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How to Style a Crop Top

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I’ve done a fun little collaboration with eBay Canada’s Fashion Notes and it’s all about crop tops.

Ever since I watched Clueless, I knew crop tops were a thing to keep my eye on. Granted, I was only 7, but even at that young age, I knew I was watching a style icon in the making. Cher Horowitz obvious but more importantly, those crop tops! Donna Martin was all over them in Beverly Hills 90210 and even boring Sabrina Spellman got in a few good belly shots.

So you can imagine how excited I was last year when they began popping up at festivals and on hippie chicks in the park. Only the very daring brought them back out to play and I wasn’t one of them. Winter came and stayed a looong time but then…summer! And back to make all us gym phobes nervous were my precious crop tops. And this time, they were reimagined for the everygirl. Crops of all lengths, with sleeves or without and even looking like an adorable bralet for as far as the eye can see. Suddenly crop tops go with every bottom in my closet, and if you don’t believe me, go to the post HERE and have a read!

-xoB

Gillette Drafted Reaction Video: Top 24

Every so often when I write something specific about a real person, I sit back, reread it and go “Wow, that sounds really mean.” And then I hit submit/publish because I know that if I think about it too long, I’ll start to feel really bad and probably not go through with it. Making a video about real people and what I think of them was very similar except in the days it took to edit the video, I had so much more time to think about what I said and feel bad about it. I mean…obviously not too bad because I’m still letting you guys see it. But just know that I realize I’m not a good human and I’m fine with you thinking that too.

The powers-that-be over at The Score have chosen their Top 24 contestants who will go to Gillette Drafted boot camp and compete for a spot in the Top 6 who will actually appear on the reality show Drafted. I did my own Top 24 predictions a few weeks ago and am happy to say that our of 19 spots (5 were given golden tickets ahead of time) I got 6 names right. Out of hundreds of videos, that’s kind of impressive. Shut up.

Unsurprisingly, when I read through the names of who were chosen to go to boot camp, I was a little disagreeable about a few select people. Some of my favourite auditioners didn’t get chosen and that irked me. So much so that I felt it necessary to make a video about the five that I really thought didn’t deserve a spot. Either because of a particular incident (coughGUMGATEcough) or just because they seemed more nervous than other hopefuls.

The video (guest starring my roommate Marni and her anniversary balloons) is below. Feel free to make fun of the One Direction pillow that makes an appearance.

Head over to the Drafted facebook page (linked above) to vote for your favourite contestant.

xoB

Gillette’s Drafted: My Top 24 Predictions

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Hey Drafted guys and gals! Welcome to my own personal website where I can make all the crazy assumptions and predictions that I want! Just kidding….I do that anywhere.

After four city auditions and numerous online submissions, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Powers-That-Be over at The Score have picked their own Top 24 to go to Drafted boot camp in hopes of whittling it down to a final 6. Before they announce their own picks, I decided to put out my own predictions of who I think deserves a spot. When the true list comes out, I’ll be posting it too, just to see how close I was.

Luckily, thanks to 5 golden tickets that were given out, I’m guaranteed a score of at least 5/24.

The golden ticket winners were:

  • Luke Reynolds
  • Courtney Hutchings
  • Joe Aminzada
  • William Vaughan
  • Harrison Bourdon

Funny enough, when I was constructing this predictions list, I had Harrison on it before I remembered that he got a golden ticket. So, I think that gets me double imaginary points? I’m totally fine with everyone that received a golden ticket…..except *cough* GUMGATE! If you missed my Calgary recap, GumGate is Joe Aminzada who did his first audition in a tank top and while chewing gum. Even though he followed it up with a redo sans gum and with a shirt that had sleeves, I don’t forgive and forget so easily. I’ve got my eye on this guy and at the moment it’s twitching.

*Sigh*

I’m so conflicted about my own choices. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re all worthy candidates but I feel like I’m missing a lot of goodies. My list only includes submissions from the tour stops and NOT submitted videos…sorry but I didn’t even know where to start with those.

So here are my own personal Top 24 picks and predictions. Don’t judge me!

  1. Anthony Bruno (nailed his audition)
  2. Shari Leavitt (super comfortable in front of the camera)
  3. Jamike Njoku (just plain adorable)
  4. Mike Watson (the male version of The Face)
  5. Mia Gordon (her video has over 45,000 views)
  6. Henry Whitfield (eyebrows…but like talent too)
  7. Emily Jameson (glorious hair…but like talent too)
  8. David Hurley (fancy pants 2.0?)
  9. Alex MacKeigan (made Top 24 last year)
  10. Teddy Jenner (can’t put a finger on it…)
  11. Tyler Rowe (awesome scratchy voice)
  12. Gerard Overvoorde (majorly surprised at how great he was)
  13. Darryl Jeannis (could really kick ass)
  14. Drew Stremick (needs to get better but I like him!)
  15. Andrew Corry (great suit)
  16. Dorian Williams (with a little work, there could be something here)
  17. Justin Kelly (watch out Emily, he might steal hair products)
  18. Joseph Clayton (liked him right away)
  19. Blair Langille (pointed right into my soul)

I had a really hard time putting together this list. Here I was thinking that I wouldn’t like enough people to actually fill 19 spots when in reality I liked so many people that I had 50 names on my list needing a trim.

I tried to not only pick people I liked but also include people who did a great job and sounded like they knew what they were talking about.

It can’t all be left up to eyebrows and sweaters you guys! I mean, yes a few are here because I couldn’t say no to a good head of hair but I swear for the most part my intentions are pure.

The real list comes out in about 10 days and if I can figure out the technology, I might try to record a video of my reaction because I really don’t think I got very many right. I mean…3 girls?? What am I thinking?!

Tweet me or comment below to let me know just how bad I screwed up my list or if I chose correctly. And as always stay tuned for more!

xoB

PS Here’s a video I made with Drafted’s Matty Drappel and Jackie Redmond. Hopefully, it won’t be my last! 😉

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Costa Blanca Spring Shopping

Hey everyone! It’s been quite the spell since I last blogged, hasn’t it? Thanks to the fabulous Chris Howson over at Proud FM (where I’ve been a guest) I’ve decided I need to step up my blogging game and since there are so many things happening this week and in upcoming weeks (hooo boy) there’s no time like the present.

Like anyone else, I have a specific list of stores that I consistently shop at and can never just walk by without popping in. They range from the uber cheap (Forever 21 and my beloved $3 jewellery) to the ‘Aren’t-you-precious-thinking-you-afford-stuff’ Holt Renfrew.

I was recently given the opportunity by MacIntyre Communications to visit Costa Blanca at the Eaton’s Centre and experience the 180 degree spin they’ve taken to reinvent themselves from ‘Woodbridge club clothes’ to sophisticated, affordable day wear. With a new creative team that includes a photographer churning out glossy shots that look like a magazine editorial, the store seems completely brand new.

Armed with a publicist and a sales girl, I was released into the racks with the task of finding at least two outfits I’d wear on any given day. My dressing room choices were four times the allowed amount but I managed to sweet talk (aka sneak) extra pieces in with me.

Along with every other store, Costa Blanca has rolled out their spring stuff onto the floor which means I was a kid in the proverbial candy shop. Sheer shirts! Shift dresses! Maxi skirts! Peter Pan collars! Snakeskin flats! Try to find two outfits? It was more like ‘try not to work yourself into a fit and pass out under a rack of sheer sleeveless dresses’.

Costa Blanca - BIANCA V2In the end, I chose the two outfits you see up there. Click to see a better version OR go find it on Costa Blanca’s Facebook page. Even if you’re still judging the store based on what you’ve seen in the past, go over for a quick look at their new product. The photos that line the walls should be enough to pull you in.

Exhibit A: Everything I want in a spring suit…

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And I just died.

xoB

Capezio Celebrates 35 Years

When I heard word that shoe store giant Capezio is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, I knew I had to do a post about it.

Almost seven years ago, I was shopping for prom and needed a pair of gold shoes to compliment my dreamy red gown. I had actually bought a pair from Guess that had pointy toes and a wooden heel. It was crunch time and I was desperate.

A few days later my best friend at the time and I were shopping and she insisted on heading into Capezio to find herself a pair of shoes. The ones she landed on (Steve Madden) reminded her of the silver pair of Manolo’s that Carrie Bradshaw lost and made Tatum O’Neal purchase for her. They were absolutely gorgeous. And so, so perfect. I could barely handle it when the salesgirl told us that they came in gold as well. My BFF and I decided that it would be beyond amazing for us to go to prom in matching/but different shoes. And that’s how I landed on the perfect pair of shoes for the biggest night of my life (at 17). Plus, I wanted to be a writer. So I was a would-be writer in Carrie Bradshaw-esque shoes. Heaven.

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My glorious prom shoes

With shoes from Jeffrey Campbell, Steve Madden, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman, Chinese Laundry, Hunter and so much more, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has memories of finding the perfect pair of shoes at Capezio.

This year, they introduced Madonna’s Truth or Dare collection, Messeca, Ash and the amazingly comfortable TOMS. Seven locations in the city guarantee that you won’t be without shoes for any small or huge occasion. Get there as soon as you can because in honour of their big year, Capezio is offering 35% off on 35 special items!!

From one shoe lover to what I can safely assume is a huge group of other shoe lovers, here’s to the next 35 years!

Happy Anniversary Capezio!

xoB

Movember ‘Stache Accessories

This year, during the month known as Movember, (capable) men everywhere will be growing their mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer and to support male mental health initiatives.

In the meantime, us ladies can still do our part to help out without admitting that sometimes we grow facial hair.

Toronto’s premiere nail art bar Pinky’s Nails is offering ‘stached manicures to its clients and will donate $5 from every $25 to the cause. Any mani’s that cost $50 will procure a $15 donation.

 

If you’re not one to wear a ‘stache on your face NOR your nails, Liel and Lentz have another alternative for you.

Advertised as ready to wear for both Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, the Movember accessories come in the form of a brooch, a necklace and a ‘Moe-Tie’. Made from walnut wood and each coming in at 8″ in length, these adorable curled ‘staches are the perfect way to display solidarity and a little hilarity during Movember.

 

 

 

All the proceeds of the sale of these three items go directly to Movember.

xoB

Lacoste’s L!VE Line

Just in time to uplift my rainy day moods, I received an invite to the Lacoste showroom to preview the new spring handbags, clothing and a younger, more colourful line: Lacoste L!VE.

Inspired by the incredible spectrum of shades that Lacoste polos come in, the luxe leather bags are being offered in the same bright hues. Dubbed the L.12.12 collection, the bags comes in an array of sizes and strap lengths. I was lucky enough to be able to take one with me to last week’s World Mastercard Fashion Week and was photographed by Max Kopanygin of Flare.com.

In addition to bags that encompass the identity of the brand, new clothing designs were on display to call to mind the original Lacoste and his love of tennis. When you look closely at the patterns on the mannequins, you can make out the tiny illustrations of rackets, tennis balls, and even tiny polo shirts.

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Which brings me to the newest member of the Lacoste family: the L!VE line. Aimed at attracting customers between 15 and 35 years of age, this collection offers clothing and bags in an assortment of vibrant colours, Even the iconic alligator emblem is updated in white-and-blue beads. One shiny peach-hued bag in particular caught my eye as did a vibrant, fun sweater that mixed black with soft blues and pink in an almost psychedelic pattern.

Take a look at some sporty-chic runway looks taken by Alexandre Abate of Lacoste’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

xo B

Linda Lundström’s Leather

Last week I was invited to Rock It Promo’s headquarters to meet Linda Lundström to preview her newest line simply entitled ‘L’. Our interview started off with a bang when she complimented my Chloe comme Parris dress I paired with a polka dotted blazer. I loved her immediately.

One of the absolute best parts of the meet was how Lundström (possibly the most vibrant, dynamic woman -besides my mother- I’ve ever met) insisted on draping almost every one of her designs on me. This meant that the softest furs, leathers and pelts rested on my shoulders for a time.

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Lundström’s previous brand Linda Lundström Inc. was created in 1974 and became known for designing and dispensing uniquely Canadian clothing and building a legion of “Lundström Loyalists”. After selling the namesake brand in 2008 and taking a break from the industry, Lundström is back with a cozy, deliciously furry collection that had me wanting to bury myself in the corner under a pile of pelts.

The ‘L’ collection was inspired by Lundström’s daughter Mosha Lundström Halbert, Flare Magazine’s former fashion editor, in August of this year when she gifted her daughter a buttery soft shawl collar with the gold ‘L’ hand painted on the inside. Unsure of her reaction, Lundström couldn’t believe it when her daughter adored the piece….and all her friends asked for one of their own.

Using pelts and furs from coyotes, beavers and more, the line features versatile leather and fur accessories in a range of styles. Created by Lundström herself, each item is hand-crafted in Canada from unique pelts and skins, creating one-of-a-kind pieces. No scrap is thrown out either. Using leather pieces that would otherwise be thrown out, Lundström adores putting them to use. Holes, scratches and frays are among the special qualities that Lundström likes in her apparel. If any smaller scraps are left over, Lundström turns them into rings and cuffs.

Stunning and sumptuous the collection is available for purchase online HERE.

xo B