From the Bridal to the Bohemian Rock Chic Handbag

One of the rewarding things about working in PR is that I get the opportunity to meet some incredible people, including some very talented and creative fashion designers.  One of the designers I have met over the past two years that has amazed me by her creativity, her eye for design, and her stellar personality is Minling Pan – the lovely driving force behind the handbag brand, MIN.

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Minling has an incredible eye and vision, which she uses to create unique handbag designs that derive from a classic look to the latest trend on the market. What I love about her collections is that there is a special purse for everyone in it – whether you are looking for an everyday handbag that is interesting to the eye or a spectacular, show-stopping purse for a fancy occasion.

This year, MIN has presented two collections which are extremely different, yet cater nicely to the day and nighttime needs that we are looking for in a handbag.

The first of the two new collections is the MIN Bohemian Rock Chic collection, for the rocker girl in all of us. This roster of handbags melds together the rock n roll look of tassels, mod designs and tones, and practicality, all in one. This group has various options, which include clutches, cross-body bags, saddles, totes, and even a design that is inspired after a boxed design. The purses in this collection retail from $179 to $269.

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The second collection is the MIN Cologne Red Carpet collection, for the glamour girl that we all love to be… even for just a night. Inspired from a classic perfume bottle, these beautiful clutches have been produced in gorgeous colours with lace accents and come with long and short detachable chains for hands-free use. Purses from this newest cologne collection retail for $99.

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Minling’s creativity is truly unique. For me, it was love at first sight. I love her designs so much that on my wedding day in November, I will definitely be sporting one of her 2015 MIN Cologne Red Carpet clutches – a beautiful handbag that will truly complete my bridal look and keep my wedding lipstick close by in a gorgeous purse.

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A little Thank You goes a long way

From a young age, one major lesson we are taught is to be kind to others and to always say “thank you.” These two little words are important. They may be short and quick to say, but thanking others and recognizing what they do for you and give to you is a small act of kindness that people deserve and in the moment, would appreciate to hear.

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This year, apart from good health and happiness, I have a lot to be thankful for… and a lot of people to thank! With changes in my career and my wedding just under six months away, saying thank you has become more than regular habit for me. Apart from saying it, I feel writing it in a note is another personalized touch to show people you are grateful for what they have done for you.

Recently, I have discovered a wonderful online store which specializes in pre-made and custom stationery, including thank you notes and cards! The online store is called TINY PRINTS, which is one of four companies under the Internet-based image publishing giant, Shutterfly. Upon landing on this site, I was instantly lost in an incredible sea of stationery and thank you card options, ideal for all of the wonderful messages I would be busy writing to my loved ones, friends, and colleagues this year.

After much debate, here are the designs that I selected for my Thank You cards:

An inspirational thank you…

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Saying thank you in many different ways and languages…

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Wishing upon a star with a thank you…

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My custom thank you cards I had made for my engagement party, done in a rich green – my favourite colour…

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When I received the package from TINY PRINTS, I was so excited! I opened up the box, saw the cards I had made through this company and just LOVED them! The quality of the paper (even though I picked the lower end one to save some dollars) was very good and crisp. The colours looked great and stood out. Also, each card came with white envelopes, which matched the quantity ordered by the exact amount.

I have already used up all of the customized cards for my engagement party and will be placing a re-order of those cards for my upcoming bridal showers. Also, I have received compliments on the other cards I have sent to other people.

Amazing pre-made or customized designs, reasonable pricing, online ordering, and delivery right to your door – who wouldn’t love that?!

Present your Mom with Something Special: Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is in TWO days and it is a wonderful time to recognize everything and anything your mom has done for you over your lifetime. It is also a nice holiday to celebrate your grandmothers, aunts, and all of your relatives and friends who are moms out there. All and all, in my opinion, a mom’s love and care for her children is truly a special one. For me, my mom has been a rock in my life and I am so grateful for her.

Aside from showing your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day, it is nice to give your mom a little something special to mark the occasion. If you haven’t purchased a gift yet, don’t panic! Here are some great items you can get in-store before the big day on Sunday:

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(Starting clockwise from the top left:  Jewelry Box from Pottery Barn, Opal Pendant Necklace from Magnolia Silver Jewellery, Rosewater Eau de Toilette from Crabtree & Evelyn, Picture Frame from Mikasa, Sweet as a Peach Bath & Body Care Gift Pack from Bath and Body Works, Cosmetics Case from Ted Baker, and Single Tea Cup & Saucer from Chapters-Indigo.)

For any other great last-minute gift ideas for mom, drop me a message in the comment box below or shoot me an email!

Sincerely, Kate

Like many of you ladies out there, I have a deep love for Kate Spade. Kate Spade purses, Kate Spade homeware, Kate Spade stationary. Everything and anything Kate Spade is my favourite! This brand constantly creates new products in bright, happy colours that can put a smile to one’s face, uses shimmering gold and silver tones to transform your plain office supplies into an actual stylish accessory, and incorporates cool patterns and phrases to produce adorable items for your kitchen and dining room table.

One other thing I enjoy about this designer label: they have ACTUAL SALES! I love that they consistently offer wonderful online sales (there have been sometimes up for 75% off flash sales) and as recent as last week, I walked into one of their store locations and they had a great 25% off sale the majority of their merchandise.

Since my latest visit to a Kate Spade store last week and discovering more about their homeware as I created my bridal registries, here are my latest favourites from KS:

CUTE CLUTCHES…

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(LILY AVENUE KIKI – $228.00, MADISON SPRING FORWARD CERIE – $428.00, BAY DRIVE CHLOE FINN – $278.00)

KSNY HOMEWARE…

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(KATE SPADE NEW YORK Greenwich Grove Teapot – $150, KATE SPADE NEW YORK About Town Pitcher – $84, KATE SPADE NEW YORK Striped Salt and Pepper Set – $34)

ADORABLE OFFICE TOOLS…

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(LIKE A BOOK NOTEBOOK SET – $12.00, DAISY PLACE PENCIL CUP – $20, CLASSIC STRIPE NOTEPAD – $14)

PRETTY LARGE BAGS…

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 (CEDAR STREET SMALL HAYDEN – $298.00, HOLDEN STREET BRANDY – $368.00, MADISON CHAPLIN DRIVE CELESTE – $998.00)