Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another surfing adventure! On the second to last day of my 5 day California trip, I decided to visit Hermosa Beach to surf in the morning. As luck would have it, the weekend I visited turned out to have only 1-2 foot waves, which are very small. I was determined to surf regardless! 

Rather than renting a board, I walked over to the Hermosa Surf Camp tent and discovered that I could take a private lesson for a very affordable price! Bill (right) was my instructor, and made sure my pop up was perfect, so I could catch more difficult waves. Overall a great learning experience and would highly recommend this camp. They also have a great day camp for kids led by Owner Vince and taught by qualified, organized and safety conscious instructors! 

After surfing, I hiked Runyon Canyon with a friend. It was straight up, but fairly short and not too difficult. Would recommend it for the walk and views, if visiting LA!

Have you tried surfing? If so, where? Leave us a comment!

Vince and Bill!

The top of Runyon Canyon

Sunday, August 21, 2016

At the end of the first year of my part-time MBA and the summer semester, I had a long weekend escape to Los Angeles, California. I visited Redondo, Hermosa and Venice beaches as well as Los Angeles. So much to see and do!

The ocean breeze was a much needed escape from the heat wave we have been having this summer, in Toronto! This brings me to the primary reason for this trip... SURFING! More to come on this in the next post.

Here I am at Redondo Beach enjoying the breeze and evening to follow, wearing a dress from Treasure Seeker Colleen and My Sister's Closet in Vancouver and sunnies from Tribal Rhythm Vintage! Would love to hear about your great escapes and adventures in the comments. Leave us one!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hard to believe I have been visiting the wonderful Angela for 6 years! Angela, born in Limassol, Cyprus has been working at Sketchley Cleaners for over 15 years and is a pillar in the community. I am always running in with piles of clothes that are either purchased second hand or in desperate need of mending! She always greets me with a big smile, asks me where and how I have been and patiently goes through all of my beloved items. She always knows just what to do and is always honest about the way things look best! In addition to this, Angela always speaks Greek to me. She usually has to translate for me, but makes me feel like I am connected to the community here in Toronto. Lucky me!

I asked Angela a few questions about her work at Sketchley and her tips for great style. Having been in the business for many years, she has seen many trends and always looks fabulous herself! She knows what works!

As you can see by the photos, Angela loves classic pieces and always accessorizes with fantastic jewelry. She loves to see both men and women getting dressed up in their finest styles and says that her customers are her favorite part of her job. I have witnessed this first hand. I am usually in on Saturdays and everyone comes by to say hi to Angela. Some even just come by to say hello, they don't even have any dry cleaning! 

We always know we can count on Angela for the greatest care, style advice and great laughs. You're just the best Angela!

Always great dry cleaning and additional services at Sketchleys. For more information on a location near you, visit sketchleycleaners.ca

Monday, August 15, 2016

On our last visit to New York we saw the fantastic Manus X Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Exhibits are always exquisite and we were lucky enough to be in New York at the time this fabulous exhibit was on display.

The exhibition focuses on the reconciliation of handmade and machine-made clothes in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It features over 150 outfits from the early 20th century to the present and aims to highlight the relationship between hand design creation vs. machine design creation.

The exhibit also features 3D printing fashion, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. Some of the haute couture labels incorporating 3D printing into their collections in the MET exhibit are Chanel’s 2015-2016 collection and Iris Van Herpen’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

This was a joy to see! I also purchased the exhibit book, which was worth it as I will now always be able to go back and look at the images, in addition to those I took! It is also a great coffee table book. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Chanel wedding


Hussein Chalayan

Treasure Seeker Colleen with Dior

Gareth Pugh

Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen

Noa Raviv

Junko Koshino

Junya Watanabe and Pierre Cardin

Junya Watanabe

Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen



Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

Treasure Seeker Colleen with Issey Miyake

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Presented by Wearable Arts Vancouver, this is always a must see, during those gorgeous summer days at John Lawson Park, West Vancouver. Models volunteer and are the diverse mix from which all Fashion Shows would benefit. Always a plus, is the sale that follows the show. When you see it, you want it!

This is the fourth annual display of technical skills and beautiful design, eco friendly and made over time, slow rather than fast. One of a kind, truly west coast flavor is what comes to mind.

Deb Ryan, Show Chair, did a very effective job, easily giving the most interesting highlights of each outfit and its creator. A spectacular setting, sunshine, accomplished models and really special clothing and accessories made this show shine.

Participating Artists:
Daniella Amit: lapennadesign.ca
Ros Aylmer: By Hand
Linda Coe: lindafineart.ca
Rene Corder Evans
Monica Gewurz: mgdesigns.org
Elena Glazkova: elenafelt.blogspot.ca
Laurie Gray: noradstudio.com
Marianne Greaves: artflowear.ca
Anne Gundrun: annegudrun.com
Beryl Hickenbottom: beryloriginalhandwovens.com
Anni Hunt: annihunt.com
Lorraine Kwan: refluxus.blogspot.com
Janet Lee: revision-theartofrecycling.com
Doreen Marlor
Heidi Martins
Cheryl Morriseau
Freda Pagani: fredapagani.com
Susan Perkuhn: ratatouilledesigns.com
Christine Rio: slatejewelry.com
Dawn Michelle Russell: dellaterradesigns.ca
Yvonne Symons
Junko Takashima: junfiberworks.wordpress.com
Wendy Van Reisen: dahliadrive.com
Joanne Waters
Angelika Waters: angelikawerth.ca
Zula: zulajewelry.com

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Written by Dianna Drahanchuk

When I think of dressing different, Vivienne Westwood immediately comes to mind.

She started her fashion career in 1971 when she made ted clothes for her partner Malcolm McLaren that they reproduced and sold in their London shop called “Let it Rock”. The following year the focus shifted to rockers featuring leather studs and zips, fashion details popular today, making “too fast to live too young to die” their slogan. In 1974 the store’s name was changed to “Sex” where they created and flogged rubber and leather fetish wear for the regular public. This evolved into “Seditionaries” 1977 punk wear, popular with the likes of Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. 1980 the shop was renamed again to “World’s End” when pirate style clothing was introduced.

Although her runway collections, over the following years, revisited these themes, with cheeky names like “Nostalgia of Mud” and “Tied to the Mast”, she explored traditional style and historical themes adding her peculiar twist in collections such as “Harris Tweed” and “Five Centuries Ago”, to name a few. The book “Vivienne Westwood” by Claire Wilcox includes over 300 hundred intriguing images, some featuring Vivienne wearing her designs. They are arranged in chronological order spanning 34 years ending in 2004 when the book was published.

Vivienne said “You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes” and proved it. At age 75 she still creates unique getups and the book is still published by Victoria and Albert Museum. She is yet a remarkable fashion force to be reckoned with.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

It has been another hot summer in Toronto this year and I have found I need cool and easy outfits that will last from morning until late evening for both work and school. I've worn this Express skirt many a time since purchasing it a few years ago. It's easy, doesn't wrinkle and incredibly comfortable. So much so that I wore it twice last week! I always love seeing how you can make one item look different by simply changing accessories. Here is the skirt paired with a tee and then a more formal blouse later in the week! I have also worn this skirt with a cropped lacey top for evenings. So many ways to wear!

Express skirt
R W and Co tee
My Sister's Closet Vancouver Blouse
Michael Kors watch 
Chanel glasses
Shoes and Necklace from Toronto shops

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:
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Can be pre-ordered as of July 12 from: Amazon.com

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.

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