Elise Epp / Coal Miner's Daughter

Honey, I’m home! I’ve spent the last week exploring my old Toronto haunts and connecting with the local fashion scene I was just beginning to get to know before I left 10 months ago. Here’s the rundown of my fashion-focused Toronto adventures!

Roncesvalles

I started out in my favourite neighbourhood, Roncesvalles, at Coal Miner’s Daughter. The shop is full of beautiful clothes from my favourite Canadian designers, making it all fair game for a slow fashion shopper. See that white blazer in the photo above? I tried on the navy version on a whim and fell so hard in love with it that I couldn’t leave the store without it. I paid for it though. Don’t you get any wild ideas.

Elise Epp / Coal Miner's Daughter

Elise Epp / Coal Miner's Daughter

Elise Epp / Coal Miner's Daughter

 

A few other stops I made on Roncy: Scout, my favourite place for mostly-Canadian-made jewelry, home goods, cards, and baby things; Imelda, the official shoe store of my footwear collection, where I got to watch my friend buy the coolest loafer/suede/tassel Gadea booties; and the yoga/lifestyle shop Ardith, where I got these Daub + Design undies.

Parkdale

On day two I rambled through Parkdale along Queen Street. I had a gift certificate for Shopgirls and a hankering for made-in-Canada Yoga Jeans, so I put the two together (see the Shopgirls wall of Yoga Jeans below – and there’s a whole other wall of them). I’ll talk more about these next week during my long-awaited Slow Fashion Guide to Denim.

I also stopped in at The Workroom, the most coolest ever fabric store/sewing workshop. I felt like I was shopping inside the internet, because they stock patterns from my favourite indie designers (I got my Deer & Doe Pavot jacket pattern while I was there)! I also got a drapey navy floral rayon that was made in Japan for my Orla top.

Elise Epp / Shopgirls Yoga Jeans

Hanging out with fashion people

The buzz still hasn’t worn off from my hangout last Friday with Hayley and her crew at the Birds of North America studio. Mostly I’m impressed with how cool that makes me.

I started off with a terrible faux pas: I brought custard tarts, then learned that Hayley and her partner (2/3 people working there that day) are vegan…so Amy and I enjoyed our still-warm pastries while Hayley and Neil looked on. Sorry guys! After a tea, tart, and talk break I roamed the tightly packed studio and took pictures. I saw what fall has in store for Birds of North America – and it’s gonna be a good season! I didn’t take pictures of it though, because it seemed inappropriate to scoop their story. And then I walked out with a new dress!

At the end of my week in TO had coffee with Vanessa of the Fashion Canadiana blog, which was absolutely delightful. Canadian fashion bloggers unite! And now I’m gonna be jealous of her when she goes to the Greta Constantine show at Toronto Fashion Week…

And those, my friends, are the fashion highlights of my week in Trawna. While I was gone, my cat Charlotte learned how to jump on the kitchen counters. So yay.

Elise Epp / Birds of North America studio

Elise Epp / Birds of North America studio

Elise Epp / Birds of North America studio

Elise Epp / Birds of North America studio

Elise Epp / Birds of North America studio

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