This vintage looking sweater isn’t vintage – it’s actually from Forever 21 but gets mistaken for a handmade sweater quite often. My wool skirt is from Costa Blanca ($10), but don’t go looking for it – I bought it in grade 10. True story. How it’s lasted this long, I have no idea. My belt is an 80s classic from my mom, and leather boots are by Cole Haan. JD
As CM mentioned, we were recently invited to a taping of the hit CBC show Battle of the Blades. For those that don’t know what the show is about – it’s kind of like Dancing with the Stars but with professional figure skaters and ex-NHL hockey players. The show has gained a lot of attention and is aired in the US as well. Go Canada! The performances were great, and I especially loved the Bollywood Slumdog Millionaire routine performed by Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois. The outfits were vibrant and fun, and Patrice was the nicest to look at of the male contenders. You can catch Battle of the Blades every Sunday and Monday at 8 pm on CBC.
I wore my new Roots socks to the show and I was quite impressed by them. Yes, even socks excite me! I like the look of great socks poking out the tops of boots, and not only did they look good but they were extremely warm too. Perfect for the studio arena we were in.
I also wore:
* Denim jeggings, Costa Blanca
* Denim shirt, Zara
* Chunky knit cardigan, DEX (Winners)
* Old man driving cap, Kensington Market
* Lace-up boots, H&M
And this is my deer caught in headlights look (wasn’t ready for the camera!)….. JD
Filed under Events, Style
What is better than a lazy Sunday? The clothing that lazy Sunday allows. I enjoyed brunch at Fire On The East Side with friends and then set off to do some shopping at The Bay. My sister had still not seen The Room so we went for a browse seeing oh so many amazing things for fall. Unfortunately I did not buy anything that day – I seemed to be conscious of my bank account. That is so unlike me. Here I am wearing my $39 Joe Fresh silk tunic, $30 Zara sweater, $10 Costa Blanca leggings and my go to $70 moto boots from Spring. CM
My fall ’10 shopping expeditions have me on the hunt for comfy staples that are wearable in all walks of life. All walks of life minus Saturday night dance parties of course. At LouLou Magazine’s shopping event, I picked up a few items that are going to get me through the winter in style. Julie and I were both equally excited over these Joe Fresh grey sweater leggings that we purchased for $24. I built the outfit around the leggings with a light grey H&M cardigan and a pink silk tunic from Joe Fresh. The H&M necklace and silver Abercrombie &Fitch belt pulls it together for a more polished look. This green bag will be another staple for me this winter. Since its purchase, I have received tons of compliments on it and it was just $24 from Joe Fresh. Booties are from H&M for $10. CM
I found this versatile onesie at Forever 21 in NYC last fall while CM and I were power shopping on Broadway. We both agreed we wouldn’t waste precious New York time in chain stores that we already have access to, but Forever 21 was the only exception because it’s just so much better in the states. I went to the one at Yonge and Dundas square the other day and there was NOTHING good! Anyway I like that this onesie is strapless, pleated and balloons at the ankle. I can wear it conservatively with a blazer like so, or in a dressy way sans blazer. I paired it with my grey blazer from Zara, lace-up booties from Spring, and a collection of vintage necklaces from my mammy and grandmammy. My shiny yellow clutch is from the Gap and was a gift from my cousin who inspired our blog name – see story here. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my double ring, or brass knuckles as I like to refer to it as. Surprisingly it’s from Costa Blanca ($9), and my dad-style watch is by Casio found in Paris.
Surprise surprise. More leopard print… I just can’t resist. It is my chocolate. Shirt is $30 from H&M, jeggings are $15 from Costa Blanca and shoes are oldies from Zara. My necklace is from Forever 21 for $4. I think the shirt and the necklace combined makes me look like I could be on an episode of the Flintstones non? 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
This is my (CM’s) most lovely sister Karin – you can call her KM if you would like. Her dinner dress was this perfect little blush number from H&M for $60 paired with these ridiculously sexy, black strappy sandal from Costa Blanca for only $28. Her earrings are borrowed from moi and tan is complimentary from the Florida sun. CM
Julie and I ventured west of the city to check out a few of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibits. I wanted to be comfy cozy but still appear festival chic so I threw on my new denim jeggings purchased at Costa Blanca for $10. As soon as I slipped on a pair of these babies, I knew that my legs would not see a pair of twill jeans until the close of the still young summer. They are beyond comfortable and feel good to the touch – I am just waiting for the day when I see a girl rocking them at the gym in yoga class or on a treadmill. My jacket is from Value Village purchased for $8; tank is from American Apparel and necklace is from F21 for $12. My patent pumps are Steve Madden and I bought them a few years back at an outlet in the states for $50 – nude pumps should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
There are countless exhibits and installations in the city of Toronto this month for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. It was hard to narrow down what we wanted to see but Roman Elinson’s Snowglobe City collection caught my eye. My trips down to NYC always include a mission to find a Manhattan snow globe and sadly I have never come across one. (Seriously if you ever see one pick it up and I would be most happy). Snowglobe City is a collection of photographs shot with the Lomo Fisheye – a toy camera that uses a plastic wide-angle lens to create a spherical effect. To my surprise, the majority of pics were taken in NYC so for that short while at the Cream Tangerine Gallery, I had my own NYC snowglobe. CM
Things were all fine and dandy at The Ceili Cottage until…the wind changed and the camp fire smoke blew right into my eyes! And here we thought blogging was all fun and games – this is dangerous stuff! Last weekend, while hanging out in the East end, I wore a Liz Claiborne blazer that was an old Christmas gift from my Mom; a striped turtle neck dress from Zara on Bloor for $20; belt, Costa Blanca on Bloor belt for $6; Silks stockings; Roots messenger and H&M on Bloor lace-up boots.
And you caught me without my nails painted.
Love detailing like this. CM
I was feeling casual and springy the other day as I wore some new threads I picked up from one of my favourite places – Joe Fresh! Yes, snow is on the ground and we’re still wearing our winter coats, but that didn’t stop me from introducing some lighter colours to the mix. Grey jeans, white t-shirt, and circular necklace all from Joe Fresh. Pearly necklace from H&M, longest chain from my mams, and belt from Banana Republic (sale!). I got this cardigan from Costa Blanca, my sunglasses are from Kensington market ($5), and boots by Steve Madden. I think you should go out and buy something for your Spring wardrobe today. I challenge you to buy a new colour – something bright that you don’t own. Do it. Love it. Spring is in the air! JD