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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


My sister and I yesterday

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How to Dress for a World Premiere

As promised the other day, I am blogging about my trip to the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) on Sunday.
Before I start I want to give a big thank you to my new followers because the whole point of posting is to share it with you!
On Sunday I went back down into Toronto. Can I just say that I love this city and each time I go into Toronoto, it’s a whole outing on its own. Toronto is still in a festive mood that started last Thursday , due to all the events taking place at once in the city, but mainly due to TIFF.  If anyone wants to go to TIFF in the future, I would advise buying tickets in June, as many shows are sold out after that.

I went to see the world premiere of The Lesser Blessed, a Canadian-made film about teenagers coming of age and “conquering their demons” in a rural city. The protagonist is played by a native Canadian, Joel Evans, who was literally plucked out of the hallway of his Northwest Territories high school and asked to take the starring role.

Co-starring are Benjamin Bratt (from Modern Family) and and Kiowa Gordon (a hot werewolf from Twilight). The film was powerful and portrayed what life is really like for teenagers in remote, rural communities, particularly native Canadians, something I and many others have never seen. Secondly it has a universal appeal in that we all go through that part of growing up where we don’t feel like we fit and we are struggling to survive all the difficulties that growing up throws at us.

What I Wore

There is something weird about juxtaposing something as seemingly trivial as fashion against the harsh realities covered in this film.  Nonetheless, to see a profound film you still have to get dressed in something. So below is what I wore:

Zara chiffon shirt, My Tribe leather pants, Calvin Klein cage shoes, graduated hematite necklace from my mom’s closet.

On the whole, I was very pleased with this outfit.   I was not dressed for a ball like the director of the movie, top photo blue dress.  Nor was I dressed too casually. In other words, slightly upscale but not “trying too hard”  I felt that I was in a position, if fate presented itself (which it did not) to run into Ryan Gosling and at least try to take his attention away from that . . . Eva person.

After the premiere, we had an opportunity to personally tell the author of the book on which the movie was based how much we enjoyed it!

Then we strolled about the neighborhood and managed to view a few stars which I was not familiar enough with to name.  I would appreciate any comments from readers telling me who any of these people are:

The film I saw was screened away from most of the hubub associated with the Festival, so we did not see any of the major stars and, sadly, Ryan missed me 😦

However, TIFF is on this week and through next weekend, so you never know!


Those are the stars from The Lesser Blessed in the background


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Top Ten Fall Fashion Trends

Fall has arrived with a renewal of my passion for fashion.  I nearly cried when I first touched that fall bible of international style, the revered “September Issue” of American Vogue.   My heart pounded when I browsed the stores and saw what I could buy, if only I could justify when I would wear all of that!  I cleaned my closet (now we KNOW something’s afoot for sure).   Philanthropic tip:  donate your dated clothing to Between Friends, a Toronto area charity that trucks it to northern communities that don’t have a Goodwill or Salvation Army on every other corner.

I tried to limit my choices to five, but I couldn’t!

Now to begin the terrific task of refilling my closet judiciously in such a way as to distill the essence of my top ten favourite trends!

Top ten trends:

1.     Oversized black and white houndstooth  Houndstooth is a fantastic timeless trend that you will never really have to throw away if you spend your hard-earned dollars on it.  But this year, it is raging!  It doesn’t need to be black and white, but b&w is best because it goes with anything.

You can get a new piece of houndstooth clothing.  Or, you can get the effect with a well-chosen accessory such as a scarf, shoes or bag.  I am lucky enough to already have in my closet this loud ‘n proud handbag, and if I put it with all black, or any combination of black, white and electric blue, I will be right on trend.

2.     Black leather leggings  I am thrilled to say that I already have a pair of these on hand. (Thanks to my sister!)  This trend has been going on for some time but I would say that black leather leggings have quickly become such a fashion classic that they have a few good years’ wear in them and would be a great thing to purchase now if I didn’t already have them.  Can’t wait to pair them with white shirts, blue denim-type shirts, electric blue and all manner of oversized blouses.

Style tip:  When you wear narrow on the bottom, wear loose and breezy on top.  When you wear snug and sexy on top, balance it with loose and casual on the bottom.  This keeps it classy and is a basic style principle that will keep you from making  a bad fashion statement.

3.     Blue denim shirts  I went crazy for this trend in the spring, and am still crazy!  I picked up this blue linen-blend denim-look shirt at Banana Republic.  They put everything on sale every week, so how could I not, I ask you?

4.     Red!  Every fall, tastemakers declare red to be the new black, or something like that.  It is as regular as the nautical look coming in for spring!  However, THIS year is truly different.  First of all, red lipstick, and not just as a runway matter.  People are really wearing it; even try two-toned lips as in these photos:  

Are we seeing an influence from The Hunger Games?

Another thing about red:  red pants!  My favourite is this gorgeous Marciano ad where it is paired with a girly pink furry jacket I would die for.  Red with pink!  It’s true love and you can pull it out for Christmas and Valentine’s day every year after.  What a deal.

Last, but definitely not least, deeper red leather pants, jeans, and leather jackets.  I am gonna point you straight to good ol’ H&M for this trend, because they are overflowing with red leather and leatherette, in the best of styles.

5.     Black sheer blouses  Mom says “no” but I say “yeah”!  I have yet to find the perfect specimen, but do intend to wear it with trend no. 2, above, when I do! Tell me if you find anything like this: 

6.    Chunky white Fisherman-Knit style sweaters  Michael Kors, you just know what a woman wants, and you did it again.  Kors is not the only designer brightening fall with this cozy look.  Anyone who finds a knock-off that’s really affordable, let me know in the comments section, below.

7.    Scent of a Man  Who doesn’t love the sultry smell of a sexy guy?  If you don’t have one of your own, just wear his fragrance and you will feel the subconscious sense that you have him with you all the time.  I love to wear Old Spice Playmaker, and to spray Banana Republic Wildblue on my pillow (don’t tell my mom).

8.     Snake motifs Last year, snakeskin was all over skirts, belts and pants as a print.  My favourite place to wear a snake is as a bracelet.  It subtly implies that you have a snake wrapped around your wrist and would be waaaaaaaaaay more comfortable than this:

This 1981 photo does prove, however, the timelessness of wearing snake.

9.      Overscale Crosses  These can be worn as jewelry, on a long necklace, or as a motif on a shirt.  Nobody assume anything religious if I wear this trend:  it’s all about style, sort of like Christmas is all about Santa!

10.     Vera Wang  I don’t care if she’s not new for fall.  Her wedding dresses are both an art form, and  a condition of my future marriage.  Her dresses are on my top fall trends list regardless!

If you are looking to elevate your instinct for fashion this week, take note of the 175th Anniversary Celebration Friday, September 6 at Holt Renfrew, 50  Bloor Street West, Toronto.

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