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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! 

Fall Box of Style

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.

box of style items

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! 

donni charm cape

 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! 

Look 1 fall box of style

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.

Look 2 fall box of style

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. 

Look 3 fall box of style

(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!

box of style winter hero product

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

christine-da-costa

#BlogTourVegas

By the time you read this post tomorrow I will be on a plane heading to Las Vegas as part of #BlogTourVegas with Modenus!  And believe it or not, I am a Las Vegas virgin…..I have never been, and so I am really excited about seeing what everyone is talking about.  However, this trip is not about hitting up the casinos….it’s all about discovering all the fabulous Kitchen & Bath Design Trends that will be shown at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  And a few cocktails here and there!

All of the attendees for #BlogtourVegas 2014 will be staying at the super sexy Cosmopolitan Hotel.  My husband has stayed there and he says it is fabulous and you can almost see the entire Vegas strip from its location!  I’m thinking cocktails by the pool is a for-sure thing!!

I am there from Feb 2 – 6th and it is a jam-packed itinerary.  And to kick it off we will be participating in the first ever Modenus Talks — A series of talks and fun challenges around subjects like business of design, design trends, technology in design and design that makes a difference.  I am looking forward t hearing and learning from other design experts during this interactive afternoon of talking.

We will of course be meeting with all the wonderful sponsors of #BlogTourVegas and getting a sneak peek into whats new within the kitchen and bath industry.

Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the fabulous products from a few of the sponsors:

From BLANCO – cutting edge sinks & faucets

From Formica who make laminate counter tops.  Who knew that laminate could look this sexy – WOW!

TOTO  has luxury bathroom fixtures and fittings

These are just a few of the many sponsors I will be blogging about in the next couple of weeks.  Oh and did I mention that there would be a lot of cocktail parties to attend.  Can’t go to Vegas and NOT have a cocktail or two.  😆

I’m sure my feet will be killing  me by Thursday when I arrive back home but it will have been all worth it….I can predict that right now.  So stay tuned for some short & sweet blog posts in the next few days highlighting what I’ve seen so far in pictures!!   And follow me on instagram where you can see my #blogtourvegas pics in real time!!

See you soon!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Christine’s Rewind: Life thru Instagram

I must be losing time because I can’t believe the month of May is behind us and we are now in the 1st week of June.  Thankfully there is Instagram to help me remeber what happened in the previous month.  So let’s recap some of the fun that happened in my world of design in the month of May:

One of my most favourite home furnishings store, West Elm invited me to their Toronto store in Liberty Village for a summer preview of their furnishings & home decor.  I absolutely loved all the watermelon pink that was prevalent throughout their store — it’s such a refreshing summer colour.  I also fell in love with their gorgeous blue Seascape Vases — must get me 3 or 5 of these before they are sold out!

 I am obsessed with that Montauk Nest Chair — it’s the perfect chair to  curl up & read a book outdoors in the sun!  These are just a few of the Instagram photos I took….there is so much more instore…so you must go in and check it out yourselves.  There is also a West Elm in Vancouver and one is opening soon in Montreal, Quebec.  Fantastique!!

Then I was invited to a DIY101 event hosted by the lovely people over at Home Depot Canada and Blogger extroadinaire Jennifer Flores from Rambling Reno.  There are many things I am good at and many things I am not good at — and 2 of those things is gardening and working with hand tools.  Normally I just yell my husband’s name and ask him to plant the flowers or screw a nail in the wall.  So I was super excited to get my hands dirty at this DIY seminar.

Look at me in action using that drill gun to drill a hole in the planter.  I know what you are thinking…..she’s so lame.  But I super excited after I got my hands on that cordless drill and drilled a hole without killing myself.  And look:  I planted a tiny herb garden.  It’s outside on my patio as I write this blog post…..and it is still alive!!  I just may get into this gardening stuff….speak to me in a month…and we’ll see! 😆

After that there was no stopping me.  I had to try every tool possible.  I used the Rigid Impact driver to drive home those nails and it felt really good…..then I carefully used the Ryobi Cordless nail gun to gracefully nail that trim onto the faux wall — I want one of these for myself — so handy for so many different DIY projects.  But I was really excited to use the Ryobi 10″ Compound Mitre Saw — I foresee a lot of frames in the future being built.  Oh and look, I didn’t even saw off my hand!  One quick tip:  Always be sure to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris!  So now, all I have to say to my Handy Man husband is “You’re FIRED!!!”  😆 😛

On a personal level my hubby and I went to go see the Rolling Stones in concert.  I have never seen Mick in action and he did not disapoint.  After 50 years together, they can still compete with the bands from today.

This is how I know time is flying by too quickly for my liking.  My youngest daughter, Mya turned 6 years old!!  I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  She had a birthday party up at our summer home at Emerald Lake and a Glamour Girl birthday party with her friends from school.  She loves dress up and is a total fashionista!

And to end the month, Mya had her year-end Dance recital for Pre-primary Ballet and Jazz.  She’s loves wearing make-up and had a thrill choosing the perfect shade of pink lipstick to wear.  If I let her, she would wear make-up everyday 😮   Oh well, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — is that the saying?

 Anyway, these were some of the key events through Instagram that happened in May…….oh, besides signing on a new client and getting professional photos taken of another client project — but that’s for another blog post.  Hope you are all doing great as well and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the month of June will be sunny & hot with little rain.  Until next time…stay glamorous!!

Glamorously Yours,

Christine xoxo