Friday, January 23, 2015

RAISE "THE GLASS" THIS VALENTINE'S DAY!!


Every year, in January, I see lots of question marks when it comes to Valentine's Day..Then I wonder why this day is so special?
For me, love should be cherished, shared and expressed all year round - not only one day - but even if you do so-why not to celebrate love in a special way?
February 14th is approaching - and I thought I would feature couple of liquors as a great way to celebrate the "love" :-)

Over four centuries of Port making has given the house of Croft time to consider this wonderfully exciting rose style of Port - the first of its kind to enter into the market and still the quality reference.


This innovative new style of port has been made by a new technique which extracts fresh, fruity flavours and delivers a subtle and delicate pink colour. The result is wonderfully fresh and vibrant, full of the rich flavours of Port but with a unique and distinctive appeal.
The palate is full of deliciously ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavours with lovely nuances of honey and grapefruit. It has created the perfect opportunity for Port to be consumed in the warmer months of the year when Port may not otherwise be the drink of choice. It is definitely best served chilled and is an excellent aperitif accompanied by roasted almonds or olives.
Either you choose to drink it on its own or mix it with your favourite juice - it is definitely a great way to cheer for love:-)



Botter Prosecco Brut Spumante DOC is an Italian sparking wine with pale light yellow colour and fine perlage. It is delicately fruity with slightly aromatic bouquet. Harmonic at a taste - it is definitely an excellent aperitif and a perfect accompaniment to hors-d'oeuvres - but also great on its own! and if you are "bubbly" lover - it would be a great choice to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one!!







VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY!!!

Valentine's Day is only few weeks away & 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 a great prize:

 Croft Pink Port


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

1. Share your most memorable&romantic 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 February 10th, 2015 at 12.00 a.m.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

INDULGE YOUR BODY WITH BABOR SPA!!!




Those of you, who follow me for some time know that I absolutely love discovering new beauty products&services!

Babor is the brand I was introduced to when I was still teenager and my main concern was achieve and maintain beautiful skin complexion. I fell in love with Babor right from the beginning.

Just recently I was received a nice surprise - package from Babor team with various products to test!!
Both skin care and body care are two main areas of interest for me (and I spend most of my beauty routine on:-)



If you are looking for beauty products that would help you create your own SPA at home - you don't have to search anymore and I promise-you will fall in love (like I did).
Babor Spa has 4 different product lines, including Shaping for Body, Energizing Lime Mandarin, Relaxing Lavender Mint & Balancing Cashmere Wood.



Shaping for Body has variety of products you can choose from, such as Cuticle&Nail Repair, Daily Feel Vitalizer, Daily Hand Cream, Feet Smoothing Balm, Firming Body Lotion, Firming Peeling Body Cream, Firming Shower Foam, Lifting Body Cream and Repair Hand Cream.
My favourite one is definitely Firming Shower Foam that is super creamy thanks to the silk extract & helps maintaining skin's natural moisture!

Energizing Lime Mandarin is a luxurious body care range that combines feel-good fragrances with silky textures - perfect for the incomparable feeling of regaining your inner harmony.
This line includes Invigorating Peeling Gel, Invigorating Shower Gel and the Mousse.

Relaxing Lavender Mint is another beautiful line infused with a calming fragrance of mint and lavender blended with almond oil and cuckoo flower oil to maintain skin hydro-lipid film. This line contains champagne pear stem cells and vitamin E to shield skin against premature aging!! This line introduces Calming Body Butter, Calming Peeling Cream and Huile de Bain et de Douche Calmante (Shower & Bath Oil).

Balancing Cashmere Wood contains Argan Oil, Sunflower Oil and Almond Oil that help hydrate, condition and strengthen the skin. This line is infused with a warm woodsy fragrance to promote inner balance, and include set of beautiful products, such as Soothing Body Lotion, Soothing Body Oil, Soothing Shower Milk and Soothing Sugar Oil Peeling.




If you would like to discover the brand & its products more, please visit Babor.
And for those of you who live in Calgary - make sure to visit Babor Beauty Spa located in beautiful Mission district - where you can not only explore the brand but also give your skin, body-as well as mind&soul - time to rejuvenate and relax!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

RELAXING GETAWAY FOR MOMMY-TO-BE WITH DIVA SALON&SPA!!



Those of you who are following my blog regularly will surely be disappointed - as this is going to be one of my last post sharing my pregnancy journey!!
Well - I am over 37 weeks pregnant and our baby boy - Olivier-can arrive anytime now - hmm..everyone says-Christmas Baby:-)shall see!!
But on the cheerful note - I am going to share with you&all expecting Moms, as well as new Mommies- my postnatal journey-and that part might be even more exciting-so make sure you stay tuned!!



Just yesterday, I had a pleasure to have my last treatment at Diva Salon&Spa in Chinook Centre/Calgary where wonderful-as always- Sarah performed another relaxation session for me - we decided to go with body massage!!
It is always a delightful experience, not only because Sarah hands are magical - but also because all Aveda products she uses smells amazing!!
This time, we've used wonderful aroma of Aveda Bergamot Oil (very citrusy-relaxing yet uplifting - and this is exactly what I need at this point!!) in combination of Aveda Stress-Fix lotion.



After 60 min massage - I felt like a newborn:-)Definitely relaxed and recharged!!
And what is great - all products that we've used during the treatment - you can purchase to indulge with at home (you should check the special Christmas package of Stress-Fix products, including lotion, salt and candle!).



My sincerely Thank You to Sarah, T.J (Diva's Chinook manager) and wonderful Diva Salon&Spa team!!

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