28 May 2010

s is for sex and the city

With all the hype going on about the Sex and The City 2 movie, I thought it would be the perfect chance to showcase the gorgeous styles of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon, plus their alter-egos Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda, on screen and off screen. These four fabulous women are style icons in the world of fashion, and I love how their unique outfits reflect their outrageous personalities.

Sarah Jessica Parker is one amazing women. Mother of three and a newly appointed partnership with Halston Heritage, SJP lives one glamorous life. At the world premiere of SATC2, Sarah rocked this gorgeous yellow Valentino gown with silver pumps. I love her hair being a bit of a brighter blonde, and the flirty element of the dress is so fun, but still sophisticated. From the show, the most iconic, and my favourite, is the Halston Heritage white v-neck dress. It's so flattering, and classy, yet simple. Paired with gold Louboutins, it's Carrie Bradshaw at her finest.

Kristin Davis looks absolutely stunning on the red carpet premiere of SATC2 in London. In a Decades Inc. vintage dress, the cut is slimming and looks amazing against her chocolate brown waves. I'm in love with shimmer this season! In contrast, my favourite character Charlotte takes bold green to a new level. Does it not completely suit her outgoing, hopeless romantic personality? Although it's gotten mixed reviews, I love the Oscar de la Renta dress - the rosette detailing is perfection.

Kim Cattrall is an absolute goddess - I hope I look as good in my fifties! Kim dazzles in a Naeem Khan gown for the world premiere, and I am loving the matching red lipstick and nailpolish. She looks so polished and fit! Why shouldn't she show off those curves? In the SATC2 movie as Samantha, her and Miley Cyrus show up in the same Michael Williamson dress and Dolce Vita boots (gasp). But it's outrageous, and totally Samantha at the same time. P.S. I'm definitely liking her accessories better than Miley's.

And of course, Cynthia Nixon, with her fire red hair and porcelain skin. Pictured in a fabulous Narciso Rodriguez dark teal dress at the London premiere, her highlights and features completely pop. The colour looks gorgeous, I wish I could wear blue that well! And, playing the cynical but lovable Miranda on screen, she goes bold in a raspberry shift dress by RM Roland Mouret. Again, the colour is incredible; and, even though I'm partial to matching coloured shoes, they're definitely growing on me in this outfit.

I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet. Carrie Bradshaw

19 May 2010

r is for rachel roy

Definitely my new favourite designer of the year is Rachel Roy. I discovered her when The Bay downtown began carrying a few of the Rachel by Rachel Roy designs; They soon held a fashion show of her collection, and now there's a section dedicated just for the ready-to-wear clothing. Unfortunately, being a petite girl of 5'2', most of her dresses and jackets just don't fit on my frame, which causes me so much frustration. Nevertheless, I'm in love with her Spring garments and I believe you'll feel the same way!

The greatest thing about Rachel Roy is she designs beautiful, eccentric clothing with shocking details. A new take on a simple black dress, I loved the ladder design throughout the midsection and sleeve ($119), and paired with a bright green heel? Amazing. Also, the draped artistic dress completely caught my eye. It's not fitted, and consists of a mash of different colours, but it stays flattering and absolutely gorgeous ($109). Who says that only tight dresses are sexy?

Roy's outwear is impeccable and so desirable. An out-there take on the classic trench, this floral print uneven design is perfect for Spring weather ($139). It looks sweet and innocent paired with gladiator sandles and understated jewelry. On the other hand, this breathtaking neutral suede jacket is asymmetrical done perfectly. ($249) I've walked past it hundreds of times in The Bay, and just feeling the fabric makes me melt! I love how it's paired with shorts and red lipstick - sultry, but not too over the top.

I can't forget about the Rachel Roy shoes and accessories. I love this white leather heel with the jeweled embellishment - the straps are elegant but versatile; I'd pair them with cigarette pants, or fancy them up with a whimsical dress. ($109) And, this jeweled arrow ring is so eye-catching ($55)! I've been experimenting with big chunky rings and this is definitely on my want-list.

Whitney Port, from MTV's The City, recently created three looks from the Rachel line: uptown, downtown and aroundtown. I love the outfits she put together! You can see the video and the rest of the Rachel collection here - the pieces are designer, but affordable. I hope you love them as much as I do!

17 May 2010

q is for queens of fashion

As my blog-hiatus probably admits, 'Q' was a tough letter to come up with something, especially with something creative. I chose to do Queens of Fashion, three of my personal favourite fashion icons that I have (or haven't!) mentioned in the past. With a combination of a day, night, and red carpet looks, these three celebs know who they are, and they let their sense of style show off their personality to the world.

Rachel Bilson

Ever since the very first episode of The O.C., I've been a major fan of Rachel Bilson. She's so carefree and her style is simple and effortless. For a coffee run or a day full of errands, black skinny jeans, a neutral (but intricate) top, and a studded bag, make for the perfect outfit. During the night, Rachel goes more glam with leather and bold prints. I love how she wore her hair up, keeping the outfit youthful and adding a personal touch.

For the red carpet, Rachel's dresses are nothing short of killer. Sultry, and accentuating her petite 5'2" frame, I love how she's not afraid to be bold with cut-outs and strong colours - is that emerald green not amazing on her?

Leighton Meester

Although she plays the fashionable Blair on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester has her own unique and fun style that is completely different than Blair's. A simple ivory dress cinched with a belt looks casual but put together - I love the neutral crossbody bag and gladiators. For a night on the town, Leighton chooses a great top with a mint green skirt, matching her shoes and purse with the multi-coloured blouse.

For the red carpet, I love how Leighton can go from elegant to quirky. Her one-shouldered breezy neutral dress is so chic paired with the eccentric clutch. My favourite outfit is the figure flattering striped dress with the shocking red pumps. It's flirty, but edgy, which shows a playful side to her personality.

Ashley Olsen

Unlike her twin sister, Ashley's look is anything but gothic miss-matched layers. I've always loved her fashion sense because of how put together she is. Collared shirts, blazers, and black never hurt a girl before, and she wears it well. Her street style is amazing - the gorgeous leather jacket and double-strap tote go amazingly with the great scarf and Hunters. For night time, I love how Ashley makes such a classical outfit look very sexy! Cage heels are a perfect accent, and the breathtaking necklace is to die for.

I really do love Ashley's red carpet looks as well. They're a bit of a hit-and-miss, but this open back dramatic white dress totally caught my eye. And I fell in love with the Badgley Mischka dress; so slimming and intricate, yet not too over the top. She really looks stunning!

She wears everything she likes. Marc Jacobs

10 May 2010

p is for portobello west market

This year I've had the amazing opportunity to intern for Portobello West, a fashion and art market based locally in Vancouver. I thought it was perfect to showcase it for the letter 'P' because it has definitely opened my eyes to how incredible eco-friendly fashion and art can be. The market consists of local designers from around Vancouver, the lower mainland, and even Vancouver Island, which come together in one location to showcase their craft to the public.

The greatest thing about Portobello West is the never-ending variety; there's everything from clothing, makeup, and accessories, to hand-painted artwork, food items, and even a psychic spiritual counsellor. In a setting where you can shop so many avenues without travelling the distance, it's a humbling experience that really makes a difference.

Although the market in Vancouver, which happens at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, is held monthly, there is also a market based in Calgary which holds two events in the Spring and Fall, held at the Big Four Building in Stampede Park. It always happens on the final Sunday of the month, and runs from 12-6pm with admission being $2.

Some of my favourite designers that have displayed their work at Portobello West are Ecocessories, Flora and Fauna, CocoaNymph, Yapes Paints, CreamPuffbyGG, A Cagey Bee, and Jola V Designs. Each month there are reoccurring designers, and new faces as well, so it's worth it to make the trip each time! If you are a local designer or artist, don't be afraid to enter the market yourself!

If you want to learn more about Portobello West, check out the Website or visit us on Facebook. I'll be updating the blog weekly, along with two other incredible interns, and also keeping you up to date on notable designers through Twitter. I hope to see you at the upcoming market on May 30th!

Watch our promotional video to get an overview of what Portobello West is really like!

09 May 2010

o is for olivia palermo

Mentioned in my previous post, and I'm sure I've commented on her style before, I chose Olivia Palermo for 'O' because of her amazing wardrobe choices, for both street and night wear. Although she may not be my favourite personality on the stylish TV show The City, she does have an impeccable and undeniable taste for classy and sophisticated fashion. Living in New York City with boyfriend Johannes Huebl, Olivia is not only a socialite - she recently launched her own jewelry line, collaborating with designer and friend Roberta Freymann, and also takes part in numerous charities. Even though we see her sneaky habits and sometimes unintelligent remarks on The City, her fashion choices will never let me down.

I think I love Olivia's style so much because it slightly mimics my own - tailored and form-fitting, but also casual and whimsical with a little bit of an edge. I love how her menswear-inspired outfit is great for shopping, or for a day at work. The silver oxfords are to die for; I love the neutral tones in her outfit, which aren't matchy-matchy, but go together perfectly.

Olivia proves that a clutch is such a crucial accessory! The bright canary-yellow purse brings the abstract blouse to life, perfectly muted with high waisted black shorts and cage heels. Dressing in a more edgier fashion, the camel-toned bag, which resembles the colour of the buttons, gives almost a girly feel to leather pants (!!!) and a great horizontal striped sweater. I'm in love with how she elegantly adds a hint of accessories to her outfits (large jeweled ring, gold necklace) but never overpowers them.

Whimsical might just be my new favourite word. I'm so in love with these breezy and playful dresses, which stay fun but elegant. I love the understated colours and beautiful patterns - very grecian with a twist! I also admire that Olivia paired a harsh black against pastels; uncalled for, but it works for her, keeping the elegance in tact.

For my version of an Olivia-outfit, I chose a great ivory textured jacket from Forever 21 ($40) and high waisted skinny black jeans (Topshop, $80). Paired with a breezy floral top (French Connection, $90) and accented with silver oxfords (Forever 21, $25) and a bright blue clutch, the outfit becomes tailored but casual. I'll definitely be channeling Olivia Palermo's style with the beautiful spring weather just around the corner.

(pictures via style.com and contact music)

06 May 2010

n is for neutral nudes

Lustworthy Trend: Nudes

One of my favourite colours this season is not a colour at all. If I was all-black in the winter, I'm definitely all-neutral for spring! I can't get enough of beige, mauve, taupe and cream - they're classic, but trendy, and work well for an all-nude outfit. I think that is the best part about working with neutrals; unlike black, which doesn't have many varieties in colour, neutrals have depth and can be eye-catching without needing a pop of colour. Olivia Palermo pulls the look off so nicely - I would raid her wardrobe any day. With her heels and bag matching, the dress and belt contrast with different shades, providing a great pattern and a neutral chic outfit!

(picture via cheap chica)

I fell head over heels for this drawstring dress by Michael Kors ($150). I tried on a Rachel Roy-version at The Bay a couple weeks ago and have been searching for a well-fitting one ever since. It's casual and easy to wear, perfect for those in-between weather days when it's not too hot out. I thought it would go perfect with these t-strap Kimchi flats from Urban Outfitters ($34) which have a bit of a metallic sheen to add a little something.

I've been on the hunt for a great pair of cowboy boots (number one on my list is an amazing embellished pair from Zara), and this ivory boot from Spring ($70) is trendy but casual. I love this printed dress as well (Forever 21, $30); accented with a crossbody bag, and the look is complete!

Finally, I have this amazing lace top from H&M that I wear so often - it goes with everything, from jeans, to skirts and chinos. This lace blouse from Topshop ($70) is similar, and I paired it with a great hobo bag from J. Crew ($200). Neutrals are so versatile, and can be dressed up or down. I honestly cannot get enough!

(pictures via Gossip Girl Show and The Vogue Diaries)