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Lacy Little Things: Bras

madewell: honeydew® intimates flower lace bralette - $32.00 agent provocateur - mercy bra stella mccartney stella lace underwired plunge bra: $65 wonderbra ultimate strapless lace bra

“Where are the bras for the women that don’t want to minimize or look like an old lady?”

If it’s one thing I love it’s a lace bra. I’ve got DD boobs, so I’m used getting to my size in department stores and seeing ‘minimizer’ and grandma bras. Where are the bras for the women that don’t want to minimize or look like an old lady?

The truth is: I love my boobs, despite the fact that it may be difficult to find clothes that fit me properly. My high-school drama teacher told me she’d never met anyone in her life that loved their boobs as much as I do (I was a C then). Even as a C cup, finding a bra that has coverage, support, and just the right amount of padding (virtually none) can sometimes be the hardest thing in the world. The right bra is one of those mystery things, a cousin of mine who’s got a B cup hates her bras so much she calls them torture devices. Needless to say, she understands the prolific burning of the bras. When it comes down to it, a lace bra is one of those things that makes me feel ultra sexy.

To all my fellow busty ladies, embrace those big beautiful breasts, people go under knife to get them!

Fashion’s Dirty Little Secret

“If I wanted to be in an innovative industry, I wouldn’t pick fashion.”

The dirty secret of fashion is that there is nothing new. I suppose the cool thing is how we re-invent it, but when people act like something’s so new and fresh in fashion, they immediately lose me. If I wanted to be in an innovative industry, I wouldn’t pick fashion. On the other hand, I’d pick fashion if I wanted to be a historian with creative liberties. I’ve kept a skeptical eye on fashion week this season in NYC, because I honestly haven’t been that interested. More and more it seems the more things change the more they stay the same. This season (like the last) is all about contrasts, and I’m beginning to think that’s the trick to fashion in general. Call it fusion, contrasts, or a blending of complete opposites, it’s all the same concept – they all mean the same thing. Whether it’s pulling together two different styles like leather and lace (circa Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2013) or playing with different eras by pairing vintage with more contemporary pieces. Fashion is fusion, and I say that knowing that that’s both simple and complex because fashion has such a rich history of ideas to pull from.

Twenty-Four Hours in… Toronto

If I could have any super power, I’d want to be able to teleport. I’d go as far as to dive into a vat of toxic goo to get it…

Yes, that’s how much I love to travel. I fantasize about teleporting from one place to another constantly, so the question is – if you had twenty-four hours to spend anywhere, doing anything (minus the airplane rides and the jet lag) where would you go and what would you do?

If you’re teleporting to Toronto…


Niche Coffee Bar - Niche Benedict Nadege Toronto - My favorite patisserie! REDS Bistro Click to Enlarge Image Map

Start your morning off right with breakfast at Niche Espresso Bar. While I’d usually do this a little later and call it brunch, if we’re going to pack as many events into twenty-four hours as possible – this is where you start. I recommend the Niche Benedict. Yes it’s an espresso bar, but if it’s a choice between coffee and my eggs benny, I’m going for the latter. The signature eggs benedict plate at Niche is the picture of perfection with two poached eggs, pemeal bacon and hollandaise sauce piled on top of a generous portion of simply delicious cornbread. (BEST. COMBO. EVER.)

Ed Note: If you go in the summer – ask for a seat out back.

Now that you’re full, it’s time you walk it off. If you’re going to see a city properly you can’t stumble upon the best things in the city in your car – you just can’t! Since I was in high school, I’ve been walking down Queen St – finding jewelry, dresses, vintage shops and so much more – go ahead, window shop and browse. Here are my usual stops on the lane… Spoof, Get Outside, Style Garage, Black Market Vintage, The Beadery and whatever else catches my eye.

For the good stuff, make your way to Kensington Market for a mix of vintage shopping and yummy snacks. Whatever you do – you must try a spinach, feta and pesto scone from Cobs. If you’re interested in vintage scarves and buttons – head to Courage My Love. I’ve been known to sit on the floor and rifle through their scarf bin – each scarf goes for about $3.00 (CAD). On the subject of buttons, some people are content with whatever buttons a garment comes with, for the rest of us Courage My Love has the wall of buttons. I’ve probably spent $100 dollars here – which is saying something because these buttons aren’t that expensive. Peek into Flash Back and peruse the vintage shirt racks on the street, then make sure to take a long and leisurely stroll in Bungalow – my favorite vintage store of all time. Almost every vintage pencil skirt I own came from this place, and I’ve also scored quite a few blazers here too. Their stock is carefully curated to give you just about everything you could want when you walk through those doors.

Lunch Time: saunter back down to Queen St, heading further west to my favorite French patisserie – Nadege. Order up a croissant sandwich – whichever one your heart desires. I’m likely to grab the one with smoked salmon, cucumber, dill and cream cheese (but Fresh Figs and Goats Cheese on a Nadege croissant are equally as delectable). Grab some goodies to go, like mini madeleines and homemade marshmallows – chocolate covered, regular, or flavored (I’m still savoring my strawberry and basil marshmallows).

Walk around the city some more, sit in the park across from Nadege, or head up to Dundas and head east towards Yonge Street. You’ve still got time to pop into the Art Gallery of Ontario – so go. Or, make your way to the waterfront and take in the sunset over Lake Ontario before you head over to REDS… When Holly Golightly said that thing about the mean reds, these weren’t them. With the greatest wine selection in Toronto, this is a must stop for the visiting wino. Order the crab cakes and lap up the vino. And, in the event that you’d like to dance the night away – head to Wet bar on Peter St or Guvernment on Queen’s Quay down by the lake shore.

Ed Note: Full disclosure, I don’t think I could ever get everything I wanted to do crammed into 24 hours in Toronto. I grew up there, so having to see friends and family trumps this itinerary.

Blazers: Pastels & Brights

If the weather’s any indication, Spring is on the brink of  ’springing.’ Blazers are one of those essential elements to any wardrobe, but it’s also time to ditch the black and navy blue variations for pastels and brights. Pink, orange, yellow, green and blue take on sorbet and shocking shades this season, making for key winter to spring transition pieces to get you started. The sorbet shades add a layer of structured delicacy, I have the urge to wear them with black or white lace dresses. I’m utterly in love with the mint green A.L.C Zoe Blazer, it’s sharp yet sweet. As for the brights, these blazers are beckoning to be paired with more bright colors. I love the idea of mixing a bright lemon yellow sheer blouse or a pale floral dress with the fuchsia Elizabeth and James Pink Sue Worsted Wool Blazer. The fuchsia is so beautiful and bright, the color ups the ante and makes my skin glow.

The brights and pastels will help spice up your favorite pieces from last season, but mixing them together will give you the ultimate spring time look.

(Pastels: Cookie 7 Metallic Button Blazer in Light Pink – $168.00, YesStyle.com;  3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Satin-Crepe Blazer in Peach – $650.00, net-a-porter.com; Preen Cutout Wool-Twill Blazer in Lemon Yellow – $1,600.00, net-a-porter.com;  A.L.C. Zoe Blazer in Mint Green – $695.00, Barneys.com; Carolina Herrera Cotton-Blend Bouclé Jacket – $497.50, theOutnet.com)

(Brights: Elizabeth and James Pink Sue Worsted Wool Blazer in Fuchsia- $529.37, MyWardrobe.com; Steven Alan Renada Double-Breasted Silk Blazer – $211.75, theOutnet.com; Rag & Bone Silver Tuxedo Jacket in Lemon Yellow – $495.00, Rag-Bone.com; Malene Birger Saquenta Blazer – $635.00, FarFetch.com; Emilio Pucci Wool Blazer with Enamel Buttons – $1,895.00, MyWardrobe.com)

The Follow Fashion: Kate Middleton (… er) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

The Follow Fashion: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

I promised myself I wouldn’t, so consider this as me giving in to the Royal Hoopla. Two days ago she woke as Kate Middleton, and while some have been reveling in calling her the new Princess Kate, it seems her official title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. On all accounts I’ve heard everything from ‘the dress was drop dead gorgeous’ to ‘it was a little too simple for my taste.’ The Grace Kelly reminiscent Alexander McQueen made by Sarah Burton was definitely fit for a royal wedding, but something tells me that the simple but gorgeous dress Kate Catherine popped up in later in the evening was more her choice than the first.

Rumors were swarming that the gown was going to be decidedly less traditional, but when Catherine made her debut it was the picture of elegance and Royal Tradition. The demure nature of the gown leads me to wonder if her highness, the Queen didn’t get the last say on the gown for the ceremony. Nevertheless, they were perfectly adequate.

If I’d have attended the royal nuptials, I might have worn that rose white glove from Krista R. I haven’t been coveting the engagement ring, but these blue sapphire earrings are definitely lust-worthy.

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The Glove . The Earrings

The Follow Fashion: Azure.Turquoise.Fuchsia

The Follow Fashion: Azure.Turquoise.Fuchsia

The three colors I’m obsessed with this season are azure, turquoise, and fuchsia, blend them with any neutral other than black and I’m good to go. The collection that most embodies my spring summer color palette is probably from Rachel Roy.

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The Sandals . The Studs . The Skirt