A Frocking Good Time

This Wednesday, I’m excited to say that I will be attending the 4th Annual Frocktail Party!


An amazing assortment of designer dresses and accessories that will be auctioned off amid a night of catering from Oliver & Bonacini and Purdy’s chocolates along with delicious drinks from Iceberg Vodka, Peroni and wine from Durbanville Hills.  Guests will also be able to enjoy manicures from OPI, hair touch-ups from Got2b and shoe shines for men from John Allan’s.

The Frocktail designer dress auction is fashionably elite and will showcase goddies donated by some of the most talented designers and fashion-forward retailers including The Bay, French Connection, Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing, Intermix, Lida Baday, Joeffer Caoc, The Peacock Parade, Rent Frock Repeat, Birks, Cloakroom, Andrews, Calla, Line Knitwear, Shan, Jessica Jensen, Lovas, Taessa Chorny, Danier, Want Boutique, eLUXE, Ela, Shay Lowe and more.

Local celebrities (like Suzanne Rogers, Jeanne Beker, Tanya Kim and Aliya-Jasmine Sovani) are also donating their own pre-loved pieces. Notably, ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey is donating the dress that she wore to the Royal Wedding by Toronto designer Rodney Philpott.Which means that it was in the midst of Kate Middleton.

With the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as the cause behind the event, 100% of proceeds are going towards it!


$65 Online
$75 Door (Based on availability)
Purchase online at www.thefrocktailparty.com
All online ticket buyers are eligible to receive a 6-month subscription to FLARE Magazine, 20% off at French Connection from November 1-13th and a $30 charitable tax receipt from JDRF.
SPONSORS: O&B Events, The Bay, French Connection, Iceberg Vodka, Peroni, Durbanville Hills, Purdy’s, Got2b
I hope you join us!

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.


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