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FOOD & WINE

FOOD & WINE

Last year was our first year attending the notorious food & wine expo held at the MTCC and it was quite a fun experience. It was great to try some new things; different wines pairings, some tasty grub and we even got to meet Matt and Steve, the founders of those delicious spicy beans! We could not hold back when we saw the Fireball station and spent more tickets than I would like to remember, meanwhile trying to make best friends with the promo girls for more Fireball swag (we wore it proud!). All in all, fun night, expect to drop a minimum of $50 if you want the full experience but keep in mind not to go with a big group because it is craayy busy. Cheers!

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ANICE JEWELLERY

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Once is a while you get lucky to stumble upon a truly delightful shop that results in fighting strong urges to purchase everything in the store. Ladies (and loving boyfriends), Anice Jewellery in Kensignton Market just so happens to be our latest obsession where you can find unique, hand crafted pieces sure to melt the heart of someone special.

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As soon as you walk into this store, owner/designer/creator of all things beautiful Brittany Hopkins, makes you feel right at home. With a punch of vintage and a whole lot of girly, you can pick up a variety of neckless, rings and brackets ranging from many price points (and I promise there will be something to fit every budget). If you are feeling crafty, Brittany also offers a consulting service where you can design your own custom piece and include trinkets and tokens from good times past. I myself, picked up a neckless with my initial hand stamped right on-site.

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The holidays are fast approaching and I can almost guarantee you can find something special for any lady on your list, so do yourself a favour an go check it out.

….and follow our new motto:

                     – Eat cereal for dinner and buy more jewellery. 

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WTF SHOULD I BE FOR HALLOWEEN

WTF SHOULD I BE FOR HALLOWEEN

Don’t know what to wear? Can’t think of something original? Endless ideas of top notch costumes that will leave your friends wondering how you go so damn creative. You are welcome IRVers.

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FALL JACKETS – LEATHER ON LEATHER

Although today is not your typical fall day, it still doesn’t fix my fashion dilemma… the lack of a staple fall jacket. I am in desperate need of a nice jacket that I can wear out, to work, wear on top of a blazer,that keeps me warm, that is also slightly water proof and that is under $300… is that too much to ask? I’m on the hunt for this unicorn jacket and I’m hoping that my longstanding favourite coat company Mackage will step up to the challenge. I would be proud to boast any of these jackets as I am gaga for their bold zippers, large collars and sexci leather tailoring that create an instant BABE silhouette, and take any outfit from zero to hero, 1-second flat. This MTL based company knows whats up and thats why they can charge one months rent for one of their beautiful designs. Am I willing to make the investment? Yes. Just please find me so I can stop wearing my army cargo jacket to work that soaks up rain like a dish sponge.

Suggestions are welcomed and appreciated in advance!

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NASTY GAL

NASTY GAL

If you havent heard about Nasty Gal until now you may or may not be living under a rock. This online boutique total rocks and has transformed from an ebay page to a full blown fashion frenzy. It has funky, edgy, trend-inspiring looks for super cheap (the only problem is us Canadians have to pay duty on all orders which kind of blows, however worth it!). This sassy company has stayed true to its rude girl roots and the CEO, LA homegurl Sophia Amoruso,  keeps on pushing street fashion forward so quickly its hard to keep up! This company is growing at 500% annually which means big things for the future. Watch out for their  first catalog and magazine ads to be launched this month!

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As Fall is fast approaching, we are getting giddy with excitement to dust off our favourite denim, boots and cutie blazers. No doubt our warebrodes will need a few new pieces to  keep us updated on all the trends and we are excited to check out two collections that are set to release this fall for Target and H&M. As we are huge supporters of affordable, fashionable clothing, these companies have partnered up with two heavy hitters in the industry to design some seriously wicked clothing, at prices that young hooligans (such as ourselves) can justifilably purchase without serious remorse.

1. (See picture above) The very talented French designer Isabel Marant collection for H&M is set to release November 14th worldwide. I imagine it will sell out very quickly as her boho-chic style is so effortless and elegant and big on attitude. Very excited to get my hands on something, maybe even the silky slip dress above… fingers crossed. 

2. Second is Philip Lim’s line for Target. This line is available to view online however the merchandise is not for sale until September 15th. These pieces are clean, simple and PERFECT for work. The clothes are idiot proof because they were made with such a small colour pallet, that everything actually goes with everything. Loving the colour blocking look below and this emerald green is super sassy. Definitely worth checking out!

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COMMON SORT: PARKDALE

20130822-221225.jpgOne of the many joys of working on the boarder of Parkdale is all the fantastic shops that I can hit on my lunch break and Common Sort is by far one of my favourites. Don’t be deceived by it’s small entrance on Queen St., this place is huge and has so many treasures just waiting to be loved again. I’ve been looking for some causal walking boots for quite some time now so when I stumbled upon these Sendra boots (yah, the ones that are handmade in Italy) for a mere $40 I felt like I hit the jack pot and after putting them on, I would be happy if I never had to take them off my feet. I also picked up a cute top for work for $16 and can’t wait to work it into my fall wardrobe.

Fall is a great time to get creative with clothing and these prices and selection can’t be beat! One weekend soon, go and check out the store and if you’re in the neighborhood, might as well pick up a taco or two at Grand Electric if your intense shop-a-thon leaves you craving some good eats.