Indoor Glam

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Top (Zara), Skirt + Clutch + Ring (Forever 21), Necklace (H&M), Ring (Myles Sexton), Bracelets (Butterfly Beads), Boots (Nine West)

All weekend I kept thinking about doing a reflective piece on World MasterCard Fashion Week but realized that pretty much everyone who attended is doing that already. One of my favourite reads throughout the week has to be Toronto Standard, specifically Kevin Naulls and his honest reviews. It was fun to see him call out some of the big media and industry people. I think the moral of his stories was that we're all human, there is no need to be nasty with each other.

However, I really enjoyed doing style posts each day last week and introducing you to amazing Canadian jewelers with special giveaways. They are still running for another week, so go ahead and enter!


GIVEAWAYS:

Custom NAYME Necklace
Set of 5 Rings from Tissh by Gloria Lee
$60 Gift Certificate to Keepsake Jewelry by Deborah Kanfer


These photos were taken before WMCFW and I remember it was on a day where it was FREEZING outside, so Maria and I decided to move the shoot indoors. I love the glam look of these, my living room makes for an excellent space to shoot photos. ;)

All I have to say about this outfit is that Red, Black and Gold = Timeless.

WMCFW Fall/Winter 2013: Day 4 (Keepsake Jewelry)

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Dress (Monikova), Boots (Vianni Collection), Earrings (Forever 21), Clutch (gift), Necklace + Ring (Keepsake Jewelry)

Thank you for coming back for day 4 of my World MasterCard Fashion Week series. In honour of #WearCanada I've been updating my blog daily with style posts featuring Canadian designers. Last night was incredible and easily one of the best times I've ever had during fashion week in Toronto. I was asked to participate in Rowenta Beauty's "Battle of the Fashionistas" where I went head-to-head with Danielle from Liner & Glitter Gloss. We got our hair done from fabulous hairstylists and had people vote for their favourite 'do on Twitter through the hashtag #RBFWBattle in order to win amazing hair tools from Rowenta Beauty. I was live-tweeting and Instagramming the whole time, click here to see the photos. Other than that I really loved seeing Lucian Matis, KORHANI Home, Mackage and Joe Fresh.

Today I can be found wearing this glamorous sequin dress from Monikova. I discovered her clothing line when I visited Fresh Collective back in January to plan my Valentine's Day mini-series. I've been obsessed with her collections since. She designs fabulous and comfortable tunics that look super chic.

I feel that today's outfit is really vintage-inspired and I'm so happy to share that I'm wearing a necklace and ring from Keepsake Jewelry, a line designed by my wonderful friend Deborah Kanfer. We've been friends for a while and from day one I admired her unique style, so when she first told me she had started designing jewelry I got super excited and knew it was going to be nothing short of amazing!

Designer and friend Deborah is a fine arts photographer and has her artwork featured in local galleries in Toronto. While her true passion is photography, she wanted to share her work with others in a wearable way, and that is how her jewelry came to be. She learned how to preserve the images and make them into necklaces, rings, hair pins and is planning on doing a lot more this year. She also has an Etsy shop online, check it out!

Here is a closeup of my vintage-inspired necklace and ring. I fell in love with both pieces the moment I saw them. Aren't they gorgeous?!

 

WIN $60 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO KEEPSAKE JEWELRY


Deborah is offering a $60 gift certificate to one lucky reader that can be used towards any jewelry items from the Cityscapes and Living Spaces collection. The winner will have a chance to pick an item of their choice as long as it's still available. A personal consultation with the designer will take place to ensure you get an item you love. :)

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below with all your submissions. At the very least you MUST comment on this post telling me what your favourite jewelry item is! You can collect extra entries by doing the following:
  • Like summerxskindotcom on Facebook
  • Like Deborah Kanfer on Facebook
  • Follow @summerxskin on Twitter
  • Follow @DeborahKanfer on Twitter 
  • Tweet "Hey @summerxskin and @deborahkanfer, please enter me for $60 GC to #KeepsakeJewelry! http://bit.ly/11nOxgK #WMCFW"
    You can tweet this once a day, every day!
  • This contest is now CLOSED.
CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY M. FOR WINNING THE $60 GIFT CERTIFICATE! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck friends!

WMCFW Fall/Winter 2013: Day 3 (Tissh by Gloria Lee)

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Skirt (Joe Fresh), Shirt (Forever 21), Crossbody Bag (H&M), Booties (Aldo), Earrings (Butterfly Beads), Ring (Tissh by Gloria Lee)

It's day 3 of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto! I'm really excited for Lucian Matis and Joe Fresh tonight. Last night David Dixon's fall/winter 2013 collection blew me away. It was so feminine and it was really difficult to dislike a single piece; LOVED everything.

Today I'm wearing a gorgeous sea-green skirt from Joe Fresh's spring line and I've paired it with one of my go-to button up shirts from Forever 21. I wanted to go for something simple, classic yet colourful.

My crystal rhinestone ring is from Tissh by Gloria Lee! It's 18kt gold-plated brass and can be found at a few local retailers including one of my favourite spots, Pomp & Pageantry (112 Scollard Street, M5R 1G2).

Designer Gloria Lee started creating jewelry from semi-precious stones, organic metals and precious metals back in 2005. Soon after she decided to dive into fashion design and took pattern drafting and garment construction courses in Toronto.

I was specifically drawn to Tissh because of all the beautiful quotes that she has representing her style and clothing line spread across her website and her social profiles. She created Tissh for women who are "unapologetic, confident, sensual and vibrant."

WIN A BEAUTIFUL SET OF FIVE RINGS


Gloria Lee of Tissh is giving away a set of FIVE rings to 3 lucky readers! Each set of rings is valued at more than $300, and each set that we're giving away is a different size. You can enter and try your luck for size 6, 7 or 8. You can also choose to enter all three if you really want to win. ;)

This contest is now CLOSED.

CONGRATULATIONS KEYLIN (Size 6), SANDY (Size 7), and ZAHRA (Size 8) FOR WINNING! HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE BEAUTIFUL RINGS!

I generated these winners through Random.org. Fun fact: Keylin actually won through her boyfriend's Twitter entry! So sweet. ;)

WMCFW Fall/Winter 2013: Day 2 (Nayme Inc.)

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Dress (Seven Sisters by Mendocino), Handbag (Kate Spade), Boots (Nine West), Pearl-beaded Necklace + Bracelets + Earrings (Butterfly Beads), Charm Necklace (NAYME Inc.)

Happy day 2 of World MasterCard Fashion Week! I can feel the exhaustion already but it's worth it because the shows are great so far. The highlight for me last night was definitely Pink Tartan (who recently launched an e-commerce site, LOVE it) - this Canadian designer just gets me. I'm also thinking of investing in a chic cape for fall/winter 2013. They've been featured in almost every show so far.

Today I'm wearing this beautiful dress from Seven Sisters, an in-house brand of Mendocino. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it! I bought it instantly without even trying it on. Good thing it fits, no? I've paired it with black tights and boots from Nine West, it's unfortunately still chilly outside so gotta keep warm somehow. I decided to go with my Kate Spade bag since it's pretty and can fit a lot of my junk.

I'm wearing a special, dainty little necklace today. It's called the NAYME necklace. I have a little story to tell you. Whenever I used to go to gift shops I'd always see personalized keychains, necklaces and bracelets with people's names on them but they never had mine and it would make me really sad. I even remember crying one time because I wanted a license plate that you put on your room door but they couldn't get one for my name. I had given up on trying to find a piece, anything, with my name. Recently I came across NAYME Inc. (pronounced "name"), which is a sterling silver necklace with a pendant designed to symbolically represent the meaning of a name.

Louise Henry, owner of Nayme Inc., found inspiration for this when she was on a trip in Florida last summer. She, like me, would always look to see her name on a keychain or bracelet but thought they were so tacky, and that's when she decided to make something that revolves around a name but more subtle, prettier and meaningful.

When I met Louise and she told me about her company, the first thing that came to mind was whether she would be able to find a pendant for my name. After a while she finally pulled out the beautiful, black-ribboned gift box and I was in tears...





She made a customized Nayme necklace for me! I honestly haven't stopped wearing it since. Here is proof that I wore at at three difference occasions and there will be many, many more.


The Nayme necklace is delicate, pretty and can be worn as a statement piece or easily paired with other necklaces. You can check the online store to see if your name is already featured or request a customized pendant.

WIN A NAYME NECKLACE!


Louise has generously offered to give away a customized Nayme necklace to one lucky SUMMERXSKIN reader!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below with all your submissions. At the very least you MUST comment on this post telling me what the origin of your name is! You can collect extra entries by doing the following:

  • Tweet "Hey @summerxskin, please enter me for the @NAYMEInc #NecklaceGiveaway! #WMCFW http://bit.ly/XWGJQi" You can tweet this once a day, every day!
  • This contest is CLOSED.
CONGRATULATIONS VANESSA! HOPE YOU LIKE YOUR PERSONALIZED NAYME NECKLACE!

WMCFW Fall/Winter 2013: Day 1 (Modern Mix Boutique)

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Coral Blazer (Joe Fresh), Top (c/o Killigrew Fashion), Jeans (MANGO), Boots (Bamboo), Crossbody Handbag (Aldo), Belt (H&M), Necklaces (Foxy Originals c/o eBay Canada), Earrings (c/o Modern Mix Boutique)

I'm so excited to finally reveal what I've been working on for the past few weeks for this blog and for you, my lovely readers! In honour of Canadian designers and World MasterCard Fashion Week currently happening in Toronto, I have collaborated with local jewelry brands to give away some fantastic pieces. Each day this week, from Monday to Thursday I will feature a different brand and announce a fun contest for you to enter. Prizes range from $40 to $300! Crazy right?!

Today I can be spotted at WMCFW wearing this coral blazer from Joe Fresh, paired with a patterned navy blue top from Killigrew Fashion that I got last summer. Everyone knows that these two colours complement each other perfectly. I added mustard-brown accessories as an accent.

My earrings are from Modern Mix Boutique, a stylish and very affordable online store that launched late last year. Owner Vanessa Choot also writes a Canadian fashion and lifestyle blog called Modern Mix Vancouver. I've had my eye on this e-boutique for a while; what drew me to the line were the unique names for each piece, but also how on-trend everything is. If skulls and studs are in, you can definitely find them here. It's constantly being refreshed and updated; the company also got a website re-design a few weeks ago and it's even easier to navigate now.

Modern Mix Boutique has graciously offered all of my readers a coupon code for 20% off any purchase on the online store! There is no minimum spend, you simply have to use the discount code "SUMMERXSKIN" at checkout. It's valid until April 30, 2013.

But it doesn't stop there!
Modern Mix Boutique is also giving one lucky reader a set of these two bracelets. I picked them out myself, so if you like my style then I think you'll love these! Each bracelet is valued at more than $20. You can pair them together for a vibrant look or wear them separately.


WIN A SET OF 2 BRACELETS! HOW TO ENTER:

 
To enter, simply use the widget below with all your submissions. At the very least you MUST comment on this post telling me what you love more: Earrings or Bracelets! You can collect extra entries by doing the following:

  • Tweet "Hey @summerxskin, please enter me for #BraceletGiveaway from @modernmixboutiq! #WMCFW http://bit.ly/143h9MX" You can tweet this once a day, every day!
  • This contest is CLOSED. 

CONGRATULATIONS FRANCINE! HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL SET OF BRACELETS FROM MODERN MIX BOUTIQUE!


 

Red and Pink Colour blocking

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Skirt + Belt (H&M), Top (Zara), Necklace (Forever 21), Bracelet (Kate Spade), Bangle Set (Butterfly Beads), Crossbody Bag (gift)

Lately I've been getting messages from friends and readers telling me that they're afraid of colour and asking me how to effectively mix two shades together. I think I might make a guide and share it here in a few weeks, but the key is accessories. In this outfit I'm wearing a bold red-orange skirt with a soft pink top, but adding the navy blue and gold belt seals the look.

I stuck with gold accessories with hints of black and white.

What do you think of this outfit? If you'd like me to do a step-by-step guide on colourblocking, let me know in the comments or tweet me!

Insta-Monday: Globe Style Advisor, WSW Shop Local, GoT Exhibit & More

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Happy Monday everyone!

This morning I'm introducing a new weekly series on SummerxSkin called "Insta-Monday". As a blogger and social media manager in one of the busiest cities in the world (Toronto), I have the opportunity to meet really cool people, attend fun events and sample new and interesting products. While I can't blog about everything that happens in my daily life (I really wish I had the time), I've been trying to think of a way to archive it all together so that you can get a glimpse, but so I can keep track of it as well. The best way seems to be through my Instagram profile. I take photos daily (sometimes multiple times) and thought it would be fun to share them here.

Of course if I have a boring week and nothing to report (it happens sometimes), then I won't share photos on the following Monday. This is also, in no way, a lazy way of showing my outfits or anything because I'm a believer of high-quality photos. You can still expect a #stylepost every Wednesday. ;)

Here we go!

 

Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Spent a day in Oakville and had a lunch with two of my good friends from college, Sara Rozalina and Jen.
  2. I was home alone for the week and had the kitchen to myself. A little experiment can go a long way. Baked chicken drumsticks in a spicy BBQ sauce that I made from scratch. It was delicious!
  3. As a #GlobeStyleAdvisor blogger, I get the advance copy of each issue and share sneak peeks of photos and articles on my social profiles.
  4. Went to Women Supporting Women: Shop Local on a sunny Saturday morning to hear the fabulous Joanna Track of eLuxe.ca speak about entrepreneurship, how to start your own business, tips and tricks on her success.
  5. At the same event I finally got to meet Mikayla and Nadim, founders of Kona Kare. after chatting online for months. I've been using my sample of the chocolate peppermint natural lip balm butter non-stop since Saturday.
  6. I took Nayme Inc. (Louise and Rachel) as my dates to WSW: Shop Local. We had a great time checking out all the vendors and networking.
  7. Don't know if I've mentioned it before but I'm a BIG nerd and absolutely love the show and book series Game of Thrones. I got to check out the Exhibition at Design Exchange in Toronto and took tons of photos. Dragons were present at the venue.
  8. It was really cool to see all of the actual set props... this is a collection of some of my favourite ones.
  9. I got to sit on the Iron Throne... I regret not taking it home with me, hehe. :(
As always I appreciate your feedback. Feel free to let me know what you think about Insta-Monday!

Blazer and Jeans

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(Photos by Maria) 

Outfit Details: Blazer + Jeans (MANGO), Top (c/o Killigrew Fashion), Belt + Bag + Accessories (H&M), Boots (random boutique), Ring (Minling Pan Studio)

It's been a while since I wore a blazer and remembered I had this really amazing one from when I used to work at MANGO (Yorkdale location, which is sadly closed now). Whenever I wear traditional suiting attire, I always like to mix it up with a lot of colour and accessories. I'm lucky that I don't have to come into work dressed formally every day, it means that I can never get tired of the classic blazer look.