Oprah, with the help of O's Creative Director, Adam Glassman, has done a major spring cleaning of her walk-in and is auctioning off 150 items that just aren't happening for her anymore/she's never used/she never will use...etc. you get the picture right?! The auction will happen March 1st 2010 at 11am Eastern Time on Ebay. A sneek peak of what's to come Monday...
I wonder if there will be any of those beautiful Laboutin's she's been wearing lately...hmmmm.
With the highly anticipated release of Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland” just around the corner, beautiful storefront windows devoted to the film can be seen at Printemps. Printemps Departement Store in Paris is one of the world’s largest department stores dedicated to luxury fashion brands.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was originally scripted in 1865 by Lewis Carroll (real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), a British author. The highly anticipated release of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsley.
Top designers were able to use their imaginative creativity to make their own Alice inspired dresses. Haider Ackermann, Manish Arora, Chloé, Ann Demeulemeester, Christopr Kane, Nicholas Kirkwood, Maison Martin Margiela, Bernhard Willhelm, and the late Alexander McQueen all have done a wonderful job!
Christopher Kane/Nicolas Kirkwood
“I think my favorite Alice character is the March Hare. You can see I’ve made his watch rather prominent. This was a different design process for me, because I’m not usually so applicative—typically, I’m thinking about line, silhouette. But this time, I figured, why not just pile as much as I can on top?” —Nicholas Kirkwood
“My favorite character is the Duchess, who at first seems nearly as unpleasant as the Queen of Hearts. But she’s the antagonist of the queen, and at the end was only respectful and friendly, despite her tremendous ugliness. When I was designing this piece, I was seeing Alice running, escaping through the forest destroying her shiny dress.” —Haider Ackermann
Maison Martin Margiela
“Alice’s silhouette is a blue upside-down dress with cage sleeve, as if she walked through the mirror and her dress completely reversed. A long ball gown has been reworked, upside-down, into a minidress. The bustier in taffetas becomes a pleated miniskirt. The petticoat in plonge becomes an asymmetrical draped top. The skirt in ‘plumetis’ tulle becomes a veil. A cage sleeve of whale-boned velvet ribbon is embroidered with pearls, crystals, and recycled jewels.” —Maison Martin Margiela
“Running around careless and free in a romantic dress, falling down the rabbit hole, chasing time in a dreamlike state of mind, meeting unexpected characters with many tales to tell—sounds like many a girl’s night out!” —Chloé
For eyes, liner and mascara would do just fine, we want to keep it very simple and very wearable for all skin shades. Use Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil in Brown to line the top lash line from the outer edge to two thirds in where the eyelashes stop and smudge with an eyeliner brush, also apply on the bottom lash line all the way through. Use Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara to finish off the eyes.
Now here's the fun part when it comes to corals: cheeks and lips! For cheeks, use Nars Blush in Gilda, apply to the apples of the cheek, where you would naturally blush. Many people make the mistake of taking it all the way up to the temples thinking it will make their cheekbones pop, but reality peeps- it doesn't! Instead use a highlighter like Nars Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross for fair skins, and The Multiple in Copacabana for darker skins from the temples down the cheek bone. For some extra sparkle, dust Bobbi Brown's Nectar Shimmer Brick over the apples of the cheeks and upwards slightly. It's very important to use highlighters and blushes lightly, blending and building as needed.
We love the femininity of this collection, with plunging necklines and soft fluid draping, it just oozes sex appeal. The beauty of these dresses is that they can easily flatter any body type, and they look as comfy as they do glamorous.
South Granville is one of our most loved areas around town. It’s a short walk from Granville Island and about a five minute cab drive from downtown Vancouver (basically just over the bridge). It’s a great neighborhood to spend the day and has a lot to offer.
It is known for its galleries and sometimes called ‘Gallery Row’ by locals. Much of the art around the area is from local artists or artists from around Canada. Even if you’re not in the market to buy art or sculpture, it’s a great idea to visit the galleries. Some local favs are the Kurbatoff, Jacana, Douglas Reynolds, Ian Tan, Challi-Rosso and Monte Clark Galleries.
There are many home décor options around Granville, from large chain stores like Pottery Barn and Renovation Hardware to more quirky stores like Chachkas, 18 Karat, Country Furniture, Atkinson’s, and Peridot. There are also many antique stores like Scott Landon Antiques and Panache. The diversity of shopping really makes South Granville a rich and resourceful shopping experience.
Some of the trendiest fashion boutiques in town are in South Granville. There are stores like Boboli, Misch, and Jack & Jill, who carry amazing brands like Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim and Michael Kors that can be hard to find around the city otherwise. I must leave with drool all over my blouse every time I step out of these boutiques!
Speaking of drool, the dining around the area is simply delectable. Mouth watering cuisine from charming restaurants like Red Door, West, and Ouisi Bistro will definitely leave you craving for more. Although, you can’t come to South Granville and not try the wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek sauce at Vij’s…orgasmicly sublime…without a doubt one of the city’s gems when it comes to culinary expertise.
The Olympic Games are finally here. I personally am very excited to have Vancouver on a pedestal for a few weeks. It’s a great chance for us to highlight the great city it is to every nook and cranny in the world. I believe Vancouver is a city that has it all…the beautiful backdrop of snow capped mountains in winter, sandy beaches brimming with people in the summer, clean hiking/biking/rollerblading trails with breathtaking views, skyscraper residences and hotels, well trod shopping districts and malls, hippy artsy areas, and some of the world’s greatest dining.
For all of you visiting in the next couple of weeks, and for all the locals who enjoy getting out and about, I will be blogging some of the things around town that I love to do…so keep checking by!