I always used to see the most amazing dresses in vintage stores and the VV Boutique (what Julie and I call Value Village) but I knew that I would never be able to wear them, sadly I would cruise on. One year I saw a red, sequined gem, bought it and created a place to wear it: Christine’s 1st Annual Ugly Dress Party. This past Christmas marked the 2nd anniversary of the now legendary (among my friends) Ugly Dress Party, and in 2009…. the girls brought it. In ’08 some were hesitant about the level of ugly, but no one held back this past year. The winner for ’09 was Jessica Wilkes in the white number – God, was her dress ugly!
Under my desk lives a large collection of shoes. (This could a subject of debate as it could appear large to some but minimal to others. ) What you are viewing is my fall/winter collection of work shoes minus my usual staples of tall boots: black leather, brown suede; and my brown jazz shoes which are being cleaned at Shoe Therapy on Bay Street after I dropped a Mexican stew all over them. Ugh, the thought of it still pains me! The single pair above from Aldo are my most recent favorite with the price of $24.99 (Boxing Day sale) making them even more favorable. The snake-skin embellishments gives it a definite edge from the basic black pump.
Somehow my white, open-toe pumps managed to stay in the mix. I guess we all need reminders of the warm, summer months ahead…
Hells Kitchen Antique Market
The Market NYC
Handmade leather tassel keychain from The Market in Nolita
The Brooklyn Flea
Christine and I recently took a little weekend trip to NYC. We ventured to three great markets that we recommend if you’re into vintage, crafty, and unique finds. First stop – the Hells Kitchen Antique Market, at 112 West 25th Street. There we found cool purses, records, and a lot of antique furniture. Second stop was The Market NYC in Nolita at 268 Mulberry St. This one is located in a random old gymnasium. And finally, The Brooklyn Flea! (my fave) located in Dumbo directly under the Brooklyn Bridge. There we spotted Kiki Dunst looking at vintage bracelets, ate some lobster bisque, and finished the day with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. What a great day. Can’t wait to go back. JD
It is Sunday afternoon. It is raining. I temporarily escaped the cold at iam yoga hot yoga studio. Johnny’s 3PM ashtanga class is something I try to attend as much as I can and today I FINALLY did a head stand. Patience is a virtue. Now it is time to curl up by my uber retro fireplace (yes, my rented apartment is blessed with a fireplace) and watch Clueless. R.I.P. Brittany Murphy. R.I.P. Pac.
Had a good night over drinks and eats at old Annex favourite Insomnia, but felt like I had nothing to wear when I was getting ready, so I busted out my favourite boots. Nubuck leather Cole Haan boots with Nike Air soles. Don’t let the Nike Air part fool you – they’re not the most comfortable of the bunch…they’re high! In a cool greyish blue colour they make an all black outfit a little more interesting. I like being tall. My coat is by Rudsak and bag was found on someone’s front lawn in the Queen West hood. True story. JD
Brunch! We love it and wait all week for it. I ventured outside of my Yorkville/Church & Wellesley comfort zone and hit up Bar One with a friend. Found at Queen and Shaw, we sat at a communal table (I love this seating style) for a delicious brunch. What did I love the most? The stylish host offered us coffee while we waited the 5 minutes for our place to be set. How did she know I am a caffeine addict? Next time I will see you at the Hoof…
500 Days of Summer. Almost as enjoyable as watching the film itself was the soundtrack. Joining my favorites such as Romeo & Juliet, Forrest Gump, Clueless and Wicker Pack – I know this will be in my playlists for some time to come. Zooey Deschanel’s band (love them) She & Him are included for our listening pleasure.
Striped Boyfriend Blazer
Found at a clothing yard sale in Toronto! CM
The Beaconsfield on Queen West has a special 5-7pm menu from Monday to Friday
Met up with some girlfriends last night for a bite at The Beaconsfield. I love the idea of their five to seven menu. Comfort food and a pint of beer for under $10. Sold! JD
Amazing Combat boot from Capezio DV by Dolce Vita
I’m itching for this exact combat boot. I can picture it with skinny jeggings a la American Apparel and a leather jacket. 90′s badass. JD
This movie is not just about beautiful clothes, it’s about a living legendary fashion designer who is difficult, charming, and laugh out loud funny. A must see for fashion lovas JD xx