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


Out and About: The Leslieville Flea

Display of shoes for sale at the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014
Display of shoes for sale at the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014

Sunday was my first ever visit to the Leslieville Flea. The Flea runs twice a month throughout the summer and early fall, alternating between two sites. This one was at Harbourfront Centre, right in front of Power Plant. It’s a fun place to browse vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and, of course, fashion! 

There were many treasures to discover! Here are a few of my picks, in no particular order.

  1. Paracita:  Paracita is a collaboration between two artists who make gorgeous clothing using a Japanese tie-dying technique called shibori. I especially loved the shape of the trapeze tops with the rounded open backs. I would wear their stuff in a snap. They are officially on my radar and wish list!

    Paracita shibori tops, Leslieville Flea, August 3, 2014
    Paracita shibori tops
  2. Casa Lovina: Angelique of Casa Lovina had the globe-trotting bohemian look down with her selection of clothing and accessories. I was eyeing a teal hamsa print top and a white slit back trapeze top. Also, check out the Aztec Bib necklace!

    Aztec Bib Necklace at Casa Lovina
    Aztec Bib Necklace at Casa Lovina
  3. snkrbox: I’m no sneakerhead (although I love my Converse!) but the colourful kicks of snkrbox caught my eye. Jason Burke is the Trend Director of snkrbox which is an online shop and blog. His blog is worth a browse. The man’s got style!

    Bright sneakers at SNKRBX
    Bright sneakers at snkrbox
  4. Revolucion Jewelry: If you like your jewelry big, bright, and bold, Revolucion Jewelry is right up your alley! Abby Eugenio has got a great eye for picking pieces and displayed her wares beautifully, with an inspiration board display and mexican skulls. One of her biggest inspirations is Frida Kahlo.

    Revolucion Jewelry's inspiration/display board
    Revolucion Jewelry’s inspiration/display board
  5. PRINTVINTAGE: A popular vintage clothing shop on College and Ossington, PRINTVINTAGE brought two racks of gorgeous clothes to the Flea and shared a space with snrkbox. They also have a great Etsy shop. I’m digging their LOVE ring based on Robert Indiana’s famous image and sculpture.

    Cute dress at Printvintage
    Cute dress at PRINTVINTAGE
  6. Muizee: And finally, Muizee offers some adorable and affordable jewelry from different designers. Being a fan of bold jewelry, I zeroed in on the colourful geometric triangle necklace. For those who prefer more delicate pieces, there was no lack of dainty charms in the shape of wishbones, origami cranes, and storm clouds.

    Silver necklaces at Muizee
    Silver necklaces at Muizee

The next Leslieville Flea is on Sunday, August 17 at the Ashbridge Estate. Check out more photos below from this Flea one and get inspired for your next fashion treasure hunt!


Out and About: Jack White Concert

Calvin Klein heeled sandals paired with MAC “Something About Pink” nail polish
Posing in the street, St-George and Bernard, July 31, 2014 (photo by Mark Orchard)

Jack White played the ACC last night. It was my first arena show in a long while!

Concert dressing has always been funny for me. In my twenties, I wanted to project this image of being part of the scene. I’d wear my ‘rock’ outfit, usually jeans, a dark, fitted, sleeveless tank, some chunky jewelry, and dark eyeliner. Or for a ska show, I’d do low-slung skater pants, a white tank, and a studded leather arm cuff. That’s changed. In my thirties, a concert or any other event is an awesome excuse to bust out my fancier duds and just have fun with whatever I feel like wearing.

Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)
Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)

So for Jack White, I dressed up. I admire his carefully styled aesthetic. He’s a genius musician but also understands the importance of the visual. His style, the stage, the merch … everything was crafted to a T. He even wore a pin stripped suit with suspenders on stage! Thus, in honour of the bluegrass influences in his music and pulled together look, I debuted my new Sarah Ball shirtdress. This is one of my recent and current favourite second-hand finds. It’s from a 2012 collaboration between Anthropologie and American photographer Sarah Ball featuring three garments with Ball’s work printed on the fabric. I snapped it up at the Kind Exchange in the Annex for about 1/10th of its original price.

Sarah Ball for Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)
Sarah Ball and Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)

Actually, my whole outfit is from the Kind Exchange (or KX for short)! The cute Guess handbag is also from the Annex location and I found those comfortable Calvin Klein heeled sandals at Queen and Bathurst. The KX has upped my style game this year. But I’ll talk more about them in a future post.

Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie Bag: Guess Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations
Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie, Bag: Guess, Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations. (photo by Mark Orchard)