July 29, 2012

take flight; 100th post

Purchased in NYC at the Lucky Magazine, Lucky Shops event, this Richard Ruiz dress is a perfect example of simple elegance.  I love the way it drapes off the body but avoids swallowing ones frame.  I paired it with a pair of Max Azria heels that mimic the butterfly print in the dress.  I kept the accessories simple and added a Chanel bracelet and quilted leather clutch.  

I photographed the dress today after wearing it to a wedding reception yesterday afternoon just outside of Toronto.  It was a warm July afternoon at the Savannah Golf Links celebrated with family and friends of the bride and groom, Amanda and Keith.  

I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie Catenacci, aunt of bride after approaching her about her stunning dress.  When I asked her if it was vintage (no disrespect intended!) she was quick to reply, no the boys made it for me!  The 'boys' being her brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 fame. (About this time I wanted to stick my foot in my mouth!!) I explained that I have a love for vintage but also love the art of mixing old and new, to which Natalie replied, then you have to meet the boys. My mind started racing and I kept repeating Dean is in brown, Dan is in black, Dean is in brown, Dan is in black, Dean is in brown, Dan is in black. We had a casual sit down that felt more like catching up with old friends than anything else.  We talked about our favourite vintage shops in Toronto, hot spots for vintage in San Francisco (after I mentioned a upcoming trip) and where they find inspirations for their collections.  It was truly a magical day.  

Dan Caten, myself, Natalie Catenacci, Dean Caten

Photos J Mingay

July 22, 2012

pender farms

Impressive for its first year, Pender Farms was the inspiration for my take on dressing for urban farming....a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll! 

Bodysuit (F21). Levi`s cut offs (thrifted, USED Vintage, Toronto, ON. $28). Sandals (Deena & Ozzy). Panama Hat (Nordstrom). Watch (Michael Kors). `JS`Pin (worn on shorts) (vintage, Penny Jane`s Vintage, Windsor, ON $5). Ring (handcrafted in India, bought at a street market).

Photos J Mingay

July 19, 2012

toronto walk about

1. 'This is so amazing, there are no words' Penny Arcade Vintage. 2. My hosts, Jess and Ryan. 3. Lightening in the distance. 4. New vintage, Emporium, I Miss You, closed on Mondays :( 5. The Common, best coffee and scene in the city. 6. The Dakota, resident band The Beauties. 7. Late night shopping. 8. Store watch dog. 9. Sweet ride. 10. The Drake Hotel.

Photos S Mingay

July 15, 2012

long sleeves, short shorts

Beaded top (vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI. $10). Shorts (F21). Booties (Steve Madden). Resin clutch (vintage, $4). Sunglasses (Ray-Ban). Earrings (Marc by Marc Jacobs). Necklace (similar found here)

Photos A Mingay

July 12, 2012

the kills

The other day I posted a link to the forthcoming Fleetwood Mac cover album - Just Tell Me That You Want Me, due to be released August 14, 2012.  I mentioned my anticipation of The Kills covering 'Dreams', and today I was pleased to see that it had in fact been released.

Have a listen, what do you think?

Fleetwood Mac 'Dreams' by The Kills

I am a huge fan of both this track and The Kills period.  I saw them last year in Detroit (after having missed their previous show due to stupidity) and was absolutely blown away.  My husband, who is a hard sell, came  along and was very pleasantly surprised by what he heard ("I told you so" repeated over and over again in my head!).

Watch The Kills Live in Detroit
(The sound quality is shit, but nevertheless, still amazing performers)

Also on the horizon is the book Dream & Drive, a book of photographs by Kenneth Cappello featuring Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of The Kills.

All of this being said, don`t even get me started on their style...let me just say this, if I could be anyone in music, I would be Alison Mosshart!

July 10, 2012

fleetwood mac

Mark your calendars for August 14, 2012.   

Listen to a couple of pre-released tracks, AMAZING!  Looking forward to The Kills rendition of `Dreams`.

Gold Dust Woman/Karen Elson

Silver Springs/Lykki Li

July 08, 2012

subtle changes

Subtle changes can easily transform a look. Start with some solid basics. Here, I chose a black racer back tank and a weathered pair of jeans.  Depending on your mood or occasion, mix in some trainers or heels, choose eyeglasses or sunglasses and maybe a jacket or in this case a blazer and voila!, a look perfect for day or night!

Black tank (Club Monaco). Jeans (F21). Look #1: Jas-M.B. Clutch (thrifted, Le Frock Vintage, Seattle, WA. $35). Trainers      last seen here (Steven). Eyeglasses (Gucci). Watch (Adidas).  Look#2: Blazer (F21). Heels (Nine West). Gucci clutch (vintage, Lost & Found Vintage, Royal Oak, MI. $65). Sunglasses (Michael Kors). Ring (vintage, Flashback Vintage, Kensington Market, Toronto, On $10).

Look #1

Look #2

Photos A Mingay

July 07, 2012

how do you wear vintage? rosalie

WHO: Rosalie Edwards

WHAT: Student, artist

WHERE: Windsor, ON

HOW would you describe your look? My style alternates between 1950's pinup girl and 1990's skater.  I have just as many flouncy pastel dresses as I've got plaid, flannel shirts and I love hair bows just as much as I love beanies.

Artwork: Rosalie Edwards

Photos S Mingay

July 02, 2012

oops, i did it again

Anne's Vogue Shoppe peplum blouse (vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI. $10). Cropped denim last seen here (thrifted $10). Leopard wedges last seen here (Steve Madden). Purse (Nine West). Leopard belt (Danier). Watch (Michael Kors). Sunglasses (Michael Kors).

Photos A Mingay