An afternoon at Dior

An Afternoon at Dior #LoveDior

I had the best luck,and when I say luck perhaps it was in the stars that I was invited to attend a Dave Lackie event celebrating Christian Dior for his #LoveDior  superstitions and Fortunes event held in none other then what I like to refer to has heaven on earth or more commonly known as the Dior Cosmetic Counter. I’ve always said Christmas in an iconic Department Store at Christmas time sends me right back in time to the seventies when I could barely see over the counter but revelled in all its glory. The white and silver trees that filled the first floor made such a lasting impression on me that I today have a white a two silver trees in my home at Christmas. Talk about beauty creating an impact.

Here we are forty five years later and I am at the Dior Counter in a department store feeling all that warm and fuzzy feelings again. This was an event created and hosted by Dave Lackie,Canada’s first and foremost leading beauty expert who shares his knowledge on Cityline monthly. He also is Editor and creator of his own Beauty magazine called Beauty Departure in which he shares insightful articles.

Luck and the stars alignment along with Dave’s invitation I was fortunate enough to attend this unique experience where he provided a fascinating talk with Natalie Atkinson Canada’s Fashion Historian and writer for the Globe and Mail along with Fortune Teller Dawn of Ki Sensations ,she is a Reiki Master,Medium,and Spirtual Alignist.

This Event was celebrating Christian Dior and his Superstitions and how he relied on his spiritual advisers for every major decision. When he stumbled upon a star that had fallen off a street carriage,he took it as a sign and kept that hanging in his studio for his entire career. The number eight was his lucky number,setting up his studio on the eighth floor,eight employees and always had thirteen models.

 

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Christian Dior with his Spiritual Advisor 

Here I am with my new Spiritual Advisor Dawn.She gave the most wonderful reading at a perfect time and answered some of my questions I had from when I was ill in my coma. It was spiritually uplifting for me.

 

With the lovely  Natalie Atkinson who gave a delightful account of Christian Dior and his Superstitions with host Dave Lackie. Whose skills don’t end with beauty extraordinarie I think we can add baker to his already impressive list. He baked individual pumpkin tarts from his grandmothers homemade recipe and they were delicious.

This was such a unique event that had so many layers of personalities and information presented in such a way that I think each and every person had a wonderful time spent with like minded people who enjoy beauty,fashion and great company. It was wonderful seeing everyone happy and some including myself moved to tears of joy from our readings.Only Dave Lackie can put on a Beauty event that can create a lasting impression that is equally applicable to lasting friendships and future hopes. It was literally Past ,Present and Future,all of which was inspired by Dior and brought to our lives from Dave Lackie. Thank you!

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With Connie,Linda,myself and Em ,photo taken by Daniel Murphy 

If wonderful friends,informative talk,homemade pumpkin tarts and a psychic isn’t enough we were gifted a beautiful Dior palette and Poison Girl perfume as well as the one hundred people received a complimentary Dior mascara Effect and Mini Miss Dior glass perfume. Thank you isn’t enough said to Dave Lackie to express the gratitude I feel. I feel very “lucky “ to have crossed paths with him and cherish all these moments that I have experienced from knowing him and can’t help but wonder if he is my lucky star that I have stumbled upon not walking on the street but walking on Twitter,only if for enriching my life ,by having him in mine.

 

 

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Art and Beauty

I was so very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Shiseido event for a skin care launch and witness the collaboration of Shiseido and art  renowned  Japanese artist Yayoi  Kusama. Shiseido used one of her iconic polka dots print to adorn the makeup case as a gift with purchase for  Shiseido.

This event was hosted by Dave Lackie beauty editor and chief of Beauty The Guide and beauty expert on Cityline.

I hit the road heading for Toronto AGO ,where this evening event was taking place ,I knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience.Upon arrival,I was early so I sat at the bar and had a delightful sugar rimmed drink  it looks delicious even in the picture.

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Met up with friends and we were  off to the closed private event  . As soon as i entered the low lit room the ambience was so artful with displays of one of the  stars of the show ,the new skin care Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream so elegantly displayed.

We enjoyed cocktails and  hors d’oeuvres and mingling with fabulous familiar and new guests . The venue was extraordinary as was the company and what lied ahead.

Yayoi Kusama Art Instalation

Yayoi Kusama is an recently turned 90  year old Japanese Artist That throughout her career has always had a obsession with dots in various mediums but tonight the focus was on her Infinity Of Mirrors exhibit. We were led in small groups through a series of art installations that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen ,mind altering and attention to details that are transforming to another dimension, infinity perhaps? Or at very least and beautiful place filled with colour,mirrors expanse.

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A series of installations followed that were unique and basically out of this world creative. Kusama’s love or obsession with dots have created such a body of work ,through art,fabric,sculptures and I was fortunate to experience this first hand and I am forever impacted at her create genius. Thank you Dave Lackie and Shiseido for the opportunity to experience art and beauty,what a perfect pairing.

Each guest left with a goodie bag with the iconic red and white polka dot makeup case and a jar of new skin care cream

Thank you Dave Lackie

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Dave Lackie

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I couldn’t resist and I made this my new profile pic

My #FumeScentlounge VIP @davelackie event

VIP event introducing #fumescentlounge for the launch of Marc Jacob’s #DaisyTwinkle perfume

I was fortunate enough to win an invite to the Fume Scent Lounge event hosted by Dave Lackie and also introducing Marc Jacob’s new scents Daisy Twinkle. This experience was unique in that Fume Scent Lounge is the only one of its kind .

It was held in the cosmetics dept beside Mac Cosmetics and the mall. It’s design is extraordinary and lends itself to something out of the future as does its concept and technology.

Created by Dianne Sonnenberg   ,a  State of the art interactive touch screen guides you to help discover top notes that you are drawn to from a few questions to the Scent lighting up for you to smell along with three perfumes that are perfect for you. In my case it was 100% accurate as it choose my two Scents that I already own and love. The third is on my list of must haves now,it was the Bogetta Veneta.

 

 

It was a very special event in that it was the day before Valentines Day so love ,beautiful scents and wonderful people filled the room. We have Dave Lackie to thank for that ,his events are thoughtful and detailed like no one else can .The room was filled with displays of flowers and perfumes and the most beautiful Daisy Marc Jacob’s floral background

 

 

Drinks and  hors d’oeuvres  were constantly flowing throughout the room and it was wonderful speaking with people about the technology that worked for everyone!It was a learning experience that was unique and I don’t think I will ever pick a perfume anymore without referring to Fume Scent Lounge technology first!

It was a wonderful experience with wonderful people who care about beauty and sharing this experience and we were fortunate to have received a gracious gift bag with Daisy Twinkle perfume,makeup pouch and bracelets,how cute is that? Very sweet and generous indeed

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Meet Contessa my Fiat

72A24838-A4C6-4807-95F4-59E48F654CBFI know it kinda weird to be this excited about a car in that I am writing a blog post about it but yeah I am so excited and wasn’t entirely sure why? Yes I have coveted Fiats for years and remember exactly the first time I saw one I was in Hamiton visiting family when I saw one , a red one park outside a Starbucks!and that was it! Love at first sight!

Having had just purchased a new to me Volvo which was wonderful and perfect for our growing family. I did love it but didn’t have this in love feeling I do with this Fiat. I have never in my life named a car nor wasn’t interested in the motor sounds but I am interested in both of those things now! I named ,well  actually a friend @jeffreySmith named my car and it was aperfect fit!An  Italian royal name for my Italian little beauty seemed absolutely appropriate! Meet Contessa! My Fiat 500L Trekking, new to me! I know far too many details about this car but knew nothing of my Volvo. I did enjoy my Volvo immensely but somethings  different about this one. Could it be the two tone interior with the classic brown Italian leather trim accents  on the steering wheel, or perhaps the cuteness of the design and prompt use of space. Is it the fact that it has a sun/ moonroof that is panoramic that makes you feel like you can see everything or maybe the U connect that makes communicating so safe and easy and is a nice feature which is definitely new territory for me! I think it’s all of these factors that make this car special to me! It very comfortable to drive and I enjoy the two color exterior.I hope this car performs well and we have a great relationship! I know it’s just a car but……  I am smitten with it and it’s so  very very cute!

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Good Girl Scent Event

This week was unusual in the sense that I had two events to go to and the first being the Carolina Herrera launch of her perfume Good Girl hosted by Dave Lackie atop the Hudson Bay overlooking the city, in particular the iconic Toronto landmark sign and skate rink!

I arrive early as per usual which gave me the time I needed to walk around the iconic landmark Hudson Bay Christmas windows just as It was getting dark. This is my third year in a row being in the right place at the right time although next year I hope for my daughter’s to join me but I videotaped the windows  to show the girls. My favourite window was the tiny Fiat with a lit Christmas tree on top on it!

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Time to head to  inside Hudson Bay where I met up with friends in the Cosmetics Department which is the best place to be and possibly My favourite place on earth! Friends that were  also attending the Good Girl Scent Event . As we anxiously await we decided to head upstairs for the event. Once there we were greeted with Good Girl cocktails, champagne and a flower that is no doubt a note in the fragrance! Dave Lackie is the best at the details that truly take his events to an over the top level of pure luxury!I was so happy and having fun I forgot to take a picture of the cocktails and I also was pleasantly surprised by a friend @jeffreysmith that stopped by!

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The crowd was rowdy and the energy was contagious as I think we were just so happy to be there! So many wonderful people from Twitter and we all have a like minded interest in beauty! All thanks to Dave Lackie!

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This brings me to the Good Girl Scent created by Carolina Herrera. It unlike any other in its design, I mean it’s a stiletto!! The scent does not disappoint as it is floral and moody yet remains feminine .

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. It has jasmine,coffee and cocoa in it which gives it an earthy yet elegant combination! It’s really beautiful!

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The dinner was delicious and the salad was a work of art in itself! Everyone had a wonderful time as we couldn’t stop talking and so many playful moments and memories!

 

 

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As you can from theses photos no one was shy! This is @djrm Daniel Murphy with @sempteberdee and @mittionEmily Emily Mitton

 

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As one would expect at @Davelackie  VIP Twitter event that people from all over the world were following along winning items throughout the dinner .

All in all this was an amazing experience,Event,Dinner launch that will go down in the books as a magical night with magical people in a magical place atop Hudson Bay! To top it off each guest received a Good Girl Scent to take home! It is absolutely a magical Scent!

I also wanted to mention I made everything that I wore to this event! My coat, dress and bow brooch was made by me! I can’t even believe that but it’s true and I loved that each piece felt comfortable but elegant with a very vintage feel!

My Day at Dior

Wearing my handmade Bow brooch that I made and thought it was appropriate and Diorish

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Waking on a gloomy November day in the woods outside peterborough  didn’t bother me because I was on my way to Dior Yorkdale. I was invited for a makeover with a small group of friends. There is nothing more fabulous then hanging out at the Dior station in the Cosmetics department! My memories of this department go way back into my childhood and basically has left a profound affect on my life, especially at Christmas time, the Cosmetics department was always decorated with white and silver trees, which is why I have one white tree and two silver trees decorated with my vintage ornaments.

 

I was invited by Dave Lackie  and it  was executed by  Darline Chalmer Public Relations and Makeup Artist for Dior and Anne Marie Makeup artist and teacher for Dior.When I heard the pop of champagne I know this makeover had begun! We were each assigned a makeup artist and mine was Daisy who was not only talented by very kind and extremely informative and explained each step exactly!

 

 

 

I was a tad obsessed with the Diorific Khol Powder Lipstick #991 and Daisy created the look around this shade!But Daisy had to take off the lipstick I came in first! I wasn’t brave enough to leave the house without any makeup on!

 

The look was created using the High Fidelity Colours and Effects In Magnify

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Finished look and a Surprise Earth Elements necklace by Daniel . It couldn’t have been more appropriate or appreciated! Thank you Daniel!

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I was absolutely thrilled with my look and learned so much about each product used.This group was wonderful! We talked and laughed and it just was afternoon that I will never forget, filled with great people interested in like minded things ! If this day wasn’t perfect enough, each guest received a gift bag of goodies!! Theses goodies are fabulous! We had a Dior Skin Air Flash Spray Foundation matched to us and is basically magic in a bottle!,a Flash Luminizer Radiant Booster Pen,Fix It 2 in 1 concealer ,a Backstage Pros Lip Sugar Scrub,a Rouge Dior Lipstick and a Dior Pump’n Volume.I am so wowed by this bag and I can tell you these products are incredible and will give you a go to look for everyday and or Christmas and New Years Eve.

 

Thank you to Dave Lackie and the Dior team for a fabulous makeover and the most absolutely fabulous experience with great people!This gift bag was extraordinary and I have started using immediately!