Although we are just facing summer season now-all makeup&beauty lovers always looking ahead what's going to be at the beauty counters for the upcoming season.
This Fall2013 will be so interesting when it comes to L'Oreal world, including YSL, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren.

The new YSL Fall2013 collection has its inspiration in the urban vibe of old European cities. The new eyeshadow palettes come in classy shades of nudes but also in stylish color of blue and yellow green.
We can also expect to see amazing colours for lips ( Rouge Pur Couture), beautiful blush shades as well as new lip pencil colours and of course - nail polish!!

Moreover, Yves Saint Laurent is going bare this Fall with a brand new range of radiant nude shades in the innovative Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres ($36 CAD) glossy stain formula. These eight new vibrant, never-boring nude shades will be available August 2013. 

One of the the beauty items I can't wait to test myself is going to be the newest addition to the Youth Liberator Serum family … a featherweight foundation - Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.
I am sure each of us will find ther favourite one-as it comes in different shades and will be available at the stores in September 2013 ($72CAD).

I am always looking forward to see what's new at Giorgio Armani counter. This Fall2013 the brand will bring new products in new colors and textures.
There will be a new Maestro Compact Foundation with a creamy texture, available in 8 shades. The compact foundation will also include a fan-shaped brush which is a must for applying this new foundation with a matte finish and medium to full coverage but which feels lightweight on the skin. 

Next things - EYES!!! In the Fall collection we will be surprised with new quarto palettes that are to die for!! 

And of course - Giorgio Armani will also feature 6 new shades of Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks in bright coral, rosy nude, red and plum shades. Along with these new lipsticks will be released 6 new nail lacquers in nude and dark shades.
One of the most exciting announcement is going to be new effortlessly feminine fragrance - SÌ - with the face of beautiful Cate Blanchett.

And when we talk about fragrances - Ralph Lauren is going to introduce new addition to the POLO cologne line up -  POLO RED - inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal, extremely exclusive car collection.


Beautiful evening at Jeff B. Wilkie Birthday Party in support of Little Warriors - 
 a national charitable organization, based in Canada, focusing on the education and prevention of child sexual abuse. Little Warriors teaches adults how to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
It was definitely place (Belgo, Calgary) filled with so many stylish guests who dressed up in theme of James Bond's series...


Make-up & Styling - Ania Basak
Photography - Rafal Wegiel/www.rafalwegiel.com


 Espy and Cowboys are celebrating the Calgary Stampede early by teaming up to raise funds for 
#bikiniespy at a special Stampede Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Cowboys Nightclub
 on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. 

The STAMPEDE FASHION SHOW is a SNEAK PEAK at the clothing the #bikiniespy participants will receive as part of their involvement in the #bikiniespy lineup on July 6. 
You will get to see Cowboys models wearing looks 
from T. Swift, Boho Navajo, Spaghetti Western, and the ever popular Back in Black! 

The STAMPEDE FASHION SHOW will be modeled by the Cowboys staff and styled by espy, with help from Smithbilt Hats and Alberta Boot Company! 
The Cowboys Stars will be singing LIVE as they accompany the 
Cowboys models down the runway. Local blogger, Mr. Fabulous, will be hosting the event with the help of the beautiful Miss Camilla Di Giuseppe! 

4:30 -- Meet at Belgo on 8th ave sw. (Pregame drinks)
6:05 -- Limos whisks us away (10 people per limo)
6:30 -- Arrive at COWBOY'S for #bikiniespy fundraiser

7:15 --The STAMPEDE FASHION SHOW kicks off (Very easy on the eyes for both the ladies & gents) which showcases 4 great looks and live performances. 
9:00 -- The Swimco BIKINI FASHION SHOW

In addition to the Stampede Fashion Show, Espy and Cowboys are presenting a Silent Auction, open from 6pm to 8pm, filled with prizes that are sure to make Stampede 2013 a memorable one. 

Cost: $20 

For more information contact Tianna at:


Alli Smithdorf, of Bikram Yoga Calgary South, will be teaching a 90 minute Bikram Yoga donation class in the main green space at Stanley Park to benefit the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank
Participation is a $10 minimum cash donation or 2 non-perishable food items.

Come join us in a celebration to kick off the summer! 
All you need is your mat and your water! 
Come rain or shine!

Stanley Park
4011 1A St. SW
Friday - June 21st, 2013
5p.m. - 6.30p.m.


We are looking forward to the premiere of  "THE BLING RING" - with actress Emma Watson - showcasing group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and fame who burglarized the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, the teens would break-in and steal designer clothes and other belongings. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, the members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that nearly anybody would find hard to resist. What starts out as youthful fun spins out of control and reveals a sobering view of our modern culture.

If you would like to see the movie - full of red hot fashion and designer labels - we have amazing GIVEAWAY of two sets of double tickets for the advanced screening that is going to be at Eau Claire cinema on JUNE 19th at 7.00 p.m.

All you have to do is to send us an email to:
abasak@fashioncalgary.ca and leave a comment of why you would like to see this movie!!!
as well as share this link on your FB wall!
We will choose Winners through random draw.
Good Luck!


It is going to be interesting to see the results of  autumn collaboration between H&M  and Parisian designer -  Isabel Marant. 
With her effortless style, Isabel Marant has created a widely influential and successful take on Paris chic. Mixing urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure. For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. 
Available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.

Born and raised in Paris, Isabel Marant started customising her own clothes while still at high school. A graduate of the famed Studio Berçot, Marant worked her way up the fashion system starting with a jewellery line, then adding knitwear, finally launching her eponymous collection in 1994. Today she runs an internationally successful fashion powerhouse with a string of boutiques worldwide. Her Parisian chic style, a mix of bohemia and masculine tailoring, grows in popularity season after season.

To learn more about Isabel Marant, check her website:


Besides 10 new nail lacquer shades, Guerlain also released 20 brand new Maxi Shine Lip Glosses - perfect for the Summer 2013!!!
 The glosses all retail for $32 CAD and are currently available at Guerlain beauty counters across Canada.
The shades range from pale beige with no shimmers to bold red/fuchsia with high impact shimmers.  

Guarantee your lips a shimmering, radiant, and plumping finish. The oil composition creates a moisturizing barrier to ensure an intense softness. Additionally, each shade presents varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity!!
Enjoy beautiful lips this summer!!!


When it comes to ties, bow-ties - there is plenty of them on the market these days-but to find the good quality ones - it can be a challenge. The together with quality comes price tag which sometimes holds us back from making buying decision.

Just recently, I was introduced to LVJ haberdasher - brand created in 2012 by Luke James started LVJ with help, support and ideas of his close family. LVJ haberdasher is owned and operated by the family and they want to keep it this way. Everyone in the family brings a unique skillset to the table -that way they have really been able to leverage everyone’s strengths.
And what's most important for me - they are from Calgary!!!!

They started becoming increasingly disgruntled, and the idea to start their own accessories company was born - with several principles that will never change. 
First, it was very important for them that all of their accessories would be all made by hand. There is just no other way to pay the proper attention to details and provide the proper quality without making accessories by hand. Secondly, they wanted to provide truly unique accessories that were classy and would suit a gentleman. Lastly, their accessories are made in North America. There is just something to making something close to home.

What I found very important for me to know is that not only they put hours of testing and research into every detail of your tie & bow tie, but also they are designing all width, materials and patterns from scratch. 
LVJ haberdasher sources the absolute best materials and fabrics to hand make their ties. 
Most of the fabrics come from top mills in Italy and the UK and they use the best thread they could find, Japanese silk, and the top quality interfacing sourced from a UK mill. What is also very interesting-they don’t cut any corners!!!!

The brand goal is definitely to provide quality alternatives in men’s accessories to both men who already know how to dress, as well as men who would like to step up their dress.
"We feel our ties and bow ties are just that, the one piece that can really set you apart", says Luke James.

For more information - you can just visit their website at:

Hmm...But now the most exciting part of my feature - I am going to give away the beautiful bow tie from LVJ haberdasher for Father's Day!!!

If You would like to WIN this stylish accessory-then you have to:

1. "Like" us on Facebook - both

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 LVJ haberdasher

2. Follow Us on Twitter

3."Share"the contest on Your Facebook wall!!

4. "Leave" the comment here...:-)(optional)

We will withdraw one lucky Winner on June 14th, 2013!!!
Good Luck!!!


Each year - all jewelery lovers are waiting for this moment - launcheon of the Blue Book...
Even if you don't see the name on the book-you immediately know "what's that" just by looking at the book itself..It has to be Tiffany&Co:-)

The new Blue Book Collection draws on Tiffany’s legendary style, its tradition of beauty and excellence and its status as the world’s premier diamond jeweler to create an extravagant, euphoric, magnificent and magical celebration of the Jazz Age.

Blue Book 2013 bursts with the energy and innovation of the Roaring Twenties that transformed fashion and culture and gave rise to American glamour. The preeminent jeweler then and now, Tiffany created the diamond jewelry that adorned sleek new silhouettes and opulent supper club attire.

The metropolis became Tiffany’s muse for diamonds that glittered like the city’s Art Deco skyline.
With the elite of gemstones for which Tiffany & Co. is renowned, Blue Book’s master designers illuminate this fabled period with brilliant creations that explore Tiffany’s Deco legacy, which favored white diamonds and platinum punctuated with colorful gemstones in softly contoured settings. The designers’ breathtaking jewels move with Jazz Age exuberance and flow with the current of modern times.

Necklaces and diamond drop earrings share the sublime grace of New York’s skyscrapers such as 
the Chrysler building and Rockefeller Center. 
Bracelets drape the wrist with round and baguette diamonds hand set in the rhythmic patterns of a jazz composition. 

Art Deco’s vibrant color palette is reflected in rare, fancy color diamonds, treasures of the natural world that can be found only at Tiffany. Pink, orange, blue and green diamonds of rich color saturation combine with white diamonds in rings of pure symmetry; and rings with yellow diamonds are bordered with sapphires, spessartites and pink diamonds.

Personally, I am the fan of bracelets and couple of my favourites from the 2013 Collection are coarse bangle of a round and baguette diamonds in pave, bead and bezel settings, with milgrained and polished platinum (see first below), as well as Tiffany's butterfly bracelet with diamonds and cabochon Montana sapphires in platinum (second below)...

Having a glass of Moet Chandon while trying one of the Tiffany&Co rings (worth over $700.000) from the 2013 Blue Book Collection

To see the entire collection from Tiffany&Co Blue Book, please visit:


Maybelline New York & Air Canada Rouge Collaborate...

I was quite intrigued when I heard about new collaboration in which Maybelline New York will help transform the airline runways of Air Canada's newest leisure carrier - Air Canada rouge.

Helping the flight attendants walk the aisles in style in anticipation of the airlines July 1st launch - Maybelline New York announced that they will create distinct custom beauty, training and makeup-styling kits for the 150 attendants working on board the leisure airline!!

Just recently, media received sneak peak of the beauty looks created by Maybelline New York Canada's lead makeup artist - Grace Lee.
Grace, keeping in line with the definitive flight attendant allure, presented a beauty look characterized by a subtle cat eye, flawless skin and the perfect bold bright lip - a subtle twist on the classic...

"The Air Canada rouge beauty look is clean and fresh. With the bright lip as the central statement, its on-trend but super wearable", says Lee.


Are you ready for the summer season?Do you need help on how to look your summertime best?
National Makeup Artist for Guerlain Canada-Marie-Claude Brault shares her top 5 summer makeup tips!!!We all need some guidance once in a while-so I thought I would just share them with you:-)

Show off a clear complexion!!!

"This season the complexion is nude, natural and transparent.. Blush is swept aside for foundations and other light powders that produce a barely-there makeup effect and a naturally tanned, radiant complexion", explains Marie-Claude.
There are definitely two products you MUST have - Terracotta 4 Seasons - that helps reproducing natural sun-kissed glow; and Lingeie de Peau Booster de Beaute - that protects, evens out skin texture and minimizes flaws!!

Adjust the foundation!!!

While it is generally recommended to choose foundation shade lighter than your skin tone, summer is the ideal time of a year to bend the rules and opt for a more intense shade!!
You can try Terracotta Light - a very light powder that will give you a luminous complexion for sure!!

Enhance the complexion!!!

There is nothing better to enhance a complexion than a simple sweep of Terracotta powder for a flawlessly natural look!!They say - it is like three weeks of sunshine in just three seconds!!

Emphasize nails!!!

Marie-Claude encourage each of us to go little bit more crazy this summer season with eye-popping, long lasting nail colour!!
We have great choices between shades of coral's and red's - however pink is by far the hottest colour for the Summer 2013!!
It would be even more striking if we apply one of those shades not only on nails-but also toes and...lips!!!

Stay natural!!!

The best way to look beautiful this season is to look just natural and escaping from over-doing your makeup!! Remember - Less Is More!!!

Here is the list of Marie-Claude must-haves:
* Terracotta 4 Seasons $82
* Lingerie de Peau Booster de Beaute $54
* Meteorites Perles fluide Eclat les Ors base $78
* Terracotta Light $57
* Gloss d' Enfer $32
* Color Lacquer $25