It may be frigid and snowy outside, but love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, my fellow Yorkdale Style Council member Julio and I are sharing our personal love stories with you. And we want you to do the same!
Because here at Yorkdale we are so in love with love, we are excited to announce an amazing giveaway for all the lovebirds out there! Share your love story in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win TWO $250 Yorkdale gift cards – one for you and one for your love! Sounds good? Don’t forget to enter before February 13th!
Nelia: Outfit 1 – Comme Des Garcons PLAY (Holt Renfrew) Tee, Old Navy Pants, H&M Necklace, Forever 21 Earrings, ALDO Shoes
Rob: Outfit 1 – Comme Des Garcons PLAY (Holt Renfrew) Tee and Shoes, Scotch and Soda (The Bay) Jeans
Nelia and Rob
How we met
Nelia: The way Rob and I met is a little crazy, and really made me believe in destiny (STOP ROLLING YOUR EYES!). Fresh out of university, I turned down an interview with one financial institution as I had already accepted an offer elsewhere. But after a couple of weeks of training, I realized that the type of work they had to offer just wasn’t for me, so I called the HR person at the company I turned down, who was very understanding and booked me in for an interview. Rob was the person who interviewed me. It’s going to sound crazy, but for me, it was love at first sight…or maybe attraction at first sight, but I just felt that spark. After the interview, I considered asking Rob out and declining the job offer, but at the end of the day, I ended up accepting it and chickening out on the whole “ask him out” thing. Within the first week at my new job, I got transferred out of Rob’s team and he was no longer my boss…phew! We became friends and nearly a year after that interview he asked me out, and we’ve been together ever since. If I hadn’t changed my mind about that job, and stayed at the first company, we may have never even met. Feels like it was meant to be.
Nelia: Outfit 2 – BCBG (The Bay) Dress, Nine West Shoes, H&M Jewelry
Rob: Outfit 2 – Banana Republic Blazer, Shirt, and Tie, Scotch and Soda (The Bay) Jeans; ALDO Shoes
Nelia: While on vacation in San Francisco, we spent a beautiful day exploring the city. Spring flowers were blooming, the sun was shining and I still remember that feeling of pure joy all day long. We’ve been together for nearly a year at that point, and during dinner, Rob looked at me and said “I love you”…I was so nervous, I mumbled “ditto” in return, but could obviously tell that it wasn’t the answer he was hoping for. Truth is, I’ve never actually said “I love you” to a boyfriend before Rob, so it felt like a huge deal to me at the time. The next day, as we were getting ready for another day of fun, I finally got up the courage to say “I love you” properly. To this day, “ditto” is the way I tell Rob that I love him too.
Julio and Daniel
How we met
Daniel: Julio and I are a testament to romance in the age of social media. We actually met on Instagram via a mutual friend. I asked him out via Twitter DM. We always laugh when we tell people our story because no one believes us at first!
Julio: We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary on February 1st. Daniel likes to argue that our anniversary is earlier, but February 1st stuck with some encouragement aka my decision.
Julio: Outfit 1 (Pic on Left) – Forever 21 Sweater, Zara Pants, Rudsak Boots, ALDO Sunglasses; Outfit 2 (Pics on the right) – H&M Top, Zara Pants, Le Chateau Socks
Daniel: Outfit 1 (Pic on Left) – H&M Sweater and Shirt, Levi’s (The Bay) Jeans, ALDO Shoes and Sunglasses; Outfit 2 (Pics on the right) – Comme Des Garcons PLAY (Holt Renfrew) Tee, Levi’s (The Bay) Jeans
Daniel: Well, being that I am the biggest hopeless romantic it had to be epic. I planned out the perfect day for Julio to make sure he got the engagement he deserved. I bought his favourite Tiffany’s Ring that he had always wanted, brought our photographer down to Toronto. Since we met on Instagram, I decided that I would propose via the platform as well at the first place we ever met in person. So at 11:27am (1 year to the minute from when I first asked him out) via Instagram (how we met), at Dupont Subway Station (the first place we saw each other face to face) I asked him to marry me. And lucky for me, he said yes!
Photographer: Max Kopanygin, Stylist: Nelia Belkova.