Fashion Savvy?

NY Fashion Week

NY Fashion Week

Fashion is a big part of my life, I like to express my self through style, I follow to some extend fashion trends and news, I scan pages of fashion magazines and watch highlights from my favourite fashion shows. I won’t lie and say that I am an expert. I only follow things I like, and don’t stress my self out be know the latest news.

But some of us fashionistas out there would like to think they know everything there is to know about fashion world and culture. It is so trendy to have a fashion blog, be fashion savvy, attend all the fashion shows around the world and then blog about it. Some fashion bloggers have made it big and make it their full-time jobs, that’s amazing to me, and all the power to them. But do they really know everything there is to know about fashion, or is it just an image they would like us to believe in.

Here is a video from Jimmy Kimmel show which proves that fashionistas are, well full of you know what..Check it out for your self

The Not So Boring Socks

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Fall is here and it’s time for booties and trainers. If you are a fashionista and love to express your self through style like I am, but find that a lot of socks out there are just plain boring and don’t necessary match your outfit, well you might be in luck. I want to share my favourite socks brand “Stance”.  Stance takes their love of socks to the next level. They are your answer tho “Who will take care of your feet?” Stance socks come in all lengths, prints and colors.  http://www.stance.com/

Now you can look stylish from head to toe, laterally speaking.

 

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http://www.stance.com/videos

Fall/Winter 2014 Look Book

NY fashion week just finished and we saw a lot of fresh new looks for this season. http://mbfashionweek.com/new-york

Cold weather is just around the corner and I would like to share with you some of my favourite looks for cold months ahead. I have been enjoying amazingly warm summer this year in Vancouver, but to be honest I am a bit tired of summer clothes and all the light dresses, shorts, t-shirts, sandals and the heat. I can’t wait to refresh my closet with scars, winter hats, jackets, cozy sweaters, funky socks, stylish boots and trainers. The only thing I am not looking forward to is rain, which we get a lot of here in Vancouver, but I am covered even for those occasions with my sunny yellow Wellies from Burberry and a trendy rain jacket from the Danish company Rains. http://www.rains.dk/

Here are my top picks for Fall/Winter inspirations looks.  You can find more inspirational images on my Pinterest account. 

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Natural Beauty

BEAUTYGrowing up in the Soviet Union you often didn’t have the access to fancy foreign cosmetics to keep you looking beautiful. Russian women turned to natural remedies that you can make at home. Current trend these days is actually all about having natural beauty products. Skin care made at home with simple ingredients that you can find in your kitchen on daily basis.
My mom always took care of her self and taught me from the young age to love my skin and care for it. My mom is 60 now and looks amazing for her age, considering that she has always been a sun worshiper all her life.
She use to make all kinds of home masks from oatmeal, strawberries, sour cream, hair remedies from caster oil, olive oil, eggs and mayonnaise or cucumber for your eyes.
I know to some it might sound gross, but in reality it really does work and you don’t end up spending $100’s of dollars in expensive salon products. I am guilty of spending a lot of money on all kinds of products, I do love looking beautiful and taking care of my skin and hair is very important to me and often in the past fell victim for outrageously expensive creams and hair products.
I want to share some of the few basic home care treatments that you can try for your self.
HOME
Olives for motion sickness
Motion sickness is accompanied by increased salivation, which is the body’s way of protecting teeth from stomach acid in the event of vomiting. Olives contain tannins, which dry the mouth out, so eating a few can eliminate the excess saliva. Treating that symptom can reduce nausea and keep the body from vomiting.
Oatmeal to soothe eczema
If you have eczema or simply have dry, irritated skin, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Add two to three cups of colloidal, or finely ground, oatmeal to warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes. The oatmeal reduces inflammation and is thought to have an antihistamine effect.
Sugar Scrub
Use 2 parts sugar (regular white or brown sugar work great) to 1 part oil (almond, olive and coconut are great), add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules), add other optional ingredients, and mix well:SUGAR
Here are some other combinations
Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices (or just 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tspVitamin E oil and 1 tsp real vanilla extract
Lemon Hand Scrub (for after washing dishes): 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20 drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil
Vanilla Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract and 15 drops lavender essential oil SKIN
Avocado Face Mask 
1/2 very ripe avocado, 1/4 cup honey. Preparation: Mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey. Apply to skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse face with cool washcloth.
Listerine to dry out blisters
Mouthwash like Listerine is a powerful antiseptic, which can dry out blisters. Use cotton balls to dab Listerine onto blisters three times a day until they heal.
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Hair Care
Ingredient
Function
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Hydrates hair as well as acts as a natural conditioner for the hair. Olive oil has long been used for beauty hair care. Olive oil is brilliant for nourishing brittle dry damaged hair, rejuvenating it and giving it a healthy glow.
Milk
Gives hair the soft feel.
Lemon
A natural astringent, lemon closes the pores in the scalp thereby getting rid of excess oil in your hair. A word of caution though, lemon can visibly lighten hair so make sure you use it diluted with enough water, in the ratio 1:2 for lemon and water respectively.
Coconut Oil
An excellent conditioner, making hair feel soft and lustrous.
Honey
For its moisturizing properties. Honey is very important in a homemade hair mask, especially if you have dry dull hair. It has restorative properties that adds moisture to lifeless hair, making it glowing and lustrous.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For eliminating any excess oils and grease in scalp and hair lengths as well as helping clear away irritating itchy dandruff.

 

Asics Fever

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I have lately been obsessed with trainers, especially ASICS brand. Thanks to my stylish boyfriend Owen who got me into this sneaker fever. I have yet to find a cool pair for my self. I find that all the styles I like are usually guys trainers. Particularly not happy with colours for girls. I mean, do I get a selection besides having my trainers come in rays of pinks, blues and purples? I have been looking all over the internet to find the right pair for my self for this Autumn, but with no luck and much disappointment. Someone has to reach out to these companies and tell them that there are girls out there that are actually no different from guys and want their trainers come in neutral colours, that complement their style, and not scream out, look at me, I’m so girlie!

I recommend a couple of sites for you where you can buy trainers and much more.

Just out of the curiosity, compare women’s vs men’s trainers to see what I am talking about.

http://shop.cncpts.com/

http://www.size.co.uk/home

http://deadstock.ca/

I love this new Fall 2014 Addition. ASICS OnitsukaTiger X Andrea Pompilio Colorado 88 in Black Tweed $170.00

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Asics OnitsukaTiger X Andrea Pompilio Colorado 88 (Black Tweed)

Asics OnitsukaTiger X Andrea Pompilio Colorado 88 (Black Tweed)

Asics OnitsukaTiger X Andrea Pompilio Colorado 88 (Black Tweed)

ASICS Gel Saga “Halftone Dot”

Asics Gel Saga "Halftone Dot"

Asics Gel Saga “Halftone Dot”

Asics Gel Saga "Halftone Dot"

Asics Gel Saga “Halftone Dot”

ASICS Christmas Edition 2015, GEL SAGA and GEL LYTES in dark or neutral colours.

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This is my favourite by far! BAIT x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”

BAIT x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”

BAIT x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”

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BAIT x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food&Liquor

Vince, Ginny and Nigel

Vince, Ginny and Nigel

Few of my friends started a really trendy snack bar called “Food and Liquor” in Toronto last year. Ginny, Vince and Nigel have all pinched in their great idea to open up a late food/drink bar in a trendy area of Toronto, Parkdale.

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Ginny and Vice are originally from Vancouver, Nigel is from just outside of Toronto. I know Ginny and Vince from ages ago, back when we use to party together in Vancouver and I met Nigel two years ago while I lived in London. Ginny works for Air Canada as a stewardess, both Nigel and Vice use to work as a chef for numerous restaurants.

Patio Area

Patio Area

 

I have recently travelled to Toronto and got to visit this place for the first time. I loved it, and not just saying it because they are my friends, but because the place is really good and I really liked the concept. It is very small and cosy there, with dim lights and cool music. The food is Asian inspired and the drinks are to die for. It got very lively there, everyone seemed to know each other and it felt like a big party. Decor is pretty cool as well. I would highly recommend to visit this place. If you are in Toronto and looking for a late night place with good food, drinks and good vibes, definitely goto Food and Liquor.

Food and Liquor

Food and Liquor

Address:

1610 Queen St. West

Toronto, Ontario M6R 1A8

Open daily:  17:00 – 02:00

Saturday & Sunday 14:00-2:00

Phone:+1-647-748-7113

Email: info@foodandliquor.com

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/food-and-liquor-toronto

https://www.facebook.com/FoodandLiquorTO

Moderat

 

For those who love good electronic music you need to know about Moderat. Moderat is an electronic music project that originated in Berlin, Germany. It started as a collaboration between Sascha Ring, also known as Apparat, and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, also known as Modeselektor.

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Sebastian Szary, Sascha Ring and Gernot Bronsert

I saw them last year at Easter Electrics music festival just outside of London, and I have to say my experience was unforgettable. They have amazing sound and visual effects. I love Apparat and Modeselektor and for me to see them all three play together was priceless.

http://moderat.fm/

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/moderat

https://www.facebook.com/moderat.band

Discography

Albums

Travel Essentials

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Travel in style

TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH

 

Are you a world traveller like me? Some essential pieces to take with you on your next journey. I can’t live without my MacBook , Ray Bans , AKG Headphones and Michael Kors watch. Of course don’t forget to take your passport. Have fun!

Jack J from Vancouver

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JACK J

In my blog I have mentioned many times my love for music.

I am constantly on the lookout for the new talent and the  music that moves me.

After living for two years in London, where most of mu favourite music comes and where i found it hard to keep up with all the gigs, I recently came back to Vancouver. Being back in VAN CITY made me health conscious once again. Endless hikes, bike rides around the sea wall, running marathons and eating gluten-free organic produce, what a change to my somewhat unhealthy, crazy life style I left behind in London.

Vancouver has a lot to offer to those who are on the look out for outdoorsy adventures. If you are looking for busy night life, culture, fashion or big music scene, better go to Montreal.

But once in a while you do come across some amazing talent, that can be found in oh so healthy and green Vancouver.

Today for instance I came across this guy. Jack J, our own Vancouver boy making groovy, soulful beats.