styling a noble savage for a singles event in Mississauga

Laura Bilotta Styles a Noble Savage to debut Wing Woman Paint Night

Laura Bilotta, the matron of Ontario’s largest singles event company and speed dating enterprise, Single in the City tried something new on Thursday 5th April, 2018 when she teamed up with Julia Chatterji of The Studio Paint Bar to stage a womens’-only Paint Night in Mississauga.  All this was new to the firm;  an official ‘women’s only’ event has never before been attempted (with tickets sold online – Laura did once invite female members to watch The Bachelor at a bar in Oakville, but tickets were sold at the door). More significantly, Laura Bilotta has never before tried a Paint Night.

Without question, the event was an unqualified success.  Twelve ladies shared plenty of laughs while painting a jewellery clad caveman on a 16 x 20-inch canvas.  It was an interesting experience filled with creative instruction. The activity yielded immense satisfaction as the twelve ladies communicated their own perceptions of the subject on their canvases.

Martin waits to be painted at Paint Night in Mississauga

The male model was a young man named Martin Dasko, a semi professional wrestler who performs as The Latin Lover, and is also the author a popular student finance blog, Studenomics. He said afterwards that it was the strangest thing he’s done in a while, and it made him feel sexy.

paint night with Studenomics, Single in the City

Paint Nights are very stimulating for all participants. The simple act of painting a pretty picture tickles the primary motor cortex of the brain which makes friendly people even more receptive to social programming. Its Julia’s belief that this healthy activity streamlines the complicated act of making new friends. Painting breaks down barriers, and the people who came out that evening soon found themselves relaxed and having a good time.

The Male Model was Made More Adorable by Jennifer Turner of Modern Makeup

The handsome Martin Dasko of Studenomics was specifically selected to sharply contrast Laura’s distinctly feminine messaging.  This physic is inspirational and it seem hard to imagine how anyone could improve such a naturally beautiful man.  However, it happened. One hour before the show started, Martin was expertly groomed by makeup artist Jennifer Turner.

Martin being styled

It wasn’t enough to have an attractive man as the subject for this artistic exercise; Martin’s muscular body needed even more adornment. A chunky silver necklace, two solid silver bracelets, and a thick solid silver skull ring were lent to Laura for the show by an upscale jeweler she knows…

silver jewellery for paint night

Lent for one night to the production, the silver ornamentation was all handmade by On the Other Hand custom jewellery in Toronto.  It’s worth noting that the lustrous accessories had a trans-formative affect on our hero.  Wearing these resplendent creations made the man feel more confident, and more ‘adorable’. The high fashion silver jewellery literally ennobled the subject.  In this way, Laura created a ‘noble savage’ with great masculinity to contrast the theme of feminine solidarity in the manifesto she was set to debut later in the evening.

Martin Dasko of Studenomics at Paint Night

The bright silver ornaments were specially selected to contrast Martin’s well tanned skin and animal print apparel.

The animal print costume was part of the initial plan and made it through all stages of creative planning and acquisition. Here is an image Laura snapped while buying leopard print textile at Designer Fabric in Toronto.

buying leopard print velour at Designer fabrics in Toronto

Leopard print fleece textile was obtained at Designer Fabrics in Toronto and was waiting for Martin Dasko when he appeared at the restaurant. But it had not been cut into a costume yet, so the wait staff had fun trying their hands at styling the evening’s hero.

The leopard print loin cloth was fashioned on-site by many hands. Everyone had some idea of how the cavemen suit should look, and there was enough material to try several different approaches.  After some waitresses at the restaurant tried their hands, Jennifer Turner of Modern Makeup arrived and took over and styled Martin as a ‘couture caveman’ in a Fred Flintstone style frock which was initially conceived with a shoulder strap.

Martin was coiffed as a cute cavemen by Jennifer Turner of Modern Makeup

jenn turner with Martin Studenomics

Laura Bilotta was among one of the last people to arrive at the venue, and almost upon entry, she asked Jennifer to remove Martin’s shoulder strap.  This meant that Jenn would have to do the costume all over again, but I dont think she minded.  Laura insisted saying that the seat belt shaped strap covered the paint subject’s best feature, pointing out Martin’s well-developed pectoral muscles.

Jenn wrote a detailed account of styling the paint night on her Modern Makeup blog.  She wrote on how she “brightened the area under his eyes and hid a bit of redness. He had never had his makeup done before so he wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily he trusted me and I didn’t make him look ridiculous. Laura wanted me to oil Martin’s chest but instead I applied a little bit of extra shadow and highlight to showcase his muscles.”

Jennifer applied make-up to the entire top half of Martin’s body. She used her brushes to tone his face and accentuate his muscles. While many observers didn’t think Martin’s body could be improved, Jenn really proved her skills as the finished product, a perfectly coifed caveman, was even more compelling.

Single in the City’s very first Paint Night event began humbly with some opening remarks from Laura who introduced Julia Chatterji of Studio paint Bar and Martin Dasko the noble savage to twelve female painters. The assembly of eager artists wet their brushes with anticipation as they surveyed the subject waiting to be sketched and coloured on their canvases.

The gender specific event concept corresponds with something else Laura has been working on for a few weeks, something she calls The Wing Woman Collective. This is a new archetypal behaviour model that is defined in part by a central Wing Woman Code of Honour.

Laura Bilotta Used the All-Female Audience to Debut her Wing Woman Collective

In the shadow of the #MeToo movement, and in connection with our society’s reaction to powerful men preying on younger women, Laura unveiled a code of conduct for Wing Women.

What is a Wing Woman? A Wing Woman is a charismatic female who helps both boys and girls meet new people romantically while not actively seeking companionship herself.

As the ladies painted their pictures, and while Martin stood silently listening, Laura listed the Ten Rules in the Wing Woman Code of Conduct.  This will certainly be its own blog post on Single in the City at some future date, but until then you can see some of these commandments listed in order in the photo opposite (which expands when clicked).

After a relaxing ten-minute break in which some delicious appetizers were served, the ladies returned to their brushes to put the finishing touches on their masterpieces.

When the evening wrapped up, and participants were starting to get a little antsy; the painters were waving their canvases around to dry the paint enough for travel. It was at that moment Keith Travers appeared in the restaurant with an armful of empty picture wooden frames.

Keith Travers is the builder behind Eastview Homes, Oakville, Burlington building contractor. Being an artist himself,  Mr Travers really enjoyed himself as he joined Laura and Julia  traipsing around the paint studio selecting the best images to win the walnut frames.

Everyone came away with something. All the participants who came out that night got SWAG bags stuffed with cosmetic samples, skin moisturizing products and gift certificates from Mississauga hair salons and beauty bars. Plus, they all got to keep their paintings of course, and the five best works-of-art got frames.

More importantly, this unique Paint Night experience marks another milestone in the continued evolution of Single in the City’s premium event management service. This is how Laura Bilotta maintains her reputation for pioneering new formats, pushing the envelope of creativity, while maintaining a safe environment for clients making lifelong connections.

Alice Li crowned Miss World Ontario 2018 - 21 Jan 2018

Alice Li Crowned Miss World Ontario 2018

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, after two days of competition and at the end of three hour show, Alice Li was crowned the new winner of Miss World Ontario 2018.

Miss World Ontario is the provincial qualifier to Miss World Canada, the official preliminary to Miss World.  Fifty contestants from all across the province were judged on a wide range of criteria including interviews, charity work, evening gown, swimsuit, and photogenic.  Alice Li, the winner of the competition is a 24 year-old graduate from the University of Toronto who studied business for her undergraduate and graduate programs.

What does it take to win a beauty pageant? We sat her down our new Provincial queen to ask her some questions.

 

Photo: Joshua Best Photography

Why did you decide to compete in a beauty pageant?

From what I can see, beauty queens are jacks of all trades, but masters of none. What I mean is, the winner is always someone who is well-rounded, but doesn’t necessarily need to score highest in every single category. That’s exactly what I do. I know a little bit of everything, but I don’t consider myself an expert in any one particular thing.
 

Did you think you had a chance at winning?I believe that healthy sportsmanship means going into a competition aiming for your personal best. You have to set yourself realistic goals and define your own meaning of success. Success could be finding the courage to walk up on that stage, or finding confidence in a swimsuit, etc.

My personal goal was to place in the Top 3.  With over six years of experience competing in beauty pageants I obviously believe I have what it takes. To me, finishing Top 3 would be a personal win, but look what happened. I did not expect to place first! That’s also why half of my crowning moment photos did not turn out well because I was so in shock, I suddenly didn’t know what to do or where to stand.

At Street Chic, we are all about fashion. Tell us more about your wardrobe for the competition!

This year I went with more of a pink theme. There were fifty contestants there so and anything that makes you standout is worth the effort.

In the morning, showed up to rehearsals in this super adorable Ted Baker dress. Although there is no dress code for rehearsals, I still like to put a bit of effort and feel like myself. After all, fashion is a way to express your personality and I thought this dress was so “me”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My interview outfit was also pink and I went with a fitted, sleeveless Calvin Klein classic. You can’t go wrong with Calvin Klein for a modern, elegant look.

I went simple with the accessories and wore these gorgeous pearl earrings from The Modern Princess. So my approach to the beauty pageant and the classic dilemma of  ‘What should I wear to the interview?’, was to dress business casual with a pop of style.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For my evening gown, I took a risk and wore a pink tulle ballgown from Mac Duggal. In beauty pageants, big ballgowns are typically not as popular as sexier styles.  The top bodice is embellished in rhinestones and features a low waist. It was an interesting silhouette because the accentuation was on my hips instead of my waist. I’ve never competed in a ballgown before but it was fun to feel like a princess on stage! I guess it all worked out in the end, and perhaps that means pink is my best color.

Photo Credit: Charlie Lam Photography


We heard it was also your birthday? Happy birthday!
The competition date this year actually fell on my 24th birthday. Out of fifty girls, I was the 24th contestant, with a last name starting with “L.” I didn’t plan any birthday celebrations because my mind was completely focused on the competition. However, all the girls were so supportive throughout the weekend and after my crowning onstage, everyone actually started singing Happy Birthday. I could not have imagined a better way to celebrate.
 

What was the hardest part about the competition?

One of hardest part about the competition is staying focused because so many different thoughts run through your head at the same time. For example, when walking onto stage for evening gown, you’re trying to walk up the stairs elegantly without tripping over your dress. At the same time, you’re smiling and making eye contact with the judges. In your head, you’re reminding yourself of the choreography so that you don’t walk the wrong way. Cameras are flashing from all directions while you’re blinded by the stage lights. But to showcase your true personality, you’ve just got to take a deep breath and let everything flow naturally.

Photo Credit: Charlie Lam Photography

As the ambassador for Ontario, what is your goal this year?

I believe that the most valuable asset we own is time. You cannot buy time or trade it with others. That is why I want to dedicate my time volunteering within my community. I have many charities and nonprofit organizations that I will be working with this year, including the Good Shepherd Ministries and Children’s Wish Foundation. Such an amazing start to 2018 and I look forward to this new journey!

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Photo credit: Joshua Best Photography

 

Equestrian Fashion at Royal Horse Show in Horse Palace

Equestrian Fashion at the 2017 Royal Winter Fair

Royal fashion is still on display and very much in vogue among competitors at the annual Royal Winter Fair – Horse Show in Toronto. On Friday November 3rd 2017 Street Chic went inside the Horse Palace on the Exhibition Grounds to get a glimpse of the people inside North America’s foremost indoor equestrian event.

The Horse Palace is a modern stables complex built around an indoor riding ring, and this sand bottom arena is one of four competition venues at the show.  The two-story building is cut into rows of stalls and accommodates about three hundred and fifty horses. Various riding stable businesses set up shop to buy and sell hay, riding gear and the same horses for sale in Horse Canada magazine. All through the building visitors can spot celebrities including our nation’s past and present Olympians, and other top caliber riders and their celebrity horses. The Royal Horse Show offers these professionals the highest level competition in Equestrian sport – specifically Show Jumping, Indoor Eventing and Dressage.

Below is Dee Scott from Forest Hill Farm wearing her riding attire. Her outfit may look uniform to the untrained eye, but equestrians are particularly stylish people and seek brand labels and the latest fashions just like other athletes.

Forest Hill Farm - Dee Scott

This young rider is wearing Tucci Boots, Struck Breeches and an R.J. Classic riding jacket.

Equestrian Fashion at Horse Palace

Boots are necessary on slippery floors inside the Horse Palace

Struck Apparel are leaders in the search for more comfortable riding clothing.  This rider told us that these were her favourite riding pants because of the fit.  The company sponsors many equestrian riders and competitions to help research better products and they were among the many exhibitors with goods on display and for sale in the Exhibitor hall opposite the Ricoh Coliseum..

R.J Classic Jacket Softshell Collection combines traditional styling with athletically inspired fabrics to create the ideal show coat for riders of all levels. The machine washable lightweight softshell fabric is soft and stretchy. The garment has a mesh body lining for additional comfort. This style features three front buttons, double vented back, and two front pockets and retails for approx $75 CAD.

Dee was wearing her Tucci Boots and they aren’t cheap – even used riding boots can cost over $1000Tucchi Boots - leather riding boots at The Royal

 

This rider’s Sam Shield helmet would cost approximately $150 retail.  The Shadowmatte Pro is made of a fancy poly-carbonate composition with a reinforced chin strap. The entire outfit would retail for between $1800 and $2400 with the boots being the most expensive ingredient.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place every November in the City of Toronto.

Horses exercising at Horse Palace

Even though this venue was the scene of an intense competition, some of the riders on the teams were dressed for more recreational riding. Traditional tweed jackets look great when hacking, and pair up perfectly with a classic pair of jodhpurs. Men and women wear coloured ties to finish off their outfits.

Some of the more prominent equestrian fashion retailers at the show included Cavalier Equestrian, Greenhawk, and Pleasant Ridge.  All of these stores are essentially the Canadian wholesale distributor of English and Western equestrian equipment, most of which is made in other countries and the best stuff is usually handcrafted in Europe.

Carly Corbett - Whistle Jacket

Below is Linda with her daughter Kerry Lin Mercer wearing her Tredstep Symphony Style Show Competition Jacket – Navy which cost $210.61 CDN when purchased new on their website. She also has Tredstep Solo Pro Riding Socks, which are CAD 16.19 and Tredstep Dressage Pro Competition Gloves – in black which are CAD 58.92 new.

rider coats and boots at The Horse Show

 

The red poppy broach is not compulsory, but omnipresent all the same. The red poppy has been used to commemorate fallen soldiers (among the Allies) since World War I, and although its not part of the official dress code  (it would lose all meaning if it was obligatory), the poppy is seen on EVERY competitors’ riding attire because horse culture is inextricably intertwined with martial rituals, AND because it looks terrific on navy coloured wool riding coats.

fashionable lady at The Horse Show
The horse owners come dressed for success and wear designer clothes at all times – even when getting their horses’ shoes changed for competitions, at the farriers shop on site.

horse owner is very fashionable - horse as fashion accessory

Equestrian is a lifestyle as much as a sport.  The riding arena is filled with fashion items from Arista Equestrian, F.O.A.L Equestrian, Greenhawk Vancouver Island, and Victoria Saddlery.

Here is a story published in Toronto Guardian which explores the sunshine and good vibrations inside the Horse Palace during the annual Horse Show.

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top ten evening gowns at Miss World Canada 2017

Best Evening Gowns at 2017 Miss World Canada

Miss World Canada 2017 Grande Finale on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre had a huge live audience and tens of thousands more people watched the web broadcast. One of the most heavily scrutinized videos afterwards is the evening gowns portion of the show, where the top twenty delegates display their heavenly creations. Below is a video courtesy of nicevisions

Although fifty seven contestants from across the country graced the stage that night, only twenty were invited to showcase their designer dresses on stage. The Top 20 Finalists modeled their gowns to the world at the show, and one of the young women you can see in the videos and in the photos below is Cynthia Menard who won the crown that evening.  Sharing Toronto wrote an inside story about 2017 Miss World Canada pageant; the author followed the girls throughout the week and right up until the night of the competition.

Torontonicity author Lori Bosworth published an account by Alice Li of the Top 10 Evening Gowns at 2017 Miss World Canada. Below is an excerpt from that piece for Street Chic.

Evening Gowns add substance to the show

The Evening Gown portion of any beauty pageant is one of the most anticipated and most scrutinized sections of the show. It’s an opportunity for each contestant to show her elegance, personality and style.  Below is a candid capture this author secured backstage at the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada as the delegates were queuing up to go on stage.

ecvening gwons at miss world canada

On Saturday July 22nd the evening gown score was worth 20% of the contestants’ total and as such, it’s the highest-weighted category. Other segments include swimsuit, runway, interviews, charity fundraising, and social media. Just getting to this point in the award show is a real achievement!

Here are the top six dresses in this author’s opinion. For more details please do read Torontonicity’s Top Ten Evening Gowns at 2017 Miss World Canada where there is much more narrative description surrounded these designer creations and the ladies that wore them that night.

Maleeka Singh at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Maleeka Singh
Title: Miss Southcentral Ontario World 2017
Gown: Sponsored by Jasz Couture

Jasz Couture is a famous evening gown and prom dress store in the USA. Maleeka choose this piece from their 2017 catalogue.  They are famous for styling dressy short pants and shimmering dresses including their signature sexy cut-outs. Jasz Couture continues to be innovative and fashion forward, bringing the hottest looks for prom.

Lia Fallah at Miss World Canada 2017
Lia Fallah at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Lia Fallah
Title: Miss Vancouver World 2017
Gown: From Jonathan’s in New Westminister

Lia bought her dress at Jonathon’s Proms and Evening gowns in New Westminster, Vancouver BC. They offer the latest styles in bridal gowns, bridesmaid, prom, grad dresses, and flower girl dresses. This dress is exceptional. It really is one of those gowns that makes you look twice! It is actually full of flower details, from the waistline all the way down to the skirt ruffles. The dress reminded her of the traditional Persian Toranj style evening wear and that’s close to her heart and country of origin.

 

Joana Szeen at Miss World Canada 2017
Joana Szeen at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Joana Szeen
Title: Miss Southwestern Ontario World 2017
Gown: Designed by Joana Szeen, made by Edith Lichtherte

Draped in the most vibrant shade of red, Joana Szeen designed most of this dress herself, including choosing the fabric.

Working with Edith Lichtherte, a designer from Windsor Ontario, Joana sketched the out elements herself and even included some delightful finishing touches, like roses on the back.

 

Avigail Aaron at Miss World Canada 2017

Avigail Aaron at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Avigail Aaron
Title: Miss Thornhill World 2017

Although purple is not a popular colour for pageant gowns, Avigail displayed incredible showmanship and flare with this unusually beautiful creation. The dress has nude mesh to hold it together at the sides and back and it exposes some of the natural curves of her body.

Avigail also matched her shade of lipstick and mascara to her gown to really focus her appearance. It worked. Her purple gown was one of the highlights of the show.

 

Terin Rothernel at Miss World Canada 2017
Terin Rothernel at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Terin Rothernel
Title: Miss Perth County World 2017
Gown Designer: Tony Bowls Paris, sponsored by Jacalyn Flood from Arbonne.

Terin’s bright red dress drips confidence from every angle! Simple yet sophisticated, this Tony Bowls original design is timeless.  Tony Bowls evening wear designs have a reputation in the pageant world where numerous Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants have worn his dresses. Tony is the Official Designer for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant and was the 2014 Official Miss America Evening Gown Designer. This strapless mermaid gown is made from double jersey and features side peplum accents.

 

Olivera Paripovic at Miss World Canada 2017
Olivera Paripovic at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Olivera Paripovic
Title: Miss Quebec World 2017
Gown: Mackenzie Lace Gown by Marciano

Olivera made quite an entrance wearing this luxurious scuba-knit gown. With a stunning lace design, sexy plunging neckline and head-turning train, it’s the ultimate occasion statement piece. Alice described this dress as a perfect example of “less is more.” The gown is from Loue1Robe in Montreal, which is a unique dress rental store. The dress’s exterior shell is made of  95% Polyester, and 5% Spandex.  The dress is lined (100% polyester) with a zipper for closure at the back.

 

Katie Seto at Miss World Canada 2017
Katie Seto at Miss World Canada 2017

Name: Katie Seto
Title: Miss Durham Region World 2017
Gown: From Sharleez Bridal

Katie’s stunning ball gown was a risky move that worked – it caught everyone’s attention and she really pulled it off! Katie’s styled her hair to match and her big natural smile finished the look perfectly.

One thing that judges look for is how comfortable the contestant looks onstage, and in the pictures here you can really tell that Katie loves her dress and is feeling very confident about it. Finding a dress that gives you confidence is necessary for winning the crown.

In the end, perhaps its worth reflecting that it really doesn’t matter how much each delegate’s gown costs, or where it’s from, as long as the delegate feels comfortable and confident enough to let their true spirit shine forth on stage.

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Jeannie Lottie fashion designers and bloggers in Yorkville

Street Chic in Yorkville with Jeannie Lottie

Jeannie Lottie - Pink House - Yorkville Toronto

Jeannie Lottie Pink House at 32 Scollard St in Yorkville Toronto

Yorkville is a Canadian Fashion Hot Spot

Yorkville has upscale shopping, restaurants, and the first five star hotel in Canada. Upscale boutiques include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew, Tiffany & Co., Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier, Harry Rosen, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Vera Wang, Lacoste, Ferrari, Maserati, Williams-Sonoma, Bang and Olufsen, Betsey Johnson, Max Mara, Montblanc, Bulgari, Birks, Coach, Guerlain, Swarovski, and other upscale designer boutiques. The Holt Renfrew store on Bloor is the luxury retailer’s flagship and largest store with four floors and boutiques.

Jeannie’s Pink House was built after the turn of the century when Yorkville was called St Paul’s Ward.  Just look at how the neighborhood has grown up over eleven decades, and matured in many other ways around this iconic fashion house.

In the 1960s, Yorkville flourished as Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre. It was the breeding ground for some of Canada’s most noted musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee.

It wont be long before this property and the one beside it are redeveloped into towering condominiums; the only thing that could prevent that from happening would be if Jeannie Lottie’s Pink House is declared a national treasure, and even then I bet it would be removed and added pink-brick by pink-brick to the facade of the new condo building.

Jeannie Lottie handbags for sale in Yorkville at Pink House, 32 Scollard

Jeannie Lottie designer handbags for sale in Yorkville at the Pink House, 32 Scollard St. Toronto.

Up in the tree house behind the Pink House, Jeannie Lottie was holding court and hobnobbing with some of the most influential and respected names in Toronto’s diverse fashion and entertainment scene. From noon to three pm there was music, wine and wonderful discussions happening at the rear of 32 Scollard.

Jeannie Lottie’s Friends Wear Her Fashions

So many stunning fashion pieces were on display, but one thing about Jeannie Lottie’s merchandise that always attracted me was her faux diamond ring key chain. This item sells for a few dollars only in the store, or used too (this one is vintage). You can see the photographer’s powder blue shirt and camera in the ‘gem’.

street chic glass ring

Jeannie Lottie has giant faux diamond ring key chain.

Here is one of Jeannie’s purses being worn to the party by another designer Monica Frangulea of Musesa com

Jeannie Lottie square box Paris purse

Jeannie Lottie’s square box Paris purse in use at party

Monica is world class architect that only dabbles in jewelry design. She should probably take it more seriously as her art is very beautiful.

Musesa beautiful cuff bracelet

Monica Frangulea of Musesa wears a beautiful cuff bracelet at Jeannie Lottie’s party.

Above is Monica’s bejeweled cuff bracelet and below is her matching ring, also a Musesa original.

Monica of Musesa bejeweled ring

Monica of Musesa’s magnificent bejeweled ring matches her cuff bracelet.

Lastly this author must show Musesa’s Pride Week creation and contribution.

Pride week jewelry in Yorkville

Monica Frangulea’s Musesa – Pride Week Necklace bead jewelry

Below on the left is Lily Liao taking the name, number and web address of a popular fashion designer at the party. Behind her on the rail is Jeannie Lottie, and this is before it got too busy for such expansive poses.

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie's Yorkville Tree House Party

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie’s Yorkville Tree House Party.

Under the photographer’s feet are hundreds of complimentary Jeannie Lottie beach bags. Every guest that showed up with their paper confirmation could collect a complimentary signature Jeannie Lottie beach bag. It was all very organized. Participants were encouraged to visit the store first to collect a Love Canada invitation card, and the afterwards join the party on the tree house deck.

Canada 150 Jeannie Lottie handbags Yorkville

Canada 150 Celebrations at Jeannie Lottie

As usual Jeannie’s party was very friendly with lots of people from different backgrounds and some folks just dropping in to say hello and have a cocktail before heading back out to attend other celebrations all over town. Those of us who stayed and mingled enjoyed the complimentary wine and snacks, free makeup and anti-aging consultation by Arbonne and conversations with notable artists and fashion designers, Amy Sky, Camilla Scott and Jane Ip.

Jeannie Lottie Party in Yorkville

Jeannie Lottie with lily Lioa at fashion party in Yorkville

Here’s Jane Ip (Jeannie Lottie)  with Lily discussing the future of Street Chic magazine and how they might help each other. Below is Jane’s younger sister serving wine to guests at the tree house party.

Serving wine at Jeannie Lottie's backyard party

Jane Ip’s younger sister serving wine at Jeannie Lottie’s backyard party.

The cover photo shows the esprit d corp of fashion accessories and jewelry designers that formed by the trellis in the corner of the tree-house. Jeannie Lottie (Jane Ip) and Monica Frangulea in the back, Lily Liao from Street Chic joins other bloggers and stylists in the foreground. Everyone here was very chic.

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