Sunday, March 17, 2013

Emerald is the new black.......and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The colour gods a.k.a Pantone, the authority on colour trends in technology, interior design and most importantly, fashion have spoken and the colour of the year is, drum roll please…emerald!  Think the shade of those gorgeous Elie Saab gowns from his spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections or Poison Ivy but in a more contemporary way. Adding colour to your everyday style choices is an easy way to make a simple outfit, simply amazing. Pantone describes emerald as a lush colour that brings a sense of clarity, radiance and elegance to any look, making it the ideal colour for this girl’s wardrobe!

Coincidentally today is St. Patrick's Day and what better day to wear emerald. With the sun shining and the weather warming up, it is time to don your favourite green pieces and spend your day or evening having some good fun!

Here are a few of my favourite emerald outfits to provide you with some inspirations for your St. Patty's Day outfit and any other outfits for the remainder of the year: 

Hat and Bag: H&M Sweater and Pants: Joe Fresh Boots: Ecco Necklace: Forever 21 Belt: Jean Machine
A Casual Look

If you plan on having a more relaxed day, may I suggest wearing an outfit like the one above? A cozy knit crew neck sweater like this one adds some interest with a chain-like print. The thickness of the sweater will provide warmth and allow you to wear a nice warm jacket without the heavy scarf and gloves. Skinny jeans are a staple for anytime you are having a low key day but would still like to look stylish and put together. For accessories, amp up the simple look with pieces that provide a fun contrast. For example, this fun animal print hat, gold woven belt and, multi-coloured necklace.  

Vest, Bracelet and, Shoes: Joe Fresh Blouse: Ann Taylor (in New York) Pants: Suzy Shier Bag: Michael Kors 

A Dinner and Drinks Look

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a good pint of green beer (or a cocktail) and a bite to eat? Then dress up your look a little bit with a silk blouse and faux fur vest! Two pieces that evoke an element of fancy that can be balanced out, when you add leggings and an everyday bag. Since dinner and drinks on St. Patrick's Day can be a more easygoing, casual affair with a touch of fun, pairing a more dressy look on the top and a simple look on the bottom is perfect for a night of dinner and drinks.

Jacket: Forever 21 Shirt: Gift Skirt: Joe Fresh Bag: Jacobs by Marc Jacobs Rings: Gift and Aldo
A Party Look

Parties are often part of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, so why not spice up that emerald green with a bold metallic piece such as this faux leather cropped jacket? Metallics of all shades are very on-trend for spring and look great when worn with a bold shade. When putting together an outfit for a party or night of dancing, colour is always a great thing to wear and makes more of an impact when worn monochromatically or with a contrasting shade.

What do you think of these emerald looks? Will you be wearing any of them for St. Patrick's Day? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook or Twitter! Also, check me out of Pinterest and Instagram!


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Amanda's Fashion Spot: Academy Awards Red Carpet, New York, London and, Milan Fashion Week Favourites!

Fashion month may be technically over but many a major fashion event are still going strong as we find ourselves in the middle of March. Milan and Paris Fashion Week have finished up and Toronto's World Mastercard Fashion Week will be here before you can say, "Fabulous!" But for those of you who may have missed out on Fashion months festivities, here is a quick summary of some of the best looks and my personal favourites.

Starting with the Academy Awards, where red carpet fashion came to a crescendo and exploded into so many looks that it was hard to keep count. The height of where all of Hollywood's fashion energy comes together and works their hardest to execute their most stylish looks. All eyes are on the stars (and the stylists behind them) as it is time to bring it! 

This time around, there were so many looks that caught my eye that it was hard to narrow down my favourites to just five looks, so instead I focussed on my favourite trends.

Here we have gilded gold on Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad and, Selma Hayek in Alexander McQueen. Each gown is fittingly in a simple silhouette as embellishments as opulent as this, are best suited in a gown shape that is refined. Each of these looks make just the right amount of impact for a glitzy, Hollywood affair such as the Academy Awards.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the opposite of gold, something much darker than the sparkly predecessors, and that is dark metallics and sequins. Naomi Watts in Armani Prive, Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture and, Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli, are each in looks that are seemingly simple silhouettes however, each gown has something extra special to kick the look up a notch. Naomi's gown has an asymmetrical shoulder, Jennifer's gown has an off-centre slit and Kelly's gown is in a multi-strapped halter-style gown with a long train. Adele wore a modest 3/4 length-sleeve sparkly Jenny Packham gown and Sandra Bullock a cap-sleeve Elie Saab gown, each went with a more subdued style that still packed a punch with the beautiful fabrications.  

These Academy Awards looks show that when going Hollywood, go big or go home. If you plan on wearing a metallic look of any shade then the darker the look, the more leeway you have in terms of cut. If you want to wear a brighter, lighter shade, keep the cut simple. What are your thoughts on wearing metallics, sequins and, embellishments? Do you think they will find a place in your spring wardrobe?

So New York Fashion Week has come and gone but the looks still live on. Once fall rolls around we will be sure to see some of these looks in stores and on streets everywhere.

Some of my favourite New York Fashion Week looks included the following:

Zac Posen

The burnt orange, rust and, oxblood looks at Zac Posen, represents what fall is really all about, beautiful brightly coloured leaves in various shades of crimson, marigold and, bittersweet orange.

Diane Von Furstenberg

This collection by Diane Von Furstenberg reminded me of a powerful, fashionable jet setter who is confident, sexy and, successful. I loved the modern skinny pant suits and high-waisted metallic leather skirts. The animal print jumpsuit offered a modern and stylish way to dress for a woman who means business!


Marchesa always has the most beautiful, intricate, origami-style designs. This latest collection showed their signature folds in shiny, luxurious satin with beautiful embellishments. Some of the gowns had a more ethereal, bohemian vibe for example, the black and white ensemble to left, that maintained the same intricacy as the other designs except these gowns had more movement. 

Anna Sui

This collection was every bit cute and colourful with a dash of mod! I love the bright emerald, cobalts and, fuschia pieces that could easily be mixed and matched for a fun bright look on a grey autumn day.

Across the pond in London, were a series of colourful, fun, quirky and, edgier looks.

Julien McDonald

Julien McDonald presented a collection that was edgy with the chain mail and colourful with the brights. These dresses make me want to party like a rockstar and exude a carefree, edgy look in my wardrobe.

Burberry Prorsum

I spotted *wink wink* a nod to animal print in this collection. In fact, it was more than a nod, it a full- on point! Animal print adorned everything from coat sleeves to t-shirts to handbags to trench coats and, pencil skirts. All of the looks were sophisticated and stylish, naturally. There was also another print on the catwalk, hearts which appeared on many of the pieces available in the collection. 

Moschino Cheap and Chic

This quirky pink and black collection reminded of the '90's. Overall this collection was all about making fashion fun. From the graphic prints to the short hemlines, I am inspired to think of my fall wardrobe in a whole new way! 

Dolce and Gabbana

An ode to red! The lush, strong colour that symbolizes passion, desire, power and, spontaneity was heavily featured in the Fall 2013 Dolce and Gabbanna collection. Featured in a series of dresses in various styles, the gorgeous frocks were adorned with beautiful embellishments that had me inspired and intrigued. The dresses evoked a romantic feel that always has its place in one's wardrobe whether your outfit will be worn on Valentine's Day or any day.

Well that's a wrap! It is on to the next fashion week which will be Toronto Fashion Week that starts next Monday! Yours truly will be attending the Tuesday shows, so stay tuned to for updates. What were your favourite looks from New York, London and Milan Fashion Week? What shows are you looking forward to seeing during Toronto's World Mastercard Fashion Week?

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Amanda's Fashion Spot: It's a Dinner Party!

After a long busy week, I always look forward to the weekend so I can relax, unwind, and catch up with my friends and family. Although the sounds of Motown and R’n’B music always have me wanting to bust a move on the dance floor, entertaining at home is definitely one of my favourite ways to unwind. A small dinner party is always a chic way to test out new recipes, decorate your home and, catch up with friends and a few Saturdays ago I did just that at a dinner party of my own!  

For the appetizers and beverages, I asked my friends to bring something of their choice. I always love to do this when having people over because everyone gets to sample new food! This also leaves more time for me to take time perfecting my meal and making sure my dining room has the right ambiance. 

For the main course, I wanted to make something healthy and hearty so I went with tofu chili! Not only is it flavourful, making it absolutely delicious, but it is the perfect choice to warm up the bellies of my guests for a night of laughter, good conversation and, catching up! 

All of this turned into...
this! It was very spicy, and yummy too!
For desert, I went bananas!!! Literally. No, I did not make a classic banana split with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and, all the fixings! Rather I decided to make a healthier banana ice cream desert using this great recipe from the fabulous healthy food blog, Although the recipe is called Pumpkin Pie Banana Chunk Oatmeal Cookies, I find that it tastes more like bananas. I served these cookies with a side of vanilla coconut ice cream. 

For table d├ęcor, I used these bright red, ornate candleholders and marble-like print vase that was a gift from my grandmother. We ate off of these red trim plates and bowls, while we used these Ming Dynasty-inspired napkins (they were purchased from Dollarama. Score!), to tidy up our mouths after eating our yummy food.

All in all it was a lovely evening. It was everything a dinner party should be, one filled with laughter, stimulating conversation and, great food!

Do you like to throw dinner parties? If so, what are some of the foods that you like to serve? What are your tips for entertaining?  Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also check me out on Pinterest and Instagram!


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