This is my mom’s maternity cape that she wore while she was pregnant with me. I was a giant baby by the way, coming in at 9 lbs 4 oz…and 1 month overdue. I love fat babies…maybe I knew I wanted to be one before coming out.
I added this cape to my coat collection because I was inspired by the capes at American Apparel. I noticed them in the window and suddenly remembered something similar in my mom’s closet. I called in a panic like I always do when I think something has been given away. It went something like this…
Me: “Mom? Do you still have that cape? Please don’t say you gave it away.”
Mom: “I might have given it to so and so’s daughter when she was pregnant, but it might still be here, let me check.”
Me: “No! you can’t give stuff like that away!”
Mom: “You’re in luck, it’s still in the closet.”
These types of conversations take place every few weeks. Last week I called asking about my leather backpack that came straight from Italy and the response was “we gave it to a girl in Cuba who really wanted it” – I couldn’t be mad at that one, but damn, kinda wish I still had it.
Domino jeggings ($50) from Lavish and Squalor
Steve Madden espadrilles ($50) Winners
Joe Fresh scarf $16
Angelo Damiano aviators (gifted) aka my grandfather’s sunglasses
I spent Thanksgiving day with my family in Niagara and what a great day it was. I have lots to be thankful for but three things that stood out were:
1) The outrageously gorgeous weather!
2) The fun I had playing with my adorable little cousins, and
3) The great finds I snatched from my Aunt’s overwhelmingly awesome closet (more on that in a second).
I’ve worn this floral dress before here, but this time I added a few layers because of the change in season.
Floral dress and tights are from H&M; army green jacket is from Esprit; grey cardigan is from Liquidation World; flat boots are by Steve Madden; and my purse is one of the great finds from my Aunt’s closet. Isn’t it great? Who needs a thrift store when you have an Aunt that saved everything dating back to the early 70′s? I took about 5 great items that I’ll be showing you in my upcoming outfit posts. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! JD
I dig the 70s look, but you’ll rarely find me in wide leg jeans. I’m more of a skinny jeans, cropped pants, leggings kind of girl, but it’s fun to change things up once in a while. These are the widest jeans I own by Seven for all Mankind – they kind of remind me of the jeans my mom wore here. I paired them with this multi-coloured top from FCUK that I bought on sale for $39. I decided to throw on a belt to give the look another layer, and my red Mary Jane espadrilles are the perfect pair of shoes for this pant. They are by Steve Madden and I found them at Winners on Bloor for $60. My gigantic sunglasses are also by Steve Madden from Winners for $12. Next time I want to wear this outfit with my top tucked in. I was feeling bloated this day so the tuck-in was just not happening. JD
I won’t name any names, but when I was in high school there was a guy who wore tight white jeans on every out-of-uniform day. He was bold. But not exactly stylish. That’s mean, I know.
For years every time I saw white jeans I thought of him and couldn’t bring myself to buy a pair, until now. I bought this pair from Joe Fresh for $19 and I love them! My polka dot top is from H&M; grey blazer is from Zara; and belt is from a clothing swap. These peep toe wedge shoes are by Steve Madden from Capezio on Bloor St. They were hiding in my closet so it was a treat to wear them again. I think I’m cured from not liking white jeans. Hurray! JD
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
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
Ice Fest took place in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood Feb. 20-21
I came dressed for the occasion in a Grandma Chic sweater that I bought years ago from a store called Neat Stuff - all you Niagara readers know what I’m talking about. My aviator hat is by Parkhurst; scarf is from Suzy Shier; legging pants are from Mendocino; boots are Steve Madden, and my belt was from a clothing swap party.
Grandma sweaters are the best. Comfy. Cozy. JD