Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

After getting all "hat-inspired" in New York, I had to wear this witch-y fascinator, complete with spiders on the veil today.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween at the Met Part 2

More inspiring costumes created by vendors at the Met:
Artist Julia Hansford and Amber Smith of Jackpot Vintage
Julia's costume, which she painted herself, in all its total awesomeness
Rock 'n Roll!
Sarah Scope, wearing one of her recent crocheted creations, attacks a fellow vendor
Good Witch or Bad Witch, only she knows for sure

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween at The Met

The vendors at the Metropolitan Artisans' Market are in the Halloween spirit this weekend and showing off their creativity with some truly awesome costumes.  Behold:
An Uber Cool Cap'n Crunch
 Rob, of Candora Soap, looked very rakish in ruffles and cape
For a pay-what-you-can donation, you can get your face painted by one of the talented artists at the Market.  This man brought in a photo of the look he wanted, and he got it, horns and all.
what the modern cavegirl is wearing this season
Candice created her own "Day of the Dead" inspired makeup

More great costume photos tomorrow.  You can vote for your favourite vendor costume at the Met.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Family-Friendly Halloween Events This Weekend

Even though Halloween is technically not until Monday, most people who are past the "Trick-or'Treat" stage tend to celebrate on the Saturday before.  If your idea of a good time does NOT include lining up outside a bar on Richmond Row, dressed in your best "Victoria's Secret Model" costume, you may want to check out one of these family-friendly Halloween parties:

1) The Metropolitan Artisan's Market is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday and Sunday downtown (140 Dundas Street, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 12 - 5) that features face painting, live music, a costume photo booth, Halloween crafts and trick or treating.  You can even vote for your favourte Vendor costume, and of course I will be there to shoot some photos.

2) Halloween in the Village - Wortley Village is hosting their first Halloween parade on Saturday from 5:30 pm - 8 pm.  The non-motorized parade will take place on Wortley Road between Elmwood and Bruce, and the Forest City Derby Girls will be participating, promoting their next bout on November 5th.

3) If you live in Old East Village, The Boyle Activity Council is hosting a Halloween Celebration from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Saturday at the Boyle Memorial Community Centre, located at 530 Charlotte Street.with games, treats, crafts and a costume parade. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New York Street Style

Below are photos of some of the folks with whom I crossed paths in the Big Apple:
Ari Cohen posted his photo of this woman on his blog Advanced Style, but she looked so gorgeous in her stunning flowered coat I had to post my photo as well.
One of the few people I saw smoking
awesome dreads, great smile, and an absolute sweetheart

Monday, October 24, 2011

New York! Hats! The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas!

I've just returned from a trip to New York, which was a "pre-birthday" celebration, and was surrounded by so much fabulous style I was in sensory overload for four days.  I have many great photos from the weekend and will be splitting them into a few posts.  On the day I arrived, I headed to the Bard Graduate Center for a talk by British milliner Stephen Jones, in connection with the current exhibit, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, that is on display there until April.  As soon as I arrived, the first person I saw was Ari Seth Cohen, author of one of my favourite blogs, Advanced Style.  Ari asked if I would like to shoot with him while we were waiting for the talk to begin (like he had to ask me twice), so we photographed some of the women heading to the talk who were decked out in their most fabulous hats.
Ari Cohen, (center), author of Advanced Style.  I'm pretty sure the woman on the left will show up on his blog.
A number of people attending the talk were local milliners and were wearing hats of their own creation.  This woman made the hat she is wearing.
Debra has appeared regularly on Ari's blog, and has a marvelously creative hand and eye when it comes to making amazing accessories from discarded odds and ends, including the hat she was wearing.
It was great to see a number of young woman at the talk who had worn hats.  See photo below for a closeup of the one on the woman on the right.
I was told that the woman in black and white above is a champion of mid-century modern jewellery.  She looked amazing in her black and white cloche hat and black jacket, but her brooch was the real eye-catcher.
Patricia Mears, the Deputy Director at the Museum at FIT served as interviewer for the talk, and was wearing a hat of Stephen Jones' design.
 Another milliner who attended the talk shows off her muli-layered outfit, featuring her favourite colour.
After the talk, during which Jones discussed how he became a milliner, some of the inspirations for his work, and stories of designers he has worked with, and a Q & A with the audience,  Jones selected audience members to come up and try on one of his hats that he selected for them from a sampling he had brought along.  The lucky woman above got to try a silver top hat encased in black tulle.
Stephen Jones fitting a gold tiara on Jean, who is half of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas
 And speaking of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, I had made plans to connect with Valerie (left) and Jean (right) while in New York, so we had our meet and greet after the talk.  Don't we look so coordinated!   For more photos from the talk, including another of the three of us, visit their blog.  Photo courtesy of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Skeletal Accessories

This young woman was out doing some Halloween shopping last weekend (at least that is what I assumed from the bag of plastic body parts her friend was carrying).  When I asked to take her photo she reminded me that I had photographed her about a year ago on campus at UWO.  I love all the individual items--the argyle tights, pleated skirt, cool kicks, and skeleton-themed scarf and gloves--and that she's pulled it all together into a cool and coordinated outfit.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Power of the Print

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that Lily has an impressively stylish collection of dresses.  She found this one, in a boldly patterned cotton velvet, at the Brydges Street Antique Market for $10.  I love the 60's vibe of the fabric and the way it contrasts with the relatively conservative cut of the dress, which I think what makes it work.  If the dress was a fussy cut, it would be overwhelming.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stuff I Hate About Fall...

The weather can be sunny and mild one day, and then suddenly you get a day like today where it's raining, windy and chilly (I believe they called it a "weather bomb" on the Weather Network).  I didn't even venture out of the house until late afternoon when the worst of it was over.  The upside to this was that it was perfect weather for the rubberized trench coat I got last year at Lovesick.  The coat makes a lot of noise, but also makes me feel like I'm channeling Emma Peel from "The Avengers", which is never a bad thing.  I found my motorcycle boots in a thrift store in Paris for 15 euro, which excited me more than seeing the Eiffel Tower.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stuff I Like About Fall...

Crunchy, colourful leaves underfoot, and being able to wear the chocolate brown suede brogues I found at The Sentimentalist!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You Spin Me Right Round Baby...

I'm not sure what the proper name for the style of skirt in the photo above - it's fitted through the hip and thigh and flares out just above the knee.  Whatever it's called, I've seen them in a number of collections for fall, and who can resist something that hugs your curves like a pencil skirt, but then gives you a feminine flare at the hem that makes it fun to twirl in?  The woman in the photo (who didn't mind being asked to spin in a circle at work) purchased hers from Charmain Bertram at Integrity Designs when she had a booth at the Metropolitan Market.  Bertram no longer has a booth there, but you can see her designs on her website here.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Red Lipstick, Red Plaid

My eye was first attracted by her sparkly fedora, then to how her red lipstick matched the red of his plaid shirt--nice colour coordination!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Have you "Met" These Stylish Folks?

Since the Metropolitan Artisans' Market opened back in April, I have featured some of the vendors and their eclectic style on this blog.  I find the Market is one of the best places to find people who have adopted the style philosophy of "dress for yourself, not to look like other people".
Erin is not one of the regular vendors at the Met, but she took over a table for her business, called Scissorkix, for a couple of weekends, and I fell in love with the adorable little buttons she makes and sells.  I defy you to not find one that speaks to you, no matter what your personality.  She has an Etsy store where you can purchase her creations, including copies of her zine, Daisies and Bruises.

Amber is the friendly face of Jackpot Vintage.  I've found a few gems amongst her stock of clothing and knick knacks from decades past, most recently a beautiful wool cape that was made in Wales.   I liked the mix of the sparkly silver fabric (my photo doesn't do it justice) and the classic cut of the dress she was wearing on this particular day.  The black cardigan and tights tone down the sparkle for daytime, but without the sweater, and with sheer stockings and higher heels, it would be great for a night out.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Not So Casual Friday

When I stopped this man on a Friday afternoon to take his photo, I asked him if he was dressed to go to special event and he replied, "I work in construction and this is my day off". I'm sure he had no idea how swoon-worthy many women would find that statement.   Love the manicured sideburns and the bold purple shirt!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Derby Double Header

London's Luscious Lunch Ladies took on the Guelph Royal City Roller Girls in the first game of a double header on Saturday night and after a close game that saw many players knocked to the floor, the Lunch Ladies emerged victorious by a nail-biting margin of 3 points.   After a brief intermission, the Thames Fatales took on Montreal's Filles du Roi, and again, London came out on top with a score of 117 - 92.   For me it was more fun than usual because a friend of mine was playing her first game as a member of the Lunch Ladies, and the entire team played an excellent game - you woul never know they were all new to the sport.
The track was a blur of purple, yellow and blue as the Lunch Ladies (in the yellow and blue) and Guelph (purple) battled it out, with many team members hitting the floor throughout the game.
Lunch Ladies team colours
I'm continually amazed at the creativity when it comes to derby names
A group of hard core fans flaunted their green and black prior to the Thames Fatales game

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Welcome to The Sentimentalist!

The latest, and very welcome, addition to the downtown core, "The Sentimentalist" opened for business on Friday.  I love the design of the door sign; it's like something you would see on the door of a psychic at the turn of the century.
Owner Melinda Steffler has always had a passion for collecting beautiful pieces of clothing, accessories, and housewares from bygone eras, and incorporates this passion into her everyday wardrobe.  The store has a sizeable selection of men's wear, which when I visited included a beautiful pair of spectators in navy blue and grey, and a several pairs of cowboy boots.
Capes were very big on the runways this fall, and this plaid capelet woven in Scotland would look great with a turtleneck, a pair of jeans and some lace-up boots
This beautiful pony skin bag, in pristine condition, was priced at $35
The store is spacious and well organized, and has a room devoted to vintage housewares
I had to get my friend to pose in this super-cozy, bubblegum pink cape
The store also has a selection of jewellery, men's cuff links, and sunglasses.  The Sentimentalist is located on the second floor at 394 1/2 Richmond Street, between Dundas and King Streets, and is open from 11 am - 6 pm Tuesdays - Saturdays.  London now has three stores that stock quality, well-priced vintage clothing and accessories, all within walking distance of Dundas and Richmond;  Lovesick,
 The Sentimentalist, and Jackpot Vintage in the Metropolitan Market.