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As 30 Rock’s token Republican blonde, Avery Jessup, once declared: Flats are for Quitters. It’s true! The perfect pair of pumps and a string of pearls can turn any outfit from drab to fab. I had been searching for the perfect blog title for months when I accidentally tuned-in to an episode of the Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin comedy. Et voila! Flats are for Quitters was born and I’ve been strutting it in my stilettos ever since.

I’ve been obsessed with fashion and beauty since I was a toddler in a tiara – actually, there's pictorial evidence available. Lipstick, handbags, feathers and furs have been my obsession for as long as I can remember. My mom claims I would actually cry every morning before kindergarten if she wouldn’t let me wear a dress. Growing up in Waterloo, ON, I spent my childhood and teen years competitively dancing and I truly think it’s the glitz and the glamour of the costumes that sparked my interest in all things LOVELY.

After attending Wilfrid Laurier University and acquiring in post-graduate diploma a Public Relations from Conestoga College (+ completing 2 cruise ship contracts as a Revue Show Dancer), I moved to Toronto and have been working the world of spin ever since. I live right in the heart of the city in a little bachelor apartment that I adore. I couldn’t ask for anything more perfect.

Flats are for Quitters is my not-so-private diary and my goal is to share with my readers what I’m loving, eating, reading, doing, wearing and why I think you might want to also. It’s the chronicles of the strange and awesome life that I lead, my pet peeves, my obsessions, my unsolicited advice (is there any better kind?) and a peak into the Toronto social scene. Beauty, fashion, food and fun. There’s nothing better!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay a while. Enjoy…and don’t let me catch you in a pair of flats. I will judge you!

Jessica Denomme
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Jessica in the Press

  • CDaily.ca: HBO / Game of Thrones Event (February 2014)
  • FSLocal.com: 20 Questions with Writer/Publicist Jessica Denomme (February 2014)
  • CDaily.ca: The Big Give (2014) (January 2014)
  • ViewtheVibe.com: The Big Give a Big Success (January 2014)
  • SheDoestheCity.com: The Big Give 3 at Ripley's Aquarium (January 2014)
  • OrleBarBrown.co.uk: Day 14: Flats are for Quitters - Around the World in 24 Bloggers (December 2013)
  • StyleList.ca: #StyleListHoliday Photos: What a Party! (November 2013)
  • Dose.ca: Your #OOTD is Showing! Street Styling, Toronto Fashion Week Edition: Day 2 (October 2013)
  • BlogTO.com: Black and White at Toronto Fashion Week (October 2013)
  • SheDoestheCity.com: Varsity Vogue at Boobyball's BoobyU (October 2013)
  • CDaily.ca: Boobyball (October 2013)
  • Flare.com: FLARE was There: Boobyball's #BoobyU (October 2013)
  • Notable.ca: Boobyball 2013 (Toronto): The Event, Outfits and College Memories (October 2013)
  • FASHIONMagazine.com: Inside Boobyball 2013 (October 2013)
  • ItsallStyletoMe.com: 2014 Cadillac CTS Makes Canadian Debut at Shangri-La in Toronto (October 2013)
  • SheDoestheCity.com: TIFF Party Girl Report Card: Jessica Denomme (September 2013)
  • Metro News: TIFF 2013: How This PR Firm Shows Locals a Good Time (September 2013)
  • TorontoStandard.com: TIFF '13: Esther Garnick, Swag Master (September 2013)
  • SheDoestheCity.com: Photo Gallery: Greta Constantine Pool Party (August 2013)
  • StyleList.ca: StyleList Canada's Style Council: What Our Contributors Can't Live Without (April 2013)
  • StyleList.ca: Style Council: Jessica Denomme (April 2013)
  • eBay.caStyle Stories: Jessica Denomme (March 2013)
  • CDaily.caPeople to Know: Jessica Denomme (March 2013)
  • ShopUniques.comBloggers: Jessica Denomme (March 2013)
  • SpeakChicCookies and Champagne Party (February 2013)
  • CDaily: Anna Magazine Holiday Launch (November 2012)
  • Style BlogHalloween 2012: What They Wore (October 2012)
  • CDaily: Essentials Lounge 2012 (September 2012)
  • iVillage: Canadian Fashion Bloggers We Love (September 2012)
  • CDailySPiN 'Plywood' Launch Party (July 2012)
  • CDailySkinnygirl Wine Launch (May 2012)
  • TorontoStandardCan Unmentionables Remin...Unmentioned? (March 2012)
  • Canadian Career GalGals We Admire: Jessica Denomme (January 2012)
  • FASHION MagazineInside the 10th Annual Boobyball (November 2011)
  • Connections MagazineGrad Profile: Jessica Denomme, Making All The Right Connections (September 2011)

Freelance Work

  • SLICE: How to (or Not) Throw a Dinner Party Like a Real Housewife (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOA Pajama Party Fashion (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOBH's Carlton Gebbia (Season 4, Episode 9) (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOA's Nene Leaks (Season 6, Episode 11) (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: Real Housewives Junior's Edition: Kimberly Jackson (February 2014)
  • SLICE: The Real Housewives Did It and Slice Tried It: Aerial Silks (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOBH's Kyle Richards (Season 6, Episode 4) (February 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: Real Housewives Workout Fashion (January 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOA's Phaedra Parks (Season 6, Episode 3) (January 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOBH's Joyce Giraud de Ohoven (Season 4, Episode 2) (January 2014)
  • SLICE: Get the Look: RHOA's Porsha Stewart (Season 6, Episode 2) (January 2014)
  • SLICE: Get The Look: RHOBH's Yolanda Foster (Season 4, Episode 1) (January 2014)
  • SLICE: Get The Look: RHOA's Kenya Moore (Season 6, Episode 1) (January 2014)
  • eBay Canada Fashion Notes: One for You, One for Me (November 2013)
  • eBay Canada Fashion Notes: Best of World MasterCard Fashion Week 2013 (April 2013)
  • TorontoStandardThe History Of...The Crop Top (August 2012)
  • FASHIONOTESFashion Followers: 5 Ways to Build Your Brand on Twitter (August 2012)
  • FASHIONOTESOur Top 10 Crowdsourced Fashion Sites (July 2012)
  • FASHIONOTESHas Technology Changed the Face of the Print Publication? (July 2012)
  • FASHIONOTESThe Rise and Influence of the Fashion Blogger (June 2012)
  • FASHIONOTESTop 10 Online Shopping Sites (June 2012)
  • ModelResource: So You Think You Want to Model (June 2011)
  • ModelResourceCasting Call Pt. 2 (May 2011)
  • ModelResourceCasting Call Pt. 1 (April 2011)
  • ModelResourceThe "It" Factor (March 2011)
  • ModelResourceAgency Red Flags (February 2011)
  • ModelResourceModels Gone...Classy? (January 2011)
  • SLICE: Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 9 "Return to the Rue" (November 2010)
  • SLICE: Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 8 "Me Tarzan, You Change" (October 2010)
  • SLICETori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 7 "Homespun Heroes" (October 2010)
  • SLICETori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 6 "Wedding Bell Bruise" (October 2010)
  • SLICE: Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 5 "Breaking Dad" (October 2010)
  • SLICE: Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 4 "Fright Where We Belong" (October 2010)
  • SLICETori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 3 "Hollywood Homeys" (October 2010)
  • SLICETori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 2 "Road Trip with the Guncles" (September 2010)
  • SLICETori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - Ep. 1 "Road Trip" (September 2010)
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Thanks for sashaying on over to Flats are for Quitters! 
For all advertising inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, press releases, giveaways, product reviews or event invitations, please contact me at: jess.denomme@gmail.com
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NEW OBSESSION: Emma-Lee, BACKSEAT HEROINE

Have you ever listened to an album and wondered how someone that’s not you was able to create lyrics that bring your personal feelings to full fruition. I’ve heard people speak of these experiences in the past, but I have never had the pleasure of bonding with an album so deeply that I was forever connected with the words that they fashioned. That was until I had the pleasure of listening to Toronto singer/songwriter Emma-Lee’s sophomore album, BACKSEAT HEROINE

Emma-Lee, BACKSEAT HEROINE

I grew up with an extremely musical family that still to this day “jams” at our holiday get-togethers. My uncles all bring their guitars and we spend hours singing, dancing and enjoying each other’s company while humming along to the acoustic music that brings us all together. I think that these familial experiences is what has drawn me to the musical styling’s of such purely talented artists as Adele, Dallas Green, The Civil Wars and now Emma-Lee.

* I would like to take a moment to put it out there, mid-blog post, that I usually have to write my entries in complete silence, but I CANNOT for the life of me force myself to stop listening to this album *

According to Emma-Lee, the only goal for her new record, available February 7th via eOne Music Canada, was to put the emphasis less on “songs about break-ups and heartbreak” and to come away with “an album that was fun to play”. To make a bold statement, BACKSEAT HEROINE is the absolute FUNNEST (I know it’s not a real word, sillypants) to play! I found myself dancing around my condo to the wonderful and reflective I’ll Dream For You; singing in the shower to the jazz-infused Not Coming By; and mentally producing the music video (obviously staring me!) to the perfect lullaby Just Looking. In comparison to her 2008 debut album, Never Just a Dream, Emma-Lee claims her new album “leans more Stevie Nicks than Sarah Vaughn” but I think that in this statement Emma-Lee is selling herself short – I say, Stevie Nicks who? Emma-Lee is the one to watch!

Emma-Lee’s remarkable vocals aside, what further draws me to this album is how cool the artist is. In an attempt to inject her songs with spontaneity, Emma-Lee produced a series of video-documentaries that followed her hitch-hiking expeditions around the Greater Toronto Area and performing to random motorist in exchange for a lift. Kids, I don’t recommend you try this at home but it definitely made for an interesting biopic. I highly urge you to check out Emma-Lee’s YOUTUBE channel for her experiences “abroad”/as a passenger on a rickshaw – too funny!

While listening to the album, all I could think – other than that I really wish I could sing – was that I cannot wait to hear her perform live, which is exactly what Emma-Lee was aiming to do while creating this disc. According to my new favourite artist, “What I hope is that people hear it and think it’s something they really want to go see live”. I can promise you this Emma-Lee, I’m already in line to buy tickets…and I heard it – boy, did I ever!

Check out Emma-Lee’s official video for Not Coming By


For More On Emma-Lee:
Website: http://www.emma-lee.com
Tour Dates: http://emma-lee.com/site/?page_id=4
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emmadashlee
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Lee/7305719406?ref=ts
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/emmalee

UPCOMING GIGS
Feb 9: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Feb 14: Guelph, ON – eBar
Feb 17: London, ON – APK Live
Feb 18: Penetanguishene, ON – Brian Orser Hall
Feb 21: Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
Feb 22: Kingston, ON – The Mansion
Feb 23: Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
Feb 24: Madoc, ON – Madoc Arts Centre
Feb 25: Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn
Feb 27: St. Catharines, ON – Mansion House
Mar 1: Hamilton, ON – The Casbah

Emma-Lee’s sophomore album, BACKSEAT HEROINE, is available for purchase February 7th, 2012 at www.emma-lee.com and on iTunes.

What do you think of Emma-Lee?

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