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11 Mar

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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

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:

Jack and Jones Collage 3
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

Banana Republic Issa London Collection

8 Aug

Banana Republic Issa London Collection

Today, the talented London designer, Issa, launched her latest collection in collaboration with Banana Republic. This limited edition collection was highly anticipated by many since we can now have a taste of what made her so famous in England and the rest of the world. Issa, designed the famous blue dress that Kate Middleton wore in the official photos that announced her engagement to Prince William. A taste of English fashion has been brought to Banana Republic with designs that are perfect for the office or for a fun night out for drinks with the girls!



I love the touch of sassyness that this video showcasing the collection has! It sets the mood for a fun collection and a flirty edge, that gets even the most serious of men, like a Buckingham Palace guard, to bust a move! Below are some of my favourite designs from their lookbook:

Banana Republic Issa Collage

I am really looking forward to visiting a Banana Republic location to try on some of the styles. You can view them all online on the Banana Republic Issa Collection Fall 2013 Lookbook. Which styles are you favourites? It really is difficult to pick just one! As Banana Republic puts it, they have collaborated on this collection “that’s fit for a queen, but made for you”!

With Love,
Christie

Nine Beauty Lounge Launch

1 Aug

As women, we are constantly reminded how essential volume filled, long and fluttery eyelashes are to our beauty. Whether we flip through a magazine or watch TV, mascara commercials are truly inevitable.

Which one is going to make our lashes look the longest?
Which one is going to give us the most volume?
Which one is the most waterproof?

How blissful would it be if we could completely ignore those advertisements without thinking about whether that product might work for us better than the one we are trying now?

If you are on the same page as I am on this topic, I may just have the solution for you!

On Friday, July 26th, I was invited to attend the launch of Nine Beauty Lounge. They are a chic salon, located in the Port Credit area of Mississauga, that specializes in eyelash and hair extensions.

Nine Beauty Lounge Collage 1At first impression, I was quite impressed with the detail they had paid to the branding of their salon and to their overall look; from decor to their business cards. I must add, that I loved the idea of their wet bar!

The owner, Shellyza, who I was meeting for the first time, was a very welcoming and professional individual. Of course, she was VERY excited about the launch of her salon and the event. I would be too!

So here is the part where we get to the solution I mentioned I had for you!

Nine Beauty Lounge has eyelash extension services which can leave you giggling at your silly past of trying to find the best mascara. The eyelash experts can help you narrow down which type of lashes are best for you and what styles are best; depending on what look you are going for. Some of us may want a more natural look, while others may want to go for a more glam look. If you have any general questions about eyelash extension, or if this is a new idea for you, they may be addressed here.

Nine Beauty Lounge Collage 2
I have gotten eyelash extension in the past and I loved them! The greatest thing about them, that I found, was all the time I saved when it came to getting ready; whether it was to head to the office or go out with friends. It was as easy as adding some colour to your cheeks, lipgloss and I was ready to go! As I’m sure you can tell, it won’t take much for me to make an appointment at Nine Beauty Lounge. I am really looking forward to it!

Wondering what the cost would be to getting your eyelashes done at Nine Beauty Lounge? I know you are. I definitely did, since that is something I take into consideration with all the services I try or get regularly.  See the pricing below:

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Their full lounge menu can also be found here. Keep in mind that after you get the first set done, the refill price is lower and, as mentioned on their website, you can go on average about 2 to 3 weeks until you need the next refill. Yet as you gain more experience maintaining your lashes, you may be able to extend that time period between refills.

For more information about hair extension, eyelash extensions or Nine Beauty Lounge, visit their website at www.ninebeautylounge.com.

With Love,
Christie

YYZ Living Magazine Summer Issue Launch Party!

28 Jun

On June 16th I had THE most amazing time at the YYZ Living Magazine Summer Issue Launch Party at Ultra Nightclub. We arrived for the 8pm media reception and mingled with some of the most fun in the industry as we sipped on Moet Champagne and enjoyed some delicious oh d’oeuvres. It was hardly passed 8pm and the event was on full swing with everyone catching up in their best spring/summer outfits on the roof top patio at Ultra. Here are some photos taken by Owen McLeod for YYZ Living (you can find the rest on their FB page):

YYZ Living Summer Issue

Septembre A. (J’Adore Fashion Blog)

MTV VJ Aliya-Jasmine Sovani

At the launch party there were bloggers, investors, designers, entertainers; the list really went on and on. YYZ Living Magazine brought out the top within Toronto’s industries together, which is truly a reflection of what the magazine is really about; joining the chic and luxurious of the city under one cover, and in the case of this event under one roof.

Spiro Mandylor (It’s All Style To Me) & Zaigham Zulqernain (The House of Bamboo)

Adrian Wu (Designer)

Ainsley Kerr

Andy Jones (Designer)

Pat McDonagh (Designer)

From the images above, it is evident that there were a lot of  familiar faces in attendance and the event was a true success! The 10pm reception, which allowed for the general public to attend and celebrate the launch of the new summer issue with the YYZ Group by RSVP-ing prior to the event date, caused the Ultra patio to reach capacity shortly after the 10pm start time. It was brilliant to have the magazine give the public an opportunity to take part in such a huge and successful event, it really displayed the way that the magazine really wants to bring Toronto together through its publication.
If you attended the launch, I hope you had a brilliant time!

With Love,
Christie

J’Adore La Société!

28 Jun

On June 14th, 2011, I attended the launch event for the Parisian inspired bistro, La Société (131 Bloor St. Toronto, Ontario). Owned by one of Toronto’s top entertainment moguls Charles Khabouth and Danny Soberano; this bistro brings Paris directly to Toronto.
We were welcomed with delicious hor d’oeuvres and tasty drinks then went on to meet some of the most well known names within Toronto. Some of the most gorgeous faces of Toronto, and some of the most fun people of course, came out to join the fun and check out this new it-spot to dine.

From what you can see from the images La Société  brings a whole new vibe to Toronto without the need to jump on a flight all the way to France. The vibe of the location was just divine, and location only adds to this; in the heart of the Bloor St shopping district. I definitely recommend you visit for lunch or dinner and check out this new Toronto hot-spot for yourself.

With Love,
Christie