Category — art
Little French cafés are so mignon (cute, dainty), non? Today, me and A went for petit déjeuner (breakfast) at the most darling patisserie housed in a Victoria row house. The food was deliciously French and so were the waiters. It’s the kind of place where they serve you lattes with the foam shaped in a heart. And where you say no béchamel and you end up saying yes to brioche and crepes with nutella. I can’t divulge its name for fear of it becoming too popular. Sorry darlings. Some secrets have to stay in my hair. We had a very French afternoon punctuated by flirty girlish giggling. Those are the days my friend!
If you don’t know much about my French muse Catherine Deneuve, I insist you really must read on Parisian Bombshell Chic: Catherine Deneuve. Trust.
November 3, 2013 No Comments
Funny how when I am travelling abroad, I make it a point to see interesting exhibits, visit every museum and immerse myself in local culture. But at home, I am less inclined to do the same. I am putting a stop to such madness. Adding that to my summer TO DO list!
Recently, I had a beautiful al fresco brunch at Origin (107 King St. East). Try the refreshing lychee mojito - ahem, you can ask them to de-virginize it. Afterwards, we took a leisurely stroll to Bay Street to catch the Christian Louboutin exhibit (The Design Exchange from June 21st – September 15th, 2013). Complimentary with your admission is a year-long subscription to Flare.
Here’s an excerpt of what it’s all about…
“Curated by The Design Museum London in conjunction with Christian Louboutin, this exhibition presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career that has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejeweled pumps. It is a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.” – DSX website
SPOILER ALERT… some of my highlights. But these images do not do the shoes justice or the interactivity of the exhibit. You reallyx3 must check it out for yourself. You promise me?
August 10, 2013 No Comments
I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman. Inspiration for me is everywhere but I do have an abundance of sources…
On Fashion – Working in the industry, I am constantly surrounded by clothes and accessories. Like a chocoholic in Serendipity. I have many wonderful fashionistah friends who always have their own distinct personal style. Brunch is never just brunch — it’s a lookbook. Reading magazines (my faves are Harper’s Bazaar & Vogue) and fashion blogs will also keep you up to date on how to adapt a trend.
On Beauty – The best resource for beauty is Allure. I learned how to apply makeup from reading the tutorials, collecting books from Kevyn Aucoin and practicing on my friends. I still beg them to let me before we go out; but they willingly oblige because I do a fierce smokey eye. In my early 20′s I visited my first Sephora in Paris. As you can imagine, the clouds parted, the rays of sunshine beamed down and angels sang ‘Alleluia.’ Then I entered, sprayed glitter in my friends’ hair, sampled eyeshadows and played with lipgloss for two hours. A heavenly experience.
To Live Well – As a bohogi, it sounds cliche but I value every experience from having sangria with friends to afternoon walks in the park. I love to travel and experience different cultures, so I constantly look at Conde Nast Traveller and dream of an exotic adventure. I never know how or when I will get there, but I put it out there and make a plan to go. The universe always delivers!
June 24, 2012 No Comments
Every Spring, the fashionistahs flock to worship at the altar of Anna Wintour. En masse, they come in droves to fete the designers and out ballgown each other at an annual event, The Met Gala. The soiree marks the opening of the fashion exhibition of two Italian designers, Impossible Conversations: Elsa Schiaparelli and Muiccia Prada at the MOMA. If you are in New York and a lover of fashion history, you should probably check it out.
Now back to the extravagance and audacity that is the Gala. Best-dressed lists are subjective and my point of view is that these celebs chose to go a more adventurous route, the path less beaten, choices more playful and memorable in their selection, statements so individual, they seared into the fashionistah collective consciousness.
Fashionistah Grain of Wisdom: When selecting evening attire, you must wear the dress and not let the dress wear you.
May 11, 2012 No Comments
Behind the scenes, I creep my Stats to get a handle of what you lovers of the LC are reading. The last few months, I have been getting a lot of people reading my blog because of Pinterest. If you aren’t into Pinterest (yet), crawl out from under your hole and let me tell you it’s highly addictive. Think of Pinterest as a virtual corkboard, where you can “pin” your favourite images from the web and collect them on separate inspiration boards. You can share these with your friends and follow other people. Personally, I think it’s very cool that so many people are ‘pinning’ The Love Collage. It just means that you are picking up, what I’m putting down. http://pinterest.com/source/thelovecollage.com/
Here are the most popular Pin’s on my blog:
April 1, 2012 No Comments
I like my stationery of the subtley quirky, snicker laugh, ironic variety. In celebration of the LC’s 2nd birthday, I thought of some eyebrow raising gift ideas of the papery kind. I often receive sketchbooks because my friends know how much I love to wax poetic (“dear universe…”) or whip out my glue stick (“ooh, I like this outfit. must save”) or madly scribble (“scratch-scratch-scratch” the sound of a 15 second gesture drawing). Also, I like to stockpile stationery in case someone makes a grand gesture that is deserving of a well-thought out and sentimental love note. With technology, text messaging and emails, people rarely send letters or cards. It’s a rare treat to receive a letter or card in the mail. *Le sigh
August 19, 2011 1 Comment