Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celebrate your inner ballerina at The Tutu Project!

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For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a ballerina. Seeing the way the dancers gracefully moved along the stage en pointe left me feeling inspired to dance. As everyone knows no ballet dancers look is complete without a tutu. With the popularity of Black Swan last year, I think every fashionista has ballet inspired style on the brain. Just think of all the sky-high stilettos and full A-line skirts that never seem to go out of style.

In honour of 60 Years of Designing Ballet, an exhibition celebrating the different types of design that go into the ballet from set design, dancing, lighting and costume design, the Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada has created an "interactive and international art community-outreach project"called The Tutu Project!


The Tutu Project includes a collection of 60 tutus designed and curated by talented individuals and organizations such as David Dixon, Julie Moon, Toronto Fashion Week and Word on the Street. The exhibition also includes costumes from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet which pay homage to memorable moments in the National Ballet of Canada's history.

The Tutu Project runs until September 2nd at the Design Exchange located at 234 Bay Street in Toronto. Admission for the exhibit is pay what you can but if you visit the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet exhibit you can see both exhibits for $10 and $8 for students. For more information click here!

For a visual taste of what to expect at the exhibit, look down below!

"Proud as a Peacock" Created by participants in Pride 2011.
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Created by Giles Deacon and the English National Ballet
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Sylph from Sylphides. Source: nationalballet.ca 
Sugar plum fairies from The Nutcracker. Source: nationalballet.ca
From a production of Don Quixote. Source: nationalballet.ca


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Hey Shopaholics! It's Frugal Fashion Week Rosedale-Summerhill this weekend!

While you are trying to survive this sweltering summer heat wave, why not take your body temperature down a notch and look at some cool fashion?

This year marks the fourth anniversary of Frugal Fashion Week, a fashion week created to "encourage support of local retail/design communities" which is taking place in the chic Rosedale-Summerhill neighbourhood celebrating all that their fabulous boutiques have to offer!

The week kicked off yesterday at Roots Canada with an evening soiree praising Roots' dedication to Canadian craftsmanship in an event entitled, Made in Canada. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but judging from Frugal Fashion Week's twitter page @fiercefrugalfab , it was a fabulous event indeed!

Tonight, make your way to The Narwhal at 101-8 Price Street for LIVE.LOVE.SHOP. where you can purchase their wonderful items for up to 60% off and take a sneak peak at the fall/winter 2012 collections! The Narwhal sells a wide range of collections with an emphasis on ones that are handmade in North America, so not only will you be adding to your wardrobe but you will be supporting locally made products as well. Double the shopping fun! Tickets are an affordable $10 so head down there and be sure to shop, shop, shop!

On Saturday, start your morning off at Nyood Restaurant for LE POP! a brunch and pop-up shop in one! Organized by fashion blogger Dylan Dias and Frugal Fashion Week, enjoy a delicious brunch of strawberries and french toast served with refreshing mimosas, while you browse some of the upcoming collections of local and emerging designers. Brunch reservations begin at 11 am with tickets being $25. The pop-up shop is free and open to the public! Click here to register.

Frugal Fashion Week wraps up on Sunday with a DIY Shop Crawl in Rosedale-Summerhill. Venture  out on your lazy Sunday and see what the stylish boutiques have to offer!

Just when you needed another reason to attend this shopping event there is one more, all the proceeds from Frugal Fashion Week 2012 benefit The Stiletto Project's 1000 Acts of Frugal, an organization that collects and donates clothing from stylish Toronto women to provide easy access for at-risk women to wear affordable, trendy clothing.

For full details on Frugal Fashion Week head to the website, www.frugalfashionweek.com.

Will you be attending Frugal Fashion Week this weekend? Let me know in the comments below and come back here to tell about your experiences!

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Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Amanda's Fashion Spot Fall 2012 Couture Part Deux

And it continues! A few more of my favourite looks from couture fashion week! Much like the looks in the previous post, these are avant garde, extravagant, beautiful pieces of wearable art that are inspiring and dreamy. Looking at couture looks not only increases my respect for courtiers and seamstresses everywhere, but it also makes me appreciate the act of sewing and the time and patience it takes to apply every intricate detail on these beautiful designs.

 Look on and feast your eyes on these truly lovely creations and perhaps you will get some inspiration yourself!

1) Elie Sabb

I think every time I write about Elie Sabb on Amanda's Fashion Spot, I describe it as ethereal, intricate and all around lovely, with this Fall 2012 collection being no exception. With Sabb's characteristic embroidery and a dash of sparkle these lightweight gowns evoke every fantasy I have of frolicking in a beautiful enchanted forest or attending a fabulous black tie affair. The black gowns are every bit Victorian, gothic and a touch of sexy making it perfect for fall. The softer coloured nude gowns are a lighter colour that is not typically expected for the cooler months but is every bit filled with fantasy. The ladylike silhouettes of these pieces are just wonderful. The beautiful blue gowns are fit for a princess and reminds me of a gorgeous Jenny Packham gown that Kate Middleton wore to an Olympic Gala. 








2) Valentino 

It looks like the touch of whimsy that was apparent in Elie Sabb's couture collection has also made an appearance in the latest couture collection by Valentino. The floral details on the silk satin and lightweight dresses create a sense of romanticism for this collection that contrast with the darker looks, such as the short black dress below and the navy blue gown that is accompanied by a cape and soft delicate lace. There is something slightly gothic and dark about fall and these darker gowns bring that out in the most fashionable way. No Valentino collection would be complete without a red dress, and this long sleeve lightweight gown uses the colour in a slightly conservative and classic way creating a look that can work for any fine affair. 





*All photos were taken from Style.com


 What are your favourite looks from couture week? Let me know in the comments below as well as Facebook and Twitter! Don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Instagram and Pinterest!

Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Amanda's Fashion Spot: Fall 2012 Couture Shows Part One

Only few fashion designers have the right to be called Haute Couture. It is a title associated with impeccable quality, a dash of whimsy and a huge dose of luxury. Over the past couple of weeks the fashion world has oohed and ahhed over these elite designer's creations. Only a lucky few have the fortune of adding these creations to their closets and the rest of us get to admire them in the latest glossies. Read on and see what Amanda's Fashion Spot has chosen as the top looks for Fall 2012 Couture Week. Enjoy!

1) Giambattista Valli

A whimsical, garden like collection was what Mr. Valli presented during couture week. In rich shades of emerald and red with abstract floral prints, these pieces were truly a dream and even had me envisioning an enchanted forest filled with beautiful couture. The contrast between that the lightweight gowns such as, the one-shouldered emerald gown below and the more structured dresses such as the red monochromatic, splatter print dress with exaggerated ruffled neckline, creates for a visually pleasing Fall 2012 collection that will inspire you for years to come.





2) Atelier Versace

This Atelier Versace collection was filled with pastel creations adorned with sparkle, prints and a thick belt or two. Although the pieces are meant for fall, the soft colour palette of the collection evoked memories of spring. Maybe Versace is encouraging us all to think outside the box when it comes to our seasonal colour fashion choices? I think so. 

My favourite pieces include the light, flowing gowns and structured, A-Line, knee-length trench coats. When worn I can only imagine that the light coloured gowns help a woman feel like she has the right mixture of confidence and ease with herself, while the trench coats are the perfect shape to be worn with a shift dress, pencil skirt or you guessed it! An A-line dress or skirt. Or you can choose to be bold and break the rules by pairing this style with a full-length gown. Fashion rules are meant to be broken sometimes!





3) Chanel Couture

Karl Lagerfeld's latest couture creation's were inspired by what he refers to as "New Vintage", which he describes as "something to come" and "preparation for something that could last". Judging by that description it seems that these designs will be something that fashion lovers will be coveting well into the future. I can't think of a Chanel collection as any other way as Chanel clothing and accessories are often referred to as classic, iconic and timeless.

This latest collection had pieces in shades of grey, black, white and pink, which filtered through in tweed suits and sequin gowns. The metallic silver stockings seemed like a nod to the futuristic theme of the show. Not only did this collection reinvent the classic tweed suits in new and imaginative ways but it also included a few bohemian pieces as well, such as the floral print, black and white maxi skirt paired with a grey sheer blouse.







 4) Christian Dior

One of my favourite collections is Christian Dior. Ever since seeing the influential "New Look" collection, I was in love. The classic, ladylike shapes that are seen in the A-Line dresses, the cinched waists and pencil-like shape that comes with wearing a slim, straight cut gown. It is these shapes that are still prevalent in Dior collections today, as we can see in the couture collection below.

This refined mango hued check patterned dress displays the beauty in simplicity and was recently worn by actress Marion Cotillard at The Dark Knight Rises premiere. Cotillard accessorized the look with a black belt, which shows versatility of a classic Christian Dior look. The black strapless pantsuit makes a slight reference to the early '90's revival that the fashion world has been going through as of late with the silver top part, but it still stays true to the iconic shapes on the "New Look". Nothing is more classically feminine than an A-Line cut whether it be in a gown or a coat, as this collection shows so beautifully. To change up the standard look, Raf Simons showed an A-Line dress in a green neon tie dye print and this gorgeous black coat in a shiny, textured fabric. Overall it was a wonderful collection!







*all photos were taken from Style.com


What did you think of the couture collections? What were you favourite looks? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook or Twitter! Don't forget to check me out on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Sizzling Summer Makeup Tips

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No matter where you are in the summer, Paris, L.A., Tokyo, NYC or right here in the T. Dot, chances are you're feeling the heat! Just this week we've reached temperatures that feel like were in the 40's!

Icky, sticky summer weather can kinda complicate your makeup routine since the last thing you want to do is put makeup on, since you're most likely going to be sweat it off later (trust me, I'm with you on that one!). However, no need to fear I'm here to share some valuable tips! Here are a few different routes I like to take:

1) Cover FX is a great brand that originated at Sunnybrook hospital to help people with sensitive skin conditions such as vitiligo, rosacea and sun damage. They've developed an AMAZING tinted moisturizer with SPF 30! It also includes anti-oxidants which help give your skin a nice finish. It's a bit pricey at $43, but I just recently ran out of my bottle that I purchased at the beginning of LAST summer so it's worth the money!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

2) Smashbox's BB cream is in my opinion the best BB cream that I've tried to date. Smashbox has a wonderful reputation in the makeup world for their awesome photo studios in L.A. and their makeup that has been developed to look picture ready and withstand hot lights. It can be used by itself during the day (SPF 35? Hell yes!) or under a foundation for more coverage.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

3) MAC Face and Body Foundation is great for the summer! This water-based foundation can be worn on its own for sheer coverage or try mixing it with your fave face cream with SPF for a tinted moisturizer created by yourself!

Available at MAC Stores.

What are your beauty tips and tricks for battling the sweltering weather? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oh Canada: Celebrating the true, north and strong free in style!

Free health care, hospitality and chilly winters are just a few of the things that Canada is known for. But what about our style? We have the Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim), lumberjack shirts and it's hard to catch any Canadian fashionista accessorized without a lovely scarf! Although these items are a few Canadian style staples, with big names like Joe Mimran, Brad Goreski and DSquared taking the fashion world by storm, it looks like our nation's fashion sense is evolving in the most stylish way. 

Whether you are heading to the beach, watching fireworks or chillin' at the family barbeque, why not show your country some love by wearing our national colours: red and white. Not sure how to put this classic colours together? Well take a peek below for some inspiration on how to wave your fashionista on good ole' Canada Day! 


1) Casual Beach Day

If you plan on celebrating the big day on the nice sandy beach, nothing is better than a pair of summer shorts and a touch of crochet. A crochet top like the one above, works as a chic cover up for your bikini top while the holes still allow your skin to breathe. A straw fedora and beach bag is a sure fire way to blend function and fashion. The hat protects your gorgeous face from the harmful rays of the sun and the bag is the perfect size for storing your beach day essentials: SPF, a towel and some water. You can also add an extra touch of patriotism with a red, hot bikini! 

2) Fun Evening Out or Barbeque

Heading to the pub or a fancy at home barbeque? Why not up the glam factor with a satin blouse and some lace shorts. The normally casual tank top and shorts look has taken an injection of style in this outfit! Wearing lightweight fabrics such as silk, satin and cotton are fabulous ways to take a typically casual look from so-so to so stylish! Gold accessories are also a perfect addition to a red and white look that enhances the Canadiana colours.



3) Date Night 

Watching the fireworks on the beach or attending a formal affair to ring in Canada's national day? Try throwing on a LRD (translation Little Red Dress). Not only is it one of Canada's national colours but it is also a power colour that represents passion and love. So what better to represent your true patriot love for your nation while you are celebrating on a romantic date? A dress that comes just above the knee is not only perfect for the summer but shows just the right amount of leg for a date night that is sure to leave that special somebody with a glowing heart.  

There you have it! Three simple ways to show off your style the dutiful way. What do you think is the perfect Canada Day outfit? Let me know in the comments below! 

P.S. If you are interested in doing some shopping this long weekend, check out eLUXE.ca. A contemporary and stylishly curated Canadian online lifestyle boutique, which describes itself as "the perfect marriage of magazine and merchandise". This long weekend they are offering up to 30% off on their merchandise so check, check, check it out and shop away! And don't forget to let me know what you get, I'd love to hear about your fabulous fashion finds.

Enjoy!

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