Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Prettiest Bicycle at Car-Free Sunday

It's a Flyer (not sure if it's an American or a Western), and the young woman riding it is wearing cute shoes--need I say more?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Last Days of Summer

Last week we had a few beautiful warm days, and people took advantage of the opportunity to get some final wear out of their summer clothes.  This is the same women whose sunglasses caught my eye at LOLA, but this time, it was the striped pink socks and cool shoes that stopped me.   I also like the rest of what she's wearing--it stands out without looking like she's trying too hard.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sharp-Dressed Man

You may recognized this guy as the sharp-dressed man from here.  There are times when I've photographed someone that I wonder if I just happened to catch them on a good day, or if they live a personal style credo on a daily basis.  I was pleased to see this man definitely belonged to the latter group.  It's just shorts and a shirt, but he brings his own personality (bright colour, argyle socks) and the same eye for detail (nice belt, rolled sleeves) that was in the outfit in his previous photo.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saturday Afternoon in the Village

I took a trip to Lovesick (a charmingly tiny store owned by Kim Petrie, filled with all kinds of vintage finery, including jewellery, shoes, belts, jeans, dresses, etc. located in Wortley Village) this past weekend to see what "must-have" items Kim had added to her stock since my last visit there.  The young woman above was shopping with a friend, and I thought she looked so cute in her ruffled dress and cowboy boots.  As it so happened, she coordinated perfectly with the outfit on the mannequin outside!  I came away with a couple of cool belts and a knitted scarf/collar/shawl thing, and I gazed longingly at these adorable white Beatle boots, until my practical side reminded me that white shoes, when one has size 10 feet, are not the most flattering choice, unless I'm planning to dress as an Elvis impersonator (from the white jumpsuit era).
I still think they're FUNKY!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LOLA Style, the Last Day

These sisters were headed to the Victoria Park Bandshell to see Lee Ranaldo, the last music performance of LOLA Fest 2010.  Again, more skirts, layers, and cool, but practical footwear.  I love that the Converse worn by the girl on the right match her Sonic Youth T-shirt perfectly.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

LOLA Style

This weekend was the London Ontario Live Arts Festival (LOLA), and I spent Sunday afternoon in Victoria Park enjoying the sunshine, and music from bands like London's Light of East Ensemble and New York's Arthur's Landing.  It was also an opportunity to get some photos of some of the other music and art fans who had their own thing going on style-wise:

Like the different shades of brown she's working in this outfit
The bright sunshine brought out the sunglasses, including these funky black & white ones
There were lots of women in skirts and dresses, mostly with dark tights and leggings.  I thought the multi-coloured headband this young woman was wearing, which I'm guessing may have been made in Guatemala because of the fabric and the tiny dolls, looked very pretty against her dark hair:
It got cooler as the afternoon progressed, and there were a limited number of seats, so layering and comfortable shoes were the choices of many in the audience.

Friday, September 17, 2010


If you have an interest in women's studies and history, taken an art history course through Western's Continuing Studies, or are part of London's Jewish community, you have probably met one, or both, of the Halpern sisters, Monda and Sonia.  They're rather hard to miss, with their larger-than-life personalities that belie their small stature, their signature masses of hair, and their unique and colourful fashion sense.  Monda, in the photo above, teaches in Western's History department, and Sonia, in the photo below, in Women's Studies.  Both are passionately enthusiastic about their fields of interest, and are popular instructors on campus.  I had the pleasure of running into both of them, within minutes of each other, and they were dressed for fall in their stylish and brightly coloured jackets.  I also had to admire Sonia's adorable ruffled bag.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Awesome Shush-oes!

The title of this post only makes sense when you know that the flowered sandals in this photo belong to one of the librarians at the Central Library (Librarians are known for their "Shush-ing!")  Sigh.  This is what happens when you spend your days surrounded by Library Science students.  Anyway, these charmingly cheerful platform wedges are from Fly London, and were purchased at From Mars, which you should know by now is one of my favourite go-to places.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Short Trench

I've always thought that full-length belted trench coats look kind of stuffy and scream "Business Guy" on men.  Not so this shorter version worn with a narrow dark wash jean and vintage boots.   The first time I saw this man I thought he had seriously great hair (when he first appeared on my blog here), and I think there is something about the combination of the auburn colour and the curls that is irresistible.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Burst of Colour at the Bus Stop

I see this woman downtown quite often, and when I came across her waiting for a bus in this beautiful turquoise pants and tunic (I know there is a name for this outfit worn by women from India, but I don't know what it is--feel free to help me out here) I knew it was her blog moment.  I also loved how the bright yellow cover of her book popped against the turquoise.  A friend had given her the outfit which was not only very comfortable in the extreme heat we had during the summer, but also her favourite colour.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Geek Chic - Summer into Fall

It's September, the kids are back in school, and the transition into fall has begun, especially with the wardrobe.  The cooler weather requires some layering, and shoes are starting to appear again, to my relief (I am so sick of flip flops).   I was thrilled to see one of our instructors personifying this seasonal transition in his style choice for the first day of classes.  Love the shirt, sweater vest and tie, and the shorts were perfect for the brief re-appearance of the 30 degree humidex yesterday.  I also love the nicely polished brown oxfords. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Never Too Young For Good Taste in Footwear

I had met this woman, who is the owner of The Practice Loft yoga studio, at the Indie Media Fair at the Central Library in the spring, and it was so nice to see her again, and the fabulous bright green Mary Janes from Fly London she was wearing!  I also noticed her unique jewellery, and the funky, flattering haircut she had acquired since I last saw her.  Her son's bright blue sandals were handmade, and had tiny silver rockets on them.  When I was his age, there was a choice of white or brown leather lace-up shoes, or for girls, patent Mary Janes.  It's probably a good thing that there weren't more shoe choices when I was young, given my fondness for stylish footwear, I would have probably bankrupted my parents.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Jazz With Pizazz!

Jazz aficionado Barrie Woodey has been hosting the radio show "Jazz For A Sunday Night" on CHRW for 28 years, and trained me when I had a show on the campus radio station, oh, about 20 odd years ago.   Whenever I've run into him out and about, he's always nicely dressed, but I think that on this occasion, he's definitely overshadowed by his companion.  She's obviously not afraid to stand out, and looks great in bold fuschia and some serious bling.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Perfectly Suited

There is so much I like about this outfit--the way the lapels on her jacket frame her face, the bit of purple trim on the skirt and the cream coloured under-layer, and the bronze thong sandals.  I also like her glasses, which have little rhinestones in the corners.  She obviously knows how to put herself together, and as she is a teacher at Saunders Secondary School, perhaps she can provide some style inspiration to her students.