It’s quite depressing to think that fall is just around the corner, especially considering that here in Toronto the summer has not even started. But what is exciting about the new season is new clothes! The other day, two pairs of ankle booties caught my eye at H&M. Both very simple, yet the zipper detailing on one and great fit of the other left me wanting new fall boots. And with my European vacation behind me, and NYC and Houston trips coming up, I am left on a pretty tight budget, so the shoes I buy must not only be cute, but also affordable! Above, I threw in a pic of the cool super high-heeled peep toe boots from Winners, and Forever21 boots below. Can you help me decide?
My usual week, Monday-Friday, is spent in a daily grind, going to the office, grabbing lunches with friends. It doesn’t allow for much outrageous style spotting, but what I do see every day are stylish men and women on their way to their jobs. Today, it’s Victoria and Jen.
Love Victoria’s incorporation of different shades of green into her outfit. Especially her awesome Zara peep-toe pumps! Just goes to show that red hair and green clothes go together like Jimmy and Choo!
I spotted Jen waiting in line to get lunch, and her dress immediately caught my eye! Its oh-so-simple cut is spiced up by amazing orange-red color! I might be a little biased in this case, because bright-colored shift dresses are a staple in my office wardrobe. Love!
Don’t want to lose Fashion Week? Then shop! At least that’s what the Style Coalition is “selling” in this new video. Do you buy it or do you spend your hard-earned cash on more practical things like rent in these troubled times?
Video Credits: www.stylecoalition.com
With the flailing economy, it seems companies will literally do anything to catch shoppers’ eyes to get them into their stores. Barneys New York E. 61st St. store took sayings “dressed to kill” and “wouldn’t be caught dead in it” a little (a lot?) too literally with their dead mannequin window displays. The mannequins dressed in Helmut Lang and A.L.C. dresses are shown in disturbing poses, arms flapping about, blood spattered on the inside of windows, looking as if they are fending off an attacker. Whoever genius idea this was, will soon surely find him/herself looking for another gig, as Simon Doonan, Barneys creative director who seemed to be unaware of the bloody mess, said that the windows crossed the line and ordered them dismantled almost immediately. What do you think? Are these windows creative or offensive? Or both?
One more bloody pic after the jump.
No, I’m not planning to crash someone’s wedding, although that’s on my list of “before 30” to-dos. The wedding I’m planning to attend this Saturday is of two people that I had never met (friends of the b/f), hence the “strangers” bit. And since I’m not quite sure how dressy the event will be, I’m thinking something classic and safe. I don’t want to stand out, nor look overly sexy. The plan is to wear a black lace overlay tube dress with beige/nude lining underneath. My inspiration for the outfit will be Erin Wasson at Teen Vogue event earlier in the year (minus the showing panties), and A/W 2009 Balmain/Dior runway shows.
Spent the last hour in a crowded Holts’ showroom, waiting to speak to Scott Schuman. The event was poorly organized, but the wait was well worth it. As much as I respect Scott Schuman – the photographer, much has to be said about Scott Schuman – the man. Handsome, funny, patient, stylish, and kind. He didn’t mind the throngs of fans. He answered every question thoroughly and with thought. He laughed with the audience and cracked jokes. He offered words of advice to amateur photographers and bloggers. And he also was very patient. The room was sweltering and most people, who had short lunch breaks, had to dash right after taking a picture or shaking his hand. Yet he had to stay and did not seem to mind it at all.
The paperback copy of his book was also there and it’s much thicker than I imagined! It’s amazing how he remembers every picture that he took for this book, every single subject. He told funny stories about some people that made the cut, sharing that one of the girls only eats Jelly and one of the women actually works at Holts. His words of advice were “be true”, which is what he said to the reporter’s question on what sets his blog apart from others. He is true and it shows.
Loved meeting him so much! We chatted for a bit about his trip to Venice, and how he just shoots and doesn’t care what it is or whether the settings on his cam are right. All that can be taken care of later, he just takes photos of what feels right. He also shared that he brought his girlfriend (the chic Garance Doré) to tears on a Venetian gondola, because he was such a tough subject to photograph. All told as if talking to a group of old friends. Very, very endearing!
Jo and I ran back to our offices with giddy glee. I don’t think I was this happy to meet Gael Garcia Bernal, and I love Gael! Scott will be at the Drake Hotel later tonight. Not sure if I am going to make it to that party; the crowd will probably be insane! Either way, welcome to Toronto, Mr. Schuman! It was truly a pleasure!
The crowd at Holt Renfrew, waiting to meet The Sartorialist.
The Sartorial way to wear shoes.
Scott Schuman sharing stories about the people in his book.
Yours truly with The Sartorialist!
Lots of folks went all out, wearing leopard prints, crazy hats, latest trend shoes and fur…in July.
Joanna and Scott Schuman.
Click to see more pics from the event!
Large necklaces have been big for a few seasons now, from Marni to YSL to H&M, it seems that they are everywhere. I, too, have been looking for a “perfect” one at a decent price and finally have found it at…Forever 21! If you haven’t checked out their jewelry selection as of late, you might just be surprised as their necklaces and earrings are looking more grown up and bold this season. And for prices ranging from $10 to $25 – me likey!
Check out more neck-bling after the jump!
So, Scott Schuman will be in Toronto tomorrow! Yay! Some of my fashionista girlfriends and I will definitely be attending to gush and blush as we take photos/get autographs from the Sartorialist himself! But, if you are truly a fan of this man’s work, then you must see this book! The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman. I believe it will be available in the US August 12th, and sometime in September internationally.
The book comes out in both hardcover (Bespoke edition…very freaking nice, but $175!) and paperback ($25 and still nice)…pick one depending on your budget. Either way, I think it would be a great addition to any stylish person’s coffee table. Think of the endless conversations (arguments) you’ll have about the many people and different outfits portrayed in Mr. Schuman’s first (and hopefully not last) book! Can’t wait to meet him and can’t wait to get my paws on this book!
Photo Credits: www.thesartorialist.com
This is why I love Toronto. There is always something to do! Last weekend, Mexican luchadores descended upon Toronto’s Harbourfront to kick some ass and to participate in some Q&A. But don’t be fooled! Behind those patent red lace-ups and scary (not) masks hide total sweethearts! Mexican wrestlers – beyond your expectations!
For someone who loves shoes as much as I do, I’d have to shamefully admit that in my 6 years in Toronto, I still have not visited the Bata Shoe Museum. Until last Wednesday that is. It’s not that I wasn’t curious to see the shoe-volution, it’s that I always put it off, thinking that I’d visit it on one of those rainy days when I have nothing else (better) to do. Well, 6 years later, and at my boyfriend’s suggestion, I finally paid a little visit to the museum that has Cinderella’s slipper as one of its exhibits. As it turned out, there was a Till 10 event happening that night, and we enjoyed a night of shoes, wine, acrobatics, and more shoes. To tell the truth, I wasn’t really impressed with the space, nor with the shoe selection, nor with the way the shoes were displayed. Plus, there was no Carrie Bradshaw section! Blasphemy! But if another rainy day comes about, and if you have nothing else on your plate, and if you love shoes, then stop by and say hello to the many shoes at Bata…but whatever you do, don’t bring your boyfriend!