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Winter Depression? Make A Cameo in SoBe

Slush.  It’s not pretty.  I can appreciate perfectly crafted snowflakes made by Mother Nature falling ever so gracefully from the sky but I can’t handle getting drenched in the pouring rain and passing cars splashing wet snow. 

At times like these we must dig deep for resilience, layer on an extra coat of MAC bronzer and think about where we can find a new source for Vitamin D.  For many PYT’s (pretty young things), a short plane trip to Florida with girlfriends is all it takes to find rest and relaxation, with a sprinkle of sequined maxi dresses, a dash of party and some hip hop in between. 

My first cameo to SoBe (South Beach) was New Year’s Eve 1999 and we partied just like the Prince song.  Every day was spent laying on the beach and every evening was spent partying.  It was the 90’s which meant house music all night long.  Susan Bartsch threw some crazytown parties. I have simmered down considerably since my 20’s but here are some of my recommendations for a few noteworthy hotels worth checking out.

  • The Delano – You are greeted by concierges dressed in pastel polos, white cardigans, matching walking shorts and deck shoes.  So hip hop preppy!  What’s not to love?  Known for the grandeur of its Alice in Wonderland entrance and white swagged curtains hanging from the towering ceiling, the hotel starts jumping after dark when party goers take over the pool area and cabanas.  Have a mojito under the stars.

The Delano: Play hide and seek or KB behind a chiffon curtain. Your choice.

  • The Sagamore – Known as the Art Hotel, Philip Starck designed a very cool interior, featuring contemporary artwork throughout.  The main hallway has a museum feel with glassy white on white and busts mounted on columns.   My friends and I enjoyed great service and a delicious tapas style meal at the hotel restaurant.  The DJ also dropped some hottt tracks at the outdoor Pool Bar.  Photoshoot worthy!

The white backdrop of The Sagamore is perfect for a Pucci print or a glittery bohemian maxi.

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December 9, 2009   No Comments

Attire For a Rockstar Karaoke Party 101

Some people think I’m nutters when it comes to throwing a thematic soiree.  Clearly, I don’t hang with these people.  My friends, however, enjoy that the fact that as a partygirl since my tweens, I have experience setting the mood for an OOC party that delivers on many counts such as a) creativity, b) original party venue, c) cohesive fashionistah dress code, and d) follow through on party hype. 

The first event of to kick off the festive holiday season is a Rockstar Karaoke party where guests will summon up the courage after a few rounds of  liquid danger (aka vodka) to belt out power ballads in front of strangers.  I have persuaded friends to arrive at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West) dripping in Queen West West Sequins meets Hipster Rockstar.  What does this look like, pray tell? 

My imagination runs wild.  Allow me to style this outfit to life…

  • Black Sequin Blazer or Sequin leggings – Pick your poison but you can only have one.  Just like I would never advise double-denim.  Seriously offensive if you double dip.  While the sequin blazer is the hottest thing with jeans or leggings, the version by LaRok has a tailored fit and tuxedo styling.  I have been trying to persuade girls with twigs for legs to buy a pair of sequin leggings.  Let’s save this trend for the SB’s (skinny bitches) we love.  Both are stunning evening looks.

Perfect for rocking the mic: LaRok Vegas Vacation jacket

 

Boyfriends forget roses. True romance=LaRok sequin leggings.

 

  • Rockstar Jewellery – Your tour stylist would pull multi-chain necklaces or chunky gold links.  If you’re on stage, you must think about the glow you will cast as you belt out tunes. Anything reminiscent of a disco-ball is the right direction.  I am loving these RJ Graziano bracelets with the crystal accents and lightning bolts. 

Stupid Cute But Don't Mess: RJ Graziano Zig Zag Cuff

  • Stud Accent Pumps – If you aren’t in line to become the next American Idol, keep the crowd distracted with your studded stilettos.  Nothing keeps the audience (or at least the girls) engaged like killer shoes.  And yeah, yeah, I’m obsessed with studs. 

They don't love you like I love you: Dolce Vita Trinity Stud Pump in Clay

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November 24, 2009   No Comments

Trick or Treat? Songs in the Key of Halloween

Lestat & Louis: New Orleans turn of the century vampires. Halloween costumes with depth!

Lestat & Louis: New Orleans turn of the century vampires. Halloween costumes with 'depth'.

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays.  Although a day focused on the kids, many adults get into the H spirit.  When else do people pull out all the stops to wear childish costumes in the sake of comedy?  The smell of fallen leaves is in the air, the mood is light and people are in jovial spirits.  Homes are decorated as crypt keeper’s cemeteries, white sheets hang on trees as ghosts and cute munchkin kids ‘Trick or Treat?’ from door to door.  Mini Kit Kat bars are only 80 calories each.  What’s not to love?

Here are some fun Halloween songs to get you in the festive mood while frosting orange cupcakes or glittering up before heading out into the night…

  • The Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
  • Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (old school!)
  • The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
  • Disturbia – Rihanna
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson

And for all the ladies, some LC Halloween fashion advice – lingerie and a pair of animal ears, does not a costume make.  Trust.

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October 31, 2009   No Comments

Getting Ready: Pre-Party Feel Good Music

Is there nothing better than cranking up the tunes, putting your hair in giant hot rollers, painting your nails and dancing around while you pick out your evening outfit?  I think not.  I like to say, “The best parties start and end in my bedroom.”   Here are some fun pre-party songs to get you revved up before painting the town red:

  • Lykke Li – Dance, Dance, Dance (80’s Kidz Remix)
  • Hot Chip – One Pure Thought
  • Junior Boys – In The Morning
  • Empire of The Sun – We Are The People (Shazam Remix)
  • Peter, Bjorn & John – Young Folks
  • Cut Copy – Feel the Love
  • Hard Fi – Hard to Beat
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October 24, 2009   No Comments

Cocktail Attire For Swanky Birthday Soirees

Tonight I am attending a birthday party for my dear friend H.  She has a very girly, cotton candy-colour, preppy sweet style.  The crowd will be fashionistah heavy thus inspiring many photoshoots.  This evening’s festivities starts at her brother’s hipster pad, followed by cocktails and dancing at a swank cocktail bar (picture glossy black lacquered tables, velvet flocked wallpaper and white faux deer head as decor).

It’s always fun to kick up your style for birthday parties.  I love it when a dress code calls for “Cocktail attire.”  If you’ve been following the LC, I often gently influence outfit co-ordination of the masses.  Power in numbers!  I took a poll and word on the street is that I will probably see a denim mini-dress with tulle, a sexy sequined shift, liquid leggings and a hot pink tulip dress.  Sounds exciting, non?

For my evening look, I draw on many inspirations.  Here is what I am wearing tonight:

  • Black Sequin Beret – I have kiboshed shopping temporarily but I could not help myself.  I saw this black sequin beret and I tried it on.  It was over!  I shut it down, especially with my bangs.  It reminds me of the scene from the SATC movie when Carrie goes over to Miranda’s house on New Year’s Eve in her fur chubby, silk pajamas and sequin beret tilted just so.  You die.  So French. So glamour.
Black sequin beret! OMG, can you handle it?

Black sequin beret! OMG, can you handle it?

  • Watercolour Painted Full Mini – My friend A showed up to her Champagne Bridal Shower in a watercolour circle skirt by Erdem.  I was inspired by this romantic, artsy style so I thought I would adapt it for a ‘going out’ look.  Erdem went to Fashion School with us.  He’s such a talented designer and we always knew he would be a star. 
Erdem's creation as seen on Style.com

Erdem's creation as seen on Style.com

  • BCBG Ma-Nisha Stilettos – These shoes are killer Statement Shoes.  They mix glossy patent with black kid leather and are finished with a giant pull up gold zipper.  Intricate design and details are what count.  Fashion contrasts are so interesting. 
  • Dance Prop – We are using our friend Y as a dance prop.  We get so excited over her petite Asian cuteness, we can’t help but pick her up and hug her on the dancefloor.
Carrie knows.  Statement shoes finish a great outfit. I covet the Patricia Field stud belt.

Carrie knows. Statement shoes finish a great outfit. I covet the Patricia Field stud belt.

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October 24, 2009   No Comments

There's Something About Kylie

I think it’s safe to say that Boystown (Church & Wellesley) in Toronto is a ghostly scene tonight.  Imagine hay rolling down the streets past the uber-trendy martini lounges, disco balls with lights flashing to vacant bars, tight muscle T’s folded away neatly in cherry wood drawers.  Where have they all gone you ask?  Is there a 90% off sale at D&G? Did you like my Bruno reference?

My spider senses (aka Facebook updates) tell me that you will find the flamboyantly cute gays packing the stands at the Kylie Minogue concert shaking their bedazzled, Rock n’ Republic jeans to the diva pop.  Nothing turns them on like sequins and Vegas showgirl outfits.  Nothing!  I am such a loser.  I should be there with the boys dancing (the gays love me).  Super-tear.

Kylie's Got the IT Factor: Feathers & Black Velvet Bow!

Kylie's Got the IT Factor: Feathers & Black Velvet Bow!

Miss Kylie, the petite Aussie import wears many hats – songstress/actress/songwriter/fashion designer/philanthropist/etc/etc (don’t you love it when people have many slashes? so versatile!).  And can you believe she’s in her forties?  Wild.  While many know her best for ‘The Locomotion’ back in the 1980’s, she re-emerged in her 30’s with a Top 10 North American hit ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ that played across many international dancefloors.  Many people have yet to truly discover her groovy dance songs which fuse electronica, dance, pop and have THE BEST DJ REMIXES ever!  Of course, the gays know this because they are trendsetters.  Hello! 

Kylie on the album cover of WOW. Feel it

Kylie on the album cover of WOW. Feel it

Kylie recently triumphed over cancer and is now travelling with her Showgirl: Homecoming Tour.  Her musical persona is an amplified Brigitte Bardot with elements of disco, glitz and glam.  She shakes her bodaciously cute can in gold short-shorts (I would too with a tight @ss like that) and skimpy, barely there fashion forward/risk-taking costumes, that only the British or adorably petite can pull off.  I love her music soooo much.  It’s a great pick-me-up, kind of like eating candy. 

And if you are throwing a festive soiree and people are being more party pooper than party trooper, encourage wallflowers by cranking up the Kylie a few decibels.  That, or spike their drinks with Grey Goose (tastes like water).  Works like butter, like two sticks of butter.

Here are my Top 10 Kylie tunes to save your life or party (in no particular order):

  1. Like a Drug
  2. The One
  3. WOW (MSTRKRFT Remix)
  4. Heart Beat Rock (Benny Blanco Remix) – OMG, HOTTT dance track! Can’t touch this!
  5. Slow
  6. Red Blooded Woman
  7. Love At First Sight
  8. I Believe in You
  9. Love Affair
  10. Burning Up
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October 9, 2009   No Comments