Posts Written On December 2008

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this year’s top100 fashion & beauty ideas

We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we’ve spotted over the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009. Next up: our 10 favourite fashion & beauty ideas, each of which taps into a current consumer trend:

  1. Yakkay — Stylish helmets for urban cyclists
  2. Transitional Sizes — Clothing rental for size-changing dieters
  3. Catwalk Genius — Adopt-a-designer program for crowdfunded fashion
  4. Sneakart — Customizing sneakers with removable stickers
  5. Stitsh — Click to buy: fashion blog is a street version of shopping mags
  6. Keds & Zazzle — Design your own Keds & sell them on Zazzle
  7. Tomboy Trades — Steel-toes and tool belts for women
  8. colorOn and Eye Majic — Press-on eye shadow kits
  9. Diesel & Roskilde — Limited-edition festival jeans
  10. Dondup — Bringing a dye back from the dead: luxury jeans tinted a long dormant blue
This is why I love the best entreprenuerial website and inspiration.  


Oriental Mix

Living here in Toronto, sometimes I get so wrapped in US Weekly, YBF and theSuperficial that I forget I am Chinese! My mom is from futuristic and affluent island Hong Kong (hello fashion capital!) and my dad is from the arts and culture hub of Shanghai (hello Vegas of China). There is no denying that the influences of Hollywood and BET shape fashion trends and define the street style here in Toronto – but there is a whole entire nation pushing fashion forward – Asia! I found some famous Japanese pop stars by a quick Google search and realize that supercute + sexy = lethal! I am lucky because I am an Asian girl – besides having pin straight hair that just grows and grows and loves being dyed, permed, styled AND being smooth as a peach without much thought – I AM PLAIN. Asian girls have very plain features, innocent looks and therefore very versatile – Our looks that can be transformed by any hair, makeup, clothing, lighting and of course attitude. I would say my style is heavily influenced by Japanese street fashion, hiphop honeys and my imagination.

JJ Magazine is something I treat myself to once in a while – It is the fashion Bible of Japan, like Vogue on estacsy. It is about $33 and is an eternal lookbook – from outrageous to classy, to era inspired, to music inspired, to the ‘office-lady’ look to harajuku girls… If you want to know what’s gonna be popping in Summer 2011, just look at last months JJ magazine.

I always go back to my cultural roots to maximize my style and wardrobe. What influences your style?

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Pretty much flawless

I have 2 personalities, glossyvonne and yvonne. One is blonde and fun and the other is a brunette and kinda studious. 🙂 I am yvonne for 2009 until further notice. Biked to Sephora today on Bloor and wanted to find a nice matte flawless foundation to match my new hue, and after playing around for hours, I was debating the new multishade makeupforever liquid foundation or the smashbox high def one. Then the Laura Geller phenomenal foundation one caught my eye! Cool bottle that swivels shut and keeps the foundation fresh, a nice pump system that works well for me – so it’s amazing! Pretty, sheer-medium coverage and minimal transfer. “Virtually weightless formula blends beautifully to perfect your complexion. Create a flawless canvas and keep it all day.” Laura Geller is famous for it’s brow marker and she believes beauty is every woman’s birthright.  Amen to that! I will let you know how it compares to my all time favourite maybelline dream matte mousse. Any good recommendations?

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The Spirit

I really like going to watch movies with bad reviews – probably because I laugh at parts that nobody else do… let’s see what this ones all about!

Loved it, knew i would – eff rotten tomato reviews, i should start my own ketchup reviews haha.. anyway… my favourite line was ‘why does it smell so dental’!
Love the over the top dialogue, creative and artistic scenes, the red knife, the femme fatale roles and the eye shadow on Samuel L Jackson

Say it Right

Found a cool little guide on
chicspy on how to pronounce all those lux brands you love:

  1. Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
  2. Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
  3. Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “ten”)
  4. Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
  5. Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
  6. Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa
  7. Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
  8. Balmain: Bal-mah
  9. Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
  10. Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
  11. Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
  12. Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
  13. Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
  14. Chaiken: Chay-ken
  15. Christian Lacroix: La-Kwa
  16. Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin (“tin” rhymes with the French word “vin”)
  17. Diane von Furstenberg: Fur-sten-berg (pronounced as spelled)
  18. Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
  19. Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
  20. Etienne Aigner: Eh-tee-yen On-yay
  21. Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
  22. Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
  23. Givenchy: Jee-von-shee
  24. Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
  25. Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
  26. Hermès: Air-mez
  27. Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
  28. James Perse: James Perse (as in a lady’s purse, not ‘pierce your ear’)
  29. Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
  30. Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay
  31. Lambertson Truex: Lam-bert-son Tru-ex
  32. Lanvin: Lon-vin (“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)
  33. Loewe: Low-ev-ay
  34. Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
  35. Madame Gres: Madame Gray
  36. Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
  37. Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
  38. Moschino: Mo-ski-no
  39. Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay
  40. Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
  41. Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air
  42. Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins
  43. Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
  44. Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er
  45. Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
  46. Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
  47. Rodarte: Ro-dar-tay
  48. 6267: Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)
  49. Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
  50. Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
  51. Thakoon: Ta-koon
  52. Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
  53. Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
  54. Tocca: Toe-ka
  55. Versace: Ver-sah-chee
  56. Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay
  57. Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to
  58. Yves Saint Laurent: Eve San Lor-ron
  59. Yvonne Kai: E-von K-eye
  60. Zac Posen: Poe-zen



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