Amsterdam Fashion Week – Day Two: Streetstyle

Today, I headed to Amsterdam Fashion Week.  Unfortunately, I came to early to catch Grazia Magazine’s show by Elise Kim, but I met a few people there and snapped some pictures of fashionable attendees. I could not get over this Givenchy handbag! It had beautiful structure and contrasting details. I could only dream about owning a showpiece like this! One trend that popped up quite a bit was the colour orange. Tangerine tango is the it-colour of 2012, according to Pantone, and it is without a doubt, the Netherlands’ signature hue. The colour popped up on accessories, from boots to scarves. There was only a light drizzle today, but this umbrella is more about drama than functionality. His sunglasses were unlike anything I’ve seen before, and he’s got layering down pat. I’m starting to learn from Dutch people, layering is essential in this dampness! This model-off-duty caught my eye. Very… View Full Post

Profile: Darlene Martin

Figure skating and jewelry have a lot in common.  They can both be elegant, breathtaking and shining.  For Darlene Martin, she believes that her premiere line of jewelry, The Shine Collection, brings out those qualities.  While she may not take inspiration directly from her previous career as a figure skating coach, this mother and entrepreneur is trying to balance creativity and brand success, which can be as difficult as landing a quad combo. Martin left her 17 year career as a figure skating coach to found her own line of jewelry, and have flexibility to spend more time with her family.  She received some advice from Arlene Dickinson (of CBC’s Dragons’ Den), who told her to focus on one thing 100%.  Martin enrolled at the Queen’s School of Business Executive Development Centre, which she describes as a pivotal experience.  Her time in school made her focus on launching her signature… View Full Post

All that Glimmers is Gold – My Christmas Wishlist

Every year, I draw up a wishlist for Christmas, and eagerly wait for Christmas to arrive.  Since I’m Russian, I have to wait until January 7th to see what Santa has in store. But If you’re still looking for a gift for that special someone, here are some of my picks…       They’re golden. The Cambridge Satchel is a sartorial staple for any fashionista.  All summer long, bright and fluorescent school bags swung off the shoulders of fashion’s elite. Made in England out of durable leather, these bags will be cherished for years.  While I love my deep purple satchel, but this Gold Metallic Satchel from Asos stands out from the [back]pack. My second must-have item is an oversized gold watch from Michael Kors.  My gold watch broke recently, and I’m looking for a replacement, and this one came onto Shopbop just in time!  I love the classic white face, as well as the roman numerals.  While… View Full Post