Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sundays are becoming Fundays!


Sundays have just become more fashionable!

Now every Sunday from 1-6pm, MADAM Vintage will now be open for your shopping pleasure. Previously appointment only, you can now browse in the cute store that carries Canadian eel skin shoes and cowboy boots straight from Calgary!

If Sundays are not good for you, just contact musical theatre actress turned vintage store owner, Cara Leslie at 647-348-2264 and she will be happy to make an appointment.

Enjoy!

Amanda

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Treats: SALE! SALE! SALE!


It's the most wonderful time of the year.............to go shopping for crazy deals of course!

Boxing day has finally arrived and everywhere you turn there is some sort of deal on that hot sequined mini you've been eyeing for awhile or those tall, sleek leather riding boots. Go out there and go shopping! It's good for the economy and you will save some money.

My favourite places to go shopping include the following:

1) Sephora- perfect for all you beauty finds. It's incredibly organized with a clean easy to navigate layout, making it easy to pick out all your favourite perfumes, lipsticks and brushes. Check them out for their-believe it or not-first ever Boxing Day sale!

2) TNT- support your Canadian retailers and check out the many TNT stores, including TNT Blu, TNT Woman and TNT Clearance. They will have up to 70% off in their locations so hurry up because the sale ends tomorrow!

3) Liv by Au Lit- a lovely lifestyle store that has everything from beautiful linens to floral brooches to Black Orchid denim. The large and inviting store is located on Eglinton Avenue, so make sure to stop by if you're in midtown.

4) Anthropologie- by far my favourite store, you can find an array of vintage inspired dresses, cardigans and skirts. The homey yet fashionable store will have you getting lost in their paradise of found object displays and deliciously scented candles.

Enjoy!

Amanda

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Photo(s) of the Day: Holiday Treats

In the spirit of holiday dresses, feast your eyes on this beautiful one draped on Miss SJP. I love the bright fuchsia colour and brocade detail of this fabulous dress. Attending her premiere for her film, Did You Hear About The Morgans? Sarah Jessica Parker shows that colour can be worn year round.

Amanda

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Treats: Party Dresses

Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!

Now that the holiday season has arrived all of us can take break from studying, working and minimal amounts of sleep. For now is the time to catch up with friends, spend time with family and take in the holiday cheer. What better way to spice up the holidays than in a fun, colourful cocktail dress. After months of wearing sweater dresses and tall boots its time to shimmy your way into a fun, colourful holiday dress.
Enjoy!

If you know me, you know that I love colour in its brightest shade. The right colour can bring out
the best in you and make you
stand out in the holiday crowd. Some of my favourite colourful looks for the holiday season include these shiny and ruffled looks by Valentino, Oscar De La Renta and Alexander McQueen. The jewelled and feathered details on the emerald Valentino coat is gorgeous and perfect alternative to a down feathered, puffy jacket. I love the satin look by Oscar De La Renta it's a nice jewel tone shade that stand out against reds and greens. If you want something festive and fun, check out the pouffy number by Alexander McQueen.

Sequins are a fun trend that don't seem to ever go out of style. They are the perfect way to sparkle and shine at your holiday events. The best way to wear a sequin dress is to look for one that is short with a simple shift silhouette. If you go to long, you will look like an elongated disco ball and too fitted? Well you don't even want
to go there.
Details and colour are always fun options, like these dresses by Diane Von Furstenberg and BCBG. The ruffles and patterns add a special touch for those of you who are little unconventional in your holiday fashion choices.






If a chic and elegant look is for you, then you must wear either of these dresses. The fitted yet draped style is simply divine and scream sophistication. The black dress by Badgley Mischka dress would look wonderful underneath a leopard-print trench or fur shawl. Everything during the holidays is fun with a little dash on animal print. The blue BCBG dress channels a Grecian vibe that would be sure to bring out you inner goddess.



We all know one of the best parts of the holiday season (besides family time and yummy food, of course) is the dressing up part. So get out there and shine in that holiday number!

Amanda

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Indigenous design meets High Glamour: MCD Jewellery Show

Melissa Clemente's recent show for her Spring 2010 line, epoch was a true hidden jem in the mist a dark alleyway at Bathurst and Adelaide. As you walk in and you are instantly surrounded by groovin' reggae beats and the hippest hip hop tunes.

Opening her show with a powerful performance by Philipino artistic group, Santa Guerrilla the stage was set for a show filled with dancing and an eclectic mix of feathers, wood pieces and surgical steel. Clemente was inspired by Phillipine and tribal culture which was apparent as the models dressed in black, made their way down the runway showcasing gold plated necklaces and red rubber beads.
Standout out pieces include a pair of earrings with shoulder grazing gold chains with red beads adorned at the ends. These earrings are perfect for anyone who wants to stand out at a holiday event or New Years Eve party. In fact all of these pieces are not for the faint at heart. Clemente's designs are meant for a woman who wants to stand out with an extra dose of glamour and a hint exotic flair. With a pair of yellow floral print disc earrings with large red beads being fit for a queen.
For all the ladies that love a statement necklace Clemente had you covered. With materials ranging from, fringe, glass and bamboo these exquisitely designed necklaces were as fabulous as the earrings. My favourites included a white feathered necklace offset by a collection of gold chains a la Chanel and a longer full necklace with an assortment of red, white, black and crystal-like beads that were reminiscent of a tropical fruit. Another memorable piece includes a bib-like necklace that was decorated with the same gold discs used on the chandeliers in many Philipino households.


The Melissa Clemente Designs jewellery show left me feeling inspired and excited. As a lover of costume jewellery and accessories that tell a story, this pieces did that and more. True standouts for the eccentric fashionista who loves to visit the AGO or the young fashionista who wants to have a fun night on the town.

Amanda