Monthly Archives: March 2016



I spent a lovely time this evening attending the cocktail reception introducing the stunning jewellery from Brazilian designer ANA KHOURI. The ARCHIVES store is located at the n.w. corner of the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville (Toronto) and offers other fine jewellery designers as well as fashion & home accessories, fabulous sunglasses, mens’ accessories and even glam tableware. So armed with my trusty flute of bubbly, I strolled thru the store enjoying the precious and semi-precious bling on display so join me for a quick virtual visit to

Here are some of Ana’s beautiful pieces currently in the store featuring 18ct gold with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, sapphires and other gemstones & pearls.20160331_181203 20160331_181046AK

Lots of celebs wear Ana’s designs, esp. her ear cuffs – Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Cameron Diaz have all sported Ana’s baubles on Hollywood red carpets….JLaw Lupita CammieArchives represents a number of other int’l designers such as Iradj Moini who designed the fabulous Aventurine brooch worn by one of the lovely sales associates (below).20160331_180948 20160331_18101720160331_182548 20160331_182616…and their fashion accessories are exquisite, too.20160331_182503 20160331_182528 20160331_181518I fell in love with a couple of pairs of sunglasses, both quite outrageous…which pair should I get?20160331_181410 20160331_181322Archives’ designer home accessories would fit perfectly in any chic uptown loft or condo…check these out. Wow!20160331_181500 20160331_181505 20160331_182543So definitely drop in and say hi next time you’re in the Yorkville neighbourhood…the staff will be delighted to show you around and chat about the designers represented in their store.20160331_183140

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Come walk the aisles of the Canadian Special Events Expo with me

Yesterday (Wed. March 30), my fabulous assistant Gabriella and I visited the annual Cdn Special Events expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, meeting old friends and making new biz connections. I’d like to intro you to some of the great suppliers of entertainment, edible goodies and services to the events industry.  One of the first exhibits was this beautiful display of event furnishings…lovely, dontcha think?DSC08449Then on we went to say hello to the lovely ladies of IGNITE Magazine (below) a great trade magazine offering advice and solutions for event planners.DSC08454 20160330_125015Next door was the super deelish booth of SUCCULENT CHOCOLATES (below) who tickled eveyone’s tastebuds with their samples. DSC08460 20160330_125644We then chilled out at the GLISSE ON ICE display which showcased the beautiful and artistic skating prowess of two lovely ice dancers (below). The shows tour the world and I was thrilled to reconnect with founder, Chantal Fry (bottom pic) who was once a star herself of the Stars on Ice shows 20160330_125839 File 2016-03-30, 10 57 38 PM

After watching the pretty ice ballerinas, Gabriella and I joined the chilly festivities over at ICE CULTURE INC. who were taking cute pics thru a carved block of ice, so of course we obliged!  www.iceculture.com7685_1105766642799404_1978000996215742229_n 12809708_1105766622799406_8259460638658444533_n…and I was so happy to meet up with my previous intern/assistant, Nicole Green (below) who has just started building her own PR/Mkt’g business. Bravo, Nicole.11202085_1105766742799394_6395239957900440469_nNext, we had fun with the fellas from CREATIVE CLUB CORPORATE at their Lego booth…oooh, look – Minions!   www.creativeclubcorp.comDSC08470 20160330_13102620160330_131036Gabriella had so many great photo opps, including this one with giant chess pieces!!20160330_131245And of course, any opportunity for silly snaps were not ignored….20160330_131345 20160330_132050IMG_0035_01 (1)We loved the display of food and furnishings at ECLECTIC EVENTS INT’L – they always deliver innovative and exciting booth displays. This year, they had an intergalactic theme and we enjoyed the space treats and the spacey floor and wall coverings.  DSC08495 DSC08493 20160330_132445I loved this Moroccan-themed showcase…where’s the camel?DSC08502One of the scarier booths was this wildlife encounter company. I was thinking about posing with the ‘gator or one of their snakes (which I’ve done in the past) but there was such a long line-up I decided to keep walking. I hope this poor little critter was enjoying itself but I’m not so sure.DSC08518We then stopped in to say hi to Joni DeAngelis at the DeANEGELIS ENTERTAINMENT booth where this lovely aerial artist was contorting herself while Joni’s husband, the incomparable Bob DeAngelis, played his groovy clarinet.


We dropped in on the wacky folks of BANGER BINGO, a corporate events & team building group who obviously embrace the weird and wonderful! Such nice people and we had such a blast at their booth. DSC08523 DSC08520 20160330_134610All in all, it was a far smaller event than last year but Gabriella and I enjoyed chatting with the vendors and snappin’ saucy pics at their booths. Hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Canadian Special Events showcase in Toronto.20160330_134110 20160330_134853



This afternoon (Sat.Mar.19) Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY launched a new exhibition – twenty five emerging artists strut their stuff as adventurers in the realm of lures, traps, and transcendence in this year’s Centennial College Studio Arts Program 1st year student exhibition entitled TEMPT: an exploration of tainted grace in the contemporary world.

Urban’s curator, Allen Shugar did an inspiring job presenting each work – here he is greeting gallery guests (below)….20160319_144556File 2016-03-19, 6 49 58 PM…and above with business partner Calvin (R) and Centennial’s arts program coordinator David McClyment(C) .

Lots of family and friends came out to support the young painters (below)File 2016-03-19, 6 48 29 PM 20160319_144037 20160319_144112 20160319_144436 20160319_144134The artists were all excited and pleased to see their works hung on a professional gallery wall….promises of things to come!File 2016-03-19, 6 50 47 PM File 2016-03-19, 6 47 05 PM DSC08445My fab assistant, Gabriella, was busy posting pics to Instagram but I managed to snap her quickly (bottom left of picture, below)20160319_144501The show runs until Saturday March 26th so I encourage you to drop by and support these young artists. Gallery hours and directions: but if you can’t make it down in person, enjoy this brief virtual walk thru the gallery.  THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CANADIAN ARTISTS!