Archive for January 2017

Style Crush: Tina Kunakey

Friday, January 27, 2017

I recently read an article about The Upcoming "It" Girls to look out for. Half of them were children of celebrities, which in my opinion really shouldn't count unless they have put in the hard work to make it on their own. So when I cam across this 19 year old up and coming Italian model, I was intrigued.

Tina Kunakey is an Italian model, born in Sicily, but spent much of her life in Biarritz. She has a love for language, and speaks English, French and Spanish, in addition to her mother tongue, Italian. As a jet-setter with enviable hair and attention-grabbing style, Tina appears to live a life most girls dream of, which she shares on her popular instagram account - @tinakunakey.
She is represented by the Spanish agency Mad Model Management, which is located in London, where she now resides. She is a rising star of her generation, and I must say I love her personal style which has been called "pretty gangster".

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Current Project: Nursery [BEFORE]

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We have been working hard on getting the baby's room ready, and I'm so excited to start putting in all the little touches. The colour came out so beautiful and I can't wait to show you! But what's a project without before pictures?

Here is what the room looked like when we moved in a couple of years ago (before it became our junk collection room/ my dressing room), and in the process of getting the painting started.


You can see a sneak peek of the furniture.

Here is the floorplan I currently have, but it's a long room and I feel like there's so much empty space in the middle of room. Any suggestions as to how I could rearrange things? Keep in mind the vents and the large window in the middle of the room is low so I don't want to block it with the crib.

You can see our Nursery Inspiration here.

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Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I have been a long time fan of Reem Acra's beautiful work, and this Pre-Fall collection is no exception. Some dresses have an indian flair to them with beautiful detailed beadwork, others are playful and fun, and the rest - a regal elegance that only Reem Acra can create.

Enjoy some eye candy this afternoon!



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Golden Globes 2017: Red Carpet Trends

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I am not a fan of awards shows, however, I love seeing what beautiful (or not so beautiful) dresses come down the red carpet. There are trends I love, others I just don't understand, and some that I am totally hating right now. There was a lot of cleavage this year, something I am not a fan of at a classy event such as the Golden Globes.





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[Maternity] Style Crush: Steffy Kuncman

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I enjoy reading fashion blogs and collecting inspiration, but of course I am restricted with what I can wear right now being 32 weeks pregnant, so I love finding pregnant bloggers who inspire me to still try and be stylish as I continue to grow.

I have been reading Steffy's blog for many years, and it's been so fun to follow along with her pregnancy as she went through each week and how she managed to still dress so cute and stay true to her style.

Steffy is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, living in Long Island, NY. She and her husband share their love for adventure on her blog, Steffy's Pros and Cons, and now with their new baby boy along for the ride the adventure continues.

Source: All images found here

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Fashion Legend: Franca Sozzani

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On December 22, 2016, the world lost an amazing woman - Franca Sozzani. She was a true pioneer in the fashion industry, and used her passion for people and life to better those around her. Franca is someone that I look up to not only as a woman, but a human being that made her life's work something to be remembered.

"Franca had a passion for, and a deep knowledge of, fashion and its history, but an ability to keep an amused distance from its modern day excesses."

Franca Sozzani was born on January 20, 1950 and grew up in Mantua, Lombardy, in northern Italy. She died after a year-long illness on December 22, 2016, at the age of 66.







Her Work

Sozzani's career began as an assistant at the children's fashion magazine Vogue Bambini in 1976.  She directed the publications Lei beginning in 1980 and Per Lui (its male counterpart) starting in 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of Vogue in 1988.

"She turned Italian Vogue into a magazine powerhouse with a reach and influence far beyond its relatively modest circulation. A maverick spirit, she turned Vogue into a magazine that not only celebrated the power of imagery, but also used fashion stories as a platform to discuss broader issues. She was fearless in her willingness to tackle provocative and controversial social and cultural issues through the medium of fashion shoots."

My Favorite Vogue Editor- Editor Franca Sozzani Is Still in Vogue - WSJ:

By 1994, she was appointed Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Italia. Franca immediately shook up the formulaic title with dynamic covers and content, creating a magazine that, in her words, would be “extravagant, experimental, innovative.”

In 2006, she became editor of Vogue l'Uomo and in February 2011, she launched Vogue Curvy, staffed by plus-size bloggers who offer fashion tips for the full-figured. In September 2015, she took over editorship of Vogue Sposa and Vogue Bambini.

Her Legacy

In the 1990s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel.

Sozzani was known for including topics and issues in her magazine which other fashion publications avoided, such as domestic violence, drug abuse and recovery. Issues of her magazine included "The Black Issue" (which featured only models of colour), "Makeover" (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently "Rebranding Africa".

In 2014, she was named a global ambassador against hunger for the United Nations’ World Food Program and received the Swarovski Fashion Award for Positive Change in 2016.

franca sozzani style: we call it iconic:

Franca, you will be missed.

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Pregnancy: the good, the bad, and things no one tells you

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There are many books, websites and blogs that you can read to help you prepare for pregnancy, but nothing can really prepare you for what your body is about to go through.

Here is my experience of the good, the bad, and the ugly side of pregnancy;

The Good

Getting pregnant is a huge blessing and one that we were praying about for a long time. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to carry a baby.

Besides our engagement/wedding, I have never experienced so much genuine love and excitement from our family and friends, and even people that I don't know well.

My skin hasn't been this clear and soft for over a year, so I have been enjoying wearing minimal makeup these days. Just enough to cover up the dark circles under my eyes!

The Bad

The unwelcomed commentary.
People suddenly feel like it is appropriate to comment on everything, whether it's my weight, the size of my belly or even how tired I look.

Aching muscles and bones that make me feel like an old lady. Before I knew that I was pregnant, I was having very sore calve muscles (which I do usually get when I am overly tired). I wore compression socks to bed, which did help, but it's definitely not something I expected throughout my pregnancy.

The things no one tells you

You've probably heard that your hair will get thicker and shinier, but you will find that hair will start sprouting all over your body! I remember admiring my growing belly one day and noticed that my belly had some excess peach fuzz growing and I've noticed more facial hair as well - thankfully I am a blonde.

Body fluids will be out of control due to higher amounts of estrogen and increase in blood flow in your body. Runny nose, excess discharge, and a lot more sweating.

You will struggle with accepting your ever-changing body.
I have been trying to remember that the end is in sight, but already at 31 weeks, I am ready to get this baby out ASAP. The weight gain has been something that I am secretly hating, and I wasn't prepared for the huge transformation that my body was about to go through. I have been generally the same weight throughout my adult years, and have always been an active person. I have not had the energy or desire to exercise for the latter part of my pregnancy, which I know hasn't helped with my self-esteem. Let's just say I will be happy once my sweet babe is in my arms instead of my belly and we can go for walks together and I can start to feel like myself again.

Christmas day belly (30 weeks)

What surprised you about pregnancy?

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