26 November 2011

gift guide: for the glamour girl

I've been completely inspired by all the gift ideas I've been seeing on the blogs I follow, and I couldn't help but put together my own holiday gift guide for my readers. Today it's all about the girl who looks completely glamourous and put together no matter what the occasionI'm sure we all know a few in our lives! This guide is filled with classic pieces that are fit for a lady who's minimalistic yet always makes a statement. Although a bit pricey, I had to include the Kendra Scott necklace; I swooned when I came across it while browsing the Neiman Marcus gift ideas. Have a great weekend and happy shopping... make sure to take advantage of Black Friday deals! I know I did!

1. 'Fashion' Nail Lacquer, Deborah Lippmann $16
2. Stars Clutch Bag, Zara $36
3. 'Banya' Booties, DV by Dolce Vita $145
4. Taffeta Dress, Laundry by Shelli Segal $160
5. iPhone Wristlet, Michael Kors $80
6. The One (Lace Edition), Dolce & Gabbana $82
7. In Vouge: Illustrated History, $66
8. Walker Park Hat, Kate Spade $87
9. Harlow Necklace, Kendra Scott $195
10. Rouge Coco 'Mademoiselle,' Chanel $32

16 November 2011

magenta me crazy

I'm baaack. For real this time! I've been busy with school and re-designing Discovering Elegance; I hope you like the changes! And finally a new outfit post. I have to say, magenta, cranberry, and purple-y shades are slowly taking over my wardrobe. Maybe it's because of my skin tone, but whenever I put on anything with a dark rosy hue I feel instantly more glam; and it gives a different edge to an outfit other than basic black! I wore this out for a fabulous dinner at Guu in Gastown with Jen of Her Waise Choice. I love it when I get a chance to connect with fellow bloggers and become friends outside of the online world. Although, don't let these pictures fool you. If only the weather in Vancouver was still this nice; I'll have some rainy day posts coming up this week! Happy Wednesday everyone, I'll definitely be strutting around in rainboots!

Blouse, H&M | Dress, Winners | Purse and Heels, Aldo
Necklace, Le Chateau | Jacket, Sirens

Photography by Andrew Cho

03 November 2011

sit down with jeanne beker

Back from a mini blog hiatus due to pesky midterms, I have finally been able to take a breath and write my review for Jeanne Beker's exclusive personal appearance at The Bay Downtown on October 12th. Better late than never! I was so honoured to meet and chat with one of Canada's legendary style icons. Jeanne was so humble and inspiring to us young up-and-comer's in the fashion and media industry. I love how passionate she is about her job, and she has an amazing life story -- I could've listened to her for hours! Thank you so much to Jeanne, The Bay, and Susan Tyndall for organizing this amazing experience!

Myself, along with five other Vancouver bloggers, had a chance to sit down with Jeanne, ask questions, and have a great conversation about the fashion world. I was definitely a bit star-struck when I was introduced to her; I was meeting the woman I had looked up to and watched so many times on Fashion TV! Sitting in the plush Platinum Suite at The Room, the atmosphere was comfortable and Jeanne was excited to answer any question that was thrown her way.

About the EDIT collection... She states upfront that she's not a fashion designer, but is an editor of fashion, like the everyday modern woman who edits her own closet. She emphasizes the use of comfortable fabrics and figure-flattering silhouettes for the collection -- "We have different cuts for different bodies... Nothing that will give you muffin top!"

Chatting about fashion online... Jeanne talked of her excitement about social media and blogging, and how it is starting to evolve the fashion world with a new way of branding. "It's time for the next generation of fashion coverage... that's what I love about the online world because there's so many roads, so many ways to engage... It's definitely the future of fashion."

The shoes make the outfit... She says that when planning her outfit for the day, Jeanne not only dresses for her mood, but she always starts with a great pair of heels and works from there."Painful sometimes, yes, but you know what high heels do for the spirit... they just elevate yourself."

Behind her inspiration... She admits that EDIT reflects what is in her own wardrobe for the season, and that it can span across many different generations. Jeanne expresses her love for basics and versatility, pieces that fit right and feel good. -- "Fashion at its best should always be spontaneous."

What's in her bag... Itinerary, sunglasses, hairbrush, camera, Dermalogica lotion, lip balm, gum, wallet, contact lenses, pens, a comb, lipstick. "The essentials, nothing too exotic... the lipstick of the day is Chanel No. 25 Vendôme."

Myself, Olivia, May, Valerie, Lisa, and Christie with Jeanne Beker

You can purchase Jeanne Beker's EDIT Collection at The Bay or shop online!