Thursday, December 30, 2010

...a BIG "thank you"...

I meant to do this right after I finished my "24 days of Guest Bloggers" project, but somehow with all the holiday madness and everything else I managed to get side-tracked and only remembered today (my bad...I am very sorry folks!)...but better late then never so here it is, my BIG HUGE "THANK YOU" to all of the wonderful, talented, lovely, creative and inspirational bloggers that contributed to Love K...I really appreciate all of the fabulous posts that were submitted and enjoyed reading every single one of them...so to all of you who posted, commented and read all the great posts, from the bottom of my heart~I thank you~you are all amazing!!!
Love K

The Carnival is coming to Ottawa on NYE...

...for those of you in Ottawa looking for a guaranteed WICKED time for this year's NYE, don't miss the annual Starfish Events NYE party...last year's event was a fabulous 'red carpet' themed evening filled with gowns, bow ties, paparazzi and plenty of dancing to boot...this year promises to be even better with a carnival theme...ladies we all know how fun that will be to dress for! So all you O-town partiers, put on your carnival best and dance the NYE night away to 2011!
For more info click here...
Love K

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

...with love...

...the year is slowly nearing its end and it is almost time to start yet another decade in this millennium...it is also time for New Years resolutions (attempting to keep and eventually breaking them)...so what are some of mine? Well the usual: be more active (walking from the computer to the fridge does not count as cardio!)...write more ("to do" lists do not count even when they comprise of reading more books and journal articles)...read more (fashion and celebrity gossip sites do not count...weeeeellllll...) but seriously this year's New Year resolutions will include all of the above along with appreciating the winter more (thanks J of chichichic for that one :-) and appreciating everyday and taking it as it comes...I know a little cheesy but much needed...so anyone else wanna share with me their NY resolutions? Any kind of inspiration is welcome! Until then, I will leave you with some amazing fashion inspiration photographed in my favourite city in the whole wide world...

Love K

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Noel...

...although a little late...(my apologies)...I wish you all a very very fantatsic holiday season...happy egg-nogging everyone...
Hope everyone's Christmas was safe, lovely and merry...
Love K

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rania's Style Advice for the New Year!

Winter is a very VERY hard season to dress for: layers, coats, boots, bulky sweaters OY! And we should know, we live in a city where winter lasts a looooooong looooooooooooog time...so to help all of you who have this same dilemma, here is Rania Abdulla, Ottawa Stylist Extraordinaire, with some great style tips for the winter and the New Year...

HSN has partnered with an extensive roster of celebrities and experts including IMAN and Reem Acra to bring viewers tips and tricks, unique stories, gift giving suggestions and exciting products in time for the holidays.

Here are some helpful holiday tips from some of HSN’s top 2010 holiday season guests and other gifting suggestions from various HSN brand partners including Mariah Carey.

IMAN’s Key Wardrobe Staples for the Holiday Season..

1: Never underestimate the power of sparkle! Pair an eye-catching piece with even the most casual of items to take any outfit into party mode.

2: Rely on the little black dress, but find one with a unique twist, like my Sexy Snake-Print LBD for $79.95

3: Choose one statement piece of jewelry to create conversation at any cocktail party.


IMAN Global Chic Cabochon and Crystal 6-3/4" Cuff Bracelet - $64.95



Reem Acra’s Holiday Dressing Tips

1: When picking the perfect holiday outfit, opt for a special top over a simple bottom. A silky shirt with an embellished accent will draw attention to your face and give you that little extra glow.

2: Sequins are a tried-and-true party option. When in doubt, find a piece with just the right amount of sparkle to achieve your own “go to” look of understated elegance.

3: When going straight from the office to your company holiday party, plan ahead. Wear a work appropriate dress during the day and dress it up for evening with something eye-catching like my patterned sequin jacket.


Reem Patterned Sequin Jacket - $459.90









Gift suggestions and items great for the winter season:


Ruffle Chiffon Blouse w Cami from Jeffrey Banks

$39.90 USD




Faux Fur Collar from Curation

$39.90 USD


Mariah Carey Crystal Pavé "Butterfly" Ring

$49.95 USD



Bangle Set from RJ Graziano

$39.95 USD







Faux Fur Coyote Handbag from Adreinne Landau
$89.90 USD







Mini Bag with Snake Flaps and Charms from Chi by Falchi
$119.90 USD





Glamour's Multi Stone Colour Necklace
$89.95 USD



Tori Spelling's Cluster Gem Set Necklace on Rope Chain

$59.95 USD



Set of bangles by V by Eva

$69.95 USD





Frosting by Mary Norton's Mongolian Lamb Hobo

$129.90 USD










Serena Williams' Faux Fur Vest
$109.95 USD





Mariah Carey's Suede Bootie with Fur Trim

$129.90 USD





Mariah Carey
's Knit Boot with Buckles and Leather Trim

$149.90 USD








Mariah Carey
's Suede Peep Toe Platform Boot

$199.90 USD




Crystal/Peral Drop Necklace by
RK by Ranjana Khan

$199.95 USD





Curations Stefani Jacket

$229.90 USD





Carol Brodies's
Rutilated & Smoky Quartz 10K Earrings

$499.90 USD



Clever Carriage's Haircalf Hobo

$646.90 USD




Rania is an Ottawa Stylist and the creative brains behind Fashion Cures a la Mode...some of her talents include wardrobe styling, personal shopping, ad campaigns, lookbooks, fashion shows etc...Needless to say this lady knows how to put together an outfit for any season...we're lucky to have her in Ottawa to show us how it's done when the snow reaches our faux fur collars!
For more information about and how to contact Rania, just click here...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rachel Sin's Holiday Style Guide...and a sneak peak into her new collection...

I always look forward to this time of year, because in the fashion world where everything is done a year in advance—I am designing the new collection. When shopping is your research, I need a surge of inspiration.

Designing a new collection is still my favourite part of the whole creative process, with seeing your hard work walk down the runway following a close second. There is nothing like choosing your own fabric, creating the initial sample and seeing the finished product for the first time. It is a laborious process and with an architect’s eye you scrutinize every detail , fit and function. There is always a charm to wearing a dress for the first time, but by the time it hits the boutique sales floor, it will have already gone through photo shoot, runway, press and already be filed away in my mental archive. Moving on to the next project...

Mylett Dress $260 available March 2011.

The new Spring Summer 2011 Collection is truly a collection that I would love to wear. As any artist or designer, you are constantly defining your style and reinventing yourself. I always picture myself going to an event in a modern building, what would wear that would complement the space and become as timeless as the building itself? You know you look good when you are comfortable in your own skin, when you don’t have to try too hard, when your wardrobe becomes an extension of your confidence, originality and personal style. What I love about the new collection is that combines unexpected elements to achieve a balance of sensual cool with an edge, a polished look with understated style. I love pairing sensual lightweight fabrics with edgier metallic sequins or thicker sculptural fabrics. The opposition is fun and emphasizes the play on the delicate verses hard edge.

Elle Dress $250 available March 2011.

I love the Model off the runway look, a style that so quintessentially describes Rachel Sin. So downtown cool, so rocker glam, so effortlessly functional. We are excited to announce, you heard it first at LoveK—Rachel Sin will be expanding the collection to include a new line of separates appropriately named Model Off Duty. Look for something to stand out in, whether it is texture that that draws the eyes without being overbearing or exquisite detailing that you can’t take your eyes off of.

Model Off Duty looks I love.

Fur vest over leather leggings, Andrew Marc Mongolian Lamb Vest $1495.

Button-down silk blouse paired with skinny trousers, Siwy Sequin Hannah Slim Crop Pants $284

Oversize collar jacket, State & Lake Fur Collar Leather Jacket $560.

This Model Off Duty line transitions effortlessly from day to night, downtown to red carpet and right into the after party. It's the perfect match of sophistication, fun and function for the chic city woman.


Rachel Sin, now a household name for any fashionista living in Ottawa, resides in two style universes: architecture and fashion...both of which she handles with poise, grace and elegance and both of which showcase her tremendous talent...Rachel has recently moved to Toronto (sad for me~lucky for Torontonians) but will soon be expanding her fashion empire to the rest of the world...one gorgeous dress at a time...Rachel Sin will be expanding the Fall Winter 2011 collection to include a new line of separates appropriately named Model Off Duty...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Emily's 5 Simple & Easy Holiday Gifts...(for under $20)...

These gift ideas are perfect for the hostess who tells you that “you don’t need to bring a thing” but still appreciates it when you do, the in-law who says “oh, don’t bother with gifts for me” but doesn’t mean it, and that person who has everything but still likes a little something under the tree with their name on it…

1. A tree ornament: Inexpensive thin-cut wood and felt ornaments are increasingly plentiful and have an artistic, funky vibe – check your local craft store or the holiday section of your local hardware store – you’ll be surprised what you can find there (see some simple examples below). Or for a more playful, kid-friendly feel, make your own candy cane reindeer using a brown pipe cleaner for antlers, googly eyes, and a small black pompom for a nose applied with a glue gun, all available at your local craft store.

1. A small vase full of simple white flowers: Buy a small glass or silver vase in the flower section of your grocery store and choose some inexpensive white flowers for an elegant look. This makes a great gift for a Christmas party or even a glamorous New Year’s get-together.

2. Home-made baked goodies in a cellophane bag: A lovely little decorated cellophane bag makes anything look good. Fill it with a half dozen cookies, or a couple of muffins, or fudge – as pictured below - and tie with a holiday ribbon. Festive cellophane bags are available at your local craft store or bulk food store.

1. Never underestimate the broad appeal of cheese: Have you ever noticed the sheer variety of cheeses at your local grocery store? Most of them are wonderful specialty cheeses that the majority of us don’t buy on a daily basis, like jalapeno cheddar or dill favored havarti, never mind the dozens of brands of soft cheeses. Choose something creative and festive -cranberry brie anyone?, you don’t have to spend a lot -$10 will buy a nice piece of cheese, and you can even amp up the festive quotient by placing it a cellophane bag tied with holiday ribbon.

2. Personalize a store bought gift: There are all sorts of ways to add a personalized touch to a store bought scarf, socks, dish cloth, or tea towel. Stitch the recipient’s initials into the hem or buy some iron-on letters to create an easy monogrammed gift. Also consider personalizing store-bought Christmas tree ornaments, as seen below. I bought these little tree ornament stockings and, using simple grey sewing thread, stitched my sister’s initials on one and my own on another. They make a great gift for my mom, who loves simple and thoughtful presents.

Happy Holidays and Happy gift giving!


Emily is a PhD candidate at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication...she is a brilliant scholar who focuses on material and visual culture, and who's knowledge on these subjects never ceases to amaze me! Emily is a bonafied (younger and hotter) Martha Stewart, who can sew, cook, bake, craft, write and knit up a creative maelstrom...ummmm did I mention that she makes a mean Gin and Tonic?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Jim Saunders: "The World's Biggest Secret Santa?"

The fist banged loudly on my apartment door.

“Yoboseyo!” came the voice of the Korean mailman outside.

Yes! It had arrived!

I scrambled expectantly from my chair and hurried to click off the door lock before turning the handle to push the door open.

There it was.

A parcel wrapped in green paper covered with cute, white, christmas bears and red boughs of holly. Its size came in at just a bit bigger than a 400-page trashy-thriller paperback.

The mailman looked at me and looked down at the package as if to confirm the recipient. He pointed to my name written clearly in the Korean alphabet, Hangul.

“Jim son-doh-suh?” he enquired, wonderfully Koreanizing my distinctly western name.

“Yes, that's me!” I replied.

“Sign.”

Jeju Island, South Korea, then, had received its gift involving some 14,959 people from 87 different countries.

But there was still fifty per cent to finish, going from me to elsewhere in the world.

And when that recipient received that gift, all would be done for Christmas.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Reddit Secret Santa 2010.


The gift I got. It was mailed from inside Korea. But what is it?

*****

Now I could take up the rest of the blog post with trying to explain what Reddit actually is. But apart from being pure awesomeness, it can mean something different to each and every one of its users. So I just decided to do the easy thing and search Wikipedia on your behalf. Enjoy a very standard definition:

Users (also called redditors) can browse and have the option to submit links to content on the Internet or submit "self" posts that contain original, user-submitted text. Other users may then vote the posted links "up" or "down" with the most successful links gaining prominence by reaching the front page. In addition, users can comment on the posted links and reply to other commentators consequently forming an online community.”

The most important words there for me are online community. That's what I feel I'm part of having been a member of Reddit for three-plus years now. And that online community is what made me want to finally take the plunge for the secret santa this year. Since I live on Korea's largest island, I thought best I send something unique (and costing about $15) USD from there.

These days, that “something unique” from Jeju could be related to the Jeju Olle walking trails which loop the island. After a quick trip to one of the trail centres I now had a 2011 calendar, postcards, neck scarf, guidebook and key chain.

So did my giftee enjoy my gift when he got it all the way over in Alabama? His response warmed my heart and made all the effort more than worth it:

I really like my secret santa gift! Although I do not know his reddit username, but would like to thank him for the gift. (I won't post his real name).

What makes it special is I had asked for something unique from areas/countries around the world and thats what I got!

I have never heard of Jeju olle before, but I do love hiking and travel and the guide really makes me want to go! Looks like a unique experience.

Thanks again secret santa and everyone reading, check out Jeju Olle South Korea, its beautiful! I will have to come back and upload more pictures of the beautiful places in Jeju Olle.”


Jeju Olle items successfully arrive in Alabama!

Oh and remember that gift the mailman delivered to me for my part in secret santa?

Well, just like me, you'll just have to wait until Dec. 25 to find out what's inside the wrapping.

Sorry.

I mean, it is a Christmas present!



Jim Saunders is the founder and the editor extraordinaire of JejuLife Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for foreigners living on Jeju Island, specifically and South Korea, generally...he is a journalist who has travelled throughout the world and settled on beautiful Jeju...Jim has a unique talent where he can make even the most mundane story so exciting it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat...not only is Jim a brilliant writer but also a very good friend, whom is very much missed over here in the land of snow and Tim Horton's double-doubles!
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