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 NYC Bridal Market - October 20, 2021

Whew, what a weekend!! If you've ever been to New York City you know the feeling - your eyes are a little brighter, your pace gets a little quicker, and your heart beats just a little faster. Some blame it on the lights, others blame it on the people, but I ... blame it on the fashion.

This year bridal fashion week was nothing short of glamorous. We are so excited to be sharing with you the newest collections in our wedding gown gallery and upcoming editorial.

From the romance of Ines Di Santo (who got a standing ovation BTW for her collection) to the sexy and blingin' Pnina Tornai, wedding gowns this season are going to capture your heart and imagination.

So, even if you have never been to New York, I guarantee you are going to get that feeling I love so much - your eyes will be a little brighter, your pace a little quicker, and your heart beat a little faster - when you browse through the galleries and say, "that's my dress! "

The best way to sum up the weekend is a with a quote from designer Pnina Tornai when she said, "there is just something about New York City that sends adrenalin through my spine!" -  I couldn't agree more with Pnina.

Stay tuned to the homepage in the coming days for the latest collection to be unveiled.

Talk Soon!

Sandals - August 9, 2021
Sandals HospitalityA few weeks back I had the pleasure of travelling with great people from Sandals on a media familiarization trip to Jamaica. The purpose of the trip was to show us the original Sandals resort “Sandals Montego Bay” and their newest resort “Sandals Whitehouse”.  Although both resorts were completely different, they both share the same incredible vacation experience Sandals is known for. I want to share with you the things you won’t find in the brochure, the extra special touches that I really appreciated on my Sandals tour.

Your vacation actually starts at the airport. As soon as you go through customs and pick up your bags you’re ushered to the Sandals waiting area. Your bags are tagged and you never have to see or handle them again. The waiting area is comfortable and appealing. You can have a drink, freshen up and then just sit down, relax and wait for them to call you for the ride to your resort.

Pulling up at the resort is another delight. As soon as you exit your vehicle, friendly staff is waiting to offer you a cold refreshing towel and of course, rum punch … or two!

Sandals HospitalityOne of my favourite features of a Sandals resort is the personalized butler service. You’ll be brought to your room by a butler and given a telephone so that you can contact your butler anytime anywhere.  Talk about service! If you’re on the beach and you forget something in your room, all you have to do is call - before you know it your butler is there. You can have them unpack on arrival and pack on departure as well. On my last day in Jamaica, I called my butler to have breakfast delivered to the beach which was a fabulous way to relax and enjoy the last moments in paradise. Personal Butlers are hand picked by Sandals and sent through the ultra-prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers, the world’s premier trainer of butlers for Five Star Hotels and the Royal Palaces of Great Britain!

Sandals' Personalized ButlersAnother great feature of Sandals Resorts is that you have the freedom to try different restaurants in your own resort as well as any of the neighbouring Sandals resorts. Guests can jump on a complementary shuttle between resorts and decide which one is their favourite. Thai, Teppanyaki, or Italian is all available and if you choose to, you can even go to the same restaurant every night. If you’re staying in Montego Bay, you have a choice of 14 dining options all serving premium brand drinks (i.e. Beringer Wines)

I observed guests at the resort and could clearly see that they were having a great time. The staff not only made guests feel important and welcome, they even memorize your name! The Sandals staff IS what makes the difference. They are polite, professional and most of all, fun.


- Shoe-A-Holic - July 27, 2021

Hello … my name is Lori and I am a Shoe-aholic. There is something so tempting about a brand new pair of shoes, life seems more beautiful when the world’s best heels are staring back at you from that knee-high mirror.

I like to think that inside every woman is a 'Shoe Connoisseur' waiting to break into a brand new box of sky high heels.  Whether you have indulged your inner shoe vixen before, or have yet to discover your passion for shoes (I know it’s in there!), I have found an amazing designer who will ignite your shoe obsession. Lanalia Shoes are the newest must-own designer heels. They are truly gorgeous, and trust me when I say this – these head turning heels are really, really, really comfortable!
On July 30th Lanalia will be making an exclusive trip to Studio Sposa for a trunk show.  This is the chance for you to try on a vast array of her shoes before she returns to Los Angeles. Whether you are a bride or not, you will find your new favourite pair of heels when you visit Studio Sposa.







As a special touch for brides – your shoes can be personally monogrammed.


Contact : Studio Sposa at 905 893-8100 for more details.

This week is shaping up to be pretty glamorous – stay tuned for my next post about diamonds, I will be having Breakfast at Tiffany’s Thursday morning!



- Upcoming Event - May 10, 2021
For brides planning an eco-conscious wedding or any bride that just wants to make an environmentally conscious decision, there's an amazing event that I just have to share! Tomorrow evening (May 11th 6:30-8:30pm) Aveda, Civello Salon and Adele Wechsler Eco Couture, are hosting the Toronto Eco-Wedding and Bridal Event. Brides and guests will receive tips for perfect wedding day makeup from the Aveda beauty experts, preview fabulous gowns from Adele Wechsler Eco Couture Collection, and have chances to win amazing prizes like a wedding gown from Adele Wechsler, or a honeymoon at the eco-friendly resort Hamanasi, in Southern Belize.

Civello Salon is located at 887 Yonge Street, Toronto 416 924-9244 

Hope to see you tomorrow! LP

- Elle Magazine Event: Highlights  - April, 24, 2010
This weekend I had the pleasure of being invited by Elle magazine to their annual fashion event and consumer show.  I am so excited to pass on to you some a couple of standouts that are perfect for bridal showers and bridesmaids gifts.

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If you are looking for a fabulous gift for your bridesmaids, you have to check out Aromachology. These custom perfumes are created to match your personality and style. Once a questionnaire reveals your “base” perfume - Sophisticated & Sensual Floral, a Totally Edible Gourmand, an Exotic Spicy Oriental, a Clean & Fresh or a Bold & Brisk Woodsy - you can add three more notes to complete you’re sent. My Aromachology

If you are looking for a unique bridal shower idea, get in contact with Shop Socials where you can shop like a socialite without actually being one. Shop Socials works with sassy, chic and stylish brands to bring personalized shopping parties to your home or bridal shower venue.Shop Socials 

After a fabulous day of shopping and fashion shows at the Elle Event we stopped by The Windsor Arms Hotel for tea and the best scones in Toronto. We were the first people to sit in the new Russian Tea Room that is yet to be opened to the public. If you want the full Russian tea experience, order Russian Caravan tea ... it smells and tastes like a campfire! LP


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RoomWindsor Arms Scones



- Fabulous Find : Décor  - April, 19, 2010
I've met many talented wedding professionals like Buddy Valastro and Preston Bailey and I am so proud to share an amazing talent found right here in the Toronto area. Paras, from design2decor, has talent well beyond his young years. I first met him at a wedding show in early January and was instantly impressed not only by his décor-design talent but his warm and humble personality. We immediately featured his work in our editorials and have created an online look-book  where we showcase his work in our gallery….flip through the pages you will definitely be inspired! LP

See his Wedding Decor

-Back in Toronto from NYC Bridal Market - April, 14, 2010
After a whirlwind weekend In New York City I am happy to report back to you with many memorable moments. Of course my interview with Reem Acra was a highlight!  Reem Acra is one of the world’s top designers having designed for many celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Eva Longoria-Parker and Taylor Swift. She’s a woman that’s so incredibly successful and yet so appreciative of the simple things. She candidly spoke to me about a recent trip to her home country of Lebanon. She was proud to find out that her elementary school held a Reem Acra day and she decided to surprise the students and show up at their school.  All of children had a chance to ask questions but one little boy really stood out to her. He put his hand up and said “miss are you happy”? She thought that this was an incredible question from a small child and made her actually stop to think about how happy she really was. 

Reem Acra Wedding Gowns 

The Oscar de La Renta fashion show on Monday was amazing. It was pure magic!  Every dress was breathtaking. I was also lucky enough to attend an exclusive event at the ROM in Toronto last night and had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Oscar de La Renta. He attended this event prior to the fashion show fundraiser at the Carlu. We discussed his fabulous bridal collection this year as well as how dedicated he is to seeing great things happen in his homeland of Dominican Republic. 

Oscar De La Renta Wedding Gowns

Even with our crazy busy schedule in New York we still had some time to spend with our NYC friends touring the nightlife and eating at fabulous restaurants. We reconnected with good friend, Angel Rivera, formally a behind the scenes employee of Kleinfeld, and now we are proud to say a designer of his own beautiful bridal collection. Many bridal boutiques in the States along with Kleinfeld have picked-up multiple designs from his collection! We can’t wait to showcase his gowns on for all brides in Canada to see how special we think he is.  LP

My fav. NYC restaurants from this trip :)

BRGR - 287 7th Avenue
Yes it's a burger and milkshake joint and I love it! Best burger and milk shake I have ever had. It's also an eco-conscious place to have a bite as they have many green friendly practices.

Tip: try their Pomegranate Blueberry milkshake, voted the best milkshake in Manhattan.

Maloney & Porcelli – on 50th between Park and Madison
Great ambiance, and great food. The steaks are incredible and they're known for their crackling pork-shank with firecracker apple sauce.

Tip: If you go there Fri-Sat after 8pm or Sun after 5pm you get an appetizer, main course, dessert and all the wine you can drink for $75! This was voted the best deal in Manhattan, and for good reason. Imagine having braised lobster cocktail with white wine to start, followed by fillet mignon and your choice of a-la-carte side and glasses (yes that is correct, glasses) of red wine, and the finale…a table array of desserts!

Priscilla of Boston Spring 2010 Market

-First Blog Post - NYC Spring 2010 Bridal Market - April, 10, 2010
Thank you for reading my blog! I'm so excited to be blogging, and my first couple of blog post will be covering my favourite event of the year - NYC BRIDAL MARKET! team is invited every year to exclusive fashion shows from the world's top designers. I can't even describe to you in words the feeling of sitting at a fashion show in NYC and meeting other great international media like Brides, TheKnot, Grace Armond, Martha Stewart Weddings... and to be one of the only Canadian magazines at these top fashion shows is a humbling experience.  

NYC Spring 2010 Bridal Market - April, 10, 2010

We arrived in NYC April 8th excited for the start of Spring Bridal Market 2010! Right off the plane, team headed to the Alfred Angelo Fashion show to kick-off a busy schedule. Saturday April 10th was the first full scheduled day of shows, starting off the morning with St. Pucchi, then on to Claire Petitebone, Christos, Kenneth Pool, Carolina Herrara, Amsale, and finally ending the day with Priscilla of Boston.

Priscilla of Boston was a fabulous way to end the day. The show lasted an hour, and the final collection, Platinum was my favourite of the evening. The whole collection is stunning. Take a look at a sneak peak to what's coming for Spring 2011 from the front row! Oops, I taped sideways...I'll keep that in mind tomorrow!

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PL351 Black - Priscilla of Boston - Platinum Collection Spring 2011

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PL369 Pink - Priscilla of Boston - Platinum Collection Spring 2011

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