Archive | August, 2011

According to Pam: Montreal Fashion Week

31 Aug

Hello, me again 🙂 I know I posted on Monday, and technically Wednesday is Fray’s day, but with his big move to the city he is “internet-less” for the next week!! So, I’ll be filling in today, blogging about an event that I am SUPER PUMPED about: Montreal Fashion Week. It’s true, just like New York and Paris, MTL has a fashion week of its own, and it’s happening the week of September 5th with most events taking place at Bonsecours Market. The shows are in collaboration with ELLE Quebec and the event itself is said to be ONE OF THE MOST GLAMOUROUS EVENTS in MTL. Tickets are still on sale for select designers (DUY, Dimitri Chris, Travis Taddeo) online at http://montrealfashionweek.ca/ and are going for $27,50 plus taxes!

PB&J (Pam, Ballard (which is Fray’s last name) and Jess- how cute is that?) looked at the shows: but we just could not find an event that fit in with our busy work and school schedules 😦

But, fear not my friends, are we really ones to miss out on such a FABULOUS event? On September 8th between 4pm and 12 am, we are going to be roaming St-Paul street, which will be closed off to vehicular traffic, for the annual “Soirée des Galleries!!

The tour of art galleries will unfold in the streets of Old Montréal to showcase the creative talent that thrives here at home! At the heart of this unique evening, an urban crowd for whom creativity is definitely in fashion!  To make your way around, simply follow the red carpets that will line the streets of Old Montreal along the trendiest route in town.  The participating galleries are listed on the Montreal Fashion Week website that I have listed above, make sure to check them out!

 

Ok, I have an appointment in 20 minutes (think I’ll make it?)

Off in a hury!

– Pam x

According to Jess: The Extension of Something Old into Something New

30 Aug

We’ve already established my obsession with food, but I’m about to shed light on my other passion: SHOES. That’s right people: I am a shoe-aholic. When it comes to heels, the higher the better, the flatter the never. One of my favourite shoe designers is ex-model (and still gorgeous) Brian Atwood. His beautiful creations have graced the feet of many members of Hollywood Royalty – including Rachel Bilson, Olivia Palermo, and Emma Stone (and probably all of their friends).

I am proud to announce that the long-time designer has just dipped his own feet into the middle market by designing a lower priced line entitled B by Brian Atwood. The shoes of the new line, priced approximately $275-$995, feature the Brian Atwood charm that the fans love, such as rich hues, eccentric textures, and of course sky-rocketing height!

Another Brian Atwood mega-fan is celebrity-stylist-turned-reality TV star-turned-fashion-designer AKA my idol Rachel Zoe. After successfully providing the Rachel Zoe luxe, boho-chic aura to the public with her clothing line for QVC, Zoe has decided to create a more haute line sold at high-end department stores across North America including Holt Renfrew, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The new, highly coveted (at least by me!) clothing line features classic staples with a significant Rachel Zoe-feel. Boasting wide-leg trousers exactly like those Zoe is frequently spotted in, tailored jackets (again, her own-closet inspiration), retro dresses made of sequins and ruffles, and one ridiculously gorgeous, rich, camel-toned cape that I NEED TO OWN.

All in all, real-life-best-buds Brian Atwood and Rachel Zoe have used their previous successes to debut their new collections, and in both cases, they did good work! Be sure to check out these new additions to the fabulous fashion world before the cold weather kicks in. After all, what’s the purpose of autumn if not to wear wool trousers, deep colours, and suede booties?!

Until next time,

Jess

According to Pam: Native Prints

29 Aug

School is starting, the weather is getting cooler and my nail polish color is getting progressively darker as the weeks pass. This can only mean one thing: Fall is here. Although I’m super bummed that summer is over-I am excited to see all my friends again (and read an actual book-I somehow made myself think that the July issue of Glamour was an intellectual and insightful read.)

Which Fall 2011 trend am loving right now? Native American Prints. It started in the spring and summer with Tory Burch’s bright printed skirts, and now we’re getting the prints in slightly more subtle, rich autumn colors. If prints are not really your thing- rich, deep colors such as different shades of orange, brown and purple are also appearing on the runways-completing the crazier patterns that designers like Sass&Bide and Free People are creating.

I saw these prints and colors when I spent a few days in Paris this summer and fell in love. I’m planning on hitting up TNT, Holts and Influence U in an attempt to find some crucial pieces-as well as Mango, Zara and Forever 21 for staples that will complete my outfit.

Accessories are a big one too! Think shaded fringe shell necklaces, colorful beads and tons of feathers. I saw a really cute pair of feather earrings at Editorial (1455 Stanley) that I absolutely fell in love with!

I’ve always wanted to try a more “Boho-chic” look, this trend is exactly what I needed to give me that added push.

Off shopping,

Pam xx

According to Jess: Vacation Living and Eating

28 Aug

As much as I love our beautiful city, winter’s -30 degree weather has made the hot, sunny beaches of Florida into my winter getaway! I love the Florida weather, the family time, the shopping, and of course, the eating (clearly, in case you haven’t figured it out, eating is my favourite sport). There is something so wonderful about blissfully cracking open crab legs while looking out into the endless ocean.

Unfortunately, there is no beautiful ocean to stare into in Montreal. However, the next best thing is Lucille’s Oyster Dive: a seafood restaurant on Monkland that offers some of the freshest seafood and the best Florida-esque environment in Montreal! When I first walked in, I felt like I was in Miami beach! The restaurant boasts a beach-shack style bar and terrace with a decor that only emphasizes the feeling of being on vacation! What could be better, after a long day at work, than having a few oysters with a glass of Champagne in a trendy, relaxed environment?!

Lucille’s offers a number of appetizers, including all of the “seafood favourites” like clams, mussels, and calamari! In fact, I opted for two appetizers instead of a main course, since I couldn’t make up my mind! I had the tuna tartare with black sesame seeds, sesame oil and soya, as well as the lobster salad: both of which were super fresh, and really gave off the impression that the chefs REALLY CARE about food!

The main courses all looked scrumptious as well..so thankfully, since I only had two appetizers, I had enough room to pick off of everyone’s plate!! They have everything from seafood platters to steaks and hamburgers, mostly accompanied by deliciously light side salads and super crispy fries. It seems like the most popular dish is the Lobster Roll, as everyone around me was eating it!!! 

I give this place a double thumbs up for excellent food and wine, friendly staff, and well-suited decor. I truly felt like I was on vacation!! I know you may be skeptical of seafood in a city with no sea…BUT DON’T BE!! Try it for yourself, and you’ll know what I mean!

Until next time,

Jess

According to Pam: Ibiza Occident

27 Aug

As soon as I saw a write up describing Gunter Schwalger’s documentary “Ibiza Occident” in the Gazette yesterday, I was instantly intrigued. The film is being featured at the World Film Festival this weekend only at theaters in the “Quartier Latin” district.

Although I’ve never been to Ibiza, I have ALWAYS wanted to go! Why do I have a feeling that this film will take me on a pre-trip journey through the crowded streets and music filled club scene? 😉

What do you all think? Is it worth the movie ticket??

– Pam x

According to Fray: white after Labour Day

26 Aug

Labour day is in 6 short days, and following fast behind is the old adage that states that we must refrain from wearing white as of the 1st of September. Our general response to this is usually “but of course!” but should really be, “what the hell?” Funerals and weddings are the only occasions in which white should be banned and even at that, you won’t get a ticket for sporting the blank.

No one really knows where this ‘rule’ of fashion stems from. Some research has pointed to the temperature, as white is a reflector of the sun, and should only be worn in summer. Other sources state that the from the late 19th century up until the 1950’s, the burgeoning middle class, with a growing interest in fashion, were not fully aware of the ‘regulations,’ and  ‘no white after Labour day’ was one of the guidelines. Various other sources state religion as the reason behind this mysterious rule,  pointing out that white is ‘an Easter colour,’ and one should refrain from wearing it any other time of the year. Most state that the dull, baron winter is no time for the colour of what crunches beneath your feet (or has buried your car). Southern Belles would agree, but without any concrete reasoning behind the banning of white after an otherwise meaningless holiday, we say scrap what ‘history’ says, and wear what you like (within reason of course! This is not a free for all).

White is light, neutral, and comfortable. It keeps us looking tan (reason enough for anyone, fellow albinos), and is a perfect layering colour and concealer…as it isn’t even a colour at all!

And if you really can’t manage to offend the fashion gods, then wear beige instead. You know I will!

Autumn will kick in soon enough, and the hell that is winter is a close second. Do you really need an unsupported rule of nothing bossing you around about what to wear? This isn’t casual dress day.

Live a little. Stay tan. Wear white.

Death to colour,
Fray x

According to Pam: Steve Jobs

25 Aug

Although this post doesn’t have much to do with the roaring Montreal nightlife or social scene, I couldn’t resist blogging about Steve Jobs’s resignation as Apple’s CEO. For as long as I can remember my classrooms have been filled with shiny and new Apple laptops, the only light in the dim class originating from the brand’s iconic Apple logo.

In fact, Jobs’s determination and dedication towards his product helped Apple Inc. attain the title as the world’s largest technology corporation.

The inspiration for this post comes after reading an article one of our facebook followers posted on the Renascence wall. It’s called “Jobs On life” – I’ll post the link down below because I think all of you should read it. In the article, Jobs preaches to a group of Stanford grads three crucial stories from his past.

The story that struck me most? Well, the one that reminded me of Renascence of course! As we’ve stated before, the dictionary definition of Renascence is the revival of something dormant. In our case, the revival of our friendship inspired us to create the tumblr which led to our blog. Writing about our experiences is something we love to do. Although this isn’t a full-time job today, we all decided to keep up this endeavor as long as we still love what we’re doing, perhaps take it further and further as the years progress. In the word’s of a man who built an empire, “…the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

In honor of Mr. Jobs, I’m going to head over to the Apple store on St-Catherine today. I don’t need a new laptop, Ipod or phone, but I want to somehow commemorate the “cult” that is Apple. I don’t know, maybe I’ll buy a laptop case or something.

Thank you for sharing this article with us Elyse Rowen.

It’s given me so much motivation to continue working on Renascence and do what I love.

Felicity

– Pam x

“Jobs on Life” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903596904576520690515394766.html