A Night Out At The Museum

A recent trip to the ROM got me in a museum kind of mood and I’m finding myself thirsting for more culture. Currently on at the AGO until August 30 is the Surreal Things Exhibition and I’m thinking of making an artsy night of it.  The exhibit features surrealist paintings, sculptures, jewellery, fashion, the list goes on… I can’t wait to see Salvador Dali’s Ruby Lips Brooch.

So, what to wear? I found the perfect French Connection halter dress that with its embroidered white swirls is a piece of art all on its own.  And for spending a few hours in the museum I found this great pair of patent cherry red flats from Aldo.

French Connection "Twist & Swirl" Dress, $120 at French Connection

French Connection "Twist & Swirl" Dress, $120

Aldo Fritima Flats, $45

Aldo "Fritima Flats", $45

The AGO is open until 5:30 on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It’s closed on Mondays and open until 8:30 on Wednesdays, when from 6:00 – 8:30 admission is free. You’ll have to pay a special admission charge if you want to see the Surreal Things Exhibition on Wednesday nights.

— Jodi Goulart

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Go Sky High In Fluevog’s Berlin

The latest trend toward sky-high heels is one that I’m a little shy of. Don’t get me wrong, I love how sexy heels make a woman look. And John Fluevog‘s latest heel, the Berlin Mitte, will have people drooling and you smirking.

Inspired by a trip to Berlin where Fluevog saw women riding their bicycles in heels, the designer was inspired to make the highest heel that comfort would allow. And I’m talking high. With a towering 5.5 inch stiletto heel and 1.5 inch platform, the Berlin Mitte is ambitious. But what you can’t tell by looks alone is that the heel, which is custom made in Italy, cups your heel in the back giving the impression of an even higher heel and longer legs. It’s also outfitted with an instep strap with leather tassles, rich dark rub-off leathers and gold lining. Long legs, tassles and gold lining? Sounds like the perfect heel for a night out of burlesque.

John Fluevog Berlin Mitte, $359 at John Fluevog stores and online

John Fluevog Berlin Mitte, $359 at John Fluevog stores and online

John Fluevog Berlin Mitte, $359 at John Fluevog stores and online

John Fluevog Berlin Mitte, $359 at John Fluevog stores and online

— Jodi Goulart

Dita Designs for Fashion Against AIDS

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a piece of Dita Von Teese-designed fashion for some time now. The burlesque beauty’s Wonderbra line is sold exclusively in France and England and I’m not willing to max out my credit card on shipping fees for the stockings she’s designed for Secrets In Lace. So you can imagine my sheer delight when I found out that she’s designed a T-shirt for Fashion Against AIDS, a collaboration between H&M and Designer’s Against AIDS (DAA) to help fight the disease and raise awareness among youth.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

The T-shirt, which features the iconic image of Dita’s red lips and arched brow, goes on sale May 28. Other artists who are collaborating with H&M on the collection include Katy Perry, NERD, Cyndi Lauper and Robyn. Twenty-five per cent of the sales price will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects.

Dita's T-shirt, $19.90 at H&M

Dita's T-shirt, $19.90 at H&M

—Jodi Goulart

A Kiss On The Cheeks

I’ve never been one to wear blush, or rouge as our grandmothers called it. And the idea of wearing blush has always seemed antiquated to me as well. Maybe it’s because my fair skin has always made any colour on my cheeks look more like I was wearing face paint rather than glowing from within.

That is until I found MAC’s “Blush Of Youth” Beauty Powder from its Rose Romance makeup collection. Just a sweep of this over my cheeks, shoulders and decollete give me that freshly plucked glow. And just this week, the luminous look was on the red carpet at Cannes.

Diane Kruger in Cannes

Diane Kruger in Cannes

MAC "Blush Of Youth" Beauty Powder, $26.50

MAC "Blush Of Youth" Beauty Powder, $26.50

If your skin has more of a medium or olive tone, then look to Angelina Jolie and Asia Argento for inspiration. The two actresses demonstrated how a peachy pink blush, like The Balm‘s “Hot Mama” all-in-one blush, highlighter and eyeshadow, looks sizzling on darker skin by giving it a sun-kissed look.

Asia Argento & Angelina Jolie in Cannes

Asia Argento & Angelina Jolie in Cannes

The Balm "Hot Mama" Powder, $26 at Sephora

The Balm "Hot Mama" Powder, $26 at Sephora

— Jodi Goulart

Sail Away With Lady Dutch

While on a recent walk through The Bay, an unexpected sight sidelined me: A sexy and wearable nautical collection from Lady Dutch. I got that flutter that only a great shopping find gives me. There was red & white gingham, stripes, dark sailor blues and gold buttons – oh my! The Spring 2009 D&G collection came to mind and so did the perfect way for me to channel the French Riviera-inspired runway look.

D&G Spring 2009

D&G Spring 2009

The price tags were a sweet sight too. I purchased both the denim sailor trousers, which fit like a dream, and the sleeveless tank dress below. Now I’m ready for warmer weather and some smooth sailing.

Lady Dutch Denim Sailor Trousers $65

Lady Dutch Denim Sailor Trousers $65

Lady Dutch Sleeveless Dress $45

Lady Dutch Sleeveless Dress $45

Lady Dutch Gingham Shirt $42

Lady Dutch Gingham Shirt $42

— Jodi Goulart

Spring Is In At Doll Factory

Doll Factory By Damzels, every rockabilly and retro cutie’s go-to store for the hottest dresses and accessories, is hosting an in-store soiree this Thursday, May 7 to debut the Spring Doll Factory line. Fresh off the L’Oreal Fashion Week Spring runway, the collection features artwork by David Glantz.

Damzels Spring On The Runway

Damzels Spring On The Runway

I recommend perusing the latest Doll Factory collection as well as dreamy frocks and casual pieces from in-store favourites Stop Staring!, Sailor Jerry, Voom And Vava and new-to-Doll-Factory Colcci heels while sipping on complimentary Sailor Jerry drinks. Yumm!

Here are the details:

Thursday, May 7 @ Doll Factory By Damzels (1122 Queen St. East)

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – 15 % off for one day only

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – enjoy Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails

Jodi Goulart