Category — culture
I’m kind of obsessed with the video montage for Lana Del Rey’s Carmen. When I used to have long stays in LA, I would play it on repeat instead of watching the depressing news. On a brighter culinary note, there’s a Spanish tapas revival in Toronto of late. This bodes well with my other obsession, channelling my inner senorita. Ole!
My favourite Spanish tapas are in no particular order:
- Tortilla Espanola – a thick egg and potatoe omelet
- Patatas Bravas – bite size potatoes (my favourite type are fried, obviously!) with a tomatoe and garlic sauce
- Croquetas – Croquettes flavoured with béchamel combined with ham, shrimp or cheese
- Manchego – A cheese made from sheep milk originating from the La Mancha region of Spain. Reminds me of lazy afternoons having wine with the locals in Marbella. Le sigh!
For a casual option, try the restaurant of the same name Carmen (922 Queen St. West) or for a more ritzy experience, try Patria (480 King St. West). I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “Patria has the best Patatas Bravas in town.”
May 21, 2013 No Comments
never happened!! (ba-dum-pum) This is especially true if you go to Cabo San Lucas to soak up the sun and take an extended siesta all day on the beach, then repose by the pool, gorge on salsa and tortilla chips only to siesta in your room and tuck in early to catch Kourtney & Kim Take Miami on E! Latino. But if I was in Cabo with my girlfriends at 21, I would be that girl drinking pina coladas in the infinity pool, doing the hotel dance and waking up my neighbours at 4am from a late night dance session to latin house. How can I judge the kids on Spring Break? I was that girl.
Cabo San Lucas is a resort town on the southern tip of the Baja California. Nestled amid the scenic mountains are million dollar mansions and a marina filled with bright white yachts. This charming town has restaurants, bars and a few outdoor shops. Perch yourself on the pier at La Casa Country, enjoy a plate of fish tacos, a major pina colada and people watch until the sun sets. Or indulge in some retail therapy at Ondade Mar for vibrant Columbian swimwear or uniquely latin caftans.
Much like an observer of street trends, I thought I would share some insights straight off the beach…
- Day Glow Neon – Perhaps you feel you’ve already done neon but it was huge on the beach. To avoid neon overkill, many gals paired their bright bandeau with a black bottom or toned down the fluorescence by wearing a print accented with neon. For the less fashionistah adventuress, muted neons in coral, pink and chartreuse are the way to go.
- Stacked Bracelets – Oh, you can never wear too many at once! The look is a mashup of skinny bangles, round beads, braided leather or string friendship bracelets. To elevate the look add a few simple gold bangles, charm bracelets or a skinny watch.
- Haute Hippie Headwrap – Perhaps the beach is the best place for fashion risk-taking. Swim turbans and headwraps abound! Function meets fashion! Not only are you shading your pretty little head from the sun, you are also making a MAJOR statement.
- Return of the Crop Top – Oh yes, 90′s resurgence. Save the fitted crop top for the teens and the 20-somethings. Go oversize for that Flashdance/Let’s Get Physical, off the shoulder, laisser-faire, I’m casual vibe.
February 24, 2013 No Comments
Dearies, this is the third time I have attempted to write this post. Perhaps this attempt will be the charm. Every year, around the time that my boots get damaged by salty slush, I have to scrape the ice off my windshield and my hair turns to icicles if I don’t properly blowdry, I like to write a little ditty about Resort. As a summer baby, I lament the loss of our friend sunshine and wearing too many layers causing my hair to stand up in a static-y frizz.
Snowbirds rejoice! This year, we have many Swim trends to pique our fancy. With bathings suits (like shoes and handbags), you can never-ever-ever have too many. The newest styles are ones that mimic fashion trends so be on the look out for saturated hues, mixing of pattern and textures, bold motifs and retro styles.
January 26, 2013 No Comments
OMFG! What happened to us? A crazy work schedule and a full social calendar in December. It’s my fault. But I promise, I will return with more frequent posts filled with witty repartee. Of late, I am extra obsessed with party frocks. Confession: When I find a really great dress, I let the devil on my shoulder win, take it home and store it lovingly in a garment bag, deep in my armoire. Stocking up, just in case. If there’s an Armageddon, I’ll be reallyx3 well dressed.
Nina Garcia, the lovely fashion editor of ELLE says via her Twitter: “New Year’s Eve is the one occasion when your little black cocktail dress should not be your fallback choice. BE CREATIVE!” Note her use of all caps for emphasis. Trust Nina. She’s an arbiter of taste. Well dearies, I agree. Why not take a cue from the Russian clique taking over Fashion Week? Look no further than the group of up and coming czarinas with risk-taking style and piles of their husbands’ money to burn. Just go opulent + baroque + load it up with jewels and then multiply MOREx3
You can tell people you are channelling Vogue Russia for New Year’s Eve.
December 29, 2012 No Comments
I have a slew of friends who are packing their luggage for warmer destinations come mid-December. There is only one word: jalouse! (that’s jealous in French).
Recently, at our annual fashionistah holiday brunch, we reminisced about our university graduation trip to Cancun. A few years later, older and wiser, I went on a girls vacation with my bestie C. Before departing for the airport, I told her father not to worry if he saw bloody beaches on the news; it would be the trail of broken hearts we would leave behind. Can you believe he let her go on vacay with moi?
Two girls in Mexico?!! It was a make or break trip for our friendship but somehow we managed to get into heaps of sketchy fun without the drrrrama. Stuff that brings back fond memories of Mexico:
December 10, 2012 No Comments
It’s that time of the year again — party time! Ooh, I am a naughty blogeress. I blame my blogging blackout on my overstuffed social calendar. I am quite partial, fond, obsessed with clothing that looks as though I accidentally got slimed on You Can’t Do That On Television, but in lieu of green slime, insert Elmer’s Glue, lost my footing and fell into a giant vat of sequins. You gotta love a fashionistah for commitment.
Let’s not be so predictable this party season with the same old, same old. Here are some sartorial sequin selections to get the DJ to play your requests, the effects guy to point the spotlight in your direction and kick off the social season.
Ombre sequins – A golden sequin lightly brushed with dye which gives an allover Monet effect. That, or sequins strategically positionned to give off a gradient ombre (light to dark) appearance.
Two sided sequins – When you brush your hand in one direction, the sequins are black. When you brush them in the opposite direction, the sequins are silver. If someone lays a hand on your assets, proof of SCANDAL!
Paillettes – Not for the fashionistah wallflower, paillettes are a larger circle sequin typically 1/2″ or bigger in diameter. The effect is very retro meets giant scale fish. Makes me want to wear extra thick liquid eyeliner and tease my hair into a giant beehive.
Save The Best For Last – You tell it Whitney! Are you just happy to see me or are those sequin shoes on your feet. I bet if sequins were around back then, Cinderella would have sequin stilettos. I think this is a fun contrast if you are wearing a cocktail dress in a solid bold hue or a flamboyant LBD (little black dress).
November 25, 2012 No Comments