Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Tartan Tale by MAC

Here’s another limited-edition collection from MAC Cosmetics that’s hard to resist for the holiday season.  The beautiful colors and preppy packaging make me want to dress in plaid and take off to the European countryside.  The Tartan Tale includes sets of glitter, nail lacquer, lipstick, powder blush, mineralized eyeshadow and mascara. The cute tins and bags are pretty enough to use long after your Scottish wanderlust subsides.

Noble Knights Lash & Line Kit

My Scottish Fling Mineralize Kit

Sassy Lassies Lipglass

Hark the Herald & A Triumphant Blush Face Kits






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Cavalli Celebrates 40 Years with DIVA bag

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Roberto Cavalli‘s DIVA bag has our names written all over it.

“The beauty of women has always inspired me… I have created a bag whose curvy, delicate shapes are reminiscent of the purity of the female body. But women must never forget that personality is the most glamorous accessory of all,” says the wise 70-year-old fashion designer.

The DIVA bag debuted at Cavalli’s 40th Anniversary Spring/Summer 2011 show in Milan last month and comes in an array of rich colors and skins like supple leather, python, and calfskin.  It will be available in November ranging from $1,205 to $3,060 and celebrities have already been spotted sporting the next ‘It’ bag.

Natalia Vodianova w/Cavalli Diva bag

Cavalli’s entire collection for next season simply took my breath away making me want to prance around in his clothes all day, every day. The barely-there python prints are perfect for capturing the cool factor of those 1970s Los Angeles girls who only dated rock stars.Enjoy the video of the Cavalli S/S 2011 show below featuring some of the world’s top supermodels.

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Bringing Bollywood Home

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It’s almost Diwali, the festival of light, and these kitschy pillows from Urban Barn are making me smile.  They are perfect for adding a bit of Bollywood glamour to any lounge space. Who doesn’t want Aishwariya Rai or Hrithik Roshan gracing their home?  The sequined pillows show the Bollywood superstars in their decadent costumes from the 2008 Jodhaa Akbar period film . Rekha who ruled Bollywood long before today’s ‘it’ girls is also not forgotten.

Bollywood Movie Slides Cushion

The jute rice bag cushions would most certainly amuse the farmers back home in India.

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Nicole Richie is Simply Stylish


Image via Marie Claire


Nicole Richie‘s life has been anything but simple throughout the years.  Yet, she has managed to keep her head on straight and evolve since The Simple Life days with Paris Hilton.  Her latest stint as designer has been well received by the fashion industry, recently earning her Glamour Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Earlier today, Nicole brought her bohemian chic style to Canadian luxury goods retailer Holt Renfrew, and I was there to capture some images while she posed for pictures and signed copies of her second novel, Priceless. Nicole gave Calgary fashionistas a taste of her simply stylish life by showcasing the latest accessories, clothes and shoes from her House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate collections.

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You’ve Got Mail

I’m in love with the pretty, new mailbox that was recently installed at my home, a modern cottage in the city.  I thought I would share a picture of it (above) as well as some other interesting mailbox ideas on the web. Homeowners sometimes overlook the small details which add to the charm and curb appeal of a property.  It’s important to complement a wall-mounted mailbox with an equally stylish doorbell and house numbers.

Knobloch Hollywood Red Locking Wall Mount Mailbox


Spira Stainless Steel Post Mount Mailbox


The Picasso Mailbox

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Fierce 80s on Canadian Catwalk

Image via Madam Wolf

When it comes to 80s trends playing strong on the runways right now, it doesn’t matter whether one’s in the fashion mecca of New York or lesser known Calgary, the mid-sized Canadian city which is a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains.  What I saw on the closing night of Alberta Fashion Week was a nod to the decadent era when Madonna became a household name and cone-shaped bras a fashion statement.  Although the clothes had a Canadian flair all their own, it was easily apparent the 80s have influenced designers all across the globe during the current Fall shows.  Here are some highlights and photos below:

Brook Fung of Peeko Apparel presented fresh and eco-friendly designs from recycled materials, such as men’s dress shirts. The show opened with a model wearing Fung’s signature neck garland that was both stylish and functional for fashionistas living in colder climates.  There was an abundance of chains, shoulder epaulets, high-waisted  asymmetrical skirts and cropped tops, all giving tribute to that decade we either love or hate, depending upon one’s fashion sensibilities.

With the eclectic travel-influenced Kanyo & Court label shown by siblings Shelly Kanyo and Andy Court, it was easy to be transported from Canada to somewhere much warmer and exotic.   Feminine skirts and embellished tops in bursts of color borrowed from the Far East seemed to float across the runway.  The strong bohemian spirit continued with turban headbands, suspenders, tailored shorts and flowy tops, perfect for jet-setters with wanderlust for faraway places.

Jenna Etcheverry, the brainchild of ready-to-wear line Madame Wolf, almost made us forget we were sitting entirely north of the 49th parallel with a glam rock collection ideal for young Hollywood.  The models strutted down the runway carrying cans of Redbull and oversized bags slung over their shoulders without a care in the world.  An attitude only the rich-and- skinny might afford.  Off-the-shoulder tops were playfully paired with high-waisted shorts which drew eyes to the carefully positioned gold zippers in the back.  The good girls-gone bad vibe prevailed as feminine dresses with asymmetrical hemlines and cinched waists were shown with tough military boots. The finale being a ‘Wolf Pack’ romper showing fierce fashion at its best.

So no matter where you are, the 80s are like, totally back in a big-puffy-shoulder-pad kind of way.

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