Mother’s Day: Gift Guide 2014

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Though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, May is here, and with it – Mother’s Day! If you still haven’t figured out what to buy for your mom, as usual, we have some ideas to help you in your search. From a personalized leather tote, to a fancy perfume, to a bottle of delicious bubbly, to a pair of comfy pajamas, there’s something for every mom (and every budget) on our list.

What will you be picking up for your mom this year? Share in the comments!

1. Monogram Travel Mug – Indigo
2. Atlas Bangle – Tiffany and Co
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear – Best Buy
4. DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce Eau de Parfum – The Bay
5. Nespresso VertuoLine – The Bay
6. Personalized Leather Tote – Cuyana
7. Les 4 Ombres – CHANEL
8. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui – Indigo
9. Pajamas – Joe Fresh
10. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne – LCBO
11. D/N Bag – ela handbags
12. Orchid Statement Necklace – Banana Republic
13. Embroidered Floral Topper – Ann Taylor
14. Canapile Heels – ALDO
15. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lip Balm – Sephora

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What I Wore: Bonjour, Mon Amour

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It’s FRIDAY!!! And I am super excited to get my weekend started. This is what I wore last weekend to grab some gelato with le bf, and hang out with my friend (and beauty contributor) Aleyda. The weather was lovely, the sun was shining, and I was feeling elated. Also, something to be happy about are these amazingly comfy boyfriend jeans from Zara that hang just right (though le bf disagrees), and can be dressed up or down. I think I’m going to live in them!

I also got to wear my treasured HBC Converse. They are an instant mood enhancer + conversation starter. People just feel so drawn to them. And no wonder – they are pretty perfect, non?

Anyway…hope y’all have an amazing Friday! Let’s get this weekend started!

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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

Shopping: The Room at The Bay Fall 2013 Sale!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! The Room sale is almost here, and my heart is going crazy from the excitement. This time, the first markdown of the season is not 40%…it’s 50% off select Fall/Winter clothes, shoes, and accessories, and if you’ve been eyeing something special at The Room, now is the time to scoop it up! The sale starts on November 30th – this Saturday, but it doesn’t hurt to stop by beforehand and make your shopping list…early bird and all that. You know where I’ll be on my lunch break today.

Happy Shopping!

Holidays 2013: Gift Ideas from The Bay

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November is here, which means that the holiday season is just around the corner, which means family dinners, twinkly lights, and PRESENTS! I don’t know about you, but I have already bought a few Christmas gifts, and what made it really easy was attending The Bay’s holiday preview back in July.

At the preview, I got a chance to see all of the awesome gifts that The Bay stores are stocking this holiday season, from an impressive Library of Exotic Chocolate Bars for your favourite chocoholic (umm, that would be me!), to the seriously gorgeous handbags for your BFFs (the one from Zac Posen is a stunner!), to the softest cashmere sweaters that would delight anyone on your list, to the coolest toys any kid could wish for, there are hundreds of covet-worthy presents just waiting for you to scoop them up…all at one place!

As usual, HBC Collection pieces are high on my personal holiday wishlist. I already picked up a pair of HBC Converse sneakers, but I still want to grab a couple of striped Christmas stockings, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Santa will drop off the beautiful retro-inspired HBC Erdem Coat under my tree (pretty please, Santa!).

Apart from the best holiday presents you can give and receive, The Bay also has everything you need for entertaining this holiday season – appliances, cookware (best selection of Le Creuset in town!), showstopping dinnerware and flatware sets, and of course, holiday decorations galore! In short, there will only be a couple of gift-shopping stops on my itinerary this year, and The Bay is definitely one of my faves. Makes my life so easy!

See some of my fave holiday gift ideas below, and let me know which items catch your eye!

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Kate Bosworth x Topshop Fall 2013 Collection Now at Hudson’s Bay

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In case you needed another reason to spend your hard-earned pennies, The Collection starring Kate Bosworth for TOPSHOP is now available at The Hudson’s Bay stores in Canada…and it’s pretty great! In her role as a design consultant to TOPSHOP, Kate Bosworth developed the collection alongside the design team. Kate wanted a different tone from the more bohemian inspired Spring Festival range that she starred in, and as a result, a capsule collection of chic modern classics with a twist was created. There are shirt dresses with leather trim, perfect t-shirt dresses, dreamy metallic foil leather (NEED!), sexy stiletto shoes – 46 amazing staple pieces that would complete any wardrobe.

“The collection is tailored and classic. For fall, we wanted to create luxurious pieces with a strong minimalist approach. Slim silhouettes are cloaked in a masculine shape, staying true to the mix of masculine/feminine balance that exists in my personal aesthetic,” shared Kate Bosworth.

What do you think of The Collection? Are there any pieces that you’ll be picking up for yourself? Share in the comments.

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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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Shopping: 12 Must-Have Coats to Keep You Warm This Fall

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Summer is officially over and done with, and while I’m not the biggest fan of cold temps, I do love fall fashion! Coats, blazers, boots, fun layers – the options are endless! But if you live in Canada, a great coat is my one-and-only must-have. It is, after all, the first piece of clothing people will see when they see you, and it is one that you will wear most often, so why not make it a great one?

There are lots of options available at Yorkdale right now for any taste and budget, so let’s look at four great styles to help you choose one (or two, or three, or four – we don’t judge!) that works for you.

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Whether you like stripes, plaid, leopard spots, or any other kind of print, there’s a coat out there for you! Over the past few years, brands have become a lot more adventurous, and as a result, printed outerwear is no longer a rarity. If you tend to wear a lot of monochromatic looks, a printed coat could add that extra something to your daily outfits. After all, I’m sure you have a black coat or two in your closet already. It’s time to spice up your fall!

1. The Bay 2. Ann Taylor 3. Zara

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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