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Closet Purge with Karina

Jessica and I have known the very beautiful and very talented Karina for a couple of years now. Besides her passion and profession as a personal stylist, a makeup artist and an interior designer in training, she taught me nude is the new black. My closet has been looking so grown up and so versatile. I am always amazed how she easily pieces basic items together with style, fun and grace. I got wardrobe inspirations every time we have coffee together.

A recent girls gathering got the three of us talking about what’s important in our lives and what creates happiness for us. Long story short, our first step is to simplify our lives by simplifying our closets. Have you done it? It’s really easier said than done.

For me, as I sifted through my closet, I discovered items I’ve forgotten which made me feel as surprised as the morning of Christmas day. I also found my trophies from sample sale battle fields. How could I let them go? We went through so much together, hair pulling and elbow rubbing, before reaching the cash register. Covered in garment bags were my sentimental outfits. We go way back; all the way back to my 3rd date with my husband, to my ceremony of becoming a Canadian, to my winning the 3 letters of my professional designation, and more. Why do they only fit me 15lbs ago?

Lived and learned. Here are a few thoughts that got me through the emotional roller coaster during the purge:

  1. For those no longer fit
    • By the time I lose those 15lbs, I know I will want to buy a new piece to celebrate.
  2. For those forgotten
    • I didn’t even miss it, and that means I can live without it.
  3. For those not wore in ages 
    • Apparently I like it more off me than on me.
  4. For those confusing
    • I couldn’t make it go with anything I own, obviously it’s not my style.

After hauling bags and bags of clothing to donations, we hope to find new loving homes for a few of our vintage dresses. It’s time to shop our closets, ladies and gentlemen! Here’s a sneak peak before the sale. Look how Karina brought life out of these beautiful pieces.



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Betsey Johnson off the runway

Betsey Johnson has been my queen of embellishment and celebration. She has this magical power to turn fabrics into festivals. I have been taken into Alice’s Wonderland many times the moment I put on a piece from her collections. Young at heart, on her 68 birthday, Betsey Johnson still rocks the pink tutu, her over-the-top statement accessories and her iconic blond rocker look. Her enthusiasm and her love for fun is contagious and her vision has been unique for the past 45 years. On top of all the fashion industry awards she’s received, do you know that she’s also a cancer survivor?

photo from jenniferloves.onsugar.com


I have been a huge fan ever since I could only afford her items from outlet stores. It’s very sad for me to see Betsey Johnson stores closing after the company filed for Chapter 11 in April 2012. I am still keeping an eye on her next move and hoping to experience her next collection very soon! Her online store suggests new initiatives. Psyched!


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VIVACOVA Fashion Week 2012




Unable to attend New York Fashion Week this year (boooo), we thought we pave our own run way (yay) and show your our private collections from the past creations of some designers we adore. We are having fun so far! Maybe we turn it into something we do every year?!


09/01 BCBGMaxazria

09/02 Betsey Johnson

09/05 Nicole Millar

09/06 Anna Sui

09/07 Mark Jacob

09/08 Michael Kors

09/09 Balenciaga


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