With spring finally deciding to show up, I couldn’t be more excited to have received an amazing package from British Columbia (by the way, I’m so due for a visit soon!!) this past weekend. I got some rad new shoes from a Canadian brand called Native Shoes. You may have heard of them already if you’re a big Trouble Andrew fan as he is one of the brand’s ambassadors. You may have also seen their super colorful and quirky ad campaigns, they kind of look straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. If not, a bunch of celebrities including Obama‘s daughters have been spotted sporting these kicks. The reason why I love these shoes so much is that a) as their motto states, they’re super lite and also comfy, b) they’re the perfect post-surfing/wakeboarding/SUPshoe because they’re waterproof and easy to clean c) they’re Canadian!! I’m also a big fan of all of the colors they have for the spring.
Though it’s still a little too chilly to sport them every day, I figured I’d take them out for a trial run today on this beautiful Monday along with my new Anine Bing cropped jeans. What are some of the clothes you’re excited to wear now that the weather has gotten a tiny bit warmer?! Let me know!
I first saw Klaxon Howl last fall in the studio room. An interesting structure greeted the show guests last night. The men strolled around the structure with as per usual much swagger. What I love about Klaxon Howl is that the collections and models are always so effortlessly cool. All types of hats, shades, wool blazers and suits, pants, overalls, suede jackets and jackets with leather detailing, could be seen during the presentation. A lot of the pieces had a very 30s prohibition era feel to them. Overall, a collection very representative of the hip urban men in Toronto. My favorite suit of the night is the first look below!
It was my first time being able to catch G-SUS on the runway. The first so far this season to include a live music act. Though the performance wasn’t flawless, it added a cool vibe to the show. I can’t say that I absolutely loved every single piece on tonight’s runway but the things that stood out the most were definitely the men’s knit sweaters, the printed leggings, bold prints as well as that standout pink bomber jacket. I also loved the models’ looks with the dark black smokey eye and plum lipstick. Very grunge!
Always love seeing the sophisticated designs from Pink Tartan‘s creator Kimberley Newport-Mimran. I especially loved last night’s collection because it had a darker twist to it. Some notable pieces – red houndstooth pants, all of the fur coats, plaid coats, the oversized furry gloves and clutches, the shimmery black blazers and coats and the long dresses. I like that she used a more rock n’ roll palette this time, opting for black, white and red, for most of her pieces, which is a little tougher than usual. The standout item – furry pants! See the last picture below. Honestly, a brilliant collection!
I was beyond thrilled to have been selected by Joe Fresh as one of their #VirtualFrontRow bloggers for the show last night. As part of this experience, I was able to share some exclusive content on my social media networks pre and post-show about Joe Fresh’s #JoeFreshFW14 collection. Make sure you go check my Twitter & Instagram pages @melsays to check it out! In Sochi, Canada’s slogan was #WeAreWinter, I therefore only found it fitting for Joe Mimran‘s FW14 collection to represent the great (& cold!) Canadian outdoors. Many collections often present clothes that are beautiful but not as practical for winter but Mimran’s latest offering presented practical, affordable & beautiful winter pieces. For the occasion, we were offered a rad black Joe Fresh toque along with information on the collection. On the runway last night we saw lot’s of chunky knits, oversized jackets, parkas, furry toques, graphic sweaters, side lace waxed jeans and lot’s of fur pieces. The color palette went from earthy tones to Joe’s signature orange. Some of my favorite pieces of the show were: the green biker jacket, the furry oversized camel coat and those green tartan trousers. After the show, everyone was also talking about the models’ side braids, they were definitely a hit! As per usual, the models walked down the runway to a super fun and energetic soundtrack. I think that what I love most about attending a Joe Fresh runway show is that everyone is always in the best of moods, dancing around, the models seem to be having fun and also Joe Mimran always seems so happy! Props to Joe Mimran and his team for another fun presentation! You guys hit it out of the ballpark again!
Ah yes!! The perfect way to end my week at WMCFW. Leather, fur & so many dreamy pieces. Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve definitely become a HUGE Mackage fan. I was thrilled to be greeted by a seat with my own name on it, way to make a girl feel special! I loved their runway set up with colorful leaves representing the fall. The show started with some beautiful fuchsia coats with black leather detailing for both ben and women. I loved that the models were sporting some Frends headphones. We then feasted our eyes on quilted bomber jackets and skirts, fur hats, fuzzy camo bomber jackets, fur shorts and skirts, leather pants for men & women as well as tartan from head to toe. Then, all of a sudden, two men dressed in leather onesies came to the runway to sweep away the leaves and make room for the “snow” for their winter portion of the presentation, clever! They presented a handful of warmer coats with fur detailing and a bunch of rad jackets. I also loved their variety of handbags, clutches and backpacks for men and women. Honestly, too many dreamy looks to choose from. I absolutely loved it all without exception! You can witness the beauty of the show below!
Pictures by J R Bernstein
Thank you to all the designers and organizers for an amazing and incredibly inspiring week of fashion! Can’t wait to see what next season has in store!!
So stoked on the new black combat boots I received from Nasty Gal last night! I’m a big fan of the brand and its’ founder Sophia Amoruso. Talk about a lady who’s a go-getter and who knows exactly what she wants!
Excited to pair my new boots with one of my favorite lace dresses, my new earring cuff and some printed tights!
Today’s epic track is a brand new tune from Phantogram called “Bill Murray”. Voices comes out Feb 18th!
Yesterday was a big day for my friends The Balconies! They finally launched their brand new record Fast Motions after almost a two year delay. I couldn’t be more stoked for these guys. I truly believe they’ve got what it takes to take on the world with their infectious guitar-driven rock tracks! If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to Fast Motions. For Canadians, you can check it out here & for everyone else here. Stay tuned as they’ll be coming to a city near you this winter, spring and summer!Also, personally very excited on getting my first official styling credit in the album, yay!
Today’s outfit – it’s a wintery grunge look! Nothing quite like a big comfy plaid shirt on a busy day of work!
Excited to be meeting up with the lovely Uranium crew today! It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to go see them in Montreal so I can’t wait to hear all about their design plans for 2014!
Any song that starts with “J’aimerais une fille aux cheveux roux près de moi” meaning “I’d like to have a redheaded girl close to me” gets my attention! It’s so rare to have people talk about gingers in their music. Love this rad new song from Montreal artist Philémon Cimon. Perfect Thursday pick me up track! What’s your track of the day? #earcandy
Today was potentially the coldest day I’ve seen in Toronto since I moved to the city a few years ago. Keeping warm with some tea, fresh juices, good tunes (this new track from Phantogram is killer!!) and thinking of the warm California sun! The countdown begins shortly!
Back in Toronto after being on the road for almost a week. I had a great time in Ottawa! I was able to eat at some of my favorite spots in the city: Murray Street (the best cheese & wine in Ottawa!) and also a new hotspot called Sidedoor : where they served the most delicious donuts!! I also really loved their tacos and all of their sharing plates. You have to hit these two restaurants on your next trip to the Canadian capital!
Getting use out of my shorts today! It may be hella cold out but wearing tights with shorts is always a fun look. It makes me think that summer is only a few months away… Can’t wait to soak up some sun rays in Miami and LA next month!
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve all had amazing holidays!! After a month-long break I’m excited to be back home and back to blogging. I took a much needed break but am now filled with more energy than ever. Excited to see what 2014 has in store!
What did you guys get up to during the break? I had the opportunity to travel to France, Montreal and the US. I can’t wait to share my travel adventures with you all. I’ll be posting a special France and Stowe blog in the next couple of days. Looking forward to sharing some of my favorite memories from the trip!
For my first outfit of the year, I’m doing purple and black. I love the delicate bracelet from Lyon designer Sophie Deschamps I received as a gift while I was in France. Everyone in France are wearing them right now. Not only can they be worn all the time but they’re also easily stackable. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the wonderful time I had!
Yup, only 1 week left before my trip to France. Thrilled! That said, I will miss my city while I’m away. Yesterday, I had the chance to going to an event located at the Steamwhistle Roundhouse, which is right beside the CN Tower. I’ve always been fascinated by this enormous structure. When I first moved to Toronto, it would always help me orient myself in the city and find my way home, something I really appreciated. I also love that they light it up in so many colors all-year-round. The thing you learn from traveling a lot is to really appreciate the time you’re at home and your city. I never had that feeling while I was living in Montreal, I used to get panic attacks when my airplane would be circling over the city to land but in Toronto, I always have a sense of comfort whenever I get back. So I will miss you Toronto!
For today’s outfit, it’s black and burgundy with some silver accessories. I don’t have nearly as many silver jewels as I have gold jewels but once in a while, I like wearing only silver for the day.
So excited for the Song Of Style for eLUXE event tomorrow evening! Will I be seeing you there?
I remember being a child and making a Christmas present list every year for Santa Claus and then as I got older for my parents. Though I don’t make lists anymore (because let’s be honest, I have more than I could ever need – I’m healthy, I’m surrounded by amazing friends and family, I have a roof over my head, I get to eat 3 meals a day and I get to do things I love!), I thought it’d be fun to make a fake fashion holiday wish list this year. There are just so many beautiful garments that exist in the world, a girl can dream can’t she? Here are a few of my favorite things…
Pamela Love x VEDA jacket
MLLE Mademoiselle Rumi Leopard Biker Jacket
Springsioux Bison Cross Pendant
Rag & Bone Hudson Skirt
Styligion White Skater Dress
Urban Outfitters BDG Crushed Velvet Leggings
Pamela Love High Tide Pendant Necklace
Modern Vice The Dove Booties
Mackage Jori Medium Tan Cross Body Bag
The 2 Bandits Franklin’s Tower Cuff / Antique Brass
Hudson Jeans Stark Moto Super Skinny in Crimson Wax
Vanessa Mooney’s The Celeste Ring
Modern Vice Holiday Handler (the perfect black boot if you ask me!)
Vanessa Mooney The Sky Above Necklace
Vanessa Mooney Wherever You Wander Bracelet
Anine Bing Burgundy Double Zipper Leather Pants
Styligion Shades of Red Lace Dress
Pamela Love Aeternum Pendant
Anine Bing Bohemian Black Hat
Pamela Love Occulus Arrow Ring
Anine Bing Leather Skinny Pant
Pamela Love High Tide Cuff
Springsioux Leather Gloves
Sincerely Jules Watercolor Donut Tee
What would be on your fashion holiday wish list? Let me know!