Model - Vanessa Marie
MUA/Hair/Accessories - Ania Basak/ABStyle
Photography - Rafal Wegiel/RWPhoto

Jo Malone & Crème de la Mer - SPRING CELEBRATION!!!

Spring of 2011 will bring us lots of great surprises!!! If you are fragrance lover and always searching for the latest skin care "must-have" items in your beauty bag-you have to visit Holt Renfrew this Spring!!! Jo Malone & La Mer - the top fragrance and skincare brands in the beauty world - unveil a limited edition of fragrance and creme!!

For those who don't know Jo Malone-it is a global luxury lifestyle brand, opened her first boutique in London, in 1994-currently trading in 24 countries around the world. The Jo Malone philosophy has always been the same - elegant simplicity and craftsmanship to the highest standard - and always with a quintessentially British twist. So is the new limited edition fragrance for Spring 2011 - Sakura Cherry Blossom - inspired by one of nature's most charming displays, when the cherry tree is in full bloom against the spring sky. Working with master perfumer - Christine Nagel, the Jo Malone Creative Studio had created an exquisite interpretation of cherry blossom - bringing it to life with layers of rose, and mimosa accented withe the freshness of bergamot and mandarin. The result is a powdery fragrance, contrasted by a base of musk and woods. This limited edition scent will be available in May 2011 exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada (suggested prices: $118 for 100ml Cologne and $70 for 30 ml Cologne).

In celebration of World Oceans Day, La Mer continues its partnership with Oceana - the world's largest international ocean advocacy organization. Since 2005, La Mer has worked with Oceana to promote ocean protection and restoration in recognition of La Mer's founder, Dr. Max Huber. In honor of the sea - La Mer has created a limited-edition 100ml World Oceans Day Creme in a commemorative ocean-inspired jar!!!
This is a great way to support the World Oceans Day celebration which takes place annually on June 8th. Don't miss this amazing creme available exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada - May/June of 2011!!!


Mother's Day is getting closer and you're still looking for a Gift for your Mom?? Murale has great ideas how to spoil your Mom and... Yourself :-) You can treat her to a brow consultation and shaping with the experts at the Benefit Brow Bar. Next, head over to cosmetics where she can choose from a range of hydrating lip colours in YSL Rouge Pur Couture collection. You can not forget about splash of amazing fragrance- new Balenciaga's Paris Eau de Parfum Spray which features delicate violet and peppery notes!! Plus - spend $100 on Mom and You will receive $30 to put towards pampering yourself a little as well!!!


On Thursday, April 14, 2011 the Summit Foundation hosted its 7th annual Awards Gala, The Lung Function, formerly known as Heroes Among Us. This gala supports research and treatment of cystic fibrosis – a deadly lung disease. The Summit Foundation also recently launched a new brand called the CeFfort to help bring Calgarians together to conquer cystic fibrosis. Right now, more than 350 Calgarians suffer from cystic fibrosis. Affecting mainly the lungs and digestive system, CF is a fatal inherited disease that has no cure. While comprehensive treatment programs have dramatically extended the life expectancy of persons with CF who are now living into their 20s, 30s, and even 40s, CF sufferers still face shortened lives.

Event chair Nicki Perkins, an adult living with cystic fibrosis, hosted a fabulous evening at the Sheraton Eau Claire. The event featured a live and silent auction, dinner, prizes, guest speakers, keepsakes and entertainment, including a Shaw vignette featuring Jann Arden shadowing her 11-year-old nephew, Ryan, while he attended his CF clinic.

The CeFfort, along with partners, sponsors, donors and the medical community, is working towards better research,better treatments and hopefully a cure. All funds raised through The Lung Function are secured and allocated for Cystic Fibrosis research and programs being conducted in the City of Calgary.

ABStyle is proud to be a partner & silent auction donator for such a great event and extraordinary cause!!

Thank you Nicki!!

H&M GRAND OPENING - the CORE / Calgary

Wednesday night, some of Calgary’s most fashionable attended the preview event for H&M. Forming a line that stretched around the corner, hundreds of H&M devotees waited until 6 o’clock to be greeted by hors d’oeuvres, drinks and two newly renovated floors packed with H&M’s latest collections. With white washed walls, and a sleek modern interior the downtown location echoes that of the Cross Iron Mills location. White walls balanced with large squares of carpet create a clean shopping space for their women’s department, which occupies the entire first floor. This mentality is echoed within the upstairs men department, this time in sleek black and the children’s department balances white and bright green for a fun twist on their modern decor.

The new Conscious Collection was the main focus of the night, it’s available in stores starting April 14, with a new commitment to sustainable clothing, men’s women’s and children’s clothing presented in varying shades of white and cream made out of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and recycled polyester. The women’s line features a number of dresses, tunics and shirts, featuring lots of lace and delicate details the clothing gives off a romantic bohemian style, perfect for a summer full of love. The men’s and children’s line reflect the same dreams of summer, sharp tailoring in light materials, the clothing will when layered appropriately transition well into fall.

This new collection for H&M is a further commitment to the brand fundamentals; fashion and quality at the best price. The new Core location also features more of H&M then is previous been available within other city locations, most notably Men’s Modern Classic, a line of clothing devoted entirely for the businessman in your life. As well a line called Women’s trend, something for the more fashion forward women in your life, the line features extremely high fashion pieces, ranging anywhere from harem pants, and jumpsuits, to leather and studs.

Thank yo to Katlin James for great review of this event!!!!

For more information about H&M’s new Conscious Collection: HYPERLINK "http://www.hmconsciouscollection.com" www.hmconsciouscollection.com

For your closest H&M location:

HYPERLINK "http://www.hm.com" www.hm.com


Great news for all Calgarys' fashionistas - our city has the new clothing label on its fashion market - Zenobia!!!
Z E N O B I A is a world class prêt-à-porter label created for the dynamic, elegant and seductive woman. An exclusive line with the focus on impeccable and flattering cut and fit, extreme attention to detail, sumptuous fabrics and refined, contemporary colours. Embracing a dual personality, the collection is casual yet classy, with an added touch of sensuality that is sheer poetry. This is collection with individuality, an international perspective and a mind of its own!
With the experience of seventeen successful years to its credit, Z E N O B I A enjoys an exceptional reputation for creative excellence, technological innovation and product superiority.
Operating out of their head office in Montreal, and with offices in New York and Toronto, this dynamic, privately held company has carved a significant niche on the North American fashion scene for over 40 years and is an innovative force in the global fashion marketplace.
I had a chance to be part of event celebrating the opening of Zenobia located in downtown - in Fashion Central!!! "Thank you" words to Jackie Hickson - Western Sales Director - who brings her passion for fashion in Calgary, also shown through promoting Zenobia by being also the boutique manager!!