I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery

It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The fifth edition of the Gift Guides is the one we’ve been waiting for Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery. This is a big one and I could go on for days with selections.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress

Who doesn’t love the 20s? It’s my favourite style era and I love these Vintage Style Flapper Dresses by Cabaret Vintage. They range in price from $195 to 350 and are available online or at the Queen Street location.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic

It’s really unfortunate that I don’t own anything by Comrags yet (Note to self, remedy this in 2014). I love the Quartz Border Ed Tunic by Comrags for $335. It’s available online or at their Toronto location.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes

Philip Sparks’s Footwear is amazing. I love every style with the tall boots being my absolute favourite. They range in price from $350 to $495 and are available at the Ossington location or online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Christopher Kane Sweatershirt
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Christopher Kane Sweatershirt

The ultimate sweatshirt is the Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Printed cotton-jersey sweatshirt which retails for $465 at Net-A-Porter. The Room at The Bay also carries Christopher Kane but I’m not sure if this sweater is available there.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Abel Munoz
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Abel Munoz

I finally bought my first pair of Abel Munoz shoes this year. I love Harlow Gold and Black which retails for $495 and is available online. If you are in Toronto you can book and appointment and buy the shoes in person.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lazypants
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lazypants

I’ve purchased sweatpants twice in my life since turning 20. They are just something I don’t wear outside the house. Sometimes, I do need something cute to wear when running to the corner store and the laundry room. I’d be totally happy to receive Green Camo Skinnies from Lazypants are perfect. I love camo print, they are slim fit and they aren’t the traditional grey colour. They retail for $118 and is available online or at TNT.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Ela
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Ela

I own an Ela Editor’s Pouch in rose gold but it doesn’t have stars. You can get the Ela Large Editor’s Pouch online at eLuxe.ca for $338 or visit a Holt Renfrew location.

SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome
SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome

It’s not an I want – I got gift guide if I’m not telling you to get some Lancome mascara. The Holiday Makeup Collection by Lancôme contains:
– limited edition Hypnôse Star Étincelle for $33
РHypn̫se Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches for $28

This ultra-precious kit contains 3 pairs of eyeliner patches which can be reused up to 3 times, to enhance the shape of the eye and stretch out towards the outer corner for an incredible wide-eyed look.

– Vernis in Love nail polish in Étincelle d’Agent, Étincelle de Neige and Lovered for $16 each.
I’m in love with the nail polish this holiday Étincelle de Neige has a really beautiful effect. The holiday collection is available online or at your local Lancome Counter (try The Bay, Sephora or Holt Renfrew).

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dean Davidson
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dean Davidson

No words are needed to describe the beauty that is Dean Davidson’s Spectrum Collar for $425. Available online and there is a select of merchandise available at Holt Renfew. It comes in several options for stones (Black Onyx, Lapis, White Topaz) and metal (Rose, Silver, Gold).

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome Show False Lashes
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome Show False Lashes

There are still Hypnôse Show Lashes from Lancôme. Get you hands on these false lashes designed by Alber Elbaz for $35. Available online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace

Eyecatching statement jewellery is always a great gift and Shay Lowe’s Shay Lowe Jewellery Fall and Holiday Collection definitely fit the bill. I’m quite partial to the Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace which retails for $395 and is available for purchase online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Jenny Bird
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird is such a sweet person. I purchased some earrings from her and she gifted me the Long Horn Tusk Earrings which were inspired by the beauty of elephant tusks. They are amazing and come in a Gold version too. $55USD available online.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Marni
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Marni

Marni Eau de Parfum is my favourite new perfume of the year. It’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew and retails for $125

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dermalogica
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dermalogica

Dermalogica – Stock up on their favourite products or introduce them to new ones with the Holiday Skin Sets. Sets start at $32 and can be purchased online or at a licensed retailer like Concepts.

I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Pink Tartan
I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Pink Tartan

Pink Tartan makes a killer full skirt. I just love the Chrysanthemum Midi Skirt in Black for $325. You can order the skirt online or at the Pink Tartan shop in Yorkville.

I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2013: Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop

Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop
Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop

To celebrate Nuit Blanche, the Philip Sparks shop will be converted into a bespoke bow tie workshop on Saturday, October 5. Between 7 pm and midnight, Sparks and his studio team will be taking custom neckwear orders from shoppers and cutting, stitching and pressing them up on the spot.

“Our focus this season has been on highlighting that our menswear and womenswear is proudly made in Toronto,” says Sparks. “This event is an opportunity for customers to see local manufacturing in action and order a one-of-a-kind piece made just for them.”

The installation will also mark the launch of a new, premium bespoke service available through the store. Unlike many other made-to-order offerings, Philip Sparks tailors collaborate with customers to develop coats, suits and shirting from scratch with personalized design and material sourcing and multiple fitting appointments.

Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop
Saturday, October 5, 7 pm to midnight
162 Ossington Avenue (side entrance off Foxley Street)

I want – I got Editorials – Philip Sparks Spring 2013

A lot of bloggers love to the do the photoshoot of themselves thing. If you’ve been here long enough, you know that’s not my thing. I rarely post about my daily outfits because I honestly don’t find it or them interesting. For those of you that are curious about what I’m wearing, your best bets for glimpses are to follow me on twitter or instagram. You can search geekigirl to find me.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Doing my best Ginuwine Pony imitation

So, I don’t like outfit posts and that kinda shit but I enjoy doing the occasional editorial. Some of these editorials I’ve organized and others I’ve just played model. I was blogging for the award-winning MasterCard Stylicity project this season and I organized three editorial shoots for the stores Philip Sparks, Nomad and Spectacle. The shots turned out really well so I’ve decided to showcase some of them here too. First up is Philip Sparks.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Twirling is the best part of owning a Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc skirt

I brought my sometime collaborator with me Dave Yan. We did the Moon campaign together and he has an amazing eye for shots. The amazing Andrew Coimbra styled the looks and I played model.

Philip Sparks Spring 2013
Just hailing that taxi!
Philip Sparks Spring 2013
I honestly have nothing funny to say about this one

You can check out all the shots we took that day in the gallery below.

Here is a list of the items featured in the shoot. You can buy them in store at 162 Ossington Avenue or online at philipsparks.com.

1. Awning stripe dress – $395
2. Pin Stripe Blouse – $195
3. Navy Woven Flats – $195
4. Circle Skirt – $295
5. Trench Coat – $595
6. Knit Dress – $295
7. Accordion Briefcase -$395
8. Navy stretch belt – $110
9. Laptop Case – $125
10. Tote Bag – $295

i want: Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks
Accordion Briefcase by Philip Sparks

I’m excited about Philip Sparks’s new lines of accessories for men and women for Spring Summer 2013. Right now I have my eye on this leather and canvas mens Accordion Briefcase. I love the colour combination. It’s available for pre-order right now at philipsparks.com or at the Ossington Shop until Sunday. It retails for $395.00 and will ship on March 15, 2013s ship March 15, 2013,

images: philipsparks.com

Dina Gonzalez Mascaro Jewellery

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I went to the opening of the SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró show held at the Ossington Philip Sparks shop. Dina is an Argentinian, born Vancouver based artist visiting the city for the Interior Design Show and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in sculpture but she is a self-taught jewellery artist.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

Dina’s jewellery is very much and extension of her artwork. I really love what she does as it’s so unique. She is really pushing design in a different direction. The jewellery has added dimension and structure not normally seen. Strong women wear these pieces otherwise they end up wearing you.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I’m not a cyclist but her bike series is amazing. The wheels move on the mini bikes and the wheel pendant is just perfect. If you are in Vancouver you can visit Dina’s shop/studio, JewellerBau. She does custom work as well. At the opening Dina described a set of wedding bands she created for an artist couple. The couple knew that they couldn’t wear these rings constantly because of the nature of Dina’s design. Dina cleverly designed the two rings so that they created a self standing sculpture when put together.

SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró runs until January 27, 2013 at Philip Sparks Tailored Goods, 162 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Prices start at $80.

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

So, part 1 and part 2 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for Part three.

This is the part three of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the third part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
  • JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, sterling silver braided band or yellow gold band in blue topaz, amethyst or citrine ($375-$675) – 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West
  • Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings ($125 USD) – jenny-bird.com
  • Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote ($158.40) – Gap In Store and Online
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s
  • Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent ($68.97) – amazon.ca
  • Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Ruffian Women's Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
  • Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf ($95) – eBay.ca
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Gift Set ($40) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1 ($10 Each) – Magic Pony in store and Online, mindzai.com – I’m obsessed with these Unicorn figures from Tokidoki. I’m close to collecting them all
  • strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress ($85 USD) – LuckyScent.com – My favourite indie nail polish brand.
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
  • Hudson Jeans Leeloo ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
  • Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit ($72) – dermalogica.ca – Great introduction to my favourite skin care brand
  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holts Candle ($50) – Holt Renfrew
  • Kobo eReader ($79.99 – $299.99) – Chapters Indigo in store and online
  • Micro Pedi ($49.99) – Shoppers Drug Mart
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

Can you believe that there is a part 4 of gift ideas? Well, check back tomorrow for the final installment of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series.

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.

This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.  Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
  • complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
  • complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
  • Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
  • Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
  • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
  • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

DX Intersection - November 16, 2012
DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

DX Intersection – November 16, 2012

Design Exchange celebrates its relaunch as Canada’s Design Museum with an unprecedented experience: creative disciplines and cultures converge in a large-scale blowout featuring a selection of Canada’s most iconic designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers, and artists.

Multiple DJs will fill the multi-level venue with energizing tunes, brought to you by Embrace. The Toronto-based trio behind Keys N Krates will take the stage with their blend of hip hop, electronica, and jam that truly shows off the artistry of live remix. Celebrity chefs and mixologists will conjure up offerings that are as visually appealing as perfectly balanced for the palate. Designers and artists will create installations that evoke question and intrigue. Whimsical balloons will float through the air as guests are enticed to participate in an amusement park-style raffle with unprecedented prizes. A silent auction will allow 20 lucky guests to walk away with custom creations. As the end of the evening draws near, late night guests will be rewarded with a food market in the Link, inside the lobby of the Toronto- Dominion Centre. Food Dudes will join the party with their new food truck, serving breakfast treats as the celebration continues into the morning.

Participate in the VIP experience for all this plus an exclusive pre-party in the DX’s Exhibition Hall and have the special opportunity to meet the 2012 Gamechanger, Douglas Coupland.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $175
DX MEMBER TICKETS $150
STUDENT
TICKETS $75
VIP EXPERIENCE TICKETS $450

Ask A Geek – Canadian Brands Making Winter Coats – Updated November 13, 2012

Cdn Spirit Down Jacket
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.

I want – I got reader @ThebergeSwim tweeted:

@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl I’m looking 4 a warm winter coat Preferably fashionable & NOT black. Would like to support local designer #ThebergemovestoToronto
Me – @ThebergeSwim budget?
@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl four to six hundred. Possibly a lil more if totally awesome.

Fashionable and functional are trade off that has to be made for a Canadian winter. I tend to side with function during this time of year. My recommendation is buy a long down jacket so you don’t have to layer as much. However, here’s a selection of Canadian companies with winter jackets and coats that will cover both spectrums and between.  Some of these companies might not have fall offerings online yet, but should soon.

RUDSAK – Lots of leather options here. Montreal based but has a store on Queen Street West.

Moose Knuckles Canada – Moose Knuckles is outside of your budget but I included it because it’s Canadian.

Canada Goose. – I bash the Canada Goose a lot.  Not because of it’s function, I can say that it’s a great winter jacket.  My problem is that it seems like everyone in Toronto has one.  I call it the Toronto uniform.  I guess I just have a problem with conformity.  However, many Retailers carry the Goose including sportinglife.ca, Canadianicons.ca, Holt Renfrew and Over the Rainbow.

Downtown Down – Both Cdn Spirit and Johnny Yiu can be purchased on Downtown Down. I purchased a Cdn Spirit down jacket a few winters ago and it’s amazing.

Mackage – Montreal based but they are carried at Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and online at ssense.com

Orb Clothing – Vancouver based clothing company. Makes great winter jackets for snowsports as well as more casual options. I wore an Orb jacket during my trip to Whistler this year.

Mountain Equipment Co-op – Definitely more on the functional side but affordable.

TNA – TNA down jackets were the Canada Goose of their time with young women and teens. They aren’t as popular anymore but you’ll still see a lot of people with them. You can get these at a TNA store or Aritiza.

Soia & Kyo – More fashion than function here. If you aren’t looking for a down jacket there are lot of options here.

m0851 – Another company with great leather products. They have a store in Yorkville.

Danier – Can’t forget Danier, they’ve really upped the style quotient of late.

Joe Fresh – I don’t know how warm their down jackets are but they do make very affordable ones in bright colours. Store at Queen and Bathurst

Krane – Amazing menswear by Toronto based Ken Chow. I think women can pull the jackets off too.

Philip Sparks – I’m currently dying over this Philip Sparks coat.

UPDATE: The moron in me forgot a great Canadian Coat company, Smythe

Updates August 5, 2011
Stacey ZhangShe also has a store on Queen Street West Store on Queen street has closed. Online Shopping available on her website.

CMFR Canada – There are no retail outlets for these guys listed on the site and no online store as of yet. They have a ton of stockist now. Due West, Sydney’s, Ssense.com.

LUNDSTRÖM

Updates August 6, 2011
Ewanika – She usually has 1 or 2 styles of coats in her fall collection.

Update May 1, 2012 – This post is in dire need of a update.

Sentaler Luxury Alpaca Outerwear – Thanks for nudge to update this post

Company of Adventures – This link is dead but it’s sold at The Bay.

Toast Skirts – Not a coat really but still good for cold weather

Update November 4, 2012

OSC Cross – Designed and made in Canada. Available online

PDG by Plenty – West coast retailers house brand. Available online. Retail locations in BC

Nobis – available at The Show Room and online.

Fadedsoul.com – Just discovered this Canadian online shop where you can find brands Nobis and Moose Knuckles

Jacob – Has a selection of wool and down filled coats. Available in store and online

Update November 13, 2012

A reader let me know about Montreal based Sicily Clothing. I never heard of them before but they look like another good alternative to the Goose

Well, I think I’m tapped out of ideas but I feel I’m missing companies. Let me know in the comments!

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

I took a vacation day lat Monday and headed to the Toronto Island with my fashion boyfriend, Philip Sparks. I love the Island but hate going there on the weekend with the extreme crowds waiting for the ferry.

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

I was prepared to head there alone but Philip decided to give himself a two day weekend and joined me.

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

We walked pass Hanlan’s Point and found a nice little area on the south side. I’m not really into watching the nude frolic on my day off but more power to them.

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

Philip braved the waters and took a swim. I don’t swim in Lake Ontario even though some of the beaches are very clean. I’m a salt water girl at heart. I did do a bit of wading up to my thighs to cool off.

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

The most spectaular part of the day was watching thousands of Cormorants flying from the Leslie Spit westward. It lasted for about 15 minutes. I’ve never seen anything like it here. The closest was during my trip to LA last summer. We happened to see the Cormorants fly back towards the Leslie Spit a few hours later. I wish I had video but they were too far from shore to be anything bigger than a speck on video.

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

A Day at the Island with Philip Sparks

Parked on a @thehudsonbayco blanket with @philipsparks watching the birds hunt.

Thank you for not raining.

All in all it was a great day off at one of my favourite places in the city with Philip Sparks.

Playing Model for Philip Sparks

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Last weekend Stefania Yarhi from Textstyles held a party for the 3rd year anniversary of her site. The party included a fashion show of Stefania’s favourite Toronto designers. Philip Sparks made the list and asked me to be muse/model for the event. Of course, I said yes.

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The Philip Sparks blog talks about the preparations for the event (with more photos) in a post called Philip Sparks X I Want I Got X Textstyles.

I got Andrew Sardone to record the fashion show so here it is for you to enjoy. I hit the catwalk around the 5:00 mark.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

The week before the official LG Fashion Week is always getting bigger and better. The Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 edition was packed with big names and a comeback. I dubbed the week Toronto Extended Fashion Week a few seasons back but it seems that Rogue Fashion Week has cemented itself as the name. I like it. Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 kicked things off.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Philip asked me participate in the show by taking photos of the action backstage and beyond. Olympus Canada sponsored the Philip Sparks fall winter 2011 – 2012 show so each insider was handed a new Olympus PEN E-PL2. (You can check out the photos on the Olympus Canada facebook page.) Regular readers know I’m a fan of the E-PL1 and it has taken many shots I’ve posted on this site. I was itching to play with the E-PL2.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Philip Sparks fall winter was all about Canadian winter and activities like skating, skiing and tobogganing. The collection wasn’t new to me. I saw it in the various stages of production and even did fit model for a pair of high-waisted pants one Sunday. Philip”s print used a photo he had taken of red maple leaves. The photo enlarged to make the leaves a little distorted and larger. When he rolled this fabric out on the work table in the studio, I immediately said “I want this in a full skirt.” I’m really lucky to get to see all sides of a collection and the hard work designers and their teams go though.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

This collection celebrates Canadian winter with a focus on wool suiting and signature outwear. Functional menswear details like flannel lining in denim and triple ply shirting add warmth while maintaining a slim cut.

Women’s pieces feature pin tucking and exaggerated pleats. Our favourite accessories include mountain sheep collars and an oversized scarf inspired by the geometric pattern of Ontario blankets. (Fall 2011 show notes)

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

The presentation area was laid out in typical Philip Sparks fashion and snow sports equipment helped to frame the scene. The focal point was the giant quilt backdrops by Toronto artist Grant Heaps. Grant is amazing. I’ve seen his work at other shows before and my jaw dropped when I saw the size of these pieces. Such a talent.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Overall, I loved the collection but I’m heavily bias. Philip always does a great job of expressing his theme. The womenswear and menswear complement each other so nicely. My favourite skirt shape is the full skirt and Philip Sparks is the master of them. I own one from the spring summer 2011 collection and I so happy with it. I love the maple leaf photo print sateen and wool/linen combinations. I died over the Moss Tweed kimono coat with mountain sheep collar. I’d seen its transformation from a muslin to sample. It must be part of my Philip Sparks winter wardrobe. The wool and cashmere tweet skating dress with mountain sheep muff and beehive hat is such a great look. That dress was another one I saw from sketch to sample. My last favourite is the plaid cotton pin-tucked shirtdress.  Alon Freeman, stylist is a long time collaborator with Philip Sparks and his work is always reflective of the them of the season.

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

I also did a little interview with Fashion Television about the show where I promptly forgot Philip’s fall winter 2011 – 2012 theme and couldn’t comment on that particular question. It was embarrassing. I didn’t read the liner notes ahead of time and I know Philip and I talked about the theme many, many times before.

I had to represent Philip and wear a little something I picked up from the spring 2011 collection, the cherry blossom print jumper.

Andrew and I at Philip Sparks FW11

I paired it with some teal coloured tights from H&M, a black Dries Van Noten blazer and a Club Monaco belt.

I made a little video backstage using the N8 too.

See all of my photos from the Philip Sparks fall winter 2011 – 2012

See the entire Philip Sparks fall winter 2011 – 2012 collection

Playing in Philip Sparks Spring Summer 2011

Playing in Philip Sparks SS11 Womenswear

There is something about playing dressup in designer samples that is just so much fun. I was playing with Jeremy Laing a few days ago and now it’s Philip Sparks turn. Excitement was the only way to describe how I felt when I learned that Philip was creating a women’s line. I had to sit on this information for months. I was part of a group of women that Philip talked to while developing his line. We saw fabric samples, patterns and even tried on muslins. Amazingly no one said anything during those agonizing months until Brill Communications released the information to the industry’s surprise.

Playing in Philip Sparks SS11 Womenswear

I stopped by the studio on the weekend to chill out, eat cheeseball and drink holiday punch. As soon as I realized that some of the collection was available, I had to play dress-up.

Playing in Philip Sparks SS11 Womenswear

So much good stuff in this collection. Great colours, prints and silhouettes.   It’s going to be a Philip Sparks summer.

Playing in Philip Sparks SS11 Womenswear

Thanks for taking the photos Phil.

i want: Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Shoes

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Shoes

Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 shoe collection makes me wish I had bigger feet. The tall lace up boots have my name written all over them. I’ve been pining over them since the spring. Since I can’t have them I encourage my male friends to buy them.

You can purchase Philip Sparks shoes at online at PhilipSparks.com or in person at Town Shoes.

geekiviews: Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil 2010 Redux

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This post is part old and part new. I had my friend The Grumpy Owl review Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil back in 2009. It’s an awesome review which is reproduced in it’s entirety below. Cromwell and Cruthers have re-branded the product and I like the new slick look. I also like that Philip Sparks and Mackenzie James are involved in the advertising campaign. I have behind the scenes footage.

geekiviews: Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil
Originally Published: 2009/01/02

This edition of geekiviews features a guest blogger, The Grumpy Owl. He’s a guy and the Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil is for men. So it made sense that he review it instead of me.

I hate oiling up my body. It’s the sort of the thing that one should have a person for. Preferably young, buxom and foreign. So, when Geekigirl gave me a plastic vial of Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil, I viewed the product with some trepidation.

Oil is bad enough but shaving is worse. The last time I combined the two, I spent an entire weekend cleaning hair, blood and assorted perfumes from my sheets. It was not an experience I was looking to repeat.

But geekigirl quickly explained that I was to use this product to shave myself. Specifically, my face. While alone.

I might not like oil or shaving but I do love my face. So I decided to give this shaving oil a whirl. Having used it for the past few weeks, I now feel competent to review the stuff.

It’s pretty good.

At four dollars and fifty cents a vial, it’s reasonably priced. Certainly much cheaper than hiring a barber to shave your face and not much more expensive than a can of foam. Although it lacks the proto-erotic thrill of having a man stroke your throat with a razor, it smells quite nice and provides a close shave. It also lasts quite a long time.

But I wouldn’t expect anyone to believe mere words. After all, I’ve been bribed with a five dollar vial of shaving oil. A lot of bloggers come cheaper than that. So I’m providing you with photo evidence.

Ryan Oakley Before Using Cromwell And Cruthers Shaving Oil

Ryan Oakley Before Using Cromwell And Cruthers Shaving Oil

Ryan Oakley After Using Cromwell And Cruthers Shaving Oil

Ryan Oakley After Using Cromwell And Cruthers Shaving Oil

I expect you can draw your own conclusions from that.

Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil (a Canadian Company) can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart and PharmaPlus

David Dixon and Philip Sparks for Town Shoes Fall Winter 2010 Preview

Town Shoes recently sent this teaser image of some of the new fall winter 2010 – 2011 collections from Philip Sparks and David Dixon.

David Dixon and Philip Sparks for Town Shoes Fall Winter 2010 Preview

I’m so glad to see this designer shoe collaboration continuing to be a success. Every year the shoes get better and better. I’m dying over the Philip Sparks boots. If only they came in a men’s 6, I would be in heaven.

images: courtesy of Town Shoes

TEFW – Philip Sparks Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

Didn’t get a chance to attend Philip Sparks’ Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 show? Well they have produced a great runway video of the show that includes close ups of the outfits.

I’m an unabashed Philip Sparks fan so it’s pretty hard for him not to please me. I love the Philip Sparks sailor and what great models to represent him. The presentation format was excellent. I like the half runway half installation idea and it was a nice change up. The attention to detail is always excellent and the Burroughes Building once again served as a fantastic backdrop.

I was so happy to see my favourite model David C from Elmer. The last time I saw him I was at Elmer Olsen’s Christmas party. David was going to Europe for the men’s collections. I told him I hoped to see him on my computer screen. I nearly spewed coffee over my monitor when he turned up in the Alexander McQueen fall 2010 collection. Holy Shit, David walked McQueen. I later found out that David also walked for Emporio Armani. He showed me a picture of him and Giorgio Armani on his blackberry. It was so adorable.

If you want to see some great photos of the event check out Jason Howlett’s blog, Compendium Daily and Joe is the New Black.

Philip Sparks Fall 2010 Preview Videos

The first Philip Sparks Fall 2010 Preview Video was release in January. Philip is inspired by Moby Dick this season. I can’t wait to see all the nautical inspired clothing and accessories. Since then there have been two videos posted so I’m going to post all three for you to enjoy.

Part 3 is so much fun. Peacoats for all!

Follow the Philip Sparks blog for updates.

The Coat, Philip and I

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I was send a video that brought back memories of taking this photo with Philip Sparks at the Holt Renfrew TIFF party. It was Philip’s idea to get for me to wear the racoon fur buffalo coat from the Fall 2009 collection. We come into play at 0:38 in the video. It’s originally from Radio Canada

We had a total blast taking the photo and I’m glad the moment is recorded somewhere. Loves It!

Anita <3s Philip.

Holt Renfrew Pop-up Shop is now open till December 6, 2009

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I got a sneak peak at the Holt Renfrew Pop-up Shop last night. It’s situated in the Fashion House showroom and is now open to the public.

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I liked the setup. The Holt Renfrew visuals team came in and gave it a “general store” store feeling. The clothing is casual with a lot of tshirts, relaxed sweaters and plaid button up shirts. Denim was the staple pant but there were a few non denim choices too. There were a lot of non clothing options too like jewellery, candles, bath products, scarves and hats. Great options for gift giving and a smart move with the holidays coming up.

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The Christopher Sherman ties come in little envelopes. Really cute.

I love the Christoper Sherman ties, Philip Sparks curling sweaters, the kick ass Dandi Maestre jewellery and silvery hat.

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The clothing wasn’t as androgynous as I expected but it does have that unisex feel. There’s also a range in prices. I saw a fabric necklace/scarf thing for $22 $28 and then I would see an oversized Balenciaga Motorcycle bag which is around $2000+. Don’t feel too intimidated, walk in if you are curious.

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The Holt Renfrew Pop Up Shop at 560 King Street West Toronto is open:

Wednesday, December 2 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 3 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Well looky here, Vogue.com has decided to write about the Holt’s pop up shop too.

TEFW – Philip Sparks Spring 2010

Philip Sparks was the unofficial start to what I’m calling Toronto Extended Fashion Week. TEFW for short. The venue was in the usual haunts of the Burroughs Building. This season they used the bigger section of the 6th floor. They also had a great setup for the lounge area, complete with cheese plates and a DJ.

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I had a preview of the collection when I got to sit in on the Lookbook photoshoot. The collection included some pieces that I hadn’t seen which was a great surprise. The inspiration this season was cottage life and 1950s Canadian Pacific Railways gatewya ads. The collection featured fabrics like seersucker, cotton voile and ramie. Philip worked with textile designer Kerry Croghan to create his Gone Fishing print. It’s inspired from Thor Hansen fabrics and Canadian souvenir imagaery. These prints were used in shirts and ties.

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I love the fact that Philip doesn’t shy away from his Canadian roots. He embraces them fully and I really appreciate that love for our history and culture. I’m a born and raised Richmond Hill suburb child and my love of Canadiana is ingrained. It’s wonderful to see this translated into clothing.

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Philips show was very nautical. Waders (famously worn by Agyness Dyne), stripes and trenches we major staples. Typical Sparks basics, like button up shirts and henleys, complemented the staple pieces. The hooded windbreaker brought back memories to any person that were old enough to remember the 80s vividly. I’m totally bias but Philip can do no wrong in my book. I love his vision of a Philip Sparks man. He is relaxed about his appearance but appreciates the sartorial touches. The models in Philip’s show were really hot. I felt terrible for drooling as some of them are way too young.

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My favourite pieces included the new Philip Sparks handbags. The hardware is all brass and handmade by Mennonites. I also love everything with the print that was designed by Kerry Croghan.

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Overall it was a very well produced show with great models and clothing. The runway room looked fabulous and it was very roomy. Everyone got a good look at the collection. It was the best way to start Extended Fashion Week. Next up is Greta Constantine.

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See the complete collection in the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 slideshow.

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

i want: Riding Boots with Brown Cuff by Philip Sparks

Riding Boots with Brown Cuff by Philip Sparks

When I saw these boots at Philip’s Fall 2009 show I died. I immediately asked if they were going into production and then I asked what the sizing would be. Unfortunately, they start at Men’s 40 which is a 6.5 and too big for me. However guys that doesn’t stop you from getting a pair. The Riding Boots with Brown Cuff can be found at the Philip Sparks online shop.

image: philipsparks.com