Saturday, February 27, 2010

Follow Her Style: Alexa Chung

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Diva Designer: Erin Kleinberg

Diva Designer: Erin Kleinberg

I'm always proud to share a hometown designer, and even one close to my age. First discovered by giving Mischa Barton one of her homemade scarf inspired tops at a Toronto H&M, gaining free exposure, Erin Kleinberg began to be noticed.

She launched her first collection in the summer of 2008. Her goal with her collection was to bridge the gap with semi-couture tanks, tees, and novelty pieces. Her clothes are now sold across Canada, US, and internationally.

She has been also featured in numerous publications, with celebrities raving about her couture yet simple clothing.

Here is a preview of her Spring collection:

I love the simplicity of her collection, yet each piece is unique and glamorous.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Web&Fashion: Links a la Mode

Style vs Fashion

Edited by Retro Chick

With the Fashion Week season in full swing and Fashion Pulse Daily live blogging from the IFB conference it can be easy to forget that there are other things going on in the world, where real women are shopping and dressing for real occasions.

There were actually surprisingly few Fashion Week oriented posts submitted this week. Possibly the Fashion Week attendees are still too busy to partake in Links á la Mode, but what I did find was a lot of posts focused on fashion, style and image in the real world. A Typical Atypical calls for a low fashion revolution and Idiosyncratic Style urges you to bring out your cocktail frocks for every day. Meanwhile, in the body image arena Intrinsically Florrie learns to love her specs, Sugar & Spice discusses tanning and Mariels Castle weighs in (see what I did there?) on the body size debate.

It would be impossible to leave this weeks links without mentioning the untimely and incredibly sad death of Alexander McQueen. There were posts submitted on this issue but I made the decision not to include them, not because they were bad, but because I felt that if I included one persons post I would need to include them all. There has been so much personal reflection on the life and designs of this amazing man in the fashion blogging world that to choose a small selection seemed impossible. If you would like to read these posts then, as ever, the full list of submissions is available in the forums.

Links à la Mode: February 18th

  • A Typical Atypical – What girls really want to read about, and why fashion bloggers are changing the face of fashion
  • Bonne Vie – Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Inspiration: What you borrow from another culture when it comes to wardrobe should be thoughtful
  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Dear New Look; it’s over!
  • Eternal Masquerade – Covering the Parallels Between Our Current Winter Wonderland and Under the Sea Fashions
  • Fashion Pulse Daily – Fashion Pulse Daily blogs live from the Future of Fashion Blogging panel during IFB’s Evolving influence conference this week!
  • Hot Beauty Health – Ready for Spring? Here are 9 Big Beauty Trends for Spring 2010!
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Fashion Dare – Let your party frocks come out and play!
  • Intrinsically Florrie – Making a spectacle of oneself: learning to love glasses and finding the right pair
  • Mariels Castle – It’s not about been skinny or fat its about being healthy!
  • Retro Chick – Love, Lust & Burlesque with the Bridewell Collective
  • – Spring comes early to Golden Gate Park. Showcase of spring 2010 looks from San Francisco designers.
  • Stacie Blair – Show your Olympic spirit with fashionable gear from Aritzia!
  • Style Eyes – The dilemma of a fashion blogger and why I’m taking Dame Vivienne Westwoods advice to stop shopping
  • Style Symmetry – Fashion Blogger Interview Kingdom of Style’s Queen Michelle
  • Sugar and spice and all things nice – Discussing the dangers of tanning and why the only safe tan is one from a bottle!!
  • The Clothing Menu – interview with independent jewelry and clothing designer, Norwegian Wood
  • The Fashion Planner – The Fashion Planner is hosting an Giveaway!
  • The Very Subjective – very subjective (and therefore – very true) observations about style do’s and do not’s.
  • Thread Style – Heel-wearing fashionistas also can be feminists.
  • twentyteneightyfour – My thoughts on style vs fashion and how our appetite for fashion blogs is part of our quest for style
  • ventures of jenn – The Great Vintage Debate: the ‘price’ of vintage both within and outside of the western world and what it really means.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Stop'n'Style: Olympic Gear

Stylish Olympic Gear by Aritzia

On February 12th, the winter Olympics began in my home country, Canada. For 16 days, the best athletes around the world will compete in Vancouver, British Columbia. Glued to the TV for 2 weeks, I love watching moguls, ski jumping, figure skating, and hockey. Pretty much everything.

With 3 medals already, I wish the best of luck to all Canadian athletes, and other countries around the world competing!

Even if you are not at the games, a great way to show your spirit is to dress in representative Canadian gear. Aritzia, a store born in Vancouver, but located across Canada, has great Olympic gear in stores for fashionistas to help cheer on Canada.

Show your team spirit with:


Friday, February 12, 2010

Accessorize: Bib Necklaces

1. Rachel Leigh, $198, ShopBop; 2. Cara Accessories, $72, Bloomingdales; 3. Anthropologie, $30.72; 4. Forever 21, $14.80; 5. Juicy Couture, $159.60, ShopBop

Thursday, February 11, 2010

StacieBlair's MUST HAVES: Spring Faves: Floral

1. Free People, Floral Blazer, $128; 2. Joie, "Mary" Floral-Print Silk Georgette Slipdress; 3. Free People, Floral Garden Jumper, $108; 4. Parker, Floral Cami Dress, $187; 5. Urban Outfitters, Wildflower Scarf, $28.

Food Glorious Food: Food Blog

Bakerella: The Queen of Baked Goods

I am always mesmerized by bakers who create lavish desserts. Yesterday, I stumbled upon this blog called Bakerella. She creates cupcakes, cakes, brownies, breakfast foods, cheesecake, pie, cookies, and other desserts. However, they are not your ordinary baked goods. She makes cake pops, cake balls, and cupcake pops.

Bakerella is my idol!!

Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

Pie Pops

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Cheesecake Pops

Oreo Kisses

Chocolate Cupcake Pops

She also gives recipes on how to make everything.

I suggest you visit the blog:

Mmmm..... I AM IN LOVE!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Diva Designer: Karina Grimaldi

Karina Grimaldi

Only starting out in 2001, KG moved from Buenos Aires to Miami to start her own clothing line. Her collection features bright, glowing colours, which is influenced from the Sunshine state. Her Spring collection features dresses, tops, rompers, and jumpsuits which are detailed in their own unique ways, and highly feminine.

On my hunt to discover some great designers, Karina Grimaldi will be the first of my "diva designers" column.

Also seen on...

Kristen Cavallari Audrina Partridge

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Stop'n'Style: Swim

Summer 2010: Ruffled Swimwear

There is one thing I can never get enough of: bathing suits. It might be because I love thinking about sitting in the sun and relaxing, but I also love seeing the newest trends in swimwear. I am heading to Miami in a week for my Spring Break, and can't wait to relax and get some colour on my pale, pale body.

Ruffles are one of my favourite trends this season. Here are some of the suits I've had my eye on...

J. Crew. $96

Victoria's Secret. $39

Shoshanna. $180

Shoshanna. $176

Victoria's Secret. $68

Juicy Couture. $139

What's your ideal bathing suit? Happy tanning!

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