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02/12/2016

Celebrate lasting love with a catering staff that loves to please

 

So your parents are approaching their 50th wedding anniversary – that's a pretty rare feat these days, so it's time to getAtmosfera Bar Ristorante Lounge in Mississauga, Ontario on board to start planning a big party.

The professional staff at the beautiful and private venue will be happy to sit down and discuss the details of everything you'll need to make the bash a success. What's even better is that you can invite up to 140 of your parents' closest friends to join the celebration (if it's a surprise, hopefully they can all keep a secret!).

Tell your mom and dad you're taking them out to dinner – then wow them with a room full of loved ones waiting to celebrate their bond. Or, if they're not as much into big surprises, let them be part of the planning process and hand pick the guests. Either way, it will be a great way to show your appreciation for everything your parents have done for you during your life, as well as everything before that.

Perhaps your parents are better suited to staying where they're comfortable – close to home. No problem; you can throw a fantastic party with as many guests as you'd like at the venue of your choosing. The friendly staff at Atmosfera will bring hot and delicious food from a great menufull of seafood, pasta and meat right to the do.

Imagine the look on their faces when some of the same guests that witnessed your parents' wedding show up to their 50th anniversary party. This is a great chance to reunite relatives and friends that have fallen out of touch, but still want to show a token of their love.

Your parents will only celebrate 50 years once, so make it memorable with the help of event planners at Atmosfera!Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | red formal dresses

 

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01/12/2016

To Audrey with love: a fashion designer’s tribute

 

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One of the fashion world’s greatest platonic love stories almost never came to pass, when in the 1950s French couturier Hubert de Givenchy at first refused a request to design for Audrey Hepburn.

“When Audrey came to me and asked me to make her dresses for the film ‘Sabrina’, I didn’t know who she was. I was expecting Katharine Hepburn,” Givenchy said in an emotional press conference for the opening of a new exhibition of his creations in The Netherlands.

“She arrived looking so vulnerable, so graceful, so young and sparkling” dressed like “a young girl today” in cotton trousers, ballerina flats and T-shirt which showed off her belly-button, carrying a straw gondolier’s hat, the designer recalled.

“But I wasn’t really in any condition to make a major wardrobe for ‘Sabrina’ and I told her, ‘No, Mademoiselle, I can’t dress you.’”

Luckily for fashionistas everywhere, Hepburn was not to be dissuaded and sweetly invited Givenchy to dinner. By the end of that meal in 1953, the aristocratic French designer had fallen under the spell of the petite actress. So began a creative friendship which lasted down the decades until the British film star died of cancer in 1993.

“She persuaded me, how lucky I was to have accepted,” Givenchy said.

Creator of personality

The retrospective of Givenchy’s designs for his friend and style icon entitled “To Audrey with Love” has just opened at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, and lasts until late March.

It is the designer’s homage to his muse and Givenchy has personally selected many of the 100 outfits featured in the collection, a few of which have never been seen in public before, in what he calls a “journey through her wardrobe”.

In the 1954 romantic comedy “Sabrina”, Hepburn appeared alongside then screen heart-throb Humphrey Bogart, and in one key screen wore a sophisticated, floating ivory ball dress edged in black with embroidered black flowers—a Givenchy creation.

The same year, she wore a delicate ivory lace Givenchy creation for the Oscars where she won the Best Actress award for “Roman Holiday”.

Givenchy was to remain by her side for many of her most iconic films such as the 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Charade” in 1963 and some of his most memorable outfits from those films are on show.

Using everything from satin to tulle and silk, his imagination flourished as he designed for Hepburn both on and off-screen.

“Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality,” she once said.

The exhibition has taken a year to put together, with Givenchy, now 89, overseeing every detail, and hoping to pay tribute to his muse’s “elegance and style.”

It also includes a collection of beautiful jewellery, accessories, scarves and hats, as well as sketches, drawings, photos and film stills.

Protected by silk

Imbued with a sense of nostalgia for the fashion of decades past, the collection nonetheless shows how the actress’s style has remained remarkably fresh and contemporary. Hepburn knew how to bring her clothes to life through “her beauty, personality and lightness of spirit,” Givenchy said.

In some ways it is also a homecoming, as Hepburn was the daughter of a British banker and a Dutch baroness, and had deep ties to The Netherlands.

After Hepburn was appointed in 1988 as a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency UNICEF, she would often give interviews wearing a simple silk or satin T-shirt. She told Givenchy recounting the horrors of war she had seen that “thanks to this small piece of silk, I feel protected because you are close to me.”

At the end of her life, they were again united through a piece of material when he visited her at her home in Switzerland as she battled cancer.

Hepburn gave him a navy blue quilted coat urging him “when you are sad, wear this and it will give you courage.”

“From Geneva to Paris, I wept in the jacket she had given me,” he said, still overcome with emotion two decades after her death.

“Audrey will never go out of fashion. She is current. And her image continues to amaze us.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

 

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28/11/2016

Around Town: Holiday spirit fills the Empress

 

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You couldn’t blame Cory Young for appearing so surprised by the multitude of Christmas trees that awaited him at the Fairmont Empress on Thursday.

For the Seattle-based newlywed, whose family flew here from Chicago to celebrate his marriage to his Canadian bride, Brenna, their wedding day coincided with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, after all.

“I didn’t expect to see all these Christmas trees,” said the dapper groom. “In America, we don’t start thinking about Christmas Eve until after today.”

Their fashionable entourage’s arrival a week after the 25th annual Victoria Festival of Trees got underway at the Fairmont Empress and the Bay Centre, with 85 trees combined, was a bonus, he said.

“This beautiful scenery has added to our wedding day,” beamed Young, whose bride chose the Fairmont Empress as the venue for their 30-person wedding party.

“It’s a beautiful place. It has that old-timey kind of feel, but at the same time it’s kind of elegant,” he said. “So we both immediately fell in love with it.”

The B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraiser invites visitors to browse and donate as they vote for their favourite trees creatively decorated by community sponsors, organizations and businesses.

Participants compete for the People’s Choice award by collecting votes and raising funds. A new feature, Text-To-Vote, now lets voters even text donations from their smartphones.

Funds raised, including $138,000 last year, contribute to the Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports research into childhood diseases, life-saving equipment, rehabilitation and other hospital needs.

This year’s Times Colonist entry — an elaborate Grinch Whoville-themed tree displayed in the walkway between the hotel and Victoria Conference Centre — was selected as first place in the Judge’s Choice category.

Runners-up in this category were trees decorated by Save-on-Foods and Broadmead Care Society, with the Reid’s Choice award going to the Victoria Disabillity Resource Centre.

The Spirit of Giving category, which encourages team fundraising, recognized the Bay Centre, which donated $5,000 toward the purchase of new machinery for the hospital’s cardiology program.

Fairmont Empress director of operations Cole Millen said it has always been an honour for the hotel to participate in the holiday tradition.

“The Empress has been part of the community since 1908 and we have many traditions, and this is one of our favourites,” he said.

“People get to come and see what we have to offer, and we also get to give back to the community through sharing our property and our space.”

There were plenty of American tourists in the hotel Thursday, including two men from Seattle who decided to celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving by treating themselves to the newly renovated hotel’s high tea.

“It’s Thanksgiving at home but we decided it would be good to come because it’s during a quiet period, and it’s not a holiday here,” said Jason Hunke.

“It’s such an iconic hotel. It reeks, in all the best ways, of the beautiful colonial vibe that is so wonderful in Victoria.”

And no, they joked, they weren’t secretly plotting to move here because of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.

“No, we’re just thinking happy thoughts while we’re here,” quipped Rich Nolle.

Ryan and Marie Herdt, visiting from Puyallup, Washington, encountered the festival trees while here to celebrate their 15th anniversary.

“We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we really don’t celebrate Christmas,” said Ryan.

“But we do think they’re beautiful,” added Marie, noting it was the couple’s first visit to Canada.

Their itinerary included high tea, a “food crawl,” checking out local castles, shopping and “soaking up everything Victoria has to offer.”

The couple was relieved that because of their beliefs, they wouldn’t have to weigh in on Trump’s election victory.

“One thing about Jehovah’s Witnesses is that we’re politically neutral,” said a smiling Marie.

“It doesn’t affect us one way or another,” said Ryan. “We put all our faith in God and believe He is our Saviour.”Read more at:year 12 formal dresses

 

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