From the monthly archives: November 2009

Last week I received a message saying I had been featured on a blog, (http://rouzdaily.com), in an article about “Canada’s Next ‘It’ Fashion Bloggers”, and here it is! 

Thank you Safra Ducreay for choosing me!

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Picture 3CLICK HERE to read what was written about me and see who the other 4 featured bloggers were!

Xoxo StyleStruck

P.S. StyleStruck party pictures coming soon, it’s been a crazy busy week! Lots of projects and events, and most recently finishing up a much-worked-on application for a dream job!

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I know everyone loves a martini, (for me it’s always a cosmo), after a hard days work!
Here’s a fantastic excuse to dress up and mingle:

StyleStruck Party, co-hosted with Sandra J

Section 3 in Yaletown

8pm til late

Music, Mingling, Cocktails and Fashion!

Xo StyleStruck

 

I’ve introduced my twin sister before here on StyleStruck.ca, and here she is again! Monika was in Sweden this past August, and there are two photos in particular from her trip that I found inspiring. I’m loving how casual and chic her leather bomber looks here, and the red against that natural swedish backdrop is heaven. 

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(Above) I saw this picture, and the first thing I thought was, CAMPAIGN! If I were a retailer, I’d like my campaign to have the vibe of this photograph.

10131_130311473910_502713910_2376996_5640049_nMonika’s clothes: Zara leather bomber jacket, Forever 21 T, Paige Premium Denim, a collaboration with O.P.I. exclusive to Holt Renfrew, and black leather flats, (brand unknown).

 

What are you doing this Wednesday night? Come mingle with me, local designer Sandra J and stylist Danielle Barnes, as well as loads of other Vancouver industry people! It’s a night of cocktails, fashion and music, with DJ Ch3rk spinning.
Ladies and gents, I want to see you at your most fabulous, I’ll be snapping pictures all night for my blog!

Sandra J designs and makes gorgeous one-of-a kind cocktail dresses, and will have models mingling with the crowd to show off her designs. One of her dresses:

Photo courtesy of Mazen Zeidan Photography.

Photo courtesy of Mazen Zeidan Photography.

Wednesday, November 25
8pm til late at Section 3 in Yaletown

No cover charge. 

Looking forward to meeting you,
xo StyleStruck

 
Jody's Self Portrait

Jody's Self Portrait

One night in Brooklyn Adam invited Tommy and I over to his friends’ place for a get together. There I met Jody Rogac, a fashion photographer and her significant other, Matthew Booth, one of the three producers of Vancouver-based Pyramid Power magazine. Jody was based in Vancouver and found work here shooting for prominent Vancouver retailers like Lily +Jae, Jonathon+Olivia and Aritzia. She has now set her sights on New York and is based in Brooklyn. The night I met Jody  I was envious of her cozy fair isle style wool sweater, I wore a leather skirt and thin shirt that night with heels, and ohh boy does Brooklyn get cold at night! (Sometimes being a slave for fashion is hard work. But wearing heels every day and night in NYC felt necessary.) 

Jody and I got to chatting about fashion and I noticed she had some Diane Arbus books, so we got to talking about fashion photography and she passed me one of her business cards. On the front was a black and white image of a young girl, which immediately reminded me of photos I’ve seen featured on Aritzia carrier bags. I told her this, and then had a foot-in-mouth moment: Jody has already shot campaigns with Aritzia. Her photography is unassuming and beautiful, with a focus on the unique and unusual. (That’s my perception anyways). Here’s a taste of her work:

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What’s Jody been working on lately? A shoot with Nylon magazine, but I can’t spill who with until the next edition hits newsstands! Big thanks to Jody for letting me feature her on StyleStruck!

 

….I wish. Whenever it happens that I move to NYC, (because it will happen, it has to!!), I will have to find a way to become BFFs with her. And Marc as well, while I’m at it. For now I’ll just have to settle for visiting her fabulous store in the meat packing district. So here I am leaving the Plaza… and finishing shopping… and stopping shopping for a cupcake break. 

Sitting in the hall outside our room at the Plaza

Sitting in the hall outside our room at the Plaza

Outside the DVF store!

Outside the DVF store!

 Everyone keeps asking me, “what did you get while you were there??” but I didn’t do very much shopping. Going there I had my heart set on a DVF dress, and that is what I came home with. I may look a little overdressed to just go shopping right?  It was the last day at the Plaza, and I wanted to be dressed up as we left our hotel, and I hadn’t worn it on the trip yet. And this dress got special attention, it didn’t just go into my suitcase, no, no. It was carried everywhere in a garment bag, which ended up being such a nuisance, but I didn’t want to take a chance on losing it or even wrinkling it! There’s a story behind the dress too: it’s a vintage DVF find. I was shopping at Front & Company on Main last winter and there on the mannequin was this dress! Only one, and it fit perfectly. It turned out that Front & Co had just been featured in a local paper, and the picture with the article was this dress. The article had not run yet when I purchased the dress, so when the article did run, I’m sad to say it was my fault when girls called the store inquiring about the dress. But it was true love, and because it was vintage I paid a small fraction of what it retailed for. I always wondered what season it was from, but apparently it wasn’t too long ago because when I wore it into the DVF store, the girls were all, “We remember that dress!” So it was totally worth it, although I felt like I looked a bit like a russian house wife all day.

Then we stopped for a break…

Magnolia Bakery! Mmmm

Magnolia Bakery! Mmmm

MmmMmmm cupcake

MmmMmmm cupcake

Those cupcakes are as good as the line is long outside the store. As usually it goes around the block. Yum yum yum. That’s it for now, more posts coming soon!!

Thanks for reading!

XO StyleStruck

 

New York City has this magic about it, it feels like a place where anything is possible. At least that’s how I felt in the 6 days I was there. One day I hope to live in Manhattan, lower west side or upper east side, I’m happy! There is just so much to see and do, and so many interesting and fabulous people to meet. One day… Below: This is Sarah, a lovely lady I met in the subway who works in fashion. Always great to meet another fashionista!

This is Sarah, a perfect example of fabulous New York City fashion!

This is Sarah, a perfect example of fabulous New York City fashion!

Love the shoes!

Love the shoes!

More New York City posts to come! (I was there for 6 days, you can imagine how camera-happy I got)

Xo StyleStruck

 

Trying on outfits for going out!

Trying on outfits for going out! Cynthia Rowley silk dress, (bought last time I was in NYC, Zara belt and my beloved Miu Miu sequin pumps)

IMG_6065Yes I am standing in a hotel room in the Plaza. Just a minute: Ahhhhh the Plazaaa! Something happened so that we got a ridiculously good deal for our nightly rate, so we stayed at The Plaza for two nights. 

As Tommy and I walked into the hotel, which by the way is GORGEOUS, I had to try soo hard to keep a straight face because I could not believe where I was. I tried very hard to walk in all “Oh yeah, the Plaza, no big deal. I could buy the place,” you know, try and be very blase (blah-zay) about it. I even wore my 5″ Stuart Weitzman heels there when I had to drag my HUGE suitcase and garment bag and coats, etc. What can I say, I wanted to look “chic.” And was I ever glad I did when we got there, the dress code for ladies at the Plaza is heels and fabulousness. The first lady I saw looked like some Russian billionaire’s wife in a black coat, red sweater, white Karl-esque blouse with embroidery, cropped black cigarette pants with a huge belt buckle and black satin Christian Loutboutins. Very fabulous. It was the kind of outfit you just stand/sit around in looking pretty, you can’t actually do stuff in it. Then of course if you’re that rich you just pay everyone to do everything for you, so those kinds of outfits are ideal. People watching was one of the best things about that hotel. 

Pictures of our suite:

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I died when I saw the bathroom

I died when I saw the bathroom

A bath awaits!

A bath awaits!

And when we went out this is what happened when we came back…

A Birthday cake was left in our room! (It was Tommy's Birthday)

A Birthday cake was left in our room! (It was Tommy's Birthday)

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We'd leave, and then when we came back, my shoes were all arranged nicely. Each time differently too

We'd leave, and then when we came back, my shoes were all arranged nicely. Each time differently too

What an experience, definitely something I will never ever forget! We spent two nights there, and four nights in Brooklyn, which was equally as great. We were in Bedstye where his brother Adam lives, and the street was just gorgeous with all the old 3 story buildings all in a row, very Carrie’s style of apartments. Oh and if you’re wondering what I got Tommy for his birthday, I got him sterling silver cufflinks engraved with his initials from Tiffany’s. It’s a great gift if you need to get a present ladies! 

Til later,

Xo StyleStruck

 

IMG_6112Wearing vintage fur bomber jacket, black ripped skinnies, Zara booties and Zara purse

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More posts to come of NYC, some exciting ones! I got to check out a popular designer’s studio while we were there…. Posts coming Saturday! 

Xo StyleStruck

 

 

The very treasured item:

IMG_6153This is a post-it note written by Anna Wintour herself! I suppose it was written to some employee. The way it got to me was through Tommy’s brother Adam, who has a friend who works, or worked somewhere in the Vogue offices. I’m not sure of the details there, but Adam’s friend framed it and gave it to him. Luckily for me Adam is not the Anna fan that I am! It will be going on my wall!

IMG_6155 Adam sporting his “east coast cool” look, (I say that because he is a pretty laid back chill dude):

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Sack jacket: Rag & Bone Rag-bone.com,  T-Shirt by Zachary German “Eat when you feel sad,”  Pants by Mountain Equipment Co-op, Topsiders by Sperry

Thanks Adam for one of the best things I’ve ever gotten!!

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My tweet!

My tweet!

Xo StyleStruck

 

I have just been informed that a tweet I sent to @FLAREmagazine about liking their September issue has been published in their December issue in the Letter section. HappyHappyHappyHappyHappyDay!!!!

One of my goals this year was to get published in a Canadian magazine, and I think this fully counts, although there was no article written. Next year’s goal will have to be more specific, (an article featuring me, please!, with picture), apparently Karma needs details to get our goals right. 

The only bad part about this is that I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 24 HOURS BEFORE I CAN GET MY HANDS ON A COPY OF FLARE!!! 

This is a small step for StyleStruck but HOLY $%&# I’m excited. :)

 

In Brooklyn

In Brooklyn wearing vintage fur bomber jacket, white V-neck from H&M, 7 for all Mankind jeans, Zara booties and a black leather Zara purse. Silver chain necklace from Aldo.

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge!

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge!

Tommy and I with Manhattan behind us!

Tommy and I with Manhattan behind us!

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NYC has been amazing! This was one of the best things we’ve done so far, walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day, and the view was incredible! After reaching downtown, (where the Bridge meet Manhattan), we jumped on the subway up to the Bowery to visit the Patricia Field shop! Sadly, I didn’t find anything I wanted to take home this trip, the last time I was there I bought a pink sequin skirt, a sequin beret and a silk top. This top, it seemed like all the clothes had a bit of tranny in them, although there was a $600 black ostrich feather coat I wanted… Must go back. Then off to see the much anticipated TopShop in SoHo. Talk about congestion and mayhem, definitely not too smart to go there on a Saturday. But it was great to see all the clothes. Walking through the store, it seemed like everything was an extension of what I already own; sequin jackets, hot pink skirts, silk blouses, and everything else imaginable covered in sparkles and sequins. So unfortunately I didn’t get anything. You may disagree with me here if you’ve checked the shoes out online, but I found them a bit too crazy. For some reason I’m into classics now? I don’t know what’s happened to me, that’s not my usual self. Maybe it’s seeing all the gorgeous classy Manhattan ladies in their basic blacks and creams looking so chic that makes me want to dress like that. (Speaking of the ladies here, just wait til my next post, featuring: lunching at Bergdorf’s!)

We walked for miles and miles on Saturday, and after SoHo made it over to the West Village were Tommy bought me one of my favourite things from this trip: a fake Chanel pearl necklace, with white enamel CCs. It looks very real, and for $15, it was definitely a steal. I also got fake Ray-Bans, and you’d never know they cost $15 either, both are from a little whole in the wall shop where you get to barter down the price. Pearls from $30 to $15, love that. 

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Our favourite lunch: Burgers and diet coke, there's a beer hiding there. Mmmm

Our favourite mid-shopping lunch: Burgers and diet coke, there's a beer hiding there. Mmmm

A restaurant in SoHo called "Everyday Bread", in french. Here you sit at long community tables

Re-fueling with lattes at a restaurant in SoHo called "Everyday Bread", in french. Here you sit at long community tables.

All the many spreads available at "Everyday Bread"

All the many spreads available at "Everyday Bread"

My favourites! Blondie on the left, yummy white choc. spread

My favourites! Blondie on the left, yummy white choc. spread

The West Village

The West Village

We spent the evening at Tommy’s brother Adam’s friends’ place. Jody and Matt were having some people over, so I got to meet young adults living and working in New York City. It was fantastic to talk to them about their experiences, some of them came from Vancouver, and it made me think, I could do this… Jody is a photographer from Vancouver, and she has shot twice for Aritzia. I didn’t know that and when she handed me her card I looked at the photo of the girl taking her shirt off to reveal a plain looking bra, and said, “There’s this store in Vancouver whose photography looks like this, you’d be perfect for them.” And she said, “Aritzia? Yes I shot for them.” Talk about foot in mouth. Very cool to talk to her about her experiences being a photographer in Vancouver, and how easy it is to make it to the top in Van, but so incredibly hard to establish yourself in NYC. Her boyfriend, Matt, started his own international art magazine called “Pyramid Power”, which he kindly gave me a copy of. 

I’m up far too early writing this, so back to bed and I’ll post again tomorrow!

Xo StyleStruck

 

The West Village

The West Village

At Stop Cafe in Greenwich Village

At Stop Cafe in Greenwich Village

Mmmm chocolate mousse cake

Mmmm chocolate mousse cake and champagne at Stop Cafe

Arrived at JFK yesterday, at 6 am east coast time, needless to say we were exhausted! I’ve never been so tired in my life, it felt like we both had crazy hangovers just from being so tired. Red-eyes are just not a good idea. But it was obviously worth it go get here! We didn’t get out into day light until 3pm. We had burgers for breakfast/lunch at this cute restaurant called O-Cafe or something like that, then went to Greenwich Village where we did some shopping. Very excited about a cute lace dress and white silk skirt I got! Pictures to come! Also visited the Rag and Bone shops where Tommy’s brother’s girlfriend is one of the designers for the menswear! 

The evening was spent in downtown Brooklyn sightseeing and dining at a busy restaurant where the menu is presented to you on a huge white board by your server. Sadly, I can’t remember the name. A great first day in New York! 

At a restaurant in downtown Brooklyn, (can't remember the name!)

At a restaurant in downtown Brooklyn

 

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Playing Karl for Halloween has made me want to wear ties all the time. I found this one in Tommy’s closet! (I think he got it to match my Party Skirt, so cute) But it matches my sparkly heels even better! This outfit made me feel sassy and sophisticated all at the same time, and fabulous with the vest and sequins = StyleStruck heaven. 

I can’t think of witty things to say at the moment, I am a crazy woman with so much on my mind. Leaving for the airport in 5 hours and there’s so much to do, I better run, and START packing. I’ve been procrastinating because packing for New York is like trying to decide between 3 pairs of fabulous shoes to buy: uncomfortable, stressful, and if you make the wrong decision, nothing can console you. So here I am trying to avoid bringing my entire closet with me, but thinking, “Ooh I just may need that sequin sweater while I am there, even though I haven’t worn it in a year” and “Of course I need 7 pairs of shoes! Oh wait they don’t all fit…” IT’S A FASHION NIGHTMARE. I need tea.

Back. Okay, I’m going to get back to it, if anyone has any packing tips, please tweet it to me. I’m feeling desperate. (If you don’t follow me on twitter, start by clicking on the pink bird to the right of the screen.)

Next time I write I’ll be in NYC!

Xo StyleStruck

 

Did my weekly check of WhoWhatWear.com and saw they have a new Editorial Spread up!

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The new editorial from the ladies at WhoWhatWear! CLICK HERE to see it all!

I adore the use of colours; somehow it all works! Is Vancouver ready for this much mixing and matching?

Yesterday I wore a red plaid wool jacket with a big red scarf, a leather skirt and knee high leather boots, (so my outfit was pretty tame by my standards), but I definitely stood out. Vancouver women favor black like it’s the epitome of sophistication, how about the epitome of boring?  I NEED COLOUR! I am starved for colour, (just like Andre Leon Talley is STARVED FOR BEAUTY! “It’s a famine of beauty!”)

Fierce!

Fierce!

Xo StyleStruck

 

Katie Gusola, Tommy Humphreys and Me!

Katie Gusola, Tommy Humphreys and Me!

Kim Bowie, Ryan Kerr, Larissa Dundon

Kim Bowie, Ryan Kerr, Larissa Dundon

Mrs. Leone, (Centre), and guests

Mrs. Leone, (Centre), and guests

Mingling, I spot Katie Gusola in leather leggings, fabulous!

Mingling, I spot Katie Gusola in leather leggings, fabulous!

Meg Brown, Philip Lyall and friend

Meg Brown, Philip Lyall and friend

Ainsley Denike, (far left), Lara Reid, (Centre)

Ainsley Denike, (far left), Lara Reid, (Centre)

Mingling

Mingling

These fabulous photos are by Vancouver photographer Trevor Broad, whose work you can find here

Xo StyleStruck

 

That’s german for , “I love Halloween!” I dressed up as a fairly famous german man, you may know of him…

Karl-a Lagerfeld

Karl-a Lagerfeld

And of course, I brought a date…

Karl and Karl-a (Tommy and Me)

Karl and Karl-a (Tommy and Me)

This is by far the most fun I have ever had dressed up, being Karl is fabulous. I might start wearing brooches, ties and necklaces on a daily basis, Karl’s got a great thing going. These looks were about 3 months in the making, whenever the Valentino movie came out and Karl had that famous line…”It’s all rags”, from then, Karl was the only Halloween option. And the costume was fairly easy to put together, most of it is from our own wardrobes, the gloves and wigs I found at Dressew, and the vintage chanel-esque brooches are from True Value Vintage, and I can’t wait to wear them again! The necklaces are from Aldo. But finding just the right pieces definitely took some effort! Tommy and I went to a friend’s house party, here are some more pictures of costumes!

The Band!

The Band!

Karl and I adored this costume because it reminded us of our Paris-Moscow Collection. Meet Judy!

Karl and I adored this costume because it reminded us of our Paris-Moscow Collection. Meet Judy!

The Karl, the witch and the Blonde. My mum, me and my sister Monika, as Bridget Bardot.

The Karl, the witch and the Blonde. My mum, me and my sister Monika, as Bridget Bardot.

Captain Macully and his Stewardess, Jennifer

Captain Macully and his Stewardess, Jennifer

The professor and the Kaiser, Gary and Tommy

The professor and the Kaiser, Gary and Tommy

Thanks to Suzanne and Howard for putting on such a great party!! Hope you all had a great night!!