Style in The Neighbourhood

I was so psyched last Saturday to attend The Neighbourhood concert in Toronto with my sister (second photo below).

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Ready to go (:

We went for dinner at Hemmingway’s in Toronto on the way to the concert, which is always a good place if you enjoy a crowd.

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With my sister (right) at the concert.

the neighbourhood at the sound academy

The Neighbourhood

Jesse rutherford the neighbourhood sweater weather tumblrI think I’m in love with their lead singer, Jesse Rutherford.

What I wore:

Shirt: Joe Fresh

Skirt: TopShop

Tights: Ardene

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Ottawa Fashion Week

The week now ending has been an important one in the world of Canadian fashion.  Designers release their newest collections for the season six months ahead at Fashion Week, and Ottawa is the first Canadian city to hold its fashion week, giving us a taste of what is to come from our local talent.

This season, I walked for Canadian designer KLATT on the Thursday night of fashion week.  It is difficult to describe the positive energy of preparing for these shows and being a part of this event.

Klatt runway show

Klatt

Klatt’s styles are knitwear:  comfortable, imaginative and yet very wearable.  I enjoyed working with this talented new designer.

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Klatt runway show 2

See if you can spot me prepping backstage:  Video

Wine and refreshments were served to guests who came dressed to kill or not dressed up at all and a gala dinner was available for those inclined to further celebration.  My time available for this event was brief but I was inspired by the designers, hairstylists, makeup artists and all the creative talent that went into it.  “Fashion Week” sounds intimidating to lots of people I think, but what a great night out.  I really recommend getting out to one of these if you haven’t been!

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Klatt show finale

Can you spot me in the finale “lineup”?

Have you been to fashion week in your city?  Would you wear this hair?

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Summer

My sister loves to style my outfits and do hair and makeup that I would never do myself.  Letting someone creative have free rein sometimes allows you to see yourself in a completely different way.  Imagine my shock when I saw these photos . . .

summer photo shoot

. . . of myself!

styled photo shoot

Of course, with a completely different look, you have to get in character.  Also, my sister has an amazing way of bringing a whole different attitude out of me.

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lace vest

eclectic summer shoot

summer fashion

braided hair

Top: Hollister

Vest: The Free People

Necklace:  Mom’s closet, an old ceramic piece from the Dominican Republic

Skirt: Dot’s, Victoria B.C.

Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

I am dreaming and wishing for the return of summer more than ever!

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New Year

Happy New Year to all my followers!  I have been posting infrequently for a few months, but I’m still here, doing all the other things I usually write about:  trying new sushi joints, taking in the sensory overload that is Toronto’s shopping experience (who went out for the Boxing Day sales, guys?) and doing modeling work that comes my way.

I have intended to post more of my modeling events and shots over the past months, but like everything else, I have the pictures and haven’t done the posts.  However, I did this one for D’Avi Luxury Knitwear just before Christmas and thought I would put up a couple of the photos.  I enjoyed working with this designer who is a true artisan, and gave me a whole new appreciation for what is possible with knits!

Remember, photos are the property of the photographer, Norm Photography, and may not be copied or re-used for any purpose without his express consent.

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modeling knitwear

Photographer: Norm Photography

Tell me about your Boxing Day finds!  What was the best deal you picked up?

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The Popular Poison

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Wear Your Heart on Your Nails

Concert last night!

My necklace, a scoop from the “Sister’s Closet”, which has recently returned for my “shopping” enjoyment.

Any hardcore Marina and the Diamonds fans will recognize the reference to Electra Heart on my fingernails.

What I wore to see John Mayer:

Necklace: The Bay

Shirt: Forever XXI

Leggings: My Tribe

Shoes: Calvin Klein

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My sister and I yesterday

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♡ C R O P T O P S & D I A M O N D S ♡

I have long been both excited and hesitant about the crop top trend that has been huge this summer. This trend is forecast to continue into fall and we will see it in the form of both crop tops and cropped sweaters.

On a recent shopping trip I picked up a crop top on sale. I was on the way out of the mall (you’ve heard this story before), excited to wear my new top out and about, when I decided that I should just have a quick look in Topshop. Just a look.

♡ T O P S H O P ♡

I quickly stumbled upon this adorable crop top that I could not avoid trying on. But I needed something to try it on with since I was wearing a dress. In a fit of passion, I grabbed this skirt — strange for me since I don’t usually pick up orange. Just to try the top on with. Well, I don’t know what to tell you readers, but I could not take this outfit off without figuring out a way to fit it into my budgeting. Oh, and the crop top I first purchased had to go back.

I feel an explanation is owed to you. I am recently infatuated with Marina and the Diamonds and I felt this outfit was very Marina and the Diamonds. Check out the video below and tell me if you agree!

Why do I love Marina?

Marina and the Diamonds is a feminist, but in a feminine way. She sets herself apart from all the common pop culture celebrities who pretend to be feminist and don’t seem to live by feminist values or even respectable ones. I feel really connected to her through her music because it is something you can identify with as a self-respecting modern female. I don’t have to compromise my values or feel uneasy like I would for a singer that I used to like that did a duet with some guy who gave her a black eye, or another one who wore a dress that was supposed to make her look nude.

If you haven’t discovered Marina and the Diamonds yet, I strongly recommend that you check her out.

crop top

Tip: A very flared skirt will make your waist look much smaller, which is a real benefit at the best of times, let alone when you’re wearing a crop top.

To show this outfit to you, I decided to go very retro. As some of you may know, Lana Del Rey is a big fashion inspiration for me. And I also love some of Cindy Crawford’s retro looks.

So for this outfit, I back-combed my hair and pinned the top back and I put on a nice big cat eye with eyeliner (worn with a subtle lip color of course). My gold geometric cuff was almost an exact match for the goldy-yellow part of the pattern in the shirt, and to keep it on the casual side, I wore my new leather sandals.

lana del rey

marina and the diamonds

Shirt: Topshop

Skirt: Topshop

Cuff: Forever 21

Sandals: Aldo

cindy crawford

Nothing is provocative anymore
Even for kids
No room for imagining
‘Cause everyone’s seen everything
Question what the TV tells you
Question what a pop star sells you
Question mom and question dad
Question good and question bad

If history could set you free (from who you were supposed to be)
If sex in our society (didn’t tell a girl who she would be)
‘Cause all my life I’ve tried to fight what history has given me

♡ M A R I N A  A N D  T H E  D I A M O N D S ♡

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Cool Cargo

Sometimes I start an outfit with an inspiration. For my farmer’s market shopping this Sunday, I was inspired by this Ralph Lauren ad.

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This ad really captured my imagination: air-dried tousled hair, army green jacket, white shirt, long pendant necklace and aviators.

My version:

army jacket

It was a cool Sunday in Southern Ontario, perfect for visiting farmers’ markets and enjoying local fruits and vegetables, which is a real treat in my part of the world.

farmer's market

I air-dried my hair with a product called “Curl Up”.

cargo and white

Shirt: Joe Fresh

Shorts: Wal-Mart

Jacket: Zara

Necklace: Forever 21

Shoes: Aldo

cargo

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The Sunday Scoop

My sister recently moved back to Toronto from Victoria, with all of her magnificent wardrobe.  When she got here, she opened up her luggage and started giving stuff away, and I was the lucky beneficiary!

I scored this casual sundress, an unstructured, sleeveless style that I tend to wear more than any other in the summertime.  What a scoop!

Don’t you think it’s perfect for a Sunday afternoon, whether poolside, malling, the farmer’s market or wherever?

Staying cool!

Staying cool!

I like this delicate, feminine silver jewelry set with the dress because of its feminine details.  This jewelry has special meaning because it was made especially for me by my aunt.

Classic leather sandals don’t compete with the casual look of the dress.

Tip:  lighter-coloured neutral leather sandals maintain an unbroken line, making your legs look longer than contrasting coloured sandals.

Dress:  Fun2 Fun 

Shoes:  Aldo

Bracelet and necklace:  handmade custom pieces 

What’s your favourite hot summer Sunday look?

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Flowers in July

How did everyone in the Northeast survive this heat wave that’s just ending? In this staggering humid heat it is a challenge to dress in any way that feels breezy enough and doesn’t stick to your body.

I solved this problem by visiting Anthropologie, one of the stores that doesn’t just mark down all their summer stuff and bring in fall at this point in the summer. I love stores that remember we are still trying to stay cool and stay in season and that we just want to see something new in the middle of the season.

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For staying cool in my summer travels, I picked up this breezy, loose, chiffon floral top. I am just loving the trend for tiny, old-fashioned florals — so feminine! It is a real contrast to most of my fashion experience to date.

For a modern twist, I added this white, cream and gold oversized necklace, also from Anthropologie.

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Shirt: Anthropologie

Shorts: Wal-Mart

Necklace: Anthropologie

Shoes: Aldo

Bag: Aldo

Does anyone recognize from these pictures where I was on the weekend?

Lovers of style, how are you staying cool this summer?

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