zondag 26 december 2010

Around T.O: The Distillery Christmas Market

Art, sculpture, shops & restaurants at the Distillery District and until December 12, 2010 the Lowe’s Torontochristmasmarket.com – lights, decorations and even a ferris wheel. But bundle up!!

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Wedding Hair Accessories

Wedding hair accessories come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes so take a peek at the following must have accessories styles and determine the hair accessory which suits your style best!

Everyone knows that brides to be are trying their best to make the wedding arrangements turn out perfect as the wedding day is one of the most important event in a persons life. Because that moment will be cherished by you and your husband forever and because those moments will be captured forever in your wedding photo album, you need to ensure your dress and hairstyle suits your style perfectly. When it comes to wedding hairstyles hair accessories play a very important role as wedding hairstyles are supposed to radiate beauty and glamor. For this a variety of stylish hair accessories have been developed, hair accessories which can make all the difference when it comes to your look.

Hair accessories not only help the hair set better but they also give it a more interesting look. This is not an ordinary moment so try to choose a hair accessory which gives you that special look but still suits your style.
Depending on the type of wedding gown and style you have you can select one of the following wedding hair accessories to boost the beauty of your tresses:

Flowers and feathers are one of the newest and hottest trends when it comes to wedding themes so no wonder they have made their way into hair styling as well. Choosing a lovely simple and chic updo and boosting its beauty and style using a lovely natural flower paired with a few stylish white or colored feathers. They can handmade using wires with the condition you use natural flowers which do not wither quickly. Go for orchids as they look fabulous and can last long in your hair!

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Women who want a more glittery look can opt for fabulous jeweled or beaded hair pins, hair clips or hair combs. These look perfect on all hair styles and can vary in size so you can select the one which suits you best. Go for oversized hair accessories or go simple by selecting a small accessory. Either way your hair will receive a touch of glamor which is perfect for the occasion.

Women with short hair especially or women who love vintage style fashion (and have a vintage style dress) can select a vintage hair accessory. Jeweled headbands can pose as a great option and there are a variety of styles to choose from. Opt for a feather and jewels design or choose a more simple design depending on personal preference and hairstyle.

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Tiaras are the classical approach to a wedding hairstyle and they can instantly give you that princess look you’ve always dreamed of. Many women prefer tiaras as they are feminine and glamorous so they come in a variety of styles to suit all preferences. However if you have an oblong face shape try to avoid tiaras as they will only add more length to your face shape and that is exactly what you should avoid!

Forget the latest trends and try to select a wedding hair accessory which suits your personality and wedding gown to took fabulous. If you feel great you will look great and that is what is important!

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PIE FINALIST #3: Chocolate Amaretto Crunch Pie

The third pie in the Cool Whip gift basket contest seemed to be the most promising of the bunch. It’s the recipe that my friends and I gravitated to most: LynnB’s Chocolate Amaretto Crunch Pie. Made with chocolate, Amaretto, Amaretti cookies, and almonds, it looked to be the decadent and sophisticated pie that I knew I would love; the sort of thing I could recommend to Ina Garten or Martha Stewart (because I clearly will have that opportunity) without feeling a twinge of embarrassment.

However, just because something piques my interest doesn’t mean that it’ll actually turn out well. See the Chocolate Chili Meringue Pie disaster. Surely this recipe would fare better though. Nothing is ever a sure thing though…

I start with the crust, which calls for ground up Amaretti cookies. These aren’t easy to find in LA, and I must actually drive all the way to Santa Monica to pick up a bag from Bay Cities Deli. I’m not complaining though. They have the best sandwiches ever, and basically, this was just an excuse to fetch their signature sub, The Godmother. But I digress.

I grind the delicious cookies into this fine powder, which also appears to be delicious.

Into the food processor goes the ground up Amaretti cookies, some almond pieces, sugar, flour, and salt.

A few pulses later, and we’re well on our way to a pie crust.

We mustn’t forget the stick of butter, which transforms this ground mixture into a dark crust batter.

The recipe calls for a tart pan, but since I don’t have one of those, I just line a glass pie dish instead.

While the crust bakes, I melt twelve ounces of chocolate.

And while the chocolate melts, I beat some egg whites. Just call me the multi-tasker.

Fifteen minutes later, I pull the crust out of the oven and am shocked to see that the sides have all slid down into the dish. This has made the crush extra thick, and therefore, it has not cooked through. Argh. I refuse to have a second piesaster.

With a spatula, I attempt to press the crust back up along the sides. Hopefully this will work.

I put the crust in for a few more minutes. In the meantime, I tend to my melted chocolate.

Aaand back to the crust. Some of it stayed on the edges, but most of it fell down again. I decide to just let it be.

Next I add egg yolks to the chocolate. The mixture seizes up, but the recipe warns me this might happen. I’m not scared.

I add three tablespoons of Amaretto to the mixture, and it loosens up again. Once it’s workable, I fold the egg whites into the chocolate.

Now I must make whipped cream. I’ve never actually done this before, and I’m a little excited. In the bowl I have sugar, cream, and vanilla extract. Commence whippage.

At first I’m concerned that my whipped cream might not come together, and then I become concerned that I might overwhip it and destroy it. I am officially scared, but in the end, it turns out decently.

Next I fold a cup of the whipped cream into the mixture. I save the rest as a topping for later (sorry Cool Whip!).

And now it’s time to assemble.

Voila. It’s… rustic. Into the fridge it goes for six hours.

The result: rich, tasty, complex. Very delicious. And the chocolate filling tasted like a giant truffle. However, the pie was flawed. The crust was really great — full of almond and amaretto flavors — but it proved to be entirely too thick and stiff. If this were Top Chef, it would have been the moment when Tom would look up from his dessert and say “You need a buzz saw to get through this,” at which point Padma would cover her mouth and laugh as Gail would say something academic and articulate about the tragic nature of the crust undermining the rest of the pie. It was near impossible to get through the crust with a fork and knife, and I found the easiest way to take in the pie was to simply hold the slice like a pizza.

The real question is whether or not the crust issues stem from flaws in the recipe or user error. I followed the directions to a tee, but maybe if I’d used a tart pan, I wouldn’t have had the same crust density issues, perhaps brought on by the edges sliding back into the basin. It’s hard to say. Don’t get me wrong — this is certainly a pie worth making — but tread carefully with that crust…

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December Beauty Offer: Mini facial and file and paint for �29.50

This Christmas season Lifestyle Salons wants to help you to feel great, so we are offering you the chance to have a 50 minute beauty treatment which includes a mini facial, as well as a file and paint of fingers or toes for only £29.50.

This is a great way to boost your skin ready for the festivities as the mini Dermalogica facial will slough away dead cells and quench your skin achieving a beautiful natural glow. We also offer a wide choice of OPI nail colours, from natural shine to party sparkle…

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hansel 7th Birthday & Store Opening at Mandarin Gallery

hansel is 7!

It was a double celebration at hansel‘s new store (#02-14) opening at Mandarin Gallery yesterday – hansel‘s 7th birthday and of course, a new store! Congratulations to Angel for winning the limited edition tee and also an invite to the VIP + Media Preview Party on Friday, 3 Dec. hansel’s new collection, “Lily the Lady” is all about lace and scallop prints. I absolutely heart the collection – it’s feminine with the hansel‘s signature quirk. Designer Jo Soh announced the winners for the Facebook contest and also made a little cute speech at the store opening. Scroll down for more pictures from the event:

A special 20% discount for the special guests.

I love the scallop print dress! The store looks adorable with the sketches.

Designer Jo Soh presented the winners their prizes.

Qin from Qin At The Disco and Dottie from D for Dot.

Here’s the interior of the store.


The “Lily the Lady” collection.

A special collaboration necklace: hansel + Goldilocks.

The Polaroid wall.

Cute accessories for sale!

A statement necklace.

images: fash-eccentric

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Beckerman Does Holts: 7 Days of Designer Outfits

I love the Beckerman ‘Bite Plate’ blog and have written about it before! Basically sisters and fashion designers Callianne, Samantha and Chloe take us on their life adventure of shopping, dressing up, collaborating and creating wonderfully colorful covetables!

For their latest collab, the gals (and Mommy Beckerman) spent many hours at Holt Renfrew, collecting amazing designer pieces and putting them all together in their Beckerman style. All items are available at Holt Renfrew…

Go to the blog to see all the photos and detailed descriptions:

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