I had a week off, so I spent a couple of days visiting friends in Toronto, and took the time to explore a couple of secondhand stores in the Bloor West area of the city. The neighbourhood is primarily Portuguese, and is populated with small bakeries, restaurants, used furniture stores, a Salvation Army thrift store, and a wonderful vintage clothing store called 69 Vintage. They have another location on Queen Street West, but the location on Bloor Street has a room in the rear of the store that is full of clothing that is $15/lb. The front part of the store contains the better quality vintage that is higher priced. I found a beautiful black wool and leather jacket by Toronto designer Izzy Camilleri for $65 but it was so hot the day I was there that I couldn't fathom buying something for winter. Instead, I bought this bold print shift dress that I wore to work, paired with a leather belt, my new favourite leather cuff, and my Art Company wedges (Curtise of The Secondhand Years has the same shoes, only in a different colour!) It was a bit short when belted, but I figured when it's this friggin' hot, who cares?
The other item I purchased was this floaty, ribbon-trimmed cotton blouse, made in Mexico. I've never been a huge fan of crinkled cotton but the blouse was just so damn pretty, and it was incredibly light and comfortable despite the stifling humidity. I attempted to ground it's "floatiness" by wearing it with plaid shorts I found in the $15/lb room (along with the cotton petticoat from my "Frida" post) and my new grey leather Converse, but apparently it didn't work, as the first day I wore it, the wide sleeves and loose fit inspired comments from people that ranged from "You've got angel sleeves!", to "How much do you charge to haunt a house"? Just call me Casper.