Since summer is so short lived here in Toronto, it can often be difficult to say goodbye. We always want to hold on to those bright, sunshiney days just a little bit longer. But instead of looking at October as a sure sign that summer is over, I prefer to look at it as the start of one of the most fun and festive times of the year. Starting with Thanksgiving and taking us right into the new year, the coming months are filled with family gatherings, nights on the town and parties at home. Whether you’re gearing up to head out or host at home, the Manulife Centre in Toronto has everything you’ll need – from pre-party to party essentials!

manulife-octoberX21 Abby Pump in Onyx, Ron White Shoes, $695
These black pumps are no ordinary black pumps. Deep black suede paired with glittery Swarovski crystals make these stunners absolutely perfect for any party! And despite their looks, the 3.75-inch heel and cushioning created by NASA mean that these shoes can be worn all-day long.

2 Marcelle BB Cream, Rexall, $26.95
Once the weather turns chilly, you have to work that much harder to get your skin to glow. Marcelle’s BB Cream Golden Glow will give your sun-deprived skin just that – a golden, sun-kissed glow. You know what that means? You’ll look as radiant as you feel when you head out to parties this season.

3 Eufora Sculpture Light Styling Glaze, Haartek Salon, $68.50

A pre-party blowout is always fab but if you don’t have time to head out to the salon, bring the salon home with you. Eufora hair care products, like the Light Styling Glaze, will give your hair more volume, shine and manageability and will reduce the frizz and flyaway factor.

4 Jenny Bird Branwen Lariat Necklace – Gold, Indigo, $98
This limited edition, Indigo-exclusive Jenny Bird original necklace is a gorgeous statement piece that can easily transition from day to night. Worn casually during the day (I love how it’s styled in the photo above) or paired with a more elegant evening look, this necklace is versatile and beautiful.

5 Stemless Champagne Glasses – Set of 4, Indigo, $39.50
If you’re hosting a party at your place or even if you’re heading out to one, start the evening out right with a glass of bubbly (assuming you’re not driving, of course!) Etched with ‘Cheers’ in gold, these stemless champagne flutes will be a chic addition to your soiree.

6 Yellow Tail Pink Bubbles, LCBO, $13.95
Complete your party planning with the crowning finish: Champagne! My favourite champagne is Yellow Tail Pink Bubbles – not just because it tastes great (think: strawberry, raspberry and subtle citrus undertones) but its pale pink colour also looks great when served. Cheers!


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