home-grown: vintage crawl

vintage crawl

Put on your walking shoes. Well I suppose all shoes are meant for walking, aren’t they! But, hey, maybe you’ll pick up a new pair along the way ; )

For one night only it’s the Vintage Crawl Toronto! A late-night party across the city’s west end where shops from Kensington Market to Roncesvalles keep their doors open from 7pm til midnight with treats, sales and deals at the ready.

Here are the participating shops and a handy map to plan your route!

1. Sub Rosa 16 Kensington Avenue
2. One Heart Design 77 Kensington Avenue
3. Anice Jewellery 167 Augusta Avenue
4. Pretty Freedom 165 Augusta Avenue
5. Armed 1024 Dundas Street West
6. Bridge + Bardot 1138 Dundas Street West
7. Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas Street West
8. I Miss You (Dundas West) 1315 Dundas Street West
9. Dalston Grey 1317 Dundas Street West
10. 101 SUPERmarket 1418 Dundas Street West
11. The Chief Salvage Co. 1493 Dundas Street West
11. Friends Electric 1493 Dundas Street West
12. Life of Manek 1504 Dundas Street West
13. Reservoir Vintage & Bright Brown Vintage Pop-up at Henhouse 1532 Dundas Street West
14. Print Fine Vintage 834 A College Street
15. Mrs.Huizenga 28 Roncesvalles Avenue
16. Door Number Two ‘Garage’ at 294 Roncesvalles Avenue
17. Common Sort (Parkdale) 1414 Queen Street West
18. Philistine 1394 Queen Street West
19. House of Vintage 1239 Queen Street West
20. 69 Vintage 1100 Queen Street West
21. Thank You 1080 Queen Street West
22. Chosen Vintage 960 Queen Street West
23. Magwood 886 Queen Street West
24. V Queen West 702 Queen Street West
25. Cabaret Vintage 672 Queen Street West
26. Silver Falls 15 Ossington Avenue
26. Tusk 15 Ossington Avenue
27. I Miss You Vintage (Ossington) 63 Ossington Avenue
27. Emporium by I Miss You Vintage 63 Ossington Avenue
28. Rescue Vintage 102 Ossington Avenue

vcto map

xx #vcto

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california top ten

california

Wow! What a jam packed, absolutely awesome, totally perfect vacation. Der and I are back from 10 days in the sun experiencing all things California. The week started in the Palm Desert, more specifically, in the picturesque and perfectly manicured resort city La Quinta, CA. Fittingly, we stayed at La Quinta Resort & Spa which was a perfect home base for experiencing Coachella! Following that a drive up the coast Santa Monica-Santa Barbara-Carmel by the Sea-San Francisco rounded out the trip. Here are some of my favorite parts…

1. The weekend festivities at Coachella deserve their own line. The weather was hot and the music was pumpin’. Some of my favorite performers include; the Neighborhood, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, The xx, Ben Howard, Shovels & Rope, the Lumineers, James Blake, La Roux, and Pretty Lights. It was a thrill just to see how the whole thing went down. We approached it all very laid back, no rushing around { I mean you can’t possibly see everyone } and really just took it all in. The sights and sounds along with yummy food and gorgeous weather made it an awesome weekend.

2. A quick lunch + shop stop in Silver Lake on our way to Santa Monica was great. I love this area! We had a very yummy lunch at Local Restaurant then stumbled upon my new most-favorite-shop-ever. Such a wonderful breezy atmosphere, fresh smelling candles, beautiful housewares, gorgeous accessories, a small selection of carefully curated designer duds. Oh, and the name, it’s called Lake Boutique.

3. Our one night stay in Santa Monica flew by and it was shockingly cooler than the past few days spent in the Palm Dessert { good thing for picking up a new sweater at Lake! } We celebrating Ders birthday with dinner at Barnyard in Venice.

4. Early the next morning we hopped in the convertible to start our journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had brunch in Malibu on the beach and I also just had to stop in at Consentino’s Fresh Flower Market which, as it says on their site, is the most beautiful store in Malibu. I was totally inspired by their arrangements of succulents and cacti. Definitely my next project…

5. Our first stop was Santa Barbara which turned out to be one of my favorite places along the way. Very neatly laid out, great for biking, strolling, relaxing. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen to be one of my favorite restaurant cities { I didn’t care for either one we went to } but we always started the evening at the hotel resto/bar which was the perfect spot for a Champagne cocktail, a few apps, making a few new friends, getting invited to a wedding { of course we couldn’t attend; how much fun would that have been! } The hotel was The Canary and their restaurant, which was re-branded about a week prior to our arrival, is called The Finch and The Fork. It’s the perfect hotel bar.

6. An amazing yoga class in Santa Barbara at Yasa Yoga; recommendation courtesy of Goop.com { thanks Gwyneth! } Located in an historic Santa Barbara building with gorgeous wood floors, 20-foot ceilings with exposed beams, and run by a husband and wife team who are very passionate about their practice.

7. The next portion of the coastal drive was my absolute favorite! The drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur for our one night stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was absolutely breathtaking. Driving up the Chumash Hwy through Los Padres National Forest and then eventually ending up cliff side along the ocean is a sight to be seen. Upon recommendation we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant for lunch. Which I would, in turn, recommended to anyone and everyone doing this drive. Close by the restaurant is a great place to head into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and do a short hike through the redwood trees to the Pfeiffer Falls and the valley.

8. Our scenic route, lunch, and hike, brought us into Carmel by the Sea later into the evening and we stayed at a charming B&R called The Colonial Terrace. It wasn’t quite on the downtown strip, but not that far away, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful dinner paired with wines at the notable Andre’s Bouchee. A restaurant that is honoured by Wine Spectator as having one of the most notable restaurant wine lists in the world!

9. The final stop was San Francisco and really think I picked some gems when it came to restaurants. The only downside was that I did find the restaurants to be so far from anything else { and they took ages to get to } but it was well worth it when we finally did.

a rustic dinner at Outerlands; locally sourced,
organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.

one of my most favourite brunches ever in Noe Valley
at Pomelo; I highly recommend the huevos motuleños

cocktails at the hotel restaurant were amazing because I
happen to love all things TIKI! the Tonga Room and Hurricane
Bar in the Fairmont does not disappoint with a live band
performing on a thatch-covered barge over the lagoon, classic tiki
cocktails and periodic light tropical rainstorms complete
with thunder & lightening. such a blast!

and our final night dinner at an interesting venue, Foreign Cinema,
where foreign and independent films are screened in their covered
outdoor courtyard. our film du jour - Jiro Dreams of Sushi

10. Oke last but not least is really just to say that my dream trip was every bit as great as I thought it would be! I think that y’all should get out there and do it your own way and have an amazing time !! xx

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what to wear no.06

what to wear no.6
 


It’s official, my countdown is now totally on!! I am beyond excited to be heading to Coachella this year { remember the promise I made my self last year } along with various other spots along the Californian coast line. A bit of a dream trip many years in the making. We’ll have one night in LA and, if I had it my way { well technically I do, I just don’t have the outfit } here’s what I would be wearing -

Sass & Bide – The Big Go sequin-embellished cotton jersey tank
Current/Elliott – The Stiletto cropped low-rise skinny jeans
Acne – Donna textured leather ankle boots
Rag & Bone – Floppy Brim Fedora in purple
Bing Bang NYC – Crystal Shard Ring Rose
Chanel – Le Vernis Nail Colour in Emprise
Super Sunglasses – Panama Glasses
Theory – Tivona stretch-crepe blazer
Zara – Cut Work tote bag

Here’s wishing! xx

everlane comes to canada

everlane

When I stumbled upon Everlane about a year ago I wished very much that their products would be available to Canadians. It’s not very often that a company pushes so hard for something like that, but Everlane did. With their #CrowFundCanada campaign they have made their way North!

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Since then, I’ve been obsessed with their clean lines, cheeky spirit, and luxurious basics at reasonable prices. It’s all about transparency; their MO is cutting out the middleman in order to pass mega savings along to their customers. Works for me, and can’t wait to place my first order! xx

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textures + textiles

Print

I always seem to be drawn to textures and textiles when ever I am looking for inspiration. The gals at the Block Shop { image two } are creating beautiful block dyed scarves and that lace in the first, used in Marissa Webbs Spring/Summer ’13 collection, is so delicately beautiful. It’s hand spun and hand woven from genuine natural Indian cotton. In addition to hand weaving the base fabric, fabric artisans hand embroider and hand cut eyelets – perfect! Happy Sunday xx

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easy tiger

tiger

Obviously, tigers are all the rage. They are everywhere from clothing, to jewelery, to home accessories! For a quick { inexpensive } fix I picked up this Zara Tiger-Print Blouse that I am in love with. And, if you’re up for spending a bit more, you could always splurge on an iconic Kenzo Tiger Embroidery Sweatshirt { well actually you probably can’t because they are eternally sold out ! } Or, for something in between, be inspired by the above. xx

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what to wear no.05

at the library


Wouldn’t it be nice to imagine days spent lazing around the library in a big leather club chair; reading your favourite books, sipping on a coffee, making endless lists…? I wish!

Snowed in over the weekend, I did just finish up one of my new favorites { a major tearjerker } The Fault In Our Stars. SUCH an amazing book. I highly recommend this young-adult love story. In fact, I highly recommend anything by author John Green. xx