When’s the last time you went bowling? For me it was probably grade 11, until Saturday night when I checked out The Ballroom Bowl Bar. It’s amazing it’s taken so long for a downtown bowling alley to open. It’s in the old Montana’s space on John St. and it’s enormous. I enjoyed the actual bowling part because it reminded me of grade school birthday parties (good old days), and it was fun to do something different. The bar area had a big box vibe to it that was a little too big boxy for me, but it definitely serves the purpose of changing things up. I was trying to be a professional bowler by crossing my right leg behind my left as I let go of the ball like they do on TV, but all I ended up with was gutter ball after gutter ball. I came in last out of my five friends, but at least we all had to wear the same ugly shoes. JD
Gutter ball reaction
I wanted to share with you my favorite Oscar look of all time. Michelle Williams wore this gold Vera Wang dress when she attended the Academy Awards in 2007 with the late Heath Ledger. I compare every dress to Michelle’s and none have come close to her gold Vera Wang and red lip combination.
I am going to leave you with Adele because I bought her new album this weekend and have listened to this song probably 10 times today.
I took these shots a few days ago on my drive up to Ellicottville, NY. It’s a cute little ski town where I go snowboarding. I showed more of it here from last season. A lot of people who don’t know me well think it’s out of character that I snowboard and hike, but that side of me is definitely true. I absolutely love the great outdoors. I believe fresh air is the cure to anything and everything. If you’re feeling down or like you’re starting to get sick – throw on your iPod and go outside for a walk. It does the trick every time. Trust. JD
One of the greatest road trip songs – Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty.
Who knew Johnny Depp was in the video? Smoke show.
I decided to categorize this post under ‘Things We Love’ rather then ‘Style’. Although it may be considered an outfit post (as there is nothing in front of the camera but myself), my ‘outfit’ is in such a state of disarray I cannot considering it style. Yet, I love it.
I spent the long weekend a few hours north of Toronto on Stoney Lake. It was nothing but movies, board games, food and cocktails. I wore whatever was pulled out of my travel bag first and, as you can see, matching colours, patterns and prints do not apply up North. We hope everyone in Ontario enjoyed their long weekend!
I dont have enough sweater dresses. This H&M brown sweater dress is a go-to for me – it is so comfortable. When I am strutting around town, I might as well be in my pyjamas I am so warm and cozy. With the dress, I am wearing an Anthropologie turtle-neck, H&M booties, Vero Moda jacket from The Bay and Ray-Ban sunglasses.
A steamy Valentine’s Day special to spice up your day. Starring the talented Christina Sicoli as Lucille. Enjoy lovers! JD
I must say I’m glad I bought this lace top by Vero Moda because it’s becoming an anchor piece with a lot of outfits this season. I’ve worn it here, here, and here. That’s a lot of heres.
I paired it with my nude high-waist skirt from H&M, black tights, and leather boots by Cole Haan.
ps – It’s way too cold for this! brrrrrrrr.
pps – Send me off to a coconut island.
This is one of my “I’m so cold” dance moves. Theme song: Cold as Ice by Foreigner.
I can’t help it. My attraction to black, red and white. I really can’t help it. When I picture these colours all I can think of is 80′s movie fashion. The kind with massive shoulder pads, teased bangs and well…black, white and red colour combinations. I can’t resist it – it is my comfort zone. I think it is because I was born in the 80′s. Maybe it is in my astrological blood. Or would that be numerical? I have no clue…
I decided to mix up the colours with prints. A striped knit dress from Zara and a cotton houndstooth scarf from Simon’s was my comfort zone. I got a lot of compliments from the ladies in the office on my red Hue tights. I forgot how much fun coloured tights can be and I plan to rock more of them for the next few months. (Summer please come!) As for the rest of my outfit: headband from H&M, sunglasses by Ray-Ban, coat from Club Monaco (also seen here) and shoes from Zara.
I love my denim shirt from Zara and although I always wear it casually with riding pants or leggings, I decided to wear it with a skirt yesterday. It worked and it was a nice change from the black sweater I would normally wear with it.
My skirt is a random rare find from LW – that’s right Liquidation World. I went in looking for a kitchen table and left with a Kensie skirt for $10. Gotta love the random finds. I showed it on the blog here in the summer and cannot wait to wear it again with bare legs! sigh.
My new suede booties are from Spring shoes ($29). I had to throw out my old ones because I wore them WAY too much. Sometimes I just love throwing things out. De-cluttering and closet cleaning is so rewarding. JD
This pink, double breasted Adam coat was a December NYC purchase. It is all business. I’m talking Wall Street business. And yes, I am crazy enough to wear it to work.
There was much anticipation for the MASSIVE, DEBILITATING, CITY-STOPPING snow storm that hit southern Ontario yesterday. Julie and I rated this “storm” a 4 and our comments were left to, “meh”. Never trust the weather man/woman. To say the least, I was prepared in my Canada Goose Expedition parka, Cougar waterproof snow boots, cashmere toque and Ray-Ban wayfarers.
There are a number of people (stuck up Fashionistas) who love to hate on the Canada Goose parka which is understandable, as they now dominate the Toronto outerwear market with 1 out of 5 (SDP observation) people wearing them who pass by. It is easy to reject or vocally denounce the mainstream but, the point of the matter is that when it comes to Canada Goose, they are the warmest, most functional jackets you can buy. Canada Goose may not be run-way fashion but rather really, really warm – more of a forcefield to the sub zero temperatures that Canadian winters bring. Also, when you look at the inside tag it will read, ‘Made in Canada’. How many items in your wardrobe will read that nowadays? Canada Goose is an international success – and I love my Canada Goose parka.
It’s truly hard getting decent outfits together when it’s freezing outside. It’s so easy to fall into a hibernation rut and hide under giant sweaters and really ugly jogging pants. I know because I do it too. But I also think it’s important to give yourself little make-overs and buy something new to wear to brighten your days.
This look is a bit 70s with my floral top (Forever 21), knit vest (Urban Outfitters), and my hair parted down the middle. My Vince riding pants aren’t so 70s, but they’re warm so they are a staple for me this season.
Hope you’re staying fashionably warm today! JD
I talked so much about my New Year’s Eve dress and realized I never posted it! Julie’s pics were in black and white and didn’t really do the dress justice – the green needs to be seen! I have a bad rep when it comes to cameras and nights out. I am clumsy and drop/leave things all over the place so, I left my camera at home this night and this was the only pic taken of the dress. Remember my friend Erin? Her sequined number is from BCBG.