Sunday, January 29, 2012


I don't write any more posts here, but that doesn't mean I've disappeared! You can find me all over the web!

the official site of my bling:
my online store:
twitter: @BrazenDesign

and my brand new project, Blisscraft&Brazen (my partner and I also keep a blog there)

See you there!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Farewell Tour

It's been a long time since I regularly posted here, and it's time to explain. I have been battling with some health issues for the last six months and though I'm feeling much better each day, my priorities have inevitably shifted and I won't be able to commit myself to bringing you the latest on conscientious consumption of Montreal designer fare.

I have, however, begun blogging for General 54, one of Montreal's first independent design boutiques to support local talent. So look for me there.

And if you ever want any tips/opinions/comments/leads about where to shop, who to buy, and how to support the amazing sweethearts of the local design world, you can forever and always email me at info [at]

Brazen Design, my line of bling, will live on and can be found at

Thanks for the years of support, questions, sharing and for buying local. Much love to you and yours.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simone's Rose Moving Sale!

The talented Michelle of Simone's Rose is moving to Toronto, which means a blowout sale of samples, old pieces and discounts on orders for the upcoming collection (some pics of which are posted above, and blowing my mind). Info here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Glasgow Sale!

The Jennifer Glasgow Spring/Summer '10 collection is now on sale! Buy online or come by General 54 (I'm working there on Saturday) to take advantage. I bought the Aurore and now have my eyes on the Diana and the Isis.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

All Hail The Sale! Simone's Rose SS10

I can't say enough about the beautiful things that Michelle of Simone's Rose creates. To make way for her Fall/Winter 2010 collection, Michelle is slashing prices on some real gems, including the love-of-my-life houndstooth dress and my newest acquisition, the Tiffany. Michelle posted this pic of me wearing it on her blog, where you can also find the details of the sale and a bonus discount code for free shipping, here at the Simone's Rose blog.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Case for Nude

The Nude Shoe rocks.

I know, I know, you think it's hard to pull off and should match your skin tone which is impossible, and anytime the word "flesh-coloured" gets used, people run as far away as possible.

But really, The Nude Shoe rocks.

1. Cream looks good on everyone. You don't have to match your skin tone - it's pure white that'll make you look pasty. And it's summer - get some sun on those feet!

2. Your legs will go on and on and on... who doesn't love that? I have a serious weak spot for ultra strappy and chunky black stilettos but I can't deny they shorten the look of my calves.

3. That killer cocktail dress will be all anyone sees. The Nude Shoe gives your entire outfit a subtle platform from which to shine.

4. Last but not least, they're sex in a shoe. There's something so enticing abou the suggestion that you're barefoot, while still on your tippy toes... Need I say more?

I've shown you some Christian Louboutin's to inspire you - I suggest looking for a substantial shoe like a wedge or espadrille, and/or something very strappy. My favourite incarnations are the summer-boot with peep toes and straps all the way up around the ankles.

And cause I refuse to pay money to see the second Sex and The City Movie, I got my fix by looking for nude shoes in the fashion-candy world of Carrie Bradshaw to prove my point.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

And the winners are...

[francais en bas]

Dearest precious lover of bling::

Today is Brazen Design's 3rd Birthday. I am filled with deep and hefty gratitude for each and every one of you who has complimented, worn, purchased, modelled, recommended, advised, sold, supported and encouraged me and my little bling-making machine for these last three years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

There was such an overwhelming response to the Name Necklace contest that I couldn't bring myself to pull just one name from that ol' mason jar of entries. I decided to pull one name for each year.

And the winners are.....

[drum roll]

Alex Taylor
Deborah Adams
Rosemary Scanlon

Congrats! I'll be in touch with you about what name you'd like on your new necklace!

For those of you still eager to have one, Name Necklaces are STILL ON SALE until the end of June! Half off at $50 instead of $100, with an additional discount to orders of six or more.

Treat yourself to some cake today - it's your birthday too.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Party favour

Dear lovers of bling,

While I wasn't looking, Brazen Design's THIRD BIRTHDAY crept up on me and it's almost here! Where did the time go?

When I launched, I set out with a secret mission to bring back The Name Necklace, and have been doing so one hand cut sterling silver name at a time.

In this spirit, I will offer clients HALF OFF of a customized Name Necklace for the entire month of June! That's $50 instead of $100!

It doesn't stop there! if you respond to this email with your name and contact info, you'll be entered into a draw to win A FREE NAME NECKLACE on June 15th, Brazen's official 3rd Birthday!

Pass this message along to friends and family - they can enter too!

Spread the bling love,


How To Order or Enter: send an email to me at info [at]

Wanna see more name necklace pics? Check out the Etsy posting here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Valerie Dumaine at Unicorn Boutique!

The lovely Valerie Dumaine will be doing a meet and greet at Unicorn Boutique on Thursday June 3rd!

Her Spring/Summer collection will be 15% off for the evening.

RSVP before June 1st! RSVP info and more on Unicorn's blog.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Make Do & Mend Redux

If you've flipped through a copy of the Mirror this week, you may have read about the very cool talk taking place at the new Ethik Boutique on St Hubert tomorrow night.

Part of a series of ethical fashion events, fashion historian Pamela Grimaud will be talking about the return to a more conscious consumption of clothing (mending, modifying and upcycling) and the rise of handmade, ethical and environmentally friendly fashion.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 26th at 6:30 PM
Ethik Boutique, 6050 St Hubert

The full Mirror article is here and the Ethik Boutique has a facebook page here.