Remembering Kate Spade

I am still in disbelief over the passing of Kate Spade.

It came as such a shock.  We were eating lunch at the studio on Tuesday when Maggie said, “Oh my goodness, Kate Spade died.”  I think I said “What?” three times before it registered.

Kate Spade and her brand has been loved by all of us here at glamjulz.  I have always been drawn to her classic style.  She had this amazing design talent to bring back all of the elements of the 50’s and 60’s in a new way that was relatable to all women.  When I think of the Kate Spade brand I feel like she knew me.  She, of course, grew up with the same influences that many of us had.  For me her clothing was designed as though she had rifled through my Mom’s sewing patterns from the 1960’s with gorgeous a-lined dresses, cute short jackets and slim lined trousers in pastels and pretty little floral patterns.  The colours of Kate Spade’s purses and shoes in their cheery sherbert colours looked like they came right from the flavour selection at Baskin Robbins.  Her jewelry designs make such a statement and all of the details like the butterflies, the cherries, the pink flamingos, the daisies and the bows have always brought back memories of some of my most beloved collectables as a child.

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What Does Success Mean To YOU?

Friday night we celebrated being women at the glamjulz studio!

The studio was filled with kind, generous community minded women.  They came with boxes and boxes of clothing to give back to our friends at Dress for Success Toronto!

We kicked the evening off with an amazing talk from Success Coach, Tahira Bharmal who shared with us how to define (more…)

I AM a Badass!

I think that no matter what age we are, we can always improve and learn how to make a better life for ourselves.  It’s just plain old human evolution.  We never want to get stuck or in a rut and end up bitter, resentful or defeated.  We are here on planet earth to flourish, to love and be loved.  We should know that with (more…)

Meghan and Victoria Say it with Flowers

I have to admit I felt a little tweak of regret as I looked through my Facebook feed yesterday morning!  So many people celebrated the Royal Wedding in style with early morning brunch, gathering together friends and family to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot.  I kind of wish I’d done the same but nevertheless I have enjoyed watching the highlights.

This weekend we celebrate the Royal Wedding as well as our beloved May 2-4 weekend!  In a few short days Queen Victoria would have celebrated her 199th birthday.  Did you know that thanks to Queen (more…)

Super Mom and Baby T

You all know our beautiful Natasha!  It’s hard to believe she has been with glamjulz for 3 whole years now.

When I first met Natasha she was in her late 30’s.  She was working at Trixie’s Boutique in Grimsby and I was showing glamjulz to her for the boutique.  We developed an instant friendship.  Natasha had been through divorce (more…)

Designing and Creating for Women

I am so absolutely thrilled with the way the glamjulz spring collection is being received this year.

I designed the collection around the different characteristics of a woman because I wanted women to have (more…)

Toronto Strong

Last week cast a dark cloud over Toronto when the devastating news was released about the deadly van attack in the north part of our beautiful city.

I saw an old friend on Facebook post, “This happened on my street, please don’t worry, we are all okay.”  My phone went off several times the next morning with messages from (more…)

Maybe Mother Nature Really Does Know Best

My friends and family always say to me, “Don’t be so hard on yourself, you have no control over this.”

The truth is I am hard on myself.  I blame myself if a show has a low turnout, if a sale isn’t a huge success, if a new design does not appeal to everyone.  Yup it’s a self-deprecating terrible habit.  It’s also the way I get trapped into thinking small.  Thinking big is (more…)

We’ll always have Paris!

Whenever I drive into Toronto the “An American in Paris” billboards call to me!

I finally did something about it and asked my Mom if she would like to join me.  In typical Mom fashion her response was, “Yes!  My treat!”  Geeeez am I ever a lucky kid!

Our evening began with a windy walk up John Street discussing what we would like to eat for dinner before the show.  Seafood was high on the list of possibilities.  In all the excitement we walked right on King instead of left to where all the restaurants are.  I find when I’m with my Mom we always end up in the right place at the right time when we veer from the path.  We stumbled upon a lovely little cozy Mexican restaurant called Los Colibris where we scored the last two seats for dinner.  We indulged in Salmon, Yellow Tail and Shrimp Ceviche.  All separate dishes, delicious in their own way!

When the first dish arrived and our Sauvignon Blanc was poured my Mom asked, (more…)

Stepping Into Our True Selves

Do you ever feel like you know yourself so well that no one could possibly ever tell you something about yourself that you didn’t already know?

Have you ever asked yourself what makes you loveable?  What is the magic that you give to others?  What is it about you that makes people want to be in your company?

These are not easy questions to answer, well not for me anyway.  To be honest, I’ve never (more…)