From the monthly archives: January 2012

Recently I had the pleasure of creating a series of customized LOVE + MARK’D cards for Late Afternoon blogger, Liz Cherkasova! Today she published a sweet blog post listing “Just 5 Things” including her cards!

Custom cards is a big (big) part of what I do at LOVE + MARK’D Stationery, if you’d like your own custom (or monogrammed!) set, please contact me here!

Imagine how adorable personal Valentines would be from you to your best loves!? I do those too. Also, check out these ready-to-wear ready-to-mail Valentines cards! (And these, and these and these. All simply perfect for V-day!)

{ Wearing: Merona button-up shirt from Target (circa 2006), fuchsia Party Skirt, Fossil watch }

The photo-shoot pictures just keep coming! That’s because when you shoot with Jamie Lauren, you get more than one outfit, you get outfit changes. Telling a fashion blogger she gets multiple outfit shots is like telling your boyfriend he can watch sports all Sunday. Giddiness! (Or telling a hipster there’s more than one dive bar in this back alley, or telling a newscaster about the brand new bottles of hairspray in their dressing room, or telling a shop-a-holic there’s an extra 20% off the sale price, or telling a party-girl you know the bouncer, or… I could go on.)

Have a FAB-TASTIC weekend!

This morning I tweeted about this magnificent “prop” (a.k.a. a borrowed Mercedes G55), used in today’s shoot. I was on a mission to capture a couple specific images for an upcoming digital feature and happy to report we did just that! I won’t be able to share all the photos for about a week (they’re burning a hole in my pocket laptop!), but here is a little peek!

{ Wearing: JNBY blouse (c/o, S/S 12 – currently available), H&M pants & aviators, Franchi clutch, Fossil watch, wrapped leather bracelet purchased from a street vendor in NYC’s SoHo, pendant necklace from Holt Renfrew, nameplate necklace was a gift }

What does your weekend look like? Hopefully you’ll have some downtown to read, take in a movie or cook at home. All of those things seem like pure luxury to me lately, seeing as I’ve been living between three apartments the past week and am mid-DIY-paint-project. (I can never figure out where I left my phone charger, my camera or my curling iron.) Thus far this weekend is shaping up to be one of work; Saturday and Sunday will both be spent giving our new apartment the last needed coat of off-white and packing up my old apartment in the West End. (I haven’t even started that yet… thinking about it makes my head hurt!) Despite the craziness, life is pretty gosh-darn awesome, largely due to you readers, so here’s a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who visit me daily. You are the cherry on my sundae(s). XO.

{ Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Browns ID booties, Fossil watch, Storey Design leather bow bracelet, “Let’s go for a fabulous coffeeLOVE + MARK’D card, and now there’s this Valentines version! }

{ Wearing: Basix II dress, Chanel shoes, Aldo cocktail ring, Champagne Holiday LOVE + MARK’D card, Jamie’s cat }

All photos by Jamie Lauren Photography! Jamie has a special promotion on right now for Valentines photo shoots!

Apartment update: I’ve mentioned here and there that George (boyfriend), and I are moving and soon to be cohabitating, or as he jokingly called it last night, “the amalgamation.” How utterly unromantic. What’s also unromantic is the amount of painting we are doing, and have yet to do. The walls of our new home started out a distasteful peachy-apricot color (the light fixture pictured is GOING), are now a messy white (primed for painting) and by the end of today will be a fresh white (hopefully). And then soon, soon, soon, much to George’s manly delight, my mirrored tables and crystal lamps shall arrive at our new home! Yay!  

{ I instagramed this yesterday afternoon, I was rather bored of priming. }

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Yesterday morning, as fiercely tweeted!, I did a segment on Breakfast Television with host Riaz Meghji! I was there to talk fashion and how to dress thinner – 5 lbs thinner to be exact! I showed slimming blazers, a trench coat and dark wash boot cut jeans and some of my favorites and easy go-tos! Click here to watch the segment!

{ Wearing: Joe Fresh angora sweater, Zara trousers & heels, Storey Design bracelets, Fossil watch }

The models are wearing: (from left to right)

Renee: Trina Turk dress & Sam Edelman shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), H&M trench coat and Storey Design bracelet and black leather croc-embossed bag

Nick: Hugo Boss blazer, Levi’s denim & Kenneth Cole shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver) H&M button up shirt, his own tie and watch

Lucy: Theory leather blazer, J Brand denim, Rachel Rachel Roy shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), Joe Fresh silk blouse, Storey Design necklace, bracelets and tan leather bag w/ snake skin detail

Jonathan: Diesel leather bomber jacket, sweater & chinos, Hugo Boss Orange shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), H&M t-shirt

Many thanks to BT for having me! To The Bay Downtown Vancouver & H&M for the fabulous clothes and to Joy Mitchell (thejoyofhair.com), for doing our hair (at 6:00 am!!).

P.S. Yesterday was all sorts of glamour, I went from TV to my sweat pants and an old T to get my painting on in our new home! Step 1: primer… the before and after shots! 

It’s not everyday I get in front of a camera and make aim to strut my stuff, oh wait, yup, yes I do do that nearly everyday! But it isn’t everyday that I get to dress up in whatever I want and play in front of a professional camera with the oh-so-amazing Jamie Lauren! I gave a little sneak peak earlier on instagram here!

Wearing: Vintage sequin jacket (similar here on SALE!), New Look shirt (London), Zara belt, Forever 21 trousers (similar here), Ballin shoes (Monaco), & Kate Spade bag (similar here) }

{ Wearing: Storey Design leather bow bracelet, Fossil rose gold watch (similar here), New Look embroidery thread & diamante bracelet, Rain leather & chain bracelet (blue version here) & Birthday Crown LOVE + MARK’D card }

Jamie has a special offer for us ladies just in time for Valentines click image for more! 

I have many more looks shot by Jamie to come this week! Wanna see what I’m wearing, LIVE tomorrow?! Well you’re in luck! Catch me on Breakfast Television at 7:30 am for a fashion segment! Au revoir! 

(P.S. All photos by Jamie Lauren, permission must be granted for use.)

The other day as I was packing my everyday beauty products for the aforementioned Whistler-getaway (where I instagramed like craazy!), I realize, holy @#$% do I have a lot of beauty junk. Tons of lotions, potions, scrubs, masks, you name it, half used, unused and generally crowding my cupboard. I need to streamline – feel my pain? Well my darlings we are in luck! because The Hudson’s Bay wants to do a beauty trade! A beauty what?! Straight from the horse’s mouth Directly from the PR lady!: “Anyone can bring in their old skincare products from any brand (new or empty) and receive a voucher worth up to $20 off their next cosmetics or fragrance purchase!” OH YEAH!* **

* Bring in ONE product and receive a voucher for $10 off a min. $50 cosmetics or fragrance purchase (before taxes). Valid Jan. 13-26, 2012

** Bring in TWO products and receive a voucher for $20 off a min. $100 cosmetics or fragrance purchase (before taxes). Valid Jan. 13-26, 2012!

Saturdays bring good news, what can I say. I’ll be spending mine getting a little brow maintenance from Chella’s brow expert, DeeDee Marcelli! At The Bay, naturally.

(Sunday should bring good news too!: PRIVE (the provider of sweet, sweet designer sales!), is currently holding their “Sunday Select” selection of gorgeous neutrals and favorite pieces. Think knit dresses, maxi skirts and great button-up shirts. Have you signed up yet?? DO IT HERE LOVELIES!)

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The “it” items for spring are upon us, being flaunted before our eyes by the very front-row crew in all their creative glory! Inspiration images by Tommy Ton for Style.com – affordable options courtesy of moi! Which items do you have, need or crave??

{THE PRINTED BLAZER: Asospoodle-print blazer, suitcase printed blazer (now on Sale!) & Jacquard cropped blazer, River Island floral print with piping}

{THE STUDDED CLUTCH: Asos suede croc, JJ Winters chain snake print, Michael Michael Kors studded black leather, Rebecca Minkoff ostrich embossed}

{MUSTARD: Forever 21 V-neck, Kate Spade jeweled cardigan (49% off!), Tinley Road pleated cardigan, Modcloth bow closure cardigan}

{THE STATEMENT NECKLACE: Shoshanna gunmetal chain crystal drop (on Sale!), Luxe Rachel Zoe gold oversized chain, Aqua chunky gunmetal crystal necklace, another Aqua crystal necklace (both at KILLER prices!)}

{THE BASEBALL CAP: Brixton Oath navy & grey, Tommy Hilfiger vintage style, Just Cavalli black leather & grey cotton, D&G cotton & leather}

{PRINTED TROUSERS: Asos black & white print (on Sale!), Asos red gingham,  Sonia by Sonia Rykiel star print, Aqua purple snake print}

Shop – shop – shop! 

Au revoir Whistler! Today our lovely getaway comes to an end – I write this to you from my co-pilot seat as we drive down the mountain. While being incredibly rewarding, the past few months have been strenuous. Starting a new biz is no easy task! Being up in the mountain sure does put little worries into perspective. My stress melted away somewhere between Blackcomb and Whistler. I don’t want to leave!

{ Similar to yesterday: Wearing: Marvin Richards coat, BCBG Max Azria pants, Cougar Pillow Boots (c/o), New Era Yankees hat, Betsey Johnson mitts, Zara bag, scarf unknown }

Back to city life! I look forward to getting back into the blogger rhythm with event season getting into swing! See you out and about!

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A couple weeks ago I took two Joe Fresh diamante necklaces that I found on sale over to my girl friend’s place for some serious help. While sparkly, these necklaces just looked dated, nineties, and not in the “nineties is back” way. Thankfully for me Lucy knows her stuff when it comes to all things jewelry making! After all, she does have her own line of handmade pretty things: StoreyDesign. The identical necklaces really needed some length, they hit somewhere between an awkward choker and the decolletage. Step 1: We started by removing the unsightly chain closure from each necklace. You know, that bit of chain that allows the necklace to be lengthened, the hideous one with the silver ball at the end? Ick. Then, with cutters I edited the shape of the hanging pieces.

Step 2: With two little pieces of wire looped, Lucy attached the necklaces so that they hung at slightly different lengths, giving a layered effect.

Step 3: Lanvin has given me a love for the grosgrain ribbon and jewels combo, so to add the needed length to the necklace we tied a light grey ribbon on to each end, again using little pieces of wire that we looped to create small circles.

The finished product! Hung over a BCBG snakeskin vest. Hint: Lucy burnt the edges of the ribbon with a lighter so to prevent fraying.

I’m not the only one who likes a little sparkle… More DIYs on the way courtesy of Lucy! Bisous!

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{ Wearing: Marvin Richards coat, BCBG long navy sweater (c/o), American Apparel leggings, Cougar Pillow Boots (c/o), Zara bag, Aritzia mittens, C.C Exclusives angora beret (c/o Barefoot Contessa – which has new Valentines LOVE + MARK’D cards in stock! }

Thoroughly enjoying a few days away in Whistler’s winter wonderland. Everything is white (much the same as Vancouver right now!), and there are enormous icicles hanging on rooftops. Women are dressing up their cozy looks with cute hats, fabulous scarves and chic winter boots. I’ll take this over a beach any day.

This Tuesday at 7:30am catch me on Breakfast Television for a fashionable segment on how to dress thin – find the right fit for the right occasions! Just after me will be our Mayor, Gregor Robertson!

 

This week I’m spending a lovely four days enjoying a cozy cabin in Whistler with George. Packed are my sequined and angora berets, plaid scarf, ruffled mittens (yes! Ruffled.) loads of sweaters and the other winter accessory essentials: Vaseline, Anna Sui pink lipstick, bronzer and pretty stud earrings. Because that’s all that really shows, my big black puffer coat will be my fashion statement (or lack thereof) for the next few days. I decided packing light(ish) trumped photos of many fabulous coats. Here are a handful of shots from our first day!

{ Pics are from my Instagram feed! Follow me: StyleStruck! }

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Attention fashion girls! Here are two videos you must see! The first is just pitch-perfect, I watched it with a fashion  friend and we were cracking up in our local Starbucks. Presenting: Sh*t Fashion Girls Say

And now, on a more serious but very fabulous note, Advanced Style (and why geriatric fashion lovers are cooler than us).

The documentary is set to come out this summer. For more advanced style, check the blog!: http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

Hope you enjoyed! And share them, they’re soo meant to be shared.

TGIF! Happy Friday to all of you who are able to celebrate this weekend with no work, a frisky Saturday night and a delightful Sunday mid-morning brunch! Not me, unfortunately, but I will be preparing for a four day trip to Whistler! I love a getaway as much as anyone, but the timing of  this one has me stressing. One week after we come home, (me and my boyfriend), we move. Together, to a wonderful new apartment in the heart of downtown. (So excited!) So, this means packing, sorting through old clutter and that a lot of my girlie stuff has got to go (my choice), like the very floral baskets in which I store my makeup in the bathroom. And little tiny decorative accents that men don’t quite understand, like these decorative jugs (for sale! Also for sale is my bed, this couch and a pair of Betsey Johnson heels.) I’m rather looking forward to a home with a new look. And to make it even more ours, we have paint plans! The apartment is currently a sad looking deep apricot color. We’re painting it an off white and then accenting various walls, starting with the bedroom. I plan to paint two opposing walls with grey stripes, much like this image (from Pinterest), sans the cream mini-stripes.

I think my mirrored furniture is going to look just perfect next to the grey! In the living room I think I’d like to do a feature wall in a warm taupe, but I’m not completely certain on this yet.

* I’ve got a real fever to sew something lately, I think my first project will be this dress

* I recently applied to be a vendor at the Make It show – do you make and sell your own goods? Check it out!

* Monika of The Doctor’s Closet just featured her favourite Valentines cards, LOVE + MARK’D is proud to be among them!

* Speaking of Valentines, I’ve just launched the LOVE + MARK’D “For Best Friends & Best Loves” Valentines collection! (A set of 4 different cards, and different from the above mentioned card)

* The perfect nautical top, available here

Up tomorrow the DIY project I mentioned a little while ago! Have a fabulous Friday!

 

{ Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket w/ attached fur capelet (a DIY!), Cynthia Rowley petal-collar blouse, Zara belt, Jason Wu skirt, Browns ID shoes, vintage Raybans, Franchi clutch, Fossil rose gold watch, Bfrend bracelets (c/o) }

After quickly shooting my mood-fitting outfit this afternoon I am back at work, happily filling LOVE + MARK’D orders. The Valentines collection will be published tomorrow, and I’ll think you’ll find them just delightful. Many thank-you’s to Monika who sent over these adorable Bfrend bracelets! She definitely got my colors right!

A helpful winter hint: If you’re like me, you despise going to the tanning salon. Lying in that plastic bed, and then having your skin feel all tacky afterwards as you try and pull up your jeans. I much rather a St. Tropez spray-tan session with Cindy Leyland at Yaletown’s Beauty Mark! She gave me the perfect glow just before the holidays and my seasonal dresses never looked better. I highly recommend her services. Find Cindy on Twitter here

Just flouncing about in English Bay…

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{ Wearing: Scarf from Le Chateau, H&M coat & fingerless gloves, Mavi jeans (c/o), ShoeMint shoe boots* (c/o), Zara bag, Joe Fresh toque (c/o), Storey Design snakeskin bow bracelet (c/o) }

Photos snapped in downtown’s business district on Saturday afternoon by George. You know what they say, behind every blogger is a blogger boyfriend toting around an enormous camera. This isn’t too far from the new home actually, I am leaving the West End for West Georgia: in-suite washer and dryer, dishwasher and floor-to-ceiling windows. Yahoo! (I love moving – seriously. New decor!)

Have a wonderful week, do something very fabulous today (cinnamon your latte, add a touch of snakeskin to your bag, give your nails a fresh paint or purchase a crisp, new fashion glossy, or spend an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest, as I have this weekend. Now that’s decadent.), OR, as previously posted, do something GLAMOROUS!

*Shoe boots. Not to be mis-named as booties. As we saw in The September Issue, Vogue-ettes do not, do not, call this type of footwear booties. Anna obviously has the last word. 

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{ Wearing: Vintage fur vest, Wilfred sweater, Dynamite shorts, H&M tights & umbrella, Zara boots, vintage leather clutch – both vintage pieces from my mother’s closet, Social Experiment ring (c/o) }

What a miserable Saturday! It sure is rainy and chilly. Though I bring this blog post to you from beneath the covers, so perhaps it’s not all that bad. Saturdays are that perfect day for eating scrumptious foods, putting on something warm and comfortable and hiding away with your favorite book. Or your iPad, or computer. I started mine with a sleep-in (a rarity these days), then shuffled into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee – on the stove using our new old-fashioned percolator. I love cooking on Saturday mornings; today I did brie cheese melted onto fresh french bread in the broiler, and scrambled eggs on top. A delicious breakfast and an aggressive 10 am hockey game. How lovely. (Ha.)

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{ Wearing: Tevrow + Chase jacket, Zara cardigan & bag, H&M t-shirt, Aldo accessories necklace, JNBY pants (c/o), Michael Kors boots, New Era Yankees cap }

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Where would we be without the delectable, inspiring street fashion photographs of Tommy Ton? With all due respect to the initiator of sidewalk photography, Mr. Scott Schuman, I would say that Tommy Ton has spawn a new style of photography. (Jimmy Choo’s 2010 director of advertising sure liked it.) You may disagree with me, but then I have only my twenty-three years from which to draw. The influence of the real woman’s style has become such a significant part of fashion awareness, understanding the trends on the street is equally as pertinent as the trends on the runway. And those mesmerizing detail shots, how I adore them! They’ve become a necessary and most essential part of a fashion blogger’s repetoir. So thank you Mr. Ton! And without further adieu, courtesy of Style.com here are Tommy’s top photos from 2011:

Tommy Ton is to fashion what Ladurée is to desserts.

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