Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas (Treasure Seeker Colleen)

Yes, another fabulous fashion and networking event. July 9th at Blushing Boutique, the jewel that brings lots of shine to Richards Street.  Love these evenings because they're always full of opportunities to see the latest clothes that fit and flatter and to meet local artists and designers.  Relaxed but lively atmosphere and time to get your cards read and have some additional pampering, usually nails and make-up but anticipate something new, each time.

Wonderful sales, expert fittings and the latest colors and styles.

Can't ever resist saying hi to Audrey, (really a bit of Shelley's own story) by Monica Blichar of MAB Ventures, Inc.  Monica is not only the creator of ART World Vancouver, but also brings women entrepreneurs together (Diamond Dolls) often at Blushing Boutique.

Beautiful jewelry and accessories by Stella and Dot, new and fabulous, of course!

Blushing Boutique, for all year round style and events and local, local, local!

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's hard to believe that three months have passed since Treasure Seeker Colleen and I started our 3 month second hand challenge. I have to honestly say, I'm not sad that it's over! It has been tough only buying second hand items and being really limited in terms of modernizing our wardrobes. We have both done really well throughout the challenge. Treasure Seeker Colleen didn't buy anything new and I only bought a few pairs of shoes. We shopped at places like My Sister's Closet (who made the collage with our items below), Value Village and Kind Exchange. I think we have both realized that we are not only second hand shoppers; we are mixers of second hand and new pieces. With that we have both decided that we will end the second hand challenge after 3 months as planned.

A few things we learned along the way:
  • Think before you buy. It's easy to buy, buy, buy, but you might have a similar piece in your wardrobe already.
  • Try to think about how you can re-use items or wear items again. It's easier than you think with accessories.
  • Try to avoid fast fashion items. They don't last and they look dated over time if they are "trend" pieces.
  • Buy second hand! Consignment shops and vintage boutiques often have amazing items that you won't see on anyone else. 
  • For every item you buy, remove one from your closet. This will ensure you don't build up an unmanageable amount of items in your closet.
  • Clean out your closet on a regular basis. Make sure all items are visible. You will easily forget about items you can't see. 
  • Have fun and get creative!

In Vancouver in July

A collage that My Sister's Closet in Vancouver put together for us!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I received a fantastic care package from Treasure Seeker Colleen. She regularly visits My Sister's Closet in Vancouver and the majority of these items in the photos below came from there! I'm in Vancouver this week and so had a chance to stop by. Lovely staff and an amazing cause to support. Check it out if you're ever in Vancouver. They have great selection! 

Must find a place to wear this dress!

Great office dress for summer - simple and easy :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another fantastic event hosted by Fajo Magazine! On Wednesday, July 16th, we gathered at the Distillery District's Arta Gallery for some very fashionable fun! Editor-in-chief Hannah Yakobi has a gift for bringing talent together. Her events always feature top Toronto talent in fashion design, food and music. Thanks to the Fajo Magazine Team for a wonderful experience and opportunity to meet some amazing vendors and designers.

A few favorites at the event: Hat Designer Sharon Snitman of Wild Works hats, Chibi Seimei Inc jewelry, Room 29 boutique featuring Moo Piyasombatkul sunglasses, Karoo designs and Liana Marie jewelry. So much talent in one room! Here are a few photos from the event - hope you enjoy!

Editor-in-chief Hannah Yakobi

Silent auction!

Lovely Liana of Liana Marie jewelry

Whiite and Wackerhaus designs

Musician Elena Thompson

Owners of the Room 29 boutique on Queen West

From the Room29 boutique

Moo Piyasombatkul sunglasses from the Room 29 boutique

Necklaces also from the Room 29 boutique

Designer Kathryn Belzunce of Chibi Seimei Inc
She uses vintage watch parts to make these beautiful necklaces!

Janet Han and Whitney Hu of Wild North Apparel

Sharon Snitman of Wild Works hats

Loved this hat!

Lovely Karen Meleniclis of Karoo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last week I visited Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love. As always, there was lots to see and do! Whenever I visit a new city and I have some time to explore, I find that "hop on, hop off" tours are the best way to see all the sites, even if from afar. The concierge at your hotel can always easily arrange these kind of tours. Just ask!

On a bright and sunny Friday, it was great sitting on top of the bus and learning about this new (to me) city.
Some city highlights to check out if you ever visit Philadelphia:

  • The Liberty Bell Centre
  • City Hall
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Including the Perlman Building)
  • The Rodin Museum
  • Franklin Square
  • Jim's Steaks (for delicious Philly Cheese Steak)
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Independence National Park
  • Penn Museum (An entire museum dedicated to archaeology!)
  • Barnes Foundation (Renoirs, Picassos and more!)
  • The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia - was one of the best hotels I have stayed in!

I haven't been taking as many photos as of late. It was great to get out and take some real photos with my SLR rather than my iPhone. Hope you like the photos!

 The beautiful city hall

Hop on, hop off! Big Bus Tours were Great!

Elfreth's Alley
The oldest and continuously habited street in the US, dates back to 1702
32 houses on the street built between 1728 and 1836

 Betsy Ross House
Where Betsy Ross purportedly lived when she made the first American flag

Independence National Park


Reading Terminal Market - great shops and food vendors 

Loved this historic building

Free Library

Patrick Kelly Fashion Exhibit at the Perelman Building
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philly Cheese Steak!

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