Archive for August 2010

Updating twitter/blogging by the pool at TAO (photo credit: Andria Sinisi, candid camera)

It was only when I found myself sipping a coffee made for me by the cutest boy from Arizona, in a penthouse suite at the Vdara hotel, watching the sunrise over the entire city of Las Vegas, my sis and andria by my side, that I realized this trip was one of the best I’ve taken in a long time. There’s no real point to go through everything we did since it’s really best lived than told but Saturday we went from making the coolest friends by our Aria pool, to partying with them in their booth at Tryst, to my opening paragraph, to not sleeping for 48 hours and coming home depressoed.

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Today went by faster than yesterday and all of a sudden it’s 11pm, do you know where my blog went? What a crazy past 24 hours: alleged prostitution, sex in the club (witnessed at arm’s length), theological debate at 2am outside our hotel with a soldier, late night trip to Walgreens for chips and 1.5L fiji waters, j-walking las vegas blvd (apparently that’s a big faux pas here in vegas), sleep, TAO beach party after agreeing on having had enough clubbing the night before, sex in the pool (witnessed at arm’s length), copped a spine-tingling pair of rare vintage sunglasses, met 4 hilarious aussie’s by the Aria pool at 7pm, jean philippe coffee round 2, napped with salem as he ate an entire bag of kettle chips…


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I’ve slept a total of 2 hours in the past 2 days but all is good in fabulous Las Vegas, which I will from here on in refer to as the “but-her-face” world. I honestly was expecting much better looking people considering all the amenities, spas, and designer clothing stores readily available to the rich ugly people walking around. Do we mind being the hottest crew in town? Not one bit.As you can see, we hit the pool right away until the clouds rolled in around 3pm. I’d love to know how out of the 3, maybe 4, days that it rains in Vegas all year we have to be privy to one of them?

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First off, if you haven’t seen it yet, eurotrash got her first press ever in yesterday’s ‘the hype’ column in Toronto Life.  Link here:“eight-under-30-un-leaders-in-a-house-together”/

Secondly, eurotrash is leaving for vegas at 6am tomorrow morning so stay tuned for some wild adventures from the city of sin. I’m taking one of the lake shore finalists, Salem Moussallam, with me. So, needless to say, it’s going to be an interesting trip. I just hope I come back alive and 100 bucks richer from a lucky game of roulette.

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Maryam Rahimi

When did you come up with the idea for Lake Shore?

In early April we saw a casting call in L.A. for a Persian spin-off of Jersey Shore. We thought, you know, we should do something like this in Toronto. So we posted something up on Craig’s List just to gauge a response, to see the demand for it and there was a huge response for it; hundreds of emails. Then the Globe and Mail contacted me to do an interview and it sort of just took off from there. We began to refine the concept, gave it more creative direction and this is what we ended up with: Lake Shore.

So who’s we?

My team is George Tsioutsioulas, Raluca Ene and Neda Niaki. It was actually Neda who initially approach me with the idea of doing Lake Shore. I remember it was a Friday night, I was tired and she was like, just let me post the casting call and we’ll take it from there. If she hadn’t done that this show would never have happened  because I certainly wasn’t going to go posting stuff on Craig’s list at midnight on a Friday night after a long week at work. My friends have been really great too; there have been many nights where we’ve just sat around and brainstormed. Wine often helps [laughing]; after a glass or two it’s like you have verbal diarrhea.

Right now, people can go to to vote for the favourite finalist. How much influence will the voting have over who makes the cast?

Voting is going on until September 2. We’re going to use the votes as an indication of what people wanna see on TV and on the show. Ultimately it’s my decision and the rest of the crew’s. We work with our fans and our audience – we’re making a show for them; we’re not making a show for me. So, the voting influences our decision big time. If someone gets 12000 hits and someone else who I may have initially really liked only gets 6000 hits that’s something we’re going to investigate and take into consideration. The whole voting process also isn’t fair at times, especially if our finalists have a lot of press surrounding them or are themselves promoters for nightclubs etc. In that case, if you get a gazillion votes, that’s not necessarily going to guarantee you a spot on the show. It’s 50-50. 50% from voting and 50% from us.

Do you have a network yet?

I know, it’s weird, we have this huge following but kinda left the network part on the back burner for a while. It’s easy though because with such a huge fan base, the facebook pages, twitter, the hype around cast members etc., we basically have networks and broadcasting companies biding for Lake Shore. It’s sort of a reversal of how these things normally go down. I can’t name names because we are in negotiation with a few major networks but I know that we’ll be making a huge deal very soon.

Are you afraid that Lake Shore will be hindered by the Canadian television industry and the low success rate of original, Canadian productions?

The film and television industry in Canada is definitely “safe”. We don’t approach the hot waters, we don’t do anything outrageous. This show [Lake Shore] is going to dive into the hot waters. There’s going to be a lot of people hating on it, there’s going to be a lot of people loving it. Am I scared that it won’t make it in Canada because of the huge competition we have form the US? No. We’re not just making a Canadian television show. Lake Shore is going to be international. We’re going to broadcast it in as many countries as possible – we’re already working on Japan, England and the US right now as other broadcasting countries. I’m commercial; I’m very mainstream. I’m not afraid to touch on subjects that Canadians tend not to put out there in public. I’m in your face and so is Lake Shore. Listen at the end of the day, I’m in the business of entertainment and that’s what I’m going to do.

What’s a typical episode for season one?

What sticks out for me is the scenario. Keep in mind everyone in the house is going to be different. They aren’t all going to be clubbing juice heads like in Jersey Shore. So apart from all the usual drama that ensues when people with strong personalities, who are looking to get famous, get put in a house together with a camera crew – there’s going to be the clash of backgrounds, culture and values as well. It’s going to be like 8, under 30, UN leaders in a house together.

How much will what’s going on in the real world permeate the Lake Shore house?

It’s not going to be a bubble. What sets this show apart from all the other reality shows out there is the interactive, engaging aspect of it. Even if you think of something like The Hills or The Hills after show, it’s supposed to be “reality tv” right, but production, cast, filming – that all came way before anyone even knew about it. We don’t even have a cast and yet the finalists are all gaining fame and popularity before even being casted. They are living in the city. They aren’t just nobodies; they are people that we know, our friends, our family members, even. Everyone in Toronto is interacting with Lake Shore, already. That’s going to continue once we go on air.

You’ve launched the show in an unconventional way. Why?

It honestly just sort of happened like this. I’m only 25 years old, I know I’m not going to make it big in the industry right here and now so I knew I had to be bold and take risks. This is my first television production. I had to pitch the idea from scratch, with no cast, no network – just an idea. I’m doing all the legwork, we’re getting the hype, we’re trying to involve as many people as possible, we’re going out there to get financiers. Nothing in this whole process has been handed to me. Nothing was a given. But, you know what, who says that has to be a bad thing? Look how far we’ve come in a few months since auditions. It’s incredible. I’m actually getting to prove people wrong. I’m so so happy to see all the hard work actually materializing into something that we can all be excited about.

The Web is definitely going to play a huge part in the show. Let’s face it, who even watches TV anymore? If you want to really be involved in what’s going on in 2010, you need to have a strong presence online. You need to be engaged with your audience and you can’t really do that in the traditional way of making TV. I’m very well connected with my demographics – I understand them, I used to party with them. I know exactly how to communicate with them and how to use that communication to build a show like this and make it successful. As long as the show is running we will at all times be engaged with our audience. We’ll have our twitter, our facebook etc. I think as the show goes on we’ll have our fans more and more involved in the production of the show. We want to give a platform to the audience as well.

I think that’s brilliant. It’s almost as though Lake Shore is going to be next level reality TV. Right?

Yes. As my director says, “it’s like a bad accident you can’t look away from”. That’s what reality television is. It also connects to people on many different levels. It taps into the viewers voyeuristic instincts and what we’ve done with social networking is to expand those impulses into a wider circle, to allow a larger community to be heard – not just the housemates. Lake Shore is going to give a voice to the people of Toronto.

Was there anything that surprised you from the auditions in Toronto?

To be honest, nothing really surprised me. To be fair though, I have high expectations. I only expect perfection – the fact that the auditions met my expectations is more than good enough for me. I’m extremely happy with our top 25. They are outrageous, lovely people – they are exactly what I want for the show. Now, it’s just up to the public to decide who THEY want for the show.

Special thanks to Maryam Rahimi for sitting down to chat with Eurotrash and the girls over at Clutch PR for setting up the interview.

Photo credits: Laurian Ene.

Check out to vote for your favourite cast member until September 2.

Just testing out eurotrash’s new look! (The blog, not me) Because of course I have to get my roots done, still have yet to get a tan all summer and lack general lustre. But the blog is gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. I love my Wildfox t-shirt though, and my new Abercrombie jean shorts gifted to me by my two italian cousins, Roberto and Francesco. And even though you can’t see them, I, yes, am wearing what have become my second skin, minnetonka moccasins.

I await the day when I no longer experience events such as Luisa Via Roma’s 10th anniversary, Stockholm Fashion Week, a day in the offices of Vogue Italia, by proxy. When I say proxy I really mean stealing photos from other people’s blogs and posting them on my own so that all my readers (of which, apparently there are way more than I thought – thanks, cpanel) can keep up to date with the happenings and merrymakings of my eurotrash world.

Of course, one could just visit the blogs of people who are actually in attendance at these events… hmm.

dr denim

tiger of sweden (last three)

looks are all from Caroline’s Mode

Last week I was flipping through the September issue of ELLE Canada, you know with Daria on the cover, and found an interesting article inside detailing the ins and outs of the Chanel 2.55 reissue. What most girls don’t know is that the original Chanel bag did not have the double CC clasp. So while most girls go around carrying the double CC clasp because someone told them it was the classic Chanel bag, it’s actually not; it’s just the one that everybody has for lack of knowledge. Thanks to ELLE though, the people of Toronto will, from now on, never make an uneducated purchase when buying a Chanel bag.

Too lazy to read the article? Here are some fun facts:

- 2.55 stands for the date the first Chanel bag was born (Feb, 1955).

- the quilt pattern was modelled after Coco’s boyfriend’s hunting jackets.

- the 2.55 has 7 pockets, including a hidden pocket originally designed for keeping love letters in.

- Coco inspected every single bag that was made and reportedly, tossed one into the garbage because she sensed, solely by inspecting the purse, that the person who made the bag was unhappy.

- The original clasp was in fact not the CC but a rectangular clasp with three groves on it and Chanel engraved on the top

- The original chain did not have leather woven into it.

- The back pocket was inspired by Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile.

- A few years ago, Lagerfeld reintroduced the original Chanel 2.55 and called it the “reissue” bag. You should buy it. I did.

Remember when Sex and the City adversaries criticized the fantastical embellishment of Carrie’s world? They deemed it realistically impossible for a single, 30-something woman, living in New York City to be able to afford all the designer clothes, handbags and shoes on a journalist’s salary, as portrayed in the show. Eurotrash has come forth to prove the critics wrong. Last week I went to The Bay’s exclusive sale at The Room on Queen street. I bought 3 pairs of designer shoes for a total of $650.00 (after tax) – their total value before the sale? A whopping $3,100 (before tax).
Just like Carrie, I live on a measly journalist’s salary and just like Carrie, I walk around the city in scintillating, Brian Atwood pumps.

Brian Atwood Zenith closed toe pump in bronze

Bruno Frisoni satin sandal with fuschia fan detail.

Herve Leger Denisa-C pump

Ok. Not to sound like a total melancholic, harbinger of autumn but I just feel as though summer is over. Albeit, I have two more events to look forward to before I can really say that summer’s done, my birthday and a quick trip to vegas, but those too seem to be fast approaching. In fact, if I don’t get my passport picture done today, I’m barely making the deadline to renew the damn thing before leaving in a few weeks. Another thing that gets me on a one track mind to changing leaves and cinnamon lattes is this cursed humidity, suffocating us beneath an overcast sky. Where did the blue sky go? And why does a slick filmy sheet of moisture cover me from head to toe after 5 minutes outside? This isn’t summer anymore – it’s a leftover crap of sorts from June and July that makes us crave air conditioning and a cool breeze.

Here’s the worst part of it all. Slowly fashion bloggers are starting to tweet, blog, post and hype all the cool fall looks of the fast-approaching season. This morning Caroline’s Mode posted photos from a quick shopping trip to Natalie Schuterman, a store in Stockholm I’m assuming (why can’t we have stores like that here?), capturing all their fall pieces. That’s when I saw them: two suede Balenciaga first bags, one in brown and one in green.

I just want to grab a gigantic cable knit sweater, a long missoni scarf, wool leggings, a fresh pair of leather riding boots and my Gaudet fingerless (aka homeless man) gloves to pair with these fall bags, right about now. Well, maybe in a week…

*photos from Caroline’s Mode