Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Organic Quilt Company: New to Our Humble Abode!

Organic Quilt Company handcrafts                                     
the finest quality, certified-organic cotton quilts,
blankets, and accessories for babies and toddlers. 

Available many lovely colours and the fabrics are as soft as they look. Handmade in Hudson, Quebec, these bibs, burp cloths and receiving blankets. They make wonderful shower gifts and will be treasured items for your baby or the special little ones in your life.

Our Humble Abode is right beside Model Citizens, tucked underneath the stairs. We have lovely gift selection and items for your humble abode!

Model Citizens Members Cocktail Event- THIS FRIDAY at 7:30pm-9:30pm

We are so excited to invite you to our first ever Members Only Cocktail Night! 

We are going to get the evening started at 7:30p. While you sip champagne and taste some of our delectable sweets, you will have the MEMBERS privilege of shopping in a fun atmosphere outside of store hours. Guests will be greeted at the door, where we will take your coat. You'll want to make an effort to arrive on time to receive a special Model Citizens Swag Bag (limited quantities folks- and they are sa-weet!).

For those of you wondering what it means to be a "member", it would mean that you purchased our year-long membership card. If you can't remember how it looks, it's the cute lil' card that says "I ♥ MC" in green and purple! If you haven't made the leap and signed up, here's how it happens:

You pay a once a year fee of $25, you will receive 10% off every purchase you make for an entire year- and yes, unlikely many other memberships, our card discount is stackable with in store sales. So you know our big Boxing Day sale? Yep. Members get another 10%!! Not to mention discounts on alterations, and invites to special events like these!

Members are strongly encouraged to bring a pal or two- it's gonna be fun! If they are without discount card and would then like to take advantage of the 10%, they will be offered the card for $12.50!

Come check out this one night only mega shopping opportunity! All clothes are available for purchase that night, no holds will be permitted. Once the clock strikes 9:30 all clothes will go back into our mystical magical wardrobe and business as usual will resume Saturday morning. Don't miss out!!

OH! And we're getting fancy! We've needed an excuse to get prettied up all winter, join us!! :)

XO, Model Citizens Staff!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford: Oscars 2012

I think this may be my favourite of the night. Unbelievably minimalist and so clean and luxurious that it makes me salivate. I love this look so much and she is a vision. Also, Tom Ford is a a genius.

Meryl Streep in Lanvin Oscars 2012

Meryl Streep in Lanvin. Beauty!

Tina Fey Oscars 2012

My idol, Tina Fey is wearing Carolina Herrera (exclusively) and I think she looks so chic. The shape is lovely and right on trend. I would have loved to have seen a colour on her, but it doesn't take anything away from this fabulous dress.

Emma Stone Oscars 2012

I just love this Giambattista Valli dress. Best Dressed list for sure. It is a bit reminiscent of Nicole Kidman a few years back, but it doesn't matter. It is so stunning and Emma looks youthful and lux.

Octavia Spencer at the Oscars 2012

Octavia Spenser in Tadashi. Absolutely beautiful in this sparkly number. The fit is great and so is the colour. We love it!

Rooney Mara Oscars 2012

Rooney Mara is stunning in Givenchy- one of the best of the night.
 So young yet so vintage and classic

George Clooney and Stacey Keibler at the 2012 Oscars!

What a couple! Not only does George Clooney look so devilishly handsome, his girl Stacey looks luscious and statuesque in this stunning Marchesa number. The colour is perfect for her and so different than anything else on the carpet! 

Jessica Chastain Oscars 2012

Jessica Chastain in McQueen. How different for her- but so very edgy and baroque. The gold colour is beautiful with her skin and she has accessorized this dress perfectly- with nothing.

Rose Byrne at 2012 Oscars!

Rose Byrne from "Bridesmaids" is absolutely firece in this Vivienne Westwood number. Her hair is so great with this look the chunky sequins are a fantastic texture for a black dress. 

Check Out Mila Jovovich at the 2012 Oscars!

Absolute perfection for Mila Jovovich at the 2012 Oscars! Elie Saab Couture. Vintage, classic old hollywood. Stunning! I predict she will be on the Best Dressed List this year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spring Essentials: The Trenchcoat

Model: Clare Asquith
Photographer: Brian Ricks
Long Searle Trench, Steve Madden platforms, Givenchy silk scarf, escada sunglasses

Models: Ian and Sandy
Photographer: Brian Ricks

Coach trench, ferregamo ballet flats, vintage polkadot dress

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mary Walsh's Dancing with Rage Video

Check out Mary Walsh's new video for her latest one woman show at the LSPU Hall (on now). Spectacular Ladies!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Our Humble Abode Valentines Gift Basket! Limited Quantities Available!

A La Tarte (local) is a great little company with a whole lot of heart! We have loads of great preserves, perfect for a co-worker, foodie friend, mother, significant other or for a treat just for you! Pair these great locally made products with a "Jams and Preserves" book, Blue Dragon Pottery cheese dish or get the trio of three to make the perfect gift!

Check out this Special Valentines Gift Basket- Prepared by Our Humble Abode Staff! Limited quantities available!

Jams and Preserves Book, Little Mountain Sweet Home Journal, pottery mug, 3 a la tarte! jams and a floursack lemon tea towel. Retail Value: 115.00
Basket Price: 100.00

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's CRAAZZZY! A $20.00 Dress Sale Rack!?!

                                                                  Special Sale Dress Rack $20.00
                                                                               Get at me.

My Funny Valentine (mistake)

Happy Wednesday lovers! The weekend is quickly approaching (yah!) and right after the weekend comes the day we love (or love to hate)... Valentine's Day!  This year at Model Citizens and Our Humble Abode, we have been scratching our brains for creative and fun ideas for V Day. If y'all wanna read a little bit more on our fave mushy jams and Valentine's activities, check out our latest newsletter by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

So what are your plans? We'd love to hear about them... assuming they are shareable :). Singles night with pals, mommas and dads, new lovebirds, longtime lovebirds- what are you getting up to on Feb. 14th?

One of my favorite Valentine's dates involved eating a lovely homemade meal on a makeshift low table and chairs (made from couch cushions) on the living room floor. We watched 30 Rock, drank hot chocolate with Kahlua, took our time, didn't clean up right away... and I even turned off my phone!  The Stargazer lilies and chocolates were certainly a nice touch but it was the time that mattered. The laughing and forgetting about work, school, etc. and truly enjoying the person I was dining with.

 It was comfortable and silly... and I was wayyy over dressed ! Of course he didn't care, but I was wishing I had gone with the jeans and cute top that I had wanted to wear. I stood in that closet for the better part of the afternoon. I started getting ready after LUNCH for a dinner date! It was a pretty new relationship and I didn't have a clue about what to wear. I talked to about 85 girlfriends and even bought a couple new pieces (so silly)... instead of listening to my head and wearing what I knew would be ME. So while laughing along to Liz Lemon, I was wishing the entire time I wasn't having a Liz moment, still wearing 4" heels amongst the cushions and hauling up my too tight pants.

So ladies, if any of you are like me, and love to get it PERFECT... word of advice: wear what you know, because yes you can KNOW clothes. How they fit and feel, how comfortable they are for sitting (or walking), and how much they make you sweat, or freeze! Not exclusive to Valentine's, here are some of my all time favorite date night get ups. calls this out fit perfect for a girl's night out. Grab your ladies and head for a drink, or pair with boots and a jacket and go for a late night coffee and stroll with your guy.

This next picture is similar to what I will be sporting this year. 

Comfortable pants and cardi, super flirty girly touches, and an easy tank. Tres femme, tres simple.

If you are heading out for a fancier affair and would like to take the night to amp it up, you don't need to sacrifice comfort for sexy. Some of my fave looks:

 A sweater dress! Looser fitting sweater dresses with a shorter hemline and dark tights are SUPER cute.  This little Urban Outfitter's number brings the sexy to the back.

If a tighter or more glam look is what you're looking for, i'm still stressing not to ditch the comfort. Stretch! Wrap dresses, ultra hot! Belts for a teeny waist. 

I keep stressing the comfort for one reason only- you will never LOOK or FEEL more attractive then when you know you look good, and you're able to be yourself- comfortable in your clothes! Be YOU after all, you're the Valentine!

No matter where, with whom, or what you end up doing, have fun peeps!
ML :)