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Friday Favs – new series

Happy Friday!  I’m starting a new weekly series called Friday Favs.  I’ve been thinking about this for ages as there are so many great things I see and read throughout the week.  So every Friday I’m going to share my Friday Favs which could be about interior design, fashion, seasonal stuff…..anything goes. 

Today’s post is all about fashion…..specifically about a new subscription box that I discovered, fell in love with and ordered.  And no, this is not a sales pitch…..I just love getting a box of goodies in the mail every 3 months and want to share it with you.  Rachel Zoe is a California based fashion designer and stylist to many celebrities in Hollywood.  She also has a great newsletter called the Zoe Report for update-to-date news on all the fashion trends and styles you need to know about.  And she has Box of Style.   To better explain exactly what it is…..I will quote how they describe Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style on their website: 

“Imagine getting a sleek box containing over $350 worth of products hand-selected by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors delivered right to your door—sounds too good to be true, right? Consider your stars aligned, because that’s exactly what you get when you spend just $100 on a Box of Style. Bringing Rachel’s unparalleled sense of glamour to the masses, this coveted subscription box ships seasonally—that’s four times annually—and is filled with an expertly styled assortment of fashion, beauty and lifestyle obsessions that’ll keep you looking and feeling chic year-round.”

When I saw what was included in the fall Box of style, I had to order it.  This is what I got last week in the mail.  How chic is this box! I was so excited……it felt like Christmas morning! 

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And what was inside made me jump for joy!  This image is from their Instagram page and summarizes the contents of the box….you can see each piece here.

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Every box has a hero item, and in the fall box of style it was this gorgeous colour blocked cape by Donni Charm.  When I saw it I had to have it……and of course everything else inside! 

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 Isn`t it gorgeous? I knew I could wear this cape throughout the cold fall and winter months.  And because there are so many fashionable ways to wear this cape, I decided to `model` 3 different looks on how to style the cape and the beautiful leather tassel cinch belt that also came in the box.  This is me pretending to be a fashion blogger 😉 

Look 1: 

I`m wearing the cape casually loose around the shoulders – which is how I wear it most of the time around the house.  I took the belt and used it as a choker for some added panache! 

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They actually reposted this picture from my instagram page…how fabulous is that! LOL!

Look 2: 

For an effortless look, just wrap the tassel belt around the cape…..for a very chic ensemble.

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Look 3: 

Here, I wrapped the cape around my neck as a cozy scarf.  Then I got my daughter to wrap the belt around my wrist as a very cool bracelet.  Perfect for chilly mornings walking my doggie. 

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(These 3 looks were photographed by my budding photographer daughter)

The Winter Box of Style is getting ready to ship in December.  They showed us a sneak peek of  the hero product and it is this stunning necklace!

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If you love what you see, you can always subscribe to the winter box of style here

So that`s it……my first Friday Favs blog post.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great weekend!!!!  

XOXO

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Decorate As You Dress with Butterflies

Happy Tuesday! It seems like a good day for a Decorate as you Dress blog post. And today is Decorate as you dress with Butterflies!

I’m a wallpaper junkie and when a client asks me how they can update one of their rooms I always recommend wallpaper as an option. As I search the internet for decorating inspiration, I’ve noticed a lot of rooms with pretty butterfly wallpaper. And then when I was checking out the latest Fashion arrivals on the ChicWish website I saw this fabulous butterfly skirt…and voila my Decorate as you Dress with butterflies post came to life.

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That adorable Beauty of Nature skirt is from ChicWish and its currently on sale. This fabulous wallpaper is called Birds & Butterflies by F. Schumacher & Co.

I think this Butterfly wallpaper would look lovely in a child or teenager’s bedroom as shown below.

 

Even a small dining area works well with this paper.
This fabulous feminine laundry room has been everywhere on the internet from Pinterest to Instagram….and this is one way to make a statement in your laundry room.  Who wouldn’t want to fold clothes in this pretty room.
See how easy it is to decorate as you dress.  If you need to infuse some of your own personal style into your home, but are having difficulty putting it all together, than please contact me for a consultation.
Glamorously yours, xoxo
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In Memoriam: Oscar De La Renta

I heard the sad news of Oscar De La Renta’s passing late last night and it brought back memories of when I was studying Fashion Merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Canada a very long time ago.  Mr De La Renta was one of the first fashion designers that I studied and admired for his beautiful fashions that personified lady-like style.

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He certainly was a very debonair gentleman.  I love this quote from him:

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Rest in peace Mr De La Renta – your legendary fashions and style will live forever!

My Spring 2014 must-have: the tulle skirt

 Spring 2014 must have – the tulle skirt!

Happy Friday Blog Friends!  All the cold weather is making me anxious for spring.  With spring thoughts I always start thinking of fashion so I created this style board on Polyvore — my newest obsession & time waster – but it is so much fun.  I am so coveting a tulle skirt for spring 2014.  And I am loving the colour combination of navy & pink — so fresh and young-looking and totally girly-glam.  Perfect in fashion and in your home decor.

Spring 2014 must have - tulle skirt!

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It’s also kind of reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw in #SATC — how I miss that show.  Anyhoo, have you tried Polyvore yet?  Are you ready for spring as much as I am?  It’s Friday, and I am so ready for the weekend!!  Hope you have a great one!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

On Our Radar – Back to School Plaid!

Helloooooo Stranger!!! Hope you all had a fabulous summer. Sadly it flew by and it already feels like autumn chilly weather.

This morning I took 2 beautiful girls to school — one going into Grade 6 and the youngest going into Grade 1! It is a big day for Mya. Here they are all bright-eyed and in their new back to school fashions.

Fall is my most favourite season and even though I’m not going back to school, this time of year always gets me excited for fashion. If I WAS going back to school, this is what would be on my fashion radar — Plaid! I absolutely adore these ensembles from Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2013 Ready to Wear Collection.

Plaid, argyle, houndstooth, herringbone patterns……I’m loving it all for fall!!

Hope you all had a great first day of school/work and we will be back to a regular blogging schedule as of tomorrow!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

 

 

 

Decorate As You Dress: Spring 2013 Decorating Trends

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so if you haven’t started your spring decorating than now is the time to start.   And what better way to do that then to start with the fashion runways.  I’ve identified 5 key decorating trends that you can take into your home this season but it’s so much more fun when we add a fashion mix to it.  I went onto one of my favourite websites called Fashion + Decor and found fashion & room pairings to match my recommended spring 2013 trends.  So let’s get started:

1. Bold Colour

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 RTW and House to Home

Just by adding some emerald green (Pantone‘s 2013 colour of the year) into your wardrobe and home will totally put you on trend this season.  If green isn’t your colour then any other bright colour will do.  Promise.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and House Beautiful

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

2. Florals

Every year it seems like florals are on trend for spring…..and why not, flowers to me scream spring time.  Its the interpretation that may be different each year.  Depending on your personality you can go big and bold with florals – like the wallpapers below or the floral sofa…..or as discreetly as you want with just a few toss cushions on your favourite neutral sofa or fresh flowers in a beautiful vase.  Anyway you like it…..just add some florals!!

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Jeffrey Alan Marks

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

3.  Black & White

Anything black & white is so hot right now….whether its colour blocking, stripes, polka dots….in your closet and in your home!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Celine Resort 2013 and Elle Decor

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

4.  Plenty of Pattern

If you love pattern, then this is your lucky season because pattern is every where — whether subtle or in your face…its here to stay! Oh, and don’t be afraid to mix up your patterns – the more the merrier.

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture and Lonny Magazine

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Billy Reid Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

5.  Gold Rush

Want to raise the glam factor in your wardrobe and your home?   Then just add GOLD!!  Whether it is shiny or matte….the value of gold has just gone up!!

Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture and Kelly Wearstler

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW and Decor Pad

Jenny Packham Spring 2013 RTW & Theodore Alexander

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Rachel Zoe Resort 2013 and Lonny Magazine

And just because I can, I had to include a dash of leopard print.  Every home should have at least one piece of animal print and this glamorous room just reflects my feelings on this matter.  So gorgeous!!!  It really does make me swoon!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 and Paper City Magazine

If you love the clothes in your closet then why shouldn’t that style or colour be reflected in your home? If you’ve got great style…so should your home!”    If you are having difficulty figuring out your style, then please contact me here for a 2 hour consultation so we can get you started.  Have a wonderful day!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Emerald Green

Bye bye Tangerine Tango!!  Last week, Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

A couple of weeks ago I was at an event with a couple of my designer BFFs and we were talking about what Pantone`s colour would be for 2013 – and we all guessed Green.  We have seen a lot of it on the fashion runways and in home decor – so it really wasn’t a huge surprise.

Since fashion and home decor intersect so closely, this is what pantone had to say about utilizing Emerald Green in fashion and in the home. 

Emerald for Fashion:

The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties.

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2013 - Emerald 17-5641

Emerald for Interiors:

Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.

Yesterday I went for a manicure and this is what I got done.  I thought it was a lot of fun – perfect for the holidays and I`m sure it would be Pantone approved!

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Green glitter French manicure with a hint of gold!!

I`m not crazy about going overboard with the green, but I do love the colour combinations of blue & green and green and pink….very girly!

Here are some images to inspire you and get you in the mood for emerald green in 2013.

Green Painted Furniture inspiration

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Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the fashionista: Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse from @Coach, Inc., $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for master dwellers and interior designers: Velvet Zaadi-Dot Pillow from @Anthropologie, $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the college student: DeLonghi kMix 5-cup Drip Green Coffee Maker available from @Overstock.com, $149.95

Lots of green

All images via Pantone and Pinterest 

So….are you excited about next year`s IT colour.  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: How to create a Glamorous Dressing Area under $1000.00

Do you have one of these?  A blank wall in your bedroom?

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This blank space once hosted a playpen.  I’m embarrassed to say that the playpen was there for over 3 1/2 years….and my youngest is now 5 years old.  It’s not like I put her in it still….I just ended up using it as a dumping ground to hang my clothes on each night.  And since I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with this blank wall, the playpen became a fixture of my bedroom.  See, even interior decorators struggle with what to do in their own homes!

Over the summer I donated the playpen and while shopping at Homesense one afternoon I found this absolutely fabulous mirror!!  I love the ornateness of this mirror.  I have been looking for a rococo style mirror for the longest time (but wasn’t willing to spend over $1000 for one) and when I saw this one, I had to snap it up…..and of course the price was right!!!!

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So now I had a vision for my blank wall.  I was going to create my own little glamorous dressing room area. And this mirror was going to be the focal point!

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this area since I already have a vanity in the master bedroom which I use to apply my makeup every morning.  Therefore, the objective of this dressing area was more to display pretty accessories and jewellery.

My hubby hung up the mirror & picture frames for me this week so its finally finished.  Voila, below is my fabulous and oh so glam dressing table!!!!  High style for a fashionista on a frugelista budget!

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Another angle…..

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I am soooo in love with my dressing table vignette. It is exactly how I envisioned it and to me, it is utterly glamorous….and totally finishes this last bit of naked space in the master bedroom.  And guess what!  It cost under $1000.00 to put this little space together. It’s a mixture of hi & low pieces.  Here is a breakdown of how I put it together.

The dressing table is from Ikea.  It’s the Malm Dressing Table and costs only $129.00!! The furry little stool to the right is from Homesense and was a steal at only $49.99.  The sheepskin fur rug on my Victoria Ghost chair is only $39.99 at Ikea.  The only piece that was over $300.00 was my Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost chair which cost approximately $365.00 4 years ago.

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If a authentic Ghost Chair is still beyond your budget, luckily many stores now sell similar or`fake`ghost chairs for under $150.00.

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This chic little stool is the perfect spot to display the Chanel purse my husband bought me 2 years ago in San Francisco.  Isn’t it gorgeous?? And yes, my purse is an investment piece that will one day be passed down to one of my daughters.

A dressing table is the perfect place to showcase all your pretty accessories and jewellery, and displaying them in little bowls and trays is key to keeping the table neat and tidy.

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I wear Allure by Chanel perfume everyday.  So be sure to surround yourself by beautiful things that make you happy. Open-mouthed smile

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I love these Kvill frames I found at Ikea also and how they continue my rococo theme on the wall beside the mirror.  And they were only $6.99 each.  I bought 8 for a really simple DIY project.

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Two of my fashion icons are Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe!

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I cut out pictures from these 2 coffee table books that I display on my ottoman in the family room.  Two of my favourite fashion designers are Louis Vuitton and of course, Coco Chanel.  photo (2)

Fashion is one of my passions that I adore so why not display something you love (other than your family) in picture frames, especially if it is going to be in your private space.

So let`s take a look at what I spent on my glamorous dressing table vignette:

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A stunning look for under $800.00!! Now that`s a Glam Slam budget!!  Of course, this doesn’t include the price of all my costume jewellery and accessories….because all of that is priceless! Send a kiss

But now I have a little dilemma…and I need your input.  My good friend and fellow designer Ana from Second Wind Interiors had a bench with Lucite legs that a client changed her mind about.  If you know me well, then you know that I absolutely love anything in Lucite.  So I bought it from her today because I thought it would look fabulous in front of the dressing table.  What do you think?

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I placed the ghost chair to the left and it actually fills that space nicely.

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Should I keep the bench as my primary seating area as in this picture or keep my Ghost chair.  Hit the comment button below and give me your point of view!!  And this my dear readers is my glamorous dressing area on a very chic budget!!

If you are looking to give yourself a little glamorous space on a chic budget this fall, then call me at (416) 859-5082 or send me an email here so I can help!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate as You Dress — Flower Power!!

I am way overdue for a Decorate as You Dress blog post and the recent purchase of these fabulous floral wedge heels inspired me.  Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous for spring/summer.  And what an easy look to incorporate into your home decor this season.  Love the feminine chintz pattern on these seat cushions (image from Style at Home magazine)

 

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Here are a few more images from the same home featured in the April Colour issue of Style at Home Magazine. 

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And of course, you can never go wrong with having fresh flowers in every room!!

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In the latest spring issue of Dabble Magazine I wrote how Florals in home decor are a constant trend during the spring/summer season.  You can read my latest column here.

Spring issue - florals

So, will you incorporate something flowery into your closet and home decor this season.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!! 

Happy Victoria Day long weekend to my fellow Canadian friends!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Equestrian Style!

In honour of the Kentucky Derby taking place today I thought I would share with you some beautiful photos of true  equestrian style!

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Love this equestrian themed office….look at the legs of the desk!

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My oldest daughter is a budding equestrian and I can see her wanting some of these gorgeous fashion accessories in the future…or maybe mommy wants that purse now!!

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I’m incorporating  a bit of an equestrian theme to Mackenzie’s room with large photos of horses and displaying the ribbons she has won so far  – I like what they did in the picture below!!

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The equestrian style is so classic….love it!

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Love this entry way – and how they displayed all the ribbons in a shadow box!  Must remember this idea!!

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This is the stunning Charlotte Casiragh, daughter to Princess Caroline of Monaco.

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And here is my princess Mackenzie at her last Horse Show winning all kinds or ribbons with her pony Elmo!  Now this girl definitely has equestrian style!!

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Have a great Kentucky Derby weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

 

 

All photos except the last two are via by Equestrian Style Board on Pinterest.  See it here for sources