Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A few more outfits! Feeling very outfit inspired these days! Somehow summer fashion is more inspiring than Fall and Winter. Enjoying every moment!

All of these pieces are from the lovely Treasure Seeker Colleen and My Sister's Closet in Vancouver. Such amazing pieces and excellent quality. If you haven't visited, you MUST! 

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

This is a quick and easy guide for how to make all sort of bags, from wallets, clutches, bigger flap bas, shoulder bags, bags for dress up and bags for informal wear, so many possibilities for creating your own accessories with your own stylish, creative ideas.

As a teacher, I would find this a perfect classroom book for kids 10 and up, but also useful (with extra helping hands) for younger students. No sewing machine needed, lots of templates and photos and a step by step (not too many steps) for each project. Who knew that duct tape comes in such a variety of colors, textures and patterns? Who knew that you can find it at your local grocery, hardware, craft or even dollar stores? Three closures are recommended: magnet, snap and button, all easily found close to home. You could even find many of the supplies at your local thrift store. Each project is affordable, some are $15 but you could make a lot of them for less, especially if you used thrift finds or supplies you already have. There are easy to follow tutorials, just in case you mix up stripes or make cutting errors. Beach bags and shopping bags really appeal to me. Loved the style, gloss and infinite treasures to make, following Richela's format.

This is her 4th book in the duct tape craft series. I remember paper dresses and I think duct tape fashion is funky and appealing.
Highly recommend this guide plus the 3 others she has written. Find out more here:
Instagram: @richelafm

Can be pre-ordered as of July 12 from:

Thanks to Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum, Publicist, for heads up on this fab find!

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This beautifully designed style guide, published in 2015, is by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl and contains 175 fabulous street photographs by Sioux Nesi. By street photographs, I mean carefully curated looks that you and I could put together and wear on our daily journeys. These are colorful, natural and captivating looks, rather than runway or showroom outfits. They are ageless, co-ordinated in creative ways and using pieces that you already have, plus those treasures you might seek out at thrifts, vintage and those special sales. Love the Brooklyn Guide for stores, markets, restaurants, reads, blogs, movies, books and more, perfect for your next visit. Having recently visited Manhatten, I am now ready to take on Brooklyn, especially with my trusty new guide.

Missing Bill Cunningham, iconic NYC Street Photographer, I was immediately drawn to the blue, yellow and red pattern of this book jacket. Picked it right up to see a quote from Anna Wintour: "Who knew that so many of us reside in our mind's eye in some-hipper-than-hip outpost of Brooklyn." And next, chapter titles: "Make Your Own Rules, Dress For Life, Don't Fuss, Embrace The World, Love The Street", just a few of the ten that make dressing stylishly well, easier and more fun. So many challenges every day but, as Bill Cunningham says: "Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life."

After reading "Brooklyn Street Style, I took my yellow, red and white Rolling Stones T-Shirt, (Global Atomic Designs 1144 Mainland St. Vancouver)  and matched it up with a coral necklace and punk bracelet and will wear this with white jeans and red converse runners or with blue jeans and blue converse runners with yellow daisies. Or how about with my white cage skirt, with hints of all of these colors, very subtle, very unexpected. Oh and red pumps and maybe my lips necklace. Oh, but then I have giant red lipstick earrings....possibilities are endless.

Thanks to Natalia Parga, Project Manager Latin American Week, Carnaval del Sol 2016, and Sarah Murray, Program Co-ordinator Fashion Arts, VCC, I enjoyed a vibrant week of celebration, music, arts, dance, color, food, and fashion! Weather was variable but there was sunshine wherever the events happened: Waterfall Building, Tom Lee Music Hall, Concord Pacific Place, and many more locations filled with multicultural crowds of families, musicians, artists, chefs, dancers, and world travellers. Latincouver is a movement that brings everyone together and is a must not just for this week but throughout the year. Bienvenido! Bem Vindo! Welcome to "...a multicultural non-profit organization which brings together all Latin Americans from all countries and Latin enthusiasts living in B.C. though business and cultural activities..."

The first event my friends and I were invited to was the Gala Night and Canadian and Latin American Aboriginal Arts Exhibition at The Waterfall Building, 1540 W. 2nd. Art work, Jewellery, Costume and Dance were featured. Artists introduced their work and dancers provided background and cultural significance of each dance. Traditional Salish Territory, the land, traditions and languages - gifts shared with people everywhere. Truly a celebration!

The International Trova Fest was held at Tom Lee Music Hall, on Granville Street. I knew people studied music there but had never seen the grand performance stage. Trova is the music of poetry. Much of the music written is a poem, were words spoken as an introduction to this traditional and modern music of the people. This was not the music of rock bands, but more personal story telling with universal themes.This was an offering from the heart, for all of us. Complex and rich, the music showed us other cultures but brought us all together in this large studio. An animated full house, found it impossible to sit quietly and many got up to dance. There was a lot of singing and humming and making friends, no matter where you were. There was Tango Dancing from Burnaby, bands from Columbia, Mexico, two of many,  and also from right here, in Vancouver. People carry their music with them, wherever they go. Music, dance, food, friendship - what more could one ask?

We also attended the Carnaval del Sol, during the days it was at Concord Pacific Place. Although dark skies threatened, the sun finally graced Sunday as if to say, "It's not over yet!" Once again, there was fun for families, fabulous food, a marvelous variety of bands and dancers, art, markets, and my favourite: The Carnaval Del Sol Fashion Show, on for over an hour on both days. I liked the color themes that matched those of the festival: Yellow Sunshine featuring, Erin Gravelle, Sally Sandusky, Happy Yellow Dress and Blushing Boutique, Red Sunset featuring: Erin Gravelle, Happy Yellow Dress, Devil May Wear, Sally Dandusky, Rebecca Fafard, Teryana Goletta, Blue Skies: Krissy Bishop, Erin Gravelle, Happy Yellow Dress, Devil May Wear, Blushing  Boutique, Sally Sandusky and Green Leaves, highlighting the upcycled, recycled, Eco fashions of Sans Soucie.

This was an extremely well produced show by fashion merchandising students at VCC. Fashion Show Co-ordinator - Hannah Bielert, VCC Fashion Co-Program Co-ordinator - Sarah Murray and a cast of many others.

Loved the mix of cultures, styles and summer formal and informal styles. Very animated models and each color was prefaced by the wonderful dancing of Tereza Paraschivescu. This wardrobe, these dances, these modelling skills - as Zorba says, "Teach Me To Dance!"

Thanks everyone for a truly memorable week here in Latincouver!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My lovely friend Tessa visited me from Australia last weekend and provided me with an excuse to pick up a few new pieces and to come up with some new outfit combinations! RWandCo had a great sale on and I found some basic pieces that I was easily able to incorporate into my existing wardrobe. I don't always post my outfits here, but you can see them all on my Instagram

Easy denim dress for MBA studying days
Top from RWandCo
Gladiators from My Sister's Closet (They are Stuart Weitzman!)

Blazer and brooch from Treasure Seeker Colleen
Tank from Uniqlo
Pants from RWandCo and flats from Nine West

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Oh what an adventure we had a few weeks back! Treasure Seeker Colleen met me in Boston for a week and then we traveled via Amtrak to New York for the weekend. After the weekend in New York, I went back to Toronto and she stayed on for a week. She managed to interview the wonderful Viktor Luna, see all of the great museums, visit the apple store and have a wonderful time! Oh what fun!

Here are a few photos from our adventure. It was great to be able to share Boston and New York with my fabulous Mum!

Treasure Seeker Colleen at Harvard
She fits right in!

With John Harvard!
I learned later that you're supposed to rub his foot for good luck!

We took a trolley tour that included a harbor cruise
The weather turned from stormy to beautiful sun just in time!
Treasure Seeker Colleen always brings the color!

After Boston, we visited New Haven and Yale campus!

I insisted she buy this fabulous Yale hat. We took a pic during lunch at a fabulous cafe!

At the Yale campus library

Having a cocktail at the Plaza!
Wearing Carolyn Bruce earrings and necklace

Wearing a beautiful Vanti scarf outside the Met before visiting the Manux x Machina exhibit!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Every weekend, I look forward to reading, "On The Street" and watching Bill Cunningham's street fashion video. This week, The New York Times, has been filled with New Yorkers' memories of him. At 87, he is gone, but his work lives on. Even here, in Vancouver, I see blue and think of him.
During my shift at My Sister's Closet, bits of blue caught my eye. On the street, a blue bicycle signaled that Bill was nearby. There was blue on the sidewalk. An Eiffel Tower brought his Paris to Vancouver. A mail truck thundered by, a blur of red, white and blue stripe. Green trees filtered through blue glass. An empty blue beach chair invited him to wait for just the perfect, stylish one to sit under the shade of the blue and white umbrella. A hydrangea and balloon salute to Bill Cunningham, here in our city. Up, up and away!

Oh and today New York officially named 57th and 7th "Bill Cunningham Corner" today! Read more about it here! We love you Bill! You will be missed, but will leave behind a wonderful archive of stylish photos!

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