shoe man dan at Parkdale Flea

Daniel Charkow is @Shoe_Man_Dan on Instagram

Last Saturday (09 Dec 2017), Street Chic met 17yr year old shoe designer, Daniel Charkow of Charkow Shoes. Daniel is a design prodigy now gaining popularity on Instagram as @Shoe_Man_Dan.  Let it be known that at the time of this writing the young shoemaker has but a thousand followers, and this author was #1001. But Street Chic predicts that by December 2018 this prolific young craftsman will have several thousand followers, and that number will climb to a quarter million devotees by the time he’s age 19, at which point he can legally celebrate. Why? He’s an interesting young fellow well focused on making high fashion footwear from found materials.

When an artist works with found items its because they glimpse something in these objects that nobody else can fathom, and when a clever kid can turn clutter into couture, its newsworthy.

On that Saturday morning we met Daniel near Queen and Dufferin and went for a tour of the Parkdale Flea to see if the young cobbler could find some crafty ingredients for his next creation.

Shoe Man Dan at Parkdale Flea, Queen and Dufferin

Street Chic thinks Daniel is pretty cool – we’ve got an eye for wild style and confident clothing arrangements. When Dan showed up for our meeting he was rocking a faux fur jacket and well-altered converse running shoes over monogrammed socks. The tape across the tongue of his shoes says clearly ‘do not reuse this bag’!

shoe man dan on Instagram

Inside the Parkdale Flea, Saturday 09 December

At each vendor’s booth, Daniel would invariably look at the footwear for sale, and small shoe racks were like super magnets for this young designer.

shopping for shoes at Parkdale Flea in Toronto

Occasionally, and only after some prompting, Shoe Man Dan would share insights on the makes and models available on the shelf.

camo pattern pony hair bootsat Parkdale Flea

A fashion paradox, these size 6 green Jungle pattern camo patterned ladies heeled boots had pony hair fronts but braided leather backs with studded metal rivets. The vendor wanted sixty dollars, but this author reckons a crisp fifty-dollar bill would have secured them, tax free.

pony hair boot braided leather backs with studs, rivets

At this point in life, having only been a sentient being for a few years now, Dan is still sponging up knowledge about shoes. He scrutinizes all types of footwear looking for manufacturer’s secrets.
Already Daniel knows more about shoes than anyone else his age. He’s pursued shoemaking at the Art and Sole Academy in Toronto under the guidance of master instructor Jennifer Alison, where he took his skills to the next level and learned how to make shoes from scratch.

Last summer, Daniel completed the 2016 Summer Design Program at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and afterwards worked with the Brooklyn Shoe Space creating a comfortable men’s sneaker.

When shopping for shoes, the craftsman in Daniel looks at how the bottom is affixed to the top.  What holds the body of the shoe to its sole? Is the upper part fastened to the bottom inside the shoe with a Blake Stitch? or a Goodyear stitch? Or is there exterior welting to bind them together? Or were the shoes simply cemented together? as above. Daniel showed us examples of all types of modern manufacturing, and pointed out shoes that are very high quality but low design, and others that are flashy but destined to fall apart relatively quickly.

Inside the Parkdale Flea, which had only just opened its doors, and where the only other occupants were other vendors setting up their booths, Daniel led Street Chic on a quest for shoe crafting components and shared some little know facts about the business of making and selling footwear.

Roamer handbags at Parkdale Flea
Daniel Charkow is serious about sustainability and likes recycling old kitsch into new kicks.

old dining chair at Parkdale FleaIn the top corner of another vendors booth, or more accurately in the permanent workspace behind the temporary retail table, Daniel spotted his first real find of the morning. He pointed out an old dining room chair that was ‘showing us its heels’.

Inside Public Butter in Toronto

Next it was off to Public Butter at 1290 Queen St W, which is one of the finest vintage stores in Toronto. This shop is right around the corner from the flea market and easily spotted by the heap of rusting bicycles opposite the front door. At this venue Daniel got a second chance to shop for shoe-making ingredients.

fushia leather jacket at vintage store in TorontoPublic Butter has a vast collection of vintage clothing all organized by ‘type of thing’ and generally not sized or sorted into any subcategories. That makes the store rather ill-suited for hunting specifics, but perfect for finding surprises, and Daniel’s eyes were open.

finding surprises in vintage store in toronto

In here, Daniel palmed antique textiles while contemplating their potential as shoes. He handled dresses, suit jackets, sweaters and thick vinyl overcoats, but didn’t get too excited until he hit upon an old leather jacket in the back of the store.

Daniel Charkow at Public Butter

Buried deep in the back racks, a decades old Mount Allison high school football jacket caught Daniel’s eye. The deep burgundy jacket was in bad shape with the inner lining torn to shreds, and it was priced to sell at $20.


And so it came to pass that this author bought the jacket and donated its burgundy body to the young lad to see what comes … He can keep and sell the shoes himself, however, I’d like to see them auctioned off on Street Chic.

Daniel Charkow custom shoes from football jacket

Just before we published this article, Daniel sent a sketch showing the shoes he’s making with the old Mount Allison High School football jacket.

shiny costume - street performers in Markham

Fashioning Superhero and Street Performer Costumes

This post is a bit of a departure from Street Chic’s usual look-book blog style, but superheroes are people too, and they are very much on-the-street and deserve some recognition for their fashion contributions. Talented people hoping to find success as street performers, or as superheroes must adopt costumes that accommodate their superpowers, but also their outfits must conform to loosely defined fashion principles which are proven to impact human consciousness.

Superheroes Make Their Own Costumes

Peter Parker homemade spiderman suit in movie Homecoming

Peter Parker’s first Spider-Man costume as seen in the movie Homecoming was a little rough around the edges.

Peter Parker’s costume-making episode and his first less-than-professional looking outfits as seen in the recent Spider-Man Homecoming movie was interesting and strangely indicative of the modern costume manufacturing marketplace.  The same spirit of costume making creativity is glimpsed in Kick-Ass in the scenes where Nicholas Cage and Chloe Grace Moretz, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl were still perfecting their homemade attire.  Costume making scenes transcend the central character’s story in the movie. These stories mirror the frustrations of modern-day performer who cannot find a suitable bodysuit or costume in their city or hometown. They must send measurements online. In the movie, there was a secrecy element, but in reality there are not many businesses who’ll spend any time creating outfits for street performers, or weapon encrusted gadget suits for superheroes. Oftentimes the performers themselves must fashion their own attire, and its with that in mind that we’ve created this post.

Both Marvel and DC Comics Superheroes Costumes are Colour Coded

On one level, bright colours generally represent the forces of good, while darker shades denote an evil orientation and purple suited characters are chaotic or just plain crazy. But more interestingly, truly good superheroes tend to choose the primary colours red, blue, and yellow, (think Superman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man) while villains are relegated to secondary colours green, purple, and orange (Green Goblin, Doctor Doom, Lex Luthor). The rule gets confused with characters who borrow from both ends of the spectrum (Magneto, Hulk, Sinestro), but fans would agree these characters do so because they are themselves morally challenged.

Superman made his Costume in the Great Depression

the original superman costumeThe very idea of a super hero or ‘supernatural hero’ shedding clothing to don a power suit really coalesced with Superman’s debut in 1938, and his costume set the gold standard for everything that came after. He had the powerful physique, the logo displayed proudly on his chest, and bright, contrasting colors – form, iconography, color.

Superman originally wore red trunks (that look like modern underwear) outside his pants and this evolved from the circus ‘Strongman’ characters’ costumes of the 1930s, and was adopted by creators to signify strength. The red trunks have shrunk over the years and are now just a red belt worn over a blue body suit. But there were no ‘body suits’ known to man in the great depression. The powder blue suit you see in the photo was originally made of silk or ‘hose’ as it was called when worn by men as leggings. The first such full body ‘jump suit’ appeared years later for paratroopers and civilian parachuting enthusiasts.

Superman didn’t have Spandex Vinyl in the 1930s

Modern street performers have a leg up on the classic superheroes of the 50s, 60s and 70s because they have better materials for their body suits. Spandex World here in Toronto sells stretchy vinyl that will spring back to shape after being pulled in one of two directions. Other Spandex textile isotopes will stretch in all four directions. The two-direction material’s non-elastic plane is handy for shaping parts of the costume where a constricting force would soon become annoying. But the downside of these many new materials is their flammability. They are practically made of oil, and as such no laminates will protect their wearers from these suits’ chemical volatility.

Isabella Hoops Chooses Cotton and Leather for her Fire Show Costumes

Calen Jackson as Pyromeo Isabella Hoops EntertainmentNight time costumes created for the Northfire show are made of cotton or leather as they are the least flammable material.” Isabella Hoops jugglers and acrobats are well known throughout Southern Ontario Festivals in part because of their distinctive costumes. “These are hand wash only, and their stitching and materials are inspected before every show.”

When this author asked, “Where did you get your costumes?’, Isabella Hoops replied, “All of the Spin Starlet costumes are made by Jessica Mary Clayton, a girl in our group. The Snowflake Kid’s costume(s) was made by my costume designer Missy Westgate of Faery Tale Designs. She is amazing and has been such a great help.”

Isabella went on to scold this author when asked about an online source for costumes, “You cannot shop online for street performer’s costumes! You wouldn’t want people to have the same costume as you would you? All of our costumes are 100% unique, and most were custom made for the character. Some outfits cost less than $100 to create, while others cost us $250 and more, it depends on the finishing.” And by that she means the level of quality and whether or not the suit was made to last, or was just created for one or two appearances at a theme show.Isabella Hoops street performer at Snaokflake Kid at markham festival of lights 2017

The recent Toronto Guardian article, Street Performers Ignite 2017 Markham Festival of Lights shows Isabella Hoops as the Snowflake Kid working her hula hoops and then returning in a black cotton bodysuit to join the cast performing their acrobatic Fire Show. Pyromeo is the male lead in the show, and he wears a commanding black leather commode with a double-breasted suit jacket vest underneath.

You can however buy costume components online

Here are the parts and pieces of a famous costume that come up as Suggestions in Amazon if you buy a specific pair of red cotton long underwear that has web-like lines printed across its surface. The same suggestions arise if you buy ‘Steam-punk’ welding goggles.

Spiderman costume component sold online at Amazon
More interesting are the gadgets available today. Wireless phone headsets used by office receptionists can be concealed inside headgear and used to send and receive communications that would astound yesterday’s superheroes, and of course these can also be used to give great advantage to street performers and sports mascots entertaining crowds.

Monster Muffin Clothing for Roller Derby Girls and Wrestlers

Monster Muffin - roller derby costumes in Toronto

Designer Lori Peltonen aka Monster Muffin or ‘Muffy’ is a product of Fashion Design at George Brown College in Toronto.  She’s a fashion designer turned roller derby star and so of course she makes costumes for her team and many other players.

Monster Muffin - Roller Derby costume

Monster Muffin skates with Team Ontario and Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars.

Monster Muffin Clothing and Lori Peltonen herself made quite a few appearances at 2016 Hogtown Wrestling matches in Toronto where her suits were worn by several athletes in the ring.  In every match Lori watched her homemade garments carefully to see how they performed.  In August 2017, the Hogtown Wrestling league was bought or otherwise acquired by Demand Lucha and now Lori is actively working with many of these wrestlers who are unique for having colourful Spandex suits with matching headgear. Lucha wrestlers commonly wear masks which adds another element to the design mix.

3D Printing at My3DAgency Tests Homemade Superhero Suits!

superhero suits 3D printing at My3D agencyGet your superhero costume 3D printed for the perfect design and aesthetic testing before appearing in the suit, or even making the darn thing.   In a the superheroes section of the My3DAgency website the copy reads, Using the latest in 3D printing technology, our site will allow you to 3D print yourself on a selected superhero body – all we need are photos and your body style preference. 3D printing is also known in many industries as rapid prototyping and that ‘s exactly what you’re doing when making an action figure wearing a neoprene jumpsuit.

Raymi the Minx with Sabrina Melendez at On the Other Hand jewellery

Raymi at On the Other Hand Jewellery in Leslieville

Street Chic was there on Weds Oct 25th 2017 when Raymi Lauren met Karen MacRae and Sabrina A Melendez inside On the Other Hand Jewellery at 1015 Queen St E. in Toronto.  It was epic afternoon as the OTOH jewellery designers spent their lunch hour laughing and playing dress-up with their jewellery. Together all three got in the act of Show and Tell with their own creations and pieces from other artists for sale on consignment in the store. The impromptu dress-up party was conceived with the intention of giving away pieces that Raymi the super blogger can wear in photos and at parties forevermore.

Yes it was a gift show, but not really, as Raymi the Minx was signed up to promote the store and that’s worth something. Raymi is a name brand blogger in Toronto with thousands of Instagram followers and a huge active audience that both loves and hates her blog antics. Raymi’s portal and online persona has opened many doors but closed a few too in her personal life.  When she decides to write about a business it does help the website get found by more people; the site performs a little better on the web because of her witty prose and her legacy somehow ennobles the pictures and expands the presence of the business.

Raymi with fashion jewellery book at OTOH in Leslieville

Just like each piece of high fashion jewellery in the store, Raymi’s blog posts also last forever.  Her photos and contextual anecdotes are stored in many places online and her personal brand has many channels inc Instagram Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube of course, but also Pinterest, Tumblr and Ello.

Laughter erupts! Put three charismatic ladies in a room full of jewellery and just watch the fun happen. This author and photographer should have rolled video.

party at OTOH in Leslieville

When they did get serious about matching Raymi’s different looks with various OTOH luxurious accessories it was intense; despite being a small shop, there’s too much to look at and learn about in an hour long lunchtime visit.  And there was a lesson taught about matching clothes with colourful bling.

bling inside On the Other Hand jewellery in leslieville Toronto

Jewellery has a purpose, and it goes to work every hour its worn in public

What is jewellery and what ‘work’ does it do?  Karen and Sabrina believe that jewellery goes to work on your behalf the moment you walk outside the door of your home. Every minute you spend outside you’re making a statement about who you are and it should be a fashion statement. Owning and wearing a good wardrobe and being able to coordinate clothing is the key to success for many cutthroat professions. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do (think lawyer, business executive, college teacher), looking sharp will improve how others perceive you and TRUST you with more responsibility.

While most good jewelry does not require coordination, if you really want to dress to impress, you must be pickier with your gemstone jewelry. OTOH offers an array of beautiful jewelry with vibrant colors.

Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines and amethyst gemstones have a distinguished flavor and appeal that can be easily added to everyday fashion clothing styles. For best results, the red to gold jewellery always looks best when worn next to cool colors such as blue jeans and powder blue, light green or light purple blouses, or white T shirts.

Gold jewelry and onyx work beautifully with with black or white dresses.  Show me a lady that doesn’t own a black dress, and most Canadian women today have white dresses in storage for special occasions in the summertime too.  These are classic looks that never go out of style and their timeless appeal can always be accentuated with the right jewellery.

Gemstones can be seasonal?  This is an interesting idea as they are of course minerals and as such they know no seasons, but all the same colorful gemstones can mirror the seasons. Light green emerald earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings  can set off a spring dress, while darker emeralds represent a more mature summer season. Rubies, topaz, amber and even garnet look great with fall coloured clothes and lastly cold blue sapphires and icy diamonds in silver settings can really celebrate winter.

Sabrina A Melendez gave Raymi a silver ring inlaid with Bocote (wood)

Some of the most recent works of art to be created at OTOH in Leslieville are Sabrina’s silver rings with Bocote wood inserts. Bocote is a hard, dark wood from South America that’s often used for making knife handles and musical instruments.  Sabrina uses it to make jewellery and has written an informative OTOH blog post about using unconventional materials like wood to make jewellery and that includes ‘breaking the mold’ by using semi-precious Bocote.

Sabrina is a Swiss trained metal worker who has somehow perfected the art of cutting the very hard and brittle Bocote wood into perfect circles to fit inside silver rings which are then seamlessly folded in such a way as to hold the attractive black wooden insert into place.

Raymi Toronto wears her Bocote wood and silver ring made by Sabrina Melendez at On the Other hand jewellery.

Raymi wears her Bocote wood and silver ring made by Sabrina Melendez at On the Other hand jewellery.

It is quite a remarkable ring, and neither Raymi nor this author could figure out exactly how Sabrina gets the Bocote wood into the ring’s interior. It remains a Sabrina Melendez trade secret.

And then at the end of her lunch hour adventure, life got even better for Raymi as Sabrina doubled down and gave the blogger a special silver tube necklace on a thick Japanese cord and clasp.
raymi gets a necklace from Sabrina Melendez
Raymi with Sabrina Melendez at on the Other Hand jewellery
There are a lot of places in Toronto that offer custom jewellery, businesses like the Devil’s Workshop, Anice Jewellery, Courage My Love, Strada Jewellery, Made You Look Jewellery, Fair Trade and Zarla all have unique qualities, but On the Other Hand Jewellery is the whole package when it comes to designing and making custom jewellery to suit your personal brand.

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Cynthia Menard to wear Canadian Fashions at Miss World

Cynthia Menard departs to Miss World pageant

Canadian Delegate Cynthia Menard departed from Pearson International Airport for Sanya China to compete in the 2017 Miss World Pageant on Wednesday 20th October 2017.

Cynthia’s closest family and friends said goodbye and bid good luck to the aspiring fashion model, Miss World Canada 2017 at the airport on the evening of Wednesday October 18th as the tall blond seventeen year old girl shipped herself and several suitcases full of fashion and beauty supplies to Sanya China, where she’ll be competing at Miss World – 18 Nov 2017.

stand out as Miss Canada at Miss World in China 2017Miss World competition is the longest running international beauty pageant on planet Earth. The competition was first started in London England by Eric Morley as a swimsuit competition to promote bikini style swimwear in 1951. Despite being very controversial, (the Pope condemned bikinis) it was a big success and of course people are still wearing bikinis today, and they’re still watching Miss World beauty pageants.

In preparation for her appearance in this premier arena, Cynthia has spent countless hours practicing her singing, public speaking and stage walking. She’s worked with countless photographers, choreographers and coaches to hone her image and appeal. Clothing designers have created custom looks for the girl on the catwalk and when she’s out sightseeing in the Asian countryside. Fashion and beauty experts here in Canada have worked hard to ensure that our nation’s representative looks and feels her best in this foreign country.

Cynthia to wear Helene Clarkson Travel Clothes

Helene Clarkson dresses Cynthia Menard, Miss World Canada 2017This author was present when Cynthia Menard met Helene Clarkson on the 19th Oct at Helene’s store in the Royal York hotel.  Sure they’d met before during the Miss World Canada pageant,  but this was this first time they got to hang out together.

Helene Clarkson travel clothes is a much celebrated second chapter in this famous Canadian performer’s career. Helene has worked in film and television for twenty years and now her clothing line is taking off.  With lots of experience in both capacities she dispensed good advice for Cynthia on crafting stage looks and making herself a more curious commodity during the competition.

For about forty minutes that morning Cynthia walked with Helene through her clothing store and pulled pieces from the racks that she thought might look good on the girl. Helene gave the teen whatever she wanted, which ended up being eight pieces of high quality clothing for travelers. She also gave Cynthia good advice on traveling comfortably while maintaining her killer looks with insights on how to properly dress for tropical climates.

Cynthia Menard shops fashion with Helene Clarkson Helene’s fashions are made from fabrics that resist wrinkling, and her multi purpose designs (many garments are reversible) flatter the wearer as functional clothing that looks and feels great for just about any occasion.  Designed for girls on the go, Helene Clarkson’s clothing offers a fashion-packed assortment of dresses, tops and pants for the urban traveler and ‘the fashionista inside every modern woman’.

Cynthia received, a Joliette Reversible Dress in Blue Flower

Joliette Reversible Dress

Kerry Tank Top in Navy

Zilina Reversible Blazer

Aro Cigarette Pants in Cement grey.

Orly Tank Top in Kale

Narita Cropped Pants

Bria Reversible Skirt in Navy / Sky

Carman Reversible Cropped Sweater in Metallic blue

and more. And that’s just one of Cynthia’s many sponsors. Add two more clothing designers including an evening gown designer Bells and Bowes from Medicine Hat Alberta, a jeweler and accessories designer. Cynthia got a traveling make-up case from MAC cosmetics and eight pairs of shoes from NineWest Shoes in the Yorkdale Mall.

Cynthia Menard got Teeth Whitening at Archer Dental in Toronto

teeth whitening at Archer DentalTo help Cynthia stand out in photos and be even more beautiful on stage, the administrators at MTC-W  made sure their delegate has a dazzling white smile. Cynthia Menard got teeth whitening at Archer Dental in downtown Toronto on Monday 17th of October at their Rosedale location. At 10 am that morning, and with two photographers and this author crowding the operating room, Christina the dental hygienist went to work cleaning and polishing and whitening Cynthia’s teeth.

teeth whitening at Archer Dental Rosedale Now Cynthia’s teeth will be sensationally white and all pageant photographers will be instantly aware of our girl on the catwalk because of her fantastic smile.

Cynthia Menard got Singing Lessons at Wandering Minstrel Music School

Cynthia sings at Wandering Minstrel Music SchoolCynthia received five intense sessions of singing and voice training at the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga. The girl practiced one song over and over and now she can probably sing it in her sleep. Cynthia will sing aloud the “Colors Of The Wind” song from the Walt Disney movie Pocahontas in an evening performance in the lead-up to the grand finale in Sanya China on the 18th November. If her singing is good enough then she will get stage time during the big show.

Below, in September 2017 in connection with two Canadian fashion magazines, Erwin Loewen did a photo shoot with Cynthia on the Scarborough Bluffs. The young up-and-coming photographer Erwin Loewen is an artist who worked with legendary fashion photographer David Ritchie as his Photographer’s Assistant for several years.

Follow Cynthia Menard on her journey in China,

Cynthia Menard - Erwin Loewen for Beyond Fashion magazine in Canada photo courtesy of Erwin Loewen photography. Readers can learn more about Cynthia’s preparations and Canadian sponsors in her eMagTO article about Miss World 2017.

Good luck Cynthia – Canada’s most street chic readers are cheering for you!

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Snappy Towels at 2017 Miss Teenage Canada

Bathing Belle Swimwear and Snappy Towels at Bluffers Beach

Two highly reputable Toronto clothing designers combined forces during the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada to make interesting and effective ‘sharable moment’ style Instagram marketing contests at Bluffers Beach in Scarborough Ontario.

Danica Salajko at Bluffers Beach Toronto

Bathing Belle swimwear designer Danica Salajko has been making swimwear for almost ten years. She graduated from George Brown College’s Fashion Design Program almost twenty years ago. Danica worked in the film industry as a wardrobe stylist for many years where she specialized in making Spandex clothes for Rock Stars in music videos and also sensible attire for TV commercials before opening her own costume service in 2006 and finally a high-end swimwear shop in 2010.Dan Wood Snappy Towels at Bluffers Point prizes

Dan Wood. the CEO of Snappy Towels microfiber beach towels is also something of a swimwear designer, or more accurately a swimwear product designer, as his gear can be worn or used in many different ways.

Nina koch Miss Teen Victoria BC in green Snappy Towel

These two entrepreneurs merged in this unique marketing move to celebrate beach fashion and lifestyle. The official photographer Darren Lee had a difficult time finding low-contrast areas to shoot his models and you can see the side of his set in the background of this image below. he was putting models up against the rocks in the shade of small trees and letting the background blow-out, but I was up on the rocks exposing for the sun and trying to keep the busy beach visible in the distant background.

models on Snappy Towels at Bluffers Beach

On Aug 10th 2017 at Bluffers park, a lovely beach in the shadow of the Scarborough Bluffs, fifteen models were selected from over fifty willing participants, all regional delegates in a national beauty pageant. These young people were asked to try on bathing suits and pose for photos and then broadcast their own images on Facebook and Instagram.

Bathing Belle Swimwear at Bluffers BeachAll fifty seven delegates were given qaccess to Snappy Towels and told to pose and shoot selfies at the beach.

donuts on pageant delegates at Bluffers Beach in Toronto

Six delegates won their swimsuits and another six delegates won their snappy towels afterwards and their pictures are all over Instagram with many hundreds of likes and repatriations.

Bluffers Beach - Bathing Belle Swimwear

Now a mother herself, Danica combines her understanding for fit and design, with her passion for playful prints. The result? Fun, stylish, and comfortable swimsuits for the whole family. Follow bathing Belle on Instagram @bathingbelle

Cynthia Menard 2017 Miss World Canada at Bluffers Beach 10 Aug 2017

Cynthia Menard 2017 Miss World Canada at Bluffers Beach 10 Aug 2017

Snappy Towels Beach Balls Made a Splash at Miss World Canada

Snappy towels were also present and dispensed as prizes during swim activities in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada. The blue and pink beach balls are in many of the photographs taken above the water that day. Their own Snappy Towels blog chronicled the #SaltwaterSelfie event at Mayfair Clubs wherein their towels were offered up as prizes.

Snappy Towels prizes for Miss World Canada at Mayfair Clubs
During Fitness Day at Mayfair Clubs in Toronto, over forty of the fifty seven regional delegates in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada participated in the sharable moment in the pool.

swimwear at Mayfair Clubs in Toronto

Cruising Toronto Harbour with the Miss World Canada Pageant

Snappy Towels was also looking stylish on board the Toronto harbour charter cruise vessel Oriole on Weds 19th of July, when fifty-seven remarkable young females went cruising the Toronto harbour. The delegates, each seeking a jewel encrusted faux silver crown that represents perfection in the eyes of nine judges, stepped about Mariposa Cruises’ charter vessel Oriole at approximately noon for a one-hour cruise.

cruising toronto harbour in fashion - streetchic on Miss World Canada boat cruise

These young people had already enjoyed a very busy day; they had just come from Ripley’s Aquarium and before that they were showcased on Breakfast Television Weds 19 July 2017 show.
You can see all this in the Official 2017 Miss World Canada Activities Video

Another video made of the cruise experience is equally high-quality. The movie below was made by Cognition Video Productions Toronto and captures some of most fashionable moments.

As Snappy towels dispensed prizes on deck, the delegates, sourced from all over the nation, wearing silver crowns and sashes marking their province-of-origin were understandably excited at the prospect of seeing Toronto from the lake.

Raymi the Minx was at Miss World Canada dancing on deck for most of the cruise, representing KPDI digital agency and you can read her dispatch about the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada on Raymi Toronto.  Rob Campbell wrote his missive about what life is like Inside the 2017 Miss World Canada pageant on Sharing Toronto.

Raymi Toronto on deck at Miss World Canada 2017

Swimwear and beach fashion were both very chic during the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada, and the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.

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Peekaboo Beans feature image in Calgary Alberta

Peekaboo Bean’s Fashion for Pre-Schoolers in Calgary Alberta

In the beautiful city of Calgary there is not a day that passes that you don’t see a variety of different clothing and fashion styles! Whether it’s the style of someone’s hair, their choice of outfit,  or the style of one of the amazing buildings in downtown Calgary, it is a truly beautiful and fashionable place! The word ‘fashion’ normally brings to mind well dressed women and men in the streets of a busy cosmopolitan city, or beautiful, well dressed models walking a runway. 
For this blog post I decided to focus on a smaller segment of the fashion population, which are the kids who will define the fashion of the future.  Kids can be very fashionable, while still doing what they do best, which is just being kids!
Peekaboo Beans clothes lets kids do just that. This Street Chic blog post focuses on a sharp-looking line of Canadian designed kids’ clothing that are soft and comfortable yet durable and inspire kids to run, jump and play. You will find many fashionable kids on the streets and playgrounds of Calgary sporting the very stylish Peekaboo Beans clothing line. This apparel is great for young kids who are excited to play.  
Peekaboo Beans has fashionable and comfortable clothes that kids all around Canada will wear and find comfortable. Peekaboo Beans was created with a vision that kids can play and look amazing at the same time. These clothes are also super durable and can last through even the toughest falls and stains! These clothes are also great because children can easily dress themselves without going crazy on patterns.
All Peekaboo Beans clothes are mix and match so even the littlest ones can dress themselves and always have a coordinating outfit!  The young people in the photos definitely stand out the streets of Calgary with their clothes. These boys enjoy running, playing and having fun like any kids should, but with the dependable fabrics their parents don’t need to worry about the Peekaboo Beans clothing getting ripped! 
As if the clothing line of Peekaboo Beans isn’t amazing enough the founder of the company, Traci, has incorporated some great safety and comfort features into the clothes as well.  For example the clothing items with zippers include a chin guard to protect your child’s chin from getting caught in the zipper! And, just when you think it can’t get any better you don’t have to worry about itchy tags that can irritate your child’s skin.  Peekaboo Beans has cleverly taken care of this annoying feature by hiding the tags within the layers of the fabric. 
Justin Trudeau  with toddler wearing Peekaboo BeansThe very fashionable founder of Peekaboo Beans, Traci is always working to market her products and get the word out about her stylish and comfortable kids’ line.  She recently designed the outfits that were on display at our country’s capital on Canada Day, being modeled by the children of our Prime Minister, as can be seen in the picture attached.  
All of the Peekaboo Bean prices are very reasonable as well given the amazing value that is coming with your clothes.  Most  dresses range anywhere from $40-$60. And for a boys T-shirt only $30-$40. To sum up my blog post I would like to address how these clothes tie into my platform, These clothes can let kids stay active and healthy in a very fashionable way and I hope all parents and kids decide to make the switch, as their website says “Once you go BEANS, you never go back!”
*All promotional photos are used with written permission of Peekaboo Beans Founder Traci

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Cambridge center mall on Hespelar Rd

Fashion at Cambridge Center Mall on Hespeler Rd

By Kaitlyn, Miss Teenage Waterloo Region 2017

On the Thursday before the August civic holiday weekend in Cambridge, Ontario, when all of our local-fashionistas are out preparing for upcoming endeavours, I took an opportunity to visit the Cambridge Center Mall on Hespeler road and get some inspiration. Along the way I happened to run into a beautiful girl named Chloe.

vneck tshirt from ReitmansChloe is 21 years old and loves to travel, in fact she moved to Canada 3 years ago from Wales.  She described herself as creative and shared with me her passion for drawing. So… what is she wearing!? Being a full time Pandora employee, her uniform requires her to wear black on black on black. Chloe is wearing a high fashion black twisted V-neck T-shirt from Urban Planet made from polyester and nylon which she purchased for $15. For pants she chose trendy black leggings from Reitmans made out of viscose and nylon for $45. Black Adidas flats, and 2 gorgeous Pandora bracelets and 3 rings all made from sterling silver, cubic zirconia, and pearl accents.

Next up in the Cambridge Center on Hespeler Road I stumbled upon a true beauty, Brianna. Brianna is the youngest out of 9 biological siblings, and also has 4 foster siblings! She just switched school’s at the age of 17, and currently works 4 jobs! Brianna is an equestrian, she loves to ride horses at Irish Creek Stables, and loves art and fitness. She was wearing a blue dress from Winners made out of cotton for $14, a cover up black jacket made from nylon and polyester also from Winners for $25. To tie the outfit together she wore a thick black belt made out of leather and elastic from Ardenes for $10. And on her feet, heels from Aldo for $80. I noticed this gorgeous ring on her finger as well, and it came out of a candle! Charmed aroma candles and bath bombs are gifts she receives often, and they definitely pay off. (And might I add, her makeup skills are incredible.)

Lastly, on my way home I bumped into Kimberly. Kimberly is 43 years old and in the pharmaceutical industry, she loves fitness, gardening and water sports at her cottage. When Kimberly has down time, she listens to audiobooks. In fact she just finished listening to 44 hours of Stephen King’s ‘It’ novel. Kimberly is wearing a Frank Lyman designer beaded white dress made out of lycra, nylon, and cotton which she purchased for $165. On her feet gorgeous sparkly heels from Aldo for $99 and on her wrist a FitBit Charge 2 for $169. This was taken on McFarlane Drive, in Cambridge Ontario.

My favourite part about seeking out the greatest fashions in my region was getting to meet new people. All of the girls were so lovely and helpful to me, I definitely made new friends today! This experience has taught me that you don’t have to be wearing Gucci or Kate Spade to be considered chic. If Brianna hadn’t told me her belt was from Ardenes, I would never have known. The moral of the story here is that you can be extremely fashionable and not break the bank. It’s all about knowing where to look. I hope this article changes your perspective about brands. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the creation of this article, you’re all beautiful, and are definitely worthy of the title “Street Chic”.

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jazzfest in Halifax

Five Different Fashions in Halifax

by Rachelle, 2017 Miss Nova Scotia World

Welcome to Halifax! For the fashion forward shopper, the city has a fabulous shopping district that includes a variety of smaller boutiques, as well as a shopping center located right on Spring Garden Road. If you’re a bargain hunter, be sure to hit up the second hand clothing stores that carry trendy vintage pieces at affordable prices. Being the home of numerous universities, Halifax is filled with students from all over the world that bring their own diverse style to the city.

On a bright and warm summers day, Carly confidently stepped out of the office in her high heels for a casual lunch at the Bicycle Thief. In her form fitting, dusty rose dress; she met a friend on the boardwalk patio that overlooks the Halifax harbor in Bishop’s Landing.

She paired this simple and sophisticated ensemble with neutral accessories and make-up, while leaving her natural curls down and relaxed to compliment this effortless look.

Living in the heart of Halifax allows Carly to attend all the local attractions; after spending her day volunteering at the hospital, she tied her hair into a trendy topknot and changed into this cool outfit to meet friends at the Halifax Jazz Festival.

She paired this funky patterned crop top with a pair of high-rise cut off jean shorts and a gold necklace, all purchased from Winners for under $50.00! The best part about this stylish ensemble is that she can easily wear it to the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden for a casual drink after leaving the concert. Also, be sure to check out Argyle Street if you are visiting Halifax, as this street offers an exciting nightlife that features an abundance of pubs, bars and clubs.

When looking to celebrate a momentous occasion such as an anniversary, Haligonians will flock to downtown Halifax to enjoy a romantic dinner date. Whether you’re craving a greasy burger and fries from Your Fathers Mustache or a delicious bowl of  from Amano, your appetite will surely be satisfied. Carly chose to wear a floral dress from MinkPink and paired it with a purple clutch to go to dinner with her beau at the Hamachi Steakhouse on Lower Water Street. This modest and flirty, off-the-shoulder dress matches her beautiful personality and accentuates her curves.

When she’s not working or studying, Carly can be found at the Dalplex gym on South Street. Here she is seen sporting all the latest gear from Victoria’s Secret; she loves wearing her cropped workout pant with her exposed back and flowy tank that shows off her mint green sports bra. The versatility and comfort of this outfit allows her to practice yoga, play sports and even can be worn during weight training. She brings her backpack with her so she has all the necessities required for a successful workout.

Sunday mornings are best spent at the Halifax Seaport Market on Marginal Road; Carly’s outfit is perfect for browsing the goods offered by the local vendors that gather at Pier 21. Her high-waisted maxi skirt with a flirty slit up the front was a definite eye-catcher; the burgundy and neutral tones paired with a simple tank and loafers really pulled this outfit together. She accessorized with several gold bangles that were a perfect match for her Michael Kohr’s tote bag. Carly always brings her chic sunglasses with her so that she is able to enjoy baked goods and a coffee along the sunny waterfront before walking home from downtown.

Living in the heart of Halifax has allowed Carly to experience everything that this beautiful city has to offer. Her ability to mix and match patterns and colors highlights this seasons trendiest looks and really shows off her fun and bright personality

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Jeannie Lottie fashion designers and bloggers in Yorkville

Street Chic in Yorkville with Jeannie Lottie

Jeannie Lottie - Pink House - Yorkville Toronto

Jeannie Lottie Pink House at 32 Scollard St in Yorkville Toronto

Yorkville is a Canadian Fashion Hot Spot

Yorkville has upscale shopping, restaurants, and the first five star hotel in Canada. Upscale boutiques include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew, Tiffany & Co., Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier, Harry Rosen, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Vera Wang, Lacoste, Ferrari, Maserati, Williams-Sonoma, Bang and Olufsen, Betsey Johnson, Max Mara, Montblanc, Bulgari, Birks, Coach, Guerlain, Swarovski, and other upscale designer boutiques. The Holt Renfrew store on Bloor is the luxury retailer’s flagship and largest store with four floors and boutiques.

Jeannie’s Pink House was built after the turn of the century when Yorkville was called St Paul’s Ward.  Just look at how the neighborhood has grown up over eleven decades, and matured in many other ways around this iconic fashion house.

In the 1960s, Yorkville flourished as Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre. It was the breeding ground for some of Canada’s most noted musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee.

It wont be long before this property and the one beside it are redeveloped into towering condominiums; the only thing that could prevent that from happening would be if Jeannie Lottie’s Pink House is declared a national treasure, and even then I bet it would be removed and added pink-brick by pink-brick to the facade of the new condo building.

Jeannie Lottie handbags for sale in Yorkville at Pink House, 32 Scollard

Jeannie Lottie designer handbags for sale in Yorkville at the Pink House, 32 Scollard St. Toronto.

Up in the tree house behind the Pink House, Jeannie Lottie was holding court and hobnobbing with some of the most influential and respected names in Toronto’s diverse fashion and entertainment scene. From noon to three pm there was music, wine and wonderful discussions happening at the rear of 32 Scollard.

Jeannie Lottie’s Friends Wear Her Fashions

So many stunning fashion pieces were on display, but one thing about Jeannie Lottie’s merchandise that always attracted me was her faux diamond ring key chain. This item sells for a few dollars only in the store, or used too (this one is vintage). You can see the photographer’s powder blue shirt and camera in the ‘gem’.

street chic glass ring

Jeannie Lottie has giant faux diamond ring key chain.

Here is one of Jeannie’s purses being worn to the party by another designer Monica Frangulea of Musesa com

Jeannie Lottie square box Paris purse

Jeannie Lottie’s square box Paris purse in use at party

Monica is world class architect that only dabbles in jewelry design. She should probably take it more seriously as her art is very beautiful.

Musesa beautiful cuff bracelet

Monica Frangulea of Musesa wears a beautiful cuff bracelet at Jeannie Lottie’s party.

Above is Monica’s bejeweled cuff bracelet and below is her matching ring, also a Musesa original.

Monica of Musesa bejeweled ring

Monica of Musesa’s magnificent bejeweled ring matches her cuff bracelet.

Lastly this author must show Musesa’s Pride Week creation and contribution.

Pride week jewelry in Yorkville

Monica Frangulea’s Musesa – Pride Week Necklace bead jewelry

Below on the left is Lily Liao taking the name, number and web address of a popular fashion designer at the party. Behind her on the rail is Jeannie Lottie, and this is before it got too busy for such expansive poses.

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie's Yorkville Tree House Party

Lily Liao mingling at Jeannie Lottie’s Yorkville Tree House Party.

Under the photographer’s feet are hundreds of complimentary Jeannie Lottie beach bags. Every guest that showed up with their paper confirmation could collect a complimentary signature Jeannie Lottie beach bag. It was all very organized. Participants were encouraged to visit the store first to collect a Love Canada invitation card, and the afterwards join the party on the tree house deck.

Canada 150 Jeannie Lottie handbags Yorkville

Canada 150 Celebrations at Jeannie Lottie

As usual Jeannie’s party was very friendly with lots of people from different backgrounds and some folks just dropping in to say hello and have a cocktail before heading back out to attend other celebrations all over town. Those of us who stayed and mingled enjoyed the complimentary wine and snacks, free makeup and anti-aging consultation by Arbonne and conversations with notable artists and fashion designers, Amy Sky, Camilla Scott and Jane Ip.

Jeannie Lottie Party in Yorkville

Jeannie Lottie with lily Lioa at fashion party in Yorkville

Here’s Jane Ip (Jeannie Lottie)  with Lily discussing the future of Street Chic magazine and how they might help each other. Below is Jane’s younger sister serving wine to guests at the tree house party.

Serving wine at Jeannie Lottie's backyard party

Jane Ip’s younger sister serving wine at Jeannie Lottie’s backyard party.

The cover photo shows the esprit d corp of fashion accessories and jewelry designers that formed by the trellis in the corner of the tree-house. Jeannie Lottie (Jane Ip) and Monica Frangulea in the back, Lily Liao from Street Chic joins other bloggers and stylists in the foreground. Everyone here was very chic.

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