Sunday, January 31, 2010

It's All About the Boots

I love boots like this, on women or men.  The straps and buckles give them a bit of a Mad Max vibe and the flat heel makes them practical, but without losing the "don't mess with me" feeling.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Rear View - Pt. 2

I was following this guy for a block trying to get a shot that showed his belt--he has it buckled at the rear instead of the front, which I thought was pretty cool (completely impractical if you have to get out of your pants in a hurry, but cool just the same).

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Rear View

I saw this guy walking ahead of me three different times in the same day, never got to see him from the front.   I liked the contrast of the bright blue against the darker colours, and the slim fit of his jacket.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hot Pink on a Cold Day

The first thing I noticed was her pink and grey knit skirt, then I saw the bracelet--both add such a great pop of colour against the black, grey, and cream of the rest of her outfit.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Boy Next Door

Well, not next door to me, unfortunately.  He works at a store on Queen Street West in Toronto called "Next Door".  Great look, from the vest to the boots--he wouldn't look out of place in a shop in London (England) or Paris.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Self Portrait in Ruffles

Yes, it's a first--a photo of me on my blog (although my legs have appeared before).  I love party dresses, but don't have the kind of lifestyle that provides many opportunities to wear them, so when I found this dress on sale at Frilly Lizard, and was able to dress it down with the cardigan and tights I had on that day, I had to have it.   I wore it to the Cool Mothers CD release last night, and it was the ideal dancing dress.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Fabulous Coat

When a co-worker of mine walked into the office wearing this coat (which I know she got at Saffron Road), I had to get a shot of it for my blog.  I had seen this coat in a fashion show in the fall, and loved it then, and now that I got to see it close up, I think it's freaking amazing.  The cream and black pattern is yarn stitched onto the coat, and then, there is the weird but wonderful addition on the back:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Colourful Accents on Talbot Street

Another great knitted scarf--so nice to see some bright colour in a winter that has been seriously lacking in sunshine.  I like the different coloured laces in her boots!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Classy Casual

This man is wearing the basics that a lot of young men wear--the timberland boots, loose jeans, and baseball cap, but he's ramped it up a notch--I like that the crotch of his jeans isn't at his knees, that the jacket is a cool plaid instead of covered in dollar signs or skulls, and I especially like the messenger style bag.  Even the baseball cap is an unusual colour.  Then, I saw this guy a week later, and he was wearing exactly the same outfit, right down to the cap and messenger bag.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dark and Delightful Dolls at Apocalypse

Since I posted about the store Apocalypse back in December, I've been curious to see how well the owner would use the gallery space in the rear of the store.  I really liked the art that was there in December, and was happy to see that as of last week, a new exhibit has been installed called "The Light In The Dark".  Most little girls at some point in their lives have played with dolls, and some girls grow up to continue to play with them, with wonderfully creative results.  Jacqui Gallant, one of the owners of Addictive Tattooing on Dundas Street, is one of those girls, only now she's a woman who makes gorgeously detailed, more than slightly creepy, and incredibly mesmerizing dolls out of polymer clay.  Some of her dolls are now on display at Apocalypse, along with paintings by two of her co-workers at Addictive.   Below are photos of two of my personal favourites in the show.  The dolls are approximately 8 or so inches high, with names, and some have detailed stories that are displayed with them.  Most of them are for sale, and if anyone is looking to get me a present for any reason, I really like the red-head, whose name is Addison.  You can find more information about the dolls (called Odd Dollz) on Jacqui's Blog , or at her online store

Unexpected Sparkle

On a damp, grey day in January, the last thing you expect to see on the street, at least, in London, Ontario, is gold sequins, but, here you are.  This shouldn't work, and I'm sure that for a lot of people, it doesn't, but then this is not a "fashion" blog.  She's demonstrating that personal style is not about wearing what's "in",  but about wearing what makes you happy.

Note:  After I posted this, the girl in the photo posted a comment explaining that she had just come from a photo shoot in Victoria Park with the theme of "Glamour", (which kind of disappointed me, it made me happier to think she just dressed like that for no particular reason) and she said her outfit made more sense when you saw what was under the jacket, so;

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hipster Layering on Queen West

This guy was getting his photo taken by his friend, and so I took the opportunity to take a shot of him too.  I couldn't really figure out the layering, he has a nice longer black coat on under the puffy jacket.  I like the shoes and the sunglasses, not so much the cigarette...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let's Hear It For the Boys

This seems to be men's week on the Forest City Fashionista, which is rather surprising, given that London is not known for its stylish male population.  Perhaps it's luck, or, I've discovered where all the well-dressed, attractive men hang out (that would be either the Market, or on Talbot Street).  These two were doing some shopping at From Mars, when I pulled them out into the cold to take their photo.  I like the whole look, from the hair, to the oversized shoulder bags, to the shoes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Many Moods of Joel

To those of you who frequent the Covent Garden Market, particularly the coffee emporium known as Hasbeans, Joel, and his refreshingly eclectic style is a familiar sight.  You never know from one day to the next which Joel you're going to get.  It could be Bohemian Joel:

or, it could be Rock n Roll Joel:

Personally, I'm just happy that there are people like Joel, whose creativity, confidence, and cheerful personality brightens my day

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Serious Style Envy...

There are a few style blogs that I follow regularly, and I find I am especially enamored of those that are based in New York, which happens to be my favourite city in the world (so far).  There is a lot of style on the streets of NYC, much if it expensive, some of it crazy, most of it inspiring.  I recently discovered nycrunfashion, which follows the style established by The Sartorialist, of capturing shots of stylishly-dressed people out on the streets, going about their daily business.  In larger cities like NY, I often see people whose look I wish I could adopt as my own, but I realize that either because of age, body type, money, or personality (sometimes all four), it wouldn't work.  The woman in this photo, from nycrunfashion, is giving me a serious case of style envy, in fact, I want to be her, I don't care how messy her life is. 

Just so we're clear, I DID NOT take this photo.  It is from the blog, nycrunfashion and I am emailing the owner immediately to ask his permission so that he doesn't sue me for posting it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Hair, the Face, the Docs

This is one of my favourite photos that I have posted so far--there is so much I love about her look; the hair, the button-down shirt, the white docs, and her face--those brows and that bone structure!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just Missed it...

 I was taking a photo of someone outside the Eaton Centre, when out of the corner of my eye, I see this man dressed entirely in white coming towards me, barely two feet away, and I'm so stunned by the sartorial elegance, that he was gone before I could get a photograph of him from the front.  I am left with this shot of him walking away, and the memory of a cream-coloured silk tie, and possibly satin lapels.  Even from the back, it's a serious style statement, and what a contrast with the dark-haired woman next to him.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Furry Hat - Part 1

It was really cold in Toronto last week, and these big furry trapper-style hats were everywhere, on men and women.  Aside from being incredibly warm, I thought that they also looked good, especially on young women like this one, dressed for the weather in her dufflecoat and Sorels.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Young Man in a Skirt - Queen Street West

While in Toronto this week I made a trip to Balisi on Queen West.  I had never been in the store, but I had read about it, and they carry really beautiful, and unique clothing, accessories, and funky footwear by Fly London, Eject, El Naturalista, etc.  I got a beautiful fedora made by Liliput Hats, half-price, but  I digress.  For me, the other great find in the store was this young man, who is a perfect example of someone with no fear when it comes to personal style.  Personally, I love the look of a man in a skirt, if it's the right man, and in this case, it is.  It looks great on him, but this is by no means a look that many men could carry off successfully. It certainly helps that he is slim, and has a charmingly sassy personality.  I like the way he's paired it with a white shirt with metal details (see closeup below), and anchors it with thick socks and heavy boots, so it doesn't look "girly".