Friday, 29 April 2011


Today while everyone else is madly blogging about the Royal Wedding, Princess Catherine's Alexander McQueen dress and that wonderful 1st kiss, I will instead be telling you about one of my most talented, and fabulous BFF's Kimberly.

She is a Milliner in New Orleans. She makes amazing, to-die-for hats and some of them were commissioned FOR the Royal Wedding today.

She truly gives PT some SERIOUS competition! 

Her hats always win awards at the Kentucky Derby (May 7th) and I feel SO incredibly lucky to own 2, that's right, TWO of them!

Did I mention how UBER proud of her I am!? Every self-respecting dame needs to own one these!

Deciding which one of them I'm going to wear at work today is going to be a hard, hard choice however!

Let the endless conversations about her fabulousness begin!

Happy Royal Wedding Everyone!

XOXO The Fashion Ninja
Lizz de Savoye


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Brides' Project


To quote their website:
"The Brides’ Project has two very important purposes: to provide every bride with the things she needs for a beautiful wedding within her budget, and to support cancer charities by donating all our profits."

How amazing is that!?

In that spirit, my little Sister, Monica and I went there to shop for her wedding dress on Saturday.

Helen and Emma (the fabulous ladies that helped us that day) were so supportive and really let us have a bawl trying on their gorgeous gowns!

So how does it work?

Well, like any other Bridal Salon, you must 1st make an appointment.  AND you must be early (if not on time). There are many Brides out there who need their hour and half just as much as anyone else!  We were early and got the most out of our time. In fact, we finished early!

Why anyone would bring their Starbucks coffee to their appointment is beyond me. But apparently this is a common occurance! Aaaaand a BIG NO-NO!!! I mean, why don't you just draw a big ol' happy face on your dress with bright pink lipstick while you're at it!?  Apparently common sense is STILL anything but common. 

For the record, we were good girls, read the rules and did NOT bring any beverages what-so-ever.

We also brought our own slippers as well.  No outside footwear is a great idea!  These dresses are too gorgeous to contend with city grime!

This was just one of many delightful rooms we were aloud to play in! Wisely, each room was divided into size category.  There's no point falling in love with something you can't alter to fit you!

Helen was wonderful in educating us about how to find the right size, how to properly carry and re-hang the dresses and how bridal sizing in general works.

And I loved how hands on she let us be.  There was no micro-managing in our experience.  We felt like little Princesses in the Queens wardrobe!

I liked this room a lot, but alas, it did not fit the budget.  Maybe when it's my turn?  *Giggle*
I loved how ethereal and romantic the house where the Brides' Project resides looked on this rainy day. Our hearts started to beat faster as we saw the window!
I mean, C'MON!  Just look at Monica's grin! The excitement was palpable!

You'll also notice she wasn't wearing any make-up.  Another wise and ridged rule she followed faithfully.  I can't believe she looks so stunning with out it.  Lucky girl!
I fell in love with the stairs!  It just helped put us in "Wedding Dress" mode!
These dresses looked SO scrumptious!  They were in the high-end room. We just looked into it briefly.  I forgot to take a picture, but to the right, there was a wall of GORGEOUS "Lilliput" birds nest hair fascinators. They were stunning.

My favorite things in the whole entire world!  It was all I could do NOT to go and try them on!
Did you know that a wedding dress train has a small loop in the middle seam inside for hanging purposes?  I had to make sure each dress we tried was hung properly...and carried like a hot fireman would carry me.  I giggled a lot doing this. 3 dresses at once was about all I could do though.  They're HEAVY!!!
I just loved how each dress had it's on personality.
And the detailing on the appliques was superb!
We got such a kick out of the underskirts in the giant bathtub!  I wanted SO badly to just jump right in!  It's so hard being good. 
"Great Success!"  She said "YES" to the dress!

AND there are no alterations needed! That never happens! It's as though it was made for her! Big grins all around!

note: I WISH I could show you how stunning she looks in the photos I took of her in her dress!  Alas, like everyone else, you'll just have to wait until the day.

Just think Vintage Silver-Screen Siren.

One more shot for the road.
....holding the pink bag Monica would take her new and wonderful dress home in.
She so loves what she does!

I can't thank Helen & Emma enough for such an amazing and stress free experience.  Monica and I are so happy to have supported a worthy cause too.

I highly recommend this organization to anyone!  I know where I'm going to go when it's my turn!

For more information about how to donate your dress or find the one of your dreams, please check out the official website for the Brides Project:

Stay Gorgeous Darlings!

XOXO The Fashion Ninja
Lizz de Savoye

Monday, 18 April 2011


I fell in love with the tote I made my BFF Toby this past Saturday SO much that I just had to make one for myself.

Now if only the weather would smarten up so I can start using it!

I just adore the orange pocket on the inside!

With a little hint of blue @ the corner!  :D

Really, it's the little things that bring joy to my girly heart!

Gotta add a personal touch!

And a little black ribbon to the straps for good measure.

Et VOILA! My new favorite tote!  Thanks to Kiki for the vintage linen and nature for my insane love of birds.

I'd like to thank the color pink while we're at it. 

And of course, me being me, this is now my new profile pic on facebook.

Have a great start to the week everyone and of course,

Stay Gorgeous Darlings!

XOXO LiZz de Savoye
The Fashion Ninja

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The Cardinal Rule

I took my BFF Toby for her Birthday Brunch yesterday to a new Restaurant that just opened in Parkdale called:

The Cardinal Rule.

My friend Katie is one of the owners and I have to say,

Not only is the selection on the menu comprehensive, they also give you vegetarian, vegan AND gluten free options!  Hallelujah!  Finally a place where ALL food preferences can dine together!
I absolutely ADORE the teal argyle wall design and mini booths @ the side!
I enjoy how cozy the atmosphere feels inside with just a hint of daylight peeking in. The bar looks amazing as well.
These bathroom doors?  Major WIN!!!
Love her little clutch!
The table beside us had the coolest decoupage I have seen in years!

I don't know what I like more:  The kitten with the party hat or Patrick Swayze (I kinda cut him off the pic.sorry).
I am now officially a new fan of peppermint green tea!  What a fabulous way to serve it too!
I felt so spoiled getting mini muffins for an appetizer......It probably has to do with my cupcake obsession.
This breakfast has pretty much everything I don't eat on a regular basis.  But what a treat it was!  Who knew you could make eggs over easy so fluffy!?  And the bacon?  PERFECT!!!!  And how brilliant were the potato latkas!?  Drool. Drool.
Toby had a delicious panini sandwich with goat cheese, veggies and potato latkas.  It looked heavenly!
Maybe I'm dating myself, but any place that has Sid & Marty Krofft decoupaged on their table is aces in my book!
And of course I had to finish off Toby's Bday Brunch with a little giftie (summer tote) I made her. I liked it so much I made myself one this morning!
One last look before we left. So lovely!
Oh I am SO coming back!  I'm drooling already just thinking about that fantastic breakfast, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere!

Did I mention that the 504 bus stops RIGHT IN FRONT on Roncesvalles!?  Talk about door to door service!  

Do we look satisfied or what!?

For more information, hours of operation and menu, please check out:

Stay Gorgeous Darlings!
XOXO LiZz de Savoye
The Fashion Ninja

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bargain Beyotch 101

So now that Spring has Sprung, I am having a grand ol' time going through my closet:  Assessing what is still on my wish list, trying to edit out what I don't wear anymore, and of course, playing dress up to remind myself that wonderful, sun filled days are indeed ahead!

To celebrate the beginning of this wonderful season, my dear friend Tara and I headed out this past Friday to hunt and gather some fabulous new frocks. And when we did, I could swear all the Bargain Hounds and Bitches the world over cheered in our general direction!

Now, I know many of you are either
A) Daunted by the task of searching through 2nd hand stores for deals
B) Are too lazy
C) Too busy
D) Are just plain grossed out by the thought of rummaging through used clothing.

If you are more of an "A" kinda gal: Don't worry about it!  I'm gonna give you some really helpful tips that will make even the greatest novice an expert Bargain Beyotch in one day!

If you are more of a "B" kinda gal, I can't help you.  Building a comprehensive wardrobe on a budget takes hard work.  Plain and simple.  You wanna look good, you gotta work it girl!

I totally get the "C" girl.  That is pretty much all of us. But I say this to you:  Take an hour on your next day off and just "see" what you can find in one Value Village.  I promise you, you WILL find more time after that.

And as for all you "D" girls......Get over it!  Unless you are Kim Kardashian, you simply don't lead the lifestyle to harbor such a bourgeoisie attitude. Life is dirty, so wear your casual clothes, roll up your sleeves and get to it.  That's why God invented Gain Detergent G-Friend!

OK.  So how the H do you get all these Fabulous Finds!?

Well, it does help if you have the Sartorial 6th Sense I do.  But I have spent MANY years cultivated that tingle I feel in the back of my head.  I'm pretty sure it's not a tumour.  I just know that when it happens, I find fashion gold!

So until you get that notion to put your Bargain Hound nose in motion, try these tips on for size.....AND be open to possibility!

It's SO busy that even a Nun would be driven to committing murder in Aisle 3! Go on a week day in the early afternoon on your day off. If you don't normally get a day off during the week, time your "Dr.'s Apt" with a %50 off sale and make a day of it.

Lets be honest here.  It's survival of the fittest!  I'm not saying you should bowl everyone over like a line-backer.  Just have the guile to get what you want.  Hey, you already lied to your boss about your "Dr.'s apt."  This is just the next step to your Sartorial Supremacy!

Do yourself a huge favour and leave your purse at home. Instead use a cross-body swing pack. Carry only your essentials:  A small wallet, your phone, keys, a large bag to carry your bounty and most importantly:  HAND SANITIZER!!! Trust me, you'll be using that last one a lot.

You just end up frustrating yourself and everyone else.  It wastes your time and ruins your experience. AND you end up making poor choices.

I love shopping with my friend Tara.  She tells me like it is and has prevented me from making many a faux pas.  She even confirmed that I looked like a streaker in a trench coat I was "thinking" of getting.

Grab a shopping cart, start from one aisle and systematically go through each one. Don't think too long about it either.  Just take what you like and what you are on the fence with. Edit when you get to the fitting room.

You just don't know (good or bad) until you do this. It also helps you edit your purchase.

Unless you KNOW you are going to alter that garment in the next 7 days, don't buy it!  It'll just frustrate you every time you see it in the closet.

I can't tell you haw many pairs of "Goal Pants" I have wasted my hard earned money on in the past.  If it doesn't fit, don't commit.

So you just spent 2 hours in VV, and you have some pretty Fabulous Finds.
Do yourself a favor:  Go to the cashier, see how much you have saved and go treat yourself to a latte.  You will never see everything in one store.  Accept that and you will always leave satisfied.  And remember, if you don't find anything that day, it's ok.  You're only going to buy what you absolutely love anyway.  Fashion is a constant process of hunting and gathering.  Make it fun and you will always look effortlessly amazing!

With these 10 Steps, I promise you will be well on your way to Bargain Bitch Supremacy!

Just look at all the Fabulous Finds I got for my hubby and me this past Friday! 

"Old Navy" XL Navy Cable Knit Sweater (never worn)
"Volcom" jacket (never worn)
$14.99-Value Village

"Twentyone Men" light jacket (never worn)-Lg
$14.99-Value Village

"Tommy Hilfiger" cotton sundress (never worn) Sz 16
$9.99-Salvation Army

Velvet Bolero (never worn)

Brown, Teal and Cream polyester dress

"Naturalizer" suede wedges (never worn) Sz 10

"Deluxe" engineers hat (never worn)
$1.99-Value Village
I actually believed this dress would fit like a Mumu when I went to try it on for a few laughs.  Case in point, I was pleasantly surprised by how darling it looks with a belt and subsequently fell in love!
Remember:  ALWAYS try it on!  You just might like it!
Dress $3-Goodwill

Italian leather belt (never worn)
Woven Leather Belt with Brass Buckle
$1.99-Salvation Army
Retro Butterfly Elastic Belt

Bag of yarn (includes purple mohair)
$2.99-Value Village

Vintage "Miu Miu" wallet
These guys had NO idea what they had!  I felt like running for the hills after I bought this in case they realized their mistake!  Instead, I just giggled maniacally as we headed to the next store.

This is something I always carry with me in my wallet.  It's a wish list of things I would like to add to my wardrobe.

I highly recommend carrying one of these with you when you go shopping. You don't need to draw out what you want (I just like to), but making a list when going though your wardrobe will really help you focus on what you want. It doesn't mean either that you have to stick to it completely, but it does help remind you of what you would ideally like to find.

 I figured I would move out of my Winter Bag today.  So long fabulous "Juicy Couture" leather bag!
 Hello fabulous H&M pleather bag!  I just can't part with it!  It's the perfect colour of red!  AND it matches my new wallet perfectly!  I don't normally go matchy-matchy, but in this case, I kind of like it!
Remember to keep your purses in their dust bags!

It protects them from dust and light AND makes it easier to store them too!

Furthermore, it's like a surprise remembering how much you love that bag when you take it out the following year.

I almost forgot I found this awesome coffee cup!
For those in the know, NAGEL was the artist who painted the famous Duran Duran album cover for RIO.
$.99-Salvation Army

And of course I found a new forest creature to hang out with my Buddha in my herb garden this summer.  Can't wait to get started on that!

Stay Gorgeous Darlings!
I can't wait to see YOUR Fabulous Finds!

XOXO Lizz de Savoye
Fashion Ninja