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

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

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

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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