Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Style: Party Ready in Fringe & Faux Fur!

Joe Fresh Dress & H&M Faux Fur Jacket New Year's Eve Outfit

I can't believe that it's already New Year's Eve tomorrow night!!! In anticipation of the big night, I have been getting my party look ready to ring in 2015 in style! I have already chosen to wear Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art makeup and did my own glitzy nails with the easy imPRESS Press-On Manicure, now all what's left is the outfit (and my New Year's kiss :). When I saw this little black fringe dress at Joe Fresh, I knew I found the perfect New Year's Eve party dress.

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Joe Fresh has some great fashion party pieces that are perfect for a fun night out, like this dress. The fringe along the front adds the perfect amount of festive fun, and will look fabulous when I'm dancing the night away. This dress is also super comfortable and fully lined.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Exhibit: Taking Time to Remember!

Toronto Public Library's Four Families, One War Exhibition Review

I believe November 11, Remembrance Day, should be a National Holiday. To take only 60 seconds at work at 11:00am (and only if your workplace participates) to remember all those people who lost their lives in war, is not enough. Other countries around the globe do much more to honour Canadian soldiers, so why does Canada do so little? I was reminded of the heartache and loss of The Great War at The Toronto Public Library's recent exhibit Four Families, One War.

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The exhibit examines the experience of four Toronto families and their personal involvement in World War One.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nail Art Review: Glitz & Glamour from imPRESS!

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails Review

Just in time for New Years' Eve, I decided to add some Glitz and Glamour to my look with some  fabulous nails from imPRESS Press-On Manicure from Braodway Nails.

For my New Year's Eve look, I've already decide to add some glamour to my eye's with Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art, and I wanted to continue the sparkle look with my my nails. But the past and next few days are so hectic and busy with work and family, that I have no time to visit the salon. I wanted some glitzy nails for the big night, so I was super excited to try imPRESS Press-On Manicure nails, when they were sent to me for free, to try at home a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Exhibit: Bright Colours & Apocalyptic Darkness at The Power Plant!

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery's Julia Dault & Pedro Cabrita Reis Exhibition Review

I recently visited The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at The Harbourfront Centre in Toronto to check out the two latest exhibitions - Julia Dault: Colour Me Bad and Pedro Cabrita Reis: fourteen paintings, the preacher, and a broken line. I was so surprised and had so much fun on my first visit to The Power Plant to check out Sanatorium, that I wasn't quite sure what to expect from these latest exhibitions.

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Colour Me Badd takes its name from the 1990's music group Colour Me Badd, who were known for wearing bright coloured hues, and the influence can be seen throughout the exhibit. A mix of paintings and sculptures, some recent and or a remix of past work, make up this small exhibit.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Skincare Review: Fabulous Christmas Gift Ideas from The Body Shop!

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shimmer Lotion and Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel Review & Pink Grapefruit Festive Gift Set Preview

Still looking for a fabulous gift idea for the beauty lover on your Christmas list? Well The Body Shop has got you covered!

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The Body Shop has a huge selection of gift sets and ideas, in a wide variety of bath and body products with different scents, for all types of beautiful people and budgets.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Makeup Review: Sweet Tintations from Benefit!

Benefit's Benebalm, Lollibalm, Benetint & Lollitint Review

Still looking for a great gift for the makeup lover on your Christmas gift list? Benefit has a lot of gift sets to cover all varieties of makeup junkies and budgets.

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I first saw this Sweet Tintations Benefit gift set at The National Women's Show in Toronto for $30, and just had to buy it. I may be a little behind, but I still haven't tried Benefit's tints or balms. So at $30 for both products in two shades, the Sweet Tintations gift set was a steal!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Style: Santa & Reindeer!

Two H&M Christmas Sweaters Outfits

Tis the season to be jolly and wear holiday themed sweaters! I have seen many people sporting some fun and crazy Christmas sweaters lately, and there's no better way to get in the holiday spirit but to put on a Christmas themed top.

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The retails stores and malls are packed with sweaters in red and green, but these two I saw at H&M caught my eye.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Exhibit: Michelangelo Is Just Like Us!

AGO's Michelangelo: Quest for Genius Exhibition Review

Even geniuses feel like failures and have bad days. That's what the AGO is trying to portray in one of their newest exhibits Michelangelo: Quest for Genius.

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Studies for the Head of Lena for the painting Leda and the Swan, around 1530
Through 30 rare drawings, Quest for Genius tells the story of Michelangelo's thought processes, obsession to detail, his quest for perfection, and his frustrations at perceived failures. 29 of the drawings are on loan from Casa Buonarroti, a Florentine palazzo designed by Michelangelo which was later converted to a museum by his great nephew. Both architectural and figurative drawings are represented, some the practice runs of some of his most famous works. Others are visions of projects never completed.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Skincare Review: Minty Soft Skin from Vitabath!

Vitabath Sweet Pink Peppermint Body Wash & Lotion Review

Just in time for Christmas, I recently received the Vitabath Sweet Pink Peppermint  Body Wash & Lotion Set in my fabulous Spark Sessions Swag Bag. I've been using both the body wash and lotion for the past few weeks and not only do they smell and feel great but they helped me get in the Christmas spirit!

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I'm not a huge peppermint scent fan, but the mix of vanilla and peppermint is actually quite refreshing. For only $16.99, both products come together in a cute and festive silver carrier, which makes it a great gift for any beauty lover on your gift list.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Style: Soft, Warm & Cozy!

H&M Sweater, Trousers & Dr. Martens Boots Outfit

With the weather drastically turning cold and the sun rarely shining, I just want to wrap myself in soft, warm, cozy clothes and never leave the house. Unfortunately, I have a job that I need to go to that pays for necessities like food, rent, and of course clothes. So it's sometimes hard to find warm and cozy fashion that not only keeps the cold out but is fashionable as well. So when I spotted this soft purple(!) sweater at H&M in the Toronto Eaton Centre, I knew I hit the winter style jackpot!

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Not only is the sweater a beautiful dark purple colour (my fave), but it's warm and was on sale for $20!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Exhibit: Master Storytelling & Cocktails at MOCCA!

MOCCA's Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling Exhibition Review

Last week I enjoyed a self-playing piano and a scotch at Toronto's newest and coolest pop-up bar at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. The bar, called ...from the Transit Bar, is part of MOCCA's newest exhibit Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling.

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Self-playing piano from ....from the Transit Bar, 1992, reconstructed 2014
Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling features work of multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist Vera Frenkel. Her work includes video, performance, sculpture, installation, which all tell stories that seemed personal to Frenkel, and felt personal to me as well.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Explore Toronto: Chillin' at The Chill Ice House!

CHILL Ice House Review

Looking for a unique place to visit? If it's not cold enough outside for you yet, visit one of Toronto's coolest bars - CHILL Ice House.

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Ice Bar in Chill Ice House Lounge
I recently visited the CHILL Ice House for a private event for Uniikii Inc. Located just south of King Street on Bathurst Street, it may look like an ordinary bar on the outside but inside CHILL Ice House is a winter ice wonderland. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

My Style: My Heart Beats T.O.!

HeartBeats T.O. T-shirt & Noisy May Distressed Jeans Outfit

Back in September, I enjoyed the annual Manifesto Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square downtown Toronto. As well as some amazing street art and concerts happening, there were also many local vendors selling some really cool fashions. I bought two different Toronto t-shirts, one from 1 Love T.O., which I featured in a past Style Post, and the other from HeartBeats T.O.

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I love the print design of this T-shirt, such a cool idea!!! The Toronto skyline forms a heartbeat much like an EKG machine readout. "HeartBeats T.O. is a clothing line designed to express the love for the City of Toronto in a unique way."

Monday, December 01, 2014

Exhibit: The Odyssey of Stanley Kubrick!

TIFF Bell Lightbox's Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Review

The TIFF Bell Lightbox downtown Toronto has been on a roll with amazing exhibitions from some of the great film makers of our time. A few years ago it was Tim Burton, and last year Canada's own David Cronenberg was featured. Now, the life and work of one of the film industry's all-time greats, is on display in an amazing exhibition at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition features rare photographs, letters, props, and costumes from the 50-year career of the late great director.

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Taken from an extensive archive from Kubrick's home and workplace, this exhibition takes a closer look at both his personal and work life and the films he created.

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