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Over $100,000 Raised for @TorontoFashion Incubator

Was great to be on the comittee with this group of young ladies. Thanks to the lovely Gail McInnes for including me and for making this event a HUGE success. My dress was vintage black suede peplum from Timeless Apparel and jewellery was graciously provided by Swarovski Canada.

Best social media committee ever: @geekigirl @styleblogca @backseatstylers

@reneeswilliams @casiestewart @laurenonizzle @advera #TFI25 <3

— Gail McInnes (@gailmcinnes) May 10, 2012

Photo Credit: Société Perrier Canada &  Becca Lemire for She Does The City

“Over 700 of Canada’s fashion elite flocked to the Royal Ontario Museum this past Thursday to take part in a milestone event for the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI). Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the TFI hosted guests at a champagne reception, VIP dinner, Barbie(R)-inspired celebrity fashion show, the annual TFI New Labels(R) fashion show competition and an after-party in the ROM’s Crystal. Thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) was awarded during the evening which was emceed by award-winning performer Jully Black and over $100,000 in net proceeds was raised for TFI. TFI25 also featured performances by award-winning student dance group the Wexford Gleeks and recording artist Anastasia A and an installation of 25 looks from the past 25 years curated by FLARE Magazine’s award-winning Fashion Director Elizabeth Cabral.” Read full release on Reuters. 

Toronto Fashion Incubator 25th Anniversary at the ROM

Thanks Spiro for this lovely shot of me & Nancy from Peacock Parade. She’s wearing Greta Constantine. My dress in vintage black suede from Timeless Apparel and jewels are from Swarovski. I love this collar, it was a hit. Sadly, I have to return them to the head office today.

I absolutely loved the jackets by Jameson Kane in the TFI New Labels show. Winner was Sid Niegum which wasn’t much of a surprise to me. Patrick L’Arrivee had some awesome avant garde style with nylon & hats. Loved it. Very gaga-esque. Runway Photos: Owen McLeod, The Style Lense. I was socializing & trying to ignore the hurt caused by my 6′ shoes.

See full coverage of the event on It’s All Style to Me.

In other fashion news, last week I was Trump Toronto for the premiere of the first short film from Greta Constantine called ‘From Sketch to Runway‘. It’s now online. watch it.

Stay stylish my friends,

Textile Fancy + Pop Princess + Toronto Fashion Incubator

I’ve mentioned 3F a couple times over the last month. The brand is new in Canada and I’m on the Board of Directors. Fancy, huh? I felt like ‘Young & The Restless’ joining the board!  The 3F flagship store is at Dundas Square & the company was launched to compliment and integrate the family business KTC (Kazareen Textile Company).

KTC is a leading supplier of apparel and textiles for some huge brands in North-America and Europe. Notable clients are Marks Work Wearhouse (see my posts on Mark’s here!), A&F, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy, and Calvin Klein. They have some agressive growth targets to open 33 stores in the next three years so you can see why I wanted to be part of the action!

The other day they had pop princess Aleesia in the store for a meet & greet with fans. 103.5 was on site broadcasting live too.

Next weekend at Metro Toronto Convention Centre all the girls from America’s Next Top Model will be in town and 3F is one of the Social Media Lounge sponsors. I’ll be backstage hanging out and probably feeling like a midget around all the models. Ha!

In other fashion news, Toronto Fashion Incubator celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary on May 3, next week. I’m on the Social Committee and I’d love to see you there. Get event and tickets  info here.  It’s almost sold out!

Now I am faced with the DAUNTING task of finding something to wear. Have some ideas? Your bff/sister/friend/mum is a fashion designer? LMK. I need to look fabulous!

I can’t believe it’s almost MAY. OH MY GAGA.

 

the cuban milk story

We’re really lucky in Canada to have all the luxuries we want, when we want them. We’re also really lucky to have such warm positive attitudes.

They’re not really as nice in Cuba as I originally thought. It’s like they look at us and see only money…and they want it. I learned they make something crazy like $20-50 Cuban pesos a month. So, I can see why…

They do this thing where they say “hi” and compliment you, then they ask if you need help finding something or to buy something and then ask for money.

We met a real asshole on the last day. He started chatting to us about how beautiful Cuba was and that he loves Canada but it’s to cold for him. He spoke pretty good English and was wearing a gold watch. He was persistent and kept with the handshakes which I didn’t like.

We tried to get away but then came the pitch “No money, don‘t want money but can you buy me some milk for my baby”. I didn’t see a baby anywhere. He said it was to take to the hospital for the baby. Ok, fine, its just milk, gonna be like a couple pesos.

We waited with him in this line at a small merchant shop in Old Havana. He asked me to order milk and the lady gave me a bag with about 4 litres and told me it was $20.

WTF. How the hell can it be $20? I was pissed. I told him that wasn’t cool and refused to pay for it. He tricked us.

We ended up returning 2 bags and paying the lady $10 for 2 litres of milk to get him off our back. We walked away cursing the dick as he walked behind us for a minute before disappearing. I’m sure he went back and returned the milk for cash.

It made me look at the people differently. They’re not nice, they’re poor and hungry and live in shit conditions. They’ve really got begging from tourists down to an sneaky science.

It may be cold in Canada but we’ve got warmer people and attitudes.

merry christmas from cuba amigos

I’m having a blast. Staying at a five star called Hotel Nacional de Cuba Not internetting very much cause it’s so freaking slow and painful. Figure I’m better to save myself the trouble and drink pina colada’s in the sun. Best pina’s here EVER!

Old Havana is so neat. I took about 8,000 photos walking around. Saw a cool show last night with musica & dancing.

That’s all for now…back outside to the sunshine! Have a great day, I am :)

Brunch Tomorrow? #‎TFIGuiltyPleasures

I’m starting  my weekend with the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s event tomorrow at The Drake Hotel. Post my 11am seating I’ve got an afternoon of GUILTY PLEASURES! A 90 minute massage followed by manicure and pedicure. I can’t WAIT! Deets on the TFI event below.

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If you are looking for something fun to do tomorrow morning, this is it! If you’ll be there LMK :)

One of my guilty pleasures arrived yesterday, shoes from Nasty Gal! I just can’t hold myself back from ordering from there. I’ve got a jacket on it’s way too!

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Happy Friday!

<3 CASIE

Yorkdale Expansion Opens Today w/ Ted Baker & More!

Last night I ventured uptown to Yorkdale Mall for the VIP pre-opening of the $220 million expansion. Yorkdale added 145,000-square feet of space 800 more parking spots, 27 new stores and a high-end food court. Five upscale stores are making their debut in Canada: Microsoft, Tesla Motors, Ted Baker London, Kate Spade and Ann Taylor Loft.

As an Ambassador for Ted Baker in Canada, I was extremely happy to hang out in the store, try on clothes and meet the entire team. I got a few goodies too, Scuba dress, bulldog scarf, I haven’t been to Yorkdale in ages and it’s really quite a lovely destination. Stop into the Ted Baker store this weekend for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree. Hellooooo!

 


Ted Baker London Launch in Toronto

Storified by CASIE STEWART · Fri, Nov 16 2012 09:01:55

All 3 in one photo! @GracieCarroll @itsallstyletome @casiestewart @ted_baker #TedBakerYKD http://pic.twitter.com/vIpo2YwnBest of Toronto
Attention #Toronto! Come stop by the FIRST Canadian @Ted_Baker store at @YorkdaleStyle, now open! #TedBakerYKD http://pic.twitter.com/jNZKRDgpFaulhaber Comm
Admiring gourmet-style fish’n'chips fm @partsnlabour @ted_baker @Photostar @YorkdaleStyle #toronto #mylifeasapromogirl http://pic.twitter.com/DJo8HVkxCarrie Davis Kiborn
We caught @styleblogca at the @Ted_Baker launch tonight @YorkdaleStyle! #TedBakerYKDFaulhaber Comm
I mean, really? Stunning doesn’t describe it well enough @Ted_Baker. Brilliant #Preview tonight. #Yorkdale2012 http://pic.twitter.com/1tBrNeuSDylan Dias
RT @clickflickca: Hello @casiestewart @ted_baker http://yfrog.com/h7mogtijCASIE STEWART
@Ted_Baker #Obsessed with this piece! Had a brilliant night in a brilliant store. #Yorkdale2012 http://pic.twitter.com/oev9vZG0Dylan Dias
“@ted_baker: Ted has arrived in Toronto! Our new store @YorkdaleStyle is now open! http://pic.twitter.com/AfyQKAtj” @leo_savageOliver Worsley
We love it! "@Shes_So_Savvy: @ted_baker ill take one of these please @yorkdalestyle http://pic.twitter.com/PPfVnd4C”Ted Baker
RT @chrisdionne: Cutest @casiestewart right now @DieselCanada. #DieselYorkdale http://pic.twitter.com/kFwadFFtDieselCanada
New ted_baker bag has puppy print inside. #love http://instagr.am/p/SGKS_DSa3t/CASIE STEWART
In love with my first @Ted_Baker dress. The Scuba, its neoprene!casiestewart
I got you my pretty, with the little dogs too. Cc ted_baker #London http://instagr.am/p/SGN-3DSa6Z/CASIE STEWART

Fashion Preview: Swarovski Tropical Paradise 2013

Last night in between work, Fashion Week shows, and an awesome event at The Spoke Club, I stopped into the Shangri-La Hotel to preview the new Swarovski ‘Tropical Paradise’ collection. There were so many nice things. I feel like I say that every single time I go to a Swarovski preview ex. here, here, here, and here.

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They have some nice glasses too. This photo does neither of us justice!

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I LOVE that beetle.

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All photos taken with current mobile device the HTC One S on Telus. It has an awesome camera. I kinda miss android a little. I uploaded the images all using WordPress for Android. great lil’ app there. The interface on Android is nicer than iPhone.

Huge thank you to Swarovski Canada for the invite and beautiful gift from the new Tropical Paradise collection. See below for some of my fav pieces and Chantal’s cute outfit.

HOW NICE IS IT OUT TODAY!

Much love,

<3 CASIE

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