eBay.ca X fashion: meet the auction site’s latest Canadian collabs!

April 23rd, 2014 by Vicki No comments »

Recently, we had the pleasure to check out a few new fashion collaborations for eBay Canada. We know what you’re thinking: eBay?! Fashion? If you are one of the many folks who (erroneously) believes eBay to be a place to simply pawn off your old books for cash, think again.

In actual fact, eBay is  quite the online fashion destination. Sure, there are loads of people selling their vintage sartorial wares, but the site also boasts brand-spanking new finds for sale, from clothes to accessories. And often, eBay teams up with Canadian designers to offer a little something exclusive to its shoppers. Such as now.

On a recent trip to Toronto, we were privy to the company’s latest partnerships with a few rising and popular names in Canadian fashion. First, we explored eBay’s exclusive pieces with Toronto fashion boutique, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and their Mother’s Day collective featuring two rising Canadian designers: Anu Raina, and MoonRox.

Regarding the former, Coal Miner’s Daughter is known for its mostly sweet, feminine and local (!) offerings. And for their collaboration with eBay, it falls along the same lines, and offers up a few of the hottest spring trends: denim vest? Check! Sexy crop top? Check! Flowy skirt? Check! The articles and accessories, handmade by local designers, will be available from June 9th to June 30th at www.ebay.ca/boutiqueSS14.

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As for the latter, the Mother’s Day collective offers a selection of accessories, perfect for mom. First are Anu Raina’s gorgeous scarves, an ode to motherhood in themselves. Upon chatting with her, she shared that one piece (picture here) was inspired by her kids’ drawings. (You can see it in the playful markings of the prints, reminiscent of hugs and kisses–xoxo.) Then, there’s Moonrox’s beautiful accessories, handcrafted by owner Monique Chan–these are colourful pieces inspired by spring, and are easily suited to any woman’s style.

Pieces from both collections are available now until May 11th, at www.ebay.ca/eBay4Mom.

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And, finally, we got to meet a very passionate lady, a true entrepreneur who turned a hobby into her life’s work: Farishta Zarify–a lover of all things luxurious–took her love of fashion all the way to the luxury gown industry. Her passion for red carpet-worthy gowns led to her starting her own business in 2013, spending hours a day, and travelling, to score the best dresses, from the likes of Carolina Herrera, and Marchesa. This is a full-time endeavour that has brought her quite a bit of success.

She sells her finds at www.ebay.ca/luxurydesignergowns, and they’re available at quote the low price point. (This gorgeous Oscar de la Renta dress, originally $7,850, available for just over $2,000? Yes, please!) If you’re a fan of designer gowns and celebrity style a visit to her eBay shop is worth it.

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What have you bought at eBay lately? If you didn’t know that it was your one-stop fashion destination, you do now!

What’s New on DVD (Apr 15)

April 15th, 2014 by Vicki No comments »

Happy Tuesday! Looking for a good movie for this evening? Check out this week’s new releases:

new-dvd-releasesBen Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on the short story by James Thurber, playing a man who breaks away from his ordinary life through various (and elaborate) fantasies.

Judi Dench stars in Philomena, as a woman on the search for the son that she put up for adoption as a teenager.

Kevin Hart is Ben, a man who wants to prove worthy of his fiancée to her older brother (played by Ice Cube) in Ride Along.

The Nut Job, about a squirrel who wants to pull of a major nut-store heist, stars the voicing talents of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, and Brendan Fraser.

Movie Friday: This Weekend at the Box Office (Apr. 11-12-13)

April 11th, 2014 by Vicki No comments »

It’s Friday, and if you’re still planning to hunker down in a cozy theatre despite the warmer weather outside, check out the newest movies to hit the box office this weekend:

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In Rio 2, Blu and his family leave the comforts of Rio de Janeiro and fly over the the Amazon rainforest. Voice cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, and Bruno Mars.

Kevin Costner stars in Draft Day, playing the GM of the Cleveland Browns and looking for his team to land the #1 draft pick.

What’s New on DVD (Apr 8)

April 8th, 2014 by Vicki No comments »

Hobbits, dysfunctional family drama, knock-out punches… This week’s new DVD releases have something for everyone.

new-dvd-releasesThe second film in the Peter Jackson trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins on his way to Lonely Mountain.

Based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, August: Osage County stars Julia Roberts who, along with her sisters, come together to visit their cancer-stricken mother (Meryl Streep) after their father passes away.

In Grudge Match, Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone star as two retired boxers who decide to step back into the ring one last time.

The new face of Lancôme: Lupita Nyong’o

April 4th, 2014 by Marie-Andree No comments »

LUPITA_BLOGFollowing in the footsteps of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz and Lily Collins, Lupita Nyong’o has now been named the newest spokesperson for Lancôme. She’ll begin appearing in the brand’s ad campaigns starting this summer, in images we can only assume will be flawless… as is the 31-year-old Academy Award winning actress!

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.” – Lupita Nyong’o

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