Eve harlow: my muse ? or my sister ?

Well actually, she is my sister first and then she's my ultimate muse! She is beautiful, but you know  the kind of beauty that painters got inspired by, the kind of beauty prince fought the dragons for, yes THAT kind of beautiful. And besides she has all these other little things that make her fabulous, like she is smart, and kind and vegan lol and a total artiste! AND probably read every book ever written !!! GAWD!!!

Anyhow, not only that but she is still manages to stay true to her self and be completely humble while doing her thing in Hollywood. She shot movies besides Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Beil, and was in supportive roles in shows like Heroes reborn and The 100.

I could go on but for me, she's my sis, yup, pretty simple lol. I do love to shoot with her though, she is such a Comeleon - she can be scary, pretty and sexy all a the same time, like WTF right?? But yes she can, and maybe that is her super power. While shooting Heroes Reboen in Toronto she was interviewed for the monthly Wedlux E-Magazine - I totally love this article check it out below - and to it attached  the shoot we did with her while she was here. We don’t see each other often but when we do ~ we love creating magic !!! 

You can find the full story here but here are some of the most gorgeous imagery you’l ever see - please let me know  what you think- we have another gorgeouse shoot planned with Eve soon; (yes she’s coming for a visit yayyyyy) and I simply can’t wait!!! Xoxo Margo 

Margarita - What’s in now? What you love creating these days?

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Always the question that keeps on getting asked. What’s in now Margarita? what’s in for 2018?   what you like doing the most? What styles, what flowers you like using, what design elements are the hottest? What do you recommend? I want something that was never done before? What should we do that is different ?

In reality these questions are kinda  silly. Yes silly and  foolish in many ways. Look, all you gotta do is look at our fashion these days and realize that (a) everything was created already and repeated and recreated over and over again only thing is it was adjust to the pop culture of that specific decade and (b) whatever event/wedding you are doing simply needs to be beautiful. Like it’s not that hard or difficult. Let me repeat it. It has to simply be beautiful. Creating something remarkable starts with taste. Something beautiful is always something you will enjoy looking at for days and after years, it will still look eternally graceful. 

I am my self a bit of a contradict - in terms of design perspective. Let me draw a bit of a picture for you -  I love things that are feminine and mixed with masculine lines. I love soft flowy florals and very strict looking furniture, I like airy looking spaces with bold coloured linens, I think that mixing metalics is a must yet making things monochromatic can be so sexy too. See the ideas are endless and there will always be a new “trend” and new “hawt” flowers of the moment and a new “theme” that is more popular then something else. In all of this, what do you think really matters? 

No, really what do you think matters?  

It’s you.  

In 10, 20, 30 years from now  you not gonna look back and be like, oh yeah, Boho was in so in so I adjusted my whole wedding to look like an L.A mountain range - no you would do what is YOU. Stick to what represents most you first, then everything wil fall into place.  When people think of you (two) what do they think about? Where did you guys meet? Where did he or she propose? Why you love cats so much? The colour red is all you think about cause it is the colour of your salsa dance and dance is your life!   You both love books, you met in the library, your love for ocean will set the tone of your venue - aka the beach.  There are so many things that represent you two - remember,  do you.

THAT is what is in. 

Would love to hear what you did for your wedding ? How did you do you for your special day? Please share photos / videos  would love to see !! 

xo Margo  

My two loves, #Fashion and #Flowers

Sometimes I ask my self, if I could take one word or one expression and describe my self, what would it be? If my friends & clients  could use one word to describe me, what would they say? If I could choose of word to describe what I love most ( career wise) what would it be?  

After many pondering sessions and data collecting from friends, clients and acquaintances, I come to one consolation:  there are always two words:  Fashion & Flowers. And it is totally not surprising but I had to go round and round to realize why they mean so much to me. 

Fashion: well that is a no brainer - I have loved fashion since I can remember, in high school I was the one to always dress up and copy French Vogue outfits etc... -  now when you think of that think of a 14 year old girl, wearing suspenders, and ripped jeans, and super out there shoes, basically I got inspired by magazine and runways - and executed it as much as I could on my day to day outfits. Now when you are 14, 15  I‘ll be real,  I was a complete outcast and the black sheep in the crowd. But It felt right and I wanted to express my self, so ce la vie, that is who I was and that what I was going to wear, too bad for you. 

As I was growing up I knew I wanted to live in a big city and persu my fashion dream, it was Parsons or Ryerson - well as most of you know - Ryerson it  was for me in the early 2000’s. As a side note, as long as I remember my adult life, I was always trying to do something on the side, I always tried to come up with ways to express my self, my taste, my style, however you want to name it - It always tried to come out. My internal entrepreneur if you wish- I don’t know, I think you kinda grow in to the role, I  always was trying to come out lol - at one point I was importing russian jewelry called Gzhel, it was sold in gifts shops and one of a kind shows. I had a vintage clothing shop on EBay and was selling vintage angora and cashmere sweaters there, at the same time - I gathered some personal shopping  clients, I simply wanted to start something of my own, something  I would be proud of calling my own.

With a diploma in interior design and visual merchandising, a bachelor in fashion and a mom that breathes floral design I guess a future in events might have been a no brainer for the the outsider but to me, I feel like I literally fell into this. I remember I had a classmate in college, and as mentioned above I didn’t know where my path was going to take me and I shared the frustration, she said it’s funny how we don’t want and don’t see the obvious of what we are meant to do. 

She was right.  

Now I know.  

I was was meant to be here, I was meant to do this.   

I create things. I create experiences. I want them to be theatrical  and grand and make you ~FEEL~ 

These are some of my favorote fashion runways that always leave me breathless,what do you think ? Would something like this take your breath away? 

Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you  

xoxo Margo  

The Matha Queen of Crowns

Yup, I said it. I called my self the Mutha Queen Of Floral Crowns. This is how this post came to be...

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I think I was born loving crowns  really. Yes, the longer I think about it the more I see that besides my portfolio ( that clearly shows my love for any type of crowns) I also love head bands, hats, head scarves and any head accessories. But today I’ll talk mostly about crowns. I think that I knew crowns first from Russian Folk Stories or Fairytales- every traditional outfit was complimented by a beautiful crown  like head accessory called the Kokoshnik. Wikipedia description of it is :” The kokoshnik (Russian: коко́шник, IPA:[kɐˈkoʂnʲɪk]) is a traditionalRussianheaddress worn by women and girls to accompany the sarafan, primarily worn in the northern regions of Russia in the 16th to 19th centuries.”

When I started in this beautiful creative business, I mean lets get real, brides usually will not Wear a crown, they would try a tiara, put a long veil or a very uniqu hair piece, but in reality crown is too bulky to wear for th wedding day. (well on a runway they do - that’s why I love runways its kinda like theatre and everything is extra!) So knowing  that - the only other way to exude “extra” and bring queens to life I created crowns for  creative bridal and non bridal shoots.   Forward now though, crowns are everyything and everywhere, Crown’s images on Tshirt’s, crown centerpieces, crown on the runways - which leads to mass following and thus cultural norm.  Jewellers and accessories designers started making them in a more minimal shapes and size - similar to tiara sizes - but yet looking like crowns. 

For weddings I am still to see a bride wearing something over the top encrusted with jewels, ( besides the Royal wedding) and even they keep it quite minimal.  

I went through my phone the other day and wowza, I just had crowns and crowns and crowns images on there, non stop through the scroll. A definite reocurance - I like crowns, what can I say. If I had one I‘d probably wear it every day -hmmmmmm I wonder .... lol just kidding -  anyway here are some of our crowns below - I enjoyed  making every. Single. One of them, for different projects and events, promotions and stylized shoot, each and everyone made me feel  at ease and in my own space. I just love creating beauty - I can’t help it.... so I hope you enjoy watching these too, let me know what you think in the comments below:

Here is a little tid bit into our process. I create the case or bones of the crown first and really that could be created from anything and everything. The number one thing is that it needs to work with  what we do for the shoot or the occasion.

I’ll use fresh elements like flowers, greenery, wood, and then other elements like jewellery, beads, fabrics, wire etc... whatever I need to create the wow effect that we are looking for! 

#Top10 of 2017 Weddings

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I mean can you not just relax just by looking at this photo? So calm and peaceful and serene and perfect in every way. Ooooommmmmmm - like literally, but now on the serious side of things, when I get to do a design around nature, it’s  really soothing and calming to me. I love it so much, I mean anything around water, forest or lake is just a dream to work  around it or in it for that matter. 

This beautiful wedding was planned by my very good friend Trevor Frankfort  of Trevents: Weddings and Event Planning.  At the most beautiful  venue @The Henley Room, and shot by @revosphotography.

As you can imagine the design had to be not only minimal but infuse  the  vibe of the space - taking the natural elements such as the wooden deck -  and taking into the ceremony’s painter ladders, having the white sheers blowing in the wind - reliving the water’s breeze visually, the greenery garlands flow nicely down the ladder, completing the whole setup so perfectly.  Here are some images to give you an idea:

Here are some shots from the inside of the room, loved working with the space - its completely bare which makes it a designers dream, you literally can do WHATEVER YOU WANT HERE.  Robin Banwell, the venues coordinator, is warm and has the biggest smile on her face, which makes the experience so much more awesome. We chose the flannel / cotton mix linen that gave it more of a casual look - the opposite of a satin linen - but yet it still had a very sofisticaed look to it, I think the greenery and candles really elevated this to a whole new level. Plus we also did long tables, totally sexy and sleek. 

 

And lets just stop for a second and talk about the gorgeous  bride, Danielle’s dress and her whole aura was perfection - so princess like - an uber class, these are my fave shots of Danielle and Cameron...

 

Well there you have it friends, I hope the takeaway here is that no matter what your budget is or wherever it is the number one thing to think about ( it who ever your creative professional is ) is how to make it beautiful. That’s it. That is the number one goal. But that’s a whole different blog post 😍  

Xoxo Margo  

#Top10 of 2017 - Cambium Farms

 Jessica. And Kyle are so sweet, and so perfect for each other!!! I really really really had a great time putting this vision together as Jessica’s Venue is Rustic but she wanted French Provance type look -with florals everywhere, greenery everywhere, romance everywhere,  and soft pastel colours everywhere !!!! It was so funny cause she’s like I want flowers, I want a HUGE bouquet and lots of texture. ( extra oomph on the big bouquet !!)   I’m like  I’ll take that as a challenge !!! I couldn’t wait as outdoor venues have so much to offer - nature, and nature is the best backdrop as far as I’m concerned. - Just look at the picture above I mean common !!!! All photography by the uber talented Jenn Kavanagh of  @ jennkavanagh  photography.   The ceremony was outside, and the weather couldn’t have been better ( even though it did drizzle for a bit - the heavens held up a bit for us) NOTHING WILL STOP THIS PARTY YOOOOO  As soft and romantic this wedding looked, the crew was super cool and hip and brought the house down like majorly !!!  Kyle actually asked for one thing and that is to have hot sauce as favors - so as I said it was a funny , good looking and hawwttt partyyyyyy.  So let’s cut to the chase, yes the bouquet was heavy, yes it was stunning, yet it was big, all about WHAT YOU want for your special day and what will are an IMPACT - this was a show stopper:

Jessica. And Kyle are so sweet, and so perfect for each other!!! I really really really had a great time putting this vision together as Jessica’s Venue is Rustic but she wanted French Provance type look -with florals everywhere, greenery everywhere, romance everywhere,  and soft pastel colours everywhere !!!! It was so funny cause she’s like I want flowers, I want a HUGE bouquet and lots of texture. ( extra oomph on the big bouquet !!)   I’m like  I’ll take that as a challenge !!! I couldn’t wait as outdoor venues have so much to offer - nature, and nature is the best backdrop as far as I’m concerned. - Just look at the picture above I mean common !!!! All photography by the uber talented Jenn Kavanagh of  @jennkavanagh photography. 

The ceremony was outside, and the weather couldn’t have been better ( even though it did drizzle for a bit - the heavens held up a bit for us) NOTHING WILL STOP THIS PARTY YOOOOO

As soft and romantic this wedding looked, the crew was super cool and hip and brought the house down like majorly !!!  Kyle actually asked for one thing and that is to have hot sauce as favors - so as I said it was a funny , good looking and hawwttt partyyyyyy.

So let’s cut to the chase, yes the bouquet was heavy, yes it was stunning, yet it was big, all about WHAT YOU want for your special day and what will are an IMPACT - this was a show stopper:

So now that we will enter the venue, I do want to show you and tell you the story behind the reveal. So of course the photographer asked for Jess to come by the venue and take a look while its empty of vendors and ready for the big party, take the whole thing in you know what I mean? So the story its kinda silly - as jess enters into the room, and literally breaks down - okay okay getting super emotional - I am in looking for the bathroom on the property lol ( we are on the farm after all ) but my team is seeing all this and retelling  this to me while I was so kicking my self in the foot lol. Anyway here is the pic of Jessica -she’s the cutest !

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And here are the rest of the stunning gallery shot by the talented @JennKavanagh - Jessica’s bridal party is the bomb by the way - best girl squad EVER!!! 

#Top10 of 2017 Weddings -When you dream of a Lilc Wedding & Wine

Sara & Andre’s Wedding @ The Doctor’s House

Photography by: Captured by Kirsten 

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This beautiful wedding of Andre & Sara,  is another one of my faves of #2017. I had to talk about this for a couple of  reasons. First well it’s totally gorgeous, second though, these guys got me at their blue and white ( and if you know me long enough you would know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE blue and white fine china, like anything chinoiserie and the Portuguese blue tiles and china too, ) and of course I also love when couples bring their own sense to the wedding.  And did these guys do this the right way or what ??? 

So as I will post the images you will see what I’m talking about, the way they integrated they love for wine and their travels in Portugal, the way the lush greenery and soft pastels ran away with the sun setting down at The Doctors’ House oh my that was just so magical - The visuals are so inticing, pay at talent io to the details throughout - here is me prepping her bouquet for her photos in the am:

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Here are these magical details I was talking about:

Everything so seamless and cohesive, soft lilacs, shimmering soft linens, gold vintage accents on the frames for table numbers. The favours for guests were the wine glass coasters with a personal message from the  couple  - going back to the table numbers - here is a little story about that - the seating chart - unfortunately I don’t have the images, but it was a map of Portugal and  guests could see all the places they have traveled across Portugal and specific cities/ towns were the names of the guests tables. That is how guests found their place at the hall, they first had to find which town/ city they have to go to lol so cute !!

The florals are delicate, in design  and colours, lilacs, ivories, soft field florals as well as soft roses to bring the whole Vision together.  Sara’s Vintage oft nude toned gown was a complete dream, and Andre’s suit!!!! I mean how sexy can you get ????? Love my clients !!!!! And to complete the whole thing - DID YOU SEE Sara’s BLING ????? OMG !! 

Ps: My fave is her Wifey purse too lol  -  I hope you enjoy this stunning wedding on this Friday darlings, comment and let me know what you think below, xoxoxo 

Margo

TW-FW - Toronto Women’s Fashion Week - Joseph Tassoni

So exited about this blog post you guys!!! I hope you had the chance to read my 2016 TOM* experience, this time around I took part of Toronto Women’s Show. Specifically it was Joseph Tassoni collection - his Winter 18’/ Spring 19’ collection Winter Garden Frozen in. Time. It was beyond beautiful

 

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Joseph approached me with the idea of having these queen re-emerge from the frost into the coming spring and how best to express that ?? Well with flowers crowns  of course !! So off I go to come up with my #floralcoutre as Joseph called it. Everything was done by colour and texture - there were 4 princess and 2 queens

 

The collection was absolute stunning, all made in canada and truly is so spring like - you know how it is here in Canada  ( March/ April  yet still snowing sometimes) this is so perfect for our weather, the colours are sunny and bright but everything is nice and warm !! 

Joseph is so great to work with - literally he would be like “ Margarita honey, I trust you just do magic !”  Lol and so we did!! Joseph made this collaboration with @redken and other amazing artist to bring this creation to life, the work ethic and the group  of professionals that brought this together was absolutely remarkable.   Really. Truly. 

See the images below and take a bow - sooooo in love with everything, hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

Ps: #fashionsanta aka:PaulMason was in the house  as well of course !!! He is the best !  

Pps: Miss Venezuela 2016 was present as well as our purple noble queen, what a pleasure to meet Keysi Sayago - she is truly one of a kind.  

Ppps: Thank you Joseph Tassoni for this one of a kind opportunity xoxox Margo

And here are some #BTS - some of these I  took off of the instagram of the other artists that participated in the show other were mine, in any case - a little sense of the hectic time that go pre show xoxo 

Photography by @cherosales