Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blog Awards



This is just a quick post to say that I am honored to have been nominated for Best Overall Blog for the Canadian Blog Awards. This is an annual event on the Canadian blogosphere in which Canadian bloggers and blog readers vote to decide which is the best.

If you can please click the link below and vote, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.




Stay tuned for some great posts on my Holiday trip to Palm Springs!

Happy New Year!

Canadian Blog Awards

Monday, December 12, 2011

DIY Holiday Decor

I was on Breakfast Television Calgary this morning. Talking with Jill Belland all about DIY holiday decor. Shooting at the Brookfield Homes, Mosaic Cranston location (homes that I added to some festive flair to) was the perfect backdrop to talk all things DIY!

Here is a run down of a few of my faves that we chatted up today. Also, each one is under $5:




1. Button Ornaments

As easy as getting some wire, threading some buttons on, tying the 2 ends together and attaching a ribbon, to finish off the look. I did one with buttons purchased at Michael's, a dramatic black and gold. The other is with vintage buttons purchased at a garage sale, something fun and whimsical.



2. Ribbon Vases

Everyone has clear vases sitting in a cabinet collecting dust. This year, bring them out and add a fab splash of colour buy using ribbon. I chose to do a peacock inspired palette with the lime green and teal. This would work with additions of both silver and gold!



3. Tin Lanterns

An eco friendly option that can be used indoors or out. Simply take tin soup cans, peel off the labels and give them a good clean. Draw on festive patterns... trees, holly, or snowflakes. Take an awl (a term that I just learned today while on the show) and punch out these patterns. When complete, spray them white and stick a votive inside. A grouping on a table or placed outside to guide your guests into your home would be the perfect holiday touch!



4. Organic Votives

Using simple clear glass votives or vases, I hot glued large cinnamon sticks around the sides of each one. This really creates and organic statement piece and will cast fabulous shadows. A simply DIY project that doesn't take more than 5 minutes to complete.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

PAPYRUS Giveaway

Christmas shopping is always hard and can get a little stressful. This holiday season, let the fabulous people at PAPYRUS show you how to gift in a chic and stylish way. These gifting gurus have really made it so easy.

We are also proud to announce our first giveaway! Please click the link to our Alykhan Velji Designs Facebook Page and "LIKE" us (http://www.facebook.com/AlykhanVeljiDesigns). We will also be putting this out on twitter so be sure to retweet to better your chances to win and spread the word! 
Once we get to 250 likes, we will be drawing for these great prizes to get you ready for 2010 in STYLE:

One main prize pack featuring:

- $200 gift certificate for PAPYRUS custom printing.
- Moleskin roller pen
- Moleskin assorted month daily planner for 2012.

Two mini prize packs featuring:

- $200 towards your next custom printing purchase at PAPYRUS
- A pack of fashionable cards from PAPYRUS

Check out these great deals available NOW:


1. FOR THE GLAM GAL
3 PIECE JEWEL FRAME SET, $20 (REG. $40)


2. FOR THE WISHFUL PRIMA BALLERINA
MAJA BALLERINA SIGNATURE ORNAMENT $16 (REG. $20)


3. FOR THE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
FEATHER NOTE GIFT BOX WITH PEN, $19.95


4. FOR THE MODERN HOSTESS-WITH-THE-MOSTESS
TIFFANY SERVING SET, $49.95


5. FOR THE FASHION CONSCIOUS GENTLMAN
MOLESKIN MESSENGER BAG, $129.95






Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fluevog Grand Opening YYC












Worn by the likes of Madonna, Dee Lite, and Marilyn Manson, Fluevog shoes have become fashion history and are continuing to make a mark in the fashion world. Having started in Vancouver each shoe is designed by John Fluevog himself. The unique designs are sometimes over the top, zany and outrageous but that is what makes them Fluevogs. They have a huge followings with stores across Canada and the US.

I was invited to the grand opening of their fab new Calgary location last night and have to say I was so impressed by the space! Having a street front store on Stephen Avenue, the space is raw with original floors and brick. As soon as you enter, you are greeted by a large over scaled white Mooi chandelier that makes quite a statement. The space however doesn't take away from the stores crowning glory, the SHOES!

They have done something really inventive with this location, that no other location in North America offers. A gallery space in the lower level where they have set up, works that Fluevog fans have created and where they are hoping to showcase local talent. There is permanent Fluesuem on the upper level that showcases Fluevog through the times and a space where you can even have a hand in designing a pair yourself!

This space is a definite welcome to the YYC scene!

Check Out:

Fluevog Shoes