Styled By Nelia: Leather in the Summer

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I often get questions from readers asking me about ways to incorporate leather pieces into their summer wardrobes. Sounds near-impossible, but it’s actually easier than you think. Last month, I stopped by the stunning Danier store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre to show Carolina, how it’s done.

There are three rules I follow when trying to pull off this look. Read them after the jump!

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Styled By Nelia: White Denim for Summer

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It finally feels like summer. So to prep you for more sunny days ahead, I thought I’d share one of my favourite summer must-haves! Year after year, white jeans remain a staple in my warm weather wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly versatile, but they are super flattering to boot! I know that white denim has gotten a bad rep over the last few years. I blame it on the “ultra-low hiphugger” phase, followed by the “trashy denim” phase. But no word of a lie – white jeans are flattering…you just have to find the right pair for your bod!

Last month, I stopped by Smart Set at Yorkdale to show Ash how she could add a pair of white skinny jeans to her wardrobe, and to prove to her (and you) just how versatile those pants can be. Dare I say, even more versatile than your blue jeans?! Don’t believe me? Here are three super easy ways you can integrate a pair into your everyday life.

Nautical

Is there anything cuter than a nautical look? Well, it’s also incredibly simple to pull together – all you need is a pair of white jeans, a striped tee (or a striped blazer), and you’re done! Stick to the “nautical” colour palette, which should include pops of red, blue, and white, and you really can’t go wrong. Wearing white jeans in this case, provides a clean background for all the other colours, keeping this look from becoming too costumey.

Black and White

The monochromatic trend has been around for seasons now, and it’s not going away any time soon. For this look, I styled a fab striped blouse with an edgy faux leather vest to create an outfit that works at the office, as well as happy hour! And don’t those white jeans look a lot cooler than a pair of boring black slacks would?

White on White

There’s absolutely nothing chicer than an all-white outfit. Caution must be used when putting together various shades of white and cream – keep it all the same colour…or if the shades are starkly different, make sure that textures are too, which will make the mismatch look deliberate instead of looking like a washing machine accident. You can never go wrong with a smart, well-tailored blazer or vest, thrown over a white tee or blouse, and a pair of white pointy-toe pumps. The great thing about white-on-white, is that you can really make it your own – minimalists can forego the accessories altogether, while the peacocks could pile on bracelets and rings, throw on a chic gold chain necklace, and finish it all off with a pair of Hollywood starlet sunnies. Whatever rocks your boat.

I hope these 3 easy ways of wearing white jeans inspire you to try this timeless trend this summer, and check out some of our previous Styled By Nelia videos for even more styling tips!

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Photos and Video by Max Kopanygin

Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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When ALDO asked me to host yet another A-List party at their stunning Yorkdale store, I didn’t have to give it much thought. These parties are always such a blast. I mean, who would ever say no to a shopping soiree full of drool-worthy shoes and accessories, yummy sweet bites, and hanging out with the coolest people ever?!

This time, I gave out 5 gift cards to Toronto’s most stylish shoppers, helping them pick up summer shoes of their dreams. And let me tell you, ALDO’s SS14 collection is what dreams are made of – from seriously sexy sky-high heels to ugly-cute slip-ons, and anything else in between, there’s a pair out there for any taste! And don’t even get me started on the latest ALDO Rise Ostwald Helgason collection – it’s beyond amazing and is full of must-haves.

I wore my fave (and super comfy) orange Umaniel kitten heel slingbacks and was able to dance around the store for hours, while mingling with shoppers, being silly with Max Kopanygin, and of course trying on more shoes. It was a blast!

Thanks to all those that stopped by our event bright early on a Sunday morning, and for those that weren’t able to attend this time, you can still check out the new arrivals at the Yorkdale store – staff members at that location are not only super helpful, but they are also the most stylish group of co-workers I’ve ever seen. Happy Shopping!

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Styled By Nelia: Dressing for Prom

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Prom season is here, and if you still don’t have your dream dress in the bag, don’t worry – there’s still time! Last week, I stopped by Le Château at Yorkdale Shopping Centre to help Daphne, who will be graduating this year, shop for her upcoming prom. Together, we selected a few looks inspired by three stylish celebs, to help make your search a little easier.

Our first look was inspired by Queen Bey herself – a glam and sexy black gown with embroidered bodice – perfect for a fancy soiree. While many are apprehensive to wear black for special occasions, it’s actually the easiest way to look sophisticated and glamorous. All you need to do to make sure you don’t enter snoozeville is choose a black gown with fun details like embroidery, cut-outs, and other embellishments. And to top it off, you can add colour to your look with jewelry and accessories. For Daphne, I chose a pair of sparkly green earrings for a pop of colour.

If you’re a girly girl like Taylor Swift, a floral frock might be just what you’re looking for. To avoid looking too casual, make sure to add a sparkly or a metallic belt, and stay away from the not-so-dressy fabrics like cotton.

And finally, my favourite look of the three was inspired by Angelina Jolie and Diane Keaton. Both actresses love to wear suits on (and off) the red carpet, and I adore them for it. If you want to stand out from the crowd and have the guts to go against the grain, a well-tailored suit is a great option. To pull off this look, your suit must fit you reaaaally well, so if it needs to be taken to a seamstress, just do it. A few bucks spent on alterations can make a world of difference. As for accessories, the best thing is – a suit is really a blank canvas, so you can go as bold or as minimal as you’d like. Obviously, for prom, I would suggest a few standout accessories, and a fun pair of shoes.

Good luck with your prom dress (or suit) search, and let us know whether you were inspired by the three looks we put together!

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Photos and Video by Max Kopanygin

You Are Invited: ALDO A-LIST Party at Yorkdale!

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If you missed the last couple of ALDO A-List parties, don’t fret, because I’m hosting another fun-filled ALDO event, and YOU ARE INVITED! On May 11th, bring your mom, your friends, your boyfriend, and join me for a morning of shopping, discounts, brunch bites, and surprises at the ALDO store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! The new Ostwald Helgason x ALDO Rise collection will be available, and if you still haven’t seen those shoes and bags in person, now’s your chance!

Don’t forget to RSVP, and bring your dance moves, because it’s going to be that kind of a party. See you there?

WHAT: ALDO A-List Party (DJ, discounts, drinks and treats provided, gift card giveaways)
WHERE: ALDO Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: May 11th, 2014 10am-1pm
RSVP: http://aldo-alist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca