Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NEW SHOPPING DESTINATION IN ASPEN/CALGARY - WELCOME TO HOUSE OF LALEH!!!



Last week I've been invited for the preview of new boutique located in Aspen community, in Calgary, called Boutique Laleh. They've had their Grand Opening happening last Saturday but I wanted to share the excitement in advance:-)

Boutique Laleh (meaning "The house of Flowers") is an upscale women's clothing boutique owned and operated by Samantha Nyakudya, that carries Ready-to-Wear (RTW) designer and casual/contemporary apparel & accessories for women. In addition, you will also find designs created by the store owner - Samantha - called The House of Laleh INC. When it comes to brands selection - you will find it very interesting for sure - as the boutique carries brands from LA, UK , such as  LA LUX, Hera, Caribbean  Queen and to name a few.



What I found very interesting about the place is the concept itself - the boutique owner - Samantha- wanted to open an exclusive space that is almost like a personal closet where you can just walk in, find something you love and leave happy with something unique. The energy in the place is very relaxed and comfortable for sure!! (plus after seeing all the clothing and accessories selection - you won't like to leave!).






Boutique Laleh provides services such as Style Assessments, personal shopping, and special ordering to customers during store hours and by personal appointments. Boutique Laleh’s innovative Style Assessments and educational emphasis in helping women develop their personal styles will definitely enhance the store reputation as a truly unique boutique in #YYC!!

Excited for the Grand Opening(after some shopping:-)

To learn more about the Boutique Laleh- check the brand on Social Media, including their Instagram profile at: Boutique Laleh : Houseoflaleh as well as their Facebook page.


Friday, June 17, 2016

ASCOTS, TIES AND OTHER MENS ACCESSORIES AS PERFECT FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS!!




Last Sunday I've had a pleasure to be at @GlobalTV Calgary - SundayMorningNews - talking all stylish mens accessories that can be a perfect gift for Father's Day!!
If you missed watching it - here are just few pics showcasing great ideas - definitely worth exploring tie and bowtie gift sets from local brand - Studio Maviz, English foulards (100%Italian silk) available exclusively at FashionCalgary website, pair of classy elegant or more casual sunnies from local eyewear store - SolOptix, great gift ideas (including FitBit, Daniel Wellington classic watch, Grosche Coffee Maker, Olympic wear etc) available exclusively at Hudson'sBay as well as something for Dads who pay attention to their hair and skincare - including amazing gift sets from Redken available at Edges Salon&Spa in Calgary as well as $40 Dermalogica Shave Kit -exclusively for TommyGuns Barbershop across Alberta.




Make sure to check #limitededition #english #foulards available exusively at @thefashioncalgary !

SHOP:
https://fashion-calgary-store.myshopify.com/ 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

TRUTH ABOUT "ItWorks!" - MY PERSONAL JOURNEY!!!



OK - so...some of you probably heard about brand called It Works!- and one of their most popular product- wraps!! But for those of you who haven't had a chance to hear about it - well-I've decided to share with you some information about the brand, their products - and...my 30-day journey - sharing my honest opinion about products I - together with Shayna - chose to achieve my goal!!


As a new mom (well - Baby Olivier is already 16 months - I cannot believe how time flies!) two of my biggest concerns are absolutely my "after-baby" body as well as hair&nails!
With my busy lifestyle - being a mom, working full time, working out and some other things - one of the hardest things is sometimes achieving this "last step"goal.

Although I am happy about my body -there are few things that I really would like to improve - especially tightening the skin around my belly, arms as well as getting healthier hair&nails (unfortunately I am still loosing lots of hair and my nails became very weak) - I've decided to test few products during the next 30 days!





I am going to test: Berry Greens, Ultimate Thermofit & Formula FF, Defining Gel as well as Hair Skin Nails treatment!!
Berry Greens are packed with nutrients and antioxidants 

Made of 38 different herbs, vegetables, and nutrient-rich superfoods. The variety of plants and nutrients in this jar is MUCH greater than what most people would be able to find, buy, prepare, and eat. Not only that, but with each tiny scoop (or two) you get more than 8 servings of fruits and vegetables.
The Greens can help detoxify your cells, which makes them a great supplement to take in combination with a weight-loss program or the It Works! skinny wrap. Not only that, but the plants found in Greens have an alkalizing effect on your body. If you’re unfamiliar with what is in greens, check out my detailed post about the subject by clicking here.

Ultimate Thermofit - Helps boost metabolic rate with the power of hot peppers, promotes increased calorie burning as well as having antioxidant benefits of acai berry. 
The Formula FF - absorb about one third of the fat and oil and help balance your blood sugar spikes that promote fat storage. It blocks some of the fat & carbs from meals , helps balance healthy blood glucose level and reduce cravings. It is designed to be taken up to an hour after meals

Defining Gel - improves skin firmness and helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite, loose skin, stretch marks, and varicose veins. It deeply hydrates, softens, firms, smooths and tightens to give you more youthful looking skin all over your body. The ingredients promote… Lipolysis. This literally means “fat-breaking”. The plant extracts and botanicals get into the fat cell and chop up the large fat molecules into little ones, which are now allowed to leave the cell. They are then burned up as energy somewhere else in the body, which is one reason why we want you to be well hydrated while you are using the applicators. This will help circulate the little fat molecules that are being released. This is HUGE and very important to know because the applicators (Body Wraps) are literally promoting FAT LOSS during this process!

STAY TUNED - as I am going to share with you my results after 30-day experiment with ItWorks! products!

But if you have any questions about the products, about the brand - or if you would like to try them yourself - make sure to contact Shayna Lee Kennedy - in Calgary - through her website here








Friday, May 20, 2016

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL IN CALGARY THIS JULY!!!


 On July 22 & 23, Calgary will host the first-ever Canadian International Fashion Film Festival - a celebration exploring the diverse and shifting landscape of fashion in film and honouring some of the genre’s best. 
Hosted by the Glenbow Museum, this world-class festival will
feature two days of screenings, showcasing films in the areas of beauty, lifestyle and luxury.


 CANIFFF is elated to host renowned fashion filmmaker, Ace Norton, director of The Purgatory of Monotony and The New Sovereignty, along with his producer, Lars Ruch, for a screening and panel discussion.
 Also attending will be special guest and keynote speaker, Rebecca Van Bergen - Founder and Executive Director of Nest, a US-based non-profit organization, championing ethical fashion.

 Film submissions will be judged and winners selected in 11 categories, including Best Film, Best Styling, Best Canadian Film, Best Cinematography and more.

 For full submission details and further information about CANIFFF,
 visit www.canifff.com .


Sunday, May 15, 2016

3rd ANNUAL AMBER APPROVED STAMPEDE BREAKFAST!!!



The Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast 2016
Calgary’s healthiest Gourmet Stampede Feast





Calling all Health-Conscious and Gluten-free Calgarians:

Do you love Stampede but struggle to find events with delicious healthy food that honours your body’s needs?
Are you a team leader and want a unique breakfast experience to take your team to?
Are you interested in supporting two great causes – Meals on Wheels & Fort McMurray Fire Victims – while bidding on some fabulous Silent Auction Items.

If you said yes to any of the above, then the Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast is for YOU!



THE FOOD


The Amber Approved Stamped Breakfast is a gourmet-inspired healthy alternative to the traditional Stampede breakfast. 

“It’s always been a dream of mine to create a Stampede breakfast that brings delicious food to health conscious and gluten-free Calgarians,” says Holistic Nutritionist, Author and healthy food crusader Amber Romaniuk. “Last year’s sold-out event showed me how much it’s needed in this city.”

Once again Amber collaborates with the team at Hotel Arts – including award-winning Executive Chef Jan Hansen. These talented chefs will be creating the sumptuous breakfast creations.

Amber Approved foods are gluten, sugar and dairy-free. 


The breakfast includes Stampede favourites with a healthy yet delicious twist including avocado mint-chocolate smoothies, maple-glazed pork belly, mini donuts and other decadent additions of fruit smoothies, organic juice shots, infused waters and more.

The breakfast will also feature a juice bar sponsored by Fit Kitchen's new "Fit Juice" and handouts of Stella's Gluten-free Perogies. We will also have Wild and Raw Superfood and Juice bar with their bullet-proof coffee and some other great treats! 
Healthy. Delicious. YUM!

THE LOCATION

The breakfast is at Hotel Arts in the heart of all the Stampede action. Hotel Arts is a sumptuous blend of modern luxury and intuitive service in a premier designer boutique-style hotel. A White Hat of the Year 2013 award winner, Hotel Arts is passionate about transforming ordinary events into extraordinary experiences and making sure you have a great time. 
Pull out your dancing boots… the event will feature live band, face painting, a photo booth and tons of prizes. YEEHAW!

THE CAUSE

Amber Approved is proud to support Meals On Wheels & Fort McMurray Fire Victims with a fun and fabulous silent auction! With the help of our generous sponsors and donors, Amber Approved hopes to raise over 5000 dollars to donate to our worthy causes. 


Tickets are $50 per person for this event or a group of five for $220. 

To get your tickets, click here



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHER'S DAY - SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!!!


May is not only one of the most beautiful months in the entire year - but also time when we can celebrate Mother's Day and surprise our Mommies with something nice...
I am lucky as coming to Canada from Poland I have a chance to celebrate this day twice - second Sunday of May, as well as May 26th - in Poland :-) (and now when I became a Mom just last year - that makes me even more happy - the more reasons to celebrate that day - the better, right?)

Each year I receive lots of messages from You - asking what You should get for your Mom - so I thought I would share with you my picks for this year Mother's Day!





 I am sure every Mom likes  some sort of sweet desserts - so what about French macaroons? Not only they look fun and colourful but they are also delicious!!
And if You are in Calgary - there is definitely "a must-go" places when it comes to macaroons, called Yann Haute Patisserie, located in beautiful area of Mission, YYC.
Be ready - as soon as you enter the place - the smell is very indulging..and besides macaroons you will find all sorts of French patisserie there!!



Lots of Moms like champagne and all sorts of "bubbles", I guarantee:-) (It's actually my favourite drink!).
So I thought about featuring a couple of beautiful Canadian sparkling wines made in traditional Champagne Method and with 100% Ontario estate grown grapes.
The wines are also named after a very well respected mother, wife and woman – Catharine. 
 The wines come from Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery which is located in Niagara Ontario - this family owned and operated winery has been producing wine since 1988. 


Cuvée Catharine Brut - named in memory of Henry's wife - Catharine Smith - using the traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) makes this wine a modern Niagara expression of a time honoured wine style.





Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut - a lovely sparking rose made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by the method used in champagne. You will find vibrant fruit flavours here, and they're echoed by the crisp , refreshing texture and fine bubbles.

Both of wines are elegant and beautifully packaged - making the perfect gift for Your Mom.
To get more information about the winery and their portfolio, check their website here .

If You would like to surprise Your Mom with something beautiful - You may want to get her the latest anti-aging line  - "Blue Therapy" from Biotherm.
Providing with a deep sense of well-being upon application of the products from this line, this innovative, algae-rich formula's regenerative aquatic extracts work to visibly repair the skin's texture while diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The skin feel instantly refreshed, lines appear smoother and dark spots - reduced. Charged with strengthening Life Plankton (TM) , it also protects the skin against accelerated aging caused by UVA-UVB rays for radiant, ageless look.

AND - THIS MOTHER'S DAY - I HAVE SPECIAL GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!!


THERE ARE TWO PRIZES:
1.  "SWEET GIFT" including box of customized macaroons from Yann Haute Patisserie + bottle of Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut
2. "BEAUTY GIFT" including two beauty sets from Biotherm Canada - one for Your Mom (Blue Therapy kit) and one for You ( Skin-Best Serum in Cream and Mud Mask).

All You need to do is following these steps:
1. Send us email to aback@fashioncalgary.ca with TITLE "MOTHER'S DAY" - and tell us why You should Win the prize
2. Find & Follow @thefashioncalgary @yannhautepatisserie @aniabasak on INSTAGRAM 
3. Find & "Like" @FashionCalgary @YannHautePatisserie @BiothermCanada on FACEBOOK
4. REPOST the giveaway on the Instagram OR SHARE the giveaway on your Facebook profile

CONTEST END ON SATURDAY - MAY 7th, 2016!!
WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL!
GOOD LUCK!