Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Montreal Fashion Week Day 2

Montreal Fashion Week

I managed to drag my behind to the Place des Arts around 8 on Friday, right after pulling myself out of a Thazard induced food coma (man that ramen was out of this world). Maybe the tight skirt wasn't the best idea to conceal the lil food baby I ended up with after my adventure into the world of Asian/Western European fusion cuisine, but it had to do since I had been wearing it all day and couldn't peel it off me anymore.

Montreal Fashion Week

Montreal Fashion Week

We arrived just before the Forever 21 show and were able to squeeze in a few backstage snaps of models getting ready and the awesome stylists and makeup artists that made the magic happen.

Montreal Fashion Week

Montreal Fashion Week

Nice snaps right? I would have gotten more, but one of the stylists (not portraid here unfortunatelly) got a little bit of a temper tantrum and chased me out...(ah, #fashionbloggersproblems) which ended up being a good thing, because otherwise I would have totally missed the Forever 21 show.

Montreal Fashion Week

Montreal Fashion Week
Love these guys - don't they look awesome?

Maybe that's what he was saying to me (he spoke really fast French and I couldn't get most of it) - "omg Dora, you're going to miss the show while taking all these awesome photos backstage". Let's pretend that's what he said...and not something along the lines of..."get out stupid fashion blogger, you're in everyone's way".

Montreal Fashion Week
Forever 21
Montreal Fashion Week
Qualite Motel brought on the entertainment factor
Montreal Fashion Week
Great show by College Lasalle

I loved the Forever 21 show. It was relevant and in tune with most of the street trends happening right now. However, the Coll├Ęge Lasalle Generation Z show outshined anything that was on the stage up until that point. It was by far the absolute best moment of the night, and I can almost dare say, of the entire week.The designers were fearless and the guys from Qualite Motel really brought it. I honestly hope that all the other brands can take a que from these guys for future events - yes, I'm talking about you, Le Chateau! 

Our evening ended with a sampling of Chinese dumplings from one of the numerous food trucks in the square, which after all the excitement and a couple of beers really hit the spot right. To be continued...

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Monday, 24 August 2015

#FMD15 day 1

fashion week Montreal #FMD15

There are way too many cool things happening in Montreal. Way too many to keep track of and enough to make your head spin for a whole week after you return home. Case in point, I'm still fighting the big city blues after returning to wee Kingston and my regular life which seems somewhat faded compared to all the excitement I've witnessed for the past 4 days. I'm also in Montreal food withdrawal, which trust me my friends, can be a very very sad thing.

fashion week Montreal #FMD15

We had arrived in Montreal Thursday evening, dropped our bags in the Loft at Hotel Zero1 and headed out to the Place des Artes to get our media creds for the Fashion and Design Festival. Tudor got snap happy with his new camera and I got stolen away by all the fashion trucks (yes that is a thing now!). Media creds in hand, we strolled the VIP area, decided on which shows to cover and then headed out to Chinatown for a quick stop at our fave noodle place. The noodle place ended up being good enough for us to miss half of the La Vie en Rose show and most of the fashion scene at the show. Oh, well there's also Friday and Saturday right?

fashion week Montreal #FMD15

fashion week Montreal #FMD15


I did, however, spot the fab Josiane from Ton Petit Look on the job, but after going things I wanted to say over and over in my mind (you're so awesome, I love your blog, I'm not crazy I'm actually a blogger too) she evaporated - facepalm.

fashion week Montreal #FMD15

We finished up the evening in the Covergirl tent getting my makeup touched up and sampling their latest mascara (to which I am kind of addicted right now).

fashion week Montreal #FMD15


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. Stay tuned for more coverage of the festival.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Prepping for Montreal Fashion Week

prepping for fashion week

I'm heading to Montreal Fashion Week tomorrow (Eeeeek!), so I'm doing some last minute fittings and outfit planning. I'll be keeping you posted about my adventures on the blog, but also on Twitter and Instagram (connect with me @adropofindigo to make sure you're not missing anything).

reebok classics

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Little Skirt That Could

fashion blogger summer ootd

I stumbled upon this skirt on a random clearance rack one day and we have been inseparable ever since. The neoprene fabric makes its bell-shaped structure solid enough that it never touches my legs during moist Kingston summer days and trust me, a less sweaty Dora is a happier Dora.

fashion blogger summer ootd

We took these pictures over several days of us wondering around town (and me going on and on about how cool my but feels in this skirt). What keeps your but super cool this summer?

fashion blogger summer ootd

fashion blogger summer ootd

fashion blogger summer ootd

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Carefree Sundays

Sunday style outfit idea

Sundays are my no makeup, no nonsense, no worries days. They are best spent people watching, ice tea drinking, book store wandering and daydreaming about faraway lands. What is your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?

Sunday style outfit idea

Sunday style outfit idea

Sunday style outfit idea

Sunday style outfit idea

Sunday style outfit idea

Sunday style outfit idea

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Happier at the Beach

how to be fashionable at the beach, what to wear at the beach, festival look, beach ootd

I wouldn't mind living my whole life on a beach somewhere, taking in the scented air and spectacular sunsets, running around barefoot in the sand and taking photos of all my favourite things. In that alternate universe, I'd also have a tub full of Nutella and a lot of hamsters that I would instagram all the time. Aaaah, but it's Sunday evening and I have to snap back to reality. How was your weekend guys?

how to be fashionable at the beach, what to wear at the beach, festival look, beach ootd

how to be fashionable at the beach, what to wear at the beach, festival look, beach ootd

how to be fashionable at the beach, what to wear at the beach, festival look, beach ootd


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Friday, 10 July 2015

How to Win the Hashtag Game

social media tips and tricks


Social media groups tend gravitate around certain hashtags, just like planets gravitate around a star, so it's no wonder that beauty, lifestyle and fashion bloggers have a solar system of their own. The trick is to find the right group for your content and in order to find the right group, you have to find the right hashtag. But then finding the right hashtag to promote your content when you're a newbie blogger, is similar to finding a lucky pink unicorn on the side of the street (seriously it's super hard work).

So how does one newbie blogger shine on Twitter? I learned a lot of things about social media by seeing what my favourite bloggers were doing, by joining Twitter chats and by making lots of blogger friends who were kind enough to share all their hits and misses with me. So my advice to you is get out there and start chatting! I love this Twitter chat calendar from Xomisse - it really helped me improve my social media game.

Tag your Instagram like a pro. Kay, so I'm still getting the hang of Instagram, but I have to say it's definitely my absolute favourite platform to use. The right hashtags will get you unbelievable engagement for every single post and you also receive a free cupcake every time you hit 40 likes. Okay, maybe I lied a bit about the cupcake, but my main point is Instagram is so awesome! If you're curious about the hashtags I love to abuse check out my account heeeeah (to be read with a British accent while imagining I'm flipping my hair with an attitude).

Tell me all about your fave hashtags and social media tips in the comment section below.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Rainy Dayz

rainy day ootd

Most of the last days have been too rainy, cold or dark for it to feel like actual summer. I'm spending most of my free time binge watching OITNB, hanging out with friends, attempting (and failing) to paint my nails, ingesting way too much chocolate and spending a ridiculous amount of hours in the sale section at Urban Outfitters. All I'm saying is I wish I could wear sandals and get a bit of a tan (seriously looking undead ATM) - then my life would have meaning again. How's the weather in your corner of the world?

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

rainy day ootd

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora