People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hey guys!
I dressed up 5 times today just so I could take photos. Yes, I finally stuck to a plan. Forgive the lighting, I really liked the way the sequins sparkled in the dark. Hey! I found a new spot to snap some photos without driving me insane. Moving on...
Today, my pops and I went to an aquarium store to get a de-icer for the pond, and I fell in love with at least 30 fish! I really hope to get a cute one this Sunday. Anywho, I'm off to watch Star Wars episode III!

P.S. Sorry for the readers who had to witness my blog re-vamp. I know.. it was uuugglayy.

P.P.S.What are all of you doing for New Years???! I can't wait to show you the dress I got at BCBG. Honestly, they had a fantastic Boxing Day sale. [Insert euphoric smile here.]

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.- Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I just had a great idea on a post this morning, so here it is: "Self-love: A Holiday Gift Guide." In Toronto, the past few weeks have been filled with store fronts announcing their discounted winter collections. I took advantage of a couple deals and invested in a few pieces my wardrobe lacked. Since most of you may not get the perfect black pair of skinny dress pants, or a crisp white pussy-bow blouse under the tree this year (honestly, wardrobe basics make pretty boring gifts & no one wants to give your fabulous self a boring gift), here's a little list to jog your memory while you're out in December & January.
1. Black leather pumps- Make sure they're your size, and comfortable enough. When all else fails, you can wear these babies with anything: jeans, mini dresses, bubble shorts, cropped harem pants, etc. PS. A little bit of a platform in the front will make walking in them slightly more bearable. Just slightly...
2. Black dress pants - because you can wear them anywhere: work, restaurants, to the ballet, to an upscale club. If they flatter your figure, you've got a best friend. I myself have been looking for a pair of skinny dress pants (no luck so far), since they are the most flattering shape on my twig body. I tried the whole drop-crotch grandpapa pants in tweed = NOT GOOD. I looked ridiculous. True story. I found Helmut Lang had a variety of interesting dress pant styles... even in leather. ;)
3. Statement necklace: preferably really bling-y. I think they're good pieces to dress up/ jazz up a toned-down outfit. I really enjoyed when MK Olsen would wear her ostentatious necklaces over grey loose tees and a pair of skinny jeans. I think such pieces would also look fantastic paired with a blouse - one without ruffles near the neck, but instead a nicly cut around the décolleté.
4. White blouse- my only suggestions for a tailored blouse would be to make sure it cinches nicely around your waist, and that it has nice cuffs. The former helps minimize wrinkles when wearing a blazer, and the latter looks cute peaking out of said blazer's sleeves. If you're not wearing a jacket over your blouse, then go crazy. I am really fond of loose cuts, pockets, & big bows. [I have my eye on a couple by Theory & Diane von Furstenberg]
5. Black leather bag/purse- I like satchel bags because they leave you hands-free. If you carry a lot in your purse, then a strap will help distribute the weight nicely. Plus, leather is better; it'll last longer. 
6. Black evening bag- because you're always looking for one to match your outfit before a night out dining, clubbing, etc. My favourites are the ones that have a chain, because I like using my arms/hands/upper body to dance. Sometimes I whack people over the head when I have a wristlet. Oops. ^-^
7. Tights- either solid black ones that won't pill, or a pair of super funky ones. I really like the fake thigh-high tights with the hearts up the back, and the printed ones.... and the ones with sequins and sparkle dust. Haha. I found Commando had nice leopard designed tights!
8. Leopard - this is a seasonal thing, I know. Leopard scarves and cardigans are still my favourite. Choose whatever you like! 
1. Tory Burch leopard shoes 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs bags 3. Gemma Redux jewelry 4. Matt & Nat clutches 5. Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry 6. Elizabeth & James pumps

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Hey everyone,

A less than exciting post today. I've been a lazy bum and haven't snapped any outfit posts, or accumulated visually stimulating editorials. My bad. You see... Chantelle is le sick. BOOOOOO! I've been thanking my lucky stars since September that I've been cold & flu-free - alas, it has caught up to me. I'm glad I was grateful for so many months! Anyway, I've been spending a lot of time searching for the perfect html template to revamp my blog. I've had little success in the research department, unfortunately. BUT, I shall keep hunting, and if you see the blog all wonky for a bit.. it's just me editing.

I'd also like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes! Gracias!

I figured JC ads were appropriate for birthdays.

Christmas is almost upon us!

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, December 17, 2010
I thought I'd give ya'll a sneak-peek into the wonderful interior decor at our house, especially around Christmas. My mother has a fantastic talent I wish she would explore more... Oh, if only every day had 72 hours, and our circadian rhythm could keep up.

I also got an little help for your late Christmas shopping- the wonderful PR from Bluefly has sent me a link to the exclusive Gucci & Jimmy Choo sale (you cannot get this sale through their regular website, you must arrive there through an invitation link):

Saturday @ 2pm - Jimmy Choo shoes
Tuesday @ 7am - Gucci handbags

Some of the crazy big ornaments: this star is the size of my head!

...and the blue-jeweled fish I'm in love with. I know it's not Christmas-y - he's actually part of the permanent decor- but he's übercool. 

not all Christmas decorations need to be filled with holiday zest; many of the ornaments on our tree are utilized to enhance the warm, gold-theme of the decorations.

Et voilà, the tree in all its splendor.

Have a great weekend my lovelies! My birthday is this Sunday, and I'm extremely excited to see everyone come together! Yay for holidays and celebration. And Moët.

There's so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic. - Lily Tomlin quotes

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Luna by Onur Dogu for Marie Claire Turkey


Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I seriously neglect the existence of men's fashion. Today, I pay tribute to the male species, in clothes.

Toni Tanfani- owner & buyer of Gisa
Bringing all the girls to the yard since the womb

Milan Vukmirovic, Creative director of Trussardi 1911 and Miami store The Webster; editor-in-chief of L'Officiel Hommes
The "Cool Guy"

Former Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata
Badass Mofo' 
(I'm still reeling from shock regarding his facial hair. Didn't know homeboy had it in him.)

Repeat after me: Dior is Dope. Dior is Dope.

David Beckham- I had to.. I know it's all Posh, but I had to.
The Legend

What I learned today: 
a] Aviators do 70% of the job; the job being "to look finger-lickin' good".
b] If you can't dress yourself, find a female who can.

I was going to mention the beanie.. but I don't want to be responsible for people not washing their hair. You're not fooling anyone Mr. Beck's, I know what you're hiding. 

Images: Tommy Ton for GQ, Beckham's photos from

True Blue Summer Hue

Sunday, December 05, 2010
I figured I should update...and continue this horrible unproductive streak. I always detest being in a bad mood, because it always throws my neat schedules off course. Damn humans and their emotions. Anyway, here are a bunch of European photographs for your visual amusement. I still have so many great ones left, but they make me feel too nostalgic. Merde.