Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: May 13-19

"Wearable Sounds" by Kaja Kataliina at the OCAD University Grad Ex, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015
“Wearable Sounds” by Kaja Kataliina at the OCAD University GradEx, McCaul and Dundas, April 29, 2015

Maybe this week is not the best example but May is usually when the lighter clothes come out to play (weekend weather, please come back!). Last week I did my bi-annual flipping of the wardrobe Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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)