Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Ultimate Canada Day

c/o liveinbellwoods
Here our suggestions for fun and frugal events to celebrate being Canadian this Sunday!

A $wag n Style go-to. A picnic in the park with good friends.

Don't forget your sunscreen and sunnies!

I have been craving Karen Walker's Number One sunglasses and Helter Skelter sunglasses

c/o of Pride Toronto

2:00 pm

The Pride Parade!
Starting at 2pm, the most entertaining, colourful and cheerful parade will circulate the Toronto streets celebrating equality and freedom.

Check out the map here.

It's Pride Week, so why not check out the other great events happening throughout the city?

3:00 pm
Toronto Blue Jays vs. LA Angels
What's better than spending a sunny afternoon in the 500s cheering for Canada's fave baseball team?
The free street festival starts at 1pm. Buy tickets here.

7:30-9:00 pm
A poutine-off.
Check out the Iron: Chef Poutine Edition Finals at the Harbourfront (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West).
During the day, chefs from famed restaurants such as Barque Smokehouse, Rock Lobster, Bannock and Jamie Kennedy will face-off for a coveted position in the finals.

Free Hidden Cameras show
Harbourfront Centre @ 235 Queens Quay West. More information here.

9:45 and onwards
Free fireworks! Wherever you are, you will be sure to find an amazing firework display. 

Amesbury Park – 9:45 p.m.
Ashbridges Bay – 10 p.m.
Canada’s Wonderland - 10 p.m.
Centennial Park (Ribfest) – 10 p.m.
Downsview Park - dusk
Mel Lastman Square – 10:15 p.m.
Mississauga Celebration Square – 10:15 p.m.
Port Credit Memorial Park - 10:15 p.m.
Powerade Centre – 10 p.m.
Stan Wadlow Park – 10:30 p.m

Leave a comment if you have any other great suggestions.

Happy Canada Day!!! Bonne fĂȘte du Canada!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Awkward City

Since I'm in the market to buy a new camera, I ended up borrowing one from a co-worker for a week so I could take it for a test run. He had left his vacation pictures on the SD card and I secretly looked at them- even though I told him I hadn't. For me, seeing coworkers in their vacation pictures is like running into an old teacher at the grocery store or the mall, some people just belong in one area of your life (maybe I would be a bit more desensitized if I had facebook, but then I'd be hella creepy and I'd poke everyone and their mom). 

To make things even more awkward, I returned it to him and we joked about taking pictures of me after work with another coworker "art directing". It was no joke. Since that day, our page views have spiked due to the guy in my office slowly discovering I have a fashion blog, but hey, at least they'll know more about the wild world of white blazers.

Whatever, here are my awkward pictures and proof I don't brush my hair for work. It's my shtick, you'll get used to it - I promise.

style tip: laughing masks awkwardness

My shirt is from urban outfitters (actual brand is Sparkle and Fade) and it's actually one of my better summer shirts that I can pull off for work. It's light and breezy, but still covered up enough so it doesn't violate any HR dress codes. My pants are Rachel Roy from the Bay, my shoes are Zara and my all-time favourite every day/every night bag is from Roots. I recently learned that Susie Sheffman from designed it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I love this girl's style so much I want to copy every outfit she wears, in every picture that's taken of her. She can layer prints, she can wear colour, she can accessorize and her hair is wicked cool. Best of all? She doesn't look like she's trying too hard.

I chose a few damn pictures from her Damn Blog that I can see myself wearing in my everyday damn life.

Exhibit #1 WORK: This is what I would wear to work.The printed blouse and printed skirt look so effortlessly cool and the pop of yellow in the jacket and the green in the shoes make the outfit fun when work is boring. Although, my lunch won't fit into this clutch, so I'll have to swap out the bag for this forest green one or this neutral one (remember, this is a hypothetical situation.. I don't actually have these bags to swap, I just have student debt - which doesn't quite match with the ensemble).

Exhibit #2 WEEKEND: This outfit seems perfect for the hot, humid summer days we've been having lately. Although, my hands would get tired from holding up the top, so I might have to invest in a better strapless bra. The accessories are what make the outfit for me- cat-eye sunglasses are so much better when they're a bright colour and bracelets are cooler when they resemble disco balls. Anyone want to go roller skating Saturday? Anyone? Anyone?

 Exhibit #3 BOWLING: Imagine meeting someone for a first date and walking in looking like this? You'd be the coolest B at Lucky Strike. Don't make her swap out those heels for bowling shoes! shit will get cray.

You know you're cool when you have both swag and style.

All imagine via Solange's blog, "My Damn Blog".

Monday, June 25, 2012

Featured: Bridge+Bardot

I bought this skirt from one of Bridge+Bardot's first vintage clothing pop-up sales at The New Beat Studio back in the day. Now these talented ladies have a blog and a store launch at Dundas and Ossington in the next coming weeks - super excited for them!

Check out the rest of my shots on their blog here

Bridge+Bardot | 1138 Dundas Street West | Opening July 13th 2012 | Website

Friday, June 22, 2012

Name Change

As most of you may have read from the twitter buzz this morning, the newly hired creative director Hedi Slimane of Yves Saint Laurent will be changing the iconic fashion house's name to Saint Laurent Paris - reverting back to 1966 when the brand was called Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.This will be in attempt to give a fresh new face to YSL - out with the old, in with the new!

In addition to the name change, he will also be moving the design studio to LA - a move that will definitely change the influences of the collections.

Although he may keep the YSL logo, I hope they don't so I can get this bag on discount like old sports can hope, right?
If you're feeling spendy get the bag here.
What do you guy think about the name change and the future of the brand?

Read more about the YSL name change at Vogue.
Image from Net-a-Porter.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Solstice

I had to work late yesterday but still wanted to be outside to celebrate summer solstice. After ripping off my dress pants and throwing up my hair as soon as I walked through the door, I threw on a printed jumpsuit. Dressing in one printed item of clothing is a pretty mindless way to make an outfit - just add some simple accessories - a necklace and some rings in my case - and you're done!

I didn't do anything special to celebrate - just grabbed some take-out sushi from Sushi 930 on King and then made my way to Trinity Bellwoods park to watch some Brazilian Dance Fighters perform until the sun went down.The Brazilian group kinda made me want to get myself a drum, or maybe just travel to Brazil.

This is my fierce blogger pose

The jumpsuit is from zara, wedges are from Nine West, sunglasses are Kenneth Cole, necklaces are Forever21 and FCUK (here), and rings are House of Harlow (here).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Food Truck: Buster's SeaCove

A friend of ours stumbled upon the Buster's Sea Cove food truck at yonge-dundas square during NXNE and was raving about the fish tacos. Since I'm a HUGE fan of fish tacos and also liked Buster's Sea Cove at St. Lawrence market, Kat and I decided to ch-ch-check 'er out.

Our friend ranked the 3 items on the menu from best to still pretty good - fish tacos, crab roll, and in third place, the lobster roll. We got the fish tacos and crab roll to share.

From da back (it took us some time to find the entrance to the beer area)

The best looking food truck in Toronto!

The menu

Just fishin' around

Fish Tacos with their home-made hot sauce

Crab roll - crab salad in a thick buttery grilled piece of white toast

The fish tacos are definitely a contender for the best in Toronto and the crab roll was also amazing. We wanted to get back in line to get a lobster roll too but decided we'd just catch them at the Queen and Jarvis location later this week - they're there everyday day from 11-3.

Follow them on twitter @bustersseacove

Sunday, June 17, 2012 Summer Style Lounge

Canadian shopping website,, hosted a Summer Style Lounge last Thursday. We got to go check out their summer collection and chat with the Fashion Director of the website, Susie Sheffman.

Susie spoke to us about the challenges of getting Canadians to start shopping online since too many of us are jaded with surprise shipping and duty costs. This is why eluxe has a free shipping and return policy - buy the items you'd like in as many sizes you want and return the ones that don't fit for FREE. You can't go wrong!

Check out the eluxe website now, they're having a huge sale! 

I had my eye on the mint Schutz pair in the back but they didn't have my size - check them out on sale here

I went home with this Gypsy wrap dress - What do you think?

us and Susie!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bag Crush

Image from Net-A-Porter

Proenza Schouler PS11 in teal.

As much as I'm lusting for this purse I could never justify the $1675 price tag for a bag I couldn't fit my lunch into for work (yes, that's how I justify my bag purchases). But, on second thought, even if it could fit my lunch, laptop and everything else I jam into my bag in the mornings, I wouldn't be able to afford lunch for a month if I bought it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Finally, a H&M collab that will be available online!

Courtesy of H&M

So it's been all over the press, and H&M released a press release yesterday, announcing their new exclusive collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela for November 15, 2012.

This collaboration will feature a collection of clothes and accessories for both men and women. However, here's the kicker, the collection will also be sold online. For those unable to take long breaks from work to line-up at H&M for past collaborations or even the recent Jason Wu for Target collaboration - what amazing news! 

Martin Margiela had previously worked at Jean Paul Gaultier before launching a contemporary line of his own. He's an interesting guy, described as elusive, as he has never appeared on the runway. Further, his website does not feature a biography about himself, only a link to a wikipedia page. 

At this point, we can only muse about what this collab can bring. We can probably expect clean lines, fantastic separates, and great tailoring. I am expecting to add some great business pieces to my own closet.

For now, check out some great pieces from the Maison Martin Margiela collection below.

Winter 2012 collection
Courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela website.

The "Artisinal" skirt - what gorgeous construction.
Courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela website.

How can you say No to a constructed, cashmere, camel coat?
Courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela website
Courtesy of Shopbop

416 Snack Bar

Last week we had the pleasure of eating at 416 Snack Bar located at 181 Bathurst St (at Queen). We got there at around 7pm and surprisingly the wait was only a few minutes and the staff were kind enough to take our drink orders in line.

They serve small cutlery-free snack size plates with inspirations drawn from various communities from the '416' region. I grew up in the '905' region of Brampton so butter chicken was not found on the menu.

If you ever make way your way here, must haves would definitely be the scotch egg benny, reuben, midye dolma istanbulu and the papusa al pastor but since the menu changes often, you could loosen up your elastic waistbands like we did and, order almost everything the wait staff recommends! Just note that some items had larger portions than expected but some a LOT smaller (like the order of 1 small lobster roll for $7!). 

Fish Board... more like Fish Smorgasboard!

Roll on' lobster
midye dolma istanbulu

kat going in for the kill

Overall, all the food tasted great and it's an awesome place to hang out with friends for a few drinks or even to sneak away from furniture shopping at CB2. 

Check out their blog and the most up-to-date menu at

Monday, June 11, 2012

A visit to Stockyards and The Stop's Beer Garden

Every couple of Sundays, The Stop hosts a beer garden featuring local craft beer. It's hosted in the lovely Wychwood Barns, which was once a maintenance yard for old TTC streetcars! It now contains artist housing and studios, a greenhouse, regular farmer's markets, office space and much more.

The beer garden featured $5 craft beer and $5 sammies with local produce. Cheap delicious eats and drinks, and a great cause? How could we lose?

Sun + Beer + good eats + good company = My perfect afternoon.

Read more about The Stop's regular beer garden or about its great programs here.

Wychwood Barns
Future nomnoms!

Vegetarian Bahn Mi by the Stop and Hogtown beer

Afterwards, we grabbed dinner at a local favourite... The Stockyards. We ordered the fried chicken dinner and a full rack of ribs. Final verdict? Nom nom nom! Try to read the menu without salivating... I dare ya! Everything is reasonably priced, especially for the quality. $wag n Style stamp of approval for quality and price. 
Tip... arrive hungry!
Update: Tip #2, call in and order take-out. Wychwood barns have lots of lovely benches meant for munching on good eats!

The Stockyards

Stockyard's bumpin kitchen


Order's up!
I wish I had taken an after shot.... I think my head was spinning from deliciousness and it's safe to say, I was in a food coma.

Have you been to any of the Stockyards or The Stop's programs? What are you thoughts?

Monday Morning Shoe Craving

I was looking through some of the sales this morning and found these beauties on Net-a-Porter. At only $118 there's no justification needed!
Image via Net-a-Porter
See by Chole sandals can be found here!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Swaggin' Saturday: Blazing white

One of these season's hottest trend is the all white outfit.
A white blazer is a great investment - a piece that can be paired with denim, leather leggings and skinny white pants! 

Have you seen the Club Monaco in-store Beach Boutique? Beauty! Soft, warm and relaxing. 

The following items are low, mid and high-level blazers that can be styled to be warm and soft, but also tough, if paired with structured accessories.

What are your thoughts? Are white blazers here to stay, or just a passing trend?

Photos from Forever21, Zara and Neiman Marcus websites.

Alexander Wang open-front Tuxedo Blazer (here) - $560.00 
Zara double-breasted linen blazer (here) - $99.90
Forever 21 lapel blazer (here) - $27.80

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

This month is Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary to the throne, and she's only the second monarch to rule that long in all of the Commonwealth nations. In addition to the coverage of the multiple events happening this weekend, people are remembering Queen Elizabeth's evolving style over the decades. My favourite decade of style would have to be the 40's -just before her June 2nd 1953 coronation. Her style seemed as effortless and innocent as a princess should be, but still encompassing 40's post war fashion.

1942, soft curls in a pale taffeta dress

1942, masculine tailoring in a pant suit and classic white blouse

1945, beautiful beaded gown with large shoulders and cinched waist

1947, structured coat nipped at the waist and bold shoulders

All photos via