What I Wore: Baby (Not) On Board

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Funny thing happened on the subway the other day. As le bf and I were rocking and swaying, trying to keep our balance, an older woman looked up from her seat and asked me if I would like to sit down. Not understanding what her offer suggested, I looked at my husband, as he looked back at me in dismay…and then we both looked down at my belly. The dress…this dress…was billowy, sure, but did I actually looked pregnant enough to warrant a seat on a crowded subway car? Really?!?!? After the initial shock, I said “no, thank you” as graciously as possible, and proceeded to suck in my stomach for the rest of the ride.

So now the question is…do I stop wearing this dress? One friend suggested I burn it, but the truth is…I actually love it. Of course, I could belt it and solve my dilemma, but I actually prefer it loose and comfy. So I guess my options are now: a) wear it and suck in my stomach as much as I possibly can, or b) wear it and stick my stomach out to get a seat on the subway during rush hour. I haven’t decided which option I’m going to go with, but either way, this dress is just too perfect for hot sticky summer days for me to give it up. What do you think?

Have you ever been confused for someone who’s expecting? Share your stories in the comments!

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What I Wore: Leather Weather

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If you didn’t know already, The Room at The Bay is on major sale right now! Shoes, clothes, you name it – all 60-70% off! It’s during this semi-annual event I snagged this beautiful jacket from Mikhael Kale, and my new fave pair of shoes from 3.1 Phillip Lim. These shoes look like a mix of medieval knight’s shoes and gladiator sandals, and for some reason I just can’t get enough. And while this summer has been a crappy one so far, the silver lining is me wearing my beloved leather jackets in July. Blue leather and knight shoes is what my summer’s going to look like. Hope you’re ready for it.

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What I Wore: Boyfriend Jeans Forever

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I’ve had these boyfriend jeans for what seems like forever, and you know what? They are still in style! Le bf hates them with a passion…probably because they are so beaten up, and aren’t the most flattering jeans out there (in his opinion), but to me – they are perfect. I mean, what’s not to love? They are comfy, and go with pretty much anything and everything. This, my friends, is what I call a keeper.

What about you? Do you like boyfriend jeans? Would you ever wear them? Let me know in the comments.

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What I Wore: Souped Up

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Last week something awesome happened – Viktor & Rolf’s Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren stopped by The Room at The Bay while on a press visit to Toronto…and I got to meet them! Dreams do come true…for real!

The party was incredible! A string quartet played some modern tunes, there was plenty of yummy Perrier-Jouët bubbly to go around, and the crowds were dressed to the nines (The Room parties are always great for people-watching!). Bonnie Brooks was there, as were Stacey Kimmel, Rufus Wainwright, and Jeremy Laing…oh my!

As for my outfit…I decided to go less formal in my fave Club Monaco faux leather skirt, a soup tee under my trusty moto jacket, a pair of my new fave shoes from Aldo x Preen capsule collection, and a sparkly necklace to dress it up. Funny enough, I ran into Anita Clarke at the party, and we were both wearing the same shoes AND the same clutch from ela handbags! Twinsies! Well…except Anita was wearing a gorgeous Roland Mouret, while I was wearing Forever 21. But still…great minds think alike…and also, this totally shows off the versatility of fun accessories, non?

After having a quick moment alone with the belles of the ball (they were super-duper nice, by the way), my friends and I continued to mingle, checking out the new Viktor & Rolf spring collection, and making our dream wishlists, which included the clothes off designers’ backs, because those adorable embroidered jeans they both wore (one with mustaches, and the other with sunglasses) were just too awesome for words. Alas…I never got the courage to ask them about their jeans, so they stayed firmly in my dreams. But hey, Viktor and Rolf…if you see this…I’d love to do a Sisterhood of Travelling Pants thing with you. And though I’m not exactly sure how it works, I think we could start by you sending me your adorable jeans, and me wearing them…Ok? Sounds good to me.

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Roksanda Ilincic Celebrates Spring 2013 Collection at The Room at The Bay

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending yet another fab event at The Room at The Bay. This time, to celebrate the London-based (Serbian-born) designer Roksanda Ilincic and her Spring 2013 collection. I’ve been a fan of Ilincic’s vibrant clothes for a while now – most notably on Ginnifer Goodwin, who really knows how to wear Ilincic’s modern and elegant designs, and from shopping at The Room, where I always pause to drool over a dress or two.

As is usually the case, The Room was packed with Toronto’s most stylish, including The Bay’s CEO Bonnie Brooks clad in Roksanda Ilincic, actress Sarah Gadon and her photographer pal Caitlin Cronenberg. Ilincic herself was lovely and gorgeous to boot. She showed off her Aldo collaboration shoes (hitting the stores soon) and complimented me on my skirt (from her Fall 2012 collection), which I snagged at The Room last season. Good eye! When my friend Kim asked Ilincic whether a diffusion line could be in the works, the designer coyly replied “Maybe”, which sounded a lot like “Yes”. It seems introducing her clothes to a wider/younger audience could be in the pipeline, and I certainly wouldn’t complain if I could afford to add a few more pieces by this talented young designer to my wardrobe.

Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2013 collection is currently available at The Room, so if you have a minute, make sure to stop by and check out these colourful pieces for yourselves. They are guaranteed to make you happy…especially on a wintry first day of spring.

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What I Wore: FAJO Magazine’s Love Issue

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Last month, Canada’s leading digital fashion magazine FAJO invited me to participate in a fun little photoshoot for their Love Issue, and of course, I couldn’t say no! I got to wear my own clothes, with the only suggestion being that I wear a little bit of red, because…LOVE…duh! And here’s what I came up with.

The first look represents one of my favourite spring trends – black and white stripes. After searching for a pair of Beetlejuice pants for what seemed like forever, I finally stumbled upon these H&M skinnies, and have been happily wearing them since. For an obligatory pop of red, I chose my brand-spanking-new ela editor clutch, which I won (yay!) from Holt Renfrew, and a swipe of red lipstick.

For my second outfit, I wore more stripes, because that’s what I do best. I also threw on my Charlotte Olympia Luna pumps that I scored on MAJAH sale at The Room, a pair of good old boyfriend jeans, and heart sunnies from my wedding. Simple, fun, and oh-so-me!

For more photos from the photoshoot with the lovely Aleyah Solomon, and for my interview with FAJO’s Julia Eskins, please CLICK HERE. Enjoy!

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Shopping: The Room at The Bay and Holt Renfrew Winter Sale!

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It’s that time of the year, people…SALE TIME! Which means you need to get yourself to The Room at The Bay and Holt Renfrew stores ASAP, because those designer pieces you were lusting over all season long have most likely been discounted!

On my list this season are Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Proenza Schouler goodies from The Room, and Miu Miu, Valentino, and Alexander Wang pieces from Holt Renfrew. But there’s so much more than that…so don’t walk…RUN, and take advantage of some seriously awesome deals. Good luck!

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Wishlist: Charlotte Olympia “Baboushka” Bag

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The moment I saw this Charlotte Olympia “Baboushka” bag (GBP 375), I knew I had to have it. It’s like Charlotte continues to design things with me in mind…first the black Kitty Flats that are a carbon copy of my cat Pepper, and now this matryoshka bag! Oh, Charlotte…you know me so well.

Here’s hoping that Nicholas Mellamphy orders a few of these for The Room. Fingers crossed.

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Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy at The Bay in Toronto!

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Did you hear? Designer siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte will be in Toronto on May 23rd for a private party at The Bay’s The Room to celebrate their Fall 2012 collection. But if you’re not lucky enough to be on the super exclusive invite list, don’t fret…rumour has it, the fantastically talented duo will return the next day for a public appearance at The Room at 12:30pm.

Ok, so it’s not a rumour…I actually saw a flyer with my own eyes, but totally forgot to save it – my bad. I’ve since not been able to find it, and I am not sure whether it’s due to the fact that the public appearance has been cancelled, or due to my subpar sleuthing skills…but either way, once more details are confirmed, I will update this post. Stay tuned!

Are you excited to meet Rodarte in person? Share in the comments!

UPDATE: The Room’s Nicholas Mellamphy just confirmed on Twitter that the public event IS HAPPENING!

May 24th, 2012 at 12:30pm
The Bay Queen St (The Room – 3rd floor)
Jeanne Beker will interview the sister duo behind Rodarte!

Be there, or be square, people! Opportunity of a lifetime, right here!

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Moschino Pre-Fall 2012 Preview at The Room

Earlier this week, I popped by The Room’s Moschino Pre-Fall 2012 preview. Having loved Moschino’s whimsical aesthetic for years now, I was happy to finally see the pre-fall collection in person. Most of the expected Moschino elements were there in spades – tweeds, bows, lace, pearls come together in a collection of classic girly pieces. And though I wouldn’t call myself a girly-girl per se, my fave item from the collection was nevertheless the uber-feminine lace jacket with pearl buttons and yellow piping (above). I pawed at it wistfully…making a wish in my head that my size is still at The Room in a few months (when it goes on sale…fingers crossed).

If you too, want to see the collection up close and personal, make sure to stop by The Room at The Bay, and please, do say “Hi!” to my jacket from me!