Happy Halloween to all the little ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks out there!
Make it absolutely 'spook'-tacular!

A READER ASKS: Whose Name Goes First on a Wedding Invitation?

Dear Lily,
I am getting married this winter and I need to order our invitations as soon as possible but I am having a problem with my parents. My plans were not to include any parents names on the invitation and have our names (mine and my fiance's) listed at the top but my parents are saying that their names should come first since they are the parents of the bride. I think my parents (mainly my Dad!) are being very old-fashioned but I don't want this to become a big deal (which it kind of has already). My fiance's parents are divorced and remarried to other people, I don't want to have a million names on the invitation but if I add my parents names, won't my in-laws be offended?
Please help!

Dear Angela,
Are you parents paying for the wedding? If so, Daddy Dearest is in the right for getting a little bent out of shape! Traditionally, the names of the bride's parents would typically be placed at the beginning of the invitation wording because they usually footed the bill for the wedding therefore making them the official hosts of the event. The event's hosts are the ones who are actually inviting the guests to the function, regardless of whether or not the event is being held in someone else's honour or not therefore their names are placed at the beginning of the invitation wording.
For example,
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith
(bride's parents who are paying for wedding)
request the honour of your company at the wedding of their daughter
Sally Elaine
John Alexander Jones,
son of
Mr. Henry Jones & Mrs. Katherine Carlton
(groom's parents who are divorced)

Today, the responsibility of paying for the wedding doesn't always land on the shoulders of the bride's parents. It could be the couple getting married who are paying for the wedding, the groom's parents or a combination of both sets of parents chipping in so that has to be taken into consideration when wording your invitation properly. If you are still scratching your head as to how to arrange your wording, I suggest visiting one of our favourite stationery sites, Wedding Paper Divas and checking out their inspiration section. They are a great resource for wording examples that fit most any situation!

Wedding Paper Divas are offering a 10% discount on all orders. Click on this link and enter the 2014WED10 at checkout, offer ends December 31, 2014 (11:59pm PT)

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for October 18-24, 2014

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In Michael Kors
(clutch by Amanda Pearl, jewellery by Vita Fede, 'Nudist' sandals by Stuart Weitzman)
At Elle’s 2014 'Women In Hollywood' celebration in Beverly Hills, California

In Jenny Packham
(clutch by Alexander McQueen, 'Agata' sandals by LK Bennett, 'Riva' earrings and 'Riva' bib necklace by Monica Vinader)
At the Natural History Museum's "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" Awards in London, England

In Zuhair Murad
(rings by Kwiat, earrings by Norman Silverman)
At the 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards in Toronto, Canada

In Oscar de la Renta
('Nina' clutch by LK Bennett, 'safety pin' heels by Giuseppe Zanotti, jewellery by Jennifer Meyer)
At the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in Los Angeles, California

In Jenny Packham
(clutch by Edie Parker, heels by Casadei, jewellery by Chrome Hearts)
At the American Cinematheque Award Honouring Matthew McConaughey in Beverly Hills, California

In Libertine
(personalized 'Dianna' clutch by Edie Parker) 
At the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in Los Angeles, California

In Elie Saab
At the 'Love, Rosie' premiere at the Rome Film Festival in Rome, Italy

In Christopher Kane
(earrings by Neil Lane, 'Iriza' pumps by Christian Louboutin)
At the American Cinematheque Award Honouring Matthew McConaughey in Beverly Hills, California

In Carolina Herrera
At the Restoration Hardware gallery opening in West Hollywood, California

In Oscar de la Renta
('Valnina' sandals by Christian Louboutin, clutch by Rodo)
At Elle’s 2014 'Women In Hollywood' celebration in Beverly Hills, California

THE TEN: Our Favourite Halloween Cocktails

One of our favourite holidays is just around the corner!
Before you know it, the neighbourhoods will be filled with little ghosts and goblins, gathering their bounty of sweet treats with tireless energy but what about those poor souls following behind the little monsters, patiently waiting on the side-walk as they listen to the cries of 'just one more house pleeeease!'
Just in case you need a little something to get you through the witching hour, we have gathered our favourite Halloween-inspired cocktails with just the right amount of ghoulish delight to get you through the night of frights!

The Vampire

The Black Widow

THE CHARMING ONES: Oscar de la Renta

Ă“scar ArĂ­stides de la Renta Fiallo

"The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.
We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept.
The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

Did you know...

1. He was born on July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
2. His family were an integral part of Dominican high society and could count poets, scholars, and businessmen as well as top army brass among their members.




John Lithgow

Did you know...

1. He was born John Arthur Lithgow on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York.
2. He graduated from Harvard in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in history and literature and has been named a Fulbright scholar.
3. He is a registered pastor and has officiated the wedding of his goddaughter.

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for October 11-17, 2014

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In Dior
(jewellery by Dior, 'Joelle' pumps by Brian Atwood)
At the 'Serena' premiere during the 2014 London Film Festival in London, England

In Chloe
(BB suede pumps by Manolo Blahnk, 'Clare' bag by Chloe)
Out and about in Beverly Hills, California

In Gucci
At the 'Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' gala at the New York Film Festival in NYC, New York


Good manners are not meant to be kept for special occasions. Good manners should be a part of every aspect of your life. At home, at work and especially when you are behind the wheel where proper driving etiquette equates to staying safe as well.
Passing into another lane without using the corresponding signal light is not only discourteous to others, it's darn right dangerous!
And yet, the act of letting another driver (that driver being someone who could slam into your car) know ahead of time that you will be thrusting yourself into their path seems to have fallen unfashionable as of late. What seems to have taken its place is the middle finger salute so many of us feel necessary to dish out to the poor soul who thought it only fair to honk their horn in outrage, letting you know your carelessness put their lives in danger.
(Let's save that cheeky middle finger for something more useful, shall we?)

Always glance over your shoulder, into the direction of the lane you are intending to pass into, to make sure there is no one in your blind spot and then use the signal (specifically designed for this purpose!) to alert drivers of your intent to change lanes BEFORE you actually veer into their path.

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Ralph Lauren
(Ralph Lifshitz)

Did you know...
1. He was born on October 14, 1939 in The Bronx, New York.
2. He changed his last name to Lauren when he was 16. (“My given name has the word 'shit' in it. When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough name. That's why I decided to change it. Then people said, "Did you change your name because you don't want to be Jewish?" I said, "Absolutely not. That's not what it's about.")

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for October 4-10, 2014

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(sandals by Celine, earrings and ring by Melinda Maria)
At a 'Late Show with David Letterman' appearance in NYC, New York

(clutch by Ferragamo, pumps by Christian Louboutin, jewellery by David Webb and Vita Fede)
At 'The Best of Me' premiere in Los Angeles, California

(sandals by Magrit)
At an awards dinner in Madrid, Spain

In Altuzarra
('Escape' sandals by Jimmy Choo, earrings by Chopard)
At the 'You're Not You' premiere in Los Angeles, California

('Nudist' sandals by Stuart Weitzman)
At a 2014 New York Comic Con presentation of ‘Big Hero 6′ /‘Tomorrowland’ in NYC, New York

(clutch and platforms by Saint Laurent, ring by Melissa Kaye, earrings by Graziela Gems)
At the Academy’s Hollywood Costume Luncheon in Los Angeles, California

In Dolce & Gabbana
('Jane' sandals by Saint Laurent)
At the 2014 Variety Power of Women event in Los Angeles, California

(platform Mary Janes by Giuseppe Zanotti)
On a visit to London’s BBC Radio 2 in London, England

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THE TEN: Our Favourite Thanksgiving Table Settings

For Canadians, Thanksgiving is just around the corner (hello long weekend!) so we've gathered the sweetest holiday-inspired table settings just for you!
(You might have noticed a theme going on here, we are big on metallics adding a sharp punch to the festive table. Gold, silver, bronze, you name it-if it sparkles we are in!)
How do you decorate your table for Thanksgiving?

THE MODERN MUSE: Camel, Trench Coats and Amal Alamuddin

As if we needed another reason to envy Amal Alamuddin, the lady sure can wear the heck out of a trench coat, am I right?!
I adored the fabulous high-end looks she sported along the watery canals of Venice during her wedding 'celebration' (one of which won her the 'best in show' title last week!) but I am convinced that the key to her unanimous appeal is her command of the 'classic with a kick' look. The touch of yellow found in her statement necklace was just the thing to bring this look from a potential snooze to positive smash!

The Modern Muse: Camel, Trench Coats and Amal Alamuddin

TRENCH J. Crew     TOP Mulberry     PANTS Elisabetta Franchi
NECKLACE Natasha     WATCH Cartier     PUMPS Jimmy Choo

Barneys New York


"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."
Edith Head

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Kate Elizabeth Winslet

Did you know...

1. She was born on October 5, 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England.
2. She has been nominated 6 times for an Academy Award and in 2009 became the youngest actress to ever achieve so many nominations.
3. In August 2011, Sir Richard Branson credited Kate with 'helping to carry' his 90-year-old mother out of his burning Caribbean-island house, where she had been vacationing with her family.
4. When she secretly married her fiance Ned Rocknroll in December 2012, she was 'given away' by her long-time friend and Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.
5. She did not attend the 'Titanic' world premiere (a role that garnered her world-wide recognition and put her on the map) so she could attend the funeral of former boyfriend Stephen Tredre who had died of bone cancer.

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CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for September 27-October 3, 2014

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In Miu Miu
At the Miu Miu Spring 2015 collection during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France 

At the 'Gone Girl' premiere in NYC, New York

(pumps by Christian Louboutin, clutch by Michael Kors, jewellery by Sam Lehr)
At the Hollywood Costume exhibit in Los Angeles, California

('Beckett' clutch by Stella McCartney)
At her civil ceremony (with George Clooney) in Venice, Italy


Being the wonderful daughter that I am, I offered to pick up a package for my father at the local post office yesterday. Package in one hand and a feisty 8 year old (who had no intention of  making his way home to do his homework!) in the other, my promise of a speedy delivery was delayed slightly when I had to stop and wipe the imprint of my face off of the door of the post office.
You see, I mistook the seemingly fancy-dressed and well-schooled fellow who pushed through the door in front of me as a man who knew better. A man who understood that no matter who was following behind him out the same exit, you held the door open and let them pass through. A man who, realizing he had done wrong, would have glanced back when he heard forehead hit glass or box hit ground. There was none of that from this fellow which I'll admit, made me a little sad.
Sad that I had been fooled by appearances but even sadder to think that even the simplest of courtesies had been lost.

Until the little boy standing beside me (you know the one who pulled at his mother's arm with all his might in one direction while she was trying to go another) made me smile once again with a few words ("that man wasn't very nice, was he momma? I know how to be a gentleman!") and his own kind gesture of pushing the door open, which weighed about as much as he did, stepping through and pulling it back so I could walk out.
(And yes, he did win a little extra time away from his dreaded homework, enjoying a cool treat at the ice cream shoppe before going home.
One good turn rightfully deserves another, doesn't it?)

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