Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's hard to save when you run into a sale!

As I was attempting to save money (perhaps for a future trip to Montreal.. perhaps to pay off the VISA bill from the trip to Toronto) I happened across the sale table at Joanne David (1276 Barrington Street). I couldn't pass up a good deal or a fabulous headband, could I? At 60% off?! No way!

Here is my purchase du jour. I have been wanting something made of zipper since it came into fashion!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

So many recent things to blog about - one of them is the release of Tom Binns' Alice in Wonderland jewelry collection. I am absolutely in love with Alice in Wonderland (and was the Mad Hatter for Halloween this year).

I love the items with all the crazy hearts (see the earrings to the left), but I am not super keen on the keyholes with the images inside. Although they are not my favorite, you might totally adore them, so check out

Although his jewelry isn't really available in Hali (or online, as far as I can tell), there are loads of fabulous Alice-inspired pieces on

I could spend all day looking at fabulous and creative pieces on Etsy, but that is another post for another day!

(For now, here are some things I currently love on Etsy: cute pouches, vintage baubles, fashionable furniture, recycled rugs, great graphic tees, and adorable accesories. Enjoy!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Finally - The T.O. Blog

I am taking a break from cutting out pieces of fabric for my sewing class design. Thank goodness, because I need to post all the fashionable details of my Toronto trip.

Stop #1: Forever 21. Hooray! I must say, it has been a long wait. Ordering cute headbands and tops from the website just isn't the same. I was in such a hurry to get there that I ditched my suitcases with the bellhop at the hotel instead of actually checking into the room first.

It was actually really refreshing to be in a store where you could create so many looks. I was equally impressed (as someone who works in retail) that they had someone to greet you at the door.

I picked up a few cardigans (like 5 - when they are $20 its hard to say no!).

I also got this adorable owl necklace. This is a big deal because I rarely wear jewelry, but it was just too cute.

Stop #2: After Forever 21, I checked my bags and went for Dim Sum with my travel-mate. I wore one of those brand new cardigans, and loved the total chaos of the Dim Sum place. I ate so many things I could not even pick out of a line-up - choosing your food from a cart while the waitress yells the names of dishes in chinese takes some skill. Quite an experience.

Stop #3: Leigh & Harlow. Pure class, and yet, totally casual clothing. I didn't get anything - I think I had cold feet for Toronto-shopping. If I ever go back to T.O. I will definitely pick up some of their printed tees. They also had cute tops with great detailing (see the photo!).

Stop #4: Fresh Collective. This is actually really a refreshing idea. It is a designer run boutique on Queen St. W. Designers display and sell their products in the shop, and they each work there one night a week. I saw so many designs I wanted to take home with me, but I settled on this fabulous top from 'the candi factory' (I'm almost positive):

Visit for details, and check out my photos of the shop:

Stop #5: I could have sworn I read about Katie in a magazine, but I can not remember which one (of course). The dresses are all one-size-fits-all, and there are plenty of styles. To tell the truth, I was actually pretty impressed that the one-size-fits-all thing held true. The frocks had really elastic waists, so they looked like they would fit a much smaller size, but I found a bunch that fit me, and I'm usually an XL.

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Fashion, Put It All On Me"

Although I am still working on my post from T.O. (things have been busy), I feel it is completely necessary to move away from that topic for at least one post to discuss some recent news.

Fashion legend Alexander McQueen was found dead this week in his London home. The genius of color, texture and style was born in London and became a clothing designer at a very young age (he began his career at 16).

Anna Wintour called him "one of the greatest talents of his generation."

He created garments for both famous and everyday fashionistas. He will be remembered for shocking us with his adventurous fashions, and his tragic death. It is a tremendous loss for the world of fashion.

I had been working on a piece about love-inspired clothing for valentines day, but I have scrapped it in favor of a bit of McQueen inspired art (I hope it still makes you feel a little bit of love and romance)

As promised, I have also attempted this post in french. No matter your language, you will be moved by the death of such a fashion icon:
Une legende de mode, Alexander McQueen, a été trouver mort cette semaine. Il était un génie de mode. Il a été né à Londres, et il est devenue un créateur des vêtements à un jeune âge. Il a créé les vêtements pour les célébrité et pour les personnes normales aussi. C'est une tragédie pour le monde de la mode.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I am working on a post about the wonders of fashion in Toronto as we speak, but in the meantime I wanted to let you in on a secret: I picked a Halloween costume for this year (you are going to be SO excited!)

(Yes, it is very very early to be thinking of such things, but I LOVE Halloween, and I was inspired during my trip.)

I am going to be a peacock!

My original inspiration came from this fabulous peacock ballet outfit in a costume shop called Malabar. Ha-cha-cha.

I picked up a pair of fake eyelashes with a streak of bright green, and a pair of bright blue tights. It's obviously a bit of a complicated costume, so I'm glad I came up with the idea now. I'm thinking outrageous and bright eye makeup, and tons of strategically placed feathers.