FASHION FALL 2012 – FC Ambassador Guest Blog – Adaline

Here’s another FC Ambassador Guest Blog by the gorgeous and talented ADALINE. Check out her site and listen to her music at www.adalinemusic.com

I have been known to wear a sparkly dress or two.  In fact, I get teased about it often…strangely enough, mostly by my male friends.  ”So, see you Saturday night?  Are you going to be wearing one of those ridiculous sparkly things?”  My theory is that they are secretly jealous since the truth is the “craziest” thing they have ever worn is a pink tie.  I actually have photographic proof of the male envy of my wardrobe here…

…I should note that at least 3 of my male friends also wore this dress on the same evening. I think I’ve made my point.

So, when Fresh Collective asked me to be an FC Ambassador, I was very excited to indulge in my un-sequinned side.  Fresh Collective is a boutique company that showcases clothing and jewelry by local Toronto designers.  Often the fabrics are organic or even reclaimed making them one of a kind.  I was lucky enough to go to the store a few weeks ago and meet a lot of the designers.  It was such an amazing experience to try on a piece of clothing with the designer standing beside you.  Fresh Collective asked me to come in today and try on some of their fall pieces and give you a little preview of some of my favourite looks.  Below are some of my picks and the names of the designers

First, I love this cozy vest from Paper People Clothing. The vest is made of reclaimed fabrics!

This mustard dress which is one of my favourite fall colour choices is by Bionic (Mark Foreman).  I often find I gravitate towards his designs.  He makes sassy, casual dresses that seem to cling in all the right places, if you know what I mean…Thanks Mark!

Wrap dress is also a Bionic design.

The designer who I would say stole the show for me today was Brenda Beddome.  I hadn’t tried on any of her clothing until today but I fell for this scoop neck “tunic”, that of course is a dress on me (5’3, sheesh). I’m hoping I’ll get to wear it at some point during the West Coast Music Awards in Regina in a couple of weeks. Please also note my hand on waist model pose. I practiced that especially for you.

Here is another Brenda Beddome dress and a necklace by Tank!

Finally, accesories.  Fresh Collective has some very cute pieces of jewelry – I could have done an entire post on accessories.  Here are a few select pieces.

Matchy-matchy isn’t always cool but here I think it works. I adore Curious Oddities (Kat Shura) designs. Simple, tasteful pieces that have vintage flare.

 

This awesome cuff and necklace are by Odd Bird (Tara Campbell).

And finally…I promised I wouldn’t spend money but got a major crush on these Hush Puppies that have a bit of a Fluevog-esque look.  I didn’t even flirt with them.  I just took them home.

Thanks for joining me on my fall fashion extravaganza!  And thanks to Fresh Collective for once again letting me come in and destroy your dressing room.  If you like any of these pieces and want to support these Toronto designers, swing by Fresh Collective – they have three locations – 692 Queen Street West, 274 Augusta, and 401 Roncesvalles

…and how cute that they put pictures of the designers on their walls?  Cute!

xo – Adaline

Percussionist Michelle Hwu falls for Fresh Collective!

One of our darling FC Ambassadors, Liz Parker recently took percussionist Michelle Hwu on a Shop & Walk tour and made a stop at Fresh Collective! Michelle had a great time trying on some of our great new fall finds (and somehow managed to look stunning in everything)!

Here are some great FC items on the lovely Michelle:

Michelle Hwu in Brenda Beddome

Dress by Brenda Beddome

 

Michelle Hwu in Fresh Baked Goods

Cardigan by Fresh Baked Goods

 

Michelle Hwu in Annie 50

Dress by Annie 50

 

Michelle Hwu in Michelle Carey

Dress by Michelle Carey

Michelle Hwu in Michelle Carey
Fabulous photos courtesy of Jeff Higgins Photography

Michelle, we hope you love the new additions to your wardrobe and we’re proud to have you rockin’ FC in the music world!
Contact an FC location near you to check availability on these gorgeous items!

INTRODUCING… MELANIE CRUICKSHANK – 2012 FC AMBASSADOR

www.dalishcosmetics.com :: @DaLishCosmetics :: DaLish Cosmetics on Facebook

I’m Melanie Cruickshank, and since I can remember, I have been a die-hard beauty addict.

My love affair with makeup began when I was four years old. I used to play with my Mother’s makeup and I realized then the power that makeup has; the ritual of opening the packages, the freedom to create any face you want, and the fun of playing with your features to bring your best face to life. I spent the rest of my life from that point learning everything I can about makeup. I had stacks of Fashion magazines in my bedroom. I had bins of makeup products. I tried it all. I wanted to perfect what every woman wants; that hyper-natural flawless look. After years of trying everything in the market, I noticed that although I had my weekday look down to a science, it still took up to 20 minutes to create (and there were more than a few mornings where that wasn’t an option. I needed a way to recreate the “flawless natural” look I had worked so diligently on in 5 minutes or less.

Nature gave me 5 tools on each hand. I wanted to use just my fingers or sometimes a Q-tip to create my look. Not willing to believe that my trusted friend cosmetics had turned their back on me, I began to research how makeup is made. I threw myself into researching every ingredient in my favourite products. I made lists. I researched things I couldn’t pronounce. I decided if the ideal products wouldn’t come to me, would make them. My kitchen soon became a mad scientists lab of foundations and eye shadows. Instead of leftovers, I had trays of lip balm stored in my fridge. After a hard day’s work, I had liquid eyeliner under my fingernails. I tested the makeup ceaselessly. I got my prep time in the morning down to 5 minutes, and my after work day-to-night transformation down to about the same. What’s more is women started asking me about the funny tubes I was always carrying with me. I expanded my test to my girlfriends and colleagues. They all noticed how universal the colours were. They magically looked beautiful on whoever tried them. DaLish became a reality.

A few months later, the testing was complete: the product “just worked” and was a hit with a small circle of girls I shared it with. I decided to take DaLish to the next level. I hope you enjoy my products. I made them with real women in mind.

Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
Depends on my day – 416 Snack Bar, Grand Electric and Foggy Dew patio are staples for me.

Torontonian You Admire:
so many to choose from… I’m huge fans of Corrine Anestopoulos of Biko (jewellery designer), Jessica Jensen (hand bags designer), Philip Sparks (fashion Designer) They have inspired me along the way and always blown away by how talented they are and business savvy.

Favourite Local Music:
we have so many! Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Metric, Lights – Lots of amazing talent in this city.

Best Coffee in the City:
Balzac’s! I get a fix from my favourite place Clafouti.

Anything else you’d like to share?:
I like to play Ping Pong, eat rainbow sherbet and dance to old school hip hop after a few cocktails!

Beautiful Burgundy For Fall – FC Ambassador Guest Blog

Here’s another FC Ambassador Guest Blog by the lovely Nicole Wilson of DaintyGirl.ca

There’s always at least one trend each season that I fall head over heels for! In Spring/Summer 2012, it was the peplum that emptied my bank account and rocked my wardrobe. I also splurged on some embellished collars which took the accessories world by storm and they’re still going strong!

The Fall/Winter 2012 trend that has me in a fashion frenzy is hands down, the hottest colour of the season – BURGUNDY!

I absolutely adore this this colour and all variations of it: maroon, wine, berry, eggplant… OH AUBERGINE! It’s flattering to every skin tone, but I especially love the way it complements my fair skin and brings out the red in my hair!
This warm autumn colour first stole my heart on the fashion week runways, in light and dark variations and all kinds of textures: silk chiffon, tulle, lace, leather and even fur (faux for us, of course)! Swoon!

There’s no way I can afford couture (yet), but my wallet won’t be safe from this trend for long…burgundy is showing up EVERYWHERE! All of my favourite retailers are stocked up on burgundy for fall/winter, including Fresh Collective!

Fresh Collective Loves Burgundy

I recently purchased the Mandala Designs Serena Zig Zag Dress (far left); I love the burgundy paired with black and grey and the Missoni-like style!
All it takes is one trip to the mall and you’ll find burgundy jeans, dresses, blouses, handbags, shoes and more! Talk about temptation!

I love my burgundy skinny jeans this season and I have my eye on a pair of burgundy ankle booties too!

This stunning colour is compatible with a variety of other colours too – try it with gold, heather grey or cream for a neutral look or go bold and colour block with blue, purple or orange combinations! This trend also pairs well with some other fall trends:
Black & White is hot for fall/winter and burgundy is the ultimate complimentary colour for a classic and elegant look.
Geometric Prints stand out against this rich solid colour and give way to an exciting range of possibilities for edgy accessories too!
Animal Print in classic black and white Dalmatian or black and tan Leopard look great with burgundy, but you’ll also find sexy animal print jeans in burgundy – I recently saw a python print on a pair of burgundy skinnies and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since!
Leather is hot this season but full-on leather may not be for everyone. Never fear – there are some incredible leather accent pieces in-stores and stay on the look-out for coated/waxed denim. It’s comfortable and gives your basic skinny jeans a sexy leather look! I’ve seen them in burgundy and a variety of other jewel tones this season.
Go out and get some bargain burgundy for fall and splurge on a couple versatile and statement making burgundy accessories, like heels, handbags and jewellery.

The burgundy trend extends to beauty too! My must-have fall makeup includes a rich burgundy lip stick and lip gloss. These vampy deep red lips look amazing with clean, pale skin and minimal eye makeup for day or smoky brown/copper eye makeup for night. Picture these two runway looks combined…RAWR!

Some of my recent burgundy beauty buys include NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Rouge Tribal, MAC Crème Lipstick in Media and the Urban Decay Naked Palette to achieve that smoky brown eye.

Don’t delay ladies, get out there and shop the burgundy trend…it’s not going away anytime soon and items purchased for fall will transition beautifully to winter! Start your burgundy shopping spree at Fresh Collective at Queen West, Roncesvalles or Kensington Market!

Happy Shopping!
Nicole

 

FC AMBASSADOR GUEST BLOG : LIZ PARKER


Every year, I practise an annual tradition that I hold dear to my heart. Around the end of August or the start of September – a month I call “Fashion New Year” – I take an afternoon off, go buy the huge, bulky, September issue of Vogue. I while away the fading summer sun, reading it from cover to cover, sipping on a fancy coffee, noting the trends, past, current, and future. This year, I decided to do something different, and invite a friend to join me. She understood the sanctity of this annual ritual and was honoured.

We were to meet up the day after the Fresh Collective Ambassador meet and greet on August 29/12, where I had fun posing for this shot, wearing a Nude Clothes dress and Susana Erazo belt:

On August 30, the plan was I get my roots done, we buy our Vogue magazines, and park ourselves on a patio for the afternoon. That was not to be. On Thursday, August 30, I was struck by a car that ran a red light as I crossed the street. It’s funny how the mind works when you go into shock. Part of me was all there: instructing the driver to pull over; securing a witness to email me what he saw; taking a photo of my injury; being glad I shaved my legs since the paramedics were examing them. The other part of me was explaining to the paramedics how I couldn’t POSSIBLY go to emergency – I was on my way to get my roots done! (I cancelled my hair appointment and went to emergency.)

So I was going to write about how exciting it was to anticipate fall fashion, but now I’m thinking about its therapeutic nature instead. As my friend sat with me at emergency, I kept telling her, “we are still buying our Vogues, you know,” and she said “of course!” Believe it or not, after being released from hospital (nothing broken – but today as I write this, I still feel the affects of being hit), and despite gentle protests from my loyal friend, I marched her (she marched; I limped) to a magazine stand and we got our Vogues, and sat in a Queen West bar looking at them over cocktails as the light faded.

It was days before I bothered with lipstick and accessorizing (when I ignore both you KNOW I ain’t well) but I thought how about how much fun I had at the Ambassador meet and greet, and ho much I love my acquisitions. Below is the same dress and belt as above, but this time with a Fresh Baked Goods jacket with gold clasp, from Fresh Collective. The shoes are Bobbi Blu:

I thought about how much I can’t wait to wear this sharp ensemble to Toronto’s Fashion Night Out, which is happening in a few hours as I write this. Below is a Mandala Design tie-top and Brenda Beddome stretch jeans, from Fresh Collective. The other items include a hat by The Hatter; JJ Winters bag, and shoes by Aldo:

To be excited about clothes again is a good sign of my recovery. My life did not flash before my eyes and I didn’t gain any significant insight re: the universe. The gift I received from this is I check the streets obsessively before I cross.

I am happy to say that Fresh Collective has been a part of my healing process, and the staff has been wonderful asking how I’m doing.

Have a Happy Fashion New Year. Celebrate life!

Liz Parker, LIZPR
www.lizpr.com
@LIZPR

INTRODUCING… LAUREN O’NEIL – 2012 FC AMBASSADOR


www.laurenoutloud.com :: @laurenonizzle :: Lauren on Facebook
Lauren O’Neil is a writer, video blogger, TV personality, news producer, aspiring comedian, web culture scholar and generalized Internet junkie with a penchant for fake words and all things lulzy. Follow her adventures through Twitter @laurenonizzle

Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
Trinity Bellwoods when it’s nice outside, or the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop. The Drake Sky Yard. Fresh. Any patio within walking distance of my place, pretty much. I spend a lot of time at Starbucks, too, and shopping along Queen West 🙂

Torontonian You Admire:
Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan would be the Torontonians I admire most, but since they’re both dead let’s say… Jeanne Beker. She’s one of the most influential women in the fashion industry WORLDWIDE and she got her start right here in Toronto. Plus, she had a farm.

Favourite Local Music:
Austra, BADBADNOTGOOD, the Weeknd, my friends in Nixon, Buck65 (he’s incredible), The Elwins, Azari & III — Do Drake or Deadmau5 count anymore? I really like them both.

Best Coffee in the City:
I like the coffee at McDonald’s. Don’t judge. It’s cheap and awesome and they never give me ‘tude or take 20 minutes to serve me an Americano. You know what I’m saying.

Anything else you’d like to share?:
Yes. My Instagram feed! It’s filled with many wonders (and cat photos. Like this one.)

FC Ambassador Mixtape – Lauren O’Neil
 

Introducing… Adaline – 2012 FC Ambassador

Adaline

www.adalinemusic.com :: @adalinemusic :: Adaline on Facebook

Talk about starting with a bang. Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on “That’s What You Do Best”, the stately electro-torch song that opens her new album, Modern Romantics. But she doesn’t get there without boxing your ears with wiggy sax (from Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill) and unhinged guitar solos (by Hawksley Workman) on the way. It’s what Adaline does best; elegant structures that happen to be wildly hooky. “It’s a pop record,” she says of her sophomore effort, “but certainly not straight down the middle. I have pop sensibilities, but I hope I come across as a little deeper than a pop tart.” Deeper by orders of magnitude, based on the sheer stylistic scope of Modern Romantics, and the quixotic path it takes through sexy, minatory trip hop (“Keep Me High”), smartly built robo-pop (“The Noise”, “Sparks”, “Stereo”), and even the sad-erotic cabaret of “Cost Is Too High (Not To Love)”. Recorded at Toronto’sCanterbury Studios, Adaline and her collaborators and co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo have made the kind of record that’s invested with depth you only ever get from high-end, ultra-talented music nerds.

Since its release on Light Organ/Universal Records on November 1st, 2011 the album has received strong praise from music critics. The Grid TO calls it “hook-y without being soulless, and patchwork in the most flattering sense. Think of this as pop, unpackaged”. The Uniter states, “A strong sophomore release from a crucial new voice” and CBC Radio 3 deems the album “A visionary classic from one of Vancouver’s best up and coming talents. A breathtaking in-depth journey of the imagination”.

Modern Romantics entered the “Earshot” Top 50 on Nov. 29th 2011 charting in the top 10 in many stations across Canada and her song “That’s What You Do Best” had an impressive 12 week stay in the Top 30 on the CBC Radio 3. The music video for the first single “The Noise” was premiered on Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine Online in January 2012. The video broke into the Top 20 on Much More Music and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.

The television and movie world also took note of the album. Shortly after its release, the song “Say Goodbye (I Won’t Even)” was featured on the “Grey’s Anatomy” mid-season finale (Nov. 2011). A couple weeks later, Adaline’s song “Sparks” was again featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” with almost back-to-back episode placements. Other music features include “90210″, “Ringer”, “Royal Pains”, “Rookie Blue”, “Degrassi”, “The Listener”, “Bomb Girls”, “Heartland” and the new Samuel L Jackson movie “The Samaritan”.

Since her debut release Famous For Fire (2008), Adaline has been interviewed on ETalk, MuchMusic, ET Canada and has toured across Canada sharing the stage with esteemed colleagues Blonde Redhead, Wild Nothing, Dan Mangan, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Hannah Georgas, and The Sheepdogs. She has played numerous festivals including CMW, NXNE, Junofest and Breakout West.

Recently, the album also earned a nomination for “Pop Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards which will take place this September 2012 in Regina, SK.

Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
I live right by Grange park and spend many afternoons hanging out on a blanket doing work and writing. I always welcome company!

Torontonian You Admire:
Laurie Brown from CBC’s “The Signal” – I have spent many late nights listening to Laurie’s perfect silky voice on her show “The Signal”. It’s like listening to a bed time story. She always has interesting and unique things to say about the songs she plays – I think she is an incredible radio presence and since radio is something that I’ve been interested in getting into, I’ve always looked up to her. We’ve never met, but I’d like to.

Favourite Local Music:
Gotta love free cover Tuete sdays at The Horseshoe – this evening usually showcases local talent. Also love the Dakota Tavern for fantastic local music.

Best Coffee in the City:
I have no idea! I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I do enjoy David’s Tea from time to time

Anything else you’d like to share?:
I like to go out. I prefer to go out and listen to music so feel free to let me know when and where your band is playing. I’d love to check it out!

FC Ambassador Mixtape – Adaline

Introducing… Ashley Jacot De Boinod – 2012 FC Ambassador

Ashley Jacot De Boinodwww.gloryholedoughnuts.com :: @GHoleDoughnuts :: Glory Hole Doughnuts on Facebook

Ashley Jacot De Boinod is the founder of Parkdale’s brand new hot spot *Glory Hole Doughnuts*. She began producing her innovative doughnuts — including among them the first maple bacon doughnuts to hit the city — over a year ago and developed a rabid fan base long before she revealed plans to open a dedicated storefront.

“2 years ago, while I was working at BUCA, I had the idea that I wanted to open up a shop of my own.” says Jacot De Boinod. “I hadn’t thought of what yet, I just knew that I wanted to do something on my own. So I asked myself ‘what is my favourite sweet treat of all time?’ At the time I smoked so, the obvious answer was a coffee, doughnut, and of course, a cigarette to follow. I had the idea! Now was the hard part…..developing it. It took me a while to figure things out but, I finally got it. ”

This Saturday (Aug 25th) Glory Hole opened its doors to rave reviews.

” It has been a long, hard journey but in the end, it has all been worth it. I now have my own shop and I get to see people enjoying my product! I’ts such an amazing feeling hearing people in the front while I fry away!”

Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
Live Organic Food Bar

Torontonian You Admire:
Chef & Restaurateur Jennifer Italiano (Live Food Bar), and Pastry chef Andrea Mut

Favourite Local Music:
The Matadors

Best Coffee in the City:
Dark Horse/ Lit Espresso Bar

Anything else you’d like to share?:
I love my dogs, my Husband, friends, and family. I hate mayonnaise. I wanted to be a professional boxer….hmmm, what else? My favourite colour is green

FC Ambassador Mixtape – Ashley Jacot De Boinod

Introducing… Shannon Lee Simmons – 2012 FC Ambassador

Shannon Lee Simmonswww.shannonleesimmons.com :: @shanleesimmons :: Shannon on Facebook :: LinkedIn

Shannon Lee Simmons a certified financial planner, media personality and speaker teaching the New School of Finance in a grassroots way. She helps everyday people survive the new economic climate through personal finance, barter, financial workshops and small business advice!

Two years ago, she quit her high rolling Bay Street Job and launched the Barter Babes Project – a year long project where she gave financial advice to 310 women for a bartered good or service instead of cash. She wanted to make financial advice not only accessible, but fun!

Shannon is all about keeping financial advice AFFORDABLE!

Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
Trinity Bellwoods, hands down.

Torontonian You Admire:
There are so many, but I have to say Heather Payne – Founder of Ladies Learning Code. She’s a kick-ass entrepreneur.

Favourite Local Music:
Still love every Broken Social Scene album

Best Coffee in the City:
Luna Cafe – best tea too!

Anything else you’d like to share?:
I love brunch and the best eggs benny in TO is at Emma’s Country Kitchen…. I heart brunch.

FC Ambassador Mixtape – Shannon Lee Simmons