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The Enchantress of Bollywood

Doesn’t Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look stunning on the cover of this month’s Elle India?  She looks ethereal here in a dress by Rohit Bal, one of my favourite Indian designers.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of the magazine in Canada to be able to share more. But, I think these pictures speak a thousand words about Ash’s classic beauty.


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ooh la la Louis Vuitton Maison Vancouver

2 storey handbag wall @ LV Maison Vancouver

No amount of rain could have stopped VIP guests from attending the invite-only Louis Vuitton Maison opening party last night in Vancouver.  The celebrities and journalists probably didn’t even notice each other’s soppy hair while basking in the lap of 10,000 square feet of LV luxury.

The Louis Vuitton Maison store situated in the Hotel Vancouver is the first of its kind in Canada and there are only eleven Maison stores around the globe.  According to Jean-Philippe Hecquet, vice-president at Louis Vuitton Canada, Vancouver was a natural choice for Canada’s first LV Maison.  “It’s a very dynamic city with a strong image and character, and its own personality. It represents a truly diverse, sophisticated cultural centre, one which we knew would be extremely receptive to the very highest level of Louis Vuitton creativity,” he said.

The LV Maison Vancouver houses ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelery and of course, LV luggage including a trunk for $35,000.  There is a dramatic two-storey wall of handbags and original Canadian artwork by Vancouver artist Steven Shearer.

Soppy hair or not, Vancouverites are looking good in their new maison.

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Tory Burch Exotica


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Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

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Dior in Drawings

If you are in London town this holiday season, feast your eyes on the fabulous ‘Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the Line of Beauty’ art collection in lovely Somerset House on the River Thames.  The exhibit showcases the work of the late Rene Gruau, one of the most famous fashion illustrators who captured the essence of the Dior brand beautifully.  In fact, he was responsible for creating the marketing campaign for Dior’s first perfume in 1947, Miss Dior.  The exhibit runs until January 9th, 2011 and includes Gruau’s original illustrations, vintage perfume bottles as well as a selection of Dior Haute Couture gowns including a special dress designed by John Galliano himself, in homage to Gruau.

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Hollywood Gets Juicy

Nicole Richie @ Pressed Juicery

Pressed Juicery is helping Hollywood starlets and La La Land residents get back to their ‘roots.’  The relatively new juice bar offers 3 levels of cleansing with delicious concoctions , all neatly packaged up and ready to be delivered to your front door.  This makes life a lot easier on those pressed for time, including celebrity fans like Nicole Richie. Richie recently tweeted,  “I took a weekend job at Pressed Juicery! Who can deny this face?” as she served up fresh cold-pressed juices to Santa Monica customers.  It would be wonderful if the slick juice bar finds its way to other cities so the rest of us can all get juiced up too.

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Sexy on the Beach

Phuket one-piece swimsuit by Melissa Odabash

The weather’s getting cold and it’s time to start thinking about where to escape and more importantly, what to wear when you get to paradise.  Former swimsuit model-turned-designer and celebrity favourite Melissa Odabash, recommends packing one swimsuit in your carry-on bag.  In case your luggage is delayed or missing, you can still hit the beach without worrying about finding the right bathing suit.  Odabash is responsible for making the Victoria’s Secret zebra print bikini which became the best-selling item in their 1998 catalogue.

Here are some of my beach essentials with samples from her 2011 collection.

1. Sexy bikini that’s one size too small.  According to Odabash, less fabric makes you look smaller.

Seville bikini

2. Glamorous cutout one-piece that can work double-duty in the evenings paired with silky trousers.

Marbella Brown Sugar

3. Loose, flowy jumpsuit for walking to your spa appointment.

Virginia Bandeau Jumpsuit

4.  A fashionable wide-brimmed hat to protect your beautiful face.

Jemima Hat

4.  A floor-skimming kaftan that can be worn on the beach and off.

Coleen kaftan

5.  Pretty cover-ups that work as dresses.

Ayesha kaftan


Here’s the entire sexy collection from the Melissa Odabash show at the W Hotel in Miami.


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