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The Corsage Project: Making Prom Dreams Come True at Boutique Ball 2014

Prom season has officially arrived. Though we’re a little on the old side for invitations, we were more than happy to live vicariously through the lucky ladies who attended Corsage Project‘s recent Boutique Ball in Toronto. A non-profit organization, Corsage Project is dedicated to giving young women in financial need the opportunity to celebrate prom with their peers by providing them with all the ingredients to a chic prom ensemble free of charge: the dress, matching accessories, and even a mini makeover.

As prom stylists in training, we dutifully shadowed the lovely Thurika K. as she embarked on her prom prep journey at Boutique Ball with her real life fairy godmother for the day Gail McInnes. As co-founder of Stylist Box, Gail knows a thing or two about styling celebrities for red carpets – a skill that, as it turns out, is very transferrable to the prom scene. From the before to the after shot, we followed along step by step as Thurika and Gail expertly navigated through a sea of generously donated gowns and accessories to arrive at the perfect prom look.

STEP 1: Thurika meets her Boutique Ball personal shopper fairy godmother, Gail. Also, she remembers to bring her younger sister (right) along for moral support (and some manual labour).

STEP 2: Team Thurika attacks the dress racks, gathering potential candidates (see Step 1 re: sister and manual labour). After a few rounds in the dressing room, we knock it out of the ballpark with a stunning magenta mermaid gown. It’s The One!

STEP 3: Team Thurika hits the shoe tables…

…the handbag tables…

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Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2014 Edition


Glenn Dixon and Suzanne Rogers

On April 12, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario hosted its 13th annual fundraising gala, Odyssey, a soirée held in support of the non-profit organization’s efforts to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place for children with cancer and their families. Decked out in their black tie best, the city’s social set arrived at the Liberty Grand in Toronto to support the very worthy cause at what is always one of the most glamourous events of the year.

POGO Gala 2014 featured a cocktail reception (duck confit quesadillas for the win!), silent auction (lunch with an astronaut, anyone?), gala dinner, live auction (drums and lessons from Johnny Fay of the Tragically Hip were up for grabs – how cool is that?), and even an official after-party. Check out the gallery below for 20 style snaps from POGO Gala 2014, including a pretty-in-pink Suzanne Rogers on the arm of a dapper Glenn Dixon, the lovely Jane Hanrahan in a gorgeous black gown, and the ultra chic duo of Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski.

P.S. Find out more about POGO and how you can support the cause at pogo.ca.


Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski


Jane Hanrahan (left)

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Spotted from the Backseat: Holt Renfrew’s Uncrate India Party


Waris Ahluwalia and Alexandra Weston

On April 3, Holt Renfrew threw an Indian-themed bash in honour of the launch of Uncrate India, a collection of products specially hand-selected by Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy, and designer Waris Ahluwalia, founder of House of Waris, on a journey to India together. The luxury retailer’s Bloor Street flagship in Toronto was completely transformed, instantly transporting guests straight to the markets of India, with even Bollywood dancers and mehndi artists on hand.

“The idea behind the ‘uncrate’ concept is to showcase the incredible products of different cultures and support the continuation of these crafts around the world. We began with India and sought to explore the artisanal depth and discover the extraordinary products of the country and tell their extraordinary stories within our H Project shops,” said Weston.

The Uncrate India collection features pieces from over 16 designers, including batik silk scarves, precious gemstones, hand-woven rugs, and more that will be available at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver locations until May 31.

“We went on a mission of discovery. Seeking out great talents, incredible objects, fresh interpretations of ancient ideas and products that transcend borders,” said Ahluwalia. “H Project allows us to continue to support traditional techniques and share our passion for craftsmanship with the world.”

Check out the gallery below for 28 style snaps of Uncrate India partygoers, many of them adorned in stunning saris or Indian-inspired getups, including Alexandra Weston herself, H Project designer Jenny Bird, stylist Nadia Pizzimenti, and designer Monica Chiu.

H Project designer Jenny Bird


Aya McMillan, Christopher Turner and Kimberly Lyn


Moira Wright, Amer Sandhu, Jeevin Sandhu and Brittany Barkwell


Jessica Chiu and Monica Chiu

Nadia Pizzimenti and Odessa Paloma Parker

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Spotted from the Backseat: Forbidden PROM 2014 Edition

On March 29, the Young Patrons Circle held its annual fundraiser in support of the Royal Ontario Museum, traditionally one of the most fun events on Toronto’s social calendar. Inspired by the Forbidden City exhibition currently on at the ROM, Forbidden PROM invited guests to dress in traditional Chinese attire, munch on dim sum, and dance to DJ Rory Them Finest-spun tunes that we’re certain even the emperors would have enjoyed. In short, it was our favourite PROM to date.

As much as we love our BBQ pork, it was the fashion that made the night for us (though admittedly the BBQ pork was a close second place). Whether in traditional Chinese dress like Lisa Marie Chen‘s lovely lilac cheongsam or a more contemporary take like Lori Siddons‘ gorgeous dragon embroidered gown, partygoers donned their PROM best for the occasion and we absolutely loved it. Take a gander at the gallery below for over 30 style snaps from Forbidden PROM.

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YOU’RE INVITED | FGI In Association with CAFA Presents: An Evening of Networking & Cocktails With Industry Influencers

The Fashion Group International is hosting a networking event at Soho House in Toronto this upcoming Friday, April 4 – and you’re invited! Yours truly is humbly headlining the event alongside a group of industry influencers that include publishers, designers, editors, and stylists, and we’d love to see you there.

Here’s your opportunity to ask creative directors Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine about their design process, talk backstage beauty with top makeup and hair stylist Sabrina Rinaldi, pick S’s brain about all things fashion blogging, and more.

Want in? Capacity is limited, so snag your tickets here, stat. See you there!

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#BeautyBrunchTO: Our Fashion Week Prep Sesh At Do My Hair

One fabulous Toronto Fashion Week ago, we teamed up with our blogger BFFs Nelia Belkova of Style Blog and Kimberly Lyn of The Souls Of My Shoes for a pre-WMCFW primp session at Do My Hair. The lovely salon in midtown Toronto generously offered our lovely readers complimentary haircuts, blowouts and makeup application on the sunny Sunday afternoon right before opening night of fashion week, and we – and you! – definitely took them up on their offer.

Thanks to all who came out for #BeautyBrunchTO! We had an absolute blast meeting you all and witnessing your gorgeous makeovers, and even learned a few beauty tips and tricks from the pros. And a huge thank you to the talented folks at Do My Hair for hosting us, and to smartwater and vitaminwater for supplying the very addictive refreshments.

Missed the fun? Check out the gallery below for a few snaps from #BeautyBrunchTO, and be sure to stay tuned for news of our next big event!

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YOU’RE INVITED: Blogger Beauty Brunch with Do My Hair in Toronto

Toronto Fashion Week is just around the corner, ladies and gents, and we’re already in full prep mode, RSVPing to runway show invites, planning outfits and beautifying ourselves. A fresh new beauty look is definitely in order, so we’re teaming up with our blogger BFFs, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog on Blogger Beauty Brunch, a pre-fashion week primp party at Do My Hair in Toronto – and you’re invited!

The talented team at Do My Hair is offering complimentary haircuts, blowouts and makeup application to our lovely readers. Want in? We bet you do, and here are all the details:

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014, 10:30am-2:30pm

WHERE: Do My Hair, 583 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto

WHAT: Choice of a complimentary haircut, blowout, or makeup application! Swag bags (while supplies last)! Chance to win a $500 makeover!

WHO: The Souls of My ShoesStyle BlogThe Backseat Stylers, and you!

HOW: Call (416) 544-0505 to book your appointment. Spots are limited.

HASHTAG: #beautybrunchTO - use it on your instagrams and tweets on event day for a chance to win a $500 makeover (!) on a return visit to Do My Hair.

Excited? So are we! So book that appointment for your complimentary service, and we’ll see you on Sunday at Do My Hair. Can’t wait!

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Spotted from the Backseat: J.Crew Collection’s Toronto Store Launch


Afiya Francisco

Confession: we’re totally obsessed with J.Crew, especially all things J.Crew Collection. So when an invite arrived for the opening of the very first Collection store in Canada, on Bloor Street in Toronto no less, we were stoked. The promise of a Ms. Jenna Lyons in attendance too? We were officially beside ourselves.

Sadly, though we donned our Collection best for the occasion, our date with J.Crew’s creative director was not to be. Stuck in New York thanks to an epic snowstorm, Ms. Lyons sent a few looks fresh off the Fall 2014 runway in her place. Those, plus some good old Canadian-themed photo booth fun and almost 6,500 square feet of the statement necklaces and No. 2 pencil skirts we love so much, did a fantastic job of making up for our style icon’s absence.

Check out the gallery below for style snaps of Toronto’s fashion set in their favourite J.Crew duds. Nowhere near the new store? We’ll race you over to jcrew.com.


Aya McMillan


Fiona Green


Ainsley Kerr


Yours truly

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Spotted from the Backseat: Canada’s National Ballet School’s Casablanca Gala 2014 Edition

On February 7, Canada’s National Ballet School held Casablanca Gala, a glamourous, 1940s-inspired fundraiser at The Carlu in Toronto. Co-chaired by Juanita Montalvo and Stephen Delaney, the event aimed to raise $850,000 towards providing financial assistance to NBS’s Professional Ballet Program students. The School’s biggest supporters gathered for an evening featuring a Moroccan dinner, a casino with live entertainment, and, of course, a ballet performance by the students.

Encouraged to channel their inner Humphrey Bogarts and Ingrid Bergmans, some guests fully embraced the 1940′s theme sartorially, while others simply chose to don their black tie best. Either way, Casablanca Gala drew one very fabulous looking crowd. Check out the gallery below for 26 style snaps, including Ainsley Kerr and Kim Johnson, both in dazzling embellished gowns.

Missed the gala, but would like to donate to Canada’s National Ballet School? Click on over here.

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YOU’RE INVITED: Exclusive Amex UNSTAGED Fashion Event With Diane von Furstenberg

New York Fashion Week is officially in full swing, ladies and gents! If, like us, you’re not anywhere near the Lincoln Center this season but have furiously been catching up on the latest and greatest collections via Style.com, we’ve got some very exciting news for you. American Express has teamed up with the queen of the wrap dress herself, Diane von Furstenberg, on an exclusive, virtual front row experience of her Fall 2014 runway presentation – and you’re invited!

Live-streaming at AmexUnstaged.com and DVF.com this Sunday, February 9 at 4:45pm, the #AmexUNSTAGED Fashion with DVF event promises pre-show, in-show and post-show features that will give us the front row view (no backseat this time!) from the comfort of our very fashionable couch. If that’s not already enough to get you marking your calendars and setting your cell phone reminders, the event will also be set against a live musical performance by indie pop musician St. Vincent, who will be debuting songs from her soon-to-be-released new album.

Excited for this latest #AmexUNSTAGED event? So are we! In fact, we’ll be live-tweeting the show along with blogger BFF Nelia of Style Blog (@styleblogca) and the lovely folks at Amex Canada (@AmexCanada), so be sure to join in on the conversation. During the live stream, us fashion fans will even have the opportunity to unlock an exclusive digital experience by tweeting with the hashtag #AmexUNSTAGED.

We can’t imagine anything that could be more important than this Amex x DVF event, but if you reeeally can’t make it to the Twitter party, don’t fret! The full length UNSTAGED event will be rebroadcast on AmexUnstaged.com for 24 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up and tweet us your thoughts on the collection and the show.

And stay tuned for more from this year-long collaboration between American Express and DVF. It’s the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, so there will be more exclusive fashion events for American Express Cardmembers and Diane von Furstenberg fans throughout 2014. In the meantime, we can’t wait to tweet with you all this Sunday starting at 4:45pm! Be there or be square.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely our own.

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