A Fine Art…To Be Schmoozy

schmoozy_2014_web Latitude 53 welcomes the fashion and fairytale world at tonight’s Art of Schmoozy event. Featuring live music, food and cocktails, silent art auction and for the first time ever a fashion auction showcasing exclusive pieces from prominent Edmonton designers and boutiques. Once Upon a Time at Schmoozy—a story about art and fashion.
A note from Fashion Correspondent Janice Galloway from Dress Me Dearly says:

“For the first time ever, you can bid on local fashion at Schmoozy presented by Kingsway Mall. This is Latitude 53‘s biggest bash and fundraiser of the year. Follow @dressmedearly on instagram today to catch some behind the scenes action of our super creative team, Mousy Brown’s Salon and Nickol Walkemeyer Makeup prep our live models from Mode Models Internationalwho will be showing off the exclusive designer pieces up for auction tonight. Four lucky bidders will take home the goods from local fashion fixtures Malorie Urbanovitch Women’s RTWWorkhall StudioSuka Clothing and The Bamboo Ballroom. See you tonight!”

There are still a few tickets left, snag ’em here: http://www.latitude53.org/schmoozy

NEXT UP:  1535369_10152407358407414_3205650223031965612_n PARK is upping its game, expanding its reach and coming to Edmonton for the first time. Funds raised from PARKSHOW ticket sales support Alberta’s emerging artists and designers through PARK’s yearly initiatives including design mentorship programs, educational forums, networking events and more. PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture) has selected eight of Alberta’s most promising up and coming designers for a fashion show and art exhibition unlike any other. We are proud to present the following designers at PARKSHOW Edmonton 2014:

2014 DESIGNERS: 
Workhall Studio
Bano eeMee
CRUZ
Hunt Amor
KAZZ Clothing
LUXX ready to wear
S.P. BADU
Suka Clothing

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE:
http://bit.ly/1wiWKhK

ABOUT PARK
PARK stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture” and is a not-for-profit organization, which supports, mentors and promotes Canada’s emerging artists and designers

DEC by Sona

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I’m really excited to announce DEC by Sona as my new venture into the entrepreneurial world. You’ll be seeing lots from me including work with SOTV.me, Rocky Mountain Ice House, It’s Time to Bloom and more!

DEC by Sona is a unique social design and event management firm specializing in the creative development and professional execution of special events. Dedicated to unsurpassed customer care and flawless execution, DEC focuses on developing events that are tailored to each of our clients’ individual needs. By engaging in social media, DEC is able to harness the power of community involvement in this digital era.

Collaborative relationships and a solid network of suppliers and partners in Edmonton allows DEC to carry out events successfully on a consistent basis. We are known for being driven by passion and care, providing our clients with the strategic, logistical and organizational expertise necessary to deliver a lasting impression. 

Yada, yada, yada…come work with me.

Stay up to date through my website at DEC by Sona and well as Facebook: DEC by Sona and Twitter: @DECbySona.

Here’s to 2014! Can’t wait to collaborate with YOU next!

NEXT UP: 

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Create your very own social media channel to publicize at your office, home and to share with others: Check out SOTV.me and get started!

SOTV.me

 

Moon Sun Fire | It’s Time to Bloom

Moon Sun Fire

Over this last weekend in April, I took part in a 3 day Kundalini, Sattva and meditation experience with It’s Time to Bloom. This journey, tapping into a new experience, was enlightening as it created strength and emotions in me I didn’t know existed. By channeling the planetary elements you harness awareness and focus onto the root of a healing process. When you’re in a room full of yogi’s, the energy has run wild, there was an aura of light around everyone.

What is Kundalini? Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ® is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan ® is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational. 

Now, I’m not a connoisseur of yoga, but I appreciate using the weight and strength of your breath and body to practice or to meditate. This wasn’t a $1 Yoga Mat for Sale situation by any means, I felt as though I finally learned what discipline is. Once I learned that I would be sitting cross-legged for some time I had to really push past the pain and listen to what my head and what my heart was telling me. Don’t get me wrong, I think I screamed internally after I lost all feeling in my legs during one of the kundalini sequences on the first day. However, going into the second day, I knew what to expect, and I persevered through the meditation…one of which turned out to be a 31 min sequence (!). I must say, that throughout this weekend, I feel as though I have been transformed. It wasn’t until Day 3, that I truly felt the significance of this workshop and the energy in the room was so powerful you could feel everyone vibrating next to you.

I’ve been able to hone in on my breath and my ability to try something new and educate myself. The number one thing I took away from this experience is to have an open mind, believe in myself and know that there’s something bigger than just being. The power we have within is so strong, I feel humbled and honoured to have been apart of it.

Here is a quick recap and few interviews I’ve compiled over the weekend:

You don’t want to miss out on the Sound Healing event in June with Torkomji – stay tuned for updates at It’s Time to Bloom.

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Finale: Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 4

Please enjoy this final post from this weeks Western Canada Fashion Week. Thank you to Sandra Sing Fernandez for allowing me to capture the essence of Edmonton’s fashion scene.

Featured in this video are: Stanley Carroll, grady bleu, Jessica HalabiMelany Rowe and IMPAIR from Montreal.

Being a fashion blogger in Edmonton, you get to meet some fascinating and passionate people. It’s not just fashion lovers, it’s media, photographers, friends and family, visitors to Edmonton and of course aspiring designers. Western Canada Fashion (WCFW) is the perfect venue to bring our community together. I am honoured to capture this for Edmonton.

Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 3

Forgive the poor iPhone quality of this video, but you can enjoy the amazing show from last night’s Western Canada Fashion Week showcase. This video features Calgary designer Averynthe by Mark Abenir, Bano eeMee outerwear designs by Aleem Arif, and the full showcase of LUXX Ready to Wear by Derek Jagodzinsky.

Music feature in this video:
Juices – Parallel Danse Ensemble
PBC Feat. Sheldon Sundon – A Tribe Called Red
Native Puppy Love – A Tribe Called Red
Bamboo Banga – MIA

Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 2

The show last night featuring Anika Designs took my breathe away! From the couture, the performance and the music, Anika sure knows how to put on a show. Styled by Amandeep Matharu of Deep Mode new just the amount of sass to put on a good show!

It’s always nice to have that East Indian flare to a show as big as Western Canada Fashion Week. Below is a video of Javeda By Aman Dhalay, a Calgary based designer who has wowed the crowd at last night’s show.

Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 1

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

Singer songwriter – Jasmine Singh
Singer – Skylar Radzion
Music by Tang Twinz
Showcase – Whyte Avenue
Emerging Designer Competition
Collection – Nicola Inman
Collection – Susanna Pearcey
Collection – Gems by Brenda Lee Asp (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Collection – Winner of Sept 2013 Emerging Designer – Nikoleta Tsina
Winners of Emerging Designer Competition
Collection – Isabela Milan

Cotillard Back for More Dior

You’ve seen her in Dark Knight Rises, Inception, La Vie en Rose
and now you’ll see this stunning Marion Cotillard back for more with Christian Dior’s new campaign for The Lady Dior handbag.

The images, which are taken against a grey background, were captured by
photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Watch the making of this campaign here:

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Hair Affair

Eenie…Meenie…Miney…Nevermind, you all need a hair cut!

Last night I had the privilege to try out Christina Dominelli Salon! I knew it would be glamorous based on my friend Nick’s somewhat bias opinion, but I had to check it out for myself. It wasn’t hard to find, located at 10557-124 Street, this salon has everything you could possibly want and need!

As far as first impressions go, my initial wide-eye moment was the floor to ceiling windows upon the entrance letting in so much natural light, you feel like you’re outside! With scented candles greeting you and an incredible playlist, I felt right at home. My initial consult with Nick was a funny one, with long hair like mine, I’m the perfect canvas for stylists to chop it all off and make a masterpiece of angles and colour.

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However, my first words were “please keep the length!!” with the most terrified look on my face.

After he rolled his eyes, he agreed, but not without first selling me onto a hair rejuvenation treatment by Shu Uemura that would make my hair sparkle, retain moisture and look dazzling, of course it’s coupled with an incredible 15-20 minute head massage that could put anyone to sleep.

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The shampoo station was like a mini spa, the most incredible massage chairs (not the tacky ones you’d find at a nail salon), Tom Dixon pendent lighting, and the feeling like you’re going to be in good hands for the rest of the day. Nick has had some incredible training, to get to those pressure points in my head and neck, would make anyone’s headache or knot in their neck disappear!  (Thank you!)

One of the highlights is in the centre of the salon, no doubt what would make this place event cooler is the built-in stage coupled with a runway on hydraulics! So you can count on the salon to host many fashion shows showing off their incredible talent!

And lastly, what I love most is their mission:

Mission StatementTo bring innovation and inspiration to every artist that walks through the door.
To have our guests feel a sense of well-being and comfort.
To be consciously aware of our health, well-being, environmental and ethical responsibilities.
To produce innovative leaders and provide quality in our craft.
To be the artist that takes you on a journey and leaves you with an experience.
To always represent dignity and passion.
Most of all…
To always respect the beauty in it all…
and never forget to be a little CRAZY…

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And…the final product can be found here: