Insta-Monday: Almay Pretty, Fitzroy Party, Houndstooth Mani & More

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Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Attended Almay Canada's #AlmayPretty event where they presented new products for Spring/Summer 2013
  2. Got my eye makeup done at the Almay event. Loved the final look!
  3. My friends Angela & Julie of Fitzroy Boutique had an awesome Spring party, and I went with Nicole (Dainty Girl).
  4. We also saw fabulous girls Deanne (My Fash Avenue) And Bianca.
  5. Pinky's Nails was on-site giving complimentary manicures at the Fitzroy party and I got a houndstooth and mint mani.
  6. My friends Aneeqa, Ghadah and Anum (my name-twin) came to entertain me while my mom hosted a party for her friends at my house.
The weather is looking great this week in Toronto. Hope you can all get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Crop Top With a Skirt

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Top + Skirt (H&M), Earrings + Necklace (Forever 21), Crossbody Bag (Poppie Jones), Bracelets (Butterfly Beads), Ring (gift), Boots (Vianni Collection)

If you've been following my style posts for a while, you would have noticed that I've worn this skirt in the fall, winter and now spring! It's easily one of my favourite pieces and I can't believe it only cost about $6 when I got it!

I'm sure you all remember back in the 90's when crop tops were HUGE. You could wear any kind of fitted and printed crop top (including tie-dye) with a pair of blue jeans. They're definitely back again (I've been seeing them since last spring/summer) but slightly altered for more of a classy look. They are no longer skin-tight and I don't think anyone would be caught wearing a tie-dye one!

I'm not one to show off my stomach, so I prefer to layer crop tops over a fitted dress or with a high-wasted skirt. It is definitely more professional and doesn't give off that casual, "I'm at an indie concert" vibe.

How do you like to wear your crop tops? I'd love to know!

Insta-Monday: Fun Invite, Retro Shades + BlushPretty Shoot

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Lately I've been busy with meetings and work so I haven't been at my regular pace of attending events. Regardless I managed to snap photos of cool things throughout the week, including an amazing time I had co-styling a music-inspired photoshoot for BlushPretty!


Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. A surprise in the mail from BIB Communications and Dufferin Mall, which turned out to be an event invitation inside a balloon. Very creative!
  2. Retro, 90s-inspired colourful shades I spotted at Fitzroy Boutique.
  3. Co-styled the BlushPretty photoshoot with Nicole of Dainty Girl. We had a blast!
  4. Makeup galore! I love peeping into other people's collections... must be some sort of beauty pleasure. Ha!
  5. The first look I styled was for Country Girl. The model, Tania, had a beautiful smile.
  6. Took a team photo with the model (Tania), hairstylist (Laura) and makeup artist (Donna).
  7. The second look I styled was Popstar Poptart with model and beauty blogger Danielle of Liner & Glitter & Gloss. She looked STUNNING.
  8. Another team photo with the model (Danielle), hairstylist (Laura) and makeup artist (Donna).
Have a fantastic week, friends.

The Ultimate Spring Dress

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(Photos by Maria) 
 
Outfit Details: Dress + Necklace (Forever 21), Handbag (Marc Jacobs), Leggings (Aritzia), Peplum Boots (Nine West)
 
Each year around this time I go on a crazy hunt to find the ultimate floral dress for Spring - one that has great colours, a unique floral print with a timeless shape.

After spending a few weeks looking for one to wear this season, I finally found it! I can easily mix and match accessories with this dress and wear it with or without leggings as well. To stay on trend, I paired it with a bib pearl necklace.

Have you found the ultimate floral Spring dress yet? I'd like to see a photo, share it with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or comment with a link. :)
 

Revlon "Magic of Makeup" Spring 2013 Products

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Earlier this month I had the chance to check out Revlon Canada's fabulous "Magic of Makeup" event where they showcased all of their new products for Spring 2013. We got to preview and take full-sized samples of new polishes, lipsticks, eye liners and the main product of the evening... the Revlon Lash Potion Volume and Length Mascara!

I made a video showing you all of the goodies.



The products mentioned in the video were (photographed from left to right):
  • Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in "250 Supernova"
  • Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in "260 Meteor"
  • Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in "260 Vincent Van Gold"
  • Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in "310 Night & Degas"
  • Revlon Matte Top Coat (not mentioned in video)
  • Revlon Photoready Skinlights (Face Illuminator) in "400 Bronze Light"
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in "205 Snow Pink"
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in "825 Lovers Coral"
  • Revlon Photoready Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener in "002 Blue Nile"
  • Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Volume & Length Mascara in "003 Blackened Brown"

Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more beauty videos and subscribe if you like them. :)

Insta-Monday: Revlon Magic of Makeup, O.Noir Restaurant, Raptors Game & More

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It's hard to believe that it's mid-April already but the month has been well and busy so far! The weather's been inconsistent with us but April showers bring May flowers, right? 

The sun is out today so I'm happy. :) Hope you have a lovely week.


Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Attended Revlon Canada's Magic of Makeup and ran into two of my favourite blogger-friends Nicole and Elaine!
  2. We got to preview Revlon's new products launching this week. I was really impressed with the Photoready Skinlights (face illuminators). They can give you a nice summery glow without having to tan.
  3. Revlon also introduced Photoready Kajal Intense Liner + Brightener. Basically a 2-in-1 deal and I love that you can brighten your eyes with the white liner.
  4. Eating lemon pepper chicken wings from Coopers Pub with James. Deeelish.
  5. So happy to have my own Rowenta Beauty Curl Active thanks to 1 Milk 2 Sugars PR! This hot tool has a motorized barrel that does all the curling for you.
  6. Attended O.Noir Restaurant for the first time for a client's fundraising party and had an amazing experience. I highly recommend!
  7. "You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray." This t-shirt was an instant buy for me and I wore it on a rainy Friday - seemed fitting. :)
  8. Went to my first Raptors game (vs Chicago Bulls). We didn't have the best seats but still saw everything that happened. Quite a night to remember.
  9. Hanging out with my best friend Kiran at the Raptors game.
  10. Stopped by Bier Market for my friend Vanessa's birthday! Loved seeing my girlfriends.

Online Fashion Courses with QC Style Academy

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Do you ever think about continuing your education in fashion but don't have the time to sit through physical classes? Well I'd like to introduce you to QC Style Academy, an online fashion styling school that is set to launch its first course in Personal Styling in May 2013. The course will offer 32 e-books, 34 assignments as well as engaging tutorial videos from personal stylist Allison Stewart, who comes with more than 10 years of industry experience. Allison has worked with Diesel Black Gold, Project Runway, Running With Heels, as well many other publications and media companies.

Here is a sample video of what students are expected to learn at QC Style Academy.



I'm excited to announce that I've partnered up with QC Style Academy to help curate content for their fashion course regarding e-commerce and online shopping. Click here if you're interested in registering or would like a free brochure about the online fashion courses.

Feel free to navigate through their website and let me know what you think of the courses offered. Feedback is always appreciated. Also, check out the lovely feature profile they did of me on their blog! I'm truly humbled by the kind words and this opportunity.


Happy Friday and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Moto Chic

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Sweater + Jeans + Necklace (H&M), Plaid Shirt + Bracelets (Forever 21), Crossbody Bag (Etienne Aigner), Boots (Steve Madden)


Typically with motorcycle boots, you may see an outfit that is more grunge with army pants and a spiked leather jacket, but that is not entirely my style. While I love to wear comfortable shoes (especially when it's snowing or raining and you're commuting across the city), I still like to add a feminine touch to my outfit, whether it's with colour or accessories.

Here I've paired my worn-in and comfortable Steve Madden moto boots with a trendy plaid shirt and a chunky pink wool sweater. The pop of colour and crystal silver accessories add that girly touch.

I'd love to know what you think of this look! Make sure to share a photo with me if you re-create it.

It's Electric

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(Photos by Maria)

Outfit Details: Dress (c/o Zamrie), Booties (Aldo), Necklace + Bracelets (Butterfly Beads), Earrings (Forever 21), Clutch (gift)

It's hard for me to find a dress that fits well right up to my knees. I have long legs, so most dresses usually end at my thighs or if they are long, they make me look odd-shaped and short.

Zamrie kindly sent me this dress a few weeks ago and when I first saw it, to be honest I was a bit scared about the length. However I loved the electric print so much that I had to give it a shot and it worked so well paired with these Aldo booties.

In the warmer months I can even imagine it looking great without tights and a pair of nude pumps - in fact, it would make you look taller and more slim!

The amazing thing about the print of this dress is that designer Ashley Zygmunt took a photo of the crowd at a Dierks Bentley concert and turned it into a seasonless, Opry print. Now that's creativity. ;)

Insta-Monday: Chanel Sunglasses, Lipsticks, GoT Autograph & More

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I didn't get out to any events last week due to catching up at work, but received some awesome goodies in the mail, and went to an amazing dessert party on Saturday night.

Here it goes! (P.S. I'm finally all caught up with Insta posts)


Listed from top to bottom, left to right:

  1. Got new L'Oreal Paris Canada lipsticks in three fabulously bold colours: Intense Plum, Pure Burgundy, and Raspberries. They even smell and kind of taste like each flavour!
  2. A while ago I submitted a photo to Goody Canada's Facebook page and won a prize pack, which came in the mail last week! It included a microfiber brush, which helps you get your hair from wet to dry as you brush, as well as some head wraps and pony tailers.
  3. Received a gorgeous ring from Taara Jewelry that I can't wait to style! It's gold and black with a gem in the middle.
  4. Got an autographed copy of A Dance With Dragons (book 5 of A Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin. Thank you TMN!
  5. James got me these fabulous Chanel sunnies from Rikochet Resale just in time for spring/summer.
  6. Wearing a beautiful pastel pink nail colour from Essence Cosmetics, it makes me so happy.
  7. My friend held a dessert party for a bunch of girlfriends and made such incredible goodies... these were my four favs: Mini Berri Cheesecakes, Truffles, Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes and Lemon Squares.
Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead of you.

Insta-Monday: World MasterCard Fashion Week Edition

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This was supposed to be my Insta-Monday for last week, but I didn't have time to upload it due to a trip, but better late than never right?

I had a great time at World MasterCard Fashion Week and really enjoyed the fall/winter 2013 collections. I've got my eye on a lot of pieces from Pink Tartan, David Dixon, Lucian Matis, Mackage and Joe Fresh that I'm hoping will be in stores!

Here are some of the highlights from the week. I didn't have a good camera this season (read on to find out why) so couldn't get runway photos for you guys. :( Next time!


Listed from top to bottom, left to right:

  1. Spotted this gorgeous Strawberry Fields (floral) Crossbody Bag from Nine West priced at $110. I can't stop thinking about it and might have to indulge this month.
  2. I bought and unfortunately returned the Nikon 1 V1 Camera that I was super excited about. Click here to read the entire story, but I was really disappointed in the quality. This is also why I didn't have a decent camera to get good runway shots during WMCFW.
  3. I got a media pass for SummerxSkin for the first time! In the past I've always gone on behalf of other publications, as a guest or through PB&J Mag.
  4. It was fun hanging out backstage with hairstylists from Redken Canada and models before they took the runway for Chloe Comme Parris.
  5. Hung out with lots of amazing bloggers throughout the week including Deanne, Crystal, and Nicole.
  6. Group shot with Victoria, Talia, Deanne, and Nicole.
  7. Caught up with Taylor and Krystin right after they finished their Rowenta Beauty "Battle of the Fashionistas".
  8. Photo with the lovely Dani and JJ Cowan.
  9. Ready for my Rowenta Beauty Battle with Dee!
  10. I was live-tweeting and Instagramming as I was getting my hair done.
  11. What my hair looked like from all angles, I loooved it.
  12. Mine and Dee's hair. The top-bun looked so elegant on her.
  13. Me with Cheryl, PR pro and genius behind the Rowenta Beauty Battle. ;)
This is a glimpse of what goes on in my life. Follow me on Instagram for more photos!