Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’
Taking vacation in April causes you to come home assuming the weather will have miraculously turned to late spring, early summer temperatures. Of course, living in Canada, this is not the case. These days we never know what to expect and this is not exemplified better than on the streets of Toronto; neon shorts and sandals (too soon), wool coat and all black everything (brighten up, the sun is shining). This is the time of season that confuses the masses and begs me to question others judgement.
Since it’s actually been in the 20s this week — I am the happiest girl south of Wellington — I decided to pull out all the stops and declare ’tis the season for bare legs (if paired proportionately with heavier layers)! My definition of this is of course, bright Club Monaco lace and booties, because you can never have too many of either.
Spending the holidays in Ottawa means experiencing a White Christmas. This year is no exception — my sister and I traveled home on the busiest travel day of the year, and flew from our mild, concrete jungle (love) to a snowy wonderland (love love, temporarily). Approximately 45 cm of snow fell over Ottawa on December 21, marking a record snowfall in 24 hours.
Something about the snow is so magical. Since Toronto rarely gets snow, coming home for the holidays is extra special and makes me a little nostalgic.
The fresh snow has been falling for three days, and it’s almost like glitter is falling from the sky.
I hope you’re enjoying some sparkle this holiday season!
Fashion shoulders have been keeping their wearers semi-warm all over the world — from Toronto to Paris, New York to Milan and so on. Have you spotted any fashion shoulders lately? Think of the preppy throw a Ralph Lauren sweater around your shoulders and loop the arms thing, but way more chic. “Oh my shoulders and biceps are chilly, but I’m not so sure my torso is feeling the same.” Get it?
photos via The Sartorialist
To create this look simply place coat, jacket or cardigan over shoulders, using your body as a coat hanger. Fashion shoulders are best warn in mild weather, primarily the seasons of spring and fall when the weather can change direction in a matter of seconds. This trend has been spotted in a tough leather form, on men, as a coverall dress, and over another jacket of the jean sort. For the chicest look, choose a structured wool jacket or a trench with leather accents.
While I’m not one for quotes, sometimes these visual posters about the facts of life that get me. I’ll post these here as a reference to myself — I think it could also be neat to have these framed around the house as a daily reminder. If it’s in your line of vision on the daily it’s bound to be much more influential.
((be yourself – sometimes it’s hard to forget about expectations and stereotypical ways of life))
((ok so this isn’t inspiring at all, but it’s the truth that it’s my favourite smell of summer))
((the factor of the ‘better’ unknown – always quite intriguing, but mostly it’s best to appreciate what we got))
Happy Friday! Today I’ve successfully snagged some Neil Young tickets for his Toronto concert in November. Here’s promising that next week will be full of interesting posts.
Home decor has always been something that I’ve taken an interest in, but lately it’s been especially on my mind. I find it hard to really take on decor in a home that I am unsure I will be able to call my own in six months (side note: I’ve moved 5 times since moving to Toronto 4 years ago). It’s also hard for me to commit to decorating my current condo when it’s not exactly my dream home. I dream of living in an older house, with exposed brick and a Queen West postal code. For now I’ll just settle for a Pinterest board, suitably titled Life As a House.
((this year’s goal is to read more, so this reading nook looks amazing))
((one day a dressing room/office space will be mine – having my clothes on display is oddly very appealing))
((if I were in my “when I grow up” home now, I would have a wall like this))
Often, I walk by a cute store just west of Queen & Spadina — Dumuri, and occasionally I just may stop in. Today, I’m glad I did. With all merchandise imported from Korea, the products are too precious to pass up. Lately I’m loving dainty, thin rings, it’s a definite change from the fingerfuls of rings that everyone and their BFF, me included, wore from pinkie to thumb. This gold tiny heart ring is so cute and simple, I know it will be my new classic.
This Easter Sunday, (Happy Easter Monday!) I opted for painting polka-dotted nails instead of eggs. Quite frankly, I don’t have the patience to poke a pin hole through the shell, remove the yolk and white from the egg, and decorate the shell ornately, attempting to compete with my 6-year-old creative self. I also own an approximate ratio of 1:28 of acrylic paint to nail polish, so the odds were in my fingertips’ favour.
For this simple design I alternated using (from thumb to pinkie) Saint Germain in Sea Green, Zoya in Wednesday, Zoya in Shelby, Essie in Action, and Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect in Sorbet. To dot nails, use the tip of a toothpick — I used Essie in Blanc to create the polka dots.
Overall, I think this weekend was well deserved, and I spent most of it relaxing. With my parents and friends visiting Toronto for the weekend, dinners at my sister’s new apartment were assumed and slumber parties were necessary for BFF catch up. How did you all spend your long weekend?
I’m not sure if I’ve ever expressed how much I love sheer garments. It has come to my attention that a moderate collection of sheer blouses have accumulated in my closet. Some may say scandalous, but I think they’re rather pretty and feminine, and as we all know underwear has become outerwear, so why not show off your lovely laceys?
Top Left to Bottom Right: Cecico (Bicyclette), Club Monaco, Costa Blanca, H&M, Evil Twin – leopard (Bicyclette), Aritzia Wilfred – black tank
I may try to pull off the sheer maxi dress this summer, although I’m not quite sure how the people of Toronto would take to me showing off my itty-bitties to the entire city. I’ll at least opt for a pleated maxi skirt.