JT in TO

Justin Timberlake and his best pal, Trace Ayala, visited The Hudson Bay Company Queen street store on Jul 16 to promote their clothing brand, William Rast!

Trace and Justin talked about their clothing line and answered fans’ twitter questions. It was just awesome seeing the legendary Justin Timberlake in the flesh!

ps – Thanks to HBC for the refreshing water and cookies ūüôā

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Visual Diary – Sassafraz for Summerlicious

In the heart of Yorkville, there is a yellow, Victorian house -aka- Sassafraz Restaurant.
…my mom, Regina and I went there this past Saturday.

After trying their summerlicious menu, we went shopping at Holt Renfrew.
Perfect weekend.

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First Course –¬†Tomatillo gazpacho
crème fraiche / chipotle saffron oil / basil cress (vegetarian)

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Second Course –¬†Harrison Co-op artisan chicken breast
white quinoa pilaf / summer squash ratatouille / natural reduction (local)

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Third Course- Mango and mint bavarois
oat crumble / spiced raspberry coulis

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 Very strange Celine heels! Love them or hate them?

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Art Critique: Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian, 1930

Expressing a universal cosmic order with Art

¬†Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian, 1930 –¬†Part of the De Stijil Art Movement

Piet Mondrian’s intention was to move the viewer through his clean, balanced compositions in his pieces. It was his belief that his viewer can conceptualize the spirit realm, which existed outside of time and space.

The artwork uses primary colours of blue, yellow, red with values of white and black, and along with horizontal and vertical lines to create a harmonious, balanced composition.

Fashion Designer, Yves Henri-Donat Matthieu-Saint Laurent¬†(one of my favourite designers better known as YSL …OR “SLP”) was inspired by Mondrian when he created the ‚ÄúMondrian‚ÄĚ Day Dress (Fall 1965) . He knew that ‚Äúthe planarity of the dress was an ideal field for colour blocks‚ÄĚ (Metropolitan Museum of Art). An excellent example of how art and fashion meet.


unFURgettable

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Toronto, Canada had the biggest snow storm in 5 years. I got to leave work early and cuddle with friends on a Friday night.

The storm blanketed my lovely city with 30+ cm of snow..

After the chaos, the storm left a winter wonderland Saturday morning and I took the opportunity to wear my favourite winter coat with (Faux) fur collar and don my fur hat with fur boots.

This was the outcome:

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Castles and Wine

Napa County, California

Beautiful landscape and great tasting wine. What more could you want?

Wineries we went to were Robert Mondavi and Castello Di Amorosa. The pictures below were taken from Castello Di Amorosa.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

ALDO OXFORD SHOES

H&M TRENCH COAT

BLUE BALENCIAGA “CITY” BAG

FLORAL TIGHTS

TOPSHOP BLUE “DOILY” LACE COLLAR DRESS

(Apologies for the grainy photos. I just used my iphone 4 camera. Left my dslr at my aunt’s home when we went to Napa >_<)

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D&G via Cretus

D&G

Recipe via Raspberri CupcakesPPQ Spring 2012 via Chic Genre Miu Miu Applique BagLouis Vuitton ad via Keep in Touch with Fashion

Cream Ice Cream Embroidered Cardigan By KTZ**Kate Middleton via mirror.co.ukOscar de la Renta TiaraSera Park ‚ÄúThe Dessert Lady‚ÄĚ
Kate Moss by Tim Walker for Vogue
Mary Katrantzou pencil skirt
If only this existed (source unknown)Pastel Bib Necklace via
MinuseyPastel Manicure via AmebloMacaron Trinket Boxes viaSiteNYCVogue HellasKarolina Kurkovasource unknownJudith Leiber minaudiere via Luxury Launches Auguste Abeliunaite for Voguevia The LaneMeadham Kirchhoff headpiece

Sometimes you need a little sugar in your wardrobe, just like you take your tea. This fall, spring pastels get an update with heavy embroidery, piled on jewels, and all around decadence. Go ahead, dress like a princess.

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El Retiro is my playground

Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro, literally “Gardens” or “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”

Wandering around the park and seeing sculptures, monuments (Monument to Alfonxo XII), Crystal Palace, a peaceful lake and a number of art galleries. El Retiro is perfect for a simple stroll and a picnic, while in the heart of Madrid, Spain.

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WHAT I’M WEARING: 

H&M  plain white tank
H&M gray striped flats
MANGO pleated skirt
MANGO bag
Ray ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

A refresher in Rococo fashion:

History of Costume

A significant shift in culture occurred in France and elsewhere at the beginning of the 18th century, known as the Enlightenment, which valued reason over authority.  In France, the sphere of influence for art, culture and fashion shifted from Versailles to Paris, where the educated bourgeoisie class gained influence and power in salons and cafés.  The new fashions introduced therefore had a greater impact on society, affecting not only royalty and aristocrats, but also middle and even lower classes.  Ironically, the single most important figure to establish Rococo fashions was Louis XV’s mistress Madame Pompadour.  She adored pastel colors and the light, happy style which came to be known as Rococo, and subsequently light stripe and floral patterns became popular.  Towards the end of the period, Marie Antoinette became the leader of French fashion, as did her dressmaker Rose Bertin.  Extreme extravagance was her trademark, which ended up majorly fanning the flames of the French…

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‚ÄúYou may have the universe if I may have Italy‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Giuseppe Verdi

I fell in love with Italy. The architecture. The Food. The People. Their customs. Their art and history. Their language. Amore. The Italian culture, in general. I wish I was able to travel to Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Palermo, etc…but … Continue reading

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

One of the the things she most liked about the city -apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river- was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.¬†-Julia Gregson (There’s me … Continue reading