Toronto temperatures are dipping to that Montreal sub-zero, nasty frost-bite uncomfortable. It’s when leggings aren’t enough if they aren’t fleece lined or you forego looks and acquiesce to looking puffy (multiple thermals layered beneath chunky wool sweaters). “Ok fine! You win Winter!” Ugh, I have the worst static-y hair when I remove my trapper hat. When they issue an extreme cold-weather warning, you best listen. And if you haven’t declined all socials in exchange for the warmth of that duvet taco as my friend P calls it, you better have a damn good reason for stepping outdoors. Buuuuut delicious food is always a good reason, non? We’re reallyx3 lucky in Toronto to have a plethora of dining options to keep our tastebuds sated. Even if I’m frrreeeezing, at least my tummy is full of warm food. Here are a few of my fave Toronto cozy spots that you can bundle up for:
The Federal (1438 Dundas West) – There is a hotbed of dining options on the Dundas West strip. This charming restaurant serves up brunch, sandwiches and late-night noshes and cocktails. Recently, popped in for brunch with my friend A and we almost licked our plates… that good! They were sold out of Belgian waffles but there were so many delightful options that we needed a few extra minutes to edit our selections.
This End Up (1454 Dundas West) – Very close to the first option, this sandwich and cocktail joint is a hidden gem. I reallyx3 shouldn’t be telling you about it. You can have the most delectable dinner without breaking the bank. This diner offers a 50/50 variety of vegetarian and carnivore lovers options but everything on the menu is beyond expectation like Kimchi chili fries, Daal Frites, Tofu Tacos or my perennial favourites the Baja Fish. I am always surprised with the bill because it’s never over $50, everrr!
The Good Son (1096 Queen St. West) – This eclectic English library-meets den from Top Chef Canada finalist Vittorio Colacitti brings a mix of rustic Italian favourites and fusion cuisine. This is an open space (occupying the former Nyood), with an inviting old-fashioned cocktail bar, leather banquettes and high tables; diners can watch all the action through the open kitchen.
February 15, 2015 No Comments
So don’t make me watch a rom-com, unless the fashion is good. Maybe I can handle a 1/2 hour but then promise me, we can switch to a zombie dramedy. You swear? Right now, I’m building a winter cozy wardrobe reminiscent of Cameron Diaz in The Holiday (2006). The premise is that Cameron Diaz’s character longs for a change of scenery from LA and switches homes with English Kate Winslet during holiday season. Trading in the sunny palms of West Coast for the quaintness of cottage life in the English countryside, shenanies ensue. I don’t remember the rest. At some point, she also hooks up with hottie mchotterson Jude Law (pre-nanny scandal).
But I digress. My interpretation of channelling Cammy in The Holiday… aka Chalet Chic-y.
And if you’re looking to trade places this holiday season, flash-forward 2014 and we’ve got Airbnb.
November 6, 2014 No Comments
Do you ever wake up from a shopping dream? Yeah me too. Sucks to wake up. To be around me on the daily, is to listen to a constant diatribe on optimism and the power of vision boards. Fortunately, my spiritual babble is peppered with funny anecdotes and life lessons sung as hip-hop choruses. “That sh!t cray. Ain’t it Jay?”
Alternatively this post is titled, shoes to vogue in and the classic house song to play as a soundtrack is Junior Vasquez “If Madonna Calls” (I’m not Here) Oh yes, we partied hard back in the day…(see/ Les Bains Douches, Paris)
I feel like since the end of SATC (not counting the movie), there has been this massive void in our lives. When Carrie Bradshaw left our living rooms, we could no longer live vicariously through her walk-in closet or ‘ooh and ahh’ as she sashayed down the street. In an effort to resurrect our fashion icon, we proudly take up her cause. We share that insane love of shoes. Those of the 4″ and higher variety.
A love collage of shoes and a toast to the Carries. Chin-chin.
August 21, 2014 No Comments
At work, my friend S had just come out of a fashion direction meeting (these do exist and it is someone’s job) and she told me I was on trend for Spring 15 because I was wearing a jumpsuit. But my obsession with the romper and jumpsuit is nothing new. I have been amassing rompers and jumpsuits for years. These are some of my best loved brunch outfits, my after 9pm cocktails, my window-shopping go-to’s. At brunch, my bestie C and me were chatting about the pitfalls of our romper obsession. You basically have to completely undress before you can use the ladies room. And if you’re unaccustomed to the fast change, then you might just pee on yourself.
The trend continues strong but here are some fresh takes on those that dare to wear:
July 19, 2014 No Comments
OMD. Oh mon Dieu! That’s OMG en français. This week, I had the good fortune to spend some quality down time in Montreal. I have often travelled to our neighbour to the East for work but as they say, all work and no play makes V a dull girl. And when I say dull, I really mean crazy but not of the Jack Nicholson-The Shining variety.
I have a love affair with Montreal – its winding outdoor staircases, the romantic cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montreal, the café culture (so mignon) and its culinary delights. Some of my fondest memories are of visiting my dearest A while she was in university in McGill; we would often go to her favourite haunts and play dress up in vintage stores.
I found it difficult to find a compilation of some of the best trendy boutiques and vintage shops, so I’ve walked a few thousand steps in my gladiators to bring you my best bets:
- DadaDo (4292 Boul St. Laurent) – Artist studio meets vintage shop meets boudoir. The entrance greets you with a bargain bin of accessories and books and as you get further in you will find racks of flowy skirts and lacy slip dresses.
- Annex Vintage ( 56 St. Viateur Ouest) – A wide selection of wearable vintage and upcycled pieces. There are also many pieces from local designers. I was particularly taken with the “Stay Home and Watch Buffy” totebags.
- Lo Well (5364 Boul St. Laurent) – Streamlined Scandinavian is the mood with labels Norwegian Wood, Dusen-Dusen, swim from Mimi Hammer and a wide selection of Montreal-made canvas and leather handbags by Rachel F.
- La (Found)erie (6596 Boul St. Laurent) – I never made it north of the tracks to the up and coming hood of La Patrie but this shop was recently featured in Porter Airlines magazine.
- Onze - This store has 4 MTL locations and features vintage-inspired romantic girly looks. They were heavy on chiffon floaty things, nautical, floral apparel and accessories. Here you will find young contemporary brands such as Mink Pink, Gentle Fawn and Ark & Co.
- Kitsch n’ Swell (3968 Boul St. Laurent) – A 60’s swingers pad meets hunters lodge and antique shop. Fashioned in bubble gum pinks, tassled furniture and laden with curios, there is nothing quite like it in Montreal. A must-see for inspiration.
A parting gift: One of my fave Sam Roberts songs Bridge to Nowhere & some hottt goss via Lainey Gossip. (ps. I’m sad I’m not going to Smut Soiree this year). Bonne journée! (good day)
June 22, 2014 No Comments
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” – Kate Moss
That’s some classic Kate Moss for you. Probably think about it before you bite in to that giant chocolate bar (don’t let them win). The 90’s supermodel waif is best known for her meteoric rise from Croyden schoolgirl to catwalk sensation/fashion icon but the best urban legends surrounding Moss are of her party girl ways. Known to have thrown lavish all night drinking-dances incorporating themes (Great Gatsby) or musicians (Oasis) to highlight decades of her life, her reputation took a hit with a tabloid drug scandal a few years back. Since then, Kate has simmered down considerably but most recently she was quoted, “I may be 40, but I still know how to party.” Attagirl!
Let’s take a look back at some** of Kate’s best party girl looks, shall we?
**I say some because she partied a lot and she wore a lot of reallyx3 cute outfits…
June 17, 2014 No Comments