Friday, September 30, 2011

Ottawa Fashion Week kicks off in style...

It's finally fall in the city...not that I don't miss the summer, because I do! But in a city like Ottawa, the fall is much anticipated, why? Perhaps it is because the leaves turn gorgeous colours, the weather is perfect for high boots, full skirts and blazers, but most importantly because the fall marks the return of Ottawa Fashion Week...recently the city has taken a beating when it comes to style and fashion, being voted the #8 worst dressed city in the world doesn't really lend itself as a confidence builder, to say the least...but I won't rant and rave and try to defend Ottawa with claims that we are in fact better-dressed than a scathing article would suggest, but I will say this: every city has its style-makers and breakers, individuals who strive to make their urban surroundings more chic and those who just don't care...clumping all individuals under a particular category (such as "worst-dressed city") isn't necessarily fair, I agree, but at the same time it should act as an incentive to go out there, get gussied up and show those 'haters' that the few don't represent everybody...that being said, OFW, this year did truly start off in style at the Arc Hotel...I for one think that the people who gathered for the occasion negated the article's claim and here are some pictures to prove it...perhaps with more events like this, we can shake that nasty rumour about lacking a fashion sense, for good...a special thanks to Ming Wu for generously allowing me to use his amazing photos, Thanks Ming!
PS: I only have two sets of photos from OFW: Day 1, but more are on their way, stay tuned...
 Angie (DEMU Label), two guests and Julie (Popchampagne)
 Myself and Erica Wark
 Mingling Crowd
 Marc Lavoie, Justyna and Julie being silly...

OFW, the shows: Day 1...
Today the fashion festivities continue with day two of OFW...I for one can't wait to get dolled up and hit the town with my ladies in tow...in the mean time, hope you are all having a very stylish Friday...
Love K

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Love...

With Ottawa Fashion Week soon approaching (YEY!) I thought I would post something a little calming (at least for me) and inspirational...it will be a crazy week starting tomorrow, so I took some time this morning to enjoy a cup of pomegranate green tea, go through my infinite file of collected photos and post some of the ones that seem to 'speak' to me the most at this very moment...so here is a visual list of all that I am in love with right now, both fashion and design (after all they compliment each other)...don't ask me why...just go with it and enjoy...
My new romper from a small boutique in New York on Elizabeth St...photo by Julie
{romper: NYC, bag: Vendor, necklace: vintage, ring: Marc bu Marc Jacobs, sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs}
 Etro, Milan Fashion Week 2011
(photo via theglamourai)
Aqua and Gold heels
(photo via theselby)
Leopard-printed cardigans...or leopard-printed anything really...
All of this...
(photo via net-a-porter)
 Bright, colourful and tastefully cluttered office space (love the colour of that table!)
(photo via theselby)
  
Indigo blue...
(photo via theglamourai)
Tea...especially with the weather starting to turn a little bit chilly...
Everything about this is amazing...
(photo via net-a-porter)
Oldie but a goodie, I still go back to my favourite Sex and the City re-runs for fashion inspiration and a good laugh...plus Carrie's piled-on pearls are amazing!
 Colourful and boho interiors...
(photo via theselby)
 I think I have now featured this photo 3 times on my blog, but I keep coming back to it...I love everything about his image and as I erase and update all of my stored images, I always manage to hold on to this one...

This is it from me today...as I have already mentioned, I am in the process of gearing up for Ottawa Fashion Week (2 more days to go!!!), which I cannot wait for...getting dolled up with my ladies, enjoying some fashion shows, drinking some bubbly~what more could a girl ask for right? Stay tuned for the updates, but until then hope everyone has a lovely Tuesday...
Love K

Sunday, September 25, 2011

NYC...I indeed heart thee...

Ugh, this took forever, but finally I managed to upload, edit and post my photos from my NYC trip two weeks ago (I still have some remaining photos from Brooklyn, but those will have to be saved for another time)...anyway, as I have said before I really loved NYC, it was lovely to stay with my family in Harlem and explore some of the unique little (and big) streets, alleys, restaurants, museums, galleries and shops...my favourite? Well, right now my heart seems to belong to SoHo, but I feel like even that is a tough call given all the other areas I loved...New York City truly is a gem and here are some pictures to prove it...enjoy...
 MoMA...
Observations...
Reflection of the Brooklyn Bridge in a puddle...pretty nifty, if I do say so myself!
That's it for now luvs, hope everyone is having a great Sunday...
Love K

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Genteel: The Launch...

I am extremely happy to announce the launch of a project I am a contributor to The Genteel, an on-line fashion magazine dedicated to fashion journalism and commentary. Their goal:


"The Genteel is committed to delivering quality journalism, unearthing the forces shaping international fashion and design, through the lens of business, culture, society, best kept secrets and street style. As multi-dimensional and stimulating as its readers, The Genteel is the inspired destination where informed readers converge with in-depth fashion and design coverage."

I am thrilled to be a part of this endeavour and even more thrilled to have my first story published, that happens to be about NYC Fashion's Night Out, which you can read here...but in the mean time, below is a screen shot and teaser...enjoy...(and check out the publication!) 



Short and sweet...
Love K

Friday, September 16, 2011

New York in Polaroids...

This post will be short and sweet and heavy on the pictures...not because I don't have enough to say about the wonderful city that is NYC, but because I feel that in this case, pictures really do say a thousand words...especially when they are in polaroid form...so here it is, New York city in polaroids...enjoy...

Some random street observations...NYC is so fascinating, with so many gorgeous and interesting little avenues, shops, alleyways...it's one heck of a city!
Some random pictures I took at the MoMA...a very inspiring place indeed... 
 
My lunch at the MoMa cafeteria...
 On the subway...this made me laugh pretty hard...
 Fashion's Night Out...simply spectacular...
 Dean & Deluca...yup I went, I saw, I ate...

Ain't it pretty? I sure thought so...one of my favourite cities for sure...can't wait to go back this spring...
Love K

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fashion's Night Out: NYC...

Fashion's Night Out~the single biggest shopping event of the year and probably also the single most busiest event as well...I was excited from the very first moment my heels hit the pavement in NYC...one could feel the excited energy of the city, almost as if emanating from the atmosphere...Julie of Popchampagne and I, arrived in NYC the day prior to take part in the festivities of NYC Fashion Week, there are events all over the city during this magical time all of which celebrate the talent and art of fashion and design...the entire city is transformed into a giant fashion show...it's truly marvellous....FNO, designed in 2009 to boost the economy during a recession, is no exception...shops from all over Manhattan and the neighbouring boroughs all participate in the initiative, which includes giveaways, celebrity appearances, performances etc. ...it is a night that is intended not only for shopping, but also to appreciate and support local businesses, shops and designers...personally, I had a blast, running from one venue to another, jumping in and out of the iconic yellow taxis that dot the city-scape and sipping champagne in some of the amazing boutiques that line the NYC streets (including Chanel and Dior...amazing!) Here are some of my photos documenting Julie and my time at Fashion's Night Out in New York City...enjoy... 
Fashion's Night Out: NYC...Welcome...
Our printed itinerary for the evening...one must come prepared after all...
Some shots of the various venues and events that occur in the city during FNO...
Julie and I at Marc by Marc Jacobs...my personal heaven...
NYC, Dior and Vogue...
Henri Bendel and the live window display of Bergdorf Goodman...
Julie taking a texting break from all the excitement...plus the delicious street pretzels...
Near the end of the night...excited and exhausted...
The End...at least until next year...

Although one of my favourite parts of my trip, FNO wasn't the only thing on the agenda during my stay in New York City, and I have pictures to prove it...so stay tuned for more updates about NYC...coming soon...
Love K

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NYC...I heart thee...

Just a very quick and short note from New York City, where I am currently located...I am here for Fashion's Night Out , some sightseeing with my gal Julie, seeing and re-connecting with some family and some general girly-goodness...more posts from this wonderful city yet to come, so stay tuned...first stop: China Town and MoMA
Love K

Friday, September 2, 2011

An ode to Helmut Newton...

Helmut Newton...a photographic genius...seriously, this man was both creative and playful as well as incredibly talented...if I wasn't in love before, I definitely fell head over heels (literally) when I went to see his exhibit in Berlin at the Helmut Newton Foundation (blog post here)...so here is an ode to the great Helmut Newton, and a small collection of some of my personal favourites from his many MANY amazing and provocative photographs...I am partial to his polaroids, personally...but truth be told, there are so many to choose from...enjoy...
 
Stunning, aren't they? Well, that's it from me for today...happy long weekend everyone...can't believe the summer is officially over, move over humidity and welcome fall colours! 
Love K
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