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5 Fabulous Things
November 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm 0
 

This past week I came across a quote on Facebook that really got me thinking.

It really is true, right? How we spend our time, regardless of how mundane the task, or totally average it seems...when we pile all these things up over the years...they represent our life!

And, if you're like me and you work a lot, you make your family a priority, and you have a million things going on, it can be REALLY difficult to make sure you fill each and every day with a little joy, a little glamor, and a little spice!

So this week, I'm starting a new regular post on "5 Fabulous Things".

Here goes! 

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Stylish & Affordable Outfit for Under $100
August 13, 2013 at 10:46 am 0

I love dressing up and looking put together...even to do things like run errands, do some local shopping, or lunch with my daughter. It's part of my mission to incorporate everyday glamour into my everyday life.

But of course, like every frugal fashionista, I want to watch my pennies while I'm still looking good. My trick is to buy summer dresses and trendy and affordable jewelry every summer, and then mix this with my older more expensive or quality pieces. Most of my outfits cost less than $100...unless I'm wearing a designer purse or really quality piece, which I'll do for evenings. 

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To Die For Fashion: Join us on Pinterest
July 25, 2013 at 9:23 am 2

If you're looking for the ultimate in temptation I've picked out my very favourite fashion pieces on Pinterest.

I love looking for new styles, different ways to style great pieces I already have, and dreamy "If I had a million dollars" pieces.

I also love that it shows what my real style is...so I won't get distracted when I go shopping and find something that realistically, I'll never wear.

Click here to see my Pinterest fashion board. 

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WIN a Natural Highlight Package (Value $50)
January 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm 0
If you're like me, you care about the products you use on your face, hair and body. After all, drop dead gorgeous shouldn't kill you! So, when my friends at Tints of Nature offered up a Natural Highlight Package for one lucky Cashmere Clutch reader to win, I couldn't resist! The best part? These gorgeous highlights are: * free of ammonia, resorcinol, nonoxynol and parabens * certified organic * earth and animal friendly And now that we're dead in winter, there's nothing that lift spirits like a beauty break and fresh highlights. HOW TO ENTER: -Subscribe to the Cashmere Clutch e-newsletter here >>>>> http://eepurl.com/tArTj (you must be an e-newsletter subscriber to be eligible) -Leave a comment on this blog post on your #1 winter beauty survival tip WHAT YOU CAN WIN: 2 Permanent Blonde Ammonia-Free Hair Colour Kits 1 Highlighter kit from Tints of Nature HOW THE WINNER IS SELECTED: -randomly by random.org LEGAL MUMBE JUMBO: - must be 18 years to enter - not valid where prohibited by law - your chances of winning depend on the number of valid entries Good Luck!
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Top 3 Emmy Dresses
September 24, 2012 at 9:49 am 0
The Emmy's were on last night, and although I didn't watch them I am scouring all my favourite sites to find out what everyone was wearing. I don't know about you, but I wasn't that excited by most of the outfits - with three exceptions. #1 Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan This dress actually hit the Worst Dressed list over at Perez Hilton, but I think they're dead wrong. I love the crocheted top, with the bright yellow skirt, and the draping of the outfit. If I had a big fancy, schmancy event to go to, I'd love to wear something like this. So fun! #2 Juliana Hough in Georges Hobeika Couture I love this mermaid dress. It fits her perfectly, has lots of coverage and is still super sexy! I also love all the detailing and the colour. Not your typical dress, but I love, love, love it! #3 Claire Danes in Lanvin Figuring out what to wear when you're pregnant is not easy - but Claire Danes does it so well! Not only is the draping on this dress gorgeous, but she made such a gutsy colour choice! It looks amazing.
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Versace at H&M: Top 5 Dresses We’re Dying To Buy
October 24, 2011 at 8:59 am 0
I'm DYING to get my hands on some of these unbelievable Versace dresses that will be available starting on November 17th at H&M. Great design...great prices...sounds like my kind of offering! It's the usual UBER-SEXY Versace style, which will come in sooo handy for all the holiday parties! Here's my top 5 picks: 1. The Red Dress - Oh my...so sexy & classy & red! All of my favourite things in one! 2. The Gold Dress - Soooo sexy & fun! This dress makes me want to party! 3. The Yellow Dress - Stunning colour, and looks amazing with this blue scarf & fun purse. 4. The Versace LBD - Classic! 5. Light & Dark Blue Asian Inspired Dress - This is just fun! It's cute, girly and could be worn a million different ways!
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Jennifer Aniston’s Dress Gets Shorter and Sexier
October 22, 2011 at 10:45 am 0
Recently I stumbled upon this gorgeous pic of Jennifer Aniston's dress that I was crushing huge for! It turns out the dress was originally a long and flowy metallic dress by KaufmanFranco, but the designers re-released a shorter and sexier version exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue. LOVING IT! P.S. Doesn't this dress look so much better with tanned skin and lighter hair? The long version looks a tad severe, and the shorter version is SO much better!
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NEW Contest! Win a $100 Gift Card from Elle Hardware
October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm 2
We've got something new, fabulous and unique just for you! Elle Hardware is a gorgeous accessories and jewellery boutique in Toronto AND the fabulous ladies over at Elle Hardware are offering up a $100 Gift Card for one lucky Cashmere Clutch reader! This store has some gorgeous, unique and really fashion forward goodies. Check out some of our favourite finds below: 1. I'm really LOVING these Catherine Weitzman earrings. So fun and sexy and you can wear them day or night! Earings_Elle Hardware_Catherine Weitzman 2. I NEED these Miguel Simek earrings. Enough Said! miguel simek_earing 3. At the store - they have such a cool and inviting setting, and so many incredible finds! Elle Hardware_storeshot Want to take a peak at more of their fantastic goodies? Go to their website: http://ellehardware.com/ Visit their store: 695 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario HOW TO ENTER: 1. Go to the Cashmere Clutch facebook page 2. Tell us why you want to WIN the $100 Gift Card by leaving a comment on the wall CONTEST DURATION: Contest period is from Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Friday, October 28, 2011 at midnight, EST Winner will be announced on the facebook wall on Saturday October 29th. LEGAL STUFF THAT NO-ONE READS Must be a minimum 18 years old to enter Not open to residents of Quebec
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Prints Charming
April 20, 2011 at 9:13 am 0
This Spring fashion is all about prints and florals...and I couldn't be happier! During the last two years (with the tough economy) the fashion options were basic, and well....boring. But not this Spring! Colours, patterns, florals, bold prints...all of my favourite things to express some personality and have FUN with fashion! Check out this fabulous option! floral dress Image courtesy of Flare.
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So Ready For Spring Shopping at Pink Tartan
March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm 0

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Ugh, winter. That's all there is left to say about how grey and long this winter has been. But....the great news is that it's almost over!!! And the even better news is that Pink Tartan has the most unbelievable Spring lineup, and we're dying to pick it up at their new flagship location. Nothing makes me happier than the thought of warm Spring days, light jackets, and open toed shoes. Not to mention that I am over the moon that colour is IN this Spring. I love colour! Pinks, oranges, purples, blues....oh, bliss. On my list of Pink Tartan favourites this Spring: - super fun pink jumpsuit (above) - romantic and strong yellow dress (below) - bright short shorts (second below)
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Aren't they gorgeous? Now we just need to throw some fabulous parties so we can look as perfectly glam as these clothes deserve! (And some fabulous shoes and new jewels wouldn't hurt either!)
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Top 5 Designer Spring Dresses To Die For
March 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm 0
This Spring the dresses are truly unbelievable! Colourful, sexy, fun and flattering - just what every girl needs! Here are our top 5 picks for designer spring dresses this year: 1st Pick: MaxMara - Edwige Cotton Dress Easy fitting, soft Italian cotton in a subtle balloon silhouette that's cinched at the waist with an attached tie belt.$485 USD
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2nd Pick: Tory Burch - Petra Double-Crepe Dress A sleek sheath of double crepe, finished exposed zip-pockets and goldtone hardware for a modern edge. $328 USD
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3rd Pick: Haute Hippie - Silk Ruffle Dress This romantic iteration of the classic wrap is rendered in ruffled supple silk. $475 USD
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4th Pick: Diane Von Furstenberg - Handy Dress Easy elegance perfected in this billowy stretch silk silhouette, complete with comfy pockets.$375 USD
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5th Pick: Red Valentino - Belted Ruffle Dress Sleek, belted sheath silhouette has cascading ruffles down one side for chic, feminine touch. $595 USD
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Natural Accessories We Love From Club Monaco
February 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm 0
Club Monaco has some great and natural accessories this season that we're really loving. They're chunky and strong and have great textures. They can go with everything from a white suit for work, to a fancy dress, to a weekend outfit. Might just have to go pick a few pieces up!
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I’m In A Full Blast Winter Fashion Rut
February 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm 0

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I'm in a full blast fashion rut. I'm so tired of wearing heavy jackets, winter-proof boots, scarves, mittens, and thick sweaters. I'm just so tired of it! I want to wear Spring dresses, open toed shoes, bright colours and fun patterns. Unfortunately the -10C temperature, snow flurries and wind storms don't agree with what I want. This happens every year. Around this time I'm just so done with winter - and based on my appearance you can totally tell. I have about 3 business outfits that I wear to meetings, always the same drab colours and requiring no creativity. And my outside of work clothes are all "cosy, without the sexy". Blah! Can't wait for winter to end, and for the snow and salt to stop ruining all my clothes so I can actually wear more delicate things again! Does this happen to you too? Photo Credit: Corbis Images
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How To Update Your Makeup Every Season
November 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm 0

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Makeup is one of those tricky things - new colours and looks come out every year, but if you're not careful you will stick to your regular routine and before you know it your look will be dated and ill fated. So, to keep up to date we regularly peruse the magazines and makeup counters to see what's new. Recently the folks over at Clarins hosted a "Red Carpet" event where the head makeup artist Phillipe was doing makeup for all the lucky ladies that were interested. We hopped on the chair and tested out their newest look - very dark eye makeup where the liner goes slightly inside the lids. It seems a bit heavy but it actually looked great, and it was so much fun to have a different look! Forget the standard eyeliner and mascara, now I want the lovely shadows and peach blush!
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Favourite Fall Fashion Colours
November 15, 2010 at 9:40 am 0
This fall colour is in and a look through any fashion magazine, designer boutique or local mall will showcase the basic colours with a strong dash of statement colours. Here's what we're loving Red This fall red is everywhere - from bright red accessories, to gorgeous red jackets, to shocking red lipstick. Red is so versatile and can be fun and playful but also serious and sexy - wear just a dash or go overboard with lots of red this season!
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Purple Purple is also super hot this season and we love it! Purple is subtle and sexy and really complimentary for most skin colours. There's also a huge range of purples out there to enjoy - so everyone can find their favourite shade.
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Other colours that are in this season include camel (not so exciting), metallics (we're kind of tired of this trend) and olive greens(nice, but also safe and not exciting).
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Every year I dress up like a Tomboy for Halloween
November 2, 2010 at 3:37 am 0
But not this year! I went super duper girly with my fairy princess costume! princess_ingrid
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5 Must Have Fall Coats
October 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm 1
As the nights get cooler and a little more crisp, it’s time to abandon transitional trenches and embrace warm wool coats for the winter nights ahead. The good news is you don’t have to settle for the safe, or sacrifice high style. Here are Tamika Auwai's (from Shop Socials) are five gorgeous wool coats in unique silhouettes that effortlessly embrace the season's trends.
Pick 1: The Camel: Mackage “Bessie” $470 CDN
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Pick 2: The Bright: Valerie Dumaine "Simonetti" $259 CDN
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Pick 3: The Collared: Snoflake "Amaya Coat" $450
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Pick 4: The Fur: Matthew Williamson $2695 USD
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Pick 5: The Poncho: Tory Burch "Liam" $695 USD
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Today’s post is from Tamika Auwai, a recovering shopaholic and founder of Shop Socials, a start-up that gathers Toronto’s everyday socialites in the name of friendship, fashion, and shopping Toronto’s emerging designers and independent boutiques. Learn more about Shop Socials online at www.shopsocials.com.
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Fall Boots From UGG: The Top 3 Picks You’ll Want
October 12, 2010 at 10:30 am 1
This fall the folks over at UGG have some amazing designs for their boots. These looks are all really versatile and can go from weekend looks, to brunch, to around town, and best off all you'll keep your feet super warm with these super stylish looks! Top Pick #1: Lynnea Clog Shearling-Lined Ankle Boots
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The thick shearling-lined cuff brings warmth to this rich leather style with stud trim. The detailing is cool, they look amazing and you can match this with jeans and a funky jacket for a great look. $190 CDN --- Pick # 2: Maxene Tall Wedge Boots
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The rich leather with exposed seams and tonal stitch details work well for a modern, city-girl appeal. The low heel means you can wear them all day - perfect for runnng errands, fall walks, and coffee dates with your best girlfriends followed by boutiqu shopping! $290 CDN --- Pick # 3: Tall Lug-Sole Suede Boots.
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The Shearling-lined suede is shaped into a durable silhouette with strap accents. We love this colour, and the wedge heel adds height with edge! $250 CDN
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The Local Luxe: Designer Bags From Canadian Designers
October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am 1
While there are dozens and dozens of amazing international designers that we love (hello Prada!) there is also boatloads of local talent that deserves some of our attention (and pocket money). Today's post is from Tamika Auwai, a recovering shopaholic and founder of Shop Socials, a start-up that gathers Toronto’s everyday socialites in the name of friendship, fashion, and shopping Toronto’s emerging designers and independent boutiques. Learn more about Shop Socials online at www.shopsocials.com. ----- I adore a designer bag. Buttery soft leather, rich hardware, and attention to detail that you just don’t find in the no-name variety. I’ve always ogled Kors, Vuitton, and Chanel, and of course they’re still on my haute list, but in my quest to shop and support the local luxe, I’ve fallen in love with some amazing Canadian handbag designers that deserve to be household names. If you’re looking to invest in a designer bag this fall, look no further than your own backyard.
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A structured leather bag like Jessica Jensen’s Woven Box Satchel(above) is the perfect companion for corporate gals this fall. The relatively compact shape forces you to take only the essentials, the texture adds interest to an otherwise basic black bag, and the glossy finish is apropos for dinner or drinks in the evening. Get The Woven Box Satchel, $848, online or buy in-store at The Room or TNT.
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If you’ve fallen in love with the very feminine, vintage-inspired looks of the season, a modern take on a classic shape like this Marsha Bag by 442 McAdam should make your heart sing. The embossed leather and scroll-like name plate are just a few of the details that inject lady-like charm, but the sturdy cross-body strap means you can go from work to weekend without being too dainty. Get Marsha, $450, at Poor Little Rich Girl and Heel Boy, or shop online.
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If structure isn’t your thing, or your life lives in your purse, The Oliva in leather and wool by Cha Cha Lifestyle offers tons of room and relaxed style. The draw-string closure and studded accents are of the moment, but not overly done, and I love the whimsy of the hand-printed canvas lining that includes a collection of quotes and phrases in fun fonts on the inside. Get Olivia, $195, online but do allow up to two weeks for delivery as each bag is hand-crafted for you by designer, Lori Chalmers. Happy shopping!
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Diane Von Furstenberg: The Legend Gets Personal
September 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm 0
diane-von-fursteberg-unwrapped-1009-de Diane Von Furstenberg is not just a fashion legend, she's also a very strong, feminine, independent and complicated woman who happens to be behind one of the biggest fashion labels of all time. Yes, she married a prince, and was friends with Andy Warhol, but this mega famous designer also has a more down to earth - Her main goal in life is to empower women. Recently Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) was interviewed by Anamaria Wilson at Harpers Bazaar. The interview is so interesting and personal that we just couldn't resist sharing it! Here's the interview: Harper's Bazaar: Do you ever want to give it all up? Diane von Furstenberg: I don't think I have been more active ever than I am now. I've never been busier. I've never worked harder. And Barry asked me why. But I'm loving my life right now. And I just need 20 years more than whatever is assigned to me, because I feel that there's so much that I want to do. The wonderful thing about my life right now is just that it feels so coherent. Obviously, first there's my children, and I'm so proud of them. And they are fully grown up, they are aging, and they have children. So I can really say that, okay, they turned out well. My son is a great financier; he's very successful. My daughter is a filmmaker. So I'm very accomplished as a mother and as a grandmother. Ten years ago I started my business again after having stopped, and I'm very accomplished in my business. And I have great satisfaction because the older I get, the younger my consumers are. And that's kind of fun, and that's kind of keeping me young and making me relevant. And then as a woman, you know, my great discovery right now is that the biggest gift in life is to be able to give. I realize that I can make one phone call that doesn't cost me anything and change someone's life. HB: What has your mission been? DVF: To empower women. Why? Because I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything. HB: Was your mother the most influential person in your life? DVF: Yes. But you know, I'm not the only one; most people's mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important. HB: And your father? DVF: My father [Russian-born businessman Leon Halfin] was adorable. My father loved me, which made my relationship with men easy. HB: Do you consider yourself a feminist? DVF: Yes. HB: What do you think drove you to accomplish so much, so young? At 27, you had made it. DVF: Yes, by 29 I was on the cover of Newsweek. I don't know, but that was lucky. I mean, it's very important to start very young. And I don't know why, it just happened. I got pregnant and everything happened. HB: Do you still love the wrap dress? DVF: Yes, I mean, listen, how can I not? It paid for all my bills. HB: Is there anything in your life that's made you insecure? DVF: I used to be very insecure about my curly hair, because I lived in a country where everybody had blonde straight hair. HB: When did you get over it? DVF: One day in 1976, I did a picture for the cover of Interview. And I had my hair very straight, blown out, and so we did the shoot, we shot the picture. And then my friend the photographer said, "Now wet your hair." And I said, "What do you mean? I can't wet my hair." And he said, "I just want to try something." And my hair was superfrizzy, and of course that's what ran on the cover, and that's how I've worn it since. HB: Your mother said to you that fear wasn't an option, but was there anything that made you afraid? DVF: I was terrified the first time that I had a big problem in my business. I was obviously terrified when they diagnosed me with cancer in 1994. I was terrified when my son used to drive too fast. But I do believe in the fact that fear is not an option, so I always try to face it and not be afraid. HB: Whom do you attribute your independent nature to? DVF: That's really who I am. I think it had to do with the fact that my mother was in jail, that she was in the camps. I think it must. HB: So even when you were a little girl, you had that? DVF: Always, always. And my children are like that, and my grandchildren are like that. So I think that it's probably a little bit in our genes, and then certainly in our education. HB: Now, you realize that you're a commanding, magnetic presence. Were you always like that? DVF: You don't see yourself like that. Nobody does. You know, there's a thing about the woman across the room. You see the woman across the room, you think, She's so poised; she's so together. But she looks at you and you are the woman across the room for her. HB: Do you think European women are more confident? DVF: No, no. People say that, and this and that, but no. But I think idle women are more insecure. I think it's very important for women to have children, but I think it's very important for women to work. HB: When would you say you were the happiest? DVF: I think now. But I think you could have asked me many times in my life and I would have always said now. Except my 40s. In my 40s, I wasn't always the happiest, but I probably would have said that I was. HB: Who would you say is the love of your life? DVF: My children. And Barry. But my children first, I will say for sure. HB: Did you think that Barry would be such a major force in your life when you first met him? DVF: Yes, I fell madly in love when I first met him. Really in love — we were very in love for five years. And then I left him. And he somehow was always that presence who drove the other men crazy, because they were jealous of him. And now we've known each other for 35 years, and he's loved me so much. HB: So what do you think the secret to a successful marriage is? DVF: Respect. And space. HB: What would you say is your favorite thing about being married? DVF: I don't know. No one's ever asked me that. I mean, I don't particularly like to be married. I don't know. It feels very natural. I don't feel like I'm a prisoner. So the things I like the best about being married are probably the things that aren't very typical about being married. I can't believe I married twice. I so don't care about being married. HB: Is Barry a lot different now than he was when you first met? DVF: I was 28. He was 33. He's more patient, but with me he was always patient. With me he's the same. He just loves me unconditionally. HB: What do you attribute that to, chemistry? DVF: Oh, yes. It's, you know, there's no way that you can explain a relationship. Everyone is so different and so unique, and it's chemistry, whatever. You can't explain it. But there's a true commitment. I mean, it was more on his side. Not originally; originally we fell madly in love, and then I left. And then he was kind of always present. But now I really ... now it's very even. It's very nice, our relationship. But he is special. And he loves me so much. I can do no wrong. HB: Did your mother meet him? DVF: Oh yes, of course. My mother knew him very well. My mother died only nine years ago, at 80. HB: Do you believe not in secrets, per se, but in mystery? In the need to keep some things to yourself? DVF: You know, it's very funny. I'm very open. I'm so myself. And yet, actually, I'm very private. My mother used to say I was. I hold my feelings. You just have to be natural; to try to provoke mystery is ridiculous. But yes, of course, what is always very attractive is what you don't know about a person. HB: Are you ever lonely? DVF: No, but I love to be alone. I am often alone but never lonely. HB: Have you always been that way? DVF: Yes, but as you get older you like it more. HB: How do you feel about the aging process? DVF: I'm so attracted to women with wrinkles. I think the pendulum is going to go the other way. For men, it was always more beautiful. And I'm not saying you want to look like Louise Bourgeois or Georgia O'Keeffe, but still, it's ... it's better to be you. To try to keep a young body — that's getting very difficult. HB: Do you watch what you eat? DVF: Yes. No. I do, because I like to eat healthy. But I like chocolate. I like black chocolate, but that's just part of being Belgian. HB: What were those years like when you first left the clothing business in the '80s? DVF: Well, I lived in Paris, and I was living with a writer. And I really didn't do very much, except I read a lot, and I had this fantasy of having a literary salon. When you live with writers — when you live with an artist — you don't do much except live their lives. HB: After that, in 1989, you moved back to New York. Did you lose yourself for a while? DVF: A bit. But I didn't realize it until I came back. So it's when I came back to New York that I saw I had kind of lost that identity that I had from the minute I first arrived in New York and I was this success. And all of a sudden I came back to New York. It's the '80s, Ivana Trump and all these people are everywhere, and greed has become a virtue. I just felt completely irrelevant. And people looked at me like I was a has-been. I tried to get my business back, it was in the hands of people who didn't care, it had lost its spirit, it was horrible. It was the worst time. And it was really hard and really bad. And as a result I got cancer in my tongue — and I think it was because I was unable to express myself. HB: How did you find the cancer? DVF: It's the most ridiculous thing. I had lunch with Ralph Lauren, because Barry had bought QVC and we were trying to get Ralph Lauren to come to QVC. So I didn't really know Ralph very well. And we ordered one course because neither of us really wanted to do this lunch. But then we started to speak, and we spoke, and he became very open toward me. He had had a brain tumor, not malignant, and he was telling me about it. And I said, "How did you find out about it?" And he said, "It's funny. I had a noise in my ear, and I went to the doctor, and there was nothing in my ear, but that's when they found it." The minute he tells me that, I have a noise in my ear. And I think to myself, "I'm crazy. He tells me about that and I have a noise in my ear?" So I pay no attention. The next day, I still have a noise in my ear, so I immediately went to the doctor, who found nothing wrong with my ear. But he said, "You know you have a swollen gland here." They took the biopsy. "It was nothing bad," he said. "Well, it's only a cyst, so there's really no rush to take it out." And I said, "No, no, I want it out." And when they took it out, they cut it, they found little bad cells in it. I did eight weeks of radiation. But I was lucky; that was 15 years ago. HB: Did you ever feel like you had failed at anything? DVF: You know, I probably have, but I have a very funny way of processing obstacles and bad things. I somehow make them work for me. And I have very little memory for pain or things like that. I process things that are not good and I make them work for me. HB: That said, have you ever been heartbroken? DVF: Yes, once. But he loves me still, so it's okay. It's alright. I did once. Once, a man left me. HB: But they say that once you've had your heart broken, after that you never really have your heart broken again. DVF: Yeah, but that was really — that was not so long ago. It was a late part of my life. It's okay, I love him. We're still very close. HB: How do you find your peace? DVF: I need silence, I need solitude. I love to be in the country. I found my peace in my house in the country, Cloudwalk. I love to hike, I love to swim, I love to read. I find my peace within silence. I don't know how people do it. But if on weekends I had to have a social life, I couldn't do that. HB: How would you describe your own style? DVF: I like to think that my style and the clothes I design are effortlessly elegant and sexy. I think the word effortless is very important. I think that that creates an ease and a confidence, because I think there's nothing more beautiful than a woman who's confident. My wrap dress was almost accidental. It's the most traditional shape, like the kimono shape, no buttons or zipper, and it wraps. But what was different about it is that it was made in jersey, and it was tied to the body, and therefore it kind of sculpted the body. And then because it was in a snake and a leopard print, it made you look feline. I've touched so many generations with just that one dress, which is unique. I mean, no one has ever had such a thing. But then from there, I think I have become a pro. And I understand fabric very well. And I understand color very well, and print and shapes. And I work with young designers and Nathan [Jenden, her creative director] and my team from Central Saint Martins. And it's wonderful because it's really so nourishing for me, for them. I'm surrounded with young people. I never see people my age. It keeps me very young and relevant. But at the same time, I have so much to give them. HB: Did you always think of yourself as a designer? DVF: I was shy about considering myself a designer because I didn't study design. And it was circumstances that took me there. But now, after all these years, I know I am a designer. And I know what I'm doing. HB: And do men respond to women in your clothing? DVF: Yes, but not always. Men recognize my clothes; men love my clothes. HB: What do you see women doing style-wise that bothers you? DVF: I don't like when women try to be something that they're not. I don't like anything that's forced. HB: You have a very bohemian vibe. DVF: To a certain degree, but I mean, I am a voyager. I come, I go, I pack. I am a little bit of a gypsy. HB: What do you feel is the greatest lesson that you've learned? DVF: In life? It's funny, but I think that I have learned that to be kind, to give, is the best gift. I think that's the big lesson. I'm lucky, because early on I realized that I should be my best friend. That's the lesson that I would like to give everybody. HB: In what sense? DVF: Well, I think that you have to be your best friend in life, because the relationship that matters most is the one you have with yourself. HB: Do you feel like you get a lot of media attention? Does it bother you? DVF: No, that's what has helped me. I really haven't had any people being really mean to me. Or if I have, I don't remember. HB: But you've been open about you and Barry being very close but sort of allowing yourself different space. [The couple have separate Manhattan residences.] DVF: But that's during the week. I mean, that's because I like that. We need that. You know, but that's fine. Who cares? So? HB: Well, only because it's not conventional. DVF: Oh, I'm not conventional. I've never been conventional. Who wants to be conventional? HB: So you don't really care what people think about you? DVF: Yeah, I do very much care what people think. All I want is people to know, to see me as I am. And that's all that matters. I stand for who I am. I am as transparent as can be. I have no skeleton in any closet. There is nothing that anyone can blackmail me with. Because I'm very open, and there is nothing that I have done in my life that I would be really embarrassed for anyone to know. HB: Who in your life would you say knows you best? DVF: Barry knows me very well. My children know me very well. But no one knows me better than I know myself.
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Fall 2010 Hair Trends
September 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm 0
This fall hair is slick and clean looking, with most fashion designers trotting models down the runway with hair pulled back. We love this trend! It's classic, timeless, and sooo easy to pull off. Late for work, no time to get ready for girls night out? No Problem! With this slick style you look polished and professional, and hot, in no time flat! We love us a fashion trend that's universally flattering and easy to execute! At Yves St. Laurent the pulled back hair added drama and sophistication to the look.
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At Louis Vuitton the slick hair added to the pure, put together look and finished off a polished look perfectly.
 

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9 Great Last Minute Plans For The Long Weekend
September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm 0
The long weekend is almost here, and if you are not sure what to do there are lots of fantastic things on! So grab your sunglasses and take full advantage of the last long weekend of summer. Make it a great one!

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1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is!

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4. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 5. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

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6. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 7. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 8. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 9. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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The Best Designer Shoes For Fall 2010
September 2, 2010 at 9:29 am 0

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Flipping through the extra thick September fashion magazines we came across these unbelievably cool Balenciaga shoes designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere. They are so fun, colourful and spectacular. Normally we don't welcome the cooler weather, but we can't wait to ditch our summer sandals for these fantastic shoes! Photo Credit: Style.com
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3 Best Emmy Dresses
August 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm 0
The Emmy's were last night, and there's news all over the media about who was wearing what. To make it easy for you here are Cashmere Clutch's choice for 3 Best Emmy Dresses. Pick # 1 - Lea Michele (from Glee) in Oscar de La Renta The dress is gorgeous, and flattering and very classy. The detailing is amazing, and she looks like an American princess. She did not take home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but she did get tonnes, literally tonnes, of coverage from her dress. Just goes to show what a great dress can do for your career!
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Pick # 2 - Claire Danes in Giorgio Armani Prive Oh, how we love this iridescent crystal-encrusted Giorgio Armani Prive gown. It looks unbelievably good on Claire Danes, and to top it all off she won the Primetime Emmy for Best Actress in a Mini Series or a Movie for HBO's Temple Grandin.
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Pick # 3 - Jenna Fischer in Versace Thankfully somebody was wearing some colour at the Emmy's! It was a a sea of black, white and neutrals, which made Jenna's choice look even more fantastic! We love the flowy fabric, the bold colour, and how flattering and feminine the dress looks. Hooray for doing something different!
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Like Fitness, Fun, & Free Stuff?
August 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm 1
BodyTruffles_Strawberry If you answered yes to any of those questions than the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is for you! From September 7th - October 7th join us for 30 fun filled days of fitness, healthy eating, and fun...plus you can win some GREAT PRIZES! Want to know what's up for grabs? Here are just some of the prizes: - 2 four week gift certificates to Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - 20 free book giveaways from Simon and Schuster Canada - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company Join Us – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter!
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Orlena Cain: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepeneur
August 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm 0
orlenaMix Our latest Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneur Series feature is Orlena Cain – founder of Sugarcain Entertainment, an online magazine that supports up and coming, aspiring female journalists, Belleville's Mix97's morning announcer, and The Shopping Channel's TV presenter. Orlena also works closely with the Children's Aid Society, and other charitable organizations. Busy does not even begin to describe Orlena, but you'll be surprised by what makes her tick and what she would do differently if she could do it all again. --- How did you start your business? I created it 6 years ago to help me build my portfolio of interviews and I kept meeting women who wanted to come on board and do the same. 2010 marks the end of a significant run in the world of entertainment news for Sugarcain Entertainment. We started out with one and currently have 25 journos that are in Toronto, Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. Vancouver, BC, Los Angeles, CA and TEXAS! We really are everywhere! What’s your typical day like? Throughout the ownership of my own online magazine, I have also continued to work as a television host and now morning show radio host too. A typical day starts at 430am/530am depending on if I wash my hair or not, which also depends on how restless my night was...lol! Its on air 600am - 1000am in Belleville on MIX97 radio (Mon-Fri)and then if need be I may have to travel an hour and 45 minutes to The Shopping Channel (TSC) studio to work an afternoon or evening shift. I usually work weekends in Toronto at TSC. What was your biggest worry when you started your own company? My biggest worry was that no one would find it interesting enough to read and to date we have 250-thousand readers! Not too shabby for no advertising and purely word of mouth. How long did it take for you to feel confident about working for yourself? For me confidence has never been something that I wait for to do something. I walk fearlessly and sometimes foolishly in the path of the least expected. Sometimes I fall flat on my face...but most times noone is around to see it and I dust myself off, wipe a tear away if it has strayed and keep moving. Life is a battle. You don't stop - keep moving! What surprised you the most about working for yourself? I will tell you what surprised me most about working for myself - you can make anything happen and it is true, " If you build it, they will come." What’s the biggest reward in working for yourself? The biggest reward is that I have had a successful online magazine for 6 years and I have helped alot of young women help themselves. I feel incredibly grateful to have met over 50 women who have been affiliated with Sugarcain Entertainment. Some have moved on to great jobs like Monika Platek who is an in house announcer for their live TV coverage for the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS or Loriann Vilani who works on 102.1 THE EDGE as an anouncer. What have you sacrificed? I have sacrificed having or starting a family. I have sacrificed sleep. But I would change nothing, because, everything is as it should be. Is there anything you would have done differently? EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE. If I could change anything, I may have told a couple of people to go SCREW THEMSELVES. However, the world is small, so I silently have said it and not verbalized it, even though they deserved it. ----- Other Inspiring Women: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneurs Ali De Bold – cofounder of ChickAdvisor Equipped with a great business idea and loads of hard work she and her husband and business partner, Alex De Bold, started www.ChickAdvisor.com – Canada’s first user generated reviews community for women to share advice on their favourite products and local places. Find out how she did it, and the one thing she would have done differently! Lisa Ng – founder of HelloDJ Lisa Ng is a woman that goes after what she wants. She’s never worked in a corporate office, she owns her own DJ company, Hello DJ, and she’s not afraid to take risks. But how did she do it and what’s it like?
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Beauty Review: Lavender & Acacia Relaxing Foaming Bath
August 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm 0
bathbubbles We tested out the Le Couvent des Minimes foaming bath by chance; we found it in the drug store and thought based on it's expensive price tag it had to be amazing! We were not disspointed! You only need a little bit for a full bathtub and the scent is divine! It has a strong but natural scent and it produces an incredible amount of bubbles for a full bathtub. So, even though the pricetag is around the $35 mark, it's worth it to pay for quality products that you can use for a long time. Apprarently these products come from a Convent in France en Provence, that now operates as a hotel spa, which has been certified by Relais and Chateau ( a big fancy group that tells you if your hotel is fancy enough to get into their club - it's very exclusive; only 2 hotels in Canada are in the club).
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Great Bridesmaid Dresses at Great Prices
August 6, 2010 at 7:53 am 1
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Recently we discovered this great resource for finding just the right bridesmaid dresses for a great price. This has been such a huge relief! When we were shopping for all the bridal stuff for our wedding it was really kind of nightmarish! Rushing into different stores, going back a few times, waiting for the change rooms to empty out…so many headaches…it was actually really stressful. Not to mention that we ended up buying 3 different dresses because we just wanted to get out of the stores as soon as we could – only to find out we didn’t really like what we actually bought! So, if you don’t like stress, or having to go back several times to stores to find just the right dress try out David's online store. They have a great selection and great prices. We’re even thinking of buying dresses from the site for other parties, not just weddings!
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The Perfect T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style
August 4, 2010 at 3:01 am 0

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Sometimes you come across something so good you can't help but share it, and rant and rave about it. This summer we love the T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style. It's cut extremely well so it fits the body perfectly, and can be worn in so many different ways - like the black t-shirt dress above, or this white casual t-shirt dress style with bold accessories.
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Me To We Style, an eco-friendly apparel provider in Toronto is the only social enterprise that donates 50% of their profits to their charity partner (Free The Children). If you're not convinced yet hear this, they create apparel that is made from eco-friendly fabrics and plant a tree for every t-shirt they sell to offset any carbon emissions! You can get your t-shirt dress from Me To We Style, for approx $35. We love it when fashion really cares!
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Gorgeous Guy de Jean Can Can Umbrella
August 3, 2010 at 10:33 am 0

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Walking past the Royal York hotel - a luxurious heritage hotel in Toronto, we noticed this absolutely adorable umbrella. We wish it stays sunny for months more so we can use this sun umbrella all the time! This Guy de Jean Can Can Ivory Umbrella comes in various colours and retails for approx $190 CDN.
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Spa Review: Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto
July 5, 2010 at 8:34 am 2
stillwaterspa The Park Hyatt Toronto is a beautiful hotel, and the Stillwater Spa is no exception. The changerooms are clean and compact, and have personal tv viewing beds, a ladies only steam and hot tub and all the little conveniences you would want, from toothbrushes to q-tips. The waiting area for services is serene and relaxing, and they have a great selection of teas, fruits and biscotti for guests. The one major location drawback is that there's absolutely no natural light, since the spa is entirely underground. Somehow the space doesn't feel so fresh and healthy when you have no natural light or fresh air. Another problem was the showers; several of them were out of order, meaning ladies were waiting in line for a shower, and the water remained cold for a long time. Not exactly 5 star service. In terms of services while at the Stillwter Spa I tested out their facial services. Luckily I was able to score a last minute appointment, so on a whim I hopped in a taxi, spent some time relaxing before my appointment and then blissed out with my facial. The aesthetician, Kelly, was friendly and knowledgeable. When I went into the room she asked me within seconds if I was German or Polish because she could tell based on the slightly pink colouring that is different from the English pink skin, and is unique to Germany and Poland. I was shocked! Nobody ever guesses that I'm German; I have dark hair, hazel eyes and olive skin. Everyone thinks I'm Italian. Except for the super smart Kelly! Throughout the facial I had a mixture of masks, creams, steam, extractions, and massages. The one thing that was noticeably missing was the high frequency machine, which apparently the Hyatt does not use as a rule. How disappointing! I've had facials with and without, and the facials without don't make any major difference to my skin, while the ones with the high frequency make my skin look much smoother, softer, and it reduces redness. That said, the hand massage and foot massage while waiting for some of the masques to work was lovely. I've never had that before in a spa, so it was a great treat. Once I was done my spa services I relaxed a bit only to be located by staff and asked to pay as soon as I could. New tax laws were coming in and the spa had to charge me before there system switched over. Understandable, but I think the hotel could do a better job than hustling guests as soon as they check in to pay, and then again right after their service. Overall the spa's score is 7.5/10. The actual facial was good, but no high frequency machine, the broken showers, and being chased to pay were not conducive to a great facial and a relaxing spa promise. Photo Credit: Where.ca
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Enough With The Loose Trend! Why Not Waist?
June 23, 2010 at 10:49 am 0
Thakoon It's time to get serious about this loose "hide your tummy" kind of trend that's been around for several seasons. It's great when you are not feeling feather light, but if you're like me and you've got some curves; big boobs and a small waist, it's not so flattering. And after wearing loose fitting clothes for weeks on end your friends start to wonder..."is she hiding something"? Naturally after being married a few months it would make sense that there was a bun in the oven. But it's quite the opposite! This years goal is to get crazy fit and build a fantastic empire with my company...so if there's any baby coming it's more of a business baby! Oh, I know, it's so easy to just slip on a loose dress, and then you don't have to worry about sucking in your tummy or sitting so straight to hide the rollover. But, when everything is loose, at some point you just look like you've gained 20 pounds! So, from now on, we want waists, and form, and not so much flowing and hiding! Photo Credit: Style.com
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Do Expensive Jeans Really Make Your Butt Look Better?
June 21, 2010 at 10:12 am 0
Recently we tested out jeans to see if the most expensive option really is the most flattering. Exhbit A: Gap Jeans, approx $90
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Exhibit B: Banana Republic Jeans, approx $145
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Exhibit C: Seven For All Mankind, approx $235
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Are the most expensive pair the most flattering? They do make the legs look thinner so overall they are the crowd favourite, but the Gap jeans make the buns look pretty good too. Whatd'ya think? Do expensive jeans really make your butt look better?
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Guilty Pleasures Are Good! What’s Yours?
June 15, 2010 at 11:05 am 0
Yesterday there was some chatter on twitter about guilty pleasures. Everybody has at least one guilty pleasure...and it turns out for lots of ladies on twitter they share our passion for total rubbish TV like Millionaire Matchmaker, Housewives of New York, and Keeping Up With The Kardashian's. Twitter Chatter What's your guilty pleasure? Red wine from a can, tannng nude, or eating jam from the jar? Share with us on Twitter OR Let Us Know On Facebook
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How Take Great Pics Every Time (Video)
June 14, 2010 at 11:06 am 0
Recently we interviewed Stephen Sager, of Stephen Sager Photography to learn how we can look great in every photo. Watch this short video to find the top 3 tips to look your best in every shot. Last time I checked this photo had more than 11,000 hits!
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Looks To Love: Salma Hayeks New Hair
June 1, 2010 at 11:10 am 0
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When we saw the cover of In Style this month we were tickled pink with Salma Hayeks new hairstyle. It's gorgeous, fun, sexy, light and playful! And, she looks so smoking hot on the cover and in every shot inside. But this mid length cut is not for everyone, and is a beg step away from her normally long and luscious locks. Have Your Say- what do you think about Salma's new hair? Love It? Hate It?
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Do You Cheat On Your Hairdresser?
May 28, 2010 at 11:53 am 0
bad haircut Women and hairdresers have a very intimate relationship. They fix your hair and make you look gorgeous, and if you are like most women you talk openly about pretty much everything and share all your secrets while you are getting pampered. But what if your eye starts to wander while at the salon and you spot another stylist that really fits your fancy. They cut so well, the colour is gorgeous, and everyone looks like supermodels and rockstars after they are done. Would you cheat? Have your tried? But more importantly would your salon let you? Recently my husband came home from Fiorio Spa after a particularly bad haircut. And it's not like he didn't go prepared. He asked me to find a picture of a haircut I would like for him so he could get it from his stylist. I picked out two good haircuts he'd had before at the salon, in various angles and sent him away. When he came back he had an ugly, not stylish or cool or anything haircut...just plain blah. Later on in the week he told the story at a dinner party about his bad haircut. He called the salon and asked them to find him another stylist to try out since his favourite guy had left recently and his replacement didn't give the kind of haircut my husband wanted. They agreet to let him try someone new and then set up a time for an appointment with "the new guy". But when my husband arrived for his appointment he was stalled, and left waiting for way longer than normal. Why? Apparently they had paged his hairdreser to come and cut my husbands hair so he wouldn't lose him to another stylist. I was horrified when I heard this! And it seemed like such a dumb thing for the salon to do. He already had a haircut with this guy and didn't like it, so why subject it to him again? Why not let him find a new guy at the salon, and at least keep the business in house. But no, instead they pulled a sneaky move and now my husband is sure not to return. What do you think? Is it okay to try and see another stylist in the same salon? Or is it better to just find a new salon altogether? Photo Credit: ehow.com
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Beauty Review: Girlactik Blush, Eyeliner and Shadow
May 19, 2010 at 11:48 am 1
girlactik Girlactik is a relatively new beauty company, and their products are fresh, fun and are very regularly worn by celebrities on the red carpet. We bought a few products to review and test out if the product is worth the pricetag. Here are the final scores: Naples Blush: 10/10 - this blush looks gorgeous on, is light, fun and brightens up the face in a subltle way that looks like you've just spent a week on vacation. It really does wonders! $16 US, available at select Sephora stores. Black Eyeliner: 6/10 - this eyeliner applies easily, and has a roll up stick so you don't need to sharpen it, but there doesn't seem to be much of it! It's pretty expensive, and considering how long our pencil eyeliners have lasted they should give more product. $17 US, available at select Sephora stores. Sultry Shadow: 7/10 - this shadow looks great on and applies evenly, but there's nothing that special about it. If you're going to pay above and beyond Cover Girl prices you kind of expect more than Cover Girl...but we're not sure we got it. $17 US, available at select Sephora stores.
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Ali De Bold: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneur
May 5, 2010 at 10:30 am 2
Ali De Bold - cofounder of ChickAdvisor.com Our latest Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneur Series feature is Ali De Bold - co founder of ChickAdvisor.com. Equipped with a great business idea and loads of hard work she and her husband and business partner, Alex De Bold, started www.ChickAdvisor.com - Canada's first user generated reviews community for women to share advice on their favourite products and local places. It was launched in September 2006 and has reached over 3 million women since. How did you start your business? I was planning my wedding out of province and was researching for hair salons and spas for the big day. It was 2004 and there weren't any websites in Canada that had reviews for those kinds of services. In fact, most salons didn't even have a website. My only option was to flip through the yellow pages and choose the prettiest ad - and pray I picked well. I complained to my husband that there should be a site like that where women could give each other advice and he suggested we start one! Did you always know you wanted to work for yourself? No. I didn't have any specific desire to start a business. I always thought I could work equally well for myself or someone else as long as I was passionate about what I do. What’s your typical day like? I get up at 6:30 and go to the gym. That's the only time I can squeeze in a workout and it helps with energy and productivity. If I'm not in meetings, I spend a lot of time preparing proposals for clients, writing articles, chatting with members in the forums, testing and reviewing new products and attending press events. I also have a strategy session with the team once a week to discuss new ideas, then do testing and tweaking until it's ready to go live. What was your biggest worry when you started your own company? What if I fail? I always believed in the concept, but it's an incredible risk to work for yourself with no safety net. I'm very lucky that my husband is my business partner. He's a web veteran and incredibly smart, He supported us while we got the company off the ground. If I didn't have him, this wouldn't have been possible. How long did it take for you to feel confident about working for yourself? I didn't have much time to ever reflect on that. When we started the company I was in school full time in my second year of a 4 year degree program. I worked hard out of necessity because failure wasn't an option. I wasn't going to drop out of school, and since money was tight, I had to get strong grades so I could get scholarships every year. I wasn't going to let the business fail either. I don't start something only to get a C+. I wanted an A and I really pushed myself to get that. What surprised you the most about working for yourself? I'm more capable than I thought. I've learned so much in such a short time. I would never have believed this could be possible in 3 years. Was there a moment that you thought you wanted to quit and go back to a 9-5 job? Never. Being an Entrepreneur is incredibly challenging and there are more ups and downs than you could imagine, but it's all worth it. I've never regretted doing this and unless it was failing, I wouldn't be able to quit. What have you sacrificed? Social life, sanity, lifestyle, money… a lot. I've never worked so hard in my life. It took a long time for my friends and family to understand that working for yourself doesn't mean you have more free time, it means you have less. If you don't sit down and do the job, it won't get done. Even if you hire someone to do it, they may not come through for you and so you'll be the one working into the wee hours to push it across the finish line. I've sacrificed a lot but I've also gained a lot. It's a crash course in business, marketing, management, logistics, accounting.. you name it. What advice would you give to other women who wanted to start their own business? Start it for the right reasons. If being rich is your ultimate goal, you may be lacking the passion and vision to actually create something of value. If you are passionate about what you do, the money will come. If it doesn't, you'll still be happy along the way because you are doing what you love. I also think it's extremely important to have several mentors you can turn to for advice. I've learned a lot from my mentors, one of the most important being: Hire slow and fire fast. Having the right people on your team is critical. If you haphazardly hire someone you will pay for it later. Is there anything you would have done differently? I'd trust my instinct more. It's so cliche, but it hasn't led me astray. There have been cases where I've ignored it, whether it's hiring someone I didn't feel 100% confident about or entering into business discussions with parties I don't completely trust, and inevitably I would have been better off trusting my gut. ---- If you enjoyed this interview you should check out our interview with Lisa Ng - DJ, Fearless & Fabulous Female Entrepreneur and blogger at Hip and Urban Girl
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Career Success: Make Sure People Remember You After Events
April 30, 2010 at 11:19 am 2
For most women it's fun to go to events, meet new people and find new connections. It's all a part of the career game - expanding your sphere of influence and building a solid network of connected people. This can help for anything from finding inspiration from other successful women, meeting new people in high places that can help when you are job hunting, or even meeting people that can help you fundraise for your favourite charities. If you look at almost any successful person, they are surrounded by a network of other successful people. But how do you get these people at parties and events to remember you? Here are a few tricks to make sure you stick in people's minds: fun_hat Accessorize with something different This may sound silly, but it works. Wear something that sets you apart and is a good conversation starter with strangers. At a recent event I wore this crazy feather and lace hat, because I wanted to wear something that people could talk about, but also if I contacted them later I could mention that I was the lady with the feathered hat and they would remember me. It worked too - everyone I approached and introduced myself to commented on my hat and everyone responded to my emails when I said hello from the lady with the feathered hat! Wear bright colours When you go to events take a look at how many women and men are wearing black or dark colours. Probably more than 75%! So if you want to be easy to find later at the event wear something bright. It will make you stand out and you will also be noticeable in any pictures that are taken. When you contact the people you met again you can mention how you were the girl in the yellow shirt and everyone will remember. Ask about your new contacts hobbies, interests, or anything slightly different If you can start a conversation and somehow tap into your new friends interests, passions, or hobbies you might find that you have something in common, and can develop an emotional connection...which is the best way for people to remember you! Even if you don't have much in common you can ask questions and learn some cool new stuff that you didn't know before! Smile, and look like you are having a good time People like to surround themselves with other people that make them feel good. So when you meet people smile, nod, laugh (not fake though), and loosen up. It's more likely for people to remember you if you leave a positive impression in their minds. Introduce the people you just met to the people you already know If you seem like you are connecting people and can offer something to others they will appreciate it, and think more fondly of you...therefore remembering you. If you seem like someone who is dominating a conversation, won't introduce your new friend to others and don't really offer anything the person will likely forget you...or worse yet, avoid you in the future!
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Fashion Crush: Loeffler Randall Short Jumper
April 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm 0


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We love this super cute short jumper from Loeffler Randall. It's fun but polished, and definitely sexy! You could wear it with a cute cardigan for a super feminine look, heels for a sexy look, or a little jacket for a more business appropriate approach.

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Is Elin Woods The Inspiration For The Michael Kors Ad Campaign?
April 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm 0
If you have been anywhere near a tv, radio, newspaper or watercooler you've no doubt heard about Tiger Wood's fall from fame (or into shame!) earlier this year when it came out that he was indulging in several (like 15!) extramarital affairs. And, following that, loads of gossip was spreading about what his wife Elin was going to do. Would she stay, would she leave him, would she take all his money, what about their 2 kids????? It was at that time when Elin's picture was all over the news that we started to notice how similar Elin's real life looked when compared to the Micheal Kors ad campaign. See for yourself. What do you think, is Elin Michael Kors secret muse? Here's a picture from Ok magazine with Elin, Tiger and their daughter.

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Here's a picture from Michael Kors ad campaign.

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Spring Fashion Trends 2010 – Hit Or Miss?
March 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm 1
The good folks over at Saks have selected four super trends for Spring 2010. 1. Florals and Stripes 2. Button Up Shirts 3. Denim 4. Spring Shorts We love the idea of florals and stripes...but the rest is kind of meh. What do you think?

Are these Spring fashions a hit or miss?

Are these Spring fashions a hit or miss?

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Spring 2010 Shopping Essentials
March 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm 0
Spring is a time of change, renewed energy, and best of all wonderful fashion after months of drab and dark winter clothes! To help you out we’ve made a list of what you need for the new season and how much you should spend to get it. But be warned, this is not your typical list - this doesn't show a list of over priced and super trendy one season only fashions. These shopping essentials are meant to last for seasons and be reasonably priced - helping you look great, and invest in items that you can get maximum wear out of!

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Neutral Coloured Heels With Fun Details – approx $150 These are a good staple because they can go with pretty much anything, can last several seasons and are super versatile for work and for fun. These also go really well with the military inspired clothes that are popular now, in case you want to mix some trendy items in your wardrobe. Shoes pictured are Micheal Kors Spring 2009 collection – that are still very wearable this season!

Open Toe Black Heels – approx $150 Every girl needs a pair of black heels! These are also super versatile but can also easily show fading and general wear and tear. So make sure you take good care of them, or replace them regularly. BCBG always has an excellent collection of basics and super fun black heels.

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Fun Summer Sandals – approx $100 Since the other pair of shoes are basics, splash out and have some fun with your summer sandals. Buy ones that can work at the office or at the park and don’t be afraid to choose ones that are slightly trendy and will be worn out after one season. Summer shoes normally cannot endure longer than one year - so be prepared to replace these next year. Shoes pictured above are from NineWest.

White pants – approx $100 Nothing says spring like white pants. Yes, they may be hard to keep clean, but they look great coupled with bright shirts and the neutral coloured heels. Throw on some fun accessories and you have an outfit that looks amazing and can repeated almost once a week! Jacob is a great source for basics like white pants. You an usually score pants on sale from $50 up to $100.

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3 Colourful Shirts With Fun Details – approx $100 each Lighten up! Enjoy all spring has to offer with brightly coloured shirts, fun patterns and cool cuts. Not only will these fun shirts make you feel springy these three shirts can be mixed with pants, cute skirts, or shorts and are a great addition to your regular rotation of spring clothes. Femme de Carriere is always a great source for fabulous shirts with fun colours and very flattering cuts. Sometimes they can be really pricey, so watch out for when they have sales (very regularly) and you can score the same great shirt for $$$’s off.

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An Everyday Dress – approx $125 Now that you don’t need to cover up as much enjoy the ease that a spring dresses offers. You don’t have to worry about what tights to wear or if it’s warm enough outside to wear it. Just put it on! Add either of the three shoes above, pile on the accessories and enjoy! Easy peasy! Club Monaco is a good source for dresses, and Jacob also has some great and inexpensive basics.
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Fancy Spa vs. Cheap Nail Bar: Who Gives A Better Manicure
March 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm 6
One of the luxuries of being a girl is all the pamering - hair appointments, shopping trips, manicures, pedicures and all sorts of other lovely things that make us feel super special. But does it have to cost a fortune? Can you go for the cheaper option but still get great value? This week we're testing out nail bars. Is there a difference between the fancy spa and cheap nail bar? At the average fancy spa a manicure will cost $40, but at the inexpensive nail bar it's about $15. Once you add a tip you are looking at $45 vs. $18. Is it worth it?
for manicures expensive does not mean better

for manicures expensive does not mean better

Recently we tested out Elmwood Spa to see if it was worth the price difference. The facilities at the spa are lovely - there is a wonderful change room, water treatments that make you feel so relaxed, and flavoured water and apples everywhere. But, when it came time to get the manicure we were ushered down into the basement - and seated in a room with 20 other women cramped in little chairs getting manicures and pedicures. It was anything but glamourous! Trying to keep an open mind we chatted with the manicure ladies and people watched the other patrons. The manicurist trimmed our cuticles, shaped our nails and painted away using the Elmline products - a brand specific to this spa. The trimming and shaping were ok, although not as thorough as expected, but the nail varnish was awful! It was streaky, clumpy and just would not even out. And we were paying $45 for this! We asked the manicurist to remove the polish and start again with a recognized brand - OPI. This polish went on much better, smoother and didn't look like dollar store varnish. When we were done with the treatment and it was time to pay the friendly receptionist asked how we liked the manicure. It was time to be honest - "It was the worst manicure we've ever had". We were told the manager would call to see how they could make it better, but they never did. Over at the inexpensive nail bar we had a manicures and pedicures. As expected the place was busy, loud and crowded and the manicurist didn't have the same gentle approach as at Elmwood spa, but the results were fantastic! Our nails were trimmed well, our cuticles never looked better and the polish was applied perfectly. Some naysayers avoid cheaper nail bars saying they are unhygienic - but all you have to do is use some common sense (i.e. if there are used needles on the floor it's probably not a clean place) and if it makes you more comfortable just ask for any tools used on you to be sanitized with alcohol. So if you are looking for a great manicure the cheap nail bar is a better bet. It may not be as relaxing as the spa, but you will have great looking nails, and you'll have saved yourself a few bucks!
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Fun And Sexy Spring Dresses From BCBG
February 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm 1
There are loads of new fun dresses at BCBG now that look absolutely divine! Now that Spring is here it's time to put away the dark clothes, the extra layers, and the salty boots and embrace colour and fun prints for Spring. This gorgeous dress has colours but offers enough coverage so that you can wear it to the office too! For $158 it's a decent price for a well made dress that can go from work to cocktails sooo easily.

A fun and sassy dress that's office appropriate

A fun and sassy dress that's office appropriate

This super fun printed dress definitely makes a statement, but the conservative cut tones it down perfectly! At $128 and a body hugging pattern this looks like a great choice for a party, night out with the girls, or a third date!

Colour and a conservative cut make a perfect match!

Colour and a conservative cut make a perfect match!

This tiered one shouldered dress is romantic and sexy at the same time, making it a perfect date dress! It's $296, so definitely more pricey, but with this style you can get tonnes of use out of it!

A sexy and romatinc dress all in one!

A sexy and romatinc dress all in one!

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Spring Shoes To Love
February 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm 0
With the smell of fresh grass filling the air, little flower buds bursting through the moist soil, and the last drops of ice and snow slowly getting smaller and smaller there is something amazing that happens...girls can once again dream of wearing spring shoes outside. And dream away we do! Flats, open toed, heels, peep toes, in so many colors and so many different patterns and fabrics it can almost make a girl dizzy! And this Spring over at Nine West there are some gorgeous shoes that inspire all sorts of fashion dreams.

strappy spring sandals in metallic finished leathers

strappy spring sandals in metallic finished leathers

This stappy sandal, called Jiles, has a 4" heel and comes with gorgeous woven leather. It could go with pretty much anything, and at $120 with so much versatility seems to be a great wardrobe staple this Spring/Summer.

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These lovely and office appropriate shoes look fun, but can also look conservative based on what you're wearing. The 3.5" heels can give you some nice height. This shoe, called Yessa, sells for $120.

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These wedge sandals are perfect for going from day to night - they can look more work appropriate for day, and with a fun patterned dress look like the perfect dress to hit the patio with. These shoes are also pretty comfortable, so you can spend most of the day in them, running errands, doing work, or standing at a party and feel good. These shoes retail at $78, and are called Guinevere.
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Fabulous Ladies Night Party Idea
February 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm 0
There are few nights more fun and fabulous than ladies nights. So why not put a theme to it and make it even more memorable? Recently I came across this ladies lingerie party “Love, Sweet Love” theme from Simple Stunning Wedding Showers by Karen Bussen that mixes everything a girl can love - shoes, lingerie, chocolate and fancy cocktails!

a few of her favourite things make for a great get together

a few of her favourite things make for a great get together

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The Best Part of February – The Amazing Sales on Shoes!
February 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm 0
Here up North the winter is not fun. There's no point in saying it's lovely and fresh and blah, blah, blah - it just sucks. Plain and Simple. And by February most people are tired of the heavy jackets, winter boots, mittens and scarves. Even if you had nice things they've probably been ruined by the salty roads already. But, around this time of year something wonderful happens that offers a glimpse of hope for all the winter haters. All the shoe stores have amazing sales!

Shoes on sale at Aldo for $69 vs. the $125 original price

Shoes on sale at Aldo for $69 vs. the $125 original price

They have to clear out all the inventory from the previous year, so most stores have shoes on sale from 50-70% off! As long as choose a style that wasn't super trendy last year (and now outdated) you've scored yourself some great deals on beautiful shoes that are ready for spring wear, whenever the big thaw happens.
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How To Live Like A Diva On A Dime
February 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm 0


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For all the budget babes out there a few simple tricks to help you live like a diva on a dime. You don't have to become a shut-in, eat budget food only, or stop seeing your friends. You just have to make a few simple changes that let you keep more money in your pocket while also socializing, having fun and enjoying the good life. Here are a few simple things you can do to live like a queen when you have a tight budget: Go Out Later. If your friends are going out for a night on the town at 7 you can meet them at 9 instead. You'll have saved two hours of cocktails which could easily save you $50...plus you'll feel better the next day with a few fewer glasses of bubbly in your system. Meet Your Friends For Desert Instead of Dinner. When your friends are going to a fancy dinner at that super chic new restaurant and you really want to see it you don't have to miss out altogether. Tell your friends that you aren't able to meet them for dinner (you don't need to say you can't afford it if you don't want) but you'd love to meet them for desert. Cook Gifts For People. Is that $25 pricetag for thank you flowers to your friend that did you a favour a bit tough to swallow? Make them some super cute cupcakes or their favourite cookies! You will save a bundle, and you get to do some creative expression with your cupcake decorating. Double Check Your Receipts. This may sound a little stingy, but do you think the huge corporation that you buy your groceries at deserves the $5.00 they overcharged you more than you do? If you check your bills every time you'll be amazed how much extra you are paying - so get that money back and put it to better use! Do Your Research. Before you buy something that costs more than $100 check online to see if you can buy it at a factory outlet or a website for less. Why pay more when you get the same quality goods that you do in the store? Find The Best Time To Make A Purchase. Lots of companies have regular sales, or days of the week that things go on sale. If you are thinking of taking a trip you may be able to save money if you buy it online after midnight in the middle of the week. Lots of other industries have similar best times to buy, so ask when the lowest prices become available and save yourself a bundle! Photo Credit: Wisconsin Dells Attractions
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