Monday, January 21, 2013

GIVE BACK: When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou

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The holiday season is often thought of as a time to give to others and although the holiday season is now over the "spirit of giving" that is a part of it should not be forgotten.
Reading the latest fashion magazine, browsing through endless fashion blogs and checking the latest styles in the stores are just a few of my favourite pastimes but I find it is important to take some time to give to others too! Every year when I make New Year's resolutions, giving back is normally one of the items on my list. Not only do I think that it is important to help others but I find that the more time I take to give to someone else, the better we both feel. Whether you can donate a lot or a little of your money or time to a given charity or organization, I believe that it is the thought that counts so get ready to spread the love!

After doing a little bit of research, I realized that there are many charities out there in need but these are the few that I aim to help out throughout this year and beyond:

1) The Toronto Public Library Foundation

As an English graduate, I have read many a book and have realized firsthand the importance and benefits of a good 'ole fashioned book! Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than drinking a cup of tea, curling up on the couch and getting lost in an interesting story. The Toronto Public Library Foundation has made its mission to "provide essential resources for the enhancement of Toronto Public Library and to allocate funds to priority needs not supported by municipal funding". Donations to the foundation help the public library to provide better services such as expanded collections (which means more books to borrow and read!), more up to date technology and improved library programs.

Click here to find out more about how you can help out the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

2) Alzheimer Society of Toronto

What would life be without memories? In the fashion world, an infatuation with nostalgia, vintage clothing, accessories and inspiration has become commonplace, but what would our clothing look like if we didn't use the fashions of yesteryear as a creative way to stimulate our everyday wardrobe choices? And where would we be if people forgot about all the things that made those fashions and exciting stories associated with them what they mean to us today? For those of you who do not know, Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disease that destroys brain cells and results in memory loss, difficulty to perform everyday tasks and ultimately death. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, research is constantly performed to help find one as well as improved treatments and a better understanding of the disease.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and/or participate in the upcoming Manulife Walk for Memories, which is an annual indoor walk that raises money "to help support families dealing with Alzheimer's" then click here and here!

3) Toronto Street Cats

Adorable, cuddly and independent (and at times a tad bit ferocious) are just a few of the words that describe domestic cats. With their enchanting, slanted eyes, soft to the touch fur and deep purs, they are one of the most common house pets and frequent fashion inspirations. Karl Lagerfeld's adorable white cat has its own Twitter page @ChoupettesDiary, an entire chapter of VOGUE Creative Director Grace Coddington's memoirs featured cats and cat sweaters are in style. But when fashion's love affair with cats wears off, we must all remember that they are still many cats out there who will be in need of our love and adoration. That is where Toronto Street Cats comes in which is a volunteer run, non-for-profit organization with the aim of improving the "lives of Toronto's homeless cats by offering spay/neuter services free for feral cats and building overwintering shelters." They "are also working to increase public awareness about Toronto's homeless cat population and the importance of spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR)". It is estimated that Toronto has over 100,000 feral cats that contrary to popular belief have difficulty surviving on the streets especially during the winter.


To get involved with Toronto Street Cats, click here


What are some charities that you would like to get involved in this year? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Amanda's Fashion Spot: 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet Fashion

January has arrived and you know what that means? It is awards season! That's right, it is the time when Hollywood's creative talent ranging from television actors, Hollywood stars, comediennes and, musicians come together to celebrate their career successes and hopefully pick up an award or two. This past Sunday, the Golden Globes aired and for us fashion-minded folk, the most exciting part of the award show was watching what the celebrities were wearing as they walked down the red carpet.

Read on to discover my favourite looks from the 2013 Golden Globes:

Best Fashion 
Source: Instyle.com
Although I am typically a dress girl, I do love a menswear inspired look every once in awhile and Amy Poehler's tuxedo suit sans blouse was no exception. Accessorized with simple diamond jewelry and classic red nails, this outfit was a chic mixture a feminine and masculine style.

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If you are frequent reader of this blog, then you must know how much I love sequins! Jennifer Garner's Vivienne Westwood Couture burgundy sequin gown gown is simply romantic. The rich colour is beautifully enhanced by the sparkle of the sequins and the gathering just below the sweetheart neckline gives the dress a soft, relaxed touch.

Source: Instyle.com
Jessica Alba's look at the Golden Globes was every bit Old Hollywood glamour. Although this is a look that is repeated by every Hollywood starlet at some point in her style career, it has yet to lose it's lustre. This mermaid-cut Oscar De La Renta coral gown has a nice sheen that allows it to standout without competing with the feathered orange clutch and gorgeous statement necklace, creating a balanced and dare I say, glamorous look?

Source: Instyle.com
Kate Hudson must have been on to something at the Golden Globes. The simple silhouette of this Alexander McQueen black gown, that is adorned with gold ornate detailing, is quite similar to a lot of the other looks that we saw that night. Just take a peak below! And I for one am not complaining. In a sea of voluminous gowns that frequently float along the red carpet, it is nice to see a change every once in awhile! This particular look is slightly reminiscent of the gothic Victorian era while ironically being a little sexy at the same time!

Source: Instyle.com
Ahh embellishment and embroidery! Two of my favourite fashion techniques for they have the ability to take a simple look to the next level of stylish. Nicole Richie dazzles in this baby blue Naeem Khan gown that with a high neck, long sleeves and simple accessories speaks for itself!

Source: Instyle.com
Olivia Munn's look is simple, elegant and youthful all at the same time in this Giorgio Armani column gown. The slim silhouette is reminiscent of a Japanese kimono and the sea foam green colour of the bodice adds an element of freshness!

This year it wasn't just the fashion that caught my eye, but the hair and beauty looks as well! Scroll down to check out my faves!

Best Hair and Beauty Looks

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At the Golden Globes, Adele wore her signature beauty look which is a retro hairdo, cat-eye eyeliner and nude lips. Almost every time we see her it never changes and why should it? It suits her beautifully, and if ain't broke, don't fix it! 
Source: Elle.com
Long, cascading waves had Amanda Seyfried resembling a modern and relaxed version of Goldilocks! Her hair looked soft, shiny and youthful, perfect for a rising Hollywood star.

Source: Glamour.com
I love a smoky eye especially the brown one that Julianne Hough wore at the Golden Globes because it is a softer way to wear the classic black shadowy look. It is always nice to see new interpretations old favourites.
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Like Jessica Alba and Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox went for the cascading waves hairdo. I love how this look is parted to the side, giving it a seductive Jessica Rabbit vibe.

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Zooey Deschanel wore an adorable (and not at all adorkable) flirty ponytail accented by softly parted bangs. I just love seeing new and innovative ways to wear the good ole' staple. The fun and easy look of this ponytail is reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's Barbie ponytail that she wore at the Oscars a few years back.

Who says it is only the girl's that get to have all the fashion fun? At the 2013 Golden Globes the boys pulled out all the stops and looked every bit handsome and then some. With their bow ties, slim cut suits and shiny lapels, Ben, Hugh and Bradley were all winners in my book, whether they took home a Golden Globe or not!

Most Dapper Gentlemen

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Enjoy!

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