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
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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Hello long weekend! If you’re doing a Toronto staycation for the extended weekend, there are plenty of fun fashion-related going-ons. I have my eye on the Leslieville Flea, happening this Sunday at Harbourfront Centre (yes, that’s nowhere near Leslieville, but just go with it). Ah, nothing like brunching and browsing on a Sunday morning on the waterfront.
Also worth checking out is the Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up shop. Jack Lux is a Montreal-based vintage clothing shop that recently acquired one of Canada’s largest vintage collections, most of which is from the now-defunct Centre Nationale du Costume. There are over 200,000 items from the 1920s to the 1990s, many of which were used for television and film shoots, and nothing is more than $80. If you can’t go right away, fear not! Stock will be replenished as it sells, so there will be new treasures popping up over the next three months. If you go, send me pics of your awesome finds!
If you prefer your clothing brand-new, Trove is having a Summer Clearance Sale at all three locations. Score 15%-40% off summer goods including clothing, shoes, and accessories. Oh and if you’re a Treasure Trove or Facebook fan of theirs, you get an additional 10% off sale items. Hit that “Like” button now! If you’re a shoe person, I’d recommend the Annex location. For clothes, check out Bloor West. I got a great bridesmaid dress there, inspired by Emma Stone’s Lanvin dress at the 2011 BAFTA Awards, but for less than $100. I may or may not occasionally strut in it around my apartment when I’m home alone. Don’t tell my hubby! I’m hoping for a miracle invite to some fancy red carpet event so I can wear it (in public) again.
How are you spending your styling long weekend? Let me know in the comments below.
- pop-up shop: Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up, 536 Queen Street West (near Portland), July 23rd-October tba, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm
- sale: Trove Summer Clearance Sale, all Trove locations (Annex, Danforth, Bloor West), July 25-July 31 (closed July 28)
- event: Timeless Style, Fresh Collective boutique, Queen Street location, July 31, 7-9pm
- event: Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West), August 3, 10am-5pm
- exhibition: Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao, Textile Museum, May 7, 2014 – September 1, 2014
- exhibition: To See & Be Seen: T-Shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Textile Museum, June 20, 2014 – September 1, 2014
- exhibition: Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, Bata Shoe Museum, June 18, 2014 – June 30, 2016
- class: Basic Sewing, George Brown College, August 5 – 21, 9am-3:30pm
- event: Etsy Road Trip Canada, August 8 at King and Brant 11am-7pm, August 9 at the Distillery District 10am-6pm
- event: TOM*Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, Evergreen Brickworks, August 12-14
- event: Leslieville Flea, Ashbridge Estate (1444 Queen Street East), August 17, 10am-5pm
- event: Inland: A Fashion Marketplace for Men + Women, 99 Sudbury Road, September 6 11am-6pm and September 7 11am-5pm
- class: Introduction to the Fashion Industry, George Brown College, September 15 – November 24, 6:30-9:30pm
- exhibition: Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics (guest curated by Jeanne Beker), Design Exchange, September 18, 2014 – January 25, 2015
- class: Evolution of Fashion, George Brown College, September 18 – November 20, 6:30-8:30pm
- lecture: 55 Years of Volunteering at the ROM (featuring Patricia Harris, founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume), Royal Ontario Museum, September 19, 5-6pm
- lecture: Metamorphosis – Transformations of Fashion, Royal Ontario Museum, September 23, 7-8:30pm
- workshop: Mastering Your Style, George Brown College, October 18 – October 25, 10am-4:30pm
- event: World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto, David Pecaut Square, October 20-24
- sale: Catwalk 2 Closet, Direct Energy Centre CNE, October 23-25, 10am-9pm, October 26, 10am-5pm
- lecture: Currelly’s Cloth and Other Strange Stories, Royal Ontario Museum, October 24, 5-6pm
- event: reDesign 2014 Collection Launch & Party, KnollTextiles showroom, 100 Atlantic Avenue suite 200, November 4, 6:30-9pm