I love a look that’s a little bit athletic casual and a little bit chic. Some of my favorite looks have come out of combining those two styles. While Toronto transitions from summer into fall I’m exploring how to make that transition in style. I love this comfy sweater that is warm yet cropped and with a more open knit so you won’t overheat in it. Paired with blush shorts and a white sneaker it’s perfect for this in-between time.
Full disclosure, I Google myself sometimes. Not in a narcissistic way like I enjoy seeing myself across Google images, LOL. Moreso, in the way that it’s often how I find out that certain styling work of mine has been published or that I’ve gotten some cool press I would have otherwise not known about. I happened to be up pretty late last night when I decided to run a quick search and discovered, to my biggest surprise, my image on the web sites of two major women’s magazines, Seventeen and Marie Claire!
One of the most fun things about running this blog is that it encourages me to get out and explore the city of Toronto that I currently call home. I’ve lived here for a few years now and I am still constantly discovering new things about it. This city is full of so many hidden gems: Mom-and-Pop restaurants, quaint little fashion boutiques, and tucked away natural wonders like the garden in this outfit set. We were doing some location scouting in the heart of the downtown area when all of a sudden I saw this shadowy, inconspicuous entrance that seemed to lead back to some greenery. Turns out it was a beautiful community garden. It was too late to shoot that night so we came back the next day.
Every year around this time Toronto hosts many big-name celebs and rising stars alike for the annual Toronto International Film Festival. Many movies make their premieres with there being over 300 screenings from more than 60 countries. Outside of the box office, the city is full of star-studded, red carpet events. This year TIFF is running from September 10th – 20th. While I don’t think I’ll be catching a movie this year, I did have the chance to attend one of the hottest, most talked-about parties of the season.
It’s been raining for about two days straight here in Toronto. The wind is getting cooler and I wore my Timbs for the first time since winter yesterday. Everyone around me is getting that requisite cold you get when the seasons start changing. It’s safe to say summer has breathed its last breath and fall is here. Realizing that cold temperatures are coming saddens me a bit as I love the warmer months and winters here are so brutal so I thought now would be the perfect time to daydream a little and post my last summer-themed outfit set.
Models are people too! It’s easy to forget that when all we see are those perfectly airbrushed faces glossy and glistening on billboards and magazine covers. Not too long ago I got an itch to shoot someone’s portrait so I spoke with a model agent from Spot 6 Management and had Tyrah come over to my space for a quick model test. That’s where I got to pick her brain and discover she’s way more than just a pretty face who has lent her look to projects for swimwear designer Andrea Iyama, beauty brand Pureology, and more. She’s a dog mom and pineapple-on-pizza advocate who could probably kick your butt at Mortal Kombat.
Earlier in the summer I became Facebook friends with a makeup artist named Au Zi.She explained to me that she was enrolled in a makeup course taught by the world famous makeup master Val Garland and she’d love to have me model for her. Though that initial introduction didn’t result in a collaboration, the lines of communication remained open and when she had another project come up that she thought I’d be good for she reached out again. Last Monday I met with her and photographer Johan Sorensen. The concept of this project was to use one NARS product a variety of ways. We did two versions where she used mascara (one version in black, the other a plum hue) as brow tint, eyeliner, lip stain, eyeshadow and even to create faux freckles.
For part 2 of my feature on Mary Katrantzou’s collaboration with Adidas I wanted to shoot her trackpants and reversible varsity jacket. After mulling over where to shoot it I settled on a rooftop in the heart of Toronto’s West Queen West neighborhood. Almost exactly a year ago to this day Vogue named Toronto’s West Queen West neighborhood as the second coolest neighborhood in the world for their global street style report. This part of the city is where art, fashion, commerce, and coolness all intersect. It’s vibrant and always alive. What better place to shoot a set of pieces that embody all those things as well?
How many designers do you know of that have gone straight from finishing school to presenting their debut ready-to-wear collection at London Fashion Week? Mary Katrantzou did just that in during the Spring/Summer 2009 show season and since then has been steadily building her name as a digital print powerhouse in the fashion industry.
I’ve been living in Toronto for about five or so years now and still had never made it to the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto’s yearly end-of-summer carnival that childhood memories are made of. Luckily, I had a seasoned tour guide to immerse me in all the greatness the CNE has to offer. I sampled fine cuisine such as kangaroo meat sausage that kind of made me shudder a little bit and Oreos deep fried in red velvet batter with vanilla icing drizzled on top that made me want to consider a juice cleanse.