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

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
Tory Burch Purple Dress

3rd Pick: Haute Hippie - Silk Ruffle Dress This romantic iteration of the classic wrap is rendered in ruffled supple silk. $475 USD

4th Pick: Diane Von Furstenberg - Handy Dress Easy elegance perfected in this billowy stretch silk silhouette, complete with comfy pockets.$375 USD

5th Pick: Red Valentino - Belted Ruffle Dress Sleek, belted sheath silhouette has cascading ruffles down one side for chic, feminine touch. $595 USD

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!
Learning To Trapeze: Learning To Let Go
August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am 0

Heena Trapeze_Jump

I can’t say that I’ve always wanted to run away with the circus, in fact, the closest I’ve ever got to the big top was reading Fifth Business as a kid, and creating body image issues for myself in funhouse mirrors. But as I approached my 35th birthday, I wanted to do something different, something that would test my boundaries and help me to regain some of the fearlessness of youth. I decided to try the flying trapeze. Now it’s not an original idea – I admit I saw it on an episode of Sex in the City, but the key was translating this idea into reality. I thought it was going to be difficult to find a circus in Toronto, but through the wonders of the internet, I discovered that the Toronto Circus school offers drop-in trapeze classes in a hangar at Downsview park. I convinced a few friends to join me and off we went into the unknown. When we arrived we were greeted by a pleasant looking woman who asked us to sign a waiver. I shrugged it off as a precaution and happily signed away my life – all in the name of fun. My friends and I looked at each other and broke out into a nervous giggle. This was safe wasn’t it…??? I tried to reassure us as we walked into the gymnasium. There was nothing to be afraid of. We would have a harness, a net, someone spotting us and of course a lot of practice before we even got up the trapeze.
Heena Trapeze

Or so I thought. As we walked in, all I could see was the 20 foot ladder leading to a precarious looking wooden platform and the vastness of the distance between the trapeze and the net. We all looked at each other and gulped. There would be no easing into the trapeze; we received a routine, saw a quick demonstration and were strapped in for the horror ahead. The first person up made it look really easy and gave us a false sense of security (we found out later that she was a regular). The trembling people that followed were more the norm. The closer we got to the front of the line, the more nervous we got. As I had been the instigator of the madness, I had the pleasure of going first. I never thought I had a fear of heights until I got up to the ladder. My arms were trembling and I had to force myself not to look down. As I approached the platform, I kept worrying that I would lose my footing and plummet to the ground. The platform itself was probably only 3x2 feet wide and had to support the weight of two people. I was sweating as I walked onto the platform and having some serious second thoughts. The spotter told me to grab onto the trapeze with one hand and perch my toes off the front of the platform. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as I looked at the net below. Then I was to grab the trapeze with my other hand and when she yelled “hup”, (carnie talk for “go”) I was supposed to jump off with my feet. She yelled, I jumped and swung like a pendulum. I could feel the rush of the air beside me and my arms being ripped from their sockets. I hung on for dear life and could barely hear the instructions of what to do next. After a few swings I was to tuck my knees up and throw them over the trapeze, let go of my arms and then release to fall gracefully onto the net. This is what happened – I kept swinging, my arms quivering, my body feeling like a dead weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t get my knees over the bar and was stuck there in limbo. After what seemed like an eternity, I heard a voice say something that sounded like “let go”. So I did. I fell onto the net in a heap and rolled onto the floor. I felt exhilarated. I took a second to think about what I had done and smiled. I just did the flying trapeze. Now how many people can say that? P.S. I did better the second time around. Heena is a labour lawyer with a large Canadian financial institution and has contributed several articles to Cashmere Clutch. If you liked this article you may also like Heena's other articles: Dealing With A Job Loss Starting A New Job: How To Get Your Groove Back
Events, Life, Travel
Top 10 Things To Do For The August Long Weekend
July 30, 2010 at 11:44 am 0
In Ontario we have a fabulous 3 days off for the August long weekend. Not sure what to do? There are lots of fantastic things going on, not to mention the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

Things To Do In Toronto

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! 4. Take Part In Caribana (click here to read more) Of course you've probably heard that this weekend is the Caribana weekend - it's a massive party that consumes a large part of our city to so here's information on how you can get involved.

Things To Do Outside Of The City

5. 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. 6. 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!

Things To Do Anywhere

7. 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. 8. 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! 9. 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! 10. 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!
Fun Wedding Pictures We Can’t Resist Sharing
July 18, 2010 at 12:51 am 7

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Earlier in the blog I wrote about our destination wedding (including some destination wedding do's and dont's for what we'd change if we could do it all again!). I was a tad worried about what our destination wedding pictures would look like since all the samples the photographer gave us were sooooo cheesy! Parrots, pirates, and poses, sums it up well. Nothing looked natural, or relaxed, or stylish. It all looked very posed, and silly, and not like us at all. So, to make sure we had a least a few great shots we decided to do a photo shoot post-wedding in Toronto, with Stephen Sager, a recommended wedding photographer. The photos turned out so great I can't resist sharing - check out the full post on Stephen's blog here The other great part? It turns out our wedding photos from our destination wedding were quite nice, so now we have two full sets of fabulous photos!
Super Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas
June 2, 2010 at 11:23 am 0
It's wedding season, and that means Bachelorette parties! But they don't have to be about lollipops taped to your shirt and penis tattoo all over you face! A new era of bachelorette parties is upon us, so now everyone can get involved in the silliness AND you don't have to hit the clubs and get totally humiliated if it's not your thing. Themed Bachelorette Parties Instead of just making the party about getting married, add some other ingredients into the mix so all of your friends can celebrate with you. Some great ideas are Madonna themed "Like" A Virgin parties and Smurfette parties. Get Ready With Your Girlfriends Most of the fun happens when you and your girlfriends are sipping cocktails, loading on eye makeup and getting really silly together. So start your party a bit earlier and enjoy all the giggles you and your girlfriends will have as you crimp your hair, mix up your lace outfits, and scream in delight over who has the most ridiculous outfit. Have A Secret Santa Outfit Party Want to take your party to the next level? Set up a secret santa and assign everyone names for who they have to bring an outfit for. Make sure that everyone writes down the sizes, and you cap off the spending at around $25. Your friends will show up with their ridiculous outfits for each other and you will have an absolute blast revealing the clothes and making everyone dress up. Skip The Club And Hit The Track If you are not the clubbing type there are loads of fun activities like horse racing (think of the gorgeous hats and outfits you get to wear!) and go karting, or even car racing that can make for a really memorable bachelorette. Don't stick with the club tradition if it's not something that works for you. Keep in mind if you are planning a bachelorette party, or if you are the bachelorette the cheaper and easier your party is the more fun it's likely to be. When everyone is spending a fortune to go to Vegas for your bachelorette the expectations are so high, that it can be really hard to hit it out of the park. If you do something fun, easy and accessible for all there will be less drama, fewer money worries, and more great memories.
Cheap and Cheerful Valentine’s Day Ideas
February 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm 0
valentines-day With Valentine's Day around the corner it can be hard to come up with great plans when your pockets are light on pennies. But don't distress! Here are some great cheap and cheerful Valentines Day Ideas: - Bake cookies together - Organize your photos and make a photo album together - Set up an at home wine tasting just for the two of you - Find out which charity you would both like to support and ask about volunteering together - Write out lists of your favourite memories together, things you did together etc, and share them There are so many great and lovingly sweet things you can do together that require minimal money! The most romantic Valentine's Day things you can do are things that come from the heart...so don't worry about spending a bundle, just enjoy each other and remind yourself why you chose that person to be next to you.
How to Host a Great Holiday Party
December 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm 0

As the holiday season approaches there’s no better time to get together with friends and family and celebrate together. Here are some simple holiday tips to help you host a great holiday party. Pick a theme. Holiday parties don’t just have to be about Christmas. Pick a fun theme to boost your party this year. Think Bad Santa and come up with games and activities where your guests can play, laugh and get to know each other better. Your party will be the hit of the season. Invite a wide mix of people. A fun mix of people from different backgrounds with different interests can add some serious spice to your party. Instead of inviting the same six people why not make it ten, and add some new people to really stir things up? Stock up on liquor and spirits. Deviate from the everyday and come up with unique cocktail combinations to serve your guests, or have a wine or beer tasting party where your guests have to guess which is which. The more creative you get, the better your results. Provide some light and tasty snacks. When your guests are sipping and chatting make sure you’ve provided a fuel up station for them. Some nice, light, tasty snacks will go a long way. Try not to go with the super heavy and complicated snacks that will be hard for you to make, and leave your guests feeling bloated and sleepy. Decorate. Some festive ornaments and funky decorations will go far. Show that you put some effort into your party and add holiday accents – such as silver cocktail glasses and table decorations. Just add music. Before your guests arrive put the final touches on your soiree and put on some music. Have a few choices nearby that can help to elevate, or slow things down if needed. Since you’re setting a whole scene for your party make sure the music compliments the vibe you are trying to set with all the decorating, games and cocktail mixes. Go with the flow. Instead of forcing games and seating plans on your guests let them set the pace for the night. If your guests aren’t interested in your games drop it and move onto something else – and if they seem like they are ready for something different bring out the wine tasting. As long as things flow nicely it’ll be a great party.
Party time:Getting to know you – again
October 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm 0
I’m finally doing it! There is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but never manage to get around to. I even made it a monthly goal...only to let the month slip by without doing it. But not this month. I’m actually going to have a party and reconnect with my “lost” friends! Over the last year I’ve been working like a donkey, and spending a lot of time with my fiancé, so I haven’t been out and about socializing. Some of my friends have fallen through the cracks a bit. To change things I’ve decided to host a party and get to know everyone all over again. We can sip wine and eat cupcakes and chit chat all night long. Lost friends no more!
Fashion Fun: Polka Dots
September 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm 0

One of my favourite shirts is a green and white polka dot shirt. The cut of the shirt is lovely; very feminine, light, fun, and office appropriate – that’ hard to pull off in one shirt. Recently I was at a film studio working on a tv series and I wore my polka dot shirt. Sometimes when you film tv the studio walls will be painted green, and later when you process the film it will be taken out. But just for fun’s sake, I couldn’t resist taking my picture in front of the green screen.
Ring Flings
August 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm 0
I have a confession. I love big rings…well not even big, more like HUGE rings. I think they really make a statement and they compliment the shape of my fingers quite well. Here are some of my favourites. ... Yup, my boyfriend knows he’s in big trouble.
Seven Ways to Have Free Summer Fun
August 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm 0
Summer is here and it’s time to get active and enjoy the good life – but with this still slow economy some of us are not feeling like celebrating the change of seasons. Turn that frown upside down, there are several ways to enjoy summer fun for free this year.

1. Go to local festivals and street parades. In almost all towns and cities there are several free events around town that are fun to watch and cost nothing. My favourites are the jazz festivals, sandcastle contests and street parades. Instead of saying “oh I’d like to do XXXX this summer” or “we should go to XXXX this summer” put it on a list and get ‘er done! You’ll have summer memories that will last a lifetime. 2. Make outdoor picnics. You have to eat meals anyways, so make them into events and have them in local parks or at the beach. It will be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and you can also invite friends and family to join for extra fun. 3. Take regular after dinner walks in different neighbourhoods. I love the routine of tidying up quickly after dinner and just taking a nice stroll in a new area. It helps me clear the day out of my head and learn about a new neighbourhood. 4. Volunteer at a local charities special event this summer. You will be helping out the community, feeling good about yourself and maybe making some new friends. Success!

5. Become an outdoor photographer. Most of us have cameras and all the tools we need to discover a new hobby like photography so use it! Learn on the internet (free!) how to take great photos and use your newly acquired talents. When it’s chilly in the winter you can spend your time indoors organizing your photos into albums. 6. Visit all the local art galleries in your area. Free and oh so cultured! 7. Learn about astronomy and study the night sky. I love the idea of sitting outside, watching the stars, and dreaming of far off places – can it get more tempting?
Statement Dress
June 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm 3
I've been on the lookout for a statement dress recently. I haven't found what I'm looking for exactly, but I did find this knockout dress online. I just love the butterfly inspired mix of colurs, the generous cut of the dress, and the detailing with sparkles and feathers. Can't you just imagine how much fun you'd have in this dress?
from outlier* on flickr

from outlier* on flickr

Summerbreak Substitution
June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm 2
Last week I had a one day mini vacation. I woke up late, drank my coffee slowly and then took a long walk. As I was walking I looked carefully at how the leaves were moving gently with the breeze, the waves were rocking back and forth silently, and the sun was shining brightly casting light upon the lake. And then I realized, this is what it’s like to have extra time on my hands - to be able to see all the great things that happen around me daily, the same ones that I’m too focused on tasks and errands and work to actually notice. So I made a decision. This summer I’m going to live my weekends like I'm on a summer break, just like school children get every year. It's a little time out to step back and enjoy our lives, our families, our friends and all the great things happening around us that we’re too busy to notice.
Life, Style, Travel
The smart girls’ guide to living well
June 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm 3

Cashmere Clutch is a women's lifestyle site that covers anything and everything to do with living a balanced, fulfilling and fabulous life. From dating advice, to financial freakouts and fabulous fashion, this site is one girls journey through life from darker days to a brighter phase.

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