Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: December 17-30

Kind Exchange Annex, Bloor and Lippincott, December 16, 2014
Kind Exchange Annex, Bloor and Lippincott, December 16, 2014

Toronto might be a big ol’ gray rainbucket right now, but even that can’t get me down. The holidays are here! I actually had spare time today (a rare gem in a grad student’s life) and stopped by the Annex Kind Exchange. These gorgeous J. Crew pumps were sitting on the shelf, just waiting for me to try them on and fall in love. They retail new for $350 so they were a Christmas miracle at $25 and definitely came home with me.

J.Crew Stella calf hair pumps
J.Crew Stella calf hair pumps

Curated Style is taking a break for the holidays but will be back in time for the new year. It’s only been six months since the first post but it’s been a lot of fun! In the meantime, THANK YOU for your support and enthusiasm! It means so much. Now go climb into your favourite pair of sweats and spend some quality time with those who love you in anything that you wear.

Happy, warm, and safe holidays to you and yours!

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: December 10-16

Throwback to a Holt Renfrew holiday display from 2012, Bloor and Bay, November 28, 2012
Throwback to a Holt Renfrew holiday display from 2012, Bloor and Bay, November 28, 2012

What’s not to love about this time of the year? The crisp winter air, the twinkling decorations, the holiday festivities, the warm woolies and cozy coats, and the general good-will and happiness as we wind down another year. Here’s another thing to add to the list: all the fun contests that pop up in the days leading up to Christmas! Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: December 3-9

Display at a Gap store, Bloor and Bay, October 9, 2014
Display at a Gap store, Bloor and Bay, October 9, 2014

I’ve been drowning in end-of-the-semester papers and projects, so instead of imparting my wise style wisdom, I’m sending you over to BlogTO! They’ve got great coverage of two holiday markets going on right now: One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale and Union Station Holiday Market. Continue reading

Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Nov 26-Dec 2

"Promiscuous Prints" lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum, October 28, 2014
“Promiscuous Prints” lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor and Queen’s Park, October 28, 2014

Before starting your holiday shopping, don’t forget to do a few good deeds. That’s really what the holiday season is about! The Bata Shoe Museum is hosting its annual Warm the Sole sock drive in support of The Scott Mission. Drop off a brand new pair of unworn socks at the Bata anytime up to November 30th. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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