Saturday, August 30, 2014

Zai


"Trendsetting is very important to me, so that was part of my mindset when I got dressed up today. I was always afraid to take my style outside of the box. So when I put my clothing together I felt pink was a nice risky colour. Then I saw the bow-tie, which I had for a year, but never worn because I wasn't comfortable with it. I bought it because I thought I needed to own it. I still have fears when dressing and tackling my comfort zone, but I'm always up for the challenge. I didn't grow up with much money. I grew up in foster care, which was an amazing experience and benefitted my character because I was able to experience so many different cultures in every regard: music, food and fashion. My upbringing has helped mesh it all together."

TorontoVerve recently featured Zai's dapper street style at the Brickworks.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Steven


Steven: "This is my casual Friday dinner jacket look -- nothing too over the top."

TorontoVerve: "The last time I shot your street style, you said that your look was inspired by James Bond. Is the Bond thing happening today or is it someone else?"

Steven: "I would say it's George Clooney. He's very suave. He doesn't need to show off. He's ok with being on his own. He's the ultimate bachelor. I know he's getting married now, but he's still the ultimate bachelor and I like to look to him for fashion."

TorontoVerve: "Like Clooney, do you want to live the ultimate bachelor lifestyle?"

Steven: "When I heard he was getting married, he kinda let me down (laughs). But it shows that you can get married even later in life. Love conquers all."

Check out Steven's Instagram to see his life in pictures.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sebastian


Sebastian: "My inspiration today is a 60's throwback. The chunky low secretary heels, the black tights and baggy top. It's the shapeless geometric boyish look."

TorontoVerve: "If a celebrity could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?'

Sebastian: "Socialite Edie Sedgwick. I love her style. If she were alive, I'd feel like I can relate to her on an artistic perspective. Our styles are similar and I feel that we have the same body-type. She would definitely suit my character."


We previously featured Sebastian's chic street style earlier this summer.

Follow Sebastian on Instagram.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Michelle Jobin


Michelle: "Summer is when I am in my element and when I am happiest, so I think my style reflects that. Fun, optimistic and unfussy. That doesn’t mean there is no room for sophistication in the warmer months, but it’s a time to be a little relaxed and even a bit more whimsical. I also find in the past couple of years I have been a little more drawn to prints in the summer, which I used to not love as much. Style should be something that makes you happy -- especially in the summer."

TorontoVerve: "Who inspires your fashion?"

Michelle: "So many people inspire my style. I am lucky to have friends and colleagues that are not only wonderful people, but have a strong sense of individual style. Music, film and of course travel inspire me as well. I feel like street style is such a key element of learning about the destinations I visit. I bring pieces back home with me not only because they’re unique, but to serve as memories of a trip. I picked up this hat in Spain last year, and I can’t wear it without thinking about being on the beach there. Other than that, there are a few websites like WhoWhatWear that can be pretty great for inspiration. Sidewalk Hustle is a really good Toronto-based blog for fashion, music, tech and more."

Michelle Jobin is a Weather Specialist for Global News Toronto and has been featured on TorontoVerve this past winter.

Follow Michelle on Twitter and Instagram.

Hat: Oysho
Top: Topshop
Shorts: Aritzia
Shoes: Heel Boy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gaye


"My style is eccentric and out-going. I like haute couture and do my own take on it. I look through magazines to see what's in as far as colours and lines -- then I just take it from there. If you think of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, you can also think of me because I recreate myself like them every day."

Gaye is an author and writes about empowerment and staying young.

Check out her website here for all the details.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Catherine


"I wear what I love and what makes me feel great. I think a lot of people stray away from colour and patterns, but I feel that clothing is a form of expression -- it's kinda like saying to the world how you feel about yourself."

Catherine is the face of Voluptuous -- a trendy and classic clothing line for full-figured women.

"Voluptuous typically dresses for the urban business woman, but they also have clothing for all occasions: at work, at play or at church. Being a size 16 is tough because most of the mainstream stores don't really host clothes that fit plus-size women and most plus-size stores don't carry outfits that fit me because they're too big. This dress is from Voluptuous. Their plus-size styles are a bit on the smaller scale and fit me quite well."

Catherine's blog is called Hourglass Cath. "It's a blog for the curvier woman," she explains. "I feature my favourite urban city wear from casual to formal."

Founded by Angela Samuels, Voluptuous Clothing is located at 636 Queen Street West.


Follow Catherine on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow Voluptuous on Twitter and Instagram.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alexandra


"I'm feeling a bit smug today -- perhaps it's inspiration due to the Miley Cyrus concert. I'm totally repping her tonight. Her confidence and arrogance are quite fun."

Alexandra's street style previously appeared on TorontoVerve earlier this summer and last winter.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Asia


Asia: "My style is geometrical and fancy. On the bloggersphere, there's this girl named Oroma Elewa. She's from Nigeria and is the coolest. She puts out this magazine called Pop’Africana. She's like my style icon right now. She's so honest about her style and so cool without even trying. And so original without even forcing it."

TorontoVerve: "What's your biggest regret in life?"

Asia: "Not learning French in school. If I knew French, I'd probably find a better paying job. Jewelry is my number one and my day job is number two. I have a lot of goals in life and learning French is one of them."

Asia Clarke is a jewelry designer and you can check out her cool designs on her website Wild Moon Jewelry.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

James & Yen



James: "My style is whatever's around. I do a lot of thrifting lately. Whatever catches my eye."

TorontoVerve: "What is your favourite memory in life?"

James: "Favourite memory? Would have to be the time when I was in Laos. I was drinking beers with a buddy of mine while watching rock faces."

TorontoVerve: "And what did you get from that experience?"

James: "Well, I talk a lot and it was the one time in my life when I couldn't say anything for 45 minutes because it was so perfect."


Yen: "I really like Alexander McQueen, men's tailoring and leather. I like simple silhouettes with good architecture."

TorontoVerve: "What is your favourite memory in life?"

Yen: "I recently got selected to model for Fashion Week. For a very short girl, I was happy."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alyssa Capriotti


Alyssa: "I really like floral prints in the summer so I'm wearing this cute little skater skirt and this cropped top, showing a little bit of skin but not too much. I get a lot of inspiration from People Style Watch Magazine. Their fashion is super casual -- there are things in there that you can wear everyday. And you don't have to buy new pieces. They show you how to incorporate something that you already have in your wardrobe."

TorontoVerve: "If there was a celebrity who could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?"

Alyssa: "The only person who I can think of at the moment is Freida Pinto just because a lot of people say that I look like her and I think she's really pretty and a great actress. She's also super classy, but can play all the risqué roles as well."

Capriotti is an actress and has recently starred in the Canadian camp-thriller Solo. TorontoVerve previously featured her street style last winter.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Natasha

It was a year ago today when we first featured Natasha's street style in Yorkville so it was only fitting that we meet again for Round 2.


Natasha: "My style is influenced a lot by Coco Chanel -- her style was simple and sophisticated. At night, you'll often find me wearing a little black dress, inspired by her 1920's designs, and by day, I prefer wearing short colourful dresses that show off my toned legs."


Natasha is a fitness enthusiast and will soon begin a rigorous training session to further strengthen her body. "I love working-out," she says. "It's always important to set goals for yourself and working-out gives me that sense of accomplishment.  I feel stronger, which makes me feel more confident and sexy."



Natasha believes in living life to fullest and patterns her lifestyle according to the film Eat, Pray, Love, based on Elizabeth Gilbert's novel about a woman who travels across Italy, India and Indonesia to find herself. "The film made me do a lot of self-reflection," Natasha explains. "We shouldn't always live by the rules. Sometimes we have to follow our passion. That's why I'm committed to fitness. It's been a passion of mine since I was a little girl."


Follow Natasha's Instagram and Facebook to see her fitness journey.

Dress: Ted Baker (London)
Purse: Celine
Shoes: Gucci


* Special thanks to Bernd Tragert and Rob Tadeson of the historic P312 Fire Station for accommodating our Verve shoot.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Zai


Zai: "My style is an infusion of my thoughts. I like to switch it up. I like to buy little bits of everything and put them together. Like right now I'm wearing Ted Baker, RW and Co., American Eagle and Kenneth Cole. My glasses are from Rapp Optical."

Zai is the Creative Director for the Toronto-based video production company Behind the Seen. "We film and photograph [events] and package the footage together so you can use it for promotional material to show potential clients."

Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kara Granger


"My style depends on the season. On Sundays, I always try to wear something pretty and bright because I like to go to a lot of festivals. I like wearing long gowns and getting dressed up as much as I possibly can. Designer Michael Costello inspires me. I love his gowns and I design my own as well."

Check out Kara Granger's website for updates on charities, business, travel and style.

Follow Kara on Instagram.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bisera


The last time Bisera appeared on the blog, she described her style as the "Gypsy look." Today, at the Brickworks, she candidly talks to us about her pride for her Turkish roots.

Bisera: "My style isn't only Gypsy. I am inspired by the Gypsy culture of course, but I mostly like to play around with colours."

TorontoVerve: "What are you most proud of about your Turkish roots?"

Bisera: "Everything. The food, the relationships and family."

TorontoVerve: "Why is it important for you to maintain your Turkish culture?"

Bisera: "Because I'm Turkish and wherever I go, I'll be Turkish. It's frustrating when I meet people and they have no knowledge of the Turkish culture or people. One guy I met didn't even know where Turkey was or what language we speak -- Turkish obviously. I believe that we, as Turkish people, are responsible for that -- so wherever I go, I try to educate people about our food, music -- everything."

TorontoVerve: "What is the best way to be introduced to Turkish culture?"

Bisera: "Eat our food (laughs)."

TorontoVerve: "Where can we go for the best Turkish cuisine?"

Bisera: "There's an excellent restaurant near Kipling Station called Anatolia. They import the best produce from Turkey and their food is always fresh."

Follow Bisera on Instagram.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Annika


Annika: "My style is urban, colourful, floral and reflects my feminine personality."

TorontoVerve: "If there was a celebrity who could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?"

Annika: "It would either be Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek because they are feminine, happy and have a good vibe."


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jennifer


Jennifer: "My style is bohemian-vintage. Today's outfit is inspired by the flower child look: a long dress I converted into a shirt, high-waisted jean shorts and wedges."

TorontoVerve: If there was a celebrity who could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?"

Jennifer: "Kate Hudson would play me well because she is known for her bubbly, optimistic and happy personality. She always looks as though she was kissed by the sunshine with her golden locks and bronzed skin. I consider myself a 'summer girl' after living in Australia for 2 years and I adopted a lot of their fashion sense. I think summer is my favourite season when it comes to my beachy-boho fashion choices."

TorontoVerve: "I love your vintage bike. Where did you find it?"

Jennifer: "It's from the 1940’s. I found it at the St. Lawrence Antique Market a few years ago for 40 dollars. I added the white-wash tires and basket. I love it."

Follow Jennifer on Twitter, and Instagram.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Steven


Steven: "My style is the 1950's mixed with modern business-casual. I'm British so the old James Bond movies inspire me."

TorontoVerve: "And who's your favourite Bond?"

Steven: "Now it's Daniel Craig, but for the vintage style, you can't beat Sean Connery and Roger Moore."

TorontoVerve: "Unfortunately, Roger Moore had the misfortune of wearing 70's fashion, which doesn't hold up much today (laughs)."

Steven: "(laughs) Yeah, but he still rocked it pretty well. He was suave, casual and cool."

TorontoVerve: "Yes, he was. If there was a celebrity who could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be and why?"

Steven: "Probably Tom Cruise. He's weird, but at the same time normal. I can't explain it, but I like the way he responds to different emotions. It's the same way that I react when I get excited or upset."

TorontoVerve: "What's your quintessential Tom Cruise movie?"

Steven: "Vanilla Sky. It's trippy, weird and romantic. I love it."

Check out Steven's Instagram to see his life in pictures.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Amanda


Amanda: "My style is a mixture of vintage and modern. I like to go vintage with my boots and bag, and modern with my skirt. Right now, I'm inspired by Danielle Bernstein's blog, We Wore What. She features a lot of haute couture and some everyday styles similar to what I wear. I can really relate to her."

TorontoVerve: "If there was a celebrity who could play you in a movie of your life, who would it be and why?"

Amanda: "That's so hard (laugh). Mindy Kaling because she's really funny and I'd like to think that I'm funny."

TorontoVerve: "Would you say that your life is a comedy?"

Amanda: "Sadly, yes (laughs)."

We also featured Amanda's winter street style last year.

Amanda is the Community and Editorial Manager of Style Democracy -- a fashion and lifestyle blog. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Blogger Spotlight: What Would Kanye Wear's Christina Mirabelli

For nearly 2 years, media planner Christina Mirabelli has been showcasing her cool urban street style on her personal blog What Would Kanye Wear and we recently caught up with her to talk about it and all things fashion.


TorontoVerve: Tell us about your blog.

Christina Mirabelli: What Would Kanye Wear is my street style -- my day to day fashion. It's an expression of who I am. It's the way that I show the world my creativity.

TV: How did you come up with the name?

CM: My friend Johari came up with the name from mocking my hot fashions at work. For instance, I have this fake fur winter scarf and she would jokingly pose with it and say, "oh, girl -- what would Kanye wear?" and it kinda became a thing. She finally convinced me to start the blog and I knew that had to be the name.


TV: What does Kanye West represent for you?

CM: He's a creative genius. He's bold, inspirational and he doesn't give a f@%k about what anybody thinks and I like that about him.

TV: What is it about his style that inspires you?

CM: It's not so much Kanye's style that I'm attracted to as it is his attitude. He could be wearing jeans and a t-shirt or wear a leather kilt with a diamond-encrusted mask on stage, and in both scenarios, he still exudes the same confidence and charm.

TV: How would you describe your style?

CM: My style is definitely a reflection of my feelings on a given day. One day I can totally be dressed down -- boyish and casual, and the next day I can be wearing my skin-tight leathers with the highest heels. To me, clothes are costumes. When I go to an event, I'll wear something perfectly suited for it. I just get these visions in my head about what I want to wear and I just put it together.


TV: What has the response been for your blog?

CM: People love it. After just 6 months of running the blog, I was featured in Toronto Life, which was awesome. The blog was just something fun to do and it felt like a real accomplishment to be recognized.

TV: What is your most prized possession in your wardrobe?

CM: Definitely my shoes. I love my shoes. I have a pair of army green McQueen little booties with these rocking gold skull zippers, and I also bought a pair of Miu Miu boots in New York, which I've wormed down and resoled so many times. I absolutely love them.


TV: What are some of the hottest trends this summer?

CM: This summer is all about the cropped top. I find that a lot of festival styles are showing up in street style and since the cropped top is big on the runway, it's made a huge comeback in street style.

TV: What do you see trending this Fall?

CM: I see a lot of colour blocking for Fall and I don't think plaid has gone away yet.

TV: What can we expect next from your blog?

CM: When I first started the blog, I posted photos that I took during my lunch hour using my iPhone. Since then, my shoots have been more thought-out and we're using an actual camera to produce higher quality pictures. Also, I'm now shooting my various outfits on weekends so you can expect to see some of my fun and flirty styles.


Check out Christina's blog What Would Kanye Wear.

Follow WWKW on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Peter


"I'm Australian so my style is Australian casual beach. My boyfriend inspires me. He's from the Australian mountains so his style is minimal and  colourful."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Keesha


"I'm inspired by model Joan Smalls. She's put Latina and Black models on the map. I like the way she's represented. It seems like she prides herself on her image and she doesn't put any negativity out there. She just does what her art is and that's modelling and thats what you want her for -- not for any other stuff like her relationships or personal life. I really admire that."


Check out Keesha's modelling photos on her Instagram @KeeshaChung.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Robyn


Robyn: "My style is a mix of all the different phases in my life -- a culmination of my personal history. Today's outfit represents 'adult life meets old artistic life (laughs).'"

TorontoVerve: "What's your favourite memory in life?"

Robyn: "It's probably World Pride 2013 when all of my friends travelled from far away to be together. It was the perfect temperature and setting -- a truly happy moment."