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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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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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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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