Monday, April 26, 2010

This is My City: Toronto

Best Graffiti: Walking the Toronto Streets with My French Lover



























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Friday, April 23, 2010

Indie Guide to Toronto: Vintage Shopping and Asian Bargaining

Where to Shop for Awesome and Cheap in Toronto


I'm not really a shopping freak, but when I have a little money that hasn't dissipated on flights and cheap sushi here is where I shop around the city. What I'm about to describe to you will be no surprise to Torontonians but is super useful for foreigners looking for vintage shopping and Asian bargaining with a slim wallet. This is not the most exhaustive list and everyone has their gems, but here is just a couple I'm into.

In this article I've tried to show you a bit of my style before you go rushing to the places I recommend! My look is dynamic but one thing I am a sucker for is the idea of juxtaposition in fashion. I love girly pieces buuutt only if I wear it with ripped tights or a leather bomber. I like to make my outfits pretty yet bad-ass because personally, I am a bit of a Tomboy and I've always hated feeling too much like a girl! Of course there are times when we all like looking classy rather than assy. The places I have recommended are as diverse as the style you see in the pics!

Lastly, I know it's hard shopping in developed countries especially after the amazing markets in Bangkok and experiencing the wonders and ruthlessness of Hong Kong.  However, it is possible to get things for pretty cheap here too with a little luck and knowledge which I will provide for you! Good luck!

 Who Gives a F*ck about an Oxford Comma?








Vintage Jacket: $10 CAD + tax at Black Market on Queen Street West
Nude Lace Shirt: $5 CAD tax included Pacific Mall
Vintage Grey Shorts: unfortunately not from Toronto. Check out the Indie Guide to Thailand for shopping at Chatachak Market. Best place in Bangkok.
 Hole in my tights: Custom made  ;)


Mes Lunnettes




Original Frames: After bargaining $200 CAD Consumer Optical
Consumer Optical, College and Bathurst: This place is a self-proclaimed gem. I found it out of pure chance when visiting my doctor at College and Bathurst and went into the shop while waiting for my appointment. The area and the clientele sort of resembled Eugene Levys and senile Woody Allens, so I knew the glasses would be great. I wasn't looking for designer frames but just old people ones. It's run by a crooked old Indian man who will try to rip you off. Bargain hard and don't accept the price you see. I think he knows somewhat the trendy clientele he attracts for his unique frames so he overcharges for glasses that are not even designer! The good thing about not getting designer frames is that not every two people on the hipstreet will have it! Yay! 474 College Street

For Guys


90's Vintage Fluo Jacket: $10 CAD Black Market
Black Market, Queen Street West: I thought everyone knew about this place but apparently it is still a bit of a mystery for some (you know who you are)! Go here for men and women's vintage shopping. Sometimes it can be almost as expensive as an H&M ($20 and up) but as with any vintage, you can get really quality pieces for much cheaper. However, there are many instances when it has store-wide $10 sales. Here, I bought a whole array of beautiful and classy jackets and blazers, the high waist shorts and a beautiful leather purse. For men, Paul who was visiting from France bought vintage Adidas jackets (think Ben Stiller in Royal Tenenbaums), and that bright 90's number you saw on me. There are two locations and they are across the street. Go to the upstairs Black Market for shoes and accessories and the large one in the basement for everything. Jean Jackets, blazers, purses, shoes, dresses, jackets: they have it all.

 Love for You if you were Born in the 80's..or 90's whatevez


Wasabi Green High-wasted shorts: $10 CAD tax included, Black Market
Pine Green Madmen Like Jacket: DITTO (Best store ever).


Kensington Market: Walk down Kensington Ave. and you will find a whole plethora of vintage shops. It tends to not be as cheap nor have outrageous sales as Black Market, but there is much more selection. I've found that if you pay in cash you might be able to bargain the tax off.

69 Vintage: Men and Women's clothing. Attached to Social Club. Have friends who will swear by the shoes they got there.

Vintage 1, Queen and Ossington:  There are a couple of cool vintage shops in this area. I haven't been in this one myself but the clothes for ladies look pretty rad. Based on the area, I'm not sure how cheap it will be though. 190 Ossington Ave.

New!
CTS, Queen and Spadina: Good shoes selection, funky stock and well organized in the season's latest trends. Had a bit of trouble finding things my size (thus why I miss Asia), but still one of my new favs to scope out when I'm in the hood. The grissley looking Aussie who works there is pretty cool too.

Other
Fashion Crimes, Queen and Spadina: Don't be deterred by the cheesy Glam decor at the front of the store, this formal dress shop has amazingly designed dresses ranging from $100-900 CAD. Come here for hip, sexy, prom, gala, bar mitzvah dresses and you can be sure no one else will have the same dress. You can have your dress design put off the racks so that no one else can buy it. The service is for a price obviously, but still cool nonetheless. I got my prom dress here and was about to buy one bad-ass pop-glam dress here for Sciences-Po Gala.

New!
Fabric and Buttons, Queen and Spadina: SO MANY BUTTONS. Make all your outfits better than they were and for so cheap. New obsession forming.


From Asia



Jeans Jacket: Original Price $35, bargained down to $25 CAD tax included. Pacific Mall
Floral Print Dress: $7 CAD Tax included, Pacific Mall
Maroon Vintage Purse: $10 + tax, Black Market
Pacific Mall, Scarborough: This is my favourite place to shop and is the only good thing about living in Scarborough. I get most of my clothing when not abroad at this shopping Mecca. Same clothing you can get from Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and Japan but much more expensive (relatively). Rather than paying a dollar for awesome pieces you pay anywhere from $5-40, and if you're getting clothing from Tokyo it is not cheap at all (minimum $100 for anything).  This place is more than just cool clothing, you should go there for the experience. I'm willing to bet that this is better than the Chinatown in your Occidental city because it actually feels similar to being in Asia. It's amazing culturally as well, with great food, arcades and best of all BARGAINING. Tips: Don't pay taxes if you pay in cash and always ask for lower. It's not HK so don't be too aggressive but have fun. You can get fake DVDs, Naruto costumes and everything illegal. It's great fun albeit far from the downtown core. Nonetheless if you have wheels, I definitely recommend making the trip to Scarborough (suburb of Toronto). Take subway to Kennedy Station and Bus Midland 57 all the way to end of line. On Steeles you will go West and will see it.

This is my humble list that has gotten me far. Please add your suggestions so I and all other visitors/inhabitants of T Dizzle can bask in your shopping expertise!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

MTV Contacted Me!

If you've been following Lil'Fel Rocks the World on Facebook, it's kind of old news but I figure I must document it on the blog as well.  I was contacted by MTV because they are interested in a 'female driven travel show.' How cussin' cool is that?!?!

I almost died when I first found out. I honestly never thought there was a feeling higher or better than being in love..but haha yea that moment definitely surpassed love (sorry Paul). I've been workin' my lil booty off since trying to put some of our video footage together. I'm not used to film as a medium so the footage is not as prevalent as the photos. Nonetheless here's what I put together (in my first editing experience too!). Hope you like it, World!

Please spread the love and spread the blog. Who knows, maybe you'll see Lil'Fel Rocks the World on MTV one day! Join me in dreams and let's dream about the places we'll go!




  
Greenland, Paris, Thailand.. Follow me as I rock out around the world on a mission to create the world's best travel guide for the hip, trendy and poor. 
(Also half of what I'm sending to MTV)

Become a fan on facebook and pass this vid along to all your travel addict friends!
http://...www.facebook.com/pages/LilFel-Rocks-the-World/284473376434?ref=ts


 Music (Featured in the Video)

Two Door Cinema Club. This UK band is taking the world by storm and have conquered my heart a little bit.

What you Know- Two Door Cinema Club.mp3

Other good things in life: Reading Persepolis. It is giving me so much insight into Iranian culture and helping me understand Muslims, fundamentalists, veils and so much more in a new light. It's an indescribable feeling to have old perceptions knocked down to be replaced by deep and satisfying understanding.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Graduate/ I Hate College

Dedicated to all whose eyes have bled from studying                                                                                                                  

                                                                                    


Thursday, April 1, 2010

French Superstar Salad- Jamaica

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I Think I Like U2 is the newest video by So-Me (Ed Banger DJ and graphic designer of EB album