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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

LouLou Shop ‘Til You Drop 2013 at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

3 Oct

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This evening, Yorkdale Shopping Centre will be THE place to shop in Toronto!

LouLou Magazine is taking over for their 5th annual Shop ‘Til You Drop event. From 5-9pm, Yorkdale’s 250 stores and services will be taken over by and fashionable and trendy crowd with one mission in mind – to shop!

Various retailers will be offering one of a kind specials and promotions for this unique night. The first 200 shoppers to spend $200 will receive a LouLou gift bag valued at over $250! LouLou will have plenty of treats available for all of us to get our shop on! Milestones will also be holding a Shop ‘Til You Drop after-party beginning at 8:30pm. Make sure to pick up your official LouLou Passport upon arrival for a chance to win a $1000 Yorkdale shopping spree with a LouLou editor! Get more info about the event here.

All you need to do is RSVP!

Below are a few retailers that will be taking part in the shopping festivities:

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The Ultimate LouLou Closet will also be at the event! Please donate your gently used business attire which will go to disadvantaged women. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to shop ’til we drop, so let’s give back and help someone in need!

Happy Shopping!

With Love,
Christie