Sunday, December 14, 2014

"A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" - GUERLAIN HOLIDAY 2014 COLLECTION



Each year, many of beauty lovers are waiting for the Holiday season!!Why??Because it is the time when most of the beauty&makeup brands are launching their limited edition - Holiday collections!!

One of them - Guerlain - is definitely one of my favourite one, and as always - never disappointing - yet simply gorgeous!

Guerlain's 2014 Holiday Collection, called "A night at the Opera" is a night of celebration!!
It rejoices in the radiance and beauty of this magical experience while paying homage to its classic Coque d’Or perfume. First launched in 1937, Jacques Guerlain created Coque d’Or as a tribute to the opera as well as to his friend Diaghilev, the founder of the Russian Ballet.


Coque d’Or’s sensual breathtaking bottle was comprised of dark blue Baccarat crystal and finished with a thin golden layer. It drew its shape from the bow, worn by men on gala evenings and in the ballerinas’ hair. According to the legend, this ribbon offers the secret of grace and eternal seduction to those who possess it.



Petrouchka Palette for Eyes&Cheek is one of the limited edition products. 
Perfect for touch-ups, it features eye and blush applicators and five shades of sheer iridescent eye shadows—from champagne to coppery brown—for brightening up the eyes. The four matte and iridescent blushes may be worn alone or layered together: the fresh pink and coral shades revive the cheeks, while the rosewood and brown shades perfectly sculpt the cheeks.


Rouge G de Guerlain reinvents itself in a festive red lacquer for this limited edition collection.


Meteorites Perles d'Etoiles Illuminating Pearls is definitely a must-have beauty item from this collection.
The subtle pearly finish of the 6 Meteorites shades, ranging from matte beige to iridescent pink, veil the complexion in a luminous radiance. The holiday edition reimagines this cult-classic product in an all gold design, featuring the famous Coque d’Or red bow and a matching red powder puff.


The collection includes many beautiful products, such as Coque d'Or Perfumed Shimmer Powder - a magical, light loose powder that can be used for skin and hair. A press of the bulb releases the powder, leaving mesmerizing aroma - a chypre composition based on bergamot, rose, jasmine and patchouli.



Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow - introduces two beautiful eyeshadow palettes - Silvery ballerina pink with frosted white and Shimmering silver black with a deeply pigmented plum.



Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss comes in two shades - Rouge Paradie deep black cherry and L'Oiseau de Feu sheer top coat with golden pearl.




Le Vernis Nail Lacquer is absolutely my favourite product - beautiful set of Coque d'Or metallic shimmering gold and L'Oiseau de Feu decorative gold leaf effect!!


Friday, December 12, 2014

GLITTER & BLOOMS - FUN LADIES NIGHT OUT IN CALGARY!!!




Those of you, who didn't have a chance to attend one of two fabulous evenings this week in #yyc - you should definitely keep your eyes open for the next event organized by such a creative team of people!!
My friend, Tara Whittaker, together with Adorn Boutique and Flowers by Janie - put together an event "Glitter & Blooms" where after registering( limited tickets available) you can spend fun evening  together with your girlfriends learning about making beautiful centrepieces (perfect for approaching Christmas season), do some shopping (Adorn Boutique carries some amazing pieces - not only clothing but also accessories) and have some fun - while sipping bubbles and taste delicious desserts created by Calgary based Yann Haute Patisserie (one of the sponsors, beside Special Event Rentals)

Delicious treats from Yann Haute Patisserie


Some great prizes!!

Beside creative and delicious evening - attending ladies were surprised with great door prizes sponsored by Nine West Canada, Azuridge, Kinx Wear and Modern Pulp Design Studio!! 


Great settings for a creative evening to start


Ladies "in action" :-)

One of the final arrangements

Stay tuned as there is going to be another fun gathering planned for Spring 2015!!

Photography by Tara Whittaker



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN SPIRIT - GIFT GUIDE IDEAS...


Shopping for Christmas presents is always tough - especially if you have a big family & circle of friends.
If you know what your loved ones want - it is quite easy - but if you feel like you are out of creative thinking, then getting a nice bottle of fine spirit might be a great idea!
These top liquors will definitely upgrade their drinking habits this holiday season:-)



Taittinger Nocturne is a "Sec" champagne composed of Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (60%). Blended from 30 different vineyards from various vintages, this wine is laid down for 4 years to age before being disgorged.
The body is pale yellow in colour with the subtle and delicate bouquet that reveals the delightful aromas of yellow peaches and dried apricots. The entry is smooth and very crisp with  creamy, full of flavour finish. Perfect not only during this Holiday season but also to celebrate any special occasion throughout the year!!





Although best known for its legendary Vintage Ports, Taylor's is also one of the most respected producers of 10 Year Old Tawny Port
This style of Port is fully matured in seasoned oak casks each holding about 630 litres of wine.. Here , over many years of ageing, the wine gradually takes on its characteristic amber "tawny" colour, slowly developing the complex mellow flavours and the smooth luscious palate which are the hallmarks of Tawny Port. Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny is a superb example of the  aged tawny style. Mellow and elegant, combining delicate wood notes with rich aromas of mature fruit - it is bottled for immediate drinking.


In the 20 Year Old Tawny, the fruit has mellowed further than in the 10 Year Old, and the spice, nutty aromas of ageing are more powerful and intense.


Selected red Ports produced in the eastern areas of the Douro Valley are matured in seasoned oak casks in Taylor's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. The cool and damp coastal climate encourages a slow and gentle ageing process, producing aromas of great complexity and finesse.
Only every two or three years is a reserve of Port with sufficient structure, fruit and power to age is laid aside to age in oak casks. Those that have reached their peak after thirty years are then blended together for balance and finesse, and to ensure consistency of quality and style - The 30 Year Old Tawny is one such wine!




Made entirely from the grapes grown on Taylor's own properties, Taylor's is one of the few remaining houses which still produces a 40 Year Old Aged Tawny Port.
Tiny quantities of this wine are made with nutty and spicy aromas and a dense and concentrated palate full of rich mellow flavour.




Those, who love single malt whisky would definitely appreciate this product - Glenfarclas 12 Year Single Malt Whisky. This brand, owned for 6 generations by one family (since 1865), this particular whisky won many awards so far.
This vibrant amber-gold liquor has a nose of fresh and beautifully light, sherried fruit combined with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of sappy oak and will definitely put a smile on whisky connoisseur face.



In years past, Rocca Guicciarda was one of the Baroni Ricasoli's most important estates. Today, it is the name of the estate's Chianti Classico Riserva - a traditional wine full of aromas and sensations:-)
This Mediterranean-styled wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Savignon which represents classical elegance, clear fruity aromas and sweet spicy tones. Mouth filling berry fruit flavours, seductive cinnamon and cherry marmalade, great balance,and complex structure.
It is a superb quality wine - which will make every red wine lover satisfied!




If you are looking for dominant flavour of Cabernet Savignon - then this wine will make perfect Holiday gift! 
Luigi Bosca De Sangre is a garnet red wine with violet hues that gets its great complexity and structure from the limestone soil. This strong and robust blend, with great intensity shows wonderful aromas of black fruits and spices. It is full-bodied wine with sweet tannins and velvety texture.
This premium red blend from a very old vines (90 years old +) makes it a high quality wine - even for more selective red wine drinkers.


New Zealand stands as one of the top white wine makers in the world, and winemaker - Kevin Judd - creator of Greywacke - is one of those in the wine industry who put New Zealand wine on the world stage as a senior wine maker for infamous Cloudy Bay.
Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is a musky fusion of sweet scented fruits - nectarines, peaches and nashi pears with a dash of orange zest - intermingled with a floral perfume reminiscent of star jasmine and citrus blossom. A generous palate with citrus and cassis flavours, deliciously ripe and succulent, finishes with the classic Marlborough zing.

If you would like to check if these products are available in the liquor store located in your area, you may use the following link:
(search for the top right box and enter CSPC or name and search with postal code for a map quest highlighted location).

HOLIDAY SPIRITS GIVEAWAY!!!

The Holiday Season is approaching & because we value Your support and following us throughout the year, we would like to surprise You with one of a kind Gift!

We have TWO very unique prizes:

1. 100 Years of Port
 (4 bottles x 375ml - one each 10yr, 20yr, 30yr & 40yr Tawnies)
2. Taittinger Nocturne Disco 

To enter the contest, you have to meet the following rules:

1. Share your most memorable Holiday's champagne story by sending it via email to info@fashioncalgary.ca 
(please, make sure you include your first/last name, address and phone number)
2. Follow @FashionCalgary & @aniabasak on Twitter and share this post on your "feed"wall
3. "Like" FashionCalgary on Facebook & share this post on your FB wall
4. Contest ends December 15th, 2014 at 12.00 a.m.

Good Luck!!






Special Thank You to our sponsor of the beautiful prizes

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

17th BILL BROOKS PROSTATE CANCER BENEFIT - EVENT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!!!



17th BIL BROOKS PROSTATE CANCER BENEFIT
"ROCK A BILLY"

January 30, 2015
Hotel Arts
7 PM – 11:59 PM
Tickets: $300

To purchase tickets, please visit:


Monday, December 1, 2014

BABOR CLEANSING LINE - TURN YOUR CLEANSING ROUTINE INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL...



I have been Babor 's fan for many years - even when I was still living in Europe - in fact, that was the time when I was introduced to this wonderful brand for the first time.

I was so happy when I heard about opening of Babor Beauty Spa in Calgary over a year ago..I knew I would be able to re-discover the brand again!

Just recently, I received beautiful gift from the company - very nicely wrapped boxes with lots of products to try so I would be able to share your feedback with all of you:-)



Personally, for me one of the most important step in my beauty routine every day is "cleansing". When I talk to my clients or fans, many of them skip that phase; some of them because they don't think it's actually necessary, some because it is taking too much time.
Well, let me share with you one of the most important secrets of beautiful skin - cleansing and toning-are one of the most important steps to achieve/maintain healthy, glowing complexion.

And Babor - an international company that has several decades' worth of experience creating high-tech skin products that deliver results to both professionals and consumers - developed a unique cleansing CP collection that uses these opposing ingredients to their maximum power, renewing and enhancing your complexion.

At the core of BABOR's system is the CP Hy-Ol, a hydrophilic oil that attracts water and provides thorough cleansing of each and every pore. The Cleansing CP Phytoactive Base complements the Hy-Ol cleanser by revitalizing dry skin with mint, birch and rosemary essences for a fresher, livelier appearance. 

Those with oily faces or T-zone areas can follow the Hy-Ol cleanser with the Cleansing CP Phytoactive Combination, which has witch hazel and azulene essences to clarify the skin and provide balance.

Tired skin gets a boost from the Cleansing CP Phytoactive Reactivating solution, which should also be used in combination with Hy-Ol. The formula contains sweet almond, jujube and other herbal extracts to help facilitate cell turnover and rejuvenate the skin while slowing any signs of aging.

For skin that's prone to flaring up or other adverse reactions, the Cleansing CP Phytoactive Sensitive base is a perfect post Hy-Ol remedy. A non-irritating combination of lime blossom, hops and lemon blossom essences soothe and calm the skin, leaving a healthy glow with no redness. 

Not all BABOR products have to be used in combination, however. The Cleansing CP Mild Cleanser is effective entirely on its own, is colorant and fragrance-free and is gentle enough to treat even the most sensitive skin. 

Dry skin gets the moisture it needs with the Cleansing CP Mild Cleanser Foam, which transforms into a luscious lather for a smooth, glowing surface. 

The Cleansing CP Rose Toning Lotion is an essential accompaniment to either of these solutions. The innovative formula works like an astringent but feels like a cream, so there's no dryness or tightness after use. Agrimonia eupatoria detoxes the skin, while natural rose extract relaxes and revives it. 
Meanwhile, the multi-tasking Cleanser CP Gel & Tonic 2 in 1 washes away impurities while also warding off the development of pesky blemishes in one simple step. 



BABOR is continually dedicated to eco-responsibility and sustainability, meaning you're preserving the environment as well as your complexion. 


Thank you, Babor North America - for gifting me this Holiday season:-)


Saturday, November 29, 2014

GET READY FOR WINTER SEASON WITH ICEBREAKER!!!!




We are clearly approaching cold season and especially in Alberta - we might need something extra warm!!
If you haven't had a chance to hear about Icebreaker - you definitely should explore that brand!
Icebreaker is the New Zealand brand that pioneered in merino wool apparel for the outdoor industry.
The line includes underwear, mid layer and base layer garments, outerwear, socks and accessories for men, women and children.



This week, I've received beautiful gift of few Icebreaker items to try and share my feedback with all of you! (Thanks Carla and Jane Gill & Associates!).
The package included arm vest, purple wool hat as well as men's jacket!

Merino innovator Icebreaker has announced a breakthrough in garment sustainability with the launch of exceptionally warm jackets made with recycled fabrics.
Icebreaker’s 2014 Fall/Winter collection debuts technical and lifestyle jackets made from MerinoLOFT, a new lightweight insulation created from premium, ethically-sourced wool fibers.
What is so cool about those products is that MerinoLOFT jackets are warm even when wet – great for adverse weather conditions. A durable woven merino lining next to the skin regulates temperature and breathes to prevent overheating and clamminess!
And of course - I love combination of grey (my vest) and purple (hat) :-)







While most innovation in merino outdoor clothing has involved blending fibers to make merino fabrics cheaper, Icebreaker is using the latest technology to build the next generation of high performance merino. 

For Fall/Winter 2014, the New Zealand-based merino specialist is creating mid layers made from merino wool wrapped around a nylon core. The Realfleece fabric is then brushed to create millions of extra air pockets, almost doubling the warmth while keeping garments thin, lightweight and low-bulk.
And honestly the blue jacket - that works as mid layer - not only looks great on my hubby - but also-and most important - is very light yet very warm!!

If you are looking for outstanding clothing solution for extreme winter conditions (but you also would like to look fashionable:-) - you should definitely check Icebreaker!!
And what a great news - from the end of December - the brand is launching its newest retail "TouchLab" located in Calgary's Chinook Centre!
The store will feature Icebreaker's complete line of innovative merino wool apparel, including outdoor, run, fitness, kids, underwear and travel&lifestyle collections along with socks and accessories - all made from merino wool sourced from the Southern Alps of New Zealand!!!