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.

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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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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featured image in Montreal blue coral dress for boyfriend

Ste-Catherine Street Style in Montreal, Quebec

by Stefanie, Miss Teenage Quebec 2017

Where to start when it comes to Montreal fashion? Montreal is one of the trendiest cities in Canada. It is the Milan of Italy, the London of England and the Paris of France but with a twist; it is where all three meet under one awe-inspiring location: Montreal. Its streets are filled with beautiful and fashionable people. With its European flavor, fashion styles seem to be more trendy and unique.

The people of Montreal go further with their fashion by meshing styles together and creating their own designs. This is why ‘street style’ is very popular in Montreal. Big fashion brands like Aldo, Dynamite, Garage, Le Chateau, Mackage and Rudsak have their headquarters here, and draw inspiration from the culture outside their offices; its from Montreal they’ve all made their mark on Canadian fashion.

Ste-Catherine Street

Ste-Catherine Street is without a doubt one of the liveliest streets in Montreal. It runs 11.5 km long located in the heart of downtown Montreal where you can find a vast array of shops for both brand names and one-of-a kind boutiques. It crosses the central business district from west to east and runs parallel to the largest segments of Montreal’s underground city. It is the longest commercial street in Canada.

fashion in the city of Montreal

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Michael Kors
Purse: Louis Vuitton

This 26 year old model is Christina, my older sister! My sister has truly been a big inspiration to me and is definitely one of my role models. I look up to her everyday, but one thing I really look up to  is her style and fashion. I love my sister’s style; she is currently studying at Concordia University. She lives with her boyfriend and spends lots of time with her family and friends. She is very sociable and is one of the most kindhearted people I know.  Wearing a coral blue dress with a little bow on her top left shoulder, the garment is loose fitting and casual, perfect for a date-night. Since Christina is tanned, the light blue colour matches perfectly with her skin tone making her stand out. She was popping her style while strolling down Ste-Catherine street on a beautiful sunny day.

Michael Kors beige pumps sandle wood by the old marble fountains in Montreal

Christina has beige Micheal Kors pumps, and the colour complements her skin perfectly and matches her dress. The shoes have ankle straps and retail for $198.

white cotton dress beside old fountain in Montreal

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden

Yay to another summer dress! My beautiful model Christina is wearing a white dress from forever 21. It is an off the shoulder short dress with lace details on the edges. She was , again, walking along Ste- Catherine street on a warm day.  I love when there is a contrast between the clothing colour and the skin tone; the white colour makes Christina stand out once again. Michael Kors shoes in fashion in Montreal 2017This casual yet flirty wear is perfect for an every day outing retailing at only 30$. This is proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a good outfit! She is also wearing my favourite Steve Madden sandals with different coloured straps around the ankle. These shoes are a perfect summer staple and can easily match well with any summer outfit!

My own fashion,

The model in this photo is myself! I am a bubbly and outgoing person who loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures. I am a 17 year old student currently enrolled at Champlain college. I’m the athlete and soccer enthusiast who plays professionally for my province.

Dress: Forever 21
Glasses: Giorgio Armani
Shoes: Adidas NMD

My athleticism usually calls for comfort, hence why my style leans towards comfy casual. I am wearing a pink t-shirt dress from forever 21 and white adidas running shoes. This type of outfit is definitely one of my favourites as it is comfortable and fashionable as well! The dress is $24.90 and the shoes retail at $200.  My sunglasses have a mirror finish and the shape matches well with my rounded face. They complement this look very well as they have a rose gold finish that goes well with the colour of my dress.

What is fashion for me?

Fashion cannot be defined by one sentence because there are so many different kinds of styles out there! I believe that the choice of an individuals clothing is a mean to express themselves. Every persons choice of style, design or trend is a way of introducing who they are, their choice of taste and even what kind of music they like. One’s clothing is like a picture; it’s worth a thousand words. What we wear is how we want to present ourselves. It is a way to find our identity by mixing different styles together to figure out what we like and who we are. It defines us! Fashion is more than just a piece of clothing! My body is a canvas in which I try new things every day to make the perfect match of what I  like to wear. There is no wrong or right fashion style, there is just you.

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Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful in Lethbridge Alberta

By Sarah, Miss Teenage Cardston County 2017

What is beauty? Beauty is not something that you have, or you don’t have. Each one of us has unique beauty within us. I simply couldn’t decide on just one outfit, as beauty is not just one look. So I picked three outfits, that displays: Comfort, Elegance, and Confidence. All three are important aspects to being your own kind of beautiful.

Comfort.
Comfort is key. Often girls believe that to be beautiful they must be uncomfortable, this is false. Beauty comes from within, and that is why it is so incredibly important that you wear clothes that make you feel comfortable.

Miss Teen Cardston Co - Srarh in mineral red dress, casual wear, AlbertaPerson- Sarah (myself), an Alberta Delegate competing in the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.
Outfit- Forever Fond, Mineral Red dress, with Pearl Petite necklace.
Brand- Dress (Down East) Necklace (Down East)
Price- Dress- $61 Necklace- $27
Store- Mish Fashion & Swim
Street- 6th Street South, Lethbridge Alberta

Elegance.
As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Elegance is the only beauty, that never fades.” I absolutely love this quote. Elegance is beautiful. I feel that more often than not, elegance is classified as “old” or maybe “mature” which yes, it can. However elegance is for all ages. Whether you are 14 or 80, elegance is beautiful on everyone. I personally love simple outfits, as it draws more attention to the person who is wearing it, not the other way around. We all know the saying, “Pretty in Pink” well this dress is a perfect example. The way the skirt flows makes elegance and style tie together, making a beautiful outfit. Let’s not forget about the necklace now. I personally love this necklace, it’s so classy and versatile. It can be worn with so many different outfits! Overall I think this necklace is the perfect way to complete the look of elegance.Miss Teen Cardston Co freind cheerleader

Person- Rebecca, cheerleader for Perfect Storm Lethbridge.
Outfit- Lauren Pink Maxi Dress, with Pearl Petite necklace.
Brand- Dress (Milka Rose) Necklace (Down East)
Price- Dress- $112 Necklace- $27
Store- Mish Fashion & Swim
Street- 6th Street South, Lethbridge Alberta

Confidence
What is more beautiful than seeing a girl who is confident?! I personally think the most admirable trait of a girl, is when she is confident in who she is and what she looks like. A question we all have been asked by either a friend, a family member, or even a stranger is, “How do I look?” I’m not going to sit here and pretend I don’t ask others this same question, but my question is… Why do we seem to always ask this question again and again? In today’s society we are taught that our self worth is determined on how others view us. This needs to change! But how? First, you need to realize that no matter how much someone will compliment you, the only person who can make you feel confident is you. It is essential that you are doing it for yourself, no one else. This outfit is so unique and different, in displaying true confidence through its pattern and style. It is important that the outfit you wear makes you feel confident, don’t wear it for someone else, wear it for yourself. As I said before, wear something you want to wear, because in the end you are the only one who can truly make yourself feel confident.

Sarah in Cardston Co Alberta

Person- Sarah (myself) an Alberta Delegate competing in the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.
Outfit- Pin Up, blue, red, yellow floral dress, with black lace necklace, red shoes.

Brand- Dress (H&R) Necklace (Opia) Shoes (Fashion Focus)
Price- Dress- $84 Necklace- $20 Shoes- $44
Store- Mish Fashion & Swim
Street- 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge Alberta

If you follow these three steps, you will be well on your way to being your own kind of beautiful.

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Street Fashion all over Toronto

Street Fashion at University of Toronto

By Alice Li, 2017 Miss Toronto World

Today, we will be talking all things FASHION about Toronto! As the reigning Miss Toronto, I will share with you my fashionista find of the day 😉

First off, I love everything about fashion design and I’ve got a bit of that designing urge in myself. Fun fact: my favorite article of clothing to design is long evening gowns – absolutely beautiful and the more glamorous, the better! Check out some of my own hand-sewn pieces below:

glamour in Toronto

Alice models a hand sewn evening dress that she designed and made herself.

Now let’s get right into it: I went around today to the University of Toronto, where young fashion is always thriving with sparks. I know that for myself, attending the University of Toronto gave me the opportunity to explore my sense of style and meet like-minded people. That’s why I decided it would be a good location to look for our it-girl of the day!

Street Chic Girl
Meet Pamela, who is a student studying genetics and biology. She literally caught my eye from a mile away – she’s got that confidence and it-factor to her walk. When I saw her, she was just making her way across campus on Toronto’s Hoskin Avenue. It was close to Trinity College, one of the University’s well-known historic buildings.

Pamela works and studies at the University of Toronto

Pamela is looking very fashionable on Hoskin Ave at the University of Toronto.   Photo by Alice Li

I chatted with Pamela for a few minutes to get to know her and find out more about her style. She is already an inspiration to me for keeping up her wardrobe during class! Managing school, jobs, and looking great all at once is definitely not easy. 😛 Let’s get the inside scoop on what she’s wearing!

What is She Wearing? 
Pamela is pulling off a black spandex bodysuit from Urban Outfitters ($29). It looks perfect for summer – something I can definitely see myself wearing. It matches so well with her hair! Both her light-wash jeans ($29) and leather shoes are from Urban Planet ($39). The rain-drop shaped earrings are from Ardenes ($8) and adds a nice touch to finish off her look. If you saw them in person, you would’ve seen in the intricate diamond design on these fabulous earrings! Pamela is from Toronto, and these are pieces you could find at almost any mall in the area!

Pamela is a student at university of Toronto

Pamela is wearing a black body suit from Urban Outfitters, faded blue jeans and leather shoes.  Photo by Alice Li

I loved this look especially because she kept it simple yet stylish. I noticed the trend in the black colours she had going on, which made her jeans really pop. You never want to put too many distractions together in one look, and Pamela balanced this out perfectly! Plus, she pulled everything off on an affordable budget!

Our Street Chic girl of the day is truly an example of beauty and brain! Not only is she an aspiring genetic counsellor, she also has her own sense of style. We actually edited these pictures a little for color balance because I found out we had something in common – we both like to be perfectionists! We pretty much had an impromptu photo shoot right on the streets of downtown Toronto! 😀

Alice models a chic hand-sewn black evening dress at Metro Convention Centre.

Alice models her own fashion, a hand-sewn black evening dress at Metro Convention Centre.

Do You Have Street Chic?
Are you street chic? Make sure to use the hashtag #streetchic and join in on this new state of mind! Street Chic is looking for inspirational fashion all over the country. Toronto has many areas that are hot spots for fashion! One of the most well-known area is Queen west, where lots of cute little stores line up down the street and give this city new dimensions.

If you ask me, I would argue that Toronto’s financial district is also buzzing with style. I always see guys sporting suits with personality and girls in their best heels. Next time, we will move our search there for our next street fashion inspiration! Wouldn’t you also agree that office fashion is really becoming the trend lately?

Stay tuned with our official blog, as lots of posts are on the way! Show us the best street fashion from your town, city, or province!

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