Friday, December 2, 2011

December Day with : Binzento Vincente

Vincent Law is a 28-year-old science geek from Calgary, AB with an undeniable flair for fashion. Law leads a contrasting double life : in the daytime, he does medical research at a lab, at night, he becomes the ultimate fashion butterfly: he blogs for Binzento Vincente – his personal fashion blog, can be spotted at most, if not all, fashion soirees around the city, and is a TV personality for Fairchild TV's The Alberta Report. As of recent, Law has also added "staff writer" at Calgary Fashion to his well-rounded resume. 
Law's eclectic sense of style stands out the most in our fairly conservative city. At events, most people dress to impress but fall short of ingenuity. Long wavy hair, mini dresses, and towering platforms grow old but Law's style grows to intrigue: it's always exciting to see what he will be sporting next. Will it be a whimsical Hello Kitty necklace, a pillowy neck warmer or a tuxedo vest paired with golden shoes and floppy dress pants? For the record, Law has never failed to impress me with his quirky sense of dress, hence why a photo shoot was in order! 
For this photoshoot, Law and I made our way to Prince's Island Park. It's December 2nd and it's an ideal sunny winter morning. A touch of snow is apparent on the ground making for the perfect contrast with Law's black leg warmers and zipped-up cape. Among many more, Law loves Japanese designers, and here, he is sporting a deep blue Issey Miyake button shirt. Morever, Law wears a cape from Indu Homme – a clothing company from Singapore –, Levi's floppy jeans, white sneakers from Zara, leg warmers by Vblack and a neck warmer from K2 Factory. 

- Claire

In brief:
Name: Vincent Law

Age: 28
medical researcher
TV host 
Calgary Fashion staff writer 
fashion blogger at Binzento Vincente

Vincent wears:

Shoes: Zara
Cape: Indu Homme
Shirt: Issey Miyake
Pants/Jeans: Levi's
Neck warmer: K2 Factory
Leg warmers: Vblak

Photoshoot location:
Prince's Island Park - Calgary, AB

About this post: 
Author & photographer: Claire Miglionico
journalism student at MRU
Calgary Fashion editor
personal blogger at Hipster in a Tub
fashion columnist at The Reflector
Contact info:
Twitter: @clairemig

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who's That Girl? (Who's That Girl?)

It's Jess!

Well, I definitely have The New Girl's theme song stuck in my head and it is driving me bonkers but in a very good way!!

Theme song on repeattttt!

Who else is in love with Zooey Deschanel's dorky character and her hilarious roommates?

Anyone watched the Thanksgiving episode yesterday?
Turkey in dryer anyone? Oh, and Justin Long as the cute awkward-dorky teacher Jess brings home for Thanksgiving dinner?

More pluses to this show:

1. Definitely not a soapy-chick show: lots of good male characters!!
2. Hilarious witty writing
3. There's a douchebag jar for heaven's sake!
4. Zooey is just super dorkably-cute!
5. Random singing
6. Zooey's cute outfits
7. Awkward roommate moments
8. Unusual behaviours
9. Male hilarious stupidity
10. Female hilarious stupidity


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gift List: CBC "Retro" Reporting Bag

I am en amour with this retro CBC/Radio-Canada messenger bag and I strongly believe it would make for an excellent Christmas or graduation gift for moi (HINT HINT ! )

Why buy this bag? :

I am bagless as my H&M bag broke on me today at the mall
As a reporter/journalist, I will wear it and use it with pride
Will go perfectly with my newly bought heels of the same colour
I like bags
I like you
I'm too cute to say no too.

Find it on the CBC shop here ! Shop away you fine people, shop away!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Movember Moments & #nakedespy

As a big Movember gal, I wrote a story for Calgary Fashion and the #nakedespy event that happened in Calgary last Saturday. It's one of my favorites so I thought I'd share!

As we all know by now, November or “Movember” is a month dedicated to men and the prolific growth of their mustaches or other sort of facial hair. Although growing these mo’s may seem like a good reason to break out male-driven competitiveness, it is (usually) for the good cause of bringing awareness and funds to men’s health issues such as prostate cancer while us women follow the growth patterns of our mens untidy growing ‘staches (or not-so growing ones).
There are a series of “Movember-ish” events that happen across all cities in Canada. Some are quite focused on the ever so popular mustaches while other events take a slightly more naked spin....

To read full story go to Movember Moments on the Calgary Fashion website.

Red Joe Lips

I don't usually post photos of me but this photo was literally taken an hour ago and I just love the way it turned out. Believe it or not it's my first time experimenting with red lipstick (this one is from Joe Fresh in "ruby") and, well, I like it.

Fashion Column: a Peek at Fashion Week

Fashion Column: Peek at Fashion Week

Claire Miglionico
Fashion Columnist - The Reflector
I had the great chance of meeting Spiro Mandylor, a Toronto-based fashion and design blogger that I like very much. Photo: Claire Miglionico

I flew to Toronto to attend LG Fashion Week’s 25th season two weeks ago. It’s North America’s second largest fashion week after New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

This year, big white tents replaced the more intimate and less mobile venues of past seasons and allowed for this season’s attendees to experience the first true New York-like fashion week atmosphere. The runway tents were set up right across from the famous Alexandra Theatre on King Street West in Pecaut Square similar to New York’s set up in Bryant Park.Twelve years ago, the first Toronto Fashion Week took place at the prestigious Windsor Arms Hotel close to the fashion and entertainment district of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. In later years, the venues were quite numerous and in various downtown quarters.
In a Toronto Standard online story, freelance lifestyle writer and former FASHION Magazine editor Leanne Delap said she liked this year’s venue because the concept of tenting in the middle of the city made it feel like a true fashion week to her.
LG Fashion Week stayed truly Canadian, as 40 Canadian designers showcased their spring/summer 2012 collections to the media, public, buyers and other major fashion heavyweights.
Being part of media for Calgary Fashion I was able to attend all runway shows and sit comfortably in media reserved seating (sometimes I had the privilege of sitting front row), mingle with other journalists, fashion bloggers and designers, and had the great fortune of finding myself backstage more than once.
At first, the number of people wandering in and out of the tents was overwhelming and a little daunting. People were everywhere, ready to network, talk fashion and business and wanting to have their photo taken. I did not once encounter an unfriendly face and by mid-week, I realized most people shared the simple common love of fashion.

Scouring for people with great style was one of my duties at LG. From all the style photos I've taken, these two grils stood out the most. Photo: Claire Miiglionico
Runway shows were incredible to be a part of. The excitement, the fashionable people sitting front row, the rowdiness of the media pit that housed well over 60 photographers and videographers, and the runway shows themselves made for a bone-shivering experience.
Shows that stood out were those that incorporated conceptual art attitudes toward the showcasing of their designs (Krane), and designers who were able to keep things interesting by the inclusion of unconventional runway styles like having models barefooted (Laura Siegel), models smiling widely while skipping down the runway like innocent school girls (Denis Gagnon) and quantum physics as the inspiration behind a collection (Adrian Wu).
Another highlight was going backstage to film designers being interviewed. I would follow my colleagues Daniela Codreanu and Jacquie Jardine with my camera and capture them in action. Being backstage was possibly one of my favourite places to be as I find the behind-the-scenes aspects of things much more gripping and motivating.
Seeing make-up artists talk about what eye shadow to use for the next show, hairstylists spending hours on a model’s hair, and PR people running around frantically making sure everything is going accordingly really opened my eyes to the hard work put into delivering it to the masses in such a perfect and timely manner. We couldn’t help but feel special for being a part of the behind-the-scenes of fashion — this secretive world that isn’t usually experienced by the general public.
Watch for Calgary Fashion’s LGFW coverage in the coming up weeks at Email me at or tweet @Clairemig.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LG Style

On right, Sarah from 442 McAdam. Luxury bag designer from Calgary relocated in Toronto. 
Fashionable ladies outside the LG tents
Toronto journalists. Apparently fashion journalism ain't making dough either. Girl on left gave me interesting insight on lack of funds in fashion magazines. 
Other fellow journalist lookin stylish. 

Monday, October 17, 2011


So I made it to Toronto! Fashion Week is starting tonight and I'm looking forward to filming runway footage for the Calgary Fashion documentary.
More later!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fashion Column #1: Fashion Flashback

Headline: Fashion Philosophy: Keep it Real
Byline: Claire Miglionico - Fashion Columnist

Fashion is an extremely personal matter. Since grade school, I remember having an odd style. It wasn’t necessarily fashion forward, it was just different. I wasn’t anti-trend; I just wore clothes that I liked and that was all. One day at school, I decided on wearing two headbands instead of one. Frankly, it wasn’t to hold a fashion statement but mainly to hold my growing bangs in place.
In band class that very same day, a classmate of mine called me on it.
“Why are you wearing two headbands?” she asked looking really disgusted. “You’re weird,” she added two seconds later.

It was the early 2000’s and we were in grade 8. Junior high wasn’t the best time for individuality: back then, conformity was your best bet, especially if you wanted to belong. I never liked the idea of looking like everyone else and to this day, I am a firm believer in individualistic attitudes towards fashion and towards life in general. My style philosophy is to stick to what I like and not focus on what is supposedly “in”, wear clothes that are comfortable and that will not break the bank. Choose what works for you and make it your own.

Now, at age 22, I am a full-time MRU student finishing up my journalism degree. Over the five years I’ve been at MRU, I have noticed our student body is quite awesome when it comes to maintaining a unique style. I’ve crossed male students in full linen suits (that weren’t aviation students I may add), and female students in quirky outfits.
I’m sure ACAD students rock the style grid but I take pride in thinking MRU students know how to dress with personality.

I like to think I can dress well but I also know there are days I can look like I put little effort in what I wear. Although I am a fashion enthusiast, I don’t take fashion too seriously and will rarely be caught in something that looks uncomfortable (i.e, stilletos, super tight mini-dresses, plastic shirts etc). There are times where I will show up to school in a tuque and no makeup and other times where I feel like dressing up a bit more. Like most students, I have little spending money and, as of now, I try to think of unique ways I can combine the clothes I already have without having to wear the same outfit everyday. I love quirky personalities like Zooey Deschanel’s and appreciate her unique sense of style best. I have a thing for the “boy look” – the bow-tie, the suspenders, the blazer, the Oxfords – that singer Janelle Monae or actress Diane Kruger pull off and live for independent sounds offered by artists like Toro Y Moi.

On the side, I work part-time at our beloved campus pub The Hub and hold the position of editor at Calgary Fashion, a local fashion blog. Calgary Fashion has been an opportunity of a lifetime for me. As Calgary Fashion’s editor, I write stories, take photos and update our Tumblr on top of updating our main website on a weekly basis. This past spring/summer, I started at Calgary Fashion as an editorial intern. What was meant to be a four-month internship turned into a long term love affair. It’s a real treat to work with a unique group of fashion enthusiasts that holds a similar easy-going attitude towards life, style and fashion and to have the opportunity to attend fashion shows and events throughout the city. A highlight of mine was sitting front row at Parkluxe, a fashion show that showcased four local designers organized by the non-profit organization PARK.

In mid-October, Calgary Fashion will be heading to Toronto for LG Fashion Week. I’d like to dedicate my next column to my first experience at a high-caliber fashion runway event. I’d also love to explore the comeback in men fashion and touch upon the historic beginnings and ends of certain articles of clothing while keeping a personal perspective on fashion and making the column student-friendly. Cheers.

E-mail your fashion questions/topic suggestions at or Tweet me @ClaireMig.

Top Photo: This photo is of friends and I in grade 7. It’s easy to find me: I’m sporting an awful combination of light-weight orange pants and a 60’s inspired bright blue and red “college” sweater while everyone else is wearing the ultimate fashion staple at the time : “Roxy” shirts. Although I looked odd, I was always comfortable with what I wore.

Bottom Photo: My style now is a little more polished but I definitely stick to what I like. I’m still not much into looking completely dolled up. I usually keep something unchanged. It’s usually my unruly hair that I don’t bother about. I actually tie it up with a vegetable elastic band because it holds better, no joke.
Photo by Eymeric Widling

Friday, August 26, 2011


This man's named Chaz Bundick.
His artist name is TORO Y MOI.
I follow him on Twitter.
I dig his tunes.
As a matter of fact, I'd like to cruise to his sound some time soon.
I like his style.
I wouldn't mind winning a signed vinyl by him.
I'd see him live and become part of the stars soon after. (and by stars I mean I'd be in heaven)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PEUGEOT Bike = I swear I'm not trying to be hipster

My mom's old Peugeot bike is honestly saving my life right now. I've been wanting to get back into biking forever but haven't had the money to buy a brand new bike. It's an awesome light-weight bike and been loving riding it so far! The repairs on it cost a little over $100 bucks so I can't complain! I'll put a photo of it soon but for now, here's a photo of a Peugeot bike similar to my own (except mine is 30 years old, haha).

Happy Biking!

Aerie Lingerie = MOI

Ever since the opening of Aerie at Chinook Centre this year, it has become my favourite place to shop for bras, cotton tanks, cute undies & comfy undergarments/pjs. There's nothing wrong with La Senza or Victoria's Secret, but Aerie's got that air of "au naturel" comfortable freshness to it that I truly live for. Oh and it helps that Aerie is probably the only lingerie store I've ever walked in that carries my size in bras. :D Cheers to that!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wear 'Em Boots, and Cowboy Hats. What's new?

I'll be honest: I'm usually not a big Stampede fanatic but this year I feel like it could be fun to come up with cute Stampede-ish outfits. I mean, why not, right? Yes, 'em white cowboy hats are extremely tacky and the plaid shirts are over-done but it could be interesting to mix and match a few items of clothing for a unique cowboy/cowgirl look.
I'll probably take a look in my closet later tonight but I doubt I have much stuff that fits the theme. Or maybe I do?
People tend to stay at jeans, plaid shirt, cowboy hat and boots. I like the idea of pairing a prairie-like floral dress with a straw cowboy hat and moccasin boots instead of the good old cowboy boots. Or a jean vest with frayed jean shorts. Even a plaid shirt with a pair of belted white shorts could work. I just want to stay away from the usual although there is nothing wrong with that either (I like complicated ;)). I found a couple cute looks off the web I really like -->
floral dress + jean vest = nice

belted long plaid shirt + fringe bag + hat & boots = sexy

heeled suede boots + tailored vest + flowy dress = modern

tucked-in plaid shirt into rolled up jean shorts = hipster

cute western bag = accessorizing= awesome
jean jumper + cool hat = yay
cute pale top + rolled up jean shorts = put a hat on and it's all good

plad shirt + belted white shorts = that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

jean jacket + belted flower-printed dress + guitar + boots = style heaven

Oh and I must say, Kate & Will pulled off the cowboy wear at the Stampede grounds yesterday and at the parade this morning. Kate especially could pull off being a rodeo queen or something. Well, she is royalty after all.

- Claire

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I'm in love with Roussel tee-shirts made fresh in Montreal,QC.
Kevin Roussel founded the company in 2008. Looking good!
Wonder if they have women sizes?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A thing for bow ties

There's something sexy about women sporting a bow tie and this season it seems to be the latest thing to wear dressed-up and even dressed down.

I say yes to wearing a bow tie next time I go out. Gotta learn how to tie them though!

This may help a little:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Red's Diner

Hot Chocolate Anyone?

Or Raspberry-cream stuffed French Toast?

Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs perfume

Dakota Fanning ain't so little anymore. She grew into a beautiful blonde babe ( a smart one too) and is now the face for Marc Jacobs new perfume Oh, Lola – a mixture of raspberry, fraises des bois, and pretty peony. The scent will go on sale nationwide July 27. Pumppped!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summer love for Free People's Frida!

Today is my birthday and I couldn't resist posting a lil' sumthin' sumthin' this very morning. I am now 22 years-old and I am strangely happy about it. Perhaps because I have traveled quite extensively and I will always be super grateful for the amazing experiences I have lived at all four corners of the world. Or perhaps because I have a great lil' family and although we aren't always on the same page at times, I still love them very much. Maybe because I've had some great friends over the years and some bad ones. But that's besides the point because every person I've met in this life and every obstacle I've encountered along the way have made me grow into a closer version of my true comfortable self.

I cannot wait to pick up photography again. I cannot wait for some much needed dancin' tomorrow night, I cannot wait for an amazing summer, and I just cannot wait for anything that will come my way.

On a lighter note, I'm really liking the new summer Frida Kahlo-inspired theme at Free People. I find it appealing when fashion finds inspiration in art. Frida Kahlo is such a great artist pick for summer fashion!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Designer I dig : Maxim Dalton

I'm really digging Buenos Aires' designer Maxim Dalton. He's got a really cool blog you should all check out:

I'd play this Ferris Bueller's Day Off board game all day every day if I could. Only thing is that it is out of stock. I guess I will just have to use my imagination for my very own impulsive day off. Who's in?

How about this highly-detailed poster of 111 Archer Avenue from Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums?

Real cool, Mr. Dalton ;)