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Friday, August 31, 2012

style and sound

This past Tuesday we were invited to the urbanebloc and Tunezy Style and Sound summer wrap up party at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto! It was a beautiful night, with a beautiful view of the Toronto skyline from the rooftop of the hotel. The room was filled with style, smiles, conversation and great music to make the night.

There were also great prizes given away at the event, including some great Blossom products!
The giveaway prizes included two Butter London nail lacquer gift sets (Yummy mummy & Trout Pout) and a Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac purse! Here are the winners:
 Stephanie @steflau                                Flora @oneglance                            Tanya @itstanyag  followthel

A special thanks and congratulations to urbanebloc and tunzey for a fun night & hosting an amazing event! 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

an interview with Rebecca Minkoff

One of the hardest jobs as a retailer is the decision-making process to choose which product lines will be represented on your shelves, if not your own.  
It's so important to choose brands that have a meaning or a 'story', that go beyond its fantastic packaging, ingredients or style (although those are all crucial as well).
 Since the brands represented ultimately display who you are as a company, they should always share a similar taste and value. 

Another important factor when choosing product lines is the person behind that brand. 
We've made it loud and clear over the past several months how much we adore each seasonal collection by Rebecca Minkoff, but it goes beyond that. 
As with any great business, success doesn't just happen over-night, and Rebecca Minkoff proves that her hard work, devotion and passion for what she does it what enables her brand to succeed.

Here's a short interview with Rebecca Minkoff provided by Daily Candy
I think you'll adore her just as much as we do!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

gunmetal smokey eyes with alima pure

F/W 2012
Alima Pure's "Stormy Weather" Collection

Mist is a gold-tinged, white shimmer. 
Drizzle is a light, sterling-silver shimmer with a subtle hint of gold.
Deluge is a deep grey shimmer with silver sparkle and hints of blue and purple.
Thunder is a deep, matte purple that can line or contour.
© alima pure

Who else is excited for more smokey eye nights?

{images via pinterest}

Monday, August 27, 2012

transition trending: summer to fall

This summer we raved about two main things: coloured denim & maxi dresses. With Fall approaching, you can still incorporate some of your favourite summer pieces and trends into the next season. 


We paired our favourite Mavi Serena Denim in Red, with our Maison Scotch Jolie tee and a leather motorcycle jacket, for something sleek and relaxed. Throw on some Ray Ban sunglasses and you will surely turn heads!

jeans: mavi . tee: maison scotch . jacket: club monaco


Yes you can still wear a dress in the fall! If it is more on the chilly side, wear some leggings under this, they wont be seen, but will keep your legs warm! Throw over a cozy, chunky knit on top and you are ready for a stroll in the park with your pumpkin spice latte. 

maxi: splendid . sweater: talulah

The key idea here is to layer! 
Enjoy the rest of your summer days...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

{instagram giveaway} butter london

It’s easy! Go on Instagram, 
look for @samandduke {sandra manton mills} or @blossomlounge, 
show us your favourite nail polish pic, 
include @blossomlounge and @samandduke plus #sdbutter 
and you could win the Butter London fall collection!!

Thank you Sam & Duke
{until August 31st, 2012}

Thursday, August 23, 2012

a pretty package

When choosing your bath, body and beauty products, what do you consider to be the most important factor?  The ingredients? The price? Where it was made? 

Well chances are, you’ve been tempted to buy a product just because of the pretty packaging. A perfume or body lotion too beautiful to hide in a cupboard or a drawer so you display it proudly in your bathroom or on a vanity. well there's nothing wrong with that! As women, we spend a great deal of our time in our bathroom or sitting at a vanity so why not surround ourselves with pretty things.  luckily for us, specialized boutiques {like blossom lounge of course!} have given us the best of all worlds...  high quality products all wrapped up in a pretty package.

Here are some great examples of pretty packaging. 

Tell us what you think! What's your favourite pretty package?

Tocca products in above picture available at {blossom lounge
 boots images via {lovelypackage}
fringe collection available at {raincollection}
artist inspired packaging for nail polish pens and lip liners. available at {LAQA&CO.)
Top - Grown Under Glass Hydrating Body Lotion
Bottom - Happ & Stahns 1842 Rosa Alba Eau de Parfum. both available at {anthropology}
MZ Collection (Mary Zilba~ the Real Housewives of Vancouver) from Principessa available at {blossom lounge}
image via {the dieline}
simpatico #45 Coral Bubble Bath available at {simpatico}

sula fragrance by Suzanne Lang available at {blossom lounge}

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


"INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.
The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.
"Influencers" belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience."

wednesday words of wisdom:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Ever wonder why your nails don't look as bright as the hue in the bottle?
That's because it needs a little boost! Our quick tip of the day:
Apply a basecoat of white nail polish before your colour!
You will notice a huge difference & won't have to settle for dull nails anymore.

Butter London Polish Available at Blossom Lounge

Monday, August 20, 2012

monochromatic monday: army green

colcci top . rebecca minkoff bag . rgb polish 

photography by neal jolly © blossom bath & body inc.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

lazy sunday afternoon

lucy b.

Just stumbled upon this perfume commercial for my favorite perfume collection - Lucy B.
The scents are so intoxicating, and make you feel as though you are on a permanent vacation. 
Now that's a wonderful feeling.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Photoshoot with Sam & Duke

A few weeks ago, I had an incredible time working with
Sandra Manton Mills of Sam & Duke.
Sandra is perhaps the most talented woman I know.
Creativity comes natural to her, it always has, and it's so inspiring. 
With a university background in Fine Arts, Sandra has been a graphic artist for more than 18 years and has owned and operated a successful Graphics Center, 
catering to several large corporate accounts across the Toronto Region.
When she was ready to start a family with her wonderful husband Rob Mills (baby number 2 is on the way!), she decided to walk away from the Graphics Center, refocus and fine-tune her talents into an on-line venture. 
She now showcases her knowledge of various design industries and retails her original artwork and prints at
Over the past few years, her business has grown beyond belief and I'm so proud of her and everything she does. 

It's so warming to watch her do what she's passionate about everyday, 
and she's always been my go to lady for professional and personal advice - I usually joke to her about how incapable I am to make decisions without her input.

Here's a sample of her artwork, a scene she painted from downtown Toronto.

CREATE by Sandra Manton Mills.

Emporté à Paris print by Sandra Manton Mills.

Sandra recently asked me to be featured on her website, to share the background on Blossom Lounge and also for a fun photography session.
She has been trying to encourage me to step out from behind my company and has been helping me to not be so silent in the background for the last 8 years.
When I started Blossom Lounge back in 2004, the social media world barely existed! Traditionally promoting your company has always been about your logo, it's never been about the person behind the brand they created.
Sandra has been one of my biggest supporters, expressing to me the need to step out of my old way of thinking and encourages me everyday to find new ways to grow the business.

Here's a few pictures from the shoot, where she played with filters on photoshop to enhance the tone and colours.

You can visit her website Sam & Duke to read my full interview
and check out her incredible artwork and prints.
I adore her and I know you will too.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

how to: mini spa {pedicure}

Add flowers or fruits to the water, for a luxurious touch!
Products can be found at Blossom Lounge

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

the satorialist - the man behind the lens

As one of the most influential photographers of street style, 
Scott Schuman lets us explore his life as a leading fashion blogger The Satorialist,
documenting his unique approach to photography and his keen eye for style.
{Prepared by Intels the Visual Life campaign}

the man behind the lens


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

the ultimate bubble bath

It's time to treat yourself to a luxurious bubble bath, time to just relax.
Fill up your tub with some warm, soothing water and drizzle some gorgeous Lollia foaming evening bath. This scent will instantly relax you with its alluring fragrance of lavender, bee blossom honey, white orchids, undertones of Indian amber and a touch of Tahitian vanilla. Light some magnificent scented candles, in Lollia's "Relax" and "Milk Blossom" for a soft glow to soothe your mind, that will illuminate your bathroom when all the lights are off. Next, turn on your "relax" playlist you created on your iPod to play softly. Pour yourself a glass of light red wine, like Cupcake's Red Velvet. Step in to the delicious foamed bath, turn off the water, sink in and let all of your thoughts fall away. 

Blossom's Blissful Bubble Bath 

Enya - Only Time
Sade - By Your Side
Frank Ocean - Dust
Robin Thicke - Lost Without You
John Legend - Save Room

Enjoy Beauties!