Fashionista 514

Tag – I’m It!

Posted in colorful, fashion, moi, music by fashionista514 on April 20, 2009
I was tagged by Saimese (thanks girlie) for this little quiz… here goes… πŸ™‚

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Saim is a gorgeous girl with a beautiful heart and some sick talent when it comes to the art of make up! I picked Saim as my winner for my MAC giveaway for her awesome story on what makes her beautiful (check it out under my previous posts). Even though I only know her in blogger land, I can tell shes awesome in person in real life land. I love stalking her page for new makeup look ideas!

Fashion pet peeve?
Hmmmm…. high heels that hurt, too short miniskirts on the wrong people, faded out orange haircolor with dark roots showing… ugh…

Describe your personal style.
My style is a comfortable but tailored mix of neutrals and bright kick-your-ass colors. I love gem tones, skinny jeans, skyscraper heels (you will rarely find me without them on), and warm pashmina-like scarves. I have been wearing hoop earrings nonstop since I started high school, and never leave the house without my perfectly applied face on.

What is your favourite piece of clothing you own?
Right now I’m totally loving my boyfriend jeans – what an amazing trend… so very chic and comfy… but I can’t really choose favorites cause my dresses will get jealous…

Which colour dominates your wardrobe?
Blacks in every texture (matte, shiny, sequined, leather), also I’ve got a lot of coral orange… so fresh!

Favourite designer?
I actually turn into a junkie when shopping at Diane Von Furstenberg. She’s got me wrapped around her little finger.

What is your dream job?
Eventually I plan to be a successful fashion designer and somewhere along the way I would love to work for a fashion magazine! Love the makeup, styling and most of all the articles. Fashion history is my absolute fave.

Who do you want to meet in person?
Hmmmm… that’s a toughie! Probably Paul Simon – I’ve had a huuuuge crush on him since I first saw him at age seven watching the Muppet Show!

What’s your favourite type of music?
I love so many types! R&B/Soul/Funk mixes are always amazing, but sometimes rocking out to some Metallica can do wonders for the soul πŸ˜‰

What are you listening to right now?
A lot of Billy Joel… I am especially rocking out to “We didn’t start the Fire”…. soooo good!

What would make today special?
Minimal work time at the office and getting another lease signed!

What is your all time favourite perfume?
Probably “Le Classic” by Jean Paul Gaulthier

What is your favourite makeup brand?
I generally use MAC because I have a discount there and they have some amazing products, but also love YSL and Chanel.

Any favourite models?
All the ones who look undefinably cool and like they can kick your ass. Agyness Deyn has that effect… Karolina Kourkova has sexy down to a T.

What are you wearing today?
I am currently still in my pj’s – a turquoise longsleeve cotton shirt and blue rhinestoned undies to match.

Do you admire anyone’s style?
Definately! How could you not? Montreal girls have got it going on! I check out the ladies every day when I’m walkin’ down the street for inspiration. They’ve got that “too cool” look to them mixed in with a kick of effortless sexiness.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
Honestly, nothing! I’ve done a pretty good job of spoiling myself rotten and have no fashion cravings – just the travel bug… so a plane ticket!

What’s your favorite comfort food?
When I truly feel horrible, I only want to eat healthy things. It makes me feel like somehow everything will be alright. Vine leaves are a favorite, and sometimes when I am really upset or nervous I can’t eat anything at all.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Montreal has its own version of Ben & Jerry’s called Billboquet. They make homemade ice cream and only have two shops in town. My flavor is chocolate with white chocolate chunks, pecans and brownie pieces. For any ice cream conaisseur it is a delicacy!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Hmmmm… that’s a tough one! I can’t say where, but definately somewhere tropical on the beach where I could pick fresh fruit off a tree and bicycle all day.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Brazil! I would just hang on the beach with a pina colada and try some surfing!

What is your favourite weather?
I like it when it is unbearably hot and muggy – the best weather to hang out by the pool and have some fresh lemonade πŸ™‚

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to be a stunt double and learn how to pull all of the crazy biker/fight scenes off… sooo cool!

Which language do you want to learn?
Probably Romanian – my boyfriend and his family are always speaking it and I get lost pretty quickly. Russian would be cool too!

What is your most challenging goal right now?
Hmmmm… filling up these new luxury apartments for July! There are 34 units in total… Oh, and saving my money 😦

If you had Β£100 now what would you spend it on?
I think I would go out for a nice dinner with a great friend who has never let me down and celebrate it!

What do you look for in a friend?
Honesty, loyalty, and a killer personality that dosn’t take things too seriously. Someone who I can look out for and vice versa.

What is your current obsession?
Honestly, I would have to say blogging! I am quite addicted to posting every thought on my page!

What is your weirdest obsession?
My total love for all animals with squished in faces (maybe thats why I have a pug!!). When I see one, my heart truly melts πŸ™‚

So Here are the almighty rules…

Respond: answer the questions on your blog.
Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

Tag eight other people.

The 8 people that I tag are:

Sonya, Noir, Sarahahaha!!, Dollface, Insomniac Lolita, The Rambler, Sarah & Lauren!

Have Fun Folks!


The Story Behind My Profile Pic…

Posted in makeup, moi by fashionista514 on April 9, 2009
My boyfriend took these pictures before I headed out for a night on the town last October for a Halloween Party… I got decked out in my old uniform from the supperclub Buonanotte where I worked as a waitress (yes that`s right – a sequined dress and patent leather wedges is considered professional there πŸ˜‰ ), and put on the best smokey eye/fake eyelash effect I could. Then, PARTY TIME!!!
My DVF leather jacket served as the perfect “badass” alias I was going for πŸ™‚

Ooops, got a little thirsty on the way out…

I look sooo sleepy….

Mascara a la max! Never enough!!! Be wary of Tarantulash though!
And that my dear friends, is the very exciting story behind the first of many Fashionista 514 shots πŸ˜‰

My Personal Louboutin Collection

Posted in louboutin, moi, shoe by fashionista514 on April 7, 2009
I am a collector – a fashion collector! Christian Louboutin heels are my pride and joy. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous shoes, but they make you feel like an unstoppably sexy woman every single time you put them on. Here are a few pics of my four beautiful pairs and the story behind each of them…
These cream dreams I got at the Louboutin store in NYC’s Greenwich Village. It was sensory overload when I walked into that little store and saw the hundreds of different Louboutin styles. Here in Montreal, we are very lucky if we get a dozen different styles (all of which are usually very conservative). I saw these and fell in love. It is practically impossible to find these, as they are constantly selling out before they even reach Montreal. A shoe dream came true when I got these :).

These grey studded pumps I have never seen anywhere else. I scored these on ebay for a fraction of what they are selling them for in stores (I made a deal with the seller), and love them to shreds!

I love the contrast of the bright red soles to the grey mousy suede! Mmmm…

These gorgeous teal peep toe heels were love at first sight (well, then again… probably every louboutin heel is…). I tried these on at Rosenstein in Montreal and just knew they were right for me.

One of the first times I wore the blue peep toe pumps was with a DVF dress (they seem to complement each others designs so amazingly). Did you know that Diane Von Furstenberg and Christian Louboutin are actually best friends in reality? Can’t get enough of either of them!

These were my very first pair! I had originally went searching for a dress to wear to a wedding, and found these instead πŸ˜‰ They are my wizard of oz ruby red slippers!

Visit the Louboutin site for some weekday dreamin’:

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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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 πŸ˜‰
  • 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 πŸ™‚

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!

Things I agree with…

Posted in adventure, crazy, entertainment, favorite, food, fun, health, moi, online shopping, shoe by fashionista514 on March 13, 2009

  • Eating whenever you are hungry – none of this “nothing after eight bullshit” (oh, and satisfying attack cravings).
  • Buying incredibly high, insanely gorgeous, ridiculously expensive high heels.
  • Doing something every once and a while that scares you, or puts you out of your comfort zone. Right now, that happens to be taking salsa classes with my boyfriend…
  • Shop, shop, shopping!!! My style is my creative expression – I love learning how to mix and match different things to play up my best qualities!
  • Going to bed early and sleeping ten hours a night (if you can).
  • Drinking lots and lots of water.
  • Overdosing on bubble baths.
  • Loving the person you are with and leaving the past behind.
  • Considering your pets your children.
  • Living each and every day to its fullest.
  • Watching tons and tons of movies!!! With popcorn!!!
  • Singing and dancing in your underwear.
  • Old fashioned romance.
  • Not being ashamed to still admit you love Kraft dinner and Ramen noodles
  • Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds πŸ˜‰
  • Opening your mind to all the crazy people out there – and finding inspiration from how liberated they are.
  • Not cooking or cleaning sometimes when you don’t feel like it.
  • Sharing a balcony picnic watching the sunset from your high rise apartment building.
  • Long steamy makeout sessions with your lover that don’t have to lead to anything else…

…Stay tuned for more acceptable behaviour…

Coffee Shopper

Posted in fear, life, marriage, moi, my man, panic, rant, worries by fashionista514 on March 4, 2009

Ola! Today I am writing from Second Cup cafe on Monkland – across the street from chez moi. I needed a bit of a change of scenery. There has been quite a bit on my mind this week. For one, my boyfriend and I got in quite a tiff, and although the smoke has cleared it still feels like it’s essence is lingering around me. As a true born Gemini (yes – we ARE trouble) my mind is clouded and running at a million miles a minute. No such thing as peace of mind here (not unless I have been tranquilized with lavender aromatherapy of sorts). So, here is what is on my mind:
  • Job in my field! Although I am enjoying my current employment as “Leasing Agent” for luxury apartments, my heart lies in fashion! I love that I am doing the interior design for the new units as well – it is truly awesome, but my end goal is to work with a fashion magazine publication here in Montreal. I am a Montreal girl – my heart, soul and love support are all here… no such thing as moving away from my friends and family. Just not an option, even though New York city is magazine central!

  • Boyfriend girlfriend drama… well I won’t get into too many details, but I find relationships sooo hard (especially moving on from past relationships). How do people have the courage to repeatedly open their hearts to new people without comparing everything about them to the past? I love my boyfriend to shreds, but sometimes I find it very hard to relate to him. This always is a head breaker!

  • It’s fashion week! Here in Montreal our finest display their great talent all week on the runways of the Bonsecours Market in the Old Port. I have just not had the same urge to attend as previous seasons! I will be attending the Marie St-Pierre show tonight at 9pm, and am excited about that… but the weather seems to imitate my icy mood of the moment and I don’t even want to think about trekking across half the city to attend a fifteen minute show :(. This is not like me, but Canadian winters I guess have a way of teaching you some things about yourself.

  • My Ex. I am not someone who dwells on the past, however I can’t seem to wrap my mind around the fact that my ex is getting married. At 23! I don’t know, this just seems to be an impossibility to me. So young, so weird that we dated. Weird weird weird. I am very happy for the both of them (and that is not just something I am saying to appear like the un-jealous girlfriend – I really do mean it), it really just blows my mind.

  • The future. What does it behold? I know you can never determine what you will do or who you will become, but somehow I feel wildly out of control and suffocatingly restrained. I want to travel, love, live, feel, touch and taste everything in my sight. I feel impatient and almost like things can’t happen fast enough. This is the itch of youth I assume. The idea that there is never enough time to adventure into life. I want children, but am afraid of a routine that would kill my freedom. I want a husband but am afraid of being taken advantage of over time and not even realizing it – feeling trapped. I sometimes think I would be just as happy to be a travelling gypsy or a beach bum selling shell necklaces from my hammock – but no, that would be the easy way out. I am scared I will die without enhancing or enriching anybody else’s life in a massive way. Some days I ooze wisdom, today I stink of fear and insecurities.

Today I am fragile, emotional, and as you can see nothing is broken but it still feels like it needs to fixed.

On a happy note, I am counting down the days till June 3rd – Billy Joel & Elton John are coming to Montreal on their world tour and yours truly has tickets!!! This is my past wrapped up in a concert – I never thought I would see my idol Elton live… and now one of my dreams will be realized! Just hope I won’t be globetrotting in Romania, Paris or South Africa by that point (I will be there this summer). Then again, I love how unscripted my life really is πŸ˜‰ Now there is something to smile about!