This is kind of a continuation post of my Holiday Gift Guide 2013. I reallyx3 put the brakes on my OOC tendency to buy “one for you, one for me” when Christmas shopping. My Christmas tree and décor went up mid-November so I have been enjoying the lights, baking for friends, attending socials and wrapping gifts. In an effort to share some delightful gift ideas and live cyber vicariously through my blog, here are more fun ideas to help you through your holiday shopping…
And for the more decadent bon-vivants in your life, some gifts which are worth the splurge!
For the gourmands who could use a bite to go with their giant glass of wine…
December 14, 2013 1 Comment
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
My favourite flavour of gelato is Pistachio. I like a refreshing brew of Mint tea in the afternoon. I am partial to vacations by the ocean. Why did I never think to incorporate any pale green into my wardrobe until the Pantone gurus declared it was THE COLOUR of the season? To be honest, it’s a subliminal marketing thing – the colour gods choose the “it” trend colours, release it to the design world, they incorporate it into their collections, the editors pick it up, the buyers buy and presto: You crave it like a tray of soft chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven!
Contrary to what the magazines are claiming, Mint is not an easy colour to wear. Hold it up to your face and you may look like you’re about to vomit. But for those of you who can pull off Cool Tones, I support you completely. For the rest of us we can always merch(andise) it up and style it up with some accessories. For you non-committal fashionistahs, try Essie in Turqoise & Caicos on your fingertips.
With all trends, remember that they come and go. Spend minimal on items that will update your wardrobe in season and choose to invest in classic pieces that will never go out of style. Trust.
February 12, 2012 No Comments
The summer with its warm beams of sunshine is often rammed with social engagements – from weddings and bridal showers to birthdays celebrated on outdoor terraces. For occasions such as these, forego your usual skinny jeans and forget the flimsy t-shirt. Dressing up is an integral part of the celebration! You can still be stylish and keep your cool. Every day, I graciously accept compliments to the point that perhaps I take them for granted. In a gesture of good will, here are my secrets to lady-like dressing.
Fresh as a Mint Julep – The easiest way to make an impression is to wear a day dress in a jewel tone lightweight cotton or linen. Both have a tendency to crinkle so make sure your event is of the standing, sipping spritzer and mingling variety. Vibrant colours often accentuate the glow of sun-kissed skin and make you stand out from the crowd. I love the combination of bright red lips matched with a sunflower hued dress. The best are A-line styles that flare at the waist into a full skirt – this is best for lithe girls who want more volume or for those who want to accentuate a tiny waist. Add a skinny belt in a contrasting colour, presto 25% cuter! Channelling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Yes please!
Blinded by the Lights – When wearing a solid coloured dress, make sure to pop with a bold statement necklace. Use the natural rays of the sun to make your jewellery sparkle. Clear facetted or bezelled gems often radiate more than naturally smooth stones – it’s the cut that makes them more reflective and glittery. If you are going to an outdoor party, why not beat the mosquitoes by pinning yourself with a faux insect such as a rhinestone encrusted bumble bee. It’s a great ‘wink-wink’ conversation piece. Hi-larious.
July 11, 2011 No Comments
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 www.corsageproject.ca
Join us for the following community workshops:
LEATHER WEATHER – SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH: 1PM – 3PM
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.
WEARABLE ART – SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH: 11AM – 5PM
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).
For more info, please visit: www.creativeheartcollective.com
April 1, 2011 No Comments
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi
As an entrepreneur, crafter, bon vivant and lover of the people, I often lament that there aren’t enough small-scale community events for the talented artists, designers and small business owners to share with their friends and neighbours. Even if I can create this change in a small way, it’s something I am extremely excited to organize and take part in.
The Snow Day Holiday Market is a holiday themed show and sale for Toronto-area artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers. The mission of the event is to give artists, entrepreneurs and retailers an opportunity to connect and showcase their wares with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
The focus for the show will be gift-giving and holiday:
- Indie arts and crafts (stationary, cards, toys, small sized artwork)
- Fashionable gifts (jewellery, accessories)
- Homemade food (baked goods, preserves)
- DIY presents (ornaments, stockings, warmwear)
The Snow Day Holiday Market is looking for artisans, bakers, artists, crafters and local retailers to exhibit and sell their work on Sunday, December 5th, 2010, 12noon – 5pm. This afternoon event will be taking place at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) in The Ballroom (click to view images). No matter if you are a novice or a hobby-ist, all applications are welcome! It will be an intimate affair with a diverse array of vendors.
Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, October 30th, 2010, however, please apply early as the number of available spots is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more detailed information on how to apply, please visit my website The Snow Day Holiday Market and please spread the word (‘bzzzz’ – buzz noise).
September 26, 2010 No Comments