Fashion as Art in Ajax Ontario

Fashion as Art in Ajax Ontario

Fashion is truly an art form. The way we chose to present ourselves to the world is an expression of who we are. For some, it can take a lot of courage to wear what they want, and others feel more beautiful when they follow current    trends. Regardless of what you wear, the clothes we put on every day are a representation of our personalities, our cultures, and our tastes. Here we will be exploring the styles of four Ajax teens and what Fashion means to them.

Maryam, 17

Jeans: H&M- $10
Top: H&M – $15
Sunglasses: Forever 21 – $7
 
Maryam has recently recognized the significance of the clothes we wear. “I never used to be that big on fashion”, she states in an interview, “but the past two years I’ve really been trying to find my style and what I like/how I like to wear certain clothes”.  Like most teenagers, Maryam is discovering herself and growing into her own skin. She likes the diversity that you see in clothes and styles and tastes and she really believes that fashion is an importanf aspect of everyday life. “I think fashion should mean something to everyone, everyone participates in it one way or another, I know it’s cliché, but fashion is a way someone can express themselves.” – Maryam
 

Louis, 18

Shirt : H&M – $20
Pants: H&M – $50
Shoes: Zara – $50
 
Louis is an artist. He sees the world from a very unique perspective. He’s fearless and confident and all of this is made apparent in the way he likes to dress. Fashion is a way for him to express his creativity and his artistry to the world on a daily basis.
 “I believe fashion is just another window for self expression, its another form of art.” – Louis
 

Holly, 16

Shirt: Thrifted
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Thrift shopping has become a huge trend since Macklemore’s 2012 hit single “Thrift Shop”. People can find really great clothes at very low prices. Because thrift shops don’t usually carry anything “trendy”, they almost force you to create your own style.

Holly absolutely embodies this idea. She unapologetically wears what makes her happy. She understands the connection between the clothes we wear and our lifestyles and she embraces that every time she gets dressed. “Fashion is something that everybody has, either if it’s a trend or a unique style, it’s something that everyone can own, so own it!” – Holly

 
Barrington, 19
 
We’ve discussed how fashion is essentially a form of self-expression, but what do you do if nothing you find in stores represents you accurately? At age 18, Barrington launched his own street skate brand called “Suspended”. The brand has been doing well having launched multiple collections and is now able to ship Canada wide.
 
In designing the shirts and sweaters, Barrington has kept versatility in mind. “Fashion to me is doing whatever you want but being comfortable and still stylish at the same time. Turning basic clothing and putting clothes together and mixing different colours that complete outfits. Also adding little accessory can make an outfit pop and doing little things. Fashion is important because everyone’s fashion is different, everyone thinks about fashion differently but we still share the same things. That’s what I think fashion means to me” – Barrington
 
Being fashionable means something different to everybody. However, the bottom line is always the same: be true to yourself and do what makes YOU happy despite what anyone else thinks. Fashion and your own sense of style can be a powerful tool when it comes to owning your happiness and learning how to be comfortable with who you are. So use it wisely!

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Miss Teen North York in Pink Pant Suit

Clothing Styles at Square One Mall in Mississauga

by Marina, Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario 2017

Paparazzi? Am I famous?

Miss Teen south Western OntarioThese questions must have run through the minds of all the fashionistas who encountered me on the streets of Mississauga this weekend. No, it’s not the Paparazzi… It’s just Marina with a camera, or should I say… Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario 2017 behind the scenes!

The goal of this assignment was to find strangers on the street and record everything about their fashion sense and style. I had a blast meeting new people and learning a bit about their personality, which can explain a lot about why they wear what they wear. I found that timid or quiet people tend to wear dark or subtle colours, while bold and bubbly people tend to wear bright and noticeable colours. An outfit says a lot about a person; fashion style is a mirror reflection on the outside of what is really on the inside!

Meet Tiana! I found this 21-year-old strutting along Princess Royal Drive. Her bright coloured dress was what caught my attention. She is a hardworking student, who is currently studying Biology and Psychology. Her dress is a bright green colour with various light pink flowers all over. The dress has detailing with a cute high collar and a high split for her long legs to be shown off. Her dress was bought at H&M for a retail price of $70.00. tina in a green floral dress in MississaugaHer black and white point shoes were a snake skin style and measured to be about 4 inches high. Her heels were bought from Aldo for a retail price of $90.00. Her black fringe purse with gold detailing was also bought from H&M for a retail price of $30.00. Her nude and black Chanel sunglasses were bought for a retail price of $500.00. The total cost of Tiana’s outfit was $690.00.

Meet Gabriel! I found this 16-year-old walking around Square One Mall with his buddy, Kyle. Gabriel enjoys shopping and likes to play soccer on his spare time. Despite his typical “skater style,” Gabriel says that he no longer uses his skateboard.

Square One mall boy fashion in Mississauga

His black and grey baseball t-shirt was bought from Forever 21 for a retail price of $15.00. His cuffed dark jeans were bought from Winners for a retail price of $20.00. His black and white Vans (my favourite go-to sneakers) were bought from Zumiez for a retail price of $85.00. Gabriel’s final look costed him a total of just $120.00!

Meet Peter! I stumbled across this fashionista at Top Shop, in Square One Mall. Peter is a pro multi-tasker, as he balances being a personal trainer and working in the movie industry. His matching belt and shoes were what initially caught my eye! His navy blue fitted dress shirt was bought from Top Man for a retail price of $34.00. His black pants were also bought from Top Man for a retail price of $98.00. His white belt was bought from Calvin Klein for a retail price of $56.00. African origin man in Miss ssiauga wearing navy blue short denim jeans loafersHis white detailed shoes were bought from Brown’s for a retail price of  $120.00. In total, Peter spent $308.00 on his outfit of the day!

 

Thanks for reading about these noticeably fashionable looks from people just like me and you! Who knows? Maybe one day you can make it on a fashion blog or even a runway. Stay on trend or better yet make your own trends, and you’re bound to get noticed!

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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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Casual Fashion in downtown Toronto 2017 on Queen St

Casual Fashion on Queen Street in Toronto

By Yanna, Miss Teen GTA 2017

Fashion comes and goes, as all things in life. One style of clothing, hair, or even behavior fades away and is replaced with another, however, what I see is eternal is our personal styles that defines and creates each of us unique. One’s said by Coco Chanel,

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

With these ideas in mind, I was constantly contemplating what street in Toronto truly expresses both diversity and chic, but also allows each individual to be free in their style and choices without social strains – Queen Street. Form all of the other fashion districts in Toronto, I felt that Queen Street is one of those chic streets, where you can literary find anything you are looking for. It has been part of the Toronto Fashion District, as a result of the large garment industry in the area, where numerous textiles, fabric factories, and warehouses were close to many rail lines making it easy to ship the garments throughout various cities. Although there are still numerous garment warehouses and clothing outlets on Queen Street, today it has been refurbished into a street full of musicians, artists, small galleries, condos, lofts, and murals. It is also one of those streets that has both old Victorian and new glass buildings, that inspire magic and creativity.

Walking down Queen Street and you will see all sorts of styles, from the elegant to hipster locks that truly reflect the diversity of the street. Below is a selection of a group of individuals I found in some of the pockets on Queen Street and side streets full of murals, where I have demonstrated their unique styles and personalities. I have interviewed and photographed each individual, who among their differences all use fashion to express themselves.

Christina on Queen St in Toronto Christina is 17 years old student going into her last year at Humberside Collegiate Institute. She loves being involved in various student run clubs at her school, and she is on various sports teams throughout the year. She loves shop thrift shopping and to recycle clothing and incorporate it into today’s fashion trends. Just recently she has turned recycling old clothes into a small business with her best friend and hopes one day she can create it into a large production and design brand. She also loves Queen Street, because of its diversity and is one of her most favorite hangout locations with her friends.

One-day Christina would like to travel the whole world, since she loves discovering new places and pockets of various large cities. She is a very creative person and one day she would like to build her own house by the beach and live luxuriously enough to continue enjoy her fashion.

Get the look

  • Top – Thrifted (around $5)
  • Shorts – American Eagle Outfitters ($29+ tax)
  • Necklace – ALDO ($8+ tax)
  • Shoes – Vans ($59+ tax)

What does Christina think about today’s fashion?

She believes that modern fashion in Toronto is very bold and “trail blazing”, and she absolutely loves seeing all the fun prints and cuts. With the humid summers in Toronto, she finds breezy clothing most appealing, and with this season tube tops and off the shoulder shirts that seem to be very popular, she has recycled many of her old clothing to make it fit with today’s trends. Christina also finds that Toronto’s fashion is much more laid back, and many Torontonians tend to rely on sporty apparels that are easily incorporated into today’s trends, as “my classic white vans that go with everything”.

Kat , a young fashionable aboriginal womain in Canada, against a red brick wall Kat is 17 years old and enjoys writing posts on her blog O SO VOGUE, and she loves photography. She is also very passionate about leading an active lifestyle and goes to the gym around four times a week mainly focusing on weight training and calisthenics. Her dream is to travel the world and experience as many new things as possible, most importantly to embrace life’s beauty. Next year she is planning a huge backpacking trip around Europe.

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  • Top – Forever 21
  • Pants – Hollister
  • Flannel – Forever 21
  • Shoes – Converse

What does Kat think about today’s fashion?

Kat created her O SO VOGUE blog to share her opinions, tips, and tricks about fashion, make-up, fitness, and beauty with the world. On her blog there are many recipes, fitness tips and pictures, make-up and beauty posts, but mostly fashion. Although she enjoys today’s fashion, she is displeased with the poor choices students have with backpacks. She believes that over the past years nylon backpacks are unpractical and easily rip, so now on her blog she has been trying to promote leather and many of its qualities and use in the fashion world.

 

Marko in casual fashion wear on Queen Toronto

Marko has just finished high school and is determined to pursue a career in music. He regularly creates music videos and has his own YouTube channel. Beside his music passion and spending time in the recording studio, he plays basketball or watches movies. His life goal is to be able to live off being an artist, who is able to share and express his ideas about the world to the public.

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  • Top – Thrifted (no-named brands)
  • Pants – Thrifted (no-named brands)
  • Shoes – Adidas

What does Marko think about today’s fashion?

“To be honest, I know nothing about fashion, I have no idea about designers or brands or any of the stuff.” Even though, Marko does not have many ideas about fashion nor does he wear any brands, since most of his clothes are bought through thrift shopping or no name brands (except for some Adidas sneakers or timberland shoes). Nevertheless, he represents a perfect example of the diversity of styles that can be found on Queen Street.

Although, no name brands to some might not constitute as fashion, I would argue differently because it is important that individuals are not defined by brands or modern fashion trends that undermine their character. Which I believe Marko was trying to state with his style choice in choosing no named brands, since with no named brands “I am able to express myself in a more creative and personal way, that truly reflects me as an individual, which I also try to do through my music.”

Angel in Toronto in white top with denim skirtAngel is 17 years old student going into her last year at University of Toronto Schools. She believes that she is your basic teenage stereotype with a “Starbucks addiction, gimmicky Instagram food, and Netflix binging problem”. Besides all the basics, she loves to dance, write, go to debates, and she is an avid supporter for many social justice issues. Above everything, she loves to shop, even though she believes that she “spends way too much time and money on clothing”.

Get the look

  • Top – Hollister Cop.
  • Shorts – Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Belt – H&M
  • Shoes – Adidas

What does Angel think about today’s fashion?

Angel believes that fashion is a perfect way to express yourself for the world to see. She believes that today’s fashion is quickly expanding and feels things that people would have dissed in the past, such as mom jeans or slides, are making a comeback. However, what she particularly adores about today’s trends is that “now more than ever people can make choices about clothing that suit them, that’s why I like Queen Street because it has many unique things to explore”.

gypsy girl fashion flower in toronto on Queen - hipster fashionNevena is 17 years old and is also going into her last year of high school. For the past ten years she has been going to Serbian folklore at SCA Oplenac (Mississauga, Ontario), in order to preserve the traditional dances from her native country. Besides her passion for dance and music, she loves helping people and regularly volunteers in her spare time. She hopes to study law and pursue her passion to defend educational rights and freedom of children in various countries around the world.

Get the look

  • Top – s.Oliver
  • Shorts – Pull and bear
  • Necklace – Accessorize
  • Leather Handbag – Coach

What does Nevena think about today’s fashion?

Nevena loves to follow fashion trends and believes each era of fashion, as today’s fashion has its own unique magic. She is always open to new things, so when it comes to fashion there is almost nothing she does not like. With today’s fashion and bright colors, she feels that it gives her an opportunity to express herself even more, by combining different things together. Even though she follows regular fashion trends, she chooses clothes that reflect her, thus allowing her to create a slightly unique style of her own, as she states “I first want to feel comfortable and reflect my character”.

Vilde is on ed brick wall in Toronto

Vilde is a first-year university student for international relations, Vilde is aspiring to be a diplomat, specializing in global health that will primarily focus on children in South and Central America. She enjoys to read, write, hike, dance ballet, and embroider. She also has many other interests and is an exceptional song writer and singer. One day, she wishes to discover and help as many suffering people in this world.

Get the look

  • Top – American Eagle
  • Pants – Zaras
  • Shoes – Nike

What does Vilde think about today’s fashion?

In today’s fashion, Vilde believes that it allows a lot of self-expression and it allows many to explore and find their perfect style. She feels that “fashion of today is perfectly portrayed on this street [Queen Street]”; as Queen Street she feels todays trends are a mixture of the old and the new, and as music and art they have become very expressive and individualized.

a beautoful woman wearing a knit sweater in Golden Hour photography

Jovana is 17 years old and is also going into last year of high school. Jovana is passionate about languages and she is currently learning French, Italian, and Persian. In her spare time, Jovana loves to dance salsa and tango and a few years ago she played water polo for over three years. Jovana also enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her friends, and listening to rock music, as David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Metallica, Guns N’ Rosses, and many more. As well, Jovana has recently started her own business where she creates and sells her handmade jewelry.

Get the look

  • Top – Forever 21
  • Necklace – Handmade
  • Glasses – Dolce & Gabbana

What does Jovana think about today’s fashion?

“To be honest, I don’t really like today’s fashion trends, so I have stopped following it.” Jovana does not like today’s fashion, since she believes it isn’t very innovative. Jovana feels that many of the styles have already been seen (particularly trends in 2016 and 2017) are merely imitating fashion of the 90’s. Jovana instead follows things that she likes, and she would say that her style is more “sport-rocker elegance”, since she loves wearing boots and leather jackets.

woman in silk blouse print top with red pattern

Hristina moved to Toronto from Macedonia as a child, and loves playing basketball and soccer, as well as listening to music and watching movies that are mostly musicals. She also tries to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and to stay fit. In order to preserve her countries traditions, she is part of the KUD Biljana Macedonian folk dance group in Markham, Ontario. Above everything, she loves her family and friends, and constantly strives to be the best person she can be.

Get the look

  • Top – Ardene
  • Pants – Old Navy
  • Bracelet – Pandora
  • Necklace – Hand made

What does Hristina think about today’s fashion?

She loves today’s fashion and also enjoys to follow popular fashion trends. She is very happy with today’s fashion, primarily because it allows her to freely express herself and her personality. As it is seen in her fashion choice, she likes to combine dark colors with light colors that accent specific details of her outfit, in this case the bright colored flowers. Because of the hot summers in Toronto and this year’s fashion, she is able to enjoy the over the shoulder tops, which she believes add both elegance and chic to her personal style.

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Fashion to Fitness in Downtown Toronto

By Nicole, Miss Teenage South Central Ontario 2017

What is fashion? It is a distinctive trend in style in a way which a certain person dresses. Fashion is a way for someone to express themselves, and who they are. The beauty about fashion is there is no right or wrong way to dress, trends come and go changing every single day, so you just have to wear what you want, and walk in it as if you are on your own runway! The most important thing to remember is to always be comfortable in your own skin cause that’s what makes you fabulous!

In my role as Miss teenage South Central Ontario, I ventured out on the streets of Toronto, in search for the different styles out there. My first step, was to pick what street I would begin my journey on. It was actually an easy choice for me; I decided to pick one of the longest streets we have in Canada, and that is “Yonge Street.”

To put a spin on things, I decided to write this Street Chic fashion article with a focus on my platform, which is, Empowering people through physical activity.  I wanted to capture the look of people dressing fashionable at work, but able to easily change and keep a healthy lifestyle, by going to work out. Which is why my location was located more specifically near the Goodlife fitness where I train everyday. Some of the people I interviewed worked out that same day, while others had different set days that they go to the gym.

I noticed a lot of students, and people from their workplace going to the gym on their lunch break. Since I had stayed a few hours I saw them walk into the gym fashionable, and leave just as beautiful. That is because they picked outfits that were cute but comfortable, and easy to change. This goes to show, it’s easy to live a healthy lifestyle but be well dressed at the same time. Even if you aren’t wearing the most elaborate clothes, and a lot of accessories, I believe that having a fit healthy body is something you can wear as well.  I asked all the people a series of questions, and named my survey “fashion to fitness.” I also asked for their permission to use their first name and picture. Here is what I got!

Monica in downtown Toronto

Our first Model was Monica

What is your Job: “Customer Service.”

How often do you go to the gym: “2 times per week.”

What is your favorite thing to do at the gym: “I enjoy doing cardio, and classes are really fun!”

How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning: “I plan the night before for work in ten minutes, but if I am going on a night out 30 minutes.”

Do you prefer online shopping or going to the mall: “The mall is more of an experience, but I prefer online because it’s more convenient.”

Monica’s outfit

Top

Brand: no name brand

Description: nude peach half sleeve shirt.

Jacket

Brand: Terranova

Description: light cream beige colour, oversized tie around cape, with a suede material. She purchased this in Europe.

Bottoms    

Brand:  H&M

Description:  they were black high waisted dressy leggings.

Shoes

Brand: Express

Description: black open toe wedge heel, with a cork colour bottom material.

 Teresa, fashion in downtown Toronto

Our second model was Teresa

What is your job: “antiques.”

How often do you go to the gym: “two times per week”

What is your favorite thing to do at the gym: “yoga and Pilates classes”

How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning: “10 minutes- 1 day”

Do you prefer online shopping or going to the mall: “online”

Teresa’s outfit

Top

Brand: Zara

Description: black, loose sleeveless scoop top.

Bottom

Brand: Zara

Description: different shades of green throughout, with a long wide leg cut, and a Hawaiian floral print.

Shoes

Brand: Zara

Description: black espadrille summer heels

Hat

Brand: winners

Description: large black floppy sun hat

Accessories

Brand: Club Monaco

Description: necklace is a large gold fan frilled design, large gold dangling and part hoop earrings.

sport fashion in downtown Toronto

The third model is John

Job: student

How often do you go to the gym: “ 4 times per week”

What is your favorite thing to do at the gym: “biceps, because I have really small ones and I like seeing the improvements.”

How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning: “5 minutes.”

Online shopping or going to the mall: “I equally enjoy both.”

John’s outfit

Top:

Brand: Zara

Description: black graphic-T

Bottoms:

Brand: H&M

Description: white cuffed skinny jeans

Shoes:

Brand: Nike, purchased in Peter Borough

Description: red and white, Nike SB

Glasses:

Brand: Atzzes

Description: black with gold rim and round frame

fitness is fashion in Toronto

The forth model is Giana

Job: “ I am a student and athlete”

How often do you go to the gym: “4 times per week”

What is your favorite thing to do at the gym: “I like to work gluteus and abdominals the most.”

How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning: “I prefer to prepare my outfits before I go to sleep.”

Online shopping or going to the mall: “I like to go to the mall because I like to try on the clothes before I buy them.”

Gianas’s outfit:

Top:

Brand: H&M

Description: light blue wash, tied up dress shirt.

Bottoms:

Brand: Zara

Description: white beach shorts, with a flower embroidery at the bottom.

Shoes:

Brand: Nike

Description: bright blue, Nike Air Presto

Purse:

Brand: C&A

Description: black leather tote

Glasses:

Brand: New Yorker

Description: black lens and round frame

Victor is all business in downtown Toronto

The fifth model is Victor

Job: student

How often do you go to the gym: “3-4 times per week”

What is your favorite thing to do at the gym: “leg workouts”

How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning: “30 minutes”

Online shopping or going to the mall: “mall”

Victor’s outfit:

Top:

Brand: Alfani

Description: light blue wash, buttoned up dress shirt.

Bottoms:

Brand: Tommy Hilfiger

Description: black straight dress pants.

Jacket:

Brand: H&M

Description: black fitted blazer

Shoes:

Brand: clarks

Description: black dress shoes

Glasses:

Brand: U.S. Polo Assn.

Description: black square rimmed reading glasses

After interviewing all four of my volunteers, I came to a few conclusions…. I saw that some know they have a busy schedule, but they still find time to pick a fashionable outfit for the morning and change after to workout. Their solution was to prepare their clothes the night before! They planned their week at their own pace, and decided how many times they feel like going to the gym. Some of these peoples photos, were them on their days off. We are all allowed to have a break, and that’s the perfect moment we can take time, to have fun with picking our outfits. It’s easy, and rewarding on so many levels being active, there shouldn’t be anything stopping all of you!!!! In fact I truly believe having a strong body, that you feel happy, and confident in, is the best accessory that you can wear! Thank you for following along, and remember you are always fabulous! Xoxo Nicole Miss Teenage South Central Ontario

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Toronto Fashion on Cumberland St in Yorkville

Written Alexia Antonio – Miss Teenage Toronto 2017

All photos by Alexia Antonio

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” —Coco Chanel.

Fashion Icon Coco Chanel had a major impact on women’s clothing and in the fashion industry.  The quote expresses staying true to one’s self and style – because every woman is truly one of a kind.

This quote’s meaning embodied us this weekend while in the heart of Toronto fashion hub – Cumberland Street in Yorkville. The street was selected due to its unique style and fashion diversity. Its home to a wide range of styles from everyday streetwear to top designers such as Tania Health and Kate Spade. The mood surrounding the street is created and displayed with bold colors, creativity and unique designs. One particular area of the street showcases and celebrates femininity with the use of pink roses draped over walkways and embroidered on window displays.

The street’s style is also reflected by the clientele and visitors in the area – who are always dressed stylish and on trend. The three muses selected were my inspiration for the selection of the Yorkville area and selected based on their unique style and individuality. I photographed and interviewed the ladies and found a commonality with all three – they all used fashion to express themselves and their individual style. The full interviews are available to watch at: missteentoronto.com

Emily1asded

Cool Girl meets Chic

Emily is 18 years old student attending Western University. She’s going into her second year studying Psychology and American Studies. Emily is a fan of designer Jeremy Scott and his cool and smart style clothing designs. She confidently strolls in Yorkville wearing a velvet tanned button up short skirt, paired with a black short sleeve turtle neck. Her footwear is tanned stiletto tied up boots and carries a black leather purse. She completes the look with her signature “E” Necklace, which she never leaves the house without.

Emily describes her style as “edgy” and loves to mix and match with “nude beige and black colors”. Emily’s outfit is the definition of Cool Girl Chic. I asked Emily, if she could speak to thousands of young Canadian girls about their fashion choices, what would she say to them? Emily without hesitation responded by expressing “Whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you feel comfortable, is the best!”

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Top, Randy – $30.00
Skirt, Nasty Gal, $60.00
Purse, Kate Spade – $158.00

Elegance Meets the Modern Day Gal

Nihan is 17 years of age just and recently graduated from high school. She dreams of having her own fashion clothing line. Nihan describes her fashion style as “Lazy Chic” as she aims for her outfits to look “Organic” and “Natural” and have an overall effortless look. She accomplishes this look by wearing black Levi jeans, a black bralette with a sheer top overlay.

nihan street chic Yorkville

She adds a jacket over her shoulders and wears a pair of white sunshades. She gravitates to classic black and white colors and sheer materials. “I love things that are sheer!” she expresses. Accessory wise, Nihan always wears her Pandora silver ring as it has sentimental value to her. I asked Nihan, if she had the opportunity to create her own shoe line to empower young women, what message would she write under the shoe to them? Nihan said “I would write I”, “You need to feel like your true self and make sure it’s comfortable!”.

Get The Look
Levi Black Jeans – $60.00
Costuming Black Books – $100.00
Sheer Shirt, H&M – $30.00
Black Bralette, Urban Outfitters – $25.00
Cream Jacket, Mango – $200.00
White Sunglasses – Guess, $150.00

Classic Rock Meets The Future Girl

Arya is 28 years old and is working as a successful Stage Actor while completing her Theatre degree at York University. Arya explained her style fluctuates “It varies day to day depending on how I feel”, “But usually I would say it’s very edgy with a Boho kind a feel to it”. Arya is a fan of designer Alexander McQueen and carries an open-minded attitude towards fashion and embracing various styles much like the late designer.

Arya in Yorkville Toronto

She’s wearing a white star top, black jeans, black boots and completes her look with the classic black leather jacket. She’s finished her look off with multiple accessories. Her signature style is her bold hair color and seeks only perfection when it comes to her styling. When asked what type of accessory she would design to promote the empowerment of women, she replied “It would be a black leather cuff, in the front of it would be two silver sterling hands holding each other”. This accessory is a reflection of Arya and represents the strength of women.

Get The Look
Black Shoes, Nordstrom – $120.00
Black Leather Jacket – Le Chateau – $199.00
Necklace, Aldo – $20.00
Skull Ring, Aldo – $20.00
Black Cargo Jeans, Marshalls – $39.99
White tank to with stars, Marshalls – $19.99

 

Your classic Modern Girl (Me!)

I’m 19 years old and going into second year at York University in the AMPD (Arts, Media, Production & Design) program.  My passions are with photography and writing. Some of my recent awards include Outstanding Achievement for Film & Editing and my recent accomplishments include writing a children’s book which reflects my platform and girl empowerment. I describe my fashion style as modern with a mix of 50’s chic. I enjoy wearing bright colors and pieces that convey confidence.

red dress I’m seen here photographing Emily, Nihan, and Arya for Street Chic Magazine. I’m wearing a one piece jumpsuit in a bright hot pink and black heel shoe.

Get The Look
Hot pink jumpsuit – Zara – $150.00
Steve Madden  shoes – $100.00

With all my wardrobe selections I aim to project a confident style while staying true to my individual style. If I were to have my own shoe line, the message conveyed would be about the empowerment of girls.  Under the shoe, the message would state my platform’s campaign “Find Your Beauty Inside”.

The purpose is to inspire all girls to positive; to be confident; believe in themselves; to be FEARLESS; and they will accomplish everything they set their minds to and accomplish their dreams.

The 7 most attractive restaurants in Toronto

Seven Most Attractive Restaurants in Toronto

It’s been gloomy the last few weeks in Toronto with the frequent rain.

Now that it’s the end of July, the completion of the beautiful summer in Toronto is nearing. You mustn’t waste any time to have some fun. Today, Street Chic will recommend some of Toronto’s popular restaurants, which are high-value and delicious!

Dazzling Cafe

Dazzling Cafe originates from Taiwan, and it was opened at a prime location in Toronto; at Yonge & Sheppard. People can’t resist the temptation to visit because of the sweet desserts and exquisite presentation.

The food in there can meet anyone’s taste. I love the ice cream toast best.

Address: 37 Sheppard Ave E, North York, ON M2N 7K1

Smith

Smith is a three-story restaurant located at Church Street. Smith focuses on serving brunch. This is a gathering place for young people, so if you ever go over the weekend you’ll likely find yourself in a line-up. There is a pleasant new patio in the hidden backyard. You can see the brick walls, comfortable sofas and retro benches reminiscent of Smith’s aesthetic. Warm and welcoming lights can be seen at night.

Address: 553 Church St Toronto, ONM4Y 2E2

One Restaurant

If you go to Yorkville, then you must try One. With this restaurant covering brunch, lunch and dinner, you will never be disappointed. This is a favorite restaurant of many celebrities and bloggers. I really like the patio in there because of the lush plants. One’s breakfast menu is very satisfying. I especially recommend fruit rich pancake.

Address: 116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

La Societe

La Societe is a very old French restaurant in Toronto. It’s found at Bloor Street near the Cartier store. The first time I went there, the Irish coffee really surprised me(in a good way). They recently started offering brunch that is great in both taste and appearance. Remember to order their waffles; they use different ways to present it.

Address: 131 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1

Ufficio

Ufficio is a cozy and elegant restaurant at Dundas West. Their benny is something special with seafood in it. I recommend the Uova cotte, which is delicious. It’s also worth recommending is their salmon. Come to this place out for some high quality food!

Address: 1214 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X5

Cafe Neon

If you plan on checking out the Café Neon, I suggest you go to Wallace Ave one. They have a marble table that more suitable for taking pictures. If you don’t care about that, then the important thing to note is the delicious egg benny. It’s a very pleasant and relaxing restaurant no matter which location you go to.

Address: 241 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 1V5

LAVELLE

Lavelle is not a sight you see at the typical restaurant. It is full of great points, including the environment, price, geographical location and food. There is a Rooftop and Patio with a swimming pool. The food is tasty, looks great, and is affordable. If you sit by the window, you can get a magnificent view of the CN Tower.

Address: 627 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

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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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Street Chic

Street Chic on Queen West in Toronto

Street Chic is more than a social media hashtag, blog, or fashion magazine; its a state of mind!  On Saturday the 10th of June 2017, Lily Liao, the editor of Street Chic found herself downtown talking to stylish strangers on Queen West, the trendiest street in all Toronto.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous that Saturday, all across Southern Ontario and it was particularly nice in the city where a gentle breeze made the day perfect for everyone fortunate enough to get outside.

Samantha and Sarah had come down to Queen St that day to get some great snaps for Instagram. But little did they know their clothes and chic disposition would attract Lily’s pen and camera.

Samantha is wearing a purple top from Top Shop, and Pafferin jeans with shoes from Ardene. The Daniele Pinadi leather bag was also purchased at Ardene. Her friend Sarah in the pink blouse from Evernew is wearing jeans from Zara and shoes from H&M. She also has a Daniele Pinadi handbag.

Lily gets information about ladies on Queen St W

Lily writes down clothing brands and stores and prices, out on the street.

Queen St. West has long been considered the epicenter of fashion and style in Canada’s largest city with many big brands operating flagship stores on the street in the downtown core. Smaller boutiques and fabric shops exist in the middle stretches and there’s a cornucopia of second hand clothing stores on Queen-West-West or ‘past the bridge’ that divides the street at Dufferin St.

fashionable girl on Queen St W at Gladstone

Fashionable girl on Queen St W at Gladstone

The people walking along Queen street are all very diverse. There’s alternative lifestyle hipsters in black leather coats (in all weather) with tall boots and thick belts often accentuated with chrome. And these guys will be waiting at the crosswalk, sharing the same sidewalk are YUPs or Young Urban Professionals who wear business clothes by day and sweatpants after hours.

And then there’s Samantha and Sarah. They’re just visiting. These two best friends traveled to Queen street west that morning with a high quality camera to make memories on Instagram. We found them in between The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel eyeing up a provocative angel wings wall mural on Brooklyn nightclub bldg. Their fun personalities matched their bright colours and their gay presence made them very Street Chic.