I’m speaking at the Queen’s Business Forum on the Fashion Industry

Queen's Business Forum on the Fashion Industry

I’ve been asked to speak at the Queen’s Business Forum on the Fashion Industry conference.  Since I get a kick out of speaking engagements I accepted.

Queen’s Business Forum on the Fashion Industry (Q’BFFI) is the only conference of its kind in Canada. This unique student-run conference is now in its 5th year, and has sparked interest from some of the most influential people in the fashion industry. Taking place on October 17th and 18th 2009, Q’BFFI will further its reputation as one of the most innovative conferences at Queen’s University.

The theme of this year’s conference is global interaction in the world of fashion, focusing on the changes that have affected the fashion industry as a result of globalization and a growing world economy.

So, I’ll be taking the VIA to Kingston (I haven’t been there in 10 years)  to talk about fashion blogging and my own experiences running I want – I got.  PodCamp and FashionCamp were my other speaking gigs and I didn’t prepare much for them.  This isn’t my course of action.  I will plan and be reasonably prepared. 🙂

Q’BFFI accepts delegates from all universities nationwide and internationally. Find out more about attending on the Q’BFFI site.

I’m in the Toronto Life August 2009 Issue

Toronto Life: Party Watch: August 2009

Platinum Party With Fritz Helder And The Phantoms, The Red Bull Space, May 22
Platinum Party With Fritz Helder And The Phantoms, The Red Bull Space, May 22

1. Pastel Supernova of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms 2. MTV gabbers Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank 3. Designer Philip Sparks 4. VJ Sarah Taylor 5. Diego Super­star of Fritz Helder and the Phantoms 6. Greta Constantine cohorts Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong 7. Choreographer Hollywood Jade with songstress Divine Brown 8. Design diva Nada Shepherd 9. Fashionistas Natalie Lecomte and Anita Clarke 10. Nelly Furtado

Image: George Pimentel

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MediaStyle interviews Anita Clarke

I did my first interview about the bloggers window with Ian Capstick of Mediastyle.ca. You can read it at this link – MediaStyle interviews Anita Clarke.

I met Ian through Twitter initially and when the news of the Holt Renfrew Bloggers Windows broke, he asked me for an interview. We met outside the windows at 10am one morning during my vacation. I didn’t realize it was a video interview until it was too late. I was wearing a short grey knit dress, bright pink tight and Danielle’s Docs. I was cursing myself for not wearing mascara. However, here is the video for your enjoyment. I talk abit about myself and a lot about the window.

MediaStyle.ca interview with Anita Clarke of I want, I got from Ian Capstick on Vimeo.

Thanks Ian for such a great post.

Holt Renfrew Reveals Fashion Blogger Windows

The official Press Release is here: Holt Renfrew Reveals Fashion Blogger Windows.

I’ve talked about myself enough so here is a slideshow of the other windows at the Bloor Street store. Images provided by Holt Renfrew.

I’m a big fan of all the windows. At first I didn’t understand Bryanboy’s but Jennifer at Fashion Magazine straightened me out. Marc Jacobs did the Posh in a Bag ads which were very similar to Bryanboy’s own Bryanboy in a bag photos. It all made sense after that revelation and I enjoy his window much more.

Jane’s was awesome and I loved how all the mannequin looked just like her. There wasn’t enough shoes though.

Loved Tommy Ton’s window, especially the screens that were made using images from Jak & Jil.

The Sartorialist got the biggest windows and they are pretty cool. Hello, newspaper boxes wrapped in suiting material, LOVE.

Garance Dore’s was very French, perhaps the Baguettes were over doing it. I loved the mannequin with the camera the best. If you look close enough you’ll see Garance Dore on the lens.

I think Bloor Street has the best windows, but it’s been interesting to see the translation of the theme to the other cities. I look forward to seeing more photos roll in. I’ve taken some of my own shots of the Bloor Street windows with some close up pics.

I want – I got debuts at the Holt Renfrew Blogger Windows


So the Holt Renfrew Blogger Windows are up. I threw a party last night and we then went to see the windows all together. It was a blast and thanks to everyone who attended and to those who sent their well wishes.


I have a huge post to write about last night but here are some sneak peaks at my windows.


The rest of the windows are so much fun. Check them out at Bloor Street.

Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got www.paulbaikphoto.com

Holt Renfrew Blogger Windows

Well, I hinted at the Holt Renfrew Blogger Windows on my 4 year anniversary post. Now the news has hit up the International fashion press and it’s spreading.

Holt Renfrew is paying tribute to six of their favourite fashion bloggers. I want – I got happens to be on that list. 🙂

WWD was the first out the gate. The press release hasn’t been sent, but they were tipped off by someone. I’ve been yapping on twitter about it for a few weeks now. Racked LA, Mens.style.com, Modelinia, The Cut, Puretrend.com and Fashionista chipped in too. I’m not mentioned in the international press, I’m not fashion blog famous. I just have my little abode here in Toronto.

On the Canadian media front, Danielle at Final Fashion was quick to post, as was fashionmagazine.com. They both mentioned me and I love them for it.

So you are wondering who else is Holt’s favourites? They are Scott Schuman, Bryanboy, Tommy Ton, Jane Aldridge and Garance Doré.

I knew my blog was read in Holt’s head office, but I had no idea how popular it was until now. Watching the reactions and the misinformation is a little surreal. The whole thing is surreal to be honest. I have vague details of my window, but I will be just as surprised as you all on Friday, June 26, 2009. Hit up your local Holts and check out the windows.

EDIT(June 24, 2009): The press release has been sent.

Holt Renfrew Reveals Fashion Blogger Windows
National Windows Pay Homage to Online Style-Leaders

TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ – This Friday evening, Holt Renfrew, Canada’s leading specialty retailer, will pay tribute to the newest international style influencers – fashion bloggers – with a national window installation celebrating their diversity and spirit.
Six bloggers were invited by Holt Renfrew Creative Director John Gerhardt to be part of the celebration. The bloggers are a diverse mix of fashion leaders from around the globe and include Scott Schuman (thesartorialist.blogspot.com); Jane Aldridge (seaofshoes.typepad.com); Anita Clarke (iwantigot.geekigirl.com); Tommy Ton (jakandjil.com); Bryan Boy (bryanboy.com) and Garance Dore (garancedore.fr/en).
“Bloggers have become the fashion world’s new celebrities,” says Gerhardt. “They’re knowledgeable and influential contributors to the modern media landscape. Their opinions and visuals are relevant, creative and thought-provoking, providing a constant source of inspiration. We are honoured to pay homage to their style.”
At Holt Renfrew’s flagship location in Toronto, two of the blogger-inspired windows will be equipped with a 24-hour interactive touch screen for the public to cast votes to help select Holts Contemporary Correspondent. The two Toronto finalists will be competing in a series of fashion-related challenges being held over six weeks. Votes can also be cast
through Holt Renfrew’s Facebook page and the winner will be determined based on total number of public votes.

More press is coming in too.

I have a dress named after me…

Yes, you read that heading right. I do have a dress named after me. Joy!!!!!!

I was super honoured to find out, as I had no idea this was coming. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know what the dress looked like. People were asking me about it and all I could say is that it’s Greta Constantine, it will be amazing. So, I get a nice email in my inbox with the Greta Constantine Jersey Dress Lookbook. There is also a little note letting me that the Anita is part of the group.

I present to you, dear reader, the Anita by Greta Constantine.

Greta Constantine - The Anita Dress

It’s part of the Fall 2009 – 2010 collection. It’s beautiful, it’s red, it’s totally me! Just that much closer to muse status.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart Kirk and Stephen.

Building Relationships with Word of Mouth and PR Practitioners While Maintaining Credibility with Your Audience – PodCamp Toronto 2009

I wrote about how I would be speaking at PodCamp Toronto 2009. That was a couple weekends ago and now the video is available.

You can watch me and fellow panelists: David Jones, Eden Spodek and Matthew Stradiotto. Keith McArthur was our great moderator who kept the conversation flowing.

Some blogs have said that out panel was one of the highlights of PodCamp Toronto 2009 and that makes me happy.

Check out the sites for their thoughts on the weekend.

The experience was quite fun and I got to meet some great people afterwards. I would definitely speak again about blogging. Thanks to Eden Spodek for asking me.

I’m going to be speaking at PodCamp Toronto 2009

PodCamp Toronto 2009

I guess after almost 4 years of blogging people would consider me an expert in my field. I’m finally beginning to believe a bit of that hype now that I’m going to be on a panel at PodCamp 2009.

Podcamp Toronto is a FREE “unconference” for all those interested in all things podcasting, blogging and new media. Amateurs, pros, newbies and veterans are all welcome!

February 21 & 22, 2009
Rogers Communications Centre
Ryerson University
80 Gould Street

I’m part of the session called Building Relationships with Word of Mouth and PR Practitioners While Maintaining Credibility with Your Audience at 10:30am on February 21, 2009.

Building Relationships with Word of Mouth and PR Practitioners While Maintaining Credibility with Your Audience – As bloggers and podcasters, are we really the new influencers and subject matter experts? What does it all mean for businesses and consumers? Join Anita Clarke, David Jones, Eden Spodek and Matthew Stradiotto for this interactive panel as they share their experiences with the good, bad and the ugly of Blogger/Podcaster relations from both sides of the equation. Moderated by Keith McArthur.

If you are free and interested in checking it out, please register on the PodCamp 2009 wiki. There are over 600 people signed up already!!!!

Fashion blog karma – geekigirl

My friend, Danielle of Final Fashion, decided to profile me and her first post in a series called fashion blog karma. It’s like a mini interview and Danielle says some very kind things about me.

Fashion Blog Karma singles out a fellow fashion blogger for a little link love and a couple questions.

When I was looking for someone to feature for my first karma post it was hard to decide; and I only had one day to throw it together. The answer came to me with a little link love – Anita (aka geekigirl) at I want – I got just posted her year-end wrapup with a little shout out for me. She’s done a lot of shout-outs for me (including my first ever blog interview at blogTO), and she commissioned a fashion figure, so its about time I sent a little bit of karma her way.

Read the rest of the post at Final Fashion.

Coogi2G this is for you babe.

I have a small group of readers that comment regularly and they are very near and dear to my heart. Yesterday at L’Oreal Fashion Week I met Coogi2G. I was sitting in the runway room and this cute boy, dressed very well I might add, taps me on the shoulder and asks, “Are you geekigirl?” In the rare instances I’m approached by people on the street about the blog, that is usually the first words out of their mouths. I kinda like being called geekigirl by someone other than myself and aloud, lol. So, I said yes and Coogi2G started gushing about the blog, which always makes me feel a little self-conscious. I’m always amazed that people read this damn thing and like it even. I did turn his gushing around directed it right back at him. Comments are special things and they mean a lot when it’s not spam. Coogi2G, thanks for reading my blog, I’m honoured that you check it multiple times a day and that you take the time to comment. Words can’t express my appreciation.

I have a tip for you, 80% of the time I don’t usually update after 2pm. I have a scheduler and I have them set to publish in during the morning hours.

Toronto Bloggers getting props

Some of bloggers got a mention in Media In Canada, ya us!

If any sector of the blogosphere is achieving desirable-venue status in the eyes of marketers, it’s these online fashionistas. At L’Oreal Fashion Week this time around, their ranks include www.torontostreetfashion.com, www.finalfashion.com, www.iwantigot.geekigirl.com, www.jakandjil.com and www.fashionverbatim.net – whose founder, Adrian Corsin, is the only Canadian blogger to be invited by Chanel to France to attend the recent launch of a new perfume.

Bloggers take starring role at L’Oreal Fashion Week – link to full article

Media in Canada was launched by Brunico Communications Inc. in August 2004.
From research and audience measurement innovation to ratings impact and spend trends, Media in Canada covers the gamut of media biz news and identifies new media opportunities.
Both an email newsletter and a website, Media In Canada is a key resource for media buyers and planners, marketers and media sellers, providing a heads-up on property launches and changes in all media, including TV network programming and schedules.

I’ve been nominated, oh wow!

My little blog has been nominated for a Trendora.com Lifestyle Award, yay! Here’s the email.

We are happy to inform you that one of your readers have nominated your site for the Trendora Lifestyle Award 2008.
The nomination was sent through our nomination page found at: http://www.trendora.com/lifestyle.aspx

What is Lifestyle Award 2008?
Trendora Lifestyle Award is our way of recognizing the top 100 Fashion/Lifestyle sites and blogs on the web. It’s our way of thanking you for an exceptional contribution to a world more stylish, glamorous and chic.

Who are we?
Trendora.com is THE place to find a unique selection of authentic “it” bags, shoes and accessories by the greatest designers. Our products are released the same moment as the flagship stores in Milan and Paris present their latest collections. Trendora.com is the place to ease your fashion-desires, seek inspiration and get the sweet taste of glamour!

What happens next?
The Trendora Lifestyle Team will soon announce the winners. We will get back to you if you are awarded the 2008 Trendora Lifestyle award. This would qualify your site for a post on the website, and sometimes even highlighted in our newsletter and on our homepage. You can also show your success by using our award graphics on your website if you so desire. Several lifestyle reading winners were also selected as partners for campaigns & exclusive giveaways to their readers during 2007.

Keep your fingers crossed and keep up the great work!

Best regards,

Per Liljefors, Trendora Awards Program.

Thank you anonymous fan that nominated me 🙂

Link Love

I’m finally returning the love everyone! Thanks for waiting while I got my butt in gear.

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I want – I got is listed

I want – I got has been on a few lists.

Brian at CustomizedGirl emailed me to let me know that they featured I want – I got. Thanks for selecting me.
CustomizedGirl Blog Top 100 Fashion Blogs

I also discovered that I want – I got is one of the top 200 design sites as ranked by Alexa. The list includes fashion design, architectural design, interior design, graphic design and more. I was ranked 150 at the time this blogger published the list.

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The camera loves me

I’m going to be on tv again. This has been the year of the television appearances for yours truly. People are even telling me that I should change careers, lol. I hate tv though, and after being on it I still hate it. Doesn’t matter what you do, you always end up looking like an idiot. I was glad they left the snorting laugh after the technosexual description in the Citytv International CK in2u clip, that was hilarious. I’m not nervous or anything in front of the camera but it’s surreal. That being said, I probably wouldn’t turn down another interview, what the hell is the matter with me? Opening Soon and Citytv International were two strange, out of the blue, random things that happen on the fly short. The filming of both clips took place over a 24hr period.

I will be on Opening Soon by Design on HGTV. It all stems from this article I wrote for blogTO on Aiyoku Cardio Lounge. In that post I write

It’s Thursday night and I’m on my way to Liberty Village for the opening of a new boutique gym. These types of specialized gyms are popping up all over the city looking to bring in people who don’t particularly like the environment Goodlife or YMCA offers. As I walk into the basement of the Carpet Factory building, I’m asked to sign a wavier before entering. It seems there is a television crew filming the opening party. I’m a little surprised to find this out and sign it, believing that I’ll keep myself out of sight during my stay.

My strategy didn’t work and I got surprised while I was salivating over the new Precor treadmills and ellipticals. It was a really great party and everyone was super nice. I can’t wait to see the show because I heard stories about putting the place together. I was chatting with one of the contractors and we bonded over world war 2. It was actually quite touching.

Anyways, here is the airing schedule.

Monday, March 26, 9:30 PM EST

Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 AM EST

Tuesday, March 27, 3:30 AM EST

Monday, April 2, 3:00 AM EST

If anyone has the ability to record this show and send it to me please do, It would be grand. (is it illegal to ask, eep :O)

Yes, that picture is of me. This post is about me, so I needed a picture of me. I decided to use the funniest picture of me I had. This is also one of my favourites of me. It was taken by my friend Paul Baik. Where the hell are the rest of the photos Paul?

Records are being set

I thought I want – I got had a great boxing day; about 800 people visited the site that day looking for shopping bargains. I knew that the Lululemon warehouse sale would bring people here, but I had no idea how many. Thursday saw about 1100 visitors. My searches were all for lululemon, it has been insane over the last few days. I’ve finally broken the 1000 visitor mark, YAY!. Thanks to all the people who posted comments about their Lululemon experience.

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I Want – I Got on the internet

Just a listing of the places that I want – I got has managed to find itself recently.

LGU – All Things Fashion and Style – Blog: Hot Blog: I Want – I Got – I get a mention as a hot blog at LGU

Adrian at Fashion Verbatim linked to me when I posted about the Balenciaga leggings.

Only 1 Week Left to NEDA’s Every BODY is Beautiful – I got a mention as a support of Spoodfed Art on the Quest for It blog.

Cool posts: De todo para las mascotitas – I got a mention on a Peruvian blog about my cat bowl. They hotlinked my image which makes me kinda angry, but I can forgive for now. People don’t hotlink my images, if you start being leeches, I will cut you off.

Kristopher Dukes of fashion blogging fame mentioned the I want – I got scoop regarding the new Christian Louboutins in the ThisNext blog

The Blogging Times authour Liz Strauss mentioned I want – I got in her discussion about Xmas shopping.

I get media kudos at Passenger Pigeon.

Friend of I want – I got, Janick Gravel has mentioned me on her blog a few times.

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