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.

IMG_8710This was the crowd at about 9pm!!!  It was a super fun night, with a number of great bands and performances, with a full house all night long.  IMG_0654

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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Toronto Vintage Society’s KITSCHMAS CABIN!

10849868_1501533426796396_1296356340448560908_nEarlier this month the Toronto Vintage Society gathered together to celebrate all things MERRY, KITSCHY and BRIGHT by turning the Cadillac Lounge into a winter cabin!

But what the heck do we mean by “Kitschy”?  Good question!

“Kitsch”, according to Wikipedia, is;  (/ˈkɪ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Kitsch generally includes unsubstantial or gaudy works or decoration, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal.  Click here to read and see more about exactly what this means 🙂

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The Event:

$5 at the Door got you entertainment galore!!  40s/50s themed decor and suggested dress code with Best (and kitschiest) Dressed prizes to be won!  Along with vintage cocktails flowing all night and home made treats, handmade kitsch and vintage chachkas for sale!

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The Cadillac Lounge transformed into our Kitschmas Cabin

The Toronto Vintage Society never does anything half-assed …. always FULL ass! 😛

Not only were we able to transform the Cadillac Lounge into a wintery holiday cabin, there was all kinds of fun entertainment all night long to get everyone into the festive spirit no matter what your ‘thing’ was.  There was even a Nail Artist: Strawberry LIPs n TIPs creating one-of-a-kind holiday art one nail at a time!!

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Loving my amazing Rudolph nail art – outstanding!!!

This party was non-stop entertainment which included…vintage vinyl and holidays classic movies played all night long by our very own DJ Tarana Pete…

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DJ Tarana-Pete spinning vintage vinyl & holiday movie classics

PLUS Performances by ELVIS and his burlesquing alter ego – Blue Suede Sue.  Then the adorable Miss Kitten Monroe.

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Me with the talented Tia Brazda and delightful Kitten Monroe

AND performances by the Tia Brazda Swing Band with her hit song Christmas in Mexico!! Take a listen and get yourself a copy… Tis’ the season for this catchy toe-tapper of a tune 🙂

Ooooh…and there was plenty of swing dancing too!!!

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Me with my skirt all a-twirl!

As you can see…..We PACKED the place!  It was a spectacular night!!!

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I’m pretty sure I managed to sell raffle tickets to every single person in here!

And to top it all off…..we even had an amazing Winter Wonderland of a photo booth setup with SANTA!

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Click here for the full TVS Photo Booth album — each picture just jumps off the screen with happiness and joy!

If you didn’t make it out to the event, you can relive the fun – prepare to smile your faces off 🙂15863724779_c6e16886d9_k

Dancing went on until the wee hours of the morning …. AND there was even karaoke in the backroom!!!

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Collage-o-Fun captured by my iPhone …

I’m not gonna lie, due to all the liquid courage (who knew apple cider and rum would be such a delicious combination) I may have gotten up on stage to belt a tune or two.  There is evidence of this on someone’s phone…dun dun dunnnn 😮

 What I Wore: 

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Photo Credit: Val Soo

I picked up this Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress during Tatyana‘s BOGO event – yup…Buy One, Get One FREE!!!  This dress comes in a variety of solid colours that are just as lovely.  But I really, really, really loved this black, white and red polka-dot pattern.  And was determined to xmas-ify for THIS holiday event!

With an amazing lattice style around neckline and sleeves you really don’t need any accessories to jazz this frock up! The waist features a bow at the center that leads to its full circle skirt. There’s a three-eye-hook closures above the back zipper…which requires a buddy’s help, at least in my case 🙂

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The Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress WITH crinoline

The dress on its own is quite lovely with the full circle skirt.  But it gets even for amazing with a puffy red crinoline underneath! Plus, it hides any additional lumps & bumps that may have resulted due to vintage cookie eating the weeks before….click here to see what I mean. 😉

And I’m happy to say that EVERYTHING I’m wearing in this post came from Tatyana Boutique on West Queen West, in Toronto.  To read more about Tatyana’s new Toronto location click here.

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Red Crinoline,  Harlow Heel red shoes and Audrey red purse  courtesy of Tatyana Boutique – Toronto.
The Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress
Photo Credit: Val Soo

As lovely as everything looked all together,  my outfit was incomplete.  It was missing the much needed “Kitschy” factor.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED…..a fabulous Poinsettia fascinator!!!    Hand-made by the crafty curator of TVS, Miss Jacquie – isn’t it amazing?  Totally helped perfect my look for the evening’s event! 🙂

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Handmade Kitschy Poinsettia Fascinator …. I’m told that there are some available for sale at Damzel’s East location, FYI 😉

 

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Earrings from Your Big Sister’s Closet; Hair flower made by Jacquie Jeffery

And ….TA-DAH!  My vintage kitschmas look was complete!

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Extra Bonus to those reading this right now!!!  Tatyana Boutique will happily give you 15% off until December 31st by mentioning this blogpost friends >>>>

Merry Kitschmas to you!!!  Ho! Ho! Ho!

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