Sunday, January 30, 2011

No Idiot When It It Comes to Personal Style

I was in Wortley Village yesterday, boosting the economy (more specifically, Lovesick, photos to come) and stopped by The Village Idiot to pick up a ticket to a concert.  I don't know that I've ever been in there before, which is odd, considering there was a time in my life where almost all my waking hours were spent in used record stores.  Aside from the brilliant name, it's a cool little place, reminds me of my days spent in Dr. Disc before it was overrun by CDs.  I don't know if the man behind the counter is "the idiot" of the name, but he is certainly no idiot when it comes to his personal style.  My eye immediately went to the bright blue scarf (goes with his eyes!), and as far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with a "The Who" button on a suit jacket lapel.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sweater Girl

When I found this cotton-knit sweater at Value Village, I immediately got a picture in my mind of someone's grandmother or great-aunt knitting it for them for Christmas, and their horrified expression when they opened the box and tried to look like they really liked it.  Of course, they promptly put it in a charity donation bag, and for a mere $6.99, it was mine! (sorry Grandma)  It's certainly the anti-thesis of Lana Turner sweater girl sexy, but I like the pattern, and it makes a great dress for cold days layered with a turtleneck and tights.  I've worn it a lot since I got it over the holidays and am amazed with the number of colours it works with.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chocolate and Cream

I love seeing people giving new life to vintage coats, like this fur-trimmed cream one, worn by this young woman, accented with various shades of warm brown.  We got to chatting and comparing notes on our favourite places and she mentioned that she plays music at The Bag Lady on Sunday mornings, so if you head over there for brunch one Sunday, you may see her there.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pyjama Party

Jamie and Lisa (otherwise known as Batty and Weezi) wore their cozy robes and pj's while hosting "Weezi's Winter Warmup and Batty's Bath Bonanza" at Weezi's Design Studio yesterday.  I picked up some "Sun and Sand" scented Body Butter from Batty's Bath--I figured any sort of reminder of summer would be a good thing, and it does smell oddly "Beachy" (in a good way),  Suffice to say, I'll be using it a lot in the next few weeks.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

FCF on Top Ten List of London Blogs

I was checking out my blog stats today (something I do occasionally, just to see if anyone out there is paying attention), and I discovered that Forest City Fashionista was named one of the top ten blogs in London for 2010 on the website Our London.  How cool is that?  Apparently this list came out in early December, and I'm guessing none of you knew about it either, as I would have expected to get  a congratulatory phone call or email.   I have no idea who decided who made the list (was it you, Laura?), but an accolade is an accolade, and I'll take it, and say Thank You Very Much.
For a list of the rest of London's Top Ten Blogs, go to:
And, I am in the Fashion Advice section along with Weezi:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Weezi's Winter Warmup & Batty's Bath Bonanza!

For those brave souls who are willing to venture out in the predicted -23 windchill tomorrow, why not head over to Weezi Design Studio for some warmth and good cheer?  Weezi, and Batty's Bath present "Weezi's Winter Warmup & Batty's Bath Bonanza" from 1 pm - 7 pm on Saturday, January 22nd.  There will be complimentary hot chocolate and mac 'n cheese (the ultimate comfort food), Weezi will have some cozy accessories such as scarves and wrist warmers on sale, and Batty's Bath will have their eco-friendly, body-pampering bath and beauty products for sale.  For more details, visit the event's facebook page:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Advanced Style Inspiration

I've had a shortage of street shots lately, which is understandable at this point in the winter, when style gets put on hold in favour of just keeping warm.  In an effort to keep my blog relevant and interesting, I thought I would share some recent posts from other style blogs I follow that I have found particularly inspiring.  I have been following Ari Cohen's blog, Advanced Style, for some time now, and it has become one of my favourite blogs for its incredibly positive view of aging, and the eclectic style of the "silver-haired set", as he calls his subjects.  Cohen's blog is based in New York, and he features some mind-bogglingly stylish older women (by older, I mean, older than me) on his blog.  In the last year he started adding videos shot by his friend Lina, in which some of his favourite subjects share their thoughts on style, creativity, and whether you should care whether anyone else likes your outfit.  The woman in the post below, is one of my personal favourites, and has a wardrobe I would kill for...see link below to a recent post featuring MaryAnn explaining her style inspiration.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How to Banish the Winter Blahs - Think Pink!

I have made a point of trying to feature as many unique winter coats as I can find.  I followed this woman for 3 blocks trying to catch up to her to get her photo (yes, I have been known to adopt stalker behavior when I see something I really want to shoot), after I saw the beautiful colour of her coat, which was visible from quite a distance.  This is one of the most cheerful winter coats I've seen, very similar in style to the green one in this post here, but the yummy bubblegum-pinkness of it is just so delightful.  The owner said she can only wear it on days when she feels she can live up to the colour.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Borrowing From the Boys

I have been wanting to post about some of the great finds I have picked up at various thrift stores the past few weeks, as well as my favourite purchase this winter--these amazing boots, made by a company called Palladium.   I was also quite happy with the rest of my outfit, which includes an argyle sweater from the Fracshions store in Toronto and men's jeans by FCUK found at Value Village.
Palladium started out in 1920 producing tires for the aviation industry, but when that market dried up, they opened a plant in France in 1947 that made boots that were worn by the French Foreign Legion.  I had heard of this company before, but hadn't seen their products in person til I found these boots at Apocalypse, on Talbot Street.  These particular ones are men's, but they do make women's as well, of similar design.  Why do I love them so much?  Well, for starters, they are incredibly comfortable, and the rubber soles have great grip, even on the thick ice that was covering a lot of our sidewalks back in December.  The rubber toe cap protects them from the leather-destroying salt on the roads and sidewalks, and this particular colour goes with everything (and has the wonderful name "chinchilla"), AND, they were reasonably priced.  Their only drawback is that they are not lined, so on extremely cold days, extra socks are required. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Splashes of Colour in the Slush

I don't know about you, but after what has already seemed like months of winter, I am ready for Spring.  Since that's likely not to happen for a while, I am trying to find things that are cheerful, brightly coloured, and remind me of Spring, to distract me from the dirty, slushy stuff underfoot and the grey skies above.  While waiting for a bus, I spied these colourful rubber boots, and my spirits lifted, if just for a moment.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Blinging in the New Year

Sparkle in small doses - the bow, the belt buckle and the jean cuffs - makes even jeans and a sweater look like a million bucks. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Festively Atti(red)

I've been on a bit of a hiatus for the last week dealing with some health issues, so rather than absent myself completely from my blog, I thought I would post a couple of photos showing yours truly, and my friend Lili in our "festive outfits" from a Christmas lunch.   I love the shape of the plaid dress she is wearing, and the colour makes it very "Season Appropriate".  I realize my outfit was shouting more orange than red, but I really wanted an excuse to wear the vintage leather skirt I picked up at a thrift store in Toronto for $20 (with pockets, no less!)