Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Clothing Show Runway

This year at the Fall Clothing Show, we didn't exhibit a collection, but our friend Flora and Fauna did! She used a couple of our statement necklaces to accessorize her amazing simple eco designs! Lipgloss & Black & Flora & Fauna... a match made in heaven ♥!


the maxi dress with the fringe statement necklace


the scoop back dress with the rosette statement necklace

Photos above are by the awesome Raymond Chow & the rest of the set can be seen at www.canadawears.ca !

Check out the video of Flora&Fauna in action on the runway:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lipgloss and Black at The Clothing Show!

This past weekend was the Toronto Clothing Show! We typically only do a couple of small free shows during the year but we wanted to work our way up to a bigger trade show. Sam & I have volunteered for The Clothing Show for a few years now, we've worked at the front reception desk and done dressing backstage at the fashion shows. So we had a really good feel for the show, what it was about and what kind of people it attracted. Last Spring was our first time introducing our designs to the show & we showcased a collection of 10 outfits in the fashion show (you can watch the video of the show here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xz_nLCHwI0) and we had our designs carried at the Periwinkle Boutique booth. Our clothes were really well received, so we decided to finally go for it & do our own booth this Fall!

Luckily, our friend Pauline at Flora & Fauna was looking for someone to share a 10x10' booth with, so we decided to apply together ♥. It was SOOOO awesome sharing with Pauline cause her company is way more established than ours and we learned SO much from her :) Plus she's hilarious and sooo sweet, we had an amazing time.

Below are a million pics of our booth... we mainly took photos whenever there were no customers around or when we were getting bored, so obviously, it looks like our booth was really dead. but I promise we actually did have customers! hahaha in hindsight, i should have taken pics showing how busy it was & also maybe pics of our neighbours booths! oops. too busy to have thought about it!



we had a corner booth, so the space was super open-concept :)
here's our side of the booth


& here's the flora & fauna side! with lovely pauline inside our change room!


our table of accessories sat at the outer corner of our booth


the frame!


our judy was wearing this skull tee all weekend & people took lots of pics of it. We also heard people saying they would justt make one themselves & also a lot of people were trying so hard to STEALTH pics of it with their cellphones. Honestly, we like when people take pics of our things-- no need to be sneaky! haha


and Pauline's Eco-Pup line sat to the other side of the table :)


BFFs ♥


a visit from my friends Dorothy & Anna!
We were visited by tons of others but unfortunately were too dumb to really remember to take pics. But I just wanted to say thank you to every single person who came by just to say hi! Whether you were an old friend or a new one, it was totally awesome getting to just talk to people all weeekend long!


& Sam & I at the end of day 1!


there's an amazing view of the city from the better living centre :)

DAY 2::


our lovely flyers that our photographer friend LASALLY designed & printed for us! We definitely gave out about 600-700 out of 1000 of them!


one of the models from the runway wandered around the show wearing Flora and Fauna's lovely Moth Dress :)


on a trip to the car to pick up more flyers to fold, sam found a giant foam hand (the BMO soccer stadium is right next to the better living center and it was very windy) so it was our mascot for a brief period of time. yep. go TFC

sometimes when you do such long shows, you start to get crazy from being in the same spot forever...


this mannequin was staring at us all weekend with her piercing eyes. hahaha
so we were creeping pictures of it... i mean, her.


also, Sam bought this COOooOOoOooOL necklace from another booth. It's this thick metal "cord" that you can bend into whatever shape you want. it's made of these cup shaped silver beads & is pretty damn cool.


IT HAS MANY FUNCTIONS THOUGH. REALLY USEFUL STUFF.


phew, the end of day two!

DAY 3::

here's a wider view of our booth...

looking towards the lipgloss and black side


and looking towards the flora & fauna side!
pretty cute how you could kinda walk through behind the table right? it got crowded pretty often but i think it was a pretty cute setup... sometimes the crowds inside just brought more crowding cause of the 'hype', which is pretty good..


we got up the nerve to ask for a picture with our friend... the mannequin!
hahhaha we were trying to take a picture making her face, but clearly i didn't know what face she was making & Pauline couldn't even keep a straight face. lol


my boyfriend visited to help us clean up!


Sam & I at the end of the third dayyyy!
After cleanup: sushi dinner as a reward & sleeping until noon the next day :)

We're still recovering (trying to clean up the aftermath) but we had an awesome time and can't wait for the spring show in May!

much love,


ps, don't forget to enter to win $50 from L&B! All it takes is a comment :) Spread the word!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Website Launch Giveaway Contest!

Hi lovers,

Just wanted to put up a really quick blog post to let you know about our official website launch today! www.lipglossandblack.com is now officially open for business, so you can go shop now! HOORAY ♥!

To celebrate our big step, we're doing a $50 credit giveaway!
Click on the picture below to find out more details at our facebook page:



or go directly to the Lipgloss and Black Shop to start shopping :)

xoxo


ps, The Clothing Show this weekend was so awesome & tons of fun! We're working on re-organizing our stuff and cleaning up the after-show mess but I'll be blogging about it and posting lots of pictures SOON ♥

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Website Pre-Launch!

We've been working like crazy preparing for The Clothing Show this weekend! Running around getting our signage printed, business cards shipped in, tagging our merchandise & of course sewing up new things :)

One of our goals was to have the launch of our website coincide with the clothing show (since we'll be giving away a ton of our new business cards).


like em?

So since we're taking all of our merchandise to the show, we decided to do a pre-launch of our website! The website is all ready for everyone to browse-- everything we've been working on is already in place but nothing can be purchased yet! So feel free to go and take a look at everything!



All items are marked as "Coming Soon", so you can go and scope out all the pics (taken at this shoot!), "like" your favourite items & prepare to shop for them on our official launch next week!

Let us know what you think!
xoxoxo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

konad nails image plates

The other day, I received a package in the mail from Mai, a lovely blogger friends of ours & frequent commenter. I knew that she was sending us a surprise because she had asked for our address, but I had no idea what it would be... As I opened the bubble envelope, I found SIX shiny new konad image plates!!! SIX!!!


check out the goods! Mai, I know you've worked for a konad booth but this is a SERIOUS hook-up! It's been so long since I've gotten a random gift-package and it seems so silly to say, but it reminds me that there are some seriously generous & good-hearted people in the world! like, what the heck have we done for you lately? but you think we deserve a cute gift? AWESOME. I will stop rambling and just thank you for being amazing. You better believe you'll be getting a package in return too! We wish we could mail you a hot melty poutine ♥

Some pics of all the individual plates are below incase you are interested! We're so excited to try them all out-- we already tested a few!


I already tried out the argyle & houndstooth patterns on my sister, Caitlyn


and I tried out some bows as well. the one bow seemed too random on each nail, so I tiled them a bit :)




you can see that i scraped those cherry blossoms once with the metal scraper


& you can tell that I've used the bows and hearts a few times too...


and you can REALLY tell when you've used a pattern a lot of times haha





If you're new to Konad products, I have a photo instructional on how to apply nail stamps that you can check out!

Go check out our friend Mai and her awesome tutorials and reviews of makeup and nail products! She's the one that got us addicted to nail stamping :)

xoxo
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