March 04, 2015

altered state

I believe that all garments are a work in progress.  Sometimes I have a hard time getting rid of things that have great bones; pants in a bold shade of purple but the leg just isn't flattering anymore or a jacket with gigantic shoulders but made of the most beautiful wool.  

Alterations and a trusty seamstress are both something I'm quite fond of.  Case in point with these jeans.  I mean it was not a huge alteration but I think the look it quite different.  

The last time I wore them in a post was in July 2013 (how was it that long ago?) They have since been in my closet for some time but I still really loved them. I thought about options for a few weeks and settled on simply shortening them above the ankle.  I figured that this would allow me to wear them with flats or sneakers, something that was not an option when they were so long without losing their massive size.  I must say that I'm quite happy with the result.  Throughout the winter I have worn them with ankle boots and sneakers and look forward to pairing them with platform sandals come spring. *Just make sure when hemming jeans, especially a distressed pair that you spend the extra money to have your seamstress salvage the original hem and reattach it at your desired length.  It makes all the difference.

Faux fur vest (thrifted, Kensington Market, Toronto, ON). Top (Joe Fresh). Vintage Men's Levis (Urban Outfitters, Toronto, ON). Shoes (Nine West). Clutch (vintage, Salvation Army, Windsor, ON). Necklace (vintage, Jones & Co. Windsor, ON).

Photos Renza

March 01, 2015

TOM* toronto mens fashion week- my favourite headwear

Designer Joao Paul Guedes runway collection with hats by Coup de Tete

Some of my favourite accessories from the TOM* FW15 shows included toques with chin straps (above) by RANK by Rani Kim and Canadian-made hats by Coup de Tete seen in the Joao Paul Guedes and Worth by David C Wigley collections.

Designer Joao Paul Guedes runway collection with hats by Coup de Tete

Designer David C Wigley's Worth collection with hats by Coup de Tete

Designer Andrew Coimbra 

TOM* founder Jeff Rustia wearing a hat by Coup de Tete.

February 15, 2015

the wild west

When you think of a full length layered lace skirt, I bet 'casual' is not the first word that pops into your head. 

Sometimes I fall in love with a piece of clothing but hesitate to buy it when its wearability is limited.  Really, there is only so much room in my closet for things that I can only wear once or style one way. 

While pairing this skirt with a fitted turtleneck and a fur coat was an obvious option for night, I toned it down for day and had a little fun by pairing it with an over sized cashmere sweater and some ankle boots.  A future option may be to pair the skirt with a leather jacket and combat boots or a t-shirt and sneakers or...

Skirt (vintage, Factory Girl Vintage, Toronto, ON). Sweater (Club Monaco, old). Booties (Zara). Hat (vintage, Common Sort, Toronto, ON).

Photos R Mathew Fields

February 10, 2015

old boots are just like old friends, priceless

It was a little bit chilly to get back on the blogging wagon today, especially when it is -9 outside and I opted not to wear socks! 

I'm currently working on mixing this jacket into my wardrobe on a more frequent basis.  I love the bold print and the idea of wearing the jacket as a shirt either belted (as shown) and fastened with vintage pins (a sudden inspiration).  

These boots tend to creep in and out of my life as they have for the last 20 years or so.  I lived in them in university, permanently messed up the circulation in my toes wearing them through a few bitter winters, and even though each boot weighs about 5 pounds, I will NEVER get rid of these beauties.

Jacket (vintage, Mama Loves You, Toronto, ON ). Coach belt (thrifted, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI). Hat (vintage, Value Village Thrift, Windsor, ON). Levi's (vintage, Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak, MI). Boots (vintage, Black Market Vintage, Toronto, ON over 20 years ago!). Bracelets (handmade by ghrlunltd, Zane, F21). Broach (thrifted).

Photos: Renza

January 06, 2015

tie one on

Could it be possible that the statement necklace, long reigning "queen of the neck", will be dethroned in 2015 by the silk scarf? Whether it's a favourite vintage print or a trendy designer one, it's time to dig your favourite from the bottom of your lingerie drawer, STAT!

There is really no right or wrong way to wear a silk scarf but size is important. I prefer a square over an oblong shape for the simple fact that there are several more options on how to tie it. Also, depending on the top or jacket that I'm wearing, I prefer a small square (17"x 17") vs a standard square (27"x 27").

Here are a few looks I've put together that both pair the neck scarf with your favourite statement necklace or as an alternative.

If you are not quite ready to wear your silk scarf around your neck, try tying it around the handle of your favourite handbag or around your wrist.