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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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!
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Well, I had an absolutely wonderful holiday in Philadelphia and now I feel so refreshed and excited about the summer. There are so many interesting and wonderful things in Philadelphia, but my absolute favourite thing in that old American city is the The Franklin Fountain.
The Franklin Fountain is a new ice cream shop that is modeled after a turn of the century soda shop. Now, we all know that I love old timey things, and I even enjoy tacky old timey things, but Franklin Fountain brought old timey to an entirely new and beautiful level. Every last detail of the shop was thought about, right down to the steel icecream buckets. I was staying in the area so I took advantage and came here for ice cream or a soda every single day of my holiday. The owner is also re-opening one of the oldest candy stores in America, so I think I'll have to plan my next trip down there for its opening day. I know I keep going on about this, but I was just really impressed with the Berley families' (the owners) dedication to creating an entire world, it's something that few business people are willing to do. Providing that type of atmosphere feels like a gift from the owner to each individual costumer. If you are ever near Philadelphia I highly recommend that you try it.
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Monday, May 9, 2011
With all this nice weather that Toronto has been having I have finally been able to take my bicycle out. The first outfit that I wore on my bike was a pair of incredibly wide leg sailor trousers, so I had to tie up my right pant leg with red ribbon (so much better than rope) to prevent my pants getting caught in the chain. I don't think I'll wear those trousers on my bike often, and afterwards I decided to make a few more pairs of shorts for the summer- one of which is a beautiful bright pink that I can't wait to show you. Anyway, this whole debacle brought to mind a magazine article from the late nineteenth century that I had read last year when I was researching for my final project in my fashion history course and since it's such a wonderful article I thought I would share it with you.
It's an article called "Bicycling for Women" from the April 1894 issue of the Ladies' Standard Magazine and the entire seven page article is dedicated to what women should wear when they are bicycling. If I found a pair of wide leg trousers difficult to cycle in, please, let us just imagine cycling in those huge skirts that women wore at the end of the nineteenth century! They were heavy twilled wool, and had cotton petticoats underneath. For a women's magazine from this period I actually found this article to be pretty heavily weighted towards the pro bloomer side of the debate: "fashion's decree has always required woman to clothe herself in draggling skirts whether on foot or horseback. Earnest en deavor has been, and efforts still continue to be made to secure emancipation from them, by the advocates of dress reform." But the article is mostly interviews of women cyclists, so the magazine never really has to take full responsibility for the arguments they are making for women to wear trousers when cycling. I know it sounds silly discussing the controversy of wearing pants as a woman, but even with magazine articles such as this one many, if not most women from this period still wore skirts when cycling. Along with bloomers, "Turkish" trousers (harem pants are everywhere these days) are also encouraged in this article for they "are very pretty and show how easily a woman may dress becomingly for cycling, and at the same time be free from the trammels of skirts with their disadvantages." It's obvious that women at the time were struggling with what to wear to be safe when cycling, while still appearing to be a woman.
Everything about bicycling and women was controversial when the bike first became popular. This Punch cartoon from the September 19th issue from 1999 shows that women who bicycled were accused of stepping outside of their gender rolls. The image of a manly women cycling beside a feminine looking man were very popular at this time. It just shows how a little thing like a bicycle could totally uproot the incredibly strict gender rolls of the nineteenth century. But as we all know, both bicycling and trousers never left us once we tried them, because what's better than riding a bicycle in the spring!
And for all of you Torontonians, here's a lovely picture that I found in the Toronto Public Reference Library of St. Annette Methodist Church men's and women's cycling club from 1890.
Marks, Patricia. Bicycles, bangs, and bloomers: the new woman in the popular press. Kentucky: The University of Kentucky Press, 1990. Heilmann, Ann. “Contesting/Consuming Femininities.” In New Woman Fiction: Women Writing First-Wave Feminism, 15-42. London: MacMillan Press Ltd., 2000.
McCrone, Kathleen E. “Women’s Sport and Dress Reform.” In Sport and the Physical Emancipation of English Women, 1870-1914, 216-246. London: Routledge, 1988.
Next week I'll be in Philidelphia but when I get back I hope to share with you some of the summer clothes I have been making, oh and I bought the most amazing 1920s dress pattern, so maybe I can share that as well. Have a lovely week!
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Sunday, May 1, 2011
I Capture the Castle is a wonderful film adaptation of a novel by Dodie Smith (that I have not read, but I intend to listen to the audio book on my road trip to Philadelphia next). Amazingly enough, Dodie Smith is also the writer of 101 Dalmations! It takes place in 1930s England and is told from the perspective of a teenage girl named Cassadra (played by Romola Garai). Now Miss Romola really gets all the best roles in all of my favourite period pieces, except for Kiera Knightley (whose acting I dislike and whose clothes I love).
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