Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
A few friends and I went to the grand opening of Mine101 on Thursday night, which despite its name, is not a bar, but a used clothing store operated by Women's Community House. The evening started on a bit of a sour note due to the unfortunate, and last minute, change of the start time for the fashion show, however, determined to make the best of things, we did some shopping, and chatted with people like Kate Wiggins, Executive Director of WCH, who has a delightfully wicked sense of humour, and Rachele, the charming woman who manages the store. Overall, I think it's a great addition to the small selection of second hand shopping venues in London. The store is bright and clean, and there was a well-chosen selection of excellent condition used clothing and accessories at more than reasonable prices. Sales seemed to be brisk, and while I was there, a woman found a pair of gently worn, magenta and lilac John Fluevog shoes for $20, and another left with a very nice red linen Liz Claiborne jacket for $14. Jeans are all $10 a pair. For the time being, any donations people wish to make to the store should be made through Women's Community House. The store is located in Bellwood Plaza, on Oxford Street East at Gammage, opposite the Loblaw's Superstore. Check their website for hours of
operation and more information about the store.
operation and more information about the store.
WCH Executive Director Kate Wiggins, looking very chic in her print dress and a pair of tan boots that she purchased from the store
The store had a good selection of accessories at very reasonable prices
Tattoos and patterned stockings adorned the legs of one shopper. And she had very cool boots!
I lusted after the funky leather jacket worn by WCH board member Sue Elliot
A stylish trio enjoy a lively conversation while bargain hunting
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
On Thursday this week (March 24th), Women's Community House is hosting a grand opening of their used clothing store, called Mine101 (thank you Sandra once again for your information gathering). The store is located in Bellwood Plaza, on Oxford Street, east of Adelaide, opposite the Loblaws Superstore. Doors open at 6 pm, and the fashion show (yes, there's a fashion show!) starts at 7 pm. I will be there, as a devoted fan of secondhand shopping, and a supporter of Women's Community House. Come on out, and if you wear something cool, you might see yourself on my blog.
Monday, March 21, 2011
On the street - grey suede lace-ups, perfect for the winter to spring transition
And in the stores - these fire-engine red Sorel rain boots are available at Apocalypse on Talbot Street (City Mom, these may be the red boots you've been looking for!), and also come in sunshine yellow and bright blue.
These chunky heels are more summer than spring, but you could always wear them with a pair of striped tights til the temperature gets up to 20. These are the kind of shoes I'm looking forward to wearing--I love anything with an ankle strap, and the colour goes with everything. You can find these, and other fabulous funky shoes and sandals at From Mars on Talbot Street.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
As I was sitting on the bus today, I looked up, and was rather surprised to find myself face to face with a bunch of rather cheerful looking hedgehogs. I have no idea where one would get a knapsack patterned with hedgehogs and mushrooms, but just knowing there was one out there, and a guy that would carry it, made me smile.
Monday, March 14, 2011
The pin is from a line of enameled copper jewellery made by a California jewellery company, Renoir, in the 1950's. This particular line was called "Matisse", and is very collectible.
Friday, March 11, 2011
The kind folks at the website OurLondon asked me if I would be interested in blogging for them, so as of today, you will be able to see me over there as well (it's all just part of my master plan to take over all of the media outlets in London). The posts will be similar, if not the same as what you're getting here, but if you haven't been to the site, I would definitely recommend a visit--there's a good mix of local news stories, event listings, general info about the Forest City, and contributions from bloggers such as myself, Kelly, from City Mom and Ken, of Rockin On: The Blog. A number of the writers, including the Content Manager, Laura Downs, are graduates of Western's Master of Arts in Journalism program. As my (paid) working life is spent assisting these students as they go through the program, I'm happy to see them putting their writing skills to good use.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This young woman's red boots, beret and gloves were a welcome splash of cheerful colour in a landscape covered in dirty snow and cigarette butts on a cold and rainy morning.
Monday, March 7, 2011
This was the outfit that I would definitely wear--leather and a silver crinoline from The Sentimentalist
The three outfits from The Sentimentalist - definitely channeling the 1950's
Have no idea where this dress was from, but it certainly shows off her kickass tattoo
One of the pro-feminist t-shirt designs featured in the show
some wise words on a long-sleeved T
Can't go wrong with black and white
The show ended with some cute knitted hats, scarves, and hoods. If you're interested in more info about any of the clothing in the show, please contact Sarah Scanlon at the Sexual Assault Centre of London.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I went to the "Anti-Fashion" Fashion Show hosted by Amazon Collective and the Sexual Assault Centre on Friday night, at the APK on Wellington Street. I was disappointed that the people in the audience didn't take the opportunity to have some fun with their clothes, given the theme of "anti-fashion", but most of the attendees, primarily women, with a few young guys thrown in, seemed to take that to mean jeans and sweaters, and as is often the case, the Forest City Fashionista felt a bit overdressed (just for the record, everything I wore was thrifted). The outfits presented featured local "Environmentally Friendly, Socially Conscious, and Sweatshop Free" clothing, from retailers such as Tribal Mountain, Talize, The Sentimentalist, and Ten Thousand Villages. Unfortunately, there was no hard-copy program that listed what clothing was from where, and although MC Sarah Scanlon gave an introduction to each section, she's one of the fastest talkers I've ever heard, so it was difficult to tell, and remember, where the outfits came from. The second half featured a lot of t-shirts with witty, pro-feminist, anti-establishment (how 1960's does that sound) messages made by P'Lovers, Unlearn, and Empowerment. I was happy to see the eclectic group of models in a range of ages, sizes and styles that were used to show the clothing. Below are some photos from the show, more to follow
MC Sarah Scanlon from the Sexual Assault Centre
Nautical stripes, military braid, and bold colours
Two outfits from Tribal Mountain
cozy and casual from Talize
This woman was one of my favourite models--she brought a funky vibe and great energy to everything she wore, including this layered look from Talize
One of my personal favourites - girly pinstripes
Friday, March 4, 2011
I was browsing in the store "A Gift of Art", on Richmond Street a couple of weeks ago, and my eye was caught by this:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Ran across this woman in her striking black and blue coat at the Farmer's Market. The blue design is stitched on the coat with yarn, which gives it a nice texture, and she's paired it with basic black so as not to distract from the strong statement of the coat itself. She's also got the height to carry it off and not look like the coat is wearing her.