It’s Prom time.

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I hate Proms, that’s why I don’t really talk about them. I went to mine (alone) and it was fun. I was so hammered during the event. Ahh, good times.

Anyways, I thought I’d help you out if you are looking for a prom dress because I’ve been asked before.

Ask a geek – List of formal dress stores

Ask a geek – Consignment stores. These places can have some beautiful gowns and dresses.

Good luck on the hunt

Ask a Geek: Aristocrat Denim in Toronto?

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I want – I got reader jennifer wrote:

I’m desperatly trying to find aristocrat jeans in toronto, would you know where they are sold?
There is a pair i want online, (see link) but I’ve never tried on that brand so i don’t know how the size fits, if not would you know how they fit?
Thanks

Hi Jennifer,

I don’t know of any stores in T.O. that sell aristocrat jeans. (If there are please leave a comment!) I’m surprised that Over the Rainbow doesn’t sell them. There are some stores in BC and Alberta. I personally am a little weary of buying jeans online without trying them on. However, if you find an online store with a good return policy you could get away with buying them and just returning them if they don’t fit right. I believe Revolve Clothing has a good policy. They also have a fit guide you can view.

However, you could also call either of the stores in Canada and ask the staff about the fit. It could give you a better idea of what size to get.

Basquiat – 1189 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Moule – Winnipeg, Vancouver

Good luck.

Ask a Geek: Boot and coat question.

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I got an interesting letter from a reader. It was interesting mostly for the awful grammer I was forced to read, it was painful. Please don’t send emails in this fashion.

I want – I got reader mina wrote:

hi ,how r u ur site amazing ,i want u to tell me pls ,i want to buy new boots and i want to no what i shud buy hot and trendy and in , and im going to buy a coat with leopard prints is this in this winter hope to reply as soon as psbl ,thanx!!

Well Mina, I can’t tell you what is trendy because I really don’t follow that, but I can give you my opinion. I’m really into flat and ankle boots. I am also liking the thigh high boots even though I don’t own a pair. Riding inspired boots are always on my favourite list. As with many years the slouch boot is also very popular. I’m assuming you are in the GTA area so I’ll list a few favourites I have at Nine West, Aldo and Browns.

Low Heeled Boots
Fornarina in brown
Brown boots by Browns Couture

High Heeled Boots
Blue by Aldo
Brown boots by Browns Couture

Flat Boots
Blue by Aldo
Black by Aldo
Chanel style from Browns Id

Athletic Style
Purple and quilted
Black wedge

That’s a few to give you some ideas, I could go on forever. Also check out the boots from Fluevog that I’ve posted.

As for the leopard print coat, I can’t in good conscious tell you that it’s acceptable. I hate animal print for the most part. If it is used, it needs to be in small amounts like a handbag (yuck) or shoes (a bit better) or scarves.

Ask a Geek: Bridal on Consignment in the Greater Toronto Area – Updated May 29, 2010

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I want I got reader Linda wrote:

Wondering if you know of any consignment/discount stores that specialize in wedding dresses. My daughter will be planning her wedding soon and I’d like to be prepared!

Here are a few places I managed to track down. Bridal isn’t my thing so it’s safe to say I haven’t been to many of these places.
Play It Again Val – 20 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, Ontario

Paper Bag Princess – 287 Davenport Road, Toronto

Ooh La La Couture – 1645 Dufferin St.

Belo Fashions – 946 Bloor St. West, Toronto – Currently having their big sale

Divine Decadence Originals – 136 Cumberland Street, Upper Floor Toronto

UPDATE (May 29, 2010) Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique.

Be sure to check my list of consignment shops also. You never know where you could find that gem.

If any readers have suggestions, please leave a comment.

UPDATE – check out the options at Shoestring Shopping

Ask a Geek: “Stuff” Host Position

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I want I got reader Alex wrote:

Hello,

My name is Alex Cierpicki and I am a Casting Assistant for a company called Magee TV. We produce a variety of shows for Slice, HGTV and W Networks. I am contacting you because we are on the search for a host for a new show we are developing called “Stuff”. Our closets, our bathrooms even our purses are crammed with… well, stuff. There’s stuff we don’t use, and stuff we use a
lot, and even some stuff we’ve never been quite sure what to do with – and now we’re looking for some clever hosts to tell us just what to do with it all.

Who we’re looking for:

A Super Shopper who knows when to save and when to splurge. Our ideal candidate is someone who can break down the seasoning behind the purchases we make, and guide our viewers to savvy choices with their spending money.

A Clever Craftsperson who knows what can be used (and used again). Our ideal candidate is a Macgyver, taking everyday objects and repurposing them to even better use. We’re looking for someone who can do-it-themselves, and show us how to do it too.

A Dexterous Designer who knows how to make the most out of the things we already have, and when it’s time to let items go. Our ideal candidate can rearrange the most mundane of atmospheres and bring them to life, showing the viewers simple tricks to make the most of the purchases we’ve made, and what other buys will compliment our décor.

We thought you would be an excellent resource to get us in touch with people who might be interested in auditioning. Is there a way to get this job posting out to people such as yourself? I have attached the casting call to this email and you can also check out our company’s website, www.mageetv.com

Hi Alex, like I did for Sonya, I’ll post the details of this hosting position and maybe one of our readers has the stuff. Again, I’m not a big fan of television.

Could you win a gold medal in the Olympics of shopping? Could you build an armoire out of a flashlight and some gum? Can you make magazine worthy spaces out of garage sale finds?

Magee TV, the producers of So Chic, Design Rivals and The Smart Woman Survival Guide are developing a new lifestyle show all about stuff . Our closets, our bathrooms even our purses are crammed with� well, stuff. There’s stuff we don’t use, and stuff we use a lot, and even some stuff we’ve never been quite sure what to do with – and now we’re looking for some clever hosts to tell us just what to do with it all .

Who we’re looking for:

The Shopper who knows when to save and when to splurge. Our ideal candidate is someone who can break down the reasoning behind the purchases we make, and guide our viewers to savvy choices with their spending money.

The Re-purposer who knows what can be used (and used again). Our ideal candidate is a Macgyver, taking everyday objects and repurposing them to even better use. We’re looking for someone who can do-it-themselves, and show us how to do it too.

The Organizer who knows how to make the most out of the things we already have, and when it’s time to let items go. Our ideal candidate can rearrange the most mundane of atmospheres and bring them to life, showing the viewers simple tricks to make the most of the purchases we’ve made.

If you know how to buy the best new stuff, get rid of the bad news stuff, or recycle, repurpose, and redesign the old stuff we already have, we’ve got the perfect showcase for you.

Please send us a description of yourself including but not limited to, on-air experience, photos and contact info along with a brief write-up telling us about yourself and why you would be the perfect person to help viewers tackle their mountains of stuff. Deadline for application is Wednesday, September 26th . Applications will be accepted either via email to info@mageetv.com or mail to:

Stuff Host Casting
401 Logan Avenue, Studio 206A
Toronto, ON M4M 2P2

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Ask a Geek: Wanna be a Shoe and Bag aholic television host

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I want I got reader Sonya wrote:

I’m enjoying reading your blog and envying your access to incredible sales. I’m the head of development for a TV and Film production company based in Halifax. We’re developing a lifestyle/reality series on shoes and bags and are looking for a host. We’re looking for a woman, late 20s/early 30s looking, attractive, smart, articulate, funny and CRAZY for shoes and bags. We’ve got an ad posted a www.ocean.ca/shoes. Is this you? Do you know who this person is? I thought you might be able to help get the word out and know people who fit the bill.

Thanks for thinking of me Sonja, but I have no desire to be a television personality. However, I’m sure there are many readers of I want – I got that might fit the bill. So I’ll post the details of the position here.

Ocean Entertainment :: Production
We are looking for a 20-30 somethin’ yr. old woman to host a new television series about shoes and bags.
Must unabashedly say yes to the statements below.

– Lost count at 100 when doing your own shoe and bag inventory
– Willing to spend mortage or rent on a bag
– Would rather shop in New york than go to a spa in the Carribean
– If you don’t already, love to own a shoe and bag boutique or
be a buyer for Holt Renfrew
– I’m attractive
– I’m funny
– I’m articulate
– I’m hip
If you said YES! to all of the above and want to go on a fashion adventure around the world, we’d like to hear from you. Please send…
– Your photograph…current, and preferably not from this summer’s family
reunion with 15 others…a head shot, and full length shot are perfect
– Your resume/bio
– A description of the shoes and bags you adore most
– A paragraph or two on how and why you became a shoe-aholic and
bag-onista

Please email all of the above to shoes@ocean.ca or by regular mail to:
Sonya Jampolsky
Ocean Entertainment
Suite #404, 1657 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2A1

I have nothing to do with this position so please refer your questions to Sonya!

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Ask a Geek: Where to buy a decent blazer cheap in Toronto

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I want I got reader Gloria wrote:

This is a bit of a mundane quest, but I’m looking for a good blazer to dress up jeans … the places I go either have more conservative blazers more suited for business, or more stylish looks but not very well cut. I’m looking for something feminine, a little different, and hopefully not bank-breaking if possible (under a hundred dollars). If you can suggest some places, that would
be great as it’s perfect blazer season!

Your best bet right now is Femme de Carriere. Yes, the shop is more business orientated but they are having a great sale right now and blazers are cheap. I have like 3 suits from these guys and they are really good for the price. I’ve gotten 300 dollar blazers for 70-90 bucks. Here are there locations:

Eaton Centre
First Canadian Place – it’s called Atelier there, but it’s the same store
TD Trust Towers
Yorkdale

The blazers are classic mostly, but there are a few fashion forward cuts to choose from also. Maybe the readers can give you more suggestions. Stay away from Suzy Shier, their cuts are horrible.

Ask a Geek: Where to find Consignment Stores in the Greater Toronto Area – Updated December 2, 2010


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I want I got reader Miki wrote:

Hi Anita!

I was wondering if you could recommend some consignment shops to me. I’m looking for designer dressy casual clothing.

Hi Miki

Here is a list of consignment stores to check out. All the stores are located in the GTA. Have fun.

Consignment Stores

UPDATE: (Nov 12, 2009) Fashionably Yours – 632 Queen Street West

UPDATE: (April 6, 2010) Off The Cuff – Men’s Consignment

UPDATE: (April 6, 2010) Think Twice

UPDATE: (April 6, 2010) Twice Is Nice

UPDATE: (April 6, 2010) Inspired By You…

UPDATE (April 6, 2010: Contact info added)The Comeback – 4893 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON, [416] 231.0381

The Cat’s Meow

UPDATE (April 6, 2010: website added) Divine Decadence Originals

UPDATE (April 6, 2010: website added) L’Elegante Limited

Second Time Around

The Paperbag Princess

UPDATE (April 6, 2010: website added) Ex-Toggery

UPDATE (May 29, 2010) LAB Consignment – Was online and now has storefront on Ossington Ave

UPDATE (June 7, 2010) Revival Couture – Designer ConsignmentAdrian Mainella approved

UPDATE (June 15, 2010) Common Sort

UPDATE (December 2, 2010) Haute Classics

UPDATE (December 2, 2010) Logan Loves – Toronto based online only.

Ask a Geek: Where to find Prom and Formal Dresses in Toronto – Updated June 15, 2010

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I want I got reader Fran wrote:

Hey,
I came across your website and see that you seem to know a lot about shopping in TO. I am looking for the perfect formal dress for a graduation prom and was wondering if you can give me some advice. I am looking for BCBG, ABS schwartz, that type of quality. Something gorgeous dazzling, understated and around 300-500. I know there are BCBG stores in the eaton center and yorkdale but have been disappointed by their selection in the past. I heard their are some good stores on Avenue Rd. DO u know of any really good ones?

Hi Fran,

I don’t shop for formal and evening wear very must but I’m good at putting together lists and I wander around a lot. So here is a list of shops in Toronto to take a look at.

Boutique Le Trou – Queen West Area. Canadian fashion spot that was recently mentioned in Vogue. Boutique Le Trou has closed

Lowon Pope – Liberty Village. 117 Jefferson Av – I always stare when passing by this store. The dresses are beautiful. Seems more bridal focused.

Betsey Johnston – Yorkville

Little Black Dress Shop – Queen West. The name isn’t lying, this shop only stocks black dresses. I have been there before and it’s nice.

Want Boutique – Yonge/Eglinton – I’ve bought jewelery from Want, but didn’t look the formal wear.

F/X – Queen West – Definitely hit this place up, they carry a ton of cocktail dresses. FX has closed.

Holt Renfrew – Yorkville – Yes, Holt Renfrew, there is a selection of dresses in those price points.

Hoax Couture Studio Boutique – Queen West

Anne Hung Boutique – This might not be dressy enough for you but if you in the area anyways.

Fashion Crimes – Queen West – Another place to definitely stop by.

Maxi Boutique – Danthforth

Price Roman

Ooh La La Couture – Dufferin/St. Clair

Update (May 2, 2010): Champagne and Cupcakes

Update (May 2, 2010): Jacflash

Update (May 2, 2010): Original – Took over the old FX location.

Update (May 16, 2010): Cors Boutique

Update (May 16, 2010): Marilyn’s

Update (June 15, 2010): Dina Alonzi Bridal & Cocktail Collections – On the higher end of the scale

Update (June 15, 2010): Hugo NicholsonOn the higher end of the scale

Update (June 15, 2010): Marilyn’s

Update (June 15, 2010): Melanie Lyne

I hope you find what you are looking for, but if not, there is still lots of time. If you don’t mind consignment clothing then hit up the Paper Bag Princess for designer goods.

Ask a Geek: Canadian online shoe stores. – Updated April 27, 2011

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Dai S wrote:
Hi geekigirl,
I like checking out your blog but it does give me a certain sense of envy. You see, I live in Winnipeg, where there a few fun boutiques and big box and mall stores rule.
My question for you is regarding Canadian online shoe stores. While there are plenty of ones in the States, I don’t like considering the duty and exchange. I am aware of softmoc.ca here shipping in Canada but would love to know if you have come across any others.
Thanks!
Dai

This post needs and update and here I am to do that. Online shopping is getting better in Canada. There are some new additions for online shoe shopping.

Online shopping in Canada isn’t very good most of the time. Things are slowly changing though as one of the big players in Canadian shoes is going online, Browns. They aren’t quite live yet, but if you sign up for the announcement you will get a coupon for $25 bucks.

There are others that offer online service:

NEW – Jonathan and Olivia – Has online shopping and they sell shoes

NEW – SSENSE.com – Has a good selection of designer shoes

NEW – Town Shoes – It’s not exactly e-commerce but you can order shoes online.

NEW – Adidas – Has a Canadian online portal

NEW – Shoebuy.ca

NEW – Locale Shoes

NEW – The Shoe Company

Browns – is now open and not in holding as mentioned in the original post.

Getoutside – Toronto based shop

Little Burgundy Shoes

Canada.Zappos.com They shut down this service.

Reborn – Reborn has a small collection of shoes from brands like Acne, Scott Wilson, Surface to Air and Opening Ceremony.

Sydneys’ – Offers a small collection of men’s shoes

Nine West – Orders taken via phone and delivered via Purolator

Groovy Shoes – Queen West staple

Neon Clothing – Supplier of Dr. Martens

Gravity Pope – They have retail outlets in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. They do online sales but their backoffice is not hooked up to the site. It’s a bit of a manual process but they will take your order and deliver your shoes.

Aldo Shoes – You probably can got the mall and see Aldo, but they deliver too.

John Fluevog

Sportmart for you athletic shoes.

Adidas – More sporting needs although they do have cute casual shoes too.

Transit|Spring Shoes

Naturalizer ships shoes via BorderFree, which calculates the duties and taxes at point of purchase.

Running Room

The Shoe Company

Tony’s Shoes – They reside in Montreal

Athlete’s World

Footlocker

Concete Beach skateware

Durand’s Fine Footware

Hush Puppies

Jeanne Lottie – The handbag queen also does shoes.

Mona Moore – High end shoes to be found here Relocated to the US.

Sterling

Dayton Boots – From Vancouver, they product motorcycle boots primarly for men.

Ron White – Will soon be opening an online store. Sign up for notification

Nicks Custom boots – He has a pair of beautiful riding boots

New Balance Toronto

Miller’s Shoes

Augustina

ECCO Canada

Just Black Shoes – Mostly Men’s shoes but small selection of women’s

Sole Stop – Sneakers online

Forzieri Italian Shoes – The company will pay the taxes and duties.

Some shoe store links came from filly.ca a site from Halifax.

There are a lot more stores than I thought. Remember Caveat Emptor, I haven’t used any of these services.

<a href=”http://www.localeshoes.com/ca-eng”>Locale Shoes</a>

Ask a geek: Full length leather jackets

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RDLoscher wrote:
Where can I find Womens Full length Leather Coats in Toronto! If you can direct me to a wholesaler or a retailer I would appreciate it!
Thank You RDLOscher

Thanks for your question RDLoscher. I’m not a leather expert but I would start out with these stores

Daniel leather – It’s the first place that came into my mind

Northbound leather – I am pretty sure they make full length coats but may have a fetish influence.

The Olde Hide House

Bart Leather

LA PELLE KARPETA

The Leather Ranch

Phil Leather

I’d start with this list. Give the stores a call and see if they carry any jackets in the length your are looking for. If none of these option work, you might want to try something custom made. I don’t know of any wholesalers, sorry 🙁

Be sure to check out the Beardmore leathers Warehouse sale this weekend.

Ask a geek

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Ace Graystone wrote:
Hi Geekigirl,
A very attractive, athletic, and stylish woman recently agreed to play squash me. My problem is that I haven’t played squash since the late ’80s. Back then, real men wore either a white T-shirt with short shorts a la Magnum P.I. (I never had the legs for that) or loose gray cotton sweat pants. It’s not so much that I want to impress this woman with my chiseled six-pack and bursting deltoids. It’s more like not wanting to embarrass either one us on the court with a major fashion faux pas. So my question is what does a modern 21st century male squash player wear on the court these days? Natural fibers or synthetics, T-shirt or tank top, short shorts or long shorts, whites or colors, jock strap or athletic boxers?
Please help!

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