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It’s been awhile..

17 Jun

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Friends!

How can we begin to apologize for our absence? Telling you we’ve both been busy would be an understatement. We haven’t had much of a social life, and have had such a hard time even making time to see each other! The summer weather was hiding from us over here in Toronto for the longest time making photo ops difficult to schedule, and working overtime has become the norm. We’ve been grinding as much as we could in preparation for this trip we’re taking! If any of you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know that Julie and I are going to Paris & Barcelona this month! We actually leave in a few days! It is our first time to both cities, and we are overwhelmingly excited to share our experiences with you!

Working so much has definitely put its wear on us, and we can’t wait to have some much-needed time off, and get back to posting! With less than a week away before our trip, like any girl, we have been constantly thinking of what to wear, when to wear it, what to bring, where to go, what to see, what to skip. Luggage, beauty essentials, tickets, boarding passes, passports, double-check tickets, get nails done, get hair done…whoo. Add on a full on work week, studying, eating, gymming, emails, meetings….and somewhere we manage to fit in sleep. Julie and I miss seeing each other more often, and the both of us are looking forward to spending a lot of gal time together on vacation. This is a trip of a lifetime that we have been talking about forever, and it’s finally here.

Just wanted to drop a note to let you know that we’re sticking around, and we miss you. How are you?!

More posts are on their way! TTYL

lots of love – j&k

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Gala Celebration

9 Apr

Lovelies,

I had the pleasure of attending the UFE Gala which celebrates all accountants who have passed their UFE exam and achieved their CA (chartered accountancy). My best friend Lori passed and had asked me to be her plus one! I was honoured! It was such a great night, meeting new people, eating great food and they also had a band perform! It was glamorous to say the least! I honestly wish I had more formal nights to dress up for! They’re so much fun 🙂

Ps. Are you all loving my extensions? Think I’m going to cut a few inches off, what do you think?

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On J:

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Heels- Christian Louboutin
Clutch- Michael Kors

On Lori:
Dress- Topshop
Heels- Steve Madden
Necklace & bracelet- Birks

– J xx

J & K meet OscarPRgirl Erika Bearman

5 Apr
Good morning fashionistas!
The both of us were blessed enough to have the opportunity to meet Erika Bearman aka OscarPRGirl live and in person at her personal appearance this past Tuesday at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St. Both of us are raving fans of Erika and love pretty much everything she does. Erika started off OscarPRgirl when she was approached by CEO Alex Bolen about her blog! They enjoyed the content and thought with social media becoming a strong communication tool, they pitched the idea to Oscar and he loved it, which led to her landing the role of OscarPRgirl.
Erika discussed everything from the social media world and her position as PR director, to all her infamous ‘selfie’ photos wearing Oscar gowns!
Did you know that as the PR director of Oscar de la Renta she receives a clothing package as part of her salary? She even mentioned how Oscar keeps her in check cause all sample pieces are a 24 waist! Haha.
She was so easy going, honest, really approachable and as stunning in person as she is in photos! 🙂
We not only saw her at the event but twice after that! We definitely regret not asking her to go for a drink and continue our conversation from the event. We were cut short because we were truly just having a conversation with her and took a little more time than we expected! (Sorry girls!). We could have talked for hours!
Here are some photos from the event!

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– J&K xo

J & K at Toronto Fashion Week – Pavoni F/W 2013

4 Apr

It’s our 2nd day at Toronto Fashion Week! We were so excited to hit the tents again, and even more excited to see one of the most anticipated shows of the season – Pavoni Fall 2013. Here’s a bit of a lowdown on Pavoni, for those who just aren’t too familiar with the brand. Pavoni is a fairly new kid to the couture fashion block. Think – Luxe, sophisticated, elegant, sexy, intricate, lace, sheer, embellishment, ballroom, glitter, jeweled, classic, unique..we can go on, but these are just some of the words that come to mind when we think of some of the pieces that Pavoni has created. Absolutely unreal.

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Pavoni was an incredible and classic catwalk scene. We definitely wish we had a number of Gala events to attend so we have an excuse to own these beautiful gowns. Hopefully Holt Renfrew will have a trunk show soon so we can see these gowns in person! And maybe try on for fun? 😉

Which dress is your favourite?

On J: Jacket & Top-Zara Jeans- Rag and Bone Cap- H&M Necklace-Kenneth Jay Lane heels- Christian Louboutin

On K: Dress-Zara Shoes-SoleSociety Bracelet (necklace worn as bracelet) -Aldo Accessories

J & K at Toronto Fashion Week – David Dixon F/W 2013

30 Mar

Loves!

This was our first time at Toronto Fashion Week, our first time attending a fashion show of this magnitude, and our first time really getting out there and talking to SO many bloggers, stylists, buyers, merchandisers, and just down right amazing people! Such a rush!

We were lucky enough to attend the shows on both Day 2 and Day 5, thanks to a very good friend of ours Catherine. After a bit of a taste, you can only imagine how zealous we were that we weren’t able to be in attendance the entire week. None the less, here are a few shots of us at the tents! Out of the designers we saw, one of the first and also one of our favourites was David Dixon!

David Dixon was all about women empowerment! The show began with a video where a woman was frowned upon when making a comment in regards to the gentlemen’s conversation. Showcasing that women should not speak for we do not know half of what men know. Men are smarter than us but then the screen shatters and says ‘bullshit!’ It was probably one of the best openings I (J) saw from all the shows that we watched. The one aspect that really popped from Dixon’s show was the neck feature of all the feathers! I absolutely adored it! I could really see this being a trend for next fall. I know I’ll be rocking it! 🙂

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David Dixon’s show was definitely very empowering. The music was enticing (insert Run The World by Beyonce here) and the models looked and felt so comfortable and sexy in his clothing. The strong lines of blacks and whites, the pop of cobalt blue, and who can forget about those stunning crystalized accessories in everything from earrings, ear cuffs, necklaces and bracelets. Such a fantastic finishing touch to these sophisticated, yet edgy looks. Here are a few shots of us enjoying the tents after the show 🙂

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On J: Blazer- Forever 21, shirt- Alexander Wang, pants- H&M, necklace- Aldo, heels- Louboutin, flats- Zara

On K: Top/Bottom/Heels-Zara (Can you tell I’m obsessed?) Necklace-H&M, Bracelets-J.Crew

Stay tuned for more! -j&k

Powder Puff Event

12 Feb

Lovelies,

I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Weiss from Into The Gloss blog! She was absolutely stunning that night and she is so down to earth and open to everyone!

How did we meet exactly?

Well Holt Renfrew, a leading luxurious fashion specialty department store in Toronto was hosting the Powder Puff event in collaboration with Mercedes Benz. The Powder Puff event was like a beauty parlour for all the beauty fanatics out there!

All guests were introduced to the new launches of Nars and Laura Mercier Spring cosmetic collections, treated to manicures, makeup brush cleansing, oeuvres, consultations by ALL makeup lines such as Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Cle de Peau, Burberry, Dior, and so on. They were many options! Here are a few photos of all the booths set up!

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Holt Renfrew had brought in Emily Weiss as their special guest to talk about all the latest Spring beauty must haves of the season! Lisa Tant, former Flare editor in chief, who is now the Fashion Editor at Holt Renfrew interviewed Emily about all beauty essentials for Spring and Emily spoke about her latest obsessions which are bold brows and bold lip colours!

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After all the beauty prep you received Holt Renfrew also provided this very chic vanity photo booth set up where we got to take photos of our finished looks!

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Did I mention there was a DJ?

Oh it was a fanastic and very successful night! I had the best time and the highlight of the night was definitely meeting Emily!

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xx J

A Special Engagement

15 Jan

I’ll make this post short and very, very sweet as it was and will be one of the sweetest moments I will have ever had in my life. I had been a little apprehensive with sharing such a personal experience so publicly on this blog, however have quickly realized how important it is for me to have a personal connection with our readers. I enjoy celebrating other’s successes and joyful moments, and with this being one of mine, I thought it best to share with you.

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since the night my boyfriend of 8 years, Corain, proposed to me a few days after Christmas. On December.28th, the both of us drove out from New Jersey (where I’d been staying for a visit) to Long Island, New York. A family gathering on my side filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, kids, and lots of food, warmth and laughs. I had been looking forward to seeing cousins I hadn’t seen in a few years, and Corain was looking forward to meeting family members he hadn’t met before. I have so much family in the states, and it means a lot to me when I have the opportunity to spend time with them. The afternoon quickly turned to evening, and I found myself posing for what I thought would be a picture with my beau infront of my cousins’s beautiful Christmas tree. Corain took my hand and told everyone he had an announcement to make. I couldn’t believe what was taking place..I could see that he was so nervous, but with every word he spoke, I felt that much closer to him, that much more in love with him.

He asked me if I would marry him, and of course I said yes!

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xo Kathleen

The Nutcracker

6 Jan

Lovelies,

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Nutcracker at the National Ballet of Canada. One thing you might not know about me is my obsession with the Nutcracker. This past Christmas I watched The Nutcracker films, listened to the Nutcracker Orchestra soundtrack every night, literally. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed the Nutcracker to its fullest and having the chance to see it live was an absolute dream come true!

The ballet was fantastic! I always get drawn into the costumes! All the glitter and sequins worn by the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. All the 19th century attire worn by the children and families in the first act! Not to mention the masks and makeup on the Nutcracker himself, the Fox, the Bee and all the many other characters at the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom!

Once the doors were opened at the theatre, walking in felt like I was stepping into my imagination, back to when I was a little girl with her Nutcracker by her side. The set was unbelievable! It was so magical and the creativity that goes into creating this story was incredible!

Oh and the music!! The Orchestra was heaven! It just brings peace and happiness to me. Listening to the violins, clarinets, flutes, basses, etc has a way of calming me down.

Now to the most important part, all the dancers! The ballerinas moves were so delicate, smooth and graceful. They were all so elegant and their postures were impeccable.

Honestly it makes me appreciate and want to support the Arts even more, it seems like Toronto has so much to offer but I feel like it’s not promoted enough. There’s not much awareness so I hope this post opens your eyes to all that Toronto has to give to its citizens and tourists!

“Somehow during this night the children have passed together throughthe magical yet natural portal between childhood and adolescence, and somehow they know that their lives will never again be quite the same. Henceforth, like their friend the Nutcracker, they will set forth to find and follow their own dreams” (Act II, National Ballet of Canada ‘The Nutcracker’).

xx J

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A Beauty Party at Holt Renfrew with Emily Weiss!

5 Jan

Does anyone else love Into The Gloss as much as we do? If you haven’t checked them out yet, I would run and click on their site asap!. Just be sure to thank us after you’ve fallen in love with the endless beauty features they have on their site…No seriously, we would appreciate the recognition, haha. (seriously..)

Emily Weiss is the founder and creative director of Into The Gloss, a dedicated beauty blog with articles about everything from the best trick on nailing that winged eyeliner, to personal q&a’s with some of our favorite models/designers/editors/celebs/girls next door. Who doesn’t want to know what Coco Rocha has in her makeup bag? Or Kate Moss, or Gisele Bundchen? What is the inspiration behind the makeup used in Vivienne Westwood’s Spring 2013 fashion show? How about Proenza Schouler or Marc Jacobs? Do you want to know? Hello! We do! Emily Weiss is absolutely stunning, and her personality shines through her writing. Did we mention that she was stunning? I envy the short hair, and am seriously considering going super short this year – just putting it out there. (K) We love the style in which Into The Gloss conducts their interviews and features. ITG reels you in with honesty, fantastic photography, and amazing content for the beauty obsessed! Every time we read an article on ITG, we feel empowered, inspired and beautiful. We also find ourselves LOL’ing every now and then too. Beauty can be funny too. (That is, of course, when you aren’t the one with the lipstick teeth at Monday’s morning meeting..)

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Emily Weiss will be making an in-store appearance at Holt Renfrew – Bloor St. on Tuesday.January.22nd at 8pm for a little q&a. I (K) personally would love to meet Emily. She is a huge inspiration to me as a creative writer and she has such unique style. Holt Renfrew will be hosting a sure-to-be phenomenal cosmetic event at both Toronto’s & Vancouver locations offering exclusive previews of spring 2013 beauty products, prizes, complimentary beauty treatments, and more. Tickets are $25, and are redeemable towards beauty purchases of $75 or more on the night of the event.

Now, let’s talk about what’s being offered at said event. Apart from the exclusive insight everyone will receive on 2013’s newest beauty products, there will also be a pretty impressive line-up of complimentary services offered

● Mini-manicures and nail colour touch-ups from Holts Salon & Spa, Deborah Lippmann, Butter London, and YSL
● Mini makeovers from Chanel, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Guerlain, NARS
● Mini facials from Aqua di Parma
● Make-up demonstrations from Bobbi Brown, Burberry, Clé de Peau, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier
● Eye shadow and eye care demonstrations from Clé de Peau, Shu Uemura
● Makeup brush cleaning from Beauty So Clean – bring two makeup brushes and have them cleaned with Beauty So Clean, the world’s first cosmetic sanitizer
● Brow waxing from Holts Salon & Spa
● Hand massages from Aqua di Parma, Guerlain, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga Fragrances
● Hand paraffin treatment from Sisley, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga Fragrances

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Tickets are available now! Online at www.holtrenfrew.com or in-store through Concierge. Space is limited!, so book those tickets, and let’s get our glam on!

-Kathleen

Happy New Year from J&K

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

We are both so excited for this new year, and due to the extraordinary amount of excitment we both have; we skipped the long lines, the $100 entry fees, the gin and tonic spills, and the headache of having to flag a cab down home and stayed inside like little ol’ ladies. We know. What?

This is the first year in a long time, that we haven’t strutted our stuff on the dance floor as the clock runs down. Don’t think we’re getting comfortable, because we love a night out. Everything came down to just poor timing, and honestly?..$100+ to get into some okay club, when we would much rather spend that money at Zara (or Club Monaco, Sephora, J.Crew, etc., you get the picture) was just all we could think of when Dec.30th rolled around.

Julie was lovely enough to have me and one of our close girlfriends over for a home cooked dinner, some champagne, and good ol’ Ryan Seacrest hosting in Times Square. We sat down and felt grateful for another year and felt the anticipation of the year to come. A lot of change has come in 2012, and we look forward to sharing all of our experiences with you this 2013. Some of our resolutions include seeing friends and family more often, upgrading our wardrobes, posting and meeting other bloggers, saving up, and travelling. Of course, we can’t forget about the classic resolutions such as “eating better and being fit”, right? Haha, you can expect a bit of that from us as well. Do you have any resolutions?

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