Monday, November 28, 2011

Uptown 17 Fashion & Food Week 4 - Leo Boutique @ Ox & Angela

Time certainly flies. This week was the final week of the "Uptown 17 Fashion & Food" month. Brought to us for the finale was fashion merchandize from Leo Boutique, which was showcased at the Ox & Angela resto-lounge. 
Despite the unexpected weather here in YYC that night, it did not stop people from spending a good Sunday evening from enjoying the food & wine and fashion show by Leo Boutique.
I was impressed with Leo Boutique keeping a coherent showcase even though they carry a somewhat wide range of labels and designs. It's pretty safe to say that their show was fairly "60's" and "Mad Men" inspired. I could also see Colin Firth in "A Single Man" was written all over in the men's wear. While the women's wear were composed of a vintage and a mixed of freshness, playful and elegant style.
Ox & Angela resto-lounge was opened earlier this year at the location where Bungalow Bar used to be. I always call it the "cousin" of Una Pizza and Wine since both restaurants were established by the same owner. Like many modern style bistro, Ox & Angela is divided into the dinning and lounge sections. The restaurant focuses on bringing the South America inspired cuisine and atmosphere. Although their main course menu is scarce on vegetarian option for someone like myself (a vegetarian), several of their snacks and desserts are definitely good choices to go along with wine or cocktail while spending a night socializing with friends. My favourites were the corn dip with nacho chips and creme brulee.
Leah Van Loon again did a great job organizing the models runway. It was very important for me to see a smooth show with no ambiguity. Sadly, the "Uptown 17 Fashion & Food" month came to an end. Overall, it was a success and I hope they will do it again. I feel personally, the shows offered all the participated establishments an opportunity to work hand-in-hand, bring together all of YYC's fashion and food lovers, and show the extent this city has grown.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

DRESS ME BLOG x Binzento Vincente PROMO

:) I began this blog entry with a smile, because I am excited! Yes, I am a workaholic. I am already planning a few Binzento Vincente projects for 2012

Ladies and gents, I am here to announce a collaboration fashion blog with one of the most adorable fashion bloggers I know: Jasmine Webster from DRESS ME BLOG. Jasmine was originally from Auckland, New Zealand, and now reside in Hong Kong as a fashion stylist. This collaboration will feature a full week of fashion and lifestyle between the East and the West. 

As some of you know, I was from Hong Kong. The concept is to showcase our fashion perspectives as  "foreigners" in our "new" country. More details will come when the time is near… 

If you haven't, please vote Binzento Vincente for "2011 Best New Canadian Blog"!! :) It is a honour to be nominated. If you think I deserve to win, please click on the link and VOTE! woot! http://polldaddy.com/poll/5664010/

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give me that "UGLY Christmas Sweater" - Cat's Eye Vintage

Taking my break away from all the serious fashion for a moment, I am writing a somewhat fun blog entry tonight. :)
One more month until one of the most celebrated days of the year: Christmas, or some people like to call it: "The Holiday". Now is the time to start think about decorating your home, sending a few Christmas cards if you have love ones overseas or buying holiday gifts for people. Christmas events are already up in the air, and I will be going to a bunch of them next week. 
I was browsing (not creeping) some of my friends' FB the other day and saw a bunch of their "UGLY Christmas Sweater" theme party photos. I was soooooo jealous. I've never EVER been invited to an UGLY Christmas Sweater party before and this is certainly not a thing in Hong Kong. It just seems so refreshing to me and so much fun!! Then I thought, maybe I should host my own UGLY Christmas Sweater party instead. Immediately I went to my closet, digging for an ugly sweater. Result: NONE (maybe a good thing). In fact, I don't even own a whole lot of sweaters. 
Mr. Cat at The Cat's Eye Vintage & More

Great idea from my Calgary Fashion pals: Go check out at the "Cat's Eye Vintage & More…They have soooooo many"…and so I did…tonight :). As soon as I walked in, owner Catherine Tkach gave me a warm hug (I feel the Christmas spirit already). My eyes sparkled when I walked into the store: UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS all decorated by Catherine. Indeed there were so many selections to choose from, all very colourful, all very ugly. After a good 20 minutes expedition searching for THE ugly Christmas sweater, I actually began to appreciate them. Seeing them is just heart-warmingIt gives you that joyful cheery feeling
Aside from that, Cat's Eye got some cool vintage stuff, and also very fashionable. Vintage fur coats, top hats, scarfspins, shoes…you name it, they probably got them. One of her sons Cody Tkach is a graffiti artist currently in Vancouver, he is now in town this weekend to customize vintage goods with his graffiti artwork. He also told me that his work was recently shot in one of the films Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie are in.
Graffiti Artist: Cody Tkach and some of his work.
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This year, I am pushing everyone to get their ugly Christmas sweater, because if I go UGLY, so should you. :) Be sure to find Cat's Eye Vintage this Saturday 12:00pm at Jumbo Boogie event located at Broken City downtown YYC :)
Cat's Eye Vintage & More Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17399762900

Looking for Binzento Vincente? Upcoming events you may spot him:

Jumbo Boogie @ Broken City
Location: Broken City 
Saturday Nov 26th 12:00pm-6:00pm

Uptown 17 Food & Fashion Week 4: Leo Boutique @ Ox & Angela
Location: Ox & Angela
Sunday Nov 27th 7:30pm-10:00pm

T'was the Night Presented by The CORE
Location: The CORE Shopping Centre
Wednesday Nov 30th 6:30pm-10:00pm

University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine Christmas Formal 
Friday Dec 2nd 6:00pm-12:00am
Location: Varsity Town Hall

An Evening with John Fluevog
Monday Dec 5th 5:00pm-6:30pm
Location: John Fluevog Shoes YYC

Diamond Boutique 1st Anniversary & Holiday Celebration
Thursday Dec 8th 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Mount Royal Village

Finally, if you didn't know, Binzento Vincente got nominated for 2011 Canadian Blog Awards in the "Best New Canadian Blog" Category. Please be so kind and give me a vote :) If you think I deserve it :) Here is the link: http://polldaddy.com/poll/5664010/

Thank you all in advance for your support :)


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Uptown 17 Fashion & Food Week 3 - Primitive @ Borgo

Sunday night was week 3 of the "Uptown 17 Fashion & Food" month. This week we have high scale fashion merchandise from Primitive Culture, showcasing at YYC new fancy Italian bistro Borgo Trattoria.
It was a complete full house. Authentic Italian cuisine is one of my favourites. Borgo, owned by the same owner who previously opened local famous restaurant Capo, certainly became one of the most talked about new restaurants in town. I'd been to Borgo couple times, and both occasions were pleasant experience. 
Primitive put out a great show tonight. Subsequent to their appearance at the ARTwear 2011, Primitive again displayed the retro-inspired collection carried at their boutique. The funky-vintage x Aztec x bohemian style was the dominant feature of the night. With the addition of some interesting combinations of harem jeans, oversized textiles, multi-layers and leather/fur pieces, though not something we haven't seen before, it certainly was inspiring. The team behind these creative styles, Garret NaccaratoLeah Van Loon, Jordan Reimer and Lisa Freno did a fabulous job at the show.
JoJo Zolina

It was a pleasure to meet dance star JoJo Zolina, he captured many people's attention with his unique style. It was also great to see the Calgary Fashion crew at the scene and some of my favourite fashionisa KD (The Girl With The Messy Hair), Karolina (Karolina's Style), Polina (Polina Style), Jason Krell, Domingo Lumanog, Ania B, and Boy Josh. Honestly, one of the best Uptown 17 shows so far.

Be sure not to miss week 4 and the final Uptown 17 Fashion & Food in November next Sunday night: Leo Boutique @ Ox & Angela.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Vintage Glam

I know it's a bit late, but how did everyone spent their 11/11/11? Doesn't matter if you didn't do anything special…I mean really, it's just another day. I heard more than 6,000 couples were getting married on this "once in a life time" moment in Las Vegas. Then I'm thinking if somebody comes up to me ten years later and tells me that him/her spouse got married on Nov. 11th 2011, I probably could care less, smile and nod. Cool thing though, it's the best gimmick to throw an event regardless, especially if it falls during the weekend. I was invited to several places that night, and I attended The Vintage Glam.
Designer Marsina King for MaNoKin Design

With KD and Bano & eeMee Aleem Arif
(photo courtesy: KD)

Aleem Arif of Bano & eeMee and Marsina King of MaNoKin Deisgn, along with Cherry Chic Designs and Pout Clothing hosted The Vintage Glam Fashion Party at the Sociale Bar on 11/11/11. The event was more of a meet-and-greet of the designers' current collection to friends and general audience. 
"The Vintage Glam" as the name implied, retro 60's, 70's and 80's style were expected. I hung out with my blogger buddies KD (The Girl With The Messy Hair), Karolina (Karolina's Style), and the Insert Calgary girls. Stylish photographer/ friend Fela of Fela Photography and her husband were there as well. It's always nice to see familiar faces at fashion event, like Sabrina May and a new friend: Jolene Stillinger of Date Jolene since I'm usually a hermit during my work days. 
All four designers' collections were spot on in terms of colour schemes. MaNoKin Design coordinated well with her fall trend, blending in the use of fur, very chic. I particularly liked Bano & eeMee's emerald green one-piece outfit, matching a handbag provided by Niche. This piece in my opinion, was the most "Vintage Glam" piece of the night. The style was elegant, and in turn emphasize the retro hair/make-up style on the model.
Despite of couple technical difficulties during the event. I didn't mind it all that much because supporting local designers, and catching up with some of my friends there were all that it matters.


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