Sunday, May 30, 2010

Roller Derby - First Home Game!

Saturday, May 29th was the first home game for London's Thames Fatales Roller Derby Team, and judging by the number of spectators, it had been eagerly anticipated.  As usual, the crowd was a real mix --families with their kids, hippies, punks, rockabilly and just your average folks.  As for the style, there was converse and cool hair, vintage t-shirts, summer dresses, shiny hotpants, a pair of the most gorgeously girly bright green shoes, and lots and lots of tattoos.  All in all, a typical night at the Derby.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Classic Bomber Jacket

The classic leather bomber jacket looks good over almost anything, but even better in this case because of how great the brown looks against the colour of her dress.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hot and Cool

What to wear when it's 30 degrees (celsius) outside?  This woman has an "Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina" look going on with the adorable dress, her bangs, and ballet flats.  She has also appeared on my blog before, here. Nothing better for sticky weather than a little summer dress!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Seriously Stylish

Each one of these women has something going on that I like, from the funky sunglasses and hair bow to the bold eyeglasses and black & white print scarf, and the white summer dress with the braided leather belt.  It was a bit of a shock to find three stylish women in the same place, of course, they were friends.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Art Student

She's got sass, and reminds me a little of me when I was in my 20's, and wanted to dress like this, but I didn't have the nerve.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Layers, Patterns and Colours

I like that this young woman has her own unique style, and is obviously not trying to look like every other woman her age.  Her bright colours and mix of patterns definitely caught my eye, and I love her little yellow quilted bag.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Un-Boring Brown

Brown is a difficult colour to wear--it tends to look blah and, well, just "Brown", unless it's a rich shade, and it's combined with a bit of colour.  This woman definitely does it right, with the orange and red scarf adding a warm punch of colour near her face, and that fabulous belt buckle (see below)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The combination of leather and velvet, the buttoned vest, and the nice bit of colour in the scarf and blue lining of the jacket - very cool.  Don't know that this would work on someone without his height and confidence.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Colourful and Creative

These two women had a table at the Handmade Festival last weekend.  The one on the right is Toni Darling, a graduate of H.B. Beal here in London.  She currently resides in Toronto, and you can see her work, which uses primarily fabric, buttons, and thread, on her website .  The woman on the left is artist and singer-songwriter Lido Pimienta, and may I say she has the most wonderful hair, and I love the purple leopard print sweater!  They are both doing the "shorts over tights" thing that I have seen more and more lately.  It's kind of a transitional weather look, when it's too cold to wear just shorts, but I'm not so sure how I feel about it--like so many trends, I think it's one that you can only get away with when you're under 30.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Girls on Wheels

This woman caught my eye as she stopped her bike to chat with a friend--she has great hair, and  I love the look of a fitted white t-shirt under a body conscious black leather jacket.

It's hard to ride a bike when you're dressed up--your skirt gets all bunched up, your heels get caught on the pedals, etc., but this young woman has managed to find an outfit that is pretty, but still allows her to get where she's going on two wheels.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


This young woman was also selling her work at the Handmade Festival.  I thought she looked so cool in her knit hat, and had such a great smile I wanted to photograph her.  She had some art and colourful beaded necklaces (like the ones she's wearing) at her table, and according to her business card, does custom Graphic/Web Design, Embroidery, Sewing, Fine Art & Jewellery.  She also has an Etsy store

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Va Va Vroom!

This young woman, Amber Vroom, was a participant in the Handmade Festival at the Central Library on May 8th.  She creates wonderful cards that are collages using pages from pocket dictionaries, letters of the alphabet, buttons, and pictures from magazines.  Each card showcases a particular letter of the alphabet, and if you can't find one you like amongst her stock on hand, she will happily custom make one for you.   She has started to sell her cards on Etsy here .  In addition to being very creative, she had a great coat with orange buttons that matched her tights!  ( I'd love to take credit for thinking of the title of this post, but it's actually the name of Amber's business)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pretty in Pink Pt. 2

The ever-stylish Jonathon Bancroft Snell was the host for "Pretty in Pink", a fundraiser for Wellspring held at his gallery on Sunday.  I love his red Dolce & Gabbana shoes!

  Lise Beland of College Boreal designed one of the Barbies, and looked great in red and black

Betty Lou Simpson, who created the Garden Club Barbie (see photo from yesterday) also looked very "Pretty in Pink", accessorized with a great bag. 

There were quite a few Mothers and daughters that came to enjoy the fabulous assortment of Barbies, including this trio (Mom is in the middle).  There was something that caught my eye in each of their outfits, whether it was a colour, texture, or a great pair of boots. 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Barbie is Pretty in Pink!

If you didn't know what to do with Mom today to celebrate Mother's Day,  Jonathon Bancroft Snell had the perfect suggestion.  Today, at Jonathon, his ceramic gallery located on Dundas Street, he hosted a fundraiser for Wellspring Cancer Support, with the theme of "Pretty in Pink".  Local merchants were invited to dress a Barbie in something pink and pretty and the dolls were then displayed at Jonathon and put up for silent auction.  Well, nothing goes better with Barbie than Pink, and the dolls that were dressed and donated were the results of many hours (in some cases days), much fabric, notions, and a whole lot of creativity.  The minimum bid for the dolls was $100, and for $200, you could own your favourite, and all the money goes to Wellspring.   Any of the dolls that were not sold today could still be purchased by contacting Jonathon at his gallery this week.  There were some stylish people who stopped by to take in the sea of pink that filled an entire room but the most stylish subjects there were 11 inches high.  I will post photos of some of the well-dressed humans this week.

 Barbies, Barbies, everywhere, and all of them in Pink!

One of my personal favourites, designed by Attic Books

The Barbie designed by the Inuit Gallery had a beautifully detailed costume that included a hooded coat

Personally, I always preferred dark-haired Barbies to blondes.  This elegant outfit by Roman's Leather
This Barbie, donated by Nicholas & Elizabeth Bridal, had the biggest dress
This Barbie definitely had the most elaborately detailed setting. She was created by Betty Lou Simpson, the President of the London Garden Club

 Barbie, as interpreted by the creative women at Frilly Lizard

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just Dandy

I have known this woman for years, and whenever I run into her she is always wearing something amazingly cool, but for some reason, it is always when I am without my camera.  Today, I had my camera, and was so glad I did, as she was decked out in this wonderful combination of Peter Pan and a Victorian English Dandy.  The cut and detail of the purple coat, the tie--she looks modern and elegant with a Dickensian twist. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Tonight I will be scouting for subjects for my blog at Hitched!, a kick-off party for the Gay Wedding Show and a benefit for the Sexual Assault Centre of London.  Hitched!, which has been described as a Stag  & Stag/Doe & Doe, will be held at Brennan's Beer Bistro, located at 347 Clarence Street.  The fun starts at 6:00 pm, and $5.00 at the door gets you an evening of entertainment including a DJ, Hors d-Oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and door prizes, and a donation to the Sexual Assault Centre of London.  Wear something cool, and you may see yourself on my blog tomorrow....

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's All About the Accessories

I noticed the girl on the left when I was browsing in Lolita; the red scarf and lipstick just popped against the black, and then her friend came over, and when I saw the gold scarf and purple shoes, I asked them if I could take their photo.  A great example of how a small thing like a bright scarf or a funky pair of shoes can make simple pieces into a striking outfit.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Handmade Festival

If you're looking for something to do this Saturday, or perhaps you haven't found that perfect Mother's Day gift yet, why not check out the Handmade Festival at the Central Library.  The festival has offered free workshops in a variety of crafts such as quilting, felting and knitting over the last few months, and culminates in a Handmade Festival One Day Art show and sale on Saturday, May 8th, in the corridor of The Central Library (Located at 251 Dundas st.) from 11am -4pm.   According to their website,  The Handmade Festival is about "creating a space for people who use their hands and their passion for handmade art to come together, and share skills, show and sell their work to the public while creating community."   There will also be on site workshops and information sessions.  One of the talented crafters who will be displaying their work is quilter Jessie Gussack.  In addition to making beautiful quilts, she also makes very cool jersey scarves, which I had seen on display at the Indie Media Fair that was held at the Central Library back in March.  I had wanted one, and once I saw the huge assortment of colours she had available, I had no choice but to get two.  They are available in solid colours, tie-dyed, or patterned.  Below is a photo of me wearing the pink tie-dyed one I purchased (at least the scarf looks good).  This one, and the red one I purchased, are the perfect things to wear when I need some colour near my face (which seems to be often these days)

You can see more of Jessie's handiwork on her Etsy shops,  and  Her scarves are also available in London at Lolita on Richmond Street.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Denim and Ruffles

Pauline has appeared on my blog enough times to make it obvious that she is pretty much always wearing something interesting.  She inspires me to kick it up a notch when it comes to my own wardrobe choices, and what she is wearing here has me thinking about how else to wear that ruffled party dress I have in my closet.  Great lace-up boots, colour looks great with the denim jacket.