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I’ve Moved! | Introducing www.AStyleSoiree.com

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

#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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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!

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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

Shop for Jayu’s Green Carpet Fresh Collection Launch

7 Aug

SFJ Green Carpet Fresh Collection Launch

As many of my friends know, I have a soft spot for Shop for Jayu’s designs so I could NOT miss this event! I was very excited to browse and shop their latest Fresh Collection on the day of their launch.

The lovely Sally Han, founder and designer for Shop for Jayu, gave us a warm welcome on July 27, 2013 as we walked in to The Gladstone Hotel; which was decorated with a green carpet at the entrance to set the mood. The vibrant venue and layout truly brought the new collection to life! The new designs are a new look for Shop for Jayu, containing pieces which include vibrant colours, that can be worn on an everyday basis or can be dressed up for a night out look.


As I browsed through the new collection, I felt like a child in a candy store. I could not get enough and it was way to difficult to pick which designs I was going to take home with me.  I usually opt for the pieces with a bit of an edge to them since that is my personal style; girly with SFJ Fresh Launch Collage 3an edge. One of the pieces that caught my eye was a single spike pendant with a rhinestone at the head of the spike. It was hard to pick between gold, silver or copper; but I finally opted for the gold. The exact name of this design is Aislin Gold. Next I browsed around the rings, which were absolutely adorable! I decided to take home the Spike Opening Ring in Gold, the Sailor Ring in Silver, and the Snake Wrap Around Ring. Don’t for a second think I forgot about their fab bracelets…cause I didn’t! I got the Arrow Bracelet in Silver. These are just some of the designs available that day so I, of course, snapped a few more so you can get a better idea of what the new collection features.
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Of course, no Shop For Jayu pop-up shop is completely if treats aren’t present! they had an adorable old style pop corn machine set up so that you can enjoy a snack while you experience the new Fresh Collection. Another wonderful perk about this event is that we got to experience Bio Seaweed Gel for the first time! The girls were lovely and so was the polish! I promise to tell you more about it in an upcoming post. It is definitely worth a try!

I hope to see you at the next Shop for Jayu pop-up shop! Keep in mind that if you shop at these events you can save 15% off purchases with their social media discount – all you have to do is like them on Facebook or Instagram, or follow them on Twitter!

With Love,
Christie

I’m So Vain Deux!

30 Jul

On Sunday, July 21, 2013, I attended the I’m So Vain Deux soiree by The Vanity Events. I have attended their events in the past, such as the first I’m so Vain event which was held back in July, 2011, so I knew without a doubt this was not to be missed!

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Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Canada and Elevate Magazine, the event was held at the chic Cove Thirtyone in Toronto. In the usual I’m so vain fashion, stations were set up by various vendors where the guests could be treated to various treatments; such as make up application, brow consultations, hair styling and much more.

 The lovely Eliza Sipin, along with Karen Viray, produced a fabulous event with a fabulous mix of networking and the celebration of all things vain! I got the opportunity to:

– Get my hair styled by Solo Bace professional stylists with, one of my preferred hair product brands, Schwarzkopf Professional Canada.
– Get a brow consultation by the knowledgeable ladies from The Brow House, who left my brows looking fierce!
– Speak to the co-founders of Fashion Forward, who told me all about their local clothing classified services.
– Taste treats from Three Works Snacks & Chips – I LOVED the apple chips!
– Get my make up done by a very talented make-up artist, Rebecca Godfrey, who got creative with a gorgeous bronze smokey eye look on my lids!

Other vendors present were Lash Addict by Sherri Wu and Bio Seaweed Gel, who we did not get an opportunity to visit this time around; yet I have experienced Sherri Wu’s lash magic in the past and there is no doubt she leave you looking fabulously! I have heard great comments about Bio Seaweed Gel and I am definitely interested in trying them out in the near future. This event has so much to do, yet I had so little time! So if you ever do attend any of these, I definitely recommend you arrive early!

I'm So Vain Deux Collage 2 I would like to thank Eliza Ilaika of The Vanity Events for inviting us and for being such a wonderful host! I definitely recommend you attend one of these events in the near future – they are perfect for a ladies night out! Take a look at The Vanity Events website at www.thevanityevents.ca for more information about their upcoming events; which are not only held in the downtown Toronto core, but around the GTA as well – which is definitely a plus! If you and you girls attend one of the upcoming events, let me know! I would love to meet you  and/or hear about your experience.

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I will be at their upcoming 50 Shades of Vain event at Berlin Nightclub this upcoming Saturday, August 3rd. THIS is the event for a ladies night out!  Especially since following the event you can keep the party going at the venue! Find out more info here. See you there!

With Love,
Christie

Passes on Sale for S/S 2012 LG Fashion Week

1 Oct

Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Live in Toronto!

19 Aug

“DADDY YANKEE! DADDY YANKEE!” was all that could be heard as a stadium full of fans chanted minutes before the artist, Daddy Yankee, took the stage on July 23rd, 2011 at the Powerade Centre. It was the first time that Daddy Yankee visited Canada and he was very excited to be here to perform for his Toronto fans. The night before, July 22nd, I attended the press conference that was held for Toronto media to get a closer look and idea of what the artist was about; particularly when it came to his upcoming album, his tour and other projects that the artist is working on. For more details on the press conference click here for my previous post on the event.

Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services worked together to bring us THE concert of the summer; particularly for the Latin American community of Toronto and the GTA. Daddy Yankee fans have waited with patience for years for this production to finally come to reality in Toronto and it was a pleasure having the artist here for the one night Prestige Tour 2011 stop. Fito Blanko and El Cata opened for Daddy Yankee and were truly successful in getting the crowd pumped up and excited for main performance. Toronto based artist, Fito Blanko, performed some of his hit songs such as his way back hit “Take Her Home”. El Cata followed Fito with his performance of “Loca” and the two artists then finalized the opening of the show with a duo performance of “VIP”.  Both Fito Blanko and El Cata had the audience on their feet and dancing in preparation of DY to hit the stage; the audience could NOT wait! Below are pictures of Fito Blanko and El Cata during their performances:

Daddy Yankee hit the stage along with his male dancers, dressed up in robotic like outfits, and opened his show by performing one of his greatest hits “Descontrol”. The crowd went INSANE! There was nothing that could be done to calm the excitement that the crowd experience when DY hit the stage; immediately everyone was dancing, singing and shouting at the highly anticipated performer. Daddy Yankee continued the show by performing many more of his top hits that have brought him and have kept him at the rise of his career; and he even free styled about Toronto at one point during the show. The audience, which ranged from approximately 5 years old to people in the 50s, was an accurate reflection of the audience that Daddy Yankee’s music reaches and impacts. At one point during the show, a little boy got up on stage and break danced to one of the songs; which entertained not only the crowd by DY as well since he paused during the songs for he could not help but smirk at the show that the little boy was putting on for everyone. Who knows? We may have experienced the little future star’s first time on stage.

Daddy Yankee’s performance was a true success and everything the crowd had expected in the artist’s first visit to Toronto. Everyone had an amazing time at the show; the crowd sang and danced non stop to DY’s top hits from the beginning of his career to his most popular songs of today. Scroll down below for more shots of the artist that I took throughout the show. For those who attended the concert, I am sure you have the perfect idea of how great the production turned out to be; and for those that did not hopefully you caught Daddy Yankee’s Calgary show on August 20th to get an idea on what you missed out on. I am confident Daddy Yankee will return to Toronto on his next tour date and I definitely cannot wait to see him live in concert once again.

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Press Conference

19 Aug

On July 22nd, 2011, a press conference was held in Toronto as part of Daddy Yankee’s Prestige Tour 2011. Media from all over Toronto, from TLNTV to What’s Good Toronto, attended the press conference to get an up close and personal insight as to the successful singer’s tour among other projects that he is currently working on. Daddy Yankee, a world recognized Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, was in Toronto for the first time in his career for a long awaited performance at the Powerade Centre on July 23rd, 2011.

Toronto based artist and president of Crown Entertainment, Fito Blanko, was the host for the evening. Crown Loyalty Entertainment partnered with Mynt Entertainment in order to produce the much anticipated event; as well as with Icaro which is Daddy Yankee’s official booking agency. It is amazing to finally have Daddy Yankee in Toronto and particularly be a part of all the events surrounding his visit.

As professional as all the media representatives were in attendance it was hard to hide the excitement that everyone felt to get a closer look at Daddy Yankee. He entered the room with a bright smile and right away was ready to take on all of our questions; both in english and in spanish. DY spoke of the fuel that he obtains from being true to himself, as well as the energy that the fans and family bring him to perform every day to its fullest. DY also discussed the critical need for artists to recognize their talents and use them to the fullest; which he stated as key features of forming a great artist. Previous work was discussed such as his movie, Talento De Barrio, which was the highest grossing film in Puerto Rico; and new projects were also brought up like an upcoming album which will feature many collaborations with various artists. Charity projects by the artist were also talked about, such as Corazon Guerrero, which is his personal charity that collects funds to aid youth with post secondary scholarships. From noticing that youth were an important aspects of Daddy Yankee’s views, I asked him what his message was for Latin American youth in North America were; since Latino youth have one of the highest drop out rates and are portrayed as causing trouble within their communities. Daddy Yankee responded that it was important for youth to keep their family close, stay in school and keep the belief in God close to you. He then went on to discuss the importance of an education beyond high school for people to be truly successful in life; this showed the substance beyond the artist and the  care that he has in his audiences and fans. In relation to the messages that the audiences receive from the artist, a media professional asked  about the music ratings and explicit lyrics that are linked to Daddy Yankee’s music; which he replied by stating the similarities between music and movies in the way that some are rated G, PG, R and so on. Another question that I asked the artist in relation to his music was related to the reasons behind him being so true to his spanish roots when it came to the language of his music; particularly with all the pressures that Latin American artists have to produce english albums when trying to break into the North American markets. He responded that by stating that he wanted to conquer with his own roots and performing in spanish also gives him a chance to perform with different types of cultures and artists from different backgrounds since music is universal. Last but not least, a question that many people have debated and discussed was brought up; is reggaeton dead? Daddy Yankee responded this by stating that reggaeton has changed and evolved in a snowball kind of effect; yet no matter what it will keep it’s roots as 100% musica de la calle (musica of the streets).

Daddy Yankee was very welcoming to everyone’s questions, answered all of them the best way that he could and explained himself thoroughly. It was truly a pleasure to interact with the artist and hear his perspective on many aspects of his industry and life. Fito Blanko was also great in that he was out in the lobby of the press conference room socializing with everyone which truly showed how down to earth these two artists are. I had a chance to chat with Fito Blanko, we are in the image above, who was super pumped for the event; particularly to be performing at the concert with El Cata. I am personally very grateful that Fito Blanko and Crown Entertainment made this huge event happen since it was long overdue! For more details on the concert itself check out the following blog post!

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee – Prestige 2011 Tour in Toronto!

22 Jul

Daddy Yankee will perform at the Powerade Centre this upcoming Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 for the first time ever in Toronto. Thanks to Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services the king of reggaeton be on stage for a one night only exclusive performance alongside Toronto’s own Fito Blanko and El Cata.

There is no doubt this is going to be a HUGE production and tickets are still on sale at the reduced price of $69.99 and they can be purchased on the Ticketmaster website. You do not want to miss this show! DY will be performing all his top hits that have taken over latin communities all over the world and we finally have him here in Toronto.

Yours truly has been exclusively invited to take part in all the media related events surrounding the show; therefore I will be present at the Daddy Yankee Toronto press conference getting all the best of the questions and answers relating to the artist and the tour. Of course, I will also be at the concert tomorrow night taking it all in and getting brilliant pictures to share with you all. Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the top highlights of Daddy Yankee’s first visit to our city of Toronto.

With Love,
Christie