When was the last time you woke up and decided to take a step leap out of your beauty comfort zone? That’s what we thought. We get it: If you’re not used to taking your makeup into next-level territory, strolling into the office sporting a neon-green shadow or showing up for date night wearing a metallic lipstick can feel terrifying. However (and we’re just throwing this out there), you don’t have to go zero to 60 just to try out the most buzzed-about trends. There are ways to hone in on a lewk and tone it down or amp it up — depending on your beauty skillz.
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Scenically located across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, ARMED Jewelry is an eclectic store and studio in Toronto’s west-end.
With autumn right around the corner, it’s time to lock down your fall wardrobe and fill it with wardrobe essentials and a few key trend-driven pieces. A well-rounded fall wardrobe should include everything from sweaters and leggings to the perfect leather jacket, which might sound a little intimidating especially if you’re on a budget!
That’s why I rounded-up some affordable fall fashion items for you to shop and they’re all under $75! Add these items to your closet and you’ll be ready to navigate the new season in style, while not breaking the bank.
"If you’re looking for a statement necklace, look no further than UP AND ARMED. Located in downtown Toronto, you can shop their designs, which range from super delicate to dramatically ornate, either in-store or online. The store, which caters to both men and women, also offers other great accessories to choose from, including a killer sunglasses collection."
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They say 2-years is the standard test of time for business owners who expect to last. Desiree Girlato lauched ARMED jewelry 5-years ago. CH8NEWS decided it was a good time to crash her anniversary celebration and meet some of her stylish friends.
"It’s always a good time to up your jewelry game, especially if the pieces are dreamed up right here in our homeland. From bad-ass, blinged-out baubles from Dundas West’s Armed to delicate chains at Biko, here is the best bling Canada has to offer."
"ARMED JEWELRY first started as an unapologetically bold and beautiful idea by designer Desiree Girlato. From humble beginnings, the brand has since bloomed into its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the Toronto flagship.
Girlato is a self-taught jewelry designer and conceptual artist with an eye for show-stopping trends, that she incorporates into her designs. ARMED pieces are rendered with raw material from around the globe. Unique stones sourced from Arizona are paired with superior workmanship of Brass and Sterling Silver from New York."
"Founded in 2011, Desiree Girlato is a self-taught jewellery designer and conceptual artist who creates beautiful statement jewellery, featuring cool Arizona sourced stones, for everyday wear."
"Gorgeous jewelry, stylish guests and whimsical eats (there was a pastry puff tower dusted with GOLD), ARMED Jewelry sure knows how to throw a party!"
"ARMED, the pocket-sized jewelry shop located at 1024 Dundas Street West (Dundas & Shaw St.), is celebrating its 4th anniversary Thursday September 24th with a bash at Cooper Cole Gallery. The evening promises an outrageous photo-booth, booze and pop-up shop, but we’re most excited for designer and founder Desiree Girlato to unveil 8 new collections. Yes, 8. (Woman be busy.)"
"At first, Armed Boutique on Dundas West could be mistaken for a vintage trinket shop, aka your grandmother’s closet. Grandma-style is essentially what drove owner and designer Desiree Girlato to open up shop in her family neighbourhood, so the influence holds true. Nestled in a bright yellow brick and mortar shop, directly across from Trinity Bellwoods, lies every girl’s dream walk-in; ring trays atop marble slabs and piled chokers amongst precious stones and crystals."
"ARMED VINTAGE & JEWELRY began in 2011 and has been unapologetically bold and beautiful ever since. Designer Desiree Girlato has watched her brand grow from her dining room table to its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the flagship store in Toronto."
"The best jewellery stores in Toronto celebrate the marriage of exquisite, precious materials with a craftsman's eye. "Precious," by the way, doesn't just mean "expensive". Though a large number of these shops do prize diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver, and cater especially to the Romeos and Juliets looking to present that special someone with some major hardware (custom or off-the-shelf), others transform more base materials into beautiful pieces that hold a different kind of value."
Never has it been cooler to make your own, well, everything. From at-home skin treatments to cleaning products, It seems there’s a DIY tutorial for almost anything.
"This episode of Sensual Sessions I explore jewelry that frames a feminine figure. How do I bring attention to my curves? Decorate my strengths? Desire Girlato, owner of Armed Jewelry has a few suggestions and wisdom in store ***get it***."
"Ahhhh! been dying to share this set and finally, Ta-da!!!! :) hehe Thanks to amazing team of talents, we were able to get published on Dauphine Magazine online! cannot be more excited :) Thank you everyone especially Sarah for this !! hehe here are the images that has made onto Dauphine as well as some other un revealed cuts!"