Sparkle and Shine for the holidays!

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to start thinking about planning your look. Will you be buying a new dress for the holidays or bringing something fabulous out from the back of the closet? How many events will you be going to? Will that drop dead sexy outfit you are planning on wearing for holiday drinks with friends be appropriate for the office Christmas party? Will you be tired of that same dress come New Year’s Eve? Do you really need a different frock for each occasion?

So many questions!

Whether you’ve got one holiday party, or one every week, a little extra wardrobe planning will make getting ready for your special night a lot easier and stress free.  If you’ve got multiple events, how many party looks do you need to plan? Answering these questions will help to clarify:

  • Will you be seeing the same people on more than one occasion?
  • What kind of attire is expected for each party? (Black tie, cocktail casual…)

If you said yes to the first question, you’ll probably want to switch up your outfit any time you’ll be with the same crowd.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to purchase different dresses.  You can easily create a whole new outfit with one core piece – accessories are a great low-cost option for creating distinctly different looks. The perfect dress can be worn so many ways!

Need to make a sexy dress work for your company christmas shindig? Adding a scarf, cardigan or a camisole to a too-daring -for -the office -party dress is a great way to reign in those assets, at least till the boss goes home and you and your fellow employees go check out the after hours party downtown!

Also, the addition of a brooch to your frock, a crinoline under your skirt,  a fascinator on your head or even popping round to your favourite salon for an updo can add a dose of glamour and a new personality to any outfit.

And then there are SHOES! There are endless style options here, but keep in mind your comfort as well (After all, there is nothing less attractive than a girl in too-high heels limping down the street). Will you be walking forever after finding parking, taking transit or are you being dropped off at the front door? It’s important to know how much time you will be spending on your feet when it comes to choosing footwear. Sky high heels are super sexy but not if you are in pain. If you decide to go with a higher than average heel, think about throwing a pair of flats in your bag so you don’t miss out on dancing (or pub crawling!) due to sore feet.

Our best advice? The most beautiful you is comfortable in her own skin and feeling confident in the clothes she’s wearing. Now is the time to try on those outfits and tailor each for the event you have in mind. This way you won’t be rushing around at the last minute or making purchases that you don’t need and might regret… (I’m sure we can ALL relate to that!)

The holidays are the best time to add some sparkle to your wardrobe and yourself.

Now, go out there and shine!

xxx CherryVelvet

Welcome to Cherry Velvet Holiday 2011

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We are so pleased with our Holiday collection, we hope you love it as much as we do! All styles are now available for purchase online HERE.

xxx CherryVelvet

Holiday 2011 Sneak Peek: The Photoshoot!

At 10am this Sunday morning, we arrived at our photographer’s studio in an explosion of dresses, makeup, jewelry, and shoes, ready to make some magic! The studio, an expansive room in our photographer Zenaida’s East Van apartment, is a gorgeous space with high ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows, and a collection of vintage props and accessories.  The perfect blank canvas, really. 

We were so impressed by our adorable and vivacious model, who totally rocked the dresses and took everything in stride.  With a smile and a cheekyness that lights up the room, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better-suited to the dresses and our brand. We’re so excited about the photos that we just couldn’t wait to share them with you, so here’s a look at the photoshoot from behind the scenes.  Enjoy!

All in all it was a fantastic day… Happy Holidays!

xxx CherryVelvet

The Capital…

Fast track from Toronto to Ottawa. That’s right, we took the train! We loved the train, what a great way to travel and free Wifi too. This allowed us to catch up on work when we weren’t being distracted by the beautiful Fall scenery stealing our focus as we rolled on towards our nation’s capitol. Most Canadian moment? Spying Anne Murray in the taxi line-up at the Ottawa train station. We didn’t bother her but really, can it get any more Canadian than that?

Settled into our hotel in Ottawa and a good nights sleep later we headed over to Westboro and ducked into Bridgehead for a delicious cup of coffee and shelter from the wind and rain that whipped up rather quickly.

 

The Confederation Building

 

 

After a little bit of shopping we had a chance to wander over to that building we had only ever seen on our money.  Such a familiar site to all Canadians but it’s just not the same as actually standing in front of these amazing Gothic buildings. We found ourselves feeling very patriotic and may have even hummed Oh Canada in our heads. The Parliament Buildings are truly amazing!

 

 

It's me!

 

We made it all the way up Parliament Hill, it’s not that steep really.

 

The Parliament Building

 

The Hall of Honour.....stunning Gothic revival architecture

 

View from the Clock Tower across the Ottawa River to Quebec

 

View of Ottawa from the Clock Tower

 

In memory of all Canadian Soldiers that died in battle.....

 

 

We wandered through these hallowed halls in awe and found ourselves in the gallery of  The House of Commons where we were able to see our government in action. Parliament is a rowdy, funny, sombre, confusing and infinitely interesting event with much desk pounding, arguments, cheering and jeering. The subjects tend to change randomly and many topics were covered in a very short time. It was all quite fascinating!

Fun fact, the seats in the House Of Common’s Gallery were made for very small bums.

One last thing…

Lest We Forget

What do we forget when we remember
What are the stories left untold
What do we think each November
As we march down that glory road
As we march down that gory road

One hundred million
Don’t come home from war
Another eight hundred million
Who lived to bear its scar
Who lived to bear its scar

Lest we forget
What they were dying for
Lest we forget
What they were killing for
Lest we forget
What the hell it was for

What do we forget when we remember…

Owen Griffiths


NEW on the Online Store: the Christina Dress!

So much excitement in the office this week as we’ve just received our newest dress! Meet Christina.  She’s sweet and sassy, with a little retro flare.  You asked for sleeves and we’ve delivered… 3/4 sleeves with a little rusching on the side! Available in Cherry Dots, Black Dots, and a stunning graphic fan print – Kimono Fan. Each is timeless, classic, and full of personality.  She’s a pretty hot gal, so hurry on over and get acquainted!

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Iron Chef Susur Lee

Have you ever truly fallen in love with the experience of eating wonderful food in the perfect atmosphere? Have you ever wished you could do it again as soon as you left? That’s what we did. Yup. We went back to Lee Lounge the next night because it was just that awesome. We were completely enamored with the food, the attention to detail, and the service, but all of that was made extra special by the Chef.

 Thank you to the lovely Laura Caravaggio of Lola & Gigi for introducing us to this amazing restaurant! It was the perfect place to get caught up on some business and lots of girl talk too.

Susur Lee Iron Chef, Top Chef Master multi-restaurant  owner AND a really nice guy too. He not only came over to our table for a photo the first night we were there, he also recognized us the second night and said hello again. We were a bit star stuck but what impressed us the most was how he looks you in the eye when he speaks to you, rests his hand on your arm, and truly connects with you. His restaurant was full and that included Steven Segal and his entourage the first night we were there and Maggie Q (Nikita) the next night we stopped in. I know, celebrities, who really cares? Chef Lee was the one who charmed us. The man is an artist and his food is amazing!

 

This is what we ate…..

Chickpea Sweet Onion Fritters with ginger mango and minted yogurt.

 

Top Chef green curry chicken
Sweet pea polenta, butter almondine, spicy tomato jam, oven dried pineapple, chilli mint chutney

Rack of lamb
fried banana, green curry lentil,
chili mint, carrot cardamom
coconut chutney

Garlic tiger shrimp
spicy tomato jam, potato pea croquette, soya bean crumb, cucumber & mango salad

Singaporean Style Slaw 

Singapore Slaw features 19 different ingredients including edible flowers, daikon, tropical ginger, pickled onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, daikon sprouts, cilantro sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, red onion, rice vermicelli, crushed roasted peanuts, fennel and hazelnuts. It’s crowned with a birds nest of taro and tossed with salted plum dressing.

 

The Slaw is what brought us back. It was amazing, tender, sweet, tangy, complex and plentiful. The dishes are meant to be served family style.

Stunning flowers everywhere....
 
 
gorgeous ceiling!

  

A great restaurant should have a pretty bathroom...:)

 

great lighting and atmosphere....

 

Of course we had dessert!!

 

 

If you’re ever in Toronto…

xoBarb