A few weeks ago I told you about Levi’s new Bootcut Skinny jeans. I was asked to style 3 outfits wearing the new bootcut and it was a little tricky. I’m so used to tapered legs and just that tiny bit of extra material threw me off. But I realized they’re perfect for the weekend and running around in flats. I threw on my lace top from Vero Moda, leather jacket from H&M, brogue shoes, vintage bag, and necklaces from VV Boutique. Simple. Easy. Comfortable.
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…LA lady. Seamstress for the band. Love that song and especially this scene from my favourite movie. Must re-watch soon. I didn’t learn my lesson with the heat wave and decided to wear my white jeans yet again! Sometimes I get on a kick and wear the same things over and over.
Jeans are from Joe Fresh, top is an exceptional find from Value Village – it’s vintage Jacob! the tag looks like it could date back to 1990. Sweetness. Jean jacket is also a stellar find from Value Village – Vintage Levi’s! I can’t take credit for it though, it was a gift from my BFF. My favourite sky high heels are from Winners, belt is from a vintage shop, and my necklace is from Anthropologie.
Photography by Tania Alvarez
Don’t ask me why I bundled up with a blazer and dress shirt on a day hotter than Kenya. Actually I ditched the blazer and unbuttoned the top button, but still – it was a bit ridiculous. I saw my white jeans sitting on a pile of jeans and got the urge to wear them. My jeans are from Joe Fresh ($29), red checker top is from Value Village, blazer is from Zara, shoes are from Winners, and purse is from Cole Haan. New summer rule for me – no. more. pants! JD
Shopping at Value Village aka VV Boutique is always better outside of the city, so I went on a mission and hit up VV north and south of the city. I found some pretty sweet stuff. My favourite find was a pair of never-been-worn white leather shoes. Love them!! They have a perforated pattern pattered and are lace-up. I also found this floral and lace swing top that I belted with a vintage gold belt I already owned. I’m also wearing my yoga jeans by Second Denim that I can’t get enough of. Sunglasses are from Opticianado – the coolest sunglasses store in town. JD
Nikki was in town for a visit to Toronto, check out her post from the Island. It’s one of my favourite things about this city.
Sometimes it takes living in another city to really appreciate the little things Toronto has to offer. One of those little things being Toronto Island. We all have memories of petting goats or taking the ferry, but I have not been in over ten years. I was in town with my English man in tow and we decided to rent bicycles on a random week-day to see the city from another angle. We rode around all three islands and even perved on the nude beach! Have you ever seen the residential area of Ward’s Island? Whimsical, is the only word to describe it. How do I get on that property ladder? I wore a dress/belt combo from none other than the Value Village. Shoes were second-hand brand new from Monsoon in the UK.
Check out my British contributor – Nikki’s first post…..
When people ask me what I miss most about home, I inevitably say Taco Bell (miss you 7 layer burrito). But what I really miss are the Value Villages North of the 401. The gems that haven’t been ransacked by the youths of tomorrow. I found these pants at the Steeles Avenue West VV, for $7. A steal on Steeles! My top is from Ports 1961 (from Goodwill).
In London, there aren’t large second-hand Value Village type establishments, but rather boutique type ‘charity shops’. I’ve found that many natives frown upon shopping at charity shops, but ask me if I care! Nope!
My brand-new never-worn Zara shoes, were £5.00 at the FARA charity shop (money from purchases made go to Romanian orphanages) in my neighbourhood in SW London. My necklace was a gift, and sunglasses are from Accessorize (UK equivalent to Claire’s). Enjoy! NA
Photography by Anna Rake
These pics were taken post work at energyXchange studio. Julie and I fell in love with the studio over the past few months and are quickly going through the 20 classes we purchased on FabFind for $18 . Ridiculous I know. Either way, when they are used up, we will continue to frequent Jana’s Joga classes. They are intense but rewarding and Jana has motivated us like no other yoga instructor.
Here I am pre joga wearing my go-to summer pants – high-waisted, seersucker H&M numbers. My jacket is from Zara and pink top was a $4 purchase from VV Boutique. Trying to wear my favorite summer pieces before the summer comes to an end. Sigh. CM
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
Filed under Events, Style
So you would think that considering mine and Julie’s chain of events last Friday night that I would wear something that would be suitable for something like a marathon? That was not the case. I have been envious of this look by Kate Bosworth and have been waiting to interpret it my way the entire summer. I found this cream dress at H&M for $40. (Ladies there is also a black version with coloured polka-dots still on the racks.) I paired it with my red pumps from Spring (gift from Mom) and Nars lipstick in Jungle Red. Earring are from Banana Republic for $8 and my purse is a great Value Village find that I picked up in Burlington. It was a VV Boutique splurge for $14. CM
If you’re following us on Twitter you may have read that I repeated an outfit twice this week. Once at the Courvoisier event and the next night at the Bon Jovi concert. Normally I wouldn’t tell a soul, but I ran into one of my Courvoisier mixing partners and realized the jig was up. Can’t help loving an outfit. For this one it’s all about these boots from Spring that were $70. I know they will be my uniform for the rest of the summer. My dress was $35 from H&M on Bloor, necklace was $5 from Value Village in Burlington, purse was $6 from Value Village on the Danforth and sunglasses were $5 from Kensington Market. I’m all about the boots from now on. CM
This is as bad ass as I get. Studded gladiators, leather (faux) and gold jewelery. When I walked out the door wearing this, my boyfriend asked if I was going to style a hip-hop video. Hilarious. A sarcastic hilarious. He has so much to learn. Everyone knows that only two gold chains wouldn’t get me on camera for even a second. Ten is the minimum. Oh, I would also need a big butt and unfortunately I don’t have one of those. My faux leather mini is from H&M on Bloor for $20. T-shirt is from Zara for $19 and gladiators are from H&M for $15. Chain with the pearl is from VV Boutique in Calgary for $7 and the necklace with the crystal is from Forever 21 for $8. Ray-Bans were from the Sunglasses Hut boxing day sale, they were $60. Score! 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
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 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