Friday, February 5, 2016

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, Four Ways to Rock Faux Fur

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Fur is not a light topic in fashion.  It brings about a lot of differing opinions and truthfully whether you do or don't do fur, faux is definitely an easy way to politically correctly get your fur-kick on. 

So, here are four of my favourite ways to rock the faux: 

1. Think Pink: 

Celebrate the faux-ness and go for a colour that could never be real fur! It's no secret that pink is a favourite of mine and I think sporting faux fur in your favourite shade of this girly hue is feminine and totally fun. 

 2. Fuzzy Moto
The ultimate contrast of edge and fuzz, I love the fur-trimmed motorcycle jacket for that ideal fashion contradiction.

3. Feel my Tech: 
Make everyone want to borrow your phone with a faux fur phone case! 

4. The Cozy Neck 
Whether it's a snood or a stole (like the awesome one pictured here from, a statement-making fur wrapped neckline is a great way to add drama and stay warm. 

Stay warm, stay comfy and stay confident your fashion conscience is clear with a touch of faux. 



Friday, January 29, 2016

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, 5 Must-Try Hair Trends for 2016

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New year, new you? 
Why not try some of 2016's hottest hair trends to feel transformed this year! 

Here are 5 must-try hair trends for 2016: 

1. Opalescence 
See my post from two weeks ago (click here: for the goods on the Pantone colour(s) of the year and then apply to your tresses for the ultimate in style and edgy hair. 

2. Bang on
Fringe is where it's at this year and it means thick, blunt and eye-skimming statement hair. 
 3. Go Buns 
Tied up and twisted, hair was thrown into a knot at many of the Spring/Summer runway shows. Easy and sophisticated, this look is perfect now with a cozy warm turtleneck sweater and then later worn with a breezy slip dress on a sticky summer night. 

4. Natural Beauty 
Thick bed-head, only awesome-r. 

5. Bronde
She's blonde and she goes a bit darker...enter "bronde" as one of the hottest hair colours started in 2015 and staying with us in the year to come. 

Your mane is now totally ready for what's ahead



Friday, January 8, 2016

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, THE Colour of the Year, 2016 (Okay, there are two)

Happy New Year!!!
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It's a brand new year, which means new beginnings, new possibilities and, of course, new trends. Every January Pantone announces its colour of the year, giving us a sneak peak at the hottest hues that are headed our way. This year? Pantone's colour of the year is actually a combo of two colours: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. 

This dynamic duo makes me think of all things awesome (aka: My Little Pony meets Harajuku meets Lisa Frank) and brings out the ethereal and the girly in everyone.

Here are 4 ways to rock this colour combo is the perfect pretty way: 

1. The Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue Ombre Mani: 
Icy enough for winter, pastel-y enough for Spring/Summer! This mani is a great way to get your "toes wet." *get it?!

2. The Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue Hair 
Pastel hair is all the rage these days, so why not incorporate these two colours into your tricked out mane.  Try Splat or Manic Panic for hair dye without a major commitment. 

3. The Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue Go-To Outfit: 
If your wondering how to get this colour combo going in the dead of winter, try wearing a blush coat with a pair of icy blue jeans. Effortless, chic and totally feminine. 

 4. The Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue Accessory: 
This is definitely the way in which I am obsessing over this colour-pair. I was already cvelling over Rebecca Minkoff's Graffiti bags, so that's an easy one for me to vote for and then enter Sophia Webster with those amazing Adeline sandals for the win. All-in-all an accessory that marries these two hues totally steals my style-heart and appeals to my practical side, too (I like trends as accents...allows you to keep refeshing your look without blowing the bank!). 

Ready for 2016? Well, now you are! 



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LKISEvents: Designer Hayley Elsaesser's Store Opening in Toronto

Looks like I am not the only one who is hitting Toronto hard! World Mastercard Fashion Week runway darling, Hayley Elsaesser, opened up her first store on Queen West in T-Dot last week and true to the brand, the store is a kaleidoscope of colour, fun and fashion. 
I got to chat with the designer and aside from being super down to earth and seemingly very relaxed about her new retail venture, I got to know about her Australian roots and her new found appreciation for the four seasons. 

The clothes featured in the store are what I would expect, given that I have attended her runway shows for the last few seasons. Bold, wacky prints, mixed together in ways you would never expect and maybe never wear unless a store like this told you to....

The hit for me was the dripping paint sunglasses that both my hubby and I decided we needed to try on! (looking good Mr. McGowan)

Where I think this print-mania becomes super-fun and doable is with HE's socks and nail wraps (which I was so happy to receive in my gift bag!). 
There was plenty straight from the runway on display, complete with the Spring/Summer 2016 carnival theme and four wheeler! 

The bold prints all worn together, that make for amazing runway fodder, may not be for the everyday everyone... but used as wardrobe accents, this designer's creations are sure to add some energy to any closet. And, the amusement park-ish vibe emanating from her new Queen street store will surely make it a destination for those who want to see. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

LKISStyle: How to Dominate Holiday Gift-Giving, my top tips on being the best present-getter ever!

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I am one of those weirdos who loves buying presents for the holidays.  There is something so uniquely satisfying about finding that perfect item that you just know your giftee is going to love.  Don't feel the same way I do? Well, I think I am in the minority, as I know a million people who find gift-shopping totally annoying, overwhelming and cumbersome. 

So, here are my five foolproof tips on great gift-giving! 

1. First tip is head to Indigo
Seriously.  This once book-only spot now carries some of the best and coolest gift items and there is something for everyone. (and ps: they are having an online only sale of 15% off regular merchandise from November 19-22, using HOLIDAY15 at checkout!)

2. Buy something inherently cool. 
My example is the Ernest Hemingway Collection at Indigo because it's classic, interesting and universally applicable. Things that combine the intellectual, the new and the stylish will get you that I love this gift-receiving smile. 
2. Get something personalized. 
No time to monogram? No worries.  Items featuring people's names, astrological signs, birth stones, birth flowers, all say "I thought about you" but don't actually require too much thought in advance. 
3. Make it Functional and Stylish: 
A great notebook or a cool travel bag, something with some real practicality that also has an element of fashion will kill two birds (not literally) with one gift-giving stone. 
4. Find a Hobby or Interest: 
Have a tea lover in the family?  Know someone who is the hostess with the mostess? Tap into your giftee's favourite pastime to ensure that you are grabbing a gift with mega-appreciation potential. 

5. Skip sizes: 
Hats, bags, slippers....anything that requires no sizing is the perfect gift to give to someone a little more distant (colleague, secret santa recipient, that cousin you never met before). 

Alright, you are ready to elbow your way through the holiday gift-shopping experience. Now, if only you didn't also have to wrap them...

Friday, November 6, 2015

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, My 5 Fave Mega Fashion Boot Trends This Winter

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Winter is creeping up on us, which means boots, right?! Well, there are some major boot trends for fall that make that rather depressing statement almost tolerable.  Add in all kinds of cool renditions of these trends, and we have the makings of some fashion fun in our footwear. 

My partner in fashion-on-the-radio-crime, Andrea Collins, and I hit Aldo in a major way and checked out all boots that are there for the winter-taking (those are her cute feet on the sound board in the middle!). 
After scoping out our favourites, I managed to narrow it down to 5 must-have boot trends and tons of Aldo examples for cozy fall feet that are also so fashion.  

1. Shiny Disco Ball: 
A touch of metallic says festive (whether it's holiday time or not). Metallic studs add a bit of blinged-out rock 'n roll, a mirrored heel says luxe lounge lizard, or try full on metallic for a bolt of jazzy outfit lightening. 

2. Seventies Soul 
The seventies is a big trend right now...I know, I know, you have already heard it a ton.  Mix in fringe, neutral suedes or snakeskin to hop on this mega-trend bandwagon. 

2. Take a Hike: 
It's like every season we get one shoe trend that is a shocker because it is just so darn practical, how can it also be fashionable? Enter the hiking boot, with all the promise of hiking a mountain without throwing out the notion of style. 

4. Heavy Tread: 
Thick, rubbery, heavy-tread soles are so on point this season that you barely even notice that they are also ideal for tackling that unfortunate puddle. 

5. Going Thigh High 
Flat, platform, or even stiletto, thigh-high boots are the best answer to keeping those gams warm and extra-sexy even when you need to start to bundle up. 
Winter is just about to be at our door, but that doesn't mean we can't step out and style, to boot. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LKISBeauty: My Kerastase FusioDose Treatment

Did you hear?! 
Tailor-made is the new luxury.  Well, at least that is definitely the truth when it comes to the in-salon Fusio-Dose treatment by Kerastase

I headed to the Brennan Demelo Studio in downtown Toronto to experience this treatment first here's the deal: 

This treatment has a new range of 4 concentrates and 5 boosters that can personalize 20 Fusio-Dose combinations.

Concentré Pixelist Intensification of radiance
Concentré Oléo-Fusion - Instant nutrition and softness
Concentré Vita-Ciment - In-depth Reconstruction
Concentré Densifique - Immediate Densification

Booster Brillance - 5 times more radiance
Booster Densité - The fiber is intensely texturized
Booster Reconstruction - 50 % less breakages during brushing 
Booster Nutrition - 3 times more nutrition
Booster Discipline - 72-hour anti-frizz, 72-hour smoothness and anti-humidity

I headed to the sink to have my hair washed (oh, and a head massage to-die-for, btw). 

Then we picked strength (in-depth reconstruction and nutrition) for me.  I have pretty bleached out hair, and dryness and breakage is always my problem, so that is what we decided to address. 

The process of mixing together the personal treatment was extra science-y and cool and then it was time to apply it to my hair and let the magic happen. 

 Then a blow out to demonstrate the actual work the product was doing and the picture doesn't do the post-silkiness I was feeling any justice. 

I was super-impressed by the results and, honestly, at how quick and easy it was to actually see and feel those results...I was feeling the strength! 

Tailor-made hair as the new luxury definitely sounds (and feels) good to me.