Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Allan Gardens Outlaws

Francine and I had quite the experience while trying to accomplish this photo shoot. Although it has been an absolutely lovely weekend, the few hours that we planned on taking these photos it became cloudy, meaning that I had to change both my outfit and location for it. Because of the weather we decided to head down to Allan Gardens, a green house where it is always sunny and warm. But on the way it started raining so I picked up an umbrella in China Town and impulsively bought this blue polka dotted thing that I probably won't use again until I have a child! But it matched my outfit, so I bought it anyway (in my defense Francine bought a red one that also matched her outfit). Anyway, with our umbrella's we continued onto Allan Gardens and because I had an umbrella we couldn't help but do another twirling gif. I know I know, I need to think of a new move, but this one is in the rain, so it's totally different, right? It was pretty funny watching Francine balance her camera on a railing while holding an umbrella over it, and two purses (mine and hers) and a dog named Lilly that she was babysitting. But didn't she do a good job!
 Speaking of dogs, before entering Allan Gardens we realized that there are no dogs allowed inside, but since we had walked all the way down there (it takes about 45 minutes) and since Lily is a shit-poo, and not really a dog at all, we decided to take our chances. So we bravely (or cockily) walked into the conservatory to begin taking pictures. It was packed inside, maybe because it's a long weekend, so Francine had difficulty taking pictures without snapping all the tourists. I had to be extra confident and even had to joke with a few of them about sabotaging my glamour shots. Once we finished taking pictures in the main room I asked Francine if she wanted to leave, but we decided that we should check out some of the smaller rooms. However, just as we were getting very comfortable with our little dog a security guard came into our view. Francine quickly bent down, scooped Lilly up in her jacket and pretended to search for something in her bag while I hovered over her. The security guard then proceeded to walk by us and stand at the door (about 4 to 5 meters away from us). We actually had to turn our position as he walked by. Luckily there are two doors opposite to each other so we just left out the other door. But the whole thing was pretty exciting. I know that the only thing the security guard could have done was asked us to leave, but I already feel a bit self-important taking pictures in public places, so getting yelled at for having a dog would have been just too embarrassing.
 I'm wearing an old Urban Outfitters top that I cropped myself, Fletcher by Lyell shoes, a barrette from Anthropologie and a skirt made by me. I picked this colour out when spring was just arriving in Toronto and I was mad for bright colours. Usually I only wear neautrals, reds and blues, but every spring I splurge on colour. I think I've hit a colour climax though, and you won't see it much around here anymore. The problem with colour for me is that I may love it for awhile, but I get tired of looking at it. Even by the end of this day I was tired of all the bright greens. I've worn nothing but grey since.
 Anyway, my favourite part about this skirt is definitely the slit pockets, it's what makes them so comfortable to wear. I just can't stand not having pockets in skirts! This week I'm going to post a tutorial on how to insert them into almost any skirt pattern.
After our quick escape Francine and headed down to a new lovely boutique in Toronto called Bicyclette. They had some very pretty little thing, and some amazing nail polish. Francine bought this amazing top that has rope at the top of it, that I might have to share on here! Anyway, have a lovely week and hopefully I'll have that tutorial for you soon. 

28 comments:

  1. thanks Larissa, Francine said I looked like Sylvia Plath in it, so maybe that's why you like it : )

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  2. oh this is so lovely! I love the story behind the photo-shoot - cheeky you :)

    your blog is such a bright little spot on my online browsing.

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  3. oh my god! I just checked out your gif (stunning with the rain) and then scrolled down frantically to see where you got your skirt.I'm going to have to commission you!!!!!!!!! I need that skirt!!!!

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  4. (ps I'm with you on the pockets in skirts thing)

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  5. I would love to make you that skirt : )

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  6. Pic love, the outfit, the chair and the garden just perfect

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  7. very pretty photos and great feel x

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  8. What a great expedition (I love that word - it makes me think of Christopher Robin in Winnie The Poo!) Glad that Lilly the dog made a quick getaway inside Francine's jacket. AND lovely photos!

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  9. Great outfit. Love your umbrella too!

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  10. I forgot to check your blog for awhile but it was a treat to catch up. I love your shoes in this picture set. I think you should keep colours heavy in rotation, but then I don't think you should dress based on what I want to see, I don't even do that all that often.

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  11. Great pictures- I love your stripes.

    That first picture freaks me out a little :)

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  12. Aww, this is lovely,
    nice post!

    Henar ♥
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  13. This sounds like a tutorial that I need for my dresses!

    Anyway, these pictures are lovely, and the gif is great! I like how not only you are moving, but you can actually see the rain flickering on an off like an old film reel.

    Oh, and I very much like your outfit too!

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  14. Good, the fact that you need this tutorial will totally encourage me to actually do it ; )

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  15. I love your outfit, especially the adorable blue sandals. Cannot believe you girls didn't get busted with Lily.

    PS do you live in the Annex?

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  16. I do live in the Annex. Why do you ask?

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  17. You make Allan Gardens look so magical! I think it might be time for a visit, it's been ages.

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  18. Allan Gardens is just wonderful. I wish I could have a such beautiful gardens.

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  19. Beautiful Place! ADorable outfit!

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  20. Dear Caitlin, I'd like to pass an award on to you for your lovely blog! These images are gorgeous as always.
    All information you can find here:

    http://ascentofrosewood.blogspot.com/2011/06/joy-of-being-awarded.html

    Lini x

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  21. I just stumbled across your blog, and I must say, I fell immediately in love with it. These photos are stunning all around. The gardens are incredible and your outfit is perfect. I love that you made the skirt. Surely following darling:) xx Marisa

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