Jessica Cianchino, Miss Markham World 2018

Jessica’s Fashion from the Streets of Markham

By Jessica Cianchino, Miss York Region World 2018

In the Greater Toronto Area, downtown Markham is the newest downtown.  This is my city!  Markham has many diverse cultures, many thriving and expanding businesses, and a wide range of entertainment for people of all ages and ethnicities.  And this small town turned big city, like myself, is just beginning.

Markham’s potential is well known.  As Canada’s High Tech Capital the area is a great place to live and work, and relax after work – its easy to find fun here.  My growing city has come to life with the development of a new and impressive downtown core, and this new commercial section hosts many modern attractions.  Cineplex VIP Cinema, as well as other diverse restaurants and boutiques are why my family and friends love going downtown.  Also, a merry-go-round designed specifically for the city incorporates all Canadian-themed sculptures. Experiencing the Pride of Canada Carousel is yet another reason why people should come see the amazing attractions in downtown Markham.

Property developers in Markham prove they are environmentally aware with every new building they erect; the Remington Group encourages green commercial developments. This development group set-up their own Environmental Quality Control program in an attempt to emphasize the importance of preserving the environment while expediently developing the downtown core. Remington Group’s green work was awarded LEED ® which is a fold status for residential and commercial buildings. This organization has implemented green practices in the newest urban areas by introducing natural light, solar power and fresh air.  I’m so proud that the city in which I live is not only growing in business and tourism, but also in environmental consciousness.

My style is influenced by Hip Hop music and urban culture.  The way I style myself mimics what I’ve seen in downtown Toronto, but I put my own twist on it. I usually dress in athletic wear, influenced by the sports I play, infused with styles from big city streets. People my age dress similar to those from the big city, however being from Markham makes my style unique to me.

Walking through our new downtown, I can feel the essence of my city captured through the street art made by local artists. The shops and restaurants run by local residents are bigger now and almost make me feel like I’m in a smaller version of downtown Toronto.  The City of Markham is growing into a city that will provide great opportunities and entertainment to its residents and it welcomes newcomers. It’s astonishing to witness my city grow into a bigger community attracting the attention of others all across Ontario. I remember growing up here before there was a downtown. Its so amazing to be able to watch my city flourish and expand into a successful place that welcomes all kinds of people, just as it has for myself and my family. I look forward to seeing the ongoing progress in the coming years. This new urban center, no matter how much it changes, will continue to be the heart of our community, and I am so proud to be a part of representing this growing metropolis to the rest of the world.

photographer: Peter Gonsalves

Streetchic Alice Li - Miss Ontario World 2018

Fashion Lookbook with Alice Li, Miss Ontario World 2018

Miss World Ontario 2018 Alice Li is no stranger to the world of fashion. She has walked Toronto Women’s Fashion Week twice and also designs her own line of couture gowns.  Alice Li’s Instagram feed is filled with the latest styles and it’s full of color. Want to know where she gets everything? Today, she will take us through a few of her iconic looks during her reign as Miss Ontario!

Alice Li at BMO field and CanEggs photo shoot
Every girl needs a little black dress, right? It’s one of those basic essentials that your wardrobe always starts out with. Alice went to a VIP balcony viewing party for the Toronto Wolfpack Rugby League in a versatile black dress that suits many different occasions. The Wolfpacks were playing against the London Broncos at the Toronto Allan A. Lamport Stadium which was within perfect view from the 19th floor balcony. If you ever visit Toronto, you’ve got to check out at least one sports game! Aside from the game on this busy day, Alice wore this dress as a master smoothie maker for CanEggs egg white powder and as a makeup model for Modern Makeup Canada. You can’t go wrong with this outfit from Winners! She styled the plain black dress with shoes from Sirens that finished the look with a pop of colour. That’s always an advantage of wearing solid colors – you can get creative with how you style everything else without being too much!
Alice Li - Miss Ontario World 2018, evening gown
Now here is another one of Alice’s favourite looks… from Hudson’s Bay! This asymmetrical shoulder gives the dress just the right amount of style, without overpowering its simplicity of pure red. The silhouette gives it a very classic and polished look, perfect for a day or night out. She decided to match the dress with a pair of Mirelivia shoes from Call It Spring to give it some summer vibes! In the photo above, Alice is also styled with merchandise from the official TTC Shop – notice the umbrella is a map of the Toronto subway system. Given that this photo was taken in the heart of downtown Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, you can’t get anymore Toronto than this!

Miss Ontario World 2018 - Alice Li, street fashion Toronto
This is an outfit that gets people talking and heads turning! Alice fell in love with this dress as soon as she saw it at Marla’s and here she is standing in front of the University of Toronto’s historic Hart House.  Hart House is known to be Hogwarts-esque with its architecture and interior design, for all the Harry Potter fans out there!  Gold and red is such an uncommon color combination but for this dress, it works!  Alice is pairing it with shoes from Nine West and a timeless pink purse from Guess. This whole look is elegant but cute at the same time! Would you head to school in this outfit? At the University of Toronto, fashion is our passion!

Calgary Girls fashion story skateboarder

Skater Girl Fashion in Calgary

by Kansas King, Miss Calgary World 2018

When you have a longboard, you never know where the trail is going to take you.

Calgary skateboard fashion

Shaw Millennium Park is the largest skatepark in North America.  Skaters from all over the world come to this Calgary hot spot. It has ramps, bowls, tunnels, anything your adrenaline junkie heart desires.Calgary skatepark - Shaw Milenium skateboard park, Calgary Alberta

beauty at the skatepark

There isn’t just skate equipment here though. There are over 60 unique murals around the city, which bring a modern vibe to a seasoned town.

Your wardrobe should reflect your interests. Skating downtown brings casual and sporty together.

The board you choose describes your personality, so rock it.   Landyachtz is the Canadian company that you will see a majority of Calgarians riding.

girl at skateboard park, low angle, skateboard fashion for girls

Wear your favorite band tee and snapback, show off that skater side. Oh, and you see those poles in the background? Those were lasers made in 1999 when the park was first built. Unfortunately, they had to be permanently shut down because they distracted airplanes. The more you know…

July just creeps in, and all of a sudden it’s Stampede. It’s time to kick off your Converse, grab your cowboy boots (that you bought last minute) and go downtown!

Calgary boots as fashion in the stampede

The Calgary tower may no longer be the tallest tower in the city, but it still stands out amongst the rest. The days are longer and the days are hotter, soak it in, because it won’t last long!

Girls, put on that cute dress you bought from The Store Upstairs boutique in Airdrie, and eat all the mini donuts you want, because The Calgary Stampede is only two weeks of the year.

In the background you can see Bloom, a winning art project created in 2013. The sun is setting on The Calgary Stampede. The horse trotting, country music, and carnival games ring in your head. Can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Calgary is full of amazing paths throughout the city. Riverwalk is one of the most popular pathways. During the day, it is a little piece of heaven for lovers of the outdoors. It’s a great place to longboard. Gliding across bridges, inhaling fresh air, hearing the flow of the water under you, and seeing smiling faces as you drift by. Not only does this pathway decrease the amount of cars on the road, but it gives a calm and safe getaway from a busy life.

Romantic Hot Spots in Calgary at Night

St. Patrick’s Island pedestrian bridge is a popular spot when the sun starts to go down.

Now boys, if you are planning a date with that cute girl you met at Stampede, this might just be the place for a romantic walk. Take her for a nice dinner at Booker’s BBQ Grill and Crab Shack, listen to some Blues music, then watch the sunset over the water.

The night isn’t over quite yet, there is more to see when the lights go down. The Scotiabank Saddledome takes the spotlight up on Scotsman Hill. You can hear the C of Red, as they cheer when the Calgary Flames score a goal.

The night ends with bright stars in the sky and great memories in mind.

Greenwood stakes fashion quartet

Fashion Gambles at the First Greenwood Stakes

The first ever Greenwood Stakes happened at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday the 26th of May 2018.  This is a fashion event in an equestrian setting.  The festival is being dubbed Toronto’s newest society event at the races.  Big tents, food vendors, music and games took over the Woodbine Racetrack that warm Saturday afternoon until 7 p.m. in the evening.

horse race at Woodbine Racetrack - 2018 Greenwood Stakes

The event was crowded from 1pm to 4pm as eight hundred guests squeezed into the track-side enclosure at the east end of the Woodbine Raceway Grandstand. This area was made over with faux tropical trees and upscale patio furniture. The central terminal was a cavernous big-top tent that accommodated several HPIBET stations and cold food vendors which is similar to how the place is setup during Queen’s Plate event in July.  Outside the main area there were a variety of vegetarian and meaty sausage distributors, sushi makers and a pork-on-a-bun shop.

The people at this event were the real attraction; almost everyone here was an original and stylish entrepreneur or high profile business executive. Below is Christy Fenn a model and fashion designer, and Richard Carmichael a veteran web marketing strategist in Toronto.

Greenwood Stakes was filled with influencers who make media on Instagram and Twitter. Anyone can see their work by typing #GreenwoodStakes into Google or any social media platform. Here’s a dapper crew playing Jenga with foot long 2x4s at Greenwood Stakes at approximately 2pm. The Angry Orchard cider people had a big spread right beside the track.

Jenga for Greenwood Stakes game

Instagram influencers at Greenwood Stakes had all manner of things to photograph and some brought fascinating accoutrements to add to the scene. The lady below had a bird on her hand.

There were hats of all types, and men with stylish vests or suspenders over white cotton shirts. Lots of suit jacket blazers over matching dress shorts (very chic) and deck shoes worn with no socks. Almost all the ladies wore colourful hats or fascinators in their hair.

Hats were mandatory at Greenwood Stakes. Both men and women wore very fashionable designer hats.

beaver felt hatmakers at 2018 Greenwood Stakes

Look above. These two gentlemen were NOT country music stars, but in fact stylish hat makers; they are clever craftsmen who make authentic old-school felt hats out of beaver fur.

2018 Style Stakes Best Dressed Awards at Greenwood Stakes

The 2018 Style Stakes Best Dressed Awards challenged the Greenwood Stakes attendees to step up their style game and push the fashion envelope for a chance at one of two $500 cash prizes and to become Greenwood Stakes Style Ambassadors in 2019.  At 3:30 pm, notable fashion industry judges selected ten finalists, five women and five men to bring on stage and show off their clothing ensembles.

The judges then awarded the coveted Belle Du Jour and Gallant Sartorialist awards, respectively. So who won? The information.

Cocktail Jockey Mixology Showcase saw five of Toronto’s top nightclub mixologists square off in head-to-head competition where they worked on stage to shake up the ultimate twist on a classic horseracing themed cocktail.  The winner would earn bragging rights and their cocktail recipe would become a signature cocktail at the Greenwood Stakes. So who won? This information.  Throughout the compound there were fruit-filled drink stations. Most alcoholic concoctions were ten dollars each and composed of rye, vodka or gin.  The ladies liked champagne cocktails.

Track-side bars lined the promenade and were tailor-made for sharable moments for our Instagram generation.  Toronto’s top mixologists smiled for cameras and shook up their own unique takes on the classic champagne cocktail, the mint julep, and other famous bourbon libations that are commonly associated with horse races.  These upscale bartenders were competing to create the perfect summer refreshment; they were inspired by recipes dating back to the early 1800s.  Led by Cocktail Director Evelyn Chick, the Cocktail Jockey Showcase featured custom cocktails that were handcrafted by Zak Doy (of the nightclub, Figo), Casey Ryan (of Civil Liberties), Sally Gillespie (Pretty Ugly) and Tyler Newsome (of Bar Raval).

The horses were famous too.  Among the runners was the 2016 Queen’s plate winner Sir Dudley Digges, and other celebrity horses that were big winners throughout the years.

the horses at Greenwood Stakes, woodbine Racetrack

They were running to win the $175,000 Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes which is a long-standing tradition that is now, informally, part of the Greenwood Stakes celebration at Woodbine Racetrack. Are You Kidding Me paid $5.60, $2.80 and $2.20. He combined with Melmich ($3.50, $2.40) for a 4-1 exacta worth $13.20. A $1 trifecta of 4-1-2 (Gigantic Breeze, $3.10) paid $16 and a $1 superfecta of 4-1-2-3 (Tizzarunner) returned $122.30. Tiz a Slam, also trained by Attfield, finished fifth while Sir Dudley Digges and Hollywood Critic completed the order of finish.

The Music was also impeccable. There was live music from one of Toronto based folk-rock quartet, Birds of Bellwoods, and popular DJs Eric Carver, Simon Jain and Conor Cutz, who covered a variety of genres including Hip Hop, RnB, Dancehall, Classic and Deep House.

The Art at 2018 Greenwood Stakes Pop-Up Art Gallery was curated by Toronto-based creative director, video producer and clothing designer Meghan Kraft.  The exhibit featured works from emerging Toronto artists including: Alpo Snow, Arturo “Duro the Third” Parada, Briony Douglas, Coup de Tête, and Jacqueline Poirier A.K.A. The Crazy Plate Lady.

Streetchic, very stylish, high fashion group of horseracing fans at 2018 Greenwood Stakes

Fashion gambled and won at 2018 Greenwood Stakes as $ was raised for charity.

Top 5 Most Popular Fashion Trends of 2018 Spring and Summer

Being fashionable and in-style doesn’t always mean filling up your closet and emptying your wallet. A good taste gives you a good style with existing pieces from your closet.

Especially in 2018, when vintage and throwing back style is on fire in the fashion world. Today, let Street Chic leads you to explore into the top 5 vintage styles that make you look so chic and in-trend in 2018. These 5 trends are significantly celebrated by the top designers in their newest fashion releases.

1. Check Pattern
Plaids are not new to every fashion bloggers’ mast-have lists. It’s classic, sophisticated, and have been back in trend since 2017. It returns to the spotlight every few years, so definitely keep these items in your wardrobe.

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This year, designers put tons of simple and bright plaids in their fashion shows. Well, who to blame? It does give a fresh and refined look to people and it’s so easy to style with. Just throw on a pair of jeans or black tights. You got the look!

 

2. See Through

There are countless ways to the see-through style this year: chiffon, mesh, lace,

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etc. They all come in different colours and styles. What’s your favourite?

Something new is to be noted, if you are interested. Designers also took PVC to the ‘party’, which happened to become one of the most popular elements of this year. Have you seen them?

3. Bold Shorts
So… Shorts are cool this summer all of a sudden: Louis Vuitton put silk shorts on its show openers; Balmain combined plaids with shorts, and Versace creatively used pink. I mean… who could’ve thought of that!?

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