Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dressing up the Basics

At this point in the summer, when it's been very hot for over a month, it becomes an effort to get dressed at all, much less try to put together an outfit.   The good thing is, that with some great accessories, a simple tank paired with a no-frills skirt can look like a million bucks.  Pauline always has awesome jewellery and shoes, and she demonstrates here that multiple necklaces, bracelets and a fabulous pair of metallic sandals are just the thing to dress up the summer basics.
A closer look at her gold ankle wrap sandals

Saturday, July 30, 2011


So many things I love about this young woman's outfit, but in particular, her gorgeous hair colour.  This is a colour few people could get away with, but it looks amazing on her.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


This past weekend, in addition to all the other entertaining events going on, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the exhibit at Dollirium Art Doll Emporium.  Dollirium, an art gallery dedicated to art dolls and doll-related art, is owned by tattoo artist and doll maker Jacqui Gallant.  I had seen some of her dolls when she had them on display at Apocalypse last year - click here to see my post.  The current exhibit, which runs until September 3rd, and features the work of 8 doll artists, is titled "Dearly Departed", so as you can imagine, death is a running theme.  Jacquie put out an open call for other doll artists to submit their work, and the end result is a fascinating, and darkly beautiful show.   The show is on at her studio, located just off Wharncliffe Rd. South at 1 Cliftondale Crescent, just behind True Love Tattoo, and many of the dolls are for sale.  I don't know the hours of  the studio, but you could always give her a call at (519 675-0111, or check out her website.   Below are some of my favourites in the exhibit. 
Jacqui Gallant (yes, that's a coffin she's leaning on) in front of some of the leather voodoo dolls created by New Orleans artist Scott Garrett
"Marcel", by doll artist Carisa Swenson from New York
"Plague Doll" created by local artist Sarah Legault
Aggie Abacrombie (who has a little armless zombie), by artist Gail Lackey, was one of my personal favourites, both for the delightful dark humour, and the gorgeous detail in the face and costume.
"Tom" Eli is one of Jacqui's creations
Seraphina (Too close to the Sea) and Little Azrel (Shocked to Death) were made by California artist Sheri DeBow, who attended the opening
Sheri LeBow, who has a personality as big as her hair and was delightful to talk to, holds one of her "Day of the Dead" themed dolls titled "Sweet Victoria on the day of the Dead"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Soiled Reputation

I've seen this guy at the organic produce stand, Soiled Reputation (awesome name) at the outdoor Farmer's Market at the Covent Garden Market a number of times, and have always wanted to take his photo.    I'm not a huge fan of dreadlocks, but his are pretty amazing, and that is probably the coolest shirt I've seen on any guy this summer.

When I am Old I Shall Wear.....Whatever the Hell I Want

As many of you know, Ari Cohen's Blog Advanced Style is on my list of mandatory reads.  The women "of a certain age" that he finds to photograph continue to amaze, delight and inspire me, and give me hope that I will still be able to rock some standout style into my 70's and 80's.  Some of them are so over the top that they induce the "Squee!" response, such as the woman on his most recent post, Christina:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Metropolitan Struts it's Style

It was a very busy Sunday; absolutely chock full of blog-worthy events, including the Metropolitan Artisans' Market Fashion Show.  The show featured clothing and accessories from the various vendors, and for the most part was an impressive first effort.  If I was to give any kind of suggestion for next time, it would have to be, "slow down".  This is the second indie fashion show I have attended this year where the commentator has raced through the descriptions of the outfits at such breakneck speed that it becomes a jumble of unintelligible noise, and  I (and everyone around me) had no idea what vendors the outfits were from because there were no hard copy programs.   Fortunately, the Met is small enough that if you saw something you liked, you could find out where it was by asking someone, or just taking a walk around.   Below are some of my favourite looks from the show:
Socks and necktie from Uber Cool Stuff
Tapestry and patchwork (the coat wasn't for sale, which broke my friend's heart)
Some flashy leggings from Megins Leggins
The youngest model did an excellent job under the watchful eye of her Dad (in the checked shirt behind the post)
Chainmail from Hawthorne OnDisplay
There were a few pieces of funky vintage in the show, including this shirt
Colourful summer wear from Integrity Designs

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Asian-Inspired Elegance

I saw this man in his beautiful, asian-inspired robe from the back, and tapped him on his shoulder to ask if I could take his photo.  When he turned around, I got the most wonderful surprise--we have known each other for at least 20 years, and while we don't see each other often, he has always been near and dear to my heart.  It's been been several years since we had seen each other, but it was obvious that time had not dulled his flamboyant style or his rakish charm.   

Showing Off Your Pride with Style

The annual Gay Pride Celebration wrapped up today with the parade and festivities at the Pride venue at the corner of King and Clarence Streets.  As usual, there were lots of people who wore their Pride on their sleeve, so to speak:
From rainbow coloured accessories
To a head-to-toe mix of colours and patterns
A beautiful pair of wings, and faded denim
A bright, bold, monochromatic outfit from the parade
The fabulous, feathered, and flagged Fascinator (I would have loved to see someone wear this to the Royal Wedding)
And of course, the Pride Mani-Pedi

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Metropolitan Fashion Show

The Metropolitan Artisans' Market is presenting their first vendors' Fashion Show on Sunday (that would be tomorrow) from 2 - 4 pm.   For those of you who have not visited the Market yet, it's located at 140 Dundas Street, near Kingsmills, and there's 2 hours free parking at the Covent Garden Market across the street.  Come out and support the Met--it's a great downtown initiative that deserves to succeed.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Garden Party Perfect

I was at an outdoor birthday party and this woman, also a guest, looked like she could have been an extra in an Italian movie from the 60's with her vintage hat, sandals and oversized sunglasses.  The colours of her outfit matched her surroundings perfectly.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lorne Avenue Block Party - Part 2

There were so many canines of varying shapes, colours, and sizes at the Lorne Avenue Block Party, I thought they deserved their own post.
I imagine the larger dog is thinking "Wow, two mini-me's!"
I would have loved to see both of these guys try to fit in the wading pool
This little guy got more attention than he knew what to do with
There's got to be a cat at every party!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lorne Avenue Block Party - Part 1

This past Saturday, Old East Village hosted a Block Party on Lorne Avenue between English and Ontario Streets.  Sponsored in part by the Old East Village Business Association and the Old East Village Community Association,  it was a lively few hours that allowed people in the neighbourhood to mingle, chow down on free burgers, hotdogs and corn on the cob, and listen to live music by a variety of local acts. There were snowcones, facepainting and games for the kids, some local artists displaying their work, lots of dogs, some chickens and even a kitten.  There was a community garage sale and sidewalk sale in the morning, and it was a treat to see lots of people out enjoying the weather, strolling on Dundas Street and supporting their community, even if it was just for one day.
 A very pink-and-frilly clown entertained the kids
People could write what they liked about the neighbourhood, or suggestions for improvement, on a "brick" that will become part of the Wishing Wall, an installation near the Ark Aid Mission. 
The Ukelettes, pictured above, and a number of other local musical performers entertained the crowd throughout the afternoon.
Angela and Maria model the "EOA" shirts they designed and were selling during the afternoon.  The design has a bit of a 'Harley Davidson' look; cool, definitely a bit edgy, and a t-shirt that I would wear, even though I don't wear t-shirts much any more.  If you would like to order one of your own EOA t-shirts, email
And, there were chickens.  I'm not informed on the "keeping chickens in your backyard" debate so I can't speak to either side.  The kids seemed to like them and I thought they were rather pretty.

There were lots of furry critters enjoying the festivities - more photos to come.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Style - 1, Heat - 0

I admire people who have such a strong commitment to their personal style that they can stay their course even in 30 degree temperatures.  I like the contrast of the green converse and belt against the gray and black.  I've been struggling to find a balance between looking cool and feeling it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shopping at Home County Folk Festival

Home County has always been known to get a variety of high-quality craft vendors, and I like to wander the booths looking for possible additions to my wardrobe.  Andrea Pope, of Lumiere Designs, is a regular vendor at Home County with her "sculpture wear".   Her dramatic neck pieces and ear ornaments are for women who don't mind being the center of attention:
Andrea Pope, wearing, and surrounded by, her unique designs.  I love the ear/face piece she is wearing, and have tried on a couple of them, but they don't work as well if you wear glasses.  To see more of her designs, check out her website.

I have a rather sizeable collection of coats and jackets (how anyone can get through a Canadian winter with only one winter coat is beyond my comprehension) and am especially drawn to ones in unusual colours with details like oversized pockets or collars and eye-catching buttons.  Needless to say, when I came across these coats at the booth Designs by S.A.D., I was a little bit in love.  They are made from sweaters and coats that have been taken apart and felted, then pieced together into a one of a kind jacket.  The buttons are also recycled, many of them from the 1940's.

One of my favourites

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jackpot Weekend for Live Music

This weekend is going to be another busy one in the Forest City for music fans.  The Home County Folk Festival starts today in Victoria Park, and goes until Sunday (Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat are playing tonight!), Bluesfest is also on, and my neighbourhood is hosting the Old East Village Block Party on Saturday, on Lorne Avenue, between Ontario and English Streets from 2 pm - 7 pm.  The poster advertises "Food, Music and Fun", so how could you go wrong?  There is also a community yard sale Saturday morning (I know that Aeolian Hall is participating) from 8 am onward.

If you live in the suburbs and there's nothing going on in your neighbourhood, come on over to mine!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


It's often the small touches that make a great look, like the addition of a perfect flower

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Forest City Fashionista on the Radio

Yours truly was a guest on the McArthur in the Morning show on AM 980 this morning, chatting about style and fashion in London.  Jeff McArthur had read Dan Brown's post about my blog and contacted me to see if I would appear on his show.  McArthur's sense of humour and intelligent questions made the experience great fun - thanks for the invite, and the support for my blog!  If you weren't able to listen to the broadcast live, it is available as a podcast.


This guy definitely has swagger and style.  He's dressed casually, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just Dance!

One of the main reasons I love Sunfest is that I get the opportunity to dance outside to some fabulous music.   I am obviously not the only one who feels this way....

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hats Off to Sunfest!

One of the great things, style-wise, about Sunfest is that it gives people an opportunity to bring out all kinds of great hats.  Below are a few of my favourites from the weekend:

Dressing for Sunfest - Part 3

I loved the layering this woman was doing (she said the overalls came from a thrift store) and the eclectic touches such as the yellow socks and tiny braid in her hair.  Her daughter was definitely more mainstream in her ballcap, t-shirt and shorts, but very cute nonetheless.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dressing for Sunfest - Part 2

This young woman could be the poster girl for how to put together the perfect Sunfest outfit: colourful summer dress, great hat, and funky accessories (they're hard to see in the photo, but she's wearing some gigantic silver hoop earrings.  Definitely a 10 out of 10.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dressing For Sunfest - Part 1

Now this is how to dress for a festival in the park - she bought the ultra-funky pants from a vendor in the park called Galerie Indra.  I bought a pair in brown and cream, and had tons of people ask me where I got them.  Check out the booth located near Dufferin and Wellington, their prices are great!