Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Caroline vs. Quill & Tine Launch Party

Last night my fabulously fashionable friend Drydon told me he was modelling at a product launch over in Parkdale and asked if I wanted to go, so of course I enthusiastically replied in the affirmative.  The party was for Quill & Tine, a company that is "bridging the artesanal traditions of the past with the ingenuity of modern innovations."  In other words, they have created a stunning collection of gloves that are not only functional in the sartorial sense, but also work seamlessly with touch screen gadgets.  I'm going into my first Canadian winter with a touch screen phone, and I'm definitely concerned about keeping my fingers warm while also keeping in touch.  Just last week I was looking at gloves that were supposedly compatible with touch screen devices, but none of them worked well enough to merit a purchase.  Last night I tried on a pair of Quill & Tine's gloves and manoeuvred around my phone easily.  I was really impressed, especially after I learned that they test every single pair to make sure they work properly.  I've got my eye on the tartan driving gloves, and hope that either the Birthday Gods or Santa will come through for me this holiday season!  They also have "city gloves" and classic black leather gloves for both men and women looking for the perfect combination of style and functionality.
Extra points for matching up the lines of the tartan on both hands; this really shows the time put into making sure each pair is perfect.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when patterns don't match!
On the left are the Women's City Gloves, and on the right, the Men's Classic Dress Gloves.

The party itself was also a great success.  Held at Parts & Labour on Queen Street West, we were able to obsess over the gorgeous gloves on display whilst doing a balancing act with prosecco, oysters and charcuterie.  Seriously, the food spread was unbelievable.  There was also an amazingly talented calligrapher at a table writing out quotations on notecards that we were able to take home with us.  They are so beautiful, and I think I'm going to frame mine and use it as home decoration.  I also really enjoyed being at Parts & Labour, which I'd never been to before but am definitely going to return to in the near future.
I ate so much.  As seen on my Instagram.
Thanks to Quill & Tine for an awesome evening, and thanks to Drydon for inviting me!  I had a great night, even though I had school work waiting for me when I got home.  Ah, well...

xx, C.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Caroline vs. Night Time Lapse

Varsity Feature: Night Time Lapse from The Varsity on Vimeo.

U of T's student newspaper The Varsity recently published this awesome time lapse video of campus at night.  While this it definitely doesn't give me any major feelings of Go-Blues-Go school spirit, it reminds me of how lively campus really is at night, and that I am never really alone when I pull an all-nighter.

xx, C.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Caroline vs. Remembrance Day

From my Instagram, taken at the Remembrance Day service at Soldiers' Tower this morning

Today is Remembrance Day, a day we honour and celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  The 11:00am minute of silence has come and gone, but I hope that you can take some time out of your day to reflect and remember.

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.

xx, C.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Caroline vs. Winter Coats

Now that we're into November and temperatures in Toronto are firmly below double digits, I've been thinking a lot about winter outerwear.  A winter coat is very important, because not only does it keep you warm, it also is the only thing most people see you in for up to five months of the year.  When I was younger I spent a lot of time in brightly coloured ski jackets, but when I was fifteen I knew it was time for a big-girl coat.  My pick was a classic black wool peacoat, by way of a Boxing Day sale at Fairweather in Yorkdale, which I wore for three winters straight.  I eventually replaced it with another black peacoat, this time from Aritzia, but have since started a collection with various styles and colours.  Even though I will never not love a good black coat, some days just call for something a little different.  Below are some coats from around the web that I'm loving right now.

I love a good neutral coat.  It's easy to mix and match neutrals with accessories and the rest of your outfit, and a neutral colour palette also allows for more focus to be put on little details that can make a coat extra special.
Eva of Miss Renaissance wears a Burberry Prorsum AW12 trench jacket, and Blair of Atlantic-Pacific shows off a Joe Fresh puffer jacket, reminiscent of classic Chanel.  I'm super proud that Joe Fresh is doing so well south of the border!

The red piping really makes Caroline de Maigret's grey number stand out in Phil Oh's photo.

Emma Stone rocks the neutrals, adding some interest with leather pockets, and Vanessa Jackman captures Suzie Bird's amazing outerwear.  That jacket is proof that just because it is neutral does not mean it is boring.

Kelly from The Glamourai shows off her collarless trench: a classic shape shaken up with contrasting textures.  Love!

Two monochromatic jackets found on Tumblr (1, 2).  This just goes to show that the tiniest of details can make all the difference in the shape and style of a jacket.

Something I've learned during my many long Canadian winters is that it is definitely important to play with colourful outerwear.  I am black's number one fan, but sometimes a colourful jacket - I went for  bright red one by Roxy, via Winners a few years ago - can be the one thing to brighten up an otherwise dreary winter day.  Especially when we get into slushy season in January and February (yuck!).
Blue is an easy transition to make from black, and Alexandra Golovanoff and Style Scrapbook's Andy make it look extra fresh.

It's so easy to play with solid colours, the key is just to find the right one!  Two photos from The Locals, showing off a bright red and a blush pink.

Clearly I'm really into Vanessa Jackman's photography, but what can I say.  Valentina Siragusa shows off a pop of kelly green on an otherwise black coat, and my style spirit animal Miroslava Duma goes all out in forest green, making an extra statement with that amazingly giant fur collar.  I actually really want that coat now.

Not that it's breaking news, but patterns are having a major moment right now!  Winter coats are an especially playful way to amp up an outfit that might otherwise be less than exciting.  I haven't budgeted for a new coat this winter, but if anyone wants to gift me one I'll take a fancy patterned one please!
Valentina di Pinto is R.o.C.k.I.n.G the Canadian tuxedo + zebra print look; no accessories necessary, the coat speaks for itself.  Over on the right we have this amazing plaid coat captured by Vanessa Jackman in New York last February.  I love that she kept the rest of her outfit black and grey; anything else and the look would have been too busy.
So, what do you guys think?  Personally I'm not quite ready yet to stop wearing my autumn jackets, so until Toronto is consistently below zero I'll just be layering like crazy and crying over all the beautiful coats that exist outside my closet.

xx, C.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Caroline vs. Apps

I recently upgraded my phone situation from my beloved BlackBerry to the new Samsung Galaxy S3.  Now that my world has been opened up to the joys of the Google Play Store, I have come to realize that no matter what I want, there really is an app for that.  I thought I'd share two that I downloaded recently.

The first is "Toronto in Time."  I was casually browsing Twitter last week when I noticed a tweet from the Torontoist mentioning this brand new app, and since it was free I thought I would take a look.  Its basic idea is to show points of interest around Toronto; in the app they are marked by little pins on a map, and upon selecting one a page opens up with photos and a short blurb about the history of that particular location.  I was very surprised about how much information there was on the app, and how much I didn't know about the city that has been my home for almost five years.  There are a few things that I have learned about this city that weren't included in the app (such as the Christie Pits Riot, for example), but all in all I'm very impressed with it and am glad that I have something almost productive to do instead of endlessly browsing social media when I'm bored at work or waiting for the streetcar.

The second app is called "Android LCBO," and is helpful for anyone in Ontario looking for a specific alcoholic item.  All you need to do is type whatever it is you're looking for into the app's search bar, and it will point you to a store that has it in stock.  This is not an app for finding LCBO locations near you, but I wouldn't be surprised if that actually existed.  I did a test run on this app, entering "cava" in the product search, picking the first on the list (Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling, $14.25 750mL bottle 11.8%), and entering my address, and the app came back to tell me that it was in stock at 20 locations within 3.5km. Once I selected a location, the app pulled up the location on Google Maps.  I haven't actually needed to use the app yet since my neighbourhood LCBOWine Rack, and Beer Store have me covered for my unsophisticated-university-student-on-a-budget needs, but I would definitely use this if I were looking for something a little lot more refined than cheap liquor and Cardboardeaux.

So there you have it, two apps that aren't social media or Angry Birds.  Let me know what you think if you download these, and please let me know if there are more apps I should check out!

App screenshots taken by me.

xx, C.