GET CAPTIVATED BY PATRICK WILLEM'S FANTASY WORLD OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION


When looking at Patrick Willem’s artwork, it reminded me of two well-known artists: Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. The longer I looked at his diverse photomontages, the more I seemed to dive into a world of fashion and fantasy. Pop art, colors, shadows and a meticulous mixture of nature and human faces make his work stand out as an avant-garde artist. 


            The young illustrator from Belgium completed his degree in creative advertising at the Academy of Beaux Arts in Belgium and pretty soon after that pursued his passion for fashion illustration as a freelancer. “I have always been passionate about fashion and very soon realized that my strongest talent laid in illustration. Combining these two passions of mine felt very natural to me”, he says.

            Inspired by Andy Warhol and famous photographers such as Nick Knight and Paolo Roversi, Willem describes his process of brain storming ideas like this: “My surroundings influence my way of thinking. I have a distinct image flashing through my mind and I have a vision of the end product, before I start working on it, using thumbnails or croquis. I won’t stop fine-tuning, until I am completely satisfied with the aesthetics of every image.”

           
Collaborating with other artists, such as infamous make-up artist Yasmin Heinz, gave him the opportunity to appear in her beauty book and a number of fashion magazines in the United States. He has been very active in the textile print industry and as a fashion-illustrating instructor, collaborating with agencies in New York, Washington, Hawaii, India and Berlin.

            As for future plans, he is working on projects for magazines and small businesses, while continuing to promote his personal work on his social media platforms and his website. “I am hoping to be able to contribute to and influence trends trough my artistic work and inspire fellow artists to follow suit”, says the humble artist. His talents and capabilities are sublime and his creations are easily recognizable – I am sure we will hear a lot more of Patrick Willem soon.

            If you want to know more about the Belgian illustrator, check out his website and the following links:
           

My sincere ThankYou to Patrick for creating this piece of art for me:-)



UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT APT22 IN CALGARY!



Many of us get tired of big shopping malls - and for me one of the most important thing when I shop is great customer services and leaving the store with positive experience!
If you live in Calgary and haven't had a chance to visit APT22  - you have to make a trip there!

 APT22 is a quaint women’s clothing boutique located on the west side of Calgary. Owner Kim Stern and her fashion-conscious staff provide their clientele with style consultation in a gracious, non-judgmental way. By creating a relationships based on honesty and trust, the staff at APT22 treat each and every client with a hands-on shopping experience, complete with styling tips and cutting edge fashion know-how.







The ambience of the store is laid back and fun -  clients often say that they feel like they are walking into their girlfriend’s closet. With new, carefully hand-picked pieces coming in each week, there is no shortage of beautiful clothing in the store. You will find great selection of good brands, such as Free People, DL1961 (award winning denim), Wildfox, Love Heals, Peace Love World, Chaser, Lovers&Friends, Gentlefawn.
What I really like is the fact - that their clientele present such a vast variety when it comes to age - both mother and daughter will find something for themselves.
There is something for everyone - for sure!

If you would like to learn more about the store - you can check their website at 


 Apt22 Owner - Kimberlie Stern


MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH BABOR BEAUTY SPA IN CALGARY!!!



Mother's Day at BABOR
Give her something as beautiful as she is...

... So she can unwind...
Mother's Day Treatment Feature
Receive a COMPLIMENTARY Sensational Eye Kur (A $50 Value) with ANY facial.

*Excludes Fluid Performance Facial. Valid on appointments scheduled up until May 31st, 2015.
For gifting purposes, Facial + Sensational Eye Kur can be placed on a BABOR Gift Card.


... So she can glow...
NEW! ReVersive Anti-Aging Collection
To restore youthful radiance and luminosity. Leaves the skin visibly
firmer and smoother - resulting in a beautifully even skin tone.




... So she can explore...
Signature $200 BABOR Gift Card

FREE delivery. Beautifully wrapped and accompanied by samples.
Calgary deliveries received within 1-2 business days.

... So she can captivate...
Face Design Collection Spring/Summer 2015
"This trend collection was inspired by a summer sunset! The warm light and the soft glow it brings makes every woman look beautiful.
Nude and earthy shades combined with soft peach and pink create a fresh and youthful element. Let it glow - as if you've been kissed by the sun!"
- Face Design Collection Creator, Peter Schmidinger

___________
... Because she is a beauty like no other.
Make this Mother's Day extra special with BABOR







CELEBRATE ANY OCCASION WITH BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS FROM BLOOMEX CANADA!!



Many of us choose flowers to say "thank you", to express gratitude, to celebrate special occasion..There is always a reason to give flowers..
I am very particular when it comes to floral arrangements and just recently I was looking for a vendor that would help me creating couple of special "Thank You" bouquets in Montreal..
I couldn't find a better company than Bloomex Canada..

Bloomex is Canada’s largest florist, proudly serving  since 2005 with fast delivery coast to coast.
Bloomex began as a small flower shop in downtown Toronto, but developed a unique online business model that saw it expand year after year. Bloomex provides beautiful flowers for all occasions, as well as gourmet gift baskets, spa gift baskets, gourmet treats, and so much more. They also offer corporate gift baskets and they are always pleased to meet your custom needs. With a direct-from-grower model Bloomex lets you send the freshest flowers and gifts right across Canada, at low prices that are 35-50% less than you find at a traditional retail florist.
With one of eight national production centres located right in downtown Calgary, Bloomex provides you with reliable same day service all around the city. You can order conveniently online, through live chat, or speak with one of their friendly, professional customer service consultants who are always pleased to assist you!!






CINCO2015 PRESENTED BY SHAW COMMUNICATIONS&CONTEMPORARY CALGARY




CINCO2015, Presented by Shaw Communications + Contemporary Calgary
May 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
Tickets $125

Estamos teniendo una fiesta. (We are having a party.) 

LOOK2014 was the reveal. CINCO 2015 is the celebration. 
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with three hundred of your closest friends, and more than a few luchadores, as we bid farewell to Stephen Avenue with one final blowout party before beginning the parade to the Planetarium. CINCO2015, presented by Contemporary Calgary, will be the most stylishly wild Cinco de Mayo event north of the Mexican border.

Una fiesta de proporciones contempor├íneas!  
(A fiesta of contemporary proportions!)

Enjoy the flavours of Mexico with hand-crafted cocktails and small bites as you explore the space as you’ve never seen it before, re-envisioned by local artists inspired by the bold colours of contemporary Mexican art and architecture.
What to expect: Let’s just say it will be a party fueled by tequila and surprises. Eat first, bring great friends, wear comfortable (and fabulous) shoes – you’re going to need them.
CINCO2015 will be the most fun you have at a fundraiser this year, so dress boldly, come thirsty, and help us raise funds and awareness for Contemporary Calgary’s biggest year yet.

For more information, please visit the link below:



NORDSTROM BEAUTY TREND EVENT AT CHINOOK CENTRE/CALGARY!!!





Enjoy complimentary makeup, skincare&fragrance consultation
Find out about latest beauty trends&receive exclusive beauty gift 
Only at Nordstrom Calgary!
April 24th & 25th, 2015
Chinook Centre