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11 Mar

A Style Soiree - A Latina  Soiree

Bonjour!

Wondering where I’ve been?
I have been busy updating the all new A Style Soiree!

I’ve moved my blog to http://www.astylesoiree.com
Please visit me there from now on and stay updated all the chic fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture happenings and events!

With Love,
Christie

Top 5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas!

24 Dec

Procrastinators unite!

I’m guilty as charged when it comes to last minute Christmas shopping. Year after year, no matter how hard I have tried to not do it, I have gone out on a mission on Christmas Eve to hunt down gifts for my loved ones. I have learned the hard way to avoid shopping malls at all costs. But I’m stubborn, so I still somehow think I will overcome all the chaos successfully. I do! But at a high cost of rush and huge crowds!

This is why I have compiled a list of the top 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas to help you have an easier time on your last minute shopping mission. The best part is that we’re going to avoid shopping malls with these easy breezy suggestions!

1) Gift cards for everyone!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Shoppers Drug Mart is THE BEST for all kinds of last minute gift card purchases. They have an array of retailers, entertainment and restaurant options available; such as Indigo, Banana Republic, Cineplex, The Keg and many more. If you aren’t sure of which option to go with, I suggest picking up a MasterCard Prepaid Card since it will allow for endless possibilities for the person you are gifting it to. Of course, you can get a nice Christmas card to go with it in the same store; therefore you really are set!

2) DIY Christmas Coupon Book

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you usually opt for a DIY option, this is the idea for you! A Christmas Coupon Book Printable is personalized and so unique. I have gifted these before for various occasions and they are always appreciated and loved! These are definitely best for someone you are close to; like your parents or for your partner. You can add items like a massage, breakfast in bed, letting them pick the movie for movie night, etc. Get creative with it!

3) Starbucks Gift Sets

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Starbucks is fabulous for last minute gift shopping on-the-go! I am a huge Starbucks fan and always seem to find great gift ideas season after season when I am in the coffee shop. Whether you have a tea or coffee drinker on your list, you can opt for a Brew By The Cup Gift Set (pictured above) or a mix ‘n match mug or tumbler with a box of delicious Tazo tea. I recommend Zen for green tea drinkers. Adding a gift card is always nice too! If you ask nicely, a barista is always willing to add some tissue paper to your take-away bag to make it look like a sweet ready to gift present.

4) Find it at Winners!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Winners is that one stop shop for just about everything! What I did love about them this holiday season is the amount of gift sets they had, ranging from candles to perfumes, and all the delicious chocolate boxes and sets. I found a fabulous Godiva  Mini Fondue Set, as well as Godiva Hot Chocolate Set for great prices! Don’t forget about Homesense since they also have similar choices with more of a home decor flare.

5) A Christmas Ornament with Love

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

A Christmas ornament is such an adorable touch to any Christmas gift! Especially one as memorable as a Hallmark keepsake ornament with the year that is was gifted on it. But what’s love got to do with it? Not only is this gift given with love, but a hand written note is always a sweet touch. I suggest writing something lovely along with a brunch/lunch/dinner invite included. This is perfect for someone who you don’t see as often as you’d like. You will cover the expense of your next get together as part of their gift, include a nice Christmas card and a memorable ornament. I would love this from any of my best girl friends!

Hope my top 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas help you out on the chaos that forms when you try to shop on Christmas Eve. Comment below and let me know how my ideas helped get you out of a last minute Christmas shopping rut!

With Love,
Christie

#IWant360 Christmas Contest by 360FM

17 Dec

360FM Christmas Contest

The super popular Toronto based online radio station, 360FM, is having a fabulous contest for the holiday season. They are giving their audience a chance to win their top item on their Christmas list!

All you have to do is post an image of what you want for Christmas, along with the hashtag #IWAnt360, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win! The winner will be picked at random on December 20th, 2013 so hurry and post your pic ASAP!

The cutest part about this contest is that the gift will be mailed on behalf of Santa. Perfect for your little ones! There are also various sponsors that have donated fabulous gifts; therefore you have a chance to win those too!

I wish you the best of luck!

With Love,
Christie

PS. Remember, it’s cool to have an accent! xo

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Home For The Holidays! Lima, Peru

16 Dec

Marca Peru LogoI’m super excited to be writing this blog post from my home country of Peru! I was born in Lima, the capital city of Peru, and moved to Canada when I was 7 years old. Even though I have spent most of my life in Canada, nothing will take way what it means to me to identify myself as a proud Peruvian!

This is my first trip home on my own as I always come with my family, usually over the Christmas season. The fun part about this trip is this time I get to do it my way! I will be visiting various restaurants, cities, attractions and venues during my stay. Fortunately, I will be going on all these adventures with my family; therefore you will get an idea of the top places to visit from top locals!

Peru On A World Map

Peru Map with CitiesPeru has made a strong mark on the world stage by winning various awards in 2013. Usually, when you hear about Peru, there is a direct link to Machu Picchu; since it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Travelers that visit Machu Picchu fly into its capital city, stay for a day or two in Lima, then skip towards Machu Picchu. Lima, Peru and its surrounding areas have SO much to offer and experience! Especially during the Christmas season as it blooms with cheer and spirit.

In 2013, Machu Picchu, Peru was named as number 1 on a list of the” Top 10 World Landmarks” by Trip Advisor. For the second year in a row, Peru also won the World’s Leading Culinary Destination  by the Wold Travel Awards, among other honourary awards. Not just saying this because I’m Peruvian, but the food is delicious here!

Marca Peru

Marca Peru is a promotional program created by the Ministry of Tourism in Peru that is made up of 3 parts; tourism, investments and exports. Of course, we will focus on tourism in this case. It was launched in 2012 with the following video:

This video caught my attention as soon as I saw it and since then I have been so intrigued, even more than before, about all that my country has to offer. Even though I was born here, the country is constantly changing and growing so quickly so there is so much for me to visit and learn about every time I come back.

From nature, to culture, to adventure and gastronomy, you can find all the info on the Marca Peru Travel website.

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Throughout my visit, I will be writing about different experiences in and around Lima, Peru. Stay tuned to learn more about what this beautiful country has to offer. Whether you are Peruvian or a tourist, I promise to make my posts super insightful! After all, it’s true what they say, everything you need is in Peru!

With Love,
Christie

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

12 Dec

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

For as long as I can remember I have looked forward to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show year after year. My very favourite year was in 2010 when Akon performed “Angel”. Yet my favourite team of angels was in 2005; which included Adriana Lima, Alessanda Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. This team was FIERCE! That year was particularly special since it was Tyra Bank’s last time on the runway as a Victoria’s Secret angel.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Last night’s show aired on CBS (US) and Global TV (Canada) and featured performances by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Neon Jungle and A Great Big World.  The show was originally held in New York City on November 13, 2013.

I fall in love with the show every year! The way the angels strut to the live performances adds so much glamour to the show; on top of how magical and whimsical it already is!

Below are my favourite looks from this year’s fashion show:

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

I LOVED Taylor Swift’s outfit below:

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

I could not help but think of Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress as I watched this performance though. Taylor Swift did a fabulous job at the show and added a touch of girly glam which completed the production quite well.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Supermodel Candice Swanepoe was chosen to wear the highly anticipated Fantasy Bra. This year, the bra was worth $10 million, designed by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad, featured 4,200 rubies, blue and yellow sapphires and diamonds, 18 karat gold and the cherry on top was a 52-karat pear-shaped ruby which  dropped down the middle.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

The grand finale is my favourite part of every show! I love seeing the models celebrate their own hard work leading up to the show and the successful production of the show itself. But more than anything, I love seeing their own personalities shine and it is a refreshing change to regular runway shows.

Oh, how could I forget..did you miss the show?
You can watch the full show online on Global TV.
For more info, pictures and a backstage insight, you can visit the official Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show website.

Comment below and tell me what your favourite parts of the show were!

With Love,
Christie

Jayu + Psalms Last Call Christmas Event

4 Dec

Shop for Jayu + Psalms Christmas Event

 

It is no surprise that I’m a big fan of Shop for Jayu and Psalms 91:1 Accessories! For years, I had worn their pieces and still cannot get enough!
On December 12th, 2013, they will be holding a Jayu + Psalms Last Call Christmas Event from 4pm to 9pm at Flirty Girl Fitness (580 King Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto). The event, hosted by Shop Socials, is the perfect occasion to get together with your best girl friends before getting too busy with the holiday season.

Indulge in up to 70% off new and end of season pieces from the gorgeous Psalms 91:1 collection. Shop Socials CEO, Tamika Auwai, will be in attendance to help you pick beautiful gifts for all the fashionable people on your Christmas list. Of course, no event is complete without sweet treats and delicious beverages.

Also, don’t forget to Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram, to receive 10% off regular price items. Receive 15% if you are connected with them through more than one!

Get all the info on their event page and make sure to RSVP to receive a pair of must-have Shop For Jayu stud earrings for sparkle extra bright this holiday season!

With Love,
Christie

Shop for Jayu + Psalms Christmas Event

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4 Dec

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Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz at AMAs 2013

25 Nov

The most talked about performance at last night’s American Music Awards, without a doubt, belongs to Jennifer Lopez!

Her tribute to the “Reina de la Salsa”, Celia Cruz, had everyone in the crowd doing more than just a two-step. From a Latina’s perspective, the most beautiful thing about this performance was that it blended what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to and what I have grown up to. It blended decades of Latin music and, in particular, represented the integration of Latin and North American culture. If you grew up in a Latin household, Celia Cruz is no foreign name! Of course, in today’s media, neither is Jennifer Lopez!

See the full length performance below:

Jennifer Lopez is a top name when it comes to entertaining the audience, bringing us top notch performances and providing a brilliant spectacle. She has amazed us for years; from her early days dancing “In Living Color”, to her acting debut in Selena, to the 2013 AMAs. From today’s media frenzy, there is no doubt there is much more to come from her!

Celia Cruz is the top female in Latin music. Her legacy is one that cannot be overcome! As much as I liked Jennifer’s performance, I would have liked to see more Latina entertainers taking part in this performance. For example, Olga Tañon and/or Gloria Estefan would have blown the roof off the AMAs. Their voices would have better reflected the talent that Celia Cruz brought to the music industry. Having them on stage together would truly be the epitome of Latina empowerment in the music industry. Who knows, maybe the Latin Grammys have that up their sleeve for an upcoming year. We can only hope!

Overall, I’m super delighted that the Latin American culture was highlighted in such a beautiful way. I particularly love how welcome it was, not only by everyone at the venue, but by the audiences at home and the media. I’m proud that our culture has come such a long way in the North American media; from the past days of Celia Cruz to the current days of Jennifer Lopez.

Con Amor,
Christie

Top Advent Calendars This Holiday Season!

20 Nov

I love advent calendars! The fact that you get a treat every day leading up to Christmas is a true joy in my books! As a little girl, my parents would get my brother and I chocolate advent calendars and I remember how difficult it was to not eat a few at once. Even though I did cheat once or twice (Oops!).

If I thought chocolate advent calendars were tough to be patient with, I am definitely in for a treat! Now that I am a grown lady, I have graduated from chocolate to more exciting items. Lucky for me, various brands have grown with me and made their advent calendars that much more exciting  as well! From nail polish to delicious tea – I want it all!

Here is a list, in no particular order, of the top 5 must-have advent calendars for this holiday season!

1) 12 Days of Essie

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It is no secret that Essie is one of my favourite nail polish brands of all time. So of course, this advent calendar stood out to me right away! 12 Days of Essie includes full size nail polish in various shades, Sleek Stick Nail appliques, and other wonderful surprises. This advent calendar can be purchased at Luxe Boutique for $68.00.

2) The Body Shop 2013 Advent Calendar Gift Set

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One thing I particularly love about The Body Shop 2013 Advent Calendar Gift Set is the variety! There are 24 items in total varying from body lotion, to body butter, to lip gloss, and the list goes on. This is a highly coveted item so I suggest you get yours asap! They are available, in limited quantities, at all The Body Shop locations for $75.00.

3) 24 Days of Tea

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If you are the type to wrap up a long day with a cup of tea right before bed, like myself, this advent calendar was made for you! Especially if you’re a fan of David’s Tea! Imagine savouring a different type of tea for the 24 days leading up to Christmas…. Bliss! This item is a must-have for tea lovers; which is probably why it is sold out online, but you can still find it in stores for $34.50.

4) Ciate Mini Mani Month

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Ciate has released the cutest mini mani advent calendar ever! It includes various shades, as well as sequins and glitter to add that holiday dazzle to your nails. Ciate became known for their caviar polish, which is also included in this set! 24 days of nail art fun won’t make Christmas so difficult to wait for will it? This advent calendar can be found at Sephora for $69.00.

5) Countdown to Love

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Last, but most definitely not least, we have an advent calendar by a brand  that every girl I know loves to love – Benefit Cosmetics! Their Countdown to Love Advent Calendar contains 24 little treasures that I have no doubt we will all fall head over heels for. The treasures vary from eye cream, to eye liner, to a lovely charm bracelet and bow barrette. You can find out more details about this lovely set on the Benefit website. I recommend you don’t wait too long as this item is already sold out online! Hurry in to purchase this advent calendar at Sephora for $68.00.

Those are my top 5 advent calendars for the 2013 holiday season! Hope you liked my suggestions as much as I do. Let me know which one you got in the comments below!

With Love,
Christie

Jack & Jones Media Preview at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

20 Oct

2013-10-17 20.40.38The newest Jack & Jones location, which opened at Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Friday, October 18th, 2013, was welcomed with a massive line of shoppers that could not wait for the doors to open.  The $1 denim promotion for the first 50 customers in line was most definitely a huge incentive for a shopping trip to the new store!

On Thursday, October 18th, 2013, the media was invited for a sneak peek at the newest location which featured a presentation of the latest trends and newest collection; as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and mingling.

I have been a fan of Jack & Jones from when I was first introduced to the brand when I styled a few looks for a project I was working on for Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ontario last year. I love how versatile they are with their pieces. Men don’t have to have a set style to shop there; from their Premium by Jack & Jones collection to their Originals by Jack & Jones collection, it’s all under one roof.

Jack and Jones Collage 1

The Yorkdale Shopping Centre location is my favourite for their rustic touches and the way their store has been laid out. I spoke to the Manager of Visual Merchandising who seems very caring of the look of the store as it was evident he took a lot of pride in his work and was even open to suggestions.

Jack and Jones Collage 5

Below is a glimpse of what the new store has to offer:

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The Originals by Jack & Jones collection is described as hip and trend-driven. It’s for the guy on-the-go who is laid back, yet has a unique style. The pieces remind me London street fashion; and I personally love it! Whether you are attending class or going for a walk down Queen St. West, the Originals by Jack & Jones collection is for you!

The denim section, I believe, is the highlight of the store. There are various styles, cuts and washes to suit any look that you are going for. I would definitely recommend taking some time to get fitted for the best style for your comfort and preference. The sales associates definitely seemed to be on their toes when it came to fit!

Jack and Jones Collage 2

The footwear section was another highlight of the store. I LOVE a good boot! Especially when it is paired with a great fitting pair of jeans! The wide variety of styles, from runners to dress shoes, complimented the pieces throughout the store very well. In other words, it would be difficult for me to leave without a pair of shoes to match any other purchases. But that’s not a bad thing, is it?

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The Premium by Jack & Jones collection made an immediate fan out of me. Must have been the prints of the dress shirts, to the fabrics, and stand out pockets on the jackets from the multiple tones used. The variety of bow ties were a plus! I really enjoy the European influences that were evident throughout the collection. The icing on the cake is the Christopher Walken appearance on their campaign video, “Made From Cool”. Craftsmanship and dedication are definitely a clear feature of this collection.

Jack and Jones Collage 4
With the cold weather coming up, Jack & Jones had various options for winter wear. The soft interior lining of the winter coats is definitely going to keep you warm this winter. For fall, their vests and lighter jackets were very fitting of this season’s trends. Grey, navy and black were the dominant colours. The  yellow and maroon hats and scarves highlight the darker winter wear colours.

Overall, the media preview seemed to be a success. Kudos for the delicious chocolate covered strawberries and great service! I definitely recommend you visit the store for yourself as there is so much more to see beyond the images. So much more to shop for too!

With Love,
Christie