Rose for day and 117 Azulejo ($36) for weekends and evenings.

And there you have it – the beautiful CHANEL Méditerranée Summer 2015 Collection, which will hit the stores on May 4th. Share your faves after the jump!

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You Are Invited: Design Lab Launch Party at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale

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I’ve written about the fun new Design Lab collection back in March, and now that it’s finally warm enough to wear floral rompers, lace dresses, and fringed slips, Hudson’s Bay wants to invite you all to check out the collection in person! On May 9, join some of Canada’s top fashion bloggers (and little old me) at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale to celebrate warm weather, cute clothes, and Design Lab!

Come for a fun shopping afternoon with your girlfriends, and stay for the delicious candy bar, foil tattoos, YSL touch ups, and a braid hair bar! Who What Wear will be at the event, snapping pics of the most stylish attendees, and there will also be an amazing giveaway of a $1500 gift card to spend on your own Design Lab summer wardrobe. Sounds like fun? Come and hang out with us next Saturday!

DESIGN LAB LAUNCH EVENT
WHERE: Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale
WHEN: May 9, 2015 2-4pm
RSVP: HERE or HERE