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:
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.”
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.
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.
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!