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Shop Femme

imageGot a shopping “problem”? Our friends at can help. was created to help 3 types of women:

1) Women with products to sell,
2) Shop-a-holics who’d like to get rid of the “spender’s guilt,”
3) and Women in need of support, shelter and care.

Need a new coat, handbag or holiday gift? Come to and browse products made for women by women – click to buy, and a percentage of your purchase is donated to charities that benefit women!

Visit our charities page to see how much has been donated so far!

This holiday season you can feel good about spoiling your loved ones (and yourself) with awesome gifts from!

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Tickets are $40 for general admission and $25 for Femme Members. When you become a member, they’ll send you a voucher to get your discounted ticket!

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Knit Wit

imageIt’s not every day that you discover an up-and-coming designer in her late-seventies. Evelyn Goldstein, a self-taught knitter who took up the trade as a teen because it was “the fashionable thing to do” back in the day, has turned her one-time hobby into a commercial enterprise. Now pushing 80, Evelyn’s knack for needles has inadvertently blossomed into a namesake knitwear line of luxe scarves, toques, shawls, capelets and adorable baby clothes. In fact, she’s currently knitting a pint-sized cardigan for my 14-month old nephew.

Far more fashionable and affordable than anything I’ve seen in big name department stores, Evelyn’s itch-free knitwear designs are real head-turners. Made from the finest quality machine-washable fabrics such as chenille, acrylic and wool, each one-of-a-kind piece is embellished with her signature fringes, eyelets or intricate loops. Evelyn’s coveted chenille scarves are intentionally made extra long so you can double-wrap ’em around the nape of your neck. Her buttery soft accoutrements are so stylish, my shopping-obsessed friend Ellyn is planning on wearing her recently purchased burgundy scarf well beyond winter months.

Looking for something bespoke? Ask Evelyn and she’ll whip-up whatever you want in a variety of seasonal shades such as lime green, grey, aubergine and rust. Now that I’m the proud owner of several over-sized scarves, I never walk outside without one wrapped around my neck. But that might also be due to the fact that this septuagenarian seamstress also happens to be my aunt.

  • Evelyn Goldstein Knitwear
  • email for custom orders
  • $50-$100
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Luxe Label

imageAs a transplanted New Yorker by way of Montreal (my hometown), I can understand the frustration Canadian fashionistas face due to the dearth of clothing and accessories available in the Great White North. While urbanites have high-end department stores at their disposal, those who are too busy or live in the burbs have to resort to the Web, which means incurring hefty customs fees that are inherent with cross-border shopping. At least that was before the launch of Luxe Label – a new Canadian-based online boutique that carries haute designer frocks typically only found in the Lower 48.

The brainchild of Winnipeg pals, Shirley Wong and Jennifer Woo (self-professed fashion junkies and former retail managers), Luxe Label was created to give time-pressed women instant access to trendy, brand name clothing, shoes, handbags and baubles from the convenience and comfort of their own home. Luxe Label’s slick and easy-to-navigate site is filled with informative trend reports, detailed designer bios and a “best-sellers” sidebar listing coveted items that should be on your radar screen. If you really want to be in-the-know, sign-up for Luxe Label’s free email newsletter for information about sales, exclusive promotions and updates on new arrivals. Click your way through slews of hot and hard-to-find U.S. and Canadian labels such as Matt Bernson (sole-ful shoes), Madison Marcus (I snagged the silk tie-pleat cobalt blouse), Skin and Threads (edgy, organic knit cardigans), Soia & Kyo (stunning belted coats and capelets), Solas Fashion (eye-popping patent leather clutches with ruching) and Tart (timeless tunic tops).

What do I love about Luxe Label? I can finally infuse my wardrobe with a shot of Canadian cool thanks to their stock of heavy-hitters such as Smythe (flawlessly-tailored jackets), Mackage (killer coats like the one shown above), Eve Gravel (avant-garde essentials) and Valerie Dumaine (elegant, yet bold designs). Plus, I keep discovering hip labels I’ve never heard of like Ardistia New York. Sure, the Canadian dollar is at an all-time high, but with Luxe Label’s cutting-edge selection of day-to-night wardrobe staples and constantly updated merch, why would I even consider shopping anywhere else?

Exclusive deal just for YOU!
Luxe Label is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers 20% off any online purchase of your choice from Thursday, November 1st through Friday, November 30th, 2007. To redeem this special offer, simply go to, make your selection and enter the promo code “FJFIX” upon checkout. Happy shopping!

  • Luxe Label
  • 204-292-1524 or email
  • 24/7
  • $50-$945 USD
  • returns within 3 days of receipt of purchase; exchanges within 14 days of purchase on unworn items with tags attached; sale items are final.
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Play the Taste Test on

imageReady to prove your fashion IQ? Our friends at, the sassy online shopping site, created a cool “Taste Test” quiz so you can instantly ascertain your eye for luxury. Click on one of the featured product photos to see if you can spot which fashion-must is a splurge and which is a steal. Is it a Steve Madden or Jimmy Choo black leather bootie? Don’t delay… test your fashion savvy today! 

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Bosom Buddy

imageAlthough I didn’t inherit my mother’s voluptuous 34C breasts, I can certainly comprehend the plight of the well endowed. Whether due to long fabric gaps between shirt buttons or simply excessive cleavage, I’m sure its no fun to have your girls bust out inadvertently and be gawked at like a floozie. With low-cut dresses and wrap tops trendier than ever before, fashion faux pas of the flesh-bearing kind are popping-up everywhere. But thanks to the Bosom Button, a glitzy pea-sized pin designed to minimize cleavage on your favorite tops, there’s no longer an excuse for wardrobe malfunctions. Yes, Tara Reid, I’m talking to you.

Perfect for chesty women who favor plunging necklines (have you watched the Food Network hostesses lately?), the Bosom Button can magically transform the trampy to tasteful. So long as you stash a spare in your purse, the Bosom Button will save you from a host of humiliating fashion mishaps, like when your favorite shirt suddenly pops a button on the way to work. Simply pierce the bejeweled bauble through any shirt neckline and bra strap, fasten the clasp and you can proudly strut your stuff without fear of being overexposed. A far more stylish and fun alternative to a tarnished safety pin, the Bosom Button incorporates top quality materials including Swarovski crystals, pearls and colored gemstones. Choose from ten eye-popping hues, ranging from silver, topaz, aqua, amethyst and fuchsia.

Since I’ll continue to be cursed with cherry pits (that is unless I get pregnant), I found a crafty alternative use for the Bosom Button… accessorizing my shawls, shrugs and capelets.

Exclusive Deal Just For YOU! is giving Fashion Junkie subscribers 20% off any Bosom Button of your choice from Monday, October 22 through Thursday, November 15th. Simply enter the promo code “FJFIX” upon checkout to redeem your discount. Happy shopping!

  • Bosom Button
  • $12 each or $25 for a pack of 3
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