Last Week, Today

I’m really enjoying writing these “looks-in-review” weekly blogposts for you friends 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying reading them…

Here’s what I got up to last week:

Back in the Habit Again

Sooooo this happened.  Sister Irene appeared last weekend for the annual Swing Out To Victory dinner/dance event in Hamilton.

Click here to see 2014 and 2015‘s event.

Here I am in all of my holy glory.  Don’t worry – it was sacramental wine I was drinking 😉

Don’t look too closely, as I sewed this costume myself… still can’t believe it!

I was apart of a fantastic costume theme – where 11 of us dressed as the cast of The Sound of Music.  Complete with the Baroness, The Captain, Maria, all 7 Von Trapp children and of course the Rev. Mother …moi! 🙂

This wasn’t the first time I showed off my ‘nun-sense side’.  Check out the below from my days of Halloween costuming in elementary school.

Happy to report we WON 1 place for the Best Dressed contest this year!!!  Huge deal, considering this was my first attempt at sewing anything.

Special thanks to my mom for her sewing machine + help & guidance with laughs. 🙂

Stylish & Warm

Last week the temps dipped into the negatives which forced me to get all bundled up in winter outer wear.

I found this lovely shop on WQW called Pockets & Pearls with this gorgeous wool hat.  The broad brim and tricolour of merlot-camel-navy …

The navy jacket is from Eloquii’s new petite line.  The first time a coat has fit me properly in the shoulders and in the length of the arms.  If you haven’t checked them out before – you should!!!!

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How I Got The Look:  Navy Coat with Gold Buttons, Eloquii Petites; Hat, Pockets & Pearls; Shoes, NineWest; Gloves w/fur trim, Danier Leather; Pants, Old Navy; Scarf and purse are vintage finds

Toddler-Granny

I’ve always have a hard time explaining what my “personal style” truly is.  Until I read this article:  ‘Toddler Grandma Style,’ The Fashion Approach That Will Set You Free

I’m always a sucker for a cute print on a dress.  Found this foxy frock at Forever 21+…

Simply paired it with a vintage gold-button cashmere cardi and booties.  And voila!

A Casual Friday Office Appropriate outfit was born 🙂

There you have it –  what  I wore, last week.

Hope I’ve created a few inspirations for you to try this week.  xo

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4th Annual Tiki Lani Lanai

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This was our 4th Annual Tiki Party … with surf bands, burlesque performances, rum tastings, limbo and colourful outfits galore … we threw one hell of a party!

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Not quite sure what a Tiki Party is?  Click here to find out more Tiki culture.

Click here and here to see what TVS Tiki previous parties were like :)

A wee glimpse of some of the crowd and performances of the night… Kassandra Love + Coconut
The bigger the hair flower the better 🙂 Moi…before the hair fell flat :/

What I Bought

There were a number of fabulous vendors on site … which means some shopping had to be done 🙂

This adorable brooch I picked up from Cheap Thrills.    I DO Love Lucy! I do! I do!!! Click here to see what I mean.

Then I met Marylou of The Bonnit … and these bad boys followed me home.  Perfectly compact rain bonnets with adorable patterns on them!

And they even fit with a giant hair flower affixed to head – bonus!!! 😉

They come 2-per-pack.  And soon with colour printed patterns.

Right now she’s offering FREE shipping to all over Canada.  Just sayin’ ladies 😉

 

What I Wore

I picked-up this floral halter-neck dress last year at one of those blowout sales Tatyana Boutique was having.

Kinda loving the lime green centers on blue flowers, all over an all black background.  I plan on extending the wear of this dress into the Fall with a black cardi… since it’s been waiting to be worn out for an entire year!

  How beautiful is the backdrop of our Photo Booth?

I can’t even imagine how much patience and delicate scissoring it must have taken to get each of these leaves perfect.

Totally worth it tho.  Just.  Beautiful! ❤

 

How I Got The Look:  Dress and Purse, Tatyana Boutique,  Giant hair flower, Fruits of Bali, Jelly shoes from my trip to Malaysia (click here to find out more)

Special Thanks to Joy Tan for snapping these pics of my outfit for me!

Did YOU make it out to our Tiki Party?  What did you think of my outfit and this event recap post?

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading! xo

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Exploring Beantown – Boston

Sorry for the absence friends – I’ve been on vacation and away from the blog.

And then summer fun got in the way, and I’ve been out living my life instead of writing about it 😛

But I’m back!!! And ready to give you a recap of all I did in the lovely city of BOSTON!

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Week 1 was dedicated to my love for Lindyhop!  I signed up for a week-long dance camp that was celebrating their 20th anniversary of BEANTOWN!!

BEANTOWN DANCE CAMP

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This was an intensive week of non-stop dance with workshops all day, everyday to improve your dancing skills.  Taught by amazing dance instructors from all over.  Followed by nightly live bands to dance to until the wee hours of the morning!

Here’s a quick run down of those live musical acts:

 

Truth:  When I signed up for this trip, I figured I’d have a ton of other Toronto dancers going with me.  But with the CAD$ being so low…that wasn’t the case.  And then I had a lower back injury that led to me doing  very little dancing all winter.  I started to chicken-out and was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else at this camp. :/

What if they were all amazing dancers and they discover that I’m a dancing fraud!?

What if they’re all super young and I’ll be the oldest granny of the group?!

What if I sit all alone for every meal with no friends all week!? :/  The Fear Was Real!

As the travel date got closer and closer… turns out that there were only two other Toronto dancers heading to Beantown …and we were all arriving at different times.

So I forced myself to be brave, packed my electric heating pad, a sh!t-ton of Ibuprofen and muscle pain ointment and off I went to spend over a week at a dance camp, in a city where I know nobody… dun dun dunnnn!

I had to audition to get into an appropriate “track level” for all your classes that week.  Terrifying?  Yes!

Result:  Turns out I’m an intermediate dancer!

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This was the first time I participated in a group routine and performed in public!!!

I’m happy to report – we  didn’t mess up once on stage!!!  Woot! Woot! 😀

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Me and my routine dance partner, Eddie

Here’s the routine.  We were nervous that we’d screw it up…so we claimed a spot in the back row…far right, if you’re looking for me.

Look for my especially twirly skirt. 😉  Click here to read about my outfit if you’re curious.

I was way too busy having the time of my life … that I didn’t take too many pictures during my stay at camp.

Luckily I’ve managed to find a few of me taken at the fun photobooth the last night of camp – celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Visit my Instagram channel to see all the camp adventures + video clips of a few lessons and a mini private concert with Norma Miller – Lindy Hop swing dancer known as the “Queen of Swing”

DOWNTOWN BOSTON

Camp ended on a Thursday…and with the long weekend here (Canada Day), I decided to stick around Boston and explore the city solo.

My hostel – HI Boston – was right next to the Boston Common – pretty much right in the heart of downtown.

I slept the day away – my body was exhausted after 7-days of dance.  But in the evening, I walked around on my own and found myself in the Public Gardens just as the sun was setting…

Gorgeous pink skies in the Public Gardens, Boston
Gorgeous pink skies in the Public Gardens, Boston

And at the other side of this the park… I stumbled upon this landmark…

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name!!”

Naturally I had to stop in and have a cuppa Calm Chowda at the bar and channel my inner Norm. 😉

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Friday I was a proper tourist!  I was determined to maximize the day AND night!!!

What better way to explore a new city than on foot!  I discovered a fab lil’ company called Free Tours by Foot which does just that!  These tours are among the best things to do in Boston, taking you through many of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods. Best part: there is no charge to take our tours.  Meaning you may pay what you feel the tour was worth after the tour is completed, thus ensuring that your tour guide must strive to give his or her best on every tour.  Win. Win.

What I saw on the Freedom Trail Walking Tour:

  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old State House
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • Faneuil Hall

In addition to all these historic sites … I managed to drive by the Harvard Campus at night …. took the T-train on a pub crawl to some uptown Boston Bars…. checked out the local Lindyhop Social…. brought the house down with newly made friends while Karaoke’ing in Cambridge … caught some live jazz over brunch…and even had a bit of a romantic interlude that weekend to boot! 😉

Overall, my trip to Boston was da.bomb.com! ❤

It’s a fantastic city – super green – with lots to see and do.  Sadly, I dedicated an entire day to shopping and came up empty-handed.  Nothing wow’d me enough to spend my money.  Nothing.  Very, very disappointing. 😦shoppingafrica

Who’s been to Boston?  Were there some “must do’s” that I missed?  Now that you’ve read about my adventures, would you take a trip out there too?

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading. xo

 

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Operation Smile: Hope to Smile Fashion Show

Operation Smiles provides free surgical procedures for kids born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities across the world.

The aim for this weekend’s Fashion Shows in collaboration with 2016 Miss Universe Canada is to create awareness and raise money for these children and young adults who are unable to smile the way they want.

THIS WEEKEND …

Saturday May 14th
A number of designers are hosting a Fashion Show to raise awareness and funds…

HOPE TO SMILE IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION SMILE

Where: The Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto.

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HOPE TO SMILE IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION SMILE — Fashion Show to raise awareness & funds

You can save a child from a lifetime of shame with one 45-minute surgery.

Each surgery cost approximately $260 CAD.  This weekend’s fashion show aims is to raise as much as we can to help these children/young adult get the surgical procedure they need … and putting a smile on their faces, literally! 🙂

Fashion Showcases by a number of designers and Entertainment Performances all weekend long!!!

Saturday 6pm onwards will have a fashion focus on Scents of Spring.

For a full listing of who’s going to be on the runway and when click here for the schedule.

Please come out and support this cause with me.  Get your tickets here!

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“Judy” visits Cabaret Vintage

Cabaret Vintage has been in the heart of West Queen West, Toronto for almost 20 years and has been named Best Vintage Clothing Store in Toronto by Now Magazine.  aboutimage1

This year however, the shop is moving its business to online sales only.  You’ll be happy to know that their vintage inspired options go up to a 2x sizing there – FYI!

While the storefront will remain operational until February, the ladies of the Toronto Vintage Society booked an hour of exclusive shopping-time with Tao (the delightful shop owner) to scoop up as many “one-of-a-kind” vintage finds as we could. 🙂

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The Ladies of The Toronto Vintage Society …wishing you a Happy New Year!

What I Wore:

I’ve been stalking this Tatyana Boutique dress (a common hobby of mine) and finally got it when it was super marked-down….

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The Outfit Deets: Faux fur purse, Aldo (click here); Bowtie belt, vintage; Maryjane heels, Nine West; The Judy Dress, Tatyana Boutique
This dress is very generously sized, the one below is a 2x (I usually fit into 3x/4x with Tatyana sizing).

Petite Plus, Meow wears Tatyana Boutique Judy Dress
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The neckline and shoulders of this dress is really what stole my heart. And its the perfect length…no hemming required for my petite frame.

I love it so much ❤

So much so, that I’ve actually wore this to the office the week before Xmas …  and received “compliments” which included very-vintage-y, as well as Elf-y :/

Le sigh…

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The Judy Dress – Tatyana Boutique

What I Bought:

“Exclusive shopping event”, they said.

“It’s only an hour”, they said.

“No harm in looking, right?” they said.

Sigh… I cannot be trusted.  My visit was suppose to be strictly for window-shopping purposes.  I thought I could totally control myself, as finding true vintage in my size is like finding a needle in a haystack.  I thought I was safe.  And still, this giant bag of delights followed me home. :/

12401817_10153372002979072_616759307154551090_oWhat was inside the shopping bad you’re wondering?

The following beauties…

Three pairs of elbow-length gloves….. one in perfect condition brown leather!! ❤

This brown hat sits on the head at a sharp angle, held on to the head with a hat-pin … I couldn’t put it down, and maybe kept it on my head whilst I shopped the store…. 🙂

And lastly, this gorgeous mink fur collar!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
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And it’s given new life to older pieces in my closet already, like this cheapy wrap-dress from Old Navy that’s been in my closet for ages… 
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If you are interested in shopping at Cabaret, you can by appointment only before they move exclusucely to online sales.  Reach out to Tao, tell them I sent ya 🙂

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Outfit deets: Hat & scarf; JoeFresh; Coat, Forever21+; Purse, Aldo Accessories; Wedge booties, Aldo; Dress, Tatyana Boutique

Looks like we’ve finally gotten a snowy winter in Toronto.  Here’s the winterized me that day…post-shopping with a new hat & scarf set I got for Christmas.

Until next time…xo

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Dizzy December

Oh dear!  Another month and so few blogposts to show for it. :/

I’m alive, I promise.  It’s been a dizzy busy December!

Let’s dedicate this blogpost to filling you in and catching you up on all the many fun-filled adventures that took place in the Life and Times of Moi this past month….

Holiday Hair with The Proudest Pony

I don’t know about you…but when it comes to my look, my hair-game is weak sauce!!!

So when I was invited to this blogger exclusive evening at The Proudest Pony – wild horses couldn’t keep me away. See what I did there? 😉

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Me with Ashley, Owner and Hairstylist Extraordinaire + Me with the ladies of Main St. CC
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Tah-Dah!!! Final results: Vintage glamour bob

If you’re following me on Instagram (if you’re not – you should – click here) you can see the entire hair transformation there 🙂

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Me with the delightful hair magician, Garlande … she’s a doll!!                                                                                         Outfit Deets: Top, Penningtons (other looks); Skirt, Forever21+

Corporate Holiday Party

I work for a huge company – and haven’t been interested in going to the companywide holiday party in a few years.

But since I got my hair did the night before, and had a dress that was dying to be worn…. I had to make an appearance this year 😉

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Accessories: Ear cuff from Forever21 and Earrings from Your Big Sister’s Closet
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Outfit Deets: Coat, Laura Petite; Shoes, Guess; Purse, Danier Leather; Dress, Kiyonna

This faux fur zebra coat was the first I’ve found that didn’t add extra bulk to my bod …. and fit me perfectly in the shoulders.  It was from Laura Petite – isn’t it lovely?

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I’ve owned this Kiyonna Valentina Illusion dress for a few years now….and THIS was the first time I was wearing it out!!!

Hooray for corporate cocktail parties!!

Toronto Vintage Society’s White Kitschmas

The first weekend of December, Toronto Vintage Society hosted our annual holiday party  – this year with a White Christmas theme.

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12299271_10205442802570483_5667820712286228048_nThese were some of the beautiful homemade kitsch being sold at the event – I may have picked up a few for myself 🙂IMG_0535Here are a few snaps from the TVS Album
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Team Xmas Lunch and Office Party

Remember that fabulous hat I WON from Goorin Bros last month?  Well, I picked up another glittery kitschy facinator from this year’s TVS White Kitschmas…clipped it to this hat, and voila la!

Holiday Amazingness was Born!!!

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…pardon the no-makeup selfie here friends…
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Outfit Deets: Propeller hat, Goorin Bros; Cropped cardi, Old Navy; Necklace, LOFT; Fanny skirt, Tatyanna Boutique (for more click here and here)

It was the perfect for my Team Lunch where festive gear was strongly recommended 🙂

Later that week, our entire department had some mandatory fun with more festive furvolity and general office appropriate holiday shenanigans! 🙂

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For outift deets, click here 😉

Star Wars Marathon – Xmas Edition

12240093_10153283313424072_7338811313585662244_nI’m one of those rare people who only ever saw the Star Wars films as an adult, not as a kid.  But I was an instant fan…and with the release of Episode VII, I hosted a movie marathon…
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Complete with Darth Vader slippers, Lightsaber pretzel snacks and 1/2 the cast on my couch :)
Complete with Darth Vader slippers, Lightsaber pretzel snacks and 1/2 the cast on my couch 🙂

 

Naturally, I HAD to dress for the theme too….

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BOTH of these tees are from Ardene – FYI!!!

I had tickets for THE FORCE AWAKENS Christmas Day –and oh yes, there’s an outfit for that – duh!!!

Outfit Deets: Faux fur collar long sweater, Reitmans; Star Wars tee, Ardene

 Want more Star Wars Fashion?  I got you covered…click here 😉


Toronto Distillery Christmas Market

It never really feels like Christmas until you’ve visited the Distillery’s Christmas Market.

Sadly, it’s not quite the the same experience without snow.  But we made the best of it…

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Eating GIANT Turkey Legs, in the street …. Keepin’ it Klassy. That’s how we do!

Outfit Deets:  Plaid scarf/shawl, Reitmas; Jacket, Danier Leather  

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Can’t leave without the mandatory group selfie in front of that xmas tree 🙂

The Many Open House Holiday Get-Togethers

I’ve got so many lovely friends who open up their homes for some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer.

I participated in the vintage cookie exchange again this year – click here for the cookie recipe.

But this time baked up a few billion extra and packaged them up as giveaways and hostess gifts 😉
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One of my favourite holiday looks this year was this one:  BLACK & RED!

A pleated black circle skirt is a staple in my wardrobe.  You can dress it up or dress it down.   For an easy house-party-outfit, I chose to wear it with this retro red plaid top, and added  a fun broach/hair fascinator to amp up the christmas-y factor to this look.  Adding that needed festive vibe needed by all holiday party attendees.
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Outfit details: Skirt, Forever21+; Plaid top, Collectif, Loveless Boutique; Shoes suede tie-up flats from Christian S for Payless; Holiday bow earrings Target; Holiday broach/fascinator, handmade kitsch from Toronto Vintage Society
What’s great about this outfit is that the pieces can totally be worn together or separately, paired with other items, throughout the year!

Orphan Xmas Eve Dinner

What was originally gonna be a dinner for two in pjs xmas eve….became a proper grown-up dinner for 6 xmas eve 🙂
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Friends are the Family you choose.
Since selling the house and downsizing to a shoebox of a condo, I didn’t think I’d be hosting many parties ever again.
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I’m very fortunate to have found some lovely new people in my life whom I can call friends.  And am thrilled to be hosting get-togethers again 🙂

NYE 2016

Alas, I’ve yet to make any firm plans for New Years Eve just yet….

There’s plenty happening.  I did pickup this amazing beaded vintage jacket…that will very likely be incorporated into my outfit, once I make a decision on what to do for  NYE.

What are you doing for NYE?  What are YOU gonna wear?  Tell me in the comments section below 🙂

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Found this vintage beaded beauty at The Public Butter – 50% off!!!!

 

Hope you all had a fabulous time off from work, and had lots of time to catchup with family and friends and everyone in-between.

Looking forward to 2016 and all the adventures to be had in life and fashion.

Thank you for following the blog!  Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year ahead! xo

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A November to Remember

Sorry for the long absence friends and readers 🙂

But November has been a busy, busy month filled with fun.

Let me catch you up with What I Did and What I Wore for various happenings this past month…

THE VINTAGE SPECTACULAR

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It’s called: The Vintage Spectacular!  

And what a spectacular night it was… with a gorgeous venue – The Great Hall on WQW!

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And danced my feet off!!!

Viva la Lindy Hop Swing Dancing!!!  Not sure what that is?  Click here to find out more 🙂

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A rare moment – a bunch of lindy hoppers sitting down 🙂
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ME and my Dance Teachers, Lindy Hop Revolution

REMEMBRANCE DAY

I’m embarrassed to say that this was the first year I’ve ever attended Remembrance Day Ceremonies as an adult.

Since I had the day off, I made my way to Old City Hall in Toronto and pinned my poppy to the wreath at the memorial there.

Got to see the fly-by of vintage World War II planes in ‘missing man formation’, and hear Mayor John Tory’s speech.

It was quite a moving experience to be apart of.  For more pictures, check out my Instagram channel and follow me.

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CHEF’S PLATE

With the end of the month here, I usually post a new recipe that I’ve tried out myself, for the blog.

Have you noticed that I haven’t been keeping up with this since around August/September?

Well, that is because I’ve been cooking up a storm with Chef’s Plate!  Here’s what I’ve made this past month:

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This fantastic service has helped introduce me to so many new veggies and dishes…and has given me new confidence in the kitchen.

If you’re curious and want to try it out, You can get 4 meals for FREE by using referral code:  #PETITEPLUSMEOW  OR click this link.

 

 

 

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1940’s @ GOORIN’S HAT SHOP

The Toronto Lindy Hop Community were invited to an exclusive shopping event at Goorin Bross on WQW – these fabulous hat makers were raffling off 3 gorgeous hats.

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Hats. Wine. Live Music. #Boom

I was crushing on this one like crazy!!!

With Xmas nearby… I couldn’t justify dropping big money on any of the beautiful hats I tried on that night.

But I did come home with an Xmas gift certificate present and feathers for a hat I picked up at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show last year.

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Goorin Bros feathers amp up this vintage hat find, don’t you think?

Which meant, I was entered into the draw.  And guess who won….

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I WON! I WON!!!!!

Turns out in all my excitement to get this winning hat on my head for photos …. I was wearing this beauty of a 1940s propeller hat BACKWARDS.

How embarrassing :/

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Here I am … wearing it properly.  (Excuse the no makeup face and demoted only-wear-at-home tank top) 🙂

 

SWING OUT TO VICTORY

And last, but certainly not least….. was the fabulous dinner dance in Hamilton called: Swing Out To Victory!!!

Last year… was my first year attending this fab event.  And I ended up winning 2nd place for the BEST VINTAGE OUTFIT Contest!!!

Click here to see more on that.

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Accessories were selected first – complete with ‘arrival shoes’ (Aldo), purse (Tatyana Boutique) and ‘dance shoes’ (Keds) plus nautical socks (Ardene). I was ready! 🙂

So naturally, this year outfit planning started early…

I had picked up this nautical wiggle dress from Tatyana LAST year and have been dying to unveil it all year-long.
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Dancing among the planes, to a live BIG BAND, with men in uniforms….

Um, YES PLEASE!!!

Deets on my outfit and outer wear…

Right picture: Purse and Dress from Tatyana Boutique, Shoes from Aldo, Gloves from 69Vintage

Left picture:  White coat from Forever21+, Mink stole from Public Butter  …. I really like this look, must remember to do this more often in the winter months 😉

  
Like I said… It was a busy November 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading this online journal of What I Did and What I Wore

If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up for a fun evening out,  join me and the Toronto Vintage Society at our White Kitschmas Party on Saturday!!!

Click here to see the fun from LAST year.

COME!  It’s the best way to kick off your Holiday Happenings – You will not be disappointed … I promise!

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End of Summer Recap

It happened.  Summer is Over.  Fall has officially begun!

I dunno about y’all….but I had an excellent summer!  Toronto is the greatest!  And Summer in the city is just the best!

With all the many street festivals, buskers, concerts, dancing on the pier, movies in the park and ferry trips to the Toronto Island… there’s always tons of fun to be had.

Here is a quickie recap of some of the fun-in-the-sun events I attended, that I didn’t get a chance to blog about:

TVS PinUp Picnic

Toronto Vintage Society did another PinUp Picnic this year … armed with blankets and baskets we sectioned off a corner of Trinity Bellwoods to enjoy an afternoon of simple fun in overcast skies…

The Outfit:  Cherry peep-toed wedges, H&M; Wicker purse, Tatyana; Parasol, Damzels … and the dress…

Click here to find out more about my dress.

After picnicking … a few of us were ready to learn how to do The Stroll with Drea from Soda Pop Hop

No vintage picnic is complete without some dancing in the grass.  Click here to see what last year’s picnic was like 🙂
A few of us from the Toronto Vintage Society and Friends

Dirty Dancing Quote-a-long
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The Bloor Cinema hosted a Quote-a-long movie screening of DIRTY DANCING.

Oh yes…. taking us back to the summer of 1963, via the summer of 1987. Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is resigned to spend her summer at a wholesome family resort in the Catskills, when she unwittingly discovers the wild dance parties the resort staff have after hours.10359517_974515665932684_7252387843080995829_n

This quote-along screening was hosted by comedian Steph Tolev, in a karaoke-style where you were encouraged to yell back at the movie screen and boo Robbie-the-Jerk, woot Johnny-the-Dreamboat, and get up and dance like it’s the Time of Our Lives!!!!

Happy to report that EVERYONE knew exactly when to say, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
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Toronto Vintage Society’s Tiki Lani Lanai

This was our 3rd Annual Tiki Party … and it was our best turnout ever!

Not quite sure what a Tiki Party is?  Click here to find out more Tiki culture.  And here to see what it was like last year 🙂

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Me among the crowned Tiki Queen of the evening…. and her wife.  Aren’t they both just adorbz!
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A few of the ladies of Toronto Vintage Society who helped organized and put this party together 🙂

O.K. Blue Jays!

I’m not a big sports fan – sitting through 9-innings of baseball on the hottest day ever and paying for ridiculously over priced food and booze, isn’t my first choice of spending a sunny afternoon.

Buuuuuuut the Toronto Blue Jays have been killing it this season!  And in true bandwagon-fan fashion… I wanted to be apart of the hype!!!

So, we got ourselves nose-bleed tickets to a PACKED Skydome game!

Plus, look at these cutie-pie tees I found us!!!  $17 from Winners bebe!  Aren’t we the cutest!??!

Clearly our matchy-matchy look helped them WIN the game that day.  You’re welcome fellas! 😉

Turns out for a non-sports-fan, I made it to a game last year too.  Click here for that.

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Pre-drinking at Steam Whistle Brewery before the game

 Let’s Go To The Ex!

I haven’t been to The Ex since I was a teen. A few dancing friends went down on a Monday night to cash in on the $6 after 5pm deal…..
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In line with the gang for BUMPER CARS at The Ex!
In line with the gang for BUMPER CARS at The Ex!

AND got to dance the night away to BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY ….!!!  We were “So Money” and we didn’t even know it 😉11947430_10153149724719072_1149692331768427987_n

Remember that movies Swingers, yup, you get it!

I also visited Ottawa, participated in Rosie-O-Rama, put money on the ponies at Hats & Horseshoes, Rocked a crop top against Oparh’s advice, and saw THE ROOTS in concert for PanAm.  🙂

There it is  … Farewell to a fabulous Summer!

I hope you enjoyed yours and filled it with lots of fun in the sun with friends, friends.

Thanks for reading! xo

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Rosie Rally!

A few of us caught wind that on August 15th folks were gathering at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Park (Richmond, California) to try and set a NEW Guinness World Record for “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter”!

The current record was set last year when 776 Rosie and Rosie lookalikes gathered at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI.

This year, they hoped to round-up 1000 Rosies!!!

The rules for dressing like Rosie:

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How I Got The Look: headscarf and earrings from Ardene; jeans from Old Navy; denim shirt from Reitmans; mens red socks, Forever21; boots from Aldo

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

Since we couldn’t be in California for the event, a few of us from the Toronto Vintage Society wanted to be there in spirit and rounded up the troops for a perfect photo opportunity in front of the fab colourful 3D Toronto sign at City Hall.

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And here are OUR results:

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HEY, wanna dress up in heavy jeans, coveralls, socks and boots … and do up your hair in vintage style on a Saturday afternoon, for a photo-op?

Duh!! Yah WE do!?!

You know you’ve found your tribe when you’re doing THIS on the hottest day of summer  😉
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Now, we weren’t so hardcore about sticking to the ‘outfit rules’ as our friends in CA looking to break world records.

But I think we looked pretty spectacular none-the-less 😀

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Since we were all out and about anyways, we adventured via TTC for some shopping…

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There are tons more fun snaps – check them out on my Instagram channel –> and follow me 🙂

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Yup!  They did it!  They broke the world record for the most Rosie’s gathered in a rally!!!

1084 Rosies were counted for the Guinness World Record!!!

Congratulations friends!!!   Happy Day! ❤

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military.

Still curious?  Click here to read more on the iconic Rosie the Riveter and her importance.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 🙂

Photo Thanks to Erin, Joy and Liz – thanks for all the sharing and capturing of the fun!

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Bean and Baker Malt Shop

The wait it over friends.

TOMORROW –  Tuesday June 2nd – Toronto’s Bean and Baker Malt Shop OFFICIALLY open their doors for business!!

Owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, a husband and wife team, invite you into their mom n’ pop style establishment for an experience that is nostalgic as it is charming.

Team Bean and Baker decided to move the Grand Opening to early June, when the massive demand during their soft opening week SOLD OUT of their entire supply of ice cream without making it through an entire business day. 🙂

Clearly, a good sign of things to come … Torontonians know what they want.  And they want what Bean and Baker Malt Shop’s got!

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Me with the delightful owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, of Bean and Baker Malt Shop and the lovely leggy Liz, of The Vintage Inn Blog.

I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive blogger sneak-peek event last week, along with friend and fellow blogger Liz, from The Vintage Inn.

So here’s the inside scoop on what you can expect from this lovely little gem-of-a-spot in a great neighbourhood of Toronto.

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How thrilled was I to finally have a reason to wear my pink felt poodle skirt?! Yippee!!!

The 16­-seat establishment is charming and decorated in a retro 1950’s style.  Customers can sit inside or grab­-and­-go.

Also, there are rumours that a few picnic benches may pop-up over the summer too. 😉

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It features an open­-concept kitchen and Soda Jerks behind the counter complete with a bow­tie and a smile, as they provide good, honest food and drinks with top-notch quality ingredients.

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The smiling Soda Jerks and open-style kitchen

Being a blogger definitely has its perks 😉

We were offered a sampling of all the amazing treats which included savouries like Wisey’s mini mince beef & cheese pies, veggie savoury pie and the veggie quiche.

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Then came sweets! ❤

There was the warm cherry pie pocket, dark chocolate eclair, and the old school PB&J pie.

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And last, but certainly not least, the Hello Dolly Square – O.M.G. so good!

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The menu also features premium coffee, ice cream, floats and milkshakes.

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Ice Cream Sundaes made anyway you like and with any kind of Ed’s Ice Cream.

It was this evening that I discovered the Burnt Marshmallow flavour.  And let me tell ya folks, it is life changing! I have no idea how I’ve gotten through 30+ years of living without knowledge of this ice cream flavour …

Viva la Burnt Marshmallow! Mmmmmmmmm!

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Is it just me, or is anybody wondering what the heck ‘malt’ actually is?

Well…according to wiseGeek:

The term malt comes from the malted milk that made the shops famous. Brothers James and William Horlick invented malted milk in the 1880s. The concoction is a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk that is dried to a powder form. It was originally invented for use with infants and invalids to be an easy source of nutrition, something akin to powdered baby formulaor milk. The taste found popularity in soda shops, and even greater popularity when mixed with ice cream.

Here they are – Malt Shakes made with whatever ice cream your little heart desires!  These were in mini form for the blogger event – yours will come in the traditional size 😉

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One of the coolest things about Bean and Baker is their handmade sodas made by authentic Soda Jerks, with flavours ranging from Root ‘n Cola, Gramp’s Ginger, Real Orange, and Hibiscus.

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Ever wonder what those long swirly spoons were for?    Watch the video below and wonder no more friends 🙂

Thank you to everyone at Bean and Baker for making this event so delicious and so much fun!

If you’d like to read the Bean and Baker Malt Shop official news release and The Vintage Inn’s review, click here.

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Mmmmmmm…..House-crafted Soda….delicious!

 “10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2015” This retro malt shop is slated to open this spring at 326 Harbord St., the address formerly occupied by the Bickford Flexitarian (and before that Linuxcaffe). The shop to be stocked with old school soda fountains, ice cream, baked goods and confections. – Blogto.com

What a cool, fun addition to the TO vintage landscape!!!   You got to get to there!!! 😀

Bean and Baker Malt Shop is located at: 326 Harbord St, in Toronto

Hours of operation are T​uesday – Saturday: 11 am ­ 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am ­ 7 pm, Monday ­ Closed.

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