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11 Mar

A Style Soiree - A Latina  Soiree

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

Markaz VIP Patio Launch

14 May

On May 5th, 2011 I was invited to the exclusive VIP patio launch at Markaz Middle Eastern and Pakistani Grill & Shisha Lounge. As soon as we walked in, I went with Theresa Kim of YYZ Living Magazine, we were guided to the VIP patio reserved especially for their exclusive guests. The ambiance was brilliant! There was arabic music playing in the background at just the right volume, loud enough to enjoy but low enough to mingle with other guests without the need to scream into each other’s ears. The white couches with the red fabric accents really set the middle eastern mood, and even though the lounge is located downtown Toronto you really get absorbed into the middle eastern atmosphere that brings out a sense of peacefulness.

Delicious "Pharaoh's Delight" along with the shisha we offered and our gift bags.

Markaz quickly climbed to the top of my favourite hang out spots for the summer, so if you are ever interested in coming for a visit you may just run into me there! Markaz is located on 222 Richmond Street West and has a parking lot right across there street for the incredible convenience of those driving, and it is just down the street from the club district downtown for those who prefer public transit. Markaz has a full dining room as well as comfy couches for those just wanting to enjoy shisha and drinks; also an upstairs patio for the general public and a small cover charge allows for reservations and an exclusive spot in their VIP patio (that is where you will find me on nice days).

Markaz VIP patio as featured on YYZ Living Magazine

Myself and Theresa Kim of YYZ Living Magazine

The beautiful main entrance of Markaz

Check out the link above for more information on Markaz on their Facebook page. I definitely recommend you visit if you are into trying new things, or are already a fan of shisha and exotic yet delicious appetizers, lunch and/or dinners.

With Love,
Christie

A Passion For Fashion Awards by YES & TFI

14 May

Last summer, I wrote a post on fashion business based workshops brought to you by Youth Employment Services (YES) and Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), “A Passion for Fashion”. After the completion of all 6 workshops there was a chance to enter the “Fashionista’s Den” competition where the winner was to obtain a chance at an exclusive one year membership with TFI, $1000 to get your business started and 50 hours of business advisory and fashion mentorship.

On April 27th, 2011 The Passion For Fashion Awards were held at the Drake Hotel and hosted by the organizer and coordinator of the workshops, Gail McInnes. The top 10 finalists were present along with their business plans which were required to be completed in order to enter the Fashionista’s Den. We were able to look through the extensive business plans and it was evident that the finalists and contestants worked very hard and put a lot of time and effort to get to their top 10 spots.

All of the finalists were introduced one by one by Gail McInnes along with a slide of their presentations so the audience got an idea of what their fashion business plans were and what they were trying to establish throughout their journey at A Passion For Fashion. Finally, Bonnie Yam (as pictured above with Gail) was announced as the winner of the Fashionista’s Den, who has a jewellery line by the name of “Roxx”. I remember sitting next to Bonnie during the workshops and she was always a sweet and attentive girl consistent at willing to learn, never did I think her jewellery line would be beyond gorgeous! When I saw the look book and her business plan I was blown away at the caliber of detail, uniqueness and elegance of her pieces.

Bonnie Yam's Business Plan for Roxx

Roxx Look Book

Andy Jones, Designer & Top 10 Finalist at Fashionista's Den

The event was a true success and there is no doubt that all of the finalists will walk away with knowledge of the industry and experience that they could not have received anywhere else but at the Passion for Fashion workshops by YES & TFI. In case you are interested in entering the Fashionista’s Den or attending the free workshops by YES, or even getting more information on the program, check out the Passion for Fashion link above.

With Love,
Christie

William & Kate: Royal Wedding Highlights

2 May

Will & Kate Engagement Photos

Royal wedding highlights from the dress, to the bouquet, to the jewels and veil directly from me, who pulled an all-nighter to catch the best of the royal wedding live and direct from London. Kate Middleton looked so calm and serene as her car drove up to the Westminster Abbey and as she walked down the aisle to meet her awaiting Prince. One of the best caught moments was Harry cracking jokes at the Prince as Kate walked up to him. The Prince’s response to his oh so long awaiting bride? “You’re beautiful”; all a girl wants to hear on her wedding day from her Prince.

The details of the dress were by far one of the best kept secrets in society since…forever? There were rumours as of last night that Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was the dress designer since she was seen sneaking into Kate’s hotel; and indeed it was Sarah Burton herself who not only designed Kate’s dress but her sister Pippa’s as well.

Kate Middleton in her wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen

I was a huge fan of the lace on Kate’s dress which really brought out a classy  and feminine side to the dress, as well as added character. It was evident that Kate was quite involved in the design since it is very much reflective of her simple and modern side, all while not forgetting the traditional aspects. Her shoes were also designed by the McQueen House.

Kate Middleton wore a Cartier tiara the queen received on her 18th birthday

Kate’s Cartier tiara was given to the queen on her 18th birthday and worn by her of course on many occasions; and it came to no surprise that everyone was in shock and could not get over the gorgeous Cartier tiara once its history and details were confirmed.

Kate Middleton's Bouquet

Kate’s bouquet was made up of a mixture of gorgeous flowers that represented happiness, love, friendship and marriage. The bouquet was significant of many aspects that she wants as part of her marriage.

The Famous Balcony Kiss

The second most anticipated event of the royal wedding, after the revelation of the dress of course, was the balcony kiss by the couple following their wedding ceremony. They had practiced and practiced to make sure they go this kiss just right!; since it is going to me on most, if not all, media outlets around the world for many years to come. William and Kate, who were named the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had to ensure they had an excellent camera angle as they kissed since without a doubt their famous balcony kiss will be displayed on stamps, memorabilia and so on; not only in magazines, news papers and television.

The wedding was magical and reflective of the fairy tale that most of us girls dream of. It was particularly an exciting experience to watch the wedding live since it is an occassion not everyone gets to experience. I truly wish Kate and Will the best for the future and believe they will do a fantastic job at taking over the roles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In a few more years you will get to watch my wedding with Prince Harry..a girl can dream right??

With Love,
Christie

Internship Opportunity – Butter PR

9 Mar

A unique PR internship opportunity has come up and I had to share it with everyone! I was forwarded this email by Magnet Creative and figured it would be a great opportunity to get a different aspect of the PR industry than what we are regularly used to, the food industry. Good Luck!

With Love,

Christie

Butter Public Relations: Internship Opportunity (Part-time)

REQUIREMENTS:
15-20 Hours per week for 3 months
Ideally between the hours of 10 and 2 – 3 days a week: Mon/Weds/Fri preferred.
Open to current marketing, communications or public relations students or recent graduates only
High standard of quality and work ethic is a must
Appreciation of many different types of music and able to deal with repetitive pop and indie rock tracks.
Strong writing, research and fact-checking skills
Overall wicked / positive / problem solving / perceptive attitude.
Exceptional knowledge of food, the Canadian food market, chefs, restaurants, media, food events and key players
Practical public relations, event management and people skills are a huge bonus
Socially capable of handling yourself autonomously at various events
Intermediate computer skills are essential: Photoshop, Excel, Word, WordPress, Excel, Illustrator and Excel (we mentioned excel right?)
Social Media savvy in a professional capacity (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WordPress, Tumblr, Linked In)
Must be comfortable working remotely or from a home office setting.

HOW TO APPLY
Current resume shouldn’t be longer than two pages in PDF format, not written in Times New Roman.
Cover letter must answer the following questions:
Why do you want to work for Butter PR?
What types of blogs interest you, what is the name of yours?
What types of Social Media do you use?
What is the name of your favourite restaurant?
Name your favourite meal?
Do you cook?
On average how much time do you spend on Tumblr?
What is your favourite kitchen tool and why?
Separate from your cover letter and resume, write a review of your favourite restaurant in no more than 200 words. If you want to include a photo of the restaurant, provide the appropriate credit.
In 50 words or less tell us your 5 year career goal.

Please send above items to info@butterpr.ca with the subject “BUTTER INTERN”
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:00p.m. EST.
Do not send your resume using a Hotmail account
Only those who meet the qualifications and are being considered will be contact. Thank you for your interest.
www.butterpr.ca

Magnet Creative Internship Opportunity!

20 Jan

Below is a flaming hot internship opportunity with one of the top fashion public relations and management agencies in Toronto. Magnet Creative has an amazing reputation within the industry and it would truly be an honour to obtain this position. For more information on the company check out www.magnetcreative.ca. Don’t hesitate to apply and good luck with your application!

With Love,

Christie

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Magnet Creative Management
Fashion PR & Marketing
Internship Opportunity (Part-Time)

REQUIREMENTS
– 1 – 2 days per week, or a minimum 2 half days for a 3 to 4 month period starting asap
– Typically Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, however during busier times or during special projects, this may extend outside regular business hours
– Open to current fashion, communications, and public relations students or recent grads only
– Should have a high standard of quality; strong work ethic
– Ability to see how to improve or grow
– Strong writing and research skills
– Overall positive attitude
– Excellent knowledge of the Canadian fashion industry, including media and key players
– Practical event management or public relations experience is a bonus
– Intermediate computer skills essential; Adobe Photoshop, Word, Excel, WordPress
– Professionally social media savvy (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.)
– Comfortable working from a small home office environment located at College/Ossington area in Toronto

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please follow these instructions closely. (Those who do not complete these instructions, will automatically be not be considered.):

– Current resume (no longer than 2 pages, in pdf format).
– Cover letter in the body of your email, no more than 100 words, which includes your weekly availability, any links to any blog, Twitter or Facebook account you may have.
– Three business references.
– Tell me who you admire in the Canadian fashion industry and why in less than 50 words. (They must be currently living and working in Canada.)
– Tell me in under 50 words or less what your 5 year career goal is.
– Tell me the most inspiring book or documentary you have recently read or watched.
– Please send your email to gail@magnetcreative.ca with the subject: “MAGNET INTERNSHIP”.
– Deadline to apply is Friday, January 21, 2010 at 5:00pm EST. Only those who are under consideration will be contacted.

Thank you!

www.magnetcreative.ca

|FAT| 2011- CALL 4 FASHION DESIGNERS & ARTISTS

23 Nov

FAT is fast approaching and they are currently looking for artists and designers to showcase at the events and shows that will be held during the week. FAT is an excellent way to put your name or brand out there, and will provide you with an opportunity unlike any other. I was recently sent this info by the organizers and I felt it was important to share it with you.

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CALL 4 FASHION DESIGNERS AND VISUAL ARTISTS

Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week |FAT| is looking for contemporary fashion designers and visual artists to showcase their work in the upcoming festival in April 2011.

Starting this month, those who are interested in participating can download an application through our website: www.getfat.ca

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 22, 2010
LATE DEADLINE: JANUARY 9, 2011

We are currently accepting proposals in:

FASHION DESIGN / INSTALLATION / MUSIC / PERFORMANCE / PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO

ABOUT |FAT|

Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week is a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event features 200 national and international fashion designers, visual artists, bands and performers each year. The festival delivers a packed schedule of runway shows, live performances, music, photography exhibits, video screenings and installation exhibits, to celebrate leaders in a wide range of art forms. Held every April, the festival welcomes 5,000 people including stylists, buyers, curators, critics, members of the media, the arts, music and fashion related industries as well as the general public.

2011 THEME “FASHION SCHEMATICS”

The |FAT| 2011 theme “Fashion Schematics” explores the messages, systems, schemes, symbols and concepts inherent in the notion of fashion, through photography, video, fashion design, performance, installation and music. The festival will look at the ways we create visual dialogues and make sense of the world through fashion and creative expression. “Fashion Schematics” will examine how we build the systems in which we function, the strategies we use in creating our identities and the messages we convey through codes, currencies and narratives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: WWW.GETFAT.CA

QUESTIONS CONTACT:
vanja@alternativefashionweek.com

647-834-0061

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Good Luck on your admission!

With Love,

Christie

Cassels & Brock Fashion Business Session

17 Nov

Cassels and Brock will be holding a FREE fashion business session titled “From Concept to Runway” which will feature Robin Kay, the president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 23rd at 5pm at the Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP location (40 King St W, 21st Floor).

Robin Kay will be discussing the importance of the participation of retailers and designers within high profile events, such as fashion week, for the purpose of increasing commercial success through brand recognition and awareness.

Attendees must register for this exclusive event and must be older than 19 years of age in order to attend the event. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:00pm – Registration & Cocktails

5:15pm – Presentation

6:15pm – Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres (Valid ID Required)

7:00pm – Adjour

The exclusive opportunity event is guaranteed to be very informative, particularly to those wanting to get into design and retail. For more information and registration visit the registration link.

Hope you attend the event and have a great time!

With Love,

Christie

I Wore Purple…Did You?

21 Oct

Yesterday, Oct 20th, there was a movement organized to wear the colour purple to raise awareness and commemorate the GLBT youth that have committed suicide due to bullying and homophobia. This movement spoke very loudly since by simply wearing the colour purple GLBT youth recognized the support that they have by the people within their communities.

The issue of homophobia against GLBT youth has been going on for years, but recently it has really hit our communities since there has been a wave of suicides by gay youth for the bullying and unacceptable that they have to endure within their every day lives.

People Magazine Cover - Oct 2010

People Magazine release an issue with a front cover that remembered the youth and made the situation aware to their readers and other people that simply walk by the magazine stands. I applaud the efforts of People Magazine to bring this issue to the surface and make people see that something has to be done, particularly by putting a face or identity to the stories we heard in the news.

There are many celebrities joining this movement, particularly through the It Gets Better campaign  which consists of many Youtube videos posting hopeful video messages for the youth reminding them that “It Gets Better”. Below are some of the celebrities that have joined the movement:

A video that particularly stood out to us is of Tim Gunn, from Project Runway, who for the first time admitted his experience as a gay youth and his suicide attempt and how glad he is that it was unsuccessful. Watch below:

GLBT youth are not alone, there are many people out there that have gone through what they are going through today and have gone on to lead extremely successful lives. It’s about educating people around us and ensuring thy know that it is ok to have different likes outside of the norms of society, and it is most of all ok to express yourself the best way you see fit. So together, along with organizations and projects like the “Make It Better” project and the “It Gets Better” campaign we will try our best to educate people and prevent teens with such high potentials from taking their own lives as a result of unfortunate circumstances.

With Love,

Christie

Philip Sparks’ Toronto Showroom

14 Oct

While at the presentation of the new line for Spring 2011 by Toronto based designer Philip Sparks, I was fortunate enough to visit Philip’s showroom and studio in Toronto.

Walking through Philip’s showroom was a whole experience on its own unlike any other I have experienced before.  Particularly since it was clear that the designer pays great attention to detail and really appreciates the true craftmanship that goes into designing a successful line.

I could not help but snap a couple of pictures while I was there since I was truly captured by the space in which Philip Sparks works in. The space took me back to the idea of older design houses which were not about mass fabrication, but about the detail and time it takes to make each piece. Throughout my visit, it was evident that Philip takes pride and time into the craft of designing the brilliant pieces which he offers to his buyers and consumers. Below is an image of Philip Sparks’ studio and the space in which he works in:

Philip Sparks' Studio

It was a brilliant opportunity to not only see the launch of his new Spring 2011 line while I was there, but to also see where it was all created. In the above image,  you can see the patterns hanging on the rack in the back and all I could think about while I was there was the process it took for those patterns to transform into pieces like the ones below.

Philip Sparks' Showroom

Philip Sparks' Showroom Collection

Men's Sweaters

Famous Bow Ties

I was a fan of  Philip Sparks prior to visiting his studio and seeing his show for the first time, yet experiencing all this has turned be into more than just a fan; it has become a commitment to the brand. I am now committed to the brand since I appreciate when a designer pays attention to such detail and really takes their time with the pieces as an art and a craft; as well as goes beyond contributing to the fashion world by simply just adding a couple of pieces of clothing to a season. Philip makes a statement that the true art and craft of fashion is here to stay well beyond the 21st century.

With Love,

Christie