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Been on the road this past week for work in Quebec City. While I was there, I got to see some amazing shows including Tegan and Sara (hello dreamy sunset!), Serena Ryder, Mozart’s Sister and Phantogram (best show I’ve seen this year, hands down!! In case you haven’t checked it out yet, go read my 5 Questions With: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram here). Happy to be home for a few days before heading to NYC!

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Photos by @Offner

Forever 21 southwestern trim denim jacket

H&M blue and white polka dot dress 

Wave necklace from Etsy

Converse – Chuck Taylor Dainty (get them here)

Karen London Gypsy Ring (get it here)

5 Questions With: RUDYBOIS

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I first heard of designer RUDYBOIS almost two years ago now, when I was looking for a dress for the red carpet of the Quebec music awards, the ADISQ gala. He had reached out through twitter, expressing interest in lending me a dress for the special night. Since then, he’s become my go-to designer whenever I need dresses for events whether it’s the Juno Awards, Gemini Awards, etc. The young Quebec City prodigy designs high-end womenswear that is elegant but with a unique edge. All of his pieces are handmade in Canada using fabrics from around the world. His creations can be found in select stores in Canada and also online on his new shop. His latest collection is called Silence and has been making waves around the country. I know this is only the beginning for this talented young man. Here are my 5 Questions with RUDYBOIS:

1) Can you talk to us about your own style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today? (you can provide us with photos if you’d like)

It’s almost painful for me to go back to my teenage days! I was obese and definitely looking for myself. My style was a mix of Avril Lavigne and Billie Joe! (Osiris skater shoes, with a lot of studs bracelets, blue-black dyed hair, an eyebrow piercing, skulls everywhere and black everything) Later in high school, I became the ancestor of the “douchebag movement” (bleached hair with lighter undertones, white everything (blazer, formal shoes, belt and even the famous surfer shell necklace), mixed with bright colours!) When I say I was looking for myself… Then I moved to Quebec City and discovered the menswear designers section at Simons, this was a revelation to me, for my personal style as well as for my future career. That’s where I learned that less is more!

I now describe my personal style as an antithesis, I love being all dandy and dressed up as well as being a little artsy kind of hipster with an old rock influence, maybe that’s why my favorite brand, that also suits me perfectly, is Neil Barrett. There’s also a lot of things that I would love to wear that I can’t simply because I could not assume it, I still have a lot of body acceptance work to do!

2) Who are your style icons?

I really dig Nick Wooster and Jared Leto styles ( even if back in the day, Leto was wearing silver Crocs!)

3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

I really love sketching outside, I have my spot where I create all of my spring/summer looks. For the cold seasons, I can’t obviously create outside so I just need to isolate myself, I often go to the library.

4) Who would you like to see wear your collections?

Even if her style is not always refined, I would really love to see Madonna wearing my designs, or Lady Gaga and Celine Dion who are always well dressed.

5) What are some of your favorite artists or bands? Do you listen to music when you create?

I do listen music! From when I wake up, until the end of the afternoon, I listen music all the time!  I love a lot of different kinds of music, recently I’ve discovered Songza and it makes me discover so many new artists! My playlists of the moment includes: HBO Girls : Marnie  (featuring Oh Land, Robin, SLL, Graffiti6), 90’s dance hit ( I’m a big fan of 90’s dance music) and Blogged 50 (featuring Trails and Ways, Phil Beaudreau, Cherub). I also have my classics like Madonna’s American Life album, her best I think.

Thanks so much Rudy! Wishing you continued success!

Long overdue! #DailyOutfit

It was long overdue! I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts in the last week and a half. I spent 9 crazy days in Quebec City covering the Festival d’été de Québec for BRBR. It was my 7th and busiest edition yet! I had tons of fun running around the city filming interviews and performances as well as cooking segments and taxi rides with some super nice Canadian artists. My personal favs were definitely meeting the super sweet Gaële, having Les Indiens perform their rad track “Crâne” for us (stoner rock at its best! Listen to their track here), cooking with Jacquie from The Balconies, doing a taxi ride with Lisa LeBlanc and having the guys from The Hunters perform for us on a boat. Have you seen their performance yet?

I also had the chance to see a few shows during our shooting breaks. My top 3 favorite shows of the festival were:

1 – The Balconies

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2 – Weezer

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3 – Bad Religion

Only a few more days before I head back to California for a vacation! Can’t wait to spend some more time there!! In the meantime, I’m enjoying being home: hanging with friends, BBQing, watching several seasons of Kitchen Nightmares and taking it easy! For today’s outfit, I’m wearing color, prints and keeping the clothing light because it’s a hot one in Toronto today! I can’t complain though, at least the sun is shining and it’s finally summer 🙂

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

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Aztec print top

H&M neon blue cuffed shorts (similar ones here)

Zara blue rope skull necklace

Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

H&M pointed cap toe orange high heel

Blue & Yellow #DailyOutfit

Getting ready for the Festival d’été de Québec today. Really excited to attend the festival for a 7th year in a row! The FEQ is without a doubt one of the best organized and raddest festivals to attend in North America! Crossing my fingers for good weather because we have so much stuff to shoot for BRBR while in Quebec City! Keep an eye out for interviews and performances as well as new segments with – The Balconies, The Hunters, Xavier Caféïne, Ponctuation, Doldrums, Austra & more! We’re also organizing a rad “after-party” on July 7th. I’ll post up all the deets shortly but here’s what you need to know:

WHO: BRBR x I. Found 

WHAT: 1 band + 2 DJ sets FREE! Beers, Skate Ramp & More!

WHEN: July 7th – 10pm

WHERE: Quebec City, Qc

Rare color combination for today’s daily outfit. I decided to challenge myself today and wear some clothes that I don’t usually wear much. I find that it’s a good exercise to do once in a while, to see if you still like to wear some of your clothes or if it’s time to donate them! Feeling like a mermaid with this shinny blue skirt… I think today’s outfit was most likely influenced by the doc I watched on Dolphins last night 😉 *nerd*

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Urban Outfitters open front knit cardigan (similar one here)

Forever 21 raw edge yellow tee (similar one here)

H&M shimmery blue skirt

Luxe Craving  The Sea Blue Andante necklace (get it here)

Forever 21 colored bead flower bracelet (similar one here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Spring lace up wedge beige sandals (similar ones here)

RUDYBOIS presents Antithesis-Cecile

Today, one of my favorite up and coming designers from Quebec City, RUDYBOIS is launching his Fall/Winter 2013 collection called “Antithesis-Cecile“.  He describes his new collection as:

a contradictory state of mind to what happens in real life. On one side, unconditional love and wisdom. On the other, craziness on the verge of dementia, where rigid powder blue angora meets fluid temptation black silk. RUDYBOIS’s women, always dramatic and pragmatic, have to face their demons.

Below you’ll find a little sneak peek from his new collection.  I’m absolutely in love with it!

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I have much respect for this 23-year-old French Canadian designer. He graduated from fashion marketing in 2011 and launched his first womenswear collection in August of 2012.  Last fall, when I was looking for a dress for the ADISQ red carpet and gala he had approached me on twitter.  After sending a few emails back and forth, he drove from Quebec City to bring me a dress from his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for the gala.  Not only was the dress a perfect fit for my body, it was also extremely elegant, original and super comfortable. I loved my cape dress! I got so many compliments at the gala from artists and guests present, I was really excited to be wearing one of his creations (see the look below).  RUDYBOIS is not only a talented designer but a very savy marketer who is wise way beyond his years.  His Spring/Sumer 2013 collection was recently purchased by one of the biggest retailers in Quebec – Simons.

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The future is very bright for this young man.  He will officially be launching his Antithesis-Cecile collection at 4pm EST today on his website: http://www.rudybois.com/. I invite you to go take a look!