Monthly Archives: July 2011

School Bakery & Cafe

I had an awesome and delicious dinner at School Bakery & Cafe the other day thanks to the girls from HUG (The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide).  They threw their 1 year blog birthday party there and gave dinner for 2 gift cards to those who attended.  Pretty great gift!

I like Liberty Village but I don’t live there, so it’s easy to forget that they have great spots worth going to.  School Bakery & Cafe is definitely one of those spots.  It’s cute, the menu is delicious, and they have a patio that gives off a laid back vibe.

My date and I tried the calamari, jerk shrimp and pineapple, fish tacos, the bahme hang bowl, and the flat n’ chewy ice cream sandwich for desert.  WOW.  That was an amazing dessert.  We decided to walk all the way home to burn some of it off.

They have an amazing brunch menu too.  Check it out in Liberty Village at 70 Fraser St.  You won’t be disappointed.  JD


Outfit details:
Straw hat – Joe Fresh ($10)
Coral t-shirt – H&M ($10)
Striped skirt – Forever 21 ($18)
Nail polish – Mermaid Tears by O.P.I

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Mad About Shoes

Sometimes the best part of an outfit are the shoes.  I found this pair at Winners on Bloor and I’m glad I bought them.  I wasn’t sure if I’d wear them enough but I’ve been wearing them quite a bit this summer.  The platform toe makes the 4 inch rise bearable…even though I’m convinced I’ll be in orthopedics in 5 years time.

These pants are by Wilfred from Aritzia and I love wearing them because they’re soft and comfortable.  This top was purchased at a thrift store in Belgium for 4 Euro.  I’m actually wearing it backwards because I didn’t feel like sporting a high neck.  See what it looks like non-backwards here.  Belt is also vintage from my mom’s closet.  JD

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Sun Lace and Paper Flowers

Someone told me I looked like Little House on the Prairie in this outfit, but CM stuck up for me and said “no, it’s a 70s inspired look.”  Thanks CM, I think so too.

I love the look of a long 70s inspired maxi dress.  I found this floral one at Forever 21 and was impressed with its quality.  I paired it with my lace vest from H&M ($39), a vintage gold belt ($10), and platform shoes by Top Shop from LAB consignment ($99).

Nail polish is Mint Candy Apply by Essie. JD

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White Hot

Toronto is setting record temperatures right now.  We would be the country’s equivalent to Phoenix – hot and the sun is relentless.  This is not a complaint, just a statement.  The weather is amazing.  I kept it cool this day with a white, cotton Zara dress belted with a leopard print skinny belt from H&M.  The Cole Haan shoes I’m wearing have turned out to be my purchase of the summer.  I wear them with pretty much everything and they boost my 5’3 measurements to at least 5’7.  CM

Dress – Zara

Belt – H&M

Necklace – Forever 21

Bag – Aldo

Shoes – Cole Haan

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

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Nude and Glowing

The sun provided a nice glowing backdrop for my nude number yesterday. The last time I wore this H&M skirt I was freezing here. I cringe at the thought of wearing black tights. WORST. What a difference the heat makes.

My necklace is a new/old find from a pop-up vintage sale I came across on the weekend. They were set-up outside of Bates and Dodds Funeral Home at Queen and Strachan. I thought it was odd, but checked it out anyway. The people were nice and the necklace was $5 so I bought it and didn’t let the funeral location bother me…but you could guess what went through my head, no?

Top + Shoes
Face top is by Chole from a UK sample sale.
Platform heels are by Top Shop from LAB Consignment. JD

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The Works at The Ten Spot

The amazing staff at The Ten Spot graciously invited us to their Queen street beauty bar to try out their new service “The Works.”

The Works is a manicure + pedicure + facial done all at the same time – in one hour!  Perfect for the busy woman living in the city, who doesn’t have time to sit around waiting for her nails to dry.

The experience was simply amazing.  After a long and tiring day at work, we decompressed in white robes, chose fun polish colours while gossiping and sipping on delicious tea.  A team of four extremely efficient estheticians took us to a peaceful little room and sure enough got all 3 services done in 1 hour. They worked quickly but still maintained a relaxing atmosphere. In fact it was so relaxing CM kept falling asleep! I was enjoying the amazing soundtrack one of the girls created for the service. Music really sets the tone. We were very happy with the end result – our faces felt soft and glowing and our manicure/pedicures were perfect.

Next time you’re feeling the need for a mini makeover but can’t find the time, consider The Works. Go with a girlfriend and treat yourself – you deserve it!

The Ten Spot has two locations – one on Queen West and one on Queen East. Click here for more info.

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Yellow Fever

Since taking my hair up a couple notches of blonde (gasp! this isn’t my natural hair colour) my go to colour this summer has been yellow.  I want yellow everything – dresses, shoes, bags, headbands – the whole kit and caboodle.  This shift dress was found recently at Jacob for $40.  Styled with a black belt, beaded necklace and headband for a Mod look.  However, the best accessory is the black Vespa.  Just wish it was mine… CM

Dress – Jacob $40

Belt – Vintage

Shoes – Aldo $49

Sunglasses – Tory Burch, Ilori $67

Bag – Cole Haan

Necklace – Forever 21 $6

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