Life is not a beach in Toronto these days, but it is a circus.
I went to Dimmi Trattoria for lunch yesterday and after our meal the waiter randomly brought cotton candy to the table! It wasn’t on the menu, we didn’t order it, and he didn’t even say anything, he just brought us cotton candy and walked away as if it was a normal thing to get after a meal at an Italian restaurant. It came out on a stick and I kept wondering if they had a cotton candy machine in the back – they must right? how else do you get fluffy cotton candy on a stick? I think the last time I had cotton candy I was 6 years old and Crystal Beach amusement park still existed. Does anyone remember that place? The best!
Following lunch I went to Kitchen Stuff Plus (one of my favourite stores) to pick up a carrot peeler because mine mysteriously disappeared from my kitchen. An elephant caught my eye and I had to buy him. Not a real elephant but an elephant tea pot ($10). It’s so cute, and makes me think of Dumbo. Cheers to randomness. JD
So I think by now it is obvious to most that I am not the average size 2 like most bloggers. I shop to fit my size 8 frame and hope that I do a good job (pictures help determining that by the way). Needless to say I wanted a good one piece for Maui and it is damn hard finding one! Most are made for old ladies (no offence old ladies) and just don’t appeal to me. The day before I left I went into H&M (naturally) for a hat and I saw this one piece from a distance. I love the colour – reminds me of Bo Derek – and the cut-outs fit the times with cut-out dresses being all the rage. It was a winner for me. CM
While CM is living it up in Hawaii, I’ve been keeping it real in the ordinary world. This crazy Canuck weather is just KILLING me and the ability to graduate into cheerful Spring outfits. I’ve been wearing my giant grandma sweater a lot lately. It’s super cozy but I’m still puzzled that I bought it 5 sizes too big in high school. I probably wanted it so badly and it was the only size left.
The other day I spontaneously went to the Duran Duran concert! A friend of mine got last minute tickets and I said “Hells Yes.” You should have seen the beaute crowd composed of die-hard crazy fans, old cougars, bleached hair, boobs out, mullets, beer spillage, sweaty backs, what a sight. However the show was amazing!! My favourites were Ordinary World and Rio! If you’re not in Hawaii like CM, I hope you’re living it up in the ordinary world. JD xx
Interesting fact: John Taylor (the bass guitarist) is married to Gela Nash, co-founder of Juicy Couture.
Aloha friends, readers and creepers. I have been in Maui for the past week enjoying the sun. Not to rub it in to everyone who is unwillingly partaking in the daily grind but I have been doing nothing but eating (fish and Maui pineapples), drinking (Miller Chill and rum) and lying on the beach. I haven’t worn makeup, used a blow dryer, or turned on an oven in 7 days. Ahhh the life. Every day has consisted of beaches – we visit a different Maui beach every morning – and then the pool. This means a lot of heavy sunscreen but all is good. Did I mention that I am within walking distance to an outdoor shopping mall that has everything a shopaholic could ask for? Dangerous…but heaven at the same time. I picked up a dress from Betsey Johnson that I cant wait to share with you. Think Andy Warhol on a dress. CM
H&M dress and purse. Jewellery from Banana Republic.
Me using protection while chowing down on shrimp and fish tacos.
Sunset from restaurant table in Lahina, Maui.
Me saying goodbye to make-up and hair dryers. Fully dependent on Sally Hershberger’s Wavy Hair Style Primer and John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Tousled Tresses.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Miss Kelly’s royal wedding themed party. Kelly is all things royal and her love for it got her a spot on The National discussing Kate Middleton’s fashion influence as well as her Royal Rendezvous party receiving a write-up in the Toronto Star. Not too shabby considering this is her first soiree and the launch of her event company Post Events. What a success it was! All guests showed up in their royal best – women in their best hats or facinators and the men looking dapper in their suits or kilts – yes kilts! A telephone booth was set up as a photobooth and myself and the other guests took their turns living it up London style. I wore a Forever 21 dress, facinator from Aldo, brooch and earrings from Banana Republic. It may have been the best Saturday afternoon in the history of Saturday afternoons. CM
Bucking Ham Sandwiches
Fish & Chips
Princess Pearl Cupcakes and Delightful Doughnuts
Double Decker Shortbread Cookies aka The Best Cookies I’ve Ever Had
Can’t forget the tea!
It seems that after a year of blogging I have failed to post my go-to work outfits. I have a few of them! A black, cotton dress from Joe Fresh (worn at least once a week), my khaki button down skirt with coloured tights and a Gap t-shirt (worn at least once a week) and this H&M print skirt. If I’m having “one of those mornings” these three items are my comfortable go-tos. I am wearing the H&M skirt with my Lauren Ralph Lauren denim shirt, H&M cardigan and Cole Haan boots. CM
Breakfast was calling our name the day after Salvador Darling, so we decided to check out Aunties and Uncles. We’ve attempted to go here on several occasions but our hunger pains always won over the long line-ups. But yesterday we decided to wait it out and we’re so glad we did! This place is just the best. It’s like being in someone’s cottage decorated with everything you would find in probably all of our parents’ basements. The random pictures on the walls, dishware, wallpaper, curtains, everything about it is simply adorable. The food is delicious too – we ate oatmeal banana pancakes and the omelet of the day. We had Dolly Parton’s song stuck in our head the whole time and referred to everything as “potentially new” — you know the one “better keep your hands off my potential new boyfriend.” Great song. JD & CM
So I celebrated a big birthday on the weekend. The big 3-0! I only feel a little bit different, but not even really. It’s true what they say – age is just a number! The party was at Salvador Darling on Queen West and it was the perfect place for a great night. I don’t like dealing with lines, cover, or douche bags so this was a great option to avoid all of that. It’s just a random small, dark bar with quirky fixtures and awesome music. I had a blast. Cheers to a new decade. JD
By now, our readers are aware of our love for vintage fashion. We find great joy in scouring the racks of Toronto’s best shops and feel the adrenalin rush when we realize we have discovered a true gem. Sometimes however, we look beyond our usual magazine and blog haunts for inspiration on how to wear these vintage finds and old movies prove to be a fabulous source. Bonnie & Clyde is one of our favorites with Faye Dunaway running around the country with Warren Beatty at her side. She defines the tailored style of the 1930′s that is still popular today including knitted sweaters, long pleated skirts, beret caps and thick trench coats. Bonnie & Clyde is being screened tonight at 6:30pm at TIFF as part of the Night Moves: The Films of Arthur Penn film retrospective. If you feel like being inspired, we recommend you check it out. CM
I found this thin knit at Winners last week and was attracted to its flimsy draped shape, but the fact that it was see-through made me question if I should buy it or not. But then I had a brilliant idea to buy an ivory lace body suit from American Apparel, and voila it worked. I paired it with my cargo pants, striped scarf, and amazing clogs from Banana Republic. I have to thank CM for these shoes because she discovered them first and was nice enough to put a pair on hold for me because I wasn’t in town that day. Thanks CM! They are probably the steal of the season coming in at $23! That’s just incredibly satisfying. JD
JD and I had a busy weekend with birthday’s, family and Harry Spring Run-Off 8km run in High Park. Come Sunday, we were excited to refuel at Moroco Chocolat in Yorkville. I wore an H&M dress, Club Monaco leather jacket and Cole Haan oxfords to this ultra-femme Yorkville spot. Have you been? We sat for lunch for hours, catching up with some great girlfriends over cappuccinos, croque monsieurs, truffled eggs and macaroons. A DJ spun the entire afternoon which added to the chic atmosphere created by deep purple walls, plush velvet furniture and massive mirrors. It is a more pricey brunch when you add in cocktails – a far cry from last Saturday’s Lakeview lunch - but Moroco feels like a mini-city escape, right on Yorkville Ave. CM