Ahhh we have been blessed this week with extraordinarily nice weather. The hot weather has yet to come but I have been on cloud 9 with all sun. Here I am getting my dose of much-needed vitamin D after this dark winter. Getting your daily requirements of vitamin D is difficult to obtain from food alone – it is only found in oily fish like tuna and salmon as well as milk. The best way to get it is to stand out in the sun (with sunscreen) and drink it up. Vitamin D aids in the absorption and utilization of calcium which will keep your bones strong and prevents osteoporosis. Research studies also suggest that getting enough vitamin D may help prevent high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis and some forms of cancer. I think this post should have been called “Body Break“.
Wearing my fave leather jacket that I bought from Club Monaco on Bloor St 2 years ago at 70% off for $150. The leather is still soft and it has maintained its original shape quite well. Jeans are by Uniqlo in Soho and oxfords are from Century 21.
Love the zipper detail of the jacket. Sunglasses are $19 from Joe Fresh.
Sweater is a Zara purchase from last year. It was on sale for $20.
I normally belt it with this elastic and faux leather Costa Blanca belt that I purchased on sale for $5. CM
JD’s Fresh! or at least trying to be in my Zara trench coat.
Taking a pretend stroll and loving the weather in my ultra comfy basic black heels from Feet First. A wise $99 investment for lasting in heels 10 hours a day.
Something caught my eye in the distance…
Parachute day! I used to love parachute days in elementary school….how fun was running under a brightly coloured piece of material? So simple. So fresh.
This skirt from Joe Fresh ($19) is an amazing anchor piece and gives me the freedom to wear it a million different ways. That’s key in building your wardrobe. If you can wear it a ton of different ways – buy it! My nautical inspired top is from H&M; scarf is from the Port Colborne Thrift Store ($2); belt came from a clothing swap party($0); and these sunglasses are my vintage Angelo Damiano aviators. I wanted to buy the new Joe Fresh trench coat this season because it was just a classic, perfect trench in an amazing quality fabric for just $59! insane. But I picked up the wrong size to try on and when I went back to the rack (one minute later) the size I needed was gone! You gotta be fast with Joe. People are die hards and they steal everything the second it lands in store. What’s your favourite Joe Fresh find?
A Sunday stroll, a bite to eat, coffee in hand, and lots of gabbing is how I recently spent some quality time with the bff on Abbot Kinney Blvd – an amazing street in Venice, CA.
I love Christina’s style and this is a perfect example of budget fashion – her sunglasses are from Target ($7), slip top is from a vintage store in Vancouver, cotton skirt is by Rittenhouse from One of a Few in Vancouver, and shoes are by Clark’s from Freedman shoes (on sale) – they’re slightly on the grandma side but still chic, and more importantly comfy for her poor fallen arches. I didn’t take a close up of her feet because she has really beautiful toes, and some of you might be really jealous. Belt is Forever 21 ($8), and her purse was her grandma’s and is very special to her :)
We strolled on over to Gjelina’s for brunch which was a cool spot with delicious food. Service was a bit slow but we were in no rush so it didn’t matter. I should have taken a pic of my sandwich – it looked so good and was a 9.5 on the taste-o-meter. We then went to Intelligentsia for coffee and spotted Toby Maguire, his wife, and baby in tow. He was quite striking in person – I liked the beard he had going on. The sun made the day just perfecto.
Budget travel tip: I’d also like to tell you that over 4 and a half days in LA I only spent a whopping $330. Nuts eh? I used my Aeroplan points for my flight and paid $145 on taxes only; and the other $185 was just spent on food. I think the key to being a budget traveller is to not shop! Personally I’d rather shop before my trip and go with outfits planned, than go with nothing and waste sun and beach time trying to find something cool to wear when really, we have a lot of the same stores. If you must buy something, you should make it one special purchase – something you can’t buy in your home town. Just my opinion. JD
To escape the rain Sunday afternoon, I travelled to Joe Fresh at Queens Quay to check out the new collection. They had tons of bikini tops and bottoms as well as one pieces and I found this one on sale. The two pieces collectively came to a total of $3.88 (for reals!) and I picked up the flip-flops for $4. I look forward to styling this safari suit with colourful scarves and wood and gold accessories. CM
My friend Noreen and I had good eats, drinks, and chats at Cinq 01 on College street last night and closed the restaurant down. Literally. Every time the two of us meet up we just have so much to say that before we know it the place clears out, the music dies down, and the workers start sweeping the floor until they finally say ”ladies I’m going to have to take your drinks away.” The last time we were out they put all the chairs on the tables and turned the lights off! We finally got the hint.
Noreen is a fan of my driving gloves from Aldo Accessories. I’ve received a lot of compliments on these gloves and some insults from guys saying they look like baseball gloves. What do they know?!
We shared the flatbread pizza and mac and cheese – both with truffle oil. Delectable. The music was ol’ school 90′s and the decor is ridiculously chic…I regret not taking more pictures of the interior, but you should check it out for yourself. Overall a great experience, I’ll definitely go back. JD
Cinq 01, 501 College St. (at Palmerston Blvd.), 416-964-1555
Tomorrow the Toronto Star, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail will tell us cute stories of how people in the GTA spent Earth Hour. These stories will be clever, romantic, and most likely family oriented. They will be about children who played Scrabble instead of video games. How sweet. They will make those of us who kept the lights on feel bad that we didn’t flick them off.
I spent Earth Hour by painting my nails in keeping with our mid-March resolution. No I did not do this in the dark – please don’t judge me. Truth be told, I got home late and kind of forgot. Then I felt bad and turned the lights off for a bit and took this picture. I love the Earth and I apologize for not participating in the full hour – sorry world :( JD
This shot was taken after a sun-filled day in Venice, CA. I look relaxed because I really was! Relaxing is something I cherish. You can’t put a price tag on relaxation and that’s why it’s so great. I bought this nautical knit dress at Joe Fresh and it’s one of my favourite wardrobe staples.
I’ve worn this dress so many ways. Here I paired it with leggings from Winners, a basic black cardigan from the GAP, some random necklaces, and my moto jacket from H&M.
The giant clown above the CVS store in Venice – what’s the story behind this guy anyway? Can anyone tell me?
Me and the bff. Windblown.
These jazz shoes are from Century 21 in NYC, and my red purse is the friendship purse I got at I Miss You vintage on Ossington street in Toronto. Looking forward to wearing this dress sans leggings when warmer days are upon us. JD
I like to cook but I don’t do it all that often. Partly because I’m never home, and partly because I’m usually satisfied with simple things like salads and sandwiches. However, I found this cute little cook book for just $1.99 at Homesense so I bought it and was inspired to try a few things. Homesense is the number one destination for anything and everything to do with your home. They have the nicest things for a fraction of the price, and the things they do have are always of great quality. And we all know quality is key.
Anyway I started tonight’s dinner with pan seared scallops…
Then added salmon, brocoli, zucchini, snow peas, sprouts, peppers, and quinoa
A success! Not only does it look good, but it tastes good too. I said I was inspired by the cook book but I didn’t actually follow a recipe. I usually just look at a picture and make it up as I go along. I’m visual that way. Should I become a food stylist?
I make a serious mess when I cook. I’m like the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show. Remember him? If not, you must watch this…he cracks me up…JD
Picked up this dress today from H&M’s Garden Collection for $19.95. The sleeves are massive and I felt like a gypsy…a gypsy in a change room. There are so many amazing pieces that I recommend you check it out before the collection is sold out. Now all I need with this dress is some sun! CM
I blame my distasterous hair in these shots (not to mention this one) on the rain. I have to be more proactive in the morning and check the weather before I spend the grueling time in the bathroom, styling my hair for it to be destroyed by the damp weather a day of rain showers will bring. Seriously though – it looked good for the half hour I spent in my apartment before I left for work.
I have been meaning to share this H&M sweater with you for a while. I can’t get enough of the ruffled shoulders and I wear it as much as I can – it is just too pretty not to. The skirt you have already seen is from H&M, necklace from Aldo accessories and tights by Silks. The boots were a great find made at H&M over a year ago – they were $10! CM
Our little run-in with the Bitches on a Budget book got me thinking – isn’t it funny when a book finds you, instead of you finding a book? you know what I mean? Anyhow I went to Indigo after work tonight and bought my copy of Bitches on a Budget. It wasn’t on sale as I had mentioned in an earlier post (my bad!) but that’s ok, after I read this I’ll be filled with all sorts of money-saving tips that the $19.43 I spent will result in a savings of $1,943. I just made that number up. Here are a few tips this book promises to share (so says the back cover):
* Look and feel rich, whatever your salary
* Embrace “vintage” and snag incredible bargains online
* Entertain at home without feeling like a homebody
* Trim your ass without trimming your assets
* And much more….
I’m on page one and I feel rich already….well not really because I have to pay a bunch of bills tonight. Thumbs down to that.
And on a random side note, I saw this glove on the side of my street just now and guess what brand it is? ISOTONER! Haha. I wore my Isotoners yesterday and had to chuckle because who wears Isotoners anymore? Isn’t it funny seeing a random black glove on the ground? I always think of OJ Simpson. JD
Nothing like a cupcake and my polka dot umbrella to take the rain away. Fulton Umbrella; Andrew Marc leather jacket, and Isotoner gloves circa 1988. Remember those? Cupcake by Starbucks.
Rain = not good for the hair
This rainy weather hasn’t been great for our hair or for taking pictures outside, but we managed to snap a few despite getting a little dewy. Let’s break this down shall we? I went to Forever 21 yesterday and got this sweater for $9.07! It was supposed to be $33 but it scanned in wrong. I LOVE when that happens. They immediately took the rest of the sweaters off the shelf as soon as they realized their mistake. Most people spend $9 on lunch…I like to buy clothes with my lunch money. The gigantic flower is from Le Crapeau. That’s one store I do not like, but I randomly walked in one day and couldn’t resist this girly pinkness ($18). My white shirt is BOSS Black, pants are Vince, and my colourful umbrella was a gift from my friend Heidi. It makes the rainy days bright and bearable. JD
The Broken Heel Diary Contest
Hello Ladies! (And Gentlemen if you are out there.) A friend sent us this contest and we wanted to share it with you. It’s offered by The Broken Heel Diaries and the prize is too good to pass up: a trip to LA or NYC! To enter you simply upload a pic of your favorite pair of heels. Genius! These are mine. I ordered them online from Aldo for a whopping $24.95. Yellow snakeskin…sigh. What will I wear them with? EVERYTHING! CM
My favourite pair of heels are my orange and gold suede Nine West pumps. They have that old school vibe about them that I dig. I like when people mistake my current purchases for something old. I think most people would be offended by that, but it’s a compliment in my world. JD
On another shoe note, the second day I met Christine she told me about this funny YouTube video called Kelly Shoes. I went back to my desk, had a good laugh, and we’ve referenced it ever since. If you don’t think it’s funny - you don’t get it. JD
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We just went to Starbucks at Indigo on Bay St. and this book popped out from the corner of our eyes – Bitches on a Budget! How perfect is that? We picked up our lattes and free treats in sticking with our budget (promotion for free pastries ended at 10:30 am). I couldn’t resist the cupcake because it was cute, but the icing was a bit too much. The book was on sale too – I think I need to go back and buy it. JD
Yes, leopard print is associated with cougars (shouldn’t they be called “leopards”?) and grandmas around the world but, I don’t care. It it is a staple in my wardrobe that hangs beside all my black. Every season I tell myself – along with at least 5 other friends – “no more leopard print” but I never follow through. I am drawn to it as any female would be drawn to a “70% OFF SHOES” sign or like how Lindsay Lohan is drawn to a bottle of vodka.
A friend in Calgary once referred to Toronto as a “Concrete Jungle”. Did they expect me to take offence to this name? I could care less as 1. they have obviously never been to this green city between the months of April through October and 2. it creates the perfect backdrop for my leopard print numbers.
I found this leopard print dress at Winners for $29.99 last week. The jacket is a Suzy Shier sale purchase at $15. The pin is Aldo Accessories at $8, tights are by Hue, necklace from Forever 21 and boots from Winners. The belt is a fantastic $6 staple from Joe Fresh. CM
I’d just like to share that I’m obsessed with this song at the moment. Running Up That Hill by Chromatics. It’s not new, but there’s just something about it that makes me wanna dance. I did an amazing yoga class last week taught by a recovering drug addict and now the King of Yoga in LA - Vinnie Marino. He blasted this song at just the right moment. Ah-mazing. Press play, close your eyes, swing your hair, and DANCE BABY DANCE! JD
One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is go somewhere laid back for brunch followed by a round of vintage shopping with an old friend. A few Sundays back I wanted to try something new so my friend Annie and I went to the Hoof Cafe on Dundas West. For about 5 minutes. It was really cool and adorable inside, but when I saw the menu certain words flashed to my eyes like “tongue, and suckling pig” — we just couldn’t do it. I should’ve checked the menu first (lesson learned). We politely made a fast exit and went on to Musa (my fave!). I also really like Saving Grace which is between the two. All on Dundas West.
Following a big plate of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast we ventured to Ossington St. and hit Vintage Mix 1, I Miss You Vintage, and Silver Falls Vintage. We ended up buying matching purses at I Miss You which we coined our “friendship purse” – yes we are 12 years old. These cute red purses only set us back $8 each. Score! JD
Casie Stewart, Sean Ward, Raymi the Minx
Last Thursday an amazing event was held at Function 13 in Kensington Market hosted by Fairlie Agency. It was about social media success with guest speakers Casie Stewart, Raymi the Minx, and Sean Ward. These three bloggers are beyond legit and were VERY inspirational. I left feeling like CM & I could conquer the world. Wait for it….
Casie’s story on how she made her way working for MTV Canada and Much Music reinforced the fact that you have to really believe in what you want and make it happen. Raymi the Minx started blogging back in the year 2000 and was waaayy ahead of the curve. She gets anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 hits a day – say WHAT!? and Sean Ward the artist and entertainer has one of the most positive and motivational personalities I’ve encountered in a really long time. Overall these three successful bloggers have one major thing in common – they weren’t afraid to GO FOR IT and they got it.
I started my morning off by cleaning up my apartment and putting my million clothes, shoes, bags, scarves, and accessories away. I want to clean my desk today too – it just helps with feeling on top of things. I need to de-clutter my life more, plus I hate coming home to a messy house.
As a result of my cleaning, I didn’t have time to fuss over my hair and it’s so ugly as you can see. I’m wearing a ratty old headband that I wear to wash my face and the rest is pulled back in a ratty bun. Oh well! It was more important to clean up. Can’t have good hair days all the time right? JD
After being inspired by some of my nail polish addicted friends, I have decided to adopt a new resolution late in the year to have my nails painted at all times. When I see women with their colourful fingertips I tend to hide my own because manicured (even self-done manicures) really is the finishing touch to any outfit. This photo was take March 17th when myself and a couple girlfriends successfully avoided the crazed St.Patrick’s drinkers at Fire on the East Side. I thought that I would be somewhat festive and order a Hoegaarden. No, this beer was not green however, it is made with flowers and they are green…right? My nail polish is Big Apple Red by O.P.I. I think the most classic of all nail polish colours is the best way to kick-start this late 2010 resolution. CM
I could not agree more with this resolution. I’m always so jealous when people have perfect nails. My problem is finding the time to let them dry - I always end up smudging them. On my recent trip to LA, bff and I got manicures compliments of the new Kirstie Alley show “My Big Life.” A salon on Main street in Venice was promoting the show and the colour was deep purple - darker than what I normal do, but I liked it. Btw, that bizarre picture is from the Dolce & Gabbana spring shoot. Tres weird, non? JD
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Just got back from an amazing LA vaykay. I went to visit my best friend Christina and her man friend David. They’re living in Venice Beach at the moment which is one of the best parts of Cali in my opinion. Their teeny apartment was just outside this adorable little house.
We were about 30 seconds from Venice Beach. Look at the sun! Perfection.
The days were sunny and warm, but the nights cooled off a bit so long pants were in order. This was just before going out for dinner at Dusty’s in Silver Lake. It was my first time wearing my chambray shirt from Zara, and I think I’ll be wearing it a lot. I paired it with a braided belt from H&M, Vince riding pants, and cognac coloured booties from Capezio.
Nautical scarf is from H&M; necklace is Forever 21, and my beloved key pin is from the Thrift store in Port Colborne. It’s my favourite piece. Accessories are my VICE.
I loved this garage. Remember who you are, listen to your soul, follow your heart. Words to live by. JD xo
ps – stay tuned for more Cali pics
So many things warm weather brings! This is what we saw walking down Bloor at 9:30am this morning. Comments are left up to you… CM & JD
p.s. Should have mentioned that this is a man.
Last week I was standing in line at Starbucks and overheard two men talking about how they have been sick for days from a cold that was going around. I thought, “Cold going around? Haven’t heard of this”, then boom! I woke up the next day with all the gross, debilitating things that make up a cold. After ruining most of my weekend plans, I was finally able to venture out Sunday night to catch the closing day of Canadian Music Week at the Horseshoe Tavern where Real Estate & Woods played a sold out show. Hailing from New Jersey, Real Estate’s self titled album will be one of those great summer albums that will suit Muskoka cottage weekends as well as sipping drinks on the patio in the city. Take a listen. CM
These shots were taken outside the lovely ROM on Bloor Street on a brisk but nice day. The last time I went inside the ROM, I saw the Vanity Fair portrait exhibit which was AMAZING!
I’m really happy I’ve been able to ditch my winter coat lately for this one bought at Joe Fresh. My sunglasses are from Red Pegasus on College street; motorcycle gloves are from Aldo Accessories and are on sale online at the moment; grey bag is from Winners as are my new Dollhouse booties.
My top is from Forever 21; skirt is from Jacob, and my belt is Forever 21 too. On a side note, the other day this woman complimented me on my thirteen dollar pants and asked “who are they by?” — when I said they were from Forever 21, she turned her nose up at me! I guess they weren’t good enough for her because they weren’t couture. People like that make me laugh. Anyway, I love how square this top makes my shoulders look. I think everyone should have at least one top with big shoulders. JD
One of the best things about working at Bay & Bloor are all the great places to visit that are close by. Our coffee break on this particular day took us to the ROM where we thought would be a good place to take some pics. After searching high and low for a great navy blazer I instantly fell in love with the structured shoulders and knew this was The One. The shirt dress I picked up a couple years ago at H&M and the boots were another great Aldo purchase two years ago for $70. They have a great vintage feel and the leather is so thick and sturdy I got way more than what I paid for. My necklace can still be found at H&M. I’ve had a lot of wear out of it this winter with neutral dresses and sweaters and it will definitely take me through the summer. The grey ribbed tights are on sale at Aldo for $10 and were an absolute must to complete this outfit - because what looks better with navy than grey? CM