Wedding Season: Banana Republic Edition

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Last week I posted some dress options for weddings this summer. Many of you said that while they were beautiful and covet-able, they were out of your price range. I couldn't agree more. What I wouldn't give for the funds to buy one of those dresses and not have instant buyer's remorse.

Luckily, I found a solution. Shopping with my mom, I came across a myriad of wedding appropriate dresses at Banana Republic!

Heritage Silk Chiffon T-back Dress - $118 (sale!)

Racer Back Patio Dress - $150
 Silk Garden Party Dress - $110
Silk tie-neck dress - $89.99 (sale!)

I did end up getting this dress:
Embellished Bib Dress - $130

and am eyeing this one:
Silk Tiered Paisley Patio Dress - $130

I tried most of these dresses on and the black maxi dress is insanely comfy.

All images from Banana Republic.

Sex and the City Giveaway!

Monday, May 24, 2010
Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are at it again and YOU have a chance to experience the Sex and the City lifestyle.

On Location Tours,  NYC's TV & Movie Tour Company, want to give one lucky Haus of Hybrid reader a gift certificate ($84 value) for the Sex and the City Tour in New York!

The gift certificate has no expiry date and the contest is open to all Canadian and American readers.

Tour Highlights:
  • Shop at the store where Charlotte bought her "Rabbit"
  • Enjoy cupcakes like Carrie and Miranda
  • Go on location to the art gallery in SoHo where Charlotte worked
  • Shop at the hottest boutiques & stores in Greenwich Village
  • Visit Buddakan, site of Carrie and Big's wedding rehearsal dinner
  • See new locations from Sex and the City: the Movie
To enter:
  • Comment on this post
  • Tweet: I just entered to win a Sex and the City Tour! #hausofhybrid

Contest will close May 31, 2010 - the winner will be announced June 1, 2010.

Review: LuShae Jewelry

Friday, May 21, 2010
LuShae Jewelry was kind enough to let me select an item from their collection for me to review. After some deliberation, I picked out the Bright White Stacker.

I wanted something that suited my style, something that wasn't too gaudy, something that I could wear every day, and this was it. I love the simplicity of it, with the baguettes embedded in the band.

The good:
The ring arrived in the cutest ring box. I wasn't expecting that, so it was a welcome surprise. The ring was lovely, exactly what I had hoped it would be, the cubic zirconia sparkled in the light. I was really pleased with the ring.

The bad:
I am really hard on my hands. I'm at athlete at heart so I'm not gentle by any means. Unfortunately, because of this, I was able to dislodge one of the stones in my ring. It didn't fall out, but it's a bit uneven on the edges. Also, because I wear the ring on a daily basis and because I'm so hard on my hands, the stones have lost a fair bit of their lustre.

I'm on the fence. Reading some of the other reviews, people seem pleased with their items. I'm not, by any means, dissatisfied, I just wish that the ring could have withstood my lifestyle better.

Wedding Season

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Spring is here (finally) and that means Wedding Season is upon us. I, for one, am on the look out for a killer dress (or 2).

All 3 of the weddings that I'm attending this summer have a different vibe: traditional, garden party and New York soiree.
I have a few dresses to choose from already, but come on, every girl likes to pick out a dress for a special event!

Here are a few of my favourites:

Traditional Wedding

Michael Kors - Asymmetrical Knot Dress - $1095

Shoshanna - One Shoulder Dress w/ Pleats - $340

New York Soiree

Elizabeth and James - Multi Wrap Dress - $395

Halston Heritage - Side Shirred Day Dress - $295

Garden Party

Twenty8Twelve - Miller Dress - $360

ADAM - Jenna Party Dress - $475

All images from Shopbop except the Michael Kors one, which is from their website.


Monday, May 17, 2010
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway with CSN Stores.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner.

Fortunately for Marda Mischa, she's the lucky winner!


As for my other readers, keep your eyes peeled - I have another giveaway coming up soon!

JK Models 1 Year Anniversary Party

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Last night I attended the JK Models 1 Year Anniversary soiree.

I had a great time - always good to see everyone and catch up.

I brought my camera, but I'm always so horrible at taking pictures at events. I did manage to snap a great one though:

Nicole of Le Mode du Jour, Jennifer - owner of JK Models, Ace from On the Fringe

Check out my more detailed event re-cap on Define Magazine (will post link when it's up!)


Monday, May 10, 2010
To commemorate the makeover, I'm doing a...

(searches for speakers, speaker stands, microphone)


CSN Stores has been kind enough to sponsor this giveaway.

Brunch is one of, if not exclusively, my favourite meal. Which is why I'm happy to say that CSN Stores will be providing this wicked Cuisinart Waffle Maker to one lucky winner:

  • Bakes one large traditional-style waffle
  • Five-setting browning control
  • Regulating thermostat
  • Red and green "ready to bake/ready to eat" indicator lights
  • Nonstick baking plates
  • Brushed stainless steel housing
It'll make the most perfect waffles for a lovely brunch on a Sunday morning. Just get some whipped cream, strawberries, a mimosa and you're set!

There are 2 ways to enter:
1) Make sure you're following me on Twitter and tweet, "I just entered to win waffles on Haus of Hybrid #hausofhybrid"
2) Comment on this post

Contest will close Sunday, May 16, 2010 and the winner will be announced Monday, May 17, 2010.

Sorry to my international readers, but this giveaway is only available to Canadian and American readers.


Sunday, May 9, 2010
Welcome to the new and improved Haus of Hybrid! There are a few minor changes still to come, but the majority of the facelift is complete!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some great giveaways, plus some great reviews, and a cry for help!

If you're in the market, check out my new advertising page!