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

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!

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Photos and Video by Max Kopanygin

Happy 50th Birthday, Yorkdale!

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Today is a very special day…it’s Yorkdale’s 50th Anniversary, and I can’t believe that the sparkling “new” shopping centre has been around that long! To celebrate, Yorkdale collaborated with photographer and musician Bryan Adams to shoot an exclusive portrait series of several stylish and notable Torontonians, including Jeanne Beker, my fave Beckerman sisters, and Suzanne Rogers, among others, which will be released on Feb 26, 2014. 2014 will also mark the beginning of construction on Yorkdale’s newest, almost 300,000 square foot, $331 million expansion, and that means more amazing stores, better shopping experience, and an even bigger (and better) Yorkdale. But that’s not all!

“As part of the Golden Anniversary, Lucian Matis, one of Canada’s top luxury fashion designers, has created a glamorous golden evening gown exclusively for Yorkdale. Made of silk chiffon and French lace, the gown was delicately hand-sewn by Matis and took more than 85 hours to complete. The gown was photographed on Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, the face of Yorkdale Style, for a special campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and will be on display at Yorkdale’s Guest Services until October.”

Pretty awesome, non? That dress, Coco, and the gilded (barely recognizable) tunnel – everything about this campaign is pure gold. Really looking forward to seeing that dress in person. Can’t wait!

On a personal note, I’ve had the honour and the pleasure of working closely with the incredible Yorkdale team over the last  years, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Yorkdale Style Council. Happy 50th Birthday, dearest Yorkdale! You don’t look a day over 21!

Photo Credits: Yorkdale

Styled By Nelia: Putting Fit in Fitness

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Did you know that by January 17th most people that made resolutions on January 1st will have dropped theirs? 17 days is all it takes to lose all resolve and get back to bad habits. Last month, I hit up Yorkdale in search of people who made New Year’s resolutions, hoping to help at least one shopper stick to her resolution for a little while longer.

When I met Faiza, she shared that she made a couple of resolutions this year, including going to the gym more often, and traveling more. And while I couldn’t help her get another stamp in her passport, the “going to the gym” resolution seemed like one I could tackle.

Knowing how motivating a new set of gym clothes can be, I took Faiza to Gap Yorkdale, where she got to try on a variety of cool workout looks from the brand’s new and improved Gap Fit line. Faiza’s shopping experience is below!

Full post and workout gear tips on Yorkdale.com!

What I Wore: Is It Spring Yet?

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I wore this peppy combo last week while filming Styled By Nelia at Yorkdale. After being incredibly bored with the contents of my closet, I reached for an oldie/goodie pair of yellow floral pants and my new “goes with everything” striped tee from Ann Taylor. If there’s such a thing as a perfect spring outfit…this one’s mine. My secret hope is that if I dress like it’s spring, spring will be here sooner. Makes perfect sense to me, so just go with it. Also, you’ll owe me one when it will hit +20 degrees next week thanks to my floral pants. You’re welcome.

I Wore: Top, Shoes – c/o Ann Taylor; Pants – Zara; Bracelet – c/o Banana Republic; Ring – YSL; Earrings – H&M

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

Styled By Nelia: Dressing for the Holidays

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Hi guys! Just wanted to share a fun little project I’ve been working on with Yorkdale Shopping Centre this year! Last month, I filmed the very first web episode of Styled By Nelia – a web series showcasing some of Yorkdale’s finest retailers, and helping solve Yorkdale shoppers’ dilemmas. In the first episode, the lovely Kirsten needed help finding a holiday outfit, and so I offered her my advice. To see Kirsten’s shopping experience, please check out the video below, and if you shop at Yorkdale, be on the lookout for Max Kopanygin and I, we will be filming more of these in the next year! And remember, no matter the shopping dilemma, Yorkdale is (almost always) the answer! Thanks for watching!

See full post on Yorkdale’s Blog!

Style Days of Christmas: Mulberry Giveaway

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Earlier this year, English brand Mulberry opened its doors at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, giving the Toronto shopaholics yet another excuse to go shopping. After checking out the stunning new store, I walked away coveting a very long list of gorgeous handbags – Lily, Alexa, Del Rey, and of course…Willow – the most perfect one of them all! And today, on Day 10 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways, I’d like one of my amazing readers to win an adorable Mulberry Bow Leather Wristlet Clutch (valued at $470). It’s the perfect accessory for your holiday outfits, and an even better gift to stash under the tree for someone special. Want it? Enter below!

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

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Breakfast at ALDO, anyone? This Sunday, stop by the ALDO store at Yorkdale before the rest of the retailers open their doors, to get in some holiday shopping without the crowds! From 9am to 11am on Sunday, December 15th, I will be hosting an ALDO A-List soiree, and you are invited! As always, yummy bites and drinks will be provided, DJ will be spinning, and of course, since it’s an A-List event – you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase just for attending. And that’s not all! Once again, I’ll be giving away ALDO gift cards to the most stylish attendees, so make sure to bring your A-game. Interested? Grab your besties and make sure to RSVP, so that we can add your names to the A-List! See you there!

WHAT: ALDO A-List Party (DJ, 20% off merchandise, drinks and treats provided, gift card giveaways)
WHERE: ALDO Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: December 15th, 2013 9am-11am
RSVP: http://aldoalist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca

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Photo Credits: ALDO

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

CHANEL Boutique Opens at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto!

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I may or may not have let out a loud squeal when a certain CHANEL invitation appeared on my doorstep – my name boldly calligraphed on the envelope. There was no mistaking it – I was being summoned to the opening of the new CHANEL boutique at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. After doing the happy dance, then panicking about not knowing what to wear, then pulling out my favourite pair of CHANEL glass slippers heels, this Cinderella was ready to party at the poshest boutique in town.

Of course, when it comes to parties, CHANEL knows how to throw a damn good one. Packed to the brim with uber-stylish attendees, the new 3000-square foot boutique was overflowing with energetic vibes…or was it the kinetic energy of too many credit cards being swiped along with the most incredible bags and accessories flying off the shelves? No matter, along with my blogging buds Anita, Gracie, and Jay, I perused the boutique’s extensive selection of brooches (super versatile!), drooled over stunning footwear, and played with CHANEL coin purses, in hopes of snagging one for Christmas. We sat on purple tweed couches, piled into the gigantic CHANEL fitting room for a photo session with the Beckerman girls, and drooled some more. It was a blast.

Designed by Peter Marino, the boutique space itself was, as expected, stunning. Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s legendary Paris apartment on rue Cambon, with artful window displays, and oodles of merchandise lining the glossy shelves, I never wanted to leave. Speaking of merchandise…on opening night, the CHANEL boutique at Yorkdale had a huge selection of (almost) everything available. Now that it’s been a few days since opening, I am not sure if it’s still the case, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you are looking for variety…and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re simply a fan of the brand. You won’t be disappointed – that is a promise!

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