Animal sweaters

Ever since I saw this JCREW Hen sweater I have been contemplating the animal sweater trend. No not animal print, this isn’t a tiger or leopard print we are talking about but an animal motif, like a dog or a wolf on a sweater.

animal sweatersClockwise from the top: Wallis Grey Cat Sweater, Keen Up Your Act Cardigan, Peter Jensen Fox Intarsia Crew Neck, Embellished puckered wool-blend cardigan, Intarsia wool and raccoon-blend sweater, ONE by Bulldog Sweater here or here.

The thing is this wouldn’t be the first time I would have worn a big animal face on a sweater. Oh no, not even close. My mom hand knit my brother and I matching cat face sweaters when I was about 9. While looking back on them now as a Mom myself, I think the pictures are of course super cute but I remember rebelling against that sweater. And that part of me is screaming against this trend. While I think it is cute and quirky. Even chic at times if you consider how Kate Boswoth styled her owl sweater.

Personally if I were to participate in this trend I would try to keep it simple like this deer print or edgy like this in your face tiger face sweater. Still, I just can’t get on board.

It’s like suddenly an item that would immediately be thrown in Clinton & Stacey’s What not to Wear trash can is suddenly cool. Or maybe trendsetters are just rebelling against the “Rules”.

What do you think? Are you looking for the perfect animal motif sweater or are you thinking like me this will be over in a moment?

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Joe Fresh Fall 2012 Collections

I was out last night at the LouLou Magazine Joe Fresh Shopping event at the Queen & Portland Joe Fresh in Toronto.

Usually I turn around at the first sign of a line up because lets face it I could go there today and be line free but I wanted to check out what was new in store for fall and the line to get into the shopping party seemed to be moving fairly quickly.

joe fresh loulou magazing shopping party

I probably waited about 10 minutes to get in and then I was ready to get my shop on. The first thing I noticed was a fun printed green silk blouse. I am a sucker for anything printed and the bold green is such a lovely colour.

Green printed blouse Joe Fresh

It might feel a bit retro but if you are conservative it is the exact punch your basic black suit needs.

As we know orange is the signature colour of Joe Fresh and this year they are pairing it with grey which is one of my favourite colour combinations.

orange & grey joe fresh

Yes those are sequin sleeves on a baseball style shirt; a fun alternative to all the leather sleeves we are seeing this season.

The orange coat at the end of the rack is a toggle coat which is one of the looks we saw on the Joe Fresh Fall runway at fashion week. Other looks that have hit the stores from fashion week are the small chanel-esque puffer jacket and houndstooth prints.

joe fresh houndstooth

Other items I liked were some of their shoes. The burgundy pointy toe flats and the small heels on these below.

joe fresh shoes

Other items I liked were the grey oversized cocoon sweaters that looked super cozy.

I didn’t end up buying anything as the line up to pay was insane. 20% off was totally not worth waiting in a line that started on one side of the store (before the change rooms) wrapped through the mens section at the back and zig zagged through the athletic wear and into where you normally line up.

Still those shoes are pretty fab and I can’t wait to see if they will in fact bring out that motorcycle jacket from the fall runway.

What would you have waiting in line for?

Hudson Cabaret; Fall Denim

Last night I was part of a group of Toronto Fashion peeps that got to preview the new Hudson Cabaret denim line for Fall 2012. The launch was in conjunction with Flare Magazine so lots of fashion insiders and then me.

leelou jean hudson

The event was held at Parlour which was a great spot for a more intimate night of chatting and checking out the latest Hudson denim.

The girls above are in the LeeLou jean. The style is a denim spin on the tuxedo pant and they come in a range of colours. The name however has me instantly saying Leeloo Dallas Multipass… but I digress.

Check out the LeeLou in action in the video above. You might notice the lovely face of Georgia May Jagger, the new face of Hudson Denim. She has also collaborated with Hudson on her own capsule collection of denim that is said to merge the rebellious soul of London and the freedom of California.

hudson anniversary jean

photo via @TheMintAgency twitter feed

This year is also the 10th Anniversary of Hudson jeans as they were founded in 2002, you know back before everyone was rocking premium denim?! I know its hard to remember that far back.

In honour of their 10 years they have launched some Anniversary denim, those shown above. Personally I don’t have the guts or the bod to pull off the Union Jack but the cobalt jeans are a pretty fab colour.

Now I know you are all wondering what I wore to this event. Well denim of course. I started out in heels but then I realized I would have to do a bit of walking so I transferred to my trusty gladiator sandals.

double denimOutfit Details: Bleached Chambray Tunic & Gladiator Sandals Madewell, Denim Pencil Skirt Earnest Sewn, Vintage belt & clutch I Miss You, Necklace Urban Outfitters.

The Hudson Cabaret Collection is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow (both in Toronto), at Kiss & Makeup in West Vancouver and Premium Boutique in Westmount Quebec.

Both Revolve Clothing and Shopbop carry Hudson jeans online.

Bringing the Dress Back; Lemon Drop Custom Clothiers

Before I took off to the cottage I got a chance to check out a new Toronto based business that is bringing the dress back for women.

Lemon Drop is doing for the dress what indi denim did for the jean; giving ladies a custom fit experience long provided to Men via bespoke tailors.

custom dresses toronto

Lemon Drop is trying to take a concept that has been popular with custom mens shirts (like Maxwells). Instead of in home Trunk Shows like Stella & Dot stylists host, custom girls dressesLemon Drop is going to host 3 day Pop Up shops where you can see the product, get measured and choose your fabrics.

There are around 27 distinct measurements that need to be done because unlike a bridal party dress where you take a couple of measurements but essentially end up with a dress off the rack, a Lemon Drop dress is manufactured for you alone.

Like those men who line up to get a chance at having a custom mens shirt, Lemon Drop envisions their target market is the professional woman who wants an alternative to the classic black suit for her custom dressesprofessional attire.

But the dresses are so much more than a great alternative for work. Their day dresses would be great for attending a wedding, or a charity event. There are even little girl versions of the dresses so you could have a coordinated family photo.

Prices are in line with what you would pay for a suit, actually a relatively in expensive suit. In fact you would pay more for the aforementioned off the rack bridesmaid dress that you would have to have altered when it arrived.

The turn around time is super quick at 3 weeks. My husband has waited 2 months for a Maxwells shirt.

What I think is great is although there are other international brands doing custom day wear like  Moodbyme from whom you can order everything from a custom trench coat, blazers to brogues, no one is doing dresses and Lemon Drop does them well.

lemon drop custom dresses


One Dress Two Looks; short dress = tunic

One of the drawbacks of online shopping for items you haven’t seen in real life is they don’t alway live up to your expectations. Case in point the dress below. It is shorter than I thought it would be on me.

tobi everly dress

I fell for the print because I thought it was an autumnal take on the florals we have been seeing all spring and summer but basically the dress just covers my bum and I am too old for wardrobe malfunctions.

dress as top

So of course the first thing I thought of when I tried on this short dress was well I can still wear it as a top.

tobi dress

I am actually seriously considering shortening the dress into a top as I can’t see myself wearing it in dress format as it is so short. Maybe if I was thinner and had less boobs or bum I would get the extra inches I need to feel comfortable but I think I see this more as a blouse anyways.

dress as tunic

Do you alter clothing to suit your vision or would you just send something back if it wasn’t what you wanted?

I always begrudge spending the money to return an item I will wear if just tweaked a bit more to my taste.

dress as tunic with skinny jeans

Outfit 1: Dress Everly (similar), Necklace Vintage from Absolutely, Bracelet Stella & Dot. Outfit 2. Dress worn as a top Everly, Jeans Paige, Belt Linea Pella, Military Jacket Club Monaco (last season but love this one from GAP), Booties Joe Fresh (similar).

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Get the Look; Isabel Marant Suede Ankle Boots

I have said it before but Isabel Marant can do no wrong. One of the styles that is totally accessible and has been going strong for a few seasons now are the suede ankle boots otherwise known as the Isabel Marant Dicker Boots.

These suede ankle boots have inspired all sorts of copy cats or maybe they have simply drawn my attention to how wearable this style really is. Spotted on everyone from Katie Holms to bloggers like Fash n Chips.

isabel marant dicker boots

Clockwise from the top:

1. Isabel Marant Dicker suede ankle boots leather version here

2. Ash Siliver Pull On Booties

3. KORS Michael Kors Wayland Suede Booties

4. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Lamar Pull On Booties

5. Madewell The Barnwood Booties

6. Matt Bernson Jardin II Suede Booties

7. Madison Harding Fran Booties (love these in the red too)

8. Matt Bernson Jagger Dip Sided Booties

I have been eyeing up this style since spring. I enjoy the casualness of the suede but I can’t decide whether I would get more wear out of the lower heel cowboy style or the more feminine versions with a bit higher wedge.

More options:

Slow Transition

August is my favourite month of the summer. It is less humid than June or July and you can transition fall pieces into your wardrobe albeit slowly.

August at the cottage is even better for doing this; it is always about 10 – 15 degrees cooler than the city so by the evening warmer clothing is a must.

drapey top

Outfit details: Brown knit top c/o Freda’s, Denim Paige jeans, Sandals Madewell (on sale), Jewellery Stella & Dot.

I picked up this top at Freda’s and I thought I would have to wait alot longer to wear it as it is definitely a fall top.

Still I packed it for the cottage hoping for the right weather to pull it out and wear it.

brown drapey top

So when my family had a dinner planed for my brother’s birthday and it was somewhat cool, this was the first thing I pulled out of my overnight bag.

brown top skinny jeans

This top is easily going to be a favourite worn over and over because of the drape. It hides a million sins and is super cozy.

I can envision switching those gladiator sandals for tall boots once I have to give up on sandals in a month or so.

brown drapey top

Have you been transitioning fall items into your wardrobe? Or you holding onto summer tightly?

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Get the Look; Leather Sleeve Jacket

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One trend from this spring that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is leather sleeve jackets. Whether it is pleather or leather, leather contrast sleeves are showing up everywhere from cheap knock offs to expensive premium designer creations.

Leather sleeve trench coats, Leather sleeve denim jackets, even leather sleeve blazers. Leather sleeves are the way to add edginess to an otherwise classic item.

leather sleeve jacket

Clockwise from the Top:

1. Image via Pinterest

2. Sandro Denim Jacket with Black Leather Sleeves

3. Alexander Wang Leather-sleeved wool-blend coat

4. W118 by Walter Baker Milly cotton and faux leather trench

5. Ark & Co. Vegan Leather Sleeve Jacket

6. ASOS Blazer With Leather Look Sleeves


Check out more jackets with leather sleeves:

What do you think? Would you be rocking a jacket with leather sleeves?

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Hanging at the Mall

Sometimes you take what you can get. And when I had an opportunity to go out to Yorkdale Mall on the weekend, all by myself,  I took it.

vintage inspired blouse

Usually I avoid the mall on the weekends, especially in the afternoon because parking is a nightmare and it is sooooooooo busy.

Still I got to go by myself and through the week I would have two little ones to drag along. And that means we spend alot of time checking out the animals at Rainforest Cafe.

vintage inspired blouse

This past weekend was the first in a long time where I was actually comfortable wearing pants. Which was so refreshing. So I pulled out some old favourites, this vintage inspired blouse and flares and hung out at the mall.

vintage inspired blouse

Outfit details: Blouse Urban Outfitters (old), Denim James Jeans (similar), Shoes JCREW (old), Jewellery Stella & Dot.

Hopefully you had a weekend (or have one planned) that makes you want to do this:

vintage inspired blouse

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Pencil Me In; how I wore my jean pencil skirt

I have been spending a bunch of time at baby showers this spring and summer. Which is fun because I like babies and all, but it sometimes offers a bit of a conundrum as to what to wear.

You should look a little dressed up because it is a party after all, but it is still a casual affair that doesn’t require black tie or anything. We are just hanging in the basement, eating cake and opening presents.

jean pencil skirt

I put together this look after stumbling on the blog Putting Me Together via Pinterest. She had a post about a flouncy boho type top and how she usually wore it untucked. She went onto say how different it looked tucked in, and why hadn’t she thought of this before? I ask myself why hadn’t I thought of this before, because when I read her post I thought “I have a top like that!”

denim pencil skirt

And so a top that usually gets paired with skinny jeans or shorts and lived a brief life as a maternity top (it’s not one though) got a whole new look tucked into a denim pencil skirt.

denim pencil skirt

Outfit details: Top JCREW Factory (old), Ernest Sewn Pencil Skirt via Winners (old, but this is similar), Belt Gap (old), Wedge sandals JCREW (old but these are similar), Vintage Snakeskin clutch I Miss You Vintage.

Have you worn something a different way and it made you see it in a whole new light?

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pleated poppy

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