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I had decided that it being I’ve haven’t tried to sew a coat yet I would try my hand at this Vogue Vintage Car Coat and enter it into our local Norwood Fair that has a strong school and craft decision! It’s fairly major in that people enter from all around Canada, from baking , art , sewing, agricultural etc. This pattern was the most complicated challenge yet as I had a hard time with the gussets. I also had a hard time with the fabric itself was fraying terribly and I have to admit I threw it against the wall in a pile of pieces a few times!
I know now after two Vogue patterns that they are made with a long torso for tall women so I had to cut off six inches while in progress! Not the best time but not the worst time because it worked!
I chose a black men’s suiting fabric for the exterior and a crepe material for the interior. I thought the combination was perfect!
I think all the trouble this venture gave me makes me love this coat even more! I think to the time I threw it against the wall in a pile of pieces and I am amazed it in one piece! The fit , the fabric is so beautiful I cannot believe I made this! To top it off it won a blue ribbon coming in second prize at the Norwood Fair! I also entered my Barbie dress and a white overlay dress which both came in second as well!
After the Fair I decided that I didn’t like the sleeves as they were too short so I extended with a cuff and added a black button! Now it’s perfect! I love this Coat and am proud of myself for not giving up!
This week I went to heaven on earth on Eighth floor of Hudson Bay for the Guerlain launch of the Kiss Kiss matte lipstick hosted by Dave Lackie, Cityline beauty expert and creator of Beauty the Guide.
The venue was grand and glamorous and the signature Kiss Kiss cocktails were so pretty made with Grapefruit and vodka with a I think were petunias adorned the drink. It was light and refreshing and so delicious!!This room had an air of old world Hollywood, it was so glamorous!! I loved it!! I honestly cannot imagine a more perfect evening.
The space was large and it was spectacular filled with makeup stations and ingredients used to make some of the Guerlain products .I also had the pleasure of meeting Vice President of marketing Sandrine Briatte!She was informative and a beautiful,kind person.
I was also already a fan of Maxime Poulin international makeup artist for Guerlain. He was very sweet and gave me a touch up. He did in moments what takes me ages to do, a soft natural glow using the new Guerlain Baby Glow Luminizer and the new Kiss Kiss lipstick in Spicy Burgundy.
It was wonderful seeing familiar faces and meeting new Twitter friends.
The food was exquisite and probably the best meal I’ve ever had!!!
This was an evening of great company, incredible food and the best beauty products from an historical, luxury brand.I am obsessed with the Baby Glow Luminizer, it’s in a stick and is so easy to use! Mine is in the colour Golden Glow.
Each guest received a gift bag of Guerlain items that are wonderful and so luxe!!
Thank you to @DaveLackie, @CookieGigan and Beth Anderson for having me, it was an honour to be there and I am always grateful for the time we share together.Thank you!!!
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon I found myself at my sewing machine making this little fun beauty vest. It was my first time doing a flounce and it was really interesting to learn how to create it. I am not sure I did the best job but I am overjoyed at the results . This is a whimsical item that I will probably wear a lot and I LOVE Barbie! So here it is in all its glory my whimsical vest!
I had the greatest invitation to #JasonWu VIP Fragrance dinner hosted by Dave Lackie at Canoe restaurant located in centre of downtown Toronto . This event was the launch of Jason Wu’s very first perfume titled Jason Wu.Upon arrival I was greeted by Dave who is always the most gracious host and makes everyone feel comfortable.I should say the first is also the incredible view of the city that the 54 th floor ,that only the Canoe can provide! It was breathtaking! Secondly, the displays of Jason perfume are scattered throughout the room amongst the white flowers that have the notes in his perfume.
Before taking it all in I was greeted by a lovely waiter carrying a tray of signature cocktails especially for this event. They were one of the tastiest drinks I have ever had! The blush colour is reminiscent of Jason Wu perfume!Its these kind of details that Dave can put into an event like no one else can.
I had not had the privilege of smelling this perfume until that day and it is so pretty and light and is floral. Jason Wu had created this Fragrance with his childhood in mind growing up in Taiwan..His memories of jasmine vines were a steadfast presence and is so prevalent in his perfume.It has notes of pink pepper, fig, freesia, peony and musk. The combination of these notes are incredible and it really does have its own uniqueness. Now, The Bottle!!!! I cannot believe the substantial presence of this bottle. Yes it has its own presence because it is a piece of art in itself! It is thick one inch rectangular that is perfectly smooth even on the bottom, an aspect Jason was adamant about as he didn’t want the bottom of the bottle to have any lines showing the connection. A design detail that Perfumer Frank Voelkl and manufacturer executed to perfection, no lines!!! The 90 ml bottle is massive and is topped with a gold circle and the combination of the smooth rectangular and circular gold lid is absolute perfection.
Dinner was wonderful!! The Canoe focuses on a Canadiana menus . My vegetarian diet allowed my tastes to flourish with a green bean salad starter followed by roasted vegetables entree, fresh Niagara fruit on crème fraîche.
I had made my dress waiting for the right occasion to wear it and this was it! It was important for me to meet Jason Wu in my own design to perhaps make me feel encouraged that dreams can come true if you believe in yourself! It was comfortable and elegant at the same time!
It was a evening that brings familiar faces and new faces together to celebrate beauty in all its glory, this Jason Wu Fragrance dinner was no exception! I think our senses were heightened in anticipation of meeting with this uber famous fashion designer that now can add perfumer to his already extraordinary career. Having had his dresses worn by Michele Obama, then First Lady of USA and so many famous people, the excitement was tangible. He was lovely and well spoken and we were lucky enough to have a picture taken with him. Each guest received a magnificent 90 ml bottle of Jason Wu to take home.It is a memory I will have forever!!! Thank you Dave Lackie!!!! And thank you to Cookie Gigan and Beth Anderson for this opportunity! Grateful, grateful,grateful!! Thank you!!
This was my order from Luv Your Skin Company 1) a foundation in the shade Sand , a Pressed powder foundation in the colour sand and a Lip Balm. This is my second foundation as it dries to a powdery finish which is my fave and I have reviewed it in a earlier blog post . The Pressed Powder Foundation is a new try for me and I have been away visiting family and have been using this for on the go and is nice for this time of year as it is powdery and sheer ,and has a mirror which is perfect so I’ve had it in my purse ready to go!! The lip balm is a protective emollient balm that protects and hydrates your lips. I use at night only because I wear lipstick militantly but this would be perfect for the pool and or beach day activity to keep your lips perfect!!
Another pleasant purchase from this Luv Your Skin Company! I cannot wait to try out more of her skin line care line !!! It’s really wonderful and addictive and keeps you wanting to try more.
I must have be aligned with good fortune last week because I had the absolute pleasure of attending Daniel Murphy @djdrm1972 backyard BBQ celebration! The weather was perfect and so was his backyard. Bursting with flowers and multiple sitting areas and the handmade jewellery was literally hanging everywhere!! He had necklaces hanging in the trees from the tent, not to mention the Judy displays bursting with necklaces , bracelets all made by Daniel!! I throughly enjoyed myself and was so present in the moment and sat and took it all in. Daniel had a beautiful feast with delicious desserts and a candy station to load up on for home!! If great friends, atmosphere, weather weren’t enough he had gift bags prepared to each guest to take home. Both my hubby and I had the best time, Hun meeting my Twitter friends for the first time. Thank you Daniel and Mike for a beautiful day surrounded by beautiful people and jewelry!!
I was so very fortunate to have been invited to the second # sharebeauty campaign from Shiseido. Having been to the first event I thought I knew what I was expecting, I was wrong this event was nothing that anyone could have anticipated . It was as unique as the venue!
This Shiseido event was hosted by Dave Lackie and Shiseido Vice President Elaine Shigeishi at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Shiseido combines art and beauty along with Canada 150 Birthday with a limited edition Eudermine Body Oil. If that wasn’t unique and beautiful enough Shiseido collaborated with Montreal artist Alexandra Mackenzie to design the artwork for the packaging of this lotion.
It was a visual feast the moment I walked into the Red Room located in the Frank restaurant in the AGO. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, red walls matching perfectly to the to the star of the show the Eudermine Canada limited edition Body lotion . Art , beauty and culture the perfect trio!
The atmosphere was happy and the attention to details was incredible in so that Dave Lackie created a truly exquisite event and this was an extraordinary experience too!This time we were able to bring a friend to #sharebeauty which was so thoughtful and enhanced the mood to utter joy! My sister in law @kjsoldit was my BFF!
We had cocktails before dinner which gave us ample time for photos and mingling.With our host extraordinaire Dave Lackie and twitter friend @jenni40 and with Elaine Shigeishi.
Before dinner we were invited to preview products that are new and upcoming for fall. I was ooohhhh and awwwing as the Shiseido makeup artist displayed the Paperlight Cream Eye Colours,Inkstroke Eyeliner all of which come in a variety of colours with the most beautiful eyeliner tool!!! Along with their gorgeous lipsticks!!
Dinner was served! I had Wild Greens Salad with Sea Bream and sorbet for dessert! It was wonderful to eat and talk and we learned so much of the campaign through a Q&A from Dave and Elaine during dinner!
After dinner were given a beautiful gift bag with the artist artwork on it filled with goodies but I will get to that. We were given tickets to the AGO to meet artist Alexandra Mackenzie and experience the first pop up night life and the beautiful art exhibit throughout the entire gallery. We were given a paper leaf to write what Canada is to each of us and had it placed on the tree in the gallery placed by artist Alexandra Mackenzie . We also sharebeauty in a letter to someone we love and it was mailed by Shiseido. I choose both my daughter’s Mya&Lola.It was awesome!! This event had so many layers it was incredible! It was so perfectly done and it was a full evening or beauty, art , food, friends, this event had it all from beginning to end!! This was our gift bag filled with beautiful products that I love and have been wearing .
Thank you to Dave Lackie , Cookie Gigan , Beth Anderson and Elaine Shigeishi of Shiseido for a remarkable and unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever!!