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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reia Studio Giveaway – Win a Free Liebeskind Leather Bag

Reia Studio from Toronto is the destination Studio Boutique Agency. Reia Studio services the retail fashion industry withy essential fashion and accessory collections from fashion brands and designers including: Ca Va De Soi, Dennis Merotto, Fred Sabatier, Liebeskind Berlin, Rita D. Jewellery (Rita Doberstein), Tilo Scarves. Also, twice a year, Reia Studio hosts the sample sale of you dreams, featuring designers like Haider Askermann, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant, Miu Miu, Céline, Givenchy, Acne, Michael Kors, and many others.

Reia Studio is organizing a give-away contest, open until February 6th 2012, with a chance to win a free Liebeskind bag. See below for Reia Studio contest rules.

REIA STUDIO: “We are overwhelmed with excitement to welcome Liebeskind Berlin to Reia Studio. What better way to introduce a new brand than with a contest? Win a handmade, naturally treated handbag of your choice. We want you to love Liebeskind as much as we do so we’re giving you a chance to win one of them. Reia Studio proudly brings to you Liebeskind Berlin.

Do you like free things?
Do you like hand-made leather bags?
How about free hand-made leather bags?
If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, then join Reia Studio’s first give-away contest of 2012 (yes, it’s “first”, to indicate that there’ll be more coming).

All you have to do is:
1. Become a follower of this blog.
2. “Like” the blog’s Facebook page.
3. Leave a comment on this post.
4. “Like” Reia Studio on Facebook.
5. Post “I love Liebeskind” on Reia Studio’s Facebook wall.
6. Follow Reia Studio on Twitter.
7. Tweet “I love Liebeskind @ReiaStudio”.
*** These 2 posts will earn you 2 ballots. ***
8. Get as many people as possible to follow steps 1-4 and have them tag you in it.
*** You’ll get an extra ballot per post you’re tagged in. ***

Once the name of the winner will be drawn, she will be able to come to Reia Studio location in Toronto to pick up the prize – a Liebeskind leather bag.

It sounds complicated, but it’s not. Email robin@reiastudio.com for further details. Reia Studio will announce the winner on February 6th 2012".

Good luck!

Reia Studio is located at 63 Wingold Avenue, Suite 200A, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1P5.

Photo credit: Reia Studio

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Accessity Is Holding a Final Liquidation Sale in Toronto This Month

Toronto, January 2012 – Accessity, a Reia Studio partner and a retail store chain specializing in accessories, is saying good bye and announces a huge closing sale event this month.

Accessity commenced its retail life as Leggings, a retail store specializing in hosiery. In 1980, hosiery was mostly purchased at department stores with little to no service. Leggings was the first free standing store to offer the most amazing selection of hosiery from around the world. More importantly, Leggings consulted and worked with their clientele to offer a service with an accessory never before offered.

After opening three locations, what the company notices that they missed was that personal interaction with their customers. In 1989, Leggings became Accessity and they strove to again offer the most unique, fashion-forward accessories with the best possible service.

September 2010 was a very special month for everyone attached to Accessity, as this was their 30th anniversary.

And now, after more than 30 years of accessory retail, Accessity is closing its doors and is hosting a liquidation sale just in time for Valentine’s Day. The sale event is taking place at Accessity downtown location in Yorkville Toronto, at 136 Cumberland Street, and will close on January 31st 2012. Fashion lovers can shop at a discount price of 50%-80% off the entire inventory, while supplies last.

Press release provided by: Reia Studio

Photo credit: Reia Studio

Friday, January 27, 2012

stuFF Student Film Festival 2012

Introducing the first annual stuFF Student Film Festival 2012 – submissions open February 6, 2012

WalkMyCampus.com is Canada’s premier online post-secondary community

Toronto, ON; January 25, 2012 – In search of the next Cronenberg, WalkMyCampus.com (WMC) is calling all aspiring student filmmakers, introducing the first annual stuFF Student Film Festival 2012. Submissions will open on February 6, 2012, 9:00am EST, welcoming entries of short films (maximum 15 minutes in length) created by Ontario post-secondary students between the ages of 18 – 35. There is no fee to participate in the festival, an intentional component to ensure all interested students have an equal opportunity to submit. The films will be judged by fellow WMC members through an online portal and Amir Azimi, Canadian premiere filmmaker (who has worked throughout the globe) and Executive Producer of BFP (Brothers on Fire Productions). An exclusively online film festival, WMC will promote the chosen films and announce the winner through their online community (additional details and deadlines to be announced in the coming weeks).

Amir Kendic, founder of WalkMyCampus.com, says: “Walk My Campus is devoted to the creation of forums to highlight the vast talent of post-secondary students. stuFF is an ideal platform to share the works of tomorrow’s next great filmmakers with the world!”

Filmmakers can submit projects in the following genre categories; ONE (1) film will be chosen as the winner from any one of the following categories:


Videos and required documentation are available for download and must be submitted by mail to qualify for consideration. The winner of the film festival will be announced on June 4th, 2012 and in addition to peer accolades in this budding community, will win a $1,000.00CDN cash reward and one (1) mentoring session with Brothers on Fire Productions (reviewing the winning video and providing collaborative feedback). In addition, the winner will be invited on set to shadow the Brothers on Fire Production team and obtain hands-on experience. Submissions for the festival will CLOSE on March 20, 2012, 9:00pm EST. For complete info on stuFF and to apply please visit: walkmycampus.com/wmtv.

Launched in 2011, WMC is the new student “hub” bringing organization, networking, planning, entertainment and of course commerce to a single place that they can call their own from both an Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus perspective. Targeting a core student demographic (male/female 50/50 skew aged 17 – 35), WMC was created to bring together millions of educated, tech savvy young adults by offering a broad spectrum of customized, proprietary web-based tools to network, share, organize, socialize, collaborate, live, shop, showcase their talents and work while attending post-secondary school.

About WalkMyCampus.com (WMC)

MISSION STATEMENT – The mission of WMC is to enhance the academic and social experience of college and university students using a flexible and secure online platform where they can network, share, study, learn, earn, organize, socialize, collaborate, create, shop, swap, work and give back.

Service Description

“Our one-stop online community shop connects students across and within campuses, providing a forum where they can indulge their newfound independence in complete privacy. WMC is designed to enhance the busy lives of students by giving them tools and resources to manage their social lives, improve their studies, plan their careers, showcase their talent and just have fun. By combining and expanding on the educational, social, commerce and fun features found on various other websites, WMC provides students with variety, convenience and privacy, all from a single online source.

For more information, please visit www.walkmycampus.com and www.bfpstudio.com.

Press release provided by: HC Consulting

Photo credit: HC Consulting/Walk My Campus

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Everyone Is Talking About Designer Dennis Merotto!

Canadian designer Dennis Merotto, a Reia Studio partner, has been making waves with his Spring Summer 2012 collection, featured at Toronto Fashion Week in October 2011. Magazines, print and online alike, can't seem to get enough of his clean, easy and sophisticated design aesthetic. Here's a selection of what people are loving and saying about Dennis Merotto.

“Dennis used a lot of yellow for this spring 2012 collection in flowing tops, and relaxed bottoms. He took this beaming color and used it to color block some of this season’s most salable pieces. He is one of the only designers who can cut a perfect flowing bias cut frill. Honestly, this collection was impressive and possibly one of the most salable in the Holts runway presentation.”

“Like a back-up singer finally taking centre stage, Dennis Merotto’s time has finally come. After 25 years in the Canadian fashion business, most notably as senior designer for Lida Baday, Merotto has brought his wealth of experience and understanding to his eponymous line, giving women luxurious, chic options for work, travel and play. The overall look is clean, minimalist and expertly tailored, with to-die-for tees, dresses and jackets which, like the designer himself, shine in their subtlety.”

Photo credit: Reia Studio

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Victoria’s Secret Multi-Million Fantasy Bra

In fiecare an Victoria’s Secret organizeaza o prezentare de moda, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, pentru noile colectii de lenjerie intima. Modele reputate Victoria’s Secret, carora li se spune Victoria’s Secret angels, defileaza pe podium si prezinta cele mai frumase, mai atragatoare si mai sexi piese de lenjerie create de faimosul brand american. Printre ingerii Victoria’s Secret (foste si actuale) se numara modele celebre cum ar fi Naomi Campbell, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen (care este si actrita; a jucat rolul Serenei in filmul The Devil Wears Prada), Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, si altele).

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show dateaza din 1995, si de atunci a fost organizat in fiecare an, ultima prezentare avand loc in noiembrie 2011 la New York. In cei mai multi ani prezentarea de moda Victoria’s Secret a avut loc in New York, dar au fost si ani in care show-ul a fost prezentat in Los Angeles, Miami sau Cannes.

Momentul cel mai fierbinte al show-ului anual Victoria’s Secret este prezentarea sutienului Fantasy Bra, valoarea caruia se ridica la milioane de dolari, datorita diamantelor si pietrelor pretioase cu care este ornat. Primul sutien Fantasy Bra a fost creat in 1996. In fiecare an, un model angel Victoria’s Secret este aleasa pentru a prezenta sutienul Fantasy Bra pe podiumurile show-lui Victoria’s Secret. Sutienele de milioane de dolari Fantasy Bra create din 2001 incoace au fost prezentate in cadrul show-ului de moda anual Victoria’s Secret, dar nu si cele create din 1996 pana in 2000. Cel mai ieftin sutien Fantasy Bra de la Victoria’s Secret a costat $1,000,000 (cel din 1996), iar cel mai scump $15,000,000 (cel din 2000). In fiecare an, sutienul primeste un alt nume. Aceste piese au fost scoase si la vanzare, dar nici unul dintre ele nu a avut vreodata un cumparator – nu e de mirare, nu-i asa?

Vedeti mai jos pozele cu celebrele sutiene, modelul care le-a prezentat, valoarea lor, si anul cand au fost create. Pentru modelele Victoria’s Secret este un mare privilegiu sa prezinte aceste sutiene in cadrul Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show din fiecare an, iar unele dintre ele au avut ocazia sa prezinte Fantasy Bra de doua sau chiar de trei ori.

Claudia Schiffer, Million Dollar Miracle Bra, $1,000,000, 1996

Tyra Banks, Diamond Dream Bra, $3,000,000, 1997

Daniela Pestova, Dream Angel Fantasy Bra, $5,000,000, 1998

Heidi Klum, Millenium Bra, $10,000,000, 1999

Red Hot Fantasy Bra/Panties, Gisele Bundchen, $15,000,000, 2000

Heavenly Star Bra, Heidi Klum, $12,500,000, 2001

Star of Victoria Fantasy Bra, Karolina Kurkova, $10,000,000, 2002

Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, Heidi Klum, $11,000,000, 2003

Heavenly "70" Fantasy Bra, Tyra Banks, $10,000,000, 2004

Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra, Gisele Bundchen, $12,500,000, 2005

Hearts On Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra, Karolina Kurkova, $6,500,000, 2006

Holiday Fantasy Bra, Selita Ebanks, $4,500,000, 2007

Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra, Adriana Lima, $5,000,000, 2008

Harlequin Fantasy Bra, Marisa Mille, $3,000,000, 2009

Bombshell Fantasy Bra, Adriana Lima, $2,000,000, 2010

Fantasy Treasure Bra, Miranda Kerr, $2,500,000, 2011

Heidi Klum este singurul model care a prezentat sutienul Fantasy Bra de 3 ori – in 1999, 2001 si 2003. Cele care au prezentat sutienul de 2 ori au fost Tyra Banks (1997 si 2004), Gisele Bundchen (2000 si 2005), Karolina Kurkova (2002 si 2006), Adriana Lima (2008 si 2010). Celelalte modele – Claudia Schiffer, Daniela Pestova, Selita Ebanks, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr – au prezentat sutienul de milioane de dolari cate o singura data.

Gisele Bundchen este norocoasa care a prezentat cel mai scump sutien, cel de 15 milioane dolari, in 2000. Aceasta piesa a intrat in Cartea Recodurilor Guinness ca fiind cea mai scumpa piesa de lenjerie din lume, din toate timpurile.

Proto credit: www.vixenlady.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ce se intampla cand te muti la casa noua

Strada noastra

Daca ati urmarit blogul meu Tango in ultimele doua luni, spuneam intr-un articol de luna trecuta ca mi-am luat de curand casa noua. Acum locuiesc intr-o suburbie a Toronto-ului, Whitby, iar eu si familia mea tocmai am petrecut primele noastre sarbatori la noua noastra casa.

Prima casa este un pas important in viata oricarei persoane, si la fel este si pentru noi – pentru mine, pentru sotul meu si pentru copilul nostru. Nu mai platesc chirie, ci platesc rata la banca; si cu fiecare luna care trece, realizez ca am cu o rata mai putin de platit si sunt mai aproape de ziua cand casa mea va fi achitata in intregime. Este un sentiment de siguranta pe care nu l-am trait pana acum niciodata, si pe care nu poti sa-l traiesti atunci cand locuiesti cu chirie. Cand stai intr-o locuinta inchiriata, platesti si platesti si platesti aceeasi suma (sau mai mare, ca niciodata chiria nu se va ieftini, ci eventual se va scumpi) pana la infinit. Dar cand ti-ai cumparat casa ta pe care o platesti in rate, sentimentul de siguranta pe care ti-l da ziua tot mai aproape cand iti vei fi achitat casa in intregime si nu va mai trebui sa platesti acea suma lunara este de nepretuit (exact ca in reclamele MasterCard).

Cand te muti la casa ta, se intampla multe lucruri frumoase asociate cu mutarea la noua ta locuinta. Bineinteles, depinde si de locul (sau tara) unde ti-ai cumparat casa. La doua saptamani dupa ce ne-am mutat, am primit visita unei doamne care reprezenta comunitatea locala. Scopul vizitei dansei a fost sa ne ureze bun venit la noua noastra casa si in comunitatea din Whitby unde ne-am mutat. Mi-a adus un cos intreg cu tot felul de mici cadouri, precum si informatii utile, din partea membrilor stabiliti ai comunitatii locale – farmacii, magazine, cabinete medicale, saloane de frumusete, prestatori de servicii, etc. M-am ales cu o gramada de pliante cu informatii care imi vor fi de folos de acum incolo, cu privire la toate aspectele vietii noastre din Whitby. Am mai primit scrisori de bun venit de la Doamna Primar a orasului si de la deputatul care reprezinta zona noastra in Parlament. Am primit mai multe invitatii de la cabinete medicale sau saloane de frumusete care imi ofera primul tratament gratuit daca devin pacienta sau clienta lor. Iar printre cadourile pe care le-am primit au fost tot felul de mici chestii dragute cum ar fi cupoane, carnetele, magnetei pentru frigider, mostre, produse cosmetice si de ingrijire, produse pentru animale (am pisica), etc.

Unul din cadourile pe care le-am primit a fost de la o farmacie din Whitby – o punga cu mai multe mostre si mini-produse (Vichy si La Roche-Posay), plus o scrisoare din partea managementului farmaciei in care ma invita sa vin la sediul lor pentru o sedinta de machiaj si pentru un al doilea cadou de bun venit. Am mers weekendul trecut la farmacia respectiva sa-mi primesc cadoul. Nu am stat si pentru sedinta de machiaj, pentru ca nu aveam timp; dar in schimb cadoul pe care l-am primit era foarte dragut – o punga eleganta (nu de hartie, ci una re-utilizabila) cu mai multe mostre si produse, printre care un blush, un parfum de poseta, o crema 60 SPF La Roche-Posay.

Iar un alt cadou pe care l-am primit este din partea unui salon de frumusete din Oshawa, o alta suburbie a Toronto-ului, oras vecin cu Whitby. M-au sunat sa-mi ureze bun venit in comunitatea din Whitby, si sa ma invite la un tratament cosmetic gratuit la salonul lor. Am stabilit o programare pentru weekendul viitor la acest salon, pentru o sedinta complexa de frumusete. De-abia astept sa merg.

Si mai am cupoane similare de la alte doua saloane de frumusete din Whitby, care ma invita la cate un tratament cosmetic si de frumusete gratuit. O sa profit si de aceste oferte, si voi merge la aceste saloane in urmatoarele saptamani.

Photo: Victoria West

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Versace for H&M collection is still available in Toronto

Good news for Torontonian fashionistas! I just discovered a curious thing – some Versace for H&M items are still available in the H&M store from Bloor Street in Toronto. Yesterday while out I went to the said H&M store. I had a look around, there were a few items I liked, I asked details about the upcoming David Beckham and Marni for H&M collections, they confirmed their store will host both of the collections. The other two H&M stores from Toronto that will feature these collections are H&M from Yorkdale Mall and from Toronto Eaton Centre – the 3 of them are the largest H&M stores in Toronto and the only ones that usually feature the designer collections from H&M.

And then, just out of curiosity but not thinking for a second that I actually would get a positive answer, I asked if they still had any items left from the Versace for H&M collection. And they said yes! I was really surprised to find them in there, as I thought that the entire collection was gone since November!

There are a few items left, some dresses and some shoes, all of them on sale, reduced from $159 and $179 to $30. I tried two dresses, but unfortunately none of them fit. As to the shoes, I liked the black booties very much, but there was only one pair remaining, and not in my size; so I didn’t buy anything. But I thought I would share it with you – if someone is interested, you can still shop for Versace for H&M on Bloor Street in Toronto!

See below a few pictures of those items that I saw in there yesterday. Besides those, I also saw a pink suit (mini-skirt and top) and silver sandals (same style as the black ones).


Ieri, in timp ce eram in oras, am intrat la magazinul H&M de pe Bloor Street din Toronto. Motivul pentru care am intrat la H&M a fost sa aflu detalii despre noile colectii designer care vor urma in curand, si anume David Beckham (in februarie) si Marni (in martie). Mi-au spus ca magazinul lor va gazdui cele doua colectii alaturi de alte doua magazine H&M din oras – cele de la Yorkdale Mall si de la Toronto Eaton Centre. Cele 3 magazine H&M sunt cele mai mari din oras, si de obicei sunt singurele din Toronto care gazduiesc colectiile in colaborare cu designeri H&M (cum a fost si cazul colectiilor Lanvin si Versace).

Dupa ce m-am mai uitat putin printre rafturi, am intrebat din curiozitate daca mai au ceva ramas din colectia Versace for H&M. Nici prin gand nu mi-a trecut ca voi primi un raspuns afirmativ, am intrebat doar pentru ca eram acolo si intrebarea imi statea pe limba. Si aveau! Eram convinsa ca s-au vandut toate inca din noiemrbie! La magazinul H&M de pe Bloor din Toronto se mai pot cumpara cateva piese din colectia Versace for H&M – rochii si pantofi (vedeti pozele mai jos), la reducere. Toate articolele erau reduse de la $159 si $179 la $30. Am probat doua rochii, dar nu mi-a venit nici una bine. Cea bleu era prea scurta pentru gusturile mele, iar modelul celei rosii (care la magazin era pe mov) avea decolteul prea mare. Mi-au placut botinele negre, dar din nefericire nu aveau masura mea, asa ca pana la urma nu mi-am luat nimic. Dar m-am gandit sa scriu despre gaselnita mea, in cazul in care ar interesa pe cineva.

In afara de piesele din pozele de mai jos, mai aveau un costum deux-pieces roz (fusta mini si top) si sandale argintii, acelasi model ca si cele negre.

Photo credit: Vogue.co.uk

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jason Wu for Target

2012 is the year of designer collaborations. H&M has already announced their collaborations with David Beckham (due in February) and Marni (due in March), but this year’s excitement does not stop here – the Jason Wu for Target collection will hit the Target stores on February 5th 2012. It’s a ready-to-wear collection, apparel and accessories (handbags and scarves), and I find it very attractive. Except for one thing – I’m not a big fan of this “shoes and socks” style, I have never worn shoes and socks in the same time and I will never do. But otherwise, I really like this collection, and I will try to get a hold of some of these pieces when the collection launches in Target stores.

The prices will be very affordable -- $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $49.99 for accessories.

They say the collection will be available in stores only from February 5th through March 6th, but something tells me it won’t last that long. Bet on my last penny it will sell out within hours, just like it happened with Lanvin for H&M in 2010 or Versace for H&M in 2011 – it’s already a pattern.


2012 este anul colaborarilor designer. H&M si-a anuntat deja colectiile in colaborare cu David Beckham (in magazine in februarie 2012) si Marni (in magazine in martie 2012), dar noutatile din acest registru nu se opresc aici. Jason Wu lanseaza in curand o colectie in colaborare cu lantul de magazine nord-american Target. Este o colectie ready-to-wear, care cuprinde atat imbracaminte, cat si accesorii (genti si esarfe). Colectia Jason Wu for Target va fi lansata in magazinele Target din SUA si Canada incepand cu 5 februarie 2012.

Colectia mi se pare cat se poate de draguta si purtabila, cu exceptia unui detaliu – nu ma incanta moda sosetelor combinate cu pantofi. Nu am adoptat niciodata acest stil, si nici nu intentionez sa o fac vreodata. Dar dincolo de asta, colectia imi este pe plac. Preturile vor fi destul de accesibile -- $19.99-$59.99 pentru haine si $19.99-$49.99 pentru accesorii.

Unele surse mentioneaza faptul ca aceasta colectie va fi disponibila in magazine pentru doar o luna – incepand cu 5 februarie pana pe 6 martie 2012. Dar ceva imi spune ca nici nu va rezista atat de mult in magazine, daca nu cumva va fi vanduta pe nerasuflate chiar din prima zi, in ore, asa cum s-a intamplat cu Lanvin for H&M sau Versace for H&M.

Jason Wu este un tanar creator de moda american de origine taiwaneza, care si-a inceput cariera de designer in 2006. La varsta de doar 29 de ani, este deja un darling al modei americane. Printre clientele sale se numara Michelle Obama, Ivana Trump, actrita si modelul Amber Valetta. André Leon Talley, binecunoscutul editor de moda al revistei Vogue USA, care este si consilierul de stil al cuplului prezidential american, este cel care l-a prezentat pe Jason Wu lui Michelle Obama.

O alta colaborare designer pe care Jason Wu a realizat-o in trecut este colectia Jason Wu for Creative Nail Design din mai 2011.

Iata si colectia Jason Wu for Target:

Photo credit: Huffingtonpost.com