Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Natalie Boutari: Pheroine Chic

Natalie Boutari is the lead singer, song-writer and pianist for Pheroine - an alternative rock/metal band. Some of her musical influences include Korn, Deftones, U2 and Lacuna Coil.

Pheroine's debut EP hits streets in early 2012, but if you can't wait, you can get a taste from Natalie's Twitter or facebook.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


With her timeless look, Penney looks like she rode out of the pages of a vintage glam magazine.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Graziella: Fashionista by Design

Graziella Rigato knows style and it's not just because of what she's wearing.  She's also a designer for 'fashion guru' Franco Mirabelli.

To read her daily thoughts, check out her Twitter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Summah, Summah, Summahtime": Annemarie with Lakota

Remember that Will Smith summer anthem?  If not, you're probably less than half my age...ahem.

Yeesss!  It's the first day of summer.  Let the wild colourful street fashion begin!  But first, I'm going to chill out at Bellwoods Trinity Park with a cool paperback -- just like Annemarie with her adorable Lakota.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves: The Factory Collective Hits Cabbagetown

We attended the Factory Collective Vintage Pop-Up Sale when it first launched in Queen Street West. This past Saturday, the popular sale popped up at the famous Cobourg in Cabbagetown and naturally we dropped by to peruse vintage fashion and partake of their delectable brunch.

On the menu was Walnut & Cranberry Bread French Toast with strawberry, apricot and black cherry compote, and watermelon salad on the side.  In addition, they served Poached Organic Eggs on Wilted Spinach & Feta Puff Pastry (also coupled with the watermelon salad).

Dorothy and I were amazed to learn that the extraordinary cuisine was prepared by The Collective themselves (Crystal Hutcheson, Ami Spears, Christine Atkinson & Lizzie Windsor) -- each for the ridiculously low price of $10.

While we savoured our meal, new and loyal clients poured in consistently and it's no wonder -- their hospitality is genuine and their vintage treasures are eclectic and elegant.

If you missed this pop-up sale, don't worry -- there'll be another one this summer.  For details, be sure to check out The Factory Collective facebook page.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Annex After Dark, Part 2: Tamara & Danny

More goth chic.

Tamara purchased her jacket at Value Village and boots at Hells Belles.

Danny purchased her corset at Corset Story, skirt at Heavy Red and boots at Hells Belles.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Annex After Dark, Part 1: Jasmine & Graham

Some of the influences of goth originate from the punk rock scene, vampire lore and burlesque fashion. Indeed, it's one of the most creative and personal styles around, which means that it's unlikely you will find it at your local mall.

Jasmine purchased her shirt at D-Tox, skirt at Borderline and fluffies at Trivium.

Graham purchased his pants at Borderline and boots at Hells Belles.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meeting Miss Sudan Canada: Suraya Issa

I was fortunate to run into Miss Sudan Canada, Suraya Issa, as she was on her way to the U of T library.

Suraya has her Masters in African Politics and holds an Honour's Degree in Political Science and Minor in International Studies.  In addition, she founded the Centre of Women's Advancement in Sudan and is an accomplished writer.

Hmm, with all her great achievements, how did she ever find time to win the Miss Sudan Canada crown?  Incredible.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Amanda: Styling for Two

With her stylish purse in hand, Amanda added a nice pop of orange to her black and white spring dress.  And congratulations are in order -- it may not look like it, but Amanda is expecting her first bundle of joy.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Toronto Gone to the Dogs: Woofstock 2011

This weekend, it was a doggie love-fest as the 9th annual Woofstock hit St.Lawrence Market.

Every year, over 300,000 dog owners congregate to look for deals on accessories, get training tips and photograph show dogs.

Today, Dorothy and I couldn't resist spending a king's ransom on Boston, Bosley and Bridget so they can sachet in style at the park.  What can I say -- we're proud parents.

And here are some other proud parents who attended the fun event:

  Connie & Honey

Eve & Monkey

Kelly, Ashlyn & Roxy

Heat Wave on Queen Street West

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chantelle: A Banner Day

What a coincidence to bump into Chantelle again on Queen Street West.

To see Chantelle's previous appearances on TorontoVerve, don't hesitate to click here.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jeff Parazzo: Fashion Police

Actor Jeff Parazzo is currently working on a web-series called The Badge -- an improvisational cop drama filmed on the gritty streets of Toronto.

And yes, Toronto does have gritty streets.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Runway Renee in the Square

International model and blogcaster, Renee Thompson (AKA Runway Renee), ignites Dundas Square in her sexy spring look.

If you're looking for behind-the-scenes access to her photoshoots, check out her site Reel2Runway.