We have all been fans of America’s Next Top Model. Whether you watched season 1 or went through all the installments, we are all fans. So the big question is, Jay or Tyra? Julie and I have always been Jay Manuel fans from start to finish. The sympathetic judge who still has enough edge to take a jab at the aspiring models – we think he is the cats meow. And on top of that, he is Canadian, born in raised in Toronto. Toot toot! So you can imagine we were delighted to hear he was working with Sears Canada, designing a collection for their home brand Attitude. Here are our favorite looks. CM
Photos by Silvia Drugea Photography
Tuesday night I headed to Brassai for the Alice in Wonderland themed party launching Beefeater 24‘s tea infused gin. Beefeater’s new gin, steeped in Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green tea, is surprisingly refreshing. It was mixed in five different cocktails for the evening – three was enough to get me hooked. We ordered the English Breakfast tea as we liked the packing; served in clear, modern tea cups, but when we saw the bartender crack an egg over the martini glass we were skeptical. Turns out the raw egg white was the marmalade listed in the ingredients. Didn’t matter though – the English Breakfast was the best drink served that evening. In the end, it was a great event and a the best way to pass a Tuesday night in the city. CM
Last Saturday night the infamous 90’s rock band Hole was in town, headed by the even more infamous Courtney Love. I went out with five blonde girlfriends (it just turned out that way) to catch a glimpse of our favourite blonde rocker. The experience was 100% nostalgic for all of us. I overheard girls at the concert arguing over who loved Love more. “I read her books, and I’ve seen all her movies and have even read Cobain’s biography!”. Well guess what? Me too and probably everyone else there! I was quite impressed with Love’s performance; she played all of the classics that we we’re dying to hear she hit them all dead on the nail. There were a few covers, but these left something to be desired and would have been better if they were left out completely and Gold Dust Woman played. Seriously – no Gold Dust Woman! The crowd was amazing and everyone there was rocking out/awestruck/screaming to Love. Half of the time my friends and I just laughed as we sung along to lyrics we’ve known by heart since the age of 12. “I’m the one with no soul. What about that one below?!” Umm yeah, we sang that in our parent’s basements in grade 7. I took a short video and as you know I am not a videographer, but I just wanted to get the crowds reaction so that you can have a laugh too. :P CM
Last Friday night I ventured out to Parts and Labour to celebrate a friends birthday. Upon getting out of the cab, we were surprised with a chalk board that read “Tonight HOLY F*#&, $10″. (I promised my mother I would not curse online.) The Toronto band held their after party at Parts and Labour to celebrate opening for Metric at the Molson Amphitheatre earlier Friday night. What was an even greater surprise was Holy F*#&’s opening band Bonjay. They are Toronto’s version of Santigold mixing reggae and R&B. I couldn’t find a good video of their single Gimmie Gimmie but check it out on their myspace. Here is a cover they did of Feist’s Honey Honey. It was a great night for live music in Toronto – for only ten bucks! CM
One more thing…I also ran into Casie Stewart and Michelle Foran at Parts and Labour. Loving those ladies and the Toronto blogging community!
We hit up a few vintage stores in Mirvish village recently and had some video fun while trying on a bunch of dresses and accessories. This store was super cute, but we can’t remember the name! You have to go down a set of stairs to get to it – does anyone know what it’s called?
Filed under Random, Style
When thrifting, my routine takes me through the women’s section and from there I move onto the men’s jacket and (sometimes) t-shirt department. I came across this double-breasted, hunter green jacket one day and although it is a tad on the big side, I knew I could make it work – it was only $6.99 after all. I had my tailor take in on the waist and the arms up and voila! the perfect men’s jacket. White blouse was thrifted for $3.99 , jeans from Uniqlo for $40 and shoes from H&M for $10.
The gold buttons are a plus!
Gold accessories to match the gold buttons. These were just purchased from H&M on Bloor for $6.95. They have a sale on right now – buy 2 pieces of jewelery get 1 free.
It was such a beautiful day in Toronto so I took a walk through Trinity Bellwoods Park and made my way over to Golden Turtle Restaurant on Ossington. First can I tell you that I just LOVE Trinity Bellwoods Park. I’ve lived a stones throw from it for the past 5 years so I’m partial to think it’s the best park in the city. It’s great for people watching, throwing a frisbee, playing tennis, or just hanging out with your dog. I don’t have a dog, but if I did I would take him there everyday. Trinity Bellwoods definitely has some stylish, weird, and interesting people who hang around. I saw this rough and tough guy – shaved head, tattoos, mustache, riding a bike with a tiny delicate dog sitting in a pouch hanging from the handle bars wearing sunglasses!! yes, the DOG was wearing little doggy sunglasses. What a bizarre sighting. I wasn’t quick enough with my camera but I’m going to be on the look out for this guy because you won’t believe me until you see it.
Here I am comfy cozy in my Vince riding pants, Century 21 jazz shoes ($30), chambray shirt from Zara ($45), nautical knit from Joe Fresh ($12), belt from a clothing swap ($0), and my friendship purse from I Miss You Vintage ($8). My Vince pants are not budget but they were a gift!
Golden Turtle is known for having the most delicious Pho in the city. This place is one of those no frills divey places that has amazing food for next to nothing. This big bowl of pho was about $5…I think I’ll be back in a few days, I find Vietnamese food so addictive. What’s your favourite divey restaurant in the city? Do share! JD
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
I seem to always have problems finding pants which is probably why I never wear them. Honestly, I wear no pants. I wear skirts. When I wear dress pants to work (approximately once every 2 months) my co-workers ask me, “what’s different?”. IT’S PANTS! They never seem to fit right but when I tried these on at Zara on Bloor Street I had to get them. Do you envision outfits from one piece of clothing? Upon this purchase I knew what I wanted the perfect white blouse to pair with them. After scouring the usual Bloor Street retailers, I hit up Value Village in Burlington and found this top for $3.99. A match made in heaven. Necklace is also from Value Village in Burlington at $6.99 and grey, suede pumps are from Nine West.
Every year the summer rolls around I crave the middle part.
It was cool in areas without the sun so I threw on my Zara trench. CM
I was finally able to make my way over to Hero Burger this week. Since opening a new location on the corner of Church and Wellesley, the joint has been packed for weeks with lines stretching to the door. In this pic I was talking about how crazy the $10 hamburger phenomenon has become in T.O. Seriously though, they are everywhere.
A few weeks back I picked up this jacket at H&M, Eaton Centre location, when they had their sale on jackets and blazers. All were reduced by $15 so after the discount it came to $25. Ah-mazing. T-shirt is from Zara on Bloor St. and jeans from Uniqlo.
Some boys have compared this jacket with Beetlejuice’s and I’m cool with that. I actually like to think of it as a reverse mullet – long in the front and short in the back.
The wedge shoes were a good find at The Bay in Burlington. They cost $12.
I can’t believe I’m actually sharing with you my dire need for a pedicure.
Hero burger was delish. I got the onion rings and my date got fries. Next time I will skip both (they were just meh) and get just the burger. The toppings alone are like a side dish anyway. CM