Author: Anita Clarke

#ggatShopify – Aug 25, 2020

Dancing to @tameimpala. Trying not to cry over the covid concert postponement. Not as warm as yesterday, so I can do some layering today. These poor Kirkwood’s are getting little use #ggatshopify Top – Philip Sparks, Shoes – Nickolas Kirkwood, Bottom – Topshop, Earring – Warren Steven Scott

#ggatShopify – Aug 24, 2020

Clashing #ggatshopify. Love this pink satin MM6 skirt but I forgot about all the things that go along with this ?? water stains, wrinkles, ?. I haven’t owned a satin skirt since the 90s. I grabbed this red tank top only because I need to do laundry and I didn’t want to resort to sleeves. Skirt – MM6, Top – Artizia, Sandals – Halmanera, Earring – Warren Steven Scott

#ggatShopify – Aug 22, 2020

Special sunset #ootd. I meant to wear this dress during the week but just didn’t happen. Felt like a real shame not to grab some shots of it, even if it’s not a #ggatshopify day. When I saw this dress on Ease’s Instagram I knew I was done for ? Dress – Kowtow, Earrings – Warren Steven Scott

#ggatShopify – Aug 17, 2020

Who doesn’t love a great, detachable ruffle?! I know I do. I love that I can wear it in the front or back. It’s the little things Yup, I’m wearing makeup and dressed to the nines so it must be a ShipIt! day. The 3rd Monday is now my event day . Remember when we went out to events and parties . #ggatshopify

#ggatShopify – Aug 12, 2020

Sluggish Wednesday ?. Didn’t feel like bothering getting out of my robe initially. I convinced myself to out something easy on and I remember my Uzi dresses. Went with pink one to brighten my mood. Bonus wind machine Dress – Uzi NYC, Sandals – Adidas

#ggatShopify – Aug 11, 2020

Today, I felt like wearing vintage for #ggatshopify. It’s still kinda warm and this fabric is really light. I can’t remember where I got this dress but I’m pretty sure it was in Toronto. Enjoying a Pineapple Express all the way from BC @whistlerbrewing. Thx @mu_is_too_short Dress – Vintage, Sandals – Kyma

#ggatShopify – Aug 10, 2020

It’s hot today, so it’s all about the shorts #ggatshopify. Bonus bts video of the sausage getting made. It was an accident. These shorts are perfect! So much so they made me want to wear heels. I spend about 5 to 10 mins doing these #ggatshopify photos (10 mins if I’m dancing). I’m the opposite of a content creator looking over 200 selects of basically the same shot. I take probably less than 15 shots and choose from that. Shorts – Caron Callahan, Top – Aritiza, Shoes – J. Crew

#ggatShopify – Jul 29, 2020

Yup, another jumpsuit. I love this one because of the little half apron wrap thing happening, and it’s really light cotton. Camper scandals bought on my last trip to London #ggatshopify Jumpsuit – Rujuta Sheth, Sandals – Camper Instagram link

#ggatShopify – Jul 20, 2020

ShipIt! day is always fun because it’s an excuse for me to dress as if I was going somewhere (complete with makeup. I even put on eyeliner today folks). I wanted to bring back memories of London, so I grabbed this vintage dress I picked up there from my closet this morning (I miss London ). I also haven’t worn my Ellery earrings much, so they also made an appearance. #ggatshopify I’ll share the video of the event later. It was a good one. Dress – Vintage, Shoes – Abel Munoz, Earring – Ellery

Cucumber Smash Picnic Throw by Calica

i got: Cucumber Smash Picnic Blanket by Calica Studios

I’m not going to lie, Instagram definitely influences my purchases. Case in point, the woven blanket. I discovered American companies like Slowdown Studio and BFGF. Slowdown Studios collaborates with artists to “create living, breathing works of art that are both functional and beautiful” while BFGF is the work of solo artist, Lilian Martinez. Both companies make beautiful woven throws and other textile based products. Out of the two, BFGF is my favourite as Lilian often features black and brown women in her designs. Money prevented me from purchasing anything. Shipping costs and the exchange rate would push these throws close to $300 CAD. Luckily, I discovered a beautiful Canadian alternative. Calica is a collaborative textile studio based in Toronto and Halifax. They sell a small collections of throws and scarves. I can’t remember exactly what Instagram account introduced me to Calica, but I was now obsessed with their throws that are woven in North Carolina. I didn’t order the throw online, I made a trip to the One of a Kind show last December. I …

#ggAtShopify - Nov 15, 2016

#ggatShopify – November 15, 2016: Classic Black & White

So, it’s my 2nd day at Shopify and I went with a classic black and white outfit. Actually, I really love this outfit and I feel good and put together every time I put it on. It’s a classic pairing in my wardrobe (tight top with a full skirt). It’s something I wore often when I wasn’t playing the #ggatShopify game. Art is a big part of Shopify offices, it’s everywhere and one of the wonderful things that make the place special. I lost my shit the first time I saw the cat wall. These are my people, I thought. It only made sense that I’d use the cat wall as the backdrop to my second #ggatShopify post. Okay, let’s break down this outfit. The skirt is is from Rebecca Taylor who isn’t Canadian unfortunately. I hosted a fashion show at The Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale several years ago (before Shopify) and I received a gift certificate as payment. I purchased this skirt and a couple other things. It’s faux leather, which isn’t something I …

#ggatShopify - Nov 14, 2016

#ggatShopify – November 14, 2016: Jumpsuits in Camo

It’s November 14, 2016 and my first day at Shopify. I was so excited and nervous. This wasn’t the Bank and I didn’t know what it would be like working at a company that wasn’t over 50,000 people anymore.  This is the date the #ggatShopify experiment began.  I spent a lot of time deciding what to wear on the first day. It was like it was Toronto Fashion Week. I can’t remember the reasons why I chose this particular outfit outside of jumpsuits being cool and that’s enough for me. This is Shopify’s rooftop and my favourite place in the office. There are a few #ggatShopify shots taken on this roof, especially in the summer. Thinking about it makes me smile. Okay, let’s break down this outfit. The jumpsuit is by Mercy, a Canadian womenswear brand from the owners of Gaspard in Toronto. I love camo and military inspired clothing. The fit of this jumpsuit is perfect, it’s more streamline than baggy. The belt is hard to see in the photo but it’s black cowhide …

#ggatShopify - Nov 14, 2016

ggatShopify — A Sartorial Battle Royale

Leaving RBC and my 14-year Quality Assurance career for the possibilities that an Engineer Storyteller role at Shopify was a massive leap into the unknown. There was so much self-examination going on in my head. I was stepping away from the software pipeline and wouldn’t be part of software development leaving behind a whole pile of feelings: anxiety, the absolute joy of breakthroughs, pride of a job well done, the rush of adrenaline, and frustration (of course). I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it later (spoiler alert, no regrets). Shopify doesn’t have a dress code so I could wear whatever I want. Thinking about the things I couldn’t wear at RBC that were now fair game made me take a good look at the enormity of my closet and how much of it wasn’t worn often. I decided I would wear something different from my closet every day I went into the to the office. There were some rules. I didn’t have enough foundational pieces like shoes, denim, jewellery, outerwear, cardigans, and handbags to …

The Sari Series

geekigirl’s gallimaurfy: The Sari Series

The Sari Series is a beautiful digital anthology documenting India’s regional sari drapes. There are 83 different sari drapes in the anthology plus some additional videos providing sari folding basics so you can have the foundation to try out these beautiful styles. After discovering this site, I was very angry with myself for not purchasing a sari when I was in India. I see a trip to Little India in my future (after I do a little more research on what to look for). There is something magical about how you can take several meters of fabric and wrap it around your body in a way that is practical, functional and beautiful. I’m amazed that a combination of knotting, pleating, folding and draping keeps everything in place. It’s not unusual that I’d feel a love for the sari, after all my motto is the higher the yardage numbers, the closer to god. There are 83 beautiful sari drapes in the Sari Series anthology and I’m still working through watching all of them. However, I’ve seen …

Outsiders: American Photography and Film

2016 – A year in review at I want – I got

2016 *shakes fist*. What a strangely wonderful and horrible year. This year took several of my important cultural idols: Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg. It hit hard and deep. On a personal level, I didn’t do much with this space here, my blog. I spent a lot of the year pretty miserable with my professional IT life. I lost interest in the celebrity/influencer obsessed version of fashion that was being put out there. I couldn’t take another thing about the spawn of billionaires and celebrities. The lack of diversity irritated the fuck out me and I took steps to cut that media out of my regular routine. I wasn’t bored of clothing but I was definitely bored with the industry. I didn’t feel the need to talk to the world via this blog as much this year even though there were things to celebrate. I’m going to change that in 2017 but first, here are my biggest moments of 2016. Some are lovely and some hurt till this day. Skating on the top of 120 Adelaide …

I want - I got x Best Buy Gift Guide - DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone with Camera Controller

I want – I got x Best Buy 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Creating gift guides are a hell of a ton of work. Even though I’m finally completed the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guides for 2016, Best Buy managed to convince me to partner up and show you some I want – I got approved options for gifting this season. Best Buy is the place where all my electronic gear dreams come true. GoPro HERO5 Black Waterproof 4K Sports & Helmet Camera I’m obsessed with GoPros. Every time I’m in Whistler, I wish I had one strapped to me. I’m not doing anything really worth watching again but I’d really love the chance to share my adventures from my perspective. This one is 4K capable and waterproof. Perfect for Whistler and Barbados. Motorola Moto 360 42mm Women’s Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor I love, love, love my Motorola 360. It looks like a regular watch but does all the cool shit you want from a wearable device! DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller My obsession with drones outpaces GoPros. Again, I’m …