Favourite Look

Do you have a favourite or a go-to look? An outfit you keep going back to?

My favourite look is dresses over pants. I have a passion for the 70s so of course I love this look. Every few seasons this look resurfaces with different cuts and lengths but the feeling is always the same for me.

I have several combinations of this look and I’m drawn to it for a couple of reasons. Comfort – the pants underneath the dress make this outfit very comfortable without all the trappings of hosiery. Unexpected – the pants worn with the dress make it very unique and I like being an original.

This look popped up in a couple of collections for SS2016. Chanel layered wide leg trousers over wide skirts and flowing dresses. Marni showed matching tunics and pants.


I bought this red, print tunic at Ross Dress for Less for $8 and I love wearing it over jeans with boots or wedges. For me it has a laid-back 70s vibe. For going out I have this black and white Banana Republic dress that I pair with narrow black trousers.



Here she is in a print-on-print combo of jeans and an off the shoulder dress. I love the neutral colours of this paper with the jeans. It reminds me of my red tunic and jeans. The paper is from Italy and wrapped a hand-made sketch book from Venice that I use when I’m writing or sketching for modacarta.

What’s your favourite or go-to look? As always I love to hear from you.



Back Story

I started modacarta as part of the course work at the University of Toronto. I am pursuing a certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy. I knew I wanted to blog about fashion but the challenge was how to differentiate my blog from the thousands of other fashion blogs. Inspiration came to me in the usual place, the subway. IMG_0579 IMG_1078I love fashion and I love working with paper. I decided to focus on fashion design and trends and then produce them in paper for a doll to illustrate them. I could then also incorporate my other passion into the blog – photography! Idea done and doll purchased!

Getting started was bumpy with some amateur-hour photo shoots but I got my groove on and gained some followers. At my day job, we partnered with our client for a major presentation to senior leaders about our processes. I took on the task of designing and producing the presentation (a ton of work!) and it was greatly appreciated and a huge success. My client showed this appreciation and admiration for my emerging blog by gifting me with 2 more dolls.

Part of the learning process for me was establishing the editorial calendar for posts and then throwing it out the window when something new was trending. There would be times, and there still are, where I have no ideas for future posts and then, like magic, something comes up!! Seasonal trends make up the bulk of the content as well as industry profiles. I enjoy interviewing people or researching a designer or photographer’s work.

IMG_0698When I interviewed Roxana from Beerox Brand, I showed her my blog and some of the doll photos and she told me you’re a designer! That was a huge compliment for me especially coming from a designer. I suppose it is true to a certain extent. The paper clothes have to be designed in order to be produced and shot for the blog. It is sometimes challenging to fit them to the doll. My design inspo comes from research on the trend/topic, or sometimes the patterns of the paper will dictate the design.

Traveling with the doll has been fun. I have been to New York and also outlet shopping in Michigan with the dolls. It adds a lot of fun to the blog and also makes great instagram posts.

I hope you enjoyed this backstage view into modacarta and I always want to hear from you so please send a comment.

Intersection Fashion and Art

Recently I was the voice of the week on tondo. Tondo is an online platform where contributors post about art. One of my posts was how fashion and art intersect. Here is the excerpt.

moda_artFor a couple of years now I have been following the SPRZ movement at Uniqlo. In 2013 Uniqlo signed on to become a multi-year corporate sponsor of MoMA, supporting the Friday night free admission program. At the 5th Avenue flagship store, the mezzanine level is completely dedicated to the SPRZ collection of modern art tees. The selection is mind blowing and I saw so many people on this past visit to NY wearing these t shirts.

I created this tableau of t shirts from my wardrobe. I also keep the shopping bags to frame later on. This program allows art to reach even more people and promotes MoMA and its’ outstanding collection of modern art and visiting exhibitions.

My Own Intersection

galleryThe painting that the doll is posed in front of has been hanging around as a rough draft for awhile. I’ve been meaning to buy a full size canvas for it but other things -like this blog took precedence.

I decided to take the colours and create a striped midi skirt. I love these tones of green and could see this skirt being made in taffetta or shantung silk. It’s the perfect thing to wear to gallery opening!on_display