Fashion-able: BeachMint

Some of the most exciting news to be announced over the holidays was the arrival of BeachMint in Canada. If you’re not familiar, this little family of sites – including, and – offers fabulous online shopping including clothing, jewellery and shoes.
Being savvy shoppers ourselves, we immediately signed up and took the quick personal style quiz, then became members (free!). It was quite adept at determining which pieces would best suit our individual styles. Like a Cosmo quiz, but they choose shoes we like. Fun. 

Every month, the site selects an item that they think you’ll love – whether it’s shoes from, t-shirts from or yep, jewellery from – and send it directly to your inbox. You can buy the piece, switch it for something else or skip the month entirely. Plus, it’s super affordable. StyleMint t-shirts are $29.99, JewelMint pieces are $29.99 and ShoeMint shoes are $79.98.

Here are some of the pieces that grabbed our eye right away: features t-shirts designed by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen – we adore the I’m Almost Not Crazy classic crew T. features jewellery co-designed by Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter – we dig this Madison Avenue Ring. shoes are co-designed by Rachel Bilson and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez, and manufactured by shoemaker Steve Madden – we are drooling over the Edith shoe in black.

Follow each of the Mint sites on Twitter (@StyleMint, @JewelMint, @ShoeMint) to hear news about new products, industry tidbits and warnings that the cute pair of suede wedges are down to the last pairs.  How does a girl choose between jewels, shoes and shirts? We don’t. We signed up for all three.

Meet our team: Amalia

Amalia is one of our newest team members, and has been a lovely addition to the fourth floor. She’s just graduated from Algonquin College, after studying Public Relations for two years. Previously, she graduated from the same college with a degree in hospitality management.

The only child (she wishes she had a sister!) is originally from Bogota, Colombia and moved to Ottawa with her mom in 2003. She loves to travel, and has visited eight countries so far. She secretly loves reality TV, especially any show on MTV. When she grows up, she wants to have dinner parties every weekend, a walk-in closet and a career in PR. We say she’s off to a running start.

How long have you been part of the team?

Two months. 

What do you love most about living in Toronto?
I’ve only been living in the city for two months, but I can easily say that I really like the diversity of the city the best. Everything from the architecture to the people you see in the streets, from the west end to the east end, everything is so unique. (I love you too, Ottawa!)

What song gets you out on the dance floor?
Anything by Justin Timberlake. Wanna see me dance? Throw on Sexy Back and you will witness this girl jamming like it’s 2006 all over again.

Favourite movie of all time?
I think I’d have to say a toss between The Holiday and any of the Harry Potter movies. As far as The Holiday goes, there’s something romantic about the little cottage in the outskirts of London, and Jude Law is very easy on the eyes. Harry Potter and I go way back. My best friend and I (hi Steph!) even made a point to go to the midnight showing of the latest movie (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows). We totally geeked out, and stood in line for almost five hours.
How do you like to relax?
Sitting in my backyard, and listening to the sounds around me. It’s funny how little attention we pay to our surroundings, and every now and then, it’s good to be reminded of all the simple things around us.

Best part about being a publicist? 
So far, I love that I am always doing different projects. My best moment to date has been interviewing Carly Pope for On The Fourth Floor.

A little more from the fourth floor: 

Website: Hands down, Lainey Gossip.

Designer: I covet all Steve Madden shoes. Boots. Heels. Name it, I own it.

Store: Harnn and Thann (in Ottawa). They sell amazing skincare products.

Book: Into The Wild. Though I only read this book a couple of months ago, it’s still haunting me (in the best way possible).

Snack: Granola bars.

Season: Fall, nothing beats crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. 

Sexy: Silk.

Inspiration: My mom and grandma.

Drink: Chamomile tea, as an iced tea. Try it, it’s super refreshing. 

Motto in two three words: Love it All.