Since taking my hair up a couple notches of blonde (gasp! this isn’t my natural hair colour) my go to colour this summer has been yellow. I want yellow everything – dresses, shoes, bags, headbands – the whole kit and caboodle. This shift dress was found recently at Jacob for $40. Styled with a black belt, beaded necklace and headband for a Mod look. However, the best accessory is the black Vespa. Just wish it was mine… CM
Dress – Jacob $40
Belt – Vintage
Shoes – Aldo $49
Sunglasses – Tory Burch, Ilori $67
Bag – Cole Haan
Necklace – Forever 21 $6
After spending the last handful of Pride Parade Sunday’s on ground level amongst the 1000′s of sweaty (but fabulous) Torontonian’s and tourists, we upped our game on a friends wrap around balcony overlooking the big show. With spectacular views of the downtown core and Yonge Street (hurray for the continuous delays of One Bloor!) we rocked our rainbow colours and downed Pride Punch. I was excited to wear my sequined rainbow dress which I have come to call the Giving Dress. Seriously though, it is the dress that keeps on giving. Upon its purchase from 69 Vintage, with plans to wear it to the August 2010 Scissor Sisters concert, I was unsure of its fate – would become a one hit wonder, retiring to my closet post concert? But alas it came in handy for Booby Ball’s disco themed party and most appropriately, Toronto’s Pride Week. The dress was a hit amongst party goers and a good ice breaker for new faces. Happy Pride Toronto.
Amazing view of the parade on Yonge Street and the entire city too!
Colourful gypsy – F21 skirt, Suzy Shier top, FCUK headband, Cheap Monday Sunglasses
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My only NYC regret was not taking back Steve Madden’s ANNIE booties. Luckily I found a similar pair from Aldo that (most importantly) give me the some height boost to my 5’3 frame. They most definitely ARE NOT snow friendly so the race to wear them is on. Hopefully the snow stays away much like it did last year. Skiers and snowboarders, stop complaining and head further north. You really don’t have to go that far – just let me wear my darn booties.
The rest of my outfit:
Jacket – Zara
Belt – Club Monaco
Headband – H&M
Leggings – American Apparel
My search for the perfect Anorak lead me to this Vero Moda coat with great seasonal timing. My 2010 hunt was all disappointment upon the realization that the good Anoraks had sold out in my size or were simply too much moolah. On Boxing Day at Sherway Gardens, I was walking through The Bay and stumbled upon this Vero Moda jacket. My stumbling was followed by a “Eureka!” as it was the very last one and in my size. I ran to the cash to hear “$34 please”. “Double Eureka!”.
The rest of my outfit:
Hat – Hudson’s Bay Company
Infinity Scarf – Reese from Doll Haus
Leggings – Costa Blanca
Boots – Aldo
Do you ever buy the same piece of clothing over and over again until you get it right?
I’ve bought about 5 grey sweaters in the past year but they haven’t been quite what I was looking for – until I found this one. It has just the right look – a draped effect but fitted too, a nice pattern of knit, and it isn’t too bulky that it looks like a grandma sweater. It’s by DEX Clothing and I found it last week at Winners on Bloor for $24. JD
I’m also wearing:
* My old man driving cap, Kensington Market $11
* Silk boyfriend shirt, Joe Fresh $39
* Tapered cargo pant, Union Bay from Alloy.com $60 (after tax and shipping)
* Lace-up boots, H&M $69
* Leather moto-gloves, Aldo $24
* Cashmere scarf by Arnold Brant (gift)
I’m going to try really hard to add splashes of colour to my outfits this winter to save me from the black and grey drab syndrome we all fall into. I found this electric blue blazer at H&M for $39 and I love it! JD
Other parts of my outfit include:
* Black jeans from Zara
* Circle scarf from Spring
* Silk shirt from a vintage store in Gent (Belgium)
* Moto gloves from Aldo
* Sunglasses are Gant by Michael Bastian
* Purse by Cole Haan
I have had one busy summer. Approximately seven-million wedding invitations (real number is seven) have come my way and all are taking place within three months of each other. Two were this past weekend. The first was for my Western University roommate Liz. She married her macho man Jeff at the Miller Lash House at U of T Scarborough. The grounds were stunning and Liz, being a wedding planner, planned and executed the most beautiful wedding. I wore this dress that I found at The Bay. It was 70% off for $36. My bag is an old sale purchase from Banana Republic, wedges are from Pegabo, and necklace was borrowed from my friend T.
The following day the gorgeous Courtney married her math professor beau at Grace Restaurant on College Street. It was the ultimate city wedding and tres chic. She requested that her closest friends wear white – what a confident bride! I wore this dress that I purchased at Lolita when I was a student in London, ON. Those who went to Western or grew up London know that Lolita is the go to shop on Richmond street. I decided to give the dress a boho look with big gold earrings from Forever 21 ($6) and strappy leather wedges from Aldo ($90). Purse is a Cole Haan sample sale purchase.
Today I am off to Ottawa for another wedding…and no, my dress for this one isn’t floral print. Stay tuned! CM
Tuesday I had mentioned that last weekend brought me to Niagara Falls and for a bachelorette party and we participated in five wine tours. You can imagine how the rest of the evening panned out. The plan was to dress more like you are going to the Kentucky Derby rather than a winery as sundresses and big hats were on the dress code. I opted for goofy sunglasses instead. I know, I’m a party pooper, but I couldn’t find a good hat! My dress is an oldie from Forever 21 and by oldie I mean before the store came to Canada. Shoes are from Aldo, purse is a Cole Haan sale purchase and sunglasses are from Kensington Market. CM
Since my beloved jazz shoes died, I thought I was justified in purchasing these new shoes as replacements. I went to several shoe stores on my recent Euro trip, had debates on what colour and style of flat shoe I should buy, but these brogue style shoes were the winners I purchased in France. They’re really well made and comfortable, so it was worth the 70 euro spend. I’ve seen similar shoes at Town Shoes, Aldo, and Capezio. I can’t wait to wear them all the time! RIP jazz shoes. JD
Some of you may have already met my sister Karin from a previous post, but if not, you are now introduced. Karin is my little sister. To my dismay, most assume that she is older as she is much more mature and far more responsible. Her single little sister vice is stealing clothes from me. Things are different now as we do not live together but my problem is that I gave her keys to my apartment and she now goes shopping in my closet, even when I’m not there. When things are missing, I know exactly where they are – on Karin. Here she is wearing a CM styled outfit. Top is from H&M and shorts are a sale purchase from Zara for $20. Necklace is from Aldo Accessories for $20, orange clutch was $8 from H&M and Belt is $4 from Joe Fresh. Shoes are Karin’s and they are from Aldo. CM
Julie and I were walking up Yonge one day and thought Yonge & Dundas square was a great place to take pics. And why not? Every tourist that comes to Toronto likes to take pictures at this well-known Canadian intersection. Many Torontonians like to hate on the square because it is so touristy, congested, blah blah blah, but I enjoy walking through. Energy is always buzzing and the tourists radiate vacation time happiness. I can feel it. Here I am wearing a striped dress from Zara for $30. I love the gold buttons plated with anchors. Belt is from H&M, shoes were a steal from Aldo for $25 and sunglasses are from Joe Fresh.
How cute is this bag?! We spotted it at one of the Square’s street vendor for $10. You can never have too many enviro bags these days. CM
Last Thursday night, Julie and I made our way over to Lifford Wine Agency’s Boys Night Out – a major fundraising event in support of prostate cancer research. Boys Night Out offers tastings from some of Toronto’s best restaurants as well as some of the best wines on the market. We were there for work related purposes but would recommend attending next years event. By “recommend” I mean “ladies get out there”! The ratio of men to women was probably 15:1. My dress is Rachel Rachel Roy. I purchased at this event which The Bay had back in March – I could not resist the colour. Patent gladiators are from Aldo and purse is Marc by Marc Jacobs. CM
Do you have a piece of clothing or jewelery that will turn heads? Mine is this necklace. People stop me on the street, talk to me in elevators and question its origins in stores. It was an Aldo purchase last summer when Julie and I were taking a stroll down Bloor. I was wearing this Zara dress and she suggested that the beaded necklace would look good with the dress’ bright shade of yellow. I bought it and receive compliments on it every time I wear it. I saw that Aldo is selling them again this year in a new colour pattern. Shoes were $13 from H&M. CM
Upon walking into the office last week Julie informed me that I looked like a Zoo Keeper in this outfit. I can deal with that – I believe Zoo Keeper is an extension of the Safari look that is in this season. My shirt (Value Village) and necklace (flea market) were both thrifted for $4 each. Pants are H&M and they are on sale right now at H&M for $10 (it would be perfect if they were $7). Shoes are my summer favorite from Aldo at $40. CM
Alright, maybe white boyfriend blazers were the must-have piece of Summer 2009 but I still love mine and wear it all the time. Here I am wearing my Zara blazer with a $12 Forever 21 tank, $15 Costa Blanca jeggings, $4 thrifted necklace and Aldo wedges. CM
Julie and I had a couple of meetings to attend the other day which had us running to all ends of the city. I wore this skirt from JCrew that I purchased from one of their outlet stores. The best part about the skirt is that I can wear it three ways which I will be showing you in future posts. My white blouse is a Target purchase which I bought it for less than $20 almost three years ago and it has held out longer than any my $70 Club Monaco blouses. Sorry Club Monaco but it is true! My shoes are Cole Haan and my crush on them grows deeper every day. For their height they are crazy comfortable which was great for this day in particular. If you like them but want to spend less, I came across similar ones done in funky summer colours at Aldo. My necklace is from Aldo Accessories (still on sale!) and bracelet is from H&M Yorkdale. Together they don’t really match but I think they work together for the outfit. Sunglasses were $10 from a NYC street vendor and bag was a gift. CM
It was incredibly nice out yesterday that we had to find some shade to take these pictures because it was so bright! I love this weather!!!! I scored this dress from H&M for just $19! I think it will be a great summer staple. I paired it with lace floral tights from Aldo, my charm necklace ($7) and jazz booties ($29) from Spring shoes. My sunglasses ($20)are from Red Pegasus on College street. Next time I’m going to wear this dress with bare legs, open toe brown shoes, and a brown belt. The weather man says it’s supposed to be 28 degrees today!! I’m going to take a lap around the park on my lunch break. Enjoy your day! JD
I wanted to take on a nautical theme with this navy dress from H&M. Purchased recently at H&M for $30, I paired it with my striped boyfriend blazer found at a Toronto stylists yard sale for $20. (We will let you know whenever we hear of upcoming yard sales.) The broach came with the jacket and is a permanent fixture – bonus! The shoes (sigh) are my absolute favorite pair at the moment. I saw them online at Aldo for $40 and purchased them right away. Tights are by Hue found at Anthropology on Yorkville Ave. for $4. CM
Knowing I was going to pack up all my Winter coats this weekend, I decided to rock this faux fur number in my concrete jungle one last time. Julie refers to it as my “Wild Thing” jacket and I think she is dead on. I found it last summer at a flea market in Owen Sound, Ontario and I just love the bulky sweater-like arms. It was priced at $5 and I snatched it up before anyone around me heard the sellers price. The only problem is that it had that flea market smell and was quite dusty. Dry cleaning charges are the same for faux fur as they are real fur. I was dinged with a $55 bill. Ouch!
My messenger bag was a purchase made at the start of my first year at Western. It is from Roots and so far it has proven to be timeless. The classic leather brown belt is also a University oldie and it is from American Eagle Outfitters. Goorin hat is from their men’s collection but that suits me just fine. Leggings are from Zara on Bloor and boots are from Aldo online.
Have you seen the movie yet? I just loved it! CM