Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Oct 29-Nov 4

Free People shop, Yorkville and Bellair, October 25, 2014
Free People shop, Yorkville and Bellair, October 25, 2014

Well, Toronto, it’s been a pretty eventful last few days. My social media feeds are chock-full of new mayor and CBC scandal buzz.  If you need a bit of a break from the brouhaha, why not take refuge at Hudson’s Bay on Queen and check out the Fashion Blows exhibit? 55 beautiful items from the collection of late fashion and art patron Isabella Blow are on display, including pieces by Alexander McQueen, Bill Blass, Dior, and Philip Treacy. It’s free, open during store hours, and only here till Saturday.

Saturday also marks the first day of November (times flies!), so here are my top three events for the upcoming month:

  1. tour: Curator’s Tour of Politics of Fashion, Design Exchange, November 11
  2. lecture: 2014 Vaughan Lecture: The Fashion Doctors, Royal Ontario Museum, November 12, 7-9pm
  3. market: One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale, Direct Energy Place (Exhibition Place), November 27 – December 7

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: October 22-28

Window display at Theodore 1922, Bloor and  Walmer, October 25, 2014
Window display at Theodore 1922, Bloor and Walmer, October 25, 2014

Now would be a good time to clone yourself. World MasterCard Fashion Week is upon us and with it comes a gajillion (no joke) events. The big runways shows are happening in the tents at David Pecaut Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall. Unfortunately, most events are not accessible for us mere mortals but there are friendlier associated happenings, so keep your eyes out for those! If it’s all a bit overwhelming, save your energy and dollars for Fashion Saturday. Continue reading

My Curated Style: #WashableFashion Challenge

Earlier this week, I blogged about The Backseat Stylers‘ #WashableFashion contest. Everyday for six days, they challenged their readers with different themes such as Red Haute, Desk to Dinner and Black + White. Daily winners would receive a Pink Tartan and Tide prize pack. So of course I accepted the challenge! Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: October 15-21

Jack Lux Vintage Pop Up Shop, Queen and Bathurst, September 9, 2014
Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up, Queen and Bathurst, September 9, 2014

Toronto fashion lovers, get thee to the Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up shop! They are down to their last week, so everything is $20 or less! I stopped by on Wednesday during Vintage Crawl Toronto and picked up a 1950s wool coat for $20. Yup, $20, no joke. It’s my first legitimate piece of vintage clothing and is perfect for fall/winter. You have till October 23 to find your perfect vintage score!

While you’re browsing the racks at Jack Lux, you might want to keep this contest in mind. Continue reading

Tribute to WORN Fashion Journal

Worn Journal
Worn Journal display at Word on the Street, Queen’s Park Circle, September 21, 2014

I may be a blogger, but I also love print media. Fashion magazines have been an ongoing source of style fascination and education since I was a pre-teen. It began with ‘Teen and Seventeen, moved onto Sassy and Jane, then grew into InStyle, Elle, and Vogue. However, I’ve found myself growing distinterested in the hyper-marketing and narrow definitions of beauty that plague the pages of these magazines, especially the American ones. Luckily, Canadian publications have made a noticeable effort to find their own voice and content. One publication that has made a name for itself away from the pack is WORN Fashion Journal. An independent publication run by a group of Toronto volunteers, WORN takes a more critical, historical and academic look at fashion. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: October 8-14

rack of clothes at the Blogger Bazaar, Soho House, September 27, 2014
rack of clothes at the Fall 2014 Blogger Bazaar, Soho House, September 27, 2014

It is now fully fall in our fair city. I bought a cozy, slightly oversized, grey cable knit sweater and am ready to wrap myself up in tall leather boots, thick tights, and fleece-lined mittens. Essential for when you’re trekking the city in search of great style and fun fashion events! There are a few worth checking out this week, including two on Thursday: GapDay with FLARE Magazine and the Fall 2014 edition of Vintage Crawl Toronto. I’m also invited to a clothing swap that same evening, so I’m going for the triple threat! Who’s up for the challenge? Continue reading

Out and About: Etsy Made in Canada

Etsy banner at their Made in Canada marketplace, MaRS building
Etsy banner at the Made in Canada marketplace, MaRS building, September 27, 2014

Last Saturday, Toronto-based Etsy sellers switched gears from manning their online shopfronts to selling in-person at the Made In Canada marketplace. Located in the new wing of the MaRS building, the event was jam packed with locavores scooping up handmade cookies, soaps, cards, pillows and, of course, jewelry, clothes and bags! I went early in hopes of being one of the first 50 attendees to score a swag bag. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: October 1-6

Tag on a Jordan de Ruiter tulle skirt, Etsy Made in Canada show, September 27 2014
Tag on a Jordan de Ruiter tulle skirt, Etsy Made in Canada show, September 27 2014

Oh Saturday, you were wonderful! I hit up both the Etsy Made In Canada and Blogger Bazaar events. It was a beautiful day and many treasures were purchased. I’ll be telling you all about my Etsy adventure in a near-future post but wanted to share my finds from the Blogger Bazaar. I managed to refresh my fall wardrobe for $62 and got a sweet swag bag in the process. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 24-30

My Bookhou black triange tote bag in a dressing room, Anthropologie Yorkdale, September 12, 2014
My Bookhou black triangle tote bag in a dressing room, Anthropologie Yorkdale, September 12, 2014

My sartorial cup runneth over this Saturday! I was all ready to give my full attention to the Etsy: Made in Canada market, featuring Toronto based Etsy sellers at both MaRS and OCAD. Some of my favourites, like Bookhou (see my much complimented tote bag, pictured), will be there and I look forward to discovering new faves. But along came the announcement that the Fall 2014 edition of the Blogger Bazaar would be happening on the same day! New, vintage and gently used fall duds for sale from local fashion bloggers like Nelia Belkova of Style Blog and Sharon Ng Hayes of The Backseat Stylers. 10% of proceeds go to Dress for Success and you get a sweet swag bag with purchase. Looks like I’ll be brown-bagging my lunch all week to save up for both events and getting a good night sleep on Friday!

The Globe and Mail recently published an interview with Canadian fashion designer Jeremy Laing by Jeanne Beker. Co-curators of the Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics exhibition, Beker talks to Laing about his early (and possibly temporary) retirement from designing and about people’s personal style. It’s a great read and I especially love what Laing has to say about the relationship between fashion and us regular folk:

Most people don’t have the luxury to be able to think about [they way they dress] all that much. People within the industry live and breathe it, but people who buy a lot of clothes, fashion is, for them, just one of the aspects of their life that they like.”

Well said, Mr. Laing. 

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 17-23

Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014
Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014

How do you know you’re a grad student? When you realize at 7pm that you’ve been wearing your leggings backwards all day. I sat through two classes and dinner at the Bier Markt before realizing this. Yes, even the stylish make the occasional fashion faux pas.

While I love grad school, I wish I wasn’t so busy because this week is full of fun fashion events! The Women in Clothes book launch at gravitypope includes a storytelling twist on a clothing swap, while the Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics exhibition opens on Wednesday with a cool soirée at the Design Exchange. For those who want to get their learning on, George Brown’s Evolution of Fashion class starts this week, while the ROM is hosting a lecture by Patricia Harris, a founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume. Finally, the JCMH Music Festival Flea Market caps this busy week off with vintage clothing and other goodies to be found.

Oh, and in case you haven’t notice, it’s freezing in Toronto! Last week I went from wearing a sundress with sandals to bundling up in a trench coat over a long skirt, boots, tights and button-down shirt. Dressing for Canadian weather is a constant challenge but I say bring it on, Mother Nature! My inbox has been filling up with fall fashion imagery from all the shops, and I’m feeling particularly inspired by this look from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie fall 2014 look
Anthropologie fall 2014 look

Quick style tip: skip the polyester and go for a skirt that’s wool or wool blend. It’s like wearing a stylish blanket, and extra-snug when paired with leggings and tall boots for when the weather really drops down. I’ve seen lots of knee-length skirts at second-hand shops for a fraction of the price of this one, which isn’t even lined. Cheap fashion at high prices; now that’s a major faux pas!

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