San Francisco Feeling

Such a colourful, vibrant city!

I recently spent a week exploring San Francisco and Napa Valley/Sonoma.  One popular colour was rose gold – specifically this Rose Gold Light Down jacket from Uniqlo. Everyone was wearing it – including myself. Here I’m riding a vintage tram along Market Street.


Art is huge in San Fran with outdoor murals, galleries and the world renowned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Shopping is also a big deal with Union Square being the hub. Here’s my haul.


I spotted this great accessories shop in the Castro and picked up this cashmere poncho for $50. I layered here over a jean jacket for chilly spring mornings and I know it will work over dresses and blazers as well. I also visited the UGG store in Union Square and the moment I slid my feet into these slides I was sold. The soft leather lining and cushion sole will keep my tired feet comfortable and stylish all day!


Being surrounded by art, stunning landscapes and coastlines made me want to liven up my Spring wardrobe with colour. I scored this Anthropologie embroidered jacket for $41 from $198. I visited the store while they were having a Friday night Happy Hour. While sampling some great California Rosé I scooped up some great sale stuff for an extra 30% off. Best shopping night ever!



It’s the Little Things

Sometimes cheap little ordinary treats can really take you back to your holiday and remind you of the good times you had. I picked up some buttons from galleries, and tourist shops. I really like them on jean jackets or hats. They are an affordable and stylish holiday memory. Picked up this mermaid pouch at a gallery in Sonoma. The image reminded me of the California coastline with it’s rocks and sea lions. Accessories were on BOGO 50% at Victoria Secret. I love this rose gold wallet – it will work great with my Gucci belt bag because I can attach my keys as well.





This cream sweater dress was another score from Anthropoligie. I can wear it now, as winter is ending, with OTK boots + leggings and in Spring with my new laser cut Vince Camuto boots (future blog post). I can top this dress with so many of my jackets!



The very best thing about my holiday was spending time with my BFFs from Italy! CIAO!



DAY 1 – 25 Days 25 Looks


full_D1_AA symbol of toughness and coolness. The motorcycle jacket has gone from rebel to classic. It is a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. I chose to wear one to my first radiation appointment as my armour.

Style Breakdown

This floral moto jacket was love at first sight a few years back at Anthropologie. A splurge purchase but it has given me many seasons of looking cool. The black background makes it dark enough for fall and the floral print takes it into spring. I have layered it with a white tee and an orange cardigan to make the print pop and also for warmth in this chilly Toronto spring.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Day 2 Look and to find out how the first treatment went.



Fan Girl

Soccer or Football mania is about to hit the6ix. The 2016 European Cup starts tomorrow. We’re ready to cheer for our or our parents’ homelands and show our cultural pride.

I love the feeling of rivalry and comradery in the city as the countries battle each other in epic match-ups. Everyone in Toronto gets into it and traffic can become challenging depending on where you’re going and who won the match!

Fashion during the Euros is all about showing off your cultural pride and cheering for your team. I’m ready to cheer on the Azzurri (Team Italy) with a retro Adidas jacket I picked up in New York during the 2010 World Cup.

Puma is the official brand of the Azzurri for 2016 Euros.

1st game for Italy is Monday August 13th against Belgium. I have my flag ready to wave. Forza Italia! Let’s have a victory party this year!

Transitional Jacket

The perfect transitional jacket is the bomber jacket. It has an edgy style and keeps you warm on chilly days. This jacket is a classic that originated from jackets bomber pilots wore. It is meant to have an oversized fit with a tight waist and cuffs.

Several designers showed this style for SS2016. My fav is the green and print camo style from Versace. There is also a corseted version from Balmain and an oversized long jacket from Rag & Bone. Because this jacket is a simple style the possibilities for designers to reinterpret it is endless.


There are several reasonable priced options available at H&M, Forever 21 and American Apparel. My fav is this printed jacket from American Apparel.

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I had some fun (and challenges) creating this style out of paper. I chose this whimsical cat face patterned paper which I received for Christmas.



The first Black Friday item I chose to wear was this great jacket from Anthropologie. The cuffs are what drew me in and then I loved the distressed look to the fabric and the trims. The plaid fabric used in the back really sets this piece apart from other jackets.

I wearing it today with a grey tee from Ann Taylor Loft and a faux pearl necklace from Target. Not shown are the dark wash NYDJ skinnies and navy wedge booties from Cole Hahn.

Tomorrow the cat will be out of the bag!


The Chanel Jacket

It’s a classic and been copied over thousands of times. Coco Chanel created her signature jacket in the 1950s, as part of the reopening of her maison in Paris, and it has been part of the Chanel collections ever since.

Fabric, colour, trim, shape, length have all been revisited many times by Coco and Karl. This jacket is an investment piece and will never go out of style because it is style. Paired with jeans, skirts, wide trousers, narrow trousers or over a dress – the possibilities are endless.

A brief online shopping search turned up several versions of the jacket inspired by the original. My favourite is the down filled version from Uniqlo. So want this!

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I created this jacket using japanese papers and found an origami way to twist narrow strips of paper to create the strands of pearls.



Rebel Classic

Over the past few seasons the motorcycle jacket has gone from a trend to a classic. It has shown up in black leather with rebel studs, cotton prints, fine wool, quilted nylon and tweed. The variations are endless so it seems that the moto is now a classic piece that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Here’s a 1/2 page from Harper’s Bazaar August issue showing the rebel classic.


The moto became a symbol of youth rebellion in the 1950s with films like the The Wild One and Rebel without a Cause. In the 70s and 80s it was personified by “The Fonz” on Happy Days and Matt Dillon in the Outsiders.

My own wardrobe has 3 unique interpretations of the motorcycle jacket.

Blue/Grey Lambskin was custom made for me by an apparel supplier I worked with on branded uniforms. It has a feminine cut and the moto styling is softer.

Cotton, printed jacket from Anthropologie. I wear this with everything from jeans to trousers and it’s a great topper for an LDB. cotton

Grey leather from Danier. Neutral, classic styling. This jacket has a boxier fit so I can wear it over sweaters even in late fall.grey

Paper Art
I created this jacket for the doll in the classic rebel style. I used a black cotton paper from Above Ground art supplies and metallic silver paint for the details. Jeans are the doll’s own. moto_doll

Photo Credits

Harper’s Bazaar page from August Digital Issue

All jackets – Lori Tonizzo

Doll – Lori Tonizzo

Header – Grafitti background Lori Tonizzo