Friday, December 31, 2010

The Flower Seller

The whole time I was talking to this young woman I kept thinking she reminded me of someone.  There is something about her look that suggests she belongs in another era, with the dark bobbed hair and oversized 'spit curls', the beads against the white shirt, the feminine cardigan and rose pin.  I realized she reminds me of the actress Maria de Madeiros in her role as the writer Anais Nin in the film Henry & June.
This is my last blog post for 2010.  I wish all my readers a very Happy New Year, and hope that 2011 finds you in good health and good spirits, pursuing the things you wish and hope for.  In addition to an end to famine, war, the continued destruction of our planet, and more compassion for our fellow man, I also wish that those of you who have admired the style of someone you've seen on my blog, or on the street, but think you would never have the nerve to carry it off, take a small step outside your style comfort zone.   Buy, and proudly wear, that leopard print coat you've been secretly desiring (that's for you, Catherine).  

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Leopard Print Hat

I've been happy to see so many winter coats in colours other than black this year.  Here's another one with a vintage look, with what seems to be "the accessory" this year--the red shoulder bag.  The thing I love most about this outfit is the adorable leopard print hat; it looks great on her, and the unusual shape makes a great style statement.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Classy Black With a Flash of Colour

So, it's back to business for me...hope you all survived "The Day" with spirits (relatively) intact.  Here's a man who takes pride in his appearance, and uses bright coloured accents to offset an otherwise rather sombre, but elegant outfit .  My eye was first drawn to the bright flash of the yellow print silk scarf, then the tie, and although you can't tell in the photo, his shirt is a nice black and white pin-stripe.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bundled Up for the Holidays

For my last blog post before Christmas, I thought I'd continue with this week's theme of vintage winter wear.  I've always liked Eskimo-inspired wool coats, especially when they are a great colour like this one.  I've seen them in red, but never green.  The addition of leather gloves in a rich shade of brown, and Sorel boots, make this the perfect combination of practical warmth and unique, eye-catching style. 

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate), and a very Happy New Year.   Surround yourself with people whose company provides joy and inspiration, share a meal, tell stories, and remember the many things we have to be grateful for.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In Full Swing

Another great vintage coat in a completely different shape than the one in the previous post.  I think this would be considered a Swing or Trapeze style, a shape that was popular in the 1940's.  The coat was fitted on top, and then cut from the shoulders so that it would "swing" wide over the hips.  Love the oversize shawl collar, the echoes of tiger-stripes pattern, and how amazing her red bag looks against the coat!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fitted and Feminine

As we have been plunged into full-on winter over the last couple of weeks,  I understand the difficulties inherent in trying to express any sort of personal style when all you want to do is be warm.  However, some people still manage to look their best even when the climate is against them.   I caught one of my favourite stylish women in this very feminine vintage coat--I think the shape might be called a "princess" (if not, one of you vintage-savvy people can correct me).  The cut suits her tiny frame perfectly and the fur collar is an elegant, but not overwhelming accent.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Fracshion of the Regular Price...

When I was in Toronto I stumbled on a store called Fracshions, which is the outlet store for Balisi, home of stylish clothing and footwear by Jump, Eject, El Naturalista and more.  The sign in the window said "All Footwear 70% Off" (this was a special sale), and I believe my heart may have stopped for a moment.  In addition to the fabulous pair of apple green El Naturalista wedge heels I picked up for a song (see photo below), I had a great conversation with the young woman who was working there.  In addition to being very friendly and helpful, she had her own cool style--the belted sweater dress topped with a blazer, cute two-tone shoes, and the statement piece necklace that she wears every day.  It was a stellar shopping experience all around, and if you're in Toronto, I would recommend a visit.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On the Bus - Orange Laces

I couldn't figure out what the pattern on these shoes (boots?) is--it looks like large flowers, but it's also got a comic strip feel to it.  Either way, they were an unexpected burst of colour on a bus filled with people in black, grey and brown.  I like the clear rubber toe caps and soles.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Red Jacket

I followed this man into a store in order to take his photo.  He was very gracious about it, considering that he probably wondered who the crazy woman was who had cornered him and was going on about how freaking amazing he looked.  There is not one thing about this that I don't love, and the next time I have a party I'm inviting this guy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BeeHives Bubbles & Bows!

Attention ladies! If you're looking for something to do tomorrow (that would be Sunday, December 12th), why not check out "BeeHives Bubbles & Bows" at Weezi Design Studio at 204 Albert Street?   From 1 pm - 7 pm, you can get a Beehive or some Victory Rolls (retro hair styles, for those of you born after 1980) courtesy of Scissor Kitty, for the ridiculously low price of $15 - $20, pick up some yummy eco-friendly bath products from Batty's Bath, and check out some of the latest retro-inspired girly-goodness at Weezi.  Sounds like a great idea for a girl's afternoon to me.  For more info, check out Weezi's website.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Un-Puffy Puffy Coat

This is one of the best coats I've seen so far this winter.  It looks warm, but the horizontal quilting keeps it from having that "Michelin Man" look that so many down-filled puffer coats have.  The high neck is both stylish and practical, and she completes her cold-weather look with a pair of Sorels.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thoroughly Modern Vintage

This woman knows how to mix vintage and modern--vintage leather coat and small carry case used as a purse; new turquoise leather gloves and sleekly elegant hat.  The hat was a gift from her mother, and the designer solved the dilemma of how to keep your ears warm with a fedora style hat by adding discreet earflaps--brilliant!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Where the Wild Things Are

I recently spent a few days in Toronto celebrating my birthday, and as usually happens when I'm there, I met some interesting people with unique personal style.   This adorable young woman was working in the Fairies Pyjamas store located within Black Market on Queen West in Toronto.  She made her furry hat and wrist warmers, and her asymetrically stitched jacket is from the store.  I came away with a pair of brown, cropped, wide-leg pants with green leaves appliqued on the back on sale for half price!  Nothing like finding cool stuff on sale to make your day a little brighter.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

From Mars Fashion Show - Style Off the Runway

There was great style on the runway at the From Mars Fashion Show, but some of the spectators were also incredibly style savvy, such as these two women who were both working some fabulous layering and kickass boots!
Devoted From Mars customer and a woman with knockout personal style, Shelly has appeared on my blog in the summer here
  Her daughter's first fashion show

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From Mars - The Fashion Show

On November 27th, From Mars on Talbot Street had a fashion show/customer appreciation night and I was asked to take some photos.  The show was incredibly entertaining--great clothes, funky music and models who knew how to have fun while showing the outfits.  Above and below are some of the looks from the "runway".
Recognize this guy under the hair?  He's been on my blog a few times
I loved the hair on the models - from big and teased to gigantic afro