i got: My Lost Glasses Tights by Hansel from Basel

Wearing my Hansel From Basel tights I got from @robberstore

I was walking around on Queen Street West and decided to stop into Robber. I ended up getting some tights from Hansel from Basel.

Hansel from Basel is an independent legwear company based in Los Angeles, California. Inspired by the small and lovely details of everyday life, our goal is to create subtle yet beautiful socks, tights, leggings, and accessories.

My Lost Glasses Tights by Hansel from Basel

I like the tights a lot but they do run on the very small side. I bought the m/l size and I’m pushing the limits of the garment. Take it as a word of warning.

Robber
863 Queen St. West
Toronto

image: myself, hanselfrombasel.com

i got: Denis Gagnon x Bedo Dress

So, Denis Gagnon partnered with Bedo last August to created a little capsule collection. I managed to grab myself two dresses from the collection when the markdown season started. I didn’t get any of the iconic pieces that I’ve seen people sporting but I do like my drapy tunic/dresses. I treat this dress more like a tunic right now and pair it with leggings and boots.

TOMMY Dinner

This was taken at Parts and Labour for the TOMMY dinner party that was hosted by Jeanne Beker. I’m standing with Tiyana Grulovic who is a Fashion Editor at the Globe and Mail.

George Pimentel was there to photograph all the guests and then those photos ended up on WireImage.com. I still think it’s hilarious that if you search for my name on WireImage two photos show up.

image: George Pimentel

i got: Darcel Disappoints – Fashion Week postcard set

Darcel Disappoints - Fashion Week postcard set

I posted about the cute Darcel adventures at the Fashion Weeks. Craig Redman’s caricatures of fashion icons are so adorable that I had to own them. So I bought the Darcel Disappoints — Fashion Week postcard set. It’s so adorable.

Darcel Fashion Week Postcards. I die

To celebrate the fashion week insanity I’m releasing a few sets of the postcards I did with colette and Nowness for Fashion’s Night Out here in New York. They are a nice size (5 x 7) and there are 10 different cards, all for 15 bucks – nuts!

In order:
Anna Wintour
Suzy Menkes
Karl Lagerfeld
Tom Ford
John Galliano
Marc Jacobs
Tavi
Carine Roitfeld
Grace Coddington
Alber Elbaz

image: darceldisappoints.bigcartel.com

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i got: Camilla Skovgaard Drop Cut Out Sandal

Camilla Skovgaard Cutout Platform Booties

I got a the beautiful Hermès L’air de Paris Gavroche for my birthday. I didn’t talk about the other really awesome birthday present. Oh yes, it’s these babies. Camilla Skovgaard makes the most comfortable heel I own.  They have been getting a lot of wear since June.  I’m loving the last so much that I’ve been toying with the idea of another pair of Camilla Skovgaard shoes in the future, perhaps many pairs in years to come.   Not only are they comfortable, they are a smoking hot shoe.

Available at: Holt Renfrew, Carte Blanche, ssense.com

images: singer22.com

i got: Patent Leather Booties by Chloé

Patent Leather Booties by Chloé
I just got my beloved Chloé booties from the Spring Summer 2008 collection fixed at Kaner. They have been out of my shoe rotation for at least a year because I’m that lazy. It inspired me to share my shoes on the blog. I really loved Chloé with Paulo Melim Andersson at the helm. I wish I was able to get a few more pieces by him before he was kicked out of the house. These were a Holt Renfrew Now or Never buy.

i got: Hermes L’air de Paris Gavroche

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche
This beauty was a birthday gift. You really should have seen my jaw hit the ground when I saw the orange bag.

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The packaging is divine.

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

I love the horse and carriage detail.

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

Thank you for such an exquisite gift. I’m trying to figure out how to wear it.

i got: Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell

Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell

I got the Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell a few months back because they reminded me of the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony C02 Bucklet Boots. The Potion’s are the inspired version and much cheaper. I discovered that Chasse Gardee would be bringing them in, so I sent off a quick email to hold a pair for me. I haven’t gotten to wear them much because of the weather but I can see these being a summer staple.

If you are in Toronto you can see if there are any left at Chasse Gardée, 1084 Queen Street West or you can check online at ssense.com (Cdn) or Shopbop.com.

images: shopbop.com

i got: Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

Fashematics is the brilliant website by Jonathan Zawada. It a blog that combines math and fashion. I’m so in love with it. Jonathan created an amazing zine recently and I immediately ordered it.

This book was published to commemorate the 50th fashematics equation created for Zawada’s fashematics.com blog. Jonathan created this zine of his favourite looks from the Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows, reinterpreting the models as part of either a horde of zombies or an army of robots. It is a flip-flop zine that reads inwards from both covers beginning with either a Zombie Karl Lagerfeld or Android Lagerfeld sticker. Features clothes by Prada, Bernhard Willhelm, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Chanel and more…

$16 (AUD) for international shipping. BUY IT HERE!

I’m loving the robots more than the zombies but it’s all a lot of fun.

Fashematical by Fashematics aka Jonathan Zawada

images: fashematics.com

i got: The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

When I saw a quick preview of Scott’s book at his Holt Renfrew Party, I knew I had to own it. Well, a few weeks ago back I found it at Chapters and picked it up. There is not much to say about the book except that it is full of interesting people (some of which I actually know!) in beautiful clothing. Scott also talks about some of his subjects and the circumstances behind the shots. It gets my thumbs up.

You can order The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman on Amazon or grab it in your local bookstore.

India Diaries: Bracelet Overload

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When I was in India, I went crazy and bought at ton of cheap bracelets from the Dilli Haat market. I basically have sleeves of bracelets in different colours. Here are some of my finds that I’ve been posting on twitter.

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I’m wearing two sets here. The set that looks blue is actually purple.

India Diaries - Market Finds

India Diaries - Market Finds

My friend Sonja got a good picture to some of my bracelets on the weekend.

India Bangles: photo taken by Sonja A
India Bangles: photo taken by Sonja A

I bought a lot of blingy bracelets in India because they were bright and fun. I came home with sets of bracelets but I still wish I bought more.

i got: A Fun and Firty Summer Dress

Zara Dress Spring 2008

I actually bought this dress last year. I noticed it in the window display of Zara. I was immediately drawn to the print. The Oracle though it was a good find and so I rushed in and got a sale associate to find me the dress. I wanted it at any costs, even if she had to get in there and strip it off the mannequin. It’s only things I have from Zara that was full price. I love Zara during sale time.

When I got this picture back from Sangria Saturday fun this past weekend, I realized the power of the print on this dress. I haven’t had any pictures that displayed the print like this, so I never really noticed. I felt compelled to share it with you. It was very windy when this photo was taken, there is no New Look skirt action happening here. This dress can be a challenge in the wind, lol.

i got: A Weekend Bag by m0851

My Weekend Bag by m0851 is one of my favourite bags and gets a lot of usage. It has a laptop storage pocket holds my EEE Pc and still has room to spare for the multitudes of crap I manage to bring with me daily. This bag is a year old now but I’ve noticed that it’s very popular with some of my friends. So popular that I’ve decided to take photos when I run into someone with one.

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Mine is the Robin’s egg blue version. I was salvating over the purple one too, but alas that is not mine but Monique from Moonrox’s.

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The brown version belongs to Andrew Sardone from Now Magazine. The bag’s popularity really lies in it’s versatility and minimal design. The buttery m0851 leather helps also. It’s utilitarian design is something that both men and women can use. It lacks a gender, which I find very appealing. Even though the bags are produced season after season, m0851 changes the colours each season.

m0851 is a Canadian company that still designs and manufactures in Quebec. Yay!

You can purchase the Weekend Bag online at m0851 or in their Yorkville store at 23 St. Thomas Street

i got: Neon Nails

I went with friends to their regular nail salon in the Yonge and Lawrence area called Cozy Nails. It’s not in my area of town but I was curious and the price was right, $40 + tax for a mani and pedi.

I always get the obnoxious nail polish. It used to be the metallics and dark blues. I went super obnoxious, the Essie neon collection.

Essie Neon Collection

Perky Purple and Funky Limelight were like beacons guiding me to the colour wall. Funky Limelight for the hands and Perky Purple for the toes.

Essie Neon Collection

The service at Cozy Nails was excellent. There were two girls working on me at once so it was very quick service. We sat in large black chairs with all the massaging extras. A number of drinks are available for purchasing including teas and smoothies. They also have a nail drying station with fans for both hands and feet. I was very pleased with my manicure and pedicure. The pedicure is still looking fresh a week later. The manicure doesn’t unfortunately and it was all my fault. Must remember not to clean on a mani and pedi day. I couldn’t leave without my own bottle of Funky Limelight. I love neon and all its gaudiness.

i got: Lumieres de Paris a Scarf by Hermès

So I’ve been drooling over Hermès scarfs for a long time on I want – I got.

Containing 65 grams of silk from 250 cocoons, 90 centimetres square, the Hermes scarf has become a standard for good workmanship and discreet luxury. It requiring up to two years of work to produce one of these wearable art that is an expression of its style and luxury.

From 1837, Thierry Hermès made harnesses and saddles for a privileged clientele. Boots, jewelry, home decor items, and silk scarves were added to the company’s range. In 1920, his grandson Emile included luggage.

The first scarf square to accompany the Hermès collection was produced in 1928, inspired by that worn by Napoleon’s soldiers. It was a big success that resulted in a workshop, then a factory, for scarf production being set up at Lyon in 1937.

Each Hermes design requires:

* nine to twelve months of research and development;
* fifty-odd designers,
* ideas drawn from styles such as baroque,
* contributions from artists such as Matisse.

Six to eight weeks are required to meticulously prepare as many silk-screen printing frames as there are colours.

The printers prepare their pigments to make a palette of tonnes of printing inks. The Brazilian silk is spread out on heated tables 150 metres long. This allows a batch of 100 squares, comprising forty colours, to be printed. After printing, seamstresses roll and stitch the hem of a square, by hand, in 30 to 45 minutes. Hermes can produce 40,000 scarves in a week. Every year, there are two collections, each of a dozen designs, of which four to six are re-issued classics with the colours updated.

Since 1937, Hermès has marketed 25,000 scarf designs. The absolute record, attained at the end of the 1980s, was 1.123 million scarves bought in one year with, at times, one scarf being sold every 20 seconds somewhere in the world.

I decided that I would take advantage of the Hermès special Silk and Accessories Sale. It’s a biannual event that is in support of Multiple Sclerosis research at St. Michael’s hospital. The main thing about this sale is discounted ties and scarves.

I didn’t want to brave the crowds and crazy fighting womens so I hit up the sale at the end of the day and took my chances. I had a friend contact me during the day telling me to get my butt to the Metro Convention Centre so I could get in line with her. It didn’t work out so I arrived after work to a very quiet sale.

I checked out the scarf table and there was a lot of the Indian Rain prints from Spring 2008. They were quite pretty but nothing I really wanted to spend my money on. I wanted something that was intricate and colourful. I wanted it to know that a lot of silk screening went into the scarf. I was ready to call it quits and make plans for the sale in 2011 when a random women returned this beauty to the sale table.

Lumieres de Paris a Scarf by Hermès

The style name is Lumieres de Paris and it’s by the artist Natsuno Hidaka. It was originally issued in 2006 and also came in a blue version. This stained glass reproduction was definitely something I could see myself spending money on.

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So I bit the bullet and fulfilled one of my fashion fantasies. I now own an Hermès scarf at 52% off. That discount comes at a price, there were no iconic orange packaging to be found. Everything was put into discreet white paper bags. This again goes to my theory about luxury packaging making up half the price of goods.

i got: A Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma

A Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma

This image is a little different to most of the i got posts I make. I decided to switch it up and add an action shot. I’m wearing a Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma. I’m wearing it as a dress here, but it would look great with skinny pants or leggings.

My friend Naomi is wearing a cute Tshirt dress and belt from the Gap. The ring is Toni Cavelti. Since she was in the photo I thought you’d might like to know what she is wearing too.

i got: A Marni Bracelet

I was treated to belated birthday gift, A Marni Bracelet. I’m in love.

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You could imagine how excited when I saw this box. I’m convinced that half the retail cost of luxury goods are for packaging.

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The packaging was pretty cool. Not only was the box wrapped in grey ribbon, there was a pouch for the bracelet inside.

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I’ve always liked Marni’s jewellery. It’s clunky and colourful. Definitely statement making and it will wear you if you don’t have the personality to match. This bracelet is more subdued than others, I love it’s simplicity and colour scheme.

i got: A Necklush

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Me in my Necklush

I was browsing through Etsy one day and discovered the Necklush. It’s part scarf and part chunky necklace. I needed to have one. So, I put in my order. I also found them on twitter and told them I was excited to receive my Necklush. They told me that each one is made to order and that I should expect it soon.

I kinda wish I bought a thicker stranded Necklush. I would suggest that anyone who is interested in buying one to get the thicker versions. The colour schemes are varied enough to suit everyone’s taste whether it’s a neutral or a bright colour. I had a very, very hard time deciding which one to choose. So hard, that I’m already scoping out my next purchase. Perhaps the Supreme Necklush :). The Necklush can be worn in a number of ways and they even produced a video for customers.

Necklush is made from cut cotton loops. We screenprint the designs ourselves, making the multicolored ones very limited. Necklush can be worn as a cowl neck, or long, or as a choker. Necklush is unisex, for women or men.

Necklush is available at the online shop.

i got: Lula Magazine

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This is the second Lula Magazine I have picked up. It is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. I love that there is pages and pages of editorial. There aren’t many ads and the interviews are pages long.

I got: Members Only Liquid Leggings

Members Only Liquid Leggings

I wanted Members Only Liquid Leggings back in July of 2008. They were priced at $98.00 (yikes!!!) and available at Urban Outfitters. Today I found them on sale at Urban Outfitters for 20 bucks. Score!!!

They really do feel a little weird. I don’t anticipate they breathe much, but they aren’t as bad as the American Apparel versions. I can’t help but love them, they are so obnoxious.

i got: Superfine Denim

I recently purchased some Superfine Denim on sale at Jonathan + Olivia. The style name was Liberty and it came with black sheen. They almost looked like pants instead of jeans.

i got: Superfine Denim

I don’t have any pictures of myself in them so I leave you with Doutzen being Doutzen instead. They are a great fitting pair of jeans. I have yet to wash them so I’m not sure how the colour and fabric treatment will fare afterwards. We shall see.

i got: Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie

Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie

I wanted the Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie. I figured nowhere in Toronto would carry this style but I was wrong. It figures a new store I’ve been hearing wonderful things about is carrying them, Chasse Gardee.

Chasse Gardee has been on my shops to visit list since I heard a friend gushing over this great new store in the West end; Queen and Dovercourt to be exact. I finally got that chance. Lining the exposed brick wall was shoes. The selection was unique and eclectic. You probably won’t find any of the shoes here in any other stores in the city.

They also carry handbags and jewellery. Some of the brands you can find are Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Hyde S.K, Jeffrey Campbell and Karen Walker Eyewear. I didn’t make note of any of the other shoe brands.

Chasse Gardee
1084 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416-901-9613

You can find the < Jeffrey Campbell Biz boots online at Canadian retailer Ssense.com