Here I am in all of my holy glory. Don’t worry – it was sacramental wine I was drinking 😉
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!!!!
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!
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
What I Bought
There were a number of fabulous vendors on site … which means some shopping had to be done 🙂
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.
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!
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! 😀
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”
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…
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. 😉
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
Old South Meeting House
Old Corner Bookstore
Old State House
Boston Massacre Site
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. 😦
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.
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…
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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….
This dress is very generously sized, the one below is a 2x (I usually fit into 3x/4x with Tatyana sizing).
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
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.
What 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!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ It was a splurge-o purchase….but just look at it! I’m only human people!!!
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…
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 🙂
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.
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 😉
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.
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 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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
After picnicking … a few of us were ready to learn how to do The Stroll with Drea from Soda Pop Hop
Dirty Dancing Quote-a-long
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.
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.”
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 🙂
Me among the crowned Tiki Queen of the evening…. and her wife. Aren’t they both just adorbz! My outfit: I found this floral aqua romper (yup, its a onesie friends) from Forever21+; Hair flower from Fruits of Bali; Sandals from Coach
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.
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….. We tasted weird deep-fried foods … checked out livestock at the farm … rode some rides… lost money trying to win prizes…
AND got to dance the night away to BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY ….!!! We were “So Money” and we didn’t even know it 😉
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:
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.
And here are OUR results:
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 😉
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 😀
Since we were all out and about anyways, we adventured via TTC for some shopping…
Rosie the Riveters invade Rosie the Rebel…. And then cooled off with some desserts at The Bean and Baker Malt Shop… OMG!!! This deliciousness that I’m guzzling below is called THE PINK LADY MILKSHAKE! Go and get yourself one immediately. It will not disappoint! ❤
There are tons more fun snaps – check them out on my Instagram channel –> and follow me 🙂
Meanwhile in California ….
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!
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!
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
Then came sweets! ❤
There was the warm cherry pie pocket, dark chocolate eclair, and the old school PB&J pie.
And last, but certainly not least, the Hello Dolly Square – O.M.G. so good!
The menu also features premium coffee, ice cream, floats and milkshakes.
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!
Is it just me, or is anybody wondering what the heck ‘malt’ actually is?
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 😉
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.
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.
“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 Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am 7 pm, Monday Closed.