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The Love Collage Presents: Creative Heart Collective

Forgive my lack of new blog posts, but I have been working day and night, night and day to bring you Creative Heart Collective.  Spring is almost here and what better way to celebrate than to have a leisurely afternoon, perhaps brunching, meeting artisans, shopping local and doing a community workshop?  Sounds like too much fun, non?  Don’t pencil or pen it in.  Sharpie that!!

Date:  Saturday, April 16th, 2011 & Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Place:  The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto ON

Time:  11:00am – 5:00pm

Admission:  PWYC* (Suggested Donation $2) 

The Love Collage presents Creative Heart Collective, a Spring show and sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers.  The mission of the event is to give artists and retailers an opportunity to connect and showcase their wares with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Join us as The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom is transformed into an exciting, bustling marketplace.  This two day event will feature the talent of more than 50 local vendors and artisans.

The focus for the show will be:  Indie arts and crafts, Fashionable giftware, Jewellery & Accessories, Homemade food, Home décor, Beauty, DIY presents, Apparel and Vintage.

* Door proceeds will go to the non-profit organization, The Corsage Project   

Join us for the following community workshops:


The Make Den’s Irene Stickney will be teaching a FREE workshop, ‘Leather Weather.’  She will be teaching participants how to sew little leather medicine or cell phone pouches.  These petite fringey pouches are the perfect functional accessory while galavanting on the sidewalks of Queen West West. 

You need one to match your Muklukks whilst walking along the grassy nole that is Trinity Bellwoods Park. I want one.


Steeped in ancient history, symbolism and a celebration of beauty, Mehndi designs are awe-inspiring works of wearable art.  Henna Yasir will be contributing her artistic talents to the event.  Take a break from shopping and receive a unique herbal temporary tattoo (applicable fees).

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April 1, 2011   No Comments

Confession: I Am A Kardashian-aholic

Kardashian Mashup. I also enjoy shows with sisters. People always pick on Khloe when she's the voice of reason.

One day, I was having brunch with my good friend C and I was telling her that I had stayed up all night watching episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  She told me that I reminded her of Kim Kardashian, to which I was utterly flattered (“Really?! OMG, not like Vanessa Hudgens?”) because those girls are gorgeous (even though Kim’s initial claim to fame is a sex tape).  As far as guilty pleasures go, there is nothing like laying like a deadbeat on my mother’s sofa and watching a Kardashian marathon on the E! network.  I find socialites highly entertaining.   

The Kardashians also have a covetable high-fashion style – monochromatic black with pops of glitz (think sequins), heavy black eye makeup, smooth dark hair and those sky high platforms.  Let’s break it down shall we?

Black Dramatic Sexy Eyes – Reserve your black sexy eyes for evenings that begin after 11pm.  I know Kris Jenner loves hers for lunch but TRUST.  A camera crew and bright lights wash you out.  You are not on a reality show. 

  1. Cover both your lids with a few dabs of concealer followed by a light dust of powder.  This helps to keep colour in place.
  2. Using an eyeshadow brush cover the entire lid with a chocolate brown eye shadow.
  3. Line the top of the lashline and under the eye using a black eye pencil.
  4. Using an eyeshadow brush layer black eyeshadow all over the lid.  Using the black eyeshadow, apply more in the crease and outer eyelid creating an ombre effect.
  5. Take a finer shadow brush, dab in the chocolate shadow to blend and smudge the eyeliner.
  6. Finish with faux eyelashes or with two generous coats of black mascara.  Ta-da! Who can resist?

How pretty? Sooo pretty. A toned down version of the heavy smokey eye.

Some Kardashian styling cues to emulate:

A Kardashian would love the structured details of this LBD: Alice + Olivia 'Tatum' Sheath

Better than a disco-ball: Velvet Ombre Sequin Blazer breaks up all black.

Are those jewels on your booties or are you just happy to see me? Report Signature.


January 27, 2011   No Comments

DIY Party Girl Hair: Velcro Rollers & Teased Crown

The Bigger the Better: Teased Hair at Rochas

Back in my party heyday, I worked a look called ‘Gina Lollabrigida,’ named after the famous Italian actress.  I had a favourite red gingham halter dress with oversize white buttons down the front and a giant slit.  I once wore Gina on a night out on The Rambla in Barcelona.  When I did a turn to show off my look to friends, a nearby waiter dropped his tray of wine glasses and sangria.  Such was the power of Gina LollabrigidaTrue Story

My retro look was topped off with my favourite hairstyle – voluminous party girl loose curls with a teased crown.  Now that 90’s is considered vintage, I thought I would bring it back for holiday season.  This hairdo is particularly va-voom paired with some glamourous cat eyes.

Step 1 – Start with dry hair (damp won’t do as it has a tendency to lose its curl easily).  Hairdressers always recommend that you let your hair be unwashed for a day or two if you are going to get an updo because it holds a style better.

Step 2 – Using large sized velcro rollers, begin rolling hair around the top section of your head starting from the ends to the roots and pinning using bobby pins.  Use medium sized velcro rollers for the bottom portion of your hair using the same method.  Spritz all over generously with hairspray.  If you have bangs, section them off and leave them uncurled.

Step 3 –  Leave velcro rollers in for a half hour to an hour.  Kill time.  Maybe watch an episode of The O.C. on DVD or paint your nails.

Step 4 – Remove velcro rollers gently by pulling them away from your head on the diagonal.  Your curls will be fairly subtle (unlike hot rollers).  You can touch up the ends by using a 2″ wide barrel curling iron.  Spritz again with hairspray. 

Step 5 – Using a fine tooth comb, take the section of hair on the middle top of your head and begin to tease hair.  Spritz again and finish by gently smoothing over hair from the front of your head.  Do a prolonged all over spritz.

Whoa, a lot of hairspray and effort to look like you just rolled out of bed.  But pain is love my darlings.

My Italian Muse circa 1960's: Gina Lollabrigida

Drew Barrymore loves volume at The Golden Globes. Can't you tell?


November 19, 2010   No Comments

Feline Woman: DIY Cat Eyes

A dramatic cat eye at LAMB. I've been practicing mine since 12. You?

Meow!  Purr!  Hiss!  I imagine it must be quite chill-ax to be a cat, lounging about without a care in the world.  Seductively enticing you to pet them while giving you the cold shoulder to sit on the window sill and stare at the birds.   

A popular beauty trend takes inspiration from those lovable, elusive felines ‘Cat Eyes.’  How very.  This fall/winter ladylike Victorian meets Rock n’ Roll returns to the forefront; minimalist makeup with striking vibrant pouts are wonderfully paired with a hint of eyeshadow and the slick swoop of a black-lined cat eye.  Taking after its namesake, the look is at once mysterious, chic and retro harking back to the glamour pin-ups of the 1960’s. 

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Step 1  The Basics:  Apply a light taupe shade to your entire lid followed by a mocha brown in the contours of your crease.  Blendx3.  The trick here is to make the eyes look au naturel yet polished.

Step 2 The Professional:  Using the tips of your finger gently pull your left lid taut.  Using the liner start at the corner of your eye and move the pencil slowly across the base of your lashes then upturn the line slightly to form a point (similar to the end of an arrow).  Repeat on your right lid.  To create a wide-eyed doe look, begin to draw a heavier line beginning in the middle of your eye (so that the line begins thinner at the inner eye and widens as it moves to the outer lash).

Step 3 The Perfectionist:  Sometimes we make mistakes but we shouldn’t walk out the door with a squiggly line above our pupils.  Unless you are keen on channelling Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?  Using a cotton swab dipped in water, wipe away imperfections and start over.  I find getting the corners perfect can be challenging at first so this tip comes in handy.  Curl lashes and finish with two generous coats of black mascara.

And a final parting note and blessing for you legions of beauty adventuresses:  the cat eye requires a steady hand, patience and perseverence.  Be not disuaded by your lack of expertise.  For amateurs, begin your attempts using a pencil which can be smudged with a brush for a smokier cat eye.  Once mastered, novices try felt tipped black eyeliners.  And lastly, for those who have gone on to join the master ranks, I suggest liquid eyeliner for its smooth finish and dramatic effect (however, it can be unforgiving and messy if you make too many mistakes).

Italian movie stars are stunning: Sophia Loren with a heavy cat eye. Meow!


October 15, 2010   No Comments

DIY: Sideways Bun, Zero Carbs

Jessica Alba has a stunning profile, non? Here is a great interpretation of a combo: messy bun with braid headband.

I should also add high KB quotient

It’s the summer and to beat the heat, ladies are twisting their hair into loose chignons or knotting their hair on top like a ballerina.  One of my favourite beauty looks is the sideways bun which when done correctly says, “Wheeeee! I’m tousled, carefree fun with sexy undertones.” (hence the increased KB quotient). 

The DIY look I am going to share is meant for evenings out because it does take about a half hour prep time.  But I promise, it’s worth the effort.  You will be showered with compliments from both guys and girls…and you may find yourself KB-ing recklessly in a shady corner.  Did I mention that the sideways bun may incite a shame spiral?  Just be aware that you’ve been forewarned.

Before you start, I highly recommend cranking some party tunes.  Getting ready is perhaps one of the best parts of going out. 

Step 1:  To achieve a wispy, tousled look, set your hair in 2-3″ wide hot rollers for 10 minutes.  I enjoy the Conair hot rollers.  I have had them for a decade (since New Year’s NYC 2001) and they have never let me down.

Step 2:  Spritz all over with hairspray while setting.  Remove curlers by pulling them away gently on a diagonal to preserve the curl.  Hopefully, you will achieve loose ringlets.  Spritz again.  Try John Frieda or Vidal Sassoon for a strong hold with volume.

Step 3:  Secure hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck, close to the back of your ear (I prefer the left).  Ensure to leave a few loose strands around your face and keep your bangs free.

Step 4:  Loosely wind the hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins in your hair colour.  Shake your head and make sure nothing moves and it feels secure. 

Step 5:  Run your fingers through the tendrils you have left to frame around your face.  Using a wide barrel curling iron, touch up any loose ringlets.  Finish with another spritz of hairspray. 

Optional cute:  To dazzle it up, add a few rhinestone clips at the nape or even a few fresh flowers if you are going to dinner al fresco. 

The end effect should look effortless but ‘OMG, you are gorgeous‘. 

Look how cute SMG looks with her loose bun. The version I have described is tilted to one side. I miss Buffy Summers.


June 23, 2010   1 Comment

Oscar Beauties

Of course last evening was the Oscars.  J and S invited me over for a very intimate affair where we lounged around in our leisure attire munching on crudite, Salmon Wellington, baked Brie, too much bread (carbs!) and a few glasses of wine.  I was called out for ‘trying’ to come over casual, but instead sporting a beauty look from the Lucky March 2010 issue, page 145 (sideways braid with blush & bronzer).  In my defense, I did stop by the grocery store beforehand and you never know who you’ll run into…(ex-crushes from highschool, former flames, future husbands…)

My Oscar Fashion Review will only focus on my favourites because this blog is called Love Collage, and not Haters Forever.  Plus, I really do think it’s crazy how everyone can nit-pick away at starlets who are expected to look perfect.  Give the girls a break!  I mean, if you hate someone’s dress blame their stylist.  Just like on Rachel Zoe Project, it takes a team of professionals to do hair & makeup, select the dress, pull the accessories, Spanx this, pin here, tape that, etc, etc.  Fashion is so subjective; everyone has their own opinion of what’s hot and what’s not.

One major standout fashion trend was light colours and pastels.  Everyone accentuated their pale look with a spray tan.  Here are my faves.  Enjoy!

Heavenly Kate Winslet in Veronica Lake-esque wavy hair. Me like!

Ageless Grace: Stunning Helen Mirren and that hottie from The Sound of Music. haha.

Miley looks pretty & fresh in satin, tulle and sequins. Enjoying her messy updo.

Sandra Bullock channelling the universe: I look like an Oscar, therefore, I will win the Oscar.

One classy broad: Meryl Streep, my obsession.


March 8, 2010   1 Comment