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This week has certainly been an interesting one! In the midst of school insanity, life seems to have taken off in a thousand different directions. When it rains, it really does pour, doesn't it? A visit from my best friend Christopher on Wednesday made my week and on Thursday, I celebrated my bestie Dani's birthday. Now, sadly, it's time to get to work, I literally have essays coming out my ears.
These photos are from outside the Acne store in Soho. I was super disappointed by the stock, especially when my favourite short Pistol boots were on sale but sold out in my size. I miss New York and I can't wait to go back.
These jeans don't photograph that well, but they're the best epically shredded pants ever. They're by Horace, which I got at Carte Blanche, one of my favourite shops in Toronto.
(Horace jeans, Vintage vest, H&M men's shirt, Topshop jacket & boots)

Friday, February 19, 2010

city lights will inspire you


city lights will inspire you

Hi All!
Well, I'm finally back from New York. The travelling there and back was hellish (I'm not a fan of flying), but the trip itself was absolutely fantastic! I had so much fun exploring the city, eating at fabulous restaurants, and shopping. It was especially great to meet some readers, thanks for introducing yourselves, it's always such a highlight to meet people who read the blog. The only strange part of my stay was not being legal drinking age there... It's hard enough looking 16 when the drinking age is 19. I definitely can't pass for 21 even though it's only 4 months away... but thankfully all waiters either took pity or were clueless and served me anyhow.
As promised, I said I'd list some of my favourite spots:
Le Pain Quotidien for brunch, Opening Ceremony for letting me come face to face with Adam Levine (who is 100x hotter in real life, if that's possible), Daha Vintage for fabulous vintage coats and bags, Tokio 7 for well curated consignment, Fabulous Franny's for wicked vintage eye wear, Baja News Cafe for the largest rack of fashion magazines I'd never even heard of, Buffalo Exchange, where you can occasionally find fantastic scores, Acapella for old school dining and impeccable service that doesn't exist anymore, and The Ritz-Carlton for the city's best concierge, staff, bar food (hello parmesan and truffle french fries!) and for letting me steal as many pens as I wanted.
There were many other places that I'm forgetting, and so many other places on my list that I never got a chance to visit. I guess this just means I've got to go back again soon!
xo E

Friday, February 12, 2010

long live McQueen


long live McQueen

Hello Friends,
I wanted to put up a quick post before I leave for New York tomorrow. Thank you all for the emails, comments, and tweets about places I need to check out. I seriously have enough must-see places to last me ten visits and I so, so appreciate it! I have also received a lot of questions regarding great NYC spots, so I'll be sure to put up a detailed post about my favourite places upon my return.
Also, I'm testing out a new header made for me by my lovely reader Kaitlin. What do you guys think? Thanks Kaitlin!
Also, I was recently given the opportunity to interview R.J Cutler, the director of The September Issue, along with a few other bloggers to promote the dvd's release on Feb 23. The September Issue was one of my favourite films this year. This movie is a delight to anyone who loves fashion - getting an inside look into the mysterious Vogue was like a dream come true. While many of the other bloggers were asking hard hitting, intelligent questions, as a style blogger, what I wanted to know was:
Did spending so much time among some of the leading authorities in the fashion world have any influence over your personal style?
*laughs*. Well, my girlfriend likes to tease me that when I go to the John Varvatos shop they treat me like the little prince now. I did spend a lot of time there in the year that we were making the movie. These days when I walk in it’s like old home week. You know, I don’t think you can possibly spend a year seeing the world through the eyes of Anna Wintour, and Grace Coddington, and Sally Singer, and Hamish Bowles, and Andre Leon Talley and Tonne Goodman and all the other awesome folks at Vogue and not have your sense of what fashion is changed in some way and enriched in many ways. Again, just using some examples from my previous work, my perspective of politics and the business of politics and campaigning… my perspective on being a young person in America at the turn of the century, my perspective on fashion… This is part of why I do what I do. You get to parachute down into the middle of these extraordinary worlds, and as I say, see the world through the eyes of these amazing people. And part of the thrill of it is that your world view, your perspective of what they do, is changed, because you’re seeing it from inside out. So yeah, I learned a lot about the industry. But I leave it to others to comment on the growth or decline of my personal style.
But I will say, one of the things that I did become acutely aware of, and it’s no surprise to everybody on this phone, that there’s a tendency to dismiss fashion and the fashion industry as vain, excessive, indulgent, expensive beyond reason, all of those things. And to an extent, it is all of those things, but it is all of those things at the same exact moment that it is many other very important things. It’s a global industry that impacts so many other industries, whether that be advertising, or retail, or shipping, or publishing. It’s a place where great artists have practiced their art, great craftsmen have practiced their crafts, for centuries. It’s a reflection of culture, and it has been a reflection that you can look at any moment in history, the clothes being worn in a society and learn so much about that time in history and about those people. It’s so many things, that to dismiss it as the first group of things I said, without understanding and embracing that it’s the second group of things I said at the same time… it turns out to be an uneducated perspective. It’s so fascinating. And of course, characters are larger than life, and it’s such a public industry, and it can be a bitchy world and all those things, but you can’t, having spent the year that I spent, you can’t dismiss the second half of those things, you can’t help but appreciate the historical significance, and then the current, immediate significance of this industry. That was my big takeaway from having spent this time at Vogue.

Thank you R.J. for the opportunity and for giving such fabulous answers to those of use who can't hear enough about the inner workings of Vogue.


And finally, to one of the greatest artists to ever have practiced his art...

Rest in peace Lee McQueen. You were my, and the fashion world's, favourite designer. Gone too soon, you will be sadly missed.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

i'm not what i was last summer, not who i was last spring


i'm not what i was last summer, not who i was last spring

Hi Friends,
  • I got sent this dress from Akira Chicago. It's the perfect piece for layering, and you can dress it up or down.
  • Today I trekked out of the city to Holts Last Call in Vaughn Mills. Seeing Stella McCartney wedges for $200 and having to walk away because I'm saving for shopping in New York nearly broke my heart.
  • I recently created a Formspring account. Formspring is great because you can ask me any question you want and it's totally anonymous. It's also the perfect distraction for when I don't feel like doing my work. So click here or use the widget on the side bar to start asking!
(Akira dress, Wilfred blazer & sweater, Joe Fresh stockings, Zara shoes)
xo E

Monday, February 1, 2010

you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road. - J.D. Salinger,


you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road. - J.D. Salinger,

Bonjour,
This weekend consisted of a girls night out, a girls night in, lots of red wine, highlighter pink nails, amazing music, eating out, razor blade earrings and dancing till we couldn't dance anymore.
Everything in this outfit is a pretty recent purchase. After searching for the perfect pair of leather trousers, I finally found them at (of course) 69 Vintage. I love the sweater too, but it has since left me for a better home.

(Vintage leopard sweater, Wilfred crop top, Vintage leather trousers, Edelman shoes, Babooshka turban)
xo E