Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Best Dressed: The Met Gala 2018

The 2018 Met Gala red carpet was one of the most memorable in recent years. The “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme provided a clear cohesion to the stars' looks that didn't undermine the showmanship of fashion's biggest night.

The literal interpretations, à la Rihanna papal outfit or Kate Bosworth's Virgin Mary glam, were equal parts cheeky and beautiful. Young stars, like Kendall Jenner in a flowy off-white 'pant-suit' and Yara Shaidi in a romantically structured Chanel Couture dress, infused the night with angelic softness. Zoe Kravitz, J. Lo, and Lily Collins brought a dark and gothic glamour to the event; while Jasmine Sanders and Kerry Washington, Emily Ratakowski, and Kim Kardashian shone bright in gold metallics that could be seen from the heavens.

Here are the best looks from the night:

Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela
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 Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta

Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

Yara Shahidi in Chanel Couture 

 Jennifer Lopez in Balmain
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Jasmine Sanders in H&M 

Kendall Jenner in Off-White
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Cassie in Thomas Browne
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Lily Collins in Givenchy 
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Statement Earrings You Can Wear Everyday

Tiny Initial Studs, Bing Bang, $24 for 24k Letter Stud
New York brand Bing Bang makes perfectly personalized statement earrings. You can spell out your name, your bae's initials, or your favorite #hashtag. At just $24 per, stud these earrings are 24k magic!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Rent Your Way Through Wedding Season

Rent the Runway is perfect for a busy wedding season. We like that the one-time wear price lets you go for current pieces you may not have been bold enough to purchase. Prep for wedding season with these cute dresses that will definitely impress and refresh your memory about what the dress code on the invite really means:

White Tie: full length dress, structured silhouettes, and decadent jewelry. Tux, white tie, and tails for the men.

ML Monique Lhuillier Raspberry Romance Gown, Rent The Runway

Black Tie: floor length gowns, luxe pant suit, upscale cocktail dress or glam full length skirt combo. Tux for the guys.

Christian Siriano Clay Ruffle Gown, Rent The Runway

Black Tie Option: Formal dress of any length for the ladies, dark suit or tux for the fellas.

ML Monique Lhuillier Garden Jacquard Gown, Rent The Runway

Cocktail Attire: Short party dress for the women with more flexibility for silhouette, fabric and print. while gentlemen can suit up with a nice tie.

Prabal Gurung Red Printed Tiered Dress, Rent The Runway
Beach Formal: Ladies can opt for Fun flowy dresses and colorful prints that look great at sunset, while men can wear linen or khakis for the men.
Amur Pink Priscilla Gown, Rent The Runway

Casual: Sundress for the women, long or short sleeve button down shirt for the men
J Mendel Yellow Lace Sweetheart Dress, Rent The Runway

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Quick Travel Guide for a Weekend in Montréal

The mix of  European glamour and down-to-earth Canadian charm makes Montréal one of the most vibrant cities in North America. The city is packed with things to do. There's nature, there's great shopping, there's museums, there's sports and there is almost always a cool festival going on (Just for Laughs, Osheaga, etc. to name a few). The food scene in Montréal is just as diverse as its multi-cultural population, making the city a foodie haven. On top of that, the French-Canadian culture brings a unique 'je ne sais quoi' that simply cannot be replicated outside of Quebec. Here is the essential travel guide for a superbe weekend visit to Montréal:

Photo: The Ritz
1. The Ritz - Recently renovated, but timelessly glamorous, the hotel boasts an in-house spa, nearby shopping, and prime-time proximity to the must-see Mont Royal sight!

2. Le Westin - Le Westin is a tried and true business hotel that is also great for tourists. Le Westin is within walking distance to Old Montreal, St. Catherines Street, The Village, RESO (the underground network of shops and restaurants), and great cafes (see: Olive + Gourmando and Crew Collective)

3. Hôtel William Gray- This contemporary boutique hotel in Old Montreal will make you feel like you're walking the cobblestone streets of a modern-day European fairytale

Photo: Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1. Visit the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. The museum has an impressive collection of modern and classical art and admission to the permanent collection is always free.

2. Climb Mount Royal in the morning. It is a great hike all year round and a majestic escape right in the middle of the city.

3. See the city by BIXI, Montréal's public bicycle sharing system.

4. See the stunning Notre Dame Basilica (this is where Celine Dion got married)

5. Relax at the Scandinavian Spa Old Montreal with a traditional Scandinavian baths experience.

Photo: Holt Renfrew via PBTH
1. Holt Renfrew - Holt Renfrew is Canada's department store equivalent of Saks Fifth Avenue or Harrod's. The ultra chic Holt's cafe is worth a visit if your shopping works up an appetite. 

2. SSENSE - Montreal is home to the headquarters of the trendy e-commerce site SSENSE's and their only brick and mortar location. Development of a new 5-story concept store is currently underway and the new store will bring very similar vibes to a Dover Street Market in London or a Collette in Paris.

Quick Bites:
Photo: Maison Christian Fauvre
1. Maison Christian Fauvre - This classic and tremendously chic French patisserie has macarons, desserts, and a chocolate almond croissant that should not be missed

2. Olive + Gourmando - Olive + Gourmando is technically a glorified cafe and brunch spot with an amazing pastry selection. Grab a delicious granola bowl and split the chocolate banana brioche with someone who is good at sharing!

3. Mandy's - Vibrant salads are packed with superfood ingredients and millennial staples like avocados in extra-large and colorful china bowls. The location in Old Montreal has french bistro vibes with accents of palm trees and millennial pink. On your way out you can grab one of Mandy's signature china salad bowls, re-useable water bottles, compartes chocolate bars, kale chips, fresh pressed juice and other perfectly branded souvenirs.

Montreal Bagels:
Photo: St. Viateur
1. St-Viateur Bagel Shop - If you do this right, you should be visiting the iconic and longstanding bagel shop and not the bagel cafe. Grab your bagels and cream cheese to go + eat them at a coffee shop around the corner called Felice.

2. Fairmount Bagel - Fairmount is the rival to St-Viateur and makes another well-known and delicious Montreal bagel.

Montreal's Infamous Smoked Meat:
Photo: Yelp
1. Schwartz’s Deli - This is Montreal's most famous deli and home to some of 'Canada's best smoked meat.' You can sit down for the full menu in the original location or pick up sandwiches at the to-go shop next door. Make sure to try the delicious mustard on top of whatever you order.

2. Lester’s Deli - Lester's is the other smoked meat deli in town that is competitively as delicious as Schwartz but loses the edge on history and iconic-ness (read: a bit less touristy and shorter waits)

Photo: Hashtag Voyage
Poutine is gravy, cheese curds, and fries. It sounds and looks gross, but tastes great. You MUST try for yourself to believe it. 

1. La Banquise - La Banquise has over 30 variations of poutine, one of Canada's most treasured dishes.

2. Poutineville - Poutineville gives you the option to build your own poutine dishes with luxe toppings

Photo: L'Actualitie
1. Crew Collective - The Business Development bank of Canada turned a grand and opulent unused-bank into a shared working space where you can grab coffee or book a working space or conference rooms.

2. Tommy Café + Apero - The two story coffee shop sits in a gorgeous historical building in Old Montreal and has an great selection of coffee, sweets, and sandwiches.

Photo: Bar Darling via Taset
1. Bar Darling - Eclectic vintage decor and indoor greenery make Darling the perfect backdrop for drinks over a shared cheese plate. 

2. Bar Henrietta - Bar Henrietta is a cozy hangout with romantic lighthing, great cocktails, and upscale bar snacks. Stop here if you want to fit in with the locals or need to fill time before a late reservation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Best Oscars Looks Weren't on the Oscars Red Carpet

The Vanity Fair red carpet looks totally eclipsed the actual Oscar's red carpet. The after party was filled with bold fashion statements, clean lines and modern silhouettes. The looks were glam enough for hollywoods biggest night but also refreshingly accessible enough to inspire anyone's upcoming wedding season circuit. Here are the top Oscar's after-party looks from the 2018 Vanity Fair Party:

Emily Ratajkowski in Zac Posen
Kate Beckinsale in fitter black dress and Bulgari jewelry
Naomi Campbell in a white pant suit
Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent
Jenna Dewan Tatum in a Pamella Roland dress
Zendaya in custom Michael Kors
Isla Fischer in a strapless red gown
Tiffany Haddish in a Brandon Maxwell gown
Margot Robbie in Chanel
Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2018

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2018

The ladies of the red carpet dazzled with simple colors in classic silhouettes. These understated looks were the perfect canvas to celebrate the achievements of some of Hollywood's most powerful ladies. Here are our top 10 best dressed from the 2018 Oscars:

1. Margot Robbie in custom Chanel Haute Couture
2. Saoirse Ronan in a Calvin Klein by Appointment
3. Zendaya in Giambattista Valli
4. Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive
5. Allison Janney in Reem Acra
6. Lauren Dern in Calvin Klein by Appointment 
7. iEza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren
8. Zoey Dutch in Elie Saab
9. Jane Fonda in 44 Francois Premier by Olivier Rousteing
10. Helen Mirren in Reem Acra

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fun Flats Fit For Work

In clockwise order:
Gucci ballet flat, neimanmarcus.com
Loewe d'orsay flat, $485 - net-a-porter.com
James Chan Viola II Pointy Toe Flat (Women), nordstrom.com
Studs shoes, romwe.com
Chloé low heel shoes, $810 - net-a-porter.com
Nicholas Kirkwood black slip on shoes, $865 - net-a-porter.com
Stuart Weitzman black shoes, farfetch.com
Club Monaco black flat, $250 - shopbop.com
Prada pink flat, $810 - net-a-porter.com
Christian Louboutin loafer shoes, nordstrom.com
Jimmy Choo black shoes, $820 - savannahs.com