Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Sponsored Post: HTC One Summer Trends – Bold Pink

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I was recently at Kelly Claman's office, a showroom featuring hot emerging & established designers, and was totally taken by this bright pink embossed cuff by Kara Ross, so much so, that I pulled out my HTC One to capture it. What really caught my attention was the shock of pink in a tougher design. I had just come from another preview that spoke about the duality of tough & feminine and this seemed to capture exactly the message that I had just heard.

Driving along Dundas West I stumbled on this sweet bakeshop Le Dolci and, of course, had to pull over to take a look – the treats were a delicious as the decor suggested. But again, there was this pink against a tough urban setting... Hmm.

Deciding to make an impromptu pit stop at one of my favourite stores in T.O, Tabula Rasa (soon to move to Brooklyn, New York – so an immediate must visit!) I realized that I had inadvertently stumbled – yet again– on that great bold pink. They say that emerald is the colour of the season but I'm hedging my bets that bold pink (any degree on the spectrum) is in contention. And taking a look at fall runways, it will only get bigger – take a look at what Balmain, Miu Miu and Sonia Rykiel sent down the f/w '13 runway. And so, my early nod to the colour thanks to Tips Nailbar.

Snapped with my HTC One in my car, but don't worry, I pulled over for this selfie.

Snapped with my HTC One in my car, but don't worry, I pulled over for this selfie.

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