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Celebrate Your Best Friend with FidoPHILE

Constantly snapping pics of your cute dog? Get your favorite photos off your phone and on your wall, with a beautiful personalized print, framed and matted by Fidophile. The framed photo comes complete with a history of your dogs breed, written by famed dog historian Dr. Caroline Coile.
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Fidophile (www.fidophile.com) is a simple, easy to use,  way to celebrate and honor your beloved furry friend. Simply logon to the website, upload one of your favorite dog photos, choose the breed of your dog, select one of six different beautiful wooden frame options, and within days your personalized photo frame will arrive ready to hang on your wall.
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Cabinet Éphémère travels to Toronto

Montreal’s nomadic fashion boutique Cabinet Éphémère travels to Toronto

Toronto, ON – This October Québec’s top designers will join forces with their Toronto counterparts to offer a glimpse into their vision and creative process with the 7th edition ofCabinet Éphémère – the Conseil des Créateurs de Mode du Quebec’s nomadic pop-up shop at the famed Rally Gallery, a cultural showcase and meeting space at 12 Ossington Avenue in Toronto’s trendy west end.

From Wednesday, October 5 to Saturday, October 8,, 2016, Toronto fashion lovers can shop Fall/Winter 2016 direct from the rack and pre-order Spring/Summer 2017 from some of Quebec’s and Toronto’s most famed women’s, men’s and accessory designers.

One of Canada’s most celebrated designers and a pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry, with three decades of tradition and excellence, Maison Marie Saint Pierre has chosen Toronto as the location to launch her menswear focused capsule collection. Accustomed to drawing from the masculine aesthetic to dress women, Marie Saint Pierre makes her first foray into the world of men’s fashion. Having noticed a growing number of clients opting for her most androgynous looks, the designer decided to create a number of unisex pieces to appeal to both genders. Visitors to Cabinet Éphémère in Toronto will be the first to purchase and see this new collection in person.

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MAISON MARIE SAINT PIERRE | PHOTOGRAPHY: LEDA & ST.JACQUES | STYLIST: SARA BRUNEAU

Quebec-based designers also presenting their collections will include original jewellery for the independent-spirited woman from Anne-Marie Chagnon; environmentally conscious high-end leather goods from By Kilani; Eläma, a line of sophisticated fashion-forward fur and outerwear pieces recently featured on Dragon’s Den; timeless fashion with a modern touch fromLAMARQUE; ready-to-wear pieces from Les Poupounes de Luxe who are setting a new standard with their clothing for women of all sizes; Louve Montreal‘s assertive minimalist handcrafted jewellery; avant-garde unisex designs by Pedram Karimi; elegant cocktail dresses and gowns from Rush Couture; Wallo’s sleek designs and colourful printed womenswear; genderless apparel from the creative design team from WRKDEPT; and bold, edgy menswear from Xian.

Toronto is represented by refined and trendy womenswear from Amanda Maria; Cara Cheung‘s high fashion luxury with urban street style clothing for women; and elegant evening and modern sportswear from menswear designer Christopher Bates.

Bilingual media personality and fashion ambassador Glen Baxter hosts the four-day pop-up shop, starting with a by-invitation-only VIP launch reception on Tuesday, October 4 where distinguished fashion media, celebrities, personalities, bloggers, influencers, and buyers will meet the designers in person to preview their Spring/Summer 2017 collections and shop from their current Autumn/Winter 2016 collections before the event opens to the public.

“Montreal’s Cabinet Éphémère is no ordinary pop-up shop!”, exclaims Baxter, “I am thrilled to see this highly curated concept come to life here in Toronto for the first time with some of Quebec’s hottest designers sharing the floor with some of Toronto top talent.”

This is the first time Cabinet Éphémère has travelled outside of Quebec after a number of successful runs in Montreal. The concept shop was initiated in 2013 by designer Marie Saint Pierre – then President of CCMQ. The idea was to bring together a group of talented designers to offer fashion consumers a carefully-edited selection of high-end and couture collections. Her intuition was right; over 4,000 visitors attended the first edition, held in a trendy sector of Ste-Catherine Street West. In May 2014, the event was held during Montreal’s innovativeC2MTL event and later that same year at the prestigious Ogilvy department store where a collaborative partnership emerged and has been getting stronger ever since. The event is now in its 7th edition with Toronto and it’s planned to span several seasons.

The CCMQ is on a mission to bring together the best in established Montreal fashion with the best in Toronto fashion to empower local fashion, facilitate market and network opportunities in order to ensure growth and sustainability of their businesses.

The Cabinet Éphémère is an event fully funded by the members of the Fashion Designers’ Council of Quebec,’’ says Linda Tremblay, General Manager of the association. “This pop-up was created to be an adaptable and flexible event to promote the high-end collections of Council members. The event has now reached its maturity level and we feel confident we can successfully launch it in Toronto, where our designers’ collections are very well-received by fashion consumers and have been celebrated through their participation in the past during Toronto Fashion Week.’’

For interviews with Glen Baxter, Linda Tremblay, Marie Saint Pierre, high-resolution images, samples, or further information, please contact Gail McInnes at gail@magnetcreative.ca or 647-283-1931.

ABOUT CABINET ÉPHÉMÈRE
The CABINET ÉPHÉMÈRE is a new kind of pop-up boutique that offers a privileged foray, a confidential glance at the creative process of fashion designers.  In a trunk show atmosphere, both eclectic and organized, these architects of objects without boundaries propose their collections to the public. The main objective is to bring together, in one venue, designers with a similar creative approach and vision and the product originality and quality that draw consumer attention.   It’s a most inventive answer to the standardized and commonplace mass-market clothes boutiques. The concept is simple and, today, we have proof it is effective. For more information, visit cabinet-ephemere.com.

ABOUT CONSEIL DES CRÉATEURS DE MODE DU QUÉBEC
The Fashion Designers’ Council of Québec is a professional, nonprofit association, founded in 2011.  Its mission is to promote the talent of more than 100 Quebec fashion designers (accessories, clothing, and jewelry). The Council is a confluence point for emerging and established designers that proposes to them promotional and commercial projects – such as Cabinet Éphémère – locally and abroad. To learn more about the organization, go to the association’s Facebook page at facebook.com/mode.ccmq.

ABOUT MAISON MARIE SAINT PIERRE
Maison Marie Saint Pierre has been an established Montreal designer label for over 25 years. It is a true institution on its way to becoming one of the top luxury brands in Canada. The importance of its creator’s work was honored in the recent Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards with the Prix d’Excellence, presented to celebrate the exceptional career of a fashion designer. Marie Saint Pierre has an approach that combines artistry, intellect and innovation. Her creations are based on significant amounts of research and development focused on clothing functionality. The company employs a team of artisans who work closely with local manufacturers, allowing a 100% local production.

ABOUT GLEN BAXTER
Glen Baxter is a Brand Ambassador, Content Producer and bilingual journalist specializing in fashion and design. He is best known as the Host of CTV’s IN FASHION, which aired across Canada and around the world for over a decade. Over the years, he has interviewed A-List celebrities and fashion heavyweights like Tom Ford, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferre, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld just to name a few. He has appeared on Canada’s Next Top Model, Canada AM, The Marilyn Denis Show, eTalk, CP24, CTV News Channel, The Morning Show on Global, CTV Morning Live and the Breakfast Television shows across Canada. A world traveller, he has visited more than 50 countries with his camera and has exhibited his photography in five solo shows, raising money for various charities. He is a recipient of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Lacey Corselette from Hourglass Angel

A lingerie style corselette for powerful shaping and smoothing

As curve-boosting shapewear with lingerie style, the Corselette by Amia ($67) provides powerful shaping and smoothing for your hips and midsection. Its lace boyshort bottom is paired with lingerie detailing and front of garment closures for a sexy twist on traditional undergarments.

The Corselette by Amia hugs your hips, lifts your bust, enhances your backside and slims your waist all in one elegant package. Three slimming layers, including HourglassAngel.com’s power latex core, visibly and immediately sculpt inches from your waist while you wear it. Once on, it flattens the midriff and whittles the waist while shaping the hips. Viola! Your natural curves are instantly enhanced. And because it’s seamless, a corselette does not show under your clothes, making sure you’re comfortable and confident in your most curve-fitting fashions. With the addition of fully adjustable straps, it’s never been so effortless to look and feel amazing.

RESULTS

  • Visibly reduced waistline
  • Smooth midsection and back
  • Improved, more confident posture while wearing it

FEATURES

  • Two rows front hook and eye closure for precision fit
  • Lacy lingerie detailing
  • Boyshort bottom
  • Adjustable straps

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Colors: Nude or Black

Price: $67 from http://www.hourglassangel.com/corselette-by-amia-a104/

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Laptop-Ready OTG Jackets

SCOTTeVEST, the leader in clothing for mobile lifestyles, today announces immediate availability for their Off The Grid (OTG) Jackets for Men and Women. The jackets feature 29 thoughtfully-engineered pockets including two front Rapid Access Panels™, which reveal massive compartments that can hold a laptop (except Women’s XS and S) without showing bumps or bulges. With the OTG Jackets, SCOTTeVEST has taken every design detail into account to ensure maximum carrying capacity while retaining a sleek and streamlined profile.
Since 2000 SCOTTeVEST has continually revolutionized the clothing industry by designing garments to hold new and popular consumer electronics. In 2010 the company released clothing to hold the Apple iPad® just minutes after Tim Cook unveiled it – now they’re at it again. Created for modern professionals, tech-lovers and all-around busy people, the OTG Jackets are engineered to improve life on the go for those who need quick access to both large and small devices.

“The OTG Jackets truly marry function and fashion – the laptop compartments create an entirely new category of pocket that is neither internal or external,” said CEO and co-founder Scott Jordan. “As simple as it sounds, it takes a lot of effort to engineer the perfect pocket. Over the last 16 years we’ve perfected our formula and the OTG Jackets are the epitome of SCOTTeVEST engineering. We tripled carrying capacity without affecting the look, making it too warm and still allowing consumers to stay connected to every device in their mobile lifestyle.”

Key features include:

  • Two Rapid Access Panels™ that can securely hold a laptop (except Women’s XS and S) during daily activities and commutes
  • One PadPocket™ to comfortably and securely hold an iPad®, Windows or Android tablet
  • Two interior Clear Touch™ pockets to see and use touchscreen devices without removing them pockets
  • One RFID Blocking Pocket that blocks 13.56 MHz frequencies, keeping credit cards and passport information secure from high-tech skimmers and thieves

The OTG Jackets also features the patented Personal Area Network (PAN). Ideal for charging devices on the go or keeping headphones in the collar for easy access, the PAN paired with an external battery and charging cable will keep even the most battery-hungry devices at full charge.

When fully loaded with a laptop, tablet and more gadgets or daily essentials the OTG Jackets feels balanced, similar to the shoulder straps of a backpack. Thanks to the chiropractor-tested and specially engineered Weight Management System, the jackets will balance the weight load across the entire garment, so the wearer’s movement is not impeded and their upper back won’t get tired or sore.

Ideal for cooler climates, the 100% Nylon ripstop quilted jackets are machine washable and Nano-treated for water and stain resistance. The OTG Jackets are available to purchase now for $215 and come in black and midnight blue for men, black and plum for women. To download hi-res images of the OTG Jackets, please see here.

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About SCOTTeVEST
Since 2000, SCOTTeVEST has revolutionized the clothing industry with a very simple idea: people need more (and “smarter”) pockets! Anyone with a mobile lifestyle, from professionals on the go, technophiles, outdoor adventurers to just all-around busy people, can use SCOTTeVEST clothing to free up the clutter in their lives and focus on the moment, not where their stuff is (or isn’t). For more information, visitwww.scottevest.com.

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Essential Packing Tips For Cold Weather Vacations

Taking a vacation doesn’t always involve sunbathing and hitting the beach. Cold weather holidays are a chance to explore the outdoors and try some adrenaline-pumping activities. If you’re planning a winter break, here are some packing tips to help you prepare.

Adventure holidays

Have you booked a climbing trip or are you planning to go cycling, hiking or fishing on your travels? If you’re visiting a cold country, and you plan to spend most of your time outdoors, you’ll need warm clothing. In countries like Switzerland, Canada, and Iceland, temperatures can fall well below freezing. Make sure you have plenty of thermals and warm layers. Protect your extremities with gloves, thick socks, and hats. Choose sturdy footwear, and cover vests, jumpers, and fleeces with a waterproof coat. Keep your neck warm with a scarf. Look out for brands and products that are designed for the outdoors.  You’ll need something more high-tech than your average puffer jacket. Search for reviews and compare prices online. You can often save money on popular brands by making use of offers like Journey coupons.

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Skiing holidays

Are you preparing to whizz down the pristine white slopes of Whistler, St Anton or Val d’Isere? If so, you’ll need to pack carefully. Your winter dog walking outfit is not geared up for the snow-capped peaks. Make sure you have specialist ski gear that will keep you warm and dry. You can hire equipment like skis and goggles out there. But make sure you have appropriate clothing with you. If you’re keen to enjoy the apres-ski, don’t forget to pack some more formal attire. Faux fur is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. It will keep you toasty and ensure you look glam.

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Winter cruises

Are you embarking on an adventure in the Norwegian Fjords, or going whale watching in Alaska? If you’re cruising in the winter, you’ll need a mixture of outfits. On the boat, it’ll be nice and warm. But when you venture out into the wilds, it’s a totally different story. Pack some comfortable clothes to relax on your journey, as well as some smart casual outfits for dinner and drinks. Tracksuits are excellent for lounging around. Go for long-sleeved dresses or jeans, jackets and blouses for more formal occasions. For outdoor pursuits, you’ll need a thick coat, walking shoes or fur-lined boots, and thermals. Wrap up warm with a hat, a scarf, and gloves. If you’re trying out activities like snowmobiling, it’s also wise to take a balaclava.

Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/cruise-cruise-ship-ship-norway-874485/

Usually, when you think of packing for a vacation, you start digging out bikinis, sandals, and shorts. If you’re going a winter holiday, your formula will probably be very different. Your main aim should be to keep warm and stay comfortable. If you’re going hiking or cycling, you don’t need to look your best. Focus on layering and wrapping up. Invest in outerwear and fleeces, but don’t neglect your fingers and toes. Go for thick socks and thermals, and don’t forget hats, scarves, and gloves.

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Four Multi Tasking Beauty Products

Beauty Products that work as hard as you do! Check out these for gems that are a must-have for you this fall.

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Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream ($65, AmarteSkinCare.com): This true Korean beauty balm is a sheer, finely pigmented moisturizing face tint that provides uniform coverage without caking or flaking, allowing your own true beauty to shine through. Designed with broad spectrum SPF 36 for daily sun protection, this BB cream also softens and smoothes skin for a glowing, natural look.

Nad’s Exfoliating Body Wax Strips ($8.99, Target and MoreNads.com): As the world’s FIRST exfoliating waxing strip, this revolutionary product utilizes a two-step method to remove unwanted hair and minimize ingrown hairs from occurring. Its coarse outer surface buffs away buildup of dead skin cells and releases trapped ingrown hair, allowing the premium wax on the inside to adhere and remove even more hair for the best possible results at home.

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash ($19.95, SebamedUSA.com): An ultra-mild, 2-in-1 soap free face and body wash with a pH value of 5.5 that matches the acidic pH level of healthy skin, and is clinically proven to promote the development of the skin mantle. This vitamin-enriched formula naturally moisturizes to reveal healthier, smoother skin.

WUNDEREXTENSIONS Lash Extension & Volumizing Mascara ($22, wunder2.com): One product, two great benefits—with the new WUNDEREXTENSIONS Lash Extension & Volumizing Mascara, achieving a dramatic, lengthy and luscious lash is possible with the Dual-Formula Technology. In just two minutes, this technology offers clinically-proven results to accelerate lash growth in just two weeks of daily use.

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