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Here's a (not really a secret) secret. I like winter or wintery conditions until January 1st. So that means I like the early dark nights, falling snowflakes, twinkly lights and pepperminty things of the holiday season. Then I am done. The problem is there is a whole lotta winter (if you live where I do, about 3 more months) to deal with the cold and damp and windy and generally unfriendly weather that goes with it. How do I deal? ........Read More
By now we all know TOMS Classic slip ons. They've reached iconic summer shoe status. But have you taken a look at how much the TOMS collection has grown recently? Shoes in a range of really on trend styles for women, men, and kids, plus sunglasses and bags - including this stunner that I've had my eye on. The whole collection is pretty awesome right now. As soon as I saw those Majorca Peep Toe Booties in Stucco suede, I knew they were that kind of shoe that I would wear all summer with everything then last right into fall. Shoes, am I right? They get me every time. But, I'm also a total sucker these days for adorable tiny shoes for a particular pair of tiny feet, and these Paseo-Mids were the perfect combo of form and function. (Translation: they're cute, sturdy, and don't fall off.)
But it's about more than style or trends with this company. TOMS is also committed to improving lives. For every purchase you or I make of one of their products, they give something in return - whether it's the gift of shoes, water, sight, or a clean birth for someone in need, they reach out with their One for One mandate. To date, TOMS has given over 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in 60 countries around the world. That's a business model I can get behind, never mind the fact that I'm loving their stuff.
Anyone else excited that Summer is almost here? I know this is rarely the case with people who love fashion, but I am generally far more excited about dressing for the hot and hazy months than winter. It's more optimistic, more fun, and in many ways, less complicated. Case in point: the Juniper Jumpshort by Fidelity Denim. One-piece dressing that looks and feels good, featuring super-soft distressed indigo ticking in a cut that goes from summer days to summer nights. With heels or flats, acessorized-up or in all it's minimalist glory, it's a piece that I plan on wearing over and over. Yes, I'm rather pasty and that photo was taken just five weeks after giving birth to my son (I must be nuts) but that's how excited I am for summer clothes, and a testament to how good wearing these makes me feel. Summer(ish), at last! I won't be surprised if I am tempted to wear this every other day for the next few months. It could happen.
The whole Fidelity Denim line for SS'15 is really on point. At this time of year, I especially appreciate the easy, lived-in feel that some items have. Definitely have my eye on some of the sleeveless tops, because I live sleeveless. It's just how I am. If the of-the-moment (again) flares are your thing, they have those too. All in high quality denim that will last and last.
AND.....to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Fidelity and the 40th(!) birthday of Toronto denim institution Over The Rainbow, the two have teamed up for a little something something special. Fidelity denim designer Jason Trotzuk has created jeans exclusively available at OTR. Note the iconic rainbow stitching on the pockets. I love. Find more about those here, or just head in to OTR and check them out.
Twice a year, the One Of A Kind Show brings a slew of amazing artisans all under one roof in Toronto. Whether you're into food, fashion, art, beauty or many other marvels of craftiness - there is likely something wonderful there waiting for you. I was lucky enough to get a quick sneak peek at the show, and here are a couple of my favourites.
Part of my food philosophy is that fat is phat. In my humble opinion, the low-fat craze did a lot of damage - and this definitely includes to me. Ever since I started adding more good fats and protein into my diet, the effects have been amazing. But this isn't about me, it's about ghee. Ghee (or clarified butter) is a pretty amazing thing.....read more about that here. It can be a great source of good fat. I'm a bit too in love with this stuff, so I was pretty excited when I stumbled upon the awesomeness that is Lee's Ghee at the OOAK (it's a short form, let's use it). Lee's is based in Toronto, but somehow I knew nothing about her or her company until now. (See, this is why the OOAK Show is awesome.)
Lee's Ghee is hand crafted in small batches using unsalted, organic, cultured butter as a base for all of the flavours. They use locally-sourced Organic Meadow butter from Ontario, which is primarily grass-fed. Another big thumbs up for that. If you're just looking for a basic ghee, there is the Plain Jane non-flavour, which is really delicious. To get even more adventurous, there are infused flavours on the sweeter side like Cardamom Kiss (my fave!), Noisette, and Blind Date. If savoury is more your thing, go for Sage City or Gold Standard, which has all the amazing benefits of tumeric.
Can't wait to cook with this ghee....or even better, make some next-level buttered coffee with that Cardamom Kiss flavour.
I'm in the market for a new handbag that meets all my needs: fashion forward, beautifully crafted, and not covered in logos. So when I stumbled upon Opelle Creative at Booth I 26, I was kind of instantly in love with their designs. Again, even though they are based in Toronto, I wasn't really aware of them until now. (The OOAK Show wins again!)
Opelle designs based on the philosophy of New Luxury - closing the gap between traditional luxury and fast fashion, and I'd say they hit the mark very well on that. Each bag is crafted in Toronto, made of incredible quality leather that is as ethically-sourced as possible. I'd love to collect them all, to be honest. Definitely worth checking out either at the show this weekend, online, or at their new Toronto showroom.
Need a dose of whimsy in your life? Look no further than Booth E05 for greeting cards and gifts that make you smile and say "awwww". Affordable, adorable, and made here in Toronto by Queenie Best, Queenie's Cards offer a great alternative to those same old boring mass-produced greeting cards. The line has now expanded to include other gift items like clothing, mugs, iPhone cases and more, which you can find at the OOAK Show or online here.
Passionate about chocolate? Looking for a mid-OOAK show pick me up? Or perhaps an alternative to that drugstore Easter Bunny chocolate-ish product? Head to booth C41. That's where you'll find Odile Chatelain, a Parisian transplant who has honed her chocolate-making skills over a 30-year career in the culinary industry. Odile Chocolat's handmade truffles tempt with flavours like the Mexicana (tequila, candied lime peel & chipotle pepper), Bollywood (cardamom & silver leaf), and Tahitian Vanilla with Candied Lime Peel, plus wonderful salted caramels and a variety of hot chocolates. Visit Odile at the OOAK show or at their storefront at 829 Dundas Street West in Toronto.