Category: Design

Alternative Fashion Week

Tonight is the kick-off of Alternative Fashion and Arts Week (FAT for short)! I’ll be attending on Tuesday, so check back to see my post about it! Visit their website at or read on to learn more about it.

The [FAT] attitude comes to life again this year at our new festival location – a former industrial warehouse located at 213 Sterling Road – Toronto’s new up-and-coming arts & design district. Models will stomp their heels on an 80 foot-long runway featuring 52 innovative fashion collections from top designers within Canada and abroad.
[FAT] has an international reputation for presenting and discovering cool new talent, for instance: Wesley Badanjak, Heidi Ackerman, Martin Lim and Jasper Garvida. Now in its 7th year, |FAT| has presented over 1,000 designers and artists since it first launched in 2005.

2012 THEMATIC fashionSCAPES of lFATl
April 24 – LANDscapes explores global landscapes & physical environments
April 25 – CITYscapes visits man-made environments; streets, structures & cities
April 26 – BODYscapes investigates the body, identity, sexuality & gender
April 27 – FUTUREscapes looks at technology, media & innovative processes
April 28 – FATmarket is an off-runway pop-up shop featuring clothes from |FAT| designers


April 24-27: 52 RUNWAY SHOWS
From designers across Canada & around The World.

April 24-27: |FAT| FOCUS GERMANY Presented by the Goethe-Institut
Fashion & art from Germany’s hottest designers & image-makers: curated in collaboration with world-renowned Designer Scouts.

A virtual & on-site multimedia art experience.

International filmmakers create iconic imagery through fashion & moving image. The program includes 10+ films from Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Florence, Wroclaw, Baar and Montreal.

Imagery from Canadian and international media artists & photographers

Daily LIVE broadcasts of lFATl runway shows on Queen Street West.

April 28: |FAT| & DRAKElab FASHIONmarket


Goody Double Wear Elastics

A little bit ago I got to try these really cool hair elastics from Goody. When I put elastics on my wrist, they always tend to be really old (with elastic peeking through) and strangely, neon orange. With these elastics, I was stylishly saved. They have a curved textured metallic that makes them look like bracelets. Instant style, very little effort. They come in lots of different colours, and they also have a headband version that doubles as a necklace!

One lucky reader will get a chance to try them out! Enter below for your chance to win.


Soïa & Kyo FW12

Ah, Fashion Week. Toronto fashionistas get to preen and be seen. What could be better? Last night, I checked out Soïa & Kyo, the brain child of Ilan Elfassy. This Montreal line gets its name from Ilan’s admiration of Japanese culture, and loosely stands for “beginning today”. The 2012-2013 collection features fur trim, bold cuts and structured hoods.
Models toted bundled blankets held by leather straps and donned fur trapper hats. The colours were mostly muted greys, khakis and browns, with a smattering of reds and mustard tones. Check it out!

West Elm Duvet Covers

I wandered into West Elm for the first time the other day, and was pleasantly surprised!

It reminded me of an open, wood toned, urban IKEA. I was blown away by the beautiful textiles and light fixtures.

They had a great sale going on (30% off sale prices) so I snagged this Pressed Flower duvet for $24.99 (it was $73.00)  and matching pillow cases for $12. Cheerful, no?

Essential Stationery: Note Cards

Nothing adds a touch of class quite like stationery. Stationery is especially important in this digital age. People rarely get mail, so when they do, it’s a special treat. It’s always a good idea to have a collection of note cards in your arsenal.

Now is an especially good time to pick some up from Chapters because they have a sale going on. Here are some that I just picked up!

These Kate Spade cards are beautiful. They are single sheet cards with a matching envelope with striped red lining. They are usually $20, but were on sale in-store for $7.00

These Vera Wang cards are gorgeous! I love the swirling text, and the paper is creamy and thick. These fold over cards go for a whopping $26! But I got them on sale at Chapters for $6.

I bought these cute Naoko cards awhile ago. There are 4 different patterns. Retails for $14.95.

2012 Calendar Round Up

I love calendars. Here are some of my favourites for 2012!

This calendar is by one of my favourite illustrators, Eveline Tarunadjaja. Her calendar sells for $27.00, and features her beautiful illustrations.

The love calendar is a cute way to track your romance for the year. Each heart represents a day that’s been split into 4 parts. Each part represents an activity, cuddling, time together, etc. Shade in daily!

This super cool calendar features a polaroid image per day! Behind the page you get to learn all about the photo.

This beautiful paper cut calendar is hand cut and features 4 layers of woodland images.

This colourful calendar is heat sensitive. Put your thumb over each day to read a new fact! When you remove your thumb, the fact magically goes dark again.

What calendar are you using this year?

I’m using this pretty Rifle Paper calendar I got from my Design Crush 2012 Calendar swap-mate. Thanks! and Happy New Year everyone!

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