Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Amazing Technicolour Coat

Jacquie has a beautiful collection of coats and jackets, in unique designs and eye-catching colours, but I have to say that this one is the most amazing of any I've seen her wear.  The mix of fabrics, patterns and embellishments truly make it worthy of the title.   See the photo below for a back view.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The "Anti Fashion" Fashion Show

On Friday, March 4th, the Sexual Assault Centre London, in partnership with Amazon Collective, presents an "Anti Fashion Show" at APK Live (located at 340 Wellington Street at York) from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.   The show will feature "locally made, handmade, remade, recycled, sweatshop free, fairly traded designers".  Tickets are $12, or $10 with a piece of used clothing to be donated to the Women's Community House new second hand store.  You can get your ticket early by contacting Sarah Scanlon at the Sexual Assault Centre at, or by telephone: (519) 439-0844 ex.26.   I will be there, in hopes of finding some super stylish eco-friendly fashionistas to photograph.

On Saturday, March 5th, the same groups are hosting an Eco Feminist Vendor Fair at Brescia University College, in the St. James Auditorium from 10 am - 2 pm.  This event will feature eco-feminist clothing and accessories for sale, a farmer's market, and a silent auction.   Admission is by Pay What You Can, or by donation of a piece of used clothing for the Women's Community House second hand store.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

At The Farmers' Market - Cheerful Layering

During my most recent visit to the Farmers' Market at the Western Fair, I spied this young woman having a coffee and was completely charmed by the eclectic mix of colours and patterns she was wearing.  I think the first thing I noticed were her wonderful cream leather ankle boots and the green socks, and then my eye just kept going up until it reached her orange and cream cap.  I am always happy to see women her age who march to their own drummer style-wise, instead of going with what is safe and predictable.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bold Plaid Pt. 2 - The Vintage Bomber Jacket

Yep, that's me in my vintage orange and navy plaid bomber jacket, purchased from Black Market in Toronto for a measly $10.  It's got a fake fur collar, hidden here by my scarf, and is very warm.  I like to think it was previously owned by some tough guy who only wore it on special occasions, as it was in nearly-new condition.  I'm also wearing my green leather pants, purchased on Ebay, and my trusty Palladium boots, which I posted about a while ago.   As much as I despise winter, and the snow, slush and ice that come with it, I do find it easier to dress more creatively when it's cold, and you can add layers of vests, jackets, scarves, hats, etc.  Thanks to Pauline for her photography skills.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Bold Plaid - Tailored and Professional

Judy was part of a group who visited our Faculty for a few days last week, and the moment I saw her I asked her if I could take her photo.  From her sleek bob to her high-heeled oxfords, she just oozed style.  She was also a delight to talk to, and we had a couple of entertaining clothing-related conversations during her visit.  I love her plaid suit--the red and black makes a very simple tailored skirt suit into something fresh and fun.  She recently broke her wrist and you can see a bit of her cast sticking out from her sleeve on her right arm--even her cast colour coordinates with her wardrobe.

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's So Fluffy! - Part 2

I almost called this post "Hat and Eggs", because I thought that since I shot the photo at the Farmer's Market, I should make the title food related, but the chance to be able to use "fluffy" again won out.  Gina looked wonderful in her fabulous faux fur hat that she picked up a while ago at Winners (we love Winners!).  The red is gorgeous against her dark hair, and gives her a modern "Doctor Zhivago" vibe paired with her sleek and subtlely plaid coat, and her fur trimmed Sorels.   I've been ever so happy to see that Sorels have given the ubiquitous "UGG" strong competition for most popular winter boot for women this season.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Perfect Suit - It's About The Cut and the Fabric

Bernie is one of the few men I know who enjoys wearing a suit.  He enjoys shopping for suits, and has an appreciation for the materials and workmanship that go into making a beautiful one, like the one he's wearing here.  It's got a nice slim fit, the fabric feels and looks expensive, and it has a subtle pattern that you don't notice until you get up close.  It also has a really nice lining (see photo below), and I've always had a thing for brightly coloured or patterned linings in jackets.  He's paired the suit with a very stylish striped shirt.  I never knew that you should be able to see a little bit of a man's shirt cuff below his jacket sleeve until I started reading the blog The Sartorialist.

Monday, February 14, 2011

At the Farmers' Market - Great Style and a Great Smile

I made my first visit to the Farmer's Market at the Western Fairgrounds this past weekend.  Not sure why I hadn't been there before, given that it's in my neighbourhood, but I will certainly be making a return trip.  I was impressed with the variety of delicious food for sale (try the chili and cheese pies, and the 72% cocoa hot chocolate).  There were lots of people shopping, or just sitting and enjoying a snack or a coffee.  There are crafts and a nice coffee place on the second floor, where I saw this young woman, whose adorable pixie haircut and great smile prompted me to ask if I could take her photo.  Her choice of scarf and necklace works wonderfully with the rest of her outfit, and shows that you don't have pile on a lot of jewellery or fussy accessories to make a simple dress into a unique style statement.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's So Fluffy!!!

The title of this post is dedicated to my 12 year old girl pal, Lily, with whom I saw the movie "Despicable Me", which means she's one of the few people that will get the reference.  The fluffy thing on my wrist is not attached to my sleeve, it is part of a set of faux fur cuffs that I purchased last week at From Mars.  Did I need them?  Of course not.  As any fan of eye-catching accessories knows, that is not the point.  Did I want them?  Yes, in the most irrational and giddy way, and the mere sight of them on my dresser makes me oddly happy. I've been wearing them to work, where people ask if they can touch them; it's sort of like having fluffy kittens tied around your wrist (not that I have ever done, or would advocate such a thing).  In the bitterly cold depths of winter, I'll seize upon anything that is inexpensive and legal (a girl has to have some standards) that will lift my spirits, and also, it seems, those of my co-workers and friends.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

On The Bus - Leather Pants

Those of you who know my wardrobe know that I have a fondness for leather skirts and pants.  In the winter I find them warm and practical layering pieces, and as I usually buy vintage leather, I don't feel guilty about getting dirt or slush on a pair of leather pants I paid $10 for.  Unfortunately, when you mention leather clothing, one immediately conjures up visions of what you wear to ride a Harley, or an outfit suitable for a fetish club (not that there's anything wrong with either of these, in the right context).  I try to find unusual colours and styles that don't scream biker or dominatrix.  That was a long introduction to the above photo featuring a pair of very funky, over-sized (but not ridiculously so) black leather pants worn by a guy I saw on the Adelaide bus last night.  As it's not common to see people wearing leather pants, I had to try to get a photo. I really wanted to ask him where he got them, but I was afraid he might think I was making fun of him.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How to Do The Perfect "Casual"

Alex is one of the most consistently well-dressed men I know, even when he's being casual, as in the photo above.  I LOVE the colour of the sweater, because a) it's rare to see a bright colour like this on a man, and b) because it works so well on him with his brown hair and glasses, and he's paired it with navy and brown.  It's all about the bright burst of colour, the perfect narrow dark wash jean, and the slim silhouette.  I like when men (or women) do the roll on the hem of their pants, but only if the pants are a narrow straight leg.  The final element here is a well-polished pair of beautifully classic shoes. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Just Passing Through - Fun and Flirty Stage Style

The best outfit I saw on anyone this past week has to be this one, worn by Silvana Kane, vocalist of the band Pacifika, who performed at Aeolian Hall on February 4th.  She has a lovely voice, and together with bandmates Adam Popowitz and Toby Peter, they make thoroughly enjoyable music that combines elements of latin, jazz, and pop.  Pacifika performed at Sunfest in 2009, and that was where I first fell in love with Silvana's fun and flirty performance style and her fabulous performance wardrobe! (see photo below) 
For more information about Pacifika, whose most recent album has been nominated for a 2011 JUNO for Best World Music Album of the Year, visit their website

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cheap and Chic

Yes, it's me again, showing off more of my recent secondhand clothing purchases.  First is the vest, which I picked up from Lovesick in Wortley Village.  It's furry, with a pattern of what seems like plastic strips on it--one of those "have to see it to know what I mean" things.  It was the perfect thing to wear with the brown leather skirt I got in the fall at Mesh (located at 204 John Street, just off of Richmond).  You can't tell in the photo, but it is pieced together in a patchwork pattern, and has lace-up detailing on the front and back.  My boots are from Fly London, picked up on sale at From Mars last year.   I think the entire outfit, boots included, cost me just over $100.