Apr 222014

I have been an Andrew Marc fan since my university days when I worked at Quest Boutique in Waterloo, Ontario. Andrew Marc has always been about beautiful outerwear and has since expanded to include clothing and watches for its women’s line.

I’ve created two boards with my favourite pieces. The first is all about white heat and neutral edginess. No Andrew Marc wish list is complete without selecting a jacket, or in this case, two. Both jackets are moto styles: the white one features diamond quilted sleeves; while the canvas coloured jacket has topstitching shoulder and arm detail. The leather canvas coloured pants have quilted knees and the back is made of white ponti. To complete this look I selected a stainless steal watch with a TV shape case and gold accents.

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The second look is all about rock and roll with a feather printed tee and a great pair of mid-waist black leather combo shorts. I had to pick another TV shape case watch, this one features a black calf skin leather strap.

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Andrew Marc is a leading designer brand renowned for our high end men’s and women’s leather, fur, cloth, and wool outerwear. For over 30 years, Andrew Marc has built upon a tradition of remarkable garments that define fashion, defy trends, and stand the test of time. The brand has since expanded to include sportswear, denim, handbags, men’s bags, sunglasses, watches and footwear. Headquartered in New York City, Andrew Marc is truly a cosmopolitan brand, committed to producing collections based on innovation and luxury materials. Driven by a passion for the artisan and finding truth and sensuality in the rough edges. Andrew Marc is a truly iconic American brand, representing the rebel in all of us. Craftsmanship has been the heart and soul of each design; our unique signature hardware – a love letter to the art of detailing; our superior leathers – a sign of our uncompromising approach to materials.

 April 22, 2014  Posted by on April 22, 2014 9 Responses »
Apr 162014

First a personal story – I caught the person who’s been stealing my papers yesterday morning. We had an unexpected snowfall in Toronto yesterday, when I finally got out of bed I opened my front door to marvel at the crazy weather. I noticed an elderly woman walking her dog in front of our house. She bent down and stole both of my papers, she didn’t even look around to see if she was being watched. I stood there for a second as my children where milling around the door then very calmly I asked the woman “Excuse me are you taking my papers?”. I startled her, she looked up and me and responded “Yeah.” I then said calmly “I need those papers can you please leave them?” She threw them on the ground and continued to walk her dog.  I was very happy with the way I handled the situation. My children were watching and I didn’t have to resort to yelling or name calling and it all got resolved. I’m not saying I didn’t want to throttle her I’m just glad I didn’t.

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When I like something I wear it a lot. Guess you can tell how much I like these leather pants and nude shoes.

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Blazer, Ted Baker (old) || Top, Club Monaco || Leather Pants, Danier  (old) || Shoes, Ferragamo || Clutch, Danier (old) || Earrings & Bracelet, c/o Cocoa Jewelry

 April 16, 2014  Posted by on April 16, 2014 Tagged with:  9 Responses »
Apr 142014

I talked about the 424 Fifth label last week and will be talking about it again this week. Lord and Taylor has created a feminine line that can be edgy or dainty. It just depends on your mood. Can you guess my mood today?

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A palm tree pencil skirt may not be for everyone but it is a lot easier to style then one may think. I decided to wear a pastel pink light weight sweater from JCrew to compliment the serene beach scene. A classic button down would work just as well. Going on vacation? Why not try this with a tee shirt or even a crop top (you know I’m looking for the perfect crop top as I type this).

For a very feminine silhouette I chose a classic handbag you’d find in your grandmother’s closet and went with nude heels so as not to distract from that amazing print in the skirt. Don’t be afraid to mix your pastels – pink and blue, yellow and pink, mint greet and pink – they add interest. My newest Cocoa Jewelry Bracelet and matching earrings (which you can’t see in the photos) completed the look. I may have found my easter outfit.

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Sweater, J Crew (old) || Skirt, 424 Fifth || Shoes, Ferragamo || Bracelet, Earrings c/o Cocoa Jewelry

 April 14, 2014  Posted by on April 14, 2014 9 Responses »
Apr 122014

I’m a talker, I will strike up a conversation with anyone. I don’t ask too many personal questions but I will ask questions about your job/career if you like to talk about it. I usually know where the line is and my husband is always astounded with what people will tell me. If you are a make up artist I always ask for tips. I’m only okay at applying make-up so I am always looking for tips to ensure I never look like a clown. Lately I’ve been asking for tips for the over 35 age segment. The one thing all make-up artists seem to agree on is the importance of blush as we age. We just seem to lose those rosy young cheeks and need to remember to apply blush. When MAKE UP FOR EVER sent me their latest HD Cream Blush I decided to review it and post a few pictures.

It’s a cream based product with a very rich pigment. I selected shade 215 which is for lighter skin tones. I applied it to the apples of my cheek and it was very easy to apply and the finish was even. I like it better then the Bobbi Brown Cream product because the HD Cream is not as creamy and heavy as the Bobbie Brown product (I hope this makes sense) and I found it easier to apply. The Bobbi Brown product can be used on lips as well and you need to have a light touch when using it on your cheeks. The HD Cream goes on smoother and you can be liberal with the application without worrying you will look clown like. I am wearing the blush on the left side of my face for the first two pictures and on both sides of my face with the third.

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I am very happy with this product and would recommend it. Do you wear blush? What are your favourite blush products?

Below is some more information on the HD Cream Blush:

What makes you blush? Introducing the latest innovation to MAKE UP FOR EVER’s iconic HD range, new HD Cream Blush has been created to melt into the skin for a natural flush of colour for both on camera and in everyday life.

HD Cream Blush is a next generation cream that looks, feels and performs up to the standards professional makeup artists require and consumers desire. Tested in front of HD cameras, the second skin formula blends seamlessly, making it undetectable both on screen and to the naked eye.

• The perfect balance of Silicone Oils, Dry Oils and Waxes offer infinite blendability in a long-lasting formula.

• Silica Powders and Synthetic Mica allow for a smooth, comfortable texture, while delivering a satin, soft-focus finish.

• Clear Mother-of-Pearl and Pigments give natural colour with a luminous finish for a radiant, healthy glow.

Created in sixteen shades to suit every skin tone, HD Cream Blush naturally sculpts and highlights the cheeks for a healthy glow. The hues range from light to medium to tan to deep both with cool and warm undertones. The small, lightweight compact includes a mirror and is convenient for any size makeup bag for touch ups on-the-go. Apply HD Cream Blush with fingertips, an HD Sponge, or Artisan Brush depending on desired result. Use a delicate sweeping motion to blend blush into skin.

Professional Tip: For a classic blush application that flatters any face shape, choose a full, rounded blush brush and apply the cream onto the apples of the cheeks in a figure “8” motion. Sweep from the top of the apple downwards then up and back towards the top of the ear.


Sephora stores across Canada (Sephora.ca), MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques (Spring 2014)

 April 12, 2014  Posted by on April 12, 2014 3 Responses »
Apr 112014

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend and may all your plans be almost perfect. To me it’s the imperfections that keep things interesting. I am planning a date night so we shall see.

This is about as short as I go when wearing a dress, Banana Republic did a great job because they added a pretty big hem so next time you see me in this it may be a few inches longer. PLUS there are pockets! I just love a dress with pockets.

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I love pearls and this multi-strand set is classic and doesn’t take away from the detail in the dress.

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Dress, c/o Banana Republic || Necklace, c/o Lia Sophia || Clutch, (old) Cassis || Shoes, Ferragamo || Bracelt, (old) Coach

 April 11, 2014  Posted by on April 11, 2014 6 Responses »
Apr 092014

My last post on crop tops is the most popular post I’ve done. Thank you for all the kind comments and let me know if you decided to try this trend. I haven’t been that self conscious in clothing in a long time.

On to drawstring pants…oh yes I am going there. I actually bought pants similar to these 3 years ago from Long Tall Sally (I hate that name) and I still wear and love them but wanted a more dressy version. 424 Fifth (Lord & Taylor in the US & Hudson’s Bay in Canada sells them) offered exactly what I was looking for. These pants are perfect for casual days or pair them with heels and I think they do great as a dress pant. I wore this outfit for the Lacoste Footwear Fall/Winter Media Preview. I posted pictures of my favourite Lacoste shoes on my Instagram account (@ivagrbesic). All I know is I want the Fair Isle pair. Who wouldn’t love Croc Fair Isle?

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Finally a good shot of these amazing Lia Sophia earrings on me. My daughter keeps asking when she can wear them.

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I usually change out of my heels if I’m going to do a lot of walking around. I brought these great Coach metallic flats and went home in them. I love my heels but my feet can only handle them for so many hours.

Wearing: Pants, 424 Fifth (Available at Hudson Bay, Lord & Taylor) || Jacket, Maje (old) || Sweater, Banana Republic || Heels, Paul Andrew (old from The September) || Flats, Coach (old) || Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff (old) || Cuff, Ann Taylor (old) || Earrings, c/o Lia Sophia

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

 April 9, 2014  Posted by on April 9, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  9 Responses »
Apr 072014

Before you question my sanity I’m not talking about the type Britney was wearing circa 2000 (I have to admit I wore those too. Wish I took some pictures so I could admire what was). The crop tops I am suggesting are worn with high wasted skirts and pants and graze the top of those skirts and pants. The fun part about this combination is it becomes about the anticipation of seeing skin. It becomes almost Victorian – only a sliver shows and only when you’re moving, adjusting your hair, reaching for something. I’m in good company with Ann Wintour, Mindy Kaling and a pregnant Kerry Washington. Will you join me?

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Top, Zara || Skirt, Express || Necklace, JCrew Factory || Earrings, Banana Republic || Shoes, Banana Republic

Linking up with : Style Elixir, Trend Spin, DIY Dreamer, WIWW, The Pleated Poppy

 April 7, 2014  Posted by on April 7, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  51 Responses »
Apr 042014

A few weeks ago I had a busy Friday for me – Jeanne Beker unveiled her shoe Collaboration with The Shoe company and I had been invited to attend the media preview, World MasterCard Fashion Week  presentation of Matthew Gallagher’s 2014 Fall/Winter and BOOK CLUB. If I’m being honest I hate having a lot going on on the same day. I am not one of those people (or bloggers) that likes to pack their schedule with a million things and thrives on all the activity.  Some are thinking with four kids you have lots of things going on, but they’re not my things, plus I don’t believe in too much scheduled events for my kids…surprise surprise. I like them to have time to be kids and enjoy doing kid stuff, preferably outside so I can get stuff done inside.

Anyway one or two events a week is ideal and preferably in the morning/afternoon for me. So Jeanne Beker’s shoe line had fun colours and neutrals,  plus handbags and was well priced for all. Then I attended my only fashion show – Matthew Gallagher. If you follow me on Instagram (@ivagrbesic) you would have seen the beautiful coat/cape he designed and I am trying to get my hands on it.

Then there was BOOK CLUB. I say it in all caps because we went to a restaurant, ate wonderful food, drank wine and other drinks (mine was bourbon based) and discussed the book which was The Husbands Secret. One of the members brought questions related to the book that we used and we really did get through every question. It was our first meeting and I’m telling you I loved it. A close friend (my youngest sons Godmother) who recently moved to Vancouver was even able to join us. We stayed out till 2 a.m. I did learn one very important thing from this book – If your husband leaves you a letter that says “open upon my death” burn the damn thing and tell him you burned it.

I am very chatty today and haven’t even gotten to the outfit.

The outfit – I bought these leather pants a few years ago and have only worn them once. Here I am telling women to take risks and I was afraid of my leather pants. I am turning 39 in May and the one thing I always read or hear is we regret the things we didn’t do, not the things we’ve done (for the most part, read The Husbands Secret about the latter). I have a few big things planned the year I turn 39 – family vacation to Croatia, trip to London to meet my fabulous UK blogging group, and hopefully a new house. I also plan to take some style risks because those are easy and won’t hurt anyone. So I wore my leather pants all day, paired them with my leopard booties and enjoyed my “busy day”. It’s all very Rock ‘n Roll and I’m more Hip Hop and R&B. Yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking but I have soul. LOTS of soul.

More risks will be taken – I have two words to leave you with “crop top”. Now go and enjoy your Friday and weekend.

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I wish I had a better picture of these Lia Sophia earrings. I did post on Instagram and will add a link to their website. They are my new go to pair.

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Leather Pants, Danier (old) || Blazer, Smythe (old) || Tee, c/o Tristan || Booties, 9 West (old) || Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff (old) || Bracelet, Ann Taylor (old) || Earrings, c/o Lia Sophia

 April 4, 2014  Posted by on April 4, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  23 Responses »
Apr 032014

A few months ago I was invited to be part of Fysh UK’s blogger profiling session and have a chance to see the team working on their latest add campaign #HookedOnLife. It was very interesting and exciting, they were photographing their models, doing hair and make-up, styling for the next shoot and  we were allowed to watch and ask questions,  plus the selected bloggers were interviewed during the event. Each blogger discussed what made them #HookedOnLife. I haven’t seen any of the others (I know they will be amazing) but I am sure we all have different ideas. I discuss being a woman over 35 and being a mother. If you have a minute and 37 seconds I’d love for you to watch my profiling session.

What makes you #HookedOnLife?

 April 3, 2014  Posted by on April 3, 2014 Tagged with: ,  5 Responses »
Apr 022014

While I was only able to attend one fashion show for WMCFW in Toronto (Matthew Gallagher, it was amazing) I did attend Toronto Fashion Incubator Press & Buyers Brunch. It was a carefully curated trade show that featured 20 up and coming Canadian designers. It was one of my favourite events at fashion week. Supporting local designers and show casing up and coming talent is something I think is important and want to do more of. I had some favourites and wanted to feature the brand BLAK.I (Black Eye) today.

BLAK.I was created in 2010 as a lifestyle brand made to bring out a woman’s inner cool.

The brand focuses on building wardrobe foundations that can be enhanced from season to season and not simply the ever–changing trends from the world of fashion. It ranges from fashion forward, intricately cut shirts and separates to fluid dresses and cutting edge leather garments. The brand has evolved since its inception to fully encapsulate the cutting edge contemporary woman. It continues to include designer aesthetics and detail with a modern and streamlined feel.

Diego Fuchs and Helder Aguiar are the design duo behind BLAK.I Both have deep ties to the fashion industry and have spent their careers immersed in design and creativity.

Born and raised in Azores, Portugal and Buenos Aires, Argentina respectively, Helder (pronounced ‘elder) and Diego both grew up with a natural love of fashion.

Helder moved to Canada with his family at age 10 and found fashion inspiration in his stylish mother growing up. It was while studying business at McMaster University that he realized his true passion lay not in numbers and charts, but the innovations of design. He graduated and went on to study fashion design.

Diego comes from a family rooted in the apparel industry. His great grandfather was a tailor and his grandfather was in the textile business. His own passion for design, which began with a student fashion show in high school, allowed him to fully express his artistic side. In designing he found the perfect medium through which to explore the world of fashion.

BLAK.I was born out of the design duo’s mutual love for design and a shared sharp-edged aesthetic. Together they’ve created a brand that incorporates luxury and street wear. From its inception and during its continued growth, BLAK.I has been more than just a clothing line – It’s a way of life and the evolution of the individual – starting with its creators.

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You can find BLAK.I clothing here.

 April 2, 2014  Posted by on April 2, 2014 Tagged with:  3 Responses »