My friend warned me she thought my new designer dress was a bit over the top for a casual housewarming party – with 70 of our closest friends. But then, I don’t take her unsolicited advice very often.
Following on the heels of last year’s vintage wrap dress for my big 3-0, this year was a wrap too, but flea market it wasn’t. The undisputed first lady of the wrap – Diane von Furstenberg – designed this hot little number:
Which looks like this on:
How can a lowly, unpaid Walrus intern afford such extravagance? Four words: Holt Renfrew Last Call. Regular $445, this LBD was marked down to $150 with an extra 50 per cent off. The deals were so hot, I picked up this maxi dress by L.A.s’ t-bags for $60:
And while Furstenberg isn’t a close, personal friend, I’m blessed to count two young, Toronto designers as my pals, mostly because they’re super awesome, but also because they make me fabulous things.
Jessica Smith, a French pastry chef, trained at Le Cordon Bleu who spent last year working at Yautcha, Alan Yau’s Michelin-star teahouse and dim sum restaurant in Soho, London – made this cake. It served 100.
And Erin Tracy, an established jewelry designer who is taking over the world one bangle at a time, made me the necklace I’m wearing in the top picture, along with matching earrings and Grecian-inspired bangles.
Armed with designer cake, dress and jewels – there was just one more accessory needed – the perfect stubby holder.
($6 at the Beer Store) grrrr.