Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Exhibit: Celebrating One of the Coolest Places in the World!

Art & Cultural Exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel

Vouge Magazine recently proclaimed West Queen West in Toronto as the Second Coolest Neighbourhood in the World. And one their reasons is the Gladstone Hotel. Come find out how the Gladstone has become such a cool and hip place in one of its newest exhibits, 125/THEN/ NOW/NEXT, a fabulous celebration of the rich cultural and architectural history of Toronto's oldest continually operating hotel.

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125/THEN/NOW/NEXT is a three stage exhibition celebrating the 125th birthday of the historic (and one of my favourite places) Gladstone Hotel. The THEN portion consists of cool historical photographs and interesting artifacts sharing stories and chronicling the diverse past of the Gladstone Hotel.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shopping: Toronto is Obessed with Danish Design!

Danish Specialty Popup Shop At Hudson's Bay Preview

The Hudson's Bay recently launched a Danish Design popup shop at their downtown Toronto location on Queen Street. Featuring designers from smaller and well established brands like Designers Remix to well known brands like Vero Moda and Pandora, the Danish Design popup shops spans 3 different levels of the flagship store is selling a variety of Danish mens and womens fashions, home accessories, food, and knick knacks.

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The main level features a few home fashions, a small assortment of Danish snacks, and some adorable figurines. On the third level, mens and ladies fashions and accessories can be found down the main aisle by TOPSHOP. Vero Moda is regularly stocked at most Hudson's Bay stores and can be located in their own section in ladieswear. On the seventh level, there are more Danish foods as well as a beautifully small home accessories and decor shop set up right in front of the elevator. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Exhibit: A Bold Celebration of Anishinaabe Artists!

AGO Aboriginal Art Exhibition Review

An exhibition displaying various artworks by Aboriginal Artists from The Great Lakes region opened several weeks ago at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The exhibit, Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of The Great Lakes, is a wondrous and bold exhibit that looks to change how Canadian art history is presented.

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Aatisokaanag (Spirits), 2005 by Andrea Carlson
From bright tapestries and paintings to 8,000 year old arrow heads, this exhibit tells the story of a great people through the good and the bad.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Style: Fall Fashion Chic!

Fall Fashion Outfit from H&M, Winners, & Marshalls

Now that the weather is cooling, fall fashion is in full force! Soft knit sweaters and Fall colours like deep burgundy, warm mustard yellows, golds and coppers, have been showing up in the latest fall fashions in most retail stores That's why when I saw these copper coloured pants at H&M for less than $15, I had to try them on!

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I usually get a little sad when the fall season arrives, it means winter is on it's way, and I detest winter weather. But the chance to style and wear fall fashion is the one of the only things that keeps me going. It's not quite cold yet, but it's cool enough to wear pants, and these thin copper yellow pants are perfect. They fit snugly, are comfortable, and were only $14.99! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Exhibit: Welcome to Colville!

AGO's Alex Colville Art Exhibition Review

Before my sister's wedding took over my life for the past two weeks, I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario to explore their newest exhibit Alex Colville. I have to admit my knowledge of Colville's work was very limited, I knew his famous Horse and Train (1953) painting was featured in Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining, so I figured I would like this exhibition, but after visiting, I'm in love with Colville!

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Bodies in a Grave, Belsen, 1946
With more than 100 works by the famous Canadian artist, Alex Colville is the largest exhibition showcasing his work to date. Consisting of several galleries, with the first giving a brief introduction of Alex Colville (did you know he designed the 1967 Royal Canadian Mint coin series to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday?) and then the exhibit quickly delves into his work as an official World War II artist. Paintings of  soldiers and the horrors at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp were unnerving, and I can see why many of his later works took on a dark and menacing tone.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Makeup: Revlon (Not So) Bold Lacquer Mascara!

Revlon Mascara Review

A couple of months back, I was invited to a Revlon Beauty Event, and was given several makeup products to take home and try. I was impressed with the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains and liked the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks, so I was eager to try the Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara.

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I absolutely love mascara and it is one of the few makeup products I would never leave the house without, so to say I am picky with how a mascara performs is not an understatement.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Style: Mustard Yellow Warmth!

Seasonal Transitional Dress from H+M

Mustard yellow is always a big fashion trend for the fall season, and this year is no exception. Walk into almost any clothing store and you can spot this warm hue in many shapes and forms. 

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I was recently in H&M and was bombarded by the variety of mustard yellow clothing and accessories pieces. I spotted this fabulous dress and just had to try it on. It's a great transitional piece that can still be worn in the warm sunny days of late summer, but I can easily add a pair of tights and a cute sweater or jacket and I'm ready for the cool nights or days ahead.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

My Style: Smart Set Denim Street Style!

Denim Fashion Outfit

With summer fading into fall, stores have been stocking some fabulous denim pieces, which are perfect for almost any occasion. I love denim, as you can probably tell from some of my past My Style posts. I was recently in Smart Set and fell in love with these great fitting dark blue denim skinny jeans, that I will be able to style with so many pieces from my closet.

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Not only do these Smart Set jeans fit so well, but I love the interesting stitching detail on the upper thigh. I also thought these jeans were black when I first bought them, but when I saw them in natural light, I could tell that they are actually a really, really dark blue, which is unlike any other pair of jeans I own.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Exhibit: Fashion Kills!

Bata Shoe Museum's Fashion Victims Exhibition Review

The phrase "Fashion Victim" is not a modern day term as I quickly learned during my visit last week to the Bata Shoe Museum's newest exhibit Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. From toxic dyes to mercury laced hats, the label "Fashion Victims" was indeed taken more literally during the 19th Century.

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An arsenic green dyed dress is the centerpiece of this show, but my attention was taken by mauve dyed clothing, that was developed in 1856 using toxic coal sludge. Purple was the "it" colour (kind of like 2014:), but people developed skin rashes from this beautiful toxic hue, named Mauve Measles, after wearing this beautiful colour head to toe! Oh the horror!

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