Shoe Artist

I recently visited the Bata Shoe Museum to see the Manalo Blahnik Exhibit and I was not disappointed. I saw the work of a true artist and I understand why these shoes are sought after with such fervor. The craftsmanship that goes into every design is why the price tag is so high.

Fun Fact – Manolo Blahnik designed the footwear for the movie Marie Antionette by Sofia Coppola.

IMG_6593

He was influenced by his Spanish and Czech roots. Check out the Pom Poms on these shoes which are a reminder of National Czech folk costumes.

 

My favourite piece was this boot. Totally my style!

IMG_6596

Definitely worth checking out! The show is on until early January 2019.

Layering Knitwear

I wear my chunky knitwear on the outside. I like my outerwear fitted as opposed to puffy and so my chunky knitwear really bulks up underneath – solution wear it on top.

I still get all the warmth but without being constrained and stuffed into a coat. It provides unique style to a mass market coat like my Costco Andrew Marc silver puffer or my Uniqlo light down.

I started this style for health reasons. Before I was diagnosed with Endo-ovarian cancer I was living with large cysts which caused bloating. All my coats got super tight and some I couldn’t zip up but I really wanted to wear my chunky vests so I wore them on top of my coats and still do!

I’ve heard that necessity is the mother of all invention or in this case unique style!

 

CONTRIBUTION

The last few months have been about giving back. Teal Fashion Week raised $1900 for the Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer team from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This success strengthened my collaboration with the key fundraisers for the team. If you’re wondering what the link is – my doctor – Marcus Bernardini is the captain of this team and I came on board through him.

EVOLUTION

Last year during radiation treatment for Endo-Ovarian cancer I focused on awareness and presenting a positive outlook about treatment through my 25Days25Looks campaign.

Then it was fundraising for World Ovarian Cancer Week with my Teal Fashion Week campaign.

Now it’s using my creativity to help the Ovarian Blitzers with their communication strategy for their 4th annual bowling event. I sourced images and then tinted them to create a “teal” themed campaign. I also designed their new logo for communication and team shirts.

My friends and I are excited to be participating in the bowling event and of course we need to look great as Team Teal Fashion Week so I designed our look. I call it Meaghan-Markle-meets-Jackson-Pollack! Each of my friends gave me a white shirt and picked an accent colour. I monogrammed each of their shirts and then went to work on the design. I used shades of teal for the paint splatter and then the custom colour was added to each shirt to make it individual.

If you’re interested in making a difference during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month click on the links below:

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Haul

I was in sizzling HOT Scottsdale, Arizona and the fashion deals were just as hot as the 100F temps.

On my list was a black dress and I found 2 outstanding ones at Marshalls. This BCBG was a steal at $29 and I can wear it with a plunging neckline or just a normal V. The tea length makes it very sophisticated for a night out!

 

IMG_8202Next up is this Michaek Kors dress – also from Marshalls. It has very flattering draping as you can see in this shot. I gave myself the Beyonce treatment with natural wind. I’m showing this dress for a night out but it can easily be dressed down with flat sandals and a tote bag for a day of shopping or brunch. Great buy at $39.

The sandals I’m wearing in these photos are from Macy’s clearance and were $28. Alfani suede ankle straps but look like very high priced designer sandals.

 

Let’s talk about more shoes.

 

On the left are Fly London sandals. A brand I have always wanted. As soon as I saw the pattern and colours I knew these wedges were mine. They are super comfortable so a good investment. Cheap and cheerful finds on the right are yellow wedges from Macy’s and fire red kitten heels from Vince Camuto. Both $34 each.

IMG_8268

I couldn’t resist these super cute flip flops!

Consignment shopping can be a touchy issue for some people. Some women do not like buying second-hand but I grew up buying vintage in my teens so not a huge stretch to the consignment experience. The store we visited in Scottsdale had an amazing selection of clothing, bags and shoes. My whole squad scored!

IMG_8260

This Gucci dress was $145 and is from the Tom Ford era of Gucci. I love the draping and the round hem. It has a built in super fashionista cape and is a perfect match for my new Gucci Marmot mini bag. Bellissima!

I like to be on the look out for the next season when I’m shopping. My final pair of shoes was these embroidered flats by Tahari. Jewel tones on black. These will look great with jeans, leggings, skirts. In other words -everything.

TIP: make your shopping dollar go further by buying non-seasonal items on deep discounts.

IMG_5590

 

 

 

Italian Heritage Month

June is Italian Heritage Month in Canada so of course I’m celebrating!

Italy is known for fashion and luxury brands. My favs are Gucci, Prada and Fendi for accessories. From Prada I have a vintage nylon cross-body that is my “go-to” on the weekends. My “hack” to make this bag useful is by inserting a organizer so my stuff doesn’t tumble around in there. I also have a pair of espardrilles and peep-toes. When buying designer shoes (even on sale) always lean toward the classics. You want to get your money’s worth and wear them for many seasons.

Fendi is all about vintage for me. I have had this backpack and circle bag for many years. I love the double FF pattern.

Gucci is a recent love for me. These bags are pure Italian luxury for me.

Italian style without the hefty price tags? It’s possible but you need to look for it. This patterned bomber jacket was a steal at Winners for $59 and this jumpsuit is a collab between Missoni and Anthropologie. $170 vs $1160.

Taste of Italy is super easy to find in the6ix. My fav spot for a quick bite or an after work prosecco is Sud Forno. Try it! For arancini and polenta fries CIBO is my “go-to” to get my fix.

IMG_6677

 

Teal Fashion Week – Wrap up

It’s a wrap on my first ever fundraising campaign. I’m super excited to report that I raised just over $1700. I’m sure my doc and his team the Ovarian Blitzers will be overjoyed to receive this. I enjoyed the creative challenge of combining road hockey with fashion. I know i killed it!!!

Here are some highlights:

A mention and a feature from Ovarian Cancer Canada on World Ovarian Cancer Day. Honoured to stand with other fabulous women bringing awareness and raising funds for this disease.

 

before_after

I love how this before and after story turned out. Incorporating the hockey theme really stretched my creativity and imagination. Teal heels with hockey gear visually summed up the whole story.

If I make this a yearly thing (I totally want too!!!) I will be keeping my eye out for all things teal.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who supported this campaign!

World Ovarian Cancer Day

1 year ago I started radiation treatment for Endo-Ovarian cancer. I also started #25days25looks to document my journey and put a positive spin on going to cancer treatment everyday. I wore this teal dress from Anthropologie to one of last appointments Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I met so many great people there including my doc Marcus Bernardini and this collaboration between fashion and Road Hockey was born. On World Ovarian Cancer Day I’m fundraising for Marcus’ Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to conquer cancer team. Please help me reach my goal here.

DONATE • WEAR TEAL • SHARE

kitten_heels1

Day 1 – Teal Fashion Week

It was 1 year ago when I started radiation treatment for Endo-ovarian cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I also started an awareness campaign 25 Days 25 Looks to show women that cancer diagnosis and treatment does not mean give up.
This year, to support World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8) I’ve joined forces with the Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Team to raise funds all week during TEAL FASHION WEEK.

Please help me reach my goal of $1200 so more women can overcome ovarian cancer. Donate here today.
Wear teal on May 8th or any day and tag your photo #tealfashionweek.

I’ve put together a capsule collection of some great teal looks for the week.

capsule

Follow Teal Fashion Week here and on Social Media:
Instagram: @modacarta, @latonizzo
Facebook: Lori Tonizzo
Twitter: @latonizzo
Linkedin: Lori Tonizzo

Share this story so more people can join the movement.

Thanks so much!