I’ve included an archive of all my Sample/Warehouse sale information. This will allow you to find this information quickly, just click the Sample/Warehouse navigation link.
So I uploaded my archives to the new domain. Whew what a process. The site will be tweaked in the following days as I can’t stay up all night. The old blogspot website will be active for historical purposes, but I will not be posting any new material there.
I finally bit the bullet and got myself a domain and hosting. Yay. Soon all my blogger stuff will be here, but for now I’m still setting things up.
Many things by Smythe Les Vests
I was reading Fashion Notes in Now Magazine and they mentioned Smythe because of their recent popularity. I decided to see what the fuss was about. They have some beautiful jackets (and a vest) that I have been salivating over.
We love a great Toronto fashion success story, and Christie Smythe ‘s and Andrea Lenczner ‘s tale of global blazer domination has just turned another fantastic page. Their Smythe line of just jackets has been a hit with hometown fashion folks and the Barney’s blonds set in New York City. This spring, London ladies hunting for smart oxford cloth waistcoats and shrunken double-breasted sailor jackets can pick up their collection at UK style mecca Harvey Nichols. www.smythelesvestes.com“.(source)
There is a new British import in Canadian retail and it’s Accessorize. Open for about 2 weeks now I decided to take a quick look at their new Queen street store this morning.
I was pretty impressed with the selection as it totally overwhelmed me when I walked in. It’s not a big store people, but it’s packed to the gills with product. I was also happy with the layout of the store. They organize items by colour combination, making it easy to find items that will work well together. They have a ton of handbags, scarfs, shawls, hats, earrings, and necklaces. Everything in the store is private label and you won’t find it anywhere else. The selection changes weekly so accessory nuts will always have something to look at.
Accessorize is huge in Britain and Europe, and are doing well in Canada. I was told their expansion goal is 10 stores a year in Canada. So far the GTA, Vancouver and Ottawa are lucky enough to have stores. After some googling, I found out that the previous owner of Body Shop Canada is the one responsible for bringing Accessorize to Canada. (source) I also discovered that Accessorize tried and failed to break into the American market in 2002. (source). Another good article can be found here.
Accessorize – map it!!!
320 Queen Street West
I was browsing through the new Toronto Life today and saw Floria Sigismondi in the 24 hours with… column. I just love this outfit she is wearing. The article didn’t say who the designer was, boo urns to them. If anyone knows who this designer is please leave a comment.
Diamond shoulder bag by ARZA DESIGN
I love fashion that has futuristic touch. This bag totally plays on those aspects. It’s gorgeous and unlike anything I’ve seen before. The fabric detailing is very cute also. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like these bags are available in Canada yet.
It’s strange how a small item can make you feel like a little kid again. That’s how I feel about the new Converse Chuck Taylors I bought recently.
Chucks look soooo good on. I love them with a pair of jeans and a Threadless t. I purchased these from Get Outside – map it!!!. I tried a different colour combination, but I decided to go for the classic black and white version. They are a throwback to the first Chucks I ever had in Grade 7. Wearing these chucks for the first time reminded me of my family trip to DisneyWorld in Orlando where my brother and I were so happy with our new Chucks. We had the exact same pair. I also had a black and white hat to match my shoes. Sigh, memories….
Montreal Madness part 1b
Everything but the shoes in this picture was purchased in Montreal. I initially saw the jacket in the window of Bedo and I had to have it. I really love military clothing (real or inspired) and that attracted me to the jacket. There was no desire to own anything velvet in me initially, something just clicked. My buddy Jason helped me put together the rest of the outfit and I thank him for it. The skirt is a Boxfresh product which was from a store I really liked called Aritmetiks. The stores are very nice, but the website really sucks. The software tester in me didn’t want to link to it, but I gave in. The tank top (which you can’t see in the above picture) was from Club Monaco.
Desdemona handbag by etnies
I was in Montreal from October 14 – 16. It was a great trip. I stayed at the Hotel St. Paul in old Montreal and it was amazing. I thought the service was excellent and I loved being caterer to. Sigh…memories. Anyways, I wouldn’t be a fashionista if I didn’t go shopping. I power-shopped with my lovely friend and stylist for the trip, Jason. He was great and helped me find some lovely items that I will post about in the coming days. This bag was something that I completely walked by, but Jason’s sharp eyes noticed it. The picture doesn’t show you the lovely lilac lining it has. It also doesn’t really show how big the bag is. It has 3 main compartments and a few little ones all over the place. I also didn’t get the little trinkets that are hanging off the key ring. I’m glad someone got use of it, I would have thrown those tacky things out. They aren’t a Prada Robot trick keychain, that’s for sure. I got this bag from Oceans, 3670 St-Laurent – map it!!!
Threadless, my favourite t-shirt vendor, had one of their “to die for” t-shirt sales. Everything 10 bucks!! I picked these 2 out of the bunch and I love them. Dark Side of the Garden is for the total geek in me. Not sure what fight is for, but I thought it was a hilarious t.
PLEAT Wellington Boots.
I have to admit I’m beginning to come around to the welly. I have a lot of shoes that I just don’t like to wear in rainy and slushy weather. I noticed these beautiful things on The Cool Hunter. Too bad they are an art exhibit and not available for sale, if they were I would have to buy them. Rachael Sleight, the artist, has some other very cool looking clothes/art on her site.
Kenneth Cole Teal Shoes
These cute teal heels are my first pair of Kenneth Cole shoes. I almost passed these up, but had to head back to Winners before someone else grabbed them. I have always been interested in a pair of coloured heels and these just called out to me.
Paper Denim and Cloth Jeans
30 bucks for a pair of Paper denim. I had a hard time passing that up. They are a great length for heels but I still might get them hemmed a touch. I bought these at Five on Spadina – map it!!!
If you work around Queen Street you may have noticed that some stores have been closing down. Vice and Pegabo come to mind right away. However some new shops have moved in, Oakley and Stoneridge.
The Oakley store I’m very curious about. I love their sunglasses (even if they are way to expensive) and their clothes look promising. Once I actually check out the inside of the store I’ll post a review. LOL
StoneRidge (an Aldo company) is a good shoe store, much better than Pegabo. So I look forward to getting my Diesel finds from another store on the Queen street stretch.
I might as well mention some local fashion events that I have come across in my Internet travels.
On September 14, 2005, EuroBrand and Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia welcomes you to the “Made in Slovenia” fashion show. This free admission show features top fashion lines from Central Europe for the first time in North America.
I just want to go to see inside The Carlu and for the free drinks, but it’s on my squash night so I can’t make it. Sign up quickly here as seating is limited.
Elle Macpherson unveils her new advertising campaign for Elle Macpherson Intimates, exclusively signing the campaign book & showcasing her new styles from the Fall 2005 Collection. Sept 10 1-2pm.
Join uhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifs for an exclusive unveiling of the Balenciaga 2005 Holiday Bags and Made-To-Order Bag Collections. Sept 10 11am – 4pm
Join us and preview the Valentino Cruise 2006 Collection. Meet with a representative and place advance orders. Sept 15
The YSL MULTI-CULTI Fall 2005 Makeup Event will reveal the much-anticipated YSL Look for Fall 2005 and re-interpret Yves Saint Laurent’s Russian, African and Asian fashion designs into the world of colour cosmetics. Sept 15 – 17
Join us for our exclusive Holt Renfrew Private Brand Tailored to Measure Event where one of our Specialists will work with you to find tailoring options best suited to fit your individual style, presenting an array of fabrics and colour options. Sept 24 – Oct 1. (This one looks really really good; purchasers receive a gift card worth 20% of their bill)
The museum is also presenting Icons of Elegance: Influential Shoe Designers of the 20th Century, starting from Sept 23, 2005. I have to admit, I have never been to the shoe museum, but I will definitely go to see this exhibit.
The Clothing Show rolls into town September 17 & 18, 2005 at the Automotive Building, Exhibition Place – map it!!!. This is another semi-annual event that I never attend. I should change that this year.
Check out the Tranzac open house craft fair, Sept 10, 2005. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave – map it!!
I can’t forget L’Oreal Fashion Week, Oct 17 – 21, 2005.
I’ve come across some very cool handbags in the last few days.
Missoni Velvet Satchel
This bag is beautiful. I love everything about this bag. I love the colour scheme and pattern; the unusual shape and the hardware used for the clasp. This luxurious bag is made of black leather and velvet.
This beauty is made of chocolate suede and has golden hardware. My favourite part of this bag is the engraved coins placed all over the body of the bag. It’s also big and slouchy, I love that.
Moss green nubuck with braided leather strap and top flap.
Here’s another slouchy hobo bag in cognac. I love the riveting on the leather shoulder strap. This bag comes in other colours like Chocolate, Oz Emerald/Lime, Plum/Cognac (next favorite colour) and Washed Apple Green Python.
I’m a sucker for robots and all that kind of geekery. I discovered this website via web zen, that allows you to create your own cyborgname. Best of all you can get a cool looking t-shirt made and some icons for your website. I created a couple for my myself.
Get Your Cyborg Name
Get Your Cyborg Name
I prefer the “geekigirl” acronym, it sounds better than the “anita” acronyn. A glorified help desk droid, come on now.
T-shirts from Threadless
Threadless makes the coolest t-shirts. Some of my current wants are:
Threadless looks to the public to submit designs. The Threadless Community votes for the T-shirts that will be printed and put up for sale.
I was invited to a grand opening party for Toronto’s newest retailer, Wanna Frock. Situated in the Beaches, Wanna Frock carries only local designers. This was my first invite to a store opening and it was a fun time. The store space is fabulous and for you local film buffs it was a location in this movie.
Here are a few choice pictures; you can view the full set here
Wanna Frock carries accessories, clothing and jewelry. Designers include Amie Scott, Denise David, Bjoolz – Insanely Cool Jewelry and Untitled Clothing.
I picked up 2 items that I will talk about later.
Wanna Frock – map it!
1378 Queen Street East
EDIT: Wanna Frock is closed
While searching for a picture of my wonderful Luna’s, I stumbled across a Canadian shoe retailer out of Alberta. Gravity Pope is amazing! Their Diesel collection alone makes me drool. I have to admit Miss Sixty makes some great looking shoes. I had no idea, I hate their clothes but love their shoes, let’s check some out.
Natasha – I would feel like seeing the Wizard in these shoes
Sunset – beautiful short boot with a low heel. Low heels rock!
Buffalo – flat boot goodness
Gravity Pope has reasonable shipping prices within Canada. I think I can see myself ordering from them in the near future. Other brands they carry include Adidas, Fly London, Camper, Keen, Puma, Fluevog, Gravis, Kenneth Cole, Kenzo, Tsubo, Vans, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, CYDWOQ and more.
I love Diesel, especially their shoes. Today I was walking to a friend’s birthday party after a great game of squash. I had some time to kill so I walked through the Eaton Centre and then headed north on Yonge. The Aldo Shoe Outlet (map it!) was having a sandal sale so I decided to check it out. 20 bucks for sandals, you usually can’t go wrong. Well today I had no idea how lucky I would be.
These beautiful Diesel mules were on sale for 20 DOLLARS and they were my size (in the purple, not green). I couldn’t believe my luck. I asked 2 sales associated just to be sure.
Retail for these shoes is $159.99 (yes, that’s the real price).
And yes, I got them for 20 DOLLARS, 20 FREAKIN’ DOLLARS. SCORE!!!!!
Diesel shoes are very, very comfortable; you can walk forever in them. I also find that they are well made, and worth the money you pay for them. What is it they say, not to skimp out on shoes and hair. Well, I don’t have much hair, but I don’t mind paying for great, well made shoes. I had one pair of Diesel shoes that I literally wore out, and the sole started to fall apart. It only took a year, but I was wearing these shoes like everyday. It’s a shame too because they were so damn cute and matched a dress I had perfectly.