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This week I’ve got lots of drawing to do. Running around to fashion shows, taking notes, pictures, and sketching for The Style Notebook is pretty great, so I’m not complaining. Yesterday I attended Saniya Khan, Zoran Dobric, and LOVAS. And today is Andy The-Ahn, Pink Tartan, and Joe Fresh.

I picked up these Japanese notebooks from a great little art shop and gallery called Canteen on my last trip to Ottawa – useful!

The Style Notebook Launch

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I am very excited to announce the launch of a new website today called The Style Notebook. It is part of the Torontoist network and follows a similar format, with a focus on style and fashion in Toronto.

I designed the logo for the site, will be covering Toronto Fashion Week this week with some illustrations, and am contributing portraits to the interview section called Talk to Me. The first interview and portrait are of journalist Nathalie Atkinson. If you’ll recall, she was the one to uncover the DVF/Mercy knockoff story a few years back at the Post. Check it out!

MOMArt

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New (old) art for the apartment.

It might be getting a little rough around the edges, but it’s still good! I never thought of myself as a red person – let alone red, purple and orange! So bold! My parents used to have these up on their walls way back, like before I was around, and now they’re unexpectedly finding new life on mine.

Tortas

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I fell in love with these Ines Rosales Tortas De Aceite on a trip to Central Market in Dallas. Since then, my lovely aunt has been sending some along for me from time to time. At the Spanish themed wine tasting my friend hosted this weekend, I brought some with me and we had them with goat cheese, which I had never done before, and it was amazing! The tortas are sweet, flat, biscuits with olive oil and anise and they work so well with the goat cheese.

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For breakfast this week, I am having them with goat cheese, pear tea and honey.

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Tea Weather

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This is one of my favorite green teas. And with all the rain this week, it’s definitely tea weather. I first tried it at a hotel in Hawaii and when I ran out (it was unseasonably cool for Hawaii), I inquired at the front desk and they gave me a lot more – I still have some!

Since we’re on the topic, if you find yourself in Honolulu, I would highly recommend Fatty’s Chinese Fast Food, 2345 Kuhio Ave. Really good tofu and vegetable noodles.

Sunny Day

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It’s been so sunny and gorgeous out lately.

This weekend I will be meeting with my wine club friends. Which is always great.
Some of the corks are pictured from last time. The theme was Italy.

In the Bag

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I have always been fond of those “What’s in your bag?” features: be they fake and
set up by a stylist for a magazine; more authentic, belonging on a personal blog; or even a combination of both.

The trend might be a little over, but what better time to join in, right?

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Totoro zipper pull from SB
Rayban sunglasses
NICA wallet
vintage purse
key fob from mr skona

DVNoten Fall RTW

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Dries Van Noten is one of my favorite designers. His clothing is innovative, a bit wild in colour and print sometimes, but still understated and wearable.

I admire how he keeps the company privately held, does not advertise, and does not appear to be caught up in the madness of the fashion world.

Pictured below are my old and a little beat up sandals from a few seasons ago. This was from when he was first experimenting with digital printing, allowing for multiple prints on the same piece of fabric, so you don’t have a seam. Perhaps silk was not the most practical choice for footwear (witness heel in photograph), but I still love them and would buy them again.

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Normally I only post images that are my own, though I wanted to include some pictures from his latest collection. He presented his Fall 2010 RTW in Paris a few days ago and it is beautiful.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection.
I would love to add each of these to my wardrobe!
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(Runway photographs are from style.com, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com)

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new tote!
and best cappuccino I’ve had in a while

Coffee Break at Hank’s

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If you haven’t been to Hank’s yet, you definitely should. In my opinion, it’s one of the best places for coffee in Toronto. They completely changed the interior since the last time I had been in December, and it looks great.