As soon as I saw this horse top at H&M I had to have it. I don’t even like horses, I just liked the pattern, colours, and material. I’ve since seen a number of gals wearing it around the city so it’s quickly losing it’s appeal, but I’m sure I’ll continue to wear it throughout the fall season. I guess this is as animal print as I get. CM loves leopard but it doesn’t suit me, so I’m good with the horses.
I paired my new top with a blush coloured skirt from H&M, vintage purse from my mams, socks from Urban Outfitters, and cute new booties by Dollhouse – found at Winners on Bloor. My aviators are my grandpops. JD
Photos by Tania Alvarez
I went to a clothing swap party a few weeks ago and got this vintage crop top that I’ve been loving. It’s perfectly worked in and just plain rad. There are a lot of layers going on with this outfit, so I’ll break it down head to toe…
Tan floppy hat – H&M
Vintage aviators – my grandfather’s from the 70s
Silk top – Joe Fresh
Army green jacket – Esprit (from one hundred years ago)
Domino jeans – gifted
Vintage gold belt – Print Fine Vintage (College St.)
Vintage coach purse – randomly found at a College St. pop-up sale for $5
Chinese Laundry heels – Winners on Bloor
Photos by Tania Alvarez
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
Do you ever buy the same piece of clothing over and over again until you get it right?
I’ve bought about 5 grey sweaters in the past year but they haven’t been quite what I was looking for – until I found this one. It has just the right look – a draped effect but fitted too, a nice pattern of knit, and it isn’t too bulky that it looks like a grandma sweater. It’s by DEX Clothing and I found it last week at Winners on Bloor for $24. JD
I’m also wearing:
* My old man driving cap, Kensington Market $11
* Silk boyfriend shirt, Joe Fresh $39
* Tapered cargo pant, Union Bay from Alloy.com $60 (after tax and shipping)
* Lace-up boots, H&M $69
* Leather moto-gloves, Aldo $24
* Cashmere scarf by Arnold Brant (gift)
I walked out my door the other day and this woman was setting up a small table of vintage accessories to sell. Two purses caught my eye within seconds and when she said $5 each – I said “I’ll take both of them please.” And off I trotted to the grocery store with an extra bounce in my step. The purse shown here is leather and zebra fur and it reminds me of the Deena & Ozzy Pony purse from Urban Outfitters. The other purse is a small leather messenger style, and I’ll show that in a later post. I’m also wearing a skirt as a dress from Club Monaco with a Forever 21 belt and a vintage necklace I got from a market in Belgium. Are you going to incorporate animal print to your Fall wardrobe? JD
After The Stills concert, CM & I stumbled upon a very old and very cool jalopy of a truck in the Distillery District – perfect backdrop for my military green dress. I got this last week at Winners on Bloor for $50. It’s actually by the same brand as this dress here. I like that military green is a big colour for fall because my eyes are a hazel-greenish colour and I’ve been meaning to buy something in this shade for a while. If you’re tired you’re supposed to wear something similar to your eyes to make you look un-tired. I think it works too.
My perforated high heel shoes are by Dollhouse also from Winners on Bloor, and my necklace came from a vintage market in Belgium for 4 euro. The dad-like Casio watch I’m wearing is from a little boutique found in Le Marais quarter of Paris. I originally spotted it at Collette for double the price — glad I didn’t make an impulse purchase there. When it gets a little colder I’ll wear this dress with polka dot tights and a leather jacket. JD
PS – click here to listen to one of my favourite songs – Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes.
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 love wearing hats! I have a large collection of hats and I’m always on the look out for new and interesting styles. The fedora I’m wearing here is by Goorin Bros. and it’s great to wear when I can’t be bothered with my hair. I got this floral dress in Amsterdam, but it’s from H&M and available in Canada too. I thought this style wouldn’t be sold in the Canadian stores, but we really do get all the same great stuff they do in Europe. My moto-inspired jacket is from H&M as well, and my high-heeled booties are by Dollhouse from Winners. I might bust this look out again with combat boots or flat vintage boots. JD
Every time we check our Facebook homepages it seems everyone is getting married. How are we supposed to keep up with a new party dress for each one?
The Goal: find multiple budget friendly dresses
Where: Off the top of my head I always recommend checking FCUK, Mendocino on Bloor, Zara, Winners, and Cors Boutique on Queen West. Cors sells dresses by the likes of Catherine Malandrino, BCBG, Nicole Miller, and Betsey Johnston for a fraction of what they’re supposed to cost. I’m not sure how, but I don’t ask questions. I try on, I like, I buy.
The dress I’m wearing here came from Winners on Bloor for just $60. I wore it to my cousin’s wedding and got quite a few compliments on it. I like the fun zipper detailing and the way it bounces and moves when I walk.
Tip of the day: always be on the look out for great party dresses even if you don’t have an event coming up. Another invite is bound to land in your mailbox soon. And if not, throw a fancy dress party. Just be sure to invite us! JD
PS – excuse the band-aid on my leg…I forgot it was there.