Pop up Shop

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checked out a great pop up event and a new club last light, with mixed reviews.

Started the night at a jewellery and fashion event pairing the talents of YYZ Imports (great affordable baubles and personal pals of mine) and Joao Paulo Guedes (a talented Brazilian menswear designer).

Jp’s work is somewhat unisex, popular with cool girls who pair leather emblazoned sweatshirts with their jeans and high tops or a cashmere play suit with leather epaulets with some stilettos.



The designer’s partner was celebrating his birthday so we all had cake.

  
#yyzimports #accessorizeforadventure premiered some new 3d printed skulls from their trip to the UK.

  
 We busted out some past season faves.

Next we headed to Apt 200, a cool concept, but somewhat flat experience in actuality. The place is decorated like a hipster apartment/ loft space but it had all the posturing  and pretense you’d expect, unfortunately.

We went with some friends: a publicist who got us line bypass on the fly, and no cover ( natch), her model girlfriend and their friend, plus Al and I. And WE WEREN’T the pretentious ones.  
People seemed more into posing on the couches and checking the slant of their toque or Degrassi hats to bother with dancing or having a good time. Sara summed I up: “there is a lot of ego going on tonight.” 

So, obviously we played four-player Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and were home by one.

Endless Summer: an Urban Adventure – YYZ Imports’ Summer Shoot

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Welcome back, summer in Toronto. We had another awesome day in the sunshine, romping around on Queen Street West. The Queen Street streetcar was named one of the world’s BEST trolly rides, which completely makes sense as the tracks take you from east to west (or vice versa) from beach, through Cabbage Town, the busy Yonge Street and financial district, past City Hall, the Opera and Ballet, Much Music and the former Speaker’s Corner, along Queen Street’s shopping district, and on to the hip West-end. It’s a ride full of colour and intersecting cultures. For three bucks that’s pretty good value.

YYZ Imports - Endless Summer Collection. Photography by Carmen Farrell

YYZ Imports – Endless Summer Collection. Photography by Carmen Farrell

For YYZ Imports’ “Endless Summer” collection we hit the streets and found some excellent places to showcase the wares from Jess and Bern, who have brought some very cool pieces home from abroad.

My wife and I, celebrating year one together, in our standard side-by-side pose. Photography by Carmen Farrell - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Farrell-Photography/111550845554690

My wife and I, celebrating year one together, in our standard side-by-side pose. Photography by Carmen Farrell – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Farrell-Photography/111550845554690

People stopped us on the street to see what was going on, and many of the passers-by wanted to know where they could buy the pieces on display.

Photography by Carmen Farrell.

Photography by Carmen Farrell.

I loved this pop of colour so much that I took the whole outfit with me the following week on vacation!

Styling this shoot was the perfect inspiration for my own travels. I even borrowed a few pieces from Jess, one of YYZ’s owners, for my trip to Greece. It was my own personal vacation-look-book, complete with live models.

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Great arm candy, on a very foxy lady.

All these awesome pieces were shot in one afternoon by Carmen Farrell, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Farrell-Photography/111550845554690 and are available right now on YYZ Imports’ page. The colours are undeniably vibrant and the pieces add such a punch to brights, or a nice canvas of white. Lastly, another thing I love is that these pieces support two local entrepreneurs who are making travel and style, their passions, a reality.

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One of my favourite funny aspects of the day was the makeshift hula hoop changeroom that the girls put together, facilitating some stealthy public outfit swaps. We shot in a park along the busy streetcar route and watching the models pop out of the hoop in new clothes drew a bit of a crowd.  To celebrate, we ended our afternoon at The Beaver – eating chicken tikka nachos. Delish. Cheers to summer and to all the adventures you can handle!

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Endless Summer Collection from YYZ Imports. Photography by Carmen Farrell – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Farrell-Photography/111550845554690

Check out the entire “Endless Summer” collection (available in limited quantities) at http://www.yyzimports.ca/collections/endlesssummer

Mama Mia Me

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“Mama Mia,

Here I go again. My my… ” Meryl Streep did look pretty awesome in the film, like a boho goddess. Damian Cooper: he’s enough to make me want an island romance (no offence, my love). And the island’s laid back, picturesque backdrop has been calling me since before the movie, and even before the live musical version hit Toronto, starring Camilla Scott, the former Canadian daytime talk show host (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0778926/). Seriously, look it up.

So I’m going. Finally.

Wrong island. Right vibe. But, there should definitely be singing.

We are heading to Greece to celebrate a wedding and I couldn’t be more excited. I cannot wait to see the island of Santorini in person and my wife and I have treated ourselves to a gorgeous hotel for our stay.

El Greco, Santorini.

El Greco, Santorini.

El Greco's Pool, Santorini.

El Greco’s Pool, Santorini.

Apparently I will look like this when I lounge by their pool.

Apparently I will look like this when I lounge by their pool.

A piece of paradise. I can't wait to get lost here.

A piece of paradise. I can’t wait to get lost here.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Two days of wedding will get us geared up for a few more days of romance and heat.

Streetscape, Santorini.

Streetscape, Santorini.

What could be sweeter than the white buildings and turquoise of Greece, wine and olives and a killer wardrobe to make the whole thing feel like an editorial for some exotic travel magazine? We got a head start on our Santorini dreaming with our friends at YYZImports.com, while styling and being photographed for their Summer release of their collection. The colours were vivid and incredible. I could happily wear every outfit that we shot yesterday. Stay tuned for an inside peek of their gems and the behind the scenes shots from our day in the sun.

From Toronto to Greece,

Kisses and enjoy the sun!

Lisa Ray, Fusia and… Me?

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My wife recently attended the launch party of the newest issue of Fusia magazine, which stands for Female – Fusion – Asia. (www.fusia.caThis Canadian magazine, pioneered by the innovative and talented Meera, is a fresh perspective on South Asian Women’s culture and fashion and it is produced right here in Toronto.

One of Fusia's beautiful, glossy covers.

One of Fusia’s beautiful, glossy covers.

At the launch party of the most recent issue, the spectacular, gutsy actor Lisa Ray was in attendance and the crowd came together to celebrate both the magazine and Lisa Ray’s inspiring contributions to it. Amidst incredible performances by singers and messages from the magazine’s creative team, Lisa spoke about her battle with cancer and overcoming it – a story full of hope. She has long been a visible face of South Asian women’s style, and her choice to pursue inclusive, challenging roles, like the leads in I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen, makes her a role-model for those of us who have been yearning for more diverse representation of culture and sexuality in our media. Check out her interview on SheWired (http://www.shewired.com/box-office/lisa-ray-playing-it-gay-twice).

The magazine is exceedingly well put together and betrays none of its humble roots as a labour of love, produced as a passion project by a full-time working mom.

The magazine is exceedingly well put together and betrays none of its humble roots as a labour of love, produced as a passion project by a full-time working mom.

With all this said, imagine my surprise as I perused the issue, brought home by my wife, Allia, and found that our friends’ jewelery line was featured, and by extension, so was my face (bottom right).

YYZ Imports and yours truly. http://www.yyzimports.ca/

YYZ Imports and yours truly. http://www.yyzimports.ca/

By her own report, Allia says the night was dazzling, sleek and intimate, filling The Berkeley with beautifully dressed, impeccably-styled women – exactly the kind of crowd to inspire and be inspired by Fusia Magazine. 

Lisa Ray, on stage at The Berkeley

Lisa Ray, on stage at The Berkeley

Opulent interior and pre-crowd venue.

Opulent interior and pre-crowd venue.

Jess and Bern of YYZimports celebrate!

Jess and Bern of YYZimports celebrate!

Outdoor Style Shoot with YYZ Imports

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Those of you who have traveled to Toronto, Ontario know the familiar YYZ designation: welcome to Pearson International Airport! This makes it an apropos name for the newly-minted jewelery entrepreneurs, Jessica and Ernestina of YYZ Imports http://www.yyzimports.ca/ .

The duo are partners in life and in business, importing great, colourful pieces from their world travels. Keeping it real is all part of the game for these two, whose jewelery is offered at a price points for real women, who want eye-catching accessories at a price that won’t break the bank. Every time I wear one of their pieces, I get a compliment. And their motto, “accessorize for everyday adventures,” is perfectly in keeping with the vibe of their pieces.

Each piece in the 'Rumours' collection is named after a song. Bad Girls is named for M.I.A.'s track, and as you'd expect, this piece toughens up a simple outfit.

Each piece in the ‘Rumours’ collection is named after a song. Bad Girls is named for M.I.A.’s track, and as you’d expect, this piece toughens up a simple outfit.

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It only makes sense that they used everyday women to showcase their line. Shot in recognizable Toronto locales, like Trinity Bellwoods Park (summer hangout of hipsters and families alike), and the many graffiti-filled alleys of our great city.

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“Boogie Nights” has a retro appeal. It’s lovely because it isn’t too heavy, but has the appearance of weight.

"Paradise City" hangs well and gives BIG bang for your buck. Check it out on their online store. Each piece is offered in small quantities, so you won't be wearing the same necklace as anyone you know.

“Paradise City” hangs well and gives BIG bang for your buck. Check it out on their online store. Each piece is offered in small quantities, so you won’t be wearing the same necklace as anyone you know.

A sold-out piece. Limited quantities mean you'll stay original.

A sold-out piece. Limited quantities mean you’ll stay original.

Behind the scenes with our team.

Behind the scenes with our team.
Fall is the perfect time for boots. So is Spring. We had fun drinking hot chocolate and tromping around in the brisk weather.

Fall is the perfect time for boots. So is Spring. We had fun drinking hot chocolate and tromping around in the brisk weather.

"Voodoo Woman": it might be magic, I can think of so many places to wear this.

“Voodoo Woman”: it might be magic, I can think of so many places to wear this.

My wife and I were lucky enough to both be free the day of the shoot. Kiss kiss.

My wife and I were lucky enough to both be free the day of the shoot. Kiss kiss.

Some shots from the day and images from the site. For my birthday, I unwrapped the gold and turquoise piece in the middle. Lucky me! It is now, sadly, sold out. Get 'em while you can!

Some shots from the day and images from the site. For my birthday, I unwrapped the gold and turquoise piece in the middle. Lucky me! It is now, sadly, sold out. Get ’em while you can! 

All photos are courtesy of their website (shot by Carmen Farrell and Dawn Laing, more info available on the YYZImports Blog at http://www.yyzimports.ca/blogs/news/13273417-launch )