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The Love Collage Presents Creative Heart Collective Fall Show & Sale @ The Gladstone Hotel

The Love Collage presents Creative Heart Collective Fall Show and Sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers.  The mission of the event is to give artists, entrepreneurs and retailers an opportunity to connect and showcase their wares with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere.  We will be hosting a FREE Community DIY “Magnet-ic Attraction” where attendees are invited to make their own magnets and we will be giving away artisan crafted door prizes.

The focus for the show will be:

  • Emerging and local artists (small sized artwork, prints, cards)
  • Indie arts and crafts (toys, art/craft supplies)
  • Fashionable artisan gifts (jewellery, accessories)
  • Gourmet food (baked goods, preserves)
  • DIY presents
  • Apparel & Vintage

Date:  Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Time:  12pm – 6pm

Place:  The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

This event will be taking place during the weekend of Queen West Art Crawl.  From Trinity Bellwoods Park to Parkdale, hundreds of artists will be showcasing their work.  Enjoy special art exhibits and installations in galleries and cafes open to the public.  Such a wonderful way to take part and experience the vitality of the Toronto art scene – engage, get inspired and support local!  To preview all the ah-mazing exhibitors and vendors, check out the website

This truly has been a labour of love (aka blood, sweat, tears, etc) but it has been worth it to be able to bring such a talented group of artists and artisans together!  Hope to connect with you there! xoxo The LC

It's a ring thing: Bijoux Vintage Jewellery

OMFG! You will go ba-na-na-s for Mehrnaz's fashion illustrations and artwork! Take a sneak peek at

Holy yum-town! Lemon curd cupcakes from Lydia's Gourmet.

Be there! Creative Heart Collective Fall Show & Sale chez The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom.


September 13, 2011   No Comments

VENDOR CALL: Creative Heart Collective Fall Show & Sale Sept 18 @ The Gladstone Hotel

The Love Collage presents Creative Heart Collective Fall Show and Sale for local artisans, crafters, designers, bakers and retailers.  The mission of the event is to give artists, entrepreneurs and retailers an opportunity to connect and showcase their wares with the community in a fun and inviting atmosphere.  We will also be hosting FREE community workshops where attendees are invited to participate in arts and craft activities.

The focus for the show will be:

  • Emerging and local artists (small sized artwork, prints, cards)
  • Indie arts and crafts (toys, art/craft supplies)
  • Fashionable artisan gifts (jewellery, accessories)
  • Homemade food (baked goods, preserves)
  • DIY presents
  • Apparel & Vintage

Creative Heart Collective is looking for high-quality artisans, bakers, artists, crafters and local retailers to exhibit and sell their work on Sunday, September 18th, 2011, 12pm – 6pm.  This daytime event will be taking place at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) in The Ballroom (click to view images).

Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, July 30th, 2011, however, please apply early as the number of available spots is limited and will be curated on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more detailed information on how to apply, please visit


June 23, 2011   No Comments

Last Days of Summer

Scorching heatwave again.  No complaints here.  This upcoming weekend heralds the last long weekend.  Teardrop tsunami.

Are you heading up North for a final hurrah, laying in a floatie by the dock?  Are you going to stay in the quiet city and read a book under the shade of an old Maple tree?  Are you going to the EX to eat strawbery funnel cake followed by a spin on the Polar Bear Express?  Maybe take in an outdoor movie on a rooftop or a friend’s backyard BBQ?  Whatever your poison, just make relaxation a number #1 priority.

  • Double Dose of Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Why not do a JGL double feature?  10 Things I Hate About You paired with 500 Days of Summer.  Zoey Deschanel’s A-line dresses will get you thinking about integrating 1950’s style into your Fall wardrobe.

I realize I wax poetic about JGL, but c'mon, so cute! Loving Zoey's peacock print sundress and top chignon.

  • Bikini Bonanza – I don’t wear my bikinis as much in summer as I do on vacation.  The irony.  But if you are going somewhere worth breaking out your itsy-bitsy, why not try to squeeze as much ROC as you can.  Also, end of summer sales are great for stocking up, especially on mix and match styles.  In the winter, nice selections of bathing suits are impossible to find (Murphy’s law).

Milly Chain Print Bikini - A very cool graphic take on black & white.

A mosaic of colours & lovely flared bottoms: Vix Liberty Ruffle

  • Drinkies On The Patio – When it’s summer, we take for granted how lovely it is to sit outdoors while sipping on a cocktail or martini.  On a weekday, try the Cafe or the Sky Yard at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West).  The enclosed sidewalk patio at Kalendar (546 College St.) has an old-world French charm and good share plates.  Baked Brie anyone? 

A long-standing favourite among hipsters, The Sky Yard at The Drake.


August 30, 2010   No Comments

The Secret: Vintage Crawl Revealed

All great Vintage Crawls start with Stella Luna. Living in truth.

I am beyond exhausted.  Beyond.  What is the source of my fatigue?  Walking 3 1/2 hours from Queen & Roncey to Ossington & Dundas, followed by a few hop, skips and a jump home.  But it was worth it.  A laugh inducing vintage crawl with lovely C  (January Jones’ doppelganger) and her amazingly cool mom E.  In our wake, we encountered a smattering of rainbow racks, unique statement pieces and ‘fortuitous’ finds.  The fashion gods were definitely with us today.

I am in an extremely generous mood.  Dear friends of the LC, contained in this post is the original ‘Vintage Crawl’ route map beginning in Parkdale and ending near Ossington (west to east).  If you have the fortitude of spirit and a passion for fashion, you and your closest girlfriends may also embark on an adventure in the history of fashion.  Best practice: Always recruit shopping powerhouses, those with an open mind, the enthusiasm to try on different looks and comfortable soles.  Whiners stay home.

  •  Stella Luna – 1627 Queen Street West.  I realize I wax poetic about Stella Luna but this store deserves all its praise.  The owner Crispian stocks hands-down the best curated selection of vintage frocks, a haunt of many stylists and in the know fashionistahs.  My favourite pick!

How wild is this stone encrusted snake belt? I scored it for a song bc no one could figure out how it clasped. I intertwined it like any smart belt conoisseur would!

  • Frou Frou – 1616 Queen Street West.  Blink and you might miss Matthew’s unasuming storefront.  A good stop for eclectic chapeaus to pouffy prom dresses, many fashions are brought in from Montreal.
  • Blondie’s – 1378 Queen Street West.  This classic house dancefloor by night turns into a hipster coffeeshop by day.  Stop in for a lemonade or an OJ to quench your thirst or take a bio-break.  It’s going to be a few blocks until you reach your next destination.
  • House of Vintage – 1239 Queen West. New-ish on the Queen West West block, they have a swell assortment of leather boots, from tooled cowboys to slouchy bohos.  They also have a nice selection of pumps from Charles Jourdan to YSL.
  • Drake Scoops + Tee’s – 1142 Queen West.  You’ve walked an hour & a half by now (including changeroom time) simultaneously shopping and burning calories.  You can pause for a scoop or pick up a soft tee from Shared.
  • 69 Vintage – 1100 Queen West.  Tucked beside The Social is a well-stocked assortment of boots, dresses, glam sequined party tunics and denim.  They had some very tempting fur chubbies here but it is much too hottt to be looking at fur.  But how cute would an elbow length mink chubby be with leather opera gloves?  Think about it.
  • I Miss You Vintage – 63 Ossington Ave.  Hang left at the corner of Queen & Ossington to a cluster of vintage shops.  I Miss You  is a designer shop with Chanel’s, Prada’s and Dior’s hanging next to pretty 50’s shifts and bejewelled evening gowns.  Don’t be alarmed by the chi-chi poo poo hangtags as there are also affordable vintage pieces and the BEST ACCESSORIES OF YOUR LIFE at reasonable prices.  My current fascination is with mixed media rope belts but if that’s not your thing, they have belts (braided, cinchers, obi’s) and clutches in the softest Italian leather in every imaginable colour.  I never leave empty handed.

So I like reptiles on my feet. I adored the snakeskin leaf detail and peep-toe. Camel shoes are a wardrobe staple.

  • Vintage Mix 1 – 186 Ossington Ave.  The window here always peaks my curiosity.  Like shopping in a cool cat’s swinging 1960’s apartment:  bookshelves overflowing with novels and shoes, suitcases filled with belts and colour-blocked rolling racks. 

Another secret worth sharing:  My favourite vintage boutique, Stella Luna is celebrating its 15 year anniversary next weekend (August 7th, 2010).  There will be wine, cake and great deals to be had.  With all of my unselfish sharing, dear fashion gods, I want to be that girl that emerges with a pair of Ferragamo’s for $10.  Just putting it out there (The Secret)!!


August 1, 2010   2 Comments

Bringing Back Paula Abdul, Cold Hearted Snake

"Ooh Ahh, look into his eyes! Ooh Ahh, he's been telling lies." Oh Paula of Forever Your Girl, wherefore art thee?

Walking along Queen West with my dance poppet I, we passed through many construction areas as many buildings are undergoing the makeover of re-gentrification.  I told him that the scaffolding reminds me of Paula Abdul’s ‘Cold Hearted Snake’ video, which for its time was extremely provocative.  Miss Paula circa ’80’s could do no wrong.  I mean, she was the Rihanna of the day, she dated Arsenio Hall, choreographed her own dance numbers and she was doing group ‘heavy breathing’ and ‘spirit fingers’ while Britney was still a Mouseketeer.  Everyone I knew had memorized the lyrics to every song on ‘Forever Your Girl.’  I played Straight Up and Opposites Attract over and over until I had to use a pencil to unwind my cassette tape.

On our next adventure to karaoke, I will definitely peer pressure gently influence my friends into singing this song.  I foresee the hipsters going craaazy.  Some styling cues that I will take from the 80’s and bring into modern 2010:

Gi-normous bow headband. If you're going to do Cold-Hearted Snake, you have to go ALL THE WAY authentic.

Free People East Meets West body-con dress. Great for extra limber Bob Fosse style choreography.

Patricia Field Spy Gloves. This is a great stage move: tipping your hat on the profile. The crowd will eat it up.

And now to relive the salty goodness that is Paula Abdul’s Cold-Hearted Snake, please click on the link below.  You will be singing it for days:  “He’s a lover boy by trade, He don’t play by rules, Ooh oh, Girl don’t play the fool now.” (After all these years, I still remember the words.  Oh deep engrained cellular memory!)  There are countless amazing moments in this video, you may have to watch it twice (gliding across the floor in knee pads, mesh top with tassles, Paula being lowered from the scaffolding, simulated sex positions, etc, etc).  Enjoy!

Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted Snake Video


July 10, 2010   No Comments

Reading Is Sexy

Best present ever. And biodegradable too! Made from corn?! Wish it came in pink.

I came upon this ridiculously wonderful mug at Type (883 Queen Street West) while pursuing one of my favourite past times, browsing books and scouting for hottt hipsters.  I predict this item will be a bestseller.  Don’t walk.  Run! 

Reading is sexy, like super sexy.  There’s nothing unsexier (hrmm, is that a real word? Will consult dictionnary later…) than someone who can’t discuss their favourite book. I suppose then the sexy part about enjoying reading is the thirst for knowledge and curiosity for subject matters we want to learn.  Well, to me anyways.  To each their own.  

Here are the latest and greatest sexy books to hit my bookshelf…

Are you obsessed with India like I am?

  • Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet – A gift given to me by my besties A&D, Almond Eyes is a national bestseller in India; this translated novel recounts the story of a fictional Indian princess’ rites of beauty and health through the Rajasthan dynasty.  The story intertwines traditions passed down from generations of women with legends of godesses and real herbal concoctions and remedies.  There are also many photographs of Indian brides, preserved treasures and an almanac of herbs.  A very fascinating read which weaves history with fiction (in a similar style of 100 Years of Solitude).   
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – A quirky mashup book which combines two of my favourite things – romantic literature from Jane Austen with a modern twist of zombies, care of Seth Grahame-Smith.  Natalie Portman just signed on to play Lizzy in the screen adaptation.  Whatever will Lizzy Bennett do with Mr. Darcy when she must fulfill her duty to slay zombies?  So complex, yet comedic.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: This is a scary, yet intriguing cover non?

  • My Wonderful World of Fashion – This giant colouring, drawing and inspiration book is IRRESISTIBLE! Created by Nina Chakrabarti, the black and white pages are overflowing with juicy creative exercises, like picking your favourite pair of shoes, designing a hat, ideas to make lace face masks and connecting the dots to draw sunglasses.  Intended for fashionistahs of all ages, this book will surely ignite your passion for your #2B pencil and Prismacolours.

Where are my pencil crayons? An excerpt from My Wonderful World of Fashion.


February 1, 2010   1 Comment