Thursday, November 29, 2012

Electric Frosted Gala 2012

Dori's Electric Frosted Gala
Every year, YYC's entrepreneur Dorian Kominek will host a night of high energy party connecting local fashion scene to corporate business. The 5th annual Frosted Gala (Electric Frosted Gala) happened past weeked at The Metropolitan Bar and Grill by Uptown 17th Ave. This year's frosted gala stepped up a notch, bringing in dance talent and YouTube sensation Marquese Scott aka NONSTOP all the way from Atlanta, sponsored by Coca Cola. NONSTOP was previously seen on the Ellen Degeneres' Show and America's Got Talent. His dance moves on YouTube has reached more than 73 million viewers. Him and the "Dori's Dolls" collaboratively performed that night with a ballerina, and DUB Step electric vibes. There was also a small trunk show by local businesses and a silent auction in support of the Cerebral Palsy Association.
 NONSTOP

 Dori Inc's Dorian Kominek


Roseman Executive/Corporate Suites
Speaking of local business, this one is for my fashion friends (photographers, editors, visual merchandizers) out of the city (or country) that would travel to Calgary for their business trips, and find it difficult to book/ or get a good rate in town especially during high seasons. Recently I came across these executive suites from Roseman, which offer comfortable "home-like" settings at affordable rate: check them out HERE!


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Monday, November 26, 2012

YYC Uptown 17th Ave Food & Fashion 2012 - Week 8: Leo Boutique at Ox And Angela

Week 8 Uptown 17th Ave Food & Fashion: Leo Boutique at Ox And Angela
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Last night (Sunday) was the final week of 2012's Uptown 17th Ave Food & Fashion. Leo Boutique ended this year's event with a brief, but great show at Ox And Angela, a Spanish-cuisine inspired resto-lounge. Leah Van Loon selected styles for the show were pretty much relevant to present day fashion bloggers. I think it was more-or-less for the young adult fashion crowd, with lots of mix-and-matching to stay in trend. Watching the girls and boys from Mode Models walked down the restaurant aisle pretty much reminded me of browsing through photos on bloggers sites like Lookbook.nu. Many of us came to concensus that the night's show (again, even though it was somewhat short), was probably one of the top two on the list of the entire Uptown 17th Ave Food & Fashion weeks.

PS: Thank you Anneke Forbes for reserving the table! :)


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes) By Brett Wilson - A Book Review

Binzento was selected to write Brett Wilson's book review
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It is a rare occassion that I do a book review here on my blog Binzento Vincente, especially ones that's related to investment banking, but there is always a first! I was one of the few bloggers that were invited by business mogul W. Brett Wilson to review his new autobiograhy: Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes). I think it's an honor to be asked to do this, so I am giving my honest opinion on this book. :)

Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes) by W. Brett Wilson

Review:

I was given an opportunity by the author, W. Brett Wilson to write a book review on his new and humble autobiography: Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes).

In the investment world, Mr. Wilson is a business magnate, a classic entrepreneur who is willing to take risks to achieve success. The book summarizes key events that led him to become the person he is today.

My first in person experience with Mr. Wilson (other than seeing him on television as one of the dragons on the hit Canadian reality TV series, Dragon’s Den) was at the Gemini Awards in 2009 (though we have never spoken at that time). I have also encountered him in various charity and social events. He always brings a good energy with his involvement in the community.
(Gemini Awards 2009 Red Carpet Gala)

Like many stories of accomplished individuals, Mr. Wilson’s success did not come without a few “bumps” along the way. Most of these challenges that he faced in his business are overcome by his consistency of strong moral ethics, and the beliefs that people always come first. Ironically in his book he mentions that these standards may not been applied to his love ones in the past. This was all changed after a traumatic experience he encountered – Mr. Wilson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the early 2000’s – which made him realize the significance of health, family and friendship which money can’t buy, and matter the most.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Mr. Wilson is also a classic philanthropist. He strongly believes in giving back to the community, and support charities and non-profit organizations. Being a prostate cancer survivor, he became an active donor for prostrate cancer research and treatment technology in hopes to provide diagnosed patients in Alberta a better quality of life. He also invests in sports organizations striving a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the book, Mr. Wilson shares the lessons he had learned via his life experience. My particular favorite was his story about him being an entrepreneur for the first time at an early age – where him and his friend made profits from organizing transportations for fellow schoolmates to travel from campus to bars (chapter five). Sometimes achievements require seeking the right opportunity and not being afraid of taking risks. I enjoyed the fact that Mr. Wilson credited individuals that impacted him (both positive and negative) through his journey to success, which portrays compassionate and sentimental qualities about him. Another aspect I found interesting was his “top 5 lists” in chapter ten. Personally I felt I had a better understanding of Mr. Wilson’s past, present, and future by reading this chapter alone.
As a young individual aspired to become successful, perhaps Mr. Wilson’s words-of-wisdom is like a “father figure” to inspire us. In truth however, I would not have purchase this book if I was not recommended, mainly because of my lack of involvement with the business world. For those who are not in the investment and banking industries like me, you may have to read it with perspective, and engage yourself with a mind that his story is universal to anyone who wants to achieve greatness in life. We all love to hear positive experiences, but I appreciate his honesty and humbleness to share the obstacles he encountered and his failures in the past to the audience.

I cannot say I’ve gained a great deal of new insight about our world nor had a life changing experience from this book, but certainly Mr. Wilson’s life journey is a reflection of our own – a balance of chasing after material goods and interpersonal relationships. Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes) is a refresher to us the real priorities in life, to reevaluate the definition of success, and to learn from our mistakes. A significant quote in chapter one: “…if your legacy is tied to the size of your estate, and not the memories you leave behind and the impact you have made on this earth, then your life journey might have been wasted”. I was reminded my priority after finishing this book – I picked up my phone and gave my mother a call.
Redefining Success (Still Making Mistakes) is currently at a fabulous price on Amazon HERE.
Brett Wilson Twitter: @WBrettWilson


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Calgary Welcomes Hillberg & Berk ♡

Hillberg & Berk Jewelry Shop Opens in Calgary
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Hillberg & Berk made its way to Calgary opening it's first pop up boutique past Thursday at Mount Royal Village near 17th Ave SW. Launched since 2007 from Saskatchewan, Hillberg & Berk's investment worthy jewelry became a winner on season three's Canadian hit reality TV series: Dragon's Den, where ex-dragonentrepreneur and philanthropist Brett Wilson joined as an investor and mentor for the business.
Over the past few years, Hillberg & Berk has won the hearts of many women nation and worldwide, and recieved positive reviews by well known female celebrities of our life time such as Michelle Obama, Celine Dion, Barbara Walters, and Sarah McLachlan. The Calgary location carries some of the finest Hillberg & Berk's jewelries made with exquisite materials from various parts of the world. Its collections exert femininity, elegance and confidence. The night's event consisted a cocktail party, shopping opportunity, music performance and Brett Wilson's autograph op for his new book Redefining Success. Hillberg & Berk pop up boutique is opened for this holiday, located at 110 - 880 16 Avenue SW. 
For more info, please visit their website HERE.


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