Style Days of Christmas: Yorkdale $200 Gift Card Giveaway


Christmas is only 23 days away, and all I can think about is the holidays! The tree is decorated, the presents are slowly getting wrapped, and I am now on chocolate advent calendar #2. But the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without the Style Days of Christmas Giveaways on Style Blog! To thank you all for your amazing support this year – our third annual giveaway extravaganza is back, and it’s bigger than ever! Over the next two and a half weeks we will be giving away over $3000 worth of prizes from our favourite brands and retailers to you. Don’t forget to stop by every day and enter for more chances to win.


Our first giveaway this season is courtesy of Yorkdale Shopping Centre - my favourite! Where else could you get EVERYTHING checked off your shopping list all in one place? With new amazing boutiques like Chanel, Cartier, MulberrySalvatore Ferragamo, John Varvatos, as well as lots more slated to open soon, Yorkdale is undeniably Toronto’s must-visit shopping destination, and I want you to be able to do some holiday shopping of your own at my fave stomping grounds. Want to win $200 gift card to Yorkdale? Enter below!

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Shopping: Hundreds of Black Friday Deals from Yorkdale!


Black Friday may be somewhat of a novel concept in Canada, but the folks over at Yorkdale take it damn seriously! The shopping centre will open at 7 am on November 29th, and will literally feature HUNDREDS of offers throughout. From Holt Renfrew, to H&M – there’s a deal out there for everyone, and with Christmas less than a month away, it’s the ideal time to get your holiday shopping under way.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the list of Black Friday deals and discounts at Yorkdale and get your shop on!

Photo Credits: Vogue

You Are Invited: Ann Taylor Party at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!


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This Thursday, November 14th, you are invited to attend a fun pop-up party at the Ann Taylor store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! Grab your best friends, and stock up on all of your cold weather and holiday party essentials from Ann Taylor – cashmere sweaters, sparkly jewelry, perfect boots, stylish coats – they have it all!

My fellow Ann Taylor ambassador Sasha Exeter will be there, and together we’ll be doling out shopping advice, and probably dancing up a storm. But that’s not all, refreshments and snacks will be offered, and a DJ will be spinning all evening! Come by and pick up gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list, or simply treat yourself – we won’t judge.

See you there?

WHEN: Thursday, November 14th, 5-8pm
WHERE: Ann Taylor Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHAT: Star-Style Makeovers, Refreshments, and More!

Shopping: ALDO A-List Party at Yorkdale


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Last week, amidst WMCFW craziness, ALDO Yorkdale held a fun party for its A-List customers, complete with DJ Dirty Dale on turntables, yummy refreshments from Purdy’s, gift card giveaways, and discounts galore! I was invited to co-host the party with the lovely duo from Styld By Two – Manuela and Cindy, and wore my (new) favourite (and this season’s must-have) over-the-knee boots from the fall collection. Designer Diego Fuchs of BLAK.I stopped by with his wife and checked out ALDO’s coolest styles for him and for her. My fave photographer Max Kopanygin was also there, taking photos of the stylish attendees, and indulging me in my silly photo ops. Did you know that ALDO carries wigs for Halloween?! Well, they do…and clip-on bangs too, in case you wanted to change up your look like I did (see below).

The event was held at ALDO’s beautiful Toronto flagship store at Yorkdale, that has re-opened this summer after massive renovations. Remember that party? Well, not much has changed since June – this store still carries the most extensive selection of ALDO shoes and accessories, and the shop’s sales associates are just as stylish and are as helpful as ever.

Shopping for shoes at this location is truly a fun experience, but especially so when a dance party is involved! The store remained open for its A-List guests even after the shopping centre closed down for the night (who hasn’t dreamt of staying at the mall after hours?!), so we kept our dancing shoes boots on until 10pm.

Did you attend the ALDO A-List party at Yorkdale? Share your thoughts on the event in the comments!



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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 HERE, and I will see you all on Thursday!

WHAT: ALDO A-List Event
WHERE: Yorkdale Shopping Centre
WHEN: October 24th, 8-10pm

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


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


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.


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


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.

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Zara Home Opens First Store in North America!


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


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


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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