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

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I am jumping for joy, because I get to invite my readers to the super-fun A-List party at ALDO’s beautiful Yorkdale store this coming Thursday, October 24th! There will be nibbles, yummy drinks, DJ beats, shoe discounts, and of course lots and lots of amazing shoes! I will be hosting the party and dancing the night away in my new Herveline over-the-knee boots, and will be giving away ALDO Gift Cards to the most stylish attendees (so make sure to bring you A-game).

But that’s not all…you will also be able to enter a crazy cool contest to host YOUR OWN A-List event! Help ALDO in their search to find the perfect A-List host, and you may just win an EXCLUSIVE shopping party just for you and your friends. All you have to do is tell us why you would make the best party host ever, and you will be entered into a chance to win your very own event. The host will receive an ALDO Gift Card, and everyone in attendance will get 20% off their purchase. Sweet, right? You’ll have the chance to make your shopping wishlist and ALDO will have the product ready for you and your friends to try on when you arrive (and so much more!).

Sounds amazing, non? Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! Don’t forget to RSVP HEREhttp://alist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca, and I will see you all on Thursday!

WHAT: ALDO A-List Event
WHERE: Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: October 24th, 8-10pm
RSVP: http://alist-yorkdale.eventbrite.ca

You Are Invited: Shop ‘Til You Drop with LOULOU Magazine and Yorkdale!

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So many exciting events this week! Not only am I hosting a shopping party with Sam Edelman at The Bay on Thursday, October 3rd, Yorkdale will be pumping that night with LOULOU’s Shop ‘Til You Drop event, featuring complimentary valet parking, shopping bag check, gift items, plus additional savings at many retailers. Attendees will be able to watch fall trend presentations, and enter a contest for a chance to win a $1,500 Thomas Sabo gift card, while the first 200 shoppers who spend $200 will receive a LOULOU gift bag valued at over $250! Sounds amazing, right? If you are interested in attending, make sure to RSVP HERE, and don’t forget to shop ’til you drop!

Who: LOULOU shopping editor Liv Judd and Cityline personality Tracy Moore

What: LOULOU’s  Shop ‘Till You Drop

Where: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto (Centre Court)

When: October 3rd, 2013 (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m)

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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Wishlist: Mulberry Willow Tote

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A couple of weeks ago, the new Mulberry boutique opened its doors at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and I could not wait to stop by and check out the store. When I finally made it there, I was smitten. The boutique feels spacious, but intimate too, and the selection of bags is impressive. If you live in Toronto and you still haven’t been…why not?! The boutique is full of beautiful, well-made bags, clothes, and accessories, and is a must-visit at Yorkdale.

And though I loved a lot of things at Mulberry on my visit, one thing that truly captivated my full attention was the customizable Willow tote. With a zip-off clutch, and a great selection of colours and textures, Willow is truly a perfect bag for a city girl – large enough for all of the essentials, and versatile enough for special occasions. My fave Willow combo can be seen in the photo above…so ladylike, so special, and SO expensive. Well, considering that it’s a very limited-edition bag, it’s not THAT expensive, but sadly for me, I will have to keep dreaming about this one for now.

What do you think of Mulberry? Have you stopped by the Yorkdale boutique yet? Share in the comments.

Photo Credits: Mulberry

Zara Home Opens First Store in North America!

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As August 22nd was approaching, I felt myself get more and more excited – Zara Home was coming to Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and I was counting the days! Well, today is August 22nd, and let me tell you – the store is amazing! From the moment I stepped foot inside Zara Home, I had my eye on dozens of things. From gorgeous picture frames, to fun door knobs, to beautiful linens, flatware, and china, I was obsessed! The price points aren’t too bad, the selection is great, and staff very helpful. As a new homeowner, I was ecstatic to finally have a place to buy inexpensive stylish things for my new home, and after my first visit, I know I’ll be a regular customer.

The store has a children’s section too, with a variety of fun kid-friendly dishes (Snoopy, Mickey, you name it!), adorable knick-knacks, and cool bedding options. If you are looking to spruce-up your kid’s bedroom, or any other room in your house, you really need to pay Zara Home a visit. You will be obsessed, I promise!

And if you simply can’t get yourself to Yorkdale, but are dying to shop Zara Home’s selection, if you sign up for the newsletter, you will get free shipping until September 30th! So what are you waiting for? Check out the photos from the opening below, and get yourself to Yorkdale stat!

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Shopping: 5 Pieces Worth Splurging On

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I often get questions from friends and readers alike, asking me to cover what I consider investment pieces – expensive clothing and accessories that aren’t a waste of money. And while  most of the usual “investment” pieces aren’t really that great of an investment if you are looking to make a monetary return, in my opinion, sometimes it pays to spend a little (or even a lot) more on something that will make you happy for a long time, something of superior quality and craftsmanship, something that you could eventually pass down to your grandchildren. So if you are looking to buy something of substance, here are my top 5 pieces worth splurging on, and brands to invest in.

1. Quality Bag

A great quality bag is a must-have for any (and every) working woman out there. Unlike men, we really do need a place to stash our wallet/lipstick/compact/iPad/iPhone/book/snacks/keys/life…A woman’s bag is something that gets used day after day, so why not make it a great one? A timeless high-quality bag is definitely my number one investment piece to consider. Yes, a cheaper one would certainly do the job, but if you consider cost-per-wear (total price paid divided by the number of times the item is used), even a pricey purse could be affordable. If you love your bag, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll wear it everywhere and with everything. And given the quality of your investment, you’ll have it for years to come instead of being used up and thrown out like a cheaper version.

If you are going to make the leap and buy an expensive bag, you should consider its longevity. You don’t want to buy a super-trendy piece, only to realize that it’s totally passé three months later. Invest in a classic shape, and a solid colour. It doesn’t have to be “boring” black (although black is the most versatile), but make sure to pick a colour that you could pair with a few things in your wardrobe, and one that would make you smile too.

Brands To Invest In: Chanel, Prada, Balenciaga, Hermès, YSL

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2. Heirloom

Whether it be a luxurious timepiece, or a pair of  in-your-face of sunnies, every woman should have a statement accessory to make her outfits pop. Investing in a piece of jewelry, or an accessory that will surely become an heirloom some day down the road is much better than spending the same amount of money on a pile of fast fashion baubles that will break or become discoloured after a couple of uses.

One of my fave pieces in my jewellery box is a turquoise YSL Arty ring. Every time I wear it, I get compliments left and right, and I have yet to find an outfit I couldn’t spice up with that pretty cocktail ring. Same goes for my classic Chanel brooch – so far, I’ve pinned it to my blazers, shirts, and sweaters, but it can also be worn as a necklace, and a faux belt buckle. Don’t you wish your mom or grandma passed down something like that to you?

Brands To Invest In: Cartier, Tiffany and Co, Chanel, Prada, YSL

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Zara Home to Open at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto in 2013!

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Shopaholics, rejoice! It’s been confirmed that Zara Home will be opening its very first Canadian store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre in 2013!!! It’s been a very exciting month in Inditex, and more specifically, Zara news. First, online shopping announcement, and now – the much-anticipated Zara Home is entering the Canadian market. All I can say is…WAY TO GO, YORKDALE!!! And also…HOORAY, and FINALLY! As someone who loves to shop for stylish house trinkets, I am overjoyed, and can’t wait to finally be able to dress up my home in Zara goodies.

UPDATE: Zara Home, the Inditex Group brand specializing in home décor, is arriving in Canada, with the opening of two shops. The first is located in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, opening August 22 and coinciding with the launch of the Canadian e-commerce site. The second store will open in Laval, Quebec at Carrefour Laval a week later on August 29. August 22nd can’t come soon enough!!! Less than a month until I can get some awesome trendy house things. Can’t wait!

Shopping: ALDO Grand Re-Opening at Yorkdale!

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This weekend, ALDO celebrated the grand re-opening of their shiny new Toronto flagship store at Yorkdale Shopping Center, and I had the honour of hosting some of the events. On Friday, I spent some time with the adorablest Jay Strut, searching for the most stylish Torontonians, giving away gift cards, and swooning over the Canadian band Data Romance, who were AMAZING live! We put on our best ALDO dancing shoes, and danced, danced, danced the evening away.

On Saturday, I gave away more gift cards, danced to DJ Dirty Dale’s catchy beats, did a bit of shopping (umm…I think I’m addicted to ALDO’s sunglasses!), ate a ton of jelly beans, and hung out with some awesome Style Blog readers (thanks for stopping by!). But the cherry on top of my Saturday was seeing a lovely young girl win a $500 ALDO gift card from the Check Your Hedge promotion. Once she realized that she’d picked the winning card, her face lit up with happiness and disbelief, and we were all incredibly excited for her.

The new flagship store is huge, bright, and stocked to the brim with the latest and greatest ALDO shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories. With knowledgeable, helpful, and super stylish staff, it’s every shoe-aholic’s dream come true, and is a definite must-visit store at Yorkdale.

Check out more photos from the grand re-opening below!

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Shopping: Summer 2013 Essentials From Yorkdale!

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I don’t know about you, but summertime is my favourite! I can finally pull out my brightest lipstick, wear white lacey dresses with wild abandon, don those short shorts, and stop worrying about having to bundle myself up in 20 million layers of clothes. Summertime is the best! So to celebrate the official start of summer, I asked my fave Yorkdale employees and fellow Style Council members for their summer essentials, which turned out really fun, and I think y’all should check it out! From the must-have denim jacket, to your next fave summer read, Yorkdale’s got you covered!

My essentials after the jump!

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You Are Invited: ALDO Shoes Grand Re-opening at Yorkdale!

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I am super excited to invite you all to a grand re-opening party of the newly redesigned ALDO store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Join me and my fellow blogger Jay Strut on Friday evening, or stop by on Saturday afternoon for a party full of giveaways, yummy treats, DJ beats, and more surprises! Shop ALDO’s awesome shoe and accessory selection at 15% off, and check out the beautiful new store. Sounds good? Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 21, 2013
5pm – 8pm

Saturday, June 22, 2013
2pm – 5pm

Sunday, June 23, 2013