Monday, August 21, 2017


Aysha: I don't like wearing things that touch me. I like loose clothing. My mom is Vivian Shyu, the fashion designer here in Yorkville -- so I wear a lot of her clothing. I'm big on organic textures and fibers like silk and linen. Stuff that are easy to move in and look good.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice that you've received?

Aysha: Dr. Seuss said, "Those who mind don't matter, but those who matter don't mind." You shouldn't care what people think about you and the people who matter in life won't care if you screw up.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


When I'm walking the streets, I often see the people whom I've previously photographed for the blog. It's rare when I don't (just yesterday, I saw three people in Yorkville within a span of five minutes). Toronto is such a small city. On this day, I noticed Josi's elegant vintage dress before I noticed Josi. I first captured her street style just a few weeks ago.

Josi is an artist and studies at OCAD. "I'm really interested in objects and how they contain history. Specifically, how humans interact with objects or human/object relationships. That inserts itself into my artwork -- moving through the material world, wondering what stories objects contain."

Check out Josi's cool creations on her website.

Friday, August 18, 2017


Heather: I just had triplets so this is the first time I've dressed up in a while. I'm wearing a retro dress. I like that whole 1950's bombshell kinda look.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice that you've received?

Heather: My mom told me to treat people the way that you want to be treated. It's important in every day life to be an example of what you want to see in the world because there's so much sadness right now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Lois: I came up with a word the other day that describes my style. It's a cross between bohemian and sophisticated: "sophistobohemicat." It's a little joke to myself. I'm always playing.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice that you've received?

Lois: My friend Elaine said, "See it coming. Give in early." Embrace life. Don't fight it. Figure out what you're going to do with it -- rather than rebel against it.

Lois is an interior designer. Check out her blog Divas At Home. "I design all my own furniture, pillows and accessories. I design for beautiful women. My clients seem to all be beautiful and they seem to have a husband and full life, but they need a nice setting. A sophisticated and glamourous setting for a beautiful woman. That's my style."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I've learned from my partner to always have a clean crisp haircut and wear tight clothing in all the right places. That's what led to me getting married today.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Liza: My style is classic/conservative with a little kick.

TorontoVerve: What's the best advice that you've received?

Liza: It's so cliché, but I think that the 'never settle' thing is really applicable for me -- especially right now in my person life. Onward and upward.

Friday, August 11, 2017


I'm wearing this punk glam outfit because I'm a street performer. My partner moves me in different positions like I'm a living doll. I'm influenced by singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer from New York. She has this modern yet anachronistic clown look.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


When I was a teenager, my grandmother saw me leaving the house wearing a halter top and a mini skirt. She told me, "You know -- you either show your legs or your cleavage. Never both at the same time. Men only want what they can't see." Of course, I went out dressed the way I was, but I never made that mistake again. There's no need to try so hard. 

Maria is a visual artist. Check out her eclectic creations on her website.

TorontoVerve made #9 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I think it's important to actively go after what you want. Don't just say you want it and do nothing to achieve it. I stress less in life about the things that I want -- like a house, a boyfriend or a job. If I'm actively moving towards my goals, I don't have to worry about it.

TorontoVerve made #1 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Hayley: "Today I have a retro Brady Bunch look. I love their style."

TV: "What's your favourite moral lesson from the show?"

Hayley: "My favourite episode is when Peter Brady's voice is going through a certain change and they sing this musical number about going through change. The lesson was let change come when it comes."

TorontoVerve made #9 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"The best advice I've ever received is, "Do what you want to f#%king do." It took me years to do what I f#%king want to do and now here I am downtown, pursuing my dream in real estate and I'm meeting a lot of amazing people."

TorontoVerve made #6 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


"My style is very casual and Afrocentric. I like to wear who I am. Fashion designer Ituen Basi inspires me. They make ancient African fashion contemporary."

Zubaida is a designer and made the pictured bag. Check out her Instagram to see more of her creations.

Monday, July 17, 2017


My style is glam-rocker chic. Lady Gaga inspires me. She's like a chameleon. One day she looks like one thing, the other day she looks like the next. I'm the same way. You can't typecast me. People tell me, "Less is more." I tell them, "More is more."

Follow Keila on Instagram.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017


My mom tells me to be myself and love myself. She knows who she is and that's something I'm still working on. Natural beauty is more attractive than being someone you're not. I'm at a place now where I'm soul searching. I'm leaving for Europe for a month and I'm not bringing any make-up at all. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and not depend on what others think to be happy.

Read Haley's 34 Days of No Make-Up on her blog.

TorontoVerve made #9 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Naro is a fashion model and is no stranger to TorontoVerve. I've captured her impeccable street style three times before. Yesterday, she walked passed me on Bloor Street West and I called out to her. She turned, smiled and responded: "That's not my name."

Aw, geez. I felt so stupid. Turns out that I've mistaken Naro for another fashion model who's also appeared on the blog several times. Seeing my embarrassment, she gracefully let me off the hook. "That's OK," she said. "It happens all the time. She's my doppelgänger." Wow! She wasn't kidding. With shades on, their resemblance is startling.

After a few quick snapshots, I asked her to share the best advice she's ever received: "My surrogate mother once told me don't make assumptions. Communication is key. You never really know what the situation may be unless you ask. It's helped me grow as a person and have better relationships."

TorontoVerve made #10 on Street Style News' Most Popular!

Follow Naro on Instagram.

Naro was featured in Winner's Spring fashion campaign:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Petra, Rosie & Pastel Supernova

Petra: My style is urban rock. I inspire myself.

Instagram: @PetraLLC
Rosie: My style can be described as "Trash Barbie".

TorontoVerve: Who inspires you?

Rosie: Refer to the answer of your first question.

Instagram: @SugarTburlesque

Pastel Supernova: My style is urban pin-up. My mom inspires me. Most of the stuff I have either looks like the stuff that she used to have or is something she used to own. Her style is ultra-feminine.

Instagram: @PastelSupernova

The ladies are part of the Love Letters Cabaret and they'll be performing their burlesque show, Knockout, at Lula Lounge this Thursday, June 22nd.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


"My high school music teacher said that I wasn't enough," Jessica told me in a crowded Kensington Market café. We had just finished an hour of shooting photos around the neighbourhood and sat down to talk.

By the way, if you're looking at the photos thinking that the saxophone is just a flashy prop, it's not. Jessica is a talented musician and the saxophone is her creative outlet. It's also a hurtful reminder of her past.

It happened near the end of her senior high school year. She arrived with her saxophone to play for her final music exam. After her performance, her teacher approached her and would abruptly change her life with a few simple words and gestures. "It wasn't even really what he said," She explains. "It was the way he looked at me and shook his head. I didn't understand why he said what he said, but I knew enough to quit music."

Before that day, she had planned on pursuing music in her college years, but that didn't happen.

Instead, she chose to go to theatre school, where she eventually regained her confidence to express herself artistically. After five years, she picked up her sax for the first time and started playing again. Now, she wishes she could go back and share her words of wisdom with her younger and disheartened self. "I would hug [myself] and say, 'Take your time. Be patient. What's hard now won't last forever.'"

We don't always remember the words that people say to hurt us; however, we do remember how they made us feel. That's certainly the case with Jessica who shared her feelings with the utmost clarity. I asked her why she feels her teacher failed her as a mentor and she responded decisively.  "I think [he] was afraid of me and my potential. I don't think he could handle seeing a fierce, young woman -- especially a woman of colour. Looking back now, I know that I was a force to be reckon with in high school, but I didn't know that at the time. I definitely know that now."

Thanks to the support of the Latin theatre community, Jessica found the strength and courage to not allow anybody to get in the way of her dreams.

More importantly, she's happier now that she's assertive and has taken control of her life. "I've walked away from my abusive relationships and I've learned to accept the things that I can't change. That's my process. It's why I continue to find successes and blessings in my life."

Jessica's street style was previously featured last fall.

Follow Jessica on Instagram.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Best Street Style Blogs on the Planet!

TorontoVerve is #13 on FeedSpot's Top 40 Street Style blogs on the Planet!

That's right! TorontoVerve shares this honour with street style icons: The Sartorialist, Style Du Monde, Facehunter and Easy Fashion Paris, to name a few.  Of course, I can't accept this honour without giving a big thanks to all the fashionable people who have appeared on the blog these past 7 years.  It's been a fun ride and I'm looking forward to capturing more stellar fashion and inspiring stories on the street.

Thank you, Feedspot, for this great recognition!
Check out their best street style blog list.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


TorontoVerve: What's the best advice you've received?

Rachel: My mom always told me, "Never give up. Always believe in yourself." That's always helped me with my acting career. I always try to walk in my mother's footsteps. She's a positive force in my life.

TV: You played one of the ghoulish mannequins in Silent Hill 2 and you recently co-starred in the horror-thriller, The Sublet. How do you feel about horror films?

Rachel: I love horror. The scarier the better. I love not knowing what's going to happen and then freaking out.

TV: Your character gives the lead a hard time in The Sublet. How did you feel about playing an unlikable character?

Rachel: Actually, I didn't realize how unlikable I was until we started doing the scenes. In the theatre, it played like comic relief. [Festival audiences] laughed at every mean thing I said. I liked playing a nasty person because in reality I'm not.

Follow Rachel on Instagram and Twitter.

The Sublet Trailer