Fashionista 514

A little Bit About Me

Posted in babe, career, fashion, fashion show, katrin leblond, modelling, moi, pug, vlad by fashionista514 on March 24, 2009

  • I am in no way, shape or form a morning person – I have always woken up puffy-eyed and completely out of it!
  • Whenever I leave the house, I put my face on
  • I am not a big drinker – I love tea and sometimes some kind of ice coffee via Starbucks
  • I used to be a makeup artist (and, well once a makeup artist – always a makeup artist)! I still sneak some jobs in when I have the time 😉
  • I studied fashion design in school and worked with a Montreal Designer for about a year.
  • I love all things salty.
  • Right now I am working with my boyfriend at his construction company (hehehehe… I get to chill on the sites in my heels), helping with a bit of everything from choosing appliances, tiling, flooring to showing clients apartments and taking care of signing the leases etc… There is not much I do not do, and as a result the two of us spend our days together in his pickup truck together racing around town in lingo 😉
  • We are currently taking salsa dance lessons with his dad and his girlfriend.
  • My boyfriend is a big ebay junkie and therefore has helped me buy and sell things at amazing prices (like louboutins!)
  • I made some smart decisions with my money a while back, so I am not dependant on a job to survive (at least at the moment).
  • I will be moving into a brand new (free) luxury condo next month that I designed (I will post pics when the construction is done)! No rent to pay makes for a better lifestyle – that’s for sure! It’s my boyfriends company that renovated and owns it, so for us there is no expense!
  • I have a crazy pug baby at home that is for sure actually a mix of monkey, bat and cat 😉
  • I have worked many different jobs! I have been: a seamstress, a heavy machine operator, a personal assistant, a retail saleslady, a model, a waitress at a supperclub, a bartender, a dishwasher, a dresser (behind the scenes at fashion shows), a makeup artist, a sous chef, a choreographer (for fashion shows), and now a leasing agent/interior design aide! Apparently I do not discriminate!
  • I am an artist. I have always loved writing, painting and doing my ink drawings. Lately I have been expressing myself with both this blog and letters. I think there is nothing better than getting something nice in the mail 😉
  • I do cook and clean, but prefer not to. I do not believe that it is my JOB to be do these things all the time for my boyfriend. As a result, we have a very balanced relationship and I get to enjoy a nice dinner made for me every once and a while!
  • I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. You go through hard stuff to be stronger and get to experience the good stuff as a reward.
  • I was blessed to have a kick ass metabolism which allows me to eat whatever I like and how ever much of it I see fit! I still try to stay healthy, but I am 5’10 and a size 4. Pretty lanky!
  • I had a modelling contract for a year, but it was just not for me. Not the kind of world that inspired me or was healthy (for my body, but especially for my mind). Sadly, I learnt that many of the stereotypes about models are true. The don’t eat much (no, slimfast does not count girlies), and they are generally really overtly into themselves. So, when my contract was up, I moved on to bigger and better things!
  • I horseback ride! I used to ride when I was younger, and I have gotten back into the saddle as of summer! I go to my lessons every week, and my body tries it’s best to catch up for lost time.
  • I love to ski, again something I used to do a lot of but got back into this year!
  • I have some amazing friends that defy the laws of coolness 🙂

As you can see, I lead a pretty damn charmed life – and I know it! Regardless, life is hard sometimes and it is all about your perspective! Don’t lie to yourself and tell yourself you are happy if you aren’t, but try to make the most of every situation and opportunity that comes your way. In the long run it will pay off. Never forget though to satisfy your cravings in the now too! These moments are what make life worth living!

Katrin Leblond

Posted in eccentric, katrin leblond, kitsch, st. laurent by fashionista514 on January 27, 2009

So all of you out there that love one of a kind fashion finds – you have to check out one of Montreal’s pride and joys of the trendy kitsch St. Laurent scene. Katrin Leblond is a designer I used to work for with whimsical designs and an eye for the signature Quebecois crafty style. Visit her boutique on St. Laurent near Mount Royal and discover a fairytale land of eccentricities and originality. With over thirty different designers from around Montreal collaborating with their own specialties, it is like walking into wonderland and getting lost down the rabbit hole. If you are so lucky to walk in on a day Erin is working, you will be greeted and invited to play dress up for her sheer amusement. Customers here are more like guests you would bring home to your grandma for those perfectly blended sugar cookies. An atmosphere of love, devotion, skill, discipline, and mesmerizing detail from every corner of the spectrum. Katrin also does custom orders to ensure you get your very own one of a kind peice (katrin@katrinleblond.com). Get ready for the compliments, as you are sure to get some serious feedback when rockin’ her signature party skirt!

For all you out of towners, check her out at http://www.katrinleblond.com/! Winter sales are currently on, and spring/summer already proves to be delectable! Voila ta da!