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Fall is flying by!

I’ve been MIA from CdC this past month as business has been insanely busy. Being self-employed, there are ups and downs; sometimes business is too slow and other times I’m running a marathon. It’s definitely been the latter lately.

I’ve had a multitude of diverse and overlapping projects since my last entry; producing and styling a shoot for Fashion Magazine on fall makeup trends, outfitting new hosts for a television show and their promo shoot, consulting, shopping and putting together looks for the special election night coverage on CBC, wardrobe styling a commercial, styling a photo shoot for a custom holiday magazine and overseeing the creation of a glamorous one-of-a kind gown for one of my clients! Whew, all the while binge watching 5 seasons of Game of Thrones with my husband, I’m addicted I tell ya, addicted. I almost forgot to mention, I also escaped for one weekend with my hubby and hid out in Old Montreal too.

What a gorgeous autumn we’re having, the leaves are falling and Christmas is in the air…. Say what? At least according to the retailers anyway. Everywhere you look are Christmas decorations, promotions and gift giving ideas. I try to shop early for x-mas gifts, as November/December are historically busy months for business, leaving little time to do my personal shopping. Online shopping has been a lifesaver for me the past few years. I can work all day, and shop online at night.

I was excited to be able to attend a holiday gift-giving preview last week, hosted by Shop.ca. I was on the prowl for gift ideas for my loved ones, as well as yours. Anyone unfamiliar with the site, it’s a Canadian online shopping destination where you can find hundreds of brands and products. They have everything from fashion, to home wear and electronics. The site is well designed, easy to navigate and always has an interesting selection of products. With the strong US dollar cramping my online shopping, I love the fact that I can buy here in Canada at Shop.ca without incurring extra costs for the exchange rate, duties, customs and international shipping.

The preview was set up in a beautifully decorated condo, belonging to a fictitious, very stylish woman named Sloan. Upon arrival I was encouraged to snoop around her apartment to look at everything there. Peeking in her cupboards and drawers were not only encouraged, I even had permission to try on her clothes! It was fun, and I saw a number of new great gift ideas I’m excited to share with you over the coming weeks.

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinaldi demonstrates how to get the fresh faced look for Fashion Magazine @ http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/


Photo: Mauricio Calero. Fall street trend, the bold brow, on Fashion Magazine http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Vincent Lions. Tools of the trade. Makeup artist Sabrina Rinadli doing a step by step makeup tutorial for Fashion Magazine  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Photo: Mauricio Calero. One of the lovely ladies we saw and shot on the street who was wearing the statement lip, one of this fall’s beauty trends  http://www.fashionmagazine.com/beauty-street-style/

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Charming Old Montreal.

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    Black sequin dress in Montreal designer Denis Gagnon’s store on rue Saint-Paul $295. Available here http://boutique.denisgagnon.ca/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=138


    Gorgeous old architecture in Montreal.

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    Me playing tourist, ha!


    Minimal designs at COS, the high-end division of Swedish giant H&M, housed in an 1860’s building on Ste-Catherine St., Montreal http://www.cosstores.com/gb/


    Remnants from the past, Old Montreal.


    Shopping with a client, I fell in love with this Bobby C Coat at Judith & Charles, another great Canadian line based out of Montreal, $650, shearling scarf sold separately.  Coat available here, http://www.judithandcharles.com/en/shop/outerwear/bobby-c-coat1/beige-off-white


    Trying different accessories to complete the look.


    The chosen jewellery worn for the CBC special election broadcast.


    It’s fitting time! This is one of the outfits that was chosen for the commercial worn by the lovely Catherine Burton.


    Looking for glove options to pair with the camel peacoat.

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    The stunning view on location overlooking the lake where we shot the commercial. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rochester NY.


The awesome set at CBC for election night, and everyone was looking so smart.


Trudeau, our new Prime Minister! Trudeau and his wife also happen to be a very stylish couple.


The scene is set. Christmas decorations for the holiday entertaining magazine shoot.


A pretty wintery arrangement.

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Susan Dicks working her magic on this gorgeous retro inspired gown for my client.


A peek inside It girl, Sloan’s closet at the Shop.ca preview. Everything you see can be found @ http://www.shop.ca


Products galore in Sloan’s bathroom from Shop.ca @ http://www.shop.ca



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