Shop My Closet | Blogger Fashion Week – Dec. 9th-15th

It’s no secret that I love clothes and all things fashion related, however for the New Year I’ve decided to minimize ever-growing collection of clothing & accessories. My life style on the West Coast is way different than it was when I lived in Toronto, so there are some things that I just don’t need anymore. More yoga leggings, yes. A bazillion cocktail dresses, not really.

Luckily, the website Trend Trunk has asked me to participate in the first ever Blogger Fashion Week taking place December 9th-15th. One Week. Over 70 different bloggers. A whole lotta fashion.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Trend Trunk is a super fab website where you can cash in your closet by selling clothing & accessories that you don’t wear. Blogger Fashion Week  is currently taking place online and throughout the week you’ll have the chance to shop the closets of 70 different bloggers…including me!

You can actually shop my closet any time, however Tuesday December 10th will be “my day” when I am featured on the site. I spent Saturday morning photographing and uploading some of my fashion finds for you guys. I’ve included some high-end designer items from Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Marni, J. Brand & Edun, as well as some vintage pieces and goodies from my favourite stores like Aritzia, Joe Fresh, J. Crew and H & M. Feel free to be as nosy as you’d like & take a browse!

Unfortunately, Trend Trunk is currently only open to Canadians. However, if you see something you like in my closet, email me and we can work something out.

I’m so excited and honoured to be participating in Blogger Fashion Week and look forward to it becoming a yearly tradition!

(PS. My closet will remain online & I’ll be adding new pieces regularly, so stay tuned!)

How to Survive Fashion Week Without Looking Like a Jack-Ass

If you’ve been following my twitter or Instagram feed, you might already know that I spent March 19th-24th attending Vancouver Fashion Week and blogging for The Kit.ca. Although I’m not a fashion blogger, I’m definitely a fashion enthusiast and I have been fortunate to attend both Toronto and Vancouver Fashion Week several years in a row. Although Toronto Fashion Week is bigger, flashier and a much more star studded, I really enjoy attending Fashion Week in Vancouver because the event is more intimate and accessible. Attending Vancouver Fashion Week means never having your view of the runway partially obscured by Ben Mulroney’s hair (which, in case you wondered doesn’t move, at all, and therefore, totally haunts my nightmares)

Since a couple of you have asked me about what it’s like to attend these kinds of events, I thought I’d take a break from regularly scheduled dating, relationship and sexy time talk, to share with you guys a few things I’ve learned from my Fashion Week experiences over the years.

(The top middle photo is of me & my lovely blogger buddy Alison from Styling My Life)

1. Play nice. See those PR girls frantically running around the venue trying to seat everyone? Be nice to them. If you need something or a detail gets messed up (i.e. there’s someone sitting in your reserved seat), be firm but always be polite. Kindness is remembered. When it’s between seating you (the lowly journalist) in the front row or the heavily botoxed “VIP” who is throwing a hissy fit as we speak, those nice PR girls will hook you up. True story.

2. Don’t feel like you have to wear head-to-toe designer. Although you’ll definitely see people wearing their share of labels, a designer wardrobe is not required for attendance. With that said, just because you own a few designer items doesn’t mean you have to wear them all at the same time – actually, it’s probably better you don’t…and yes, woman with the Gucci print shoes, bag & matching pants I’m looking at you. As it turns out, many of the well-dressed people I spotted at Vancouver Fashion Week were actually wearing pieces that they’d purchased at Zara, Top Shop or made themselves. It all comes down to how you style yourself. I brought a nice pair of shoes and a decent looking handbag, but the majority of the stuff I wore during the week was actually from Joe Fresh, Material Girl, GAP (!) or thrifted.

3. Accept the fact that your feet will probably be uncomfortable for most of the week. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t feel particularly professional in flats. Because Fashion Week is technically “work” I wear heels to all the shows and events. Between standing around waiting for the shows, running between venues and meeting up with friends for dinner/drinks, my feet take a beating. My suggestion? Pack a pair of flats in your bag for the trip to and from the venue. If you have a pair of foldable flats even better.

4. Here are a few other things that you should pack in your fashion week survival kit: Bandaids (your feet will need them), protein or energy bars (some of the shows overlap meal-times and it’s good to have something to discretely munch on so you don’t pass out), a smart phone with a camera (for Tweeting, Instagramming and taking snap-shots of the looks), business cards (Fashion Week is a great networking opportunity. I actually forgot my business cards this year and felt like a total dolt.)

5. Leave your UGGs and DOGS at home. I don’t think there is anything wrong with UGGs per se. I wear them around the house, for walking in the snow or for other wintery/outdoorsy activities – but they do not belong at a fashion show. Same goes for flip flops, house shoes or (god forbid) Crocs. It doesn’t matter that you’re in Vancouver where everyone is “so laid back” – invest in a simple pair of pumps or ballet flats if you’re going to be attending Fashion Week.

You know what else doesn’t belong at Fashion Week? Your Dog! Yes, Hugo here is probably the most adorable pup I have ever seen, but he’s also terrified! Fashion shows are loud, chaotic and the music often reaches nightclub-like volumes. Not only is it totally distracting to bring your pet to a fashion show, it also sucks for the animal. It felt so bad for some of the dogs because you could see their owners were trying to cover their ears & soothe them during the shows so they wouldn’t freak out 🙁 Leave your dogs at home!!

6. Be aware that you’ll probably get hooked on a new, free soft drink beverage. Where there is a Fashion Week, there’s always someone promoting  a new, questionable “energy” beverage. I’m guessing that these companies equate Fashion Week with not eating or sleeping properly and therefore, assume everyone is looking for a caffeine boost – which, wouldn’t be entirely untrue. Let us not forget the time you spent a whole day drinking free Fuze Ice Tea at a charity pool party or the Vitamin Water Incident of 2010. The beverages are there, they’re free and you’ll probably try them. FYI, I think I’m still on a caffeine high from all the  Starbucks “Refreshers” I drank during Vancouver Fashion Week.

7. Don’t worry about taking photos. There’s no way you’re going to get high quality shots of the runway unless you’re a professional photographer, so don’t worry about it. You can get the professional photos sent to you by the PR reps after the event or find them online. However, do take a photos of some of your favourite looks and of the name of the show before it starts. You’re going to see so many looks throughout the week that it’s impossible to remember them all without a visual reminder.

8.  Remember, there’s no laughing, pointing or cat-calling in fashion. I’m thinking this might be a Vancouver thing because I never seen anyone do any of these things in Toronto however, I saw people do ALL OF THESE THINGS at VFW. Even if a model struts down the runway in something that looks like the lovechild of a potato sack and a beach ball, show some maturity & respect and keep your comments to yourself. Also whistling and cat-calling models while they’re trying to work is just skeezy. Ignoring my advice will likely make you look like a jack-ass.

9. Stay sober. It’s really, really tempting to drink during Fashion Week. There’s champagne to be purchased between shows and there’s ALWAYS an after-party somewhere. Fashion Week is hectic especially when you have other work to do (either at the office or freelance) and you’re trying to attend and write about as many shows as possible. Unless you love feeling like crap, it’s hard to party all night and keep up the pace. Instead of partying it up all week, on the last night of Vancouver Fashion Week I treated myself to a decadent seafood meal and a glass of Pinot Grigio with some of the lovely blogger ladies below.

10. Don’t be a stranger. Talk to people! If you play your cards right you might end up meeting some Real Housewives and making some new friends!

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(With Mary and Christina of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, who were super nice & friendly!)

( Blogger Buddies! L-R – Me,  Britta, Nina and Allison)

What do you guys think? Did I miss anything?!

Inside my Closet: My Favorite Vintage Finds

How’s a girl with Neiman Marcus taste but a Walmart budget supposed to get her fashion fix? Easy! Shop vintage.

I come from a family of bargain hunters. If you know me in real life you’ve probably heard the stories (or seen the FB updates) about the some of my amazing shopping adventures with my Mom and Sister (they usually sound something like this: “Just scored a Moshino blazer at Goodwill for 4 dollars” Friend: “How is that even possible?!“) I can’t explain it but the women in my family seem to have this innate skill for finding cool stuff for cheap. Between my hometown’s thriving thrift & vintage scene and my Mom & sister’s hand me downs, whenever I come home to visit I always bring an empty suitcase because I know I’ll be  coming back to Toronto with lots of goodies.

My Mom and sister have amassed quite the collection of clothing over the years. They’ve finally decided to turn their treasure hunting skills into a business and open their own vintage store on Etsy. It’s called Ghost Club and I’m sure I’ll be mentioning it from time to time because I really want their business to be a success! Since I’ve been home in BC I’ve been helping them organize the store and shop for more stock. The problem with going on these treasure hunting missions is that I inevitably end up buying things for myself too. Since I had fun showing you guys what’s inside my purse, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into some of my favorite new additions to my closet.

(I’m no fashion blogger so in lieu of modeling them myself, I’ll let Judy & Francine  the trusty Ghost Club mannequins do the honors!)

1. Adrienne Vittadini Oversize Silk Shirt ($6): This is one of my favorite shirts ever. I love the bright floral print and the uber soft, flowy silk. It looks cute worn un-tucked or knotted at the waist.

2. Nina Ricci Tomato colored silk top ($16): this top was a bit of a splurge but I fell in love with the color and the hand-sewn ruching. I wear this style of top often  (either un-tucked over skinny pants or tucked into a high waisted pencil skirt) and thought the bright color would be a nice addition for spring.

3. Michael Kors shirt ($7): I don’t know about you guys but I have a major soft spot for anything safari inspired for spring… which could be why I love this cotton shirt so much. This shirt isn’t vintage but I did manage to pick it second hand, in like-new condition. It looks great with a pair of skinnies, crisp summer shorts or tucked into a pair of high waisted trouser jeans. The hat was purchased in Panama by my Dad’s friend.

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Oh, Hello Lover!

I have lots I want to blog about but, the weather has been so beautiful in Toronto the past few days that I am having a hard time tearing myself away from the sunshine. I made a promise to myself that I would write more of the Ex-Boyfriend letters (since some of you asked) but, to be honest I’ve been in too good a mood lately to “go there”. When faced with the choice of window shopping on Queen St & writing silly posts where I make fun of sex toys OR documenting details of a past painful relationship, the former two have been winning out lately. The Ex-Boyfriends can wait.

A while back my friend Cristina of the Shoe Tease fame came over to document a love of mine that will always remain true: My shoe collection.

Cristina took some fantastic photos & you can read the rest of the post here.


Cristina got me to do something I’ve never done in bed before: roll around in a pile of shoes.

I had a lot of fun working with Cristina. This is partly due to the fact that we seem to share the same mind-slightly-in-the-gutter sense of humor. Whenever she’d say stuff like:

“Ok, Simone its time to try a new position”.

or,

“Lets try it with you on your back”

or,

“Could you just move your legs a tiny bit further apart?”

…we’d both be laughing.

I don’t know if it was the way I had to contort my body to make some of the poses work or the lunges I did that morning while I was working out but, I was really sore the day after our photo shoot. Modeling and posing (especially if you’re not a model) is hard work!

(Pssst. If you love shoes as much as I do, I suggest you check out Cristina’s blog for your daily dose of shoe porn. I am lusting after these hot pink beauties this week)

What have you guys been up to? Tell me what’s new!

What are YOUR favorite pair of shoes?

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