Monthly Archives: June 2011
Before The Sartorialist, Tommy Ton, Garonce Dore and many other street style photographers – the original street style photographer is the legendary Bill Cunningham. Bill is the funny old guy (he’s 83!) who rides his bike around Manhattan capturing ever-changing fashion trends for the New York Times. Bill says “the best fashion show is definitely on the street, always has been and always will be.” We couldn’t agree more!
In May, a documentary about this iconic man was released, appropriately called Bill Cunningham New York. We cannot wait to see it and luckily it’s playing at The Royal Cinema on College Street this week (June 27-30, 7 pm everyday and 9 pm on the 30th). Check out the trailer….
What a busy few weeks it’s been with parties and dressing up. Last week, we attended the 6th annual Smut Soiree hosted by Lainey Gossip and her crew of celebrity insiders. The party organized by The Society keeps getting bigger and bigger each year which means the venue gets bigger. It was held at the Evergreen Brickworks and what a beautiful space it was. I love that it’s a mix of new and old and indoor and outdoor.
CM and I wore outfits that coordinated with each other, but we didn’t do it on purpose! This seems to happen a lot with us, kind of like twins wearing the same thing without consulting each other.
CM’s Marilyn dress came from Betsey Johnson in Maui, and my red number came from Urban Outfitters. I threw on a little jacket from H&M to add to it’s plainness. JD
Click here to see the SMUT wrap up on Lainey’s site.
Never underestimate clothing yard sales. We love them! I got an awesome purse once from a yard sale on Gore Vale, and this past weekend I bought a top for $1.50. I gave the woman a toonie and said to keep the change, so it was actually $2. Always be sure to wash anything vintage you buy (that’s a given), and then you’re good to go.
I paired my new/old top with my yoga jeans by Second Denim ($110), Banana Republic clogs ($23), Cole Haan purse ($165), and Cheap Monday sunglasses ($30). It was a simple 90s look. I never thought I would like short tops again, but now that’s all I really like. It’s weird how fashion shifts and changes, but fun too. I just really hope flare jeans don’t come back, ew. JD
Julie and I won a tour of the MMVA swag lounge through the amazing Casie Stewart and Broken Heel Diaries. We were 100% excited as it meant a tour of the upcoming fall goods from some exciting retailers as well as meeting some fabulous bloggers who we have been following since the beginning. Not to mention some great swag. Within the swank Hotel le Germain and Maple Leaf Square, I started in the Bench lounge with Casie.
I really wanted this jacket but was told that it was being saved for a celeb. ”How do I become a celeb?”, I asked. Don’t think they got it. Oh well, I left with a black cotton tank dress perfect for days at the cottage.
Next up was Beyond the Rack with Jay Strut. The online shopping site just launched a new vintage component in addition to their collection of designer and more budget friendly vendors. Jay and I had to show off some of their current designer collections – Mui Mui, Tom Ford and Balenciaga (not to mention our red pants).
Possibly in a plan to save the best for last, I embarked on the Converse lounge hosted by Marcus Troy. My new Chucks (my first pair ever I must add) were spray painted and were on my feet shortly after. Pics of my Chucks to come.
Thanks Casie and Broken Heel Diaries!
After the Conair beauty lounge, we made our way to Power Ball 13 – one of the city’s largest charity events in support of The Power Plant art gallery. The annual gala raises vital funds for exhibitions and public programs.
The venue was packed with interesting people, contemporary art exhibits, DJs, and porchetta on a spit. It was a gorgeous night so we spent most of it mingling on the outdoor patio. Oh warm summer nights on a patio, please stay with us for a while.
Outfit details for JD:
BCBG one-shoulder dress $124
Top Shop heels $100 (from LAB Consignment)
Nine West clutch (gifted)
Outfit details for CM:
BCBG one-shoulder dress $180
Cole Haan wedges $90
H&M clutch $12
The chignon was a fun hair-do, except it was so big it stuck to the velcro tent wall, and hit the roof of the cab while getting in.
See more pics on our Facebook page here
Getting ready for a party can be stressful, especially when rushing home from work. But it’s always amazing when someone else gets ready for you. Before last Thursday’s Power Ball, we got our hair and make-up done at the Conair beauty lounge in the Thompson Hotel. Thanks to our friends at Rock-It Promotions for the invite – the experience was fab.
CM went sleek with a fresh blown-out look, while I went for a sky-high chignon. We made some new blog friends and had a blast sipping champagne while getting primped. If only this could happen before every party…maybe one day. JD
I don’t drive or own a car, but today a friend and I rented a car to go down to Niagara. While pumping gas in my 4 inch heels, it made me think of that ridiculous section of US magazine called “Stars – they’re just like us!” They grocery shop, go to Starbucks, and *gasp* they even pump their own gas!!! Can you imagine? What a crazy thing! JD
H&M Dress $49
Dollhouse heels from Winners $80
Cheap Monday sunglasses $30
It’s been an exciting day for us thus far – today we were featured on Toronto Star’s Best Dressed list for 2011!! Hurray for Seven Dollar Pants!!! We were chosen under The Blogger category alongside Anita Clarke of I want I got, as well as Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg of The Coveteur. Congratulations ladies!
To read the full article showing all 31 best dressed people in Toronto, click here.
I wasn’t sure if I would take to the colour blocking trend a la Jil Sander, but after composing a few very colourful outfits – I’m now a fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love my muted greys and tonal tans, but busting out colour with such gusto feels GREAT! I wore this outfit last night and went out for some vino on Ossington. While the rest of the world watched the Stanley Cup game, CM and I engaged in laughs, gossip, and shop talk. Who won the game again? JD
New heels got me wobbly…I fell.
If you’re like us, you find The Beer Store a bit intimidating and tend to purchase brewskies at the LCBO instead. I especially don’t like The Beer Store at Queen & Bathurst with all the crazies hanging around. Although it does provide some good entertainment. I’ve seen many take downs at that corner.
But The Beer Store has re-branded itself with a new retail space called The Beer Boutique. We attended the launch of their first location in Liberty Village and we were quite impressed. It’s a good looking store that appeals to a whole other market of beer drinkers like women, city dwellers, and people who appreciate a unique shopping experience.
The store offers a vast selection of beer products as well as regular tasting and pairing events where you can discover new brands and food that taste great with them. It’s also self-serve so you can take your time to browse vs. lining up behind burly men ordering multiple cases of 2/4s for a hunting trip.
The store is now open for business, check it out at 120 Lynn-Williams St. in Liberty Village. JD
I’ve been looking at these pictures for a week now, and have been left with no choice but to thrown in the towel admitting I am at a loss for words – I don’t know what to say about what I’m wearing. What a lazy blogger I am. It isn’t that I am uninspired, or that I was lacking inspiration when I dressed myself rather casually for work this particular day; I am just stuck. I could discuss the contrast between the feminine and masculine fabrics, or the juxtaposing colour combinations, or the clashing beaded necklace which (in my eyes) just seems to work. Nah, I will just leave you knowing these pics left me a bit foggy. Happy Tuesday. CM
Seven Dollar Pants and a few fun gals took a little trip to Boston this past weekend and had a blast. We walked a whole lot and managed to see quite a bit of the lovely city, which was split of new and perfectly manicured old buildings.
We started our weekend walking through the beautiful Boston Common park and admired all the town homes that faced it. We had a pint at Cheers, took in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, ate delicious seafood at the oldest restaurant in America, strolled through Harvard pretending to be studious, ate pastries in Little Italy, and cheered on the Canucks vs. Bruins at a local sports bar. Let’s just say the locals weren’t fans of us. Go Canada!
By the end of the weekend, we had our Bahstin accent down pat. Got a kick from that every time. Fun times had by all!
Shopping on Newbury Street
Boston Red Sox Game at Fenway
Union Oyster House – America’s Oldest Restaurant Est. 1826
Sebastian a.k.a Dinner
Little Italy on Hanover Street
Cute Italian Ladies at Mike’s Pastry in Little Italy
Before the sugar high set in from eating delicious cannoli and cookies
Our favorite shoe designer, Ron White, has expanded his Canadian empire opening a posh new store in Toronto’s Yorkdale mall. It is evident Ron not only knows what women want in footwear but also, how to throw a great party. Toronto’s best were present to toast the shoe connoisseur and shop his laboriously selected collection of high-end shoe designers including his own signature collection.
As mentioned in a previous Ron White post, but significant enough to reiterate, Ron White has the best and biggest collection of Frye’s in Canada. Julie and I salivated over his summer collection and I selected my next shoe purchase (click here to check them out). They will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine. CM
I found this fun skirt at a vintage market in Belgium last summer for the market price of 4 euro! Definitely one of my best finds to date. The vibrant coral colour and crisp pleats pleasantly remind me of a lamp shade from the 80s.
I paired my market skirt with a lovely silk blouse I picked up from H&M last week. It’s very billowy and exactly what I was looking for.
My navy blazer is from Zara and it’s that soft jersey material that makes it comfortable to wear all day long.
Lace-up booties are from Spring and grey socks are from Legs Beautiful. JD