12.25.2012

KEEP IT REAL

Taking walks in the woods always helps me gain perspective. During the holiday season, it's easy to get carried away by material things. I hope you mademoiselles will remember to give back to those who need it most.

 Dr. S said it well :  
"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. 
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."



Viva le keeping it real. Vive le self-expression. xx



12.20.2012

BUFFALO DAVID BITTON: LOOK FIVE


Bonjour Mademoiselles,

Hope you are all enjoying the enchanting winter wonderland. My heart always lights up at the sight of the first official snowfall of the year. The cold and sparkly nature of a fresh snowfall are what inspired the following look. I present you the fifth look I created alongside Robin Westfield and make-up professional Mika Holborow, styling pieces from Buffalo David Bitton's Holiday collection.

In this look I brought back Buffalo David Bitton's Jazz skinny jeans in the reptile print. These babies are one of my personal favorites. I matched them with Buffalo David Bitton's teal crape and sequin tank for a little holiday sparkle. As for accessories, I used two handbags in this look, the Jilian studded chain body bag in black by Buffalo David Bitton, as well as the envelope Pouch bag by Buffalo David Bitton. I couldn't make up my mind between the two, so I said figured why choose one? I can shoot with both! If I was heading out to a holiday party, I would likely opt for Jilian since I'm usually more of a small bag with strap kind of gal. I like to feel free in my outfits...you know, take liberty to throw my hands up in the air and twirl around in circles if I feel the need to do so. However, there is something about envelope pouch bags that just seal the deal for me.

Oh yes, and as for that awesome white faux fury thing. I picked it up at Zara two years ago. My friend Leslie had seen it on a blog and brought it to my attention, claiming it would suit me...sweet isn't he? Upon seeing it in store it was one of those impulse buys I could not resist. Each time I choose to bust it out from the dark corner of my closet, I smile and remember how much I don't regret the splurge. I'm all for statement pieces, and there's something about this yeti-like fur-oscious coat that's got me bringing it back winter after winter. Just know, you will be seeing more of it.

There you have it, a holiday look created around versatile pieces by Buffalo David Bitton, for all you mademoiselles to party like rockstars. Have fun and remember, be grateful, be responsible, be charming and most importantly, be you.

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Happy personal styling mademoiselles!
Liana


Here's my inspirational track for this post: Blackfeel Wite - Amnesia Original Mix

I feel so free
Cause all I know
It's just a name
It's just a day
From bricks on the wall 


styling and strutting by Liana Carbone
photos by Robin Westfield
collages and photo coloring by Liana Carbone 
MUA & on-set assistance by Mika Holborow 
fresh haircut by Michel Moreau of T'chop Coiffure

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Viva le fashion. Viva le self-expression. xx

12.11.2012

BUFFALO DAVID BITTON: LOOK FOUR

Bonjour Mademoiselles,

Liana here. It's been a busy month so far, working on ideas for many fun upcoming projects and collaborations. For now, I would like to share some details on this look I created with fashion photographer, Robin Westfield and make-up professional Mika Holborow.

Metallic denim has been hot this year, however I haven't really seen much of the trend hit Montreal street style yet. Personally, I really enjoy shiny fabrics and their über cool reflective nature. They're usually reserved for nightlife, but as I've mentioned once before, I'm a fan of taking pieces out of the dark and on to the street. My logic; why not style them into daywear and add some shine to a gloomy day? In this look I'm wearing Buffalo David Bitton's Jazz skinny in an enzyme wash. Most of the metallic denim I've come across has been strictly golden or silver so I think the rose-gold quality of this pair makes them extra special. 

I paired the denim with the Brit knit top by Buffalo David Bitton to lean towards a monochromatic palette and then had my accessories pop by using black for contrast. In this look I'm sporting the Heidi carry-all bag by Buffalo David Bitton which happens reminds me a lot of the Céline Cabas Phantom bag. Also, notice how I brought back the Noella coat, minus the removable fur collar to explore the versatile quality of this piece.

There you have it mademoiselles, another casual chic look created with fresh pieces by Buffalo David Bitton.

Here's my inspirational track for this post: Ornette - Crazy (Nôze Remix)

Happy personal styling mademoiselles,
Liana


styling and strutting by Liana Carbone
photos by Robin Westfield
MUA & on-set assistance by Mika Holborow 
hair by Michel Moreau of T'chop Coiffure

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Viva le fashion. Viva le self-expression. xx

12.10.2012

WHITE OUT

So Montreal was hit with its first snow storm and the city is a white wonderland! While some people can't fathom the thought of living in a place as cold as here, the truth is we get by just fine. Life goes on here... rain or shine(or in this case, snow). We still go out at night even though it's so cold you can feel your face actually freezing off. And we still try to wear cute outfits. Luckily, big winter coats, thick sweaters, beanies and ski socks are now considered cute. However winter appropriate clothing has not always been in style, at least not in my mind. When I was younger, my friends and I would brave freezing winds and walk with snow upto our knees with thin leather boots and little jackets because we thought it was "uncool" to be warmly dressed....were we insanee??! (I think to a certain extent - yes, we were mentally unwell haha). Looking back now, I seriously wonder how we survived. In recent years I have changed my reckless ways, and have since decided to buy a real winter coat. So this is my PSA to all you northern mademoiselles : Gear up for winter. Hypothermia is not a good look, no matter how cute your winter inappropriate outfit might be! 


EXIBIT A : Montreal
EXIBIT B : Winter appropriate head gear and knit
EXIBIT C : Mmm...Chai Tea Latte

Also here are some links that I found amusing on this lazy/snow day  :

Japan even makes snow look cool

Perfect DIY project for a snow day  

Best.invention.ever (well maybe not, but it's awesome!)

A hand-made scarf


xx. Grace B.







11.30.2012

THE MADEMOISELLES X RACHEL SIN

The Mademoiselles got a chance to ask Rachel Sin a few questions at Montreal Fashion Week this past September. When I think of this Canadian architect turned fashion designer 's work, one word comes to mind : sleek. Rachel takes classic cuts and adds intrigue with modern details. Imagine a world with pants and blazers (among other pieces) tailored to perfection, with  lace panels on the sides of the pants and leather accents on the blazers, that's Rachel Sin's world.... and a City girl's dream!

Check out our LOCAL LOVE for Rachel here.




F/W 12'
 Grace B.

Viva le local love. Viva le sleek self-expression.xx

11.27.2012

BUFFALO DAVID BITTON: LOOK THREE

Bonjour Mademoiselles,

Hope you all had a nice weekend. Here are photos from my collaboration with fashion photographer, Robin Westfield and make-up professional Mika Holborow from the UK, a ten year MAC Cosmetics veteran and former MAC store manager. This is the third of five looks we had the opportunity to create with pieces from Buffalo David Bitton's FW '12 -13 collection.

As the temperature continues to drop in Montreal, we proceed to stack on the layers. With so many great sweater options this season, fashion is finally working in our Nordic favour. I particularly love the wine color of this chunky knit Ritm sweater. This shade of red adds the right pop of color to warm up your winter wardrobe, kind of like snuggling up with a generous glass of Bordeaux..mmm, possibly one of my favorite seasonal treats. Also, may I add, this color looks great on everyone

I chose to bring back the Noella coat from Look One, as well as the Jazz jeans but this time in the reptile print. I styled the sweater with a little front tuck to reveal my belt (courtesy of the lovely Melina M). Playing with various tucking techniques is the best way to spice up simple looks and add some extra style to the mix. Last but not least, the unavoidable leopard statement piece: the Sander handbag, another great carry-all for day wear on the go

Here's another track for your listening pleasure:

Liana
Watch me go....
 styling and strutting by Liana Carbone
photos by Robin Westfield
MUA & on-set assistance by Mika Holborow 
hair by Michel Moreau of T'chop Coiffure

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Viva le fashion. Viva le self-expression. xx


11.22.2012

WELCOME TO BOLLYWOOD

Bonjour Mademoiselles,

Last week I got invited to a Bollywood themed party thrown by MJ and friends at her plateau pad. The event immediately lured me with it's catch phrase "color-ful mini love seizure". As an advocate of living color-fully I could not resist travelling to the basement of Plaza Côte-des-Neiges, as per suggested on the event page, to purchase my magical outfit for the night. From the shop to the ghetto food-court full of yummy authentic multi-ethnic cuisine, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this field trip. 

I dropped into the family owned traditional Indian boutique at around 3:30 pm and spent the next two hours indulging in the dazzling rainbow. I experienced a slight culture shock, when nearly every outfit I picked out fit too small. I then realized that as a 5'6 Canadian of Italian origin, I qualify as an Indian size Large, or 38-40 as they would label it. At that point, I reached out to the friendly salespeople for asstance. Together we laughed it off, and they helped me find my look for the night. Secretly, I wanted to invest in a luxurious Saree but my budget restrained me to the $40.00 and under sales rack, where I was happy to find the outfit you will see me sporting below. The beaded blouse came with a skirt attached to it but I found the complementary genie pants too cool to hide, so I cut the skirt off and went for a pant suit look. At the check-out counter, I had to resist the urge to splurge on the amazing costume jewelry and settled for stick-on gems. Overall, I am pleased with the final outcome and can't wait to rock these pieces individually to create a funky street look in the near future.

Oh and as for the party itself....I believe the pics will bring you into the little magical land that MJ & co. successfully created. Guests were bumping and winding to the mystical grooves of DJ Thomas Von Party all night long. Can anyone say techno with a lil' Indian flavour?...if you're curry-ous check out some sounds from the label he's signed to Turbo Recordings.

Check out the photos while listening to this track: click here.
photos aka creative eye provided by Anthony Liscio

 Viva le free spirit, viva le self-expression. xx.

11.21.2012

BUFFALO DAVID BITTON: LOOK TWO

Bonjour Mademoiselles,

Liana here. As promised, here are more photos from my collaboration with fashion photographer, Robin Westfield and make-up professional Mika Holborow from the UK, a ten year MAC Cosmetics  veteran and former MAC store manager.. This is the second of five looks we've created for Buffalo David Bitton. In this look I'm wearing the two-toned Niobe winter coat with the Neela clutch purse.

Leather sleeves have definitely been a highlight in FW'12/13 fashion trends, adding major style points when juxtaposed with denim, army green or earthy tones. In this case the matte leather look works well beside the beige wool to successfully create a classic winter look.

I think the color block design is great, however the elevated collar is definitely the selling point for me. It can be worn up for a dramatic effect or down to reveal the ribbed interior and continue to carry out the color block theme. Being one who enjoys constantly reinventing my look by altering the way I wear my clothes, the versatility of flexible collars like the one on the Niobe coat just make my day.

And now, the accompanying musica..


styling and strutting by Liana Carbone
photos by Robin Westfield
MUA & on-set assistance by Mika Holborow 
hair by Michel Moreau of T'chop Coiffure

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Viva le fashion. Viva le self-expression. xx

11.20.2012

ANONYMOUS

Bonjour Mademoiselles.

Grace here! Here's my outfit from our girls night last week. We finally decided on a resto in the Plateau. It's one of my favourite neighbourhoods to see in the autumn/winter months because most of the buildings have the classic Montreal staircases, and on cold, dark  nights  the Christmas lights illuminate the half empty but beautiful streets. As you can probably guess from that last sentence, I am one of those freaks that can't wait for summer to be over so that I can feel the frosty air. This is also the time of year where I catch up on all the reading that I didn't do all summer because I was too busy  trying not to melt in the city. Lately, I've been determined to finish The Alchemist.  Ok, my rant is over. Back to girls night. I had a lovely time catching up with old friends. Coincidently, the quote below(which is from the book) is along the lines of the discussion we had at dinner last Wednesday. In fact, I believe one of the lines uttered by my fellow blogger Liana was "the only constant in life is change". Enjoy the now mademoiselles!









Viva le living in the present. Viva le self-expression.xx