If you live in Toronto and love fun fashion, I am sure you are no stranger to Queen Street West. Honestly, eating is probably the last thing on my mind when I waltz down this street. It just never occurred to me that good food can be found there too. Davis suggested for us to make a stop at Cafe Crepe for a quick meal during one of our shopping runs. Brilliance!! This is why having Davis in my life is such a yummy thing.
This was our second time consuming delicious french-things here. The fact that this little joint lured us back in for another bite means a huge deal. Yes, it’s because their crepes really are wonderful. I don’t know what kind of crepes you are used to having, but prior to visiting this place, I’ve always thought they were made with sweet batter and come out rather thin. The flavour of the crepe here is neutral and takes on the taste of the fillings. Its texture is thick and fluffy, giving you great satisfaction when you sink your teeth into it. The great thing about Cafe Crepe is you can choose whatever fillings that float your boat. They have suggested combinations, but really you are free to ask for what you want. How fun is this create-your-own-crepe business!
Check out this triangular goodness! I chose spinach, feta cheese and egg. While I generally favour sweet fillings like nutella, strawberry and banana, I quite adored this savoury crepe. It was hardy without being overwhelming.
They really load up on the toppings.
Cafe Crepe offers a wide array of specialty coffees, which makes perfect sense, n’est-ce pas? We enjoyed a cup of cappuccino made with illy coffee.
- Ouu and Ahh at every single thing you see
- Find adjectives to define what is before you – add in words that you don’t even know for bigger effect
- Treat everything as art, including the drinking fountains and wooden benches. Trust me, they are probably art.
- Repeat 1-3 until your partner complains of extreme boredom.
- Allow him to drag you out of the gallery.
Davis and I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario yesterday afternoon for a mini cultured trip. We had a pass to get us both in for free, so I figured we ought to go so we can at least say we’ve been there before. My artistry only goes as far as makeup so I did not know what to expect stepping into this gallery. To be honest and completely unpretentious, I actually really enjoyed the European collection. I am not even going to pretend I know what I’m talking about, but dude, that detail of that stuff was amazing! That’s really the only good thing I have to say about the gallery. I managed to sneak in some pictures because I am just dangerous like that.
zomg, rocks and mirrors make such great art! Our shoes make even better art.
Frames: Davis’ Giorgio Armani glasses from 10 years ago. Vintage!
Sweater: Sears – Men’s department
Shoes: Deena & Ozzy lace up booties from UO
Purse: My favourite everyday purse from UO
Here’s to a great week, guys!
I can throw on the world’s most boring outfit and still get a hundred “WOW”s at work because of one relatively quirky item. And by quirkly, I mean not really. A 58 year old male coworker saw the socks and called me a “fashion wave”. I kid you not. What does that even mean? How shocking can a pair of argyle knee high socks be? Silly old people.
Funny thing is, the same coworker has a really outrageously old grandpa sweater that I would LOVE TO HAVE. Who’s the fashion wave now!
Cardigan Wrap: Sears’ house brand
Skirt: From E!
Knee High Socks: Hue
I took these photos back in November 2009, inspired by Yulanda Yee, but at the time I didn’t have a proper blog to share them on. These were taken using very old hotshoe flash from the 1970′s and my Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT) camera.
It was only until Karo posted his flying Vans on his blog that I decided to post these:
No coffee was hurt in the shooting of this photograph; I look so nonchalant but I was just caught at half-blink.
Of course, the ultimate inspiration comes from Salvador Dali and his flying cats:
Last summer I discovered the short-lived single-season series, Freaks & Geeks (1999), and fell in love with Lindsay Weir’s style. She had the signature surplus army jacket in an olive green colour, which I developed a serious desire for throughout the series.
I found similar jackets at Abercrombie and Hollister but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $200 on something like that. The creepy army surplus store at Kensington Market in Toronto did not cater to small framed women with tiny shoulders, obviously.
The jacket that Lindsay Weir wears is oversized and she is practically swimming in it, but that’s not really the style I aim for.
I picked up this men’s XS military-inspired shirt from Bluenotes for under $20:
Shoes: Vintage (mom’s, yeah!) / Leggings: H&M / Skirt: Heritage 1981 / Tank top: Suzy Shier (from 3 yrs ago)
Yes, I do need to wear theses glasses…I’m slightly blind.
These are not fake glasses with no lenses LOL (by the way, if you wear fake glasses without lenses, I will find you and poke your eyes out!!)
Have a happy Wednesday!
We’ve been getting unusually warm temperatures this past week in Toronto. No doubt it was Spring weather – shorts (yay) and flipflops (*shudders*) were popping up from every which direction. I welcome the arrival of Spring as much as the next gal, but my dense head cannot make sense of such a sudden temperature rise. It’ll take me a few weeks to warm up to it. (Pun totally intended) My winterized self just isn’t ready to go there. But who knows.. since the weather is such a rebellious little brat, I won’t be surprised to see 5 inches of snow next week. Here’s what I wore while everyone else was frolicking in mini skirts and sandals. Winter, I’m not done with you yet..
I’m such a mule..
3/4 sleeves coat: Costa Blanca
Shirt: Vintage – Mom says it’s from Japan?..
Scarf: Random pashmina cart
A continuation of Guide to Clothes Shopping: Smart Questions #1-3, #4-6 and #7-9
Smart Question #10: Do you feel good and proud to be wearing it?
This is perhaps the single most important question you can ever ask yourself when you are browsing for clothes. Never mind if you can’t remember the other 9 – this is the one to sear into your brain. If you are not proud to wear something, there’s no point in owning it. Even if you’ve considered questions 1 through 9 and reach the conclusion of a beaming YES, don’t buy it if putting it on doesn’t make you feel flippin’ fantabulously. An item can be:
- a dream addition to your current wardrobe
- great for mixing and matching
- an absolute classic
- worth its weight in gold
- of top notch quality
- a perfect fit
- flattering to your body
- so very unique to what you already own
BUT.. if you don’t feel comfortable enough to wear it PROUDLY, it’s a no cigar. Simple as that. We’ve all seen girls with tops too low and skirts too short trying to adjust themselves awkwardly every 5 seconds. How about people who wear things to impress certain crowds of people or portray an image they are not even comfortable with? Au contraire, something can be totally wrong for you in every imaginable and unimaginable way, but if wearing it makes you feel fierce, power to you! Clothing is just an extension of who you are. Be true to yourself. You are too wonderful to sport anything that makes you feel less than that.
Now get out there, shop (or not), and ROCK your clothes!
My wallet rejoices!! :]
It’s a lovely, but cloudy Sunday here in Toronto!
Here’s what Chris & I shared on Tiny Tines this past week:
Enjoy the Sunday while you can! ^_^
Go out, eat good food, and talk to good people ^_^
I am in incredible shock right now and I don’t know where to begin.
I followed Yulanda’s blog since 2008 and she stopped updating in December 2009; I did not know why. I stopped visiting daily/weekly and eventually stopped visiting altogether. I suddenly stumbled upon a picture of her I had saved onto my computer:
I loved this photo because this is not a photomanipulation — her camera is on a fast shutter speed and she threw her shoes at the right moment to make it look like they’re floating.
I followed her blog because she used photography to capture everything around her in such unique ways. And I especially loved it when she blogged about food.
Today I visited her blog, to find this. I felt so sick to my stomach. I didn’t know what to think. Even though I never met her, or knew her on a personal level, she was one of those bloggers you felt a connection with because she saw life through a particular lens (no pun intended).
It probably sounds silly to feel upset over a person you’ve never met, and only followed through the Internet, but this is an age where special connections and emotions can be felt without ever knowing them in a traditional sense. I guess this is how Michael Jackson fans [who never met him] feel.
Rest in peace, Yulanda.
All above photos © Yulanda Yee.
The style of Visual kei/glam rock holds a very special place in my heart. My alter ego, Snow, loves all things badass. She’s everything I am afraid to be and does everything I am afraid to do. Just to show you what I mean, here are some pieces from SNOW’s closet.
I try not to shop for this kind of stuff too much mainly because I cannot wear any of it to work. (Boo! Why can’t I be an executive assistant who rocks combat boots?) I did some etsy browsing this week for nifty jewellery and came across this beauty:
dearbearcat, a designer from Hong Kong (yay hometown), makes these funky ear cuffs that hook around the ear. I am in much love. Check out her store for more of her rockin’ creations. Of course I can’t make a purchase until after Lent. Wait for me, beautiful ear cuff!