Last week, tickets to Spadina Museum’s wildly popular Gatsby Garden Party sold out in a hot minute. If you’re one of the lucky ones who nabbed tickets, you might want to sign up for their Make a Fascinator! workshop happening this Thursday. A fancy, handmade headpiece could be just the thing to make you all hotsy-totsy!
If the Roaring ’20s ain’t your thing, there are plenty of other events to choose from. The Textile Museum will be opening their Frida Kahlo exhibition, featuring 50 photographs of the artist highlighting her iconic, colourful style which included traditional Mexican dress. Local shop Coal Miner’s Daughter has recently unveiled their new logo and website and are hosting a soiree to celebrate. And with all this rainy weather, a movie might just be the thing. Bloor Hot Docs will be screening Dior and Ifor the next few weeks.
Toronto is a lovely city, but some weekends call for a day trip! Me and the lovely gals from Real Life Real Eats (a fun, local food Instagram) hit the road in search of farmers markets, antiques and fashion! Delicious pies were consumed, old treasures were found, and a fashion exhibit was explored. If you are ever in Kitchener, I suggest a stop at the Waterloo Region Museum. Housed in an impressive building, the museum is home to Street Style, an exhibit co-presented by the Fashion History Museum. The exhibition displays fashion from the mid 19th century to today, making connections with architectural trends in the Waterloo region. I put together a little slideshow with highlights from the museum’s collection and Street Style. Oh and be sure to watch the video above, which was featured in the exhibit!
In other news, Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model debuted this week! ANTM is definitely my guilty pleasure. Normally this has nothing to do with Toronto (R.I.P. Canada’s Next Top Model) but one contestant is from the good ol’ Tdot! She’s gorgeous and seems pretty cool. All the best to her this season!
If reality television is not your bag, you might want to check out the new Yves Saint Laurent movie. Released on August 15, this movie is playing at one theatre in Toronto and has English subtitles, so it might not be available for long! Go soon if you want to see it on the big screen. And how lovely is the movie poster?! I’d love to have a copy to hang in my future office.
Basic rule of life: when you see a vintage shop painted pink with white polka-dots, you go in, even if you, like me, are not a girly girl. Especially if said shop is located above a store selling bongs and payday loans, because then you know its got character!
TC Vintage Addiction is new to the Toronto second-hand scene and sells “vintage with a modern flare.” Located on Yonge street just north of Charles, this brand new shop is fully stocked with vintage and contemporary finds. Store owners Terry and Christine have amassed an impressive collection of clothing and accessories from every possible decade. There’s everything from a 19th century beaver top hat to a 1950s wiggle dress to a ’90s pouffy prom dress. It’s clearly a labour of love for Terry and Christine, as they pull out favourites and speak fondly of where they found it and who owned it before. The formerly white rope handles on a Louis Vuitton bag had turned a pale sand colour because the previous owner had used it as her beach bag! Terry kept the brooch on an early 20th century coat that had been added by a wearer as he liked the look of it, even though it wasn’t originally part of the garment.
Terry and Christine have put a ton of work into this new location (their first is around the Danforth and specializes in furniture) and it shows! Chandeliers glint from the ceiling and old-school art, vintage lamps, and throwback photographs can be found throughout the store. The dressing rooms were my favourite feature, with plush Chanel logo carpets and purple brocade curtains. The aforementioned polka-dot exterior paint job was their doing; apparently the landlord wasn’t too fond of it but had given them carte blanche. It’s definitely eye-catching and injects that stretch of Yonge (which includes an odd mix of Spring Rolls, the Brass Rail and Kitchen Stuff Plus) with some much needed fashionable flair.
Their selection is amazing and the best thing is what you don’t notice; the shop is refreshingly free of the musky smells usually associated with second-hand shops. Every piece is cleaned before it comes out on the floor. They take pride in keeping a beautiful and tidy store.
My TC Vintage Addiction picks? The long 1910s wool coat would be perfect with dresses for fall (or even now, with this cold weather!), the Vince Camuto graphic print heels are fun, and the green leather skirt would be a great addition to any closet. And I may have to return for the Betsey Johnson bulldog key chain, an uncharacteristic girlie touch for me.
Put TC Vintage Addiction on your must-shop list. I know I’ll be back for a few lovely treasures. One visit and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!
I spy with my little eye …
pink polka-dotted prettiness
even the stairs have charming details
you definitely want to visit
front end of the shop
mannequins in sequins
Bennett’s London beaver top hat with original box
maker’s mark on Bennett’s hat
Sex Pistols arm patch
pink and red houndstooth mini skirt
Betsy Johnson bulldog key ring
1910s long coat
brooch on 1910s coat
lace collar on a 1980s dress
textures and prints
black and white polka dot dress
1960s Stacy Ames coat
1990’s polka dot prom dress
gathering on 90s dress
gorgeous green leather skirt
1970s maxi skirt
a sea of jewelry
a sea of belts
Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs side by side
my shoe crush: Vince Camuto heels
sexy Gucci ad
lovely setting for a shop
1950s outfit styled by Christine
50s hat and fox fur
bow belt on 50s dress
1961 Judy torso
south view of store (hello bag and hat lovers!)
hats, bags and a book reader
Louis Vuitton bags
LV bag aka rich lady beach bag
lovely little hat snuggle
fun vintage art and photographs
this 1960s gown weighed at least 10 pounds!
fur or feather trim, darling?
gorgeous dressing room
nicest. dressing. room. EVER
there are great little vignettes to be found
sequins stand out!
details and sequins
fun fur and feather vest
lady needs something to wear
of course you want to shop here
TC Vintage Addiction is located at 685 Yonge Street on the 2nd floor, north of Charles street. Please note that at the time this post was published, their site was not updated with their new location.
Fresh Collective fans, August is a stellar month for you! A collective of three Toronto boutiques specializing in woman’s wear by local designers, Fresh has announced three events happening this month. First up? Tea Time with Terri-Leigh! Hosted by the adorable Terri-Leigh, tea, treats, discounts and deals await you every Monday in August from 4-7pm. So if you’re one of those lucky bunnies with a free Monday, hop on over to their Kensington Market location. First time Fresh visitor? TRY to resist their amazing selection of dresses! I kid you not. I’m a lady who loves her dresses. I saw this Annie 50 dress on the Fresh website and am in love!
If you’re looking for something a little different but still sartorial, check out FASHION: A Night of Live Storytelling. WORN Fashion Journal and Racounteurs Storytelling are inviting people to share their stories about what clothing means to them. The criteria? All stories must be true, have happened to the teller, and be 7-10 mins long. More details can be found at the event link. Oh, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you have a few style stories to tell. I would talk about my collection of concert t-shirts; each one comes with a fun anecdote! They are currently sitting at the bottom of my closet, waiting to be made into a patchwork quilt. One day you WILL happen, quilt, one day.
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!
entrance to the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014
vintage and up-cycled jewelry
display of vintage goods at Lulu & Lolie
vintage clothes at Lulu & Lolie
Paracita shibori tops
one of the Paracita designers models their yellow trapeze top
Fashion lovers, here’s a tip. If you’re going out to an arena concert or big outdoor show, remember when packing your cute crossbody or canvas tote that security will probably ask to look inside your bag before letting you in. I forgot this and proceeded to turn a bright red when a nice security guard at the ACC complimented my bag, then asked to see inside. Does it get any girlier than a Hello Kitty change purse (see pic above)?! I don’t think so. Any semblance of being a cool, mature woman was bust. He laughed, I blushed. But it was a cute moment.
When I’m not randomly exposing my love for Hello Kitty, I’m usually at a museum. Today was a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum for The Forbidden City exhibition which turned out to be surprisingly fashionable. The exhibition features artifacts from the world’s largest imperial place, located in Beijing, that now serves as a museum. Among the stunning treasures were gorgeous embroidered silk robes, a silk and sable riding jacket, jeweled hairpins, fierce ceremonial armour, silk military rank badges, and an empress’s court boots. Personal highlights were a pair of intricate nail guards (women of the court would grow their nails up to 15 cm long!), a dark blue silk informal sleeveless coat (kanjian) carefully embroidered with gold thread, and one of the Twelve Beauties paintings featuring a Beauty sewing by candlelight. Also, fun fact: when Empress Dowager Cixi would approve a robe design, it could take up to 450 craftsmen to create it! Yes, that’s four hundred and fifty. Not a typo. The Forbidden City is on display till September 1st, so get to the ROM soon! Unfortunately photography is not allowed, but I have to share this photo from the ROM’s website of silk robe made for a dog. Yep, even the dogs were styling.
class: Basic Sewing, George Brown College, August 5 – 21, 9am-3:30pm
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.
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.
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.
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
Blog TO posted an article about a new Toronto t-shirt by local label The Button Machine. The baby blue tee features the word “Turonno” in a Blue Jays inspired font, suggesting it is the phonetic pronounciation of our city’s name.
I don’t know, you guys. When I first saw the shirt, I didn’t get it. Was this some obscure European city I never heard of? Commenters on the Blog TO post suggested that it should be “Trono,” “Trawna,” or even the odd “Chrawno.”
What do you think? Would you rock the “Turonno” shirt? Have your say below!
Toronto is hot to trot this week! Time to bust out the breezy dresses and strappy sandals that live in the back of your closet most of the year. I wore a multicoloured tunic, purchased one size larger so it could pass as a dress. Sneaky little styling trick and so light in this sticky weather.
It’s a pretty quiet week for fashion happenings, unless you scored a sweet spot for Fresh Collective’s Timeless Style event tonight. Regret missing out? Sign up for the next one at their Queen Street location on July 31st. Link is below.
In the meantime, why not check out one of the ongoing exhibits at the Textile or Bata Shoe Museums, or sign up for a fall fashion class at George Brown College. They offer a ton of fashion courses and certificates! I’ve listed a few of the introductory level classes in the Upcoming section.
event: Timeless Style, Fresh Collective boutiques, Roncesvalles location: July 22, 7-9pm, Queen Street location: July 31, 7-9pm