You’re One in a Million

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This is what I wore over the weekend to judge Miss Teenage Canada. It was such a blast but the judges were reminiscing about how we felt like we were about to be in a Miss Congeniality movie. The “One in a Million” song has been playing in my head ever since Saturday and I know taking in this Sandy B classic will be on this week’s agenda!

_DSC0089I loved this look because I was torn between wearing something super dressy or more casual. I think this was a happy medium for a youthful evening and I loved layering oodles of accessories. Y’all know I love me a good print mix so I really liked mixing this zebra top with these Anne B. for Le Chateau textured snakeskin pumps. These comfy buggers are great for my work wear and meetings but also to whip out for a fancier weekend occasion. I can’t express how comfy all of my Le Chateau shoes are, I’m the luckiest girl alive to be able to spend my day in heels, but these bad boys make it seem easy._DSC0120

I loved tying in these bolder prints with a neutral skirt from Zara. This scalloped sides detail make it a little racy while the high waist still makes it appropriate for day or night. This skirt was a great find – I’ve rocked it for dressier events but also with a t-shirt and Converse for weekend brunch. I love items you can play around with and make you’re own and this skirt is no exception.

Happy Hump Day Littles xo!

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Outfit Details: Top c/o Ann Taylor | Skirt Zara (similar here) | Shoes Anne B. for Le Chateau | Sunnies c/o Le Chateau | Watch c/o Caravelle New York | Sparkle J.Crew, Over The Rainbow, Links of London | Rings Vintage, Shop For Jayu | Necklace David Yurman

Photos by: My Sissy!

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Pilates at Equinox Toronto

If you follow me on Instagram then you got a little sneak peek into last night’s workout. I was fortunate enough to head over to Equinox in Toronto for a private Pilates session and man did my butt get beat! I’ve tried Pilates in the past but never one-on-one with a reformer and other studio equipment. It was amazing to test out a new style of working out and I am confident that Pilates will now be in my regular rotation of exercise.

Why is that, you might ask? Well because after just one session I can tell that I was engaging muscles I haven’t touched based with in a while and it was a great shake up to my otherwise usual work out routine. Sometimes our muscle memory gets a tad too sharp and it is nice to shock the system once in a while. It was also great to select a new fitness avenue via the Equinox app (available for members globally), which features this fun Make Me section. I can actually change up my routine based on my mood at the time (think Songza concierge for fitness) and I’m looking forward to tapping in to more frequently.

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During last night’s workout, and to share with y’all, I was lucky enough to have Erin, my lovely personal instructor, film a few of the exercises. If you’re curious about Pilates, this will give you an idea of the variety Pilates incorporates but also a few exercises you can try on your own with or without the machines.

The first two exercises you can try out on the ground with a gliding disk but please be sure to watch the videos and listen to Erin’s tips before trying anything on your own! It’s also recommended that you test this out with a trained professional prior to starting any regime at home. The Equinox app has a ton of tips and you can access the studio’s website with really informative articles to help you choose the best workouts possible.

Not trying to lecture anyone, I have faith in all of you hoping to amp up your work out routine! Just a few notes from me, as I feel a lot more comfortable knowing I was shown the proper techniques and am excited to keep up the hard work.

Despite summer coming to an end, I still want to look and feel my best and there’s not doubt in my mind that Pilates will be a welcomed addition to achieving those goals!
imageDetails: Workout Pants Mindfulness Matters (old but similar here) | Sneakers Nike ID | Top Lululemon

Finally my last and best tip for working out: ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED!

What are your favorite workout styles? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Rainy Day Dinner

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Outfit Details: Top Anthropologie | Shorts DIY by me | Booties Madewell 1937 | Purse Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target | Sparkle J.Crew + Juicy Couture | Lipstick Maybelline Elixir Color Sensation in Blush Essence

Had a quick rainy day dinner last night with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in FOREVER! It was lovely to sit on a patio and watch the rain come down but my oh my did we not anticipate the weather getting super chilly toward the end of the evening. Nonetheless, it was the perfect end to a perfect weekend and I was so happy we finally caught up.

What did you get up to this weekend? I caught up with friends Friday and had the most delicious eggs benedict I’ve had in Toronto at a new restaurant Montecito. It’s a must try and I’m pumped to pop by this up and coming hot spot during the Toronto Internation Film Festival!

I was also fortunate enough to be on the judges panel of Miss Teenage Canada Saturday night and these girls were fabulous! I’m so proud of each of them and want to thank the pageant for allowing me to be apart of such an amazing night!

This is a short week for me, I’m off to Chicago Friday for Lollapalooza (YAY!) and I cannot wait to be in my favorite city for a fun-filled music festival weekend. Be sure to follow my adventures via Instagram here.

Happy Monday!

 

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Smashfest 2014

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an insanely fun event, Smashfest 2014!

The charitable initiative raises funds and awareness in support of rare cancer research and concussion research. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart, as like many of you, I have been affected by cancer in some way or another, but it’s also a fun way to bring some attention to the cause. I had an amazing night playing ping pong with some major NHL players and if you’ve read my blog AT ALL before you know I am a sports fanatic!!! To have the opportunity to have some fun with these iconic gents was a major check off the ol’ bucket list and I definitely cannot wait to head back next year.

Check out the video below and be sure to watch it til the end, I think you’ll see an awkwardly hilarious cameo by yours truly!

Happy Friday xo!

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Chapters Indigo Holiday Preview

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The Chapters Indigo Holiday Preview was yesterday afternoon and this is one of my favorite events of the entire year! Although the weather outside is far from winter, it’s a delight to be taken into a wonderland of holiday spirits and Christmas cheer!

There are so many great gift ideas coming to a Chapters Indigo near you (these items will be available in October) and endless possibilities to decorate your home for the season. I loved seeing not only familiar faces and catching up with friends but also spotted some of my personal faves as gift ideas and decorative options. From Frends headphones to The Aestate illustrations, I know I’m going to have a hard time heading to a Chapters-Indigo store and not leaving with anything.

Have a peek at my photos and let me know if any jump out to you! Feel free to share on Twitter and Instagram and tag me @lexniko with your #indigofaves!

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RCYC Toronto

imageI had the absolute pleasure of spending my Monday evening at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. It was the perfect evening for a boat ride and a night on the water and some of the city’s most fashionable friends joined me. It was great to experience a slice of what life is like for members on the island and it’s clear to see why the  RCYC’s island property is truly a jewel of Toronto.

GP1_0654imageThe club boasts world-recognized sailing programs (I am super interested in joining the ladies sailing club) but I could not believe that less than 50% of members sail. But it makes sense seeing as everything from tennis, to canoeing, to swimming, and standup paddle-boarding (even lawn bowling!) is available on the island. You could literally spend your whole day getting lost in activities there.imageI had an amazing time and cannot wait to go back — the island property isn’t the only place I’m eager to checkout. Members have access to the RCYC’s city property located at 141 St. George Street and there are numerous social activities even during the winter months. There really is something for everyone and kids of all ages, young and old. If you ever have the opportunity to check it out I suggest you do — it’s a summer staple!

Thank you for having me RCYC!imageGP1_0651imageimageimageimage image imageOutfit Details: Blazer & Dress Zara (both on sale!) | Sunnies c/o Polette Eyewear | Espadrilles c/o Le Chateau | Sparkle CC Skye | Watch c/o Caravelle New York | Bag Louis Vuitton | Necklace David Yurman | Rings Vintage & c/o Shop For Jayu

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He’s Her Lobster

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Are any of you like me and still obsessed with the TV show Friends?! It is easily my all time favorite show and I can watch episodes again and again and again. My best friend (who’s birthday it is today – love you Natty!) literally sit around and quote lines from the show like it’s our job.

One of my favorite episodes is when Rachel and Ross get together and Phoebe gives her lobster analogy. When Rachel and Ross finally kiss it’s one of the cutest scenes from the entire series and is just a reminder of how much I love love!

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When I spotted this Madewell sweater with a pair of lobsters it definitely was a must-have on my list and I snagged it up right away. It’s so light and thin and I love wearing it with ripped denim shorts for a cozy daytime look on a less than sunny summer day.
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Check out the Ross & Rachel scene below:

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Escape Toronto with CTV Ottawa

imageA few weeks ago, CTV Ottawa invited me to take them around one of my favorite neighborhoods in Toronto: Yorkville. I love this area; it’s perfect for window shopping, people watching and has endless options for food & fashion.

You can check out my segment here shot in the lovely Pink Tartan store!

Hope you’re having a great day xo!

 

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Mystery Inc.

_MG_8532I found this knit top at Zara a few weeks ago and I honestly fell in love with it right away. It’s funny because as soon as I brought it home and styled in with a different skirt, I immediately realized I looked just like Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo!

The joke has been a run on with my friends ever since and despite poking fun, it’s still one of my favorite pieces of the summer. I put this set together for a day full of client meetings and it’s bright pop of color mixed with this bold printed skirt was definitely a hit. These sandals are also incredibly comfortable which is an added bonus when you spend your workday on the go.

Do you have any summer favorites you’re sporting this season?

_MG_8502_MG_8549image image_MG_8541imageDetails: Top Zara / Skirt Anthropologie / Shoes Zara / Sunnies Karen Walker / Bag Louis Vuitton / Watch Caravelle New York / Sparkle J.Crew, CC Skye

 

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Pom Pom Is The Bomb

_MG_8589It’s no secret that pom pom’s are soooo on point this summer. From scarves, to hats and everything in between, this cute little detail has been making appearances in stores high & low. I just fell in love with this dress from Forever 21 (on sale now) when I first spotted it and it’s been a summer staple ever since. From my trip to NYC, to a casual day at work when the hot weather is less than favorable, this little number is always a top pick.

I love how easy it is to accessorize and it can work as a fresh daytime look with a few country accents, but you could also easily pair it with a set of booties for a cool festival look. Be sure to look out for this item on repeat via Instagram here.

Do you have a summer staple you just can’t stop wearing?

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_MG_8690imageimage_MG_8614Details: Dress c/o Forever21 / Sunnies Karen Walker (similar here) / Shoes Zara (old | similar here) / Hat Anthropologie (old | similar here)

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