Apr 262017
 

One of the things I don’t do enough is show you how I wear one item in different ways. I’ve styled this bow blouse a bit differently in the following photos but very similarly at the same time. Jeans, Blazer and this blouse.  Colour, style and silhouette. Same but different. You know what I mean.

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Happy Blouse.

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Sad Blouse. See the difference?

Outfit Details: Blouse, Banana Republic (here, sleeveless white option here; striped sleepless option here). Blazer, WHBM (on HUGE sale here, olive version here, white version here); Jeans, Levi’s from Mark’s (here & here & here); Shoes, Ann Taylor (old, similar here).

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I recently went to Calgary and wore the bow blouse. I made the bow fuller and this time paired it with a camel blazer, flare jeans and sneakers. See what I mean? Same but different.

I know – I am a very fancy traveller. With kids, without kids.

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Outfit Details – Blouse, Banana Republic (here); Jeans, Banana Republic (old, similar here); Blazer, Banana Republic (old and fall weight, summer version here); Sneakers, Ecco (here, similar here, love these).

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Apr 042017
 

I wanted to share my latest makeover for Cityline. I always share these photos on Instagram (and when I remember to FaceBook) but have never done it here for my blog. I’m really happy with how the women look and they were just such an amazing group. Plus I’m a little obsessed with the outfit I am wearing.

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I am wearing head to toe White House Black Market: top, skirt, shoes, belt & earrings.

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Mar 312017
 

My latest video is up and I’m reviewing CND Vinylux and Essie Gel Courture nail polish.

I’m proud of this video because I filmed it and edited it myself which scared the pants off me. Hope you enjoy the video and give me a like and subscribe if you want more.

Have a great weekend!

 March 31, 2017  Posted by on March 31, 2017 1 Response »
Mar 292017
 

lighten up Sassoon Toronto

Spring is here, the sun is out (at the moment I am typing this) and my hair is lighter!

No, not dramatic blonde bombshell lighter. Some will even ask “It’s lighter?”. For proof click here.

I had all over caramel blonde highlights added and more layers but they were kept long. I want to ease into a blonde colour decision. This is a very soft colour and an easy to maintain cut. What I love about the colourists at Sassoon is they ask questions and listen. Kim (she did my colour) wanted to know if I wore my hair up, what other projects I was working on and what I wanted.

She suggested we could do half a head of highlights. This is a great way to save time and money at the salon – highlights are applied to the top half of your head. If you put your hair in a pony tail it can be obvious that you didn’t highlight the lower half of your hair. I wanted the whole head done. I just don’t know what project may pop up and I need to be ready.

Wesley (he cut my hair and is a Creative Director at Sassoon) cut off extra weight. He also taught me a new way to curl my hair and I haven’t been able to replicate it – not even close. I will have to pay closer attention next time.

I’m gong to link in Sassoon here again for anyone looking for a change and to check out their work follow them on Instagram here. I’m enjoying this hair journey I’m on.

 March 29, 2017  Posted by on March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Lighten up w/ @SassoonToronto
Mar 222017
 

I did it! I have wanted to start a YouTube channel for the last year but I ALWAYS chickened out. I would try to film myself and hated every second of it. I would fumble with my words, get frustrated and just wish I had someone to talk to while filming the videos. I had fun doing a YouTube video with Rotem (Fun at Home) on her channel and this made me want to try again, but how?

I have featured Mark’s on Cityline several times. I really enjoy working with their team and showing women across Canada how to shop their favourite stores and elevate their own personal style at the same time. I figured featuring Mark’s would make my first YouTube fun and would offer all women great fashion tips as we head into spring. The easiest way to refresh your spring wardrobe is to add great denim pieces.

Check out my first YouTube video as I select some great spring pieces and I have added all the links below to what I am wearing and what I am featuring in this video. I hope you enjoy and get ready for me to upload new videos every week. I’m learning new skills and taking on my biggest critic, myself!
What I Wore: Levi’s Trucker Jacket (you are going to see this iconic statement piece EVERYWHERE); DH3 T-Shirt with Side KnotDH3 Mia Mid-Rise Slim Skinny Jeans (I went up a size, I tend to do that when I am buying white jeans).

Featured Items in the video

Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans (I LOVE these jeans. A great basic for any closet and I own the exact ones); DH3 Mia Mid-Rise Boyfriend ShortsLevi’s Relaxed Bootcut JeansDenver Hayes Supersoft Mia Mid-Rise 5 Pocket Denim Skort

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Mar 192017
 

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I LOVE this dress and it is a style I thought I would never wear. A drop waist for a tall girl can be tricky. I wear this dress from LOFT with tights all the time. The weather has been tricky here so I waited to post it on the blog. Now it is sold out online but I am linking some similar styles : here, here, here, tall dress option here.

 March 19, 2017  Posted by on March 19, 2017 Comments Off on Floral Dress – Drop Waist
Mar 062017
 

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I don’t need to wear a suit but I like the look of a suit. The perfect compromise is mixing and matching separates. All three of these pieces are from LOFT and I wore them on Cityline last month. I selected a basic navy pant and paired it with a chambray coloured blue blazer with a linen feel. Mixing both colours and textures. A patterned blouse makes it all so much more fun.

Outfit Details – Blazer, LOFT (here, grey version here, red version here) || Blouse, LOFT (here) || Pants, LOFT (here)

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Feb 242017
 

Going with our theme we dressed comfortably chic thanks to Joe Fresh!

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Nicole works events, She needs to be able to move but also look chic. This floral print shirt dress  delivers. She layered this light cardigan on top and is ready to be the perfect hostess. Nicole can also pair this shirtdress with leather leggings for added comfort and warmth.

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I opted for this floral dress and layered a thin knit lilac sweater over it. It’s February in Toronto so you never know. I like the feminine details and it’s making me feel like spring is around the corner.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ideas for creating a comfortably chic Oscar viewing party. If you don’t use these ideas this weekend keep them in mind for next time.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by on February 24, 2017 Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Oscar Viewing Party – What We Wore Comfortably Chic
Feb 232017
 

DRINKS

For the drinks we kept it very simple:

1.Vodka Milkshakes – pre-made drinks that you can buy at the LCBO in keeping with out “Fake it, Don’t make it” entertaining theme. They taste great and we served them in milk bottles. Again, use what you have – martini glasses or champagne flutes are a great idea to serve these pre-made cocktails.

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2. Wine – we chose Kim Crawford wines. Their Pinot Noir below went well with the menu and our “chocotorie” platter. It didn’t overpower any of the food choices.Miriam Massei-5399

3. VOSS Sparkling Water – Nicole and I originally chose VOSS because of the shape of the bottle. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste, it was lightly carbonated and may be a great choice for those who find some sparkling waters too strong and bubbly. Just be warned when opening the bottles. The first bottle Nicole opened came leaking out, the next bottle she opened slowly and no leaks.

 

 

SWAG BAGS

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Nicole has created and managed events for Hudson’s Bay, TIFF and most recently Sundance. She thought giving guests Swag Bags would be a fun touch and something all the stars in the entertainment industry get. We partnered with some great brands to create these fun swag bags. We wanted to gift our guests items they would use. Some are for every day and other items are for those special occasions when we want to look our best.

We have

  • – Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash – This is a new brand to Canada (found at Shoppers Drug Mart). I discovered it when I was in Croatia and this is the body wash we used this summer. It has a soft scent and it’s French.
  • -Joe Fresh Socks and Scarf – it goes with our Comfortable and Chic Theme
  • -Joe Fresh Gel Nailpolish – Naturally I selected Red Delicious.
  • Quo – Lip Gloss, Contour Kit, False Eyelashes and Radial Blur Translucent Powder. All these products will get you Red Carpet Ready.
  • Joe Fresh – Tinted Lip Balm, Matte Lipstick in Ruby and Red Lipliner

The products we selected are reasonably priced and fantastic. Now Swag Bags can get pricy. If you are hosting a small party you could ask each guest to buy their favourite beauty item for each swag bag. You can even select a budget. Women are always asking what to bring to a party. Make it easy for them and get them to bring something for everybody.

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 February 23, 2017  Posted by on February 23, 2017 1 Response »
Feb 222017
 

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FOOD

Nicole and I created this easy menu so you can enjoy your party. Our menu is a “glam’ed up” version of simple foods with lots of “Fake It Don’t Make It” mixed in.

FOOD

1. Truffle parmesan popcorn
2. Devilled eggs topped with caviar
3. Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini
4. Pre-made appetizers (President’s Choice)
5. For dessert, a “Chocoterie” platter – various types of chocolates and chocolate desserts displayed on a board

 

Truffle Parmesan Popcorn

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Ingedients

PC Microwave Popcorn
PC Parmesan Cheese
PC Black Label White Truffle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ground Black Pepper

 

Directions

1. Pop microwave popcorn according to directions (Sticking to our “Fake it, Don’t Make it” motto, we simplified this recipe even further by using microwave popcorn). I made Nicole get the Extra Butter Flavour. Nicole usually uses Plain or Butter Flavour popcorn. Once popping comes to a halt, open the bag and place it in a bowl. Allow to cool.

2. Meanwhile finely grate parmesan cheese.

3. Pour truffle oil over the popcorn and gently toss. Sprinkle with parmesan. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

For the original Recipe please click here.

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Devil Eggs Topped with Caviar

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Ingredients

6 lage eggs
1/4 cup PC mayonnaise
1 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon PC yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Black caviar for garnishing

 

Directions

1.Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water continuously for 1 minute.

2.Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

3.Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. We made this recipe “Oscar-worthy” by adding the caviar on top and serve.

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Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini

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Ingredients

8 baguette slices
4 Figs, cut into thin wedges
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette (optional)
Walnuts for garnish

 

Directions

1.Preheat broiler. Arrange baguette slices on baking sheet. Broil until lightly toasted on 1 side.

2.Mash crumbled Gorgonzola and 1 tablespoon butter in small bowl until smooth. Spread Gorgonzola mixture evenly over untoasted side of baguette slices. Top with figs and walnuts. Drizzle oil over figs. Broil until Gorgonzola mixture bubbles around edges, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette if you want. Transfer crostini to platter and serve.

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Assorted PC Ready Made Appetizers

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Chocotorie Platter

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Assorted chocolates (dark, milk and white chocolate)
Assorted bark
Figs
Dried fruit
Almonds
Berries
Rosemary sprigs for garnish

We purchased the bark and chocolates from the Sweets counter at Loblaws. They are sold separately and are definitely a treat. Don’t have anything like that close by? Not a problem, purchase boxed chocolates and arrange like we did above. To fake the bark purchase some nice chocolate bars and break apart to create your own bark.

 

Enjoy!

 February 22, 2017  Posted by on February 22, 2017 Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Oscar Viewing Party Food