Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Halloween to all the little ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks out there!
Make it absolutely 'spook'-tacular!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A READER ASKS: Whose Name Goes First on a Wedding Invitation?

Dear Lily,
I am getting married this winter and I need to order our invitations as soon as possible but I am having a problem with my parents. My plans were not to include any parents names on the invitation and have our names (mine and my fiance's) listed at the top but my parents are saying that their names should come first since they are the parents of the bride. I think my parents (mainly my Dad!) are being very old-fashioned but I don't want this to become a big deal (which it kind of has already). My fiance's parents are divorced and remarried to other people, I don't want to have a million names on the invitation but if I add my parents names, won't my in-laws be offended?
Please help!

Dear Angela,
Are you parents paying for the wedding? If so, Daddy Dearest is in the right for getting a little bent out of shape! Traditionally, the names of the bride's parents would typically be placed at the beginning of the invitation wording because they usually footed the bill for the wedding therefore making them the official hosts of the event. The event's hosts are the ones who are actually inviting the guests to the function, regardless of whether or not the event is being held in someone else's honour or not therefore their names are placed at the beginning of the invitation wording.
For example,
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith
(bride's parents who are paying for wedding)
request the honour of your company at the wedding of their daughter
Sally Elaine
John Alexander Jones,
son of
Mr. Henry Jones & Mrs. Katherine Carlton
(groom's parents who are divorced)

Today, the responsibility of paying for the wedding doesn't always land on the shoulders of the bride's parents. It could be the couple getting married who are paying for the wedding, the groom's parents or a combination of both sets of parents chipping in so that has to be taken into consideration when wording your invitation properly. If you are still scratching your head as to how to arrange your wording, I suggest visiting one of our favourite stationery sites, Wedding Paper Divas and checking out their inspiration section. They are a great resource for wording examples that fit most any situation!

Wedding Paper Divas are offering a 10% discount on all orders. Click on this link and enter the 2014WED10 at checkout, offer ends December 31, 2014 (11:59pm PT)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for October 18-24, 2014

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
Don't forget to scroll down and vote!

In Michael Kors
(clutch by Amanda Pearl, jewellery by Vita Fede, 'Nudist' sandals by Stuart Weitzman)
At Elle’s 2014 'Women In Hollywood' celebration in Beverly Hills, California

In Jenny Packham
(clutch by Alexander McQueen, 'Agata' sandals by LK Bennett, 'Riva' earrings and 'Riva' bib necklace by Monica Vinader)
At the Natural History Museum's "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" Awards in London, England

In Zuhair Murad
(rings by Kwiat, earrings by Norman Silverman)
At the 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards in Toronto, Canada

In Oscar de la Renta
('Nina' clutch by LK Bennett, 'safety pin' heels by Giuseppe Zanotti, jewellery by Jennifer Meyer)
At the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in Los Angeles, California

In Jenny Packham
(clutch by Edie Parker, heels by Casadei, jewellery by Chrome Hearts)
At the American Cinematheque Award Honouring Matthew McConaughey in Beverly Hills, California

In Libertine
(personalized 'Dianna' clutch by Edie Parker) 
At the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in Los Angeles, California

In Elie Saab
At the 'Love, Rosie' premiere at the Rome Film Festival in Rome, Italy

In Christopher Kane
(earrings by Neil Lane, 'Iriza' pumps by Christian Louboutin)
At the American Cinematheque Award Honouring Matthew McConaughey in Beverly Hills, California

In Carolina Herrera
At the Restoration Hardware gallery opening in West Hollywood, California

In Oscar de la Renta
('Valnina' sandals by Christian Louboutin, clutch by Rodo)
At Elle’s 2014 'Women In Hollywood' celebration in Beverly Hills, California

Friday, October 24, 2014

THE TEN: Our Favourite Halloween Cocktails

One of our favourite holidays is just around the corner!
Before you know it, the neighbourhoods will be filled with little ghosts and goblins, gathering their bounty of sweet treats with tireless energy but what about those poor souls following behind the little monsters, patiently waiting on the side-walk as they listen to the cries of 'just one more house pleeeease!'
Just in case you need a little something to get you through the witching hour, we have gathered our favourite Halloween-inspired cocktails with just the right amount of ghoulish delight to get you through the night of frights!

The Vampire

The Black Widow

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE LOVELY ONES: Oscar de la Renta

Ă“scar ArĂ­stides de la Renta Fiallo

"The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.
We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept.
The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

Did you know...

1. He was born on July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
2. His family were an integral part of Dominican high society and could count poets, scholars, and businessmen as well as top army brass among their members.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE SUNDAY SHOE JOURNALS: Tales of the Well-Dressed Foot ('Emerald')



John Lithgow

Did you know...

1. He was born John Arthur Lithgow on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York.
2. He graduated from Harvard in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in history and literature and has been named a Fulbright scholar.
3. He is a registered pastor and has officiated the wedding of his goddaughter.


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