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11 Mar

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Bonjour!

Wondering where I’ve been?
I have been busy updating the all new A Style Soiree!

I’ve moved my blog to http://www.astylesoiree.com
Please visit me there from now on and stay updated all the chic fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture happenings and events!

With Love,
Christie

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

12 Dec

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

For as long as I can remember I have looked forward to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show year after year. My very favourite year was in 2010 when Akon performed “Angel”. Yet my favourite team of angels was in 2005; which included Adriana Lima, Alessanda Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. This team was FIERCE! That year was particularly special since it was Tyra Bank’s last time on the runway as a Victoria’s Secret angel.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Last night’s show aired on CBS (US) and Global TV (Canada) and featured performances by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Neon Jungle and A Great Big World.  The show was originally held in New York City on November 13, 2013.

I fall in love with the show every year! The way the angels strut to the live performances adds so much glamour to the show; on top of how magical and whimsical it already is!

Below are my favourite looks from this year’s fashion show:

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

I LOVED Taylor Swift’s outfit below:

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

I could not help but think of Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress as I watched this performance though. Taylor Swift did a fabulous job at the show and added a touch of girly glam which completed the production quite well.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Supermodel Candice Swanepoe was chosen to wear the highly anticipated Fantasy Bra. This year, the bra was worth $10 million, designed by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad, featured 4,200 rubies, blue and yellow sapphires and diamonds, 18 karat gold and the cherry on top was a 52-karat pear-shaped ruby which  dropped down the middle.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

The grand finale is my favourite part of every show! I love seeing the models celebrate their own hard work leading up to the show and the successful production of the show itself. But more than anything, I love seeing their own personalities shine and it is a refreshing change to regular runway shows.

Oh, how could I forget..did you miss the show?
You can watch the full show online on Global TV.
For more info, pictures and a backstage insight, you can visit the official Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show website.

Comment below and tell me what your favourite parts of the show were!

With Love,
Christie

Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz at AMAs 2013

25 Nov

The most talked about performance at last night’s American Music Awards, without a doubt, belongs to Jennifer Lopez!

Her tribute to the “Reina de la Salsa”, Celia Cruz, had everyone in the crowd doing more than just a two-step. From a Latina’s perspective, the most beautiful thing about this performance was that it blended what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to and what I have grown up to. It blended decades of Latin music and, in particular, represented the integration of Latin and North American culture. If you grew up in a Latin household, Celia Cruz is no foreign name! Of course, in today’s media, neither is Jennifer Lopez!

See the full length performance below:

Jennifer Lopez is a top name when it comes to entertaining the audience, bringing us top notch performances and providing a brilliant spectacle. She has amazed us for years; from her early days dancing “In Living Color”, to her acting debut in Selena, to the 2013 AMAs. From today’s media frenzy, there is no doubt there is much more to come from her!

Celia Cruz is the top female in Latin music. Her legacy is one that cannot be overcome! As much as I liked Jennifer’s performance, I would have liked to see more Latina entertainers taking part in this performance. For example, Olga Tañon and/or Gloria Estefan would have blown the roof off the AMAs. Their voices would have better reflected the talent that Celia Cruz brought to the music industry. Having them on stage together would truly be the epitome of Latina empowerment in the music industry. Who knows, maybe the Latin Grammys have that up their sleeve for an upcoming year. We can only hope!

Overall, I’m super delighted that the Latin American culture was highlighted in such a beautiful way. I particularly love how welcome it was, not only by everyone at the venue, but by the audiences at home and the media. I’m proud that our culture has come such a long way in the North American media; from the past days of Celia Cruz to the current days of Jennifer Lopez.

Con Amor,
Christie

Britney Spears “Piece of Me” Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Residency

20 Sep

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Britney Spears announced her Planet Hollywood Las Vegas residence in a grand way! An announcement many of us fans were highly awaiting. The best part is that tickets go on sale TODAY!


Britney has signed a two year deal with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada worth $30 million, or $310,000 per show. Her debut show is set for December 27, 2013. Get more details on the residency, such as VIP packages, hotel booking and show dates, here.

If you are anything like me, you want to know WHERE to get tickets to attend one of her Vegas shows. Lucky for you, the info is right here! You can get tickets here! Of course, if you are a Canadian gal, like myself, you can get them at Ticketmaster Canada.

Comment below and let me know if you are planning to make the trip to Vegas to see Britney! I have had the pleasure of seeing her, front row, on her Circus Tour and it was a brilliant spectacle! Definitely worth the trip and perfect for an all girls long weekend away!

Now I leave you with Britney’s latest release, Work Bitch 🙂


With Love,
Christie

Royal Family & Baby Photos Are Too Perfect For Words!

20 Aug

I just had to! How could I not share these with you?!
These photos are just too adorable and perfect for words; hence why this is going to be a short and sweet post! I can’t get over how happy they look; as well as serene and stylish!

I can’t wait to see how adorable the royal baby’s little outfits will be as he grows!

But for now….admire and smile!

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I can’t believe how quickly time seems to go by. Feels like it was just yesterday that I stayed up all night to watch Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding to write a post about the Royal Wedding Highlights. I truly wish this wonderful family all the best!

With Love,
Christie

Baby Harper Beckham Debuts at NY Fashion Week

9 Sep

Baby Harper Beckham made her very first debut at New York Fashion Week and she is only 2 months old. Little princess Beckham has been seen all over New York City and it comes to no surprise since we are very aware of who her parents are. Victoria is showing her 7th collection this September 11th at the New York Public Library; which is a true landmark to the city and has been featured in movies like Sex and the City and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Victoria has been seen minus her trademark sky high heels since she has been advised by her doctor to stick to flats having suffered a shifted disk in her spine during Harper’s birth. Talk about baby ouch! Below are more pictures of Victoria, the boys and baby Harper during their week in the city.

As shown in the image above, it is obvious that the Beckham boys are very welcoming to and excited about their new little sister. Now what I am most excited about is the cute and very fashionable little outfits Harper will have on as she grows. Watch out Suri Cruise!

I wish Victoria Beckham the best of luck with her new collection which I have no doubt will be an incredibly successful one since her pieces are just brilliant!

With Love,
Christie

Photo Credit: Hello Magazine, 2011

Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Live in Toronto!

19 Aug

“DADDY YANKEE! DADDY YANKEE!” was all that could be heard as a stadium full of fans chanted minutes before the artist, Daddy Yankee, took the stage on July 23rd, 2011 at the Powerade Centre. It was the first time that Daddy Yankee visited Canada and he was very excited to be here to perform for his Toronto fans. The night before, July 22nd, I attended the press conference that was held for Toronto media to get a closer look and idea of what the artist was about; particularly when it came to his upcoming album, his tour and other projects that the artist is working on. For more details on the press conference click here for my previous post on the event.

Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services worked together to bring us THE concert of the summer; particularly for the Latin American community of Toronto and the GTA. Daddy Yankee fans have waited with patience for years for this production to finally come to reality in Toronto and it was a pleasure having the artist here for the one night Prestige Tour 2011 stop. Fito Blanko and El Cata opened for Daddy Yankee and were truly successful in getting the crowd pumped up and excited for main performance. Toronto based artist, Fito Blanko, performed some of his hit songs such as his way back hit “Take Her Home”. El Cata followed Fito with his performance of “Loca” and the two artists then finalized the opening of the show with a duo performance of “VIP”.  Both Fito Blanko and El Cata had the audience on their feet and dancing in preparation of DY to hit the stage; the audience could NOT wait! Below are pictures of Fito Blanko and El Cata during their performances:

Daddy Yankee hit the stage along with his male dancers, dressed up in robotic like outfits, and opened his show by performing one of his greatest hits “Descontrol”. The crowd went INSANE! There was nothing that could be done to calm the excitement that the crowd experience when DY hit the stage; immediately everyone was dancing, singing and shouting at the highly anticipated performer. Daddy Yankee continued the show by performing many more of his top hits that have brought him and have kept him at the rise of his career; and he even free styled about Toronto at one point during the show. The audience, which ranged from approximately 5 years old to people in the 50s, was an accurate reflection of the audience that Daddy Yankee’s music reaches and impacts. At one point during the show, a little boy got up on stage and break danced to one of the songs; which entertained not only the crowd by DY as well since he paused during the songs for he could not help but smirk at the show that the little boy was putting on for everyone. Who knows? We may have experienced the little future star’s first time on stage.

Daddy Yankee’s performance was a true success and everything the crowd had expected in the artist’s first visit to Toronto. Everyone had an amazing time at the show; the crowd sang and danced non stop to DY’s top hits from the beginning of his career to his most popular songs of today. Scroll down below for more shots of the artist that I took throughout the show. For those who attended the concert, I am sure you have the perfect idea of how great the production turned out to be; and for those that did not hopefully you caught Daddy Yankee’s Calgary show on August 20th to get an idea on what you missed out on. I am confident Daddy Yankee will return to Toronto on his next tour date and I definitely cannot wait to see him live in concert once again.

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Press Conference

19 Aug

On July 22nd, 2011, a press conference was held in Toronto as part of Daddy Yankee’s Prestige Tour 2011. Media from all over Toronto, from TLNTV to What’s Good Toronto, attended the press conference to get an up close and personal insight as to the successful singer’s tour among other projects that he is currently working on. Daddy Yankee, a world recognized Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, was in Toronto for the first time in his career for a long awaited performance at the Powerade Centre on July 23rd, 2011.

Toronto based artist and president of Crown Entertainment, Fito Blanko, was the host for the evening. Crown Loyalty Entertainment partnered with Mynt Entertainment in order to produce the much anticipated event; as well as with Icaro which is Daddy Yankee’s official booking agency. It is amazing to finally have Daddy Yankee in Toronto and particularly be a part of all the events surrounding his visit.

As professional as all the media representatives were in attendance it was hard to hide the excitement that everyone felt to get a closer look at Daddy Yankee. He entered the room with a bright smile and right away was ready to take on all of our questions; both in english and in spanish. DY spoke of the fuel that he obtains from being true to himself, as well as the energy that the fans and family bring him to perform every day to its fullest. DY also discussed the critical need for artists to recognize their talents and use them to the fullest; which he stated as key features of forming a great artist. Previous work was discussed such as his movie, Talento De Barrio, which was the highest grossing film in Puerto Rico; and new projects were also brought up like an upcoming album which will feature many collaborations with various artists. Charity projects by the artist were also talked about, such as Corazon Guerrero, which is his personal charity that collects funds to aid youth with post secondary scholarships. From noticing that youth were an important aspects of Daddy Yankee’s views, I asked him what his message was for Latin American youth in North America were; since Latino youth have one of the highest drop out rates and are portrayed as causing trouble within their communities. Daddy Yankee responded that it was important for youth to keep their family close, stay in school and keep the belief in God close to you. He then went on to discuss the importance of an education beyond high school for people to be truly successful in life; this showed the substance beyond the artist and the  care that he has in his audiences and fans. In relation to the messages that the audiences receive from the artist, a media professional asked  about the music ratings and explicit lyrics that are linked to Daddy Yankee’s music; which he replied by stating the similarities between music and movies in the way that some are rated G, PG, R and so on. Another question that I asked the artist in relation to his music was related to the reasons behind him being so true to his spanish roots when it came to the language of his music; particularly with all the pressures that Latin American artists have to produce english albums when trying to break into the North American markets. He responded that by stating that he wanted to conquer with his own roots and performing in spanish also gives him a chance to perform with different types of cultures and artists from different backgrounds since music is universal. Last but not least, a question that many people have debated and discussed was brought up; is reggaeton dead? Daddy Yankee responded this by stating that reggaeton has changed and evolved in a snowball kind of effect; yet no matter what it will keep it’s roots as 100% musica de la calle (musica of the streets).

Daddy Yankee was very welcoming to everyone’s questions, answered all of them the best way that he could and explained himself thoroughly. It was truly a pleasure to interact with the artist and hear his perspective on many aspects of his industry and life. Fito Blanko was also great in that he was out in the lobby of the press conference room socializing with everyone which truly showed how down to earth these two artists are. I had a chance to chat with Fito Blanko, we are in the image above, who was super pumped for the event; particularly to be performing at the concert with El Cata. I am personally very grateful that Fito Blanko and Crown Entertainment made this huge event happen since it was long overdue! For more details on the concert itself check out the following blog post!

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee – Prestige 2011 Tour in Toronto!

22 Jul

Daddy Yankee will perform at the Powerade Centre this upcoming Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 for the first time ever in Toronto. Thanks to Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services the king of reggaeton be on stage for a one night only exclusive performance alongside Toronto’s own Fito Blanko and El Cata.

There is no doubt this is going to be a HUGE production and tickets are still on sale at the reduced price of $69.99 and they can be purchased on the Ticketmaster website. You do not want to miss this show! DY will be performing all his top hits that have taken over latin communities all over the world and we finally have him here in Toronto.

Yours truly has been exclusively invited to take part in all the media related events surrounding the show; therefore I will be present at the Daddy Yankee Toronto press conference getting all the best of the questions and answers relating to the artist and the tour. Of course, I will also be at the concert tomorrow night taking it all in and getting brilliant pictures to share with you all. Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the top highlights of Daddy Yankee’s first visit to our city of Toronto.

With Love,
Christie

YYZ Living Magazine Summer Issue Launch Party!

28 Jun

On June 16th I had THE most amazing time at the YYZ Living Magazine Summer Issue Launch Party at Ultra Nightclub. We arrived for the 8pm media reception and mingled with some of the most fun in the industry as we sipped on Moet Champagne and enjoyed some delicious oh d’oeuvres. It was hardly passed 8pm and the event was on full swing with everyone catching up in their best spring/summer outfits on the roof top patio at Ultra. Here are some photos taken by Owen McLeod for YYZ Living (you can find the rest on their FB page):

YYZ Living Summer Issue

Septembre A. (J’Adore Fashion Blog)

MTV VJ Aliya-Jasmine Sovani

At the launch party there were bloggers, investors, designers, entertainers; the list really went on and on. YYZ Living Magazine brought out the top within Toronto’s industries together, which is truly a reflection of what the magazine is really about; joining the chic and luxurious of the city under one cover, and in the case of this event under one roof.

Spiro Mandylor (It’s All Style To Me) & Zaigham Zulqernain (The House of Bamboo)

Adrian Wu (Designer)

Ainsley Kerr

Andy Jones (Designer)

Pat McDonagh (Designer)

From the images above, it is evident that there were a lot of  familiar faces in attendance and the event was a true success! The 10pm reception, which allowed for the general public to attend and celebrate the launch of the new summer issue with the YYZ Group by RSVP-ing prior to the event date, caused the Ultra patio to reach capacity shortly after the 10pm start time. It was brilliant to have the magazine give the public an opportunity to take part in such a huge and successful event, it really displayed the way that the magazine really wants to bring Toronto together through its publication.
If you attended the launch, I hope you had a brilliant time!

With Love,
Christie