Fashion-able: NYE inspiration for every celebration

With the apocalypse, unofficially, behind us and Y2K a distant memory (please tell us you are old enough to remember it) the world keeps spinning. Another year stretches out before us, promising a fresh chance to ditch vices and hit the gym more often (so long high-cal holidays, we’ll miss you). But the current order of business is celebrating in style. We’ve got an outfit to inspire your fashion choice for every possible NYE celebration:

House party

Try balancing your outfit by mixing sparkle, lace, leather or other glam details with daywear staples like a big purse, blazer or pants. Nobody want to look overdone but, hey, this is the party of the year.







Hot vacay

Bring on the sun! Anything goes when you’re celebrating on the beach but we love the playful colours, patterns and floaty fabrics seen below.









Club

Now is the time to sparkle and shine. Pump up the glam with metallic and black. Yes, it is cold (and hard to find a cab) but now is the time to bare those gams.








Night in
for two

Nothing says love like luxury casual wear. So pop on your fave cashmere sweater or even – gasp – your fave silky PJs and curl up by the fire or candlelight. Best accessory of all: a big warm blanket. 



Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013.


Rave: Holiday Dressing

So the start of the holiday season may still be a few weeks away
(Justin Bieber’s Christmas CD won’t be in rotation until December 1st. We’re counting down) but with
our busy schedules, and multiple holiday parties lined up, we’re already
planning our outfits (any excuse to wear metallic and sparkles!). Here are some
of our favourite looks for this holiday season.

Office party
If your holiday party is anything like ours, it starts off as a dinner but quickly becomes a dance party and sing-a-long. This Dallin Chase sequin dress will seamlessly take us from a tame dinner to the dance floor.

Buy it here.


Girls Christmas party
We want to be in the holiday spirit, but comfortable when
celebrating the holidays with our closest friends. These Fidelity Sheffield
Rose jeans fit the bill perfectly. Paired with a loose black blouse and pumps,
we’ll still be able to have an extra hors d’oeuvre (or two) and not have to worry
about exposing the inevitable food baby. 



Family Holiday Party
We LOVE this camilla and marc Great Fear Jacket to sport to
the family holiday party. The sleeves zip off – perfect for
hitting the town with cousins and siblings once the parents, aunts and
uncles have hit the hay after too much eggnog and spiced wine.



Boyfriend’s Family Holiday party
We want to look pretty, but classy for the boyfriend’s
holiday party. This PJK dress in maroon (the color of the season) is a perfect
feminine look for hanging with his g-ma & g-pa.



New Year’s Eve
The 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Collage Dress is the perfect
look for ringing in 2013. Crepe panels stand out on this sequinned shift dress that’s sure to 
start the year on the right foot. 





City Living: NYE parties

Two things happen once people stop trick-or-treating: Christmas lights go up and the question, “what are you doing for New Year’s?” is asked. Planning your night on December 31 can be stressful for some. That’s why we’re here to help shed some light on what is going on in and around the city on the last night of 2011. Here is where you’re most likely to find us at midnight on New Years Eve.

Dubbed “2012 DOOMSDAY”, the ping-pong club is letting folks hunker down for the catastrophic apocalypse. Their “survival guide” includes two bottles of sparkling wine, a shooter bottle of tequila, Jaegermeister or Jameson, a vat of punch, a case of beer and of course, a ping-pong table for the night. Gather 10 friends and shell out $1000/table (before Wednesday, December 21; after that it’s upped to $1250). Bookings can be made by emailing jessica@toronto.spingalactic.com.
Cottage Living
If you’re more of an escapee, we love getting a group of friends or family together and heading for the hills – you know, those big Ontario ones…

Prices can be steep at this time of the year, but a fire, board games and snow angels make it worth it. An awesome alternative to renting a hotel room is renting a chalet with a big group. Blue Mountain is a favourite of ours, because it also gives the option of hanging out in the village, a cozy area in the middle of the town, full of pubs, live music and yummy restaurants.

Drake Hotel’s Stardust New Year’s Eve

Go to Value Village, find some disco sparkle and platforms and head to Drake for their Stardust New Year’s Eve party. Whether you want to start your night there with a feast, head over to toast in the new year at midnight or stumble up to a room post=festivities, various tickets options give you free reign to choose. Make sure to choose a ticket that lets you sample some of their tasty fare – it’s worth it. Package details here



Elliott BROOD at Lee’s Palace

A Toronto music scene staple, this country-inspired party lets one kick off your stilettos, throw on a loose tank top and sashay into Lee’s Palace for the fourth annual Elliott BROOD NYE show. Sold out year after year, this trio belts out alt-country hit again and again. Come get your honky tonk on.

Dinner/House Party

For the low-key night, gather your closest friends, choose a house and ring in 2012 with some champers, potluck eats and watching the ball drop in New York’s Times Square on the boob tube. An intimate night that allows for actual conversation and friendly banter, it will likely be a bit less sloppy and a bit more filling.
Wherever the night takes you this year, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy 2012!

Special Media, Darling post: Holidays, Part 2

Remember our special Media, Darling post from last week? Welcome to Part 2! We asked some of our contributors to share with us their holiday plans, New Year’s resolutions and hopes for 2011. Here is what they told us:
Jen McNeely

What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
Wearing a dumb hat from my cracker at the dinner table. It’s probably the only real tradition we have.

Favourite store to receive a gift from?
Store? I prefer spa. Body Blitz in Toronto or Scandinave in Collingwood.

How will you spend your time off?
In my jammies, with a cup of tea, rolling around the carpet with my husband and dog.


Rebecca Zamon

What’s your favourite holiday tradition? 
When I was a kid, it was my dad taking me to the Eaton’s Centre’s Toyland – it was this magical place where there was every Barbie I’d ever wanted. Now that I’m an adult, I enjoy the grown-up version of this; coming across the extravaganzas that are the holiday windows at The Bay and Holt Renfrew. They always depict a fantasyland that I just want to jump into.

Favourite store to receive a gift from? 

Anthropologie. Between the clothing and the home décor items and the jewellery, I have literally never left that store without buying something that I’ve continued to adore for years down the road. It’s a sure bet that if you get something for me there, I’ll love it.

How will you spend your time off? 

In New Orleans! My parents, my boyfriend and I are heading down to NOLA for five days, and I can’t wait to experience the food, music and southern culture.

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?  
I don’t exactly believe in resolutions. There’s this great quote from author Anaïs Nin: “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.” I plan to spend 2011 doing just that – and add “by loving” to that list.
What was 2010’s highlight for you?
Twitter. Since joining in February, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting dozens of talented individuals in Toronto and connecting with many more throughout the country and abroad. Twitter has broken down barriers and made the industry (and the world)  a much more accessible place. For that, I am grateful.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
Next steps. New adventures. Leaps of faith. Great writers. Great writing. The last year before 2012. 

What is your New Year’s resolution? 
I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions.  I try to take advantage of or create opportunities that come my way during the year.
What was 2010’s highlight for you?
So many good blog things happened in 2010, but I really loved my trip to Los Angeles this summer.
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
It’s really short term, but I’m looking forward to my March ski vacation in Whistler.

What is your New Year’s resolution? 
I am a believer in New Year’s resolutions. It is one of the few common holiday traditions I like to take seriously. I usually try to choose something that is modest and measurable, making it easy to keep, but this year I’m feeling like I’m into audacious, broad, unmeasurable stuff. I want 2011 to be the year of YES. Whether asking or answering, I want my default setting to be on “just go for it”, and see what happens when I throw caution to to the wind and allow myself to be gutsy and uninhibited about doing what I want to do.
What was 2010’s highlight for you?
2010 was a mixed bag of a year for me, full of highlights and lowlights and sometimes no light. Above all, the highest point was also the lowest: the end of an eight-year relationship, a devastating moment that forced me to truly ask myself what I really wanted to do with my life, and then take some kind of action and move. Flying over the Atlantic for the first time to start a new life in a totally unfamiliar city has really been one of the most significant moments of my entire life so far.
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
I’m looking forward to exploring a continent where everything is very old, but very new to me. Hello Europe, I’m coming over.