Eva Friede

Cabinet Éphémère: Quebec designer popup shop blooms at Rockland

‎Four years and growing, the Cabinet Éphémère, that roving popup of Quebec designers, has moved into Rockland Centre. The store is a delight, festooned with flowers and pink planter pots, with a beige carpet that has been brought to life with the graffiti-esque scrawlings of Ojo. Fitting rooms are art installations – garden scenes, giant [...]

The BT Montreal interview – in writing

I never go into an interview unprepared. If you caught my segment with Joanne Vrakas  on Breakfast Television Montreal – or missed it – here are my "notes" going into the interview, part of the BT Montreal influencer series. I must say I was flattered and honoured to be part of the series. Anyhow, as [...]

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Shooting a new profile pic: my new challenge facing the camera

My hair has a life of its own, clothes that look fabulous in the mirror can be awful on camera and I don't photograph well at all. The dull mauve-brown lipstick I love really doesn't suit me that well. And what's more, I've aged. None of this is new to me, but I have decided to [...]

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Dress defiance: down with holiday dressing rules

Here's a post from Dec. 3, 2007,  just in time for the holidays. BTW, I mis-typed the title as Dress Definance just now. Is it a message? I still feel the same way. The constant shopper is also a contrarian. Conventional wisdom tells us to dress conservatively (hold all things sexy!), act with decorum and [...]

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All about The Constant Shopper

Well, hello! Welcome to the reincarnation of my blog. In the fall of 2007, I launched a blog as part of my coverage of fashion for the Montreal Gazette. Called The Constant Shopper, it was my little "niche in cyberspace" to document my shopping adventures. "I shop, therefore I am,'' I wrote in questioning what [...]

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From Ruby Foo’s to the Ritz – and back

Share your memories of the Ritz, the fabled hotel asked as it opened its doors Sunday to the public to show off the crème de la crème of party pickings. There were fab floral arrangements, table settings fit for a prince, macarons, bijoux – from the charming Charlotte Hosten -  whiskies and wines ... and a [...]

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Aquazurra’s philosophy: beauty in fashion, shoes and life

By the time you read this, Edgardo Osorio, co-founder and creative director of Aquazurra shoes, will be in Mustique celebrating his 30th birthday. In his young life, the Colombian-born, Florence-based shoe designer has built a remarkable brand with remarkable shoes – sexy, fierce, beautiful – and, he says, comfortable. He may even be right on [...]

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Falling for Roots

Posted  Jun 12, 2008 I rush into Roots for a fall preview really, really late, wearing my hot pink Pleats Please shirt. Company co-founder Michael Budman, of the bushy brows, likes the colour – in fact he likes colour. He recounts how he tried on a chartreuse jacket at Hermès in Paris for a cool $10,000. [...]

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Amethyst of my eye: Pomellato inspires

From  Aug 18, 2008 It was photos of Capri-inspired gems in aqua, azure and mauve that drew me to Bijouterie Italienne on a fine, full-moon Saturday night. Flowing Prosecco, spicy panini, pasta and lively music kept me and most of the crowd at the fête well into the evening, part of the Settimana Italiana, in [...]

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