Foundation garments are a staple in my wardrobe. The use slips, camisole and tshirts are a common practice in my fashion world. I’ve added a new must have item to my foundational garment roster, the Tickled Pink undershirt. It’s the perfect garment as it works as an undershirt and prevents sweat marks and pit stains without resorting to using those underarm adhesive pads. Saxton Chayse sent me a Tickled Pink undershirt to test drive last summer. It wasn’t something that I thought of using during that season so I didn’t look at it until the fall. I was in love after our first outing, it was a miracle worker. I tend to sweat a lot and avoid wearing long sleeves some days because of embarrassing sweat stains. With Tickled Pink I no longer worry about it because of the triple layered pad sewn into the armpits. It’s not bulky which surprised me as that was one of my initial concerns. The deep v neckline and short sleeves accommodates all kinds of outfits. The synthetic fabric is similar to my slips and shapewear so you can be assured that clothing with drape correctly over top.
The amazing Tickled Pink undershirts are now part of my weekly wardrobe and I seriously can’t live without them. They are perfect for people that use natural deodorants instead of antiperspirants. The undershirts wash very well. I put them in the dryer and haven’t experienced any shrinkage or changes in shape of the garment. I’ve also gotten over my summer aversion to Tickled Pink undershirts and see the garment as a year round device.
Another benefit of Tickled Pink undergarments is reducing dry cleaning bills. I have a few dry clean only outfits that I usually end up wearing for a couple of hours at a party. It gets expensive drying cleaning after each wear but with foundation garments like Tickled Pink you can avoid this extra cost.
I loved Tickled Pink so much I ended up buying two more from the Toronto based online shop. They come in four colours: black, white, beige (I can’t call this nude) and pink. They retail for $39.99.
I’ve packed away my winter gear and I shouldn’t be thinking about sweaters right now but here we are. This cashmere, silk and cotton sweater from J.W. Anderson has the perfect combination of colours and stripes. I’ve noticed the J.W. Anderson does really great sweaters.
I’ve seen theÂ Patchwork Raglan Check Sweater online starting from $540 from Shopbop and Farfetch.
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.
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.
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.
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
It’s absolute genius at how Zara can make every single piece of clothing look desirable on their newly launched Canadian ecommerce site. I’m floored. Zara is my favourite of the fast fashion shops but nothing ever looks this good in the store. That’s right folks, you can get Zara shipped to your door anywhere in Canada starting March 6, 2013.
To celebrate the launch Zara blanketed the city with $150 gift card according to all the tweets and Instagram post I saw last week. I too received this lovely gift which allowed the recipient to shop at Zara.com ahead of the national launch on March 6th.
Zara does everything right when it comes to a great online experience. My key indicators are as follows:
Easy to Navigate – Must have a simple, intuitive menu system
No animation or auto playing music
Simple, uncluttered interface with lots of white space
Multiple large, high resolution photos of the item from many angles including a detail shot
On figure and off figure images
Fabric description and composition
Item dimensions if applicable
Easy to find Help information which is extensive and detailed
Country of Manufacture
Description of the garment
Description of the fit – For example, True to Size, True to Brand Sizing, etc.
Description of the fit as related to the model
Detailed Sizing Chart
Email notifications at each stage of the process
Multiple choices for payment – Credit Cards, Interact, Paypal
Shipping Tracking Information
Zara.com delivers on many of this list. The shipping options are very good too. Free for orders over $50 and in store pick up (3-6 days). Regular shipping (3-6 days) is $4.95 and express (2-3 days) is $9.95, both very reasonable. Returns are free or you can go to your local Zara.
Amazing thing is that I didn’t want to return anything. My two items were exactly what I expected. I placed my order on February 28 and I received the package on March 4. My Zara online experience was so good that I’m going to forgo the store entirely unless it’s to return something. I’m saying by to the neverending changeroom lines, surly staff and overwhelming, unorganized stores.
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.Â Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up.Â 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 ($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 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
HermÃ¨s Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
HermÃ¨s Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Primary has a really cute fall winter 2012 – 2013 collection. I love the black and chartreuse Dagger Print b tee.
Make a statement in our dagger print b tee with our fall signature chartreuse hue that curls out on the sides. A powerful office look with a fitted black skirt, or an easy fall blouse option paired with a pant.
Valentine K is a local label who specialize in cashmere sweaters. I love cashmere and I love sweaters but I’m not big on the elbow patches that much. Elbow patches are a big design feature in Valentine K. I didn’t think I would waver on this dislike but then I saw the Houndstooth Best Friend Pullover. This is good stuff.
This Mulberry documentary on the women who hand knit the chunky wool pieces from the Mulberry Autumn Winter 2012 collection is fashion porn. What a brilliant little film that takes you into the lives of those that make the clothing and their specialized skills. I love that Mulberry uses traditional British crafts. I’m now obsessed with getting myself a Mulberry sweater.
Mulberry’s short documentary ‘Spinning a Yarn’ focuses on Margaret and Valerie – two of the women responsible for hand-knitting the thick, sheep’s wool pieces from the Mulberry Autumn Winter 2012 Catwalk Collection.
This knit tunic by Montreal designer, Dinh bÃ¡ popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. It got me thinking of how cosy knits are in the fall with pleasure instead of summertime disdain. i’m not ready to purchase knits yet but this tunic can be found at distill gallery in Toronto.
My heart fills with Canadian pride when looking at the Line Knitwear and Root sweater collaboration. Line and Roots teamed up to create a capsule collection of four sweaters all based on iconic cities in Canada. The collection uses Line Knitwear’s top selling sweater styles with a bit of Roots Canadiana.
I’m a fan of all the styles and I think it’s fitting that Toronto’s is the most bland for some reason. I think it’s because I work in the financial district and all I see is shades of white, grey, navy and black. These sweaters will be available at Roots in the fall.
I’m attracted to striped sweaters this winter. This fixation is primarily for the Breton stripe variety. Right now, the Holy Grail of all Breton stripe sweaters would be to own a Jean Paul Gaultier original but these Banjo and Matilda cashmere ones will be just fine.
Banjo and Matilda sweaters are available at Holt Renfrew.
Leah Barrett, Jabberdust designer, emailed me to let me know that a little project she worked on with Danielle Meder of Final Fashion is available for sale. Last year, Leah approached Danielle about illustrating some design concepts for the company. Danielle explains the whole process in this snippet here from her blog.
Designer, entrepreneur, professor and blog reader Leah Barrett approached me with a project. Leah’s label, Jabberdust, is a line of scarves and accessories that features incredible handwork. Leah works closely with factories in India to showcase the possibilities of embellishment. Her background is in production management, and she surprised me with a rare proposal. I’m paraphrasing here â€“ Leah said:
“I’m very comfortable with the production aspect of the business, however I find the conceptual aspect of design more challenging. Would you be interested in designing a number of concepts and illustrating them â€“ it can be anything you wish â€“ and I will take those ideas to the factories and handle the technical development of the samples, and if they’re successful, the production?â€
Danielle’s only condition was that she wanted to blog about the experience. You can read the posts here.
The Ice Shrug and Feather Hooded Cape are part of the four piece Final Fashion x Jabberdust Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection.Â There are two additional pieces (Reversible Tabard and the Tuck Scarf)Â that you can see on the Jabberdust website.Â My favourite piece of the collection is the Ice Shrug myself.Â The Feather Hooded Cape has a hand made feather fringe and is made from wool silk jersey.Â Â There is also and all black version.Â The Ice Shrug is made from nylon mesh jersey with hand sewn crystals and beads.Â It has an alternate colour too and that is offwhite.
You can contact Leah through the Jabberdust website if you’d like to inquire about purchasing any items from the collection.
I’m liking the new H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011 â€“ 2012 collection. I picked up a few pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection and I see a few fall pieces that I like.
This season the H&M Conscious Collection takes influences from romanticism and Swedish folklore.Â The collection features recycled wool and organic fabrics like cotton , linen and hemp.
The Conscious Collection collection uses embroidery and lace this season and I’m hoping they look good in person too.
I’m never into H&M shoes but I love, love, love these booties.
The Conscious collection will be available staring October 6, 2011 at the Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto. Other Canadian locations are Downtown Montreal, The Pacific Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown.
Alex & Eli is an American based brand created by two Parsons graduates, Aja Singer (who is Canadian) and Anne Zeman. Their focus is suiting for women with tailored silhouettes and unusual detailing.
I knew Aja and Anne were after my heart when I started to read the style names. As an unapologetic Star Trek fan, I was delighted to see things like The Vulcan Blazer, Enterprise Pant, the Voyager Blazer, the Kirk (it’s a jacket), Transporter Skirt and the Replicator Jacket. It was doubly delightful that the clothing looked really good. Womenswear influenced by menswear with a modern twist, how could I not love this.
I finally saw a few pieces of the collection at the newly opened Intermix on Bloor Street. Great quality and looks just as good in pictures as real life.
I received this in a Celine email blast a few weeks ago when the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 treatments were being given to all the designer site. If I had to pick one designer to wear only, I think I could totally love the Celine uniform over and over again. Â Celine is available at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street andÂ Calgary. Â I find it weird they aren’t listed on the website.
I think my love of difficult clothing like jumpsuits and rompers is making things like bodysuits seems reasonable again. I used to wear a lot of bodysuits in the early 90s. I haven’t touched one since then but this printed stretch-satin bodysuit by Dolce & GabbanaÂ has me craving again. They have a lot of coverage, like a 50s swimsuit and I could see myself pairing it with this sheer Jeremy Laing skirt I picked up this summer.
I missed the Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 preview a few weeks ago. I wanted to see the new line OBJECT created by George Antonopoulos for Danier. I had twitter to keep me updated that day as I slaved away at the office. The lookbook images are pretty damn good looking. These are my top picks from OBJECT by George Antonopoulos for Danier Fall Winter 2011 – 2012.
I didn’t know what to expect from OBJECT exactly. I know George. Â His style and taste is impeccable. It would only make sense that OBJECT reflect his sensibilities. Â I’m in love.
I love the contrast in textures in pieces. Â The menswearÂ influenceÂ is quite strong. I’m glad to see that I could easily wear most of this stuff to the office without much of a side glance from my coworkers. Â They know me too well nowadays.
I have some serious thinking to do this summer about my fall Danier purchases with OBJECT, Greta Constantine and Mark Fast coming. It might be time to expand the leather options in my wardrobe.
As soon as I returned from my Whistler vacation I ordered the Luxirare Suede Minivest. I like vests in theory but I find them very, very hard to style. After months of hiding, I debuted the vest at the Greta Constantine x Danier Skin event.
Looks like I will have to do some more research on how I can incorporate this great little vest into my wardrobe. I think maxi dresses might work for the summer. Jackets and sweaters would be good combination in the winter. How do you style your vest?
Outfit breakdown: Luxirare Minivest, Sheer grey dress by Cheap Monday, Joe jean leggings (courtesy of Holt Renfrew), Aldo Black lace up boots, Black tank top by Gap, Dandi Mastrae earrings, Orange Toywatch (courtesy of ToyWatch Canada), Hermes bracelet.
Collaborations are the news in Canadian fashion so it’s good to see something that isn’t about one. Greta Constantine has created a capsule collection called Primer which consists t-shirts done Greta Constantine style.
Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine are bringing their master drapery and attention to fit to a whole new audience. The capsule collection, aptly named Primer, serves as the base coat for a woman’s wardrobe and is to consist of both separates and dresses.
But don’t expect basics. Every piece in the collection features a subtle feminine twist like leather straps on a tank top to allow for easy belting or draped t-shirt dresses with exaggerated pocket detailings. This is all part of Stephen and Kirk’s desire to re-imagine contemporary staples.
As Stephen elaborates, “designing the collection demanded that we consider what makes a t-shirt so perfect. Fabrication, lengths, colours. While a woman may be willing to suffer through a pair of heels, comfort without looking comfortable is what we sought to achieve with Primer.”
The line, with prices ranging from $95 to $275, offers numerous options for both current clients and those who may otherwise be constrained in purchasing Greta Constantine.
“Our dream has always been to be a part of every woman’s wardrobe. This collection offers us that very opportunity,” explains Kirk. “There’s been a push in fashion, as in other industries, to further democratize or enhance accessibility. This is our contribution.”
A Greta Constantine Primer pre-capsule collection will be available at TNT The New Trend’s Hazleton Lanes location (87 Avenue Road) beginning Thursday, May 20, as part of the Canadian retailer’s 20th anniversary celebration. The pre-capsule will be available through mid-July.
I really enjoyed the Line Spring Summer 2011 collection at LGFW in October of last year. John and Jennifer decided that it was time to take Line forward and produce a whole collection of separates and dresses instead of just knits. The verdict is in, and they do a good bottom.
These are my top Line picks from the Spring Summer 2011 lookbook.
Ji from Luxirare is one of the best fashion bloggers out there. She has a website that talks about food and fashion and uses the best photography to explain her point. It’s drool worthy and inspirational. Ji creates fashion and food that leaves her readers in a frenzy. Ji has started selling some of her designs online to the enjoyment of her many fans including me. I’m talking lux leather jackets and handbags. Right now I’m eying the Luxirare Minivest.
This minivest is the perfect accessory to carry your most important items with you, without having to carry a bag. Or you can just wear it as a stylish accessory to add another layer to a jacket or a shirt. Carry your phone, cash, keys, lipstick and credit card with you.
The back of this minivest is rendered with a flattering racer back style. Each vest part is connected with belt straps that are integrated for full adjustability. This vest fits women of all sizes. Adjust accordingly to your size and amount of layering you plan to do for your outfit.
The minivest is designed for both the blackberry and iphones. It carries most other cellular devices as well. There is also an integrated zip pocket for cash and credit cards, as well as a detachable clip for keys.
I would have ordered this vest right away, but I’m going on vacation to Vancouver and Whistler this weekend and I placed myself on shopping embargo. The vest would have been 2.5 lift tickets. Right now I need the mountain more than the vest. I’m hoping that when I return there are still some left over.
There are a few things from Gap’s spring summer 2011 collection I have my eyes on. I love the Pale Denim ruffle top. It reminds me of Lanvin a little bit. The Chambray denim hooded parka will be a good substitute for that Lanvin x Acne denim jacket I never bought. The white skirt is heavily influenced by Jil Sander’s spring summer 2011 silhouette. It wasn’t a silhouette that I liked at first but it has been growing.
I saw Paris Li’s new spring summer 2011 collection at the launch event for Ukamaku, a Toronto based online retailer specializing in Canadian fashion. I really liked the print pieces from her collection.Â Easy dressing for summer with a bright pop.
Paris Li can be found online at Ukamaku or at York Choice in Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Avenue. Private appointments can also be made.
I saw the news of the new H&M Conscious Collection. I didn’t think much of it until I saw this campaign shot. I need this dress, it’s just got summertime written all over it. I think the snow is already getting to me.
Sustainability is a long term trend at H&M and this April as part of the focus on sustainability H&M will introduce the Conscious Collection â€“ The collection which is for women, men and children is made from enviromentally â€“ adapted and greener materials such as organic cotton, TencelÂ® and recycled polyester. H&M’s designers have been inspired by different shades of white, one of the most important colours this Spring. A minimalist, tailored look is combined with romantic lace, Broderie Anglaise, frills and draping. The Conscious Collection will be on sale in all H&M stores from 14th April.
“It’s not just about organic cotton any more, the possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco smarter materials are huge now. By designing recurring Conscious Collections we have the opportunity to show in a variety of ways what’s possible using more sustainable fabrics,â€ says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of design.
I poked around at the other offerings and I found myself liking some pieces with these dresses being my favourite. The are made from recycled polyester and range from $24.95 – $59.95. The skirt is organic cotton and retails for $24.95.