Monday, January 31, 2011

From The City to Author: Whitney Port Has Her First Book Signing

Whitney Port first made it onto our radars as a responsible and perky intern in the Teen Vogue fashion closet in Los Angeles to an aspiring fashion designer with PR High Priestess, Kelly Cutrone in NYC. 

Whitney always had good advice to share with Lauren Conrad as they steamed clothes and assisted photo shoots on The Hills and now she is following in Lauren's footsteps by sharing some of her sound advice with YOU in her first book, True Whit: Designing a Life of Style, Beauty and Fun.

Tonight at 7pm be sure to head downtown to the Indigo Eaton Centre to meet the sugary sweet fashion designer and have your book signed!

What are your favourite fashion designer books? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ethereal Light: Spring 2011 Couture Week Part One

Couture week has come to a close and it was a juxtaposition between soft pinks, flowing organza and rosette appliques and structured separates in black, royal blue and bright red. Whether it was the structured edgy separates by Jean Paul Gaultier which emphasized the waist or the tiered full length skirts from Chanel,  goddess gowns one thing was for sure and that was the celebration of femininity!

Look on and be inspired:

Elie Saab stayed true to form with his gorgeous neutrals, sheer fabric and a touch of sparkle. With rosettes and ruffles in silver, soft pink, bright red, black and green, the collection was full of lightweight full length gowns, knee length dainty dresses and shiny ladylike separates. This collection was one of my favourites and had me saying, mighty Aphrodite as the models glided along the runway is these gorgeous gowns.  

The sweetheart neckline of these gowns and the elegant draping of the skirts help emphasize a feminine figure while having an air of elegance. The soft silver colour combined with the embellishments and rosettes of the 3/4 length sleeve gown, help keep the look tasteful.

Christian Dior was a beautiful collection filled with the sass of a 1950's lady and the decadent look of the fabulous gowns found in Gone With The Wind, oh and a little touch of Dior's New Look as well. It was sophistication and glamour at its finest. My favourite! This simply divine nude gown at the left, is no short of gorgeous with its touches of feline fashion with the black stripes and vertical draping. If one were to ever attend a grand ball, say the annual MET gala, this would be any cheeky lass' dress of choice. This soft yellow dress at the right, is like a fashion cloud with its layers and layers of tulle. The architectural neckline and the non-chalant pose of the model give this look an air of little devil may care.

What were your favourite looks from couture week? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cupid Pull Back Your Bow: SOOS Rocks Jewellery New L'Amour Collection

Believe it or not. St. Valentine's Day is a little over three weeks away and while you are contemplating what the perfect gift will be for the day of love, allow cupid to let his arrow direct you to the jewellery box.

Toronto-based accessory-line, SOOS Rocks Jewellery has recently launched their latest jewellery-collection for women entitled, L'Amour. The lovely line is hand-made, like all of their jewellery and includes gold necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lockets, heart-shaped gem stones and delicate chains to add a soft, romantic touch to your look. The line was inspired by timeless romance, lifelong friendship and the magical essence of fairytales, making it the perfect pieces to have for a lifetime.

I love the vintage feel of this necklace. With the hard lines of the skeleton key and the heart-shaped charm, it combines masculine and feminine elements that give the piece a classic romantic touch. They say diamonds are a girl's best friend but this necklace is the key to any girl's heart.

Lockets are one of my favourite jewellery pieces as it is a subtle and chic way to personalize your jewellery. This heart-shaped locket is ideal for fitting pictures of your sweetheart, pet or best friend. Use this piece to keep the one that you love close to your heart.

First love never looked as sweet as this vintage brass chain link bracelet. Adorned with a swarovski pink crystal and small golden heart, why not be your own Valentine and treat yourself to this delicate, precious piece you will be wearing for years to come. 

The L'Amour collection ranges from $22 to $45 CDN. It is available online at and will hit jewellery counters on February 1, 2011.

What is the perfect fashion-infused Valentine's Day gift? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Not Wearing White After Labour Day Does Not Apply

The year is still new and as we are all working hard at brightening up the wardrobe and brushing up our resumes all while looking fabulous, why not take some time out of your day to give back to the more than half a million people living in poverty throughout Canada?

Windfall is an award-winning charity that collects and donates new clothing and basic-needs to social service agencies and shelters. This month is their annual Wear White for Windfall Campaign that raises awareness for poverty, and to celebrate they are hosting a few festivities for the generous organization.

To begin, visit 15 Bloor Street West on January 26th for Buy Design at H&M for hor d'oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment with 15% of all sales going to WW4W. What better way to add to your new wardrobe and help someone in need at the same time? To attend the glamorous and charitable soiree RSVP at and make sure you can legally drink because the event is 19+.

The following day, dress yourself in your finest winter white pieces to visually express your support for anti-poverty. I suggest a faux fur scarf with a chunky wool sweater and skinny jeans or you can purchase
their official T-shirt designed by Canadian fashion designer, Franco Mirabelli for only $20 with all proceeds benefitting Windfall.

If your New Year's Resolution was to be more charitable (in addition to being more fashionable) then I highly recommend participating in this wonderful event! For more information, click here.

What charities would you like to participate in? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Monday, January 24, 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Lucy Kaylin Talks to Ed2010

One of the things that I love the most about the fashion industry is how inspiring it is. From a gorgeous Pucci print to a timeless Chanel quilted handbag to hearing how some of the top fashion players have made it to the top. It's not only the beautiful clothes that keep me excited, but it's knowing how they come together, go down the runway and end up in a magazine that keep me on my toes.

The must read website for any future fashion editor, recently published an informative short interview with Lucy Kaylin, Deputy Editor of O Magazine, the printed tome belonging to the one and only Saint Oprah. Kaylin talks about how she ventured into the publishing industry, embarrassing moments, what a day on the job is like and most importantly, how to end up in a well-respected and fabulous job like hers!

To read the helpful piece, click here and let me know what inspires you to work in the fashion industry in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photo of the Day: Vogue Paris

With the freezing, snowy weather outside it is nice to daydream about about the bright, contrasting colours of spring. On the cover of Carine Roitfeld's second last issue of Vogue Paris is Lara Stone modelling a bright violet blouse and tangerine pleated waist skirt. The colours beautifully contrast with the clear blue sky and lush flower bushes, putting me in that happy mood that reminds me of silk blouses and hot pink nails.

What are your favourite magazine covers? What inspires you for spring? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fashion Television Presents Vivienne Westwood: London

If you have ever wanted to visit merry old England's wonderful capital then make sure to tune onto CTV at 7pm this Saturday, January 22, 2010 for Vivienne Westwood's London. In a journey that is expected to be captivating and inspiring, the Queen of Punk Rock fashion will take you on a personal tour throughout London revealing her favourite places, her past times and a new way of looking at the world.

The designer first gained success when she designed clothing for the 1970's punk band the Sex Pistols and her clothing shop at 430 Kings Road now called, World's End. She has gone on to be known as the designer who loves to push the envelope with her frequent use of tartan, safety pins and corsets. Her latest menswear collection, which was inspired by Prince William, featured male models pouting in scarlett lipstick!

Westwood takes her eccentric charm to this Fashion Television produced documentary, in which she shows her passion for the cultural world and the home of the famous Abbey Road. If you are fan of Fashion Television's Face Time, then I suggest that you do not miss this documentary for it is sure to be one for the ages.

What are your favourite fashion documentaries?

Let me know in the comments, Facebook or Twitter!



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Golden Globes Fashion Part Deux!

 Ethereal Light

A staple at almost every awards show red carpet is the pale hued dress. It perfectly compliments a tan or fair complexion and with a few adjustments, can help any individual wearing the colour bring out their inner glow. Glee star Lea Michele simply glowed in this ballerina pink Oscar De La Renta gown. The one-shoulder ruffled detail cascaded to the side of the dress flowing into a full skirt. Simply beautiful! Carrie Underwood wore a subtle yet glittery gown by Badgley Mischka in the colour that speaks Hollywood. The sweetheart neckline and long train make the gown perfect for any 'sugar and spice and everything nice' starlet. Nicole Kidman wore a cream one-shoulder Prada gown that was accented by a soft sparkle. The small bow adds a ladylike touch with the pin adding small hint of colour with the turquoise stones. Lovely!

Peachy Keen

These stars seemed to be channeling spring with their peachy coral shades which added a summery touch to the wintertime awards show. Newly blonde Emma Stone glowed in her soft orange Calvin Klein Collection gown. The simplicity of the gown is perfection as it lets the colour shine and her shiny gold Calvin Klein Collection cluth pop. Claire Danes also chose a gown by Calvin Klein instead in a pink coral shade that was complimented by a gold cuff. The soft draping in the front adds a sensuous touch to the halter gown.  Television star Kyra Sedgwick walked the red carpet in my favourite colour combination orange and turquoise. In her ruffled, goddess-like tangerine Emilio Pucci gown, she accented the lightweight dress with turquoise and gold jewelry. Love it!

What were your favourite Golden Globes red carpet looks? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globes Fashion Part One!

How amazing was the Golden Globes fashion? I loved it so much that I have to make TWO posts! The Golden Globes are one of my favourite award shows because it tends to have a more laid back feel and let's face it fashionista's, we all know the real reason why we love watching these awards shows..........the FASHION!!!

This year it was all about sequins and colour galore. Look on and be inspired:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Sequins are the applique du jour. Not only do they add a dash of glam to every outfit but they also channel the over-the-top craziness of the Dynasty days a.k.a. the '80's. Although some of these gowns have some old school, vintage inspiration they were each modernized for a 2011 feel. Amber Riley let her dress do the singing this time in her one-shouldered silver sequin gown. With a mermaid fit on the bottom half of the dress the look brings out her inner diva. Olivia Wilde looked like a modern day princess in this gor-juss Marchesa ball gown. The ombre sequin design stood out against the black tulle and the colour enhanced her sun kissed glow. Anne Hathaway really stepped it up in this Giorgio Armani Prive gold disc gown. The open back and exaggerated shoulders really made her shine and solidified her fashionista status. Well done, Rachel Zoe!

Luck be a Lady

These actresses had everyone green with envy in their emerald gowns that are simply to die for. I love jewel tones and in the colour that is the perfect contrast to the red carpet, these stars stood out in the colour of the night. Mila Kunis dazzled in this jade one-shouldered, ruffled, pleated Vera Wang gown. The colour lit up the red carpet and brought her green eyes. Broadway veteran and Oscar winner, Catherine Zeta-Jones chose a forest green Monique Lhuillier gown that spoke volumes in its layers, ruffles and texture. This dress is reminiscent of an enchanted fairy queen who rules the forest, only this time Catherine ruled the red carpet. Nominee Angelina Jolie looked stunning in this green sparkly Versace gown. The strong shoulders and cinched waist perfectly suited the star making her look like a modern-day Aphrodite.

What were your favourite looks of the Golden Globes? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ukamaku Has Some New Designs!

It is the new year and as you are working on bettering yourself and fulfilling all of New Year's resolutions, why not treat yourself to some online shopping at one of Toronto's hottest online fashion boutiques, Ukamaku?

If a tailored, sophisticated yet luxurious piece is what you are after I suggest you try the Bianca Dress by Rachel Sin ,which is colour blocking at its best. Featuring a raspberry coloured camisole-style top and a high-waist wool skirt for the bottom, this dress would look great for a day at the office with a blazer overtop and just as nice for drinks later in the evening. Get it while it's hot because this sexy, sophisticated piece is on sale!

Clean, modern and cool is the name of the game for The Paddock. Featuring easy to wear pieces to keep as staples in your wardrobe, this is the line to snatch up if you are looking to add some classics to the old wardrobe. I suggest    the English Riding Shirt which can be worn in a variety of ways with a belted waist, roll-up sleeves and loose collar. It will go perfectly with spring's highly anticipated high waist trousers, a leather woven belt, gold bangles, straw fedora and corkscrew wedges to achieve the casual cool look that we all love. 

Psalm 91:1 offers up hand made, organic jewellery that is intended to be a reflection of the soul. If you like jewellery with some meaning behind it, I suggest you try out some of these delicate pieces. My favourite are the Allure Gold earrings. With their filigree design, they are perfect for evoking that exotic feeling you get after spending the summer in the beach of luxury, St. Tropez. Gold exotic earrings are a staple in any jewellery collection, as they look good with pretty much everything and alleviate any simple look to true elegance.

What are your favourite pieces from Ukamaku? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seed and Sew: George Brown+Frugal Fashion Week+Goodwill=Eco Fashion

The Toronto-based fashion event company, Frugal Fashion Week has a new charitable fashion event up its sleeve with the upcoming Seed & Sew: An Eco-Chic Initiative debuting in March.

The students of George Brown College have been invited by FFW to create fashionable, environmentally and affordable collections with pre-worn clothing, accessories and everything in-between, all generously donated from every vintage-loving fashionista's favourite store, Goodwill. Culminating the initiative is a fabulous runway event showcasing the budding designers eco-fabulous creations.

As a George Brown fashion alumni, it is so really exciting to see my old stomping grounds contribute to such as a great cause, that is not only good for the environment but a great opportunity for all the talented fashion students at George Brown as well.

The future CFDA winners will also have the chance to attend the Fashion Harvest Workshops including, how to get A-Listers in your designer duds, what buyers have their eye on and The Art of Schmooze.

For more information on this glamorous and eco-concious initiative, click here.

What do you think are ways that the fashion industry can be more charitable? Let me in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What is Your Guilty Pleasure?: TFI Combines Fashion and Food for a Sinful Shopping Experience

We all have a little something sinful that we cannot resist but indulging in. For some people, it is watching reality television, reading gossip sites and eating ice cream out of the box but on Saturday, February 5th it is time for a change. It is time for a new guilty pleasure that we help benefit others. It is time for none other than the Toronto Fashion Incubator's Guilty Pleasures Sale at The Drake Hotel!

This one day event takes place from 9am to 4pm and will fill two floors with fashion, food and a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds benefitting community programming offered by the TFI's non-profit organization. 

Get out and indulge in your compulsive desire to go shopping and help support local designers such as, Andy Hall, Melissa Clemente Designs and Leah Bazian

For information, click here and don't forget to give in to this new guilty pleasure.



Monday, January 10, 2011

Rumour Has It.....Joe Fresh Heading South?

Fashion is always full of gossip and rumours galore with the latest one being that Canadian retail chain, Joe Fresh is heading to the Big Apple!

Following the footsteps of Joseph Mimran's baby Club Monaco, Joe Fresh may soon be available for our southern neighbours to enjoy on none other than Fifth Avenue. Despite having the majority of Joe Fresh stores being attached to Loblaws, the possible NYC location will be a stand alone store, second to Vancouver's location, that  is reporting to be 15, 000 square feet.

What Canadian stores would you be interested in seeing on your next trip to the States? What American stores would you like to see on Canadian soil?

Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Peak Into Spring: Mulberry's Spring Campaign

What better way to get excited about the new year than a peak at the latest spring '11 campaigns?

Although we are still in the dead of winter and stepping out of your door is just like stepping into a winter wonderland, designers are already prepping themselves with the latest colourful and bright spring '11 campaigns.

One of my favourites is The Secret Garden-inspired campaign for the British handbag line, Mulberry. With auburn-haired models delicately posing in lightly coloured room decorated with hydrangea's, this campaign is the perfect look when inspiring any fashionista with a love of classics, soft colours and ladylike touches in the wardrobe.

Look on and be inspired.....

These handbags are a take on Mulberry's signature design and are every bit functional and fashionable. This messenger style bag goes great with everything from trench coats to summer dresses.

A little touch of animal print is extra fun in the spring as it is unexpected and helps you unleash your wild child as the temperature begins to warm up.

What are your favourite Spring '11 campaigns and spring looks? Let in know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Friday, January 7, 2011

Photo(s) of the Day!: People's Choice Award's Red Carpet

Finally, the 2011 awards season is here! I get so excited seeing all the glitz and the glam of Hollywood on the red carpet and even more excited about sharing that excitement with you! This year the People's Choice Awards seemed to be dominated by neutrals, blue, strapless dresses and all around fun shiny dresses. There were a lot to choose from but the looks below were by far my faves!

Look on and be inspired:

Kim Kardashian sparkled and shined in this metallic strapless by Catherine Maladrino. Accessorizing with a chain-inspired gold necklace and mirrored clutch this look creates a beautiful contrast with Kim's shiny dark updo and smoky eyes. Always a fan of neutrals, Kim shows the true way to looking ladylike and fashionable at the same time wearing trends in a classic silhouette.

 Award show host Queen Latifah, glowed in this beautiful blue ombre full-length gown. Adorned with a jewel encrusted neckline, the colour and fit compliment the Queen perfectly, who typically wears strapless gowns. This look goes to show you that the key to looking glamorous and gorgeous is finding what works for you and sticking to it!

Royal blue is a colour that I have been feeling lately and it seems that David Meister thinks so as well as Kate Walsh shines in his strapless creation. With a ruffled skirt and asymmetrical pleats on the bodice, the cocktail dress stands out against the unconventional blue carpet. As a red head, Kate Walsh shows that the best way to flatter the auburn hue is with a beautiful contrast.

What were your favourite 'blue' carpet looks from the People's Choice Awards? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter!



Thursday, January 6, 2011

So you want to work in fashion?

It's a new year with a whole new beginning. Amongst your New Year's Resolutions is surely to spruce the old the resume and get some fashion experience! I have talked extensively about pursuing an internships in New York City, (which if you have any interest in I highly suggest you go for it!) but what if you plan on staying in the true, north, strong and free land of Canada? Well lucky for you there are oodles and oodles of opportunities to dip your feet in the fashion pond! Read on my friend and feel inspired!

1) Volunteer!

The best way to gain some experience in the fashion industry is to volunteer and be prepared to work for free! Like or not, that is just the way it is. There are tons of fashion events and charities that occur in Toronto that are great way to get your hands wet, especially if you do not have a lot of fashion experience to begin with. Some places to try are the Toronto Fashion Incubator, who regularly look for volunteers, contacting LG Fashion Week and signing up for Magnet Creative's, a Toronto-based fashion marketing company's, intern newsletter.

2) Work in retail!

Many of you may already do this and if so I suggest you take full advantage of it. If you love the fashion industry, you would be surprised by how much you can learn working in retail. Use your part-time job as an opportunity to really get to the know the clothes by observing new trends, fit and quality. Ask your managers about events or new things happening with your company and grill your district managers whenever they make store visits.

3) Intern!

There are many fashion-based companies in Canada that offer fabulous internship programs with great, priceless opportunities that you will use for the rest of your fashion career! Places to contact are luxury department store, Holt Renfrew which offers corporate-based internships and Toronto-based fashion designers. If the magazine world is something you want to conquer, I highly suggest applying for an internship with FASHION, FLARE or ELLE Canada. These are each highly respected and highly fabulous magazines that would surely teach a lot to any editor-in-chief in training. And here's an insider tip if you want to intern at a magazine, apply EARLY, like yesterday. Magazine internships are highly competitive and fill up faster than you can say, Christian Louboutin.

4) Be Aggressive!

The fashion industry is competitive so if you really want to get your foot in the door you must be determined to never give up. If you want to learn more about a certain company and opportunities they have for you to partake in, I highly suggest calling or emailing them directly that way you will be able to hear right away what your options are and if the company is right for you. Also don't give up if you don't always get the response or the experience you were hoping for, remember when one door closes another doors opens!

5) Study!

Whoever said that fashion was for the absent minded was sadly mistakenly. Before applying for any job, it is important to know a thing or two about the company, that way you will know what you are getting into and you will be able expand your knowledge of the fashion world. It is also really important to keep up-to-date on what is happening in the fashion industry from trends to events to insider news as well. Fashion is constantly changing and it is important to keep up with it so you are not left in the dust. Some of my favourite sites to visit are,, and You can also sign up to some really great newsletters from,, and the really fabu' Canadian job website, Or you can always visit! I am more than happy to fill you in on all the fashion information you need!

So now that you know how to conquer the Canadian fashion world (keep in mind these tips can be applied to wherever you live) get up and get out there! Time is not moving any slower! Good luck with your fashion endeavours and come back to let me know how everything goes in the comments, Facebook or Twitter!

Enjoy and happy new year!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chic, Clean and Fit for a Princess: When fashion meets home decorating Part Three

During last summer, I shared with all of you, my desire to transform my room into the ultimate girly room and now I can finally say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I took inspiration from the wonderfully talented Shabby Chic expert, Rachel Ashwell, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and fashion illustrations to achieve the room of my dreams and now I am going to share all of my secrets with you!

1) Find unique ways for storage 

A great way to add character to your bedroom and make some extra space for all of your fabulous handbags, gloves and scarves is to store them in a fashionable way. This hook is actually a hat rack that I instead used to hang my purse collection and display some photographs. This way you display your favourite accessories without worrying about them collecting as much dust. You can also use a hat rack or hooks to hang belts and scarves. If you don't have hooks in your room to hang up your accessories, you can also place them in decorative boxes. These ones I found at Century 21 in New York and each box cost less than $6! These are great to store lightweight accessories.

 2) Organize your clothes beautifully

My closet doesn't have a door on it so in order to conceal my clothes I invested in a clothing rod and window curtains to add some character to my closet. These curtains normally drape on the floor but I tied them to prevent them from catching dust and too add some character. I decided on white curtains because as you can see, my walls are bright coral so in order to balance the colour in my room I felt that white was a nice complimentary shade. This fabulous dresser from The Brick is actually a dresser designed for a child's bedroom but I could not resist. (The ornate details are reminiscent of the Rococo period which I love!) When finding ways to store your clothes try to look for dressers that represent or curtains that match your personal style.

3) Find new ways to store your beloved books

I have a lot of books and minimal space to store them so I decided to store them horizontally as well as vertically to maximize the space. I also created some vignettes with ornate decorative frames from Home Sense and old perfume bottles to make these spaces look special. Part of organizing your things and making your bedroom a space you really love, is adding little touches that really represent your personal style. The symbol that says READ is actually a set of bookends and the face statue is actually a garden decoration!

 4) Make your bed your sanctuary

Who doesn't love a bed that is not only comfortable but beautiful to look at as well? To make my bed extra cozy, I use a mattress pad and this cozy toile du juoy patterned sham cover set with a padded blanket. The best part of this blanket set is that it only cost $5 at a sample sale! In order to make your bed unique and special, look for sheet and blanket sets in fun colours and textures. Never underestimate the power of a sample sale as they are chock full of unique finds by high quality brands at low prices.

5) Never underestimate the power of old furniture

This dresser was from an old family friend's home and this chair is from my garage. What do they have in common? They are full of character! The dresser was originally plain wood so I decided to spruce up it up with some lovely white paint, making it go perfectly with the decor of my room. I plan on making a proper seat cushion for my wire chair but in the meantime it works perfectly as a place for my stereo. The best way to make the most out of old furniture pieces is to personalize them with a simple coat of paint or use them in unconventional ways.

I hope this inspired you to decorate your bedroom in a way that reflects your personal style. Let me know what your favourite decorating tips are, in the comments, Facebook or Twitter!