Bayview Village Shopping Centre: A History

The article about Bayview Village Shopping Centre over at Retail Insider inspired me to write about the mall from my own perspective.  The mall, located at Bayview and Sheppard, has a special place in my heart because I grew up in the area and can proudly say that I’ve been going there since BEFORE I […]

Finding Grown-Up Pieces at ASOS Petites

I was recently contacted by the US rep of British-based online shop, ASOS to review some (complimentary) pieces from their petite exclusive collection.  I have known about ASOS for years – it was introduced to me by the original founder of Petite Fashionista, Christa Jean (she no longer maintains the site and has passed it […]

David Bowie Is… the AGO!

He has been known as Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke. He is a style chameleon and a true pioneer in the world of music and art. Though in his “Golden Years” now, he has shown legions of artistic rule-breakers who came after him how it’s done – and he […]

Five Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Smashbox’s Decades of Style Set

To celebrate Shorty Stories’ half-decade as a blog (Saturday is the official Blogiversary!), we are giving away Smashbox’s Decades of Style set. This palette, which consists of eyeshadows, blushes and lipglosses, includes colours as well as a guide to put together three of the most iconic looks of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The palette […]

Beautiful Blingy Jewel Tones for Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection was all about the bling without going too far.  The collection consisted of a wide range of different looks, ranging from biker jackets to blazers, ankle-length pants, mini-dresses and winter shorts, models strutted down with the runway to a live performance with confidence reminiscent of the supermodel era of the […]

Cynthia on Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation

As someone of Chinese descent, books about people with similar backgrounds often interest me.  When I was sent an email author Jean Kwok’s publicist regarding her 2010 novel, , I replied quickly with interest.  The story centres around a young girl, Kimberly Chang, who emigrates to New York City with her mother in what seems […]

Come Fly Away with Prada

The show was an hour late (or, in fashion-speak, half an hour), but it was definitely worth it.  Prada‘s Fall/Winter 2011 line’s all about flight.  Ranging from aviator sunglasses to caps and big button coats the collection also had vibes several decades, ranging from mod 1960s to the 1980s.  The “it” item, fur, was also a big […]

Flowy Boho Chic Styles Do Not Fail at Rebecca Minkoff

Cynthia Cheng Mintz Most people don’t think of fall fashio as being soft and flowy.  This was definitely not the case at Rebecca Minkoff, whose boho chic and 80s-inspired styles did not disappoint in her Fall/Winter 2011 collections.  With slouchy sweaters and cranberry ripped leggings as well as flowy dresses, animal prints as well the […]

NYFW: Feminine 80s Menswear Inspired Lace at Ruffian F/W 2011

Cynthia Cheng Mintz For Fall/Winter 2011, Ruffian is all about lace, with more than half the pieces containing this elegant material.  It is also very much 1980s inspired – not only are we seeing the lace, but also shoulder pads (the show opened with pieces that were inspired by formal menswear) as well as poofy numbers that remind many […]

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