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The CORE’s Twas The Night!

Last Wednesday, I attended The CORE Shopping Centre‘s Twas the Night Biggest Private Shopping Party in downtown Calgary with my lovely friend, Morgan. It was an incredible event full of shopping, live entertainment and fashion. I blogged about it over at the Huffington Post – you can see more of my photos over there!

I am officially in the Christmas spirit now – looking forward to continuing the party mood from Wednesday’s event onwards and upwards for the rest of this month!




holiday cheer shopping! glitz & glam stocking stuffers!

Holiday Gift Guide #4: Glitz & Glam Stocking Stuffers

We have finally arrived at the most glamourous of all of the gift guides – the must-haves in glitz and glam stocking stuffers. These are specifically for the glitterati in your life who definitely have a taste for the finer things in life along with the mere fact that they totally deserve an amazing Christmas gift! And just because these items might shine and shimmer that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank – these particular gifts range in price from $14 to $1400!

Quite often really great things arrive in sealed envelopes and when you put it in a Kate Spade envelope (01.) it’s gotta be really good! These luxe Jingle All The Way cards are the perfect messenger to deliver those big cheques (or gift cards) in, Santa Baby!

One isn’t completely a fabulous socialite without a perfectly stocked bar cart and stunning glassware. These confetti-esque Champagne Flutes (02.) are perfect for those who love to sip on a little bubbly no matter the happy occasion. Cheers!

Fashionistas come in all ages and this Alexander McQueen Paper Dolls Book (03.) will stun and please anyone with a love for fashion and McQueen. Gift to a budding fashion designer or pass along to someone who needs to rediscover their inner child.

Luxury doesn’t always come in a ring box or on a silver platter. Sometimes the luxe life just means having the time to relax and rejuvenate – with fine products of course. This Coconut Milk Mango Candle (04.) is excellent to have burning during a relaxing bubble bath or while digging into a new book.

This is more of a last minute present as you’ll want to be fresh as ever when you place it into your loved ones’ stockings! Cupcakes (05.) are the ultimate Christmas morning treat and could there be anything better than a custom-made one from Buttercream Bake Shoppe? I think not!

And lastly, we have the most luxe gifts of all – beautiful winter-inspired baubles (06 & 07) from Birks Snowflake collection. Both the ring and the stud earrings are glitzy to the max – whomever you gift them to will be sure to shine on through 2013! Talk about bling!


You can get all the glitz and glam that your loved ones could ever need at Twas The Night!  Buy your tickets for the biggest private shopping night ever, Twas the Night at The Core on November 28th!


You can find all these great gifts in downtown Calgary at The CORE:

01. Kate Spade Jingle All the Way Cards, Holt Renfrew, $35.00

02. Bubbly Champagne Flutes, Indigo, $36.50

03. Alexander McQueen Paper Dolls, Holt Renfrew, $14.00

04. Essentials Coconut Milk Mango Candle, Papyrus, $14.95

05. Cupcakes, Buttercream Bake Shoppe, varied prices

06.Birks Snowflake Cluster Ring, Birks, $1395.00

07. Birks Snowflake Cluster Stud Earrings, Birks, $995.00

holiday cheer! christmas shopping must-haves!

It is not even quite November yet and I am already SO excited to embrace 2012’s holiday season. I’m not sure if you are anything like me, but year after year I have every good intention of getting my Christmas shopping done well in advance, yet somehow that plan always gets abandoned and I find myself frantically searching for those perfect gifts. This year will be different and I hope to help you (and myself!) find some extra special gifts for the amazing people in our lives.

This is the first installment of a little holiday shopping series I am working on with The CORE leading up to their incredible second annual Christmas shopping night event, T’was The Night. I was in attendance last year and let me tell you that there was every bit of glitz, glamour and music that you would expect from a sparkly holiday shopping party. There was so much charm to the evening, with the massive Christmas tree lighting to delicious treats and giftwrapping services – it almost felt like you were in one of those 1950s Christmas movies in the department stores of the past. I loved it.

Since it isn’t officially the holiday season until we say bye-bye to our carved pumpkins, today I am sharing my favourite things to gift yourself before you begin your Christmas shopping expedition. We all need those perfect items to keep us looking good, hydrated and within budget and I’ve got the perfect finds right here to get your started!

01. The perfect gift is only truly perfect if it is wrapped up beautifully as well. While you can always go with the classic brown paper packages tied up with string route, I am opting for something a bit more opulent. Papyrus, located on the main level of The CORE, has an absolutely incredible selection of wrapping papers for just about every occasion. Their holiday collection is stunning and comes in classic prints like a red tartan and Santa’s sleigh imagery. My fave of the bunch? The gorgeous and quirky Owls in Trees papers!

02. A unique Christmas card is honestly hard to come by which is why this hilarious card stopped me dead in my holiday shopping tracks. More than just books, Indigo has a great selection of holiday cards and gifts. This card will do any mantel proud this holiday season.

03. Avoid the last minute hustle and bustle (and dipping into your savings) by using this handy-dandy money and receipt tracker. Keep your shopping lists for all the special people in your life along with your spending budget, it really is the perfect solution to temptation of impulse buys and straying off budget.

04. I fell in love with this gorgeous red leather tote from the GAP on first look alone. Boxy and roomy, this tote will have the mileage and room to take you from one end of The Core and back. And hey, you might as well look real good while you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

05. Beyond your money & receipt holder, you’ll also need a secure and bigger than normal wallet to hold on to gift cards, gift receipts and coupons. This snakeskin zip wallet has enough glamour to it that you can take it out shopping and then out for a drink after.

06. Quite possibly the most important item on the list, you are gonna need something cute to tote around your caffeine while you peruse the shops. This to-go tumbler from Starbucks caught my eye with its lovely copper glint – who says you can’t have practicality and beauty rolled into one?

Check out The CORE Shopping Blog for more posts!


All gifts found at The CORE.

01. Wrapping Papers, Papyrus, $8.95-$9.95 / 02. Ugly Sweaters Christmas Card, Indigo, $13.00 / 03. Money Receiptables Folder, Indigo, $15.99 / 04. Red Leather Tote, GAP, $125 / 05. Piper Wallet, Club Monaco, $98.50 / 06. Starbucks Anniversary Tumbler, $14.95





style icon

How do you define a style icon? Is it the way they present themselves elegantly but effortlessly? Do they have a perpetually covetable wardrobe? Do they just simply emanate a confidence in their person style that no one else does? Or are they just so uniquely and honestly themselves that they have become more than just a person – but an icon?

These are all important questions as Downtown Calgary is running a fabulous campaign right now calling for Downtown Style Icons. They are looking for fashionable downtown peeps who have what it takes to star in their annual Back to Style Fall Fashion campaign. Nominees should either live or work downtown and have a healthy habit of enjoying downtown life to the fullest – including arts & culture, food and fashion! I entered (for fun!) and also nominated several of my favourite local fashionistas. You can nominate your friends here!

Tell me who your favourite celebrity style icons are – these are two of my favourites!


Where All The Lights Are Bright


I entered a contest with the Calgary Downtown today to describe what my most stylish downtown experience would be to win a bunch of great prizes and experiences.  Pretty much one of my favourite songs since I was a kid, Petula Clark sings about how great downtown is.  Byron hates this song so I love singing it incessantly around him because it is so infectious, you can’t help but get it stuck in your head! Anyways, you can read my entry below and see what my materialistic dreams of downtown would be! 🙂

What could be my most stylish downtown experience?

As a downtown-girl by day and an uptown-girl by night, I mix and mingle between the two polars daily.  To spend an entire day downtown, not at work, but shopping, wining, and dining would be my ultimate stylish downtown experience.  I think I would probably start off the morning at my staple coffee shop deVille Luxury Coffee for something incredibly luxurious, like a velvety vanilla latte and maybe a dark chocolate cherry truffle for protein.  Next I would mosey on over to The Bay to check out their latest women’s designer collections and pick up several cute dresses for fun.  Heading in to The Core, I would browse and shop in some of my favourite shops including Club Monaco, Browns, Aritzia, The Gap, and Banana Republic.  Taking a break for lunch, I meet a girlfriend for the Indian Buffet at Mango Shiva complete with a Pomegranate Rose Martini and a chai tea and rice pudding for dessert.  Worried that I might be slightly too full to try on more clothes, I head over to Fashion Central to Volume Beauty Bar to get my hair blown out and to relax.  After a scalp massage and my hair feeling silky smooth, I walk straight to Murale to get a full beauty treatment and to pick up some new essentials.  After I feel entirely glamourous, inside and out, I head over to Holt Renfrew to finish off my shopping spree.  I get new skirts, jackets, shirts, and party dresses to fill closet (and my other closet too!) and hardly stop to try on a couple pairs of shoes and boots that will compliment each and every outfit.  I realize that I have been incredibly selfish today and I head off to the mens department to pick up my husband six Mad Men-esque suits with coordinating dress shirts and skinny ties, as well as some great weekend clothes like a classic merino wool cardigan and Ben Sherman jeans.  I look at the time and I am nearly late for my dinner date with the aforementioned, and I rush down the street to Murrieta’s to have a romantic dinner for two complete with a delicious wine and music.  Instead of cabbing home, we would back down to our uptown paradise and relish in the most stylish downtown Calgary experience of all!

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