DIGITAL DARLINGS: CANADIAN EDITION [March 29, 2013]

Five looks I’m lovin’ this week from across Canada…Leopard prints, bold patterns, bright hues…oh my! I think Canada is ready for Spring, so get on that mother nature!
ivy

Ivy of THIS IS WHAT WE DO, Vancouver

alyssa

Alyssa of Ordinary People, Edmonton

Leah

Lena of Quality Rivets, Montreal

Jenny

Jenny of Crazy Style Love, Toronto

line

Line Vanille for Lookbook.nu, Montreal

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Travis Taddeo Fall 2013 WMCFW

So last Friday I lost my Fashion Week virginity! (oh ya). I was lucky enough to attend  Travis Taddeo, whom I adore. His collections are always strong and demand attention. Just take a look at the images below, you’ll see what I mean.

LaSalle College graduate Travis Taddeo presented a  furry unisex collection last Friday at Toronto Fashion Week .

Taddeo’s 2013 fall collection  maintained  a minimalistic yet edgy nature through the incorporation of leather, sheer fabrics and an abundance of fabulous furs. The collection was sponsored by NAFA (North American Fur Association) so racoon, coyote and  beaver fur were all incorporated into the clothing,  Simple slinky tanks and dresses got a touch of sexy with sheer materials and high slits. Bright and vibrant hues were absent, although they weren’t missed – the collection was mostly an all black affair, something to be expected from Taddeo, with some ivory and cream added into the mix.  My favourite? The long maxi dress, that screams “Don’t F*** with me!” Looks like something Lisbeth Salander from Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would wear. No?

Travis-Taddeo-Fall-2013

Images via

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fashion: spring/summer 2013 trends

Milan, Paris and London are home to some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses – Chanel, Guicci, Burberry – just to name a few.  So, it’s no wonder that fashionistas from around the globe keep a close watch on the European runways to see which trends we can expect in the new season. Although the current  weather in Toronto (hello SNOWDAY!)  is a far cry from Spring… I  can’t wait to start building my spring/summer wardrobe.

So, I asked five fashion bloggers in Toronto to share their favourite Spring  trends from across the pond  and tips on how to incorporate the trends into your daily outfit.

KRYSTIN

KRYSTIN from http://suburbanfauxpas.blogspot.ca
Trend: black and white monochrome

“My favourite trend from the European runways for the Spring/Summer 2013 season is a Monochrome look. Bold black and white ensembles were sent down runways in London, Milan and Paris with playful nods to an influence from the 1960s. It truly is a trend that anyone can make their own and works great as a transitional look from spring to summer. You’ll find me sporting the look with some bold pattern mixing of stripes with dots and a bold dash of color be it a bright pink lipstick or a cropped blazer.”

Krystin’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For the brave at heart, a fun-loving printed pant or skirt would pair beautifully with a bold hue on-top such as chartreuse or fuchsia.

Tip #2: A bold-print black and white blouse can easily be tamed with a black pencil skirt or cropped black trousers for a look that’s clean and crisp.

Tip # 3: Looking for a quick and easy way to sport this trend? Consider a fun manicure that incorporates a bold monochromatic look.

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Steph Update

STEPHANIE from http://www.stephaniesterjovski.com
Trend: lace trench coats

“I think the city girl will love this look, because it can take her from day to night. A lace trench is both work and evening appropriate, and looks magnificent worn over a dress. It offers an interesting element, and modern update to a timeless piece. A lace trench would look lovely dressed up or down, whether it’s a pencil skirt or jeans – heels would be a must for me! Love this look for the spring, in rain, wind or shine!”

Stephanie’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For a standout look, pair your trench with a statement necklace, think sparkle! The texture and glitz go together effortlessly.

Tip #2: I love mixing high and low, as much as I love to play dress up, boyfriend jeans, and a striped T look fantastic when juxtaposed against a trench.

Tip # 3: I’ve always loved the look of coats over the shoulders, without your arms in the sleeves, and just letting it elegantly sway on your back.

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DEANNE

DEANNE from http://threadbare-dm.blogspot.ca
Trend: All white

“What strikes me most about this trend is the duality of it: it is the perfect marriage between simplicity and complexity. Even in the most structured pieces, this look is delicate and feminine. Starchy-boyfriend-esque button down shirts paired with boxy shorts or a skater skirt sounds like a literal summertime dream to me.”

Deanne’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: Cream is not the same as white – be strategic in the way you pair your whites and off-whites.

Tip #2: Please avoid tight, white pants. They will do you no favors, I promise. Designers are showing a great deal of loose-fitting yet feminine whites, so stick to those.

Tip # 3: Layers will add a level of complexity to this trend: throw a white cardi over a white v-neck over a white button up and you’ve really got something going.

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Alexandra

ALEXANDRA from http://imalittle.com
Trend: Tomboy shorts

” As a self-proclaimed style savant, there is nothing I love more than a trendy take on an effortlessly comfortable piece. And what screams Spring & Summer more than a fashion-friendly short that is also easily taken from day-to-night? This is certainly one of the best trends to incorporate in to your season’s wardrobe and it’s an added bonus when you feel as cozy and collected as your look represents.”

Alexandra’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1: For the day try this with a soft and striped button-down or a light chambray shirt tucked in with a thin animal print belt.

Tip #2: Pair with a set of loafers or if you’re a heel aficionado like myself, try a comfortable pair of wedges or espadrilles.

Tip #3: What I love the most about this androgynous look is that you can add a bit of subtle sex appeal to your evening wear. Try your Tomboy Shorts with a low cut metallic tank and a pair of bright, strappy heels. Using a bit of subtly with your shorts paired with an overtly sexy tank adds a flair of juxtaposition to an already stylish look.

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Marla

MARLA from http://www.trendstruck.com
Trend: Shimmering metallics

” Although metallics can be worn in a bold way they don’t necessarily have to be and I think that’s the approach Toronto will take with this trend.  Some trends completely alter the shape or structure of pieces, like peplum for example, therefore it can take some time before we feel comfortable with them.  Metallics on the other hand are a finish to things we already wear and since it’s not too far off from sequin I think in small doses this trend will be accepted.  I especially see women embracing metallic brocades since a print creates a more subtle approach to the trend.”

Marla’s tips on how to wear the trend:

Tip #1:  If you are looking to make an obvious impact wearing metallics then go bold with either silver or gold.

Tip #2: To implement metallics in your everyday style neutralize the trend so it’s not overpowering.  Last summer both bright colours and pastels were huge and this summer they will continue to stick.  To change things up this season you are just looking for those same colours but adding some high shine to it.  The impact of your outfit is your metallic piece so nothing else should compete with it.

Tip # 3: For those who aren’t too daring when it comes to trends yet still love the look then complete your outfit with a metallic clutch or a pair of shoes.

What trends are you excited to try this spring/summer?

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2013 Bucketlist

27 before 27

The first few days of 2013 (like the beginning of any New Year) were teeming with articles, reports and blog posts about New Year’s resolutions; I would just like to note that I thoroughly enjoy reading these posts so thank-you to all that shared their goals. Clearly I’m a bit late with this post. Today is the 35th day of 2013, which means while most people (statistically-speaking) have abandoned their goals for the year, I’m technically just getting started. I’m not a big fan of resolutions for myself.. Last year my resolution was to quit smoking, but at 12:03 am after doing a round of ‘Happy New Year’ shots, I ended up heading outside for a smoke. Three minutes into the New Year and I had already failed my resolution! (That’s got to be a record).

I decided to take a different approach this year. A bucket-list approach. I didn’t want to rush into anything (clearly…it’s taken me 35 days to put this list together!) and so I thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish this year. Since I am a December baby, I have 12 11 months to attain these goals. I think I may even put together a ‘Before 30’ bucket list.

For those interested, here’s my list, solely for this year:

1. Graduate(!)

2.  Quit smoking

3. Participate in City Chase Toronto

4. Go camping (Can you believe I’ve never been camping?! I live in Canada! It should be  mandatory, no? )

5.  See seven bands/musicians perform live

6. Snail-mail seven handwritten letters to people I love

7. Take a Bollywood dancing class

8.  Get a tattoo

9. Gather up a group of  friends, rent out a paintball field and go to war

10. Reach my goal weight

11. Complete a scrapbook

12. Date, plural

13. Be a better friend, the kind that returns texts and calls, and doesn’t flake

14. Take up kickboxing   Got started on this one, and plan for it to be ongoing. Aiming for 1-2 classes a week

15.  Find a meaningful volunteer opportunity in my area, and take it on for at least a month

16. Spend a week cell phone-and-computer free

17. Go on a road trip and explore three new cities/towns

18. Have a full out picnic – with a wicker basket, checkered blanket and loads of stereotypical picnic foods

19. Have a childhood movie marathon (Now&Then, Little Mermaid, TMNT, Hocus Pocus etc)

20. Spend 72 hours or more by the water

21. Blog regularly,  3x a week

22. Complete an internship at a successful Toronto fashion/lifestyle magazine (this will be my 2nd internship)

23. Combine video clips and photos for a yearly family video

24. Save money

25. Start a journal… again

26. Attend three festivals in Toronto

27. Submit at least three story pitches for publication to various magazines

What’s on your bucketlist?

Toronto: Underground Sounds

The end of the semester is just around the corner, which means I’m super busy completing end of the semester assignments. Sure, I’ve had plenty of time to get them done, but I am a hardcore procrastinator. I start off the semester strong, but somewhere along the way I lose all focus and determination.  Ah well. That’s what caffeine is for.. CAFFEINE POWERS ACTIVATE!!

Anyways, I thought I’d share the videos I’ve been working on for a class. My focus was musicians that play in the subway. Specifically the Toronto subway. These guys are so incredibly talented. True artists. Unfortunately, my editing skills are nothing to write home about,so please try to ignore the choppiness and just enjoy the music. You can check out the rest of the project here