One Sweet Day ~ A Hair Fair Bandana Day Post

Sorry, I've never told you, all I wanted to say
And now it's too late to hold you
'Cause you've flown away
So far away
Never had I imagined
Living without your smile
Feelin' and knowing you, hear me
It keeps me alive, alive
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And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven
Like so many friends we've lost along the way
And I know eventually we'll be together
One sweet day
Eventually I'll see you in Heaven
Hair Fair 2014 is approaching its last 24 hours and as most of you know, the last day of Hair Fair is Bandana Day. Bandana Day is the day that avatars on SL remove their hair to show they care. Since cancer has probably touched us all in some form, I ask you to join me in wearing a bandana to show support to anyone affected by this terrible illness. <3
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You Make Me Smile

You're better than the best
I'm lucky just to linger in your light
Cooler than the flip-side of my pillow that's right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me
It lets me know that it's okay
And the moments when my good times start to fade
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You make me smile like the sun,
Fall outta bed
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile….
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Favourite: Markoo Studios

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Favourite: Markoo Studios

Markoo and I have been dying to sit down and chat since their inception just over twelve months ago. Sometimes, good things just have to wait until you’re all in the same city at the same time. Mona Koochek and Tania Martins have been friends for years and now have launched their line Markoo (currently working on their fourth collection) of street wear for hot ladies.

Mona, Tania and I got together on a hot early summer’s day and we talked about being emerging self-funded designers, making the perfect trouser bum and Kim Kardashian. Doesn’t that sound so intriguing and likewise the most natural evolution of a conversation that you feel compelled to continue reading? My job’s done then, meet the girls of Markoo!

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What’s in the pipeline?
M: We are currently designing s/s 15 and it’s really looking good and we’re excited about it. We’re coming into our own and it’s our 4th season. Which means it’s only really over a year.
T: We are just finishing production on f/w 15.
M: We are doing the Woman tradeshow in New York. It’s a great show, very tasteful, very nice venue in the Meatpacking. It’s a small French show from Paris and they just added a New York edition so it’s exciting. We are in the studio all the time working we don’t get to hit the parties.
T: Yeah, except last night (laughs).
M: It’s about taking a lot of time and putting it into the creative.
T: The team is expanding; we have a full time sewer now at the studio.

How does the work get split between the two of you?
T: We do all the designing together, we sometimes meet some place outside the studio cause it’s fresh. We finalize on little details and then I start working on the pattern and then we can get our sewer to start the construction.
M: It’s really cool to deal directly and now keep it in house so we can make changes on the fly. Tania has an amazing skill set and she does all the patterns, which I don’t think too many designers, do any more in house. It’s important and then I deal with all the administrative stuff. Shipping has become my nemesis. We are trying to bring everything, all production to Toronto.

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When you design do you think of yourselves or a certain girl?
T: We have so many different friends. All our friends have such distinct looks and so we are inspired by all of them. We want to make clothes that are wearable and cool. You are going to wake up and not stress about what to wear.
M: Our goal is to make clothing that girls feel hot in but with a classic aesthetic. You’re not going to stop wearing that in a year, but have that in your closet for year sand years. Every time we’ve ventured away from our instincts we’ve regretted it.
T: So we’re going back.

We just always want to feel comfortably sexy.
M: And that’s the advantage of us keeping everything in house is that we are constantly tweaking. We are like see that bum, we can do better, what do we need to do to make that bum better?

Designing for women by women is so important because it’s made for our figures.
M: That’s been a big part of the process for us. And sizing, which sometimes we size too little because we are so little.

Yeah, the Thumbelinas.
M: Tania will tell me the pattern’s finished and I’m always like we have to make it smaller! And then she reminds me that we are extra extra small.
T: She’s like, “it’s too big over here” and I’m like no it’s not.
M: I’ve gotten way better at understanding this now though (laughs).

But you’ve got sizing down pat for when you enter the Asian market.
T: I know!
M: We’re already in a store there now, in Seoul.

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Tania, having had your own store before is that something you’d consider for Markoo?
T: We’ve talked about it, but it’s a whole other beast. It’s more overhead and then you have to staff it, staffing is hard.
M: Location is really hard in Toronto right now. I think our goal is to have a studio/showroom space where people know they can come in and we’ll have overstock for clients to shop and custom orders.

Are you willing to go the way of ecomm and custom orders?
T: I think we should but it’s about getting to the point of having the stock, we’re so small right now so not in the position to take those kinds of risks. Just baby steps.
M: Like Tania said we are funding everything ourselves, so we have no one controlling our purse strings, but you have to be very weary of the risks you do take.

Mentorship is such an important part of being an entrepreneur.
M: yeah all of our friends in fashion are so supportive but no one has the business acumen, the design perspective that Sydney [Sydney Mamane of Shop Sydney’s Toronto] does. He’s been a really amazing mentor for us.

What brands do you take inspiration from?
T: I don’t follow brands all that much, but I’m always looking at things. I don’t usually pay attention to who the designer is.
M: I think Margiela is always so inspirational. Always clean but also a little crazy like most art. We’re a street wear brand but we love to see that extreme for urban girls. We design for city culture, life on the streets. We’ve always loved Céline, well; Phoebe (Philo) is one of my favourite designers, Stella McCartney…
T: Yeah, and Acne.
M: We both like the sexy just not in an overt way.

Not, Kardashian.
M: To me that’s not sexy. I saw the one wedding pic that everyone saw.
T: I didn’t see anything.

Didn’t she have 3 wedding dresses?
T: no way!

Ok, if you guys could design a wedding dress for someone who would it be?
M: well Kim is taken, so now I have no idea (everyone laughs).
T: who would you want to dress in a wedding dress?
M: Tilda Swinton. I feel like she’d wear a suit…
T: No, she wears dresses! But Kate Moss, even though she’s taken.

Well, there’s always the next one.
M: Rock and roll life.

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If you had to pick your favorite era in fashion what would it be?
T: That is so hard! Because I really love the 20s and the 40s. I really love the 80s.

But the 20s were what the 80s borrowed from, with the dropped waists..
T: The short hair.
M: The 80s were good sometimes but really bad sometimes.
T: But that’s like with every era.

But there was so much good in the 80s.
M: My boyfriend, who was in his 20s during the 80s, always says, “you guys think 80s fashion was so good, but we all burned our pictures from that time.”
T: But if you were someone in the 80s with good taste you looked good.

Let’s face it any year is a good year for Vogue people.
M: But what about the people who looked like shit in the 40s? There weren’t any!

Yeah, but we have such a romantic view of that time. To me the 40s are the epitome of fashion, sharp shoulders, nipped in waist, structure. The wide legged pants and skirt suits.
T: But I think after the 50s ushered in the sloppier and slouchier tailoring. When you look back to those eras (pre ww2) everyone looked put together because everyone put so much time into their appearance.

I mean they all slept with curlers in their hair!
M: My grandmother still does.
T: I bet Kim Kardashian does too.

How do you guys feel about dressing today?
M: A very good, sexy leather trouser then a cool button down or tee shirt.

Any parting thoughts?
M: You just gotta keep going, good days, bad days. It can be really daunting but so inspiring. Thank god we have each other!

Thank you guys so much for having me!

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Street Style: Eye Spy

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Street Style: Eye Spy

Eye spy with my many eyes… The cat and mouse of the street style circuit.

Snapped during London fashion week, Sept. 2013.

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Street Style: Caroline de Maigret

The clutch changes the whole look for me. From just straight up tomboy the clutch seems to veer off slightly to feminine making this more than just the average borrowed from the boys. You could always swap the Adidas for a heel for a sexier edge.

Street Style: Caroline de Maigret

The clutch changes the whole look for me. From just straight up tomboy the clutch seems to veer off slightly to feminine making this more than just the average borrowed from the boys. You could always swap the Adidas for a heel for a sexier edge.

Caroline de Maigret, New York Sept. 2013.

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Favourite: Cookie Friday!

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Favourite: Cookie Friday!

TGIF dudes! You know what your new Friday regime should be? Cookie Friday! Just call Lois Kim and bingo, delicious cookies delivered right to your doorstep. Lois and I met years ago, we worked together at a custom publishing company and quickly became workplace buddies, then outside work coffee buddies and we’ve kept tabs on one another ever since.

Lois started by bringing her delicious treats in to the office on Fridays while she was trying out new recipes and flavours. Aside from the obvious, Fridays became super anticipated and our group of desks the most popular.

I’m always on the hunt for people who follow their dreams and Lois is no exception. I also love that she bakes in the cutest Chinatown slippers and apron she found in Toronto’s Little Italy (where Manitoba is misspelled). We got together at her home to bake a batch of my personal favourite Peanut Butter & Jelly cookies and we gossiped on a hot summer’s afternoon with the oven blasting.


Tell me about the cookies.
It started off as a hobby. Yeah, It’s sort of like a happy accident.

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You combined your two passions and look!
As a graphic designer, I’m a sucker for packaging. If someone tried to sell me used toilet paper in nice packaging I would buy it. You know, you get drawn in. And then you have an expectation on what that product is based on the exterior.

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It’s about the special touches.
Yes, I like the idea that there’s a face or that you talk to somebody here. I feel like it’s so hard to create an online space and I tried to keep my costs down and so I didn’t automate the site. Not automating it kind of forces you to have human contact. If I want to get paid and you want your cookies then we have to have a conversation. It’s not like you just pressed a button and you don’t know who I am… It’s more than just a transaction. There’s a little back and forth.

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How many repeats do you get because of that human touch?
Right, people will write me back sometimes and say like “my boyfriend really loved the cookies,” and “thank yous”. Like someone in Texas just last week ordered for someone here and then followed up with me.

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That just doesn’t happen enough!
I know. Last week some guy ordered from London, England and he was so upset. He was clearly trying to make amends with his girlfriend who was really mad at him. And I had to ship the cookies to Oakville on a rush to get them to her in time!

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Had he tried the cookies before? This guy thinks that your cookies are going to fix his whole relationship.
I came home and I told Carlo (her husband and delivery guy) that he better follow up the cookie package with something a bit bigger, a diamond ring or a bracelet, (laughing).

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Depending on just how aggravated she is.
This guy paid so much for a dozen cookies, because of the shipping, cause he had to get them to her that day! Can you pass me the jam?

Here you go do we have enough?
Oh yeah! That’s what makes them cause it’s jelly.
Proper, grape jelly, like from your sandwich.

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Oh the sandwiches I never got growing up?
Ha! Yeah, but did you have Nutella sandwiches?

Not as much as you’d think we had peanut butter and jam, but it would be on whole wheat bread. The first time I was invited to someone’s house for lunch at school I came home to my mom and said, “Mommy these people were so rich!” and she was like, “Why, Stefania?” And I told her, “They’re bread was white!”
That’s right. There is just nothing that can replace the taste and texture of white wonder bread.

It’s cake!
I remember I used to take the inside and squeeze it into a ball.

It’s the most disgusting thing ever, but all kids do it!
Do you want to take any pictures of this stuff?

We’ll wait for the final product, to protect the secret. Did you come up with it yourself?
I did come up with it myself. All of our cookies are all a twist on classic cookies. So when you think of peanut butter, what goes with it? Jelly! I poked a hole inside and put some jelly in it, because it has the perfect sweetness and tartness. I tried Nutella, but it was just more sweetness instead of that contrast. Do you want to try making some?

Will I ruin them?
No. Do you smell chicken though?

Why, cause you cooked some chicken before?
Yeah, yesterday I started a huge grease fire with a roast chicken. It stinks and I can’t get rid of it!

-fifteen minutes later-
Cookies are done!
Ok, let’s put them on the banana tray!

So cute.
The only problem with the banana plate is once you put the cookies on it you can’t see the banana anymore!

Oh my goodness, so delicious. Thanks Lois!
You’re welcome.

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Street Style: Tomboy Denim

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Street Style: Tomboy Denim

Borrow from the boys and do it better! Another sneak peak from last week’s shoot with Holt Renfrew can’t wait for the big reveal!

Model wearing: Rag & Bone jeans, Equipment shirt, Valentino shoes.

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Hues You Can Use

From trace to tropical, colors are at your disposal this summer. Photos by Alberto Newton

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Come for Breakfast, Stay for a Nightcap

With its inviting name, Come for Breakfast’s spring 15 men’s collection is a welcome feast for the eyes — a sweet and savory blend of childlike insouciance with more adult themes and silhouettes.

Launched four years ago in Milan, Come for Breakfast is both a women’s and men’s line, though the men’s side seems to be gaining more traction. For spring, designers Antonio Romano and Francesco Alagna were inspired, they said, by “scribbles, the pages of an old diary, the curious staring of children and their way of portraying the world around them.” Thus, the duo looked to the wee years with playful, oversized volumes and paper-placemat drawings, but using sequins and leather for a collection fit for both daytime alertness and nighttime cocktails.

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Get Ready for Kate Moss’s Little Sister

If you were Kate Moss’s little sister (ok, half-sister), wouldn’t you have a go at modeling? Meet Lottie Moss. Earlier this year, the dewy 16-year-old signed with Storm Models, Kate’s famed alma mater, and now finds herself the face of one of her big sister’s greatest legacies, Calvin Klein Jeans.

In a shrewd move, Calvin Klein Jeans is reviving its halcyon heyday, that of a brooding, muscle-rippling Marky Mark and an alluring, doe-eyed Kate Moss. Remember the duo’s billboard domination of 1993? Thus, the label has launched the Re-Issue Project, a capsule of nine denim staples of that era — i.e. the jeans jacket, the short shorts, and the ‘boyfriend’ jeans worn by Moss in the 90s, as well as “cK” sweatshirts and tees — sold exclusively on Mytheresa from July 15, 2014. 

An earlier Calvin Klein classic by at least a decade, Brooke Shields (sans underwear), was immortalized by Richard Avedon, so it makes a good deal of sense that his grandson, Michael Avedon, would photograph Lottie, looking every bit as waifish as her big sis.

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