…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
I’ve been out of town and disconnected this week, feels good not looking at a clock or computer. I took a trip to Montreal – one of my favourite cities. The bf and I enjoyed all the city has to offer, including their legendary jazz festival. The weather was pretty much perfect and super hot. To keep comfortable and cool on the hottest day, I wore a soft cotton striped skirt from Winners with a thin t-shirt from H&M, paired with canvas shoes, a vintage purse, and my hair in a top knot bun. We covered so much of the city and had a blast. I’ll share some of my favourite spots tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Yesterday I wore my high waist midi skirt from Forever 21. I really love this trend but, it took me a few tries before getting used to it. I had to play around with extra pieces and accessories to feel satisfied with the whole look. I paired it with a crop top from American Apparel, lace vest and leather jacket from H&M, a vintage necklace, and shoes from Winners. I feel very late 1960s in this outfit and I’m excited to style up something similar with my other midi length skirts. If you haven’t embraced this trend yet, try it out for something fun.
Canadian tuxedo, double denim, forever in blue jeans is what I’ll be. Oh Neil Diamond, click here for the tune. I used to rock out to that as a kid. With my dad. In the car. Keep listening, it gets good when he belts out.
Here I’m wearing my most comfortable pair of jeggings by Canadian label – Domino. I paired it with my denim shirt from Zara, and nubuck boots from Cole Haan. Giant scarf is from H&M, leather gloves from Winners, and my parka is by Talula Babaton from Aritzia (old). Have a wonderful weekend wearing blue jeans! JD
Photography by Tania Alvarez
Yesterday I decided to have a beach day in the middle of winter. I took a stroll down Lake Erie in Port Colborne and took a few shots along the way. My red jacket is from Winners, hat is vintage/my mom’s, jeans are by Rich & Skinny, and my boots and bag are by Cole Haan. Hope you enjoyed the sunny winter day. JD
Photos by my Mom
Someone told me they liked my vintage outfit today. I took it as a compliment but actually none of it is vintage. This skirt is a new purchase from Durumi and Chocolate Shoes – a cute little store on Queen West. A new fave of mine. Polka dot blouse is from Winners; vest is from H&M; silk scarf is by Dion Neckwear; and my leopard boots are from Top Shop. Cheers! JD
I’m really into the peter pan collar trend. I bought this dress because I liked the crochet collar and I’m on the hunt for removeable collars that I can add to other outfits. My dress and sunglasses are from Forever 21, jacket and shoes are from Winners. The cupcakes I’m eating are from The Wedding Cake Shoppe on College. They were delicious. JD
p.s – I’m wearing sunglasses inside because I thought I had tired eyes.
p.p.s – My rings are vintage.
Photos by Tania Alvarez
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
This look was inspired by a picture I saw of Alexa Chung. She didn’t have all the polka dots going on, but it was the same idea – camel colour cardigan, jean shorts and tights. I love finding a picture of an outfit I dig and realizing I have all similar pieces in my closet. If you want a different feel to your weekend wear, switch to jean shorts and tights instead of wearing jeans all the time. Actually, I used to hate this look but it grew on me. It’s fun to try different things with your wardrobe, so why not?
Cut-off jean shorts – Levi’s
Maroon belt – Joe Fresh
Polka dot top – Winners
Cardigan – Forever 21
Lace-up booties – Cole Haan
Fur collar – taken from my parka
Tights – H&M
Hat – Goorin Bros.
Purse – Vintage
Photos by Tania Alvarez
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
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)
I don’t drive or own a car, but today a friend and I rented a car to go down to Niagara. While pumping gas in my 4 inch heels, it made me think of that ridiculous section of US magazine called “Stars – they’re just like us!” They grocery shop, go to Starbucks, and *gasp* they even pump their own gas!!! Can you imagine? What a crazy thing! JD
H&M Dress $49
Dollhouse heels from Winners $80
Cheap Monday sunglasses $30
While washing my face yesterday morning, I didn’t mind the giant bun and hairband look I had going on so I decided to stick with the hair do but make it a little more polished for work.
Because my hair was so big, I decided to wear something tame. I wore my classic white button down shirt by Hugo Boss with my Joe Fresh paper bag princess skirt, aka my staple piece for Spring/Summer. I’m quite happy to finally start wearing it!
Also shown: headband from Winners, lace-up booties from Spring, trench coat from Zara. JD
I found this thin knit at Winners last week and was attracted to its flimsy draped shape, but the fact that it was see-through made me question if I should buy it or not. But then I had a brilliant idea to buy an ivory lace body suit from American Apparel, and voila it worked. I paired it with my cargo pants, striped scarf, and amazing clogs from Banana Republic. I have to thank CM for these shoes because she discovered them first and was nice enough to put a pair on hold for me because I wasn’t in town that day. Thanks CM! They are probably the steal of the season coming in at $23! That’s just incredibly satisfying. JD
I woke up on Sunday morning to the sun beaming through my curtains and onto my face, forcing my eyes to flicker a few times before officially waking up. As much as I wanted to sleep in, I couldn’t be mad at the sun. Instead I decided to seize the day with a long winter walk. I bundled up with a few layers and off I went to the lake for a 2 hour walk. Yes, 2 hours. It was -17 with the wind chill, but I was sweating walking through shin deep snow. It was a great workout and made me appreciate nature. I say all of this because of the sun. If it was overcast and dark, I wouldn’t have left my bed, or I’d walk around my apartment with my duvet hugging me like a giant cape. So I’d like to thank the sun for making my day a good one. JD
What I wore underneath my parka:
* Scuba hoodie by Lululemon (gift)
* Moto-leggings by Domino Jeans ($50)
* Technica Moon Boots from Big Foot on Queen West ($90 on sale)
* Vintage-inspired vest from Winners ($24)
* Pins on my vest from my Dad’s ski pin collection – read about it here.
I kind of feel like a librarian in this outfit, but that’s ok – librarians are cool. The best librarian I knew was a man who worked at DB Weldon Library at UWO. My friends and I called him “Old Man Beard” – we never knew his real name. If you went to him with a question, he would get so excited and would basically do your entire project for you. This is why we loved Old Man Beard….he was also nice and passionate about his job. We were always psyched to see him working and never wanted to talk to any of the other librarians.
This long cardigan was found at Winners for $29 and I paired it with my grey pants from Zara, brown belt, brown shoes, and a boat load of accessories. I love accessories. These pants are the cropped type so when I sit down I have to make sure I have cool socks on because the socks show. This grey and white striped pair is from Joe Fresh. I bought a pack of 5 for $10. Steal! JD
I contemplated wearing yoga pants and a hooded sweatshirt on this lazy Sunday but I decided I could wear comfortable clothes without looking like I was headed to the gym, so I wore this instead, and was equally as comfortable.
I bought this lady-like hat in Australia years ago and it’s by Kangol. It’s one of those purchases I love and never really wear, but will hold on to forever.
I’m also wearing:
* Distressed jeans, Joe Fresh ($29)
* Charcoal top with lace shoulders, Winners ($19)
* Dex chunky knit sweater, Winners ($24)
* Cowboy boots, vintage store on Dundas ($10)
Next time you’re temped to leave the house in “house clothes” (as Italians in Italy would say), reach for a pair of jeans and a knit sweater instead – you’ll feel like less of a bum and you’ll be glad you did. JD
This is my “hurry up and take the picture, I’m so cold” dance.
Thanks for taking the pics Mom! xo
As CM mentioned, we were recently invited to a taping of the hit CBC show Battle of the Blades. For those that don’t know what the show is about – it’s kind of like Dancing with the Stars but with professional figure skaters and ex-NHL hockey players. The show has gained a lot of attention and is aired in the US as well. Go Canada! The performances were great, and I especially loved the Bollywood Slumdog Millionaire routine performed by Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois. The outfits were vibrant and fun, and Patrice was the nicest to look at of the male contenders. You can catch Battle of the Blades every Sunday and Monday at 8 pm on CBC.
I wore my new Roots socks to the show and I was quite impressed by them. Yes, even socks excite me! I like the look of great socks poking out the tops of boots, and not only did they look good but they were extremely warm too. Perfect for the studio arena we were in.
I also wore:
* Denim jeggings, Costa Blanca
* Denim shirt, Zara
* Chunky knit cardigan, DEX (Winners)
* Old man driving cap, Kensington Market
* Lace-up boots, H&M
And this is my deer caught in headlights look (wasn’t ready for the camera!)….. JD
Filed under Events, Style
Last Friday marked the grand opening of the Sony Centre for Performing Arts. It also marked the grand reopening of the historic Toronto theater and its 50 year anniversary. Julie and I were there to attend the Toronto premiere of Cirque Eloize and while I would have liked a dance sequence to Britney Spears’ Circus, we really enjoyed the show of extremely talented performers. We were very impressed!
Here I am wearing my $30 Winners leopard print dress belted with a $6 Joe Fresh patent belt. Shoes are from Aldo for $25, jacket is from Club Monaco, hat from Zara and patent bag is Marc by Marc Jacobs. Do you like my new lipstick? I was excited to find the perfect pinky-nude. It is Kinda Sexy by Mac. CM
While walking though one of my favourite neighbourhoods of all-time – Kensington Market – an old man, probably around 85 years old says to me “nice hat, you look like a cool cat.” It was too cute and made my day. This hat is by Goorin Bros. and it reminds me of the hats my Nonno used to wear – and he was a very cool cat. My plaid shirt came from Winners; white t-shirt and jeans are from Joe Fresh; canvas shoes are from Wal-Mart ($8!); and I picked up these sunglasses in Kensington for $5. Gotta love the huge array of sunglasses – I get excited every time. JD
While Tuesday marked the first day of school for many students, for me, it was the first day of layering. How is it that Labour Day passes and instantly chilly nights and cool mornings set in? I had to layer my $35 Gap dress for my journey to and from work with my Club Monaco leather jacket and $13 H&M scarf. Boots are from Winners for $40 and tights are Hue from The Bay. CM
I wore this outfit to a big party once with cowboy boots and giant hair – it was sort of a saloon girl look. I’ve been waiting to bust it out again but in a tamer way. I found this double crinoline tutu at a vintage store called Flashback in Kensington Market for $35. They have a ton of these fun skirts in all sorts of colours. I paired it with a black tank from Jacob, a rose belt from Glamourous Place on Yonge street, and high heel booties by Dollhouse from Winners. Christine and I are going to the Scissor Sisters concert next week so maybe I’ll wear it. I don’t know – it’s between this or something leathery or neon or spandex. Stay tuned! 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 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