5 FAB Gifts for HER *Live*

By November 21, 2014 Breakfast Television, Holiday Gifts

Yesterday I joined one of my favourite BT Calgary morning hosts, Tara Slone, to bring you:

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5 unique & fresh holiday ideas for HER

Here’s the segment in case you missed it.

Next Thursday at 8:10am I’ll be live once again… But this time with 5 amazing PERSONALIZED gift ideas.

Mr. Fab TV

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Gifts for HER

By November 20, 2014 Breakfast Television, Holiday Gifts

Each Thursday morning at 8:10am until December 4th, you can watch me – LIVE – as I share Fresh & Unique Holiday Gifts with my friends & viewers on Breakfast Television Calgary.

This morning we talked about 5 great gifts for HER.

Here’s a re-cap with links and locations if you’re looking to gift any of these FAB ideas.

1. Travalo Classic 

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I have a ton of girlfriends that carry oversized bags. Some travel with lamps like Mary Poppins, and others travel with full sized bottles of their favourite perfumes. Well, thanks to this perfect little contraption from Travalo, you can start to downsize. The 5ml sized holder is the perfect size for perfume on the go and it’s easy to fill.

Just pop the spritzer off the top of your favourite bottle, place the Travalo on the circular post, and pump away.  It’s so easy to use and will keep you smelling great wherever you go.

(Available at London Drugs and Shoppers Drugmart $20)

2. Luxe Box 

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A delightful beauty surprise delivered to your door each season!

After creating a beauty profile, Luxe Box’s beauty editors will curate a box containing 7-8 items specially for you. ‘Luxe’ sized samples and full sized product of some of the newest items to hit the beauty world. From brands you love to brands you have yet to discover, the box contains a variety of items for skin, hair, nails and even the occasional tool!

Available on loosebutton.com at an average price $25/box, it includes shipping. (Each Luxe Box contains products that if purchased individually would be double the cost of the box)…

(For FAB readers Luxe Box have offer a special discount on any of their membership plans)

3. Neil’s Yard Remedies

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Located on 4th st SW in Calgary AB, the British founded Neil’s Yard has opened their 1st North American Boutique.

The apothecary is stocked with a variety of natural and organic products for your face, body and bath that will have you smelling great, looking great and feeling great!

For $30 you can join the Neil’s Yard team to ‘Create Your Own’! A 1.5 hour evening affair where you will learn to mix essential oils into a scent all your own. The cost of the evening also includes a full sized product in your customized fragrance, to take home.

(Available at Neil’s Yard Remedies in person or online. Class cost $30, includes full sized product)

4. Blue Tooth Wireless Head Phones 

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Whether you’re working in an open concept office space, or are looking to hit the gym – cord free, these colourful Bluetooth head phones allow you to enjoy your personalized playlist throughout the day.

Designs by BOSE $279 and Kate Spade $128

(Available at Bose Stores & Nordstrom Canada)

5. T by Tiffany & Co.

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For the 1st time in the iconic company’s 177 year history, Tiffany & Co’s design director is a Woman. At the helm, Francesca Amfitheatrof has designed the company’s newest collection… Simply named “T”. T features the newest technology in jewelry design all whilst keeping the collection simple, modern and clean.

(Available at Tiffany & Co. Prices available upon request)

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Hope you enjoyed my gifts for HER!

Join me next Thursday, November 27th live on BT when I’ll share 5 great ‘PERSONALIZED’ gifts for Him & Her.

 

Mr. Fab for HER.

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Marco Bicego at Birks – “All I want for Christmas”

By November 19, 2014 Mlle Fab, Shop, What to Wear Wednesdays

Winter has arrived in la belle ville. And, with that first snowfall, comes pretty frost covered trees which twinkle in the evening light. Adding to that festive sparkle are Marco Bicego’s gorgeous collections, which are currently being featured at Maison Birks.

I was lucky enough to have a tete-à-tete with the Italian Designer himself as he signed pieces for Birks’ lucky VIPs.

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First off, félicitations on the Milan store opening!

Thank you! We bought the space this year in July and we opened a month ago. Next week, I’ll be there for the big opening. I’m really excited.

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How does it feel to have a presence in the fashion capitol?

It’s a big challenge for the Marco Bicego brand to be there. It’s good. The value of the brand is along-side other luxury brands of the world. And now, we not only have customers from Italy, but also world-wide, including Tokyo, [France, England, Basel] and Canada.

Have you been touring to different places in Canada?

No, I have been to Toronto twice and once to Montréal before today. And, actually, I don’t know a lot about this country, but I believe there is still great opportunity here.

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Completely agree. Along that same vein, what have you learned so far about Canadian women and their style in terms of jewelry, as opposed to Italy or Japan?

Actually, it’s funny because, we found a comparison in what was selling out. Our best selling collection is a world-wide choice for ALL women. I can tell you, it surprised me as well, but the one thing that is apparent in all of the lines is the Marco Bicego ‘Made in Italy’ trademark: 18k yellow gold & artisan hand-made unique pieces. We have many artisans in the company – 80 employees.

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For your Cairo collection, you were inspired by the Egyptian sands, hence the delicate gold strings sprinkled with diamonds. On your travels to Montréal, have you had another inspiration, which we may see in an upcoming collection?

Let me tell you, I’m sure that all my travels inspire me. And, right now there is all of this information in my head, like a basket. A good collection is mixing different experiences, countries, people – you know, it’s a combination. I’m certain another collection will present itself in the future.

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You took after your father and became a second generation gold-smithing artisan. Out of your three children, have any of them had any inklings towards loving jewelry creation as much as you do?

My youngest child, my son Julius, has actually shown a bit of interest. And, I actually took a shot of him in the same position on a chair in the shop, that I was in when I was his exact age. BUT, he has to feel it from his insides. I believe that if any man or any woman are doing something they like in life, THAT is a dream. And, I also believe that to have something great and timeless, you have to go through this kind of emotion.

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Mes chers readers, after perusing Marco’s current collections, I am crushing hard. Oui, the Italian designer is charming incarnate, BUT his bijoux speak for themselves. Plus, the brand is ethical by utilizing KPC approved jewels – Kimberley Process Certification - joint globalization initiative to stop the flow of ‘conflict diamonds’. And, Marco delightfully stressed the ‘imperfect perfect’ in all of his designs. He does not alter the jewel, he literally creates a piece around what mother nature made as he personally finds that ‘real-ness’ beautiful. STUNNING!

His jewelry has been seen EVERYWHERE: Elle, Bazaar, W and even in O – The Oprah Magazine on the first femme of tv herself!

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For quality classic pieces, starting from $500, you too can don a piece of beautiful art.

Worried about breaking the bank? Bernard the Birks elf and I have a secret for vous…

Mlle Fab Birks

Maison Birks has an easy-peasey lay-away program, which enables one to take home and enjoy the pretty piece right away. We know! Before you can say, “oui, svp”, you’ll be twinkling like the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Until Santa comes to town, I’ll be dreaming of these sparklers ; ).

Bisous,

Mlle Fab On the Nice List
xo

 

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A New Way to Steak

By November 18, 2014 Eat

Last night I boarded the ‘J Train’ and headed into ‘Brooklyn’ to check out the new digs of one of my old favourite restaurants…

On October 17th – after an intense 3.5 month renovation – Kensington’s former Muse restaurant reopened with a new look, a new name and a whole new concept.

Modern Steak

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A delicate restaurant that departs from what you’d think of when it comes to a ‘steak house’, Modern Steak is very much fresh, vibrant and airy.

An open interior atrium keeps the atmosphere light and bright, while the soft seating allows you to sink in and get comfy.

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I had a chance to speak with Proprietor Stephen Deere about the change in direction for the landmark restaurant in Kensington, and here’s what he had to say:

(These are my words as I remember them, not a direct quote)

“It was time to make a switch. Muse was fine dining that appealed to food-knowledgable savvy diners. I realized I’m an entertainer and less of an educator. I want people to enjoy a good meal that they are familiar with, in an environment that lets them feel comfortable… Come as you are!”

And that’s just the sense I got as I sampled the food: quality food with no pretension.

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Modern Steak will host weekly features like “Half Priced Wine Wednesday” with a $12 cheese fondue, and “Buck a Shuck Thursday“.

Still, on the menu you’ll find a mix of soups, salads, seafood, chicken, pork chops… And even a burger to enjoy as a main course.

And for those visitors who come for the steak, you’ll be treated to Alberta’s finest.

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That’s because Modern Steak is the only steak house in Calgary that will exclusively use beef from the province.

No trains, planes or semi-trailers, the beef will come from local single farm ranchers.

So ditch the blazer and loosen the belt, it’s time to relax and enjoy some ‘Alberta Beef’!

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The Everyday Model

By November 17, 2014 Fashion, Model Mondays

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a model.

As a kid I’d flip through the glossy pages of the Sears catalogue and dream that one day I too might be styled in a dapper, off the rack suit for other little dreamers to be inspired by.

But how would this dream ever come true?
I was cursed with a thick waist and set of knock knees, it seemed I didn’t have the makings of a model.

Or did I?

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I grew older, found an agent and even started going after the work myself.

No one ever said “No” to me? But none were saying yes.

Then I discovered the world of stock modelling.

Real faces, doing real things.

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And voila, I was booked as a model!

Yesterday, I once again had the pleasure of working with the amazing team from Hero Images.

A team of Creative Directors, Stylists, Makeup Artists and world class Photographers who have managed to turned my dreams into a reality.

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A lot of people have a perception of what being a model is or who a model should be.
But the reality is: a model is you.

Models come in all shapes, sizes and colourful packages, and I’m thankful to the teams and companies who produce these shoots and purchase the images.

They have helped me continue to dream big!

Let’s all do what we love!

Mr. Fab your dreams

 

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