Saturday, October 30, 2010


I went out today thinking that even though Halloween is not officially until tomorrow, that there would be some people in costume roaming about.  The only one I could find was this more-cute-than-scary Tiger, so she's my official Halloween post for this year.   Have a Grrrrrrrr-eat Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Talbot, on Talbot

I met this man, whose name really is Talbot, in From Mars (which, as most of my regular readers know, is where I spend a lot of my time, and money).  He likes hats, and I liked the hat he was wearing, so I asked if I could take his photo.  He's a stained glass artist, and, as evidenced by how well the rich fall colours of his hat, sweatshirt and plaid jacket go together, he's obvious got an eye for mixing colours.

Stupid %!$#@ Facebook!

Apparently I've been locked out of my blog's Facebook Fan page until I agree to provide them with my phone number in order to prove I'm a real person.  Yeah, right.   This is unfortuate as I've managed to garner a different set of followers to my blog on the Facebook Fan page, some of whom only access my blog through Facebook.   Until this issue is resolved, I won't be posting any updates on my Facebook page, but my blog will continue business as usual. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

At the Bus Stop - An Unexpected Colour

I don't think I've ever seen a guy wearing coral/salmon coloured pants before this.  I like the colour, and I think it works well with the rest of what he's wearing, especially the plaid shoes.  I'm curious as to whose face is printed on his shoulder bag.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

At the Bus Stop - Houndtooth and Checks

This is a great combination of menswear inspired houndstooth-patterned accessories (at first glance I thought the pattern on the hat and scarf was a check, it is a houndstooth) with the checked pants.  Add purple headphones and classic converse, and you've got eye-catching style with no sacrifice of warmth or comfort.  This is one of my favourite looks I've seen on campus so far this year.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Autumn Blues

We've all been stricken by the autumn blues as the lack of light in the morning is making it harder and harder to get out of bed.  And then there is the added inconvenience of having to pile on more layers of clothing to cope with the drop in temperatures.  This woman does it right, with an interesting mix of textures and layers topped with a classic jean jacket.  The cool bag in the same colour family as her sweater, and the laced-up ankle bootie are the perfect accessories to complete her cozy, autumn-friendly outfit.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cuffed and Rolled

When you're tiny, like this woman, it's often difficult to find jackets that aren't too long in the sleeves, but fortunately, when you're wearing a blazer (that's really what it's called - check it out on Wikipedia) that looks like you might have swiped it from a teenage boy in private school, rolling the sleeves is part of the look.  Menswear jackets look great on women, especially when paired with a feminine top, colourful sunglasses, and cuffed jeans as she's done here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Bag Lady - Purveyor of Delicious Food & Retro Kitsch!

Almost a year ago, I posted a photo of Jane, the owner of the funky Variety Store & Cafe, The Bag Lady" on my blog, and since then, I receive at least 10 - 20 hits a week from people looking for information about the restaurant, so I decided it was time to do a post about the place itself, since it  definitely has a style all its own.  I hadn't eaten there in ages and a friend treated me to a delicious lunch there this weekend, topped off with one of their amazing brownies.  The decor is a mishmash of the delightfully quirky and vibrantly coloured, and fans of 50's decor will think they've died and gone to vintage heaven.  The menu consists mainly of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, made on the premises daily, and they serve breakfast!  You can eat there, or get it to go.  The Bag Lady Variety & Cafe is located at 474 Pall Mall Street at Maitland, and is open Tues - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and Sundays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  You can find more info and other photos (not by me) here.   Head on over for some good eats,  and tell Jane that the Forest City Fashionista sent you!
Curl up with a coffee and the paper in one of these comfy chairs

Saturday, October 16, 2010

At the Market - Fun Stuff to Do With Your Hair

Since I started adding pink to my already "colour not found in nature" hair, I've noticed how many other people are experimenting with shades of blue, purple and pink.  Most of them have been women, and usually in the age range of 16 - 25.  Which made it all the more delightful to see this man, enjoying an early fall ice cream cone in the market.  I immediately spotted the bits of pink and blue in his silver hair, which led to an entertaining conversation about the importance of having fun and not caring what other people think (although we did compare notes as to "what's the strangest comment you've ever received").  I liked the pattern on his vest as well.  See below for the back view of his hair:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And More Stripes...

This seems to be the season for stripes, as I've been seeing them everywhere, in all sizes and colours.  I own of a number of pair of striped tights, and will always notice another person who displays a similar fondness, like this woman.  They add an interesting splash of colour and pattern to an outfit in primarily solid, neutral colours, without looking juvenile.  I also think this woman's hair is glorious in its colour and volume, probably because it is so unlike my own fine, straight hair.  It's possible she wishes it was straight, as it seems we women are rarely happy with the natural state of the hair we're born with (says the woman with bleached blonde and pink hair).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bold Stripes, Great Message

I love the bold stripes on this dress--the style and colours echo the 60's but it looks very modern.  She found it on Ebay, and it certainly is not a dress for someone who doesn't want to be noticed, but given the message on her tote bag, I think this young woman has no problem with standing out in a crowd.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bargain Black

I thought it was time to feature one of my own outfits, and as it happened I was having an all-black day.  I found this dress by Vero Moda at the Bay for half price, as well as the patterned tights.  The ankle boots came from some store on Queen West in Toronto last year, and I think they were on sale too. I think the only thing I'm wearing that I paid full price for is the ginormous ring on my right hand, which I love, for many reasons, including its size, and that despite its dangerous appearance, it's made from soft plastic so it's squishy.  I also love it because I found it at the University Hospital Gift Shop, which in case you didn't know, is a fabulous treasure trove of inexpensive, over-the-top jewellery.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Calling All Fashionistas With Size 10 Feet!

There comes a time in every woman's life when you have to ask yourself, "do I really need to keep those ...... (boots, shoes, pants, coats, etc) that I don't/can't wear?" Fortunately for my friends, I ask myself this question frequently, which has led a number of porch sales and donations to the Diabetes Association.  As we seem to be in the middle of Fall, unfortunately followed by Winter, it seemed a perfect time to announce the Forest City Fashionista's Fabulous Boot Sale!  The boots pictured below are what is currently up for grabs.  If you're interested in any of these, please email me for price information and to arrange a "try-on":
One pair of Fly London boots, style is called "Duty" and the colour is Olive, although it looks more brown in the photo.  Size 42 (approximately a 10 to 10 1/2), worn less than half a dozen times, excellent condition.
One pair of knee high leather lace-up hightops, by Jump For the People.  Size 42, definitely bigger than a 10, closer to an 11, which is why I can't wear them despite trying insoles and thick socks.  I loved them, thought I could make them work, but they've never left my apartment.
Last, but not least, a pair of Kaufman Sorels, purchased last year, worn once and still in their original box.  My heel slips in them no matter what inserts, etc.  I tried, so I had to admit defeat.  They are ultra cozy and warm with great tread and zippers instead of annoying, time-consuming laces.  Style is called "Helen of Tundra" and they are size 10.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Roller Derby - Double Header!

The second last home game of the 2010 season for the Forest City Derby Girls was on Saturday night, and fans got two games for the price of one.  The "Luscious Lunch Ladies", also known as the "fresh meat" on the team, played against Sudbury, and the second game featured our own Thames Fatales against the Hamilton Harlots.

 The Lunch Ladies, aka the new girls on the team, wore yellow t-shirts, but still brought their own unique style to their uniform.

 Following in her Mom's footsteps (or, roller skates)

 Derby fans come in all stripes and styles--great red glasses!
Back Alley Sally, Mirambo, and Killson strike a pose

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Heather and I share a love of coats and jackets, and you have already seen some of the other ones from her closet on this blog.  Here, she pulls from the professional side of her wardrobe - pencil skirt, crisp white shirt and fitted coat with interesting details. Together with brightly coloured accessories, and sleek boots, the look is very polished and well put-together.