Events in Toronto
Sometimes, just sometimes, I feature males in the Eurotrash People section of the blog. This gorgeous specimen was a recommendation from my friend, Alex Liang. And apart from his handlebar moustache, Mariano Di Vaio is impossibly – ridiculously – good-looking. A eugoogalizer, even.Tweet
Augustina store windows are perennial treats. Image by Kaerucomm.
Nestled along a quaint, cobblestone path in Yorkville, Augustina has been a favourite treat of mine since I started seeking out cool shops in Toronto – circa grade 9. And it was love at first sight. The only store to have ever stocked accessories by the prestigious Italian ski fashion brand, Postcard (don’t even go there, Moncler), I’ve always had a deep admiration for Augustina’s keen eye on cool things. Always a bit more recherché, a bit more eurotrash, if you will.
And finally, we can shop these goodies online as Augustina has just launched its e-commerce website across Canada at http://augustinaboutiques.com. I’ve got my eye on the Augustina brand laser-cut leather pouches ($195 CAD) and dreaming of the Anita Ko rose-gold leaf ring with diamonds ($5,750 CAD). Operative word: dreaming. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
I must preface this post with an admission. I’m not much of an online shopper, in that, I’m always a bit nervous about purchasing something I haven’t seen or touched before. Which, I believe, is completely normal. However, you won’t find an e-commerce enthusiast who’s as passionate about the changing landscape of consumerism as I am. Needless to say, I had a 15 minute jumping-on-the-bed-athon when eLUXE invited me to peruse their headquarters here in Toronto and get the full personal shopping experience with their lead personal stylist, Jennifer McConville. I brought along my friend, photographer, JR Bernstein, to capture it all with his trusty Fujifilm camera. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
On Saturday, March 23rd at the Andrew Richard Designs venue in downtown Toronto, I will be attending the Second Annual Memory Ball Gala event and you should be there, too. I can’t tell you how important it is for fashion to give back to local causes. In this case, we’ll be raising money for The Alzheimer Society of Toronto. And as a writer, my cognitive wares are perhaps most dear to me. I can’t even begin to image what living with this disease is like, or in the case of the girls who founded the Memory Ball last year, give care to their mothers both diagnosed with it.Tweet
Most of you know Canadian designer, Christopher Bates, as a Mercedes-Benz StartUp finalist from last season’s World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. His tongue-in-cheek, lipstick-on-your-collar, dress shirt is a calling card for his Bond-inspired menswear. He serves up fashion shaken, not stirred. But something you may not know about Mr. Bates – he’s eurotrash. We immediately hit it off.Tweet
image by Nelson Dolan
Toronto jewellery designer, Shah Emily Noaman, is one of the most giving people I’ve ever met. She’s always up to something that helps support a good cause, local artists and businesses. No surprise that she pulled off a heartfelt afternoon at Nyood to support The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and tons of local artists, auctioning off amazing gifts and certificates. It was all really sweet. I brought my mom with me. We bonded over David’s Tea and cookies upon cookies.Tweet
These days I’m lacking lots of things. A photographer – another human being, really, who will point and shoot my camera; a tripod, perhaps; diamonds, most definitely. I try with the limited space and resources available to me. My real goal is to show you my new pants from Stefanel and how I wore them last night to the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend event by FAJO Magazine and !Xam Diamonds. Yeah, I tried on a 4.08c cushion cut stone with another carat in the halo and band. I mean, it was sparkly and nice and looked SO WRONG on even my right ring finger, but I’m more of a Blake Lively solitaire kinda girl.Tweet
Ladies, ever look at a guy in a suit and think, “I wish I looked like him”?
I do it all the time. Despite my small frame and nonexistent shoulders, one of my grandest dreams is to parade around in a suit all day. Kinda like Posh Spice in an all white suit with matching white bra in 1997.Tweet
I was so ecstatic when I was asked to tag along with Marcus Kan of A la mode blog to attend the 50 Years of Bond Style: Designing 007 inaugural gala and after part-ay. What a night! We arrived on site and got passports handed to us with a, “you’re 007 agents for the night, good luck.” I was eating it up! The entire TIFF Bell Lightbox was transformed into a Bond legacy. There was the Kobo ice lounge complete with alcoholic snow cones – the only kind of snow cones that should really exist. Then there was the Goldfinger lounge, Casino Royale (we stayed away from the tables), a loading dock where you could shoot guns at your date, and so much more. The Big Sound performed Bond hits and Motown favourites. We ate, drank and were very merry.Tweet
Not only does Toronto have quite possibly one of the longest fashion week title abbreviation, #WMCFW, if you’re wondering, but we also have a 14-day long fashion week. Shows started already last week and the main event begins the day after tomorrow. Holy crap, get your Celine clutches clutched and claws sharpened sharp.
And obviously, we must make room for Toronto expats. Thanks to Paolo Fullerton’s the shOws, we get to host our most internationally successful designers back on home turf. Albeit, their collections have already made the rounds on Style.com and the global roster of publications. It’s still nice to see the collections in-the-flesh, re-staged for all the those ‘somebodies’ fashion week brings out twice a year.Tweet