March 2nd, 2011

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Five Minutes with Catalina Maddox of David’s Bridal

Fashion & Beauty

As you’ve probably already heard, David’s Bridal is coming to town! In advance of tomorrow’s grand opening events in Mississauga and Scarborough, David’s Bridal invited members of the media to a sneak peek at their gorgeous wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. In addition to checking out all the stylish goods on display, I also had a chance to chat with David’s Bridal Fashion Director, Catalina Maddox. She shared her thoughts with me, including her belief that a bride should never have to sacrifice her vision on account of a limited budget. Fortunately, at David’s Bridal every bride can find a dreamy dress that’s well priced, too. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask Maddox to weigh in on the Kate Middleton effect—particularly what Kate should wear for her big day. Check out her response!

Bridal Beauty Pick of the Week

Fashion & Beauty » Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

WHAT: Essie French Affair collection ($10 a bottle, salon exclusive).

WHY: Essie’s spring 2011 collection colours reminds us of a big bowl of jellybeans—they look positively sweet enough to eat. The soft shades have bridal written all over them and even offer an option for your something blue! Pictured left to right the colours are: French Affair, Sand Tropez, Coat Azure, Nice is Nice (this lovely lavender is our fave), Topless & Barefoot, Kisses & Bises.

Heart-Throbbing Colour

planning » Bouquets & Flowers » planning

{All photography courtesy Michael Moore Photography} 

Hues, tones, textures… they can say so much. When my long time childhood friend, talent artist, graphic designer, and in my humble opinion colour expert, asked me to do her flowers, I admit I was stressed!! She had a vision of specific autumn colours accented with warm notes of eggshell blue, mixed throughout layers of petals. After searching through magazines for inspiration, pouring over pantone colours, and choosing the perfect ribbons, this is what we came up with. Enjoy, I hope these pictures inspire you to come up with your own unique colour palette. (More photos after the jump) Read the rest of this entry »

Current Obsession: Wedding Sparklers

planning » planning » Reception Ideas

To me sparklers are a great reminder of all the good things associated with your childhood. The only sad part about them is that they don’t last very long–it’s a good thingmy parents stocked up because they knew how much fun I had twirling them around. Recently, I’ve seen sparklers used at weddings–for guests to use during the reception (they make for the most fantastic photos) or simply as favours. Either way, I’ve never seen them wrapped up in such a pretty way the way TOPS Malibu packages them, don’t you agree?

Day 58: Manolo Blahnik Design With Kate In Mind

Fashion & Beauty » royal wedding » Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Shoes

Photo by Courtesy Photo via

It’s not every day that you get five known designers to sketch a shoe just for you. Then again, it’s not every day that you get to marry a prince. Luckily for Kate, she’s got both. Inspired by the royal wedding, Manolo Blahnik, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rene Caovilla, Cesare Casadei and Georgina Goodman were all asked by Footwear news to design a sketch fitting for the princess. What did they come up with? Read the rest of this entry »


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