Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’Action de grâce for French Canadians) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.  Although we really shouldn’t wait for that one day a year to feel grateful and thankful for the many great things we have in our lives, it still serves as a welcome reminder. It gives us that opportunity to not only share a huge feast of turkey with family and friends but to really reflect on the ‘good things’, whatever they may be – your amazing friends, your loving but crazy family, your job, business, health, the beautiful outdoors, the stunning sunrise and sunset, it could be anything.

And sometimes, it could be that one surprisingly gorgeous photo (in your humble opinion) of yourself.

It could be that perfect angle or that fantastic natural lighting from the sun but truth be told, this time, I think it’s all about the dress. When H&M CANADA sent me this dress in the mail, I knew straight away that this would be fabulous addition to not only my fall wardrobe but for the upcoming holiday season as well.

With its bejeweled collar, flattering silhouette, versatile cut and colour (the charcoal grey is a standout and a perfect alternative to your usual little black dress) and its pretty thoughtful attention to detail, this H&M dress can smoothly transition from the office (with a structured fitted blazer) to an evening out with understated yet elegant accessories, simple black clutch and your strappiest little stilettos!

IMG_7745Photos courtesy of: SKYFALL BLUE. BIG THANK YOU to ZOI Agency, Montreal

As if the triple layer beads adorning the front to back collar of this dress is not enough, a quick turn reveals an edgy detail that takes this dress up a notch in the style department. The diamond cut-out is indeed an outstanding add-on detail that makes this dress a poised structured shift in front and a rock glam party at the back!

Sometimes, that’s just one of life’s sweet little surprises.



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IMG_7715The LGD – the Little Grey Dress from H&M Canada. Follow @20YS in Twitter for more.


As mentioned in our last post, Ottawa is eagerly awaiting for the opening of the Swedish fashion mega house H&M next week! The city is set to be painted red as we welcome “Better late than never” H&M’s opening in Ottawa in Bayshore Shopping Centre.

I’m certainly thankful to be invited to the exclusive H&M VIP pre-opening night party and I can’t wait to share with you the latest  news and updates on H&M’s Ottawa opening in Ottawa.

You can also follow the conversation via Twitter and Instagram following:

What about you, what are you thankful for this year?



IMG_7789Photos courtesy of: SKYFALL BLUE. For more photos, visit @20YS in Facebook.

IMG_7803In honour of H&M’s opening in Ottawa, @20YS shot Canada’s War Museum and the Parliament Hill.

IMG_7802Shoot location: Canada’s War Museum and the Parliament Hill (on the background).


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