Fashionista 514

Fashionista Finds – All Around Lima

Posted in adventure, appreciate, artwork, babe, colorful, details, embroidery, fashionista finds, friends, life, Peru, travel, vlad by fashionista514 on September 29, 2009
So today´s post is a lot of randomness… but I hope you will enjoy my Peruvian loves… above is the posse I have been chillin´with! I never knew that I would make such good friends on a volunteer mission… score!

Visited a much loved Italian restaurant here in Lima… Mama Lola´s! Delicious in-house pizza´s and home made pastas… fresh, tasty and simplistic… hitting all the right spots… they also let you write on the walls, sooooooo… of course I had to represent!!!
Who knows… maybe someone will look it up randomnly from eating here… I will keep you posted! This world works in strange and mysterious ways, I don´t doubt the possibility…
If the walls could speak, this is what they would look like.
Everybody gets to that ¨point¨while on vacation with their significant other where throwing them off the cliff seems like an amicable option… here I demonstrate with the babe :p Hehehehehehehe….

Yes… so that cliff pic was obviously taken before this one…

Incan ruins! They are so meticulously built and beautiful. Positioned towards the sea and the sun… they must have been absolutely gorgeous intact back in the day.

Beautiful alley

How beautiful is this message? Written on the walls of Mama Lola’s Italian Restaurant. Oh romance… {sigh}

Some super cool cactus plants

They look alive don’t they?!?

Our own version of Rum and Coke 😉 Yuuummmmms!

I am SUPER envious that they have Mc Donalds takeout… Montreal!!! Wake up!!! What are you waiting for?!?!

Alright, now I don’t know if this has any association whatsoever to, but if it does (and even if it dosn’t), go directly here now. A site not to be missed *thank you*

Possibly the most beautifully constructed sandwich of our time.

Market finds!

Felted wool purses

Vlad living out his alter ego as Mexican Wrestler “Whacko Paco”

Coolest fruit basket. Ever. Eat it grandma!

I’m off to bed now… catching a flight in a few hours up to Cuzco *Macchu Picchu town* Going to be very tired… but ready for all the shopping and natural beauty of the mountains! This week is all about being a tourist, so get ready for some pic heavy posts full of Peru’s best.



Fashionista Finds – Peruvian Delights!

Posted in adventure, appreciate, beauty, fashionista finds, friends, learning, life, love, Peru, travel, wow by fashionista514 on September 24, 2009
First off, I want to say a big warm thank you to all who left a positive comment on my last post! I was not expecting to get that strong of a response and I am truly flattered with everything everyone had to say! I would like to thank the anonymous hater for writing that comment… it really showed me who my cyber friends are and that I have an awesome support system right here in my own “backyard”. Love you guys… really, I cannot say it enough. You made my day and made me smile to the point of no return. YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Best followers in the WORLD!!!
So… I have to be brief, as the internet cafe is closing soon and the internet is so slow here it took about an hour to upload all these pics… leaving not much time for chit-chat. Also… Vlad is falling asleep right beside me and constantly reminding me that he wants to go to sleep… can someone please tell me what is so different about having kids or a bf?!? I still end up feeling sometimes like a babysitter ;p
Alright! Finally some Peruvian fashion finds! We stumbled upon a complete bridal mall when we were in downtown Lima… these are some of the super cool, super imaginative dresses on display. How effing cool?!!?

Love the “nipple daisies”

What an awesome theme for a wedding… tacky… yes… but love love love the concept!

Peru has some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen. I have never been to Europe aside from London, however I imagine a lot of the style and influence comes from Spain… lots of Baroque styling and pastel colors. The balconey’s here are to die for! All hand carved with handmade glass. Gorgeous!

Beautiful knockers for oversized doors. Makes me wish I owned a door worthy of one!

Chillin’! Vlad and I actually fell asleep here for about an hour the first day in Lima… we were soooo tired and jetlagged! There was a flute player right across the street who played lullaby-like tunes until we dozed off.

Street signs! Love the font!

My own bag, with little peoples on it!!!

I picked up a red pair of these flats… I adore them and they were something like $12.oo USD! Crazy, and handmade in Peru!

Hopefully I will get to see a live llama by the time the trip is over ;p

Syl and Babe

Okay, really… this is not as disgusting as I made it look here. Deserts here are a lot of jello’s, puddings, and flans… really yummy stuff!

Did I mention how much I am ADORING the food here?!?!

Roast beef, rice and potato puree… super yums! Rice and potatoes seem to be a big thing here… I’m all for it!

Uggs… they get me through the day – don’t hate on ’em!

Mini biker taxis

Making friends! Woot Woot!!!

More pictures and adventures to come when the mission part of our journey is done! We will be having more free time soon to play tourists and show you guys a bit more of the beautiful Peru!

Oh… and in case you may have forgotten…



Love Package from Chrystina :)

Posted in contest, friends, friendship, funk, gift, giveaway, inspiration, lipstick, my man, prize, thank you by fashionista514 on June 27, 2009
So if you didn’t already know, I was the runner-up winner for the GORGEOUS and poetic Chrystina’s NARS contest/giveaway (out of 100 peeps yo – soooo amazing)!!! If you aren’t already following her beautiful thoughts, go IMMEDIATELY… RIGHT NOW to her blog

Whimsical Rose

Once you get there you will know exactly what I mean when I say that this girl is heartbreakingly beautiful in every sense of the word… she can find beauty in absolutely everything and her posts dictate personal strength, motivation, dreams and dilemma’s… all the while adding a fairytale twist to her every perspective 🙂 This is why I am addicted to her blog… it is her au naturale… raw art.

Alright, so enough with the sappiness… on with the show 😉 Look at the beautiful vintage card she sent me!!! Complete with a Barbie sticker to seal the envelope… loves it…

Chrystina shared some tips on how to “work it” in my new NARS Dolce Vita lipstick (will be posting pics verrrry soon), and quoted one of my absolute favorite scenes from Sex and the City (remember when Carrie is standing by the water fountain in the white dress with her hair all wild and curly…)

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them”

-Carrie Bradshaw-

How true is this quote… I cannot even begin to explain… Some women can handle being in a relationship ruled by a man. Some can handle being suffocated and held down from achieving their dreams. Some can accept that no matter how devoted they are to their man, they will never see it returned. Some can put their lives on hold for another, only to find out in the end that their lives are already over.

I am proud to say that I am not, and never will be one of these women. I have found my wild match who, chases me actually, and keeps me reaching for everything I ever wanted to achieve. If one day he were to change, he would have been the one who had made me strong enough to not care, and just do it anyways :). Thank you babes – you have given me the priceless gift of self worth, confidence and “fuck the world, I’m gonna do whatever I want”

… like I said… priceless 😉

Alright, alright… seems today we are getting quite sidetracked huh?!?! Back to business once more…

So, as if a beautiful card filled with beautiful words and a NARS lipstick weren’t enough… darling Chrystina included this super funky/fresh red & black zebra print bangle!!! Groovy baby (that is my tribute to Austin Powers… I will shut up now…)!!! I LOVE THIS BRACELET! I can already feel it’s gonna be bringing out my wild (favorite) side… 😉

Thank you girl! Your package was so thoughtful and packed with a taste of your personality – tres cool… I consider this bracelet some kind of friendship bangle – def always think of you when I wear it.

For all of you who read this post and DIDN’T do as I TOLD YOU TO at the beginning (going IMMEDIATELY to Whimsical Rose)….

***sorry… not meaning to be rude… I’m just dishing it out today***

Theme Park Fun

Posted in amusement park, friends, fun, montreal, tattoo by fashionista514 on June 19, 2009
Yesterday felt like the first day of summer to me… cause I went to the amusement park LaRonde here in Montreal!!! Needless to say it was AMAZING! The sun was shining, it was beautiful out and there was lots of action.

We went on
Every. Single. Ride.
Yes… my friends and I are fearless… *lol*
We even got there via jeep… (so raiders of the lost arc of us) 🙂

Here is a mini recount of my day…

I only took this when I got home, but I got an airbrush tatoo… the classic Betty Boop! Vlad likes it but made it clear that if I got a real tatoo one day it would highten my “white trash” level. Lovely. Boys always know the right things to say…

I love this pic cause Chris looks half rooster, half Chris… priceless…

This f-ing “tomato” or whatever it is continually haunted me all day yesterday… what it’s purpose is I don’t know (I guess just to mess with my head… bastard tomato…)… but c’mon… how creepy is that thing?!? I can’t be the only one here…

And the teacup hysteria begins… I LOVE rides that spin… you wouldn’t believe how much I love tilt-a-whirls and spinning saucers and disc… It just makes me laugh uncontrollably…

Check out the videos… one is me going apeshit on the teacups, and the other I am literally being FLUNG into space in this circular thingy…

I’ve noticed that the older I get the less I am scared of (isn’t it supposed to go the other way around???) It is very liberating to just throw all caution to the wind and really enjoy yourself (show ’em teenagers how it’s done)!

Go CRAZY. Let it OUT. EXPRESS yourself. BE yourself…
ENJOY the sun 🙂 Happy summer!

514 Outfit Post – Green with Envy

Posted in adventure, celebrity, eccentric, friends, fun, makeup, montreal by fashionista514 on June 17, 2009

What I’m Wearing

  • American Apparel tie dress in emerald green (if you don’t already have one… what are you waiting for? You can wear it a ridiculous amount of ways, and ohhh so comfy!)
  • Patent nude Louboutin open toe pumps… my fave
  • Crocodile belt (I scored this in South Africa at a trade shop!!! It IS real, and cost me approx. $100 – AMAZING!!!)

P.S. Today I did a makeup tutorial for the punk/goth/metal/rock band Fattooth! I will have pics up soon of the guys doing their own extreme makeup and a vid of the photoshoot! They will be touring North America this summer (check out tour dates here) Fun fun fun! Tomorrow I hit up the theme park LaRonde here in the 514… more fun fun fun… 😉 I’m liking the direction this week is taking…

Birthday Festivities :)

Posted in family, friends, party by fashionista514 on May 26, 2009
First and foremost,
I want to thank everyone for the beautiful birthday wishes sent my way 😉
You guys are seriously the best 🙂

I am officially 24 now and absolutely lovin‘ it!
Every year I feel better and more and more myself – it’s very refreshing! This year, my best friends and amazing families all spoiled my absolutely ROTTEN – in true fashionista style!

My birthday morning brunch was spent with these crazy fools… 😉
Lenie (far left) has been one of my best friends since high school, and Robby (center) my stylin‘ gay sexy dancer bud I met in cegep are waaaay too much fun!

We sported our most fashionable Zoolander faces at my favorite coffee hangout – Cafe Holts here in the 514. I ordered my regular
“Brunch Tartine” (an open-faced Parisian style toasted sandwich with poached eggs, sauteed mushrooms, smoked salmon and baked tomatoes… yuuuuuum!)
and washed it all down with some freshly squeezed O.J…. freeeeesssssh!

The b-day cake they surprised me with – half massacred… chocolate mousse in the morning… “Happy Birrrrrthday to meeeeeeeee“….

Lenie afraid of Robby’s overly affectionate ways…


Andy (a.k.a. the gingerbread man)
and I have known each other since our first minute of cegep where our lockers were right across from each other ;). The rest is history my friends…. so much amazing history!!!

The beautiful Lenie! Sooo sexy in public places…. rrrowwww!

This is what a male model would look like on Star Trek… sooo beautiful in space…. lol

And here is where the action starts!
Vlad (my babe) and his family hosted an AMAZING birthday party for me at his dad’s beautiful house!

Vlad’s Uncle (above) spins my friend Mimi and takes over the dance floor…. add me to facebook – I will be adding the video VERY VERY soon (so worth checking out – you will DIE)!!!

Threesome! Dora (yellow) joins Vlad & I’s relationship (finally)!

Babe and the beautiful Nabila (she is the most gorgeous dentist I have EVER seen – so lucky to have her examine my mouth) toasting by the bar 😉

My babe and I joking around… as usual…

Antonina (Vlad’s Dad’s Girlfriend) and I chillin‘ waiting for the guests to arrive!

Luckiest. Girl. Alive.

Some of the stunning guests!

They hired caterers and wait staff! Party fit for a Princess! There was a BBQ, a crazy assortment of Romanian food and huuuuuge desert platters! Oh, and drinks outside by the pool was a veeeery nice touch…

Caaaaake! I was freakin‘ amazing. Hazelnut rum cake with cream filling (very European), washed down with a toast of champagne 🙂

Babe = My Romanian translator

Me, Vlad, Vlad’s Dad Horatiu & his beautiful girlfriend Antonina waiting in line for CAKE! Tee hee

Babe looking uber handsome

On the count of three lets all attack Dora!!! One….

…. two….

Diana (far left), Dora (yellow), Vlad, and Than (far right) can’t keep their hands off each other… yes… it was THAT kind of party… hehehehe….

This year I got a record amount of flowers
( I swear to god I received at least five dozen roses in every single colour) – my place looks like a florists office)! I feel so beautiful surrounded by colorful flowers 🙂

My dad & I (drinkin‘ some green tea) on the patio in the backyard after an AMAZING dinner at Japanese restaurant Fuji (they cook everything in front of you on the table). Mmmmmm 😉

Sleeping beauty – isn’t he precious? lol

Dylan (my dad’s doggie), and my bro under the influence…. hehehehehe…. My bro, Vlad and I later celebrated my birthday with a Sunday Morning brunch at my moms (she made a delicious lemon cake I have been enjoying for breakfast in the morning) full with fresh fruit & coffee, sandwiches, and a delicious spanish omelette (one of her many specialties).

I would just like to brag a little itty bit more… I have the most amazing boyfriend, friends and family one could ever wish for!!! I am so grateful and my heart feels like its going to explode after all the generosity shown for my birthday!

Year of the Ox… here I come world 😉

A Personal Update

Posted in friends, hair by fashionista514 on April 26, 2009
Ahhhh… so what have I been up to lately? I just got a new haircut (really it looks the same as before, just nicely cleaned up – couldn’t resist documenting it when its all nice and styled from the salon)!
I guess you can say that it is your classic “bob” cut.

… fressssssh….

My homegirl Jesse came by yesterday to chill with pug & I and to prepare for our pal Andy’s crazy houseparty… I am still battling the hangover as I type… ughhh…

Did a quick makeup touchup on Jesse, and then was off to spend the rest of my day with my mom! It was sunny and beautiful out and everyone in mtl was sporting their flip flops for the first time this season!
Later, Vlad(my hunny) and I stopped by work to clean up an apartment that has been rented and snuck up to our “soon to be” lovenest (we will be moving in about a week)! This is the beautiful sunset view we get from our balcony and bedroom (comes into the living and dining room too).
Life is great and I can’t wait to live here!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone 🙂

"Friend" DeTox!

Posted in detox, disappointment, friends, worries by fashionista514 on April 14, 2009
I came across this “lesson to live by” on a day that I really needed it. You see, sometimes I feel drained from the people I call friends because it seems like they only want to see me when they have a problem they need advice or help with. How many times have I been in the same situation and many of them are nowhere to be found?

So, I’ve decided I need to weed out some of the people who are toxic to my life. Who fill my life with negativity and doubt. I am a very positive and strong girl – but sometimes when darkness surrounds you, you just can’t see clearly. I have done this before and felt such a release from doing so. Telling all the assholes who don’t deserve a minute of your time to shove it is really quite therapeutic! So my dear bloggers, spring cleaning has commenced (don’t worry – none of you should be worried 😉 )!

All you amazing people out there who take care of your friends and family – never stop. You are the ones who keep us going.

I Love you All.

Out with my Babe :)

Posted in babe, food, friends, my man, vlad by fashionista514 on February 11, 2009

Ahhhh… Valentine’s day is quickly approaching and I am so glad to have my babe! We were out this weekend for a friends 30th birthday and unfortunately got a tad food poisoned! All was good the next day though when we were both able to sleep it off… Glad I got to bring him out and show him off at least 😉

Tonight ended up being just my babe, his friend Adam and I so we all kinda celebrated V-day together before the big day hits us. My boyfriend (Vlad – yes, as in the impaler) surprised me with a beautiful hot pink Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo bag! What could be more perfect than a heart coloured handbag on the most romantic day of the year? I must say, I have trained that boy well ;). We helped Adam set up his Plenty of Fish profile (he just broke up with his girlfriend of 10 years… sheesh!), and ate my crazy feast! I made oven braised salmon steaks with roasted rosemary potatoes, garlic, and baked tomatoes and mushrooms. Mmmmm mmmm good! Followed by some hot blueberry pie with Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream melted all over… still thinking about it…. (drool)! Enough comfort food there to mend any broken heart!

The icing on the cake will be on Valentine’s when we head off to Quebec City (alone – finally) for Carnival, the snow festival. I can’t wait to just have the whole day to ourselves – uninterrupted! I’m betting the ice hotel will be an instant favorite – gotta hit up that bar for a frozen martini!

To all you guys and gals out there – show some love this V-day, enjoy putting a smile on somebody’s face 🙂