{say I do: bold love}

Oh wow, oh wow do I ever love everything about this beautiful wedding that was featured on 100 Layer Cake yesterday. Where do I start? I think it’s the bold colours of the flowers that really drew me in then all the other details just got me drooling. Love the mix n’ match chairs and all the vintage furniture. I think my favourite is the seating area with the couches. I see many good laughs over cocktails happening over there.  It all fits perfectly with the beautiful loft space at the Wythe Hotel in NYC as the backdrop. 

Oh and how great is the bride’s flower belt for the reception?!

  


Man, I bet that was one good party. See all the drool-worthy details here


{a collection of collections}

I’m a collector, no question about it. I think that’s why I love these illustrated collections so much. There’s something about the power of numbers or showing a group of items that I just gravitate towards. Many of these illustrations also make me feel like summer for some reason. Here’s a collection of collections. Enjoy the inspiration. 

Top to bottom: 1/2/3/4/5/6/


{thrifting 101: dress it up}


Today’s thrifting lesson takes us away from housewares and into the world of fashion. I think vintage fashion is what intimidates most people. You may question if it’s actually stylish or just tacky, you’re not sure if you can pull it off, and you don’t know what you can mix it with. All totally legitimate thoughts. I remember thinking all the same things. I think it takes confidence to wear vintage but the good news is you can slowly build the confidence and I believe anyone can wear it.



What I love about vintage is that not only are you channeling a specific style and moment in time but it really lets you show off your style and personality and most importantly you won’t see anyone else wearing the same outfit!

I recruited my beautiful friend & vintage lover, Jess, to help me model a bunch of my most recent and favourite vintage finds. We had a ton of fun styling these dresses and Jess was a natural in front of the camera.

I would say the biggest tip for vintage dresses is it’s all about the styling. If you’re feeling super confident in your vintage matching skills then find a great vintage purse or boots to go with your outfit. But if you don’t have a big collection to choose from I recommend updating the look with more modern accessories.


I have a little bit of a vintage purse problem as you can see but I almost always mix my dresses with a new pair of shoots or boots. 
Here’s a small taste of my collection – 99% of which I found at thrift stores.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t keep all these or my closet will overflow. So I’ve started an Etsy shop to sell my dresses and feed my little hobbie. Some of these are my personal favs that I’m not quite ready to part with but many of them and more are in my shop and I will be adding more soon. (more dresses and also boots & purses to come)
Take a look and be inspired by the styling. Tights are a great way to update a vintage dress. Probably my number one tip when it comes to updating vintage dresses is edit your hemline. By shortening a hem you instantly make the dress more youthful, flirty and trendy. A few inches above the knee is a flattering length on most people without looking like you were shopping at Forever21. 






Visit my Etsy shop here

Happy vintage shopping. Have fun with it!


{pimp my bike}

Did you know that today is Ride your Bike to Work day in Toronto? Check out this site if you want more info or to join in the bike activities. 

I just got a new ride (thanks Bikes on Wheels in Kensington) and took it out for my first spin recently with summer. It rides like a beauty and I’m loving it but something is missing. It needs a little flare. Here’s some of my favourite bike accessories. What do you think?
GET’EM HERE: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7