The Viva La Juicy Couture Overdose Event at World Mastercard Fashion Week

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I was lucky enough to be invited to a brunch celebrating the launch of Viva La Juicy Gold Couture and Noir at World Mastercard Fashion week on Tuesday.

When I heard the event would be put on by the Candice & Alison Events Group, I knew I had to attend because I’ve seen photos of some of their previous glamorous parties.

I usually attend shows at World Mastercard Fashion Week each season, but this year I haven’t been able to attend any shows, so this was my only event with Fashion Week this year.

 

 

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The brunch featured the hashtag #coutureoverdose, and if you snapped a photo via Instagram with that hashtag and tagged @JuicyCouture then a photo printer at the party would instantly print your photo for you. It was really cute!

 

 

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The food and signature cocktails were provided by the Ritz-Carlton, and it was one of those parties where people were actually eating because the food was so good! I feel like at some of the events I go to I’m the only one hovering around the food – this was a nice change. It probably helped that the Ritz was catering.

 

 

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Models walked around with custom cakes, Macarons, and other treats from Cake Opera Co., and they were pretty amazing just to look at, let alone eat. Even though they were pretty, and I ate a lot of Macarons anyway!

 

 

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Each guest received a full size perfume of either Viva La Juicy Gold Couture or Noir. I received a bottle of Viva La Juicy Noir, and I actually really like it! It’s very light with a sweet berry smell. I thought it was surprising it was so light since it’s called Noir. Plus the bottle is freaking adorable and looks cute on my counter, so there’s that!

To learn more about either fragrance, visit www.juicycouture.com.

 

 

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Fabulous Tulle Skirts from Space 46 Boutique

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Tulle skirts have been taking over my Instagram and Pinterest feeds, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on one.

With a little research I found out that the most fabulous ones come from Space 46 Boutique!

They are designed and handcrafted in the home of sun and surf in Orange County, California. Space 46 tulle skirts are sold at select boutiques worldwide and online, which was great news for me since I’m based all the way in Canada (probably the opposite of Orange County!).

What did I need a tulle skirt for? Well I really wanted just to have one to play dress up, but my actual reason to make the purchase was that we had family photos scheduled this fall and I needed something fun to wear.

 

 

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The boutique’s website features a Real Style Gallery, where customers who have purchased a skirt have allowed their photos to be posted so you can get a better idea of how they look for fit and style.

Not only are there lots of options for the colour, length, and style of their tulle skirts, there are also dresses and garters as well.

Skirts can even be ordered in a custom fit, and there are skirts for young girls starting at size 5-6, running up to size 12-13.

I decided to purchase the tulle skirt called The Wendy in Soft Pink.

It arrived wrapped with care, and a very polite thank you!

 

 

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The skirt was everything I hoped it would be – pink, pretty, and fabulous. I immediately started playing dress up. There are so many ways to wear this skirt!

 

 

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I was so impressed with the quality, and the fit was exactly as described on the site.

To get your hand on one to you can visit them at www.space46boutique.com, or visit them on their Facebook page here, or on Instagram here.

It’s sparkleshinylove’s 1st Birthday! Plus a Sweet Kate Spade Handbag Giveaway!

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This month marks the 1st anniversary of sparkleshinylove!

It’s been a really fun year and I’ve learned a lot along the way. There have been some really late nights, grammar mistakes that have haunted me, and technical issues that have dumbfounded me, but somehow I made it to this point.

Thanks to all of you who have been reading my blog this year – I appreciate it more than you know!

I love writing this blog, and I hope that you enjoyed visiting the site over the past year.

Hopefully the next year will be even better!

To celebrate I’m giving away a fabulous Kate Spade handbag! It’s pretty, pink, and I really want to keep it.

 

 

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It retails for $398.00. CDN, and you can enter below via the Rafflecopter App.

This contest begins today, Monday, October 20th, at 8:00am EST 2014, and ends Saturday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:00am EST. This contest is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

Good luck to everyone who everyone who enters!

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What to Expect at This Weekend’s Delicious Food Show

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This morning I was lucky enough to attend the media tour, breakfast, and press conference for the Delicious Food Show. I previously posted about the show and what to expect, but now I’ve experienced it first hand and I can tell you what not to miss.

 

 

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This morning we met with Chef Chuck Hughes as he was prepping in the kitchen for a workshop he would be doing with a small group of people who purchased tickets for the Exclusive Chef Series. He was super nice, and very animated! It made me wish I had signed up for that workshop!

 

 

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We did a tour of the show, and I got a great overview of which booths were there. We were treated with breakfast done by one of my favourite restaurants, BUCA. Everyone was raving about breakfast – it was amazing! I had a caprese-style breakfast sandwich, fresh cheeses and cured meats, and lots of their baked treats.

 

 

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Next up we had the press conference featuring Chef Mario Batali, Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes and BUCA’s Rob Gentile.

 

 
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One of the most interesting topics for me was what the chefs feed their children. They were saying they didn’t have kids menus at their restaurants because they though kids should be able to enjoy their regular menu items. Mario and Tyler were saying that they thought if you offer you kids chicken fingers and fries all the time, that is setting the course for how they may want to eat in the future. I found this so interesting! I always thought if restaurants didn’t have kids menu’s, then kids weren’t welcome. I may have been totally wrong!

If you are planning to go to the Delicious Food show today, Saturday or Sunday then make sure you visit some of my favourite booths!
 

 
Jacqueline Poirier creates custom ceramic art, and the plates she had on display at the show were really pieces of art! I loved the pizza plate!

 

 
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I couldn’t help but stop at the booth of Sophia Saunders because I loved her prints! She can put any of her designs on tea towels as well, and I thought the Toronto-themed ones would make a great gift! Everything is hand-printed, and no two pieces are the same.

 

 
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I seriously don’t think I’ve had a good cannoli since my vacation in Italy, but the one I tried today may have changed all of that. Holy Cannoli makes fresh Sicilian cannoli’s that are totally delish. At the show you can purchase fresh cannoli’s, or they have cute little packs of cannoli pieces with dip as well. What I really loved were their take-home kits! You would get a packages of shells, and the filling separately so you can make them fresh in time for a party.

 

 
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I’ve blogged about one of my trips to Rock Lobster before (which I loved), and their booth at the Delicious Food Show was one of my favourites today! They are serving up some of their signature food on one side, and their is a bar serving Samuel Adams on the other side.
 

 
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I really liked the art by Hanna V. for the kitchen! Hanna and her husband actually make the frames themselves too.
 

 
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The prettiest booth has to go to Anet Gesualdi Macarons! It looked like a cute little boutique, and it was very busy! I sort of just wanted to hang out there all day because it was so cute.

 

 
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My favourite doughnut of the show had to be from Von Doughnuts! I had an amazing monster doughnut that pretty much made my day!
 

 
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The Delicious Food Show runs from Friday, October 17th from 10am – 9pm, Saturday, October 18th from 10am – 8pm, and Sunday, October 19th from 10am – 6pm at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto (Direct Energy Centre, Hall A, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto).

For more information on the Delicious Food Show, check out these links below:

www.facebook.com/deliciousfoodshow
www.twitter.com/deliciousshow
www.instagram.com/deliciousfoodshow
www.pinterest.com/deliciousshow

A Pirate Themed Bathroom With A Little DIY

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The most difficult room in a house to decorate HAS to be the bathroom. They are usually small, strangely-shaped, and since the focus of the room is normally cleanliness, it’s not like you can make it more comfortable than it is with some throw pillows.

What’s worse than decorating a bathroom? Decorating a kid’s bathroom! Kids are messy. Things are unavoidably going to be destroyed, so things they can reach need to be durable and practical. Wow, who would have ever thought I would ever use those words – durable and practical! How boring.

Winter is when I work on those home projects I have left by the wayside in favour of summer weather and drinks on the patio. My first project when summer ended was to finish up my son’s bathroom. This bathroom is all his to use, so I could get away with a theme he would like. I asked him what he thought, and he said “Pirates!”. If I asked him today what he would want his bathroom to have he would say “Cars!”, so I’m just not going to ask him for a while.

It wasn’t very Pinteresty of me, but I started out at Target! They had a really cute pirate set of a shower curtain, hooded towel, garbage pail, soap and toothbrush dispenser, bath mat, and matching washcloths and towels.

 

 

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When I showed my husband my haul (it took me a while – I love Target but they never seem to have a lot of stock so I probably went to three stores) and what I had done with it, he said he was glad it was finished! He felt like the room was done, and it could have been, but I felt like I had to do a few other things to make it a bit more personal.

I picked up these great rope knots from Homesense for $4.99 each which was a steal!

 

 
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For wall art I went to Etsy to find some cute prints that I could frame myself. I found these first two at the Only Printable Art store here. The prints were only $5.57 CDN each!
 

 

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The next two prints I chose were from different stores on Etsy. The lobster print was from Digital Art Downloads by Jonathan who’s store can be found here.

 

 

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The octopus print was from The Artsy Type Shop found here.
 

 

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I picked up the frames at Walmart for two for $12.00.

 

 
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I wasn’t overly happy with the mirror in the bathroom – I wanted something more nautical. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find anything! I had an image in my head of what I wanted, so I decided to do it myself.

 

 
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I wanted to incorporate rope into the mirror, so I went looking for materials. Do you know how hard it is to find rope? I thought I could just to one of those obscure isles at Home Depot and find the rope I wanted. Not so easy! I went to Home Depot, Lowes, Canadian Tire and Walmart and couldn’t find what I wanted. Finally Michaels had what I was looking for.

 

 
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Each package was $9.99, so I made a few trips to the store with one of those 40% off coupons you can find online. I grabbed my pink glue gun (obviously it’s pink, right?), and got to work!

 

 

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I glued the rope right to the mirror frame, covering the border completely. It was easier than I thought it would be!

 

 
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Before I knew it, I was done and pretty proud of myself! I did a DIY project! I don’t usually get too crafty, so this was a big deal. The good news is my son loves his bathroom. For now. Just don’t ask him what theme he wants in there next, because I don’t feel like glueing cars to the mirror instead.

 

 

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My Fall Fashion Picks From Turquoise Boutiques

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One of my favourite shopping haunts is Turquoise Boutique. My little sis worked at a couple of their locations, and introduced me to their awesomeness. Whenever I’m looking for a dress for a wedding or event I stop by one of their stores to pick something up because they ALWAYS have a dress that fits perfectly with what I had in mind. Fall is my favourite season to shop there because I love their cozy sweaters and jackets.

The Turquoise Boutique Facebook page is super active with updated stock at their locations as well so you can keep an eye on what is coming into their stores. They also run lots of contests and giveaways on their Facebook page as well, so you should become a fan here!

 

 

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I usually shop at their Whitby location the most, but they also have locations in Bowmanville, Port Perry and Toronto.

Their staff is always super sweet and helpful with finding sizes, helping you organize your giant haul in the dressing room, and with giving honest opinions on how you look in their clothing.

 

 

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I paid a visit to the Whitby store last week, and I spotted this awesome jacket in the window that is to die for. How perfect would this jacket look for an outdoor engagement shoot, or just for an everyday fabulous look? It’s almost out of stock so if you love it like I do, you may want to get to a store soon.

 

 

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Turquoise has lots of new fall and winter jackets in stock right now as well. I know, you don’t want to think about the cold, or snow, or keeping warm with that whole polar vortex thing going on, but now is the time to shop for a winter jacket so you have your pick of the cutest one’s before they are gone. When you are in the middle of a blizzard trying to walk from the mall to your car, you want people to be thinking “where did she get that fabulous jacket”, and not “wow, that girl looks like a hot mess”!

 

 

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Turquoise carries a wall full of Guess handbags from their latest a lines to match the seasonal wardrobe they carry as well.

 

 

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The sweaters they have in store right now are pretty cute and fabulous. Here are a few of my favourites. I’m loving the faux leather accents on some of these!

 

 

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I obviously had a to buy one of these fab sweaters, and the one I picked had the cutest detail on the back! I styled it for a casual dinner night with friends.

 

 

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Some of the other fun items in store were of course their dresses (my favourite!), and tops you could dress up or down depending on what your adventure is that day.

 

 

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There were so many items I liked, but I couldn’t take photos of them all so you will need to check out one of the locations yourself.

Turquoise Boutique Whitby is located at 143 Brock St S, Whitby, On, and to get details on the rest of their locations check out their Facebook page here.

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Easy Braided Hair Tutorials

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Usually around this time of year I tone my hair colour down to something warmer, I start to use more product because I’m noticing it’s getting full of static, and I’m feeling a little bored with my style in general. I usually keep my hair long, so something drastic like cutting it is out of the question, but if feel like I need to do so something more for my everyday style. I think because summer hair is so simple for me is why in the fall I start to feel this boredom – in the summer my everyday hair is either straight, in beachy waves, or tied up tight on top of my head when it’s hot outside.

I love to experiment with braids, and I’ve included some of my favourites below!

Although it would be lovely to have as much gorgeous hair as this girl has, this side braid would also look great for anyone with a medium length hair and longer! Wonder Forest includes photos and instructions on how to achieve this braid at the link below.

 

 

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I love a good top knot when I just don’t feel like dealing doing my hair. For some reason I feel like the higher my knot is, the dressier it is! My new go-to has been this messy knotted bun with a braided band. It just looks a bit more romantic for fall with a cozy sweater!

 

 

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The crown braid is the hardest for me for some reason. The steps don’t look very complicated, but if feel like it all ends up looking like a mess in the end. Event when messy, it still looks pretty cool. Hopefully you have better luck!

 

 

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Twist Me Pretty has an awesome step-by-step guide to doing a celtic knot. This one took me lots of tries, and I had to look at the photos over and over. Once I was done I was pretty impressed with myself.

 

 

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Every week I use a headband braid just because it’s such an easy way to wear your hair down but look like you tried to put some effort into it. Missy Sue explains four different ways to master a different version of the headband braid at the link below.

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Halloween Costumes and Decor from Winners and Homesense

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I ended up with an unexpected problem this Halloween season – my son is scared of anything to do with Halloween! I didn’t see this coming at all. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, so I just assumed he would be excited about it too. Turns out he’s not excited. At all.

I searched around for a costume, and found an amazing shark one at Winners. It was absolutely adorable, but I tried it on him, and he started crying. It was kind of a disaster! My next plan was to go back to Winners and see if I could find a costume that he would think was just another outfit, so he didn’t think I was dressing him up.

I found a totally awesome Ship Captain costume that was absolutely adorable. To try it on him I changed him just like I would any other day, and he started laughing at the cute medals on the shirt. Next I pulled out the gloves and hat, and he was begging me to try them on him. Success! He loves his costume, and it only cost me $24.99 at Winners. He even posed for me for a photo which meant he was pretty happy!

 

 

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I saw lots of great costumes at Winners and Homesense on my hunt – Police Officer, Top Gun Pilot, Mountie….lots of costumes that were really cute!

The decor is so fun at Homesense and Winners as well! I have 5 or 6 giant boxes of Halloween decor in our basement, and the majority if it is from those two stores.

If you are having a Halloween meltdown with your toddler like I was, or are planning a Haloween bash, check out these images below of what Winners and Homesense have to offer now. Trust me, there is lot’s more to choose from in-store!

 

 

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Review of Olay’s Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer CC Cream

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I am totally lost when it comes to understanding the difference between CC creams, BB creams, and the latest release – DD creams. What does it all mean?!

Here is what I found out:

BB creams (beauty balms) provide facial coverage with added skin care benefits such as SPF or anti-oxidants, depending on what brand you choose. They are usually heavier and focus on moisturizing.

CC Creams are more for colour correcting so the products are meant to address issues like redness and evening out skin tones. They are normally tinted, light weight, and fast absorbing.

DD creams are for daily defence, and they are like a CC and BB cream hybrid.

I’ve started to try a few out to see what all the rage is. For the last couple months I have been using Olay’s CC Cream – Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF.

What a name, right? I have been using the light to medium shade.

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It combines a daily anti-aging moisturizer, SPF 15 sunscreen and sheer tint for younger-looking skin.

Like other Olay Total Effects products, it advertises that it fights the seven signs of aging which are :

Line minimization: Reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles
Nourishing moisturization: For a radiant, healthy-looking glow
Subtle lifting: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance
Brightening: Improves skin surface dullness
Improved texture: Smoothes and evens skin texture
Pore refinement: Minimizes the appearance of pores
Tone enhancement: Balances color and reduces the appearance of age spots

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I first started using this cream under my makeup. This did not work for me! I liked the cream a lot because it was lightweight, but I thought it was too heavy to use with foundation. I felt my makeup slide off later in the day – my face was getting a little oily.

Finally I found the perfect use for it – make up free days. At the beach was the best – I would put on my SPF, then add the CC cream for added SPF and to even out my skin tone. It worked great!

At this time of year I’m using it on the weekend when running errands and I don’t need a full face of makeup. It’s a great moisturizer too.

I think it was too much when layering under makeup, but on it’s own it’s awesome. Under my SPF was great as well, but that sunscreen is my favourite because it absorbs so quickly.

I’m not sure if I’m fighting those seven signs of aging with it, but out of the seven it has been brightening my skin when I wear it, moisturizing, and minimizing my facial lines (at least hiding them) when I’m wearing it. I don’t think it’s fixing those seven signs of aging since I’m not wearing it every day to see results and have it work it’s magic, but it’s certainly working to cover them up!

The Toronto Lifestyle Market at the Gladstone Hotel

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The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto is hosting the Toronto Lifestyle Market starting today until October 12th.

Not only will a number of brands be selling their goods at the market, but there will also be nightly events. So shopping and partying – sounds fun to me!

The retail market will host lots of different brands including:

Bohten
PKG
Felony Case
Marshall Artist
Daniel Wellington
Triwa
Skultuna
Publish
Daily News Project
All Day Apparel
Classified Apparel
Vitaly
Matiere
The Baitshop
The Escape Movement

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Local talent will be performing in the evening, and there will be food, drinks, and the shopping even lasts into the night as well.

The Gladstone Hotel is a fun place to eat and drink on a regular night, so the event would for sure be worth going to.

To attend the evening events you need to RSVP here, but during the day it is open to the public! More details on the event can be found on their website here.