Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: November 19-25

Looks from Mélissa Nepton's WMCFW runway show, October 21, 2014
Looks from Mélissa Nepton’s WMCFW runway show, October 21, 2014

Hello snow! I left my home yesterday and stepped into a winter wonderland. Having grown up in Quebec, this weather is right up my alley. But I do sympathize with those of you not enjoying the snow and ice. So here’s my number one Toronto winter fashion tip: buy some rain boots. Yup, rain boots. One of the best things I purchased when moving to Toronto was a pair of Hunters. I find my city commute is more wet than cold, especially with all the slush that puddles on sidewalks. Rain boots are your secret weapon to battling the elements, as there are not many waterproof winter boots (water-resistant is not the same thing). A thick pair of wool socks or cute knit boot liners will keep your feet both warm and dry.

Did you notice the growing list of holiday markets in the upcoming events? The Leslieville Flea and Union Station are getting into the action! There are plenty of stylish gift options. Pick up a leather bag from the Crafty Chicks or a fun pair of socks from Yo Sox. And if you’re digging the looks from Montreal designer Mélissa Nepton’s runway show in the photo above, she’ll be at the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale.

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: November 12-18

Fall fashion, Beverley and College, October 29, 2014
Fall fashion, Beverley and College, October 29, 2014

The other day, I was browsing Facebook and came across a post encouraging people to do their Christmas shopping at small and local businesses. This is an idea I fully support! I know, I know; you’re in denial but the holiday shopping season has arrived. So whether you’re on the ball and ready to tackle your list, or prefer to wait till the very last minute, there are some great options for you! Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: November 5-11

Assorted looks from the Fashion Blows exhibit, Hudson's Bay on Queen street, October 30, 2014
Assorted looks from the Fashion Blows exhibit, Hudson’s Bay on Queen street, October 30, 2014

“People garden, they cook … My ingredients are clothes.”

Isabella Blow

Did you catch the Fashion Blows exhibit? If you weren’t able to make it out, fear not! I snapped a few pics of the lovely outfits from Isabella Blow’s and Daphne Guinness’ wardrobes. Blow’s pieces, mostly from Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, were stunning! A real fashion fantasy. The most amazing part was that she wore many of these outfits in her day-to-day life, not just to fabulous fashion events. You could see clear signs of wear on the garments. These clothes were well-loved and I admire her for that. Sometimes I want to bust out my Pink Tartan gold tulle skirt for work (a $20 sample sale score!), but end up saving it for a “special occasion.” Continue reading

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: Continue reading

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