Friday, September 28, 2012

Lucite Heels

Leave it to Prada transform the clear stripper heel to something cool and fashionable. I came across the blog "this chick's got style" via "what do I wear" and saw the perfect Prada clear heels.

Yara does have wicked style (her blog name doesn't lie) and pairs them with a full skirt and a vintage rocker tee and a swoon-worthy PS11 bag in my favourite colour of the season - burgundy. Yeah, I'm hella jealous.
Image via this chick's got style
As soon as I saw these shoes, however, I spent a few work hours tracking them down and finally found them on bluefly on sale! With Prada though, even a sale price tag is out of budget sometimes. I don't have any more room for splurges this year, but am open to early Diwali presents ;)
$430 - $530 - Images via Bluefly
I also found some other non-stripper clear heel options that may tickle your fancy and your budget!

Top Left: Jeffery Campbell via solestruck $120
Top Right: Stella via the outnet $144
Bottom Left: pony lucite flats via pixie market $89
Bottom Right: Prada via Bluefly $380

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Re-Inspired

I went on an amazing vacation to Singapore and Indonesia late August where fashion and culture were effortlessly incorporated into everyday life. The beautiful landscapes of Bali, Lombok and Gili set a backdrop for colourful  sarongs, handmade offerings and intricate temples. While Singapore felt like traveling to a place180 degrees from Indonesia - it was like one big meticulously clean shopping mall where everyone was dressed in current seasons of big name luxury designers.

Coming back to Toronto, I had many ideas for blog posts and outfits but getting off the plane and executing them was a different story. The inspiration had melted away with the weather and neither TIFF nor NYFW showed me anything as exciting or organic as what I had seen abroad. Dressing has become difficult with the changing weather and the stores are restocked with full price fall items that seem a little bit out of reach with my new saving goals.

In an effort to become re-inspired and creative again, I've decided to share some pictures from my travels hoping to reignite my blogging flame.

Ubud Palace, Bali

Spring Water Temple, Bali
Roosters ready for an offering, Ubud, Bali
Balinese Masks
Religious Offerings
I came back with way too many bracelets
Our hotel in Seminyak, Bali
Dark volcanic ash beaches in Lombok, Indonesia
Sunset in Bali
Beach at Seminyak, Bali
Rice paddies in Ubud, Bali
Balinese Dance
I also came back with way too many sarongs
Singapore at night from Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The nom nom nOmnivore's dilemma

Rose and I have dabbled in the lifestyle of the vegetarian, pescetarian and vegan. Our omnivore dilemma is the udder respect for all things meat.  We've seen the influx of gourmet burger joints, upscale BBQ restos and pulled pork sammies, but Hogtown Vegan certainly approaches the Toronto scene differently. Hogtown Vegan has carved itself a niche by serving comfort food. Who doesn't love comfort food? As fall is quickly approaching, I'm so glad to have tried Hogtown to warm up during the cool fall nights. The portion size is also very generous! We couldn't fit in dessert, so I guess that means we'll have to go back.

Drool at the dinner menu here.

Rose anticipating the first bite


Rose loved the sweet potato mash!
Chicken n' waffles

As you already know, I love fried chicken and southern food. I make a mean macaroni and cheese, and the crux of that recipe is cheese! I was curious to see how the restaurant made mac n' cheese without milk or cheese. The pasta dish does not have the texture of a baked mac n' cheese but it does carry a certain creaminess to it, with an interesting mix of spice. The unchicken was very crispy, but not greasy, on the outside and had great flavour. The BBQ sauce was very tasty. 
Southern comfort - fried unchicken, mac n' "cheese" and collard greens

Unchicken burger

Philly "cheese steak"

Hogtown Vegan - always bumpin


Fave: The BBQ sauce made in-house. It's in everything, because it's so good! 

Least fave: When we arrived they were out of almost all the beer offered on the menu and out of their french fries. However, the staff were great and comped our drinks. 

Price: Dinner for one was under $20 with tax and tip. No dessert or appetizer ordered.

Details: Hogtown Vegan // 834 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6G 1M3 // (416) 901-9779


Readers, what is your review of Hogtown Vegan? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Two Ways: The Denim Shirt (say yes! to the Canadian Tuxedo)

One of my favourite pieces is the denim shirt. Sure, it's a Canadian classic... but designers are now updating the chambray shirt with different washes, fabric patches and cute add-ons, such as studs. I've been on the hunt for a spotted chambray shirt.

The denim shirt is the perfect layering piece. Try it under a military/cargo jacket (a new fall trend), over a colourful t-shirt or under a textured sweater, as shown below. Try rolling up the sleeves of the denim shirt over the sweater to add contrast.

Get more mileage out of your denim shirt! We've pulled together a Work and Play look to inspire you. Let us know how you love to wear your denim shirt in a comment below!


Two Ways: The Denim Shirt



J.Crew western shirt / See by ChloƩ sweater, $215 / J Brand skinny jeans / J.Crew long skirt / American Eagle Outfitters / Steve Madden steve-madden boots / ALDO shoes / Tory Burch leather handbag / Rebecca Minkoff handbag / J.Crew resin jewelry

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Fashion Trends 2012

This Fall, the major trends I'm looking forward to are: burgundy (a.k.a oxblood), military/khaki, peplum (yup, it's still going!) and the chelsea boot.

We've pulled together some of our favourite pieces that can be used for work or at the very least, during Happy Hour!


Fall Fashion 2012



Fall Fashion 2012 - Military inspired


Peplum dress / Dorothy Perkins Black boots / ASOS high heel boots / Burberry Cape coat / Proenza Schouler / FOSSIL handbag

Monday, September 3, 2012

Good Travels - Chitown

How would you spend a delightful 24 hours in Chicago?




Details after the jump!