Photography by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
I’m baaaack!! It was a whirlwind trip to the East Coast (Toronto and New York City) and boy was it fun! I kicked things off in Toronto, where I made a guest appearance on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show as a beauty expert. It was an incredibly great honor to share a few moments with Canadian radio and television legend, Marilyn Denis. What an inspiring woman; truly lovely and kind. We taped a beauty segment together where I demonstrated how to get three celebrity looks using drug store products. The show airs today (Friday, July 21) and I hope you can tune in!
I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling both excited and nervous. I have not seen the show yet and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I did a decent job. I mean seriously…this is NATIONAL TELEVISION!!! (Whaaaaa?!?). This is truly an amazing experience and opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible without the love, support and encouragement of my dear friend Mana Mansour. I’m sure you recognize her name as she’s an incredibly talented producer and on-air personality. She has made a name for herself in the media and fashion world both here in Vancouver (CTV, Global News, Shaw TV etc.) as well as in Toronto (CBC’s Steven and Chris Show, ETalk and Marilyn Denis Show). When she invited me to be on the show, I was thrilled because I admire her very much and value the fact that she trusts and believes in me and my talents enough to produce a segment for me. We’ve worked together on several occasions in the past 6 years and I love her tenacity and drive! Thank you, Mana – xo
Now of course it couldn’t be all work and now play…so we booked a flight to New York City for a much needed girls weekend trip – YAY!! We explored Manhattan and did as much as we could in 3 days. Some of my favorite moments were visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shopping at Century 21 and the Soho District, exploring ALL of the neighborhoods including Chealsea, Meatpacking District, Noho and Upper East Side. And of course being audience members on the Wendy Williams Show is never a bad idea; it was seriously an INSANE fun time!! I have always wanted to go to Brooklyn and we enjoyed a lovely evening in the oh-so cool Williamsburg District . We ate dinner at the Leuca Restaurant in the Vale Hotel and enjoyed a few cocktails and gorgeous views from a few rooftop patios; which were spectacular! We met new people, and I even bumped into my friend, Author and TED Fellow Speaker, Michele Jackson, whom I met and worked with at TED2016; what are the chances of that in New York?!
New York (aka: Concrete Jungle) is such a bustling, diverse and exciting city! There was so much to see and so little time. It offers old world architecture with intense vibrancy. It’s worn-in and well loved; chic, colorful, avant-garde and unique. Anything goes, and for this week’s style profile, I pulled an outfit together that I feel is all of the above!
Daniella and I took these photos a few weeks back and when I spotted this mound of concrete and rubble, I absolutely fell in love and had to shoot there! It reminds me that beauty and nature will always surface amidst the destruction; it’s all in the way you choose to perceive it! Here I’m wearing my distressed relaxed fit “Girlfriend” Gap Jeans with this feminine and sheer black vintage 80’s organza blouse. Sheer fabric is so en vogue right now and a major trend alert this season! The ruffle detail on the back are EVERYTHING! They feel like my butterfly wings! For a hit of color, I styled this outfit with my suede fuchsia Manolo Blahnik heels, which I invested in a few year back at Holt Renfrew. I accessorized with my new favorite embroidered clutch purse, which is artful, unique and a true conversation starter. I added my lovely ceramic rose-bud earrings, which compliment the colors in the clutch and voila!
To dress up this look, simply swap out the jeans with a black palazzo pant jumpsuit and tie up the front of the blouse to create a cropped bolero jacket look.
The detailed embroidery on this clutch purse is incredible. I can’t believe I found this at Value Village for only $4.99. And it’s in mint condition! Not to mention these ceramic blue rose-bud earrings, also from Value Village, only $1.99. It’s incredible what you can find in unexpected places; gems in the rough!
It’s been an unforgettable week and I’m so blessed to have been able to experience it with my friend, Mana! If you’ve never been to New York, it’s a must see City. Be prepared to do a ton of walking and be inspired by the amazing street style. The diversity and history of the City is unlike anywhere else.
And if you want to watch my Marilyn Denis segment, be sure to tune in today (July 21, 2017) on CTV. Check your local listings!