Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Photo of the Day: Ladies in Red


With the holidays coming what better time to wear the one colour that signifies holiday and passion? Natalie Portman attends a premiere for the upcoming Black Swan wearing a gorgeous red Rodarte tulle dress that exudes creative powerhouse. Anne Hathaway radiates in the strong colour in a beautifully draped Marchesa gown with flower applique. I just love how both gowns take advantage of what takes a dress to the next level, embellishment, applique and layers. Marvellous!

What is favourite colour to wear during the holiday season?

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink Tartan: Yorkville Has a New Hot Spot!

Coming off the heels of a colourful '70's style spring fashion show, Kimberly Newport-Mimran is ready for a reinvention in the form of a brick and mortar store at 77 Yorkville Avenue.

Being described as "a lifestyle concept"the boutique will carry pieces from her own collections as well as some of the George Brown College alum's favourite artwork from home, Stockholm's own Acne Jeans, the natural and sustainable Alicia Adams Alpaca and Archie Grand Notebooks.

If her store is anything like her ladylike yet cool chick designs, it is sure to be lovely!

For more information click here and here!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ukamaku: A One Stop Canadian Fashion Shop

If you ever wondered where to conveniently find your beloved Canadian designers fashionable goodies, look no more! Ukamaku has arrived.

Launching just last week, the brand new online fashion store aims to promote and sell Canadian fashion designers to not only your fellow Canucks, but the whole world as well. The site currently carries your favourite designers such as Another Word For Pink, Bijouxbead, Emily Woudenberg, Heidi Ackerman, and Zoran Dobric with many more to come!

Featuring women's and men's clothing and accessories ranging from $100-$600, customers can register to create wish lists, read designer blogs and be the first to know about all the exciting things happening with these fabulous designers.


For your next online dilly dally venturing through all of your fashion sites, be sure to make Ukamaku your first stop!

Enjoy!

Amanda
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*Photo Courtesy of fashionmagnet.ca

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Glitter, Shine and Save: How to wear your favourite jewellery on a budget

After a recent visit to the dollar store for craft supplies, I decided to stroll around to see what new things the bargain store might have. To my delight I saw the cutest, little charm necklaces only for $2.99. One was a sailor inspired anchor and the other was the oh-so-chic Eiffel Tower. Now some of you might be hesitant to visit the dollar store when in need of some fashionable fare but always remember this, it is always about taste. If something is tasteful, then no matter how much it costs it won't look cheap. Believe me.

This venture into the dollar store inspired me. It made me realize that if I could find cute jewellery pieces from the dollar store, where else could I find affordable and adorable pieces to spruce up the 'ole wardrobe?

Enter Forever 21. Famous for their endless array of super-trendy, super-cheap colourful fashions, I decided to take a look at their jewellery and I was pleasantly surprised.

 Here we have Forever 21's blue, green and purple stretch jeweled cuff. This piece is perfect with a black fitted turtleneck and dark skinny jeans to help add some glamour to your everyday wear. It would also work beautifully with a simple black shift and some pearls. Wintertime is the perfect time to wear glittery and colourful pieces, so go out and scoop up this dazzling cuff. Your wrist will thank you.


Nothing says glamourpuss and sassy woman-in-charge quite like a cocktail ring. When you reach out your hand for a handshake or hold your martini glass those painted nails will not be the only thing catching everyone's eye. This sparkly stunner has a pearl centre surrounded by black rhinestones and a cluster of white rhinestones to take the shine up a notch. The colour combo reminds me of a certain brand that is synonymous with everything elegant. This goes best with your jewelled toned numbers and stiletto heels. Or for fun, glam up your plaid button down with a pencil skirt and pearls and you are ready for a fabulous day at the internship!



Crosses have been around since the Middle Ages and beyond. In the 21st century, crosses have taken a more decorative route with all sorts of eclectic creations being seen on necks all around the world. This particular cross necklace takes inspiration from the Victorian era with a shiny rhinestone in the centre. Perfect with a simple white tee or crisp white button down, this cross adds some sparkle and charm to the simplest of outfits. You can also layer this necklace with other charms or wear with your pearl necklaces for a more personalized and eclectic look.


What are your favourite ways to spruce up your look on a budget? What are your most coveted jewellery pieces? Don't forget to add in the comments or Twitter me!

Enjoy!                                        

Amanda
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cranberry Chic: How to use cranberries to add some flavour to your holiday fare


Waking up on Christmas morning, in either your cozy red flannels by Vera Wang or your silky cranberry hued Agent Provocateur slip is a fashionista’s way to rise and shine. With skin smelling as if it’s just been dipped in sweet cranberry sauce after languishing in a tub full of bubbles, is the right way to start of the morning.

Salivating from the smells coming from your kitchen, the freshly baked cranberry muffins, cranberry mimosa, savory ham & cheddar quiche and freshly steamed coffee is the perfect wake up call to start a day of merriment.

Cranberries are one of the mainstay ingredients in Christmas cooking as well as baking.  Cranberries are a native fruit to North America and once grew well in the eastern portions of the continent. The jury is still out on how the cranberry got its name one opinion is that it derived from the word craneberry, as the cranberry blossom perched on its curved stem resembles a crane.

The aboriginals who had been consuming cranberries for hundreds of years introduced cranberries to the settlers, who began using the berry as source of dye, and also for its medicinal properties as cranberries have a high Vitamin C content.


Cranberries are in so many of the wonderfully dishes we have today.  Some of my favourites are cranberry muffins, cranberry bread, cranberry sauce for your Christmas Turkey and the unforgettable Sex and the City cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.

So start planning your perfect Christmas morning breakfast and holiday treats using the tart, crisp, juicy cranberry.

Enjoy!

Donna for Amanda's Fashion Spot

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Career in the Canadian Fashion Industry From A Designers Perspective

As the Canadian readers will know (myself included) as much as us Canadian fashionistas love the fashion world, unfortunately it seems that the opportunities are few and far between. However no need to fly off to the streets of Paris just yet! 

TorontoStar.com recently posted this article about Canadian fashion designers and their reasoning for staying in the great North. Here are the highlights!

Jeremy Laing- "It's never been a question about if I should stay or go. I like living here. It's isolated from the fashion world."
Mikhael Kale- "This season I did market in Paris and Vogue's Fashion Night Out. It is expensive for a designer to partake in all this stuff....So what I can do is have a showroom in New York and Paris but live here, which allows me the finance to do these things."
Kimberly Newport-Mimran-"I absolutely grappled with that decision because I have a larger presence in the U.S. market. But I feel rooted here. New York is an international fashion city so it's nice to have a presence there but this is home."





Enjoy!

Amanda
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A New York City Sample Sale!

 


In the land of fashion, west of the Atlantic Ocean we have the Big Apple. A fashion mecca in the world of fashion and home to the most amazing sample sales!


From November 9th to 11th from 9am to 7pm and November 12th from 9am to 5pm there will be a Nanette Lepore Sample Sale! On the 4th floor of 225 West 35th Street. enjoy oodles and oodles of the NYC-based free spirited designer's colourful, fun yet ladylike collections!


Cash and credit cards are accepted so get down there and have fun! 


Enjoy!

Amanda
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Photo of the Day: The Classics Part Deux



As I have mentioned before, when it comes to fashion I have a very strong love for the classics. In this case that includes black, leopard print, stripes, a quilted bag and red lips. In these photos, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress turned fashion designer, Sienna Miller show that a simple yet fashionable look never dies.

Sienna is wearing a look from her own fashion line, Twenty8Twelve and looks every bit confident and chic. Her red lipstick takes the look to the next level.

Claudia wears Chanel's signature pieces, a striped top and quilted bag. The look is taken up a notch with a double C necklace and above the knee slouchy camel boots. Love it!

What are your favourite looks?

Enjoy!

Amanda
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