ALEXANDER WANG x HM

what a crazy, fun week! i can't believe we are already in toronto waiting for fashion week to start when just a few days ago we were getting ready to attend the exclusive launch of the alexander wang for h&m collaboration. firstly i just want to say what a great honour it was for h&m to reach out and extend the invitation to join the canadian team in new york for this, truly once in a lifetime event. for those of you who have been following the blog for a while you know my obsession with alexander wang runs deep, as in the case, with pretty much every blogger out there and a favourite among many, this was, and will be one of the most highly anticipated collaborations to date. 

a group of us landed in new york on october 15th to a late get-together dinner and quick hellos. the soho grand became the two day hub for bloggers from all around the world, joined for one of the biggest events of the year. on october 16th, after a day of exploring (light shopping... and pre-shopping the first & other stories store in north america),  we headed down to the famous red rooster harlem restaurant for some pre-show eats and more bonding, this time meeting part of the lovely team from the coveteur. for those who, like me, were not aware, they are, yes! canadian! (click here for their behind the scenes video from the show).

after splitting up into a couple taxis, we then headed straight for the armoury on the hudson, where an indoor track was transformed into a fashion arena that became the stage for a free runner's set of a parkour performance to open the highly anticipated show. joan smalls, karlie kloss and natasha poly rocked the runway, makeup free and game ready wearing reflective puffy jackets, black metal helmets, wrestling caps and even carrying hockey sticks. if i ever second guessed myself about this collection, now i am a convert. the technical sportswear is accompanied by a curated selection of beautiful objects in the true alexander wang aesthetic. black embossed towels, boxing gloves, trophy cups and water bottles all embody the message of the collection. directly after wang's final run around the track the guests were invited backstage to shop. my hopes of a more relaxed shopping atmosphere were quickly crushed. fashion fans are very dedicated, what can i say. in the midst of our shop-on, a guest performance by missy elliot started on the other side of the curtain. i only got a few glimpses onto the stage, concentrating my full energy on snagging everything on my wish list. not everyone can say that they shopped to a live set of 'get ya freak on', so at least there's that. diplo followed with a dj set to close the night.

if you missed the live stream of the event online you can watch a recap of the night below, or via the h&m website. for those in canada who are patiently waiting your turn to shop, below are all the locations across the country that will be getting the full alexander wang x h&m collection:

vancouver - the pacific centre & metropolis at metro town

and for those who are wondering, yes i will be there bright and early as well, because as i soon found out, i just can't get enough. with these collaborations the rule always is: buy first, decide later. xoxo



  

fall for: glade wax melts

things don't only change on the outside with the coming of fall. cozy elements are sneaking their way into the house as well. as the days grow shorter, cuddling up on our living room couch becomes somewhat of a ritual and movie night happens more than once a week. my favourite things about fall, apart from beautiful knits and this years forest green (yes, the colour), are all the beautiful home accents popping up in the shops. just because it's fall doesn't mean we have to abandon decorating with our favourite colours; in our case, that's white. beautiful coffee table books come out just in time for those early christmas shoppers, along with those highly anticipated titles that you've been excited to read since their announcement ('not that kind of girl' anyone?). no better time to pick up your reading list again than with the cooling weather outside. a new addition to fall offerings this year are glade wax melts by johnson. leave the air fresheners in the bathroom; glade wax melts are a fun take on a classic. with the  help of a warmer that you plug into the wall, the small cube insert melts gradually releasing your fragrance of choice. from apple cinnamon to cashmere woods to clean linen, each melt keeps a consistent fragrance and lingers even after the warmer has been turned off (limited- edition fragrances are also available). for those who love changing their home decor with the seasons, changing smells is just part of the experience. perhaps a selection of warmers could be the next step in the evolution of the melt. 

what are some of my favourite things about fall? every year my list changes, but in 2014, i am pining for :
1. new/classic fall styles. every year i go looking for the perfect knit turtleneck sweater. not a cowl-neck but the kind that hugs you in just the right way with an oversize fit and the perfect colour. this season, surprisingly, the choice is beige. 2. spring cleaning and fall.... ? accumulating? i store away my favourite things all around the house like a squirrel does with nuts for the coming winter. this year i love that white is sticking around. 3. my must-reads. with the beginning of september everything is new; september, rather than january, is the true start of the year. for a fashion girl this is where it all begins and why not throw some pop culture education in there somewhere. reading up on what's important and trending is just part of the job... the best job in the world. xoxo

Glade® Wax Melts turn on your best feelings with up to 96 hours of fragrance per pack. Available in a variety of scents, they are designed to evoke your most beautiful emotions. Find out more about Glade® Wax Melts and our inspiring scents at www.glade.ca
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Glade® via Mode Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SC Johnson & Son Inc.


the turtleneck sweater

wearing: gap jeans, zara sweater (similar), topshop boots

second out of my five outfits in collaboration with the gap & flare magazine to celebrate the brands' 25 years in canada. loved celebrating with some of my favourite pieces of the season. this outfit paired with one of the things i covet most with the coming of fall, the turtleneck sweater. i have yet to find the perfect one, every year searching high and low to no avail. i think this peach knit comes pretty close though, don't you? it's been a popular one and definitely needs to get some love on the site, so for those who have seen this outfit to death (you can also see it in action HERE), i apologize. this week is about catching up and this dark wash denim is just so photogenic. xoxo

  

pursuit of happiness

you don't have to search very far to discover what makes me happy - take one look at my instagram account. lately, i've been embracing the idea of fun fashion accessories. small things that can turn a whole outfit around. for me it has been about sunglasses and bags, but every time i stop by the mall i try to pick up a trinket that will make my day a little more fun. that can be anything from a fun pair of earrings to the latest fashion periodical. so many hidden gems waiting to be found. in the end i don't know what i enjoy more: the objects themselves or the hunt. i guess there is a bit of a thrill in both. and then there's the pleasure of using them and documenting their life, something i have been taking pretty seriously the last few years. call me materialistic but every one of these things i claim as mine has a higher purpose: they often inspire and spark the need for travel, instigate connections with fellow bloggers and help with day-to-day creativity. take a peek into what has been making me happy:
foreign magazines: paris vogue and vogue japan are some of my favourites. whether i collect them  on my travels, or have friends pick them up on theirs, they are a testament to what the world is celebrating now.

travel guides: i am a sucker for buying lonely planet guides to places i want to visit. even if the trip doesn't come to fruition immediately, the seed is planted and the reminder of that destination lingers on my bookshelf until it has been accomplished. we have been travelling a lot for work lately and there hasn't been much time to explore, but every trip we take we make sure to stop and enjoy the moments that we have in these beautiful places.
sunglasses: sunglasses big and small (but mostly big) have become something of an obsession. a secret > i don't know how to wear sunglasses. i live by the belief that i want to see with my own eyes everywhere i go, rather than through coloured lenses. so why would i spend my money on something i don't even know how to use? because i want to learn. i love the way they look on others... and myself, they add an element of mystery and an air of cool. they are the perfect accessory and a lot of fun, almost adding a costume element to your whole look.
bags: how i love coveting bags. more than planning outfits around those on my most wanted list, i love discovering those hidden treasures when i least expect them. this chinese takeout box-bag wasn't even on my radar, but i discovered in the course of planning for toronto fashion week and it caught my attention immediately. it's the perfect combination: quirky and strangely practical. a bag to last me a lifetime? we will see. but right now it's all about living in the moment.
in collaboration with the new prada fragrance, florale, for the next few weeks i will also be posting a variety of images of things that make me happy. look for the hashtag #stopandsmelltheflorale to see all the images from the campaign and follow along with my everyday obsessions at @aniab. remember to always stop and smell the florale. what are some of your weaknesses? xoxo
prada’s latest fragrance evolved from the concept of an imaginary flower created especially for candy. of course, candy cannot simply have any flower. her flower has to be wondrous and sophisticated, bursting with life and sensuality as candy herself.

light airy top notes put the sparkle in candy, tender powdery heart notes echo her spring-like grace, and a whisper of warmth and honey reflect candy’s sensuality.

prada candy florale eau de toilette spray 50ml, $85.00

prada candy florale eau de toilette spray 80ml, $115.00
disclosure: this post was brought to you by PUIG via glam media canada. the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of PUIG. 


seeing spots

wearing: gap jeans, topshop turtleneck & coat, zara shoes

this year marks 25 years of gap in canada, and what an honour to be able to celebrate together with the brand as well as with a selected group of inspiring women across the country with styling iconic pieces from the collections. all the outfits were featured in the november issue of flare magazine and i will be posting each one of them over the course of the next few days. i really love how they all turned out and want to share some of the photos that didn't make the cut. it couldn't have turned out more perfect that i was sent the black skinny jean. i am an absolute slave to my black denim and it's always a struggle to find a pair that i really love. enter this 1969 always skinny high rise and i am a convert. make sure to check out all the girls featured in the campaign over at: just another me, a fashion love affair, helloelo & gracie carroll. xoxo