I had the pleasure of attending the Jason Wu for Target event yesterday morning at their pop-up shop on King West. I’m usually not one to get hyped about designer collaborations with mainstream retailers, but this one was legit and I was pleasantly surprised! The pieces were pretty and feminine, and made me want to dress up and go for a spring walk while holding tulips in my hand. The best part was good quality material and affordable prices.
Jason Wu spoke to a crowd of excited fashion media and bloggers, and famed stylist Brad Goreski was in attendance too! Looking forward to the real Target stores. Sweetness. JD
Just got back from an amazing trip out west and I’m missing the mountain air. I stayed in Canmore and went snowboarding four days in a row – Sunshine Village, Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, and back to Sunshine. The views were incredible, it was sunny, and the weather was pretty mild. I’ve always wanted to experience those spots….it adds to my Canadian credibility.
I was a bit scared on the steeps and hurt my knee on a rock, but I’m still in one piece so all is good. Here are a few of my favourite shots….
The private roof top terrace I had last week in Mexico. Look at the happiness on that face. And today I’m wearing long johns under jeans, a long john top under a wool sweater, and a big puffy vest. I’m basically the Michelin tire man. Oh Canada. JD
If you’re looking for a dope new restaurant to try – you should definitely check out Grand Electric in Parkdale (1330 Queen St. W). I went there on the weekend and loved it. It’s a tiny little spot with good vibes, and most importantly mouth-watering delicious food. It’s tapas style Mexican and we tried a little bit of everything, but not everything so I’ll have to go back. We had tuna ceviche, shrimp tacos, Baja fish tacos, chicken, beef cheek and pork belly tacos, and a few more little plates. The menu is on the chalk board, and items are around $3 – $8. I can’t wait to go back….I’m hungry again. JD
I didn’t have my camera, so the pics are from here and here. Great food blogs :)
Whenever I’m asked how to define my style, I say “comfortably dressed up.” This outfit is a perfect example of that. It’s dressy because I’m wearing a dress and mink collar, but comfortable with wool tights and flat boots.
I bought this dress at H&M and it’s another versatile piece that can be worn year round with the right accessories.
The rest of my outfit…
Green anorak jacket – M for Mendocino
Beret – Joe Fresh
Mink collar – 69 Vintage
Purse – Vintage Coach
Tights – Winners
Boots – Cole Haan
Photography by Silvia Drugea
If you read the About section on this blog, I say I love songs with soul. I recently discovered Alex Clare and he has lots of it. He’s rad. He’s a British singer-songwriter composer from London, UK and his debut album was released this past July.
Side note – isn’t it weird when someone with a thick British accent doesn’t sound like they have a thick British accent when singing a song? This will forever baffle me. Take a listen to these tracks….
Damn Your Eyes
When Doves Cry
Do you ever wish you could get someone to put amazing outfits together for you without having to pay for such a service? If so, you’re in luck. If you didn’t know, Top Shop at Yorkdale has a personal shopping service that’s free of charge and it just so happens that their amazing personal shopper is a friend of mine. Meet Lindsay Bell. She has an impressive background in fashion, a wicked eye for detail, and puts outfits together so effortlessly, you’ll forget how difficult is. I caught up with Lindsay in the personal shopping suite and asked her a few questions….take a look-see. JD
Q&A with Lindsay Bell
JD How would you describe your style?
LB Modern vintage with a boho rock n’ roll edge. I can’t live without my leather biker jacket and a pair of vintage boots.
JD What are your favourite trends of the Fall/Winter season?
LB There are too many trends to choose from. I’m a firm believer in creating your own trend. All you have to do is pick something you love and wear it with confidence. But as a shoe gal, I would say don’t forget your platforms!
JD How should we dress for a holiday party in December if we want to look stylish and pretty?
LB I always start with shoes as they are my biggest vice! You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. For a holiday party, I would wear a platform ankle boot, tights, and high waist velvet shorts with a glitzy embellished blouse. Velvet is a great holiday fabric because it’s always rich in texture and colour. Throw on a blazer and you’re good to go!
JD What are the different types of looks you can style up?
LB Styling a look is about listening to the needs of the person you’re working with. The key to being a successful stylist is to not impose your own style on others. I can style anything you want according to your needs, but I’m good at business casual with a unique or creative edge, bohemian chic or grungy glam. However, I’m not tied to those, they just resonate with me.
JD What’s a good gift we can buy our best friend or sister for the holidays?
LB A good statement necklace can go a long way. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment and can easily complete an outfit. And who wouldn’t want the gift of that finishing touch?
JD Thanks Lindsay! How can people get in touch with you to make an appointment?
LB You can call me directly at 416-789-8666 or email me at email@example.com
I normally wear this dress in the summer with bare legs and boots of some sort, like I showed you here. But I noticed I’m short on dresses from constantly cleaning out my closet, so I decided to turn my summer floral dress into a fall outfit by adding a white button down shirt, black cardigan, and black tights. My belt is vintage, and it’s so tight it feels like a seat belt….in a good way. My bag and shoes are Cole Haan. The heel is sky-high and sadly I can only last 2 hours max. Lastly my green anorak jacket is from M for Mendocino. I want my next floral dress to be midi length, but can’t seem to find a good one. Let me know if you see one anywhere. Thanks. JD
Sunday’s weather was THE BEST. I hope everyone was outside to enjoy it. I did my favourite loop — a stroll down Ossington, Queen West, Trinity Bellwoods Park, and Kensignton Market. Stopping in and out of stores and coffee shops along the way, finishing with a few groceries in Kensington. Something sad to report – Badlands Vintage on Ossington closed, you know the one with the huge downstairs. Sad to see it go.
I finally went into the newish vintage store called Used at Queen and Spadina. The name is pretty awesome because most people use nicer words like “vintage” or “thrifted” but guess what? It’s used! It was pretty decent, and the prices were normal. There’s nothing I hate more than expensive vintage…unless it’s a designer dress of some sort. I will make an exception when I find my perfect Betty Draper dress. I know exactly what it should look like – just haven’t found it yet. JD
Trinity Bellwoods Park
I never knew Cabaret had a basement. Loved this bar/mannequin.
Random Fox head
Saturday afternoon snack: black cod sandwich from The Fish Store on College St. I love this place! JD
After the Pink Tartan fashion show, we went for a bite at Khao San Road for some delicious Thai food. We’ve been going to this place since the summer and it’s honestly the best. We always order the same thing and leave with hurting stomachs from eating too much! I love this place because it’s always busy and I like the story behind the couple who owns it. The guy is from Toronto and his wife (the Chef) is from Thailand…you can read about them here. They first opened Sukho Thai before starting Khao San Road and I always heard that it was amazing food. I’m craving it again. JD
Exciting news for stylish Torontonians — Toronto Life launched a special fashion magazine called Stylebook.
Exciting news for Seven Dollar Pants — we appeared in the premier issue that hit shelves yesterday! We were so honoured and thrilled when writer Alex Laws approached us for an interview.
As Editorial Director Maryam Sanati put it, the book features “designers, trends, tastemakes and the shops that have advanced the sartorial pursuits of our city….a tip of the hat to Toronto’s independent and tribal fashion sense.”
We think it really encapsulates Toronto’s amazing and bustling style scene. Pick it up and check out page 122. JD & CM xo
After a few days spent surfing in San Diego, I headed back to LA. In a weird twist of plans, I ended up staying at The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Ray for the rest of my trip. It was BEYOND bliss! I took advantage of the lovely pool, ultra soothing hot tub, delicious watermelon water, and the gorgeous surrounding views. It really is top-notch service that makes all the difference. The staff at The Ritz were on their game at any given moment. It was the. best.
I didn’t wear much other than a bathing suit for most of the time, but I decided to pseudo dress-up for this photo. I wore my purple convertible dress from American Apparel, flowing top from H&M, floppy hat from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Forever 21, and sandals from Spring.
On crazy, overwhelming days, I’m going to think back to the moments I spent floating on my back, staring at the palm trees and the moon while night swimming. Great memories. JD
I’ve been on vacation in sunny California for the past few days, loving life, taking it all in. I spent a few days in LA and now I’m in San Diego.
I felt very Kelly Kapowski in this outfit yesterday. I stole this Esprit crop top from my cousin back in ’94. It accidentally ended up in my suitcase after a vacation we took together, so I just decided not to give it back. Every time she came to my house, I would hide it. I never even wore it, I just wanted to have it. Sorry Camille!
My vintage Levi’s jean shorts are from Penny Arcade; gold belt is from Print Fine Vintage; sunglasses are from Forever 21; and my new floppy hat is by Goorin Bros from Urban Outfitters. JD
I had an awesome and delicious dinner at School Bakery & Cafe the other day thanks to the girls from HUG (The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide). They threw their 1 year blog birthday party there and gave dinner for 2 gift cards to those who attended. Pretty great gift!
I like Liberty Village but I don’t live there, so it’s easy to forget that they have great spots worth going to. School Bakery & Cafe is definitely one of those spots. It’s cute, the menu is delicious, and they have a patio that gives off a laid back vibe.
My date and I tried the calamari, jerk shrimp and pineapple, fish tacos, the bahme hang bowl, and the flat n’ chewy ice cream sandwich for desert. WOW. That was an amazing dessert. We decided to walk all the way home to burn some of it off.
They have an amazing brunch menu too. Check it out in Liberty Village at 70 Fraser St. You won’t be disappointed. JD
Straw hat – Joe Fresh ($10)
Coral t-shirt – H&M ($10)
Striped skirt – Forever 21 ($18)
Nail polish – Mermaid Tears by O.P.I
Sometimes the best part of an outfit are the shoes. I found this pair at Winners on Bloor and I’m glad I bought them. I wasn’t sure if I’d wear them enough but I’ve been wearing them quite a bit this summer. The platform toe makes the 4 inch rise bearable…even though I’m convinced I’ll be in orthopedics in 5 years time.
These pants are by Wilfred from Aritzia and I love wearing them because they’re soft and comfortable. This top was purchased at a thrift store in Belgium for 4 Euro. I’m actually wearing it backwards because I didn’t feel like sporting a high neck. See what it looks like non-backwards here. Belt is also vintage from my mom’s closet. JD
Someone told me I looked like Little House on the Prairie in this outfit, but CM stuck up for me and said “no, it’s a 70s inspired look.” Thanks CM, I think so too.
I love the look of a long 70s inspired maxi dress. I found this floral one at Forever 21 and was impressed with its quality. I paired it with my lace vest from H&M ($39), a vintage gold belt ($10), and platform shoes by Top Shop from LAB consignment ($99).
Nail polish is Mint Candy Apply by Essie. JD
Toronto is setting record temperatures right now. We would be the country’s equivalent to Phoenix – hot and the sun is relentless. This is not a complaint, just a statement. The weather is amazing. I kept it cool this day with a white, cotton Zara dress belted with a leopard print skinny belt from H&M. The Cole Haan shoes I’m wearing have turned out to be my purchase of the summer. I wear them with pretty much everything and they boost my 5’3 measurements to at least 5’7. CM
Dress – Zara
Belt – H&M
Necklace – Forever 21
Bag – Aldo
Shoes – Cole Haan
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
The sun provided a nice glowing backdrop for my nude number yesterday. The last time I wore this H&M skirt I was freezing here. I cringe at the thought of wearing black tights. WORST. What a difference the heat makes.
My necklace is a new/old find from a pop-up vintage sale I came across on the weekend. They were set-up outside of Bates and Dodds Funeral Home at Queen and Strachan. I thought it was odd, but checked it out anyway. The people were nice and the necklace was $5 so I bought it and didn’t let the funeral location bother me…but you could guess what went through my head, no?
Top + Shoes
Face top is by Chole from a UK sample sale.
Platform heels are by Top Shop from LAB Consignment. JD
The amazing staff at The Ten Spot graciously invited us to their Queen street beauty bar to try out their new service “The Works.”
The Works is a manicure + pedicure + facial done all at the same time – in one hour! Perfect for the busy woman living in the city, who doesn’t have time to sit around waiting for her nails to dry.
The experience was simply amazing. After a long and tiring day at work, we decompressed in white robes, chose fun polish colours while gossiping and sipping on delicious tea. A team of four extremely efficient estheticians took us to a peaceful little room and sure enough got all 3 services done in 1 hour. They worked quickly but still maintained a relaxing atmosphere. In fact it was so relaxing CM kept falling asleep! I was enjoying the amazing soundtrack one of the girls created for the service. Music really sets the tone. We were very happy with the end result – our faces felt soft and glowing and our manicure/pedicures were perfect.
Next time you’re feeling the need for a mini makeover but can’t find the time, consider The Works. Go with a girlfriend and treat yourself – you deserve it!
The Ten Spot has two locations – one on Queen West and one on Queen East. Click here for more info.
We’ve been loving the scorching heat that’s graced us this month, but if you live downtown, you know that finding a place to soak up the sun can be difficult. Toronto definitely has great outdoor spaces – you just have to branch out a bit. If you’re unfamiliar with Toronto’s beaches, you should check out the Beach City guide from NOW magazine.
One great place to start is Sugar Beach – it’s the whimsical park located at the foot of Lower Jarvis, beside the Redpath sugar factory (hence, Sugar beach). Some people call it a “fake beach” because you can’t actually go in the water, but they have eye-catching pink umbrellas and Muskoka chairs! Other perks – they have a splash pad near by and Joe Fresh is a quick 1 minute walk away if you feel like shopping. It’s a great little escape that you don’t have to go too far for. JD
Striped tunic – Joe Fresh ($24)
Straw hat – Kensington Market ($10)
Beach bag – Wal-Mart ($7)
Sunglasses – Winners ($12)
While walking along College street this weekend, I came across an adorable little store called The Arthur. They sell antique home decor and unique vintage items that encapsulate little pieces of history. They opened an online store a year ago and the College street shop opened a month ago. I just loved it. It reminded me of The Drake General Store, but much more authentic….and more affordable. If you’re looking for cute home accents but aren’t the best at antiquing — this is a great place to start. Check it out at 550 College st (at Euclid). JD
On the walk back, I fed my summer nostalgia soul by jumping through every sprinkler I came across. The best.
Jean shorts – Levis 501 from Club Monaco
T-shirt – H&M
Sunglasses – Cheap Monday
Canvas shoes – Payless
So two great things about this outfit. 1) This onesie was lifted from the racks of a Toronto Value Village . 2) Having a friend (ours is Courtney Draycott) who has an eye to spot such exciting pieces. I ran around town in this nautical number last Wednesday night, starting at “Terraza di Peroni” held at Malaparte – the roof top at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. It was my fist time in the building and heading up to the 6th floor patio on a hot summer night allowed for a great introduction. Peroni was flowing and guess what – the golden beer matched my gold buttons. Score! CM
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Do like oysters or do you LOVE oysters? CM loves them and just recently she told me I don’t appreciate the finer things in life because I only kind of like oysters. I was a bit offended, but my come back was “that’s not true, I like lobster.” She quickly dropped it.
In any case, if you’re up for a good oyster party be sure to check out the 23rd Annual Ontario Oyster Festival this Sunday, July 17th at Rodney’s Oyster House. A $30 ticket gets you two drinks and six oysters or a bowl of chilli. It also supports Environmental Defense, Canada’s most effective environmental action charity.
Come out and enjoy freshly shucked oysters, live bands, DJs, and a shucking competition where the winner will go on to represent Ontario at the Canadian championships in P.E.I. For tickets, please call 416-363-8105 or purchase at the gates. Even begins at 2:00 pm in the alley beside Rodney’s Oyster House at 469 King St. W. Cheers! JD
Photo Credit: Brad Conrad/Julius Chapple
I wanted to wear my Joe Fresh maxi dress to work yesterday, but the racer back isn’t office friendly, and it was far too hot for a blazer. Solution – I threw on my favourite billowy sheer top from H&M. I kept my top on in the office and ditched it the second I walked outside.
I paired this look with vintage gold accessories and clogs from Banana Republic ($23). Sunglasses are by Cheap Monday and as my Dad pointed out – they look like John Lennon sunglasses. I’m really feeling the circular frames this season. What about you, have you changed up the shape of your eye wear? JD