Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Chic?: How to Infuse Fashion Into Your Hallowe'en Costume

It is my favourite time of year as I am inundated with a zillion fashion events to keep up with, the holidays are fast approaching and most importantly the one night of the year, when it is perfectly acceptable to wear a shockingly scary outfit, Hallowe'en!

But who says that your costume has to be ghoulish, freaky or scary? Why not try to something a little chic and dress up as your most cherished fashionista or fashionmista? What better way to see what it is really like to be like one of your fashion favourites for a day and show your love for all things fashion and style?

There are so many fabulous people to choose from but the ones that truly stood out that evoke a true signature style are none other than, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano. Each have stood out for not only their career accomplishments but trademark style. Check it out below for costume ideas on how to dress as your fashion favourites!

All About the Boys

Karl Lagerfeld-When you see this man not only do you think quilted bags and double interlocking C's but you also think of a man who is in charge and knows a thing or two about how to put together a tailored and edgy ensemble. The best way to achieve this serious look come Hallowe'en is easy as pie:

For the hair, visit your local costume shop and pick up a white wig with a ponytail or if you have long, hair smooth it back and apply baby powder or temporary coloured hair spray.

For the clothes, get a velvet or satin black tailored blazer with matching pants. If you don't have one, check your local vintage store. Add a white ruffled button down and black bow tie or long tie underneath the jacket.

For the accessories, pick up silver cross chain necklaces and medallions as well as motorcycle gloves to add the edge. Don't forget the signature black sunglasses as they are the cherry on the sundae of this look.

John Galliano-Known for his magical and threatrical designs, Monsieur Galliano does not forget to add a whole 'lotta flair to his daily ensembles. With his signature tops hats and thin mustache, he always stands out. To achieve this fashion forward look follow these steps:

For the hair, purchase a long super straight bronde wig. Also, if you don't already have facial hair, purchase a thin fake mustache and soul patch or you can get some fun fur and facial glue to improvise.

For the clothes, invest in a low cut button vest and tight pants. You can have fun with it and invest in a pattern suit set with lotsa sequins!

For the accessories, wear an ornate cross, edgy, spiky rings and the signature top hat! Have fun with it and add some sequined ties, bows or faux flowers.

Where my ladies at?

Anna Wintour-as editor-in-chief of the fashion bible, VOGUE Miss Wintour's look screams authority with the dark square sunglasses with a slightly rounded edge and fabulous fur coat. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be the queen bee of fashion for a day, here's your chance!

For the hair, you must purchase a light brown bob wig for it is just too perfect and too cute. Try buying a wig made for flappers as most of them are bobs.

For the clothes, Anna Wintour is often seen in an oh-so-chic fur coat and printed shift dress. Perfect for a lady and perfect for a fashionista. Try black tights with your dress due to the chilly weather.

For the accessories, black plastic sunglasses and statement necklace, preferably one with baubles galore. Also, try a slim gold or leather strap watch to add a touch of sophistication.

Rachel Zoe-The Zoeinator is everyone's favourite stylist. With her hilarious and fashionable reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project in which she seems to have a catch phrase for literally everything (literally) she shows that working in fashion is no piece of cake. Re-creating her famous boho-chic look is like one, two, three.

For the hair, if you don't naturally have blonde wavy hair invest in a wig. You can also purchase some blonde hair mascara to create her California sun kissed hair. For her signature waves, whip out the old curling iron.

For the clothes, there could not be a true Rachel Zoe look without her staple fur vest and wide leg jean. Make sure to invest in a flow-y blouse underneath. If you are in the mood to wear a dress, check out a vintage store for a colourful and printed lightweight butterfly sleeved maxi dress.

For the accessories, oversized sunglasses, oversized clutch and wedges. Need we say more?

There you have it! Your guide to being fashionable and fabulous this Hallowe'en. Email or tweet me your Hallowe'en looks!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's a Shopping Contest!

Don't just love when all you have to do is enter in some of your contact information into a database and then voila, you have a chance at winning a shopping spree? Well you are in luck because Club Monaco, FASHION magazine and Shopbop have all teamed up for a fabulous and fashionable contest!

Enter and you will receive a $1000 gift certificate to Club Monaco and Shopbop accompanied with a consultation with none other than a very wise and talented editor from FASHION!

If you are broke and in need of style guidance or just love shopping and want to meet a FASHION editor, I highly suggest you enter this contest!

Click here for more details and good luck!



Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Spice Factor

When your in the mood to spice up your look, maybe you reach for your red Louboutin pumps, or your favourite Roberta Cavalli leopoard print blouse? Perhaps you venture into your bureau draw and fetch your sexiest Victoria Secret lingerie?

When you want to spice up the kitchen, why not take a culinary trip to India? With fresh wholesome ingredients and exotic herbs and spices, you can cook up quite a few tasty dishes. One of my favourite shows that does exactly that is the Food Network's Spice Goddess with Bal Areneson. She puts a modern twist on many of my Indian favourites, such as Butter Chicken, Roti, and Lentil Cookies. 

Be sure to check out Bal’s show every Saturday on the Food Network for a delectable trip to the tastes of India.

Check out one my favorite Bal recipes for No Butter Chicken


2 to 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped tomato paste
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon turmeric
pinch chili pepper flakes
1 tablespoon garam masala
½ teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 cup water


1.     Put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. When it starts to get hot, add the ginger and onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until soft.

2.     Add the tomato paste, spices and salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes, turning the heat down low. 

      Add the chicken and stir well to coat and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

3.     Add the brown sugar, yogurt and water, turn heat up to high and cook for 7 to 10 more minutes, till chicken breaks easily when  pressed with a fork.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Photo of the Day: Renee, Renee, Renee

I get so excited every time a new magazine covers comes out and this one does not disappoint! Check out the latest cover of Harper's Bazaar UK for a photo of Southern Belle, Renee Zellweger evoke the look of intensity that is reminiscent of the famous black and white shots of Madonna from the early '90s.


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Twinkle, Tippy Toe and Dance, It's Sequins & Stilettos: Designers vs. Djs Baby!

Fashion and music has always had a strong relationship. No musical artist could quite evolve to superstar status without having the right look. Hello? Lady Gaga. Equally there is something about certain outfit that only a rock star can make look good. Paging Slash.

Well if the relationship between music and fashion has always fascinated you, then you must attend Frugal Fashion Week's latest event, Sequins & Stilettos: Designers vs. DJs on Friday, October 15, 2010 at none other than Nyood Bar at 1096 Queen Street West in the T.Dot!

This event marks the first collaboration between Frugal Fashion Week and the FC: Fashion Collective , a group of enthusiastic fashionistas who support and promote up and coming designers.

Tickets for the soiree cost $10 and for more information click here!


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hot Off The Runway: Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

September to October is fashion-filled with the Emmy's, the Toronto International Film Festival, Fashions Night Out and more importantly, fashion week!

New York's Mercedes Benz Spring 2011 Fashion Week has come and gone with fashion being anything but forgettable. Designers showed the latest collections prancing down the runway and a few of the notable trends were sheer rosettes, linear graphic prints with a hint of embellishment in nude, white and pure saturated colours.

Check out my favourite looks from New York Fashion Week below:

Georgina Chapman never disappoints with her beautiful and geometrically creative fashion line, Marchesa. For next spring it is all about tulle, nude tones and bejewelled chains in dresses ranging from a mermaid silhouette to cocktail numbers that resembled avant-garde, fashion forward wedding dresses. My favourite looks include a cocktail dress with white flowing sheer fabric with an ornate top made out of jewelled chains. Perfect for any fashion risk taker attending a dinner party.

Anna Sui showed us the quintessential boho girl with a glam twist. Filled with layers and patterns with pops of burgundy and denim she showed that the relaxed cool girl in always in style. My favourite look is a lightweight military jacket on top of a nude embroidered dress with a feathered necklace. Crochet was also seen on the runway accompanied with a sheer nude, embellished tank top that would be perfect under a boyfriend blazer for any night out. I love the embellishment and dainty touch to this collection because it shows that casual looks can still be infused with a little glamour.

New York fashion designer, Monique Lhuillier has sure come a long way since her days at FIDM and created a beautiful collection fro Spring 2011. In this collection we saw full-length gowns, which are perfect for any red carpet or high profile event and ruffles adorning everything from blouses to cocktail dresses with pops of red and blue. My favourite gowns are a blue ombre sweetheart neckline dress with a full ruffled skirt and thin satin belt. I also love also this GORGEOUS embellished strapless gown which is the perfect stand out look. It reminds me of a fashionable version of Jessica Rabbit's signature sequined red gown. Meow!

Milly showed a modern lady's approach to separates with chic little jackets and trench coats. These looks are anything but basic and incorporate a great deal of clean lined graphic shapes and chic jewelled statement necklaces in every bright colour under the sun. I love the multi-coloured look with the bright red spring coat and purple and black striped top. Mixing unexpected colours and patterns is the perfect way to make any look personal and extra special and Milly shows how to do it while still being a lady.

 Christian Siriano is fierce, sassy and anything but a hot tranny mess. He has certainly made a huge name for himself after winning Project Runway with several fashion collections, books and a make-up line. His designs for Spring 2011 are every bit attention getting and perfect for the girl who wears her clothes confidently. The fiercest of them all is strapless gown with a full skirt reminiscent of a glamorous cloud with a bright shiny bodice. This dress is fit for any chic princess. For a completely different take on classic cut, try Siriano's pink animal print shiny blazer with coordinating shorts. 

Enjoy! 'Til the next fashion week!


Fashion is Not the Same Without A Little Competition

As fashionistas know there is always a little competition within the fashion industry. Whenever you read a magazine there are always photographs with celebrities attending a fancy event accompanied with the question, "Who Wore it Better?" so it is only fitting that the competition thing continues to thrive.

Anyone who has been a fan of CityTv must be familiar with one of Canada's television queens, Marilyn Denis. The former host of the lifestyle t.v. show, CityLine for 19 years and co-host of CHUM FM's morning radio show is heading back to the small screen with a brand new show called, The Marilyn Denis Show which she describes as a magazine coming to life.

Now before the show comes to air, the producers are looking for a set of regular on-air contributors to comment on lifestyle, relationships, fitness and FASHION! If you are interested in a career in television and fashion, the on-air contributor could be you! Click here for all the details.

The fun opportunities do not end there! The saucy and stylish channel, CosmoTV is having a Blogger Girl contest to look for a sassy blogger who can also vlog and blog about the hottest places in town, dating and most importantly, FASHION!

The three finalists will fly to Toronto for a luxurious weekend of styling, shopping and a guest appearance on Oh So Cosmo with the winner being the official CosmoTv blog correspondent for Toronto's LG Fashion Week. The contest ends October 15th. Click here for details and have fun!



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ahhh.....THE CLASSICS: Meaning: serving as a standard, model, or guide, of enduring interest, quality, or style

The classics come in many forms the Chanel suit, the LBD, a cashmere sweater and the perfect red lipstick.

The fashionable lady should not only wear the classics, know how to cook up the classics as well.

Some of the favourites are the perfect roast chicken, a juicy meatloaf, the creamiest macaroni and cheese, a basic omelette, and the yummiest apple pie . A couple of my personal  favourites  are the classic roast chicken dinner, which fills the home with the best aroma ever, and waking up Sunday morning heading  to the kitchen , having  that first cup of coffee and whipping up the perfect omelette. 

So when your feeling the need to return to the classics why not head to the kitchen and indulge in some of my favourites or come up with some of your own. And now, a recipe for the breakfast classic the Omelette!

Bon Apetite!


Serves 1
3 large eggs, preferably room temperature
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped scallions and/or fresh herbs
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for serving


 1.    In a medium bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Season with salt and pepper, whisk in salt and pepper, whisk in scallions and or herbs if desired.
 2.    Heat butter in a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat, tilting to coat pan, add whisked eggs to skillet.
 3.   Cook stirring quickly, until eggs begin to thicken, pull edges of omelette
        toward center and tilt pan so uncooked eggs flow to edges.
 4.    Cook until  eggs are cooked through and remove to a warmed plate.
Serve with slices of whole grain toast, and some freshly squeezed OJ and

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